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Carnevale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 687
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 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 TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass mug.

Props to my brother for finding this bottle intriguing enough to give it a try! It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a minor finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange zest, coriander, wheat, grass, and black pepper. The taste holds notes of coriander, black pepper, grass, light lemon zest, a touch of tart mandarin oranges, and a hint of dry blanket. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a nice bit o' saison, one of the more low-key and drinkable versions I've had in a little while. Good times from my bro.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1%

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

A - Two fingers of white head with decent retention and minor lace. The body is orange-yellow and very hazy.

S - Big notes of wheat and yeast. Some mild, citrus notes and a bit of vanilla and pepper in the background.

T - Lots of spicy wheat flavor with some pepper and orange. Herbal bitterness in the middle. Pithy bitterness in the finish with a hint of pine.

M - Smooth, slightly thick body with moderately low carbonation and a slightly dry, mildly astringent finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable and very reminiscent of a witbier. Not too complex, but enjoyable overall, with an excellent mouthfeel.

Photo of Kegatron
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.

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

Caged and cork much like all of the Lost Abbey ales, this is a saison with American hops. Pours a clouded orange golden hue with a bright white head forming thick fine bubbled. No pop when I decorked it but no carbonation issues to speak of. Aromatics spicy peppery notes, herbal citrus qualities as well. A touch of phenolic plastic, hint of band aid. More so tropical fruits like mango and pineapple standout than the off tones. Especially in the flavor the tropical fruits are juicy pineapple and ripened mango with nice cereal malt sweetness. Hints of rounded herbaceous, citric hop character. Sometimes American hops and Belgian yeast strains clash, that's not the case here. Back ground has hints of spicy yeast tones with a black peper kick. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is effervescent, dry finish nice hoppy saison. Drinkability overall is solid a beer I would like to have access to, I hear local Pittsburgh shops are going to start carrying some Philly brews, namingly House of 1000 Beers.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud for sharing, 2009 vintage when it was with Brett.

Light fizzy foamy head covering, light lacing, mostly clear golden honey color.

Nose nice golden ale to start, sweet like golden malts, light fruity esters like golden apple, light peppery yeasty touch, mild Brett funk, with an almost creamy, hint citrus lemon zest,

Taste mild Brett very little, mood horse hair funk, golden apple light fruity ester, hint peppery yeast, nice honey character, light sweet honey malt and golden malt character. Mild grassy bitterness, nectar like flavors. Finish is dry and bit of floral hop, more golden apple and honey light sweet malt lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lighter but decent enough carb.

Overall not bad but very little Brett. Age didn't seem to do much.

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant dry light golden ale.

Attractive in the glass with nice fine-grained foam, which is very long lasting. The right straw-lemon color for a Saison. Light in body but very pleasing bursting bubbles on the tongue. a little citrus on the nose. Rather acidic with malt in the background. Hops are more forward. Long bitterish aftertaste. Belgian flavors and yeasty zest are fairly robust.

A nice beery Saison and quite drinkable. A little harsh in the back of the mouth. Worth a try. Personally I like a little more mellowness to go with the tart.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MasterSki
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage. Don't remember where I purchased this bottle. Served in a Delerium Tremens snifter.

A - A small white foam settles to wisps and a thin collar, but not lace. Hazy peach body. Surprisingly little carbonation for the style - seems recent batches have more bubbles.

S - Tropical fruits, some dusty brett, white pepper, a bit medicinal, and an apricot stone fruit backdrop. Somewhat understated.

T - Taste is a little boring - some stone fruit and citrus malt characters, but very little overt brett character. The finish has some of the spicy farmhouse yeast present. Hops are long gone.

M - Medium-full body, with a nice chewy texture to it. Some light dryness in the finish, and no alcohol presence. Needs a bit more spritz to it.

D - It's a pretty decent American Saison, but the brett didn't seems to take off the way it did in Saints' Red Barn or Saints' Devotion (or even Brouwers Imagination 2008). Perhaps I'll revisit this fresh to see if I like it more.

Photo of Rifugium
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Cloudy straw-yellow pour, with a huge puff of white head that took a while to settle to a servable size, but was pretty tame after that. Barnyard funk in the nose, hints of citrus pith and fruity esters. Funky taste, echoing the aroma, toasted grains, notes of peppery spice and citrus pith. Light-medium body, with a dry, bitter aftertaste. Pretty typical for the style all around. If you like standard saisons, you'll like this.

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

Pours a mirky, cloudy orangish-yellow haze with a decent fluffy white head. Yeasty nose with spicy notes like clove and allspice. Some citrus oil scents also seem very inviting. Biscuit bite is up front with a dry and slightly tart finish. A bit of fruitiness and some Brett funk in there too. Refreshing and pleasant. Lacing clings well. Wishing there was more funk. Overall a good one.

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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 kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I had this on draught before and gave it a B-, but saisons tend to be best out of the bottle. Acqiored at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, California. Cost was $8.49 plus tax.

Served a little cooler than room temperature. Side-poured with more than standard vigor as carbonation issues are often foreseen with this brewery.

I'm really in the mood for a good saison.

A: Pours a four finger head of soft slight cream, good lacing, nice fluffy thickness, white colour, and great retention for the above average ABV. Colour is a clear light yellow. A predictable looking saison, but a nice one no doubt. The lacing is quite appropriate for the style, with a little residue left about the inside of the goblet. No yeast particles are visible, but I'm pretty early in a large bottle.

Sm: Hints of lemon peel, subtle spices, some light hints of earthiness, cream, clean malts, and very fresh wild yeast. Very light, pleasant, and fresh. It gets me excited to try the beer. As it should be for the style.

T: Light lemon, touches of yeast, pleasant subtle spice, very restrained clean malt (very hard to find), and hints of an underlying earthiness when I really really look for them. It's quite refreshing all around, but it honestly isn't all that complex. Some subtlety is present but not as much as anticipated. No real layering. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Really glides down the tongue. Very delicate and soft. Fresh, light, and thin (in a pleasant way). It has enough presence for the flavours but seeks to maximize drinkability - and succeeds. Some cream in the open adds a nice touch. Slightly undercarbonated.

Dr: Very easy to drink. Refreshing, clean, and enjoyable. I'd have it again at a better price. I don't know that aging did a whole lot for it. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's a nice little saison.


Photo of smcolw
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Huge first head. Settles slowly with lots of lumps. Leaves chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is quite cloudy with an orange hued, dirty gold color.

The smell is a blend of raw grain and subtle spices of clove and oregano(?). I like the softness of the aroma; there's nothing about this that is in your face.

The flavor begins with raw grain flavor. Not as sour as most Saisons. Strong black pepper finish. This is an easier Saison than most to drink. There's nothing over-the-top about this except the long aftertaste. The body leans to the thin side like most of this style. The carbonation is very high.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1%

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 Gueuzedude
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite resting in my cellar for two weeks, the beer pours with a very hazy, orangish tinged, light amber color. It is topped by a frothy, off-white head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass as it subsides from its initial, fat-two-finger thickness. The aroma is quite appetizing as I pour this brew; dry and spicy being the noted character. A deeper inspection reveals grassy hop and grain notes, an earthy spiciness reminiscent of damp cellars, light phenolics of clove, and a general yeasty / spicy character that runs all over the place, but not enough to really pull out individual components. I'll try though; I get hints of white pepper, citrus zest, grains of paradise, some young ginger notes and some definite floral / nectar aromatics. These are more than likely contributed by the combination of yeast and hop notes, not actual spices, but I could be wrong. A touch of honey, some crushed grain notes and some soda cracker aromas are contributed by the grain bill. A very nice aroma, this beer seems quite authentic for a Saison, based on the nose.

Lightly sweet, yet balancingly hoppy from the get go. The hop notes lean towards grassy, slightly herbal with some soft, sweet-citrus notes coming in to play towards the end. Honey-like flavors, floral-nectar notes, a touch of aromatic varietal apple and even some flint-like white wine grape notes are all accented by the light, but noticeable sweetness. This finishes with a herbal astringency and light, but again noticeable bitterness. The flavor has a very aromatic hop character to it (if that makes any sense), the herbal notes seem to linger on like a vapor residing in the mouth. Initially the beer is fairly light bodied, but as it loses the carbonation (which wasn't ample to begin with), it begins to pick up some heft as well as more of a grain-sweetness. The spice notes, a bit subdued compared to the aroma, yield flavors of clove, white pepper, sweet-young ginger, citrus zest and light clove. The earthiness from the aroma seems to get lost in the flavor, and is not really noticed.

A very interesting beer, definitely the most authentic Saison type beer from the new brewery, though this could be a bit drier, in fact a more vigorous, drier fermentation would probably make this beer quite a bit more tasty. Definitely a beer that makes it quite easy to finish the 750ml bottle all by my lonesome.

Purchased: Patron Saints

Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Gavage
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a one inch head that lasts a while.

Smell: citrus, some spicy yeast, and pears.

Taste: grassy malt profile, with pears, golden apples, some pepper spice, yeast, and a moderate floral bitterness. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medum bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Some dryness arrive late. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: an easy drinking saison that is nicely flavored and has enough spiciness to keep it interesting.

Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.