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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by illidurit on 07-13-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
274
Ratings:
1,660
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
19.21%
 
 
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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding! I'm still not 100% aboard the sour train, but this is definitely a strong push in the right direction. I enjoyed batch 2 over the weekend with a friend and he gave it even higher marks than me. Wish they brewed it a little bit more often though..

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Photo of KevSal
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Previous review is for the 2009, it was a 4.5. I remember it being very sour, I had it in 2011. anxious to see how it is fresh

looks fantastic and smells great! nice funky and sour up front on the nose.
taste is a bit sour and some nice sweetness. great oak. beer is full bodied for a 7%er.
overall this a good beer, but don't make my mistake. give this a year or 2 to pucker up and get funky like the nose, right now it's a bit too young. I'll bet the 2013 is drinking fantastic right now.

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Photo of sposter4
4.91/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 poured into a snifter. Pours golden with little head. Smells of white grapes and dry red wine. Light bodied busting with grapes and pear as the carbonation wiskes across the tongue. This beer finishes with a little funk, barrel and mild acidity. Overall this beer is a true art form. A must have for gueze and wild ale lovers alike.

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Photo of aleigator
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Duck duck gooze batch 2

Pours a hazy amber-yellow color with a small, fizzy white head, which leaves back no trace.

Smell is old potatoes, glue, blue cheese, bright and crisp citrus peel with a soft, flowery note to it and a slightly acetic tartness. Very well balanced, not pungently sour, while producing a nice, funky blend. Got some wet hay on top of its aroma foundation with dried tomatoe bush, adding a light herbal complexity to the nose.

Has a lower to medium carbonation, complimenting perfectly to the refreshing, tart, yet complex and balanced beer.

Tastes of fresh squeezed lemon juice, accompanied by a funky mushroom quality and a soft mineral aspect. Its mid palate produces a wood bark covered acetic sourness with a hint of white grape skin to it. This results from a sugary malt sweetness, which becomes recognizable only as a minor note against the omnipresent sourness, while being able to cut through it. Finishes utmost soft, very silk with a pungent, dry acetic tone among lemon zest, and leathery, matured oak, still carrying its subtle grape flavor.

Wow, this is pushing AWAs to a new level for me. This is balanced and complex like no other American sour I've had so far. It got the typical vinegar sourness, which is dominating in many examples of american sours. This is different though, its acetic flavor is setting the balance in this, which to me is remarkable by itself, since it allows a pungent, refreshing lemon sourness to open up the palate to many flavor layers, creating an intriguing complexity which at no point gets boring.

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Photo of eifster82
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013, poured into a teku.

Pours a slightly hazy orange-light amber in color, with a minimal-to-no foam head upon pour. Smells of a rich, fruity farmhouse-wild ale with a mild funk note. Taste has loads of sour green apples, with some pear and very small amount of lemon like taste. Clean, crisp end which is quite easy to drink and imploring you to go back to continue sipping. Despite the clean and crisp end, the sour green apple flavor lingers long after the drink in a pleasant way.

Quite a wild ale. Would love to be able to drink this on a more frequent basis and get a taste of the '16 version. However, the feeding frenzy around each release and the steep asking price for trading makes this virtually impossible. Russian River sours remind me of DDG, and for the time being those are going to be the ones I will seek out until DDG becomes easier to obtain.

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Photo of stevoj
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Toby, 2013 vintage. As usual when the Boise crew gets together, sours dominate, but they’re always top notch. Here’s yet another great example, light bodied, tart, fruity and funky. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of danh53
4.91/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours darker than I expected. The color is similar to apple juice with a ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass. Aroma is bursting with fruit - apple, pear, apricot, peach, and white wine. Oak and soft funk also comes through. Strong flavors on the taste. Everything comes through so balanced and well integrated. I get tons of vanilla as well. There is a soft funk in the background - wet hay, barnyard, some band aid. It's there, but the fruit is still center stage. The flavors are bright and vibrant, but they don't fall off quickly either. Complex, intense. This is the best beer I've had to date.

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Photo of fireazzi
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank the 2013. This is by far the finest beer I've ever had. It was so complex. Smelled so funky, tasted so sour and funky. Made me smile so much drinking this beer, lived way up to the hype for me.

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Photo of d3brewing
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

God do I love this beer and I've only had it on tap @ Lost Abbey. So we'll blended and balanced, slightly tart, medium sour, a little grainy sweetness, and a hint of apricot/peach. It truly is one of the best American sours on the market. The price tag hurts the pocket book but that's the Lost Abbey business model. Worth splurging on once before you die.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
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 gcamparone
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a taster glass. 2013 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

Pours an amber, hazy body with a white head. Aromas are tart, funky, grassy, white wine, oak, citrus. On the tongue is a delicious tartness, interesting oak character, grassy, hay, barnyard, bright stone fruit, 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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

EBF samples. Lemony, sharp, and Gueze-like with stone-fruit in the back. Mild aspirin undertones. Less minierally than a traditional Geuze and more fruity. Great beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice mixture of a mild orange and yellow color with a thin white head 1/6". Nice aroma, very similar to Cable Car, tart, dry, lemon, crisp.

Taste delivered another super dry citrus, lemon for the most part, some orange underneath that, real dry virgin kind of oak impressions. Astringent all over. Very expensive so it doesn't hit that pleasure zone, and they only break it out if you're cool enough or some fake hype limited scarcity kind of stuff. But there is no denying its av very good beer and seems to stand the test of time as this is a 2013 bottle.

There's a lot of gueuze out there, American or Belgian that you can get for so much cheaper than this. Unfortunately Lost Abbey is in the collectible make it scarce hype business model so it is what it is.

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Photo of tshanahan
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Score updated since having it via bottle instead of tap (both 2013). Smells of sweet peaches, sweet funk, wine oak barrels, candied lemon, aroma potpourri. Tastes like sweet and sour extremely balanced. Lemon citrus, wet hay, Lost Abbey flora and fauna. Very smooth after 2.5 years of conditioning. Beautiful natural cloudy, unfiltered look. Home run.

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Photo of KaeF
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 version. Amazing color, looks exactly like peaches! It has a soft acidic and creamy nose, fruity, followed by a funky and tart taste with notes of fruits. Apricot, peaches, it is really fresh and well balanced. Love this beer!

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage. Pours a vibrant orange color with little to no white head that dissipates immediately. The wine barrels explode on the nose. Bright, tart taste with nice red wine and oak flavors popping through. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with quick dissipation leaving an incredibly smooth feeling on the pallet. Incredible beer, now I can see why it's so sought after

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Photo of Hootie159
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

'13 from bottle. Pours a golden orange. Smells of intertwined wine, oak, funk, and sour fruit. Taste is a perfect blend of tart and sour balanced by the oak. Has a slightly slightly thicker feel that is wonderfully smooth. Perfect tang and carb. This is as good as a sour gets.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sour heaven in a glass. After holding onto a bottle for almost a year, unleashed it on Thanksgiving. Perfect level of tartness and love the touch that the wine barrel adds to the taste. I would have to do them side by side to be 100% accurate, but going on memory I would say DDG beats CC. Both wonderful but DDG has a little more subtle complexity.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared a 2013 bottle at the V16 bottle release. Amazed that this lived up to the hype. Amazing oak character blends into layer after layer of tart. Stoked to finally try this!

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Photo of Beer_Line
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 poured into a wine glass. Pours golden yellow with a white fluffy head. Smells citrusy with a little funk. Taste is nice with some lemon tartness mixed with a nice oak taste. the funky horseblanket comes out quite nice. Again, Lost Abbey killing the gueuze game

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2013 vintage poured into Tulip, an amazing funky citrus aroma. Taste is perfectly tart and sour with a great musky cheesiness. This is a great american gueuze. I think they nailed it out of the park on this one. Age is going to treat this brew very nicely.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Giving a beer a perfect 5 is not an easy thing to do... but I must say, this beer is a 5. I am a fan of wild ales so it makes sense I would enjoy it.

It's tart, it's slightly funky, it's a perfect representation of the style.

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage
Best smelling sour I've encountered...just a white grape/wine bomb
Taste is not far behind-tons of light fruity, tart funky character...easy drinking

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Photo of The_Wozz
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap April 1, 2015. Was blown away to find out it wasn't an april fools joke! Phenomenal beer that lives up to the hype. Just bummed i don't have any bottles for myself!

A - Very crisp Golden/yellow with zero lacing and head dissipates immediately.
S - Citrus, funk, acidity, and sour apple
T - Apple, lemon peel, white grapes, mild vinegar and slight oak barrel presence. Nice little sweetness finishes each sip leaving you ready for more
M - Lighter-medium bodied. Very easy to drink and carbonation was well within respectable limits
O - Fantastic beer, glad i was passing by the tap room and was able to sneak in just in time to get a pour! Will be ISO bottles

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Photo of W_Des
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
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 YodersBeerEmporium
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this at the Epic Bottle Share at TG. Still have my bottle in the cellar which I am now more excited to drink than ever!!! Sooooo smooth and just the right amount of Tart.

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