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Panil Barriquée (Sour Version)Panil Barriquée (Sour Version)

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Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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This is the version imported to the US.

Added by Phyl21ca on 10-23-2006

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Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a masterpiece and one of the best sour beers as I am ranking to style. The reddish colour is awesome. The aroma is alcoholic is best I can say. It is very easy drinking, not thick which I liked and is dangerously easy to finish. It is complex with cognac, woody, avnilla, sour cherry. Because of the sourness this is not for everybody.

Though soaked in casks formerly used for cognac and wine, I note that it is considered kosher because there is no real wine, it's not considered the actual flavour by the science of kashruth. I had previously spoken to the head of the most senior inspector in Canada about this and I can pass on details if anyone is inetrested.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Benny for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 14. 2011 vintage. Bottle # 2121.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some fruit, vinegar, and woody aromas. Taste is much the same an acidic finish with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch number 14, bottle 635. a real well made sour. pours thin semitransparent brown with a smallish off white head that leaves nice lacing. smells like brett and bourbon, with some malty sweet backing and hints of dried fruit. flavor is similar, not overwhelmingly sour, but fairly strong in that regard. sour cherries and oak flavors are quite strong as well. alcohol is totally hidden from the flavor. aftertaste is both sweet and tart, really nice and complex brew. feel is good, middle of the road carbonation and a drinkable medium body. this is an excellent beer, but is it worth 20bucks a go? id have to say no. the price will keep me from drinking this again, but i sure am glad i tried it.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured brownish-red in color with the head consisting of just a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate sour and acidic aroma in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there is sourness in the overall taste with distinct flavors from the oak barrel aging that lend comlexity, particularly in the finish. There are also some hints of cherries.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer has a good amount of drinkability, particularly if you like sour flavors.

Notes: Batch #8 (2007 Vintage), Bottle #2680

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Italy has certainly become a hotbed for authentic and flavorful beers to hit the shores of America in recent years. Leaning on Belgian sour ale recipes and techniques, Panil kicks off with a taste and texture straight from the Flemish tradition.

Barriquee opens with a diffused burgundy hue that keeps the beer looking like prune juices. A blend of tight-knit and loose-knit bubbles in its foam stance eventually relaxes into a broken creme that layers the beer's meniscus. Random islands of foam cling to the glass and denotes the beer's ample lacing power.

Tart aromas cherries, cider, white wines, and balsamic start the show while a balance of wood, malt, toast, and chocolate rise in its conclusion. A spicy phenol note raises the bar of complexity to the beers sharp sourness.

Mouthwatering flavors hit the mouth with taste of sour cherries, under rippened berries, limes, crab apples, sour grapes, balsamic vinegar, and salt brine. Underlying malt support arrives in the impressions of dry toast, grape juice, bread crust, and light chocolate. With virtually no hop character, the balance of the beer is predicated on the acidity and fruit, much in the same way as complex merlot wine does.

Medium-light in body, the beer offers just enough of a buffer from the acidity to offer mild creaminess to start. But the acidity cuts through the malty textures with ease and ushers in a quick oaky dryness of tannin, acids, and dry warmth in finish.

While in the vein of Rodenbach, I strongly endorse this Flemish sour as a worthwhile comparison. While intensely sour, the beer offers a more restrained complexity than that of Rodenbach but also exchanges some variations when compared to Duchesse du Burgogne and Bacchus. It's worth seeking out for all fans of sour ales.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light beige color ale with a huge foamy head with perfect retention and lacing. Aroma is sour with some tart and oak and is also reminiscent of lambic but maybe a tad lighter. Taste is a mix between some sourness; tart some subtle oak with a long dry finish. I would probably have liked more sourness overall but I thought this was still very enjoyable. Carbonation is very lively and body is quite full with minimum filtration. I am now very curious to taste their other offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, light burgundy color with a three-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. The long lasting head receded to leave sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sour black cherries with a touch of maltiness.

T - Nice tart bite of sour black cherry up front with a touch of oakiness. There is a bready malt backbone, too.

M - It was crisp and had a bit of a puckering bite to it. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty Flanders Red Ale. Pricey but good.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch #12. 2010. Bottle #1057. Served in a wine glass. Pours a fairly-clear reddish-mahogany color with a good white head that fades relatively quickly before falling to a thin cap. The nose brings a nice acidity and underlying red fruits plus a bit of oak and lactic acidity. Flavor pushes those components a bit further, but also has an underlying tannic graininess that detracts a bit, especially from the mouthfeel. Not a bad beer by any means, though I preferred the nose to the flavor/palate.

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Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Large, foamy off-white head. The body is opaque dark brown with copper highlights.

S - Earth, sour acidity. Sweet, dark cherry notes and leathery mustiness.

T - Puckering acidity balanced by fleeting sweetness. Subtle sour cherry and grapefruit notes, orange and lemon zest. Finishes slowly and smoothly with roasted malty flavors and woody oak.

M - Very thin body and high carbonation. There is some astringency in the middle and through the finish of the beer, but it leaves the palate pretty clean when it is done.

D - The aroma of this beer is fantastic, but the flavor doesn't quite match. It is extremely refreshing with what I would consider a high level of acidity, even for the style, but it is a little too acetic for my taste. The oak character is also too assertive, or at least too coarse and woody for me. On the plus side, it has a great, complex earthiness, especially in the nose, and the roasted notes in the finish are an unusual and interesting touch. Overall, it is quite a good beer, but at nearly twice the price of Rodenbach Grand Cru it should be even better.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Bottle #1048, Batch #9, 2007 vintage. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of sour cherry, green apple, red grape, pepper, clove, floral, oak, hay, red wine vinegar, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast notes with moderate oak barrel presence. Taste of tart cherry, green apple, red grape, floral, clove, oak, hay, red wine vinegar, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity and earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, green apple, red grape, clove, oak, floral, hay, red wine vinegar, funk, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity, tart, and earthy yeast ester flavors; with moderate malt, oak, and acidity; and a great sweetness/acidity balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Flanders red ale. All around nice balance and complexity of fruity, tart, and earthy yeast flavors with moderate malt and oak balance; and very smooth to sip on for 8% with the moderate acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Batch 8, 2007, thanks to Nathan in the Sour BIF.

A: The pour is a fairly typical dark amber color with plenty of brown to it. The head is somewhat mild in volume and off-white in color.

M: Quite fruity for a Flanders red ale. Lots of cherries, green apples, and a bit of lemon. Plenty of oak, a hint of vinegar, and some light sweetness.

D: A bit lighter in flavor than I would have expected. The fruitiness translates well to the flavor, as do the vinegar and oakiness. There is, however, a bit of a metallic flavor at times.

M: The body seems a bit thin, but for a sour beer it is a bit more forgivable. Moderate and tinging carbonation.

D: Pretty easy beer to drink, but not all that impressive. Maybe a more current vintage would change things a bit.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug.

2009 vintage, batch #11, bottle #268, from my beer-of-the-month club. It pours a murky amber that heads toward brown in the center, all topped by a finger of off-ecru foam. The nose comprises funky red grapes, moss, kale, cardamom, and lemon wedge. The taste follows this path, along with some oak and sour blue raspberry, which all then tapers into some sweet blueberry and black grape in the end. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a decent sour brew, though nothing entirely exciting or great. Nice to experiment with, though.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a RB tasting thanks to Brad. 2006 vintage.

a - Pours a deep mahogany color with a reddish tint, a few bubbles of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, wine, oak, earthy notes, vinegar, and fruity malts. Nice and sour, really like it.

t - Taste follows the nose; lots of sour dark fruits, tart cherries, fruity malts, vinegar, oak, earthy notes, tannic.

m - Medium body and no carbonation. The no carbonation hurt it a bit, but pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a good beer. Would put it right under the Italy version due to the lack of carbonation. Nice and sour, definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 11 - bottle 1030. Shared by WorldWideStout at a recent tasting.

A: Light brown, little head, very little lacing.

S: Unusual scents make me a bit cautious and unsure. The funky bandaid monster has visited this beer.

T: Spicy flavors and weirdness. I'm also getting wood (in the taste), funky sourness, basement mustiness, and bandaids.

M: Ok feel, but again, this tasted out of kilter.

D: I'm always thankful to try a beer I haven't had, but now I know I don't need to purchase this one or seek it out.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle poured into a straight sided glass. Batch #12, bottle # 572. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Dull red with a big, cream colored head. Distinct bubbles, not really a foam.

Smell - Cherry fruits. Sour cherry. A little oak. Acidic.

Taste - Cherry sourness. Much more oak. Hardly any sweetness. There is a malt aspect to it, but it's dry and soured out. Very oaky dry finish. A touch astringent.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Dry and oaky. Astringent, as I've stated. Good carbonation.

Overall - Nice sour. Uneventful, but tasty. Not worth the money though. Silly prices on Italian beers.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage care of BA Smoked. Thanks man! Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears a clear amber to mahogany with lighter orange around the edges. A finger of tan frothy head sits atop. Fingers of lace stick to the glass and a light swirl revives the cap.

The nose is filled with sour cherry. Oak melds throughout with some funky cheese. A light blend of caramel grain and burnt sugar sweetness from the barrel is present that blends into more of a vanilla note mixed with some vinegar. There is a mild accent of something along the lines of soy as well.

The taste is tart with an immediate idication of natural sour cherry flavoring. Some oak, mild tannins, vanilla and caramel are present from the barrel aging. When coupled with the alcohol, it gets a bit medicinal. Some mustiness and cobwebs of sort across the aftertaste. It finishes with a bit of vinegar that blends back into that natural tart cherry flavor.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is acidic with mild alcohok inclusion that evolves as it warms. Quite a nice sipper. The flanders style sometimes is not my favorite when there is a huge cider/vinegar presence. This one however was quite nice. I would have gladly taken multiple pours of this and would certainly pick this up if i found it with a decent pricetag.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's time like these that take me back to my late teenage years when I tasted Spaten for the first time and though to myself: "What the hell is this?? This is what beer can be??"

Pours a very dark brown amber. Looks ruby tinted when held to light. Nose is mild cherry woods. Stays consistent and never waivers. Flavor is mildy sour. Mild wood character. Really; mild is the key word here. Feel is thick a bit on the liquid and good on the bubble. Overall pretty drinkable. Seems a bit rough around the edges (though it isn't much really). Definitely a very good version of the style, but not the absolute greatest. This might be a good introductory beer for newcomers to the style.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #16 vintage 2012 bottle 4549.

A deep garnet red in the glass with a classic dark brown mahogany color, even a dark orange towards the lip of the glass. Not much head, what is is about a light tan one finger head, but it's creamy and the puck always sticks around. Pretty solid.

This is a real interesting nose. Great woody and oak aromatics, splinters and hints of beef jerky. Earthy soil bent. Tart mild malt qualities, and soft vanilla like sweetness. Incredible aroma, hints somewhere between creme brulee and sharp clove like cinnamon. Wow, incredibly impressive and complex. Wonderful stuff.

Palate just sings. Mouthfeel is creamy with a hint of light body and easy coating malts. Minimal tartness but a good mix of astringency lime quality and a chewy strangely pine hop in here somewhere. Malty mix of mild sour cherry quality and light vanilla. Unlike any other Flanders style I've ever had.

This beer needs it's own category. Truly a unique and wonderful creation.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11/22/07- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Wine type cork covering with a bottle cap underneath. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Off red, kinda brown colored pour. How about a dark plum look. The lightest bit of bubbles on the pour. Looks pretty flat. Leaves behind very minor spotty lace. Guess it's fairly normal per style.

Smell- Light smelling, but a good nose. Over-ripe fruits (cherries and plums). Earthy and a bit of funk. Scent is not very outgoing. Have to dig deep for it.

Taste- Was expecting a bit more sourness. It was sour, but kind of thin and watery at the same time. Notes of sour rippened cherries and light brett. Earthy as in some wines like the nose suggests.

Mouthfeel- Thin a touch watery. Reminds me of the water and cranberry juice that I mix together. Different, but not that all bad. Zero carbonation.

Drinkability- Despite is thin nature, it's got a good light sour taste and is pretty drinkable. The alcohol hits towards the finish.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 11 - bottle 1030. Shared by WorldWideStout at a recent tasting.

Beer is brown and forms an off whtie head. Not much lacing, carbonation moderate to low.

Beer smells odd -- really funky, odd sour aroma but it gets better as it calms down.

So, there were a lot of strong opinions about this beer at the tasting but I really enjoyed it. Beer is kind of sweet at first, strong funk in the middle palate of the mouth, alcohol flavor and it finishes slightly dry with a woodsey aftertaste. Its better than most thought but its not my favorite. I would drink it again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Medium brown colour; very slightly translucent with a half finger of bubbly cream-coloured head.

S - Sourness is evident up front. Some sour cherries, vinegar and a very slight sweetness.

T - Very sour and tart. Some vinegar, sour cherries, wood/oak taste and the general taste of sour candies. The first few sips are very puckering but this one gets better with each sip.

M - Light to medium body; moderate carbonation

O - A good beer. A style that I am new to and am developing a taste for. This one was good for someone who is new to sours like me.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Get your smartphone camera ready, as here I am purchasing a big bottle (with the help of a few friends) of Italian beer. Splitting the $17 pricetag three ways makes the pain go away quicker. Bottle #2757, consumed at Beer Revolution (Andre's choice), on to the beer:

Dark red is the color, and surprising great lace is just a bonus feature of this beer. I expected the jose to be along thelines of this; sour and tart. A lot like strawberries in this case, and a little oomph of sour. A little less sour and a little more sweet is the taste, which is strawberry sweet. Modest sourness, not mouth puckering. Medium bodied beer that finds itself getting a little light in places, yet overall providing the excitement of a good Flanders Red.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a few wine glasses with friends.

A- Panil has a mix of brown and red with a focujs on the former giving off a dark color. A faint dismal head only reached a cm in height with a off white look.

S- This is batch 10 so I believe this spent more time in the barrel, so oak is the main smell coming from this. With that some vanilla and sour cherries with some vinegar.

T- A more refined panil with a nice oak presense throughout. Oak, vanilla, sour cherries are the main tastes. Everytime I have this it reminds me alot like wine mixed with beer characteristics. Some acidity along with sourness which is not overkill.

M- Kind of lacking and could use some tinkering. A medium feel with a dull strength for carbonation. Although this is a flanders red the sour/tartness is again lighter than expected. This could use just a bit more ummphh.

D- I enjoyed it but am glad I shared the bottle, A 750 of this would be a bit much for me. A good beer that I always enjoy but won't go out of my way for all the time.

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Photo of biegaman
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't honestly say that Panil looks as attractive in the glass as a Chianti or Valpolicella, but it does have a head that is as solid as (and coloured like) marble stone. Its tile red body appears slightly dirty given the soiled clarity and dim tone. But the intricate lacing left by that foam rivals the masterpieces of fellow Italian artists Michelangelo or Donatello.

With sour beers you're either into them or you're not, and you should know the answer right away; this musty, tart aroma of festering fruit, renegade yeast and mildewed wood lays it all out on the line. Nutty toffee, debittered chocolate and a trace of vanilla combine with an earthy, mushroom-y fragrance for an impressively complex bouquet.

To many, Panil is seen as some kind of beer version of Italian red wines. Not so. In fact, while it may appear a new style it is actually quite old and is actually Belgian, not Italian, in its origins. Wild yeast and bacteria leeching out of the barrels in which this was aged give it the lactic (sour) and acetic (vinegar-y) qualities. This has distinguished the beers of Dutch and Flemish brewers and Walloon lambic producers for centuries.

The taste can accurately be described as leathery, earthy, wood smoked raspberries. Does that not intrigue you? It's wonderful, provided you can stomach puckering tartness and sharp acidity. The amount of dusty, dark berry flavour is unmistakable as are the woody, drying, persistent tannins. There's also shreds of fig, citrus, black olive and mushroom.

The mouthfeel has the fruity, berry acidity of bolder red wines, the chalkiness of the darkest chocolates, the earthy, leathery texture of game meats or wild mushrooms and a mildewy woodiness found elsewhere only on the forest floor. Speaking of which, the alcohol never comes out of the woodwork and the glass practically fills itself back up.

Leave it to the Italians to save a unique, traditional, distinctly artisanal and near-extinct gastronomic treasure. Somewhere Carlos Petrini and Slow Food is proud. After all, Italians didn't earn their reputation as discerning gourmands and sensual hedonists for no good reason. This is a masterful ale that is well worth whatever the asking price. Recommended.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2006, and by this time it is quite flat, but also still quite sour. Pours perfectly still, with no head at all, and a cherry red in color tinged with brown. Softly acetic and richly fruity with sour cherry and plum and even a bit of mango, and a touch of spice at the end. More than any other beer I've ever had this tastes more like a wine than a beer. Gently sour and with full on cherry and earth ponot noir flavors with some lemon and spicebox notes. Highly unusual to say the least. There are also some gentle tannins on the finish. Mouthfeel is tart and smooth. I'm totally sure I like this, but it is interesting. reading the other reviews most seem to have carbonated versions and I think I'd probably like that better.

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