Review of Panil Divina (Barrel Aged)

10 Sep

Hello everyone.  It’s time for another craft beer review and today I’m going to be trying the barrel aged Panil Divina made by the Panil Brewery located in Torrechiara, Italy.

I’ve only had one other beer from Panil (the Barrique Sour) and I thought it was very solid, so I have fairly high hopes for this particular brew.

The website,, was not functioning properly, so once again we are just going to have to pour this thing and decide for ourselves what this beer is all about.

This was from Batch #1, bottle #954.  You ready?  I am.


This beverage came in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 6.5%.

It poured a hazy, orangish/yellow color.  The crown was white and sized well.  The texture was soapy, soft and semi-fizzy. The retention time was ok and the lacing was just ok as well.  I was hoping for a better aesthetic appeal, but oh well.

The aroma released a nice bit of sourness and funkiness.  Hints of lemon pith and a bit of apple intermingled with freshly cut lumber and soured grapes.  I received a very odd and puzzling gun powder aroma too.  I can’t say that I’ve ever smelled anything quite like that before.  It wasn’t necessarily bad, just very unique.

The taste expelled a nice shot of sourness right off the bat in the form of red apple and white grape.  Again, a pleasant savor of woodiness was exposed, however toward the end I started to detect a plastic type of flavor that became a wee bit distracting.  Hmm.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Mostly smooth, but crisp at the same time.  It was dry and just a touch of warmth was felt from the alcohol.  The carbonation was of medium strength and a pretty good dose of flavor was left behind after each gulp for me to enjoy between sips.

Truthfully, I was a little disappointed in this beer.  It came highly recommend from my bottle shop, yet that weird plastic taste and gun powder aroma really became more intense as I worked my way through the bottle and I don’t necessarily think those are characteristics that I want to continually be reminded of when enjoying a beer. It could have just been me though. There were some pleasant attributes however, so I’d still say give the barrel aged Panil Divina a try just to see what your opinion of it is. You may obtain an excellent bottle and be totally blown away by it.  If so, leave me a comment and tell me of your experience.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.5 out of 5

Grade:  B-

1 Comment

Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Country: Italy, Panil


One response to “Review of Panil Divina (Barrel Aged)

  1. properpour

    September 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Reblogged this on Proper_Pour.


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