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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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293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
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.

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Photo of MutualAid


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a golden haze with a beautiful, sticky off-white head that clings to the inside of the glass.

S - Nothing over the top here. Hints of barnyard funk, a good helping of sweet malt, and a slight hop bouquet.

T - The yeast definitely makes itself known here: lots of green pepper and clove. The finish is dry, which is probably attributable to both the presence of wheat on the bill and a highly attenuative yeast.

M - As with all Jester King beers, the mouthfeel is in the Goldilocks zone: somewhere between drinking water (or light lager) and a poorly brewed Russian Imperial Stout.

O - As with all the Jester King beers I've had this is a well executed ale, although I think it's more of a Biere de Garde than a Saison. Also, while Mad Meg is a great beer, I'm not seeing a lot of difference here from several other Jester King offerings; the brewers may want to either streamline their catalogue or amplify the differences between the beers so that more of a distinction can be drawn.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 03:32:49 | More by MutualAid
Photo of TexIndy


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml crowned bottle into a tulip glass. No dating info that I could see. It was a slightly hazy orange amber color with good carb streams especially with the etching kicking up a lot. It had a massive 3-4 finger head that finally settled to a constant 1-2 fingers. Good lacing with some sticking.

The aroma was led by spicy yeast and a good amount of funk on top of some noble hops and alcohol. Smells dry and peppery. The taste follows the aroma with good spice and pepper bite complimented with a good funk finish. Dry finish to go with the medium mouthfeel. Over carbonated but that could be due to the etching so next time I'll put in a non-etched glass.

Overall, a great funky saison that satisfies both urges if you looking for a saison or something funky. It's pretty dry and good dose of funk so, for me, I need to be really looking for that when I drink it or it might be a bit too much. Available here in TX obviously. Rotation: can see a few bottles a year but as noted I need to be in the mood for this particular taste profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 01:41:28 | More by TexIndy
Photo of inlimbo77


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 18:06:15 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of weonfire


3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 18:51:01 | More by weonfire
Photo of Florida9


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mildly hazy amber in color. Forms an enormous white head that actively attempts to escape my glass. Eventually reduces down to a fairly thick finger of dense foam. Some clumpy lacing.

S: Aromatic. Mild caramel malt notes. Strongly herbal with notes of spice, green pepper, and a hint of acetone.

T: Mildly sweet caramel malts on the front end. Again, quite herbal almost to the point of being medicinal. However, the herbalness is balanced by the mild sweetness and the notes of apple and pear. Finishes with a mild citrus sweetness and a bit of alcoholic heat.

M: Medium bodied with heavy, prickly carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness with a bit of heat from the alcohol.

O: A decent beer. Certainly not the best Farmhouse Ale I've ever come across and, from reading the reviews, there seems to be a good bit of bottle variation, but it does drink easier than it's 9.6% ABV would suggest and I felt it paired nicely with Asian food.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 19:35:03 | More by Florida9
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Semi-hazed orangish-amber in color with a three finger soapy foam head that leaves behind tremendous curtains of lace on the glass. It sticks around for several minutes, as well.

S. Oranges and peaches with tons of earthy hop tones and a nice level of bready yeasty goodness. Also there is a fairly large component of alcoholic booze carrying through over the top of the caramel malt aroma hanging around in the background.

T. Loads of yeast-derived spiciness, with plenty of herbal and grassy hopping flavor to complement, a mid-sip sting of dry lime paired with dry alcohol reminds me of a vodka gimlet. It all finishes up rather dry and lightly tannic.

M. Medium body, highly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 23:03:19 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of GregSVT


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy dark yellow with a huge white head that fades to a layering and leaves some big lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of citrus and funky brett aromas. The citrus is in the form of orange and lemon.

T: The taste is a great mix of citrus, hops, and funk. There are nice orange and lemon notes along with a touch of pine and funky brett.

M: The feel is medium bodied and very bubbly due to the carbonation. It's almost overcarbed.

O: This is a tasty Farmhouse Ale and one I could drink on occasion. The funk isn't over done and actually complements the other flavors. I'd love to try this with a few years to see how everything develops. This and Thrash Metal are the better of their regular lineup.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 02:12:54 | More by GregSVT
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 04:19:41 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of larryi86


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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 22:07:53 | More by larryi86
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 10:44:49 | More by thagr81us
Photo of NCalement

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 poured into a tulip glass

A- Looks like OJ. Nice heavy, three finger head that's white and foamy. Looks amazing

S- Sweet funk. Malts, honey, biscuit, hay and lemon grass. Yeast stands out big in this one. Lots of esters.

T-Spice and funk. Honey finish with a crisp dry factor, oak. Some hop bitterness. Agin the yeast stands out the most.

M- Good for the style. Lots of activity but still smooth.

O- A good sasion/farmhouse ale. JK does great things, although not my favorite style I feel they did a great job.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 23:46:09 | More by NCalement
Photo of JohnnyHopps


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, the ale had an aroma that I would associate with a cordial type of liquor. It had characteristics of the funk in a farmhouse. The color was yellow straw with a bubbly white head. I can see how this beer might have erupted for other drinkers. The initial taste was a smooth liquory type of taste with notes of corriander and lemon. Some farmhouses make a drink feel like he/she has a mouth full of lemon rind. The lemon in this ale is strong enough to be noticed, but not overwhelming. The lemon yields in the aftertaste to a pleasant sweet peppery profile.

I am not big on farmhouse ales, but I did enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 16:09:58 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 22:41:33 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 22:42:20 | More by metter98
Photo of stephens101


3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 21:10:08 | More by stephens101
Photo of ONUMello


3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass, batch #8 dated 3/13
A: Hazy yellow color with lots of bubbles, a two-finger head
S: Sour fruit, yeast, lighter malt and earthiness but overall slightly muted
T: Sour, yeasty, earthy, some wood and spice. Not bad but nothing stands out... where the nose is muted this is a jumble where something needs to take the lead to give it definition
M: Medium-bodied, pleasant carbonation
O: This has got all the right parts, it could be great, it just needs a characteristic to give it focus but it lacks said focus

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 01:06:51 | More by ONUMello
Photo of pknyc

New York

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch 10. Bottled Oct/2013, opened Jan/2014. Reviewing more as a biere de garde than a saison as per the description by the brewer.

A: Opaque pale gold. On the lighter side for a biere de garde, but a nice color. Aggressive pour with a 3-3.5 finger white head. Fine retention which then becomes a film which leaves some lacing.

S: Mainly brett. Funk, some sourness/tartness. Little citrus with some spicy phenols. Some lactic (reminds me of a gueuze).

T: Tart, funky. Some juice up front. While not overbearing, there is too much alcohol on the swallow. I'm not getting the toast, but I think that is because it might be hidden by the predominate yeast flavors.

M: Medium. Slick and coating due to the alcohol

O: I enjoyed it. I have another bottle and am very interested in how this will handle some age on it. The brett is already dominate, but I feel the alcohol flavor is too much and hopefully some time will help out.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 02:37:03 | More by pknyc
Photo of DocJitsu


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 22:23:51 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of stakem


3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 19:18:45 | More by stakem
Photo of stxSS07


3.73/5  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

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:19:22 | More by stxSS07
Photo of FosterJM


3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 23:27:39 | More by FosterJM
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  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

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 16:59:12 | More by brentk56
Photo of brewcrew76


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 01:41:20 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

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

03-23-2014 04:50:10 | More by gcamparone
Photo of chanokokoro


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a Jester King goblet/globe glass

Pours a hazy orangish gold capped by a bright white two and half finger head with a large amount of lacing present as the head recedes, great retention. This brew is extremely well-carbonated no extra effort will be needed in achieving an adequate head on the pour. The nose has fruit, floral, and grassy notes, and the distinctive smell of farmhouse yeast. Opens with a some fruit, a bit of citrus, apricot, and perhaps some peach which melds with earthy yeast and finishes dry. Average mouthfeel, abundant carbonation, fairly slick. The 9.6% is clearly evident with the alcohol present midpalate through the finish. I enjoyed this brew however it is quite boozy; so much so that I feel that some of the other important aspects of the brew were overshadowed.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 04:54:23 | More by chanokokoro
Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.