Carnevale - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by facundoCNB:
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
a beautiful crisp clear light golden yellow pour with 2 fingers fluffy white head (which stayed throughout), great lacing, constant visible carbonation - not only is this perfect for a saison, but a very dead on interpretation of what a beer should look like in general.
smells of pepper, coriander, lemongrass, a strange fungus like raw mushroom smell. taste is very subtle.. hints of sweetness up front followed up by a slightly bitter/zesty vegetable taste (celery comes to mind), subtle breadyness, slight hint of pepper lingers.. a very flavorful, yet not overwhelming beer.
light bodied (plus) with a seltzer like carbonation. very refreshing, very crisp. the zest/pepper is a nice subject on the palate/cheeks, there is a nice cream feel on the lips.
overall, this is a damn good saison. i'll have to keep an eye out for a bottle of this and hope it's as good as on tap.
Serving type: growler
06-19-2012 01:14:25 | More by facundoCNB
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4.01/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with white head and plenty of lacing. The aroma is full of yeast driven esters giving off both fruity, winesque and earthy aromas. Some hay, bread, not too much funk but undeniably Belgian in nature.
The taste follows suit with an earthy, bready character, a touch of spice, but mainly a very expressive Belgian yeast strain. Borders on tart but never really gets there. Medium bodied, highly carbonated feel. Overall, this is a really solid Belgian style ale.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 22:32:56 | More by Stinkypuss
4.06/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml brown corked and caged bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I cracked it with Sam and Chris during a brewday.
Pours a bright yellow-golden colour, with solid hazing and a crackling, aerated head that foams itself out of existence pretty quickly. A fine mesh of white lace lingers atop the glass. Body is light and fluid. Carbonation is fine. Looks pretty good overall.
Nose is clean and bright, with some crisp funk that doesn't really get earthy or horsey. Some peach character comes through with a sweetness that reminds me a little of clipped grass. High carbonation is also noticeable here until it runs out of steam. Overall, it's a very pleasant nose though.
Taste is clean and bright, but certainly sweeter than many saisons. The peach character again runs through from middle to back, giving a slightly jammy character on the finish. Beyond this is a hint of pepper, and on the front is the earthiness of the funk that never really expressed itself fully on the palate. Alcohol is very well hidden—American saisons can often feel a little blunt, which allows the booze to show a little more, but there's none of that here.
Feel is great. Smooth but bright.
Overall, this is a really drinkable, and very enjoyable saison. There's a cleanness to the funk, and a smoothness from the additional sweetness. The peach character is what sets it apart, and it's a fine character for a saison. Very nice indeed.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 04:42:23 | More by lacqueredmouse
Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.