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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 26, 2013
750mL shared at Woodshop 8. Pours a murky deep brown, no foam. Essentially flat. But with the high abv, it actually produces some impressive alcohol legs. Nose is old barleywine, sherry oxidation, port wine, figs, raisins. Really nice. Taste is boozy, vanilla extract, lemon acid. Palate is vinous, but thin. Fully fermented way too much, no mouthfeel remains.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle share thanks to Chris, Big bourbon, vanilla, barrel notes. Taste is caramel, booze, light vanilla, flat, but great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5794) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2013
30/VIII/13 - 75cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - BB: n/a (2013-815) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy brown beer, no head. Aroma: lots of alcohol, vanilla, raisins, sugary, caramel, bit woody, red wine tannins, whiff of chocolate. MF: soft to no carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, alcohol burning a bit on the tongue, caramel, vanilla, dried fruits, sugary, little sourish. Aftertaste: more sourish, spicy, alcohol burn, wood bitterness, sugary still, some chocolate, lots of vanilla, sourish and an alcohol burn in the end. I like it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7323) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks again, Dan! Had never heard of this one before the tasting but a few others were pretty pumped about it so I guess I got in on a special one. It pours a cloudy, deep amber-mahogany with no head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, dates, oak, and cognac throughout. The flavor is basically a slightly weaker version of the same. Medium-bodied, with a warm, dry, flat mouthfeel because there is virtually no carbonation. Solid barley wine, but it could be better.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2013
75cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2013, thx to Secret Santa!, complex brew, alcoholic/woody and slightly fruity/sweet, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, good brew (with original label!), yet very expensive!, WOW!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (7598) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bomber shared by Jazz! Muddy brown pour, small head. A little flat, but lots of bourbon and cognac. Really nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Muddy brown no head. Nose is dried fruits, sticky, sweet, brandy, light vanilla, and chewy. Chewy palate, sweet malts, sweet fruits, sticky, wood, leather, greatness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ICEatALAMO (1095) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle. The pour looks flat and a nice copper color. The aroma has sweet booze, strong. The taste is a little hot, but a nice warm boozy drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2017) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2013
July 5, 2013 - bottle shared at Brett’s tasting. Muddy brown pour with almost no head. Aroma was caramel, cognac and dark fruit. Taste was very sweet, caramel, dark fruit and quite a bit of booze. Low carbonation, which I don’t mind, but a little more may have helped balance out the sticky sweetness. This was good, but overall a disappointment for me due to high expectations.

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
vtafro (4485) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle. Dark brune pour with no head or carbonation for that matter. Dark malts, and barrel aged aromas. Vanilla, maple, and bourbon tones still lacking carbonation body and flavor.


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