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Panil Barriquée (Sour Version) - Panil

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 23
Gots: 62 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 10-23-2006

This is the version imported to the US.
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Photo of codewarrior
4.87/5  rDev +23.3%
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
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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
4.24/5  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.

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.

Photo of levifunk
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was brought to the last Madison, BA tasting.

2007 Vintage

a - dark red color. low carbonation.

s - sour raspberry or cherry.

t - holy sour! very tart flavor. dry wood. some fish funk.

m - medium-light body, but the sour rips my tongue

overall - aaah, ok, now I get why people like sours. This was my first real sour experience, and I'm loving it.

Photo of Jayli
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2008 Riserva, batch #10, bottle #1035
Poured in to my Portsmouth Tulip

A: This beer pours a ruddy, deep brown, reddish color with a one finger of sudsy offwhite/khaki colored head. Head recedes quickly leaving minor spiderwebbed lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of tart cherry, oak, hint of vanilla, and a bit of vinegar.

T: Taste starts with a bit of a red vinegar flavoring to it before moving in to more a more woody, earthy flavoring. Finish is where the tart cherries really start to come through but are nicely balanced with a oak notes.

M: Lighter side of medium body, starts of rather creamy and then becomes very light, almost watery in the finish.

D: Goes down easily, not filling, mild kick, decent representation of style. The mouthfeel was a bit off for me, as it became extremely watery in the finish.

Photo of srandycarter
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #10
bottle number 1680

A - Reddish brown, somewhat murky, reduces to a ring fast on the head. Light spotty lacing.

S - Tart, sharp, fruity, definite wood smell.

T - Tangy, a little puckering, noticeable wood near finish.

M - Creamy underneath, sharp on top. Nice balance and good carb overall.

D - Not my favorite sour, but pretty drinkable at 8%.

Photo of Docer
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to try.... Batch #11 Bottle #2094 2009

- Wonderful slightly murky ruby red, slight browns... glowing violet... slightly off white fizzy head... couple fingers down to a thin spotty layer and large ring of lace...

- Slightly spicy... cinnamon, sour tartness.... currants... certainly some oak there... cherry... light vanilla... all blended very well.

- Wonderfully smooth and balanced... not hot at all.. great malt presence which is balanced perfectly with the oak flavors, currant lactic flavor.. spice and cinnamon... clove... plumb... very well rounded.

- Thin, with a slightly creamy texture... light bodied.. only a touch dry.

- Very good sour... impressed. I love the style, and am glad I tried this one.. certainly spot on and delicious. I let it warm up a bit, and poured into a fitting glass.

Photo of womencantsail
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Batch 8, 2007, thanks to Nathan in the Sour BIF.

A: The pour is a fairly typical dark amber color with plenty of brown to it. The head is somewhat mild in volume and off-white in color.

M: Quite fruity for a Flanders red ale. Lots of cherries, green apples, and a bit of lemon. Plenty of oak, a hint of vinegar, and some light sweetness.

D: A bit lighter in flavor than I would have expected. The fruitiness translates well to the flavor, as do the vinegar and oakiness. There is, however, a bit of a metallic flavor at times.

M: The body seems a bit thin, but for a sour beer it is a bit more forgivable. Moderate and tinging carbonation.

D: Pretty easy beer to drink, but not all that impressive. Maybe a more current vintage would change things a bit.

Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a 750ml bottle, 2009 batch #11, bottle # 876...The beer pours a dark mahogany, light tan head, ok lacing...The aroma is light a little sour and vinegar, same with the taste but this beer is severly lacking to other great flanders. Lightly tart but not enough punch or vinegar. Really kind of boring and disappointing. Maybe a good flanders red for the beginner.

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  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

Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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...

Photo of csmiley
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of prototypic
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of ikats
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Jessee
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
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

Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of cichief
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of drpimento
4.82/5  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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Panil Barriquée (Sour Version) from Panil
88 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.