Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer - Jester King Brewery
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3.48/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-05-2013 01:59:06 | More by kojevergas
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: cloudly golden color. Solid white head that does not stick for long. Leaves a good amount of lacing down the side of the glass.
S: Light, crisp and piney.
T: Very refreshing. Not too strong of a flavor, but the delicate hints of yeast and hops provide a beer that would be perfect for a hot sweaty day.
F: High level of carbonation, light bodied.
O: For a table beer this is great. Nothing special, but a solid beer that is highly drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2013 05:19:56 | More by JGlitz87
4.01/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
poured into Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Cloudy yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of white head. Head drops to a thin cap. Spotted lacing. A tuck load of sediment from the bottom of the bottle. Probably should not have poured the last few ounces of the beer from the bottle to keep the yeast in the bottle.
Smell: Wheat malts. Light hops that are herbal, earthy, and woody. Light yeast notes. Touch of lemon tartness.
Taste: Opens up with a slight lemon tartness. straw and cracker malts. Light hops that are mildly bitter. Hops notes are floral, earthy, and maybe some tropical fruits. All the flavors are balanced nicely nothing over powers the other flavors.
Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Slightly dry. Super drinkable and sturdy paired with food. Had some brats with this beer and the beer holds its flavor very well.
Overall: Nice table beer by Jester King. Its my first beer that I have drank from this brewery and it was enjoyable beer when its drank right out of the fridge and cold. Drink this beer cold at the recommended serving temperature of 50-55 farenhiet. Trust me dont let this beer warm up to much. As it warms the flavors become very yeasty and farily "plasticy" funky in a bad way; those flavors are not very enjoyable to me.
Serving type: bottle
08-19-2013 00:59:13 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.5/5 rDev +21.6%
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.
Serving type: cask
08-18-2013 03:29:36 | More by goochpunch
3.86/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a tulip.
3.75 A: Well hazed yellow brown color. Big pillowy off-white head. Retention is good and a decent amount of lacing is left.
3.75 S: Grainy herbalness, flowers, dry woodiness. Grassy, hay, a touch of lemon, and earthy hoppiness.
4.0 T: Like the nose, but better. Layers of herbs and flowers. Woody with grass and hay. Earthy hops, lemon peel, and maybe a hint of apple.
3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess and super smooth.
3.75 D: Tasty and super drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
08-13-2013 23:17:49 | More by DavoleBomb
4.69/5 rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This is the best <3% beer that has ever existed.
The beer has a thick white head and hazy yellow body. Smells like fresh cut grass and horse blankets. Taste is clean and quenching. There is some funk and weirdness that lets you know they used some crazy strong yeast to make this stuff. Does not taste like a low alcohol beer. This has a lot more taste than some 6% IPA's and Saisons I have tried.
Suggest: Mow the lawn or play 18 holes of golf. Sit down in your kitchen and pour a glass of this stuff. Enter Nirvana and become one with the universe.
Serving type: bottle
08-04-2013 04:13:22 | More by 3sheets2wind
3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Jester King Brewery, Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.
First off I will say I was a little put off by the fact that this was 2.9%, but if you continue on and simply judge it by its merits, there is more to it than the ABV, though I do agree with the vast majority that such a low alcohol content can somewhat detract from the overall flavor of a brew.
Look - Pours a yeasty golden orange with a medium sized soapy head that dissipates quickly but leaves considerable lacing.
Smell - Fruity, sweet, and slightly yeast sour. This aspect is where you see the downside to the low concentration of ingredients, there is barely anything there, but what it does provide is still appetizing.
Taste - Light but hearty enough in flavor. A slightly tart and refreshing coating here. Not much funk, almost like an American lager here.
Mouthfeel - Quite crisp and refreshing. Obviously not boozy and exceptionally sessionable and drinkable. I think the brew shines here because it seems like this was the intention, and I think they did a good job at that aspect.
Overall - Somehow this brew tastes like it is up in the 5% range but it isn't, which is what you would expect from a well done session-type brew. That means it doesn't have the booziness but it does have the feel in the mouth of a higher abv brew. This was a good brew but I understand why for some it would not be there thing. Worth a shot if you want to try something different.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2013 12:38:53 | More by JMScowcroft
4.15/5 rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
25.4 oz big bomber bottle poured into tulip
L: yellow, pours into a slight haziness that clears up as you drink it; BIG head of pure white foam stacked on top at least 1.5 inches that is thick, fluffy and sticky; lacing and lacing, all the way down; tons of bubbles popping up in this thing. quite a show.
S: slight banana, hefeweizen style, tart lemons, maybe a hint of spice
T: lemons, grassiness, yeasty finish with little sweetness; tart; clean dry finish; like a dry white wine minus the sweetness
F: all that carbonation is fantastic, helps this light-medium weight brew feel very full
O: tart, clean, dry and as drinkable as anything i've come across -- a perfect summer brew, in fact. it never sweetens out, which seems to fit the style perfectly (though be warned: if you're a malt-head like me and like the sweetness, this doesn't have it).
i love it, especially the 2.9% ABV. big bonus points from me for giving us here in Texas a true session ale.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2013 20:06:03 | More by Premo88
Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer from Jester King Brewery
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