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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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Ratings: 367
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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Ratings: 367 | Reviews: 186
Photo of MMAJYK
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Deep chalky brown. No head at all. Opaque. Not sure what to think here.

S. Cherry coke, but with Brett! I can see it now...anyway, this beer has tangy, oak, twists and turns, just all over the place.

T. Oaky and sour with complimenting lemons, funk, cherries and char.

M. Medium textured with low to no carbonation.

D. Not a bad sipping drink. I enjoyed it for sure.

Photo of bowersdm
2.02/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

'05 vintage picked up today. this is not my first Flanders Red, but I do believe that since my first was Duchesse de Bourgogne, I'm going to be let down by many FRAs. 750mL bottle, 10 or so ounces of which was poured into a snifter. The remaining 15 ounces went down the drain after not enjoying this beer. Served at cellar temperature

A - ruby, almost red-brown color. no head, but given that it's 3 years old, I didn't expect much.

S - lactic acid, oak, a touch (less than a touch, a micro-touch? a nano-touch?) of cherries. nothing else.

T - lactic acid, musty attic, hint of cherry in the end. very dry overall and definitely not good. If FRAs are supposed to get more sour with age, then this beer must have been bottled in '05 as water, because it's weak for the style.

M - worst. mouthfeel. ever. it was like water.

D - I'm not going to entirely rule out drinking this beer again, but I'd only consider a fresh one.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005, 750ml bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours deep ruby and clear with an inch-plus head of bone dense foam.
Retention is fairly remarkable for a sour. A solid skim coat remained on the surface for the duration, with a few errant dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with soured cherries, acid-laced malt, tannic oak, and minerally stonefruit. A slightly jammy note pulls through along with tart appleskins.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tart mouthfeel. Drying and quenching.

Red fruits and clean acid start the palate as well as cherry pits, appleskins, and an oaky dryness.
An intense, wine-like vineousity steps forward and crushes what slight residual sweetness was found at the beginning.
Drying tannins and a woody earthiness follows through.

Finishes with lingering bright acid, cherry pits and drying, minerally tannins.

What a great beer. So damn drinkable with just enough acid and barely lactic. Just a brief hint of residuals up front adds a nice complexity to the bone-dry tannins in the finish.
Massively quenching.

Photo of timtim
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch #9, 2007, bottle#860. the reviews for this beer are sort of all over the place. i love flanders style reds, and i rather love this interpretation. masterfully crafted, silky smooth, lightly carbonated, just the right amount of oak... a true delight. a lot of oak in the nose, which is on the slightly faint side, but the taste comes out nicely balanced with all the proper cherry, lemon, plum and sour vinegarish flavors of a great FRA. this was a real treat. bacon is the new vegetarian, 40 is the new 20, and italy is the new belgium.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2006 bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a clear brown with no head. Aroma of bourbon. Flavor of light tartness and lots of hard alcohol. Hmm, this one just wasn't that good and the alcohol was too strong.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 3/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20

Photo of peabody
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a flat ruby dark red with some blackness added in for good measure. Looks like a crystal clear cup of tea.
Mellow fruit and pear and mango.
Smell is sour fruit and grape skin. Alcohol is the next aroma.
Taste is sour apple and red raspberry. Supberb wine flavor with lots of sour oak and touches of cherry.
Mouthfeel is kind of plain. The lack of effervescents make this a slow go. Still a good beer.

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light tan two finger head is short lived leaving just a skim and no lace. Body is a deep brown with ruby hints as light brings out the colors on the edges. Nose is decisevely tart with tones of sour cherries, crisp raspberry and powdery candy. There is an initial sour feel on first sip but it is quickly mellowed. There are crisp apple notes that are quite green. They mix with some mineral based rocky notes that add nice balance. Not quite as complex and dynamic as some other sour brews but very good. Mouthfeel longs for the next sip with a dry sour based thickness on the back of the tongue. A very nicely drinkable sour ale.

Photo of oakbluff
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with fisherman34- thanks Kris! Pours a hazy off red with fluffy long lasting white head. Nose- very earthy, wood, light cherry. Taste- tart cherry, green apple, very dusty and earthy. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Finishes thicker than most sours. Nice stuff

Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
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
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
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
4.94/5  rDev +25.1%
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
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
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
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
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
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
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Panil Barriquée (Sour Version) from Panil
88 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.