Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer - Jester King Brewery
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Reviews by Gueuzedude:
4.55/5 rDev +23.6%
Sampled April 2012
A vigorous pour into my small wine goblet produces an almost three-finger thick, pale, white colored head; and despite its lightness, this leaves some thin, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a pale amber / gold hue that shows a clear’ish, pale amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grassy and cracker like grain, backed by a green-ripe fruity character, a touch of herbal notes, perhaps a hint of clean lemon-leaning citrus zest character. The citrus zest hoppy character gets more prominent the more I dig into the aroma, it is almost the dominant note, but it is well balanced by the pale malt / grain character, as well as by a spicy, earthy, slightly musty, fermentation character that nicely perfumes the aroma.
Dry, effervescent, bitting in its bitter / carbonic acid and grassy malt character, but exceedingly characterful for a beer of such low alcohol. Lemon zest notes become a bit more expressive in the second and subsequent sips and there is a firm, biting bitterness that is accentuated by a dried hay like grain / hop character. Earthy spice notes evoke flavors of green coriander, woody straw, and a definite musty, damp wood and cellar like note; these are predominantly phenolic in character, though clearly restrained. There is a really nice hop character to this beer, lots of smooth herbal notes joint the lemon zest notes and there is also a spiciness that is brought out by the fermentation character and the carbonation. The carbonation on this beer is really light for something I would describe as a Saison (but is well carbonated for a standard ale), but it is so light bodied that it still manages to seem quite effervescent and lively. This is very light bodied, but somehow doesn’t seem overly thin or watery; actually given the original gravity, this actually finishes fairly high (probably near 1.004) and does have a noticeable malty chewiness to it, but only if you really consider the strength.
Ridiculously expensive for a beer for a beer of this strength ($9/750ml), having said that, I am quite happy to have paid for this beer, and if these weren’t so ridiculously easy for me to brew I would gladly by it again. Incredibly forward thinking, but yet ancient in concept; this is the first / furthest-reaching, commercial attempt at a full flavored, refreshing, really low alcohol beer. It is something I am particularly fond of in my own brewing practices (though don’t brew consistently enough), and it is nice to find a commercial example / attempt. Having said all this, the closest beer I can think of is Dupont’s Avril, which I enjoy a bit more when it is fresh, but damn, this is quite good too. I could drink a whole lot of this beer and be quite happy for a whole day, or perhaps even a week before I needed something new. I am going to hazard a guess that, for my particular idiosyncrasies, this is going to be the best beer I will ever have from Jester King (it is certainly a great first experience with this brewery & I am happy that I have 5 more of these lined up).
09-30-2013 02:41:55 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.05/5 rDev +10.1%
Bright golden color, slightly hazed. Nice thin, lacing head. Tangy citrus aromas (tangerines, clementine oranges) mix with fruity esters and faintly musty yeasty notes, atop a bed of fresh-smelling cereal grains, notably wheat. Clean, continental hop profile. Smells fairly lager-like (a la pilsner): well-hopped, clean, light, fresh. Exceptionally clean and light on the palate, with impressions of grain-and-hop tea. Also expect notes of fresh cut grass. The grains give way to an impression of very heavy mineral water and Belgian yeast, including a touch of white pepper. Expect some gentle citrus peel, distinct notes of lemon, and a slightly vinous, green-grape quality, all nicely dried out with a gentle finishing wheat twang tartness. Small beer can be grand! This is a simply beautiful session beer. The smallest of three beers in a series of escalating ABVs: Le Petit Prince (2.9%), Noble King (5.3%) and Mad Meg (9.6%), all brewed with the same base ingredients (malts and hops), essentially scaled up throughout the series. Jester King can make 'em big and they can make 'em small--the small beers are really quite exceptional and what sets them apart--so much flavor packed into sub-4% ABV brews. Fills the niche nicely. Would love to see more breweries taking that kind of gamble and putting out other quality, low-ABV beers.
03-02-2012 07:25:37 | More by AdvocateFan
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
The beer pours a very light, slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat and oranges, but other than that there is a not a lot going on. The flavor is a little bit more complex. I get some wheat and yeast notes, as well as some orange and lemon characteristics. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. By the taste you can definitely tell this is a very low alcohol beer, but for what it is, it is not bad at all.
04-25-2012 06:03:05 | More by Mora2000
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
My continued love affair with Jester King! Le Petit Prince- poured from bottle into JK Farmhouse Glass. Pours a murky golden yellow/orange color. Looks milky and obviously unflitered. Beautiful. Some tight white bubbles on the head, leaves about a finger. Smell- musty breadiness, cracked pepper, fruity esters. Maybe some orange peel/coriander. Taste- a nice tart sweetness on the tip of the tongue, some lemony zest coats the sides of my mouth. cracked pepper on the end. Man, this beer has a ton of flavor for being 2.8%! This is just a great session beer. DING would be proud, and would love this.
03-02-2012 23:51:02 | More by lnashsig
3.53/5 rDev -4.1%
750ml bottle. Inbreeding, or inter-breeding, or something, inspired the profile imagery on the label, and it's a doozy.
This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of foamy, frothy off-white head, which leaves some rats' nest lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.
It smells of mild bready, crackery grain, some edgy mineral notes, rather faint earthy yeast, a bit of sour, fruity citrus, and a subtle whiff of coriander and clove spiciness. The taste is pretty sulphuric, in low-vibe chemical tones, with a twist of metallic ore, before some wheaty, bready grain malt pokes through, alongside a decent simmering earthy spiciness, mild apple and citrus salad fruitiness, ethereal yeastiness, and somewhat bitter leafy hops. There may be a sort of un-warming from the surprisingly low ABV.
The carbonation is a tad frizzy, but keeps it on an even enough keel, the body registering on the light side of medium weight, and a little too tacky to be considered outright smooth. It finishes a bit off-dry, the wheaty grain, wafting sulphur, and so-so bitter hops actually working together to get things out the door in order.
A drinkable enough farmhouse ale, if a wee bit on the tame side, but hey, that's the original intent, right? Nice to see the counterpoint to the current tendency of bigger and stronger, where it's just not needed. Now about that creepy-ass label...
10-01-2012 23:55:48 | More by biboergosum
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
Very fine taste for such low alcohol. Farmhouse shows itself in the finish, wheat is substantive as well. Very nice summer afternoon drinking. Much head, neutral aroma, light toast. Moderate spiciness. Very light bitterness., light lemon. Smooth mouthfeel.
09-19-2012 12:58:27 | More by Sammy
Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer from Jester King Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.