Panil Barriquée (Italy Version) - Panil
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4.4/5 rDev +4.8%
My bottle features a blue and purple label with a white drawn oak barrel. Bottled in 2005, the interesting cap has a small embedded plastic cork that gave a healthy pop when I got it off. Pours from the bottle a deep dark brown with tons of garnet hues. Very mellow carbonation creates only a small bubbly head that becomes a ring around the glass with spotty lacing. Aromas hit before I even pick up the glass. Sour cherries and oak collide with a sweet burnt caramel, brown sugar note underneath. A bit funky with some vinegar-esque acidity in the nose. The mix of sweet, sour and wood aromas is quite tantalizing. Simply a lovely aroma.
First sip brings a mix of sweet, warm caramel notes along with a blast of slightly puckering sour cherry. Dry, earthy woody oak flavors flow throughout the length of each sip. A bit vinous in character, I'm enjoying the interplay between the sweet and sour sides of this brew. Fairly acidic with a steady sharp, earthy yeast flavor throught. The subtle funkiness reminds me of a nice lambic. With each sip I can envision the barrel containing this brew, sitting in a dark corner in the brewery, slowly awaiting the day it will be ready to be bottled. Yum.
Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit slick with a really mellow carbonation that allows it to slide across the palate and into my beer lovin stomach. Quite the tasty flanders red here. It's easy to sit and adore a 750ml bottle of this fine Italian brew. Well worth the bigger price tag, Panil deserves praise for creating a truly tasty beer. Thanks to Shelton for bringing this over to the sour beer lovers like me in the US. Now that the bottle is almost gone....it's time to seek out more!
02-02-2006 01:08:42 | More by orbitalr0x
3.65/5 rDev -13.1%
750 ml bottle "Bottled in 2005", bought 5/25/06 and kept in the fridge since. Pours a clear reddish brown with a very wispy head (even after a hard pour) that quickly disappears completely.
The aroma is a little sweet bubblegum and quite a bit of tart fruity sourness with a little smoky oak.
The flavor is mostly tart sourness and cherries with a little bubblegum sweetness and a musty earthiness. The sourness mellows as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery with no carbonation. The bottle had a big pop when I uncapped it but there has been no head or carbonation.
Overall, a bit of a disappointment. Nice, but not great, aroma and flavor. The lack of carbonation was a bit disturbing though.
12-14-2006 07:23:33 | More by Beaver13
2.58/5 rDev -38.6%
2006 bottling, capped not corked. Pours into a goblet a murky mahogany, very lifeless and inert. No head and no lacing.
Aroma is promising, with tannic cherry skins, wet oak logs, wool sweater, and balsamic vinegar.
Mouthfeel is insipid. Just plain flat.
Taste has a backbone of the style characteristics but just doesn't execute. Cherry, wet oak, fermented apple cider, cherry skins, vinegar, and tannins are basically overwhelmed by the vinegar aspect. Not at all enjoyable.
It seems the 2006 bottling of this isn't faring well with reviewers. This is certainly a major disappointment at $16 a bottle. This is barely drinkable.
02-27-2007 15:53:07 | More by merlin48
4/5 rDev -4.8%
Shared a bottle of this brew with Denali at Sunset Grille in Brighton, Massachusetts 7/4/05.
Nice foamy head and a reddish brown body. Smelled of bourbon, fruit and sourness. Tasted fruity and was very sour with strong waves of oak bourbon. A very special and tasty brew, well worth trying if you can find it.
07-06-2005 03:23:36 | More by fdrich29
4.4/5 rDev +4.8%
I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. This is the 2005 version. Interesting plastic lined bottle cap, I presume designed for carb. retention.
Pours a very hazy dark red, with a tiny head of light tan foam. The head quickly falls to just a small ring around the glass, with no real lacing to speak of. A little disappointing after the big blast I got when I opened it. The second, and last, glassful, was very cloudy from the yeast, which I always drink. (For health reasons, you know!).
Aroma is a wonderful, sweet fruitiness, with notes of fermenting grapes and cherries. There's a tiny bit of oak in there, and hardly any hops to speak of. Barnyard funkiness comes through very well as it warms, as well as some yeastiness.
First flavor is sweet fruit, like cherries and grapes, followed by sourness, but not overly so. Was expecting more sourness. Notes of tannin, grape skins, young red wine vinegar, and cherry juice. Aftertaste is a long, puckering sourness/astringency, very pleasant, in competition with a certain level of residual sweetness.
Mouthfeel is tart/sweet, light bodied, with a very low level of carbonation. Finish is slightly dull, but nice. Burps are delish!
This beer is so much better as it warms, it's incredible. When I do another of these, I'll start drinking it at 60F. This was @ 50F when I started this time. As a Flanders Red ale, it's very approachable. I've certainly had much more sour beers. This is nicely complex, without being a jumble of Belgian funk. (Which I indeed love). So, to sum it up, it's very good, I wouldn't mind seeing a bit more funkiness and complexity, but I'd recommend it to anyone thinking of purchasing it.
12-04-2005 17:36:11 | More by jakester
3.88/5 rDev -7.6%
Appearance: brownish red of strawberry jam, slightly murky; pours good head tinged with pink, receding to a film after a few minutes
Aroma: play-doh; musty fruit and mold, or light smoke, as if peated
Taste & Mouthfeel: very intense sweet & sour flavours bursting, with sour cherry grabbing the reigns clear to the finish where the feel of must/smoke appears again; medium body with minimal carbonation and some sugary stickiness; get a big sense of cranberry juice after a while, with a nice zip of chili
Overall: Not something to drink a lot of, but sharp, interesting, and unexpected flavour make it something I could see in a food pairing, maybe with cheese
11-10-2012 02:44:30 | More by BGDrock
4.03/5 rDev -4%
(Served in a flute)
A- This beer pours a reddish-brown body with a strong carbonation and a huge creamy head that last a long time. It has good lacing throughout the drink.
S- This beer smells of back cherries and a hint of oak with a slight sour note in the finish. A very faint note of vanilla with a slight fruitiness.
T- The flavor has a bold earthiness with a nice cognac note. Some notes of orange and red currant are also in the background. This beer finishes with a tart tannic flavor combined with a faint grapefruit note.
M- This has a medium mouthfeel with a mild astringency in the finish
D-This is a nice complex red that has notes of cognac and oak along with a good depth of fruity notes. It has some accents of deep red wine and it has a great earthiness to it. Another great beer that can only be classified as a Flanders Red.
09-12-2005 03:40:08 | More by rhoadsrage
4.05/5 rDev -3.6%
2007 vintage, courtesy of BeerBistro in T.O. (and about 35 bucks, of course...) At least they were clear about which version they were serving.
This beer pours a clear, very dark ruby hue, with very little soapy white head, which leaves but a speck or two of lace around the chalice. It smells of mild barley malt, soar lemon/cherry fruit, and a bit of barnyard funk. The taste is quite tart, with some funky cherry and grape flavours, almost like a fruity red wine that just went off. Below this is a decent sweet malt, and earthy, green hops. The carbonation is very soft, the body fruity and fleshy, medium weight, and it finishes with a light tart, vinegary fruitiness.
A nicely balanced ale, among the tartness, funk, and grain.
02-19-2010 22:26:42 | More by biboergosum
4.35/5 rDev +3.6%
Deep reddish brown in colour, turning crimson when held to the light. Large off-white head, decent retention, but almost no lace. Stone fruit aroma tends toward the darker and more acidic, with plum and sour cherry notes predominating. Cigar box comes out as the beer warms. The palate opens with sour cherry, plum skin, and balsamic (minus the sweetness) notes that give way to tobacco, light wood, and the slightest hint of vanilla.
Almost medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slightly puckering acidity is paired with mild tannic astringency. A tasty and approachable sour ale with some wine-like qualities.
06-09-2012 00:15:57 | More by mintjellie
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
Thanks to Matt for sending this to me for my birthday!
A: Pours a hazy brown with a sudsy tan colored head made up of rather large bubbles. Moderate lacing sticks to the sides.
S: A good bit of tart cherries, a little bit of wood, some vanilla, and a little bit of vinegar. Very inviting.
T: Similar to the aroma, nice tart cherry with a definite sour/tang to it. Light funky which blends nicely with the tartness. A little bit of oak and vanilla in the midpalate.
M: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Slightly mouth puckering.
O: Really liked this one. The level of tart/sour was on point and really enjoyed the flavors. Was the highlight of that nights tasting.
06-20-2011 16:57:52 | More by mdaschaf
3.9/5 rDev -7.1%
This is the Italian version, the bottle is completely in Italian, and it is sour but not the sourest purposely infected bottle. Decent drinkability, reddish colour. Smooth, above average mouthfeel. Controlled mouthfeel, well malted.Cherry and balance.
08-02-2011 03:02:38 | More by Sammy
4.34/5 rDev +3.3%
Year old bottle.
Pours a rather lovely combination of garnet and amber. A dense, but think head with even lacings to the finish. Very nice.
It's sour fruit on the nose. I'd be lying if I said I could pick out anything more specific than that.
It's pretty much all sour cherries on the tongue. Hits sweet and sour in equal measures, but both are pleasantly restrained. Cherry flavour is really front and centre, almost kriek-like.
Can't say anything negative about the mouthfeel. Well carbonated, lets the flavours pop on the tongue. Perfectly on style.
This is a top-notch beer. Never been a fan of the style, but this has won me over.
04-10-2014 01:04:22 | More by CanuckRover
3.45/5 rDev -17.9%
750ml dark green capped bottle marked "bottled in 2006"
Pours almost still hazy red-brown with no head and little lacing. Aroma is a little thin; wisps of oak and vanilla on balsamic vinegar. Flavor is pleasant but uncomplicated. Sweet and sour balsamic vinegar with oak notes. Body is creamy and slightly rich; far too still for the style. Not terrible, but I'd *never* pay the premium for this unusual (non-Belgian) Flemish red ale when Rodenbach is far better and half the price.
01-07-2007 05:54:02 | More by dgallina
3.95/5 rDev -6%
BIG ups to andrenaline for including this in our most recent cross country trade
A - swampy purple amber, thumb of head receded to half a finger and left plenty of consistent lacing
S - sour cherry, apple, and some citrus, musty with a dry cracker aroma
T - big sour apple and cherry up front, followed by a musty sawdust thing, cracker malt, and a touch of champagne
M - light and bubbly, tart sour kick with a hint of sweetness for balance, finishes dry
O - I am fairly new to the style but this speaks to me, the flavours are bold but friendly and generally inviting
06-01-2013 03:52:21 | More by joemcgrath27
3.23/5 rDev -23.1%
Purchased at LCBO in Ottawa, Ontario.
Poured a mahagony slightly hazey shade of brown/red. Thick and impressive head. Smeel was a bit woody with a slight pie-crust odor, mildly medicinal.
Taste: Sour cherry makes way for a barnyard funk with a slight sweetness. THe taste the developes into a hoppy bitternes mixed with a typical lambic funk. Mildly complex. A slight Chalkines.
Overall average, not the best sour I've had, not the worst!
03-16-2011 00:08:06 | More by jbonapar
4.35/5 rDev +3.6%
Bottled 2005. Drank 2007.
Ahhh. Now this is what I am talking about!
It pours a deep red-brown, the colour of a scab that is about to fall off with a ratty pus-yellow head.
The smell is rich. Leather, sour cherries, rotten fruit left unattended in your vegetable crisper for months, even a pinch of horse-sweat.
The taste follows the nose. Delicious. Layer after layer of what an oak aged red is supposed to taste like. It isn't sweet, but the tartness is balanced by the sheer funk. It is like biting into the most delicious rotten apple you've ever eaten.
The mouthfeel is a touch thin. The finish could be a little drier too. But we're nitpicking at this point.
Drinkability? This is freakin' fantastic! I've got a bit of heartburn from it, but it is totally worth the experience. Amazing!
05-01-2007 20:38:39 | More by shbobdb
4.08/5 rDev -2.9%
Appearance: Dark brown, with perhaps a little bit of red, the ring of lace was pearly white.
Smell: Aromas was a lot more woody with a cherry sweetness, the balsamic character was more subtle than a Rodenbach grand cru.
Taste: Strange, even though the acidity seemed less present in the nose, it was there big time in the taste. The smoothness of the cask aging showed up nicely in the finish. As good a Flanders Red as you'll find anywhere, and hands down the best Beer to come out Italy that I've ever had.
03-05-2006 15:11:23 | More by Goldorak
3.98/5 rDev -5.2%
2005 bottling. Served at cool cellar temperature.
Cap is wrestled off, soon followed by gushing foam. Luckily I was able to contain it in the glass nearby. Pours a light crimson-brown, high-clarity with champagne carbonation. Sheets of lacing coat the glass.
Aroma is musty, earthy, wet stone. Sour grape or cherry with a sharp, funky Brett note.
Taste has the sharp sour fruit qualities again, Brett, and a medicinal note that keeps it from getting high marks. This is a familiar taste, in a much more restrained form, that was experienced with bad bottles of T'Smisje Vuuve. It is "sterile gauze" like, likely a result of wild yeast. It's not altogether off-putting, and seems to taper off as it sits in the glass for awhile. Oak is not especially present, maybe in the dryness in the finish. Sourness is moderate, far from being as puckering as Cantillon, but closer to Rodenbach.
Mouthfeel and drinkability suffer from the medicinal wild yeast flavor, but it is still a nice crisp, sour brew. Even so, the bottle was easy to finish in a sitting. My personal preference for the style is Rodenbach Grand Cru, followed by Duchesse.
04-30-2007 00:25:01 | More by emerge077
3.95/5 rDev -6%
Aroma is vinegar, sour cherries and tart fruits. Reddish brown in color with thumb thick tan head. Fore is quite sour and musty and is followed quickly by tart cherries and unripe apple, strong notes of those baby corns, used in Oriental cooking, stewed in cooking wine. Wood notes pop out in the middle along with musty barnyard notes. Finish is sour and dry and leaves the tongue feeling cleansed. I personally feel this would have benefited by a little more sweetness beneath the sour notes as it hints at it and that promise is enticing, but undelivered.
02-09-2006 18:57:26 | More by Jredner
British Columbia (Canada)
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
Thanks northyorksammy for this one.
Appearance. Pours a clear, kind of light, brown-amber with over a finger of bubbly tan head and some lovely looking carbonation bubbles rising.
Smell. Sour and funky cantelope and green apples. A little cherry, wood, and alcohol.
Taste. Funky with a medium, citrus-like sourness. Some red wine, lemons, oak. Really nice.
Mouthfeel. Nice fairly strong and lively carbonation, medium-light in body.
Overall. Very nice flanders red. Not extremely sour and very drinkable.
01-05-2012 01:39:20 | More by Rutager
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured a deep cloudy reddish color ale with a big foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of oak is totally dominating and very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by the oak which tend to give this beer a very vinous aspect. The sourness, tart and light sour cherries taste were well balance and provided a complex taste. Carbonation was just incredible and alcohol was well disguise. It would be very interesting to compare to the Rodenbach Grand Cru.
03-23-2007 13:52:22 | More by Phyl21ca
Panil Barriquée (Italy Version) from Panil
93 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.