Carnevale | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Farmhouse style Saison with Brettanomyces, Amarillo and Simcoe Hops.

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

BEER STATS
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#5,635
Reviews:
330
Ratings:
837
pDev:
8.84%
Bros Score:
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Photo of brianmandell
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FriedSlug
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold beer with a pillowy white head and streams of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass that never end. The smell is sweet, funky, bright citrus, banana and clove. This is a really nice beer.

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Photo of jmg480
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lanedlr
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of soco89ziegler
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hman43
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours pale gold with a full white, long lasting head. It has a slight haze to it with Belgian lace as the head recedes.

Smell: It has high citrus aromas with moderate earthly elements. It is moderately spicy with pepper.

Taste: It has flavors highlight by high fruit flavors with citrus and orange. There is also a moderate blend of earthen flavors, spice, and pepper. There is a low sour element as well. The complex flavors work well together.

Feel: It has high carbonation and a moderate feel. There is a low sour and bitter finish that is dry.

Overall, this is a very complex blend of aromas and flavors in an ale highlight by citrus and yeast.

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Photo of madelf66
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bnes09
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a light apple juice with overwhelming funk. Not a great balance in my opinion.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium golden hue with nice fluffy head. Strong retention. Aroma is tradional & on-point for the style - with notes of dry yeast, hay and lemon rind - though it was a tad muted. It's somewhat full-bodied for a saison and a little oily with lots of carbonation.

Flavor profile was a little washed-out to me - the Brett is not very present at all (moreso upfront) and is drowned out by the hop notes, which bring a soft tropical note to it but otherwise is also pretty faded. They do add a bitterness at the end that is also tinged with a vine note. In the end, the lack of any stand-out notes & the too-heavy-for-the-style body was dissapointing for me.

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Photo of cyclone
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of riotontheroad
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dexterk1
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chrinst
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.04/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color, has plenty of haze to it. Drops 4/5" white head, phenomenal retention. Aroma had all the yeast, plenty of clove, brett was a stretch to find.

Taste was floral, musty, wet hay, citrus, hibiscus. For me there was too much clove to it. Kinda seemed like there was wheat as well.

Way too expensive for what it brings to the table.

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Photo of BEER88
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of curlybird
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

(This intro has to do with the importance of beer.)
Yesterday I was in Hawaii with a 79 degree high, a low of 71 and ridiculously pleasant trade winds that only small islands get. Paradise was the half-way house to help me adjust from a month of summer heat in Australia. Today, I am in Chicago and it is Ground Hog Day at a -5 chill factor and clear; (meaning it was too cold for clouds and the ground hog got scared of his shadow and went into his hole... meaning winter will be longer than usual which, in Chicago, means that it seems like it cannot possibly end.) Despite being lucky this entire year, I still needed some serious mood adjustment and popped this bottle 11 days early. (As everyone knows and the bottle says, Carnevale is the day everyone can pretend to be someone else.)

It worked. Halfway through the bottle, weather did not matter much. And ale did matter much more.
Carnevale even Looked to promise better things to come... with its fluffy, Spring-like head. Its Smell added the allure of fruity malts. Tastes start sweetly boosted by Lost Abbey's talent for yeast. Then, there is a slow fade to let the spices in for balance. But as an after-taste in the session, the spices lingered too long for me. (I'd like a future Lost Abbey brew to re-blend its hops from mostly American to those more associated with Belgians.)

Then to right the situation, I ate the food and the spices met their match; doing double duty by cutting through the olive oil and garlic. While I think a great saison should standout as a session, Carnevale at least very much did its job with the meal... the main test of a good saison. Bottomline: I'll look for Carnevale later this year. I've found a new mood-adjuster.

Moral of the story: when pretending to be someone or somewhere else, make the most of the timing... even if you've been lucky all year.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of 50marathons
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice pepper finish. Great saison yeast

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Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
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