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:
680
Reviews:
119
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.05%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
140
For Trade:
12
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Photo of nickfl
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A small, white head on a hazy straw colored body. The aroma is earthy, spicy hops with hay and some stone fruit. Flavors are similar to the aroma but much more subdued. Relatively thick body considering the low ABV. Nicely done, really great aroma and decent flavor profile, fairly flavorful for something so light.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of fmccormi
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 25.4oz/750ml pry-off bottle to a teku; batch information is printed above the bar code on the label, indicating this one is from October 1, 2013, making the bottle about three and a half months old (“BATCH #11 – OCT. 1, 2013”). As per the label’s instructions, this bottle was stored cool and upright (well, upright anyway) and chilled for at least 24 hours prior to opening. And it’s being served reasonably close to 50-55ºF (cooler than that at first, to warm up gradually).

Appearance (3.0): A gentle pour yields maybe a finger and a half of bone-white, crackly foam which doesn’t take long to diminish but leaves some film on the surface. The body is a very pale, sunny yellow color that’s solidly hazy but not quite cloudy. There’s not much lacing or retention to speak of, which is disappointing, but everything else is more or less on par for the style and the body is quite pretty.

Smell (4.75): What a fantastic aroma! Earthy and floral in a “barnyard” way, with just a little bit of funk underlying dry straw, fresh-turned dirt, wildflowers, hay, and some rich, musty silage. It’s also got modest amounts of coriander, clove, and white pepper, along with pear juice and a bit of apricot aroma. For such a “small” beer, this smells outstanding.

Taste (4.25): The flavor really showcases the brett: lemon zest, a phenolic funk that falls short of medicinal, mild lactic (yogurt-y) tartness, and more of the musty, earthy tone shown in the nose. The brett’s really clear and prominent, but underneath it is some pale, unmalted grain character (a bit like chewing on raw wheat and oat kernels), as well as some light hops—some fresh-cut grass, light herbal and floral bitterness, and a very floral bitterness in the surprisingly prominent finish. There’s just a very light spice note, mostly showing white pepper. It’s worth noting that the floral bitterness and the tartness of the brett character meld perfectly, elevating both components. It’s really, really boozy, though. (Just kidding you guys, this is 2.9% ABV.)

Mouthfeel (4.5): A tingly carbonation spreads all over and instead of foaming up much at all, it washes out with the very light body and leaving a very nice, dry finish that only accentuates how goddamned easy this is to put back. This is very dry, very light, and very drinkable.

Overall (4.25): It’s not a saison, really, but an exceedingly drinkable table beer with brett—and along those lines, this is crazily good, in my opinion. (It should be noted that I’m judging it, numerically, as a “farmhouse table beer,” rather than as a “saison” as it’s understood to be today.) That’s what Jester King was going for, and on that count they did a real bang-up job here. If you’re interested in a light, tart, absurdly easy to quaff table beer to pair with food, then this is your beer.

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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A surprisingly sweet, fruity, funky aroma.

T: Tasted of lemon, the saison barnyard funk, a little pepper, hops, and a little yeast. This doesn't really taste like a saison to me. It almost has more in common with a pale ale than anything else. Still, a light and refreshing flavor.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: Not your typical saison. I'm not sure what to make of it. Not bad, but not brilliant either. Drinkable nonetheless.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

many many thanks to small batch liquors on tennyson for making this happen for me. an absolutely wonderfully unique brew, apparently too low in abv to sell in the state, but not illegal to drink, so here goes magic. pale almost white yellow color, patchy pure white head of big bubbles slowly bursting. hazy as can be. the nose is decidedly fresh jasmine flowers, maybe a hint of lavender, but no perfume, so i say jasmine. insanely floral and i cannot believe its not listed as an ingredient here because its true all the way. funky yeast, saison heavy, not much sour, but some tart. whitest of wheat malts as a base, ultra low dose. the taste is just fantastic too, not as floral as the nose, but every bit as interesting, the yeast just makes it too, so funky and soft on the palate, no acidity either, which shocks me for the degree of funk. layers on lays as it finishes dry and grainy, cereal forward, better than pils, hard to say, but so fresh and yummy. table beer, something i can get behind. very light body of course, mellow feel with the carbonation, and a very clean palate. i want infinity of this. jester king is reinventing some styles right now, and this is brilliant. thanks again to small batch for making this dream a reality.

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Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer from Jester King Brewery
3.83 out of 5 based on 680 ratings.
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