Carnevale | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by seaoflament on 02-12-2008

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#5,410
Reviews:
329
Ratings:
833
pDev:
8.84%
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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.

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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

Photo of Panda_Rock
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SLeffler27
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dense four inch creamy meringue slowly melts from top to bottom leaving dense lace clinging to a Lost Abbey pint glass like fluffy clouds. The beer is almost clear (SRM 3-4), light gold with slowly rising, occasional tiny bubbles.

The nose is herbal, sweet and subtle. Notes of coriander, banana and doughy yeast clearly identify this as a Farmhouse Ale.

Sourdough bread opens while bitterness is slightly greater than the sweetness. Yeast and acid balance, while spices give way to a hint of sulphur. The finish is modest and lengthy, building sour notes as it warms to reveal floral notes.

Texture is soft and smooth like flannel, while the body is medium. Alcohol is as expected, while very light, spritzy carbonation reveals mineral qualities.

This is an excellent beer to enjoy while relaxing on a gentle afternoon in a cool shady garden.Quiet, casual conversation adds to the exquisite subtleties of the experience.

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4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TryThemAllOnce
4.79/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at BevMo on 8/11 opened next day. No freshness ir bottling date found.

Since the 2008 version, the ABV has bumped up to 8% as of whenever this was made. It really is one of the 2 or 3 best Brett saisons that I have run onto.

Cottony billowing white foam that lasts, wonderful lacing. This atop the murky orange/yellow liquid that is common for the style.

The nose is mostly the Brett yeast, as is the dominant taste. Slight hint of spices, clove perhaps?

The alcohol is masked well but present, and a nice crisp finish as it hits the many taste sensors on the tongue.

I would definitely look for this again, it is really well-executed. Cheers!

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

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky straw gold with a huge head that hangs around for a bit. nose; sweet bread, yeast funk, sweet drupe pulp, & light lemongrass. taste; bready sweet malt, white toast, lemon & orange rind, banana, gum, citrus hops, sweet peach/apricot, & light hay/grassy notes. easy peppery spice and semi-dry on the finish. heavy carbonation & medium+ mouthfeel (quickly carbonates into a heavy froth if held). more malty than most saisons and i like it! solid farmhouse ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sparkling gold with a crisp carbonation continuously swirling up from the bottom forming a large, foamy, lumpy white head that settles to a persistent, patchy blanket.

Smells of pear, lemon, hay, grass, dough, and little spicy Brett and phenols.

Tastes of plenty of phenol and graham cracker, bringing mostly Belgian yeast flavors, but also a slightly tart apple and some earthy bread.

Body is moderate, slightly frothy, with a semi-wet, slightly spicy finish.

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4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 5/2/2017 at Flynn's in Mansfield, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, caramelized malts, bananas and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of bananas, spice, caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

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3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750ml bottle into Bell's Hopslam Tulip. Wired and Caged. Corked. No vintage date sadly.

L: Cloudy orange, finger and a half off-white head is very fluffy and has good staying power.

S: Lots of yeasty funk there, very bready, banana, clove, citrus.

T: Follows the nose closely, alcohol is more present here. Not bad tasting.

F: Light, dry.

O: Not a bad beer or Saison but not particularly great.

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

Photo of Jsalz21
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrew8626
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 833 ratings