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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


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4.4
   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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (9209) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1655) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7180) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (7575) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (3542) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3507) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (4534) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tia (1218) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (15625) - Washington, Washington DC, 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.


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