Yeti | Brasserie Des Cimes

54 Ratings

Brewed by:
Brasserie Des Cimes

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mattmaples on 09-28-2002

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 jookon01
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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 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 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 jmtpi
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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 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 BretSikkink
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very little haze disrupts the gold brew poured into an admittedly poor receptacle, a handled glass mug. Even without the aggresive nosing of a snifter I can smell this thing a mile away, although not identify it. What is that sweetly rotten stench!? Smells like a bouquet of flowers was fermented with the wort. Just a hair of malt - lightly roasted.

More malt in the flavor, just barely. If you're taking your girlfriend out this spring, fly your beer freak flag by dousing her in this beer. Make sure to get some behind the ear.

Really strange flavor profile. The warmer it is the harder I have finishing it. The smell gets a sweet rating, cause I've never smelled anything like it. Crazy f#%ing French. The redeemer is the bitterness that sneaks in after the blossom, only sense of balance in the brew.

For me, the scent and taste are too strongly floral and the malt too distinct to really get into. If you're into esoteric beers, this is one of a kind. Belgian strong pale? Eh..not really. Don't expect a Duvel. Or even a Kwak. Crazy f'ing French!

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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 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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Significantly cloudy dark butterscotch filled to the gills with variously sized particulates. The head is pale lemon-ivory in color, fairly small and a little too soft to stick. By the five minute mark, a thin covering film is all that is visible.

This is an interesting nose for a so-called BSPA. First of all, there are no yeasty aromas that I can appreciate, clovey Belgian or otherwise. It smells citrus fruity, like artificial lemon. Lemon candy or lemon soda maybe. It isn't a bad aroma, just a strange one coming from beer.

Yeti tastes as strange as it smells. There's a fair amount of malt present, as evidenced by the substantial mouthfeel, but with little malt flavor. It's also on the hop-deficient side, both in terms of flavor and bitterness, and there's a mild spiciness that is reminiscent of cardamom and ginger (although I'm not that comfortable with those comparisons).

Artificial lemony citrus is still in the house. The bottom line is that the flavor profile is vastly different from anything that I've had before and defies adequate description... at least by me on this particular night. The body/mouthfeel is medium with a pleasant syrupiness on the back end and there's no hint of the 8% ABV.

Yeti is a conumdrum, wrapped in a riddle, surrounded by an enigma. I'm having trouble coming to grips with its essence, for want of a better word. So much so that I've forgotten to consider whether or not I actually like it. Um... it's okay, but is nothing that I'll seek out again. Leave it to the French. Those cheese-eating surrender monkeys brew some pretty interesting beer. Great label though.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled March 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, gold to almost copper color. It is topped by a frothy, barely one-finger thick, off white colored head. The aroma has an interesting fruitiness to it that is a mix of berries of tropical fruit. It is hard to pinpoint, but perhaps it is best described as a mix of strawberries, guava and ripe kiwi; it is almost more like a fruity bubble gum with its large almost artificial fruitiness. The aroma is certainly quite distinctive, and I really can't smell much else.

The flavor is quite a bit drier, and much more tart than I would have guessed given the aroma. The artificial fruitiness is still here in the flavor, though it is toned down a bit because of the dryness of the beer. The body of this beer is quite light, especially for a beer of this strength. I would not say it is a quaffing beer though, as the flavors don't quite lend itself to that. This beer is totally different than I was expecting, much more funky & tart than a random French brewery might suggest.

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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 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 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
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