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Agave Maria - The Lost Abbey

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90
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354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 41
Gots: 81 | FT: 14
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%

GRG1313, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of Mikeypnh
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown, not a whole lot of head, just a few bubbles. The aroma is initially very sweet. Along with oak, tequila, and dark fruit. Very nice smell. The taste is rich with flavor, oak up front, slight chocolate and molasses, caramel, Tabacco?, and tequila. The tequila shines best right at the end. There's that nice tequila alcohol burn right after you swallow. Really good. It also leaves your mouth dry immediately after, making you want to take a sip as soon as you put the glass down. Mouthfeel is a little thick but still easy to drink given the ABV, with little to no carbonation. Very nice beer, especially if you like tequila. Most impressed with the tequila at the end, it's makes it a very nice sipper.

Mikeypnh, Apr 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Warlocks-Passage, Apr 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Beersnake1, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Seanniek91
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Seanniek91, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of pkalix
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what a beautiful aroma! the last guy MarcWP hit it all right on the head as I read his review and sipped my snifter.... some boozy notes but not at all alcohol-like. just a pleasant taste and aroma of cocoa, toffee, tequila (much like a bourbon, but tequila), fruit... first sip and first taste produced that deja vu sensation of extreme excitement much like that first Eclipse I had.... sweet and dessert-like, yet serious and sincere. Lost Abbey really has some great stuff.

pkalix, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of MarcWP
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Toppling Goliath chalice.

Pours a dark brown and when settled in the glass looks almost black. Small tan head that dissipates to the thinnest of rings around the edge of glass.

Aroma is truely wonderful. Rich chocolate, tequila reposado (literally), light caramel, maple, oak, Brandy, and a fruity coffee lingers in the background. The tequila in this I would say is more pronounced than in the PNC or any other beer aged in tequila barrels that I've had (which isn't more than I can count with the fingers of one hand!)

The palate brings pretty much what was present on the nose. Cocoa, caramel, grade b maple syrup, smooth tequila (you know, the good shit), some silky agave sweetness, raw sugar cane (have you ever chewed on fresh sugar cane? I have), and fruity black tea. This finish is so smooth, refined and decadent. At 13.5 abv it's hard to believe there is no booziness. The only hint of booziness you get is from the tequila flavors but even those are more flavor than actual fusel alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel is silky heavy medium with low carbonation that seems fitted to this beer. I don't see the need for more carbonation but maybe some would not agree. The beer has sweetness throughout but is not cloying in any shape or form.

A risky, innovative approach by The Lost Abbey in pursuing a 100 percent tequila barrel-aged strong ale and calling it a regular among their seasonal lineup. I think tequila is at the bottom of choices for spirit barrel usage by brewers to age their beers in. I grew up in the Mexican culture (I am Mexican) and have had many drinking binges consuming all sorts of tequila (growing up, as I don't exactly binge drink anymore) and I have to say, Agave Maria is probably the best vehicle for enjoying those agave and tequila flavors :). The beer really showcases the Tequila reposado and agave flavors while also presenting barleywine like characteristics uniting it all in a smooth drinking package. Well done, Lost Abbey, well done.

MarcWP, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Boston_Steve
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Boston_Steve, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Gonzoillini, Apr 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

bouncepass, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

OBeerMeGreatOne, Apr 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

bsuedekum, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

jeff1973, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of stealth
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

stealth, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Resuin
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a snifter. Served at cellar temp.

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel color and leaves a half finger of off-white head that fades almost immediately to a ring around the rim of the glass.

Smell: Molasses, liquor soaked raisins, oak, sweet grape jelly. The aroma is sweet but not overly, and pretty nice.

Taste: Starts with a flash of spice and then proceeds to be very sweet, and matches the aroma well. Sweet grape jelly, sweet dark fruits, oak, strawberry jam.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a slick, medium body. Finishes rather nice and smooth. A hint of alcohol in the finish.

Overall: I wasn't sure what to expect from tequila barrels, but I think it worked out rather nice and subtly. Definitely plenty of sweetness likely from the agave in the base beer, but possibly from the barrel as well. Interesting sweet fruit flavors and oak are predominant in here.

Resuin, Apr 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

jmadrigal2, Apr 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

inkdemention, Apr 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

imyourhero21, Apr 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

grze, Apr 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

IPAyForHops, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of 3sheets2wind
2.65/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown purple pour. No head at all. Almost no carb. No lacing.

Smells like Cola and tequila, but not awful like those two sound together. Some maraschino and plum.

Tastes very sweet. Grape jelly, maple and tequila.

Mouthfeel is syrup-y. Coats the tongue.

I would like this better with more carb, drier and some hop character.

3sheets2wind, Apr 21, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Maple syrupy chestnut brown. Little carbonation that disappears quickly.

S: Tequila hits first. Given the roasted malts, there's a mezcal smokiness to it. Then there's some earthy dust and sweetness.

T: Syrupy sweetness. Caramel with a touch of tequila. Dark cherries, dates, and pumpernickel.

M: Syrup.

O: Interesting but not excellent. A liqueur more than a beer or perhaps a Chimay Blue with half a shot of tequila thrown in.

01001111, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Maillard, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

vissai, Apr 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

tbone1384, Apr 20, 2014
Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.