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Carnevale | The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in celebration of Lent and Easter season, Carnevale is light bodied Saison, using Brettanomyces along with Amarillo and Simcoe hops to generate flavor and depth. Carnevale’s complexity grows with time. The citrus notes tend to wane and the wild yeast rears its wonderfully tasting head.

2008 (first release) did not have brettanomyces.

Added by seaoflament on 02-12-2008

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Photo of axeman9182
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from Amanti Vino's "Beer of the Month" club. It's marked "vintage 2012" and was allowed to warm some before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Carnevale pours a crystal clear golden yellow. The monstrous pile of foam atop the beer maxes out at about four fingers in height. Head retention and lacing are both very good, but neither are quite on par with the very best of the style The nose has lots of earthy brett funk, but with a light peppery aroma present as well. The flavor profile follows a similar layout, with the brett profile having a prominent, wet hay, barnyard essence to it. The pepper-like phenols are muted and in the background, but definitely present. The label advertises American hops, but outside of a gentle bitterness I don't find evidence of any. The body is nice and dry, and the carbonation has plenty of life to it, spot on mouthfeel for a saison. I really enjoyed this relatively fresh bottle o Carnevale, and I'd be curious to see what it's like with a little bit more age on it.

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Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

figured I would try a lost abbey brew for true blood tonight

A- very hazy orange with loads of fluffy white foam tackling the glass. Very hazy and vibrant with the orange colors

S- yeast and clove with some mango in the scent. A good amount of barnyard funk really all over the glass

T- very good blend of spices, clove, and citrus flavors that balance and complement eachother very well. The flavor is very hearty and that makes for a fuller saison, versus a thinner one

M- carbonation is tackling and very good

O- as this is my first lost abbey brew, I am very satifsfied. Too often do saison attempts have only thin yeasty qualities. Carnevale makes for a thicker, fuller version. Enjoyable.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed on 6/30, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up in boston a while ago. enjoyed from my lost abbey teku.
2009 vintage

a - brew opened with a pop and poured a transparent yellow with some subtle visible carbonation and a finger plus of bubbly head that zipped away leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface. some streaky bubbly lacing on the side of the glass.

s - some nice sweet grassiness. little bubblegum and little clove.

t - really nice and subtle saison. a bit more funky than i'm used to, but there is good clove and weak bubblegum flavors. some zingy fruitiness as well.

m - tingly with nice bite. medium to light bodied.

o - overall a really nice saison that has held up well over the past few years and is rather refreshing in the warmer months. definitely has some funk to it too which is a nice change.


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Photo of KDawg
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a hazy yellow color with a nice and foamy head.

Nice and spicy aromas. Good depth with a touch of brett and aromas of citrus, spices, and oranges.

Silky medium body. Lacking a slight bit on the mid, but very smooth and tasty. Balanced with good flavors of spices, citrus and some florals with a touch of oranges.

This is a real nice saison. Has the good feel with it along with having a slight bit of bretty touch to it on the back end.

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, vintage 2012 bottle. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a very nice fluffy 3 finger white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, apple, pear, orange zest, herbal, floral, pepper, wheat, grass, coriander, mustiness, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, pear, pepper, apple, orange zest, grass, herbal, floral, coriander, pineapple, wheat, earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, pear, apple, pineapple, herbal, pepper, coriander, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor complexity and balance of sweetness/peppery flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very nice crisp and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic saison! Huge flavor complexity and balance; and extremely smooth to sip on. I had no idea this had Brett in it when I bought it online, but the outcome was fantastic.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of a hazy wheat yellow, with a lot of white foam and a fair amount of lace on the side of the pint glass. The smell of citrus, hops and alcoholic carbonation filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste had the flavor of carbonated lemons, hops and a bitter/sweet finish on the aftertaste that lingered for quite awhile. The longer you sip this ale the more complex flavors you got on your palate.

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Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a hazy yellow with a huge (3-4 finger) white pillowy head that lasted a little while, receding to a large puddle and collar of residue, which had good spotty lacing.

The aroma was of light grain and cereal malts, herbal hops and a funky Brett yeast with notes of citrus (orange and lemon), and a hint of spice (coriander and clove).

The taste was a little sweet and a tad sour with a hint of citrus at first and then became rather hoppy with a slight bitter lemon peel presence and a mild peppery spice ending. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a hoppy slightly sour peppery taste left to settle on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just beyond light in body with a smooth dry texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall a refreshingly different Saison, with a nice sour spicy taste that had an outstanding blending with the hops...

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Photo of Gatch
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 - only realized until after I bought it...a blessing in disguise.

A: Cloudy, golden-yellow & straw-colored with a white, fizzy head. A bit of lace and head retention.

S: Tart fruit, slight funk, barn. You can tell how this has aged. Everything has mellowed. Old brett is there.

T: Mellowed funk. A bit boozy but malty, funky, slightly fruity. Delicious.

M: Super smooth, tasty, and easy to drink.

O: Haven't had an aged Saison prior to this review but I am already a fan.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.21/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a 12 oz glass
smells of bubble gum lemon, orange, sour wheat, grains touch of floral and herbs. A nice blast of pepper and yeast adds another note of complexity. Finishing up the blend notes ofplum sour grain and somehow chocolate comes into play
Vanilla, orange, lemon, pepper, lavender all with a pinch of pepper and spice.the bitter malt, sweet mix of candi sugar and low hop profile almost create a gruit
I'm left with a nice pepper lingering tingle in the throat. This beer is slightly on the sweet side for me in the saison category but the herbal spice chapter add a nice depth that I really like.
overall not my favorite from lost abbey but having said that, still a stellar brew heads and shoulders above most.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A lemony brass coloring is translucent in nature with a showering uprising of micro-bubbles at a quick pace. The head stands a proud 3+ fingers high with a flour white color that was rocky and porous, leaving large sudsy chunks on the glass for lace. Soapy macro-bubbles are porous along the vessel walls.

S: Musky, funky barnyard scent, sour oranges, lemons, and musky grains.

T: The flavor is funky with a barnyard flair, dry sour oranges, wheat mixes with a spicy tone of musky fruitiness of pear and pineapple and soft apple. Musky pale grains, cherries with some toasted sweetness.

M: bubbly, frothy, with a light body.

O: Overall a nice level of funky sourness that is balanced just right, not to pungent, not to light, but finds that sweet spot drink ability wise while still giving you enough to appreciate per style.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. The color is hazy straw. There is a giant foamy white head that lasts. Excellent retention

The aroma has some nice spicy peppery yeast to go with a touch of honey malt sweetness.

The taste balance malt sweetness in the front with zesty yeast flavor and a touch of grassy hops. The aftertaste has some breadyness.

This is light bodied with lots of carbonation. Very drinkable; very enjoyable.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a slightly cloudy golden straw with a thick white pillowy head with sticky gobs of lace. Real nice head retention.

The aroma has a fruity berry yeast character with hints of floral hops. Hints of spice and pepper in the background with some floral hop notes. Nice amount of funk. Funky flavor profile with some grassy hop notes. Hints of lemon and cracked pepper with berries and a yeasty finish.

The body is light and has somewhat coarse carbonation. Overall a pretty solid offering. Glad to have tried this.

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Photo of Nay
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super saison style bretty, fruity/apple aroma mixed with Brett. Nicely dry, but still a bit big. Amber-toasty malt flavor lingers with sweet/sour funk: not a standard saison, but pretty tasty. Another solid offering from the lost abbey . Z z.. 250 words yet?

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with a slow flow of carbonation bubbles and a dense, chunky, white head with decent retention. Aromas of subtle coriander and nutmeg spicing, with a toasty biscuit backbone. Flavors are smooth, with a subtle honey sweet kick to the toasty backbone, both supporting the spicey overtones. Nutmeg, coriander, and lavender flavors dance on the tongue, and the more you drink the more diverse the flavors get. Smooth bodied with a crisp finish from all the spicy input. The aftertaste is slightly hopped, with some cedar and bitters joining the already complex spice profile. Tasty brew.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of pigc
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours light blonde with three finger pure white foam head.

S - Light fruit, little spice, slight funkiness, bready malt

T - Floral esters up front with a slight hoppy spice coming in next followed clover and then a slightly dry finish.

M - Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Pretty sessionable farmhouse ale. Not my favorite of styles but this was refreshing after a long day.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass
High expectations for this one with it having just revived a gold medal.

A: pours a hazy golden yellow... With a slight orange to it... Massive 4 finger white mountainous head... That disapates nicley and leavs a nice amount of lacing.

S: an interesting aroma... Get strong notes of bannana/bubblegum and clove... A lot of citrus in there as well, along with an earthy barnyard aroma.... Interesting and complex but not particularly pleasing to me.

T: much like the flavor, barnyard funk, mixed with a healthy dose of Belgian yeasty flavors, like bubblegum, clove, and bannana.... Mixed with citrus, apple and pear notes.... I think this brew is just not my style.

M: nice medium body, with lower carbonation for the style... I enjoy the mouth feel and find it on the lush side and very drinkable.

O: I could see this maybe being good if you enjoyed this kinda thing... But it is deffinatly not my style.... To much Belgian yeast for me....

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Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale straw color some haze but for the most part good clarity. Bright white massive sticky white head.

Nice nose of earthy hops, banana, clove, some barnyard and medicinal flavors and underlying citric and grapefruit hops. Smells like a classic Belgian saison with some American influence.

Very brisk and effervescent. Full but smooth body. Lots of yeast bite and spice. Initial sweetness of banana and pear. Rolls into earthy yeast like flavors and clove which round out the sweetness and then finishes with a big yeast bite. Takes a few sips to get used to it.

A complex brew with lots of fruit rind flavor. Enough tart like quality on the back of the tongue to remind you its a saison. Traditional yet innovative. Yeast bite really takes away from the beer though unfortunately ruining its drinkability a bit.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I had this on draught before and gave it a B-, but saisons tend to be best out of the bottle. Acqiored at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, California. Cost was $8.49 plus tax.

Served a little cooler than room temperature. Side-poured with more than standard vigor as carbonation issues are often foreseen with this brewery.

I'm really in the mood for a good saison.

A: Pours a four finger head of soft slight cream, good lacing, nice fluffy thickness, white colour, and great retention for the above average ABV. Colour is a clear light yellow. A predictable looking saison, but a nice one no doubt. The lacing is quite appropriate for the style, with a little residue left about the inside of the goblet. No yeast particles are visible, but I'm pretty early in a large bottle.

Sm: Hints of lemon peel, subtle spices, some light hints of earthiness, cream, clean malts, and very fresh wild yeast. Very light, pleasant, and fresh. It gets me excited to try the beer. As it should be for the style.

T: Light lemon, touches of yeast, pleasant subtle spice, very restrained clean malt (very hard to find), and hints of an underlying earthiness when I really really look for them. It's quite refreshing all around, but it honestly isn't all that complex. Some subtlety is present but not as much as anticipated. No real layering. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Really glides down the tongue. Very delicate and soft. Fresh, light, and thin (in a pleasant way). It has enough presence for the flavours but seeks to maximize drinkability - and succeeds. Some cream in the open adds a nice touch. Slightly undercarbonated.

Dr: Very easy to drink. Refreshing, clean, and enjoyable. I'd have it again at a better price. I don't know that aging did a whole lot for it. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's a nice little saison.


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Photo of PintOHops
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Tulip

A - A pale, straw colored brew that produced a massive 3-4 finger head that looked soapy and airy. Through the haze of the beer I can make out lots of tiny bubbles rapidly making their way to the top. Not much lacing left but a splotch on one side of the glass.

S - The first thing I pick up is soft white vinegar and potent grassy notes. Perhaps the skin of an apricot. I pick up soft clove and banana underneath the initial brightness, that works very well. Soft cracker and grain can be detected, as well as sweet smelling rock sugar. It's very inviting.

T - Upfront I get rock sugar mingling with musty yeast flavors. Tart grape, clove and banana quickly follow. It finishes with a snap of dry/bitter like quality you get from certain champagnes. A bit of alcohol can be picked up especially as it warms.

M - Moderately-highly crisp with a firm medium body.

O - I really enjoyed this brew. It's got such a wonderful balance between tart, bitter and sweet that I loved. It was refreshing and looked and smelled very inviting. I really recommend this brew to people that like the style, and softer, more refreshing tasting brews. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

glass: Tulip

Cloudy and effervescent pale orange-colored body. Generous 3-finger frothy white head. Leaves lots of splashy lacing around the rim.

Bright, delicate aromas of peach, lemon, clove, ripe banana, coriander and fresh cut grass. Body is medium with a bubbly feel in the mouth. Flavors of apricot, banana and lemon blend seamlessly into a delicate yet full-flavored brew. Heat on the back-end with a sharp bitter lemon zest finish.

Refreshing but a bit heavy for a hot summer day. Excellent beer overall.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours like a hefe, cloudy golden, great head.
Cloves, citrus fruits, yeast, with a little caramel sweetness. Clean and refined, yet uninteresting in the saison world in my opinion. Delicious, yet safe, this beverage yields a great light yet fluffy saison feel, but lacks in depth. I'd have a second, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of xraided81
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml 2012 most recent release.
Pours a vibrant cloudy orange color, with a 1 inch persistent foamy white head.
S: Tropical, citrus fruits in the aroma, candied orange peels come to mind. A floral bouquet of aromas, as swirl the tulip glass.
T: american hops, malt, grainy, very dry and refreshing. dont get many spices, which is great, not a big fan of spiced saisons.

M: Medium bodied, beer, is not light in mouth feel as many saisons are.
O: Great saison, im not much of a saison fan, got turned off by the super spicy offerings, but this is mellow, not many spices in this, lost abbey let the yeast and hops bring out the spice in this one, pick this up, if you find it i know i will

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – An orange colored body with a light haze. Upon serving there was a light white head. The head faded fast giving away to a very light amount of lacing.

Smell- The smell is the funky aroma expected with a bit of bitter and astringency, but also has some sweeter lemon citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Lemon, orange, a light pineapple and banana are detected and are mixed with a nice yeasty and malty base.

Taste- The taste follows the nose quite well. It has a citrus taste upfront. It is sweeter at first and sours up a bit as the taste advances on. Toward the end of the taste the presence of the yeast becomes more pronounced and with the souring flavor leaves a rather interesting aftertaste in the mouth. Not bad.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is fairly average overall. It has a somewhat creamy body with a medium level of carbonation. Pretty standard.

Overall – Not bad. It got some nice spiciness and flavors. Well worth a try.

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Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.