Eau Benite | Unibroue

BA SCORE
89
very good
471 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:
471
Reviews:
213
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.03%
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
51
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Riding the success of La Fin Du Monde, Unibroue get serious with this tripel. Where a lot of similar fruit esters and yeast spices are well on display, this sturdy blonde ale has a softer demeanor and juicy palate.

Spritzy and full of life, the mild straw colored ale pours with billowing carbonation the builds a creamy cottony head. The common yeast haze diffuses light and allows the beer to glow softly. Full retention and sticky lace has the beer in keeping with authentic Belgian brewed tripels.

Fruit and spice deliver first impressions to the nose. Where the beer's lighter look insinuates light fruit aromas, the floral nose confirms with notions of pear, apple, banana, and cantaloupe. A spicy counterpart of mild coriander, clove, and pepper aids in complexity and balances the sweeter fruit notes.

Sweet pilsner malts meet the tongue with light breads and powdered sugar. As the richer middle palate draws in the fruit flavors of summer and gives a plump, juicy, and ripe character to the esters. The balance of spice is lead by clove and pepper but also introduces mild medicinal hints and citrus acidity. Hop notes remain herbal and recede to allow the dialogue of flavor to happen between the fruit and spice.

Medium-light in body, there's a fuller texture of malt sweetness and fruit that registers on the tongue, but the sharp carbonation and elevated alcohols slice through the weight with ease. Finishing acidic, spicy, and very warm- the beer remains balanced with a quick aftertaste.

The alcohol and fruit palate sensations keep the beer balanced toward the sweetness. I would prefer a sturdier hop character to reel in the earthy, complex, and genuine taste of Belgium.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle, from a random depanneur on the way back to my downtown Montreal hotel. Time to crack open this so-called 'holy water', eh?

This beer pours a fairly hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with a fistful of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly fizzy off-white head, which leaves a very thin coating of tacky snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of overripe sweet and acidic fruit - apples, white grapes, and banana - softly phenolic yeast, sugary and grainy pale malt, and a hint of savoury spice. The taste is earthy honey, sultana raisins, applesauce, gritty pale and caramel malt, white pepper, cloves, that usual bit of floral Unibroue house yeast, and a well-tamed warming alcohol.

The carbonation is fairly moderate for this brewery, what with its lilting, and just a tad fizzy frothiness, the body generally smooth, somewhat creamy, and yet crisp. It finishes just off-dry - yeasty, fruity, and subtly, devilishly warm.

As alluded to a few times already, the alcohol in this Tripel is barely noticeable, which goes a long way in rendering this otherwise solid paean to the style quite drinkable, and enjoyable. Especially after having tried out my Prairie School French on the locals, where I received at least a soupcon of encouragement - zut alors!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, straw yellow color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled yeasty, and grainy with some notes of hay.

T - It had a great spicy and yeasty bite with good grain and caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very nice tripel. Unibroue is so consistently good with all their Belgian-style ales.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 8/23/2013. Pours hazy golden amber color with a fluffy 1-2 finger white head with good retention, tghat reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass, with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of pear, pepper, banana, clove, herbal, wheat, earth, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance. Taste of pear, lemon, banana, pepper, clove, wheat, herbal, earth, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of pear, banana, clove, wheat, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor complexity and balance between fruit/spicy flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly crisp and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely amazing Tripel. Fantastic flavor complexity and balance; and extremely easy to drink. Kind of like a smaller La Fin Du Monde. Just outstanding.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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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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Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Nearly clear golden yellow in the Gordon's thistle glass with an attractive foam. Big aromatics with the touch of phenols. Plenty of carbonation on the tongue.

Hot with alcohol even with the moderate alcohol content for a Tripel. Some spicy flavors and the drying sensation. Fruity but quite dry, in keeping with the advanced age of this stuff. "Best before" date is 08-02-14, so this has been around awhile. Some hints of pear and apple skins.

Quite drinkable, but at this drier end of the Belgian spectrum it gets a little sourish and funky in the aftertaste. From the bottle-capped 750 ml bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquor in Denver. Discounted to six bucks.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.92/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Got this bottle in a gift set from the father-in-law, and just got around to drinking it now. It was about a month passed the "best by" date.

Typical tripel-esque appearance, slightly hazy golden-orange, with a good inch or so of frothy off-white head that sank to a thin layer, lacing the glass well. Powerful aroma full of fruity esters, medicinal phenols, spice. In the taste, overripe banana and peach, stale malts, harsh phenols, almost like a vodka spike, pepper and clove. Medium body, sticky, too much fusel/solventy booze for a "lower" ABV brew. I'm not a big fan of tripels to begin with, but I really couldn't get into this one at all, and as far as the style goes, I've had much better.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11 ounce pour - $9.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Heavily hazed, golden-orange body with a slim head from a to-the-top pour (but at nine bucks a pop, they better fill this damn glass up).

Smell: Pilsner, wheat, and golden barley maltiness sprinkled with traces of sugary scents. Light dusting of finely-ground spices. Nice fruitiness, with fragrant notes of banana, apple, peaches, and pears (with the banana coming across the strongest).

Taste: Pale, pils, maybe a tickle of wheat with a delicate sugar sweetness prior to the fine fruitiness of apple, pear, and banana puree. Dashes of clove and coriander enclosed in the sweetness. Pulls in some alcohol warmth, but not much at all, really. Lightly warming, fruity, spicy-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Though it's been a few years since I last had La Fin du Monde, I didn't find it to be appreciably different minus a few ticks on the alcohol scale, which is fine by me, really.

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Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
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..

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Nice to see something new (to me, anyway) from Unibroue down in these parts. This stuff pours a lightly hazy golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises Belgian yeast, light white bread, very light cardamom, clove, and banana peel. The taste holds notes of Belgian yeast, light flaky biscuit, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, clove, banana, and some tufts of grass or there. There's a surprising amount of breadiness in there, but it in no way detracts from the usual tripel-ness. Not bad. The body is a light medium, with a barely-light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a solid tripel, not quite as good as La Fin, but more than solid in and of itself.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Minimal carbonation came in a gift pack with Maudite, Deep golden hazed hue with a fine thin layered white head, speckled texture lines the sides of the glass. Aroma mildly spicy hints of chamomile or lavender something herbal and definite coriander, herbal grassy hops are minimal mainly the yeast spiciness that Belgian style ales are known to offer. Hints of pineapple, spicy coriander mild citrus tones, the rest of the palate is a relatively clean grassiness to finish. Overall a lighter version of a tripel, less alcohol does increase drinkability and there's really no booze left to burn the palate or nares in this one, sometimes I feel La Fin du Monde get's a bit alcohol fueled. Mouthfeel light carbonation compared to most of the Unirbroue ales, medium bodied the yeast spiciness lingers between sips but I find it enjoyable overall not a bad beer. I'm glad I tried it, it's been one of the those beers I always wanted to grab but either there were better options when I did find it or it wasn't available at all.

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