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Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 566
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 28
Gots: 106 | 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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Reviews: 97 | Hads: 566
Photo of bfranks
1/5  rDev -74%
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. (226 characters)

Photo of MattU
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Before I get into this review I want to start by saying I REALLY wanted to like this beer. I've had low alcohol session beers that I have enjoyed before. My review is not from "not getting" this beer.

App- pours a one finger white head that disappears immediately. Pale straw color, slightly hazy.

Smell- fruity yeast (lemon peel, overripe pears) bubblegum, touch of spice. Not discerning much hop character. Slight vegetal aroma too (DMS?) almost corn like.

Taste- Fruity yeast (same notes as in aroma) and.... That's about it. A touch of malt-sweetness and a light cracker like character. I get that DMS vegetal thing at the finish. Very light and dull/muted characters. Not really picking out any hop character or really any hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- thin and slightly watery. High carbonation slightly burns (think like a coca cola out of the can). Instead of filling the beer out, the high carbonation comes off as abrasive.

Overall- I don't hate this beer. From reading the description I was expecting something with some noticeable but not domineering hop character (like pilsner urquell on a good day). Instead everything in the beer is rather dull and muted. (1,178 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 9.19.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, pale light orange with a two inch off-white head with good retention.

S - Light malt, hay, yeast.

T - A watered down saison, very subtle flavors of malt and Belgian yeast.

D - Very thin body and lots of carbonation.

O - Smells nice, but just so light there isn't much going on. (328 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.04/5  rDev -21%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of snpub540
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale orange hue with a tiny white head that lays across the the top of the beer. Very small amount of lacing.

Smell is of hay, noble hops, and some earthy yeast.

Taste is a mild spicy ness like black pepper with a small amount of malt flavor to hold it all together. It is crisp and dry but slightly watered down.

Mouthfeel is very thin but you can drink goblets of this all day. It is a tasty beer that you can drink in quantity. I think I will have to pick up a couple more of these for my summer drinking. (524 characters)

Photo of Brewsephus
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
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". (1,001 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at WLV Liquors.

A - Pours a mirky yellow color, white head, thin cap.

S - Bready malts, biscuit, light citrus/spice/hop combo.

T - Pils-like bready malts up front, cracker, light hops, maybe a touch of light tartness in there too. Finish is light hops and wheat.

M - Light body, good carbonation, clean finish.

O - Seemed a bit muted to me, but for 2.8%, I can't really complain about it not being overly complex. For what it is, I enjoyed it but I don't think I'd buy another bottle. (508 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to yankeefan287 for sharing this one. Served from the 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Fairly hazy light orange golden colored body with a big, fluffy and creamy white head. Nice retention cap along with decent amounts of splotchy lacing.

S: Quite muted but some of the saison-esque spices come through. Pale malts, bread, spicy yeast and that's really about it. No detectable hoppiness.

T: A bit more of a hop presence in the taste which is nice, opening things up. Spices are back along with some bready notes and just a hint of a Belgian yeast flavor. Not overly complex or flavorful but nice.

M: Well carbonated, certainly a light-bodied beer that drinks extremely easily. Refreshing, crisp and clean without anything off in the linger.

This was an all around nice beer to try. I love the lower ABV on this one and the fact that it did have just enough flavor to warrant the low ABV was nice. Not entirely flavorful and a bit watery, but one to try. (969 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fit for long lasting sessions, spicy foods, delicate foods, or warm weather consuption, Le Petite Prince is a celebration of all things small.

Medium straw in color and with a yeasty Belgian haze, the beer simply looks like saison. From its rich lathery white head to its firm retention and elaborate lace, The beer carries the farmhouse aesthetics to perfection. Note that the second pour from the bottle delivers significantly more yeast sediment than the first.

Quite sulfury to the nose, the combined scent of matches, eggs, and burning coal come to mind with a strong earthen undertow. Dried fruit zest of limes and apples emerge from the pungent sulfur notes. Peppery in balance, the perfumy notes of coriander and white pepper edges out the sulfur note after the beer breathes a bit.

Slight on sweetness, the dry wheat taste rounds out the vegimite-rich taste of yeast. The zesty taste from dehydrated lemons and apples offers a mildly acidic balance just ahead of a finish of pepper and baking soda. The soft spices both yeast and coriander additions accompany the light yet broad bitterness from hops.

Very light in body, the spritzy effervescence springs the beer from the tongue and ushers in a quick and dry finish. Perhaps a bit thin in the middle, the beer reminds my palate of seltzer or mineral water.

It's somewhat dangerous for a brewery to roll out with such a low gravity beer. While it's easy to recognize refreshment, drinkability, and crispness; it's also easy to recognize flaws- the high sulfur character and minerally taste/texture has absolutely no place to hide.

Does anyone else find the label character to be quite perverse? Feel like I need to cleanse myself. (1,698 characters)

Photo of beerrock
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Batch #9/10. March 2013. 2.9% ABV confirmed per the label. FG: 1.002. IBU: 30. Brewed with noble hops. Refrigerated since I purchased it last week at me local HEB Grocery. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with bizarre label art and branded pressure cap served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation as well as the premise; I'd like to see more table beers in the world. Reviewed as a farmhouse ale because it identifies as a "farmhouse table beer" on the label.

I really do love the creative art on the actual cap; there's a lot of attention to detail there and it's fun.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a five finger wide head of white colour. It's a bit on the thin side. Not much creaminess. Not frothy at all. Complexion is soft but weak. Some scattered soapy lacing sticks to the sides of the stange as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 6 minutes, but frankly that's not too difficult to accomplish at a paltry 2.9% ABV.

Body colour is a clear pale copper meets straw yellow. Surprisingly clear, actually, as though filtered - strange for a farmhouse ale. Actually looks like a pilsner. No yeast particles are visible.

I'm a bit taken aback by the clarity given the style, but it looks pretty standard otherwise. There's nothing unique or special about it, but I don't notice any overt flaws.

Sm: Clean barley, clean straw, grains, cereals, crisp saaz hops, spring water, and an edge of funky brettanomyces yeast (present predominantly on the back end). Has a light biscuity character as well. I also get pilsner malts, some light crackery malts, and a kiss of white pepper. No alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant clean aroma of mild strength with a decent amount going on. I'm excited to try it, but I'm worried it may be watery. It certainly doesn't have the complexity and subtlety featured in the aromas of the best beers in the style.

T/Mf: Crackery malts, cereals, grains, pilsner malt, and a bit of munich malt form the lighthearted, approachable foundation. It's certainly refreshing, if a bit understated. The refreshing character comes at the expense of presence on the palate; it lacks a true full body and feels a bit closed off. I get subtle apples notes, a bit of white pepper, clove/allspice (from the yeast), and a light funkiness from the brettanomyces in the late third act and on the finish. Cilantro. A hint of lemongrass. Straw. Some very light floral notes - honeysuckle, perhaps. A bit of clove honey.

Effervescent, crisp, and clean. Smooth and spritzy, with a good dryness/wetness balance - dry enough to coax out the flavours a bit more, yet wet enough to stay refreshing. Good execution on that front. A bit overcarbonated; maybe too many residual sugars were present when bottle re-fermentation began. I'd guess high quality low hardness water was used; the crisp clean feel coupled with the lightly minerally taste is evidence. Luckily, it never feels watery. But it does seem filtered.

The crackery malts coupled with the white pepper are a highlight for me.

As far as hops go, I'd guess Saaz blind. I don't know that I'd say "Noble" broadly. Shows how unrefined my crappy palate. At least no one reads these...

Not oily, harsh, gushed, or boozy - but if I tried it blind I'd probably guess it was about 6-7%.

It's a nicely balanced beer, if a simple one. You won't find much in the way of complexity here - after all, it's a 2.9% table beer - but there's some impressive subtlety. Depth of flavour is below average for the farmhouse style, but very forgivable given they're going for the tafelbier approach. Flavour intensity is also below average. Flavour duration is average.

Dr: Here's where the beer really succeeds. This is a fairly flavourful farmhouse ale you could down all day. It'd be wonderful to pair with lunch (especially on a workday) and would work wonders alongside food. In fact, this may be the perfect universal food-pairing - it's right up there with Estrella Damm. I just wish the price point wasn't so unreasonable compared to the quality. In any case, it's as sessionable as any beer out there, and one could down it by the pitcher if one wished. I'll be recommending this to friends only in specific food-pairing situations. I imagine I'll be getting it again, but not regularly. If the price came down, it'd easily be a fridge mainstay. I like what Jester King went for here. This would be an excellent beer to maybe lure white wine drinkers or non-beer drinkers towards craft beer.

That said, if we're reviewing to style, it has trouble holding a candle to the best saisons/farmhouse ales out there.

High B- (4,837 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (223 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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... (1,404 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a translucent golden color with a finger and a half of bone white head. Ok head retention with a fair amount of lacing.

S- subtle delicate aromas. Cracked grain and rustic cracker like malt up front. Spicy and fruity esters from the yeast with a musty note. A floral herbaceous kiss of noble hop on the finish.

T- bready cracker like malt with a fluffy wheat note hits the palate at first. Lemon zest, spice and a hint of pear blends in mid palate. Musty yeast character with some floral noble hop flavor and bitterness brings balance next. Very dry crisp finish that gets you ready for the next sip! This would be incredible with food.

MF- fluffy slick mouthfeel with a very light body. Soft scrubby bubble like carbonation... Lol.

D- suberbly drinkable!

Overall for the ABV this beer is wonderful. Pair it with food and it will sing! (850 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -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. (441 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 bottle poured into a German liter mug. Nice hazy gold with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma shows a lot of wheat character: plenty of banana and vanilla along with light citrus. Flavor is very robust for the alcohol content. Simple dynamic of banana pith, yeast, and a bitter and slightly metallic noble hop note. It’s honestly a little more German than Belgian to my palate. As far as low alcohol beers go, you’d have a hard time finding one that tastes as ’normal’ as this. Kind of like a light hefe. (512 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive light golden amber in the big chalice, slightly hazed. Thin, persistent foam. Actually a nice nose of grain. Tastes lemony, and as someone noted, apple skins.

Faint flavor of malt, but so much better than the industrial light lagers. A rounded flavor, a tart tang, and just a kiss of hops. All together it's pleasant and quite drinkable. It steers between the rocks of over-hopping light beers, and the shoal of insipid sweet swill.

I really pleased to see brewers experimenting with the lower end of the alcohol rainbow. There is an occasion for every kind of beer strength, and this is the most difficult style. Always hoping for good flavor in a light malty beverage. Big bottle from Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego. (735 characters)

Photo of BigBarley
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy bright straw color, with a fizzy white head. Good retention for the ABV.

Aroma is similar to a weaker pilsner. Not very aromatic, but pleasant. Nice noble hops with a very slight funk and a clear dry smell.

Tastes like a pilsner that's been watered down and taken on some wild yeast. Good noble hop flavor, nice hint of the wild yeast. Pretty much delivers whats promised.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, but the carbonation and yeast lend to it's body enough to separate it from something totally watery.

I would drink this again if in a very very specific mood. I'm glad it exists as an example of an old tradition, and it delivers on its promises. (672 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a glass resembling the one on the label.

The beer is a hazy gold with a fluffy bubbly head that falls down fairly quickly.

Some nice grass and earthy funk with some lemon.

More of the earthy, grassy, and lemon from the nose.

Light bodied, crisp, watery, and dry.

It packs a lot more flavor and aroma than expected of such a low abv beer. Worth a try. (384 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Hazy straw/gold with 1-2 fingers of fluffy white head. Good retention and low carbonation.

Nose
Excellent Belgian yeast aromas. Clove, pear, bubblegum, pils malts and lemongrass.

Taste
Extremely light on the palate. Earth, dried hay and raw grains. Hints of lemongrass and potpourri. Some coriander spice in the finish along with a speckle of orange zest.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, clean and dry.

Overall
Slight tartness in the front with a snap of spice on the back. Obviously at 2.9% it’s very easy drinking but lacking in flavor. Great Saison yeast flavors though. (611 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kevin123 for this bottle...

A: Pours a nice cloudy light golden hay. There is about a half finger of head that settles quickly. A thin white ring is left along the edges of the beer, but there is little to no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is light malt, earthy grass, and slight funk. I'm picking up a slight banana note, but it's very subtle. It has way more going on than I would have imagined for a beer of only 2.8%.

T: It's really light. Damn. Super light. The initial hit is some light funk mixed with some bitters. The flavors shift off the palate and it becomes really watery. I suppose this is to be expected with such a low abv. The finish brings on some of the lingering funk, but it's really mild.

M: Light bodied beer is an understatement. It's crisp, clean, and a bit funky. Nothing lingering or coating.

O: This beer is really interesting. I've never had a "table beer" before. The flavors in this are nice, but it's just so damn watery. It's like I'm not even drinking a beer at all. Overall it's solid, but it's not something I'd want to drink again. However, I'm very happy to have tried it. (1,127 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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 (458 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle provided by ottovon, into a tulip. A session beer with saison yeast and noble hops.

Cloudy apricot in color, nearly opaque. Big, fluffy head of translucent off-white foam becomes a soapy top layer with some splotches on the walls.

Light and bright aroma. Some sweet wheat, spicy and floral hops, a touch of pear.

Like a saison lite. A touch of musty grain, subtle pear, a little pepper, touch of banana. Lingering mango notes after the swallow, but a mostly dry finish.

Medium-light body, smooth. Moderate carbonation, a good amount of fizz as it moves. Clean and light; refreshing.

Flavorful for a very light brew. Refreshing and thirst-quenching. (675 characters)

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Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer from Jester King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.