Belgian Style Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Belgian Style YetiBelgian Style Yeti

Brewed by:
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 spoony
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz (dated June 8, 2012) into a snifter.

A-This brew pours like motor and syrupy. A thin brown head fades quickly to thing ring around the glass.

S-I smell heavily roasted malts, dark chocolate, and maybe some black licorice. There is a also a wet earth scent and slightly musty note. Alcohol is well-concealed.

T-Taste is also malted, more sweet than bitter. I detect caramel and dark chocolate flavors. The brew finishes with a funky, slightly warming, sweet alcohol flavor.

M-As one would expect from the pour, this is a heavyweight brew with very little carbonation and a substantial feel.

O-I like this Yeti, but maybe not as much as other Yetis. I definitely detect the "Belgian" aspect, but I'm not sure that the funkiness and mustiness makes this beer stronger than its cohorts. Nevertheless, this is still a great RIS with an approachable flavor and a heavy feel that drinks well on a cold evening.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not for the faint of heart...this one's a beast. this yeti pours a near opaque black with a tan head- also there seems to be something suspended in it- small chunks...(?) hope it doesnt kill me. the smell isnt as bold as i would expect. a little bit of nutty grain smells. the taste is bitter and earthy...similar to unsweet chocolate. the blackend flavor is in the forefront with limited sweetness at the back barely showing up. i actually like the "chocolate yeti" a good bit more than this. if i had to recommend one or the other i would say the "chocolate yeti" from great divide is better.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking forward to this one.
Poured into giant Old Style glass. Collared at 55 degrees. Bottles June 2012.
Interesting coffee aroma with hint of the Belgian yeast intermingling.
Very dark with no apparent light getting through. Creamy dark head covers the darkness and leaves plenty of lacing.
Rich dark elixar with coffee flavors, dark fruit (really nice fruit flavors and berries), pleasing dark roast, bitterness appears early and lingers nicely. Yeast qualities are soft, but there, blending more than marking- they seem to contribute to the unique drying on the finish.
Nice heavy body, nearly chewy and leaving a heavy feel along with the great flavors. Very nicely carbonation with a perfect balance of enough without excess and really soft feel.
Every Yeti I've had has been a winner and this one is no exception. Maybe I'm just thirsty, but this does down rather easily.

Thanks Dad.

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

From notes.

Pours a deep black color with pretty nice dark tan head.

Aromas are nutty, with some heavy roasted malts, light char, and a faint Belgian yeast note.

Taste is very roasty. Lots of malts flavors, nutty, light smoke, and bitter bakers chocolate flavors dominate up front. Bitter and earthy on the finish, with slight Belgian yeast notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full with good carbonation.

Overall a nice beer. I like how they kept the Belgian yeast subtle and in the background and didn't let it dominate.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night, active, modest mocha head fades slowly and leaves thick lacing.

Roasty with musty Belgo-yeasty character. There is a little bit of malty sweetness coming in late. Not amazing but nice.

Malty sweet, roasty, a wee nip of black patent, some either roasty or hoppy bitterness, and gentle musty Belgian yeast character. Lots of elements are involved and they work very well together. There is complexity and balance.

Perfect carbonation, full body and thick viscosity, gentle warming, and some roasty bitterness in the finish.

Probably not my favorite Yeti, but it's a damned good one. And a damned good beer, period.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Bottled 6/17/2011.

Appearance - Black without being inky. Careful pour so that it will fit in the glass yields a smallish khaki/mocha head. Nothing really lasts, though.

Smell - Muted, but decent. Much stronger on the fruity notes than the other Yeti variants. Chocolate, dark fruits. Not as estery as I thought it might be.

Taste - Rich chocolate and black patent malt bitterness are pervasive, but the fruity characteristics persist throughout. There is a sweetness that I don't remember from the other variants. Gives it a nice body and subverts the harsher aspects of the malt profile and hop back of this beer. The finish has that characteristic grassy flavor that comes out as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Nice body. Not overly heavy. No real booze. Nicely drinkable but it's still a hefty beer. The bitterness of regular Yeti is cut by the extra sweetness and it gives it a bit more chewiness.

Overall - Probably my favorite of the non-BA versions. Just the right dimension that this beer needed to shine. Not really as Belgian as I expected, but enough to make it a more interesting take than the other versions.

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Photo of brureview
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another class act from Great Divide.

Poured in a snifter.

A very dark chocolate brown with no head.

Aroma: a wonderful plum-lemon aroma - though not deep.

Very carbonated mouth feel which did not detract from the overall drinkability of the beer.

The finish was highlighted with deep coffee, cocoa, plum, and lemon. There was a slight alcoholic taste, the finish smoother with warming. A more enjoyable and complex taste than the imperial stout. The chocolate was much richer after warming.

Overall, a great beer served at 55F.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Great Divide Brewing Company Yeti branded snifter

Pours a viscous dark brown to black topped with a two finger pillowy light tan head. Excellent retention and significant lacing. Roasted malt, some cocoa, a cornucopia of light and dark fruit, and some booziness on the nose. Opens with notes of bakers chocolate and black cherry and plum. Joined by pear and appleskin, very light Belgian yeasty esters and finishes with deep roasted malt, espresso notes and hop bitterness. Full bodied, moderate to light carbonation. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. A worthy member of the Yeti lineup. The Belgian yeast is detectable, but only as an additional component of this brew that adds complexity to an already stellar beer.

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Photo of mikem0487
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into Wicked Weed tulip glass.

A-Black chocolate body with a brown one finger width head. The head quickly receded back to the body of the beer. Lacing is minimal but does stick to the inside of the glass.

S-Nose is really appealing. Dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee notes throughout. Fruity esters from the yeast are blended nicely. Banana and hints of vanilla and cherry are found in there. The bouquet of this beer is great and everything is blended beautifully with one another.

T-Dark roasted malts are at the forefront of this beer. Dark chocolate, toffee and coffee are found on the middle and back palates. The esters from the yeast are come in at the back of the palate than the beer finishes with a bittering roasted taste.

M-Medium in body with good carbonation. More on the sweet side for the finish.

O-A great Russian Imperial Stout that is extremely drinkable. Alcohol is not present. The beer draws you in with its amazing aroma and quenching balanced taste.

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

Bottled 6 Jun 2012

A: poured into a dogfish snifter to a deep black with a small tan head that was quick to fade to a small collar and pool in the middle from the etching on the bottom
S: smells chocolatey and roasty with some fruity yeast notes
T: chocolate and roast malt with some slight coffee flavors with some interesting fruity and sweet notes throughout, a bit of bitter hops on the palate as well. aftertaste is sweet chocolate, some espresso and a bit more fruity yeast character
M: typical yeti velvety smoothness with perfect carb, a little dry on the finish. slightly thin but not too bad
O: a new twist on an old favorite. good flavors, nice complexity, and very well done as always.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours an opaque black-brown with a rich brown head. The head has tiny bubbles and doesn't retain well.

S: Deep milky chocolate hits the nose with caramel and slight roasted grain as a followup finishing with sweetness and a bit of sour.

T: The flavor is full of rich coffee and malty dark chocolate notes. There are light hints of molasses and toasted bread. Very tasty.

M: Sharp carbonation with full body. It could be better with less carbonation.

Overall this is a great beer but not one of Great Divides best stouts.

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Photo of rand
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bomber poured into a nonic pint glass

Aged 18 months

A: The beer is jet black in color, viscous and oily. The pour produces an small coffee-tan head that slowly recedes, leaving small patches of lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate are the first scents noted, with a sweet, toasty malt-backbone supporting the bouquet. A touch of ripe fruit lingers in the background, perhaps cherries. I was expecting more Belgian esters; this smells more like a traditional stout.

T: The flavors are a lot more complex and layered than expected. Creamy chocolate and toasty malts up front, met nicely with warming alcohol and subtly drying hops. Fruity esters play at the edges of the palate, cherries and bananas. Notes of toffee and molasses bend the palate sweet through the swallow, as the brew finishes long and rich.

M: Rich, creamy, it should be.

I thought this was going to be more "Belgian-y", but as I'm sipping this I'm kinda glad it isn't. The fruity esters are definitely there, but they're appropriately in the background. Sometimes these mashups are a disaster; this brew tastes like a proper stout, with a subtle twist. Very tasty.

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Photo of warrenout330
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a duvel glass

A- pours a pitch black color... decent khaki colored head, reduces to a medium sized ring

S- smells of sweet burnt sugar, bitter sweet chocolate... coffee slurry with dark fruits for a chaser

T- coffee comes into play, charcoal hints thoughout... chocolate covered raisins and figs. Lingering bitter sweet chocolate after taste

M- smooth and creamy... mild carbonation... thick bodied with a balanced hop bite

O- I love this beer.... its a style within a style... awesome layers and awesome drinkability! Grab a few of these and drink and age....

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

Dark brown where no light can pass. Very nice foamy, beige head that leaves a blanket of lace after each sip. Very attractive.

Lots of chocolate to the nose. There's also a bit of alcohol to the smell.

Flavorwise, there is much more alcohol on the throat. I am picking up far more burnt elements. The chocolate remains but subdued. There's a dollop of bittering hop that shows up in the swallow. Smooth with a below average level of carbonation. Thin but within expectations.

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Photo of rudzud
2.93/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up at Julio's, bottles back in June 2011 so Yah it's been a while. Poured into a dogfish head chalice

A - Poured a deep dark brown hue with a one finger deep mocha head that leaves a nice thin side lacing and a very thin mocha blanket

S - Aromas of light chocolate and coffee with subtle Belgian esters. Almost smells out of place....

T - Taste is nothing that mixes at all. Weird chocolate and malts mix with Belgian trashed stereo resulting in some weird offputting combo.

M - Mouthfeel is alright with lighter carnonatfion.

O - Overall I don't really dig this beer. I feel the Belgian aspects kill this beer. Very weird and unenjogable. Hmmm..

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque black body beneath the one inch mocha head that dissolves to leave a thin ring of lacing around the glass.

Traditional RIS aromas of roasted and chocolate malt play well with the Belgian yeasts.

The flavor consists of semi sweet chocolate malt, roasted oats and Belgian yeasts with perhaps just a hint of sweet fruitiness mid-palate.

On the thinner side in body for an RIS but understandably so with the yeast and carbonated Belgian twist.

Another great member of the Yeti family. I can really appreciate the senses stimulus traditional of Yetis with the Belgian characteristics.

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Photo of jsulko
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a dark brownish black with a decent chocolate colored head that lingers a bit.

Smell is chocolate with some roasted malt and a touch of sweetness.

Taste is heavy with the chocolate and hints of sweetness and the yeast.

Finish is smooth with a creamyness that I don't remember in the other Yetis.

A good beer but I don't think the "Belgian" part really added much except maybe on the finish. Another solid Yeti variety but no wow factor.

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Photo of mscudder
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with a good friend and poured into pints.

A - Dark brown hue with a finger creamy espresso head. Retention was a bit disappointing.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts with a bit of heft.

T - Smooth with a bit of bitterness. Nice Belgian yeast to compliment the RIS flavors. Follows the nose with an accentuated bitterness with chocolates defining the back end. Chewy composition.

M - Medium-plus body with a moderate carbonation. Lots of syrup-esque consistency in this one.

O - As a an of both Belgians and RIS, I feel this is a solid beer. The mix is subtle and not overwhelming. I would grab this one again.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
A: jet black, poured with some head that quickly dissipated
S: thick, burnt licorice, no noticeable Belgian qualities
T: decent enough beer, deep burnt roasted malt, well-balanced, no noticeable Belgian tastes
M: syrupy thick, decent, seemed light for ABV

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Photo of bmwats
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Very dark brown. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Dissolves quickly leaving a beer ring and a smattering of surface foam. Persistent and uniform spider web lacing. Head renews fully with each new pour.

S: Dark roasted espresso, oak, buttery caramel, milk chocolate and maybe a little basil and cinnamon.

T: Very woody malt. Dark roasted coffee, and a little maple syrup balanced with black licorice.

M: Starts with a roasted coffee, and woody malt base. Then an impressive balance of sweet maple syrup and bitter black licorice. Dry, bittersweet finish. High alcohol profile, but does not mitigate the great flavor combinations in there.

D: Sip and enjoy.... if you can.

Atmosphere is great. Beautiful appearance (not very Yeti-like), including a deep tone, nice head, and great lacing. Nose is a complex combination of coffee, wood, sweet, spice, and bitter components. A lot of thing crammed in there, but all are distinct. Well-balanced. Flavor is of wood and roasted coffee malt, with a buttery sweet and lightly bitter balancing act. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of quaybr
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at 50 degrees.

Pours a dark dark brown approaching motor oil. Small light brown bubbles form a shallow head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is a bit muted for an imperial stout, but amazing still. Chocolate and roasted malts are pleasantly accompanied by the belgian yeast and its not terribly quiet esters. This seems to be on the verge of brilliance.

The taste follows aroma in step, but with a larger impact. The boldness of the RIS comes through here - big chocolate and roasted flavors mingle with the light fruits and bready yeast. This is great.

Mouthfeel is right on: thick and creamy and wonderful.

Overall, this is a stellar beer with a remarkably creative twist. Well done, great divide.

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Photo of paleoplant
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deep dark color that is wonderful. It pours a creamy liquid.

S - The smell of hops is delicious. Malty aroma in the background

T - Smooth taste with a nice bite of hops

MF - nice and creamy. It make you want to sit and enjoy before swallowing

O - I'm not a big Russian Imperial Stour fan, but this was a great beer

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Photo of jtd1969
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark Chocolate color with chocolate milk style head.

S - Some chocolate and sweet malt, typical of other yetis. didn't notice any coffee on the smell.

T - sweet chocolate, slight coffee, lots of dark fruit, pleasant sweetness

M - very smooth with light medium carbonation

O - Excellent beer, All the Yetis have been so good!! I recommend it

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No matter how you slice it (belgian, espresso, oak) this is one great beer. This Belgian version of Sasquatch presents itself from the trees in a dark manner; so dark, in fact, no light shines through the thick fur. Pitch black and adorned with a thick, cappucino colored mustache.

Aroma is spot on. Some sweetness, loads of roastiness, dark fruits, coffee, and some conspicuous aromas that can only be classified as "secret".

Flavors are unbelievable. My only tick is that although this is is supposed to be the Belgian sibling, the "Belgian" is still wading in the waters or searching for food in the Wasatch. Maybe a hint of belgian stuff in the flavor, but this one is the Full Monty of Bigfoot.

Put on your conspiracy theory hats, place your night goggles on your skull, snap those snowshoes to your boats, and head for the trees to find this incarnation of humans long ago; for she is worthy or your attention.

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Photo of yamar68
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/17/11

A classic impy stout body topped with an off-white near brown half finger of head that hardly laces.

On the nose... milk chocolate, faint dark fruits, fresh cocoa, molasses, brown sugar - there are definitely some quad type qualities at work here. Very dark, slightly sweet and tart, a bit of appropriately placed booze heat.

In my mind, the Yeti profile is such a classic thing in the beer world. It represents all of the potential that lies in a great base imperial stout. This is a very unique take on that base beer - the yeasty fruity flavors are just now beginning to overwhelm the nuances of Yeti that I have grown to love. Still a fantastic beer, but it's starting to stray too far from the pack in my opinion.

Very smooth to drink, little to no heat. Great stuff - I'll have to try this one fresh.

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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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