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Panil Barriquée (Sour Version) - Panil

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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

343 Ratings
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.38%
Wants: 23
Gots: 62 | FT: 2
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Italy

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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Reviews by Patrick999:
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this, it was during a tasting that featured quite a few much more aggressive sours, so I decided to hold off on reviewing until I was able to try a glass on its own. Here we go:

Poured into a tall goblet. Has a semi-cloudy brown appearance; not quite crystal clear, but not murky either. No particulate matter noted. Foam isn't crazy-high, but does retain well.

The beer smells exactly as I would expect - lot of balsamic, and wood. A little rotting apple, cola, root beer as it warms. But mostly balsamic. Not sharply balsamic - it doesn't "smell sour" like a Cantillon lambic; it merely smells "tart." Minor plastic-y notes.

This is a very solid, uncompromising, straight down the middle Flanders Red. All the hallmarks of the style are here - balsamic tartness, little woody vanilla and that tough to describe leathery "cellar" character, green apple that shows sweet, briefly, even some minor flowery hop bitterness. No one component overly assertive, great sweet/tart balance and complexity. Reviewing to style, I feel very justified in awarding a 5.0. You can find American interpretations of the style that take the sour further, but that's not what I feel this is trying to be - I think this is supposed to be an attempt at a traditional Flanders Red, and to that end, its flavor is outstanding.

Sharply bubbled, though perhaps not near as quenching as a Rodenbach.

I think I can say with pretty fair certainty that most appreciators of this style would not have trouble taking care of this 750 on their own. It's going down pretty easily for me.

Oh, by the way, this is an '09. Expensive, but I say worth the odd purchase every now and again.

Patrick999, Jan 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

beerhunter13, Jan 15, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

seved in snifter.

Look (3.5/5) - pours a very deep orange/copper, almost light mahogany. Nice reddish tones. Clarity is good, just a touch hazy. Head rises to about two fingers and falls to a cap with minimal lacing.

Smell (4/5) - I really unique smell. You get fruits (berry, grapes, dark cherries). The sour and brett work together to make a bit of a pickle-brine aroma with some goat.

Flavor (4.5/5) - Similar to the aroma, but with a bit less brett and more sourness. Again, there's a flavor like pickling dark cherries and goat. Not a lot of malt or hop (or anything else) makes it through this fugue.

Feel (3.5/5) - Medium light body with medium high carbonation. Good feel of tangy sourness that bites at your cheeks and tongue.

Drink (3/5) - I'm not hugely experienced with this style and I'd love to compare it. It was certainly an interesting taste for a beer lover, but not something I'd imagine you'd want to have as a session.

Rijtjeshuis, Jul 19, 2011
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Mattco, Aug 19, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured intonanDuvel tulip, Batch #13, 2011, bottle 1552.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a big yellow/brown head with generous lacing. Nose is malty, a bit tart, earthy and oaky.

Taste is a bit odd, sour and a bit vinegary, but also earthy. Mouthfeel is big and very carbonated. Finish is sour and tart. Overall it's decent but not too special.

kingcrowing, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)
Batch 13. Bottle 117.

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Thanks for this, Nathan!

Murky dark brown and ruby with a very thin khaki colored head that eventually leaves spots of lacing down the glass.

A terrific aroma: biting sourness, tart cherries, earthy wood, and sweet toffee combine quite nicely. This immediately reminded me of Russian River Consecration.

The flavor follows the aroma, but isn't quite as intense or aggressive. The tart cherries and biting sourness dominate, with a bit of toffee, wood, and lemon and apple flavors presenting as the beer warms.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

A very nice red sour, and quite the surprise. My first beer from Italy is a hit!

ehammond1, Dec 24, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark red and brown beer, just right for style, minimal head, nothing to retain. Aroma was nice and sour, elements of bitterness and mildly fruity with hints of oak.

Taste, good, dry sour, keeps the oaky notes along right with it. Carbonation is complimentary, even if from looking at it, you wouldn't know it was the right amount. Cherry possibly.

Nuanced feel of a dab of cinnamon to it, could just be the wood. Price is a tough part, $18 for a bottle, have to knock its overall score down a tad because you could have 2 bottles of Le Terroir or Dissident almost for this price.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of OStrungT
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark ruby red color, with absolutely no head. Zero lace also. Absolutely no carbonation at all.

This beer has a mild sour fruit aroma. Some oak notes mix in. A slight vinegar aroma also. Some funky yeast is also present.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Sour fruit and vinegar. Also, some oak and earthy yeast.

This beer is very wattery. No carbonation. It leaves a tart cherry aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt be the best session beer. Sour, slightly high in alcohol, and no carbonation make it kind of a bust.

Overall: This beer would be better carbonated. i dont know what went wrong. Other than that, it is pretty good though.

OStrungT, Sep 12, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta. Batch 11 Bottle 3228.

Pours an almost opaque brownish-amber color with a 1.5-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark malts with good amounts of tart cherries and mimlder amounts of vanilla. Also present are slight amounts of tobacco that increase as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muted dark caramel malt flavors kick things off and are quickly pushed aside by large amounts of tart cherry flavors. Shortly thereafter mild amounts of vanilla from the oak work their way into things. Midway through the sip hints of tobacco make an appearance and carry through to a crisp and moderately tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this isn't the cleanest representation of the style but I'm a sucker for tobacco influences and this certainly has it. An interesting take on the style that's well worth a shot and I look forward to trying the Riserva version to compare.

Final note, the tobacco notes are similar but much more muted and nuanced than the flavors I found from Haandbryggeriet's Akevitt-Aged Porter. A very distinct flavor.

glid02, Aug 31, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

JasonSiedman, Aug 30, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

Pours an almost completely flat ruby red with next to no head. Very strong sour nose of sour cherry and sour fruit. Taste is a very vinous sour fruit flavor. Goes down like wine as it is almost completely flat. This is a fantastic sour red, aged in oak, and is strongly recommended for a red wine substitute. Drinkability is nice, but the flatness will turn away many beer fans. Great brew.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of Sammy
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a masterpiece and one of the best sour beers as I am ranking to style. The reddish colour is awesome. The aroma is alcoholic is best I can say. It is very easy drinking, not thick which I liked and is dangerously easy to finish. It is complex with cognac, woody, avnilla, sour cherry. Because of the sourness this is not for everybody.

Though soaked in casks formerly used for cognac and wine, I note that it is considered kosher because there is no real wine, it's not considered the actual flavour by the science of kashruth. I had previously spoken to the head of the most senior inspector in Canada about this and I can pass on details if anyone is inetrested.

Sammy, May 05, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage - batch 11; bottle #1746. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Rodenbach flute.

Pale brilliantly clear rufous body with a thin soapy persistant collar. Not much lacing, but that's not a big surprise.

Oaky, tobacco-laden, dank, and leathery aromatics - very unique. Smells like cherries deep in the cool hold of an 18th century schooner.

Lightly acidic on the palate with faint red wine vinegar and sour cherry notes; there are also hints of toasted almond and vanilla from the wood, as well as lingerings signs of cognac. Rather wine-like, with a fleeting berry-like sweetness and a "wild" lacto-induced tartness. Very dry moderately astringent, woody/earthy (like a casket?) finish.

While not as sweet as many examples of the style, and more of a "living" product thanks to the lack of pasteurization, this youthful vintage was not nearly as sour as I was hoping/expecting - so while it has more complexity and sense of terroir/craft than even Rodenbach, the latter seems to be a more potent example of the style.

Light bodied, with low carbonation, and significant tannins.

If you enjoy the style, you must try this beer. I don't think this is actually the only unpasteurized traditional brewed Flanders Red, but it does have a singular subtlety among its peers.

augustgarage, Aug 28, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

phirleh, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of beertooth
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into goblets with some friends at the Maproom.

Batch #9 Bottle # 1535.

Pours a reddish brown with a finger of dirty white head.

The nose gives me some vinegar, dark stone fruits, a little bretty funk, sour candies. A ton of cherries!

The first sip gives me some vinegar, tobacco, white grape skin, peach pit, some warming booze and spice. Cherries, booyah!

I could drink a ton of this, it's a pretty mellow. There's a little funk and some sourness. Probably the best beer I've had from Italy so far. The price tag at the bar was a little much, but oh well.

An interesting beer none the less.

beertooth, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vintage 2006

Barriquee pours a light reddish brown color. Looks almost copper with backlighting. A soft, off-white head tops it off. It's very modest and doesn't even rise to a finger in depth. Retention was on the short side. Lacing was a little sticky and moderate.

The nose is a little weak and uninspiring. It would benefit from more strength. Oak is fairly prominent. Its presence has a positive overall impact. I'm not sure if it's the effect of the cognac barrel aging or what, but it has a medicinal scent that's not very pleasant. There's a little cherry and other berry scents. It smells a little tart, but not much. Alcohol is a little noticeable. Meh. It's above average, but not by much.

The flavor is just above average. It kicks off with a very medicinal cherry-like flavor. Not a fan. I'm really curious if it's cognac that's having that effect. It has a slight sour cherry twist, but it's not aggressively tart by any stretch. Not even close to mouth puckering. Oak is noted and adds a bit of a nice flavor. Alcohol is there, but isn't warm or hot at all. Finishes a little sweet and dry. Honestly, I'm disappointed. There seems to be lack of overall flavor. Perhaps I aged it a little too long. Who knows?

Barriquee has a light/medium body. Carbonation is very light. Too light. I guess it's somewhat smooth, but more bubbles would be a plus. Drinkability is very average. I'm not excited about the flavor. I guess it goes down somewhat easy, I'm not really enjoying it. Ready to move on.

Panil Barriquee is a rather big disappointment for me. I was excited about this one, and held on to the bottle for quite a while. Maybe it diminished in that period of time. The biggest problems are the lack of flavor, the medicinal taste, and the lack of bubbles. Fix those things and it'd be all the better for it. Can't recommend it at this point. I don't recall exactly what I paid for this, but whatever it was...it was too much.

prototypic, May 15, 2010
Photo of nhudson
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle was from Batch #11 in 2009, I forgot the bottle number. Poured from a 750ML Bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Murky brownish red, thought it was more of a Flemish Brown than a Red. Not very clear, but yet not yeasty.

Smell: Where to start, very complex. Sour Cherries with some muskiness almost a rotten fruit smell too. Very funky and very hard to pull out all the aromas.

Taste: Sour, but not overly sour, slight sour cherries in the front with a very irony backend. Almost blood like?? The taste quickly dissipates in your mouth and leaves a clean palate.

Mouthfeel: I wish every sour beer was like this one. Thin and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: At 8% you would never know it but by the end of the bottle my body sure did. Very drinkable.

nhudson, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of bradford
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Hi-Time Wine Cellar in Costa Mesa for $18
Looked weird. Dark red, with muddy brown hues waving through and a noticeable decrease in head
Smelled funky. Tart and sweet with no discernable alcohol in the nose
Tasted very good. Sour, funky, thick, fruity, and yeasty
Mouthfeel was nice. Very heavy but pleasing on the palate
Drinkability was good but not great. I have had better sour beers, but this one was good. Glad I got a chance to try it, but won't be rushing out for more, as after tax it was around $20

bradford, Nov 20, 2007
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Panil Barriquée (Sour Version) from Panil
89 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.