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Carnevale - The Lost Abbey

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310 Reviews
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Reviews: 310
Hads: 747
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 47
Gots: 88 | 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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Reviews: 310 | Hads: 747
Photo of Mudpuppet
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Pours an yellow-orange with a light lacing on top.

S- This smells of coriander and bitter orange. I get a bit of saison/farmhouse nose but mostly the nose of a wit.

T- I feel like I am drinking a wit. This is not a bad beer but I think it should be a wit not a saison. I get a strong bitter orange and coriander. I also get a strong hop profile for a saison.

M- Good carbonation and thickness for this brew.

D- I am torn on this beer. It drinks like a wit but is billed as "Saison-style." It is a decent wit but a poor saison. Give it a shot if you can but it is leaving me conflicted. (635 characters)

Photo of organicbrewer
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a tulip.

A-Deep Gold. Brilliantly Clear with a big eggshell head. Huge streams of bubble streaming up the glass.

S-Sour dough bread. Mostly funk. The smell is approaching all brett. No hop aroma.

T-Barnyard funk. slightly plasticy phenols. Firm bitterness. Not getting much hop flavor. Last time I had this I guess it was fresher. Would be better with a little less brett (did I just say that) and more hop flavor.

M-Seems fairly dry. Medium carbonation. No alcohol burn or anything.

D- Easy to put away. The Brettiness might start to get old after a while though. (590 characters)

Photo of surfer4life
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (608 characters)

Photo of WOTO97
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: cloudy lemonade with slight pale orange, initial pour gave thin soapy head with thin and nominal web-like lacing

S: nice floral yeast character, faint rose petals, soft citrus-lemon crispness, as it warms some interesting funk (slight vinegar) becomes present

T: light lemon zest, soft white pepper on finish, faint doughy malt in background, grass and wildflowers, some straw, interesting mild hop bite, barnyard character becomes much more prevalent as it comes closer to room temp

M: light chalkiness with creamy finish, bright carbonation feel on front that leads to sticky throat feel, still finishes relatively dry

D: the Brett doesn't really hit the palate until the finish and leaves a prominant lingering flavor that balances against some nice hop bitterness; pretty interesting slightly against-style effort that works pretty well; likely a one-and-done (870 characters)

Photo of spoons
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fathers Office.

Pours a Pale mild orange color. Seems to have a pretty weak head here. A fair ammount of lacing following.

Smells acidic in a wheaty way. Some spices coming from the yeast as well. Not a bad armoma just not a great one.

Tastes a little sour/acidic. Not that great. Gets a little sweeter and spicer after the first couple sips.

This is a decent beer but its definitely not my favorite and probably wont order it again (446 characters)

Photo of xraided81
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml 2012 most recent release.
Pours a vibrant cloudy orange color, with a 1 inch persistent foamy white head.
S: Tropical, citrus fruits in the aroma, candied orange peels come to mind. A floral bouquet of aromas, as swirl the tulip glass.
T: american hops, malt, grainy, very dry and refreshing. dont get many spices, which is great, not a big fan of spiced saisons.

M: Medium bodied, beer, is not light in mouth feel as many saisons are.
O: Great saison, im not much of a saison fan, got turned off by the super spicy offerings, but this is mellow, not many spices in this, lost abbey let the yeast and hops bring out the spice in this one, pick this up, if you find it i know i will (705 characters)

Photo of jsapunor
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange/yellow color into a tulip glass. The head is dense and white which dissipates slowly leaving a good amount of lacing.

Fruits dominate the aroma but there is a definite hop presence that I was expecting only because the label told me to look for it. A nice spicy aroma.

Tangerine, orange, liveley spices and a hop presence in the flavor. This is a dry, lively package. A "well mannered" saison if you will. It doesn't blast you with the horseblanket barnyard sensation but delights with an extremely smooth blend of flavors. The crisp clean dryness is very refreshing.

A medium alcohol level, good carbonation and a body on the lighter side with just enough tartness to make it interesting.

This is an extremely easy to drink saison that was much better and more interesting than I anticipated. (818 characters)

Photo of scottyg354
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden yellow. Huge fluffy head, appx 5 fingers or so. Way to big IMO and it lasts a while.

S: Spicy, slight funkiness, Lemons and bread.

T: Corriander like spice, bready. Citrus zests. Typical farmhouse funk. Really a delightful taste.

M: Smooth, Refreshing and fluffy. Goes down smooth.

O: Typical Saison. I like the majority of the Lost Abbey's brews and this is one of them. Give it a shot. (407 characters)

Photo of kleffman
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle today and poured into a tall Brugse Zot glass. Pours a very yellow golden color. Probably brewed with all Pilsner malt, wheat and oats. Just a small head and not a ton of retention.

Very nice Saison style aroma. Earthy yeast characters blending well with a spicy, peppery note and citrusy hops. Claims to be all american hops, which is quite noticeable in the nose. Definite lemon rind as well.

Taste is similar, with a spicy hop character and earthy peppery yeast flavors. There is some light malt and fruity components that all make for a light refreshing and well balanced american saison style ale.

Pretty decent drinkability with a light bodied mouthfeel. Could probably be a little more carbonated, but that may develop over time too. A lot of sediment in the bottle, which I'm not sure how much of that is yeast and how much is just from the wheat and oats used as Tomme suggested.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer, but it probably would've gone better with a hot summer day and some babes in bikinis rather than me sitting here freezing on a friday watching UFC. (1,087 characters)

Photo of ChazMania
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first of 2 bottles from the Saints club. The cork was tight as heck, but there was no loud 'pop', does that mean it's less carbonated, or? Not much of a head. The aroma reminded me of a cross between the banana peel aroma in a few Hefe's and the yeasty flair of the Saison styling it's attributed too. Flavor has all that of the aromas along with some lemon, grapefruit and honey. It's very easy to drink, matter of fact if my wife was not asleep, I would give her some as she likes this style beer...but alas, it's all for me!
One of the lower abv beers I have had from Lost Abbey but tasty indeed. (603 characters)

Photo of jnezda
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass with great half inch head. Dark golden color and white head but it faded quickly and there is a slight chill haze to add color. Not overly carbonated and the smell is traditional saison. Good spice notes of coriander and orange with a slight back end herb flavor. Over all good beer but the finish left a bit of an oily mouthfeel. Another pretty good beer from Lost Abbey. Need to make it back to the brewery for some Ten Commandments. (460 characters)

Photo of nectar14
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 2009 750 mL:

A- Clear at the top of the bottle, cloudy near the bottom. Rocky white head and good lacing down the glass.

S- Banana and grains. Later, with more yeast, some cloves.

T- Slight citrus, flowers, grain, and tropical fruits. Not aggressive, quite nice. In the same ballpark as a good hefeweizen, but more rustic.

M- Medium in body but not sticky or sweet. Gentle carbonation.

D- Really drinkable. I put back a 750 mL fairly quick... to my surprise. Disappears fast.

Really enjoyed this. I guess I don't have enough experience to say this was a classic Saison, but it meets the criteria of being fairly dry, refreshing, and somewhat rustic. Nice all around. (680 characters)

Photo of Patchmaster
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samples this with my father and brother in law. Brother in law brought back for a last beer hoorah before the family headed back to the Emerald City.

A - Poured with a nice thick head. The head disappeared quickly and opened up the smell of the beer. The beer was a very hazy golden color.

S - If the beer tasted up to what I smelled. It had a very woodsy aroma to it. It really had a nice character to it almost more fir like in smell. The yeast was present and gave way on the taste.

T - Not my favorite sour. It did have a great initial flavor to it. The citrus characteristics wanted to take over but were out ruled by the yeasts.

M - Very light there were some citrus maybe orange coming through but finished with more then I would like of carbonation and a malt finish.

D - A different Saison interpretation. I would probably try something different next time. Might be worth a try on a nice warm day. (915 characters)

Photo of rwdkosak
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (652 characters)

Photo of onewetpaw
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from the corked and caged 759ml bottle.

A- Light tangerine and clove. Not a overly fruity nose, rather subdued. No harsh phenols. I smell a whiff of Brett immediately after uncorking, but that's it for funk. I expect this is due to its young age.

A- Golden with warm haze. Thick white head that grows slightly out of the glass.

F- Mellow citrus and cloves are present here as well. A slight pepper flavor along with a general slight sweetness.

M- Crisp prickly carbonation. Slightly full body and a minimally oil texture, likely from the oats.

O- An interesting twist on a great style. I really like their interpretation of this one. The mouthfeel stands out to me as a positive. I like the oat additions. (734 characters)

Photo of nppeders
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison bottled with Brett B. or what was Brett Bruxelles 5 years ago but now is considered their house strain.

appearance - nice orange, beautiful, amazing, exactly as it should be.

smell - a little bit of funk, maybe some coriander, or some other spice.

taste - the taste comes together with some mandarine oranges, a bit of brett, and hits you on the back of the throat with some bitterness. There is definitely a nice malty, bready background going on. Maybe a little too much bitterness on the end. A tad bit of tartness on the end that works really well and makes the mouth water.

mouthfeel - dry, highly carbonated, very nice.

overall - This is a great Saison. The brett is very melow, and the bitterness is a little high. Over all, a finely crafted ale. I'd definitely buy this again! (803 characters)

Photo of BeachRez
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (344 characters)

Photo of bensiff
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A gentle pop of the cork from a 750 into the Watou chalice it went. A bright hay color with a slight and quickly dissipating head that was not too surprising given the lack pressure behind the cork. Ah, how often do I get a Lost Abbey that lacks in the carbonation department, a quality control problem I suffer because when it turns out right, they are great. Back to the review. The nose is of a sweet malt character with an orange citrus. I suspect the lack of CO2 allows the malt character to dominate the nose and muddles the lemon citrus character others describe into a sweeter citrus, the orange I'm detecting. In the background is the funk...ah the funk. Open the mouth and down the gullet taking time to dance on the tongue. A tang hits under the tongue, almost a carbonic bite, but not. Dominating is brett's funk intermixed with hoppy citrus notes, and a slightly harsh hop bitterness that lingers obnoxiously. Its good, but I have to say it lacks complexity. Even for its faults it is an easy drinker, no problem finishing the 750 and feeling better for it. (1,070 characters)

Photo of Nay
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super saison style bretty, fruity/apple aroma mixed with Brett. Nicely dry, but still a bit big. Amber-toasty malt flavor lingers with sweet/sour funk: not a standard saison, but pretty tasty. Another solid offering from the lost abbey . Z z.. 250 words yet? (258 characters)

Photo of jpoder
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cork and caged 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. cork was nearly impossible to remove! never had that problem before.

a: golden clear creamy white head with good retention

s: fantastic sour smell (closed my eyes and thought it was a rodenbach grand cru) with oak? wow...this was a good smell

t: not nearly as good as the smell. there is a good brett funk, and some sourness (not nearly as much as the smell would suggest) too much bitter hop throws the taste out of balance IMHO. kind of gives a dank, bitter taste to what I think would be a great beer

m: perhaps a touch sweet/heavy for what I think of as a saison.

d: good. i wish the bittering hops were toned down a bit, but a good beer overall.

smells like a rodennbach, tastes like an oerbier mixed with an IPA. not my favorite Saison (or whatever) but good. (825 characters)

Photo of beerviews2013
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour: got a murky golden color liquid with a soapy thick foam head. This reminds me of a belgium style brew just by the pour you can tell.

smell: you get a sweet smell that is quite lovely.

taste: a nice blend of sour sweet and spice. More sweet then anything this is a nice brew by lost abbey. There is a nice fruitiness that is on this beer that makes it easy to drink and being a 6.5 abv its always good to make it easy to drink.

Overall: The spice is really nice on this not too harsh where it kills the taste just a nice smooth brew all the way through. (563 characters)

Photo of scoots511
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 750mL corked and caged bottle. Cork was really difficult to remove. I usually think that means there may be a problem with carbonation but this bottle is right on. Pours a white foamy head.

S: Light citrus and possibly a slight farmhouse aroma

T: Pepper, citrus, some earthy flavors and some sweet but light residuals. The flavors stay for awhile after the first drink.

M: Huh, creamy, this is the first time I have described a beer as creamy

O: I'm giving this beer an average rating. I'm picking up a lot of lemony citrus flavors that aren't really to my taste and there is a taste, maybe from a combination of flavors that reminds me of a metallic taste, not sure how else to describe it. (709 characters)

Photo of SDHoffers
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yet murky with an intense earthiness in the nose. You get a little of that pungent hay barn smell that some saisons present. Taste is pleasant and not overwhelming. I like that this beer laces nicely and a little more than other saisons. I think the drinkability of this particular beer is where it wins in my book. Very nice. No real bite in the back of the throat and great on a warm day. (397 characters)

Photo of triplecoil
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a straw yellow with orange low lights and not much head. Nose is citrus and coriander, slight farmhouse. Taste is really thin...citrusy, bready...that's about it. Mouthfeel is under carbonated and clean.

This was a real let down. I wasn't sure if I was drinking a saison or a witte. Either way, it wasn't very impressive. If they somehow kicked up the flavor and made it more rich, it would have some legs, but it's just not there. (482 characters)

Photo of TheNapkin
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A stellar beer, especially considering I bought a 22 oz bottle for under $6 in San Diego, CA, not far from the Lost Abbey brewery in San Marcos.

The beer labels itself as a hoppy saison, though the hops do not overpower the naturally delicious flavors of the saison. No drowning out of flavor with too much citrus or mustiness. The Belgian flavors are first and foremost on the palate. The funk of the beer is pronounced and enjoyable, a sweet and acidic brew. Less dry than Saison Dupont and without the skunk some SD's suffer from. The beer is almost a clone of Fantome's original Saison in terms of flavor and funk. I will be buying more of these very soon. The only downside was that the beer was slightly undercarbonated, but this didn't affect its drinkability. (768 characters)

Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.