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 Premo88
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz big bomber bottle poured into tulip

L: yellow, pours into a slight haziness that clears up as you drink it; BIG head of pure white foam stacked on top at least 1.5 inches that is thick, fluffy and sticky; lacing and lacing, all the way down; tons of bubbles popping up in this thing. quite a show.

S: slight banana, hefeweizen style, tart lemons, maybe a hint of spice

T: lemons, grassiness, yeasty finish with little sweetness; tart; clean dry finish; like a dry white wine minus the sweetness

F: all that carbonation is fantastic, helps this light-medium weight brew feel very full

O: tart, clean, dry and as drinkable as anything i've come across -- a perfect summer brew, in fact. it never sweetens out, which seems to fit the style perfectly (though be warned: if you're a malt-head like me and like the sweetness, this doesn't have it).

i love it, especially the 2.9% ABV. big bonus points from me for giving us here in Texas a true session ale.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a long-lasting two-fingers thick off-white and fluffy head into a tulip glass. the body was a bubbly straw gold color.
s - floral hops, yeasty, some honey sweetness.
t - grainy and bready with a hint of lemon tartness.
m - slick and thin but to be expected.
o - refreshing beer and very interesting, especially for a 2.9% beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip-like glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with an inch and a half white head (after a slow pour). Head retention is excellent, and there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like wheat/grainy malt, yeast, peppery spice, grassy hops, and some lemon peel. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, there's some nice light tartness in this brew, along with the grainy/yeasty flavors. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's easy to drink and quite refreshing. It's also well carbonated. I'd certainly buy this again in the future. $7.99 a bottle.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.

L – Cloudy pale gold color with a 3-finger bubbly, rocky, white head. Great retention and some nice lacing.

S – Grainy and bready malt and wheat, prominent lemongrass, peppery and coriander yeast, and just a bit of Brett musty funk. It smells very light and crisp.

T – Follows the nose pretty closely. It starts off with sweet bready, cereal-like malt and wheat and picks up a mildly tart lemon flavor as the taste progresses. At the finish, there’s mild spicy, earthy, and floral hop bitterness. There's not much funk here except for maybe the slightest hint at the very finish. Tasty.

F – Light-bodied, great carbonation, a crisp and somewhat creamy mouthfeel, and an earthy, slightly bitter, and moderately dry finish. Earthy and mildly spicy hop bitterness lingers for a few seconds.

O – This is an interesting beer. It has one of the lowest ABVs I’ve ever seen at 2.9% but it still manages to hold up in the aroma and taste department. Of course the beer is drinkable as hell with the low ABV, but the creamy mouthfeel shows that it’s not just carbonated water. This really is the ultimate summer session beer: low ABV, bready and citrusy aroma and flavor, crisp and creamy mouthfeel, and enough yeast to add some complexity. Jester King deserves a lot of credit for making a beer worth drinking at this strength.

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Photo of Brewsephus
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into tulip glass

A- Pours a 2 finger, bright white, lacy head. Golden, straw colored. Small/Medium carbonation bubbles. Head lasts for approx 1 min, much lacing.

S- Macintosh apples, fresh honey, a little funk but very slight.

T-Crisp, light, dry. A little barnyard character on the finish, but tastes remarkably like seltzer water. Very subdued bitterness. Watered down Pilsner qualities.

M- A little thin. I didn't expect much body from a 2.9% beer, but this seems to be purposefully subdued. It would be great to go with crepes on a dry hot afternoon on a patio overlooking the bustle of a city.

O- I think this beer has a place, for sure. Is that place only on a picnic in the summer-time? Maybe. Difficult to "get-into" because it doesn't offer a lot. It's like a beige wall. It's not meant to stand out, but the room would feel too plain if it was "just white". I don't hate it, but I would caution anyone looking for something in this beer, other than "wet".

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Photo of BigBarley
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy bright straw color, with a fizzy white head. Good retention for the ABV.

Aroma is similar to a weaker pilsner. Not very aromatic, but pleasant. Nice noble hops with a very slight funk and a clear dry smell.

Tastes like a pilsner that's been watered down and taken on some wild yeast. Good noble hop flavor, nice hint of the wild yeast. Pretty much delivers whats promised.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, but the carbonation and yeast lend to it's body enough to separate it from something totally watery.

I would drink this again if in a very very specific mood. I'm glad it exists as an example of an old tradition, and it delivers on its promises.

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Photo of philbe311
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Three fingers worthy of big airy pure white colored head that displays excellent retention... Once settled there is a full layer of rich creamy lacing... The color is a vibrant golden yellow... Mostly still with a couple of stray carbonation bubbles...

S - A very lively whimsical nose... Lemon zest... Big whiffs of apple and honey to start... Belgian yeast is next... Then some strong straw and grass notes... A very light funkiness permeates as well... Some pear mixed in too... Very pleasant and spot on for the style... Excellent aroma...

T - Loaded with lemon zest... Lots of grassy notes... Some light floral notes as well... A slight noble hop presence... There is a Belgian yeast component throughout as well... Very tasty...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lively carbonation... Spry... Has a good little bite... A little bit on the thin side... Goes down easily sip after sip...

D - Insanely quaffable... Insanely sessionable... Loaded with flavor and character - much more than expected given the sub 3% ABV... I could enjoy this all day long... This beer accompanies food very well... Very versatile... Highly recommended to lovers of both Saisons and session brews as this is a stellar example of both... I can't wait to try some more Jester King Offerings...

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear light yellow in color and has a very low amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has hints of bready malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) and slightly crisp and dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and easy to drink and the light dryness and bitterness would cut particular well with a meal.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of bready hops along with a touch of lemon zest. Light to moderate aromas of grassy and spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of bready malts along with some very light notes of lemon zest. There are light to moderate flavors of grassy and spicy hops. Light amounts of bitterness (similar to that from Belgian endive or frisee) in the finish that fades rather quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a nice light and very easy to drink - with the lighter flavors, extremely low ABV, and light body I would be able to have this all day long. A completely sessionable beer and a very enjoyable one.

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Photo of drpimento
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good table beer. Served with a nice off white head that lasts all the way down. Coldor is a hazy golden amber. Aroma is yeast, fruit, malt. Flavor's distinctively dry, yeast bitter with a bit of hop, and carbonic tang. Body is crisp and good cairbonation. Finish is like flavor, refreshing and, perhaps a bit too dry for me right now, but great at the table.

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

A- cloudy golden with a white head that surprises me a bit with how well it retains. Super carbonated

S- bready, citrus notes, some grass/herbs come through but I'm mainly getting citrus and bread

T- I get a real light citrus, some light grass and almost no hops, a real dry finish. I wasnt expecting much flavor given that its so low alcohol, but I'm pleased. Imagine club soda with a touch of lemon, yeast and some grass.

M- SUPER carbonated. Fizzy as hell. Champagne like here. I find myself burping a lot drinking this, I don't like that. However the mouthfeel goes hand in hand perfectly with the flavor

O- I expected something really light and ultimately low in flavor but I really wanted to try it. It has lots of flavor for its ABV, I imagine its great in the heat. I could drink this all day as its real easy drinking and nothing dominates the flavor. I wouldn't drink this all the time, but I could see this being a good option in the summer, or especially when you're with BMC drinkers and wanna give them a light easy drinking beer. Pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nicwe light orangish color color with good carbonation leaving a small white cap, good amount of bubbles, lacing present

S: Very light grain, some grassiness and light citrus esters.

T: A nice light grain and yeast note to it. Some light citrus, grass and a light tooastiness meet a small pinch of clove or pepper. FInish is rather dry, sordove seltzer"ish"

M: Light bodied, well carbonated, easy drinking table beer,

O: A pretty decent representation of the style. Would drink again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jester King Le Petit Prince

Appearance -resplendent golden w/ light haze and thick sudsy white cap lace sticks thickly bead is tight and appearance is beautiful overAll
Aroma - a smell of light herbal hops and wheat with slight tea and mild eArthy yeast notes
Mouthfeel-a gentle malt and slight creamy yeast w/ a moderate carbonation level with gentle bitterness and semi dry finish

T-taste of this is lemongrass and green tea w/ a light toasted wheat and mild grass element and slight lemon candy edge with nice dry yeast taste in the finish

Overall- a wonderful table beer very crisp and drinkable with a high value and great example of the style

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Photo of beerrock
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Jester King should be the king of small beer's, this beer has a very soft mouthfeel and sexy aroma that is hard to put into words. The hop aroma wasn't overpowering and the taste was awesome for a table beer. The price point is crazy at $7.99 for a 750ml, it's worth every dime and then some.

Great job.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed straw hue, fluffy white head that slowly settles to a thick cap with sticky lacing.

Clean mild citrusy aroma, soft wheat with some tame sharp yeast.

Soft wheat accompanied by soft citrus zest up front in the flavour, along with a mild acidic yeasty zip.

Mouthfeel is equally soft as the flavour, light-bodied with a smooth texture and light spritzy carbonation.

When trying to sum this up the first word that pops into mind is pleasant. It's a pleasant little beer that is meant to be easy drinking and quenching without being bland, and it accomplishes that quite well.

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Roscoe Village Pub, in conjunction with WLV for Zwanze 2012.

A: Mellow orange body with a small white head.

S: Very light grain, citrus, and mild yeasty esters. Smells like a somewhat hoppy saison.

T: Mild clove, citrus, cakey, grain in the finish. Slightly sweet yet dry.

M: Light, active carbonation.

O: I was surprised by this beer. It's essentially a dry, low alcohol saison, and it's quite tasty.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barnyard funk mixed with that special belgian yeast character. I get a touch of alcohol which is odd because this is the session beer to end all session beer. It opens up the senses though, and I like that.

Pale straw in color with a touch of haze and a crisp white head that provides good lacing. Very aesthetically pleasing.

On the palate it's quite simple, but well constructed. Cereal grains, fresh cut grass, and a flower patch. Carbonation is quite high, and a light body to boot. Its perfect for summertime because it's not very warming. Something nice and refreshing to sit down under the sun and relax with a nice "little" book.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bonus points for an awesome label. Poured a hazy gold with a finger of bright white head. Mild aroma of banana and light spice.

Ample carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Lots of wheat up front with a hint of fruity esters and a touch of spice on the tail end.

Full-flavored and supremely easy-drinking. Refreshing and tasty...really enjoyed this one and wish there were more like it.

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Photo of starkmarvelo
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jester King Le Petit Prince

Pours a hazy straw color. Effervescent champagne like head with a lot of carbonation in the glass.
Sour grape tartness and funk in the smell.
Taste is great. A bit of funk, a touch of hops and a bunch o bubbles. Very good for 2.9% ABV. Drank the whole bottle without a buzz. This would make a great thirst quencher in the summer.

Buy again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Inbreeding, or inter-breeding, or something, inspired the profile imagery on the label, and it's a doozy.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of foamy, frothy off-white head, which leaves some rats' nest lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of mild bready, crackery grain, some edgy mineral notes, rather faint earthy yeast, a bit of sour, fruity citrus, and a subtle whiff of coriander and clove spiciness. The taste is pretty sulphuric, in low-vibe chemical tones, with a twist of metallic ore, before some wheaty, bready grain malt pokes through, alongside a decent simmering earthy spiciness, mild apple and citrus salad fruitiness, ethereal yeastiness, and somewhat bitter leafy hops. There may be a sort of un-warming from the surprisingly low ABV.

The carbonation is a tad frizzy, but keeps it on an even enough keel, the body registering on the light side of medium weight, and a little too tacky to be considered outright smooth. It finishes a bit off-dry, the wheaty grain, wafting sulphur, and so-so bitter hops actually working together to get things out the door in order.

A drinkable enough farmhouse ale, if a wee bit on the tame side, but hey, that's the original intent, right? Nice to see the counterpoint to the current tendency of bigger and stronger, where it's just not needed. Now about that creepy-ass label...

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 9.19.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, pale light orange with a two inch off-white head with good retention.

S - Light malt, hay, yeast.

T - A watered down saison, very subtle flavors of malt and Belgian yeast.

D - Very thin body and lots of carbonation.

O - Smells nice, but just so light there isn't much going on.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fine taste for such low alcohol. Farmhouse shows itself in the finish, wheat is substantive as well. Very nice summer afternoon drinking. Much head, neutral aroma, light toast. Moderate spiciness. Very light bitterness., light lemon. Smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fit for long lasting sessions, spicy foods, delicate foods, or warm weather consuption, Le Petite Prince is a celebration of all things small.

Medium straw in color and with a yeasty Belgian haze, the beer simply looks like saison. From its rich lathery white head to its firm retention and elaborate lace, The beer carries the farmhouse aesthetics to perfection. Note that the second pour from the bottle delivers significantly more yeast sediment than the first.

Quite sulfury to the nose, the combined scent of matches, eggs, and burning coal come to mind with a strong earthen undertow. Dried fruit zest of limes and apples emerge from the pungent sulfur notes. Peppery in balance, the perfumy notes of coriander and white pepper edges out the sulfur note after the beer breathes a bit.

Slight on sweetness, the dry wheat taste rounds out the vegimite-rich taste of yeast. The zesty taste from dehydrated lemons and apples offers a mildly acidic balance just ahead of a finish of pepper and baking soda. The soft spices both yeast and coriander additions accompany the light yet broad bitterness from hops.

Very light in body, the spritzy effervescence springs the beer from the tongue and ushers in a quick and dry finish. Perhaps a bit thin in the middle, the beer reminds my palate of seltzer or mineral water.

It's somewhat dangerous for a brewery to roll out with such a low gravity beer. While it's easy to recognize refreshment, drinkability, and crispness; it's also easy to recognize flaws- the high sulfur character and minerally taste/texture has absolutely no place to hide.

Does anyone else find the label character to be quite perverse? Feel like I need to cleanse myself.

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Photo of Phelps
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle provided by ottovon, into a tulip. A session beer with saison yeast and noble hops.

Cloudy apricot in color, nearly opaque. Big, fluffy head of translucent off-white foam becomes a soapy top layer with some splotches on the walls.

Light and bright aroma. Some sweet wheat, spicy and floral hops, a touch of pear.

Like a saison lite. A touch of musty grain, subtle pear, a little pepper, touch of banana. Lingering mango notes after the swallow, but a mostly dry finish.

Medium-light body, smooth. Moderate carbonation, a good amount of fizz as it moves. Clean and light; refreshing.

Flavorful for a very light brew. Refreshing and thirst-quenching.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a translucent golden color with a finger and a half of bone white head. Ok head retention with a fair amount of lacing.

S- subtle delicate aromas. Cracked grain and rustic cracker like malt up front. Spicy and fruity esters from the yeast with a musty note. A floral herbaceous kiss of noble hop on the finish.

T- bready cracker like malt with a fluffy wheat note hits the palate at first. Lemon zest, spice and a hint of pear blends in mid palate. Musty yeast character with some floral noble hop flavor and bitterness brings balance next. Very dry crisp finish that gets you ready for the next sip! This would be incredible with food.

MF- fluffy slick mouthfeel with a very light body. Soft scrubby bubble like carbonation... Lol.

D- suberbly drinkable!

Overall for the ABV this beer is wonderful. Pair it with food and it will sing!

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Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer from Jester King Brewery
3.83 out of 5 based on 666 ratings.
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