Duck Duck Gooze | The Lost Abbey

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Duck Duck GoozeDuck Duck Gooze

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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

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Photo of gibgink
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful deeper yellow with fluffy white head that is almost sustained by the influx of bubbles from beneath. Funk funk funk on the nose, with a kiss of sweet. There is an initial sweet, that then spreads out into a more earthy flavor, that evolves into a tart finish, with a slight acidic reaction from the 'ol personal heartburn detector. Very good take on the style.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage poured into a teku:

Cloudy straw-yellow slightly orange pour with small head and constant champagne like carb bubbles rising
Smells a bit like vermouth, some sour/acetic tones, grape, flowery, herbally
WOW, the flavors are incredibly complex floral tones that fade into sour, horse blanket body and finishes like a dry wine
I have to give the feel some love here, the carb is perfect for the style and definitely helps to highlight some of the subtleties

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For purposes of this review, 2013 was compared side-by-side to 2016.

Appearance- The beer was a bright straw yellow with a bright white head.

Smell - The sour meshes with the oak.

Taste - This gueuze is so well balanced and far from acidic. It is smooth and oaky with plenty of green apple. 2016 is thinner and not a sour as 2013. To a degree the 2016 seems a bit watery. 2016 even lingers during the 2013 sampling. This is a green apple bonanza. The sour oakinessthis linger so well.

Mouthfeel- I am a little amazed at how well balanced this is. It is sour, but not burning acidic.

Overall- This gueuze is out of this world.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

:and also:

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this bottle!
2013 bottling. Consumed on Dec. 18, 2016; reviewed from notes. Poured from the 750 mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel Aged glass.

A: Pours a hazy, glowing gold. Forms a thin white head that fades quickly with a relatively low amount of visible carbonation. This isn't bad-looking by any stretch, but appears fairly still. I don't know if that's a consequence of aging or not.

S: Earthy and funky barnyard. Oaky dry tannins, and notes of stone fruits (especially apricot, though I don’t think this that's actually in there. Some lactic tartness, and light biscuit malts in the background. I'm getting more Lacto funk primarily, with lesser Brett notes. A really nice, complex aroma.

T: Lactic tartness and more sour, juicy stone fruits (like a dried apricot). Earthy funk again – Lacto again, and some Pedio I think. Dry citric acid and tannins. The light biscuit malts are still getting snowed under here - it was necessary to search for them. Some dry white wine character. It finishes with some stone fruity juiciness and a drying sourness, and the dry flavors ultimately win out.

M: Light body, very low alcohol presence. Carbonation sensation is just a bit on the low side.

O: Wow…after sitting for three years, this lives up to both the hype and my expectations. And both of those were quite high. Especially as a non-fruited, non-adjuncted sour, it succeeds with a complex and balanced funk and sourness. I guess you could argue provenance vis-a-vis the “authentic” gueuzes of the world, but this absolutely could stand on its own in the conversation.

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Photo of WilliamWS
3.83/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Did a side-by-side tasting with DDG, Allagash Coolship Resurgam and Jester King Spon Methode Gueze as part of our annual Xmas eve tasting.
DDG was universally agreed to be third in the group and Resurgam remains, hands down, the best gueze-like American beer and the only one that can go head-to-head with the likes of Cantillon, Drie, and Tilquin.

DDG was good, not great.
It was, visually, quite lovely. The aroma, however, prominently featured an off-putting porta-potty characteristic that very much distracted from the more pleasant funk and citrus fruity esters.

Fortunately, not much of off-putting aroma carried over to the flavor. However, it was a touch sweeter than I'd expect for the style and it seemed that a bit of wine flavor from the barrels came through in the beer-not a bad thing per se but not really appropriate for a gueze style beer.

Overall a good but not overwhelmingly great sour, more of an American Wild than gueze stand-in.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at 2016 O’Brien’s SDBW Lost Abbey Beer Dinner.

A: Pours pale straw colored with a half inch of foamy head.

S: Off dry, light brett character (horseblanket, earth), soft fruit (pineapple, orange, candied tangerine), some supporting vanilla and oak. Balance is towards the brett.

T: Follows the nose, with light but firm tartness and moderate creaminess.

M: Medium-light body and carbonation.

O: Tasty, elegant, and well constructed, though the flavors were a bit more muted than expected. Overall, I liked the Veritas 017 and 018 a bit better.

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw with some lovely effervescence. Nice white head that sticks around.
S: Lemon zest, some green apple, wet hay, touch of oak barrel and a little white wine.
T: Similar to the smell, funky and fruity with a touch of oak.
M: This is where this beer really shines. Super soft and champagne like.
O: This beer is wonderful. The smell brings you in and the finish makes you wanting more. Tart up front with that soft, dry finish...crazy good stuff

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Photo of rabbott2
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 batch drank in a teku on 10/5/2016

A nice refreshing crisp sour/gueuze. Certainly one of the better gueuze that I have had. Lemony tartness is present and balanced. Not too tart. The red wine barrels definitely are prevalent with a little boozy and nice oaky presence. Glad I can finally cross this one off the list! Very tasty and worth pursuing

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
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 -4.6%
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 +8.1%
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 -2.6%
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 +3.5%
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 -6.6%
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 +8.1%
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 +10.1%
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 +4.4%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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 brewandbbq
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +4.8%
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 +7.9%
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 +5.7%
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 +5.3%
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 +6.2%
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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