Carnevale - The Lost Abbey
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4.06/5 rDev +2.5%
750ml brown corked and caged bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I cracked it with Sam and Chris during a brewday.
Pours a bright yellow-golden colour, with solid hazing and a crackling, aerated head that foams itself out of existence pretty quickly. A fine mesh of white lace lingers atop the glass. Body is light and fluid. Carbonation is fine. Looks pretty good overall.
Nose is clean and bright, with some crisp funk that doesn't really get earthy or horsey. Some peach character comes through with a sweetness that reminds me a little of clipped grass. High carbonation is also noticeable here until it runs out of steam. Overall, it's a very pleasant nose though.
Taste is clean and bright, but certainly sweeter than many saisons. The peach character again runs through from middle to back, giving a slightly jammy character on the finish. Beyond this is a hint of pepper, and on the front is the earthiness of the funk that never really expressed itself fully on the palate. Alcohol is very well hidden—American saisons can often feel a little blunt, which allows the booze to show a little more, but there's none of that here.
Feel is great. Smooth but bright.
Overall, this is a really drinkable, and very enjoyable saison. There's a cleanness to the funk, and a smoothness from the additional sweetness. The peach character is what sets it apart, and it's a fine character for a saison. Very nice indeed.
07-12-2014 04:42:23 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
Pours a hazy golden with a slight head. What head there is sticks around as a swirly cap. The aroma is an intereesting combo of earthy/piney hops and some typical Saison aromas of Belgian yeast, coriander, white pepper and citrus rind. Pretty pleasant. Taste has similar components with a fairly pronounced bitterness at the end. Lots of citrus rind flavors here. These American hopped Belgian styles seem all the rage for certain breweries now, and while this shares some of those typical flavor components, it doesn't go overboard with the hops or spicing and achieves a nice balance. My only complaint is that it's a bit soft in the mouth. I need a litttle more bracing pepperiness or herbal zing in my Saison. Still, quite nice.
03-25-2008 03:55:56 | More by Georgiabeer
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
Typical LA presentation, caged and corked w/o freshness info of any sort to be had. Pours moderately cloudy light honey, light tan loose head, leaving clouds of lacing. Floral notes and light pepper in the nose. Yummy typical saison notes, spice, yeast, hops. Pepper up front, drying hops throughout.Minor sour character, add just a bit to the complexity. Major league yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle, leading to an enjoyable yeasty final pour and nutty/yeasty final memory of this offering. Pleasant and worthy creation from Lost Abbey. Bring on the spicy food/BBQ and enjoy this one.
04-13-2008 20:52:42 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +1%
A: Pours a medium golden yellow in color with some light notes of orange. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of brett with some barnyard funkiness and some lighter notes of orange citrus with spicy yeast.
T: There is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts upfront with quite a bit of yeast and spicy notes. On top of that there are good flavors of brett that give some tartness and moderate to heavy amounts of funk.
M: Just lighter than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amount of carbonation. Slight amounts of acidic prickliness and almost creamy. Dry in the finish.
O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink with an appropriate amount of funkiness. The brett flavors are very complementary and do not dominate or overpower the other flavors in the beer - good amounts of complexity.
09-23-2012 19:23:32 | More by dbrauneis
3.53/5 rDev -10.9%
Chill hazy golden colored beer with a tall white head.
Smells spicy and herbal coriander and caramel with herbs and a little bit of carrot. Not so complex, coriander is quite strong.
Starts out dry and herbal, the coriander bat really beats your tongue. Might be a slight amount of vinegar. Not a whole lot of complexity here, just a basic Saison.
Mouthfeel is OK.
An OK beer that honestly isn't as good as Hennepin. I find myself thinking OK I drank it, give me a Duvel or Hennepin now.
05-29-2010 03:57:15 | More by Zorro
3.88/5 rDev -2%
750ml caged & corked bottle recieved in trade through Brotherliam. Thanks brother. Poured into a large snifter twice.
A- A distinct pop after releasing the cork, Carnevale pours out a slight golden color with light tan hues towards the edges. Slighty orange in spots. A nice two fingers of loose frothy foam came up and left immediatly. Not much retention at all. This left minimal globs of lace on the glass.
S- LAC has nice scents of earthy hops on top of a bunch of spices. The hops in the nose have held up well from this fairly old bottle. The spices are there with pepper taking the forefront. Some yeasty zest is detected as well. Some sweet malts and a dash of honey. Some fruit such as apple with warming.
T- carnevale is not a in your face type of brew but what flavors are there work together nicely. A lot more focus on the fruit aspect in taste including the apple along with some pineapple. Up next is the spices with the pepper and some clove with hops intermingled. This is followed by some bready malt. Carnevale has a slight sour/tart twang towards the back with some lemon juice and orange. A very solid and put together saison.
M- Starts out somewhat modest with the spice/malt/hops working together, but out of nowhere a surge of tartness invades the mouth. Nothing to over the top though and actually the tartness makes this saison stand out. Carnevale has a nice crispness to it that finishes dry. Medium bodied with slight carbonation make this wonderful.
D- I wish I waited until spring time to drink this as i think it would be more appropriate, but carnevale was staring me down in the cellar. Either way i am glad that I tried this out and would like to try a fairly fresh bottle in the future. At 6.5% the 750ml is the perfect size as I wanted no more & no less, even though I could drink more of this for sure. I really enjoyed the tart aspect of this.
Another one down in my quest to drink all lost abbey's.
02-12-2009 18:52:40 | More by BARFLYB
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.
Pours a very nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white foamy head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, some nice spicyness, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, then some bitterness crawls up on ya, yeasty, I like the spicyness on this one, just right, not to overpowering like other Saison's, nice touch of caramel notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a exceptional Saison, again not like a Belgium, but I like it. Thanks Bill.
06-15-2008 19:37:30 | More by Wasatch
4.38/5 rDev +10.6%
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, vintage 2012 bottle. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a very nice fluffy 3 finger white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, apple, pear, orange zest, herbal, floral, pepper, wheat, grass, coriander, mustiness, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, pear, pepper, apple, orange zest, grass, herbal, floral, coriander, pineapple, wheat, earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, pear, apple, pineapple, herbal, pepper, coriander, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor complexity and balance of sweetness/peppery flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very nice crisp and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic saison! Huge flavor complexity and balance; and extremely smooth to sip on. I had no idea this had Brett in it when I bought it online, but the outcome was fantastic.
07-16-2012 03:49:36 | More by superspak
4.5/5 rDev +13.6%
750ml bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked & caged.
Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" bright white head above the clear golden brew. Pillowy head recedes slowly, with heavy frothy lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet and dominantly spicy yeast. Taste follows the nose, but the spicing is more blended and it all comes together nicely, with a crisp close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, with easy drinkability. I expected quite a bit out of a $12 beer, but this one was all that and more.
07-09-2008 00:30:28 | More by ppoitras
4.01/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with white head and plenty of lacing. The aroma is full of yeast driven esters giving off both fruity, winesque and earthy aromas. Some hay, bread, not too much funk but undeniably Belgian in nature.
The taste follows suit with an earthy, bready character, a touch of spice, but mainly a very expressive Belgian yeast strain. Borders on tart but never really gets there. Medium bodied, highly carbonated feel. Overall, this is a really solid Belgian style ale.
07-18-2014 22:32:56 | More by Stinkypuss
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
Had this at a party celebrating garlic...i brought it, thinking that it would counteract the smelly flower (or whatever).
A light copper, cloudy color. Second pour looked like a beat egg yolk. Good head, 1 finger, quick swirl brought it around again. OK lacing.
This is a tart beer. Just shy of sour. Starts out as a good farmhouse, semi spicey with clove and coriander. Semi sweet in the middle, and a tart finish. A quick tart, it doesn't last long, which is good. It's just enough to be intriguing and stops short of a Flanders sour.
overall good. Not my thing, but good.
04-19-2009 06:08:49 | More by Mebuzzard
4.5/5 rDev +13.6%
Carnevale has some head on it! Seriously, it's the kind of thing you'd need a ladder to build. And the lacing it leaves, like the universe, seems to have no vestige of a beginning and no prospect of an end. It'd be perfect except its complexion is so bleak; a tired orange tone looks as faded as last year's straw and provides no highlights or clarity what so ever.
I don't know that this actually is what the Belgian countryside smells like in summer, but that's the image that popped into my mind after first sniffing this thing. The scent of hay and tall grass spew out the glass, followed by barnyard must and floral and fruity accents. Usually "stinky" is a bad word, but with regards to saisons it's greatly embraced.
Each sip, in a nutshell, is why I think saisons are so fantastic. Carnevale has an almost alarming spiciness - rammed into the palate with brute force, courtesy of a heavy-duty carbonation - that doesn't flame out so much as gradually wilt into an herbal, savory aftertaste. Tart and acidic notes dwell in orchard fruit (apple, pear) and barnyard flavours.
The beer isn't shy about its strength and wears its weight proudly. Bubbles just shy of champagne-level help scrub much of the warmth away but leave behind a soapy, herbal hop character that is very dry and earthy. It is gritty and pungent yet possesses a certain rustic charm that makes it curiously satisfying, as if you're afforded a taste of how ales once were.
I don't want to say that all American brewers are crafting Belgian ales that meet, or often exceed, the quality and complexity of their creators, but I think it's fair to say that Tomme Arthur puts out enough of them for the whole country. Carnevale is another one in a long line of Lost Abbey beers that remarkably captures the charm and character of a Belgian classic.
07-11-2011 02:02:54 | More by biegaman
4.4/5 rDev +11.1%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.
A nearly clear, lemon dull but with some bright yellow hues and a cascading middle fire of carbonation rising trough the center of the glass nicely. Soapy and bleach bright white head two to three fingers tall and falls at a normal pace to a simple collar.
Nose is intensely floral with classic saison yeast mild funk and pepper. A nice hint of buttery quality that doesn't come off diacetyl in smell. Crisp sensation possibly coming.
Palate hits with a nice effervesence and simple malt depth. Yeast and pepper fill with lots of garden like floral aromas. Tasty tropical melon fruit hits the mid palate, light pepper and a good bit of herbal hop bitterness to round it out and make it very enjoyable. Yeast pepper and hop citrus and herbal sting on the finish.
This is a real easy drinking saison from Lost Abbey. It always surprises me that their regular offerings are so interesting and enjoyable.
06-17-2013 20:46:54 | More by smakawhat
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
A: A lemony brass coloring is translucent in nature with a showering uprising of micro-bubbles at a quick pace. The head stands a proud 3+ fingers high with a flour white color that was rocky and porous, leaving large sudsy chunks on the glass for lace. Soapy macro-bubbles are porous along the vessel walls.
S: Musky, funky barnyard scent, sour oranges, lemons, and musky grains.
T: The flavor is funky with a barnyard flair, dry sour oranges, wheat mixes with a spicy tone of musky fruitiness of pear and pineapple and soft apple. Musky pale grains, cherries with some toasted sweetness.
M: bubbly, frothy, with a light body.
O: Overall a nice level of funky sourness that is balanced just right, not to pungent, not to light, but finds that sweet spot drink ability wise while still giving you enough to appreciate per style.
06-07-2012 23:10:45 | More by beerthulhu
4.15/5 rDev +4.8%
Sampled at biegamans Summer Saison tasting, biegaman brought this one.
Pours a cloudy yellow/gold, thin white head forms, drops some spotty lace and settles to a thin layer. Smell is sweet, lemons, light funk in the middle, strawberries, very fragrant, citrus, sour fruit and a tart spiciness. Taste is toasty, citrus, honey, wheat, fruits, coriander, tart finish with spice, off dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, easy drinking saison. Pretty standard, the tartness is nice, and I could drink this stuff all night. Thanks Jan!
07-28-2008 16:44:05 | More by Viggo
Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
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