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Sede Vacante - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

120 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 82
Gots: 34 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-14-2013)
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evilc

California

3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle shared by a buddy. 6oz is more than enough with this beer, split with 4 people. At least you don't need 24 people as with Black Tuesday.

A: Looks exactly like flat Sleepin w' Shaggy , which was a gross looking beer. That said, I don't really care about appearance much - but it's a category here. If it tastes good, that's all that matters. Flat as a pancake, virtually zero carb. Tomme is saying this is normal and intended for this style.

S: Booze and raisins, normal LA smell that I get off a lot of their beers. LA loves their raisins. Not surprising given one of the component beers. Decent smell.

T: Boozy, but not as much as smell would indicate. Raisins follow through from the taste. Definitely agree with other reviewers that the AS component is much in the lead.

M: Syrup, full. Zero carb, I think it needs it. Would be interesting to try on draft as LA beers are generally better from the keg. Carbed CdT for example on draft is much nicer than the flat bottles.

O: Meh. Very much in style with other LA beers, but an uninspiring, unfinished blend. I wonder if they solely blended this for the Pope vacancy at the last minute or it was to be released under a different name? At the price, Tomme needs to produce much higher quality and not random blends.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 20:24:30 | More by evilc
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Sede Vacante from The Lost Abbey
92 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.