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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
American hopped saison.

Editor’s 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.

NeuroPliny's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (238) - Calgary, Alberta, - MAR 24, 2013
On tap at lost Abbey. Pours clear yellow with a medium head that fades to fine lace. Light fruit aroma on a background of subtle spice with orange peel coming through in particular. They say it is slightly fruity and that the brettanomyces yeast (aka Brett) gives it some funk and I certainly concur. Meady yet spicy. Awesome American saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MelvinKalksma (685) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2016

Slight/medium aroma of malts, Belgian yeast, fruit, grain, hops and brettanomyces.

Opaque golden/amber beer with a medium white head.

Starts medium sweet with malts, Belgian yeast and fruit; ends slightly bitter, dry and sour with grain, hops and brettanomyces.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
back (1764) - Holstebro, DENMARK - APR 16, 2016
Gylden klar skum hvid Citrus frugt stald gær Bitten lidt sur lidt Cremet livlig

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4887) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2016
Pours a golden orange with a small white head. Aromas of citrus/grass. Flavor was a dry, yeasty tinge to it. Overall very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6294) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2016
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a cloudy yellow-gold color with a medium sized foamy white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was dry, musty and chalky with pepper and funk. The flavor was dry, tart and citric with perfume, must and funk. Long musty citrus finish. Medium body. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lightbias (436) - 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 didn’t 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. It’s an excellent nudge to the yeast and gives it an edge that is both exciting and inviting. - I know I’ll 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bastarda (377) - Freiburg, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2016
kindly shared by impuritylaw@bartlebier’s 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kespecial (201) - - 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 Abbey’s best, but quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (3210) - 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%, importer’s 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 bière 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 LA’s actual bière de garde interpretation Avant Garde, as I recall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2362) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2016
Tasted Carnevale way back around 2006. Hadn’t had it since and never realized they changed anything. Still not sure as I wasn’t a huge fan. It’s still ok. Just like I remember it being.

   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.

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