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Carnevale - The Lost Abbey

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688 Ratings
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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 44
Gots: 65 | 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:
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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Photo of SDHoffers
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yet murky with an intense earthiness in the nose. You get a little of that pungent hay barn smell that some saisons present. Taste is pleasant and not overwhelming. I like that this beer laces nicely and a little more than other saisons. I think the drinkability of this particular beer is where it wins in my book. Very nice. No real bite in the back of the throat and great on a warm day.

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my lost Abbey stemware. poured a hazy pale straw color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has floral and fruity notes with some citrus, bready sweetness, sour apple, yeast and a little bit of funk to it. The aroma has a nice smooth, refreshing and complex smell to it.

The taste has a good amount of fruity citrus to it with a smooth dry sweetness in the finish. The sweetness is nicely balanced out by the tartness and moderate bitterness. It has a light sour funk to it, just enough to make it noticeable.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very good tasting, easy drinking and refreshing beer. Very good all around beer.

Photo of WOTO97
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: cloudy lemonade with slight pale orange, initial pour gave thin soapy head with thin and nominal web-like lacing

S: nice floral yeast character, faint rose petals, soft citrus-lemon crispness, as it warms some interesting funk (slight vinegar) becomes present

T: light lemon zest, soft white pepper on finish, faint doughy malt in background, grass and wildflowers, some straw, interesting mild hop bite, barnyard character becomes much more prevalent as it comes closer to room temp

M: light chalkiness with creamy finish, bright carbonation feel on front that leads to sticky throat feel, still finishes relatively dry

D: the Brett doesn't really hit the palate until the finish and leaves a prominant lingering flavor that balances against some nice hop bitterness; pretty interesting slightly against-style effort that works pretty well; likely a one-and-done

Photo of jsapunor
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange/yellow color into a tulip glass. The head is dense and white which dissipates slowly leaving a good amount of lacing.

Fruits dominate the aroma but there is a definite hop presence that I was expecting only because the label told me to look for it. A nice spicy aroma.

Tangerine, orange, liveley spices and a hop presence in the flavor. This is a dry, lively package. A "well mannered" saison if you will. It doesn't blast you with the horseblanket barnyard sensation but delights with an extremely smooth blend of flavors. The crisp clean dryness is very refreshing.

A medium alcohol level, good carbonation and a body on the lighter side with just enough tartness to make it interesting.

This is an extremely easy to drink saison that was much better and more interesting than I anticipated.

Photo of sweemzander
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date, just has 2009 on the label.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden straw yellow color that produced a good foamy white head that simmered down to a light layer after a minute or so. It coated the sides of the glass as it dissipated.

(S)- Lemon grass & wheat-like hay with a good bit of yeast & clay. A barnyard horseblanket/dew-wet grass thing going on. Almost biscuit-like.

(T)- Very dry, yet surprisingly fruity with plenty of lemon & a tiny hint at bananas. Bitter & almost piney from an obvious generous hop addition. Slightly grassy behind the hops. Finishes dry too with bits of wheat & pine.

(M)- A great carbonation level for the style; bubbly but not quite at a fizzy level. The fruits balance well with the dry bittering hops, particularly that hint of creamy banana really meshes well with the rest of the beer.

(D)- A solid saison made even more dynamic with a more pronounced hop addition than what is usually found in the style. Not as 'funky' as what you would typically consider in this style, but why follow what others do? I am enjoying this one thoroughly.

Photo of nectar14
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 2009 750 mL:

A- Clear at the top of the bottle, cloudy near the bottom. Rocky white head and good lacing down the glass.

S- Banana and grains. Later, with more yeast, some cloves.

T- Slight citrus, flowers, grain, and tropical fruits. Not aggressive, quite nice. In the same ballpark as a good hefeweizen, but more rustic.

M- Medium in body but not sticky or sweet. Gentle carbonation.

D- Really drinkable. I put back a 750 mL fairly quick... to my surprise. Disappears fast.

Really enjoyed this. I guess I don't have enough experience to say this was a classic Saison, but it meets the criteria of being fairly dry, refreshing, and somewhat rustic. Nice all around.

Photo of Duhast500
4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured froma 220z. bottle into a over sized wine glass.

The color is a clear gold with about two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is pretty funky. Some green bean or vegtable flavor in the nose. It has a yeast flavor that mixes with some slight fruit flavor as it sits and breaths.

The taste is sweet at first with a smooth with some nice dry fruit flavor. I have a white grape flavor that is followed by a slight green apple flavor. There is a slight rasin flavor as well at the end.

The feel is a pretty easy drinking feel to this beer and is slightly acidy but very pleasing. The first Lost Abbey beer I have had and I am very happy with this experience.

Photo of champ103
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color. A one finger bubble white head forms, and recedes in a few minutes. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Up front is a good dose of funky barnyard and yeast. Sweet malt and some light fruity esters of apples, pears, and lemon. Grassy and floral hops. There are lots of complexities in the nose. Really inviting.
T: Does not disappoint. Funky barnyard and yeast again. Lots of fruity ester sweetness. Ripe apples are dominate. Lighter lemon flavors are present. There is a very light bitterness that makes for a great balance. Grassy and floral hops. Really well balanced.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very creamy and smooth though. Dry and crisp. So smooth and easy to drink. I am having no problem finishing the bomber.

This is a great Saison. Lots of subtle complexities. There are a ton of hops, but they are never overpowered by the funky yeast and sweet fruity esters. Highly recommended.

Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, this proves it. I need to drink more or collect less beer from the four corners of the Earth. I'm not certain, but I believe I bought this in April of 2008 in Seattle & shipped it home to myself. Did this 6.5% beer hold up to almost two years of unintentional aging?

Pours well, crystal-clear yellow with evident carbonation in my Otter Creek pint glass. Smells like yeast & green apples, just a touch of gritty west-coast earth thrown in for good measure.

Carnevale is tame & quiet for a saison. Due to the "aging" or not, there is barely any hint of funk in the taste. First impression is of sweet, sweet fruit salad with a little Belgian candied sugar sprinkled on top to ruin the health factor. Significant amount of spicy kick as the beer runs its course into my abs of steel, & only the faint aftertaste of saison yeast & rot.

I'm not always feeling compelled to talk about mouthfeel - it's generally wet, and good - but this brew is smooth, slick, welcoming, light, & airy. For all that I'm not sure I could put away a whole bomber; a half will do me just fine, thank you very much.

Very good beer. One of the better saisons I've had, & certainly the best I've had for the first time in quite a while.

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

This one has been hiding in the back of psycohops fridge for more than six months. Thanks for sharing this one with me Bob! A corked 750ml bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for $9 - 2009 vintage on the label. Uncorked and poured into a pair of shaker glasses. The ale appears a hazed apricot color with a good two fingers of creamy light rust colored foam. Nose and flavors consist of musty, funky brett-like notes, albeit somewhat mild, (good in this case), lemon, apples, pear, spicy yeast, citrus-y. At least a notch better than medium bodied for the style with ample carbonation as well. Very nice! Thanks again Bob!

Photo of TheNapkin
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A stellar beer, especially considering I bought a 22 oz bottle for under $6 in San Diego, CA, not far from the Lost Abbey brewery in San Marcos.

The beer labels itself as a hoppy saison, though the hops do not overpower the naturally delicious flavors of the saison. No drowning out of flavor with too much citrus or mustiness. The Belgian flavors are first and foremost on the palate. The funk of the beer is pronounced and enjoyable, a sweet and acidic brew. Less dry than Saison Dupont and without the skunk some SD's suffer from. The beer is almost a clone of Fantome's original Saison in terms of flavor and funk. I will be buying more of these very soon. The only downside was that the beer was slightly undercarbonated, but this didn't affect its drinkability.

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

pretty damn good saison but it was a tad sweet. Poured with a nice white head and good lace. Color is a clear amber gold. Aroma is spicey, grassy, light malt, yeast, bread, and bit of sour fruit. Flavor's the same and big on the saison flavors but a little over sweet. Body is decent and so is the carbonation. Little strong alcohol in the finsih. Maybe a session.

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

Carnevale pours a gold color. There's a slight haze clouding it, but it's not heavy. Plenty of light cuts through brightening its appearance. A light cream colored cap tops it off. It reaches around two fingers deep and is very slow to recede. Lacing was moderate. All in all, it's a nice looking beer.

The nose is good, but seems just a bit underpowered. It's very fruity. Apple, pear, and lemon announce their presence early. It's somewhat musky and earthy, but that aspect is rather subdued. It has a rather prominent herbal smell, though I can't identify the specific herbs or spices. Yeast is noted. It has enough Belgian resemblance to get by, but it's not as strong as I'd like. Alcohol is blended very well and isn't noticeable. Not too surprising for a 6.5% beer. It's good. A little more muscle and Belgian yeast would improve it quite a bit.

The flavor profile is on-par with the nose. It's a little fruity and sweet initially. Apple, lemon, and pear are the most prominent fruit flavors. It's herbal and spicy, but I can't do much better with identifying them here. There's a little pepper and clove. Suffice it to say it's a good blend that works well with the fruit flavors. Yeast is noted, but it doesn't have the strong Belgian yeast flavor it needs. What is here isn't bad, it's just not quite what it needs to really shine. There's a little alcohol, but not much. For a beer of its stature, it's spot-on. It finishes with an herbal taste that's somewhat dry.

Carnevale has a light body that inches toward medium with a little warming. It's nice and smooth. Carbonation is active, but the bubbles seem light. Drinkability is good. The flavor here is quite good. Not far away from special. It goes down easy and the abv is not scary at all. I'm enjoying the 750 quite a bit.

Carnevale is a very solid release from Lost Abbey. It's not in the upper echelon of their release, but it is quite good. Personally, I'd like a more pronounced Belgian yeast flavor. That would easily ratchet up the score for me. But, that really is nitpicking. Carnevale's a really good Saison that's well worth checking out.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is definitely a beer to get the good times rolling! Refreshing and crisp. A nice one finger head on top of a pale to medium amber body. Steady stream of bubbles but the head dissipates fairly quickly.

Strong scents of yeast, spiciness from pepper, and some floral hops.

A lot of complexities going on with the taste. Very sweet upfront with some tang. Only the faintest bitterness explosion at the end. Orange citrus and biscuits noticeable early on, while yeast and pepper dominate the after taste. Nicely balanced with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonated and silky smooth; excites the palate. Overall a refreshingly crisp brew.

Photo of JBogan
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a very small white head which soon disappears and leaves minimal lacing. Nice color but otherwise unexciting to look at.

A large floral presence greets the nose, tempered by a good amount of earthiness. Some sweet honey in there as well.

Taste is much as the smell, but somewhat subdued. The sweetness plays a larger part as it warms. A bit of pear comes out as well. Somewhat of a chalky finish which kept the score from being higher.

Mouthfeel was very good. Medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a good smooth presence.

This is a style of beer I usually enjoy, and this one is average to slightly above average when compared against it's peers. Nothing outstanding but it's worth a try.

Photo of jwinship83
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into my duvel tulip. 2009 vintage picked up for around 9$.

A- this one pours out a cloudy glowing orange colored body with a small tightly knit white head. the head lasts a long time and leaves behind small marks of lacing.

S- the smell is very sweet. lots of fruits in here. apples, oranges, grapes, and lemons. very summer like. theres a noticeable amount of funky wild yeast also.

T- not nearly as sweet as the smell indicated. alot more earthy and musty "funk" as well. the fruits i could smell are still in here, just not as potent as i was expecting. lemon and orange peel, grapes, apples, and pear. not bad at all.

M- light bodied and crisp. well carbonated. nice dry finish from the wild yeast.

D- easy to finish and sessionable. this beer very much reminds me of summer and is certainly something i will be checking out next year. another lost abbey product with no QC issues. check this one out.

Photo of bulletrain76
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

75cl bottle. Gold with a medium white head and light lace. The nose is a nice fruity mix of hops and funky yeast, with s dusty, almost sour tinge. The flavor is hoppy with some lemony bitterness, a hint of acidity, and yeast fruitiness. A little sweeter than I expected but still finishing pretty dry. Light on the tongue with medium carbonation that seemed like it needed to be a little higher to give an optimum feel. There was a promise of a funkier, more acidic beer, but it turned out a little more straight forward and simple. Very drinkable stuff. The hops provide a nice balance and bitterness to the malt that is just a little sweet.

Photo of AgentZero
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Amber with a hint of red that looks orange from the right angle. Beautiful two finger head on this that receded slowly with some very fine lacing down the side. Very nice looking beer.

S - Apples and maybe even grapes start off a fruity nose and the citrusy smell of orange peel and some nice floral and belgian yeast. Smells very good.

T - Does not taste as good as it smells. Not sweet enough, not yeasty enough, not dry enough, just not enough going on here. It's tart, with the taste of apples coming through, but it's a little hollow, finishes sour.

M - Pretty light bodied. Surprising lack of carbonation given the beautiful head on this. Just too flat, not good.

D - It's not hard to drink, I just don't like it and won't drink more.

Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Copper tinted golden yellow with a medium bright white head that reduces slowly to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace..

S-Spicy zip from the yeast bit of lemon zing overlying a nice biscuit sweet malt base.

T-Earthy biscuit malt with a sharp blast from the spicy yeast/hop combo. Touch of tart lemon zest and a bit of herbal dryness in the finish.

M-Light bodied, sharp and crisp with nice lingering spicy flavours,

D-A rock solid saison with plenty of spicy zip and a nice touch of lemony zing. Easy to drink and flavourful. A well done take on one of my most favorite styles.

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

750ml corked and capped bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com...

Poured a nice light golden orange colour with a slight haze. White head poured pretty big, thick and fluffy with a pock marked topping then faded slowly to patchy covering... quite a lot of carbonation rushes to the surface... some good patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice light toasted biscuit malts, spicy tart fruits (apples, pears, light lemon zest), some brett hints, grassy, hay notes, light nuttiness, metallic notes, quite floral, some talcum powder, quite yeasty, light caramel sweetness, faint rubbery hints...

Taste - Quite a lot of spicy yeastiness, tart (also overripe?) fruits (apples, pears, light grapefruits), again some brett, slight vegetal notes, metallic, some chalkiness, salty notes, light toasted biscuit malts, bready, light floral honey sweetness, faint caramel, grassy hops...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Very quaffable...

Overall - A pretty good saison. Nothing groundbreaking but well worth a try...

Photo of pwoods
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a flute/tulip. Notes.

A: Pours a glowing orangishs straw color. 1 1/2 fingers of pearly white head that dies slowly to a fat fluff. Nice lacing.

S: Spicy yeast with loads of other spices and some flowery aroma. Light crisp hops and sweet Belgian malts.

T/M: Great bread, earthy, harvest taste. Crisp spicy hops with loads of spices and spicy yeast. The yeast is fantastic. Light body and nice and crisp. Carbonation is great.

D: Very manageable ABV and drinks easy enough. Very tasty and unique.

Photo of PartyBear
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy blonde honey colour with a soft pillowy white head. Very light carbonation.

Aroma: Quite sharp on the nose, with pungent lemon, and a multitude of spices. Also, faint hints of wheat.

Taste: Follows the nose in the sharpness, and zestiness, with a strong taste of lemon juice. Lots of grapefruit, and a subtle touch of hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fresh and clean on the palete, with a deceptively light body.

Drinkability: Not my style but I can appreciate the quality of this beer, and it does seem to be surprisingly easy to drink.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mildly hazed orange hued peanut butter color. A small effervescent head off of a less than careful pour, tiny bits of visible carbonation.

The smell is rip with sour smelling funk on the front. Tons of spice and fruity yeast bringing up hints of ripe green apple and straw. Very little sweetness in the nose, mainly spice and mild barnyard.

The taste is full of barnyard and straw. Mild funk lends a slight apple like tartness that is greatly overshadowed by layers of earthy goodness. The hops impart a notable spiciness that is crushed by the dryness and lactic character of the finish.

The mouthfeel is in the medium bodied range, and the lack of carbonation is definitely noticed.

This is a true to style brew, albeit not overly notable. Good flavor with glaring weaknesses elsewhere, the 750 will satisfy my thirst for this one and I will not go out of my way to get another.

Photo of jrallen34
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a cloudy light orange with about a half finger head that goes quickly. There is some decent lacing.

The aroma is very strong with a sour citrus note, hops, and there is smell of yeast.

The taste is interesting, and but plain. The mostly tastes hoppy, light notes of citrus. Its very drinkable, smooth taste through out but nothing overly special.

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

2008 edition. This one's carbonation edged off, still a nice summer saison. Light cloudy colour, pleasant spicy odor. Easy mouthfeel, with some caramel, zesty cardamom, orange citrus, pepper, nutmeg, cloves. grassy hops build in finish. Another decent and different Lost Abbey.
2012 edition much better owing to fresh lemony taste and hops n finish.This rating is the 2012.

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