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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: 402
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 21
Gots: 84 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of HardTarget
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep haze in a golden glass with an amber core. Holds a bright white head high in the glass, a solid finger that leaves sticky persistent lace.

Smell: Lemongrass, over ripe peach, Belgian yeast and fruity esters. Heady alcohol edge, lemon peel bitter.

Taste: Just a touch funky. Hints of sour go a bit lemon juice with a leafy hop bitter that comes across as very German. It's a nice representative of the style, has the Trippel alcohol and hops, but comes out a bit sweeter and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: First hit was a bit soapy foam, but it settled down nicely and lets the bitter oil slowly soak after each sip.

Overall: Points for tasting like something made in a Belgian Farmhouse. They were generous with the Saaz hops giving a lot of punchy bitter, generous with the Pilsner malt giving a gritty, bready malt, and just funky enough with the yeast to give a ester perfume. I don't do sour beers, so I don't think I'd enjoy this after some cellaring, but will probably get another fresh.
Think this is my favorite Jester King so far.

HardTarget, May 04, 2012
Photo of mrchrisray
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Fitzmke, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of MattU
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.

MattU, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

tykechandler, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Atlas1
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.

Atlas1, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of LittleDon
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.

LittleDon, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
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.

ngeunit1, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of goochpunch
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.

goochpunch, May 24, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
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.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of frlrv1020
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%

frlrv1020, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of JMScowcroft
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.

JMScowcroft, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of champ103
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.

champ103, May 14, 2012
Photo of avalon07
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.

avalon07, Jan 24, 2014
Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.