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Vow Of Silence - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ericj551 on 02-15-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

IanSpindler, Aug 30, 2014
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4.02/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

CalgaryFMC, Aug 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

justinm4bama, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

GTB, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Ericbeech_87, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

rogerdandy, Jun 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Ken-Tapling, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Aggro, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

zookerman182, Apr 29, 2014
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3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

souvenirs, Apr 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

chickenm, Apr 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

canucklehead, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

ZachT, Mar 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

scameron, Mar 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Boozecamel, Feb 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

harpus, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

jbeervt, Nov 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

cbnz, Sep 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

fizzyted, Jul 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

andrenaline, Jul 06, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy deep ruby red, two fingers of tan head held its own well eventually settling at a consistent thin cover
S - big on ripe pear and mild cloves, touch of medicine phenol aroma on the tail end
T - big phenols up front, touch of pear syrup and some spices, finishes with sweetness of toffee and alcohol
M - medium body and very creamy, gets full through the middle with a touch of ABV bite
O - an ambitious undertaking from this brewer that is quickly becoming one of my new faves, not a traditional belgian but has its own character that is worth trying for sure

joemcgrath27, May 11, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a dark copper brown with two fingers of frothy cream head.

Smell - Belgian yeast, musty/earthy hops, dark fruits (ripe cherry and plum), caramel.

Taste - Strong Belgian yeast and earthy hops. Nice accompaniment with the dark fruits and a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with light carbonation. A little sweet and sticky feel.

Overall - A valiant first attempt at a BSDA by Parallel 49. Good flavours overall, but was hoping for something bolder.

leaddog, Apr 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

zduerr, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

LongRoad, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Coastal_Brew, Mar 24, 2013
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Vow Of Silence from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.