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Duck Duck Gooze - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 256
Hads: 1,527
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 19.03%
Wants: 3,233
Gots: 283 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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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 Jonada
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's during Philly beer week. Served in a mini snifter.

Appearance: Golden yellow in color with no head (These were all poured from the keg at the same time and then brought out all together at the same time, so it's possible any head had already dissipated). Body is slightly hazy.

Smell: Grape, lacto, oak, funk, slight vinegar. Overall quite vinous.

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty closely. Red grape, quite strong lacto presence, a bit more oak then in the nose and some barnyard like brett character. Sourness is medium.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium/low gentle carbonation. Relatively soft mouthfeel.

Overall: An excellent American wild ale. You'll never mistake this for a gueuze, as the name might lead you to believe, but this is still a excellent beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. a beer thats been high on my list (and everyone elses) for what seems like forever. hazy pale yellow in color it definitely looks the part under a fizzy pure white head that dies down right away. the nose on this is just incredible. its so so sour. citric lemon acidity at first, followed by a relaxed bacterial farmhouse saison mustiness and a mellowing oak aspect. white wheat malt is not sufficient to balance the sour, and its not really supposed to be. tartness all the way in the smell and my eyes almost water from the intensity of it all. the taste starts out just like the nose with more of a lemon than a bacterial vibe, but the drying sourness comes in hot, and aided by the carbonation, almost hurts the palate, certainly the jawline. the oak is big here, and it needs to be. it gives more depth and body than the malt does seemingly. my one critique of this is in the feel. while it has awesome carbonation, it does have some residual sugar that keeps this drinking a little heavier, and far less dry and clean than the classic gueuzes of belgium. maybe this is to do with the blending, maybe it needs more time, im not sure, but the finish in terms of feel is off. more vinegary sourness than lactic, i like it a lot, and i am stoked to have finally tried it, but im not sure i would put it in the top 25 beers in the world as others have.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by BeachBum1975.

Pours a very murky, cloudy light gold/yellow in color. A little bit of a frothy film on top of the beer.
Smell is tart and sour. Nice slight hint of lemon and oak in the nose.
Lots of light fruit in the flavor. Plenty of lemony sourness flavor as well. Very good lemon, apricot and peach flavors going on. Not as sour or tart as the Deviation we just drank. This is much more smooth and easy drinking.
Delicious now, interesting to see where this goes with some time.
Well done.

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Photo of Luk13
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by hoppypocket. Glowing orange-yellow with a small ring of foam. Aroma is oaky, tropical fruits such as oranges and pinneaples. Honey and cheese adds a welcomed layered of complexty. Taste has lots of acetic acid, citrus and musty bread. Medium carbonation and deliciously dry. A very good hybrid between a gueuze and a saison.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged for at least a year.

Into a tulip, pours a soapy white head with lots of tingly bubbles snapping and crackling as I agitate. The body takes on a yellow-ish/golden characteristic that is quite illuminating.

Aromas of apricot, pineapple, and funk, albeit milder on the third trait. Intense, tropical, and very complex. That complexity also reveals a little bit of horseblanket, or perhaps wet duck funk, no?

Flavors of the aforementioned apricot, with a combined dryness and tartness that gives off a crisp, smooth bite that's quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin, and lacks that sticky icky on the gums that most Bretty beers exhibit.

Overall, Duck Duck Gooze has some wonderful balance, and is not as intense as I am sure it was coming out of the gates a year ago. I could drink this for days, pairing it occasionally with some triple cream and perhaps apples and/or apricots.

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Photo of muttyd
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy yellow with little to no head. Huge chunky yeast at the bottom of the bottle; made sure to avoid that in the pour.

S - Brett funk, some sour apples / lemon. Musty aroma comes out more as it warms up.

T - Lemon/lime sugary sweetness/sourness dominate the palate. This is complemented by a complex woody/oak backbone.

M - Moderate carbonation, huge mouth watering astringency. Leaves the mouthwatering well after the beer is gone.

D - Like most sours, this one is a very difficult beer to consider "sessionable." I love sours, but my palate always feels destroyed after finishing a bottle. Still, I cannot put this one down.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ZX6Chris for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

2009 vintage.

Pours a clear golden yellow with an off-white head that settles to a thin film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is extremely sour and funky with lemon-like fruits and some earthy aromas. Taste is of extremely sour lemons and funky earthy flavors. A very acidic quality in the mouth with each sip. This beer has a crisp carbonation level with a prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is an extremely awesome wild ale with some amazing smells and flavors. I feel very lucky to have tried this one.

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Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite label of all time.

A: Light straw yellow hue with a nice white head. Light retention with some mild lace.

S: Lots of citrus, mild funky cheesy notes, with hints of earth and hay.

T: Citrus forward in flavor as well. Nice zippy lemony tartness leads the way. Lactic acid, peaches, apricots, and light oak notes.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Nice light tingly carbonation.

D: Darn tasty.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with minimal foam head on top

smell: tart, sour, apples, funk,

taste: sour, funk, apples,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is an awesome american wild ale. wish I had more so I could share this with more east coast friends.

the CPJ

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Infinite thanks to miguelmandingo for busting this out at a recent tasting. 750ml bottle split 4 ways--my serving in a Corsendonk tulip.

DDG pours with a brassy golden hue that shows a nice clarity and depth to its color. A light, eggshell-white head holds court up top, fueled by a steady stream of carbonation rising up from the laser-etched bottom. Aromas of soft hay and grassiness greet the nose, along with some pale malts and light horseblanket funk. Very nicely balanced, with a hint of fruitiness in the background.

The flavor reveals dry grass and white grape rinds. The Gooze is sour, but not crushingly so. Tart acidity on the finish does well to numb the sides of the tongue. Body is on the lighter side of medium, with a crisp carbonation level and drying finish. Drinkable, complex, and very tasty. All in all, a great American-made geuze. Thanks again for the share Mike!

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque straw colored pour with a small, loose, white head. Lactic aroma with a sweet, wheaty malt and a shot of fresh squeezed lemon. The flavor is grainy and grassy with some light sweetness, straw and tart lactic finish with lots of lemon zest. Very dry medium body with soft carbonation. I loved the delicate balance of sweet and sour in this.

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Photo of drewba
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - golden blonde with a tiny film of white head that eventually just recedes to a thin ring. Looks inviting.

S - Sour green apples, lemon citrus, orange fruity esters are big. Huge aroma that hangs around.

T - Sharp lemon, grass, vinegar with plenty of those fruity esters found in the aroma. Begins with lots of dry citrus, then is met in the m iddle with sweet apple and finishes dry with some more tart fruit and vinegar. Lovely balance of fruit and sour.

M - Medium bodied with a great carbonation pop which feels very effervescent on the tongue but not overwhelming whatsoever.

D - The hanging citrus & vinegar is going to fade my palate quickly as my throat is already filled with super tart lemony vinegar.

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Photo of popery
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the RBSG09 Grand Tasting thanks to alohaC.

It's an excellent sour. Light yellow and murky liquid with good lacing. The smell is mostly sweet and sour lemons with a refined funk. The flavor is pleasantly sour, and the beer is quite drinkable. The malt gives the beer a refined sweetness. It's a refreshing gueuze with an easily likable flavor. While I like strong funk and sour flavors, this is still an excellent gueuze.

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Photo of nickd717
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nick3 for bringing this elusive bastard to a tasting. Best beer of the night out of 20+, just edging out the likes of Valley Brew Uberhoppy and Rasputin XII. This is Tomme's way of reminding you that he's a really damn good brewer just when you're about to throw yourself off a building because you paid $30 for an uncarbonated bottle of Angels Share.

A - Brilliant hazy golden-straw color with a white head.

S - Lemony funk, barnyard, wood, and a little sweet malt.

T - Nice lemony tartness balanced by a malty sweetness and some light fruits. Not too sour, great balance. Very tasty.

M - Incredibly sharp, biting, and lively with high carbonation (from Lost Abbey!).

D - High. This is actually pretty refreshing for a wild ale and goes down easy despite the tartness.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After some insanely bad luck prevented me from acquiring this, brdc was kind enough to gift me a bottle. Very very very happy to get a chance to try this.

Pours a light golden orange with a finger of head. I can smell funkiness as I pour, but when I put my nose up to the glass it isn't as over the top as I was expecting. A nice tart orange aroma, cobwebs, lemon, grass, grains,

The taste is refreshingly tart, just enough pucker to satisfy my sour craving but tame enough to prevent myself from swallowing my cheeks. A nice orange peel flavor dominates, with some lemon juice accentuating the citrus aspect. The funk is mostly cobwebs/dust/dirt, and it is balanced extremely well providing an brew that is hugely flavorful yet not overwhelming. This is just fantastic really.

The body is medium and there is a bit of carbonation sting, but overall it is pretty much what I expect out of the style. Overall, this is a great representative of the style and one that is easy to enjoy and also provides enough complexity for deeper examination.

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Photo of Auracom
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage. My birthday present from Dan, thanks man! 10 oz. poured into a Fantome clear ghost tulip on November 29th, 2013.

FYI I'm going to use Beatification B5 as a reference for this.

A - For appearance, it's almost identical. Very hazy medium golden. Thin, spritzy forth of an eggshell head. Some yeasty trails at the bottom of the glass.

S - Really well-balanced across white wine vinegar, soft citrus juice and rind, champaign, farmhouse hay, late summer grass, and orange creamsicle. Just a pinch of fresh oak.

T - Definitely not as puckeringly sour as Beat or most Cantillons. That being said, the level of tart is pretty excellent for my palate. Plentiful of upfront black pepper. Rounded lemon juice, vitamin c tablets, and herbs underneath. Oak tannins into the finish.

M - Light body, very high carbonation as expected, very dry, lengthy finish.

D - I think this is easily more balanced than Beat, pretty on par for complexity and more accessible for someone not looking for stomach-churning sourness. Easy recommendation.

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Photo of orangesol
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Deuane for bringing this one to our gueuze tasting. Another long time want knocked off the list.

A - Pours honey yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty streaks of lace down the glass. Goes a little dead in the glass after the first few minutes.

S - Smells of bright lemon zest, green apples, a bit of candied sweetness and some light vinegar toward the end. It gets a little funkier as it sits in the glass.

T - Starts off with a nice lemon twang up front quickly giving way to hints of granny smith apples, some candied sugar and a bit of earthy funk. The balance of tartness and sweetness is spot on. Finish is pretty tart, leaving the pallet dried for quite awhile after the finish.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Crisp, tart feel that leaves the pallet dry long after consumption. It has a really good balance of flavors throughout.

O - I really enjoyed this one. It had a ton of flavor but it was much easier to drink than some of the other wild's I have had. I would have loved to have tried this one fresh when it came out.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from GREGER. Thanks again for this trade. Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy deep golden straw color. Nice one finger white head that stays for a short while. Light lacing the entire time with this beer.

S- This is a interesting beer to say the least. It's funky but not overly so. Nice winelike vinegar notes come and gone in the nose with this that battle with a citrusy (lemon) overtone the entire nose. There is a light oak smell in this that mingles well with a musty presence. Not overly funky but still good nevertheless.

T- This is where the beer really shines I think. The acidic quality to this is what I think when I try sours. Very nice citrus upfront to this with lemons coming to mind right off the bat. There is a very wine vinegar like undertone in the back end that makes me pucker. Nice oak flavor in the middle of this as well. Everything compliments each other well in this.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style. Lost Abbey always has good carbonation with everything I have had from them. Citrus tones and vinegar notes stay on the palate and in the aftertaste. Drying finish with this beer.

D- Very nice drinkability to this one. I was very impressed with this beer. Strike another one up for Lost Abbey. If you get a chance to try this I would not pass it up!

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Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery goblet.

A - Pours a hazy orangey yellow color, almost grapefruit juice like. A larger than expected, dense, 1 finger of white foam forms, lasts about a minute and falls to a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A steady stream of bubbles rises up the sides of the glass.

S - Smells very sour. Good amount of citrus - oranges and lemons mainly...some vinegar, some banana. Some brett aromas too. Very complex...

T - Very intense and complex. First sip is - wow! Sour! After the first sip, the range of flavors can be better appreciated. Vinegary sourness, oranges, lemons, a touch of brett funk, and banana flavor (actually artifical banana - more like circus peanuts)...

M - Fuller than I expected...hard to describe entirely...not at all syrupy, but the beer wants to hold it's shape - doesn't spread over the tongue just stays in a constant stream down the center of the tongue...sounds weird, but can't think of another way to describe it. Carbonation level is pretty high, but very fine and smooth. Excellent.

D - Pretty drinkable sour. Very intense flavoring but it all blends together very well. Wish this was more readily available. Glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Woodshop

A -Pale golden color with a wisp of white foam atop.

S- Acetic lemon rind and funk.

T- Starts out sour and tart with a distinct lemon presence. Barnyard funk and wet horse blanket follow. The finish is sour with a lingering lemony aftertaste. Exquisite!

M-Thin with a medium level of carbonation.

O- A wonderful beer, which I've been ISO for what seems like forever. Perfect tart, lemon characteristics with a level of funkiness that leaves me craving another glass.

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Photo of koopa
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a 1 finger bright white crown, some retention, and lace.

Smell: Nice amount of lemons along with some honey, bubblegum, lightly toasted barrel, and a hint of alcohol. Different and delicious but not exceptional.

Taste: Oh wow this one is nice and puckering. Good amount of tartness / sourness, lemon juice, green grapes, apples, and a small bit of funk in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light body with decent amount of carbonation. Nothing offensive about the mouthfeel, but nothing extraordinary either. I think it needs a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: Very sour but a nice flavor profile and good mouthfeel. I got through the 750ml myself and wanted more.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duck Duck Gooze, courtesy of Bankhead at the January C'ville tasting. A huge thanks for this huge want! Served in a cervoise.

Appearance: A bright, sunrise on a crystal clear day-hued brew, pregnant with well-dispersed, relatively large-bubbled carbonation that - surprisingly enough - rises to the surface fairly slowly, suggesting a thick body. The head is pure, snowy, and white, and has excellent retention, taking a good 5 minutes and a few swirls to fade any appreciable amount, ultimately leaving a good amount of dusting and a thick but flat, uniformly dense collar. The lacing is similarly impressive, leaving huge eruptions and fingers that themselves have admirable retention.

Aroma: Relatively clean, with all the constituent parts you'd hope and expect. A sweet golden malt note provides a solid underpinning for a large amount of white acetic sourness - bold, smooth, unforgiving, but not too overpowering - and some pleasant fruit notes, peach, lemons, faint lime. The funk is well-integrated, sort of playing second-fiddle, providing a few spicy notes, as well as faint bandaid and horseblanket. So, sure it's mostly tart notes, but the tart isn't so selfish as to not let anything else shine through.

Taste: Amazing. A dry, quenchingly smooth acidic quality that's far stronger than its aromatic remnant and that permeates most parts of the mouth is the cornerstone of the mouth on this one. It's puckering, perhaps not overwhelmingly so, but it comes close. Also, surprisingly, it doesn't overwhelm the base beer, which perhaps suggests how flavorful this one is - pale malts, moderately well-attenuated and that become sweeter as this one warms, as well as peaches, lemons, slight bananas. And it just gets better as it warms, really, with all the elements marrying and intermingling and playing off of the strengths of one another beautifully. If the sourness was toned down one notch and one notch only - and I know many will disagree with me, but this is simply my palette's opinion at this point in my exposure to sours - it would be a 5.0.

Mouthfeel: A body of average thickness, perhaps a little thicker than I would expect, with a ton of spicy, crisp, bright carbonation, complimenting the spicy, crisp, bright flavor profile.

Drinkability: Fantastic. I kept cleaning my palette and going back for it fresh 'cause that first kick is just amazing. But the followup - that is, once your palette acclimates - reveals whole new flourishes and subtleties and is worth the price of admission alone. And though that price is steep - $30, contributed by the ever-generous Bankhead - this one is a true treat, and I'd be happy to pay that amount for this one again if that were an option. Envy for the west coast BAs abounds!!

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Photo of kbutler1
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours an opaque amber orange color with a nice white head. Strong sour notes and tart fruit in the nose. Some acetone notes as well but very minimal. LIght mouthfeel with a really nice blend of flavors. Fairly sour but not so much that it leaves you puckering. Lemon and straw notes. The acetone notes in the aroma are there in the taste as well but again, very minimal. Finishes dry and clean. Good lace left behind of the glass. A very solid beer that lives up to the hype. Some wine like characteristics. Not sure how this beer really gets any better.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a tulip. 7.0% ABV, no date.

Big thanks to "King of Beers" sweemzander for busting this, among quite a few others to come, out for a night of epic proportions!

A - Beautiful lightly hazy goldenrod color with a low but persistent off-white head. Good retention and some patchy lace left over.

S - Sharp, crisp funk all over the place, Brett and barnyard aroma adds some awesome damp hay, horse-blanket, and tartness to the nose. Lemon citrus and bugs make it mouth-puckering before I even taste it. Lots of lactic-ness here.

T - Notes of raw honey and pale malt drizzled with caramel lightly sweeten the huge lactic sour flavor. Massive Brett barnyard funk with a sharp finish. This is wild!

M - Light-bodied and heavily sour with a big funk, Duck Duck has a sharp finish that's nicely carbonated and mouth-puckering.

D - This is hard to not demolish before finishing the review, it's very very easy drinking for as sour as it is. It goes down so well, I'd be willing to wager Sweem regretted sharing it.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with active white prickly and sprity head, minimal lacing. Scent is musty and sour, finally mellowing into a slight citrus and biscut note, mild vanilla and oak. First sip is tart, funky and acidic but soon rushed into a very fruity blend... mango, apprico, lemon, pineapple... lots of stuff going on there. Slight biscuty sweetness and hints of the vanilla and oak also present. Medium bodied, active carbonation, dry. A pleasure to sip and could see this improving over a long length of time.

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Duck Duck Gooze from The Lost Abbey
99 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.