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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DrDrinkAll420 (9) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2013 does not count
another great creation of "mixing it up" along with Extremely Rare..... dark amber in color, huge boozy smell of Brandy and Cognac , Thick bodied , notes of vanilla and hazelnut stick to you’re tongue long after tasting ....not to Overwhelming for a 15%er , great to enjoy now but will most Def Age well. a Beer i must say even the Pope would Choose..! Cheers

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tcon25 (570) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2015 Draft pour at brewery, absolutely amazing, one of the best beers I have ever had. Dark almost black pour, barrel aroma, such a smooth beer, I don?t have many words to describe this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - APR 17, 2013
Bottle shared with friends. This bottle was an absolute treat! The mix of cognac and brandy flavors really compliment each other. There was actually a smooth chocolate type flavor happening as well. Hope I get to try this again.

   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10847) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3326) - 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - MAR 26, 2013
bottle and draft day of release i will say the bottle was room tempt and it was very bozey shared from taster thanks denver. i will rate the draft it poured a auburn red brown no head very murky nose was leather basement resin and booooze very bozey taste was nice carmel vanilla slight hop backend dark skin cherries even a little smokey great beer good job...

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3737) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - 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.

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