Carnevale | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale straw color some haze but for the most part good clarity. Bright white massive sticky white head.

Nice nose of earthy hops, banana, clove, some barnyard and medicinal flavors and underlying citric and grapefruit hops. Smells like a classic Belgian saison with some American influence.

Very brisk and effervescent. Full but smooth body. Lots of yeast bite and spice. Initial sweetness of banana and pear. Rolls into earthy yeast like flavors and clove which round out the sweetness and then finishes with a big yeast bite. Takes a few sips to get used to it.

A complex brew with lots of fruit rind flavor. Enough tart like quality on the back of the tongue to remind you its a saison. Traditional yet innovative. Yeast bite really takes away from the beer though unfortunately ruining its drinkability a bit.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
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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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of GatorCoop
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle form Costco had a Harsh taste didn't like it.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a straw yellow with orange low lights and not much head. Nose is citrus and coriander, slight farmhouse. Taste is really thin...citrusy, bready...that's about it. Mouthfeel is under carbonated and clean.

This was a real let down. I wasn't sure if I was drinking a saison or a witte. Either way, it wasn't very impressive. If they somehow kicked up the flavor and made it more rich, it would have some legs, but it's just not there.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Amber with a hint of red that looks orange from the right angle. Beautiful two finger head on this that receded slowly with some very fine lacing down the side. Very nice looking beer.

S - Apples and maybe even grapes start off a fruity nose and the citrusy smell of orange peel and some nice floral and belgian yeast. Smells very good.

T - Does not taste as good as it smells. Not sweet enough, not yeasty enough, not dry enough, just not enough going on here. It's tart, with the taste of apples coming through, but it's a little hollow, finishes sour.

M - Pretty light bodied. Surprising lack of carbonation given the beautiful head on this. Just too flat, not good.

D - It's not hard to drink, I just don't like it and won't drink more.

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3.04/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color, has plenty of haze to it. Drops 4/5" white head, phenomenal retention. Aroma had all the yeast, plenty of clove, brett was a stretch to find.

Taste was floral, musty, wet hay, citrus, hibiscus. For me there was too much clove to it. Kinda seemed like there was wheat as well.

Way too expensive for what it brings to the table.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
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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3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 750mL corked and caged bottle. Cork was really difficult to remove. I usually think that means there may be a problem with carbonation but this bottle is right on. Pours a white foamy head.

S: Light citrus and possibly a slight farmhouse aroma

T: Pepper, citrus, some earthy flavors and some sweet but light residuals. The flavors stay for awhile after the first drink.

M: Huh, creamy, this is the first time I have described a beer as creamy

O: I'm giving this beer an average rating. I'm picking up a lot of lemony citrus flavors that aren't really to my taste and there is a taste, maybe from a combination of flavors that reminds me of a metallic taste, not sure how else to describe it.

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3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up today. Always excited to see a Lost Abbey brew. This was one beautiful bottle, by the way.

Poured a light orange. Quite murky and cloudy, and the edges and top were noticeably lighter than the core. White fluffy foam. Settled down to a thin crust fairly quickly.

Smells like zesty citrus and yeast. Taste is mostly grapefruity/yeast, with some bread/grains tones and a hint of funk. Maybe some bananas, as well.

It's kind of a strange hybrid, actually. The bottle mentions hops. If they're there, it's mostly in the grapefruit flavor, because this beer is definitely more sour than bitter. It's not particularly similar to other saisons I've sampled. The beer is way too flat. With this kind of zesty, complicated mouthfeel, I would have appreciated a bit more body and liveliness.

Lost Abbey brews have always been a bit of a "hit or miss" experience for me. This one's clearly a miss. I was kind of taken aback by some of the high reviews, as this beer, while solid, is not one of their upper tier efforts. If this was priced in the three to five dollar range, I'd probably chalk it up as an interesting experiment and maybe buy a few to sample later. At 8.99, though, there are far better options amongst Lost Abbey offerings, let alone other breweries.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle courtesy of numbeercruncher. nice hazy orange color with a filmy white head. Smells rustic and reminds me of red barn. Taste is very similar to red Barn with a candy sweetness to it. Decent beer but after having Ne Goien this just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw-colored gold with translucent yellow edges when held against a lamp. Takes several pours to get into the glass, as the off-white head is an overly energetic and fluffy cap that threatens to overflow. Leaves intricate ivy lacing down the sides.

S: Belgian yeast, some funk, and a strong lemon rind scent that combines tartness with a little bitter sting. A mild hint of pepper.

T: The pepper I detected in the nose sets the initial taste with a little yeasty sourness. That progresses quite nicely into a lemon and pineapple citrus hop mid-taste. The finish continues these fruit notes, but is dominated by a bready malt and pepper again. A light spice lingers into the aftertaste, which is the only deviation from a crisp and clean finish.

M: Light-bodied, but very well carbonated. A good saison.

D: Seems very similar to their other saison, Red Barn. It's not bad at all, but I think I'd go with something else in terms of value.

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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

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