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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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very good

329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.38%
Wants: 22
Gots: 60 | FT: 3
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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 metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured brownish-red in color with the head consisting of just a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate sour and acidic aroma in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there is sourness in the overall taste with distinct flavors from the oak barrel aging that lend comlexity, particularly in the finish. There are also some hints of cherries.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer has a good amount of drinkability, particularly if you like sour flavors.

Notes: Batch #8 (2007 Vintage), Bottle #2680

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 02:27:25 | More by metter98
Photo of philbe311


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Year - 2009 / Batch #11 / Bottle #1295

A - A fingers worth of audibly fizzy light tan rich creamy head that quickly fades leaving a similar veil of lacing with a slight thicker ring around the edge of the snifter... Fairly still without any noticeable carbonation though slight side to side tilted with agitate a little bit towards the top of the glass... A dark and slightly brooding mix of cranberry and rusty brown... There's is a subtle glow at the top of the glass resulting from the light that is allowed to permeate...

S - A potent and complex nose... Vinegar... Booze... Dark cherry... Hints of oak...

T - A pleasant interplay of cherries and oak to start... A mix of tannin like qualities and a blistering sourness on finish and provide a long lasting aftertaste...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Some tingly carbonation... Starts with a slight lushness but quickly becomes puckering...

D - A definite sipper... Complex with some distinct red wine like qualities... Loaded with complexity... A bottle with exploring and sharing... However, I'm not sure it's a must try, especially given a fairly high price point...

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 01:37:04 | More by philbe311
Photo of csmiley


3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours kind of sienna with a medium brown around the edges. Head is absent. Even with an aggressive pour. Because of this, no lacing and no retention. Really? The color is nice but that is the only quality here to speak of.

S - Starts out with a sweet fruitiness. Mostly cherry with a malty undertone. Oak quickly comes through as well. Alcohol is present but stays mostly behind the other aromas. Picking up some raspberry but it is very faint.

T - Oak really stands out in the flavor. Tart cherry mixes in well with that. Red apple and grape come through midway. Again, alcohol is there but it doesn't take away from the taste in any way. There is a little bit of mustiness at this point as well. Grape hangs on throughout and gives it an overall feel of wine. Finishes with more oak and a distant hint of candied sugar.

M - Lighter bodied with practically no carbonation. The grape presence that gives a wine like feel helps out the lack of carbonation but only minimally. Finish is tart and first and ends up a little sweet.

D - Drinkability is decent. That is about all that can be said for this one. The flavors seem to work well together even without any suds. The combination of oak, fruit, and earthiness is done pretty well. A 750 ml bottle is no problem in one setting but I'd like to see some changes made before trying my hand at this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 03:57:34 | More by csmiley
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 02:19:09 | More by prototypic
Photo of ikats

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle is batch #8 (2007). It's 2010 now, so it is at least 3 years old (however, for a 8% sour beer I don't think it's a crime).

Pouring clear, dark amber in color with slightly off white head. Lacing is all around the glass. Quite sticky beer. Aroma is of course sour, but not overpowering. Kind of similar to wine - I guess that would be oak influence (definitely oak notes in the aroma and taste). Taste is not as sour as I expected. Perhaps it has mellowed out. Just a little sourness. It is actually more sweet with some sourness just tickling the tongue. Very drinkable. Medium body (maybe even on a lighter side). Alcohol is not apparent.

If I remember correctly this bottle was my birthday gift which makes it a bit more special (but does not influence the ratings).

I'll gladly try it again, but it's not at the top of my sours list.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 03:00:08 | More by ikats
Photo of Jessee


3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Very light head, that goes fast. Nice color (dark red, with light red on the edges).
Smell was nothing special at all, but decent.
Taste was good, but flat didn't follow through for the initial taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel was very thin and flat (biggest downfall)
Easy to drink, but partially for the lack of carbonation and flatness of mouthfeel.

Batch #11 (2009)

Drinkin from a Satan glass

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 03:23:46 | More by Jessee
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 21:04:19 | More by Sammy
Photo of midnite2sixman


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

Poured into 3 tulips from a 750 ml bottle. Courtesy of the Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Batch #9 2007. Bottle # 1138

Blood red color, while held to light, otherwise a stained mahogany. Sandy colored head. Nice globby lacing.

Sour cherries, black cherry, slightly toasty.

Shockingly citrusy chocolate flavor hit me on the initial sip, but this one is complex and all over the map. Slightly cherry again in the taste as well, but some toast and acidity. This one is a doozy. I'm slightly confused about this one but majorly intrigued.

Light on the tongue but quite complex on the finish. Lingering flavors, cognac barrels shine through the most on this.

Definitely worth the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 05:57:28 | More by midnite2sixman
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2006 Vintage, shared with Bobby8405 during the 2010 NFL Draft.

A - It pours a tannic ruby-chestnut hue, very translucent, with a small amount of oak sediment, and a thin persistent cap of tan foam with slight spotty-streaky lacing.

S - Smells pretty pungently sour, with lots of wood in the nose adding a fruity sweetness.

T - This beer is fantastic; it tastes like a classic Flanders Red. Sweet woody and earthy notes are balanced by bright acetic fruit tones and rounded out by a tart lactic sourness that asserts itself on the finish. Very well-balanced, and at four years old, it tastes like it is in peak condition.

M - Velvety smooth, and medium-light-bodied, with a gentle effervescence.

D - This is a superb brew, especially at this age. I have had fresher samples, two years old, and they are not quite on this level yet.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 19:19:37 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 11 - bottle 1030. Shared by WorldWideStout at a recent tasting.

A: Light brown, little head, very little lacing.

S: Unusual scents make me a bit cautious and unsure. The funky bandaid monster has visited this beer.

T: Spicy flavors and weirdness. I'm also getting wood (in the taste), funky sourness, basement mustiness, and bandaids.

M: Ok feel, but again, this tasted out of kilter.

D: I'm always thankful to try a beer I haven't had, but now I know I don't need to purchase this one or seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 15:53:36 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful deep ruby with an off white head, super retention and some tight lacing. Light sour aroma, oaky, fruity. Mild musty basement in the background. Lovely vinuous quality to the flavor, almost dry but not totaly dry, tasty berry fruit flavors, pleasantly tart but not sour. Drinks easier than some other of the style. Great beer enjoyed it a lot but don't know if I could put down more then a 750ml. One thing is for sure, best sour red I have had.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 01:29:10 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of cichief


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle marked Batch #9 2007, Bottle #4.

A- Poured a nice deep amber-red with an ample reddish-brown head.

S- Scents of ripe fruit and sweet malt rather strong.

T- Very ripe fruitness, the sweetness though is balanced with a great sour finish.

M- Well done, not too bubbly, but carbonated, medium on the tongue, not heavy at all.

D- Noth the best sour red ale I've had but very good. Surprised Italians made such a beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 23:05:01 | More by cichief
Photo of drpimento


4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great stuff in an evening of sampling some classic sour ales. This one poured with a nice off white fine head and some lace. Color is a copper amber. Aroma is floral, berry, yeast, malt. Flavor is similar and rich. Body is full and round. Body is outstanding and so is carbonation. Finish is like the flavor. Lots of character yet easy drinking, pleasant. A masterpiece. Perhaps a session for sipping.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 03:45:19 | More by drpimento
Photo of drabmuh


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 11 - bottle 1030. Shared by WorldWideStout at a recent tasting.

Beer is brown and forms an off whtie head. Not much lacing, carbonation moderate to low.

Beer smells odd -- really funky, odd sour aroma but it gets better as it calms down.

So, there were a lot of strong opinions about this beer at the tasting but I really enjoyed it. Beer is kind of sweet at first, strong funk in the middle palate of the mouth, alcohol flavor and it finishes slightly dry with a woodsey aftertaste. Its better than most thought but its not my favorite. I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 22:40:47 | More by drabmuh
Photo of CampusCrew


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 edition

appearance: poured into a red wine glass as I always do for a flanders red. garnett reddish brown tones

smell: oak? maybe, but defintly has that tart vinegar aroma

taste: tart cherries, balsamic, some wood on the back possibly.

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: I thought this was going to be mind blowing sour after 5 years. no more than a rodenbach clssic. but a very good sour.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 21:50:46 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Proteus93


3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the 2007 vintage, Batch #9, Bottle #825, picked up at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA

A: Rather hazy deep reddish brown. Head forms a little bit soapy, but it does retain quite nicely, and when it slips back to a collar, the appearance is a little more creamy.

S: Wet wood, a little musty, some funkiness that I wasn't quite expecting. A little malty, but I don't pick up on a whole lot of the aromas that might suggest this is going to be a sour. Nonetheless, I do find it to be a rather pleasant scent.

T: Unfortunately, as far as the style goes, I feel it suffers a little in flavour. The tartness is very mild, and the overall flavour of the beer seems rather muted. With the typical 'sour cherry' taking a back burner, the woodiness of the oak aging stands out as one of the predominant flavours, and it doesn't really seem to have much to complement. I don't really detect any off-flavours, aside from a touch of papery oxidation, it's just a little lacking.

M: Medium bodied, actually even a little weighty. Carbonation is a bit low, which doesn't help the flavour profile a great deal. The dryness associated with the style is there, but it can't carry the beer attributes alone.

D: A bit disappointed... I had hoped for a nice, complex brew - tart, crisp, dry, with the added oak notes to kick it up a notch. Price was a little high considering the product (~$17). Perhaps a newer vintage would be more to my liking, and if I see one, I'd be willing to give it another shot. Until then, though, I'm not too convinced.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 04:56:03 | More by Proteus93
Photo of Richardberg

New York

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

2006 vintage. Fair warning: I may have gotten a bad batch, or bad seal on the bottle.

A - hazy burnt orange / brown, admits a little light but quite opaque. Bit of sediment. Attractive enough, except...absolutely NO carbonation apparent in the pour. I've had 20% ABV stouts show more signs of life.

S - mild funk, red wine vinegar, caramel malt, brandy, sour cherries

T - watery vinegar with a touch of woody age on it. That's about it. I happen to really like sour beers; if not, this could've easily been a 1/5. Even so, there's little resemblance to a high quality Flemish Red or lambic.

M - roughly equivalent to drinking a glass of tap water with a splash of vodka in it

D - the smells are headed in the right general ballpark, and even the flavor isn't terrible per se. Also quite drinkable in a literal sense; the 8% booze is well hidden. But still a big disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 04:08:50 | More by Richardberg
Photo of nickd717


3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, vintage 2007, Batch #9, Bottle #211, from K&L in Redwood City. When they marked this down from an arm and a leg to $15, I figured I'd give it a try.

Amazing appearance - pours cloudy reddish brown with a large creamy off-white head and great lacing.

Aroma is oak, earth, tart cherries, funk, and slight vinous notes.

Flavor is only mildly tart, with some sweetness in there to balance. Very fruity - mainly cherry and red grape - with oak, earth, and slight barnyard notes.

Medium body with only mild acidity and soft carbonation.

Pretty drinkable. Probably the best Italian beer I've had, not that that is saying too much.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 00:49:47 | More by nickd717
Photo of ArrogantB


3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Batch #8 2007 $16 750ml. Dark red like a flanders should be. Smells quite good at first, funky, complex, yeasty, almost like lambic or gueuze. the flavor is nice, sour, woody, pretty nice without beating you over the head with sourness or vinegar. The only drawback is that this beer is way too thin, the alcohol is not noticeable but it still feels a little watery.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 03:38:21 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of tpd975


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Version

A: Pours a brownish red hue with a small off white head. No retention or lace.

S: Wonderful wine like aromas. Sour cherry and oak dominate.

T: Nice dark fruit flavors with bold notes of sour cherry and red wine. Light tannins, balsamic vinegar and oak.

M: Medium in body, smooth fairly still carbonation.

D: On the more mild side of the style, darn drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 00:56:24 | More by tpd975
Photo of raverjames


4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cherry red with no head. Damn, this beer is still.
S: Sour cherries and funk. Vinegar and a small hint of oak.
T: Tastes mild when you get to the funk. It has a very wine-like flavor that is followed by some sourness. You can taste a bit of oak and vanilla in the background.
M: Acidic yet only slightly sour. Lack of carbonation may be hurting it a bit, but it was still great.
D: Easy to drink due to mild funk and no carbonation. Actually, I missed the carbonation. It does have some booze in the background and I think it could use a little more age.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 03:14:31 | More by raverjames
Photo of homebrewhawk


3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch #10 Riserva 2008. 750ml bottle. Bottle conditioned. Served in the second gen. Boulevard Chalice. Poured a dark reddish brown with little head. There was very little carbonation to this. Fruity aroma with some cherry. Slightly tart cherry flavor, some sweetness. Light bodied. Bit of oak in the finish. Also a little sharpness in the finish. Flavor improved as it opened up a bit, but I was a little disappointed with this.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 16:35:08 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch #9 from 2007. bottle #881

deep brownish red (looked a little pink while pouring). head wasn't opulent but is actually pretty good for a flanders

fantastic aroma: sour but thoroughly malty

mounting acetic character allows for appreciation of the fruity and malty elements before the tart kicks in. pear, cider. red flanders typically aren't the deepest of brews, presenting a major feature that we all love so, but this one defies ever so slightly

light and champaigny. refreshing. to be honest i can't really tell that it's oak-aged. perhaps oaky vanilla just doesn't adhere itself to this style, or perhaps i would notice if i had an unoaked batch to compare

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 01:46:13 | More by bruachan
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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage (batch 9) poured into a Duvel tulip.

An aggressive pour yielded a murky mahogany colored brew. A solid head appeared with a little coaxing and the finger of foam quickly receded. As the brew disappeared the lacing on the sides of the glass was strong.

What a delightful, funky barnyard nose to this beer! There's the leathery, oaky glow of the cognac barrels that supplements the sour fruit notes perfectly.

The mouthfeel on this guy falls a bit short. Maybe a tad to thin and slightly under-carbonated. Just slightly though, not nearly as bad as what I've read in other reviews. Though it is no way a deal breaker.

I love that I can taste sooo much of the barrel in this beer. The flavor is like licking a cork or some wood chips- really prevalent. There are the requisite sour fruit hits of un-ripened grapes and apple cider vinegar making for a funky and enjoyable ride. This guy is certainly more sour than the Duchesse, which I feel gives it a slight edge.

Solid drinkability. No idea that this guy is 8% ABV. A surprisingly quaffable sour.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 04:34:58 | More by cptierney
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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with almost no head and no lacing whatsoever.

S: A strong combination of brett tartness and oak with a little vanilla mixed in. Pleasant.

T: Very tart with a slight sweetness. The oak doesn't come through in the taste as strongly as it did in the smell but it is still present.

M: Very thin and barely carbonated.

D: While the beer smells and tastes nice, the thin watery mouthfeel just doesn't do it for me and really negatively affects the beer. Still a pleasant experience overall but not something I would necessarily choose again unless I knew the thinness and severe lack of carbonation was a fluke of this particular bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 19:44:09 | More by EvilPumpkin
Panil Barriquée (Sour Version) from Panil
89 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.