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Panil Barriquée (Italy Version) - Panil

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 39
Gots: 7 | 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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ThinkAgain, Apr 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, 2005 edition. This brew pours a murky brown with ruby tints. The head is large, fluffy and tan. There are vast rivers of carbonation rising to the top with such force they make the head shake and vibrate, causing it to pop and grown like an old house. I have never seen and heard a beer to this before. The aroma literally fills the room from the second the bottle cap is popped off. It is sweet and sour at the same time with oak penetrating everything. The taste is a battle between sour and sweet, in which the momentum is constantly shifting. The climax of this battle takes place during the swallow, where sour is the clear victor. Sweet doesn't give up though, skirmishing still takes place long after the swallow, and proves to be the most masterful part of the taste. The mouthfeel is one of the best I have ever felt (it is up there with Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout and Black H2O by Minneapolis Town Hall). It is rich creamy and smooth, lending itself well to the fullness and rich flavors of the beer. Overall, this is a must have for every BA.

KarlHungus, Oct 25, 2005
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5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reminds me of a particularly sour batch of 2002 Goudenband in one of its bygone peaks, red fruited, though slightly meatier with oak and more dramatic with iron and steel metallic flavor. Brown liquid with loitering drippy freckles of foam. Aromas of cookie, box of nails, decomposing plum, black grape and vanilla. Quite dry and sour. Fleshy mousse. Sweet brown spices. Sandalwood. Oak. Very easy to draw drink after drink from. The combination of hushed seriousness and uncontrollable drinkability is possibly unique among all beers. Pure beer umami.

I don't really know this beer yet, but the operatic clash of plump, pulpy fruit and relentless iron and acidity seems legitimate: no seams, no ego. It has a vulgar surface character that coexists with aristocratic soul. For now I have to believe this beer is perfect.

putnam, Aug 20, 2005
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5/5  rDev +19%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

R15, Nov 18, 2011
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4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was purchased at the Belmont Party Supply in Dayton. The beer was served in a flute glass. The beer was the 2005 vintage.

Appearance: The beer is a light reddish orange coloration. The beer had major tight boiling carbonation. The head was a consistant 1 finger high biege coloration. The beer left major lacing on my glass.

Smell: The beer has killer combonation of both sweet and tart cherries, funky bret yeast, earthy vanilla wooden oakeyness, with a pleasing flash of boozey cognac. The beer filled my sense of smell from the time I opened it until the beer was long gone.

Taste: The beer delivers on the smell in regards to taste. The beer is melange of sweet/ sour and tart cherries, green apples, vanilla oak, and funky bret yeasyness. The beer is plenty complex and I am not sure I did it justice.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied but very firm. The beer is a tour de force of sweet, sour and funky yeastyness. The beer is acidic at times and smooth at others. The beer is very enjoyable. From the very first smell until long after the glass was empty I enjoyed this beer. The beer is a bit pricey but well worth the treat. I will be purchasing this beer at a later point.

nlmartin, Aug 06, 2006
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4.9/5  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.

brdc, Jul 20, 2007
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4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage. Served in a wide mouth goblet. Pours a dark peach-orange color with a 1-1.5 finger loose light beige head that lasts throughout drinking. Holy carbonation. Very tight. Large amounts of circular lacing throughout drinking.

Smells of sour tart apples, bret yeast, oaky mustiness, cognac, sweet fruitness (apples, cherries, and maybe grape?), cinnamon, and nutmeg. Just between the appearance and smell, I really couldn't wait to get my lips on the glass.

Taste is the bomb. Sour tart apples blended with cherries and bret yeast. Brief sweetness that keeps it from being too tart. Dry finish that finished fast, very refreshing. For being such a complex flavored and well balanced beer, it has a very clean palate and doesn't linger. Leaves you really for more. Light bodied. I was worried about the carbonation initially, but it is welcome; not overpowering or stinging. I would have rated drinkability slightly higher, but I think one or two of these at a time is the limit. This is truly a beer to enjoy all the flavors and smells.

laintringulis, Aug 29, 2006
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4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle: Bottled in 2005. Purchased at the Foodery in Philly.

Exceptional in every possible way. Light reddish soda-coloured with a small head of off-white that held well with good retention and lacing. Aromas are classic Rodenbach/flemish red. Dark red ripe cherries and perhaps some raspberries, oak barrels, cognac and hints of other booze, vanilla, sour bretty framhouse funk, and more. Vinegar, milk, lemon, barngrass, horse blanket, cobwebs, whole spiders, who knows? Taste is a wonderful blend of funky brett flavors, sour acidic cherry notes, and vanilla oakiness with some boozy hints in the mix as well. totally artisinal and you can just feel the love that went into this beer with each and every sip. Lush carbonation is spirtzy and dry and just glides across your 'buds with ease. I did not want this beer to end, and wanted much much more of it, so indeed the drinkability is phenomenal as well. Truly an achievement in artisinal brewing. Killer, wicked stuff!

francisweizen, Jul 27, 2005
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4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

15.99 at Bauer Wines in Boston. My bottle was bottled in 2005 and sports a blue and purple label rather than the one pictured on BA.

I thought this beer was packaged like Cantillon with an oversized cap and a cork, but instead of having a cork, the cap has a large plastic ring on the inside. Ive never seen a cap this elaborate or unique.

Pours a hazy brown with sherry hints. The head is small and composed of very big bubbles. Retention is excellent, unusual for a head like this. Lacing is fine veins of dense foam. The aroma is pure perfection; A wonderful balance of sweet and sour with a million other flavors. Woody oak, tart berries, caramel, cocoa powder, vanilla and freshly packed earth all abound.

The taste is sour first with plenty of sour cherry and cherry pit flavors. Sourness is almost immediately matched by an intricate malt profile. I taste milk chocolate, dark fruit and caramel. Funky, leathery, earthy yeast flavors show in good measure throghout. A wonderful oaky/vanilla flavor is always present, adding to the breathtaking complexity of this brew. The mouthfeel is thick and masterfully carbonated. So soft yet expansive. The finish is dry and subtly sour with all the other flavors in toe. Alcohol is almost inperceptable. Impeccably hidden.

Not as sour as Rodenbach Grand Cru, more of a complex nuanced beast. Id say this is the best sour ale Ive yet sampled. Im a stickler for flavor complexity in beers and I can say Im more than satisfied with this amazing ale. Its worth the hefty price tag.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 30, 2006
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4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 05, 2005
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4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1,000th different beer review!

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear deep amber brown with a frothy and tall tight bubbled tan head that fell slowly and laced the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was lightly spicy in the nose due to the carbonation tickling the nerve receptors of the nostrils. The aroma was fruity with a nice cherry aroma coupled with an oaky aromatic. The aroma was both complex and interesting and could be perceived from the opening of the bottle until the last drop was drained from the glass.

The flavor was smooth with a light acidity and sourness that was pleasant and understated. The flavor began with a nice sweet and sour that contained an impression of fruit, namely cherries. The oak tannins were present and added a well achieved complexity. The beer almost seemed sweet at times, but acidic at others and tannic at others. A myriad of flavors and complexities.

The finish was dry with a lasting fruity acidity long and pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation began on the higher end and finished at a lower level. The alcohol in the beer was never a factor and only added complexity and interest.

Worthy of any hype you want to impose on this beer. Get some.

750 ml capped bottle and foil sealed. Bottled in 2005 on neck. Purple label with 8% ABV on it. This label http://www.sheltonbrothers.com/beerProfile.asp?BeerID=162

Many thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle!

GCBrewingCo, Sep 27, 2005
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby, brown with think tan head that maintains surprisingly well. Sharp sour nose with fruit and some malt sweetness. Moderate body with full carbonation, sourness enchances the perception of carbonation. Overripe fruit with acetic notes (not vinegar at all, but quite strong). Tannins are slightly astringent.

Really an instant classic considering how other once classics have either gone away or are now sweetened. I also have a case of Mestreechs Aajt and this kicks the crap out of that. My only note is that it seems a bit acetic, not enough to call a flaw but could do better if that was a bit more controlled.

truthbrew, Aug 03, 2005
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown color with ruby hues and a finger of tan head that falls to a quarter inch over top of the brew. Nose is awasome. Very nice balance of sour cherry, sour, deep woodyness. Very nice. Nothing is strong or overwhelming, just really enticing. Flavor is slightly puckering initially and right after the swallow. I get a darker, deeper flavor than other flanders reds. Highly enjoyable. Definate sour cherry is there. Wood notes come through more on the finish, rounding this one out very well. The feel is moderate with a moderate to active carbonation. It leaves a bit of sticky spit in my mouth. Incredibly drinkable beer. No hint of 8% alcohol. I really like the deepness of the flavor. It helps hold the cherry and sour in check a little. I like it and will get it again if I see it.

kmpitz2, Oct 15, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

jawneyt, Jul 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark murky burgandy with a frothy beige head supported by a constant stream of carbonation.

Aroma is equally dark and mysterious, with rotting crushed grapes and apples, barnyard funk, tart rasberry vinegar, bubblegum, tawny oakiness, dark cherries and plum, and hints of ripe banana.

Flavor furthers the complexity with sweet decaying grape, apple, and fruit notes at the gate. There's a great bubblegum note that reminds me of the way the colored bubblegum cigars tasted when I was a kid. As it warms more flavor comes out: tart cherries, vanilla oakiness, band-aids, and nuances of red wine. It leaves the prickly tickle of Brett in the back of your throat with each sip and a perfect balance of tart funky flavors and fruity sweetness. It really goes back and forth on your palate. So complex. The 8% not noticable in any way, merely upping the ante.

Body is medium, soft, creamy, and smooth as silk. I've never experienced such drinkability in a Flanders Red before, This is glorious stuff!

Thanks Gabe!

AlexJ, Nov 19, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Ryborg11, Jul 27, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

weeare138, Mar 30, 2007
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4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml Bottle (marked: bottled in 2005)
Pours a deep reddish brown. A small, but well formed tan head sits atop this one quite nicely. Lacing is impressive, but as with most flanders reds, the retention is kind of lacking.
Smell is earthy oak, bitter cherries, port wine, slight vinegary sourness. Some funk, but not nearly as much as you could expect from the style. It's more just musty than funky, but then again if you were aged inside of an oak barrel you'd smell kind of musty too. So, it's a good thing. Very melow aromas, most smells are inviting, but some that just scream you shouldn't drink this (but we all know better than to listen to those aromas). No detecting alcohol in the nose.
Right, onward to taste. Innitial tartness not unlike drinking cranberry juice. Some residual sweetness follows, but not much. VERY dry. Defintely some citriic and lactic sourness to this, but it is very well maintained by a slightly sweet and definitely woodsy aftertaste. Somewhere near the back of the palate, there is a distinct and undeniable flavor of oak. I mean it's strong, but in a good way again. The tartness of this beer is not as aggressive as some other flanders' red's I've had, I think it works well, and this is a better beer because of it. There is no presence of alcohol in the flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium, as there isn't much sweetness in this to really coat the tongue, but it's still pretty darn easy to drink for a red (of which I have a hard time drinking more than a 750ml)...speaking of drinkability...
Wow, I really could have this beer all night, which, as I said, is saying something pretty important when it comes to flander's reds. I love them, but after a while they just get kind of old. This one, however, does not...not in the least. Loads of cool flavors in this beer, and best of all, it's from a place where you wouldn't expect a beer of this style at all..

LuckySevens82, Jul 21, 2005
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4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From a 750mL bottle into a 330mL snifter.

Hazy reddish brown colour, like that of a horse really. Low head retention, but it keeps a thin, sticky foam for the whole drink.

Great aromatics here! There is just so much going on. Cherry, sour apple, vanilla, wet forest wood. Beautifully fragrant, I could smell this all day. It continues to evolve and move between its component for hours.

The palate is just as complex, but not quite as powerful. Medium-bodied, huge acidity. The tartness is rounded out by a more forward sweet flavour profile. Cranberry, apple, vanilla, tart balsamic. There is a tannic grip & wine note that is distracting at first, but integrates nicely.

This is really something else! Something worth seeking out & trying. A great combination of old fashioned Lambic beer's sourness & the polish of oak-aged Flemish Red ales.

Totally worth seeking out and trying, even if it is not for everyone.

DandyEssex, Apr 03, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purple Label 750mL. Marvellous burgundy pour, beautiful light chocolate head, deep. Charming oak nose, chocolate soaked cherries gets in the path of the assertive leafy, branches woodiness. Clean fermentation, no apparent spiciness. Very vinous with a broad arrange of fruit touched, going from the berries to the grapes and pineapple. Incredible sweet and tart interplays transform your mouth into a carry-on euphoria state. Candyish at first, but quickly turning into a huge tart bite, we’re talking La Folie tart and maybe more. Huge lactic and acetic character, sharp balanced wood flavors, delicate cherry find their way, fleshy, still fresh. Hidden alcohol, stupendous and flawless balance, evoluting flavor development with bricks over bricks building a wall to perfection. Moderate carbonation level, lasting glorious aftertaste, medium bodied, sharp tart finish. Delicious and up there with the greatest oud bruins.

Rastacouere, Sep 12, 2005
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4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

BretSikkink, Feb 16, 2007
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4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

ppoitras, Oct 08, 2005
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4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great looking ale. A rich brown with amber tints. The nose has sweet malts, tart fruits, oak and musky funk. Taste has sweet caramel malts balanced by sour fruit, oak and a subtle barnyard manure presence. Medium body with delicate carbonation. Great example of the style from this Italian brewery. Well balanced indeed.

rye726, May 30, 2009
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Panil Barriquée (Italy Version) from Panil
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