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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DenverLogan on 06-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.42/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

On tap at Great Divide. Pours very dark. Chocolate and faint Belgian esters. Light tartness and roast. Just okay.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.74/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on June 17th 2011. Poured into a Jackie O's snifter.

Appearance
Quite dark looking. The head is easily managed, but still hold strong. The result is a full speckling of globs of lace.

Aroma
The aroma can be detected right away as the beer is poured. Upon closer examination, an assertive nuttiness becomes apparent. There is a little bit of alcohol hiding back there, only noticeable with deep inhales. I don't drink Yeti very often, but I've had it, and the other standard variants a few times. This one smells the most unlike the original beer than any of the other treatments. I think a lot of the hoppiness and intense roastiness is lost to a dry hay and nutshells earthiness. The aroma smells dusty and yeasty, but not funky. Its very "mushroomy" at times.

Taste
The taste is good, but ultimately falls flat and lifeless. Which is odd, Yeti is an aggressive, brash beer; this is not. Some fudge sweetness, a touch of dried straw and a boat load of cashews is pretty much all there is to this. The nuttiness is very strong, giving off notes of almonds and cashews, specifically. Alcohol is managed well and the finish picks back up ever so slightly with an attempt at a roasty bitterness. This beer's flavor just up and leaves you for bland country.
*score lowered after the beer warmed and/or I got some dregs in the glass* Some of those flavors that make Belgo'd beers so nasty start to come out. Some wet dog and bandaid. Naw man.

Mouthfeel
The body seems thinned to me. The carbonation is nice and mild, despite the excellent lacing and retention.

Overall
Sure, this is enjoyable. And it's a HELL of a lot better than I expected, I'm still recovering from the emotional scarring left by Stone's recent experiments on Belgomafication. A drinkable beer, but I'll gloss over it every single time for a bottle of it's chocolate-oak aged brother.

Photo of amphion1065
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Bottled on June 17, 2011. Thanks for this one Duff27.

Pours thick and viscous out from the bottle, and it's a very dark shade of brown. A 1.5-finger, pillowy cocoa head sticks around for some time. Moderate lacing.

There's plenty that's reminiscent of regular Yeti in the aroma. Milk chocolate and roasted coffee shine, with a little touch of dark fruits as well. However, the Belgian yeast certainly makes itself known. There is a slight hit of ester fruits, with a little bit of cloves as well. It's quite sweet overall.

The taste is, frankly, odd. Plenty of roasted, charred ember flavors up front, with a fair amount of chocolate. But there's also a very prominent ester fruit component that just doesn't jive well with these underlying flavors. Bananas, caramel, toffee and vanilla come through, but the end result is far less than the sum of its parts. The yeasty, bubblegum qualities jive with the a lot of these flavors.

Mouthfeel has some positive qualities, and it is thick and lush. Unfortunately, there's a slightly off-putting chalkiness to the feel of this beer that limits its drinkability.

An interesting experiment, though in my mind an unsuccessful one. I found this pretty difficult to drink.

Photo of Reaper16
2.87/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served on-tap @ Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a deep, inky black color. It's pretty black; it'd be hard to get darker, really. This pour has two fingers, maybe more, of fluffy head that is nearly bronze in color. It's very dark, this foam, and looks like it has a texture to it in terms of mouthfeel, if that makes any sense. Impressive looking beer.

I'll get it out of the way right up front: this beer smells and tastes unimpressive to me. The Great Divide house Belgian yeast strain, which I've never been much of a fan of, actually works to neutralize a lot of the components that makes Yeti what it is. This version of Yeti does not have a deeply roasty aroma, it does not have an abundance of hops. It smells mostly of the yeast strain, with secondary stout qualities. Once the beer warms up, the yeast throws off a whole lot of peppercorn and some tinges of strawberry. Mostly though it smells like sourdough bread; I know that a lot of reviewers have mentioned this component already and I too join in on that particular chorus. That may sound good, but its pretty bland, really, and too yeast-dominant. This is not how an Imperial Stout should smell.

From start to finish this beer tastes like a sourdough biscotti with a thin layer of chocolate on top. It's pretty bland, unfortunately. The deep, impy stout flavors are sorely missed here. It's like this beer was designed from the top down and it didn't get around to establishing a proper stout base. Too much black pepper, too many phenols (which don't effectively take the place of normal Yeti's hop bitterness), not enough chocolate/coffee. If you weren't paying close attention to the beer then some mouthfuls might taste like nothing at all; that's how much this Belgian yeast strain neutralizes the beer's core flavors. I think the problem lies with the yeast strain itself. This doesn't taste like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale yeast strain, which would better compliment a stout. Instead it tastes like the yeast strain of a Belgian pale or Belgian Golden Ale. A misstep, it seems. This is, by far, the weakest member of the Yeti family.

The mouthfeel is just as thick and smooth as you'd come to expect from the Yeti family of beers. I wonder where all the malt flavor is hiding, since there's clearly malts here as indicated by the viscosity. Overall, this is the black sheep, the red-headed stepchild, of Great Divide's Yeti series. Props for experimentation, but the execution is quite lacking here. If you want to know how a Belgian yeast Imperial Stout is supposed to taste then drink a bottle of De Struise Black Albert or Boulevard Dark Truth Stout. This doesn't pass muster as a Belgian-inspired beer nor as an Imperial Stout.

Photo of rudzud
2.93/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up at Julio's, bottles back in June 2011 so Yah it's been a while. Poured into a dogfish head chalice

A - Poured a deep dark brown hue with a one finger deep mocha head that leaves a nice thin side lacing and a very thin mocha blanket

S - Aromas of light chocolate and coffee with subtle Belgian esters. Almost smells out of place....

T - Taste is nothing that mixes at all. Weird chocolate and malts mix with Belgian trashed stereo resulting in some weird offputting combo.

M - Mouthfeel is alright with lighter carnonatfion.

O - Overall I don't really dig this beer. I feel the Belgian aspects kill this beer. Very weird and unenjogable. Hmmm..

Photo of biglite351
3.01/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - no light through glass, creamy tall dark tan head.

S - bock-like yeast, roasted malts, mild dark chocolate and maybe a touch of oak.

T - Belgian yeast and hop with chocolate and roasted malt.

M - creamy and smooth but nearly no tingle. Slight burn on back of throat.

O - seems more like a flavored bock than an imperial stout. Just depends on if you want something that tastes like a stout or not.

Photo of Fenris244
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black, 1 finger tan head, great lacing

A little spicy in aroma, chocolate, bits of licorice, coffee and a gingersnap like sweetness(weird)

Chocolate, coffee, the little bit of spice is there, nothing stands out at all for me though, it wants to be awesome but its just not lining up.

A little thin, smooth

Overall not bad but in mot feeling it as a beer, could have been just a bad bottle

Photo of looseteeth
3.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured semi-anxiously from a bottle dated 06/07/12 into a 12oz. snifter...giving way to a medium-body, a little less burly then anticipated. Pleasantly hearty lacing crowned with marginal Werthers Original foam. The nose is predominant with a slightly stale bready, sour white fruit essence though this could merely be Great Divide's 'special' Belgian yeast strain in full command. On the other end are deep, almost astringent notes of steamy espresso. Mouthfeel is medium after initial pour but as the brew adjusts to a higher temperate climate there is some gain in viscosity which I appreciate, while a lower carbonation value remains a steady constant. Upon consumption, there is low-level heat customary to a basic 9.5% abv centric to imperial stouts which is preceded by a duality of wide-awake coffee roasts and earthy, open-air, charred malts. Overall, I was a bit underwhelmed with this one. However, glad to know that I've tried it and imagine the other Yetis are significantly more palatable. I do applaud Great Divide for their adventurous spirit here but am not wholly convinced that this particular brew is one they can hang their hats upon. That being said, I will try this again if they continue to produce this line as I'm curious if the bottle I purchased may have been qualitatively compromised due to heavily halogen-lit and variable degrees of exposure within Lou's Liquors. In other news, I could have bought a goddamned 4-pk of insurmountable Founders Breakfast for the cost of this bomber. So it goes.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottling section is blank)

A: Very dark brown with no head even on the pour.

S: Roasty sweet malt goodness.

T: Funky. Spicy malts.

M: Smooth with no carbonation. Flat and very thin.

O: I feel like there is something wrong with this batch/bottle. I got it at a store that I hadn't been to before but had some crazy deals and some really old stuff (17th anniv Great Divide). It wasn't kept cold but most stores don't keep theirs cold and I got one from the back of the shelf. Maybe it was infected but I've never had anything infected before, especially a stout so I have no idea what it would taste like. Also, I've never had this before so there is that. It could just be the belgian part of it, but I doubt it.

Photo of bobhits
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25

Yeti with fruity esters, pear, apple, and just citrus notes. Just as dark and cream as the normal, but unlike the oaked versions this lacks. A bit beer with all the fun of the normal with a weird fruit cock tail left in it. Not really up to the Yetie standard.

Photo of spicelab
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bomber shared with MrKennedy and danieelol, and courtesy of the former.

Jet black with a dark tan head, fairly thick set but only modest retention.

Coffee and nutty roasty character, stewed plums and chocolate brownie. Mellow Belgian yeaty edge.

Flavours are a bit one dimensional. Chocolate cake, cola, molassess and prunes.

Fairly thick and silky with lowish carbonation.

Definitely not one of the better Yeti variants but quite okay.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.27/5  rDev -20%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Cracked open Belgian Yeti at the same time as Oak Aged Yeti in order to do a blind tasting of the two side by side. Both of the tasters could not tell the difference between the two beers.

Appearance: The beer looks awesome. It is black and thick with a lovely milk chocolate colored head that stays atop the beer for more than just the first few sips.

Smell: I could not really get any of the typical Belgian yeast aromas from the beer. It had a rather plain aroma with just some hints of dark malts.

Taste: The beer tasted okay. It was finished dry with some chocolate and roasted flavors towards the end but it lacked depth.

Mouthfeel:Very full bodied and smooth.

Overall: I was not very impressed by this beer, even less so by having it side by side with Oak Aged Yeti and realizing that they are basically the same beer.

Photo of mulder1010
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Mikkeller Tulip


A-- Poured a thick dark cola color and settled black. Half finger of dark brown or cappuccino looking head. Holds its form pretty well before receding into film. Good head retention and holds its head well on swirling.

S-- Candied sugar, candied licorice, candied dates, and candied orange orange peel in the front. After it warmed up more I got coconut and quite earthy smells. Alcohol is noticeable in the smell.

T-- Carmel, orange and spicy. Belgian character is very obvious to this.

M-- Slick, smooth and oily in the mouth. Very much the yeti character but missing the big hop presence normal yeti has, yet a touch thinner. Big, dark Belgian chocolate in the back of the mouth and finishes quite dry.

O-- lacking something the Yeti and the other variations have. Possibly the wow factor that the other three have that this does not. maybe it is the hops, espresso, or Oak but this just does not sing as the other variations do.

Photo of kbutler1
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. First off, I’m a little hesitant as I am not the biggest fan of belgian style imperial stouts but I’ll give a try nonetheless. Pours a dark brown with a dark tan head. The begian yeast dominate the head to give off a roasty fruit like aroma. Medium mouthfeel. The roast stands out quite a bit for me and the carbonation is a litte high too. Overall, for me this beer just doesn’t do it for me.

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 alpinebryant
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

June 20, 2011 stamping on the label

A: Pours a dark stale looking black, mocha edging around the glass with mini bubbles.

S: Aroma of dark roast coffee, stale cardboard, some light belgian yeast hints, raisin, and chocolate.

T: Berry flavors, coffee and chocolate mixing together in a smooth but slightly stale blend. the finish is dry and tannic, wet cardboard and belgian yeast flavors combine with ash. Coffee and chocolate malts most prominent here as expected, but the belgian style never fully takes over the beer since the chocolate and coffee flavors are so prominent.

M: Slightly stale tasting in flavor but with a stinging of tiny bubbles, this seems to have continued to carbonate in bottle and dilute the body some.

O: Overall, not my favorite Yeti variant. It has been a few years since I have gotten regular Yeti, however the regular Yeti would clearly be my preferred route here.

Photo of tmm313
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured black with brown hues around the edges. Very little head or lacing.
S - Chocolate, something funky (maybe this is the yeast), booze, licorice, coffee.
T - Funk, syrupy sweetness and chocolate. Dark fruits, a touch of coffee, and booze.
M - Medium with little carbonation. Dry finish.
O- I was expecting more from this than was there. The funky smell and taste just didn't do it for me.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown color with a tight mocha head that fades quickly and leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted notes with some yeast spice.

Tastes of rich malts layered with fruits and spice. Malts come through with coffee and chocolate up front ending in brown sugar. Fruits come in adding figs, raisins, and cherries. Everything ends in a yeast tone with some clove and pepper. I thinks the individual flavors are good, but their combination is not particularly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this combination of flavors is not for me.

Photo of Jeffo
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.
Drunk right after the base beer.

APPEARANCE: Pours out black but not quite as thick as the base beer, and yields a two finger, medium-thick lighter colored tan head with excellent retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and clings to the sides. A wisp remains and leaves lots of thicker lacing down the glass. Looks great, but not quite as thick as the base beer, and the head is much lighter in color.

SMELL: Medium strength nose of roasted malts and dark chocolate. A touch of dark fruit and raisins in there, with some spicy notes from the Belgian yeast. Different, but quite mild overall. A slight tartness in the nose too. The Belgian is definitely there, though it’s still quite mild, and there isn’t much Yeti left.

TASTE: Relatively Belgian, just like the nose. Some roasted notes up front, but quite spicy and yeasty. Lots of dark fruits, raisins, dates, and spices through the middle into the finish. Much like a strong dark ale with a stout base. Medium aftertaste of roasted and smoky malts, dark fruits and lots of spicy yeast flavors. A touch of bitterness lingers as well. Enjoyable, but more Belgian than Yeti, unfortunately.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little lighter than others, though still heavy and thick enough, creamy, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Above average for my palate, but not nearly as big and full as the regular Yeti.

OVERALL: This was an enjoyable enough beer, though it’s too mild to be impressive and it’s unfortunately more Belgian than it is Yeti. I’m a huge Yeti fan, but it seems like the Belgian yeast has just changed the beer too much for my liking. One worth checking out, especially if you like Belgian style stouts, but that’s all. My least favorite of the series to date.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours an opaque black color with a large cap of light brown head. Retention is pretty good and lacing is excellent.

Nose is...interesting. Cocoa powder, chalk dust, tart fruitiness and lots of grassy hops. Very little sweetness or chocolate. Roast is about medium for an Impy stout.

Taste is a bit smoother with a little more sweetness showing through. I still get quite a bit of chalk, and mixed with the fruitiness and yeast is pretty unique. Kinda peppery, zesty at the least. Hops are minty and show some teeth on the finish. ABV is well hidden, but I wouldnt call this brew smooth. I must admit that I am not a huge Yeti fan in general, but I still enjoy the original the best. This one just seems a bit overdone, although it does get better as it approaches room temp. Im glad I shared a bomber, as a whole one to myself might be a bit of a chore to finish near the end.

Photo of jegross2
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Belgium Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company.
Score: 84

Appearance: Pours a totally opaque black color with a thin tan/mocha colored creamy head that settles into a thin ring around the glass. 4/5

Smell: Yeast and semi-sweet chocolate up front. A little clove. Some banana and light raw coffee beans. A little booziness. 4/5

Taste: Cloves and creamy chocolate. Interesting yeast twist. Some burnt wood, dry dark fruit. Finishes a little sweet, with plum and fig. Not very complex, and a little unbalanced with the yeast characteristics. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Medium, maybe medium-light, bodied and creamy with light carbonation. Finishes dry and slightly sweet. 3.5/5

Overall: A solid, interesting twist on the Russian Imperial Stout, but not for the better in my opinion. Of the various permutations of the Great Divide Yeti that I have had to date, this is easily the weakest.

Recommendation: Worth trying. Not too offensive or strong for casual beer drinkers. Beer geeks can find admirable qualities here.

Pairings: Grilled beef. Maybe a steak burrito.

Cost: $11.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Photo of Brabander
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Farunderpar (Joey) brought this beer with him at the tastingday @ de Molen in Bodegraven, Holland. This tasting was organized by THE beerlady of Holland, Fiona de Lange.

I was a bit disappointed in this beer. Taste is a bit with coffee but far far far away from the big boys. It is drinkable but not very special. Too bad for this great brewery...

Photo of vkv822
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.
bottled on June 17, 2011

Pours black with a thick,l foamy light brown head.

The aroma is of chocolate and roast malts primarily, with a very slight earthiness.

The taste follows the nose, some basic chocolate and roasted malts with a bit more of the lightly earthy character.

A medium body, with low carbonation. Briefly coats the mouth.

As my scores show, a fairly average Imperial Stout. Enjoyable, but not mind-blowing. And while I feel the Belgian yeast did contribute to the slightly "earthy" characteristic, I don't know that it was a big difference maker.

Photo of billab914
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured a thick and black in color with a moderate tan head filling the top inch of the glass. The head clinged to the edges of the glass and left some decent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma mixes the chocolaty, slightly roasty yeti flavors with some Belgian yeast spice and a crisp, slightly tart fruit component. The yeti flavors seem more like an afterthought unfortunately.

The taste also shows a lot of crisp, tart fruits and yeast spices throughout he flavor. Towards the finish some of the bitter, roasty flavors of Yeti start to come out.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall, it was my least favorite Yeti yet. The Belgian styling just overpowered and didn't compliment it at all. A decent and drinkable beer overall, but not what I expect out of something with Yeti on the label.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with 2.5 fingered tan head that lingers well with a nice bit of lacing.

Can smell a little bit of the belgian yeast. Some banana is present. Lots of toasted malt. There is a little bit of chocolate present. Not nearly as complex as other Yetis I have tried.

Taste is unusual. Heavy with toasted malt. Little bit of chocolate. I can't taste any belgian yeast flavors. Smokey character was present and very unexpected. More alcohol taste than I expected too.

Mouthfeel seems a little thin for a Yeti.

Overall I was dissappointed. Thought I would love this as much as the other Yetis, but it was just lacking something.

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