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 philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Jmamay22
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of axeman9182
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of kendellmarie
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Walrus
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of guytyping
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of drewson111
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Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of KDawg
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, vintage 2012 bottle. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a very nice fluffy 3 finger white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, apple, pear, orange zest, herbal, floral, pepper, wheat, grass, coriander, mustiness, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, pear, pepper, apple, orange zest, grass, herbal, floral, coriander, pineapple, wheat, earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, pear, apple, pineapple, herbal, pepper, coriander, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor complexity and balance of sweetness/peppery flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very nice crisp and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic saison! Huge flavor complexity and balance; and extremely smooth to sip on. I had no idea this had Brett in it when I bought it online, but the outcome was fantastic.

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

The color of a hazy wheat yellow, with a lot of white foam and a fair amount of lace on the side of the pint glass. The smell of citrus, hops and alcoholic carbonation filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste had the flavor of carbonated lemons, hops and a bitter/sweet finish on the aftertaste that lingered for quite awhile. The longer you sip this ale the more complex flavors you got on your palate.

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a hazy yellow with a huge (3-4 finger) white pillowy head that lasted a little while, receding to a large puddle and collar of residue, which had good spotty lacing.

The aroma was of light grain and cereal malts, herbal hops and a funky Brett yeast with notes of citrus (orange and lemon), and a hint of spice (coriander and clove).

The taste was a little sweet and a tad sour with a hint of citrus at first and then became rather hoppy with a slight bitter lemon peel presence and a mild peppery spice ending. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a hoppy slightly sour peppery taste left to settle on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just beyond light in body with a smooth dry texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall a refreshingly different Saison, with a nice sour spicy taste that had an outstanding blending with the hops...

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
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