Central City / Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #23 – Vow of Silence Whiskey Barrel Aged


Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #23

Vow of Silence Whiskey Barrel Aged Belgian Strong – Parallel 49 Brewing Co., 10% ABV – 341ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

-The home stretch! 2nd last beer until I’m finally done with the 2015 calendar. And then back in time to finish the 2014 one.

on the front-left label:

“This Belgian strong ale is rich in history as well as flavour. Traditionally brewed by trappist monks far from the influence of the modern world, this complex ale starts with malty sweetness and finishes medium dry, with a touch of piety.”


  • Style: (whiskey barrel aged) Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Escalating sour tangy acidic fig whiskey toffee malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours translucent light copper brown without a significant head, very thin layer of micro retention, lots of steady streams.

Nose: whisky’d caramel malts, sourness (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: thick-half crisp/slick

Mid-palate: micro-fizzy, building sourness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) fig, toffee malt, alcoholic-tangy

Finish: acidic tangy, mildly pukey, off-dry woody sour finish.

Summary: Quite an odd flavour profile for a Belgian Strong – it kinda works, but the sourness is somewhat overbearing. ABV is well-hidden but I’m not sold on the flavour and acidity.