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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Photo of jsh420
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled 06 26 11

pours dark dark brown looks black in the glass - 1 finger tan head that left spotted lacing

smells of dark fruit nutty malt little chocolate little oak

taste very good (4.25) very mild on both BSD and RIS - dark fruit candi sugar roasted chocolate malt

mouthfeel was on the light side but it works very well and helped me put down my half of the bottle way to fast

overall - enjoyed this beer and would buy it again - maybe this is the next style to take off like the american black ale - black belgian (this beer could use more belgian flavors)

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Photo of EA728
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: oil with a tan head. nice looking stout

S: toffee, chocolate, and a hint of caramel

T: very sweet, toffee hits you immediately then a coffee-like bitterness comes through with a slight boozy aftertaste. sweeter than the original Yeti, more complex too.

M: smooth and relatively thick

O: love this beer, prefer normal Yeti, but would purchase again. very enjoyable

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide Belgian Style Yeti is sweet, crisp, and flrrting.

It poured black with a short creamy tan head. Very wide bands of thick lace hung to the glass. The flavor was very sweet, with a hint of coffee. The sweetness that accompanied the coffee flavor made this similar to a caramel latte. As it warmed, a roasty character came to the fore-front. There was a slight aftertaste of coffee with little-to-no bitterness and a fleeting presence in the mouth.

Belgian Style Yeti is tasty but thin, more like a Porter than a Belgian Strong Ale.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap:

A- Oily black with a nice cocoa colored brown head

S- Smells of booze and espresso, with a small hint of chocolate

T- Taste is super rich. Backbone is of rich chocolaty espresso notes. Aftertaste is quite strong

M- So very smooth; Goes down with a silky finish

O- Another beer that may be a bit too heavy for my taste, but I still enjoyed it. Very similar to Yeti Imperial Stout from the same brewery, but mild differences can also be seen

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black. No other color to the liquid, tan for the 1 finger head. Nice mild roast, moderate sweetness and meld all together with the faint Belgian yeast.

Any of my typical 'not a big fan of' qualities from a Belgian here are swallowed by the size of the roasted malt and chocolate here. All you're really left with is the dryness and funkiness you get from those yeast strains. Works incredibly well, gives the stout something more than the same chocolate and coffee descriptors. Not the level of chocolate as the chocolate oak yeti, but probably the next highest amount, this is one of the sweeter varieties they make beyond the aforementioned one. Doesn't scream dark fruit, belgian sugar and dark chocolate moreso.

Really blurs the lines between an American imperial stout, ris and belgian stout. And I mean that in a good way.

On tap at Beer Revolution for only $6, like a sore dick, you can't beat that.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

07/18/11- 22 oz bottle of this one.
A: Opaque black, dark creamy thin head, with some lacing.
S: Dark chocolate, strawberries, cherries, oatmeal... good.
T: Nice burn, brighter fruit, good balance--more refreshing than the reglar Yeti--more like a mix of a dubbel with a RIS.
M: Thinner than the regular Yeti, but with a good frothy feel.
O: I'm decently impressed by this.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I appreciate tenderbranson69 sharing this bomber -enjoyed from a shaker chilled.

The color is the darkest opaque black with a thick healthy medium brown peanut butter colored cap. The lace sticks very well and the retention is pretty decent with average sized bead. The smell of roasted grains, caramel and some coffee with mild hop citrus scents accenting and a woody earthy and fruity yeast in the background. The hops and yeast are expressive since it is relatively fresh but only a slight alcohol tinge is noticeable. The slight burnt brownie scent is there with light pine from the hops. This feels like big stouts should with bitterness balancing well, yet the alcohol is present enough to let you know you don't want to take big gulps. There is some residual sweetness which works with the citrus acidity of the hops as it finishes.

The flavor is pretty mild on the Belgian yeast which means if you enjoy the original you will probably like this. I think it is a well crafted stout in every way. It almost seems a little drier than the original Yeti with some fruity tanginess giving some plum notes to the light grapefruit of the hops. I enjoy the cocoa and caramel malt presence which round out the taste well and the char element is mild for this style which I like. I would recommend this to anyone. I wish I could afford the calories because this big stout is packed with flavor, another winner in the line of Yeti's

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Photo of GregSVT
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a deep brown with a nice big dark tan head that fades to a layering and leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of cocoa, chocolate fudge, and roasted malt. Not many Belgian qualities here but it smells like a nice stout.

T: The taste has huge notes of chocolate fudge brownie, a bit of roasted malt, and a tiny bit of hops in the background. Again not many Belgian flavors but an immensly tasty beverage.

M: The feel is thick and creamy...about perfect.

O: This should be labled an Imperial Stout instead of a BSDA even though it has Belgian yeast. It's like a fudge brownie in a glass. I may have to track down a few more now...extremely tasty.

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Photo of beer2day
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with 2 fingers of dark mocha cream head. Decent retention and thick sheets of lace.

Strong, sweet chocolate nose. Notes of vanilla bean compliment, but the chocolate totally overcomes everything else.

Lots of rich, dark chocolate. Light resiny hops adorn the finish. Light roast malt, very light anise, but as in the nose just lots of rich dark chocolate.

Very smooth and creamy. A bit oily, too.

Surprisingly easy to drink for a big, rich beer. Hides the abv well.

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Photo of babaracas
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy very dark brown, almost black in the glass, two fingers of creamy brown foam, sheet of delicate lace down the glass. Smell: roasty, molasses with a little syrupy chocolate, earthy and leafy hopping, soft melon. Taste: again a good amount of roast, some chocolate, earthy and somewhat citric and acidic hop flavors. A little burnt, barely a note dark fruit, and a hint of cantaloupe. On the scale of BSDA to RIS, this impy stout is a lot closer to an RIS; slightly fruitier. Creamy feel. Any Belgian qualities are pretty much buried in here. Worth a try but not the best Yeti. Stamped bottled on July 19 2011.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber split with cbutova, bottle date is 6/20/11.

Looks like the other Yetis, black, brown head starts big and eventually becomes a bubbly cap, nice lacing.

Dark chocolate and roast with hints of fruitiness in the nose.

Milk chocolate, caramel and roasted malt just about even with a vague fruitiness...light fruit mostly but some dark too. Slight Belgian yeast shows more as it warms. Much less intense than the other Yetis, the flavor blend kinda throws you off but it's not bad.

Smooth thick mouthfeel, maybe a little booze.

The Belgian-ness tamed this Yeti...I enjoyed it, it's an interesting take on it, but I'd choose the other variations over this.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Awesome bottle, great series, how will this one stand up? Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing.

A- Motor oil black pour into a pint glass. Dark mocha head forms to a nice size and has decent retention. Nice webs of spotty lace.

S- Not as strong overall as the original Yeti. Big roast malt as well as a new dark fruit presence.

T- A bit more relaxed compared to the original Yeti, not as big or bold. The Belgian yeast spice and dark fruit are easily noticed but take away from the RIS aspect (cocoa, roast malt) of the beer. Slightly medicinal with raisin hints as well.

MF- Thick, ok hand creamy body. Low-moderate carbonation as well as some bitterness and alcohol warmth in the finish.

Not quite the classic Yeti but a new take on it. Somehow the Belgian characteristics don't quite blend that well IMO.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

recieved as an extra in most recent trade from daniloknezic! Thanks danilo!

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: pitch black bodied beer with a medium brown colored head. The head is easily 2 fingers thick after a moderate pour; it gt lots of large an medium size bubble almost chunky. Tons of lacing. Another beautiful looking Yeti beer!

Smell: roasted malts and mild coffee notes. Mildly fruity and yeasty nose.

Taste: Coffee has the spot light on this beer, but its followed by the taste of the belgan yeast and some dark fruits. Little spicy note I get from the beer not sure if its the yeast or the hops working here, most likely the yeast adding the spice. Mild taste of molasses. Decent complexity.

Mouthfeel: meduim-light bodied beer with a moderately-high amount of carbonation. This beer is thin for an imperial stout, but it not out of line for an Imperial Stout made with belgian yeast. This Yeti is Thin!

Overall: Tried all the Yeti's except BA Yeti. I gotta say that this is my least favorite of the bunch. I am not knocking this beer at all, its just that all the other Yeti's are fantastic stouts that are big, rich, and flavorful. This beer represents Yeti as a session stout. I would still advise to pick up a bottle if you have not done so yet, its worth your time!

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Photo of HardTarget
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on Jul 16, 2011 (Sampled Sept. 15, 2011)

Appearance: Pitch black glass doesn't even show ruby edges and holds a full finger of tight tan head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell: Chocolate with some roasted malt sweetness and a slightly dusty element.

Taste: Rich malt roasted but not burnt, the chocolate sweet and a bit of coffee bitter, and a somewhat funky Belgian Yeast finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and frothy, milkshake levels of both. Carbonation level is pretty high with a heavy body. Finish is somewhat dry.

Overall: Yeti's Belgian cousin, but definitely not native of that land. Yeti is a great beer, but with the exception of the Chocolate Yeti, I prefer the original to the spin offs. The Belgian aspect comes across as misplaced and a bit odd. I won't argue style with an obvious hybrid, but this hits me as an American Stout with a Belgian tourist t-shirt on.

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Photo of Naugros
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have loved all the Yetis I've had so far with the Espresso Oak-Aged being my hands down fave. I just need to try the oak-aged and this one to complete the run. Let's see how this stacks up to the rest.

I'm reviewing this as a Belgian-style stout. I really think BA and the BJCP need to add this an individual style since you can certainly tell it's a stout and you can pick out the Belgian influence and it does differ from other stouts in the nose and on the palate. Just saying.

Pours near black with a mocha head, just like every other stout. The head isn't huge and doesn't last that long, so points off there. As I remember, this is true of almost all the Yetis. Eh, no biggie in my book, but it is one of the judging criteria. Not bad lacing from the resultant film though.

It's got the smell of a Belgian Stout with roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla, coffee, licorice and booze. There's also a little bit of spice to boot. No Belgian-style stout I've ever had has even attempted to mask the alcohol. The alcohol is port-like in character with the typical vinous notes I'm used to getting off of Belgian stouts.

Oh yum. Roasted malts, dark fruits and burnt coffee dominate the taste with a lot of bitterness at the back of the throat. A very slight floral hop character, but most of the bitterness seems to be coming from the malts. The alcohol is there but acts to dry things out at the end and melds well into the rest of the flavors before that. Some toasted dark bread. Maybe a touch of anise.

Some Belgian-style stouts are a little thinner in body than I like from a stout, approximating the body of an Irish stout, but this one is fuller but still just about medium. It has a little grittiness noted on the tongue.

Another great Yeti. I don't need see to believe...just taste.

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Photo of riored4v
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/7/11

Poured in to a tulip. Thin, dark brown head. Thick, rich black body.

Aroma was slightly spicey, earthy and belgian yeast. Dark fruit and dark chocolate. Slight coffee and roast. Mild sweetness.

Taste had light chocolate with good amounts of dark fruits. Mild belgian flavor accompanied with some light raisin. Good roasty flavor. Slight vanilla. Some medium toffee and coffee. Good complexities that blend into a great beer.

Mouthfeel was medium/heavy with a medium carbonation. Slick mouthfeel.

Overall it was very drinkable and enjoyable. Slight warmth upfront from abv but not overpowering. Flavors blended great.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours just like the last Yeti I had.Coal black body with 2 full,fingers of dense and sturdy khaki foam that left creamy and thick ribbons of lacing.

S-Smells of dark roasted coffee,slightly over baked brown bread,stewed prunes,port,black pepper and burnt sugar.

T-Dark chocolate ganache,chocolate covered raisins,burnt toast,earthy mineral note,licorice and sweetened coffee.

M-Medium/full bodied but a touch thinner than I would like.Good bitterness and complexity but there was a lasting tinny finish.

O-Unique and solid.

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

dark brown, big thick brown creamy head faded quickly leaving a thin 1/2 inch clingy lacey gooey head that stuck till the bottom of the glass. The smell was classic belgian, sweet, dark cherries, but hints of caramel, even maybe chocolate, very full and nice bouguet. Maybe even a sherry or bourbon smell as well. Taste was wonderful, dark fruity flavors right up front, apricots, bananas, cherry, a bit of a bready taste and a nice dry finish. The feel was so much lighter tehn I though basedd on appearence, and that is a good thing in this case. Not thick at all, very nice light and lively consistency, nice carboination, dances around in the mouth, beautiful.

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Photo of Fenris244
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black, 1 finger tan head, great lacing

A little spicy in aroma, chocolate, bits of licorice, coffee and a gingersnap like sweetness(weird)

Chocolate, coffee, the little bit of spice is there, nothing stands out at all for me though, it wants to be awesome but its just not lining up.

A little thin, smooth

Overall not bad but in mot feeling it as a beer, could have been just a bad bottle

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never met a Yeti I didn't like.

Pours dark chestnut color and sits opaque black in my snifter. Thick, coffee ice cream colored head that leaves multiple lace rings of varying sizes.

Aroma is dark fruit, brown sugar and burnt caramel. Taste is similarly brown sugar coated dark fruit. Hoppy backup and well behaved alcoholic giddiness.

Belgian Yeti gives me an overall impression of dried sticks, like the kind that would make for good kindling, and brown, granulated sugar. Make of that what you will.

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

Pours a pitch black with a half finger dark mocha head which fades slowly into a thin ring with moderate to heavy lacing.

Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt and hints of yeast.

Taste followed the nose with dark chocolate roasted malt, some molasses sweetness, hints of coffee and a little booze.

Mouthfeel was medium body with light carbonation, creamy well balanced with a slight alcohol warming.

Overall a very good Dark Ale to enjoy at a nice easy pace. Another great creation from Great Divide.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very black, jet black with a side of black. Thick as hell. The head was barely a finger but the lacing was ok.

Smell and taste far exceeded the appearance, and didn't disappoint at all when it came to my (rather high) expectations for the Great Divide Yeti series of beers. In fact, I bought two of these, blind, figuring to complete my yeti horizontal trade (all types of yetis). I wasn't disappointed.

Dark fruits, plums, figs, and perhaps even a hint of pomegranite brought about the first great smelling/tasting aspects of this highly complex beer. Next up was an extreme maltiness, roasty, toasty, coffee and burnt, all making an appearance, but none dominating the show. Belgian style yeast was obvious and made for a great interlude. Alcohol was noted but expected, and not at all overpowering.

Body is full and dark, roasty aftertaste combines with a faint Belgian yeast finish.

I had thought this would be another version of the Yeti imperial stouts, but it really wasn't quite that, yet it didn't disappoint at all. Great divide adapted their wonderful Yeti recipe to a completely different beer, yet maintained the same high quality, great taste, and added a highly innovative dimension to it. The expectation of buying a Yeti was in no way lost, yet you are still surprised and delighted by this strange and wonderful new creation. For this innovation, I'm rating the overall a five.

Every Yeti has been great, with my personal favorite (prior to this) being the the straight oak aged. Now I'm keeping the oak aged as number one and slipping in Belgian as number two. Regular takes third, with espresso and chocolate tying for fourth. They're all great, it's just a matter of taste which one you'll like best. Still, you've got to try the Yeti beers from Great Divide. You won't be disappointed.

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

On Tap at TJ'S Everyday in a goblet glass.

Belgian Style Yeti pours into the glass very very very black. No other color but black. The exception to that is the perfect inch sized head of dark tan foam that's tight, with stickies. Smell is pretty straight forward when cold, Roasted malt with some chocolate. warming brings out the Belgian yeast some giving off a spicy scent. Some molasses with dark fruit and some tootsie rolls. Taste is very big while being refined. Great balance between the sweet, spice, and the roast appeal. Roasted malt with chocolate and some cocco and some dark fruit plum with extreme warming. Not any coffee and some alcohol. The feel on this is pretty big, I would say full with carb that is not bitey. This goes down smooth and it ain't hot. Aftertaste is big on the Belgian yeast used. A great variation of the imfamous Yeti, yet the Coffee version still takes the cake for me with this being much better than the Chocolate version with the not needed Cayenne pepper. Give this one a go, it will be around for a while.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm a Yeti fan so it's hard for me not to compare this with the original, but I'll try.

Pours dark brown, deep ruby. Head is thinner than expected, somewhat soapy. The densely packed bubbles just aren't there.

Aroma is subdues a bit, and still good. Mostly dark coffee. Some molasses and dark plum skin. A bit of fruit sweetness. Charred bread.

Flavor kind of falls short. Nothing really stands out. The coffee fades to a light roast and the bread is wet. Some fruitiness in the middle. Plum and leather. Molasses on the end. The alcohol thins things out it seems, and leaves an ethanol feel on the end. I dunno, stout and Belgian don't go well together for me.
Not that these things are bad, but they don't lift up the scores.

A nice beer for a chilly night. Alas, the original Yeti is still the best for me

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

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a rich, chocolatey scent that boasts of black and chocolate malts a mild alcohol warmth and a faint Belgian yeast fruitiness. The taste is great as well. It has a silky smooth malt flavor that boasts of chocolate, roasted, and black malts. It goes down easy with a touch of warmth in the finish and a mild Belgian yeast character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine Belgian stout. If you like the original Yeti. You'll love this rendition.

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Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 916 ratings