Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer - Jester King Brewery

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 556
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 25
Gots: 103 | FT: 9
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Jester King Brewery visit their website
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 goochpunch
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,474 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a long-lasting two-fingers thick off-white and fluffy head into a tulip glass. the body was a bubbly straw gold color.
s - floral hops, yeasty, some honey sweetness.
t - grainy and bready with a hint of lemon tartness.
m - slick and thin but to be expected.
o - refreshing beer and very interesting, especially for a 2.9% beer. (338 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip-like glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch and a half white head (after a slow pour). Head retention is excellent, and there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like wheat/grainy malt, yeast, peppery spice, grassy hops, and some lemon peel. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, there's some nice light tartness in this brew, along with the grainy/yeasty flavors. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's easy to drink and quite refreshing. It's also well carbonated. I'd certainly buy this again in the future. $7.99 a bottle. (573 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.

L – Cloudy pale gold color with a 3-finger bubbly, rocky, white head. Great retention and some nice lacing.

S – Grainy and bready malt and wheat, prominent lemongrass, peppery and coriander yeast, and just a bit of Brett musty funk. It smells very light and crisp.

T – Follows the nose pretty closely. It starts off with sweet bready, cereal-like malt and wheat and picks up a mildly tart lemon flavor as the taste progresses. At the finish, there’s mild spicy, earthy, and floral hop bitterness. There's not much funk here except for maybe the slightest hint at the very finish. Tasty.

F – Light-bodied, great carbonation, a crisp and somewhat creamy mouthfeel, and an earthy, slightly bitter, and moderately dry finish. Earthy and mildly spicy hop bitterness lingers for a few seconds.

O – This is an interesting beer. It has one of the lowest ABVs I’ve ever seen at 2.9% but it still manages to hold up in the aroma and taste department. Of course the beer is drinkable as hell with the low ABV, but the creamy mouthfeel shows that it’s not just carbonated water. This really is the ultimate summer session beer: low ABV, bready and citrusy aroma and flavor, crisp and creamy mouthfeel, and enough yeast to add some complexity. Jester King deserves a lot of credit for making a beer worth drinking at this strength. (1,396 characters)

Photo of Brewsephus
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
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 BigBarley
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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 philbe311
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Three fingers worthy of big airy pure white colored head that displays excellent retention... Once settled there is a full layer of rich creamy lacing... The color is a vibrant golden yellow... Mostly still with a couple of stray carbonation bubbles...

S - A very lively whimsical nose... Lemon zest... Big whiffs of apple and honey to start... Belgian yeast is next... Then some strong straw and grass notes... A very light funkiness permeates as well... Some pear mixed in too... Very pleasant and spot on for the style... Excellent aroma...

T - Loaded with lemon zest... Lots of grassy notes... Some light floral notes as well... A slight noble hop presence... There is a Belgian yeast component throughout as well... Very tasty...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lively carbonation... Spry... Has a good little bite... A little bit on the thin side... Goes down easily sip after sip...

D - Insanely quaffable... Insanely sessionable... Loaded with flavor and character - much more than expected given the sub 3% ABV... I could enjoy this all day long... This beer accompanies food very well... Very versatile... Highly recommended to lovers of both Saisons and session brews as this is a stellar example of both... I can't wait to try some more Jester King Offerings... (1,294 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of bready hops along with a touch of lemon zest. Light to moderate aromas of grassy and spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of bready malts along with some very light notes of lemon zest. There are light to moderate flavors of grassy and spicy hops. Light amounts of bitterness (similar to that from Belgian endive or frisee) in the finish that fades rather quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a nice light and very easy to drink - with the lighter flavors, extremely low ABV, and light body I would be able to have this all day long. A completely sessionable beer and a very enjoyable one. (1,008 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good table beer. Served with a nice off white head that lasts all the way down. Coldor is a hazy golden amber. Aroma is yeast, fruit, malt. Flavor's distinctively dry, yeast bitter with a bit of hop, and carbonic tang. Body is crisp and good cairbonation. Finish is like flavor, refreshing and, perhaps a bit too dry for me right now, but great at the table. (365 characters)

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

A- cloudy golden with a white head that surprises me a bit with how well it retains. Super carbonated

S- bready, citrus notes, some grass/herbs come through but I'm mainly getting citrus and bread

T- I get a real light citrus, some light grass and almost no hops, a real dry finish. I wasnt expecting much flavor given that its so low alcohol, but I'm pleased. Imagine club soda with a touch of lemon, yeast and some grass.

M- SUPER carbonated. Fizzy as hell. Champagne like here. I find myself burping a lot drinking this, I don't like that. However the mouthfeel goes hand in hand perfectly with the flavor

O- I expected something really light and ultimately low in flavor but I really wanted to try it. It has lots of flavor for its ABV, I imagine its great in the heat. I could drink this all day as its real easy drinking and nothing dominates the flavor. I wouldn't drink this all the time, but I could see this being a good option in the summer, or especially when you're with BMC drinkers and wanna give them a light easy drinking beer. Pleasantly surprised. (1,071 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nicwe light orangish color color with good carbonation leaving a small white cap, good amount of bubbles, lacing present

S: Very light grain, some grassiness and light citrus esters.

T: A nice light grain and yeast note to it. Some light citrus, grass and a light tooastiness meet a small pinch of clove or pepper. FInish is rather dry, sordove seltzer"ish"

M: Light bodied, well carbonated, easy drinking table beer,

O: A pretty decent representation of the style. Would drink again. (502 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jester King Le Petit Prince

Appearance -resplendent golden w/ light haze and thick sudsy white cap lace sticks thickly bead is tight and appearance is beautiful overAll
Aroma - a smell of light herbal hops and wheat with slight tea and mild eArthy yeast notes
Mouthfeel-a gentle malt and slight creamy yeast w/ a moderate carbonation level with gentle bitterness and semi dry finish

T-taste of this is lemongrass and green tea w/ a light toasted wheat and mild grass element and slight lemon candy edge with nice dry yeast taste in the finish

Overall- a wonderful table beer very crisp and drinkable with a high value and great example of the style (651 characters)

Photo of beerrock
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
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 IronDjinn
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed straw hue, fluffy white head that slowly settles to a thick cap with sticky lacing.

Clean mild citrusy aroma, soft wheat with some tame sharp yeast.

Soft wheat accompanied by soft citrus zest up front in the flavour, along with a mild acidic yeasty zip.

Mouthfeel is equally soft as the flavour, light-bodied with a smooth texture and light spritzy carbonation.

When trying to sum this up the first word that pops into mind is pleasant. It's a pleasant little beer that is meant to be easy drinking and quenching without being bland, and it accomplishes that quite well. (620 characters)

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Roscoe Village Pub, in conjunction with WLV for Zwanze 2012.

A: Mellow orange body with a small white head.

S: Very light grain, citrus, and mild yeasty esters. Smells like a somewhat hoppy saison.

T: Mild clove, citrus, cakey, grain in the finish. Slightly sweet yet dry.

M: Light, active carbonation.

O: I was surprised by this beer. It's essentially a dry, low alcohol saison, and it's quite tasty. (416 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barnyard funk mixed with that special belgian yeast character. I get a touch of alcohol which is odd because this is the session beer to end all session beer. It opens up the senses though, and I like that.

Pale straw in color with a touch of haze and a crisp white head that provides good lacing. Very aesthetically pleasing.

On the palate it's quite simple, but well constructed. Cereal grains, fresh cut grass, and a flower patch. Carbonation is quite high, and a light body to boot. Its perfect for summertime because it's not very warming. Something nice and refreshing to sit down under the sun and relax with a nice "little" book. (639 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bonus points for an awesome label. Poured a hazy gold with a finger of bright white head. Mild aroma of banana and light spice.

Ample carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Lots of wheat up front with a hint of fruity esters and a touch of spice on the tail end.

Full-flavored and supremely easy-drinking. Refreshing and tasty...really enjoyed this one and wish there were more like it. (394 characters)

Photo of starkmarvelo
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jester King Le Petit Prince

Pours a hazy straw color. Effervescent champagne like head with a lot of carbonation in the glass.
Sour grape tartness and funk in the smell.
Taste is great. A bit of funk, a touch of hops and a bunch o bubbles. Very good for 2.9% ABV. Drank the whole bottle without a buzz. This would make a great thirst quencher in the summer.

Buy again. (372 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
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)

Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer from Jester King Brewery
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