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Carnevale | The Lost Abbey

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3.96/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Farmhouse style Saison with Brettanomyces, Amarillo and Simcoe Hops.

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 STATS
Ranking:
#10,953
Reviews:
333
Ratings:
849
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
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61
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113
Trade:
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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeledonia
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

It's been a long time since I've reviewed a beer, but brett saisons are at the top of my favorites, so here I go. 750ml bottle.

Pours a clear golden orange, little fizz, only a half finger of fluff on the surface, but it's persistent and sticky.

Smell is not what I was expecting - light and very grainy. If I did, I get the brett funk and some floral aromatics, but it's not bowling me over.

Taste is fairly thin, again pretty grainy. Where's the yeast, the pungency? A dry bitterness in the finish. Okay.

Feel is fantastic. Light and airy, with tons of small-bubble buzz that fades at just the right time, and dries out taking any remnants of the beer with it.

Some high points, some low points. Most of all, I want more yeast presence!

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Photo of davidsonte2
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a pint glass. A slightly hazy golden color with a medium white head. Great aroma with loads of hay, white bread, lemon pepper, and grass. This was delicious. A huge Brett presence with all of the above notes mixed in. Brett for days. A clean, dry finish. Overall possibly my favorite straightforward Saison with the bit Brett element.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nurt20
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of antihero404
2.52/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of shelby415
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sludgeman
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BKotch
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monzu1990
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass it pours hazy gold color and has a massive 3+ finger thick white head that was packed with bubbles of all sizes, dissipating stupidly slowly, dropping over a 5 minute period and leaving excellent foamy lacing. It was like a soft puffy cloud that wanted to torture me and not go away so I couldn't drink this beer. All good though.

Aroma starts off with funk, brett, peppery spices, malty sweetness, yeasty and some caramel and/or candied sugar. Then I got wheat, biscuit, coriander, orange peel, very mild booze, citrus notes, flowers and herbs. Trailing lemon zest and a white wine essence mix with earthy notes to balance this out.

Fruity and zesty, the flavor like the nose completely masks the 8% ABV and allows the funk, brett, peppery spices, biscuit, coriander, orange peel, malty sweetness, lemon zest, yeast, light caramel, flowers and candied sugar balance malts, spices and mild hops. The brett and barnyard funk give off a tartness which tame the spices and help this go down easy and refreshing. Really good representation of the style, I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antwon616
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Soneast
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LukeGude
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Meadhall in Cambridge. Pint with square angled sides. Transparent golden. Yummy saison, almost like a tripel!

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass. the appearance is a fairly clear golden yellow Colo with a small white head. The aroma is malt, orange and some pepper. The taste is a nice blend of malt, grain, clove and pepper.

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Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Designed to be a dance party for the mouth, The Lost Abbey brings out big palate rewards not only for the Lent season but for anyone fortunate enough to find their farmhouse saison any time of the year.

Carnevale draws the nose with a burst of citrus and estery aromatics that lead with lemon and herb yet also tingling the nose with white wine, pepper and grain. Bright straw, the ale is woven with a mild haze and a billowing eggshell froth for an appetizing upstart to a racy session. Raw grain sweetness invites a taste of honey and the slightness of pulled candy as the early palate carries a mildly sweet tone.

As the ale traverses across the middle palate, its sweetness rapidly fades and the fruit and spice character bring a balanced attack to the tastebuds. Lemon, dried orange, pear and apple all seem tangy and of the dehydrated varieties while bracing against a late palate of peppery spice, vinous white wine, grapefruit peel and white pepper. Hints of hay and cork have a musty sensation to bring the trueness of the farmhouse to mind.

Medium bodied and creamy in texture, the beer favors a dry, spicy and earthy character deeper into the taste with the hop bitterness of grapefruit, dry grasses and straw in a uniquely pilsneresque way. A medium length afterglow of dried citrus and bitter spice favors the spice while the strong carbonated presence has the ale bouncing from the tongue with vigor and zeal.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 849 ratings