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Agave Maria - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

424 Ratings
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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 14.43%
Wants: 44
Gots: 90 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 03-26-2014)
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.01/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottle aged 3 months then was too enthused to not give it a shot..pores into quad glass. Smell is lot's of tequila , right away, pungent sweet raisin like plum, scent, with some hints of the barrel on the nose already. Taste of agave, good tequila, oak, raisin, spice, thick, complex and warmth on the temp does justice. A good amount of malt to back this big profile. Deep dark-fruits, dried pear, apricot, juniper. 55 degrees would be plenty cool for this one. Body is syrupy thick, and the alcohol content is present throughout. A least a year more aged on this one would seem to do well here. Wish i had another to see. Serve with riche mole' sauces, stinky cotija, chicharone tacos, aged drier cheeses, Mexican bread-pudding aka: capirotada.

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4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

AUG 29, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Bottle from Chris. Thanks, hagg. 2014 vintage.Pouring a very dark brown with a dense, brown head with decent retention and nice lacing, this looks great. The nose is awesome. A blend of boozy notes, rum and tequla mostly, up front along with a complex malt base that has floral agave notes, leather, dark fruit, a little smoke (the last 3 particularly reminiscent of Angels Share). A mild barrel/boozy tartness is present with flavors of semiripe blackberries. A really nice earthy, savory note is present with petrichor and red wine. Awesome.The palate opens full-bodied with the berry tartness, a delightful tequila character, some brown sugar and a little leather. The leather grows through the palate, gaining earth, toffee, burnt sugar, a little smoke and red wine/grape skin tannins quite strong. Fruity and vinous on the finish with a blend of floral agave, a fruity, jammy Zin and a hint of smoke. Lightly carbonated, this feels great on the palate. Excellent stuff.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.