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Carnevale - The Lost Abbey

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89
very good

639 Ratings
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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 41
Gots: 59 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

2008 edition. This one's carbonation edged off, still a nice summer saison. Light cloudy colour, pleasant spicy odor. Easy mouthfeel, with some caramel, zesty cardamom, orange citrus, pepper, nutmeg, cloves. grassy hops build in finish. Another decent and different Lost Abbey.
2012 edition much better owing to fresh lemony taste and hops n finish.This rating is the 2012.

08-23-2009 02:28:29 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +1%

12-11-2012 03:44:16 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at The Los Abbey/Port tasting room in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain/malt, citrus, spices, and yeast. Taste is the same with a mild spice bitterness on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

03-06-2012 23:20:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

12-14-2011 12:47:17 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

Big thanks to daysinthewake for getting this bottle out to me. Served in a Lost Abbey long-stem tulip.

Pours a slightly-hazy peach color with a thick and foamy white head. Loads of lacing on the way down and a thick collar throughout. The nose carries some light fruit plus a bit of white pepper and spice. Light coriander character and a bit of citrus peel. Light wheat. Slight dryness to the finish. Medium-high carbonation. Good malt backbone with a nice bit of spice and yeast bite throughout. Quite nice.

10-09-2011 02:11:57 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +1%

A: The beer is hazy light golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head.
S: There are aromas of lemon citrus, yeast and pepper in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of barnyard funk.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice and refreshing saison; the subtle hints of funk make it quite interesting to drink.

09-25-2012 02:12:21 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

Haystack gold with the finest yeasty haze imaginable. The alabaster colored crown is both airily soft and sticky, much like the heads on the best Belgian ales. Well... maybe not that gorgeous. Sudsy sheets of lace cover most of the glass and give this offering a fetching appearance.

It turns out that a 'blond saison accented with American hops' smells pretty spectacular. Actually, it smells quite a bit like a tripel or even a BSPA. The aroma is both orchard fruity (ripe pears, zesty lemons) and is wonderfully spicy, thanks to what is undoubtedly a kick-ass yeast strain. Has The Lost Abbey nailed yet another style?

Not quite, but they've given it an admirable effort. Even though the first few ounces don't have me reaching for big taste score, let's see how things progress over the course of the bottle. With a more Belgianesque mouthfeel, Carnevale *might* have been able to run with the big dogs.

The usual flavors are present, they just fall a fraction short of the depth and complexity needed for greatness. Like the nose, the flavor profile is tremendously fruity. Buttery pears and sunshine bright lemons are accented by a beautiful breadiness and a white pepper and clove spiciness. Sweet, bitter, tart, spicy. What more could a craft beer drinker ask for?

The mouthfeel needs a Belgian brewer's touch. It comes close to greatness, but close isn't good enough with beer of this style. More of a light creamy expansiveness is what's called for. That little improvement would go a long way toward putting this American saison into the stratosphere.

Carnevale Ale has some serious competition, since Belgian tripels, BSPAs and saisons are some of the finest beers in all the world. The fact that it doesn't quite enter that rarefied air is nothing to be ashamed of. It's still delicious, immensely drinkable beer that continues the seemingly unending parade of excellence coming out of San Marcos.

04-22-2008 21:52:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a fluffy head that hangs around for a while but sheets the chalice with a very nice pattern

Smell: This beer has the Saison aroma down to a tee, with a blend of herbaciousness, sweet candi sugar, mashed banana, grapefruit pith and a hint of funk; it could be a bit funkier, if I had my druthers, but it is fine as is

Taste: The initial wheat bread and slightly sweet flavors give way, mid-palate, to the herbacious bitterness and grapefruit pith; after the swallow, the bitterness is mellowed by the sweeter elements, including pineapple and apricot, although the herbacious side hangs around for the duration

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Having just consumed a Red Barn, this kissing cousin has a tough precedent to live up to; I think I prefer the layered complexity of the Red Barn, but this is well suited to a warmer summer occasion - too bad we are in December, right now

12-30-2008 00:25:30 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-08-2013 21:42:17 | More by acurtis
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-02-2013 00:34:06 | More by zestar
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

Bottle courtesy of Kegbear: Poured a bright golden yellow color ale with a pure white large foamy head with great retention and perfect lacing. Aroma of European dry hops with light notes of Brett. Aroma of dominated by European hops (Saaz?) with some light bretty notes and some distinctive Belgian malt. Taste is also dominated by some dry hoppy notes with a nice Belgian malt backbone. I didn't notice as much ester as I would have expected but I still quite enjoyed this one. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol note whatsoever.

03-13-2009 02:36:08 | More by Phyl21ca
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +12.9%

Big thanks to Joey for hooking me up with this one. I am always thrilled when a new Lost Abbey comes out and this was no exception. Could not wait to get it home and pop open this beautifully designed 750 ml bottle. Fantastic artwork on this one as well, really very cool. Served right out of the fridge and poured into a Triple Carmeliet Goblet I could not wait to try it. If this is anything like any of the other brews I have had, I am really in for a treat here, not sure what to make of a dry hopped Saison, but I am sure as hell going to find out!

Appearance - This one poured a rich and extremely hazy golden amber. Lots of hints of orange throughout darkening it up quite a bit and really giving it a really nice overall color. A very large white billowing head of foam then formed on the top and really took off. It reached a height of almost three inches before finally started to calm down and come down to just a thin layer of white foam across the top. Huge amounts of side glass lace then came over it, really thickening up the overall look. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the session via streams of thick bubbles coming up from the bottom to reinforce everything above. Very rich and cloudy in appearance, very typical for the style.

Smell - The aroma was very light at first, which confounded me as usually everything from Lost Abbey overwhelms the senses all at once, however this was just getting warmed up as I would come to realize. A rich deep yeast presence was soon to overwhelm me. Lots of hints of light fruit coming through now, rich banana and peach smells, some light lemon and grapefruit now starting to show off the hops that no doubt lie inside. Some light grains really beginning to flex their muscles now as well. This was getting a little more interesting, just needed to warm up a tad I guess. Hints of some funk now showing up, is it Brett? Maybe, but too light to really tell for sure though... Very interesting aroma for a Saison and stretching the boundaries for sure.

Taste - The flavor followed suit perfectly, really being such a light and vibrant ale, I really did not know what to think of it at first. A wonderful mix her of a light Saison and fruity flavors that is almost impossible to describe, but let me give it a try. Started out with a nice light grain base that opened the door to everything that followed. Big grapefruit plunge came shooting up the alley at you; oh, this was dry hopped alright. Very nice bitter fresh hop flavor coming through now really starting to put through the press on this one. Its starts to wane only to let some of the light yeast fruit flavors move forward. Some hints at Banana now here, peaches, apples, a light smattering of fig, everything blending perfectly, seamlessly into each other. Now here comes the spice, nice tones or coriander and nutmeg, some peppery notes now just swirling about, never anything dominating anything else, but rather all working together to just create a wonderful light palate that was pleasing in every conceivable way. Starting to finish now the flavor is dragging along, really pulling the moisture from you until wait, is it our fried Brett, maybe, perhaps. Nevertheless, definitely some funky little notes here just were dropping in everywhere. Nice hints of sour now really starting to work there way around and give it a full on explosion of flavor, wow, incredibly light yet complex, another work of art here.

Mouthfeel - Much lighter here then I thought it would be. It was extremely well carbonated and had a very light texture and body to it. Strong clean finish and infinitely complex, classic for the style, if this actually fits into a style.

Drinkability - Cannot get better then this as far as a sessionable Saison. I mean c'mon, it is downright gorgeous. An obscenely low ABV of around 6% couple with huge bright flavors and stunning carbonation make for a beer that really could be drank anywhere at anytime, it was just that good. I was in love with this.

Overall, this was another knockout from Tomme and crew. I have said it before; there are two breweries that are just consistently outstanding for me, Lost Abbey and Pisgah. Lost Abbey though is a whole new level and this just reinforces it. If you can get this, you must it is insanely good and well deserving of any hype.

02-24-2008 01:36:24 | More by mikesgroove
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-16-2012 14:44:33 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +1%

08-18-2012 18:37:36 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.2%

11-15-2011 04:11:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

11-27-2011 17:49:27 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

10-26-2013 06:15:29 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%

A: two fInger white frothy head on a murky pale golden body.

S: A little musty with nice yeasty character with lemon custard, clove and herbal notes.

T: flavor is a touch flat up front with a strong herbal and yeasty finish. some fruitiness from lemon presence.

M: light body and high carbonation. Crisp and sharp with a moister finish than is typical of a saison.

Overall; I wasn't impressed by this one. Saisons are similar across brewers and this one doesn't stand out really.

05-19-2012 03:40:34 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a small, white head.

Smell: Light maltiness with a nice range of juicy citrus fruit notes. A dash of white pepper, a few flower petals, and then it's even more tropical fruits.

Taste: Pale malts with a sugar zip to it. Abounds with fruit flavors, grapefruit, yellow apples, and sour lemons. Citrusy, floral hoppiness with fine amount of bitterness present. Hint of spicy yeast near the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Refreshing and quite tasty. A real mouth-pleaser!

03-30-2008 01:29:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%

Pours out as a typical looking Saison brew. The beer is yellow and kind of cloudy looking. The smell is a little earthy but not too much, had some nice fresh hops aromas in there as well. The taste didn't give off much of a farmhouse taste but it did have a good floral quality to it. The mouthfeel overall was pretty good. I enjoyed this beer the carbonation was pretty good despite some of the issues lost abbey was having. This brew is worthy of trying I think.

06-03-2011 06:11:36 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

Served in a glass mug.

Props to my brother for finding this bottle intriguing enough to give it a try! It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a minor finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange zest, coriander, wheat, grass, and black pepper. The taste holds notes of coriander, black pepper, grass, light lemon zest, a touch of tart mandarin oranges, and a hint of dry blanket. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a nice bit o' saison, one of the more low-key and drinkable versions I've had in a little while. Good times from my bro.

02-04-2011 21:56:53 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-14-2011 18:04:26 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1%

A - Poured out a cloudy, straw yellow color with a large, white, bubbly head of foam. It left some sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of barnyard funk and sour fruits. A touch of caramel aroma, too.

T - It tasted like a good farmhouse ale - funky, phenolic and spiced. Just enough sweet caramel malt to combat the barnyard taste.

M - It was crisp, sharp and extremely dry. A medium bodied ale that drinks fairly easy despite all the nuances in flavor.

D - Lost Abbey does it again. Another really, really good brew.

05-29-2010 02:52:00 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

04-08-2013 21:16:37 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1%

11-15-2011 02:11:12 | More by JAHMUR
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Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 639 ratings.