Eau Benite | Unibroue

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Eau BeniteEau Benite
475 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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-06-2001

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 475 |  Reviews: 215
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.

 1,934 characters

Photo of rkcrozier
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of citycrab
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale orange color with a very nice head on top. Decent head seems to want to remain. Yeasty and spicy aroma, mildly phenolic. earthy as well. Very crisp and citrusy flavor wise. Peppery spice to it. Mild grapefruit. Very sharp and effervescent mouthfeel-quite lively. Mild sticky sweetness in the finish. Nice enjoyable tripel all in.

 340 characters

Photo of jayhawk73
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eau Benite pours a light orange color with a near perfect two finger off white head. Good lacing and carbonation on this beer. The appearance is very murky/hazy and impossible to see through despite it's relative light color. The nose is pleasant, and on the lighter side for the style. I get lemon peel, clove, malt, and pepper- as well as some light fruit. Maybe a little orange in there as well. The taste follows the nose profile. The pepper and spices come out slightly more than in the nose. The taste is also bigger and a little bolder than the nose. Not quite as complex/smooth as the best tripels, but still solid. Feel is medium w/ a nice citrus/hop bite on the back end. Good carbonation on the feel as well, with a fairly dry finish. Overall, this is a good solid tripel- I'd have this again. This is one of the better beers I've had from Unibroue. I enjoyed it quite a bit more than La Fin du Monde... Cheers.

 922 characters

Photo of WoodersonMB
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Kbogac
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chalice. Cloudy yellow with some foam. Slowly dissolves to a ring. The smell is primarily clove and bananna, not much else. The taste is fairly dry, almost light. Nothing really jumps out at me beyond yeast flavors. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall ok beer. I think I was expecting something a little more exciting.

 343 characters

Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of delzer13
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the caged, corked 750 ml. bottle stamped 08-23-13. Sampled on December 10, 2011. It pours a golden amber with a full, fluffy head that simmers down as well as a nice carbonation stream heading up the center of the glass. The aroma is alive with sensations including yeast, clove, corn, Belgian sugars, and a tiny hop hit. The body is of medium texture. It is an exquisite Tripel with its bittersweet taste and spicy afterglow that also tingles the tongue with a sour, hoppy finale. I would probably buy this more often if it was available by itself instead of part of a gift pack.

 585 characters

Photo of Proteus93
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was briefly on the fence about buying this. The tripel is not among my favourite styles, but I haven't really come across a 'bad Unibroue' + Maudite is a favourite, so I gave it a shot...

A: Hazy straw colour, with a golden glow giving it some added character. The head formed particularly nicely in the Unibroue cervois (it's more that than a tulip, right?)

S /T /M: The aroma is among the most pleasant things I have smelt from a beer in a long time. A touch of citrus blends nicely with a 'fresh fruit basket' aroma... apple and pear stand out nicely, with an added spice. The spiciness is a little more apparent in the flavour, though it comes across mostly in the mouthfeel as a peppery warmth. The dryness of the beer is about as good as I think it can get. It complements the flavour well, in addition to the prickly carbonation, and completes the well-rounded body of the brew. This would be one of the very few cases I would give mouth-feel a five!

D: I found this to be an extremely pleasing experience, and a very well crafted beer. It stands up against other offerings from Unibroue fabulously, and adds a strong contender to their line-up.

 1,158 characters

Photo of zaphodchak
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Forgot to agitate bottle before pouring; made the mistake of doing so with a stopper-- some spilled out. Lesson learned.

Two fingers fluffy white head. Hazy goldenrod body. Relatively little lace but the glass wasn't totally dry.

Classic Unibroue nose, similar to Fin du Monde, slightly spicier, but still full of Unibroue yeast.

Yeasty body, some bugglegum wheat, some fruit, relatively dry (for a Unibroue, that is) clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, some carbonic flavor in the taste.

This is... kind of a waterier Fin du Mond, but I guess I should've expected that? It's still darn good. Sort of a lighter-weight younger brother with a similar flavor profile.

 675 characters

Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful hazed/cloudy golden/orange color. A towering, bubbly white head forms and gently recedes to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: Funky yeast, peppery spice, fruity esters. Banana and citrus aromas. Very nice.
T: Excellent. I love the funky yeast and medley of fruit flavors. Slightly tart apples, orange peal, banana. A great minty, peppermint flavor as well.
M/D: A medium body with excellent carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, dry, and clean. So easy to drink. The bottle is gone in no time.

Every bit as good as La Fin Du Monde. Excellent. I wish I could buy this individually from the gift pack. Though I can't complain about having to buy Maudite as well :) Highly recommended.

 702 characters

Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with some zesty spice, bready yeast and estery light fruits. A grassy earthy presence gives way to hints of apple, pear and subtle citrus. There's also some candy sugar and faint alcohol in the nose. Smells more like a saison/strong golden ale hybrid.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy, spicy and sweet flavors. Subtle dry, grassy presence up front countered by some zesty pepper and coriander. This is followed by a prominent estery yeast character that gives off hints of bread and sweet, light fruit. Hints of orange, tangerine and apple are followed by a nice alcohol presence but the ABV is well masked without much heat. Well balanced with the perfect amount of sweetness and subtle booze to counter the earthy/spicy notes. Very refreshing and deceptively drinkable.

 957 characters

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip 22/11/11

A hazy golden yellow with a large but short lived head that leaves no lace, a bit of a gusher and I'm a little surprised that such a large pile of foam vanished so quickly

S peppery yeast with some tropical fruit and some other spice I can't quite place, some booze but mild for 7.7%

T a little banana and bread crust to go with what I smell, a little booze and bubblegum but both faint, a little stronger then the smell and some hops come out to play

M feels light from the bubbles and has a little more heat then I'd like to feel, still not a real problem though just keeping it from greatness

O went down pretty fast so that should count for something, not the complexity of some of Unibroues offerings but I'd drink it again

I was overly excited when I saw this in the new mixer pack and even being a pretty good brew it didn't live up to my high expectations. that being said the mixed pack has some of the best quality bang for your buck in the province

 1,009 characters

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - fully hazy golden orange, tall white head retained very well, but I have to dock half a point for being way too volatile upon opening, it had been sitting in my fridge for days and it overflowed upon opening
S - sour fruit, grainy malt, some dry herbs, and some alcohol
T - light fruity yeastiness with a somewhat odd herbal flavour, big bready malt and some booziness to finish
M - big body carbonation, sweet and bready with a alcohol dryness
O - not a top notch tripel, but it is a tasty beer with that unexplainable but unmistakeable Unibroue character, worth a try

 573 characters

Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this as part of a two pack of 750s that also included Maudite. There's a blurb on the bottle about how this is meant to fulfill the flavor profile of a Tripel with a smaller ethanol impact - I like this line of thinking, let's see if it delivers.

Clouded gold with an orange hue and an adequate cap of white froth. A softly complex Belgian-style ale. Simply beautiful in its nuances once it warms sufficiently. Honey, wildflowers, pears, rosewater, and a subtle biscuit note. Superbly dry, yet somehow fluffy in the mouth.

This stuff goes down easy, really easy. Light Tripel? Yeah I guess that descriptor fits, but it has just as much in common with Duvel. I wish I didn't have to buy this in a special combo pack, then again, if given the choice between this and La Fin du Monde I would stick with the La Fin du Monde.

 828 characters

Eau Benite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 475 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.