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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 jmarsh123
2.76/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to texasclimber for the bottle.

Pours bright orange with a sticky 2 finger head leaving good lacing down the glass.

Smells like dirty laundry. Dank aroma with some big Belgian spice notes. A little alcohol and some malt sweetness.

Big bold spice flavor. Belgian yeast seems to dominate any subtle flavors. There is also heat from the alcohol with some floral and pepper notes as well. All over the place and not particularly pleasant.

Medium body and carbonation.

Weird beer and not to my liking at all. No elements of funk at all which is how I prefer my saisons. Complete spice bomb and the higher ABV isn't hidden well.

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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 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 emerge077
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quick review transcribed from written notes, sampled in a mini-pint.

Pours an amber color with active trails of carbonation along the sides of the glass. Thin layer of creamy foam on the surface, the beer has a slight haze to it.

Perceptible alcohol right of the bat, and not in a good way. No hiding from the abv pushing 10%. Some lightly grassy noble hops compete in the aroma.

Phenolic and bitter taste, somewhat sour with a bitter peppery aftertaste, becoming medicinal with successive sips. Medium bodied with an ample level of carbonation. Alcohol is a little too pervasive here, and combined with the heavy handed spices, it's not something i'm a fan of personally. Seems like it could use some tweaking to make things more cohesive...

Sounds: The Fast Set - Fascination

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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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 BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Its with a tremendously smooth spiciness that this characterful ale exudes the taste and texture of the French low countries. Its delicate and creamy farmhouse character is dry and woodish but without overstating its fruit or pepper balances.

Its creamy and yeasty appearance is a hazy cast upon gold and straw coloration. The ale forms a creamy and lightened foam cap that outlasts the session with easy, all the while trailing with pocketed lace.

Peppery and off-sour to the nose, a musty tone takes hold. It's grainy, malty and bready to the scent but is backed by fresh cracked peppercorns, attic and cork woods, and leather. A late adjustment of fruit is of green apple, mild pear and sour grapes.

The taste opens with a timidly rich bread and grain flavor. The malts slowly quiver as the sulfur, mineral and hop attributes begin to make their mark in the middle palate. Weaving in dusty woods, cork, cellar, and attic-type flavor, the taste is peppery, musty and smooth. Mild-range hop bitterness is content to let the malt and yeast character dominate as its shy character is relegated to spice, herbal and grassy finish.

Medium-light in its textures, the ale starts with a heavy carbonated starch texture. Its richer than usual body is balanced by acidic tartness and cleanliness. A strong glimmer of bitterness also dries the ale in finish and allows for a peasant earthy taste and light texture to finish.

When compared to sour ales, the beer doesn't measure up. And as Biere de Garde, it is too dry and fruity. Well, this Jester King ale shows off the new way that America!

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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 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 Treebs
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle shared by Dan (danielnovak3) before the Cubs vs. Sox game. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A: Quite the gusher. We lost about 30% of the beer in a little under a second. Once we got it to calm down it was poured very carefully. The pour yielded a body with a cloudy orange color with golden yellow highlights. A large pure white head formed on the pour and receded slowly leaving behind some splotchy lace.

S: Big fruity esters, spiced yeast and tart citric acid all make up the nose. There is a nice wheaty malt base, but the yeast and tart smells really dominate.

T: The taste is much like the nose, but is more balanced out by the malt base. The yeast is a little spicier with some light pepper corn as well. There is a creamy berry sweetness in the there as well with some fruity alcohol and a tart finish.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy middle and a drying finish. Semi tart finish.

O: A little too big for my liking. I like my saisons a little less chewy, but it was solid all around. I would definitely lay this guy (or girl) down for a little while.

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Photo of DRyan
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jester King
Mad Meg
Poured in JK Tulip glass

A: Ruddy orange copper with fluffy white head that dissipates slowly and laces a lot
S: Spicy, citrusy, pungent
T: Spicy, funky, a tinge of sour, strong aftertaste that hang around on the back of the palate
M: Almost champagne like, light bubbles, very light mouthfeel, not heavy at all
D: Lends its self to sipping not chugging, refreshing and strong

I'm aging this one, so we'll see how it is in a year or two...

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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 jlindros
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Photo of Dope
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Batch #8, March 2013. 8.9% ABV

A: Pours a hazy golden pour. Huge fluffy white head. Head fizzes out at a moderate pace; light fluffy tendrils of lacing left in its wake. Nice island of foam.

S: Big citrus up front. Decent sweet grains.

T: Citrus up front. Kind of a funky character in the middle with lots of sweet grains. Lots of cloves. No real black pepper that you almost always find, just herbal spiciness.

M: Medium and smooth bodied.

O: A big sweet and mildly funky saison. Not as light and crisp as your typical version but still pretty decent.

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Photo of dfwprosportsjon
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at the house and poured from a bomber.

A: Pours a cloudy, golden orange with a nice billowy head that lasts awhile. Has legs as you drink it.

S: The smell surprised me as it lacked the saisson yeast smell I expected. This smell was all belgian with only a slight hop aroma.

T: Has a slight spiciness to it but overall it lacks the tartness I expect from a farmhouse ale. It's very smooth for a big beer (9.6% ABV) but isn't that flavorful for a Jester King selection and underwhelmed me.

M: Good thickness to the beer with a nice carbonation to it. If anything it's too carbonated but I prefer my beer at a lower carb than most.

O: I was excited to try this beer but it was very bland with some spiciness and mild hop taste that never went anywhere. Jester King is known as a high priced boutique brewery where you pay for quality and to me this was an average beer that left me unimpressed. I actually would have graded it lower if not for the smoothness it exhibited at nearly 10% ABV. It was more belgian than farmhouse to me and just was too bland for me to rate it any higher.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a murky golden orange in color with yellow highlights and a finger of head that left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: prett basic saison ingredients present in the aroma such as funky brettiness, some spice, hints of citrus and s bit of toasty grains but not much pear or clove qualities.

T: the clove character was more apparent on the palate alongside citrusy flavor, brett barnyard funkiness, very mild tartness, more spice mid palate and plenty of grain tones.

M: the brew was medium in body with plenty of carbonation which had a sweet, bretty funky, mild fruity, spice, and prickly finish.

O: just a decent mild saison to say the least and is also one of my least favorites from their offerings.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at WLV.

A - Pours mirky golden color, cream-colored head, sticky lace.

S - Floral, herbal, light funk, hops, light spice. Lots of stuff going on here, but all working well together.

T - Pretty much right in line with the nose, perhaps a little more funk on the finish and some light tartness. The alcohol is really well-hidden for 9%...I'm impressed.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A nice saison that I can't believe is 9%. Really easy drinking and complex, but I couldn't drink a whole lot of it in one session. My 4oz pour was perfect.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a Jester King goblet/globe glass

Pours a hazy orangish gold capped by a bright white two and half finger head with a large amount of lacing present as the head recedes, great retention. This brew is extremely well-carbonated no extra effort will be needed in achieving an adequate head on the pour. The nose has fruit, floral, and grassy notes, and the distinctive smell of farmhouse yeast. Opens with a some fruit, a bit of citrus, apricot, and perhaps some peach which melds with earthy yeast and finishes dry. Average mouthfeel, abundant carbonation, fairly slick. The 9.6% is clearly evident with the alcohol present midpalate through the finish. I enjoyed this brew however it is quite boozy; so much so that I feel that some of the other important aspects of the brew were overshadowed.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a duvel tulip a bright orange with a dense three finger head white head that retains well
S: smells of spice, yeast and a bit of grassyness. smells good
T: tastes of spice, and light malt but a lot of peppery spice and yeast character, slight noble hop flavor as well. swallow is a bit grassy, some spice with a touch of alchohol and caramel sweetness
M: medium in the mouth with moderate carb that flirts with being prickly
O: A decent saison. it's a bit larger than average but seems to lack a bit in complexity. not bad but not great

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Photo of gcamparone
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a jester king tulip glass. Purchased in north providence ri.

A- pours a very hazy orange body with a fluffy white head that reduces slowly and leaves thick lacing.

S- lots of fruity esters.. Banana, apple, citrus rind. Barnyard funk, Belgian spices, faint tartness.

T- starts off with an odd combination of subdued hops and banana and cloves, this gives way to spices and citrus. Odd

M- medium body and carbonation

Overall decent.. At best. Wanted more funk and tartness, I expect more from jester king.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear orange, amber with a big pillowy white head leaving thick patches of foam behind.

S - Grassy hops with some fruit and spice. Sweet malt with spicy yeast notes.

T - Earthy and spicy with grassy hops and light citrus. Sweet malt in the beginning but finishes with a dry, spicy note.

M - Medium body and well carbonated.

D - The 9%+ abv is barely noticed.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1253rd Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
750 ml

No bottle date

Thanks to Lnashsig for this one

App- It's orange. I mean really orange. No other colors in the glass. Huge 2-1/2 finger slightly off white head with great sticky cling and a great web of lace.

Smell- All Jester King beers kinda sort all smell the same to me. A very distinct yeast strain. Has a few outlying notes of citrus, some dampness and some pungent wheat.

Taste- A solid offering from JK. I am finding with this particular beer that I found one particular flavor that is throwing the whole thing off for me. A bit of a saison, a bit DIPA and one more flavor I just cant pin down! Brings across the wheat, citrus flavors pretty well though.

Mouth- A fairly wet beer with some big spicy, malty citrus notes remaining. A bit of a medium body with a medium carbonation level.

Drink- Pretty tasty. Wanted more but that one flavor just pulls it down for me. Maybe another time I can snag another bottle

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Photo of stxSS07
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. No indication of vintage or bottling date.

A- Pours a beautiful hazy golden/sunset orange with 3-4 fingers of ice-cream head. Sticks around for a bit, but settles into a 1/2 finger or so. Leaves some great cobweb lacing. 4.5

S- Spicy/dusty Belgian yeast up front. Some fruity esters come into play while mixing with a pretty good zing of piney/bitter hops. Picking up a decent amount of caramel as well. Nothing crazy here, but smells like a well-executed brew. 3.5

T- Taste follows the nose with some funky Belgian stuff going on up front. Immediately followed by a much sweeter mid-palate than the nose indicated. Waves of caramel wrap around a touch of fruity ester, sharp hoppy bitterness, and some more spiciness. Much better than I thought it was going to be. 4

M- Pretty heavy for a saison, which takes away from the drinkability a bit. Not as refreshing as I'd hoped for. Also has a bit of an alcohol burn as it warms. 3

O- Not a bad saison at all. The taste/appearance are definitely high points. After having this once, I don't think I'd seek it out again due to my ability to pick Tank 7 off of the shelf. 3.5

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. The brew appears a clouded orange with 3 fingers worth of fluffy off-white head. A fulk wall of lace paints the wall of the glassware.

It smells fruity like lemon, wheat mixed with cheesy foot grain. Sulfur is present blending into a carbonic quality like minerals. Earthy with barnyard funk that is pleasing.

The taste is herbal with hops and bitter slightly more than imagined. Clove and the expected saison yeast esters fill out the middle of the palate. A bit of carbonic and mineral quality exists just like the aromatics which keeps this from being clean. Toasty grain across the back and mild almost with a buttery note.

This is a medium bodies brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Lots of saison yeasty esters that form an interesting take on the style. Not my favorite but not bad either. The abv is integrated quite nicely.

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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
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