Tasting: July 15, 201
Style: Old Ale
Beer #: 772
Like whiskey and bourbon, tequila is liquor that produced by distilling a fermented product similar to beer. Through a condensation process, the distillery will remove components like water to produce a higher alcohol version of the base product. So, you can say that beer and whiskey are related. Whiskey utilizes what amounts to an un-hopped Scottish ale brewed to about 9% alcohol by volume (ABV) as its base brew and likewise, tequila comes from the fermented nectar of the blue agave plant.
According to The Lost Abbey website, Agave Maria is strong ale is created by using agave nectar, so this may resemble the same base brews used to make tequila. As an added measure Lost Abbey ages this 13.5% ABV for a minimum of ten months in oak barrels formerly used to age Anejo and Reposada tequila.
Agave Maria tasting notes from the brewery: 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.
I’ll call Agave Maria unique. I certainly get a tequila influence and it’s got a wallop of brown sugar sweetness. I get a smokey peat flavor. Very complex but not for everyone’s taste. I like it and I’ll put Agave Maria at 91 points.