Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale | Jester King Brewery

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision AleMad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale
BA SCORE
3.84/5
Very Good
627 Ratings
Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision AleMad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

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.

Added by elNopalero on 01-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,474
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
627
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
150
Trade:
16
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 627 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ristaccia
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brew-Ed
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look:
Golden straw colored. Surprisingly thick head, more than a finger, lasts for a couple of minutes. Lacing goes away rather quickly.

Smell:
Citrusy, lemon, grapefruit, floral, light funkiness to it.

Flavor:
Lemon tart, light oak, mildly sour.

Feel:
Medium bodied, crisp, carbonated.

Overall:
Complex, enjoyable.

 322 characters

Photo of Chico1985
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lazily sparkling clear burnt gold with an impressive meringue-like topping. Letting the head settle down leaves quite the grid of lace.

Smell is like a mix of Saison and Pilsner, yet also American Wild, exhibiting clean hay and grass, corn and wheat, and tart lemon, grapefruit and cherry skin with a faint hint of Berliner-like funk.

Flavor is complex, tasty and hard to pinpoint, with a tart green apple-pear and light citrus start, toasty cracker and seedy funk, as well as a touch of oak and a bouquet of herbal hops bringing a slight bitterness.

The meringue head isn't just a description of the look, but bringing your mouth up to the glass, it is actually a formidable, fluffy and dense head that adds a level of feel to the beer few achieve. It is truly substantial and almost edible, taking that pilllowy intro into a contrasting crisp, light body with a sharp but palatable tartness, finishing conversely chewy and dry.

Wow, this sneaks up on you, I didn't realize the ABV.

Batch #16 January 2017 vintage

 1,021 characters

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch 10, Bottled on 10/17/13. Apple skin, earthy, Brett funk, cherry and hints of minerals. Bits of wheat and simple grain malt. Fairly complex. Clean, semi-dry and shorter finish. Creamy feel. Holding up very well.

 216 characters

Photo of Dirtyhands
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch #16

10 characters

Photo of WDJersey
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nat1975
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tip o' the cap to Jester King - I simply do not understand how brewers can brew big beers like this (8.9% ABV) and there is literally no hint of booze.

The pour reveals a beautiful dark golden colored beer, and 2 fingers of slightly off-white head. The funky stuff is very present on the nose, and also on the taste - but as this warms, the funk recedes just a smidge and let's through the subtle hop flavors (some citrus) that make this more than a by-the-numbers Saison.

 477 characters

Photo of gbvegeta
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very strong barley wine tasting beer. Not amazing

49 characters

Photo of South2NW
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sept. 2015 bottle, drank Feb. 2017.

35 characters

Photo of BigGold
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 25.4-oz. bomber, gift from friend, labeled 8.80 ABV and "BATCH #14 -- 06.16.2015," into TEKU. Not complicated, Mad Meg is appropriate for a rustic, afternoon garden party, with moldy cheese and country pâté.

 231 characters

Photo of thatche2
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dasotelo50
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 627 ratings