Sede Vacante | The Lost Abbey

Sede VacanteSede Vacante
BA SCORE
4.16/5
141 Ratings
Sede VacanteSede Vacante
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to a great trader for hooking me up. Pours a very dark brown color with hardly any head...mostly just bubbles. Tan colored bubbles. The scent is packed with oak and vanilla. A good amount of booze and cognac. More cognac than brandy in my opinion. Sweet molasses and brown sugar with some dark fruit. More oak with subtle cherry aromas. Taste is VERY sweet at first. Sweet brandy and cognac with raisins and other dark fruits. I totally get the Angel's Share, but much more complex. The brandy comes through more in the taste, where the cognac is more in the aroma. Lots of oak and vanilla in the flavor as well. Sweet and boozy. Definitely a sipper. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit syrupy. No carbonation... a bit would to this beer some good. However, stillness works for this one. Drinkability is high, as long as you sip slowly. Overall, very similar to Brandy Angel's Share, but much better and more complex.

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