Carnevale | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
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 beagle75
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with two fingers of persistent white foam head. Heavy spotty lacing remains on the glass.

S: Husky grain, bright fruit, mineral salts, and almond-like yeast phenolics provide considerable range. While qualities associated with the smell are diverse and copacetic, the intensity could be greater.

T: Begins off-dry, with mixed fruit, refined bready malt, and possibly a whiff of pet urine. Acidity is moderate into the middle where mild white pepper gives way to rustic butter. A mild combination of yeast-derived bread and apple fruit lingers in the finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, cooling and slightly sticky on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This attractive-looking saison exhibits some potent Belgian yeast character against otherwise traditional and unremarkable sensory qualities.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Florida9
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Fairly hazy dark pastel orange. Forms a moderate sized white head that slowly reduces to a rocky surface coating. Leaves some moderate lacing on the way down.

S: Complex, spicy, and slightly funky aroma. There is the unmistakeable Brett barnyard quality. Lemon, pepper, and hay.

T: Taste is similar, but with a bit more of a sweet fruitiness. Slightly sweet pale malts, lemon, coriander, then some tropical fruits. Dries out on the finish with an earthy spiciness.

M: On the lighter side of medium, though feels a little thick for the style. Sweet on the front; dry on the finish. Mild bitterness.

O: A nice saison - I like how the Brett plays with this style. That said, the taste was a little off balance. Sweet then dry. Fruity then earthy. Interesting, but I also felt it was lacking continuity.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Cliff!

A: Clear lemon yellow. A white, one-finger head that dums down to big bubbles. Significant lacing.

S: Citrus, lemons, Belgian yeast.

T: Light hops, floral. That Belgian yeast rushes in. Citrus-y, tart. Moderate malts. A clean, dry finish.

M: Medium, frothy carbonation.

O: My first from The Lost Abbey. A decent saison. Great with Swiss cheese. Ready for Carnival season now.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of spicelab
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Beermasons. 2012 vintage.

Golden straw, near-clear. Large pillowy white head collapses softly with the odd spot of lace. Vigorous bead.

Moderate fruity esters and phenols behind a nice woody, vinuos edge from the Brett. Pear, apricot, and plenty of sharp floral spice with occasional candy floss high notes. Well contained and very nice.

Plenty of malty sweetness initially, before it gradually dries out, so much so that it ultimately finishes a little metallic. Moderate citrus pith sourness.

Syrupy entry, with deceptive micro-carbonation transitioning into the dry finish.

Pretty classy actually. Not a huge measure of Saison or Brett yeast character, but very neat and technically sound. Satisfying.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of MadScientist
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
3.97 out of 5 based on 818 ratings.
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