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Agave Maria - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

348 Ratings
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 77 | FT: 16
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:
A strong ale brewed with agave syrup and aged in tequila barrels.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 03-26-2014)
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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml caged and corked brown bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Shared with Sam in Sydney.

Pours a turbid, murky mahogany brown, with a very fine head that doesn't really form with any verve. Body is incredibly thick, leaving a powdery mess of static carbonation when tilted. It looks really quite interesting, if a little confusing.

Nose is extremely strange, but with stacks of complexity and interest. Noticeable plasticky funk, a hint of smoke, and a syrupy tequila character from the agave. It's spicy, peppery and very unusual—I'm not sure I've ever had a beer quite like this before.

Taste is actually not what I expected from the nose. It does indeed continue some of the weird aromatic characters: especially the pepper and the spice, but there's a pronounced malt backbone giving it a true sweetness to support a lot of complexity. Again there's tequila notes, along with a rather interesting woody oak note that smoothes over the back palate. Feel is very clean and smooth, but with a prickly spice from all of the agave notes.

Overall, this is a really good, and a very unusual beer. It has a lot of really strange twists to it, but manages to pull together something reasonably coherent from the anarchy. I'm genuinely a fan.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with no head. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, brown sugar, molasses, agave, tequila, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, tequila, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a very nice use of tequila barrels that gave the finished product a distinct tequila aroma and flavor while still allowing other aspects to come through.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Got this at my local Friar Tuck and poured it into a Lost Abbey tulip, dark brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is raisins, caramel and burnt toast? Very malty and the agave is quite pronounced. Sticky mouthfeel and a little hot. Interesting beer but a little odd, and pricey.

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Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.