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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
outstanding

883 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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1.5/5  rDev -63.4%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.39/5  rDev -41.7%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

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2.65/5  rDev -35.4%
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 MbpBugeye
2.73/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of Reaper16
2.85/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

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2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
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..

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2.95/5  rDev -28%
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.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of Fenris244
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
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

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