Duck Duck Gooze - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 252
Hads: 1,469
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 3.57%
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Gots: 277 | FT: 17
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 rowingbrewer
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to John for hosting such an amazing tasting

This beer pours a beautiful yellow color and is surprisingly clear, only a very slight haze to it. the head is white and laces the glass. the smell is sour, with hints of fruit like green apple, also detect some oak. the taste is pretty close to the smell, it has that lactic sour, with hints of fruit, a little funk to it. the mouthfeel is on the light to medium side with good carbonation. this beer is sour and very drinkable. (488 characters)

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

750 ml bottle split and poured into a tulip. 7.0% ABV, no date.

Big thanks to "King of Beers" sweemzander for busting this, among quite a few others to come, out for a night of epic proportions!

A - Beautiful lightly hazy goldenrod color with a low but persistent off-white head. Good retention and some patchy lace left over.

S - Sharp, crisp funk all over the place, Brett and barnyard aroma adds some awesome damp hay, horse-blanket, and tartness to the nose. Lemon citrus and bugs make it mouth-puckering before I even taste it. Lots of lactic-ness here.

T - Notes of raw honey and pale malt drizzled with caramel lightly sweeten the huge lactic sour flavor. Massive Brett barnyard funk with a sharp finish. This is wild!

M - Light-bodied and heavily sour with a big funk, Duck Duck has a sharp finish that's nicely carbonated and mouth-puckering.

D - This is hard to not demolish before finishing the review, it's very very easy drinking for as sour as it is. It goes down so well, I'd be willing to wager Sweem regretted sharing it. (1,044 characters)

Photo of abecall98
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Loki83 for this Gem.

A - pours a bright yellow. White head, light lacing.

S - Not that strong. I smell some funk right out the gate, with some slight hints of lemon peel.

T - wow, begins with a strong acidic and lemon taste right at the start. Some funk follows, with a slight sweet and dry finish.

M - perfect. Level of carbonation is high, and I love that with my sours. The beer flavor lingers.

D - very high. The beer is very sour, but not off-putting at all. The lemon notes keep me interested.

O - another great beer I just had tonight. Well worth it. (574 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Mike for sharing this. No matter how mad you are, you can always keep your beer at my place.

Appearance -- Pours a hazy peach hue with no head to speak of. Great color, though.

Smell -- Bright acetic tartness akin to red wine vingar, Granny Smith, lactic tartness, wet oak, and gentle malt sweetness.

Taste -- Begins with a lack of subtlety: sharp acetic tartness coupled with no small amount of sourness. After a few sips the palate becomes accustomed to the acetic/lacto character and the underlying malt sweetness becomes apparent. Interestingly the brett character is pretty mild: a bit of lemon and faint horsiness, but little else. Wood tannin and and wet lumber flavors have strong footing. A proper lambic-styled American ale

Mouthfeel -- medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Finish is nicely drying.

Drinkability -- Quite good, though more in line with a younger, unblended lambic with the malt sweetness and gentler brett character. This has to be the most labic-like of any American wild I've had to date. That said I wouldn't say that this is any better than Cantillon or Girardin gueuzes, both of which being far more accessible. (1,162 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared generously by Chico1985. Notes from Friday. First of three gueuzes on the night.

A- Murky golden-orange that reminds me of a dried apricot or something. A small white head forms for a bit and a ring leaves just a bit of lace.

S- A big bomb of funk and fruit. Funk lends a barnyard and horse pasture type feel. The fruit balances that out with notes of almost anything I can think of, mainly white wine grapes, apples and some vinous hints. Oak rounds it all out.

T- Probably the smoothest flavor in a sour I have experienced thus far. Just like the nose the fruit is huge. Apples, white grapes, slight peach and tons of lemon/citrus sour fruits. Oak works nicely with the funky barnyard wild yeast. A nice level of sour.

MF- Light body with lower end carbonation suiting the flavor. Gets very sour as it warms more but still at a level I enjoy.

DB- A very smooth and balanced flavor compared to most sours I have had before. The microbes in the beer lend so many nice flavors and the brewing skill put into this helps balance it into a great beer. (1,059 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 scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge huge thanks to ipa247 for cracking this one open for a few of us beer lovers.

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden with a thin white head that faded to a collar that left a few wisps of lacing down the glass.
S: I mostly get tart lemon zest and citrus but there are some funky notes, brett and peach in the mix.
T: Very funky but the sour/tartness is very well integrated and under control. Notes of lemon and brett, a slight attic must, and a few hints of nail polish acetone. Aftertaste linges for a while.
M: Medium body, clean and refreshing mouthfeel, low but tingly carbonation, and a moderate fruit tartness.
D: My second favorite LA beer I've had to date (behind Cable Car). A very very good beer, and one I've been wanting to try for a long time. Thanks again Jeff! (783 characters)

Photo of Kaiser81
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jerz for opening this bottle.

A - This reminds me a lot of Isabelle Proximus..which I had a few minutes before enjoying this one. Clear, light orange, light head, and nice lacing.

S - It's got a lot of IP characteristics, but it's a little less funky. Lemons, zest, spice...there's some more horse blanket (slightly different from funky), and a little less fruit. Maybe pear and citrus on the finish?

T - Lemons and spices seem to come out most as far as discernible flavors aside from funky. More acidic than IP, with light funkiness.

M - Light body, sour taste...light carbonation. Definitely smacking my lips after each sip.

D - Oh yeah, definitely drinkable. I was at the release, and should have bought it instead of the flat Santa's Little Helper and Older Viscosity. But I wasn't into sours then...so what did I know!? (840 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into Bells tulip.

A- Nice ivory head - very active. About 1cm tall. Settles quickly on a base that's anywhere from goldenrod to orange with amber highlights depending on how you look at it. Great color.

S- Fruity, floral. Not much in the way of 'funk'. Maybe a little brett.

T- Lemon tartness, a bit of saltiness and a wash of acidity. White wine in parts, green apples.. a bit peppery. Not terribly funky. Dregs blended with the final glass- Substantially more cheesy horse blanket notes.

M- Great carbonation, mild. Light on the tongue, finish is moderately dry.

D- Very high. This is a fantastic beer. Easy to drink, great flavors, hope to see this one again. (678 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Terry for breaking this one out at the Bullfrog Pub Club Holiday Party 2010.

A-Lightly hazed, brilliant golden yellow with a thin white that held on strong throughout and left fine flecks of lace behind.

S-Musty lemon zest, Granny Smith apple and a strong presence of apple cider vinegar. Becomes more musty as it warms.

T-Amazing similarity to a Sweet-tart candy on the palate. Sweetness up front with a moderating and inviting lemon zest and vinegar tartness in the finish.

M-Light bodied, sharp and crisp with a very nice drying finish. Long lingering lemon zest flavour and astringency is quite pleasing.

D-Damn nice stuff. Not overly tart, as the initial sweetness balances this, but enough to make itself known. Overall this is very approachable, inviting and solid sour. One I am certainly glad to have had an opportunity to try, (857 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (662 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 JAXSON
3.43/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rating from last summer, I've heard this may have turned the corner but I don't know that first hand so I'm sticking with my original rating.

From a bottle, thanks to radhoesbro. Pours a faintly hazy apricot with a meager head. Nose is a bit salty, with some very distinguishable round, fruit tones I find in most Lost Abbey sours. Nice, but nothing explosive. Kind of a peachy, apricot aroma. Flavor is initially quite salty, which is my overall complaint with Veritas 004, but it quickly melds into a nice progression into a full peachy note. Quite sour and tart with that integrated, round yeast I find in their light sours time and again. Carbonation is medium and is good for the style. Nice, one of the best from Lost Abbey I've had.

EDIT - This beer is a mess as of April, 2011. I think I was overrating it to begin with. Compared to some better peaches it's completely one-dimensional and has a really flat flavor profile. Acidity has taken over, as it does with most Lost Abbey light sours. (1,001 characters)

Photo of fear025
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Dunt for breaking out this bottle at his birthday tasting.

Aroma:Sour aroma, fruit, some sweetness.

Appearance:Murky yellow orange. Low head, fair lacing.

Taste:Huge sour bite right on the foretaste. Tons of lemon flavor. The aftertaste has some white grape skin sour flavors. Also, some sweet notes linger on pleasantly.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body, with medium to heavy astringency on the throat.

Drinkability:Amazingly drinkable sour beer. Not as sour as some beers, it's really drinkable. (510 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Devin for the bottle! I've been wanting to try this for quite some time.

Duck Duck Gooze pours a clear, light-orange with a thin white head on top. Good lacing left behind. Looks great for an American Wild.

Lots of sour mustiness on the nose. Hay and acidity with a faint hint of ethanol. Peaches and light fruits. Touch of vinegar and white grape. Strong and enjoyable. One the best wild ale aromas I've had the pleasure of nosing.

Peach, pear and apple enveloped in a wave of nice sourness on the tongue. A decent vinegar burn lingers on the finish. Very juicy and acidic, mixed with sweet malts. The flavor profile is great. The balance between fruitiness and sourness is very good. I feel like this going to get pretty acidic in another year or so, but at the moment it's like sour liquid candy.

Mouthfeel has a really nice sour kick to it. Smooth long burn on the finish. Perfect carbonation. Very smooth, almost slippery. Well done.

This is a very drinkable wild. The sourness is starting to become more intense, which makes this more of a sipper, but a sipper that is full of complexity and great flavor. This is most definitely one of the best sour beers I have ever had, especially from an American brewery. Really a must for all sour heads. I can't wait for the next release. Great job Lost Abbey. (1,323 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 Reagan1984
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
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... (1,073 characters)

Photo of Todes
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Second time having it and was more amazed by it this time.... it deserves to be in the top 100 so here it goes, review #2

A: Golden color with a slight orangey tinge... Light layer of slightly tan head with bits of it clinging onto the edge of the glass. (I am color blind as hell so my colors might be off) it still looks great though.

S: A light sweetness followed to a tart bite that you can feel in the back of your noses.

T: Overly tart apples, with a light sweet funk at the end... Slight traces of lemons/tart citrus through out. I feel the apple shows up more though

M: Lightly carbonated just enough so that you know that it it's there.

D: This is the most drinkable wild ale I have ever had. I split my bomber with a friend and I am kind of sad that I didn't just drink the whole bottle. (803 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

5 oz. pour. HUGE thanks to BMan1113VR for bringing this to my tasting last night. Review from notes.

Murky straw golden color. Finger of fluffy white head that dies down to a layer of foam. No lace.

Smells quite sour. Horse blanket. Sour white grapes.

Tastes of white wine, horse blanket, peaches, apricots, and sour grapes. Refreshing and bright.

Mouthfeel is pretty puckering, light bodied, and light carbonation.

Pretty insanely drinkable. Great to try this one. Would be awesome on a hot summer day. (508 characters)

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.03/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a bunch for opening this Mike.
Cell phone notes.

Clear golden, off white head, minimal lacing. Acetic, brett, lemon, apple, and oak. Up front acetic bite with a sharp lemon peel, very bright taste. Light body, medium carbonation, slightly tannic, and dry finish. I never had it fresh, but from other reviews it seems the acetic character is starting to take over. IP still wins in complexity, this lacks depth. (419 characters)

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

Infinite thanks to miguelmandingo for busting this out at a recent tasting. 750ml bottle split 4 ways--my serving in a Corsendonk tulip.

DDG pours with a brassy golden hue that shows a nice clarity and depth to its color. A light, eggshell-white head holds court up top, fueled by a steady stream of carbonation rising up from the laser-etched bottom. Aromas of soft hay and grassiness greet the nose, along with some pale malts and light horseblanket funk. Very nicely balanced, with a hint of fruitiness in the background.

The flavor reveals dry grass and white grape rinds. The Gooze is sour, but not crushingly so. Tart acidity on the finish does well to numb the sides of the tongue. Body is on the lighter side of medium, with a crisp carbonation level and drying finish. Drinkable, complex, and very tasty. All in all, a great American-made geuze. Thanks again for the share Mike! (889 characters)

Photo of Casey10
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sour funky and incredible I had this poured to me be Tomme Arthur himself at the Belgian Beer Fest back in October 2009. I had at least 4 rounds of this so I know it was good.

Lemon tart and puckering I wish this were more atainable and made regulary. I can also see why it might not. I was so impressed that I tradeded for a bottle that I have yet to open. I may have to review it in the latter style.

This is one great brew !! (431 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.28/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this about a year ago and it has changed a lot. Hazy urine color with lively carbonation. Turbid for the style it's trying to mimic. Aroma is acetone, highly lactic, eggy, sweaty goat fur. I didn't get much brett funk this one just smells sour. Taste has degraded. Eggy, lactic acidity, acetobacter (has a bigger presence). I'm getting a noticeable amount of vinegar that is hurting it's flavor and drinkability. Lemon tartness and high level of sourness is still there. The vanilla sweetness has disappeared or being overpowered by acidity. I felt this used to be a really good beer but seems like it has peaked. I'd love it if an American Wild would have a brett character you didn't have to search through tons of acidity to find. (737 characters)

Photo of jminsc76
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged for at least a year.

Into a tulip, pours a soapy white head with lots of tingly bubbles snapping and crackling as I agitate. The body takes on a yellow-ish/golden characteristic that is quite illuminating.

Aromas of apricot, pineapple, and funk, albeit milder on the third trait. Intense, tropical, and very complex. That complexity also reveals a little bit of horseblanket, or perhaps wet duck funk, no?

Flavors of the aforementioned apricot, with a combined dryness and tartness that gives off a crisp, smooth bite that's quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin, and lacks that sticky icky on the gums that most Bretty beers exhibit.

Overall, Duck Duck Gooze has some wonderful balance, and is not as intense as I am sure it was coming out of the gates a year ago. I could drink this for days, pairing it occasionally with some triple cream and perhaps apples and/or apricots. (888 characters)

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