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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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dig the lable on the 750 ML caged and corked bottle! > Stella glass.

A bright, cloudy and frosty orange-hued golden color with swirling yeast and an initial-super fluffy and dense 2" all-white crown. Dissipates in slow to moderate fashion with plenty of white foam sticking around throughout the duration.

The aroma is that of sour and zesty lemmons, tangy yeast, wet-grass and fresh herbs in the hops. A bit astringent and purhaps overlly tangy.

The flavor has a classic spicey and herbal, earhiness in the hops and a tangy-fruit yeastiness. balance is very good with grassy greens and a light wheat-flavored malt undeneath. Light bodied, refreshing and active feeling with a subtle smooth but dry finish. The 6% ABV adds a sharp warmth.

This is a nice pick-me-up after a hot summer day style brew. The lable is a keeper.

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Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled may 24/08 as part of biegaman's annual summer saison tasting, with a mix of BA/RB represented. biegaman contributed this one. thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged.

pours deep yellow with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. corriander. light orange peel. flowers. bread and crackers. light grain. bit of alcohol. slightly soapy. light caramel sweetness.

taste is good. very low bitterness level. light caramel sweetness. orange peel. flowers. bit of perfume. bread and crackers. bit of grain. light alcohol. corriander. nice light spice. just a touch of sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. nice light body. dry finish.

drinkability is great. balanced, not overly spiced. very nice!

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Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of GilGarp
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL corked and caged bottle served cool into a etched-bottom globe.

The cork releases with barely a 'pop' but a good pour releases a thick white head. The beer is an unremarkable crystal clear pale yellow. Good retention and lingering lace from the foam.

Aroma is really nice and, like the label suggests, has both saison and american IPA characteristics. A little funk and a little grapefruit.

Flavor is much the same but quite a bit more complex. At first it tastes like one of those candied citrus IPAs with very little bitterness but then it changes dramatically to reveal a sharp peppery Belgian yeast and a strong bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and well-carbonated. Maybe a little too bubbly but it's still in keeping with the style.

Overall a tasty beer that could be categorized as a Belgian/American IPA - Saison. Now that's a nice hybrid.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a review of the 2009 version, which was "spiked with brett." I had previously enjoyed the 2008 quite a bit. 750ml bottle from K&L Redwood City. I had heard some questionable things about this beer, but I thought it was great!

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head.

Aroma is rather funky and bretty. Some sweet malt and floral hop notes come through as well.

Flavor is mainly slightly sweet pale malt and bretty funk. You get some of the normal Belgian yeast in there as well, which lends a nice green apple quality. Some pepperiness, but not as much so as in the 2008.

Somewhat dry and crisp on the palate with medium body and fairly lively carbonation.

A very nice beer overall. I had no problem taking down the whole 750 and enjoyed every sip.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a spicy yeasty nose with some fruit and funk to it

T - Like the nose spicy yeast with some fruity hops with a slightly funky finish

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - This is a good enjoyable Saison it tastes good and its easy to drink I could drink a few of these in a sitting worth getting to try sometime

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Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of brez8791
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Crosling
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of gordavidson
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of coz
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wonothesane42
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of _morandi_
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +7.3%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of italianstallion
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

4/5  rDev +1%
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 LakerLeith
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 827 ratings
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