Carnevale - The Lost Abbey
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3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
04-19-2009 06:08:49 | More by Mebuzzard
3.88/5 rDev -2%
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.
04-17-2009 05:43:59 | More by rwdkosak
3.75/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
04-12-2009 03:16:23 | More by BedetheVenerable
3.88/5 rDev -2%
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.
04-02-2009 01:52:22 | More by kasper
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
03-28-2009 06:59:20 | More by ArodGetsSick
4/5 rDev +1%
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.
03-28-2009 02:34:04 | More by surfer4life
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
03-17-2009 23:30:55 | More by BeachRez
3.88/5 rDev -2%
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.
03-14-2009 22:11:17 | More by abfraser
4/5 rDev +1%
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.
03-13-2009 02:36:08 | More by Phyl21ca
4.08/5 rDev +3%
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.
03-10-2009 05:18:06 | More by RblWthACoz
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
03-10-2009 01:20:36 | More by RidiculedDisplay
3.95/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
03-01-2009 06:01:52 | More by srandycarter
3.88/5 rDev -2%
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.
02-12-2009 18:52:40 | More by BARFLYB
4.53/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
02-06-2009 09:23:18 | More by JohnGalt1
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
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!
01-12-2009 18:31:05 | More by scottoale
4.08/5 rDev +3%
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.
01-06-2009 18:33:24 | More by coldmeat23
4.13/5 rDev +4.3%
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
12-30-2008 00:25:30 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +1%
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.
12-12-2008 21:18:49 | More by magictrokini
4.47/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
12-04-2008 02:06:06 | More by weeare138
3.2/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
11-27-2008 03:41:51 | More by ArrogantB
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
11-21-2008 17:20:45 | More by GClarkage
3.7/5 rDev -6.6%
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
11-16-2008 01:23:16 | More by hopdog
4/5 rDev +1%
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.
10-14-2008 16:32:14 | More by MMAJYK
4/5 rDev +1%
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.
09-27-2008 22:31:09 | More by DrJay
3.95/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
09-20-2008 03:51:39 | More by ccrida
Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.