Agave Maria | The Lost Abbey

BA SCORE
88
very good
583 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
Ratings:
583
Reviews:
88
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
15.31%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
116
For Trade:
15
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 583 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yeaprolly
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nonpo
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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 +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leoinsd
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FreshHawk
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dexterk1
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlvinLin
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a deep brown. The shade of brown seemed a little odd.

Smell - Lime and tequila dominate the nose. Is this a shot?

Taste - The lime jumps out, quite sour and realistic. The tequila notes are also very present, but are not too hot. I really can't tell much about the base beer. The lime/tequila renains strong in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Allegedly, this is a strong ale. There was little carbonation and seemed a little thin.

Overall - A unique beer, but not a world changer.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brycevolk
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Parmesan
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottiethebody
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Joshpu
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. Bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a very nice brownish color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger foamy off-white head, which leaves a nice huge island and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some very nice grapes, raisins, fig, plum notes, some nice tartness. The taste is malty, yeasty, very nice touch of dark fruits, very nice touch of oak, tequila, kinda winey, tarty like. Medium body, with a nice little bitter/dry finish, pretty complex as well. Overall, this is a very fine brew, to me quite a different take on the style. Always a joy to drink a brew from this brewery.

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Photo of jrfehon33
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khoff5
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent mix of sweet and tart, like they mixed a strong and a sour, my dream mix! High ABV was hardly noticeable, great look, smell, flavor and aftertaste. Def will buy again.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from recent trip to SD. Well made and a nice note or two from barrel. Largely complex but not very interesting in nose or taste. Shared with others who's only comment was about the sweetness. Can't all be home runs I guess. Not a bad beer, but don't expect to try again.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer has everything I look for in a great strong ale - depth of flavor, complexity, balance, temperance, and uniqueness. The flavor is at times funky, sweet, tart, and savory. The honey sweetness and malt are balanced by good yeasty flavors that add fermented, very mild tartness to the mix, plus a bit of peppery spice. There's a lot going on here. I expected this to taste like tequila-beer and was pleasantly surprised when I only got just a hint of the liquor's presence.

It's also smooth, real smooth. For a beer breaching 13% abv, and for me to not notice any remarkable burn on the first sip, that stuff is really well-tempered. The feel of the beer also stays with you as much as the flavor. It's an opaque muddy brownish red color - hazy but not gritty, and stays on your tongue for a while with it's chewy, heavy body. And yet for a beer of that consistency, there's quite a bit of fizz on it. It actually foamed out of the bottle as I opened it like champagne which felt like a tragic waste, but cest la vie.

All in all, from the price, abv, and style, this is clearly a special occasion beer and while aging it longer than the 6 months it spent in my cellar might have done wonders to it, it might have just as easily overpowered it and with no bottling date present, I'm okay with enjoying it as is and will definitely seek it out again. And while my first impressions of it were not as a world-class beer, it definitely grew tastier and more interesting as the drinking went on (and I don't even think that's simply because I was getting tipsier).

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Photo of Hallertau
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
3.92 out of 5 based on 583 ratings.
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