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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (5648) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Molasses, currant nose. Murky brown, headless. Molasses, cherry,apple, and currant. Full body, soft carbonation. Good balance and excellent texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tia (1734) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2015
bottle. Dark brown with no head. Smells dark fruity and dark bready. tastes like that dark bread they used to have at Steak & Ale with honey butter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle shared by stfuad at my 10K tasting. Thanks! Hazy dark purplish, head fades quickly. Aroma of heavy oxidation, toffee, whiskey. The taste is toffee, raisin, whiskey, chocolate. Medium bodied, mild booze, not bad for as old as st. fuad says it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21427) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle at Drake 10k tasting. Hazy to cloudy brown color, tan edge head. Aroma of dark fruit. Taste is rich boozy dates, sticky mouthfeel. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1459) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
May 4th, 2013 - Lost Abbey’s Sede Vacante was such an amazing beer that I could’t manage to tear myself away from the upturned glass long enough to write any notes. None. But I have faded but lingering memories of a powerful barleywine, with lots of booze, alcohol and a cognac burn, burning palate and esophagus as the outline of the people around me begins to blur. There’s oak, aloohol, and a thin top layer of vanilla, almost like a creme brûlée, but after the first sip, each additional one is another layer of paint on an already colored canvas. Intense, and definitely thick, this is a finisher, leaving too few unexhausted taste buds and too little traction behind for any brews to follow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tcon25 (624) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2015 Draft pour at brewery, absolutely amazing, one of the best beers I have ever had. Dark almost black pour, barrel aroma, such a smooth beer, I don?t have many words to describe this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11492) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Sample at the Badge-Whore Bowl (OSU vs AL) tasting on 01/01/2015. The beer is a hazy dark brown color with a minimal off-white head that disappears quickly to a sparse outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel and oak. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, dark fruit, oak and cognac. The finish is oaky and slightly vinous with a cognac aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7579) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2014
750, corked and baled. Thanks, J! What an amazing treat. Pours an opaque near-black mahogany. No head or lace. No carbonation. The usual LA. Big earthy sweet tobacco-y nose with tons of juicy cognac and brandy sparkling on the nose. Sticky thick flat body. Holds your lips together if you let it sit on ’em. The mid-palate rolls through every flavor you can think of in a barleywine, from leather and tobacco through peat and earth through roasty caramel, raisins, toffee, juicy vinous berries, vanilla, and oak. It’s hugely complex but infinitely subtle and harmonious at the same time--unveils itself at whatever pace you want to taste into it, showing the different surfaces of the flavor profile like an origami. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (6323) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2014
This one poured a murky ruby red to brown with a non existant head. Aroma was of figs, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee and chocolate. Flavor was nice blend of dark fruits, deep caramel, chocolate and barrel, like an even bigger angels share. Pretty good, just under carbed of course.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (3121) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to beerman6686. Pours a dark reddish brown with no head at all. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, plums, raisins. Taste is on the sweet side with a slight alcohol kick. No carb at all makes it feel thinner than it should.

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