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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale - Jester King Brewery

Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision AleMad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale

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86
very good

291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%


Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
“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.

(Beer added by: elNopalero on 01-27-2012)
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Reviews by goochpunch:
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goochpunch

Texas

4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 01:22:47 | More by goochpunch
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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New York

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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

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Pennsylvania

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4.61/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.