Carnevale | The Lost Abbey

826 Ratings

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 strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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 +1%
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 -24.2%

Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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 -5.3%

Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Gatch
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 - only realized until after I bought it...a blessing in disguise.

A: Cloudy, golden-yellow & straw-colored with a white, fizzy head. A bit of lace and head retention.

S: Tart fruit, slight funk, barn. You can tell how this has aged. Everything has mellowed. Old brett is there.

T: Mellowed funk. A bit boozy but malty, funky, slightly fruity. Delicious.

M: Super smooth, tasty, and easy to drink.

O: Haven't had an aged Saison prior to this review but I am already a fan.

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Photo of hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful crisp clear light golden yellow pour with 2 fingers fluffy white head (which stayed throughout), great lacing, constant visible carbonation - not only is this perfect for a saison, but a very dead on interpretation of what a beer should look like in general.

smells of pepper, coriander, lemongrass, a strange fungus like raw mushroom smell. taste is very subtle.. hints of sweetness up front followed up by a slightly bitter/zesty vegetable taste (celery comes to mind), subtle breadyness, slight hint of pepper lingers.. a very flavorful, yet not overwhelming beer.

light bodied (plus) with a seltzer like carbonation. very refreshing, very crisp. the zest/pepper is a nice subject on the palate/cheeks, there is a nice cream feel on the lips.

overall, this is a damn good saison. i'll have to keep an eye out for a bottle of this and hope it's as good as on tap.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a 12 oz glass
smells of bubble gum lemon, orange, sour wheat, grains touch of floral and herbs. A nice blast of pepper and yeast adds another note of complexity. Finishing up the blend notes ofplum sour grain and somehow chocolate comes into play
Vanilla, orange, lemon, pepper, lavender all with a pinch of pepper and spice.the bitter malt, sweet mix of candi sugar and low hop profile almost create a gruit
I'm left with a nice pepper lingering tingle in the throat. This beer is slightly on the sweet side for me in the saison category but the herbal spice chapter add a nice depth that I really like.
overall not my favorite from lost abbey but having said that, still a stellar brew heads and shoulders above most.

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

A: A lemony brass coloring is translucent in nature with a showering uprising of micro-bubbles at a quick pace. The head stands a proud 3+ fingers high with a flour white color that was rocky and porous, leaving large sudsy chunks on the glass for lace. Soapy macro-bubbles are porous along the vessel walls.

S: Musky, funky barnyard scent, sour oranges, lemons, and musky grains.

T: The flavor is funky with a barnyard flair, dry sour oranges, wheat mixes with a spicy tone of musky fruitiness of pear and pineapple and soft apple. Musky pale grains, cherries with some toasted sweetness.

M: bubbly, frothy, with a light body.

O: Overall a nice level of funky sourness that is balanced just right, not to pungent, not to light, but finds that sweet spot drink ability wise while still giving you enough to appreciate per style.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. The color is hazy straw. There is a giant foamy white head that lasts. Excellent retention

The aroma has some nice spicy peppery yeast to go with a touch of honey malt sweetness.

The taste balance malt sweetness in the front with zesty yeast flavor and a touch of grassy hops. The aftertaste has some breadyness.

This is light bodied with lots of carbonation. Very drinkable; very enjoyable.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a slightly cloudy golden straw with a thick white pillowy head with sticky gobs of lace. Real nice head retention.

The aroma has a fruity berry yeast character with hints of floral hops. Hints of spice and pepper in the background with some floral hop notes. Nice amount of funk. Funky flavor profile with some grassy hop notes. Hints of lemon and cracked pepper with berries and a yeasty finish.

The body is light and has somewhat coarse carbonation. Overall a pretty solid offering. Glad to have tried this.

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Photo of Nay
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super saison style bretty, fruity/apple aroma mixed with Brett. Nicely dry, but still a bit big. Amber-toasty malt flavor lingers with sweet/sour funk: not a standard saison, but pretty tasty. Another solid offering from the lost abbey . Z z.. 250 words yet?

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with a slow flow of carbonation bubbles and a dense, chunky, white head with decent retention. Aromas of subtle coriander and nutmeg spicing, with a toasty biscuit backbone. Flavors are smooth, with a subtle honey sweet kick to the toasty backbone, both supporting the spicey overtones. Nutmeg, coriander, and lavender flavors dance on the tongue, and the more you drink the more diverse the flavors get. Smooth bodied with a crisp finish from all the spicy input. The aftertaste is slightly hopped, with some cedar and bitters joining the already complex spice profile. Tasty brew.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of SalMineo
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Rudy
4/5  rDev +1%

Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 826 ratings
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