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Formerly brewed at Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Freising, Germany

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RATINGS: 636   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Over 1000 years of brewery experience together with American innovation, two years of development and the four ingredients malt, hops, water, and yeast resulted in a new dimension of the art of brewing and in an innovative, ground-breaking beer: Infinium. The sparkling beer is complex, unique in taste and produced strictly according to the German purity law. This sparkling beer is dry and strong in taste despite the more the 10 percent by volume alcohol and unsettles preconceived opinion about the limits of the German purity law. The strong, deep golden beer will enter the market in noble, corked, 0.75 liter bottles. The joint venture of Weihenstephan and Samuel Adams unites a new way of thinking about the world of the American extreme.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
750ml Bottle: Aroma of champagne yeast, grain, malt, bread, and slight caramel. Poured amber/gold/apple juice in color with a medium-sized, fizzy, loose, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Very sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, champagne yeast, grain, honey, sugar, light hops, and a hint of alcohol. Medium body. Lightly oily, but otherwise average texture. Lively carbonation. Heavily sweet, champagne yeast, malt, slight hops, and honey finish. 10.5%ABV is very well hidden throughout, though slightly present in the flavor. Kinda disappointing with all of the hype this brew received. Where are all the hops?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2011
My best description of this beer is a dark, hoppy, champagne. Very effervescent pour. The nose is somewhat dry, but has a subtle, but well done, malt touch. The finish is surprisingly hoppy. This would be good as a champagne substitute, but I dont see this being an elite beer, despite the somewhat steep cost. If you are a fan of Belgian beers, I would definitely try this at least once.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Sam Adams infinium. 750ml bottle thanks the the newiems for sharing this... Pours an orange cidery hue with a thin soapy white head... Aroma is sweet and yeasty with a honey malt sort of profile alongside a sweet dried fruit. Not too complicated...What immediately hits first is big full-on effervescentce with sweet ripened fruits (yeast with buttered pear and apricots) not far from dark but not quite there either. Carbonation is prickly and champagney for sure albeit a tad too sweet. Wouldnt be my choice for the occasion but glad to try. 7/4/7/3/13

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (2031) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 3, 2011
750 ml bottle, $19.99 at a local supermarket. Pours a slightly cloudy honey color with very active carbonation. I poured into a trappist glass anticipating a large head and wasnt disappoint. Netted a 2 finger white head that receded, but never disappeared. Sweet, yeasty aroma with touches of golden apple and earth. A bit of butterscotch too. Medium bodied palate and high carbonation. The carbonation tickles the tongue and mouth, but it is smooth and goes down easy. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. I dont know if this brew was worth the $$, but it wouldnt be the first time I paid that much for a beer. Im glad I had it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazed orange gold with a large foamy white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left ample lace. Pleasant floral aroma that also has some sweet malt and mild spice. The flavor is malt with some very light sweetness, mild fruit and again just a bit of spice. Dries out towards the finish with some moderate hops bitterness as well. Effervescent and a bit fizzy on the palate. Medium bodied. Enjoyable.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours bubbly golden with a big white head. Okay it looks like champagne. Smell is diacetyl. Flavor is buttery/butterscotch, yikes, more diacetyl. This beer has irredeemable brewing flaws and probably should not be sold (esp for $18 a bottle!)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a crisp gold color with a large pillowy white head. Aroma is almost Hawaiian Punch, lemon citrus, and caramel malts. Taste is much like a Tripel - slightly heavy and cloying and overly sweet. Lemon citrus notes and light caramel malts. A bit too sweet and sugary for my liking. Would have preferred it to be brighter.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bnoel09 (586) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Didnt have any flutes as was recommended, so poured into a normal wine glass. Color and appearance of apple cider. Thick white head that fades quickly. Aroma is fruity with notes of banana, apple, and grapes. Taste is similar with complex fruit notes and a dry bitter finish. Overall much more of a champagne/wine palate and flavoring. Definitely seems to meet what the brewers set out to do - break down the taste constraints most people would associate with the German beer purity rules. Not quite my style, but definitely an interesting and different way to celebrate and a conversation piece.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Pours a golden color with a small fizzy head with tons of little bubbles. Nose is spicy, fruity, and lots of honey! Flavor has a bready note, with more spicy and honey, there are also some mild caramel notes, and a peppery note as Infinium warms. The finish is bitter sweet, buttery, and dry. The first time I had Infinium, I wasnt sure what to make of it! Now that this is my second time, I find it perfectly balanced and very unique. I just dont think I could afford to put it in a regular rotation!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2844) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Rich amber color; Medium body; Aroma of yeast, malt, ripe fruit, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, fruit (notably grapes), clove, caramel/syrup, and light hops; Finish is dry; Highly carbonated - champagne like; Fairly well balanced; The alcohol is well hidden; Overall, different - but decent; Does not live up to the hype though.


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