The Lost Abbey is set to release two very distinct, and award-winning brews this month, Carnevale Ale and Bat Out of Hell Imperial Stout.
Carnevale Ale, The Lost Abbey’s seasonal Brett Saison, returns to relish in the funk that Brettanomyces brings to its most awarded Saison. Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival (Belgian and French-Style Ale) ,Gold Medal and Best in Show award at the San Diego International Beer Competition (French and Belgian Style Ale), as well as a Gold Medal in the 2012 World Beer Cup (French & Belgian Style Saison) it’s become a staple in The Lost Abbey Portfolio.
“Carnevale has everything that I look for when I order a Saison,” said Tomme Arthur, COO and Co-Founder of The Lost Abbey. “It’s dry, refreshing and the mix of funk, tropical fruit, and pepperiness from the Brett adds those extra layers of flavor that makes it so enjoyable.”
Brewed in celebration of Lent and Easter Season, Carnevale is a light-bodied Saison with additions of Amarillo and Simcoe hops and bottle conditioned with Brett claussenii. Beginning with a moderately spicy nose with hints of tropical fruits, toasted biscuits, and a slightly sweet character, the Brettanomyces adds notes of farmhouse funk and a drying peppery finish.
Bat Out of Hell (formerly known as Track #10), the highest rated beer out of the Ultimate Box Set, garnered a score of 98 on Beer Advocate, is a barrel-aged version of Serpent’s Stout aged on vanilla beans, coffee and cacao nibs in Bourbon barrels. Bat Out of Hell was the recipient of the bronze medal in both the 2012 Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers (Experimental Beer) and the 2013 San Diego International Beer Festival (Unique Ingredient Beer). Layers of dark roasted espresso, creamy caramel, and milk chocolate are followed by a bite from the bourbon barrels relinquishing into a smooth, sweet, vanilla oak finish.
“Taking an impressive imperial stout like Serpent’s and aging it with coffee, cacao, and vanilla for the Ultimate Box Set added so much to that beer,” said Steve Burchill, Head Brewer of The Lost Abbey. “It’s become a beer we always make sure to open when we have guest brewers come by.”
Both beers are set for release throughout the entire Lost Abbey distribution network by the end of January.
Founded in 2006, The Lost Abbey produces an extensive line-up of continental and American- inspired ales and lagers. Under the direction of visionary brewmaster and co-founder Tomme Arthur, the brewery has garnered dozens of awards including the 2007 Great American Beer Festival Small Brewery of the Year, The 2008 world Beer Cup Champion Small Brewery and the 2013 Champion Brewery at the San Diego International Beer Festival. The company’s beers, many of which are aged in oak barrels for 12 months or longer, are universally recognized for their complexity, unique flavors and bold boundary-pushing styles.