Infinium | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by LtCracker20 on 12-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Foil says 2011.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a full inch of head that bears some retention before subsiding to a 1/8 inch head and hazy surface foam. Decent lacing.

S- Smells that intentional? Has that earthy, malt-balanced hop aroma that's reminiscent of west coast IPAs. Semi-astringent.

T- Surprisingly, doesn't taste hoppy. There's a smooth conjunction of flavors that, all put together, does remind one of champagne and its simple, neutral flavor. The strange aroma still throws that off but, just focusing on flavor, it hits the mark. Hops that aren't overly bitter, malts that aren't too sweet and it makes for easy drinking because I just remembered this is 10.3%. It may not have a white wine flavor to it, but that's a plus in my book. The malt character comes through stronger as the beer warms.

M- Medium-high carbonation and plenty of bubbles, as expected. Quite a full body for a beer that feels somewhat like champagne.

O- Pretty good. Not something that I'd drink all the time, but I guess that's the point. Not quite worth the $19 I spent on it, but I feel they accomplished what they were going for.

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Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was reluctant to drop $21 on this but I figured it was better than getting another barrel-aged stout or something.

A- Perfectly clear orange with a huge and foamy white cap. Good retention and a nice pillow stays behind. An infinium of bubbles rise fromt he bottom and a small coat of thick lace stays behind.

S- German Weihenstephaner yeast up front. Gives me some dark and citrus fruit. Slight banana and clove that actually build as it warms. Banana bread feel later on. Pear notes, sugar/vanilla?

T- Starts out with fruit-less champagne feel and German yeast slowly works its way in. Clove, banana, hops (citrus, grass, earth, spice). Sweet but not cloying. Raisins as it warms. Some alcohol.

MF- Fluffy and creamy light body with high carbonation and a slight oily feel. Slightly bitter. Some warming.

DB- Very interesting and sometimes hard to describe. Has champange (except sweetness) and German yeast elements to it. Nice but hard to justify the price.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am surprised that other reviewers didn't enjoy this beer as much as I did. This is the first Bière de Champagne that I can remember drinking and I personally really enjoyed the style. It is very sweet, but I thought the sweetness was well complemented and balanced by the champagne-type mouthfeel, which made this go down easy for me (even with the high alcohol) and made the beer stand out from others. I'm not even a huge fan of champagne, but this beer seemed to me to combine the best of both champagne (delicate mouthfeel, gentle sweetness) and beer (stabilizing malt base). Would love to drink more of this, or try more beers in this style.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Infinium pours a clear light copper color with a huge, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma has notes of light fruit, such as white grape and raisin, mixed with pale malt, lemon zest and coriander.

Each sip of this medium-full bodied beer is slightly, dry, with a firm carbonated fizz on the palate. The flavor is malty with tastes of pale and amber malt, light fruit notes of white grape. It finishes spicy with a flavor of clove. Once gone the sweet malt and spicy notes linger on the palate.

This beer reminds me of a Belgian triple. Malty with a nice spicy note.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2011 bottle into a champagne glass. The note hanging around the neck says the beer should be enjoyed before July 2012. Lots of smoke coming out the bottle once the cork was removed.
Hazy golden-orange color with lots of carbonation leading to almost all of the pour looking like head. The head dissipates fairly quickly but there is still tons of bubbles rising to the surface. Visually it looks very much like champagne.
Aroma is extremely fruity and sweet. It was hard to pick up anything besides the sweet fruity notes.
Taste upfront was also on the sweeter side. Crisp with some tartness from the middle to the finish; slightly astringent. However, the sharp carbonation acts as a nice palate cleanser.
The alcohol is extremely well masked, by no means does it feel like a 10% beer. Very good drinkability.
Overall, this is a 'different' beer, an interesting brew from Sam Adams and Weihenstephan. The price is too steep though and I honestly don't think it is worth $20 a bottle.
Definitely worth trying once for the experience. I am glad I tried it, but not sure if I will get another one.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one recently at the BevMo on Geary.

Pouring into a Cantillon flute. It's a medium golden, clear. 1-2 fingers of tiny bubbles stacked atop but receded down.

Fruity/herbal spicy in the nose. Melon, light cracker malt.

Lightly malty sweet. Fruity, tangerine-like citrus. Modest floral. Bitterness is medium-low/low. Crisp, dry finish.

Light bodied, moderately-high to high in brisk bubbles.

Light, refreshing, fruity/spicy brew. I get the Champagne reference. Slightly reminiscent of a pilsner in the soft malty/noble hop departments but the fruitiness makes this something else entirely.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a rather stylish, champagne-like bottle into a long-stemmed wine glass.
Deep, honey-gold in color, and very effervescent,spritzy head of foam.
Aroma-Very wine-like, fruity, vanilla notes.
Taste-Fruit wine,apricot, peach cobbler, honey.
Rather dry finish.
Overall,more sweet than anything, a good dose of balancing hops could have helped the flavor, but maybe that's not quite the style. Certainly an interesting beer that to me would be well-suited as a dessert beer and would be an excellent match for chocolate-dipped strawberries. A bit too expensive to be an everyday beer, but for a special occasion(Valentine's Day anyone?) and as a rather sweet-flavored high ABV brew, it could be a way to introduce your wife or girlfriend to your little corner of the craft beer world. I'm just sayin'...

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.89/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had to try this bottle after the hype. I am mildly uncertain after seeing reviews thus far.

Poured into a champagne glass; it has the color of hard cider with lighter tones of yellow around the edges. There was a tremendous amount of carbonation behind this cork which thankfully shot into my secure palm. The beer appears rich and has a slight haze, which is something I traditionally like in a golden ale (or whatever the hell this is). What is strange about this beer is a completely lacking head and absolutely no lacing whatsoever.

I get notes of ester sweetness, hoppy bitterness, and a slight yeasty funk/fruitiness. This beer is light yet complex to my senses. I find a slight cardboard stale scent that lingers aside from the traditional beer characteristics.

Something so strange and complex yet refreshing and celebratory. The secondary fermentation, which must have used a pretty resilient yeast, doesn't come though strong like a belgian, but does explain some of the bready thickness. I also note a lighter citrus hop bitterness that is appropriate for a beer attempting a bubbly classic; I wouldn't want a super piney hop for something that is supposedly light and refreshing.

The beer is fairly full-bodied with light, honey sweetness, but a slightly off-putting and syrupy aftertaste. The alcohol is not as easily hidden to my mouth as it is my nose, but does contribute to the fullness of this beverage's body. This beer is not like any other I've had and it's hard to believe that using only the 4 essentials of beer were they able to produce something with such contrast to the norm.

I think this beer is quite drinkable, it pushes the limits and I can appreciate the attempt. There is a distinct yet light yest characteristic followed by a sweet malt, bitter hops, and thousands of tiny bubbles.
However, I do not appreciate the price. I'm glad for trying it and I adequately celebrated a phenomenal semester, but I love my Belgians (which can pop a cork just as hard).


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Photo of jbonapar
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was very interested in this beer as Weihenstephan is without a doubt one of my favorite breweries.

Opened as a Birthday Beer for a friend!

Poured a wonder apricot/peachy color with a slight haze. A soft yet thick head developed.

SMell of Apricots, Vanilla, cream.

Taste was wonderfull. Very difficult to describe. From a style perspective between a Belgian Triple and a cream ale. Apricots again, lots of creamy butter with a hint of vanilla. subtle hops and a slight alcohol burn.

I actually enjoyed this more than other reviewers, truly unique. Not that I would buy it again, but for a one off tasting it was interesting to say the least.

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Photo of bbeane
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a snifter... Starts off with two finger thick white fizzy head that mostly disappears quickly leaving some behind. Liquid is a crisp light amber color with lots of activity

S- Has a semi sweet pear-like aroma with a boozy backbone

T- Starts out with a malty sweetness, tastes of pears, cinnamon, spice. Has a subtle bitterness that comes in mid swig and is present through the finish... accompanied by some boozy heat in the back of your throat

M- Medium body with medium/high carbonation

D- Its different and not really like any other american strong ale I've had... that being said, I don't think it's something I would drink normally, but worth a try depending on the price. I got mine for $16 which was high but worth it to try


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Photo of vandemonian
3.91/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Infinium. People like to take shots at Sam Adams, since they are the big fish, but I thought this beer was decent enough... although it didn't deserve all it's hype.

A: Orange colour and and excellent white head. Very, very carbonated 4.5

S: The smell is quite hoppy with some yeastiness. 3.5

F: The flavour is sour with some bitterness and hoppiness. Fresh champagne-like finish. 4

M: The mouthfeel is foamy and aggressively carbonated. 4

O: Very drinkable. 4

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.91/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50 ml dark brown bottle. Best before July 2011.
Served in an Orval goblet.
Pours a very clean tea-colored amber with slow fading fine effervescent white bubbles and some patchy and trailing lacing.
The initial aroma reminds me of an oaky Chardonnay with light smells of light-roasted malt and some citrusy hop notes.
This unique brew has a very tart fruity white grape at first taste. A slightly sweet malty taste slides through and gains ground as it warms. The hop profile is fairly simple with a little lemony citrus and a slightly resinous back-of-the-throat flavor. A taste of salt is present throughout. An ice wine-like taste provides an unusual, though agreeable alcoholic kick.
The extra bubbly effect fades within minutes of pouring
Champagne is not high on my list of favorite alcoholic beverages, though, it's the perfect drink to enjoy with friends and family on certain occasions.
This is just the beer for special times.
Enjoy with fine aged cheeses or, perhaps fruity, tart sherbet.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a massive all head, custard colored. Held pretty good but when it did deflate it did so quickly. Slightly hazed and deep golden in color. Smell is nice with yeast, caramel, dried fruits and fig. Taste follows smell with an emphasis on the caramel and a citrus tang in the aftertaste. Mild but fairly long finish with a faint burn from the alcohol. And though this tops 10% alcohol I think it's fairly well hidden, the alcohol doesn't slap you in the face right away. All-in-all this is quite a nice beer, a treat, though whether it's the champagne of beer is debatable, as well as whether it deserves the over $20 price tag.

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Photo of amk786
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is probably one of the coolest looking beer i have ever seen.
With a smell of sour grapes, feel of malted barley, with a slight aroma of hops, neither sweet nor bitter but balanced, smooth texture and feel, and retains a medium head on the glass.

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Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong champagne like pop when the cork is removed.

Clear copper colored beer with a tall white colored head.

Smell of vanilla and wine when uncorked. Very fruity aroma peach, raspberry and banana. Over ripe banana and vanilla with some caramel, makes me think Banana Brûlée.

Starts out sweet and spicy with an apple and banana aftertaste. Lots of banana flavor here with caramel, something like the dessert Bananas Foster.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability will depend on your like of banana, I personally like it but not $20 a Bottle Like.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Production date 07.02.13, had a few weeks ago, a bit after the expiration date.
Pours light amber, a tiny bit hazy, with a rich frothy head that subsides to a half finger thin white cap that lasts for a very very long time, but leaves few traces on the glass.
Rather Belgian in the smell, with sweet apple and apricot jam, some fig, plum and raisin, a hint of banana, lots of caramel, faint candi sugar and sweet cake spices (licorice, caramelised citrus peel). There are some rather strong alcohol vapors coming up, also a bit of a weird scent that at first it reminded me of cat urine.
Taste starts with fruit jam (apple, apricot, peach, sweet cherry, orange) and alcohol drenched raisins. Low maltiness, some caramel and Belgian sugars. There's a mixed yeasty feel, with some hefeweizen and Belgian ale elements, the second ones dominating tho (some pepper, clove, licorice, faint vanilla). Finish is close to champagne-dry, mildly bitter from some spicy/fruity hops (not too strong).
Medium body and quite carbonated, it isn't syrupy or heavy for its rather big sweetness. Gets really boozy drinking it, quite a big problem there. Sweet and fruity aftertaste, reminding a bit of sherry or strong red wine.
Not sure why people hate this one so much. I had it on a special occasion, so maybe i am biased, but i really liked it. Aside from the booze and the (yeasty?) weirdness, this was more than decent.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This pours a beautiful transparent golden color. It has a big white fluffy champagne head, that overflowed from the glass and went all over my counter top. The head also left little bits of scattered lacing as it fizzed down to a small ring at the edge of the glass. There are also a lot of carbonation bubbles present.

S - The smell is sweet and yeasty. There are doughy, and bread notes, as well as some earthiness. I am so getting some golden fruits and just a touch of hops.

T - It tastes of bready malts and belgian yeast. There is also a nice bit of light golden fruits present. It is sweet, but there is also a nice spiciness to it. I am getting a small hint of the alcohol presence as well.

M - This has a nice medium body and high carbonation. The carbonation tickles the tongue and mouth. It is creamy and goes down smooth. There is also a slight alcohol warming sensation.

D - The drinkability is good. A lot of people have been a little too harsh on this beer in my opinion. I think it is a very interesting beer. I have never tried this style before, and it is certainly different than anything I have ever had. I think this is a great drink for a beer drinker who is at an occasion that normally calls for champagne. Other than a lot of people, I am glad I spent the $19 for a new experience. Good beer for special celebrations.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale gold and very effervescent having a large, rocky off-white head with a moderate retention time. The overall appearance is that of a champagne.

S: Yeast and hops on the first sniff with the yeast quickly dissipating. The moderate Noble hops aroma dominates having floral and citrus notes. The moderately-light malt aroma is toasty and biscuity.

T: This is dry having a medium bitterness with a touch of sour. There is a moderate lemony hops flavor with a light florar note. A touch of sweetness chows itself mid-palate but is quickly overtaken by a dry bitter finish. There is some fermentation derived fruitiness that like a light peach and very light apricot.

O: This is a lot more appealing to those seeking a beer alternative to champagne with a solid bitterness and a dry refreshing finish that works well on its own or paired with dessert, fish or a light salad.

Note: Nothing like the one I had last year where the residual sweetness was just short of cloying. I'm not sure f the bottle was infected, if it is it's in a good way, but I don't care because dry is good and sour is great in my book.

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Photo of tbrown4
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml -> Dogfish Head Chalice. Split with my buddy Greg on brewing/bottling day. Celebrating the end of a long day. This is my first time with this brew.

A - Slightly hazy bright gold/straw colored. Big fluffy fine bubbled head. Fair amoutn of constant carb.

S - Light fresh earthy hops, slight spice. Very subtle and clean.

T - Almost identical to the armoa but with a little more pressence. Very unique and subtle. Light earthy spices, clean hop finish. As it warms and opens it up a deep dark honey note is revealed. Almost takes on the characteristics of a Belgian strong golden ale.

M - Feels light/medium bodied.

D - Feels like it could be easy to drink, but at 10+%ABV, it's sipper. Not sure I'd go crazy to find this one again as it seems a bit pricey for what it is. It's good and it's worth a taste.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden color with a sizeable white head. Darker then I was expecting for sure. Tart, soomewhat "green" aroma. Very solid, sweet malty flavor. A whisper of booziness. Tart, somewhat acidic. Very full mouthfeel, the maltiness is still there and sticky. I really enjoyed this beer. I thought it was going to be much lighter and more champagne like. This bottle was a gift, dont know if I would spend the money myself but it will go on my "wants" for sure. Very unique.

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Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unless you love foam, the first pour requires the patience of a saint. With Champagne, the tinier and more agile the better and this Champagne-esque beer has almost microscopic bubbles that swarm like angry wasps at a massive, pearl white head suitable is to take a nap on. Apparently the packaging was not just an easy 'ka-ching' - the contents are impressive too.

The bouquet smells like a blend of sparkling wine and Orval which, in my mind, is the proverbial "champagne" of beers due to its distinction and high esteem. A portion of it also contains the slightly tart, musty, almost cheesy note of 'barnyard funk' found in French and Belgian saisons as well as newer, so called 'American Wild Ales'. Either way: yeast steals the show. And it only grows more confident with warmth.

The underlying acidity in the aroma also accents the taste, which might be a minor disappointment to anyone hoping for overtly malt- or hop-derived flavours. Instead, the yeast is in the driver's seat and veers us towards overripe orchard fruit, dried spices and the aforementioned citrusy acidity. Malts, however, aren't entirely forgotten as honey-coated oats, dried hay and cereal grains march their way onto the palate too.

One major difference between this and Champagne is the amount of froth you have to make your way through for any liquid to touch your lips. This aspect I don't like. Otherwise, however, the malts are thin and sugary, the carbonation brisk and bubbly and the aftertaste residually dry and fruity. One glass easily lends itself to the next. Good thing for the 750ml bottle which, by the way, is a perfect candidate for social get-togethers.

Considering I regard Orval as perhaps the greatest beer ever made by man, and considering Infinium at least superficially resembles it, it'd be contradictory for me to review this any lower than I have. Also, I thought this an impressively avant-garde offering considering it's a tandem offering from the world's oldest brewery and America's most mainstream micro. All things considered it's a fair exchange for $15, at least this one time.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage from cellar. Had the morning after DLD as a way to celebrate and compliment an awesome, slab bacon, leek, poached egg on bread breakfast.

Medium copper, amber color with champagney head and awesome bubbling.

Mildly sweet cracker and bread crust and yeasty fruit aroma. Balancd well by the earthy, grassy noble hops and the spring of the carbonation.

Very well balanced flavor profile from start to finish. Toasty sweet malts mixed with a dry fruit champagne yeast and earthy, citric hops. Well balanced. Just a little warm on the abv. finish. Pretty good beer though. Glad I tried and shared it with my fiance and good buddy.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.96/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date: 27 December 2010
Glass: 20cl Super Bock Pilsner
Type: 750ml champagne bottle

Poured gently for a 2-finger head, reducing to a very frothy film, extremely sticky and foamy lacing, color is brass stricken with copper (wow okay WHAT did I just say?). Aroma of raisins, dates, ripe figs, and lots of sweet malty sugar. Taste is slightly boozy, with figs and prunes. Very sweet and boozy on the palate. I could not sip more than a small glass at a time. Make sure you share with some friends. Definitely the champagne of beer! (Sorry Miller High Life.)

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Photo of msanborn
3.96/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As someone who drinks a lot of wine as well as beer, this was a phenomenal experience. Pours hazy golden orange with lingering bits of carbonation sitting on top. Smell is orange rind and other citrus and bready champagne yeast. Very floral on the nose as well. the first taste is all orange and yeast, subdued and balanced flavor which I think is what gets the beer it's low rating from the majority of BAs, however this isn't a beer that's supposed to slap you in the face with hops or dark chocolate or bourbon flavor, it's supposed to showcase the yeast. This is a rich floral beer with a great mouthfeel and really nothing overwhelmingly negative to it. The price wasn't an issue for me because it was free at a friend's house for a small party. If you've ever had a grand cru champagne in your life you would appreciate this beer. If you just look past the price tag, you would appreciate this beer. If you store and open the bottle correctly, you would appreciate this beer.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.96/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at Shaw's in Windham NH. Pours a crystal-clear amber body with over an inch of persistent off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. Citrus pulp and pith with hints of caramel and grape. Citrus pulp and pith dominate the flavor too with some caramel notes and a strong vinous quality. On the dry side but not astringent with a fairly clean finish. On the lighter side of medium bodied with ample carbonation. Unique and drinkable. Nuanced in flavor especially, but tasty. A good beer alternative for a special occasion that calls for champagne.

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Infinium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.31 out of 5 based on 1,132 ratings.
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