Mad Meg
Jester King Brewery

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From:
Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #673
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,268
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 10.42%
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
537
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 17, 2022
Added:
Jan 27, 2012
Wants:
  30
Gots:
  147
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: “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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Rated: 3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Aug 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.12 by caffeinelogic from New York

Jan 26, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Jul 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.33 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Apr 07, 2018
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Reviewed by brew-Ed from Texas

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.
Mar 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.33 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

Mar 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by Kurmaraja from California

Feb 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

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
Feb 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

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.
Dec 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.79 by Dirtyhands from Maryland

Dec 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.31 by Lagerquestrian from Texas

Nov 01, 2017
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Rated by KensWorld from Florida

4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Batch #16
Oct 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by WDJersey from Colorado

Jul 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.25 by sgttibbs from Minnesota

Jul 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by Nat1975 from Indiana

Jul 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.17 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Apr 12, 2017
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

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.
Apr 05, 2017
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Rated by gbvegeta from Texas

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
Mar 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by South2NW from Oregon

Mar 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Feb 27, 2017
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Rated by vfgccp from New York

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.
Feb 14, 2017
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Reviewed by BigGold from Mississippi

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.
Jan 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by thatche2 from Georgia

Jan 13, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by suckaj from Florida

Dec 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Oct 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.58 by dasotelo50 from Texas

Aug 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.09 by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

Jul 31, 2016
 
Rated: 3.27 by cjgator3 from Florida

Jul 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.8 by malfunxion from New York

Jul 03, 2016
 
Rated: 1.98 by M_chav from New Mexico

Jul 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.53 by kidzord from Illinois

Jun 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by gregcordle from Ohio

Jun 17, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Jun 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Jun 05, 2016
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured a beautiful cloudy dark golden orange from a bomber into a snifter. Nice thick fluffy cream color head and excellent lacing. Floral, citrus smell, very fragrant. The tastes is very citrus, orange followed by Lemmon. Some caramel and vanilla. Very smooth, some spiciness as it warms. A great beer.
May 30, 2016
 
Rated: 3.69 by BarrelAgedG from California

May 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.89 by Oakley from North Carolina

Apr 30, 2016
Mad Meg from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 631 ratings