JaBier (4400) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Moejuck at the Jackie Oís 5th Anniversary Extravaganza. Pours a vibrant pink color with no head. Aroma of sour cherries with some sparkling dry wine character and a bit of sweetness. Sour and acidic flavor to start, balanced nicely by sweet cherry before a lemony tart finish.
kramer (4550) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25 oz bottle. Pours bright and clear with a nice pinkish rosy glow. Minimal fizzy off white head that completely vanished very quickly. The nose is quite acidic smelling with very tart smelling sour cherries. Some woody notes, cherry pits, maybe a touch of acetone. The flavor is not as acetic as I was fearing up front, itís really quite well balanced between the acid and the funk. Nice tartness from the cherries, they taste really natural with a nice cherry skin quality. Mouthfeel is bone dry with a nice level of wood tannins. Lingering funkiness adds some depth to the beer that some American Wilds just donít have. Another good one from Ciscoís Woods Series.
brokensail (9806) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a cloudy pinkish orange color with a short lived off-white head.
S: The nose is actually pretty decent for a cherry sour. Pie filling, lots of wood, grassy funk, and a moderate level of acidity. Definitely a good mix of sweet and sour cherry.
T: Cherries are evident right away. While they are the primary flavor, the beer is pretty light overall. A pleasant and easy going sourness to this one. Grass and wet oak provide a mild funkiness, along with perhaps a touch of hay.
M: The body is on the light end of medium with a moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish.
D: Definitely better than the Dark Woods, and probably Monomoy Kriek too. Really easy to drink.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a fruit punch color with very little head. Has a sour cherry smell. Has a sour cherry, and wood taste getting dry and tart on the finish. Overall pretty good.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 cc from Caponeís. Pours hazy coppery toward ruby withh 1-finger off-white head. Nose is earthy, peaty, cherry. Tastes very tart and acetic, earthy, with cherry, and dusty musty ester notes. Palate is fruity, tart, complex, and remains earthy, peaty, and tart cherry-fruity throughout. Yet another enjoyable 750 from the Cisco BA series.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of acetic acid, cherry, oak, slight horse blanket, and slight funk. Poured orange in color with no head. Hazy. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet and slightly tart. Tastes of cherry, oak, funk, "proprietary bug(s)," and some acetic acid. Medium body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Cherry, oak, slight acetic acid, and light funk finish is heavily sweet and lightly tart.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice cherry and baking spices aroma - not very funky. Flavor is pretty sour, with a wee bit more funk coming through the tart cherries. Quite tasty.
MaBeer1972 (1242) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a style I am really into yet, but I am willing to try. Like all other Cisco brews, I knew enough to swirl the sediment into the glass with this one. Therefore a hazy murky pinkish amber color. No head at all. Fizzy mouthfeel, although the carbonation is low. Mouthfeel like an almost flat soda. Aroma is an interesting light tart cherry. Flavor is distinctive of cherry with some oaky and vanilla notes. Dry finish. Not too sweet. I am trying to figure out what I can mix this with, cause it begs to be mixed with something.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
750ml bottle thanks to TedSwimmer. Pours a strange slightly hazy light reddish-orange color with a small fading white head that leaves a ring. The aroma is surprisingly faint. I get a little cherry, some oak, and wild yeast. The flavor is a little muddled but not bad. Cherry flavor starts sweet and ends tart, like a SweetTart. A little oak and a slight plasticky note. Seems a little fake. Medium-light bodied and a little on the flatter side. Not great for a wild ale at all.
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I saw this bottle and thought "Hey lets give it a try" the price point was more than I like to spend on a unknown experience but it was a local wild ale so I bit. The bottle shared among friends in oversized wine glasses produce a slight white head with a rough pour, but the bottle did say lightly carbonated. The body had a great pinkish color to it.
The nose was pure funk with a light cherry and oak to it, but mostly I got tart funk from the nose. The flavor was reminiscent of a cherry sweet tart. You defiantly get the fresh tart cherries coming through in the taste but the barrel aging is somewhat less evident. I did get a slight mellowing as it warmed but the funk and cherries were the predominate tastes. It had a light to medium body with light carbonation as expressed before.
Was it drinkable ? Yes. But... at the almost 20$ they are selling it for with tax, will I be having much more ? No. I am sorry to say it wasnít that much better than most imported Flanders or Lambicís I saw along side the bottle I purchased that were cheaper