Vuja De - Red Wine Barrel Aged | 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)

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Added by Sean9689 on 03-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 6
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2/5  rDev -50.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reddish amber, burnt sienna in color/ cloudy with a small whispy offwhite head that left a light coating on the sides and bottom of the glass.

oak with a light funk are pressing here. Some light spice and as it warms up lots of cherries coming at me now.Cherries from the start, very nice. light oak and woody notes press in mid palate and as it warms a nice touch of spice starts to come through, almost peppery at times. Some light apple vinegar like flavor in the finish as a dry finish fades off.

A smooth, medium bodied ale, nice carbonation here prickled at the tongue at times. Coating and just right.Very smooth, with almost no hint of alchol

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours from the growler with a very murky, dark plum color that shows a deeply hazed, rich amber hue when held up to the light. The beer is topped by a thin, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer smells tart, woody, spicy (from oak), a touch buttery and really reminds me quite a bit of an oaky red wine (though the tartness is certainly a departure from this). This is quite fruity smelling as well with aromas of tart berries, and a definitely fruit character reminiscent of a red wine grape. The nose is quite oaky with notes of peppery, woody oak and a backbone of buttery oak character. The tartness actually dies down after the first few moments and it becomes more about the oak (primarily) and the fruity notes.

This tastes tart up front and only gets more so as the beer moves across the palate; there is a jam-like, currant like, red-wine fruitiness, buttery oak character and tannic coating character that joins the tartness in the finish as well a drying, sometimes peppery, fresh woody character that boosts the texture. It is interesting how buttery this beer tastes (and smells for that matter), it is not diacetyl, but definitely derived from the oak, but it is quite distinct and actually works pretty well here. There is perhaps a touch of spiciness in the finish that could be contributed from acetic acid; in fact as it warms I think there is a touch of acetic here, in fact the acidity here is fairly light overall and there may not be all that much lactic acid really here, but there is only just enough to add some interest instead of dominating the profile. The carbonation is pretty light here, but does add just a hint of a prickle and the body has some definite tannic structure to it as well as some viscosity that, along with the tannins, lets this beer cling to the palate. There is perhaps a touch of sweetness to this beer (though some of this is apparent sweetness contributed by the acetic acid). There is also a touch of acetone character towards the finish that seems to get wrapped up in the acetic character. There is perhaps a hint of toasted malt like character towards the finish that just barely shows through.

The red wine character is really quite dominant in this beer, even the acidity seems to accentuate this character. There isn’t actually a whole lot of the base malt character, but much of the acidity in this beer definitely seems to be likely derived from the hibiscus; this makes sense in retrospect, given that most of the acidity here is way too smooth to be acetic in character (and this didn’t really seem to be lactic in character). I also wonder if (actually it seems quite likely) if the bright fruitiness in this beer is much accentuated by the curants that were added to this beer. This is quite nice, the acetic is much more well integrated than I might have originally expected, and the acidity from the hibiscus certainly helps this (actually the black current likely contributes to this as well). The balance between the oak and fruit becomes even more well integrated as the beer warms up; in the end I am really enjoying this beer quite a bit more than I expected.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Sample at Dak's tasting!!) Pours hazy dark red/brown with off-white head. Aroma has lots of wine and some funk. Taste is tart with some sweetness from the wine. Medium bodied and nice smooth finish-also a bit dry. Very big wine taste here. A nice beer.

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Photo of corby112
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at 2011 Hunahpu's release.

Pours a dark mahogany/chestnut brown color with cherry red hues when held to a light and a one finger off-white head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lace behind.

Sightly funky aroma with a heavy barrel presence. Vinous with hints of earthy oak and lots of red wine in the nose. Plenty of dark fruit especially grape, cherry and other berries. Funky with hints of dry brett and other bugs. Much more interesting and less offensive than the base version(which was a real nightmare).

Medium boded with a strong barrel character. Pretty tart but not as sour as I expected with a very prominent red wine flavor. Vinous with hints of grape, cherry, currant and other dark berries. Faint malt backbone but not much balance. Slight earthy oak with a good amount of funky dry brett. Nice and puckering but the sweetness balances things out a bit. Could use a bit more diversity but it's still pretty good and easy to drink.

Overall, this beer was leaps and bounds above the atrocity that the base beer was. The barrel aging has done wonders to improve this beer but it's still a tad one dimensional. I'm glad I had a chance to try it and would seek it out again.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Hunaphu release. Damn, I need to get some Opus One, that stuff does wonders to beer!!!! A muddy reddish brown with an off white head, not a ton going on there though... This smells pretty much like the Sea Bass version, shows how much the wine takes over. Tart red wine, oak, smells great... The taste again is mostly the wine barrel, however I think this is a stronger base than the Bass so more of the Vuja De shows through. Sour red wine with oak, but just doesn't come through as crisp, a bit of musk that I don't love. Still crushable and drinkable, just not quite as good as the Sea Bass.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at 2nd Hunahpu's Release.

A - Pours a reddish brown color, off white head, some bubbles here and there.

S - Lots of sour/tartness, oak, red wine. The red wine adds a bit of sweetness and the oak helps the sour/tart that were a bit harsh for me in the base beer.

T - Similar to the nose. Good tart/sour notes, red wine, oak. The Opus One barrels worked wonders for the base beer. I really enjoy the wine, so this added to the beer upped it to another level.

M - Light, crisp, soft carbonation, dry finish.

D - Huge improvement over the base beer. The Opus One turned this beer around for the positive 180 degrees. Glad to have tried it and see what a nice red wine barrel can do for a beer.

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Vuja De - Red Wine Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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