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Agave Maria - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 14.11%
Wants: 41
Gots: 83 | FT: 15
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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Reviews by portia99:
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3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Cloudy, particulate filled body with a dark brown color. A thin white collar is all that is formed on a semi-aggressive pour. No lacing.

S - Wow...this is boozy on the nose! Practically straight tequila. Throw in a little brown sugar, burnt sugar and vanilla and you pretty much have it all here. I really get no beery aromas here - straight tequila and barrel.

T - Pretty much the same as the aroma. Tequila (good tequila anyway) up front and throughout to the finish. Very smooth, not at all boozy or harsh (as tequila can be) but with a noticeable warmth tending towards a burn at the finish and beyond. There is some sweet malt underneath that I think is smoothing things out, vanilla and burnt sugar...a bit crème brulee-ish...certainly dessert worthy.

M - Smooth tequila, warm and noticeably alcoholic. Medium/full body with a low, creamy carbonation like many Lost Abbey beers...just barely alive.

O - Nice dessert beer. Certainly recommend sharing the bottle. Feels, smells and tastes more like a shot of tequila than a beer. Not a beer to have before driving. Trying to finish this one by myself...not sure it is going to happen. I like this, but not something I need a lot of...especially before heading to bed on a work night.

portia99, Aug 04, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev +3%
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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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

sourdog, May 08, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Maple syrupy chestnut brown. Little carbonation that disappears quickly.

S: Tequila hits first. Given the roasted malts, there's a mezcal smokiness to it. Then there's some earthy dust and sweetness.

T: Syrupy sweetness. Caramel with a touch of tequila. Dark cherries, dates, and pumpernickel.

M: Syrup.

O: Interesting but not excellent. A liqueur more than a beer or perhaps a Chimay Blue with half a shot of tequila thrown in.

01001111, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

malty woody love shared between two best friends on a friday. this was super

McMatt7, Tuesday at 02:40 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

fthegiants, Apr 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.