Duck Duck Gooze | The Lost Abbey

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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

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Avg:
4.54
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Photo of Spider889
3.61/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to TurdFurgison for breaking this out at our recent tasting. This was my first experience with the beer, and while you said it hasn't improved with age, I still thought it was a tasty beer!

A - The first pours of this were a brilliant brassy color with great clarity. No real head though.

S - Buttery chardonnay is the best way I can describe the aroma. Bitter strawberry greens and a nice sourness make up the remainder of the aroma.

T - Much more lactic/sour than the aroma hinted at. The sourness was tasty indeed, though the beer was a bit one-dimensional, especially after some of the other beers we opened that night.

M - Low carbonation. Acidic.

O - As far as most American Wilds go this is far and away something well made. However, when pitted against the cream of the crop it (at least at this stage in its aging) falls very short of pure greatness. I really dug the clean sourness - unlike the harsh over-bacterialized sours so many breweries are rushing through production anymore.

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Photo of islandboi8204
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 750 mL cork and cage.

Pours a deep golden orange with a small head that dissipates slowly to a thin ring around the glass, no lacing.

Smells amazing, initially taken aback by the intense sourness and tart peaches. My tongue was bracing for the tartness that was coming. The more I sniff it, the more fresh fruit, sweetness, honey and funk come through.

Intense sourness hits the tongue first puckering on the way down. This sourness is nicely complimented with a sweet honey, balanced with a little oak and soft tannins. Super tart, but great balance in fruit and earthiness.

Good carbonation, leave my mouth super dry from the tartness. A little creamy as it warms.

Overall, really great beer, probably the most sour beer I've had besides Hanssens . Not much funk, but it's great with the fresh peach flavor and honey. The taste is really delicious, the sour is balanced with sweetness, and complex with wood and depth of flavor.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1056th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750ml c/c

2009 Vintage

My white wale has been conquered! Finally!!!

Thanks toZX6Chris for sharing
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- In the glass this shines as a bit of a clear vibrant yellow. It has a tinge of orange to it and a small ¼” head that fell quickly to only a bit of a pond layer on top. The cling was very minimal and didn’t really shine through.

Smell- I sat and smelled this for a bit before taking a sip to let it all soak in. It's very lemony. It has a little bit of stringy sugar with a balance of a little sour note without coming of as too vinegary. .

Taste- The taste is the money shot for this beer. It was lemony again like the nose but has an inherent softness behind it. Not over cloying sweet but had a good amount of earthiness and then comes out with sour and some funk. It was just balanced and almost perfect.

Mouth- Light-medium bodied and then paired with a medium-high carbonation levels make this one quite tart and bubbly and soft at points. A little dry and a little wet all at the same time.

Drink- Well the journey is complete. I have my white wale and I finally got to give my little girl the bottle. For those of you who know the story, you know how much this means to me. The moment, the beer, the people it was perfect. Thank you again Chris. I owe you big time.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ZX6Chris for sharing this one at MrHirschybar's place!

2009 vintage.

Pours a clear golden yellow with an off-white head that settles to a thin film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is extremely sour and funky with lemon-like fruits and some earthy aromas. Taste is of extremely sour lemons and funky earthy flavors. A very acidic quality in the mouth with each sip. This beer has a crisp carbonation level with a prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is an extremely awesome wild ale with some amazing smells and flavors. I feel very lucky to have tried this one.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Chriscrundwell12
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle sharred with 4 other BA's, Big thanks to Kevin for bringing this beer.

2009 vintage.

A- Pours a Brown golden straw color, absolutely no carbonation at all, really hazy.
S- Really mellow aroma, cardboard, slight notes of fruit, peach, apricot, lemon, nothing really comes out in the aroma overall, slight acidic notes, sour, the nose was a little disappointing.
T- The taste was the complete opposite, really acidic, love the strong sour notes that come out, really puckering, apricot, vinegar, sour grape skin, nice taste.
M- Really dry, medium mouth feel, no carbonation, nice puckering taste.
O- Very impressed with this beer, this has been on my top wants for some time, love the acidity, and the fruity notes that come out, would love to have another opportunity to drink this beer.

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

Pours a deep golden orange with a small head that recedes to a thin ring around the glass. This particular bottle, just driven from it's home in Seattle to the Bay Area, is hazy, the last one was beautifully clear.

Smells amazing. Super ripe and tangy peaches and
Nectarines are dominant. Perhaps a hint of raspberries as well. Not particularly complex, but just so damn delicious. Fresh fruit all the way.

Intense sourness hits the tongue first, and burns all the way down. Mmm. Soft vanilla and oak linger long after the first sip. Definite acetic twang, bringing out the nectarine flavor. This is definitely a Lost Abbey sour.

Leaves your mouth feeling like you just ate a big ol peach, coated from the sweet tangy fruit character. Nice dense carbonation, ad soft oaky tannins barely there as you enjoy.

I have had this 5 or so times now, and have loved it every time. Not the most complex stuff, no real depth of funk, but, again, the fresh fruit character they manage to evoke in beers like this, Isabelle, and Cable Car is always impressive.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer so many times and just realized I've never reviewed it. It's my all time favorite and I'm glad I still have a few left.

Beautiful golden pour with nice white head. Smells delicious! Tart, sour, a little funk and sweetness. Tastes amazing, a little sweet then a nice sour pucker and funk on the finish. A nice balance that keeps evolving with time.

Great mouthfeel. I found this beer had a lot of body when I first tried it and I knew it would age well, as the years pass the body is thinning but it still has so many years to go.

Overall an amazing beer, definitely the best American Wild ale I've ever had. Still has plenty of body and I honestly don't even think it's peeked yet.

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Photo of jsanford
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C bottle generously shared by THE CPJ. Review #700, quite a milestone!

Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head that settles to a slight ring and swirls of haze. Phenomenal aromas of funk, lemon juice, oak, green Granny Smith apples, and wet hay. Very acidic and sharp, but in the best possible way. Reminds me quite a bit of Cable Car. Taste follow the nose nicely, very acidic flavors of lemon juice, green apple, and tropical fruit with a bit of oak and a whole lot of funk. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, with a fairly light body and good, sharp carbonation. Just the right amount of dry sourness here, it doesn't strip the enamel off your teeth. Overall an amazing, unforgettable beer, so stoked to have gotten to try this. Cheers, Shane!

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Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with minimal foam head on top

smell: tart, sour, apples, funk,

taste: sour, funk, apples,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is an awesome american wild ale. wish I had more so I could share this with more east coast friends.

Cheers,
the CPJ

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.88/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent golden color, bubbles floating to the top, thin limited white head. The nose has a fair bit of sourness and acidity, light leathery brett, an earthy funk, touch of tangerine and tangy peach. The earthy funk is there with some barrel presence, hints of vanilla, the peach is sour, extremely high acidity and burns the throat. The feel is full bodied and heavy, grainy on the throat, dry, under carbonated.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2009)

Thanks for this one, Jerz and ZX6Chris!

(Aged for 2 years)

Clear golden with lots of visible, active carbonation and a thin near-white head. Spots of lace are left down the glass.

A hugely aromatic sour consisting of bright, vibrant juicy lemons and a tart, biting, strong sour tartness. As the beer warms, more barnyard funk aromas present complementing the strong citrus (lemon) and sourness.

The flavor follows the aroma very similarly. The dominant flavor is of funky yeast and strong lemons, complemented by a high level of sourness throughout. Complete, and while aggressive, very drinkable.

Thin to medium bodied with high carbonation. Incredibly easy to drink. Light and airy.

An absolute joy. I wish I had this on unlimited supply at home (one can wish!).

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

Thanks to Vacax for the bottleshare

Look: Pours a light yellow in color with little to no head on my pour

Smell: Very tart and funky lots of lemon zest

Taste: This beer to me taste like someone took lemon heads and pureed them and then added a bunch of water to it to make the beer a bit thinner. There is not much else going on here but ton of lemon and a bit of vinegar

Mouthfeel: Thin body and a ton of carbonation and extremely tart

Overall: I am extremely glad that I finally got to try this whale of a beer. Thank you again Jacob for the bottle share

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Photo of brew3crew
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Special thanks to Chris for this out of his SECOND bottle he opened! Epic

A- golden body of rarity with little to no head

S-very funky and delicious. My mouth is watering writing this review

T- oh dear lord that is the stuff. Funky and rare. The stuff dreams are made of

M-light body and smooth. Soo good

O-wow. Redonkulous!

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to bauermj for bringing this out to the whale tasting.

Appearance: My pour is a very hazy light golden straw color with a light off-white head that fades away to nothing.

Smell: The aroma is so sour it burns my nose a little bit. Pure sour, lemon zest, some grapefruit, and a bit of apricot.

Taste: The light malt is there but gets quickly overwhelmed by the lemon, lactic, and vinegar sourness. Very sour throughout, which I enjoy very much; that is really the focus of the beer. Lemon, a bit of white grape and green apple with some full grapefruit sourness to finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but bitingly sour and tart. Medium bodied, crisp carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoy sours that really burn my nose and rip my taste buds out. This satisfies that criteria.

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Photo of dmsohyea
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Duck Duck, we finally meet thanks to Vacax. Thanks again, Jacob. 750 ml bottle served in a snifter.

Pours a light orange with good 1-2 finger pearly white head. A bit cloudy and yeasty.

Smells of a real gueuze, Jean Van Roy would be proud. Very funky, "horse blanket" if you'd like. Some good sweetness is under all of that funk. Lemon and orange peel.

Tastes just exceptional. Really love this. I have heard people say this tastes like "smarties" and I can see what they mean. It does have a slight candy taste, but it's hidden under very balanced lemon sourness. This beer is exactly how I like a wild ale, very sour with a bit of sweetness coming through on the back end. So tasty.

Mouthfeel is a pretty solid body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall, finally a beer I don't feel stupid for taking time to track down. This beer is amazing and I would drink it frequently if it wasn't so damn rare.

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Photo of Treebs
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #200

Thanks to Bulldogp04 for sharing this guy in line at the CBS release. Served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with spritzy white head that dissipates to some swirls.

S: There is actually some considerable funk in there, nice tart lemon skins and some sour apples. A nice woody oak character as well.

T: The taste follows the nose. It's nice to see some funkiness in there, nice oaky flavors with a sharp tartness. Some sour lemon as well. Really great.

M: Light bodied with a nice dry finish. Little pucker in there.

O: Delicious. I'm surprised at how funky this has become. I didn't really expect that. Great flavor profiles. I don't know if I'll ever get the chance to try this again, but I can cross my fingers and hope.

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Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pastel yellow in color. Slightly cloudy. Forms a bubbly off-white head that slowly dissipates to a stable surface coating and a thick ring around the edge.

S: Pungent and funky. Rather tart green apples. Notes of cider vinegar.

T: Again, quite tart, but with a light sweetness to it, makes it quite drinkable. Lemon, lemon zest, green apple, cider vinegar. Finishes quick and clean.

M: Rather acidic, bright, crisp, and sour, but not crazy sour. This one punches you real good at first, but then backs off quickly.

O: A very good wild ale with a good degree of tartness, but not enough that it becomes undrinkable. Best way I can describe it is as a very "clean-tasting" sour.

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Photo of iadler
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle courtesy of spdyfire83 who generously brought this to the tasting. Thanks Bryan!
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A- Pours a translucent light gold with a small head that dissipates quickly.

S- Vinegar, lemon, peppery spice, barnyard funk with tons of hay

T- Wow, this is tart. Like biting into a Granny Smith apple, with lemon zest, peach, barnyard funk, vinegar and oak.

M- Medium carbonation and a lighter body. Has a very dry and tart finish.

O- Haven't had too many Wild Ales, but this was intense with the high level of tartness. I really enjoyed this, but am not sure if I could have more than 4-5oz's. This definitely got me interested in trying more Wilds.

Thanks again Bryan!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of phichifiji00
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into Lost Abbey Tulip:

Appearance: Hazy golden orange. Slight white head that quickly fades.

Smell: Very Funky with notes of peaches and other sweet fruits.

Taste: Tart, fruity, very sour and funky.

Mouthfeel: very sour, makes the mouth pucker, well carbonated.

Overall: Simply amazing. Definitely in my top 3 favorite beers.

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Photo of Doodler
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml. Shared this with some FLA buds. Poured a nicely carbed, sunshine gold color with a thick creamy head. Straw and citrus nose with grapefruit, lemon zest and a touch of woodiness. Great sour taste with hints of apple and barnyard funk. Finished dry and lightly acidic. Another nice beer from Dr Tomme.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Soonami
3.05/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to reDUBBELFIST for sharing this at the Philly BA Meetup at TJ's earlier this summer.

This beer is a very pale, hazy straw yellow with a very slight ring of egg shell foam. The beer smells wild and bretty with a little fresh lemon. The beer starts out pleasantly sour and tart with good lemon and green apple flavors, but the finish is pure viengar. The viscous, mouth-coating, saliva-stripping, mouth pucker acidity. It is a combination of astrigent (like biting into underripe apples) and vinegar was very unappealing. This beer is wildly drying for a liquid. This is an okay beer, not the worst sour I've ever had, but it does not live up to the hype at all. I'm glad to have gotten to try it, but it's nothing I would actively seek out again.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Woodshop

A -Pale golden color with a wisp of white foam atop.

S- Acetic lemon rind and funk.

T- Starts out sour and tart with a distinct lemon presence. Barnyard funk and wet horse blanket follow. The finish is sour with a lingering lemony aftertaste. Exquisite!

M-Thin with a medium level of carbonation.

O- A wonderful beer, which I've been ISO for what seems like forever. Perfect tart, lemon characteristics with a level of funkiness that leaves me craving another glass.

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