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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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Reviews: 98
Hads: 578
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 32.46%
Wants: 29
Gots: 112 | 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 biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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...

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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!

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden straw in color with pale orange highlights and a nice finger of head that left good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of sweet belgian yeast comes out first on the aroma with citrus, spice, a little barnyard funk, some grains and hints of pear fruit.

T: bubblegum character was apparent on the first sip alongside citrus, clove with other spices, barnyard funk, pear fruit, and sweet belgian yeast notes to round out this nice saison.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet yeasty, citrusy, mild fruit, slight funky, spice and prickly finish.

O: definitely a good siason brew and didn't expect nothing less from the peeps @ jester king

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

Poured into a tulip.

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

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

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.

Light bodied, crisp, clean and dry.

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.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a clean straw-yellow pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head and great lacing. smells very grassy.... lemongrass, coriander, orange peel and bread (yeast). a very mellow tasting saison style ale with a very well balanced variety of spicy, grassy, and bready flavors.
light in body and carbonation, smooth and easy to go down.

this is a great summer ale. it's almost like a hybrid of a wheat beer with a saison. very crisp and refreshing, and very tasty as well.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary glass.

A: Pours a very pale golden color with a decent sized white head.

S: Faint yeast esters, hint of lemon.

T: A very light, yet complex and tasty beer. Hints of lemon, herbal and minty hops. Lots of complexity from the yeast, a bit of spice along with some esters.

M: Light bodied, above average carbonation.

O: An interesting beer. Very light yet complex and tasty. Crisp and refreshing as well.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An offering from Jester King Craft Brewery that I decided to try, a 750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer has a very cloudy, but brighter yellow appearance. A good 1 inch of foamy white head formed at the top.

S - On the nose I mainly get lemon, with a small amount of hops.

T - The palate is mainly what I got on the nose. However, it is balanced out quite well. The hops and the malt work in combination with the yeast to provide a lot of flavor.

M - Light bodied and crisp, with a good amount of carbonation.

O - Given that it is not the most complex beer, it does well. For an every day, very drinkable beer, this does the job. A worthwhile beer to have on hand and share with friends.

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Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thanks to JLindros for sharing this beer. Poured into a tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a cloudy hazy straw gold with a one finger sudsy head that leaves a thin, soapy blanket and light lacing.

S - Faint grassy hops with funky belgian yeast. Some soft malts and bright lemon.

T - More of that faint lemon and funk along with belgian yeast esters.

M - I know its 2.8% but its still super thin for me. Would like some more body.

O - This was a delicious saison, very light and drinkable. That all said, I still like a more full bodied, richer saison.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a super pale and cloudy golden color. It's almost a pale greenish in color. Nice one finger bone white head.

S: A really pleasant light and tart smell. Some wheat definitely comes through along with some light citrus, lemon and a dose of funk.

T: For a beer that's only 3%, this has a boatload of flavor. A good amount of lemon, mint, wheat and some faint grassy and peppery hops. Very light and refreshing while not sacrificing flavor. I'm impressed.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How light can you go? With less than 3% ABV, I have no fear of Le Petit Prince intoxicating me with booze. But there's 750 ml to drink, so why don't we get started and move on to the beer:

It's an unfiltered golden wheat color. Cloudy. The head forms an inch thick on top, retaining pretty well, and creating some quality splashes of white lace. The nose is soft, yet crisp and funky. There are also aromas of grass and lemon. Fsrmhouse light indeed.

Not much of a surprise that the flavor's intensity is light. Yet it is balanced very well, and little flavors of mint, crisp grass, and funk help make this beer very satisfying to drink. It's light bodied, but not "light" as it watery, it feels to have a little meat on its bones. Call it "lean". Peasantly crisp and refreshing.

It isn't often you find a table beer in the US. Le Petit Prince is one of those rare finds, and it's a good beer, not just a beer to drink at mealtime.

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Photo of snpub540
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a light and cloudy yellow with a finger of white head that recedes to a small mat
S: smells of funk, pale malt, lemon zest, spicy yeast and a bit fruity
T: very delicate flavors with some peppery spice, pale malt, slight citrusy zest, and a tinge of floral hop. seltzer water taste on the swallow with a bit more funky pale malt flavor on the finish
M: light and crisp with a moderate but soft carbonation
O: a nice beer with good complexity. Very drinkable and enjoyable

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of dbossman
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 58* in Melbourne Bros Stemware
A ~ Pours gold w/ carbonation delicate & superfine like a cross between Saison & Pils. Decent lace. Very bright & alluring.

S ~ Pilsner malt sticks out smelling nice & crackery...dry.
Light orange-y citrus w/ nice field-flower notes. Rustic Wheat Bread & proofing dough.

T ~ Candied lemon peel over a palette of stonefruits & very crisp, cracker-y malt. White pepper on the dry finish w/ Hops reminding me of candied orange & apricot. The yeast is showcased very elegantly & allows one to focus. Before I knew it, the beer was gone.

M ~ Beautiful interplay between spice, fruit esters, yeast presence, & the faint malt-backbone. Balanced, dry, & satiating.

D ~ Bravo. My favorite Jester King beer to date. The use of EKG & Saaz worked wonders over the light malt backdrop & farmhouse yeast that this brewery works so well with. Must try.
Thanks David!

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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a bunch to ApostleBrewing for getting this for me to try it before it disappears. Had to try it right away as I'm curious of a 2.8%abv saison.

Pours a light fizzy head that reaches 1/2 finger before quelling back quickly, light lacing, super hazy straw lemony tangerine orange color.

Nose has straw malts, light lactose like, earthy farmhouse dust, cereal grains, soggy hay, hint lemony, fruity, touch of ester, wheat, and very light spices, very light hints if floral hops, hint gose like.

Taste is light feeling but full of flavor, light toasty straw malts, hint of gose like salt, wet hay not in a bad way, light creamy wheat with touch of spices, nice floral slight grassy hops, fruity flavors with light lemon grass, some earthy farmhouse saison flavors but not a lot. Finish is bone dry nice bitterness coming through with more grassy hops lingering, and light lemon grass, hay malts, and light saison lingering.

Mouth is lighter bodied, creamy, lighter but decent carb.

Overall nice but not quite what I expected, the very light bodied and lack of overall feel make it seem like something is missing although it is full of flavor, nice malts, hops, and long but dry finish. Extremely drinkable so if it wasn't too expensive I wouldn't mind having this from time to time, but I tend to like my saisons big and bold, with tons of farmhouse characters and body.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. No dating information. Poured into a white wine stemmed glass.

A: Pours a pretty hazy yellow color. I get a full finger of fluffy white head. Very nicely carbonated. I don't get tons of lacing, but there is some.

S: I get that Farmhouse yeast. Light grassy notes. Bright light citrus notes. Lemon and some pepper.

T: It's a really nice sip. Crisp, grassy hop bite on the tip of the tongue. Very light. Almost a light Saison DuPont character. Grassy hops and citrus. Finish isn't as dry as a full Saison though.

M: Very light bodied with nice carbonation.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a two inch head of white. Plenty of broken ropes of lacing and a solid skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Cut grass, wet hay, spicy yeast, and a wheaty twang leads off the nose. Apples, cloves, and pepper dust follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, thinnish, but prickly mouthfeel.

Biscuity wheat, lemon-spritzed grass, bitter greens, and a citric bite starts the palate. Appleskins and a hint of grapefruit zest follows through.

Finishes bone dry with some lingering bitterness and a spicy, lemony snap.

Tasty beer. The hopping and zesty, estery snap of the yeast really make this 2.9% beer highly drinkable and certainly not boring.

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Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer from Jester King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.