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Agave Maria - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 14.46%
Wants: 51
Gots: 94 | FT: 17
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

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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Photo of SierraFlight
4.21/5  rDev +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 Texasfan549
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skiking1163
4.57/5  rDev +14%
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 thampel09
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev -7%
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 -43.4%
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 -16%
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 Boilerup
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of devilfluff
3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
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 +7.2%
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 macesq
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of greenspointexas
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FisterDotOrg
4.96/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The agave tequila notes make this beer heavenly.

Photo of funkybuddhism
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.33/5  rDev -17%
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 Hypersomnia
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xdtfx
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wanderlust389
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kingston213
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
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 Fcolle2
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.