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Carnevale - The Lost Abbey

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89
very good

688 Ratings
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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 44
Gots: 65 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: seaoflament on 02-12-2008

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.
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light orange colour, steady bead. Head is very whispy, clumpy and disappointing, just leaving a few bubbles on the glass. Interesting, but not VERY interesting.

Smells Bretty and earthy and interesting. Funny kind of honey-soy savoury character, with a touch of chilli. Mostly funky barnyard though, touch of acidity; some lime, maybe even a touch of smoke. Really, very beautiful smell. Mango on the edge. It keeps presenting new stuff to me! Gorgeous.

Taste is kind of a crash back to earth. It's not bad, but it just seems generic after the vista of possibilities raised by the aroma. Saisony, with some phenolic, medicinal notes - touch of copper on there as well - some white pepper, white peach skin, wet lucerne and horse blanket bitterness late. Pretty nice, but wow that smell was something else, and this is just...something.

Little thin, but a bit of pull possibly from yeast and carbonation adds texture. Doesn't quite fill the mouth.

Nice spring saison. Tastes like there's a bright golden haze on the meadow.

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4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the corked and caged bomber into a tulip glass.

Flows into the glass a cloudy and lovely orange-gold with lots of bubbly, foamy head that dissipates into some lovely Belgian lace all down the glass.

The aroma is wonderful: The great Belgian yeast as well as some nice fruitiness, a hint of pepper and bread and a nice underlying funk.

This beer tastes great! Love the up-front character of the big Belgian yeast as well as the fruit tastes: peach, apple, a little pear and a bit of sweet orange. Also a nice farmyard funk underneath and a very nice lingering bitter that, I'm assuming, comes from the American hops. Very crisp and tasty. A hint of warming alcohol as well.

Overall, I think this is a wonderful Saison that I would be happy to drink again.

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4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Nose is clean and bright, with some crisp funk that doesn't really get earthy or horsey. Some peach character comes through with a sweetness that reminds me a little of clipped grass. High carbonation is also noticeable here until it runs out of steam. Overall, it's a very pleasant nose though.

Taste is clean and bright, but certainly sweeter than many saisons. The peach character again runs through from middle to back, giving a slightly jammy character on the finish. Beyond this is a hint of pepper, and on the front is the earthiness of the funk that never really expressed itself fully on the palate. Alcohol is very well hidden—American saisons can often feel a little blunt, which allows the booze to show a little more, but there's none of that here.

Feel is great. Smooth but bright.

Overall, this is a really drinkable, and very enjoyable saison. There's a cleanness to the funk, and a smoothness from the additional sweetness. The peach character is what sets it apart, and it's a fine character for a saison. Very nice indeed.

Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.