Cherry Woods
Cisco Brewers Inc.

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American Wild Ale
3.89 | pDev: 13.62%
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Cherry WoodsCherry Woods
Notes: Wheat based ale aged in oak for 12 months with proprietary bugs and whole sour cherries. This beer is quenching, dry, and visually stunning.
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Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks owed to ActonBrewer for sending this one so many years ago. Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. A 2010 vintage bottle that disappeared into the back of the cellar-fridge, consumed on 10/30/17. Poured from the corked and caged 750 mL bottle into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: A very minimal cork “pop” when this bottle is opened. Pours a mildly hazy gold with pink-red highlights. Very little visible carbonation, and no real head formation - just a few stray bubbles. This looks pretty flat, but otherwise pretty.

S: Fairly intense sour cherries and funk, with a mix of lactic and malic acids and just a touch of acetic sourness. Some citric acid, cracker malts, and oak. Mild apple or cran-apple, likely from some yeast esters.

T: Sour cherries, tart lactic acid, and mild vinous character. Oak and tannins and vanilla. Pale cracker malts. Some funk (cheese and feet and a bit of basement) and vinous, but less than the nose suggsested. Light yeast esters here again. More dry sour cherries and citric acidity at the swallow. There’s a mild spicy dryness – like the aftertaste of cinnamon (but without the cinnamon flavors). It’s not quite like oak tannins (though those are here too). I don’t know if it’s something from the cherry skins or what – it’s a bit odd, albeit not entirely unpleasant.

M: A light body and low alcohol presence. There's almost no carbonation at all at this point. The label claims that this is “lightly carbonated”, but it would seem what carbonation there was has been lost over the years. But it’s not a deal breaker.

O: Pretty decent beer, though I wish the funk that seemed promised on the nose was more present in the flavor. And the wheat that the label mentioned is largely (or entirely) absent; unfortunate, since I think a little more substantial malt bill wouldn’t have hurt this at all. But still pretty tasty.

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Photo of bamadog
2.84/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Got this one in a trade a couple of years ago -- I have to say it's kind of nice to start whittling down the cellar a little bit because moving it certainly sucked. Review is from notes taken on 8/26/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a nice, golden hued color, looks like a cider; as no head, and carbonation seems minimal, just a few small bubbles hitting the surface in random intervals -- not what I typically expect in a wild; body has just a touch of haze but is clear beyond that; nothing is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Pretty solid, like a lot of other wilds it has that sweet and very tart saccharine smell to it like a SweetTart; obvious cherry presence, very green, very sour and funky.

Taste: Meh, not so hot -- a fair amount of the sweet and tart acidic fruit -- mostly cherry, but hints of some apple as well; a fair amount of caramel maltiness in it as well; almost buttery. Probably going to be a drain pour, as the mouthfeel sucks.

Mouthfeel: Poor. Flat, no life whatsoever except what little bit of pucker comes from the tartness. Slick, gross.

Overall: I feel like I got ripped off in the trade. I store my beers with immaculate care, so I'm not taking the blame on this one. Cisco should apologize.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden/peach color with a touch of red, hardly any head surfaces, actually it barely shows any signs of carbonation, no lacing.

Smell has a nice cherry tartness to it, picking up a good amount of oak to add to the complexity, touch of vinegar, a nice balance for a wild ale.

Taste starts out with a strong cherry tartness, the sour pucker is medium high thanks to a vinegar cherry, the oak has a nice presence and adds a dash of funk, the lack of carbonation shown in the glass makes it surprising that the mouthfeel actually has some bubbles.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for splitting the bottle.

Appearance: Dusky rose. The color of sunset. Hazed. Depth of color is insane. Thin ring of bright-white bubbly head. Pours on the thicker side for the style. Nice carbonation. Very pretty.

Smell: Hints of cherry. Faintly woody and floral. Oak and some sweetness. Juicy cherry flesh. Nice and tart with the signature Cisco Woods bite. Aromas blend well. Touches of funk laced through a clinging citric note. Faintly musty.

Taste: A hint of cinnamon over a sharp citric bite. Loads of oak mingles with fresh cherry flesh. Sweetness offers a nice compliment to the sour bite. Touch of funk lingers in the back. Cherry is everywhere and with a touch of earth from the oak, it really shines. Floral notes round out the whole experience.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body. Carbonation is strong but works for the style and flavor profile. Very smooth despite the carbonation. Touch dry on the back.

Overall: I don't know what it is about Cisco and cherries, but it tastes of cinnamon. In any case, this is another well crafted wild ale. Lots of depth and a nice level of drinkability. The price doesn't hurt either...if you can track them down in RI.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at State Line Liquors after picking up my girlfriend in DC to head home for my brothers grsduation from college. 750 ml bottle poured into a Russian River cervoise...

A - Pours a really nice bright shade of grapefruit color. Pretty still though and there is no head to speak of aside from a few bubbles. The color is the best part of the appearance.

S - Tart cherries for sure. Almost cherry pie filling like, but lighter on the nose. Lots of oak comes through along with a surprising bit of funk. Aromas seem to mix well with the cherries slightly edging out the funky, musty aromas. Slightly acidic aromas.

T - Cherries all the way. Really nice tart and slightly sour cherry flavor. Some oak and earthy funk come through as well. Nice favors mixing here. Nice mix of sweet and sour with a light tartness.

M - Medium bodied, but on the lighter side for sure. Moderate carbonation adds a nice little bite to the tongue. Slight dryness on the end which is to be expected.

O - Not a bad beer! I'm a sucker for anything aged in oak with cherries, so I was excited for this one. While it didn't blow me away, I could easily revisit this one.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours looking very still. Pinkish amber color

S: Nice clean cherry aroma, with a little sour funk, mix of lactic and acetic

T: Pleasantly bracing, bright sour pie cherry. Bready malt notes accent it nicely. Tastes like drinking a cherry turnover, just less sweet.

M: No carbonation, although that detracts less in this beer than some others. Long fruity linger, but clean and fairly dry.

O: I'm enjoying the pure, clean cherry aspect of this beer. Not super complex, not one to age for years, but a nice tasty beer.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle shared with my girlfriend, poured into tulip glasses.

A: Clear, honey colored body with an overall reddish tone to it. Absolutely no head, retention or lacing (obviously) whatsoever. Fairly boring but somewhat acceptable for the style, although I've had plenty of Wild Ales with some type of head.

S: Tart red fruit skins, funky brett byproducts, buttered popcorn and a bit of cherry flesh. It has that smell as if it's infected but that just comes with the territory of style in this case. Towards the back end is a very pungent vinegar-like aroma.

T: Acidic vinegar and a huge tartness is immediate, with subtle red fruit flavors to complement. Cherry, strawberry and raspberry come in with a brett-like flair on the palate. The finish has a huge acidic bite that does leave a touch of dryness around the mouth.

M: Lively and bubbly, which may be a bit surprising as this beer looks absolutely dead still and completely flat. It's prickly on the back end and like above, ends a touch on the drier side. Just as I would expect to style.

I was a bit disappointed that there was not as much fruit flavor, namely cherry, on both the nose and taste. It was there but I had to hunt for it, and honestly the acidic and tart qualities of the beer overtook any flavors that may have been present. I'm not sure how old this bottle was, but over time these sour qualities intensify and lose the original fruit flavors; which could be the case here.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish colored beer, little bit of ruby in there. Not much else going on, no real head.

S - Really great smell. Cherry, oak, some sourness, little funk. Nicely complex, really digging this one so far.

T - Decent cherry taste, some good barrel with the oak and vanilla. Not as complex as the smell, but still good.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Not bad, pretty enjoyable, would drink again.

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Photo of Pahn
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Not sure if there's bottled on info somewhere, but I bought this a couple months ago when the Woods series started being sold in the Hartford area. P.S. Very happy that the Woods series is sold near where I live now, particularly Monomoy Kriek and Winter Woods.

Appearance: Vigorous pour yields a bit of white froth that dissipates immediately. Crystal clear orange with pink and red highlights. No lacing.

Smell: At first, acetic and a little funky. After a short time, lots of floral and sweet berry notes come out. Very nice.

Taste: Sour cherry up front, transitioning to some hefty funk and a mild lactic sourness, with a small pet-peeve-of-mine SweeTarts note in the finish. Juicy. Lots of tartness, but not stinging.

While neither dominant nor present-in-every-sip, there's an occasional big hit of sour cherry that's very satisfying for me. The funk is less basement or barnyard and more mushroom, but not so much that it clashes with the predominantly fruity flavor. Very little oak influence... oak seems to be expressed as tasting like wood smells rather than the usual vanilla-like notes. This actually works well with the tart and succulent flavor as it gets more and more characterized by citrus rind and pith.

Strange beer, but interesting. Lots of fruit flavor, occasional sweet but somewhat off notes, nice sour cherry flavors, steadily deepening berry and citrus. The flavors don't so much balance or harmonize as morph into many different things... adventurous, and a treat, but missing something that better wild ales have. It's like a poem or novel that has very beautiful language but is ultimately inscrutable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Mouth-fillingly tart and fuller bodied than expected, but that works really well with the flavor. Low but ample carbonation. Finishes dry with a lingering tartness.

Overall: This beer not only has lots of good aspects, but many of those good aspects are rare if not downright unique. What keeps it from greatness is that it sort of doesn't make sense. Despite how fruity it is, it *isn't* refreshing... the body is too full and the flavors too bold and disparate. The flavors range from (very occasionally) offputtingly humdrum / SweeTarts to very good to spectacular, but the beer never comes together even for one sip such that you go, "Ahhhh, this is a great beer!"

That said, I was in the mood for something low alcohol with a lot of fruit (preferably sour cherry) flavor. Cherry Woods is nice and flavorful without being mouth-hurtingly sour or burningly alcoholic. Worth a try if you like unique American wild ales.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light pink color with very little carbonation and no head. The smell is slightly tart with a hint of cherries. The flavor is tart can detect the cherries but not a strong flavor like in the monomoy kriek. The mouthfeel is light low carbonation like an unblended lambic. Overall the beer is good but not one of the better ones from the woods series.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is the color of pink grapefruit, with only a few bubbles of carbonation that dissipate immediately. No head and no lacing, the beer looks more like juice, or perhaps an unblended lambic.

The aroma offers some nice funk and cherries, with some sweeter berries like raspberries in there as well.

The flavor is delicious, light, and simple. Cherry juice with a nice tartness in the finish. Mild acetic character. Light bodied with low carbonation. Not especially complex, but quite drinkable and enjoyable. I would have this again.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to jedwards for his awesome east coast beer trading package!

Poured into a snifter, appears coppery amber with pink colored highlights at the glass edges. Very slightly cloudy, no head or foam, but lively soda-style carbonation.

Smells of very sour cherries, cranberries, with a medium-light tannic scent imparted by the oak wood. Can't detect any sweetness to the scent at all, although there is also this barely noticeable teeny-tiny bit of swamp gas funk at the back end of the scent which makes me idly wonder if it would amplify, were the bottle were to be cellared for some time.

Taking a sip, I discover that this one presents with a bright fresh crisp soured cherry / cranberry / raspberry? initial strike that gets joined up by gentle oak support in the mid sip combined with a clean acidic bite that doesn't let up until the finish. Overall much drier in character than expected, nearly all heavy tartness, and yet only medium acidity compared to other brews of similar presentation. The oak wood is well proportioned to the level of acidity (as in downplayed to the same amount) such that it properly semi-rounds out the sharp edges of the sour flavor. No Brett is present that I can detect, only lacto elements and wood. Sour cherry yogurt, minus all dairy elements, of course. Its a good one. Not the best, but pretty damn good.

Body is light and refreshing, much like a spritzer, fizzy carbonation prickles the tongue, although finish is also quite dry. Somewhat more watery than expected, but only by an easily forgivable margin.

As an aside, I should mention that this brew seems to share quite a few similarities with New Glarus's cran-bic in the nose, but tastes quite different by means of a lower acidity and sweetness level, and has a thinner body by a small margin.

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Photo of larryi86
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- Light copper/orange with a hint of pink, very small head.

S- Sour cherries, some sweetness, hint of funk, oak.

T- Sour/tart cherries upfront, nice lemon and oak finish.

M- Light, smooth, crisp, refreshing.

O- This is a nice sour, but maybe a little over priced. Was not as good as the other two beers I have had in "The Woods" series. I am glad that I tried it, but I probably wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear, but bubbly, yellow pour with a slight hint of red. Hardly any head and nothing remains after only a few minutes.

S: The smell is pretty sour with a hint of sweetness, which I would assume are from the cherries. The oak is prominent as well.

T: The taste pretty much follows the smell, but with a little more cherries showing up to the party. The oak is apparent in the middle and the finish is decently sour. No big taste popping out, not overly impressed.

MF: Very light body with the normal amount of carbonation. The drinkability is actually pretty high here.

O: Not impressed. Only an average wild IMO.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this just over 1 year ago at the ACBF, but since then have bought bottles several times in the Boston area. It's been something of a favorite of mine over the last year. Now opening another one and realized I've never reviewed it.

The cork gives a barely audible pop on the way out. It pours a light orangy red, or reddish orange, clear and with very little head. After a few moments there is nothing on top, very still looking.

The aroma is all cherries and oak, and in fact it smells just a little more sour than it tastes. Initially tart on the front of the tongue, mid sip gives all sorts of fruit, implying more than cherries alone. Some light berry, maybe raspberry, also a bit of oak and touch of cedar quality.

Low carbonation, as evidenced by the lack of foam, this goes down smooth and easy. I love this stuff, and will probably buy more again.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wide mouth Duvel glass.

Cherry Woods pours an opaque reddish/orange with a thin white head. What foam there is disappears quickly leaving no lace on the glass. Inside the beer streams of large bubbles rise to the surface.

The aroma is flowery and tart. Notes of cherry, green apple and rose are mixed in with a sour barnyard funk.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick, lightly syrupy with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is fruity and sour. It begins sweet with a strong cherry taste. Tartness moves in at the middle with some hints of oak and a touch of yeast. It finishes dry with a lingering cherry tartness when gone.

This beer has a nice balance between fruity flavor and tartness. It's not as puckering as other sour ales or as sweet as a fruit beer. Reminds me of a cherry sour patch kid.

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Photo of Phelps
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle shared by the lovely whiterascal into a tulip.

The Woods is a series of limited brews Cisco produces, and the cherry edition is a wheat-based ale aged in oak for 12 months with whole sour cherries.

The color is akin to watery apple cider; a very hazy, deep orange hue. There’s no head at all, just some random bubbling.

Sweet/sour cherries in the nose, along with the lightest of wheat, like an American wheat ale. Subtle funk is balanced by vinous oak.

The flavor reminds me of apple cider — cinnamon mixed with apple, sour cherries and other spices. This would be good in the winter. Oaky vanilla might be contributing to this cidery quality. Lots of wheat, moderate tartness, crisp finish.

The medium-light body alights on the tongue with subtle carbonation and not much fizziness. Moderate tartness hangs in there for a while, but finish is pretty crisp and quenching.

Cherry Woods is complex, if a bit lighter in flavor than what I was hoping for. The cherries and oak combine for a smooth, light drinking experience that’s great for warm weather.

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Photo of mjyoung
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Thanks to scottfrie for sharing. Drank 4/4/11

A: Very little head, and what is there dissipates very rapidly. It's initially well carbonated but it fades quickly and entirely. The color is beautiful ruby grapefruit.

S: Notes of dark fruit. I can't quite tell if it's cherry or simply the power of suggestion. Definitely strong sour notes and a wee bit'o'wood.

T: Definite cherry on the tongue. A very mild sour that definitely does not pucker. No hint of alcohol whatsoever.

M: A little light on the carbonation and the body is extremely thin. Definitely not how I like my beer to feel.

O: Unfortunately this beer is being compared to Russian River, and it doesn't hold a candle to it. It drinks easy and tastes fine, but the mouthfeel is off, and it's too mild.

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Photo of jhimstedt
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to pullen for chance to try this!

A - cloudy and a bit murky looking, almost no carbonation at all. beautiful redish-orange color.

S - not overly tart, fruit comes through nicely and more complex than expected, cherry but also a little lime zest and pomegranate

T - tartness in a very balanced place with this one. sour enough for sour fans, but not mouth puckering levels. reminded me a bit of pomegranate lime soda my wife likes. starts out with the usual sour suspects, but the mid palate fruit mix of cherry, pomegranate, citrus and some stone fruit was quite nice.

M - quite nice even with minimal carbonation. don't usually mind lack of carbonation in a sour, and this was still quite nice to me.

O - great beer. would definitely get a hold of some again, only bummed i don't have more lying around to cellar. i think even a year of age on this would make this beer rate a bit higher. recommended for sure

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Cherry Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 132 ratings