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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by illidurit on 07-13-2009

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4.53
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Photo of glid02
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe - much obliged!

Pours a hazy yellowish-golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of large amounts of funk - wet hay and leather - with good amounts of light malts and wheat twang. Also present are moderate amounts of tart light citrus aromas and very faint vanilla from the oak.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light malt and wheat twang flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of funk. Midway through the sip moderately tart light citrus flavors with hints of lemon pith work their way into things. The funk come backs in full force to carry through to a crisp and mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is a phenomenal beer that could be confused with the real thing from Belgium. Well worth a shot if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of cbutova
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared generously by Chico1985. Notes from Friday. First of three gueuzes on the night.

A- Murky golden-orange that reminds me of a dried apricot or something. A small white head forms for a bit and a ring leaves just a bit of lace.

S- A big bomb of funk and fruit. Funk lends a barnyard and horse pasture type feel. The fruit balances that out with notes of almost anything I can think of, mainly white wine grapes, apples and some vinous hints. Oak rounds it all out.

T- Probably the smoothest flavor in a sour I have experienced thus far. Just like the nose the fruit is huge. Apples, white grapes, slight peach and tons of lemon/citrus sour fruits. Oak works nicely with the funky barnyard wild yeast. A nice level of sour.

MF- Light body with lower end carbonation suiting the flavor. Gets very sour as it warms more but still at a level I enjoy.

DB- A very smooth and balanced flavor compared to most sours I have had before. The microbes in the beer lend so many nice flavors and the brewing skill put into this helps balance it into a great beer.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage. Pours a vibrant orange color with little to no white head that dissipates immediately. The wine barrels explode on the nose. Bright, tart taste with nice red wine and oak flavors popping through. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with quick dissipation leaving an incredibly smooth feeling on the pallet. Incredible beer, now I can see why it's so sought after

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Photo of champ103
3.22/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden/yellow color. A minimal white head forms, and not much lace either.
S: Not much in the nose. Light apple skin, with a bit of tartness. A metallic, even tinny aroma. Not much of a yeast character, not much funk, oak, or much of anything else. Disappointing in the nose.
T: Light white grape flavors with apple skins. Cider like, with a bit of tartness and vinegar flavors. Again, no real funky yeast character. Really not much of anything but light tartness.
M/D: A light to medium body. Certainly not flat, but I wish this was much more crisp. The light tartness is enjoyable, and makes this fairly simple and easy to drink. Though I feel like this needs something more...probably a more distinct yeast character.

One dimensional, and just a little boring. After several try's over the years, I was hoping this would click, but it never has. I have never gotten much yeast or substantial tartness out of this. Don't know why my experience is that much different than most others. Though I think there are much better Wild Ale available, and ones that are so much easier to get as well.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Cheers,
the CPJ

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
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 ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle thanks to one of you. I came into this expecting a gueuze and I will review it as such. Bright orange color with almost no head at all but it is carbonated. Smells sour and a bit cheesy but i would not say funky at all. In fact this does not smell like a true gueuze at all. The taste was way too sweet and then followed by a sourness. The sweetness was almost like a pixie stick or sweet tart and I didn't like that aspect at all.There was some citrus and fruit but to call this a gueuze is just not being honest. As a wild ale this was ok but the price was completely out of line for the beer that is in the bottle. Save your money and get a Cantillon for half the price.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice mixture of a mild orange and yellow color with a thin white head 1/6". Nice aroma, very similar to Cable Car, tart, dry, lemon, crisp.

Taste delivered another super dry citrus, lemon for the most part, some orange underneath that, real dry virgin kind of oak impressions. Astringent all over. Very expensive so it doesn't hit that pleasure zone, and they only break it out if you're cool enough or some fake hype limited scarcity kind of stuff. But there is no denying its av very good beer and seems to stand the test of time as this is a 2013 bottle.

There's a lot of gueuze out there, American or Belgian that you can get for so much cheaper than this. Unfortunately Lost Abbey is in the collectible make it scarce hype business model so it is what it is.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.88/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent golden color, bubbles floating to the top, thin limited white head. The nose has a fair bit of sourness and acidity, light leathery brett, an earthy funk, touch of tangerine and tangy peach. The earthy funk is there with some barrel presence, hints of vanilla, the peach is sour, extremely high acidity and burns the throat. The feel is full bodied and heavy, grainy on the throat, dry, under carbonated.

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Photo of Resuin
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%

Beer #1000 for me. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an enlarged snifter. 2013 version.

Appearance: Pours a medium orange-amber (opaque) and gives a finger or two of white, fizzy head that doesn't last long and leaves a white layer atop the beer when it's done. (4.6)

Smell: Ripe oranges, lemon rinds, lemony malts, floral apple blossoms, green apple, nice barnyard funk, a bit of vinegar. Clear big wine influence in the aroma. Big citrus with just a bit of nice funk. (4.8)

Taste: Perfumey grapes, ripe oranges, sour green apple, sour lemon/lime, peach, some grassy funk. Finishes a bit sour with lime and green apple. Everything is integrated insanely well, and that opening note of flavor is just spectacular. Fairly acidic but the flavor is wonderful. (4.9)

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a slick, medium, creamy body. Just a tad dry - really nice. Long finish. (4.75)

Overall: Really well balanced, absolutely delicious gueuze-style beer here. The wine barrels come out nice and strong but do not dominate. Well integrated flavors with a nice slightly dry mouthfeel. A wonderful beer here. (4.9)

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Duck duck gooze – holy shit, DDG…here we are. Beatufiul murky pale color, yellow…it is a thick yellow, beautiful, leaves sparse lacing. Aw, sweet tart all day on the odor, beautiful. OH WOW…SUPER tart sour, but sweet enough that it is tolerable and delicious…I understand the repuatation. Smooth as the day is long. Really really impressive, overall it is mouth puckerijngly sour while still being delicious and phenomenal. This is a great sour, sweet tarts with sourness with goodness, it is good. DDG, very unexpected to run into this at the release, but glad I did as it exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! A LONG time want of mine and was really glad to see it come out during this tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured golden yellow with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, BIG sour, BIG funk, tart, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, BIG sour, BIG tart, funk, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall, HOLY DUCK-FACE BATMAN!!! This thing was drop-kick your momma sour! Just the way I like it.... The fruit character in this one tries despirately to subdue the sour/tart aspect going on here, but it never stood a chance. Funk too? Hell yeah... This brew really lived up to my expectations and might have actually exceeded them slightly. Definitely a well done brew that I would love to have more of. Well done Lost Abbey.

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Photo of popery
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
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 AgentZero
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has a certain sentimental value to me, as my wife would attest to when I proposed. Always loved to bottle, would like to have a poster-sized picture of it. Bottle shared with a few of the Chicago crew and some Jackie O's peeps that were in town.

A - Golden orangish colored beer. A finger and a half of white foam bubbled up, leaving a little bit of lacing on the sides as it dissipated rather quickly.

S - For an American Wild, this is pretty spot on. Great funk, barn, and horse blanket. Smell is slightly vinous, with a bit of green apple. It has a great tartness to it, that balances out the funk with a perfect blend of sweet.

T - This is one of those beers that is easy to drink and wish I could drink often. Funk is present, but the tartness takes over, and combines with acetic notes to give it a drying and lighter taste which is great. Sour apple is hinted at, with some grapes, a touch of vinegar, and a little bit of oak. Great balance and flavors, about as right as you can get.

M - Healthy carbonation makes it feel lighter than its medium body. Dry finish that doesn't over do it.

O - One of my favorite American Wilds. Really can't get enough of this, and it is quite easy to drink. Alcohol is not detectable, even at a robust 7% for the style. Highly recommended, and I want more.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge huge thanks to ipa247 for cracking this one open for a few of us beer lovers.

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden with a thin white head that faded to a collar that left a few wisps of lacing down the glass.
S: I mostly get tart lemon zest and citrus but there are some funky notes, brett and peach in the mix.
T: Very funky but the sour/tartness is very well integrated and under control. Notes of lemon and brett, a slight attic must, and a few hints of nail polish acetone. Aftertaste linges for a while.
M: Medium body, clean and refreshing mouthfeel, low but tingly carbonation, and a moderate fruit tartness.
D: My second favorite LA beer I've had to date (behind Cable Car). A very very good beer, and one I've been wanting to try for a long time. Thanks again Jeff!

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a surprisingly small bubbly white head that dissipates quickly to a small collar fed by stray bubbles floating up from the bottom.

The aroma starts with a light lemony tartness but that is overshadowed by the funk from the brett, which manifests itself in the nose as wet hay and old leather. There is also some tart green apples and apricots coming out as it warms which tones down the funk.

The taste just completely puckers my mouth on the first sip, massive fruity tartness coupled with barnyard funk. There are some candied pears and bread and dough in the background but the finish brings back the tartness and some dry oaky tannins.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated with an overall sour tartness from start to finish.

This is another excellent sour from LA and one that surely stacks up against some of the best out there, American or Belgian. Super drinkable, plenty of fruit but with a tag-team combo of funk and lactic/acetic sourness that really comes together well.

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Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting courtesy alohaC. Pale milky straw color with a thin white head. Aromas of lemon meringue, chlorine, honey. Tart and acidic flavor but not that sour. Lemons and oranges, almost pine-sol-esque at times, sweeter grains and honey/caramel. Pretty dang good but not top tier.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

SD Sunshine
food and bread

Yellow beer with whitish head

funky spiders, maybe dust
A wonderful Cantillon-like musk

Taste is SOUR, Cantillon SOUR
Tomme Arthur has the POWER

This beer is really close to a real gueuze
for a domestic interpretation it is what I would choose

Good one Tommy, good one crew
Duck Duck Gooze is just for you

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Photo of woosterbill
4.12/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Cheers!

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to some awesome FL BA's for sharing this with me. Such a wonderful treat. Review from notes.

Golden honey blonde with swirls of haze from the yeast. Nice bubbly top. Beautiful blend of lemon zest, herbs, tannic wood, and must, with lots of citric and lactic sourness radiating all over the place. Very light sweetness throughout. Light in body with an effervescent carbonation that is neither too strong nor too weak. Quite a delicious beer indeed.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well this is a significant personal review for me. After a long time of not appreciating "sour" beers is was Duck Duck Gooze that caused my epiphany. I fell in love immediately. Later I was able to secure a bottle from Avalon68.. A great trading partner. Thanks!
It's time to enjoy that bottle and post my review.

Pours into my snifter with a small white head that faded almost immediately to a ring of foam around the glass. The beer is a bright brass color with perfect clarity. Some slowly rising bubbles can be seen.

Aroma is certainly tart with green apple and green grape notes.

Taste is as wonderful as I remember. White wine, tart green grapes, peaches, oak and behind the tartness a bready tone. Later I detected some light lemon as well. While there is certainly a vinegar like tartness the character and complexity make this a special beer.

Delicate mouth feel with the slightest carbonation. Sparkles brightly on the tongue.

Wonderful drinkability and a great bottle to savor for quite a while...

Great beer. Sadly, I'll probably never taste it again...

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2009 Bottle

A: Pours a clear, dark gold/nearly copper color with a thin, off-white head that simmers down to nothing fairly quickly.

S: Right away there's a nice blast of cheesy funk and lacto with a big hit of lemon. Light oak and just a touch of apple cider vinegar.

T: A juicy push of tart Granny Smith apple, lemon and underripe pear upfront followed by a smooth middle of oak and lemon meringue. Finish leaves a lingering lemon flesh sourness. Has just a touch of white wine barrel to it, cherry skin and just a breath of funk on the finish. Doesn't carry the funk of something like 3F Oude Gueuze and doesn't have the sourness of a beer like Cable Car, but it's fantastically rounded and just keeps pummeling you with a variety of flavors, none of them bad. An absolutely phenomenal beer. So glad I finally got to try this.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1056th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750ml c/c

2009 Vintage

My white wale has been conquered! Finally!!!

Thanks toZX6Chris for sharing
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- In the glass this shines as a bit of a clear vibrant yellow. It has a tinge of orange to it and a small ¼” head that fell quickly to only a bit of a pond layer on top. The cling was very minimal and didn’t really shine through.

Smell- I sat and smelled this for a bit before taking a sip to let it all soak in. It's very lemony. It has a little bit of stringy sugar with a balance of a little sour note without coming of as too vinegary. .

Taste- The taste is the money shot for this beer. It was lemony again like the nose but has an inherent softness behind it. Not over cloying sweet but had a good amount of earthiness and then comes out with sour and some funk. It was just balanced and almost perfect.

Mouth- Light-medium bodied and then paired with a medium-high carbonation levels make this one quite tart and bubbly and soft at points. A little dry and a little wet all at the same time.

Drink- Well the journey is complete. I have my white wale and I finally got to give my little girl the bottle. For those of you who know the story, you know how much this means to me. The moment, the beer, the people it was perfect. Thank you again Chris. I owe you big time.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.65/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to the big man for bringing both vintages of this to Sloshfest 2013. Lots of fun man.

From a cork and caged 750ml into a mini snifter
Both the 2013 and 2009 were drunk side by side. Review is for the 2013 with notes comparing the 2009.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium sized white heat with good retention. Clear gamboge in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. Ring remains with traces of lace leaving some lacing down the glass. The '09 was slightly darker in color with less head on it.

SMELL: Tart lemon citrus notes, green apples, light musty and moldy aromas with some acidity on the nose. The '09 was less intense, or more refined perhaps, softer, with less acidity.

TASTE: Follows the nose. Lemon, green apples again, tart lemon sourness and some acidity at the finish. Bolder aftertaste is acidic with sour lemon, apples and light mustiness. There is a lot of potential here, but the acidity is in the way a bit. Enter the '09. Less acidity, softer and more refined balance between tart lemon notes and some funk. Much preferred the older vintage.

PALATE: Lighter body with higher levels of carbonation. Creamy but a bit of an acidic burn at the swallow, finishing dry. Some tartness with acidity lingers on the palate. The '09 has less carbonation and less acidity in the finish. Softer and more refined overall.

OVERALL: This was a lot of fun. Putting the '13 and the '09 beside each other really showed the superiority of the older vintage. The newer '13 is still too young, as it's a bit harsh with too much acidity in the way of the flavors. The '09, however, has matured nicely and reminds me of some aged gueuze here in Belgium. A soft, integrated and refined sour that was very much enjoyed all around. Not to offend the newer bottling, but most people at the tasting agreed the older vintage was superior; I certainly would have scored it a 4+. Thanks again for bringing this pair along. Lots of fun man!

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Photo of tpd975
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
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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