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Carnevale - The Lost Abbey

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very good

644 Ratings
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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 43
Gots: 61 | 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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Photo of impending
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy light orange with towering dense cream colored head, excellent lacing.

Expressive saison aroma, deep complexity, superb. Interestingly, the initial several deep inhalations revealed significant hints of burnt bakelite to my dismay but now minutes later it is gone - this repeats with the second pour.

Nice flavor. Yeasty, bready and spicy. Hops are the strongest definition. Bitter exceeds the dry. Fading aftertaste is of mildly bittering hops. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel, shy of cloying.

This would benefit from a big kick of dry.

impending, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of notyourdadsbeer
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml into red wine glass at home.

A: Pours a hazy gold with great lacing. Head recedes quickly into a nice soft foam over beer.

S: Belgian yeast, touch of Brett, pears and apples. A little spicy floral hops on the back but funk dominates.

T: Big fruity esters, gentle spice, touch of that Saison funk, and dry bitter on finish.

M: Medium bodied but might seem a little larger because of the dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

D: Really easy drinking for a nice hot day. Saison’s are porch beers: Sip and enjoy the day pass by.

notyourdadsbeer, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of aerozeppl
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super bright hazy orange color with some golden highlights. A finger of white head with excellent head retention and lacing.

S: The first thing I got with just a faint hint of bret. Nothing too crazy. Lots of overripe pairs with an apple or two thrown in. The spiciness was there but was not overwhelming. The hops were there and worked with the saison quite well but the yeast really stole the show.

T: Everything you want in a saison. Bright fruity esters. A gentle spiciness. Just a touch of funkiness all held together with the dry hopping. I though it had a really nice balance to it.

M: Probably the only area that needs improvement. I would have liked it a touch drier and the carbonation up just a notch.

O: It was 65 degrees out and we were putting together our new BBQ and this really hit the spot. An exceptional example of the style.

aerozeppl, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant dry light golden ale.

Attractive in the glass with nice fine-grained foam, which is very long lasting. The right straw-lemon color for a Saison. Light in body but very pleasing bursting bubbles on the tongue. a little citrus on the nose. Rather acidic with malt in the background. Hops are more forward. Long bitterish aftertaste. Belgian flavors and yeasty zest are fairly robust.

A nice beery Saison and quite drinkable. A little harsh in the back of the mouth. Worth a try. Personally I like a little more mellowness to go with the tart.

mactrail, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of drtth
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed golden apricot color with a ¾" off-white head that recedes visibly to leave patches and streaks of lacing on the side of the glass. Sipping creates some nice patterns of lacing. Before long the head has become a small ring of foam around the glass with a thin irregular patch on the surface of the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and filled with the scents of Belgian yeast. It is pleasantly spicy and fruity with some pears and citrus zest. Lurking in the background there seems to be a trace of mustiness and a bit of clove and possibly white pepper.

Taste: The flavors are complex in that they begin with some lightly sweet bready character that gives way to some herbal dry bitterness. The sweetness is a bit like honey with some floral, citrus character. The dry herbal bitterness replaces the sweetness but remains subdued throughout and so doesn't overbalance the beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied and nicely smooth with adequate but lightly prickly carbonation. The finish is the great strength and surprise of this beer. Except for any advance information there is, at first, little to warn that this beer is made with American rather than noble hops.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a wonderfully drinkable beer with each sip leading easily to the next. I'll be happy to see this beer again and I'm already trying to figure out where to get a case. My overall impression is of a well-made saison-like beer that is an imaginative combination of a Belgian style made with some uniquely American ingredients (the hops) that just works.

drtth, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at khyber pass in philly

Pours a clouded golden orange with a two finger high frothy white head. A decent film of retention lasts throughout the beer, while leaving collars of lacing on the glass.

A nice plethora of fruit in the nose with banana, pear, and citrus. Assorted spice and clove with some soft Belgian funk.

Spicy hop profile with floral notes up front. A decent dash of fruit throughout with pear, banana, and orange. Slight funk with Belgian yeast and underlying spice. Finishes with fruit sweetness and a hint of fruit dryness.

Medium body, higher carbonation, slightly creamy and smooth. Super drinkable, refreshing, and pleasant from top to bottom.

xnicknj, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Rayek
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy peach with light carbonation. A rocky and soapy eggshell head slowly settles to a rocky blanket of foam that sticks the whole way down the glass. Leaves substantial lace.

S: Slightly musty and funky. Lemon and sourdough are the big themes. Straw and fresh cut hay finish.

T: Starts out with a hay-like malts. Bitterness is spicy, sharp and slightly metallic. Sourdough bread flavors come on late and linger through the finish. As the beer warms, the funkiness increases.

M: The medium body is slightly grainy and has a nice level of prickly carbonation.

D: This is a nice beer that has just enough funkiness. A nice a pickup.

Rayek, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

2008 vintage. Pours a clear yet slightly hazy golden pear color with a one finger foamy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots ofnlacing left behind.

Slightly funky, earthy aroma with zesty spice and crisp light frui. Hints if coriander andnoepler as well as some apple and pear in the nose.

Medium body with a crisp spicy presence up front with sme slight earthy tarntness and sweet light fruit. Slightly creamy mid palate with faint bitterness balanced out by the sweeter light fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear and grape as well as a pale malt character. Well balanced and easy to drink with a well masked ABV. Refreshing with a slight dry finish.

corby112, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 24(?)oz. It pours a nice hazy peach with a dismal head and not much lace. Not bad looking, but certainly not a beautiful Saison. The smell bumps it up a notch for sure. We have the pale, bready malts, some pear, some sour, stinky funk and a buttload of earthy hops. It's just a little light, it took me a bit to sniff this one out. The taste follows the mouth but with a very distict french bread and dried pear taste. Super easy going down with a perfect dry finish. I LOVE saisons, this one hit the mark on almost all notes (except the price, pretty high for not being imported). This was my second brew from Lost Abbey (the first being a 2009 Judgement Day) and I'm pretty goddamned impressed so far.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TMoney2591, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of JeffBob
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy dark yellow kinda brownish 1/4" of foam
Smell: Floral Citrus and slightly yeasty
Taste: Sweet citrus first then like a bittery funkey fruity slight hop goodness
Mouth Feel: Its light and perfectly carbonated
Drinkability: defendantly a lovely beer to drink would have been great if I aged it to cool off on a hot summer night.

JeffBob, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep golden body, 2 finger up and down head, occasional lacing

S: citrus, bread, hint of fruit.

T: slight sweet fruit up front, but slight bitter finish.

M: med/light body. average carbonation.

D: Decent Saison, but I have had better, this is my 1st Lost Abbey and a tad disappointed. I will definitely try a few more different styles from them before I pass judgement on the brewery. Could down a few of these with ease. Try this, but you don't need to seek it out.

BeerLover99, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of bensiff
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A gentle pop of the cork from a 750 into the Watou chalice it went. A bright hay color with a slight and quickly dissipating head that was not too surprising given the lack pressure behind the cork. Ah, how often do I get a Lost Abbey that lacks in the carbonation department, a quality control problem I suffer because when it turns out right, they are great. Back to the review. The nose is of a sweet malt character with an orange citrus. I suspect the lack of CO2 allows the malt character to dominate the nose and muddles the lemon citrus character others describe into a sweeter citrus, the orange I'm detecting. In the background is the funk...ah the funk. Open the mouth and down the gullet taking time to dance on the tongue. A tang hits under the tongue, almost a carbonic bite, but not. Dominating is brett's funk intermixed with hoppy citrus notes, and a slightly harsh hop bitterness that lingers obnoxiously. Its good, but I have to say it lacks complexity. Even for its faults it is an easy drinker, no problem finishing the 750 and feeling better for it.

bensiff, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a murky pineapple golden yellow with pale yellow highlights that had a thin frothy head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some applesauce notes pop out first on the aroma with bretty funk character, various grains, mild spice, corinader, and citrusy notes.

T: the applesauce and coriander flavors were more apparent on the palate with citrusy, spice, and bretty funk accents but a touch of various grains.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a pleseant amount of carbonation which had a brett funky, spice, mild fruity, and tingly finish.

D: the brew is a solid saison which is good on tap as well and drinks fairly good. Definitely a beer to enjoy on a hot summer day poolside.

Gobzilla, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Chaney
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle courtesy of a friend who makes the trek to Philly every other week or so to take private music lessons and ... of course .... to buy beer!

A: Poured a crisp, slightly hazy (but not too) golden color with about a 1-2 finger head that quickly dissipated.

S: Mild sourness, lemon, yeast, and ever the slightest hint of pear. This was pretty funky!

T: Many of the same things I found on the nose, but not as good IMO. Once thing that hurt this was the mildly bitter, even sandpaper-like aftertaste. I really started to notice this after a few sips.

M: Not bad, but I wish it were a bit bubblier. Once again, the after-bite by the bitterness on the finish was very cloying.

D: This was a pretty easy drinker and the ABV was virtually undetectable, but I've had much better LA brews. Still, it was worth the $7.50.

Chaney, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bomber poured into a Balloon.

I have a pretty well-known dislike for Lost Abbey beers (outside of the $16 for a 375 ones ...) but many people that I respect very much enjoy many of their beers. This was their first 750mL non-super-limited release that I have enjoyed.

L: It looks like hay, literally. Hazy golden wonderfulness with ample soapy and inviting head.

S: Light and playful wheat nose with an ample amount of astringent alcohol smell in the back. This smell is somewhow very inviting. Decent amount of funk in a big yet understated middle.

T: Light, fresh and cold. All what with floral citrus up front. Pollen and fat what in the middle, fading into a lingering grain-fed sweetness.

F: Effervescent and light. Not sure how this feels cold at room temperature ... crisp.

D: Best non-375 I've had from the Sinners and Saints ...

codewarrior, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Checked this out at the SDIBF, like most of the LA releases, glad I had this at a fest rather than dropping a hefty fee. Pours gold, very hazy, great lace retention. Aroma was complex, funky, yeasty and clove-ish.

Taste, the same descriptors as the aroma, a little offputting some of them, would have paired this down a little, tastes like a bunch of flowers and musty.

Reminded me of a hefeweizen with a bunch of hibiscus flowers in it, with some wet dog to round it out.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of craytonic
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one has improved since the last time I sampled it.

Appearance: Nice golden sunlit pour with some touches of amber; smallish head, no real lacing.

Smell: Very ripe. Lots of golden fruits like pears and apples, also a nice spiceness to it. Slightly floral.

Taste: Light lemon with an enormous amount of fruits. Candied pears and peaches with some fresh picked winesap apples and honey. A bit reminiscent of a fruity tripel.

Mouthfeel: Not perfect for the style; a bit too carbonated and not quite creamy enough. Good though.

Drinkability: Easy drinking Saison. Not much else to say; gulpable even.

craytonic, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a spicy yeasty nose with some fruit and funk to it

T - Like the nose spicy yeast with some fruity hops with a slightly funky finish

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - This is a good enjoyable Saison it tastes good and its easy to drink I could drink a few of these in a sitting worth getting to try sometime

armock, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of NCSUdo
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

A: Nice pale golden body under a small white head. No lace, little retention.

S: Very nice aroma of malt, earthy yeast, hint of tartness, bit of hay, some apple. Good balance.

T: Sweet up front, earthy yeast and some tartness in the middle, fair amount of bitterness in the finish, little bit of funkiness.

M/D: Light to medium body, carbonation is relatively low. Probably could use a little more carbonation and little less body. Drinkability is good. Overall a solid beer.

NCSUdo, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and cork much like all of the Lost Abbey ales, this is a saison with American hops. Pours a clouded orange golden hue with a bright white head forming thick fine bubbled. No pop when I decorked it but no carbonation issues to speak of. Aromatics spicy peppery notes, herbal citrus qualities as well. A touch of phenolic plastic, hint of band aid. More so tropical fruits like mango and pineapple standout than the off tones. Especially in the flavor the tropical fruits are juicy pineapple and ripened mango with nice cereal malt sweetness. Hints of rounded herbaceous, citric hop character. Sometimes American hops and Belgian yeast strains clash, that's not the case here. Back ground has hints of spicy yeast tones with a black peper kick. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is effervescent, dry finish nice hoppy saison. Drinkability overall is solid a beer I would like to have access to, I hear local Pittsburgh shops are going to start carrying some Philly brews, namingly House of 1000 Beers.

WVbeergeek, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle pours a hazed gold color with a large cap of collapsible white head. Retention is good, sticks to the glass well and forms a small mesa in the middle.

Horse blanket and grassy hops on the nose with a nice, zesty farmhouse yeast. Smells good. Grainy malts make an appearance and sticks to a pretty classical saison aroma.

Honey drizzled grains with a nice farmhouse character that many American brewers struggle to impart in their saisons. Hops are there in enough quantity to put a west coast stamp of approval on it, although Tank 7 has this beat by a wide margin in the lupulin category. Mouthfeel is perhaps the beers best quality, rich and creamy with perfect carbonation. Light melon fruitiness comes out as it warms. I am still not sure if any brettanomyces are present...the nose says yes and the taste says no. Good beer nonetheless.

twiggamortis420, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL corked and caged bottle served cool into a etched-bottom globe.

The cork releases with barely a 'pop' but a good pour releases a thick white head. The beer is an unremarkable crystal clear pale yellow. Good retention and lingering lace from the foam.

Aroma is really nice and, like the label suggests, has both saison and american IPA characteristics. A little funk and a little grapefruit.

Flavor is much the same but quite a bit more complex. At first it tastes like one of those candied citrus IPAs with very little bitterness but then it changes dramatically to reveal a sharp peppery Belgian yeast and a strong bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and well-carbonated. Maybe a little too bubbly but it's still in keeping with the style.

Overall a tasty beer that could be categorized as a Belgian/American IPA - Saison. Now that's a nice hybrid.

GilGarp, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 750ml bottle.
From notes. Tasted on Sept 7, 2010.

A - Pours a gorgeous bright golden straw yellow with some great orange hues. The head is nice and dense and sticky and towers at over 1.5 inches. The beer in terms of looks is amazing.

S - Nice peppery and very spicy hints. Wow the spices are very intense and delicious. Nice malty bread hints as well as good yeast aromas. Slight clove and orange hints.

T & M - Starts off nice and funky with some great spice and nice musty barn house flavors. Some husk and grains are very much present throughout the middle. There is some good sweet clove and nice sweet honey suckle notes and some good orange. Very clean flavors. Some nice fruity sweetness and a good dry slight bitter finish rounds out this good example of the style.

D - Crisp well carbonated and refreshing. Very delicious and good ABV.

JoEBoBpr, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served up a summery yellow with some haze to it. The head is a creamy, slightly fluffy dollop of white foam that has decent staying power and leaves nice lace.

The aroma has a pretty decent funk factor to it and nice citrusy hop character. It carries the sweetness of pale malt as well as some grassy notes that you might expect to blow off of a field in a farm. Not quite as much spice as some saisons, but white pepper and a hint of clove are most definitely present.

The flavor has a nice amount of bready sweetness that blends with lemongrass, orange, grain and spice to create a very pleasant presentation. Much less funky than the aroma, there is still a hint of cellar in the background. This is a very fruity saison with pear and peach creeping in as well as the earlier mentioned citrus. It is very tasty, but I find myself wishing it had a bit more depth.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, and it is well carbonated with lively bubbles and a nice finish. The finish leaves lingering flavors of lemon and white pepper on my tongue.

Very drinkable. This is a quality saison, and I enjoy the slight diversions from the usual style. It is not quite up to par with the big players in this style, but it is an enjoyable beer I will seek out again.

zoso1967, Sep 08, 2010
Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.