Eau Benite | Unibroue

very good
213 Reviews
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 cbl2
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: 12oz. Bottle


A murky cloudy orange with little to no head but plenty of carbonation.


Sour dough bread.


Tart at first, but mellows mid sip. Has a very doughy flavor to it, with a faint fruity finish. Alcohol is masked entirely. This could be dangerous stuff to drink more than one of. This gets even better as you move towards mid-bottle. An extremely good beer. Unibroue has done it again.

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Photo of Naerhu
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful orange opaque body and thick slightly yellow active head

Pineapple and belgian yeast aroma.

Straw with surprising amount of bitterness. Not sweet, which is what I expect fro a BS Pale Ale. There is a dry spicyness, but next to no maltyness and a healthy amount of yeast flavor.

Thin harsh mouthfeel. Although the alcohol is not apparent, this is too dry.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy yellow orange color with two fingers of head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet and fruity, white grapes and lemon essence. The taste is malty as well, with pear and apple coming through. A touch of tartness a hint of alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is just a little light for the style. The drinkability fairs well too for a 7.7% brew. Quite a quaffable brew from Unibroue.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange with a subdued white ring for a head and low carbonation that leaves no lace. Fruity orange aroma and flavor dominate with a very light spiciness in flavor. Has many similarities with a semi-sweet wine. Medium bodied and smooth; very drinkable and deceptive.

Would certainly have again but would not go out of my way for it.

Best before: 10/25/04
Tasted: 04/04/04

($2.29 / 12 oz)

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

It poured a dark gold color, with a head that disappeared quickly. The smell is fruity, just right in my opinion. It tastes like the smell, with a kind of tropical fruit flavor. Mouthfeel was good, but maybe a little too carbonated, but the alcohol is not very apparent, and this beer is very drinkable. It is one my favorites.

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

Appearance: Very good. Attractive, fairly transparent, light orange. Nice head.

Smell: Very Good. Spice (cloves), Fruit (Banana, Melon, Green Aplle)), Citrus hops.

Taste: Good. Fruit front with bitter back.

Mouthfeel: Good. A little watery.

Drinkability: Good. I could do a couple of these.

This is a really good beer, but I like other Unibroue offerings a little more.

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Photo of JamesBerry
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured nearly flat, with almost no head to speak of. Its color was a foggy gold, reminiscent of apple cider. The aroma of this so-called "Holy Water" was rather estery and wine-like. Mouthfeel was crisp, thin and sharp. The somewhat watered down, seltzery taste with hints of fruit and spices (nutmeg?) almost reminded me more of a hard cider than a beer.

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

An orange pour with a big white, foamy head. Very lively, lots of bubbles and such. The nose is mildly fruity with a good dose of spice. Fresh and light floral notes. Yeasty. A hint of woodiness. The mouthfeel is lively and full while the taste is malty with wheat notes. The taste dries out and leaves an earthy, dry finish. Very solid and well balanced....not Unibroue's best howvever.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow-orange with a big, bubbly off-white head. One whiff and my nose is filled with yeast and light citrus fruit as the brew bubbles furiously.

Mmmm…Nice and wheaty at first, followed by a variety of fruits (apricot? nectarine? white plum?) and a touch of spice. Finally, the fruit gives way to a wonderful dry finish (more wheat), and then, just at the end, a sweet, alcoholic warmth.

Halfway gone and my Eau is still bubbling furiously, with a reduced but still present white lacing of fine bubbles.

As it warms, the yeast flavors are becoming more prominent, adding a bready touch to this beer’s fruitful bounty.

This is just one more reason that Unibroue is becoming my favorite brewery. Le miracle d’Unibroue, indeed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good but not
top Unibroue. Pours white head on top of cloudy yellow. Light hops,
wheat and yeast, floral and sweet with some spices. Aroma is citrus
floral. Not crazy about cloves No alcohol taste. Carbonation lasting.
Very Silky on tongue. Easy drinking with food.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a Trois Pistoles goblet. 750 mL corked and caged bottle with a best before date of 1/23/2003... a good 9 months past prime.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a quickly fading white head. Visible carbonation. When the yeast is added, it looks a lot like a weisse.

Smell: Coriander, pepper, and orange peel aromas. Sour apple notes. Quite yeasty. With yeast added, the beer takes on a cidery character.

Taste: Slightly tart and peppery malt sweetness. Apple and citrus flavors plus that typical Unibroue yeastiness I've grown to love. A wee bit sour on the finish. The apple and sour tastes become more prominent when the yeast is added.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light in body. Quite refreshing. Great carbonation despite the age of the bottle.

Drinkability: I'll definitely have to snag another bottle of this, preferably one that is fresher. The bottle I had was still quite good, but I think the head took quite a hit. A solid tripel, even in its faded glory. I must also note that the label art is cool. I like the tattoo on the angel declaring "I *heart* Quebec"

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, slightly hazy. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and with a touch of breadyness or mustiness. A medium bodied Belgian golden triple. Malts are fruity and only slightly sweet. Not all that spicy and yeasty. Nicely balanced. Milder tasting beer. Very drinkable. Hides the 7.7% alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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

pours out a hazy gold amber with a head to speak high on. Touches of fruit and sweet spice hond onto the mellow alcohol and balance the taste budget. Quite complex and wonderful to drink. One really can not go wrong with a Unibroue beer. I got this in a lovely outdoor bar in Old Montreal.

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

Holy Water, indeed! I had this in a 750 ml bottle, loved the label, with a devil wearing an angel costume. If the church put this stuff in the font, it'd make the sermons a lot more bearable...

It pours a lovely pale gold, with a white head. The aroma is malt, apple, caramel. The taste has a bunch of fruit in it, apple, peach, cantaloupe, along with malt and cloves. I found this to have more apple flavor throughout than Ephemere, which had a blast of apple in the beginning that faded fast, and this Holy Water doesn't have apple in it. A lovely, creamy mouthfeel, with light carbonation. The finish is malt, fruit, sugar syrup, vanilla. May be a bit on the sweet side for some, but not overdone. Merci, Unibroue!

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was one of my scores from a recent trip to NYC. Can’t find this stuff on the West Coast. I am worried, however, as to whether it survived the plane trip OK, because whne I poured it, the beer came out a hazy yellow with almost no head at all. Aroma is mostly sweet, quite fruity, with a hint of spice. Fruit comes through big in the taste as well; here it struck me as rather melon-like, with hints of tropical fruit. Overall, this beer struck me as a bit too sweet, too one-dimensional. Rather a disappointment, coming from Unibroue.

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Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange-like color wirh a pretty light head,aroma was almost like apple cider with some more tartness.Flavor is also apple-like but also some juicy citruis notes a nice yeastiness in the background rounds this beer out really well.Pretty tart and drinkable,well done.

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Photo of granger10
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of fruit like a tripel should have. Citrus fruit, tarty fruit, sweet fruit, you name it this beer has it. But that's not all. Slight honey sweetness is in it. A hoppyness swirls the mouth creating a happy feeling for me. Alcohol is strong in this one, esp. at the end. Became an amazing brew the further I got on it (possibly because of my intoxication?) but anyways I've had this a few times and I like it more each time. Bow down to Unibroue.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Suprisingly, this is a light orange colour beer. A lot lighter then other belgian triple. Pourred a nice clear white head that did not disapear too quickly. The alcohol is well hidden. Taste very sweet. Very good beer but not a traditional triple. Another good beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy golden yellow color. The white head never really developed, but created a ring around the surface with a bit of sheeting on the beer. An aroma of coriander, clove, orange peel and apples greets you at every sip.

The flavor began sweet and fruity (apples), quickly moved to a spicy clove taste and finished with some alcohol. A sweet malt in the background holds the flavors together and some fruity flavors are left behind when swallowed.

This is a tasty beer that would go great with pasta. I found that I was sipping lightly so I did not find it as drinkable as other beers.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Marché du Boisé (boul. des Forges, T-R), 6/13/03, stored cool dark, 2600 miles in my trunk.

As usual, I had no problem getting a big, white, coarse, fizzy head. It collapses crusty and leaves only a few spots of lacing. Cloudy, orange-yellow beer. This one has an awesome nose: spice, candy, sweet citrus. Mmmmm. The front is spicy citrus, leading to a fizzy, light middle. There's a little buttery maltiness. The finish is very dry: bitter with some grains. Buttered bread returns in the aftertaste, then some pepper.

This is a very dry Unibroue. It's good, of course, but for me it's a little bland compared to the others. It's about as light as 7.7% abv can get.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 2 August 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. it has a large white head w/ tiny bubbles that disapates quickly. It's a cloudy, light golden color. It's slightly sweet w/ a dry, flat finish. No alcohol flavor. Nice, but not outstanding

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured it's a clear deep golden color. Adding the yeasty sediment clouds it but also adds a softer character and stronger vanilla tones. The off-white head is creamy and displays good retention but leaves only limited lace about the glass. The nose offers an interesting yeastiness that displays vanilla, clove, and soft fruit (apples, berry, papaya, melon). It's very fine, natural carbonation softly caresses the tongue; and although the body is light, it's creaminess gives it the impression of a fuller body. Vanilla returns in the flavor along with a softly sweet maltiness that's backed by gentle fruit (apple, pear, mild strawberry) and a light touch of alcohol that gently lingers on the palate following the swallow. It's quite unique; and very impressive in just that! I've never had a beer similar to this; and although it did take a little bit of warming to, it's become one of my favorites. Well worth trying!

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Photo of Realale
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep cloudy gold. Fine large head settles quickly to a rocky incomplete cap.

Nose is quite yeasty and malty with a touch of phenol and a bit of banana/plum fruitiness.

Big, crisp crackery malt on the palate. Dies a bit in the mid-palate, leaving mostly yeasty notes to carry the load. The phenol and fruit are there as well, with the phenol being a bit more than I'd prefer. Touch chalky at the finish, and the alcohol pops out with food, although remains well-hidden without.

Great prickly bottle-conditioned carbonation wipes the palate clean after each sip, while still maintaining a certain softness on the palate that characterizes the Unibroue line.

Honestly, I've had better bottles of this, and the score reflects this particular bottle, as I did not officially review any of the others. Will revisit my review if it crosses my path again.

Small bottle. Best before date of 11/27/04

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Photo of marc77
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark blonde hue, covered by a head that readily recedes into a spotty, loose layer that leaves sparse, oblong spots of foam. Bready malt along with wafts of must, green apple, and lightly acidic lime citrus dominate the somewhat tame aroma, with subtle notes of peppery alcohol and trace phenol. Mild honeyish sweetness is perceived at first in flavor, then is followed by notes of underripe kiwi and white grape. Fruitiness fades mid palate revealing a pleasantly dry, bready, lightly cracker like malt foundation, which is in turn supplemented by understated herbal clove. Hints of black licorice and candied green apple emerge late, along with mild, nearly forgotten hop bitterness. Well attenuated and acceptably smooth in mouthfeel, but a hair thin. Finishes clean, with mild, agreeable limeish acidity and hints of sweet bread. A surprisingly tame, but balanced strong golden by Unibroue. Highly reminescent of a Belgian "single" in overall character, except with a dangerously hidden alcohol content. Highly quaffable. A bit too neutral in yeast derived character, but quite tasty, nonetheless.

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

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden color with a hint of amber. It's off-white head quickly (and loudly) fizzles down to a tiny cap.

Smell: The aroma's a nice blend of sweet and spicy with notes of fruit, honey, and a hint of banana and clove. There's a slight earthiness, as well as a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Well balanced and laid back with suggestions of honey, pear, banana, clove, and bready yeast. The alcohol is well hidden, only rearing it's head slighty on the tail end. A touch of hoppiness adds a nice balance. Adding the yeast sediment builds on the earthy, bready flavor. A dry, musty character develops towards the end of the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with a crisp, spritzy mouthfeel that's more to the thin side. Very dry on the tongue. Nice tummy warming effect.

Drinkability: Good...this is a well-done tripel. There's nothing extraordinary about it, but nothing bad or out of place either. It's not one of Unibroue's best, but it is a solid brew none-the-less.

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