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Panil Barriquée (Italy Version) | Panil

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Brewed by:
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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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Avg:
4.18
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Photo of Foxman
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very hazy brownish amber, looking red in the off light, with a soft orange aura. A thin web of large bubbles exist only due to a rough pour. With no real head, there's no real lacing.

The aroma brings a mild malt note, soft with biscuit and caramel. A light barnyard funk and yeasty sourness pervade. Tart cherry dampens a breath of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the initial and brief malt sweetness, vague for its brevity, is dwarfed by a fetchingly tart and sour acidity, woody and mature like balsamic vinegar. An earthy mustiness lends a touch of mystery, and alcohol and a feather of horsiness wend their way to a dry but fruity and crisp finish. The result is an almost primal puissant pleasure.

Between light and medium bodied, its presence is of lightly sweet and tangy fruit juice with just the merest sparkling essence.

This beer makes it clear that at least one Italian brewer can give the Flemish folks a run for their sour money. It's not for every palate, but those who enjoy the style should enjoy this as I do. the ABV is legitimate, but its mellow in personality and does nothing to hinder the considerable drinkability. This is la dolce vita in a glass. And so, for now, ciao.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage, sampled Nov 2007

Appearance: Loke a lot of other reviewers sampling this after a couple of years, the beer pours a hazy russet with very little head and just a few dots of lace

Smell: There is the telltale Brett sour elements and plenty of sour cherry but there is also something else going on that makes this exceptional; kind of a woody/leathery quality

Taste: Opens with a vaguely fruity, sour cherry flavor that builds in sour intensity by mid-palate; almost a sappy quality; after the swallow, some hints of caramel and wood appear that add terrific complexity

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with low to no carbonation

Drinkability: Despite the carbonation problems that others experienced, this is a great example of the style

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is different than the picture. Pours with small head that quickly recedes. Nose is a terrific blend of oak, sourness, and cognac.

Taste is sour, a little sweet, oaky, and vinuos. A smooth, not overpowering sour ale. Tastes great with these pork chops.

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Photo of Mit
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So...saw this on the shelf at the LCBO for $14.00....I couldn't resist. Couldn't read the bottle...so I didn't know what it was until I could look it up.

a-pours a very cloudy reddish amber colour with a nice head.

s-sour cherries, hoppy bitterness, mild bready notes...

t-WOW...sour cherries punch you in the face, some hoppy flavours come through on subsequent tastes....uhm...not getting alot of sweetness that one might associate with a higher abv beer. Very satisfying.

m-Hmm....mouthfeel was thicker but alcohol wasn't as prominent as you would expect.

d-very drinkable...cost is prohibitive though...LOL

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a tulip. Bottle from 2007.

a - Pours a murky, mahogany brown color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of sour fruits, especially cherries, dark fruits, oak, wine, some funk, and caramel malts. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, roasted malts, caramel malts, oak, earthy malts, wine, and maybe a hint of chocolate.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good flanders ale. I thought it smelled amazing and had some great sour fruit and wine to it. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, with perhaps a little bit of red, the ring of lace was pearly white.

Smell: Aromas was a lot more woody with a cherry sweetness, the balsamic character was more subtle than a Rodenbach grand cru.

Taste: Strange, even though the acidity seemed less present in the nose, it was there big time in the taste. The smoothness of the cask aging showed up nicely in the finish. As good a Flanders Red as you'll find anywhere, and hands down the best Beer to come out Italy that I've ever had.

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Photo of orfeu
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 bottling. Murky cherrywood with burnt orange highlights and a fairly poor light tan head. Montmornecy cherry aromas mingle with slight woody funk and yeasty spice notes. Sour cherry flavors predominate with a lactic tartness and an oaky pucker. Feels somewhat thin but a tingling pepperiness keeps things interesting. Tasty enough, but somewhat tame in the end.

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Photo of silenius
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2005 (Looks different than the beer pic to the right)

When a full glass is held up to the light, the beer is a bright fuscia hazed with suspended yeast (it gets more and more brown with less and less beer in the glass). The head is two fingers thick and is easily coaxed back once is subsides. Light lacing as well.

Smell is rather subdued with mashed cherries, wet wood, tangerines and a hint of balsamic vinegar. This is very pleasing and inviting. I get no hop aroma here and only a hint of sweetness in the cherry/tangerine smell.

For the style, the taste is quite extraordinary with it hitting first with a sharp tartness that segues into the mashed up cherries and balsamic vinegar. Those tastes are pretty lively and it ends with a wooden mouthcoating dryness that leaves your mouth not so much puckered up as ready for another sip. This I think is the mark of a great beer - it readies your palate for the next sip as its tastes fade. This one does that in spades.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty damn creamy for something so drying and slightly acidic. The bubbles are tiny and soft.

Very drinkable. If you like this style I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage, courtesy of BeerBistro in T.O. (and about 35 bucks, of course...) At least they were clear about which version they were serving.

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruby hue, with very little soapy white head, which leaves but a speck or two of lace around the chalice. It smells of mild barley malt, soar lemon/cherry fruit, and a bit of barnyard funk. The taste is quite tart, with some funky cherry and grape flavours, almost like a fruity red wine that just went off. Below this is a decent sweet malt, and earthy, green hops. The carbonation is very soft, the body fruity and fleshy, medium weight, and it finishes with a light tart, vinegary fruitiness.

A nicely balanced ale, among the tartness, funk, and grain.

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Photo of Prufrock
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle, labeled "Bottled in 2005," poured into a thin pilsner glass.

clear brownish amber that shines a golden orange against the light. thick layer of effervescent white head that falls quickly and leaves little lace.

balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, and a candy-like hint of sweetness in the aroma. powerfully sour aroma with a slight funkiness.

stiff, stinging carbonation and a light, spritzy feel. carbonation is just a touch too high and detracts from the flavor, but it still comes off as acidic and sour with hints of cherry, grape, and oak. barely metallic. astringent, acetone-like finish with some slight fruit essence. delightfully complex and drinkable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)

A- This beer pours a reddish-brown body with a strong carbonation and a huge creamy head that last a long time. It has good lacing throughout the drink.

S- This beer smells of back cherries and a hint of oak with a slight sour note in the finish. A very faint note of vanilla with a slight fruitiness.

T- The flavor has a bold earthiness with a nice cognac note. Some notes of orange and red currant are also in the background. This beer finishes with a tart tannic flavor combined with a faint grapefruit note.

M- This has a medium mouthfeel with a mild astringency in the finish

D-This is a nice complex red that has notes of cognac and oak along with a good depth of fruity notes. It has some accents of deep red wine and it has a great earthiness to it. Another great beer that can only be classified as a Flanders Red.

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Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2006. The beer label indicates "N 05", so I guess November 2005 is the bottling date? Never mind. Served slightly chilled in a large bulb wine glass.

A: really nice presentation - murky, lightly infused black tea colour, coming with a tightly creamy layer of light beige froth with very good retention, leaving even sheets of lacing as it retreats; lively and constant sparkling-wine like carbonation.
S: caramely and wheat malts underlined by just a tad stronger sour fruity edge of Flanders red ale, not as tart as a real flanders red but retains some balance; the fruity sourness indicates rose-bud tea, strong cider, red currents and sour cherries, prunes, salty-sweet starfruits, and a touch of old wood barrels as in some geuze ales. Pretty refreshing and enjoyable, if at the expense of more complexity.
T: quite fluffy and effervescent on the palate, then comes a mild taste of prunes, light caramel malts, powdery yeasts, and plenty of light funkiness against a firm backbone of dryish hops, a tannic&musty touch of old barrels, sour-sweet berries, and oxidised pear juice. Not sour at all if compared with a real Flanders red (even a tad sweet by that standard), but just enough to keep a refreshing taste&palate. The finish sees lingering sour-sweetness and lightly chewy, wood-chippy dryish bitterness, which is pretty easy to manage and not pungent at all. Alc. is extremely well hidden, btw.
M&D: quite fluffy and mildly fizzy to go with the sour-sweetness, while the carbonation softens as it breathes, making a real enjoyable and smooth palate throughout. Overall, this is an enjoyable red ale, albeit a less potent one with an added touch of elegance. Well worth a try!

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Photo of kmo1030
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this as part of a Belgian tasting... later in the evening.

A: Murky brown, very little head.

S: Very fruity, with an assertive, funky sourness.

T: A nice sweet/sour balance. Acidic throughout, with a lingering finish.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Dry, acidic finish.

D: Better than average, but this one's a little bold.

Thanks Kevin!

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Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this brew with Denali at Sunset Grille in Brighton, Massachusetts 7/4/05.

Nice foamy head and a reddish brown body. Smelled of bourbon, fruit and sourness. Tasted fruity and was very sour with strong waves of oak bourbon. A very special and tasty brew, well worth trying if you can find it.

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle dated 2006, poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Barriquée is a hazy, burgundied brown, with a small, white head that forms a steady island from the streamers shooting off the etching up the middle of the glass, as well a thick collar, leaving light, scattered lace.

Smell is sweeter, cherries and citrus, with a thick, liqueur component, like Grand Marnier.

Taste is sweeter then sour, but the acidity was a nice pairing with my NY strip, nice woody funk and sour cherries, malty. Citrus, tart and a bit boozy, a bit thick for my taste in the style, but nicely done.

Mouthfeel is a bit thicker, more sugary, but very smooth.

Drinkability was pretty good, even though I prefer them much more sour, and wish this 2006 vintage had another 2 years on it. Very nice pairing with steaks, I compared it to my wife's Bordeaux and it by far exceeded it, which really shocked me.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 bottling. Served at cool cellar temperature.

Cap is wrestled off, soon followed by gushing foam. Luckily I was able to contain it in the glass nearby. Pours a light crimson-brown, high-clarity with champagne carbonation. Sheets of lacing coat the glass.

Aroma is musty, earthy, wet stone. Sour grape or cherry with a sharp, funky Brett note.

Taste has the sharp sour fruit qualities again, Brett, and a medicinal note that keeps it from getting high marks. This is a familiar taste, in a much more restrained form, that was experienced with bad bottles of T'Smisje Vuuve. It is "sterile gauze" like, likely a result of wild yeast. It's not altogether off-putting, and seems to taper off as it sits in the glass for awhile. Oak is not especially present, maybe in the dryness in the finish. Sourness is moderate, far from being as puckering as Cantillon, but closer to Rodenbach.

Mouthfeel and drinkability suffer from the medicinal wild yeast flavor, but it is still a nice crisp, sour brew. Even so, the bottle was easy to finish in a sitting. My personal preference for the style is Rodenbach Grand Cru, followed by Duchesse.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one I'll have to revisit to fully form an opinion. As of now, I didn't really think it lived up to the hype, which may be impossible, but anyway... A beautifully dark, almost purplish red color, no real head. Smell is of dark fruits - cherries, figs, other ripeness. A bit of tartness is detected but not your typical (for the style) nose-singeing abrasion. Taste is very mellow, yet complex. You can tell they were patient with this beer and let it age to where they wanted it. Very well rounded. Fruity notes, as discussed before. A nice tartness, and an excellent earthyness. Funky, and musty. Nice complexity added from the oak aging. Some wood and vanilla character in there. I'd recommend splitting the bottle though. I just went for it, and I usually have no problem with drinking a big bottle like this, but it just seemed to get sweeter and sweeter as I was drinking it. A real merlot-ish grapeyness to it that didn't really seem to help the beer in my opinion. Dry mouthfeel, but odd combined with that sweet fruityness. Interesting, for sure, but definately a stretch for the style and a challenge to any pallate. I just thought this one was full of flavor at first, but after a glass or so, your tongue gets used to it and it became a little one dimentional. I'll try it again sometime and see what I think then.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled December 2011.

Beer is brownish a bit on the ruby red side. Fizzes like a soft drink during the port, and results in a small white head. Head dissipates quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell is tart, with cherry, balsamic vinegar, wood and a bit of apple.

Taste is pretty close to the nose. Tart cherry, balasamic vinegar, wood. Fairly sour but not intensely so. Fairly dry.

Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. Quite smooth. Moderately astringent.

Overall, good. Not a heavy hitter but a nice beer.

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Photo of Jredner
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is vinegar, sour cherries and tart fruits. Reddish brown in color with thumb thick tan head. Fore is quite sour and musty and is followed quickly by tart cherries and unripe apple, strong notes of those baby corns, used in Oriental cooking, stewed in cooking wine. Wood notes pop out in the middle along with musty barnyard notes. Finish is sour and dry and leaves the tongue feeling cleansed. I personally feel this would have benefited by a little more sweetness beneath the sour notes as it hints at it and that promise is enticing, but undelivered.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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)

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BIG ups to andrenaline for including this in our most recent cross country trade
A - swampy purple amber, thumb of head receded to half a finger and left plenty of consistent lacing
S - sour cherry, apple, and some citrus, musty with a dry cracker aroma
T - big sour apple and cherry up front, followed by a musty sawdust thing, cracker malt, and a touch of champagne
M - light and bubbly, tart sour kick with a hint of sweetness for balance, finishes dry
O - I am fairly new to the style but this speaks to me, the flavours are bold but friendly and generally inviting

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brownish red with a small head

S: Tart and sweet/

T: it has a solid tartness and a our bite at the end. Nice alcohol warming. The beer all around is solid, but it needs a bigger sour bite to make it a better Flanders red.

M: Creamy and nice.

D: A bit, but I don't drink this style for the drinkability.

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Photo of dherling
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark reddish brown, murky, with a tan bubbly head that dissipates into a thin film without lacing. Nose offers sour lemony alcohol, with a sweet chemical candy like note, fake cherry, marischino cherry, and some robitusson. The taste had a big sour bite, with medicinal overtones, some cherry notes, and then a long mostly refreshing sour finish. Mouthfeel has some crisp, but slight carbonation, clean on the palate.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the Italian version, the bottle is completely in Italian, and it is sour but not the sourest purposely infected bottle. Decent drinkability, reddish colour. Smooth, above average mouthfeel. Controlled mouthfeel, well malted.Cherry and balance.

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Panil Barriquée (Italy Version) from Panil
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