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Agave Maria - The Lost Abbey

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90
outstanding

374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 14.11%
Wants: 40
Gots: 85 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

RBuckley73, May 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

nabit, May 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

kmoen, May 06, 2014
Photo of neurobot01
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml corked & caged bottle at cellar temp into a snifter, in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Bottle lists abv at 13.5%.

Look: murky red-tinged brown, with essentially no head, and little carbonation (but not the infamous Lost-Abbey-flat).

Smell: unmistakably of tequila. This is the part where I remember that tequila and I do not get along particularly well. Having a pretty hard time picking up anything else.

Taste: unmistakably of awesome! Quite sweet (duh, the base beer's brewed with agave nectar), and definitely a wallop of tequila, but without a strong alcohol bite, and with brown sugar, figs, overripe banana, a tiny bit of cinnamon and nutmeg, and honey backing up the tequila. Given how little heat there is on this, I'm not sure what aging will add—but, that's not going to stop me from sitting on my second bottle for a year.

Feel: pretty syrupy, but not unpleasantly so. Just the mildest hint of carbonation, but basically right for the style.

Overall: if I didn't find the smell of tequila somewhat aversive, this would be a 4.75 overall. That said, at $16/bottle, there are probably other examples of the style that are a better value. Definitely worth trying for fans of tequila.

neurobot01, May 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

starshark, May 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

chippo33, May 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

DerekMorgan, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

TheDrunkenDeer, May 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Casey3236, May 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

jayhunter357, May 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

brpendergast85, May 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

mctizzz, May 02, 2014
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Denzo, May 02, 2014
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shehateme, May 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

JRod1969, May 01, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany amber with little light transmission and a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass, slight lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, brown sugar, light tequila; woody and a bit boozy. Flavor is caramel and mild toasted malt, wood, toffee, dark fruit, earthy and woody with light tequila hints in the finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation. An interesting strong ale with the rich, complex flavors I expect from this brewery's more powerful brews, the flavors are so well integrated that they seem mellow at first, although the barrel elements become more noticeable as the flavor develops. The tequila influence is well done without being intrusive and the whole flavor blends together quite well. A very interesting and satisfying strong ale. A warming sipper.

LiquidAmber, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

MastaShonuf, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

BDeibs, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

GRG1313, Apr 30, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
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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Seanniek91, Apr 27, 2014
Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.