Mad Meg
Jester King Brewery

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,148
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
87
Ranked #19,673
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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mhksuccess from California

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Feb 13, 2014
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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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intovert2438 from Michigan

3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Apr 12, 2015
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Mordhaus from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 29, 2015
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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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popery from California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Oct 16, 2012
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Yermomsfavorite from California

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 14, 2016
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Kelp from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Sep 14, 2014
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juicebox from Kentucky

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Sep 15, 2013
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WarlockATX from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

Nov 10, 2014
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MichaelLamb from New York

3.24/5  rDev -16.1%

Aug 30, 2014
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tofuspeedstar from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Jul 12, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +14%

Nov 29, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +6%
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.

Nov 26, 2014
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kbrown from Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jul 19, 2014
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KatyHopHead from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jan 30, 2015
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Joecaddie from Delaware

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Oct 28, 2014
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Mar 16, 2014
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KensWorld from Florida

4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch #16

Oct 28, 2017
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spycow from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Oct 26, 2014
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UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 11, 2015
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DubJ7 from Tennessee

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Feb 15, 2015
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip. Like just about every other JK beer I've had, this is overcarbonated.

3.25 A: Murky yellow brown color. Many fingers of foamy white head. Not going to mention retention because it was massively overcarbonated, but much of it did stick to the glass.

3.75 S: LIke JK's other farmhouse brews, this has a ton of herbalness in it. I can pick out specific herbs too, but I don't know what the hell they are called. Also getting a healthy dose of wildflowers, apple orchard, barnyard funk, and dry wood. Finally, plenty of earthiness makes this a dirty, rustic nose.

3.25 T: Tastes like it smells, except that there is too much damn yeast. It was too carbonated to properly decant this, so it has to be figured into the review. Still, it's not too bad. Again, lots of herbalness. Wildflower, apple orchard, barn, wood. Earthy with a mild bitterness.

3.25 M: Medium body (would be lighter with less yeast I presume). Too much carbonation initially that I swirled to a manageable level. Spritzy. Would have been given a better score if it wasn't overcarbed.

3.25 D: It's not a bad brew, but the quality control at JK needs to improve. They need to let their beers finish fermenting before they bottle them.

Aug 19, 2013
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shade13

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Jul 26, 2012
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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.

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 629 ratings