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Rick Hawley
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Post Number: 65
Registered: 07-2003
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Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 08:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Anybody tried it? The wife gave me 2 bottles for christmas so I guess I will open 1 tomorrow. Not something I would spend the $$ on myself but she saw expensive beer and thought of me, so what the heck.
 

Robert
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Post Number: 339
Registered: 05-2003
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Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 08:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a bottle I am planning for New Year's, I have heard mixed reviews about it and am eager to hear what the collective has to say. The lady at the liquor store where I bought it said that it pours with a massive head, and she had to wait 10-15 minutes before she could drink it. She said not bad, but would not another. We will see.
 

Bill Pierce
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Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 09:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have to grudgingly give Jim Koch credit for his twisted marketing genius. If you make something expensive enough, everyone will want to try it. Moreover, those who know little but want to impress will gravitate toward it as well.
 

mikel
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Post Number: 271
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Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 10:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't find $20 to be that outrageous for a 750ml bottle. Russian River's sour beers are $12 for 375ml. Good lambic from Beersel, Cantillon and Dre Fontein are mostly over $25 a bottle with some upwards of $50. I wonder what Cantillon sells for at the brewery? Does anyone know? It would be interesting to see the markup. Anyways, the real question is why does it cost that much, for marketing or is it expensive to produce?
 

Tex Brewer
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Username: Texbrewer

Post Number: 631
Registered: 03-2004
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Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 11:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I tried one at Xmas. Good, but it's not worth it. Highly carb'd of course, like champagne, but the flavors are merely OK. It's not exactly The Champagne of Bottled Beers I'd much sooner a fine Belgian golden ale or triple at a more reasonable price.
 

Vance Barnes
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Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 4069
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 11:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Discussion on the ATL beer list about it a couple of weeks ago. Concensious seemed to be it was just OK and really not worth the $.
 

Marc Rehfuss
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Post Number: 265
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Friday, December 31, 2010 - 12:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Had a bottle a few days ago (was a gift). Tasted like a muted tripel. I certainly wouldn't spend my own money on it.
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 7600
Registered: 03-2004
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Posted on Friday, December 31, 2010 - 03:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It is supposed to be bottle conditioned. As carbonated as it is, does the sediment badly cloud the beer?
 

gregory gettman
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Username: Gregman

Post Number: 746
Registered: 03-2003
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Posted on Friday, December 31, 2010 - 04:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How does it compare to Deus? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
 

Bill Pierce
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Posted on Friday, December 31, 2010 - 04:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

As I said above, I've never had Infinium, but I have had Deus. While I seldom paste what I said elsewhere, I gave it a 3.5 out of 5 rating on RateBeer, and I suppose my review speaks for itself:

"I found this beer at a Detroit area liquor store, and at $30 for a 750 ml bottle I confess itís the most I have ever paid for a non-vintage beer. Itís a worthy effort, all right, with a fruit salad aroma, beautiful light golden color and champagne-like carbonation. The alcohol warmth is certainly there, but itís never harsh or hot. It finishes with a spicy, floral hop character. Others have mentioned my main reservation: itís underattenuated (too sweet) for something that claims to be 'brut.' I can think of two other Belgian beer styles that would be better candidates for the high alcohol champagne treatment: a golden strong ale such as Duvel or a spicy but hoppy (for a Belgian) saison. A dry finish would make it more refreshing and a better beer overall."
 

Jim Williams
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Posted on Friday, December 31, 2010 - 07:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I bought a bottle to split with my bakers after our big Christmas eve production night. It was split among 6 of my guys with myself, so small samples each. I remember it as interesting but forgettable. Nothing special, and not one of these guys thought much of it. Of all of us, 3 are not beer guys. 4 are. I wouldn't buy again, but it was fun for the occasion.
 

Josh Johnson
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Post Number: 161
Registered: 07-2003
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Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 06:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I had it. Also agree with the sentiment here. Interesting, but not worth $20. I could spend that $20 on a sixer of Founder's Breakfast Stout and be in heaven.

It has a real warm, full nose, lots of malt up front, just enough hops to balance it. They managed to keep the body somewhat light. I think they must've used an ale yeast, because it was fruiter than the standard German lager strain.

Think of this as a triple that used all malt instead of candi sugar (in complying with Reinheitsgebot). In the end, it's similar to a Delirium Tremens without the drinkability.