Eau Benite | Unibroue

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Eau BeniteEau Benite

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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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-06-2001

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Photo of n2185
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Some light spice aromas up front followed by lots of bubblegum and light fruit aromas--pears, white grapes, etc. Sweat bread and yeast aromas bring up the finish.

T: Coriander, clove, and other spices up front followed by some light banana and bubblegum flavors. Sweet breads again on the finish with some chalky yeast flavors as well.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is nice and clean, but is not as crisp as most other Unibroue beers. Still, it's not as thick and sweet as many other tripels.

O: A decent beer, but one of the weakest ones out of Unibroue's main line-up. Unibroue being the great brewery they are, that means it's still better than most other North American tripels. It just doesn't reach the levels of complexity and crispness of La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden and slightly cloudy in appearance. The head is white and foamy and disappears quickly. Lacing is minimal. Great color.

S - Bananas, candy sugar, bubble gum, peaches. So much going on. Getting some alcohol as well.

T - Semi bitter peach. Alcohol. Sweet pineapple. Delicious.

M - Smooth, creamy, bubbly carbonation.

O - A step above La Fin Du Monde. This beer is excellent.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Hazy dark yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Wheat, bananas, lemons, oranges, coriander/cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste ripe bananas mixed with some lemons/oranges and a coriander/cloves spiciness. There are also some notes of white grape juice. It ends with a banana and coriander aftertaste.

Overall – A very nice and smooth beer that will go down dangerously fast. It has a lot of the taste found in wit beers. The alcohol is very well hidden and the fruit flavours are refreshing. No regrets on this purchase.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells fruity, like a far more perky version of Unibroue's typical dark ale fare. Where normally (such as in Trois Pistoles) there are strong dark fruit esters, here there are light, effervescent ones, strong on white grape and apricot notes, smelling--in fact--quite a lot like a fruity champagne.

These fruits translate well onto the tongue, joined by what seems to be Unibroue's signature flavor, that being a rich fruity, spicy alcohol current that always reminds me slightly of sparkling mulled cider. The flavors last well into the mouthful, and continue to dance on the tongue for quite a while in the aftertaste. The beer is quite carbonated, but not enough to annoy, instead providing an oxygenating effect that seems to highlight the flavor.

Overall, I find this a superb beverage: light and crisp, with wonderful spicy fruit flavors. Anyone not familiar with Unibroue would do well to start here, as the flavors in this ale lend themselves better to the average palate than some of the brewery's darker fares.

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

ran into a somewhat older bottle here in poland at a wine shop. ridiculously expensive. came out to be equal to about 6 dollars. but i wanted a unibroue triple and thats what i paid for.

pour is murky golden with a solid formed head of white. about a finger and a half. nose is complex esters from wheat, barley and belgian sugar. first time i've had a triple with notes of marzipan, honey comb, orangepeel and candied pineapple. nice smooth feel a bit a tingle more bright than a hef would be but still as easy to drink. has longevity as well. doesn't seem to lose much while sitting around.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Unibroe products are a much less hard find, and at better prices, than other north american beers here in europe. Thumbs up for them

A- Cloudy, and at the same time bright, orange. Small to medium head with good retention and some lacing on the glass

S- Yeast is over there, with some honey and some citrus notes to back up. A spicy aroma overall, maybe a bit too sweet

T- Alcohol is sure to be felt but it comes along with a pleasant spicy character that is in turn matched by some fruity notes and by citrus. There is also a faint honey flavour that can be clearly felt in the aftertaste. Again, a bit too sweet to give the palate a full feel, the taste is mainly on your tongue

M- As i have just said, not much going on in the palate. Still, pleasantly dry with a surely detectable but not too aggressive carbonation

D- This may not be an incredibly high ABV beer, but it has a warming character that still leaves room for a quite fresh overall feel. Surely a pleasant drink

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl brown bottle, the fourth beer in my random weird beer tasting evening: best before 31 Mar 2011, drank and reviewed 28 Jan 2011.

Poured slowly into my Westvleteren chalice, tried not to let any sediment out, failed: the beer was a cloudy, murky dull orange colour, old gold I suppose. The head was thin, wispy and off-white, it soon became just a weak collar.

Good aromas of Belgian type yeasts and Continental Biscuits (Dutch Cookies).

Fruity, alcoholic and very drinkable. Raw, sharp and interesting, this beer has a character and a style which appeals to me. Semi-sweet, yet with an undertone of bitterness which never actually reaches the surface until the mouth is really drying out after each sip.

I can't get Unibroue beers very easily in the UK, but I'll certainly buy any I see!

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a murky brew of a pale orange. The head that is put up begins at a finger and a half, but quickly disappears to a foamy film across the top of the liquid. The beer is opaque throughout the middle, with generous sediment granules suspended about the glass. Once they finally settle the bottom of the glass is covered with a fine dusting of yeast. The carbonation looks to be standardly active. As we sniff the nose is filled with green apple acetaldehydes, flashes of sweet, warm honey, tangerines, and a peppery spice on the back end. There is also the faintest tinge of booze hiding behind those spicy aromas. The taste begins with soft esters and brief vanilla nestled within a background of biting yeast. Malts that are almost wheaty crash in through the middle, with browned grannysmith apples, dark plums, and vanilla continuing for the ride. The end is clean with fresh malts and a bit of citrus, but is still dominated by a bitter, peppery note, indicative of the booze within. The aftertaste breaths with sugary fruits, yeast, and malts. The body is medium to full, with the carbonation playing only a minor role in the tasting. The mouthfeel is grainy, with the yeast particulates making themselves actually palpable. There is a curious astringency about it at the very back of the tongue, but the mouth is left otherwise satiated. The abv is up to par for the style, and the beer drinks with a simplicity.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the taste, which came through over a curiously dull nose. This is not to say that the nose was offensive, but rather that is was bright with ripe fruits and malty elements not otherwise common in a tripel. While you could certainly tell that this was brewed within the style, the outlying components, like the aroma inclusions and the hugely yeasty sediment, give this brew an interesting twist.

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Photo of papat444
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Split this with my wife over our supper which was chicken & carrots.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled Dec. 6, 2007.

Appearance: A good 2-3 finger head. My wife's glass was a hazy gold body while mine was much hazier with brown flecks in it. Doesn't bother me :)

Smell: Citrus, floral in nature with a touch of honey and spices.

Taste: Sweet a little with strong fruit-like tones and a bit of bread. Some honey and spices but very faint.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a full body. Age has smoothed it out a bit but still holds. A smidgen of thinness in the finish but not enough to affect its enjoyment.

Drinkability: Good actually. I liked it enough to have had the whole bottle.

Overall: It's held up well after 3 years, better than the 1837. Too bad it's discontinued.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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 AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex for bringing a beer from his homeland to our All Hallow's Eve Epic Rare Canadian I Hate Costumes and Candy Tasting.

A - An opaque orangish beer with a two finger off-white head that left some chunks on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells like a Unibroue beer, which is what I found out it was later one. The usual yeast overtones with a little bit of fruit.

T - This is not nearly as fruity or sweet as I would expect from a tripel. A little bready with some herbal spice, although it is more hinted at than sharp. Not bad, but surprisinly non-tripelish tripel.

M - Super dry, fairly smooth moderate carbonation, in a medium-light bodied beer.

D - Pretty drinkable for 7.7%, though not quite like some of their other offerings, La Fin Du Monde comes to mind. Wouldn't mind this again, as it is an interesting tripel.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Alex for our Rare Canadian tasting...A dark pour for a triple, dark orange, good carbonation, lots of retention and lacing...Sweet aroma of honey, wheat, stone fruits, and lots of yeast, missing the normal floral hop backbone...The taste is also exceedingly sweet for a tripel, and if you are going to be this sweet it should be to cover up some alcohol and at a rather light 7.7% for a tripel not sure what the purpose was? Honey mostly shows with some bread and yeast. Nothing to fun, its not bad just bored.

An average tripel from Unibroue, it may be rare but if you want a Canadian tripel stick to La Find du Monde.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with Linoleum87. This is one of those Unibroue offerings that doesn't seem to leave Quebec. Served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours with two fingers of orange-tinged foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves big spots of lace. Hazy dark orange body with some obvious suspended sediment.

S - Bread and signature Unibroue yeast, stone fruits, some light oxidation, banana, and some vanilla-esque malted wheat character.

T - Taste is a bit less exciting. Light honey and grain character mingles with a bread and yeast malt backdrop.

M - A touch overcarbonated but not totally out of place for the style. Medium-full body that has a little grain to it, and a satisfying dry finish.

D - This has held up reasonably well. I got it around Christmas of 2008 and the aroma has developed a nice port wine oxidation character. Unfortunately the taste has smoothed out and lacks depth and richness of flavor. Lower in alcohol than Fin du Monde and sufficiently different that it should be available outside La Belle Province.

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Photo of arturorg
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Unibroue snifter

A: Amber with a big foamy head thats stays for a while, visible carbonation, kind o watery with a spiderweb lace.

S: Peach (kind of citrusy in general), Banana, bread, yeasty. No strong aroma.

T: Orange (I guess that enters in the citrus part), little sweet note like honey, alcohol it's present and leaves a warming feel, it's kind of watery and leaves no lingering taste.

Overall: a good beer from a good company, would have again but I would like it to be more complex

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Photo of endovelico
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy orangy yellow brew with a fizzy 3 finger head that quickly collapses. No head retention or lacing. Medium high perceived effervescence.

Aroma: Medium high intensity. Strong clove, coriander, banana and bubblegum up front. Flower character on the backend.

Taste: Subdued compared to the nose. Spicy upfront with herbal/flowery backend and sweet malt/bubblegum center. Orange peel wraps the overall character. Very pleasing and fortunately the spices don't completely trample the rest of the flavours.

Palate: Medium full bodied. Medium low to low carbonation. 7.7%? Get out of here! Silky smooth. Lasting clove / flowery taste.

Drinkability: Fits the style. Unique enough. Complex enough. Virtually unnoticeable alcohol. A bit more complexity would earn it a considerably higher score.

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Photo of ZorPrime
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours orange color with some yellow notes. A lot of sediments in the beers floats, quite huge piece too. The head is very thin, I see carbonation but no head... The smell is principally yeast, fruits (citrus, orange) with light notes of spice. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel isn't bad, medium body and the beer is feels round in the mouth... at the end it taste a little too much like syrup... Did I taste some cloves?... maybe.

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Photo of Nickls
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a solid two fingers of bubbly yet frothy white head that only dissipated to a half-finger throughout the sample; some spotty lacing; hazy marigold-orange color

S - Citrus fruits and pears; light sweetness; light hints of spice; bit of pepper; really lovely

T - Sour apples; some citrus; hint of vanilla and spices; pears at the end; a kiss of sweetness

M - Medium to lighter; nice prickly carbonation livens things up

D - Nicely drinkable, very much in the style range and damn tasty; a lovely nightcap type of brew

Overall, a wonderful example of the style and interesting drinking. Really enjoyed the layers that were presented.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow, a tad turbid, with a good 1/2" of head that dies down to a mostly even slightly lumpy, dense film that never goes away.

Fresh, clean fruity esters impart fresh apple aromas with mashed banana and saddle leather funk and overall it has a pleasant creamy sweetness to it.

The taste follows the aroma, it tasted like apple butter and honey on toast, with nuances of clove, golden raisins, pepper and leather, with a nice clean dry finish. Sweet and bitter are in perfect harmony here. The alcohol is slightly warming in the back of the throat in the aftertaste, but pleasantly so.

It's medium-heavy bodied but but somehow doesn't feel like it in no small part thanks to the creaminess.

One of the tastiest, easiest drinking yet complex tripels I have ever come across.

Thanks to papat444 for so generously sharing this with me through CanBIF.

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Photo of bobsy
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burnished gold into my Chimay chalice, and immediately produces a finger of white head. Eventually this reduces a tad to leave the most remarkable surface of uneven creamy head - its like viewing a snowy wasteland from above. Great sheets of lace break off like ice shelfs. Exquisite

The aroma has a nice dose of tropical fruit and vanilla. Its sweet, without being cloying, and is almost more like a subtle perfume than a beer.

Light honey notes give way to a intensely fruity center. Mango and papaya vie for attention. I expect more prominent grain and alcohol flavours in a tripel, but these do not become apparent until the finish, and even then they are subdued. It has the effect of making this a tripel out of the guidelines, but more drinkable for it.

The body is surprsingly heavy, bulked up by its smoothness and a creamy carbonation. This all combines to make a pleasant, light drinking ale, which is something I thought I'd never say for a tripel. My mouth is telling me that this could be sessioned, but fortunately my brain is telling me to look at the ABV on the label.

Thanks to zorprime for the bottle - now I'm almost through the Canadian top 25!

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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 biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle, from a random depanneur on the way back to my downtown Montreal hotel. Time to crack open this so-called 'holy water', eh?

This beer pours a fairly hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with a fistful of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly fizzy off-white head, which leaves a very thin coating of tacky snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of overripe sweet and acidic fruit - apples, white grapes, and banana - softly phenolic yeast, sugary and grainy pale malt, and a hint of savoury spice. The taste is earthy honey, sultana raisins, applesauce, gritty pale and caramel malt, white pepper, cloves, that usual bit of floral Unibroue house yeast, and a well-tamed warming alcohol.

The carbonation is fairly moderate for this brewery, what with its lilting, and just a tad fizzy frothiness, the body generally smooth, somewhat creamy, and yet crisp. It finishes just off-dry - yeasty, fruity, and subtly, devilishly warm.

As alluded to a few times already, the alcohol in this Tripel is barely noticeable, which goes a long way in rendering this otherwise solid paean to the style quite drinkable, and enjoyable. Especially after having tried out my Prairie School French on the locals, where I received at least a soupcon of encouragement - zut alors!

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Photo of velkyal
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with a big frothy head and lots of lovely bubbles.

The nose was full of fruit and spice, and at the same time somewhat musty.

Taste wise, the Eau Bénite continues the fruity theme from the nose, sweetened with honey and gingery spiciness. This beer put me in mind of the La Goudale although with a fuller body and a smooth softness in the throat.

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Photo of robprofit
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is getting harder and harder to find, just happened to find it in the first place I ever encountered it many years ago but this is my first taste of it...

A: Light orange brownish color, hazy and translucent, with medium foamy head. Looks good in my new La Fin Du Monde glass (thanks Brian).

S: Fruity, cider-like sweetness with a hint of alcohol

T: Again fruity cider-like sweet to start, then a hint of the
7.7% ABV as a reminder, then a surprisingly smooth mellow finish.

M: Starts off with medium sweetness and lightly smooths out a lot lighter than most triples, complex but not overpowering.

Overall: Great and now rarer beer so I'll have to go buy the rest where I found it...
Buy it if and while you still can, Unibroue should bring it back...

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

A: poured a nice clear golden color. Minimal white head with no lacing.

S: Big yeasty smell with a nice yeasty aroma. Some hints of faded apples.

T: A little bit oxidized at this point. Very sweet. Hints of some fruits as well.

M: Very nice light body for the style and ABV.

D: Very nice axample. Very drinkable. No hint of the ABV but too bad it has not been made in years.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 330ml bottle was bought for me in France and brought to Ireland. A bit of a roundabout journey, I will admit (thanks André and Collette). I could not read the "best by" date. After I uncapped the foil topped bottle, I discovered that it was a "twist off" cap!

It poured a pale golden hazy brew with a good white head. Plenty of yeast sediment. Nice lacing on the glass. It reminded me of Vlo (Brouwerei 't Ij) in appearence and smell.

The taste was a warming well balanced complex brew. lots of flavours going on including banana and raisin. Nice carbonation, very drinkable; another well crafted brew from Unibroue

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Eau Benite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 82.6% out of 100 with 471 ratings
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