lightbias (438) - USA - MAR 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
bastarda (384) - Freiburg, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
kespecial (206) - - MAR 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
bartlebier (3250) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
fordest (2377) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ChtiBreizh (456) - Rennes, FRANCE - FEB 9, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
mile (3758) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
MarcoDL (3785) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy golden pour. Aroma of orange zest, caramel and mild brett. Taste of mild funky grain, soft brett, orange and some caramel.
haukur (1624) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - OCT 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
backlog. Golden colour with a firm head. Nice barnyard brett notes in the aroma, some spices. Dry mouthfeel, balanced, good.
Stuu666 (9788) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours hazy orange, nose is floral, citrus, toffee, yeasty, taste is dry, bretty, vanilla, fruity.