Carnevale | The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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.

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Ratings: 844 |  Reviews: 331
Reviews by tut2528:
Photo of tut2528
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a dense gold with a massive 2-3 fingers worth of head formation that settles down into a monstrous fluffy head that is about 1 fingers worth thick.

S: right off the bat, I notice just how well balanced this brew is and its high end complexity. lemon zest, banana, musty attic funk, wet wood, peppery spice, and some sharp floral aroma that I can't seem to pinpoint

T: nowhere near as complex as the nose. big funkiness is the dominate player and it lasts all the way through to the the finish. big pepper and spices in the middle of the body that is held together by a sweet malt note. there is a slight touch of fruit here, but its note much

M: medium bodied, acidic, crisp, bitter, an extremely dry finish. the palate is left with overwhelming funk note.

O: this one let me down. thought the appearance and the smell was terrific, but it completely misses the mark in my book on the mouthfeel.

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More User Reviews:
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 t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MadScientist
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A light golden color with good clarity. An average pour produces a couple of fingers of thick, long lasting rocky head.

S: Moderate orange and pepper aromas with a slight Pils malt aroma. The malt has a little bit of sweetness to it. There is a moderately-light earthy hops aroma and a very light floral alcohol aroma. There is a slight clove aroma to the yeast as well.

T: There is a bit of malt sweetness right up fron which is surprising, but it is quickly over taken by the peppery phenols and moderately-light hops bitterness. There are moderately-strong flavors of light fruits like oranges and peaches. The isn't much hops flavor to speak of but some hops the alcohol still seems to come through with a floral note. The balance is fruity and somewhat bitter with a dry finish. The aftertaste of orange and bitter orange peel.

M: Kind of fluffy with a creamy, light body and high carbonation. Even at 6.5% there is a light alcohol warmth though out.

O: The malt doesn't have much of the Pils character and the bit of sweetness is a little unusual for the style but it comes together well and accentuates the fruitiness. The bitterness has a bit of orange zest character to which lingers a bit in the finish but would pair well with simple preparations of fish like sushi or a pan fried with a light lemon sauce. Does not pair well with marshmallows by the way.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle pours into my glass a slight hazy golden orange color with a billowing cap of creamy white head two fingers high. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. Aromas begin with a solid sun kissed wheat grain backbone enhanced by lemon and citrus zest. There's a spiciness present that hints at clove and banana alongside an earthy yeast aspect. Citric, somewhat floral hops lurk in the background. Fresh and vibrant, reminds me of summer.

First sip brings a crisp, lightly toasty wheat grain malt upfront quickly met by a mix of citrus and spice. Lemon and orange zest move into a slightly peppery spice with tasty Belgian yeast accents. Flows down with an earthy tinge and a touch of clove. Mellow hops bring in some bitterness on the finish. Overall a very enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied and creamy. Very refreshing with just the right punch of carbonation. This would be a great brew on the beach on a hot day. Overall, a tasty take on a Saison from the Lost Abbey crew. I'm glad I grabbed a bottle of this and wish I had more!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the corked and caged bomber into a tulip glass.

Flows into the glass a cloudy and lovely orange-gold with lots of bubbly, foamy head that dissipates into some lovely Belgian lace all down the glass.

The aroma is wonderful: The great Belgian yeast as well as some nice fruitiness, a hint of pepper and bread and a nice underlying funk.

This beer tastes great! Love the up-front character of the big Belgian yeast as well as the fruit tastes: peach, apple, a little pear and a bit of sweet orange. Also a nice farmyard funk underneath and a very nice lingering bitter that, I'm assuming, comes from the American hops. Very crisp and tasty. A hint of warming alcohol as well.

Overall, I think this is a wonderful Saison that I would be happy to drink again.

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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 warnerry
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Beerswag
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, orange-yellow in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: pepper, orange, hay, and lemon

Taste: pepper, orange, hay, coriander, and lemon

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, dry, sweet start with a more bitter sour finish

Drinkability:A nice and dry, flavorful saison that is good not great for the style. I do like the flavor combinations. I would get this again, but there are other Lost Abbey beers I would get sooner.

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Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kaiser81 for sending me this bottle.

This is the 2009 vintage which was brewed using Brettanomyces. The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is brett with some citrus. I also get some tartness. The flavor is a nice mix of citrus, spices, Belgian yeast and some brett characteristics. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Altenor
4/5  rDev +1%

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

Bottle shared at Klooster. Semi-hazy golden pour with a tall white head. Notes of grass hops, honey, spices, yeast. Medium body and carbonation and a bitter-sweet finish.

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

Pours hazy gold with a short white head. Aroma reminiscent of a German hefe; banana, clove, apricots, and lemon. Clean, light taste that is a cross between a hefe and a trippel. More yeast and clove, but now with bubblegum and spice with a little sugary wheat flavor. I really liked this beer.

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Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Carnevale Ale bears many of the scents native to its Saison-style roots, including Belgian-like orange and coriander, and hints of Saison spiciness. Accompanying these is a strong hint of apple cider, as well as white grape, pear, and lychee nut aromas.

On the tongue, the brew is fruity and spicy, the former coming in waves of orange, grape, pear, and grapefruit, and the latter in hints of coriander and pepper. A good amount of hops nicely balances out the sugars, but remains far enough in the background to avoid detracting from the brew's focus on fruit and spice. The aftertaste is dominated by orange, coriander, and pepper, and lingers on the tongue for quite a while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a well-made beer, having been obviously brewed lovingly and with a good amount of ingredients. I'm not sure it necessarily brings anything new to the table, but it is quite delicious.

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Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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 ehammond1
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Somewhat hazy golden and yellow with a thin white cap. Limited lacing down the glass.

Sweet and musty aroma consisting of lemon, barnyard/hay, a little musty funk, and some spice notes: coriander? The aroma on this one, as I've found with a few other saisons served cold from the tap, need to warm up to really express their aroma. When cold, there's almost no aroma whatsoever.

A very well-balanced and highly drinkable saison. All the flavors come together magnificently well: sweet and tart lemon, musty barnyard hay, grass, mild yet biting spice and herb notes (black pepper and coriander).

Medium mouthfeel, though a touch metallic and sharp at times.

A delicious and classic version of a great style.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 844 ratings