Sede Vacante - The Lost Abbey
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4.18/5 rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-23-2013 04:16:45 | More by JohnGalt1
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to a great trader for hooking me up. Pours a very dark brown color with hardly any head...mostly just bubbles. Tan colored bubbles. The scent is packed with oak and vanilla. A good amount of booze and cognac. More cognac than brandy in my opinion. Sweet molasses and brown sugar with some dark fruit. More oak with subtle cherry aromas. Taste is VERY sweet at first. Sweet brandy and cognac with raisins and other dark fruits. I totally get the Angel's Share, but much more complex. The brandy comes through more in the taste, where the cognac is more in the aroma. Lots of oak and vanilla in the flavor as well. Sweet and boozy. Definitely a sipper. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit syrupy. No carbonation... a bit would to this beer some good. However, stillness works for this one. Drinkability is high, as long as you sip slowly. Overall, very similar to Brandy Angel's Share, but much better and more complex.
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2013 05:53:36 | More by DovaliHops
Sede Vacante from The Lost Abbey
92 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.