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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Ratings: 471 |  Reviews: 213
Photo of Calculat0r
5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

In a snifter this beer was a golden yellow color with a thick white head. There was a bit of lace.

Nice sweet fruit aroma. Definitely some spice. And a very pleasant earthy yeast aroma.

Taste followed form. Pear, some apple. Cloves. Nice yeasty taste.

Definitely a great beer to drink. The flavors all went well together. I could drink a few of these, wspwcially on a warm summer day.

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Photo of Jhatwig
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet, best buy 8-23-13. This pours a hazy golden yellowish color with a decent foamy bubbly white head which quickly fizzes away. The smells are of Belgian yeast esters, fruits, spices, malts. The feel is medium with high carbonation. The taste is pretty good, a little fruit, some malts, a little dryness on the way down along with a tad hop bite.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

750ml corked and caged bottle.

It pours a brilliant gold with a big foamy white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

Wow, the smell is amazing on this one. Some tropical fruits, and lighter fruits, such a nice yeast scent, subtle malt backing, very light hops, beaut.

The flavor is also very pleasant. Light fruity notes, not too sweet, not much in the way of hops.

For a "light" tripel this is pretty good.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Crossmd
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 43 degrees into a Sam Adams pint. No born date.

Pours a hazy yellow orange, Plush 3 finger head settling into an offwhite cap. Fine champagne bubbles rising from the bottom.

Smells of a lightly floral orange and coriander. A hint of spice, nutmeg?

Tastes of a lightly breaded sour citrus with a touch of spiced creme. Turns light easily though, almost watery, which is not something I'd have ever thought I'd be writing on a Unibroue review. Tasty, not something I'd call delicious.

Overall, it's a good start. A decent amount of flavor but with little complexity and only a hint of the plush, dense mouthfeel I've loved from every other Unibroue offering. Slightly disappointed, honestly. But a recommendation none the less.


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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of leaddog
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy gold hue with about a finger width of foamy, cloud-like head.

Smell - Bananas, clove, spices, bit of citrus - very sweet smelling.

Taste - Hops are floral in nature and well supported by the spice and clove flavours. There's a hint of citrus and grains as well. Despite the strong hop flavour, the bitterness is well balanced with the sweet flavours and does not overpower. Alcohol level is well concealed (making this "holy water" a little more sinful).

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Also has a nice fluffy characteristic to the body.

Overall - Another job well done by Unibroue. I quite enjoy the fluffy mouthfeel and floral flavours. Definitely worth picking up the winter mix pack that includes this brew.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a two pack of bombers from Unibroue. Pours a nice light orange color with a huge head. It doesn't leave much lacing down the sides. The aroma is very sweet and has some floral characteristics to it. The taste starts light and with some bitterness but rounds out to a nice fruity flavor and some heat from the alcohol. This is a great beer and as a bottle conditioned limited release, something i would pick up again if I ever saw it.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy straw with a big 3+ fingers of head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Wheat, unibroue's distinct funky yeast, a little clovey spice and some light citrusy hops.

Taste. Wheat and some light cloves and spice. Subtle, light tartness and a little bit of citrus. Refreshing for sure.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Nice tripel that goes down quickly. I liked it.

Thanks again DaftCaskBC for another nice one!

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Photo of eat
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weird ugly angel on the label with a bad haircut and a tattoo stating "I (heart) Quebec", apparently in English strangely. Had to buy a mixed 12 pack to get at this one, advertising the rerelease of a limited production of Eau Benite and not otherwise available in Canada.

Hazy banana colour with a thin cover of white head. Some lacing, retention could be better.

Very fruity nose with lots of banana, pear, orange and lemon. Lightly-toasted malt, lots of Unibroue yeast, spices (coriander, pepper, ginger) and a touch of alcohol. Great nose like most Unibroue brews.

Banana jumps out at me, more so than any other Unibroue I've had. Characteristic Unibroue yeast presents big spiciness, peppery with coriander and ginger again. Good malt balance with a little wheat flavour; along with the banana, Eau Benite displays some similarities to a German hefeweizen. No noticeable alcohol. Very smooth and refreshing.

Medium body is filled out by a nice creamy carbonation. Moderately drying finish. Very Belgian feel.

I really enjoyed this one, wish I could pick up six packs or 750mls of just Eau Benite. Maybe most comparable to Don de Dieu but both more drinkable and refreshing (though not as tasty or complex overall). I would love to have this in the fridge all through the summer. Looks like I might be forced to buy a bunch of Trois Pistoles, Maudite and Blonde de Chambly as well (tagging along in the mixed 12 pack)...

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Photo of justintcoons
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip.

A: Pours a brilliant straw/gold with 2 fingers of fizzy white head that actually crackles as it dissipates. Moderately heavy carbonation and excellent clarity (first pour.) Second pour is slightly cloudy. Looks lively and inviting.

N: Banana yeastiness, pear, apple cider and clove.

T: Pear, apple cider, wheat and clove are upfront. Mid-palate brings in banana bread, grains, funky yeast, lemon notes and hints of coriander. Finishes yeasty with wheat bread, lemon rind and mellow spicing comprised of coriander, clove and peppercorn.

M: Light-medium bodied, tingly with carbonation, crisp and sticky.

O: La Fin Du Monde's little brother. Eau Benite is just a little more mellow with wheatier characteristics and more subdued spicing. Nice notes of pear, apple and banana.

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