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Agave Maria - The Lost Abbey

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90
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347 Ratings
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 77 | FT: 16
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Sammy, Jun 29, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +2.7%

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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

djrn2, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

zestar, Apr 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

acurtis, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

metter98, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

ygtbsm94, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

GRG1313, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Knapp85, May 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 20, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

largadeer, Apr 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

SocalKicks, May 19, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

StonedTrippin, May 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

mendvicdog, Aug 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Rochefort10nh, Jun 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

MarkyMOD, Aug 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

weeare138, May 26, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

orangesol, Jul 21, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a matching lost abbey teku. The brew appears a murkey brown with a light khaki head. Some lighter brown clarity is noted when held to the light. Some spotty to stringy patches of lace hang on the glass snd a swirl revives a finger of froth back to the surface. This has ample carbonation visually as it constantky rises to the surface supporting a film throughout the duration.

The aroma is a little musty. Almosy heavy on a notion of older damp oak with some raisony character blending to toffee, caramel and candy-like sweetness. Booze is prevalent across the back. As it warms up, it has a distinct fruitiness like agave and grass with a mild herbal feel.

The taste is sweet and malty with notes of raison and toffee before some raw oak barrel character. A little hint of must and mushrooms almost like earthen and damp old oakiness blends with agave that has a green grassy note. There is a fruity feel to this before plenty of warming alcohol comes into play. A mild herbal bitterness lasts into the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite an enjoyable sipper. The tequila is not prevalent in this other than some alcohol warmth. The agave however is pretty pronounced. Ive heard a lot of conflicting information about bottles of this ranging from flat to infected and sour. I was pleasantly surprised that mine was neither and a pretty good representation of what the label reads. Then again, my bottle went from store shelf to fridge to my mouth in a fairly quick timeframe.

stakem, Jun 23, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

drewone, Apr 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

afsdan, Aug 06, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -56.8%

BARFLYB, Jul 20, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +4%

The beer is murky and chestnut brown with a filmy tan collar. The aroma brings oak, cherry, vanilla, heat. Similar flavor with some tequila like notes in the flavor. A tad sweet, finishing with a tangy, oak, slightly tannic note. Vinous. Flavorful. I like this one. An interesting beer.

Huhzubendah, Aug 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Gonzoillini, Apr 25, 2014
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Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.