Duck Duck Gooze | The Lost Abbey

Duck Duck GoozeDuck Duck Gooze
BA SCORE
98.4%
Liked This Beer
4.63 w/ 1,791 ratings
Duck Duck GoozeDuck Duck Gooze
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#27
Reviews:
288
Ratings:
1,791
Liked:
1,763
Avg:
4.63/5
pDev:
7.34%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3,393
Gots:
365
Trade:
32
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Photo of starshockey9
4/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of mikedogg195
4.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.03/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a bunch for opening this Mike.
Cell phone notes.

Clear golden, off white head, minimal lacing. Acetic, brett, lemon, apple, and oak. Up front acetic bite with a sharp lemon peel, very bright taste. Light body, medium carbonation, slightly tannic, and dry finish. I never had it fresh, but from other reviews it seems the acetic character is starting to take over. IP still wins in complexity, this lacks depth.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.04/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, golden yellow color, with a bubbly white head that sank to a ringlet, leaving some spots of lacing on the glass; Champagne-like carbonation bubbling from the glass bottom. A lot going on in the nose, mainly funkadelics, earthy, bretty, aromas of horseblanket, lemon zest and apple peel, leaving no doubt that this will have some sourness to it. Very acidic on the palate, almost too much actually, nearly wrecking. After adjusting for a moment or two, out come flavors of acidic citrus and sour stone fruits, lemon drops, lesser notes of earthy funk, horseblanket, distant crackery malts. Dry and crisp mouthfeel, medium body, and--if you conquer that initial blast of palate-wrecking acidity--a pretty easy drinker for the style. Pretty good overall, but not worth trading an arm and a leg for.

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Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of javib458, thanks man!

Pours a hazy, dark deep golden yellow color with lighter golden ripe banana hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head tat slowly fades into a lasting cap.

Earthy funk aroma with lots of awesome horseblanket barnyard notes. Slightly lactic with a nice light fruit presence. I'm picking up some light strawberry notes along with some vinegar and earthy oak.

Tart and very puckering with some strong acidity. Lots of barnyard horseblanket funk with some nice golden fruit notes. Apple, pear, white grape and some strawberry and cream. Extremely dry and sour and very refreshing. Nice earthy oak presence with subtle vanilla characteristic. Pretty well balanced with pleasant light fruit nuances that counter the extremely sour funky notes. Bone dry sour puckering finish. Actually pretty drinkable after the initial palate shock. Probably not worth the $30 price tag but still very good. Recommended.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into Bells tulip.

A- Nice ivory head - very active. About 1cm tall. Settles quickly on a base that's anywhere from goldenrod to orange with amber highlights depending on how you look at it. Great color.

S- Fruity, floral. Not much in the way of 'funk'. Maybe a little brett.

T- Lemon tartness, a bit of saltiness and a wash of acidity. White wine in parts, green apples.. a bit peppery. Not terribly funky. Dregs blended with the final glass- Substantially more cheesy horse blanket notes.

M- Great carbonation, mild. Light on the tongue, finish is moderately dry.

D- Very high. This is a fantastic beer. Easy to drink, great flavors, hope to see this one again.

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was opened at our Lost Abbey tasting in DC. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden amber color with not much visible carbonation.

Smell: Tart lemony funk with a touch of malt sweetness. Not nearly as funky as a traditional gueuze.

Taste: I'm not sure I would call this a gueuze. Much sweeter than most gueuzes I've had. Less funky than I would have expected. Tart lemon and some vinegar. The finish is slightly herbal and sour.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very good American Wild, but I was expecting a gueuze (I know it's listed as a wild, but the name made me thin gueuze). I still liked it and would have more.

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Photo of Jzmhector
4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjthresh
4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the FoBAB 2009. The pour is a bright and clean golden color with a big billowing white head. Both the nose an flavor feature lots of cheesy and tart character and light oak character all throughout this . Yummy stuff that is certainly worth being sought after.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a RR Sour glass. Crystal clear golden with a perky little white head. Very delicate with a few fizzy bubbles, but other wise fluffy.

Vinegar whiffs on the aroma, leather saddle, peed on horse hay.

Fruity tartness up front, grapefruit and white grapes. Vinegar sourness to go along with the tart. Not overwhelming in the least. Nice oak funk riding through the middle. Fragrant sour in the back, yet right in line with the flavor spectrum. Amoeba lacing up high on the glass, half way down. Somewhat dry mouthfeel, tart, nice.

DDG leans more toward the vinegar compenent of an AWA.

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Photo of BGsWo22
4.12/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lm858
4.12/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of woosterbill
4.12/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Enjoyed during a truly ridiculous sour/Lambic tasting. Enormous thanks go out to Jon for sharing this huge long-time want of mine.

A: Hazy pale orange body under a finger of fine white froth. The head settles into a persistent ring, and leaves spotty lace. Nice.

S: Sour, piquant and fruity. Lemon and cantaloupe. Tons of acidity. Excellent.

T: Lemon-lime tartness up front, followed by melon, grapefruit, and harsh, pure sourness - mostly lactic, a faint hint of acetic. Really tasty, but a bit one-sided in favor of fruity sourness. Not as much funk as I'd like.

M: Fairly light-bodied with nice, lively, fine carbonation.

O: This is undoubtedly a terrific American take on the style, but it really suffered in comparison to some of the Belgians on display during the tasting (e.g. all four Armand'4s, A&T blend, Crianza Helena, 50ºN4ºE, '98 LP Gueuze, etc, etc, etc). I really enjoyed the melon character and intense sourness, but complexity was sorely lacking compared to the Old World funk bombs. If you like sours, don't hesitate to seek this out - but don't feel you have to empty out your cellar in order to land it, either.

Cheers!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Small white head with a thin collar.

Smell - Orangey citrus acid aroma. A hint of vinegar creeping up in the back.

Taste - Bright citrusy sour. Orange sourness. Vinegar is less intense, but still faint in the back. Very intense sour finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Very sour.

Overall - Extremely sour and it probably covers up any complexity. Thankfully the flavors it has are quite good.

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Photo of n2185
4.15/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.15/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spdyfire83
4.15/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

123rd Review
Bottle to snifter
Vintage: 2009

From notes. Shared with friends - thanks jerz for the trade way back when.

A: Murky, bright golden. Barely 0.5 bubbly (off-white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Burnt hay, SweeTarts, white grape, aged sharp white cheddar, and hint of must and grapefruit.

T: Sweet Granny Smith apples with balance of tart and sour. Lots of oak and lemon zest with hints of funk and barnyard, but I wish there were more of this. This aspect of the beer is here and gone too quickly - I want a gueuze to be very distinct and memorable and this is not. Sad.

M: Light bodied with soft carbonation. Crisp and dry.

O: I'll be honest, I had really high hopes for this and it was a bit of a letdown. Definitely worth seeking out, but I'm not too crazy about it. I would like to give it another try, but there are plenty of other gueuzes out there that are readily more available and taste better. I think the big thing for me is that this is more mellow that a lot of other ones in this style. Maybe it needs a bit more age, but only time will tell.

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Photo of NJBrews609
4.15/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambyt20
4.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kiki3drt292
4.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oliekan
4.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have tried this beer on several occasions, so figured I might as well review it. It's beers like this that convince I'm just not much of a sour lover.

The beer pours a golden amber color with very good retention and considerable lacing. The nose is pretty one dimensional in my opinion, though if you're a sour lover, I guess it's great. I r eally pick up considerable lemon lime, but with some noticeable vinegar as well. It's a presage of what's to come on the palate, as I get mouth stingin lemon and lime acidity, albeit with some noticable underlying grape as well. Still, the sour component really dominates in this beer, and it's almost painful drinking this. Mouthfee lis medium bodied at most, with a long, sour, acidic finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and so if sours are your bag, I'm sure you'd be in heaven with this stuff.

Have had this several times now, and I'm able to appreciate it more than I first did when I sampled it with some friends in DC years ago, but this still is just too much sour for my palate to handle. That being said, this is always a fun and interesting beer to sample, and it's amazing the amount of flavor it delivers.

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Photo of anteater
4.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Duck Duck Gooze from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 98.4% out of 100 with 1,791 ratings
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