Panil Barriquée (Italy Version)

Panil Barriquée  (Italy Version)Panil Barriquée  (Italy Version)
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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #16
Ranked #2,474
4.21 | pDev: 13.54%
Panil Barriquée  (Italy Version)Panil Barriquée  (Italy Version)
Notes: This version is not exported to the US.
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Crosling from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby color with a filmy head. Vibrant Flemish Sour aroma, cheese laden, with hints of coconut and wood, loads of fruits (cherries especially) and light malt. Distinctions and characteristics aromatically in Flemish Sours are always hard to pinpoint, but this particular one, from Italy, is very vibrant. Unbelievable balance of lactic and acedic acid, fruit, wood, sourness, along with a light coconut character, which I just love in beers.

Apr 24, 2006
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Bighuge from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear burgandy. Thin but frothy tan head. This dissipates to a nice looking collar that sticks around for the long haul. Beautiful nose for the style. A blend of sweet and sour that tantalizes. Bright sour cherry tones and an underlying brown sugar sweetness meld together nicely on the nose. Also notice some acidity in the aroma. A barrel derived tannic bite is present and adds a sharpness to the profile. To me, and I'm no expert on this style, the good Flanders Red Ales demonstrate a nice dynamic of sweet and sour. And this one has got just that. There's a little bit of a sticky molasses sweetness. Brown Sugar. Nice qualities. On the flip side, you've got tart cherry notes. Some light vinegar like sourness. And a barrel derived tannic bite that really adds a nice sharpness to it all. Great depth of flavor in this beer. Body is around medium and the carbonation lightly spritzy. LIGHTLY being the key word there. This traditional Flanders Red is quite enjoyable.

Jan 09, 2006
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beertravel from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours with a large beige foamy head. It is reddish-brown in color and quite cloudy. Highly effervescent, the head stays around and wraps a nice lace pattern on the glass. Woody and sour in the nose, those traits follow on the palate. An oaky sourness is very prominent up front and then finishes with a dry, fruity flavor....plum, I think. It stated that it was fermented in cognac & bordeaux barrels, but I got little of these flavors other than in the overall profile. Being a fan of the Flemish reds, I was quite impressed with this one from Italy. Wish we could get it here. Hope I get a chance to taste it again in the future.

Nov 01, 2004
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stcules from Italy

2.62/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very dark mahogany red. Beautiful foam, creamy, beige in colour. It left a lot of laces on the glass.
Th smell is woody, lightly sour. It can remind something like an oud bruin. Red ripe grape, but without winy notes. Wood, aging, dusty. Interesting. Lightly metallic, and sourness of black sour cherry.
The taste is definely acid, more than you can expect. Some winy notes. But overall: the sourness. It left a dry mouth.
Some plum. Astrngency and very metallic. A taste that remains on the palate, and it is not a beautiful sensation.
The sourness is not amalgamated with the rest. It is too pointed.
Medium body. But the aftertaste is excessively metallic and astringent.

Jul 30, 2004
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750ml split with BA Erica during a recent trip to Monk’s in Philadelphia. The label on the bottle I had is different to the one shown in the BA Avatar. Dark blue and brown label has, has the words Panil Barriquée in white text atop and underneath a picture of a dark brown cask on its side. Small oval decal states that this is a 2005 Edition.

Appearance: Lovely ruddy brown with some flashes of deep red ruby. Light brown head is frothy and soft with a resilient lifespan. Some streamers can be seen when this is held to the light.

Nose: Light hints of dark skinned cherries and a damp oak barrel woody aroma. Sour red wine vinaigrette punctuates the air.

Taste: Has a great balance between the Sweet and Sour aspects. Smooth sharpness, if that makes sense. Woody start, dry and musty with a dank cellar like cobweb strewn Brett character. Sour, but not overtly so. Tannins streak through a lactic middle with the sweetness perfectly balancing the dark fruits and vinous nature. Not the most extreme version of the style, but it is all here, and it is in perfect balance.

Mouthfeel: Firm body with supporting carbonation which is soft in nature and yet bold in delivery.

Drinkability: Oh my!! Where to start!? This one is just so easy to put down, the perfect Red Ale. This is one time when I would not mind having to invest in a Case of this if I lived in PA…..I would probably drink it all in one sitting too.

Overall: Not cheap at a cost of $22 for the pleasure of enjoying this one at the bar in Monk’s…..but damn if it was worth every cent. Superb!!

*Highly Recommended*

Sep 11, 2005
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putnam from Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reminds me of a particularly sour batch of 2002 Goudenband in one of its bygone peaks, red fruited, though slightly meatier with oak and more dramatic with iron and steel metallic flavor. Brown liquid with loitering drippy freckles of foam. Aromas of cookie, box of nails, decomposing plum, black grape and vanilla. Quite dry and sour. Fleshy mousse. Sweet brown spices. Sandalwood. Oak. Very easy to draw drink after drink from. The combination of hushed seriousness and uncontrollable drinkability is possibly unique among all beers. Pure beer umami.

I don't really know this beer yet, but the operatic clash of plump, pulpy fruit and relentless iron and acidity seems legitimate: no seams, no ego. It has a vulgar surface character that coexists with aristocratic soul. For now I have to believe this beer is perfect.

Aug 20, 2005
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4 oz bottle.

This beer poured a clear, deep, copper color with creamy, light brown foam that settled slowly and clinged to the glass in a few places. The smell was nicely sour and tart with notes of wood and a touch of lactic acid and a hint of malt. The smell was very persistent. The taste was sour and tart with flavors from wood and notes of tart fruit and a hint of spiciness. The mouthfeel was very dry and tart with medium body and strong carbonation. A light tartness lingered on the tongue. This was a very nice and easy to drink Flanders style ale.

Mar 12, 2006
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BeerBuilder from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep brown color with reddish hues. It forms a creamy tan head that leaves a bit of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is earthy with cherries, yeast, bready belgian-like maltiness, a bit woody and leather-like. The aroma changes at every whiff. Amazing aroma.

The flavor is tart cherries, and earthy. It is a bit yeasty and medicinal. It is medium-full in body, acidic and tart. It is not overpoweringly sour, but just about right. Thanks to stubob for sharing this bottle. A very nice brew...definitely want to revist this one again.

Dec 26, 2005
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truthbrew from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby, brown with think tan head that maintains surprisingly well. Sharp sour nose with fruit and some malt sweetness. Moderate body with full carbonation, sourness enchances the perception of carbonation. Overripe fruit with acetic notes (not vinegar at all, but quite strong). Tannins are slightly astringent.

Really an instant classic considering how other once classics have either gone away or are now sweetened. I also have a case of Mestreechs Aajt and this kicks the crap out of that. My only note is that it seems a bit acetic, not enough to call a flaw but could do better if that was a bit more controlled.

Aug 04, 2005
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francisweizen from Alaska

4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle: Bottled in 2005. Purchased at the Foodery in Philly.

Exceptional in every possible way. Light reddish soda-coloured with a small head of off-white that held well with good retention and lacing. Aromas are classic Rodenbach/flemish red. Dark red ripe cherries and perhaps some raspberries, oak barrels, cognac and hints of other booze, vanilla, sour bretty framhouse funk, and more. Vinegar, milk, lemon, barngrass, horse blanket, cobwebs, whole spiders, who knows? Taste is a wonderful blend of funky brett flavors, sour acidic cherry notes, and vanilla oakiness with some boozy hints in the mix as well. totally artisinal and you can just feel the love that went into this beer with each and every sip. Lush carbonation is spirtzy and dry and just glides across your 'buds with ease. I did not want this beer to end, and wanted much much more of it, so indeed the drinkability is phenomenal as well. Truly an achievement in artisinal brewing. Killer, wicked stuff!

Jul 27, 2005
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TexIndy from Texas

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with rajendra82 - many thanks! Poured from a 750ml bottle with a bottled date of 2006 into my NBB snifter. It was deep reddish amber with some yeast bits floating around. It had no head even after a hard pour at the end - not even a single particle of foam. It was at proper temp so not sure what happened. The smell was pretty good with sour cherries and oaky vanilla but was a little weak. The taste followed the aroma but was weaker than I expected. The taste and the mouthfeel both tasted watered down. Gonna have to try another one to ensure that my sample was good. Overall, not bad but definitely not worthy of the high ratings and #2 Flanders Red Ale rank. (4, try again, T, O)

Sep 15, 2007
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jakester from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. This is the 2005 version. Interesting plastic lined bottle cap, I presume designed for carb. retention.

Pours a very hazy dark red, with a tiny head of light tan foam. The head quickly falls to just a small ring around the glass, with no real lacing to speak of. A little disappointing after the big blast I got when I opened it. The second, and last, glassful, was very cloudy from the yeast, which I always drink. (For health reasons, you know!).

Aroma is a wonderful, sweet fruitiness, with notes of fermenting grapes and cherries. There's a tiny bit of oak in there, and hardly any hops to speak of. Barnyard funkiness comes through very well as it warms, as well as some yeastiness.

First flavor is sweet fruit, like cherries and grapes, followed by sourness, but not overly so. Was expecting more sourness. Notes of tannin, grape skins, young red wine vinegar, and cherry juice. Aftertaste is a long, puckering sourness/astringency, very pleasant, in competition with a certain level of residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel is tart/sweet, light bodied, with a very low level of carbonation. Finish is slightly dull, but nice. Burps are delish!

This beer is so much better as it warms, it's incredible. When I do another of these, I'll start drinking it at 60F. This was @ 50F when I started this time. As a Flanders Red ale, it's very approachable. I've certainly had much more sour beers. This is nicely complex, without being a jumble of Belgian funk. (Which I indeed love). So, to sum it up, it's very good, I wouldn't mind seeing a bit more funkiness and complexity, but I'd recommend it to anyone thinking of purchasing it.

Dec 04, 2005
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the 2005 version that's been sitting in my basement for the past few years...
Appears a dark amber with a crimson hue and a dark beige head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of tart cherries, oak, vanilla, vinuous, light vinegar, & worchestire sauce.
Taste is of sweaty sock, oak, light vanilla, vinuous notes, along with some vinegar.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, tart along the palate, and mouthpuckering for a sweetart enjoyability that can't be beat.

Mar 30, 2007
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clvand0 from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a brown color with a perfect medium head with great retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma has a definate sourness with a lot of cherry and hints of wood. Smells nice. The flavor is very sour. Very sour. The cherries are definately there but the sourness takes the forefront. There is also a strong woody character that comes in with the cherries. The wood really comes throughthe more I drink - it gives it a strange flavor and mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is moderate to thick and the drinkability is good if you like sour beers. Sour beers aren't really my thing, but this is a good one.

Oct 15, 2005
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xgrigorix from Michigan

4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green 750 ml bottle, w/ shrink wrap over cap. Neck label denotes 2005 bottling.

Reddish/brown cola sort of hue. Creamy looking light tan head. Patchy lace.

Nose is acidic, lightly oaked, vinour, fruity, & incredibly inviting.

Fruit skins, pits, acidic, vinegar, mildy sweet up front, very dry finish. The overwhelming quality of this beer is that it is balanced - incredibly balanced. Medium bodied, but airy. Fantastic. I've never had a beer as balanced as this one.

Feb 26, 2006
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beerdeity from Canada

1.24/5  rDev -70.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer had a heavily clouded rusted copper colour. The aroma was musty and sour. The mouth-feel was astringent and quite unpleasant. Tastewas the worst part, being very sour, with hints of rotten apple. It was certainly yeast-saturated well beyond any other bottle fermented beer I have tried. With the other strong reviews for this beer, I have to wonder if the one I tried was spoiled?

Aug 19, 2006
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kmo1030 from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a dirty cola color, with next to no head.
the aroma is a musty earthy soft black cherry, with a slight unripe fruit skin character. it's also got a very mellow vanilla oak aroma, and finally a slight metallic twang along with some vinegar like alcohol.
the taste is also a mostly cherry fruitiness but there is a substantial amount of apple and more complexity beneath that as well. the oak seems to have melded with the cherry to take any harshness off of it, lending a bit of vanilla. it's strange but it almost has a sort of struggle for control between it's acidic and more basic components, sometimes acidic, sometimes oily sweet. it also tastes like minerals.
the body doesn't beg for a ton of carbonation, but it could have used a little more. feels oily in the mouth.
very drinkable and mild, while maintaining a respectable complexity and sourness. not bad at all.

May 22, 2007
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alexgash from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2005. Served at 55 degrees F.

Pours a mostly clear deep copper with a russet middle. Long-lasting, solid finger of glass-crawling, off-beige head. Nose of obvious tart, sour funk. Tart cherries, sharp citrus acidity (grapefruit), and vinegar. There's more to it than acid though, with vinous malts, and sourdough bread.

Slightly metallic, tart fruit flavor up front. Vinegary, vinous malt undertones beneath a predominantyly sour, acidic onslaught. Oak, vinegar, and tart cherries about wraps it up. Acidic nature backs off a little near the finish, revealing fresh-cut hay and cherry malt. Dries out from there. Leaves the tongue puckered! Medium-bodied, with a very dry finish, and tickly carbonation throughout that really lifts the tart acidity off the palate. Would never have guessed this to be 8%, drinks like 5%!

Mar 23, 2007
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured a deep cloudy reddish color ale with a big foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of oak is totally dominating and very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by the oak which tend to give this beer a very vinous aspect. The sourness, tart and light sour cherries taste were well balance and provided a complex taste. Carbonation was just incredible and alcohol was well disguise. It would be very interesting to compare to the Rodenbach Grand Cru.

Mar 23, 2007
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granger10 from Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Panil pours a murky burgundy color with a small off white head that soon fades. Head fades and lacing is weak. It just looks yeasty from the start.

Immediately I can tell this was aged in wood. Woody tannins come out along with a cherry tartlike flavor. Lots of earthy goodness is in there and some of that farmhouse yeast funk, but not too much. Apple sweetness, maybe just apple skins as well. There's also a decent amount of lactic acid notes throughout the entire aroma giving it more of a red wine like smell.

Flavors begin quite mild and with a lighter body than I was expecting. Not nearly as tart or funky as I thought this beer might be. At first, this was disappointing but soon the sheer complexity and balance showcased the truly spectacular nature of this beer.

Very clean in flavor with a fresh picked fruity lightness at first. Raspberries and olive oil. Darker fruits emerge. Roasted figs. Tartness increased further into the palate and also further down the bottle. Earthy flavors and sour cherry come towards the end. The stronger acidity in the aroma only lingers in the background. Perfect level. Finish shows some of that woody tannins along with a bit of vanilla and is actually sweeter than I would have thought.

The feel on the palate is excellent in terms of balance, levels of acidity, levels of tannin. There's a stint of creaminess in there as well which is nice. My only problem is the carbonation which I'd like to see amped up a bit. I think the milder flavors would come out more and the complexity might reach a new height.

Finished the bottle and I wanted more. Unfortunately, there's no Panil in Michigan and eitherways, with the price, I don't think I could afford any more. But this was enjoyable though the alcohol crept up on me, even though it was hardly noticeable while tasting.

I paired this with a Prime Rib and it was a decent pairing. The first half went with steak, the other half was the digestif. I liked this more and more as I sipped on it. This is definitely a beer one would appreciate the further they delved into its nuances and flavors. Not the most extreme, but maybe the best made.

Jul 14, 2006
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Shultzerdugen from Missouri

3.42/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

75 cl green bottle with 2005 sticker on it and some kind of gasket in the cap. Label is blue/purple with a barrel on it.

Opaque red/brown in color with a small light tan froth.

The oak smell is big with this beer. Tart cherries, a big funkiness like stinky cheese, and vinegar aromas.

Very low carbonation with a thin mouthfeel, almost watery. Vinegar flavors are strong at the top. A big barnyard funkiness comes into play along with a metallic twang and a bit of powdered chocolate. A long acidic sour finish.

I was pretty excited to try this beer, as two of my favorites are of this style, but was really let down by the extreme flatness and the thin mouthfeel, plus the overwhelming funkiness was distracting from rather than increasing the complexity.

Jan 18, 2006
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EPICAC from Massachusetts

4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was bottle 0229 from batch #8. Brewed in 2007. The beer poured a hazy, reddish brown. Topped by a wispy beige head that faded to a thin ring. The aroma is very sour, with acidic, earthy and lightly medicinal notes. From the moment it hits the tongue, this beer is sour throughout. There are hints of cherry fruitiness, a slight medicinal character and an earthiness in the finish. This beer is light bodied, with low carbonation and a refreshing dry finish. I found this beer to be very drinkable, incredibly smooth, despite the sourness. It beats Rodenbach easily.

May 27, 2008
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TerryW from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Sep 26, 2013
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2005, sampled August 2005
Pours a lightly hazy deep amber-ruby color with a three finger thick, frothy light brown colored head. From afar the noses has a note of balsamic like vinegar. As I go in for a deeper draught of the aroma I get a funky, musty character that reminds me of old, musty cellars, and wet, slightly moldy blankets. There is also notes of sour cherry with hints of raisins, prunes and figs as well. The dominant sense that I get from the aroma is that of a fruity vinegar, it is not hard or so funky like many Lambics, just nicely so.

The beer is quite full bodied as it first hits my mouth, it sticks to and coats my mouth, yet is not really sweet (nothing like the sweetness of a Rodenbach Grand Cru). The beer has a gripping tannic astringency as well that helps to accentuate the mouth coating sensation. Wow the body on this is almost thick and chewy, more something I would expect to find in an Imperial Stout. The beer is definitely sour with acetic acid being the dominant form, though just barely as there is definitely lactic acid here as well. It is a really nice mix of sourness for this type of beer. The flavors remind me of (or evoke thoughts of) cherry pits, balsamic vinegar, chewy toffee, dusty cobwebs, tobacco, and tannic oak.

What an absolutely exquisite brew, this has been done incredibly well. I was half expecting this to not live up to the hype, but I am thoroughly enjoying this beer and absolutely wishing that I had a lot more of it. All of the flavors in this beer are in such an harmonious balance, each flavor melds with and into the others making a complex satisfying whole. This beer combines a great sourness with a bit of earthy funkiness and lots of chewy malt notes all together to form a splendid tipple. Quite Burgundian indeed, this overtakes any Rodenbach product that I have had from the last 15 years.

Aug 05, 2005
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egajdzis from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BCTC 2005... Poured a murky, reddish, brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, sour cherries, wood, and sweet caramel malts. Taste of wood, nuts, tart cherries, and finished with lots of dry wood.

Aug 29, 2005
Panil Barriquée (Italy Version) from Panil
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 167 ratings