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Sede Vacante - The Lost Abbey

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Sede VacanteSede Vacante

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 81
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of jeonseh
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark burgundy with absolutely no carbonation to it. Flat

S - Brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruit with dates, lots of caramel and cognac

T - Dark fruits up front. There is vanilla. Also a good amount of booziness to it from the Cognac. There is also oak near the finish that gives it a warming presence on the back end

M - Flat without any carbonation at all. Light oak spiciness to it. The beer is also really thick and could use some carbonation to cut it

O - Good BW with lots of cognac and oak presence to it. Would be better if it had some carbonation though.

jeonseh, May 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Alieniloquium, May 21, 2013
Sede Vacante from The Lost Abbey
92 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.