Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale | Jester King Brewery

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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision AleMad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by elNopalero on 01-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
616
Reviews:
91
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
150
For Trade:
17
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Ratings: 616 |  Reviews: 91
Reviews by jlindros:
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3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ApostleBrewing as well as dcloeren for this one.

Pours a ridiculous creamy 3+ finger head that takes up 2/3 of the glass, many small bubbles popping makes it fade at a med pace, some lacing, hazy honey nectar orange color.

Nose brings some sweet malts, a golden malt, light hay and wheat like, plenty fruity between orange zest and light lemon as well as fruity Belgian esters with apple and pear, light booze like phenols, very green rind aroma, hints if spices.

Taste starts with grainy malts, toasted wheat and hay, no funk at all... lots of Belgian malts, golden like but sweet syrupy and candy. Then fruity flavors, apple and pear esters again, orange peel and lemongrass, a light fruit candy like jolly Rancher, tons of carbonation makes it hard to even get the flavor. The sweet candy turns to booze warmth and tingle and light phenols, little yeasty flavor, and faint saison spices. Finish is sweet and sticky, lingering orange peel and light spices, more tingly booze, light fruits and candy lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bodied, some warming tingly booze and way too much carbonation.

Overall not a winner for then, maybe my least fav beer so far from JK. No real saison flavors except hints of spices and lemony flavors now and then, no funk, very light on the grassy straw flavors, too boozy, too much candy and Belgian golden sweet malts, too sweet for that matter, etc. This was much more like a Belgian strong ale with some wheat, but I would hardly call it a saison.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BigGold
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of MutualAid
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a golden haze with a beautiful, sticky off-white head that clings to the inside of the glass.

S - Nothing over the top here. Hints of barnyard funk, a good helping of sweet malt, and a slight hop bouquet.

T - The yeast definitely makes itself known here: lots of green pepper and clove. The finish is dry, which is probably attributable to both the presence of wheat on the bill and a highly attenuative yeast.

M - As with all Jester King beers, the mouthfeel is in the Goldilocks zone: somewhere between drinking water (or light lager) and a poorly brewed Russian Imperial Stout.

O - As with all the Jester King beers I've had this is a well executed ale, although I think it's more of a Biere de Garde than a Saison. Also, while Mad Meg is a great beer, I'm not seeing a lot of difference here from several other Jester King offerings; the brewers may want to either streamline their catalogue or amplify the differences between the beers so that more of a distinction can be drawn.

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Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.Batch #10- Oct 16, 2013

Pours heavily clouded light tangerine, gauzy of white head, slowly goes to a thicker film and leaves lovely looking scattered fields of sheeting and lace. Nice looking brew.

Pepper and tropical fruit on the nose.

Super flavorful and complex saison. Pepper, fruit, yeast. Subtle but quite dry hop bite. Mild gin and lime note from the alcohol. Very moderate sour presence. Simply delicious. Happy to be able to procure a bottle. Hope to try more of the Jester King line in the near future

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Big Texas Beer Fest.

The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly complex, with some biscuit, grass, earth and a little bit of tartness and funk. The flavor is very similar. There is a strong Belgian yeast component to the flavor which is complimented nicely by some herb, floral, earth and some light citrus notes. There is also a little bit of tartness, but not near as much as you would get in the sour. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 616 ratings.
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