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Duck Duck Gooze - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 255
Hads: 1,507
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 3,207
Gots: 278 | FT: 16
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: illidurit on 07-13-2009

In Belgian brewing there are fantastic wild ales brewed with naturally occurring yeast. These beers develop over time and are ready on their own terms. Duck Duck Gooze is our homage to these effervescent and wonderfully complex sparkling beers.

A blend of young and old barrel aged beers, this has been one of our most sought after beers year after year since it’s original release in 2009.

Alas, it is released in very small quantities only once every three years, so it’s extremely difficult to come by beyond the day we release it. It does, however, turn up on our Tasting Room’s Vintage List from time to time, so don’t despair.
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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into Bells tulip.

A- Nice ivory head - very active. About 1cm tall. Settles quickly on a base that's anywhere from goldenrod to orange with amber highlights depending on how you look at it. Great color.

S- Fruity, floral. Not much in the way of 'funk'. Maybe a little brett.

T- Lemon tartness, a bit of saltiness and a wash of acidity. White wine in parts, green apples.. a bit peppery. Not terribly funky. Dregs blended with the final glass- Substantially more cheesy horse blanket notes.

M- Great carbonation, mild. Light on the tongue, finish is moderately dry.

D- Very high. This is a fantastic beer. Easy to drink, great flavors, hope to see this one again.

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was opened at our Lost Abbey tasting in DC. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden amber color with not much visible carbonation.

Smell: Tart lemony funk with a touch of malt sweetness. Not nearly as funky as a traditional gueuze.

Taste: I'm not sure I would call this a gueuze. Much sweeter than most gueuzes I've had. Less funky than I would have expected. Tart lemon and some vinegar. The finish is slightly herbal and sour.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very good American Wild, but I was expecting a gueuze (I know it's listed as a wild, but the name made me thin gueuze). I still liked it and would have more.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the FoBAB 2009. The pour is a bright and clean golden color with a big billowing white head. Both the nose an flavor feature lots of cheesy and tart character and light oak character all throughout this . Yummy stuff that is certainly worth being sought after.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a RR Sour glass. Crystal clear golden with a perky little white head. Very delicate with a few fizzy bubbles, but other wise fluffy.

Vinegar whiffs on the aroma, leather saddle, peed on horse hay.

Fruity tartness up front, grapefruit and white grapes. Vinegar sourness to go along with the tart. Not overwhelming in the least. Nice oak funk riding through the middle. Fragrant sour in the back, yet right in line with the flavor spectrum. Amoeba lacing up high on the glass, half way down. Somewhat dry mouthfeel, tart, nice.

DDG leans more toward the vinegar compenent of an AWA.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Enjoyed during a truly ridiculous sour/Lambic tasting. Enormous thanks go out to Jon for sharing this huge long-time want of mine.

A: Hazy pale orange body under a finger of fine white froth. The head settles into a persistent ring, and leaves spotty lace. Nice.

S: Sour, piquant and fruity. Lemon and cantaloupe. Tons of acidity. Excellent.

T: Lemon-lime tartness up front, followed by melon, grapefruit, and harsh, pure sourness - mostly lactic, a faint hint of acetic. Really tasty, but a bit one-sided in favor of fruity sourness. Not as much funk as I'd like.

M: Fairly light-bodied with nice, lively, fine carbonation.

O: This is undoubtedly a terrific American take on the style, but it really suffered in comparison to some of the Belgians on display during the tasting (e.g. all four Armand'4s, A&T blend, Crianza Helena, 50ºN4ºE, '98 LP Gueuze, etc, etc, etc). I really enjoyed the melon character and intense sourness, but complexity was sorely lacking compared to the Old World funk bombs. If you like sours, don't hesitate to seek this out - but don't feel you have to empty out your cellar in order to land it, either.


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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Small white head with a thin collar.

Smell - Orangey citrus acid aroma. A hint of vinegar creeping up in the back.

Taste - Bright citrusy sour. Orange sourness. Vinegar is less intense, but still faint in the back. Very intense sour finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Very sour.

Overall - Extremely sour and it probably covers up any complexity. Thankfully the flavors it has are quite good.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

123rd Review
Bottle to snifter
Vintage: 2009

From notes. Shared with friends - thanks jerz for the trade way back when.

A: Murky, bright golden. Barely 0.5 bubbly (off-white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Burnt hay, SweeTarts, white grape, aged sharp white cheddar, and hint of must and grapefruit.

T: Sweet Granny Smith apples with balance of tart and sour. Lots of oak and lemon zest with hints of funk and barnyard, but I wish there were more of this. This aspect of the beer is here and gone too quickly - I want a gueuze to be very distinct and memorable and this is not. Sad.

M: Light bodied with soft carbonation. Crisp and dry.

O: I'll be honest, I had really high hopes for this and it was a bit of a letdown. Definitely worth seeking out, but I'm not too crazy about it. I would like to give it another try, but there are plenty of other gueuzes out there that are readily more available and taste better. I think the big thing for me is that this is more mellow that a lot of other ones in this style. Maybe it needs a bit more age, but only time will tell.

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Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have tried this beer on several occasions, so figured I might as well review it. It's beers like this that convince I'm just not much of a sour lover.

The beer pours a golden amber color with very good retention and considerable lacing. The nose is pretty one dimensional in my opinion, though if you're a sour lover, I guess it's great. I r eally pick up considerable lemon lime, but with some noticeable vinegar as well. It's a presage of what's to come on the palate, as I get mouth stingin lemon and lime acidity, albeit with some noticable underlying grape as well. Still, the sour component really dominates in this beer, and it's almost painful drinking this. Mouthfee lis medium bodied at most, with a long, sour, acidic finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and so if sours are your bag, I'm sure you'd be in heaven with this stuff.

Have had this several times now, and I'm able to appreciate it more than I first did when I sampled it with some friends in DC years ago, but this still is just too much sour for my palate to handle. That being said, this is always a fun and interesting beer to sample, and it's amazing the amount of flavor it delivers.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glowing orange reminiscent of Veritas 007 - beautiful. Light lacing and fizzing head. Outstanding looking beer.

Floral notes, lemon, sour apple, dried apricot, not so ripe grape..

Will vanquish any sour craving, sour apple, lemon/lime tart, refined oaky background.

Light and fizzy mouthfeel - extremely drinkable, although there is an acidity to this that can be overbearing.

I'd like to age this and drink all my bottles now. I wish this was more available - quite delicious.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jerz for opening this bottle.

A - This reminds me a lot of Isabelle Proximus..which I had a few minutes before enjoying this one. Clear, light orange, light head, and nice lacing.

S - It's got a lot of IP characteristics, but it's a little less funky. Lemons, zest, spice...there's some more horse blanket (slightly different from funky), and a little less fruit. Maybe pear and citrus on the finish?

T - Lemons and spices seem to come out most as far as discernible flavors aside from funky. More acidic than IP, with light funkiness.

M - Light body, sour taste...light carbonation. Definitely smacking my lips after each sip.

D - Oh yeah, definitely drinkable. I was at the release, and should have bought it instead of the flat Santa's Little Helper and Older Viscosity. But I wasn't into sours then...so what did I know!?

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Photo of hansgruber
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2009 bottle drank today. Nice golden color with a little bit of head/carbonation. Little bit of funk. Lot of acidity. A definite lemony presence on the palate. Very good overall. Solid, well-crafted beer with no major flaws as far as I can tell.

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Photo of rand
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 750 mL bottle to tulip glass

Straw-yellow in color, clear and effervescent. The nose is distinct notes of citric acid and vinegar with a touch of honey sweetness lingering. The flavors are sharply sour at the front, with unraveling notes of citrus and unripe fruit, perhaps apple. Bubbly and light on the palate, especially for the ABV. Notes of pepper toward a short, citrusy finish.

A refreshing, compelling ale, but not as well-rounded as the first release, and not as good as the hype or the price would lead you to think. There are plenty of other sour brews with more depth and complexity. This probably could use a year or two in the cellar as well.

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Photo of grub
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at BBF oct 17/09.

pours hazy golden yellow with a small fine white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. lemon. malt and cider vinegar. horse blanket and leather. pronounced funk, more lemony and sour than acidic. white bread and cracker.

taste is great. lemon. cider and malt vinegar. light alcohol. bit of horse blanket and leather. low bitterness level. moderate acidity. bit of vanilla and oak, but it is largely hidden by the funk.

mouthfeel is good. light body with a nice dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. pretty well balanced. a touch more acidity than i prefer, but a nice depth to the funk.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark straw, somewhat murky. Nice near white head, some persistent cling lace. Head reduces fast to ring.

S - Barny, funky, sour. Malt core underneath. My kid says sour skittles.

T - Sour crisp, lemony. Hits the back of the tongue on the sides. Still some malt core remains centered.

M - Light to medium bodied, plenty of carb, good coating. Finish is not overly balanced - still pretty twangy at the end.

D - My kid would love it, but he loves sour green apple bubble gum. Ok, so do I....

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Photo of fiver29
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Eric. Thanks E! Pours light amber color with white head. Aroma is tart, lemon, grass, hay, barnyard, funky, and just smells real acidic. Lively mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and has hints of lemon, grass, funk, and is real nice. Finishes real tart and acidic. Great beer.

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Photo of jedwards
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by ThirstyBird earlier in January.

Pour is bright straw yellow with a thin, fluffy head. Nose is puckeringly sour, lots of citric and lactic notes, good earthiness, a touch of cereal/grain. Taste is a fruit explosion -- pineapple dominates, peach/apricot and citrus follow, much less funk in the taste than the smell would indicate. Mouthfeel is classic gueuze, good body and spot-on carbonation. Will probably age very well.

Incredibly impressive for any American brewery to construct a gueuze like this. Never bet against Lost Abbey sours.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mikedashg for sending me a bottle. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy, apricot color. Almost has a glowing aura surrounding it. There was half fingers width of white head, but it dissipated instantaneously.

S- Pretty spectacular. Has a vinegar like characteristic. Wet horse blanket and hay are noticeable. Some leather, oranges and lemon in there as well. Smelled like a barnyard on a citrus farm.

T- The initial sip reminds me of RR's Temptation. A very tart, white grape flavor explodes on the palate. Immediately, an oak flavor starts to kick in. Then it gets a little interesting...the back end takes on a citrus, lemon tartness that has a slightly sweet, honey like quality to it. Can't exactly put my finger on it, just not what I expected. Almost had a flanderesque type finish.

M- Light to medium bodied. Could have used a little more carbonation.

D- Given the lack of sourness in this beer, it's pretty smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, not what I was expecting. The initial sip was pretty tart and I was expecting for that to continue, maybe even intensify. However, that didn't happen and the finish to the beer was a little too weird for me with the subtle sweetness I was picking up. It's a well made beer, but as a person that craves sours every now and then, this definitely doesn't satisfy my fix. For a $30 price tag, I'd much rather stick to Cantillons, which are cheaper and better IMO.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On our two year anniversary (well technically two days after, I was sick), my girlfriend and I cracked this open with dinner. Poured into two snifter glasses.

A: A very pretty hazy, golden-orange body with a very small and supple white head. The dissipation was rather rapid though a thin ring stuck around throughout the entirety of evening.

S: Loads of barnyard hay are up-front, giving it a very earthy and grassy funk to it. Lemons, apricot and sweet malt vinegar notes come through mid-way. The end scent is a distinct extremely tart/sour candy aroma - pretty overpowering, nice.

T: The tartness of the beer sends your palate into immediate shock, whoa, I wasn't expecting that much! Really, a very sour beer immediately calmed only by some citrusy zest: orange and lemon, again. The finish is a puckering white grapefruit tartness - this beer screams sour through and through. Wow. Kind of sickeningly sour after a while...

M: Light, effervescent to a "t" and extremely crisp.

Well, it was wonderful to finally be able to sample this iconic beer from The Lost Abbey. I tried going into this blinded but after reading some of the other reviews, my experience seemed to differ - smarties candy? No way. Not enough sweetness or fruitiness, which I expected a lot of. This beer is definitely one to try, worth a World Class rating? Ehhh...

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Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Floydster for this corked and caged 750 mL bottle. Shared with ksak and frederickTbunky.

A: The wild ale is a golden peach color, hazy even before that last pour. Said last pour added a turbid layer of yeast into the equation. The head never amounted to much more than a thin band.

S: The nose is very acidic, sharp and sour. Lemon and citrus aromas are strong, as are the horseblanket scents. The ale has a lactic dryness that is evident even here.

T: I was rather surprised that the first sip wasn't nearly as sour as the nose led me to believe. Rather, sweeter fruits lead off. Peach and apricot, in particular, set the stage for a mild citric sourness that takes over the last half of each sip. The ale's carbonation, paired with the sourness, is very prickly and hot on the tongue. The lactic aromas in the nose are out in full force, leaving my mouth very dry.

M: The mouthfeel runs from fruity sweet to sour to very dry in just a few seconds. The complexity kept me coming back for more and the prickly carbonation was intriguing.

D: More, please. A serious wild ale that really nails it.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presented by Bankhead.. a nice surprise from California! Thanks, Henry!

A: Blonde + nicely retained white head. Fizzly and bubbly, with a great sheet over the entire brew.

S: A nice acidity, both full of that whole 'sour apple' aroma and a nice note of hay and that whole 'funkiness' scent to be expected from such styles.

T: Sours can be a very challenging style, and this one does a very nice job of bridging the gap between that separate the palates for such a style. There are some pineapple flavours in there as well, though it adds a beautiful note to it rather than a 'tinny' type of pineapple-ring type flavour.

M + D: This was one of two sours had in the evening, and it brought out the dryness that the other did not. It almost lifts off the tongue... love it! This one steps it up a notch as far as geuze goes, with a little higher alcohol than many. Nonetheless, it's a fabulous sipping sour.

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Photo of iadler
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle courtesy of spdyfire83 who generously brought this to the tasting. Thanks Bryan!
A- Pours a translucent light gold with a small head that dissipates quickly.

S- Vinegar, lemon, peppery spice, barnyard funk with tons of hay

T- Wow, this is tart. Like biting into a Granny Smith apple, with lemon zest, peach, barnyard funk, vinegar and oak.

M- Medium carbonation and a lighter body. Has a very dry and tart finish.

O- Haven't had too many Wild Ales, but this was intense with the high level of tartness. I really enjoyed this, but am not sure if I could have more than 4-5oz's. This definitely got me interested in trying more Wilds.

Thanks again Bryan!

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Mike for sharing this. No matter how mad you are, you can always keep your beer at my place.

Appearance -- Pours a hazy peach hue with no head to speak of. Great color, though.

Smell -- Bright acetic tartness akin to red wine vingar, Granny Smith, lactic tartness, wet oak, and gentle malt sweetness.

Taste -- Begins with a lack of subtlety: sharp acetic tartness coupled with no small amount of sourness. After a few sips the palate becomes accustomed to the acetic/lacto character and the underlying malt sweetness becomes apparent. Interestingly the brett character is pretty mild: a bit of lemon and faint horsiness, but little else. Wood tannin and and wet lumber flavors have strong footing. A proper lambic-styled American ale

Mouthfeel -- medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Finish is nicely drying.

Drinkability -- Quite good, though more in line with a younger, unblended lambic with the malt sweetness and gentler brett character. This has to be the most labic-like of any American wild I've had to date. That said I wouldn't say that this is any better than Cantillon or Girardin gueuzes, both of which being far more accessible.

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Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Terry for breaking this one out at the Bullfrog Pub Club Holiday Party 2010.

A-Lightly hazed, brilliant golden yellow with a thin white that held on strong throughout and left fine flecks of lace behind.

S-Musty lemon zest, Granny Smith apple and a strong presence of apple cider vinegar. Becomes more musty as it warms.

T-Amazing similarity to a Sweet-tart candy on the palate. Sweetness up front with a moderating and inviting lemon zest and vinegar tartness in the finish.

M-Light bodied, sharp and crisp with a very nice drying finish. Long lingering lemon zest flavour and astringency is quite pleasing.

D-Damn nice stuff. Not overly tart, as the initial sweetness balances this, but enough to make itself known. Overall this is very approachable, inviting and solid sour. One I am certainly glad to have had an opportunity to try,

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Photo of Floydster
4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased for thirty dollars last weekend, also had two pints of it there along with a few samples at the Stone Sour Fest the week before that, opened last night with Dane since he had not had it yet, poured into my Duvel tulip glass, color is a golden orange with some lighter shades, one inch aggressively bubbly white head, not much retention, pretty weak lacing but typical of the style, aroma consists of oak tannins, lemons, oranges, tangerines, horse blanket, funkiness, wild yeast, white wine, and vinegar, flavor starts off with a salty tart bite full of citrus, some malts in the middle that are bit crackery and offset the tartiness well, finish is pretty dry but has a good amount of funk too, warms up with green apples and sour citrusy fruits, slightly dry, citrusy, and funky mouthfeel, medium bodied, highly carbonated, taste lingers well for a gueuze, easy to drink and refreshing, crisp and light feeling, no alcohol in the taste, have been waiting for this one for years since I first laid my eyes on these barrels and it did not disappoint, it should develop quite a bit with age too, not quite a gueuze you would expect from Belgium but a quality American interpretation, will be drinking again, recommended

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Quite murky, rich golden yellow body with 2 fingers of white head that slowly dissipates to a thin but everlasting white lace. Appealing and appropriate appreance.

Aroma: Impressive. This contains just enough of the funky sourness that I am looking for to take it seriously but plenty else is going on too. A tart lemon rind acid hits the front of the nose and then gives way for musty basement aromas, mold, damp leather, and quintessential barnyard character. Tropical and citric fruit notes round everything out and the finish contains hints of gasoline.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and relatively dry. An initial blast of sourness makes way for steady, tart acidity. Not quite as sour as I would like but close. Lactic qualities meld with oak tannins and lemon. A touch of green apple enters into play as does a hint of citrus. By and large this isn't an explosion of flavor but that isn't what I was looking for. This is a well crafted, sour beer that makes for pleasant, easy drinking. Very comparable to several of the more mellow and subdued Belgian originals. Well done. Drinkability is through the roof.

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Duck Duck Gooze from The Lost Abbey
99 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.