msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Note: I’m not quite sure I am reviewing the right beer. My bottle is labeled "Panil Baririquee" but has the label of the bottle shown in the "Barriquee Reserve" post... )
The beer pours a gorgeous, muddled pink, almost like a fruited Berliner Weisse. It sits in the glass a regal, dark purple color with maroon and ruby hues. The beer pours with a head of miniscule, creamy white bubbles that form a pillow, and then quickly settles into a fat scrim around the beer. In body, the beer is dark and hazy, but clear of particles and cloudiness. On the nose, the beer smells of light vinegar, cherries, leather, and nearly vinous. Touches of grape and soft plum dance on the edges of the scent along with rich vanilla from the oak. The funky leather and cherry scents are earthy and rich with vinegar, which I adore, but they are also constrained and mellow. The nose of this beer revels in subtle complexity; it is funky, but not in a way that would kick your nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes tart with acidity, sweet with fruity malt, and bitter with oak tannin. The oak leaves a strange twinge to the pucker in your cheeks. The beer finishes dry and tannic. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet plum juice, tinged with tart cherry leather, this bulls head on into a wall of rich, oak tannin that blankets the middle of the sip, all but obliterating the fruity notes and bringing vanilla, earth and finally a touch of chocolate into play. Touches of grape juice and rich red wine can also be sensed in the start of the sip, while the finish is long and decadent with oak, vanilla, touches of tart grapes, and bitter herbal tannin. The aftertaste is hard to distinguish from the finish, as the beer has tremendous lasting power in the mouth. For all intents and purposes, the finish and the aftertaste are the same. In body, the beer is on the light side of medium, with a middling carbonation that gives a nice pillow to the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth, if a bit watery, providing superb drinkability until the beer hits the back of the palate. In the back, the tannin does touch with a quick bite of astringency, but this quickly fades to just leave a bit of tightness in the tongue. The mouth is left slightly dry, with just a touch of saliva oozing in to cancel the lingering acidity of the beer. Overall, this is yet another superb Flanders Red. This particular beer revels in the rich character it gained from unique Bordeaux cognac barrels. Admittedly, I have not drank a lot of cognac from Bordeaux (I thought Cognac could only be made in a region surrounding the town of Cognac?) but I think an experienced Cognac drinker would definitely find subtle hints within this beer reminiscent of that drink. This is a Flanders Red of subtle intrigue and beauty, like a fine red wine. It unfurled on my tongue like a puzzle, and I very much enjoyed that. My chief complaint with the beer comes from its thinness. I want my Flanders Reds to be medium bodied, and this one is just a little too far below this bench mark for me. It is superbly drinkable, but loses a little oomf. The beer’s tannic structure also allows it to grip the mouth quite nicely, and provides some amazing complexities, though it is a little too raw for my personal tastes. In the end though, it’s a great Flanders red.
paologalloni (165) - ITALY - FEB 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottiglia del 2012. non so se fatta da losi o dal nuovo birraio. Comq ottimi gli aromi ciliegia e tamarindo. un aroma di legnoo e dicantina che lo rendono particolarmente vinosa. Il sapore è quello del vino senza solfiti (vinbo del contadino) tornano le ciliege sottospirito. Ottima ed elegantissiama. Fantastica per gli aperitivi e i brindisi
djd07 (10002) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 16 2012. Pours a dark amber with small off white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is oak and dark fruits. Medium mouthfeel with plum, figs, oak, and light tart finish. Good.
Marduk (6324) - Reval, ESTONIA - FEB 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Hazy copper color. No head. Almonds, peanuts, earthy, sour, woody, yarrow in aroma. Herbal, yarrow, mint, earthy sour taste. At some point I get dark chocolate as well (just for a millisecond or three). Although I can’t taste alcohol sense of strength is there. Nice one.
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle (Alvinne Webshop)
Slightly vegetal, artichokey, dusty and nutty - chestnutty, hint of mint spearmint, but dust too dominant. Gentle carbonation, a bit watery. Yup, chalky mint. Simple red ale body, very little sourness. Very disappointing. More herbal and again minty later. Does cover the 8% well, but that’s about as positive as I can be.
Lectvay (191) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled labeled 2007. Been holding on to this one for a while, and started to get worried it might be deteriorating. Nothing to worried about. Delicious. A little bit, spicy, peppery, funky horse blanket type wild flavors, tastefully balanced.
VinegarStroke (381) - Napa, Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml): Hazy, brown and no head. Malty, old oak, sour, lactic, sour red fruit, rhubarb and hints of citrus. Dry, moderate to highly sour and low bitterness. Unripe fruit and citrus. Clean, lactic. Not bretty. Layers, food friendly.
Very interesting. Amazing cleanliness for an extremely sour beer.
veronneaupy (241) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bière légèrement effervescente qui laisse la place à un goût boisé qui perdure en bouche. Le goût surette n'est pas agressif et est accessible à tous. À l'œil, on perçoit une bière trouble et ambrée qui remplie les promesses du brasseur.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Buongiorgio00 (934) - - JAN 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Birra commovente, a cui davvero non manca nulla. Gusto molto ricco e complesso, che evoca spiriti caramellati e fruttati insieme, il tutto legato da una forte presenza vinosa e decisamente acida che ammalia il palato, persistente e penetrante. Corpo setoso che scivola già senza che ci si accorga degli otto gradicelli anonimi. S-p-e-t-t-a-c-o-l-a-r-e.
canary dog (743) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yowza! Okay, we have a strong oak barreled nose, reminiscent of an American bourbon. Then we have ripe, fruity tartness...enticingly sour, followed by a dry, lingering bitterness that is subtle but also tannic and quite wine-like. Old beer envelopes the mouth and nose. The mouthfeel is tremendous, like a slick or velvet or oily characteristic. Full and lush and yummy mouthfeel. This is an incredibly delicious and complex brew. I loved every sip and felt like I had gone on a wonderful journey with this 750ml bottle, as I watched Wolverine on Blu-ray. An outstanding beverage and I can’t wait to slowly consume this stuff again!!