1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Vuja De - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Vuja DeVuja De

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

156 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 87 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of chrispoint
1/5  rDev -70.8%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of HitchSlap
1.25/5  rDev -63.6%

HitchSlap, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
1.3/5  rDev -62.1%

Bottled opened by Starrdog, thanks Matt. Beer is kind of brown / red with a head of small off white bubbles, no lacing, moderate carbonation. Looks kind of like a Flanders beer.

Oops, this beer SUCKS. the aroma is entirely acetone, completely disgusting. I try to smell past it, maybe some chocolate or fruit. The acetone is overwhelming. Makes me fear drinking it.

Beer is thin and solventy. Drainpour, completely disgusting. I am very confused how this beer has a single good rating, I feared for my vision so I stopped. Gross, never again.

drabmuh, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
1.45/5  rDev -57.7%

A - Not a particularly attractive beer, somewhat reddish brown, with a thin off-white head that didn't leave much stick on the sides. At the ABV it has, I guess that is acceptable.

S - What in God's name is this? Nail-polish remover? A massive amount of acetone hits the nose. Wow, that is just gross. There's also some smell of vinegar, and some sort of sickly fruit sweetness. I think all the hair in my nostrils just disintigrated along with my desire to put this beer in my mouth.

T - This is an abomination, the bastard child of nail-polish remover and bad apple cider. Somehow it actually manages to taste worse than it smells. Solvent heavy, bad vinegar, who knows what else at this point because I don't care enough to figure out anything more with this beer as there can't possibly be any qualities redeeming enough to keep this from going down the drain.

M - Somewhat thin, softer carbonation.

O - Shame on Cigar City for putting this in bottles.

AgentZero, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of LiquidDegenerate
1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

LiquidDegenerate, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of tfsimpkins
1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

tfsimpkins, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Overlord
1.55/5  rDev -54.8%

Whoa ... this is one epic misfire.

Pours an almost grape-y purplish red with a large off-white head. The smell gives warning that something is terribly, horribly amiss. There are some vague spicy notes, a bit of unidentifiable sweet fruit-i-ness, and an overpowering miasma of cleaning solvent/nail polish remover. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

It was all I could do to get through four or five oz. I like flavor bombs. I seek them out. I crave them. This beer has too much flavor. Needs to have the spices and nail polish dialed down by a factor of 90%. The sad part is the vinegar/tannin/leather notes are almost pleasant, and the fruit-y/sugar-y/lemon-y spiciness might have been good ... if not for that horrible god awful paint removal flavor that throttles everything it touches.

A truly epically awful beer.

Overlord, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of JonathanL7890
1.65/5  rDev -51.9%

Had at a friends tasting.
Thanks Drew for sharing.
I was excited to try my first Cigar City sour.
Appearance is ok.
Aroma is nail polish, acetone. very solventy.
Flavor is the same.
Drain pour.
Awful beer. Yuck!
I've never had a beer like this. Did they leave cleaner in the fermenter?

JonathanL7890, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of corby112
1.65/5  rDev -51.9%

750ml picked up at the Total Wine in Ft. Lauderdale.

Pours a very cloudy, dark ruby red, almost plum, colored with slight pinkish hues when held to a light and a frothy two finger light beige head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with an odd combination of dark and citrus fruit notes along with an herbal floral presence, oak and dry Brett funkiness. There also a bit of a harsh solvent, acetic character. Very unique and interestig notes with the lemon, flowers and currants but the chemical acetone presence is a bit off putting.

Medium bodied a very harsh acetic flavor that dominates the other notes and lingers into a harsh dry finish. Very dry and funky while only being slightly sweet and tart. Again, there is a very odd balance if citrus fruit, herbal flowers, candy sugar and dark fruit. Oaky with some dry brett but the acetic stomach burning chemical flavor is really abrasive and unappealing. Almost medicinal tasting and hard to drink.

Overall, this beer was a big disappointment for me. Inusually enjoy most CCB beers ecpecially the exprimental offerings. I admire the effort here but it kind of tastes like a DFH experiment went wrong and they dumped some nail polish remover into the barrel. It's a shame that his beer turned out this way considering how well the red wine barrel version is.

corby112, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of dsauter
1.75/5  rDev -49%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
1.83/5  rDev -46.6%

Bottle shared by starrdogg. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pour yields a garnet-colored brew that is almost bordering on purple. Good tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. Nose spells trouble, as there's quite a bit of an acetic presence right from the start. The nose also carries a bit of chocolate, raspberry, and cherry. Those are nice notes, but they're too far adrift in a see of acetone. The flavor is much, much worse, as vinegar is about all I'm able to grab out of this one--it's simply too overpowering. Yuck. Really disappointing coming from CCB. Feel is too vinegary and acetic. Just can't get past it. Don't try this.

Thorpe429, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of iemailjack
2/5  rDev -41.7%

iemailjack, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Soonami
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Soonami, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of brystmar
2/5  rDev -41.7%

brystmar, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of HopStoopid120
2/5  rDev -41.7%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mmcnaughton
2/5  rDev -41.7%

mmcnaughton, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of starrdogg
2/5  rDev -41.7%

This beer was a bit of an unfortunate experience. It started out positive as it was a good-looking reddish-brown, but it was all downhill from there. As soon as I smelled it, I knew that I had essentially flushed $10 directly down the drain (literally). It smelled about as close to nail polish remover as any beer I've ever had, and while there were some hints of fruit in there, the chemical flavor just overwhelmed my nose. The taste was only mildly better, but the nail polish remover was still the primary flavor - as it warmed up some of the sour/fruit flavors came through, but ugh, this was not very good. It felt a bit too overcarbonated and light on the tongue and needed some more body. After a few sips of this, I, along with the other guys I was trying this with, all decided this beer was better suited for the sink than our stomachs.

Overall this is quite a shame from such a strong brewery as Cigar City. It's the first beer I've had from them that wasn't at least above-average, and this one was well below that. Alas, I guess every brewery is entitled to a swing-and-a-miss sometimes.

starrdogg, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of mrandypandy
2/5  rDev -41.7%

mrandypandy, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of JayS2629
2.17/5  rDev -36.7%

Perhaps my palate isn't sophisticated or developed enough to appreciate something that others may find genius. This was an awful tasting beer. I want to judge this on its style merits and what it was supposed to taste like, but I also think if it hit the mark on that then the original idea was a horrible one.

There is entirely too many things going on in this beer that are going in too many directions at once. Its overly complicated and confusing to the palate. Its a mess.

It pours a mahogany color with a creamy tan head, nice retention and great lacing.

The smell is of balsamic vinegar, tart lemon, musky sour funk, yeasty qualities, and dark fruit. Acetone, fingernail polish remover, chemical smells burn the hairs out of my nose. Pungent, putrid, soured vinegar dominates, but ripe black currants do peek through to lend a bit of sweetness. There are some floral notes hidden in there as well.

The taste is horrible. I want to say there is a malty, caramel tone underneath but the dominating vinegar and lemon punch its lights out to the point it is unrecognizable. Woody notes and harsh red wine clash against chemical tasting acidic, tart white wine flavors. Citrus notes are burried beneath funky, yeasty, musky funk. Black currants try to push through but clash with the other flavors too. Interesting, but clashing on flavors. Overly vinegar and acetone.

The mouthfeel is puckering, medium bodied and smooth, and very dry in the finish. Overall it is a definite sipper and takes some adjustment to get used to. Even for its style its flavors clash and its a total mess.

JayS2629, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of bierguru
2.2/5  rDev -35.9%

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
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

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
Photo of yourefragile
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

yourefragile, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of RandomBattle
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

RandomBattle, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
2.28/5  rDev -33.5%

From 03/27/11 notes. Had at a local DC RB tasting.

a - Pours an amber-brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of vinegar, nailpolish remover, acedic, citrus, funk, and some sugar or sweet fruits. Way too much vinegar and not enjoyable.

t - Tastes of vinegar, sweet fruit or sugar, citrus, spices and pepper. Again, very acedic and lots of vinegar, but not in a very good way.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall not a very good beer at all from Cigar City. Smell and taste are just vinegar, and not much fruit or anything to it. Not sure if this is what they were going for or if something went wrong and they just decided to bottle it anyway. Would not want to have again.

mdfb79, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Florida9
2.36/5  rDev -31.2%

Oh god, what have I done to offend thee?

This beer pours a brown, sort of (but not really) grape juice or red wine colored liquid. Slight translucent, but mostly opaque. Forms a thin, bubbly, off-white colored head. No lacing. Aroma is...different: Unripe fruit, tart unripe berries, grapes?, sort of like grape soda grape flavoring, but then there is a ctirus-floral-chalky aroma that I have a hard time grasping is an actual smell that I am smelling. The taste is more of same, yet different in all together other unpleasant ways. Taste starts with a rather sweet, floral-spiked vinegar flavor, before turning even more floral, with notes of berry, like fermented blueberry or maybe strawberry, but some sort of vinegary berry that has seen far far better days. Vinegar on the back end. Maybe a touch of malt. Maybe a touch of black tea. Complex, but with a an onslaught of competing flavors that just don't mesh. Medium bodied. Extremely sour, but not brutally so, though I can feel this liquid burning a hole in my stomach. No bitterness. Sweet-sour mess.
In the end, undrinkable. I was incapable of finishing a single glass.

Florida9, Jul 21, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Vuja De from Cigar City Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.