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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Ratings: 916 |  Reviews: 301
Photo of biglite351
3.01/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - no light through glass, creamy tall dark tan head.

S - bock-like yeast, roasted malts, mild dark chocolate and maybe a touch of oak.

T - Belgian yeast and hop with chocolate and roasted malt.

M - creamy and smooth but nearly no tingle. Slight burn on back of throat.

O - seems more like a flavored bock than an imperial stout. Just depends on if you want something that tastes like a stout or not.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Awesome pour-ability! Builds nice two-tone head. Brew is black as night, head is a nice tan color. Lots lacing.

S - Almost smells like struck matches... Interesting. Lots of chocolate! Some nice light coffee... Very dark and roasty. Some raisin too.

T - Slight burn from the heat in this tasty brew. Lots of deep dark flavor of chocolate and coffee... Slight fruitiness. Grapes and orange stick out

M - Zero bitterness... AWESOME! Way over carbonated... Light body (for style).

O - Great brew! A bit all over the board. Perfect Stout for the Summer months. The difference in the belgian stout and regular is subtle, but definitely sticks out. Recommended. I'll be purchasing a few to taste them age...

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Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap this evening over at the brewery. Poured dark black with a light brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, yeast and dark fruits. On the palate this one was medium to full bodied, with yeast, dark chocolate and roasted malt. More "Belgian" than the bottled version, it seems to me.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with no date stamp, unusual for Great Divide. Served at around 50 degrees into a goblet.

Belgian Yeti looks just like it's older brother with nearly black color and thick, tight, tan head. Good retention and nice lacing. A great looking beer.

Aroma is rich, roasty, and robust. Lots of great dark malt, coffee, and chocolate. I don't get a lot of Belgian yeast character but it's there, just subtle.

Flavor is a little more unusal with some tart dark cherries, bittersweet chocolate, and espresso. Very intense and enjoyable, even on a warm summer night.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with full body and perfect carbonation.

Overall a fantastic beer. Better than the standard Yeti but not quite up there with my favorite Oak Aged and Espresso.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great divide is a brewery that makes only beers with the word "Yeti" in the name.

Beer is black or dark brown hazy with a brown head of small and medium bubbles, lacing is a plus.

Beer smells like roast, yeast, and some chocolate.

Beer is sweet, medium bodied, nice carbonation. Beer has a good mouthfeel and a nice finish. A little bitter, roasty and sweet with some chocolate in th midpalate. Another enjoyable beer named Yeti from Great Divide.

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

Like all Yetis, this one looks great. Opaque brown with a creamy finger of chocolate milk colored head, which fades to a nice sticky ring of lace.

Smells of chocolate, candied fruit, and very nice Belgian spice notes. Slightly estery.

Taste is robust, big roasted malts with a nice bite and a long finish. Spice notes carry through on the palate.

Mouthfeel is thick and silky, very appropriate for the style. Carbonation was good.

Overall, this beer surprised me. A lot. When I heard they were introducing it, I was extremely skeptical, mainly due to the whole "Belgo" craze we've got going. In my experience (ahem, Stone), adding the "Belgian" element often ends up muddying up the flavors and creating something that tastes...well, weird. And usually also inharmonious. But not here. Some might call it understated, but I call it balance. Pretty excellent balance, actually. I'd love for them to roll this one out during the fall, rather then summer. It'd be a great one to enjoy on a crisp autumn day.

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Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours like all the other Yetis, and that's to say that it's a fantastic looking brew. Pitch black with a tight tan head that sits as a thick cap for the duration.

Aroma is fruitier than the others with some light fruity esters including raisins and plums. The trademark roasted chocolate malts are there as well with some coffee notes.

The taste is milder than I was expecting and I suspect that the Belgian yeast has mellowed the heavily roasted malts a bit. There is some sweetness up front, like chocolate covered raisins, with the backbone of chocolate malts. The finish is a mixture of sweetness and roastiness, fairly dry.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little lighter than I remember the others being. Still nice and creamy.

Another solid variation of an excellent beer. The Belgian yeast brings a little fruit to the table but Great Divide has left the underlying beer solidly in place. That's a good thing here and I've yet to taste a version of Yeti I don't like. Certainly not the best of the bunch, but no slouch.

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

A: Black with a thin line of tan colored bubbles. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted malt, coffee and a very noticeable Belgian yeast aroma.

T: Much like the aroma. The roasted malt character in the beer is incredible. It's a nutty roast with some coffee and chocolate tones. The Belgian yeast adds a fruity quality to the beer and takes the bitter bite out of the roast. Very nice.

M: It's a thick and heavier quality. The beer is very smooth with lower carbonation.

O: Very well balanced beer packed with flavors, but with no overly dominant flavors. Yeah, pick this one up.

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Photo of Domingo
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the GD tap room. Can't beat a $4 pour of something like this!
Poured from a normal tap into a snifter glass, this is jet black and clearly very thick. It looks almost like it came off of nitro considering the density of the bubbles in the head. Tough not do grab this and start downing it.
The flavor profile is interesting because if I didn't know the name of the beer, I wouldn't have guessed it was Belgian. Their Grand Cru yeast was also fairly mild, so perhaps it's the same one? Chocolate and rich fruits like dates, raisins, and figs. Maybe a little maple, too? The taste reminds me more of something I get in stronger export stouts like Guinness FES and Lion. However it's much denser and cleaner. No off flavors at all and I really do like how the fruitiness and chocolate seem to work together. There's almost no heat at all, which is great for something this big.
The texture is a work of art. It's ultra thick and creamy and almost like a milkshake, but with no nitro thinning out.
A truly great brew, regardless of what you might be thinking based upon the name. It's arguably my new favorite of the Yeti line up (my earlier ratings were inflated a bit since I was new to the world of beer) and one I'll definitely be picking up or seeking on draft.

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

On tap at Mahaffey's the other night. Not really sure I understand the point to making this beer.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing dark chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, a hint of clove and some underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet stout, though I thought this beer dominated by dark chocolate and vanilla. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, fairly smooth, lightly alcoholic finish.

A very nice beer, no doubt, but really not all that different from the regular yeti IMHO. Given a choice between the two, I'd pick whichever was cheaper.

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Photo of OregonHopmonster
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think most everyone agrees that Yeti is a very good imperial stout, but probably not anyone's favorite. The real treat when it come to Yeti, of course, is all the variations. This one promises a supposed Belgian take on the style, and to me it delivers very nicely.

The apppearance is nearly perfectly black, with a touch of color just at the edges when held to the light. A nice, restrained tan head dissipates quickly likely due to the elevated alcohol content. For some reason most of the true Belgian imperial stouts I have had have been over-carbonated, which of course hurts the mouthfeel. Great Divide's is conditioned beautifully, and as a result the mouthfeel is great.

The aroma and flavor are everything you have come to expect from Yeti- roast, chocolate, a little more hops than usual for the style, typical American imperial stout fare. The Belgian yeast characteristics are subdued. This is one of the main driving factors in some of the reviews here. Some think the yeast character should be more evident to warrant the "Belgian" moniker. This is where I disagree. To me the one major fault of many American breweries producing "Belgian-style" beers is that they over-emphasize the yeast flavors. To truly be "Belgian-style" the yeast shoudld marry harmoniously with the other flavors in the glass, with no single flavor dominating. Great Divide has accomplished this, and for that I applaud them.

My one complaint? 22 oz. bottle are running $10 - $11 in the Portland market.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Positive two finger head of broken light brown foam. Lace is broken and semi clinging. The color is a crisp 33 on the SRM beer color, just a slight amount of light illuminates the richness of this brew. Smell is a tack hammer strike to the nose with sharp flavors of vanilla, toffee, coco, corn syrup, molasses, sassafras, malt and pine nuts. Taste is complex flavors of grapefruit, molasses/light corn syrup, wheat germ, roasted corn, vanilla, toffee, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is full, foamy, smooth, a slight dryness in the back of my throat, and a wonderful buzz through out my mouth. This is a real beer, I want more!!!!

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

My buddy Dave picked this up last week in CO. Thanks Colin for the hookup

Tan foamy one finger head with nice lacing atop a dark body.
Nice nose of typical roasty and chocolatey aromas.

Roasty and chocolatey, standard imperial stout fare. Not getting much of the Belgian yeast except a bit in the finish when I'm looking for it. 

Overall it's highly drinkable. Very solid IS that was nice to drink. Was hoping for much more of the Belgian yeast to shine through, but it was still a good beer. 

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

Bottled on June 17th, 2011. Having fresh.

Appearance: (4.5)
- Nice thick dark brown and black. Big fingers of thick dense light mocha colored head. Slowly settled to a spotty island of larger bubbles riding over a thin layer of cream. Lace all about the glass. Very pretty stout.

Smell: (4.0)
- Wonderful light cocoa and semi sweet grains melded with a smokey salty Belgian yeasty touch. Light vanilla, grassy hops, and some earthy notes. I don't know what it is about the Belgian yeast and stouts, but they give off a wonderful smoked chickory or other wood scent.

Taste: (4.0)
- Robust smokey bready woody stout. Nice light sweetness, vanilla, and cocoa grain with a salty smoked chickory-like wood touch. Bit of a bitter hopping with a light citrus grassy candy-like flare. Not bad at all. Quite relaxed compared to Stones Belgo RIS.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium to heavy bodied, well carbonated and only slightly chalky. A little drying and chewy. Dusty finish. Lightly creamy and well carbonated. Not a bad drinker.

Overall: (4.0)
- Not a bad rendition of their flagship Yeti Imperial stout. Though it is not their oak aged version, the Belgian yeast pronounces a lot of woody and smoked flavors. Overall quit good, and much better fresh compared to Stones fresh RIS. I am thinking Stones would age better though. I don't know if this one would get any better with age. Solid brew.

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

Amazing to see this stuff oozing out of the bottle like black molten lava. It does have a touch of chestnut poured in the snifter. Big nose of roasted malt and stew of Belgian funkiness. Crazy mix of flavors powered by alcohol fumes. That hot and spicy flavor is the best feature. I keep thinking of the deep intensity of ancho chiles. I would believe it if the label called this a Belgian Chile Stout with Mexican chocolate. Hops seem restrained but they do add to the sharp, woody taste that shades into bitterness. You are left with some sweetness on the lips and a smile.

This is totally worth a try if you like the big stouts.

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Photo of DenverLogan
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love imperial stouts...Alesmith Speedway, Left Hand, regular or altered Yeti, Dark Horse (yeah, Horse, not Lord!), and this rocks. The head, the mouthfeel, the aroma, but largely the lack of the bitterness/bite that many impy stouts have... that chalk that can exist even in a fresh big ABV's simply not here in this fresh Belgian Style Yeti.

I think this yeast blends beautifully with the big dark roasted malts to create a phantasmagoric harmony. Oh yes!!

Again, yum...I'm thinking my favorite Yeti, and perhaps my favorite Impy Stout, and one of my favorite brews...yum...try for yourself...cheers ~ Ayieee ~ Logan

P.S. bottled June 17th, 2011

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Belgian Style Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company
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