Beer: Carnevale Ale
Brewery: The Lost Abbey
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Bright honey-colored body filled with tiny carbonation bubbles. The head is like a sticky, iridescent, voluminous sculpture and leaves a thick lacing.
Smell: Predominantly lemon and pineapple with a slight musky, coppery note.
Flavor: Although it doesn’t taste as sweet as it smells, it is nevertheless incredible. The pineapple aroma translates into a shockingly strong pineapple flavor, almost as though it was a pineapple-flavored ale. Once you get past the feeling of drinking a tropical cocktail, the quintessential Saison funk flavor sets in.
Feel: Like a fine Champagne, the exceptional mouthfeel is thin with high carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Its moniker derived from the wild Carnevale festival, Lost Abbey’s Saison is an alluring and bombastic Belgian-American hybrid. Lost Abbey dumps American hops (Amarillo and Simcoe) into the traditional Saison recipe, and the result is an unusually complex elixir. The pineapple presence evokes the feeling of sitting on a beach, so if you don’t have the vacation days to take a day trip to the beach, head to your local beer store instead and drink in the Carnevale on a roof, porch, or stoop. It’s not sweet and it’s not really bitter; instead, like any good Carnevale celebration, it’s a whole lot of sass and funk. And dare I say, nearly perfect.