Abbey Reserve
Parish Brewing Company

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #171
Ranked #19,906
4 | pDev: 13.25%
Parish Brewing Company
Louisiana, United States
Very Good
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from Parish Brewing Company, $10 at the counter.
Served in a Ghost In The Machine Teku I bought on the same day.

A licorice black with shades of purple here and there, with a tall khaki head of 2 fingers that recedes gradually to one and leaves sheets of lace behind.

Rich molasses and fruit cake waft up to the nostrils, with supplemental nuts, figs, prunes, caramel, apples, apricots, and a near perfect amount of oxidation.

Flavors of raisin bread, apricot, cashew, dried prune, caramel, molasses, barleywine-like oxidation, and finally delicate notes of bright crisp fuji apple on the close. It's best to let the palate reset and sip again, after about every three sips.

Feel is hot and destructive, with plural stickiness and dryness, lots of heat on this one still, high carbonation, with a very dry, crisp finish.

Overall, another criminally underrated stunner from Parish. You should see the Louisiana beer groups, they complain about all their local beer (don't all the groups?) - but I honestly don't know anyone who comes to the northern plains (outside of Wisconsin) for beer. I'd love to have Parish here in town, I'd never go home.

Friday at 05:51 AM
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bret27 from California

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of NolaHopHead.
This is 2019 port barrel aged version.
L: dark mahogany. A little red shines in the sun. Light brown head.
S: toffee, raisins, port, chocolate, leather.
T: Cherry, port, raisins, vanilla, oak. Little warming booziness. Trace of smoke and/or tobacco.
F: medium. Appropriate to style.
Overall: well done abbey ale, whether a quad or dark strong it tastes authentic.

Aug 23, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.13/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

2018 vintage.

Murky brown body. No head.

Vinegar, depleted maraschino, plum, dark malts. A bit saccharine.

Viscous and heavy.

A poor attempt at a Belgian quadrupel.


11/04/19: I'm ending up giving this an unexpected second chance from a 2018 vintage bottle. I hope I find it more appealing than the last time I had it on-draught...

Prune, plum, date...has a dry withered raisiny feel to it and the dark fruit notes bend more towards prune juice for elderly people instead of towards rustic Belgian monastery beers, which is to say this tastes kind of bad despite hiding its ABV decently. Overly sweet, with heavy residual sugars indicating poor attenuation (was Trappist yeast even used or did they cheat with Belgian dark ale?).

Caramel, bready malty sweetness, depleted cherry, vinous notes that aren't really pleasant, yeasty sediment/tannin...this is imbalanced and a bit of a chore to drink.

Appallingly poor fare from a brewery that might be Louisiana's best...I think they should stick to the IPA and stout game because this is a horrid try at a Belgian ale. Finishes on a stale woodsy flavour with lingering flavours of nursing home prune juice...this makes one wonder what might be next for Parish - a Milk of Magnesia Milk Stout?


Mar 20, 2019
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black color with a reddish hue. Small foamy head that quickly dissipates. Very mild retention with good lacing. Aroma of dark malts, candied sugar, dark fruits, and Belgian yeasts. Taste follows the same route. Very smooth bodied. Nice sweetness at the end. Mild carbonation. Definitely a good beer.

Feb 16, 2019
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RayCannata from Louisiana

3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2019 version (its different every year): in port barrels. No head at all. Very heavy, strong Belgian-style quad. Darker than most -- murky, almost black. At the start it is sweet. The finish is a little burnt and almost as much like a stout than most Belgian quads.

Jul 26, 2018
Abbey Reserve from Parish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 16 ratings