Cherry Woods
Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 13.62%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
133
From:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
88
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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Reviews by tpd975:
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tpd975 from Florida

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

A: Pours a nice vibrant red hue. small head and no retention.

S: Lots of fresh cherry, oak, funk. Both sweet and sour balance is great.

T: Fruity mostly funky with hints of sweet cherry. Light grain but good balance.

M: Medium in body, smooth, tasty.

D: Good I really like this one.

Sep 05, 2010
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

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.

Jun 12, 2011
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coachdonovan from Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

let's get this out of the way: some people will not like this. it's not a "man's beer" and it absolutely straddles the line between beer and wine. that said, it's very unique, refreshing, and (in my opinion) pretty damn well made.

having heard the buzz that Matt/La Laiterie had procured a few cases directly from the brewery, i didn't want to miss out. the bartender explained that this one uses some sour cherry mash and several types of yeast, and it spends 2-3 months in pinot noir barrels. there is just a light fermentation so the carbonation is minimal.

i think my large bottle was 750ml, but i'm not entirely sure since there was no label. poured into a small snifter, it almost looks like a pale Hawaiian Punch and there is no visible carbonation. aroma and taste are sour, first and foremost. slightly reminiscent of sour hard candy like Jolly Ranchers, but not as sweet. while it doesn't taste like wine, you do get some "wine essence" and tannins from the pinot barrels.

by the end i was definitely ready for something else, but that's probably because i had plowed through the entire bottle by myself in less than an hour. abv is low but the sourness hurts drinkability. however, i would say this is a perfect daytime-drinking beer for at least two people. a quality substitute for white - or pink (gasp!) - wine.

May 29, 2010
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at WineNation, Millbury, MA. Corked & caged.

Opens with a slight boink. Poured into a DFH snifter with a few teensy bubbles, nothing you could call a head, over the slightly cloudy copper brew. Leggy, with a few small bits of lace. Aroma is tart cherries.

Taste begins with a controlled tartness, goes sweet cherry in the middle, and then the flavors combine to the close, with a sour aftertaste. Mouthfeel is okay, with good drinkability. The flavor keeps me coming back, although it could benefit from a bit more carbonation.

Oct 13, 2010
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Aug 28, 2013
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

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

Aug 20, 2015
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ShamasUVA from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Gingerman SoNo, poured into a wine glass.

Beer had a small 1/2 in head, not a lot of effervessence in it. Aroma was of complex sourness- lactic, brett, cherry, and just a hint I thought of vinegar. Flavor was similar, with a dryness that just made you want another sip. As far as fruit beers goes, this is one of the best I've had, and really it is more of a sour that happens to use cherry than a cherry beer. The only thing I would change about the beer is to make it a little more carbonated to make it pop more in the drinker's mouth. Well done, Cisco.

Jun 01, 2010
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Dec 24, 2010
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

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.

Jun 21, 2011
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Stigs from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Aug 05, 2010
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Wasatch from Colorado

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

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

750ml
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a very nice clean/clear red color, very nice carbonation, quick fizzy white head, with minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is maly, yeasty, with some nice cherry notes, citrus, and some oak. The taste is very slightly sweet, malty, yeast, tangy, with some cherry notes, picking up some citrus, and some oak notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty brew.

Oct 02, 2010
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brandoman63 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Nov 29, 2011
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Oct 20, 2010
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cfh64 from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jun 03, 2012
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Jan 19, 2012
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Nov 18, 2011
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3/5  rDev -22.9%

Feb 11, 2012
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number1bum from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Popping the cork on this one there is barely a pop at all, and the pour shows it to be nearly flat. It fizzles a bit on the pour but doesn't produce any head. Absolutely no trace of head in fact. It's an interesting color, a reddish amber color that's pretty clear.

Smell reveals some oak and bretty notes, mildly funky, with a tart cherry aroma to it. Has a cracker like quality to it as well. The tart cherry is nice, but it's not a very robust nose. I think the lack of head hurts it in that regard.

Taste is light and clean with a tart cherry flavor like the nose. Tart raspberry as well. It has just a modest pucker with some subtle oak qualities. Very clean finish, with some fruit and a subtle lingering sweetness as well. My first sip reminded me of a not quite so sweet cherry soda in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and very clean. There's a light prickle of carbonation, but it's pretty damn flat and given how light it is it could have stood above average carbonation. Definitely needs at least average carbonation, but it's just not there. On the thin side as well, although it's quite drinkable for a sour.

This has some nice elements but the lack of carbonation hurts it. Nice flavor, but it's pretty simple and not overly complex. A decent sour, but flawed.

Dec 31, 2010
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nebula1999 from Connecticut

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.

Jul 03, 2011
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largadeer from California

2.32/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

Oct 11, 2010
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tzieser from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the pour farm tavern in new bedford.

Served in a standard pint glass. Dark reddish in color with a very thin head.

Slightly funky tart aroma with notes of oak and sour cherries. Solid malt profile.

Very tart and sour flavor. Sour cherry flavor is dominant with subtle notes of oak earthiness. Not bad but it tastes more like a kriek than a generic wild ale.

slick mouthfeel; okay drinkability.

Pretty good if you're looking for a sour kriek/oud bruin style ale. I wasn't at the time, but I'm glad to try it anyway.

Dec 20, 2010
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Mar 23, 2013
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 13, 2011
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jophish17 from Georgia

3/5  rDev -22.9%

Dec 24, 2011
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alamode from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Jan 12, 2013
Cherry Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 133 ratings