Mad Meg
Jester King Brewery

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,176
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
87
Ranked #21,695
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 10.36%
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
629
From:
Jester King Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  30
Gots
  148
SCORE
87
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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brew-Ed from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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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BigGold from Mississippi

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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
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puck1225 from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark golden color with a ton of white head, the smell is full of yeast, barley, grass, and a slight sweetness. Taste is based on the yeast and barley with some more subtle notes added; sweetness, musk, oak, and banana. The feel is almost like a light beer... lots of frothy, easy drinking beer but with lots of flavor. Solid beer.

Mar 24, 2016
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale Batch #15 is the latest release of the Mad Meg Provision Ale. ABV 8.90% and IBU 36. I think it was overall quite good.


(L): It has a dark golden cloudy hue and a very thick (several inches) snow white head.


(A): Modest aroma of some yeast, pine, and grapefruit.


(T): Wheat, Yeast, grapefruit, ending in lingering bitterness, no alcohol taste at all, and not sour. I had actually hoped for it to have some tartness.


(F): It is dry with a medium body and light carbonation.

Feb 21, 2016
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Invinciblejets from South Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark hazy copper huge 3 finger head that left a nice thick layer. Pretty lacing too.

S: Sweet sugary Carmel malts..bananas. Hay. Light funk. Some peppery spice.

T: Warm alcohol sweetness. some banana. Light peppery hay funk.

F: Thick, dry...crispy.

O: Really nice saison. More on the tripel side with the sweetness. Really well made beer tho. Enjoying it alot!

Feb 08, 2016
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Premo88 from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(batch #15 -- 9/10/2015 -- 8.9% ABV)

L: gold ... lots of amber in it ... 50/50 clear/misty but appears to be clearing; pushes up almost all head, a glass that's 80% foam head to start with, a white/offwhite foam that leaves a soap-sudsy sticking; keeps a thick collar; not a ton of activity in the glass but there's some, a little column of rising bubbles up the middle

S: barn must ... a full blast of it, that Jester King signature aroma of a musty old wood barn dried out in the arid Texas hill country, dusty but also featuring some lemon, grapefruit and a pinch of grain

T: a load of malt in this one -- it's base flavor is JK's musty barn, but there's a noticeable chunk of malt flavor and sweetness mixed in, creating a slight orange/orange peel flavor ... very slight

F: all that malt really thickens this beer, getting its weight well into the middle range; lightened nicely by the carbonation

O: a very nice beer, full of the standard Jester King farmhouse flavor with a boxcar addition of malt to kick up the ABV as well as thickening the mouthfeel and adding some complexity to the flavor ... the big foam on this one may suggest cellaring for a year or two, and with the higher ABV and JK's sturdy craftsmanship, it's not a bad idea to try it anyway. as is, Mad Meg is good and worth revisiting for me at any age.

Jan 11, 2016
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, batch 15, 09/09/15, picked up at Lone Star.

A mostly clear amber with a dense, off white head with excellent retention and minimal lacing. The nose is a wonderful, spicy, phenolic and Brett heavy with clove, spicy honey, a straw like funk, a hint of mushroom. Petrichor is present as well. The palate opens dry, funky, mildly musty, with a wonderful Brett expression. Orval like in ways, especially in the way the funk and the floral characteristics blend. Mildly sweet with a blend of straw, light sugar and honey. Spicy on the mid palate with clove, warming alcohol, a little bit of cinnamon and a touch of ginger. Drying but mildly set on the finish, this beer is quite highly carbonated and is nice on the palate. Good stuff, very Belgian.

Jan 10, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured gently at 46°F from a 750ml bottle (batch #14 - 15Jun15) into a tulip. Consumed on 04Jan15.
LOOK: Pours with two fingers worth of dense, white foam that dissipates into a fingers worth after 2 and a half minutes. The head dissipation has left behind a moderate amount of thick lacing. Orange-yellow in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are both small and medium in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is moderate in quantity and both thick and very thick in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of wheat and lemony zest entangle with mild aromas of grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and spicy hops along with subtle aromas of bananas, cloves, grassy barley, and earthy yeast. Hints of sour green apple acidity can also be detected.
TASTE: Strong wheat and lemony zest flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by strong clove and banana flavors along with subtle sour green apple acidity. Mild flavors of grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines continue the flavor profile. Mild barley and earthy yeast flavors along with subtle bitter hop flavors finish off the taste symphony as all previous flavors persist, except for banana and cloves, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes with a strong dryness (which is not my cup of beer).
NOTE: As beer warms, banana and clove flavors grow stronger. The banana and clove phenols were pretty strong in the taste and unbalanced, unlike the aroma. If you're big into Hefeweizens or Belgian Pale Ales, I would recommend this beer just because of the phenol profile. Other than that, it was just another great beer, but nothing that would take your socks off.

Jan 04, 2016
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Stolenface1 from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden/copper color with foamy head and nice lacing. Retention is there. Aroma of malt, wheat, slight clove, white pepper, booze. Flavor follows the aroma and tastes like a somewhat boring saison. There are slight tannic notes from the barrel. The feel is on the light end of medium, with a slight creaminess. Overall, probably the least favorite beer I've had from Jester KIng.

Jan 01, 2016
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enrique_m from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured this golden colored brew into my st feuillien glass it gave me about 3 inches of head. the smell of this brew is light and it has a faint citrus smell. the taste is like a belgian with a bit of hay and it has a tannic finish. this brew is well crafted and overall it is a good brew to have on a hot day.

Dec 28, 2015
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SunglassesJoe from Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome beer. I had it on location and the bartender asked if I wanted the "normal" or the "funky". Obviously went for the funky and was not disappointed. Never tasted anything like it. Highly recommend if you can find it.

Dec 03, 2015
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ryanhooks81 from Georgia

2.77/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

batch 10. october 2013 8.9% abv. poured from bottle into tulip. nice fluffy white foam. doesnt smell very funky. doesnt taste very funky. i was disappointed in this beer. i will be avoiding mad meg and her lame flavors. glad to try it though.

Oct 07, 2015
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden color with a very thick foamy head. Head retention is great. Lacing is excellent! Nice Belgian yeast aroma but more of a slight farmhouse aroma to it. The Brett is evident. There is some good citrus and slight spice to it. Nice smooth Belgian Brett farmhouse taste. Smooth, slight citrus, some hay, slight hoppy bitterness and spice at the end. Good all around feel, flavor and balance. Medium bodied with good carbonation and slight astringency to the end.

Sep 13, 2015
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.
(A)- Pours a golden orange color with lots of frothy white. Some good lacing left behind.
(S)- Some bright zesty citrus aromas. Hints at some dry funky Brett in the background. Some bits of spiced yeast grains.
(T)- Quite similar to the smell. More tart citrus than on the nose, but flows into some dry and citrus driven funky Brett.
(M)- A zesty carbonation level. A very nice balance with some bitter yet tart funk.
(O)- A solid saison with alot going on. Would be curious how the Brett would change with some time on it

Sep 03, 2015
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour with a white one-finger head. Aroma of grain, malt and earth. Taste has a good bit of wheat and yeast upfront backed by a bit of spice and earth. Also has a faint bit of apricot.

Aug 27, 2015
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I had this right after Pliny, which probably wasn't the best idea. Nice hazy straw body. Very complex aroma. Hints o barnyard, citrus, sweets. Taste was similar. Mildly sour. Tons of sweet citrus taste. Probably missing a lot of the complexity since I just drank Pliny, but still appreciate the beer.

May 11, 2015
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Tommo from Massachusetts

2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Apparently my rating is an outlier, so here is the review.

4oz draft at JK in their wine glass

Beer is harsh and astringent, nothing gentle about this one. the 9.6 abv is very apparent and there is little saison/farmhouse funk to appreciate. Overall, and in comparison to the other things at the brewery, this is gross. Way in your face with little value

Mar 17, 2015
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AngusOg from North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Maybe not fair to review this one since my bottle was chipped at the lip underneath the cap, i'm positive causing an improper seal. The beer was totally flat, had lots of white floaties, and probably affected taste some, although the taste wasn't bad at all. But the look of it along with it being flat (and a slight psychological fear of drinking glass chips) led this one to a rare drain pour after only a few sips. I was excited to find this one in SC due to Jester King being rare in these here parts, so needless to say this was a big dissappointment. If I ever get the chance to revisit this one, I would like to do so and edit my ratings.

Feb 23, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Nice white head. Thick collar and good retention.

Smell - Interesting grain aroma. Light popcorn. Wheat. Some faint lemon and a strong yeast aroma.

Taste - The wheat is really strong. Less yeasty. Sweet malts. Sweet fruity flavor, too. Touch of stone fruit in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good beer. Nothing elevates it over local options, but good.

Feb 21, 2015
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch #13, bottled on 9/8/14. Poured into a stemmed tulip.

This is saison is a bit more aggressive and one might say even harsher than a typical saison. Very hoppy but still within style. 3.75

A – Pours a hazy orange (note that sediment had been left in the neck of the bottle) with a white-white two finger fluffy head. Good carbonation. Excellent long lasting head with Belgian lacing. 4

S – Farmyard, spicy, faint cloves, citrus of lemon and orange. Fruitiness is not as evident as with other saisons (-). 3.75

T – Pale malts, some spiciness, good clean herbal hop profile, a hint of oranges and pears, and some mild sweetness in the middle. 3.75

MF – Medium light body, dry finish, bright (from the carbonation), minor metallic feel. 4.25

Feb 15, 2015
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Mcwill51 from Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 10 October 2013 bottle poured into a tulip. Huge foamy white head on pour that dissipates ever so slowly. Light apricot in color that isn't quite translucent but not cloudy either. Good looking farmhouse. Nose is Bretty and yeasty with some bitter fruitiness (grapefruit, stone fruit?) in there as well. Solid but not amazing. Taste is heavy on the bready malts with some fruitiness and mild Brett. No tartness whatsoever. This one is strangely malt heavy for a farmhouse but I suppose that could be the age on it. Mouthfeel is also weird for the style, being low carbonation and almost creamy. Lingers a long time and is almost sticky and coating to the palate, which is the opposite of what I expected (dry, crisp, clean finish). Overall, despite the above I still enjoy this beer. I would rate it a 3.5 overall. The look is great, nose average, taste average (if stylistically a bit off), and mouthfeel is below average. Not a bad beer by any means just doesn't match what I expected from the style and I wonder how differently a fresh bottle would drink. Will have to make it a point to look for one for comparison.

Jan 19, 2015
Mad Meg from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 629 ratings