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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
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882 Ratings
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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
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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Photo of Gobzilla
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.7%
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 -0.5%
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 -2.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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 -1.2%
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 +0.7%
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
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -0.5%
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
4.22/5  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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.