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Agave Maria - The Lost Abbey

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77 Reviews

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 537
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 41.69%
Wants: 57
Gots: 113 | 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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Photo of Matonika
2.27/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of GoneARye
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Cloudy, mostly opaque. Deep brown. Like barrel char.
S: Wood, aged tequila, and raisins. Smoky notes from the barrel hide underneath.
T: Tequila really shines through. Supported by raisins, dark fruit and wood. Smoke lingers on the finish.
MF: Gentle carbonation. Tequila alcohol finds the palette even when liquid is held in one place on the tongue.
O: Very interesting. Would love to see now tequila barrel experimentation.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%

A - Low retention and lace on a bone-white head. Beautiful deep mahogany body with cranberry highlights.

S - Sweet nose. Raisins, honey, agave, and tangy tequila.

T - Sweet brown bread, golden raisins, tart vinegary oak, smooth agave, and a touch of anise.

M - Medium-light body. Super smooth.

O - Outstanding. Great execution on an interesting experimental style.

4.56 Agave Maria
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.00 4.30 4.50 4.27 10% 0.43
S - 4.50 4.75 4.50 4.58 20% 0.92
T - 4.60 4.60 4.70 4.63 40% 1.85
M - 4.40 4.40 4.50 4.43 10% 0.44
O - 4.60 4.60 4.60 4.60 20% 0.92

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Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%

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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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of mdfb79
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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Photo of mrsp1107
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

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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Photo of TruePerception
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of portia99
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of impending
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%


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

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Photo of jaasen64
2.63/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.


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Photo of Chibeerguy1
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Circles413
4.91/5  rDev +25.6%
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!!!

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Photo of ricknelson
4.34/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.