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: 74
Hads: 529
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 3.34%
Wants: 26
Gots: 119 | FT: 14
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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 MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a big Duvel tulip.

Orange body with some yellowing towards the bottom curve of the glass. Lovely lacing left down the glass.

Lemon and grassy hops jump out at me the most at first. It’s got a general fruitiness and spiciness about it. I’m guessing that’s from the yeast. A nice little bit of funk. On my second glass I pick up on some orange.

The lemon and grass are again prominent on the tongue. The flavor pretty much mimics the nose except with a touch of alcohol pops out for a moment as you swallow. Didn’t notice much alcohol in the smell. A little peppery.

Lots of little bubbles running around in the glass, but the carbonation seems more subdued in the mouth. The carbonation on this is much better than the past few bottles I had of JK brews which were over the top. I guess the new way they are carbonating the bottles is working(atleast for this one). Medium bodied.

I think you could pair this with a wide variety. I drank the last bit of the bottle with some homemade Tex-Mex styled food. Pretty darn good. It was quite the easy drinker for 9.6 so it's hard to drink much after this. A good nightcap. (1,154 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 mwilbur
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Bottle opens with a loud "pssfftt!" Watch out this is a live one! Pours a hazed orange-butterscotch with high carbonation producing a huge 4+ inch bubbly white head. Excellent retention. Nice lacing.
S: Pleasant mix of hops--citrus, soft pine, earthy, and floral. Orange peel, toasted and caramel malts. Strong yeast presence.
T: Quite different from the aroma... Medicinal herbs, peppery spice, toasted malt, soft citrus hops. Caramel notes come through with warming.
M: Medium-full body. Soft and creamy up front, then turns dry with moderate hop bite for the majority of the experience.
D: Excellent drinkability. Certainly an interesting take on a farmhouse ale. Refreshing with nice complexity. A solid brew. (757 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 TexIndy
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,059 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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 inlimbo77
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of MutualAid
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of weonfire
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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 very high ABV hoppy. (598 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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 LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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 thagr81us
3.92/5  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. (984 characters)

Photo of NCalement
3.88/5  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. (520 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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. (715 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of pknyc
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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 (550 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (362 characters)

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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.