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Duck Duck Gooze - The Lost Abbey

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world-class

1,254 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,254
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 2,670
Gots: 254 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
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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Photo of Phelps
3.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Phelps, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

JRod1969, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

portia99, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of Oakenator
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Oakenator, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of SpdKilz
4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

SpdKilz, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lost Abbey Duck-Duck-Gooze

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Vintage: 2013

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.

JoEBoBpr, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Stevedore, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
5/5  rDev +8.2%

orbitalr0x, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of CTJman
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

CTJman, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of alleykatking
4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

alleykatking, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -13.4%

WeisGuy, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

mychalg9, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of JohnnieNepal
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

JohnnieNepal, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of AleWatcher
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
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Rollzroyce21, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
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
Photo of doremite
4.25/5  rDev -8%

doremite, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of ajzy
5/5  rDev +8.2%

ajzy, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of DerekMorgan
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

DerekMorgan, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of JohnParadee
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

JohnParadee, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Lehighace06
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Lehighace06, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of waddellc2
5/5  rDev +8.2%

waddellc2, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of bum732
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

bum732, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of josephwa
5/5  rDev +8.2%

josephwa, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Resuin
4.9/5  rDev +6.1%

Beer #1000 for me. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an enlarged snifter. 2013 version.

Appearance: Pours a medium orange-amber (opaque) and gives a finger or two of white, fizzy head that doesn't last long and leaves a white layer atop the beer when it's done. (4.6)

Smell: Ripe oranges, lemon rinds, lemony malts, floral apple blossoms, green apple, nice barnyard funk, a bit of vinegar. Clear big wine influence in the aroma. Big citrus with just a bit of nice funk. (4.8)

Taste: Perfumey grapes, ripe oranges, sour green apple, sour lemon/lime, peach, some grassy funk. Finishes a bit sour with lime and green apple. Everything is integrated insanely well, and that opening note of flavor is just spectacular. Fairly acidic but the flavor is wonderful. (4.9)

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a slick, medium, creamy body. Just a tad dry - really nice. Long finish. (4.75)

Overall: Really well balanced, absolutely delicious gueuze-style beer here. The wine barrels come out nice and strong but do not dominate. Well integrated flavors with a nice slightly dry mouthfeel. A wonderful beer here. (4.9)

Resuin, Sep 04, 2014
Duck Duck Gooze from The Lost Abbey
100 out of 100 based on 1,254 ratings.