Panil Barriquée (Sour Version) | Panil

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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 Chico1985
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to atremains for sharing this Italian beast.

Pours deep hazy red, off-white head retains well at a half-finger the whole time, not much lacing left.

Taste and scent are about even, nice sweet and sour cherry, lots of various dark fruits. Red and white wine, vinegar, oak. Smooth, solid mouthfeel, no complaints.

Good all around. Not mind-blowing but enjoyable through and through.

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

Been wanting to try this for a long time.

A- Murky fruit pulp amber-red body with a fizzy pink head that doesn't really have much retention. Lots of legs and a few spots of lace.

S- Sour dark fruit, cherries and grapes. A bit of vinous wine notes and vinegar as well. A bit of funky Brettanomyces.

T- Acidic cherry, raspberry and grapes, a lot of wine aspect to this. A bit of vinegar comes through but not as much as other Flanders beers. Some funk but I think about the sour fruit mostly. Can't forget the oak.

MF- High carbonation and a light body. Sour feel throughout.

Reminds me of a lambic with a very nice fruit bouquet. Not as acetic as some Flanders. Solid and worth trying at least once.

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Photo of OldPenguinHunter
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe that this is only a B+, well I guess that's pretty close to an A...

Had this out of bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

A: Murky red, oxidized brown. Pours a 1 pinky foam and dissapears quickly.

S: Smells like your typical sour. Tart fruits, earth, and a bit acetic.

T: very acetic. Reminds me a bit of Duchesse and Consecration, if they were to cross. medium bodied, woody.

M: tart. very pleaseant carbonation.

O: at 18 bucks a bottle, it's a bit steep, but a fine example of a sour ale.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with a friend. From notes.

A - Poured a dark copper with strong carbonation. Very hazy. Three finger fluffy, eggshell head. Good chunk of soapy lacing and a half finger of retention the whole way.

S - Very woody. Some sour cherry there too with a little sugar note and some earthiness.

T - Sour. Quite woody. A floral note with honey as well. Fruity with sour cherries, blueberry, and raspberry.

M - Good carbonation and a medium body. Fills the crannies of your mouth well. Dry finish.

O/D - Good. Quite nice and very smooth. Not a trace of alcohol and good to sip and explore while being complex and tasty.

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Photo of peensteen
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown, ruby notes in the light, nice white head, some light lacing on the glass. Smell is of sour grape, tart, wine like, yeasty and some barn like notes. Taste is sour, tart, ripe cherry, yeasty, nice oaky presence, lightly salty....the oak makes this quite lush. Light to medium weight, good carbonation, nice feel, chalky feel in the finish. I really enjoyed this and I knocked off the 750ml no problem, glad I picked up a few of these.

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Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - murky brown with a red taint. most flander reds i have are much more colorful, but this one is a lot more cloudy and earthy. very nice. not much to no head but a slight collar. none of that mildewy moldy appearance that some other bottle conditioned sours have even though it was bottled in 09.

s - nice and tart. sweet cherry, oak, that distinct red flanders smell of like a musky vintage leather suitcase from the 50s that had rubbing alcohol spilled on it. mmm so lovely.

t - again, the oak. very tart. much more on the sour side than sweet. unfortunately this one fades quick. no aftertaste. pretty thin after the initial WHAP!

m - pretty nice. settles very nicely and is kinda similar to a lower carbonated feel of a fruit cider or lambic. again, tarttt.

o - damn man, for 20 bucks a bottle i dont think i could do it again. certainly nothing to write home about although i would try it on tap if i ever had the chance. theres always next time..

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark red and brown beer, just right for style, minimal head, nothing to retain. Aroma was nice and sour, elements of bitterness and mildly fruity with hints of oak.

Taste, good, dry sour, keeps the oaky notes along right with it. Carbonation is complimentary, even if from looking at it, you wouldn't know it was the right amount. Cherry possibly.

Nuanced feel of a dab of cinnamon to it, could just be the wood. Price is a tough part, $18 for a bottle, have to knock its overall score down a tad because you could have 2 bottles of Le Terroir or Dissident almost for this price.

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Photo of BBP
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark cherry chestnut with a good head which maintained itself very well for the extent of the drink, and some pretty nice lacing as well. Good carbonation too.

S- Yeast, sharp green apple, and slight vinegar. <- A somewhat weak description from somebody fairly new to sours

T- Green apple sourness. Quite sour in the beginning. Very slight vinegar underlines it as well as some crisp tart sweetness. Hints of raspberry as well. Considerably balanced for a sour, at least from my brief experience with them.

M- Creamy and full, but more carbonated then I'd like.

D- For a sour it's extremely drinkable. It has a lot of character I struggle to describe, but it's also pretty simple and smooth at the same time. The only alcohol presence I really found was that it was a bit hard on my stomach. Aside from that it was nearly impossible to detect.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost a bloody or dirty orange colour. Fairly thick puffy foam with thin bubbles that retreats to a nice blanket. Cloudy and carbonated.

S: Strong lemon-like scent, with sour cherries, and a bit of a vinegar smell to it. Picking up faint caramel malt, and a candy-like sweetness but can't figure out what candy.

T: Surprisingly not as sour as expected, but more of an emphasis on tart fruits (lemons, cherries, raspberries) which balances this nicely. Quite an earthy taste to it, almost wood-like, that adds an extra dimension. Also taste some spices in there. Complex to say the least, with many layers to it, but yet overall I still find this fairly well balanced.

M: Light mouthfeel with a low viscosity. High carbonation. Acidic and prickly to the tongue.

D: I find the acidity is balanced enough with the tart fruits to make this quite drinkable. This would be great to sip and enjoy on a patio in the spring or summer. Glad I tried this.

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

750ml bottle shared in the parking lot of capone's, leading up to the Russian River Event.

A: Pours a beautiful amber/maroon color with a significantly larger head than expected. Some nice lacing around the glass. Perfect to the style.

S: Some lactic cherry notes, red wine, vanilla, balsamic vinegar, slight roasty chocolate flavors. Strong Funky aroma as well...almost cheesy or mushroomy. Very complex and well balanced.

T: Starts off with a nice balsamic vinegar flavor. The vinegar is much more balanced and pleasing versus many other beers of this style. Some nice lactic notes as well with a great funky aftertaste. The malt flavors are also very present with some chocolate and coffee tones. This is not quite as sour as I expected. However, this was a very young bottle. Some age could definitly improve the flavor.

M: Nice full body with a moderate level of carbonation. Sour, but not puckeringly soo. The vinegar notes burn the back of the throat a bit.

O: A great version of the Flanders Red style. My only real complaint is the ridiculous price tag.

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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 flannelman808
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: this pours a dark brown with a dusty purple red hue. Topped with a small bubbled just off white head which has fairly poor retention (only hangs out around the rim) and fairly poor lacing.

S: Balsamic vinegar on the nose and oddly ... peanut shells? A very funky lactic aroma.

T: Once again salad dressing comes to mind. Arugula dressed in balsamic, perhaps its even a blackberry vinaigrette. I'm finding not enough depth of flavor to call this salad harmonious.

M: Acid

O: Disappointing sour ... one dimensional funk, not enough soul.

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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 sisuspeed
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wally for bringing this treat over last night!

Batch 12 (2010), Bottle # 2251

Pours a cloudy plum-red that gets consistently darker with each pour. A thin, white, head rests on top and leaves lots of beautiful lacing. Looks quite nice for a Flanders Red.

Oaky, fruity and a bit earthy on the nose. Light, sweet, acidity mixed with wet hay, apples, cherries and red grapes. Light funk lingers as well. One of the best Flanders aromas I've nosed.

Smooth, creamy, cherry and grape with light acidic tartness. Vanilla and oak barrel throughout. The sourness profile is well executed, adding a nice level of fruit acidity without coming across like some version of vinegar. I really like this. The cognac barrels have done nice things to this beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with light, well-integrated, sourness. Great body.

Overall, I was really impressed with this beer. I'm typically not a huge fan of Flanders, but this one is done very well. Exceptionally smooth throughout. Right up there with the Rodenbach offerings. I could drink this all day. I highly recommend picking up a bottle if you see it.

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

Pours a murky reddish mahogany topped by a lively light frothy bubbly head. Fingers of lace persist.

Aroma is a blast of balsamic vinegar and oak, lots of cherry and a whiff of eucalyptus and plastic bandaid like phenols

The taste is like unripe strawberry and sour cherry juice drizzled with malt vinegar, very tart, slightly lemony with hints of cooked rhubarb. Finishes with an oaky dryness and a lingering prickly cactus and metallic aftertaste. Alcohol is only detectable once the beer approaches room temperature and the plastic bandaid of the aroma starts to show up more and more as well. It's sour without being puckering or acerbic in the least thanks to a mild malt backbone that definitely takes a backseat to the tartness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light and perfect for what's going on.

Overall a great sour, but you have to dig the style to appreciate it. Pricey at $14. But easy drinking; I polished off an entire bottle and I could easily have another.

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

750ml, bottled 2010, part of the LCBO release with different (classier) labeling.

Pours a ruddy, tawny cherry red with a finger of foamy head which dies to a very thin collar. Gorgeous color, really dark.

Nose reveals a light sweetness, cherry, woody funk, must, light sourness. The sweetness is alluring and secretive but there, the perfect foil for a sour.

The tart, lemony and sour cherry sourness hits you off the top and the meld into the body, a hefty malt base which gives a creamy, smooth mouthfeel and a pleasant sweetness - never syrupy; may seem as contradictory, but feels a little thin in the finish. Pinching, dry finish to balance out, notes of oak, apple cider, hints of vinegar but light.

Incredibly drinkable and balanced for a sour, could easily finish a 750 (I did), the ABV is nowhere to be seen. Wish this hadn't disappeared in the LCBO so quickly, it's not everyday there is a sour available at your local LCBO!

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a flute

looks like: A quick explanation would be that it looks like a very dark rose champagne with a little less pink. Beautiful cascading bubbles and just a bit of head around the edges of the flute, translucent amber/cherry in color.

smells like: Aromas of green apples, raspberries and white grapes. Not unlike a dry champagne on the nose.

Tastes like: Pleasant sourness across the board. A bit of lactic sourness, a bit of funky woody notes, even sourness that returns the thoughts of grapes, apples and sour berries. This beer is absolutely delicious.

Feels like: Quite dry, bubbly and medium in body, this beer reminds me of drinking a nice champagne. It's quite nice.

Well hot-damn! Those Italians made something that I actually like (kidding the Italians make lots of stuff I like :) This beer is tasty, approachable, sour and overall just delicious. I would suggest this beer to anyone who says they don't like beer but claims to like champagne. It's just a great thing really.

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

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy tawny with one finger of off-white head that disappears promptly.

S: Smells of sour apple, barnyard, vinegar.

T: Very tart fruit flavours; a little bit of bandaid flavour.

M: Mouthfeel is light and very fizzy.

D: Drinkability is pretty good for the style.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good on the LCBO for bringing in a sour.

Appearance wise this is a murky brown color with a nice, lively carbonated white head. It recedes to a cap of foam leaving some lacing down the side of the glass.

The smell is sour. There's some fruit in there as well though, strawberries mostly - and big yeasty barnyard funk. No lack of complexity.

The taste is similar. Sour. But underneath that are notes of fruit - green apples and strawberries mostly, and some yeasty funk again. I am totally missing out on the malts people have mentioned, or any hop presence either. This is sour through and through.

Mouthfeel is light and spritz thanks to aggresive carbonation. This is probably a good thing because if it was a coating beer it would be too sour.

Drinkability is surprisingly decent. I'm not a lover of things sour but this has some appeal. Not sure I'd drink them back to back mind you.

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Photo of kwjd
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad the LCBO in Ontario brought in a real sour. Pours a murky amber-brown colour with huge white head. Lots of lacing covers the glass, great head retention. Smells of oak, apple, with some fruity vinegar. Very sour flavour, I wasn't expecting it this sour for some reason, but quite nice. There is still a lot of sweetness too. Great carbonation level on this. I plan to buy a few more bottles before this runs out!

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a pretty beautiful beer. Not quite as sour as I had expected but certinally as dry and oaky, very wine like. There was a little bit of vinegar like flavor but the gorgeous eartiness saved it indeed. Throw in some fruit flavors like cherry perhaps a little plum and you've got it. This was great.

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Photo of Radome
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's difficult to tell the difference between all the varieties of this beer on BA. I think this is the one I had. It was labeled Batch #11, 2009. Reviewed in Jan 2011. Poured from 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Medium brown and clear, but not crystal clear. Very little head even on initial pour. Almost immediately it fades to a ring of single bubbles around the edge of the glass. If it wasn't for the steady streams of tiny carbonation bubbles that constantly rise through it, you could mistake it for iced tea.

S - The initial aroma is classic leather and horse blanket, mixed with sweet fruity notes like Juicy Fruit gum. As you breathe deeply you get some oak and smoke. Very complex and intriguing.

T - The taste is similar to the aroma. No real malt presence. This is all about the sourness, but it is not overpoweringly tart. There is some oaky, smoky wood in the background that rounds out the flavor. No hop bitterness or flavor, or alcohol notes.

M - The body is light and has a sparkling carbonation feel. No alcohol burn.

D - This is a very drinkable sour beer. It is not astringent or excessively "barnyardy". It has a nicely balanced fruitiness and sourness with some wood-aged complexity. Hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this, it was during a tasting that featured quite a few much more aggressive sours, so I decided to hold off on reviewing until I was able to try a glass on its own. Here we go:

Poured into a tall goblet. Has a semi-cloudy brown appearance; not quite crystal clear, but not murky either. No particulate matter noted. Foam isn't crazy-high, but does retain well.

The beer smells exactly as I would expect - lot of balsamic, and wood. A little rotting apple, cola, root beer as it warms. But mostly balsamic. Not sharply balsamic - it doesn't "smell sour" like a Cantillon lambic; it merely smells "tart." Minor plastic-y notes.

This is a very solid, uncompromising, straight down the middle Flanders Red. All the hallmarks of the style are here - balsamic tartness, little woody vanilla and that tough to describe leathery "cellar" character, green apple that shows sweet, briefly, even some minor flowery hop bitterness. No one component overly assertive, great sweet/tart balance and complexity. Reviewing to style, I feel very justified in awarding a 5.0. You can find American interpretations of the style that take the sour further, but that's not what I feel this is trying to be - I think this is supposed to be an attempt at a traditional Flanders Red, and to that end, its flavor is outstanding.

Sharply bubbled, though perhaps not near as quenching as a Rodenbach.

I think I can say with pretty fair certainty that most appreciators of this style would not have trouble taking care of this 750 on their own. It's going down pretty easily for me.

Oh, by the way, this is an '09. Expensive, but I say worth the odd purchase every now and again.

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Photo of trodersark
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle was from Batch #10 in 2009. Poured from a 750ML Bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Murky reddish brown, almost looked a bit unfiltered, when held to the light looked like an amber red.

Smell: Like previously stated, the smell was extremely complex. Definitely able to smell the brett, and the sour tart cherries. Exceptional smell. A little funky, but nothing out of the norm for a sour.

Taste: Pretty Sour, but not overly sour. You can definitely taste the fruit in there. Quite tangy. Leaves a nice taste in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent enough, not flat at all.

Drinkability: At 8%, I could drink this entire bottle very comfortably. Easy to drink.

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

Pour of a brownish amber with a healthy white head. Bottle appeared to have gushed at one time, but luckily I do not perceive any terribly off flavors that I can determine were from oxidation.

Aroma of sour green grapes, oak, and funk

Taste of sour ale / green grapes, lemon, flanders funk, and french oak flavors with a bit of horseblanket. There is an underlying spicy flavor that I think is cardamom that seems to up the complexity a little bit and is enjoyable. This is a pretty thin flanders red as many are and is representative of the style, light carbonation with some lacing.

Tasty sour ale, - I would like to try a more 'fresh' example as this was a 2007 release. Batch #8 bottle 1779.

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Panil Barriquée (Sour Version) from Panil
3.94 out of 5 based on 422 ratings.
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