Duck Duck Gooze - The Lost Abbey
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5/5 rDev +8.5%
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!
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.
07-06-2013 17:29:46 | More by jegross2
4.45/5 rDev -3.5%
Duck Duck Gooze, courtesy of Bankhead at the January C'ville tasting. A huge thanks for this huge want! Served in a cervoise.
Appearance: A bright, sunrise on a crystal clear day-hued brew, pregnant with well-dispersed, relatively large-bubbled carbonation that - surprisingly enough - rises to the surface fairly slowly, suggesting a thick body. The head is pure, snowy, and white, and has excellent retention, taking a good 5 minutes and a few swirls to fade any appreciable amount, ultimately leaving a good amount of dusting and a thick but flat, uniformly dense collar. The lacing is similarly impressive, leaving huge eruptions and fingers that themselves have admirable retention.
Aroma: Relatively clean, with all the constituent parts you'd hope and expect. A sweet golden malt note provides a solid underpinning for a large amount of white acetic sourness - bold, smooth, unforgiving, but not too overpowering - and some pleasant fruit notes, peach, lemons, faint lime. The funk is well-integrated, sort of playing second-fiddle, providing a few spicy notes, as well as faint bandaid and horseblanket. So, sure it's mostly tart notes, but the tart isn't so selfish as to not let anything else shine through.
Taste: Amazing. A dry, quenchingly smooth acidic quality that's far stronger than its aromatic remnant and that permeates most parts of the mouth is the cornerstone of the mouth on this one. It's puckering, perhaps not overwhelmingly so, but it comes close. Also, surprisingly, it doesn't overwhelm the base beer, which perhaps suggests how flavorful this one is - pale malts, moderately well-attenuated and that become sweeter as this one warms, as well as peaches, lemons, slight bananas. And it just gets better as it warms, really, with all the elements marrying and intermingling and playing off of the strengths of one another beautifully. If the sourness was toned down one notch and one notch only - and I know many will disagree with me, but this is simply my palette's opinion at this point in my exposure to sours - it would be a 5.0.
Mouthfeel: A body of average thickness, perhaps a little thicker than I would expect, with a ton of spicy, crisp, bright carbonation, complimenting the spicy, crisp, bright flavor profile.
Drinkability: Fantastic. I kept cleaning my palette and going back for it fresh 'cause that first kick is just amazing. But the followup - that is, once your palette acclimates - reveals whole new flourishes and subtleties and is worth the price of admission alone. And though that price is steep - $30, contributed by the ever-generous Bankhead - this one is a true treat, and I'd be happy to pay that amount for this one again if that were an option. Envy for the west coast BAs abounds!!
01-11-2010 00:02:37 | More by CrellMoset
3.95/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
08-09-2010 22:26:59 | More by Phelps
4.83/5 rDev +4.8%
A huge thanks to Andy (wedgie9) for opening this up at a mini tasting last night. Also, a massive thanks to Patrick (kingkong) for trading one of these to me which will be opened in the near future with family. Cheers to two great BA’s!
Appearance – Pours a hazy, golden color into a Lost Abbey tulip. Slight off white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates relatively fast leaving slight lacing.
Smell – Man oh man. Tons of tart, funk up front. Wet hay/grass, musty barnyard, slight leather. Hints of vinegar, acetone, and lemons. As the beer warms nice oak characteristics emerge as well as sour fruits and granny smith apples. Wonderful.
Taste – My mouth puckers before the beer even touches my lips. Honestly, the taste is pretty spot on with the nose. Wonderful lemon flavor mixed in with the barnyard funk. The oak characteristics shine as the beer warms, as does the slight vinegar and acetone. The fruit flavors are simply fantastic, with the lemon fading to green apple, and peaches. The beer is everything I wanted it to be.
Mouthfeel – Lighter/medium bodied, slight prickly carbonation, finishes damn dry.
Overall – A wonderful beer. Very glad I was able to try this now and have one to open later. Rip on LA or TA as much as you want, but he can make some damn good sours. Simply put, one of the best beers I’ve had. The first beer of the night and the best in my opinion. Fantastic.
08-03-2011 17:57:06 | More by SpdKilz
4.45/5 rDev -3.5%
Got this bottle from GREGER. Thanks again for this trade. Poured from 22oz bottle.
A- Pours a hazy deep golden straw color. Nice one finger white head that stays for a short while. Light lacing the entire time with this beer.
S- This is a interesting beer to say the least. It's funky but not overly so. Nice winelike vinegar notes come and gone in the nose with this that battle with a citrusy (lemon) overtone the entire nose. There is a light oak smell in this that mingles well with a musty presence. Not overly funky but still good nevertheless.
T- This is where the beer really shines I think. The acidic quality to this is what I think when I try sours. Very nice citrus upfront to this with lemons coming to mind right off the bat. There is a very wine vinegar like undertone in the back end that makes me pucker. Nice oak flavor in the middle of this as well. Everything compliments each other well in this.
M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style. Lost Abbey always has good carbonation with everything I have had from them. Citrus tones and vinegar notes stay on the palate and in the aftertaste. Drying finish with this beer.
D- Very nice drinkability to this one. I was very impressed with this beer. Strike another one up for Lost Abbey. If you get a chance to try this I would not pass it up!
01-04-2010 08:02:40 | More by alleykatking
4.7/5 rDev +2%
Lost Abbey Duck-Duck-Gooze
Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Pours a nice crisp and clear bright golden color with a nice half-inch white head that is pretty dense. Head recedes pretty quickly down to a nice thin matt.
Aroma is of vinous tart notes. There are very slight balsamic notes with more of the lemony Gueze like character. Delicious white wine tart notes in the aroma, champagne and white wine yeast notes are present in the nose as well. Nice mild fruit juice sweetness that help balance the tartness. Notes of apple juice and pear mixed in with mild citrus fruit sweetness.
Flavor is where this brew takes the cake, especially as it warms. Starts off with amazing green apple tartness and sweetness (but mostly welcoming tartness). Huge yet not overwhelming puckering tartness starts things off along with dryness and woody funk notes. The brew is pretty musty and dry with a perfect balance between the tartness and the funk. Amazing tasting sourness that isn’t overwhelming with a great crisp, clean and fluffy body. Overall, this is one of the better sours I’ve had out there. It is clean and not too overwhelming but has some amazing fruit tartness balanced by some nice fruit sweetness.
01-06-2014 01:10:59 | More by JoEBoBpr
4.45/5 rDev -3.5%
750ml bottle poured into a Bruery goblet.
A - Pours a hazy orangey yellow color, almost grapefruit juice like. A larger than expected, dense, 1 finger of white foam forms, lasts about a minute and falls to a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A steady stream of bubbles rises up the sides of the glass.
S - Smells very sour. Good amount of citrus - oranges and lemons mainly...some vinegar, some banana. Some brett aromas too. Very complex...
T - Very intense and complex. First sip is - wow! Sour! After the first sip, the range of flavors can be better appreciated. Vinegary sourness, oranges, lemons, a touch of brett funk, and banana flavor (actually artifical banana - more like circus peanuts)...
M - Fuller than I expected...hard to describe entirely...not at all syrupy, but the beer wants to hold it's shape - doesn't spread over the tongue just stays in a constant stream down the center of the tongue...sounds weird, but can't think of another way to describe it. Carbonation level is pretty high, but very fine and smooth. Excellent.
D - Pretty drinkable sour. Very intense flavoring but it all blends together very well. Wish this was more readily available. Glad I got a chance to try it.
09-26-2009 21:58:25 | More by portia99
4.28/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
08-28-2011 01:45:31 | More by AleWatcher
Duck Duck Gooze from The Lost Abbey
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