Vow Of Silence | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
parallel49brewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ericj551 on 02-15-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
8.67%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of jzlyo
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is caramel malts/liqueur and a good hint of raisin bread. The flavor is caramel malts/liqueur, fruit/dark fruit and a slightly cloying/alcoholic finish.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-ruby color with a fingers worth of khaki colored head that leaves a thin layer of lacing around the top

S-plums and other dark fruits, caramel, yeast, and light spices

T-caramel backbone, dark fruits, brown sugar, light banana, yeast, and spices

M-medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall tastes more like a Quad than a BSDA, but overall nice amounts of caramel and dark fruits with just a light amount of alcohol warming

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shaunmac16
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BCborn
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BcCraft710
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Svingjo
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper colour that leans to the red side white a thick white head that has okay retention lining the edges of the glass. There is a slight yeastiness to the nose, along with some spices and a caramel maltiness. Spices take the forefront of the taste along with a burnt dark sugar maltiness. There is an earthy hop and bitterness that finishes the flavour. There is a mild alcohol burn but that is to be expected with a 9.8% ABV and it doesn't overpower the medium mouthfeel. A tasty little beer.

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Photo of starclimber
4.91/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh deary me. Those poor Belgian monks, equaled or bettered by mere Canucks on their home turf.
You pour out what looks to be cognac and catch the scent of Liege by way of Antwerp. A nostril massaging ester party opens up your pleasure centre, so you slump into your chair because you have a good feeling about this one. The stemless Bordeaux glass cries 'au revoir!' to the unhead that lingers not but for scattered wispy islands and a thin circumferential atoll. A clamourous butter toffee aroma wells up as you move in for the slurp, and then you.are.done. Addicted in one sip. The smoothest, butteriest, just hoppiest enough treat I've had in the last few years. GET SOME.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

9.8% abv, 25 ibu, 650ml bottle.
A - clear cooper color, with thin almost no head.
S - floral, raisin, dried fruit, banana, caramel, toffee, malt sweetness, buttery.
T - well carbonated, yet smooth sticky big syrup body. sweetness coated tongue, banana, finish with bit bitterness, and some kinda citrus refreshness. alcohol hidden really well, u wouldnt know its 9.8% abv!! intense flavor punch, complex, dry, but ran out fast, left with fruity after taste.
O - "Belgium candy" added, really big boozy beer, delish. taste like ice-bock, sweet,banana, toffee, enjoyed the massive flavors lingering, sticky and strong, little bit malt. good value on a 9.8% beer. worth to try, good value.

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Photo of Long813
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FadetoBock
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kenmac19
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of imfinished
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one was quite intriguing from the first smell. There is definitely a lot going on here and I am far from qualified to understand it all. After some thought, I realized the taste that was sticking out to me was a sort of buttery flavour. Which is strange and pretty cool. Over all, a very tasty and unique beer.

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Photo of likeablepaper
4.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

large format bottle

Pours dark ruddy ruby brown, dark khaki head, leaves some thin strands and spots of lace.

On the nose its all bananas, yeast, dark sugars, caramel, ripe fruits, booze

This is a a full flavor and full attitude dark Belgian ale...more of everything above, plus figs, plums, raisins, decadent rum cake, cola, ...well past complex. Quality night capper

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Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Latarnik
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mantooth
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This Belgian dark ale pours a nice malty-amber with a well carbonated fluffy white head. The nose is malty and sweet, bruised fruits and raisins and the taste follows suit - the candy sugar is present but doesn't overwhelm and the 9.8% ABV is very well hidden, making this a dangerous brew. Overall a solid Belgian style dark ale. I bought two - setting one back a spell to see what she does. Cheers!

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of --weezl--
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

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Photo of Kmat10
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Walruzuma
3.41/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Huffs
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjyost
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Vow Of Silence from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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