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Agave Maria - The Lost Abbey

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87
very good

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 512
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 18.86%
Wants: 54
Gots: 104 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 512
Photo of Jjski
1.18/5  rDev -69.5%
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 (778 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
1.76/5  rDev -54.5%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of James_Michaud91
1.95/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This bottle is clearly infected/spoiled. The nose is sour, with some underlying sweetness and surprisingly a decently noticeable tequila presence. Where as the nose was sour, but still halfway pleasant, the palate is not. It is sour and funky in all the bad ways. There are clearly some good flavors hidden in this beer, would love to try a non-infected bottle. (361 characters)

Photo of KATCanada
2.12/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours Nestea color with s small dirty white head with some lacing. Not hugely carbonated.
Smells like syrupy coke - reminds me a bit of a Pilgrims Dole I had once.
Wierd sour taste with a boozy finish. I am thinking this one is spoiled. If not it sucks and shame on you Lost Abby. Bleh. If they make it again don't cellar it. (325 characters)

Photo of Matonika
2.27/5  rDev -41.3%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
2.63/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

375ml bottle poured into tulip.

A- Pours a dark slightly purplish brown that appears opaque in the glass, not much head forms and what does quickly recedes, carbonation seems decent, white yeasty sediment specks floating around.

S- Strong barrel presence dominates the nose with tequila, oak, agave nectar giving a fairly vegetal presence with a little bit of brussel sprouts, rotten wood, underlying raisins. Overall very different with the tequila and agave giving off a very different aroma that I've never encountered in a beer. Interesting but not a fan at all.

T- Again strong barrel presence with sharp and slightly boozy tequila balanced with a just as strong agave presence. The tequila and agave almost completely cut out the base beer of raisins, toffee, etc. which is a shame because the base actually seems pretty tasty albeit a bit boozy. Overall not as vegetal as the nose, definitely unique, but still not my cup of tea.

M- Carbonation on the low side but decent for beer, about average body for the style, a bit on the boozy side with a little alcohol burn showing the 13.5%.

O- This was an interesting try but definitely not my cup of tea. After trying this beer I'm not sure if I'm sure if I like agave and tequila in a beer, although it definitely adds some unique tastes. Definitely not something I'll be picking up again, might be better with some age on it though. (1,392 characters)

Photo of 3sheets2wind
2.67/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown purple pour. No head at all. Almost no carb. No lacing.

Smells like Cola and tequila, but not awful like those two sound together. Some maraschino and plum.

Tastes very sweet. Grape jelly, maple and tequila.

Mouthfeel is syrup-y. Coats the tongue.

I would like this better with more carb, drier and some hop character. (335 characters)

Photo of WontontoIsDrinking
3.02/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tastes like a sour. Not a fan of sours typically but the hints of tequila behind it make this something I would continue to drink. Lacks anything in body and is unassuming in appearance. (186 characters)

Photo of smanson56
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Received this beer a an extra in a trade. Not sure of the exact age of the bottle but appear to be in good condition.
This poured a dark orangey brown color with a thin tan head.
The aroma contained some sour type smells mixed with the alcohol from the barrels.
The taste is very sour and bitter with a small amount of Tequila thrown in
Very dry mouth feel both from the ABV and the sourness
All I think a beer that would have been much better fresh and not something to have been kept any period of time. (506 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%

Pours a dull mahogany hue a murky clarity. Nose is vegetal and vinous with a hint of sour milk. Taste is interesting - tannic, acidic, agave nectar and raisins are most prevalent in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body and acidic with a residual alcohol burn at the finish. Overall - this is just a weird beer. Not bad, but not my thing. (359 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of 01001111
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (205 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

No bottling date.

A: Pours a dark red. Mid-sized fizzy light brown head. Head is thin and effervescent and fades out fairly quickly as a result. No real lacing, just a hint here and there.

S: Huh. Sweet and sour. Like literal sweet and sour sauce. Tequila is notable. Light tart berries. Interesting if a bit head-scratching.

T: Lots of tequila up front with that sweet agave. Once it fades there's loads of tart berries. In the finish there's sort of a...burnt fruit and oak flavor? Get some bittersweet cocoa in there too. Pretty quick and clean finish with lingering tartness and drying oak.

M: Heavy, tart and shockingly dry for 13.5%. A little alcohol sting (which may be the drying part).

O: Hmph. Very unique beer. I'm honestly not even sure if I like it. It's an interesting concept but it just feels muddled and doesn't really hit the spot for me. It's kinda like a random collection of flavors that don't necessarily work together. I give them credit for trying but not something I'd buy again. (1,010 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark-brown colour, slight mahogany tinge. Head is just a rim of pale bubbles. Nice lace left behind though. Looks alright.

Smells ridiculously sweet. Red wine tinge with brown sugar, molasses, touch of sweet spice. Fruity, rich and sweet. Bit apprehensive about sweetness, but there's lots to like.

Taste is porty. Loads of red wine character, rich and strong but with big residual sugar that gives that fortified character. Slight tannic edge, a touch of black pepper and a decent belt of treacle. Definitely more red wine than beer (or agave), but still not bad, and impressive to get such notes in a beer.

A bit thin, quite a pull, probably yeast-related. Actually body is OK but definitely quite a twist at the end.

Not sure what to make of it as a beer, really, but it's a fine little sipper. (809 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage 375 mL bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku on 11-Apr-14.

BA rate/review #999 (woot wooot!)

Must note that I have not had high quality tequila before (Patron might be the highest quality I've had) and personally do not enjoy tequila, at least not yet.

Also must add that though I've had agave nectar couple times before, never naked and usually poured over something to sweeten so my taste/preference towards agave is neutral.

When uncorking, musters a faint whisper. Normally I'd be a little concerned, but this is a Lost Abbey beer.

Pours a murky dark brown that's borderline black. When held against light, reminds me of old Coke that's been sitting out.

Aromas of tequila are upfront, but not the kind that makes me wanna gag, and kind of pleasant which is a surprise to me. Also some candied sugar that I can only assume is agave and definitely some earthy oak tones and hints of chocolate.

Up front, I get some bready malt beer base with the good tequila and agave notes. Caramelized sugars and bit of chocolate. And... there we go.. there's a tequila-bitter finish with some tannic oak barrel notes. Wish it just had the good tequila notes up front without the off-putting tequila at the end. As I continue to sip, the sweetness of the agave gets cloying. There's not much heat as one would expect from a 13.5 abv brew.

The carbonation is low to low-medium with a smooth body. Some might find the lack of carbonation undesirable, but I rather like it for such a big beer.

Overall, fans of tequila should enjoy this one. I found it to be a little too cloying in the end, but did enjoy it. Thanks to Lost Abbey for the opportunity to try a beer aged in tequila barrels. Really curious to see how this would age. (1,737 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,661 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a footed glass.

A: Murky brown. No head.

S: salty. Tequila is obvious. Sweetish malt. Spicy.

T: This is really tasty. Sticky caramel/toffee. Dusty yeast. Distant booziness. Astringent citrus peel, agave, yeast.

M: Smooooth.

O: Great, interesting beer. Really worthwhile. Would recommend! (324 characters)

Photo of mrsp1107
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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. (292 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%

From 10/11/14 notes. Thanks to Nugganooch for sending this out to me... thanks Dane! 375ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Pours a medium brown color with a slight reddish tint, less than an inch of off white bubbles and low carbonation evident. Not quite flat but not very carbonated. Tons of tequila, oak, booze, dark fruit malts, sugar. Medium body and low carbonation, pretty hot.

Overall way too tequila foward for me; it dominates it and not much else going on. Hot and tough to drink a 375ml bottle by yourself...probably wouldn't seek t out again personally. (579 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle. 2014 vintage. Served in a DFH signature glass

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color with less than a finger of a light tan head that settles to a thick ring. Body is just short of opaque.

Smell: Caramel, mild roast character, agave/tequila, brown sugar, oak, booze.

Taste: Sweet malt, booze soaked raisins and figs, slight smoke and oak. Definite tequila presence, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a thinner than expected mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the lower end of medium.

Overall: Definitely a good beer,but not one of the Lost Abbey's best. Given the price point, I probably won't revisit this one again. (650 characters)

Photo of Chibeerguy1
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown caramel color, opaque with a very thin whitish head

S - A little tequila on the nose, some sweetness probably from the agave nectar hard to describe this one

T - Very undrwhelming, I was thinking this would be a slightly acidic maybe even a little sour, but its very malty. I'm not noticing a lot of complexity from the barrel other than the tequila. Its got a sweet agave nectar taste followed by tequila.

M - Syrupy and a little viscous.

O - This was alright to try but not worth the money. I applaud Lost Abbey for trying something new, this may have been the first tequila barrel aged beer Ive had and it was unique. Maybe if I was a bigger fan of Tequila I would appreciate this more, but I think if this beer had a little acidity to it it would have been a much better beer. The flavors just lack the complexity to make this a beer worth seeking out. (875 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (890 characters)

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