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Belgian Style Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Belgian Style YetiBelgian Style Yeti

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BA SCORE
92
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883 Ratings
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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 46
Gots: 143 | FT: 6
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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Reviews by sprucetip:
Photo of sprucetip
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night, active, modest mocha head fades slowly and leaves thick lacing.

Roasty with musty Belgo-yeasty character. There is a little bit of malty sweetness coming in late. Not amazing but nice.

Malty sweet, roasty, a wee nip of black patent, some either roasty or hoppy bitterness, and gentle musty Belgian yeast character. Lots of elements are involved and they work very well together. There is complexity and balance.

Perfect carbonation, full body and thick viscosity, gentle warming, and some roasty bitterness in the finish.

Probably not my favorite Yeti, but it's a damned good one. And a damned good beer, period.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of DWolf
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of marvin213
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
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 iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of jmshulk
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
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
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Guinnsslvr
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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 olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jisak74
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of bsp77
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
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 +8.5%
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
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
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 +2.7%
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 Mantooth
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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 timontheroad
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.