Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer | Jester King Brewery

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Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table BeerLe Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MEsquandoles on 12-03-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
678
Reviews:
119
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.05%
 
 
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33
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143
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Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a cloudy golden straw in appearance. It has an aroma of funky wet hay contrasted by a light delicate, floral aroma. Wonderfully hopped, but lightly so. Tastes of freshly cut grass, peppery/lemony (verbena?) hops, with a rounded smoothness that makes me think of a wheated (not hefe) beer. Some fresh cut grass comes through on the dry crisp finish, making this one a lawnmower beer in my mind. Simply amazing.

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4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Sampled April 2012
A vigorous pour into my small wine goblet produces an almost three-finger thick, pale, white colored head; and despite its lightness, this leaves some thin, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a pale amber / gold hue that shows a clear’ish, pale amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grassy and cracker like grain, backed by a green-ripe fruity character, a touch of herbal notes, perhaps a hint of clean lemon-leaning citrus zest character. The citrus zest hoppy character gets more prominent the more I dig into the aroma, it is almost the dominant note, but it is well balanced by the pale malt / grain character, as well as by a spicy, earthy, slightly musty, fermentation character that nicely perfumes the aroma.

Dry, effervescent, bitting in its bitter / carbonic acid and grassy malt character, but exceedingly characterful for a beer of such low alcohol. Lemon zest notes become a bit more expressive in the second and subsequent sips and there is a firm, biting bitterness that is accentuated by a dried hay like grain / hop character. Earthy spice notes evoke flavors of green coriander, woody straw, and a definite musty, damp wood and cellar like note; these are predominantly phenolic in character, though clearly restrained. There is a really nice hop character to this beer, lots of smooth herbal notes joint the lemon zest notes and there is also a spiciness that is brought out by the fermentation character and the carbonation. The carbonation on this beer is really light for something I would describe as a Saison (but is well carbonated for a standard ale), but it is so light bodied that it still manages to seem quite effervescent and lively. This is very light bodied, but somehow doesn’t seem overly thin or watery; actually given the original gravity, this actually finishes fairly high (probably near 1.004) and does have a noticeable malty chewiness to it, but only if you really consider the strength.

Ridiculously expensive for a beer for a beer of this strength ($9/750ml), having said that, I am quite happy to have paid for this beer, and if these weren’t so ridiculously easy for me to brew I would gladly by it again. Incredibly forward thinking, but yet ancient in concept; this is the first / furthest-reaching, commercial attempt at a full flavored, refreshing, really low alcohol beer. It is something I am particularly fond of in my own brewing practices (though don’t brew consistently enough), and it is nice to find a commercial example / attempt. Having said all this, the closest beer I can think of is Dupont’s Avril, which I enjoy a bit more when it is fresh, but damn, this is quite good too. I could drink a whole lot of this beer and be quite happy for a whole day, or perhaps even a week before I needed something new. I am going to hazard a guess that, for my particular idiosyncrasies, this is going to be the best beer I will ever have from Jester King (it is certainly a great first experience with this brewery & I am happy that I have 5 more of these lined up).

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Photo of goochpunch
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of rolive
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of josephwa
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of BrutalSusan
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of thampel09
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Sathanas
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Though it is light in alcohol (as was tradition), this saison is big in taste and I would never think this was only 2.9 ABV. Perfect for sipping (or binge-ing) on a hot day.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of StormAles
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer from Jester King Brewery
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