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Panil Barriquée (Sour Version) - Panil

Panil Barriquée (Sour Version)Panil Barriquée (Sour Version)

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very good

311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.38%

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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is the version imported to the US.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 10-23-2006)
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4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a gorgeous, muddled pink, almost like a fruited Berliner Weisse. It sits in the glass a regal, dark purple color with maroon and ruby hues. The beer pours with a head of miniscule, creamy white bubbles that form a pillow, and then quickly settles into a fat scrim around the beer. In body, the beer is dark and hazy, but clear of particles and cloudiness. On the nose, the beer smells of light vinegar, cherries, leather, and nearly vinous. Touches of grape and soft plum dance on the edges of the scent along with rich vanilla from the oak. The funky leather and cherry scents are earthy and rich with vinegar, which I adore, but they are also constrained and mellow. The nose of this beer revels in subtle complexity; it is funky, but not in a way that would kick your nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes tart with acidity, sweet with fruity malt, and bitter with oak tannin. The oak leaves a strange twinge to the pucker in your cheeks. The beer finishes dry and tannic. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet plum juice, tinged with tart cherry leather, this bulls head on into a wall of rich, oak tannin that blankets the middle of the sip, all but obliterating the fruity notes and bringing vanilla, earth and finally a touch of chocolate into play. Touches of grape juice and rich red wine can also be sensed in the start of the sip, while the finish is long and decadent with oak, vanilla, touches of tart grapes, and bitter herbal tannin. The aftertaste is hard to distinguish from the finish, as the beer has tremendous lasting power in the mouth. For all intents and purposes, the finish and the aftertaste are the same. In body, the beer is on the light side of medium, with a middling carbonation that gives a nice pillow to the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth, if a bit watery, providing superb drinkability until the beer hits the back of the palate. In the back, the tannin does touch with a quick bite of astringency, but this quickly fades to just leave a bit of tightness in the tongue. The mouth is left slightly dry, with just a touch of saliva oozing in to cancel the lingering acidity of the beer. Overall, this is yet another superb Flanders Red. This particular beer revels in the rich character it gained from unique Bordeaux cognac barrels. Admittedly, I have not drank a lot of cognac from Bordeaux (I thought Cognac could only be made in a region surrounding the town of Cognac?) but I think an experienced Cognac drinker would definitely find subtle hints within this beer reminiscent of that drink. This is a Flanders Red of subtle intrigue and beauty, like a fine red wine. It unfurled on my tongue like a puzzle, and I very much enjoyed that. My chief complaint with the beer comes from its thinness. I want my Flanders Reds to be medium bodied, and this one is just a little too far below this bench mark for me. It is superbly drinkable, but loses a little oomf. The beer’s tannic structure also allows it to grip the mouth quite nicely, and provides some amazing complexities, though it is a little too raw for my personal tastes. In the end though, it’s a great Flanders red.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 02:03:08 | More by Maxwell
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL (batch 16, bottle 1782, October 2012) into a tulip. Pours a deep brown mahogany w/ a thin off-white head that settles pretty quickly to a foamy collar.

Aroma is nicely tart and oaky with an underlying fruity sweetness.

Taste follows nose. A delicate balance between sweet and sour, neither dominating. Interplay between dry oak, gentle acidity, and dark sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, as balanced as the taste, finishing semi-dry. Thirst-quenching, refreshing, drinkable.

Overall a very good Flanders red ale; my only critique is that it might be a little one-dimensional, but it's still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 05:51:44 | More by draheim
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3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a translucent ruby red with a small amount of off-white head (assuming you pour aggressively; there's almost none otherwise). If you end up with some head, it retains a little around the edge of the glass, along with some surface film, which leaves spotty but clingy lacing.

S: Pleasant tart sweetness, with a cake-y grainy note. Very nice.

T: Mildly tart, mildly sweet; it is nice, and quite drinkable. It doesn't have any outlandish flavors, but it's definitely in the direction of a sour.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, very good, but maybe not outstanding enough to be excellent. It's fairly subtle, with good but not great depth. Very nice and worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:40:36 | More by seand
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #14, 2011 Vintage. Poured into a Teku glass. Deep mahogany with dark pink highlights. Nice two finger head makes this look like a photo shoot. Smells of cherries, apples, and cider vinegar.

The smell follows taste and this is a really, nicely soured ale. Soft edges of oak round out the acidic and sour attack of cherry and berry fruits. A hint of grapes, along with the tannins from skins in contact with oak, comes through; very vinous. Medium-light bodied. Finish leaves a nice funk lingering.

Very good sour, made in Italy! The Italian beer scene has really made its mark and this is one offering that helps support that cause. Next time a wine drinker reaches for a pinot noir to go with a chicken or salmon dish, this could probably be swapped out. I'd also love to try this with sauerbraten.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 21:17:04 | More by Zraly
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, Batch #15, Bottle #1184. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like tart cherries, oak, green apples, funk and vinegar. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like tart cherries, grape juice, dark fruit, oak, green apples and vinegar. Even though it's mostly tart, there's some fruity sweetness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and is well carbonated. I think this is a good, tart, enjoyable brew. Definitely worth a try, I'll have to get another bottle to age and see how it turns out. $16.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 22:00:20 | More by bluejacket74
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Batch #16. 2012. Bottle #5335. Poured into Duchesse goblets.

Red-brown with red-orange hues. Aerating on the pour, a collection of large bubbles still remain, on the surface, by the hundreds.

Acetic aromas permeate through noted of oak, golden raspberry, currant, lemony tartness, and wet haystacks. Thinly fruity, but nicely funky. I'm excited to find out how sour this might be.

Very oaky and decently sour. Currants, tart raspberry, and moldy lemon. Lots of woodiness, in fact, so much that the base beer might not hold its own in terms of fruitiness or malty sweetness. While I love the wild funky notes typical of American sours, this Flanders Red is missing the cherry balsamic umami of a Rodenbach or the gooey vanilla of a Duchesse. A very light cherry note is at work here, but it's very tart. The thinness of the body really reveals what there is and isn't in this beer. Still damn tasty.

Panil Barrique is a nice Flemish Red that crosses over into American Wild Ale territory. It has great sourness for the style, although it's not as sturdy as you might hope. Finishes cleaner and shorter. Actually, very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 14:32:56 | More by thecheapies
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3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The flavor is not strong and not overpowered by the sour flavor. The oak aging is not as prevalent, just a hint. Overall, this is pretty tasty but mild. I would drink this again but it's not my go-to sour beer! Wish the flavors were bolder, as I think the oak aging would be fantastic. Batch #16, bottle 2505.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 00:35:16 | More by steenface
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Bottle #1048, Batch #9, 2007 vintage. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of sour cherry, green apple, red grape, pepper, clove, floral, oak, hay, red wine vinegar, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast notes with moderate oak barrel presence. Taste of tart cherry, green apple, red grape, floral, clove, oak, hay, red wine vinegar, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity and earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, green apple, red grape, clove, oak, floral, hay, red wine vinegar, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity, tart, and earthy yeast ester flavors; with moderate malt, oak, and acidity; and a great sweetness/acidity balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flanders red ale. All around nice balance and complexity of fruity, tart, and earthy yeast flavors with moderate malt and oak balance; and very smooth to sip on for 8% with the moderate acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 03:58:52 | More by superspak
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Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice reddish/brown color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tart cherries, oak, funky yeast and some caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some tart cherries, some red wine, oak, funky yeast and faint caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 23:57:45 | More by SebD
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-ruby brown color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-tart cherries, vinegar, slight vanilla, little caramel malt, oak

T-tart cherries, red wine, vinegar, oak, sweet caramel

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly astringent

O-not as tart as other Flemish reds which I prefer

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 18:58:05 | More by MDDMD
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4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into fantôme tulip glass. Batch #16 from 2012. Bottle #2544.

A: deep, dark reddish brown color. No real head when poured delicately into tulip. Noticeable carbonation working its way up the side of the glass. Lacing along the edges of the glass.

S: brett, dried fruit, cherries. Oak is present.

T: cherry tartness upfront with very faint hints of funk. The oak adds a nice finish to his beer and smooths out and blends everything. Pretty drinkable as well, as it's pretty delicate on the sour side.

M: seemed surprisingly drier than expected. Not bad.

O: pretty great example of a Flanders here. Adds its own unique touch as well. Would pick up again at some point in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 20:33:38 | More by take_it_sleazy
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3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch #16, 2012, Bottle #2161. Pours dark purple-brownish red from the bottle. Small bit of cream colored head. aroma of sour cherries, blackberries. Big heavy mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Lots of fruit up front with a good tart punch and dry oak finish. Cheery, blackberries, and grapes. Not sure I like the big body on this and tend to enjoy more effervescent sours. Not bad, but I could do without it as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 20:59:10 | More by BMMillsy
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (batch #16 2012) to fantome tulip

A: It is a reddish brown dark copper color with little no head but a medium lacing whitish brown in color. It has noticeable high carbonation and is dark to semi opaque but not too cloudy or clean either.

S: You can definitely tell it spent some time in barrels as the oak is fairly strong but in a good way. There are wine like dark fruit scents similar to red wine grapes or dark cherries. You can definitely tell its been naturally fermented but does not really have any funk on par a flanders though.

T: It is slight sweet and tart up front with a fruit juice flavor that is fairly complex it does have wine like aspects but it is sleigher. There are some sour hints but they are not nearly strong enough though it seems they could come out more with age. It is not necessarily a distinct flavor but overall it is very earthy, not like dirt or funk (as there is none of that) but spice wise the time in the barrels is noticeable here. Pretty solid overall would like to see how it develops

M: In terms of feel this is very juicy and smooth as it goes down very easy for 8%abv it is similar to watered down wine in terms of feel. The carbonation is nice, light and champagne like but not nearly as bubbly it matches the style though. The finish is crisp light and clean which adds to its drinkability.

O: Overall I like this beer its really solid to style with good flavors and easy to drink. That being said I defiantly want to see how it can develop with a few years on it as it was not very sour and a lot more juicy then tart. If it develops how I think it could it could make this beer a lot beer, but for now its good but tacking in some aspects especially in strength of taste though the feel is pretty good. I would recommend this is worth a try if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 20:40:38 | More by Pinknuggets
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3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle.

Appearance: Ruddy brown, barely any red on the edges, head is tiny and off-white.

Nose: Lots of sweetness compared to a traditional Flemish red. Almost honey-like note at first, followed by a good amount of ripe cherry. Oak is definitely there in the back with a toffee and vanilla undertone.

Taste: Very balanced and even but in the end it falls a bit flat. None of the flavors really pop. The honey is still there and plenty of cherry-tinged oak that finishes with a coca cola like syrupiness. Tartness is balanced by the extent of the oak presence here.

Mouthfeel: Not exciting and a bit flat.

Overall: A different take on a Flemish red. The tartness seems very toned down by the extensive oak aging (Cognac barrels probably are the root cause). Still a nice and easy sipper, but not nearly as complex and bold as other reds.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 21:45:14 | More by fdig23
Photo of spoony


4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml (Batch 11, 2011) into a tulip.

A-The brew is walnut brown in color with only a slight hint of red. The head is one fat finger of light mocha colored foam that drops slowly into a thick ring. Even for a sour, this is not a terribly attractive beer. Lots of chunky, visible carbonation.

S-This thing has tons of oak on the nose. It also gives a fair dose of sweet cherries, some vanilla, a touch of sour grapes and vinegar. It is funkier and earthier (think horse blanket) than some Flanders Reds/Oud Bruins, but not quite geueze-like. Pretty complex.

T-The taste tracks the smell closely, which is good. The sour factor is medium with dry oak being more dominant than tart fruits. For fruit flavors, cherries are most noticeable, but there is also some tart pear and grape. The malts come through as well, with a sweet vinegar punch.

M-The feel is medium to slightly heavy for the style. Carbonation is lighter and the feel is appropriately slick.

O-This brew is a winner. I like the oaky, subtle complexity of it all. There are beers with more pucker power and this beer clearly does not try to hit you over the head with acid. Instead, this one really shines in the use of oak to give an dry, earthy, complex tartness. A complex and drinkable example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 04:57:05 | More by spoony
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at a little bottle share at Tree House Brewery. Reviewed from notes. This is a 20011 vintage, batch 14.

A - Poured into a Tree House glass a clear mahogany hue with a light, light quarter inch head that fades to leave thin, thin wisps.

S - Very, very nice for a Flanders, good sour tart vinegar notes. Light funk and oak.

T - Taste is more of the vinegar sourness with faint fun and light, light barrel notes. Incredibly balanced here.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for the style, not thin or watery but with enough carbonation to keep it up off the tongue.

O - Overall this was a darn good Flanders red, which I was expecting it to be. Always see this in stores, glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 06:41:01 | More by rudzud
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

January 2010 bottle. Reviewed in May 2010

LCBO Spring release. After checking inventory at one location (they had 60) I showed up and was told they all got transferred to another store for a customer. I think I have an idea who cleared it out!

A: Kind of a rosey brown body with champagne like wispy head. Not much lacing going on, but the beer is quite a nice shade.

S: Quite barnyardy. More so than I expected from this Italian brewer. Soft fruits are present as well. peach and apricot.

T: Quite sour, but very earthy in the finish. A mushroom and almond taste enters the palate as you swallow. Cherries, apricot and other fruits are present as well.

M: A very lively beer. Very dry, astringent. Perfect for the style.

D: A great one to reflect on. 8% beer, but Alcohol is well hidden.

Re-Review, Feb 10, 2013

This bottle is now 3 years old, and it's unclear how much time has affected it. I opened a bottle at Christmas and declared that it was in decline; Drinking this now has raised questions on weather that is true, since it seems to still be drinking very well. I think I'll try drinking a fresh bottle to "right my compass" on this one before I open my last bottles.

I've increased my "overall" score by .25 to reflect what I feel is more accurate.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 00:26:53 | More by uno99
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012... Batch #15, bottle #3159.

A - Pours a deep cranberry or plum in color with a 2 finger eggshell head.

S - Very funky and musty with oak laced throughout and darts of tartness peaking through.

T - Faint earthiness and oak to start that develops into tart cherries. Midway through the sour dies down to find a dry maltness then a puckering ending. As it warms the earth really comes through more in the beginning and end. Meanwhile the sour dies down to a tartness or may'be I'm just getting used to it.

M - High carbonation, light body, effervescent.

O - Not as sour as some other beers in the category I've had. It's still well done and definitely delivers that lip puckering goodness that I sometimes crave.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 21:24:10 | More by cvm4
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good sized head atop a clear dark reddish brown fluid. Some nice lacing and a light covering. Smell is vinegar and and oak with a healthy funk and and light fruit component. Some oaked alcohol with faint vanilla lightly showing. Taste is vinegar and malt sweetness. Oak and cherries that really come into balance as they warm. Vanilla and cherries with a grape blend. Dry woody finish that leaves a tart sourness lingering. Juiciness leaves the mouth dripping with saliva, Nice dry feel with a good carbonation that gives a velvety drinkability. A good solid Flanders Red with a complex construction.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 06:36:11 | More by scootny
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge, frothy, beige head is long lasting, leaving thick patches of lace on a flute glass while cloudy, reddish-brown beer sparkles with clinging carbonation.

Tart cherry with unripened apple against a background of rustic oak. Some alcohol comes out with warmth.

Tartness carries from entry to finish. Cherry leads the fruity profile while wood notes provide a base note. Sweet and tart, yet well balanced. Warmth brings out notes of merlot in the long finish. Some apple cider can also be detected. This one warms quite well but lacks layers of progression.

A light body with the texture of satin. Carbonation is light and prickly while alcohol is well below expectations.

This is an easy beer for a late Friday night. It is refreshing and relaxing and would go well with reading or after a heavy meal.

Batch 15-2012, bottle 265

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 12:26:52 | More by SLeffler27
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch #12. 2010. Bottle #1057. Served in a wine glass. Pours a fairly-clear reddish-mahogany color with a good white head that fades relatively quickly before falling to a thin cap. The nose brings a nice acidity and underlying red fruits plus a bit of oak and lactic acidity. Flavor pushes those components a bit further, but also has an underlying tannic graininess that detracts a bit, especially from the mouthfeel. Not a bad beer by any means, though I preferred the nose to the flavor/palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 16:20:07 | More by Thorpe429
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter. Batch #11, 2009. Split with mjyoung.

A: Pours a deep cranberry juice red with a finger of light brown head that quickly faded into a lasting film.
S: Super funky funk on this one. Smells like a moldy mushrooms growing on a dirty diaper mixed with strong cheese, oak, and musty earth. Earthy mushrooms and musty earth dominate, but I get faint hints of tart red fruits beneath. Rich compost comes to mind.
T: Follows the nose with musty and dank notes of rich earth. More fruit comes through on the mouth than the nose lead on, but this beer is neither tart nor sour. Cheese, mushrooms, cranberry, and raspberry come through nicely. Brown ale flavors of caramel malt and buttery nuts come through, as well as buttery oak. The finish is slightly tart with a twang of acid, and the aftertaste is mildy greasy and slick. Red berries linger long after the swallow.
M: Medium-full body, fairly slick and greasy mouthfeel, low and fizzy carbonation.
O: Impressively complex. A good blend of tart red fruits, barrel aged mustiness, and sweet brown ale. Good to age, this could have lasted even longer. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 04:24:21 | More by scottfrie
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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Get your smartphone camera ready, as here I am purchasing a big bottle (with the help of a few friends) of Italian beer. Splitting the $17 pricetag three ways makes the pain go away quicker. Bottle #2757, consumed at Beer Revolution (Andre's choice), on to the beer:

Dark red is the color, and surprising great lace is just a bonus feature of this beer. I expected the jose to be along thelines of this; sour and tart. A lot like strawberries in this case, and a little oomph of sour. A little less sour and a little more sweet is the taste, which is strawberry sweet. Modest sourness, not mouth puckering. Medium bodied beer that finds itself getting a little light in places, yet overall providing the excitement of a good Flanders Red.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 02:43:43 | More by DoubleJ
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Italy has certainly become a hotbed for authentic and flavorful beers to hit the shores of America in recent years. Leaning on Belgian sour ale recipes and techniques, Panil kicks off with a taste and texture straight from the Flemish tradition.

Barriquee opens with a diffused burgundy hue that keeps the beer looking like prune juices. A blend of tight-knit and loose-knit bubbles in its foam stance eventually relaxes into a broken creme that layers the beer's meniscus. Random islands of foam cling to the glass and denotes the beer's ample lacing power.

Tart aromas cherries, cider, white wines, and balsamic start the show while a balance of wood, malt, toast, and chocolate rise in its conclusion. A spicy phenol note raises the bar of complexity to the beers sharp sourness.

Mouthwatering flavors hit the mouth with taste of sour cherries, under rippened berries, limes, crab apples, sour grapes, balsamic vinegar, and salt brine. Underlying malt support arrives in the impressions of dry toast, grape juice, bread crust, and light chocolate. With virtually no hop character, the balance of the beer is predicated on the acidity and fruit, much in the same way as complex merlot wine does.

Medium-light in body, the beer offers just enough of a buffer from the acidity to offer mild creaminess to start. But the acidity cuts through the malty textures with ease and ushers in a quick oaky dryness of tannin, acids, and dry warmth in finish.

While in the vein of Rodenbach, I strongly endorse this Flemish sour as a worthwhile comparison. While intensely sour, the beer offers a more restrained complexity than that of Rodenbach but also exchanges some variations when compared to Duchesse du Burgogne and Bacchus. It's worth seeking out for all fans of sour ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 04:55:10 | More by BEERchitect
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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Benny for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 14. 2011 vintage. Bottle # 2121.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some fruit, vinegar, and woody aromas. Taste is much the same an acidic finish with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:40:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Panil Barriquée (Sour Version) from Panil
89 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.