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Cherry Woods - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 48
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Wheat based ale aged in oak for 12 months with proprietary bugs and whole sour cherries. This beer is quenching, dry, and visually stunning.

(Beer added by: woosterbill on 05-18-2010)
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Reviews by JoeMayo:
Photo of JoeMayo
4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Served in a tulip glass, this beer poured a bright crimson red, catching the light like a gemstone. A fluffy light pink head rested on top, but dissipated fairly quickly.

S- The smell is mildly misleading. A slight whiff of acetic sourness, reminiscent of cider and red-wine vinegars come through, but the primary aroma is ripe cherries.

T- One of the most well-balanced wild ales I've ever tasted. Not sour for the sake of being sour, but tart for the sake of being refreshing. A mild residual sweetness highlights the tart cherries that went into the barrel with this beer. There's a little lactic sourness, hints of green apple, tart cherries, dark cherries, and cider vinegar.

M- Light-bodied, but not watery. Effervescent, but not over-carbonated. The body of this beer mixed with its refreshing taste makes it great for the summer heat.

D- Perfectly drinkable. Perhaps a little too much so. It's so refreshing that you might forget to savor it.

JoeMayo, Jul 12, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy pinkish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is tart cherries with some oak notes. The flavor is tart cherries,oak and sugar. While the beer has some sourness to it, the cherries stand out the most. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

This was tried side-by-side with the Dark Woods. I really liked this beer, but felt the Dark Woods was more complex and slightly better overall.

Mora2000, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev +4.4%

standardcherry, May 11, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +4.4%

SPRichard, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by a friend - thanks!

Pours a golden-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of tart raspberries and cherries with hints of light malts and underlying wheat twang.

Tastes similar to how it smells though with less emphasis on the fruit flavors. Light malt and hints of wheat flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by equal amounts of funk and tart cherries Midway through the sip the tartness fades a bit and allows the malt and funk to carry through to a clean and crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a big fan of this and was even more impressed when I saw the low ABV. A well done beer that's worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of alamode
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

alamode, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Stigs
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour at Sunset Grill in Boston...served in a mid-sized tulip

A - came t me without a speck of foam, hazy fruit punch colored beer. no lacing and light active bubbling on the outside of the glass.

S - slightly musty and yeasty...sweet but juicy cherry (hard) candies. more sweetness from vanilla & oak.

T - begins quite vinegary, before biting luscious cherries chime in, bringing with them a moderate puckering sourness. becomes a bit buttery in the second half, sweet candi sugar, and musty and woody oak.

M - very light bodied with modest but active, tangy and prickly carbonation. finishes clean with lingering tartness and woody oak, a bit dry.

D - overall quite enjoyable...not a whole lot to look at and has quite a unique zesty/fruity taste to it. drinkable and quenching, yet sour enough to cure any cravings.

Stigs, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a tiny white ring atop a clear orange-red brew. No real head and no retention. No lacing either. Rather flat-looking overall if it weren't for the ample bubbles seen rising from the depth.

S: Nose is oak, subtle tartness and a slight sweetness in the back. Tart cherries and citrus fruits. Kool-Aid. Aromatic and sweet with woody overtones overall.

T: A bit watered down is the impression at the start. Watermelon, tropical fruit, cherry, tart spiciness in the back. Very fruity all-around. Oak in the middle as well as yeast and citrus notes. Cherry creeps up at the end. Finishes spicy and mildly dry. Little to no aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and bubbly in the mouth. Slightly abrasive and coarse going down. Finishes a bit dry with no aftertaste.

D: Enjoyable but nothing really special overall. The Kool-Aid scent and taste is interesting if a bit sweet and tropical for my taste. A solid AWA that is a bit on the mild side. A great introductory sour if anything. Worth a try.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of leschkie
4/5  rDev +4.4%

leschkie, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of hoptualBrew
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle recieved in a recent trade 1 pt 9.4 fl oz. No bottled or freshness date to be found. Label is nice & reads "Wheat based ale aged in oak for 12 months with whole sour cherries. This lightly carbonated beer is red-orange and yields goose berry, nectarine, and citrus finishing with a clean minerality."

Shared with my girlfriend & poured gently into two oversized wine glasses. Pours a deep murky red orange hue with a tiny layer of white bubbly head that falls down in a matter of seconds. Looks very nice, can already tell its going to be on the sour side from the looks of it.

Smells almost completely of sour cherries with a touch of oak on the nose. I tried to find it but I could not pick up the wheat base in there. Smells tart & sour with a very subtle hint of citrus zest.

Taste is all sour cherries. Not too sweet, not too sour - just the right mixture. At first, neither my gf or I were really impressed with this one, but the more we drank it - the more delicious it was. On the back end of this you can pick up a woody citrus mixture & the sour from the cherries has a mild clenching effect on jaw muscles.

Mouthfeel was nearly perfect, not too light but not too thick. Carbonation could have been a little heavier in my opinion.

Recieved this in a trade. I was told it was purchased at $18. If it were available to me locally, I would splurge on "The Woods" series once a year most likely.

Overall, this is only my 2nd sour - so take my review for what it is. Bottom line though, this is just a really tasty brew. Like I said, at first it wasnt impressive, but by the end of the bottle both my gf & I were looking for more. It is definitely a beer that grows on you quick!

hoptualBrew, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Gonzoillini, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of nickd717
2.28/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

All right, Arbi below said alfrantzell shared this, but I thought it was chswimmer or maybe TedSwimmer. 750ml bottle.

Pours a strange slightly hazy light reddish-orange color with a small fading white head that leaves a ring.

The aroma is surprisingly faint. I get a little cherry, some oak, and wild yeast.

The flavor is a little muddled but not awful. Cherry flavor starts sweet and ends tart, like a SweetTart. A little oak and a slight plasticky note. Seems a little fake.

Medium-light bodied and a little on the flatter side. Really lacks the pop I look for.

Not great for a wild ale at all. No, no, not at all. A Russian River sour filtered through a pig intestine and aged on an actual horseblanket would be better than this. Drinkability is below average.

nickd717, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from LarryG, cheers Larry!

Pours an effervescent blush pink with a modicum of beige head. Nice viscosity to this near zero head retention & lacing

S: Cherry & berry tartness, vinegar & a hint of barn

T: Subtle cherry flavor dryness, slight vinegar notes, & raspberry up front. Sourness breaks through as this warms, raspberry vinaigrette & red cherry intermingle, oakyness & tartness, plus a touch of vanilla fighting through.
Finishes tart with much sourness, & cherry fruittyness & even hint of sweetness

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation & tart as heck

Easy one to drink, this might've been better in the August heat versus the winter cool. So complex for a mere 4.7% ABV beer. Thrilled to get to try my first from this brewery!

russpowell, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured bright orange with a slight reddish tint with a minimal pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, funk, sour, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, earth, wood, funk, subtle tart, and subtle sour. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The look of this brew was fairly nice as it would probably glow in the dark. The aroma was also pretty nice, but the flavor was a little subdued. Really wish the cherry would have been a little more intense on the cherry. Still a definite must try.

thagr81us, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Paul (pwoody11) for sending me this beer almost a year ago. Cheers! Split with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – I had heard reports that this was a completely flat beer as of late. Thankfully, after a vigorous pour, there was about a half finger of slight off white head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Cherry pie, oak, earthiness, slight funk, and floral notes.

Taste – Honestly, it reminds me of cherry pie filling with a slight tartness. Not overwhelmingly sour nor funky, but a nice balance of tart cherries and sweetness. Oak comes in midway through, slight acidity and vinegar, and vanilla. Not overly complex but enjoyable nonetheless on this insanely hot day.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – Not my favorite of the series, but I’d drink it again for sure. Rather enjoyed it tonight to be honest.

SpdKilz, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of jsilva
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

jsilva, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev +4.4%

wesley14, May 17, 2012
Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - No real head to speak of, just some lacing during the pour that audibly fizzes away... Mostly a bright red with a strong distinctive orange hue... Glowing... No discernible carbonation...

S - The nose is dominated by an inviting woody oak... A definite funky twang... Berries... Some faint notes of citrus... Not much cherry to speak of...

T - The cherry is much more prominent on the palette and takes an both artificial candy and sour characteristics... Loaded with oak... Loaded with wood... A bit of sour vinegar tartness... A little salt... Loads of vanilla on the finish...

M - Light to medium bodied... Just the slightest twinge of carbonation... A bit puckering... A slightly dry finish...

D - A solid and sturdy American Wild Ale... Average to slightly above average... A lively sipper... Loaded with complexity and low ABV keep this interesting enough, but not something I would highly recommend or seek out in the future...

philbe311, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of theghost3
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rust color with no head. A few bubbles. No lacing.

The smell is faint cherry cough syrup with herbs. The taste is tart lemon with some sweet cherries. The cherry flavor was not as strong as I expected. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-bodied; not very acidic.

This was a fairly drinkable Wild Ale, but not as extremely flavorful or sour as I would expect. The cherries make it a good pairing with chocolate.

theghost3, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

hoppymcgee, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of nebula1999
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have been exploring cherry beers for a few years now, and decided to grab a bottle of this one and give it a try.

Poured into a large mouth wine glass. Shows reddish-orange color, and some head that fades very fast. Clear.

Aroma is sour cherries and some spice. Interesting.

Taste is more sour than I expected and very tart. Definitely a cherry note there. But as I said, way more sour than I had hoped. But not to the point that I cannot swallow it. It is pleasant on the palate, though and I had no problem finishing this one. It was refreshing on a warm summer evening, and it might end up in my cellar again for another hot night on the patio.

Mouthfeel is light. Easy on the tongue even with the sourness at the back of the jaw, and I did find myself reaching for my glass over and over again. Lower ABV makes it very drinkable.

I have to say that sour beers are new to me, and I am slowly acquiring a taste for them. So, take the review for what it's worth.

nebula1999, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great trade with Gsisk03.. Thanks Geof .. Shared with the boys a while back.. I preferred the Cherry Woods over the Dark... but I am apparently in the minority.

Pours clear orange.. short lasting white head... no real lacing..

Nose shows big cherry that seems a touch artificial, but not too bad.. Minor funk.. I was hoping for more.

Flavor is sweet cherry.. comes across a bit medicinal.. tart fruit comes slamming into some pretty wood/tannic notes.. puckery .. and again only with mild funk.. interesting and approachable... but for me, I would LOVE more "wild" character.. a bit too much is relied on the wood and the cherries... Sweet Cherries have an odd quality, and it seems to be magnified on this brew.

Thanks Geof... Very cool trade... look me up anytime.

3/3.5/4/4/4

JohnGalt1, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of largadeer
2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks, Arne.

Pale and clear pink with low carbonation and no head. This looks strangely like wine cooler.

Sweet cherry cough syrup aroma, strangely medicinal, almost makes me think of menthol. Not outright bad, just one-note and mediocre.

Tastes like sweet-tart cherries, and uhh...not much else. Flat on the palate, mild lactic sourness, a hint of lemon and mint. Thin with a brief finish, sweet throughout. Neither awful nor good, this was completely forgettable.

largadeer, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of angrybabboon
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 12-10-11

Appearance: It's like a pale pink-orange - an interesting color - minimal head, retains a small little white ring - minimal lacing, too

Smell: Complex - sour, tart, funk - very flloral - some wood, some very pale malts - dry cherries - some sweetness - another smell that honestly reminds me of Chapstick (this really is a weird off-flavor)

Taste: Sour, tart cherries - the cherries are not overwhelming, very nicely balanced with the other flavors - pale malts, a little bit of funk, some light oak, ultimately less sour than the smell suggests - sweetness is nicely minimal, yet this still tastes juicy

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, dry yet somehow juicy, sour but not puckering, could use some more carbonation

Overall: Another winner from The Woods

I have yet to be disappointed by any of "The Woods" beers from Cisco. They are all pretty unique, and they are all tasty. That being said, this is a great beer, but it's not the best of the series. I'd certainly search for more if it gets released again.

angrybabboon, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wifeoftubbnik for the opportunity to try this beer!

Pours a light pinkish orange color, completely clear body. There isn't really any head to speak of, but there are some streamers, so there is some carbonation in this one.

The aroma has tart cherries, and light funk, and a lemony lactic sourness. The flavor departs from the funk and presents a very clean lactic sourness on a sour cherry base. There are also some esters of pear and apple. The crispness of the lactic sourness is striking. There isn't even a hint of brett in here. Finish is dry.

Light and refreshing, this is definitely a solid summer sour. A bit thin on the palate, the carbonation does complement it well. Good overall, but it does leave a little to be desired.

NittanyBeerFan, Jun 19, 2011
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Cherry Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.