Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale | Jester King Brewery

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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision AleMad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale

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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 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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one so I could share this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger white finger head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised sweet malt, citrus, orange peel, and orange. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, orange rine, and orange. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. While I did enjoy this brew, I did have a few things about it that I didn’t find to be above other brews of the style. I really wish this one would have been quite a bit more complex on the flavor. The aroma on this one was really quite nice for the style as it really stood out from others. I would definitely love to try this one again, especially if it were a cask with some citrusy fruit added to it. Worth your time trying this one.

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Photo of NCalement
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 poured into a tulip glass

A- Looks like OJ. Nice heavy, three finger head that's white and foamy. Looks amazing

S- Sweet funk. Malts, honey, biscuit, hay and lemon grass. Yeast stands out big in this one. Lots of esters.

T-Spice and funk. Honey finish with a crisp dry factor, oak. Some hop bitterness. Agin the yeast stands out the most.

M- Good for the style. Lots of activity but still smooth.

O- A good sasion/farmhouse ale. JK does great things, although not my favorite style I feel they did a great job.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy (almost milky) copper to amber in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation, moderate to significant amounts of dark visible sediment near the bottom of the glass, and some orange highlights. The beer has a huge head, at least four fingers tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly redues to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Very significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of caramel malts with some light amounts of fruity yeast (apple, grape, and apricot). There are light amounts of herbal and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate amounts of caramel malts which contribute a touch of sweetness with some moderate amounts of fruity yeasts (apple, grape, and apricot). There are light to moderate amounts of herbal and earthy hops which contribute a light amount lingering bitterness. There are some spicy notes as well including clove and pepper.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming and some light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer had one of the biggest heads I have ever poured on a beer - it was huge and just continued to grow with the pour (the bottle was foaming the minute I opened the bottle). The beer is big from an ABV perspective, possibly the biggest saison I have ever had. This is a sipping beer but definitely one to enjoy.

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Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy light amber in color. It poured with a two finger high off white head that gradually died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: This beer smells kinda of like an amped up biere de garde and is rather malty with notes of earthy yeast and hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is quite yeasty but this is balanced off by hints of sweetness and caramel malts.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and a little chewy and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very interesting and saison that is quite drinkable considering its strength. The alcohol is very well hidden and the maltiness is the only giveaway.

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Photo of Stolenface1
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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 JohnnyHopps
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, the ale had an aroma that I would associate with a cordial type of liquor. It had characteristics of the funk in a farmhouse. The color was yellow straw with a bubbly white head. I can see how this beer might have erupted for other drinkers. The initial taste was a smooth liquory type of taste with notes of corriander and lemon. Some farmhouses make a drink feel like he/she has a mouth full of lemon rind. The lemon in this ale is strong enough to be noticed, but not overwhelming. The lemon yields in the aftertaste to a pleasant sweet peppery profile.

I am not big on farmhouse ales, but I did enjoy this one.

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

Batch 10. Bottled Oct/2013, opened Jan/2014. Reviewing more as a biere de garde than a saison as per the description by the brewer.

A: Opaque pale gold. On the lighter side for a biere de garde, but a nice color. Aggressive pour with a 3-3.5 finger white head. Fine retention which then becomes a film which leaves some lacing.

S: Mainly brett. Funk, some sourness/tartness. Little citrus with some spicy phenols. Some lactic (reminds me of a gueuze).

T: Tart, funky. Some juice up front. While not overbearing, there is too much alcohol on the swallow. I'm not getting the toast, but I think that is because it might be hidden by the predominate yeast flavors.

M: Medium. Slick and coating due to the alcohol

O: I enjoyed it. I have another bottle and am very interested in how this will handle some age on it. The brett is already dominate, but I feel the alcohol flavor is too much and hopefully some time will help out.

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Photo of stephens101
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a thick and fluffy off-white head. Smells of light fruits (orange, green apple, grapefruit), subtle caramel, phenols, and a pleasant belgian funky yeast. Tastes fruity (with a little banana noticed) and malty and the mouth-feel is creamier than expected. Wet hay funk is noticed as an afterthought. Some spicy notes exist alongside some hops. There is a ubiquitous alcohol heat in this medium to heavy bodied brew. A pleasurable experience for sure.

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

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass, batch #8 dated 3/13
A: Hazy yellow color with lots of bubbles, a two-finger head
S: Sour fruit, yeast, lighter malt and earthiness but overall slightly muted
T: Sour, yeasty, earthy, some wood and spice. Not bad but nothing stands out... where the nose is muted this is a jumble where something needs to take the lead to give it definition
M: Medium-bodied, pleasant carbonation
O: This has got all the right parts, it could be great, it just needs a characteristic to give it focus but it lacks said focus

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light golden color with a sticky off-white head. Apple cider, green grape, and Belgian yeast nose. A rich, nearly syrupy mouthfeel. A lot of malt of the front and on the finish. But, quite spicy in the middle. Too much so for a saison. There's a little earthiness underlying it all. I couldn't drink a lot of this, but I respect what they've done.

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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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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy brilliant copper with a massive head (a bit of gushing at the outset) that sheets the tulip

Smell: Herbal funk and caramel, with hints of clove and peppercorn

Taste: The beer lays down an earthy wheat and caramel base that is quickly pushed in an herbal/spicy/funky direction; mid-palate, the hops add bitterness and rotting citrus flavors, as well; after the swallow, the flavors arrive in waves, bringing pepper, funk, caramel, cloves, grassy bitterness, and Bretty tartness; the abv is also noticeable in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: It is remarkable how many flavor directions are displayed in this one beer but it is almost a bit too much, with the noble hops clashing with the spices and both together fighting against the Bretty funk; a bit too much underlying sweetness and booze, if the rest of it was not enough already

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale from Jester King Brewery
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