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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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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 allforbetterbeer
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 mL bottle (chilled) poured into a snifter. I removed the cork carefully and still got foam gushing, and even after filling a glass it still kept coming out the top of the bottle. Eventually I got tired of sipping it off the bottle and let it run over.

Pours with a giant three fingers of nearly head over a vibrant yellow moderately cloudy body fully of tiny bubbles.

Smells of dry yeast and foam with a little dry cracked wheat thrown in. Not a highly pronounced aroma.

The dry crackery breadiness of this flavor is awesome. As light and excellent as the malt is, the light airy fruity notes of the yeast are even better. The combination of the two is outstanding and makes this one of the most refreshing beers I have tasted. Light notes of apple and pear, with an undertone of dry white grapes (almost white wine quality). The bread/yeast flavor is just awesome, and isn't overpoweringly yeasty, which is a quality in some Belgian ales that really turns me off.

The mouthfeel is light, airy, highly carbonated and very smooth. I love the rare beer that can achieve a smooth mouthfeel along with higher carbonation.

Conclusion: I am blown away by this beer. I was expecting to moderately enjoy it, but it is actually the best Tripel I have ever had. My new gold standard for this style.

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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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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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Photo of ThaCreep
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is fairly turbid, suggesting the presence of large wheat, which is strange for a triple. The nose is a little weak when it receives a light but fruity. Mouth also light with a low alcohol beverage, which allows to drink like whey. It collects a little spiciness, but it was his soft side, even grainy (as some wheat beers) emerges, with hints of exotic fruits, with the addition of a slight spicy bitterness. Very strange for a triple because both nearly as tasty and as bitter as the standards of the genre. With the advantage of being easy to drink.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid beer but not one of my favorites from Unibroue. It's pours hazy gold with just a hint of peach. Peach is also noticeable in the smell and taste, along with the trademark Unibroue yeast and some candi sugar. It seems surprisingly dry. I finsished the 750 but didn't feel compelled to run off to the shop to pick up another any time soon.

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Photo of AWB3
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a Trois Pistoles goblet. 750 mL corked and caged bottle with a best before date of 1/23/2003... a good 9 months past prime.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a quickly fading white head. Visible carbonation. When the yeast is added, it looks a lot like a weisse.

Smell: Coriander, pepper, and orange peel aromas. Sour apple notes. Quite yeasty. With yeast added, the beer takes on a cidery character.

Taste: Slightly tart and peppery malt sweetness. Apple and citrus flavors plus that typical Unibroue yeastiness I've grown to love. A wee bit sour on the finish. The apple and sour tastes become more prominent when the yeast is added.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light in body. Quite refreshing. Great carbonation despite the age of the bottle.

Drinkability: I'll definitely have to snag another bottle of this, preferably one that is fresher. The bottle I had was still quite good, but I think the head took quite a hit. A solid tripel, even in its faded glory. I must also note that the label art is cool. I like the tattoo on the angel declaring "I *heart* Quebec"

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Photo of Neorebel
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap... the appearance was not the most pleasing shade of murky yellow, but this is just a small deduction. The head was average, with lots of carbonation. The aroma was wonderful with hints of pineapple and very sweet candy. Taste - I found generally to be quite similar to La Fin Du Monde, only turned up a notch in the sweetness department. It's of course got that signature 'Ale On Lees' Unibroue stamp, which I love. Not a bad thing at all. The breadiness, herb/spices, and crisp, yeast aspects balance out the sweetness well. The fact that it is so well-rounded is probably it's biggest strength. Does not feel heavy in body and has just the right amount of alcohol warming. Not quite as complex as your 'Belgian' Belgians, but don't hesitate to order this or pick it up if it's at your local beer store...

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Photo of Murph
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with some slight yeasties in suspension and a huge, creamy white head that sinks some but lasts all the way down. Sweet candy sugar aromas with some lighter fruit tones such as peach, orange zest, and orange. There are also some very prevalent spice tones, smells of pepper and clove are all over the brew. Huge sweetness hits the tongue right away before giving way to some nice orange fruitiness with a trailing pepper taste. Slightly herbal hops can be quietly detected in the back of the brew as it progresses towards its spicy, slightly alcoholic, finish than lingers nicely on the tongue, leaving a craving for more. Sweet creamy silk is all over my tongue as I drink this brew. Light, but at the same time not. Absolutely excellent brew, but would I expect anything less from this amazing brewery.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAngel
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy light orange with Unibroue's trademark white massive head. The head fades rather quickly. The smell again from Unibroue is fruity and yeasty. This one has a strong fuit and alcohol taste. Medium body and slightly sticky mouthfeel. The alchohol is definitely warming. I could drink a few of these bad/good boys. A votre sante!

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yé. Happy to see this one in my latest Unibroue mixed-pack.
341ml bottle into SA perfect glass.

A- Nice light gold a a very slight haze to it. Perfect, meringue like head.

S- Banana cream, instant oatmeal and a bit of lemon. Very soft and delicate. I like it a lot.

T- Like the smell but with a good amount of clove, some apple juice and a grassy bitterness. Just a tiny bit watery.

M- Carbonation seems spot on. Some astringency. Mouthfeel feels just right. Light but definitely not too thin.

O- A very goor beer and different enough from the rest of the lineup to stay relevent. A refreshing Tripel.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of balinor
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a slightly hazy orange-gold color, head is surprisingly flat, with a small corner that is dense, and the rest forming large suds that last only a matter of seconds. Little retention.

S-Nose is very subtle. There is a bit of clove, floral notes, a hint of banana bread, and some yeast that imparts a slightly sweet gunpowder aroma. There was also one sniff I took where I thought I was smelling a pina collada. There is a creaminess in the aroma that I believe is a result of an unintentional pairing w/food I ate for dinner 30 minutes ago (curried chicken w/coconut milk) that is awesome despite the time gap.

T-Sweet fruit and a bundle of spice, including lots of clove and a touch of white pepper on the attack, but quickly balanced by hops, an even malty backbone, and a finish that tastes like banana bread. Again there is a creamy sensation on the back of the palate that is pleasant, and an aftertaste of pineapple and apple.

M-Prickly and smooth at the same time, excellent balance, medium-bodied.

D-Excellent drinkability. It is refreshing, delicious, and complex.

Note: Buy this again next time we have curried chicken w/coconut milk (and apples).

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Photo of fisherman34
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and dark gold in colour. Lots of carbonation. Aromas are of yeast, various spices, and banana. Flavors are fairly sweet, like a hefeweizen, but dry up with a nice peppery finish. This one tastes more like a suped-up hefeweizen than a tripel. Solid and quite drinkable, but unspectacular.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of rudy0908
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of rjvanston
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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

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