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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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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MEsquandoles on 12-03-2011

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Pours golden. A bit cloudy. Aroma is a bit musty, grainy, grassy, and yeasty. It is very soft. I really need to dig my nose in there. It smells nice and you need to respect that they are going for a super mellow brew. It's flavor is something to be admired when in the right mood. A marriage of rustic flavors that preach balance. I often find table beers to be really cool. This one grabbed my attention with it;s attention to detail within it's delicateness. I'd like to drink this light bodied brew as my first beer of the night sometime.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, Batch #17 - 10.06.2015. My first beer from Jester King Brewery, acquired a bottle from the local beer shop, as they got in a small sample shipment of Jester King beers. "Farmhouse Table Beer" 2.90% abv.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful cloudy golden body. About a finger of white head that leaves good spotty lacing behind.

S - A pleasant and intriguing aroma - lots of farmhouse yeast & souring bacteria. Notes of grass, lemons, hay, wheat. Invokes a true sense of place / terroir - I can almost imagine the Texas Hill Country before me.

T - Taste follows the nose: lots of earthy, grassy, hay, wheat, farmhouse yeast, and earthy bacterial flavor. So much flavor for such a low abv beer. The aroma makes it seem like it would be much more sour than it actually is. Subtle notes of stone fruits.

M - Very smooth, crisp, & clean. Extremely easy-drinking & light-bodied.

Overall, a very unique and interesting first beer to me from Jester King. I look forward to trying many more beers from this brewery.

Jester King Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer -----4/5.

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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright gold and completely see through, decent head with no lacing.
S: Straightforward, a bit reminiscent of a Hefeweizen with Brett - very nice
T: For a extremely sessionable Farmhouse, the taste is muted but intentionally so. The fruitiness of the brett shines through and some citrus.
F: The finish is rather bland but really hard to expect more from a 2.9%ABV wild Farmhouse.
O: Perfect with spicy food or as "Table Beer." I think it really does justice to what old Belgian table beer was like and is perfect for a day at the pool, or with dinner!

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Photo of enrique_m
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

look: the brew is a golden color with a nice white lacing.
smell: funky it smells like spoiled lemons with hay.
taste: has a sour grassy taste and it being a light brew it is refreshing.
overall: it is one light funky beer.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled & I do believe bottle conditioned
What I can't believe is Ba lost my review
luckily Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's fantastical & magical tale is so close to my heart
such an experience would not leave me, not even a beer named after it
So there is a lovely, slightly hazy golden body & islands(or asteroids) of white foam
A refreshing tart lemon aroma with bready yeast tones
the flavour has this and light sprinkles of bitterness
It doesn't seem to be so low an abv
I think this was my first saison

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/06/15.

A very complex yet delicate beer. Pours a straw gold with delicate lace. Smells of cracker and grassy, floral hops with yeast phenols. Taste is similar with a refreshing finish. So much flavor packed into a small beer.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is lemon, hay, Belgian yeast, and some farmhouse funk.

Taste is basically a "session saison" with a light lemon citrus up front, bready flavors, and a fairly crisp, clean finish. Mouthfeel was almost creamy, which was interesting for the style.

First beer I've had from Jester King and I really enjoyed it, although it seems to be one of the lesser-rated JK beers. I love something that's refreshing and sessionable.

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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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Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer from Jester King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.