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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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright yellow-gold with a finger of off-white head. Thin wet lacing left behind.

Aroma is on the sweeter side with tropical fruits, lemon, yeast, cinnamon and cracker.

Tasted of oranges and lemons, yeast, cinnamon, pepper and a light earthy note.

Light-to-medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

A solid Saison from The Lost Abbey.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden yellow. Huge fluffy head, appx 5 fingers or so. Way to big IMO and it lasts a while.

S: Spicy, slight funkiness, Lemons and bread.

T: Corriander like spice, bready. Citrus zests. Typical farmhouse funk. Really a delightful taste.

M: Smooth, Refreshing and fluffy. Goes down smooth.

O: Typical Saison. I like the majority of the Lost Abbey's brews and this is one of them. Give it a shot.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage. Don't remember where I purchased this bottle. Served in a Delerium Tremens snifter.

A - A small white foam settles to wisps and a thin collar, but not lace. Hazy peach body. Surprisingly little carbonation for the style - seems recent batches have more bubbles.

S - Tropical fruits, some dusty brett, white pepper, a bit medicinal, and an apricot stone fruit backdrop. Somewhat understated.

T - Taste is a little boring - some stone fruit and citrus malt characters, but very little overt brett character. The finish has some of the spicy farmhouse yeast present. Hops are long gone.

M - Medium-full body, with a nice chewy texture to it. Some light dryness in the finish, and no alcohol presence. Needs a bit more spritz to it.

D - It's a pretty decent American Saison, but the brett didn't seems to take off the way it did in Saints' Red Barn or Saints' Devotion (or even Brouwers Imagination 2008). Perhaps I'll revisit this fresh to see if I like it more.

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Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 82.5% out of 100 with 824 ratings
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