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 videofrog
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 750ml bottle into a Jester King snifter. First batch directly from the brewery.

A: Cloudy burnt orange with a fluffy white head that settles into a ring that laces down the glass nicely.

S: Citrus up front, barnyard, faint malt sweetness. Some spiciness as well.

T: Follows the nose, except everything is more pronounced. Citrus in the beginning, maltiness in the middle, slightly bitter hops in the finish.

M: Medium and perfect for the style.

O: This is the best offering by Jester King since Black Metal. Gets better as it warms up. I can't keep my nose out of this one, as it smells amazing. Definitely a sipper to be enjoyed with a meal. If you want a widely available comparison, Boulevard's Tank 7 would be it. At the risk of sounding like a TX homer, I believe Mad Meg surpasses it.
Thanks, Jeff.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: golden straw colored and fairly opaque. Humongous white bubbly head. So excited! (Left a lot of nice white lacing)

S: lemon, citrus, wheat, seed.

T: this is astounding. Right off is the lemon grass and farmhouse straw, then some nice funk and sourness, then comes a lovely oak barrel character that just really makes this beer so darn good. There is some bready notes as well.

M: Medium with that natural carbonation. So good.

O: I've never had a Jester King, and I'm glad I picked one up. This is a superb beer. Very complex, very flavorful, and extremely enjoyable. It's one of those beers that you want to sit and enjoy without doing anything else.

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Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch #9 - May 21, 2013
A - Pours a peach, straw hue of unfiltered clarity. Extremely frothy active head and slow dissipation maintains a decent retention. Decent legs and lacing on the tulip glass. I stored this on its side, despite the warning
S - Belgian yeast, biscuit and subtle grassy notes dominate the nose. Peppery spice and some light citrus notes also permeate the main offering with some light Belgian esters. Slight funk with straw and woody must character.
T - Delicious. Immediate spice with a citrus note transforms into raisin, pear and some woody resin and dulled funk. There's an herbal quality that is very earthy and natural with a dash of root. Noble hops are wonderfully balanced.
M - Incredible and complex mouthfeel. Immediately bombarded with a spiciness that mellows into warming sensations. Cleverly disguised alcohol with zero harshness. Despite the low finishing gravity, it retains a very wet mouthfeel amidst the spritzy dryness. Refreshing and palatable.
O - One of the best "larger" saisons I've enjoyed. Even with the high original gravity, they have brought it all the way to a very sessionable farmhouse quality that is delightful on the palate with very pure but complex natural flavors. Creative and fun adaptation of the farmhouse stylings.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My #BOTG number 17. Officially ahead of schedule, yay! And, a nice celebratory brew for a big Astros domination of the Dodgers 12-0!

Poured from bottle into my JK Farmhouse Glass. Pours a rich looking and cloudy dark orange color. Nice head, leaves a creamy 1-2 fingers on the top of the beer. Nice looking beer. Smell- tapioca pudding, banana phenols, a whiff of brown sugar on the end. Maybe a whiff of creme brule? Interesting, smell delicious. Taste- grassy funk up front (clearly JK's new yeast strain), some creamy sweetness that carries on with the tapioca pudding taste I got in the aroma. At the end there is a nice burnt sugar ending. Mouthfeel is creamy, well carbonated. The ABV is hidden very well, but you can tell this is a big beer. Its a sipper, highly enjoyable. I will be buying this regularly if I can. Hard to clasify, I would not say that it falls into the Saison category, it is closer to a Belgian Strong Ale than anything else. Well done.

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Photo of J_Dub
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden, opaque, yellow-orange with a thick white head that leaves tons of lacing. Smells of funky yeast and fruit. The immediate taste I pick up is peppery yeast. Dank, Musty grass is present as well. Some mild hop bitterness. Malty, bready flavors also. This is a complex mix of farmhouse flavors that are excellent overall. At almost 10%, the alcohol is hidden very well.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bold orange color, fizzy too. There’s a floral aroma with some orange zest and freshly squeezed juice. Tastes very floral, and zesty too—it’s hoppy, definitely, and spicy (rye, not pumpkin spices). There’s a lightness to it with a piney hop bite at the end. A strong, crisp saison with hints of a heavy Belgian-style triple from the floral yeasty notes and a great finish.

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Photo of MattU
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Tap Exchange.

Appearance is a deep gold with a thin white head that dissipates quickly into a rim of foam that sticks around to the end of the glass.

The nose is sweet pilsner malt, perfumey warm alcohol and spicy Czech saaz hops, followed with traditional farmhouse yeast character.

The taste starts out with an implication of sweetness that is quickly replaces with the warm (but smooth) alcohol. Over ripe fruits (pineapple and pear) from the yeast along with a touch of spice. Finishes with a nice bitterness that is very smooth, tastes more like alcohol bitterness than hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry and full with bright and spritsy carbonation.

Overall a great beer. One of the better beers from Jester King.

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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 Atlas1
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've never been a huge fan of Jester King, or their macabre labels, but I am always willing to try a new beer when I see one. Mad Meg is this week's selection.

Poured into a snifter, Meg is a pretty beer. A cloudy, almost opaque, blond color, it sort of reminds me of a Belgian wit in appearance. Good sturdy head with nice lace. A very good looking beer. The nose definitely has a farmhouse feel to it. Fruity esters and funky, earthy notes thrown in. An assortment of spices, none of which I can really pin down. The taste is quite nice as well. Some vanilla mixed in with apple and pear. Good hoppy dryness with a bitter finish. Solid mouthfeel.

Overall, I'm a fan of this beer. The first Jester King I've really enjoyed, and it's a good one. I would be happy to drink this again.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle stored refrigerated approximately one year.

Huge head the color of aging lace curtains. Great retention and lots of lace. Pale copper with a slight bit of haze. Floral aroma with a hint of caramel. On the dry side. Decent amount of carbonation with a medium-light body. Herbal/floral to start. Alcohol is slightly noticeable middle to finish in addition to a bit of acidity. Some Band-Aide funkiness in the finish with a low-medium amount of bitterness.

Given the review, I'd be interested to see how this drinks brand new.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep haze in a golden glass with an amber core. Holds a bright white head high in the glass, a solid finger that leaves sticky persistent lace.

Smell: Lemongrass, over ripe peach, Belgian yeast and fruity esters. Heady alcohol edge, lemon peel bitter.

Taste: Just a touch funky. Hints of sour go a bit lemon juice with a leafy hop bitter that comes across as very German. It's a nice representative of the style, has the Trippel alcohol and hops, but comes out a bit sweeter and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: First hit was a bit soapy foam, but it settled down nicely and lets the bitter oil slowly soak after each sip.

Overall: Points for tasting like something made in a Belgian Farmhouse. They were generous with the Saaz hops giving a lot of punchy bitter, generous with the Pilsner malt giving a gritty, bready malt, and just funky enough with the yeast to give a ester perfume. I don't do sour beers, so I don't think I'd enjoy this after some cellaring, but will probably get another fresh.
Think this is my favorite Jester King so far.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a hazy orange color with a thick head that dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. Smell is pale malts, a touch of booze, a bit of Belgian yeast, and a huge hit of noble hop. Big saaz and goldings in the nose. Taste is quite sweet up front. Very malty. The yeast is brings some esters, but it's not out of bounds. Lots and lots of Euro hops. Not much bitterness, just lots of herbal, earthy, tea-like hops. The malt, hops, and subdued yeast all remind me more of a biere de garde rather than a saison. Delicious. The mouthfeel is somewhat full, but extremely light considering the abv. Nice, bubbly carbonation. Finishes drying. Overall, this is so solid. Gives some actual Belgian/French farmhouse bieres a run for their money -- and I'm hard to please when it comes to these kinds of beers. Jester King has been impressing me lately. Great job.

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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 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 HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 1.8.13.
Thanks john!

A - Pours a cloudy medium dark orange with a two finger yellow-tan head that's fluffy with good retention.

S - Dry wood, oak, funk, floral, bread.

T - Spirng flowers, earthy-wood, oak and some bret.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body and a dry finish.

O - Nice funky saison - floral, earthy and dry.

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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 ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of citrus, with some lemon zest, sweet caramel malt, farmhouse yeast esters with some spice, some floral hops, funk, and bread.

T - Starts off with some citrus flavors with some lemon peel, with some sweet caramel malts and some spicy yeast esters. Through the middle, some light barnyard funk comes through with some more yeast esters, floral hops, and some light bitterness. The finish is a mix of yeast esters, with some citrus and floral hops, sweet bready malts, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a estery, sweet, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice yeast character forward beer. The malt and the other flavors keeps up well making for a nicely balanced beer.

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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 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 JMScowcroft
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jester King Brewery - Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a hazy mimosa with an aggressive bubbly head that dissipates slowly. Chunky lacing.

Smell - Sourdough and spice for sure., fruity and juicy citrus with a nice hop overlay that complements the saison factors quite well.

Taste - Fruity pear and apple here with a quick hop takeover and finishing sour farmhouse yeast, malt, and pepper.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and warming malty booziness here. Acidic and dry, citrus, tart, but quite drinkable. Pepper builds up slightly as you drink it.

Overall - This is solid across the board. Wifey wasn't a fan of any of their brews that we split but she really enjoyed this one because of it being well balanced. Would recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

surprising hop note and excellent with chinese food. pour is a proper saison look with a golden hazy. nose bursts a really bright mandarin fruit. you know the oranges that smells really ripe and sweet but then is sour citrus grassy mineral in taste. palate is more so sweet and gritty... not too gritty though. tannins catch with food. good feel for something this big. nice saison almost belgian belgian triple candy note to it. rather dry and robust with that sweetness that lingers. i know just the 4 dollar chinese noodle house i would have this with in new york. if you can... try and have it with western chinese food. anything with lots of anise. good with oxtail and mild spiciness.

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Photo of champ103
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on cask at Hay Merchant, and again now in a bottle from Specs.

A: Pours a beautiful cloudy, hazed orange color. A massive white and rocky head forms with good retention. Lots of lace. This is a looker.
S: Passion fruits. Ripe orange and mango are most prevalent. Just a hint of Belgian yeast and a very slight acidity. Lingering Saaz hops which leaves a bitterness in the nose.
A: Like the nose, lots of ripe passion fruits. Orange and mango flavors. The yeast just peaks through. Slight funk and acid. Grainy malts that gives a nice grain/cracker note. Lingering hops that gives it a nice dry finish.
M/D: A medium body and very effervescent. So crisp and dry. Really easy to drink, and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen. A nicet sipper.

This is a very hopped up Saison. I wish the yeast was a bit more noticeable, but overall one of Jester Kings best. I have been critical of a lot of their offerings lately, but this is a nicely made Saison.

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Photo of avalon07
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy texture. There was a two inch, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: The typical saison-style funk was present, along with some citrus as well.

T: As with the aroma, there was lots of barnyard funk, along with a bit of citrus (orange peel), phenols, and malt. A focused flavor that doesn't deviate from the style too much. Very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made American version of a saison. Very much drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in March 2013. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apple, apple skin, pear, lemon zest, hay, grass, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, light caramel, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of apple, pear, lemon zest, coriander, clove, pepper, hay, grass, wheat, bread, light caramel, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, apple, lemon zest, clove, pepper, coriander, hay, grass, wheat, bread, light caramel, musty funk, and earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, hop, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy saison style. All around great balance and complexity of hop, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very crisp and smooth to sip on for 9%. A very enjoyable offering.

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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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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
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