Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer - Jester King Brewery

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 25
Gots: 99 | FT: 10
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  2.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MEsquandoles on 12-03-2011

A clear and simple expression of the delicate interplay between noble hops and farmhouse yeast. Throughout Northern Europe, light-bodied, well-hopped, low alcohol table beers were often the beverage of choice with all meals at times and in places where the water wasn’t always safe to drink.
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Ratings: 533 | Reviews: 93
Reviews by Gueuzedude:
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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).

More User Reviews:
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask with a pretzel . Terribly drinkable and I could see myself drinking this all day if it were cheaper. Everything is mild with this beer and is comparable to water but turns out with plenty of spiced and yeasty flavors to make it interesting. Mineral quality is great.

Photo of AdvocateFan
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of lnashsig
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Jester King Brewery "Le Petit Prince"
25.4 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness date.
$9.49 @ Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Appearance: Very hazy yellow gold body beneath a short head of creamy bright white foam. The head retention is very good and the lacing is excellent.

Aroma: Malty sweet with a distinct note of sugar. Floral and gently herbal. Quite welcoming!

Mouthfeel: Light to light-medium in body, and gently effervescent. Smooth and velvety across the tongue.

Flavor: Yeast is dominant with an actual "yeast" flavor and mineral-like chalkiness. The thin maltiness reflects the aroma, delivering a grainy malt peppered with grassy hops. The sugar found in the nose is present but not nearly as big and bright. Spiciness balances it but I'm not sure where that's coming from, yeast or hops? Or both, perhaps? A note of lemon hangs in the background, but it's not tart. Rather, it finishes surprisingly dry given the sugariness of the aroma, with lingering notes of lemon, chalky mineral, generic spice, and grassy hops.

Overall: For a beer of just 2.9% alcohol by volume it's got a fairly full flavor. As I was tasting it I imagined pairing it with softer Indian dishes such as Paneer Butter Masala or Chicken in Cashew Saffron Gravy. It could easily work with grilled foods as well, or as a contrasting item. I wish there was a touch more malt, but I think it serves a purpose if you want to cut down on your alcohol intake.

Photo of beerrock
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Jester King should be the king of small beer's, this beer has a very soft mouthfeel and sexy aroma that is hard to put into words. The hop aroma wasn't overpowering and the taste was awesome for a table beer. The price point is crazy at $7.99 for a 750ml, it's worth every dime and then some.

Great job.

Photo of dbossman
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy; pale golden hue with a thin cream-colored head; lacing is good

S: Grainy, slightly fruity; subtle and obviously not that complex but still smells quite delicious

T: Delicate with light citrus; grassy, grainy, citrusy, mmm

F: Nicely carbonated and creamy with a touch of burn from the zesty carbonation

O: This is a solid, really drinkable beer--it's not crazy and there isn't a ton of complexity and yet this still is a really nice beer

Photo of Brewsephus
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into tulip glass

A- Pours a 2 finger, bright white, lacy head. Golden, straw colored. Small/Medium carbonation bubbles. Head lasts for approx 1 min, much lacing.

S- Macintosh apples, fresh honey, a little funk but very slight.

T-Crisp, light, dry. A little barnyard character on the finish, but tastes remarkably like seltzer water. Very subdued bitterness. Watered down Pilsner qualities.

M- A little thin. I didn't expect much body from a 2.9% beer, but this seems to be purposefully subdued. It would be great to go with crepes on a dry hot afternoon on a patio overlooking the bustle of a city.

O- I think this beer has a place, for sure. Is that place only on a picnic in the summer-time? Maybe. Difficult to "get-into" because it doesn't offer a lot. It's like a beige wall. It's not meant to stand out, but the room would feel too plain if it was "just white". I don't hate it, but I would caution anyone looking for something in this beer, other than "wet".

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow. Medium white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Yeasty. Light apple aroma. Pale malt.

Taste - Slight apple. Yeast. Pale malt. Slightly bitter and grainy.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Well carbonated.

Overall - Kinda bland.

Photo of goochpunch
4.51/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this many times from the bottle, and this is a favorite of mine. First time having it on cask at the brewery.

Pours out a turbid golden color. Kind of like orange juice. I usually try to decant my beers carefully, but somehow the cloudiness in this format did the trick for him. The head brewer had mentioned that this batch had some wild yeast strains or something or other in it, and it definitely comes through in the nose with a big funk. Pale crackery malts and light noble hops round out. Flavor is light, refreshing, dry, and complex in its use of the house yeast and wild yeasts. Mouthfeel on cask is a bit undercarbed for me. I much prefer the mouthfeel from the bottle. I love this beer. I could drink it all day everyday.

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glowing pastel orange in a tulip glass, soapy puff of white foam in the center. Lacing forms in a ring at the top and dwindles away downwards.

Lemon rind and soft wheaty notes, some pepper and fruity esters.

Similar flavors, lemon pepper, slight grassy noble hop bitterness, dry and clean finish. Body is light with medium to low carbonation, it has a dry and creamy feel, but is very light though appropriate considering the low abv. Pretty understated, they really nail the elegance of simplicity with this brew. A touch more fruit or funk would be a welcome addition...

Sounds: Santo & Johnny - Sleep Walk

Photo of bluejacket74
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip-like glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch and a half white head (after a slow pour). Head retention is excellent, and there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like wheat/grainy malt, yeast, peppery spice, grassy hops, and some lemon peel. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, there's some nice light tartness in this brew, along with the grainy/yeasty flavors. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's easy to drink and quite refreshing. It's also well carbonated. I'd certainly buy this again in the future. $7.99 a bottle.

Photo of philbe311
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Three fingers worthy of big airy pure white colored head that displays excellent retention... Once settled there is a full layer of rich creamy lacing... The color is a vibrant golden yellow... Mostly still with a couple of stray carbonation bubbles...

S - A very lively whimsical nose... Lemon zest... Big whiffs of apple and honey to start... Belgian yeast is next... Then some strong straw and grass notes... A very light funkiness permeates as well... Some pear mixed in too... Very pleasant and spot on for the style... Excellent aroma...

T - Loaded with lemon zest... Lots of grassy notes... Some light floral notes as well... A slight noble hop presence... There is a Belgian yeast component throughout as well... Very tasty...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lively carbonation... Spry... Has a good little bite... A little bit on the thin side... Goes down easily sip after sip...

D - Insanely quaffable... Insanely sessionable... Loaded with flavor and character - much more than expected given the sub 3% ABV... I could enjoy this all day long... This beer accompanies food very well... Very versatile... Highly recommended to lovers of both Saisons and session brews as this is a stellar example of both... I can't wait to try some more Jester King Offerings...

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light dirt yellow color ale with a super huge slightly off-white foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of funky yeast notes with light rustic notes and light peppery notes. Taste is a refreshing mix of rustic malt with a pinch of lemon and some light peppery yeast with a light dry funky finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation. This is exactly like the farmhouse ale must have tasted like in my imagination.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured out into a beautiful dirty blonde color with plenty of carbonation and slight orange hues throughout. Its topped off with a nice thick (three finger thick) head that closely resembles billowy clouds that lingers. The aroma is very mild, almost undetectable. I pick up some banana, apple, fig, orange and grapes all mixed in with some mild spices. Very light bodied and tart overall, it really wakes you up. The tartness and spices really give it a jolt of quick flavor that quickly fades into a softer version of itself in the aftertaste. I did pick up some coriander in the aftertaste, this is a good beer overall and one I really enjoy right before hitting the sack.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nate8767 for the unique extra. Shared with some friends as the dinner beer before we tackled stout night.

Pours a cloudy gold with a small 2 finger white frothy head and pretty good retention.

Aroma is light and refreshing with a surprising amount of citrus. Belgian yeast, spiciness and some banana come through as well.

Starts off with some banana, lemon peel and a subtle spiciness. Really a ton of flavor for something with such a low ABV. Finishes spicy with some more lemon and a touch of pepper. Just a light funk to it.

Light and crisply carbonated.

A very surprising like for me. I haven't liked many Jester King beers I've tried and my opinion of saisons usually ranges from ok to awful, but this had the good components (lemon, hop spice) without the bad (hay funk, overwhelming pepper). All in all it was light and refreshing and paired very well as a dinner beer.

Photo of MEsquandoles
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$5 for 15oz stemmed glass at Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery. Released today, Dec 2.

"brewed with pilsner malt, wheat, a touch of Caramunich and acidulated malt, lots of Czech Saaz hops and farmhouse yeast."

Very hazy golden body with a orange tint, with white head fluffy head. Attractive.

Aroma: Impressive for only 2.8%! Aroma of flowers, honeysuckle, peach, tangerine, and kiwi. Some soft white pepper too, the French Saison yeast more than the malt or hops.

Flavor: Follows aromas, but I get the wheat and acid malt a lot more here, especially in the aftertaste - lightly bready, fresh wet grass, lil earthy and tart - yet this beer still seems to be a showcase for their farmhouse yeast (yet relatively clean, no Brett or Lacto).

Smooth but not boring. Great mouthfeel for the ABV.

Dry, extremely drinkable. I love a good session beer; this is almost as impressive as Commercial Suicide. I almost wish it were summer again. I think I might prefer this to the Noble King, which has more going on, but this one is impressive in it's subtlety. Very elegant. Kudos.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/14/14

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Lightly hazy, pale gold with some straw and tangerine - pours with a large, fluffy, white head - fades to a solid, medium cap, leaves some really nice blobs and streaks of lacing

Smell: Definitely smells light, but that's definitely not a bad thing - some light saison aromas, with some nice Jester King yeast - some earthiness, but mostly clean - very pale malts with a slight hint of wheat, light bread

Taste: Light and flavorful - basically tasted like a subdued saison - light yeast with some light earthiness, spice - lightly grassy - some hints of lemon - finishes very dry, almost wine-like

Mouthfeel: Light body, nicely carbonated, very smooth and absurdly refreshing

Overall: Brewed with real tables!

This is extremely drinkable, which is definitely the point of this beer. This is flavorful with some nice pale malts and yeast. I wouldn't have guessed the extremely low ABV.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear light yellow in color and has a very low amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has hints of bready malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) and slightly crisp and dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and easy to drink and the light dryness and bitterness would cut particular well with a meal.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed straw hue, fluffy white head that slowly settles to a thick cap with sticky lacing.

Clean mild citrusy aroma, soft wheat with some tame sharp yeast.

Soft wheat accompanied by soft citrus zest up front in the flavour, along with a mild acidic yeasty zip.

Mouthfeel is equally soft as the flavour, light-bodied with a smooth texture and light spritzy carbonation.

When trying to sum this up the first word that pops into mind is pleasant. It's a pleasant little beer that is meant to be easy drinking and quenching without being bland, and it accomplishes that quite well.

Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a light and cloudy yellow with a finger of white head that recedes to a small mat
S: smells of funk, pale malt, lemon zest, spicy yeast and a bit fruity
T: very delicate flavors with some peppery spice, pale malt, slight citrusy zest, and a tinge of floral hop. seltzer water taste on the swallow with a bit more funky pale malt flavor on the finish
M: light and crisp with a moderate but soft carbonation
O: a nice beer with good complexity. Very drinkable and enjoyable

Photo of Johnnyramirez
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- cloudy golden with a white head that surprises me a bit with how well it retains. Super carbonated

S- bready, citrus notes, some grass/herbs come through but I'm mainly getting citrus and bread

T- I get a real light citrus, some light grass and almost no hops, a real dry finish. I wasnt expecting much flavor given that its so low alcohol, but I'm pleased. Imagine club soda with a touch of lemon, yeast and some grass.

M- SUPER carbonated. Fizzy as hell. Champagne like here. I find myself burping a lot drinking this, I don't like that. However the mouthfeel goes hand in hand perfectly with the flavor

O- I expected something really light and ultimately low in flavor but I really wanted to try it. It has lots of flavor for its ABV, I imagine its great in the heat. I could drink this all day as its real easy drinking and nothing dominates the flavor. I wouldn't drink this all the time, but I could see this being a good option in the summer, or especially when you're with BMC drinkers and wanna give them a light easy drinking beer. Pleasantly surprised.

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Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer from Jester King Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.