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Duck Duck Gooze - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 255
Hads: 1,504
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 3,204
Gots: 279 | 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 atxdelivery
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was warned this beer had fallen off a bit. I can assure you it was the shocker of the night. For the people that have had it already, it was unanimous that this was the best bottle of DDG they have ever had. For me the amazing balance of sour/funk/lemon zest was amazing. Ain't over the hill yet son.

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Photo of jegross2
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the 2009 vintage of the infamous Duck Duck Gooze from The Lost Abbey out of San Marcos, California. Shout out to Jonathan Feldman for bringing this bottle!

Score: 100

2009 vintage bottle served in an hard plastic wine chalice and enjoyed on 05/18/13 side-by-side with a bottle of 2012 Cable Car as part of our Chicago Craft Beer Week whales tasting. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Similar color to, but a little lighter and more "bright" than, the Cable Car (orangey-golden in color). Only a thin ring of head around glass off the pour. Surprisingly good lacing and retention (Cable Car absolutely lacked both). 5/5

Smell: Tart apples, pear, hint of mango. Super sour nose. 5

Taste: Incredibly tart peach, apple, mango, lemon and some vinegar. Lacto too, but not in a funky way. A light amount of pine as well. 5/5

Mouthfeel: A little more body than Cable Car (which was light-medium bodied) with a perfect level of carbonation as well. More tart than Cable Car too, with a tongue tingling zestiness that was like drinking liquid warhead candy. Just as dry as Cable Car on the finish. 5/5

Overall: Even better than Cable Car. This is one I wish I had a case (or ten) of. I love how "clean" and sour this was, without being heavy on the funk. This is one of the best beers I have had the opportunity to sample. Prost!

Cost: $40 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Small white head with a thin collar.

Smell - Orangey citrus acid aroma. A hint of vinegar creeping up in the back.

Taste - Bright citrusy sour. Orange sourness. Vinegar is less intense, but still faint in the back. Very intense sour finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Very sour.

Overall - Extremely sour and it probably covers up any complexity. Thankfully the flavors it has are quite good.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'09 750 poured into a Crooked Stave snifter. Tomme told me to crack this one soon, so I did. Here is what I think about it.

Appearance: Golden, minimal lacing. Carbonation still holding up. Probably 1/4 carbonation that it had in '09. Looks great.

Smell: Sour lemon, sour apple, lacto, minimal brett I would assume. Very encouraging for an American Sour>Gueuze attempt.

Taste: Follow smell with tart lemon with background sour apple. I have never had this fresh, this is the only time that I have had it; and I feel like it could last a few years more. Tomme said this was turning to acid, but mine tastes fine. Barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: Feels like the style. A little wax coats the mouth like Saint Louis Fond Tradition does. Probably 1/4 as much wax as St. Louis Fond Tradition. Really pleasant mouthfeel. I am enjoying this right now on July 4th.

Overall: I have heard many people say that this beer is turning into acid, but perhaps their techniques in storing has been an issue with their bottle. This bottle tasted like it was about 2 years old. If you have stored your correctly I think you have another 2-3 years before it goes bad. I wish I would have had this news prior to me opening my only bottle; but I am very glad to have had this delicious brew.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
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.


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Photo of rudzud
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Shared with JLindros and company at the last whale tasting. Reviewed from notes. Think this was an 09 vintage.

A - Poured into my Kate the Great tulip a hazy straw hue with a sudsy head that fades to a thin blanket. Nice light lacing here.

S - Super, super sour tart funk. Big, tart lemons with lots of oak barrel. Some nice green apple notes too. Oh wow!

T - TONS of green apples here, tart, tart sour green apple sinks as well. Lemons and green apples with good earthy notes as well along with light oak.

M - Mouthfeel is super tart and delicious. Never really puckering, but almost mind shattering dry.

O - Overall this was an exceptional bottle. So glad I got to try this little slice of heaven.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with a very white laced head.

S: Very estery with sour apple tones throughout.

T: Amazing. one of the best sours I've ever had. Subtle sweetness with intense but not overpowering sour berry and apple through. The smooth oak flavor does a great job of bringing everything together.

M: Very thin with and almost over carbonation.

O: This is the second best sour I've ever had behind batch 1 consecration aged for 6 years. Amazing beer. Worth it's trade value and more.

2009 Vintage (Aged 38 months)

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Photo of cfrances33
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of joel66
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by Grumpyoldtroll, at our pre thanksgiving tasting...Thanks Mike!

I have been wanting to try this one for a while!

Poured a hazy apricot like color with minimal head. The nose on this one was amazingly tart, slight funk mixed with lemon juice.

Taste follows suit on the tartness. hint of lemon rhind mixed with sour berries. This was surprisingly dry on the palate. Smooth from sip to finish. Overall this is an amazing geuze

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Photo of Luk13
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by hoppypocket. Glowing orange-yellow with a small ring of foam. Aroma is oaky, tropical fruits such as oranges and pinneaples. Honey and cheese adds a welcomed layered of complexty. Taste has lots of acetic acid, citrus and musty bread. Medium carbonation and deliciously dry. A very good hybrid between a gueuze and a saison.

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Photo of pepsican
3.76/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

ight, murky amber pour with a small white head. Aroma is heavily oaked with lemons and funk. Flavor is lemons, oak, orange citrus, a touch of nail polish remover. Finishes very clean for the style, minimal funk. Minimal carbonation kind of brings this one down a tad.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Huge thanks to Jay for opening this one up.

A: Pours a clear, extremely golden color with no head or lacing at all.

S: Nice tartness, very fragrant peach, apricot, and a little bit of lemon. There is a very nice sourness mixed with some light funk and acid, but the fruit is quite nice.

T: Fantastic, lots of lemon and peach with a great mixture of tart/funk/earthy flavors. There is some citrus fruit and a little stone fruit. Very sharp acidity on the back end. Faint oak comes through as well.

M: Medium bodied, extremely smooth with a great level of carbonation.

O: Lives up to its reputation. Great fruit flavor with the level of sourness/acidity that I love in this style. Thanks again Jay!

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Photo of standardcherry
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared with a friend, poured into 2 snifters.

A: Murky yellow/orange color with almost no head.
S: First thing I noticed is how sour it smells. Tons of oak and lemon. A bit of peach and funkiness.
T: Very sour! Some funk and lots of citrusy sourness. Less funky than 3F and Cantillon gueuzes. A bit sweet with peaches/lemons and some oak flavors. Clean, minimal funk finish.
M: Sour but not overpowering. Finishes dry, which leaves you just wanting more! Very light and super drinkable.
O: Amazing beer, worthy of its praise. Reminded me a lot of Beatification.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.12/5  rDev -8.8%
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.


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

Big thanks to Brandon East for sharing this bottle!!

Poured a hazy almost pineapple yellow with a tad bit of bright white head. The aroma is a funk explosion of tart apples, sour grapes and great citrus notes coming together beaitiful! The taste follows the nose and attacks the back corners of my mouth with extreme yet smooth tartness.

Medium to light in body with a semi drying tart finish. The finish leaves you begging for more! Overall, this beer was everybit worth the hype. So pumped I got to have it!

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Photo of tarheels86
3.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL b1. Pours a cloudy bright yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is sweat, balsamic vinegar, horse blanket. Taste is white sushi vinegar, salt water, funk, some light citrus. Fairly disappointed with this- and compared to Temptation or Beatification....it’s very average. 2/6/2010 8/4/7/4/15=3.8

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Photo of brystmar
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Been waiting to crack this bitch for years! Finally got the chance at a big sour/whale tasting. Thanks a ton to JAXSON for providing this beast among beasts.

Pours a very light fizzy head, and knowing the history of this one surprised it has any head at all. Hazy bright golden straw like color.

Nose brings a light tart funk right off, golden very light malts, fruity juice like aromas with lots of tart fruit, a hint of funk and hint of acidity, and a big tartness.

Taste starts quite sour actually, with a huge acidity! Acetic acid comes through with a big funk taste, lacto like funk, with juicy sour fruit, hint citrusy even, with a tart almost berry like fruit. Light bready malts in the background and towards the finish play up the sharp acid bite and nice blend of sour juice and tart fruit. there is a very slight hint of a vanilla oak barrel rounding effect, but that's mostly drowned out by the tart fruits, funk, and big acid kick. Finish is dry, bone dry, with a bit of bready malts, some funk, tart fruit, a little plemmy, and more acetic acid.

Mouth is lighter bodied, with very little carb.

Overall fan-freakin-tastic! Amazing gueuze, with great blend of sour fruit juice, tart almost fresh fruit flavors, some funk, and plenty of acidity and a light typical bready malt finish. Nice and dry, and all in all fairly drinkable surprisingly. Really wish I could have gotten more of this to at least have another one in the cellar. The only real issue is lack of carbonation, and a few year old beer, and being a Lost Abbey beer in the time of Tomme Arthur carbonation issues (if you want to call it that), still pretty good.

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was opened at our Lost Abbey tasting in DC. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden amber color with not much visible carbonation.

Smell: Tart lemony funk with a touch of malt sweetness. Not nearly as funky as a traditional gueuze.

Taste: I'm not sure I would call this a gueuze. Much sweeter than most gueuzes I've had. Less funky than I would have expected. Tart lemon and some vinegar. The finish is slightly herbal and sour.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very good American Wild, but I was expecting a gueuze (I know it's listed as a wild, but the name made me thin gueuze). I still liked it and would have more.

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Photo of raveskdr
4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dyan came through with this one after this bottle fell through the cracks otherwise. Big ups to him! Poured into my mini snifter.

A - Hazy hay color. That's the best I got. There is a good amount of carbonation and lingers for a few minutes, retreated to the edge of the glass.

S - Amazing. Big time earth and funkiness. Just super barnyard sour funkiness.

T - Big lemons up front with an oddly cherryish finish. Very tart and acidic without being overbearing. Big funk on the back end as well.

M - Tingles on the front of the tongue, first and foremost. Super light despite the funk factor. Super drinkable.

O - Just a fantastic beer. Glad we got to readd this one. Clean despite being funky. Boom.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.7/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze tumbler.

Pours a great golden color, a tad bit hazy, a thin white head appears and dissipates right away, pretty much all you can ask for in a wild ale, I do wish there was a bit more head to it though. The aroma is just sublime, lemons, a bit of hay, grapefruit, a touch of chewy sweet oak. Some tart green apple and white grape comes out the end, just a fantastic way to greet your nose. The flavors are just as wonderful, tart lemon, a bit of grapefruit, oak, green apple, a bit more hay, just a little bit of funk, but the fruit flavors really mix well with the earthiness, the balance is about as good as it gets and the profile is so spot on, everything plays with each other so well. The body is amazing, perfectly carbonated, not too big, not too thin, coats the mouth so well and has a fantastic dry finish.

Verdict: This is definitely one of the best beers on the planet and deservedly has a reputation as being one. I really can't think of anything to change about this beer and my wishing for more head might be out of line. My hats off to Tomme for this, a true gem.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 04/14/12 notes. Brought this to our DC Sour Tasting. 2009 vintage.

a - Pours a clear deep golden color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonationi evident. Looks amazing.

s - Smells of sour fruits, lemon, citrus, hay, earth, wine, oak, grapes, funk, brett, and apples. Ton of sourness, brett, and some light funk mix to an amazing smell. Near perfect for me.

t - Tastes of sour fruits, light wine, oak, brett, apples, lemon and citrus hops, some earthy notes, and sour grapes. Awesome taste, though the nose is slightly better.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Crisp and very easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was an amazing wild ale; one of the best at the tasing for me, and one of the best I've ever had. The nose is perfect and just a ton of sourness and funk. Well worth the hype and really hoping the rumors are true that they are making this one again. I preferred it to both Synergy and Yellow Bus, though Izzy slightly edged this one out for me.

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Photo of orangesol
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Deuane for bringing this one to our gueuze tasting. Another long time want knocked off the list.

A - Pours honey yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty streaks of lace down the glass. Goes a little dead in the glass after the first few minutes.

S - Smells of bright lemon zest, green apples, a bit of candied sweetness and some light vinegar toward the end. It gets a little funkier as it sits in the glass.

T - Starts off with a nice lemon twang up front quickly giving way to hints of granny smith apples, some candied sugar and a bit of earthy funk. The balance of tartness and sweetness is spot on. Finish is pretty tart, leaving the pallet dried for quite awhile after the finish.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Crisp, tart feel that leaves the pallet dry long after consumption. It has a really good balance of flavors throughout.

O - I really enjoyed this one. It had a ton of flavor but it was much easier to drink than some of the other wild's I have had. I would have loved to have tried this one fresh when it came out.

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Photo of Spider889
3.61/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Duck Duck Gooze from The Lost Abbey
99 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.