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.

Added by elNopalero on 01-27-2012

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Mortarforker
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

True to the style and another great offering from Jester king!

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
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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4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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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4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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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4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

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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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4.32/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elNopalero
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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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4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful cloudy dark golden orange from a bomber into a snifter. Nice thick fluffy cream color head and excellent lacing. Floral, citrus smell, very fragrant. The tastes is very citrus, orange followed by Lemmon. Some caramel and vanilla. Very smooth, some spiciness as it warms. A great beer.

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4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 614 ratings.
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