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Belgian Style YetiBelgian Style Yeti

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DenverLogan on 06-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DebonaireDeath
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of ahq514
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.74/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on June 17th 2011. Poured into a Jackie O's snifter.

Quite dark looking. The head is easily managed, but still hold strong. The result is a full speckling of globs of lace.

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.

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.

The body seems thinned to me. The carbonation is nice and mild, despite the excellent lacing and retention.

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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of silentjay
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of shanblur
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Photo of bsp77
4.75/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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!

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice, if somewhat underplayed, aroma of coffee, chocolate, malt, and something sweet.

T: Tasted of coffee, chocolate, molasses, yeast, and a shade of hops. Not quite as yeasty as advertised, but a very flavorful and complex stout.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Full-bodied.

O: A very enjoyable, well made and interesting beer.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black with some tan , 1/4 inch head and little lacing.

Smell - Belgium yeast. Dark malts, coffee, chocolate, nut, mollasses, carmal, some cocoa.

Taste - Very yeasty first taste. The yeti stout is a little hidden, but after mouth adjusts, that famous stout flavor comes alive. Cocoa and roasted malts are the backbone, as is molasses and a strong lemon/banana flavor from the yeast. The fruitness is main flavor, the stout takes a backseat to this.

Mouthfeel - A thick beer, but not as thick as regular yeti. Mouth is coated, tounge gets alot of yeast and spices, then some malts. Palette gets quite the workout, sweet floral yeast, then dark chocolate malts.

Overall - A nice change from regular yeti but a little out of balance imo. The belgian flavor overpowers this stout. The flavor isnt too strong or sweet, but its more present then the yeti stout. I would loved to have it as a yeti with some belgian flavor, not a belgian yeti. Still pretty good but ill stick with expresso, oak aged or chocolate for a twist on the yeti.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Bangers & Lace in a tasting glass.

Appearance: This is black in the center with mahogany and cherry edges. A tan head has a sea foam appearance, lingering for a while and lacing up the glass.

Smell: The aroma is cocoa, a little bit of coffee, and roasted malts. Not really any Belgian anything here.

Taste: A bit of molasses and vanilla come in with the chocolate malt sweetness up front. The gooey chocolate turns to roasted malt, which in turn changes into a bitter, creamy coffee. Some Belgian yeast provides a little bit of spice in the middle but is not too prevalent in the flavor overall. A light earthy bitterness at the end provides a little hop kick without becoming a dreaded hop-centric stout.

Mouthfeel: As with the regular Yet, this is full bodied, with a full, creamy carbonation. Sweet, but not syrupy, and a little bit sticky on the tongue.

Overall: I thought this was good, but there were only fleeting differences between this and the regular version. There were definitely not a lot of Belgian qualities to this beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours black with a light tan head. Solid retention and lace.

S: Milk chocolate, caramel candies, coffee and a bit of Belgian spice.

T: Chocolate heavy with considerably more dark fruit character and less of a hop attack than the regular Yeti. Notes of orange and white pepper along with licorice and molasses. Just a slight hint of ethanol.

M: Velvety smooth and lush which makes this beer very drinkable for its size, a so-called 'dangerous' beer. Full-bodied for sure with light carbonation.

O: Another enjoyable Yeti incarnation, the Belgian yeast didn't take over the beer, but just added another dimension of flavour. Well worth a try.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to Founders Tulip glass.

A - Black with one finger of fluffy espresso-foam coloured head.

S - Sweet chocolate, roasted malts, molasses. Not an overly complex nose.

T -Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate. Light licorice and dark fruit notes. It took a while for the Belgian yeast characteristics to really become noticeable but they did half way through the glass (perhaps this one really needs to be served at room temperature) and contributed more notes of raisin and other dark fruit and a noticeable sweetness that was not chocolate flavoured. Once this warmed up it becamse complex and unique.

M - Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. At times the body felt somewhat viscous, but not consistently.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a small tan head. In the aroma, a sweet Belgian like candy sugar and a nice roasted malt. In the taste, sweet oatmeal, a bit oaky, and a small Belgian presence all the way through. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry oak presence in the aftertaste. A bit oaky and some nice sweet oatmeal, dig it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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 beertunes
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in tulip. Poured the usual solid black of the Yeti (which is one of my favorites of the style) with about 1/4 inch of deep beige head that had decent retention and good lacing.

The expected roasted notes of the style show up and there's a slight chocolaty scent. The flavors are are very similar and I'm not really picking up any kind of "Belgian" aspect.

The body is nicely full and smooth, as is expected from Yeti. Drinkability was very good, I could easily have a few of these. Overall, it's hard to go wrong with any of the Yeti's. I'm not the biggest ImpStout fan and Yeti is among my favorites. This example is certainly worth trying, and perhaps even seeking out, even though it didn't really trip my trigger.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured jet black,not even when held up to the light was there anyway to see thru this,a fluffy mocha colored head atop.Aromas of dark coffee roast,vanilla,and dark fruit,the Belgian yeast was pretty subdued in my opinion.Molasses and raisin-like sweetness and slight yeasty tones on the palate,its quite roasted but it takes a back seat to yeasty fruitiness.Not quite as full in the body as I would like but its a pretty good new rendition of Yeti,the Belgian yeast doesnt play a huge role.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, thick body with a moch head.

Aromas of fig, raisin and molassas.

The flavor is rich and complex with notes of raisin, butterscotch, and molassas. More nutty with less chocolate or hop character than the standard Yeti. Much smoother and more subtle.

Rich creamy body, very smooth, but tough a tough sell as a July release.

Cool addition to the lineup, but it would have been nice to see a stronger Belgian or even Wild influence.

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Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 913 ratings.
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