Panil Ambrata Barriquée

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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #65
Ranked #18,952
4.09 | pDev: 6.85%
Very Good
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Notes: Ambrata Barriquée, an exquisite barrel-aged sour amber ale, is a hazy, golden-honey colored brew that offers aromas of tart lemons and tree fruit, some salty cheese and funk-all underpinned by rounder red fruitiness, notes of almond-like oak, and hints of green olive. It lands almost like bright, intense lambic or gueuze with a modest underlying percentage of world-class Flanders red ale.
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #2, vintage 2018, Bottle #949.

Great looking appearance. Surprising big retention and staying power on a Flanders style brew, a three finger perfect yellow vanilla colored head, fine bubbles and stays for a lengthy time. Body is deep red rust with lighter edges of gleaming ruby and bright light. Excellent looking brew.

Excellent aroma comes with the appearance. While not quite out of this world, it is superb. Splintery pencil wood and shavings, mixing with a light sour cherry note. Faint touches of light wine vingear, even a cookie biscuit note seems to make an apperance along with some light sage herbs too. It's a unique one in this category, not quite world class, but certainly exemplerary.

Palate is quite a mouthful. Very different than what I expected. First unfortunately not giving to great body or depth in mouthfeel as the beer is a bit wet in feel. Affects what is howeve a very distinct and fascinating palate. Moderate sensing funk with light cherry to a very soft raspberry tartness, mixing with jut a faint hair of vanilla sweetness. Very spicy flavor on the aftertaste, giving to almost black pepper saison finish, and some real heated earthy herbs of sage and sort of marjoram like. Mixes in some full soil and dirt earth character too.

Very much unlike any other Flanders I have had. Doesn't really stand up to the classics I think, but it is it's own unique animal and I am quite intrigued by it. It is also 4 years old, but has held up quite well. I would definitely like to explore this at a different stage of it's life for sure, mostly younger.

Nov 01, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2017 bottle, Batch #1, bottle #2606.

Pours a hazy honey colour, an inch of foam and not lacking lacing.

Smells quite acetic, has a horseblanket note or 2. Bits of lemon.

Vinegar and lemon mostly in the taste. Only hints of any horseblanket, pitted fruits. Not exactly complex but enjoyable.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

It's good but it's pricey.

Oct 16, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy golden-amber color with a modest but persistent white head. There was a nice woody/oak smell with vanilla, tart cherries, raspberries, musty funk, and bready malt. On the taste, I noticed the fruit first, reminiscent of juicy peaches and plums. The funk and gentle tartness appeared in the mid-palate with some mildly salty bleu cheese notes. The fruit returned on the finish, blended with a nice dose of woody oak and vanilla sweetness. Dry on the finish, slightly light on the palate with less than medium carbonation. Very enjoyable.

Aug 28, 2017
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip...

Pours a hazy bronze--just between golden/orange and amber. The head is very subdued but very fizzy, giving way to excellent excellent lacing.

Citrus and sour apple fruit aromas are balanced by sour funk followed by hints of sweetness-apple again, but this time juicy red followed by nuts and oak. Evocative of a lambic, but much drier--but not quite like the Flanders Red it's classified as here. Very complex and balanced. Almost mouthwatering--one step from damn near perfect.

The citrus hits the palate first, just as it does the nose, but sweeter with more "juice" (ruby red grapefruit and blood orange) followed by a hint of honey sweetness. The finish is vinous, toasty and oaky, like a fine chardonnay. In between the delivery and the finish is a great expanse of funky, bready, sourness that defies classification. Then, as the beer rises in temp, spicy briny notes (caper?) start to creep into the center. Heavenly sour, funky, vinous complexity.

The mouthfeel is excellent, but compared with the other elements, may be the weakest attribute. It is crisp, dry, acidic, and light (though closer to medium-bodied than I expected), but it could use just a bit more carbonation to bring it all home--though, understandably, that is a key attribute of a Flanders. Still, the the feel, like everything else, is well balanced.

Do you have a wine-snob friend that looks down on you for drinking beer instead? Challenge them to taste this against their favorite Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. This brew is a complex chameleon that three different drinkers might call four different things. This website calls it a Flanders--and it does share some of those characteristics, particularly the subdued carbonation. Yet Gueze, Lambic, and Saison all come to mind at different times during the quaff. If you can find it--you must have it.

Aug 05, 2017
Panil Ambrata Barriquée from Panil
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 11 ratings