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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Tulip

A - A pale, straw colored brew that produced a massive 3-4 finger head that looked soapy and airy. Through the haze of the beer I can make out lots of tiny bubbles rapidly making their way to the top. Not much lacing left but a splotch on one side of the glass.

S - The first thing I pick up is soft white vinegar and potent grassy notes. Perhaps the skin of an apricot. I pick up soft clove and banana underneath the initial brightness, that works very well. Soft cracker and grain can be detected, as well as sweet smelling rock sugar. It's very inviting.

T - Upfront I get rock sugar mingling with musty yeast flavors. Tart grape, clove and banana quickly follow. It finishes with a snap of dry/bitter like quality you get from certain champagnes. A bit of alcohol can be picked up especially as it warms.

M - Moderately-highly crisp with a firm medium body.

O - I really enjoyed this brew. It's got such a wonderful balance between tart, bitter and sweet that I loved. It was refreshing and looked and smelled very inviting. I really recommend this brew to people that like the style, and softer, more refreshing tasting brews. Cheers!

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4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

glass: Tulip

Cloudy and effervescent pale orange-colored body. Generous 3-finger frothy white head. Leaves lots of splashy lacing around the rim.

Bright, delicate aromas of peach, lemon, clove, ripe banana, coriander and fresh cut grass. Body is medium with a bubbly feel in the mouth. Flavors of apricot, banana and lemon blend seamlessly into a delicate yet full-flavored brew. Heat on the back-end with a sharp bitter lemon zest finish.

Refreshing but a bit heavy for a hot summer day. Excellent beer overall.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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

pours like a hefe, cloudy golden, great head.
Cloves, citrus fruits, yeast, with a little caramel sweetness. Clean and refined, yet uninteresting in the saison world in my opinion. Delicious, yet safe, this beverage yields a great light yet fluffy saison feel, but lacks in depth. I'd have a second, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of xraided81
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml 2012 most recent release.
Pours a vibrant cloudy orange color, with a 1 inch persistent foamy white head.
S: Tropical, citrus fruits in the aroma, candied orange peels come to mind. A floral bouquet of aromas, as swirl the tulip glass.
T: american hops, malt, grainy, very dry and refreshing. dont get many spices, which is great, not a big fan of spiced saisons.

M: Medium bodied, beer, is not light in mouth feel as many saisons are.
O: Great saison, im not much of a saison fan, got turned off by the super spicy offerings, but this is mellow, not many spices in this, lost abbey let the yeast and hops bring out the spice in this one, pick this up, if you find it i know i will

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – An orange colored body with a light haze. Upon serving there was a light white head. The head faded fast giving away to a very light amount of lacing.

Smell- The smell is the funky aroma expected with a bit of bitter and astringency, but also has some sweeter lemon citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Lemon, orange, a light pineapple and banana are detected and are mixed with a nice yeasty and malty base.

Taste- The taste follows the nose quite well. It has a citrus taste upfront. It is sweeter at first and sours up a bit as the taste advances on. Toward the end of the taste the presence of the yeast becomes more pronounced and with the souring flavor leaves a rather interesting aftertaste in the mouth. Not bad.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is fairly average overall. It has a somewhat creamy body with a medium level of carbonation. Pretty standard.

Overall – Not bad. It got some nice spiciness and flavors. Well worth a try.

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4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Mostly clear gold, white cap has nice retention and spotty lacing.

S - Yeasty, barnyard funk, solid earthiness in there, followed by a bit of lemongrass.

T - Nice yeastiness again in the taste, a little candy sugar, and finishing a little on the bitter side with some herbal hops.

M - Medium to light in body, crisp, dry finish.

O - Really enjoyed it, and paired well with some seafood. I'd get it again.

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Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
3.97 out of 5 based on 818 ratings.
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