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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5443) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6191) - Burnsville, 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4842) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ICEatALAMO (937) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1842) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
vtafro (3399) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
SudsMcDuff (5824) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2013
why yes, i’d love an overly boozy mess of a barleywine with no carbonation. thanks... utter garbage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4354) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Draft at the brewery. Pours a dark murky reddish brown, with little head. Very sweet, dark fruit, cognac, nice warming alcohol, toffee, light chocolate, plum, raisin, and oak. Tasty sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2234) - Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Bottle thanks to Hopscotch. Cloudy brown pour with absolutely no head. Mild brandy/cognac aromas. Uber sweet with luscious caramel, dark fruit, and velvety smooth booze notes. Very good mouthfeel. A little below the Mendoza line with regards to carbonation, but it works well with this barley wine. Solid body and balance. Bravo...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10914) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Predictably flat pour. Mahogany in color without much in the way of bubbles/head. Brown sugar, lots of cognac, vanilla, and graham cracker. Chocolate, dark fruit, oak, and some light alcohol. The flavor is incredibly rich. Toffee, caramel, and cognac. Big vanilla, lots of graham cracker, chocolate, and dark fruits. Thick and syrupy on the tongue.

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