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Sede Vacante | The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
4.16/5
Exceptional
141 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

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.

Added by MasterSki on 03-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
141
pDev:
10.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
35
Trade:
8
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of SimcoeKid
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kplummer82
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Flat. No head.
Color is a dark red wine Ruby color.

A lot of wine and cognac flavors. Very sweet and port like. Caramel and brown sugar. Toffee. Plums and cherries. Vanilla. Oak and bourbon.

Only flaw is the carbonation is a bit too low. I don't mind low carbonation, but this was just a bit too low. Otherwise berry enjoyable. Dessert beer.

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Photo of jakemn91
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Raziel313
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IMFletcher
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The nose is amazing, dark fruits and booze. The brandy barrel finish is amazing. But without any carbonation, it takes a serious hit on an overall rating. Otherwise it's noteworthy.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia for the Papal visit, September 2015. Fitting name and ale indeed! Good color, classic Lost Abbey strong ale look. Smells like old ale, dark fruit, port wine, Pedro Ximenez. The taste follows the nose, but weaker. And then the deadly-thin mouthfeel kills it for me. Watery, unremarkable finish. Drinks easy for a 15% brew, but sadly, I would not revisit.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PG2G
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ATeamMusic
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasting fantastic! This beer has aged and done exactly what it should!

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BradleySig
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just bought the very last bottle of this from the brewery. Truly remarkable.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Carbonation aside, and there is literally none, this beer smells and tastes amazing. Deep, rich flavor from the barrels, this beer drinks strong, but not 15% strong.

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Photo of saxclar123
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sanderson
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stimulus
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Hopheadhiker
4.16/5  rDev 0%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of claspada
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of bcrossan
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jburns301
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of aquazr1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Sede Vacante from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 141 ratings
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