Carnevale - The Lost Abbey
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4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
On vacation in Galena, IL, I grabbed this at the excellent Galena River Wine and Cheese Shop--literally the first place I've seen something from the well-regarded Lost Abbey here in Illinois. Terrific find, and well worth the price.
Hazy blond body with two fluffy fingers of white foam, nice lacing and duration. Funky but very fruity smell--lots of citrus mitigates the farmhouse funk to offer a distinct and rich aroma base. Plenty of lemon, orange rind, pear and even a bit of melon confront the nose and, thankfully, the palate. The smell is not unlike a tripel.
The fruit flavor is nicely offset by a dry flavor, but much more than many a Saison, this is much more sweet than sour. I don't mind that, and find it still a fine representative of the style. I'm admittedly a bit torn on judging the mouthfeel. I like it quite a bit, but am leering away from a 4.5 primarily because it could be a bit more effervescent. That said, the smooth malty flavor and texture are more than welcome on my palate.
Excellent Saison, one I'll be happy to procure again and one that ensures I will seek out more from the storied Lost Abbey. Very well done. I'm certainly impressed.
06-08-2009 02:45:18 | More by Gehrig
3.95/5 rDev -0.3%
Presentation: 750 corked and caged, this was part of the 2008 Patron Saints club.
Appearance: Opened gently with a slight hiss, first glass pours a clear golden color with a nice thick white head. Good retention and lacing.
Smell: Lots of yeast funk, just a bit of pepper.
Taste: Lower carbonation level than I expected, taste is subtle but has those same yeast notes and a bit of spice. Highly drinkable.
Overall impression: Nice drinkable beer - some interesting yeast flavors. Nothing quite as spectacular as I've come to expect from Lost Abbey, but a solid beer.
08-14-2008 21:16:59 | More by rowew
District of Columbia
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
This one has improved since the last time I sampled it.
Appearance: Nice golden sunlit pour with some touches of amber; smallish head, no real lacing.
Smell: Very ripe. Lots of golden fruits like pears and apples, also a nice spiceness to it. Slightly floral.
Taste: Light lemon with an enormous amount of fruits. Candied pears and peaches with some fresh picked winesap apples and honey. A bit reminiscent of a fruity tripel.
Mouthfeel: Not perfect for the style; a bit too carbonated and not quite creamy enough. Good though.
Drinkability: Easy drinking Saison. Not much else to say; gulpable even.
11-17-2010 03:53:01 | More by craytonic
4/5 rDev +1%
The color of a hazy wheat yellow, with a lot of white foam and a fair amount of lace on the side of the pint glass. The smell of citrus, hops and alcoholic carbonation filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste had the flavor of carbonated lemons, hops and a bitter/sweet finish on the aftertaste that lingered for quite awhile. The longer you sip this ale the more complex flavors you got on your palate.
07-16-2012 00:51:20 | More by BeerManDan
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a hazy pale yellow amber color with a full finger foamy white head that fades fairly quickly. Spotty patterns of lacing left behind. It smells bright and earthy all at once. Like harvest fruit, pears and bananas over the Belgian yeast. Adequately carbonated, it has a coating quality that lingers on the tongue and lends some depth to the mouth feel. The flavor and nose are quite similar. A reall easy drinker. Recommended.
05-21-2008 23:21:27 | More by jjayjaye
4.28/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
10-23-2009 22:16:33 | More by pwoods
4.83/5 rDev +22%
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.
02-04-2010 04:55:44 | More by Duhast500
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
Served in a snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed golden apricot color with a ¾" off-white head that recedes visibly to leave patches and streaks of lacing on the side of the glass. Sipping creates some nice patterns of lacing. Before long the head has become a small ring of foam around the glass with a thin irregular patch on the surface of the liquid.
Smell: The aroma is fresh and filled with the scents of Belgian yeast. It is pleasantly spicy and fruity with some pears and citrus zest. Lurking in the background there seems to be a trace of mustiness and a bit of clove and possibly white pepper.
Taste: The flavors are complex in that they begin with some lightly sweet bready character that gives way to some herbal dry bitterness. The sweetness is a bit like honey with some floral, citrus character. The dry herbal bitterness replaces the sweetness but remains subdued throughout and so doesn't overbalance the beer.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied and nicely smooth with adequate but lightly prickly carbonation. The finish is the great strength and surprise of this beer. Except for any advance information there is, at first, little to warn that this beer is made with American rather than noble hops.
Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a wonderfully drinkable beer with each sip leading easily to the next. I'll be happy to see this beer again and I'm already trying to figure out where to get a case. My overall impression is of a well-made saison-like beer that is an imaginative combination of a Belgian style made with some uniquely American ingredients (the hops) that just works.
03-31-2011 01:02:21 | More by drtth
3.7/5 rDev -6.6%
[Best served in a Tulip glass]
The pour was a hazy yellow with a huge (3-4 finger) white pillowy head that lasted a little while, receding to a large puddle and collar of residue, which had good spotty lacing.
The aroma was of light grain and cereal malts, herbal hops and a funky Brett yeast with notes of citrus (orange and lemon), and a hint of spice (coriander and clove).
The taste was a little sweet and a tad sour with a hint of citrus at first and then became rather hoppy with a slight bitter lemon peel presence and a mild peppery spice ending. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a hoppy slightly sour peppery taste left to settle on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was just beyond light in body with a smooth dry texture and a prickly carbonation.
Overall a refreshingly different Saison, with a nice sour spicy taste that had an outstanding blending with the hops...
07-10-2012 16:55:58 | More by KajII
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
750 ml bottle from La Bodega in Riverside, CA. for approximately $9.99 in February 2008.
Pours a slightly hazy golden with minimal to no head or carbonation.
Aroma is a moderately spicy blend with a bit of fruit thrown in- banana and pineapple, and a semi-sweet tropical mix.
Flavor is a little more tart than expected from the aroma- the spices and farmhouse notes are more dominant. But having said that, the saison farmhouse funk that I love so much is fairly tame. Alcohol notes are very well hidden.
I see this one as a cross between a saison and a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It has characteristics of each to me. But having said so, thoroughly enjoyable.
02-19-2008 03:07:47 | More by Dukeofearl
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
Lost Abbey Carnevale pours with a fluffy white head that drops to a thin layer leaving behind some brewers lace. Has a slightly hazy golden color.
Smells great, lots of spicy yeasty, pepper, fruits (banana, lemon zest) and pale malts.
Tastes a little sweet, than fruits and citrus come in to play as well as a little yeasty funk and spice. Lots of carbonation make this a good drinkable beer almost like a tripel.
My first beer from Lost Abbey will not be my last!
07-22-2010 20:39:00 | More by irishkyle21
3.95/5 rDev -0.3%
750 mL cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Pours a foggy toasted gold with a puffy white one finger head that dies down to a thin layer of bubbles. Some stickiness on the sides, nothing to go crazy over though. Smell consists of yeast, banana, clove, and pepper. Some honey and a bit of citrus hops find their way in the nose as well. Taste is very similar to the smell. Fluffy banana and spices but nothing over the top, very calm and clean. Sweet honey throughout. Hops show up towards the end with a slight citrus zest and a somewhat puckering mouthfeel. I was hoping for more in the hops department though after reading the description. Mild carbonation for the style with a light to medium body. Another Americanized Belgian, not bad though. I could see myself enjoying this one during a warm summer night, luckily I have another bottle to do just that. Definitely worth a try.
03-11-2008 01:44:27 | More by BeerTruth
3.75/5 rDev -5.3%
Poured into a tulip. This one pours a slightly cloudy golden straw with a thick white pillowy head with sticky gobs of lace. Real nice head retention.
The aroma has a fruity berry yeast character with hints of floral hops. Hints of spice and pepper in the background with some floral hop notes. Nice amount of funk. Funky flavor profile with some grassy hop notes. Hints of lemon and cracked pepper with berries and a yeasty finish.
The body is light and has somewhat coarse carbonation. Overall a pretty solid offering. Glad to have tried this.
06-04-2012 04:11:37 | More by Bendurgin
4/5 rDev +1%
figured I would try a lost abbey brew for true blood tonight
A- very hazy orange with loads of fluffy white foam tackling the glass. Very hazy and vibrant with the orange colors
S- yeast and clove with some mango in the scent. A good amount of barnyard funk really all over the glass
T- very good blend of spices, clove, and citrus flavors that balance and complement eachother very well. The flavor is very hearty and that makes for a fuller saison, versus a thinner one
M- carbonation is tackling and very good
O- as this is my first lost abbey brew, I am very satifsfied. Too often do saison attempts have only thin yeasty qualities. Carnevale makes for a thicker, fuller version. Enjoyable.
08-06-2012 00:54:16 | More by lovindahops
2.65/5 rDev -33.1%
Pale straw color some haze but for the most part good clarity. Bright white massive sticky white head.
Nice nose of earthy hops, banana, clove, some barnyard and medicinal flavors and underlying citric and grapefruit hops. Smells like a classic Belgian saison with some American influence.
Very brisk and effervescent. Full but smooth body. Lots of yeast bite and spice. Initial sweetness of banana and pear. Rolls into earthy yeast like flavors and clove which round out the sweetness and then finishes with a big yeast bite. Takes a few sips to get used to it.
A complex brew with lots of fruit rind flavor. Enough tart like quality on the back of the tongue to remind you its a saison. Traditional yet innovative. Yeast bite really takes away from the beer though unfortunately ruining its drinkability a bit.
05-07-2012 03:14:11 | More by jtierney89
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
Served up a summery yellow with some haze to it. The head is a creamy, slightly fluffy dollop of white foam that has decent staying power and leaves nice lace.
The aroma has a pretty decent funk factor to it and nice citrusy hop character. It carries the sweetness of pale malt as well as some grassy notes that you might expect to blow off of a field in a farm. Not quite as much spice as some saisons, but white pepper and a hint of clove are most definitely present.
The flavor has a nice amount of bready sweetness that blends with lemongrass, orange, grain and spice to create a very pleasant presentation. Much less funky than the aroma, there is still a hint of cellar in the background. This is a very fruity saison with pear and peach creeping in as well as the earlier mentioned citrus. It is very tasty, but I find myself wishing it had a bit more depth.
The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, and it is well carbonated with lively bubbles and a nice finish. The finish leaves lingering flavors of lemon and white pepper on my tongue.
Very drinkable. This is a quality saison, and I enjoy the slight diversions from the usual style. It is not quite up to par with the big players in this style, but it is an enjoyable beer I will seek out again.
09-08-2010 21:08:48 | More by zoso1967
4/5 rDev +1%
Pours a very light peach color with a white head of tiny bubbles. I was completely surprised at how this poured -thought it was going to be darker.
Smell of funk, some sweet fruit / citrus.
Taste of brett, refreshing citrus flavors and peach flavors, almost orangeade resemblance with the sweet notes. This is a very light tasting beer. Extremely drinkable with the light / refreshing characteristics. I had envisioned a darker ale possibly because of the black label and with a brown bottle, but was
I really enjoyed this as a saison.
06-18-2010 23:54:19 | More by alpinebryant
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
750 mL bottle from Amanti Vino's "Beer of the Month" club. It's marked "vintage 2012" and was allowed to warm some before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.
Carnevale pours a crystal clear golden yellow. The monstrous pile of foam atop the beer maxes out at about four fingers in height. Head retention and lacing are both very good, but neither are quite on par with the very best of the style The nose has lots of earthy brett funk, but with a light peppery aroma present as well. The flavor profile follows a similar layout, with the brett profile having a prominent, wet hay, barnyard essence to it. The pepper-like phenols are muted and in the background, but definitely present. The label advertises American hops, but outside of a gentle bitterness I don't find evidence of any. The body is nice and dry, and the carbonation has plenty of life to it, spot on mouthfeel for a saison. I really enjoyed this relatively fresh bottle o Carnevale, and I'd be curious to see what it's like with a little bit more age on it.
08-18-2012 03:37:22 | More by axeman9182
Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 639 ratings.