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Panil Barriquée (Sour Version) - Panil

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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 24
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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Italy

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is the version imported to the US.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 10-23-2006)
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Photo of aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 botle

A: Nice super deep almost reddish brown. Minimal white head that quickly retreated to the rim of the chalice.

S: Nice nose. A nice mix of sour and funky. A good earthy mustiness. Little bit of the wood in the nose but only the faintest hint.

T: Sour right up front. Not mouth puckeringly so but it is there. The sour is really balanced out by the barrel. Nice hint of cherries there as well. Really nice example of the style.

M: Medium and syrupy. A light amount of carbonation but it works well.

D: I have been eying this beer for about a year and a half and finally gave in and bought it. This was a really nice beer. A good mix of sour and the barrel. Time has mellowed this I think. It has an interesting and complex taste. Recommended.

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

2007 Batch 8 bottle 1222. Pours amber with a light white head that fades quickly to a ring aroung the outside of the glass. Aroma is tart, lambic, slight wood and funk. Flavor is smooth, some sour but not overwhelming. Vinigar stronger than lactic in this sour. I like it better the other way around but still a solid sour. Carbonation is weak but not flat. Finish is dry, would like to see more lactic and a more dry finish.

Photo of stumac
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

had the 2005 vintage...aged 3 years mutha!

it pours up a reddish brown color with almost no head at all. the nose is dark malts, red grapes, subtle chocolate notes, sour aroma. the taste is chocolatey for sure, sourness, sweet malts. its a sour fruit and chocolate malt fusion in my mouth! its like liquid truffle! very good

Photo of Pencible
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Perhaps my first Italian beer, this poured a muddy mahogany with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like a blend of cabernet grapes, oak, apple cider and mulled spices, and some citrus hops. It tasted like leathery and oaky malt, tart grape/wine hops, and spicy apple cider. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a lasting tart aftertaste. Overall this was half beer, half wine, and all delicious. It had a great, unique flavor that was intricate, clean and drinkable.

Photo of CudOfCow
4.95/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split this beer with my buddy last night. 2005 Edition.

The smell after opening the bottle was strong and fantastic almost like a wine cork doused in apple cider vinegar!

It pours slightly cloudy orangy-red and has a foamy bubbly head.

Tastes very crisp, tart and appley, it has a really nice slightly bubbly carbonation feel. We both agreed this tasted a lot more like a gueze than flemish sour balsemic vinegar taste. It smells so good!

The taste does not linger for long at all, which is a good thing. It is sharp and tart, leaves your mouth watering, and then dissapears right away, almost phantom. I'd love to try this on a hot summer day.

There is a very slight amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle which is quite bitter, Vitamins!

The only thing that could be improved is the bottle, it does not do the beer justice.

Photo of YankChef
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 edition poured into a tulip glass. Thanks Mike@Brawley's!!! Allowed to breathe for about 20 minutes.

Appearance: Deep dark ruby red with tawny brownish characteristics. Basically no head at all, just a thin offwhite wisp around the exterior of the glass. Very murky and cloudy

ARoma: Strong aroma of oak and wood as well as a lot of fruit such as cherry and blackberry. There is maybe even a touch of tobacco and some vegetal characteristics like hen of the woods or the like.

Taste: Upfront is sweet/sour combination with strong cherry flavors for the sour and a touch of strawberry for the sweet. The middle is very light with a crisp bitterness that is almost akin to a lighter lager. THe finish brings a bitterness that is almost tannic and the oaking becomes incredibly apparent here with the flavor of barrels and wine coming through very, very strong with an astringent characteristic.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is very light and almost gone at this point, although I wouldn't really call this beer "smooth" its a little rough around the edges which I for one like.

Overall: One of the most unique beers I have ever had and truly a standout in the style, id like to try a younger bottle and compare. Not as sour as RGC but still very tasty and very very complex. Great cheese beer. If you like the style and dont mind the price tag, this is a must buy

Photo of mentor
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 bottle obtained at Liquor Max (Fort Collins, CO) and aged in my cool dark cellar about 6 months. Pours a one finger brown head over a clear red-mohogeny liquid. Smells oak, cherry, blood, vanilla. Sour apple and a hint of roast. Salt and dry red wine.

Tastes mostly oaked, green apple sour. Dry woody, but with a thin papery quality. Lightly-colored leather with some tannic. Pit from a not-quite-ripe peach. Kernels from popped corn. Mostly sour and dry, but has a wet push before the dry woody finish. Md body comes across heavier as there is a thickness to the mouthfeel. Modest carbonation. Overall, this beer tastes like a weak cabernet that mainly shows the barrels it came from. This is enjoyable, but it ain't no La Folie.

Note: Review transferred from the other listing for this beer, as the bottle I consumed looks like this bottle and not the bottle pictured in the other listing.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, purchased at Belmont Station in Portland. Little sticker at the top says
Batch #8
2007
Bottle 3351

THis suckers from Italy. An Italian Flanders Red? Yes indeed! Keep em coming!

Pours a cloudy orange red with some thin off-white lacing into my Church Brew Works tulip glass.

Aroma is sour fruity tartness. Underripe grapes, apples, and classic yeasty flanders acidic funk.

The initial taste is always sour, no matter how many sips I take. To slowly sip it causes the sourness to subside and balance into a nice apple cider sweetness. The finish is sharp and dry, again with fruity crisp apples, grapes, and cherries. Good musty and woody as it warms up.

I had this with some white-wine clam sauce over pasta, and it was utterly complimentary. This brews great stand alone too.

It nails the style, and tastes great. The fact that it's from Italy makes it even more the appealing brew. A real treat!

Photo of julian
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2006 bottle bought from Malt and Vine in Redmond, WA and shared with my gf :)

A: color is a cloudy brown/amber color with trace bits of sediment. absolutely no head formation which is probably due to being aged for the past 2 years +. Also no lacing.

S: musty smell of vinegar, sour yet not overpowering like Rodenbach Grand Cru

T&M: taste is a moderate sour fruity taste that as the smell suggests is definitely noticeable yet no overwhelming. There is very little carbonation...although it's nice to feel some bubbles given it's age. This is not my preferred style, but for a sour this is quite nice and quite tasty as it's got the characteristics of a sour but doesn't go to the extreme like some (Rodenbach).

D: Can't really notice any alcoholic presence, so it's obviously masked really well from the sour fruitiness and probably partly due to smoothing out from the aging. For a sour, this is pretty drinkable. Cost is the only thing preventing you from going nuts.

Photo of paytoplay
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007, 750ml bottle at SD Toronado and at a pretty good price. Outstanding sour. Shows the barrel aging with the texture and hints of vanilla. Dark cola color. Refreshing brew, bring acidity and citrus aromas. Dosn't taste like it looks. Kind of approaches a Lou Pepe but not quite. Would recommend this to sour beer drinkers and the best Italian brew I've ever had!

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2006, and by this time it is quite flat, but also still quite sour. Pours perfectly still, with no head at all, and a cherry red in color tinged with brown. Softly acetic and richly fruity with sour cherry and plum and even a bit of mango, and a touch of spice at the end. More than any other beer I've ever had this tastes more like a wine than a beer. Gently sour and with full on cherry and earth ponot noir flavors with some lemon and spicebox notes. Highly unusual to say the least. There are also some gentle tannins on the finish. Mouthfeel is tart and smooth. I'm totally sure I like this, but it is interesting. reading the other reviews most seem to have carbonated versions and I think I'd probably like that better.

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

Thanks to guezelover for sharing this.

A: Dark copper color, nice head.

S: Tart, musty, oak notes.

T: very nice and tart, but not too tart. Green apple and sour cherry.

M: Stinging in a good way.

D: I like this a lot and could drink a lot of it.

Photo of JDV
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle shared by guezelover
'07 bottle Pours a ruby color with mild offwhite head. Smell is oaky and sour cherry. Taste is mainly the same two flavors as in the nose with no real offensive funkiness at all. Still tart and some vinegar qualities, but one of the more drinkable sours that I've had, for sure. Nice as far as sours go, overall I thought, but still not my cup of tea.

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

Ah, another Flemish red sour, now officially my favorite style. Beer Advocate even says so!

I picked this up at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco last time I was there, along with some Rodenbach Grand Cru and 'regular' Rodenbach, as well. The Panil was the most expensive of the lot.

It scores high in drinkability, matching the best Flemish reds I've had, but is definitely light on aroma. Its taste is not quite up to the Rodenbach Grand Cru, being closer to the regular Rodenbach, if a bit smoother, less intense, and less distinctive. And, yes, less sour.

I'd drink it again, but in terms of bang for the buck, either of the Rodenbachs is a better deal. But this is a fair sub if you can't find them.

Photo of albern
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flemish Red Ales are my true favorite style, but Panil is not my favorite Flemish Red. It is growing on me as it settles, but I much prefer Duchesse, Rodenbach, and Monk's over this. It pours a hazy deep amber with plenty of haze, head, lacing, and retention. The smell is typical of the style, albeit with a less pronounced vinous aroma. The taste is where things wildly diverge. This ale is a bit too vinegary, not nearly mouth puckering sourish enough, not nearly as candied cherry tart flavored, and a bit too watery and carbonated. I'm obviously very particular in what I prefer in the style, and this beer doesn't measure up nearly enough as I would have liked. It is also quite expensive. I'm warming up to it though, and I'm not panning the beer by any measure. I just feel that if you want the real deal, go to the Belgian font and experience true heaven in a bottle, rather than an Italian imitation. As the beer settles in, there is less vinegar, more complex flavors emerging, but it is lacking the explosion on the palate that you'll find in other beers of the style.

Photo of BeerZack
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottles (2 different vintages! this review is for the fresh version) thanks to geuzelover

Clearish dark-brown mahogany with bubbly head leaving good lace.

Some sweet fruity and bubblegum nose.

Tart, brown sugar fruitiness, mild horseblanket, some cherry, apple, grape maybe. More tart than funk, but much more funky than something like Duchesse.

Photo of DogFood11
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750ml green bottle, capped and wrapped. No head to speak of other than some large popping bubbles that fized away immediately. Copper body with a light ruby red core. Not much to look at here, moving on.

If your into sour beers this probably isn't going to satisfy your palate as it is actually very mild in that department. Mouthfeel of apple juice and it cleans up rather nicely with just a quick tart flash towards the end. Tasted like some green grapes and red fruits. A little bit of barnyard and just enough alcohol to snap this into shape.

Notes: Hmmm a tough one here. Pros: Depth of flavor with interesting twists. Cons: Mouthfeel is dead and the beer looks lifeless. I'll take flavor and bumb this up to a solid above average offering.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 8 #0156. Oaked aged sour red ale matured in cognac barrels 8% abv fermented 3 times.

A: Poured a dark, cranberry red with a 2 finger lustrous creamy beige head that was moderately lasting and left a great film lacing on the sides of the glass. Visible carbonation was very lively.

S: tart berries (cranberries) and sour fruitiness (apples) on the nose along with a light muskiness.

T: The beer opens with a nice smooth acidity and fruity sourness (cherries, plums). There is some fresh lemons, sour pineapples and a touch of oakiness. The beer finishes with a bright tangy fruity sourness that quickly faded off the tongue leaving you starving for more.

M: The mouthful is light, very slick and smooth leaving the tongue with a nice tingly carbonation felt on the sides of the tongue.

D: Goes down incredibly smooth. Drinks very vinously in nature with an incredibly drinkability finishing with a nice carbonation bite.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown/ deep amber color with a white head. In the aroma, sour dark cherries and white grape-ish. In the taste, small sour dark fruit, mostly cherry. A medium smooth and small sour mouthfeel and a dry sour fruitiness (cherry) in the aftetaste. Sour in the nose and in the aftertaste, yet not overly sour in the taste, and very wine-ish.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

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

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

It's time like these that take me back to my late teenage years when I tasted Spaten for the first time and though to myself: "What the hell is this?? This is what beer can be??"

Pours a very dark brown amber. Looks ruby tinted when held to light. Nose is mild cherry woods. Stays consistent and never waivers. Flavor is mildy sour. Mild wood character. Really; mild is the key word here. Feel is thick a bit on the liquid and good on the bubble. Overall pretty drinkable. Seems a bit rough around the edges (though it isn't much really). Definitely a very good version of the style, but not the absolute greatest. This might be a good introductory beer for newcomers to the style.

Photo of dnichols
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I shared a 750 ml capped bottle with a wax cover with a couple of beer buddies during a pre-holiday home sampling event. We poured the brew into chilled tulips.

A: It poured a reddish brown body that when back lit looked more of a semi-clear ruddy red. There was hardly any head despite a somewhat aggressive pour. The lack of a head limited the lacing to an occasional spot of thin legs that quickly disappeared.

S: It had the aroma of over-ripe sour fruits (e.g., white grapes, green apples). There was a herbal earthy accent that came in and out.

T: It bit the tongue with a bitter sour taste that reminded me of a dry white wine. The taste followed the nose resulting in an abundance of ripe sour fruits with green apples dominating. There were also hints of earthy spices but they were quickly overcome by the sour dry flavors.

M: It was thin bodied with no carbonation. It started and finished dry and sour.

D: This is not my style so I found it hard to enjoy and doubt I will indulge again. It was too reminicent of dry white wine for my taste.

Photo of GClarkage
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11/22/07- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Wine type cork covering with a bottle cap underneath. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Off red, kinda brown colored pour. How about a dark plum look. The lightest bit of bubbles on the pour. Looks pretty flat. Leaves behind very minor spotty lace. Guess it's fairly normal per style.

Smell- Light smelling, but a good nose. Over-ripe fruits (cherries and plums). Earthy and a bit of funk. Scent is not very outgoing. Have to dig deep for it.

Taste- Was expecting a bit more sourness. It was sour, but kind of thin and watery at the same time. Notes of sour rippened cherries and light brett. Earthy as in some wines like the nose suggests.

Mouthfeel- Thin a touch watery. Reminds me of the water and cranberry juice that I mix together. Different, but not that all bad. Zero carbonation.

Drinkability- Despite is thin nature, it's got a good light sour taste and is pretty drinkable. The alcohol hits towards the finish.

Photo of bradford
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BabaJohn
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is truly a special ale. Bottled in 2005, Barrique poured a deep, cloudy and unfiltered red / brown (like dark raspberries), into a small wine glass. After a vigorous pour a half inch of smooth head formed and some gorgeous lacing remained as the glass emptied. A wonderful presentation all in all. Sour grape and wine-like aromas predominated with an accent of sweet malt. After the initial sour shock on the taste buds, this Panil turned out to be quite well balanced, with enough malt presence and even some tasty hop bitterness in the far background. Very subtle taste; a connoisseur’s beer. A distinctly red wine-like mouth feel and flavor predominates. I found it to be extremely drinkable and I highly recommend it as a choice for pairing with food. It was absolutely perfect with the porterhouse steak I just ate. One of the best I’ve had in recent months.

Panil Barriquée (Sour Version) from Panil
89 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.