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Belgian Style Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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

Appearance is the same as the rest of the yetis. Thick, black, and minimal head. Nose is deep and roasty with bakers chocolate, earthy hops, and a touch of Belgian yeast. Taste is a lot less roasty than the other variants with notes of bubblegum in the background. Mouthfeel feels a little lighter tha. The rest of the yetis, still thick and mellow carbonation. Overall, this is my least favorite variant of yeti, but still mighty tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 21:00:56 | More by homebrew311
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black. Inky. Mocha head. Tall pour still had 1/3" perched atop. Some lacing. 4

Roasty with char. Some chocolate, some berry. More yeast in the nose than an average impy. Nothing crazy. 3.75

Bitter chocolate, charred grains, roasted nuts, chicory, blueberry. Alcohol is sweet and sweatily spicy. Light sweetness, overall. 4

Full in body. Bristles of bubbles. Decently smooth. Controlled and efficient (not hot). 4.25

Pretty nice. Not my flair for Yeti, but a good stout proper. 4

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 02:14:38 | More by thecheapies
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2.39/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 03:52:37 | More by Thorpe429
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown where no light can pass. Very nice foamy, beige head that leaves a blanket of lace after each sip. Very attractive.

Lots of chocolate to the nose. There's also a bit of alcohol to the smell.

Flavorwise, there is much more alcohol on the throat. I am picking up far more burnt elements. The chocolate remains but subdued. There's a dollop of bittering hop that shows up in the swallow. Smooth with a below average level of carbonation. Thin but within expectations.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 16:51:17 | More by smcolw
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North Carolina

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

A - Dark Chocolate color with chocolate milk style head.

S - Some chocolate and sweet malt, typical of other yetis. didn't notice any coffee on the smell.

T - sweet chocolate, slight coffee, lots of dark fruit, pleasant sweetness

M - very smooth with light medium carbonation

O - Excellent beer, All the Yetis have been so good!! I recommend it

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2012 01:53:49 | More by jtd1969
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured pitch black with a two finger tan head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, coffee, fruit, dark fruit, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, fruit, and sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation (almost creamy). Overall this was a pretty good brew. The Belgian yeast addition to this one definitely added a nice flavor and aroma profile on an already solid brew. I didn’t really know what to expect on this one as I really didn’t like the idea of this brew when I first heard about it. However, it did seem to work fairly well and might be a good gateway brew for some people to get into big stouts. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2012 10:39:26 | More by thagr81us
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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewpub on 9/24/11.

A - Black, more thin looking than the regular Yeti. Has a nice tall head, which despite receding quickly, could be re-roused veryu easily.

S - Smells nice - really chocolatey. I found it slightly fruity from the yeast, though it's still largely recognizable as Yeti.

T - Chocolate with some bitter ash and char flavors. The Belgian yeast is helping to produce some dark fruit flavors such as raisin and prune.

M - On the lighter side of full-bodied.

O - This was much more nuanced than I was anticipating, which I prefer. A very tasty play off of the original.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2012 21:05:59 | More by Spider889
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South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2012 22:49:50 | More by chinchill
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3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a Great Divide snifter in high altitude Denver, Colorado, at the Great Divide Taproom. Cost was $4.00. Reviewed from notes. I didn't pair it with food.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of tan colour, lovely cream lacing, great thickness, and impressive retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Cream, chocolate, and light roast. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Cream, chocolate (though not very rich), and a light roast foundation. Caramel and pleasant malts accompany. The cream on the open in particular is delightful. Well built and balanced. Complex enough, though it does leave something to be desired.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but too thick. Overly heavy on the palate. Complementary of the flavours. I like the cream.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but lacking the full complexity of other yetis. It's good, but Great Divide does better variants.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 20:48:08 | More by kojevergas
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New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Yeti, on tap at Pony Bar, NYC, served in their proprietary eight-ounce glass.

Appearance: Extremely creamy and heady! I just want to bite this. A good fist for a head, three fingers and then some. Never recedes. So fluffy/foamy you could sleep on it like a cloud. Color is just like regular Yeti, black with nuances and a mocha-colored head (cafe con leche)

Smell: A bit of a letdown after the incredible looks. Subtle roastiness, good quality coffee (Intelligentsia?) and chocolate. A tad of sour cherry/angostura bitters, plus brown sugar.

Taste: Follows nose, intensified. Strong floral/yeasty presence, a hint of spice and clover. A tingly (hoppy?) feel around the mouth, plus chocolate sediment. Complex, different.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, rich and dark- but lighter than regular Yeti. Almost too thin for the style. Sticky, lingers in the roof of the mouth.

Overall: While not as satisfying as regular Yeti or other Yetis, I love the novelty and experiment. Very drinkable too... a sessionable Imperial Stout (more so in eight ounces).

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 03:42:09 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bam. It's great. Love the brewery also.

Look. Dark creamy night with tan head that holds it's self.

Smell. Not as strong as I would like but it has a raspberry smell. There is a strong cocco

Taste. Little like heaven. Smooth really smooth with a choacolate and cherry taste

Feel is smooth
Overall great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 00:48:29 | More by isualum12
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian Style Yeti has an opaque, black body with a thin brown head. The head is very solid looking, and has good retention. A few scraps of lacing stay behind.

Very sweet nose, with roasted malts, toffee, a little bit of fruit and some licorice.

Belgian Yeti is a little sweeter and a little less hoppy than I remember the other Yetis being, but that could just be my inner-Yeti-sense being off kilter. The malt profile is big relative to anything, with roasted malt, a bit of burnt sugar, toffee and maybe even a bit of chocolate. There is a good bit of fruity flavors that mix with a light peppery taste and some licorice; as far as I can tell that is the influence of the “Belgian” part of the Belgian Style Yeti. There is still a slight bite and citrus flavor from hops, but not huge or powerful like I remember the normal Yeti being. The finish has just a bit of warmth, but this one is dangerously smooth.

Big and full with adequate carbonation.

Belgian Style Yeti is a winner, but it definitely leans on the Yeti part of its name more than the Belgian. Pretty tame for the ABV, so watch out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 23:09:15 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at American Craft

A: Pours a nearly impenetrable black color with a finger of white head.

S: Heavy on the roasted malt aromas with lots of chocolate and vanilla. There is some licorice and burnt sugar, too. I don't really get all that much "Belgian" character from it. Mostly just the intense stout aroma.

T: Not much difference on the flavor. Sweeter than I seem to remember the other Yeti variants being. Lots of dark chocolate and molasses with a bit of licorice. There is a good bit of vanilla, a mild spice, and maybe some yeast.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium carbonation.

O: A nice beer, though not overtly "Belgian".

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 14:33:25 | More by womencantsail
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4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very dark with no light getting through. Nice laceing and 1.5 finger head.

S: peppery, yeasty and smokey. Very unique.

T: spicey and zesty up front with a semisweet and smokey finish and dark fruit notes. This is one of the better representatives of its genre.

M: full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I will be getting this one again. I felt the taste was right on the money and complex.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 18:14:24 | More by kylehay2004
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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap:

A- Oily black with a nice cocoa colored brown head

S- Smells of booze and espresso, with a small hint of chocolate

T- Taste is super rich. Backbone is of rich chocolaty espresso notes. Aftertaste is quite strong

M- So very smooth; Goes down with a silky finish

O- Another beer that may be a bit too heavy for my taste, but I still enjoyed it. Very similar to Yeti Imperial Stout from the same brewery, but mild differences can also be seen

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 05:14:00 | More by MrDonQuixote
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4.05/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 00:30:22 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at TJ'S Everyday in a goblet glass.

Belgian Style Yeti pours into the glass very very very black. No other color but black. The exception to that is the perfect inch sized head of dark tan foam that's tight, with stickies. Smell is pretty straight forward when cold, Roasted malt with some chocolate. warming brings out the Belgian yeast some giving off a spicy scent. Some molasses with dark fruit and some tootsie rolls. Taste is very big while being refined. Great balance between the sweet, spice, and the roast appeal. Roasted malt with chocolate and some cocco and some dark fruit plum with extreme warming. Not any coffee and some alcohol. The feel on this is pretty big, I would say full with carb that is not bitey. This goes down smooth and it ain't hot. Aftertaste is big on the Belgian yeast used. A great variation of the imfamous Yeti, yet the Coffee version still takes the cake for me with this being much better than the Chocolate version with the not needed Cayenne pepper. Give this one a go, it will be around for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 00:39:17 | More by BARFLYB
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola like color with a two finger khaki colored head which leaves some lace on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate, coffee, and then hints of banana, clove, vanilla, and a little spiciness. The taste is where the beer shines. There is a chocolate and coffee backbone but then things get interesting with some dark fruits some belgian yeast sweetness and some banana flavors. A nice round inviting taste. The mouthfeel is low carbonation and creamy. Overall I really liked this beer would have went back for more but the keg kicked.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 21:02:51 | More by goblue3509
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice at Local Option.

And, finally, the 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza comes to a [somewhat surprising] close. Man, what a night! The cap pours a bold onyx topped by a finger of sandy dark tan foam. It seems that Great Divide really knows how to make a lovely-looking stout... The nose comprises roasted malts, molasses, light vanilla, and chocolate-covered bananas (the only real way to explain that particular smell). The taste brings in more of the same, along with some added spice, namely nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. A very faint bit of char finds a tiny niche in the background. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a really nice stout, though the Belgian-ness isn't exactly all that present (which may actually be a good thing), though what is there is done well. One of the highlights of an exciting evening. Good times, good times.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 18:51:10 | More by TMoney2591
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes - Had on tap at the Copper Mine Pub on 8/22/11

Appearance: Pours the darkest brown to black with a 1.5 finger mocha crown that displays medium retention and nice lace.

Smell: smooth roast, a dash of chocolate, and some belgian yeast.

Taste: Same as the nose but with a hint of prune.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall: goes down fairly easy due to the mouthfeel and balance.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 20:47:38 | More by koopa
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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in Asheville, NC at Thirsty Monk South. Pours black as sin and little head with a bit of lacing. Smells lightly smoky. Delicious flavor overall. Roasted malt shines through but the mouthfeel is smooth as can be. I'd love to snag a couple bottles of this to hold onto.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 03:59:50 | More by Fulkrum78
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone's 15th Anniversary

A: Black with a 1/2 finger tan head.

S: Molasses, milk chocolate and some licorice. Very tempting smells.

T: Powdery chocolate flavor, earth, cocoa and caramel with a pretty creamy mouthfeel. I don't think it tops the Oak Aged version, but it's a nice addition to the lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 16:29:40 | More by notchucknorris
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3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a snifter at Papago.

Absorbing black. Nary a UV ray is allowed to get through. Atop sits one finger of creamy cocoa powder-colored foam that dissipates slowly, becoming silkier and stickier. Beautiful, thick spatters of lace.

Smells mainly of grapes, like in a sugary dessert wine. Deep below in the next layer is espresso. Tangy pears as well.

There are two sides to the flavor. Before the swallow, all you get is the fruit and sweet Belgian stuff: pears, prune, licorice. As the beer rolls down the throat, roast rolls in to replace it. Bittersweet dark chocolate, heavily toasted bread. Mild bitterness. The fruit becomes even more intense as it warms, with a boozy grape flavor like brandy. It kind of overpowers the stout, distracting from what makes the yeti the yeti. As it warms, things get weird, with fruit flowing down the middle of the tongue while bitter dark coffee lingers on the sides.

The feel: softly prodding carbonation in a chewy velvet body. So smooth, like a fleece blanket for the tongue. No discernible alcohol.

This isn’t the yeti i know and love. It’s too fruity, and the Belgian yeast makes it almost refreshing, which doesn't fit. Very easy to drink, but not as easy to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 21:38:26 | More by Phelps
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4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me preface by saying I have not yet had the standard yeti. Had on tap at finnegans, 8 oz pour in snifter.

Pours a dark black with about a one finger head.

Doesn't smell like a typical imperial stout. There are lots of belgian influences going on here. Getting some spiciness and hints of sweet dark fruits. There is some roast in there, but not as much as expected. Not as strong of an aroma as I expected.

Very interesting beer. Much more roasty malt comes through in the taste than the smell. Still, there is lots of belgian influence here. Spiciness, very subtle dark fruits. There is an interesting sort of sharp sterile taste, that allures me in more than repulses. I can't really put my finger on what it is. Very floral though, perhaps a generous dose of floral hops.

Low carbonation which I love in a stout. Creamy mouthfeel. Stong roasted belgian malts are coating my mouth. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Overall this is a good, different imp stout. Belgian influences and strange floral taste make it real interesting. Strangely alluring is what I can say about it. Draws me in and I want more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 19:21:58 | More by ahq514
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Bangers & Lace in a tasting glass.

Appearance: This is black in the center with mahogany and cherry edges. A tan head has a sea foam appearance, lingering for a while and lacing up the glass.

Smell: The aroma is cocoa, a little bit of coffee, and roasted malts. Not really any Belgian anything here.

Taste: A bit of molasses and vanilla come in with the chocolate malt sweetness up front. The gooey chocolate turns to roasted malt, which in turn changes into a bitter, creamy coffee. Some Belgian yeast provides a little bit of spice in the middle but is not too prevalent in the flavor overall. A light earthy bitterness at the end provides a little hop kick without becoming a dreaded hop-centric stout.

Mouthfeel: As with the regular Yet, this is full bodied, with a full, creamy carbonation. Sweet, but not syrupy, and a little bit sticky on the tongue.

Overall: I thought this was good, but there were only fleeting differences between this and the regular version. There were definitely not a lot of Belgian qualities to this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 00:08:54 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.