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Agave Maria | The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
3.98/5
Very Good
592 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:
#4,524
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
592
pDev:
15.08%
Bros Score:
4.27
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
114
Trade:
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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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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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

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

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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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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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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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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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3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Awesome flavours of herbal, wood tequila with some caramel and chocolate on the background and a hint of tart cherries. 375 ml bottle for $15 usd good? Not really.

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4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange tinged brown with almost no head.

Smell has notes of dark fruits, brown sugar, oak and TONS of tequila. Wow, this is probably the booziest smelling beer I've ever had - if not just because the tequila aroma is so so strong.

Taste is strongly sour tequila. You get the tequila up front with some lime and salt notes. Nice oatmeal flavor isn't prominent but underlies the beer and really gives it some balance with that tequila. the lime gives it a margarita like flavor that is really interesting. Still, the tequila just dominates the flavor of this beer making it very boozy.

Feel has mild carbonation, smooth, velvety in the mouth. The boozy nature results in a real warming sensation in the face.

Really interesting beer. Its well done for what it is, but its so unique. I don't think I'd ever want to drink it again, although I'm really glad I got to try it.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 592 ratings
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