Eau Benite | Unibroue

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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 DrinkSlurm
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from large corked bottle into tulip. Pours a fantastic hazy golden slightly orange color with a finger of white head. Smells of perfect belgian yeast...sweet fruity apple and pear.
Taste is awesome. Sweet pear and apple belgian yeast...nicely spiced to balance. Wow really awesome.
Its a tad sweet but otherwise so pleasant and refreshing. Overall...its another amazing brew by unibroue. It just amazes me how good they are at such a low price and so widely available. This is a very under hyped triple imo. Go have one now.

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Photo of argock
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best before 03/15/14 on bottle neck. Purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT) for $6.99.

A: Slightly hazy peach-apricot with ample 2-finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: The aroma is very fruity with a lot of peach, pear, and apricot jam aromas. No alcohol character at all. There is a fair amount of bready yeast as well. Hops provide some mild spicy, herbal note but not much else.

T: This is a superbly flavored beer with peach, Gala apple, apricot, pear fruit flavors, none of them too heavy. There is some wheaty tanginess not evident in the aroma. The yeast note is so smooth -- just the gentlest hint of phenols/clove to add a touch of spiciness. There are some fruity esters present as well. There is also a tiny bit of caramel apple type of flavor in the finish as it warms. The bitterness overall is low-medium. There are some background light herbal hops notes. The aftertaste has a little more yeast but more of the stewed pear and caramel apple type of flavors. The alcohol is a little more noticeable as warming occurs, but it is not obtrusive at all.

M: So smooth and silky with relatively low carbonation for the style with medium body. The long aftertaste does not hurt in this department as well.

O: Wow - for never having seen this beer before, what a find. It is much more fruity and sweet than La Fin Du Monde, but the sweetness is subdued and complex. Where I would say La Fin Du Monde is a celebration of pure maltiness, Eau Benite is a superb expression of yeast esters on a somewhat sweeter malt note. It is comparable to Weyerbacher Merry Monks, but a lot lighter and subtle, and thus a lot more drinkable. I will be looking out for more of this tripel in the future.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. The "best before" date was not printed or was rubbed off.

3.25 A: Moderately hazed orange peach color. One finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and not much lacing is left.

3.75 S: Big spiciness with a focus on pepper. Some clove is mixed in as well, but the pepper is the headliner. Hay and a wildflower meadow outdoorziness. Apple and peach fruitiness. Neutral wheat, notes of banana, and a light dirty earthiness.

3.5 T: Taste is good, but it's a little less focussed than the nose. Firstly, it suffers from not having a "main" flavor to lead the way. The pepper just falls into the other flavors. Also, this is much more earthy than the nose suggested. While that is fine, I do prefer fruitier, spicier tripels. Apple orchard, peach, hay, musky woods, banana, pepper, clove about in that order.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. One of my favorite things about Unibroue beers is the spritzy carbonation. Unfortunately, this is a little undercarbed and what is there doesn't have the spritziness I'm used to from this brewery. Still, goes down quite easily.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but it doesn't hold a candle to LFDM, so I doubt I'll ever buy this again, even if I'm in the mood for some Unibroue.

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Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler poured into a tulip.

a-Pours a cloudy golden straw with one finger of white head.

s-Smells of crisp Belgian yeast with a background citrus, herbs and sweet malt.

t-Sweet tripel with light yeast and notes of clove, coriander, black pepper and citrus zest.

m-Medium body with smooth finish.

o-Good, unique tripel. I prefer their La Fin du Monde, but would not be opposed to having this again.

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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy pale gold. Enormous effervescent and fluffy white head. Fades slowly with excellent head retention. However, almost no lacing. Just little specks here and there.

S: A really nice light and crisp lemony aroma. Some mild yeast and bread too. Refreshing.

T: Smooth and crisp citrus flavors with hints of grass. There is some mild yeasty bread in the middle. Finishes with a little bit of grass, lemons and a touch of drying black pepper and earth.

M: Medium bodied, but oh so smooth.

O: Super drinkable tripel. One of the smoothest mouthfeels of any tripel I've had. Can't give it huge scores due to the relatively simple nature of the beer but it goes down so easy and is delicious to boot. To be frank, this is better than La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a chilled tulip glass? Yes, it was poured.

Appearance 4.0: Beer is a beautiful hazy golden color. Completely opaque. Lots of carbonation bubbles everywhere. Poured out with a 1/4" head that subsided into a 1/8" head and stuck around the entire session.

Smell 4.5: Beautiful bouquet. I smell lots of spicy Belgian yeast, sweet malt and a delightful straw or dried grass.

-Taste 4.5: Front is slightly sweet, but is butressed by the wonderfully refreshing carbonation and the brief hints of sourness. Middle is yeasty and dry. Finish is so smooth and all in the back of the mouth; is also slightly dry and is very satisfying. Aftertaste is of grains, Belgian yeast and a slight hop bite. Fantastic.

-Mouthfeel 4.5: One of the few occassions I've experienced where the mouthfeel is almost perfect and actually enhances the drinking experience.

-Overall 4.5: Excellent beer and one of the best triples I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Light, airy, but at the same time it presents an amazing depth of taste and smell. The label has a lot of fun with angelic imagery, but this is one angelic and miraculous brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass. Reviewed live.

A- lovely big white head, short retention. Very well carbonated. Cloudy golden color.

S- golden malts and airy yeasts. Smells like a Tripel to me. Very appealing.

T- sour. Earthy yeasts and lemon. Spicy. Complex beer. Not a huge fan though.

M- vinous, well carbonated and wet finish.

O- very good example of the style. That's all I can really say until I improve my palate.

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

A: Slightly orange-yellow, crystal clear. Has the signature Unibroue huge frothy white head.

S: Smells of Belgian yeast, malts, and citrus- orange and lemon.

T: Subtle yeast and citrus taste mirroring the smell. Peppery finish that lingers for a while, with a nice malt back bone. Well balanced

M: Medium bodied with a smooth, milky feel. Pretty low carbonation which works well here.

O: A very solid, enjoyable Tripel. It's basically a Pilsner if it was brewed with Belgian yeast; tons of malt flavor but still very complex. It isn't mind blowing, but it's worth the price and I will be picking this up again in the future.

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

1630th Review on BA
Bottle to City Beer Store Tulip
750ml C/C

Purchased at 2 pk of Unibroue beers from World Market in Chino Hills, CA. Had never seen this one.

App- A lighter hazy yellow with a lemon meets orange juice color. Slightly lighter on the bottom of the glass. Has a nice head on this. A big craterous 2 finger very bubbly head. Although no lace or cling to it.

Smell- A good strong belgian yeast aroma comes wofting up. Not the usual Unibroue scent I am used to. A good backing lemon and wheat nose. Not really like a triple. A bit malty with some orange zest to round it out.

Taste- Well IMO, this really was more like a belgian pale ale than a triple per se. A nice amount of spice and pepper to give off the impression of a triple but still can get a lot of the wheat from the nose.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a slightly light/medium carbonation. A good residual wheat base with some pepper and spice to it.

Drink- It was tasty but not up to par with La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of cbutova
3.12/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours with a very hazy golden orange body into a Unibroue chalice. Tiny white head forms which was foreshadowed by the lack of any pressure on the cork. Tiny ring and an absence of lace.

S- Not a ton going on. Unibroue house yeast brings some spice, coriander, apples and fruits. There is a citrus/lemon peel aspect as well.

T- A pretty fruity Tripel with notes of apples, white grapes, lemon peel and raisins. Belgian yeast spice makes up most of the rest of the flavor, coriander, pepper, cloves and some esters and bananas. Spicy, grassy and floral hops.

MF- Very low carbonation in the body which is of a moderate thickness. Fairly bitter finish and slight alcohol warmth.

The lack of carbonation hurts the body and flavor of this beer. Mostly yeast driven with a nice hop balance.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with good head and minor lace. Aroma is one of that typical yeasty, orange-like Belgian strain, as well as some sweetness from candi sugar(?) (which is typical description, mind you), and something like tropical or just plush fruit esters. The mouthfeel is more of the same, light spices poke your tongue as the body is light and somewhat creamy so it passes over the tongue real easy and the lower-than-usual ABV doesn't punish you at all. Beer tastes great as it is a not an exceptional triple, but is well-crafted and a great beer to have (not to sound redundant). The balance between not only the spices but malts and fruit is great, as I get a light-fruity beer with something like tropical fruit (magno, pineapple) and other fruits like apple, pear, orange, banana (the last two are lightly noticed), along with some sweet malt tastes. A great triple that I enjoyed sipping on and is a must try.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Golden body, slighly hazy, big fluffy white head with soapy lacing. Aroma is wispy banana, clove and that strong, strong pleasant prominent Unibroue tripel yeast. Awesome. Taste is slightly spicy, banana, slight candi sugar and again the yeast dominates. Amazingly drinkable and just delicious all around.

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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 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 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 tigg924
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice

Appearance: golden in color, cloudy, minimal head, high carbonation

Smell: apple, earth, some smokiness, light Belgian sugar

Taste: same as the nose but the Belgian sugars and spices are more pronounced...apple, earth, some smokiness, light Belgian sugar

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet and funky, high carbonation.

Overall: A nice,sweet, and fruity tripel that is really smooth. I would pick this one up again if I was looking for this style

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Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold bodied with a thin layer of suds coating the top. Not a whole lot for lacing.

Yeasty and fruity with some wet straw.

Pretty light taste to it, but still has depth. Belgian yeast, spicy yeast notes, clove, lower sweetness, touch of warm alcohol. Lingering light spice into the aftertaste.

Light-medium body, very dry and slightly chalky/powdery. And highly carbonated although it is on the softer end.

Probably my least favorite Unibroue I've tried. It's not that it's poorly made, but that it just doesn't do a whole lot for me personally. I think it's well done and would make a good intro beer to belgian styles, but just doesn't do a whole lot else. I will enjoy the bottle, but no need to try it again really.

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

P:  Slightly hazy pale golden body with creamy eggshell froth that stays for a spell. 

S:  Smooth Belgian yeast, peaches, white grapes, apples and spicy clove. Subtle root beer aroma. 

T/M:  Medium velvety body with a delicious serving of just right carbonation. Taste is more dialed down than the nose but has pleasant yeast and ample fruitiness. The low alcohol content really let's the white grapes and orchard fruit shine and makes for a lighter tripel. Finish is dry with loads of clove and black pepper. 

O:  A great fruity tripel with excellent yeast and a low alcohol to make it smooth and easy drinking. This is no La Fin Du Monde but it's still another great tripel by Unibroue. 

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle out of a dual bomber pack, which I guess is probably how most reviewers got theirs.

I aged it for about a year now, and those active yeast really went to work. When I opened the bottle... wow, did the foam come forth. I had to hold the bottle in the sink for a few minutes until the beer calmed down.

Benite went into a tulip glass. Very hazy with a ton of tasty head. There was a clean smell coming off the top. I get a bunch of the belgian yeastiness. There was also banana esthers.

The flavor was pretty good. Nothing too original or different here.

Overall a pretty good tripel, but nothing too different than most of the tripels you find.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, a souvenir from working BBF this year. The beer was allowed to warm some before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Eau Benite pours a very hazy orange. About three fingers or so of white foam rises up to fill the glass, before slowly creeping down. Head retention is fairly minimal though. The nose is chock full of esters. Lots of pale fruit aromas swimming around, and balanced by just a little bit of clove. The flavor profile is similarly unbalanced. The fruity esters are superb, with waves of apple, peach, apricot, mango, and a little bit of pear all present and vying for attention. The only problem is that there's not much else to the beer at all. As in the nose, there's a little bit of a phenolic clove presence, but it's very much buried in the background. The body is just a hair too chewy for my taste, but it's a close thing. The carbonation, on the other hand, is flawless. It's very lively, lending the beer some levity and excitement. Eau Benite is a tasty beer, it's just not complex enough to hang with the best tripels. Then again, given that Unibroue also makes La Fin Du Monde, it was going to be hard for Eau Benite to live up to the inevitable comparisons.

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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brown color with a reddish hue. Bubbles of carbonation similar to soda coem to the surface. Certainy an active beer. Some lacing is noted.

S - Nice smell of tropical fruit and sugary candy. Also has the Unibroue yeast scent typical with most of their brand.

T - Has a taste that was so close to cherry Coke that you'd swear they switched glasses. But the complexity also has notes of fruit and a slight warming bite at the end.

M - Easy drinking tripel. Carbonation is bubbly, and medium bodied.

O - Solid beer, and the sweetness makes this a very good cocktail beer or cordial. Very easy to convert non-craft drinkers to try this.

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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 Bouleboubier
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dandelion-gold color - a tad too hazy? (old bottle? apparently not, maybe that's how it's supposed to look or the bottle wasn't handled properly - i chilled and decanted...) - slightly off-white foam that didn't hold at all

first impression upon sniffing was that it was very similar to La Fin Du Monde - sweet, fruity, lemon-shortbread/buttercookie scents - mildly herbal/perfumy - the most potent aroma was that of banana nectar (combo of esters and malt, I suppose)

the taste is very similar to L.F.D.M., however, this has more emphasis on the sweet, cookie-like product of the esters and malt while La Fin leans more towards citrus/melon and floral/herbal nuances - getting some tartness from the CO2 + phenols - an ambiguous spice flavor looms, somewhat wit-like, but not quite coriander - the alcohol and its byproducts linger long after the finish

a bit of a sharp zip from the alcohol on the tip of the tongue (once again, carbonation surely plays part) - while there is a pleasant soft, honey-ish roundness that cuts through, it leaves fairly dry and something seems lacking...

overall, the alcohol pulls the beer a bit off-balance - the alcohol is way too present for 7.7%, and was probably emphasized due to the desired phenols from the yeast

Unibroue's yeast and its rendering has always been very tasty to me, and it makes it hard to not like any of their core offerings - but this tripel could be more - i'll stick to La Fin - not a loss not having this widely available stateside

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

Bottled January 25, 2012

Beer is light golden yellow with a smallish white head that fades away quickly.

Light fruits abound in the nose. Banana, orange, pear. Classic Unibroue yeast and sweet bready malt.

Taste is similar. Bready malt and Unibroue yeast more forward than the fruit, but banana and pear are present. Good.

Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. Bready.

Overall, a good but not excellent tripel.

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