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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Added by woosterbill on 11-08-2010

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

From notes...

A: pours a thin, cloudy, yellow, almost urine color. There are some small bubbles as it pours, but very little, and they dissipate quickly. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: The smell is straight sour. It's a beautiful bouquet of funk. Peaches? Maybe. Sour? Definitely.

T: This beer quickly starts off tart, but only for an instant. Immediately it shifts to sweet fruit (peach, pear, apricot, even cherry), but then straight back to super tartness. The finish is strong sour.

M: Light bodied beer. It starts off juicy, but finishes extremely dry thanks to all that tartness.

O: I actually really enjoy this beer. It's not the best sour I've ever had, but it grows on me as I drink it. I'd pick up another bottle if I could.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A corked & caged 750 mL bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thank you very much! Poured into a DFH signature glass...

Pours out a light, vibrant yellow color with straw hues. A thin layer of bubbly, frothy white head develops, much less than expected actually. There is an eternal evolution of bubbles from the base of the glass that creates a mesmerizing tide of birthing and decaying bubbles in a central patch on the surface of the liquid. The aroma is of tart peach, some funky yeast, straw, various grains, and the slightest wood character, though oak doesn’t come to mind (pine, cedar?). It tastes of tart peaches, oak (the barrel is a bit more prominent in the flavor), straw, citrus, and pear. Not overly sweet, which is great, and very well balanced. Mouthfeel is crisp, though it feels a touch under-carbonated and finishes dry and a bit sticky. Overall, a delicious, easy-drinking wild ale that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of BenZ
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seemed to be very much like a peach-infused traditional berliner weise. I'm having a hard time picking up any oak notes, and the peach is subtle (this was stored in the refrigerator since purchased). Lot's of lactic acid and a tiny bit of funk. Very thin, champagne like. A very fancy older brother of festina peche.

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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 antlerwrestler19
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded with nas5755 for a couple bottles of this, thanks Nick!

Pours a pretty cloudy golden haze with a very minimal head that fades almost instantly - no retention or lacing at all, small bubbles continuously rise from the bottom. Smells tart like overly ripe peaches, green grapes, no real showing of malt or hops here. The taste is of sweet sour nectarines, white peach, slightest woody earth tones - really tangy and pleasantly sour. This is a light bodied beer with carbonation that bounces around in the mouth - very drinkable. Split this one with the girlfriend and we both thoroughly enjoyed it, glad I have another bottle to enjoy this great beer again.


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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 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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Photo of SpdKilz
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to OrangeAmps for this beer. Cheers! Split with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – Pours a tangerine color into a tulip glass. About half a finger of slightly off white head is achieved with a vigorous pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing though lots of bubbles can be seen.

Smell – As the beer warms, lots of peach aromas are detected which is a pleasant surprise (I feel peach is a hard fruit to get a good smell from). Slight oak, floral, vinous notes mixed with some great barnyard funk and tartness.

Taste – The taste begins with a fruitier flavor than tartness, though there is a nice slight pucker. Peach and apricot are prevalent, with the oak and barrels coming through as the beer warms and on the tail end. Slight acidity, sweetness, and honestly it tastes like peach seltzer water.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, too light. A bit watery in the mouthfeel. Decent carbonation. As stated, it is reminiscent of a peach flavored seltzer water.

Overall – I liked this beer. My biggest complaint was that it was just too light bodied. I hope if they make this in the future they can add to the body. A refreshing beer in this 90 degree weather.

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Photo of chuck19
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just to give you an idea I am drinking this beer while the worst Hurricane of OUR LIVES is raging outside my door Irene you whore!

The pour was a slight head, light color, a water-y gatorade.

The smell was a hing of hint of peach. I wonder if it would have been stronger if I had not left it in the fridge. Update as I let it breath more and get warmer the peach smell was stronger.

The taste is peachy, slightly sour. with a lemon zest that I notice.

Mouth feel is good. Smooth and a solid beer that I could drink all day.

Overall it was good I kept drinking it even when a bug landed in the beer.

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Photo of crusian
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle from awesome girlfriend from somewhere outside boston.

pours a nice cream-peach color with about a finger of head, i expected a bit more carbonation, but am not complaining.

nose is nice... I was expecting peach, and I got peach. I was worried that with the lacto, it would fade everything and tartness would overtake everything... but the peach does actually come through... so I get peach, and tart... with a nice unexpected cinnamon oddly enough.

taste is actually quite stunning, it tastes just like peach cobbler. I mean this is amazing how much it tastes like that. Cinnamon, graham cracker crust, candied peaches... I have never tasted a beer so spot on to a food. Had the Funky buddah no crust, it has noothing on this. Cisco needs to rename this peach cobbler. incredible. there is a tartness on the finish, but it completely fits. This might be the only wild i have had that actually retains the original fruit flavor. I have had a ton of fruit wilds... but cherry seems to be the main staple... other flavors seem to fade. This is a nice peach.

this was stunning. absolutely stunning.

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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 rowingbrewer
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden yellow with a decent size white head that quickly recedes lacing the glass. The smell is a little acetic with hints of peach. The taste is lightly sour with peach notes coming through in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall this is a very drinkable and tasty sour. Would be good to introduce people to the style with.

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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 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 WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pechish Woods pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with little to no head on top. What foam there is disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace behind.

The aroma has an apricot aroma with sour notes of popcorn butter. Very funky with oaky notes mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick on the palate, dry with an effervescent fizz. The flavor begins sour with a taste of oak, peach, white grapes and apricot. Some vanilla and butter are detected before the tart finish. I think I detect nutmeg too, but that might be my imagination. Once gone the sour peach flavor and vanilla lingers on the palate.

This is one of the better sour beers I've had. Complex flavor with a high degree of drinkability.

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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 augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ShogoKawada for another episode of The Woods. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Pale cloudy titanium yellow liquid with a brief heavily active ivory crust which recedes to nothing, though a steady loud stream of bubbles continues rising to the surface. No lacing, no retention, no legs.

Musty sour aroma with a sweet peach note towards the end. Wet wood and fruit continue to intensify and compete as the beer warms.

Tart palate entry grows slowly sweeter almost like a peach ripening across the flavor profile. Never cloying, it finishes medium-dry with just a touch of funk.

Light bodied, very carbonated but spritzy more than effervescent.

A nice choice for Summer, refreshing and subtle.

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Photo of baconsausage
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Jazzhead for helping him move to VT. Thanks!

Nice hazy straw color, slim white head , a little hazy. Nose is peachish sweet tarts, a little chalk. Seems a bit young. Nice peach forward flavor, crisp, followed by an green apple like tartness/sourness. Mouth fell is a bit thin, I would like it to be a liitle more coating, but is to be expected for the abv. Nice easy sour on a hot aftrnoon in a box truck.

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Photo of cneville
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this while visiting the brewery on vacation--wasn't going to get it, but apparently it was the last keg at the brewery. Sold.

Appearance: poured into a plastic cup? Little to no head and lacing, apricoty color. Whatever.

Smell: taking a whiff, you definitely get the peach, along with the sour notes, and a little oaky smell. Nice.

Taste: the real winner here. Nice and tart, sour but not too sour. Peach comes through with each sip, along with other fruits. Not syrupy, but very refreshing.

Feel: good carbonation, light body.

A good beer.

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

Big thanks to Jedwards for trading me this bottle!

Looks vaguely urine / apple juice colored with the same amount of cloudiness as such. A short lived small head, no lacing, as I have come to expect from wood-aged sours by now.

Smells like dry fermented lemon / apricot / peach stewed in a base of apple cider vinegar and oak chips. Nice.

Taste starts out medium sweet with peach but almost instantly dive-bombs into the land of delicious sour tartness that is the transition from sweetness to the dry finish augmented with oak wood. Of all the peach sours I have tasted, this is arguably the least *acidic* in its tartness while still retaining a decent wallop of sour tartness. Because of this, it seems as though more of the malt sweetness is briefly allowed to show itself around the edges of the puckery onslaught. Also, there is less of an oak character to the taste than you would think from the high amount of it that you smell in the nose. If I could change anything in this one brew, it would be to adjust the oak level in the flavor about 20% higher so that it would match the amount anticipated from the nose.

Lighter body, but nicely fizzy with the same soda carbonation that is characteristic of the style.

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Photo of 7ways
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I open a corked beer and it does not pop even somewhat loudly I always feel let down. It's like a firecracker that fizzles out. A heavy pour leaves a head that disappears so quick I barely noticed it. Apple/carrot juice colored, but lighter and more hazy.

Sulfur, vinegar, peach and citrus on the nose, but in the right amounts. I think the yeast was tortured a little bit. Funky aroma that reminds me of the De Proef Primitive series and a weird fermentation experiment I did with oranges.

The sour factor is sharp and precise without being too intense; it's complemented by musty funk. Sweet and bitter in the background. Vinous without heavy oak. Nothing about this beer screams peach; I think it tastes more like orange and green grapes. About as intense as Festina Peche, and slightly more complex.

Super acidic and only medium carbonation; slightly heavy for what it is. The finish is clipped, leaving my mouth dry and almost numb.

Very interesting and refreshing. I'd want to drink this after exercising, especially while it is still very cold.

Edit: At the time of this review, this is my first rDev 0%. Son of a bitch.

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Photo of Brez07
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this last weekend. 750ml bottle, served in a MBC glass

A: Pours the color of peach juice, although probably a little lighter. Leaves a 1 finger white fizzy head which is all but gone within a few minutes

S: Artificial peach flavoring and oak. Reminds me of those peach ring candies. Some vanilla swirled in. I could smell this all day

T: Lots of fruit flavor, but not definitively peach. Dried peaches and apricots, probably other similar tasting fruits. A medley of sorts. Light vanilla and graham cracker crust. Underlying oak brings this all together

M: Light bodied. Fairly tart at first but my mouth adjusted quickly. Sharp carbonation. Dry on the front of the tongue

D: Another sour winner from Cisco. Such a tasty beer. If I had a second bottle I would have opened it right away. Need to find more of this

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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 woosterbill
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked-n-caged bottle into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Big thanks to Chris for sharing.

A: Cloudy pale tangerine body with a frothy layer of white bubbles on top. Ok retention, spitty lace. Looks funky and delicious.

S: Intense and complex aroma of peach, vanilla, lactic acid, and some vinous tannin. Nice.

T: Sweeter than expected, with lots of peach, toffee, vanilla, and orange. Tastes kind of like an orange cinnamon roll. Weird, but tasty. Unfortunately the finish dies off quite a bit – a little watery.

M: Medium body, fairly light carbonation. Ok.

O: This is a delicious beer, but the bottled version wasn’t nearly as fascinating to me as was the batch on-tap at Night of the Funk last fall. Instead of pure sourness and green wood, this is full of rich candied sweetness. If you think a fruity, malty, sweet & sour peach beer sounds good, then you can’t do much better than this. If you’re looking for face-melting acidity, good luck finding a Flaming Fury.


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Pechish Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
4.13 out of 5 based on 389 ratings.
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