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 czfreeman
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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 -3.5%
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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Photo of tedho21
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of fenix1300
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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 -4.8%
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 +1.5%
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 -2.3%
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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Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of SalMineo
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of SaneMan
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Rudy
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: two fInger white frothy head on a murky pale golden body.

S: A little musty with nice yeasty character with lemon custard, clove and herbal notes.

T: flavor is a touch flat up front with a strong herbal and yeasty finish. some fruitiness from lemon presence.

M: light body and high carbonation. Crisp and sharp with a moister finish than is typical of a saison.

Overall; I wasn't impressed by this one. Saisons are similar across brewers and this one doesn't stand out really.

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Photo of pigc
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours light blonde with three finger pure white foam head.

S - Light fruit, little spice, slight funkiness, bready malt

T - Floral esters up front with a slight hoppy spice coming in next followed clover and then a slightly dry finish.

M - Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Pretty sessionable farmhouse ale. Not my favorite of styles but this was refreshing after a long day.

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Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass
High expectations for this one with it having just revived a gold medal.

A: pours a hazy golden yellow... With a slight orange to it... Massive 4 finger white mountainous head... That disapates nicley and leavs a nice amount of lacing.

S: an interesting aroma... Get strong notes of bannana/bubblegum and clove... A lot of citrus in there as well, along with an earthy barnyard aroma.... Interesting and complex but not particularly pleasing to me.

T: much like the flavor, barnyard funk, mixed with a healthy dose of Belgian yeasty flavors, like bubblegum, clove, and bannana.... Mixed with citrus, apple and pear notes.... I think this brew is just not my style.

M: nice medium body, with lower carbonation for the style... I enjoy the mouth feel and find it on the lush side and very drinkable.

O: I could see this maybe being good if you enjoyed this kinda thing... But it is deffinatly not my style.... To much Belgian yeast for me....

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale straw color some haze but for the most part good clarity. Bright white massive sticky white head.

Nice nose of earthy hops, banana, clove, some barnyard and medicinal flavors and underlying citric and grapefruit hops. Smells like a classic Belgian saison with some American influence.

Very brisk and effervescent. Full but smooth body. Lots of yeast bite and spice. Initial sweetness of banana and pear. Rolls into earthy yeast like flavors and clove which round out the sweetness and then finishes with a big yeast bite. Takes a few sips to get used to it.

A complex brew with lots of fruit rind flavor. Enough tart like quality on the back of the tongue to remind you its a saison. Traditional yet innovative. Yeast bite really takes away from the beer though unfortunately ruining its drinkability a bit.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I had this on draught before and gave it a B-, but saisons tend to be best out of the bottle. Acqiored at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, California. Cost was $8.49 plus tax.

Served a little cooler than room temperature. Side-poured with more than standard vigor as carbonation issues are often foreseen with this brewery.

I'm really in the mood for a good saison.

A: Pours a four finger head of soft slight cream, good lacing, nice fluffy thickness, white colour, and great retention for the above average ABV. Colour is a clear light yellow. A predictable looking saison, but a nice one no doubt. The lacing is quite appropriate for the style, with a little residue left about the inside of the goblet. No yeast particles are visible, but I'm pretty early in a large bottle.

Sm: Hints of lemon peel, subtle spices, some light hints of earthiness, cream, clean malts, and very fresh wild yeast. Very light, pleasant, and fresh. It gets me excited to try the beer. As it should be for the style.

T: Light lemon, touches of yeast, pleasant subtle spice, very restrained clean malt (very hard to find), and hints of an underlying earthiness when I really really look for them. It's quite refreshing all around, but it honestly isn't all that complex. Some subtlety is present but not as much as anticipated. No real layering. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Really glides down the tongue. Very delicate and soft. Fresh, light, and thin (in a pleasant way). It has enough presence for the flavours but seeks to maximize drinkability - and succeeds. Some cream in the open adds a nice touch. Slightly undercarbonated.

Dr: Very easy to drink. Refreshing, clean, and enjoyable. I'd have it again at a better price. I don't know that aging did a whole lot for it. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's a nice little saison.


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Photo of flanhalen
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of avaldivia
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of IMS
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Dweedlebug
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
3.97 out of 5 based on 816 ratings.
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