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RATINGS: 578   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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American hopped saison.

Editorís note: The 2009+ versions are spiked with Brett at bottling. Bottles from 2009 are marked as such, although 2010 and 2011 bottles appear to not note the vintage on the label, but might be printed on the neck or base.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lightbias (438) - USA - MAR 14, 2016
Why did I expect it to volcano from the neck? Smart beer girls always open a caged bottle near the sink, and in this case, although it didnít get crazy on me, it definitely gave the experience of popping the cork a bit of excitement. Poured into a tulip glass, the color is the shade of an apricot, warm and ripe from the sun. Hazy with bits of sediment, the liquid is blanketed with soft, off-white down about three fingers deep. - The aroma is amazing; tangerines in sweet dough, sprinkled with clove and left to rise in a warm oven. If given a choice of the meal with which I should imbibe this heavenly brew, I would choose brunch, as it vaguely reminds me of a simple combination of coffee cake and mimosas. - I pull at the rim, the beer flows between my lips fresh and clean; the flavors mimic the aroma, conjuring palate-pleasing, earthy tones and delivering a bit of spice in the swallow. The hops incorporated into this brew have all but given up their pungency, but add a lightly bitter accent in the taste despite their age. Itís an excellent nudge to the yeast and gives it an edge that is both exciting and inviting. - I know Iíll have to find this again, try it fresh and compare the two experiences, but this is quite nice and I hope that a fresh Carnevale Ale is not a disappointment after the delight I am finding in this mature example of the brew. It just goes to show...sometimes older is better.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bastarda (384) - Freiburg, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2016
kindly shared by impuritylaw@bartlebierís Saison tasting/Bierhandlung FR, 3/16, thanks a lot! aromas of vanilla bean, honey, white chocolate and white peaches, lots of tropical and yellow stonefruit in taste, great, chewy mouthfeel with an aftertaste of apricot jam. Wow!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kespecial (206) - - MAR 9, 2016
Pours golden amber, on the dark side for a saison. Nose is great, yeast, pepper, honey, lemon peel, maybe coriander? Taste is solid, some hops, lots of dry spiciness. A bit oily and overdry on the palate. A fine saison, not Lost Abbeyís best, but quite tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (3250) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2016
75cl bottle (2015 vintage?) shared by impuritylaw @Bier mit Stil 2: Saison, Bierhandlung, merci! - Front label says 8%, importerís label 6,5%... - Graingolden pour with quite some body to it. Slowly opens up to a nose of nectarine peel, light vanilla, cashews/white nuts, white pepper and biscuit grains. More blond, mouthfilling whole-grain biscuit grains in body and taste, very much like a less alcoholic biŤre de garde, sweet cereals with an almost Saaz-y bite and IKEA rough wood furniture finish. No real wildness or sours - hm. Comes very close to LAís actual biŤre de garde interpretation Avant Garde, as I recall.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2377) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2016
Tasted Carnevale way back around 2006. Hadnít had it since and never realized they changed anything. Still not sure as I wasnít a huge fan. Itís still ok. Just like I remember it being.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChtiBreizh (456) - Rennes, FRANCE - FEB 9, 2016
Like other people, I had an 8% abv labelled bottled. And I think it really was 8%. Hazy golden with a frothy head. Spicy, yeasty, light funk. Sweet with a light tang and sourness. Dry spicy finish. High carbonation, oily. No american hops aromas. Nothing more than an average belgian triple.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3758) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 9, 2015
Bottle. Golden, hazy, average and mostly diminishing head. Moderate, malty - lightly wheaty and lightly sweetish - sweetish aroma, light caramel and fruitiness with light citrus, light spiciness (coriander - light pepper), faint alcohol. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, light caramel and faint fruitiness, light citrus and spiciness, light hoppyness and alcohol. Finish is average, malty - lightly wheaty and lightly sweetish, light caramel and citrus, light - some spiciness and hoppyness, some alcohol. Sharply spiced saison - too much alcohol in the finish considering the body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (3785) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle. Hazy golden pour. Aroma of orange zest, caramel and mild brett. Taste of mild funky grain, soft brett, orange and some caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1624) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - OCT 17, 2015
backlog. Golden colour with a firm head. Nice barnyard brett notes in the aroma, some spices. Dry mouthfeel, balanced, good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (9788) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 11, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours hazy orange, nose is floral, citrus, toffee, yeasty, taste is dry, bretty, vanilla, fruity.


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