Monday, May 20, 2013

Jester King Craft Brewery Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Jester King Craft Brewery Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale.  I found this bottle at Artisan Wine Depot (here) located in Mountain View.

From the Jester King Craft Brewery website: ““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.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a large off-white head and sticky lacing.
Aroma: Citrus, sweet caramel and pilsner malt, spice, Belgian yeast and funk.
Taste: Citrus, lemon peel, sweet caramel malts, spice, barnyard funk, bready malts with a nice hop bitterness in the finish.
Overall: Funky and exceptionally drinkable, Jester King Craft Brewery Mad Meg Farmhouse Provision Ale is delicious.  At 9.6% ABV the alcohol is hardly noticeable.  Well worth a try.


Mark Harvey
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