Panil Barriquée (Italy Version) - Panil

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rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.46%
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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 OldSock
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance and Presentation – Sampled a 25.4 oz bottle dated 2005 purchased at Julio’s. The beer pours a rich, dark burgundy with slight amber tones and a small off white head that is a mix of small and large bubbles. Lacing is sparse.

Smell – Sour cherries, oak, flowers and vanilla, it is a beautiful aroma. There is also some alcohol in the smell as well.

Taste – Delightfully sour in the back of the mouth with a pleasing wine/grape/cherry flavor up front. The oak holds its own against the fruit as well. There is also a bit of astringency that I could live without. The sourness dies down as my mouth gets used to the flavor but, the sourness never vanishes, but it is not overpowering. A well balanced Flanders Red Ale, not cloyingly sweet like some or overly sour like others. The aftertaste is agreeably sour and fruity.

Mouthfeel – Medium mouthfeel, with slightly prickly carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes – It is drinkable to a point, after awhile the sourness builds up and the beer becomes less drinkable. The flavors are wonderful and complex, but avoid it if you are one of those people who are completely adverse to sour beers. I myself can’t handle the sourness of Cantillon beers, but this is nowhere near as intense. My favorite Flanders Red Ale to date, it’s a real winner, if only it wasn’t so expensive. (1,349 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a brown color with a perfect medium head with great retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma has a definate sourness with a lot of cherry and hints of wood. Smells nice. The flavor is very sour. Very sour. The cherries are definately there but the sourness takes the forefront. There is also a strong woody character that comes in with the cherries. The wood really comes throughthe more I drink - it gives it a strange flavor and mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is moderate to thick and the drinkability is good if you like sour beers. Sour beers aren't really my thing, but this is a good one. (624 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good Flanders Red, though it almost seems like it could just as easily be an Oud Bruin.

The beer pours to a dark, nutty brown color with a deep mahogany red hue. Little to no head. No lacing. Little carbonation.

The smell is great. Nice rasberry tartness with a hint of lactic acid. A hint of vinegar. Some nutty tones as well.

The flavor is very smooth. Not as acidic or tart as I would expect from the nose. Has a nice roasted and nutty finish. Fairly dry.

This beer has nothing on La Folie. It's very good, and probably more complex, but nowhere near as drinkable. (596 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2005 (750ml).

Pours a hazy, very nice dark plum color, with a small head that fades away immediately. There's a small ring that leaves behind a minimal lace. If it wasn't for the color of this, it wouldn't be that much to look at. On the second pour, which was a lot more aggressive, I was able to get a quarter inch head that disappeared just as quickly.

Smell; sour apples, tart cherries, oak and mildly alcoholic. Some spices are present, such as cinnamon and pepper.

Taste; as with the aroma lots of sour apples and tart cherries. The oak barrel flavor is very good, and there's a definite acidic quality. There's a touch of vinegar that kind of sits in the background, and this finishes with some mild spices and just a touch nutty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very little carbonation. As far as drinkability goes, I don't think that I've ever come cross a beer as drinkable as this one. I love tart flavors, and this style is quickly becoming a favorite of mine, and so far this is the best I've yet had. (1,028 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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 (1,095 characters)

Photo of endovelico
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a foamy murky brown brew with medium to medium high effervescence.

S: The aroma is winy, fragrant, woody, very fruity and pleasant.

T/M: The mouth is rich a bit fuller than i had expected, with dark fruit, warming alcohol and a strong sherry like flavour up front. The wood comes through alot aswell, especially as you take the time to enjoy the beer and let it warm.

O: It's a sour beer within what's expected of a traditional Flanders red ale. Very balanced and rich with good enough complexity. (510 characters)

Photo of ecoastman
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice. Gave it an aggressive pour at the end but the head didn't stick around long. Dark cherry wood colour that complements the aroma and taste.

I don't have a lot of experience with this particular style but I believe it fits the textbook well. Lots going on here... tart and sour cherries with light woody smoke are definitely there a vinegar pickle-like character.

A dry finish with some bitterness in the after taste, the drink goes down with a low level, fine champagne carbonation.

An interesting beer but I probably won't purchase again at the price it's sold for in the Ontario LCBO (over $11). (643 characters)

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. (635 characters)

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

2005 Vintage. Pours out a dark brownish red with a lively tan bubbly head. Some speckles and clumps of lace clung to the glass as I drank it. Aroma is full of tart cherries and woody notes. There was some sweetness as well adding a touch of balance. The taste is similar with tart cherries and woody oak notes dominating. There is a light sweetness in the middle before the dry sour woody finish. Soft carbonation. Easy drinking for the style and quite refreshing. A good all around sour beer. (493 characters)

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

750 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled in December 2011. I've never tried (let alone reviewed) a sour before, which was really my main reason for picking this bottle up in the first place.

Pours a muddy brownish-amber colour, opaque with haze. Not a lot of head here - the scant quantity of off-white foam that was generated from the pour fizzles away within a minute, but leaves behind a ring of lacing. Basically looks like a glass of unfiltered apple juice/cider. The aroma is, perhaps unsurprisingly, on the tart side - apple cider again comes to mind, along with malt vinegar, sour cherries and oaked California Chardonnay.

The flavour is unlike any beer I have ever tried previously, and pretty enjoyable if I do say so myself. Tart flavour with a wide array of fruity notes brushing the palate - cherries are the most prominent, but I am also able to pick out lemon and Granny Smith apple. Combined with the acetic acid, the whole profile has a bit of a Chardonnay-mixed-with-vinegar vibe - which, having read that line over again after typing it, sounds much less appealing than it actually tastes. The tartness is prominent (especially to my unaccustomed tongue), but there is enough caramel malt sweetness to keep it in check. Astringent finish with some light puckering and woodiness. Medium-bodied, with relatively mild carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. The 8% abv is nowhere to be seen - I have had 5.5% pale lagers with more booze raunch than this.

It has been a long time since I have tried a beer style that differs so greatly from anything I have consumed previously. It really does remind me more of wine than beer - and as with any bottle of wine, I probably should have shared this with someone else, because 0.75 litres is a bit much for me.

Final Grade: 4.18, an A-. Panil Barriquee is a thoroughly enjoyable sour - and, speaking from experience, seems to be a good introduction to the style for newbies like me. The balance between the tartness of the various fruit flavours/acetic, and the sweetness of the malts is nothing short of excellent - to say nothing of the masterfully-cloaked ABV, or the pleasant woodiness of the profile, or the fact that it is tasty both when chilled and after warming up to room temperature. I'm still not convinced that sours are up my alley, but I found myself with nothing but compliments for this highly quaffable example. Highly recommended, and something I may get again some time. (2,447 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 brentk56
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (749 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is different than the picture. Pours with small head that quickly recedes. Nose is a terrific blend of oak, sourness, and cognac.

Taste is sour, a little sweet, oaky, and vinuos. A smooth, not overpowering sour ale. Tastes great with these pork chops. (262 characters)

Photo of Mit
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So...saw this on the shelf at the LCBO for $14.00....I couldn't resist. Couldn't read the bottle...so I didn't know what it was until I could look it up.

a-pours a very cloudy reddish amber colour with a nice head.

s-sour cherries, hoppy bitterness, mild bready notes...

t-WOW...sour cherries punch you in the face, some hoppy flavours come through on subsequent tastes....uhm...not getting alot of sweetness that one might associate with a higher abv beer. Very satisfying.

m-Hmm....mouthfeel was thicker but alcohol wasn't as prominent as you would expect.

d-very drinkable...cost is prohibitive though...LOL (615 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  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. (574 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, with perhaps a little bit of red, the ring of lace was pearly white.

Smell: Aromas was a lot more woody with a cherry sweetness, the balsamic character was more subtle than a Rodenbach grand cru.

Taste: Strange, even though the acidity seemed less present in the nose, it was there big time in the taste. The smoothness of the cask aging showed up nicely in the finish. As good a Flanders Red as you'll find anywhere, and hands down the best Beer to come out Italy that I've ever had. (514 characters)

Photo of orfeu
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 bottling. Murky cherrywood with burnt orange highlights and a fairly poor light tan head. Montmornecy cherry aromas mingle with slight woody funk and yeasty spice notes. Sour cherry flavors predominate with a lactic tartness and an oaky pucker. Feels somewhat thin but a tingling pepperiness keeps things interesting. Tasty enough, but somewhat tame in the end. (366 characters)

Photo of silenius
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2005 (Looks different than the beer pic to the right)

When a full glass is held up to the light, the beer is a bright fuscia hazed with suspended yeast (it gets more and more brown with less and less beer in the glass). The head is two fingers thick and is easily coaxed back once is subsides. Light lacing as well.

Smell is rather subdued with mashed cherries, wet wood, tangerines and a hint of balsamic vinegar. This is very pleasing and inviting. I get no hop aroma here and only a hint of sweetness in the cherry/tangerine smell.

For the style, the taste is quite extraordinary with it hitting first with a sharp tartness that segues into the mashed up cherries and balsamic vinegar. Those tastes are pretty lively and it ends with a wooden mouthcoating dryness that leaves your mouth not so much puckered up as ready for another sip. This I think is the mark of a great beer - it readies your palate for the next sip as its tastes fade. This one does that in spades.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty damn creamy for something so drying and slightly acidic. The bubbles are tiny and soft.

Very drinkable. If you like this style I would highly recommend it. (1,184 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of Prufrock
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle, labeled "Bottled in 2005," poured into a thin pilsner glass.

clear brownish amber that shines a golden orange against the light. thick layer of effervescent white head that falls quickly and leaves little lace.

balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, and a candy-like hint of sweetness in the aroma. powerfully sour aroma with a slight funkiness.

stiff, stinging carbonation and a light, spritzy feel. carbonation is just a touch too high and detracts from the flavor, but it still comes off as acidic and sour with hints of cherry, grape, and oak. barely metallic. astringent, acetone-like finish with some slight fruit essence. delightfully complex and drinkable. (682 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (861 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 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 Derek
4.02/5  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! (364 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this brew with Denali at Sunset Grille in Brighton, Massachusetts 7/4/05.

Nice foamy head and a reddish brown body. Smelled of bourbon, fruit and sourness. Tasted fruity and was very sour with strong waves of oak bourbon. A very special and tasty brew, well worth trying if you can find it. (312 characters)

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