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Eau Benite - Unibroue

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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 53
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-06-2001

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Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex for bringing a beer from his homeland to our All Hallow's Eve Epic Rare Canadian I Hate Costumes and Candy Tasting.

A - An opaque orangish beer with a two finger off-white head that left some chunks on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells like a Unibroue beer, which is what I found out it was later one. The usual yeast overtones with a little bit of fruit.

T - This is not nearly as fruity or sweet as I would expect from a tripel. A little bready with some herbal spice, although it is more hinted at than sharp. Not bad, but surprisinly non-tripelish tripel.

M - Super dry, fairly smooth moderate carbonation, in a medium-light bodied beer.

D - Pretty drinkable for 7.7%, though not quite like some of their other offerings, La Fin Du Monde comes to mind. Wouldn't mind this again, as it is an interesting tripel.

Photo of jrallen34
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Alex for our Rare Canadian tasting...A dark pour for a triple, dark orange, good carbonation, lots of retention and lacing...Sweet aroma of honey, wheat, stone fruits, and lots of yeast, missing the normal floral hop backbone...The taste is also exceedingly sweet for a tripel, and if you are going to be this sweet it should be to cover up some alcohol and at a rather light 7.7% for a tripel not sure what the purpose was? Honey mostly shows with some bread and yeast. Nothing to fun, its not bad just bored.

An average tripel from Unibroue, it may be rare but if you want a Canadian tripel stick to La Find du Monde.

Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with Linoleum87. This is one of those Unibroue offerings that doesn't seem to leave Quebec. Served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours with two fingers of orange-tinged foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves big spots of lace. Hazy dark orange body with some obvious suspended sediment.

S - Bread and signature Unibroue yeast, stone fruits, some light oxidation, banana, and some vanilla-esque malted wheat character.

T - Taste is a bit less exciting. Light honey and grain character mingles with a bread and yeast malt backdrop.

M - A touch overcarbonated but not totally out of place for the style. Medium-full body that has a little grain to it, and a satisfying dry finish.

D - This has held up reasonably well. I got it around Christmas of 2008 and the aroma has developed a nice port wine oxidation character. Unfortunately the taste has smoothed out and lacks depth and richness of flavor. Lower in alcohol than Fin du Monde and sufficiently different that it should be available outside La Belle Province.

Photo of arturorg
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Unibroue snifter

A: Amber with a big foamy head thats stays for a while, visible carbonation, kind o watery with a spiderweb lace.

S: Peach (kind of citrusy in general), Banana, bread, yeasty. No strong aroma.

T: Orange (I guess that enters in the citrus part), little sweet note like honey, alcohol it's present and leaves a warming feel, it's kind of watery and leaves no lingering taste.

Overall: a good beer from a good company, would have again but I would like it to be more complex

Photo of endovelico
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy orangy yellow brew with a fizzy 3 finger head that quickly collapses. No head retention or lacing. Medium high perceived effervescence.

Aroma: Medium high intensity. Strong clove, coriander, banana and bubblegum up front. Flower character on the backend.

Taste: Subdued compared to the nose. Spicy upfront with herbal/flowery backend and sweet malt/bubblegum center. Orange peel wraps the overall character. Very pleasing and fortunately the spices don't completely trample the rest of the flavours.

Palate: Medium full bodied. Medium low to low carbonation. 7.7%? Get out of here! Silky smooth. Lasting clove / flowery taste.

Drinkability: Fits the style. Unique enough. Complex enough. Virtually unnoticeable alcohol. A bit more complexity would earn it a considerably higher score.

Photo of ZorPrime
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours orange color with some yellow notes. A lot of sediments in the beers floats, quite huge piece too. The head is very thin, I see carbonation but no head... The smell is principally yeast, fruits (citrus, orange) with light notes of spice. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel isn't bad, medium body and the beer is feels round in the mouth... at the end it taste a little too much like syrup... Did I taste some cloves?... maybe.

Photo of Nickls
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a solid two fingers of bubbly yet frothy white head that only dissipated to a half-finger throughout the sample; some spotty lacing; hazy marigold-orange color

S - Citrus fruits and pears; light sweetness; light hints of spice; bit of pepper; really lovely

T - Sour apples; some citrus; hint of vanilla and spices; pears at the end; a kiss of sweetness

M - Medium to lighter; nice prickly carbonation livens things up

D - Nicely drinkable, very much in the style range and damn tasty; a lovely nightcap type of brew

Overall, a wonderful example of the style and interesting drinking. Really enjoyed the layers that were presented.

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow, a tad turbid, with a good 1/2" of head that dies down to a mostly even slightly lumpy, dense film that never goes away.

Fresh, clean fruity esters impart fresh apple aromas with mashed banana and saddle leather funk and overall it has a pleasant creamy sweetness to it.

The taste follows the aroma, it tasted like apple butter and honey on toast, with nuances of clove, golden raisins, pepper and leather, with a nice clean dry finish. Sweet and bitter are in perfect harmony here. The alcohol is slightly warming in the back of the throat in the aftertaste, but pleasantly so.

It's medium-heavy bodied but but somehow doesn't feel like it in no small part thanks to the creaminess.

One of the tastiest, easiest drinking yet complex tripels I have ever come across.

Thanks to papat444 for so generously sharing this with me through CanBIF.

Photo of bobsy
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burnished gold into my Chimay chalice, and immediately produces a finger of white head. Eventually this reduces a tad to leave the most remarkable surface of uneven creamy head - its like viewing a snowy wasteland from above. Great sheets of lace break off like ice shelfs. Exquisite

The aroma has a nice dose of tropical fruit and vanilla. Its sweet, without being cloying, and is almost more like a subtle perfume than a beer.

Light honey notes give way to a intensely fruity center. Mango and papaya vie for attention. I expect more prominent grain and alcohol flavours in a tripel, but these do not become apparent until the finish, and even then they are subdued. It has the effect of making this a tripel out of the guidelines, but more drinkable for it.

The body is surprsingly heavy, bulked up by its smoothness and a creamy carbonation. This all combines to make a pleasant, light drinking ale, which is something I thought I'd never say for a tripel. My mouth is telling me that this could be sessioned, but fortunately my brain is telling me to look at the ABV on the label.

Thanks to zorprime for the bottle - now I'm almost through the Canadian top 25!

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold color, head is surprisingly flat, with a small corner that is dense, and the rest forming large suds that last only a matter of seconds. Little retention.

S-Nose is very subtle. There is a bit of clove, floral notes, a hint of banana bread, and some yeast that imparts a slightly sweet gunpowder aroma. There was also one sniff I took where I thought I was smelling a pina collada. There is a creaminess in the aroma that I believe is a result of an unintentional pairing w/food I ate for dinner 30 minutes ago (curried chicken w/coconut milk) that is awesome despite the time gap.

T-Sweet fruit and a bundle of spice, including lots of clove and a touch of white pepper on the attack, but quickly balanced by hops, an even malty backbone, and a finish that tastes like banana bread. Again there is a creamy sensation on the back of the palate that is pleasant, and an aftertaste of pineapple and apple.

M-Prickly and smooth at the same time, excellent balance, medium-bodied.

D-Excellent drinkability. It is refreshing, delicious, and complex.

Note: Buy this again next time we have curried chicken w/coconut milk (and apples).

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale golden hue, with a number of fingers of thin foamy white head, which leaves a very thin coating of lace around the glass. It smells of sweet and acidic fruit - apples, white grapes, and mild yeast. The taste is honey, raisins, apples, caramel malt, cloves, and a bit of floral yeast. The carbonation is fairly moderate for Unibroue, the body creamy and crisp, and it finishes dry and fruity. The alcohol is barely noticeable, rendering this quite drinkable, and enjoyable.

Photo of velkyal
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a big frothy head and lots of lovely bubbles.

The nose was full of fruit and spice, and at the same time somewhat musty.

Taste wise, the Eau Bénite continues the fruity theme from the nose, sweetened with honey and gingery spiciness. This beer put me in mind of the La Goudale although with a fuller body and a smooth softness in the throat.

Photo of robprofit
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is getting harder and harder to find, just happened to find it in the first place I ever encountered it many years ago but this is my first taste of it...

A: Light orange brownish color, hazy and translucent, with medium foamy head. Looks good in my new La Fin Du Monde glass (thanks Brian).

S: Fruity, cider-like sweetness with a hint of alcohol

T: Again fruity cider-like sweet to start, then a hint of the
7.7% ABV as a reminder, then a surprisingly smooth mellow finish.

M: Starts off with medium sweetness and lightly smooths out a lot lighter than most triples, complex but not overpowering.

Overall: Great and now rarer beer so I'll have to go buy the rest where I found it...
Buy it if and while you still can, Unibroue should bring it back...

Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a nice clear golden color. Minimal white head with no lacing.

S: Big yeasty smell with a nice yeasty aroma. Some hints of faded apples.

T: A little bit oxidized at this point. Very sweet. Hints of some fruits as well.

M: Very nice light body for the style and ABV.

D: Very nice axample. Very drinkable. No hint of the ABV but too bad it has not been made in years.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 330ml bottle was bought for me in France and brought to Ireland. A bit of a roundabout journey, I will admit (thanks André and Collette). I could not read the "best by" date. After I uncapped the foil topped bottle, I discovered that it was a "twist off" cap!

It poured a pale golden hazy brew with a good white head. Plenty of yeast sediment. Nice lacing on the glass. It reminded me of Vlo (Brouwerei 't Ij) in appearence and smell.

The taste was a warming well balanced complex brew. lots of flavours going on including banana and raisin. Nice carbonation, very drinkable; another well crafted brew from Unibroue

Photo of bloberglawp
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from the SAQ that now keeps some unibroue oferings shelved.

Pours a murky orangish yellow, soft thick head crowns the "eau benite" chalice. A delicate film of lace is present as the beer goes down. Aroma of spicy esters, figs and sugar. Flavor is a crisp strong hit of malt, spice (clove and cinnamon) and fruity (figs, passionfruit, watermelon) esters. Also present was the signature "unibroue" yeast strain ester profile, one I like.

Photo of TheSarge
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall this is a great beer. It is very complex and refreshing at the same time. Drink your first for exploration, and the second for pure enjoyment.

First this brew pours with massive amounts of off white head, and the body is quite murky and honey in color. There are bits of sediment towards the end of the pour.

There isn't much in the way of aroma. Actually, I couldn't detect anything substantial.

The taste is off the charts! There is a straight up butterscotch flavor that dominates. Usually this is a reference to oxidation, but not here.

This is quite refreshing, and not too warming with the moderate ABV.

This is probably one of the most refreshing brews I've ever had. Not too overwhelming and continues to be very inviting all the way to the end.

Photo of seanyfo
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into chimay chalice

A- Yeasty cloudy orange amber colour, with a 1 finger rocky head that reduces very quickly to a crown. Sounds highly carbonated. snapping and popping away like rice crispies!

S- Cloves, bananas and coriander

T- Cream, Vanilla, cloves, coriander, light floral notes in the finish. Finish is creamy vanilla.

M- Light, spritzy lively carbonation

D- A bit too abrasive in the carbonation, some nice flavours, but i feel duvel beats it with its easier on the stomach carbonation, i felt very bloated and uncomfortable after 1 bottle here. However, taste and smell was impressive making this a nice example.

Photo of Graham5161986
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy, orange colour with a huge, rocky off-white head that has good retention, eventually settling to a consisten foam, leaving a slight lace. Lots of visible sediment and a good amount of visible carbonation.

S: nice floral hops, sweet fruit (like a caramel apple!), yeast and a hint of coriander spice

T: strong fruit and floral presence with a delicious caramel candy pudding flavour on the finish. Quite dry with a slight touch of apple sweetness lingering on my palate. Decent spice to it as well.

M: light bodied and creamy, excellently crisp carbonation and a crisp, dry finish that tingles the back of my throat.

D: Another triumph from Unibroue. Nice and complex and highly drinkable given it's 7.7% ABV (relatively low for a Belgian strong pale ale) I don't know if I would classify this one as a "triple" like they do, nevertheless, a highly enjoyable beer that I wouldn't hesitate to buy again.

Photo of AlexF
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bouteille de 750 ml.

L'eau bénite est orangée et opaque. La mousse, abondante, et d'une persistance remarquable.

Au nez, l'Eau Bénite propose définitivement des arômes d'agrumes, couplé à la typique présence de madérisation des bières Unibroue. Le nez est aussi alcoolisé.

En bouche, l'Eau Bénite est une triple typique d'Unibroue. Mélangeant les saveurs d'agrumes de la fin du monde et un côté mielleux, avec en plus la traditionnelle impression que cette bière fut vieillie telle un porto, L'Eau Bénite est une autre réussite d'Unibroue.

Pas trop pétillante, pas trop alcoolisée, très agréable!

Photo of unibrew
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Getting a bottle (actually a case) of this wasn't easy. Luckily, I have a connection! That being said, this ale is discontinued and hasn't been exported to the USA for a couple of years now. Maybe some bottles have crossed the border, but, you won't find them in any beer store I don't think.

Anyway, I'm a HUGE fan of this beer. It's a wonderful triple. It does taste quite a bit like La Fin du Monde, but, it's different in ways too. A bit mellower, which makes sense since it's not as strong. Nevertheless, the taste is mellower and extremely drinkable. It's 7.7% APV will catch up with you quickly, so, it's best not to have too many of them (not that you can in the states anyway). In fact, Unibroue was bought by Sleeman a few years ago, and is now owned by a Japanese company. Let's just hope they never ever mess with any of the recipes!

My review is that IF you can get your hands on a bottle of this, do so. It's quite enjoyable, tastes great, and is one of Unibroue's best offerings. I wish they weren't discontinuing it because, well, the more Unibroue styles out there the better! If you can't get it, enjoy a La Fin du Monde or Trois Pistoles. Both of those are just as good! (if not better)

Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a La Fin Du Monde glass a slightly hazy golden colour with a big fluffy white head. Massive amount of carbonation bubbles quickly racing to the top.
S - Light belgian yeast spice and ripe tropical fruit.
T - Similar to the smell but with some bready malt flavours coming into play as well.
M - Fairly light bodied, high carbonation.
D - Another nice beer from Unibroue. Not my number one pick but more drinkable given the lower (for Unibroue) ABV%.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance: blond color (veiled)
Smell: fruity nose
Taste: alcohol is present, round, smooth, slight bitterness final honey
Drinkability: good strong beer blonde Belgian style, brewed by Unibroue in Quebec

Review added 10-31-2007, translated from french 3-4-2008.

Photo of janubio
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle. Pours a golden colour with a good head and leaves a lace foming some nice drawings. Smell is fruity, sweet apples and white grapes, with coriander and molasses. Sweet flavor, with a body lighter than expected, but good. Taste of apple cake, marzipan, white grapes, vanilla.

Photo of crwills
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL champagne bottle purchased in Gatineau.

Poured into a Chimay glass. Golden yellow, semi-cloudy, with a 1/4" bubbly head. Fades relatively quickly without a lot of lacing. Actually a really nice looking beer -- looks a lot like a hefeweizen.

Aroma is more floral than fruity, with blossoms and field flowers dominating. Some unripe apple and maybe a hint of pineapple in there.

Fruity flavours appear more in the flavour, mostly mild spring fruits and melon. Classic Unibroue yeast, and restrained floral hops. As it warms up, it gets more bitter and spicy notes shine through (coriander or nutmeg?).

The mouthfeel on this is fantastic; full, smooth, and perfectly carbonated (i.e. not too much). Aftertaste is bland and slightly bitter, but doesn't last long. The alcohol in this is well-hidden (although I was feeling it after 750 mL!), making this a very drinkable brew.

Right up there with my favourite Unibroues; wish it was available in Ontario!

Eau Benite from Unibroue
90 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.