Vuja De - Cigar City Brewing
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4.72/5 rDev +37.6%
A really solid offering I was able to snatch up at Hunahpu Day down at the brewery. Had it on draft at the brewery nice and fresh and the bomber I brought back was still as tasty.
Pour a rich, deep mahogany. Some good red highlights scattered throughout. About 2 fingers of creamy off-white head sat perfectly on tap and stuck around for a long time.
Great sour nose on this guy. Some tart cherry, a hint of grass, and just the right dash of horseblanket.
Lots of good stone fruit flavors. Cherry stands out over the rest, with a nice mouth-puckering tartness. Super refreshing. There is no hint whatsoever that this is a beer pushing 10% abv.
Super refreshing. Good carbonation kept the tartness from overwhelming.
A really solid beer from an incredible brewery. Yet to have one of their brews that didn't knock my socks off, or at least one of them.
05-12-2011 17:37:52 | More by CaskBeerouac
4.5/5 rDev +31.2%
Rich dark brown body with a caramel coloured head; laces the edges of glass wonderfully.
Smell is delightfully sour and remniscent of a flanders sour or perhaps a darker saison. Absolutely delightful!
Spectacularly tart right away with the sourness of the currants being very prominent. Also, a modest citrusy nuance toward the finish suggests the 'locally foraged lemon leaves' as indicated on the label. Exquisitely well crafted with all of the ingredients melding well making for a delicious wild ale. Once again, Cigar City has out done themselves!
Silky smooth in the mouth and magnificently well carbonated, given the style.
A terrific American Wild Ale which I will seek out in the future.
06-23-2011 21:51:45 | More by SilentSabre
4.45/5 rDev +29.7%
Fortunate enough to be able to try this collaboration brew with Saint Somewhere, served on tap at the CCB tasting room. If I remember it correctly, it's aged in wine barrels with currants.
A - Pours a murky ruby red, with a sizable off-white head, maybe two fingers. Good retention and lacing, and some gentle agitation brings it back quickly. Score would be higher with the exception of the murky quality.
S - Quite a bit of sour fruit upfront. Currants and dark cherry notes dominate, with plums, apricots, and peaches. A bit of brown sugar sweetness around the edges. A bit of funk at the end. Outstanding and very inviting. I found myself smelling this all afternoon.
T - Similar to the nose, with LOTS of that currant and black cherry. Not quite as sweet as the aroma made me think, but definitely more funkiness, especially in the finish. For a 10% beer, there's hardly any alcohol present. It's like a cross between Wisconsin Belgian Red and Consecration. If I could give it a 4.75 I would.
M - Like almost all CCB beers, the carbonation is spot on. Thick without being heavy, and strikes a great balance between dry and sweet.
D - Normally I'd knock a beer with this high an abv, but I sampled this one on a whim, and five glasses of it later I was still there. If it has been a weekend I'd probably STILL be there.
O - Tom said that there were a couple barrels of this around. I'm thinking it's only going to get better (and funkier) with a bit more time in them. Here's to hoping that this is still available during the Hunahpu release. And can CCB please bottle it?
01-19-2011 06:48:41 | More by djmichaelk
4.45/5 rDev +29.7%
Thanks Chris! Really dug this beer.
A- Deep Ruby Red color with a slightly pink head with good sticky lacing on the glass.
S- Lots of fruit acid and citrus. Crazy sourness on the nose. Smells of lots depth and complexity. Had my nose in this one for a while.
T- Wow, really good sourness, fruit and citrus mixed with some of that sour vinegar flavor. Really strong flavor, but well balanced believe it or not.
M- Light to medium body with a very dry and clean finish.
O- Was a little skeptic about it considering some reviews and the lack of attention, but this was a really nice surprise. Right up my alley.
06-25-2011 02:54:39 | More by Kshock
4.43/5 rDev +29.2%
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
02-19-2011 01:27:07 | More by aepb1
4.43/5 rDev +29.2%
Thanks again to master traders moose3285 & beerisheaven for shooting me bottles of this brew within days of one another. Funny thing is, they both sent me emails shortly after almost apologizing for the low score it rec'd & hoping I didn't think it sucked. Well, it doesn't. Cracked the first one in line for Great Taste tickets around midnight & it stood up to The Bruery sour we had just before...good stuff!
So here I'm splitting the second bottle with my lovely wife, & this wild should be right up her alley. Poured into a couple of goblets, this is a dull, matte red infused with a brown clay. Healthy carbonation. Smells like good quality vinegar, nail polish remover, spring flowers, mild sourness, & grass. Somehow, that unappetizing description is much nicer in the nose than to the eyes.
Vuja De is a lighter sour, which is my preference to those that make your brown eye seize up. The sour pucker is certainly astride this brew, but there are several flavors cutting the acidic bite. First & foremost are the light flowery notes, & a healthy shot of lemon. Nice fleeing lash of sweetness in the middle of a mouthful, before the thigh-bone-dry quality takes over. I'm almost out of saliva. Perhaps one of the most drinkable sours I've ever had; this is a straight-up sipping sour.
This is a collaboration that hits on all cylinders, really dig this excellent brew. The brilliant addition of a mild flowering components tames the wild critters & makes this oh-so-palatable.
05-20-2011 02:15:49 | More by maximum12
4.4/5 rDev +28.3%
750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl, thanks bud. Pours a cloudy brown color with an ample tan head. Retention and lacing are average at best.
Nose is great! Lots of berry aromas and acetic vinegar. Smells like an aged Rodenbach mixed with a nice lambic. Me likey.
Pithy, lemon zest flavors play nicely with the acetic sourness. Damn, this is a tasty beverage! The sourness is plenty there for extreme sourheads and also displays some ancillary flavors of hops and berry fruitiness. Wine-like at times with a grape-esque tannin aspect. I think this is a well balanced sour that hits some high notes at times but has some pithy bitterness that I could see turning some folk off. I really like it though, and would be more than happy to have a few more of these. Very enjoyable.
09-30-2011 01:45:13 | More by twiggamortis420
4.4/5 rDev +28.3%
A - Pours with one and a half figers of light brown foam on top of a dark brown body with very little light showing through. The head settles slowly and leaves virtually no lace on the glass.
S - Strong acidic aroma with dark fruity notes. Some plum and sour black cherry as well as a lightly funky note. Very reminiscent of a Flemish red ale.
T - Caramel malt with vinegary acidity and some dry, pie cherry flavor. More of the dry fruity flavor in the middle with some brown sugar. The beer finishes with a tart, berry like fruity character and more round, sweet caramel.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.
D - Very nicely done! This is more or less a flemmish brown/red ale with a tart fruity character and some balancing sweet caramel. The label description implies that, like some St. Somewhere beers, it has some exotic spices but it has too much yeast and malt character for me to pick anything specific out. Hybiscus and elderberry would blend right in here. A very enjoyable wild ale, exactly what I would expect from two of my favorite breweries.
03-02-2011 07:03:28 | More by nickfl
4.38/5 rDev +27.7%
bomber poured into Duvel tulip
A - super dark cherry-brown, good head that subsides, lacing hangs down proudly
S - FUNK! super, super potent; sour cherry & yeast run amok; maybe it's the labeling but I feel like there's flowers in there somewhere
T - crazy sour with some heat in there -- not necessarily from the alcohol (maybe I'm getting some of the lemon leaves?); some sweetness too after a few sips
M - crisp and tingly; zesty
D - I really like this -- one to savor slowly as flavors seem to develop and come out as you go along and your taste buds calm and become acclimated
02-16-2011 03:59:38 | More by vapodge
4.25/5 rDev +23.9%
Had a snifter of this in the tasting room yesterday. This is a sour ale / wild ale that was brewed in collaboration with Bob Sylvester of Saint Somewhere Brewing.
A - pours a cloudy reddish almost brown color that almost looks as if it's separating as it settles. Pen width off-white head that remains present almost to the bottom of the glass.
S - Very sour at first with notes of lemon and hibiscus, un-ripe grapes, vinegar and a little bit of cherry mixed in. Definitely funky.
T - The first sip is a biting sour with citrus and black currant. This reminds me somewhat of Guava Grove. Further sips and the flavor starts to mellow and some berry notes become present. For a 10% beer, the alcohol is covered up very nicely.
M - Very nice combination of funky sour and a little bit of sweet.
D - I originally stopped in just for a growler fill and while I was there sampled this beer. Decided to stay for a glass and could have easily thrown a few more back.
01-19-2011 22:48:51 | More by Jefe73
4.25/5 rDev +23.9%
Porter-like appearance with a thin brownish head. Not overly impressive.
Sour and funk in the nose, and they mesh well. Some herbal scents too, probably from all the random things they tossed into this beer.
I want to give this a 4.25 on the taste, but I'll round up. It's initially quite sour, dominated by vinegar, but with plenty of backbone to fix it up. Not as clean as most other sours, but everything is harmonious.
Lacks the refreshing mouthfeel that is common to many sour beers, and I think that it suffers a little bit for it. A little heavy and eventually overly sour. But after 3 bottles in a row who can really complain.
Too bad this is probably the last we'll ever see of the Vuja De. Cigar City isn't brewing with Brett currently, and probably won't start back up for a while, according to one of the employees there. Enjoy it while you can still find it.
08-05-2011 14:55:28 | More by Chizoad
4.22/5 rDev +23%
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.
03-01-2011 09:05:55 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.2/5 rDev +22.4%
Acquired via trade
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.
09-05-2011 17:10:03 | More by ehammond1
4.19/5 rDev +22.2%
A: dark brown, opaque body with a fat, frisky, frothy tan head; some lace arms draped behind
S: bright fruits and flowers, sweet dark chewy caramel and sharp tart yeastiness
T: dark, sharply tart fruit highlighted with flowery, bright and citric components; dark and earthy characteristics underscore lighter, brighter, acidic and woody flavors
M: light and drying with touches of acidity; smooth and soothing despite the mild puckering effect
O: I'm trying not to sound too wild in my review here, because I'm something of a novice regarding American wild ale, but for my tastes, this beer is a lot better than a lot of the reviews suggest. Think, dark, light-bodied, and tart. If that's your thing, you'll enjoy this.
Also, disclaimer: this is a "store-aged" bottle from 2011, and has apparently benefitted considerably from aging, as I detected none of the acetone flavor/aroma that many reported.
12-12-2013 01:30:03 | More by Greywulfken
4.18/5 rDev +21.9%
So this is the collaboration beer. Pours a cloudy reddish dark brown with dense, creamy, two finger thick purple-tinted-khaki colored head. Settles to a quarter inch leaving a ring of thick lace.
Smell: upfront is a strong but yet dull smelling funk - barnyard, roadside flowering weeds, a little bit of cheap cigar smoke; cantaloupe; opens up to some sweet dark berry action under that - blackberries, black cherry.
Taste: soft melon upfront with a funky grain flavor, then sweet and tart berries, becoming more acidic and finishing with a vinegary + lemon note.
On the fuller side of medium, creamy with a good level of soft carbonation. No alcohol in this. The funk in the nose is a bit uninviting at first but opens up pretty nicely. A very tasty beer from CCB and St. Somewhere.
02-18-2011 06:34:15 | More by babaracas
4.15/5 rDev +21%
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.
03-05-2011 01:41:55 | More by augustgarage
4.15/5 rDev +21%
Brewed in collaboration with Saint Somewhere Brewing. I picked up a 750ml bottle from the taste room and poured into a snifter.
A- Poured a redish brown murky color with tan colored head, which quickly disapeared.
S- I really like the smell of this. It's very sour and funky. You can smell the currants and a little bit of lemon with some alcohol.
T- You can't really taste the alcohol. Very sour and dry. You can taste the currants and the lemon but the lemon is not over powering.
M- It almost feels as it looks.
O- Overall I really like this beer. I haven't tried a lot of sour/wild ales but I really like this one. If your a Cigar City fan this is a must try.
03-22-2011 19:49:30 | More by jaw8325
Vuja De from Cigar City Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.