Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jester King Le Petit Prince Review

Brewery: Jester King Craft Brewery | Beer: Le Petit Prince
Style: Saison | ABV: 2.9% | IBUs: 30
Serving Method: 750ml bottle poured into tulip glass

Jester King Le Petit Prince
One thing about Jester King is that they don't mind going small. It's not very often you see someone release a beer with less alcohol with a Bud Light in a 750ml bottle, but Jester King has a whole suite of them. Releasing premium session beers is one of their missions.

Le Petit Prince is the slightest of all of them, at a scant 2.9% ABV. Hearkening back to the days where water was suspect and beer was safe, this beer is styled int he manner of the light, hoppy, low alcohol table beers of the time.

It is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned. I'm going to go ahead and throw it into the somewhat catchall Saison style, like many other Jester King beers.

As for construction, the malt bill calls for two-row and wheat malt, with the hop bill consisting of Perle, Fuggle, and Czech Saaz. As per usual, fermentation duties are performed by farmhouse yeast and native yeast and souring bacteria from the local area.

Here's how the little prince is pitched:
This is a beer we've been excited about for quite some time now, as we believe that it's a clear, simple expression of the delicate, delightful interplay between noble hops and farmhouse yeast.
This should be interesting, let's head to le petit royal court and check it out.

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy lemon-hay body capped by two fingers of fluffy white head that fade in average time, leaving brilliant lacing.

Aroma: A mix of funky yeast, lemony and grassy hops, and sweet pale malt. It's not particularly intense, but well sorted.

Taste: Like the aroma, it's a light and airy mix of funky yeast and mildly bitter hops over a backbone of delicate sweet grainy malt. Everything is balanced perfectly, with an overall profile that is light in intensity but rich in character. Husky and sweet light malt and bitter green hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with crisp medium-high carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: As expected given the aim and alcohol content, this drinks supremely easily.

Verdict: Living up to its stated purpose in full, Le Petit Prince is a pretty genius beer; it's light, delicate, masterfully balanced, thoroughly sessionable, and yet still full of character and enjoyable to the last sip. Another great Saison from Jester King that's true to the brand.

Grade: A- (4.3 out of 5 stars)

Note: These tasting notes are based on the 13th batch of this beer when fresh.
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