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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks again, Dan! Had never heard of this one before the tasting but a few others were pretty pumped about it so I guess I got in on a special one. It pours a cloudy, deep amber-mahogany with no head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, dates, oak, and cognac throughout. The flavor is basically a slightly weaker version of the same. Medium-bodied, with a warm, dry, flat mouthfeel because there is virtually no carbonation. Solid barley wine, but it could be better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (2093) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to beerman6686. Pours a dark reddish brown with no head at all. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, plums, raisins. Taste is on the sweet side with a slight alcohol kick. No carb at all makes it feel thinner than it should.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2013
75cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2013, thx to Secret Santa!, complex brew, alcoholic/woody and slightly fruity/sweet, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, good brew (with original label!), yet very expensive!, WOW!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (5257) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2013
pours clear dark brown-reddish without a head. red fruits, brandy and cognac fruitiness - raisiny too, but also bourbon vanilla, booze, complex layers of caramel, along with butter notes, chocolate, caramelized nuts, tobacco and other oxidation notes. almost cloying red fruitiness. low to flat carbonation, medium body - syrupy, grassy-spicy short finish. complex but still is a let down..

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1899) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2013
Pours a dark brown with no head and looking completely still, really. Damn. Aroma is straight up boozy. Taste is alcohol also with some cloying caramel. Carbonation is really low, further harming this beer. Burning booze sensations and syrupy mouthfeel. OK

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3188) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is murky brown with essentially no head. Big dark fruits, slighty oxidized, brandy, caramelized sugars, figs, raisins, semi-roasty, and alcoholic aroma. Taste is sweet caramel, earthy, bourbon, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and nutty. Slick mouthfeel with no carbonation. Not bad, but the lack of carbonation really hurts it.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (3615) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). From jvillefan, thanks! Hazy dark brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma is boozy with cognac, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, port, raisins and oak. Taste is boozy with cognac, dark fruits, wood, caramel, burnt caramel, port and sweetness. Warming alcohol (not burning though, despite the abv). Full bodied. Flat. Liquorous. Complex, but the complete lack of carbonation is a bummer (just a little could help). Lack of refinement and finesse to be compared to a fine wine or liquor.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marheb (2824) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Je reconnais le profil Lost abbey en arôme, cognac, caramel, porto, bois grillé et un peu de raisins secs. En bouche le même éventail, le corps sans vie est liquoreux et transporte mal les saveurs complexes. Dommage.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9930) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (8705) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
Deep borubon notes, rich malt flavors, yet not a ingle bubble of carbon dioxide.


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