Vuja De | Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky brown, but with an appropriate light tan colored head and some decent lacing, this brew looks pretty tasty.
There is definitely a ton of vinegar on the nose but not so much that it pushes me away. I can see how this may be a breaking point for many, but im ok with it. Currant and elderberry flower and dark dank fruit dominate, the plethora of ingredients in this beer provide a huge nose and a ton of depth.
Again, so much vinegar assaults the palate, but i kind of enjoy the battle. I love the addition of the flowers and i think it really its the clincher for me. The lemon and citrus notes come through in the backend after all is said and done. The downfall of this i think is the leftover tang in the back of my throat that i know is capavle of driving people away. As this warms, it has a surprising creaminess that rounds it out once you can get past the sour dark fruit. Good carbonation, aggressive flavors, overall pretty damn decent. Im more pleased than i thought i would be.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL brown glass pry-top champagne bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando FL in May 2011.

Pours a deep reddish brown with quickly receding khaki head. Nose is dominated by red wine vinegar (flemish red, anyone?), turpentine, lemon zest, raisins, dried cherry fruit leathers. Palate is very similar to a flemish red, lots of raisin-y flavors. Currants come out on the palate, preserved lemon, lime essence and something that reminds me of The Bruery.

Super sour, very much like a flemish red. Very much red wine vinegar. Not my thing, but interesting.

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Photo of JayS2629
2.17/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of adam42381
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany brown with caramel highlights and a thick and creamy 3 finger beige head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Wine grapes, cherries and apple cider vinegar. Smells quite tart.

Taste: Tart wine grape hulls up front followed by a touch of tart fruitiness I can't place along with a bit of lemon in the middle before ending with just a hint of funk at the finish. Aftertaste is light and fairly sour. Alcohol is almost completely masked.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a fairly low amount of carbonation. There is a bit of a burning sensation as it goes down - not from the alcohol, but more like a peppery, smokey, take your breath away sensation I can't exactly explain. It's not unpleasant, just different.

Drinkability: High drinkability. This goes down so easily it's hard to remember that it's right at 10% ABV. You could drink a lot of this if the alcohol didn't sneak up on you.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I'm not too familiar with wild ales, but if this is any indicator of what they're like, I'm sold. I would highly recommend giving this one a shot.

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Photo of Kshock
4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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 treehugger02010
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle in the tasting room inTampa, FL. I poured it into a pint glass.
A: The body is a deep brown. The head is a few fingers tall, dark tan, small bubbles, very thin lacing.
S: The aroma is tart, elderberries, and strawberries.
T: The taste is a bit sour, oddly roasted, and yeast.
M: The body is thin with dry and lingering finish.
D: This beer is pretty good.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish pour that turns a dark amber in the glass. A nicely sized head with hints of pink and brown rests atop, lacing nicely and sticking around for the long haul.

S: The smell is really interesting on this. Sour dominates, but a sweetness from the black currants. A bit of alcohol comes through as well.

T: I was ready to hate this beer. I really was. But I am extremely pleasantly surprised here. Sweet up front, a lot like a Belgian with dark fruits and sugar. The sour flavor comes next and is significantly more subdued than I was expecting. Chocolate finishes the beer off with a weird aftertaste, the only detraction from this offering.

MF: Nicely carbonated and a medium body. This was darker than most sours I've seen.

O: Really not bad for a sour, which if you follow my reviews you know I am no fan of. The balance is nice, which means the sour taste is really an afterthought for me. I'm still glad I shared it, but I would drink this again is the opportunity presented itself (not that I'm expecting that to happen!)

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Photo of Mosley1212
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter.

A--Poured a deep amber color (near black). Had a caramel-colored head with fairly decent retention. I didn't expect this color, thought it would be a bit lighter for sure.

S--Smelled tart up front (black currant), hibiscus flower, then a wave of sweetness.

T--Heavily tart. The tartness actually blocks out a lot of flavor. Them comes the currant, lemon, and hibiscus flavors. It was very dry--almost wine-like.

M--Tartness makes me pucker, then the bitterness lingers. Overall it was a light-bodied brew.

O--This was very sour. What I was hoping for, but it didn't quite live up to what I was hoping for. I'm going to buy an extra one so I can cellar it. I want to see what happens to it with some age.

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Photo of bierguru
2.28/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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

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Photo of billshmeinke
2.59/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle split with a friend. Thanks to infestaxion for the extra.

Deep dark impenetrable brown color. Big billowing off white/khaki heady. Lacing and retention is nice.

Smells lemony and tart with some acidic notes. Then chocolate and brown sugar with some chalkiness.

Tastes... Pretty damn awful. Flavors clash horribly. Lemon, vinegar, plumbs that segways into ripe berries, black currants, hints of chocolate and a touch of brown sugar.

Zesty, citrus, spritzy mouthfeel.

Pretty awful. Sorry cigar city, but this is lame.

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Photo of maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-16-11

Pours a deep, cloudy red-brown color with a sizable tan head that slowly bubbles away. Retention is very good, leaving behind a thick layer of lacing.

Smell is all sour, wild yeast. Very pungent at first, giving way to aromas of dark fruit, citrus and a wine-like finish.

Taste is huge fruit, with the black currant dominating. The sourness is intense, and is amplified by the alcohol. The bitterness comes in at the very end, with a dry but fruity finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, which seems to amplify the sourness. The carbonation is strong, and almost fizzy on the palate.

Drinkability is decent, the sourness really fades as you go. Still a pretty intense experience.

Overall, very interesting, unique, and well worth trying.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice pinkish brown with a lot of nice off white head. Smells funky and fruity. Lots of lemon on the nose. Tastes weird... Funky, tart,... Nail polish remover on the tongue. The finish is just plain awful. Mouthfeeel is interesting. Highly carbonated but weird.... The lemon zing is great but everything else about it suffers

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Photo of CaskBeerouac
4.7/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled the draft version of this at Mr. Beery's Cigar City Total Tap Takeover, but wanted to try it again.

Pours a deep, deep reddish brown, almost opaque, with a light tan head that leaves serious lace and turns into a fine layer in my tulip glass.

Fruity and tart aroma.

The taste is fruity (but not sweet), dry, sharp and tart. Head brewer Wayne Wambles said this beer has notes of plum, and I agree. Notes of vinegar, lemon and wood. I can't taste the high alcohol at all. Quite nice.

The body is light and crisp, matching well with the sour flavors.

Overall this is another good Cigar City beer, and an excellent collaboration with Saint Somewhere.

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Photo of defpotec2385
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, reddish-brown, thick head.

S - Strong, sweet, fruity.

T - Starts sour, finishes sweet.

M - Like champange, a lot of tiny bubbles (Don Ho)

D - My first sour, didn't know what to expect. Drinks like a champagne or something with a lot of carbonation. Should be sipped.

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Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing a 705ml bottle on 4/18/11.

A - Emerged from the bottle as a murky brown liquid with a finger's worth of frothy tan head that reduced to leave behind a bit of swirly lacing.

S - Aroma is unusual but intriguing, with a pkethora of floral, herbal and fruity attributes. Dark fruit, raisins and juicy berries come to mind, as well as citrus fruit. There is also a faint cocoa and molasses character in the background that surprised me.

T - Juicy berry character paired with tangy dark fruit and a hint of cocoa in the middle through the backend. While there is indeed quite a bit of tartness, Vuja De finishes on the bitter side with an abundance of herbal and floral notes. Reminds me of dissolving Sweet Tarts candy in prune juice when I was a kid... OK, I never did that.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and bristly carbonation. Acidic and tart on the tonuge, then finishes with moderate bitterness across the palate.

D - I enjoyed my small pour quite a bit, actually. Could I drink an entire pint of this? Probably not, but this was quite tasty overall and really unique. Extra points for pushing the boundaries here.

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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 BrewCrew2010
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A muddy brown-red body with a decent size head. No lacing.

S: Nose is initially sour with notes of currants, perhaps green apples, & a malty backbone.

T: A nice funky sourness upfront, followed by currants, black cherries, lemons, and balanced by a hint of malts. Before I looked at the bottle and saw the ingrediants, I could definitely get the bitter hibiscus flavor. Nicely balanced but very tart.

M: Full body, medium carbonation, puckering mouthfeel.

O: Was a bit nervous drinking this one due to things people have said and my bad experience with Sea Bass. However, a really nice Wild and would drink this again. Definitely a sipper and a 1 bottle at a time deal though.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - super dark cherry-brown, good head that subsides, lacing hangs down proudly

S - FUNK! super, super potent; sour cherry & yeast run amok; I also picked up on the flowers.

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

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