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Duck Duck Gooze - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,387
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 2,984
Gots: 273 | FT: 19
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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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Ratings: 1,387 | Reviews: 255
Photo of notchucknorris
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2009 Bottle

A: Pours a clear, dark gold/nearly copper color with a thin, off-white head that simmers down to nothing fairly quickly.

S: Right away there's a nice blast of cheesy funk and lacto with a big hit of lemon. Light oak and just a touch of apple cider vinegar.

T: A juicy push of tart Granny Smith apple, lemon and underripe pear upfront followed by a smooth middle of oak and lemon meringue. Finish leaves a lingering lemon flesh sourness. Has just a touch of white wine barrel to it, cherry skin and just a breath of funk on the finish. Doesn't carry the funk of something like 3F Oude Gueuze and doesn't have the sourness of a beer like Cable Car, but it's fantastically rounded and just keeps pummeling you with a variety of flavors, none of them bad. An absolutely phenomenal beer. So glad I finally got to try this.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Vacax for the bottleshare

Look: Pours a light yellow in color with little to no head on my pour

Smell: Very tart and funky lots of lemon zest

Taste: This beer to me taste like someone took lemon heads and pureed them and then added a bunch of water to it to make the beer a bit thinner. There is not much else going on here but ton of lemon and a bit of vinegar

Mouthfeel: Thin body and a ton of carbonation and extremely tart

Overall: I am extremely glad that I finally got to try this whale of a beer. Thank you again Jacob for the bottle share

Photo of Oakenator
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev -8%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Jeffo
3.65/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to the big man for bringing both vintages of this to Sloshfest 2013. Lots of fun man.

From a cork and caged 750ml into a mini snifter
Both the 2013 and 2009 were drunk side by side. Review is for the 2013 with notes comparing the 2009.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium sized white heat with good retention. Clear gamboge in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. Ring remains with traces of lace leaving some lacing down the glass. The '09 was slightly darker in color with less head on it.

SMELL: Tart lemon citrus notes, green apples, light musty and moldy aromas with some acidity on the nose. The '09 was less intense, or more refined perhaps, softer, with less acidity.

TASTE: Follows the nose. Lemon, green apples again, tart lemon sourness and some acidity at the finish. Bolder aftertaste is acidic with sour lemon, apples and light mustiness. There is a lot of potential here, but the acidity is in the way a bit. Enter the '09. Less acidity, softer and more refined balance between tart lemon notes and some funk. Much preferred the older vintage.

PALATE: Lighter body with higher levels of carbonation. Creamy but a bit of an acidic burn at the swallow, finishing dry. Some tartness with acidity lingers on the palate. The '09 has less carbonation and less acidity in the finish. Softer and more refined overall.

OVERALL: This was a lot of fun. Putting the '13 and the '09 beside each other really showed the superiority of the older vintage. The newer '13 is still too young, as it's a bit harsh with too much acidity in the way of the flavors. The '09, however, has matured nicely and reminds me of some aged gueuze here in Belgium. A soft, integrated and refined sour that was very much enjoyed all around. Not to offend the newer bottling, but most people at the tasting agreed the older vintage was superior; I certainly would have scored it a 4+. Thanks again for bringing this pair along. Lots of fun man!

Photo of MacQ32
4.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vonnegut21
4.4/5  rDev -4.8%

2009 Vintage. Nice level of acidity, but somewhat one dimensional. Still tasty.

Photo of CTJman
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Floydster
4.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased for thirty dollars last weekend, also had two pints of it there along with a few samples at the Stone Sour Fest the week before that, opened last night with Dane since he had not had it yet, poured into my Duvel tulip glass, color is a golden orange with some lighter shades, one inch aggressively bubbly white head, not much retention, pretty weak lacing but typical of the style, aroma consists of oak tannins, lemons, oranges, tangerines, horse blanket, funkiness, wild yeast, white wine, and vinegar, flavor starts off with a salty tart bite full of citrus, some malts in the middle that are bit crackery and offset the tartiness well, finish is pretty dry but has a good amount of funk too, warms up with green apples and sour citrusy fruits, slightly dry, citrusy, and funky mouthfeel, medium bodied, highly carbonated, taste lingers well for a gueuze, easy to drink and refreshing, crisp and light feeling, no alcohol in the taste, have been waiting for this one for years since I first laid my eyes on these barrels and it did not disappoint, it should develop quite a bit with age too, not quite a gueuze you would expect from Belgium but a quality American interpretation, will be drinking again, recommended

Photo of baybum
4.25/5  rDev -8%

Photo of JohnParadee
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of LehighAce06
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Hanzo
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jsanford
4.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C bottle generously shared by THE CPJ. Review #700, quite a milestone!

Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head that settles to a slight ring and swirls of haze. Phenomenal aromas of funk, lemon juice, oak, green Granny Smith apples, and wet hay. Very acidic and sharp, but in the best possible way. Reminds me quite a bit of Cable Car. Taste follow the nose nicely, very acidic flavors of lemon juice, green apple, and tropical fruit with a bit of oak and a whole lot of funk. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, with a fairly light body and good, sharp carbonation. Just the right amount of dry sourness here, it doesn't strip the enamel off your teeth. Overall an amazing, unforgettable beer, so stoked to have gotten to try this. Cheers, Shane!

Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Stevedore
4.58/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle of the 2013 release. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass today, 4/23/2014.

Review #551.

A- Straw yellow-brown body. One finger white head, fair retention, not a ton of lacing. In comparison to Beatification, this looks pretty much just like Sour in the Rye- aka a darker hued blonde.

S- There is a lot of lacto here, as evidenced by a thick, wet yogurt acidity that somewhat comes to dominate the nose. There is some vinous qualities, a bit of vinegar, tart apple flavours, sharp yeast flavours and a nice dry oak contribution. No real red wine barrel notes, but the vinous notes I do get seem to remind me more of a dry white wine.

F- This is where DDG shines the most. This is easily one of the more complex American wild ales I've ever had the opportunity to try. Dry oak, vinous grape, lactobacillus & yogurt, vinegar, a bit of breadiness, tart green apple, chardonnay. It's definitely a pleasure to drink and dissect. Very complex palate profile.

M- Medium bodied, not quite custardy but a bit thicker than a typical sour that's intended to be fashioned in the style of the Belgian lambic. Nice carbonation that leaves a nice fizzy finish initially, but that's lost after a little while.

O- This is probably one of the most complex American wild ales that I'll ever have the chance to try. It does seem to fade in the nose and flavour as it warms up, but I still enjoyed this a lot. I believe people when they say this and Beatification are better than Cable Car, and I'm very happy to have the opportunity to try a good one-third of a 750ml bottle of this to dissect and enjoy. Its certainly not an Armand'4 geuze, but as far as American wilds go, this is excellent.

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Overlord
4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got to first try this during the Stone Sour Fest. This was one of the first three or four beers I sampled, before the UNGODLY KILN-LIKE HEAT began to destroy my will to live.

Surprisingly long lived white foam head. Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow. Smells like tight, tart funkiness, with a predominantly lemon aroma. Wow. Lot of lemon in the flavor, too. There's some nice barnyard funk that isn't overpowering, and a ton of zesty vinegar lemon ... maybe some unripe oranges ... and a dash of vinegar. Its funk and sour elements are very well balanced.

Surprisingly, neither a sour, a funk, nor a flavor bomb. It's just a very well harmonized, very good sour.

Had this back to back with Isabelle Proximus, and it was interesting to compare the two. Isabelle is certainly more sour, and heavier on the unripe apples/pears versus lemon and citrus.

**UPDATE: somewhat uniquely amongst Lost Abbey beers (recently), this was BETTER in the bottle than it was on tap. Shocking, I know. The citrus and vinous vinegary-ness was more lipsmackingly addictive, and with a big amount to linger over the nuances became much more noticeable. The oak finish and unripe apple sensation, for example, was more prominent as one worked their way through a larger serving size. One of the most drinkable sours I've come across.

Photo of BDeibs
5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of grub
4.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at BBF oct 17/09.

pours hazy golden yellow with a small fine white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. lemon. malt and cider vinegar. horse blanket and leather. pronounced funk, more lemony and sour than acidic. white bread and cracker.

taste is great. lemon. cider and malt vinegar. light alcohol. bit of horse blanket and leather. low bitterness level. moderate acidity. bit of vanilla and oak, but it is largely hidden by the funk.

mouthfeel is good. light body with a nice dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. pretty well balanced. a touch more acidity than i prefer, but a nice depth to the funk.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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