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Review by joe1510 on 11/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 10 16 4 7 2009

Received this in a trade with errantnight, thanks again Derek! I've been on a saison kick since the weather's been warmer. Carnevale filled my glass with a slightly hazy straw golden concoction that is very well carbonated. Streams of carbonation rush to the surface from every point of the glass. A moderate pour produced a billowy white head of two fingers that slowly fell to a thick cap and left thick chunky drink lines here and there.

There's a good refreshing grassiness in the aroma. This is a well spiced brew and although Lost Abbey keeps it hush hush I'm guessing Grains of Paradise play a large role in that spicing. Pale and barely noticeable slightly sweet malt lays down the base for Grains of Paradise, white pepper, and coriander. There's even a mild pear like fruitiness before the grassiness of the hops kick in. The more I smell of Carnevale the more I like.

The taste, while still very good, doesn't quite live up to the aroma. All the spiciness comes together very well. Orange peel upfront combines with the pale malts creating a sweetened beginning. The middle gets a little muddied with the spices but clears up on the swallow with the grassy hoppiness followed by the spicing; Grains of Paradise, coriander, and white pepper finish things off in that order of intensity.

The body is on the lighter side of medium and as it works through has a bit of stick on the backend. The carbonation doesn't quite hit that airiness that you find in the best but it goes down smooth none the less.

This is an incredibly easy drinker. Today is one of the first hot sticky days of the year and Carnevale is about as refreshing as they come. Good, fresh flavors in a lively brew make this a pleasure to drink. My only complaint is it will be gone far too fast.

This is another well made farmhouse-style brew from Lost Abbey. Red Barn was a good saison but Carnevale nudges it out, in my opinion. Both are very good and I wouldn't hesitate to drink this again. Thanks for sending a good brew my way Derek.

Reviewed: 5/26/08

Served In: Tulip

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 16 4 7 0
A big thanks to lightindarkness for this one!

Pours a gorgeous clear, straw gold color. One finger of white, pillowy head, which recedes rather quickly to a clumpy cap. Nice lacing grabs hold of the glass. Beautiful.

Aroma is slightly sour, with a strong dose of that funky yeast. Orange peel, green fruit, coriander and grains round this one out. Earthy.

On to the taste. Oh yeah, this is the shit! Refreshingly tart, slightly fruity (apple and pear), slight peppery-ness and grainy. Hints of burlap - it has that barnyard funkyness to it. Clove. Light hop bitterness towards the middle. Perhaps a quick taste of honey towards the finish. I find something different with every sip. Complex.

Light in body, smooth, crisp mouthfeel. Excellent carbonation for the style. Moderately dry.

This is my first The Lost Abbey offering, and in one of my favorite styles! I have been waiting for the right, hot, humid day to try this... and I am glad I did. True to the style, an excellent thirst quencher on a day such as this. My only regret is that I don't have another bottle... Love the label, BTW.
Give it a Try!

Served In: Other

Review by SAP on 08/22/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 19 4 9 2009
2009 release with Brett; Sampled August 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan / off-white colored head. Lots of lacing clings to the sides of my glass as the head slowly subsides. The beer is a lightly amber tinged, gold color that shows a lightly hazed, straw gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of musty, slight damp earth that has a backdrop of bergamot, orange-blossom honey and light herbal notes. The finish has some toasted whole wheat cracker notes, some sweet biscuit aromatics. As the beer warms some Brett-influenced notes accentuate an herbal grassiness; the Brett is not overly aggressive yet here, but still provides a musky, butyric acid laden funkiness that lightly spices up the nose of this beer.

Off dry tasting, but this beer still has some pale grain sweetness to it, but only just a bit. There is a nice herbal hop character that also provides just a touch of citrus zest flavor towards the middle. The beer finishes with a solid hop bitterness that bites through the malt character in the long, lingering finish. The body is fairly light despite have a bit of viscous malt body to it. The malt manages to linger on the palate for just a bit, but pretty quickly the biting, herbal hop character erases the malt away. The malt has a nice, pale wheat, rustic bread crumb flavor to it as well as some cracker-like grain and perhaps just a touch of bread crust flavors. The Brettanomyces influence is still on the soft side, it contributes less to the flavor than it did in the aroma, but still it provides a nice underlying musty note as well as a touch of musky farmhouse character. The dryness of the beer hides a fairly significant hop based citrus character here; it reminds me of Meyer lemons, a touch of bergamot, and floral orange blossom character, as it warms up the citrus becomes a bit more focused and can also remind me of tangerines at times. The carbonation, while not as aggressive as in some Saisons, does provide a nice level of prickly texture; this helps to offset the more viscous than I prefer in a Saison body that this beer does have.

This is not as aggressively hoppy as when it was fresh. It does have more Brett character now, but it is probably still not quite enough to make up for the fading hop character (though this is still quite aggressive for a Saison). This bottle is caught somewhere in the middle, I have a feeling that this is going to get a lot better in the next 6 months as the Brettanomyces plays a greater role in the flavor profile. With the Brettanomyces addition, I am definitely liking this new vintage a bit more than the clean version from 2008. This is actually one of those commercial beers I have drunk a couple bottles of this year (which doesn’t happen all too often for this homebrewer).

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 04/19/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 9 14 3 7 2008
A - Pours sort of a dull golden color with an ever so slight chill haze to it. Head is bright white and about an inch tall. Looks soapy and is going away fast.

S - Some earthy tones. Yeasty, as would be expected from the style. A bit of black pepper and banana.

T - Starts off traditional with a yeasty presence, but it isn't as pronounced as in the aroma. Banana and cloves. Hops come in, but not really aggressively as I expected when I read about this beer. Grassy flavors. Finishes with some bitterness and a sprinkling of black pepper.

M - Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation that bites at the tongue a bit.

Overall - Ordinary Saison for the most part. Not really what I expected from Lost Abbey and probably my least favorite of the beers that I have had from them. It's not that there is anything at all wrong with the beer. It just doesn't do anything out of the ordinary.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Kegergator on 04/11/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 16 4 7 2008
Thanks to KingG for this brew>

A- Pours a slightly murky light caramel color. Heavy pour yields a thick white head that fades pretty quick into a thin bubbly layer on top of the brew. Cascading bubbles stream up the brew.

S- Very pleasant smell. Yeasty, with some light citrus and some spice in there.

T- Solid flavor here. Banana cream pie is there to sweeten this up. A real fruity taste, with s light finish. very light, crisp hop finish is nice. Leaves a very slight bitterness on the tongue.

M- Well balanced, and easy to drink.

O- A solid brew. Perfect for the warm season and a great flavorful sipper.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Westside Threat on 03/12/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 3 9 13 2 6 2008
A: Very clean golden rod with scores of bubbles blooming from the bottom. Head is full and webby, an attractive snowy white color.

S: Smells fresh like a spring morning. Strong yeast aromas, flower nectar, green banana peels and black pepper.

T: First impression is that the flavor isn’t as strong as the aroma. Get some mineral tastes with traditional banana, dried hay and fresh cut grass. After the swallow, the American hops show themselves but not as aggressively as I would have liked. Instead, some really strong barnyard flavors develop and push all the other aspects of the beer out of the mouth. Finishes with a good amount of bitterness around the sides of the tongue.

M: Medium body with some carbo sting.

D: I’m pretty tired of all these saisons. You really need to have superb balance or do something different to stand out. The American hops were a nice touch but it wasn’t enough. There’s nothing wrong with this beer, just boring.

Served In: Wine Glass

Review by seaoflament on 02/12/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 10 18 3 9 2008
Picked this one up today.

A short description of the beer from the back label:
“A Saison-style blonde ale with American hops and …well, that’s all you need to know.”

At around cellar temp., it pours a nice golden color, very little head.

Aroma is great. Earthy yeast, spices, white pepper, lots of tropical fruits like peaches, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, orange, and maybe a little mango too. Smells like a well crafted saison but with a citrus and fruity kick.

Taste is not as intense as the aroma. It’s fairly well balanced and no flavor really dominates except for a little bitterness in the finish. Fruity malt with earthy yeast flavors followed by a dash of pepper and spices and finishes with a slight citrus bitterness. As I continue to drink I am able to detect fruits like bitter nectarine, mango and peach.

Mouthfeel is great, not too carbonated, or as carbonated as other saisons I’ve had. This one rolls past the tongue with just enough carbonation to tickle the taste buds. Feels just slightly syrupy at first but a little thin on the finish (lack of lingering flavors on the palate). The 6.5% alcohol is of course very well hidden.

Another tasty addition to the Lost Abbey line-up.

Served In: Tulip

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