Agave Maria | The Lost Abbey

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3.98/5
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599 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Summer

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.

Added by StoutSnob40 on 03-26-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,595
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
599
pDev:
14.82%
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
115
Trade:
13
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Ratings: 599 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown beer topped with a minuscule tan head which is only there in the form of a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells like straight tequila and agave.
T: Taste is a little sharp on the tongue followed by a lot of tequila barrels and agave. Slight tartness as well which is surprising. Mostly just tequila and agave flavors. A little chocolate and spice try to creep in but the tartness is too strong to let them come out. Swallow is a lime like tartness followed by more tequila and agave.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is low to the point where the beer almost feels flat. The ABV gives this one a dry finish.
O: Tastes like an accidental Roble Blanco clone. Not undrinkable but I like my beers to taste like beer. Could have unintentionally soured as well. I have one more of these of an unknown vintage so we'll see if it's any better.

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Photo of KevBot89
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of midlifec
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce prowler into snifter, filled on 11/4/2017. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, honey, tequila, agave, toasted oak, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, and brown bread; with light notes of molasses, chocolate, cocoa, pepper, coconut, almond, smoke, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, agave, tequila barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, honey, tequila, agave, toasted oak, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, and brown bread; with light notes of molasses, chocolate, cocoa, pepper, coconut, almond, smoke, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/roast bitterness and tequila/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, honey, tequila, agave, toasted oak, dark fruit, brown bread, light molasses/chocolate/smoke, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, agave, tequila barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitterness and tequila/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/silky, and lightly slick/sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth of 13.5%, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged strong ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, agave, tequila barrels, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Tons of complexity that increases as it warms. Perfectly balanced yeast, malts, and tequila barrel flavors. Very rich, but not overly sweet. A really impressive and enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Soured. Not undrinkable but not what they intended and not very good. Will try and revisit an unsoured one.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdamSteve
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paresis
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XavierBenitez
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AJmon13
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of macrosmatic
3.02/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this! Reviewed from long-standing notes (drank May 30, 2015). Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewing tulip glass.

A: Murky brown, average visible carbonation, and a thin to nonexistent thin tan head.

S: Sweet malts, acetic acid, tequila spices and some barrel tannins. A touch of toffee as well. Not terrible, but may be infected – wasn’t expecting any acetic acid.

T: Sweet malts, a tequila bite, and the acetic acid tang. More toffee here as well. The acetic acid is joined by some mild funk after the swallow, and it stays acidic on the way down.

M: Medium body, but it seems thick due to the low carbonation sensation. Alcohol is obvious but not overly prominent.

O: I'm not sure that this is what this beer is supposed to be at all. But still, it isn’t undrinkably awful, even if it is infected. Maybe a C-Minus though.

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Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrmaps
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L: Light brown with no foam at all -- looks completely flat but I have held it for a couple of years
S: Light malt aroma --- not smelling any tequila notes. But the beer was cold when first poured
T: Very odd flavor during first sip. Sort of sour not the rounded . Very faint taste of tequila and as the beer warms it gets stronger. The tequila is surprising laid back. As it warms the astringent tequila flavors rise up a bit. The taste is not as intense as I would expect. Maybe this is an off batch. Tastes more like a standard strong ale.
F: Wish there was some carbonation it it. The beer is completely flat which definitely detracts from it.
O: An unusual beer for an unusual time. I really like that this company is willing to take these kind of risks. I am not certain is has paid off -- but it is so far out for the usual bourbon barrel -- fruit -- spice type of beer it is hard to be prepared for it. I kind of like it.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bit of a murky mahogany with a half inch khaki head. Smells of fig, raisin, caramel, oak, and a bit of tequila. Taste is incredible with those sweet dark fruits shining and well complimented by wood and mild sourness (I guess I am getting a much lesser concentration of tequila than most). Feel is lightly carbonated, semi acidic, medium bodied, and pretty well balanced favoring sweetness. Wonderfully complex, this beer brings the sweetness and strength of a Belgian Quad and the acidity of a mild barrel aged sour together perfectly, which I would have never guessed based on its own description. Very glad to have tried it. Cheers!

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Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bnes09
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love the complexity, balance and originality. The agave flavor really blends well with the dense and sweet malt character.

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Photo of CPAles
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 599 ratings