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Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer - Jester King Brewery

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Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table BeerLe Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 587
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 31.94%
Wants: 31
Gots: 109 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of wspscott
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a 24oz mug

A: So, this is not a very striking beer, basically looks like a hazy bud light. With that said, it has a nice lingering head and quite a bit of lace.
S: Slight earthiness, maybe a hint of lemon, not a whole lot going on
T: A little earthiness, a hint of hops, a little tartness (very slight). Makes me think brett.
M: A lot of carbonation, very tingly, light mouthfeel, but it seems to linger a bit before disappearing.
O: A well made beer that is difficult to compare to other commercial beers. How often do you see a 2.9% table beer? I wish there were more beers like this. With that said, I won't purchase again given the price. However, I will use this for homebrewing inspiration. Very glad I tried it.

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Photo of Ristaccia
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Thin and slightly hazy with a light head.

Smell: Slightly funky, dry, with a bit of grass.

Taste: Light grass and floral flavors with a hint of spiciness. Subtle, but a nice flavor profile given the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.

Overall: Not a terribly exciting beer, but pleasant. Given the cost, likely wouldn't buy it again ($14/750mL). Great bottle art though.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: delicate silvery-gold hue with a thin finger of frothy white foam. Rather like a good witbier -- I like it.

Smell: grassy, funky, a little green; very vernal. I really like it.

Taste: lightly malty with an edge toward graininess; there's a dash of funk and some grassy hops. Very light in character but well-composed.

Mouthfeel: light body but with a good, well-integrated carbonation and a good creaminess.

Overall: it's hard to get a lot of flavor out of a 2.9% beer, but it's easy to get a lot of drinkability. Very, very good.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this one at mattsanders tasting a ways back (from notes)

A clear straw yellow, thin film leaves no lace but it was a smell pour

S grass, a little metallic, mild funk coming through, some hay, Perrier carbonated water comes to mind

T noble hops still there with some dry cereal, a little less going on compared to the nose but considering its only 2.9% I’d say it’s holding its own

M very light, a little foamy, crisp and dry

O great stuff considering how much of this I could drink in a sitting, I’m just missing a hot sun at this point

Not a bad little light weight, I could drink myself sober with this stuff

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful color and minimal nose. The upfront taste is enjoyable but it's quickly washed away with a harsh bitterness that lingers for a long time. For the low ABV and table beer goal, I was hoping for something smoother.

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Photo of bfranks
1/5  rDev -73.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Least offensive beer at Jester King. That being said, this tasted like stale and lightly carbonated urine. I poured the rest of it on the ground to protect my friends and then went to the awesome pizza place just down the way.

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Photo of do_ob
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle into a tulip. Pours an incredibly pale yellow - nearly clear - and settles into a brilliant greenish-yellow/lemon-lime in the glass. Very interesting hues on this beer. A gentle pour initially yielded a thin lacing, which quickly became a 1 finger layer of sticky, snow-white foam upon shifting to a 90 degree pour. Outstanding carbonation that never ends. Light sediment in the bottom of the glass is observed after letting the beer sit for about 5 minutes. By this point, the head had receded back to a thin, but still dense lacing.

Zesty, tart fruit on the nose (lemon and lime mainly) with strong notes of grass, straw/hay, and spice. A modest earthiness is also detected as it warms. The nose on this beer is slightly reminiscent of a traditional witbier, given the grassiness and spice, but more sweet in comparison. Very pleasant.

Upon tasting, I have here a beer that is incredibly light in body, with an intense carbonation. Crisp, clean, refreshing, and as easy to drink as fresh spring water. An inherent creaminess blooms from beneath the carbonation as it warms on the palate. Initially, I detect delicate notes of lemon, lime, pepper, coriander, and grass. A stronger spice sensation is felt middleways and through the finish.

This beer finishes clean and crisp, while exposing a slight malt profile that I wasn't expecting. The aftertaste is that of watered-down lemon juice and bready malt. There is a dryness left behind reminiscent of a white wine of sorts. This is short lived, though. This beer is so drinkable, you're reaching for another sip before you know it.

For what it's worth, I think this beer is grossly underrated. As a modern-day Saison, it might be disappointing to some. But as a traditional European Farmhouse Table Beer, I think it hits the mark flawlessly.

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Photo of coronelaurelianobuendia
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is good for what it is: a table beer. It's light, crisp and refreshing and doesn't have any off-flavors. The quality of every ingredient shines through. It is not its fault that it is not the most interesting beer in the world. That's not its purpose.

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Photo of adapt313
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really good food beer, pairs with anything. Light, crisp, refreshing, mildly tart and funky at the same time. I could drink a whole mess of this on a hot day.

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Photo of Sathanas
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Though it is light in alcohol (as was tradition), this saison is big in taste and I would never think this was only 2.9 ABV. Perfect for sipping (or binge-ing) on a hot day.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated “Batch 9/10, bottled Mar 2013” at 50 degrees into tulip
Aroma very faint, slightly citrusy
Head average (3 cm), white, frothy, quickly diminishing tom2mmring and partial layer
Lacing fair – partial narrow rings and short stalactites of small bubbles
Body straw, clear, few bubbles constantly rising
Flavor very weak grapefruit tang, quickly dying, ends with a lingering weak bitterness; no other trace of hops, no yeast phenolics, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bumps to 4.25. Have had this beer numerous times now and either it's getting better every time or my taste buds are just more inclined to this style. Let's go with both.

Last I had was at JK on draft, 9/11/2015.

Light, dry, refreshing, ever so slight lemon tartness that elevates the beer. 2.9% is just icing on the cake.

Have two green bottles stashed away, will pick up more next time I'm there. Probably no need to age it, but we'll see what happens!

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Photo of zookerman182
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light cloudy yellow color with a half finger head.
Aroma is bready, straw, lemon.
Taste is more of the same. Grains, yeast, light malt.
Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. Doesn't leave much lingering.
This is a refreshing beer but not complex at all.
It's one or two dominant flavors.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.01/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy bright yellow. Head is fluffy, creamy, and dense. Solid retention leaves a couple cm head for the duration. Some slightly sticky lacing. Vigorous pop on open. Solid carbonation.

Smell: Farmhouse funk. Wet Jester King funk. Damp earth coupled with hay and grass. Earthy with some hints of lemon. A touch floral as well. Malts are crazy light with some mild bready notes and snappy cracker. Pale malt sweetness. A touch sweet overall. Powdery yeast. Super clean and light. A touch of spicy esters with a fruity undercurrent.

Taste: Very light funk. A touch of bright lemon juice. Floral. Earthy and damp but it's all super mellow. A touch of banana and mango. Slight tart edge runs through the back. Powdery earthy yeast. Almost like seltzer. So very clean. Hay and grass abound. Pale malts add some slight bready sweetness. A touch of toasted malt. Crackery snap with some bread crust. Light hint of apple and pear in the back. A touch of something woody.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a medium-high carbonation. A bit crisp on the back. Super clean and easy. A bit bubbly.

Overall: Also in French.

I need this for all the meals forever. A solid table beer with enough character to keep it interesting. More a funky yeast soda.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, straw color. Rare color of beer, almost milky in color, but not cloudy. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, sourness, hint of hops, slight sweet malt, hint of wheat, flora aroma, and a hint of spices. Fits the style of a Farmhouse / Saison. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of slight hops, hint of spices, slight citrus (lemon?), pale malt, floral notes, and slight wheat. A yummy, easy-drinking, and refreshing brew.

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Photo of nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A small, white head on a hazy straw colored body. The aroma is earthy, spicy hops with hay and some stone fruit. Flavors are similar to the aroma but much more subdued. Relatively thick body considering the low ABV. Nicely done, really great aroma and decent flavor profile, fairly flavorful for something so light.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 25.4oz/750ml pry-off bottle to a teku; batch information is printed above the bar code on the label, indicating this one is from October 1, 2013, making the bottle about three and a half months old (“BATCH #11 – OCT. 1, 2013”). As per the label’s instructions, this bottle was stored cool and upright (well, upright anyway) and chilled for at least 24 hours prior to opening. And it’s being served reasonably close to 50-55ºF (cooler than that at first, to warm up gradually).

Appearance (3.0): A gentle pour yields maybe a finger and a half of bone-white, crackly foam which doesn’t take long to diminish but leaves some film on the surface. The body is a very pale, sunny yellow color that’s solidly hazy but not quite cloudy. There’s not much lacing or retention to speak of, which is disappointing, but everything else is more or less on par for the style and the body is quite pretty.

Smell (4.75): What a fantastic aroma! Earthy and floral in a “barnyard” way, with just a little bit of funk underlying dry straw, fresh-turned dirt, wildflowers, hay, and some rich, musty silage. It’s also got modest amounts of coriander, clove, and white pepper, along with pear juice and a bit of apricot aroma. For such a “small” beer, this smells outstanding.

Taste (4.25): The flavor really showcases the brett: lemon zest, a phenolic funk that falls short of medicinal, mild lactic (yogurt-y) tartness, and more of the musty, earthy tone shown in the nose. The brett’s really clear and prominent, but underneath it is some pale, unmalted grain character (a bit like chewing on raw wheat and oat kernels), as well as some light hops—some fresh-cut grass, light herbal and floral bitterness, and a very floral bitterness in the surprisingly prominent finish. There’s just a very light spice note, mostly showing white pepper. It’s worth noting that the floral bitterness and the tartness of the brett character meld perfectly, elevating both components. It’s really, really boozy, though. (Just kidding you guys, this is 2.9% ABV.)

Mouthfeel (4.5): A tingly carbonation spreads all over and instead of foaming up much at all, it washes out with the very light body and leaving a very nice, dry finish that only accentuates how goddamned easy this is to put back. This is very dry, very light, and very drinkable.

Overall (4.25): It’s not a saison, really, but an exceedingly drinkable table beer with brett—and along those lines, this is crazily good, in my opinion. (It should be noted that I’m judging it, numerically, as a “farmhouse table beer,” rather than as a “saison” as it’s understood to be today.) That’s what Jester King was going for, and on that count they did a real bang-up job here. If you’re interested in a light, tart, absurdly easy to quaff table beer to pair with food, then this is your beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A surprisingly sweet, fruity, funky aroma.

T: Tasted of lemon, the saison barnyard funk, a little pepper, hops, and a little yeast. This doesn't really taste like a saison to me. It almost has more in common with a pale ale than anything else. Still, a light and refreshing flavor.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not your typical saison. I'm not sure what to make of it. Not bad, but not brilliant either. Drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

many many thanks to small batch liquors on tennyson for making this happen for me. an absolutely wonderfully unique brew, apparently too low in abv to sell in the state, but not illegal to drink, so here goes magic. pale almost white yellow color, patchy pure white head of big bubbles slowly bursting. hazy as can be. the nose is decidedly fresh jasmine flowers, maybe a hint of lavender, but no perfume, so i say jasmine. insanely floral and i cannot believe its not listed as an ingredient here because its true all the way. funky yeast, saison heavy, not much sour, but some tart. whitest of wheat malts as a base, ultra low dose. the taste is just fantastic too, not as floral as the nose, but every bit as interesting, the yeast just makes it too, so funky and soft on the palate, no acidity either, which shocks me for the degree of funk. layers on lays as it finishes dry and grainy, cereal forward, better than pils, hard to say, but so fresh and yummy. table beer, something i can get behind. very light body of course, mellow feel with the carbonation, and a very clean palate. i want infinity of this. jester king is reinventing some styles right now, and this is brilliant. thanks again to small batch for making this dream a reality.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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).

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