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 Derek
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
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 -13.7%
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 -0.5%
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%
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 +7.5%
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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Photo of bultrey
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750-mL corked caged bottle at a little convenience store in Quebec City on my way back to the hotel to finish off my night of drunkeness. Had never had this particular Unibroue beer, so it called out to me.
Quite beautiful light golden color, smell is all banana with some other tropical fruit, like papaya or guava. Intensely peppery flavor, alos with notes of coriander and an underlying tropical fruit sweetness, but with a beautiful drying finish. Quite nice, like a spicier, double hefeweizen almost -- reminds me of Duvel in more than one way. Would certainly buy this if available in the US, and was quite happy to pay only $5.50 CDN for this big bottle.

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

330ml bottle given to me by a friend...

Poured a golden yellow colour... White head poured quite foamy and faded to almost nothing... little to no lacing...

Aroma - Fruity (pineapples, grapefruits), light toffee malts, honey sweetness, vanilla, peppery, creamy notes...

Taste – Spicy fruits, peppery, light sweetness, light spicy hop bitterness, sea salt notes, biscuity malts...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry. Medium body... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A good Belgian pale ale.... Recommended...

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

Pours a hazy orange gold with a massive head that is foamy and eggshell white. Lots of bubbles racing up and keeping the head full.

The smell is full of Unibroue yeast with a fair amount of added spice. A bit of soapiness and a bit of black pepper. Decent for the style, though I know of others I find more interesting in this category.

The first flavours from this beer make me think of ripe pineapple, fruity and sweet. Finish is peppery and a little bit citrus. I find it a pretty straightforward version of the style. Everything is there, but nothing is too exciting.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, it is low to medium in body and has a crispness to the carbonation. All together it makes an easy drinking beer.

No complaints here, but no rave review either. A solid beer, and perhaps good for people just learning about the Belgian brews. I'm glad to have tried it, but it doesn't break my heart that this particular beer from Unibroue is not available locally.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of carbonation in this orange golden beer, a thin layer of foam and lots of floaty yeast particles.
Smell was phenolic, like a weizen or witbier, this is off course the Belgian yeast profile, which also adds a little tang to it.
Taste of grains, like wheat, fruity, slightly caramel, sticky and not very complex. Hop flavors were absent. Medium body. This has probably the same yeast as the Raftman, where I also tasted a sort of phenolic, witbier yeast profile.
A good beer, but not very pronounced in any kind of way. It is just too 'middle of the road' for me.

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

I always seem to stumble across these obscure Unibroue offerings. Seeing as this isn’t sent my way, it was nice to be able to try this at a Belgian beer tasting over the weekend. Yeasty, perfumey aroma with hints of sweet malts, herbs, vanilla, fruits and apples. Notes of caramel and fruits (especially apple). Dry with a nice creamy body.

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

This beer pours a hazy, yellow gold color. It is well carbonated and forms an initial, three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The head has some staying power to it as it lingers for quite some time, and even leaves some lacing patterns on the side of the glass. The aroma is fruity (pear and apple are apparent with a mix of tart, yet fragrant notes, and a touch of sweetness), yeasty with a bready note, and with some spiciness as well (I get notes of ginger, white pepper and lemon zest). Underneath these notes is a dry, biscuit like malt character, which serves to further round out the aroma.

The taste is definitely fruity as well, with an apparent sweetness up front, but in actuality I think that the beer is quite dry. There is a nice spiciness here as well; the beer is fresh and vibrant with notes of lemon zest, ginger, pepper and clove. The finish has an astringent, yeasty note and a solid bitterness, which are both joined by a touch of alcohol. There is a light acidity here, which plays up a fruity pear note. The beer is light and effervescent on the palate; it is just quite easy to drink. There is quite a bit of malt character as well; I get notes of biscuits and a rich, yet simple malt character.

This beer is quite good, I really like how it has a light, easy drinking, yet still rich character to it. It has lots of elements of a perfect Tripel. Something seems to be missing here in the end though, it seems to be missing a little bit of richness and complexity that the best examples have. It is quite enjoyable though, and I certainly recommend it.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice product from the Unibroue stables, I do believe that this is my favourite to date.
On arrival this brew greeted me with a 3 finger crown which lazily disappeared to a light glass ring with moderate lace.

Very pale yellow in colour with lively carbonation and hazy.
The nose has an estery sence in that their seems to be a ripe fruity mash like quality to it, predominantly currents and banana.
The taste matches the scent of the currents with a minor mash element behind. The alcohol was very noticable during the first two sips but that too disapated as the beer was consumed leaving a nice warmness.

A full bodied strong pale ale that leaves you dry to end.
Not a session beer, designed for sitting in front of the fireplace, scratching your pups ears.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean golden yellow beer lots of cabonation. Has a small white head. There a slight sweetness to the aroma at first with peaches dried fruit and candy. In the background there is a spicey hop note wrapped around an alcohol backbone. The taste starts with a light sweet malt with some prickly bitterness in the middle and the spicey hop note in the finish before the alcohol kicks in.

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

11/07/05- Purchased at a B.C. Provincial liquor store in Kewlowna, BC.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with a dating code on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Raidiant golden pour, a touch cloudy. Moderate clean white head with average lace.

Smell- Sweet tropical fruits with a decent amount of spice in the nose.

Taste- Good amount of clove and other spices with a large tropical fruit backing. Nectarines? Papaya, mango? Works well witht the spices.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy with a higher carbonation level. Fairly easily goes down.

Drinkability- Why do I always only get one of each beer when I know I can get it here? Very good beer if you get a chance to try.

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

This is a lighter tasting offering from Unibroue. Almost Saison-like in colour and fruit notes. The finish is soft with metallic overtones. However having had this beer many times the metallic notes are likely to evaporate in 3-4 sips. I like this beer with lighter fare as it does not have the huge profile of Maudite, Fin De Monde or Trois pistolles.

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Photo of DrJay
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden colour topped by a fluffy, white head. Nice lacing. Spicy aroma with plenty of fruit (partly banana) and some sweet malt. Fruity flavour laced with spice, a bit peppery toward the end, and it finishes with a hint of alcohol warmth. Creamy texture with generous carbonation that makes it a bit "airy". A fine beer, definitely worth trying.

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

Coudy apricot orange with a short coarse head.

Yeast, malt and apple in the nose, some spice. A little alcohol in the background. Gentle, subtle and interesting overall.

Similarly subtle flavourwise. Malt, yeast and apple. Some bite from the carbonation, bitter finish. A little thin bodied, a little too much alcohol in the finish.

Decent overall, worth drinking.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and dark gold in colour. Lots of carbonation. Aromas are of yeast, various spices, and banana. Flavors are fairly sweet, like a hefeweizen, but dry up with a nice peppery finish. This one tastes more like a suped-up hefeweizen than a tripel. Solid and quite drinkable, but unspectacular.

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden blonde, big head forms then goes, laces well on the glass. Smells sweet, spices, very malty, some yeasty bread. The taste is sweet, substantial malt, some spice in the middle then a dry, slightly bitter finish. Good beer, but the sameness of Unibroue has its limits.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.15/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear light gold with a big pretty white head that lasts a while. Aroma of corn, plastic, and alcohol, but nothing in large amounts. The flavor is also surprisingly subtle for such a strong beer. A rotten corn flavor is accompanied by grain husk, medicinal sting, and higher alcohols. Eww Benite is more like it. Starts slick, gives the tongue a little bite, and then takes off. Belgian malt liquor. Not good.

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

first off, this is clearly marked 'tripel' on the bottle. BSPA? nope.

thx phil

a deep yellowey orange appearance on this beer. rather see-thru with lots of carbonation and a solid but thin blanket of consistent foam. looks like a cloudy sky on the surface of my goblet. aroma is typical unibroue with overwhelming fresh yeast smells and a lemony snicket. tastes good and quite different than their other products.. lighter and sweeter maintaining alcohol bite which nicely counteracts the underlying sweetness.

this beer plays heavier on apple and citrus than it does buttery smoothness, but a nice tripel nonetheless. aftertaste is the only negative here. a little bit of bitter malt and alcohol linger over everything else. guess i'll just have to keep drinking to avoid the aftertaste. what a shame.

great summer unibroue in the vein of their blanche. wish it was US released and available like golden monkey, certainly on par with it.

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Photo of tjd25
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The messy head settles into a thin white collar of foam on a hazy pale orange color body. The smell starts with fruity and yeasty notes of a baked yogurt cake combined with light dry notes of straw but evolve towards an impression closer to spiced warm wine with a light cherry tartness and hints of coriander.
The taste reminds me most immediately of a baked yogurt cake with bananas: yeasty, fruity and citric with light notes of tart. But at the moment where the beer could cause a puckering effect were it to show more dry notes of citrus, Eau Bénite interestingly closes the mouth with a round veil of spices, a slightly salty carbonation and a mix of cake, cereals yogurt and cinnamon. Nice sweet notes of honey.
The very first impression of the mouthfeel is a bit watery but the brew progressively reveals itself as a round and full one. Dry notes of straw and citrus get close to a tart impression, but a warming and reassuring cookie dough feeling brings roundness and thickness to the mouthfeel which gets slightly gluey too, creating a new parallel with warm wine.
An interesting brew, quite drinkable, that could without a doubt benefit from a better head retention.

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Photo of baiser
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden peach body, with a fluffy white head, great retention. Unmistakable aroma of Unibroue yeast. Spicey and fruity nose. Taste of honey, lots of rich and complex malty flavours and fruits. Moderate bitterness, alcoholic and warming. Always a pleasure drinking unibrou.e

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy golden yellow color. Nice 1" fizzy head with good retention. The aroma is slightly fruity, slightly spicy. The taste was very sweet, malty, and spicy, but without the huge punch that other beers can bring you. This beer was incredibly easy to drink and had a nice, soft finish to it. A very drinkable beer that is strong yet doesn't carry the heavyweight punch of some its siblings.

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Photo of SaunaKing
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, pale straw colour with a tiny off white head. The aroma was faint & spicy with a little citrus. The taste had a strong sharp citrus bite and was quite acidic. This would do well paired with spicy foods. Had a tangy mouthfeel but very drinkable considering the realatively high abv. A very good summer quaffer.

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Eau Benite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 476 ratings