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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Ratings: 616 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yermomsfavorite
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrHolden
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mandypants11
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of doans
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krl2112
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bmf5581
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LoudRed
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale Batch #15 is the latest release of the Mad Meg Provision Ale. ABV 8.90% and IBU 36. I think it was overall quite good.

(L): It has a dark golden cloudy hue and a very thick (several inches) snow white head.

(A): Modest aroma of some yeast, pine, and grapefruit.

(T): Wheat, Yeast, grapefruit, ending in lingering bitterness, no alcohol taste at all, and not sour. I had actually hoped for it to have some tartness.

(F): It is dry with a medium body and light carbonation.

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Photo of Mtn
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ElJacobian
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great take on a Belgian beer. Sam Bowie would be so proud. I love the Lone Star State. God bless Texas!

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Photo of gjoker321
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Invinciblejets
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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 beeragent
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beer_lover89
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of RushMe
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Premo88
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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 DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, batch 15, 09/09/15, picked up at Lone Star.

A mostly clear amber with a dense, off white head with excellent retention and minimal lacing. The nose is a wonderful, spicy, phenolic and Brett heavy with clove, spicy honey, a straw like funk, a hint of mushroom. Petrichor is present as well. The palate opens dry, funky, mildly musty, with a wonderful Brett expression. Orval like in ways, especially in the way the funk and the floral characteristics blend. Mildly sweet with a blend of straw, light sugar and honey. Spicy on the mid palate with clove, warming alcohol, a little bit of cinnamon and a touch of ginger. Drying but mildly set on the finish, this beer is quite highly carbonated and is nice on the palate. Good stuff, very Belgian.

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Photo of Myotus
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of Stolenface1
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden/copper color with foamy head and nice lacing. Retention is there. Aroma of malt, wheat, slight clove, white pepper, booze. Flavor follows the aroma and tastes like a somewhat boring saison. There are slight tannic notes from the barrel. The feel is on the light end of medium, with a slight creaminess. Overall, probably the least favorite beer I've had from Jester KIng.

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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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