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Carnevale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
89
very good

627 Ratings
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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 40
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
2008 (first release) does not have brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 02-12-2008)
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jpoder

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cork and caged 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. cork was nearly impossible to remove! never had that problem before.

a: golden clear creamy white head with good retention

s: fantastic sour smell (closed my eyes and thought it was a rodenbach grand cru) with oak? wow...this was a good smell

t: not nearly as good as the smell. there is a good brett funk, and some sourness (not nearly as much as the smell would suggest) too much bitter hop throws the taste out of balance IMHO. kind of gives a dank, bitter taste to what I think would be a great beer

m: perhaps a touch sweet/heavy for what I think of as a saison.

d: good. i wish the bittering hops were toned down a bit, but a good beer overall.

smells like a rodennbach, tastes like an oerbier mixed with an IPA. not my favorite Saison (or whatever) but good.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 02:15:12 | More by jpoder
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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.

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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.

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Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.