Duck Duck Gooze - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 252
Hads: 1,466
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 3.57%
Wants: 3,147
Gots: 274 | FT: 16
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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 The_Wozz
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap April 1, 2015. Was blown away to find out it wasn't an april fools joke! Phenomenal beer that lives up to the hype. Just bummed i don't have any bottles for myself!

A - Very crisp Golden/yellow with zero lacing and head dissipates immediately.
S - Citrus, funk, acidity, and sour apple
T - Apple, lemon peel, white grapes, mild vinegar and slight oak barrel presence. Nice little sweetness finishes each sip leaving you ready for more
M - Lighter-medium bodied. Very easy to drink and carbonation was well within respectable limits
O - Fantastic beer, glad i was passing by the tap room and was able to sneak in just in time to get a pour! Will be ISO bottles (668 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a pour of this at Funk Asheville 2015. Lost Abbey had the longest line and for good reason. This a fantastically well balanced sour. Not too tart, not too fruity, not too funky. It just has a right amount of each with some notes reminding me of oranges and maybe some other citrus. Definitely a great beer. (310 characters)

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this at the Epic Bottle Share at TG. Still have my bottle in the cellar which I am now more excited to drink than ever!!! Sooooo smooth and just the right amount of Tart. (176 characters)

Photo of RebelWithoutACause
3.6/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2.

Second bottle that I have opened that smells like green apples and nail polish. Something has to be going on with the latest batch, this can't be just me. I love this beer but something just isn't right. (214 characters)

Photo of hansgruber
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2009 bottle drank today. Nice golden color with a little bit of head/carbonation. Little bit of funk. Lot of acidity. A definite lemony presence on the palate. Very good overall. Solid, well-crafted beer with no major flaws as far as I can tell. (245 characters)

Photo of adnauseam007
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma - Prominent notes of acetic/citric acid as well as some cherry, tropcial fruits, and Brett funkiness.

Appearance - Yellow/orange in color with a thin layer of white bubbles.

Flavor - Well balanced tartness with some funky barnyard yeast flavor. Some additional fruity ester flavors of melon and mango. Well balanced tart and fruity fllavors. Low malt presence of a buttery cracker.

Mouthfeel - Low bodied with a good deal of effervescence. Not overwhelmingly tart or astringent but well balanced.

Overall - The strength of this beer is in its balance and its ability to change from tart lambic to estery Belgian to dry saison with a simple swirl of the glass. Not showy or flashy, just simply well made. (720 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.22/5  rDev -28.1%
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. (1,138 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a Teku
Vintage 2013

A big thanks to joshwith for sending this long time want over in a trade!

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a very small fizzy white head that dissipates almost immediately. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass. Leaves essentially zero lacing. 4.25

S: Lots of sour characters, lactic acidity tartness, oak, citrus, some funky plastic like aromas. Everything comes together quite nicely. 4.25

T: A delicious puckering tartness, sour apple and citrus, some sweeter fruit notes, vinous notes that are reminiscent of sweet wine. Lots of oak and vanilla characters on the finish. The sourness builds throughout the drink. Excellent. 4.5

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the lighter end for the style but alright, drinkability is excellent. 4.25

O: Excellent beer, well worth seeking out. Thanks again Josh! 4.5 (905 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of mlhyatt
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A-Pours a bright golden yellow with a thin lace that dissipates into a thin outer lace.

S- sweet lemon and with some deep funk.

T- follows the nose really well. Has a real nice juicy taste. Like i'm drinking a sweet juice followed by a strong funk that completely covers your mouth. Then there is a sweetness on the back end that finishes the beer perfectly.

M- fully bodied and sour. Brings your mouth to a pucker.

O- a very delicious brew. Perfectly balanced between sour and sweet. So glad i got to try this. (561 characters)

Photo of doucmehu
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Absolutely perfect gueze. Had next to V010 and V013 and it was memorable. No fruit but just amazing, intense sour, moderate funk, not over carbed. A pleasure to savor slowly. (174 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.69/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #900!

750ml C&C bottle; vintage 2013.

consumed on 9/21/2014 and at 4 Elves party this past winter; both times were the 2013 vintage was sampled.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: yellow bodied beer with thin white cap.

Smell: white wine barrels and some light tartness. Not much going in the nose. Light musty funk.

Taste: Light tartness and a buttery richness. Lemon and green apples. Getting some hints of oak as well. Minimal amount of funkiness that is a combination of plastic and mustiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Feels slick and buttery. Almost flat carbonation this beer needs some life put into it.

Overall: This must be a beer that gets better as it develops in the bottle. As of how 2013 DDG is drinking, I just don't understand all the fanfare surrounding this Lost Abbey sour. Not much complexity and it doesn't really impress me all that much. (908 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%

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) (1,111 characters)

Photo of drmcleod10
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%

2013 B2 Bottle shared with my buddy David after passing the Series 7.

Pours a bright golden-orange yellow color that looks so appetizing. Decent white foam hear that lasts a bit then recedes back into the glass

Smell - hints of straw, hay, grape vinous smells followed by the slightest note of red wine barrel character that gives it a dry tart funk smell

Taste - White grape, Lemon, yeast, straw, funk, tartness that is slight at the front with an amazing finish and as it warmed the red wine barrel character really shined.

Mouthfeel - Dry medium bodied and extremely crisp. Very well done

Overall - Fantastic beer from Lost Abbey and I am so glad I was able to track this one down. Well worth the wait and definitely one of my long time wants. (755 characters)

Photo of GrumpyBeer
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is amazing. The appearance was golden and brite, slight orange, crisp with very little head only brief lacing that didnt linger at all. Carb bubbles were present throughout.
The smell was sweet & sour with a good funk, slight notes of tart apple and pear. I thought after smelling that this was going to disappoint honestly.
The taste though, wow. Tart apple, granny smith, bright farmyard funk, the taste lingered as well and was slight bile lemon and finished with sweet spice notes and some orange grapefruity effervescence. This taste for me was perfection. Even as I cherished the last couple sips that had warmed it was even more complex with some malt, bread, salt and dank balanced funk. So good, better on the cold side but I cherished it all through the pour...
The mouth was crisp and dry, the tart wets the cheeks afterwards and it lingered in a good way
I really was close to a 5 on this beer, its definitely in my top 5 and left me craving desperately for another (988 characters)

Photo of Ljudsignal
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Night Shift teku glass. 2013 vintage. Huge thanks to Tomme for sending this to me, I'm beyond honored.

Pours a deep golden-orange with a frothy, roughly one-inch off-white head. Decent head retention, no lacing to speak of.

In the nose, a massive dose of wet, yogurty lactobacillus funk dominates the initial whiff, as well as notes of white grapes, oak, dry yeast, crabapple, and a subtle hit of vinegar. Not getting the red wine barrels so much--there's definitely a vinous quality, but it doesn't remind me of any red I've ever had.

The taste is where Duck Duck Gooze really flexes its muscles. Yogurty funk, vinous white grape, lemon juice, dry bready yeast, white oak, crabapple, and tart Granny Smith apples. Again, a small hit of vinegar towards the back. Most excellent.

On the tongue, fairly dry and medium-bodied. Sprightly carbonation enlivens the palate but falls a bit flat towards the back. A lingering coat of yogurty lactic sourness clings to the back of the throat.

On the whole, what truly impressed me about DDG was its ability to present a bevy of delicious flavor profiles that managed to be at once distinct unto themselves as well as graceful partners to the other notes present in the beer. A fantastic beer, and one that I'm incredibly grateful to have gotten to try. (1,332 characters)

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden in color with slick lacing that slides down the side of the glass once swirled. Leaves a white crown around the top of the glass. Translucent, showing off thin streams of carbonation racing to the top.

S - A gorgeous citrus aroma with the likes of lemons, oranges and persimmons. Citrus galore! I'm getting a little bit of pineapple as well. It doesn't quite have the funk that the Classic Cantillon Gueuze offers (drinking side by side). The aroma is complex and concentrated where I could just sit here and smell it all day.

T - The taste is very similar to the aroma. Citrus with some funk. Very complex and very refreshing!

M - Wonderful acidic feel and mouth coating. Very sour presence on the back edges of your tongue.

O - This beer is awesome! I don't think that it's worth the fuss, but well worth seeking out and trying. Thanks again, Mike! (866 characters)

Photo of NHbeerguy
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head. Smells of lemon and a little grass with some funk. Taste is a ton of lemons and a little funk tartness. Mouthfeel is very smooth at first then you get that nice tart pucker. Overall a fantastic beer.

2013 bottle (264 characters)

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of EveningCordial
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap.

A- Yellow, hay-like color. Very foggy and some swimmies apparent from the yeats. Small quarter finger head with little lacing. Lots of effervescence.

S- Dank with a big bouquet of layers. Grapes, vines, and a little vinegar upfront. Gives way to some other earth smells like hay, straw, and a hint of lemon. Chardonnay and oak in the back.

T- Like the smell, this ale has a lot of business taking place. Pretty tart and sour upfront with the acidity noticeable. Chardonnay and oak are still here. A little citrus and dark fruit accompanied by the tartness of a cider.

M- Light to medium bodied. You can feel the wild yeasts in this one and the fuzziness.

O- My absolute favorite wild to date. Very sour, but it balances out perfectly with the other flavors. There is a lot of depth in this ale and is if fun to sip and play with the flavors. Glad I got the chance to try this one and it definitely lives up to the hype. Awesome job by Tomme and the crew at Lost Abbey. (983 characters)

Photo of RacerX5k
2.52/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

you know what? this beer fucking stinks and I'm not even sure it's a beer. $7 hard earned dollars wasted, as usual. really was looking forward to trying this, but, wait for it, it really fucking stinks. I gotta say it twice.

ugly boring cider like yellow. smells and tastes of flat, yellow lemony vinegar. if I want a lemon I'll eat one from my tea. I'm actually one of those people who loves bitter lemon, but this is not that. vinegar. who the fuck wants vinegar in your beer.

you want a good, no great, beer? go get yourself a Weyerbacher Riserva, now that's a great, sour, barrel aged beer. bottom line, this was fucking terrible.'good thing I only wasted $7 on it. never understand how these kinds of beers get ratings around here. (738 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of RachelZ
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has an orange/yellow pour with a medium white head. It is a fruity beer with a slight acidity to it. Aromas of this beer include lemon and citrus. Flavors of lemons and citrus come through when tasting. Sour aftertaste with a light body. Not my favorite! (264 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy lemon yellow in color with a frothy white head and spotty lacing. The nose features light lactic funk, hay, tart lemon, barnyard, and a light grassy note. Graceful, layered flavor of sour citrus, lemon meringue, slight orange and melon, with a tart finish that doesn’t overpower the well-balanced taste. Effervescent and slightly prickly palate. (352 characters)

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Duck Duck Gooze from The Lost Abbey
99 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.