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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2014
750ml bottle drank on new years eve. pours a dark hazy brown with zero head. Big brandy and oak aroma. taste is the same with lots of vanilla toffee cognac. great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (6329) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2014
This one poured a murky ruby red to brown with a non existant head. Aroma was of figs, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and toffee and chocolate. Flavor was nice blend of dark fruits, deep caramel, chocolate and barrel, like an even bigger angels share. Pretty good, just under carbed of course.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (5653) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ICEatALAMO (1302) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5248) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2013
30/VIII/13 - 75cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - BB: n/a (2013-815) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy brown beer, no head. Aroma: lots of alcohol, vanilla, raisins, sugary, caramel, bit woody, red wine tannins, whiff of chocolate. MF: soft to no carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, alcohol burning a bit on the tongue, caramel, vanilla, dried fruits, sugary, little sourish. Aftertaste: more sourish, spicy, alcohol burn, wood bitterness, sugary still, some chocolate, lots of vanilla, sourish and an alcohol burn in the end. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10041) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle thanks to Drew. Pours a cloudy brown with no head. Aroma is caramel and dark fruits. Medium mouthfeel with sweet roast and pecan and light booze finish. Very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10612) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle share at the Funky Buddha MBCP release party. Snifter. Pours a muddy brown pour with a thin rimmed white head. No lacing. The nose is first BOOZE! Man I thought I was going to be drinking a cognac or brandy. (Well close I guess.) Vanilla, malts, and dark fruits are present but the booze and wood barrel really dominate. The same with the taste. I really get the booze and barrel overwhelmingly. The vanilla, dark breads, and nuts are also present. Some spice. Medium-full body, low carbonation. I thought it was a very novel beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
May 4th, 2013 - Lost Abbey’s Sede Vacante was such an amazing beer that I could’t manage to tear myself away from the upturned glass long enough to write any notes. None. But I have faded but lingering memories of a powerful barleywine, with lots of booze, alcohol and a cognac burn, burning palate and esophagus as the outline of the people around me begins to blur. There’s oak, aloohol, and a thin top layer of vanilla, almost like a creme brûlée, but after the first sip, each additional one is another layer of paint on an already colored canvas. Intense, and definitely thick, this is a finisher, leaving too few unexhausted taste buds and too little traction behind for any brews to follow.

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