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Belgian Style Yeti - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 47
Gots: 143 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark black into my snifter with two fingers of dense tan head that has moderate retention and leaves lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Lots of roasted malts, bittersweet cocoa, dark fruit, molasses, coffee, hints of vanilla, spice and some booze.

T - Roasted malts, bittersweet cocoa and coffee up front. There is bitterness throughout, with hints of vanilla, molasses and a nice spice that lingers on the palate even after it washes away. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

M - Although I like the spice, the carbonation is a bit too bright for me and it really leaves my palate very dry.

O - Another tasty yeti that is worth trying. All I got from the yeast was a spicier version that I liked and a drier version that I didn't really care for.

Photo of katan
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a pint

A - Dark amber opaque pour. Almost brown, going on black. Head formation is strong but quick to disappear, mocha in color. The thickness doesn't look too overbearing, a good yeti trait.

S - A smooth combination of chocolate, nuttiness. Seems like a candy bar. I wouldn't say Belgian at this point. The roasted malts remind me of a nice homebrew day. I don't know what it is yet, but I really like it.

T- Starts off lightly sweet, bittersweet chocolate. A little bit of roast appears. Just a little bit of esters in the midstream. Is the yeti so strong that not even a belgian yeast can tame it? I have to think so. This beer just screams another version of American brewing craftsmanship. Hopping finally makes an appearance, mostly a fruity style - perhaps a cascade. Finishes clean with just a hint of chocolate sweetness.

M - Strong beer body body an overall light carbonation. A very sticky sugary feel. A bit heavy on the palette. Sometimes hot from the alcohol.

O/D- As with the yeti, this beer will beat you down. Very filling at times. Alcohol will roll you. But, I can easily look past those as this beer has a very unique combination. The belgian yeast by no means makes a strong appearance, which will a fault against the style, leaves the beer in a very interesting state of balance.

I like it. I had the Belgo Guardian as a measure and I feel like this beer doesn't hit the same combination a belgio RIS is supposed to have. It makes its own mark that i would drink in a heartbeat.

Photo of JackieTH
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gold foil capped bomber. Poured an opaque brown/black with a thick tan cap. Smells like a fairly straightforward Russian imperial. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate malt, hints of anise and toasted bread. The taste shows the Belgian influence in a near-perfectly understated and complimentary fashion. Coffee and dark chocolate heavy, molasses, dark fruit, banana, cloves, toasted nuts. Complex. Finish is slightly bitter from the 70+ IBU's, which are working overtime in this flavor-rich brew to make their presence known. But they do, as the balance here is fabulous. The creamy mouthfeel and heavy body are spot on for these flavors. Overall, another excellent RIS from Yeti, that's no surprise.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had many of the Great Divide Yeti's, but have yet to try this one. I've let it sit in the cellar a few months, and am curious to see how it tastes. The bottle states it is an imperial stout, even though BA characterizes this as a Belgian Strong Ale. The bottle bears a "bottled on" date of June 17, 2011.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours an opaque brown with wisps of dark tan head. Has a very pleasant and inviting appearance.

Has a roasted chocolate aroma, with hints of molasses and vanilla. The Belgian yeast provides undertones of dark fruit and bread pudding. Very complex!

Quite smooth, with abundant coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavors. With a biscuit-like middle, this has a smooth malty profile before finishing smokey and bitter, but not overly so. There's a creaminess to this that is quite enjoyable, impacting both the taste and the feel. The Belgian yeast seems to impact the smell more than the taste.

A full bodied brew, this is smooth, accessible, and easy drinking. The mild bitterness that finishes it really helps round out the mouthfeel.

Another excellent Yeti from Great Divide! While not quite on par with its espresso aged, it is still an excellent sipping stout worth having.

Photo of goblue3509
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Beejay
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black in the glass. Nice color, with a soft deep tan head. Looks nice.

S: Dark roasty and sweet. There is a nice banana bread thing that it has going on. A nice mix of classic imperial stout aromas, with a nice belgian kick. Clove, banana, and chocolate.

T: Deep dark chocolate right off the bat. Hints of clove and licorice. The yeast almost flattens it out a bit, and I loose some of the character of the impy stout as well as the Belgian notes from the aroma. I think it is the finish that throws me on this one. It almost comes across a little chalky. As it warms a bit the flavors flush out a little more, you start to get some ripe berries, more clove, and an almost peppery finish.

M: Medium to medium heavy in body. A little syrupy, the carbonation is low, almost a little too low for me.

O: Overall nice, but I would pass this version up for chocolate yeti any day of the week.

Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Style Yeti begins with an aroma that is remarkably un-Belgian, smelling almost entirely of a well-made Imperial Stout instead, being heavy with ash, coffee, chocolate and black malt, tobacco, and subtle hints of anise and deeply roasted Brazil Nut. Only the faintest shade of spicy banana at the edges belies the Belgian style, and I'm honestly not even sure if I'm just smelling that because I think I should.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a profile that does reveal the Belgian hints, for there are runnels of banana and clove mixed in with the heavier Imperial Stout flavors, imparting fruity, spicy tones to what is otherwise a beer heavy on ash, tobacco, coffee, toasted nut, fig, and aged port flavors. Hops add a good shade of bitterness, as well as light grapefruit and pine flavors, but it says much about the potency of the malts that even the 75 IBUs that the hops do bring to play are difficult to notice. Subsequent sips do reveal more of the hops, as well as heavy molasses and brown sugar. Towards the end of the mouthful, as the sugars die off and the hops take center stage, a heavy mouthful of ash and vodka-like alcohol emerges, marking one of the beer's few weaknesses. The aftertaste is largely tobacco and ash, and lingers for a very long time. Mouthfeel is a slightly weak medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, slightly burning the soft palate.

Overall, this is a very unique Imperial Stout, and well worth seeking out. The flavors imparted by the Belgian yeast strains bring interesting and surprisingly complementary flavors, and help tame the massive tobacco and ash flavors from the Imperial Stout. I personally don't think this beer quite matches up to the other Yeti offerings--especially the oak aged varieties--but it still ranks very highly on my list.

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottled on date of 07/27/11 on the bottle.

a - Pours a very dark black color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of head retention and lacing left on the glass; looks like a great stout.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, sweet dark fruits, light coffee, and light vanilla. A very nice mixture as everything comes through evenly, big fan of the nose. As it warmed up I got a little bit of spice and more fruit, which iis really nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, very light sweet chocolate and fruit. Taste is definitely more bitter than the nose and a bit of a step down for me, but still nice.

m - Medium to full body leaning more towards the full side, and low carbonation evident. Smooth and not too boozy, but needs more carbonation.

o - Overall another solid Yeti beer from Great Divide. Looked and smelled amazing, but went a little downhill from there. Didn't get a ton more than bitter chocolate/coffee and roasted malts in the taste and would have liked more carbonation, but has a great nose. Would definitely have it again.

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

A: poured a pitch black in color with a thin dark brown head leaving a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of roasted chocolate malts were present in the aroma but could not really get a whiff of the belgian yeast. I did however get some coffee, slight dark fruit, booze, and molasses notes.

T: the roasted chocolate malts were just as potent on the palate alongside coffee, dark fruit, and molasses flavors with a touch of booze in the backend.

M: the brew was full in body in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, slight fruity, and mild boozy finish.

D: it was and easy sipper but was a tad creamy and really couldn't get any of the belgian yeast character all around. It was still a tasty stout.

Photo of mwill7287
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bomber into snifter.

Appearance: Either a very dark brown or a black body. Thin layer of mocha brown head. Low end carbonation. Pretty layer of lacing left behind on the glass. 4/5

Smell: Sweet chocolate, some coffee, dark fruits such as plums or raisins, and a big helping of Belgian yeasts. Maybe a hint of anise or licorice in there as well. This is a sweet, candy-smelling stout. 4/5

Taste: Mainly chocolate and dark fruits on the tongue. Not as sweet as expected from the nose, but still sugary. Belgian yeasts again take center stage here. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Higher end of medium mouthfeel; not a syrup, but pretty close. Very light on bitterness, especially for a RIS, which makes the beer more easily drinkable, though then again I am a big fan of bitterness. 3.5/5

Overall: Not a bad hybrid of a beer. I tend to enjoy RIS much more than Belgians (for now), but I can’t knock this beer for not fitting my tastes. For the style, I think it’s a nice beer. 4/5

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

Serving type - Bottle into snifter

A - Pours very much like the regular version of Yeti, a thick, motor-oil black with a thick, creamy sepia-colored head. Lacing is a bit milder.

S - Smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate brownies, rum-soaked, dark fruits (prune/plum), and Belgian yeast.

T - Taste is of smooth roasted coffee, rich chocolate, Belgian candi, and dark fruits. This is exactly what I have in mind with a Belgian strong dark ale meets stout! Smoother, with less roasted bite than the regular version of Yeti.

M - Thick, creamy and full-bodied. Decadent.

Overall - This is a great blending of two distinctive styles. Great Divide never ceases to please once again!

Photo of koopa
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.

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

22oz bomber poured into a tulip

Pours an ink black with a dark khaki head that rose to fill the glass. A slow retreat revealed some spider web lacing as the head settled to form a thin layer of foam.

The aroma is somewhat straightforward. Fruity esters, dark roast, bitter chocolate and coffee beans. There is a touch of ethanol in the finish. The Belgian yeast strain offers up some fruity esters and a mild tartness that works pretty damn well with everything else.

They achieved a really nice balance here. The fruity esters from the Belgian yeast compliment the dryness of the roast malt and coffee, with the dark chocolate adding an extra layer of flavor.

Creamy and thick. Full-bodied with spot on carbonation. The finish is lightly sweet and bitter.

This is a great addition to the Yeti line. Well-balanced and just the right amount of robust.

Photo of doughanson78
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Very dark pour. Black as night. One finger mocha colored head, that is very bubbly, and has good retention. Leaves awesome lacing all over the glass.

S: Not a huge nose on this. Chocolate is for sure the dominate aroma. Coffee rests in the background. Some light anise. Very light fruitness. Not getting any Belgian yeast.

T: The Belgian yeast is immediately apparent in the flavor. With a light fruitiness after that. Chocolate and coffee take a back seat to the Belgian qualities of this stout. Has a pretty big roasted malt and smokiness to it. There is a light bitterness that lingers just a tad in the aftertaste.

M: Full bodied, but lingering on the down side of full. Light carbonation. Slightly creamy, more slick.

O: Was expecting a tad more from this one but still a very unique take on the style. Definitely a beer I will try again.

Photo of Fulkrum78
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
bottled June 17th 2011
A- This beer pours a jet black bubbly film that is a bit sticky and the body is to dense to see any carbonation except for a few tiny bubbles that meet the head.

S- The soft dark malt aroma has some legume qualities and a sweet corn note that grows but is soon overpowered by chocolate malt and that Special B malt character. The bright green earthy hop finish has some dark fruit esters like prunes that blend with it.

T- The dry roasted taste of black malt has an inky touch with some chocolate malt and licorice notes to it. There is a clean finish with some earthy hop pellet taste growing as the beer warms. There is a slight black roasted graininess in the finish that lingers a bit.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a very creamy almost silky texture and a soft touch of alcohol warmth.

O- The creamy texture and rich roasted stout flavors work well together but I don't get much yeast character except for the odd corn aroma and some prune hints in the taste finish.

Photo of beerswamie
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Surly tulip.

Nice and dark like a stout should be, great head and lacing.

Smell is a muted coffee, the belgian fruitiness is very apparent.

Taste is very good, Great Divide makes some great beers. I think the roastiness is very toned down due to the belgian yeast, that dark fruit taste is very present.

Mouthfeel i think is maybe a smidge less thean a regular Yeti.

Overall I think it works very well but i will stick with my Oak Aged Yeti.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is another very solid offering from great divide who along with goose island does not disappoint with their stouts.

This beer pours a dark dark brown with a good sized brown head. The smell is lightly fisted with wonderful Belgian spicey notes. The flavor is full sweet lightly roasty and perfectly melded with the Belgian yeast flavors the mouthfeel is full with food carbonation. Definitely try this if you like stouts

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

A: This poured an opaque black with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like bitter dark chocolate and dry roasted coffee, with some cream and bready yeast, and a little floral hops.
T: It tasted like chocolate covered oranges and dry roasted coffee, with licorice and rye bread and some cream. It had a bitter and roasty aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick and viscous with some carbonation. Very nice and full body.
D: This was a great stout that's surprisingly delicate and refined. The scent and flavor were nice, and the body was great. It was pretty hot though, so it must be sipped. May improve with age, but still enjoyable fresh. Recommended.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Phelps
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
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!

Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 891 ratings.