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Eau Benite | Unibroue

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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 Rutager
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +1.2%
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 -4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of impending
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


750 ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy dull golden straw. Yellowish head retains nicely, ok lacing.

Aroma is a sweet spicy fruitiness cuddled by the house yeast, unmistakeably Unibroue.

Taste near precisely as expected from the scent, the flavor is dominated by the brewer's chosen yeast profile, Unibroue. Quite sweet, tiny dry, zero bitter. The aftertaste is abruptly short lived although pleasantly of honey. Medium bodied lively and crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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 RuckusDu
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a large white head, at lest three fingers worth. Body is gold, gold, and more gold. No lacing.

S - Sweet light fruits like peach, strawberries, and orange. Some wheat scents as well. I really like this and now really expect a lot out of the taste.

T - A pretty good example of the style. Cloves and other spices pretty much dominate. Getting some peach. Still has that bitterness that bites you on the finish.

M - Strong carbonation and a more medium body. A bit drying on the finish, but pretty much spot on for a tripel.

O - Yes it is a very good example of the style.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: 3/4" white head over honey-amber coloured liquid.

S: Honey, apples, pears, orange peel and yeast.

T: Pears and apple flavours over top of a very nice honey malt. Delicious.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: A little more malty than La Fin Du Monde, this Tripel by Unibroue is also extremely drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mdevonshire
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of nlmartin
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was sold as part of a two pack with Maudite. The beer was chilled and served in a goblet.

A- The body of the beer is a clear orange coloration. The head was white and quickly resolved to a sheen of foam.

S- The aroma of the beer is pleasingly floral, honeyed, vanilla, nice peppery cloves, lemon citrus and banana bit of breadyness.

T- Citrus lemon, vanilla, honey, banana and sweet tropical fruit, peppery yeast or perhaps coriander, cloves almost a marshmellow like quality. The beer actually continues as the beer warms and when I added the yeast from the bottle.

M- The body of the beer is light for a triple. Nicely carbonated very smooth the pepperyness of the beer balances the sweetness.

O- This isnt a bad beer. With that said not really up to the quality I normally associate with Unibroue. Not a total loss as I am looking forward to the Maudite.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into two big snifters

Pours a nice cloudy yellow (I left a fair amount in the bottom of the bottle to keep it from turning into a muddy yellow). Not a whole lot of head, but a pretty significant quantity of fast, fine carbonation. Smell is sweet, spicy, yeasty funk, bananas, some other kind of fruit. Maybe apricots.

Taste is fruity, lots of banana flavor, maybe a bit more of the apricot. The yeasty funk in the smell is less funky in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and lively. Overall, quite a nice beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Naugros
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Like everyone else, I got this "exclusively" in a two-pack with Maudite. Poured this into a tulip which turned out to be a bit too thin for this beer. A Duvel glass would be perfect.

Not impressed with the appearance. It's a dull orangish-yellow with more haze than I've ever experienced in this style...and it's not a chill haze as it never departs. The head is huge though, even when poured into a larger glass.

The smell and the taste are really very nice. Both are dominated by Belgian yeast flavor components. Banana esters are forefront with some phenolic pepper. There's a citrus backdrop that manifests as lemon in the nose and orange on the tongue. No appreciable malt presence in the aroma, but you get cracker meal in the taste. All of this is well-balanced.

I have a little issue with the mouthfeel as it starts out with a nicely carbonated medium body, but it seems to thin out as it moves through your mouth, becoming vaporous, like a sake. Very odd and distracting. But the flavors are the star here and make this a worthwhile endeavor. In experience it sits somewhere between Orval and Duvel.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Sinewave
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of keanex
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a bottle best before 8-23-2013. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy amber/orange with a creamy white head that remains through most of the glass. Very appealing looking.

S: Ripe tropical fruits, with a slight spice. Very thick/strong scent and inviting.

T: Sweet up front with some overripe fruits, slight hints of alcohol, and a slight spice at the end. This has a good balance to it, the sweet up front meshes well with the dry semi-spice finish. Incredibly drinkable here.

M: Creamy full bodied with a lot of fizzy carbonation. Fills your mouth and feels like I could chew it.

O: I love this beer, it's delicious. My biggest gripe with it is that it's only available in gift sets. Seek it out for sure.

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Photo of Converge
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.

A - And yet another Unibroue volcano, overflowing with foam all over the place. 5th straight one now. Pours with a frothy, off-white head and a burnt copper-orange hue. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the glass. Little head retention

S - Probably the best smelling tripel for me to date. Nice yeasty character with some light fruitiness and not too much spice. Unripe oranges, tangerine, and some pleasant Belgian spice.

T - The flavor is a mixture of the anticipated taste from the smell and something totally different. The yeast character is done very well, and has a really bready feel. The fruit taste is fantastic, with sunny nectarines, oranges, and tangerine flavors. Finishes with a touch of spices, wheat, bubblegum, and faint hops. It has a certain funk to it that really appeals to me.

M - Nice smooth body, good carbonation. All around really good here. Slight alcohol heat, with a bit of spice in the finish. But that sort of spice and phenol character is to be expected with this style.

D - Probably my favorite tripel so far, and I really enjoyed this one. Nice drinkable flavor with a funky fruit kick and reasonable ABV. I would definitely have this one again without having to think twice.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden orange color with good head retention and lacing. The head is very soft and creamy in this beer. The nose is attractive, showing an interesting blend of ginger, balsa wood, graham cracker, light honey and nutmeg. The flavor profile is generally replicated on the palate, except I also get some interesting pineapple and apricot as well, that blends very nicely with the spice and underlying hoppy bitterness in this moderately sweet beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the beer comes across as very soft and long on the palate. The alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and this beer is all too easy to drink.

This is a very solid, well crafted beer, and I'm pretty sure that were I to try it blind, I would think for all the world that this beer came from Belgium. Nothing is out preportion in this beer, and this is certainly something I could see myself ordering again.

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Photo of mmva321
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clean and sharp except for the cloudy body, Eau Benite is passable but underwhelming. It's pale yellow, with a little orange thrown in and some white head on top. No lacing.

S: I think I just love how things smell. I don't know if anything is good or bad anymore, because it all just smells nice to me. Follows the tripel formula: some hops, grassy notes, some smooth malts and then throw in a fruit basket. I love it. This beer is especially smooth.

T: Way too smooth. This is relatively low alcohol, so I'll blame the malts. It drowns out the hops and fruit and creates a flat and overly sweet taste that is similar to leaving a piece of white chocolate on your tongue for 90 seconds.

M: Light, bubbly and smooth. I like the feel, but I'm distracted by the taste.

O: I wish it were better. It's passable, but the intense smooth malts destroy that tartness I love to get from the fruits of a tripel. Give it a try, but don't expect to ascend to heaven.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Hawkeye1113
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay chalice
-Poured/Reviewed on 1/5/12
-Best by date of 8/23/13

A- Pours a cloudy, golden yellow. 1cm of head that retains itself and slowly dissipates.

S- Bananas, peaches, light fruits. Very aromatic and delightful.

T- Creamy, light, fruity flavor. Sweet. A bit of witbier spice.

M- Mild carbonation. I can sense the alcohol a bit, but it doesn't interfere with the rest of the beer. Creamy. A bit of hop bitterness on the back end.

O- Overall, a nice, smooth tripel. Not the best example of the style, but still a solid beer, especially for the price. Another nice, pleasant drinker from Unibroue.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up in a pack with Maudite. It wasn't sold separately, so I was stuck. Not like Maudite is "bad", so I sucked up the extra purchase. Let's see what this beer is all about:

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy orange gold color with a large fluffy 2" white head of various size bubbles. There are tons of bubbles rising, but they only "try" to stick once they get to the top of the beer. As the beer sits, it is still pretty cloudy, but there is quite a bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I could already get some strong yeasty, wet-bread-dough notes through the lemon peels and mild biscuit and toasty malts. As the head starts to fall a bit, there are some clove notes coming out. The yeast is a big player in the aroma of this beer. Too much so IMO. The aroma is getting much more perfumy as the beer warms.

Taste: The flavor isn't quite a yeasty as the aroma, but it is still a strong player here. The body is thinner than the aroma suggested, and the carbonation is high, so the beer zips across your palate quickly as if on ball-bearings. When the carbonation dies down and you are tasting the finish of the beer, the yeast and bread dough are there along with some spiciness from the hops to linger for quite some time after the sip. The lemons are there in the finish as well, but the bread dough lingers as the most noticeable component.

Opinion: This is an alright beer. I really don't care for how the yeast stands out like it does. It almost seems like it wasn't finished fermenting, but the attenuation says otherwise. Perhaps this one is just to "small" of a beer for their house yeast or something? I mean, this is a good beer from just about any other brewery, but Unibroue makes some exceptional beers and this one is not quite up to that standard because it isn't very clean in the finish. I would prefer to stick to their La Fin Du Monde or something than revisit this one again.

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Eau Benite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 474 ratings
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