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Vuja De - Cigar City Brewing

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79
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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 25.36%
Wants: 26
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.96% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale with Black Currants, Locally Foraged Lemon Leaves, Hibiscus, Cane Sugar and Elderberry Flowers.

(Beer added by: djmichaelk on 01-19-2011)
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Reviews by Shaw:
Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled the draft version of this at Mr. Beery's Cigar City Total Tap Takeover, but wanted to try it again.

Pours a deep, deep reddish brown, almost opaque, with a light tan head that leaves serious lace and turns into a fine layer in my tulip glass.

Fruity and tart aroma.

The taste is fruity (but not sweet), dry, sharp and tart. Head brewer Wayne Wambles said this beer has notes of plum, and I agree. Notes of vinegar, lemon and wood. I can't taste the high alcohol at all. Quite nice.

The body is light and crisp, matching well with the sour flavors.

Overall this is another good Cigar City beer, and an excellent collaboration with Saint Somewhere.

Shaw, May 06, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of iemailjack
2/5  rDev -41.7%

iemailjack, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle and for djrn for sending me a bottle of this in a trade. Always happy to try a new beer from Cigar City.

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of tart cherries, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of apple cider and balsamic vinegar notes, as well as some brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 08, 2011
Photo of CaptinRedBeard
3/5  rDev -12.5%

CaptinRedBeard, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

Hazy and murky auburn brown with a rapidly growing khaki colored head. Dots and specks of lace down the glass.

Bright aromas of cherries, currants, and lemon, along with some mild tang and sourness, and a bit of wood.

Bright, popping flavors: currants and cherries, a little bit of lemon, tart sourness and some underlying funk--a really lovely combination. I had no idea what to expect from this beer, though I really enjoyed it.

Light to medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. A joy to drink.

A great surprise, as I didn't have any idea what to expect from this beer.

ehammond1, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my Duvel tulip, this brew pours an impressive dark brown burgundy. The 3 finger thick head is an even more impressive raspberry orange cream color and is laying down some medium lacing. I've never seen a head of this color.

S: The aroma has a very specific and unique funk to it. Heavy notes of sour black cherries and maybe some plumb. There's a slight harsh aroma of the berry kind probably from the black currants. As the temperature rises, this beer's malt opens with some dark Belgium spice (from the yeast) and hints of cinnamon.

T: The flavor again is unique. The addition of the exotic flavors not normally native to the American tongue is the reason why I love craft beer. The musky harsh funky flavor must come form the black currants, which is why the sweet cane sugar was a must in this brew.

MF: My initial thought of the mouth feel was that it was a little too light. This brew is actually not that light, but the MF can use a little more heft and carbonation.

D: Drinkability with the black currants is tough, but this brew is unique, and pretty tasty.

TKEbeerman, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of Soonami
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Soonami, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Paul – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with good amounts of tart cherries and berries. Also present are solid amounts of sharp vinegar.

Tastes not quite as good as smells, mostly due to the distinct vinegar and astringency. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderately tart berry flavors with good amounts of sweeter apricot flavors. Midway through the sip the vinegar takes charge, overwhelming the balance that preceded it. The vinegar carries through to a moderately tart and solidly dry ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass however I’m not sure about another.

Overall I’d heard horror stories about this beer but I didn’t find it to be totally disagreeable, although it certainly had some edges that could stand to be smoothed a bit. Maybe some time will help it out, if you’ve got one I’d recommend sitting on it for a while in hopes it comes along.

glid02, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of dsauter
1.75/5  rDev -49%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

tugg407, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

acurtis, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of FleeVT
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip. Collaboration beer from Cigar City and Saint Somewhere.

Pours the color of burnt molasses with a consistency close to the same. This beer looks thick out of the bottle with a nice thin head that borders on tan.
Lots of sweet currant and cherries on the nose with some soured overripe dark berries. A few swirls opens up the faint florals (bottle mentions hibiscus) and some alcohol.
Sour with lemon that borders on hybrid balsamic and red-wine vinegar. Currants and dark berries come through after the initial pucker. Mouth borders on heavy with some carbonation that helps cut it. Slow sipper, probably good with a hearty meal. Good for the style but not my favorite. Cigar City is pretty polarizing for me, this one is just OK.

FleeVT, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City smokes NYC at rattle N Hum. Dark colour, tiny head. Very cherry taste. Above average mouthfeel. Nothing funky, sourish but drinkable. Liked it and would even more so with food, as a replacement for a high tannin wine.Agree its more balsamic vinegar than lemon, which gives it a secondary of vegetable.

Sammy, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to BPRESTON's generosity as this wasn't even on my radar. I'm a big fan of St. Somewhere's work, so this is a very exciting collaboration. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Opaque rosewood body with a pale pink fist of active merengue. Sticky 3-D lacing, no legs. Superior retention.

Plenty of wild yeast notes in the nose along with a backdrop of cherries or wild strawberries perhaps. Herbal/floral notes add complexity and mystery to the blend.

Sweet tart hibiscus and sugar cane blend reminds me of an agua fresca fermented with Brett. An unusual flavor profile. Fruity lightly sour with a hint of vinegar, though not nearly as drying as an Oud Bruin or any ales with similar flavors. The finish is malty, dry, and intensely herbal/floral with a spicy/berry note as well. Makes me less unhappy about missing out on some of the Zwanze releases which I imagine this beer has some commonality with.

Creamy, medium-light bodied, effervescent, with well hidden ABV.

Very unique, a little sweet, complex wild ale - well worth seeking out.

augustgarage, Mar 05, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a Cigar City tulip. Pours a dark brownish color with a nice off-white head. 

S- The aroma is sour with a lot of floral and fruity notes, citrus and Belgian yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma immediately hits the back of the tongue that controls the sour tastebuds. Vuja De really packs a punch in the sour category.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Vuja De is another fine beer from Cigar City. If you are a fan of Cigar City and sours particularly, this beer is for you.

cjgator3, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bay01 for bringing this one by.

(A) Pours brown, almost a dark cloudy maroon/really burnt orange. It's pretty cloudy as well.

(S) Prune, raisin, funk, herbs, and vinegar.

(T) The sour and tart is there. It's pretty acidic. The currants and the lemon are highly noticeable. Tart green apples, some vinegar, cherries.

(M) It's not very carbonated but it's lacking enough to feel flat. It's got that sour kick to it though, the one that gets you in the back parts of your mouth behind your ears.

(O) This was an interesting brew. The reviews are all over the place and I can see why. I think this beer seemed to be on a bottle-to-bottle basis. I think that unless kept right, I could see this changing into an abomination and be close to undrinkable.

cjacobsen, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown. It's the darkest sour I've ever seen. Just a ring of head. No lacing.

Aroma is awesome. Sour cherries and funk. It smells great.

Taste is pretty good. Sour cherries and some funk. It has a bit of a weird taste to it I can't put my finger on but it's still good.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice and dry, nice carb.

Overall it's a pretty good sour. Not amazing but good. Glad I got to try it.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +16.6%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Overcarbonated. Huge creamy head. Sticks to the inside. Murky reddish brown body.

Smell - Vinegar. Red wine. Cherry. Acetone. Some must.

Taste - Ouch. Really sour. Vinegary and solvent. Nail polish remover flavor. More distinct red wine flavor. Some cherry and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Kinda heavy. Doesn't taste overcarbonated. Very sour. The off flavors are rough.

Overall - Couldn't finish this. Drainpour.

Alieniloquium, Nov 23, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a deep reddish brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, vinegar, acetone, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, vinegar, earth, sour, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The acetone on the aroma was quite off-putting as it was the first time I had smelled it in a beer. I know the smell well as I am a chemist and we use it A LOT to clean glassware. Definitely not one of my favorite chemical smells. Despite this I opted to take a sip anyways. The vinegar aspect was really dominent in this one. The earthy note was a nice touch mixed with the woody character. Worth trying this one at least once so you can be the judge for yourself.

thagr81us, Jun 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

KnightRider, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of BigBlacke
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vuja de pours a dark murky brown with a .5 inch white head that settles to a ring along the perimeter of the glass.

Smells of funky sour cherries, lemon and sweet flower nectar. Quite confusing to narrow down, but very intriguing.

Taste is a smack in the face of very sour cherry, berries, and lemon. Sweet but not too sweet. Slight heat of alcohol at the end.

Mouthfeel is extremely crisp, like a champagne. Sting of high carbonation and a acidic aftertaste.

Drinkability for me is low due to the higher alcohol content. I really enjoy a glass every now and then, but no more than one.

Vuja De is a very complex beer.

BigBlacke, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of bierguru
2.2/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- the head is bubbly bubbly slightly creamy brown with a reddish tinge. holds nice to the glass. The body is dark again brown with a red hue- murky.

B- smell is mostly Sour with hints of sweetness caused by the cane sugar some citrus most likely from the lemon and lemon leaves there is also a yeasty texture to it

T- very complex. however the tartness blocks out a lot... the taste is dry to the back of the throat due to the lemon and curriants. Slight sweet character at the tip of the tongue form the added can sugar. there is a slight oaky taste to it as well

M- Medium Bodied. Dryiness and tart on the tongue.

D- wouldnt get again struggled through the bottle taste was just way to sour for me

bierguru, Jun 02, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark reddish-brown body with a foamy tan head that has a reddish hue as well

S- Sour cherries, wild funky yeast. I almost feel like I could chew the smell

T- Sour fruits, malty sweetness, finishes tart citrus making it crisp and also makes my mouth water for more

M- Medium-body and on the upper end for carbonation but that's fine for the style

D- Nice to sip, easy to return to and seek out elsewhere

aepb1, Feb 19, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

lionssoccer13, Jun 12, 2013
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Vuja De from Cigar City Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.