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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A nice foamy white head but with not much staying power, settles nicely on to a good rising carbonated body. Slightly opaque, a dull orange. Not too bad.

Nose smells of orange fruit, and powdery yeast. Juicy fruit smelling with a wet body. Nice but missing some malt and power I think. Biscuit powder sugar malt a bit, even some egg??

Extremely light bodied for a tripel, with a wet finish. Juicy orange palate doesn't come through that hints on the nose and feels toned down. We finish, no malt or density to this or even much lively carbonation. Mild sweetness but also trampled on, does leave a faint licorice action on the finish though I must admit.

Overall this feels like a flattened subdued cola more than anything. Kind of disappointing since I really like La Fin Du Monde...

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

12 ounce bottle, no Best before dating to be found. Pours a dark, chill hazed shade of dark honey, not much of a white head, which quickly disappeared. Nose of tropical fruit, yeast. Fairly heavy bodied. Deeply flavorful brew. Notes of Nutty yeastyness, vanilla, flowers and some spice. A wiff of bittersweetness in the finish. Tasty, complex brew. Cant go too wrong with this one.

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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 MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with Linoleum87. This is one of those Unibroue offerings that doesn't seem to leave Quebec. Served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours with two fingers of orange-tinged foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves big spots of lace. Hazy dark orange body with some obvious suspended sediment.

S - Bread and signature Unibroue yeast, stone fruits, some light oxidation, banana, and some vanilla-esque malted wheat character.

T - Taste is a bit less exciting. Light honey and grain character mingles with a bread and yeast malt backdrop.

M - A touch overcarbonated but not totally out of place for the style. Medium-full body that has a little grain to it, and a satisfying dry finish.

D - This has held up reasonably well. I got it around Christmas of 2008 and the aroma has developed a nice port wine oxidation character. Unfortunately the taste has smoothed out and lacks depth and richness of flavor. Lower in alcohol than Fin du Monde and sufficiently different that it should be available outside La Belle Province.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/07/05- Purchased at a B.C. Provincial liquor store in Kewlowna, BC.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with a dating code on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Raidiant golden pour, a touch cloudy. Moderate clean white head with average lace.

Smell- Sweet tropical fruits with a decent amount of spice in the nose.

Taste- Good amount of clove and other spices with a large tropical fruit backing. Nectarines? Papaya, mango? Works well witht the spices.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy with a higher carbonation level. Fairly easily goes down.

Drinkability- Why do I always only get one of each beer when I know I can get it here? Very good beer if you get a chance to try.

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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 LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy orange yellow amber, massive fine head and lacing. Active carbonation. Looks nice. Aroma of wheat, citrus fruit, bananas and Belgian spicing. Lots of complex, sweet, light fruit flavors, wheat and Belgian spicing. Taste tapers off very quickly leaving a bit of light fruit, clove, butterscotch and light hops aftertaste. Medium bodied and spicy from carbonation and clove. Interesting and different. Flavor is somewhat subdued, but pleasant and refreshing. This is what I'd expect a mixture of a hefeweizen and Belgian tripel would taste like. Quite different from Fin du Monde and one I will return to in the future.

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Photo of stevoj
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent tripel without some of the buttery velvety smoothness of a Karmaliet. Sweet malt, flowers, some coriander, head lacks some of the normal fluffy body. Good, but not great.

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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 flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy golden-silver color with a one-finger cap of white foam. Looks good.

Smell: strong wheaty malt aroma. Not much in complexity here; it's good but basic. It reminds me of a witbier, actually, which is low in spices.

Taste: wheaty flavor with some hefeweizen characteristics; clove and a bit of citrus are present here. It seems more to me like an imperial wheat ale than a tripel, though; it doesn't have a lot of the fruity or malty complexity that I look for in the style.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bodacious carbonation and great creaminess. My favorite thing about this beer.

Overall: this is a pretty good beer, but it doesn't hit the notes I want in a tripel. It's much more of an imperial wheat or lightly-spiced witbier in character.

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle aged beyond a good year. Shared with Grub and served in a Fin Du Monde glass (close enough...) at Cafe Volo in Toronto.
Pours with lots of head - big, fluffy and pearl white. That cap would go nowhere! Mildly transparent, a zaphire golden colour. Aroma showcases a mildly spicy yeast which carries an interesting medley of both fresh and musty notes. At times fresh, at times musty. The mouthfeel a little thin with occasional hints of alcohol coming through. The spice really burns the tongue if you let it sit in the mouth. A very light, dry fruity finish. A soft, gentle passionfruit like note along with the fruity malt. Complimented nicely by that mellowed, smoothed out yeast. Light. Fair. Good.
Age has helped. This is another fantastic Unibroue ale.
And that devil in the bathtub on the label needs a haircut badly.

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