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Sede Vacante - The Lost Abbey

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Sede VacanteSede Vacante

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 81
Gots: 33 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is malt, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and tasty flavors.

05-09-2013 01:08:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-02-2013 00:34:22 | More by zestar
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-02-2013 03:58:02 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

10-26-2013 06:16:22 | More by GRG1313
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-19-2013 19:30:03 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-18-2013 18:36:20 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-19-2013 18:47:52 | More by largadeer
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-13-2014 07:19:10 | More by SocalKicks
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Big thanks to Sean for sharing this one; I've wanted to try it since I first read about it. Served in a taster glass.

A - It's flat. Murky, turbid, dark brown body. I was expecting this, and it's not completely offensive for a 15% beer.

S - Loads of oak, vanilla, sweet brandy and cognac notes, a marzipan/almond note, dark fruits, and intensifying vinous character as the beer warms. Alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden; I'd never suspect this was higher in ABV than Angel's Share.

T - The taste is again surprisingly mellow, with loads of dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, sweet brandy and cognac, red licorice, and oak, albeit far less of the latter than in the aroma. Alcohol is again quite well-hidden, although it creeps in as the beer warms up.

M - Medium-full in body, with a tannic, dry, oaky, and viscous texture. Unsurprisingly, it is still, but it's not a huge problem for a beer of this style. Light alcohol warmth but yet again, fairly mellow.

D - I liked this quite a bit, and it's a great deal more restrained than regular Angel's Share. You can really tell the age of some of the blend components, and I think Tomme has struck a really nice balance between spirit, oak, alcohol heat, oxidation, and so forth. Would a few bubbles help? Sure. Still, it's pretty drinkable for what it is, although I might balk at the price tag.

04-17-2013 22:11:40 | More by MasterSki
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oline73

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-01-2013 18:46:26 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

07-01-2013 13:11:25 | More by mendvicdog
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-11-2013 02:10:50 | More by XmnwildX12
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-18-2013 07:00:25 | More by beernads
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

07-01-2013 04:36:36 | More by oriolesfan4
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

06-02-2014 06:09:07 | More by drewone
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-03-2013 15:13:59 | More by duceswild
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

04-21-2013 00:07:08 | More by Gonzoillini
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.18/5  rDev +1%

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.

3/4.25/4.5/3.5/4

12-23-2013 04:16:45 | More by JohnGalt1
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

08-12-2013 13:46:43 | More by drummermattie02
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-09-2014 15:24:40 | More by ShanePB
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky brown. No head. Not even a pop when it opens. Lifeless on the pour.

Smell - Brandy is very prominent. Vanilla and oak. Raisins and tons of caramel. Not that hot.

Taste - Brandy is still prominent. Nice oak. Sweet caramel and raisins. The liquor comes through in the back end. Just a touch of astringency in the finish. Hot and sweet in the back.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Not that boozy. Sweet.

Overall - Good, nice barrel. Not worth the price at all. The carbonation doesn't detract at all.

05-21-2013 02:06:22 | More by Alieniloquium
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

07-09-2013 01:49:23 | More by iL0VEbeer
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-07-2013 16:59:20 | More by bsuedekum
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

04-10-2013 09:19:04 | More by Gobzilla
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-25-2013 23:31:23 | More by enelson
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Sede Vacante from The Lost Abbey
92 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.