Figaro, Figaro, Figaro, FIIIGAAARO - Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: champ103 on 08-31-2013

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle pours a surprisingly light brown color with a fairly small cap of off white head. Retention and lace are both unremarkable.

Nose is a nice combo of mildly chocolate malt, figs for sure, apples and leafy caramel. Maybe a little nutty yeast comes out as it warms.

Interesting flavor profile...nutty and fruity - fruitcake even. But the malts are incredibly light and do not provide enough rich caramel flavors. The figs really are profiled to excellence though...almost like sugar-covered figs with honey and dark rum drizzled on the top. Its a interesting beer, maybe not great, but very good. Unfortunately at nearly $15 a pop it will be hard to justify more bottles.

Photo of champ103
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Wow, what a name, and annoying pointless wax to boot...anyway, I got a bottle to go from D&T Drive Inn in Houston.

A: Pours a dark ruby red/brown color. A two finger pillowing beige head forms with good retention. A sheet of lace is left down the glass.
S: Almost like burnt toast in the nose. Without a doubt, burnt brown sugar. A pronounced musty, old clothes kind of aroma. Finally a bit of dark fruits in the finish. Though nowhere near as up front as I wanted it to be.
T: Burnt sugars, and sweetness up front. With that odd dank musty character as well. Candied sugars, and more sweetness. Which probably comes for all the fig additions. Though no real defined fruit flavors. Just sweetness, which becomes incredibly cloying as this warms. A bit of solvent like alcohol in the back of the throat.
M/D: A medium body. Lightly sticky, and low on the carbonation. Not quite as full and tongue coating as I like for the style. Muddled with no definition. A bit solvent like, but that is pretty standard for the style. The sweetness makes this a bit of a slower sipper than I would like, but still I am getting through the bottle.

I really wanted to like this. The first time I splurged on some Buffalo Bayou in a long time. While it is not bad, just not worth the money. There is a huge sugary sweetness here. Though with all the expensive fruit additions, I was hoping for a bigger distinct fruit flavor than just sugar. Sorry Buffalo Bayou, no hard feelings. Just not close to the better Quad made this year in Houston.

Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Servd on-draught yesterday at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival here in Austin. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were above average as quadrupel is one of my top three favourite styles.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Good creaminess and thickness. Okay frothiness. Great even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is pretty good - about six minutes.

Body colour is a dark glowing auburn; nontransparent and semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. A bit lighter in colour than most quads; I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Dates, pepperoni (?), Belgian amber malts, cream. Painfully simple for a quad; wasn't this supposed to have fig? A muted light aroma. No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable. I'm not getting any interesting dark fruit like plums or prunes.

T: Dates, Belgian amber malts, caramel, a hint of fruit (which is neither dark nor light), and attenuated clean Belgian yeast. I'm not getting any fig or plum. The simplicity is painful; there's zero complexity here, and little subtlety - a crime in a quadrupel. Decently balanced; though. It's alright generally, but built relatively badly for the style.

Depth of flavour is below average. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Decent thickness and body. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but doesn't come off custom-tailored specifically to it; there's no marriage of texture to taste.

Dr: A decent American quad for what it is, but with the plethora of superior offerings out there at or below this price point, I wouldn't buy it again (price at the festival was $3 per 4 oz, and I got enough to adequately review it). Worth trying, but far from a paragon of the style. In a general sense, style considerations aside, it's above average.


Photo of Can_has_beer
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark, hazy amber with a finger of white head.

S- Starts out with dark candied fruit, and as the beer warms I smell some toffee and tart apples.

T- The taste has a lot of sweet heft to it, with a touch of alcohol and a lingering bitterness. The bitterness dies off as the beer warms but it is not pleasant when first poured.

M- The carbonation was medium-bodied but it came off as hidden because the beer is so big. Mostly, you just get a syrupy, sticky, sweet gob in your mouth. Hmmm...there has to be a better way to put that...

O- I could not finish a bomber by myself. I don't know if I could finish any bomber of a quad by myself, but this one was sweeter and stickier than what I like. It was decent once it warmed but I would not purchase again.

Photo of Premo88
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bomber poured into Orval chalice
(2015 on label)

L: brown-orange, relatively dark, vividly clear ... yep, up to some sunlight it's 100% clear and brilliant amber-orange, perhaps a bit light for a quad but gorgeous; shows good carbonation out of the bottle with a full 1/5- to 1/4-inch head of beige foam; keeps a soapy-bubble collar, no sticking or lacing

S: red wine, grapes, sour grapes, dark fruits (dates, figs) ... a pinch of that yeasty note really good abbey ales get -- a smell like some pizza crusts get;

T: nutty ... peanuts ... that nut flavor I run into over and over with most American-made abbey ales; red wine and hot ... there's a bit of medicine/rubbing alcohol tingle in the taste; the dark fruit flavor is almost all dates ... or what dates might taste like blended with a lighter-bodied red wine

F: light but full from the carbonation

O: disappointing but not surprising ... quads aren't easy for anybody but the monks to make well (personal research is telling me over and over), and this one lacks all of that monk goodness -- stale to no dark fruit flavor, little sweetness, no yeasty pop; still, it's not a bad beer -- the nutty/red wine taste isn't offensive and the aroma is very near authentic, especially that occasional whiff of pizza crust/yeast/thing.

it's definitely in the ballpark of the American-made abbey ale. it's not monastic, however. Buffalo Bayou's brewers take their shots and deserve credit for trying, but this is definitely a one-off for me.

Photo of Labeorphile
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a wax sealed bottle into a Chimay chalice. Thick head that quickly settles. Dark, but not too dark in the body.

Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Smells somewhat like a quad, some dark fruits, some burnt smells, but that is about it.

Taste is better than I expected. Not very complex, but enjoyable and drinkable and hides the 11% ABV pretty well.

Body is a little thin.

All this adds up to a relatively enjoyable beer, smooth and drinkable, but not as much flavor as I would like. Tough to drink a whole one and stay composed, so best to split with a friend.

Photo of EGreen
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aromas of prunes, blackberries, and a mild yeastiness. Very malty, slight tartness at the beginning that leads into a malt bomb. nice fruitiness in a big beer and for being such a big beer the alcohol is not very apparent... Very mild booziness on the finish. Mild lingering bitterness is apparent but not really enough to balance the malt.

Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Fairly light brown color, good dose of raisins in the nose which is repeated in the taste. Pretty thin mouthfeel for the style. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Not up to the high standards for style, which I enjoyed during my two months in Belgium.

Figaro, Figaro, Figaro, FIIIGAAARO from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
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