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Agave Maria - The Lost Abbey

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89
very good

469 Ratings
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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 53
Gots: 98 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 03-26-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Using a blend of Anejo and Reposado barrels and aged for a minimum of ten months, Agave Maria has hints of black pepper, sweet sugar, oatmeal, and oak with an earthy, bitter smoked chocolate on the finish. The base beer, a new Agave strong ale, was created specifically to pair with the spiciness of the Tequila, adding a sweet honey-like quality to the beer.
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Ratings: 469 | Reviews: 70
Photo of skiking70
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is very good, but not worth the price imo.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
1.76/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Shared by Curran last night.

This one pours a murky brown, with no head or lacing.

This one has a really off-putting smell that really reminds me of rotting garbage. It's honestly disgusting. There's some stale tequila as well.

This was just a major fail on Lost Abbey's part. I'm not sure if that was intended, or it went deeply south in the year it's been in the bottle, but it was 2-3 sips and a drainpour, which I don't do often. There's a super unpleasant sour character, when mixed with the tequila, it's just rancid. The garbage character is really nicely present in the taste too.

This is medium bodied, and a bit syrupy, and not really that palatable.

Honestly, one of the worst beers I've ever had. Blech all around.

Photo of KATCanada
2.12/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours Nestea color with s small dirty white head with some lacing. Not hugely carbonated.
Smells like syrupy coke - reminds me a bit of a Pilgrims Dole I had once.
Wierd sour taste with a boozy finish. I am thinking this one is spoiled. If not it sucks and shame on you Lost Abby. Bleh. If they make it again don't cellar it.

Photo of smanson56
3.14/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Received this beer a an extra in a trade. Not sure of the exact age of the bottle but appear to be in good condition.
This poured a dark orangey brown color with a thin tan head.
The aroma contained some sour type smells mixed with the alcohol from the barrels.
The taste is very sour and bitter with a small amount of Tequila thrown in
Very dry mouth feel both from the ABV and the sourness
All I think a beer that would have been much better fresh and not something to have been kept any period of time.

Photo of WontontoIsDrinking
3.02/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tastes like a sour. Not a fan of sours typically but the hints of tequila behind it make this something I would continue to drink. Lacks anything in body and is unassuming in appearance.

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium-large shared bottle.
High ABV is quite evident in the aroma which suggests a mix of sherry and brown ale.
Slight woody aspect with plenty of dark and over-ripe fruit notes.
Lovely red-brown body.

Photo of Immortale25
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. 2014 vintage.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Strange funky aroma that's pretty off-putting. You get a bit of the barrel and a hint of booze but it's mainly this earthy aroma that's not very pleasant.

T- Big lime flavor with a spicy tequila finish. Slightly sweet with some raisin notes. Man, this is great because it really pulls through the reposado/anejo spiciness of a top-shelf tequila. There is a tartness present that actually complements the drink in the way that a lime would with a margarita. The more I drink it, the more I get this sour mix flavor that I really like.

M- Slight tart dryness. Actually gets more and more tart as the drink goes on.

O- This beer definitely shows signs of infection. The tartness becomes more and more apparent as the drink progresses and the smell is just plain bad. That being said, the flavor is great in my opinion. The tequila comes through with this sweet/sour lime flavor making me feel like I'm drinking a margarita which the tartness actually enhances. If I hadn't heard this was infected, I might not have thought there was anything technically wrong with it when drinking it. I'm glad I popped it when I did though since it apparently is on the road of getting worse over time, but I'm still pretty sure this beer isn't exactly how the brewer intended for it to taste at the time it was bottled. Overall, somewhat of a disappointment considering the money spent on this bottle.

Photo of Jjski
1.18/5  rDev -70.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sorry, I loved this beer fresh. Warm oak sweetness, tequila. LOVED IT!!!! Bought 4. Drank 2 a year ago.

2 others I have cellared properly have soured. It's not supposed to be a sour. A personal lesson learned, and a total cellar fail.

That said: it is a well balanced medium tart sour and I finished both although the aroma of rancid cabbage sneaks into the background.
For a barrel aged strong ale it sucks. For a sour it's pretty good right now.
Super disappointment, as I have been collecting Lost Abbey limited releases to try over time. Hope the others don't go sour. Soured Angels Share: bleh? I have a Cuvée de Tomme to try next. At least that one is supposed to be sour.

Beware if you find any for sale. Beware. Agree with 2/7/15,reviewer: smells like cabbage

Photo of DanielGJ0
2.79/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The tequila comes through and the mix tastes quite awful.

Photo of Gregaroo
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked bottle into a tulip. So so good. Didn't catch all of the tequila, but Aces nonetheless.

Photo of SierraFlight
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage on draft at Beachwood Seal Beach poured into a short footed pilsner-esque glass. Very dark brown opaque body with nothing but a few bubbles around the edge. No lacing. Aroma features wood, tequila, roasted malt, and brown sugar. Taste features brown sugar and caramel sweetness initially then some woody, smokey and boozy bitterness and spice on the swallow. Just short of full body, slick, sticky, oily texture, soft carbonation, and a long finish that coats the mouth with agave and malty sweetness.

Photo of skiking1163
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

375 ml 2014 vintage in tulip

A: Accidentally poured the yeast and all into a tulip. With the yeast, mostly opaque dark brown with small, one finger head that hung around for a little while. Some lacing.

S: Nice light smell with a refreshing, tequila/barrel background. Not much alcohol nose around 45-50 deg.

T: Delicious. Everything good about tequila. Earthy, a little bit of oak, and dark, slightly tart fruit on the back end. Again, not much of an alcohol note, which is really refreshing for a beer over 13%

M: A little sticky and lingering, but I'm not surprised with this abv.

O: I'd been looking for a tequila-aged beer for a long time when I picked this up at the end of last summer and this one has set the bar high. Great one to break out on a cold snow day in the south. Would definitely pick this one up again to share the love with friends.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml cork and cage bottle poured into a globe.

A: Poured yeast and all. Chestnut brown. Opaque. Sandy colored head is short lived. Small spots of lacing.

S: Tequila is front and center. Spicy, agave. Dusty oak. Black pepper and ghostly smoke. Brown sugar and honeyed sweetness. Perhaps some subtle whiffs of berry fruits.

T: Tequila spiciness vies with a honeyed sweetness. Burnt sugar. Bread crust. Hint of nutty cocoa. Vague fruits. Peppery. Sweet finish of honey and tequila.

M: medium-thick body. Slick and slightly coating feel. Fairly flat. Warming alcohol.

O: Interesting. I like the concept. Tequila barrel aging really hasn't been explored much, and a sweet, dark strong ale makes for a nice marriage. It strikes a nice balance. A little more malt and/or yeast complexity to round it out and some more aggressive carbonation would really elevate this brew.

Photo of Matonika
2.27/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look is a murky brown like dirty pond water. The tequila Smell is very faint only apparent when first opened. Musty ,raisins . Weird earth smell. Almost like a tomato juice smell. Taste is tart and old wild contaminated yeast. Huge Cabbage flavor. I think this beer has turned it must have turned and gone off. Overall I would only drink this if it was fresh from brewery.

Photo of Jimmys
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2014 vintage. 375 mL.

pours a slightly opaque dark brown. definitely a lot of conditioning on the bottom of the bottle I tried to avoid by pouring carefully, but couldn't miss all of it. smells like a woody, strong tequila. limes. agave. booze. sweet brown sugar. the flavor is very tequila strong at first. dominates the flavor. finish is very sweet. a lot of unfermented sugars there. full bodied brew for sure.
I split this bottle and couldn't drink anymore of a half a bottle. tequila and beer don't get along very well as far as I am concerned. glad I got to try, but will not be purchasing again.

Photo of devilfluff
3.04/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pushed way too far towards tequila. It seemed very one note.

Photo of GoneARye
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Cloudy, mostly opaque. Deep brown. Like barrel char.
S: Wood, aged tequila, and raisins. Smoky notes from the barrel hide underneath.
T: Tequila really shines through. Supported by raisins, dark fruit and wood. Smoke lingers on the finish.
MF: Gentle carbonation. Tequila alcohol finds the palette even when liquid is held in one place on the tongue.
O: Very interesting. Would love to see now tequila barrel experimentation.

Photo of FisterDotOrg
4.96/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The agave tequila notes make this beer heavenly.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance – Pours a very dark brown amber color, with minimal head that soon dissipates to nothing. Spotted lacing that left many tiny dots on the glass. A cool bottle.

Smell – .The tequila comes through nicely, but it also smells of rotting oak, cola, and sweet sugar. Kind of an awkward combination.

Taste – Quite a bit of tequila, with sweet cola, pepper, and figs.

Mouthfeel – Good carbonation, but the alcohol had a surprising bite for a 13.5%abv beer. I'm not a huge fan of the aftertaste either, which is a burning tequila/cola flavor.

Drinkability – This didn’t go down as easy as most beers of this abv . The tequila bite combined with the awkward sweetness wasn't optimal for me.

Photo of kingston213
4.9/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you are a fan of tequila, this is worth a taste.

Photo of vfgccp
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%

A - Low retention and lace on a bone-white head. Beautiful deep mahogany body with cranberry highlights.

S - Sweet nose. Raisins, honey, agave, and tangy tequila.

T - Sweet brown bread, golden raisins, tart vinegary oak, smooth agave, and a touch of anise.

M - Medium-light body. Super smooth.

O - Outstanding. Great execution on an interesting experimental style.


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4.56 Agave Maria
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.00 4.30 4.50 4.27 10% 0.43
S - 4.50 4.75 4.50 4.58 20% 0.92
T - 4.60 4.60 4.70 4.63 40% 1.85
M - 4.40 4.40 4.50 4.43 10% 0.44
O - 4.60 4.60 4.60 4.60 20% 0.92

Photo of Blackcove
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

I have not seen a lot tequila barrel aged beers, and the lost abbey did this one right... prost!

Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours with basically no head, atop a deep brown brew, purplish black in the glass.

Smells musty and tart, like a brown sour. Aspirin; green leaves and agave; toffee and brown sugar. There's such a fresh, green aroma that really drowns out everything else.

Flavor is equally complex: salty, malty, slightly tart; flavors of mint, green leaves, agave syrup, starfruit, coffee, oak, tannins, a kiss of dark chocolate, caramel, pepper...it goes on and on. The depth and complexity of flavor is enormous.

It's also a unique flavor; not a particularly normal beer, by any stretch. It is, however, enjoyable.

Extremely sticky, slightly tart; definitely a sipper. The only hint of the high ABV is a slight warming effect on the back-end.

This is an impressively unique beer. The tequila feel is there, but nowhere near dominant. Incredibly complex; powerful; and in the end, pretty tasty.

Photo of Beerswag
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottle aged 3 months then was too enthused to not give it a shot..pores into quad glass. Smell is lot's of tequila , right away, pungent sweet raisin like plum, scent, with some hints of the barrel on the nose already. Taste of agave, good tequila, oak, raisin, spice, thick, complex and warmth on the temp does justice. A good amount of malt to back this big profile. Deep dark-fruits, dried pear, apricot, juniper. 55 degrees would be plenty cool for this one. Body is syrupy thick, and the alcohol content is present throughout. A least a year more aged on this one would seem to do well here. Wish i had another to see. Serve with riche mole' sauces, stinky cotija, chicharone tacos, aged drier cheeses, Mexican bread-pudding aka: capirotada.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

AUG 29, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Bottle from Chris. Thanks, hagg. 2014 vintage.Pouring a very dark brown with a dense, brown head with decent retention and nice lacing, this looks great. The nose is awesome. A blend of boozy notes, rum and tequla mostly, up front along with a complex malt base that has floral agave notes, leather, dark fruit, a little smoke (the last 3 particularly reminiscent of Angels Share). A mild barrel/boozy tartness is present with flavors of semiripe blackberries. A really nice earthy, savory note is present with petrichor and red wine. Awesome.The palate opens full-bodied with the berry tartness, a delightful tequila character, some brown sugar and a little leather. The leather grows through the palate, gaining earth, toffee, burnt sugar, a little smoke and red wine/grape skin tannins quite strong. Fruity and vinous on the finish with a blend of floral agave, a fruity, jammy Zin and a hint of smoke. Lightly carbonated, this feels great on the palate. Excellent stuff.

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Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.