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Duck Duck Gooze - The Lost Abbey

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1,290 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,290
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 7.34%
Wants: 2,712
Gots: 255 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: illidurit on 07-13-2009)
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5/5  rDev +8%

Dicers, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of francisweizen
4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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

francisweizen, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of popery
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

popery, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

ArrogantB, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

ColForbinBC, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of DmanGTR
4.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

DmanGTR, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
4.47/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with active white prickly and sprity head, minimal lacing. Scent is musty and sour, finally mellowing into a slight citrus and biscut note, mild vanilla and oak. First sip is tart, funky and acidic but soon rushed into a very fruity blend... mango, apprico, lemon, pineapple... lots of stuff going on there. Slight biscuty sweetness and hints of the vanilla and oak also present. Medium bodied, active carbonation, dry. A pleasure to sip and could see this improving over a long length of time.

rfgetz, Jun 10, 2010
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2.85/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

cpetrone84, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

BMart, Oct 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

whartontallboy, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of AlexFields
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to myself for finally opening this.

Pours a hazy orange without much head.

This is hard to review for me because it's actually pretty one dimensional. Very sour/acidic, bright dry apple/grape, delicious but not super complex. Very dry and acidic going down.

Excellent for what it is but not as good as a top Belgian gueuze and not as good as Izzy or some of the other best CA sours.

8.8/10

AlexFields, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
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!

woosterbill, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

FosterJM, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

jophish17, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Night of the Funk

A-Pours an opaque peach juice hue. Thin layer of white foam.

S-Funky and musty. Oak and sour lemon juice. Light sweetness and a grassy component.

T-Starts off firmly tart. Lemon rind and wet woodiness. Grass and lingering, zesty sourness. Hints of malt sweetness. High acidity. Quite complex.

M-Has some body to it. Dry. Softer carbonation.

O/D-A huge treat to be able to try this beer. I was not blown away but it is clearly a great Wild Ale. This one is a bit over hyped. Still, not much else to complain about.

VelvetExtract, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of tpd975
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

tpd975, Jan 28, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Holland
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Holland, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/29/2009. Bottle thanks to Smokepot (thanks Joe!). Rating #1500!! Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a small white head. Aroma is quite sour-- some barnyard, some sour candies. Flavor of much of the same -- lots of tart candies and mild barnyard. Sour but not acidic. Very pleasant and easy to drink for a sour ale. Excellent!

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.4/5  rDev -5%
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...

Reagan1984, Aug 26, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

tom10101, Mar 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

tommyguz, Oct 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

warnerry, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of akang
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

akang, Aug 31, 2013
Duck Duck Gooze from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 1,290 ratings.