Eau Benite | Unibroue

BA SCORE
89
very good
470 Ratings
Eau BeniteEau Benite
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-06-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
470
Reviews:
213
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.03%
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
51
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Edgarallenpoor
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Naugros
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Like everyone else, I got this "exclusively" in a two-pack with Maudite. Poured this into a tulip which turned out to be a bit too thin for this beer. A Duvel glass would be perfect.

Not impressed with the appearance. It's a dull orangish-yellow with more haze than I've ever experienced in this style...and it's not a chill haze as it never departs. The head is huge though, even when poured into a larger glass.

The smell and the taste are really very nice. Both are dominated by Belgian yeast flavor components. Banana esters are forefront with some phenolic pepper. There's a citrus backdrop that manifests as lemon in the nose and orange on the tongue. No appreciable malt presence in the aroma, but you get cracker meal in the taste. All of this is well-balanced.

I have a little issue with the mouthfeel as it starts out with a nicely carbonated medium body, but it seems to thin out as it moves through your mouth, becoming vaporous, like a sake. Very odd and distracting. But the flavors are the star here and make this a worthwhile endeavor. In experience it sits somewhere between Orval and Duvel.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells fruity, like a far more perky version of Unibroue's typical dark ale fare. Where normally (such as in Trois Pistoles) there are strong dark fruit esters, here there are light, effervescent ones, strong on white grape and apricot notes, smelling--in fact--quite a lot like a fruity champagne.

These fruits translate well onto the tongue, joined by what seems to be Unibroue's signature flavor, that being a rich fruity, spicy alcohol current that always reminds me slightly of sparkling mulled cider. The flavors last well into the mouthful, and continue to dance on the tongue for quite a while in the aftertaste. The beer is quite carbonated, but not enough to annoy, instead providing an oxygenating effect that seems to highlight the flavor.

Overall, I find this a superb beverage: light and crisp, with wonderful spicy fruit flavors. Anyone not familiar with Unibroue would do well to start here, as the flavors in this ale lend themselves better to the average palate than some of the brewery's darker fares.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Was a bit of a gusher. Pours a very hazy golden apricot with a fair amount of suspended sediment. Was initially about 2 fingers of head which dissipated to a thin top layer.

S: Yeasty bread typical of the Unibroue style together with ripe bananas and pineapple. There is a mild sweetness in the background. Overall a complex and inviting aroma.

T: Taste of yeast and wheat and hints of clove and banana bread. Citrus fruits in the background.

M: Medium bodied with fairly active level of carbonation but finishes velvety smooth.

O: Overall is a complex beer, which balances the yeasty and sweet tastes with good levels of carbonation and a smooth finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of WaltTrombone
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of clabaugh
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an inviting honey-gold infused with amber. The head forms generously, resembling sea foam in its bubbliness. Retention is strong.

Smell: White grapes, diacetyl, and some pungent yeastiness. Quite aromatic, with organic fruity properties and some phenols as well.

Taste: Yeasty, earthlike flavors accentuated with a pleasant sweetness. Butterscotch and grape combine to yield a tasty, sticky-sweet, yet bitter, milieu. The alcohol is present more in its satisfying warmth than in its comparatively subtle taste. Finishes with the taste of rich, doughy, dark bread garnished with honey.

Mouthfeel: Delightfully creamy and full-bodied. At once numbing and warming on the palate, tongue, and in the throat. Very pleasant.

Drinkability: Excellent flavor and really pampers the palate. A fine rendition of the style, and one of my favorites from Unibroue.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow, a tad turbid, with a good 1/2" of head that dies down to a mostly even slightly lumpy, dense film that never goes away.

Fresh, clean fruity esters impart fresh apple aromas with mashed banana and saddle leather funk and overall it has a pleasant creamy sweetness to it.

The taste follows the aroma, it tasted like apple butter and honey on toast, with nuances of clove, golden raisins, pepper and leather, with a nice clean dry finish. Sweet and bitter are in perfect harmony here. The alcohol is slightly warming in the back of the throat in the aftertaste, but pleasantly so.

It's medium-heavy bodied but but somehow doesn't feel like it in no small part thanks to the creaminess.

One of the tastiest, easiest drinking yet complex tripels I have ever come across.

Thanks to papat444 for so generously sharing this with me through CanBIF.

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Photo of CurtisD
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobsy
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burnished gold into my Chimay chalice, and immediately produces a finger of white head. Eventually this reduces a tad to leave the most remarkable surface of uneven creamy head - its like viewing a snowy wasteland from above. Great sheets of lace break off like ice shelfs. Exquisite

The aroma has a nice dose of tropical fruit and vanilla. Its sweet, without being cloying, and is almost more like a subtle perfume than a beer.

Light honey notes give way to a intensely fruity center. Mango and papaya vie for attention. I expect more prominent grain and alcohol flavours in a tripel, but these do not become apparent until the finish, and even then they are subdued. It has the effect of making this a tripel out of the guidelines, but more drinkable for it.

The body is surprsingly heavy, bulked up by its smoothness and a creamy carbonation. This all combines to make a pleasant, light drinking ale, which is something I thought I'd never say for a tripel. My mouth is telling me that this could be sessioned, but fortunately my brain is telling me to look at the ABV on the label.

Thanks to zorprime for the bottle - now I'm almost through the Canadian top 25!

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Photo of paleoplant
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clvand0
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - This beer pours a very nice, cloudy orange body, with a pretty thick white head. Plenty of fine bubbles.

S - Even though this beer still has that typical Unibroue yeast smell, there are lots of complex fruity notes (apples, pears, white grapes) and a nice malt backbone to the aroma. Smells more like the great triples from Belgium than the typical Unibroue Belgian-style ales.

T - Starts out a little spicy, then transitioning into the world of fruity flavours (banana, some citrus, apples, a hint of pineapple and some almost wine-like white grape qualities). Solid malt backbone, with caramel, bread and honey. The finish reminds me of the great Belgian tripels, once again. This is a great tasting beer.

M - Effervescent but not overly carbonated body provides for a very smooth drinking experience. Medium-bodied, with barely any alcohol taste. In my opinion, this is one of the smoothest and most drinkable beers from Unibroue.

O - Although similar to its bigger cousin, the famous La Fin du Monde, this beer came to my liking more, because it is less yeasty and carbonated while being more fruity and drinkable, thanks to the relatively low ABV (for a tripel). It is unfortunate that this is so hard to find, because it could easily become my go-to tripel. A great beer to be sought.

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Photo of robprofit
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is getting harder and harder to find, just happened to find it in the first place I ever encountered it many years ago but this is my first taste of it...

A: Light orange brownish color, hazy and translucent, with medium foamy head. Looks good in my new La Fin Du Monde glass (thanks Brian).

S: Fruity, cider-like sweetness with a hint of alcohol

T: Again fruity cider-like sweet to start, then a hint of the
7.7% ABV as a reminder, then a surprisingly smooth mellow finish.

M: Starts off with medium sweetness and lightly smooths out a lot lighter than most triples, complex but not overpowering.

Overall: Great and now rarer beer so I'll have to go buy the rest where I found it...
Buy it if and while you still can, Unibroue should bring it back...

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl brown bottle, the fourth beer in my random weird beer tasting evening: best before 31 Mar 2011, drank and reviewed 28 Jan 2011.

Poured slowly into my Westvleteren chalice, tried not to let any sediment out, failed: the beer was a cloudy, murky dull orange colour, old gold I suppose. The head was thin, wispy and off-white, it soon became just a weak collar.

Good aromas of Belgian type yeasts and Continental Biscuits (Dutch Cookies).

Fruity, alcoholic and very drinkable. Raw, sharp and interesting, this beer has a character and a style which appeals to me. Semi-sweet, yet with an undertone of bitterness which never actually reaches the surface until the mouth is really drying out after each sip.

I can't get Unibroue beers very easily in the UK, but I'll certainly buy any I see!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Eau Benite from Unibroue
3.99 out of 5 based on 470 ratings.
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