Le Petit Prince
Jester King Brewery

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From:
Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #819
ABV:
2.9%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,838
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 13.21%
Ratings:
739
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 26, 2022
Added:
Dec 03, 2011
Wants:
  41
Gots:
  145
SCORE
84
Good
Le Petit PrinceLe Petit Prince
Notes: 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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3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Pale gold in the glass. A legit true-to-tradition farmhouse table beer. This is brewed 100% naturally--unfiltered, unpasteurized, naturally fermented. Citrus and straw flavors that are somewhat tart and strongly funky. Really interesting that a beer with a miniscule ABV packs this much funk flavor. Great accompaniment to a light meal.

Apr 26, 2022
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4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

On tap at Dominion Wine & Beer

T - mark tart than funk but not a sour.

Sep 04, 2021
 
4 by o29 from Texas on Jun 27, 2021
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by puck1225 from Texas

Very rustic beer, and I guess that is its point. I am surprised I had not reviewed bef because Jester King has been brewing it for a long time.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Bright hazy yellow color with good head and lacing. Smell and taste of lemon and funk. Very herbal and floral. Straw and grass. Slight tartness. Went great with our first smoked ribs!

Jun 21, 2021
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mushroomcloud from Texas

750ml bottle, bottled October 2019 (Batch #26), opened 2-27-21.
1" pillowy white head, good retention - settles in as a solid cap for the ride down.
Pale gold/yellow with quite a bit of sediment in suspension. Sheets of webby lacing.
Floral, yeast, herb/spice (grain of paradise) and the lightest barnyard funk.
Grapefruit bitterness, tart citrus, yeasty spice flavors.
Light body, medium + carbonation with a sharp bitterness and dry/refreshing finish.
Drinkability is HIGH.
Very Good.

Feb 28, 2021
 
3.9 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Feb 28, 2021
 
4.8 by Kamkam619 from Louisiana on Apr 19, 2020
 
3.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 16, 2020
 
3.94 by robotic_being from Florida on Apr 10, 2020
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4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Gatch from Massachusetts

Superb beer for what it is. I’d imagine the low average score reflects the low ABV, so people automatically expect it to be mediocre. But it’s a full-flavored funky beer with an awesome body, feel; and finish. A true table beer, I’d never hesitate to order this when I see it.

Mar 09, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Hooded from Texas

Notes from 2/25/2020.
On tap at the Draft House and served into a pint glass.
The body is light golden with a white cap receding at a quick rate. 3.75
The aroma is light, with a little coriander, some yeast, and some spices, 3.75
The taste is light with some funk, coriander, maybe a little orange peel, some yeast, and a moderately low bitter finish. 3.50
The mouth feel is light with carbonation that is slightly above low, and somewhat dry. 3.50
Overall, it's okay. It's the first table beer I have had and I am not used to such a light beer. 3.50

Mar 05, 2020
 
3.95 by bump8628 from Oklahoma on Feb 02, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

Jester King Brewery 'Le Petit Prince' @ 2.9% , served from a 750 ml bottle
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to glass with a large white head , dissipating into a streaky lace along the tulip , last pour is cloudy
S-Belgian yeast
T-tart saison
MF-decent carbonation , bubbly , light body
Ov-easy drinking
prost LampertLand

Jan 12, 2020
 
3.21 by KrissyKat6 from New York on Dec 28, 2019
 
3.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Dec 15, 2019
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3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Livyatan1996 from Missouri

phew this was interesting. had a half pour and a bit more on tap. a nice, clean pale yellowish brew appeared with a massive pile of white head on tap, appropriate bits of lacing left behind. there was a sour funk that hit me pretty quick when it was set down, and each whiff proved just more lemon would soak my nose, barnyard funk and wheat thrown in for good measure. flavor was similar but theres quite the pungent, sorta dish soap thing going on. lemon, wheat(ish) and brett type earthy funk sing true but that something else is a tad too up front for me. very dry, very tart aftertaste that overall left me wishing for something sweet to snack on. pretty good stuff but maybe for a better time and place

Oct 07, 2019
 
4.09 by brew-Ed from Texas on Sep 20, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Wonderful table beer! Needs to get more love. Mostly clear straw body with a perfect white foam head. Grass, lemon, belgian yeast and spices, pear, black pepper, hay, funk, minerals, earth, and flowers. Tastes exactly as it smells but with a touch more toast malt and sulfur that take a little away. Feel is light, bright, floral, dry, and crisply carbonated. Criminally underrated

Sep 05, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

The beer pours a beautiful, clear golden tan with a very quick, thin, white head and no lacing.

The smell is classic farmhouse funk, but subtle with lemon coming through strongly.

The taste is astringent lemon (almost like you'd expect cleaning solution to taste like - but in a goodish way) and a bit of earthy, musty funk. Very unique flavors.

The mouthfeel is thin, minimally carbonated, and bone dry.

Very happy I got a chance to try this. I would buy it again if I saw it fresh.

Aug 11, 2019
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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from under fridge temp. Pours a murky orange. Nose is spice, wheat, and nuts. Taste is wheat, wood, spice, and a bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly dry. Overall, a nice beer for the style.

Aug 04, 2019
 
3.94 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Jul 30, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75
by JackRWatkins from Georgia

A: Pours up a straw gold with a two-finger, pillowy white head.
S: Immediate lemon, wheaty tartness and just a hint of brettanomyces funk, it seems fairly clean overall, not too expressive.
T: Very sharp astringency comes out right off the bat, no sweetness to speak of with just a hint of lemon peering through at the end. There is a definite soapiness here, it starts to die off after a little while, allowing some biscuity notes to come out and a hint of sweetness to manifest as well. These things improve the flavor a good bit. There is a floral quality to the wheat that manifests a little later on as well.
M: Bone dry.
O: I think there's a lot to like about this beer, but there are two issues that I have with it that keep me from loving it, (1) I find it to be overly bitter and (2) there is a noticeable soapiness here. Both of these things are issues for me, unfortunately. I do applaud Jester King for creating a table beer, there are plenty out there but I think that corner of the market is decidedly underserved. I would love to see this brewed with spelt instead of wheat. I hate wheat.

Jul 14, 2019
 
4.3 by socon67 from New York on Jul 12, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a foggy yellow with a hint of orange. Head is a near non-existent from the draft at Jester King. Aroma is light, with bits of orange, Belgian yeast and clove coming through. Flavor profile carries a little more oomph, with notes of orange, grapefruit, cracked black pepper, Belgian yeast, and clove concating a lightweight saison. Mouth feel carries a soft texture with very minimal carbonation, putting it in near to 'creamy'. It's medium-thin in consistency. Overall, really loving little brew that keeps it high and tight. Belgian yeast adds a splendid little smoothness that accelerates it up a level.

Draft. Reviewed on Beers by BeerAdvocate.

Jun 09, 2019
 
3.5 by Longhorn08 from Texas on Jun 07, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

Batch #23 - June 2018 - poured into a wine stem at 45F.

Pours a mostly clear pale chartreuse yellow, with a finger of loose, webby, white head that has no desire to recede, clinging tenaciously to the glass, leaving some very sticky lacing. Some effervescence is visible.

Nose: The aroma is just simply magical. It's so deeply farmhouse, but it isn't tacky, wheaty, or spicy. There's some raw wheat in there for sure, but it's just so pale and gentle. Cracker grains, subtle esters, bringing a whisper of clove, dusty, fruity yeast notes, buttery virgin white oak, minerals, with just a touch of farmhouse funk, and a note that reminds me of clean shellfish shells, without any of the fishy aroma. Lots of floral aromas. A whole arrangement of natural dried potpourri. Rose water. Sonoran Desert Sagebrush on a hot summer day, after a heavy rain. Light, gentle, but complex and wonderful.

Palate: The initial flavour brings wood spice, and peppery yeast phenols. The grain then comes into focus, and takes on a very saison-like profile. Dry dusty wheat, wet straw, hay, cucumber, the faintest, almost invisible lactic tartness, which quickly gives way to classic dusty, overripe stone fruit skin, and dry bitterness that is very typical of Brettanomyces. The dusty Brett bitterness builds into the finish, which brings that bouquet of dried floral potpourri from the nose, and even a little bit of wood smoke. The beer overall is quite light, and yes, frankly, it's a touch on the watery side, which should be expected from a beer that's 97.9%...water. The flavours that are there are satisfying for a rustic, low ABV table beer, and personal, I am not left actively thinking, "This tastes watery". It's light, yes, but that's the entire appeal of this bottling.

Mouthfeel/Body: Naturally, this beer is incredibly light in body. A featherweight. It's crisp, clean, dry, and snappy. However, the particular grain bill, with its various forms of wheat, result in a creamy softness, typical of something like a hefeweizen. The effervescence is abundant, but ultra-fine, giving the beer more perceived softness. Starts out dry, and even drier.

Overall: If you're looking for a classic, super rustic, Belgian style table beer, that is both enjoyable, and an incredibly accurate representation of early Belgian beer, prior to knowledge of yeast, this is just a splendid choice. It's an easy drinking, super low ABV, crisp, dry, farmhouse ale, that has a depth of complexity in aroma and flavour, and will pair incredibly well with foods like seafood or grilled chicken, look no further. Perfect midsummer day refresher. A beer you could sit down with and pick apart all the nuances, or simply chill and pour with lunch or dinner. At the price I got this for ($15ish), I would certainly buy it again, if by some chance I ever came across it. One that's well worth trying, to get an idea of early rustic ales that were designed to replace the water which was too dirty to drink. Well done.

May 17, 2019
 
4.25 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on May 03, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by teromous from Virginia

The label on the bottle says: "BATCH #24 - JANUARY 2019"

Appearance: The body is a light straw gold color. It has a short frothy white head that fades quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: There is a light bit of pepper and a some cream of wheat. There is a hint of tobacco.

Taste: The beer has an almost smoky quality to it. It tastes a bit like smoked ham, pepper, cloves, and a hint of mint at the end. It is very impressive. After checking the label, all flavors come from simple ingredients and there are no flavors or spices added.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and bubbly, light bodied, with a dry finish.

Overall: It's an outstanding beer and it is simply packed with flavor. The beer really showcases what can be accomplished through expert brewing practices without the need of added flavors. I was very highly impressed by the beer and I would highly recommend it. I would buy it again because it's fantastic.

Apr 07, 2019
 
3.68 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 05, 2019
 
4.35 by MephistosCafe from North Carolina on Feb 28, 2019
 
2.33 by dankabier1 from Colorado on Feb 09, 2019
 
3.75 by dsshuck from Delaware on Feb 08, 2019
 
3.9 by RollBounce from New York on Nov 22, 2018
 
3.68 by Carmack from Florida on Nov 05, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dcotom from Iowa

Not too many low ABV beers get a "Wow!" reaction from me, but this one certainly did. Poured cold from a 750-ml bottle into a Zwanze 2018 goblet, which seemed appropriate for some reason. Clear pale golden color, with a generous long-lasting white cap that left loads of pretty lacing. Aromas and flavors I would characterize as "rustic." Grassy and herbal, with notes of yeaset and lemon as it warmed. Beautifully bitter hop character, clean and crisp on the palate, and an exquisitely dry finish. Excellent table beer and well worth the price. Best when shared with friends!

Oct 26, 2018
 
4.37 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Oct 09, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

This is a love or hate beer, and I get it. Super light and dry with a lot of complex funk but on the light end not super horse blanket. But to me someone who isn't over the top with funk I really enjoyed it.

Sep 16, 2018
 
3.84 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Sep 15, 2018
 
3.5 by krome from Illinois on Sep 04, 2018
 
3.5 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Aug 31, 2018
Le Petit Prince from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 739 ratings