La Petite Princesse | Brasserie Thiriez

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La Petite PrincesseLa Petite Princesse

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Brasserie Thiriez

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by samEBC on 10-25-2013

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 37
Photo of Sheppard
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden hue with white head. I get a lot of grain in the aroma. Very grainy flavor, slightly skunky. Very dry as well. Overall, a very nice biere de table to have after a long day working in the fields or walking around Paris.

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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The word 'princess' conjures to mind things shiny and regal, but La Petite Princesse is definitely not that; its golden-yellow body is without real highlights and is completely sullied even without the sediment added. It's really not that pretty, even despite a moderately impressive head.

The aroma is surprisingly interesting for something that's so bare-bones; with lightly sweet straw at its base, the scent is wrapped in hop vines that envelop it with grassy, herbaceous and pleasantly floral overtones. It's considerably hoppy, albeit in a very different sense from North American beers...

Despite that Texas' Jester King, one of the most sought-after micros in the USA, did collaborate on the recipe. You wouldn't know it. There's nothing overt or aggressive about this beer; on the contrary, it's understated almost to a fault (then again, what do you expect from something clocking in at 2.9%?).

Speaking of which, can anyone explain why this is stamped with a two+ year 'best before' window? Don't get me wrong, nothing has spoiled, but fresh is definitely best for a beer with this more delicate hop profile and lean graininess. It'd drink it soon and on its own, as even light foods can overwhelm it.

La Petite Princesse is entirely different in spirit from just about everything now made in the US: it's low-alcohol, austere and understated. While hoppy, there's no resin or tropical fruit. But this fresh grass and crude, earthy, mildly skunky profile is particularly suited to a farmhouse ale. Not bad.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As someone who lived in Austin for 2 years and frequented Jester King, I had to pick this one up when I saw it at La Cave a Bulles in Paris. I've always really liked Le Petit Prince, and regard it as perhaps Jester King's most underappreciated beer. I'm really looking forward to this one...

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Unbranded blue pry-off crown cap. 33cl format. Batch 512 (which is, coincidentally or perhaps not, Austin's area code). Best before: 02/2017. Bottled 08/04/2015.

2.90% ABV.

Reviewed live as a patersbier/table beer per the label. Served at cellar temperature into a pilsner glass.

HEAD: ~5cm wide. White colour. Soft-looking. Somewhat frothy. Has a nice consistency overall. Retention is merely average - ~2 minutes - but frankly it should be far better given its scant 2.90% ABV. Leaves uneven lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Translucent transparent yellow with pale copper hues. Clean; I see no yeast/lees or sediment within.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking table beer with no unique or special characteristics.

AROMA: Quite pleasant. Zest, lightly spicy dry Belgian yeast, subtle floral hop character, light cedar, orchard pear, a blip of white pepper, maybe dried lime or lemon.

Aromatic intensity is somewhat low; this is a timid beer. It does suggest a pleasant, enjoyable brew however.

I should note I remember preferring the aroma of Le Petit Prince, as this beer kind of invites the comparison.

TASTE & TEXTURE: A hint of doughy/sourdoughy yeast. Pilsner malts, maybe wheat. A blip of lemon. Floral hop character.

Its softness works for it nicely. Light-bodied, smooth, fairly dry, refreshing, approachable, and well-carbonated. Maybe a bit more acidity would play into the lemon note nicely.

I suspect a Belgian yeast strain; there's a nice subtle spiciness here. Maybe some white pepper or coriander.

Compared to Le Petit Prince, it lacks subtlety and comes across as rather simple, if not plain. I do like it, and the balance is decent, but it just isn't intricate or nuanced. And for whatever reason (overhopping, perhaps, even though hardly any hop character comes through?), it comes off too bitter.

OVERALL: Drinkable, sure. But not as wildly drinkable or suitable for pairing with food as its brother, Le Petit Prince. I wouldn't seek this one out, but it's nice to see more table beers in the world. Seems like more of a gimmick beer to cross-market the two breweries involved than a sincere committed effort to brew a stellar beer. I do like it, but it's unremarkable. Its softness on the palate is a highlight, but its dryness counteracts that.

Basically, its biggest flaws are that it's both too bitter and too dry.

High C

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Photo of DaveBar
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO as a sell off $1.75 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that lasts for nearly 5mins before film out. Very light gold colour and unfiltered

S- Nice herbal scent

T- Unusual tinny flavor. Opens up to a medicinal flavor then pine flavor

M- Dry and tart

O- Not a very good brew. The initial flavor is pretty bad.

Food Pairing

This ok at best brew would go ok with.......... Pretzels! Anything salty will help get this thing down.


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Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, a collaboration effort between this brewery and Austin's Jester King, and thus a sibling to their Petit Prince.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly chunky dirty white head, which leaves some pockmarked ski-hill profile lace around the glass as things slowly and evenly bleed off.

It smells of skunky grass, a crisp funky graininess, muddled pome fruit, peppery yeast, and further leafy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is tart, funky yeast, gritty, grainy pale malt, dinner biscuits, white and black pepper dust, some dried apple and pear fruitiness, and more somewhat stanky grassy, leafy, and kind of herbal hoppiness.

The bubbles are quite active in their probing and engaging, fizzy and frothy gestures, the body medium-light in weight, and sort of smooth, the yeast and the hops not really giving what amounts to a full shit right about now. It finishes dry, gritty, yeasty, and still a bit skunky.

Well, at first sniff, I thought I had procured a strange bottling of Heineken, but after a while, it became clear that it was a pretender to that Royal Dutch throne. Nah, I just heard that the brewery uses their green Burgundian bottles to replicate that Euro-lager skunkiness for their own benevolent means, i.e. to integrate with the yeast and hops to get the requisite funk and sourness. Mission accomplished, is all I can say about that.

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Photo of surfcaster
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up at la cave a bulles in Paris--the place to go to get French craft.

Collab with Jester King believe it or not.

2.9 % Farmhouse enjoyed on a 95 degree day in
Paris. Little funky, bright and crisp. Gone in 30 secs.
Wish I had bought 6 instead of one.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy golden color with white head. Funk, citrus, wheat, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied with nice carbonation. Finishes with more funk.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw-orange with big billowing head. Nose is a nice light floral hops with a bit of yeast notes which I understand is a house strain. Very nice, but light. Taste is somewhere between a classic pale ale and water. I wanted soooo much to love this, but it simply feels watered down. Mouthfeel is obviously light. Overall, a nice way to get a feel for the yeast and hop character, but incomplete.

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Photo of safaricook
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

Even better and tastier than the prince. I had this between the mash and the boil of my brew day and it was excellent thirst quenching and tasteful without being intoxicating. A real session beer. It can't get much better than this in a low alcohol beer.

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Photo of mick303
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at barvolo, toronto. Poured a light hazy gold with a strong compact white head. Aroma was all about the french yeast which was reminscent of tart fruits and a barnyard brettiness. Very aromatic and interesting. Taste provides a really solid profile of yeasty and fruity notes, apples, lemon citrus, horseblankets, tartness throughout, ends very nicely, and one that is certainly very drinkable with a low abv but really solid flavour. Tasty and quite pleasant, a really nice example of the table beer style.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pale hazy beige color ale with a relatively large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bready yeast with some floral hay notes is very enticing. Taste is a very drinkable mix of bready yeast with some light Belgian malt with a dry hay finish. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Nice complex beer with good drinkability and low ABV. Where do I sign-up for more of this?

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

33cl brown bottle purchased from Cave à Bulles in Paris. A collaboration with Jester King, and a somewhat counterpart to Jester King's Petit Prince. Drunk at my hotel in Amboise in the Loire Valley.

Pours a very hazy blonde colour, with a hint of pink to it. Head forms a frothy, insubstantial mass that settles out to some fine-bubbled lacing. Body is very light, not unexpectedly. Looks pretty good though.

Nose is really very pleasant, if quite restrained and light. Pleasant yeasty characters of dry cider, a little pepper and dust, and some other restrained fruit characters. There's not a lot going on, but it gives the sense of a very refreshing beer.

And refreshing indeed it is. Clear, light palate of mild fruity tones balanced by a slight earthy bitterness that gives a little fruit skin and herbs. Peppery tones finish it off, with that earthiness still forming the bulk of the beer. Again, it's limited in what it can achieve at only 2.9% ABV, but it still does pretty well for what it's got.

Very drinkable, quaffable, indeed a table beer, but a good one—one I perhaps wish I had two or three bottles of in front of me instead of the one.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass and shared with friends
Thanks to Luc for the bottle!

Pours a hzy golden color with a bubbly white head, semi-persistent and leaving minimal lace. A really pleasant nose of toasted malt, grass/hay, some spice (citrus rind and white pepper). On the palate the malt is accompanied by some fruity hops, and spice (coriander, pepper). Medium-light body and lots of carbonation creating a light, refreshing saison. A very nice bottle and a great deal of flavor and character for a 2.9% ABV!

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Photo of samEBC
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on 26/10/2012, european counterpart of le petit prince

A: pale yellow and hazy body, with a big foamy white head, the head lasts longer than average and leaves a lot of lacing

S: citrussy smell, lemons mostly, pale malts and light spicy notes

T: starts slightly sharp, apples, lemons, grassy and a suprisingly strong bitterness towards the end, short finish, minty aftertaste

M: light body, soft carbonation, dry finish

O: plenty of flavour and not watery as you would expect from a 2.9 Abv beer, I enjoyed this beer a lot, somehow it captured the essence of what a saison should be

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La Petite Princesse from Brasserie Thiriez
3.77 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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