Carnevale | The Lost Abbey

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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 HopHead84
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


2012 bottle into a snifter.

A: Transparent yellow gold with an absurdly large craggy white sea foam head that never really recedes. Foam is all over the glass. Fantastic looking beer.

S: Light biscuity, crackery malt with effusive floral and grassy notes. White pepper accompanies a dash of clove. Leather is restrained. I get a good amount of lemon, as well as granny smith apple and green grape.

T: A little sweet malt with notes of lemon, apple, earth, white pepper, and a touch of clove. A little leather mingles with grassy and floral notes. Crisp dry finish.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation. Dry, well attenuated mouthfeel.

Overall: A very nice Saison. I'm going to set my last few bottles from this vintage aside and let the Brett do some work.

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Photo of rudzud
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2009 vintage. Picked this up at Russell's back when Chris was there. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very nice crystal clear dark golden hue with a nice half finger head that fades to light thin wisps.

S - Aromas of light malts, green apple, light funky brett that is very mild. Faint black pepper notes.

T - Taste is light honey sweetness, sweet malts, faint apples, very light funk and brett notes, sweetness is more than I expected. Dry finish.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated after these years, crisp dry finish though a bit sticky honey in the middle.

O - Overall, this was a fun beer, the brett is a bit too soft for me. Still, nice to see where this beer goes.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden yellow with a large soapy white head. Smells like hay with a bit of citrus and solid barnyard funkiness. Taste is a bit dry with some mild bitter citrus and hay funk and a subtle touch of sweetness behind it all for balance. Medium-bodied with a crisp texture and active mouth-carbonation, Lost Abbey Carnevale finishes wtih a drying, almost woody sensation.

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Photo of weeare138
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sydpanz for this...
Appears a hazy, orange toned gold with a 2 finger, off-white head that slowly fades down. Thick clumps of sticky, spotty lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of wet hay, earthy hops, spices, and a delicate pepper aroma.
Taste is of the mentioned aroma with some mellow apple notes, along with standout citrus, and the earthy, wet hay flavors that has notes of mild funk.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy of CO2, with dry, peppery notes in the finish.

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

Purchased from South Bay Drugs & Liquors.

This one pours from 750ml caged and corked bottle a hazy straw yellow with a 2 finger head of foam that shrinks some but the retention is firmly in the "+good" category and look at all that lacing! After the second pour, I have a nice cloudy glass of Carnevale and that's the way I like it for the style. ;^)

The smell has a lot of good funk to it along with some pronounced grapefruit, and wheat. Smells....very inviting!

The taste pretty much reflects the nose. Wheat, grapefruit, pepper, and that funky goodness that I always look forward to tasting in a Saison. Yum.

More sips in and I notice some tropical fruit notes but the Brett working its magic is what I enjoy the most. Highly drinkable, medium mouthfeel, and the carbonation is lightly done.

Bottom line: This Saison is hitting my taste buds really well and I look forward to drinking it again. My thanks to Joey for grabbing some for me!!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours an orangish yellow color with a pretty solid head that sticks around for quite a while. The aroma is malt and citrus (most notably oranges), spices and yeast with some hops as well. The taste has a very interesting farmhouse taste that features a very good mixtures of citrus and spices with a good dose of spicy hops in the finish. Wow, this is a pretty kick ass Saison that is very well crafted by the guys at The Lost Abbey. Definitely worth seeking out, highly recommended.

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

A: A lemony brass coloring is translucent in nature with a showering uprising of micro-bubbles at a quick pace. The head stands a proud 3+ fingers high with a flour white color that was rocky and porous, leaving large sudsy chunks on the glass for lace. Soapy macro-bubbles are porous along the vessel walls.

S: Musky, funky barnyard scent, sour oranges, lemons, and musky grains.

T: The flavor is funky with a barnyard flair, dry sour oranges, wheat mixes with a spicy tone of musky fruitiness of pear and pineapple and soft apple. Musky pale grains, cherries with some toasted sweetness.

M: bubbly, frothy, with a light body.

O: Overall a nice level of funky sourness that is balanced just right, not to pungent, not to light, but finds that sweet spot drink ability wise while still giving you enough to appreciate per style.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml brown corked and caged bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I cracked it with Sam and Chris during a brewday.

Pours a bright yellow-golden colour, with solid hazing and a crackling, aerated head that foams itself out of existence pretty quickly. A fine mesh of white lace lingers atop the glass. Body is light and fluid. Carbonation is fine. Looks pretty good overall.

Nose is clean and bright, with some crisp funk that doesn't really get earthy or horsey. Some peach character comes through with a sweetness that reminds me a little of clipped grass. High carbonation is also noticeable here until it runs out of steam. Overall, it's a very pleasant nose though.

Taste is clean and bright, but certainly sweeter than many saisons. The peach character again runs through from middle to back, giving a slightly jammy character on the finish. Beyond this is a hint of pepper, and on the front is the earthiness of the funk that never really expressed itself fully on the palate. Alcohol is very well hidden—American saisons can often feel a little blunt, which allows the booze to show a little more, but there's none of that here.

Feel is great. Smooth but bright.

Overall, this is a really drinkable, and very enjoyable saison. There's a cleanness to the funk, and a smoothness from the additional sweetness. The peach character is what sets it apart, and it's a fine character for a saison. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

2008 vintage. Pours a clear yet slightly hazy golden pear color with a one finger foamy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots ofnlacing left behind.

Slightly funky, earthy aroma with zesty spice and crisp light frui. Hints if coriander andnoepler as well as some apple and pear in the nose.

Medium body with a crisp spicy presence up front with sme slight earthy tarntness and sweet light fruit. Slightly creamy mid palate with faint bitterness balanced out by the sweeter light fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear and grape as well as a pale malt character. Well balanced and easy to drink with a well masked ABV. Refreshing with a slight dry finish.

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

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date, just has 2009 on the label.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden straw yellow color that produced a good foamy white head that simmered down to a light layer after a minute or so. It coated the sides of the glass as it dissipated.

(S)- Lemon grass & wheat-like hay with a good bit of yeast & clay. A barnyard horseblanket/dew-wet grass thing going on. Almost biscuit-like.

(T)- Very dry, yet surprisingly fruity with plenty of lemon & a tiny hint at bananas. Bitter & almost piney from an obvious generous hop addition. Slightly grassy behind the hops. Finishes dry too with bits of wheat & pine.

(M)- A great carbonation level for the style; bubbly but not quite at a fizzy level. The fruits balance well with the dry bittering hops, particularly that hint of creamy banana really meshes well with the rest of the beer.

(D)- A solid saison made even more dynamic with a more pronounced hop addition than what is usually found in the style. Not as 'funky' as what you would typically consider in this style, but why follow what others do? I am enjoying this one thoroughly.

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

A: Lightly clouded straw/gold color. Poured a finger sark white head with an aggressive pour that dissipated to a skim. Ample lacing in fingers down the glass. Decanted continually.

S: Citrus and lemon rind with a slight funky smell in the background. Friuty yeast notes and a hint of pepper.

T: Kind of a sweet/sour tasted with light fruits (like apricot and pineapply) balanced with a sour yeast characterisitic. Big bready malts dominate the middle with the fruity flavors. Peppery spice lingers in the finish which is eventually crisp and dry.

M: Light side of medium body. ammple carbonation. Nice balance of a variety of flavors.

D: Very flavorful and easy to drink with the nice balance.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.04/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color, has plenty of haze to it. Drops 4/5" white head, phenomenal retention. Aroma had all the yeast, plenty of clove, brett was a stretch to find.

Taste was floral, musty, wet hay, citrus, hibiscus. For me there was too much clove to it. Kinda seemed like there was wheat as well.

Way too expensive for what it brings to the table.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw gold under a pillowy persistent clingy white foam collar.
S: The cork releases with a ferocious pop wafting up Belgian ale yeast and declaring just a faint touch of funk and over ripe fruit. As it fills the glass herbal, floral, earthy hop aromas rise.
T: Light lemony biscuit with light fruit and traces of caramel and citrus.
F: Very rich creamy texture with medium to medium full body, medium high carbonation. Carbonation is very soft.
O: A complex yet well balanced beer that is a delight to drink.

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Photo of beertunes
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a tall, fluffy, white head that had very good retention and OK lacing. The aroma was the expected spice and yeast. The taste was very similar, grain, spice and yeast. The body was light and crisp. Drinkability was good, but the beer was a touch over-carbonated for my taste. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA.

A- Medium golden-yellow body, orange hued. One finger white head, plenty of retention and lacing.

S- Citrus- orange, lemons- a bit of grainy funk, peppercorn, coriander. Nice, clean and crisp aromas.

F- Peppercorns, a bit less of the citrus on the palate, grainy malt, a bit of leather and hay but not a significant amount.

M- Light bodied, moderately carbonated. Dry, mild bitter citrus finish. Nice and drinkable.

O- Decent saison that is drinkable and tasty. The citrusy hops work well with the brettanomyces here.

Final score: 3.85

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, orange-yellow in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: pepper, orange, hay, and lemon

Taste: pepper, orange, hay, coriander, and lemon

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, dry, sweet start with a more bitter sour finish

Drinkability:A nice and dry, flavorful saison that is good not great for the style. I do like the flavor combinations. I would get this again, but there are other Lost Abbey beers I would get sooner.

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

A: Cloudy. Golden straw in color. Thin, whispy white head. Good retention.

S: Light, delicate balance of citrus, yeast, pepper, bread.

T: Once again, delicate balance of citrus, yeast, complexity added with white pepper. Amazingly refreshing.

M: Medium bodied, plesent, refreshing mouthfeel. perfect carbonation level.

D: Was sitting outside at the Belgian Cafe on a humid summer night and this beer, served cold was perfectly refreshing and light, without sacrificing flavor and complexity.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked & caged.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" bright white head above the clear golden brew. Pillowy head recedes slowly, with heavy frothy lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet and dominantly spicy yeast. Taste follows the nose, but the spicing is more blended and it all comes together nicely, with a crisp close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, with easy drinkability. I expected quite a bit out of a $12 beer, but this one was all that and more.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-hazey, dull golden hay color. Maybe some faint amber hues mixed in there as well. The aroma is sweet toasted malts, light apple juice, and some unindetifiable herbs. Starts off sweet from the malts and fruity from the yeast. The middle is more grainy and herbal with the effervescant bubbles throughout the entire palate. I love the carbonation, but the mix of favors don't segue well from one o the other. Not bad though.

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

Got this one from mikesgroove. Thanks!
Fairly clear, gold in colour with a dense layer of white foam. Good head retention and thick, chunky lacing. Crackery, fruity sweetness in the aroma with grassy and herbal hop notes, a bit yeasty and spicy. Bitterness was restrained, but was a bit more forceful in the finish where the hop flavour lingered. Up front it had a fruity, wheat cracker flavour with spicy and earthy characters throughout. Strawberry with a bit of tartness. Good stuff. Refreshing, medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite smooth in texture and very drinkable.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Poured a translucent orange-gold with lots of effervescence present during the tasting. Three-quarter inch off-white head quickly dissipated into a skim of foam and ringlets. Some watery sheets of lacing, but poor retention. Scents of lemon zest, yeast (funk was very much in the background and hard to detect) and some spiciness. Flavors similar to nose with a bit of a grassy presence, and the addition of clove, hops for bite, and green apple. Lively mouthfeel with a bit of a burn across the tongue and palette, followed by a clean, tart finish. Good drinkability that really hits the spot on a warm day. Solid offering from Lost Abbey.

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

Sampled at biegamans Summer Saison tasting, biegaman brought this one.

Pours a cloudy yellow/gold, thin white head forms, drops some spotty lace and settles to a thin layer. Smell is sweet, lemons, light funk in the middle, strawberries, very fragrant, citrus, sour fruit and a tart spiciness. Taste is toasty, citrus, honey, wheat, fruits, coriander, tart finish with spice, off dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, easy drinking saison. Pretty standard, the tartness is nice, and I could drink this stuff all night. Thanks Jan!

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Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, this proves it. I need to drink more or collect less beer from the four corners of the Earth. I'm not certain, but I believe I bought this in April of 2008 in Seattle & shipped it home to myself. Did this 6.5% beer hold up to almost two years of unintentional aging?

Pours well, crystal-clear yellow with evident carbonation in my Otter Creek pint glass. Smells like yeast & green apples, just a touch of gritty west-coast earth thrown in for good measure.

Carnevale is tame & quiet for a saison. Due to the "aging" or not, there is barely any hint of funk in the taste. First impression is of sweet, sweet fruit salad with a little Belgian candied sugar sprinkled on top to ruin the health factor. Significant amount of spicy kick as the beer runs its course into my abs of steel, & only the faint aftertaste of saison yeast & rot.

I'm not always feeling compelled to talk about mouthfeel - it's generally wet, and good - but this brew is smooth, slick, welcoming, light, & airy. For all that I'm not sure I could put away a whole bomber; a half will do me just fine, thank you very much.

Very good beer. One of the better saisons I've had, & certainly the best I've had for the first time in quite a while.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Checked this out at the SDIBF, like most of the LA releases, glad I had this at a fest rather than dropping a hefty fee. Pours gold, very hazy, great lace retention. Aroma was complex, funky, yeasty and clove-ish.

Taste, the same descriptors as the aroma, a little offputting some of them, would have paired this down a little, tastes like a bunch of flowers and musty.

Reminded me of a hefeweizen with a bunch of hibiscus flowers in it, with some wet dog to round it out.

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Photo of Suds
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy, golden colored brew. Champaign-like effervescence is notable in the the appearance. A floral funk and tartness is notable...some earthy barnyard and appleskin scents stand out. The taste is on the sweet side, with the tartness and funk alongside. Sugar in the mid taste. Full in body and a solid bitterness in the finish.

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Carnevale from The Lost Abbey
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