Yeti | Brasserie Des Cimes

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Brasserie Des Cimes

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mattmaples on 09-28-2002

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Photo of stevoj
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very smooth for a strong ale. Color is orange/gold with creamy head. Lots of fine carbonation. Aroma is malt and oranges. Taste is honey, butterscotch and malt. Don’t run from this Yeti!

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Photo of Rivoire
2.69/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very strong for a blond beer but surprisingly good; We can also find a back taste of lemon. Not heavy at all for a 8% beer.

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Photo of jmtpi
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a La Trappe chalice.

I've bought three bottles pack in a Carrefour supermarket at Divonne-les-Bains, France.

A: Pours a golden yellow to orange color. Slightly cloudy. Forms a medium and thin bubbled white head. Medium to low retention and some lingering and molasses lacings left in the glass

S: Very sweet. Quite fruity too. Strong notes of candy, honey, orange peel and chestnuts. Sweet grains and bready yeasts. Some spicy notes, maybe some pepper. Light notes of alcohol to such a "high" ABV

T: Sweet in the mouth too. Strong notes of honey, candy sugar, orange peel, sweet malts, chestnuts, vanilla. Mild but present bitterness. Good bittersweet balance

M: Medium to heavy body. Quite light to a 8% beer. Fruity bittersweet aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Good surprise for the ones expecting one more shitty french beer. Perhaps a bit too sweet and the chestnut taste is also a bit overwhelming but, in overall, an interesting Strong Pale Ale with a unique character

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Photo of WilstonOreo
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jookon01
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of bwiechmann
2.34/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a chalice at arround 45 degrees.

Appearance is a semi-cloudy yellow with a small white head. Smell is sickly- it somewhat turns the stomach and is completely unexpected coming from a BSPA. Sickly sweet with artificial citrus fruit notes (think a citrus-flavored Runt).

Taste is as odd as the nose- creamy mouthfeel but decidedly unremarkable in terms of other flavors. Zero hop presence, no bitterness, no aroma. The citrus runt smell does come through on the palette however.

Mouhtfeel is the strong point for the brew- creamy and rich.

Overall- I couldn't finish my glass. It was too far from what was expected from a BSPA. Perhaps it was a bad bottle but any way you look at it- it was bad.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle of brown glass and with a standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in Belfort, France. Reviewed live. This is the first beer I've tried from this brewery.

A: 2.5 finger head of nice soft cream, good thickness, and great retention for the ABV. Colour is a transparent dark yellow.

Sm: Cream and orange peel citrus ester hops. Scent is of mild strength and appeal.

T: Cream, crystal hops/malt, some Christmas-ey spice - maybe even chestnuts, and no traces of alcohol or the expected orange peel notes. Interesting but a bit simple. The cream takes a bad turn near the climax, becoming overly prominent and losing its novelty. Built blandly yet balanced. It's a strange take on the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some coarseness on the finish that feels out of place. The mouthfeel isn't balanced against the flavours, but instead feels rather arbitrary.

Dr: Easy drinking for the ABV, but featuring bland flavours that don't feel inspired and aren't bold. The price is alright, but the quality is low. Leave this one be, lads, and get something worth your trouble.

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Photo of GRG1313
1.35/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a light brown with orange tints; very light white head that quickly fades.

Lightly assertive peach/pear nose that is almost sickly sweet in character.

Mouth is thin and watery with little, if any, body but with a sweet and "fizzy" carbonation.

Flavor is simply sweet with a "soda pop malt" flavor and ripe acidic peach that is almost intolerable.

A sweet soda pop finish. Not one to try. Almost undrinkable.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
1.81/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Yeti has a thin, beige head and a very cloudy golden-orange appearance, with suspended particles afloat in it. The aroma is of overly sweet, cheap candy. Yeti has a gummy, sweet taste, with a sickly, fruit back-end flavor. Mouth-feel is medium. This stuff finishes nasty and unsatisfying. I was glad to get it over with. I did not at all like it and would never have it again. Yuck!


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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Fair amount of sediment floating in a honey amber brew, with minimal white head.

Has a yeasty and fruity smell, quite unlike what I expected. Sharper and crisper than it looks, it has a slight apricot and orange bitter taste that follows a mild malt start. There's a fakey citrusy feel to this, almost an absorbic gum flavor? Ends smooth; as scary as I thought this one might be, it is a decent beer to drink.

Smooth, refreshing mouthfeel, slightly filling partway through the beer.

Is it drinkable? Well, it is scary to look at with the healthy amount of sediment floating around, and it called "Yeti". There's other beers to quaff, so I'd say, not quite.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orange golden beer with a faint head.

Smell of honey and biscuity malt. Also notes of smoke, yet quite subtle.

Taste of sweet malt with some bready notes. The honey impression is apparent. Bitterness is low. The beer is sweet and has a little sticky and a pretty thick mouthfeel. The yeast adds a spicy taste and accentuates maltiness. The 8% alcohol is well hidden. Drinkability is OK.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Best by June 2010. Pours a slightly hazy orange-golden color with decent rocky white head, good retention, and some lacing. Label with list of ingredients also indicates spices have been added.

S-Palt malt and orange dominate, with notes of banana, vegetation, herbs, earth and yeast.

T-Slightly sweet pale malt w/faint spice and fruit upfront. Finish brings the herbs, earthiness, and vegetation back out. It's a fresh sensation, and lingers into the aftertaste, accompanied by the bitterness of the hops on the back of the tongue, and the spiciness of the yeast.

M-Mouthfeel was surprisingly velvety after testing the aroma. Well balanced, it has a deceptively light nose. Carbonation is moderate and goes well with body.

D-An interesting take on the style, and a damn tasty French beer. At 8% abv, this is one of the first beers I've had in a long time at that level where I can't perceive the alcohol, although you just know it's there. This goes down dangerously smooth.

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Photo of philipquarles
2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

33cl bottle. Cloudy, ruddy dark gold with a bit of sediment. Small head on a fairly aggressive pour. Smells overpoweringly fruity and sweet, with a bit of tanginess. Remarkably like Haribo gummi bears. Sugary, fruity, and citric flavors beat you over the head on the first sip, and continue to do so throughout. Not only are they incredibly strong, but they're very artificial. A bit floral with some underpronounced malt character in the background. A decidedly sweet finish. I find myself not even wanting to sip this one...

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Photo of Buggies
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice hazy gold with a small diminishing fluffy head.

S: Interesting... yeast, fruity, sour apples and citrus. I don't think I've ever smelled anything like this before.

T: The sour apples dominate this one. But it has some unknown fruitiness in the background. Very sweet but not sweet enough to turn me off. Good bit of citrus too. A little warming to hint of the bigger ABV.

Man this was a real treat. This was a real interesting drink. I'll get these again on my next beer run.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a carmel-amber color with no real head.

Smells of yeast with the fruity effects that yeast tends to give off.

The taste is magnificent, far more than the scent let on; ceral grains & sweet malts.

A nice balanced feel on the palate, very smooth going down. The alcohol is well hidden in here, with 8% I expected it be more pronounced.

A great beer, glad I came across it.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Jungle Jim's.

Poured a hazy golden with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate tart fruit and alcohol aroma. Medium body, thick particles wth lively carbonation. Medium balanced fruity sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish with a very small alcohol tone.

Good brew.

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Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Some floaters. Aromas of yeast, lemons, and somewhat fruity. Tastes of sweet apples, citrus, light yeast, and I was getting a light cookie doughiness. Light alcohol in the finish.

Notes from: 1/27/07

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Photo of Reino
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Poured as aggressively as possible while still minding the yeast sediment produces a two finger, adjunct lager style head that fizzes away quickly. The body of the beer is a golden-wheat color, almost amber. There is some nice lacing for about an inch, but after that my glass looks clean.

Smell- Tart green apples, citrus fruit, white pepper, coriander, a tiny bit of butter, strawberries and something that resembles a root vegetable or potato. Sounds strange, but it's quite nice.

Taste- Much like the nose, but with more depth to add to my confusion. Sour apples, wheat, some sweet melon that is a bit old, that unnamed earthy vegetable, strawberries, tangerine and probably more that I can't figure out. I came into this beer expecting a BSPA, but what I got instead is a mash up between a saison, wit, flemish sour, and BSPA.

MF- A good amount of carbonation, but not as much as you'd expect for the style given. However, there is enough to keep the surprising fullness, and syrupy body of this brew in check. Where's the alcohol?

Drinkability- It's probably a good thing it's only an 11.2oz bottle because at 8%, this beer goes down with the quickness. Yeti is tart, refreshing, and delicious. I could see why some people might not dig the mash up of flavors, but I really enjoyed it and recommend it.

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Photo of thierrynantes
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2003.

Appearance : blond/amber color, with white foam head (falls quickly).
Smell : alcohol, cereals and honey aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : alcohol dominates, low bitterness.
Dinkability : a beer in Belgian strong pale ale style, but not very good.

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Photo of kinger
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow, crisp, refreshing, and really a treat to be enjoyed. This Yeti sparkles through a vibrant hazy gold color in the glass with a huge white head and lots of white cloudy lacing. Sour maltiness with a very earthy yeast scent. Bready and full, the sourness parts to a quick sweetness before a crisp smooth swallow. Flavor is addictive and very good on a grand scale. Grapes and a tiny pinch of citrus come through. The alcohol is well masked which could make this dangerous as a session brew. Probably the best beer I've had from France.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: There was quite a bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle, so I poured it out really carefully and left about the bottom 1/2"+ of the beer to make sure that I didn't get the floaters. There were still some small sediments floating around in the clear golden liquid, and they were only slightly bothered by a few bubbles rising. The head was small and only stuck around for about 20-30 seconds. After it receded, there was a small ring of foam around the edge of the glass. There is some decent lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: The beer has a defined sweet malty aroma with lots of fruitiness. I get tons of citrus and they smell like those unusual orange fruits like Tangelos and such. There is probably some lime in here to, just to mix things up. Cherry with a bit of tart and rich like a dessert. The aroma has a lot going on obviously.

Taste: This beer is a lot like a dessert. It is sweet with citrus fruit and I get lemons in the flavor to mix with the honey and biscuit flavors from the malts. It is rather sweet and somewhat out of balance in that the sweetness is in charge the whole time and is never really challenged by anything. The water may be as big of a player in the balance as any noticeable hops.

Opinion: This is an alright beer. I love malty beers, but this one is a bit out of balance for even my taste. The honey and sweetness related to it just dominate. The alcohol becomes more noticeable as it warms, and this helps the balance. Either way, it is just an OK beer to me, and probably not one that I will be seeking out. I would certainly drink it over the big three...but I would take MANY other beers over this one.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Yeti poured a Belgian like burnt orange with no foam head and no lacing. A, B, C, D, E could have been a freshness date?

The smell was a yeasty aroma, fruity. The taste was apple cider like, sweet. I the mouth there was not much there. Overall probably won't buy again but is was worth once.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12-ish oz bottle of an unmarked vintage and unknown age. Poured it into a basic corsendonk chalice on a remarkably cool July evening; hoping this one will warm me up just a bit.

Body is very, very pale with an unremarkable carbonation. On the yellow side of amber. A mild bit of haze, only one or two bubbles clinging to the sides - not enough to really call it a lace.

Smell is the most clearly defined yeast I've ever encountered. Smells like a freshly-opened packet of bread yeast. Undertones are very light malts bordering on the cidery side. Bits of bitter citrus peel and lots of mineral water. Apple cider and white grape juice.

Taste is at once tart, sweet, and light. Sweetness is fruity rather than malty. Tartness is puckering but carries some interesting spice undertones. Finish is very simply champagne.

Mouthfeel is a little too exciting - this one tingles and puckers and makes the eyes water a bit. Would be light enough in body to avoid being cloying if it had some carbonation, but it doesn't really.

This is a mixed bag - it's warming and wakes you up, that's for sure. It's also a very intesnse and true Belgian strong pale - most other BSPs will taste like a watered-down yeti after this. Unfortunatey, the balance just isn't there. Too bright, too intense, too fresh. Would like to try putting one up for 2 years and coming back to it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says best before 12/06. I guess I've had this one in the back of the fridge a lot longer than I thought. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a gold/orange color with a very small off-white head. The aroma isn't strong, but I can smell some lemon, pears and grape, it's mostly a fruity smell. Luckily the taste is stronger. It tastes like lemon, orange, pepper, cloves, candy sugar and also an herbal earthy taste. Mouthfeel is medium, a bit fizzy but with a good level of carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. I'd drink this again, hopefully a fresher one the next time I drink it. Recommended.

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