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Cigar City Vuja De - Red Wine Barrel Aged

Cigar City Vuja De - Red Wine Barrel Aged
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 299   ABV: 9.96%
Ale with Black Currants, Locally Foraged Lemon Leaves, Hibiscus, Cane Sugar and Elderberry Flowers. Designed and brewed in collaboration with Bob Sylvester of Saint Somewhere Brewing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdixon77 (2328) - Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Ancient rating from Hunahpu’s Day 2012, I recently found my tasting notes. Figured why waste good ticks…red wine (duh), pleasantly tart, grapes, caramel, brown sugar, excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Pours reddish brown with thin white head. The nose is red wine vinegar, sour grapes and wood. The taste is wine, unripe grapes and oak. Medium body. 3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (5369) - Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Another sour beer on draft at Hunnhupu day 2012, poured a muddy brown red color, aromas of grapes, currant, cane sugar, and elderberries. Again not a big van of regular Vuja De, but this one treatment made it better. Some tart fruit, grapes, elderberries, and some sugar. Decent beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2011
At daknole’s during Final4 tasting. Pour is murky brown with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of red wine vinegar, leather, oak, tart vinous fruit, and some underlying herbs/spices. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of caramel, vanilla, as well as some definate wine barrel presence. Overall body is somewhat sweet with well balanced acidity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10611) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2011
Draft… This beer rocks!… Pours a murky brown with a red tint and a small, fat-bubbled, white head. The funky, acidic bouquet furnishes everything a Flanders red should – wood, earthy leather, stinky sock, old cheese, sour cherries, a splash of red wine vinegar and a suggestion of caramel. Full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and zippy carbonation. The acidic, malty flavor is a swirl of sour cherries, funk and caramel flanked by tart traces of lemon juice and red wine vinegar. Finishes tangy, fruity, then astringent and dry. World class Flanders red!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2011
Cigar city vuja de on red wine barrels. 32oz growler thanks to Adam... Pours a deep somewhat muddled reddish caramel brown with a very seemingly non-existent head... Aroma us hugely vinegary with sour cherry and earthiness but more leaning towards the acidicness... Flavors are somewhat metallic with vinegar tones, sour cherries, leather, and acetone. Harsh all around and somewhat tough to take down as a whole. Body holds up with a medium profile. 7/4/7/3/13

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2011
32 oz growler from askofficerfriendly. Thanks, Greg! Pours a nice dark brownish pour, near opaque, with light brownish edges, a small whitish head dies immediately to a small ring, small lacing is slight. Aromas are red wine vinegar, pretty big and sizable with sour red fruit, touches of lemon, fairly acidic on the nose. Initial is less acidic than the nose let’s on, a good bite of sour red fruit, lactic acid, touches of bread, toast, faint toffee. Touches of brett, wet oak and red wine tannins mix in. Acidic red wine vinegar seizes the day on the finish with some good acidity, sweet toasty and bready, biscuity malts. Red wine tannins, red fruit. The acidity isn’t as bad as I was expecting, but it is still the prominent factor in the beer. Better than oaked Sea Bass. And near the complete opposite spectrum. We did a blend of both beers that seemed muchhh better than either. The acidity grabs me as it preaches a good sourness and vinegar quality, but at times it is a bit much, with dry red wine tannins providing synergy of the flavor, and not always in a good way. I had a good experience with regular Vuja (unlike some other), this was a bit more intense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2011
(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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2011
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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