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