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 ptykozoon
2.95/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours yellow, not much head or lacing.

Bits of peach, zesty lemon peel. Faint.

Acidity, not enough peaches, lemon tang and that's about it.

Lots of carbonation.

A strong dissapointment and thus continues my search for a good peach sour. This needs more peaches, less carbonation, a bit more complexity and a touch of funk. Very boring beer sadly. Don't know if Monomoy Kriek (drastically better) utilizes the same base beer, but this example reveals the shallow depths of it.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Got this in a trade awhile ago, but I cannot remember from whom.. Thank you though!

(A)- Pours a pale straw yellow color. Produced some white froth that dissipated quickly. Some lace.

(S)- A dry, primarily oaky white grape profile with a hint of peach and lemon tartness. Kinda has a spicy seasoning-like smell as it warms.

(T)- Similar to the smell in almost every way. A fruity white grape and peach tartness with some spicy notes and bits of oak.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. I can see the oak and fruit in this, but its all almost separated from each other (thin?). I think the oak and bugs came together to create that weird spice note (Taco's?)[Thanks Todd :p].

(D)- Not bad. A decent basic wild ale, but the peach flavor I was expecting was rather muted. That and the spicy note is kinda odd, but this still drinks well on this hot day.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Bottle shared by Chris, thanks!

A: Light blond with a white head.

S: Sugary peach with pretty strong apricot notes. I know, it's a peach beer, but there is a lot of apricot. Light oak. Lactic and sugary.

T: Peach and sugary apricots. Quite sweet and lactic. Lightly tart. Finishes simple with lingering oak and a touch of acetone.

M: Light body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice aroma with a somewhat strange flavor. 

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a nice 2 finger fine white head with decent retention. Beer is a clear, pale goldenrod. Lacing is spotty with no stick but decent legs. Above average for the color.

Nose is sweet peach puree, some sweet spice, cane sugar, and some musty cobweb. Decently aromatic but missing any sort of robust fruit flavor or funk. A bit strange.

Opens sweet peach. Slightly tart in the middle. Some cane sugar lingers behind sour peaches. End is slightly wheaty and berlingerweisse-like. Finishes tart with a dry, peach skin finish. Decent but pretty bland overall.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and slightly dry in the mouth and oily and smooth going down. Finish is dry with a puckering finish. Nice and light.

This beer can only really be described as conservative. Flavor is nice but very soft and mellow. Decent but without any real character and pretty plain overall. I'd revisit this one but not at the price point.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decided to grab a bottle of this and give it a try. 750ml bottles...

A: A murky very bright golden color with a small white head that fades very quickly to nothing. Ok.

S: A light malty scent with a mild lemon tartness in the middle. Some lemongrass on the backend. Decent.

T: A mild green tea type flavor quickly drowned by tart lemon with a hint of maltiness. I don't really get any peach. Maybe a slight bit hidden on the back. Decent.

M: Medium body with a hard carbonation. A tart, bittering finish. Decent.

O: All in all, this is an ok brew. Not a heavy sour brew. A slight lemon tartness. I don't really get a whole lot of peach at all myself. Many better brews in the style. Not worth hunting down.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is something to wind down. Been looking forward to it. I miss the funk.

Appearance- Very light straw color, with a very thin white head on a vigorous pour.

Smell- Nice and tart. Some white wine, grape, apricot. A nice barnyard funk. My hopes are being raised. Plenty of peach. Very nice.

Taste- Very nice fruity peach up front. A nice tingle, white wine, grapes, some apricot. Very nice. Oh wait, then it becomes a buttered popcorn bomb. Damn, the finish is just not doing it. It tastes like a Jelly Belly buttered popcorn one, for real. It's hard to ignore. Very disappointing, and can't be ignored. It mellows out to a more vinous finish. Almost a coconut thing going on. Ah, wish this would be better.

Mouthfeel- Totally appropriate, nice and crisp.

Overall- I'm sorry, the buttered popcorn is really a problem. It should be much better than this. Ugh, disappointing as hell. I'll finish it, with a little help, mostly to avoid pouring a pretty pricey beer down the drain. I should have gone with the Kriek.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by bmanning, thanks! Beer is yellow to white, really hazy with a lazy head.

Aroma of lactic mild acetic with a lot of tropical fruit.

Beer is thin and quite fruity with a grainy harsh finish. It is dry and thin with some lactic oakiness in the middle. It was fine but not as great as I hoped. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this beer, Richard.

Pours a pale yellow color with a white head. Smells like peaches, so a good start. That's pretty much all it smells like, though. Sort of watery on the nose, maybe a light lactic note, maybe some grass. The flavor has a rather intense peach flavor which is slightly sweet as well as tart. A good lemony bite and a hint of straw and grass. Sort of a simple wild ale. The body is light and the carbonation is moderate.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slight haze to an orange body. Nice white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Peach. Intense acidity. Nice peach, but it does smell very acidic.

Taste - It's pretty sour. It still retains a nice peach flavor, though. Oaky. Sweet peach before the sourness takes over. Not acetic, but it isn't a light sourness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Very sour without being over-sour.

Overall - It's all peach and sourness, but that isn't a bad thing.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by DrewBa while we sat in my basemt watching 28 Days Later. Oreo gently caressed my thigh while scratching at his beard with a playful gleam in his eye....

A pale clear and light yellow body has very little head, no lace, and virtually no legs.
Smells like peachy-o candies. Yep. Artificial peach flavor comes on strong... Like canned peaches in heavy syrup... Hmmmm, surprisingly, this works, but not entirely...
The flavor is just as I expected: super sweet peaches, possibly artificial flavoring. Very sweet. The beer has a decent tart turn and some pleasant sourness at the finish.
Overall, this is really a one-trick pony... And I can persauded to love those if they pull off their trick to perfection--- this one falls just short of that goal.

This isn't unpleasant, but it certainly isn't the best sour I've come across. I'd take Eric's Ale over this in all possible aspects.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Darkness snifter. Thanks, Jason!

A - Pours a light yellow color, white fizzy carbonation, slight bubbles.

S - A nice dose of light peaches, slightly sweet, bready.

T - Mostly like a peach water with carbonation. Minimal funk, tart, or sour notes. Slight sweetness in there as well.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, easy to drink, dry finish.

O - A decent wild that I did enjoy, however, not amongst the higher rated peach sours I've had. We drank a peach sour homebrew right next to this one and this beer lost, easily (good job, JW).

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Photo of russwbeck
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours clear yellow with a nice white head. The lacing is very nice, but the retention isn't great. The smell is very much the best part. Floral, fruity, and funky. Sweetness from the peach, some lemon and funk, and a slight acidity are all noted on the taste. A bit ordinary, but with some peach at the end. The body is light, the taste is tart, and the finish is crisp. Overall it is pretty ordinary. Different and new but not great.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pastel peach with yellow highlights and a slight, quickly dissipating white head that leaves no lace.

Very fresh, faint peach. Quite fruity with light yeastiness and some lactic sourness.

Pechish Woods was far less sour than had been hoped for. Light peach and apricot added a nice, sweet-tart balance. Oak and light vinegar with acidic lemon were also noticeable. The finish was long, tart and acidic.

A woolly texture is surprising here. A light body, no discernible alcohol, and effervescence were as expected.

This is a nice beer for warm, mild, sunny days on Nantucket. I enjoyed it with friends while waiting for dinner. Pechish Woods stops short of the outrageousness one often finds in wild ales.

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Photo of Dope
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't seem to be a date on this but judging from the last review (which was over a year ago) it's at least a year, if not 2 years old.

A: Pours a clear golden with a good sized and very fizzy white head. Almost soda-like, the head. Head fizzes out quickly at first but then slows down. Zero lacing and minimal retention once it all fizzes away.

S: Kind of an acidic and mild sweet/sour peach flavor. Touch of acetone.

T: Tart peaches up front but not brutally sour. Again with a little bit of acetone. Kinda astringent in the middle with some citrus peel. Sweet and sour peach is interesting, as a previous review mentions it's almost like a peach pucker. Or peachtree schnapps or something. Decent oak in the finish with some vinegar.

M: Decent medium body for only 4.88%. Has a slick mouthfeel, almost slimy mouthcoating in the finish.

O: Decent sour. Not teeth chattering thankfully. Decent acetone and vinegar and sweet and sour fruit flavors however. Pretty flavorful and crisp for under 5%.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tim's bottle, thanks for sharing. The white wine version of the woods, Dark Woods being the red wine. So this is the more drinkable one though not as much depth. A moderate head on a very yellow body. Carbonation is right there. Very easy drinking despite sourness, peachy and poached pear in the finish. A fuller mouthfeel. Nice one.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really good sour ale, but I wish it packed a little more peach flavor. I was really struggling to find any peach. Poured a pale straw, a nice bright, white, 1 finger of head. Can smell the sourness coming off of this. A slight wet hay. Huge punch of tart right up front! Then fades into almost nothing. Finished dry and really invited me to take another sip. This was really excellent, besides the lack of peach flavor.

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Photo of birchstick
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color with a decent looking creamy head that dissipates. Nose is cinnamon mixed with peaches. Taste starts off with citric notes that are pushed aside by some peache flavors. Some cinnamon is mixed in with the rest of the flavors. Finishes with some nice peach flavors. Finishes a little dry. Pretty nice peach wild ale in my glass. Recommended.

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Photo of NuclearRich
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This tasty treat was supposed to go out in a trade, but it was replaced by the kriek. So now its mine to review and enjoy!
A light golden liquid pours with champagne excitement, with a big and bubbly head that lasts just a little but fades to nothing, left to be a slightly hazy constant stream of bubbles. The aroma clouds the vicinity as soon as the cork is popped, distinctly funky brett and lacto. Putting my nose close to the class reveals a crisp lacto tartness, blended with a delicate sweet peach. The funk is very close to a berliner weiss, and there is also a grainy wheat-like aroma that is similar as well. That faint sweet peach comes through nicely, without a harsh vomit character that always keeps me away from the lesser known peach sours. On top of the peach, is a good even tartness, no vinegar, just pleasant! Very light bodied, owing to high carbonation and a good level of tartness. Overall, I ended up pleasantly surprised and very happy. A tough price tag to swallow for an untested beer of a flavor that I dont typically enjoy, but this baby came through.

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Photo of DCon
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a 1 PT. 9.4 FL.OZ. bottle of this w/ CurtisMcArthur in Nashville, TN. Poured from the Orange/Yellow labeled bottle w/ trees on it into a 12oz Jackie O's Snifter Glass. Has no freshness/bottle date.

Aroma- A light green tea but noticeable character pops out first. Then a easy going peach note pops out. Very subtle.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies right off the bat. Has a bright lemon colored body, maybe a light peach similarity. Light suds are left behind.

Flavor- Subtle peach flavored candy hits the mouth first and has a light acidic background. A bit of musk whooshes over and very nice for the style!

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Highest Carbonation, Puckers quite a bit on the finish, and has a musky peach finish on the palate. Great mouthfeel!

Overall Impression- This brew started off very above average but then the mouthfeel made it happen! Highly recommend picking up a bottle of this if given the opportunity. Fresh candied peaches with tons of character left afterwards.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head and no lace. The liquid is light orange-amber color. A bit of haze.

When the cork pops, I do smell a whiff of peach. in the glass, it's more sour, like a peche lambic.

Very sour with a peach background. It would certainly give the lambics a run for the money. Virtually no sweetness. Full bodied with a low carbonation. Interesting, particularly from the US, I certainly appreciate the effort to make this.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pechish has a bright yellow body with a fizzy white head that billows briefly before disappearing completely.

The aroma is very nice, with a sweet, fruity peach scent to it that is very pleasant. Beneath the peach is an array of wild yeast characteristics, with acidic sourness and a ton of tartness.

The peach flavors are still alive in Pechish, but they aren't as powerful as in the aroma, or quite as powerful as I would have liked. Maybe I should have cracked this one open sooner, as it has hung around in my cellar for a while now. The peach flavors lead off, and what is there is nice and juicy. Next comes a lacto-type sourness that is sharp but not overwhelming. Underneath the initial sourness is a funky, hay type flavor that I would guess is brett, but I have no idea if there is actually brett in here. Whatever is producing that flavor, it is very nice, and adds some complexity to this beer. The malt is pale and adds the slightest hint of sweetness, but it really is in the background.

The acidity and sourness add a slight puckering feel, and the body is somewhere between light and medium. The carbonation is a touch too low, but not a serious problem.

Peaches and wild yeast seem to be a great match, and this one is solidly executed. I love the layers of yeast, and the juicy peach flavors that are there are nice. I wish there was more peach, but I think that I have to crack this one when it's fresh if I want some powerful peach flavors. I hope Cisco releases another batch of this one.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Yellow color with white and orange hues. Cloudy and mildy "frost bitten". No head to speak of, or lacing. For a Sour, slightly under average, at best.

S - Smells like "Jelly Belly" Buttered Popcorn... Lots of peach that turns interesting. Smells like a bit like a margarita... There's lots of sour funk too...

T - Very mellow peach. Nice smooth sour flavor. One of the more unique sours i've had. Awesome brew. Very different from the scent.

M - Awesome carbonation! A+. Very dry and slight bitterness.

O - Exactly what I was looking for in this brew. Brilliant work Cisco. A must try if you can find one... I would love to try this brew again, and again, and again. Thanks for the swap AndyAvalanche.

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Photo of rudzud
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Julio's. I really want a good peach beer, and so far DFH Festina Peche is the only one that really delivered.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light straw colour with a very fizzy one finger head that very quickly faded leaving a white halo and hardly any side lacing.

S - That first wiff is sweet peaches followed by the typical Cisco wild ale notes and some better oak notes. Smells nice.

T - Lots of the tart, sour brett flavors that one gets with a wild ale. Then, at the end the nice peach flavors come into play. There are some sweet, fresh peach tastes. Really want something mor ein your face though...

M - Its not bad. Fairly carbonated, but still on the low side like the other Cisco wilds I've had.

O - Overall, its one of the Cisco wilds that I wasnt truely disappointed with. Still not really worth the $18.99 it cost me; I'd much rather have a DFH Festina Peche even though thats not a wild.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL caged and corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pechish pours a very cloudy golden straw color with champagne edges. A white foam sits on top and eventually just clings to the edge of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is fantastic. This smells like peach yogurt, smooth and slightly sour, with a little funk lurking in the background.

Taste: The flavor is slightly sour peaches to start, with the sour flavor growing throughout the sip and peaking at the end, leaving a little bit of lemon behind. Not really much funk here. A little bit of apricot or tangerine, but that may be a stretch.

Mouthfeel: When I first sip this, I could be fooled into thinking this has a fuller than medium body, but it dries out and even gets a little bit watery at the end. Tart and acidic enough to make me salivate but not pucker my lips.

Overall: Drinking this was enjoyable, and the aroma in particular was fantastic. Having only one flavor and not much depth takes away from any desire to revisit this beer though.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bmanning. Thanks Ben!

The beer is yellow and slightly hazy. The head is small, leaving sparse lacing. The aroma is primarily of funky peaches, with additional scents of tropical fruit, grain, and subtle floral notes. The flavor is refreshing and light, with a mild acetic finish. Peaches shine through nicely without being overpowering. Mild oak barrel presence. The body is a bit thin. This was enjoyable and easy to drink. I would have it again.

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