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Agave Maria | The Lost Abbey

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88
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83 Reviews
Agave MariaAgave Maria
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
571
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
15.27%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
118
For Trade:
14
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Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium-large shared bottle.
High ABV is quite evident in the aroma which suggests a mix of sherry and brown ale.
Slight woody aspect with plenty of dark and over-ripe fruit notes.
Lovely red-brown body.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. 2014 vintage.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Strange funky aroma that's pretty off-putting. You get a bit of the barrel and a hint of booze but it's mainly this earthy aroma that's not very pleasant.

T- Big lime flavor with a spicy tequila finish. Slightly sweet with some raisin notes. Man, this is great because it really pulls through the reposado/anejo spiciness of a top-shelf tequila. There is a tartness present that actually complements the drink in the way that a lime would with a margarita. The more I drink it, the more I get this sour mix flavor that I really like.

M- Slight tart dryness. Actually gets more and more tart as the drink goes on.

O- This beer definitely shows signs of infection. The tartness becomes more and more apparent as the drink progresses and the smell is just plain bad. That being said, the flavor is great in my opinion. The tequila comes through with this sweet/sour lime flavor making me feel like I'm drinking a margarita which the tartness actually enhances. If I hadn't heard this was infected, I might not have thought there was anything technically wrong with it when drinking it. I'm glad I popped it when I did though since it apparently is on the road of getting worse over time, but I'm still pretty sure this beer isn't exactly how the brewer intended for it to taste at the time it was bottled. Overall, somewhat of a disappointment considering the money spent on this bottle.

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Photo of Jjski
1.18/5  rDev -70%
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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Photo of SierraFlight
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage on draft at Beachwood Seal Beach poured into a short footed pilsner-esque glass. Very dark brown opaque body with nothing but a few bubbles around the edge. No lacing. Aroma features wood, tequila, roasted malt, and brown sugar. Taste features brown sugar and caramel sweetness initially then some woody, smokey and boozy bitterness and spice on the swallow. Just short of full body, slick, sticky, oily texture, soft carbonation, and a long finish that coats the mouth with agave and malty sweetness.

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Photo of skiking1163
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

375 ml 2014 vintage in tulip

A: Accidentally poured the yeast and all into a tulip. With the yeast, mostly opaque dark brown with small, one finger head that hung around for a little while. Some lacing.

S: Nice light smell with a refreshing, tequila/barrel background. Not much alcohol nose around 45-50 deg.

T: Delicious. Everything good about tequila. Earthy, a little bit of oak, and dark, slightly tart fruit on the back end. Again, not much of an alcohol note, which is really refreshing for a beer over 13%

M: A little sticky and lingering, but I'm not surprised with this abv.

O: I'd been looking for a tequila-aged beer for a long time when I picked this up at the end of last summer and this one has set the bar high. Great one to break out on a cold snow day in the south. Would definitely pick this one up again to share the love with friends.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml cork and cage bottle poured into a globe.

A: Poured yeast and all. Chestnut brown. Opaque. Sandy colored head is short lived. Small spots of lacing.

S: Tequila is front and center. Spicy, agave. Dusty oak. Black pepper and ghostly smoke. Brown sugar and honeyed sweetness. Perhaps some subtle whiffs of berry fruits.

T: Tequila spiciness vies with a honeyed sweetness. Burnt sugar. Bread crust. Hint of nutty cocoa. Vague fruits. Peppery. Sweet finish of honey and tequila.

M: medium-thick body. Slick and slightly coating feel. Fairly flat. Warming alcohol.

O: Interesting. I like the concept. Tequila barrel aging really hasn't been explored much, and a sweet, dark strong ale makes for a nice marriage. It strikes a nice balance. A little more malt and/or yeast complexity to round it out and some more aggressive carbonation would really elevate this brew.

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Photo of Matonika
2.27/5  rDev -42.2%
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 Jimmys
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2014 vintage. 375 mL.

pours a slightly opaque dark brown. definitely a lot of conditioning on the bottom of the bottle I tried to avoid by pouring carefully, but couldn't miss all of it. smells like a woody, strong tequila. limes. agave. booze. sweet brown sugar. the flavor is very tequila strong at first. dominates the flavor. finish is very sweet. a lot of unfermented sugars there. full bodied brew for sure.
I split this bottle and couldn't drink anymore of a half a bottle. tequila and beer don't get along very well as far as I am concerned. glad I got to try, but will not be purchasing again.

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Photo of GoneARye
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Cloudy, mostly opaque. Deep brown. Like barrel char.
S: Wood, aged tequila, and raisins. Smoky notes from the barrel hide underneath.
T: Tequila really shines through. Supported by raisins, dark fruit and wood. Smoke lingers on the finish.
MF: Gentle carbonation. Tequila alcohol finds the palette even when liquid is held in one place on the tongue.
O: Very interesting. Would love to see now tequila barrel experimentation.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance – Pours a very dark brown amber color, with minimal head that soon dissipates to nothing. Spotted lacing that left many tiny dots on the glass. A cool bottle.

Smell – .The tequila comes through nicely, but it also smells of rotting oak, cola, and sweet sugar. Kind of an awkward combination.

Taste – Quite a bit of tequila, with sweet cola, pepper, and figs.

Mouthfeel – Good carbonation, but the alcohol had a surprising bite for a 13.5%abv beer. I'm not a huge fan of the aftertaste either, which is a burning tequila/cola flavor.

Drinkability – This didn’t go down as easy as most beers of this abv . The tequila bite combined with the awkward sweetness wasn't optimal for me.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.56/5  rDev +16%

A - Low retention and lace on a bone-white head. Beautiful deep mahogany body with cranberry highlights.

S - Sweet nose. Raisins, honey, agave, and tangy tequila.

T - Sweet brown bread, golden raisins, tart vinegary oak, smooth agave, and a touch of anise.

M - Medium-light body. Super smooth.

O - Outstanding. Great execution on an interesting experimental style.


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4.56 Agave Maria
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.00 4.30 4.50 4.27 10% 0.43
S - 4.50 4.75 4.50 4.58 20% 0.92
T - 4.60 4.60 4.70 4.63 40% 1.85
M - 4.40 4.40 4.50 4.43 10% 0.44
O - 4.60 4.60 4.60 4.60 20% 0.92

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Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours with basically no head, atop a deep brown brew, purplish black in the glass.

Smells musty and tart, like a brown sour. Aspirin; green leaves and agave; toffee and brown sugar. There's such a fresh, green aroma that really drowns out everything else.

Flavor is equally complex: salty, malty, slightly tart; flavors of mint, green leaves, agave syrup, starfruit, coffee, oak, tannins, a kiss of dark chocolate, caramel, pepper...it goes on and on. The depth and complexity of flavor is enormous.

It's also a unique flavor; not a particularly normal beer, by any stretch. It is, however, enjoyable.

Extremely sticky, slightly tart; definitely a sipper. The only hint of the high ABV is a slight warming effect on the back-end.

This is an impressively unique beer. The tequila feel is there, but nowhere near dominant. Incredibly complex; powerful; and in the end, pretty tasty.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.01/5  rDev +2%

Bottle aged 3 months then was too enthused to not give it a shot..pores into quad glass. Smell is lot's of tequila , right away, pungent sweet raisin like plum, scent, with some hints of the barrel on the nose already. Taste of agave, good tequila, oak, raisin, spice, thick, complex and warmth on the temp does justice. A good amount of malt to back this big profile. Deep dark-fruits, dried pear, apricot, juniper. 55 degrees would be plenty cool for this one. Body is syrupy thick, and the alcohol content is present throughout. A least a year more aged on this one would seem to do well here. Wish i had another to see. Serve with riche mole' sauces, stinky cotija, chicharone tacos, aged drier cheeses, Mexican bread-pudding aka: capirotada.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

AUG 29, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Bottle from Chris. Thanks, hagg. 2014 vintage.Pouring a very dark brown with a dense, brown head with decent retention and nice lacing, this looks great. The nose is awesome. A blend of boozy notes, rum and tequla mostly, up front along with a complex malt base that has floral agave notes, leather, dark fruit, a little smoke (the last 3 particularly reminiscent of Angels Share). A mild barrel/boozy tartness is present with flavors of semiripe blackberries. A really nice earthy, savory note is present with petrichor and red wine. Awesome.The palate opens full-bodied with the berry tartness, a delightful tequila character, some brown sugar and a little leather. The leather grows through the palate, gaining earth, toffee, burnt sugar, a little smoke and red wine/grape skin tannins quite strong. Fruity and vinous on the finish with a blend of floral agave, a fruity, jammy Zin and a hint of smoke. Lightly carbonated, this feels great on the palate. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%

From 10/11/14 notes. Thanks to Nugganooch for sending this out to me... thanks Dane! 375ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Pours a medium brown color with a slight reddish tint, less than an inch of off white bubbles and low carbonation evident. Not quite flat but not very carbonated. Tons of tequila, oak, booze, dark fruit malts, sugar. Medium body and low carbonation, pretty hot.

Overall way too tequila foward for me; it dominates it and not much else going on. Hot and tough to drink a 375ml bottle by yourself...probably wouldn't seek t out again personally.

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Photo of mrsp1107
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Got this at my local Friar Tuck and poured it into a Lost Abbey tulip, dark brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is raisins, caramel and burnt toast? Very malty and the agave is quite pronounced. Sticky mouthfeel and a little hot. Interesting beer but a little odd, and pricey.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%

Pours a dull mahogany hue a murky clarity. Nose is vegetal and vinous with a hint of sour milk. Taste is interesting - tannic, acidic, agave nectar and raisins are most prevalent in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body and acidic with a residual alcohol burn at the finish. Overall - this is just a weird beer. Not bad, but not my thing.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Reviewed from notes. 375ml C&C bottle.

A: Pours a light brown with a light tan head which fades to the rim and leaves spotty lace.

N: Spices, sweet caramel, faint tequila booze, aged oak, fruity.

T: Well balanced, aged woody tequila with malty sweetness and raisins/fruity. ABV is noted.

M: Full body and light carbonation. Finishes sweetly sticky with boozy heat and lingering fruits.

O: I really enjoyed this one. Go slow, take your time as this warms. Wish it wasn't so spendy.

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Photo of TruePerception
4/5  rDev +1.8%

The Lost Abbey's Agave Maria, "malt beverage" brewed with agave syrup, and aged in Tequila barrels. 13.5% ABV.

A: Nice haze escaping the bottle. Pours a nice tamarind color. Just a little head, fades quickly. Decent arc of tiny-bubbled lacing, holds well. Deep tamarind-brown, with tons of grey sediment lining the bottom of the glass. Dirty yellow "cigarette in water" color in the dimple, also showing quite a bit of sediment.

S: Agave nectar prominent. Candyish sap. Slight oak and lime notes. Some subtle spice. Slight Reposado/Anejo notes.

T/MF: Reposado-ish flavor dominates the palate. Very dry agave flavor. More subtle lime. Sour molasses.

While an interesting concept, and I had to try it, since I haven't come across any other Tequila barrel aged beers, it's not as good as I'd hoped, and at $17, I would not buy it again. I get the feeling a Tequila barrel aged beer could be done much better. Maybe, they didn't did good barrels?

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is murky and chestnut brown with a filmy tan collar. The aroma brings oak, cherry, vanilla, heat. Similar flavor with some tequila like notes in the flavor. A tad sweet, finishing with a tangy, oak, slightly tannic note. Vinous. Flavorful. I like this one. An interesting beer.

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Photo of portia99
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Cloudy, particulate filled body with a dark brown color. A thin white collar is all that is formed on a semi-aggressive pour. No lacing.

S - Wow...this is boozy on the nose! Practically straight tequila. Throw in a little brown sugar, burnt sugar and vanilla and you pretty much have it all here. I really get no beery aromas here - straight tequila and barrel.

T - Pretty much the same as the aroma. Tequila (good tequila anyway) up front and throughout to the finish. Very smooth, not at all boozy or harsh (as tequila can be) but with a noticeable warmth tending towards a burn at the finish and beyond. There is some sweet malt underneath that I think is smoothing things out, vanilla and burnt sugar...a bit crème brulee-ish...certainly dessert worthy.

M - Smooth tequila, warm and noticeably alcoholic. Medium/full body with a low, creamy carbonation like many Lost Abbey beers...just barely alive.

O - Nice dessert beer. Certainly recommend sharing the bottle. Feels, smells and tastes more like a shot of tequila than a beer. Not a beer to have before driving. Trying to finish this one by myself...not sure it is going to happen. I like this, but not something I need a lot of...especially before heading to bed on a work night.

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Photo of impending
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

A-

cola mahogany, minor head fell to a healthy ring that lasted, minor lacing

rich deep aroma, the barrel comes on strong, nicely
sweet tequila rum raisins

the wood shines in the flavor, the tequila works

fairly thin bodied, less than medium
enjoyably smacked my lips after each sip
cheers
jd

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Photo of jaasen64
2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
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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Photo of beergoot
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring produced a slightly hazy, deep brown body topped with a lasting, one-finger thick head. The aroma presents a heady mixture of tequila, brown bread, brown sugar, and roasted nuts. The flavor follows the aroma with the addition of an edge of alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with an overall softness on the palate.

This beer deftly combines elements of malty brown ales, barley wines, and barrel-aged influences. The tequila component pops up from the get go yet doesn't overwhelm things. Delicious, boozy, and malty, all wrapped together in a nicely balanced, fantastically complex big beer package.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark-brown colour, slight mahogany tinge. Head is just a rim of pale bubbles. Nice lace left behind though. Looks alright.

Smells ridiculously sweet. Red wine tinge with brown sugar, molasses, touch of sweet spice. Fruity, rich and sweet. Bit apprehensive about sweetness, but there's lots to like.

Taste is porty. Loads of red wine character, rich and strong but with big residual sugar that gives that fortified character. Slight tannic edge, a touch of black pepper and a decent belt of treacle. Definitely more red wine than beer (or agave), but still not bad, and impressive to get such notes in a beer.

A bit thin, quite a pull, probably yeast-related. Actually body is OK but definitely quite a twist at the end.

Not sure what to make of it as a beer, really, but it's a fine little sipper.

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Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.
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