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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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #16, 2012, Bottle #2161. Pours dark purple-brownish red from the bottle. Small bit of cream colored head. aroma of sour cherries, blackberries. Big heavy mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Lots of fruit up front with a good tart punch and dry oak finish. Cheery, blackberries, and grapes. Not sure I like the big body on this and tend to enjoy more effervescent sours. Not bad, but I could do without it as well.

Tried this a second time at Tipples Rare and Barrel Aged Beer Tasting on July 13, 2014. Like it much better this time. Still pretty ugly, but a nice sourness to go along with the sweet black cherry flavor, oak, and very nice sourness going on. Big chewy oak here intermingled with nice tart cherry fruits. Very nice.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (batch #16 2012) to fantome tulip

A: It is a reddish brown dark copper color with little no head but a medium lacing whitish brown in color. It has noticeable high carbonation and is dark to semi opaque but not too cloudy or clean either.

S: You can definitely tell it spent some time in barrels as the oak is fairly strong but in a good way. There are wine like dark fruit scents similar to red wine grapes or dark cherries. You can definitely tell its been naturally fermented but does not really have any funk on par a flanders though.

T: It is slight sweet and tart up front with a fruit juice flavor that is fairly complex it does have wine like aspects but it is sleigher. There are some sour hints but they are not nearly strong enough though it seems they could come out more with age. It is not necessarily a distinct flavor but overall it is very earthy, not like dirt or funk (as there is none of that) but spice wise the time in the barrels is noticeable here. Pretty solid overall would like to see how it develops

M: In terms of feel this is very juicy and smooth as it goes down very easy for 8%abv it is similar to watered down wine in terms of feel. The carbonation is nice, light and champagne like but not nearly as bubbly it matches the style though. The finish is crisp light and clean which adds to its drinkability.

O: Overall I like this beer its really solid to style with good flavors and easy to drink. That being said I defiantly want to see how it can develop with a few years on it as it was not very sour and a lot more juicy then tart. If it develops how I think it could it could make this beer a lot beer, but for now its good but tacking in some aspects especially in strength of taste though the feel is pretty good. I would recommend this is worth a try if you can get it.

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Photo of fdig23
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle.

Appearance: Ruddy brown, barely any red on the edges, head is tiny and off-white.

Nose: Lots of sweetness compared to a traditional Flemish red. Almost honey-like note at first, followed by a good amount of ripe cherry. Oak is definitely there in the back with a toffee and vanilla undertone.

Taste: Very balanced and even but in the end it falls a bit flat. None of the flavors really pop. The honey is still there and plenty of cherry-tinged oak that finishes with a coca cola like syrupiness. Tartness is balanced by the extent of the oak presence here.

Mouthfeel: Not exciting and a bit flat.

Overall: A different take on a Flemish red. The tartness seems very toned down by the extensive oak aging (Cognac barrels probably are the root cause). Still a nice and easy sipper, but not nearly as complex and bold as other reds.

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Photo of spoony
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml (Batch 11, 2011) into a tulip.

A-The brew is walnut brown in color with only a slight hint of red. The head is one fat finger of light mocha colored foam that drops slowly into a thick ring. Even for a sour, this is not a terribly attractive beer. Lots of chunky, visible carbonation.

S-This thing has tons of oak on the nose. It also gives a fair dose of sweet cherries, some vanilla, a touch of sour grapes and vinegar. It is funkier and earthier (think horse blanket) than some Flanders Reds/Oud Bruins, but not quite geueze-like. Pretty complex.

T-The taste tracks the smell closely, which is good. The sour factor is medium with dry oak being more dominant than tart fruits. For fruit flavors, cherries are most noticeable, but there is also some tart pear and grape. The malts come through as well, with a sweet vinegar punch.

M-The feel is medium to slightly heavy for the style. Carbonation is lighter and the feel is appropriately slick.

O-This brew is a winner. I like the oaky, subtle complexity of it all. There are beers with more pucker power and this beer clearly does not try to hit you over the head with acid. Instead, this one really shines in the use of oak to give an dry, earthy, complex tartness. A complex and drinkable example of the style.

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Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at a little bottle share at Tree House Brewery. Reviewed from notes. This is a 20011 vintage, batch 14.

A - Poured into a Tree House glass a clear mahogany hue with a light, light quarter inch head that fades to leave thin, thin wisps.

S - Very, very nice for a Flanders, good sour tart vinegar notes. Light funk and oak.

T - Taste is more of the vinegar sourness with faint fun and light, light barrel notes. Incredibly balanced here.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for the style, not thin or watery but with enough carbonation to keep it up off the tongue.

O - Overall this was a darn good Flanders red, which I was expecting it to be. Always see this in stores, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of uno99
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

January 2010 bottle. Reviewed in May 2010

LCBO Spring release. After checking inventory at one location (they had 60) I showed up and was told they all got transferred to another store for a customer. I think I have an idea who cleared it out!

A: Kind of a rosey brown body with champagne like wispy head. Not much lacing going on, but the beer is quite a nice shade.

S: Quite barnyardy. More so than I expected from this Italian brewer. Soft fruits are present as well. peach and apricot.

T: Quite sour, but very earthy in the finish. A mushroom and almond taste enters the palate as you swallow. Cherries, apricot and other fruits are present as well.

M: A very lively beer. Very dry, astringent. Perfect for the style.

D: A great one to reflect on. 8% beer, but Alcohol is well hidden.

Re-Review, Feb 10, 2013

This bottle is now 3 years old, and it's unclear how much time has affected it. I opened a bottle at Christmas and declared that it was in decline; Drinking this now has raised questions on weather that is true, since it seems to still be drinking very well. I think I'll try drinking a fresh bottle to "right my compass" on this one before I open my last bottles.

I've increased my "overall" score by .25 to reflect what I feel is more accurate.

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Photo of cvm4
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012... Batch #15, bottle #3159.

A - Pours a deep cranberry or plum in color with a 2 finger eggshell head.

S - Very funky and musty with oak laced throughout and darts of tartness peaking through.

T - Faint earthiness and oak to start that develops into tart cherries. Midway through the sour dies down to find a dry maltness then a puckering ending. As it warms the earth really comes through more in the beginning and end. Meanwhile the sour dies down to a tartness or may'be I'm just getting used to it.

M - High carbonation, light body, effervescent.

O - Not as sour as some other beers in the category I've had. It's still well done and definitely delivers that lip puckering goodness that I sometimes crave.

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

A good sized head atop a clear dark reddish brown fluid. Some nice lacing and a light covering. Smell is vinegar and and oak with a healthy funk and and light fruit component. Some oaked alcohol with faint vanilla lightly showing. Taste is vinegar and malt sweetness. Oak and cherries that really come into balance as they warm. Vanilla and cherries with a grape blend. Dry woody finish that leaves a tart sourness lingering. Juiciness leaves the mouth dripping with saliva, Nice dry feel with a good carbonation that gives a velvety drinkability. A good solid Flanders Red with a complex construction.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge, frothy, beige head is long lasting, leaving thick patches of lace on a flute glass while cloudy, reddish-brown beer sparkles with clinging carbonation.

Tart cherry with unripened apple against a background of rustic oak. Some alcohol comes out with warmth.

Tartness carries from entry to finish. Cherry leads the fruity profile while wood notes provide a base note. Sweet and tart, yet well balanced. Warmth brings out notes of merlot in the long finish. Some apple cider can also be detected. This one warms quite well but lacks layers of progression.

A light body with the texture of satin. Carbonation is light and prickly while alcohol is well below expectations.

This is an easy beer for a late Friday night. It is refreshing and relaxing and would go well with reading or after a heavy meal.

Batch 15-2012, bottle 265

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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 scottfrie
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter. Batch #11, 2009. Split with mjyoung.

A: Pours a deep cranberry juice red with a finger of light brown head that quickly faded into a lasting film.
S: Super funky funk on this one. Smells like a moldy mushrooms growing on a dirty diaper mixed with strong cheese, oak, and musty earth. Earthy mushrooms and musty earth dominate, but I get faint hints of tart red fruits beneath. Rich compost comes to mind.
T: Follows the nose with musty and dank notes of rich earth. More fruit comes through on the mouth than the nose lead on, but this beer is neither tart nor sour. Cheese, mushrooms, cranberry, and raspberry come through nicely. Brown ale flavors of caramel malt and buttery nuts come through, as well as buttery oak. The finish is slightly tart with a twang of acid, and the aftertaste is mildy greasy and slick. Red berries linger long after the swallow.
M: Medium-full body, fairly slick and greasy mouthfeel, low and fizzy carbonation.
O: Impressively complex. A good blend of tart red fruits, barrel aged mustiness, and sweet brown ale. Good to age, this could have lasted even longer. Cheers.

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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 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 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 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 Koufax21
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at July bottle share into a small taster.

Pours a vibrant amber color with an 1" off white head that dissolves quickly. The aroma is tart with a heavy dark fruit aroma ( cherry and fig most notably). The taste is pleasing, although not living up to the tartness I was getting in the aroma. Once again, dark fruit with an acidity similar to a balsamic vinegar. The oak was balanced very well, not overpowering by any means. Good carbonation and pretty dry. Certainly a very good beer but I felt the price tag to be a little high.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby red with a firm haze and half an inch of whitish cap. Offers decent retention and some artsy lace.

Aroma is well muddled with some hops, a bit of wood and a touch of caramel and a light funk. Lightly acetic in nature but quite subtle in delivery in that regard. Good but lacking as for brightness and clarity on the aroma. Warms to offer a rather solid depth nonetheless.

Flavor too is subdued and muddled; earthy and lightly fruity sweet. Much more along the lines of an Oud Bruin vs. a Flanders Red. Offers just a hint of tartness..

Offers a full feel and a pleasing level of carbonation.

Note: Batch #14, 2011

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

Batch #11 2009 Bottle #1467

A-deep red with a nice one finger head that goes away quickly.

S-barnyard grassy notes hits hard followed by lemon and some sour cherries. Oak too lingers int he background.

T-pretty bland for a sour to be honest. has the tart cherries and lemony grassy notes with a hint of oak but thats pretty much it. Very good but no flavor comes popping out at you. I guess mellow is more the word for a sour than bland. I really did enjoy a lot.

M-thin body with moderate carbonation.

I have been eyeing this one up for some time now but the price tag always steered me away. Good but not worth the $20 price.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

batch #14 2011. bottle #838.

A: hazy brown. opaque. head is slightly off-white with good retention and lacing.

S: very sour nose. barnyard, horsehair. definitely on the barnier side of a flanders red.

T: barny/earthy. sweet brown sugar. finish is slightly metallic.

M: average carbonation on a medium body.

D: good, not great. very horsey. not sure if more time would help here...

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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 shleepy
2.53/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from 750 bottle into snifters. Batch #14, 2011. Writing from ~3-week-old notes.

A: Dark amber, small head.

S: Roasted caramels. Meh.

T: Some sourness, but lots of roastiness, and not much else.

M: Medium body (on the lighter side of medium). Not much carbonation.

O: Not a fan... Too much roastiness. Not completely awful, but far too expensive to be on the low side of mediocre.

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Photo of Meg
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It smelled like it would have a bit of sweetness. Lemon, Vinegar, Red berries
The taste was (of course) sour but lacked any real body or depth of flavor. I didn't detect any of the berry that I thought I smelled, and the taste ended up being pretty metallic.
The aftertaste lingered in an unpleasant way.
I absolutely love sours, so I drank this anyway, and if it were any cheaper I'd drink it again.
However, I think the body is too weak and watery, and the taste lacking complexity, the aftertaste of metal got me wondering about the brewing process.
It is pretty expensive, but I don't think it is worth it. The Duchesse is way better, so is La Folie.

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Photo of stealth
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #12 from 2010, bottle #1775

Nice typical flanders red dark ruby pour with a pillowy, quickly dissipating cream head. Strong lacing throughout the drink. The aroma has a nice tart fruit smell. Some funkiness in there from the yeasts. Lots of fruit in the taste, and very refreshing. Not super tart or sour, but has enough sourness to make this a real nice 'starter' for someone wanting to try the Flanders Red style. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp. A nice moderate bit of dryness.

This is a real nice, very well balanced sour.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle 750Ml

A: mahogany color. bit hazy. little head.
S: smoky. corn tortillas.
T: medium tartness. same smoke taste. some acetic acid.
M: medium carbonation. light-medium body.
O: not a huge fan of the flabor profile here. the mouthfeel is pretty good though.

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Panil Barriquée (Sour Version) from Panil
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