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Belgian Style Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 893
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 46
Gots: 143 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: DenverLogan on 06-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 893 | Reviews: 300
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of cooler4life
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a one finger tan brown head. Color is pitch black with light to moderate lacing. Appears to have very fine carbonation around the edges.

S: Toasted malt, vanilla, milk chocolate, peanut butter. Slightly untraditional for this style, but I really like it.

T: Really spicy up front from the Belgian yeast, then settles to the base Yeti. Chocolate, plum, molasses intertwine. Some bitter twang from the hops. A dynamic taste experience.

M: Just enough carbonation, slick and tangy, leaves the palate smooth with hints of bitter chocolate.

O: For me, as a huge fan of Belgian style, I really like what they did with this beer. You get the spicy, fruity aspect of the Belgian yeast, combined with the smooth, rich flavors of the Yeti. I really like this beer! Well done Great Divide!

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle with gold foil into snifter, bottled 6/17/2011. Pours opaque black color with a small dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lasts for the entire glass. Some spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, roasted malt, yeast spice, banana, dark fruit, wood, anise, and coffee. Very nice aromas here, and some of the most interesting stout aromas I have had. Taste of huge dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, caramel, dark fruit, pepper, biscuit, wood, and yeast spices. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, dark fruit, and spicy yeast on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a huge creamy and lush mouthfeel that drinks super easily for being 9.5%. Alcohol is barely even there other than a slight warming well after the finish. Overall this is yet another home run stout in the Yeti lineup. Huge robust flavors and balance just like every other variation; with smooth drinkability as usual. Great divide really knows how to make exceptional stouts.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours motor-oil-black with a very thick brown medium-large head that slowly sets into nice lacings.

S: Chocolate galore, with dry notes of strong black coffee. Liqourice, but surprisingly enough notes of fresh tropical fruits (but not in an American hoppy way) - nice. Some balanced vanilla, modest but still obvious.

T: Like the taste; rich chocolate together with nice coffee notes. Fresh fruits and liqourice. Dark bread (a bit like Pumpernickel). Yet another surpirse; rather obvious spices and yeast - Belgian style.

M: Long rich burnt bready aftertaste. Body is full while carbonation is mild. The alcohol is well hidden. Smooth!

O: This is probably what would happen if the most beautiful Russian Imperial Stout had a love-child with the brightest Schwarzbier; and the baby turned out to be the next Messiah! This was truely a treat. I didn't get the Belgian part of this beer (except for some things in the flavour) everything else was a marriage between Germany and Russia...

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of blakelive784
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt, 6 fl oz brown bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a black color with a light brown, 2 finger head. It's a decently creamy head. Retention is average, but excusable consider the ABV.

S - Full roasted malt, heavy cream, dark chocolate, and coffee. The Belgian yeast come to play as the beer warms, but it's reserved. Sweet fruity esters begin to come through.

T - Creamy chocolate and mocha notes play over the roasted malt foundation. Reserved cherry and banana notes linger in the background. It finishes a bit bitter with roasted cocoa nibs. The alcohol is barely noticeable. I wish the esters produced by the Belgian yeast were more prominent.

M - Full bodied, silky smooth and creamy. Complimentary of the flavors and nearly exemplary for the style.

D - Incredibly drinkable at 9.5%, high quality, and complex flavors. It's a bit too similar to standard Yeti and I wish "Belgian" in the beer came through more.

Photo of GarrettMD
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Just as dark as the rest of the Yetis, no light comes through, one to two fingers of light tan head. Very thick, foamy head that doesn't go away too quickly.

S - Belgian yeast takes over the aroma. Not too much else, maybe hints of the roasted malts and some smoke, but pretty much all yeast.

T - Taste follows all the other Yetis, the Belgian yeast works in nicely. The chocolate and coffee still dominate but the spicy yeast adds a very nice background flavor. Molasses, and slight hop bitterness also present.

M - Thick and sticky. Finish is sweet and long-lasting with chocolate and belgian yeast tastes sticking around for a while.

O - I love this entire Yeti series. I have a bottle of the Barrel Aged that I can't wait to open as well. The Oak Aged is still my favorite, but this is up there.

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.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark and deep brown, bordering black. Decent cappuccino colored head with spotty lacing.

Smells mostly of roasted coffee with a dash of chocolate. There's a tobacco earthy scent, kind of musty too.

The taste is loads of freshly brewed coffee, chocolate, cola,mand an earthy spice.

Creamy and viscous body. Moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

Another solid variation of Yeti, which is already a good beer on its own. I'd recommend seeking it out if you enjoy the other variations.

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I paid $8.99 for a bomber of this at Total Wine.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass nearly black with deepest brown edge and a medium brown head that didn't linger too long but was a bit sticky throughout.

This is classic Imperial Stout all around. The nose was coffee, heavily roasted malts, hops.

The flavors were intense and big. Coffee dominated, hops evident from start to end of the long finish. Burnt elements, touch of smoke, some molasses sweetness. All well structured in an envelope of hops and nicely concealed 9.5% ABV. As it warmed to the lower/mid 50s, more chocolate and sweetness came out. Nice to see the flavors pleasantly evolve as it warmed.

Big, chewy, viscous in the mouth. Classic Imperial stout and then some. Not a great value at 9 bucks so I probably wont be having this every week but certainly worth a special occasion.

This is something you need to be prepared for. Don't pop the cap on this thinking this will accompany your meal or football watching. This will grab you by the shirt collar and slap you in the face to get your attention.

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a non-translucent espresso black with an average sized (1-2 finger) medium brown creamy head that was mostly diminishing but left behind enough residue to produce some really good spotty lacing.

The aroma was quit full with burnt and roasted bread malts, a mild herbal hop and a sweet leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, licorice, dark fruit and a hint of spice.

The taste was boldly sweet and malty with notes of chocolate and molasses at first then took a turn towards the bitterer side with just a bit of hoppiness and notes of licorice, coffee, a touch of dark fruit and a slight alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted a wonderfully long time after the swallow, letting one enjoy the sweet, fruity, coffee flavor that was left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was extremely full in body with a dry, syrupy texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall a very complex beer that had a bunch of things working all at the same time on the taste buds, and did it extremely well. This is an impressive brew with an awesome drinkability.

Photo of aliving1
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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