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
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Ratings: 588 |  Reviews: 88
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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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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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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a khaki and slightly creamy head that dissipates moderately fast. the beer itself is a dark purple that is opaque. the smell has a strong spicy, peppery smell mixed with other notes. The beer has also has some of the oak barrel boosted by a black pepper smell. A slight hint of oatmeal notes also exists. The hops are there but are overcome by the agave and pepper notes. The hops are citrus. Overall, the smell has a very spicy and peppery smell that is very good. The beer taste is surprisingly different than the smell. The beer has the same pepper notes as the smell but the hops are much stronger and the taste has slight notes of vanilla and oak. The taste also has a much more sour taste and tiny bit of alcohol that is barely noticeable. The mouthfeel is very smooth with biting carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

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