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Eau Benite - Unibroue

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432 Ratings

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 51
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-06-2001)
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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!

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: hazy yellow color, medium head settling to thin layer & good lacing, some carbonation evident
s: lots of yeast, strong banana, some spice
t: plenty of yeast, some spice, banana & hints of clove with a crisp, lighter finish
m: lots of carbonation, medium/creamy body, light finish for a triple
d: relatively light for a triple (could've used a bit more flavor) but rather refreshing. look forward to another.

Photo of basica
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unibroue does not fail to disapppoint, having tried Trois Pistole and Maudite. I believe that
together with the Eau Benite, these are the only 3 Unibroue beers that could be obtained
locally. Eau Benite literally means "Holy Water"; I bought my bottle together with the
Maudite from Brewerkz and tasted it in my Hoegaarden Grand Cru tall tulip glass. The Eau
Benite pours out a cloudy golden with a light head that quickly dissipates. The initial smell
of the beer is generally bready with floral hints. After swirling the glass for a bit, the
foam froths up to about three quarter an inch revealing a more creamy appearance and the
floral and fruity hints become more apparent. I went ahead and tasted it and was greeted by
pleasant fruity notes constituted mainly by fresh fruits analagous to green grapes and plums.
The underlying yeast emmits the familiar Uniboue taste which is well loved by discerning
drinkers. This brew is between medium to full bodied with a very smooth nature contributing
to a nice mouth feel. At 7.7 ABV it goes easy when drinking and definitely scores high on
drinkability as well. The after taste had soothing notes of grapes and red apples and was
pleasantly lasting on the palates. When I took the last feel mouthful at a faster pace, I
notice the apple after taste showed up pleasantly on the general taste well which was pretty
pleasant. A tasty, yet light and easy drinking beer; good intro beer for folks who have yet
to try the fantastic brews from Unibroue.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle bought in Vancouver. This was the first time I've seen this beer, and I thought I'd tried just about everything current from Unibroue. I wonder why they don't distribute this to the USA.

Upon trying it I think they don't need to market it to the USA, but not because it's bad because it definitely is good. It just seems spot on for Fin Du Monde. Everything, appearance (hazy golden color, finely grained froth), smell (Unibroue yeast strain with esters), taste (mostly fruity wheat), mouthfeel (thick, coating), etc. Holy water but they already have holy water in other bottles.

I know there must be some difference not discernable by someone of my meager abilities, but as a first approximation this is re-bottled Fin Du Monde (and it's good).

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

Appearance: Pours an inviting honey-gold infused with amber. The head forms generously, resembling sea foam in its bubbliness. Retention is strong.

Smell: White grapes, diacetyl, and some pungent yeastiness. Quite aromatic, with organic fruity properties and some phenols as well.

Taste: Yeasty, earthlike flavors accentuated with a pleasant sweetness. Butterscotch and grape combine to yield a tasty, sticky-sweet, yet bitter, milieu. The alcohol is present more in its satisfying warmth than in its comparatively subtle taste. Finishes with the taste of rich, doughy, dark bread garnished with honey.

Mouthfeel: Delightfully creamy and full-bodied. At once numbing and warming on the palate, tongue, and in the throat. Very pleasant.

Drinkability: Excellent flavor and really pampers the palate. A fine rendition of the style, and one of my favorites from Unibroue.

Eau Benite from Unibroue
90 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.