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Sede Vacante - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 80
Gots: 35 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 14
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We bought a bunch of bottles, but they have it on tap as well. Appearance is very hazy, light brown, almost no carbonation, almost muddy looking, no lace on the taster glass. Smells very boozy, sweet, raisins, vanilla, figs, barrel. Taste is very boozy, the cognac and brandy come through up front, but it's also warm and smooth. Sits nicely on the tongue, the low carbonation creates a soft and musty feel that accentuates the strong brandy and cognac character. Definitely a slow sipper. Aftertaste is warm and buttery. Not many secondary flavors, mostly the spirits coming through strong. The malts are far behind the booze. All in all, an excellent beer. No need to age, tastes aged already. The word around me is that the bottles are less carbonated than draft. We'll see once we open a bottle.

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Not a full review, but I have this FT and feel I should qualify my ranking. This beer was awesome on tap. One of my favorite Lost Abbey beers so far. From the bottle the flatness is hard to ignore. It still tastes great, but just a bit of carb would go a long way.

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Sede Vacante from The Lost Abbey
92 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.