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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

880 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 880
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 46
Gots: 142 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

t0rin0, Oct 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark khaki head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cocoa powder, dark roasted malt, and maybe a hint of dark fruits. I am not getting any Belgian yeast smells from this one. Taste is of dark roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa powder. Again, there is no indication of Belgian yeast in the taste either. Medium roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. A lower level of carbonation makes for a creamy and medium-heavy body. Overall, this is another good Yeti stout from Great Divide but the Belgian yeast is nowhere to be found in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

acurtis, Sep 11, 2013
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2.4%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Texasfan549, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color and poured with a finger high mocha colored head that quickly died down leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate malts in the nose along with notes of dark fruits and hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but a bit more complex with flavors of cocoa, dark fruits and roasted malts along with some notes of coffee and hints of molasses and spices.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. Little, if any warming from the alcohol is detectable in the finish.
O: The use of Belgian yeast imparts some interesting properties to this beer; the aromas and flavors of dark fruits and lighter bodied nature seem to make it like a hybrid between a stout and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It is surprisingly easy to drink because any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

metter98, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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

brentk56, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's very exciting to see what effect that the peculiar Belgian yeast will contribute to a fan favorite stout such as this. More complexity, more fruitiness, more spice, and an appreciable lower char character are just a few of the changes to expect.

As with all other Yeti stouts, the beer creaps into the snifter with an inky coat to the sides of the glass. Legging fades and a dense mocha head forms before settleing into a heavy creme, showing slight pockets of lace behind. Jet black, masculine, and with an onyx-like sheen, the beer is as mouthwatering as it is intimidating.

Stout aromas of espresso, cocoa powder, heavy toast, burnt molassas, and walnuts are the usual suspects. But the added fruitiness of apple, pear, and dark berries are all new attributes from Belgian yeast; and so are the spices of black peppercorn, cumin, and grassy sage.

Flavors follow suit- the common Stout-like flavors of burnt toast, espresso, and bitter cocoa hit the tongue with great force. As the berry, currant, grape, plumb, and raison flavors kick in, so does the malt sweetness of black strap molassas, over caramelized toffee, and malted milk- all creating a smoother and better rounded envelope than the original yeti. Grassy hops carry a resiny bitterness that in conjunction with black pepper and grassy herbs cause the finish of char, spicy bite, and bitter.

Robust and full bodied, the beer captivates the mouth with an oily coat of malt sweetness, heavy weight, and expressive carbonation. All give a very full impression with no appologies. Alcohol heat, spicy bite, and mild grassy astringency all give a sharp and crisp feel to the dry-char finish but the malt character is intent to linger well into the next sip.

Surprisingly, the beer adds even more complexity to the Yeti line of Stouts which have always been ones of high complexity by design. Dare I say that there's too much going on? Regardless, the fruity esters actually help to soften the acrid char of roasted grains in finish and allow for a smoother and less abrassive finish. I very much enjoyed this beer!

BEERchitect, Aug 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

kylehay2004, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark brown, big thick brown creamy head faded quickly leaving a thin 1/2 inch clingy lacey gooey head that stuck till the bottom of the glass. The smell was classic belgian, sweet, dark cherries, but hints of caramel, even maybe chocolate, very full and nice bouguet. Maybe even a sherry or bourbon smell as well. Taste was wonderful, dark fruity flavors right up front, apricots, bananas, cherry, a bit of a bready taste and a nice dry finish. The feel was so much lighter tehn I though basedd on appearence, and that is a good thing in this case. Not thick at all, very nice light and lively consistency, nice carboination, dances around in the mouth, beautiful.

mikesgroove, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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".

womencantsail, Oct 07, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia. Bottle on: Jun 17, 2011.

Appearance: Pours out the anticipated black body with a foaming, bubbly, tan-colored head.

Smell: Roasty maltiness given a few firm layers of chocolate shells, followed by sprightly notes of vanilla, caramel, and spiced sweet fruits. A deep, enthusiastic sniff helps to catch those fruity accents.

Taste: Roasted malts covered in a considerable heap of semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels. Plus, some dark caramel and vanilla. Soundly sweet initially. Spoonfuls of grandma's county award-winning plum jelly dosed with a couple very subtly tart black cherries. Pinch of allspice. Hops and any accompanying bitterness seem relatively diminutive here. Some slight alcohol warmth on the back end hitting the back of the throat. Roasty, chocolaty, and still fairly sweet on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: I've enjoyed the Yeti series. I have! This one included, though I really didn't get too terribly much "Belgian" character from it. However, that is a lot of rich maltiness for any yeast to push past, so I understand. I understand, GDBC.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 18, 2012
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.

oberon, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It had nice retention and left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruit with strong malty notes. Hints of chocolate and toffee. Some boozy notes, too.

T - It tasted of burnt molasses, chocolate and toffee. Some currants and other dried fruits with a malty sweet backbone.

M - It was soft and velvety smooth. A medium to full-bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really great Belgian stout. Glad I was able to pick this one up.

zeff80, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

epic epic beer. poured into a tulip in the GD taprooom. looks dark dark black with a mocha head. the most curious head of all time, so alive. shrinks down to a thin quarter inch, but evey sip jives it back up. dies down again, and every bump of the glass sets it off again, it refuses to die, magic. smell is sour and dark and alcoholic. wow. has a belgian brightness but not that sharp tartness, smooth as velvet in the mouth and has a drawn out roasted mellow finish. this is sensational, just absolutely amazing. well done great divide!!!

StonedTrippin, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a massive, three finger head of dark tan foam on top of a completely opaque, black body. The head fades away very slowly and leaves nice, thick rings of lace on the glass.

S - Spicy yeast and dark, sugary malt. Notes of clove, plum, chocolate, and dark caramel.

T - Dark, caramel and chocolate malts up front with a bit of clove. Some more chocolate comes out in the middle with more of a nutty character. A bit of coffee and more clove in the finish as a light note of pine hop flavor and moderate bitterness kick in to balance the malt. Some darker malt shows up in the aftertaste with espresso, dark chocolate, licorice, and a hint of smoke lingering on the palate.

M - A thick, slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - As with every version of Yeti I have come across this is an exceptional beer. The Belgian character is overall, not as strong as it could have been, with only some sipcy notes and a hint of fruit in the aroma. This really isn't such a bad thing though, since the Belgian yeast character has been kind of a distraction in many of the other Belgian imperial stouts I have tried. Here it just adds a touch of complexity without distracting from any of the dark malt goodness. A very nicely made beer.

nickfl, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I appreciate tenderbranson69 sharing this bomber -enjoyed from a shaker chilled.

The color is the darkest opaque black with a thick healthy medium brown peanut butter colored cap. The lace sticks very well and the retention is pretty decent with average sized bead. The smell of roasted grains, caramel and some coffee with mild hop citrus scents accenting and a woody earthy and fruity yeast in the background. The hops and yeast are expressive since it is relatively fresh but only a slight alcohol tinge is noticeable. The slight burnt brownie scent is there with light pine from the hops. This feels like big stouts should with bitterness balancing well, yet the alcohol is present enough to let you know you don't want to take big gulps. There is some residual sweetness which works with the citrus acidity of the hops as it finishes.

The flavor is pretty mild on the Belgian yeast which means if you enjoy the original you will probably like this. I think it is a well crafted stout in every way. It almost seems a little drier than the original Yeti with some fruity tanginess giving some plum notes to the light grapefruit of the hops. I enjoy the cocoa and caramel malt presence which round out the taste well and the char element is mild for this style which I like. I would recommend this to anyone. I wish I could afford the calories because this big stout is packed with flavor, another winner in the line of Yeti's

Slatetank, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

jlindros, Jan 13, 2014
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Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.