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Eau Benite - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

417 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 48
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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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Crosling

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I always seem to stumble across these obscure Unibroue offerings. Seeing as this isn’t sent my way, it was nice to be able to try this at a Belgian beer tasting over the weekend. Yeasty, perfumey aroma with hints of sweet malts, herbs, vanilla, fruits and apples. Notes of caramel and fruits (especially apple). Dry with a nice creamy body.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 02:45:03 | More by Crosling
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

This beer pours a hazy, yellow gold color. It is well carbonated and forms an initial, three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The head has some staying power to it as it lingers for quite some time, and even leaves some lacing patterns on the side of the glass. The aroma is fruity (pear and apple are apparent with a mix of tart, yet fragrant notes, and a touch of sweetness), yeasty with a bready note, and with some spiciness as well (I get notes of ginger, white pepper and lemon zest). Underneath these notes is a dry, biscuit like malt character, which serves to further round out the aroma.

The taste is definitely fruity as well, with an apparent sweetness up front, but in actuality I think that the beer is quite dry. There is a nice spiciness here as well; the beer is fresh and vibrant with notes of lemon zest, ginger, pepper and clove. The finish has an astringent, yeasty note and a solid bitterness, which are both joined by a touch of alcohol. There is a light acidity here, which plays up a fruity pear note. The beer is light and effervescent on the palate; it is just quite easy to drink. There is quite a bit of malt character as well; I get notes of biscuits and a rich, yet simple malt character.

This beer is quite good, I really like how it has a light, easy drinking, yet still rich character to it. It has lots of elements of a perfect Tripel. Something seems to be missing here in the end though, it seems to be missing a little bit of richness and complexity that the best examples have. It is quite enjoyable though, and I certainly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 02:12:05 | More by Gueuzedude
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice product from the Unibroue stables, I do believe that this is my favourite to date.
On arrival this brew greeted me with a 3 finger crown which lazily disappeared to a light glass ring with moderate lace.

Very pale yellow in colour with lively carbonation and hazy.
The nose has an estery sence in that their seems to be a ripe fruity mash like quality to it, predominantly currents and banana.
The taste matches the scent of the currents with a minor mash element behind. The alcohol was very noticable during the first two sips but that too disapated as the beer was consumed leaving a nice warmness.

A full bodied strong pale ale that leaves you dry to end.
Not a session beer, designed for sitting in front of the fireplace, scratching your pups ears.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 00:14:56 | More by Shiloh
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean golden yellow beer lots of cabonation. Has a small white head. There a slight sweetness to the aroma at first with peaches dried fruit and candy. In the background there is a spicey hop note wrapped around an alcohol backbone. The taste starts with a light sweet malt with some prickly bitterness in the middle and the spicey hop note in the finish before the alcohol kicks in.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 22:11:47 | More by ybnorml
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GClarkage

California

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

11/07/05- Purchased at a B.C. Provincial liquor store in Kewlowna, BC.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with a dating code on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Raidiant golden pour, a touch cloudy. Moderate clean white head with average lace.

Smell- Sweet tropical fruits with a decent amount of spice in the nose.

Taste- Good amount of clove and other spices with a large tropical fruit backing. Nectarines? Papaya, mango? Works well witht the spices.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy with a higher carbonation level. Fairly easily goes down.

Drinkability- Why do I always only get one of each beer when I know I can get it here? Very good beer if you get a chance to try.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 22:53:06 | More by GClarkage
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

This is a lighter tasting offering from Unibroue. Almost Saison-like in colour and fruit notes. The finish is soft with metallic overtones. However having had this beer many times the metallic notes are likely to evaporate in 3-4 sips. I like this beer with lighter fare as it does not have the huge profile of Maudite, Fin De Monde or Trois pistolles.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 02:44:55 | More by canucklehead
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

Hazy golden colour topped by a fluffy, white head. Nice lacing. Spicy aroma with plenty of fruit (partly banana) and some sweet malt. Fruity flavour laced with spice, a bit peppery toward the end, and it finishes with a hint of alcohol warmth. Creamy texture with generous carbonation that makes it a bit "airy". A fine beer, definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 00:51:54 | More by DrJay
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Coudy apricot orange with a short coarse head.

Yeast, malt and apple in the nose, some spice. A little alcohol in the background. Gentle, subtle and interesting overall.

Similarly subtle flavourwise. Malt, yeast and apple. Some bite from the carbonation, bitter finish. A little thin bodied, a little too much alcohol in the finish.

Decent overall, worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 20:02:16 | More by TerryW
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and dark gold in colour. Lots of carbonation. Aromas are of yeast, various spices, and banana. Flavors are fairly sweet, like a hefeweizen, but dry up with a nice peppery finish. This one tastes more like a suped-up hefeweizen than a tripel. Solid and quite drinkable, but unspectacular.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 15:19:48 | More by fisherman34
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden blonde, big head forms then goes, laces well on the glass. Smells sweet, spices, very malty, some yeasty bread. The taste is sweet, substantial malt, some spice in the middle then a dry, slightly bitter finish. Good beer, but the sameness of Unibroue has its limits.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 01:11:28 | More by Viggo
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

2.13/5  rDev -47%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear light gold with a big pretty white head that lasts a while. Aroma of corn, plastic, and alcohol, but nothing in large amounts. The flavor is also surprisingly subtle for such a strong beer. A rotten corn flavor is accompanied by grain husk, medicinal sting, and higher alcohols. Eww Benite is more like it. Starts slick, gives the tongue a little bite, and then takes off. Belgian malt liquor. Not good.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 01:42:42 | More by waughbrew
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first off, this is clearly marked 'tripel' on the bottle. BSPA? nope.

thx phil

a deep yellowey orange appearance on this beer. rather see-thru with lots of carbonation and a solid but thin blanket of consistent foam. looks like a cloudy sky on the surface of my goblet. aroma is typical unibroue with overwhelming fresh yeast smells and a lemony snicket. tastes good and quite different than their other products.. lighter and sweeter maintaining alcohol bite which nicely counteracts the underlying sweetness.

this beer plays heavier on apple and citrus than it does buttery smoothness, but a nice tripel nonetheless. aftertaste is the only negative here. a little bit of bitter malt and alcohol linger over everything else. guess i'll just have to keep drinking to avoid the aftertaste. what a shame.

great summer unibroue in the vein of their blanche. wish it was US released and available like golden monkey, certainly on par with it.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 20:56:20 | More by goodbyeohio
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tjd25

France

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The messy head settles into a thin white collar of foam on a hazy pale orange color body. The smell starts with fruity and yeasty notes of a baked yogurt cake combined with light dry notes of straw but evolve towards an impression closer to spiced warm wine with a light cherry tartness and hints of coriander.
The taste reminds me most immediately of a baked yogurt cake with bananas: yeasty, fruity and citric with light notes of tart. But at the moment where the beer could cause a puckering effect were it to show more dry notes of citrus, Eau Bénite interestingly closes the mouth with a round veil of spices, a slightly salty carbonation and a mix of cake, cereals yogurt and cinnamon. Nice sweet notes of honey.
The very first impression of the mouthfeel is a bit watery but the brew progressively reveals itself as a round and full one. Dry notes of straw and citrus get close to a tart impression, but a warming and reassuring cookie dough feeling brings roundness and thickness to the mouthfeel which gets slightly gluey too, creating a new parallel with warm wine.
An interesting brew, quite drinkable, that could without a doubt benefit from a better head retention.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 21:36:08 | More by tjd25
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baiser

Massachusetts

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

Pours a cloudy golden peach body, with a fluffy white head, great retention. Unmistakable aroma of Unibroue yeast. Spicey and fruity nose. Taste of honey, lots of rich and complex malty flavours and fruits. Moderate bitterness, alcoholic and warming. Always a pleasure drinking unibrou.e

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 02:45:46 | More by baiser
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

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

Slightly cloudy golden yellow color. Nice 1" fizzy head with good retention. The aroma is slightly fruity, slightly spicy. The taste was very sweet, malty, and spicy, but without the huge punch that other beers can bring you. This beer was incredibly easy to drink and had a nice, soft finish to it. A very drinkable beer that is strong yet doesn't carry the heavyweight punch of some its siblings.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 02:42:04 | More by Jacobob10
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SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, pale straw colour with a tiny off white head. The aroma was faint & spicy with a little citrus. The taste had a strong sharp citrus bite and was quite acidic. This would do well paired with spicy foods. Had a tangy mouthfeel but very drinkable considering the realatively high abv. A very good summer quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 19:30:39 | More by SaunaKing
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paterlodie

Belgium

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After having a great trois pistolets I was excited to open up another one from Unibroue. Have to say that I was disappointed. An oxidised( botlefermentation?) heavy malted haynose came up and wasn't too preased with it. Looking at its shape of the beer I noticed a big cloud in the botle.... should I revieuw this one.... is it hounest? These thoughts were realy in my mind when I drank this beer. Sip by sip unimpressed of what i drank. Could this be infected? Don't know either but seeing a best before 231206 so almost 2 years to go! So I wrote this report cause I want to say something can go wrong with your beer on the way to you're store.... or was it the brewer itself? Anyway can't imagine anyone liking this one the way i got it over here! Sorry, see that average from BA is quiet high but can't believe its the beer I drank! Always believe in BA seeing that I gave the trois pistolets today 4.15 and avarage is 4.25. As soon as I can get one of a another date I will buy it again and edit my review but till then this one is there.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 19:44:22 | More by paterlodie
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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It poured cloudy and golden, with very little head to it. The nose is intriguing with a potent spiciness aspect. On first contact, there is a very noticable peppery flavor, however it is equally well balanced. You also get a quick passing of banana notes. The finish is reminiscent to an old cask, very comparable to its belgian counterparts. This is one of those, while not quite a session beer, is very warming in the belly. Its good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 00:23:38 | More by Hhawk06
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no Best before dating to be found. Pours a dark, chill hazed shade of dark honey, not much of a white head, which quickly disappeared. Nose of tropical fruit, yeast. Fairly heavy bodied. Deeply flavorful brew. Notes of Nutty yeastyness, vanilla, flowers and some spice. A wiff of bittersweetness in the finish. Tasty, complex brew. Cant go too wrong with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 12:54:43 | More by Billolick
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clvand0

Kentucky

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

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a nice strong head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy and sweet - some fruits, alcohol, and grains. Sweetness in the flavor that is well balanced and ends with a nice bitterness. Very well made beer. I'll enjoy this one again assuming I can find it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 02:13:43 | More by clvand0
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

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

Woo hoo. Thie one pours a hazy golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head. The nose is really nice. It's fruity, almost a bit of a gueze sourness in there too. This is drawing me into trying it. The flavors are kind of subdued in this one. There is a nice mellow creamy malt, but the aftertaste is what carries this beer in my mind. Its sweet and a bit of a fruit flavor. Very nice. The mouthfeel is relatively thick and nice. Drinkability is very good on this one. The light mellow flavor and mouthfeel keep this one easy to drink. I think I would pick this one up again in a heartbeat. A huge thanks to clvand0 for bringing this beauty over to be shared.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 02:40:06 | More by kmpitz2
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, it appears Sleeman hasn't messed around with Unibroue's quality, as this is a delicious beer. Pours an auburn/honey colour, with a massive white head that looks like a cloud from heaven. Sticky lace coats the glass like white curtains. Smells sweet, with tropical fruits, grains, malts, alcohol and dark fruits(raisins, figs, dates...). Tastes delicious. A satisfying sweetness that isn't cloying or overpowering. The malts create a platform for the fruit sweetness. Still, the aftertaste has a bit of a tangy bitterness. Orange peels, or a hop I can't quite recognise? Who cares, as long as it is good. And this is beyong a good beer. It's a great beer worthy of the Unibroue brewery. Mouthfeel is a bit slick and crisp. For a high alcohol brew, this is highly drinkable. In fact, I don't think the drinkability can be improved. So I must give it a five.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 17:33:26 | More by slitherySOB
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint bottle from the variety 12 pack....poured a hazy cloudy straw color...1 finger frothy cap that goes to a ring....sweet alcohol phenols and some musty raisin in the nose....medium carbonation...stays lively in the glass. Starts very peppery frpm the carbonation malts have a raisin bread effect finishes up faster than other strong U-brews....alcohol poorly hidden in the finish it dominates the tongue..fruity, honey tones and a warm peppery boozyness. call me nutz but there ar too many U-brews whith the same signature tates.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 22:45:19 | More by pootz
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mickeymac

California

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid beer but not one of my favorites from Unibroue. It's pours hazy gold with just a hint of peach. Peach is also noticeable in the smell and taste, along with the trademark Unibroue yeast and some candi sugar. It seems surprisingly dry. I finsished the 750 but didn't feel compelled to run off to the shop to pick up another any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 06:40:47 | More by mickeymac
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vitesse

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served in brown 750 mL bottle...

pours a bright golden color. slight haziness. nice fluffy head on this bad boy. smells of sweet fruitiness -- lemon, bananas and cherries. tastes like an average belgian-style pale ale. i wasn't blown away by this one. it lacked a certain "oomph." it didn't taste very spicy, clovey or phenolic. the banananess was a bit too much. the mouthfeel was a bit too heavy, also. could be a bit fizzier instead of heavy. it's not a bad beer, but there are a number of similar beers from other breweries that i prefer. definitely worth a try, though, and a great buy at only $6 per bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2004 21:24:23 | More by vitesse
Eau Benite from Unibroue
90 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.