Buffalo Bayou Brewing Figaro, Figaro, Figaro, FIIIGAAARO Quadrupel - 11% ABV
I like big beers and I cannot lie (now try getting THAT out of your head) and Buffalo Bayou Brewing makes some damn big beers. In fact, we have not had a single beer from them that wasn't way over the top. The second part of the equation is that none of them have sucked, either.
This beer could have been really over done. Quadrupels usually have the strong flavors of dark fruits and figs as a by-product of the brewing process. The addition of Turkish figs could have made this one undrinkable, but instead they surprised us with a bit of a background sour note to balance the sweetness. The second surprise was that the mouth feel was not thick and syrupy as we expected, but rather light and easy on the tongue which is not easy for an 11% abv beer.
Our tasting panel had these comments about Figaro:
- "Nice fig flavor, well balanced with the alcohol, clean finish".
- "Very nice, alcohol doesn't overpower the flavor. Slightly heavier fig flavor would be great".
- "Belgian yeast balances the alcohol well and compliments the fruit finish".
- "Stunning. Great fig flavor with a bit of sour apple in the background".
Our panel scored the beer a 4.38 out of 5 which places the beer in the 'very good' category.
You know, for a guy who used to work for a mediocre beer centric chain in Florida (Hops), Rassul Zarinfar makes some pretty extreme beers. Good show, Rassul, good show.
Buffalo Bayou Brewing
5301 Nolda Street
Houston, TX 77007