Eau Benite | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,174
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
477
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
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Ratings: 477 |  Reviews: 216
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07/02/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. All the cliches I run through miss the mark here. This is an extremely refreshing beverage that has a clean, refreshing effect on the palate, a substantial mouth feel/body but leaves one wondering what just happened? Magic is all I'm left with.

01/16/13 On tap a Rattle n Hum, NYC. Yes, yes, yes. If it wasn't for the 7.7 ABV I'd be all over this stuff. Seductive in a Rubenesque way. Lots of body. As a huge Fin du Monde fan, she needs to watch her Ps & Qs as I could swing this way with no regret.

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3.72/5  rDev -7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.92/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Nearly clear golden yellow in the Gordon's thistle glass with an attractive foam. Big aromatics with the touch of phenols. Plenty of carbonation on the tongue.

Hot with alcohol even with the moderate alcohol content for a Tripel. Some spicy flavors and the drying sensation. Fruity but quite dry, in keeping with the advanced age of this stuff. "Best before" date is 08-02-14, so this has been around awhile. Some hints of pear and apple skins.

Quite drinkable, but at this drier end of the Belgian spectrum it gets a little sourish and funky in the aftertaste. From the bottle-capped 750 ml bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquor in Denver. Discounted to six bucks.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 9.99/bomber at Oppermanns Cork ‘N’ Ale
Best before 08-02-14 at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of spice and over ripe fruit
Head small (1.5 cm), white, fizzy, quickly gone, a partial 1 mm ring extant
Lacing – none
Body orange, hazy
Flavor – very little – a little spice and maybe a hint of fruity esters and yeasty phenolics. No alcohol, no hops, no malt (well balanced), no diacetyl. What flavor there is quickly ends.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Well, I hate to say it, but I’ve finally found a loser from Unibroue, at least to my tastes. Very watery and flavorless, although the 7.7% ABV is well hidden and has potential to sneak up and slam you. This gets a decent rating because it meets the definition of a tripel but I found it pretty flavorless.

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Rifugium
2.92/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Got this bottle in a gift set from the father-in-law, and just got around to drinking it now. It was about a month passed the "best by" date.

Typical tripel-esque appearance, slightly hazy golden-orange, with a good inch or so of frothy off-white head that sank to a thin layer, lacing the glass well. Powerful aroma full of fruity esters, medicinal phenols, spice. In the taste, overripe banana and peach, stale malts, harsh phenols, almost like a vodka spike, pepper and clove. Medium body, sticky, too much fusel/solventy booze for a "lower" ABV brew. I'm not a big fan of tripels to begin with, but I really couldn't get into this one at all, and as far as the style goes, I've had much better.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue's "other Tripel" is a pale, soft and heavily clouded bright light-medium golden yellow. The head is pure white, fluffy and cottony, and rests just taller than one finger with good stay and stick revealing itself in retention and on the walls of the glass as the beer subsides and light chunking, as it were, remains.
This beer is of essentially the exact same character in aroma and flavor, translating as completely as possible. A prominent but not overdone spiciness is revealed immediately and remains in this brew in its entirety. It's the kind of spicing one might find in a spice cake, but without heavy grains or dark malts, and with this beer's citrus overtones, is something else entirely. Lots of clove, a soft and powdery sweetness, and tangy lemon zest make for layers of developing aromas and flavors that make for a complex and fantastic overall character, all the better as all of the pear, banana, and apple notes make their way in.
Soft and fluffy but sweet, there's a light dryness that balances out the feel and there's lots of smoothness to this while a brisk crispness never falls back.

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Eau Benite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 477 ratings