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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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87
very good

340 Ratings
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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 20
Gots: 77 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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Poured a 750ml bottle into a Jester King snifter. First batch directly from the brewery.

A: Cloudy burnt orange with a fluffy white head that settles into a ring that laces down the glass nicely.

S: Citrus up front, barnyard, faint malt sweetness. Some spiciness as well.

T: Follows the nose, except everything is more pronounced. Citrus in the beginning, maltiness in the middle, slightly bitter hops in the finish.

M: Medium and perfect for the style.

O: This is the best offering by Jester King since Black Metal. Gets better as it warms up. I can't keep my nose out of this one, as it smells amazing. Definitely a sipper to be enjoyed with a meal. If you want a widely available comparison, Boulevard's Tank 7 would be it. At the risk of sounding like a TX homer, I believe Mad Meg surpasses it.
Thanks, Jeff.

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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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Batch #9 - May 21, 2013
A - Pours a peach, straw hue of unfiltered clarity. Extremely frothy active head and slow dissipation maintains a decent retention. Decent legs and lacing on the tulip glass. I stored this on its side, despite the warning
S - Belgian yeast, biscuit and subtle grassy notes dominate the nose. Peppery spice and some light citrus notes also permeate the main offering with some light Belgian esters. Slight funk with straw and woody must character.
T - Delicious. Immediate spice with a citrus note transforms into raisin, pear and some woody resin and dulled funk. There's an herbal quality that is very earthy and natural with a dash of root. Noble hops are wonderfully balanced.
M - Incredible and complex mouthfeel. Immediately bombarded with a spiciness that mellows into warming sensations. Cleverly disguised alcohol with zero harshness. Despite the low finishing gravity, it retains a very wet mouthfeel amidst the spritzy dryness. Refreshing and palatable.
O - One of the best "larger" saisons I've enjoyed. Even with the high original gravity, they have brought it all the way to a very sessionable farmhouse quality that is delightful on the palate with very pure but complex natural flavors. Creative and fun adaptation of the farmhouse stylings.

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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.