Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale | Jester King Brewery

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610 Ratings
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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:
610
Reviews:
89
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
143
For Trade:
15
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 610 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of jhartley
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 DubJ7
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hoppy91
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrinkDrankPunk
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NHbeerguy
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Well-made farmhouse style ale. Kept head until bottom of glass. Great taste and nose.

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Photo of loganburgh
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of treznor
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Life-Love-Beer
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KatyHopHead
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mordhaus
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kerry4porters
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

was not a fan of this one sorry JK

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 610 ratings.
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