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Duck Duck Gooze - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,399
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 7.34%
Wants: 3,036
Gots: 273 | FT: 18
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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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Ratings: 1,399 | Reviews: 257
Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
4.27/5  rDev -7.8%
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 SaltySizzle
4.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A near perfect beer, but splitting hairs (i.e. how's hotter, Megan Fox or Kate Upton). Had it via taster and bottle, although I feel the bottle was better than what was poured from the tap. This is probably the best Wild Ale (or technically 'a geueze but really not a geuze' bc not in Belgium). Yes, there's a lot of hype with DDG, but well deserved. Would I pimp slap an angry football player for seconds? Yes, I would. Now the review: carbonation is perfect and a very clean mouthfeel. Tasty as hell with a long and the right amount of sour finish. Very well composed and should improve with age, which is scary to think of its potential.

Photo of Jeffo
3.65/5  rDev -21.2%
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!

Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wild is an understatement...this is a safari in a bottle...HYPE Doesn't do it justice...

Photo of GregSpeaksHisMind
3.14/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hey everyone... Here's a beer at the top of the list on BeerAdvocate. Let's travel to the ends of the earth to get a taste, then race to the site to pine over how amazing this is. Is this a bad beer? Of course not. Is this god's gift to beer? Get real. Do yourself a favor, head to your local distributor, and get your favorite middle range beer. You'll be exactly the same off.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of joel66
4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by Grumpyoldtroll, at our pre thanksgiving tasting...Thanks Mike!

I have been wanting to try this one for a while!

Poured a hazy apricot like color with minimal head. The nose on this one was amazingly tart, slight funk mixed with lemon juice.

Taste follows suit on the tartness. hint of lemon rhind mixed with sour berries. This was surprisingly dry on the palate. Smooth from sip to finish. Overall this is an amazing geuze

Photo of tjthresh
4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of standardcherry
4.81/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared with a friend, poured into 2 snifters.

A: Murky yellow/orange color with almost no head.
S: First thing I noticed is how sour it smells. Tons of oak and lemon. A bit of peach and funkiness.
T: Very sour! Some funk and lots of citrusy sourness. Less funky than 3F and Cantillon gueuzes. A bit sweet with peaches/lemons and some oak flavors. Clean, minimal funk finish.
M: Sour but not overpowering. Finishes dry, which leaves you just wanting more! Very light and super drinkable.
O: Amazing beer, worthy of its praise. Reminded me a lot of Beatification.

Photo of ehammond1
4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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!).

Photo of boatshoes
4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received two bottles of this in the mail courtesy of Papollo as a gift. Awesome and huge thanks again!

Appearance- Pours without exaggeration one of the best looking American wild ales that I've seen. A beautiful golden with a good deal of carbonation and about one finger of tight white head that sticks around for a bit and then dies back to a thin layer. The bottom of the bottle is a bit hazy as it pours out, and I add a little of the residual yeast to my glass, making it a nice cloudy golden.

Smell- Very lactic and tart up from. Very vinous and smells of white grapes, citrus, and apples. A fair amount of barnyard and actually the first time that I think I've smelled leather/horseblanket in a beer before as well. Always wondered about those, but here they are, and I've smelled horseblankets before, and it is surprisingly similar. Excellent and complex nose.

Taste- Very tart. Again, very vinous, almost like a white wine with grape being the predominant citrus flavor and also some apple. Funk is pretty strong, especially in my glass given that I added some yeast (tried a sip from a cup poured from the top of the bottle, which was definitely less funky). Barnyard shows up again a bit, but less strong than the nose. Very tart, delicious, and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Spot on carbonation and more body than I'm used to for the style. Excellent in my opinion, and the drinkability is great and makes it worth the price tag.

Overall, lives up to the hype machine. A great beer and though labeled an American wild ale, the closest American approximation to a Belgian gueuze that I've ever tasted I'd say. I have a second bottle that I'm going to age and give another try. We'll see how this one grows. Get a bottle if you can.

Photo of Soonami
3.05/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to reDUBBELFIST for sharing this at the Philly BA Meetup at TJ's earlier this summer.

This beer is a very pale, hazy straw yellow with a very slight ring of egg shell foam. The beer smells wild and bretty with a little fresh lemon. The beer starts out pleasantly sour and tart with good lemon and green apple flavors, but the finish is pure viengar. The viscous, mouth-coating, saliva-stripping, mouth pucker acidity. It is a combination of astrigent (like biting into underripe apples) and vinegar was very unappealing. This beer is wildly drying for a liquid. This is an okay beer, not the worst sour I've ever had, but it does not live up to the hype at all. I'm glad to have gotten to try it, but it's nothing I would actively seek out again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow and light orange appearance, broke out at the 5th party. Great aroma, just like Cable Car in my opinion, was super tart, funky, dry with no discernable fruit aroma save lemon, which is probably only an association from the tart/sour aroma.

More of the same in the taste, super dry, super sour and tart. Maybe could see some green apple adding to this one giving it the slightest dallop of sweetness, but contributing far more sour and bitter feel. Tangy, saliva inducing on every sip. And you sip ever so fast, must control self next time and let it warm even further. Wouldn't call it complex, its straightforward and pretty simple in the mouthfeel for what it is. And at $50, it isn't exactly accessible that often (aside from its limited production numbers). Astringent.

A must try for anyone who likes their sours though. But Cantillon Classic Gueze is like $16? And this is $50? Can't say it comes anywhere near being worth it based on that comparison, but should have it at least once in a blue moon (i.e. when you see it).

Photo of OStrungT
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden yellow color, with a thin white head. The head fades quickly, leaving a slight lace.

This beer has a nice sour fruit aroma. I detect some lemon, and a little orange. It smells sour, to say the least. I can also detect some oaky aroma. A slight earthy funk aroma is also present. Also, just a slight vineger scent.

This beer tastes just as it smells. Some sour, tart fruit. A little oak and some funk mix in as well. As with the aroma, I can taste a slight vineger flavor.

This beer leaves a tart lemon aftertaste. It is highly carbonated, as I would expect form the style.

This beer would make a great session beer. It isnt too high in alcohol, and the flavor is great. It may become cloying at some point since it is so tart.

Overall: I have been waiting to open up this beer for a few months now, and I couldnt think of any better time than Thanksgiving. I now have one more thing to be thankful for.

Photo of jeonseh
4.31/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1

A - Dark golden color with no head

S - Tart lemons, light sweet tarts, lactic acid, light oak, some orange 4.25

T -Tart lemon, musty oak, orange, and lactic acid. There is really a strong tartness to it but despite that the oak adds enough funk to give the beer a complexity beyond being just a straight tart bomb.

M - Had a lot of carbonation yet was rather smooth. However, when it's as tart as this beer was, it definitely felt sharp on the tongue and had a dry finish

O - This is a solid American wild ale that goes up there with some of the Belgians I've had. It definitely was one of the most sour beers I've had as it was rather tart with just enough funk and complexity to keep it grounded and interesting

Photo of glid02
4.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of pwoods
4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this gem.

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a GLBC snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy but bright grapefruit skin color. Decent sized pearly white head with good retention. Decent lacing.

S: Funky and sour notes, acidic. Old sweaty gym socks and hockey locker room, lol. Not much cheese but some on the back end.

T/M: Not a ton of sour and tartness, more subtle in the back. Nice subtle, yet complex funkiness. Not as big of the gym sock aroma but still there. Some light colored fruits in the base that lend some great flavors and a bit of acidity. Body is medium to medium light with good carbonation. Some barrel flavors with mostly a leathery taste.

D: Drink pretty damn easy.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Huge thanks to Jay for opening this one up.

A: Pours a clear, extremely golden color with no head or lacing at all.

S: Nice tartness, very fragrant peach, apricot, and a little bit of lemon. There is a very nice sourness mixed with some light funk and acid, but the fruit is quite nice.

T: Fantastic, lots of lemon and peach with a great mixture of tart/funk/earthy flavors. There is some citrus fruit and a little stone fruit. Very sharp acidity on the back end. Faint oak comes through as well.

M: Medium bodied, extremely smooth with a great level of carbonation.

O: Lives up to its reputation. Great fruit flavor with the level of sourness/acidity that I love in this style. Thanks again Jay!

Photo of mutterfudder
4.67/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach 08/24/09.

A - Dark straw colored pour with a thin head. No lacing on glass.

S - Funky! Tart and cut grass. Was impressed by the complexity of the nose on this.

T - Amazing. Sharp fruit and tartness, with a good funk profile.

M - Carbonated and crisp. The tartness did make for a "shocked palate" feeling but I found that dissipated pretty quickly.

D - I could have sat there and drank it all night. Honestly. Fantastic sessionable beer.

What can be said really. A really complex gueze-style beer. I don't know how they pulled it off but I'd have been shocked if you told me this wasn't a Cantillon or similar beverage, if I didn't know better.

Photo of DJButters
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle / 2009 Vintage

A)- Pours a semi cloudy golden apricot yellow/orange color. Produced a decent white head that dissipated down to foam. Minimal lacing. It really does have a beautiful looking color.

(S)- Dry, yet a wonderful acidic sourness. Gets the back of your palette tingling with lemon tart, white grape, and oak. Im really not getting the funk on this beer but as is true with AWA its a rare thing., but just enough hay and vinegar-like earth to mesh really well together with the sour fruits.

(T)- Very similar to the smell in every way. A really nice dry, acidic lemon tart and white grape sourness. Minimal funk but a sweet oak characteristic that I cannot get over.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. It really has a beautifully balanced profile of tart acidic fruits and mellow dry earth. Its so smooth despite its sourness.

(D)- Just an absolute beer. I would have a hard time placing it in a category though. Not a true AWA. Just a wonderfully easy drinking; balanced and dynamic beer. Lost Abbey has been hit or miss for me, but I really think this is hands down their best offering. I'm going to have to get more - one of my favorite beers. Bravo Tomme.. Bravo

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.34/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of mikey711
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A snow day treat!

A: Golden with a slight orange tint to it and with only a minimal amount of cloudiness present. It pours a decent amount of carbonation that is champagne like but still leaves a nice ring which hangs around the edge of the glass

S: Nice lemon, grape and pear tartness to start with maybe a hint of sour green apple. Light funkiness and a nice oaky and earthy essence.

T: The tart fruitiness is certainly the starting point but lends very nicely with a subtle sweet oak wood note and vanilla. There is a nice earthy feel that provides a pleasant mustinss. The tart fruitiness reminds me of sweet lemonade mix with pears and sour green apple. This one was really well done

M: A slightly prickly feel and a mild booziness the body is very light and there is no vinegar taste to it

D: This is a great sour that i would love to drink on a regular basis. It is loaded with complexities and quenches my thirst at the same time

Photo of Psyko
3.81/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Duck Duck Gooze
3oz pour in a plastic shot cup
Served at Lost Abbey DDG release

A: Light straw color. Nice 1/4" head with some lacing. No alcohol legs on the crappy plastic cup.

S: A slight barnyard aroma present.

T: Not super sour. some tartness up front with citrus fruit and barnyard flavors mid palate.

M: Starts tart then goes to a nice soft creamy mouthfeel that finishes crisp from the effervescence.

O: This beer is an exercise in balance and a great example of the style. The mouthfeel plays well with the flavor that plays well with the crisp finish. It was a great beer to have when standing around with a few hundred other whale hunters in a 90 degree plus warehouse sweating. As far as other sour beers out there this one is mild. Is this beer worth the Whale status? No. But is a really good beer none the less. Recommended.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.94/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Seriously one of the best beers ever. Glad I got a bottle.

Pours a golden color with a nice thin head. Dissapated to a ring. Nice lacing.

Aroma is amazing. Very oaky and funky. Little bit of malt.

Taste is perfect. Nice oak and sour balance. Not too sour but nice. Perfect flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry and good carb.

Overall an amazing beer. Can't wait till it comes out again.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a Lost Abbey stemmed glass

pours a slightly tinted orange and dull yellow. not much head on this but a nice fizzy head that stops and hangs on for a bit

tons of green apple and white grape. light hints of concord grape. nice light oak through out. faint hints of vinegar

nice and sour. appears most of the sourness comes in the form of sour green apple and a slightly lighter white grape. a nice sweetness with a touch of concord grape beneath. funk in the back. mostly fruit here.

slightly sweet and moderately carbonated. nice dryness in the end.

this is great, very well blended and very refreshing. not overly sour but quite sour in general.

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Duck Duck Gooze from The Lost Abbey
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