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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

361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 20
Gots: 83 | FT: 8
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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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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nguasta2

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

04-15-2014 21:05:24 | More by nguasta2
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Weas

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-28-2014 22:33:11 | More by Weas
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-19-2013 02:59:46 | More by Gagnonsux
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cole

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

06-17-2014 23:51:03 | More by cole
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captainbearcat

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

01-19-2014 04:56:47 | More by captainbearcat
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jbdpsu82

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-25-2014 13:52:47 | More by jbdpsu82
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Fitzmke

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

04-20-2012 22:31:57 | More by Fitzmke
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MattU

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Tap Exchange.

Appearance is a deep gold with a thin white head that dissipates quickly into a rim of foam that sticks around to the end of the glass.

The nose is sweet pilsner malt, perfumey warm alcohol and spicy Czech saaz hops, followed with traditional farmhouse yeast character.

The taste starts out with an implication of sweetness that is quickly replaces with the warm (but smooth) alcohol. Over ripe fruits (pineapple and pear) from the yeast along with a touch of spice. Finishes with a nice bitterness that is very smooth, tastes more like alcohol bitterness than hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry and full with bright and spritsy carbonation.

Overall a great beer. One of the better beers from Jester King.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 18:38:43 | More by MattU
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tykechandler

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

06-25-2014 06:14:05 | More by tykechandler
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Atlas1

Texas

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 00:20:36 | More by Atlas1
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LittleDon

Texas

4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 21:55:30 | More by LittleDon
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ngeunit1

California

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of citrus, with some lemon zest, sweet caramel malt, farmhouse yeast esters with some spice, some floral hops, funk, and bread.

T - Starts off with some citrus flavors with some lemon peel, with some sweet caramel malts and some spicy yeast esters. Through the middle, some light barnyard funk comes through with some more yeast esters, floral hops, and some light bitterness. The finish is a mix of yeast esters, with some citrus and floral hops, sweet bready malts, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a estery, sweet, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice yeast character forward beer. The malt and the other flavors keeps up well making for a nicely balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 05:53:25 | More by ngeunit1
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goochpunch

Texas

4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 01:22:47 | More by goochpunch
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 06:21:50 | More by HuskyinPDX
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 13:38:23 | More by JMScowcroft
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champ103

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on cask at Hay Merchant, and again now in a bottle from Specs.

A: Pours a beautiful cloudy, hazed orange color. A massive white and rocky head forms with good retention. Lots of lace. This is a looker.
S: Passion fruits. Ripe orange and mango are most prevalent. Just a hint of Belgian yeast and a very slight acidity. Lingering Saaz hops which leaves a bitterness in the nose.
A: Like the nose, lots of ripe passion fruits. Orange and mango flavors. The yeast just peaks through. Slight funk and acid. Grainy malts that gives a nice grain/cracker note. Lingering hops that gives it a nice dry finish.
M/D: A medium body and very effervescent. So crisp and dry. Really easy to drink, and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen. A nicet sipper.

This is a very hopped up Saison. I wish the yeast was a bit more noticeable, but overall one of Jester Kings best. I have been critical of a lot of their offerings lately, but this is a nicely made Saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 22:34:56 | More by champ103
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy texture. There was a two inch, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: The typical saison-style funk was present, along with some citrus as well.

T: As with the aroma, there was lots of barnyard funk, along with a bit of citrus (orange peel), phenols, and malt. A focused flavor that doesn't deviate from the style too much. Very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made American version of a saison. Very much drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 00:27:50 | More by avalon07
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 05:46:26 | More by superspak
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rtepiak

Poland

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

surprising hop note and excellent with chinese food. pour is a proper saison look with a golden hazy. nose bursts a really bright mandarin fruit. you know the oranges that smells really ripe and sweet but then is sour citrus grassy mineral in taste. palate is more so sweet and gritty... not too gritty though. tannins catch with food. good feel for something this big. nice saison almost belgian belgian triple candy note to it. rather dry and robust with that sweetness that lingers. i know just the 4 dollar chinese noodle house i would have this with in new york. if you can... try and have it with western chinese food. anything with lots of anise. good with oxtail and mild spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 05:18:03 | More by rtepiak
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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured this crazy lady into my 668 Neighbor tulip. Three fingers of white head, hazy orange body: a pretty beer to look at.

Not a whole lot going on in the nose. A bit citrusy, mainly lemon. I may even be smelling some landscaping in there as well. Not that that's a bad thing.

Very tasty. A bit of citrus, a bit of sweet, a bit tart. Very well-rounded. Slightest alcohol burn. My bottle says 8.9% as opposed to the 9.6% it says on the description here.

Other than the slight burn going down, this beer is quite smooth.

Dig it.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2014 18:23:17 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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Billolick

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.Batch #10- Oct 16, 2013

Pours heavily clouded light tangerine, gauzy of white head, slowly goes to a thicker film and leaves lovely looking scattered fields of sheeting and lace. Nice looking brew.

Pepper and tropical fruit on the nose.

Super flavorful and complex saison. Pepper, fruit, yeast. Subtle but quite dry hop bite. Mild gin and lime note from the alcohol. Very moderate sour presence. Simply delicious. Happy to be able to procure a bottle. Hope to try more of the Jester King line in the near future

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 02:08:14 | More by Billolick
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Greywulfken

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: medium gold and hazy, ivory head a few fingers high leaves lacing down the glass

S: barnyard brett funk and sweet moldering fruit, grasses and herbs, earthy and dank with floral high-points

T: orchard fruits muted by yeasty tartness and brett's characteristic funk; musky, dank, and deep; suggestions of citric and pine hoppage, tart and stale yeastiness; chewy malts, clean and fresh balance out the rest of the elements

M: smooth and mellow, medium-weight, slightly tingly and tart up front, developing bitterness on finish; slight drying close

O: superb saison, full of great farmhouse flavors, from the malts to the yeasts and hops - I always felt that brett's influence is perfect for a saison, and this one also brings forth a nice hop and malt profile. Quite a nice ale. Particularly recommended for saison and brett fans.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 16:45:49 | More by Greywulfken
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 23:41:08 | More by BMMillsy
Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.