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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

434 Ratings
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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 23
Gots: 90 | FT: 11
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

t0rin0, Mar 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

djrn2, Apr 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

zestar, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

acurtis, Apr 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

nmann08, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Texasfan549, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

metter98, Apr 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

GRG1313, Nov 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

kjkinsey, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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

brentk56, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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!

BEERchitect, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

kylehay2004, Feb 09, 2014
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3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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

emerge077, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

nickfl, Feb 09, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

jlindros, Apr 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

oline73, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

mendvicdog, Dec 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

oriolesfan4, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

InspectorBob, Jan 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

duceswild, Dec 21, 2012
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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.