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Agave Maria - The Lost Abbey

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449 Ratings
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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 14.46%
Wants: 51
Gots: 93 | 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 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

Photo of deonreds
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.