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Carnevale - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 43
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 02-12-2008)
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Photo of froghop
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours is a clear yellow-oranage with a large egg-shell head, good lacing.

smell is faint, pear, apple, yeast, spice, and citrus.

taste is watery and sweet, apple, pear, some spice, somewhat dry and bitter in the end.

overall a slightly above average beer.

froghop, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of DustinSWB
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

DustinSWB, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +1%

aquazr1, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of coldmeat23
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

coldmeat23, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Dreadnaught33, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into red wine glass, 2009 on label.

Pours a very hazy orangey-gold, some bubbles climbing the edge of the glass, with a nice fluffy finger-and-a-half white cap. Nice stickage.

Nose is spicy, hints of lots of tropical fruit, apricot, and citrus, clean and quite peppery. Hint of farmhouse funk underneath. Really nice nose.

Taste is peppery up front, lightly bitter, very clean. Yeast has a very spicy note to it. Some tropical fruits and lemony citrus come through as well to balance. Really perfectly balanced, there's a lingering off-sweetness that's delicious. Finish is long, peppery, lightly bitter but yet exhales a bready, fruity sweetness. A well crafted Saison is a thing of beauty, and this stands up to the best American examples I've tried.

Mouthfeel is softly but crisply carbonated, a but syrupy. Lip smacking.

Drinkability is, like any great saison, fantastic.

JohnQVegas, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.08/5  rDev +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.

paco1029384756, May 19, 2009
Photo of hopley
4/5  rDev +1%

hopley, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Docer
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally cracked into this bottle.. the second to last of my Lost Abbey tastings.. Serpents stout is the last.. then I will try to hunt more of the stuff down at Buy-The-Bottle as I hear they carry some Port/LA. Thanks again to BeerMolly for this blessing.

- Mildly cloudy golden yellow.. looks great for a Blonde.. nice slow carbonation.. mild lacing all about... slight pee color really... not meant as a bad thing.. just best describes it.

- Grainy earthy scent... salty... meaty... breads.. lots of breads.. light citrus nose opener.. mild..

- Mmm smooth crisp ale! Yeast and bread notes with a super bright citrus and wheat flare to it... rather sour and only slightly bitter... but boy do i keep taking big drinks... I'm loving the flavor and was caught off guard by it compared to the scent etc...

- A sour aftertaste.. litte bit of lemon zest and herb... clear and light..

- Super drinkable and just the right amount of carbonation... a very nice light ale with the strength of an average IPA... super drinkable!

Docer, May 23, 2009
Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev +1%

BeerThursdays, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

wtkphoto, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of avaldivia
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

avaldivia, May 01, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +1%

Stoffel, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Gehrig
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gehrig, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
4.83/5  rDev +22%
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.

Duhast500, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of thampel09
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

thampel09, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of rowew
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

rowew, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of craytonic
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

craytonic, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerManDan, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of jjayjaye
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jjayjaye, May 22, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

pwoods, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lovindahops, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of drtth
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

drtth, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of coz
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

coz, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Jason1337
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Jason1337, Apr 13, 2013
Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 662 ratings.