Agave Maria | The Lost Abbey

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3.98/5
Very Good
597 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:
#5,199
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
597
pDev:
14.82%
Bros Score:
4.27
 
 
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62
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Ratings: 597 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of scott2269
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

Photo of Chinakalva
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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Photo of Vylo
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

On-tap 5/15/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a very deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, toasted oats, licorice and agave fruit.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of chocolate, licorice, coffee and agave. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty with good complexity, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a flavorful beer to sip on for a long time.

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Photo of safaricook
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rodosman
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bgold86
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

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

Fizzy tan head. Brown color.

The tequila dominates this beer. It's like a sour tequila beer. Lots of agave. Brown sugar and malt with some sweetness combined with tequila.

Very interesting beer.

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

Photo of yeaprolly
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours dark caramel into a teku glass with slight beige head

Aromas are of date and raisin with boozy tartness

Taste comes through with some complexity... Up front I get a dry tart bite almost like a carbonation bite but by appearance it shouldn't be.... Middle mouth is full of date, raisin, dark fruit and a hint of sweet Belgian Candy? Once that clears I get a tart funkiness that fades into a slight boozy after taste... Obviously has tequila notes messing with my taste buds (in a good way) throughout flavors...

Feel on this beer is full and rich and leaves a nice "after lace" on your tongue.... Follows through with a nice boozy burn....

Overall- If you have a bad history with tequila don't shy away from this beer... It delivers great flavors with tequila accents but not enough to give you flashbacks to previous tequila overindulgence stay likely lead you to "driving the porcelain bus" or "calling Dinosaurs" if you get a chance seek this one out... But avoid 2014 vintage bottles (should be stamped on the neck... Subsequent years to not appear to have date stamp) as they were prone to infection due to vast numbers of little monsters from the tequila barrels that were fed when bottles were pitched with yeast and sugar for conditioning.....

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

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leoinsd
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

0.375 ml bottle.
Poured into tulip.
Pours opaque dark brown beer with 2-finger beige head, so-so retention.
Smell - tequila, something herbal (agave?), wood, wild yeasts sourness, pepper, chocolate.
Taste - follows the smell, complex of tequila/agave notes, woodiness, siginificant acidity, dark fruits.
Full, oily body, low carbonation.
Very solid brew.

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Photo of smi69
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FreshHawk
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dexterk1
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 597 ratings