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Agave Maria - The Lost Abbey

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90
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422 Ratings
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Ratings: 422
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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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.

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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, mahogany highlights showing. Off white color on the head, composed of very fine bubbles. Tequila is unmistakable on the nose. The "sting" associated with Tequila is tempered nicely. Woody, vanilla-like notes reflect the barrel-aging. Plenty of agave and brown sugar character. Alcohol presence is notable but not overwhelming; it doesn't hide the good qualities present.

Strong, sweet flavor profile. Any heat or sting from the tequila is tempered nicely, with the barrel qualities allowed to shine through. Comparisons in flavor profile to an English barleywine are accurate. Tons of caramellized sugar. The finish is dry and clean. Mouthfeel has a slight syrupy quality, but it's not very viscous. Not quite moderately carbonated, and it's not prickly.

Lost Abbey comes through again with another top notch barrel-aged strong ale. The tequila qualities are expertly balanced with the base beer. Pricey, for sure, but there's a strong argument to be made that it's worth it.

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Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.