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 maddamish
4.83/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light copper in color. Minimal head with an aggressive pour. Minimal to no lacing at all.

Smell: southern sweet tea.

Taste: Notes of orange, taffy, sugar and sugar water. A desert beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy

Drinkability: All day long. This is a delicious beer

Notes: I paid $3.50 for an 11.2 oz. bottle. I felt kind of bad on the drive home having indulged in this. I won't say it was justified but you may see me purchase a couple of these a year. One of the better beers I have had this year.

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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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Photo of brentk56
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden body with a bubbly white head that leaves dancing patterns of lace around the glass

Smell: Lemon, apricots and lychees jump out in the foreground with herbal, oak and vanilla notes peaking through

Taste: Starts out with a mouthful of fruity and floral elements with a citrus twang; after the swallow, an herbacious bitterness climb up from the throat and conquers the sides of the tongue; later a touch of vanilla and caramel blends in to balance the other flavors

Mouthfeel: RIch and juicy with a fairly high level of carbonation; a bit of warmth on the finish

Drinkability: Expecting a BSPA, the first sip was a shock to the palate; later, as I explored this beer, I came to really enjoy and appreciate its unique complexity; reminds me of an herbal flavored Ricola

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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 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 feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After finishing and attempting to review Yeti, I feel like a phoney, a failure, a fraud, a fool...there was no way I could pin down any exact associations for the flavor of this was so unique, so elusive, I couldn't be anything but impressed...and depressed by my inability to name it!
Appearance: a clean, bright, shiny amber hue, with a smallish white head.
Aroma: utterly unique! Sharp. piney, open, alive, and...strange...I've been stuggling with it for days now, for the memory of it's flavor returns, but it's so hard to nail! Not too sweet, and not at all sour, candyish, without coming near cloyingness, and a trifle fruity, without resembling any particular fruit I know.
This oddness about the aroma continues throughout the flavor, and I'm utterly dumbfounded. No mistake, it's good, and tasty, but utterly foreign to any sort of associations I could muster up! No part of my paltry wits can piece it together!...but I try...a blend of fruit and vegetable, a hint of herb, light, but flavorful, with a long, tasty finish.
The 8% ABV doesn't show up much, and the flavor is memorable, if too mystifying to categorize. I don't know what category this "truly" belongs to, it's in an order of it's own. Glad they found this Yeti, and I thank Gromit for sharing!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce (330ml) bottle sealed with a black crown cap that carries a “BP” insignia set inside an Alp logo with a red sun behind it. Main label is just as the one pictured in the DB. “Yeti” is listed at 8%. Reverse label has a Best Before End Date of A-12-06.

Appearance: Dirty golden blond with a creamy white halo head and a broken surface. Incredibly fine conditioning is supported by a healthy barrage of streamers.

Nose: Gorgeous floral fruity effervescent monster. Apples & pears with some fruit salad thrown in the back end. Return sniffs bring out citrus laden pale malts, lemon, soft edged hops, wine gums, boiled sugar candy and a healthy dollop of fruit pastilles. Incredible fruity and an all around clean & clear sweetness which never annoys. Interesting aroma’s to say the least and quite unique.

Taste: Sweet candy with a spike of sharp lemons to balance the middle. Spicy esterified hops with a gentle fruit salad ending that has a little acidity which rides easy against the high carbonation. Light sweetness is famously balanced against the spicy hops and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Not a glimmer of the 8% alcohol. It’s as well hidden as the last family of Yeti’s; I can’t seem to find it anywhere! The finely dissolved conditioning is high end all the way through and bolsters the feel; despite the absence of the alcohol it has a refreshing yet fulfilling body.

Drinkability: Given its rather Machiavellian nature, in so far as it seems to want to be something its not, yet it’s far from certain what it does, or does not, want to be, this one is very quaffable indeed.

Overall: An interesting offering to say the least, difficult to compartmentalize this into any particular style. Needless to say it drinks like Sherbet Lemons infused in a Dry Spiced Hoppy Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Sounds awful, but actually it’s far from Abominable; heck I think I might even believe in Yeti’s, wonder if they speak French!?

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Photo of Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by A/4/05

A - Pours a cloudy orange/brown color, very little carbonation, small head which dissaptes quickly, but leaves some nice lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of sweet malts, and fruity.

T - The taste is pretty sweet/kinda sugary malty. The finish is a little bitter, but nice. Alcohol content is hidden pretty well. This brew does have an unique taste.

M - Medium body. Well balanced, not too carbonated.

D - Very drinkable at the ABV. Would buy again and recommend to others.

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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 tjd25
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer before, and I knew I would have to fight to get head. I did my best but it only lasted 5 seconds. The body is of a great almost opaque orange copper color. The smell is fruity with sweet peaches, apple (cider) and maybe some caramel. A bit liquorish, the smell shows the 8% of the beer.
The taste is very fruity and round, spicy with some liquorice too, and amazingly balanced. A nice dry herbal hoppiness is not noticeable at first but appears after a while and is very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is very round, very tiny bubbles stimulate the tongue, the hops are perfectly balanced. NIIICE!

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Photo of Crosling
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Le Sois Bock in Paris, France.

Light Golden.

The nose varied throughout but was very enjoyable providing periodic whiffs of different fruits (grapes, lemons and apples) but then switching to a more dry and herbal base with whiffs of hay and flowers.

Solid in its flavor. Very solid. Sweet and very fruity with notes of coriander, tangerine and peach, also some sugars perhaps. A toasty malt body in the backround.

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

Pours a three finger white head that fades to a ring leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts smooth and bready, more balanced at finish, the higher ABV is well hidden. One of the better French beers I've had. $3.40 for a 330ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

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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 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 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 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 msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 33cl bottle into a snifter and shared with my wife.

A: Blonde, slightly cloudy with a tinge of light orange. A on-finger white head which fades to a wispy film. Sediment settles to reveal a nearly clear ale with lots of champagne-like fizzing carbonation.

S: Nutmeg, pepper, orange and sweet yeastiness with liberal amounts of lemon zest. Also somewhat musty and tart. A rich and complex nose on this one...

T: Dry/tart mashed apples, spiced honey, cloves and sweet peaches. An herbal grassiness like a meadow. Pretty tasty stuff.

M: Begins with a bright crispness with a medium mouthfeel and ample carbonation. Gradually weakens, becoming pretty thin and slick (it was maybe 20 minutes between the first sip and the last...)

D: Nice flavors, combining sweetness and dryness, fruit and spice. Alluring and well-concealed ABV. An ale we would gladly have again - Recommended.

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Photo of TheLiterati
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this at a hole in the wall liquor store in my city that I’ve been vowing to go to for years on the hope that I’d find something different. Alas, there was the Yeti.

The cloudy, yet bubbly golden amber appearance was capped with a finger high frothy head – very nice. However, the first whiff hit my nose like floral bubble bath or even flowery dish soap. To be fair, my allergies have my skewed my olfactory sensitivities, so I gave it another smell, and sure enough, the fruit essences began to waft from the glass.

The taste was sweet, crisp and fruity, with a pleasant mouthfeel. I thought all those bubbles would be distracting, but it provided a nice balance to what could have been syrupy. Overall, I found I was pleasantly surprised by the drinkability of this brew, and will definitely enjoy another Yeti again very soon.

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

Pale straw color -- golden with a dense white head. Aromas of ripe tropical fruits. Kind of tripel-ish in some ways with a floral, aromatic presence. Light, fluffy, fruity: malty and sweet up front, moves to a fruity taste, and finishes fairly dry with a slight alcohol kick at the end. This is a wonderfully light beer with some real strength to it. Easy drinkin'.

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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 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 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 amstelcat
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the WInking Lizard in Peninsula as on of the World Tour of Beers.

Pours out a hazy dark gold color with a nice dense head that stuck around for a decent amount of time.

Maple syrup, butterscotch, and some sweet fruit on the nose. Fairly complex.

Got a taste of rich cherry on the first sip, and then some bitterness as it rested on my tongue. Not a hoppy bitterness but more like citrus. Earthy.

Mouthfeel was good but the flavor could have stuck around a little longer.

A fine beer- it was my companion's favorite beer on the tour.

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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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Yeti from Brasserie Des Cimes
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