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Vow Of Silence - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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86
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ericj551 on 02-15-2013

A Belgian-style dark strong ale that showcases notes of stone fruits and raisins. Dark amber in colour with a higher carbonation to keep the beer from feeling to heavy.
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 13
Photo of --weezl--
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorite beers, i always grab several bombers when i see it in stores again!

Photo of Kmat10
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Walruzuma
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on the 'discount' rack at the local beer mecca. What a pleasant $5 surprise! It poured much darker than I anticipated with minimal head. Its style is labeled rather generically as 'Belgian Style Ale', but I would say it's actually a pretty accurate description. It has the malty-spicy character that is the Belgian Ale backbone. None of the flavors stepped out of line in a memorable way... which is actually a good thing! This was even more surprising when I read the ingredient listing which includes 'Belgian Candy Sugar'. This was surprising since the 9.8% ABV was deceptively hidden. It didn't have that raw alcohol taste I associate with the fermentation of non-malt sugars. If this were available regularly (my guess is it was on the discount rack for a reason) I would consider it if I was in the mood for that Belgian flavor, but didn't want to be fussy about it.

Photo of Huffs
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjyost
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Madbockman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of iain_reeve
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%

650 ml bomber poured into a tulip glass. A cloudy reddish brown with around a quarter inch of latte colored head. On the nose I am getting a burst of dark fruit, raisins and plums, caramels, cloves, and root beer, with a whiff of grassy hops. Palate is similarly dark fruit and candy sugar driven, sweet with a decent but not unpleasantly hot alcohol burn. A pleasing toffee and molasses undercurrent emerges along with some chocolate/coconut candy bar and peanut. More malt body than many Trappist-type brews, thicker and with more heft although still nicely drinkable. Carbonation hangs out just to the left of high. Booziness increases over the course of a pint and warms the belly nicely. A tinge of sour bramble fruit coming on late. Finish is an interesting blend of floral/medicinal elements and persistent chocolate brownie. Although this brewery can lose me a little at times (looking at you, Salty Scot), here they execute something true to style but with its own unique charms that yields enough complexity to be worthy of a mindful tasting session but that still manages to to yield just a flat out enjoyable drinking experience without the need for too much analysis. Who really knows what differentiates a Quad from a BSD, but if you want my take, this sucker is an even number all the way.
Postscript: This seems to age rather well.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of GTB
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rogerdandy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Ken-Tapling
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Aggro
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of zookerman182
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of souvenirs
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy chestnut with minimal head. Smells of cloves, malted grain, and plum. It definitely tastes like it's almost 10% alcohol. Other than that, I'm picking up dark, rich fruit flavours. Medium-bodied with heat from the alcohol.

Overall? Well, I don't hate it, but I wouldn't get it again.

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ZachT
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Vow Of Silence from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.