SPDickerman (1057) - Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear pale gold with a fluffy white head. Smells earthy and spicy, floral. Taste is not very impressive, has some hop bite, with some very, very faint malt characteristic. Itís very sessionable, but it is not impressive. Light-bodied with a wet texture and very little mouth-carbonation, Jester King Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer finishes crisp and clean.
3sheets2wind (78) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an outstanding session beer. Lemony nose, clean taste with more beer flavor than you would expect for a low ABV beer. I enjoy drinking this beer more than any other jk beer, and i love this brewery.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, no date for $7.99 at Olive Tree Market in OB. Hazy straw with a 1 1/2 finger off-white head, pretty good retention. Hay and yeasty lemon up front with some cracker malt behind. Just a hint of mustiness and sulfur, white pepper. Flavor follows suit with the refreshing lemon fruity yeast notes and leather, nice light cracker malt. There also seems to be a substantial carbonic acid bite. The finish was dry with bitterness at a 1-2. Light body with soft pillowy carbonation. I feel weird saying this, but it was a delightful beer. Plan to pick up another couple bottles.
KingRao (11) - - NOV 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Summer time in liquid form. Rustic and real. CAMRA would be proud. Wish distribution was larger.
-- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10
ClarkVV (4219) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle drunk 4/7/15
THANK GOD, not oxidized. After two severely and unexplainedly oxidized bottles, this one finally has no signs of it (leave it to the delicately noble-hopped, ultra low abv beer to be the one that isnít oxidized, haha).
Clear (bottles having sat cold for a long time) golden liquid has a small amount of bubbles rising to create a medium-sized white head that recedes rapidly to cover.
Lovely noble hops in the nose showcase meyer lemons, dry grass, light thyme and a touch of lime. That this low gravity of a beer has such a clean, clear, strong nose at 18-20 months is pretty incredible, I can only imagine what this must have smelled like fresh (and will hopefully find out soon, once I get more). Light yeast esters give a fresh plaster-like note which is distinctive and very intriguing/enjoyable.
Lemons, spongecake, fresh herbs and grassy hoppiness all combine in the flavor, with an almost brett-like zestiness from the yeast sitting in the background. Absolutely flawlessly clean and perfectly extracted malt. Not a touch of hop or yeast dirtiness, no doughiness and most importantly, no astringency/malt tannin, which at this low of a gravity, is a very impressive feat. Reminds me quite a bit of Batch 1 Redemption; one of my all time favorites. While this one is a bit more mild, even, than that one, itís still incredible. Canít get enough of the combination of hop and yeast phenols on the finish. Light body, but not thin (or more watery than it should be for its size). Carbonation is ample and tight. Hop bitterness is gracefully low throughout; something I can really get behind (perhaps thatís just preference but Iíll take this any day over XX bitter or Guineu Riner and the like)
As an after-note, even the bottom of the bottle with a bit more yeast inevitably mixed in, tastes amazing. If this is the only good bottle of the 10 I have, Iíll be happy enough (and will certainly be trading for fresh bottles of this).
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2012 A vigorous pour into my small wine goblet produces an almost three-finger thick, pale, white colored head; and despite its lightness, this leaves some thin, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a pale amber / gold hue that shows a clearíish, pale amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grassy and cracker like grain, backed by a green-ripe fruity character, a touch of herbal notes, perhaps a hint of clean lemon-leaning citrus zest character. The citrus zest hoppy character gets more prominent the more I dig into the aroma, it is almost the dominant note, but it is well balanced by the pale malt / grain character, as well as by a spicy, earthy, slightly musty, fermentation character that nicely perfumes the aroma.
Dry, effervescent, bitting in its bitter / carbonic acid and grassy malt character, but exceedingly characterful for a beer of such low alcohol. Lemon zest notes become a bit more expressive in the second and subsequent sips and there is a firm, biting bitterness that is accentuated by a dried hay like grain / hop character. Earthy spice notes evoke flavors of green coriander, woody straw, and a definite musty, damp wood and cellar like note; these are predominantly phenolic in character, though clearly restrained. There is a really nice hop character to this beer, lots of smooth herbal notes joint the lemon zest notes and there is also a spiciness that is brought out by the fermentation character and the carbonation. The carbonation on this beer is really light for something I would describe as a Saison (but is well carbonated for a standard ale), but it is so light bodied that it still manages to seem quite effervescent and lively. This is very light bodied, but somehow doesnít seem overly thin or watery; actually given the original gravity, this actually finishes fairly high (probably near 1.004) and does have a noticeable malty chewiness to it, but only if you really consider the strength.
Ridiculously expensive for a beer for a beer of this strength ($9/750ml), having said that, I am quite happy to have paid for this beer, and if these werenít so ridiculously easy for me to brew I would gladly buy it again. Incredibly forward thinking, but yet ancient in concept; this is the first / furthest-reaching, commercial attempt at a full flavored, refreshing, really low alcohol beer. It is something I am particularly fond of in my own brewing practices (though donít brew consistently enough), and it is nice to find a commercial example / attempt. Having said all this, the closest beer I can think of is Dupontís Avril, which I enjoy a bit more when it is fresh, but damn, this is quite good too. I could drink a whole lot of this beer and be quite happy for a whole day, or perhaps even a week before I needed something new. I am going to hazard a guess that, for my particular idiosyncrasies, this is going to be the best beer I will ever have from Jester King (it is certainly a great first experience with this brewery & I am happy that I have 5 more of these lined up).
Marsiblursi (3054) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours hazy pale golden with a creamy white head. The aroma is fantastic Ė grassy/herbal/floral/dew, hops, dry white bready/cracker-like malt, clove/metal-smelling phenols, green apples, green banana, woodsy unripe pineapple, lemon juice, coriander, damp basement, raw potato, nettles and a slight touch of horse blanket. Clean, bright and perfect nose, like an over hoped Belgian wheat on acid. The flavour is dry, light to medium bitter and light acidic with notes of grass, herbs, lemon, coriander, wood, green fruits, nettles, crackers, touch of funk, damp basement, pepper and clove. The mouthfeel is clean, tart and bright with a medium carbonation. Grass, lime, phenols and yumminess on the finish. Light bodied.
ZShelt (7) - Alabama, USA - FEB 10, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely and unfiltered with a nice frothy white head. The English hops are perfect for this subtle beer. This is what a saison should be-very low abv with great flavor considering how session able it is. Just a hint of lemon and low malt profile. Itís both ahead of its time and behind the curve. Definitely very well done and under appreciated.
drpimento (2482) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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. Flavorís 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.
Lupulucid (189) - - JUL 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a deceptive shapeshifter of a beer. It warps the palate after a brief initiation. An odd, weak beer suddenly fills out and a chalky mouthfeel disguises low gravity. Complexity emerges and flavors from yeast and hops fill in all the voids. This is a parlor trick worth checking out but not something I would drink regularly.