Panil Barriquée (Sour)

Panil Barriquée (Sour)

Rated 4.031 by BeerPals

Brewed by Birrificio Torrechiara

Langhirano, Italy

Style:  Flanders Red

8% Alcohol by Volume

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Suddenly beer-lovers here in the States are all a-titter over dark, sour, wood-aged ales. These complex, fruity-tasting beers, native to the Netherlands and Belgian Flanders, represent one of the oldest beer styles in the world. In their traditional form, these Sour Reds – also known as ‘Flemish Red’ or ‘Oud Bruin’ beers – are related to real lambic beers: a touch of wild yeast and bacteria coming from the wood give acidity, both lactic (sour) and acetic (vinegar). Trouble is, it’s become nearly impossible to find a true, traditional Sour Red, even in the place where the style was born. The spate of Sour Reds turning up here now leaves most drinkers crying in their beer. They’re too damned sweet! Crass commercialization has brought even the generally recognized ‘classics’ of the style to their knees. They’re pasteurized, and sometimes laced with sugar or artificial sweeteners to make them appealing to the less-discerning beer drinker. The traditional complexity, character, and dryness are missing in action. But now comes Panil Barriquée, and not a minute too soon. Barriquée is the only all-natural, traditionally-made example you will find today, and it comes from, of all places, Italy. This masterpiece is ‘triple-fermented.’ Primary fermentation is in stainless steel. The deep earthy, sour character results from three months of maturation in cognac barrels from Bordeaux, followed by re-fermentation and further aging in the bottle. Barriquée is not pasteurized or filtered, and no sweeteners are added, so it is uncompromisingly dry and complex, and endlessly interesting.

ID: 16657 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 18 years ago

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Overall Rank114
Overall Percentile99.8
Style Rank2 of 98
Style Percentile98
Lowest Score3.3
Highest Score4.7
Average Score4.128
Weighted Score4.031
Standard Deviation0.361

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  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.6 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Maybe I've kept this beer too long. Cloudy brownish/red pour. Head sucks, no lacing. Takes me half a bottle to get my taste buds around it. I enjoy sour/tart beer but have a hard time rating them. I can say though, by the time I'm finished I want more. Paired well with my Guinness cheese butty

  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    A bit pricy right off the bat. Shared this one with my better half. Pours a thick frothy creamy looking head and has a really dark amber appearance. Good lacing. Has aromas of mild cherries, sweet malts and resin hops. Flavours are of green apples, light mild spices, herbal and earthy hops. Very sour, tarty, especially in the finish. Faint carbonation. Chalky drying mouthfeel Much more bitter and sour than sweet. Not bad. This one's kind of all over the place and in your face. 750ml bottle is better when shared. :)

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    This wasn't even on my Wish List because I thought I'd never see it; Alas it was featured at Embrace The Funk Fest @ Yazoo Brewing. Win. Red brown pour with little head, some lacing. Tart and sour nose and flavors: red wine grapes, woodsy oak, tart berries, not overpoweringly vinegary or sour, more sweet, SweetTart - candyish, still ultra flavorful and rich. Long earthy funk linger. Wow. Just thankful that I got to try this one. Very very good.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    A pretty mild sour overall. No real depth to it considering the hype of the product description. The nose was dry but typical, no unique barnyard, just a bit of funky fruityness. Clean and bright flavor, not like enigma but still sort of fruity and easy drinking. Not bad but no way is it worth twenty bucks a bottle.

  • CYRENAICA 2408 reviews
    rated 4.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    750ml bottle
    8.0% ABV
    Queen's Quay LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
    March 23, 2012
    The beer pours a deep, semi-translucent copper colour with a very thin white head. Aroma is earthy funk, and tart cherries. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation. Flavour is sour funk, wood, and tart fruit. There is a definite vinegar tome to this sour.

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 4.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    2009 Batch #11 Bottle #1519. Pours deep brown red with a small white ringlet. Sour, funky, tart, oak, tangy goodness. Goes great with stinky cheese, although it has a smidge much worcestershire going on. Definitely reminds of the Duchesse too. Fun stuff.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Tradition deserves respect and this Flanders Red is a well put together masterpiece. Slight vinegar acidity leading into fermented fruits and a mouth puckering funky tartness. Amber brown body with a 3/4" lasting head. Light bodied and fairly sour. Along the lines of Rodenbach Grand Cru with a noticeable woody barrel and wine characteristic.

  • CHOPZ 6673 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Thought this was a wine for a second, in the beer section of the LCBO. Nope, it's simply a sour ale in a dark green wine bottle with some plastic around the cap and the content looking really dark. Pours a clean copper-amber colour with a big frothy off-white head that has decent retention and thick foamy lacing. Nice active carbonation of medium-size bubbles becoming smaller and smaller as it goes. Aromas of red apples, cherries, with some notes of sourness and tartiness. Quite a sour taste at first. Then fruity with some currant, cherries ending quickly with a little malt. The alcohol is totally hidden and the mouthfeel a bit thin. Nonetheless, refreshing at room temperature. A decent Flemish sour from Italy, which I was not expecting to be as good. Just lacking a longer finish, but gets better as it breathes, and gets hazy near the last pour.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    traditional flemisg aged for 3 months in cognac barrels?! nice. just a touch of wood, sweet and pepper from the barreling. otherwise very traditional sweet and sour. very sour when it first hits the mouth, but not so much during or after. i thought this one was quite good and on the back end of the better sours out there. about to have a Red Poppy and Framboise to get some perspective!!!

  • BEERCRONIC 895 reviews
    rated 4.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    Freaking Frog Nov 2008... the night of nights... this beer, Carolus Ambrio on tap, Ardbeg Uigeadail, competition grade Sake and then more beer...
    I think this ran me 20$ but I gotta say it was well worth it. This choice was a shot in the dark, really cause I had no idea what it was or even what style it was. The arrival of a 750ml bottle was not expected but very welcome. Deep brown beer awaits me and the first hint of aroma was amazing. Aromas of oak, wine, horsey barnyard stuff, over sour cherry, dark fruits, earth. Man, the aroma is just freaking killer. Peat, oak and very sour hits the taste buds first followed by a very woody and vinous dark middle, dark fruits and vanilla. I wrote down "This is great! Best sour ever!" That very well might be true. Medium sour after taste, leaves my mouth happy with the absence of alcohol.

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