Duck Duck Gooze
The Lost Abbey

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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #1
ABV:
7%
Score:
100
Ranked #30
Avg:
4.66 | pDev: 7.08%
Reviews:
295
Ratings:
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Notes: 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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Reviews: 295 | Ratings: 1,910
Reviews by Juan611:
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4.76/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of SaltySizzle
4.99/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A near perfect beer, but splitting hairs (i.e. how's hotter, Megan Fox or Kate Upton). Had it via taster and bottle, although I feel the bottle was better than what was poured from the tap. This is probably the best Wild Ale (or technically 'a geueze but really not a geuze' bc not in Belgium). Yes, there's a lot of hype with DDG, but well deserved. Would I pimp slap an angry football player for seconds? Yes, I would. Now the review: carbonation is perfect and a very clean mouthfeel. Tasty as hell with a long and the right amount of sour finish. Very well composed and should improve with age, which is scary to think of its potential.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.65/5  rDev -21.7%
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!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.29/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Pour is a yellowish orange with white head that retains nicely. Nose starts with acid and funk. Heavy notes of lemon zest, green apple, and funky notes of hay and farm. The taste is moderately tart with a nice layer of funky complexity. Notes of oak come in and play nicely with the funk qualities. Reminds me of an authentic Belgian gueuze. Mouthfeel is effervescent and light. Overall, a very tasty American take on a gueuze.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle pour into a taster glass (2013 vintage). Tart, sour, pear notes that balance nicely with the oak. Excellent beer...would love to try the 2010 vintage sometime down the road.

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Photo of BeanBump
4.37/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is notorious in San Diego. Available every 3 years and each time, it creates more and more pandemonium. The most recent sale saw their website crash 3 times, people's orders get canceled and semi-anonymous social media postings containing every combination of swear words and off-color memes you can imagine.

But is it worth the hype?

Sort of. Its good, REALLY GOOD in fact. At $40 per bottle and potentially waiting in long lines to get it...well, you be the judge. I was able to score some with relative ease online but I dont think Id wait in an hours long line for it.

The beer is great, well-balanced, tart, sour, smooth and everything else you could want. This is the closest US beer to Cantillon that Ive ever had. If you can get your hands on it, give it a go. Just dont go bankrupt or sacrifice an entire Saturday for a bottle

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Photo of MarcWP
4.99/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

DDG 2013 into Tulip served at about 45 degrees. Finally getting around to my first bottle since release.

Pours a deep gold color with medium to small white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass after dissipating to a small crown atop the WELL carbonated liquid contents.

Aroma on this is freshly squeezed lemon juice, peach, grape, passion fruit, a touch of earthiness/mustiness, and a faint floral note much like rose petals. The nose on this is just as inviting as any Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen that have traversed my nasal cavity.

The taste brings sweet lemon, astringent white grape, peach, and hay upfront with lemon warheads from the middle to back of the tongue. Sweet orange balanced by sour pucker and a slight bitterness for the finale. So much balance!

Mouthfeel is perfect. A heavier side of light body with the perfect amount of carbonation. It makes this so drinkable for a sour.

Overall. This is world class. Period. The balance present in this is what makes it so phenomenal. Im a fan of bold flavors, balance, and drinkability in any beer style. This is the epitome of those three descriptors summed up in the American Wild Ale style. This is ready to drink now. NOW! More sourness may appeal to some, but not me. The bottle is almost done. All by myself in less than an hr and a half. I'm in love...

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Photo of gcamparone
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 B3 poured from a 750mL bottle into a Lost Abbey DDG Teku glass.

Pours a golden orange, slightly hazy body with a white head that reduces slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Aromas are tart and lactic, with a solid amount of oak, funky yeast, citrus, grassy. Oak/wine barrel is the dominating aroma here.

On the tongue is a delicious tartness, interesting oak character, grassy, white wine, hay, barnyard, fruity yeast, super dry with a crisp funky aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation, very dry and crisp.

Lived up to the hype! This beer is amazing. Delicate and balanced.

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Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wild is an understatement...this is a safari in a bottle...HYPE Doesn't do it justice...

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Photo of nickd717
4.43/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nick3 for bringing this elusive bastard to a tasting. Best beer of the night out of 20+, just edging out the likes of Valley Brew Uberhoppy and Rasputin XII. This is Tomme's way of reminding you that he's a really damn good brewer just when you're about to throw yourself off a building because you paid $30 for an uncarbonated bottle of Angels Share.

A - Brilliant hazy golden-straw color with a white head.

S - Lemony funk, barnyard, wood, and a little sweet malt.

T - Nice lemony tartness balanced by a malty sweetness and some light fruits. Not too sour, great balance. Very tasty.

M - Incredibly sharp, biting, and lively with high carbonation (from Lost Abbey!).

D - High. This is actually pretty refreshing for a wild ale and goes down easy despite the tartness.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.69/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SirSmedley
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Attended the 4th pick up for the 2013 DDG release.

This wonderful elixir was served in a plastic cup. I did share a bit with my GF who I've been introducing to sours over the last couple years. Kind wished for a DDG glass taster, but hell I was happy just to get a taste without cracking a bottle.

A: Very clear light golden color. You can tell something interesting is hiding behind that veil of beauty.
S: Tart with fruity esters only inviting your senses to get closers.
T: The initial taste is of mild fruit with a very drinkable sourness, that makes you want to go for the next drink.
M: Very smooth, with some wetness.
O: I love this beer, but I'm hesitant on opening a bottle now. When I do I'll be revisiting this review.

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Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of thebeerprophet
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Dizzydsmith
4.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of W_Des
4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a pour of this at Funk Asheville 2015. Lost Abbey had the longest line and for good reason. This a fantastically well balanced sour. Not too tart, not too fruity, not too funky. It just has a right amount of each with some notes reminding me of oranges and maybe some other citrus. Definitely a great beer.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Swimsum brought this over to our place as part of an epic tasting on Saturday. Thanks Brent! Following review based on notes taken at that time.

4oz. sample poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Body is very hazy and goldenrod in color. A fine white film sits on top and retains well. No lacing.

Smell: Slightly under-ripe banana, sweet cream, lemon meringue, and vanilla. Smooth and mellow; doesn't exhibit any sour or vinegary aromas. Odd, but certainly pleasant.

Taste: Sourness is bold, but not palate-wrecking, allowing subtler flavors to shine through quite well. Lemon meringue, banana cream, and citric acid all play large roles. Very balanced and enjoyable. Would give it a 4.75 if I could.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated, medium-to-light in body, and surprisingly easy for a sour.

Overall: Balanced across the board, complex, and just fucking good. I can understand why this is such a highly sought after sour. Thanks again Brent!

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Randyfultz
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of cfrances33
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.81/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rammfann
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -19.5%

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