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Duck Duck Gooze | The Lost Abbey

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

Style: American Wild Ale

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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Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pastel yellow in color. Slightly cloudy. Forms a bubbly off-white head that slowly dissipates to a stable surface coating and a thick ring around the edge.

S: Pungent and funky. Rather tart green apples. Notes of cider vinegar.

T: Again, quite tart, but with a light sweetness to it, makes it quite drinkable. Lemon, lemon zest, green apple, cider vinegar. Finishes quick and clean.

M: Rather acidic, bright, crisp, and sour, but not crazy sour. This one punches you real good at first, but then backs off quickly.

O: A very good wild ale with a good degree of tartness, but not enough that it becomes undrinkable. Best way I can describe it is as a very "clean-tasting" sour.

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Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle (several times) into mini chalice.

A - Darker yellow, sorta mirky. Nice white fizzy head, good lacing for a AWA.

S - Sour/tart, but not overly so. Just perfect. Orange peels, sweet citrus, sour apples, funky.

T - Wow, this one is damn good! Sweet/sour citrus melded together perfectly. Green apples stick out for me up front on this one along with the sweetness of oranges on the back. This one is sour, but not so much. Rather, it's a perfect blend of both together combining into a wonderful AWA.

M - Fizzy, champagne-like carbonation. Light-medium in body. Really refreshing and such a clean/dry finish...awesome.

D - Such an easy wild ale to drink...I probably could have drink the entire bottle myself if not for the tasting I brought this bottle to. Can't wait to crack another open and review again.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
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 homebrew311
4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Pour is a yellowish orange with white head that retains nicely. Nose starts with acid and funk. Heavy notes of lemon zest, green apple, and funky notes of hay and farm. The taste is moderately tart with a nice layer of funky complexity. Notes of oak come in and play nicely with the funk qualities. Reminds me of an authentic Belgian gueuze. Mouthfeel is effervescent and light. Overall, a very tasty American take on a gueuze.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2009)

Thanks for this one, Jerz and ZX6Chris!

(Aged for 2 years)

Clear golden with lots of visible, active carbonation and a thin near-white head. Spots of lace are left down the glass.

A hugely aromatic sour consisting of bright, vibrant juicy lemons and a tart, biting, strong sour tartness. As the beer warms, more barnyard funk aromas present complementing the strong citrus (lemon) and sourness.

The flavor follows the aroma very similarly. The dominant flavor is of funky yeast and strong lemons, complemented by a high level of sourness throughout. Complete, and while aggressive, very drinkable.

Thin to medium bodied with high carbonation. Incredibly easy to drink. Light and airy.

An absolute joy. I wish I had this on unlimited supply at home (one can wish!).

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Photo of koopa
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Hootie159
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

'13 from bottle. Pours a golden orange. Smells of intertwined wine, oak, funk, and sour fruit. Taste is a perfect blend of tart and sour balanced by the oak. Has a slightly slightly thicker feel that is wonderfully smooth. Perfect tang and carb. This is as good as a sour gets.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Vacax for the bottleshare

Look: Pours a light yellow in color with little to no head on my pour

Smell: Very tart and funky lots of lemon zest

Taste: This beer to me taste like someone took lemon heads and pureed them and then added a bunch of water to it to make the beer a bit thinner. There is not much else going on here but ton of lemon and a bit of vinegar

Mouthfeel: Thin body and a ton of carbonation and extremely tart

Overall: I am extremely glad that I finally got to try this whale of a beer. Thank you again Jacob for the bottle share

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Photo of Floydster
4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
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 jsanford
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C bottle generously shared by THE CPJ. Review #700, quite a milestone!

Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head that settles to a slight ring and swirls of haze. Phenomenal aromas of funk, lemon juice, oak, green Granny Smith apples, and wet hay. Very acidic and sharp, but in the best possible way. Reminds me quite a bit of Cable Car. Taste follow the nose nicely, very acidic flavors of lemon juice, green apple, and tropical fruit with a bit of oak and a whole lot of funk. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, with a fairly light body and good, sharp carbonation. Just the right amount of dry sourness here, it doesn't strip the enamel off your teeth. Overall an amazing, unforgettable beer, so stoked to have gotten to try this. Cheers, Shane!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at hoppymcgee's tasting 1/16. 4oz. pour into an 8oz. pint glass. Been waiting a long time to review this one. Done from notes.

A: Pours no head, no lacing... I think there might be something wrong with my glassware? Beer is a cloudy lemon color.

S: Woody, skunky, barnyard, band-aid, sour fresh apples, lemon, vinegar. Very appropriate.

T: Opens intensely tart and it shocks my palate the first time around. Promising. A second sip tempers the sourness and reveals a slightly sweet middle. Lemon and granny smith apples. Finish is a bit sour but very balanced.

M: Light bodied, coarse, carbonated though you wouldn't think so from the appearance. Very dry with a slightly sour finish.

D: I think this has gotta be the poster child of sours... It doesn't do anything outrageous but it doesn't fail at doing anything either. Very balanced, appropriate smell, taste, and feel. I'd no doubt have this one again but it didn't blow me away like some other sours I've come across.

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

Got to first try this during the Stone Sour Fest. This was one of the first three or four beers I sampled, before the UNGODLY KILN-LIKE HEAT began to destroy my will to live.

Surprisingly long lived white foam head. Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow. Smells like tight, tart funkiness, with a predominantly lemon aroma. Wow. Lot of lemon in the flavor, too. There's some nice barnyard funk that isn't overpowering, and a ton of zesty vinegar lemon ... maybe some unripe oranges ... and a dash of vinegar. Its funk and sour elements are very well balanced.

Surprisingly, neither a sour, a funk, nor a flavor bomb. It's just a very well harmonized, very good sour.

Had this back to back with Isabelle Proximus, and it was interesting to compare the two. Isabelle is certainly more sour, and heavier on the unripe apples/pears versus lemon and citrus.

**UPDATE: somewhat uniquely amongst Lost Abbey beers (recently), this was BETTER in the bottle than it was on tap. Shocking, I know. The citrus and vinous vinegary-ness was more lipsmackingly addictive, and with a big amount to linger over the nuances became much more noticeable. The oak finish and unripe apple sensation, for example, was more prominent as one worked their way through a larger serving size. One of the most drinkable sours I've come across.

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Photo of grub
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
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 wagenvolks
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
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 jvillefan
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with a very white laced head.

S: Very estery with sour apple tones throughout.

T: Amazing. one of the best sours I've ever had. Subtle sweetness with intense but not overpowering sour berry and apple through. The smooth oak flavor does a great job of bringing everything together.

M: Very thin with and almost over carbonation.

O: This is the second best sour I've ever had behind batch 1 consecration aged for 6 years. Amazing beer. Worth it's trade value and more.

2009 Vintage (Aged 38 months)

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Photo of nickd717
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
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 seeswo
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Roger. Thanks man.
Pours similar to carbonated apple juice, with not quite the clarity and a nice cap of white head. The nose is lightly sour with lemon rind and cider vinegar. The taste is sweeter than expected - a lemon apple acidity presents in a somewhat reserved way. This beer is shockingly drinkable and not particularly sour (more funky than sour). One of my preferred wilds. The mouthfeel is nice with good, strong carbonation and a heavier than expected body. Overall, this is one of my favorite wilds that I have had from the nebulous AWA style.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle. Pours a hazy orange, smallish head that goes away fast. Smell is sour, wine barrels apparent. Taste is pretty sour, very reasonable, though. Lemon tartness, wine. Gently carbonation is easy to drink, just great. Really has a great burst of lemon. I like this a lot. Easy to drink and great level of sour.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

EBF samples. Lemony, sharp, and Gueze-like with stone-fruit in the back. Mild aspirin undertones. Less minierally than a traditional Geuze and more fruity. Great beer.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.67/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Re-review off a bottle that is about a year old at this point.

A: A vigorous pour produces a clear coppery-orange body with substantial off-white head.

S: More citrusy and tart than expected. Lemon up front, but a surprisingly tropical fruit bouquet of pineapple and lychee. Leather, tobacco, salt, and oak. An altogether unique smell, particularly in the salt, which is unmistakable and not something I smell in many other beers.

T: Initially a balance of sweet and tart, reminding me of a lightly sour lemon candy with hints of pineapple, but it quickly gives in to the tart / sour side and becomes puckering (lactic variety). Small brett funk that produces a melange of leather and tobacco. The finish sees a development of tannins and some slight vinegar. This beer hasn't developed the funk I was hoping it would have after a year of aging; nor has it dried out like I hoped. Still quite good, but sweet for a sour beer. Reminds me of a Sweet Tart effect.

M: Light-bodied, moderate-high carbonation. Could stand to finish drier. The flavor is robust throughout and it captivates the senses while consuming.

D: It's solid, but not worth giving up the farm for it.

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Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
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 ktrillionaire
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Alex and Bryna for opening this up; I mentioned I'd never had it, and next thing you know, I open the fridge and there it is, on deck...

A - It pours a cloudy yellow hue, about the same shade as the bottle's label, and it is capped with a short-lived fizzy white head.

S - The nose is woody-astringent, and replete with tart citric notes, especially white grapefruit rind and lemon/lime zest. The funk is fairly acetic, with white wine vinegar notes.

T - Lemons, lime zest and a strange grassy greeness that reminds me of elderflower lead the way in terms of the flavor profile. Some apple skin and white grape are definitely there, too, as is an astringent oakiness. This brew is definitely way sour and astringent, it has a lot of acidity. It is not like what I expected, though it is quite nice; I guess I was sort of expecting something like IP, Deviation, Bottleworks X, Beatification or FF; it doesn't remind me of any of those.

M - The feel is less than medium-bodied, and is pert and puckering, drying, and then finishes mouth-watering. Enhancing.

O - A very nice brew, I am glad I had it. I would not consider it as good as IP, Deviation, FF or Bottleworks X, to name-drop a few I've had recently, but it is quite nice.

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Photo of rye726
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really enjoyed this one. Pours a nice golden color, quite clear and bubbly. Quality head. Super citrusy sour with a nice funk and malt presence. Strong work Arthur, right up there with 3F and Cantillon.... Could enjoy this beer anytime. Near perfect.

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Photo of jegross2
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the 2009 vintage of the infamous Duck Duck Gooze from The Lost Abbey out of San Marcos, California. Shout out to Jonathan Feldman for bringing this bottle!

Score: 100

2009 vintage bottle served in an hard plastic wine chalice and enjoyed on 05/18/13 side-by-side with a bottle of 2012 Cable Car as part of our Chicago Craft Beer Week whales tasting. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Similar color to, but a little lighter and more "bright" than, the Cable Car (orangey-golden in color). Only a thin ring of head around glass off the pour. Surprisingly good lacing and retention (Cable Car absolutely lacked both). 5/5

Smell: Tart apples, pear, hint of mango. Super sour nose. 5

Taste: Incredibly tart peach, apple, mango, lemon and some vinegar. Lacto too, but not in a funky way. A light amount of pine as well. 5/5

Mouthfeel: A little more body than Cable Car (which was light-medium bodied) with a perfect level of carbonation as well. More tart than Cable Car too, with a tongue tingling zestiness that was like drinking liquid warhead candy. Just as dry as Cable Car on the finish. 5/5

Overall: Even better than Cable Car. This is one I wish I had a case (or ten) of. I love how "clean" and sour this was, without being heavy on the funk. This is one of the best beers I have had the opportunity to sample. Prost!

Cost: $40 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Duck Duck Gooze from The Lost Abbey
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