Carnevale | The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Gregaroo
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/4/17 - Enjoyed a 2016 vintage bottle at home with the wife on the first Saturday of lent. Poured into my tall stemmed teku glass. Hazy light straw color with frothy white head. Subtle aromas yielded a smooth taste and feel. Brett not so overwhelming, which was nice.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - a nice hazy golden orange with a huge fluffy white head and great retention and lacing.
Smell - juicy citrus, clove, banana, and some slight notes of vanilla.
Taste - barnyard yeast notes are most dominant, clove, and some citrus.
Feel - good carbonation, medium body, and smooth finish.

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Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tall fluffy head crowns a foggy golden-orange liquid. Aromas of doughy yeast, creamy citrus, bananas foster, grass, and vanilla. Fruity yeast esters in the flavor with citrus peel, honey, apricot, light peppery herbs, and some pale malt sweetness. On the lighter side of medium bodied, creamy, and drying. Nice.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 vintage; drank 4/9/14 on draft @ Fischman's.

Murky yellow hue.

White head; thick lace.

Banana, orange & a hint of yeast funk in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana, sweet citrus & mild clove; a worthy sipper. Above average.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cellared 2 years +.

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: wonderfully bright with a rocky off-white head with excellent retention. The head lasted 10 minutes without fading!

Aroma: light sweet bready malt with a distinctive Belgian yeast aroma. No alcohol or hops in the nose.

Flavor: quite enjoyable. Very well balanced. The yeast, as in the nose, is distinctly Belgian, but is restrained. The mail is light, sweet and bready. Sometimes Saisons are too sweet; this beer is not. It is just very well balanced. There is no alcohol or hops in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: light, not thin, but very light bodied. This would pair very well with Thanksgiving.

Overall: much better than expected. Saisons seem to be hit or miss. Lost Abbey hit the mark with this one. The takeaway from this beer is how well balanced it is.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold beer with a pillowy white head and streams of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass that never end. The smell is sweet, funky, bright citrus, banana and clove. This is a really nice beer.

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Photo of hman43
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours pale gold with a full white, long lasting head. It has a slight haze to it with Belgian lace as the head recedes.

Smell: It has high citrus aromas with moderate earthly elements. It is moderately spicy with pepper.

Taste: It has flavors highlight by high fruit flavors with citrus and orange. There is also a moderate blend of earthen flavors, spice, and pepper. There is a low sour element as well. The complex flavors work well together.

Feel: It has high carbonation and a moderate feel. There is a low sour and bitter finish that is dry.

Overall, this is a very complex blend of aromas and flavors in an ale highlight by citrus and yeast.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium golden hue with nice fluffy head. Strong retention. Aroma is tradional & on-point for the style - with notes of dry yeast, hay and lemon rind - though it was a tad muted. It's somewhat full-bodied for a saison and a little oily with lots of carbonation.

Flavor profile was a little washed-out to me - the Brett is not very present at all (moreso upfront) and is drowned out by the hop notes, which bring a soft tropical note to it but otherwise is also pretty faded. They do add a bitterness at the end that is also tinged with a vine note. In the end, the lack of any stand-out notes & the too-heavy-for-the-style body was dissapointing for me.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.04/5  rDev -23.4%
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 Catracho5
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a orange/yellow color with a bright white frothy head, lots of carbonation, lots of lacing, beer is cloudy, looks pretty good.

A: Belgian yeast, spice, clove, touch of citrus, and slight brett funk, picking up some alcohol on the nose, smells pretty complex.

T: Belgian yeast, spice, clove, moderate amount of citrus bitterness in the middle, touch of brett funk at the end, aftertaste is of citrus peel and brett, lots going on, balanced, very tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation, medium/light bodied with smooth mouthfeel, dry finish.

O: Really enjoyed this one, I like the mix of flavors from citrus, yeast, and the touch of brett, very enjoyable.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is much better as it warms. Look is nice yellow, highly carbonated beer. Smell is belgin hops. Taste is lacking when cold, but improves with time. The spice flavors mellow with warmth. Feel is nice, but over carbonated. A good beer, nothing more.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 sskahanda
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy Orange with slight cloudiness

S: Citrus and yeast are the most prevalent

T: Really smooth finish, slight bitterness at the end, can taste some of the spiciness from the pepper

M: Slight Carbonation, creaminess

O: First time trying a beer of this sorts. I liked the taste of Saison and this beer does not fail to uphold to the others that I have tried. I will definitely purchase another bottle of this beer when given the chance.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: turbid orange with a pale white head

Nose: citrus, malty sweetness, fruity notes with a Brett driven farmhouse tang and funk.

Taste: crisp and refereshing, tart and rangy fromvthr Brett at bottling, chorus, pear, orange zest, well carbonated from the tap.

Overall: this is my first beer from the Lost Abbey. I think it's a great saison and would like to try it with some age to let the funky Brett flavors develop.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Lost Abbey Teku glass.
A - Pours a hazy golden orange. White soapy head that sticks around and some lacing.
S - Aroma is citrus and yeast.
T - Tastes like a Belgian ale with a peppery bite, a little sour and a slightly bitter finish. No citrus at this point.
M - Dry, light body with a fair amount of carbonation.
O - Very good saison with a little twist. This bottle is almost a year old now and is tasting just like they said it would.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA.

A- Medium golden-yellow body, orange hued. One finger white head, plenty of retention and lacing.

S- Citrus- orange, lemons- a bit of grainy funk, peppercorn, coriander. Nice, clean and crisp aromas.

F- Peppercorns, a bit less of the citrus on the palate, grainy malt, a bit of leather and hay but not a significant amount.

M- Light bodied, moderately carbonated. Dry, mild bitter citrus finish. Nice and drinkable.

O- Decent saison that is drinkable and tasty. The citrusy hops work well with the brettanomyces here.

Final score: 3.85

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light orange colour, steady bead. Head is very whispy, clumpy and disappointing, just leaving a few bubbles on the glass. Interesting, but not VERY interesting.

Smells Bretty and earthy and interesting. Funny kind of honey-soy savoury character, with a touch of chilli. Mostly funky barnyard though, touch of acidity; some lime, maybe even a touch of smoke. Really, very beautiful smell. Mango on the edge. It keeps presenting new stuff to me! Gorgeous.

Taste is kind of a crash back to earth. It's not bad, but it just seems generic after the vista of possibilities raised by the aroma. Saisony, with some phenolic, medicinal notes - touch of copper on there as well - some white pepper, white peach skin, wet lucerne and horse blanket bitterness late. Pretty nice, but wow that smell was something else, and this is just...something.

Little thin, but a bit of pull possibly from yeast and carbonation adds texture. Doesn't quite fill the mouth.

Nice spring saison. Tastes like there's a bright golden haze on the meadow.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with white head and plenty of lacing. The aroma is full of yeast driven esters giving off both fruity, winesque and earthy aromas. Some hay, bread, not too much funk but undeniably Belgian in nature.

The taste follows suit with an earthy, bready character, a touch of spice, but mainly a very expressive Belgian yeast strain. Borders on tart but never really gets there. Medium bodied, highly carbonated feel. Overall, this is a really solid Belgian style ale.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml brown corked and caged bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I cracked it with Sam and Chris during a brewday.

Pours a bright yellow-golden colour, with solid hazing and a crackling, aerated head that foams itself out of existence pretty quickly. A fine mesh of white lace lingers atop the glass. Body is light and fluid. Carbonation is fine. Looks pretty good overall.

Nose is clean and bright, with some crisp funk that doesn't really get earthy or horsey. Some peach character comes through with a sweetness that reminds me a little of clipped grass. High carbonation is also noticeable here until it runs out of steam. Overall, it's a very pleasant nose though.

Taste is clean and bright, but certainly sweeter than many saisons. The peach character again runs through from middle to back, giving a slightly jammy character on the finish. Beyond this is a hint of pepper, and on the front is the earthiness of the funk that never really expressed itself fully on the palate. Alcohol is very well hidden—American saisons can often feel a little blunt, which allows the booze to show a little more, but there's none of that here.

Feel is great. Smooth but bright.

Overall, this is a really drinkable, and very enjoyable saison. There's a cleanness to the funk, and a smoothness from the additional sweetness. The peach character is what sets it apart, and it's a fine character for a saison. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of beerviews2013
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour: got a murky golden color liquid with a soapy thick foam head. This reminds me of a belgium style brew just by the pour you can tell.

smell: you get a sweet smell that is quite lovely.

taste: a nice blend of sour sweet and spice. More sweet then anything this is a nice brew by lost abbey. There is a nice fruitiness that is on this beer that makes it easy to drink and being a 6.5 abv its always good to make it easy to drink.

Overall: The spice is really nice on this not too harsh where it kills the taste just a nice smooth brew all the way through.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a: hazy bright burnt orange with some buttery looking notes making it look extremely smooth. large 4 finger bubbly, frothy bright white head

s: earthy grains, green pears, coriander, nice spicy Belgian yeast, white grapes, and some nice funk to round it out

t: i pick up the fruit and slight funk right away. pears, white grapes and apples. sweet lemongrass. quite a big malt presence in here - sweet caramel. ends with those refined earthy grains. at the very back of the tongue i pick up some bitterness, can't nail down from what. it feels earthy, like a tea leaf

m: medium with a lot of carbonation. really fizzes in your mouth, and you feel it in your belly

o: first thing i noticed when tasting was that i wished it had the same spice presence in the flavor as it had in the nose. some coriander in the flavor would have really made this pop. all the flavors in here are nice, and this is a seriously good drinker - would have just like some spice & some more funk to harmonize the sweet green fruits. that being said, this is still quite delicious

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 750ml bottle (25.4 oz.)
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Costco in in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $6.64
Purchased: May 12, 2014
Consumed: May 12, 2014
Misc.: Cork and twist

Poured a golden, straw, hazy color with five fingers of bubbly, foamy, white head. A few lines of bubbles coming up from the bottom on sides of the glass. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Minimal retention.

Smelled a plethora of flavors. Got sour fruit, banana, kiwi, apple, grape, caramel, honey, bubblegum, floral hops, peppery spice and melon.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Got sour fruit, apple, grape, kiwi, honey, caramel, slight butterscotch, Belgian spices and lemon grass.

Light body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Fruity finish.

A good Saison for sure. I’d have it again.

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