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Eau Benite - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

427 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 50
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)
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Photo of WaltTrombone
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

WaltTrombone, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

mzwolinski, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange-like color wirh a pretty light head,aroma was almost like apple cider with some more tartness.Flavor is also apple-like but also some juicy citruis notes a nice yeastiness in the background rounds this beer out really well.Pretty tart and drinkable,well done.

oberon, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of granger10
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of fruit like a tripel should have. Citrus fruit, tarty fruit, sweet fruit, you name it this beer has it. But that's not all. Slight honey sweetness is in it. A hoppyness swirls the mouth creating a happy feeling for me. Alcohol is strong in this one, esp. at the end. Became an amazing brew the further I got on it (possibly because of my intoxication?) but anyways I've had this a few times and I like it more each time. Bow down to Unibroue.

granger10, Jul 26, 2003
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Suprisingly, this is a light orange colour beer. A lot lighter then other belgian triple. Pourred a nice clear white head that did not disapear too quickly. The alcohol is well hidden. Taste very sweet. Very good beer but not a traditional triple. Another good beer from Unibroue.

Phyl21ca, Jul 15, 2003
Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy golden yellow color. The white head never really developed, but created a ring around the surface with a bit of sheeting on the beer. An aroma of coriander, clove, orange peel and apples greets you at every sip.

The flavor began sweet and fruity (apples), quickly moved to a spicy clove taste and finished with some alcohol. A sweet malt in the background holds the flavors together and some fruity flavors are left behind when swallowed.

This is a tasty beer that would go great with pasta. I found that I was sipping lightly so I did not find it as drinkable as other beers.

WanderingFool, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Marché du Boisé (boul. des Forges, T-R), 6/13/03, stored cool dark, 2600 miles in my trunk.

As usual, I had no problem getting a big, white, coarse, fizzy head. It collapses crusty and leaves only a few spots of lacing. Cloudy, orange-yellow beer. This one has an awesome nose: spice, candy, sweet citrus. Mmmmm. The front is spicy citrus, leading to a fizzy, light middle. There's a little buttery maltiness. The finish is very dry: bitter with some grains. Buttered bread returns in the aftertaste, then some pepper.

This is a very dry Unibroue. It's good, of course, but for me it's a little bland compared to the others. It's about as light as 7.7% abv can get.

kbub6f, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 2 August 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. it has a large white head w/ tiny bubbles that disapates quickly. It's a cloudy, light golden color. It's slightly sweet w/ a dry, flat finish. No alcohol flavor. Nice, but not outstanding

jcalabre, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured it's a clear deep golden color. Adding the yeasty sediment clouds it but also adds a softer character and stronger vanilla tones. The off-white head is creamy and displays good retention but leaves only limited lace about the glass. The nose offers an interesting yeastiness that displays vanilla, clove, and soft fruit (apples, berry, papaya, melon). It's very fine, natural carbonation softly caresses the tongue; and although the body is light, it's creaminess gives it the impression of a fuller body. Vanilla returns in the flavor along with a softly sweet maltiness that's backed by gentle fruit (apple, pear, mild strawberry) and a light touch of alcohol that gently lingers on the palate following the swallow. It's quite unique; and very impressive in just that! I've never had a beer similar to this; and although it did take a little bit of warming to, it's become one of my favorites. Well worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Jun 26, 2003
Photo of Realale
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep cloudy gold. Fine large head settles quickly to a rocky incomplete cap.

Nose is quite yeasty and malty with a touch of phenol and a bit of banana/plum fruitiness.

Big, crisp crackery malt on the palate. Dies a bit in the mid-palate, leaving mostly yeasty notes to carry the load. The phenol and fruit are there as well, with the phenol being a bit more than I'd prefer. Touch chalky at the finish, and the alcohol pops out with food, although remains well-hidden without.

Great prickly bottle-conditioned carbonation wipes the palate clean after each sip, while still maintaining a certain softness on the palate that characterizes the Unibroue line.

Honestly, I've had better bottles of this, and the score reflects this particular bottle, as I did not officially review any of the others. Will revisit my review if it crosses my path again.

Small bottle. Best before date of 11/27/04

Realale, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of marc77
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark blonde hue, covered by a head that readily recedes into a spotty, loose layer that leaves sparse, oblong spots of foam. Bready malt along with wafts of must, green apple, and lightly acidic lime citrus dominate the somewhat tame aroma, with subtle notes of peppery alcohol and trace phenol. Mild honeyish sweetness is perceived at first in flavor, then is followed by notes of underripe kiwi and white grape. Fruitiness fades mid palate revealing a pleasantly dry, bready, lightly cracker like malt foundation, which is in turn supplemented by understated herbal clove. Hints of black licorice and candied green apple emerge late, along with mild, nearly forgotten hop bitterness. Well attenuated and acceptably smooth in mouthfeel, but a hair thin. Finishes clean, with mild, agreeable limeish acidity and hints of sweet bread. A surprisingly tame, but balanced strong golden by Unibroue. Highly reminescent of a Belgian "single" in overall character, except with a dangerously hidden alcohol content. Highly quaffable. A bit too neutral in yeast derived character, but quite tasty, nonetheless.

marc77, May 30, 2003
Photo of MJR
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden color with a hint of amber. It's off-white head quickly (and loudly) fizzles down to a tiny cap.

Smell: The aroma's a nice blend of sweet and spicy with notes of fruit, honey, and a hint of banana and clove. There's a slight earthiness, as well as a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Well balanced and laid back with suggestions of honey, pear, banana, clove, and bready yeast. The alcohol is well hidden, only rearing it's head slighty on the tail end. A touch of hoppiness adds a nice balance. Adding the yeast sediment builds on the earthy, bready flavor. A dry, musty character develops towards the end of the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with a crisp, spritzy mouthfeel that's more to the thin side. Very dry on the tongue. Nice tummy warming effect.

Drinkability: Good...this is a well-done tripel. There's nothing extraordinary about it, but nothing bad or out of place either. It's not one of Unibroue's best, but it is a solid brew none-the-less.

MJR, Apr 22, 2003
Photo of dmarch
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale golen color with a white head that leaves a nice lace. It has a very fruity aroma. The taste is fruity as well, tastes like apricot and pineapple. It's a very refreshing and wonderful beer. Unibroue somehow has a way of amazing me even with my extremely high expections. I always expect something great and they always deliver.

dmarch, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is a muddy amber/ orange with a large, fluffy white head.

Aroma is in a class by itself: angelic, uplifting, arousing. Fresh, floral, soft, sweet,...a compound of beauty and wonder, entirely in a universe of it's own!

Body is medium, but light on the tongue, sweet and spicy, with tingly hops! Full presence on the palate, lilting and dancing hops! This is a true contender to Duvel.

S'wonderful, S'marvelous, S'whatIlike to drink!

feloniousmonk, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NOTES: also available in 12oz bottles.

750ml corked and caged bottle: Brilliant! Another triumph for Unibroue. This beer poured a nice yellow colour, like a triplke should. This beer threw out some very complex aromas of fruits, berries, wheat, smoke, and everything else! This tastes awesome, like a fruity, light, alcoholic concoction should! This has that classic Unibroue mouthfeel and an awesome drinkability as well!
cheers!,
F.

francisweizen, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of 49degrees
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very enjoyable Belgian styled ale in the strength of a triple. Among the more enjoyable non-Belgian brewed triple styled ales available, but pales in comparison to Unibroue's own "La Fin du Monde."

Pours clean with a bright golden hue colour and a might head that gives way quickly to a thin broken head. Aroma is very enjoyable with hints of fruit such as pear, orange and apple must, but not enough to confuse it with the "Ephemere" (also by Unibroue).

Although it has warming characteristics, its 7.7%abv is lower than that of many "triples" but that alcohol content can sneak up on ya when not looking. Its a very drinkable ale that went well with a series of pre-Xmas dinner appetizers.

49degrees, Dec 25, 2002
Photo of Murph
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with some slight yeasties in suspension and a huge, creamy white head that sinks some but lasts all the way down. Sweet candy sugar aromas with some lighter fruit tones such as peach, orange zest, and orange. There are also some very prevalent spice tones, smells of pepper and clove are all over the brew. Huge sweetness hits the tongue right away before giving way to some nice orange fruitiness with a trailing pepper taste. Slightly herbal hops can be quietly detected in the back of the brew as it progresses towards its spicy, slightly alcoholic, finish than lingers nicely on the tongue, leaving a craving for more. Sweet creamy silk is all over my tongue as I drink this brew. Light, but at the same time not. Absolutely excellent brew, but would I expect anything less from this amazing brewery.

Murph, Nov 18, 2002
Photo of frank4sail
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks yellow and extreamly clear with lots of little bubbles and a white head. Light malty aroma with some yeast and alcohol. Very smooth mouth. The original taste is solid malt followed by a soft clove finish. Very well balenced hop/maly character. Medium body. The finish is slightly sweet (coats the tongue).A solid Unibroue product. A very drinkable tripel.

frank4sail, Oct 15, 2002
Photo of the42ndtourist
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yep. lemony golden (like the inside, not the outside) with big foamy head. It's a good beer, smooth, and rather tasty. No pretences or overwhelming flavours, just nice and fruity, with a decent soft spice that keeps the alcohol in check.
I like it.

the42ndtourist, Sep 25, 2002
Photo of LarryV
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked this beer. Citrusy and slightly sweet, but not overbearingly so. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a golden-orangey, opaque brew. Not as spicy as La Fin Du Monde, nor as sweet as Don Du Dieu. An easy drinking brew. I had it in the 750ml corked bottle.

LarryV, Aug 25, 2002
Photo of BeerAngel
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy light orange with Unibroue's trademark white massive head. The head fades rather quickly. The smell again from Unibroue is fruity and yeasty. This one has a strong fuit and alcohol taste. Medium body and slightly sticky mouthfeel. The alchohol is definitely warming. I could drink a few of these bad/good boys. A votre sante!

BeerAngel, Jul 11, 2002
Photo of Viking
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After trying similar brews with 'evil' names such as Duvel and Lucifer, I figured I should give the good guys a shot as well. So, how is that 'Holy Water'?

Nice golden-peach colored body, with a good sized head (which fades a bit too quickly, I'm sorry to say). Aroma and flavor are just a bit too sweet and 'sticky'. I like the spiciness in the aroma, but it's covered over too much by a sugury-honey smell. Also has a bit of that 'new mown hay' aroma. Overall, the taste is good, but has a very lager-like flavor in the finish that I just don't care for. Carbonation in the beer gives it a pretty lively feeling on the tongue. I don't think Eau Benite is a great example of the style, and it's far from the best Unibroue beer (which are generally quite amazing).

Based on Eau Benite, I think I'll stick to the 'evil' brews...time to pick up a big bottle of Duvel!

Viking, Jun 01, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz twist with a black foiled top, no freshness date.

Appearance: Pale golden hazy brew with a bubbly white lace.

Smell: Sweet alcohol with an aroma of ripe tropical fruit and a very mild spice.

Taste: Rich fruit with a sweet warming alcohol. Mild bitterness is helped along by the spicy warmth of the alcohol. The sweetness also has hints of honey and exotic fruit. Slight grainy flavour is also noticeable in this semi crisp medium bodied brew.

Notes: Very rich with many complex sweet, alcohol and fruity flavours. It is apparent is beer was sent from heaven..

Jason, May 22, 2002
Photo of rastaman
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like some of Unibroues beers, but some pf their others have some serious work to do (in my opinion), some of them are a bit too cloying, one dimentional and perhaps a bit sticky, like this one.

rastaman, Apr 14, 2002
Photo of jdhilt
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent triple from Unibroue, wheat/yeast overtones. High, long lasting carbonation. Yellow/orange/cloudy appearance.

jdhilt, Mar 09, 2002
Eau Benite from Unibroue
90 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.