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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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83
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487 Ratings
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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 23
Gots: 82 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  2.90% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: MEsquandoles on 12-03-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2.9% per the label.

Pours a murky honey orange-yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, and some slight pepper/spice notes. Taste is pretty much the same but is a bit watery in the middle. There is a noticeable hop presence with each sip that quickly fades from the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and I am quite impressed that it clocks in at only 2.9% ABV for the way it drinks.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to wsnich for getting a few bottles of this out my way. Thanks also to kjkinsey and wagenvolks for ensuring that I'll have an ample supply over the next few weeks.

Served in a Jester King goblet.

Pours a very hazy light golden color with a tall, fizzy white head. Fairly good retention before falling down to a thin white collar with a few spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma brings an initial whiff of Saaz hops with some nice floral notes. A bit earthy, with light notes of white pepper and dirt in the background. Impressive amounts of yeast notes for a 2.8% beer. The flavor continues down this path with the Saaz upfront followed by light spice and earth. Some light notes of grain in the background.

The finish is fairly dry and perfectly bitter. Just enough IBUs to leave that back end bitterness and keep me coming back for me. Light body with moderate carbonation. I might go a bit higher on that, though the subtle chewiness is welcoming.

Overall, really a nice beer, especially at this ABV. I'm glad I've got some more for basketball watching and sitting outside as the weather gets increasingly better here.

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a pale straw color and a modest head that leaves a smattering of lace behind

Smell: A bit bready, grassy and lemony

Taste: Bready, up front, with a grassy, lemony pith developing by mid-palate; plenty of balance through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Only 2.8% ABV - are you kidding me? I wish beers like this were far more widely available

Photo of BEERchitect
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.04/5  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 kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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 nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer from Jester King Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.