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Duck Duck Gooze | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

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
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270
Ratings:
1,633
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
19.21%
 
 
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Reviews: 270 | Ratings: 1,633
Photo of OlieIPA
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed a pint of this glorious stuff at "Christmas in July", hosted by Lost Abbey on 7/25/09.

A: Like most lambics and gueuzes, the lacing and head potential exhibited by this beer appeared to be on the weaker side. When held into the sunlight, a beautiful orange-yellow haze hue peered through the cup. Very reminiscent of a good summer hefeweizen and/or Belgian style golden ale.

S: A delicate and complex aroma. Lots of citrus and sour up front, neither one overshadowing the other, followed by green apple.

T: Not as subtle as the smell indicated, Duck Duck Gooze had a very intense flavor profile and tart character. A mixture of various citrus fruits along with green grapes and green apple seem to come through on the palate, which went well with the very refreshing tart/sour finish.

M: A much bigger body than what I had expected...somewhat thick and hazy I guess; ample carbonation as well.

D: Very impressed! The amount of alcohol and abundant flavors brought forth from this beer are amazing.

Overall: The quality and complexity of this sour was extremely similar to those brewed by Russian River...who probably do the best job with this style. A must have. Cheers!

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

Split a 750 three ways in tulips. Part two of a night of pretty solid sour beers. Thanks to brian for sharing this.

Ar: Floral, strawberry, berries, raspberry, mild alcohol, fruity funk, mild acid, mild brett funk, beautiful floral character

Ap: clear gold, white head, good retention, light lace

T: great fruit, berries - strawberry and raspberry, cherry, ends with clean warm acid and citric notes,mild barn, mostly fruity in balance, very strong fruit, light alcohol, slightly sweet, tropical fruit, brett bitterness, funk increases with warmth, perfumy floral, excellent brett end, pineapple, very fruity throughout with acid end

M: High carbonation, smooth, medium/light mouthfeel, warming cleaning acid end

O: less funky but more fruity than deviation (part one of the sours), an excellent beer, good balance, fruit heavy but great mild funk, very easy to drink

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
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 tjthresh
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
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 joel66
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by Grumpyoldtroll, at our pre thanksgiving tasting...Thanks Mike!

I have been wanting to try this one for a while!

Poured a hazy apricot like color with minimal head. The nose on this one was amazingly tart, slight funk mixed with lemon juice.

Taste follows suit on the tartness. hint of lemon rhind mixed with sour berries. This was surprisingly dry on the palate. Smooth from sip to finish. Overall this is an amazing geuze

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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 mikeyv35
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Date: 07/31/2010
Vintage: 2009
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Tatsed at The Epic Sweet & Sour Tasting I w/ wunderbeer(Ron), ShadesofGray(Ryan), and big Dan.
Super event!

Poured a golden straw in color w/ a 1 finger white head that left a medium amount of lacing on the glass. The nose was of acidic funk, vinegar, and lemon zest. The taste was of acidic funk, mild tartness, a touch of vinegar, and lemon zest. Mouthfeel was thin and clean. The drinkability was ridiculous. Please send me more bottles!

Overall, a real treat and fantastic beer!

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

Been looking forward to this one for quite some time. The first beer sampled at our sour tasting. Poured into a large tasting glass approximately a 6oz pour.

A- Pours hazy golden yellow in color. A nice, slightly off white head that recedes ever so slightly. Some light lacing is left on my glass.

A- Wow really nice! Sour apple all the way. A nice funky twist with some lemon twist. A light hint of Chardonnay barrels. This is just really, really, nice.

T- I love it! Tart granny smith apples. A bit of oak, white grapes, and chardonnay. The bit of citrus in the nose is also present in the taste, but not as strong. Sour and funky.

M- lighter side of medium in body. Carbonation is high. Finishes dry and tart.

D- I could have killed the bottle with great ease. I was sad to see the bottom of my glass. I will without a doubt, be seeking out another bottle. It was my 2nd favorite sour of the night, only Beatification out shined this and that is really splitting hairs.

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Photo of fear025
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Dunt for breaking out this bottle at his birthday tasting.

Aroma:Sour aroma, fruit, some sweetness.

Appearance:Murky yellow orange. Low head, fair lacing.

Taste:Huge sour bite right on the foretaste. Tons of lemon flavor. The aftertaste has some white grape skin sour flavors. Also, some sweet notes linger on pleasantly.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body, with medium to heavy astringency on the throat.

Drinkability:Amazingly drinkable sour beer. Not as sour as some beers, it's really drinkable.

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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 SubpoenaDeuces
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I wanted to do a batch 1 vs batch 2 review but ain't nobody got time for that.

A: Deep orange and radiant hay/illuminated foxtails at the edges of the glass, bubbly frothy eggshell carb, nice lacing dropping doily webbing like Peter Parker down the edges. This is what was inside of Marcellus Wallace's briefcase.

S: Incredible fruit esters, apricot, lactic acidity, tangelo, nectarines, tangerines, a subtle sweetness and a light musk on the backend like wet hay.

T: This just rips up the mouth carpet like a day laborer and lays acidic laminate like a licensed ph3 contractor. There is shocktarts, sweet tarts, lemon zest, grapefruit dryness, and a musky leather aspect on the backend that keeps the acidity in check. Absolutely phenomenal.

M: This is incredibly drying and just drills your gumline like a Peter North video. Incredibly acidic and rolls back those bicuspics and leaves your mandible aching in the best possible way. She is raw with your mouth but you wouldn't have it any other way, you already are waiting for her to return in 3 years for another tryst in the hay. Cankersores await in the morning but it is the sweet succor of a casual duck sesh.

D: this is exceptionally drinkable despite the incredible acidity and if you can't handle it, work your jaws up with some Petrus and take your complaints elsewhere. The price and availability of this is a complete testicle and wallet defacement that makes me longing for more. Some will take calm refuge and say that 3F Oude Gueuze is better, denial is a hella of a panacea. This is an almost perfect AWA in every way, it is not a gueuze, but it goes beyond even traditional Goozies in sheer excess and panache like an acidic ZR1 that pushes you down in your seat with sheet acidic stiff arming. Fucking phenomenal, every bit as good as B1 that will continue to improve despite the 1.0001 FG. Mark my words.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged for at least a year.

Into a tulip, pours a soapy white head with lots of tingly bubbles snapping and crackling as I agitate. The body takes on a yellow-ish/golden characteristic that is quite illuminating.

Aromas of apricot, pineapple, and funk, albeit milder on the third trait. Intense, tropical, and very complex. That complexity also reveals a little bit of horseblanket, or perhaps wet duck funk, no?

Flavors of the aforementioned apricot, with a combined dryness and tartness that gives off a crisp, smooth bite that's quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin, and lacks that sticky icky on the gums that most Bretty beers exhibit.

Overall, Duck Duck Gooze has some wonderful balance, and is not as intense as I am sure it was coming out of the gates a year ago. I could drink this for days, pairing it occasionally with some triple cream and perhaps apples and/or apricots.

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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 MrFootstones
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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 Gfunk720
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle shared with my brothers and dad to celebrate the birth of my nephew. Out of a Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

A- Beautiful straw yellow color with a very light whitish head. It is pretty golden amber and glowing in color, and a little murky.

S- I get lots of notes of green apple, lemon, and barnyardy funk. It doesn't smell terribly sour, but is certainly funky.

T- I get lots of grape skins, apple, lemon, and funk. There are notes of acidity and sourness. I get some oaky notes as well, but the whole thing is smooth and tasty. I think green apple sweet tarts was what we thought it taste with, combined with some funky tartness.

M- Perfect blend of carbonation and body. The aftertaste is great, and very pleasant. Crisp and refreshing.

O- Definitely a great beer. Not as sour or funky as I expected, but it is sooo smooth and tasty. This is one of the smoothest sour beers I've had, and is very easy to drink. Can't wait for the next release, as this is a very drinkable sour.

-GFunk

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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 bret27
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap into plastic sampling cup, so unable to appreciated true head/lacing. Appearance-hazy, pale yellow, almost little milky. Lightly/perfect carbonation. Smell-tart, sweet, citrusy, little funk on the side w/sourness but not super funky or 'horse blankety' in any way. Very dry finish and easy drinking. Could drink several of these unlike many wild ales that are more sippers. Very well balanced IMO.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque straw colored pour with a small, loose, white head. Lactic aroma with a sweet, wheaty malt and a shot of fresh squeezed lemon. The flavor is grainy and grassy with some light sweetness, straw and tart lactic finish with lots of lemon zest. Very dry medium body with soft carbonation. I loved the delicate balance of sweet and sour in this.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.03/5  rDev -11%
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 Doodler
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
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 afausser
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Bankhead at the Charlottesville tasting--thanks so much! Delicious!

A: Very bubbly with about half a finger of head that disappears almost instantly into very large bubbles. Light peach and tangerine in the color. Looks like a very dark, yellowish white wine. Almost no lacing, even with agitation, but sill very pretty, especially the hazy white residue across the top of the beer.

S: As could probably be predicted with ease, very very sour. Slight hint of syrupy candy--perhaps bubblegum? A bit of white grapes, light orange, and white vinegar. There's also a nice barnyard funk with pretty dominant notes of hay and horse hair, saddle leather, as well as sweet grass.

T: Very sour and acidic taste approximating sour powder, yet tempered by other elements of the taste. A ton of white vinegar and white grapes here--which I absolutely love--as well as a heavy grapefruit taste. There's a slight funk to the taste, also, which is expressed as slight hay and grass as well as a sort of earthy or maybe a bitter herb or oak, as well as a little bit of a leathery taste.

M: a little sparkly and very fine, tiny bubbles form a crisp, refreshing, sour brew. Very fine bubbles--I almost want them to be a little bigger, though not by much. It's still very good, but I'm not sure I could put it up to a 4.5 or 5. Almost no aftertaste whatsoever.

D: highly drinkable. Mmmm. I have a feeling that if I weren't trying to get a review out of the tasting amount, this one would be gone pretty quickly (though the sour does naturally slow you down slightly).

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Photo of drewba
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - golden blonde with a tiny film of white head that eventually just recedes to a thin ring. Looks inviting.

S - Sour green apples, lemon citrus, orange fruity esters are big. Huge aroma that hangs around.

T - Sharp lemon, grass, vinegar with plenty of those fruity esters found in the aroma. Begins with lots of dry citrus, then is met in the m iddle with sweet apple and finishes dry with some more tart fruit and vinegar. Lovely balance of fruit and sour.

M - Medium bodied with a great carbonation pop which feels very effervescent on the tongue but not overwhelming whatsoever.

D - The hanging citrus & vinegar is going to fade my palate quickly as my throat is already filled with super tart lemony vinegar.

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Photo of radshoesbro
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had this first at sour fest and then at christmas in july.

a - pours golden straw with some carbonation. the head is very foamy and dissipates fairly quickly.
s - the smell is complex with some tart fruits.
t - dry, sour, in a delicious green apple candy sort of way. it's definitely got the sour cider thing going on, which i absolutely love.
m - dry, yet very easy to go down.
d - all day every day. one of the best beers i've had in a while.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been hearing insane things about this beer before it was ever even bottled. As much as I hate to follow the crowd, I've gotta say: This beer was absolutely worth the hype!

A- Pours a deep, rich gold with a quickly dissipating head. Although hazy, the color of this beer surprised me in that it is very deep for a (neo)geuze.

S- Acetic and lactic sourness. Complex notes of cider and balsamic vinegar compliment a lemony, fruity aroma. A mild breadiness is cut by notes of sour apple and tart peach.

T- Sour with a honey-like sweetness. Dry and complex. Honey and lemon are the first two things that are noted, but not simultaneously. A rich, honey-like sweetness coats the palate and is quite abruptly cut off by sour notes of lemon and green apple. Herbal, peppery tones lead into a lingering sour finish.

M- Big with a nice dry finish.

D- I don't even know what to write for drinkablility. Although, I do wish I had more of it to drink.

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