Panil Barriquée (Italy Version) - Panil

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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 14.15%
Wants: 38
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Italy

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This version is not exported to the US.

(Beer added by: stcules on 07-30-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage, sampled Nov 2007

Appearance: Loke a lot of other reviewers sampling this after a couple of years, the beer pours a hazy russet with very little head and just a few dots of lace

Smell: There is the telltale Brett sour elements and plenty of sour cherry but there is also something else going on that makes this exceptional; kind of a woody/leathery quality

Taste: Opens with a vaguely fruity, sour cherry flavor that builds in sour intensity by mid-palate; almost a sappy quality; after the swallow, some hints of caramel and wood appear that add terrific complexity

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with low to no carbonation

Drinkability: Despite the carbonation problems that others experienced, this is a great example of the style

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2005. Dull raspberry red with orange peel edges. It's too bad the late afternoon light is fading because this would probably look tremendous if suffused with sunshine. The pale caramel cap is softly airy and is too unsticky to grace the glass with much lace. It does last a bit longer than expected, though, and is nicely regenerated on subsequent pours.

I haven't had enough Flanders red ales to know if this one is entirely faithful to the style, but I believe that it is. I do know that it smells great. It's so sour cherry-like that my salivary glands are already working overtime and I haven't even taken a drink yet. I can also appreciate a great deal of woodiness and a sinus clearing amount of lactobacillus funk.

Barriquee is the best Flanders red ale that I've ever had, hands down. The flavor profile is basically a reprise of the nose. Sour cherry skins are uppermost, closely followed by an amazing amount of oak tannins. That combination punishes the mouth (in a good way) with a huge puckering tartness and a dessicating, bitter dryness. Each mouthful threatens to induce sensory overload due to the dizzying amount that the mouth and tongue are subjected to with each upending of the glass.

I don't mind sweet beer if it's done right (depending on the style of course), but I agree with the brewers' decision to keep Barriquee pure and true to its roots by not adding sweeteners of any kind. That might cut into their sales in this 'everything's gotta be sweet' world of ours, but this is a much more complex and a much more enjoyable beer as a result.

I realize that there are a tremendous amount of powerful flavors and flavors sensations zipping around in my mouth, but how is it possible to brew an 8% beer that has no hint of alcohol on the palate? Simply amazing. If anything, the sourness and acidity are increasing over time. Each mouthful sends little electrical shivers through my salivary glands on the way to my now tingling scalp.

The body/mouthfeel is merely good. While I certainly don't expect a beer of this particular style to be full-bodied or lush or heavily silky, those are the mouthfeels that I enjoy the most. Points for stylistic accuracy though. I'm especially glad that the finely bubbled carbonation is perfectly calibrated to energize the beer (and the beer drinker) without crossing the line into excessive fizziness.

Panil Barriquee is quite the experience. Anyone who wants to drink one the best Flanders reds in existence, from Italy of all places, should seek this one out. It's an amazing ride and I'm looking forward to hanging on through the final third of the bottle. A stellar version.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a tulip. Bottle from 2007.

a - Pours a murky, mahogany brown color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of sour fruits, especially cherries, dark fruits, oak, wine, some funk, and caramel malts. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, roasted malts, caramel malts, oak, earthy malts, wine, and maybe a hint of chocolate.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good flanders ale. I thought it smelled amazing and had some great sour fruit and wine to it. Would definitely have again.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2005, sampled August 2005
Pours a lightly hazy deep amber-ruby color with a three finger thick, frothy light brown colored head. From afar the noses has a note of balsamic like vinegar. As I go in for a deeper draught of the aroma I get a funky, musty character that reminds me of old, musty cellars, and wet, slightly moldy blankets. There is also notes of sour cherry with hints of raisins, prunes and figs as well. The dominant sense that I get from the aroma is that of a fruity vinegar, it is not hard or so funky like many Lambics, just nicely so.

The beer is quite full bodied as it first hits my mouth, it sticks to and coats my mouth, yet is not really sweet (nothing like the sweetness of a Rodenbach Grand Cru). The beer has a gripping tannic astringency as well that helps to accentuate the mouth coating sensation. Wow the body on this is almost thick and chewy, more something I would expect to find in an Imperial Stout. The beer is definitely sour with acetic acid being the dominant form, though just barely as there is definitely lactic acid here as well. It is a really nice mix of sourness for this type of beer. The flavors remind me of (or evoke thoughts of) cherry pits, balsamic vinegar, chewy toffee, dusty cobwebs, tobacco, and tannic oak.

What an absolutely exquisite brew, this has been done incredibly well. I was half expecting this to not live up to the hype, but I am thoroughly enjoying this beer and absolutely wishing that I had a lot more of it. All of the flavors in this beer are in such an harmonious balance, each flavor melds with and into the others making a complex satisfying whole. This beer combines a great sourness with a bit of earthy funkiness and lots of chewy malt notes all together to form a splendid tipple. Quite Burgundian indeed, this overtakes any Rodenbach product that I have had from the last 15 years.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, 2009 Vintage, batch # 1623,

A: Pours a dark burgundy, with a soft 2 finger head initially. No lace.

S: Dusty, musty attic, some sweet cherries.

T: Tart oak and cherries, with a lot of must and tobacco type flavours which weren't really to my liking. The actual malt, red wine flavours and acidity was quite enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied, oaky, moderate acid which was enjoyable.

D: It's tough to come to a final conclusion. There are parts of this beer that I really liked, and parts that I didn't. At $18, I feel its quite overpriced, but it would be interesting to see if it is quite older.

Photo of weeare138
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of biegaman
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bar Volo in Toronto, split 750ml bottle with Viggo. Brewed 2006.
A beautiful pour, lovely serene red colour. Suddy lacing. Explosive aroma full of oak and other woods, ripe fruits, and an incredibly balanced sour overtone. Mouthfeel very minerally, amazing water. The sourness is well pronouced but not overbearing. Flavours very mature and present. Sweet malt bill, very fresh, lively fruits. This review has done a terrible job at describing, let along capturing, the incredible aura of this beer. It is a mastefull piece of work.

Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" of tan head over the deep burgundy brew. Head lasts nicely, with plentiful small bubbles helping in the preservation, with sticky lacing. Aroma has a grape bubble gum thing going on which, upon further examination, sorts itself into some serious sour notes coupled with some grape essences. The taste is tart upfront, but held in some semblence of a balance by the strong oak flavors and fruitiness as well. Mouthfeel and drinkability are superb for the style. I think this is one of the most approachable Flanders Reds that I have had. Very nice.

Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, shared with the group. 750ml into some tulips. Bottled Nov 2010, Lot 1.

Pours a murky reddish brown, with a light tan head. Light lacing and mild retention. Nose of sour cherries, light malts and spicing. Prevalent piercing sour notes nonetheless. Taste has some tart cherries, with a big woody balance. Light tannic character and some green apple. Spicing does well to come in midmouth, and even the the alcohol content, none is felt. Some tartness, lightly puckering - some acetic. Nice refreshing feel, and it was a good idea to split this one. Truly the first Flanders red I've ever enjoyed, very good stuff.

Photo of Viggo
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thought I'd make my 500th BA review something special, and Panil Bariquee does the trick. My first thought was WTF?? I thought Italians only made bad beer and bad homemade wine, but I've been proven wrong.

Pours a hazy red/brown, thin tan head forms, really nice lace on the glass, great retention, head stays intact until the end of the glass. Smell is sweet, sour cherries/fruits, oak, spice, some caramel, really nice and tart. Taste is amazing, caramel and cherries, sour/tart blast through the middle, really intense, wood/oak, little alcohol in the finish and maybe some light chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with really low and smooth carbonation. Absolutely fantastic, one of the better sour ales I've come across, and from a completely unexpected source. Thanks for splitting it DrJay!

Photo of DrJay
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy toffee colour with a thin tan head. Good maltiness in the aroma, but this was overpowered by sour fruit, white grapes, and wood. Strong acidity and sour cherries in the flavour - still, a lot of fruit and malt character carry this one a long way. Very tasty with just a bit of caramel. Dry, puckering finish with a smooth texture for the style. Even though it's very tart, it still feels quite balanced due to the sweetness from the malt and fruit qualities. Thanks Kevin!

Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear burgandy. Thin but frothy tan head. This dissipates to a nice looking collar that sticks around for the long haul. Beautiful nose for the style. A blend of sweet and sour that tantalizes. Bright sour cherry tones and an underlying brown sugar sweetness meld together nicely on the nose. Also notice some acidity in the aroma. A barrel derived tannic bite is present and adds a sharpness to the profile. To me, and I'm no expert on this style, the good Flanders Red Ales demonstrate a nice dynamic of sweet and sour. And this one has got just that. There's a little bit of a sticky molasses sweetness. Brown Sugar. Nice qualities. On the flip side, you've got tart cherry notes. Some light vinegar like sourness. And a barrel derived tannic bite that really adds a nice sharpness to it all. Great depth of flavor in this beer. Body is around medium and the carbonation lightly spritzy. LIGHTLY being the key word there. This traditional Flanders Red is quite enjoyable.

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

I had this as part of a Belgian tasting... later in the evening.

A: Murky brown, very little head.

S: Very fruity, with an assertive, funky sourness.

T: A nice sweet/sour balance. Acidic throughout, with a lingering finish.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Dry, acidic finish.

D: Better than average, but this one's a little bold.

Thanks Kevin!

Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 15/5/12 sent out by liamt07 thanks man

A clear reddish amber with just a few bubbles feeding a thumbs width of cream colored foam that ends up as a thin film leaving some random lace, I'm liking the color though and I' almost surprised it doesn't have a pinkish head

S some woody funk comes out right away followed by some caramel strawberry and cherry, just a little vinegar and apple cider and no booze at all

T some vinous notes and slightly more vinegar, musty wet wood and not overly sour, everything I smells still there but it tastes even better.

M medium bodied with much more bubbles then what was visible, no heat at all and not that sour, woody cherry aftertaste lingers faintly for a while

O quite drinkable for an 8% sour, I like the mellow mix of fruity funk and wood, pretty solid stuff

I loved the taste and had little to complain about in other areas. I wish I could read Italian because I'm curious to what went in to this beer and I'm too lazy to type it all in too google translate, oh well. Thanks again liamt07 for sending the bottle

Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle dated 2006, poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Barriquée is a hazy, burgundied brown, with a small, white head that forms a steady island from the streamers shooting off the etching up the middle of the glass, as well a thick collar, leaving light, scattered lace.

Smell is sweeter, cherries and citrus, with a thick, liqueur component, like Grand Marnier.

Taste is sweeter then sour, but the acidity was a nice pairing with my NY strip, nice woody funk and sour cherries, malty. Citrus, tart and a bit boozy, a bit thick for my taste in the style, but nicely done.

Mouthfeel is a bit thicker, more sugary, but very smooth.

Drinkability was pretty good, even though I prefer them much more sour, and wish this 2006 vintage had another 2 years on it. Very nice pairing with steaks, I compared it to my wife's Bordeaux and it by far exceeded it, which really shocked me.

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Panil Barriquée (Italy Version) from Panil
92 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.