Belgian Style Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 897
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 45
Gots: 142 | FT: 6
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DenverLogan on 06-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by flydudehsv:
Photo of flydudehsv
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber served in a snifter glass. Jet Black with a creamy dark yellow head. Bitter chocolate, coffee, spicy fruitiness with a light Belgium character. Very well balanced. Good beer with a light warming alcohol kick, one I'll see to get again!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured jet black,not even when held up to the light was there anyway to see thru this,a fluffy mocha colored head atop.Aromas of dark coffee roast,vanilla,and dark fruit,the Belgian yeast was pretty subdued in my opinion.Molasses and raisin-like sweetness and slight yeasty tones on the palate,its quite roasted but it takes a back seat to yeasty fruitiness.Not quite as full in the body as I would like but its a pretty good new rendition of Yeti,the Belgian yeast doesnt play a huge role.

Photo of marvin213
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

YetI always looks pretty pretty, as the Belgian proves no different in that regard. Oily thick blackness with frothy, dark cream suds. Can't recall if Yeti chasing human is part of the traditional label, but a unique Belgian spin would've worked well. A curious take on a proven winner made me bite the bullet.

Malt goodness prevails in the race to the nose. Even searching for it, a nasal strain gets only a hint of that tarty Belgian spice. Within the Belgian realm, there's a higher bar for smell. Since it's not really a "Belgian" beer (see style coming into play as a factor), I won't hit it too hard.

The taste is solid, no doubt. As with the nose, it's more Yeti than anything. That's certainly not all that big a problem, but beers like this one prompted me to recently pose the question: are Belgian Stouts for real? I do recall a Black Albert that was great--and pretty "true" to both...what about Black Tuesday?

Malty Yetis get kudos for mouthfeel. Overall, I prolly won't get it again at $13.25. At this point, I think it's fair to say I'd hesitate to get next year's (if that's the plan). I think it's the bronze on the widely available, special Yeti platform. Bretty Yeti, however, does sound interesting....

Photo of Beaver13
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a dark black-brown with a smallish light brown head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate, roasted malts and grains, black licorice, some smoke, and a little alcohol.

The flavor is a bit subdued for a yeti - some sweet grains, peaty malts, a watery middle, and a charred bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, it's a bit more subdued than the other Yetis, but still nice. I didn't really get any Belgian characteristics, but a lot of peaty smoke comes out as it warms which was interesting. Not as good as the regular or the Chocolate Yetis.

Photo of jmshulk
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I like the simple retro sort of vibe the Great Divide labels give. Nice jet black color that looks thick as you pour, like motor oil. Develops a nice one finger, dark tan head with some rockiness. Looks like a really nice stout.

Smell: There is a strong creamy chocolate maltiness with some spiciness from the Belgian yeast and a good dose of molasses. A subtle pepper scent which I thought was kind of odd but certainly comes from the Belgian yeast. Also a little caramel and burnt toast aromas.

Taste: The taste is a little bit thinner that I expected. Not much of the creamy chocolatiness that I was getting in the aroma. There is some molasses and estery flavors from the yeast and some subtle bitter chocolate flavors. There is notable alcohol flavors that I don't care for too much.

Mouthfeel: Nice full body and really coats the mouth before going down smooth. The aftertaste is a bit toasty and quite pleasant.

Overall: Looks, smell and feel are all there, I just wish the taste had delivered a bit more. It's certainly not a bad brew, but I had a bit higher hopes for this one. I'll just have to pick up some of the other yeti varieties and see how they compare.

Serving: bomber in a DFH goblet

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. Bottled on July 21, 2011. Pours black, dark tan head and smelling of chocolate and dark fruit. Notes of more chocolate and dark ripe fruit on the palate. As it warms the Belgian yeast character become more pronounced and assertive.

Complex and tasty stuff. Flavorful with some hop dryness on the back end. Quite enjoyable and interesting stout

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: minimal head, black in color, opaque, medium-high carbonation

Smell: light Belgian spice, vanilla, toasted malt, and chocolate

Taste: follows the nose-- light Belgian spice, vanilla, toasted malt, and chocolate--bit of alcohol heat in the finish.

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied, thick, sweet with a bit of bitterness in the backbone, low carbonation

Drinkability: A really solid RIS and in the middle of the Yeti line...although the Yeti line may be my favorite series of stouts. I am disappointed that I do not get a lot of Belgian spices from this one, yet the beer is so incredibly solid I would get this in a heartbeat.

Photo of bsp77
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Bottled June 2011.

Appearance: Pitch black with initial massive brown head and decent lacing for an Imperial Stout.

Smell: Mostly smells like a standard RIS (chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice) with just a touch of fruity, musty and spicy Belgian yeast.

Taste: Quite fruity overall, which plays very nicely over the roasted characteristics of milk chocolate, coffee and molasses. Ends slightly spicy.

Feel: Full-bodied but not nearly as thick as other Yetis. Silky, smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Somewhat dry finish. Not at all harsh for a fresh Imperial Stout.

Overall: Besides for the added fruitiness, this does not seem very Belgian. However, the yeast likely helped lighten and mellow the beer, as if it had been aged for years. Deliciousness incarnate.

Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Style Yeti begins with an aroma that is remarkably un-Belgian, smelling almost entirely of a well-made Imperial Stout instead, being heavy with ash, coffee, chocolate and black malt, tobacco, and subtle hints of anise and deeply roasted Brazil Nut. Only the faintest shade of spicy banana at the edges belies the Belgian style, and I'm honestly not even sure if I'm just smelling that because I think I should.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a profile that does reveal the Belgian hints, for there are runnels of banana and clove mixed in with the heavier Imperial Stout flavors, imparting fruity, spicy tones to what is otherwise a beer heavy on ash, tobacco, coffee, toasted nut, fig, and aged port flavors. Hops add a good shade of bitterness, as well as light grapefruit and pine flavors, but it says much about the potency of the malts that even the 75 IBUs that the hops do bring to play are difficult to notice. Subsequent sips do reveal more of the hops, as well as heavy molasses and brown sugar. Towards the end of the mouthful, as the sugars die off and the hops take center stage, a heavy mouthful of ash and vodka-like alcohol emerges, marking one of the beer's few weaknesses. The aftertaste is largely tobacco and ash, and lingers for a very long time. Mouthfeel is a slightly weak medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, slightly burning the soft palate.

Overall, this is a very unique Imperial Stout, and well worth seeking out. The flavors imparted by the Belgian yeast strains bring interesting and surprisingly complementary flavors, and help tame the massive tobacco and ash flavors from the Imperial Stout. I personally don't think this beer quite matches up to the other Yeti offerings--especially the oak aged varieties--but it still ranks very highly on my list.

Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

A very dark brown pour that is just almost black. A relatively thin brown and dark cinnamon red head that doesn't last for long. Leaves some bubbles and sheets of lace down the glass as I sip. A very thick liquid with tons of body.

Roasted malt aroma with a touch of coffee and chocolate and perhaps a slight bite of Belgian yeast, but not a lot. The yeast reminds me of a mild sourdough bread.

A decent big stout, but I actually think the yeast character is taking away from this beer. It drowns away the chocolate, coffee, and molasses character I like so much in the original Yeti (and the Chocolate Yeti for that matter), leaving a relatively hoppy, somewhat bitter stout with a touch of sourdough-like yeast character. Certainly still enjoyable, but probably my least favorite Yeti thus far.

Touch thicker and more luscious mouthfeel than the standard version.

A good big stout, though I don't think this Belgian yeast adds much to an already good beer.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on June 06, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head which quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A rich and roasty aroma that is sweet with a touch of Belgian yeast. Dark roasted malts with hints of sweet chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, caramel, and toffee. Big hint of molasses and a little anise spice. Some spicy Belgian yeast is in the mix along with some subtle hints of pear and apple. Undertones of dark fruit with some prune, fig, raisin, dark cherry, and plum. Also some grassy hops lingering in the background.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, big dark roast upfront with some Belgian yeast and complex fruity notes. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of dark chocolate and notes of toffee, caramel, coffee, toast, and biscuit. Some Belgian yeast adds a little spice along with fruit notes of pear, apple, and a little banana. Also a fairly strong presence of dark fruit with notes of raisin, fig, dark cherry, prune, and plum. Mild grassy hop presence towards the finish. A nicely roasty and complex stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and slick. Fairly smooth and drying. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty good imperial stout. Good roast flavor and fruit undertones. The Belgian yeast adds an interesting kick.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black. No other color to the liquid, tan for the 1 finger head. Nice mild roast, moderate sweetness and meld all together with the faint Belgian yeast.

Any of my typical 'not a big fan of' qualities from a Belgian here are swallowed by the size of the roasted malt and chocolate here. All you're really left with is the dryness and funkiness you get from those yeast strains. Works incredibly well, gives the stout something more than the same chocolate and coffee descriptors. Not the level of chocolate as the chocolate oak yeti, but probably the next highest amount, this is one of the sweeter varieties they make beyond the aforementioned one. Doesn't scream dark fruit, belgian sugar and dark chocolate moreso.

Really blurs the lines between an American imperial stout, ris and belgian stout. And I mean that in a good way.

On tap at Beer Revolution for only $6, like a sore dick, you can't beat that.

Photo of chinchill
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Barley's

A: Black with a creamy dark tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: quite subtle, although the pilsner glass it was served in did not help matters. Dark roasted malts with chocolate.

T: plenty of dark rich malt. Starts and ends a bit smokey but more of a dark fruit note in between. Slightly yeasty with some vanilla, but a rather subdued and seemingly ephemeral Belgian character.

M: medium-full body; with perfect, medium carbonation.

O: an exceptional, very flavorful brew. The Belgian component is present but this is rather close to a standard RIS.

4.5 3.5 4.25 5 4.25

Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a light brown head that leaves thick lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malts with large amounts of dark chocolate and smaller amounts of dried bananas and dark fruits – raisins with hints of plums.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malts up front are joined quickly by large amounts of dried banana flavors. Midway through hints of dark chocolate and softer cocoa powder come into play. Near the end very slight amounts of dark fruits come into play, fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this was one of my least favorite treatments of this beer, it was interesting but I just can’t get on board with the whole Belgian stout thing, with a few exceptions. Not worth seeking, but not worth turning down either.

Photo of Fulkrum78
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in Asheville, NC at Thirsty Monk South. Pours black as sin and little head with a bit of lacing. Smells lightly smoky. Delicious flavor overall. Roasted malt shines through but the mouthfeel is smooth as can be. I'd love to snag a couple bottles of this to hold onto.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
bottled June 17th 2011
A- This beer pours a jet black bubbly film that is a bit sticky and the body is to dense to see any carbonation except for a few tiny bubbles that meet the head.

S- The soft dark malt aroma has some legume qualities and a sweet corn note that grows but is soon overpowered by chocolate malt and that Special B malt character. The bright green earthy hop finish has some dark fruit esters like prunes that blend with it.

T- The dry roasted taste of black malt has an inky touch with some chocolate malt and licorice notes to it. There is a clean finish with some earthy hop pellet taste growing as the beer warms. There is a slight black roasted graininess in the finish that lingers a bit.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a very creamy almost silky texture and a soft touch of alcohol warmth.

O- The creamy texture and rich roasted stout flavors work well together but I don't get much yeast character except for the odd corn aroma and some prune hints in the taste finish.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this brew is BIG!

Thick, and dark liquid, under a massive thick and tan colored foamy cover. Heavy stuff.

The nose has a creamy, deep chocolat-ish, coffee, and cocoa thickness with dried fruits, and a n earthy, hearty scented yeast kick.

A huge, full and smooth feel with heady amounts of complex malt flavors: dry chocolate, with the hops and yeast providing almost equally as intense amounts of dried, sweet fruits and earthy, dry yeast. Chunky feel with big flavor's, balance is great concidering just how big this brew is in scope. Staggering effects that make you sip, savor and ponder. The hops come over as sweet and also very bitter, dry and a bit overwhelming for me personally. Subtle flavors include: mocha, coffee, vanilla, grapefruit, dry chocolate and dark wheat.

Intense stuff, it's like two of my favorite style had a love Monster!

Photo of GilGarp
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with no date stamp, unusual for Great Divide. Served at around 50 degrees into a goblet.

Belgian Yeti looks just like it's older brother with nearly black color and thick, tight, tan head. Good retention and nice lacing. A great looking beer.

Aroma is rich, roasty, and robust. Lots of great dark malt, coffee, and chocolate. I don't get a lot of Belgian yeast character but it's there, just subtle.

Flavor is a little more unusal with some tart dark cherries, bittersweet chocolate, and espresso. Very intense and enjoyable, even on a warm summer night.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with full body and perfect carbonation.

Overall a fantastic beer. Better than the standard Yeti but not quite up there with my favorite Oak Aged and Espresso.

Photo of Mar02x
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A pitch brown beer with a decent brown head.

S - A chocolate scent mixed with anise.

T - A subtle blend of the original Yeti with anise, not bad.

M - A soft carbonation and a bitter finish. This fits the style and this beer in a near perfect way.

O - A good stout, but not one of my favorites.

Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - thick, black body with a little brown head

S - chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol

T - bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, faint bitterness

M - full bodied, well carbonated

This is a complex beer that is smooth and easy to drink. It's enjoyable and drinkable. It's chocolaty and smooth, dark and deep. i would definitely have this again.

Photo of RickS95
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is an extremely dark beer. If there is any brown on the edges surrounding the dark black liquid, it's a very dark brown. An eight ball in a glass. The head is a light to medium brown but it's very thin and doesn't last long. Eventually you're left with just a few bubbles sitting atop a really dark murky beer.

Strange scents waft from the snifter. The roasty grains and bittersweet chocolate you expect, plus a shot of dark fruits from the Belgian yeast. Kind of weird in that it smells like fruity coffee. Not a bad smell, just a merging of two different styles that I'm not used to.

All that craziness in a bottle provides a more typical, and dare I say better, taste than it does for the nose. Whereas the ingredients were struggling for attention in the nose, they put aside their differences on the tongue. Light expresso flavor topped with ripe sweetness from the fruits.

The palate finds this very acceptable. It comes across as more sweet than smokey and that pairs well with the fruit yeast. Also, it's not as heavy as you might imagine. The high alcohol never brings much heat, but it's there, mostly in the finish. Faint hoppy bitterness, again in the finish.

It's kind of an odd pairing, a Yeti that's packing a fruity punch, but when all is said and done, it's a really good beer providing complexity and something that's very easy to sip.

Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian Yeti pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It’s opaque and looks onyx. I’m not seeing any light cutting through. Impressive…and ominous. A dark mocha colored head tops it. It’s modest and only stands about a finger tall. Retention was definitely on the short side. Lacing was sticky, but light.

The nose is good. Smells just a tad light on strength. Chocolate and light roasted malts seem to be the base. The chocolate variety smells a bit sweet. Not a bad thing. Roasted coffee is definitely notable and complements the malt base very well. Belgian yeast is definitely there and smells good. It adds a bit of a pepper spice scent. Light fruit notes of apple and plum are secondary. That’s interesting, but they add nice depth. Alcohol is surprisingly light.

The flavor is nothing short of delicious. The malt base, as usual, is fantastic. It’s a great mix of chocolate and roasted malts. The chocolate variety features cocoa, bittersweet dark chocolate, and sweet milk chocolate – the whole gambit. Nicely done. Roasted coffee is there and plays its complementary role nicely. Belgian yeast is easily noted and tastes delicious! It features a little pepper and perhaps very subtle clove. Fruit notes of apple and plum are light on the tail. Alcohol is blended extremely well. I wouldn’t guess 9.5%. Damn impressive!

Belgian Yeti has a body that’s on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is light, but it feels a tad thin. More body would probably be a good thing. If you’re wondering – drinkability is excellent. This stuff goes down super smooth and easy. A bomber is actually not enough.

When you’re starting with a quality stout like Yeti, it’s tough to screw things up. Great Divide has been (thankfully) using this technique for quite some time. Belgian Yeti is a nice addition to the Yeti lineup. The Belgian yeast has a positive impact on the overall flavor and works well. What’s not to love? If you haven’t grabbed a bomber yet, you should.

Photo of dbossman
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a small but steady chocolate-colored head--it's a thin head but it has fantastic retention; lacing is beautiful

S: Big sweet chocolatey and roasty malts with fruity undertones from the yeast; dark fruits for sure but some bananas, apples, and bubble gum as well

T: The fruitiness from the Belgian yeast and the big sweet roasty malts really play well of each otehr--great balance; dark fruits, sweet, fruity esters, subtle spice, and of course, roasty chocolatey malts; perhaps a touch too sweet in the finish

F: So creamy and thick; near perfect mouth feel

O: This is a wonderfully balanced Belgian stout--so good; alcohol is so well masked and this is so creamy and malty and delicious; one of my favorite of the Yetis

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Bottled 6/17/2011.

Appearance - Black without being inky. Careful pour so that it will fit in the glass yields a smallish khaki/mocha head. Nothing really lasts, though.

Smell - Muted, but decent. Much stronger on the fruity notes than the other Yeti variants. Chocolate, dark fruits. Not as estery as I thought it might be.

Taste - Rich chocolate and black patent malt bitterness are pervasive, but the fruity characteristics persist throughout. There is a sweetness that I don't remember from the other variants. Gives it a nice body and subverts the harsher aspects of the malt profile and hop back of this beer. The finish has that characteristic grassy flavor that comes out as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Nice body. Not overly heavy. No real booze. Nicely drinkable but it's still a hefty beer. The bitterness of regular Yeti is cut by the extra sweetness and it gives it a bit more chewiness.

Overall - Probably my favorite of the non-BA versions. Just the right dimension that this beer needed to shine. Not really as Belgian as I expected, but enough to make it a more interesting take than the other versions.

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think I have a review on paper somewhere...Bottled on 8 Jun 12

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of khaki head. Good lacing & below average lacing

S: Chocolate & faint grounds of coffee& roasty grounds up front, not getting much Belgian yeast twang up front like I remember on prior bottles. Dark fruit comes through as this warms (black currants & just a bit of raisin), a little bit of funk develops on the edges, but if I wasn't looking for it , I might not even noticed. Finishes dry with dark fruit, & roasty bitterness

MF: Chewy with slight carbonation, warming as well

Belgian slant seems a bit restrained in this bottle, drinks great for it's youth & heft

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Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 897 ratings.