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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ViveLaChouffe
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in a supermarche in Grenoble, France.

Pours a clear brgith copper with a thin but creamy ivory colored head. Smell is spicy and fruity. Hints of mandarin orange and orange soda.

Taste has a pronounced yeastiness. Spicy (nutmeg and light pepper), lightly fruity and lightly metallice. Low alcohol flavors giving off vanilla, caramel and orange peel. Creamy and well balanced. Smooth yet definitely a slow sipping beer. Lots going on and I can honestly say I've never tasted anything quite like it.

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