Le Petit Prince
Jester King Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,725
ABV:
2.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #32,261
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 13.07%
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
733
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Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
85
Very 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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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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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Hooded from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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LampertLand from British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Beersnake1 from California

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

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
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 98.1%...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
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teromous from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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dcotom from Iowa

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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csmrx7 from Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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
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TinFang from California

4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bills itself as a farmhouse ale. This was extremely funky - my first thought was barnyard not farmhouse. Label says refrigerate 24 hours before opening, but I'm not sure I'd want to dampen the experience of the distinctive aggressive yeasts.

Apr 25, 2018
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy vibrant yellow-gold colour. Smells like clean, crisp, hayfield, with clight honeyed biscuit notes, and crisp. Tastes earthy, bitter, crisp, refreshing, honey, hay, and sessionable.

Mar 22, 2018
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StJamesGate from New York

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chunks + sheets of white over cloudy lemon. 4
Lemon, grass, and a touch of rustic. 4
Saltines, big hit of lemon, some grass, slight white pepper, and a touch of flowers. 4.5
Dry, crisp, light. 4

Clean zippy, enough citrus and spice… does the job. And 2.9% wins. Very much a table beer, not a saison, but an exceedingly fine one. 4.5

Jan 17, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear, slightly antiqued gold mirror with a large white airy foam collapsing quickly to an uneven lump with some sporadic fuzzy lace and a thick clinging collar.

Smell is grass, toasted hay and crisp, bright refreshing corn with hints of grape and cracker, as well as a very faint, almost salty cheese and wood funk.

Taste starts with that funk first, almost Gose- and ocean-like, if not for hay and barnyard, then transitions to the Pils-attributes of corn and grass with a little tang and some rindy bitterness. The swallow and exhale brings back some woody almond and old hay funk. There's a hint of black olive in the finish, but overall this is a light, inoffensive drinkable ale.

Medium-light body with a big froth that quickly dissipates to a crisp fizz and semi-dry finish.

Batch #18 2015 vintage

Dec 18, 2017
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VABA from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- A nice light yellow color with a no head and lacing.

S- A very pleasant lemongrass scent.

T- The taste follows the smell, decent carbonation, and a nice character.

M- A light sour taste and an enjoyable beer.

O- A decent beer.

Sep 24, 2017
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml thanks to Kyle. This one outs growing on me!
A: pours a semi clear light golden wheat grain body, carbonation, +1 finger brilliant white foam head that fades to perimeter
S: light fresh wet grain, hints of pepper, pilsner malt, lemon
M: light body with semi dry finish
T: same as nose, light fresh wet grain, hints of pepper, pilsner malt, lemon, mineral taste oin the finish, slight oily feel
O: good summer brew for these 100 degree heat index days we are having. Thanks Kyle!

Jul 19, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

got this bottle at a localish beer shop probably 2 years ago at this point....and it was on the blowout vintage bin for probably a buck or a few at the time. it is quite probable that this is the first batch of this beer so bear that in mind...

brew looks nice enough with a translucent orange and a finger of frothy head that dissipates to a thin layer of fizz that hangs on the surface. very lively effervescence. nose is heavy mineral over light sweet grassiness. the taste is more of the same, but I'm overwhelmed by the mineral flavor. it really tastes like water...kind of like when you fill your glass at a tasting with water so that you can both rinse your glass while also hydrating...the end result is beer flavored water. that's this...no, beer flavored seltzer. not really my bag. I could see this being a nice beer to sip out in the sun on a REALLY hot day and I could drink this if I had to, but I don't.

Apr 24, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well this is certainly an interesting and unique beer. Being that 90% of beers that describe themselves that way are often uninteresting, not unique and well, shitty, . . . we shall see.

Pours very light, some cloudiness to it, 1/4" white head. Lemon funk very mild but noticeable in the aroma.

Taste is a well carbonated mild saison essentially. Session saison. Bitterness is above what was expected, they hopped this thing. A little bit of spice rack in the mouth feel. A tiny bit of hay to it. I liked it but also found it to be cost prohibitive, so prolly would not seek out again even though it was a good beer.

Jan 30, 2017
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tfsimpkins from Florida

5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very clean. crisp, lager like, almost a kolsch-like body, flavor & mouthfeel. Very dry. Slightly sulfuric on the palate. Very delicate Brett characteristics come through in the finish. Horse blanket, Leather. Such a great expression of a farmhouse beer.

Jan 30, 2017
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JamesBondGA from Georgia

3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy blonde color like apple juice with about a inch inch head that quickly dissipates and leaves zero lacing. Hints of apples and flowers hit your nose. Upon tasting you get the same apples along with citrus of like Lemon, along with notes of pear. This is not my usual type drink of choice, but I have been wanting to get something from Jester King for a long time it's not available in my area. Just wish it was something of a darker variety.

Dec 04, 2016
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babaracas from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a bit of sediment floating, two finger soapy white head settles slowly to a thin layer, nice sheet of lace partway down the glass. Smell: floral and lightly grassy with notes of corn bread, dried apple, unripe pear, and black pepper. Taste: citric in a lemon-lime way, grassy, lightly doughy, notes of: green apple, pepper, coriander, thyme, pear. Light bodied but with enough carbonation and peppery/herbal blast in the finish that it feels like a bigger beer than it is. Really nice low abv saison.
11/2015 bottling.

Oct 16, 2016
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wedge from North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #18 - 11.18.2015

Lightly hazy blonde color with a nice, authentic-looking frothy white foam head. Fresh, rustic aroma of flowers, apples, dough, grits, and pepper. Flavor opens with a crisp grainy sweetness followed by hay, crackers, granola, and a leafy noble hop bitterness. Light, crisp, frothy feel finishing snappy. Refreshing as intended - a satisfying table beer that would pair well with food.

Oct 14, 2016
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