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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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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 23
Gots: 91 | 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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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My #BOTG number 17. Officially ahead of schedule, yay! And, a nice celebratory brew for a big Astros domination of the Dodgers 12-0!

Poured from bottle into my JK Farmhouse Glass. Pours a rich looking and cloudy dark orange color. Nice head, leaves a creamy 1-2 fingers on the top of the beer. Nice looking beer. Smell- tapioca pudding, banana phenols, a whiff of brown sugar on the end. Maybe a whiff of creme brule? Interesting, smell delicious. Taste- grassy funk up front (clearly JK's new yeast strain), some creamy sweetness that carries on with the tapioca pudding taste I got in the aroma. At the end there is a nice burnt sugar ending. Mouthfeel is creamy, well carbonated. The ABV is hidden very well, but you can tell this is a big beer. Its a sipper, highly enjoyable. I will be buying this regularly if I can. Hard to clasify, I would not say that it falls into the Saison category, it is closer to a Belgian Strong Ale than anything else. Well done.

lnashsig, Apr 23, 2012
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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.