Eau Benite | Unibroue

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Eau BeniteEau Benite

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
First brewed in 1996, Eau Benite "Oh-Bey-Knit" (Holy Water) was developed to offer the characteristics of a bottle refermented triple with a slightly lower alcohol content. This is a refreshing pale golden ale with a slightly fruity nose and a pleasant character.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased at Fiddlehead Farms in Dover. Pours a hazy yellow body with a good two or three inches of persistent head. Spice, lemon, orange, with nut and vanilla notes comprise the aroma. Lemon, orange, coriander, anise, clove, pith, with hints of vanilla and nut make up the flavor. Medium in body with ample carbonation. Super-drinkable, which could be dangerous considering the ABV. In a word, awesome. Truly unique with really no flaws to speak of. Aptly named.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This may be my favorite trippel. It was a very strong piercing beer with a lot of flavor and sweetness as well. The smell of fruit and hops filled the glass as I poured it and the champagne like bubbles were overwhelmingly graceful! The aromas were fantastic! Then after a quick settle the taste of this was just perfect! It was sweet and warming, and the unfiltered goodness fills your mouth with malty flavors. I highly suggest trying the "holy water" and giving Canada a thumbs up for one GREAT beer!

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Photo of unibrew
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
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)

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

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Photo of cokes
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gee what a surprise....another wonderful, complex beer from Unibroue. Pale cloudy straw in color. Fluffy head stays briefly. Champaign-like carbonation makes the mouthfeel something special.
Fruity sweetness on the palate. Intrusions of tea-like hops keep things on the even-keel. Lingering vanilla flavor towards the end. Less spicy than many of the other Uni-brews. Probably since the alcohol is toned down a bit. (though still quite hefty at 7.7% ABV...I'd like to know where they hide it).

Another world classic from my favorite brewery.
At this point it becomes futile to try to decide which of their brews is the best. Each is unique and a treat in its own right. Try them all....and (if you are spoiled) try them often

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: 3/4" white head over honey-amber coloured liquid.

S: Honey, apples, pears, orange peel and yeast.

T: Pears and apple flavours over top of a very nice honey malt. Delicious.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: A little more malty than La Fin Du Monde, this Tripel by Unibroue is also extremely drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eau Benite
Style: Tripel
ABV: 7.70 %

LOOK: Pours a dark gold with a hint of peach. Soapy white froth forms and has good staying power. Active carbonation streams up the etched goblet and actually provides more foam as the drinking experience continues. Looks like a fine Belgian style ale.

SMELL: Peach, pear, grapeskin, and must are all upfront from the fruity yeast strain employed by Unibroue's talanted brewing team. Some sweet grain notes from the malts are apparent, and just a whiff of hop rounds out the nose.

TASTE: Fuzzy peach skin, pineapple, citrus, nectarine, pear, and apple are all upfront. Small leafy, tea like hop bitterness with mineral and medicinal notes. Pale malt sweetness is well pronounced, giving a clean, full body to the brew. Alcohol is virtually non-existent, but it indeed exists here.

FEEL: Medium bodied, full of flavor, with a Champagne like high carbonation giving the brew a drier feel. Has an effervescent body and dances nicely across the palate. Finishes with a tang of yeast and notes of lightly bitter herbal hop.

OVERALL: The elusive Eau Benite, it was well worth the wait, I will tell you that. Stands as a testament of the fine brewing activity going down at Unibroue brewery in Canada. This is a tasty Tripel that hits all the right notes, and then some.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Golden body, slighly hazy, big fluffy white head with soapy lacing. Aroma is wispy banana, clove and that strong, strong pleasant prominent Unibroue tripel yeast. Awesome. Taste is slightly spicy, banana, slight candi sugar and again the yeast dominates. Amazingly drinkable and just delicious all around.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- mostly clear golden apricot in color with an awesome looking big poofy almost Snow White head. There's some minor spots of lace on the glass. Dense streams of tiny champagne bubbles rise right up the center of the tulip. Unibroue always nails the Belgian styles and this one looks like it's gonna be a banger.

S- yeasty fruity nose apricot and nectarines with some orange peel, melon, banana, papaya and pineapple. Clove and band aid phenols ride the waves of fruit. Sweet sugar cookie malt provides a solid foundation and swirling the glass releases a burst of floral citric hops like slightly bitter orange blossoms.

T- amazing balance of tart and sweet. Starts off with refreshing orchard fruit tartness, orange, apricot, red plum, pear, apple, then sweeter towards melon and banana and shortbread type malt flavors from added sugars. Light honey and vanilla flavor but mostly sweetened pilsner malt. Hops are lemony grassy and mild but assertively check against the sweetness. Finishes with remarkable balance, all at once sweet, bitter, tart, and grainy.

MF- much fuller than it looks and at 7.7% it feels more like 9.7%. The amped up body hides any feeling of alcohol and its tight bottle conditioned bubbles roll across the tongue. Immaculate dryness on the cheeks and lightly sticky lips makes this one a pleasure to take giant hits of. Soft juicy almost creamy body is just... Nice. Almost has the feeling of wheat proteins.

D- a modestly boozed tripel from Canada. I've had like 12 of their beers and these guys are no joke. They amaze me every single time with the best Belgian beer that's not made in Belgium (or Netherlands). This really is some holy water.. If tropical fruit has been steeping in it. Darn it where is my cheese!? This is a beer for double creme or idk something soft ripened or chevre. Killer broue.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a two pack of bombers from Unibroue. Pours a nice light orange color with a huge head. It doesn't leave much lacing down the sides. The aroma is very sweet and has some floral characteristics to it. The taste starts light and with some bitterness but rounds out to a nice fruity flavor and some heat from the alcohol. This is a great beer and as a bottle conditioned limited release, something i would pick up again if I ever saw it.

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Photo of Derek
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a couple years since this was available in Ontario... so I finally picked one up in BC.

It says "tripel" on the label, but I agree that it's more of a strong pale ale (not enough alcohol, fusils, phenols & spice).

A: Hazy, golden straw; fissy white head, very little retention, some lace.

S: Plenty of fruity esters (bubblegum, pineapple, pear and cantelope melon). Very light on the spice and barely any phenols.

T: Bready, tropical fruit (pineapple, banana, cantelope, honeydew and mango). Hints of cloves & bubblegum. The fruity esters from the yeast are certainly Belgian, but not too different from a German hefeweizen.

M: Moderate body is creamy, with a dry finish. Moderately high carbonation. Wonderful.

D: Very good.

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Photo of leaddog
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy gold hue with about a finger width of foamy, cloud-like head.

Smell - Bananas, clove, spices, bit of citrus - very sweet smelling.

Taste - Hops are floral in nature and well supported by the spice and clove flavours. There's a hint of citrus and grains as well. Despite the strong hop flavour, the bitterness is well balanced with the sweet flavours and does not overpower. Alcohol level is well concealed (making this "holy water" a little more sinful).

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Also has a nice fluffy characteristic to the body.

Overall - Another job well done by Unibroue. I quite enjoy the fluffy mouthfeel and floral flavours. Definitely worth picking up the winter mix pack that includes this brew.

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

07/02/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. All the cliches I run through miss the mark here. This is an extremely refreshing beverage that has a clean, refreshing effect on the palate, a substantial mouth feel/body but leaves one wondering what just happened? Magic is all I'm left with.

01/16/13 On tap a Rattle n Hum, NYC. Yes, yes, yes. If it wasn't for the 7.7 ABV I'd be all over this stuff. Seductive in a Rubenesque way. Lots of body. As a huge Fin du Monde fan, she needs to watch her Ps & Qs as I could swing this way with no regret.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a chilled tulip glass? Yes, it was poured.

Appearance 4.0: Beer is a beautiful hazy golden color. Completely opaque. Lots of carbonation bubbles everywhere. Poured out with a 1/4" head that subsided into a 1/8" head and stuck around the entire session.

Smell 4.5: Beautiful bouquet. I smell lots of spicy Belgian yeast, sweet malt and a delightful straw or dried grass.

-Taste 4.5: Front is slightly sweet, but is butressed by the wonderfully refreshing carbonation and the brief hints of sourness. Middle is yeasty and dry. Finish is so smooth and all in the back of the mouth; is also slightly dry and is very satisfying. Aftertaste is of grains, Belgian yeast and a slight hop bite. Fantastic.

-Mouthfeel 4.5: One of the few occassions I've experienced where the mouthfeel is almost perfect and actually enhances the drinking experience.

-Overall 4.5: Excellent beer and one of the best triples I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Light, airy, but at the same time it presents an amazing depth of taste and smell. The label has a lot of fun with angelic imagery, but this is one angelic and miraculous brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Converge
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.

A - And yet another Unibroue volcano, overflowing with foam all over the place. 5th straight one now. Pours with a frothy, off-white head and a burnt copper-orange hue. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the glass. Little head retention

S - Probably the best smelling tripel for me to date. Nice yeasty character with some light fruitiness and not too much spice. Unripe oranges, tangerine, and some pleasant Belgian spice.

T - The flavor is a mixture of the anticipated taste from the smell and something totally different. The yeast character is done very well, and has a really bready feel. The fruit taste is fantastic, with sunny nectarines, oranges, and tangerine flavors. Finishes with a touch of spices, wheat, bubblegum, and faint hops. It has a certain funk to it that really appeals to me.

M - Nice smooth body, good carbonation. All around really good here. Slight alcohol heat, with a bit of spice in the finish. But that sort of spice and phenol character is to be expected with this style.

D - Probably my favorite tripel so far, and I really enjoyed this one. Nice drinkable flavor with a funky fruit kick and reasonable ABV. I would definitely have this one again without having to think twice.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as a Christmas two pack in February because they were trying to clear them out. For the price I had to give it a run. Not a great looking beer, light without much of a head. Excellent smell although not real strong. Taste is similar, very good to excellent but not as much, shall I say bang as I would like, but very smooth. Extremely drinkable for the ABV which gives it bonus points overall and decent value, at least at the price I paid. Overall a strong beer that I would certainly buy again at a good price.

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Photo of basica
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of dmarch
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of keanex
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a bottle best before 8-23-2013. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy amber/orange with a creamy white head that remains through most of the glass. Very appealing looking.

S: Ripe tropical fruits, with a slight spice. Very thick/strong scent and inviting.

T: Sweet up front with some overripe fruits, slight hints of alcohol, and a slight spice at the end. This has a good balance to it, the sweet up front meshes well with the dry semi-spice finish. Incredibly drinkable here.

M: Creamy full bodied with a lot of fizzy carbonation. Fills your mouth and feels like I could chew it.

O: I love this beer, it's delicious. My biggest gripe with it is that it's only available in gift sets. Seek it out for sure.

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Photo of vwahaszee
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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