Agave Maria - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 498
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 53
Gots: 103 | FT: 17
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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: 65 | Hads: 498
Photo of TruePerception
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (286 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,293 characters)

Photo of impending
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

A-

cola mahogany, minor head fell to a healthy ring that lasted, minor lacing

rich deep aroma, the barrel comes on strong, nicely
sweet tequila rum raisins

the wood shines in the flavor, the tequila works

fairly thin bodied, less than medium
enjoyably smacked my lips after each sip
cheers
jd (296 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
2.63/5  rDev -32.4%
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 beergoot
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring produced a slightly hazy, deep brown body topped with a lasting, one-finger thick head. The aroma presents a heady mixture of tequila, brown bread, brown sugar, and roasted nuts. The flavor follows the aroma with the addition of an edge of alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with an overall softness on the palate.

This beer deftly combines elements of malty brown ales, barley wines, and barrel-aged influences. The tequila component pops up from the get go yet doesn't overwhelm things. Delicious, boozy, and malty, all wrapped together in a nicely balanced, fantastically complex big beer package. (614 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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 HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (841 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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 (855 characters)

Photo of Chibeerguy1
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Circles413
4.91/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour: a nice dark drown with a slight reddish tint. Decent carbonation with nice lacing. Served from a corked & caged bottle & poured into a snifter glass.

Aroma: very boozy from the tequila barrels. Some dark fruits, caramel, molasses & more tequila.

Taste: wow!!! This is a sipper for sure! It's a big sweet & sour beer!!! It gets you in the cheeks from the sweetness & sourness from the agave & tequila. This is an amazing beer & gets even better as it warms up. You definitely get the heat from the barrels!!

Mouth: chewy, syrupy & rich medium mouth feel. Could be a little less carbonated to match the richness & sweetness but still feels good on the tongue.

Overall: this is a great beer!!! It carries so many characteristics from; the agave syrup, to the tequila from the barrels, to sweet & bitter dark fruits. It's a very complex beer but it's very well balanced!!! If you see this beer I strongly suggest you ignore the price & give it a try. You won't be disappointed!!! (987 characters)

Photo of ricknelson
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. (1,572 characters)

Photo of JoyJer
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
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 . (483 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,265 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,018 characters)

Photo of Brandywine
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of BRami127
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank this today (6/8/14) after buying the bottle on May 14, 2014. 2014 vintage. Served in a Brooklyn Brewery snifter glass.

Appearance: Almost like a marshy, brown color, very little head. Body is thick, but not syrupy.

Smell: Caramel, not too boozy tequila aroma. I sense a sweet raisin scent to the beer.

Taste: Sweet, raisiny, and another dried fruit that I can't identify. The agave is present, but not a primary flavor (compared to a straight shot of tequila or mescal).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but thin. You'd think the sweetness and appearance would make it somwhat like a heavy, sweet stout or barleywine, but it is not. Low carbonation.

Overall: Very good beer. Had to try it at least once. It's not my favorite of all the Lost Abbey beers, but it's a definite must try. (787 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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 scottfrie
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage poured into LA teku glass.

A: Pours a very deep caramel brown with a faint soft collar for a head.
S: Tequila barrel comes through strongly alongside hints of roasted malts, sweet agave syrup, and maybe a mint hint of chocolate.
T: Interesting and much smoother flavors than expected from the nose. Tequila barrel hints first with that characteristic agave and oak taste, followed by notes of caramel, vanilla, leather, tobacco, roast, and milk chocolate. The finish is sweet with agave syrup and full of spice, and the aftertaste is buttery, smooth and has a lingering taste of chocolate and tequila. Tons of sticky caramel comes out as the beer reaches room temp.
M: Full and fairly viscous body, low carbonation that thankfully fluffs up a bit in my mouth and adds some chewiness to the mouthfeel, and a sticky and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is warming but not distracting.
O: Impressive. I didn’t know what to think given the barrel, but I thoroughly enjoyed sipping on this. (996 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Served in a snifter a beautiful, light brown color, clear with garnet highlights and a tight tan head.
S: Toffee, oak, light smoke, raisins soaked in tequila, and a rich roasted malt profile.
T: Caramel, oak, tequila, raisins and dried plums. Rich layers of roasted malt and a kick of boozy tequila finish on the tongue but it still remains smooth.
M: Medium to full body with a smooth, light carbonation. Alcohol warmth is noticeable but where it should be and not harsh.
O: A terrific sipper! Lots of smooth layers that keep developing. This is a harmonious balance between a strong ale and tequila! Seek this beer out! (628 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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 reebtaerG
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head that soon recedes to a fine ring.

S-The aroma is sweet with agave nectar, dark fruits and tequila.

T-The taste is similarly sweet with raisins, dates, plums and a trace of mellow tequila.

M-The mouthfeel is oily and viscous and the carbonation is soft. Finishes long and cloying.

O-Overall was quite surprised and impressed with. Would definitely get again to age and compare. (471 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (1,511 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Armsby Abbey Worcester, MA. Notes taken 3 days ago.

A- Dark brown almost black body poured from the tap to a goblet. Small frothy tan head is just a thin layer atop the beer. Big creamy ring and nice sheets and webs of lace.

S- Deep and rich with cocoa, roast malts, plums that almost feel like a truffle. With some time wet oak and tequila come out to be fairly strong. Fruity and something spicy, smoky.

T- Tequila feel is more assertive in the flavor. Agave also stronger here as well and they both blend well with notes of rich fig, plum, cocoa, wet oak and spice.

MF- Medium body with a foamy, creamy carbonation. Strong warmth from the alcohol heating up the palate in the finish.

Perhaps has the strongest tequila presence of any beer I have had thus far. The tequila works just fine with the Strong Ale aged on it and nothing is abrasive about the experience. (882 characters)

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Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
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