Vow Of Silence - Parallel 49 Brewing Company
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
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.
08-20-2014 23:33:45 | More by CalgaryFMC
British Columbia (Canada)
3.46/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
04-09-2014 03:24:42 | More by souvenirs
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
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
05-11-2013 02:54:49 | More by joemcgrath27
3.79/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
04-28-2013 02:31:08 | More by leaddog
Vow Of Silence from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.