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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BA SCORE
86
very good

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 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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Dope
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Batch #8, March 2013. 8.9% ABV

A: Pours a hazy golden pour. Huge fluffy white head. Head fizzes out at a moderate pace; light fluffy tendrils of lacing left in its wake. Nice island of foam.

S: Big citrus up front. Decent sweet grains.

T: Citrus up front. Kind of a funky character in the middle with lots of sweet grains. Lots of cloves. No real black pepper that you almost always find, just herbal spiciness.

M: Medium and smooth bodied.

O: A big sweet and mildly funky saison. Not as light and crisp as your typical version but still pretty decent.

Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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 JMScowcroft
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jester King Brewery - Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a hazy mimosa with an aggressive bubbly head that dissipates slowly. Chunky lacing.

Smell - Sourdough and spice for sure., fruity and juicy citrus with a nice hop overlay that complements the saison factors quite well.

Taste - Fruity pear and apple here with a quick hop takeover and finishing sour farmhouse yeast, malt, and pepper.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and warming malty booziness here. Acidic and dry, citrus, tart, but quite drinkable. Pepper builds up slightly as you drink it.

Overall - This is solid across the board. Wifey wasn't a fan of any of their brews that we split but she really enjoyed this one because of it being well balanced. Would recommend giving this one a try.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  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!

Photo of Atlas1
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've never been a huge fan of Jester King, or their macabre labels, but I am always willing to try a new beer when I see one. Mad Meg is this week's selection.

Poured into a snifter, Meg is a pretty beer. A cloudy, almost opaque, blond color, it sort of reminds me of a Belgian wit in appearance. Good sturdy head with nice lace. A very good looking beer. The nose definitely has a farmhouse feel to it. Fruity esters and funky, earthy notes thrown in. An assortment of spices, none of which I can really pin down. The taste is quite nice as well. Some vanilla mixed in with apple and pear. Good hoppy dryness with a bitter finish. Solid mouthfeel.

Overall, I'm a fan of this beer. The first Jester King I've really enjoyed, and it's a good one. I would be happy to drink this again.

Photo of J_Dub
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden, opaque, yellow-orange with a thick white head that leaves tons of lacing. Smells of funky yeast and fruit. The immediate taste I pick up is peppery yeast. Dank, Musty grass is present as well. Some mild hop bitterness. Malty, bready flavors also. This is a complex mix of farmhouse flavors that are excellent overall. At almost 10%, the alcohol is hidden very well.

Photo of stephens101
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a thick and fluffy off-white head. Smells of light fruits (orange, green apple, grapefruit), subtle caramel, phenols, and a pleasant belgian funky yeast. Tastes fruity (with a little banana noticed) and malty and the mouth-feel is creamier than expected. Wet hay funk is noticed as an afterthought. Some spicy notes exist alongside some hops. There is a ubiquitous alcohol heat in this medium to heavy bodied brew. A pleasurable experience for sure.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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 jlindros
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of LittleDon
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle stored refrigerated approximately one year.

Huge head the color of aging lace curtains. Great retention and lots of lace. Pale copper with a slight bit of haze. Floral aroma with a hint of caramel. On the dry side. Decent amount of carbonation with a medium-light body. Herbal/floral to start. Alcohol is slightly noticeable middle to finish in addition to a bit of acidity. Some Band-Aide funkiness in the finish with a low-medium amount of bitterness.

Given the review, I'd be interested to see how this drinks brand new.

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 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.

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 HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear orange, amber with a big pillowy white head leaving thick patches of foam behind.

S - Grassy hops with some fruit and spice. Sweet malt with spicy yeast notes.

T - Earthy and spicy with grassy hops and light citrus. Sweet malt in the beginning but finishes with a dry, spicy note.

M - Medium body and well carbonated.

D - The 9%+ abv is barely noticed.

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 DocJitsu
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light golden color with a sticky off-white head. Apple cider, green grape, and Belgian yeast nose. A rich, nearly syrupy mouthfeel. A lot of malt of the front and on the finish. But, quite spicy in the middle. Too much so for a saison. There's a little earthiness underlying it all. I couldn't drink a lot of this, but I respect what they've done.

Photo of stxSS07
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. No indication of vintage or bottling date.

A- Pours a beautiful hazy golden/sunset orange with 3-4 fingers of ice-cream head. Sticks around for a bit, but settles into a 1/2 finger or so. Leaves some great cobweb lacing. 4.5

S- Spicy/dusty Belgian yeast up front. Some fruity esters come into play while mixing with a pretty good zing of piney/bitter hops. Picking up a decent amount of caramel as well. Nothing crazy here, but smells like a well-executed brew. 3.5

T- Taste follows the nose with some funky Belgian stuff going on up front. Immediately followed by a much sweeter mid-palate than the nose indicated. Waves of caramel wrap around a touch of fruity ester, sharp hoppy bitterness, and some more spiciness. Much better than I thought it was going to be. 4

M- Pretty heavy for a saison, which takes away from the drinkability a bit. Not as refreshing as I'd hoped for. Also has a bit of an alcohol burn as it warms. 3

O- Not a bad saison at all. The taste/appearance are definitely high points. After having this once, I don't think I'd seek it out again due to my ability to pick Tank 7 off of the shelf. 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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 inlimbo77
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Spring '12
Victory tulip

A: Pours a bright golden orange color. Nice fluffy HUGE egg shell white head. Tons of carbonation. Tiny bubbles streaming up the sides of the glass. It's over carbonated for sure. Can barely pour out without over pour. Score knocked down for this.

S: Farmhouse yeast funk. Spice: coriander and clove hints. Clean Euro hop aromas that lead to that citrus note that I am getting.

T: Get that spice right at the tip of the tongue. Leaves some bitterness. Then you get those Euro hops adding in that zesty citrus flavor. There are some simple malts in there to balance it too. The funk is more on the nose, although that spice hint is coming from it throughout. Finish is dry like most Saison styles. The ABV is hidden very nicely. It's actually refreshing.

M: It's a medium bodied brew. Carbonation really helps make this one very drinkable.

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