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Vuja De - Cigar City Brewing

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86 Reviews
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Reviews: 86
Hads: 159
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 24.57%
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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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 159
Photo of ciachef1212
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a colaboration between Saint Somewhere and Cigar City. I really enjoyed this beer. The smell is very out there and unique. Maybe a little to sour but with food it would be awesome. The vinegar like qualities would go well with some fish and chip. YUM.

I understand why it doesn't get great reviews if really different. If you like sour and funky beers you should be able to appreciate this one.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.29/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown like a good leather work boot. Got a huge head pouring down the middle of a pint glass. Much more controlled after I let it settle. A dark tan foam layer remains for quite a while.
Smell is rich with dark fruits and malt, sour like Duchesse de Borgogne, oak and green apple. Great balance. My nose loves this beer.
Taste is unlike any barleywine I've ever had. This tastes like a high ABV Duchesse. Rich and malty, sour, apple, dark fruits and oak. Nicely balanced.
Fairly smooth. Dry, medicinal/oak finish. Doesn't present as heavy as the 9.96% the label states. A really good brew. Fairly full-bodied with a tight effervescence. Slightly warming. Amazingly drinkable. Sadly, I don't think it hits the style spot-on but I like it.

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Photo of GallowsThief
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bomber into my tulip.

A - Pours a ruby reddish brown. About 3 fingers of head that has a tannish white color.

S - Definite sour smell. Citrus as well. Yeasty. Floral. Funky. Aggressive all together. Nail polish for sure. Acetone.

T - Like the smell the taste this is aggressive. Tart and citrusy. Sour and funky. Very dry. Has some dark fruit flavor which reminds me of concord grapes. It's just a bit sweet but that disappears rather quickly. Seems to have a vinegar mixed in as well. Odd compilations of flavor.

M - Dry. Reminds me of a champagne rather then beer. Good carbonation. Alcohol is not that noticeable.

D - Rather high ABV to have a few and the taste makes this a sipper.

I popped this open after reading the wide variety of scores and reviews. You hate this or you like it and there is not a lot of in between. Its not CCB's best but its not awful. To each his own. Like all beer decide for yourself.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
1.65/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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?

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Photo of scottyshades
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours muddy brown, almost dark pink in light. Off white cap, retention is great - just a weird color

S: Sourness immediately, light apple vinegar, brown sugar, caramel, lots of malts. Nail polish remover kinda threw me off, but when you swirl this beer around it really hits you!

T: Puckeringly sour, but not so much as others I've tried recently. Vinegar, fruit, nail polish remover, brown sugar and very malt heavy flavor. Pretty balanced

MF/O: smooth feel, creamy finish, carbonation is spot on...not bad by any means, but unrefined - more like a Flanders than a wild ale

Lowest ever CCB score for me is a B-??

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Photo of ShanePB
2.66/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Pours a murky brown mahagony color with a big 2 finger tan head that slowly recedes and leave sticky lace as it does. Vinegar, acetone, with some fruit, very different than anything I have smelled before. Medium/light mouthfeel. Hmmm, not sure about this one. Acetone start with a following unripe bitter fruit note of grape. Not sure which of the combination of lemon, hibiscus, cane sugar, or elderberry that is throwing this one off, this might be a case of just trying to be a little too off the wall and in the end it just doesn't come together. There is an odd herbal smell in the nose that reminds me of a heavily spiced Italian vinergarette.

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Photo of jaw8325
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of corby112
1.76/5  rDev -49.7%
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.

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Photo of beersensei305
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Brewed in tandem with Saint Somewhere Brewer in Tarpon Springs, FL:

A- The head is different that any of have seen... bubbly slightly creamy brown with a reddish tinge. Kinda like some from Farmhouse brews but more creamy out of the bottle... holds nice to the glass. The body is dark again brown with a red hue- murky.

B- Strong pungent smell. Sour from lemon and the black curriants. Floral which comes form the lemon leaves and elderberries... Its you love or hate it scent. yeasty. Unique.

T- Very unique and complex. Tastes a lot like a farmhouse very sour and bitter... 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. Even as it warms I can pick out much from the beer except the sour and the smell masks too much as well.

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

D- I couldn't make it through the bottle...

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Photo of cjgator3
3.71/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
1.36/5  rDev -61.1%
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.

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Photo of starrdogg
2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.89/5  rDev -46%
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.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky medium brown with a Coca-cola colored head that doesn't last too terribly long. Slight visible carbonation running up the sides of the glass.

S - Yeast funk right from the start paired with a tart lemon aroma. A sweet floral scent resides way in the background but helps cut through the sour notes of the other ingredients. Very pleasing.

T - As with most american wild ales, this one is very tart and citric from the get go. The cane sugar is noticeable as it helps cut down on the tartness. The beer kinda loses its way half-way through each sip as the flavors shift from lemon citrus to flower petals. The yeast bi-product flavors help bring it all together, joining the sweet and the sour. Overall kind of confusing with the flavor but a unique flavor nonetheless.

M/D - Nice medium body with plenty of carbonation to support the style. Finishes with a sparkling wine dryness but clears from the palate quite quickly. Aftertaste, what is left, has a flower-like taste.

Another off-the-wall rendering from CCB with an extremely appropriate name for the beer. If your into wild ales this is a must try but I wouldn't keep it around for a super special occasion.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of godfathermg57
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into snifter

A: dark red with plenty of carbonation and white head

S: Very tart fruit and a slight hint of flowers. Can definitely smell some sourness to this one.

T: Acidic and tart. Tastes like sour blackberry (probably black currant) mixed with vinegar. The sourness is nicely rounded out with the fruits and others notes though.

M: Effervescent and smooth. Lots of carbonation in the mouth.

D: Tastes pretty good, but I'd say drinkability is low because of the tartness. This is to be expected with a sour, but nonetheless it's definitely a sipper and a one-glass beer.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of peabody
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy dark reddish brown with three fingers of off-white foam.
Smell is malts and sour fruits like black cherry and blackberry and just a slight aroma of alcohol.
Taste is black currant and lemon peel and plum/grape skin. No alcohol detected here.
Mouthfeel is very clean with just a tad of stickyness the quickly leaves and the palate is cleaned and ready for the next drink.. No alcohol here either. It's weird how this leaves the throat dry immediatly after it goes down.
Drinkability is very good. Too bad this is a Florida beer and Kentucky will probably never get CC brews. This alcohol is hidden very well indeed here. Good job.

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Photo of nickfl
4.39/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.24/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap to wrap up Flying Saucer's 11th anniversary, served in a Cigar City pint glass a deep brown with a thin khaki head. Aroma is loads of tart fruits. The taste is a nice punch in the mouth of tart fruits, both berries and citrus, alongside a nice malt backbone. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation. This is a very enjoyable Wild Ale, one I am glad that I got to try, and would certainly have again.

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Vuja De from Cigar City Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.