Duck Duck Guava | The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of Mellow Yellow & Devotion fermented with Duck Duck Gooze cultures in French Oak barrels (previously containing Cuvee De Tomme) with 70 lbs of pineapple guava per barrel.

Added by womencantsail on 04-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey. About an 8oz. pour into a wine glass. Reviewed from notes. Was told that even though this is called Duck Duck Guava, the base beer for this is in fact NOT Duck Duck Gooze.

Served with a 1 finger, fine white head with decent retention. Beer is a cloudy yellow. Lacing is patchy and thick with moderate retention. Decent but the color way is off.

Nose is slightly odd lemon dish detergent. Guava, lemon zest, and spices. Moderately tart and tickling. Straw and cobweb funk. Decently aromatic and very clean and crisp.

Opens spicy and guava tartness. Fruit profile is very clear with this one. Lemon, cobwebs, and wet straw and wood. Finish is yeasty and lemon tartness. Again, like the nose, very simple but clean. Really enjoyable though not all that complex.

Light bodied with high carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and aggressive and bubbly going down. Finishes dry with a slightly lingering, puckering finish. Almost a bit too bubbly. But very much to style and really brings out the flavors in this one.

Hugely drinkable. This beer is clean, crisp, simple, and goes down easy. Wish it were more available as I could take down growler after growler of this one.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Armbsy Abbey.

Yellow orange color. Cloudy from the yeast. Minimal head.

Extremely dry profile and finish. Tart at first with the guava coming forward as it warmed. Not particularly balanced. Minimal funk. Very lactic. None of the "sweetart" taste that the DDG has.

Not as good as the regular DDG. Interesting to try but a so-so sour overall.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey for Lost Abbey takeover.

Pours a hazy orange juice carrot like color, light fizzy head and a bit of lacing.

nose has a weird tart funk, farmhouse spicy barnyard acidic funk, quite acidic, guava, papaya and mango, like the fruits spontaneously fermented, pineapple, citrus, hint of orange and a vanilla smoothness.

Taste is acidic, tart, sour fruits, again spontaneously fermented guava mango and papaya like tropical fruits, spicy and acidic with a dry yeasty taste, guava is fairly strong in the middle, a light malty taste, gritty, flemmy. A dry finish, very tart, bit more acid and fermented fruit.

Mouth is med bodied, flemmy, decent carb.

Overall weird, kinda tasty but fairly meh overall. I was coming in expecting a DDG kinda beer but this wasn't even close, a bit too acidic, tropical fruits were OK but not great, and light funk.

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3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Oakquinox

A: The beer pours a cloudy yellow/straw color with a finger of white head.

S: A really nice nose to this beer. Plenty of tartness with lots of lemon and especially guava aroma providing an excellent fruity character. A mild funk with plenty of wet oak and some grass and lemon zest.

T: Lots of wet oak and a really musty flavor. Not as much guava as the nose had, in fact it's almost absent. The acidity isn't quite there, but there is a subtle tartness. Lemon zest, grass, and a little bit of earth provide the funk.

M: Medium in body with a fairly lively carbonation.

O: I'd rather have some Duck Duck Gooze, but this was a fairly suitable alternative.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review #1,000 interesting timing with this unique offering. Served at Monk's cafe during Philly Beer Week. I believe this was a sixtel that sold out in something absurd like 10 minutes. It came to me ridiculously cold and in a tall slender glass about 8-10 ounces or so not too different from other establishments sampler glasses. The brew looks a hazed color of breakfast juice. It looks like a clouded pineapple drink with no head, not even a bubble or two. A swirl of the glass does nothing. Carbonation aside, a quick look at this brew shows minimal difference to a hefeweizen offering.

The smell of this brew is sweet, bright pineapple aroma that is quite fresh and pleasant smelling. It takes awhile for me to give into the fact that I am smelling a beer. More smells reveal a very juicy scent with extended fruit character smelling similar to mango and light citrus components. There is a very mild funk aspect that evolves once the brew warms with some grassy earthiness that developes as it warms.

The taste is funky plastic notes with a mild rindy bitterness before the onset of fresh fruit flavors that are very tropical. Pineapple prevails throughout the flavor with a light earthy quality. The sweetness of the fruit balances nicely with the herbal bitterness that pushes to a realm that is lightly medicinal. The finish is tart and pleasing enough for me to finish my glass easily.

This is a medium bodied brew that is pretty much still. The abv creeps in this one but is well integrated and enjoyable. It has a creamy feel and warming effect. This is much more tart and funky than sour or acidic which is enjoyable. The fruit addition nearly overtakes this one by being too over the top. This isn't the first Lost Abbey brew I've had that has been undercarbed. I thought all the discussion on the topic was maybe exaggerated but this is ridiculous. Unless this is being done on purpose there is no reason a beer should be this undercarbonated on tap.

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3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Stone Oakquinox 2011 in a snifter.

A: Looks like cloudy guava juice with a little bubbly head.

S: Big guava nose with a light mustiness. I get some oak and a little white grape with pear and apple. Light Brett presence. Lots of fruit. Tastes a bit young but still quite nice.

T: Lots of guava with a light tartness and a moderate lactic presence with a low level of sourness. Very nice fruit flavor. Light pear and apple with a touch of stone fruit. Finish has a lot of guava and some oak.

M: Upper light in body with low carbonation. Sticky, dry, and smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice fruit sour. Lacks the acidity and complexity of Duck Duck Gooze, but the guava tastes great and makes for a refreshing and very drinkable beer.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Monk's Cafe in a frickin pint glass, holy shit!

Duck duck guava came to me looking very cloudy and very still. No carb off the tap and knowing the company I am not surprised. no head to speak of, the color is a cloudy orangeish/yellow and did i mention it was cloudy. Smell is fairly straight forward, guava and pineapple with some dry begian style yeast and a hint of sour. grain comes out only slightly. Im just going to put this out there, this is not all that sour, at least not at this stage. truth be told this really is not Duck Duck gueuze, i believe this is a blend of Mellow Yellow, Devotion and Duck Duck yeast cultures with guava added. when drinking this I get devotion with some sourish yeast bringing a semi tart vibe to it. A lot of pineapple and guava although it's not that bright and ripe. Alot of Devotion yeast here. the feel is pretty flat and the body is less than medium. Glad I tried this, but im even glader that i got the real thing last year on tap times three. i did not even care to finish my pint, it is what it is.

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Photo of PhunkLover
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To tick or not to tick, that is the question. As I rushed down to Monk’s cafe to get there by the 4:30pm tapping of this and 4-5 other sixtels of LA brew, I didn’t think I would make it in time. But after three days in this city of brotherly love, I somehow was able to find my bearings and there I was, just 10 mins later, at Monks. Looked crowded in the front, but the back was the real shit show. As I shuffled through the crowd I saw yesper at the front and asked if he could get me one as he was a little closer. But they were pouring people pints of this stuff! Pints! No wonder it kicked in 20 minutes. Neither Yesper nor I were able to get the beer but the tick was still possible. Talked a little with Tomme, who happened to be standing right next to me, and then asked a random kid standing next to me if I could have a sip of his. His response, "of course, it’s the city of brotherly love after all." Indeed. So I rate this based on that sip, and I know I can’t really begin to think this is legitimate, but shit, I will never have this again. Looked super cloudy yellow golden with no head. Nose is funky and not quite as acetic and sour as duck duck gooze. The fruit may have contributed a little to the more balanced nose and flavor. A good sip. Thanks bro. Its all love.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey on Lost Abbey night poured into a 4oz sampler.

A - Poured a hazy golden orange hue with a thin scattered white head that leaves a light halo and cloud.

S - Aromas of disappointment. Far too tame and timid. There's some faint guava and funk but this is rather meh.

T - Interesting this has some fruity guava sweetness with some nice fruits apples and peaches maybe.

M - Nice mouthfeel on this with good carbonation. Quite inviting with a nice tart finish.

O - Overall I didn't go into this expecting much but that taste wasn't all that bad. Could use more guava but its acceptable.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Photo of xnicknj
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at monks in philly

Pours a clouded, hazed golden yellow color, little white head on top - looks pretty still. Little retention or lacing on the glass.

Scents of tropical fruit, pineapple, guava, lemon and citrus juice. Some yeasty funk and tartness in the nose with some hints of malt.

More fruit forward than I initially expected, juicy with the advertised pineapple and guava throughout. Some definite lemony tones with rind and pith, citrus juice. Tart funk and bretty notes, but not super sour at all. A bit dry and lingering on the tongue, slightly sweet as well.

Medium bodied, under carbonated, dry and slightly watery on the tongue. This was tasty, but not really what I expected and it definitely could have benefited from some more carbonation. Also - this isn't DDG, but was aged in a barrel that used to have DDG with some of the same yeast cultures.

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Duck Duck Guava from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 32 ratings