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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.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +8.6%
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 +8.4%
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 +7.9%
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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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%!

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Photo of granger10
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of korguy123
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 3/11/2011
Poured into DFH Signature glass.

A- Hazy light root beer colored pour, soapy egg shell head, large bubbles. Lacing clings to side of the glass. Mild carbonation bubbles.

S- Light vinegar tones. Oak is very present in the nose, really smooths the acidity. Tart cherries and grapes, slight wet blanket notes as expected for this style. Getting a little vanilla and caramel in the nose.

T- Oak notes right off the bat, tangy vinegar, tart cherries and sour grapes. Funk is very subtle and adds a nice backing to the tartness. Sweetness is very slight in the back of the tongue. Alcohol is invisible.

M- Thin to medium bodied, dry finish, aftertaste is pleasant. Cheeks are tingling, salivary glands are working overtime!

O- Solid beer. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Went back to the LCBO and picked up another 3 bottles. Compared to the $28.00 bottles I've seen in the states $14.00 is a steal!

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Photo of allengarvin
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottling, drunk in 2009.

This beer is a medium-dark amber with a frothy, airy head. The aroma is quite nice, reminiscent of tart cherries, quite fruity, with an underlayer of malt and a touch of vinegar. Beautiful fruitiness upon first taste, cherry-ish, perhaps a hint of kumquats, with a solid acidity but never too tart like some examples. It finishes quite dry. The mouthfeel is tannic like a red wine, but light bodied as well.

An extremely good Flemish red, better than many Belgian examples I've had... and it's from Italy? Very odd, but quite tasty. I wish I could get this back in Texas.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

version number 12... bottle 2549

A: Pours a really gorgeous copper red color and fairly clear (though dark and highly carbonated). Topped with an off-white head which has decent retention and lacing.

S: Smells very different from the first time I tried this. Dark currents and sour cherry on the nose along with that oaky quality I have come to love so. Smells really good!

T: Sour red fruit follow on the palate and change into a fairly oak driven flavor finishing on the spicy side. This is at least 10 times better than the last bottle I had (which I did not care for). Its very bright and finishes quite dry (due to the oak and hopping I imagine).

M: prickly

O: This is a must for sour enthusiasts though I would caution that there is either a great deal of batch or bottle variance. Older batches (than 2010) may not be at such a high quality.

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Photo of Phatz
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a medium brown with a deep blood red hue. When the head fades it ends in a light brown color that lasts the duration of the beer.

Smell: The initial reaction well I first smelled this beer was to pull it away from my nose. Like when opening a big jug of vinegar you turn your nose from that intense aroma. After the initial shock I quickly fell in love with the *BIG* funky aroma. It is very acidic with apple cider vinegar and solvent warming your nose but then the Brettanomyces wild yeast sour cherries, raspberries, figs, oak barrel port soaked wood and booze, absolutely filled nose and all my senses from head to toe.

Taste: Like the aroma the taste is intense. As a Flanders Red it drinks much like a Lambic meets a Wild Ale - get married and honeymoon in an oak barrel for a year. mmm yummy. Pleasantly tart with sour cherries, raspberries and tannic oak or apple cider vinegar, hint of vanilla, cognac, and Brettanomyces funk. The finish is Lambic-like acidic but ooh so tasty.

Mouthfeel: It is a little too busy in the mouth. The dry acidity and the very fine carbonation bubbles create a sudsy spritzy feel with a bit of alcohol showing through it is semi-rough in the mouth. That said it still slides down the hatch quite easily it simply not quite as relaxed as some others in the style.

Drinkability: What to say. It is certainly a sipping beer, but boy I could sip it aaallll niiight looong!! =) mmm.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

my 750 ml was different than the one pictured here, more of a purple label with a pink sketch of a barrel on it. black shrinkwrapped top over a cap only (had the corkscrew ready to go, stupidly).

fell quite cloudy in the glass, settled with beautiful color spectrum in full view.. from an almost-black surface to blood red, to golden orange and straw in the bottom of the flute. circular, insulated bubble ring and cloudy waves of foam. nose produces cherry, fresh tobacco and a mouthwatering sourness creeps into the throat and gets the glands going. the wood in the aroma is fresh cut, resinous. it's not oaky vanilla by any means.

mouthfeel is perfect, as is the sourness.. clean without a woody, leathery must. young, but insanely drinkable (for a FSR) in said youth. citric sourness like a yuzu fruit coats my throat on the way down and causes a serious twitch. hops seem to mildly accentuate the whole fresh vibe and creates an overall terrific sour red. gotta seek out more new reds like this and drink them asap.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks northyorksammy for this one.

Appearance. Pours a clear, kind of light, brown-amber with over a finger of bubbly tan head and some lovely looking carbonation bubbles rising.

Smell. Sour and funky cantelope and green apples. A little cherry, wood, and alcohol.

Taste. Funky with a medium, citrus-like sourness. Some red wine, lemons, oak. Really nice.

Mouthfeel. Nice fairly strong and lively carbonation, medium-light in body.

Overall. Very nice flanders red. Not extremely sour and very drinkable.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the glass the beer looks like a reddish amber reminiscent of bourbon or a heavier apple juice. The head is an irregular clumpy light vanilla.

Smells of a hint of sweet caramel and a sharp granny smith sour apple. There's also a green sappy oak that seems to be lit on fire and emanating a touch of tobacco smoke.

Tastes too of sweet caramel and the tangy green apple but more on the end of the fibrous, under-ripe apple. It then effervesces off the tongue into a simple CO2 bite with a clean sour sting. The way the flavor steps up and fades away clean is rather pleasant.

Feels very light and glassy clean that drys my mouth out quite a bit in the finish in a great fruity way.

Wow. An archetypal Flanders Red. Wonderfully drinkable. An ideal candidate for expanding the palate of the uninitiated.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2005. Dull raspberry red with orange peel edges. It's too bad the late afternoon light is fading because this would probably look tremendous if suffused with sunshine. The pale caramel cap is softly airy and is too unsticky to grace the glass with much lace. It does last a bit longer than expected, though, and is nicely regenerated on subsequent pours.

I haven't had enough Flanders red ales to know if this one is entirely faithful to the style, but I believe that it is. I do know that it smells great. It's so sour cherry-like that my salivary glands are already working overtime and I haven't even taken a drink yet. I can also appreciate a great deal of woodiness and a sinus clearing amount of lactobacillus funk.

Barriquee is the best Flanders red ale that I've ever had, hands down. The flavor profile is basically a reprise of the nose. Sour cherry skins are uppermost, closely followed by an amazing amount of oak tannins. That combination punishes the mouth (in a good way) with a huge puckering tartness and a dessicating, bitter dryness. Each mouthful threatens to induce sensory overload due to the dizzying amount that the mouth and tongue are subjected to with each upending of the glass.

I don't mind sweet beer if it's done right (depending on the style of course), but I agree with the brewers' decision to keep Barriquee pure and true to its roots by not adding sweeteners of any kind. That might cut into their sales in this 'everything's gotta be sweet' world of ours, but this is a much more complex and a much more enjoyable beer as a result.

I realize that there are a tremendous amount of powerful flavors and flavors sensations zipping around in my mouth, but how is it possible to brew an 8% beer that has no hint of alcohol on the palate? Simply amazing. If anything, the sourness and acidity are increasing over time. Each mouthful sends little electrical shivers through my salivary glands on the way to my now tingling scalp.

The body/mouthfeel is merely good. While I certainly don't expect a beer of this particular style to be full-bodied or lush or heavily silky, those are the mouthfeels that I enjoy the most. Points for stylistic accuracy though. I'm especially glad that the finely bubbled carbonation is perfectly calibrated to energize the beer (and the beer drinker) without crossing the line into excessive fizziness.

Panil Barriquee is quite the experience. Anyone who wants to drink one the best Flanders reds in existence, from Italy of all places, should seek this one out. It's an amazing ride and I'm looking forward to hanging on through the final third of the bottle. A stellar version.

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Photo of craytonic
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage in 2009. Was a bit flat, I guess that happens with older vintages of this one. Please read my review in light of that fact.

Appearance: Poured flat, no head or carbonation. Beautiful burgundy-amber-caramel-orange; looks like an uncut ruby.

Smell: Sour cherry, cognac, merlot, figs, tea, prunes, raisins, vanilla, good balsalmic vinegar, pipe tobacco, with wood and a bit of archive room funk with a hint of vinegar.

Taste: Sour cherry, brown sugar, merlot, cognag, figs, prunes, raisins, vanilla oak, tannins, leather-bound mustiness. A nice acidicy.

Mouthfeel: A nice full body, perfect for the style and more than I expected.

Drinkability: I drank this flat and loved every drop. I am guessing it is amazing with the right carbonation.

Certainly better than rodenbach classic, and a little better than duchesse - less vinegar, and less sweet.

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Photo of Crosling
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent example of the flemish sour style. An extreme example, in fact. This one has a very strong acidic backbone, a sort of geuze/vinegar sourness. Sporadic herbal/farmhouse notes. Some oak and bourbon in the background, but not so much as to distract from the sublime acidity. Poured a light coppery color. This is one to take your time with. Enjoy it.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage 750 mL bottle. Triple fermented 8% ABV unfiltered and unpastuerized.

Pours with a dark ominous violet auburn hue topped with a frothy dese 1/2" head cap that slowly surrenders to a wafer thin layer. A few healthy swirls brings up a patchy headcap. Second pour contains a solid layer of puffy thick dense cover.

Piquant aroma of Granny Smith apples and a musty cobweb laden funky lemon peel.

First swigs: Cranberry and green apple initially. There is a deep resinance of tart lemon. Crisp Sweet Tart candy. Apple aspects seem to surround the palate here. Clean flavors and the aftertaste is a light linger of madieria. Woody aspect is subdued but present. A tad vinous once warmed a bit.

Feel is soft and gently carbonated. Mild light bodied. Easy drinkability. Good match beer with some dark fruit.

Last swigs: Finally reviewed after having many bottles with friends. A tad ecclectic and I'd need to be in the mood to have this tart art again. Excelent version of the style.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer for some time now (It says bottled in 2005 on the bottle), and my son is going to be born in two days...I won't be able to drink in the hospital, so I might as well start celebrating now. I am tackling the whole 750mL bottle myself. Here we go.

Appearance: The beer foamed over on me when I first opened it, but it still poured a full glass with a solid 1/2" of thick off white foam on top. The beer looks like it would be pretty clear, but there are a whole bunch of bubbles rising to make it look a little cloudy. There is considerable lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer, but it is not in small wisps, but rather solid masses of drying foam.

Aroma: The aroma is really nice on this beer. It is very complex with cherries, and a subtle wine impression. There are a whole lot of toasty notes from the malt and the wood aging is apparent as dry earthy aromatics and a subtle vanilla. The alcohol is coming out more as it warms by adding a spice to the whole profile. Man, the aroma is really nice with this beer.

Taste: The flavor is a tad short of how the aroma built the beer up, but this is still an excellent beer. There is tons of fruitiness in here, but the malt is playing a supporting role overall. The mouthfeel is light and very fizzy on the tongue. It passes right over the palate like nobody's business, and then straight to the back of the throat. There is some acidity in the finish that you get before the sourness makes it rather dry in the finish and masks the alcohol well. I am noticing a warming in my face before any warming in the finish.

Opinion: I am rather impressed with this beer. It not quite a Rodenbach or anything, but it is still a contender with those incredible beers. The overall presentation of this beer has been very pleasant for me, and I would certainly drink this beer again. I would put it into the category of a "starter Flanders" if there was such a thing. It isn't as assertive as I like them, but it a world class beer nonetheless.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My bottle features a blue and purple label with a white drawn oak barrel. Bottled in 2005, the interesting cap has a small embedded plastic cork that gave a healthy pop when I got it off. Pours from the bottle a deep dark brown with tons of garnet hues. Very mellow carbonation creates only a small bubbly head that becomes a ring around the glass with spotty lacing. Aromas hit before I even pick up the glass. Sour cherries and oak collide with a sweet burnt caramel, brown sugar note underneath. A bit funky with some vinegar-esque acidity in the nose. The mix of sweet, sour and wood aromas is quite tantalizing. Simply a lovely aroma.

First sip brings a mix of sweet, warm caramel notes along with a blast of slightly puckering sour cherry. Dry, earthy woody oak flavors flow throughout the length of each sip. A bit vinous in character, I'm enjoying the interplay between the sweet and sour sides of this brew. Fairly acidic with a steady sharp, earthy yeast flavor throught. The subtle funkiness reminds me of a nice lambic. With each sip I can envision the barrel containing this brew, sitting in a dark corner in the brewery, slowly awaiting the day it will be ready to be bottled. Yum.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit slick with a really mellow carbonation that allows it to slide across the palate and into my beer lovin stomach. Quite the tasty flanders red here. It's easy to sit and adore a 750ml bottle of this fine Italian brew. Well worth the bigger price tag, Panil deserves praise for creating a truly tasty beer. Thanks to Shelton for bringing this over to the sour beer lovers like me in the US. Now that the bottle is almost gone....it's time to seek out more!

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Photo of jakester
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Panil Barriquée (Italy Version) from Panil
4.17 out of 5 based on 162 ratings.
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