Agave Maria | The Lost Abbey

BA SCORE
88
very good
585 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:
585
Reviews:
88
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
15.31%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
116
For Trade:
14
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 585 |  Reviews: 88
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).

 1,580 characters

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

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

Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light black in color with just a hint of light partially seeping through. There's a fingernail of beige surrounding the rim and covering the majority of the top. I smell sweet tequila and slightly vegetal agave. Later passes include fig and black pepper. The taste is predominantly sweet from the tequila. It transitions into a dark Belgian ale and then finishes with more sweet tequila notes. The alcohol is well masked and yet the mouth is fairly thick, chewy, and syrupy.

 480 characters

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

Photo of jaydoc
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jdhilt
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two=finger light tan head leaving some lace. Very dark color, no highlights, yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sour ale nose, flavor is almost like a sour ale but more a sweet & sour ale. Clean finish. No alcohol burn - the very high (13.5%) ABV is hidden. Seriously expensive at $18.99 for a caged & corked 375ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, MA.

 393 characters

Photo of epyon396
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 7Sport
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of luke12345
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joeseppy
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cola caramel pour with mocha lace cap. Aroma of fig Newton, raisin, molasses and candied dates. I never would of guessed tequila but it can be picked out. Strong ale with a mellifluous sweetness. I've been adding agave this past summer to my margaritas and it is most accommodating here. Syrup sticks to the back of your throat. Figgy and aftertaste of unsulphured molasses. Mouthfeel is creamy. Lips getting sticky. Ale has some staying strength. Bold and audacious yet the Tequila barreling is not overpowering and give this a sparkle. Would buy again.

 565 characters

Photo of jakeyk12
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of harryhops
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BWood
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells almost like a sour to me. Murky looking beer that holds a small cream head throughout the glass. Though not much to look at or smell it does have a nice smooth taste once you get use to it. First few drinks were so so but then half way through it became nice and smooth. Not sure if I would seek this out but not a bad try it once beer.

 343 characters

Photo of JamesStreet
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - pours a cloudy, burnt caramel color and a slight ruby tint in the light with an off-white head of about 3/4". Retention is pretty good and lacing is moderate.
Smell - This really is a cacophony of interesting flavors. Toffee, burnt sugar, vanilla, wood, pepper, molasses, alcohol.
Taste - A mix of woody leather taste with hints of chocolate, syrup, and a lime-like tartness. Interesting to say the least. I'm just not sure it balances well together. It does seem a bit muddled. Definitely get the alcohol burn in there as well.
Feel - I wouldn't quite put it in the heavy-bodied range, but it is right under there; so we'll call it heavy-medium. Carbonation is moderate. It does finish with a somewhat dry effect carried over from the tartness.
Overall - This beer definitely falls in the "interesting" category. I'm not sure it was executed perfectly. Maybe a bit too much, as far as flavors go. This is probably a one-taste thing for me.

 955 characters

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pretty unique tasting beer. Tequila comes through with a smoky agave sweetness. Smoother than the 13.5% it is. Nothing spectacular, but worth a try if you like tequila.

 168 characters

Photo of bigorange
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dogleg
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ahop91
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of okono
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pretext
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Agave Maria from The Lost Abbey
3.92 out of 5 based on 585 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.