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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Panil Barriquée (Sour) Review


I know what you are thinking - "Is this wine, or beer?" Well, in this case, it is beer. I have been seeing many bottles of beer that look line wine, but takes the prize, and at $14 per pop, it sure sells for as much as a bottle of wine and not a cheap one. Panil is one of the spring 2011 LCBO releases and one of the last ones I bought but had to put ahead of the queue due to its looks.

The beer has a unique dark, hazy color with purple/red hues. It pours with a medium thick, moderately creamy head which recedes to a thin layer with a ring. The aroma is sour and a bit pungent with cherries, plums and hints of malt. The taste is similar - tart with a strong fruit influence, cherries, berries and plums. Some malt is present, but takes a backseat to the fruits. The finish is very refreshing - sour with a lot of fruits, which evolves into an even fruitier one with time. If you can get past the slightly pungent aroma, the beer is great and refreshing. The 8% ABV is completely masked and can only be felt, not tasted.

Scores:
Cost - $14 for a 750 mL bottle
Taste - 8.3/10
ABV - 8%

Overall - 8.4/10...I feel like giving it an extra 0.1 for the excellent finish

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