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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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Reviews: 75
Hads: 539
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 24
Gots: 124 | FT: 15
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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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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 539
Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy brilliant copper with a massive head (a bit of gushing at the outset) that sheets the tulip

Smell: Herbal funk and caramel, with hints of clove and peppercorn

Taste: The beer lays down an earthy wheat and caramel base that is quickly pushed in an herbal/spicy/funky direction; mid-palate, the hops add bitterness and rotting citrus flavors, as well; after the swallow, the flavors arrive in waves, bringing pepper, funk, caramel, cloves, grassy bitterness, and Bretty tartness; the abv is also noticeable in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: It is remarkable how many flavor directions are displayed in this one beer but it is almost a bit too much, with the noble hops clashing with the spices and both together fighting against the Bretty funk; a bit too much underlying sweetness and booze, if the rest of it was not enough already (914 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Its with a tremendously smooth spiciness that this characterful ale exudes the taste and texture of the French low countries. Its delicate and creamy farmhouse character is dry and woodish but without overstating its fruit or pepper balances.

Its creamy and yeasty appearance is a hazy cast upon gold and straw coloration. The ale forms a creamy and lightened foam cap that outlasts the session with easy, all the while trailing with pocketed lace.

Peppery and off-sour to the nose, a musty tone takes hold. It's grainy, malty and bready to the scent but is backed by fresh cracked peppercorns, attic and cork woods, and leather. A late adjustment of fruit is of green apple, mild pear and sour grapes.

The taste opens with a timidly rich bread and grain flavor. The malts slowly quiver as the sulfur, mineral and hop attributes begin to make their mark in the middle palate. Weaving in dusty woods, cork, cellar, and attic-type flavor, the taste is peppery, musty and smooth. Mild-range hop bitterness is content to let the malt and yeast character dominate as its shy character is relegated to spice, herbal and grassy finish.

Medium-light in its textures, the ale starts with a heavy carbonated starch texture. Its richer than usual body is balanced by acidic tartness and cleanliness. A strong glimmer of bitterness also dries the ale in finish and allows for a peasant earthy taste and light texture to finish.

When compared to sour ales, the beer doesn't measure up. And as Biere de Garde, it is too dry and fruity. Well, this Jester King ale shows off the new way that America! (1,589 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
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 (784 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ApostleBrewing as well as dcloeren for this one.

Pours a ridiculous creamy 3+ finger head that takes up 2/3 of the glass, many small bubbles popping makes it fade at a med pace, some lacing, hazy honey nectar orange color.

Nose brings some sweet malts, a golden malt, light hay and wheat like, plenty fruity between orange zest and light lemon as well as fruity Belgian esters with apple and pear, light booze like phenols, very green rind aroma, hints if spices.

Taste starts with grainy malts, toasted wheat and hay, no funk at all... lots of Belgian malts, golden like but sweet syrupy and candy. Then fruity flavors, apple and pear esters again, orange peel and lemongrass, a light fruit candy like jolly Rancher, tons of carbonation makes it hard to even get the flavor. The sweet candy turns to booze warmth and tingle and light phenols, little yeasty flavor, and faint saison spices. Finish is sweet and sticky, lingering orange peel and light spices, more tingly booze, light fruits and candy lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bodied, some warming tingly booze and way too much carbonation.

Overall not a winner for then, maybe my least fav beer so far from JK. No real saison flavors except hints of spices and lemony flavors now and then, no funk, very light on the grassy straw flavors, too boozy, too much candy and Belgian golden sweet malts, too sweet for that matter, etc. This was much more like a Belgian strong ale with some wheat, but I would hardly call it a saison. (1,507 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in March 2013. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apple, apple skin, pear, lemon zest, hay, grass, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, light caramel, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of apple, pear, lemon zest, coriander, clove, pepper, hay, grass, wheat, bread, light caramel, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, apple, lemon zest, clove, pepper, coriander, hay, grass, wheat, bread, light caramel, musty funk, and earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, hop, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy saison style. All around great balance and complexity of hop, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very crisp and smooth to sip on for 9%. A very enjoyable offering. (1,486 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,484 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. The brew appears a clouded orange with 3 fingers worth of fluffy off-white head. A fulk wall of lace paints the wall of the glassware.

It smells fruity like lemon, wheat mixed with cheesy foot grain. Sulfur is present blending into a carbonic quality like minerals. Earthy with barnyard funk that is pleasing.

The taste is herbal with hops and bitter slightly more than imagined. Clove and the expected saison yeast esters fill out the middle of the palate. A bit of carbonic and mineral quality exists just like the aromatics which keeps this from being clean. Toasty grain across the back and mild almost with a buttery note.

This is a medium bodies brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Lots of saison yeasty esters that form an interesting take on the style. Not my favorite but not bad either. The abv is integrated quite nicely. (861 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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 (566 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (979 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a murky golden orange in color with yellow highlights and a finger of head that left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: prett basic saison ingredients present in the aroma such as funky brettiness, some spice, hints of citrus and s bit of toasty grains but not much pear or clove qualities.

T: the clove character was more apparent on the palate alongside citrusy flavor, brett barnyard funkiness, very mild tartness, more spice mid palate and plenty of grain tones.

M: the brew was medium in body with plenty of carbonation which had a sweet, bretty funky, mild fruity, spice, and prickly finish.

O: just a decent mild saison to say the least and is also one of my least favorites from their offerings. (725 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 1.8.13.
Thanks john!

A - Pours a cloudy medium dark orange with a two finger yellow-tan head that's fluffy with good retention.

S - Dry wood, oak, funk, floral, bread.

T - Spirng flowers, earthy-wood, oak and some bret.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body and a dry finish.

O - Nice funky saison - floral, earthy and dry. (349 characters)

Photo of AngusOg
3.26/5  rDev -16%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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. (609 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on cask at Hay Merchant, and again now in a bottle from Specs.

A: Pours a beautiful cloudy, hazed orange color. A massive white and rocky head forms with good retention. Lots of lace. This is a looker.
S: Passion fruits. Ripe orange and mango are most prevalent. Just a hint of Belgian yeast and a very slight acidity. Lingering Saaz hops which leaves a bitterness in the nose.
A: Like the nose, lots of ripe passion fruits. Orange and mango flavors. The yeast just peaks through. Slight funk and acid. Grainy malts that gives a nice grain/cracker note. Lingering hops that gives it a nice dry finish.
M/D: A medium body and very effervescent. So crisp and dry. Really easy to drink, and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen. A nicet sipper.

This is a very hopped up Saison. I wish the yeast was a bit more noticeable, but overall one of Jester Kings best. I have been critical of a lot of their offerings lately, but this is a nicely made Saison. (957 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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. (984 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An offering from Jester King Craft Brewery, a 750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Mad Meg has a cloudy blood orange appearance to it, with a nice amount of off-white foam head that lingers for a little while.

S - spice, cirtrusy esters, along with a noticeable amount yeast.

T - on the palate I mainly get an earthy spice with hints of citrusy hops. There is also good balance between the hops and the malt.

M - full-bodied, some chewiness, but to be expected with the cloudiness of the beer. The carbonation is almost spot on, maybe a little more than what I would like for this style of beer, but nothing to noticeably take away from the beer.

O - a very good Belgian-like saison/farmhouse ale. I like the fact that the 9.6% ABV does not kick you in the pants. The higher ABV is subtle and doesn't dominate the beer. I have another bottle that I plan on letting rest for a few months. It will be interesting to see how this ages. (944 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1253rd Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
750 ml

No bottle date

Thanks to Lnashsig for this one

App- It's orange. I mean really orange. No other colors in the glass. Huge 2-1/2 finger slightly off white head with great sticky cling and a great web of lace.

Smell- All Jester King beers kinda sort all smell the same to me. A very distinct yeast strain. Has a few outlying notes of citrus, some dampness and some pungent wheat.

Taste- A solid offering from JK. I am finding with this particular beer that I found one particular flavor that is throwing the whole thing off for me. A bit of a saison, a bit DIPA and one more flavor I just cant pin down! Brings across the wheat, citrus flavors pretty well though.

Mouth- A fairly wet beer with some big spicy, malty citrus notes remaining. A bit of a medium body with a medium carbonation level.

Drink- Pretty tasty. Wanted more but that one flavor just pulls it down for me. Maybe another time I can snag another bottle (969 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 750 ml bottle at Whip In while visiting Austin an poured it right here. Batch #8, Mar 2013. Pours light golden and slightly cloudy with a fluffy one finger head. Aroma of sweet honey and banana, yeast, and pineapple. Bit of peppery spice at the slightly dry end. Light and fruity yet slick mouthfeel. Very much tripel like. High carbonation. Awesome label. Jester King (and Texas) officially ticked! (409 characters)

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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.