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Agave Maria - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 523
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 43.7%
Wants: 57
Gots: 107 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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

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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Reviews: 71 | Hads: 523
Photo of BWood
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells almost like a sour to me. Murky looking beer that holds a small cream head throughout the glass. Though not much to look at or smell it does have a nice smooth taste once you get use to it. First few drinks were so so but then half way through it became nice and smooth. Not sure if I would seek this out but not a bad try it once beer.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - pours a cloudy, burnt caramel color and a slight ruby tint in the light with an off-white head of about 3/4". Retention is pretty good and lacing is moderate.
Smell - This really is a cacophony of interesting flavors. Toffee, burnt sugar, vanilla, wood, pepper, molasses, alcohol.
Taste - A mix of woody leather taste with hints of chocolate, syrup, and a lime-like tartness. Interesting to say the least. I'm just not sure it balances well together. It does seem a bit muddled. Definitely get the alcohol burn in there as well.
Feel - I wouldn't quite put it in the heavy-bodied range, but it is right under there; so we'll call it heavy-medium. Carbonation is moderate. It does finish with a somewhat dry effect carried over from the tartness.
Overall - This beer definitely falls in the "interesting" category. I'm not sure it was executed perfectly. Maybe a bit too much, as far as flavors go. This is probably a one-taste thing for me.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty unique tasting beer. Tequila comes through with a smoky agave sweetness. Smoother than the 13.5% it is. Nothing spectacular, but worth a try if you like tequila.

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Photo of Dope
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

No bottling date.

A: Pours a dark red. Mid-sized fizzy light brown head. Head is thin and effervescent and fades out fairly quickly as a result. No real lacing, just a hint here and there.

S: Huh. Sweet and sour. Like literal sweet and sour sauce. Tequila is notable. Light tart berries. Interesting if a bit head-scratching.

T: Lots of tequila up front with that sweet agave. Once it fades there's loads of tart berries. In the finish there's sort of a...burnt fruit and oak flavor? Get some bittersweet cocoa in there too. Pretty quick and clean finish with lingering tartness and drying oak.

M: Heavy, tart and shockingly dry for 13.5%. A little alcohol sting (which may be the drying part).

O: Hmph. Very unique beer. I'm honestly not even sure if I like it. It's an interesting concept but it just feels muddled and doesn't really hit the spot for me. It's kinda like a random collection of flavors that don't necessarily work together. I give them credit for trying but not something I'd buy again.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
1.95/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This bottle is clearly infected/spoiled. The nose is sour, with some underlying sweetness and surprisingly a decently noticeable tequila presence. Where as the nose was sour, but still halfway pleasant, the palate is not. It is sour and funky in all the bad ways. There are clearly some good flavors hidden in this beer, would love to try a non-infected bottle.

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Photo of Dikfour
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a couple fingers of Tan/Orangeish head that has average retention. Dark dark brown. Not a whole lot of light gets through this beer. Streaks of tan around the edges.

Smell: Bitter sweet chocolate malts followed closely by that pungent agave smell. A little oak and a bit of booze.

Taste: Chocolate, toffee, agave (salty) sweetness up front but really follows through and develops through out the sip. Bitter chocolate finish. A square of dark chocolate followed by a quick swig of nice tequila is what this tastes like. Never thought I'd ever care to know what that tasted like but totally love it. Malty sweetness does an excellent job of covering the booze.

Feel: Big and dairy creamy. Booze lightly numbs the gums.

Overall: It'd be a cost prohibitive six pack but if I some how stumbled upon six of these I could see myself slurping all six down in fairly rapid succession and not realizing how hammered I was because I never stood up. This one is a monster and I approve. I have an extra one and look forward to what a little bottle age will do to this one. Get one already.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The smell is amazing- toffee, caramel, molasses and bourbon wood alcohol finish. Taste is much the same with a herbal middle, light salty tequila influence felt and small alcohol heat going down. Well made beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #90 (July 2014):

Raisins, Tequila, Agave

A strong ale brewed with agave syrup and aged in tequila barrels? Yep. Drops into the glass dark reddish brown, opaque, and with a creamy beige head. Aromas of agave nectar, lime rinds, apples, candied fruit, boozy tequila, and wood. Creamy, silky, and oily on the palate, with a massive toffee note, hint of vanilla, toasted malts, distinct tequila flavors, a smack of lime, suggestions of salt, plum, and an underlying charred raisin note throughout and into the finish with a boozy heat and pepperiness in the linger. What we have here is an awesome use of tequila barrels.

STYLE: American Strong Ale | ABV: 13.5% | AVAILABILITY: Limited

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I first had this on a bottle and wasn't impressed, then on tap and wasn't impressed. Now on tap at Khyber Pass in Philadelphia for a Lost Abbey event and it blew me away.

The tequila barrel is smooth and the beer is chocolat-y and delicious

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
1.76/5  rDev -54.8%
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.

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Photo of KATCanada
2.12/5  rDev -45.5%
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.

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Photo of smanson56
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of WontontoIsDrinking
3.02/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Jjski
1.18/5  rDev -69.7%
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

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of skiking1163
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Matonika
2.27/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of GoneARye
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.56/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

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

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Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
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