Carnevale | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
821
Reviews:
325
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
112
For Trade:
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Ratings: 821 |  Reviews: 325
Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a nice golden color with an inch of white head.

s - Smells a bit funky, also of citrus and fruit.

t - Tastes of orange, citrus, and some other fruits. No funk like in the smell.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - Thought this was a decent saison. I thought the smell was better than the taste and enjoyed the funk it had. Would try again.

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange yellow. Medium white head. Thin layer of foam.

Smell - Bretty. Bright fruity esters. A bit of stone fruit. Lots of pale malt. Peppery.

Taste - Fruity. Peachy. Pale malt. Earthy brett. Mild bitterness and some white pepper.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Earthy bitterness along with the bright fruitiness.

Overall - Nice juxtaposition of flavors.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass mug.

Props to my brother for finding this bottle intriguing enough to give it a try! It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a minor finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange zest, coriander, wheat, grass, and black pepper. The taste holds notes of coriander, black pepper, grass, light lemon zest, a touch of tart mandarin oranges, and a hint of dry blanket. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a nice bit o' saison, one of the more low-key and drinkable versions I've had in a little while. Good times from my bro.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Aroma is sweet malt and spicy belgian yeast. I don't get much of the American hops that they talk about on the bottle. Taste is overpowered by the spicy belgian yeast, Slightly sweet honey type malt in there too, its really tasty and complex. Medium to thick mouthfeel. Ample carbonation. Great brew, a bit Belgian spicy, feels heavier than it is, but very tasty.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and cork much like all of the Lost Abbey ales, this is a saison with American hops. Pours a clouded orange golden hue with a bright white head forming thick fine bubbled. No pop when I decorked it but no carbonation issues to speak of. Aromatics spicy peppery notes, herbal citrus qualities as well. A touch of phenolic plastic, hint of band aid. More so tropical fruits like mango and pineapple standout than the off tones. Especially in the flavor the tropical fruits are juicy pineapple and ripened mango with nice cereal malt sweetness. Hints of rounded herbaceous, citric hop character. Sometimes American hops and Belgian yeast strains clash, that's not the case here. Back ground has hints of spicy yeast tones with a black peper kick. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is effervescent, dry finish nice hoppy saison. Drinkability overall is solid a beer I would like to have access to, I hear local Pittsburgh shops are going to start carrying some Philly brews, namingly House of 1000 Beers.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of AlexFields
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A nearly clear, lemon dull but with some bright yellow hues and a cascading middle fire of carbonation rising trough the center of the glass nicely. Soapy and bleach bright white head two to three fingers tall and falls at a normal pace to a simple collar.

Nose is intensely floral with classic saison yeast mild funk and pepper. A nice hint of buttery quality that doesn't come off diacetyl in smell. Crisp sensation possibly coming.

Palate hits with a nice effervesence and simple malt depth. Yeast and pepper fill with lots of garden like floral aromas. Tasty tropical melon fruit hits the mid palate, light pepper and a good bit of herbal hop bitterness to round it out and make it very enjoyable. Yeast pepper and hop citrus and herbal sting on the finish.

This is a real easy drinking saison from Lost Abbey. It always surprises me that their regular offerings are so interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Typical LA presentation, caged and corked w/o freshness info of any sort to be had. Pours moderately cloudy light honey, light tan loose head, leaving clouds of lacing. Floral notes and light pepper in the nose. Yummy typical saison notes, spice, yeast, hops. Pepper up front, drying hops throughout.Minor sour character, add just a bit to the complexity. Major league yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle, leading to an enjoyable yeasty final pour and nutty/yeasty final memory of this offering. Pleasant and worthy creation from Lost Abbey. Bring on the spicy food/BBQ and enjoy this one.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy gold with a quite thin white head. Nose is inky, dough, and some funk. Flavor is citrus themed with quite a bit of dough and spices to match. Quite earthy. Feel is smooth and slightly thin on liquid and carbonation is low. Seems appropriate on all sides. This is a nice saison. Earthy and inky, it's bringing the right levels of funk and flavor.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with a slow flow of carbonation bubbles and a dense, chunky, white head with decent retention. Aromas of subtle coriander and nutmeg spicing, with a toasty biscuit backbone. Flavors are smooth, with a subtle honey sweet kick to the toasty backbone, both supporting the spicey overtones. Nutmeg, coriander, and lavender flavors dance on the tongue, and the more you drink the more diverse the flavors get. Smooth bodied with a crisp finish from all the spicy input. The aftertaste is slightly hopped, with some cedar and bitters joining the already complex spice profile. Tasty brew.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of BEER88
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerOps
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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
3.97 out of 5 based on 821 ratings.
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