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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 erica
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got to split this 750ml bottle 3 ways the other night while hanging out at my friend's place in South Philly, in the extreme heat and humidity and not much air circulation on the 2nd floor. It felt like we were swimming, the air was that heavy with moisture. Thankfully, out of the lot of beers we had to sample, for refreshment and to try to get our minds off of the possibility of actually melting into a puddle of people on the floor, this one came out first. I'd never heard of it before and was quite excited to have a flemish red type of beer. Yummy.

It poured a hazy brownish / dark red colour, and my glass had a small off-white head, teeny bubbles that fizzled out into just a thin layer that looked like how the bubbles in a bubble bath get after you've been in there for a long time, and this lasted through to the bottom of the glass. Not much in terms of lacing, though reading others' reviews it seems there should've been. That's ok.

The beer smelled fantastic! There was a real oaky / foresty smell to it, along with sour unripened cherries, just that general kind of tame, sour funk that you get with Rodenbach and the like. It made me smile. After the first sip, then, I smiled even more, and began to temporarily forget about the fact that I was probably breathing in more water than air. It tasted like a flemish red should taste, it was really amazing. The wood barrels this beer was aged in most definitely came through strongly, but not even a hint of the 8% alcohol or of the cognac that was previously in those barrels. So yes, woody, tart, fruity- sour cherries again and maybe even a sour plum flavour, and the slightest biterness in the finish, if you really think hard about it, it's a bit like fresh hops or like a wild outdoors sort of taste. Very very good. There was a kind of lactic aftertaste that stayed in the back of the throat, but it was faint enough that it didn't take away from the wild oaky fruity sourness of the.. um, I guess the 'actual' taste.

Mouthfeel was smooth and soft, and the sourness left my mouth watering and wanting more and more!! Only after maybe the 3rd sip of this did I detect a bit of warmth, even through all the warmth I was already feeling, from the alcohol going down into my tummy. Just what I needed, more heat, right? Ah, but the smell and taste more than made up for that. Drinkability I would say is very good, I could drink that all night if we had more and it weren't so expensive. It's a very refreshing brew and highly recommended, whether you're in the summer heat or the winter frost.

Photo of xgrigorix
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green 750 ml bottle, w/ shrink wrap over cap. Neck label denotes 2005 bottling.

Reddish/brown cola sort of hue. Creamy looking light tan head. Patchy lace.

Nose is acidic, lightly oaked, vinour, fruity, & incredibly inviting.

Fruit skins, pits, acidic, vinegar, mildy sweet up front, very dry finish. The overwhelming quality of this beer is that it is balanced - incredibly balanced. Medium bodied, but airy. Fantastic. I've never had a beer as balanced as this one.

Photo of EPICAC
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was bottle 0229 from batch #8. Brewed in 2007. The beer poured a hazy, reddish brown. Topped by a wispy beige head that faded to a thin ring. The aroma is very sour, with acidic, earthy and lightly medicinal notes. From the moment it hits the tongue, this beer is sour throughout. There are hints of cherry fruitiness, a slight medicinal character and an earthiness in the finish. This beer is light bodied, with low carbonation and a refreshing dry finish. I found this beer to be very drinkable, incredibly smooth, despite the sourness. It beats Rodenbach easily.

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

Presentation: 750ml split with BA Erica during a recent trip to Monk’s in Philadelphia. The label on the bottle I had is different to the one shown in the BA Avatar. Dark blue and brown label has, has the words Panil Barriquée in white text atop and underneath a picture of a dark brown cask on its side. Small oval decal states that this is a 2005 Edition.

Appearance: Lovely ruddy brown with some flashes of deep red ruby. Light brown head is frothy and soft with a resilient lifespan. Some streamers can be seen when this is held to the light.

Nose: Light hints of dark skinned cherries and a damp oak barrel woody aroma. Sour red wine vinaigrette punctuates the air.

Taste: Has a great balance between the Sweet and Sour aspects. Smooth sharpness, if that makes sense. Woody start, dry and musty with a dank cellar like cobweb strewn Brett character. Sour, but not overtly so. Tannins streak through a lactic middle with the sweetness perfectly balancing the dark fruits and vinous nature. Not the most extreme version of the style, but it is all here, and it is in perfect balance.

Mouthfeel: Firm body with supporting carbonation which is soft in nature and yet bold in delivery.

Drinkability: Oh my!! Where to start!? This one is just so easy to put down, the perfect Red Ale. This is one time when I would not mind having to invest in a Case of this if I lived in PA…..I would probably drink it all in one sitting too.

Overall: Not cheap at a cost of $22 for the pleasure of enjoying this one at the bar in Monk’s…..but damn if it was worth every cent. Superb!!

*Highly Recommended*

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

Yes, Virginia, this might be one of the best tasting Flemish Reds you will run across. Maybe not quite as good as Rodenbach Grand Cru, but exceptional. Italy. Who would have guessed? Makes me proud to be part-Italian.

Quite tart at the end. Some burnt notes. Beginning of the sip has more fruity tastes. Overall taste not unlike Monk's Flemish Sour.

Photo of granger10
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Panil pours a murky burgundy color with a small off white head that soon fades. Head fades and lacing is weak. It just looks yeasty from the start.

Immediately I can tell this was aged in wood. Woody tannins come out along with a cherry tartlike flavor. Lots of earthy goodness is in there and some of that farmhouse yeast funk, but not too much. Apple sweetness, maybe just apple skins as well. There's also a decent amount of lactic acid notes throughout the entire aroma giving it more of a red wine like smell.

Flavors begin quite mild and with a lighter body than I was expecting. Not nearly as tart or funky as I thought this beer might be. At first, this was disappointing but soon the sheer complexity and balance showcased the truly spectacular nature of this beer.

Very clean in flavor with a fresh picked fruity lightness at first. Raspberries and olive oil. Darker fruits emerge. Roasted figs. Tartness increased further into the palate and also further down the bottle. Earthy flavors and sour cherry come towards the end. The stronger acidity in the aroma only lingers in the background. Perfect level. Finish shows some of that woody tannins along with a bit of vanilla and is actually sweeter than I would have thought.

The feel on the palate is excellent in terms of balance, levels of acidity, levels of tannin. There's a stint of creaminess in there as well which is nice. My only problem is the carbonation which I'd like to see amped up a bit. I think the milder flavors would come out more and the complexity might reach a new height.

Finished the bottle and I wanted more. Unfortunately, there's no Panil in Michigan and eitherways, with the price, I don't think I could afford any more. But this was enjoyable though the alcohol crept up on me, even though it was hardly noticeable while tasting.

I paired this with a Prime Rib and it was a decent pairing. The first half went with steak, the other half was the digestif. I liked this more and more as I sipped on it. This is definitely a beer one would appreciate the further they delved into its nuances and flavors. Not the most extreme, but maybe the best made.

Photo of patre_tim
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Stained wood brown with a dull wood red tinge. Reddish brown foam on top, highly carbonated, unfliltered and opaque. Foam overflowed with no agitation before opening.

S: Cherries, sour balsamic vinegar, metallic, earthy woody quality.

T: Sour, metallic, woody earthy qualities all come out followed by a malty beer taste, sour cherries no sweetness, light, long dull bitter linger on the tongue much like oak or wood, slight licorice taste to the bitterness.

M: Medium body, highly carbonated.

O: Well balanced masterpiece. More woody, malty, earthy tones than cherry in comparison to Goudenband. Love the earthiness and bitterness of malt this one has. Love sours. Would go well with cherry pie, great to sip, would also match well with creamy cheeses.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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 UncleJimbo
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz bottle.

This beer poured a clear, deep, copper color with creamy, light brown foam that settled slowly and clinged to the glass in a few places. The smell was nicely sour and tart with notes of wood and a touch of lactic acid and a hint of malt. The smell was very persistent. The taste was sour and tart with flavors from wood and notes of tart fruit and a hint of spiciness. The mouthfeel was very dry and tart with medium body and strong carbonation. A light tartness lingered on the tongue. This was a very nice and easy to drink Flanders style ale.

Photo of halo913
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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%!

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

Crowned and black plastic wrapped 750 bottled in 2005, poured into a tulip.

Dark brown with reddish edges. Small light tan head slowly falls to a fat, foamy ring that that is veiled evenly and has lasting retention.

Dark cherries fermented in alcohol, something metallic, Strong wood aromas, slightly vinous. Nice nose!

The taste starts off with cherries then fades into sharper fruits such as cranberries and crab apples. Almost goes over the top before becoming woody and vinous with enough sugars to balance it out. The finish is bitter and tart without becoming astringent. Nothing lingers but the cherries that started it all.

The mouth leans toward puckering, but doesn't go too far. I like that in a Flanders. Thirst quenching like good lemonade, especially on a hot day like today. At $15.99+ a bottle, quite expensive, but if I had the cash to blow I could drink a few more.

Photo of korguy123
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 3/11/2011
Poured into DFH Signature glass.

A- Hazy light root beer colored pour, soapy egg shell head, large bubbles. Lacing clings to side of the glass. Mild carbonation bubbles.

S- Light vinegar tones. Oak is very present in the nose, really smooths the acidity. Tart cherries and grapes, slight wet blanket notes as expected for this style. Getting a little vanilla and caramel in the nose.

T- Oak notes right off the bat, tangy vinegar, tart cherries and sour grapes. Funk is very subtle and adds a nice backing to the tartness. Sweetness is very slight in the back of the tongue. Alcohol is invisible.

M- Thin to medium bodied, dry finish, aftertaste is pleasant. Cheeks are tingling, salivary glands are working overtime!

O- Solid beer. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Went back to the LCBO and picked up another 3 bottles. Compared to the $28.00 bottles I've seen in the states $14.00 is a steal!

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

2005 bottling, drunk in 2009.

This beer is a medium-dark amber with a frothy, airy head. The aroma is quite nice, reminiscent of tart cherries, quite fruity, with an underlayer of malt and a touch of vinegar. Beautiful fruitiness upon first taste, cherry-ish, perhaps a hint of kumquats, with a solid acidity but never too tart like some examples. It finishes quite dry. The mouthfeel is tannic like a red wine, but light bodied as well.

An extremely good Flemish red, better than many Belgian examples I've had... and it's from Italy? Very odd, but quite tasty. I wish I could get this back in Texas.

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 flannelman808
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

version number 12... bottle 2549

A: Pours a really gorgeous copper red color and fairly clear (though dark and highly carbonated). Topped with an off-white head which has decent retention and lacing.

S: Smells very different from the first time I tried this. Dark currents and sour cherry on the nose along with that oaky quality I have come to love so. Smells really good!

T: Sour red fruit follow on the palate and change into a fairly oak driven flavor finishing on the spicy side. This is at least 10 times better than the last bottle I had (which I did not care for). Its very bright and finishes quite dry (due to the oak and hopping I imagine).

M: prickly

O: This is a must for sour enthusiasts though I would caution that there is either a great deal of batch or bottle variance. Older batches (than 2010) may not be at such a high quality.

Photo of Phatz
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a medium brown with a deep blood red hue. When the head fades it ends in a light brown color that lasts the duration of the beer.

Smell: The initial reaction well I first smelled this beer was to pull it away from my nose. Like when opening a big jug of vinegar you turn your nose from that intense aroma. After the initial shock I quickly fell in love with the *BIG* funky aroma. It is very acidic with apple cider vinegar and solvent warming your nose but then the Brettanomyces wild yeast sour cherries, raspberries, figs, oak barrel port soaked wood and booze, absolutely filled nose and all my senses from head to toe.

Taste: Like the aroma the taste is intense. As a Flanders Red it drinks much like a Lambic meets a Wild Ale - get married and honeymoon in an oak barrel for a year. mmm yummy. Pleasantly tart with sour cherries, raspberries and tannic oak or apple cider vinegar, hint of vanilla, cognac, and Brettanomyces funk. The finish is Lambic-like acidic but ooh so tasty.

Mouthfeel: It is a little too busy in the mouth. The dry acidity and the very fine carbonation bubbles create a sudsy spritzy feel with a bit of alcohol showing through it is semi-rough in the mouth. That said it still slides down the hatch quite easily it simply not quite as relaxed as some others in the style.

Drinkability: What to say. It is certainly a sipping beer, but boy I could sip it aaallll niiight looong!! =) mmm.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

my 750 ml was different than the one pictured here, more of a purple label with a pink sketch of a barrel on it. black shrinkwrapped top over a cap only (had the corkscrew ready to go, stupidly).

fell quite cloudy in the glass, settled with beautiful color spectrum in full view.. from an almost-black surface to blood red, to golden orange and straw in the bottom of the flute. circular, insulated bubble ring and cloudy waves of foam. nose produces cherry, fresh tobacco and a mouthwatering sourness creeps into the throat and gets the glands going. the wood in the aroma is fresh cut, resinous. it's not oaky vanilla by any means.

mouthfeel is perfect, as is the sourness.. clean without a woody, leathery must. young, but insanely drinkable (for a FSR) in said youth. citric sourness like a yuzu fruit coats my throat on the way down and causes a serious twitch. hops seem to mildly accentuate the whole fresh vibe and creates an overall terrific sour red. gotta seek out more new reds like this and drink them asap.

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

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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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

Pours to a deep brown color with reddish hues. It forms a creamy tan head that leaves a bit of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is earthy with cherries, yeast, bready belgian-like maltiness, a bit woody and leather-like. The aroma changes at every whiff. Amazing aroma.

The flavor is tart cherries, and earthy. It is a bit yeasty and medicinal. It is medium-full in body, acidic and tart. It is not overpoweringly sour, but just about right. Thanks to stubob for sharing this bottle. A very nice brew...definitely want to revist this one again.

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

Ruby color with a filmy head. Vibrant Flemish Sour aroma, cheese laden, with hints of coconut and wood, loads of fruits (cherries especially) and light malt. Distinctions and characteristics aromatically in Flemish Sours are always hard to pinpoint, but this particular one, from Italy, is very vibrant. Unbelievable balance of lactic and acedic acid, fruit, wood, sourness, along with a light coconut character, which I just love in beers.

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