Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer | Jester King Brewery

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Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table BeerLe Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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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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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

4oz pour from From 750 ml bottle,
Zwanze Day 2016, Green Bench Brewery, St Petersburg, Fla.
Very light & delicate.

Had again in 750ml bottle. Nice tall head. Again very delicate & light. Greatstuff

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; batch #18, bottled on 11/17/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden/straw color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, coriander, clove, hay, straw, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, coriander, clove, hay, straw, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness.Moderate herbal bitterness, yeast spiciness, and slight tangy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple white grape, peppercorn, coriander, clove, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light funk and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, crisp, dry, and lightly creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 2.9%. Overall this is an awesome session saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and highly refreshing to drink. A really enjoyable and classic tasting table saison.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright sun yellow with a slightly yeasty haze and a finger of straight white foam.

Light bretty funk, lemony citrus notes, herbal and slightly spicy hop undertones, and bready malts.

Bready and toast-like malt sweetness up front that gives way to citrusy, herbal, and spicy hop notes. Very light.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, light.

Overall, this certainly lives up to its name as an easy drinking and low abv table beer, but that's about all it has to offer. Very light, minimal complexity.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #18 dated November 18th 2015.

This is a true looker. A glowing perfect lemon orb, and slightly opaque, with a nice classic middle column of carbonation. Edges and bowl dip towards sharp brass and bronze highlights. The head is a straight up fluffy and big white. Controlled but blooming off the pour, and repopulated easily with pinhead bubbles and an even top. Rocking creamy clumps of head and slow settling, with thick retention, and big glass lacing cling. Pretty much a perfect looking brew in every way.

Grass notes on the aroma, and a slight sharp bit of herbs almost bending towards a metallic note. Yeast profile seems a bit sticky mixing with farmhouse light hay. Pretty solid if a bit unusual smell.

A very light pleasant brew. Big mineral flavors and finish, getting into rocky and earthy herbs and hop notes straightaway on the first sip. Chewy and solid malt bill, rich in flavors with ripping tasting grains to match. Creamy palate a bit, and hints of light hay and thick sweet light sugars to coat. Lots of green sensing herbs, mild pepper, and rich malt controlled sweetness.

Great flavorful table beer, needs to have its photo framed too.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great look, aroma, taste and feel for the ABV, but you do make a noticeable sacrifice for the sub-3%. Nice golden brown effervescent pour. Pourus head that lingers. Aroma of must, hay, lemon and some funk. Taste is where the sacrifice is really noticeable; combined with the carbonation its like a saison-seltzer. Hay, coriander, lemon, apple, earth and pepper. Finishes dry. Impressive for the ABV but it comes with a tradeoff.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Pours golden. A bit cloudy. Aroma is a bit musty, grainy, grassy, and yeasty. It is very soft. I really need to dig my nose in there. It smells nice and you need to respect that they are going for a super mellow brew. It's flavor is something to be admired when in the right mood. A marriage of rustic flavors that preach balance. I often find table beers to be really cool. This one grabbed my attention with it;s attention to detail within it's delicateness. I'd like to drink this light bodied brew as my first beer of the night sometime.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, Batch #17 - 10.06.2015. My first beer from Jester King Brewery, acquired a bottle from the local beer shop, as they got in a small sample shipment of Jester King beers. "Farmhouse Table Beer" 2.90% abv.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful cloudy golden body. About a finger of white head that leaves good spotty lacing behind.

S - A pleasant and intriguing aroma - lots of farmhouse yeast & souring bacteria. Notes of grass, lemons, hay, wheat. Invokes a true sense of place / terroir - I can almost imagine the Texas Hill Country before me.

T - Taste follows the nose: lots of earthy, grassy, hay, wheat, farmhouse yeast, and earthy bacterial flavor. So much flavor for such a low abv beer. The aroma makes it seem like it would be much more sour than it actually is. Subtle notes of stone fruits.

M - Very smooth, crisp, & clean. Extremely easy-drinking & light-bodied.

Overall, a very unique and interesting first beer to me from Jester King. I look forward to trying many more beers from this brewery.

Jester King Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer -----4/5.

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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright gold and completely see through, decent head with no lacing.
S: Straightforward, a bit reminiscent of a Hefeweizen with Brett - very nice
T: For a extremely sessionable Farmhouse, the taste is muted but intentionally so. The fruitiness of the brett shines through and some citrus.
F: The finish is rather bland but really hard to expect more from a 2.9%ABV wild Farmhouse.
O: Perfect with spicy food or as "Table Beer." I think it really does justice to what old Belgian table beer was like and is perfect for a day at the pool, or with dinner!

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Photo of enrique_m
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

look: the brew is a golden color with a nice white lacing.
smell: funky it smells like spoiled lemons with hay.
taste: has a sour grassy taste and it being a light brew it is refreshing.
overall: it is one light funky beer.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled & I do believe bottle conditioned
What I can't believe is Ba lost my review
luckily Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's fantastical & magical tale is so close to my heart
such an experience would not leave me, not even a beer named after it
So there is a lovely, slightly hazy golden body & islands(or asteroids) of white foam
A refreshing tart lemon aroma with bready yeast tones
the flavour has this and light sprinkles of bitterness
It doesn't seem to be so low an abv
I think this was my first saison

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/06/15.

A very complex yet delicate beer. Pours a straw gold with delicate lace. Smells of cracker and grassy, floral hops with yeast phenols. Taste is similar with a refreshing finish. So much flavor packed into a small beer.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is lemon, hay, Belgian yeast, and some farmhouse funk.

Taste is basically a "session saison" with a light lemon citrus up front, bready flavors, and a fairly crisp, clean finish. Mouthfeel was almost creamy, which was interesting for the style.

First beer I've had from Jester King and I really enjoyed it, although it seems to be one of the lesser-rated JK beers. I love something that's refreshing and sessionable.

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Photo of wspscott
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a 24oz mug

A: So, this is not a very striking beer, basically looks like a hazy bud light. With that said, it has a nice lingering head and quite a bit of lace.
S: Slight earthiness, maybe a hint of lemon, not a whole lot going on
T: A little earthiness, a hint of hops, a little tartness (very slight). Makes me think brett.
M: A lot of carbonation, very tingly, light mouthfeel, but it seems to linger a bit before disappearing.
O: A well made beer that is difficult to compare to other commercial beers. How often do you see a 2.9% table beer? I wish there were more beers like this. With that said, I won't purchase again given the price. However, I will use this for homebrewing inspiration. Very glad I tried it.

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Photo of Ristaccia
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Thin and slightly hazy with a light head.

Smell: Slightly funky, dry, with a bit of grass.

Taste: Light grass and floral flavors with a hint of spiciness. Subtle, but a nice flavor profile given the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.

Overall: Not a terribly exciting beer, but pleasant. Given the cost, likely wouldn't buy it again ($14/750mL). Great bottle art though.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: delicate silvery-gold hue with a thin finger of frothy white foam. Rather like a good witbier -- I like it.

Smell: grassy, funky, a little green; very vernal. I really like it.

Taste: lightly malty with an edge toward graininess; there's a dash of funk and some grassy hops. Very light in character but well-composed.

Mouthfeel: light body but with a good, well-integrated carbonation and a good creaminess.

Overall: it's hard to get a lot of flavor out of a 2.9% beer, but it's easy to get a lot of drinkability. Very, very good.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this one at mattsanders tasting a ways back (from notes)

A clear straw yellow, thin film leaves no lace but it was a smell pour

S grass, a little metallic, mild funk coming through, some hay, Perrier carbonated water comes to mind

T noble hops still there with some dry cereal, a little less going on compared to the nose but considering its only 2.9% I’d say it’s holding its own

M very light, a little foamy, crisp and dry

O great stuff considering how much of this I could drink in a sitting, I’m just missing a hot sun at this point

Not a bad little light weight, I could drink myself sober with this stuff

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful color and minimal nose. The upfront taste is enjoyable but it's quickly washed away with a harsh bitterness that lingers for a long time. For the low ABV and table beer goal, I was hoping for something smoother.

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Photo of bfranks
1/5  rDev -73.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Least offensive beer at Jester King. That being said, this tasted like stale and lightly carbonated urine. I poured the rest of it on the ground to protect my friends and then went to the awesome pizza place just down the way.

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Photo of do_ob
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle into a tulip. Pours an incredibly pale yellow - nearly clear - and settles into a brilliant greenish-yellow/lemon-lime in the glass. Very interesting hues on this beer. A gentle pour initially yielded a thin lacing, which quickly became a 1 finger layer of sticky, snow-white foam upon shifting to a 90 degree pour. Outstanding carbonation that never ends. Light sediment in the bottom of the glass is observed after letting the beer sit for about 5 minutes. By this point, the head had receded back to a thin, but still dense lacing.

Zesty, tart fruit on the nose (lemon and lime mainly) with strong notes of grass, straw/hay, and spice. A modest earthiness is also detected as it warms. The nose on this beer is slightly reminiscent of a traditional witbier, given the grassiness and spice, but more sweet in comparison. Very pleasant.

Upon tasting, I have here a beer that is incredibly light in body, with an intense carbonation. Crisp, clean, refreshing, and as easy to drink as fresh spring water. An inherent creaminess blooms from beneath the carbonation as it warms on the palate. Initially, I detect delicate notes of lemon, lime, pepper, coriander, and grass. A stronger spice sensation is felt middleways and through the finish.

This beer finishes clean and crisp, while exposing a slight malt profile that I wasn't expecting. The aftertaste is that of watered-down lemon juice and bready malt. There is a dryness left behind reminiscent of a white wine of sorts. This is short lived, though. This beer is so drinkable, you're reaching for another sip before you know it.

For what it's worth, I think this beer is grossly underrated. As a modern-day Saison, it might be disappointing to some. But as a traditional European Farmhouse Table Beer, I think it hits the mark flawlessly.

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Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer from Jester King Brewery
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