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

Got this one from the SAQ that now keeps some unibroue oferings shelved.

Pours a murky orangish yellow, soft thick head crowns the "eau benite" chalice. A delicate film of lace is present as the beer goes down. Aroma of spicy esters, figs and sugar. Flavor is a crisp strong hit of malt, spice (clove and cinnamon) and fruity (figs, passionfruit, watermelon) esters. Also present was the signature "unibroue" yeast strain ester profile, one I like.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall this is a great beer. It is very complex and refreshing at the same time. Drink your first for exploration, and the second for pure enjoyment.

First this brew pours with massive amounts of off white head, and the body is quite murky and honey in color. There are bits of sediment towards the end of the pour.

There isn't much in the way of aroma. Actually, I couldn't detect anything substantial.

The taste is off the charts! There is a straight up butterscotch flavor that dominates. Usually this is a reference to oxidation, but not here.

This is quite refreshing, and not too warming with the moderate ABV.

This is probably one of the most refreshing brews I've ever had. Not too overwhelming and continues to be very inviting all the way to the end.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into chimay chalice

A- Yeasty cloudy orange amber colour, with a 1 finger rocky head that reduces very quickly to a crown. Sounds highly carbonated. snapping and popping away like rice crispies!

S- Cloves, bananas and coriander

T- Cream, Vanilla, cloves, coriander, light floral notes in the finish. Finish is creamy vanilla.

M- Light, spritzy lively carbonation

D- A bit too abrasive in the carbonation, some nice flavours, but i feel duvel beats it with its easier on the stomach carbonation, i felt very bloated and uncomfortable after 1 bottle here. However, taste and smell was impressive making this a nice example.

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy, orange colour with a huge, rocky off-white head that has good retention, eventually settling to a consisten foam, leaving a slight lace. Lots of visible sediment and a good amount of visible carbonation.

S: nice floral hops, sweet fruit (like a caramel apple!), yeast and a hint of coriander spice

T: strong fruit and floral presence with a delicious caramel candy pudding flavour on the finish. Quite dry with a slight touch of apple sweetness lingering on my palate. Decent spice to it as well.

M: light bodied and creamy, excellently crisp carbonation and a crisp, dry finish that tingles the back of my throat.

D: Another triumph from Unibroue. Nice and complex and highly drinkable given it's 7.7% ABV (relatively low for a Belgian strong pale ale) I don't know if I would classify this one as a "triple" like they do, nevertheless, a highly enjoyable beer that I wouldn't hesitate to buy again.

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Photo of AlexF
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bouteille de 750 ml.

L'eau bénite est orangée et opaque. La mousse, abondante, et d'une persistance remarquable.

Au nez, l'Eau Bénite propose définitivement des arômes d'agrumes, couplé à la typique présence de madérisation des bières Unibroue. Le nez est aussi alcoolisé.

En bouche, l'Eau Bénite est une triple typique d'Unibroue. Mélangeant les saveurs d'agrumes de la fin du monde et un côté mielleux, avec en plus la traditionnelle impression que cette bière fut vieillie telle un porto, L'Eau Bénite est une autre réussite d'Unibroue.

Pas trop pétillante, pas trop alcoolisée, très agréable!

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Photo of unibrew
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Getting a bottle (actually a case) of this wasn't easy. Luckily, I have a connection! That being said, this ale is discontinued and hasn't been exported to the USA for a couple of years now. Maybe some bottles have crossed the border, but, you won't find them in any beer store I don't think.

Anyway, I'm a HUGE fan of this beer. It's a wonderful triple. It does taste quite a bit like La Fin du Monde, but, it's different in ways too. A bit mellower, which makes sense since it's not as strong. Nevertheless, the taste is mellower and extremely drinkable. It's 7.7% APV will catch up with you quickly, so, it's best not to have too many of them (not that you can in the states anyway). In fact, Unibroue was bought by Sleeman a few years ago, and is now owned by a Japanese company. Let's just hope they never ever mess with any of the recipes!

My review is that IF you can get your hands on a bottle of this, do so. It's quite enjoyable, tastes great, and is one of Unibroue's best offerings. I wish they weren't discontinuing it because, well, the more Unibroue styles out there the better! If you can't get it, enjoy a La Fin du Monde or Trois Pistoles. Both of those are just as good! (if not better)

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Photo of brendan13
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a La Fin Du Monde glass a slightly hazy golden colour with a big fluffy white head. Massive amount of carbonation bubbles quickly racing to the top.
S - Light belgian yeast spice and ripe tropical fruit.
T - Similar to the smell but with some bready malt flavours coming into play as well.
M - Fairly light bodied, high carbonation.
D - Another nice beer from Unibroue. Not my number one pick but more drinkable given the lower (for Unibroue) ABV%.

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

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance: blond color (veiled)
Smell: fruity nose
Taste: alcohol is present, round, smooth, slight bitterness final honey
Drinkability: good strong beer blonde Belgian style, brewed by Unibroue in Quebec

Review added 10-31-2007, translated from french 3-4-2008.

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

330 ml. bottle. Pours a golden colour with a good head and leaves a lace foming some nice drawings. Smell is fruity, sweet apples and white grapes, with coriander and molasses. Sweet flavor, with a body lighter than expected, but good. Taste of apple cake, marzipan, white grapes, vanilla.

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Photo of crwills
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL champagne bottle purchased in Gatineau.

Poured into a Chimay glass. Golden yellow, semi-cloudy, with a 1/4" bubbly head. Fades relatively quickly without a lot of lacing. Actually a really nice looking beer -- looks a lot like a hefeweizen.

Aroma is more floral than fruity, with blossoms and field flowers dominating. Some unripe apple and maybe a hint of pineapple in there.

Fruity flavours appear more in the flavour, mostly mild spring fruits and melon. Classic Unibroue yeast, and restrained floral hops. As it warms up, it gets more bitter and spicy notes shine through (coriander or nutmeg?).

The mouthfeel on this is fantastic; full, smooth, and perfectly carbonated (i.e. not too much). Aftertaste is bland and slightly bitter, but doesn't last long. The alcohol in this is well-hidden (although I was feeling it after 750 mL!), making this a very drinkable brew.

Right up there with my favourite Unibroues; wish it was available in Ontario!

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: hazy yellow color, medium head settling to thin layer & good lacing, some carbonation evident
s: lots of yeast, strong banana, some spice
t: plenty of yeast, some spice, banana & hints of clove with a crisp, lighter finish
m: lots of carbonation, medium/creamy body, light finish for a triple
d: relatively light for a triple (could've used a bit more flavor) but rather refreshing. look forward to another.

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Photo of basica
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unibroue does not fail to disapppoint, having tried Trois Pistole and Maudite. I believe that
together with the Eau Benite, these are the only 3 Unibroue beers that could be obtained
locally. Eau Benite literally means "Holy Water"; I bought my bottle together with the
Maudite from Brewerkz and tasted it in my Hoegaarden Grand Cru tall tulip glass. The Eau
Benite pours out a cloudy golden with a light head that quickly dissipates. The initial smell
of the beer is generally bready with floral hints. After swirling the glass for a bit, the
foam froths up to about three quarter an inch revealing a more creamy appearance and the
floral and fruity hints become more apparent. I went ahead and tasted it and was greeted by
pleasant fruity notes constituted mainly by fresh fruits analagous to green grapes and plums.
The underlying yeast emmits the familiar Uniboue taste which is well loved by discerning
drinkers. This brew is between medium to full bodied with a very smooth nature contributing
to a nice mouth feel. At 7.7 ABV it goes easy when drinking and definitely scores high on
drinkability as well. The after taste had soothing notes of grapes and red apples and was
pleasantly lasting on the palates. When I took the last feel mouthful at a faster pace, I
notice the apple after taste showed up pleasantly on the general taste well which was pretty
pleasant. A tasty, yet light and easy drinking beer; good intro beer for folks who have yet
to try the fantastic brews from Unibroue.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle bought in Vancouver. This was the first time I've seen this beer, and I thought I'd tried just about everything current from Unibroue. I wonder why they don't distribute this to the USA.

Upon trying it I think they don't need to market it to the USA, but not because it's bad because it definitely is good. It just seems spot on for Fin Du Monde. Everything, appearance (hazy golden color, finely grained froth), smell (Unibroue yeast strain with esters), taste (mostly fruity wheat), mouthfeel (thick, coating), etc. Holy water but they already have holy water in other bottles.

I know there must be some difference not discernable by someone of my meager abilities, but as a first approximation this is re-bottled Fin Du Monde (and it's good).

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Photo of clabaugh
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an inviting honey-gold infused with amber. The head forms generously, resembling sea foam in its bubbliness. Retention is strong.

Smell: White grapes, diacetyl, and some pungent yeastiness. Quite aromatic, with organic fruity properties and some phenols as well.

Taste: Yeasty, earthlike flavors accentuated with a pleasant sweetness. Butterscotch and grape combine to yield a tasty, sticky-sweet, yet bitter, milieu. The alcohol is present more in its satisfying warmth than in its comparatively subtle taste. Finishes with the taste of rich, doughy, dark bread garnished with honey.

Mouthfeel: Delightfully creamy and full-bodied. At once numbing and warming on the palate, tongue, and in the throat. Very pleasant.

Drinkability: Excellent flavor and really pampers the palate. A fine rendition of the style, and one of my favorites from Unibroue.

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle aged beyond a good year. Shared with Grub and served in a Fin Du Monde glass (close enough...) at Cafe Volo in Toronto.
Pours with lots of head - big, fluffy and pearl white. That cap would go nowhere! Mildly transparent, a zaphire golden colour. Aroma showcases a mildly spicy yeast which carries an interesting medley of both fresh and musty notes. At times fresh, at times musty. The mouthfeel a little thin with occasional hints of alcohol coming through. The spice really burns the tongue if you let it sit in the mouth. A very light, dry fruity finish. A soft, gentle passionfruit like note along with the fruity malt. Complimented nicely by that mellowed, smoothed out yeast. Light. Fair. Good.
Age has helped. This is another fantastic Unibroue ale.
And that devil in the bathtub on the label needs a haircut badly.

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

corked and caged 750ml bottle marked M055, which should be bottled dec 5/05. shared with biegaman at volo.

pours deep yellow with just a little haze, possibly from the pour. big fluffy white head that drops very slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is nice. very fresh with light spice. swirling brings out more of a musty/earthy aroma. bit of yeast. light fruityness.

taste is nice. very light spice. light crackery malt. bit of yeast. hint of clove and nutmeg. light bitterness.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation. light bodied with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy light golden color, with a modest white head, good broken lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Spicy orange and coriander notes, with slight cookie dough, and mild cloves.

Taste: Spicy at the open, with slight earth and yeast notes, and orange, coriander appears later in the taste. Finishes with a lingering herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, with slightly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, drinkable example.

Thanks to fellow BA HardTarget for generously sharing this example.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Distinctive Unibroue yeast.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep gold glass with a thin white head

Flavor: Tastes like La Fin du Monde. Major flavors are spice and fresh orange peel. A great tripel profile.

Mouthfeel: Firm carbonation, medium to light body.

Overall Impression: Very enjoyable. If you are a Unibroue fan (as I am) you should enjoy this. I need to try to get another to do a side by side with La Fin to tease out the differences.

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Photo of JOaikido
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle.

A- Medium head, white in colour. Orange-golden colour, nice. Cloudy with sediment floating in the beer. Head retention isn't great but there is good effervescence.

S- Spice and yeast. Yeast dominates. Citrus notes that become stronger as the beer warms.

T- Great Unibroue yeast. Spices. Sour citrus middle with bitterness of hops behind. Alcohol well hidden.

MF- Carbonation bite too strong. Refreshing and light without being watery. Dry without being pasty/astringent.

D- Light enough to be refreshing. Flavourful and strong enough to sip. Limited a little by high alcohol that goes right to your head. Wish more stores stocked this one as I prefer it to many easier to find beers from Unibroue. Good to see the Unibroue classics holding up despite the outside ownership.

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

I was pleased when I spotted this beer in West Vancouver, as it's not available in Calgary.

It poured from a 750 mL bottle a deep gold colour with a slight apricot hue, making it almost coppery. A thin, bubbly head quickly dwindled to a ring.

The aroma and flavour seemed understated by Unibroue standards, though the smell still managed to be an engaging mix of yeast, cloves and a hint of citric, grapefruit hops. The label describes this beer as a tripel, but it doesn't seem nearly malty enough to qualify: there's also some grapefruit, a bit of spiciness and black pepper going on.

This beer is well-placed in the strong pale ale category and nicely quaffable — though it isn't a standout.

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Photo of Derek
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a couple years since this was available in Ontario... so I finally picked one up in BC.

It says "tripel" on the label, but I agree that it's more of a strong pale ale (not enough alcohol, fusils, phenols & spice).

A: Hazy, golden straw; fissy white head, very little retention, some lace.

S: Plenty of fruity esters (bubblegum, pineapple, pear and cantelope melon). Very light on the spice and barely any phenols.

T: Bready, tropical fruit (pineapple, banana, cantelope, honeydew and mango). Hints of cloves & bubblegum. The fruity esters from the yeast are certainly Belgian, but not too different from a German hefeweizen.

M: Moderate body is creamy, with a dry finish. Moderately high carbonation. Wonderful.

D: Very good.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow with a big, fast falling head.

S - Spicy, almost cloyingly sweet aroma. Notes of orange and coriander.

T - Light bitterness, lemony notes and banana. Somewhat sweet.

M - Smooth, light, slick body woth a low carbonation.

D - For a "strong" ale, this one is fairly light. Qualifies as an easy-drinking, mild flavoured Belgian - and may be more accessible than one of the heavier Unibroue ales.

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

bought a 12 oz bottle at gourmet galley on drummond island michigan.
drank it from the bottle, was at the beach, has a very cool label. i'm into unibroues labeling.
the aroma is suttle, hint of alcohol, malt, fruity.
the flavor is soft and malty, hint of spice, hint of alcohol, this beer is light.
goes down easy, and really packs some kick.

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Photo of Mandrake
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a large head that dissipates just a shade quickly and leaves very little lacing. Smell is of spices and light fruits like melon and banana, with cloves and vanilla showing up and a noticable alcoholic tone to the whole aroma. Taste is malty, with wheat and grains present along with a light fruitiness, cloves, and a touch of yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth, well carbonated, and warming, and drinkability is pretty good. An interesting offering from Unibroue, and much more pleasant than most other holy water, but not quite as good as this brewery's best beers.

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

BB 3-26-04. Cooler aged the whole time.

Cap pops and I wait a bit to pour. Foam slowly finds its way up the neck and to the to of the bottle. Pours out pale straw and sits gold in the glass, I let a bit of the yeast float in. Sturdy, frothy white head leaves some lacings around the glass wile maintaining thick portions on top of the beer the whole time.

Smells of super-ripe tropical fruits and candied bread. Thick gooey caramel coats the whole lot of it, aromas similar to peanut brittle, minus the peanuts. All around, a fantastic nose for a Triple.

Flavors of starfruit, pineapple and papaya all basked under the rays of a light citric twist. Dormant caramel pads the doughy yeast portions. Mild hops bitterness lends a dry and slightly grassy finish.

Medium-light in body with fine carbonation and an overall crisp feel.

Age has done well for this beer. Flavors seem fairly mellow while the aroma is just as tantilizing as one could hope for.

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