Panil Barriquée (Italy Version) | Panil

Panil Barriquée  (Italy Version)Panil Barriquée  (Italy Version)
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Panil Barriquée  (Italy Version)Panil Barriquée  (Italy Version)

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Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This version is not exported to the US.

Added by stcules on 07-30-2004

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown color with ruby hues and a finger of tan head that falls to a quarter inch over top of the brew. Nose is awasome. Very nice balance of sour cherry, sour, deep woodyness. Very nice. Nothing is strong or overwhelming, just really enticing. Flavor is slightly puckering initially and right after the swallow. I get a darker, deeper flavor than other flanders reds. Highly enjoyable. Definate sour cherry is there. Wood notes come through more on the finish, rounding this one out very well. The feel is moderate with a moderate to active carbonation. It leaves a bit of sticky spit in my mouth. Incredibly drinkable beer. No hint of 8% alcohol. I really like the deepness of the flavor. It helps hold the cherry and sour in check a little. I like it and will get it again if I see it.

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Photo of Ryborg11
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of weeare138
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml Bottle (marked: bottled in 2005)
Pours a deep reddish brown. A small, but well formed tan head sits atop this one quite nicely. Lacing is impressive, but as with most flanders reds, the retention is kind of lacking.
Smell is earthy oak, bitter cherries, port wine, slight vinegary sourness. Some funk, but not nearly as much as you could expect from the style. It's more just musty than funky, but then again if you were aged inside of an oak barrel you'd smell kind of musty too. So, it's a good thing. Very melow aromas, most smells are inviting, but some that just scream you shouldn't drink this (but we all know better than to listen to those aromas). No detecting alcohol in the nose.
Right, onward to taste. Innitial tartness not unlike drinking cranberry juice. Some residual sweetness follows, but not much. VERY dry. Defintely some citriic and lactic sourness to this, but it is very well maintained by a slightly sweet and definitely woodsy aftertaste. Somewhere near the back of the palate, there is a distinct and undeniable flavor of oak. I mean it's strong, but in a good way again. The tartness of this beer is not as aggressive as some other flanders' red's I've had, I think it works well, and this is a better beer because of it. There is no presence of alcohol in the flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium, as there isn't much sweetness in this to really coat the tongue, but it's still pretty darn easy to drink for a red (of which I have a hard time drinking more than a 750ml)...speaking of drinkability...
Wow, I really could have this beer all night, which, as I said, is saying something pretty important when it comes to flander's reds. I love them, but after a while they just get kind of old. This one, however, does not...not in the least. Loads of cool flavors in this beer, and best of all, it's from a place where you wouldn't expect a beer of this style at all..

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Photo of AlexJ
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark murky burgandy with a frothy beige head supported by a constant stream of carbonation.

Aroma is equally dark and mysterious, with rotting crushed grapes and apples, barnyard funk, tart rasberry vinegar, bubblegum, tawny oakiness, dark cherries and plum, and hints of ripe banana.

Flavor furthers the complexity with sweet decaying grape, apple, and fruit notes at the gate. There's a great bubblegum note that reminds me of the way the colored bubblegum cigars tasted when I was a kid. As it warms more flavor comes out: tart cherries, vanilla oakiness, band-aids, and nuances of red wine. It leaves the prickly tickle of Brett in the back of your throat with each sip and a perfect balance of tart funky flavors and fruity sweetness. It really goes back and forth on your palate. So complex. The 8% not noticable in any way, merely upping the ante.

Body is medium, soft, creamy, and smooth as silk. I've never experienced such drinkability in a Flanders Red before, This is glorious stuff!

Thanks Gabe!

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Photo of DandyEssex
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From a 750mL bottle into a 330mL snifter.

Hazy reddish brown colour, like that of a horse really. Low head retention, but it keeps a thin, sticky foam for the whole drink.

Great aromatics here! There is just so much going on. Cherry, sour apple, vanilla, wet forest wood. Beautifully fragrant, I could smell this all day. It continues to evolve and move between its component for hours.

The palate is just as complex, but not quite as powerful. Medium-bodied, huge acidity. The tartness is rounded out by a more forward sweet flavour profile. Cranberry, apple, vanilla, tart balsamic. There is a tannic grip & wine note that is distracting at first, but integrates nicely.

This is really something else! Something worth seeking out & trying. A great combination of old fashioned Lambic beer's sourness & the polish of oak-aged Flemish Red ales.

Totally worth seeking out and trying, even if it is not for everyone.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" of tan head over the deep burgundy brew. Head lasts nicely, with plentiful small bubbles helping in the preservation, with sticky lacing. Aroma has a grape bubble gum thing going on which, upon further examination, sorts itself into some serious sour notes coupled with some grape essences. The taste is tart upfront, but held in some semblence of a balance by the strong oak flavors and fruitiness as well. Mouthfeel and drinkability are superb for the style. I think this is one of the most approachable Flanders Reds that I have had. Very nice.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was inspired to look back at my notes and review this in stark contrast to Sam Adams' Cranberry "Lambic". Obtained at Beertopia in Omaha for $13 or so, worth every penny. New label, dark blue with brown-red symbols, white text. 2005 vintage.

Outstanding amber red color, some persistent lacing. Smell is radiant with funkiness, green apple tartness. Cherry, vinegar-wood aroma.

Amazing. Perfect taste. Intense sourness balanced expertly by not-overpowering sweetness. Cherry flavor shines through with outstanding tart character, cognac cask flavors work around the tongue. Superbly hidden alcohol, 8% bite masked by dry finish.

Mouthfeel I found just a hair thin (I"m searching for flaws here), although for the style it's again top of the line. Brett funkiness does not lend to a thick creamy brew.

I drank the 750 mL bottle with ease, no flagging. I could drink this all night. Smoother, but just as complex as La Folie, higher drinkability to me. This is an outstanding Flemish-style red, and the premier Italian effort I've tasted. Panil proves you can riff on a classic Belgian style and come up with as good or better than the original. Very highly recommended for fans of sour brews.

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Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great looking ale. A rich brown with amber tints. The nose has sweet malts, tart fruits, oak and musky funk. Taste has sweet caramel malts balanced by sour fruit, oak and a subtle barnyard manure presence. Medium body with delicate carbonation. Great example of the style from this Italian brewery. Well balanced indeed.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purple Label 750mL. Marvellous burgundy pour, beautiful light chocolate head, deep. Charming oak nose, chocolate soaked cherries gets in the path of the assertive leafy, branches woodiness. Clean fermentation, no apparent spiciness. Very vinous with a broad arrange of fruit touched, going from the berries to the grapes and pineapple. Incredible sweet and tart interplays transform your mouth into a carry-on euphoria state. Candyish at first, but quickly turning into a huge tart bite, we’re talking La Folie tart and maybe more. Huge lactic and acetic character, sharp balanced wood flavors, delicate cherry find their way, fleshy, still fresh. Hidden alcohol, stupendous and flawless balance, evoluting flavor development with bricks over bricks building a wall to perfection. Moderate carbonation level, lasting glorious aftertaste, medium bodied, sharp tart finish. Delicious and up there with the greatest oud bruins.

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Photo of Viggo
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thought I'd make my 500th BA review something special, and Panil Bariquee does the trick. My first thought was WTF?? I thought Italians only made bad beer and bad homemade wine, but I've been proven wrong.

Pours a hazy red/brown, thin tan head forms, really nice lace on the glass, great retention, head stays intact until the end of the glass. Smell is sweet, sour cherries/fruits, oak, spice, some caramel, really nice and tart. Taste is amazing, caramel and cherries, sour/tart blast through the middle, really intense, wood/oak, little alcohol in the finish and maybe some light chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with really low and smooth carbonation. Absolutely fantastic, one of the better sour ales I've come across, and from a completely unexpected source. Thanks for splitting it DrJay!

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of erica
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got to split this 750ml bottle 3 ways the other night while hanging out at my friend's place in South Philly, in the extreme heat and humidity and not much air circulation on the 2nd floor. It felt like we were swimming, the air was that heavy with moisture. Thankfully, out of the lot of beers we had to sample, for refreshment and to try to get our minds off of the possibility of actually melting into a puddle of people on the floor, this one came out first. I'd never heard of it before and was quite excited to have a flemish red type of beer. Yummy.

It poured a hazy brownish / dark red colour, and my glass had a small off-white head, teeny bubbles that fizzled out into just a thin layer that looked like how the bubbles in a bubble bath get after you've been in there for a long time, and this lasted through to the bottom of the glass. Not much in terms of lacing, though reading others' reviews it seems there should've been. That's ok.

The beer smelled fantastic! There was a real oaky / foresty smell to it, along with sour unripened cherries, just that general kind of tame, sour funk that you get with Rodenbach and the like. It made me smile. After the first sip, then, I smiled even more, and began to temporarily forget about the fact that I was probably breathing in more water than air. It tasted like a flemish red should taste, it was really amazing. The wood barrels this beer was aged in most definitely came through strongly, but not even a hint of the 8% alcohol or of the cognac that was previously in those barrels. So yes, woody, tart, fruity- sour cherries again and maybe even a sour plum flavour, and the slightest biterness in the finish, if you really think hard about it, it's a bit like fresh hops or like a wild outdoors sort of taste. Very very good. There was a kind of lactic aftertaste that stayed in the back of the throat, but it was faint enough that it didn't take away from the wild oaky fruity sourness of the.. um, I guess the 'actual' taste.

Mouthfeel was smooth and soft, and the sourness left my mouth watering and wanting more and more!! Only after maybe the 3rd sip of this did I detect a bit of warmth, even through all the warmth I was already feeling, from the alcohol going down into my tummy. Just what I needed, more heat, right? Ah, but the smell and taste more than made up for that. Drinkability I would say is very good, I could drink that all night if we had more and it weren't so expensive. It's a very refreshing brew and highly recommended, whether you're in the summer heat or the winter frost.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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*

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Photo of biegaman
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bar Volo in Toronto, split 750ml bottle with Viggo. Brewed 2006.
A beautiful pour, lovely serene red colour. Suddy lacing. Explosive aroma full of oak and other woods, ripe fruits, and an incredibly balanced sour overtone. Mouthfeel very minerally, amazing water. The sourness is well pronouced but not overbearing. Flavours very mature and present. Sweet malt bill, very fresh, lively fruits. This review has done a terrible job at describing, let along capturing, the incredible aura of this beer. It is a mastefull piece of work.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2006

Clear brilliant reddish brown color. No head or lace, looks barely carbonated.

Smells of sweet and sour subdued fruit, caramel, vinegar, soy sauce, dry leaves, wood. Raisins, vanilla, and solvent emerge as it warms a bit. Something like sherry, but more nutty than oxidized - the wood?

Tastes tart, with the perfect amount of restrained balancing sweetness, with a fruitiness something like green apple and sour cherry, vinegar, caramel, nuts, wood. Finishes dry, tart, and woody. Refreshing.

The acidity and slight woody astringency make for a brisk, lip smacking mouthfeel. A bare hint of carbonation. Very drinkable.

Very well balanced, refreshing, thirst quenching. Very cohesive beer, the elements come together seemlessly.

Tried some cheese pairings: Parmigiano Reggiano works very well (coincidence?). The flavors really compliment eachother, the savory and nutty components of each harmonize, and the intensely dry flavor of the cheese brings out the fruity and sweet aspects of the beer without messing with its structure and balance. Swiss is a passable and interesting match. Roquefort doesn't work at all, the beer seems to lose most of its characteristics, especially its acidity. Viva la Parma!

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes, Virginia, this might be one of the best tasting Flemish Reds you will run across. Maybe not quite as good as Rodenbach Grand Cru, but exceptional. Italy. Who would have guessed? Makes me proud to be part-Italian.

Quite tart at the end. Some burnt notes. Beginning of the sip has more fruity tastes. Overall taste not unlike Monk's Flemish Sour.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Stained wood brown with a dull wood red tinge. Reddish brown foam on top, highly carbonated, unfliltered and opaque. Foam overflowed with no agitation before opening.

S: Cherries, sour balsamic vinegar, metallic, earthy woody quality.

T: Sour, metallic, woody earthy qualities all come out followed by a malty beer taste, sour cherries no sweetness, light, long dull bitter linger on the tongue much like oak or wood, slight licorice taste to the bitterness.

M: Medium body, highly carbonated.

O: Well balanced masterpiece. More woody, malty, earthy tones than cherry in comparison to Goudenband. Love the earthiness and bitterness of malt this one has. Love sours. Would go well with cherry pie, great to sip, would also match well with creamy cheeses.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of halo913
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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%!

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Photo of granger10
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crowned and black plastic wrapped 750 bottled in 2005, poured into a tulip.

Dark brown with reddish edges. Small light tan head slowly falls to a fat, foamy ring that that is veiled evenly and has lasting retention.

Dark cherries fermented in alcohol, something metallic, Strong wood aromas, slightly vinous. Nice nose!

The taste starts off with cherries then fades into sharper fruits such as cranberries and crab apples. Almost goes over the top before becoming woody and vinous with enough sugars to balance it out. The finish is bitter and tart without becoming astringent. Nothing lingers but the cherries that started it all.

The mouth leans toward puckering, but doesn't go too far. I like that in a Flanders. Thirst quenching like good lemonade, especially on a hot day like today. At $15.99+ a bottle, quite expensive, but if I had the cash to blow I could drink a few more.

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Panil Barriquée (Italy Version) from Panil
Beer rating: 86.6% out of 100 with 164 ratings
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