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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (20228) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (15444) - Dublin, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (12863) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11500) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (11034) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11021) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (10861) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
Deep borubon notes, rich malt flavors, yet not a ingle bubble of carbon dioxide.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10828) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Murky brown pour with no head. The nose is a fantastic intermingling of dried fruits, raisins, brown sugar, bourbon and a light molasses note. Full-bodied and downright chewy with almost zero carbonation. The flavor consists of boozy brandy, seared caramel, mocha and a light note of butterscotch. Roasty-sweet finish with a butterscotch aftertaste that lingers. Many thanks to richiesd for providing this world class brew!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10427) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle @ Steve_0’s house, thanks to Stephen. Pours a murky brown appearance with little head. A bit smoky, leathery, goopy caramel, fig, dark grape aroma. Very dull carbonation. Brown sugar, dark grape, caramel, Skör / toffee flavor. Booze is somewhat smooth. Flavor is ok but the carbonation is fucked. Pretty decent.


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