Panil Barriquée (Sour Version) - Panil

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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 24
Gots: 61 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Medium brown colour; very slightly translucent with a half finger of bubbly cream-coloured head.

S - Sourness is evident up front. Some sour cherries, vinegar and a very slight sweetness.

T - Very sour and tart. Some vinegar, sour cherries, wood/oak taste and the general taste of sour candies. The first few sips are very puckering but this one gets better with each sip.

M - Light to medium body; moderate carbonation

O - A good beer. A style that I am new to and am developing a taste for. This one was good for someone who is new to sours like me.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wally for bringing this treat over last night!

Batch 12 (2010), Bottle # 2251

Pours a cloudy plum-red that gets consistently darker with each pour. A thin, white, head rests on top and leaves lots of beautiful lacing. Looks quite nice for a Flanders Red.

Oaky, fruity and a bit earthy on the nose. Light, sweet, acidity mixed with wet hay, apples, cherries and red grapes. Light funk lingers as well. One of the best Flanders aromas I've nosed.

Smooth, creamy, cherry and grape with light acidic tartness. Vanilla and oak barrel throughout. The sourness profile is well executed, adding a nice level of fruit acidity without coming across like some version of vinegar. I really like this. The cognac barrels have done nice things to this beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with light, well-integrated, sourness. Great body.

Overall, I was really impressed with this beer. I'm typically not a huge fan of Flanders, but this one is done very well. Exceptionally smooth throughout. Right up there with the Rodenbach offerings. I could drink this all day. I highly recommend picking up a bottle if you see it.

Photo of MeisterBurger
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky reddish mahogany topped by a lively light frothy bubbly head. Fingers of lace persist.

Aroma is a blast of balsamic vinegar and oak, lots of cherry and a whiff of eucalyptus and plastic bandaid like phenols

The taste is like unripe strawberry and sour cherry juice drizzled with malt vinegar, very tart, slightly lemony with hints of cooked rhubarb. Finishes with an oaky dryness and a lingering prickly cactus and metallic aftertaste. Alcohol is only detectable once the beer approaches room temperature and the plastic bandaid of the aroma starts to show up more and more as well. It's sour without being puckering or acerbic in the least thanks to a mild malt backbone that definitely takes a backseat to the tartness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light and perfect for what's going on.

Overall a great sour, but you have to dig the style to appreciate it. Pricey at $14. But easy drinking; I polished off an entire bottle and I could easily have another.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, bottled 2010, part of the LCBO release with different (classier) labeling.

Pours a ruddy, tawny cherry red with a finger of foamy head which dies to a very thin collar. Gorgeous color, really dark.

Nose reveals a light sweetness, cherry, woody funk, must, light sourness. The sweetness is alluring and secretive but there, the perfect foil for a sour.

The tart, lemony and sour cherry sourness hits you off the top and the meld into the body, a hefty malt base which gives a creamy, smooth mouthfeel and a pleasant sweetness - never syrupy; may seem as contradictory, but feels a little thin in the finish. Pinching, dry finish to balance out, notes of oak, apple cider, hints of vinegar but light.

Incredibly drinkable and balanced for a sour, could easily finish a 750 (I did), the ABV is nowhere to be seen. Wish this hadn't disappeared in the LCBO so quickly, it's not everyday there is a sour available at your local LCBO!

Photo of Donnie2112
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a flute

looks like: A quick explanation would be that it looks like a very dark rose champagne with a little less pink. Beautiful cascading bubbles and just a bit of head around the edges of the flute, translucent amber/cherry in color.

smells like: Aromas of green apples, raspberries and white grapes. Not unlike a dry champagne on the nose.

Tastes like: Pleasant sourness across the board. A bit of lactic sourness, a bit of funky woody notes, even sourness that returns the thoughts of grapes, apples and sour berries. This beer is absolutely delicious.

Feels like: Quite dry, bubbly and medium in body, this beer reminds me of drinking a nice champagne. It's quite nice.

Well hot-damn! Those Italians made something that I actually like (kidding the Italians make lots of stuff I like :) This beer is tasty, approachable, sour and overall just delicious. I would suggest this beer to anyone who says they don't like beer but claims to like champagne. It's just a great thing really.

Photo of mrnobody
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy tawny with one finger of off-white head that disappears promptly.

S: Smells of sour apple, barnyard, vinegar.

T: Very tart fruit flavours; a little bit of bandaid flavour.

M: Mouthfeel is light and very fizzy.

D: Drinkability is pretty good for the style.

Photo of Ralphus
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good on the LCBO for bringing in a sour.

Appearance wise this is a murky brown color with a nice, lively carbonated white head. It recedes to a cap of foam leaving some lacing down the side of the glass.

The smell is sour. There's some fruit in there as well though, strawberries mostly - and big yeasty barnyard funk. No lack of complexity.

The taste is similar. Sour. But underneath that are notes of fruit - green apples and strawberries mostly, and some yeasty funk again. I am totally missing out on the malts people have mentioned, or any hop presence either. This is sour through and through.

Mouthfeel is light and spritz thanks to aggresive carbonation. This is probably a good thing because if it was a coating beer it would be too sour.

Drinkability is surprisingly decent. I'm not a lover of things sour but this has some appeal. Not sure I'd drink them back to back mind you.

Photo of kwjd
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad the LCBO in Ontario brought in a real sour. Pours a murky amber-brown colour with huge white head. Lots of lacing covers the glass, great head retention. Smells of oak, apple, with some fruity vinegar. Very sour flavour, I wasn't expecting it this sour for some reason, but quite nice. There is still a lot of sweetness too. Great carbonation level on this. I plan to buy a few more bottles before this runs out!

Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a pretty beautiful beer. Not quite as sour as I had expected but certinally as dry and oaky, very wine like. There was a little bit of vinegar like flavor but the gorgeous eartiness saved it indeed. Throw in some fruit flavors like cherry perhaps a little plum and you've got it. This was great.

Photo of Radome
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's difficult to tell the difference between all the varieties of this beer on BA. I think this is the one I had. It was labeled Batch #11, 2009. Reviewed in Jan 2011. Poured from 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Medium brown and clear, but not crystal clear. Very little head even on initial pour. Almost immediately it fades to a ring of single bubbles around the edge of the glass. If it wasn't for the steady streams of tiny carbonation bubbles that constantly rise through it, you could mistake it for iced tea.

S - The initial aroma is classic leather and horse blanket, mixed with sweet fruity notes like Juicy Fruit gum. As you breathe deeply you get some oak and smoke. Very complex and intriguing.

T - The taste is similar to the aroma. No real malt presence. This is all about the sourness, but it is not overpoweringly tart. There is some oaky, smoky wood in the background that rounds out the flavor. No hop bitterness or flavor, or alcohol notes.

M - The body is light and has a sparkling carbonation feel. No alcohol burn.

D - This is a very drinkable sour beer. It is not astringent or excessively "barnyardy". It has a nicely balanced fruitiness and sourness with some wood-aged complexity. Hides the alcohol well.

Photo of Patrick999
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of trodersark
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle was from Batch #10 in 2009. Poured from a 750ML Bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Murky reddish brown, almost looked a bit unfiltered, when held to the light looked like an amber red.

Smell: Like previously stated, the smell was extremely complex. Definitely able to smell the brett, and the sour tart cherries. Exceptional smell. A little funky, but nothing out of the norm for a sour.

Taste: Pretty Sour, but not overly sour. You can definitely taste the fruit in there. Quite tangy. Leaves a nice taste in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent enough, not flat at all.

Drinkability: At 8%, I could drink this entire bottle very comfortably. Easy to drink.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour of a brownish amber with a healthy white head. Bottle appeared to have gushed at one time, but luckily I do not perceive any terribly off flavors that I can determine were from oxidation.

Aroma of sour green grapes, oak, and funk

Taste of sour ale / green grapes, lemon, flanders funk, and french oak flavors with a bit of horseblanket. There is an underlying spicy flavor that I think is cardamom that seems to up the complexity a little bit and is enjoyable. This is a pretty thin flanders red as many are and is representative of the style, light carbonation with some lacing.

Tasty sour ale, - I would like to try a more 'fresh' example as this was a 2007 release. Batch #8 bottle 1779.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Batch 11
Pours brown with dark ruby highlights. Decent light, spotty head and lacing.

Dry oak, dry fruit, musky. Sour grape. Perhaps grapefruit?

This is most definitely oak aged, lots of wood and earthiness in this. The sour in this is certainly not lip puckering, but very pleasant. This should only get more interesting with age.

No heat or strong carbonation. Very light on the palette for a sour beer.

Very nice.

Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from my self appointed flemish week. This was a extremely well balanced bit of cherry, bitter wood cognac, earth and tart. The pour was as expected, with a nice bright head that doesn't stick around for the whole glass but has some retention. Nose is one dimensional tart cherry, some sweet malt but not as bready as expected. Palate is balanced with tart that is back with black fruit and red wine. The finish is a bitter kick of cognac and herbal rosemary. Mild tobacco bitter and an untraceble abv.

had it again... vintage 2005 bottle in the summer of 2011... a exceptional flemish red. intense wet saddle leather saltiness... tart of balsamic vinegar, cherries, tobacco and tannins that i've only come across in wine. excellent.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a mug

Thanks to TMoney2591 for letting me try this style for the first time.

As I would assume this beer pours a nice garnet red color with a finger of off white foam. The smell is raspberries, strawberries, and sour oak. Since I know that was the intent of this beer to smell like that I will give it the benefit of the doubt, though I must say candidly it really was not my favorite. The sour oak flavor comes through even stronger in the taste. The fruit characteristics are still there, but instead this is a bit more intense and souring on the tongue. Again this from what I've been told is by design. Aside from the sourness the mouthfeel was syrupy but fairly close to the target. As far as drinkability it's pretty easy going for a beer, but due to my opposition to the taste I have a large problem rating it any higher than I am. I won't drink it again, I'm sure it's good for those who love sours.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug.

2009 vintage, batch #11, bottle #268, from my beer-of-the-month club. It pours a murky amber that heads toward brown in the center, all topped by a finger of off-ecru foam. The nose comprises funky red grapes, moss, kale, cardamom, and lemon wedge. The taste follows this path, along with some oak and sour blue raspberry, which all then tapers into some sweet blueberry and black grape in the end. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a decent sour brew, though nothing entirely exciting or great. Nice to experiment with, though.

Photo of nhudson
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of mwilbur
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Bottle is from batch #11 in 2009, bottle #1412.
A: Pours a nice murky reddish-brown with 1/2 tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Sweet berries, sour, oak, spicy hot cinnamon, and cherry notes. Pleasant aroma.
T: Unfortunately, does not follow aroma. The wood note is off (almost tastes rotten). Minerally. The sour is nearly completely gone here. Overly sweet fruit notes.
M: Soft feel with light body. Missing the sour bite.
D: Not a good example of the style. Would not recommend it. On the plus side, the 8% ABV is nearly imperceptible.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured In: Wine Glass
Purchased At: Steve's (Madison, WI)

Batch 11, 2009.
Bottle #2323

Appearance: The pour was a red bistre color just reaching a fingers worth of head, though it disappears within seconds. It's very murky; I was expecting it to be a bit more clear than this. The bottle was well rested too, so it wasn't at the fault of yeast. Nonetheless, I'm fine with a beer not being clear. No lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: I've sampled this beer before at a Belgian style tasting, and I have to say it was quite different then. This bottle has a whole lot of funk going on. It's like I'm sticking my nose into a bacteria cesspool. I was hoping it would grow on me, but unfortunately the funk was a bit too much. It wasn't a barnyard funk like a Brettanomyces would contribute, it was hard to point it to something specific. There was a nice subtle tart cherry and plum aroma, but it was pretty well overpowered.

Taste: The tasting started out with a nice sour cherry, vanilla and oak flavor resting on top of some brown malt, but, again, it quickly turned into an overwhelming amount of funky and musty flavors. I still can't be certain that this bottle was completely okay, as I don't remember it tasting like this at the Belgian tasting I was at.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of the beer was spot on. Lightly carbonated and a thin body.

Drinkability: I split the bottle with two other people, though they weren't enormous fans of this beer either. I don't know that I'd pick it up again, though I would love to try this again if someone else was cracking it open.

Photo of codewarrior
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber From Batch #11 2009 (bottle #1087), poured in September, 2010.

My guy at Argonaut turned me onto this little number one night when I came in for a bomber of New Belgium's La Folie. The $20 price-point is a bit staggering ... but well worth it.

L: Murky, Red, Muddish. Little head. Beautiful.

S: Musty, bloody, sour, earthy.

T: At least 6 layers. This beer just goes. Blast of sweet hops and carmel up front, fades in stages through earthiness to a gorgeous sour finish. Lingers ...

F: Perfect for a sour ale.

D: Amazing. Seriously. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of rdickey
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The label reads "Batch #11/2009/Bottle #437; I am a sucker for stuff like that. It pours a dark, somewhat reddish amber. A moderately rough pour produces only a smallish off-white head, but man...

Smell: ...the tartness nevertheless explodes out of the bottle as if it's been waiting for you to knock. It's almost acidic, but not in a bad way. Some slightly mellower notes come through in the background, probably as a result of the barrel aging.

Taste: Tart cherries are front and center, but they are not at all overpowering. The mellower oak notes that were hinted at in the nose come through here and keep things from getting out of hand. It feels somewhat wild or Brett-like, but at the same time balanced, and finishes with a combination of sour and bitterness (so there are hops lurking in there somewhere), which is in combination quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for the the beer. Not too lively, and it lets the beer develop in the mouth. The clean finish drives you to the next sip.

Drinkability: If you like a sour ale, it's huge. If you don't like a sour ale, try this one; you'll probably like it. I'm not sure what a good pairing would be - stinky cheeses, perhaps - but at 8% you'd better pair it with something.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Naugros
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007, Batch Number 8, bottle #1827.

A nice plum color, bordering on brown. A nice head rose at first and after sitting becomes a spotty foam on top. The carbonation rises through the foam and causes those spots that burst through.

Yep, that smells like a sour ale. A little fruity a little vinegary, very musty/funky. If this had any more fruit smell I'd think it was a kriek.

Sour cherry flavors abound and one would think there were Morellos in the recipe, but there aren't. The sourness is just about perfect and is carries to you with the oak. Fitting since the barrels are what "infects" the beer. The malts display as earthiness and delivers sweetness without being cloying. The finish is woody and dry and leaves behind a very pleasant sour aftertaste. At some point, the aftertaste starts bringing an impression of the skin of granny smith apples. Tell me I'm wrong.

The carbonation level is spot on for the style and the alcohol only makes its presence known in the finish, which is dry, sour and doesn't overstay. But my taste buds wish it would and prompt the salivation glands to continue to flow until I give them more. I had no problem killing the whole 750ml by myself and I could have had another.

I have a habit of trying the top beer in a style or grouping with the first one I get. The first kriek I ever drank was Cantillon and everything else paled in comparison. I may have done it again with Italian craft beers. This is my first and if this isn't the best then what is yet to come should be magnifico! Oh how I wish had some prosciutto and mozzarella to go with this.

Panil Barriquée (Sour Version) from Panil
88 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.