Agave Maria - The Lost Abbey

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89
very good

478 Ratings
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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 15.33%
Wants: 53
Gots: 98 | FT: 18
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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: 478 | Reviews: 73
Reviews by portia99:
Photo of portia99
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of FisterDotOrg
4.96/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The agave tequila notes make this beer heavenly.

Photo of Beerswag
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%

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 chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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 01001111
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of skiking1163
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
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 McMatt7
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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

Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev -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 ricknelson
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared this with a couple of fellow BA'ers and found it to be quite good, but not quite up to my Gold Standard, as set by Goose Island Proprietor's. But did a side by side tasting of it along with Bell's Black Note, and found it did get edged out by Bell's Black Note by a nose. Pun intended.
The taste was very different from most Lost Abbey beers; it was sweeter, but a solid 4.25 beer.

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 JoyJer
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The soul of a wormed devil as settled in this beer. The barrel this was aged in had to if been from a cartels special cellar because something that taste this great out if a bottle has to be illegal..

So I called the INS & DEA they both repeated ensured me that this beer is legal to drink and if I keep calling in, I'd get arrested for disturbing the peace .

So drink this beer do so without fear, it's legal and delicious like a 8 week old slaughtered lamb slapped in the grill .

Photo of TruePerception
4/5  rDev +0.5%

The Lost Abbey's Agave Maria, "malt beverage" brewed with agave syrup, and aged in Tequila barrels. 13.5% ABV.

A: Nice haze escaping the bottle. Pours a nice tamarind color. Just a little head, fades quickly. Decent arc of tiny-bubbled lacing, holds well. Deep tamarind-brown, with tons of grey sediment lining the bottom of the glass. Dirty yellow "cigarette in water" color in the dimple, also showing quite a bit of sediment.

S: Agave nectar prominent. Candyish sap. Slight oak and lime notes. Some subtle spice. Slight Reposado/Anejo notes.

T/MF: Reposado-ish flavor dominates the palate. Very dry agave flavor. More subtle lime. Sour molasses.

While an interesting concept, and I had to try it, since I haven't come across any other Tequila barrel aged beers, it's not as good as I'd hoped, and at $17, I would not buy it again. I get the feeling a Tequila barrel aged beer could be done much better. Maybe, they didn't did good barrels?

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Photo of Brandywine
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep ruddy reddish brown.

Smell: Fresh green apples, brown sugar, really sweet fruitiness all around.

Taste: Caramel, apple, oak, smoke, tequila, pepper, really rich caramelized fruits and agave. The tequila is actually quite nuanced.

Mouthfeel: On the medium side of full. Light carbonation.

Overall: This beer is really smooth at 13.5% ABV with the only heat a natural spiciness from the tequila and the oak. It really delivers on the tequila as a whole while still showcasing the rich flavors of the base beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. Vintage 2014. Very small pop, and some muscle to get the cork out.

Deep somewhat murky brown, a strange reddish glow, and hints of lemon yellow edges. No head produced, looks a little lifeless on the pour, but has a nice tan collar, very fine and thin. Not too bad, not too slick or oily top either.

Great aroma. Hints of tequila, but a real nice soft sweetness from the agave syrup. A little bit of smoke aromas round out, faint heat of tequila warmth as well. Maybe even a little briney sensing.

Nice palate. Great texture of silky sugars that aren't horribly sweet from the agave syrup. Syrup light bodied with some playful carbonation. Hints of red wine grape, a little bit of smoke on the finish, and roasty warmth in the gut, and some good grass aromatics. Nice butterscotch and caramel action more giving to style of a classic strong and old ale, picking up a beer character more so than hinted on the nose.

Quite a fun little beer, and if you are into aged tequila which I enjoy, you will dig this.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RB

Kurmaraja hooked me up with a couple of these gems... Thanks Ryan!! This was opened with a couple other tequila barrel aged beers at a boutique tequila tasting... This was similar to the Bottleworks 15, but seemed more refined with more of a straight agave presence... okay light khaki head... dark brown brew, with highlights only showing near the stem-end of my glass... Nose has a spicy element from the barrels that shows more than the palate... the taste is still good, but doesn't have as much "ummph" to get things jumping ... a little bit of something that I associate with raisin as it really warmed up... but the agave and the vanilla/oak with the tequila bite really accomplish the brewers' goals. Thicker but still had a good carbonation... Props to Mr. Arthur.

Thanks once again to Kurmaraja... A top-notch trader for sure.

3.75/4/4/4/4

Photo of Gregaroo
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
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 GreesyFizeek
1.76/5  rDev -55.8%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany amber with little light transmission and a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass, slight lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, brown sugar, light tequila; woody and a bit boozy. Flavor is caramel and mild toasted malt, wood, toffee, dark fruit, earthy and woody with light tequila hints in the finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation. An interesting strong ale with the rich, complex flavors I expect from this brewery's more powerful brews, the flavors are so well integrated that they seem mellow at first, although the barrel elements become more noticeable as the flavor develops. The tequila influence is well done without being intrusive and the whole flavor blends together quite well. A very interesting and satisfying strong ale. A warming sipper.

Photo of Immortale25
3.74/5  rDev -6%
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 largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a Lost Abbey teku. Cork comes out with a pop, and miraculously, this has perfect carbonation. Pours a clear dark brown with a clinging finger of head.

Lots of agave goodness on the nose - plenty of tequila character that brings fruity sweetness and caramel. The big brown ale base brings some nice toasty sweetness, but the barrel is really the dominant aspect here and it works nicely.

Sweet and fruity on the palate, big tequila and agave presence with layers of caramel, vanilla and smoke. The body isn't overly hefty, and there's not much booziness despite the high ABV. The base beer is pretty simple, a bit toasty and sweet; little more than a showcase for the agave and barrel.

Having been really impressed with Firestone's tequila barrel aged stout, I had high hopes for this one, and it delivers. It's also nice to see a really polished strong ale coming from Lost Abbey, fully carbonated and without a large amount of sediment.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 12.7oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 14.99. No dicernable bottling date but I believe this was an early 2014 release. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a murky, opaque, ruddy brown with a mere layer of beige froth. Only a few tiny dots of lace manage to cling to the glass.

Aromas of oak, fruit skins, tequila, burnt brown sugar and a vague vanilla.

A very intriguing array of flavors hit the palate right from the start. A strong, spicey, boozy tequila character is present throughout with charred wood, liquer doused dark fruit, faint vanilla, spice, agave sweetness, brown sugar, mild cocoa, caramel and a soft booziness. It's good in it's own unique way and goes down with an ease that belies the 13.5% abv.

Medium body with fairly light carbonation. Booze, tequila barrel, spice and agave aftertaste.

Agave Maria is certainly one of a kind. Confusing and strangely enjoyable. I liked it but the fifteen dollar cost of entry will probably prohibit a repeat purchase.

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a khaki and slightly creamy head that dissipates moderately fast. the beer itself is a dark purple that is opaque. the smell has a strong spicy, peppery smell mixed with other notes. The beer has also has some of the oak barrel boosted by a black pepper smell. A slight hint of oatmeal notes also exists. The hops are there but are overcome by the agave and pepper notes. The hops are citrus. Overall, the smell has a very spicy and peppery smell that is very good. The beer taste is surprisingly different than the smell. The beer has the same pepper notes as the smell but the hops are much stronger and the taste has slight notes of vanilla and oak. The taste also has a much more sour taste and tiny bit of alcohol that is barely noticeable. The mouthfeel is very smooth with biting carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Photo of hopkrid
2.64/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle seems to be infected

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Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.