Duck Duck Gooze - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 252
Hads: 1,466
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 3.57%
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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 Phelps
3.94/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter poured from a bottled shared by the great tlay10. Tyler, you are the man.

Looks: like molten gold. So hazy my fingers on the other side of the glass are mere fuzzy shadows. The pour results in no head; just the lightest mention of off-white fizz along the sides.

Smells: wooden. Sweeter than most sours that cross my path. Aromas of pronounce oak, alcohol, grapefruit and honey play about my nose, along with floral lilac and a unique earthy, cave musk quality.

Tastes: Flavors of lemon juice, tart grapefruit, apricot followed by a blast of green oak. As the nose suggested, this beer tends toward the sweeter side of sours. A hard-to-place earthy yeast flavor akin to truffles emerges as the beer warms. The sourness is crisp and doesn't linger about much after the swallow, though a candy sweetness reminding of burnt sugar definitely does.

Feels: lightly fizzy, with a medium-light body. A slight alcohol warmth travels down the throat.

Drinks: thanks to an epic beer tasting lineup, I was able to enjoy Duck Duck Gooze directly after Isabelle Proximus. In comparing the two, I'd call this the more "incomplete" beer. It had a more unique flavor bill, but seemed slightly less well-mingled. Another year or two in the cellar may have improved it a bit. (1,287 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes-- still trying to get caught up!
poured into a tulip.
shared by oreo

Clear, slightly chill-hazed, orange-tinted gold. Small white head. Looks like a classic gueuze, it really does. Minimal lace, but good looking nonetheless.
Fine carbonation that works very well. Little harsh acidic bite to the sourness, but overall this drinks very smoothly and I would happily sip this all day.
The beer is good. I understand why people go crazy for these beers... it really is fucking good.
The nose some citrusy notes-- mainly lemon. A slight oak character comes through. The flavor is tasty-- clean, sour, and overall a fantastic beer. (646 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I remember reading this was released in 2009 sometime, so I assume this is between 1-2 years old. First beer in a very gueuzy tasting, my guts are hating me right now. I've been very excited to try this, definitely one of my most sought after beers since I began "the hunt." Got this in a trade from nerd, thanks!

Poured hazy peach color, excellent color. Thin white head eventually turns to a thick ring leaving some lacing.

Great sour scent. Big oak+brett, sour light fruits. Improves as it warms. Slight banana? It's enticing.

Taste has got lemons, peach, citrus, oak, brett, chardonnay, some green apple. Surprisingly not too sour and extremely tasty and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is perfect, I couldn't ask for a better feeling sour. Just feels perfect, flavorful, and balanced.

One of the best and most drinkable sours I've had so far. A great balance of fruit and funk tastes. Let's hope it gets released again! (919 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.61/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to TurdFurgison for breaking this out at our recent tasting. This was my first experience with the beer, and while you said it hasn't improved with age, I still thought it was a tasty beer!

A - The first pours of this were a brilliant brassy color with great clarity. No real head though.

S - Buttery chardonnay is the best way I can describe the aroma. Bitter strawberry greens and a nice sourness make up the remainder of the aroma.

T - Much more lactic/sour than the aroma hinted at. The sourness was tasty indeed, though the beer was a bit one-dimensional, especially after some of the other beers we opened that night.

M - Low carbonation. Acidic.

O - As far as most American Wilds go this is far and away something well made. However, when pitted against the cream of the crop it (at least at this stage in its aging) falls very short of pure greatness. I really dug the clean sourness - unlike the harsh over-bacterialized sours so many breweries are rushing through production anymore. (1,010 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4fl. oz. corked a caged bottle
2013
Served in a tulip
Huge thanks to CADMixes for breaking out this surprise treat at our tasting.

Review #875

The beer poured a slightly hazed, straw yellow color with a subtle amber tinge. A one-finger tall, frothy, bone white head topped the liquid and quickly faded to a ring of bubbles. Spotty drops of lacing tricked down the glass.

Lots of interesting stuff happening in the aroma. Crisp, dry, powdery yeast notes came through initially but were soon washed away by a moderate tartness. Good dose of brett. Strong wheaty notes. There was a subtle, grape-y/wine-y presence as well. Even though this beer was aged in red wine barrels, I seemed to pick up white grape notes. The dry, tart qualities were balanced by a subtle, bready malt sweetness.

The flavor profile was quite similar to the aroma. Like the nose, it too was crisp and tart. Quite wheaty. Grape-y with strong notes of white wine. Again, considering the barrel aging method, this was a bit surprising. The beer was anchored by a crackery malt base. Touch of sweetness. Some moderately acidic, candy coated lemon notes were apparent as well. I can definitely see why some people have mentioned Sweet Tarts when describing this beer in their reviews. The beer finished with lots of bretty tartness, lemon and hints of vinegar. The lemon-like notes lingered on my palate long after every sip. All in all, very balanced and drinkable, especially for the style.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. Medium bodied for the style. A fine, zippy effervescence gave the beer a light, supple, fluffiness.

Given the hype surrounding this beer, I was expecting it to be a bit more unique and complex. Nevertheless, this is a very tasty and well crafted American wild ale that I am grateful to have had the opportunity to sample. Big thanks again to my friend Sean for sharing this. (1,898 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Josh for bringing this one! Gotta say I *love* the name and artwork on DDG. Cute, clever, and appropriate.

Peach-colored body brings with it some white head. The fizz emits a pleasantly lemony aroma, layered with sour yeast and oak. Love the nose's intensity; hopefully this tastes as good as it smells.

Liquid meets tongue, taste buds rejoice. Tart lemons, oak, sharply acetic, mildly barnyard-esque, plus a unique kiss of sweetness to shake things up. Lemon meringue pie in a glass.

Reminds me of Cable Car, though I prefer the blend of flavors here. An excellent American sour. (593 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours an opaque amber orange color with a nice white head. Strong sour notes and tart fruit in the nose. Some acetone notes as well but very minimal. LIght mouthfeel with a really nice blend of flavors. Fairly sour but not so much that it leaves you puckering. Lemon and straw notes. The acetone notes in the aroma are there in the taste as well but again, very minimal. Finishes dry and clean. Good lace left behind of the glass. A very solid beer that lives up to the hype. Some wine like characteristics. Not sure how this beer really gets any better. (562 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't thank sweemzander enough for scoring this bottle for our tasting crew. I had a tiny sample of this a Darkness day and it haunted my dreams from that day forward. Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Cloudy orange gold hue. Small amount of bright white head. Tiny lace ring.

S: Wonderful aroma. Citrus, grape skins, light funk, lactic sour, dusty wood, basement. Nothing in your face. Just a perfect balance of sweet and sour.

T: Just like the aroma the flavor is spectacular. Perfect balance of sweet juicy citrus fruits and sour lactic bite. Mild funk that plays off the other components so well. Lemons, white grapes, wet hay, dusty wood, damp basement. So delicious.

M: Medium body. Very creamy yet carbonated perfect.

D: Overall a true master piece of a wild ale. Thanks again sweem for the chance to sample a healthy serving of this epic brew. (866 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 Proteus93
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presented by Bankhead.. a nice surprise from California! Thanks, Henry!

A: Blonde + nicely retained white head. Fizzly and bubbly, with a great sheet over the entire brew.

S: A nice acidity, both full of that whole 'sour apple' aroma and a nice note of hay and that whole 'funkiness' scent to be expected from such styles.

T: Sours can be a very challenging style, and this one does a very nice job of bridging the gap between that separate the palates for such a style. There are some pineapple flavours in there as well, though it adds a beautiful note to it rather than a 'tinny' type of pineapple-ring type flavour.

M + D: This was one of two sours had in the evening, and it brought out the dryness that the other did not. It almost lifts off the tongue... love it! This one steps it up a notch as far as geuze goes, with a little higher alcohol than many. Nonetheless, it's a fabulous sipping sour. (910 characters)

Photo of brdc
3.94/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Even in the Duvel glass, designed to produce head, the white head that tops the hazy straw colored beer is minimal, has no retention, and virtually no lacing. I cannot avoid imagining this is going to be another flat journey.
Aroma is an improvement over appearance, with a citric tartness, major damp funkiness, a variety of fruits, a significant acidity, a hint of oak. Very nice.
The body and flavor are quite nice and reassuring, as I was again really concerned about quality control here. It is not flat; there is a soft carbonation that actually matches the flavor nicely. Tart, fruity, musty. Citric notes abound, with minimal sweetness. Acidity rounds out the flavor, with a slight woodiness.
Significantly better than I expected, but short of great. Worthwhile, but if you consider the price, not that much.
On the spectrum of Lost Abbey adventures, where most have been either great, or more frequently, a disaster, this manages to be somewhere in the middle. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Roger!
A palette cleanser for our wooden hell tasting.

Pours a beautiful hazy yellowed orange with a nice touch of white head. Got the dregs sort of of the bottle. Smells tart and sour. Very nicely funky. It's very sour but also very funky. Not like any beer ive ever had. The mouthfeel is nice and well carbonated. The sourness is pretty harsh but enjoyable. Definitely a very solid beer somewhere between a gueuze and a wild (434 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HUGE Thanks to Chad for sharing this beer with me! This has been on my WANTS for a long time. Pours a murky, golden-orange color with a small, white head that disappears quickly. Scent is oh so funky with some sweet fruit notes...peaches. Sour vinegar and lemon come at me as well. Taste is just as I was hoping. Tart fruit (peaches, green apple, lemon) with some vinous characteristics. Tons of sour and funky flavors with a nice oak backbone. Absolutely delicious! Mouthfeel is a puckering, well-carbonated, crisp masterpiece. Drinkability is very high, especially for this Fresno summer heat. Amazing beer... I would definitely need to do a side by side with Cable Car to see which one I enjoy more. (702 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy yellow color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour, yeast and wood aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sour flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer for style. (339 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= been waitin for a good time to open this one. This one pours a nice slightly hazy amberish yellow color with a very thin head on it that falls to a thin ring around the side of the glass leacing little to no lacing.

S= The smell is sour apples, lemons, vinegar, funky cheesy brett, a little oak. Really a lot of smell going on here. You could easily pick out a few more odors coming out. The smells meld together in a way I can only describe as interesting.

T= The taste of this one is simply divine! Wow not expecting so much greatness from the odor. There is a dominate sour lemon taste to it that really only creeps across your tongue. There is a lot of oak coming through for a sour. Usually a sour beer is only grazed by the oak taste this has a lot of oak deep inside of it. All the flavors seem like they just touch your tongue for a moment so you really have to concentrate to pick them out. There is a lot of green apple taste to it as well as some really really sour lemons or limes. The taste isn't longest lasting taste I've ever had which I find interesting due to the intensity of the flavor.

M= Low carbonation and super dry finish.

D= This beer is amazing. I'm glad I had the chance to try it and I hope I will be able to get my hands on it again in the future. A superb drink that I was able to share with my girlfriend after we have both worked looong hour for many days making the setting perfect for a nice sipper to be savored. This beer is something that keeps you coming back for more and more sips. Great job Lost Abbey I look forward to more releases. (1,583 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split the bottle with the lady.

A: Rich, bright hazy yellow body. Centimeter tall white cap which receded to a nice white foamy skim. Spotty lacing.

S: Pungent, sour lemon blasts from the bottle upon opening. Wet hay, farmhouse like funk.

T: Nice lactic sourness. Lemon-orange juice. More funk. Slightly earthy and grainy. Tasty.

M: Good carbonation rush on the tongue. Slightly puckering. Clean, sour finish.

D: Easy drinking considering the amount of sourness and funk here. Definitely a winner from Lost Abbey. Glad I hunted this down. (544 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Damian and Lona for this one. Awesome!

A: Gold, clear color with little head and lacing. Good.

S: wow, awesome funk backed up by plenty of oak, vanilla, bright fruits and a definite alcohol nose. Nice mature smell.

T: Clear funk with grape, bright fruit, oak barrel, vanilla, and champagne. Lots of wild yeast, and a sweet dry finish. Really nice.

M: Smooth, well carbonated and beautiful dry feel.

D: Excellent drinker for a sour. Very nice. (459 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another one from ummagum - many thanks! Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. My last several Lost Abbey's have been flat or close to it so nervous opening this one. Nice loud pop when opening - off to a good start. Was a hazy honey color with lots of center carb plus streams on the outside. Quick sliding lace that doesn't stick. It had a good sized fizzy white head that settled into a collar.

The aroma was excellent. Funky, sour, horseblanket, lemon, and grape. Semi-dry as well. Very nice and near the top of wild ale aromas for me. A little more funk and it would be perfect. The taste followed the aroma and again was exceptional. Sour bite from the start with good fruity balance. Ends with a eye closing pucker and then fades so you are ready for the next drink. Mouthfeel was excellent. Dry but not overly dry. Great carbonation and tart finish.

Overall, an exceptional wild ale that is worthy of the hype and praise. A world class beer. Very reminiscent of Isabelle Proximus which is one of my all-time favorites. Most highly recommend. Rotation: not available here and extremely hard to get so while I'd like some more this probably it for now. If here, I would get several bottles a year. (1,230 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle thanks to islandboi8204, served in a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy yellow orange, with a half finger of white head that recedes to a rim. No lacing. Body has a nice glow to it.

Smell: Big tart lemons and funk up front. Lots of oak as well. Some pear skins and green apples. A strong lactic character is even sour on the nose.

Taste: Big sour lemons up front, followed by a deep clean funk. Lots of tart pears and more lemon. A hefty amount of oak dries everything out continually. Some light bready sweetness, but only just. Finishes with funk and oak.

Mouthfeel: Very sour, but never puckering or cloying. Very, very dry, which I enjoy immensely.

Overall: This beer exceeded my high expectations. It is clear why it has the acclaim it carries. I hope to have it again. (785 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by BeachBum1975.

Pours a very murky, cloudy light gold/yellow in color. A little bit of a frothy film on top of the beer.
Smell is tart and sour. Nice slight hint of lemon and oak in the nose.
Lots of light fruit in the flavor. Plenty of lemony sourness flavor as well. Very good lemon, apricot and peach flavors going on. Not as sour or tart as the Deviation we just drank. This is much more smooth and easy drinking.
Delicious now, interesting to see where this goes with some time.
Well done. (511 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #200

Thanks to Bulldogp04 for sharing this guy in line at the CBS release. Served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with spritzy white head that dissipates to some swirls.

S: There is actually some considerable funk in there, nice tart lemon skins and some sour apples. A nice woody oak character as well.

T: The taste follows the nose. It's nice to see some funkiness in there, nice oaky flavors with a sharp tartness. Some sour lemon as well. Really great.

M: Light bodied with a nice dry finish. Little pucker in there.

O: Delicious. I'm surprised at how funky this has become. I didn't really expect that. Great flavor profiles. I don't know if I'll ever get the chance to try this again, but I can cross my fingers and hope. (763 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this brew from 0110x011 when it was released. I've been saving this for some reason and review #700 seems like a good enough reason. Drank from my The Lost Abbey goblet.

Review #700

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear yellow with tinges of orange with a nice half finger fizzy white head. No cap remains but a thin collar hangs the entire beer along with a crystal clear glass that contains zero lacing.
Smell- Perhaps one of the fruitiest Wild Ales I've smelled that doesn't actually contain fruit. Whiffs of pineapple and kiwi come to mind upon my initial inhale. It's nicely tart smelling with plenty of green apple and apple cider vinegar. My mouth is salivating already at the sour goodness that's about to hit it. A bit of oak is easily noticeable as is a touch of vanilla amongst everything. Not necessarily the dankest sour I've smelled but there is a bit of horsey aspect.
Taste- Starts with a nice sour bite that is definitely bracing and nice. Again, really fruity at times with a peach and green apple thing that's really nice. Once my mouth acclimates is when I really start to love this stuff. The vinegar aspect is strong and something about it reminds me of some sort of cherry thing. Obviously very acidic and even a light malty toast comes into play. The oak is strong in this one as is the vanillin. Nothing funky in the brew to me at all. It's even ever so slightly sweet toward the finish but the sour lingers on and on.
Mouthfeel- Nice hefty body, especially for the style. The carbonation is fairly aggressive and spot on and a nice quenching finish is bomb.com.
Drinkability- I knew this was going to be good. It's been a fairly obvious consensus on BA for quite some time and I wasn't let down in the least. Supremely drinkable and mega enjoyable, wish I had another bottle to lay down for awhile. Thanks much Matt! (1,849 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 KickInTheChalice
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to bauermj for bringing this out to the whale tasting.

Appearance: My pour is a very hazy light golden straw color with a light off-white head that fades away to nothing.

Smell: The aroma is so sour it burns my nose a little bit. Pure sour, lemon zest, some grapefruit, and a bit of apricot.

Taste: The light malt is there but gets quickly overwhelmed by the lemon, lactic, and vinegar sourness. Very sour throughout, which I enjoy very much; that is really the focus of the beer. Lemon, a bit of white grape and green apple with some full grapefruit sourness to finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but bitingly sour and tart. Medium bodied, crisp carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoy sours that really burn my nose and rip my taste buds out. This satisfies that criteria. (817 characters)

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