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Belgian Style Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

Belgian Style YetiBelgian Style Yeti

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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DenverLogan on 06-19-2011)
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3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bomber into snifter.

Appearance: Either a very dark brown or a black body. Thin layer of mocha brown head. Low end carbonation. Pretty layer of lacing left behind on the glass. 4/5

Smell: Sweet chocolate, some coffee, dark fruits such as plums or raisins, and a big helping of Belgian yeasts. Maybe a hint of anise or licorice in there as well. This is a sweet, candy-smelling stout. 4/5

Taste: Mainly chocolate and dark fruits on the tongue. Not as sweet as expected from the nose, but still sugary. Belgian yeasts again take center stage here. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Higher end of medium mouthfeel; not a syrup, but pretty close. Very light on bitterness, especially for a RIS, which makes the beer more easily drinkable, though then again I am a big fan of bitterness. 3.5/5

Overall: Not a bad hybrid of a beer. I tend to enjoy RIS much more than Belgians (for now), but I can’t knock this beer for not fitting my tastes. For the style, I think it’s a nice beer. 4/5

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 17:46:03 | More by mwill7287
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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.

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Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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