Eau Benite | Unibroue

very good
471 Ratings
Eau BeniteEau Benite

Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BobZ
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Golden yellow, builds a nice head of about 3”, which recedes to an inch. Very good lacing.

Smell: Some spice and light fruit, mostly pear. Also, that nice familiar Unibroue bready yeast aroma.

Taste: Flavorful, light fruit, again pear, with a bit of peppery spice. Milder than Fin Du Monde but similar, a little sweet up front with very light bitterness on the finish. As in the smell the Unibroue yeast is ever present.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy on the palate.

Overall: Nice "light" version of a tripel, the 7.7% ABV is very drinkable. Another very good beer from a very good brewery.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glass_house
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of headlessparrot
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle came from a summer sampler 12-pack "selected by Unibroue's beer sommelier." Even the most gentle of pours results in three, four, five fingers of head that recede only slowly, down to a finger or so, leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell is clove, banana, orange peel, tart, yeasty, wheaty, lemony, slight apple. Taste is shockingly light for 7.7% ABV, the flavours echoing the smell. Slightly tangy, tart, yeasty, clove, orange, wheat, malt. Slight copper? Carbonation is high, but perhaps not as high as Unibroue's other Belgian beers, and the body is nice but doesn't give away the high alcohol at all.

A tripel that smells and tastes more like a Belgian witbier. And that's not a critique; this is a very nice beer. Perhaps best thought of as La Fin Du Monde's more easy-going little sister--though she, too, still packs a punch.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Source/Serving: 22 oz bottle, aged ~3 years

S: Rich honey, tropical fruit. Light pepper, blood oranges, lillies. A wiff of bright lemon. An overall impression of heaviness and sweetness.

T: Very fruit forward with a tropical fruit smorgasbord of pineapple, guava, lemon, organge. Slightly sweet, very juicy and very refreshing. Lots of honey coming through too. Carbonation is moderate (low for the style), which gives an impression of smoothness. Bitterness is mild, slightly grassy. Alcohol and wonderbread/straw have faint echoes. I'd swear this has some wheat in it but its not listed on the Unibroue site. Light herbal hoppines. Finish remains tropical fruit driven in flavor, but is semi-dry, with light pepper, a touch of alcohol and a dry herbal note.

Notes: Notable among trippels for its tropical fruit note and crispness.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy light golden color, with a modest white head, good broken lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Spicy orange and coriander notes, with slight cookie dough, and mild cloves.

Taste: Spicy at the open, with slight earth and yeast notes, and orange, coriander appears later in the taste. Finishes with a lingering herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, with slightly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, drinkable example.

Thanks to fellow BA HardTarget for generously sharing this example.

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Photo of tjd25
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale orange color with a very nice head on top. Decent head seems to want to remain. Yeasty and spicy aroma, mildly phenolic. earthy as well. Very crisp and citrusy flavor wise. Peppery spice to it. Mild grapefruit. Very sharp and effervescent mouthfeel-quite lively. Mild sticky sweetness in the finish. Nice enjoyable tripel all in.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Distinctive Unibroue yeast.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep gold glass with a thin white head

Flavor: Tastes like La Fin du Monde. Major flavors are spice and fresh orange peel. A great tripel profile.

Mouthfeel: Firm carbonation, medium to light body.

Overall Impression: Very enjoyable. If you are a Unibroue fan (as I am) you should enjoy this. I need to try to get another to do a side by side with La Fin to tease out the differences.

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Photo of jessealmlie
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of velkyal
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a big frothy head and lots of lovely bubbles.

The nose was full of fruit and spice, and at the same time somewhat musty.

Taste wise, the Eau Bénite continues the fruity theme from the nose, sweetened with honey and gingery spiciness. This beer put me in mind of the La Goudale although with a fuller body and a smooth softness in the throat.

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3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a lingering, silky ivory head.

Belgian yeast esters of banana, clove, coriander, bruised apple, and pear are accented by soft citrus.

Notes of grapefruit underlie a slightly toasted bready malt backbone, accompanied by light confectioners sweetness. Banana is more subtle. Clove rounds out the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with spritzy carbonation and modest alcohol warmth.

Citrus esters are a nice break from the bready malt backbone. The clove becomes a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of Prost76
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice little tripel, I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately it lives in the shadow of La Fin Du Fonde...a much better beer. Served in a goblet.

Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a tight white head, some lacing, moderate carbonation, nice retention.

Aroma is a little yeasty, clean, overall weak.

Beer is light and airy with a nice mild breadiness and a dry finish. No real bitterness, just a nice little tripel. I'd have it again, I really enjoyed it but I like La Fin Du Monde a bit more.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Hazy dark yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Wheat, bananas, lemons, oranges, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste ripe bananas mixed with some lemons/oranges and a coriander/cloves spiciness. There are also some notes of white grape juice. It ends with a banana and coriander aftertaste.

Overall – A very nice and smooth beer that will go down dangerously fast. It has a lot of the taste found in wit beers. The alcohol is very well hidden and the fruit flavours are refreshing. No regrets on this purchase.

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3.92/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mdagnew
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle given to me by a friend...

Poured a golden yellow colour... White head poured quite foamy and faded to almost nothing... little to no lacing...

Aroma - Fruity (pineapples, grapefruits), light toffee malts, honey sweetness, vanilla, peppery, creamy notes...

Taste – Spicy fruits, peppery, light sweetness, light spicy hop bitterness, sea salt notes, biscuity malts...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Medium body... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A good Belgian pale ale.... Recommended...

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Eau Benite from Unibroue
3.99 out of 5 based on 471 ratings.
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