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Duck Duck Gooze - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,181
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 2,607
Gots: 243 | FT: 17
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of young and old barrel aged beers. Wild ale aged in French oak wine barrels with no fruit added.

(Beer added by: illidurit on 07-13-2009)
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

hannydawg, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

Sparky44, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8%

tom10101, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.28/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.28/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Floydster for this corked and caged 750 mL bottle. Shared with ksak and frederickTbunky.

A: The wild ale is a golden peach color, hazy even before that last pour. Said last pour added a turbid layer of yeast into the equation. The head never amounted to much more than a thin band.

S: The nose is very acidic, sharp and sour. Lemon and citrus aromas are strong, as are the horseblanket scents. The ale has a lactic dryness that is evident even here.

T: I was rather surprised that the first sip wasn't nearly as sour as the nose led me to believe. Rather, sweeter fruits lead off. Peach and apricot, in particular, set the stage for a mild citric sourness that takes over the last half of each sip. The ale's carbonation, paired with the sourness, is very prickly and hot on the tongue. The lactic aromas in the nose are out in full force, leaving my mouth very dry.

M: The mouthfeel runs from fruity sweet to sour to very dry in just a few seconds. The complexity kept me coming back for more and the prickly carbonation was intriguing.

D: More, please. A serious wild ale that really nails it.

akorsak, Feb 14, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Proteus93, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of iadler
4.28/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle courtesy of spdyfire83 who generously brought this to the tasting. Thanks Bryan!
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A- Pours a translucent light gold with a small head that dissipates quickly.

S- Vinegar, lemon, peppery spice, barnyard funk with tons of hay

T- Wow, this is tart. Like biting into a Granny Smith apple, with lemon zest, peach, barnyard funk, vinegar and oak.

M- Medium carbonation and a lighter body. Has a very dry and tart finish.

O- Haven't had too many Wild Ales, but this was intense with the high level of tartness. I really enjoyed this, but am not sure if I could have more than 4-5oz's. This definitely got me interested in trying more Wilds.

Thanks again Bryan!

iadler, Oct 09, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

AleWatcher, Aug 28, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

yeahnatenelson, Jan 24, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Big nice off-white head. Beer itself is a sun-golden-yellow with a bit of haze.

Smell: Lots of lemon and vinegar, reminds me of New Belgium's Bottleworks X. Also tropical fruit like pineapple and star fruit, along with some musty funk and leather, more brett than typical for lost abbey.

Taste: More sour than usual for Lost Abbey. Lemon, vinegar, tropical fruits (pineapple, etc), bret, funk, wee bit of leather, and french oak. Perhaps some honey. A bit lacking in complexity as compared to Isabelle Proximus, and the score for taste reflects this.

Mouthfeel: Was glad to find that this one is carbonated. Very dry.

Drinkability: Incredibly high, very sour and flavorful, but still drinkable.

NB: I enjoyed this one, highly drinkable and tasty. But it simply is not as good as cable car, isabelle proximus, or any of the Veritas line.

craytonic, Jan 04, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally found an appropriate evening to pop this devilish duck received from my favorite suspicious aloysius t0rin0 and shared with the bestest, BeerTruth, even if he is a Syracuse fan.

This beer pours a color I can happily describe as bright and sunny, not a cloud in the sky. A pale orange yellow that doesn't produce much head besides a thin white layer that disappears pretty fast. The haze increased as the bottle was emptied, clearly having settled (much leftover chunkies clinging to the bottom).

The aroma was real refreshing, sour apple, little funk, mostly citrus and tart, but none really overpowering the other either.

Oh, this is a good one. Just like the aroma, the taste delivers on all counts a very delicious balanced sour, and the hints of oak that came out after a few sips really add a magnificently subtle kick to the taste buds. Not too dry, not too tart, Goldilocks would pick this one out of a lineup for sure as it is just right. The drinkability is unquestionable for me, I could have had this entire bottle.

DDG might just be my new favorite sour so good thing it is readily available all the time...oh wait.

"...and that's why today, bananas are called yellow fatty-beans. Any questions?"

naproxen, Aug 31, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
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,

Deuane, Dec 26, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
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

jeonseh, Aug 16, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a snifter @ the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 11/9/09 during the "Tomme Arthur Experience" event.

Pours a hazy golden tangarine color, with a thin filmy covering of brite-white head. This stays rich looking on the edges, coating the sides of the glass with white froth. The aroma is tart citrus right off the bat, probably being most akin to the smell of grapefruit juice, along with some mustiness and woody oak character. Going deeper reveals some cider-like vinegar notes and more pronounced vanilla and char. I like the fact that the more pleasant fruity tartness sits on top, while the more meat & potatoes character of the souring and tannic presence sit underneath with a much slicker feel. Good stuff here.

The taste is a bit more acidic and vinegar feeling at first, but those same brash citric flavors of lemon, peach, and grapefruit just about keep even pace. Esters and funk permeate the whole profile, along with notes of tannic oak and vanilla. These blend in with some sweeter accents of sugar and honey, which thankfully are constant throughout the taste but not constantly overridden by the tartness, sourness, and funk. Wow, oak and vinegar really just sticks to the roof of the mouth in the finish and it is a bit hard to shake. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mild softness that sits on top of the tongue but then gives way to a lower carbonated and slick feel that falls right in line with the barrel character and ABV of this. Once I got past the initial shock of the flavors, my palate adapted pretty readily to this, making for a most favorable experience.

This was, all in all, pretty intense at times for me but in the end, I couldn't ignore the beautiful balance between the tartness, sourness, funk, sweetness, and barrel flavors. Just a fantastic Wild Ale blend here. A beer to be proud of for sure.

Kegatron, Dec 02, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Damian, Jan 26, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Roger. Thanks man.
Pours similar to carbonated apple juice, with not quite the clarity and a nice cap of white head. The nose is lightly sour with lemon rind and cider vinegar. The taste is sweeter than expected - a lemon apple acidity presents in a somewhat reserved way. This beer is shockingly drinkable and not particularly sour (more funky than sour). One of my preferred wilds. The mouthfeel is nice with good, strong carbonation and a heavier than expected body. Overall, this is one of my favorite wilds that I have had from the nebulous AWA style.

seeswo, Aug 26, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Toronado during Sf Beer week.
Duck Duck Gooze by Lost Abbey is an American Wild Ale, 7% and hard to get a hold of since they brew it in very small quantities. It's a blend of their young and old barrel aged beers. It poured a hazy straw yellow with a hint of white head and lacing. It smelled of tart citrus, sour green apples, oak, and some leather notes. It tasted sharp and tart at first with some lemon peel and wood. Then it finished a bit sour and dry but very well balanced.

femALEist, Mar 25, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this for myself as a present for finishing 2L. Been eyeing this one at the Goat for awhile.

Appearance- First pour is a beautiful clear golden color. Half inch of sparkling white head disappears in a moment. Second pour is much cloudier. I guess there was a lot of sediment left in there.

Smell- Some funkiness. A real dank sweat sock quality. Grapes and white wine. Apple, like barrel of fermenting, rotting apples. Vinous. Downright pungent towards the bottom of the second pour.

Taste- Wow. Delicious. Sour and more sour. Vinous. Just a ton of vinegar. As it warms it literally crawls up the tongue. Seriously, it's like light apple cider vinegar. Wow. Just a hint of grain in the finish. It's delicious, in case I wasn't clear. It's got a really nice young white wine quality. Dries out the mouth, just saliva-inducing.

Mouth- I want this to have a little more bubbly. It's fine for the style, but I'd like a touch more carbonation, especially since it's so dry. The acid tingles nicely.

Drinkability- Want more. More. As it warms, and as the dryness catches up, I also want a giant glass of water. Somewhat glad I split the bottle, somewhat wanted it all for myself.

A really delicious beer. I'm as harsh as anyone on LA, but this beer is fantastic. Wish I had more of it.

callmescraps, May 12, 2010
Photo of Florida9
4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pastel yellow in color. Slightly cloudy. Forms a bubbly off-white head that slowly dissipates to a stable surface coating and a thick ring around the edge.

S: Pungent and funky. Rather tart green apples. Notes of cider vinegar.

T: Again, quite tart, but with a light sweetness to it, makes it quite drinkable. Lemon, lemon zest, green apple, cider vinegar. Finishes quick and clean.

M: Rather acidic, bright, crisp, and sour, but not crazy sour. This one punches you real good at first, but then backs off quickly.

O: A very good wild ale with a good degree of tartness, but not enough that it becomes undrinkable. Best way I can describe it is as a very "clean-tasting" sour.

Florida9, Oct 11, 2011
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4.34/5  rDev -6.1%
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!

RachelZ, Apr 28, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 17, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a slight haze. Two fingers of head rises from vigorous pouring and retains fairly well, ultimately settling to a thick disc around the rim of the glass. The nose is complex but balanced, barnyard funk backed by lemon and orange-like acidity, lactic sourness, acetic acid, and a unique tropical fruit sweetness that really makes the beer. Opens on the palate with sharp lactic acidity and well-expressed tannins. Fruit flavors of pineapple, orange and lemon add interesting complexity. Moderate acetic presence mid-palate, woody and lightly astringent, with the malt coming out a bit more, lending a light sweetness that leads into a dry, sharp and tannic finish. The noticeable acetic quality is a slight detraction, but I love the strong tropical fruit character. Another winner for Lost Abbey; they should really concentrate on these barrel-aged sour beers, they're often excellent.

largadeer, Sep 04, 2009
Duck Duck Gooze from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 1,181 ratings.