Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale | Jester King Brewery

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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision AleMad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale

Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of BigGold
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of Premo88
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Myotus
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Stolenface1
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of enrique_m
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of SunglassesJoe
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
2.77/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Tommo
2.81/5  rDev -27.6%
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

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Photo of AngusOg
3.26/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of Mcwill51
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a medium sized snifter glass.

Deep thick and super creamy white to vanilla colored head. A good clump and cream sticky clingyness as well, with a simple opaque peach orange body. Minimal carbonation, a little frozen in appearance but the head makes up for it along with a solid pretty color. Great looker for a saison.

Classic notes of booming brett funk quality. Mild sour dough sensing a bit, hints of dry earthy spices, sage, thyme. Fresh and clean and impressive.

Palates first sip really hits well. Crisp with a good amount of density, but falls a bit to some stinging novocaine qualities on the finish. Mid palate give lots of brett heat, and a sharp stone fruit but quits after a bit until further sips resume. Repeats bring a bit more burn. but finding apricot and some juiced tropic character does come forth.. Sharp, big and a bit hot. with a big stomach alcohol warmth.

Overall a good saison, but feels like it's about to go overboard and a little out of control. Much of the impressive aromas don't also translate as well on the palate unfortunately.

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Photo of BigRedDog
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma- Pours a golden straw color with a huge fluffy white head. Head retention is excellent, with amazing lacing.

Smell is of white pepper and faint lemongrass. Some earthiness.

Taste is peppery and earthy straight off. A bitterness takes over that is unlike a hop bitter. As the beer warms it turns into a bitter orange peel and lemon peel flavor. A slight lemon sourness as well. HUGE earthiness on the finish. As wine people would say: "The terroir is definitely noticeable."

Mouthfeel is not as crisp as I would expect. Almost a little creamy.

Overall a good beer. But very earthy.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.1%

750 ml bottle, Batch #10, October 16, 2013. Served in a Prairie Teku glass, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention is very good, and there's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is yeasty, the brew smells like citrus peel, pineapple, hay, peppery spice, and apricots. It tastes like citrus peel, apricot, tropical fruit, peppery spice, wheat/grainy malt, and earthy funk. There's a nice tartness noticeable, it's good and tasty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and is well carbonated. I liked this brew, definitely worth a try! $12.49 a bottle.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

October 17, 2013 vintage

A - poured a three finger thick bubbly, off-white head into a tulip glass that left great lacing and sheeting throughout.
S - floral, apples, yeast, hint of horse blanket.
T - fruity, breast, yeasty, and funky.
M - crisp, dry, effervescent.
O - one of the better JK beers I've had. Balanced and complex sour.

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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
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