VinegarStroke (270) - Napa, California, 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.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle thanks to hey_kevin for this one. pours a very deep ruby red with a thin ring of white bubbles. aroma is sour but not as strong as i would have thought. there is also some malt and just a hint of oak. taste is sour sweet and dry. there seems to be just a hint toward some kind of fruit. mouthfeel is syrupy and eventually dry. damn fine brew. thanks kevin!
dankman (253) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a reddish copper with a very small head. Smells sour with a goodly amount of funk kicked in. The flavor is mildly sour and a bit too watery for my tastes, there were the oaky accents but they really didn’t grab my attention much. Finishes crisp and clean. Not bad but far from my favorite sour, it lacks the tartness I desire in this style.
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - DEC 17, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Living in Italy has some advantages!Very
particoular beer,fermented in barrique.Deep red, brown pour, sour cherry and wood aroma.
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 The foreboding nearly purple hue of Panil Barriquée glinted a rusty red in my trappist glass, a somewhat haunting presage that the thin beige film sitting above could not alleviate. On the nose, however, a far more vibrant and stimulating ambience emerge. The opulent aroma of dark caramel fuses with the succulent grape juice, vanilla, sour cherries and apple fragrances. As ostentatious as every Italian I have known, this Flemish Sour evolves an equally pugnacious character on the tongue. Grapefruit, lemon, cherries, berries, and apple juice all lend to the profuse acerbity and bitterness that obliterates on the first sip, and persists until the very last. The palate lacks a balancing sweetness that might assuage some of the puckering without erasing the subtle complexity. Sourness is not unpleasant and is a quality I do enjoy, but the Barriquée in my opinion demands a little more aging before the sharp flavors becomes more rounded and enjoyable. Vedremo, as they say...
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dirty amber pour with a nice head. nice inviting tart funk aroma. sour up front but mellows and dries. slight acidity in the finsih. medium mouthfeel. wonderfully drinkable and the alcohol is noon-existant.
Spookgolds (241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Jeff for Christmas. Pours a reddish tea color with a nice white head. Aroma and tasteof sourness/tart red grapes. This is awesome. I really like sour ales.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Vintage. Batch 10 Bottle #731. Pours a reddish chestnut color with very little froth. Solid nose with oak, vinegar and cherry notes. Flavor is similar, but the wood character is a bit more subdued. I definitely get substantially more of the acetic or balsamic vinegar flavor than the sour lacto flavor. The cherries are prominent towards the end of the sip. Carbonation is medium and the palate is slightly thin. Ends on a long, dry and mildly sour note. Overall this is an excellent beer and could be considered a session beer for a Flemish Red style in that it isn’t too extreme. For my personal preference I’d much rather have a La Folie or another Flemish Red with a stronger lacto addition and more sour flavor. The other drawback for this one is that its a bit taxing on the wallet and doesn’t really stand out as exceptionally unique.
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 8 from 2007. Pours a fairly dark but largely transparent red with a small white head. Sediment and a relatively lively carbonation are apparent on the pour. Nose is a bit of vinegar and red wine; nice, but perhaps not quite as strong as you get from some similar sours. The flavor is sour with some twangy vinegar funk and a bit of candied sweetness on the tale end. Honestly, I’d prefer something with a bit more sourness, as it isn’t quite as biting as you can find elsewhere in the style. Perhaps I waited a bit too long to drink this for my taste. Also, the mouthfeel is a bit light for me. The carbonation seems to fade relatively quickly, and you’re left with a bit of a thin consistency. Still, a solid offering that I’m glad I tried, even if, in the future, I’ll continue to spend half as much for Rodenbach’s Grand Cru.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle 2005. Very interesting. Reddish brown body with almost no head. Aroma of yeast, wheat, wine, some fruit, maybe lemons and apricots. Flavor is very vinous. I tasted vinegar and white wine, quite tasty. Seems almost more like wine than beer.