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Carnevale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 44
Gots: 71 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 701 | Reviews: 305
Photo of Jamison85
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant golden color with only about a half finger of off-white head; pour was vigorous but head was minimal. Keeps a very thin lace with a splash of webbing here and there on the sides. The second pour produced a head with much better staying power and left a lot more stick.

Smell is grassy and herbal with a dash of grain and earth. It has a cooling, minty/menthol sort of quality to it. Also a good deal of spice and some fruit. A whiff of booze sneaks its way in as this warms.

Taste has all the same components as the smell but they're all a bit more subtle. There is a very lightly sweet, bready and slightly grainy base with some toasty and spicy qualities to it. Hops are lending some grassy and herbal flavors and a good dose of earthy bitterness. More spice and herbal leaf flavors in the finish. There is some fruit here as well, lemon zest in particular, but it's mostly hidden behind the spice, grain and herbal/earthy bitterness. At first I was thinking that this seemed a bit bland but the flavors all came out more as it warmed. They remain subtle, but there is plenty of flavor and it's nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth. Carbonation is on the modest side, as evidenced by the weak head. I was expecting it to be a bit drier than it is; it's only slightly dry in the finish.

This is an interesting, very tasty saison. The aroma pops a bit more than the taste, which is more subtle and dominated more by the spicing and hops, but overall I enjoyed this very much. It doesn't rate with my favorite saisons or my favorite LA beers, but it's one I would certainly come back to.

Photo of jdense
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Le Trappe SFO 25 cl $6.00.

Light golden body, some visible carbonation, 1/2 finger white head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Nose is fairly dry with some fruitiness and spice, floral hops. Taste is fruity, orange peel, some pepper, not too much in hops, subsumed by fruitiness, though I do note some floral hops. Mouthfeel is quite dry, high attenuated finish, pretty sweet but not too cloying. In terms of drinkability I prefer Red Barn to this sweeter Saison and the hops were very muted, defeating the purpose of the dry-hopping. Actually, I prefer Upright Seven to both, but that's another story for a sunny Beervana day.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazey blonde color. The head is extremely short-lived and a thin white.

The smell is funky yeast and slight black pepper. There's also a funky strange off-scent that I can't place... almost like it smells rotten. It's very brief, thankfully.

This is a very tastey brew. There is a phenolic funk to it with a touch of cloves. There are also citrus qualities, specifically orange.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Carbonation is light.

At 6.5%, this is an easy drinker. This was a very enjoyable beer that I'll try again.

Photo of heygeebee
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of hopley
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with just a hint of orange. Large white head that goes down very slowly. Scent is very spicy with a hint of funky brett and some citrus fruit. Belgian yeast and citrus hops. Taste is initially spicy, with pepper and just a bit of lemon zest. A little bit of alcohol with orange and grapefruit. Some nice farmhouse flavors and mellow brett character. Finish slightly bitter and dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I really like this saison. I also really like Red Barn. I would like to do a side by side with the two.

Photo of beagle75
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with two fingers of persistent white foam head. Heavy spotty lacing remains on the glass.

S: Husky grain, bright fruit, mineral salts, and almond-like yeast phenolics provide considerable range. While qualities associated with the smell are diverse and copacetic, the intensity could be greater.

T: Begins off-dry, with mixed fruit, refined bready malt, and possibly a whiff of pet urine. Acidity is moderate into the middle where mild white pepper gives way to rustic butter. A mild combination of yeast-derived bread and apple fruit lingers in the finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, cooling and slightly sticky on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This attractive-looking saison exhibits some potent Belgian yeast character against otherwise traditional and unremarkable sensory qualities.

Photo of wtkphoto
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color with some sticky lacing and a small ring of white head.

S: Nice spicy and fruity smell, citrus rind, some sugary hard candy, chamomile, bread, nice overall rustic saison smell.

T: Great taste that follows the smell with some extra coriander and spice added. Orange and lemon citrus notes, wheat, and some nice subtle hop bite and dryness. I enjoy this greatly especially when it's hot out.

M: Semi tart and crisp with great sweet to citrus, medium and refreshing.

Photo of hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of TexIndy
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got from ummagum - many thanks! Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. 2009 edition. It was a hazy golden honey color with a good carb stream in the center. It opened with a low pop and the carb stream in the center is markedly less than other beers I've had in this glass lately so seems to have somewhat of the LA carb issue. Slight sliding lace. It had an average sized fizzy white head that dissipated into a collar and some center foam.

The aroma was really good. Classic saison with some brett funk thrown in. A good sniffer but could have used a little more spice and dry to it. The taste was good but not as good as the aroma. The low spice level really showed here. Starts out with a little flavor and then does a slow build but never crests then fades to a watery finish. With that good an aroma it's hard to believe the lack of flavor. Mouthfeel is hurt by the watery taste and too low of a carb level.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment especially after getting the first whafts of aroma. Smells great but lacks in flavor with watery finish. Lost Abbey continues to be wild hits or misses for me and this one is a miss. At this price point, I don't recommend. One and done for me.


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 Janeinma
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Braz
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Wayne17
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of younger35
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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!!

Photo of taospowder
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of paco1029384756
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a short white head and low carbonation.

Scent of lemon zest, earth, yeast and spices. Light, spicy and fruity, I enjoy this scent very much.

Taste of citrus, yeast, earth, spices and lemon zest. A light and tasty Saision, I would definitely drink this one again.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with decent carbonation.

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Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.