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Panil Barriquée (Italy Version) - Panil

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 152
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 42
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stcules on 07-30-2004

This version is not exported to the US.
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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biegaman for sharing this special order of his. Poured a cognac hue with opaque darkness in the glass, very much like a prune juice. Light brown head settled to a wispy film that covered most of the glass surface. Not a lot of carbonation but good lacing. The smell was of sour fruit yet had a rich, tort-like richness in aroma as well. The tart and sour taste was well rounded with a pleasant mouthfeel and finish. After being allowed to warm, there was a boysen-berry taste, still tart / sour, sharp finish but not overly astringent. The eight per cent alcohol was not apparent. Slightly spritzy mouthfeel continued despite air and the apparent lack of visible carbonation; a really interesting beer all around and perfect for the Thanksgiving after-dinner occasion. (778 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with rajendra82 - many thanks! Poured from a 750ml bottle with a bottled date of 2006 into my NBB snifter. It was deep reddish amber with some yeast bits floating around. It had no head even after a hard pour at the end - not even a single particle of foam. It was at proper temp so not sure what happened. The smell was pretty good with sour cherries and oaky vanilla but was a little weak. The taste followed the aroma but was weaker than I expected. The taste and the mouthfeel both tasted watered down. Gonna have to try another one to ensure that my sample was good. Overall, not bad but definitely not worthy of the high ratings and #2 Flanders Red Ale rank. (4, try again, T, O) (700 characters)

Photo of clickpush
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (2006 vintage) to tulip glass, shared with a couple buddies. Pours out a beautiful red color, not too much carbonation, a nice off-white head that melts to just a smattering of lacing and thin halo. Aroma is fruit and Brett, very tart and mouthwatering. Tastes as it smells, but sweeter, fruitier, smoother. The mouthfeel is light and creamy, the fruit abounds though not nearly as sweet as Duchesse, great tart and barnyard notes. I love this beer, and even at $25/bottle I'm tempted to get a case for the cellar. Expect this one to age very well. (561 characters)

Photo of mep3222
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I find this flanders red to be less complex than some others. The sour is more pronounced, but there is very little sweet. Not very balanced. It is enjoyable but not nearly as enjoyable as a Duchesse or Rodenbach, both of which I find has a much better balance of flavor. For $15 a bottle I wouldn't buy it again, especially when most of the other Flanders reds are half that price. (382 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large capped bottle, bottled in 2006 according to the sticker.
Nice looking reddish-brown beer with a bubbly pinkish head that is unfortunately minimal, with essentially no lacing.
An impressive, rich and unique aroma comes out of the glass efortlessly, and the best way to describe it is a mixture of a typical flanders red nose, with the nose of a lambic added. Complex, unique. Tart, acidic, fruity, at times reminiscent of champagne, at times reminiscent of guarana, and ever changing.
Soft and refreshing, which is amazing for its high alcoholic content. Taste is as suggested by the nose; complex, unique, and again, feels like you have all the tastes from a flanders red plus the lambic tastes; it is more acidic, tart and sour than other flander reds, with some intervening sweetness, but a lot less than others.
Impressive, refreshing, easy to have a lot of it, I just wish I had more.
A very impressive brew, thanks cresant for the opportunity. (960 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the glass the beer looks like a reddish amber reminiscent of bourbon or a heavier apple juice. The head is an irregular clumpy light vanilla.

Smells of a hint of sweet caramel and a sharp granny smith sour apple. There's also a green sappy oak that seems to be lit on fire and emanating a touch of tobacco smoke.

Tastes too of sweet caramel and the tangy green apple but more on the end of the fibrous, under-ripe apple. It then effervesces off the tongue into a simple CO2 bite with a clean sour sting. The way the flavor steps up and fades away clean is rather pleasant.

Feels very light and glassy clean that drys my mouth out quite a bit in the finish in a great fruity way.

Wow. An archetypal Flanders Red. Wonderfully drinkable. An ideal candidate for expanding the palate of the uninitiated. (813 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2006. The beer label indicates "N 05", so I guess November 2005 is the bottling date? Never mind. Served slightly chilled in a large bulb wine glass.

A: really nice presentation - murky, lightly infused black tea colour, coming with a tightly creamy layer of light beige froth with very good retention, leaving even sheets of lacing as it retreats; lively and constant sparkling-wine like carbonation.
S: caramely and wheat malts underlined by just a tad stronger sour fruity edge of Flanders red ale, not as tart as a real flanders red but retains some balance; the fruity sourness indicates rose-bud tea, strong cider, red currents and sour cherries, prunes, salty-sweet starfruits, and a touch of old wood barrels as in some geuze ales. Pretty refreshing and enjoyable, if at the expense of more complexity.
T: quite fluffy and effervescent on the palate, then comes a mild taste of prunes, light caramel malts, powdery yeasts, and plenty of light funkiness against a firm backbone of dryish hops, a tannic&musty touch of old barrels, sour-sweet berries, and oxidised pear juice. Not sour at all if compared with a real Flanders red (even a tad sweet by that standard), but just enough to keep a refreshing taste&palate. The finish sees lingering sour-sweetness and lightly chewy, wood-chippy dryish bitterness, which is pretty easy to manage and not pungent at all. Alc. is extremely well hidden, btw.
M&D: quite fluffy and mildly fizzy to go with the sour-sweetness, while the carbonation softens as it breathes, making a real enjoyable and smooth palate throughout. Overall, this is an enjoyable red ale, albeit a less potent one with an added touch of elegance. Well worth a try! (1,724 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

$15.39 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Excondido, CA, March 2007. Tasted in late May of the same year. 750 ml bottle with label showing it as 2006 vintage.

Pours a pretty ruddy brown, completely flat. No carbonation, Flat. In fact, after having drunk most of the bottle, this one must be a bad one. Because I can sense from the flavor that this has the potential to be a good, or even a very good beer. But it's flat. And I am disappointed therein.

A very nice sweet sour dance tells me I really want to enjoy this one some day. But for now, it only gets so so scores- compared to the hype on this beer, I am quite disappointed, especially for the price. I'll re-review when I get a chance. (690 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a dirty cola color, with next to no head.
the aroma is a musty earthy soft black cherry, with a slight unripe fruit skin character. it's also got a very mellow vanilla oak aroma, and finally a slight metallic twang along with some vinegar like alcohol.
the taste is also a mostly cherry fruitiness but there is a substantial amount of apple and more complexity beneath that as well. the oak seems to have melded with the cherry to take any harshness off of it, lending a bit of vanilla. it's strange but it almost has a sort of struggle for control between it's acidic and more basic components, sometimes acidic, sometimes oily sweet. it also tastes like minerals.
the body doesn't beg for a ton of carbonation, but it could have used a little more. feels oily in the mouth.
very drinkable and mild, while maintaining a respectable complexity and sourness. not bad at all. (893 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 750 mL dark green bottle into a Lindemans flute. 2006 vintage. There was a mild hiss when I opened this one. No head to speak of, even with a hearty pour. The body was honey/apple cider colored and was increasingly murky with each pour. Tiny bubbles stick to the sides of the flute.

Smell was sour, tangy sweet. Organic. Slightly amonia-like. Not as pungent as expected.

Taste was Apple juice and woodiness (three months in Congnac barrels!). Mildly sweet. Apple peel and cracked pepper. Fruity and refreshing. No alcohol was detectable. Very drinkable but not as sour as I had anticipated.

Mouthfeel was silky. Medium/thin in body. Faint carbonation. (673 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, cooked cherry color…totally unfiltered. Head is present but weak, although fitting for the style.

S: Pungent oak, tart raspberries and some barnyard funk.

T: Begins mildly sour with a lot of oak to it. Not nearly as sour or pungent as some of the other sours on the market. Minor amounts of vitamin C, strawberry, cherry and mixed berries. High amount of mineral content and earthiness. Really this beer is all about the oak and limestone with some sourness mixed in. Not a lot of lip smacking going on but I’d imagine this beer appeals to quite a few people because of that.

M: Medium body, smooth and soft.

D: I was expecting more, especially out of a fresh version. I don’t think I’d want to try an aged version of this beer, I’d imagine it would have lost almost all of its character. For me, I like my sours just a bit more sour. (861 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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! (812 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2006

Clear brilliant reddish brown color. No head or lace, looks barely carbonated.

Smells of sweet and sour subdued fruit, caramel, vinegar, soy sauce, dry leaves, wood. Raisins, vanilla, and solvent emerge as it warms a bit. Something like sherry, but more nutty than oxidized - the wood?

Tastes tart, with the perfect amount of restrained balancing sweetness, with a fruitiness something like green apple and sour cherry, vinegar, caramel, nuts, wood. Finishes dry, tart, and woody. Refreshing.

The acidity and slight woody astringency make for a brisk, lip smacking mouthfeel. A bare hint of carbonation. Very drinkable.

Very well balanced, refreshing, thirst quenching. Very cohesive beer, the elements come together seemlessly.

Tried some cheese pairings: Parmigiano Reggiano works very well (coincidence?). The flavors really compliment eachother, the savory and nutty components of each harmonize, and the intensely dry flavor of the cheese brings out the fruity and sweet aspects of the beer without messing with its structure and balance. Swiss is a passable and interesting match. Roquefort doesn't work at all, the beer seems to lose most of its characteristics, especially its acidity. Viva la Parma! (1,243 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the 2005 version that's been sitting in my basement for the past few years...
Appears a dark amber with a crimson hue and a dark beige head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of tart cherries, oak, vanilla, vinuous, light vinegar, & worchestire sauce.
Taste is of sweaty sock, oak, light vanilla, vinuous notes, along with some vinegar.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, tart along the palate, and mouthpuckering for a sweetart enjoyability that can't be beat. (531 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (495 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2005. Served at 55 degrees F.

Pours a mostly clear deep copper with a russet middle. Long-lasting, solid finger of glass-crawling, off-beige head. Nose of obvious tart, sour funk. Tart cherries, sharp citrus acidity (grapefruit), and vinegar. There's more to it than acid though, with vinous malts, and sourdough bread.

Slightly metallic, tart fruit flavor up front. Vinegary, vinous malt undertones beneath a predominantyly sour, acidic onslaught. Oak, vinegar, and tart cherries about wraps it up. Acidic nature backs off a little near the finish, revealing fresh-cut hay and cherry malt. Dries out from there. Leaves the tongue puckered! Medium-bodied, with a very dry finish, and tickly carbonation throughout that really lifts the tart acidity off the palate. Would never have guessed this to be 8%, drinks like 5%! (838 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2005 Vintage

Pours a small head that's not very thick and falls fast, but also leaves a small thin head without a lacing. The color is dark and magenta when held up to the light. The smell is sour fruitiness with dark tones with a woody earthy backround. There's a small amount of horse blanket in the backround as well. Very light bodied with a slight fruitiness, not very sour, still has the woody backround. The mouthfeel is alright, a bit uncharacteristic like water. Overall this was ok, not a bad beer, but $15 worth? I don't think so. It was nice to try this time, but next time I won't purchase it for $15, but maybe $4 or $5. (637 characters)

Photo of merlin48
2.62/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (642 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Murky red with a thin white head.
S- Wood comes through pretty big in this one. Sour light apples with a kind of musky scent make up most of this brew.
T- Light sourness with some wood, and kind of a citrus fruit flavor. Leaves your mouth pretty dry.
M- Low carbonation and medium body.
D- It is alright. Doesn't have a big sourness to it (which is a downfall in my book). I think there are some better ones than this. (426 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was inspired to look back at my notes and review this in stark contrast to Sam Adams' Cranberry "Lambic". Obtained at Beertopia in Omaha for $13 or so, worth every penny. New label, dark blue with brown-red symbols, white text. 2005 vintage.

Outstanding amber red color, some persistent lacing. Smell is radiant with funkiness, green apple tartness. Cherry, vinegar-wood aroma.

Amazing. Perfect taste. Intense sourness balanced expertly by not-overpowering sweetness. Cherry flavor shines through with outstanding tart character, cognac cask flavors work around the tongue. Superbly hidden alcohol, 8% bite masked by dry finish.

Mouthfeel I found just a hair thin (I"m searching for flaws here), although for the style it's again top of the line. Brett funkiness does not lend to a thick creamy brew.

I drank the 750 mL bottle with ease, no flagging. I could drink this all night. Smoother, but just as complex as La Folie, higher drinkability to me. This is an outstanding Flemish-style red, and the premier Italian effort I've tasted. Panil proves you can riff on a classic Belgian style and come up with as good or better than the original. Very highly recommended for fans of sour brews. (1,208 characters)

Photo of Foxman
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very hazy brownish amber, looking red in the off light, with a soft orange aura. A thin web of large bubbles exist only due to a rough pour. With no real head, there's no real lacing.

The aroma brings a mild malt note, soft with biscuit and caramel. A light barnyard funk and yeasty sourness pervade. Tart cherry dampens a breath of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the initial and brief malt sweetness, vague for its brevity, is dwarfed by a fetchingly tart and sour acidity, woody and mature like balsamic vinegar. An earthy mustiness lends a touch of mystery, and alcohol and a feather of horsiness wend their way to a dry but fruity and crisp finish. The result is an almost primal puissant pleasure.

Between light and medium bodied, its presence is of lightly sweet and tangy fruit juice with just the merest sparkling essence.

This beer makes it clear that at least one Italian brewer can give the Flemish folks a run for their sour money. It's not for every palate, but those who enjoy the style should enjoy this as I do. the ABV is legitimate, but its mellow in personality and does nothing to hinder the considerable drinkability. This is la dolce vita in a glass. And so, for now, ciao. (1,214 characters)

Photo of dgallina
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (485 characters)

Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.78/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle "Bottled in 2006", bought 12/30/06. It poured an opaque reddish brown into a tulip glass with head like a flat soda (little to none).

There is very little nose. What is there is a sweet / sour oaky smell.

The mouthfeel is flat,slick and oily.

The flavor is too light as well. The sour note hits first but is so weak that it doesn’t linger, there are second notes of oak and fruit but they are fleeting. It tastes like the beer has been watered down. I can’t believe there is a mild version of this!

Overall, a disappointment. If this beer was twice as rich in flavor, it would be a good solid Flemish Red.

One up note, I tried it both cold and warm - this beer is at its best at a warmer temp. (726 characters)

Photo of dherling
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark reddish brown, murky, with a tan bubbly head that dissipates into a thin film without lacing. Nose offers sour lemony alcohol, with a sweet chemical candy like note, fake cherry, marischino cherry, and some robitusson. The taste had a big sour bite, with medicinal overtones, some cherry notes, and then a long mostly refreshing sour finish. Mouthfeel has some crisp, but slight carbonation, clean on the palate. (430 characters)

Panil Barriquée (Italy Version) from Panil
93 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.