Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2010
750ml bottle, Riserva edition, 2008 vintage, batch #10, bottle #1881. Whew, that was a mouthful! I’ve had some bad experiences with Barriquée lately (namely lackluster recent batches and downright nasty aged batches), but any trepidation towards this version is immediately dispelled by the first enticing whiff. From the crystal clear, burgundy tinted body wafts notes of sour cherry, vinious oak, balsamic vinegar, and herbal, fresh tobacco leaf. Acidity is both lactic and acetic in nature, prominent and sharp overall, but not at all overpowering or off-putting (as other batches have been). In fact, there’s a decent amount of soft, fruity sweetness in the background that lessens the blow of the vinegar component a bit. All make easy work in fighting through a short, dissipating crown of khaki colored froth that gives little to no lace. The flavor is strikingly tart up front, as a good bit of the acetic nature shows through. Sour cherries, earthen, tannic, vinious red grapes, and wet, tart oak barrel prove complementary bedfellows. Clean, dry, caramelized grains and soft, foggy fruit notes provide just a hint of balancing sweetness, keeping this brew from going overboard with acidity. There’s a touch of herbal character too, and while faint, it does lend cohesive element of depth. Quite dry on the palate, though weighty for a Flemish sour, that crisp acidity and soft yet lively carbonation really shine. The finish is long and tart, drying out the tongue more and more with each sip, though a touch of coating residual sugar does remain. Overall, I found this to be a downright excellent example of a style that I love when done right, yet haven’t been impressed with in ages. It’s enough to make Dan Shelton cringe (and he imported it)! Excellent beer....on par with, or more likely, even better than the best batches of Rodenbach Grand Cru that I’ve ever had. I should note that this doesn’t seem like it will age all that well. I can see (and have experienced in older batches of the non-reserve version) that oxidation can really turn this for the worse. Get some now, as I feel I’ve caught this beauty at it’s peak. Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Reddish brown pour with a slight offwhite head.. Aroma is tart, pit fruit, some light yeasty funk, lightly medicinal in an inoffensive way. Mouthfeel is light and slightly syrupy. Flavor is more pit fruit, some berry tartness, and plenty of woody funk. Nice, much better than the regular sour. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Dark brown pour with richly hued magenta tints and a medium sized head. Aroma is much nicer than the original, with really good tart fruit and funk, and a touch of lactic sugar. The flavor is more berry and funk, with some nice wood notes. Palate is tart, dry, and nicely carbonated. oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Opaque reddish brown pour with a lively white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is tart berry and nectar fruits with lots of vinous notes and dark fruit lactic sourness. The flavor is dark fruit sourness with lots of funk and woody barrel notes. The palate is slippery, effervescent, full, and finishes dry. lefossoyeur (615) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
Dark reddish brown with a nice wite lace. Superb aromas, very complex, vinous, berries fruitiness, liqueur and a mild lactic, almost cakey notes. Medium body, mild tartness, creamy mouthfeel, lots of "fruit" in there, backed by some oak tannins in the finish. Very complex and intriguing beer that really lurks toward wine qualities. Loved it! Not cheap but defenitely worth the price.
Batch #10, bottle 1378
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010 drowland (9068) - Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Name: Panil Barriquee Riserva
Date: May 24, 2009
Source: Ticker Tasting
Appearance: hazy dark red, frothy off white head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: aroma of tart cherries and wood
Body: creamy body
Flavor: tart flavor is tempered, nice wood, fruity, long bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
Had at Rav Pig Thursday night of RBWG. The pour is brown/red. The aroma is yeast and must and the flavor is super sour with cherries and grain with plenty of oak and more. Good stuff!
smith4498 (3674) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2010
RBWG 2010. Vintage 2008, Batch #10, Bottle #1888. Pours clear copper color with white head. Sour, musty aroma. Flavor is moderately sour, but not mouth puckering sour. Earthy and woody. Light, crisp and refreshing. Excellent. travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. The look is light brown in color with an off white head. The smell is sour, tart, fruity, wood, and nice. The taste is tart, fruits, wood, and nice. hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Bottle (2008 - #1871) dregs… RBWG ‘10… Murky caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aroma offers red wine, wood, funk, big acidity and slight earthiness. Medium-bodied with laid-back carbonation. Caramely, tart, fruity flavor – black cherries. Finishes tangy, astringent, lightly bitter and then dry. Thanks to cmwillard for providing the bottle.