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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Block 15 snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a finger of creamy dark brown head that quickly faded into a thin film and collar. Not much lacing.
S: I get dominating notes of chocolate but some more roasted and smoky notes come out as the beer warms. Not getting a lot of ‘Belgian’ qualities, but I can tell there is something there that makes it different from normal Yeti.
T: Again, I wouldn’t think Belgian if it didn’t say it on the bottle, but it’s sweeter and fruitier than the normal beer. I wouldn’t call this beer spicy as well. The roastedness comes through from the nose, but I’m not getting any smoke. Flavors are of an interesting fruity chocolate, or perhaps chocolate covered fruit? The finish has notes of molasses and caramel, and the aftertaste is roasted and sweet.
M: Extremely creamy and smooth body with velvety carbonation and a fluffy and rich mouthfeel. This is one soft, smooth and creamy beer! The only knock against it is it’s just a tad thin, but I’m splitting hairs.
O: Not as good as the other treatments, but this is will satisfy any stout or chocolate or chocolate stout craving!

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 20, 2011

Beer is black with a moderately sized tan head. Good retention, nice lacing.

Smell is nice. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, Belgian yeast, dark fruit.

Taste has a lot of roasted malt, chocolate and a nice dark fruit background. Raisin, plum and a bit of spice. Finish is mildly bitter. A nice mix of stout and Belgian flavours. Very well integrated.

Full bodied, though a little lighter than some RISs. Oily. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer. A very well done Belgian stout.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of spdyfire83
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

187th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Enjoyed with some excellent dudes one summer night in CO. Thanks RuckusDU for bring this to the table!

A: Deep, dark chocolate brown. Single (mocha) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Molasses, dark chocolate, fig, and espresso - much the regular Yeti. Slight hint of Belgian yeast and residual spice, but not too over the top. Very inviting.

T: Roasty dark malt, chocolate, fig, raisin, touch of espresso. The Belgian yeast comes thru quite a bit from the middle to the back, but nothing too crazy. Wish it had a bit more character; however, it is not entirely bad.

M: Full bodied with gentle carbonation.

O: A good beer to try if you enjoy the other Yeti offerings; however, I enjoyed this a bit more on-draft compared to the bottle. There are better Yeti beers for sure, but a good twist.

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4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: wow, jet black, beuatiful head with shiny crystals. I think Ive seen heaven

smell: tons coffee, faint belgo, which i liked

taste: what a nice variation of a yeti. belgo yeast was not overpowering.

mouthfeel: very full

drinkability: fantastic and another homerun by GD

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Mar02x
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A pitch brown beer with a decent brown head.

S - A chocolate scent mixed with anise.

T - A subtle blend of the original Yeti with anise, not bad.

M - A soft carbonation and a bitter finish. This fits the style and this beer in a near perfect way.

O - A good stout, but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of kevosbob
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide Brewing Company is one of my favorite Colorado based breweries. Their beers are always fantastic and span out through many beer styles, plus Great Divide does a great job experimenting with new styles and flavors. One of their well know big beers is Yeti, an imperial stout. Belgian Style Yeti is a version of Yeti but fermented with Great Divide’s signature Belgian yeast. Belgian Style Yeti is a summer seasonal beer, and proves that an imperial stout can beer a summer beer too. This big beer has a 9.5% alcohol by volume and “is a one-of-a-kind beer as mysterious as the mythical creature himself.”

Easily the darkest beer I’ve had all summer this beer pours the color of a moonless summer night and pours thick with a creamy, mocha-colored head. Belgian Style Yeti smells like a big stout with lots of chocolate and roasted malt. The Belgian yeast brings a sweet banana ester, vanilla notes, slight spices like coriander, and what almost smells like a smell of wood.

It tastes so good as it hits the lips. Belgian Style Yeti is a beautifully blended mix of stout and Belgian flavors. It’s a big roasted, chocolate, and woodish stout with an nice following of bread, banana, and other sweetnesses. The mouthfeel is heavy for a summer beer but light compared to other imperial stouts. A medium carbonation brings out the flavors but overall this beer retains a nice smooth taste with a thick and sticky feeling coating the mouth. For a big beer the alcohol burn is very slight and mostly masked by roasted lingering malts and a slight bitterness.

Overall this is a very good beer, in my opinion it’s not as good as the original Yeti but Belgian Style Yeti’s lighter flavors are more suitable for the summer months. I would love to see how this beer would age for six months or even a few years. If you like big, dark, beers, give this one a try. It may, or not be, your favorite beer but I guarantee you it won’t be the worst beer you try this year.

My Beer Rating: 3.8

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Photo of Jeffo
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.
Drunk right after the base beer.

APPEARANCE: Pours out black but not quite as thick as the base beer, and yields a two finger, medium-thick lighter colored tan head with excellent retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and clings to the sides. A wisp remains and leaves lots of thicker lacing down the glass. Looks great, but not quite as thick as the base beer, and the head is much lighter in color.

SMELL: Medium strength nose of roasted malts and dark chocolate. A touch of dark fruit and raisins in there, with some spicy notes from the Belgian yeast. Different, but quite mild overall. A slight tartness in the nose too. The Belgian is definitely there, though it’s still quite mild, and there isn’t much Yeti left.

TASTE: Relatively Belgian, just like the nose. Some roasted notes up front, but quite spicy and yeasty. Lots of dark fruits, raisins, dates, and spices through the middle into the finish. Much like a strong dark ale with a stout base. Medium aftertaste of roasted and smoky malts, dark fruits and lots of spicy yeast flavors. A touch of bitterness lingers as well. Enjoyable, but more Belgian than Yeti, unfortunately.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little lighter than others, though still heavy and thick enough, creamy, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Above average for my palate, but not nearly as big and full as the regular Yeti.

OVERALL: This was an enjoyable enough beer, though it’s too mild to be impressive and it’s unfortunately more Belgian than it is Yeti. I’m a huge Yeti fan, but it seems like the Belgian yeast has just changed the beer too much for my liking. One worth checking out, especially if you like Belgian style stouts, but that’s all. My least favorite of the series to date.

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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours jet black with no light transmission. Half finger medium tan head dissipated rather quickly to a film and ring, leaving lacing. Nice aroma of dark malt and chocolate, excellent. Flavor is dark and toasty malt, lots of chocolate, light molasses, finishes in an unusual spicy, malty dark fruit flavor that leaves a very pleasant aftertaste. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Nice and different flavor progression that is well integrated. An unusual, complex and tasty ale that I would classify as a Russian imperial stout with Belgian influences rather than a Belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of DavidST
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter glass, bottled on date of July 18, 2011. This pours a pitch black with a small Mocha colored head which quickly dissipates. The smell of the Belgian yeast esters is actually present nice, along with lots of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate. The feel is nice and thick. The taste is pretty good, a little Belgian sweetness, extra malts, dark roasted malts, a little hot though with alcohol burn, quite good.

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Photo of jmshulk
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I like the simple retro sort of vibe the Great Divide labels give. Nice jet black color that looks thick as you pour, like motor oil. Develops a nice one finger, dark tan head with some rockiness. Looks like a really nice stout.

Smell: There is a strong creamy chocolate maltiness with some spiciness from the Belgian yeast and a good dose of molasses. A subtle pepper scent which I thought was kind of odd but certainly comes from the Belgian yeast. Also a little caramel and burnt toast aromas.

Taste: The taste is a little bit thinner that I expected. Not much of the creamy chocolatiness that I was getting in the aroma. There is some molasses and estery flavors from the yeast and some subtle bitter chocolate flavors. There is notable alcohol flavors that I don't care for too much.

Mouthfeel: Nice full body and really coats the mouth before going down smooth. The aftertaste is a bit toasty and quite pleasant.

Overall: Looks, smell and feel are all there, I just wish the taste had delivered a bit more. It's certainly not a bad brew, but I had a bit higher hopes for this one. I'll just have to pick up some of the other yeti varieties and see how they compare.

Serving: bomber in a DFH goblet

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Brabander
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Farunderpar (Joey) brought this beer with him at the tastingday @ de Molen in Bodegraven, Holland. This tasting was organized by THE beerlady of Holland, Fiona de Lange.

I was a bit disappointed in this beer. Taste is a bit with coffee but far far far away from the big boys. It is drinkable but not very special. Too bad for this great brewery...

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

I first had this at the anniv party and fell in love. Glad to see it on the shelf. BOD of 7/27/11 into my sexy Pat O'Brien's globe.

A - It is dark. Maybe less than 3mm are needed to get anything other black out of it. 1/4 finger head which quickly falls. Some light lacing

S - It's bitter chocolate, some faint hops, and a little coffee.

T - It has mellowed a bit. I don't fully remember what it was like last summer, but I know it is not quite the same. Fallen off a little. It is still very smooth with a hot chocolate type flavor. Taste is fancy I would say.

M - Fairly big. Carbonation is slightly above average and body is above average. Just slightly drying.

O - It is not quite what I remembered, but still very good. I'm just having a hard time letting it warm up. The Belgian compliments the chocolate very well. Delicious.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, with hints of brown on the edges. A large mocha head forms and leaves behind some great oily lacing.

Smell is roasted coffee, apple skin fruitiness, bitter chocolate and a hint of booze.

Taste is still stout like, yet lighter. Bitter chocolate and roasted malts with a light coffee aftertaste. The Belgian flavors mellow it out.

Feels very smooth for a full bodied almost chewy beer. This coats and glides simultaneously and makes for a great drink.

What a great beer, fun, easy, nicely complex. Even the wife enjoyed this beer, and stouts aren't her thing.


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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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