Review: Foolproof La Ferme Urbaine

Review of Foolproof La Ferme Urbaine from Foolproof Brewing Co. in Pawtucket, RI.

Beer Type: Farmhouse Ale  ABV: 7.8%  Tried on draught.

Their Description: “La Ferme Urbaine (LFU) is our unique take on a farmhouse ale. Influenced by the Belgian saison style, LFU features a complex blend of German hops, pilsener and pale malts, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt. The beer pours a hazy straw color and delivers a spicy, dry finish. So raise a glass and enjoy!”

The Reality: It is a hazy straw color and has a mild almost-citrus scent. It has a low carbonation level, but a nice head. The flavor is very slightly malty with a hint of bitter citrus zest and an irony vegetable-like quality. There is a mild funk present throughout and a definite savory quality, although I wouldn’t describe it as “spicy”. It drinks light and the 7.8% ABV is well hidden. The finish is dry but leaves some bitter green vegetable reminders in your mouth.

Final Verdict: This beer is really interesting, and I’m actually not sure how I feel about it. I certainly didn’t dislike it, but how much did I like it? It’s quite complex and fairly savory. With each sip you get a little something different, which is fun, but I never craved that next sip. There’s no doubt it’s well made, and if you’re a farmhouse ale fan, you should probably try it. Who knows, maybe you’ll love it and become “Insane in the Urbaine”…