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Carnevale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 628
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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Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kaiser81 for sending me this bottle.

This is the 2009 vintage which was brewed using Brettanomyces. The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is brett with some citrus. I also get some tartness. The flavor is a nice mix of citrus, spices, Belgian yeast and some brett characteristics. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 04:05:21 | More by Mora2000
Photo of jdense


3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Le Trappe SFO 25 cl $6.00.

Light golden body, some visible carbonation, 1/2 finger white head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Nose is fairly dry with some fruitiness and spice, floral hops. Taste is fruity, orange peel, some pepper, not too much in hops, subsumed by fruitiness, though I do note some floral hops. Mouthfeel is quite dry, high attenuated finish, pretty sweet but not too cloying. In terms of drinkability I prefer Red Barn to this sweeter Saison and the hops were very muted, defeating the purpose of the dry-hopping. Actually, I prefer Upright Seven to both, but that's another story for a sunny Beervana day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2010 15:07:39 | More by jdense
Photo of Bierguy5


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml, 6.5% abv. 2009 edition. Pours a cloudy golden color. Nice white fluffy head that holds for a long time, and leaves some patches of lace. A few streaming bubbles.

Slightly herbal and earthy, with coriander seeming to be the main spice. Just a suggestion of ripe fruit.

A bit of sweetness and tartness up front. A bit of a soft peach flavor. A nice amount of bitterness that is not out of place. Slightly spicy, but a bit fruity as well.

Medium body. A bit more carbonation would liven this up a bit. Alcohol well hidden. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 22:36:26 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of Zorro


3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazy golden colored beer with a tall white head.

Smells spicy and herbal coriander and caramel with herbs and a little bit of carrot. Not so complex, coriander is quite strong.

Starts out dry and herbal, the coriander bat really beats your tongue. Might be a slight amount of vinegar. Not a whole lot of complexity here, just a basic Saison.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer that honestly isn't as good as Hennepin. I find myself thinking OK I drank it, give me a Duvel or Hennepin now.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 03:57:15 | More by Zorro
Photo of zeff80


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 02:52:00 | More by zeff80
Photo of spoons


3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fathers Office.

Pours a Pale mild orange color. Seems to have a pretty weak head here. A fair ammount of lacing following.

Smells acidic in a wheaty way. Some spices coming from the yeast as well. Not a bad armoma just not a great one.

Tastes a little sour/acidic. Not that great. Gets a little sweeter and spicer after the first couple sips.

This is a decent beer but its definitely not my favorite and probably wont order it again

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2010 15:41:15 | More by spoons
Photo of pastradul


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold, with a thick bright white head. Lives some lacing but not a lot.

I a mild bready yeast smell to it, but nothing over powering with a balancing dark fruit aroma.

The mouth feel is tingly from the high carb...but his is very pleasant. helps break up the sweetness of the fruit a bit.

finishes on the dryer smooth side.

A great beer to start to session of with. All the flavors are so subtle, gets the palat primed for something a bit heavier!

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 18:24:24 | More by pastradul
Photo of BretSikkink


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, white head is served tall but recedes and leaves naught but some bubbles. Nose is shy to me, but includes some fruitiness and subtle spices.

To me, it falls on the fence between a saison and a biere de garde: solid carbonation, but the mouthfeel isn't quite "there" - meaning, I guess, in Flanders. Lots of fruit, with pears and pepper coexisting in a strange field with lemongrass and hay. Right on the money, but in a crowded field it doesn't stand out.

Bottom line: get it on tap if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 04:41:28 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of ShadesOfGray


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Delirium Tremens snifter/tulip glass. Pours a pale golden color...fills the glass shiny as the sun gold/hazy...with a nice size creamy white head. Head has decent retention...finally settles in a thin creamy ring around the outside. Lacing is fizzy and quick sliding.

Aroma resembles a great typical saison. Crisp, citrus, funky...a little spicy. Mouth watering!

Flavor is solid for its style. Has the typical light fruit, grass-earth tones, a little funk, a small amount of spices. Booze isn't even detectable. Crisp and light mouthfeel, light body, high carbonation...which is nice to see from Lost Abbey! With that said, their still one of my favorite breweries. Carnevale is an easy drinker...I am easily going to finish this whole 750ml myself.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 01:12:53 | More by ShadesOfGray
Photo of nickd717


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a review of the 2009 version, which was "spiked with brett." I had previously enjoyed the 2008 quite a bit. 750ml bottle from K&L Redwood City. I had heard some questionable things about this beer, but I thought it was great!

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head.

Aroma is rather funky and bretty. Some sweet malt and floral hop notes come through as well.

Flavor is mainly slightly sweet pale malt and bretty funk. You get some of the normal Belgian yeast in there as well, which lends a nice green apple quality. Some pepperiness, but not as much so as in the 2008.

Somewhat dry and crisp on the palate with medium body and fairly lively carbonation.

A very nice beer overall. I had no problem taking down the whole 750 and enjoyed every sip.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 05:59:23 | More by nickd717
Photo of tigg924


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, orange-yellow in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: pepper, orange, hay, and lemon

Taste: pepper, orange, hay, coriander, and lemon

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, dry, sweet start with a more bitter sour finish

Drinkability:A nice and dry, flavorful saison that is good not great for the style. I do like the flavor combinations. I would get this again, but there are other Lost Abbey beers I would get sooner.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 15:24:37 | More by tigg924
Photo of wethorseblanket


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mirky, cloudy orangish-yellow haze with a decent fluffy white head. Yeasty nose with spicy notes like clove and allspice. Some citrus oil scents also seem very inviting. Biscuit bite is up front with a dry and slightly tart finish. A bit of fruitiness and some Brett funk in there too. Refreshing and pleasant. Lacing clings well. Wishing there was more funk. Overall a good one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2010 03:25:59 | More by wethorseblanket
Photo of TommyW


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, gold body with a very thin, white head.

S- Lots going on. Fruits like apple and pear, straw and some funky elements as well.

T- Just of touch of malty sweetness with some deeper fruit elements of apple, grape and pear. There's a slight sourness that is quite pleasant. Some funky notes and a touch of floral hops; fairly dry and crisp overall.

M- Clean and crisp with a pretty easy carbonation.

D- An easy drinking saison for sure, but also a very unique one, different from most i've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 00:07:21 | More by TommyW
Photo of emmasdad


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Pours a dark, hazy yellow color, with a fairly good sized white head. This one has a good funky nose, with lemon, hay and other dried grasses. On the palate I get a well carbonated beer, with barnyard funk, citrus, dark spices and sweet malt. Another solid effort from the Lost Abbey.

After trying this one the other night, the brett is really doing wonderful things. This one, already good, is getting better.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 02:22:50 | More by emmasdad
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2009. yum. this beer turns my gears for sure. burnt gold with a slight haze and a nice, white head that shrinks but never disappears and leaves splotchy lace as the beer is drained. not really sure how it could look much better, but i'm not in to 5's. a lot going on in the nose although it seems to all be harmonizing nicely. the first things that come to mind are lemon, grape, apple and pastry. almost like a really good, proper apple pie that is laced with lemon. some pear and horse blanket as well as musty cellar and grass. just like the nose suggests, the taste is very well balanced. all the tastes are defined yet blended very well and the acid levels are just right to produce a lingering finish that is extremely pleasant. really good job balancing bitter and sour. hops come out in the middle and then gently dance with the sour funk in the end. earthy stuff comes out more as it warms up. soft. medium body on the light side of medium. impressive. tomme arthur deserves every bit of hype he gets. i need more!!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 20:24:25 | More by timtim
Photo of SDHoffers


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yet murky with an intense earthiness in the nose. You get a little of that pungent hay barn smell that some saisons present. Taste is pleasant and not overwhelming. I like that this beer laces nicely and a little more than other saisons. I think the drinkability of this particular beer is where it wins in my book. Very nice. No real bite in the back of the throat and great on a warm day.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 02:43:39 | More by SDHoffers
Photo of billab914


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. poured a hazy pale straw color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has floral and fruity notes with some citrus, bready sweetness, sour apple, yeast and a little bit of funk to it. The aroma has a nice smooth, refreshing and complex smell to it.

The taste has a good amount of fruity citrus to it with a smooth dry sweetness in the finish. The sweetness is nicely balanced out by the tartness and moderate bitterness. It has a light sour funk to it, just enough to make it noticeable.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very good tasting, easy drinking and refreshing beer. Very good all around beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 23:48:32 | More by billab914
Photo of WOTO97


3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: cloudy lemonade with slight pale orange, initial pour gave thin soapy head with thin and nominal web-like lacing

S: nice floral yeast character, faint rose petals, soft citrus-lemon crispness, as it warms some interesting funk (slight vinegar) becomes present

T: light lemon zest, soft white pepper on finish, faint doughy malt in background, grass and wildflowers, some straw, interesting mild hop bite, barnyard character becomes much more prevalent as it comes closer to room temp

M: light chalkiness with creamy finish, bright carbonation feel on front that leads to sticky throat feel, still finishes relatively dry

D: the Brett doesn't really hit the palate until the finish and leaves a prominant lingering flavor that balances against some nice hop bitterness; pretty interesting slightly against-style effort that works pretty well; likely a one-and-done

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 01:57:03 | More by WOTO97
Photo of jsapunor


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange/yellow color into a tulip glass. The head is dense and white which dissipates slowly leaving a good amount of lacing.

Fruits dominate the aroma but there is a definite hop presence that I was expecting only because the label told me to look for it. A nice spicy aroma.

Tangerine, orange, liveley spices and a hop presence in the flavor. This is a dry, lively package. A "well mannered" saison if you will. It doesn't blast you with the horseblanket barnyard sensation but delights with an extremely smooth blend of flavors. The crisp clean dryness is very refreshing.

A medium alcohol level, good carbonation and a body on the lighter side with just enough tartness to make it interesting.

This is an extremely easy to drink saison that was much better and more interesting than I anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 17:45:53 | More by jsapunor
Photo of sweemzander


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date, just has 2009 on the label.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden straw yellow color that produced a good foamy white head that simmered down to a light layer after a minute or so. It coated the sides of the glass as it dissipated.

(S)- Lemon grass & wheat-like hay with a good bit of yeast & clay. A barnyard horseblanket/dew-wet grass thing going on. Almost biscuit-like.

(T)- Very dry, yet surprisingly fruity with plenty of lemon & a tiny hint at bananas. Bitter & almost piney from an obvious generous hop addition. Slightly grassy behind the hops. Finishes dry too with bits of wheat & pine.

(M)- A great carbonation level for the style; bubbly but not quite at a fizzy level. The fruits balance well with the dry bittering hops, particularly that hint of creamy banana really meshes well with the rest of the beer.

(D)- A solid saison made even more dynamic with a more pronounced hop addition than what is usually found in the style. Not as 'funky' as what you would typically consider in this style, but why follow what others do? I am enjoying this one thoroughly.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 22:23:43 | More by sweemzander
Photo of nectar14


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 2009 750 mL:

A- Clear at the top of the bottle, cloudy near the bottom. Rocky white head and good lacing down the glass.

S- Banana and grains. Later, with more yeast, some cloves.

T- Slight citrus, flowers, grain, and tropical fruits. Not aggressive, quite nice. In the same ballpark as a good hefeweizen, but more rustic.

M- Medium in body but not sticky or sweet. Gentle carbonation.

D- Really drinkable. I put back a 750 mL fairly quick... to my surprise. Disappears fast.

Really enjoyed this. I guess I don't have enough experience to say this was a classic Saison, but it meets the criteria of being fairly dry, refreshing, and somewhat rustic. Nice all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 05:53:04 | More by nectar14
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured froma 220z. bottle into a over sized wine glass.

The color is a clear gold with about two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is pretty funky. Some green bean or vegtable flavor in the nose. It has a yeast flavor that mixes with some slight fruit flavor as it sits and breaths.

The taste is sweet at first with a smooth with some nice dry fruit flavor. I have a white grape flavor that is followed by a slight green apple flavor. There is a slight rasin flavor as well at the end.

The feel is a pretty easy drinking feel to this beer and is slightly acidy but very pleasing. The first Lost Abbey beer I have had and I am very happy with this experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 04:55:44 | More by Duhast500
Photo of champ103


4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color. A one finger bubble white head forms, and recedes in a few minutes. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Up front is a good dose of funky barnyard and yeast. Sweet malt and some light fruity esters of apples, pears, and lemon. Grassy and floral hops. There are lots of complexities in the nose. Really inviting.
T: Does not disappoint. Funky barnyard and yeast again. Lots of fruity ester sweetness. Ripe apples are dominate. Lighter lemon flavors are present. There is a very light bitterness that makes for a great balance. Grassy and floral hops. Really well balanced.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very creamy and smooth though. Dry and crisp. So smooth and easy to drink. I am having no problem finishing the bomber.

This is a great Saison. Lots of subtle complexities. There are a ton of hops, but they are never overpowered by the funky yeast and sweet fruity esters. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 05:59:24 | More by champ103
Photo of maximum12


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

Well, this proves it. I need to drink more or collect less beer from the four corners of the Earth. I'm not certain, but I believe I bought this in April of 2008 in Seattle & shipped it home to myself. Did this 6.5% beer hold up to almost two years of unintentional aging?

Pours well, crystal-clear yellow with evident carbonation in my Otter Creek pint glass. Smells like yeast & green apples, just a touch of gritty west-coast earth thrown in for good measure.

Carnevale is tame & quiet for a saison. Due to the "aging" or not, there is barely any hint of funk in the taste. First impression is of sweet, sweet fruit salad with a little Belgian candied sugar sprinkled on top to ruin the health factor. Significant amount of spicy kick as the beer runs its course into my abs of steel, & only the faint aftertaste of saison yeast & rot.

I'm not always feeling compelled to talk about mouthfeel - it's generally wet, and good - but this brew is smooth, slick, welcoming, light, & airy. For all that I'm not sure I could put away a whole bomber; a half will do me just fine, thank you very much.

Very good beer. One of the better saisons I've had, & certainly the best I've had for the first time in quite a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 02:11:34 | More by maximum12
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has been hiding in the back of psycohops fridge for more than six months. Thanks for sharing this one with me Bob! A corked 750ml bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for $9 - 2009 vintage on the label. Uncorked and poured into a pair of shaker glasses. The ale appears a hazed apricot color with a good two fingers of creamy light rust colored foam. Nose and flavors consist of musty, funky brett-like notes, albeit somewhat mild, (good in this case), lemon, apples, pear, spicy yeast, citrus-y. At least a notch better than medium bodied for the style with ample carbonation as well. Very nice! Thanks again Bob!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 05:20:56 | More by ClockworkOrange
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