Carnevale | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of brotherloco
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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 -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.92/5  rDev -1%
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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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 837 ratings