Mad Meg – Jester King Brewing
Purchased at Taylor’s Market ($12.99/25.4 oz. bottle) and poured into tulip glasses.
This “farmhouse provision ale” from Austin, Texas-based Jester King pours a murky tangerine with a billowy ivory head and an understated nose of banana, bubblegum, guava, and Belgian funk. Its first swallow is a crisp mouthful, combining the snap of rustic spices with the fruity effervescence of champagne, along with enough dusky farmhouse bite to keep your interest on the long alcohol finish. Mad Meg is an unusual and not entirely successful brew, with an atypically hefty ABV for a “traditional” saison, but it manages to be simultaneously aggressive and approachable.
Totally agree with the muddle complexity. Problem is, with JK, all their farmhouse ales tend to have the same profile and get a bit cliched. I’ve actually held off buying any more of their bombers until perhaps a new style. I’m lying, they do a wonderful sour by the name of Boxer’s Revenge and another called Das Wonderkind. Also their Black Metal RIS is great — but, yes, their farmhouses are getting a little ordinary. They love that funk. (Brewhouse is gorgeous, tho, and they throw a great party).
BTW, I think we have a common friend on FB who lives in your neck of the woods.