Vow Of Silence | Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada | website

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
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
67
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
16.07%
 
 
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4
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10
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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 67
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

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 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 chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml slope-shouldered bottle, with one disturbing looking, muzzled pudgy Cistercian monk depicted on the label. But what we have here is a Made in Canada Quad, with a rather cool name, so why the hell (sorry, from we of the laic bent) not?

This beer pours a hazy dark reddish amber hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, fairly creamy beige head, which leaves a few thin, but ambitious arches of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides. A rather slavish impression, thus far.

It smells of sweetly soused black orchard fruit - juicy plum and red grapes mostly - bready, pastry-inflected caramel malt, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, musty, overwhelmed earthy hops, and a twinge of edgy alcohol. The taste is sweet, rock-candy caramelized malt, muddled dark fruit, sassy Low Countries yeast, brown sugar, earthy, somewhat wet leafy hops, and a pretty sublimated booze warming.

The carbonation is as subdued in voice as the titular priest, the body a decent medium weight, and smooth enough to be a salve to any wound suffered by those cartoon holy men who may or may not have been harmed during the production of this beer. It finishes still well on the sweet side, moderated to a certain degree by the lingering yeast and offsetting fruitiness.

I didn't defer to trying this against the world beaters for the style, maybe I'll try that with another bottle, as this was definitely a deal, especially given the size format. Only then would I truly be able to weigh in on whether this is a BSDA, or indeed a veritable Quad, since Parallel 49 seem to proclaim the former in their presentation. Overall, this is a tasty, well made emulation, from my memories of Belgium data banks, and well worthy of a go if you happen to chance upon it.

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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 joemcgrath27
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of souvenirs
3.49/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Garrick's Head in Victoria.

A - Dark copper/amber colour. Almost opaque with a thin film of light brown head.

S - Huge banana bread aroma up front. Clove, dark caramel, spice.

T - Banana, clove and spice. A sweet bready presence with warming alcohol to provide some balance.

M - Medium body. Chewy. Moderate carbonation.

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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 metter98
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of LampertLand
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Parallel 49 'Vow of Silence' @ 9.8% , a BSDA from interesting looking 650 ml bottle with an angry looking monk on the label purchased for $7

A-pour is a clear amber , just wrong for a true quad , with a quick dissapating off white head leaving no lace along the goblet

S-hints of classic Belgian yeast and some dark fruits

T-sweet start due to the dark fruit , mild no wow factor until the booze warms

MF-somewhat smooth on the palate , low carbonation , medium body

Ov-strong beer , big beer , just not a good beer , one and done

sampled alongside Trappist Rochefort 10 , Trappist Westvleteren XII , and other true Belgian beer's recently

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Aggro
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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 dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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 zookerman182
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of LongRoad
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

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