Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Lost Abbey Agave Maria Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is The Lost Abbey Agave Maria Ale - Malt Beverage Brewed with Agave Syrup & Aged in Tequila Barrels.  I picked this bottle up in Fremont, CA at California Craft Beer (here).

From The Lost Abbey website: “An Agave-based Strong Ale, Agave Maria is The Lost Abbey’s first venture into oak aging in Tequila barrels to hit distribution.


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.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with zero head and slight lacing.
Aroma: Sweet and toasted malts, tequila, oak, dark fruit, brown sugar and a touch smoky.
Taste: Sweetness upfront with big tequila flavor along with caramel, toasted malt, honey, brown sugar, toffee, oak, spices, dark fruit and a touch of chocolate.
Overall: Roasty, sweet and delicious, The Lost Abbey Agave Maria Ale is enjoyable. At 13.5% ABV this thick and syrupy beast is excellent.  If you’re a fan of tequila or just great beer pick one up. I really nice sippin’ beer.


Mark Harvey

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