A phrase by which Roman might describe terrible wine


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Hello again.
Can anyone suggest, perhaps an attested phrase, or a likely phrase, that might be used by a gladiator to indicate that something he just drank was exceedingly disgusting.

The equivalent of someone down the pub/bar describing the beer as tasting like cat's piss.

I should add, I only really need the comparison bit in Latin (vulgar Latin?) since it is for a book, and in this scene all the characters understand each other, so the dialogue is in English.


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This is probably not what you are looking after but, in De Officiis, Cicero refers to wine that is going off as vinum fugiens (see here and here).