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Belgian Style Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

Belgian Style YetiBelgian Style Yeti

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825 Ratings
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Ratings: 825
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%


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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RickS95

Indiana

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 03:40:29 | More by RickS95
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Yeti tulip glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA. Bottled in June 2011, sat for nearly 3 years on the shelves (or in the stock room?)

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly black opaque body with a decent sized, 3 finger mocha colored head that reduces slowly, leaving some lacing.

S- Very inviting on the nose.. strong vanilla, butterscotch, molasses, caramel, some milk chocolate and coffee.

T- Upfront I get cocoa powder, sweet molasses, french vanilla, toffee. The finish is delightful with a strong roasty character that I really like in imperial stouts.. like charred malt or heavily roasted coffee that sits on the palette for a while.

M- Low carbonation and pretty rich, not as rich and thick as the other variations of Yeti I've tried. Maybe it lost some body over the years.

As with the other Yeti's I've tried, I was impressed with this variation. The only complaint I have and the reason I give it a 4.0 overall is that I really didn't get much Belgian character, as advertised in the title. I tasted like an excellent imperial stout, but the Belgian yeast really didn't add much.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 02:51:28 | More by gcamparone
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greyghost86

Delaware

4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this by whim when wondering around looking for something on a cold winter night. Guy behind the counter said it was retired and this was the last bottle they had. Bottle had a bottled on date of June 8, 2012.

Appearance: Nice almost black pour with a slight head that slowly evaporated leaving a brownish lacing on the glass.

Smell: A dark roasted cocoa, slight molasses and a far off fruit smell, maybe plum, burnt malt. Not overwhelming that I expect from this style.

Taste: The burnt malt is the first thing to hit the tongue with the cocoa streaming in quickly. As it sits the flavor of coffee takes over with a bit of dark fruit. It finishes with a little spicy something and a touch of sweet molasses. Great taste. The alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouth feel: medium to full body with a slight carbonation. Thought it was going to have a thicker heavier feel.

Overall: Love this for just picking it up on a whim. I've had others in the Yeti series and this one definitely does it justice. I had a slight concern over the Belgium style thinking it might take over the taste, but didn't feel that at all. Shame it's retired, glad I got a bottle before it was gone!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:30:24 | More by greyghost86
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BierJager89

California

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

A: Black as night with a brown head, that fades to a ring.

S: Nose has earthy, roasty malts and funky Beligan yeast notes.

T: Roasted malt and chocolate flavors are equally balanced by fruity esters typical of Belgian ale yeast. Weird, but still very good.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: While I do like hoppy stouts, Belgian style stouts have yet to really impress me. This is a great beer though. If you can find it, try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:12:16 | More by BierJager89
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Next up in my Yeti lineup that should have been drunk a while ago, but gotta love they they even date an imperial stout. I really hope this isn't way past it's prime since it looks like I won't be able to get it fresh again, but if it's not up to par I'll have to search out fresh when they maybe bring it back again. Bottled on 06/20/11, so more than 2.5 years old now.

The pour comes out velvety smooth looking, and forms a nice thick creamy 1/2 finger mocha black colored head that sticks around nicely, and leaves both a nice thick lacing and long legs as it eventually fades into the pit of abyss, and by that I mean super pitch black colored, not light making it through.

Nose is interesting and unique, it has notes of the original Yeti series beers, but it's own interesting twist. Starting with the norm, dark malts, black despair malt that sucks the blood of everything light, cocoa and roast of the beast, caramel and fluffy nougat of the hair of a yeti of course, hints of warming booze aroma, all right on with typical Yeti. Then the interesting twist, a strange biscuity slight phenolic estery like thing, and an earthy forest floor like where the Yeti sleeps, with an interesting minerality.

Taste brings more of the malts of the night, stalking me in my sleep it seems, super dark, typical of the Yeti that damn stalker! dark super malts, with roast and black malts, toasty and grainy as well, with a mild cocoa and super dark bitter chocolate. Then caramel and fluffy nougat trying to entice the picnic basket dwellers with their beers and food. Mild earthy hop character too, fluffy hop as well, with mild grassy spicy flavors. But different than normal Yeti, his Belgian cousin brings the earthy biscuit again, with a little grainy raw barley character like the Yeti caught it before the mash finished, and some mild phenols with the booze that warms and slightly tingles, as well as that slight forest floor earthy mineral character, very light. Oh and it brings quite a bit of that essence of pure darkness, sucking the life from my tongue as it sits there tingling from the booze. The finish saturates the entire mouth and coats it with a big dark malt paste, thick almost molasses like with bit more caramel and fluffy nougat, as well as more cocoa, and dark dark black malts, touch of roast, and more bitterness, little booze and more of that earthiness.

Mouth is big heavy, spooky ghost of darkness like, thick and a bit fluffy and smooth, little chewy like, nice fluffy carb, and some warming slightly tingly booze that makes my tongue even shiver in fear.

Overall pretty nice, aside from allt eh Yeti and scary jokes, it was a good beer. Lots of the original yeti with dark malts, some cocoa, creamy thick chewy like, caramel and fluffy nougat with touch of roast, etc. This time an interesting twist that I guess could be Belgian, some more earthy qualities with little minerality, that mild ester phenol profile that makes sense for a Belgian yeast, and little biscuity like that is also somewhat typical for the "Belgianization" I think. Still tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 02:45:35 | More by jlindros
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A jet black pour with just a modest head; lots of dots line the side of the glass

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits and phenolic spice

Taste: Chocolate, coffee and a growing sense of dark fruit as we move toward the middle; plum and clove spice build, after the swallow, bringing a plum liqueur tone as we head toward the finish; boozy in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin for an Imperial Stout, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Despite some misgivings I rather liked this beer and was glad to have been able to find a lonely last bottle sitting on the shelves nearly two years after the brew date

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 02:06:12 | More by brentk56
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ssarah

Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Small light brown head. Opaque body with a deep brown, almost black color.

S: Rich and full smell. Coffee and chocolate smells predominate with a sweet and inviting aroma. The smell is the most interesting part of this beer- it's strong and intriguing!

T: Malty, rich and flavor-packed- surprisingly sweet and smooth. Notes of rum and raisins.

M: Low to medium carbonation. Finishes with mild tartness and the rum flavor lingers for a while after each sip. Fairly thick texture.

O: Impressive and interesting beer! The Belgian yeast gives this stout a sweet and raisiny taste while maintaining its malty and chocolate characteristics from the original Yeti Imperial Stout recipe.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 05:23:57 | More by ssarah
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 17:29:46 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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tmm313

Georgia

3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 15:42:27 | More by tmm313
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DrinkNewport

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(Bottled on 6-20-11) Drank on 11-27-13

A black, opaque pour with a thin brown head. So it looks like a standard issue imperial stout.

It has a stronger aroma that other imperial stouts I've had recently, but it doesn't really have that Belgian scent one might expect to pick up on.

Okay, this beer tastes like a good imperial stout...but I'm not getting the Belgian vibe from it. I don't know if it being 2 1/2 years old has mellowed out the flavors imparted by the yeasts or if they're just too mild for me to pick up in the face of what is a 9.5% ABV Imperial Stout.

The beer has a strange combination of high carbonation and a certain chalkiness that lies just beneath the surface.

Overall, a good, but not amazing, imperial stout. Don't expect much deviation from the mean.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 20:16:47 | More by DrinkNewport
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megahurts4

Louisiana

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

Great Divide Brewing Belgian Style Yeti

Appearance: dark brown, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: yeast, cocoa, and a malty grain.

Taste: chewy chocolate bar, some hops, light grain, and very light cocoa.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a pretty good brew. The flavors are nice and not overly powerful. This is extremely drinkable and smooth. It reminds me of the Great Divide 17th Anniversary but with less complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 07:24:48 | More by megahurts4
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up very little head and has just as little retention. The head is a dark beige with hints of burnt umber while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate brown. Leaves no real lacing but this beer has seen some age.

Nose- Fascinating. I've never gotten so many fruity esters from a stout before- the glass is dominated by them. Cherries, plums, hints of raisins, even a little bit of citrus (mostly orange but some lemon). I think I even caught a hint of some banana after it settled. The aroma from the bottle is more traditional and shows a good amount of chocolate and coffee with slight hints of vanilla, caramel, and toffee. But the fruity esters are the star of the show and even exhibit a bit of tartness. These begin to fade and the more traditional notes I described start to emerge from the glass.

Taste- Very reflective of the nose- I'm getting most of the non-traditional fruity aspects up front followed by the more traditional aspects which lead into the finish. Cherries, plums, and raisins are bright and the citrus aspects tend to get subsumed by the roasted malts (mostly coffee) which interrupt the middle. There is none of the phenolic character that you get from a lot of Belgian yeast and I certainly appreciate that. That is the main reason why I waited so long to purchase this beer; I only pulled the trigger when I learned that it was discontinued. I'm quite impressed by the presence and complexity that exists after almost a year and a half. Slight woodiness, maybe a touch of cloves but it is hard to distinguish from the coffee and short, rich chocolate of the finish. Without a doubt, a really good beer. The rounded sweetness of the front works beautifully with the muted bitterness and the roasted notes of the finish. Perhaps it is best that I waited this long as I would not have experienced it at this age. I am going to have to buy the last bottle I know of to see how it will develop even further. The balance and integration are amazing.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with mild carbonation. Maybe a little too much but this is a mild complaint. Some velvet to the texture.

Drinkability- Very easy drinking. No heat. I wish there were more. Not as good as Espresso Yeti but it's probably my second for the series. 11.50 for a vintage bottle ain't bad either.

Overall- Really good- expresses some of the best of Belgium on the rock solid platform of Yeti. Much of the Yeti aspects have diminished but the yeast has taken over to fill in. If you see a left over bottle, buy it. Even if you don't like it, do it for someone else. I'm happy I did.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 04:22:36 | More by artoolemomo
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-black with a large brown head that leaves a nice lace
S-strong roasted malt smell
T-strong roast malt with a great hop bitterness in the aftertaste that fades into a nice chocolate finish
M-very creamy with high carbonation
O-great Russian Imperial. I was lucky to find a case. Hope to enjoy the rest zin the near future
22oz -July 8, 2012

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 03:56:18 | More by a0lbudman
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goochpunch

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled June 6th, 2012.

Pours out black with ruby edges. Thin mocha head. Smells of chocolate and coffee with a touch of buttery caramel. Faint Belgian yeast clove. I pick up some earthy hops as well. The flavor: wow. Lots of chocolate and buttery toffee up front. The roastiness come out a bit more in the middle along with some bitterness from the roast and hops. Belgian yeast is more prevalent in the aftertaste as a vapor in the mouth of esters. This is kind of like drinking a heath bar. Full of flavor, but it restrains itself from beating you over the head. A bit sweet overall. Mouthfeel is not as heavy as you would think, which is a good thing, and the carbonation is so smooth and creamy. Excellent version of Yeti, which is sadly retired.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 01:06:12 | More by goochpunch
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip. From yesterday.

A: Pours a nearly pitch black color with a LOT of sediment at the bottom of the glass. A mocha shaded head that's one finger high crowns the body. It retains acceptably (I've seen better, though) with little lacing left behind.

S: Lots of dark chocolate. Wow. As brilliantly chocolaty as it is, it's backed up by many other rock-solid notes, like dark fruit, roast, and savory malt. Not a hint of alcohol anywhere. This smells absolutely fantastic.

T: At first, the chocolate notes are divine. They really are. A midtaste of subtle fruit turns into a roasty finish helping to balance all of that dark chocolate flavor. Hops are negligible, expected given its age. After several ounces, though, it seems to take a turn for the worse. The bread notes from the yeast combine with a budding leathery flavor to make the brew slightly undesirable after a long period of resting. I'd give it a lower score, but the first few ounces were easily a 4.5 - so rather than downrate it horribly, I'd say just share it with a few people instead. Problem solved.

M: This is where I'm most let down. Instead of the luscious, full creaminess of regular Yeti, it feels thin and somewhat insubstantial. It's adequately soft, sure, but in no way supports the flavors sufficiently enough. For something that isn't superbly drinkable, it should feel more decadent.

O: Like the other Yeti variants, this is absolutely a quality brew. But after a while, the aftertaste kills it for me - which is a damn shame, because everything else about the flavors are fantastic. The weak body doesn't help. A great one to share, but probably my least favorite Yeti.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 19:43:12 | More by ThisWangsChung
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bennett_loves_good_beer

Wyoming

3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a new belgium globe glass from a bottled dated june 2012. Pours a pitch black as you would expect from a yeti with frothy two finger tan head with great retention and tons of sticky lacing. So black absolutely no light comes through. Smells of tart fruit, coffee, and chocolate. The belgian yeast smell is also present bringing out banana and cloves in the aroma. First sips first taste like your average stout with chocolate, coffee and roasted malt notes. Taste finishes with some sour fruits and bannanas brought out by the belgian yeast. I really like the belgian aspect of this stout, making it unique and quite tasty as well as refreshing. The funky, tart fruits complement the beer nicely. As the beer warms more flavors come out such as cherries, more belgian funk, and more typical stout flavors. Not much carbonation in this beer which works well but I think the mouthfeel is a little bit off. Mouthfeel is somewhat flat and doesn't have that creamy feel to it but its not bad by any means. Also I realize that this style is better enjoyed in the winter compared to a hot summer day like today. I'm really impressed with this beer as it is unique. It doesn't sound like it will work well but it works great. A truly unique stab at the style. This one has been recently discontinued so make sure to buy it soon if you want to try it. Looking forward to trying more from great divides yeti series. A great and unique brew! Too bad it is being discontinued I really like this one alot for its uniqueness and overall deliciousness!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 23:12:14 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.19/5  rDev -22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 19:52:35 | More by gillagorilla
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some dark cola highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark tan head that reduces to a couple of medium sized slightly thin patches of larger bubbles, a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly more than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts along with some lighter notes of dark fruits (plum, fig, and raisin) as well as some faint hints of spices.

T: Moderate flavors of roasted malts with some cocoa, chocolate, and dark fruits (plum, fig, and raisin). There are light to moderate notes of coffee, candi sugar, and some faint spices.

M: Medium to full bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is an interesting beer as it seems to fall somewhere between a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and a Russian Imperial Stout - with the lighter body than normally found in a stout and the spices along with dark fruits. The alcohol is extremely well hidden and this us an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 23:54:54 | More by dbrauneis
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured black with one finger of tan head. Alcohol legs very present, film retention, no lace.

S - Coffee, chocolate, yeasty, funk, booze, licorice.

T - Yeast and funk up front with lot's of chocolate. Really earthy with some dark fruit too. Nice.

M - Medium tingly carbonation, medium to full body, Belgo yeast finish with lot's of dryness.

O/D - A nice brew. Complex and adds a nice twist that works well. A little bit of alcohol was noticeable, but not enough to include as a flaw. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 20:53:40 | More by tbeckett
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

June 20th, 2011 bottling date. Just about 2 years old.

A: Pours black with a nice big thick and dense medium brown head. Head fades at a moderate pace, with great retention. Medium-sized small splotches of lacing left behind.

S: Funny, markedly different from "normal" yeti. Very fruity, lots of dark fruits like raisins and figs. Plums too? A little smoke and a little earth too. Tiny bit of umami floating in the background. Very little roasted malt stands out, a little char perhaps.

T: Yup, very fruity up front again. Cherries in there too now. Almost even stronger than the aroma. Tiny bit of char, smoke and chocolate to go with it. A little bitter chocolate briefly. Sweetness disappears in the finish; lingering bitter, acrid smoke in the aftertaste with some earthy belgian yeast.

M: Somewhat heavy, super super super smooth. Goes down like silk.

O: Hmph, interesting. Pretty typical of the belgian treatment of stouts. Body is a little lighter, but smoother. Roasted malt takes a backseat to fruitiness and earthiness. I prefer a more robust roasted malt character but this is still quite nice. Good flavors, good balance and super smooth drinkability. An interesting and tasting variation of the venerable yeti line.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 04:06:15 | More by Dope
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Bottled 2011-07-27
Glass: Tulip

Great Divide's Belgian Yeti is a quite solid imperial stout with the interesting twist of phenolic flavors produced via the Belgian yeast. While not the most amazing stout I've tried, this is a very good and satisfying take on the style.

Beer pours a 1cm-tall head of dark tan foam, with below average retention of about 1 minute. The head fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lcing is present, a sparse arrangement of medium-sized blotches that cling to the insides of the glass. The body is dark brown to black, opaque, with light bringing out very dark amber colors around the edges. Carbonation not visible.

Aroma heavy on semi-dark chocolate (50% or so), surprising levels of caramel-like sweetness, a slight black dried fig ester, some spicy Belgian yeast phenolics, and slight roasted coffee beans.

Overall, taste of mild, acrid, roast malt with caramel malt sweetness, black dried fig, raisin, prune, burnt toast, slightly spicy Belgian phenolics. Front of palate finds roasted malt acridity mixed with dark and caramelized malt sweetness, Belgian nutmeg-like phenolics, and cocoa powder. Mid-palate finds plenty of roasted malt, dark chocolate, spicy and slightly nutmeg-like Belgian yeast phenolics, slight vanilla, and dried black fig and prune esters. Back of palate picks up roasted malt with a slight caramelized sugar undertone, nutmeg-like Belgian yeast phenolics, and very mild ethanol as the beer warms. Aftertaste is of acrid, darkly roasted malt with substantial dark chocolate, which is balanced by sweetness from caramel malt, a bit of black dried fig, and Belgian yeast phenoics.

Beer is heavy-bodied, with medium-low levels of carbonation, resulting in a light fizziness that very quickly transitions to a foamy, soft, and smooth mouthfeel. Ethanol warmth can be mildly felt from mid-palate on, but is mild and generally pleasant and appropriate. Closes quite dry, with massive amounts of stickiness coating the mouth and lips.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 04:07:13 | More by falloutsnow
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Thick black pour, thick frothy tan head that leaves sticky lacing.

S- Roasted malts dominate the nose, but the Belgian yeast comes through to provide a spiced bread aroma with a hint of dried fruit.

T- The classic yeti flavors are there, big roasty malts are up front. The Belgian yeast adds some spicy, fruity flavors that come in about halfway through the taste and not the finish.

M- Thick and rich, full bodied, medium carbonation.

O- My least favorite of the variants, but still a good beer. The Belgian yeast addition is interesting, but I do not think it improves the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 23:47:33 | More by stephenjmoore
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pour thick black with a one finger tan head. Head has good retention and lacing is good.

S: I definitely smell a lot of Belgian yeast upfront followed by the rich dark malt and some subtle hints of vanilla.

T: Belgian yeast up front followed by the dark malts and a few other notes I can't quite pick out. Yeast stays with you well after the beer has been swallowed. Interesting variation for the style.

M: light carbonation, thick, smooth.

O: interesting take on an already great style.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 03:02:59 | More by Fcolle2
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark black with a 1/2 finger of mocha foam, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has chocolate, dark roasted malt, and some dark fruit.

The taste has chocolate, dark roasted malt, dark fruit, and Belgian Yeast, which I did not pick up in the aroma. Sweet, with a little bitterness from the dark roasted malt for balance. The Belgian yeast is different, and there are also some herbs. Interesting, and different.

Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden for 9.50 % abv. The aftertaste is both sweet, and bitter from the dark roasted malt. A well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 02:59:04 | More by hardy008
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Here we have another great beer from the Great Divide. And who does not love a robust imperial stout? The Yeti has so much to offer; from the beginning, as it pours out into a pitch black body beneath a chunky beige head, the thirsty Beer Advocate has much to anticipate. Once poured, the Yeti emits an initial waft of grape juice that fades into plum and cocoa powder. Once it hits the tongue, this beer lacquers the palate with a wooly coat of roasted malt, punctuated by sharp bits of fruit, clove and cinnamon, all of it empowered by the ubiquitous Belgian yeast that leaves the mouth dusted with subtle chalkiness.

And yeti, despite an intimidating 9.5% abv, in conjunction with the abovementioned details, the Yeti seems to maintain some surprising smoothness that allows this imperial stout rendition to come off as a sessional quaff – perhaps, the famed Yeti is some sort of impish hybrid. And yeti … this is one good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:16:08 | More by jjboesen
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Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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