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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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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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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3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap in a taster at The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Half finger white head. Medium retention. Filmy lacing. Clear pale straw color.

S- Sour, straw, grains and sugar.

T- Sour, vinous, some sugar sweetness.

M- Vinous and light.

O- Weird beer. Not a huge fan. Might like to try it again though. I feel I wasn't able to give it a fair shake.

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4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


2012 bottle into a snifter.

A: Transparent yellow gold with an absurdly large craggy white sea foam head that never really recedes. Foam is all over the glass. Fantastic looking beer.

S: Light biscuity, crackery malt with effusive floral and grassy notes. White pepper accompanies a dash of clove. Leather is restrained. I get a good amount of lemon, as well as granny smith apple and green grape.

T: A little sweet malt with notes of lemon, apple, earth, white pepper, and a touch of clove. A little leather mingles with grassy and floral notes. Crisp dry finish.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation. Dry, well attenuated mouthfeel.

Overall: A very nice Saison. I'm going to set my last few bottles from this vintage aside and let the Brett do some work.

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3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale orange with a slight haze and bubbles rising. Nice foamy head, but a soft head, not tons of density. The foam clings to the side and doesn't let go as you drain the glass.

Some must and yeast and spice- some white pepper. The nose is definitely saison. There is also a green herbal note, which I assume is the hop addition to this beer.

Bitter malt and some funk up front. Some yeast, but that is pushed aside by another type of bitterness. A bit herbal in the bitterness, and this beer gets a little chalky and mineral-like. Light tartness, but barely there. Bitterness asserts itself at the end, and this one dries right out.

Lighter bodied with carbonation, but there's enough to swish around.

I like this beer, but not as much as some other saisons. A little too bitter, and that upsets the balance and all of the other wonderful nuances present. Very worth trying, and any flaws are minimum.

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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured nearly 3 fingers of frothy white foam. Lacing and head retention are both great. Wonderful!

Smell: light malt with a bit of sweetness and a light, balanced funkiness. There's also a hint of sourness in the mix which works rather well. I like it!

Taste: nice, moderate funkiness with an earthy, slightly citrusy hop character and a strong but balanced bitterness. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a massive carbonation and a great creaminess. Love it!

Overall: I find this to be a highly tasty and drinkable saison. I would gladly have this beer again.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head.
S: There are aromas of lemon citrus, yeast and pepper in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of barnyard funk.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice and refreshing saison; the subtle hints of funk make it quite interesting to drink.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a medium golden yellow in color with some light notes of orange. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of brett with some barnyard funkiness and some lighter notes of orange citrus with spicy yeast.

T: There is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts upfront with quite a bit of yeast and spicy notes. On top of that there are good flavors of brett that give some tartness and moderate to heavy amounts of funk.

M: Just lighter than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amount of carbonation. Slight amounts of acidic prickliness and almost creamy. Dry in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink with an appropriate amount of funkiness. The brett flavors are very complementary and do not dominate or overpower the other flavors in the beer - good amounts of complexity.

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Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 82.5% out of 100 with 824 ratings
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