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Belgian Style Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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871 Ratings
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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 45
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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Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. Bottled on July 21, 2011. Pours black, dark tan head and smelling of chocolate and dark fruit. Notes of more chocolate and dark ripe fruit on the palate. As it warms the Belgian yeast character become more pronounced and assertive.

Complex and tasty stuff. Flavorful with some hop dryness on the back end. Quite enjoyable and interesting stout

Billolick, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

notchucknorris, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Phelps, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Highly tempting aroma has firm tones of sweet chocolate and hay with a strong undertone of quality coffee and nutty, caramel and brown sugar hints. It pours a gorgeous opaque dark-chocolate brown with a respectable, if not persistent, light tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Semi-sweet chocolate dominates the smoky flavor, which has coffee, nutty, molasses and licorice notes - quite the lip-smacker! Full-bodied texture is fairly fizzy, leaving behind a smoky, slightly sweet tingling finish. A must! Look for it, or trade for it!

Cyberkedi, Aug 21, 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 Chriscrundwell12
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter, shared with 3 friends.

Bottle Date: Jun 20, 2011

A- Pours a very dark pitch black color, the head is lighter than the past Yetis, tan brown head, thinner body.
S- The aroma is pretty unusual; definitely get the Belgium yeast notes upfront, alcohol is apparent, dark fruits, spice, chocolate, oak.
T- Very interesting tasting beer, has similar characteristics as a Belgium quad with dark fruits (raisins, plums, figs) being apparent, spice mixed in with chocolate, and a slight wood/oak presence.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, really smooth velvety finish, easy drinking.
O- Really interesting version, adding Belgium Yeast to the base beer really added an interesting and enjoyable dimension to this series, still enjoyable and easy drinking, glad to try it once but I do not see myself buying this again.

Chriscrundwell12, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a dark black-brown with a smallish light brown head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate, roasted malts and grains, black licorice, some smoke, and a little alcohol.

The flavor is a bit subdued for a yeti - some sweet grains, peaty malts, a watery middle, and a charred bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, it's a bit more subdued than the other Yetis, but still nice. I didn't really get any Belgian characteristics, but a lot of peaty smoke comes out as it warms which was interesting. Not as good as the regular or the Chocolate Yetis.

Beaver13, Aug 20, 2011
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 twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours an opaque black color with a large cap of light brown head. Retention is pretty good and lacing is excellent.

Nose is...interesting. Cocoa powder, chalk dust, tart fruitiness and lots of grassy hops. Very little sweetness or chocolate. Roast is about medium for an Impy stout.

Taste is a bit smoother with a little more sweetness showing through. I still get quite a bit of chalk, and mixed with the fruitiness and yeast is pretty unique. Kinda peppery, zesty at the least. Hops are minty and show some teeth on the finish. ABV is well hidden, but I wouldnt call this brew smooth. I must admit that I am not a huge Yeti fan in general, but I still enjoy the original the best. This one just seems a bit overdone, although it does get better as it approaches room temp. Im glad I shared a bomber, as a whole one to myself might be a bit of a chore to finish near the end.

twiggamortis420, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of ckollias
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 22oz bomber out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark, almost pitch-black brew with mild amber highlights. Therea thick dark brown 2-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Wonderful strong roasted malt espresso aroma. Hints of chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and spicy hops are present throughout.

T: Dark rich ale with a great roasted chocolate malt flavor and a mellow sweetness. Solid malt background with hints of dark fruits, caramelized toffee, and cocoa powder. Very smooth and easy to drink beer.

M: Very strong and boozy. Heavy body and carbonation

O: Awesome double imperial stout. A nice sipping beer @ 9.5 % alcohol by volume, but who wants to sip such a great beer. This brewery continues to impress me.

ckollias, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of DebonaireDeath
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pours dark as the pits of hell. I took the brightest flashlight I could and shined it directly at my glass and it absorbed ALL of the light. Crowned with a milk chocolate head that dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles. A healthy lacing, but nothing that will be at the top of the glass when you've finished the bottom.

SMELL: Strong caramel coffee, with a hint of Belgian fruitiness that, in an Imperial Stout, comes out as a hoppy date aroma. Pretty much smells like a good latte, to tell the truth.

TASTE: Much like the smell. Strong caramel, coffee, and toffee notes, one after the other. Again, I get a strong taste of sweet malt and dates and a lingering of hops on the tongue, along with a wisp of florals behind a towering malt character. This is definitely an Imperial Stout before it is a Belgian.

MOUTHFEEL: Good carbonation. Thick enough to coat the palate and allow the flavors to release without feeling cloying.

OVERALL: A unique experience worth trying, and exceptional for an experiment. To tell the truth, though, this is an exceptional bastard child of two styles that could be better left to themselves, in my opinion. Nonetheless, I applaud experimentation and hope that such ingenuity will continue.

DebonaireDeath, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of ahq514
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

ahq514, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Binny's. Bottled June 17th, 2011. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Near-black body, with minimal coloration at the fringes. Two fingers of mocha foam, spotty lace, hazy partial cap and thick collar.

S - Fruity Belgian yeast, roasted malts, dark chocolate, a light phenolic note that is well in the periphery. Gets more chocolate sweetness as it warms up.

T - Taste is again lightly fruit, but tastes mostly like a chocolate shake. Is there lactose in this? Roasty and lightly bitter finish. Perhaps some light floral notes and a hint of candi sugar.

M - Chewy, shake-like, smooth medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation, exceptionally well-hidden alcohol.

D - Mike and I destroyed the 22oz bottle quite quickly. Probably my favorite Yeti, although I also enjoy the regular version. Thankfully the Belgian yeast is understated and doesn't overpower the nice chocolate flavors, adding just a hint of fruitiness.

MasterSki, Aug 19, 2011
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.

MbpBugeye, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Super dark brown with a little mohagany-red color. In anything but bright light it looks black. Tan head rose up late about two fingers in my Captain Lawrence glass and left some sheets and spots on the side of the glass throughout consumption. Fades to a tight ring.

S - Fruity yeast smell, some roasted notes, chocolate, milk chocolate. It's not as belgian yeasty as I would have guessed, but that makes me like it better.

T - Taste is surprisingly good. Very milky, at times I think I'm actually drinking milk as it has a very lactose-sugar finish. Yeast is maybe adding a little sweet or fruity taste, but I would not have guessed this was a Belgian stout unless someone had told me. Some moderate roast, good chocolate and chocolate milk. Very creamy and soft chocolate tasting.

M - Super smooth, very creamy and milky. Soft carbonation that occasionally will leave a little bit on the tongue. Alcohol is impercetible.

O - A beer that was very easy to drink, and surpringly good tasting. I was not looking forward to this at all due to the abomination that was Chocolate Yeti. Good beer, might pick up some more of this.

AgentZero, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of silentjay
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the Yeti series, but I haven't been in love with any of them like many others are. Belgian stouts have been a hit with me (Black Albert, Allagash Black and Fluxus 2010, Weyerbacher Tiny, among others) so I figured I'd give this one a try.

pours jet black and inky with an decently sized dark mocha colored head that sticks around for a while and laces in chunks.

dark roasted and chalky aroma with a big kick of yeasty phenols. chocolate, fruits, and coffee with a touch of spiciness. nice.

cocoa dipped bananas. chalky cocoa, espresso, freshly cracked black pepper, molasses, dark roasted malts. a good yeasty flavor sits behind that bringing in some fruit and spice. finishes with a bit of char, then some roast and sweetness lingers.

not quite full-bodied with a smooth carbonation.

definitely my favorite of the series, and I hope its a mainstay in their lineup. complex and flavorful with a smoothness. Not too "Belgian-y" but it what is there adds a lot to this brew.

silentjay, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Mikkeller Tulip


A-- Poured a thick dark cola color and settled black. Half finger of dark brown or cappuccino looking head. Holds its form pretty well before receding into film. Good head retention and holds its head well on swirling.

S-- Candied sugar, candied licorice, candied dates, and candied orange orange peel in the front. After it warmed up more I got coconut and quite earthy smells. Alcohol is noticeable in the smell.

T-- Carmel, orange and spicy. Belgian character is very obvious to this.

M-- Slick, smooth and oily in the mouth. Very much the yeti character but missing the big hop presence normal yeti has, yet a touch thinner. Big, dark Belgian chocolate in the back of the mouth and finishes quite dry.

O-- lacking something the Yeti and the other variations have. Possibly the wow factor that the other three have that this does not. maybe it is the hops, espresso, or Oak but this just does not sing as the other variations do.

mulder1010, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just moved from Austin to Plano and this is the first beer I'm reviewing in the new digs. Got it at Mr. G's, which seems like it will be a place I frequent in my time here. They also had some more Bigfoot 2011 hanging out there, score! Tangents aside, I served this in a Great Divide balloon glass after pouring it from the awesomely gold and brown 22 oz. bottle. Great minds drink alike!

The beer has a brown-tinged black body with a thick cappuccino head. Is that the beer's head or is it a mousse? Very thick and very nice.

The nose of the beer is initially dominated by fruity dark caramel notes. Something like a dopplebock. The roasted notes are a bit hidden, but come forth with time and temperature. My initial thought when opening this and giving it a sniff is that this beer would be quite a bit like Black Albert. However, it's not as thick or as bold. Good stuff, but not magic.

The taste is along similar lines. It's thinner than I would have expected and more muted on its flavors. The big yeti hop boldness isn't quite there... but that might be a good thing. Distinctly fruity at the start of the sip blending into a smooth coffee bitterness that melts away in my mouth.

This beer is a bit thinner than I would have expected and is a bit weak on the individual flavors, but it is crazily drinkable and I'm really enjoying this. The beer is definitely greater than the sum of its parts... which is pretty impressive to say about something that merges two styles that I really enjoy. Is it Black Albert? Heck no. Would I buy a bottle the next time they release it? You know I would.

UTCengOwl, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of shanblur
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased recently at Liquor Locker Weinbach location in Evansville, IN. Bottled on June 17, 2011. Poured from 22oz bomber into a chalice.

A - Black with a dark tan head. Extensive lacing.

S - Much like the regular yeti with a chocolate and roasted malt nose with hints of coffee. This one adds a fruity ester component.

T - Roasted malts mingle with the nuances of Belgian yeast. Flavors of chocolate and coffee.

M - Smooth and creamy with a light carbonation.

A nice addition to the yeti lineup. Love the original. Looking forward to try the other variations.

shanblur, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on June 17th, 2011
750ml->Chimay Goblet

A ~ Black & Opaque with half an inch of tan head, which fades into evil looking swirls on the surface of the beer.

S ~ Dates, Grapes, Roasted Malt (almost burnt), Banana Bread, Wet tobacco

T ~ Banana Bread, Chickory Coffee, Cream, Plum, Very Dark Bread...Very earthy. Prune juice, figs, & bittersweet chocolate mid-palette, with hops leaving a distinct bitterness on the tounge akin to mulched grass or peat moss. There is Clove & Black Pepper spicyness as well.

M ~ Extremely lush & flavorful. What I love about the Yeti variations are the fact that they improve on the original. Beer is heavily hopped & malted, with the Belgo yeast making it just great.

D ~ Superb. Wish I could buy more, but OK is already out. An excellent addition to the lineup.

Paired with Bleu D'auvergne

chocosushi, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Bottled June 2011.

Appearance: Pitch black with initial massive brown head and decent lacing for an Imperial Stout.

Smell: Mostly smells like a standard RIS (chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice) with just a touch of fruity, musty and spicy Belgian yeast.

Taste: Quite fruity overall, which plays very nicely over the roasted characteristics of milk chocolate, coffee and molasses. Ends slightly spicy.

Feel: Full-bodied but not nearly as thick as other Yetis. Silky, smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Somewhat dry finish. Not at all harsh for a fresh Imperial Stout.

Overall: Besides for the added fruitiness, this does not seem very Belgian. However, the yeast likely helped lighten and mellow the beer, as if it had been aged for years. Deliciousness incarnate.

bsp77, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of stephens101
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A firm dark tan head abates in its own good time, leaving strands of lace around the glass. Color is of profound darkness. Aroma of chocolate, mocha and candied fruit are present, along with the anticipated notes of sour fruits and Belgian yeast. An exceptionally open mouth-feel is obvious up front, then I get some dark chocolate, light fruits, phenols and hops. No alcohol heat to speak of, and has a medium mouth-feel with a certain dryness.


Definitely an interesting take on the style, and leaves something to be desired in the complexity and character departments, but still a fine result from out-there experimentation, on an already fairly extreme style.

stephens101, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a thick, creamy, brown head.

Smells of roasted malt with some phenolic overtones and an almost woody character. The aroma seems to be less impressive in this version of the Yeti.

Taste is Belgian phenols up-front that give way to the nice roasty character that fades into a smooth, sweet finish with some hop bitterness.

Yeti is always creamy and smooth with a perfect level of carbonation. Great mouthfeel.

The best comparison I can make is to orange-flavored dark chocolate. It is Belgian phenol, with that funk and slight fruit ester, that fades into stout, and mixes in the finish. The finish is nice, as the then blended flavors meld well, but like orange-flavored dark chocolate, it depends on if you like blends rather than just one more distinct flavor. Me, I like one amazing flavor more than two, blended, good ones.

TenHornsProud, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great Divide’s Yeti series has always been just out of reach for me. I want to try them, but the pricing and wide availability of this Imperial Stout has led me to cheaper or more limited release beers. This time, though, I couldn’t pass it up; I saw “Belgian Style” and I grabbed it in a heartbeat. Not only do I love full-flavored stouts, but I’ve also had an insatiable Belgian craving ever since I tried my first Duvel. This promises to satisfy both needs. Here’s hoping it really does…

Brewed less than two months before the time of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON JUN 17 2011”).

A: Is pitch brown a real color? If it is, I’ll use it to describe this monster’s body. It’s like the most bitter dark chocolate you can find; you know, the candy bar that’s “90% Cocoa.” The brown is so dark that it’s almost black. Anyway, hardly any light is coming through. The head is a super thick tan as soon you pour it, and then it moves to more of the bubbly side after you let it sit for a moment. The thing that really catches my eye is the lacing – a veritable spider-web of foamy goodness. A sexy stout look, indeed.

S: I didn’t expect the Belgian aromas to be this forward – I’m glad that they are, though. A warm, familiar yeasty note comes sailing right through the usual stout smells, providing peppery phenols, a savory fruit presence, and that beautifully bright acidic backbone that I was really hoping for. They absolutely nailed the Belgian character here. And, while they’re not as surprising to find, the malts are very well represented. Slightly roasty with a bit of chocolate, they aren’t huge like I see in most imperial stouts these days; they are balanced, letting the Belgian yeast come out with full effect. A slightly sinus-clearing dash of hops and spiced booze, and we’re set.

T: Damn! Once you get it out of your nose and into your mouth, this stout has a different character altogether. Like a lot of other imperial stouts you’ll find on the shelves today, the roasts are the predominant flavor. They have a smooth, smoky flavor, though, so they’re quite pleasant. I just wish they didn’t dominate the palate so much. The Belgian yeasts that really got me interested in this are nothing but subtle compared to the big, bad malts. Still, they leave a contribution of medicinal and estery flavors, and some overall earthy leanings. They provide, along with some slight hop resins, a tart, lemony aftertaste. That’s really where I get the most Belgian flavors, in the moments after I drank it. Sad but true…

M: For a 9.5% ABV, this has a bit of a thin quality. It feels a bit like flavored water at times, though it’s not always that bad. It’s just more light than needed.

O: I don’t really think the yeasts in this Yeti were the most “Belgian,” as far as flavor goes. I took a big swig of the yeast slug at the bottom of the bottle, only to find that it was a more chalky fruit taste than anything else. It was almost like an artificial Belgian flavoring. Oh well, this beer turned out pretty well; it had its moments with the lovely chocolate maltiness that the Yeti series is famous for. More than anything, it makes me want to try the Chocolate and Espresso Yetis; I’d love an imperial stout from these guys that accentuates the nice malts that are already there. I don’t think I’ll be as wary about the price next time, though...these Yetis are delicious!

BarryMFBurton, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, one finger beige head, bits of lacing left behind.

Smells of carob, chocolate, a bit of smoke, fruity belgian esters.

Tastes of chocolate, ash, smoke, carob, hints of licorice and coffee with dried prunes and figs/raisins come through subtly. A hint of bubblegum is in there too.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, without being syrupy, nice carbonation, alcohol lends some spice.

Interesting take on the yeti. Luckily the belgian influence was fairly subtle.

billshmeinke, Aug 11, 2011
Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 871 ratings.