Vuja De - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 158
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 24
Gots: 41 | 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:
Beer added by: djmichaelk on 01-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale with Black Currants, Locally Foraged Lemon Leaves, Hibiscus, Cane Sugar and Elderberry Flowers.
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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
1.89/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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. (635 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out as a deep reddish brown color with a quick fading tan colored head on top. The retention is minimal and there is no real lacing. The smell of the beer is definitely sour, with some vinegar-like notes to it. The taste is a little fruity with some very subtle malt but the sourness of it all overpowers everything else. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a very acidic puckering sensation left in the finish. Overall I wasn't that impressed with it, I was happy to have tried it but it's nothing worth seeking out. (525 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber brown color ale with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma consists of hibiscus and tart notes with light funky ester. Taste is a complex mix of tart notes with fruity flavour courtesy of the berries and hibiscus. Sour level is bit more pronounced then I would have expected but not overly so. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Alcohol is not apparent though not sure it is required to have such ABV for this beer. Good, would love to try this one again. (529 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice tight head of a finger in height rises up and settles across the top with gorgeous swirls of lacing across the sides of the glass. First whiff seems a bit light to be honest, light funk, sour notes, pears, and hints of malts starting to come though. No alcohol present at all and the sour seems very understated at this point. The first sip totally redeems it though as the sour fruits and oak notes start to perk up. Nice touches of berries, tons of tart berries grapeskins, sour, sour grapefruit like flavors rip through the palate. Dark fruits, prunes, hints of vanilla and light notes of brown sugar can be picked up through the haze of barnyard funk. Rich medium body is more then well carbonated and really lets the flavor pop across the palate. Final sips are dy, vinegar rich and full of apple and pear back flavors. (829 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clouded, dark brown body with a moderate-sized, whitish head.

Smell: A nearby opened bottle of malt vinegar with notes of macerated fruits, skins and all, a bit of stale chocolate, and some curious florals one would find well at home in a cup of herbal tea.

Taste: A brief introduction of a brown ale malt base and then, bang, a burst of sharp tartness, no time for sweetness, Dr. Jones. Homemade jams of black cherries and a blackberries stirred up with a generous pour of acetic vinegar and dusted with a small pinch of cocoa powder and lemon seeds. One tiny drop of acetone. Notably acidic and still unforgivingly tart on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Though it seemed quite a few did not, I certainly enjoyed this one. A fun, interesting ride. (817 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
2.29/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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. (742 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
1.36/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 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. (544 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for sharing this brew at a recent tasting. Poured into a mini snifter, this brew appears a murky dark brown color with a darkly tanned cap. The head recedes leaving leggy lacework on the glass. When held to the light, this brew displays ruby and lighter brown coloration through the body.

The aroma of this brew smells strikingly similar to balsamic vinegar that is quite tangy and pungent. There is a bold punt of alcohol that comes off smelling fusel. More whiffs of this brew start to smell more and more like nail polish remover.

The taste of the brew is piercingly tangy and bitter that is similar to balsamic vinegar. Underneath the tangy is some roasty malt indications and a light aftertaste that is somewhat smokey. More sips clash together with the alcohol to form a very sharp brew that is hard to put down.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This is not a brew that you can throw back a few pints of. It's an interesting mix and original effort but I don't think it totally came together. The alcohol is a bit out of whack and could be tuned down a bit to make it more enjoyable. After trying this brew and then hearing about the different ingredients, I certainly didn't pick up on most if not all of the additives. I enjoy most of Cigar City's offerings but this one was a miss. It's worth a try though if you get a chance. Thanks again Corey. (1,416 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle sent courtesy of Amie from Florida, thanks!

A - Dark ruby/mahogany, chill hazed & cloudy, off-white rocky head.

S - Quite an odd smelling beer, like something went wrong, though I'm pretty sure this is just CC attempt at this... Sweet and tart Brett funk up front, some sugary lemon zest, rose hips and a whiff of Extra Brut champagne.

T - This starts in the right direction, more of a Flanders profile than a Wild Ale, caramelized malts with tart dark fruit notes. A complete 180 degree turn makes this beer a total mess. Very harsh and brash acetic notes take over & don't leave. Something funky is left here...dry, stale, cough syrup, just...gross. Horrible finish.

M - Thin, watery, overly carbonated. Wrong, wrong, wrong!

I had high hopes, but was severely disappointed. The qualities for a good Wild Ale are missing here, or the yeast just turned this into one big mess. A really bad Flanders? Yea, you might pass it off as that, but either way - I won't be drinking this again. (1,003 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle shared by Rhettroactive. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a murky dark brown color with a thick foamy head to it.

The aroma is slightly funky with a lot of fruitiness coming through. A little bit of a malty, slightly caramel like flavor is there. I liked the light funk to it. Not bad overall, but not great either.

The taste shows a little more funk and sourness to it but the tart fruits show through as well. Pretty big malty base to it as well. Pretty decent flavors to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall I thought it was pretty good. It had a nice mix of funky, tart fruits and some decent supporting malt flavors. It was pretty drinkable as well. (729 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of corby112
1.76/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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. (1,405 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Portsmouth glass on 3/24/12
*From notes

A: Shit brown. This beer ain't taking anyone to prom. A hearty pour yields a one finger white head and a decent collar.

S: Traditional funk. Not much more to it.

T: A lot more malt then I was expecting. It's rich and robust, like there's a bigger beer underneath the wild yeast that covers this from top to bottom. Fairly well balanced and reasonably complex. Not nearly the "paint thinner" I'd been warned of.

M: Extremely thick for a Wild Ale. Plenty of bite. Creamy and robust.

O: A surprisingly above average beer. I'd heard horror stories of this one. It's lingered in the back of my cellar for well over a year, and I'd no idea of when I was gonna open it. Yet after all of my worries, I'm glad I finally shared this with friends. Everyone generally enjoyed CCB & St. Somewhere's Vuja De. Not the best of the Wild Ale style, yet it certainly passed my taste test. (935 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,168 characters)

Photo of claspada
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a garnet color that is almost bordering on purple with a good tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down.

Aromas begin with quite a bit of an acetic presence right from the start. The nose also carries a bit of chocolate, raspberry and cherry.

The tastes begin much, much worse, as vinegar is about all I'm able to grab out of this one, with a distinct metallic twang that is quite off-putting. The acidic flavors are simply too overpowering.

The mouthfeel is too vinegary and acetic. Just can't get past it. It lingers on the palate and if qay too dry and unpleasant throughout the finish.

Overall a disaster from a normally reputable brewer. Not sure if this is just past it's prime or was just rubbish from the start, regardless avoid going forward. (767 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (776 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
1.49/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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. (960 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tasting glass. Thanks Matt for sharing!

(A)- Pours a deep and cloudy mahogany color. Some tan/transparent lace.

(S)- A big sour acidity. Can definitely see the black currants and lemon leaves.

(T)- High acidity, but rather floral too. Bits of spice and lemon with an overall good sour character throughout.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Again, high acidity, but it has a good backbone of rich fruit and citrus. Subtle chalky finish to it.

(D)- Uniquely acidic with a fun profile of rich fruits and citrus while being a tad dry and chalky. Enjoyable. Based upon some of the reviews I see, there must be off bottles out there or extreme bottle variation going on. (706 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (1,488 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

770th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
750 ML

@Woodshop Classix
Thanks to Eric and Sam for sharing!

App- Interesting mix of brown/ambers and reds. A huge puffy two finger head with a good amount of cling to it. A nice wild ale.

Smell- Brighter medium dark fruits with a little yeast behind it. Very bubbly and bright on the nose. No trace of the infection some are smelling on her. Get a little bit of the lemon but not much hidden behind the other fruit.

Taste- Taste really follows the nose although with a little twist. Had a little bit of sour to it but not all that much and more of the lemony notes come in with currants to give it a twang on the taste.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A little bit of bubbly fruits remain and smooths out on the finish.

Drink- This was a nice beer. I have been pretty happy with all the CCB beers I have had and this was nice as well with some unique flavors melding seeminly well. (937 characters)

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Vuja De from Cigar City Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.