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Carnevale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 44
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 02-12-2008)
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Photo of benclimbs
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4s all around.

pours golden in a tulip at toronado in sf, big head and plenty of lacing.

smell is fruity and a little yeasty.

taste is all there, a bit of ripe fruit in there, some deep, light bready malt character, and an unmistakably nice peppery spice that is often present in this style.

this is a nice saison, but not extremely dintinctive or a standout brew.

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

Pours a cloudy/hazy yellow color with a big puffy 3 finger head that's pretty white in color.
Lots of spicey pepper and lemon on the nose. Nice amount of hops on the aroma as well.
Taste is close to the nose. Peppery lemon zest and some fruity hoppiness.
Mouthfeel is light bodied and refreshing. Very easy to drink with a nice amount of carbonation.
A decent saison. I look forward to trying more beers from Lost Abbey as this was my first. I would reccomend this.

*From notes taken on 6-17-10

Photo of bobsy
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle at beerbistro.

The pour results in a hazy light gold liquid with a small white head that quickly drops to a wispy film. A few lace spots are left on the side of the glass, and both the lacing and retention could be better. The nose is surprisingly clean for a sasion, with the wheat backbone strongly evident, and a harmonious marriage of peppery spicing and dry barnyard funk. Its certainly not souped up, but it hits my saison spot, and I like the balance it achieves.

The wheat tanginess comes through in the flavour, and is heightened by some orange notes. The barnyard is a bit subdued and only present as a ghost at the table, with the occasional accentuation of pepper, and a see-saw between sweetness and dryness. Not overly-complex, but still a pleasing Summer drink and one I could drink a few times over the season. Light bodied and quenching, but occasionally too light bodied, and without the billowy carbonation that would pick this beer up.

I've now had around forty saisons, and while I wouldn't say this is a bad beer, it doesn't stack up that well against its competitors. It seems to oscillate between subtle balance and blandness without really achieving the complexity or finesse of other beers.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours into my RR Tulip with a hazy, light golden color. Very little head is achieved, even with a vigorous pour, and there is minimal lacing.

Smell - Sharp spices hit my nose first, followed by some barnyard funk. Overall, relatively bland in the nose.

Taste - Citrus (orange, slight lemon), peppery spices, tartness from the yeast, and a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied - honestly, almost watery. The mouthfeel was not what I was expecting whatsoever. Finishes a hint dry. Needs more carbonation.

Drinkability - Relatively so, though there are so many other Saison's out there I'd rather have.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lost Abbey Carnevale pours with a fluffy white head that drops to a thin layer leaving behind some brewers lace. Has a slightly hazy golden color.

Smells great, lots of spicy yeasty, pepper, fruits (banana, lemon zest) and pale malts.

Tastes a little sweet, than fruits and citrus come in to play as well as a little yeasty funk and spice. Lots of carbonation make this a good drinkable beer almost like a tripel.

My first beer from Lost Abbey will not be my last!

Photo of Patchmaster
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samples this with my father and brother in law. Brother in law brought back for a last beer hoorah before the family headed back to the Emerald City.

A - Poured with a nice thick head. The head disappeared quickly and opened up the smell of the beer. The beer was a very hazy golden color.

S - If the beer tasted up to what I smelled. It had a very woodsy aroma to it. It really had a nice character to it almost more fir like in smell. The yeast was present and gave way on the taste.

T - Not my favorite sour. It did have a great initial flavor to it. The citrus characteristics wanted to take over but were out ruled by the yeasts.

M - Very light there were some citrus maybe orange coming through but finished with more then I would like of carbonation and a malt finish.

D - A different Saison interpretation. I would probably try something different next time. Might be worth a try on a nice warm day.

Photo of Knownfactor
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours Cloudy Copper/Straw color, 2 inch head. Aroma: Grapefruit, Sav Blanc, Hay, Light Spice. Taste: Sour, fruity, spicy, hint of grapefruit, tangy, slightly hoppy. Medium bodied with with a soft clean finish. Another banger from The Lost Abbey!

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Emjoyed on 07.10.10 from a 750ml poured into a Chimay open chalice.

A: Slight hazy golden orange color with a billowing cap of creamy white head two fingers high. Nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Solid sun-kissed wheat grain backside enhanced by lemon & citrus zest. A spiciness present that hints at clove & banana alongside an earthy yeast aspect. Citric, somewhat floral hops lurk in the background. Fresh and vibrant, a true summer farmhouse smell.

T: First sip brings a crisp, lightly toasty wheat grain malt upfront quickly met by a mix of citrus and spice. Lemon and orange zest move into a slightly peppery spice with tasty Belgian yeast accents. An earthy tinge and a touch of clove. Mellow hops bring in some bitterness on the finish. Overall a very enjoyable brew.

M: Smooth, medium bodied and creamy. Very refreshing with just the right punch of carbonation.

D: A great brew on the beach on a hot day.

Overall, a tasty take on a Saison from Lost Abbey. I'm glad I grabbed a bottle of this and wish I had bought a case.

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

Poured into tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a tall, fluffy, white head that had very good retention and OK lacing. The aroma was the expected spice and yeast. The taste was very similar, grain, spice and yeast. The body was light and crisp. Drinkability was good, but the beer was a touch over-carbonated for my taste. Worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at bluedog in chalfont.

A- comes to me with a cm of loose white head the disappears quickly to a mirror finish. Almost perfectly clear brilliant golden yellow in color.

S- crisp and clean with a touch of tart and funky wheat.

T- wet grass and green vegetation. Bright citrus and a mild background wheat hit. Tart and crisp almost slightly sour.

M- less then medium in body with a mid of the pack carb.

D- very drinkable and so easy to do so. Favlorful but never overwhelming. Great saison to kick back with.

Photo of WhiteOak
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Yellow-orange, good lacing.

S- Huge, bright aroma of Concolor Fir bud resin, Pine, and apricot. A bit floral, yeasty. None of the funk as described elsewhere.

T- Big lemon cookie flavor, faint malt, peppery finish.

M- Dominated by hop dryness and CO2.

D- Certainly a non-traditional interpretation, but worth a try. Very fresh, invigorating.

Photo of hawks10
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage - 750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey pint glass...

Pours a nice golden yellow with slight haze. Two fingers of fluffy soft white head forms and sticks around for a while leaving a good amount of lacing...

A slight bit of lemon peel over a strong base of wheat...a touch of wet hay and an overall barnyard funkiness when you swirl the glass...a bit of spicing, coriander maybe, and a little yeast spice...complex and nice, the year of aging really brought more Brett character forward, thank you!

Earthy and grassy, with a bit of spice, some cloves and a good deal of wheat and grain taste. Brett is much more pronounced since I last tried this beer (almost exactly 1 year ago) giving this beer a nice musty and funky subtlety. Slightly tart with a some lemon/citrus adding a fruity aspect to an overall earthy and spicy beer...

Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing...carbonation is a little low which gives the beer a bit too slick of a feel for me...

Pretty good, enjoyed this one with a year on it much more than I did fresh...mouthfeel was a little lacking and is the only real part of the beer that was subpar to rest...

Photo of alpinebryant
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light peach color with a white head of tiny bubbles. I was completely surprised at how this poured -thought it was going to be darker.

Smell of funk, some sweet fruit / citrus.

Taste of brett, refreshing citrus flavors and peach flavors, almost orangeade resemblance with the sweet notes. This is a very light tasting beer. Extremely drinkable with the light / refreshing characteristics. I had envisioned a darker ale possibly because of the black label and with a brown bottle, but was

I really enjoyed this as a saison.

Photo of jpoder
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cork and caged 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. cork was nearly impossible to remove! never had that problem before.

a: golden clear creamy white head with good retention

s: fantastic sour smell (closed my eyes and thought it was a rodenbach grand cru) with oak? wow...this was a good smell

t: not nearly as good as the smell. there is a good brett funk, and some sourness (not nearly as much as the smell would suggest) too much bitter hop throws the taste out of balance IMHO. kind of gives a dank, bitter taste to what I think would be a great beer

m: perhaps a touch sweet/heavy for what I think of as a saison.

d: good. i wish the bittering hops were toned down a bit, but a good beer overall.

smells like a rodennbach, tastes like an oerbier mixed with an IPA. not my favorite Saison (or whatever) but good.

Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazey blonde color. The head is extremely short-lived and a thin white.

The smell is funky yeast and slight black pepper. There's also a funky strange off-scent that I can't place... almost like it smells rotten. It's very brief, thankfully.

This is a very tastey brew. There is a phenolic funk to it with a touch of cloves. There are also citrus qualities, specifically orange.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Carbonation is light.

At 6.5%, this is an easy drinker. This was a very enjoyable beer that I'll try again.

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a nice golden color with an inch of white head.

s - Smells a bit funky, also of citrus and fruit.

t - Tastes of orange, citrus, and some other fruits. No funk like in the smell.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - Thought this was a decent saison. I thought the smell was better than the taste and enjoyed the funk it had. Would try again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.