Agave Maria | The Lost Abbey

Agave MariaAgave Maria
BA SCORE
80.3%
Liked This Beer
3.98 w/ 588 ratings
Agave MariaAgave Maria
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 dwagner003 on 03-26-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,279
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
588
Liked:
472
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
15.08%
Alströms:
4.27
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
114
Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 588 |  Reviews: 88
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1/5  rDev -74.9%

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1/5  rDev -74.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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1.03/5  rDev -74.1%

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1.18/5  rDev -70.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sorry, I loved this beer fresh. Warm oak sweetness, tequila. LOVED IT!!!! Bought 4. Drank 2 a year ago.

2 others I have cellared properly have soured. It's not supposed to be a sour. A personal lesson learned, and a total cellar fail.

That said: it is a well balanced medium tart sour and I finished both although the aroma of rancid cabbage sneaks into the background.
For a barrel aged strong ale it sucks. For a sour it's pretty good right now.
Super disappointment, as I have been collecting Lost Abbey limited releases to try over time. Hope the others don't go sour. Soured Angels Share: bleh? I have a Cuvée de Tomme to try next. At least that one is supposed to be sour.

Beware if you find any for sale. Beware. Agree with 2/7/15,reviewer: smells like cabbage

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1.75/5  rDev -56%

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1.75/5  rDev -56%

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1.76/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Shared by Curran last night.

This one pours a murky brown, with no head or lacing.

This one has a really off-putting smell that really reminds me of rotting garbage. It's honestly disgusting. There's some stale tequila as well.

This was just a major fail on Lost Abbey's part. I'm not sure if that was intended, or it went deeply south in the year it's been in the bottle, but it was 2-3 sips and a drainpour, which I don't do often. There's a super unpleasant sour character, when mixed with the tequila, it's just rancid. The garbage character is really nicely present in the taste too.

This is medium bodied, and a bit syrupy, and not really that palatable.

Honestly, one of the worst beers I've ever had. Blech all around.

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1.9/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Infected or just god awful

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1.95/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This bottle is clearly infected/spoiled. The nose is sour, with some underlying sweetness and surprisingly a decently noticeable tequila presence. Where as the nose was sour, but still halfway pleasant, the palate is not. It is sour and funky in all the bad ways. There are clearly some good flavors hidden in this beer, would love to try a non-infected bottle.

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2/5  rDev -49.7%

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2/5  rDev -49.7%

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2/5  rDev -49.7%

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2.12/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours Nestea color with s small dirty white head with some lacing. Not hugely carbonated.
Smells like syrupy coke - reminds me a bit of a Pilgrims Dole I had once.
Wierd sour taste with a boozy finish. I am thinking this one is spoiled. If not it sucks and shame on you Lost Abby. Bleh. If they make it again don't cellar it.

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2.25/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of Matonika
2.27/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look is a murky brown like dirty pond water. The tequila Smell is very faint only apparent when first opened. Musty ,raisins . Weird earth smell. Almost like a tomato juice smell. Taste is tart and old wild contaminated yeast. Huge Cabbage flavor. I think this beer has turned it must have turned and gone off. Overall I would only drink this if it was fresh from brewery.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.56/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.63/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

375ml bottle poured into tulip.

A- Pours a dark slightly purplish brown that appears opaque in the glass, not much head forms and what does quickly recedes, carbonation seems decent, white yeasty sediment specks floating around.

S- Strong barrel presence dominates the nose with tequila, oak, agave nectar giving a fairly vegetal presence with a little bit of brussel sprouts, rotten wood, underlying raisins. Overall very different with the tequila and agave giving off a very different aroma that I've never encountered in a beer. Interesting but not a fan at all.

T- Again strong barrel presence with sharp and slightly boozy tequila balanced with a just as strong agave presence. The tequila and agave almost completely cut out the base beer of raisins, toffee, etc. which is a shame because the base actually seems pretty tasty albeit a bit boozy. Overall not as vegetal as the nose, definitely unique, but still not my cup of tea.

M- Carbonation on the low side but decent for beer, about average body for the style, a bit on the boozy side with a little alcohol burn showing the 13.5%.

O- This was an interesting try but definitely not my cup of tea. After trying this beer I'm not sure if I'm sure if I like agave and tequila in a beer, although it definitely adds some unique tastes. Definitely not something I'll be picking up again, might be better with some age on it though.

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2.64/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle seems to be infected

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2.67/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

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Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 80.3% out of 100 with 588 ratings
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