Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale | Jester King Brewery

very good
88 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 605
Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

 752 characters

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured this crazy lady into my 668 Neighbor tulip. Three fingers of white head, hazy orange body: a pretty beer to look at.

Not a whole lot going on in the nose. A bit citrusy, mainly lemon. I may even be smelling some landscaping in there as well. Not that that's a bad thing.

Very tasty. A bit of citrus, a bit of sweet, a bit tart. Very well-rounded. Slightest alcohol burn. My bottle says 8.9% as opposed to the 9.6% it says on the description here.

Other than the slight burn going down, this beer is quite smooth.

Dig it.

 532 characters

Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.Batch #10- Oct 16, 2013

Pours heavily clouded light tangerine, gauzy of white head, slowly goes to a thicker film and leaves lovely looking scattered fields of sheeting and lace. Nice looking brew.

Pepper and tropical fruit on the nose.

Super flavorful and complex saison. Pepper, fruit, yeast. Subtle but quite dry hop bite. Mild gin and lime note from the alcohol. Very moderate sour presence. Simply delicious. Happy to be able to procure a bottle. Hope to try more of the Jester King line in the near future

 566 characters

Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 750 ml bottle at Whip In while visiting Austin an poured it right here. Batch #8, Mar 2013. Pours light golden and slightly cloudy with a fluffy one finger head. Aroma of sweet honey and banana, yeast, and pineapple. Bit of peppery spice at the slightly dry end. Light and fruity yet slick mouthfeel. Very much tripel like. High carbonation. Awesome label. Jester King (and Texas) officially ticked!

 409 characters

Photo of GPHarris
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

October 17, 2013 vintage

A - poured a three finger thick bubbly, off-white head into a tulip glass that left great lacing and sheeting throughout.
S - floral, apples, yeast, hint of horse blanket.
T - fruity, breast, yeasty, and funky.
M - crisp, dry, effervescent.
O - one of the better JK beers I've had. Balanced and complex sour.

 335 characters

Photo of BigGold
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 25.4-oz. bomber, gift from friend, labeled 8.80 ABV and "BATCH #14 -- 06.16.2015," into TEKU. Not complicated, Mad Meg is appropriate for a rustic, afternoon garden party, with moldy cheese and country pâté.

 231 characters

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a big Duvel tulip.

Orange body with some yellowing towards the bottom curve of the glass. Lovely lacing left down the glass.

Lemon and grassy hops jump out at me the most at first. It’s got a general fruitiness and spiciness about it. I’m guessing that’s from the yeast. A nice little bit of funk. On my second glass I pick up on some orange.

The lemon and grass are again prominent on the tongue. The flavor pretty much mimics the nose except with a touch of alcohol pops out for a moment as you swallow. Didn’t notice much alcohol in the smell. A little peppery.

Lots of little bubbles running around in the glass, but the carbonation seems more subdued in the mouth. The carbonation on this is much better than the past few bottles I had of JK brews which were over the top. I guess the new way they are carbonating the bottles is working(atleast for this one). Medium bodied.

I think you could pair this with a wide variety. I drank the last bit of the bottle with some homemade Tex-Mex styled food. Pretty darn good. It was quite the easy drinker for 9.6 so it's hard to drink much after this. A good nightcap.

 1,154 characters

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Big Texas Beer Fest.

The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly complex, with some biscuit, grass, earth and a little bit of tartness and funk. The flavor is very similar. There is a strong Belgian yeast component to the flavor which is complimented nicely by some herb, floral, earth and some light citrus notes. There is also a little bit of tartness, but not near as much as you would get in the sour. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

 500 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.1%

750 ml bottle, Batch #10, October 16, 2013. Served in a Prairie Teku glass, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention is very good, and there's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is yeasty, the brew smells like citrus peel, pineapple, hay, peppery spice, and apricots. It tastes like citrus peel, apricot, tropical fruit, peppery spice, wheat/grainy malt, and earthy funk. There's a nice tartness noticeable, it's good and tasty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and is well carbonated. I liked this brew, definitely worth a try! $12.49 a bottle.

 609 characters

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Bottle opens with a loud "pssfftt!" Watch out this is a live one! Pours a hazed orange-butterscotch with high carbonation producing a huge 4+ inch bubbly white head. Excellent retention. Nice lacing.
S: Pleasant mix of hops--citrus, soft pine, earthy, and floral. Orange peel, toasted and caramel malts. Strong yeast presence.
T: Quite different from the aroma... Medicinal herbs, peppery spice, toasted malt, soft citrus hops. Caramel notes come through with warming.
M: Medium-full body. Soft and creamy up front, then turns dry with moderate hop bite for the majority of the experience.
D: Excellent drinkability. Certainly an interesting take on a farmhouse ale. Refreshing with nice complexity. A solid brew.

 757 characters

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

Awesome beer. I had it on location and the bartender asked if I wanted the "normal" or the "funky". Obviously went for the funky and was not disappointed. Never tasted anything like it. Highly recommend if you can find it.

 222 characters

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

An offering from Jester King Craft Brewery, a 750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Mad Meg has a cloudy blood orange appearance to it, with a nice amount of off-white foam head that lingers for a little while.

S - spice, cirtrusy esters, along with a noticeable amount yeast.

T - on the palate I mainly get an earthy spice with hints of citrusy hops. There is also good balance between the hops and the malt.

M - full-bodied, some chewiness, but to be expected with the cloudiness of the beer. The carbonation is almost spot on, maybe a little more than what I would like for this style of beer, but nothing to noticeably take away from the beer.

O - a very good Belgian-like saison/farmhouse ale. I like the fact that the 9.6% ABV does not kick you in the pants. The higher ABV is subtle and doesn't dominate the beer. I have another bottle that I plan on letting rest for a few months. It will be interesting to see how this ages.

 944 characters

Photo of enrique_m
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured this golden colored brew into my st feuillien glass it gave me about 3 inches of head. the smell of this brew is light and it has a faint citrus smell. the taste is like a belgian with a bit of hay and it has a tannic finish. this brew is well crafted and overall it is a good brew to have on a hot day.

 310 characters

Photo of TexIndy
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml crowned bottle into a tulip glass. No dating info that I could see. It was a slightly hazy orange amber color with good carb streams especially with the etching kicking up a lot. It had a massive 3-4 finger head that finally settled to a constant 1-2 fingers. Good lacing with some sticking.

The aroma was led by spicy yeast and a good amount of funk on top of some noble hops and alcohol. Smells dry and peppery. The taste follows the aroma with good spice and pepper bite complimented with a good funk finish. Dry finish to go with the medium mouthfeel. Over carbonated but that could be due to the etching so next time I'll put in a non-etched glass.

Overall, a great funky saison that satisfies both urges if you looking for a saison or something funky. It's pretty dry and good dose of funk so, for me, I need to be really looking for that when I drink it or it might be a bit too much. Available here in TX obviously. Rotation: can see a few bottles a year but as noted I need to be in the mood for this particular taste profile.

 1,059 characters

Photo of Myotus
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

 1,712 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

jester kings now famous combination of brett and souring bacteria make even simpler and subtle beers like this one come alive, literally. this has an orange tinted cloudy pale honey color to it, with a really rich looking sturdy white froth head that hardly relaxes at all. the nose is interesting malt, more than just wheat, some toast to it, something sweeter, and something earthy, spelt or something. hops are there too, which i love in a saison style. minimally sour, but lots of farm here, this is late summer beer. the flavor matches the nose, layered and complex for a straightforward brew. i am impressed by its depth. grains first, lots of them, subtle fruity esters, then bittering hops and one heck of a vibrant combination of yeasts. dry as can be, rich though still in texture, and carbonated brightly, this feels fabulous going down, and only improves in taste and feel with warmth. another world class beer with a twist from jester king.

 953 characters

Photo of inlimbo77
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Spring '12
Victory tulip

A: Pours a bright golden orange color. Nice fluffy HUGE egg shell white head. Tons of carbonation. Tiny bubbles streaming up the sides of the glass. It's over carbonated for sure. Can barely pour out without over pour. Score knocked down for this.

S: Farmhouse yeast funk. Spice: coriander and clove hints. Clean Euro hop aromas that lead to that citrus note that I am getting.

T: Get that spice right at the tip of the tongue. Leaves some bitterness. Then you get those Euro hops adding in that zesty citrus flavor. There are some simple malts in there to balance it too. The funk is more on the nose, although that spice hint is coming from it throughout. Finish is dry like most Saison styles. The ABV is hidden very nicely. It's actually refreshing.

M: It's a medium bodied brew. Carbonation really helps make this one very drinkable.

 874 characters

Photo of MutualAid
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a golden haze with a beautiful, sticky off-white head that clings to the inside of the glass.

S - Nothing over the top here. Hints of barnyard funk, a good helping of sweet malt, and a slight hop bouquet.

T - The yeast definitely makes itself known here: lots of green pepper and clove. The finish is dry, which is probably attributable to both the presence of wheat on the bill and a highly attenuative yeast.

M - As with all Jester King beers, the mouthfeel is in the Goldilocks zone: somewhere between drinking water (or light lager) and a poorly brewed Russian Imperial Stout.

O - As with all the Jester King beers I've had this is a well executed ale, although I think it's more of a Biere de Garde than a Saison. Also, while Mad Meg is a great beer, I'm not seeing a lot of difference here from several other Jester King offerings; the brewers may want to either streamline their catalogue or amplify the differences between the beers so that more of a distinction can be drawn.

 1,002 characters

Photo of weonfire
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Orange/Brown with a touch of red. HUGE head. straight to brim. demands a VERY slow and careful pour. obviously high carbonation, big bubbles, very nice lacing.

S - Lemon, orange, grass, clean, hopps

T - initially- creamy carmel. followed by grass but a bit bland. finish is a mellowish wheat but very hoppy, sour bitter citrus. 9.6 ABVs are strong. booze comes thru.

M - really nice and frothy, viscosity is med/low, very high carbonation.

O - It was descent. Very bitter. Enjoyed the funky floral flavors. But the whole brew hasn't blended fully. goes from very high ABV hoppy.

 598 characters

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Semi-hazed orangish-amber in color with a three finger soapy foam head that leaves behind tremendous curtains of lace on the glass. It sticks around for several minutes, as well.

S. Oranges and peaches with tons of earthy hop tones and a nice level of bready yeasty goodness. Also there is a fairly large component of alcoholic booze carrying through over the top of the caramel malt aroma hanging around in the background.

T. Loads of yeast-derived spiciness, with plenty of herbal and grassy hopping flavor to complement, a mid-sip sting of dry lime paired with dry alcohol reminds me of a vodka gimlet. It all finishes up rather dry and lightly tannic.

M. Medium body, highly carbonated.

 696 characters

Photo of larryi86
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy golden orange color with a four finger fluffy white head.

S- Wheat, tart lemons, faint funk, some earthy hops, some sweet malts.

T- Tart lemons, funk, wheat, some sweet malts, peppercorns, earth hops, some grass.

M- Fairly smooth, dry, medium body.

O- An interesting beer that I find enjoyable. Not sure if I would pick this up again, but it has me excited to try other beers from Jester King.

 451 characters

Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mildly hazy amber in color. Forms an enormous white head that actively attempts to escape my glass. Eventually reduces down to a fairly thick finger of dense foam. Some clumpy lacing.

S: Aromatic. Mild caramel malt notes. Strongly herbal with notes of spice, green pepper, and a hint of acetone.

T: Mildly sweet caramel malts on the front end. Again, quite herbal almost to the point of being medicinal. However, the herbalness is balanced by the mild sweetness and the notes of apple and pear. Finishes with a mild citrus sweetness and a bit of alcoholic heat.

M: Medium bodied with heavy, prickly carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness with a bit of heat from the alcohol.

O: A decent beer. Certainly not the best Farmhouse Ale I've ever come across and, from reading the reviews, there seems to be a good bit of bottle variation, but it does drink easier than it's 9.6% ABV would suggest and I felt it paired nicely with Asian food.

 948 characters

Photo of GregSVT
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy dark yellow with a huge white head that fades to a layering and leaves some big lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of citrus and funky brett aromas. The citrus is in the form of orange and lemon.

T: The taste is a great mix of citrus, hops, and funk. There are nice orange and lemon notes along with a touch of pine and funky brett.

M: The feel is medium bodied and very bubbly due to the carbonation. It's almost overcarbed.

O: This is a tasty Farmhouse Ale and one I could drink on occasion. The funk isn't over done and actually complements the other flavors. I'd love to try this with a few years to see how everything develops. This and Thrash Metal are the better of their regular lineup.

 748 characters

Photo of Bung
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml. Picked up in Columbia SC. Foggy gold pour, three fingers of white head that retains very well.

Aroma, bright and yeasty, citrus zest. Light bready malt.

Taste, Lemon zest and a very herb forward. Very light grainy malt and hay. A nice cutting, again herbal, bitter hop finish.

Body is on the light side of medium, high end carbonation wise. Feels nice and lively, but also a bit warm for a Saison. Would be better served being about 2% lower.
First brew from these guys and I must say this is very good. Would be eager to try some more.

 546 characters

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium, slightly hazy golden amber with a fine off-white head with great retention and tons of lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, sour apple and citrus. Flavor begins with a earthy dry malt, wood, caramel, apple and pear, and saison yeast, then dries out to reveal more aged wood and earthy spicing finishing with root herbs, dry malt and just a bit of funk. Medium bodied with nice peppery carbonation and mouth feel. A unique take on the saison style that emphasizes old woody flavors and light root spicing like those found in root beer, although it is deftly handled and subtle. I was disheartened by the sourness on opening, but this saison is not sour in taste. The first taste was surprising too and I wasn't sure if I wanted to drink more than a glass, but this ale really grew on me. Complicated and earthy, but with bright carbonation and light funky elements of its saison yeast origins, an interesting and satisfying saison.

 979 characters

Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 605 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.