Pechish Woods | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Pechish WoodsPechish Woods

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Danny_Brewstein
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy yellow like a wheat beer. Tiny bubbles racing to the top, highly carbonated. Smells like Brett and a hint of oak, not much peach.
Holy cow is this sour! But it's a delicious. Best sour I've had in a while.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow this beer is great. So much peach flavor and a perfect amount of sour. One of the best sours I have ever had because of the balance, flavor, and quality

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out well, light peach colored, thin head. Aroma was nicely peach, soft, not brace yourself bitter/sour, really enjoyed just smelling this bad boy.

Peach, white wine like acidity and tartness, such a soft touch all over this. Not the biggest beer out there, but this one's delicate hand produced a masterpiece. Drank towards the end of an amazing sour tasting, this one was my favorite. Manages to result in a peach/apricot flavor, ample tartness that is balanced with the fruit, yet a dry finish. Not at all 'sweet'. Just the right amount of just about everything from where I sit.

Thanks jh1982 for breaking this out, liked it even more than the Zomer somehow!

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Photo of larryi86
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thank you goes to DrewShal9 for sending me this
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear light yellow with a white one finger head.

S- Sour, touch of funk, peaches, touch of oak.

T- Everything I was hoping it would be. Sour citrus/grapefruit up front, touch of funk and oak, and a big tart peach finish that is just great. Well balanced.

M- Smooth, very crisp, dry, refreshing, light body.

O- A great beer that lived up to what I thought it was going to be when I first heard the name. It starts almost like a nice Gueuze and has a great peach finish. Really hope I can get more. This is my favorite from "The Woods".

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Photo of vfgccp
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle opened March 2014.

A - Bright clear gold body. Little retention with no lace.

S - Straight, deliciously tart peaches. One of the best fruit notes I've ever smelt in a beer. Touch of floral nectar on the backend.

T - Holy crap... flitch-inducingly sour. One of, if not the, tartest American Wilds I've ever had. Bracing lemon, peach pits, crisp tart unripe white peaches, orange rind, and agave. Crisp peach flavor permeates the profile and lingers through the finish as the aggressive sour-warhead character subsides.

M - Strikingly sour with a crisp light frame and a fruity finish.

O - To me, deep in the soul of an American Wild Ales is a brash, uncompromising, and boldly unbalanced sour core. Pechish Woods embraces that core and showcases it against a deftly selected fruit backdrop.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice peach colored appearance with a very thin 1/6" head. Aroma was soft peaches, no overly aggressive sourness, just soft Georgia peach, just like the ladies.

The peach taste continues to be soft, delicate, but not under done. The acidity is held in check, the oak is nice. The sourness is probably in the 6 range on a 1-10 scale. Really drops a great amount of peach here, this is superior to the peach sour in the rye, which is a very good beer in and of itself.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, $16.99 into fantome tulip.

A- Big fluffy, delicate white head, 2 fingers. Pale pale yellow body, very light looking. Head is creamy and clings nicely.

S- Aroma is sweet peaches, some mild tartness comes off the top as well.

T- Nice mild lactic sourness, big peachy taste- simple, clean, light, and very satisfying. Lemon tartness is eventually washed away by fresh peach- they must have put a ton of peaches in this.

M- Very light, spritzy, refreshing. Sourness is under control- this can be enjoyed in big gulps and in large quantities. So drinkable. Really impressive.

O- My favorite 'of the woods' beer- even more refreshing than lady of the woods. The glass and bottle disappear in the blink of an eye. So light and tasty, I hope more of this shows up b/c I could drink this all summer long.


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Photo of cskollmann
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very happy and surprised to find this on tap at Sunset. Appearance is a hazy yellow, no head as poured, but carbonation is noticeable as many small bubbles. sticking your head into a basket of fresh peaches. Incredible. Hint of sourness, but it's all about the fresh peaches here.

Taste: oh, there's the sourness. Nice lactic bite marries with the peach flavor beautifully. This is awesome!

Carbonation is appropriately high, lifting the beer off the tongue and keeping it from being cloying.

This is definitely my favorite of the Cisco sours, it's just an awesome beer. If summer ever actually arrives in New England, the lovely combination of refreshing sourness with light alcohol and high carbonation will make this an especially refreshing summer sour.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-This one pours elegantly into my Duvel Tulip glass. The peach-flesh coloring of the beer is pretty. The head is s more of a quick foamy discharge that dies to a light froth atop the ale. Ample amounts of bubble rise to the top of the liquid with determination.

S-Delicious sour funk of fruits. The peaches are the subtle yet delicious highlight of the nose. Fresh cut wooden aromas waft up from the liquid as well. The funky sourness combines masterfully with the semi-sweet fruits.

T-What a flavor. The truly natural peach flavor comes then passes, followed by a huge sour funk attack. The soft wooden notes add some great complexity to this ale. The tartness lingers excellently. I was worried the flavor might be too peachy, but isn't even close. This is a wild ale first and foremost, the peach flavors only add to the base.

M-Light and rich. Well carbonated. Great feel for the warm weather. The carbonation is great.

O/D-This is amazingly drinkable. The flavors are spot on. Everything about this brew is well done. High price, but worth the try in my opinion. There just is not much to say about this beer that isn't splendid. Overall, awesome job...drinking this far too fast! Got two of them; going to let one age and see how she fares with some age under her belt.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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 a slightly hazy golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, peach, wood, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, peach, subtle sour, and subtle tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I have to say that the peach is definitely the start of the show. The sour and tart aspects are very subdued which makes this one very easy to drink. Really wish I had a growler of this to crush as it would be no problem at all. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity!

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Photo of mixylplik3
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my Funky Buddha snifter a hazy, golden color.

Tart aroma that smells sharply of sweet, fresh peaches. Great nose on this brew.

A thin, glass-coating head rings my glass. The effervescence is biting and backs up the smell. Yes, please.

Slight hints of oak, there go the fresh peaches again, and a punch of funk, like a summer wild ale! Peaches are a great summer flavor and for sour fans, this is a seriously great summer funk. Loving this one. Soft carbonation, works perfectly with the flavor. At 4.8%, I could drink it all day.

I dare a brewery to do this as a summer seasonal, or something like it. Another home run in the Woods series from Cisco. Keep them coming, please!

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color; the head has some froth to it and leaves a few patches

Smell: Peaches, with a hint of vanilla and just a touch of buttery oak (like a chardonnay that has undergone malolactic fermentation)

Taste: Tart peach flavors, up front, with subtle undertones of lactic acid, oak and vanilla making an appearance by mid-palate; the peach flavor actually builds, after the swallow, but the tartness lingers, producing a balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation and a puckering sensation

Overall: I have had mixed experiences with the Cisco beers, but this one really impressed me; glad I picked it up on a recent visit to Julio's

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Photo of KornWallace
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date: 4/5/4
Location: Half a Time Mamaroneck
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Orange in color. Takes in lots of light and is see through. Pours with a very large head that dissipates quickly. No carbonation on top but a small viscous head that does not cling yo the sides.
Aromatics: The sour yeast is very strong and tart. The peach smell comes through with some dry hay. As the beer warms it builds must.
Flavor: Very tart and musty. Lots of peach flavors. The acids are very strong as well. Very light oak.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very acidic and causes the mouth to water. There is a medium oiliness that keeps the tart flavor on the tongue.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at stakem's -one of the first I had during the tasting. I was pleased to have the opportunity to try this: thanks to whoever brought it!

The colo is slightly hazed light golden straw with a lot of fluffy pillowy cap with ultra fine bead. The smell is pure joy with a lot of peach aroma, almost like fresh fruit carved into for a pie. There is slight yeast aroma which carries with it some of the floral elements the peaches impart. The feel is crisp and dry with very high carbonation and only a minor amount of wild character and oak.

This is a splendid beer - everything about the aroma is delivered in the taste with slight tangy peach fruitiness with that nice spice element from the yeast and only a tinge of the oak drying the back end with lots of carbonation swirling up some more fruit tannin. Overall you really can't argue with the flavor and drinkability this is a fine fruit beer with some nicely tempered wild character.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy, pale gold with a thin head of quickly dissapating white. Sparsely dotted lacing throughout the glass and a few whisps on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with peach skins, tart funk, and earthy spice. Wet hay rubbed on peaches in a barn. Hints of cinnamon, pineapple and lemongrass follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, quenching mouthfeel.

Peach fuzz and pulp with a lactic tartness running under starts the palate. Lemon oil, cloves, white pepper, and cut grass follows through.

Finises with a sharp tartness and a bright peach snap.

Tasty, tasty beer. Very quenching and light with just enough funk and tartness to keep the beer interesting. Fairly tame in the sour deapartment though and a bit more carbonation would really help the character reveal itself.

Thanks Matt!

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Photo of zeledonia
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed 24 November 2011, reviewed from notes.

Pours a light golden yellow, very clear and very sparkly. Fizzy white head that faded really fast and left no lacing. The head flares up quickly and is gone just as quickly.

Smell is pretty woody and fruity. I don't get much sour here. A sweet juicy peachy aroma with strong oak background.

Taste is a really nice balance of sweet peaches and not-quite-lemon sour. The sour is hard to describe - it's soft and doesn't have the citrus tang. A heavy dose of wood that works really well with the other flavors. Just really smooth all around.

Mouthfeel is, likewise, smooth. Light body, quite crisp. Feels dry despite the high level of sweetness. Dries out quickly but leaves a layer of peachy sweetness that lingers in the mouth. High carbonation, which suits it well. A bit like drinking champagne.

A nicely balanced fruity sour, just really well put together IMO. Has a fair amount of sweetness and a fair amount of wood and fruit flavor. The sour is present, but not so intense that it dominates everything else. The wood works well, and everything just comes together into a very tasty beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I brought to share at Skuter's tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, peach, peach jelly, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with peach, peach juice, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with nice fresh peach qualities all around.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Reviewed 3/4/12

Appearance: Golden yellow, with a touch of orange - hazy, with a foamy white head that fades to a fizzy ring

Smell: Delicate peaches - peach flesh, light fruity sweetness, but mostly dry - some slight funk characteristic of Cisco Woods beers - slightly tart, nicely balanced

Taste: Reminiscent of biting into a peach - so much peach flavor - slightly sweet, slightly tart - very clean, very minimal bitterness, very minimal wood, a slight puckering dryness, slightly juicy

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry yet somehow juicy, nicely carbonated, surprisingly refreshing

Overall: Quite possibly the best use of peaches, ever

This is not particularly complex, especially for a Cisco Woods beer, but it is definitely good. The peach flavor is remarkable. It's mildly tart, but it's mostly just a refreshing fruit beer.

Update: 11/10/13

I honestly forgot that I reviewed this beer. I'm currently splitting the last bottle in my possession with Goblinmunkey7. And yes, it's still awesome. Even after a couple years, there is some remarkable tart, peach flavor.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Split a 750mL corked and caged bottle with a friend while watching a Red Sox game. Served at cellar temperature and poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Really light straw yellow in color. Plenty of carbonation on the first pour. A bubbly two finger head that fizzes into nothing.

Aroma: A touch of sour lemon which is quickly overpowered by tons of peaches. This is definitely fruit forward. Not much funk, but a little oak. The juicy peaches provide some really nice sweet peach essence.

Taste: A touch sour, before the sour peach notes hit and dominate. The sour is light and not overpowering and the different peach aspects really stand out. There is also a bit of a woody oak note, but not much funk. Really refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Really nice crisp carbonation. Really refreshing, perfect for summer.

Overall, a really nice fruit forward and refreshing wild. The tartness is not overwhelming at all. I can see this being a really nice gateway sour and I think its perfect for summer. A bit expensive, but definitely a nice beer.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 75o ml.... Poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a slightly hazy peachish color golden with about half a finger of head that settles into a film and remains... Minimal to no lacing, looks like refreshing peach juice.

S: peachy fuzzy sourness, a touch of wood, Smells like delicious fuzzy sour peaches.

T: much like the nose, nice amount of peach flavor with a nice sourness, delicious sour peach all the way, a nice little oak character.... Yum.

M: light bodied with medium/high carbonation, that give this a perfect fuzzy mouthfeel that accentuates bout the sour funk and the peach flavor, a little bit of wood makes the dfinish on the dry side, a little residual picking sourness in the aftertaste.

O: a great peachy sour, probably my favorite to date from Cisco, this wild ale gave me a lot of respect for this brewery.

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Photo of Treebs
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml C&C bottle served in a tasting glass. I shared this at fellow BA danielnovak3's engagement party. Huge, huge thanks to Eric (Holland) for including this long time want as an extra(!!!) in a our recent trade. I owe you buddy.

A: Pours a clear yellow color with thin white foam forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to an airy ring that leaves some sticky webbing.

S: Definite peach flesh with a slight tartness. Mild acetic sourness with some soft, sweet pale malts and a touch of oak.

T: Big peach flesh up front, definitely sweet, but slightly tart. There is a raw honey-like sweetness to the middle and the sour peaches comes back on the finish with a little mix of oak as well.

M: Light bodied with a nice bubbly, above average carbonation. Easy drinking with smooth, slightly tart finish.

O: A great beer. The peach flavors aren't lost at all and it is really easy drinking. Would love to have again.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a nice orange or darkish orange in color with a tiny white head with no real retention. Smell is hard for me to nail down. I get a little barnyard, sort of get some peach in here, basically smells like there is some lacto or other bacteria in here. Smells nice if you like what I assume will be a sour. Really is a nice tart taste although not crazy tart but very nice. I get more of the barnyard and some peaches but not too much. This tastes like a nice tart beer but it's not overly peachy -- in my opinion there is just the right amount. Mouthfeel is thin to maybe a little more but certainly nothing thick. Definitely more on the thin side as one would expect. Overall I really like this beer more than the other beer I have had by them. Really a nice tart surprise that I would recommend to those who like tarts but not tarts that are crazy tart.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

been waiting a really long time to try this one, glad i got to do it with my brother. hazy muted orange to rust colored brew, cloudy wheaty looking, and way more fizzy than heady. it bubbles a lot, but nothing really accumulates at the surface. the nose is awesome, fresh peaches all the way, really brightly fruity, fleshy and ripe, summery for sure, but also extremely sour from the lacto. the wood is mellowing and sweet in both nose and taste, and without it i think this would be overly acidic, but its all in perfect balance as it is. the fruit is great in the flavor too, genuine and true to its natural self, with the tart skin and the sweet yellow flesh in the middle, but dried out insanely in the finish. other fruit is here too, namely lemon and white grape, likely products of the lacto fermentation, which is rather intense. its so sour, a hint of vinegar, but more of the high acid pucker than anything else. there are a lot of peach sours out there, but this one ranks near the top for me, the fruit is fresh and genuine, the sourness is high, but so is the drinkability with the low abv and all. huge fan of this whole series, but im not sure this one beats out the cherry, that was the winner so far

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Photo of davey101
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light copper/orange body. Some soapy head doesn't stick around for too long. I would imagine this is what peach juice would look like.

S - Amazing sour peaches. There is some Belgian yeast and bread like qualities as well, but the peaches are the main attraction and they smell super fresh and high quality.

T - The peach is fairly light and sour, but the flavor is great. Just really fresh, juicy peaches and some bready malts. Some very faint lemon. Nothing artificial here. Not funky or sour like most wild ales. Its crisp, lightly sour, and very refreshing.

O - I was expecting something funkier or really sour. The taste and flavor is really great, and the low abv is a bonus. A great hot day beer, I could probably drink an entire growler of this stuff. The price is a bit steep, however I'm not sure when or if this will see a beer store shelf again.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cellar temperature 750ml bottle is split between two chalices. Popping the cork didn't cause as much noise as I expected, but did release a lot of wild yeast and fruit aromas.

The beer is quite clear and colored golden orange. Lots of rising carbonation is visible within the glass. A thin white head quickly disappeared.

The aroma is very pleasant. Lots of peach and some white grapes. A good amount of wild yeast that comes across sour but not too funky. I am not picking up any oak.

A nice peach flavor comes from this beer. A little bit of sourness is present as I swallow, which leads into a very dry finish. A slight sweetness is the final flavor; it isn't really apparent until the aftertaste.

The beer is medium bodied and leaves a good coating. The sourness causes some puckering, but it isn't too strong.

This is a very good wild ale. I picked it up because my wife likes peach beers and I've had good luck with Cisco—I didn't even know it used wild yeast. Good thing we both like sours! If you see a bottle of this for sale, I'd suggest you grab it while you can.

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Pechish Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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