Carnevale | The Lost Abbey

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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.

Added by seaoflament on 02-12-2008

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#9,554
Reviews:
331
Ratings:
840
pDev:
8.84%
 
 
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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