Vuja De | Cigar City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.96%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale with Black Currants, Locally Foraged Lemon Leaves, Hibiscus, Cane Sugar and Elderberry Flowers.

Added by djmichaelk on 01-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
159
Reviews:
86
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
24.57%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
41
For Trade:
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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 86
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 acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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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 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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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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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 Alieniloquium
2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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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Vuja De from Cigar City Brewing
3.5 out of 5 based on 159 ratings.
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