Yeti | Brasserie Des Cimes

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Des Cimes

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by mattmaples:
Photo of mattmaples
4.8/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow!! I just love it when a beer comes along and really knock my socks off. I worry that because I am in the business I might become jaded, well it hasn’t happed yet.

Yeti comes from the French Alps and is changing my outlook on French beers. This Golden is just pack with flavor and intense (unlike most of the French beers I have had, not counting Belzabuth). It has a sufficient head with very dense foam. The aroma is fruity, malty, and just a whiff of alcohol. The flavor is intense it has a peach / apricot fruity ester, a phenol spiciness, and a malty round finish. The ample body and smooth round finish makes it glide past your tongue and happily down the throat.

It is not yet available in the US. Normandie Import Corp, located here in Portland, is bringing it over. He is currently looking for distributors. I buy some of his other products (Ciders) so he drop off two samples. It is definitely worth hunting down or pestering you local distributor to carry.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – A very light yellowish-orange in color with a decent head and a bit of carbonation.

Smell – Man, this ale has a sharp aroma. It’s hard to describe. It’s very fruity, kind of like a concentrated form of apple cider blended with some orange peels and a touch of yeast.

Taste – That flavor from the nose is overpowering. The spices, which are difficult to identify because of the strong fruity flavors, are powdery and chalky. The bad part is, after the initial rush of flavors the ale just dies.

Mouthfeel – Very light carbonation and less than medium in the body, this one had a touch of sourness or something akin to it that puckered the cheeks.

Drinkability – This is not my idea of a good-drinking beer and it is definitely not like any other BSPA that I have tasted before.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single from Wild Oats in Cleveland.

Seems like a spiced Christmas beer to me as aroma and flavor contain orange peal, coriander, pepper, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and more. Light, bubbly, and spicy as hell. Very unique and elusive. This is one of the more spicy beers I have ever had and its hard to put a finger on everything going on here. Light yellow in appearance and slightly hazed from yeast (and maybe spice) sediment. ABV is completely covered. Assertively dry finish yet almost no hop bitterness. Front is sweet and candy like. Tongue is left stinging from spice after each sip. Great beer, unique and highly drinkable if one is in the mood for this sort of thing.

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Photo of ADR
2.26/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hazy but light dirty dark yellow color. Head is very white but scant. Very little lacing on the glass. Aroma is mostly of malt, some lemon, lightly craramel. Thick beer, almost Mead-like with honey and grassy vegetal senses. Hops lend a lightly citric sense late in the profile, but the heavy body and almost canned wax bean impression are ponderous and uncompelling. At 8% ABV, there's some power here, but it all seems like a moderately fermented pile of veggies with honey added beyond the need for sugars (and stopped before it all turned to vinegar). Not a good Belgian Pale Ale (if that's what its really supposed to be) and not a very good beer.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of rastaman
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful clear bronze colour, decent head to start with, fading however and leaving some OK lace. Smells a bit raisiny, spicy and yeasty and a bit floral (hops). Sweetish and raisiny (and a bit toasty), with a fair bit of spice. Packed full of flavour, slightly cloying, syruppy mouthfeel, but balanced by the hops at the end, tasty.

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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 sloejams
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked the cartoon Yeti on the label. It reminded me of those Frosty the Snowman / Jack Frost claymation Christmas specials I loved as a kid. Now a bigger kid, I love beer too.

This had a hazy, creamy blond color - it looked a lot like La Fin du Monde with more sediment. The smell was sweet: canned peaches, lemon with some malt lingering. Tastewise, it was not nearly as sweet; far more balanced.

A fine Belgian beer made in France.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured so as not to disturb the sediment, it's a just-slightly-hazy yellow gold. The creamy bright-white head drops readily but maintains a decent surface covering throughout the glass and leaves some nice lace. In the nose, floral - almost perfumey - hops and fruit dance with a rich Munich-type maltiness. The body is medium and it's nicely creamy in the mouth. Hop flavor, soft summer fruit, and alcohol are present in the flavor along with a substantial bitterness; all doing their part to more than adequately balance the rich malt. It finishes with a flourish of fruity esters and floral/spicy hop flavor, followed by a wash of alcohol and then some malty sweetness. Eventually it dries as the alcohol returns and a firm bitterness rises. Nicely done. Best enjoyed between 45 and 55F as the maltiness isn't masked. I'd like another one!

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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 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 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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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 cabsandking
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color with a white bubbly ring and a thin lace pool. The nose display some fruit characters like apple, lemon and grape bubble gum and other vinous notes with an estery alcohol effervescent. Tart fruit and yeast dominate with a complex sweetness from sugar to ripe fruits. Starts off vinous with apple notes and ends with bittering tones of spicy hops and a tinge of alcohol. As it warms some musky tones are more apparent along with some faint tones of something vinegary or green olive like. Full bodied with tight carbonation sticking palate. The finish is sweet and fruity with some hop florals.

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Photo of rallison
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden color with some floaties (didn't stop pouring quite soon enough...) with a 1 finger fluffy white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: Smells earthy - fresh. Kind of like a saison really. Smells quite refreshing.

T: Nice. Definitely shares some saison characteristics, but with a nice sweet Belgian Strong Pale malt backbone. Some earthiness in there. Some Belgian Candi Sugar sort of sweetness. Nice balance of flavors.

M: Nice medium body for the style with a nice richness to it. Alcohol is not readily apparent, but gives a slight warming.

D: Very, very drinkable in my opinion. Quite enjoyable.

One of the best French beers I have had. Nicely done. Recommended.

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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 Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as it sets in my St. Bernardus glass is a scintillating golden amber color, the head miniscule and what is left after it evanesces leaves a patchy sheet of lace. The aroma of over ripe apples comes to mind along with a bit of malt, citrus fresh and clean. Start is sweet, malt laden, the top middling in its mouth feel with the finish biting in its acidity, the hops spicy in their presence. The aftertaste quite dry and long lasting with a trace of alcohol bitterness, quite a nice beer and a great change of pace from the normal French beers.

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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 weeare138
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, semi-transparent light gold. Solid amounts of CO2 pump up towards the top despite the remnants of the plentiful yeasty chunks. A small off white head slowly fades into a mild, foamy cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of candy coated nuts ala Boston Baked Beans candy(remember those things?), along with lemongrass, vanilla, golden raisins, raw sugar, & ripe pears.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas along with flavors of refreshing carambola, honeydew, and a light grape tartness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fizzy up front with white grapes, chardonnay/pinot notes that slide along the palate.
It drinks sort of like a light champagne with some alcohol noticed in the mix.

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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 KoG
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of the bottles I brought back from Oregon.

Hazy amber color with no real haed or lacing. Light lacing covers the top during the entire consumption.

Smells... strange. Fruity, nutty, and a bit of cocoa with sweet malt. No presence of alcohol.

Taste is sweet and light with a tart finish. Yeast flavors and slightly bitter cocoa flavor roudns out the finish.

Goes down rather smooth, although this is something that I really wouldn't seek out again.

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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 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 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 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 bigbubba
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A straw colored beer with a very small white head. There was a bit of yeast or sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The smell and taste are both good. Very fruity aroma with a hint of the smell of Champaign. The taste is also fruity, not too sweet, but not bitter either. The mouthfeel is good and substantial. The alcohol is well hidden. As for drinkability, this kind of beer seems to give me a bad headache when I have a few. I'll just have one once in a while.

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Yeti from Brasserie Des Cimes
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 54 ratings