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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ICEatALAMO (1038) - 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 (4967) - 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 (5303) - 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 (3982) - 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 (9744) - 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 (1156) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChinoSkillzian (172) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (11863) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4633) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnGalt1 (625) - , Idaho, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Shared this one tonight with some good friends... I received this in trade from the great trader jvillefan... Thanks a bunch Michael!! It was well received. Pours a fairly clear walnut brown.. no head and no bubbles and unfortunately no surprise. The nose is rich dark malts and plenty of fruity esters.... great barrel presence, but not overdone. Sweet and very rich maltiness... a light tannic oakiness helps cut through the pretty thick caramel maltiness... dark cherries and vanilla.. cigar wrapper tobacco.. later pours show more raisin and some light cocoa.. so very rich. I am so disappointed that there is no carbonation in this... A decent bubble would catapult this into the upper echelon of beers... I have absolutely NO idea how a brewery like LA can come so close to perfection and then fuck things up like no carbonation. Thanks again Michael... This tasted and smelled great... I would love to get another 1-2 of these to hang onto for posterity.

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