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Agave Maria - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 14.46%
Wants: 54
Gots: 97 | FT: 18
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

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: 457 | Reviews: 62
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4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

i havent had a beer this interesting in a long time, and have never seen a better expression of tequila in a beer. a strong ale, like only the lost abbey can brew, using agave nectar instead of the usual belgian candy sugar or other sweetener, and then aged in a mix of repo and anejo barrels for what just be quite awhile. listed on the bottle at 13.5% abv, it drinks like about 8%, just no heat at all and very pleasant all the way through. rich amber color, mahogany really, cherry wood red, with a lot of haze and viscosity, and an average cream head. it smells fruity as heck, super sweet, and lush like the agave plant itself. i get plenty of sweet oak, red and brown malts, and just the smallest hint of booze. the flavor is tequila heavy, but not in a hot or caustic or stomach turning way. its rich and sweet, like a tequila desert made from some top shelf stuff. tons of oak and a hint of vanilla in with the fresh agave plant juice. malt base is enormous, but right where it belongs. i get toasted almonds, coconut, black pepper, and molasses all wrapped up in this, but its agave all the way, and as smooth and mellow as the best of them. a hint of smoke to cut the sweetness after the swallow. very dense beer too, almost gelatinous, but slippery and drinkable for what it is. lost abbey takes come criticism from users of this site for whatever reason, but its beers like this that keep me loyal. fantastically interesting and well crafted beer, up there with anything, near flawless, i need more.

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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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Reviewed from notes. 375ml C&C bottle.

A: Pours a light brown with a light tan head which fades to the rim and leaves spotty lace.

N: Spices, sweet caramel, faint tequila booze, aged oak, fruity.

T: Well balanced, aged woody tequila with malty sweetness and raisins/fruity. ABV is noted.

M: Full body and light carbonation. Finishes sweetly sticky with boozy heat and lingering fruits.

O: I really enjoyed this one. Go slow, take your time as this warms. Wish it wasn't so spendy.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.76/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

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Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.