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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2012

A - A huge three finger's worth of big chunky fluffy airy slightly off-white colored head... Slight retention gives was to full airy moderately thick lacing... The color is a vibrant orangish gold... Loaded with swirling moderate paced carbonation...

S - Brett is at the forefront and dominates... Some lemon zest... Some yeasty notes... Clove... Some grassy notes as well...

T - The palate is dominated by brett, yeast and clove... A touch of banana... Not too much in terms of the complexity I associate with the style... Fairly one dimensional...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Loaded with fizzy carbonation... The finish displays just the slightest touch of dryness...

D - Not a bad Saison, but a bit of a disappointment overall as this one is average at best... Perhaps a bit more time in the bottle would help meld the flavors and provide much needed complexity...

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw colored yellow with an off white head. Good head retention with sticky white rings of foam showing the progression of each sip. Has a nice spicy scent of the American hops detailed on the label. Some nice fruity complexity from the yeast as well.

The taste may be a little too spicy for my tastes. It covers some of the complexity. But really I'm being picky and this is a good beer. The hops are spicy and American providing a twist onthe common saison. An effervescent mouthfeel with tiny Belgian bubbles. A solid beer from a great brewery.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from Amanti Vino's "Beer of the Month" club. It's marked "vintage 2012" and was allowed to warm some before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Carnevale pours a crystal clear golden yellow. The monstrous pile of foam atop the beer maxes out at about four fingers in height. Head retention and lacing are both very good, but neither are quite on par with the very best of the style The nose has lots of earthy brett funk, but with a light peppery aroma present as well. The flavor profile follows a similar layout, with the brett profile having a prominent, wet hay, barnyard essence to it. The pepper-like phenols are muted and in the background, but definitely present. The label advertises American hops, but outside of a gentle bitterness I don't find evidence of any. The body is nice and dry, and the carbonation has plenty of life to it, spot on mouthfeel for a saison. I really enjoyed this relatively fresh bottle o Carnevale, and I'd be curious to see what it's like with a little bit more age on it.

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

figured I would try a lost abbey brew for true blood tonight

A- very hazy orange with loads of fluffy white foam tackling the glass. Very hazy and vibrant with the orange colors

S- yeast and clove with some mango in the scent. A good amount of barnyard funk really all over the glass

T- very good blend of spices, clove, and citrus flavors that balance and complement eachother very well. The flavor is very hearty and that makes for a fuller saison, versus a thinner one

M- carbonation is tackling and very good

O- as this is my first lost abbey brew, I am very satifsfied. Too often do saison attempts have only thin yeasty qualities. Carnevale makes for a thicker, fuller version. Enjoyable.

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consumed on 6/30, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up in boston a while ago. enjoyed from my lost abbey teku.
2009 vintage

a - brew opened with a pop and poured a transparent yellow with some subtle visible carbonation and a finger plus of bubbly head that zipped away leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface. some streaky bubbly lacing on the side of the glass.

s - some nice sweet grassiness. little bubblegum and little clove.

t - really nice and subtle saison. a bit more funky than i'm used to, but there is good clove and weak bubblegum flavors. some zingy fruitiness as well.

m - tingly with nice bite. medium to light bodied.

o - overall a really nice saison that has held up well over the past few years and is rather refreshing in the warmer months. definitely has some funk to it too which is a nice change.


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

Poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a hazy yellow color with a nice and foamy head.

Nice and spicy aromas. Good depth with a touch of brett and aromas of citrus, spices, and oranges.

Silky medium body. Lacking a slight bit on the mid, but very smooth and tasty. Balanced with good flavors of spices, citrus and some florals with a touch of oranges.

This is a real nice saison. Has the good feel with it along with having a slight bit of bretty touch to it on the back end.

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Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 828 ratings
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