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 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 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 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 metter98
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of stinky cheese and spoiled fruit are present in the nose. The foul smelling odors begin to dissipate as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste is very sour and has notes of peaches towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and tart on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an awful smell but a pleasant taste. This is one of the few beers where serving it in a snifter glass does a disservice to the beer. It's not a beer as long as you can ignore the smell. A pint glass would probably be the best option to drink this in.

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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 emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kelly for busting out the surprise growler!

Served in a footed tulip glass. Thin white veil of foam on the surface, gentle streams of active carbonation feed into the ring of foam around the edges. Spotty froth in the glass with a couple random arcs of spindly lacing. A slightly hazy golden orange color, it resembled a dry cider.

Softly fruity, tart and somewhat floral, natural fuzzy peach stands out, with a little bit of oak/barrel complexity.

Cleanly tart and crisp, very quenching. A perfect cool-down on a 100º July day. Finishes dry and oaky, with tart underripe peach flavors comprising the bulk of it. Refreshing and natural, not sweet at all. The clean lactic tartness reminded me a little of the crisp simplicity of Festina Peche, as Pechish Woods isn't especially funky, but also lightly tart with pleasant peach flavor. Light bodied and very drinkable. Something one could easily drink a growler of solo, if so inclined. Great stuff!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Night of the Funk 2010. Was really looking forward to this one. Pour yields a pale apricot brew with a white head and some mild lacing. The nose brings forward a good dosing of peaches, apricots, and other stone fruits along with some lactic sourness and a bit of oak. The flavor has some sour peaches as well as light wood. Sourness throughout. Body is light and slightly puckering. Overall, a really nice beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy and golden with a fleeting white head. The aroma is all Brett and peaches, with a similar flavor profile that is augmented by fairly pungent acidity. Medium light body, moderate carbonation, and a dry tart finish. Nicely done, it has a great aroma and while the flavor isn't quite as good, it holds up.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy pasty white head that fades at a med pace from the 1/2 finger, crystal clear pale honey yellow watery color.

Nose is unique, some nice wild aromas, light barnyard funk, a slight aroma of malts souring in the mash, some light toasty golden malts, light cereal, light tart sour fruit, some definite overripe peach, some buttered popcorn diacetyl, and buttered oak.

Taste starts with plenty of fruit, nice tart sour fruit, plenty of overripe fresh peach and canned peaches, some tart sour apricot and other fruits, again with light malts, soured mash malts and light cereal, slightly toasty, all that rounded with some buttery oak and light wood, the butter comes from the oak this time and not really buttered popcorn. Also some very light funk and acidity. Finishes drier, pretty dry, with light lingering tart malts and canned peaches, as well as light tart fruit and hint of acidity.

Mouth is lighter bodied, lower but decent carbonation.

Overall pretty good, a bit of diacetly on the nose, but nice buttery oak rounding the great tasting fruit and nice sour tartness and fruit flavors, and very drinkable.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for this bottle as a gift! Review from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light yellow/peach (for lack of a better word), color with a small white head on top that fades rather quickly and leaves behind a few spots of lacing.

S: Some tart peach, with some light citrus fruit, light funk, a little bit of oak as well.

T: More peaches up front, a little lighter than I had expected or hoped, but still nice. A very light sourness/tartness here, with a little barnyard funk and oak coming through too. There is a little bit of graham cracker in there as well, sort of like a peach pie.

M: Light to medium bodied, very easy drinking, love the low abv.

O: Liked it a lot, but would have loved it with a little more peach and a bit more sour/tartness in it.

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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 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 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 mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this bottle. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a slightly hazy golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of peach, pineapples, tropical fruits, light funk, and light fruity malts. Peach is definitely up front, with light funk in there. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of peaches, pineapples, tropical fruits, light funk, light floral notes.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Light and refreshing; very easy to drink.

o - A really light, refreshing wild ale from Cisco. Light funk and peach, and very easy to drink. A great summer beer I'd like to have again.

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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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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 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 stakem
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Leon for sharing this with me. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a cervoise. The brew looks a perfectly clear golden yellow with a slight orange hue about it. A fizzy white cal swells and quickly recedes holding close to the edge of the glass. A swirl revives a bit of head that produces some spotty lacework on the glass.

The smell of this brew is sweet with peaches very reminiscent of jam. A clean lactic character is evident producing some mild funk like stinky cheese mixed with sulfur. The smell of the fruit here is bold enough to come across mildly perfume-like but not overdone. I'm skeptical about how fresh this peach scent is, I can't possibly be 100% natural. As the brew warms there is a spec of spice similar to cinnamon and vanilla.

The taste is bright with fresh peaches that immediately turns the focus away to lactic quality of tartness and mild acidity. The tart fruity flavor is a bit yogurt-like with a dry finish yet seemingly creamy yeast and yogurt body. As the brew warms up, a light touch of barrel aged character comes out with a flavor of vanilla, woodsy character and cinnamon.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest to high level of carbonation. Overall a very well done brew. The peach has me curious how the brewer captured that bright freshness that is seemingly perfume-like in it's bold display. Overall a nice example of the style, worth a try for sure.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new brew courtesy of Chris (spycow). Served in a Jester King tulip.

A - A quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thick ring, some wisps of bubbles, and a few spots of lace. Pale, lightly hazed, straw body.

S - Peach yogurt, pie crust, graham crackers. Reminds me of pie or cobbler. Very dessert-like in any case.

T - Taste is again mostly peach. Minimal sourness or funk - just tons of peach cobbler. Finish has a slight seltzer/mineral water note to it - is that the oak?

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, and a fairly clean finish. Seems bigger than the listed 4.9%.

D - Not much of a wild ale - if it were called a fruit beer I'd think more highly of it. I enjoyed it, but it paled in comparison to jw347's sour that we drink concurrently. This needs more sour and tart flavors to complement the intense peach notes.

Also, I'm befuddled by the mixed reviews. Some people identify intensely sugary peach and dessert flavors, while others say there is almost no peach flavor whatsoever. How can this be?

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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 ShanePB
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big "thank you" to shadowane for bringing this to the bottle share at the Weyerbacher Rapture release. Poured into my taster glass.

A: Light golden orange colored body, very soft and fair with a thin, bubbly small white head. Really no retention on this one but the carbonation bubbles did seem fairly active. No lace to speak of, either. A bit underwhelming and lackluster but for the style, I understand.

S: Huge fresh white peach notes, sour white grapes and a touch of tangerine juice. Some sourness comes out in the nose, nothing that seems really tart or funky but just a straight up sourness that you'd get with some fruits. It is pretty sweet smelling too, but it seems to lack any malts on the nose.

T: Sour and slightly tart white peaches come through first and linger well into the back palate. Midway through are more citrus flavors; orange, white grape and a touch of pink grapefruit. It's seriously intoxicating with its fruit flavors, very diverse yet balanced without becoming overpowering at all.

M: Light, bubbly and prickly carbonation, certainly what I would consider wonderful for the style. Light bodied but the flavors are all here to provide some great contrast and just work well. Some dryness in the finish.

This was probably my favorite beer of the night, very fruity and flavorful without ever getting overpowering or sickening. It was very light, fun, crisp and refreshing. Without a doubt a beer you must try for fans of anything sour.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the tasting at la casa de dirtinabottle.

Pours a murky orange, with a half inch fizzy head and not much lacing.

Smells incredible, fresh peaches- peach juice, peach flesh, with lots of sour aromas as well.

The taste is quite sour. However, it is highly carbonated and fizzy, which blocks out a lot of the sourness. The peach flavor is great, but slightly more subdued in the taste than in the flavor. The sour peach flavor stays on your mouth and lips the whole session.

Light to medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, highly carbonated.

Starting to get more into sours, this was nice.

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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 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 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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