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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
SudsMcDuff (6508) - .....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 (4773) - 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 (2773) - 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 (12286) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1145) - New York, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle, 05/09/2013. Oh, Lost Abbey. Pours with almost no carbonation, some latent haze bubbling to the surface after the pour, thin ring of lacing with boozy legs. Aroma has big vanilla, molasses notes,sweet fudge, brandy soaked fruit cake, tangerine, fruity cognac edge on the finish. Taste is up front brandy, sweet toffee, opening up into rich vanilla, thick dark caramel maltiness, chocolate, grape and cognac tingling on the tongue, Lots of flavors but the body a little too watery for me in the end to support this. Could have been really stellar with a bit more body and carbonation. As it is, like HotD Matt Light, which is still pretty decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChinoSkillzian (178) - The Hills, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Pours a murky brown with no head to speak of. Big notes of bourbon barrel, vanilla, and molasses but not as sweet. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, with flavors of maple syrup, brown spirits, and fig. Finishes long with some alcoholic heat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10041) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2013
Reddish brown pour, no head to speak of. Nearly flat. But in this beer it works and works very well. Tons of the barrel notes come through without being harsh, some nectarine/peach flavors, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla. This is really damn tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (8629) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
Deep borubon notes, rich malt flavors, yet not a ingle bubble of carbon dioxide.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
appgrad22 (29) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2013
This is an extremely good ale. Seems more like a barrel aged scotch ale. Sweet, earthy, and smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2013
Incredible aroma, appearance, taste (very bold but balanced), and warming mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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