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Carnevale - The Lost Abbey

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310 Reviews
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Reviews: 310
Hads: 754
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 14.11%
Wants: 48
Gots: 89 | 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: 754
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received from Weibull as an EXTRA!! I've been sitting on this one since March because I wanted to do a "Saison" tasting that never materialized.. Thank Jason. Poured tonight as my ongoing cellar clearing project into my New Belgium Snifter..

2 finger eggshell head.. looks exactly liked whipped egg whites.. dies almost as slowly with a ton of beautiful lace.. the brew is a slightly hazy golden honey..

The nose is still surprisingly hoppy mixed with a great Belgian yeast component.. funky and citric.. pear juice and lemon zest.. grassy and floral hops are still very present.. but for the most part we're talking yeasty spiciness and citrus zest.

The depth in the palate is surprising.... yet very very balanced.. everything seems sooo in tune... nice bitterness and sorta a cookie dough pale maltiness with an enveloping spiciness and lite citric element throughout.. a little clove and white pepper.. floral and citric hops are wonderfull.. this is very very good.. the body is spot on and so is the carbonation..

I was feeling pretty damn guilty about cellaring a brew like this for sooo long.. but I honestly think it did some cool stuff.. much more complex than any American take on the Saison style I've ever tried.. and a damn site better than many of the Continental counterparts..

Edit: the drinkablity for the Carnevale is off the charts.. I want this beer as my goto beer.. I want this beer as the bottle that I take to parties... I want this beer to show the immense complexity and immense drinkability of great beer.. I love it.

Jason is a proper trader.. we should do it again, yet I doubt I have the ammo.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – A stellar head dominates the glass atop a medium orange honey body. The topography of the foam isn’t quite as crazy as Red Barn, and the color isn’t quite as bright, but both are great nonetheless.

S – Orange citrus, honeysuckle, and green grass. The middle brings in a spike of pink peppercorn, and the citrus fades just enough to let a soft bready malt peak through. Trace of banana-like esters deep in the nose.

T – Tangerine and sage opening into a grass and blackpepper mid. Bright herbal and honey sweetness on the backend.

M – Lightly mineral / peppery finish with a soft, lingering herbal bitterness. Medium body with great carbonation.

O – A saison on the citrus end of the style. On whole, I’d say the quality is on par with Red Barn. Delicious.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured nearly 3 fingers of frothy white foam. Lacing and head retention are both great. Wonderful!

Smell: light malt with a bit of sweetness and a light, balanced funkiness. There's also a hint of sourness in the mix which works rather well. I like it!

Taste: nice, moderate funkiness with an earthy, slightly citrusy hop character and a strong but balanced bitterness. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a massive carbonation and a great creaminess. Love it!

Overall: I find this to be a highly tasty and drinkable saison. I would gladly have this beer again.

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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

2008 vintage. Pours a clear yet slightly hazy golden pear color with a one finger foamy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots ofnlacing left behind.

Slightly funky, earthy aroma with zesty spice and crisp light frui. Hints if coriander andnoepler as well as some apple and pear in the nose.

Medium body with a crisp spicy presence up front with sme slight earthy tarntness and sweet light fruit. Slightly creamy mid palate with faint bitterness balanced out by the sweeter light fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear and grape as well as a pale malt character. Well balanced and easy to drink with a well masked ABV. Refreshing with a slight dry finish.

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

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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a tall, fluffy, white head that had very good retention and OK lacing. The aroma was the expected spice and yeast. The taste was very similar, grain, spice and yeast. The body was light and crisp. Drinkability was good, but the beer was a touch over-carbonated for my taste. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from mikesgroove. Thanks!
Fairly clear, gold in colour with a dense layer of white foam. Good head retention and thick, chunky lacing. Crackery, fruity sweetness in the aroma with grassy and herbal hop notes, a bit yeasty and spicy. Bitterness was restrained, but was a bit more forceful in the finish where the hop flavour lingered. Up front it had a fruity, wheat cracker flavour with spicy and earthy characters throughout. Strawberry with a bit of tartness. Good stuff. Refreshing, medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite smooth in texture and very drinkable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from South Bay Drugs & Liquors.

This one pours from 750ml caged and corked bottle a hazy straw yellow with a 2 finger head of foam that shrinks some but the retention is firmly in the "+good" category and look at all that lacing! After the second pour, I have a nice cloudy glass of Carnevale and that's the way I like it for the style. ;^)

The smell has a lot of good funk to it along with some pronounced grapefruit, and wheat. Smells....very inviting!

The taste pretty much reflects the nose. Wheat, grapefruit, pepper, and that funky goodness that I always look forward to tasting in a Saison. Yum.

More sips in and I notice some tropical fruit notes but the Brett working its magic is what I enjoy the most. Highly drinkable, medium mouthfeel, and the carbonation is lightly done.

Bottom line: This Saison is hitting my taste buds really well and I look forward to drinking it again. My thanks to Joey for grabbing some for me!!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours an orangish yellow color with a pretty solid head that sticks around for quite a while. The aroma is malt and citrus (most notably oranges), spices and yeast with some hops as well. The taste has a very interesting farmhouse taste that features a very good mixtures of citrus and spices with a good dose of spicy hops in the finish. Wow, this is a pretty kick ass Saison that is very well crafted by the guys at The Lost Abbey. Definitely worth seeking out, highly recommended.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lightly clouded straw/gold color. Poured a finger sark white head with an aggressive pour that dissipated to a skim. Ample lacing in fingers down the glass. Decanted continually.

S: Citrus and lemon rind with a slight funky smell in the background. Friuty yeast notes and a hint of pepper.

T: Kind of a sweet/sour tasted with light fruits (like apricot and pineapply) balanced with a sour yeast characterisitic. Big bready malts dominate the middle with the fruity flavors. Peppery spice lingers in the finish which is eventually crisp and dry.

M: Light side of medium body. ammple carbonation. Nice balance of a variety of flavors.

D: Very flavorful and easy to drink with the nice balance.

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Photo of rudzud
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2009 vintage. Picked this up at Russell's back when Chris was there. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very nice crystal clear dark golden hue with a nice half finger head that fades to light thin wisps.

S - Aromas of light malts, green apple, light funky brett that is very mild. Faint black pepper notes.

T - Taste is light honey sweetness, sweet malts, faint apples, very light funk and brett notes, sweetness is more than I expected. Dry finish.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated after these years, crisp dry finish though a bit sticky honey in the middle.

O - Overall, this was a fun beer, the brett is a bit too soft for me. Still, nice to see where this beer goes.

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

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!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw gold under a pillowy persistent clingy white foam collar.
S: The cork releases with a ferocious pop wafting up Belgian ale yeast and declaring just a faint touch of funk and over ripe fruit. As it fills the glass herbal, floral, earthy hop aromas rise.
T: Light lemony biscuit with light fruit and traces of caramel and citrus.
F: Very rich creamy texture with medium to medium full body, medium high carbonation. Carbonation is very soft.
O: A complex yet well balanced beer that is a delight to drink.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Checked this out at the SDIBF, like most of the LA releases, glad I had this at a fest rather than dropping a hefty fee. Pours gold, very hazy, great lace retention. Aroma was complex, funky, yeasty and clove-ish.

Taste, the same descriptors as the aroma, a little offputting some of them, would have paired this down a little, tastes like a bunch of flowers and musty.

Reminded me of a hefeweizen with a bunch of hibiscus flowers in it, with some wet dog to round it out.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-hazey, dull golden hay color. Maybe some faint amber hues mixed in there as well. The aroma is sweet toasted malts, light apple juice, and some unindetifiable herbs. Starts off sweet from the malts and fruity from the yeast. The middle is more grainy and herbal with the effervescant bubbles throughout the entire palate. I love the carbonation, but the mix of favors don't segue well from one o the other. Not bad though.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date, just has 2009 on the label.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden straw yellow color that produced a good foamy white head that simmered down to a light layer after a minute or so. It coated the sides of the glass as it dissipated.

(S)- Lemon grass & wheat-like hay with a good bit of yeast & clay. A barnyard horseblanket/dew-wet grass thing going on. Almost biscuit-like.

(T)- Very dry, yet surprisingly fruity with plenty of lemon & a tiny hint at bananas. Bitter & almost piney from an obvious generous hop addition. Slightly grassy behind the hops. Finishes dry too with bits of wheat & pine.

(M)- A great carbonation level for the style; bubbly but not quite at a fizzy level. The fruits balance well with the dry bittering hops, particularly that hint of creamy banana really meshes well with the rest of the beer.

(D)- A solid saison made even more dynamic with a more pronounced hop addition than what is usually found in the style. Not as 'funky' as what you would typically consider in this style, but why follow what others do? I am enjoying this one thoroughly.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle purchased from the Beverage Warehouse in LA for $8.99. This was my second Lost Abbey beer, and it matched the style very well. The smell was funky with aromas of grass, spice, maybe some apple, and generally good things. The taste was just like the smell, very funky and addictive. I think this competes well with any saison I've had to date, including the best from DuPont. Highly recommended.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy yellow-golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of earthy hops. Also present are solid amounts of pears and lighter green apples, backed by slight spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of pear flavors. Midway through the sip earthy hops come into play and dry things out a bit. Near the end of the sip light spices come into play, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer but lacked anything to really set it apart. Worth a shot but not worth seeking.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a cloudy light orange with about a half finger head that goes quickly. There is some decent lacing.

The aroma is very strong with a sour citrus note, hops, and there is smell of yeast.

The taste is interesting, and but plain. The mostly tastes hoppy, light notes of citrus. Its very drinkable, smooth taste through out but nothing overly special.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden yellow with a large soapy white head. Smells like hay with a bit of citrus and solid barnyard funkiness. Taste is a bit dry with some mild bitter citrus and hay funk and a subtle touch of sweetness behind it all for balance. Medium-bodied with a crisp texture and active mouth-carbonation, Lost Abbey Carnevale finishes wtih a drying, almost woody sensation.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes had on tap at Monk's

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, spices, clove,

taste: citrus, spices, with a dry finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: nice saison well balanced enjoyed quite a bit.


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Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, scooped at west lakeview liquors in chicago - i'm a sucker for the port/lost abbey line for some reason so i picked up a bunch of bottles

split with the lady, paired with a prepared thai-curry dish

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a delirium chalice, hazy apricot body, fluffy beige cap with light retention

smell: musty yeast, grassy hops, melon - a little light on the funk

taste: a good brew but a little underwhelming for the saison style - white pepper, grassy hops, melon, white corn, minimal yeast

mouthfeel: moderate-light, active yeast

drinkability: good

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Photo of ccrida
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my new Lost Abbey tulip, Carnevale is a clear gold with a large, sticky white head that is somewhat quick to settle, but leaves heavy hunks of foam and scattered lace.

Smell is pretty classic saison, pithy citrus and soft fruits, a bit of wheat sourness.

Taste is also pretty strait-forward, all about the saison esters, with a doughy yeastiness. I had a sample of this a few months back and thought it was a really wheat heavy saison, but I'm really not getting much of that character now, which I find odd. Again, classic in the DuPont style, save for a bit more citrus on the finish, which hints at the American hops that were used, but have faded to a complimentary background.

Mouthfeel is pretty dry and crisp, with a spicy hop finish. Like most of the Lost Abbey's, there's a thicker yeastiness, although it's somewhat tempered by the soft carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice little saison, pretty reasonable price from what I recall, although I had to drive across the river into WA to get it. Better then my first time drinking it, which was granted a bottle split 3 ways, it goes to show you should always try something a second time.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Poured a translucent orange-gold with lots of effervescence present during the tasting. Three-quarter inch off-white head quickly dissipated into a skim of foam and ringlets. Some watery sheets of lacing, but poor retention. Scents of lemon zest, yeast (funk was very much in the background and hard to detect) and some spiciness. Flavors similar to nose with a bit of a grassy presence, and the addition of clove, hops for bite, and green apple. Lively mouthfeel with a bit of a burn across the tongue and palette, followed by a clean, tart finish. Good drinkability that really hits the spot on a warm day. Solid offering from Lost Abbey.

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