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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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350 Ratings
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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.38%
Wants: 23
Gots: 62 | 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 ikats
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.

ikats, May 13, 2010
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

Jessee, May 07, 2010
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 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.

midnite2sixman, May 03, 2010
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.

ktrillionaire, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of pmlondrigan
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.

pmlondrigan, Apr 20, 2010
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.

cichief, Apr 18, 2010
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.

drpimento, Apr 07, 2010
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.

drabmuh, Mar 22, 2010
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.

CampusCrew, Mar 21, 2010
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.

Proteus93, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Richardberg
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.

Richardberg, Feb 25, 2010
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.

nickd717, Feb 01, 2010
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.

ArrogantB, Jan 24, 2010
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.

tpd975, Jan 11, 2010
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.

raverjames, Dec 13, 2009
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.

homebrewhawk, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of bruachan
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

bruachan, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of cptierney
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.

cptierney, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of EvilPumpkin
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.

EvilPumpkin, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of KeefD
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a small, bubbly light tan head that was gone quickly, falling to some medium sized bubbles and no lacing. Aroma is full of buttery oak, acidic, some notes of cherries, apple skins, light citrus, some mustiness, Belgian yeast, and a touch of vinegar. Flavor is dry and tart. Cherries are the most predominant of the fruit character, but it's a tart cherry flavor and yet not completely sour. A little bit of caramel and brown sugar lie deep in the back of the flavor profile, but it's there only momentarily until the dry, tannic tartness washes it away. Oak is not as noticeable on the tonuge as it is in the nose, but it is there, and adds a nice touch. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, on the medium-light side, and the warming alcohol is noticeable on the finish. Not as refreshing as most Flemish Red's I've had. It's definitely a sipper, especially at 8% ABV. This is pairing nicely with the beef stew I'm enjoying at the moment, as the acidity is cutting nicely across the savory beef, herbs, and spices.

KeefD, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of david18
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been hearing about the Italian beers for a while now and when I was recently in whole foods on Manhattan's Upper West Side, there was quite a selection. Barleywines, stouts and this very good beer. It says red sour ale and that's exactly what it is and, in my opinion as good as any sour ale i've had.

Dark Red color, excellent sour flavor and aroma. This is an excellent beer! I would almost rate it as high as a good gueze.

The only problem is that it's a little expensive.

david18, Oct 10, 2009
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
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml single from Wilburs in Ft. Collins, $23. Bottle 678 of batch #10, 2008.

A: Dark ruby in color with a dense, cream colored head, about two fingers thick. Fair head retention and fair lacing, somewhat cloudy, nice looking beer.

S: Barnyard, funk, slightly medicinal, has smells of lemons, and sour cherries, definite wild yeast strain, slightly mineral as well. Not really as complex as I'd figured. Smells tart, but not that impressive.

T: Tart, fresh berries, think currents, or not quite ripe cherries, definite vanilla, oak profile as well. Slightly bitter, but definitely due more to alcohol than a hop presence. Slightly metallic as well. Has a definite sour yeast strain and that dominates all other flavors, which is no surprise. Sadly, there are no other flavors than the yeast, and the little bit of vanilla from the barrel aging.

M: Thin, and puckeringly sour, fair amount of carbonation, and quite dry. Definitely hits all those notes. Fairly smooth in spite of all the carbonation. Pretty lactic, lots of thick spit created from this.

D: Fairly easy to drink, minus the price tag, all in all, a decent sour beer, but comes up lacking in the nose and in the mouth. All the right things are there, but just not quite strong enough. Fair amount of good flavors, but there are better examples. Entirely too expensive for what you get in the bottle.

pokesbeerdude, Sep 12, 2009
Panil Barriquée (Sour Version) from Panil
89 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.