Agave Maria | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a Lost Abbey teku. Cork comes out with a pop, and miraculously, this has perfect carbonation. Pours a clear dark brown with a clinging finger of head.

Lots of agave goodness on the nose - plenty of tequila character that brings fruity sweetness and caramel. The big brown ale base brings some nice toasty sweetness, but the barrel is really the dominant aspect here and it works nicely.

Sweet and fruity on the palate, big tequila and agave presence with layers of caramel, vanilla and smoke. The body isn't overly hefty, and there's not much booziness despite the high ABV. The base beer is pretty simple, a bit toasty and sweet; little more than a showcase for the agave and barrel.

Having been really impressed with Firestone's tequila barrel aged stout, I had high hopes for this one, and it delivers. It's also nice to see a really polished strong ale coming from Lost Abbey, fully carbonated and without a large amount of sediment.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a very dark brown, little carbonation. Looks like a Belgium strong ale kinda
S: smells of tequila, does have an agave smell ( I had some agave nectar to compare to). Little bit of woody oak smell
T: very sweet, agave flavor mixed with like a dark chocolate flavor. Very much of tequila and some spicyness. The tequila and woody/oak flavors hit you at the end are mixed to the point it's hard to tell the difference. Very strong alcohol is evident but blended.
M: little carbonation, smooth. Has a heavy feeling without actually being heavy.
O:very interesting experiment from lost abbey, I've never had anything aged in tequila barrels and I do say i might prefer it over some of the whiskey barrel aged things out there.

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2014 vintage 375 mL bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku on 11-Apr-14.

BA rate/review #999 (woot wooot!)

Must note that I have not had high quality tequila before (Patron might be the highest quality I've had) and personally do not enjoy tequila, at least not yet.

Also must add that though I've had agave nectar couple times before, never naked and usually poured over something to sweeten so my taste/preference towards agave is neutral.

When uncorking, musters a faint whisper. Normally I'd be a little concerned, but this is a Lost Abbey beer.

Pours a murky dark brown that's borderline black. When held against light, reminds me of old Coke that's been sitting out.

Aromas of tequila are upfront, but not the kind that makes me wanna gag, and kind of pleasant which is a surprise to me. Also some candied sugar that I can only assume is agave and definitely some earthy oak tones and hints of chocolate.

Up front, I get some bready malt beer base with the good tequila and agave notes. Caramelized sugars and bit of chocolate. And... there we go.. there's a tequila-bitter finish with some tannic oak barrel notes. Wish it just had the good tequila notes up front without the off-putting tequila at the end. As I continue to sip, the sweetness of the agave gets cloying. There's not much heat as one would expect from a 13.5 abv brew.

The carbonation is low to low-medium with a smooth body. Some might find the lack of carbonation undesirable, but I rather like it for such a big beer.

Overall, fans of tequila should enjoy this one. I found it to be a little too cloying in the end, but did enjoy it. Thanks to Lost Abbey for the opportunity to try a beer aged in tequila barrels. Really curious to see how this would age.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. The cork comes off with a big pop and the beer pours dark brown with a lively inch of beige foam. Lacing is scattered.

The aroma has a strong tequila influence. Caramel blends with vanilla and agave. The base beer is bready with some brown sugar and a touch of chocolate. There's a light spiciness as well, maybe some floral character accompanying oak and earth.

The flavor is bursting with agave, caramel, and oak. There's a touch of chocolate as well. I'd like to imagine that the deep caramel and vanilla notes are from the experienced hand of the añejo, while the livelier, spicy notes can be attributed to the reposado. Alcohol is very well hidden. There's some citrus in the dry, sticky, warming finish. Caramel, earth, and oak linger. Carbonation is at a medium level.

Overall, this is a beautiful beer with the fine flavors of a good tequila. The base beer seems to be the perfect vehicle for the agave. Highly recommended.

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