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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1690) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChinoSkillzian (181) - The LBC, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (13234) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4913) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnGalt1 (801) - , 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (1088) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
At Stephens House with Stephen, Aaron, and Dave. Pours murky toilet water orange. Aroma is big musky fig that is pretty nice, rounded caramel syrup, burnt sugar. Taste is caramel, burnt sugar, figs.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6688) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2014
750, corked and baled. Thanks, J! What an amazing treat. Pours an opaque near-black mahogany. No head or lace. No carbonation. The usual LA. Big earthy sweet tobacco-y nose with tons of juicy cognac and brandy sparkling on the nose. Sticky thick flat body. Holds your lips together if you let it sit on ’em. The mid-palate rolls through every flavor you can think of in a barleywine, from leather and tobacco through peat and earth through roasty caramel, raisins, toffee, juicy vinous berries, vanilla, and oak. It’s hugely complex but infinitely subtle and harmonious at the same time--unveils itself at whatever pace you want to taste into it, showing the different surfaces of the flavor profile like an origami. Wonderful beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9446) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (15910) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7248) - 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.


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