Panil Raphael | Panil

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Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Phyl21ca on 12-16-2010

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by cbilek06:
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4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label states "Oak Aged Red Ale" and "Spontaneously Fermented" so I automatically thought this must be a Flanders Red. I was wrong, but I do not regret the purchase.

A: Lots of foam. Tight bubbles stacked right on top of each other. This looks and pours like a Belgian. Golden, cloudy, definitely not red.

S: Outstanding. Greatfruit, floral, oak.

T: Outstanding. This is sour, but not knock your socks off sour. Don't really taste any vinegar. Malt gives this a nice sweetness to balance. Oak gives this a nice finish.

M: Light-bodied, carbonation tingling in my mouth.

O: I enjoyed this beer. It was pleasantly sour, being a good candidate to introduce someone new to sours. I would absolutely drink this been again if it weren't for the price tag.

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Photo of acurtis
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled April/2010. From private Quebec buying group.A fresh yeast aroma, with some funk. Somewhat gushing, prewarning enabled us to treat my weeds. Cloudy orange with large soapy head. A good tartness,though builds to somewhat vinegar with repeated samples, licorice, grape. Good drinkability. Nice for the hotter weather. Neat complexity-Johnsense. Oak rounds it out.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance - Big off white head. Fluffy and pillowy. Can't really see the body.

Smell - Weird. Bright woody aroma. Lemony. Hay. Musty.

Taste - Vinous flavors. Woody as hell. Some caramel malts. Sour up front. Drops off leaving a light mustiness and a slight chemical flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium high carbonation. Moderate sourness. Medium body.

Overall - It grew on me. Chemical flavor dropped off.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of bccocx
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear very light copper veering on yellow color beer with a super large white foamy head with perfect retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of tart notes without much acidity and light sweet malt base is perceptible. Taste is dominated by refreshing tart notes and lightly sweet caramel malt with light oak and not very much acidity makes for a refreshing drink. Body is full for style with perfect carbonation. Very interesting though nothing close to a barley wine.

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Photo of Mike
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of G-Hawk
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of macher0
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a foamer. Non aggressive pour into a tulip yielded a huge white frothy head. It very slowly retreated. A rosey-amber color. Fragrances of neutral oak, sour yeast, sour bacteria, flowers, and a little metallic. The taste follows the nose and unfortunately the metallic notes are present. High carbonation, light bodied, and smooth as silk. As far the grading metrics go this ale is all over the place. A great sour, especially when paired with a nice meal but the fact that it's a foamer is hard to get around. I will pass in the future unless it's on tap and they deal with the suds.

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Photo of Get_Lowell
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into 4oz tasting glass. Bottle #3040 of 2013 Batch #1.

A: Pours with cloudy amber hue, super foamy, massive cloud-like head lingers for awhile, foam never really dissipates

S: Lots of funk on the nose intermingled with oak, fairly pungent

T: Lots of oak with a fruity sweetness on the finish. Tartness lingers on the palate after all is said and done

M: Thick and frothy, almost a buttery feel at times

O: I read about Panil in Italy: Beer Country and was excited to try a sour from the famed brewery. Especially since this was the last batch that their head brewer worked on before mysteriously disappearing. I think its good but falls short of what I had hoped given the wildly unconvential brewing practices implemented by the brewery.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Raziel313
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of edwilliams
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of dbrese
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Apart from a nice mouthfeel, amazing head retention, balanced acidity, and some lovely aromatics from the wild yeast, this beer was like drinking dirty pool water that was used for a very infected beginner homebrew. I would not buy this again. This beer is proof that spontaneous fermentation can be very tricky and not all batches should be bottled/sold.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 1. 2013 vintage. Bottle # 3741.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, fruit, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, funk, and chlorine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a nice smell, but the chlorine flavor I am getting is odd.

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Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of PalatePilot
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

Photo of SierraFlight
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

From the bottle poured into a tulip for #bottlecherwednesdays at Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach. Coppery with a tall white head, quite foamy and significant lacing. Aroma is oak, red grape skin, vinegar sourness, and fruity tartness. Taste is medium tartness followed by light sweetness. There’s a touch of woody bitterness in the finish. Medium body, slick texture, fizzy carbonation, and a dry finish.

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Photo of stcules
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer with coppery and amber color with a good foam, not overdone, but thin and compact.
Spontaneous fermentation beer (or almost), striking with scents really characterized, by the white grape to the wood, by the acid to citric.
At the taste, after an initial effect of the malt, you can feel a good woody, and an acid of an evident drying that is mixed well with a slight hint of sour fruit (plum we presume). Obviously the classic scent of grapes and "wine" is present, as in all (or most) of the beers created by Renzo Losi. In the aftertaste you are able to detect even a touch of licorice (in stick), as well as a slight bitter in confirmation of a good balance.
Beer a little hard and particular, as many Panil beer, so you may not like it, but it would be a shame to give up a taste.

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Photo of thufflife
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of parris
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Panil Raphael from Panil
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 25 ratings