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Carnevale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 627
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 srandycarter


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very Murky Wheat color, nice fluffy head reduces to ring. Some sticky webbed lacing.

S - All spice in the nose for me. Clove, coriander, pepper accented by some malt.

T - Spicy, a little citrus sour, a little astringent, medicinal band aid kind of note to it. Malt comes through at the end. A little strange but interesting.

M - Creamy, coating, nice carb and finishes clean and balanced.

D - For me, this beer would get tiring pretty quick.

Serving type: growler

03-01-2009 06:01:52 | More by srandycarter
Photo of BARFLYB


3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged & corked bottle recieved in trade through Brotherliam. Thanks brother. Poured into a large snifter twice.

A- A distinct pop after releasing the cork, Carnevale pours out a slight golden color with light tan hues towards the edges. Slighty orange in spots. A nice two fingers of loose frothy foam came up and left immediatly. Not much retention at all. This left minimal globs of lace on the glass.

S- LAC has nice scents of earthy hops on top of a bunch of spices. The hops in the nose have held up well from this fairly old bottle. The spices are there with pepper taking the forefront. Some yeasty zest is detected as well. Some sweet malts and a dash of honey. Some fruit such as apple with warming.

T- carnevale is not a in your face type of brew but what flavors are there work together nicely. A lot more focus on the fruit aspect in taste including the apple along with some pineapple. Up next is the spices with the pepper and some clove with hops intermingled. This is followed by some bready malt. Carnevale has a slight sour/tart twang towards the back with some lemon juice and orange. A very solid and put together saison.

M- Starts out somewhat modest with the spice/malt/hops working together, but out of nowhere a surge of tartness invades the mouth. Nothing to over the top though and actually the tartness makes this saison stand out. Carnevale has a nice crispness to it that finishes dry. Medium bodied with slight carbonation make this wonderful.

D- I wish I waited until spring time to drink this as i think it would be more appropriate, but carnevale was staring me down in the cellar. Either way i am glad that I tried this out and would like to try a fairly fresh bottle in the future. At 6.5% the 750ml is the perfect size as I wanted no more & no less, even though I could drink more of this for sure. I really enjoyed the tart aspect of this.

Another one down in my quest to drink all lost abbey's.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 18:52:40 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received from Weibull as an EXTRA!! I've been sitting on this one since March because I wanted to do a "Saison" tasting that never materialized.. Thank Jason. Poured tonight as my ongoing cellar clearing project into my New Belgium Snifter..

2 finger eggshell head.. looks exactly liked whipped egg whites.. dies almost as slowly with a ton of beautiful lace.. the brew is a slightly hazy golden honey..

The nose is still surprisingly hoppy mixed with a great Belgian yeast component.. funky and citric.. pear juice and lemon zest.. grassy and floral hops are still very present.. but for the most part we're talking yeasty spiciness and citrus zest.

The depth in the palate is surprising.... yet very very balanced.. everything seems sooo in tune... nice bitterness and sorta a cookie dough pale maltiness with an enveloping spiciness and lite citric element throughout.. a little clove and white pepper.. floral and citric hops are wonderfull.. this is very very good.. the body is spot on and so is the carbonation..

I was feeling pretty damn guilty about cellaring a brew like this for sooo long.. but I honestly think it did some cool stuff.. much more complex than any American take on the Saison style I've ever tried.. and a damn site better than many of the Continental counterparts..

Edit: the drinkablity for the Carnevale is off the charts.. I want this beer as my goto beer.. I want this beer as the bottle that I take to parties... I want this beer to show the immense complexity and immense drinkability of great beer.. I love it.

Jason is a proper trader.. we should do it again, yet I doubt I have the ammo.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 09:23:18 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. brown with cork finish. The cork released with a decent pop and poured a honey-amber gold with a finger of white froth. Nice carbonation and head retention.

Sweet and spicy nose of tropical fruits and spicy yeast. Nice bready malt with notes of peach, apricot, mango, banana and guava. Spicy notes of yeast, coriander, clove and light pepper.

The taste is all of the above with a fluffy softness that blends the flavors nicely. The spice and sweetness of candi sugar and yeast comes to a dry champagne like finish. Just enough hops come into play that give the sweetness some closure and balance. The alcohol is not even noticed it the taste or the smell.

Perfectly carbonated for the light-medium body, an easy to drink for the style, that tastes like a little piece of Belgium nicely done. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 18:31:05 | More by scottoale
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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Unibroue Tulip Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Super special thanks to upsjeff for this one!

Pours a clear golden honey color. Three fingers of fluffy white foam sit on top. Fades to a nice rocky foam that sticks around for quite awhile. Lacing is spotty, but decent.

Super funky belgian yeast type nose. White citrus fruits. Bananas and apricots. Honey and clover. Nice light spicey notes. Belgian candi sugar sweetness.
Smells like a spot-on Saison.

Light and floral tasting. Slight mild pepperiness. Hints of clove. Slight bitterness from hops, which actually serves this one quite well. Bananas and peaches. Quite yeasty and bready. Big wheat and earthiness notes, all around. Very good balance in this one.

Nice and clean taste. A little bit lacking in the creaminess that I love so much about Saison/Farmhouse Ales.

This is a highly drinkable bottle of beer. Clean and slightly creamy. Good balance of flavors. The 6.5%ABV won't knock you on your butt, either.
Great representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 18:33:24 | More by coldmeat23
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a fluffy head that hangs around for a while but sheets the chalice with a very nice pattern

Smell: This beer has the Saison aroma down to a tee, with a blend of herbaciousness, sweet candi sugar, mashed banana, grapefruit pith and a hint of funk; it could be a bit funkier, if I had my druthers, but it is fine as is

Taste: The initial wheat bread and slightly sweet flavors give way, mid-palate, to the herbacious bitterness and grapefruit pith; after the swallow, the bitterness is mellowed by the sweeter elements, including pineapple and apricot, although the herbacious side hangs around for the duration

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Having just consumed a Red Barn, this kissing cousin has a tough precedent to live up to; I think I prefer the layered complexity of the Red Barn, but this is well suited to a warmer summer occasion - too bad we are in December, right now

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 00:25:30 | More by brentk56
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a short white head. Aroma reminiscent of a German hefe; banana, clove, apricots, and lemon. Clean, light taste that is a cross between a hefe and a trippel. More yeast and clove, but now with bubblegum and spice with a little sugary wheat flavor. I really liked this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 21:18:49 | More by magictrokini
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4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sydpanz for this...
Appears a hazy, orange toned gold with a 2 finger, off-white head that slowly fades down. Thick clumps of sticky, spotty lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of wet hay, earthy hops, spices, and a delicate pepper aroma.
Taste is of the mentioned aroma with some mellow apple notes, along with standout citrus, and the earthy, wet hay flavors that has notes of mild funk.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy of CO2, with dry, peppery notes in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 02:06:06 | More by weeare138
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3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle courtesy of numbeercruncher. nice hazy orange color with a filmy white head. Smells rustic and reminds me of red barn. Taste is very similar to red Barn with a candy sweetness to it. Decent beer but after having Ne Goien this just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 03:41:51 | More by ArrogantB
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/20/08- Generously shared by BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Light yellow colored pour. Larger four fingered head, very clumpy looking with light yeast sediment settling at the bottom of the glass. Leaves some lace trails and light patches.

Smell- Very perfumey, maybe even a slight medicinal. Powdered sugar and a good amount of white pepper.

Taste- Has a light hoppy bite. White pepper dominates this beer with confectioniers sugar adding a light sweetness. Not really farmhouse in flavor or smell.

Mouthfeel- Ultra dry for a saison. Medium to higher carbonation level. Quenching.

Drinkability- Better than average saison. Would have liked some funk though. Maybe a bit more of a lemon flavor as well. Still very drinakble.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 17:20:45 | More by GClarkage
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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared courtesy of axilla.

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of citrus, spices, a little funky, and fruity. Tastes of citrus, spices, fruity, and bready. I have another one of these and look forward to it.

Notes from 6/27/08

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 01:23:16 | More by hopdog
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Bright gold, clear. Head is 1" and made up of looser bubbles.

S. Farmhouse, perfume, candi sugar, honey and cloves.

T. Spicy for sure, sweet and malty. Citrusy and zingy; lemons and limes. Nicely bitter; actually a little more than expected. Alcohol warmth is quite subtle, but noticible.

M. Thin in the mouth with high carbonation.

D. I would like to drink a whole bottle myself or perhaps share with one person. Nice experience and a great beer. My 1st Lost Abbey beer and I really like it.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 16:32:14 | More by MMAJYK
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from mikesgroove. Thanks!
Fairly clear, gold in colour with a dense layer of white foam. Good head retention and thick, chunky lacing. Crackery, fruity sweetness in the aroma with grassy and herbal hop notes, a bit yeasty and spicy. Bitterness was restrained, but was a bit more forceful in the finish where the hop flavour lingered. Up front it had a fruity, wheat cracker flavour with spicy and earthy characters throughout. Strawberry with a bit of tartness. Good stuff. Refreshing, medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite smooth in texture and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 22:31:09 | More by DrJay
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my new Lost Abbey tulip, Carnevale is a clear gold with a large, sticky white head that is somewhat quick to settle, but leaves heavy hunks of foam and scattered lace.

Smell is pretty classic saison, pithy citrus and soft fruits, a bit of wheat sourness.

Taste is also pretty strait-forward, all about the saison esters, with a doughy yeastiness. I had a sample of this a few months back and thought it was a really wheat heavy saison, but I'm really not getting much of that character now, which I find odd. Again, classic in the DuPont style, save for a bit more citrus on the finish, which hints at the American hops that were used, but have faded to a complimentary background.

Mouthfeel is pretty dry and crisp, with a spicy hop finish. Like most of the Lost Abbey's, there's a thicker yeastiness, although it's somewhat tempered by the soft carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice little saison, pretty reasonable price from what I recall, although I had to drive across the river into WA to get it. Better then my first time drinking it, which was granted a bottle split 3 ways, it goes to show you should always try something a second time.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 03:51:39 | More by ccrida
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: brilliant golden color with almost absolute clarity. With an aggressive pour I got a nice 1 finger bubbly snow white head which quickly dissipates leaving a nice ring around the edges and a few bubble islands.
EDIT: after pouring the last half of the bottle, it's obvious the yeast had settled completely at the bottom and had not mixed into my first pour. I swirled it around before finishing the last pour and must admit that now the color and clarity has gone from clear golden to a cloudy pale orange color, similar to a pale wheat ale like Bell's Oberon. The head retention is also greater. I've bumped up my rating for the appearance.

S: Smell is predominantly of bready yeast, spices, and a hint of slightly sour green apples.

T: Up front the taste is a tart fruity flavor, slightly dry but quickly opens up allowing the peppery spices to dance around your tongue as they slide to the back and finish with a grainy and slightly sour apple aftertaste.

M: prickly at first, but quickly smooths out and finishes nicely.

D: A nice Saison, but not the best, and even not the best from LA. Red Barn Ale, their year round Saison is comparable, if not slightly better.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 04:42:37 | More by julian
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a Duvel snifter.

Pours a clear golden straw yellow color with 2+ fingers of poofy brite-white head. Almost a solid finger of retention that flares up nicely and leaves big swathes of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fairly earthy smelling with hoppy phenols and grass popping out. I'm also picking up some spice, sour citrus notes, and a vinous yeasty character.

The taste is a mellow, earthy mix of bready malts, citrus, additional sour notes, peppery spices, and a grassy hop bitterness that leaves a dry, bitter feel through the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth yet crisp feel and creamy carbonation on the tongue.

Nice take on a Saison with the additional hopping of this, adding some punch to the taste. This was quite tasty and refreshing. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 16:30:13 | More by Kegatron


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

Two solid inches of foamy off white head slowly fades leaving scattered lace. Body is a glowing straw colored gold. Nose is brisk with evident notes of crisp hops, raw wheat and sweet yeasty doughy notes. Hops are the distinct driver to the taste profile to this beer. It is quite abrubt and hoppy for a Saison, but not in a bad way. The grassy hops mix well with the yeast and wheat. This really reminds me of a "hopenweizen" for lack of a better term. Mouthfeel is laced with hops and thick bitterness. A solid drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 19:23:54 | More by SPLITGRIN
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 corked and caged, this was part of the 2008 Patron Saints club.

Appearance: Opened gently with a slight hiss, first glass pours a clear golden color with a nice thick white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of yeast funk, just a bit of pepper.

Taste: Lower carbonation level than I expected, taste is subtle but has those same yeast notes and a bit of spice. Highly drinkable.

Overall impression: Nice drinkable beer - some interesting yeast flavors. Nothing quite as spectacular as I've come to expect from Lost Abbey, but a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 21:16:59 | More by rowew
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for splitting this one with me.

Pours a clear gold with lots of frothy white head before all the yeast empties the bottle. Nice retention with great lacing. Smells of apple, honey, light bread, spices, and citrus. Tastes of pineapple followed by butterscotch and honey sweetness and light grainy bread notes, with a sour apple, lemon, and orange peel finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth with a nice light bitterness in the finish. Another good brew from The Lost Abbey, refreshing, easy to drink, and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 21:38:35 | More by HopDerek
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- bubbly golden straw, tall fluffy white head with good retention

S- tart fruitiness, sourdough, floral and grassy

T- tart, sourdough bready malts, green apples, grassy and fruity, solid balance

M- crisp and well carbonated with a dry after

D- excellent saison, delicious flavor with a great nose, sessionable and refreshing, great balance, recommended

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 07:51:29 | More by tonistruth
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at biegamans Summer Saison tasting, biegaman brought this one.

Pours a cloudy yellow/gold, thin white head forms, drops some spotty lace and settles to a thin layer. Smell is sweet, lemons, light funk in the middle, strawberries, very fragrant, citrus, sour fruit and a tart spiciness. Taste is toasty, citrus, honey, wheat, fruits, coriander, tart finish with spice, off dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, easy drinking saison. Pretty standard, the tartness is nice, and I could drink this stuff all night. Thanks Jan!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 16:44:05 | More by Viggo
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3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours is a clear yellow-oranage with a large egg-shell head, good lacing.

smell is faint, pear, apple, yeast, spice, and citrus.

taste is watery and sweet, apple, pear, some spice, somewhat dry and bitter in the end.

overall a slightly above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 02:00:28 | More by froghop
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New York

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

750 ml bottle into my Chimay chalice. A cloudy golden amber with a two finger head. Good retention and lots of lace. Gentle streams of carbonation are evident.

Smell is of sour apple and fruity yeast esters. A hint of banana playing peek-a-boo . A slightly vinous note in the back.

Taste is smooth, almost wheaty malt, lemon, sour apple, and yeasty goodness. A Belgian spice blend. A shade of honey. Mellow hop bittering at the finish. A somewhat longish dry finish tinged with orange peel and faint soap that leads back to mild hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. Good carbonation and medium weight. A gentleness that makes it seem lighter.

Drinkability is excellent. Very easy to go through many bottles of this stuff. I just went through this one too fast!

Bottle courtesy of WasTrikenSie. Thanks Tom!!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 23:12:31 | More by scootny
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New Hampshire

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

Pours a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Aroma is sweet malt and spicy belgian yeast. I don't get much of the American hops that they talk about on the bottle. Taste is overpowered by the spicy belgian yeast, Slightly sweet honey type malt in there too, its really tasty and complex. Medium to thick mouthfeel. Ample carbonation. Great brew, a bit Belgian spicy, feels heavier than it is, but very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 01:05:33 | More by johnnnniee
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New Hampshire

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

Pours sparkling clear gold, with a four inch head of dense, white foam. The froth takes several minutes to settle and theres plenty of webbed lacework.

Aromatics lead off with earthy honey notes, lemon pith, dried grass, and a hint of orangy citrus. Some husky malt character follows through as well as a crisp mineral nod.

Light bodied, crisp and snappy. The carbonation is a bit light for a saison.

A lemony tartness starts the pallet along with dried citrus zest, wet hay, cloves, and grapefruit seeds.
Light spicing follows through. Slight hints of cumin, coriander, and celery seed.

Finishes with some lingering lemony tartness, and plenty of earthy, grassy notes.

Tasty brew, but short of expectations form such a highly regarded brewery. Pretty tame for the style, and another Lost Abbey brew that's short on carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 00:48:43 | More by brewandbbq
Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.