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 BeerDocT
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-Appearance 4.0: Jumped out of the bottle a lightly golden yellow, like a late afternoon sunbeam. Inch tick head slowly dissipated into a frothy top-cover that stuck around the entire session.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet. Somewhat subdued, but what I smell is wonderful: barley, yeast and a slightly sour spiciness.

-Taste 4.5: Front is cool, bubbly liquid with a subtle sourness, middle is a deep honey sweetness which quickly disappears into a dry spiciness. Finish is Belgian yeast, more spices and a cloying sweetness. Aftertaste is amazing: the sweetness quickly disappears leaving a very faint hint of alkaline hops. Wow.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Highly carbonated, but not over the top and the carbonation enhances this brew to the max. Excellent choice by the "brothers" at Lost Abbey.

-Overall 4.5: Overall, a fantastic beer. It hits so many unusual points in the standard Belgian palate of tastes that I would unconditionally recommend it to any and all fans of brews from the land of awesome beers, moules frites and that weird statue in Brussels. If you can find this beer, buy it.

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Photo of brureview
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip. The beer pours a large three fingered head. There is a dominant lemon smell characteristic of Saisons. The mouthfeel is puckered and highly carbonated.

The finish is too bitter-especially for a Saison: it could be a bit smoother and fruit is needed for an additional light smoothness.

This Saison needs refinement. The head and the light tea color are fine, but the finish needs to rounded out, and the mouthfeel slightly less forceful: a good Saison has a mellow fruitiness with tart overtones.

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Photo of onewetpaw
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from the corked and caged 759ml bottle.

A- Light tangerine and clove. Not a overly fruity nose, rather subdued. No harsh phenols. I smell a whiff of Brett immediately after uncorking, but that's it for funk. I expect this is due to its young age.

A- Golden with warm haze. Thick white head that grows slightly out of the glass.

F- Mellow citrus and cloves are present here as well. A slight pepper flavor along with a general slight sweetness.

M- Crisp prickly carbonation. Slightly full body and a minimally oil texture, likely from the oats.

O- An interesting twist on a great style. I really like their interpretation of this one. The mouthfeel stands out to me as a positive. I like the oat additions.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Los Abbey/Port tasting room in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain/malt, citrus, spices, and yeast. Taste is the same with a mild spice bitterness on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Gavage
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a one inch head that lasts a while.

Smell: citrus, some spicy yeast, and pears.

Taste: grassy malt profile, with pears, golden apples, some pepper spice, yeast, and a moderate floral bitterness. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medum bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Some dryness arrive late. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: an easy drinking saison that is nicely flavored and has enough spiciness to keep it interesting.

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Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

on tap at The Lost Abbey at the Annual Masquerade Party 2/25/2012.

A: Pours a bright, slightly hazy golden yellow with a frothy white head that lingers while leaving some good lacing.

S: Aroma is big, with herbs, spices and yeast up front along with citrus hops, mainly lemon and orange. Slight bit of brett.

T: Taste is sweet like green apples and apricots and has a slight hop bite with lemons. The spices are also present with coriander and cloves with the same hint of funk present in the nose. The finish is crisp with the hops.

M: Mouthfeel is light to medium with strong carbonation leading to a very refreshing feel.

D: This is an extremely drinkable brew and this is going to be a perfect brew as the weather warms heading into summer

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Photo of ineva
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with just a hint of orange. Large white head that goes down very slowly. Scent is very spicy with a hint of funky brett and some citrus fruit. Belgian yeast and citrus hops. Taste is initially spicy, with pepper and just a bit of lemon zest. A little bit of alcohol with orange and grapefruit. Some nice farmhouse flavors and mellow brett character. Finish slightly bitter and dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I really like this saison. I also really like Red Barn. I would like to do a side by side with the two.

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Photo of LittleLo
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of nasa258e
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle to Duvel tulip. The beer pours a translucent golden yellow with a very impressive 3 finger white bubbly head. Great retention and lacing. Looks impressive. The aroma is a blend of spice, earthen hops, grassy almost though fresh like a field of wheat rather than a lawnmower, if that makes sense. It's nice. The flavor follows suit with a nice foundation or toasted malts from which the peppery citrus flavors build. Earthen hops with mild bitterness. Crisp and clean. Moderate carbonation and lighter end of medium bodied. Overall, another fantastic Lost Abbey brew. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of stairwell2811bre
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of CoreyCramer
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of roblund
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of brotherloco
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle. I think this is a 2011 edition, but it could be from 2010. Served in a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-straw color with a solid two finger white head. Foam has a real meringue texture. Bubbles continue to cascade up through the beer. Tons of thick lacing.

Aroma is rich, vinous, and slightly sour and funky. Citrusy hop notes are present, a good deal of sugar, and some perfumy floral notes. Sweeter fruits emerge as well.

Flavor is nicely balanced and isn't as sweet as the aroma let on. Not too dry either. Fruit notes tilt towards juicy apples and pears. Flavor evolves through the middle and finish. It dries up a bit and bitter hoppiness takes the forefront, spicy pepper emerges, but fruity sweetness never completely disappears.

Body is on the fuller side of medium with really nice medium-high natural carbonation. Real lively, great feel.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Turbodog666
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
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