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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orange body with a sea of microbubbles swirling around. There is a bubbly butter cream head that last for a bit then fades to a thick ring.

S- The nice vibrant yeast esters have some clove phenols coming through as it warms. There is some dried light fruit esters in the finish.

T- The dry club soda taste has some candy notes to it with a finish of tropical fruit esters that are almost banana in character but have more depth. The slightly dry finish is pretty clean.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a filling fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- The classic Tripel yeast profile is full and supported by the Unibroue house yeast character very nicely. It is slightly dry but not overly dry with a good sweet perception to keep it easy drinkable.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A nice foamy white head but with not much staying power, settles nicely on to a good rising carbonated body. Slightly opaque, a dull orange. Not too bad.

Nose smells of orange fruit, and powdery yeast. Juicy fruit smelling with a wet body. Nice but missing some malt and power I think. Biscuit powder sugar malt a bit, even some egg??

Extremely light bodied for a tripel, with a wet finish. Juicy orange palate doesn't come through that hints on the nose and feels toned down. We finish, no malt or density to this or even much lively carbonation. Mild sweetness but also trampled on, does leave a faint licorice action on the finish though I must admit.

Overall this feels like a flattened subdued cola more than anything. Kind of disappointing since I really like La Fin Du Monde...

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (best by 8/23/2013) into an Ommegang tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a sudsy white head, vigorous carb.

Aroma is a blend of floarl Belgian yeast, banana, clove.

Taste follows nose. Light fruit, Belgian yeast, spice. Very subtle bubblegum, floral. A lemony tang/green apple tartness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light, refreshing, semi-dry. Bottle conditioning provides a velvety character.

Overall a good cross btween a tripel & a Belgian pale.

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

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Golden yellow, builds a nice head of about 3”, which recedes to an inch. Very good lacing.

Smell: Some spice and light fruit, mostly pear. Also, that nice familiar Unibroue bready yeast aroma.

Taste: Flavorful, light fruit, again pear, with a bit of peppery spice. Milder than Fin Du Monde but similar, a little sweet up front with very light bitterness on the finish. As in the smell the Unibroue yeast is ever present.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy on the palate.

Overall: Nice "light" version of a tripel, the 7.7% ABV is very drinkable. Another very good beer from a very good brewery.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter this beer was a golden yellow color with a thick white head. There was a bit of lace.

Nice sweet fruit aroma. Definitely some spice. And a very pleasant earthy yeast aroma.

Taste followed form. Pear, some apple. Cloves. Nice yeasty taste.

Definitely a great beer to drink. The flavors all went well together. I could drink a few of these, wspwcially on a warm summer day.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet, best buy 8-23-13. This pours a hazy golden yellowish color with a decent foamy bubbly white head which quickly fizzes away. The smells are of Belgian yeast esters, fruits, spices, malts. The feel is medium with high carbonation. The taste is pretty good, a little fruit, some malts, a little dryness on the way down along with a tad hop bite.

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

A: Was a bit of a gusher. Pours a very hazy golden apricot with a fair amount of suspended sediment. Was initially about 2 fingers of head which dissipated to a thin top layer.

S: Yeasty bread typical of the Unibroue style together with ripe bananas and pineapple. There is a mild sweetness in the background. Overall a complex and inviting aroma.

T: Taste of yeast and wheat and hints of clove and banana bread. Citrus fruits in the background.

M: Medium bodied with fairly active level of carbonation but finishes velvety smooth.

O: Overall is a complex beer, which balances the yeasty and sweet tastes with good levels of carbonation and a smooth finish. Very drinkable.

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

750ml corked and caged bottle.

It pours a brilliant gold with a big foamy white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

Wow, the smell is amazing on this one. Some tropical fruits, and lighter fruits, such a nice yeast scent, subtle malt backing, very light hops, beaut.

The flavor is also very pleasant. Light fruity notes, not too sweet, not much in the way of hops.

For a "light" tripel this is pretty good.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy golden-silver color with a one-finger cap of white foam. Looks good.

Smell: strong wheaty malt aroma. Not much in complexity here; it's good but basic. It reminds me of a witbier, actually, which is low in spices.

Taste: wheaty flavor with some hefeweizen characteristics; clove and a bit of citrus are present here. It seems more to me like an imperial wheat ale than a tripel, though; it doesn't have a lot of the fruity or malty complexity that I look for in the style.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bodacious carbonation and great creaminess. My favorite thing about this beer.

Overall: this is a pretty good beer, but it doesn't hit the notes I want in a tripel. It's much more of an imperial wheat or lightly-spiced witbier in character.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy orange yellow amber, massive fine head and lacing. Active carbonation. Looks nice. Aroma of wheat, citrus fruit, bananas and Belgian spicing. Lots of complex, sweet, light fruit flavors, wheat and Belgian spicing. Taste tapers off very quickly leaving a bit of light fruit, clove, butterscotch and light hops aftertaste. Medium bodied and spicy from carbonation and clove. Interesting and different. Flavor is somewhat subdued, but pleasant and refreshing. This is what I'd expect a mixture of a hefeweizen and Belgian tripel would taste like. Quite different from Fin du Monde and one I will return to in the future.

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Photo of Crossmd
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 43 degrees into a Sam Adams pint. No born date.

Pours a hazy yellow orange, Plush 3 finger head settling into an offwhite cap. Fine champagne bubbles rising from the bottom.

Smells of a lightly floral orange and coriander. A hint of spice, nutmeg?

Tastes of a lightly breaded sour citrus with a touch of spiced creme. Turns light easily though, almost watery, which is not something I'd have ever thought I'd be writing on a Unibroue review. Tasty, not something I'd call delicious.

Overall, it's a good start. A decent amount of flavor but with little complexity and only a hint of the plush, dense mouthfeel I've loved from every other Unibroue offering. Slightly disappointed, honestly. But a recommendation none the less.


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Photo of leaddog
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy gold hue with about a finger width of foamy, cloud-like head.

Smell - Bananas, clove, spices, bit of citrus - very sweet smelling.

Taste - Hops are floral in nature and well supported by the spice and clove flavours. There's a hint of citrus and grains as well. Despite the strong hop flavour, the bitterness is well balanced with the sweet flavours and does not overpower. Alcohol level is well concealed (making this "holy water" a little more sinful).

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Also has a nice fluffy characteristic to the body.

Overall - Another job well done by Unibroue. I quite enjoy the fluffy mouthfeel and floral flavours. Definitely worth picking up the winter mix pack that includes this brew.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a two pack of bombers from Unibroue. Pours a nice light orange color with a huge head. It doesn't leave much lacing down the sides. The aroma is very sweet and has some floral characteristics to it. The taste starts light and with some bitterness but rounds out to a nice fruity flavor and some heat from the alcohol. This is a great beer and as a bottle conditioned limited release, something i would pick up again if I ever saw it.

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

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy straw with a big 3+ fingers of head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Wheat, unibroue's distinct funky yeast, a little clovey spice and some light citrusy hops.

Taste. Wheat and some light cloves and spice. Subtle, light tartness and a little bit of citrus. Refreshing for sure.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Nice tripel that goes down quickly. I liked it.

Thanks again DaftCaskBC for another nice one!

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Photo of eat
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weird ugly angel on the label with a bad haircut and a tattoo stating "I (heart) Quebec", apparently in English strangely. Had to buy a mixed 12 pack to get at this one, advertising the rerelease of a limited production of Eau Benite and not otherwise available in Canada.

Hazy banana colour with a thin cover of white head. Some lacing, retention could be better.

Very fruity nose with lots of banana, pear, orange and lemon. Lightly-toasted malt, lots of Unibroue yeast, spices (coriander, pepper, ginger) and a touch of alcohol. Great nose like most Unibroue brews.

Banana jumps out at me, more so than any other Unibroue I've had. Characteristic Unibroue yeast presents big spiciness, peppery with coriander and ginger again. Good malt balance with a little wheat flavour; along with the banana, Eau Benite displays some similarities to a German hefeweizen. No noticeable alcohol. Very smooth and refreshing.

Medium body is filled out by a nice creamy carbonation. Moderately drying finish. Very Belgian feel.

I really enjoyed this one, wish I could pick up six packs or 750mls of just Eau Benite. Maybe most comparable to Don de Dieu but both more drinkable and refreshing (though not as tasty or complex overall). I would love to have this in the fridge all through the summer. Looks like I might be forced to buy a bunch of Trois Pistoles, Maudite and Blonde de Chambly as well (tagging along in the mixed 12 pack)...

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Photo of justintcoons
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip.

A: Pours a brilliant straw/gold with 2 fingers of fizzy white head that actually crackles as it dissipates. Moderately heavy carbonation and excellent clarity (first pour.) Second pour is slightly cloudy. Looks lively and inviting.

N: Banana yeastiness, pear, apple cider and clove.

T: Pear, apple cider, wheat and clove are upfront. Mid-palate brings in banana bread, grains, funky yeast, lemon notes and hints of coriander. Finishes yeasty with wheat bread, lemon rind and mellow spicing comprised of coriander, clove and peppercorn.

M: Light-medium bodied, tingly with carbonation, crisp and sticky.

O: La Fin Du Monde's little brother. Eau Benite is just a little more mellow with wheatier characteristics and more subdued spicing. Nice notes of pear, apple and banana.

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Photo of impending
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


750 ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy dull golden straw. Yellowish head retains nicely, ok lacing.

Aroma is a sweet spicy fruitiness cuddled by the house yeast, unmistakeably Unibroue.

Taste near precisely as expected from the scent, the flavor is dominated by the brewer's chosen yeast profile, Unibroue. Quite sweet, tiny dry, zero bitter. The aftertaste is abruptly short lived although pleasantly of honey. Medium bodied lively and crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 mL bottle (chilled) poured into a snifter. I removed the cork carefully and still got foam gushing, and even after filling a glass it still kept coming out the top of the bottle. Eventually I got tired of sipping it off the bottle and let it run over.

Pours with a giant three fingers of nearly head over a vibrant yellow moderately cloudy body fully of tiny bubbles.

Smells of dry yeast and foam with a little dry cracked wheat thrown in. Not a highly pronounced aroma.

The dry crackery breadiness of this flavor is awesome. As light and excellent as the malt is, the light airy fruity notes of the yeast are even better. The combination of the two is outstanding and makes this one of the most refreshing beers I have tasted. Light notes of apple and pear, with an undertone of dry white grapes (almost white wine quality). The bread/yeast flavor is just awesome, and isn't overpoweringly yeasty, which is a quality in some Belgian ales that really turns me off.

The mouthfeel is light, airy, highly carbonated and very smooth. I love the rare beer that can achieve a smooth mouthfeel along with higher carbonation.

Conclusion: I am blown away by this beer. I was expecting to moderately enjoy it, but it is actually the best Tripel I have ever had. My new gold standard for this style.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a large white head, at lest three fingers worth. Body is gold, gold, and more gold. No lacing.

S - Sweet light fruits like peach, strawberries, and orange. Some wheat scents as well. I really like this and now really expect a lot out of the taste.

T - A pretty good example of the style. Cloves and other spices pretty much dominate. Getting some peach. Still has that bitterness that bites you on the finish.

M - Strong carbonation and a more medium body. A bit drying on the finish, but pretty much spot on for a tripel.

O - Yes it is a very good example of the style.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: 3/4" white head over honey-amber coloured liquid.

S: Honey, apples, pears, orange peel and yeast.

T: Pears and apple flavours over top of a very nice honey malt. Delicious.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: A little more malty than La Fin Du Monde, this Tripel by Unibroue is also extremely drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was sold as part of a two pack with Maudite. The beer was chilled and served in a goblet.

A- The body of the beer is a clear orange coloration. The head was white and quickly resolved to a sheen of foam.

S- The aroma of the beer is pleasingly floral, honeyed, vanilla, nice peppery cloves, lemon citrus and banana bit of breadyness.

T- Citrus lemon, vanilla, honey, banana and sweet tropical fruit, peppery yeast or perhaps coriander, cloves almost a marshmellow like quality. The beer actually continues as the beer warms and when I added the yeast from the bottle.

M- The body of the beer is light for a triple. Nicely carbonated very smooth the pepperyness of the beer balances the sweetness.

O- This isnt a bad beer. With that said not really up to the quality I normally associate with Unibroue. Not a total loss as I am looking forward to the Maudite.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into two big snifters

Pours a nice cloudy yellow (I left a fair amount in the bottom of the bottle to keep it from turning into a muddy yellow). Not a whole lot of head, but a pretty significant quantity of fast, fine carbonation. Smell is sweet, spicy, yeasty funk, bananas, some other kind of fruit. Maybe apricots.

Taste is fruity, lots of banana flavor, maybe a bit more of the apricot. The yeasty funk in the smell is less funky in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and lively. Overall, quite a nice beer.

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Photo of Naugros
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Like everyone else, I got this "exclusively" in a two-pack with Maudite. Poured this into a tulip which turned out to be a bit too thin for this beer. A Duvel glass would be perfect.

Not impressed with the appearance. It's a dull orangish-yellow with more haze than I've ever experienced in this style...and it's not a chill haze as it never departs. The head is huge though, even when poured into a larger glass.

The smell and the taste are really very nice. Both are dominated by Belgian yeast flavor components. Banana esters are forefront with some phenolic pepper. There's a citrus backdrop that manifests as lemon in the nose and orange on the tongue. No appreciable malt presence in the aroma, but you get cracker meal in the taste. All of this is well-balanced.

I have a little issue with the mouthfeel as it starts out with a nicely carbonated medium body, but it seems to thin out as it moves through your mouth, becoming vaporous, like a sake. Very odd and distracting. But the flavors are the star here and make this a worthwhile endeavor. In experience it sits somewhere between Orval and Duvel.

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

From a bottle best before 8-23-2013. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy amber/orange with a creamy white head that remains through most of the glass. Very appealing looking.

S: Ripe tropical fruits, with a slight spice. Very thick/strong scent and inviting.

T: Sweet up front with some overripe fruits, slight hints of alcohol, and a slight spice at the end. This has a good balance to it, the sweet up front meshes well with the dry semi-spice finish. Incredibly drinkable here.

M: Creamy full bodied with a lot of fizzy carbonation. Fills your mouth and feels like I could chew it.

O: I love this beer, it's delicious. My biggest gripe with it is that it's only available in gift sets. Seek it out for sure.

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Photo of Converge
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.

A - And yet another Unibroue volcano, overflowing with foam all over the place. 5th straight one now. Pours with a frothy, off-white head and a burnt copper-orange hue. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the glass. Little head retention

S - Probably the best smelling tripel for me to date. Nice yeasty character with some light fruitiness and not too much spice. Unripe oranges, tangerine, and some pleasant Belgian spice.

T - The flavor is a mixture of the anticipated taste from the smell and something totally different. The yeast character is done very well, and has a really bready feel. The fruit taste is fantastic, with sunny nectarines, oranges, and tangerine flavors. Finishes with a touch of spices, wheat, bubblegum, and faint hops. It has a certain funk to it that really appeals to me.

M - Nice smooth body, good carbonation. All around really good here. Slight alcohol heat, with a bit of spice in the finish. But that sort of spice and phenol character is to be expected with this style.

D - Probably my favorite tripel so far, and I really enjoyed this one. Nice drinkable flavor with a funky fruit kick and reasonable ABV. I would definitely have this one again without having to think twice.

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Eau Benite from Unibroue
3.99 out of 5 based on 470 ratings.
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