Belgian Style Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

Belgian Style YetiBelgian Style Yeti
BA SCORE
4.09/5
915 Ratings
Belgian Style YetiBelgian Style Yeti
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DenverLogan on 06-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
301
Ratings:
915
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
141
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 915 |  Reviews: 301
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
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!!!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a Great Divide snifter in high altitude Denver, Colorado, at the Great Divide Taproom. Cost was $4.00. Reviewed from notes. I didn't pair it with food.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of tan colour, lovely cream lacing, great thickness, and impressive retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Cream, chocolate, and light roast. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Cream, chocolate (though not very rich), and a light roast foundation. Caramel and pleasant malts accompany. The cream on the open in particular is delightful. Well built and balanced. Complex enough, though it does leave something to be desired.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but too thick. Overly heavy on the palate. Complementary of the flavours. I like the cream.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but lacking the full complexity of other yetis. It's good, but Great Divide does better variants.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
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

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Pouts a tan head. Color is yeti black.

Aroma: yeti with a lot of spices and fruits. A lot coffee and roast. Very malty. Chocolate and caramel.

Taste: much like the nose. Coffee and roast with chocolate malts. Some darks fruits and Belgian yeast flavors. Very unique.

Mouthfeel: velvety and rich. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, a unique offering. Not as good as the others though. Just a little too different.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of chinchill
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Barley's

A: Black with a creamy dark tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: quite subtle, although the pilsner glass it was served in did not help matters. Dark roasted malts with chocolate.

T: plenty of dark rich malt. Starts and ends a bit smokey but more of a dark fruit note in between. Slightly yeasty with some vanilla, but a rather subdued and seemingly ephemeral Belgian character.

M: medium-full body; with perfect, medium carbonation.

O: an exceptional, very flavorful brew. The Belgian component is present but this is rather close to a standard RIS.

4.5 3.5 4.25 5 4.25

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Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 915 ratings
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