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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Sede Vacante is a blend of Barleywine aged in Cognac barrels and Brandy barrel-aged Angel’s Share and at packaging came in at 15% abv. A contemplative beer with substantial depth, Sede Vacante imparts tones of dark fruit and vanilla, with a warming finish from the Cognac. The strongest beer to emerge from The Lost Abbey, portions of the beer spent almost 5 years in a barrel. Sede Vacante can be enjoyed immediately or cellared till the next Papal Conclave, however long that may be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (4312) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2016
Bottle. Lots of booze. Light vanilla. Taste is all syrup and flat. No bubbles. Overall decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sarlacc83 (1952) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle. Thanks! A: Aggressive pour yields a pitch black body with a cappuccino head - that quickly yields to gravity. Legs. N: Brandy, wine grape, cocoa, leather, tobacco, burnt brown sugar, char, big raisin and prune. Cherry and cognac in the back. T: Very very sweet but only a touch cloying. M: Dense oily body with a light, light touch of carbonation. Huge alcohol. O: Decent Strong Ale. Or whatever this is. I don?t know if I can properly rate a cognac beer as I am not a huge cognac fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2769) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Draft at Monks. Very murky, nearly opaque chestnut brown pour with a quickly dissipating beige head. Tastes notably different from the other Lost Abbey dark brews. Supposedly a mix of Cognac/Brandy barrel aged Angels Share it presents some unexpected notes over the chocolate/toffee/coffee/vanilla/liquorice/dark fruit base. Flavors like persimmon, starfruit, green tomatoes, elephant ear mushrooms, olives, pimentos, and garlic shoots. The 15% ABV is very well hidden. Not my favorite but quite extraordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichTheVillan (6792) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2015
Crooked Stave Tasting Night; dark chestnut with beige head, aroma has strong malts and dark fruits, some oxidisation, taste has treacle, big alcohol, fierce dark fruits, road tar, overages.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (14649) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2015
750mL bottle, pours a murky dark mahogany with a tiny head. Nose is complex, with dark fruits, slight oxidation and a little wood. Flavour is quite boozy, with caramel, wood, alcohol and varnish. Fairly perfumey on the finish, but very well balanced. Overrated due to rarity but very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (2422) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2015
Muddy brown with pretty much no head. Aroma is raisins, fig, dates, cognac. Full bodied, sweet on the palate with a fruity background. Taste is raisins, dates, caramel, cognac. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8450) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2015
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a medium white head. A big sour woody fruity nose. The flavor is pure sweet rich malty port goodness. Huge. Awesome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (12890) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle - Dark malts, some sweet toffee and booze. Cloudy brown with a small head. Sweet, malty and a long boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (6099) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 20, 2015
750ml bottle pours out cola color with no head. Nose is bourbon barrel vanilla booze and lots of sweetness. Taste is more of the sweetness caramel toffee honey oak vanilla barrel bourbon and plenty booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Drake’s 10k, always happy to try something from Lost Abbey. This one was a favorite for me. Dark brown, no head. Aroma of sour bread. Tia compared it to the brown bread that they used to have at Steak and Ale, and that was dead on to me. Liquid bread, yummy, hint of molasses. 15% was incredibly well hidden. Nicely done.

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