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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Ratings: 819 |  Reviews: 324
Photo of curlybird
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brez8791
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Crosling
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden color with a full head that lasts well. Aroma is ok, with some doughy malts, spice, some fruit, some belgian character. Flavor is heavily spiced, with some fruits and farmhouse. Overall, it's a pleasant beer, but really doesn't compare to most imported Belgians.

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Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wonothesane42
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of taospowder
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of _morandi_
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

On tap at bluedog in chalfont.

A- comes to me with a cm of loose white head the disappears quickly to a mirror finish. Almost perfectly clear brilliant golden yellow in color.

S- crisp and clean with a touch of tart and funky wheat.

T- wet grass and green vegetation. Bright citrus and a mild background wheat hit. Tart and crisp almost slightly sour.

M- less then medium in body with a mid of the pack carb.

D- very drinkable and so easy to do so. Favlorful but never overwhelming. Great saison to kick back with.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of italianstallion
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Aggresive pour fills half the glass with the sweet golden elixir the rest is all tightly carbonated heading. Extremely heavy river flow of bubbles from the bottom of the glass to the head.

Smell is perfumey like, nice coriander aroma's with a solid lemon zestiness like nose as well.Almost minty even.

Taste is all over the place. Very light crisp pilsner malts with a beautiful zestiness in the middle.American hops really kick this brew into high gear and leave a nice bitterness on the tastebuds.Finishes maybe a touch of brett? or just slightly tart in the finish.

Mouth is super smooth and finishes squeaky clean.Amazing medium to full bodied beverage. Excellent balance.

This beer is what summer saisons are all about you need to pick one up if you see it.

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

Two solid inches of foamy off white head slowly fades leaving scattered lace. Body is a glowing straw colored gold. Nose is brisk with evident notes of crisp hops, raw wheat and sweet yeasty doughy notes. Hops are the distinct driver to the taste profile to this beer. It is quite abrubt and hoppy for a Saison, but not in a bad way. The grassy hops mix well with the yeast and wheat. This really reminds me of a "hopenweizen" for lack of a better term. Mouthfeel is laced with hops and thick bitterness. A solid drinking brew.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of LakerLeith
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

This one has been hiding in the back of psycohops fridge for more than six months. Thanks for sharing this one with me Bob! A corked 750ml bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for $9 - 2009 vintage on the label. Uncorked and poured into a pair of shaker glasses. The ale appears a hazed apricot color with a good two fingers of creamy light rust colored foam. Nose and flavors consist of musty, funky brett-like notes, albeit somewhat mild, (good in this case), lemon, apples, pear, spicy yeast, citrus-y. At least a notch better than medium bodied for the style with ample carbonation as well. Very nice! Thanks again Bob!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale orange with a slight haze and bubbles rising. Nice foamy head, but a soft head, not tons of density. The foam clings to the side and doesn't let go as you drain the glass.

Some must and yeast and spice- some white pepper. The nose is definitely saison. There is also a green herbal note, which I assume is the hop addition to this beer.

Bitter malt and some funk up front. Some yeast, but that is pushed aside by another type of bitterness. A bit herbal in the bitterness, and this beer gets a little chalky and mineral-like. Light tartness, but barely there. Bitterness asserts itself at the end, and this one dries right out.

Lighter bodied with carbonation, but there's enough to swish around.

I like this beer, but not as much as some other saisons. A little too bitter, and that upsets the balance and all of the other wonderful nuances present. Very worth trying, and any flaws are minimum.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw-colored gold with translucent yellow edges when held against a lamp. Takes several pours to get into the glass, as the off-white head is an overly energetic and fluffy cap that threatens to overflow. Leaves intricate ivy lacing down the sides.

S: Belgian yeast, some funk, and a strong lemon rind scent that combines tartness with a little bitter sting. A mild hint of pepper.

T: The pepper I detected in the nose sets the initial taste with a little yeasty sourness. That progresses quite nicely into a lemon and pineapple citrus hop mid-taste. The finish continues these fruit notes, but is dominated by a bready malt and pepper again. A light spice lingers into the aftertaste, which is the only deviation from a crisp and clean finish.

M: Light-bodied, but very well carbonated. A good saison.

D: Seems very similar to their other saison, Red Barn. It's not bad at all, but I think I'd go with something else in terms of value.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, white head is served tall but recedes and leaves naught but some bubbles. Nose is shy to me, but includes some fruitiness and subtle spices.

To me, it falls on the fence between a saison and a biere de garde: solid carbonation, but the mouthfeel isn't quite "there" - meaning, I guess, in Flanders. Lots of fruit, with pears and pepper coexisting in a strange field with lemongrass and hay. Right on the money, but in a crowded field it doesn't stand out.

Bottom line: get it on tap if you see it.

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Photo of rye726
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy straw color with a silky beige head. Nice lacing and retention. Nose has a collection of tropical and citrus fruits, bready malts, zesty spices, herbal hops and musky barnyard funk. Taste not quite as impressive, but well balanced. Fruity malts, earthy hops, peppery spices and a subtle wild yeast presence. Crisp body is well carbonated. Tasty stuff indeed.

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Photo of coz
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours into my RR Tulip with a hazy, light golden color. Very little head is achieved, even with a vigorous pour, and there is minimal lacing.

Smell - Sharp spices hit my nose first, followed by some barnyard funk. Overall, relatively bland in the nose.

Taste - Citrus (orange, slight lemon), peppery spices, tartness from the yeast, and a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied - honestly, almost watery. The mouthfeel was not what I was expecting whatsoever. Finishes a hint dry. Needs more carbonation.

Drinkability - Relatively so, though there are so many other Saison's out there I'd rather have.

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Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
3.97 out of 5 based on 819 ratings.
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