Belgian Style Yeti | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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Photo of keanex
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle bottled on Jun 17, 2011 into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black or deep deep brown with a thin dark caramel colored head.

S: Very complex dark fruits and belgian yeast with chocolate roast smell. Rather strong as well.

T: Thick chocolate forefront which leads into a fruity finish with a slight spice note to it, similar to allspice. I can't place my finger on the fruit unfortunately, but this is very tasty.

M: Thick and creamy without much carbonation.

O: This beer is very good, an excellent blend of thick chocolate with a fruity finish and spice notes. This is even better considering I'm enjoying it on a chilly deck watching the stars.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a mocka colored head.
Aroma is super malty smelling with loads of chocolate malts and roasted malts. Raspberry?
Taste is thick on the palette with an abundance of sweet cloying malts. Seconds latter rich roasted malts and some bright hops come into play.
Overall good but nothing really stands out.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown out of the bottle, pretty much black with deep brown undertones. Late-developing head that dissapates down to nothing quickly, except for a very thin bit of patches. Well-defined rings of lacing down the glass. Lots of depth in the aroma as big rich notes of dark chocolate come through first. Dark roasted malts and grains give it the depth while a slight smoky funk rounds it out. Very nice aroma.

Rich and full flavor that lets chocolate malt tastes shine through. Coffee-like hop bitterness in the middle and back of the taste, lingering on into the aftertaste along with the dark roasted malts. A sweet smokiness is present that sets of the dark chocolate and malts very nicely. This seems to be where the Belgian influence is felt the most. More coffee-like in consistency as opposed to the original Yeti IS which was more creamy and mocha-like. The grains are complex in nature and are reminiscent of black coffee. The booze is muted, but a little spicy in the back and on the breath. Smooth all the way til the finish, where it ends somewhat gritty and dry.

Definitely different than Yeti, even if only slightly. More smokiness or possibly spiciness in this one as well as a different kind of body. I think I rate this one just below Yeti IS, but this is a fantastic beer as well and a must try if you've already had the original.

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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with a nice thick brown head that quickly fades.

S: I was expecting this to kick me in the face with smells, but its actually very smooth. I am getting a lot of coffee and roasty smells and also a tiny bit of fruity sweetness.

T: I am getting a lot of roasted malt tastes with a some what coffee taste on the finish. I also am getting some faint chocolate and alcohol.

M: This is a very smooth beer. Feels bubbly in my mouth, but very eay to drink.

O: This beer was everything I hoped for. It was one of the best beers I have had all year and wish I had a case of this. I just am again so blown away by Great Divide.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Says Bottled On Jun 17 2011.

A- Pours a thick black color with no light penetrating. Has a 1/2 inch tan head that shrinks to a spattered 1/8 inch head and trickled lacing around the edge of the glass. Aww yeauh.

S- Immediate coffee aroma with some notes of chocolate and nut. Caramel sweetness and a bit of medicinal fumes.

T- Sweet, roasty malts with a metallic bitterness following close behind. There's that coffee again with some chocolate and caramel aftertastes. Having trouble finding the Belgian spiciness that's explained on the label though I'm admittedly not used to detecting those flavors in stouts. The booziness is there, but almost in a liqueur type of fashion. Complex indeed, just not in a Belgian way. Very smooth for an ABV of 9.5%.

M- Heavy and viscous as a stout should be. Quite creamy as well which complements the medium-low carbonation.

O- I was expecting a little bit more of a mindblower but it's definitely a standout of its class. I must note that I'm just not that into stouts, although this one is done very well.

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4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bam. It's great. Love the brewery also.

Look. Dark creamy night with tan head that holds it's self.

Smell. Not as strong as I would like but it has a raspberry smell. There is a strong cocco

Taste. Little like heaven. Smooth really smooth with a choacolate and cherry taste

Feel is smooth
Overall great beer.

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3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian Style Yeti has an opaque, black body with a thin brown head. The head is very solid looking, and has good retention. A few scraps of lacing stay behind.

Very sweet nose, with roasted malts, toffee, a little bit of fruit and some licorice.

Belgian Yeti is a little sweeter and a little less hoppy than I remember the other Yetis being, but that could just be my inner-Yeti-sense being off kilter. The malt profile is big relative to anything, with roasted malt, a bit of burnt sugar, toffee and maybe even a bit of chocolate. There is a good bit of fruity flavors that mix with a light peppery taste and some licorice; as far as I can tell that is the influence of the “Belgian” part of the Belgian Style Yeti. There is still a slight bite and citrus flavor from hops, but not huge or powerful like I remember the normal Yeti being. The finish has just a bit of warmth, but this one is dangerously smooth.

Big and full with adequate carbonation.

Belgian Style Yeti is a winner, but it definitely leans on the Yeti part of its name more than the Belgian. Pretty tame for the ABV, so watch out.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured more of a dark milk chocolate color with a small foamy head

fairly pungent aromas of raisins, liqueur, chocolate and a good amount of malty aromas. Kind or port-like, but not fully there

good fuller body but lacking a bit. More attack based with a good chocolatey finish, but lacking a bit in the middle and with malt dominated flavors

Maybe this would've been better just on it's own instead of next to both the regular yeti and the chocolate yeti. But, it wasn't and it just wasn't as good as the other beers while still being a very good beer in it's own right

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4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Motor oil black pour with a creamy brown head. Retention is ok, but the lacing is great!

S: Chocolate mixed with some roastiness and dark fruits. I can't say it's typical of a Belgian Stout. More so stout, than Belgian. But it also is extremely unique for a BSDA, very sweet.

T: Again, the taste represents that of Yeti more than a Belgian Strong Dark. Deep chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, perhaps some coffee as well, mix in with hints of candied sugar, dark fruits, and a slight amount of booze. Smooth and tasty.

MF: Heavy body with low to medium carbonation. The booze is hardly noted at all. Smooth and a bit creamy.

O: This was extremely drinkable, which has not been the case with other Belgian Stouts I've had. I really enjoyed it.

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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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Photo of greenmonstah
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle dated 6/20/2011 into Allagash chalice.

A- Black as night with a finger of mocha head. Looks great, just like Yeti always does!

S - Spicier than I was expecting! Definitely has the aroma of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, with spicy candied fruits and sweetness. It is accompanied by the standard Yeti aromas of coffee and chocolate with a nice roast malt background. Subtle and nice.

T - Initially sweet and raisin-y. Chocolate covered raisins and dark dark cherries, paired with that Belgian spice. Finish is spectacularly chocolately, but with a tinge of Belgian yeast spiciness. Absolutely no alcohol heat.

M - Full bodied with only a light carbonation. Not as thick and chewy as the other Yeti variants, it thins out a bit, especially in the finish.

O - Messy overall, I can't find myself enjoying this beer again. An interesting endeavor, and I am happy to have tried it, but I'd much rather have an RIS or a true Belgian Strong Dark Ale, no question. I certainly didn't dislike it, and I find it to be a great addition to the Yeti family -- an experimental take on a known quantity. A thousand times better than that Belgo Anise Stout from Stone. Go Great Divide!

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, $12 from Ned's. Bottled July 27, 2011.

Appearance: Not completely opaque as it pours, but it is in the glass. No highlights peeking through at all. Light brown head with good retention. Sheets of spotty lacing, some gets pulled into the beer by legs.

Smell: Lots of cocoa powder, some brown sugar. Whoppers. Present but not overpowering dark fruit esters. This doesn't scream "Belgian ale," its more subtle in that area. Regular Yeti is pretty hoppy, and this one is too-- grassy and herbal.

Taste: Very sweet and chocolatey, again with nicely complementing dark fruit esters that don't overpower. It has a roasty flavor, but its not harsh or bitter at all. There is a bit of hoppy bitterness and some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: This is soft and velvety. Smooth and carbonated appropriately. Not the biggest or thickest, but very well done.

Overall: This is just an excellent Belgian stout. This style of beer doesn't always work, but has potential when dialed in like this. An excellent big stout with subtle Belgian influence. Eminently drinkable.

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark chocolate brown color that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a two finger mocha colored head that has good retention, slowly fading into a thick lasting ring.  Rings and streaks of lace left behind.  

Roasted malt aroma with a decent amount of spice and dark fruit to balance out the darker notes.  Hints of chocolate, coffee bean, toffee and slight burnt toast smell without being acrid.  Silky chocolate is the most dominat character but is countered by spices and Belgian yeast, giving off hints of dark fruit and pepper.  

Medium bodied but slightly chewy and on filler end with a balance of zesty spice, silky sweet and sweet malt as well as sweetness from the yeast.  Up front there is some zesty, peppery spice and a strong sweetness of dark fruit.  Hints of plum, raisin and grape linger with the spice into the finish.  Underneath there is an interesting malt profile with a nice balance of silky sweetness and roasted notes.  Hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, burnt toast and caramel.   Well balanced but the belgian yeast presence is a bit strong for me.  Luckily the roasted character provides balance without being to acrid/burnt or overpowering.  Pretty good.  

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Photo of kbutler1
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. First off, I’m a little hesitant as I am not the biggest fan of belgian style imperial stouts but I’ll give a try nonetheless. Pours a dark brown with a dark tan head. The begian yeast dominate the head to give off a roasty fruit like aroma. Medium mouthfeel. The roast stands out quite a bit for me and the carbonation is a litte high too. Overall, for me this beer just doesn’t do it for me.

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4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in mid-August for $9.99. Bottled on 6-17-11.

Beer poured black as night with a nice brown head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is strong mocha and cocoa, very nice.

Taste is cocoa, roasted malts, and hints of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall this is a solid brew, light hints of the belgian yeast strain make an appearance but for the most part this is a smackable cocoa stout!

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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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