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Carnevale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 43
Gots: 61 | 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 farrago
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bone white head of mixed large bubbles to pure froth, moderate lacing, settles quickly into a half finger coating. Cloudy yellow color with some orange for hue depth, healthy glow to it and completely opaque. Slowly works its way up to being very full in the nose, unhurried unfurling of uncooked bread dough, orange and lemon rinds, nutmeg and cinnamon spice, underlying earthiness anchors it, the white fruit palpable but doesn't diverge into distinct parts, ends with suggestions of both white pepper and field wildflowers. Full-bodied, moves like it's still slightly buzzed from the night before and thrown off by the light when the shades are pulled back at 11:00 AM. Hence, the flavors have the same gauziness as the liquid itself, the slabs of lemon and orange, the just out of the oven sourdough bread, the mixed baking spices and flowers need mastication to get working. Carbonation active for what it has to cut through. Nectarine, pineapple, peach, pear fruit a background element. Overall round texture but definitely firms up the focus through the finish.

farrago, May 04, 2009
Photo of mjl21
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 edition. 750 ml bottle poured into a Fin du Monde tulip. Comes in at 6.5%.

A-Pours a really nice hazy amber with lots of yellow and orange. Has a big 2 finger white head that slowly recedes to a nice layer of foam. Leaves a lot of nice lace.

S-Belgian yeast is the first that hits my nose. Definite funk in there, similair to alka seltzer, as well as citrus, particularly lemon.

T-The Belgian yeast is the first flavor that hits my tongue followed by some nice bitterness from the hops that is then followed by some nice lemon zip. In the background there are peppery notes and the funk comes out. As I work my way through the bottle there is some lingering tartness as well as some bitterness.

M-It is lighter bodied, crisp, and creamy.

D-Although the body of the beer is on the lighter end, I found myself getting really full as I was working on the second pour. This is one that is best shared.

Overall I really liked this one. Like their Red Barn, I think ther 750 ml is best split due to its filling nature.

mjl21, May 01, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into red wine glass, 2009 on label.

Pours a very hazy orangey-gold, some bubbles climbing the edge of the glass, with a nice fluffy finger-and-a-half white cap. Nice stickage.

Nose is spicy, hints of lots of tropical fruit, apricot, and citrus, clean and quite peppery. Hint of farmhouse funk underneath. Really nice nose.

Taste is peppery up front, lightly bitter, very clean. Yeast has a very spicy note to it. Some tropical fruits and lemony citrus come through as well to balance. Really perfectly balanced, there's a lingering off-sweetness that's delicious. Finish is long, peppery, lightly bitter but yet exhales a bready, fruity sweetness. A well crafted Saison is a thing of beauty, and this stands up to the best American examples I've tried.

Mouthfeel is softly but crisply carbonated, a but syrupy. Lip smacking.

Drinkability is, like any great saison, fantastic.

JohnQVegas, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Tanslucent orange with hints of golden brown at the thicker part of the galss. Big frothy off-white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Tons of carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top.

S - Spicy and fruity in the nose. A little white pepper, lemon zest, and even a little peach. Some mild citrus notes in addition to the lemon as well. Excellent Belgian aroma.

T - Crisp spiciness initially. A lemon zest linger sunderneath with that standard Belgian yeast tartness. A mid drink sweetness gives way to a light finishing tartness. A very good balance of tastes but nothing truly special. Very good saison though.

M/D - Light and crisp, very well carbonated. Easy drinking. An excellent saison, but nothing exceptional.

ckeegan04, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of younger35
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew from 0110x011 in one of our larger trades. I've been sitting on this one for awhile and when I was pulling out beers for Dark Lord Day I stumbled across it. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a fairly clear straw colored yellow with a beautifully fluffy one fingered bright white head. A nice cap and fantastically sticky collar leaves tons and tons of lacing.
Smell- Kind of bright and citrusy which a real sort of mustiness from the yeast (make sense?). Lemon zest and a light bit of ginger mix with some white pepper and clove to really add a nice bit of spiciness. The yeast is indeed earthy with some light hints of banana. A small bit of a grainy undertone is quickly whisked away by a flash of those good ol' American citrus hops.
Taste- Starts with a very light sweetness that is soft and bready. The yeast is slightly spicy with a very light plantain dirtiness. The yeast was more noticeable in the nose than the taste though. Some peach and pear add a tinge of citrus from the hops. Some candied ginger and lemon peel hang around as well and are slightly bitter in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Light crisp feel with a bit of light tingly carbonation.
Drinkability- I kind of feel like I've had this beer before. It has that same sort of yeasty tone that I've had in a lot of Lost Abbey's beers. Now I'm definitely not saying that is a bad thing, it's just that this didn't feel new. Ya know? Anywho, Nancy Negative aside, it's a damned tasty brew that I really enjoyed. Thanks Matt!!

younger35, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a party celebrating garlic...i brought it, thinking that it would counteract the smelly flower (or whatever).

A light copper, cloudy color. Second pour looked like a beat egg yolk. Good head, 1 finger, quick swirl brought it around again. OK lacing.

This is a tart beer. Just shy of sour. Starts out as a good farmhouse, semi spicey with clove and coriander. Semi sweet in the middle, and a tart finish. A quick tart, it doesn't last long, which is good. It's just enough to be intriguing and stops short of a Flanders sour.

overall good. Not my thing, but good.

Mebuzzard, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of rwdkosak
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at cellar temp producing a decent head over clouded light gold color. Good amount of lacing that lasted quite a while thoughout the session. Nose was light floral with some sourness though taste had nothing but floral, sweet, belgian yeast scents. Not as complex as was hoped after smell though quite a good beer and though not really a 'session' beer (as stated above), at 6.5% ABV, it's not over-the-top in alcohol and the taste is light enough that it is quite drinkable...if this were on-tap, i'd say i would be happy to order a few of these during an evening. Mouthfeel is good and certainly a solid representation of Belgian/Farmhouse ale.

rwdkosak, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: BEAUTIFUL label, corked and caged 750ml bottle, 2009 vintage

Appearance: Beautiful dark hazy golden ale with tiny Champagne-like carbonation and a stark white cap which fades a bit quickly

Smell: Sweet Belgian candy sugar, nice tart fruitiness, a bit of funk, and horse blanket...dead on for the style

Taste: Tart, a bit peppery, highly earthy, funky, with a bit of barnyard. This is pretty tasty overall; I liked it better on its own much more than with the Northern Italian cuisine we served it with, though it was pretty tasty with some crusty bread and Port Salut cheese.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and somewhat crisp

Drinkability: Pretty high

Conclusion: This is a nice Saison, which definitely pushes the earthy/funky notes more than the fruit.

BedetheVenerable, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of kasper
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, cloudy yellow gold with orange hues towards the center of the glass. Wet and bubbly off-white head makes a brief appearance before fading to a ring with minimal lacing.

Mild aromas of semi-sour, semi sweet citrus -- notably lemon; just a tad of grassy/earthy funkiness from the brett and faint hints of spice that I can't put my finger on. Aromas are comparable to what a fledgeling Beatification may smell like (it looks like a Beatification too).

Flavor is certainly not as sour as the nose may imply. Citrus malt flavors (orange) hit the palate first, followed by a bit of the funkiness from the wild yeast which leads into quite the spicy finish (pepper). There's indeed a crispness to this beer if you consider the spice refreshing, which I honestly do not.

Straight up medium bodied. Smooth and easy drinking with mild carbonation. A tad grainy, but that's to be expected.

First time trying this. I love the nose but spicy finish is almost a bit too much for me and kills the session potential of this beer because I'd seek out something with a tad less spark on the tail end of the sip. It's not bad though, and I would drink it again if it were offered to me.

kasper, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of ArodGetsSick
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle in Chimay Chalice.

A: Poured a hazy straw color, even a white ale hue. Poured a nice thin white head, head lasts for a while. Great retention.

S: Smells of citrus notes, some traces of pepper,and freashly picked yeast. Very gentle,but soothing aroma.

T: Taste is quite similar to the scent. Very pleasing lemon taste. Tatse grainy, with a tremendous blend of hops. The traces of pepper give this beer a truely unique character. Extremely refreshing, very enjoyable taste.Can not taste much alcohol.

M: Beer seems to have a thick feel, but at the same time feels very light on the palate. Very smooth. Not much sweetness, with a stint of bitterness. A very enchanting after taste that doesnt last to long.

D: Drinkablitity was a real suprise. I could easily drink the whole bottle in one sitting, very smooth, could even chug if I wanted. 5 on drinkability.

Lost Abbey never fails. If you get your hands on this drink this cold on a hot day. Be greedy don't share.

ArodGetsSick, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of surfer4life
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a transparent gold with a fat head and good lacing.

S - Nice lemon smell with banana/clove hints. Pepper comes through big on the end with some alcohol smell. Not your typical smell for this style, but great none the less.

T - Delicious! The pepper from the smell is big in the taste. First off you get the fruity citrus taste, followed by some hop bitterness and a good amount of pepper and perhaps coriander.

M - Light bodies as with most Saisons, however this one lacks a bit of the texture.

D - This one is very drinkable, will drink again.

surfer4life, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of BeachRez
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received bottle through being a Saint in '08.

The appearance was a cloudy golden color. Decent head.
The smell and taste were mild and not overpowering. Some funkyness...which I kick myself because I am hoping I didn't get this from an earlier tasting. But it made the beer very layered and enjoyable.
This is a good sipper for a warm evening.

BeachRez, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of abfraser
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice big frothy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Classic saison aromas. Yeasty and estery. Orange peel, coriander, some earthy muskiness. Sweet overtones.

T/M: Yeasty, lemony, with a nice spiciness. A bit more sugary than other saisons. Has a nice malty/bready finish that lingers nicely. Dry and medium-bodied.

D: Pretty well balanced and drinkable.

Overall, a solid saison. A little too sweet for my tastes, but still a worthwhile pickup.

abfraser, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kegbear: Poured a bright golden yellow color ale with a pure white large foamy head with great retention and perfect lacing. Aroma of European dry hops with light notes of Brett. Aroma of dominated by European hops (Saaz?) with some light bretty notes and some distinctive Belgian malt. Taste is also dominated by some dry hoppy notes with a nice Belgian malt backbone. I didn't notice as much ester as I would have expected but I still quite enjoyed this one. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol note whatsoever.

Phyl21ca, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy gold with a quite thin white head. Nose is inky, dough, and some funk. Flavor is citrus themed with quite a bit of dough and spices to match. Quite earthy. Feel is smooth and slightly thin on liquid and carbonation is low. Seems appropriate on all sides. This is a nice saison. Earthy and inky, it's bringing the right levels of funk and flavor.

RblWthACoz, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy/opaque pear gold orange body, with a huge frothy head, and spot-patterned, consistent lacing. A very nice looking beer in a tulip glass.

Smell: Perfume-like aroma, very lightly on the front end. Hay. This is perhaps the "cleanest" smelling beer I've ever sniffed. White pepper. Brett on the back end, ever-so-faint. Wow, this is going to be something else.

Taste: Brett, orange rind, a very slight metallic taste, alcohol more prevalent here, and spiciness. This just tastes so clean and light, it's like the ultimate session beer for my tastes. However, the alcohol perceptibility and very slight metallicness detract, admittedly.

Mouthfeel: This is one of the best mouthfeels on a beer I've ever experienced. Just, as I've said, clean, clean, clean. Fizzy. Light. Slick. Wonderful beer to drink, it just *feels* good, and not from the ABV.

Drinkability: The most drinkable beer I've ever experienced. I guess this probably has to do with me not being a huge session beer guy, but it just was a great drinking experience - it's infinitely quaffable, you could have ten of them and it would just fly by.

RidiculedDisplay, Mar 10, 2009
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.

srandycarter, Mar 01, 2009
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.

BARFLYB, Feb 12, 2009
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.

JohnGalt1, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of scottoale
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!

scottoale, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
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.

coldmeat23, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
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.

magictrokini, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of weeare138
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.

weeare138, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
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.

ArrogantB, Nov 27, 2008
Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.