1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Eau Benite - Unibroue

Not Rated.
Eau BeniteEau Benite

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

425 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 425
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 49
Gots: 30 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Eau Benite Alström Bros
Ratings: 425 | Reviews: 209 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Hhawk06
Hhawk06

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -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.

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

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3%

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.

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

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +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.

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

Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

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

California

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

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

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

07-19-2004 21:24:23 | More by vitesse
Photo of IronDjinn
IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

07-11-2004 17:56:36 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

07-08-2004 01:50:22 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of cbl2
cbl2

New York

4.18/5  rDev +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.

06-17-2004 18:36:27 | More by cbl2
Photo of Naerhu
Naerhu

Japan

2.85/5  rDev -29.1%

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.

06-14-2004 14:19:58 | More by Naerhu
Photo of SheepNutz
SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

04-06-2004 03:40:08 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of RBorsato
RBorsato

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

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)

04-05-2004 17:20:24 | More by RBorsato
Photo of vwahaszee
vwahaszee

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

02-08-2004 20:24:15 | More by vwahaszee
Photo of dansteino
dansteino

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

02-02-2004 08:13:26 | More by dansteino
Photo of JamesBerry
JamesBerry

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

01-29-2004 00:23:16 | More by JamesBerry
Photo of Popsinc
Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

12-24-2003 21:39:46 | More by Popsinc
Photo of RockyTopHeel
RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

Hazy yellow-orange with a big, bubbly off-white head. One whiff and my nose is filled with yeast and light citrus fruit as the brew bubbles furiously.

Mmmm…Nice and wheaty at first, followed by a variety of fruits (apricot? nectarine? white plum?) and a touch of spice. Finally, the fruit gives way to a wonderful dry finish (more wheat), and then, just at the end, a sweet, alcoholic warmth.

Halfway gone and my Eau is still bubbling furiously, with a reduced but still present white lacing of fine bubbles.

As it warms, the yeast flavors are becoming more prominent, adding a bready touch to this beer’s fruitful bounty.

This is just one more reason that Unibroue is becoming my favorite brewery. Le miracle d’Unibroue, indeed.

12-22-2003 16:58:01 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%

Good but not
top Unibroue. Pours white head on top of cloudy yellow. Light hops,
wheat and yeast, floral and sweet with some spices. Aroma is citrus
floral. Not crazy about cloves No alcohol taste. Carbonation lasting.
Very Silky on tongue. Easy drinking with food.

12-17-2003 01:29:30 | More by Sammy
Photo of ManekiNeko
ManekiNeko

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

Served chilled in a Trois Pistoles goblet. 750 mL corked and caged bottle with a best before date of 1/23/2003... a good 9 months past prime.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a quickly fading white head. Visible carbonation. When the yeast is added, it looks a lot like a weisse.

Smell: Coriander, pepper, and orange peel aromas. Sour apple notes. Quite yeasty. With yeast added, the beer takes on a cidery character.

Taste: Slightly tart and peppery malt sweetness. Apple and citrus flavors plus that typical Unibroue yeastiness I've grown to love. A wee bit sour on the finish. The apple and sour tastes become more prominent when the yeast is added.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light in body. Quite refreshing. Great carbonation despite the age of the bottle.

Drinkability: I'll definitely have to snag another bottle of this, preferably one that is fresher. The bottle I had was still quite good, but I think the head took quite a hit. A solid tripel, even in its faded glory. I must also note that the label art is cool. I like the tattoo on the angel declaring "I *heart* Quebec"

10-29-2003 04:06:50 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of beerguy101
beerguy101

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Medium gold color, slightly hazy. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and with a touch of breadyness or mustiness. A medium bodied Belgian golden triple. Malts are fruity and only slightly sweet. Not all that spicy and yeasty. Nicely balanced. Milder tasting beer. Very drinkable. Hides the 7.7% alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

10-10-2003 02:23:51 | More by beerguy101
Photo of scottum
scottum

Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.5%

pours out a hazy gold amber with a head to speak high on. Touches of fruit and sweet spice hond onto the mellow alcohol and balance the taste budget. Quite complex and wonderful to drink. One really can not go wrong with a Unibroue beer. I got this in a lovely outdoor bar in Old Montreal.

09-16-2003 08:00:59 | More by scottum
Photo of WaltTrombone
WaltTrombone

New York

4.22/5  rDev +5%

Holy Water, indeed! I had this in a 750 ml bottle, loved the label, with a devil wearing an angel costume. If the church put this stuff in the font, it'd make the sermons a lot more bearable...

It pours a lovely pale gold, with a white head. The aroma is malt, apple, caramel. The taste has a bunch of fruit in it, apple, peach, cantaloupe, along with malt and cloves. I found this to have more apple flavor throughout than Ephemere, which had a blast of apple in the beginning that faded fast, and this Holy Water doesn't have apple in it. A lovely, creamy mouthfeel, with light carbonation. The finish is malt, fruit, sugar syrup, vanilla. May be a bit on the sweet side for some, but not overdone. Merci, Unibroue!

09-09-2003 15:06:17 | More by WaltTrombone
Photo of mzwolinski
mzwolinski

California

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%

This was one of my scores from a recent trip to NYC. Can’t find this stuff on the West Coast. I am worried, however, as to whether it survived the plane trip OK, because whne I poured it, the beer came out a hazy yellow with almost no head at all. Aroma is mostly sweet, quite fruity, with a hint of spice. Fruit comes through big in the taste as well; here it struck me as rather melon-like, with hints of tropical fruit. Overall, this beer struck me as a bit too sweet, too one-dimensional. Rather a disappointment, coming from Unibroue.

09-01-2003 17:20:46 | More by mzwolinski
Eau Benite from Unibroue
90 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.