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Eau Benite - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

432 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 51
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of waughbrew
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
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.

Photo of tjd25
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.

Photo of baiser
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

Photo of Jacobob10
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.

Photo of SaunaKing
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.

Photo of paterlodie
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.

Photo of Hhawk06
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.

Photo of Billolick
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.

Photo of clvand0
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
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.

Photo of slitherySOB
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.

Photo of pootz
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.

Photo of mickeymac
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.

Photo of vitesse
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to pick this up in B.C. because it is no longer sold in Alberta for some reason. Poured from a brown 750 ml caged and corked bottle, I like the little poem on the back label, both in English and French (although I prefer the French version better). Served in a glass chalice the head is immense on the initial pour, a massive creamy cloud-like expanse, capping a hazed deep golden body with intense carbonation. The bouquet is light and effervescent, very uplifting to inhale. Light grains, honey, vanilla, with a bit of a tropical papaya-like character, and some spiciness. The mouthfeel is also very light and effervescent for an ale of 7.7% abv, very velvety and smooth, this is a very well named ale. Mild spice on the first sip that warms your insides, banana, clove and some vanilla. Fruit esters come out in the middle, like candied papaya and banana, while the finish is rather low key as all these flavours blend into one. Remarkable balance. It's been years and years since I've tried this stuff, and I don't remember it being so good, a shame that I can't find it around these parts very easily. A triumph of the brewing alchemy that Unibroue can perform.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance - a beautiful translucent marbley orange color. Initial seltzery head ends up at a sparse covering. There's a junkyard full of stuff laying in the bottom of the bottle. The 2nd glass from this 750 ml container was expectedly a cloudy dull orange.

Aroma - peppery yeast smell, ripe bananas, a hint of raisins. Fades quickly and the residual aroma isn't worth much.

Taste - light malty sweetness and some fruity sweetness, too. Just a faint yeasty flavor. Finishes with a tiny bit of sourness or bitterness, it's hard to tell which. Some weak alcohol warming, well-hidden. A fragile triple. Some nutty, woody flavors at the bottom of the bottle add an interesting extra, but too little too late for serious consideration.

Mouthfeel - fairly thin and watery, helps to keep the sweetness in check. Low carbonation does not distract from the delicate flavors. Not really the body of a triple I'm thinking, but it's exactly the right call for this beer.

Drinkability - if I see this on tap, I'll have to try it, but otherwise will likely not seek it out.

Photo of cbl2
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: 12oz. Bottle

Appearance:

A murky cloudy orange with little to no head but plenty of carbonation.

Smell:

Sour dough bread.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Tart at first, but mellows mid sip. Has a very doughy flavor to it, with a faint fruity finish. Alcohol is masked entirely. This could be dangerous stuff to drink more than one of. This gets even better as you move towards mid-bottle. An extremely good beer. Unibroue has done it again.

Photo of Naerhu
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful orange opaque body and thick slightly yellow active head

Pineapple and belgian yeast aroma.

Straw with surprising amount of bitterness. Not sweet, which is what I expect fro a BS Pale Ale. There is a dry spicyness, but next to no maltyness and a healthy amount of yeast flavor.

Thin harsh mouthfeel. Although the alcohol is not apparent, this is too dry.

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

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy yellow orange color with two fingers of head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet and fruity, white grapes and lemon essence. The taste is malty as well, with pear and apple coming through. A touch of tartness a hint of alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is just a little light for the style. The drinkability fairs well too for a 7.7% brew. Quite a quaffable brew from Unibroue.

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

Orange with a subdued white ring for a head and low carbonation that leaves no lace. Fruity orange aroma and flavor dominate with a very light spiciness in flavor. Has many similarities with a semi-sweet wine. Medium bodied and smooth; very drinkable and deceptive.

Would certainly have again but would not go out of my way for it.

Best before: 10/25/04
Tasted: 04/04/04

($2.29 / 12 oz)

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

It poured a dark gold color, with a head that disappeared quickly. The smell is fruity, just right in my opinion. It tastes like the smell, with a kind of tropical fruit flavor. Mouthfeel was good, but maybe a little too carbonated, but the alcohol is not very apparent, and this beer is very drinkable. It is one my favorites.

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

Appearance: Very good. Attractive, fairly transparent, light orange. Nice head.

Smell: Very Good. Spice (cloves), Fruit (Banana, Melon, Green Aplle)), Citrus hops.

Taste: Good. Fruit front with bitter back.

Mouthfeel: Good. A little watery.

Drinkability: Good. I could do a couple of these.

This is a really good beer, but I like other Unibroue offerings a little more.

Photo of JamesBerry
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured nearly flat, with almost no head to speak of. Its color was a foggy gold, reminiscent of apple cider. The aroma of this so-called "Holy Water" was rather estery and wine-like. Mouthfeel was crisp, thin and sharp. The somewhat watered down, seltzery taste with hints of fruit and spices (nutmeg?) almost reminded me more of a hard cider than a beer.

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

An orange pour with a big white, foamy head. Very lively, lots of bubbles and such. The nose is mildly fruity with a good dose of spice. Fresh and light floral notes. Yeasty. A hint of woodiness. The mouthfeel is lively and full while the taste is malty with wheat notes. The taste dries out and leaves an earthy, dry finish. Very solid and well balanced....not Unibroue's best howvever.

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