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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale - Jester King Brewery

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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision AleMad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

506 Ratings
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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 22
Gots: 115 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: elNopalero on 01-27-2012

“Provision Ale” is a rough translation of the French term “bière de provision“, which was sometimes used to describe special beers that were suitable for extended storage and aging. Brewed from relatively simple, straightforward ingredients, Mad Meg is golden colored and quite strong, at over 9% ABV. Its palate intertwines delicate farmhouse esters with earthy, spicy hops and clean malt flavors. The name “Mad Meg”, refers to a peasant woman from Flemish folklore, also known as “Dulle Griet” or “Dull Gret”, who leads an army of women to pillage hell. She’s famously depicted in Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s 1562 painting by the same name.
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Ratings: 506 | Reviews: 77
Photo of Zomdust
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

way to boozy for this style. No or little funk. Boozy taste gets in the way to much for the beer to taste good

Photo of Tommo
2.81/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Apparently my rating is an outlier, so here is the review.

4oz draft at JK in their wine glass

Beer is harsh and astringent, nothing gentle about this one. the 9.6 abv is very apparent and there is little saison/farmhouse funk to appreciate. Overall, and in comparison to the other things at the brewery, this is gross. Way in your face with little value

Photo of Anatole
2.67/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not my style of beer.

Photo of AngusOg
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Maybe not fair to review this one since my bottle was chipped at the lip underneath the cap, i'm positive causing an improper seal. The beer was totally flat, had lots of white floaties, and probably affected taste some, although the taste wasn't bad at all. But the look of it along with it being flat (and a slight psychological fear of drinking glass chips) led this one to a rare drain pour after only a few sips. I was excited to find this one in SC due to Jester King being rare in these here parts, so needless to say this was a big dissappointment. If I ever get the chance to revisit this one, I would like to do so and edit my ratings.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Nice white head. Thick collar and good retention.

Smell - Interesting grain aroma. Light popcorn. Wheat. Some faint lemon and a strong yeast aroma.

Taste - The wheat is really strong. Less yeasty. Sweet malts. Sweet fruity flavor, too. Touch of stone fruit in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good beer. Nothing elevates it over local options, but good.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Well-made farmhouse style ale. Kept head until bottom of glass. Great taste and nose.

Photo of kerry4porters
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

was not a fan of this one sorry JK

Photo of Mcwill51
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 10 October 2013 bottle poured into a tulip. Huge foamy white head on pour that dissipates ever so slowly. Light apricot in color that isn't quite translucent but not cloudy either. Good looking farmhouse. Nose is Bretty and yeasty with some bitter fruitiness (grapefruit, stone fruit?) in there as well. Solid but not amazing. Taste is heavy on the bready malts with some fruitiness and mild Brett. No tartness whatsoever. This one is strangely malt heavy for a farmhouse but I suppose that could be the age on it. Mouthfeel is also weird for the style, being low carbonation and almost creamy. Lingers a long time and is almost sticky and coating to the palate, which is the opposite of what I expected (dry, crisp, clean finish). Overall, despite the above I still enjoy this beer. I would rate it a 3.5 overall. The look is great, nose average, taste average (if stylistically a bit off), and mouthfeel is below average. Not a bad beer by any means just doesn't match what I expected from the style and I wonder how differently a fresh bottle would drink. Will have to make it a point to look for one for comparison.

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a medium sized snifter glass.

Deep thick and super creamy white to vanilla colored head. A good clump and cream sticky clingyness as well, with a simple opaque peach orange body. Minimal carbonation, a little frozen in appearance but the head makes up for it along with a solid pretty color. Great looker for a saison.

Classic notes of booming brett funk quality. Mild sour dough sensing a bit, hints of dry earthy spices, sage, thyme. Fresh and clean and impressive.

Palates first sip really hits well. Crisp with a good amount of density, but falls a bit to some stinging novocaine qualities on the finish. Mid palate give lots of brett heat, and a sharp stone fruit but quits after a bit until further sips resume. Repeats bring a bit more burn. but finding apricot and some juiced tropic character does come forth.. Sharp, big and a bit hot. with a big stomach alcohol warmth.

Overall a good saison, but feels like it's about to go overboard and a little out of control. Much of the impressive aromas don't also translate as well on the palate unfortunately.

Photo of BigRedDog
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma- Pours a golden straw color with a huge fluffy white head. Head retention is excellent, with amazing lacing.

Smell is of white pepper and faint lemongrass. Some earthiness.

Taste is peppery and earthy straight off. A bitterness takes over that is unlike a hop bitter. As the beer warms it turns into a bitter orange peel and lemon peel flavor. A slight lemon sourness as well. HUGE earthiness on the finish. As wine people would say: "The terroir is definitely noticeable."

Mouthfeel is not as crisp as I would expect. Almost a little creamy.

Overall a good beer. But very earthy.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +4.4%

750 ml bottle, Batch #10, October 16, 2013. Served in a Prairie Teku glass, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention is very good, and there's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is yeasty, the brew smells like citrus peel, pineapple, hay, peppery spice, and apricots. It tastes like citrus peel, apricot, tropical fruit, peppery spice, wheat/grainy malt, and earthy funk. There's a nice tartness noticeable, it's good and tasty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and is well carbonated. I liked this brew, definitely worth a try! $12.49 a bottle.

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured this crazy lady into my 668 Neighbor tulip. Three fingers of white head, hazy orange body: a pretty beer to look at.

Not a whole lot going on in the nose. A bit citrusy, mainly lemon. I may even be smelling some landscaping in there as well. Not that that's a bad thing.

Very tasty. A bit of citrus, a bit of sweet, a bit tart. Very well-rounded. Slightest alcohol burn. My bottle says 8.9% as opposed to the 9.6% it says on the description here.

Other than the slight burn going down, this beer is quite smooth.

Dig it.

Photo of GPHarris
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

October 17, 2013 vintage

A - poured a three finger thick bubbly, off-white head into a tulip glass that left great lacing and sheeting throughout.
S - floral, apples, yeast, hint of horse blanket.
T - fruity, breast, yeasty, and funky.
M - crisp, dry, effervescent.
O - one of the better JK beers I've had. Balanced and complex sour.

Photo of Bung
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml. Picked up in Columbia SC. Foggy gold pour, three fingers of white head that retains very well.

Aroma, bright and yeasty, citrus zest. Light bready malt.

Taste, Lemon zest and a very herb forward. Very light grainy malt and hay. A nice cutting, again herbal, bitter hop finish.

Body is on the light side of medium, high end carbonation wise. Feels nice and lively, but also a bit warm for a Saison. Would be better served being about 2% lower.
First brew from these guys and I must say this is very good. Would be eager to try some more.

Photo of larryi86
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy golden orange color with a four finger fluffy white head.

S- Wheat, tart lemons, faint funk, some earthy hops, some sweet malts.

T- Tart lemons, funk, wheat, some sweet malts, peppercorns, earth hops, some grass.

M- Fairly smooth, dry, medium body.

O- An interesting beer that I find enjoyable. Not sure if I would pick this up again, but it has me excited to try other beers from Jester King.

Photo of gcamparone
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a jester king tulip glass. Purchased in north providence ri.

A- pours a very hazy orange body with a fluffy white head that reduces slowly and leaves thick lacing.

S- lots of fruity esters.. Banana, apple, citrus rind. Barnyard funk, Belgian spices, faint tartness.

T- starts off with an odd combination of subdued hops and banana and cloves, this gives way to spices and citrus. Odd

M- medium body and carbonation

Overall decent.. At best. Wanted more funk and tartness, I expect more from jester king.

Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.Batch #10- Oct 16, 2013

Pours heavily clouded light tangerine, gauzy of white head, slowly goes to a thicker film and leaves lovely looking scattered fields of sheeting and lace. Nice looking brew.

Pepper and tropical fruit on the nose.

Super flavorful and complex saison. Pepper, fruit, yeast. Subtle but quite dry hop bite. Mild gin and lime note from the alcohol. Very moderate sour presence. Simply delicious. Happy to be able to procure a bottle. Hope to try more of the Jester King line in the near future

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: golden straw colored and fairly opaque. Humongous white bubbly head. So excited! (Left a lot of nice white lacing)

S: lemon, citrus, wheat, seed.

T: this is astounding. Right off is the lemon grass and farmhouse straw, then some nice funk and sourness, then comes a lovely oak barrel character that just really makes this beer so darn good. There is some bready notes as well.

M: Medium with that natural carbonation. So good.

O: I've never had a Jester King, and I'm glad I picked one up. This is a superb beer. Very complex, very flavorful, and extremely enjoyable. It's one of those beers that you want to sit and enjoy without doing anything else.

Photo of NCalement
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 poured into a tulip glass

A- Looks like OJ. Nice heavy, three finger head that's white and foamy. Looks amazing

S- Sweet funk. Malts, honey, biscuit, hay and lemon grass. Yeast stands out big in this one. Lots of esters.

T-Spice and funk. Honey finish with a crisp dry factor, oak. Some hop bitterness. Agin the yeast stands out the most.

M- Good for the style. Lots of activity but still smooth.

O- A good sasion/farmhouse ale. JK does great things, although not my favorite style I feel they did a great job.

Photo of avalon07
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy texture. There was a two inch, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: The typical saison-style funk was present, along with some citrus as well.

T: As with the aroma, there was lots of barnyard funk, along with a bit of citrus (orange peel), phenols, and malt. A focused flavor that doesn't deviate from the style too much. Very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made American version of a saison. Very much drinkable.

Photo of pknyc
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch 10. Bottled Oct/2013, opened Jan/2014. Reviewing more as a biere de garde than a saison as per the description by the brewer.

A: Opaque pale gold. On the lighter side for a biere de garde, but a nice color. Aggressive pour with a 3-3.5 finger white head. Fine retention which then becomes a film which leaves some lacing.

S: Mainly brett. Funk, some sourness/tartness. Little citrus with some spicy phenols. Some lactic (reminds me of a gueuze).

T: Tart, funky. Some juice up front. While not overbearing, there is too much alcohol on the swallow. I'm not getting the toast, but I think that is because it might be hidden by the predominate yeast flavors.

M: Medium. Slick and coating due to the alcohol

O: I enjoyed it. I have another bottle and am very interested in how this will handle some age on it. The brett is already dominate, but I feel the alcohol flavor is too much and hopefully some time will help out.

Photo of ONUMello
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass, batch #8 dated 3/13
A: Hazy yellow color with lots of bubbles, a two-finger head
S: Sour fruit, yeast, lighter malt and earthiness but overall slightly muted
T: Sour, yeasty, earthy, some wood and spice. Not bad but nothing stands out... where the nose is muted this is a jumble where something needs to take the lead to give it definition
M: Medium-bodied, pleasant carbonation
O: This has got all the right parts, it could be great, it just needs a characteristic to give it focus but it lacks said focus

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

jester kings now famous combination of brett and souring bacteria make even simpler and subtle beers like this one come alive, literally. this has an orange tinted cloudy pale honey color to it, with a really rich looking sturdy white froth head that hardly relaxes at all. the nose is interesting malt, more than just wheat, some toast to it, something sweeter, and something earthy, spelt or something. hops are there too, which i love in a saison style. minimally sour, but lots of farm here, this is late summer beer. the flavor matches the nose, layered and complex for a straightforward brew. i am impressed by its depth. grains first, lots of them, subtle fruity esters, then bittering hops and one heck of a vibrant combination of yeasts. dry as can be, rich though still in texture, and carbonated brightly, this feels fabulous going down, and only improves in taste and feel with warmth. another world class beer with a twist from jester king.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: medium gold and hazy, ivory head a few fingers high leaves lacing down the glass

S: barnyard brett funk and sweet moldering fruit, grasses and herbs, earthy and dank with floral high-points

T: orchard fruits muted by yeasty tartness and brett's characteristic funk; musky, dank, and deep; suggestions of citric and pine hoppage, tart and stale yeastiness; chewy malts, clean and fresh balance out the rest of the elements

M: smooth and mellow, medium-weight, slightly tingly and tart up front, developing bitterness on finish; slight drying close

O: superb saison, full of great farmhouse flavors, from the malts to the yeasts and hops - I always felt that brett's influence is perfect for a saison, and this one also brings forth a nice hop and malt profile. Quite a nice ale. Particularly recommended for saison and brett fans.

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

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium, slightly hazy golden amber with a fine off-white head with great retention and tons of lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, sour apple and citrus. Flavor begins with a earthy dry malt, wood, caramel, apple and pear, and saison yeast, then dries out to reveal more aged wood and earthy spicing finishing with root herbs, dry malt and just a bit of funk. Medium bodied with nice peppery carbonation and mouth feel. A unique take on the saison style that emphasizes old woody flavors and light root spicing like those found in root beer, although it is deftly handled and subtle. I was disheartened by the sourness on opening, but this saison is not sour in taste. The first taste was surprising too and I wasn't sure if I wanted to drink more than a glass, but this ale really grew on me. Complicated and earthy, but with bright carbonation and light funky elements of its saison yeast origins, an interesting and satisfying saison.

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