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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86
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522 Ratings
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 24
Gots: 117 | FT: 15
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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Photo of MutualAid
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a golden haze with a beautiful, sticky off-white head that clings to the inside of the glass.

S - Nothing over the top here. Hints of barnyard funk, a good helping of sweet malt, and a slight hop bouquet.

T - The yeast definitely makes itself known here: lots of green pepper and clove. The finish is dry, which is probably attributable to both the presence of wheat on the bill and a highly attenuative yeast.

M - As with all Jester King beers, the mouthfeel is in the Goldilocks zone: somewhere between drinking water (or light lager) and a poorly brewed Russian Imperial Stout.

O - As with all the Jester King beers I've had this is a well executed ale, although I think it's more of a Biere de Garde than a Saison. Also, while Mad Meg is a great beer, I'm not seeing a lot of difference here from several other Jester King offerings; the brewers may want to either streamline their catalogue or amplify the differences between the beers so that more of a distinction can be drawn.

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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Big Texas Beer Fest.

The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly complex, with some biscuit, grass, earth and a little bit of tartness and funk. The flavor is very similar. There is a strong Belgian yeast component to the flavor which is complimented nicely by some herb, floral, earth and some light citrus notes. There is also a little bit of tartness, but not near as much as you would get in the sour. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of weonfire
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Orange/Brown with a touch of red. HUGE head. straight to brim. demands a VERY slow and careful pour. obviously high carbonation, big bubbles, very nice lacing.

S - Lemon, orange, grass, clean, hopps

T - initially- creamy carmel. followed by grass but a bit bland. finish is a mellowish wheat but very hoppy, sour bitter citrus. 9.6 ABVs are strong. booze comes thru.

M - really nice and frothy, viscosity is med/low, very high carbonation.

O - It was descent. Very bitter. Enjoyed the funky floral flavors. But the whole brew hasn't blended fully. goes from bland...to very high ABV hoppy.

Photo of lnashsig
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My #BOTG number 17. Officially ahead of schedule, yay! And, a nice celebratory brew for a big Astros domination of the Dodgers 12-0!

Poured from bottle into my JK Farmhouse Glass. Pours a rich looking and cloudy dark orange color. Nice head, leaves a creamy 1-2 fingers on the top of the beer. Nice looking beer. Smell- tapioca pudding, banana phenols, a whiff of brown sugar on the end. Maybe a whiff of creme brule? Interesting, smell delicious. Taste- grassy funk up front (clearly JK's new yeast strain), some creamy sweetness that carries on with the tapioca pudding taste I got in the aroma. At the end there is a nice burnt sugar ending. Mouthfeel is creamy, well carbonated. The ABV is hidden very well, but you can tell this is a big beer. Its a sipper, highly enjoyable. I will be buying this regularly if I can. Hard to clasify, I would not say that it falls into the Saison category, it is closer to a Belgian Strong Ale than anything else. Well done.

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 thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one so I could share this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger white finger head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised sweet malt, citrus, orange peel, and orange. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, orange rine, and orange. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. While I did enjoy this brew, I did have a few things about it that I didn’t find to be above other brews of the style. I really wish this one would have been quite a bit more complex on the flavor. The aroma on this one was really quite nice for the style as it really stood out from others. I would definitely love to try this one again, especially if it were a cask with some citrusy fruit added to it. Worth your time trying this one.

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 goochpunch
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a hazy orange color with a thick head that dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. Smell is pale malts, a touch of booze, a bit of Belgian yeast, and a huge hit of noble hop. Big saaz and goldings in the nose. Taste is quite sweet up front. Very malty. The yeast is brings some esters, but it's not out of bounds. Lots and lots of Euro hops. Not much bitterness, just lots of herbal, earthy, tea-like hops. The malt, hops, and subdued yeast all remind me more of a biere de garde rather than a saison. Delicious. The mouthfeel is somewhat full, but extremely light considering the abv. Nice, bubbly carbonation. Finishes drying. Overall, this is so solid. Gives some actual Belgian/French farmhouse bieres a run for their money -- and I'm hard to please when it comes to these kinds of beers. Jester King has been impressing me lately. Great job.

Photo of emerge077
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quick review transcribed from written notes, sampled in a mini-pint.

Pours an amber color with active trails of carbonation along the sides of the glass. Thin layer of creamy foam on the surface, the beer has a slight haze to it.

Perceptible alcohol right of the bat, and not in a good way. No hiding from the abv pushing 10%. Some lightly grassy noble hops compete in the aroma.

Phenolic and bitter taste, somewhat sour with a bitter peppery aftertaste, becoming medicinal with successive sips. Medium bodied with an ample level of carbonation. Alcohol is a little too pervasive here, and combined with the heavy handed spices, it's not something i'm a fan of personally. Seems like it could use some tweaking to make things more cohesive...

Sounds: The Fast Set - Fascination

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

Poured from a 750 ml crowned bottle into a tulip glass. No dating info that I could see. It was a slightly hazy orange amber color with good carb streams especially with the etching kicking up a lot. It had a massive 3-4 finger head that finally settled to a constant 1-2 fingers. Good lacing with some sticking.

The aroma was led by spicy yeast and a good amount of funk on top of some noble hops and alcohol. Smells dry and peppery. The taste follows the aroma with good spice and pepper bite complimented with a good funk finish. Dry finish to go with the medium mouthfeel. Over carbonated but that could be due to the etching so next time I'll put in a non-etched glass.

Overall, a great funky saison that satisfies both urges if you looking for a saison or something funky. It's pretty dry and good dose of funk so, for me, I need to be really looking for that when I drink it or it might be a bit too much. Available here in TX obviously. Rotation: can see a few bottles a year but as noted I need to be in the mood for this particular taste profile.

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 jmarsh123
2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to texasclimber for the bottle.

Pours bright orange with a sticky 2 finger head leaving good lacing down the glass.

Smells like dirty laundry. Dank aroma with some big Belgian spice notes. A little alcohol and some malt sweetness.

Big bold spice flavor. Belgian yeast seems to dominate any subtle flavors. There is also heat from the alcohol with some floral and pepper notes as well. All over the place and not particularly pleasant.

Medium body and carbonation.

Weird beer and not to my liking at all. No elements of funk at all which is how I prefer my saisons. Complete spice bomb and the higher ABV isn't hidden well.

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.

Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy light amber in color. It poured with a two finger high off white head that gradually died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: This beer smells kinda of like an amped up biere de garde and is rather malty with notes of earthy yeast and hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is quite yeasty but this is balanced off by hints of sweetness and caramel malts.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and a little chewy and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very interesting and saison that is quite drinkable considering its strength. The alcohol is very well hidden and the maltiness is the only giveaway.

Photo of SHODriver
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a duvel tulip a bright orange with a dense three finger head white head that retains well
S: smells of spice, yeast and a bit of grassyness. smells good
T: tastes of spice, and light malt but a lot of peppery spice and yeast character, slight noble hop flavor as well. swallow is a bit grassy, some spice with a touch of alchohol and caramel sweetness
M: medium in the mouth with moderate carb that flirts with being prickly
O: A decent saison. it's a bit larger than average but seems to lack a bit in complexity. not bad but not great

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Bottle opens with a loud "pssfftt!" Watch out this is a live one! Pours a hazed orange-butterscotch with high carbonation producing a huge 4+ inch bubbly white head. Excellent retention. Nice lacing.
S: Pleasant mix of hops--citrus, soft pine, earthy, and floral. Orange peel, toasted and caramel malts. Strong yeast presence.
T: Quite different from the aroma... Medicinal herbs, peppery spice, toasted malt, soft citrus hops. Caramel notes come through with warming.
M: Medium-full body. Soft and creamy up front, then turns dry with moderate hop bite for the majority of the experience.
D: Excellent drinkability. Certainly an interesting take on a farmhouse ale. Refreshing with nice complexity. A solid brew.

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 DavoleBomb
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip. Like just about every other JK beer I've had, this is overcarbonated.

3.25 A: Murky yellow brown color. Many fingers of foamy white head. Not going to mention retention because it was massively overcarbonated, but much of it did stick to the glass.

3.75 S: LIke JK's other farmhouse brews, this has a ton of herbalness in it. I can pick out specific herbs too, but I don't know what the hell they are called. Also getting a healthy dose of wildflowers, apple orchard, barnyard funk, and dry wood. Finally, plenty of earthiness makes this a dirty, rustic nose.

3.25 T: Tastes like it smells, except that there is too much damn yeast. It was too carbonated to properly decant this, so it has to be figured into the review. Still, it's not too bad. Again, lots of herbalness. Wildflower, apple orchard, barn, wood. Earthy with a mild bitterness.

3.25 M: Medium body (would be lighter with less yeast I presume). Too much carbonation initially that I swirled to a manageable level. Spritzy. Would have been given a better score if it wasn't overcarbed.

3.25 D: It's not a bad brew, but the quality control at JK needs to improve. They need to let their beers finish fermenting before they bottle them.

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 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 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 dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy (almost milky) copper to amber in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation, moderate to significant amounts of dark visible sediment near the bottom of the glass, and some orange highlights. The beer has a huge head, at least four fingers tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly redues to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Very significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of caramel malts with some light amounts of fruity yeast (apple, grape, and apricot). There are light amounts of herbal and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate amounts of caramel malts which contribute a touch of sweetness with some moderate amounts of fruity yeasts (apple, grape, and apricot). There are light to moderate amounts of herbal and earthy hops which contribute a light amount lingering bitterness. There are some spicy notes as well including clove and pepper.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming and some light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer had one of the biggest heads I have ever poured on a beer - it was huge and just continued to grow with the pour (the bottle was foaming the minute I opened the bottle). The beer is big from an ABV perspective, possibly the biggest saison I have ever had. This is a sipping beer but definitely one to enjoy.

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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.