Lost Abbey Carnevale Ale

Officially my first Lost Abbey beer.  The unfortunate reality of living on the east coast, we don’t get many breweries from the west coast.  I suppose the same could be said the other way round or I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to trade beer to get this Lost Abbey Carnevale Ale.  This, like last night’s New Glarus Imperial Saison, the Carnevale Ale is also Saison style beer.lostabbey_carnevale2

Here is how Lost Abbey describes their beer:

Carnevale is a dry hopped saison ale sporting a hazy yellow color and moderately spicy nose with hints of oranges and tangerines from Amarillo and Simcoe hops. The yeast phenols add layers of clove and allspice. The beer is designed to be a lighter body ale with some malted oats and wheat components and dry hopped with Amarillo to emphasize the bright citric qualities.

Appearance:

Unlike many Saisons or Farmhouse ales, this beer poured with almost no head.  It had an tiny head(watch the video) which quickly fizzed away into a small collar of foam.  The First glass poured a slightly hazy copper orange.  I’m guessing it will become more hazy as the sediment on the bottom get stirred up with each pour. AS I poured the last glass I could no longer see my hand through the glass it was so hazy.


Aroma:

Very strong aroma of tart green apple and pear, holiday spices, and on the very back end,  tangerine & bubblegum.  The bubblegum caught me completely by surprise, but then again Lost Abbey is using Amarillo and Simcoe hops in this beer.

Taste:

Lost Abbey Carnevale Ale

Lost Abbey Carnevale Ale

A fairly sweet Saison with all the citrus flavors, but leaves your mouth dry at the end.  This beer has a full creamy mouthfeel at the beginning and then the citrus flavors come out mixed with a bit of funk.  In this case it is a sweet earthy slightly sour flavor.  It reminds me of some the Brett IPA’s, especially with the heavy hoppped backend (for a saison).  And what I really like on this beer is the reemergence of sour at the end as the hops fade away.

Glassware: Tulip glass (Used a goblet, my Tulip glasses were dirty…)
Calories: 6.5% abv beer, failry dry would have around 200-220 cal per 12oz

Overall Impression:

Aside from the head on this beer, I rather enjoyed my first delve into the Lost Abbey line of beers.   I have a couple more I’ve acquired in my cellar, the Serpent Stout, Older Viscosity(Port Brewing) and Angles Share.  I’ll be looking forward to sampling more of their Brews.



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5 Responses to “Lost Abbey Carnevale Ale”

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  2. Michael Reinhardt Says:

    I’d expect some similar carbonation with those other beers. They’ve had a problem with carbonation in the past year. Hopefully, they alleviate their issues. Despite the problems they still brew good stuff. I saw this the other day and plan on picking it up…especially now.

  3. Simply Beer Says:

    first beer with a brewery makes a huge impression. Good or Bad that impression tends to stick. I’m glad the beer tasted as good as it did, because that little head on a farmhouse ale was not up to snuff in my book. I have the Serpent Stout in my Fridge now. looking forward to trying that, maybe tonight.

  4. cbjerrisgaard Says:

    I love Saisons and this is an excellent example of the style. It’s quite possibly one of the best food pairing beer styles out there. Although this is a medal winning brew it’s not my favorite selection from Lost Abby. I find it odd yours poured with a rather flat head, the one I had was quite ‘estery’.

  5. Simply Beer Says:

    @cbjerrisgaard – I was shocked as well, but I really enjoyed the beer. I had the Serpent Stout the other day, also a great beer. Looking forward to some more brews from your Favorite brewery. I think Old Viscosity is next of the Lost Abbey beers I have.


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