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Lady Of The Woods - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jayli on 11-03-2009)
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Photo of KornWallace

New York

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date: 3/22
Location: Decicco's Harrison
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Red Wine Glass
Appearance: Hazy. Blonde Wheat in color. Poured gingerly with a light carbonation which quickly evaporated.
Aromatics: Sour and funky. The fruit is green apples and grapefruit. A bit of must from the oak.
Flavor: It's very tart from the Brett. It really has a wine like flavor. Grape peels and lemon. The beer literally makes my mouth water when sipping on it.
Finish: The tart stays on the sides of my younger and a feel a load of carbonation even though I didn't see much.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 19:36:41 | More by KornWallace
Photo of dar482

New York

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a straw yellow color.

The aroma has wonderful funkiness, tart lemons, oak, green apples.

The flavor follows with acidic tartness throughout of white grapes, green apple, lemon, and then funk and a hint of oak. Wonderful carbonation.

This is a wonderful drinking wild ale that was quite a surprise for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 09:14:01 | More by dar482
Photo of stuppy


4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: gold, white head, good clarity

Aroma: sour, lemon, citrus, green apples, some coconut

Flavor: hints of oak, coconut, citrus, finishes with sour, lemon flavor, finishes dry

Mouthfeel: med, med high carbonation

Overall: very good sour finish, lots of fruit, agree with label as being very Chardonnay like, would drink this again

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 03:12:00 | More by stuppy
Photo of thezach


3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A sour using their Grey Lady, a thoroughly average cardamom-spiced wheat beer. What I saw as over spicing and one-dimensional in the base beer becomes wonderfully balanced with tart and sour funkiness. Not much to look at, as there is virtually no head, but who cares when there's this much complexity?

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 19:39:42 | More by thezach
Photo of joeseppy


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much oomph off the cork release. Pours pretty flat with a quick and disappearing white lace. Pale yellow.

Bang up sour assault! Some sweetness, straw, fruity, oak and briny.

Sour tasting, like licking the face of a fresh cut lemon. Sitting with this awhile more oak and wine qualities emerge. Definite funk to it.

Medium body that is flat. Dry finish.

A sours sour. I needed time to become acquainted with this. Not overly complex but that's fine. I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 23:00:12 | More by joeseppy
Photo of jlindros


4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the first batch so quite a few years old.

Light fizzy head fades instantly, slight hazy golden orange like yellow.

Nose great Belgian malts, light sour malt and lemon like and hint of citrus orange peel too, light lacto and other souring funk, hint of fruit, light peach and apricot like stone fruit.

Taste again tons of stone fruit, lots of apricot, sour fruit, light sour lacto like flavours and funk, smooth creamy feel, touch if a sour dough malty flavor. Finish is dry, light doughy malt and long sour apricot finish.

Mouth is med bod, very little carb,

Overall awesome. I'll have to get a new batch sometime and see how it compares.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 12:58:22 | More by jlindros
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a very different wild ale. like none ive come across. it pours a pale straw color with an inch or more of white bubbly head. there is some fine suspended yeast and an aroma of ripe fruits, wild yeast, and oak. the flavor is super complex, with a funny hint of apricot jam without the sweetness, really farmy from the yeast, dry and acidic like chardonnay barrels, and a lot of spunk. its just so different, balanced, but at stages allowing each element to shine. the oak does wonders for this beer, and I just cannot believe how interesting and bold this is for being just 5% abv. effervescent carbonation and a very light drinkable body with a crackling dry finish. on a night that I drank such beers as zombie dust, crooked stave cellar reserve series, and other rarities, this was a standout amongst them all. I need to get my hands on some more of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 16:46:38 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of EgadBananas


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

A: bright, summer, translucent, bright white head.

S: mild oak, lemons, musk, funk, tart, grapefruit, mild toast.

T: mild sour and tart notes, lemony, tinge of wood, touch of fruit, funk, biscuits.

M: light and airy, medium carbonation, clean, refreshing.

O: light and refreshing sour. Mild in the sour department, but complex.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 20:42:15 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thank you to Msquared2 for this, a new brewery for me.

Appearance. Pours yellow gold with a light haze and a thin white head.

Smell. Tons of oak and woody vanilla, coconut and sour green apples, a little fruity belgian yeast and white wine.

Taste. Sour green grapes and lemon, coconut and oak, vanilla and a bit of fruity white wine.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with low carbonation. A little more carbonation would be nice and might help with the slightly thin, watery feel.

Overall. Interesing beer with pleasant flavours that reminded me a little of a tropical cocktail with the fruit and coconut going on. Good stuff and again, really interesting. Thanks again, Morgan.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 01:46:53 | More by Rutager
Photo of corby112


3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours a hazy pale golden orange color with golden straw edges and a 1.5 finger white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Sporadic streaks of lace left behind.

Odd aroma with a mix of lactic funk, tropical fruit and chemicals.  Smells sort of like sun tan lotion with lots of wood/oak and coconut.  Like a wild ale dosed with coco butter.

Medium bodied with a really strange amalgam of flavors.  Tart with strong citrus acidity, sourdough bread and lactic funk cut by a strong earthy wood presence that gives off a strong coconut milk flavor.  Dry and  somewhat astringent finish.  Not a bad beer just a very weird combination of flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2013 03:01:24 | More by corby112
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a CCB snifter. No bottle info that I can see.

Appearance - Pours with no activity at all. Clear golden body with a stray bubble and naught else.

Smell - Fruity. White grapes, but not like wine. Definitely acidic smelling. Mostly lactic with a bit of acetic acid.

Taste - Much more white grape flavor. More complex sourness, which also means it has some unclean sour flavors. Oaky in the very back end.

Mouthfeel - Easy drinking. Low carbonation. Crisp despite the low carbonation. Lingering sour finish.

Overall - I remember this being much better. Maybe some bottle variation here.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 01:24:31 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of spoony


4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml into a tulip.

A-The beer pours a cloudy, pale-hued golden color with some visible carbonation. The head is short-lived, thin white foam. No lacing.

S-The smell is quite tart with a slightly lactic, earthy funk. I detect some apricot, unripe apples, and a bit of oak.

T-The taste is also tart from start to finish. The brew is highly acidic with flavors of white grapes, unripened apples, some lemon, and a touch of funky oak. I find it difficult to pick out unique flavors, but there is a sort-of sour white wine note to the beer.

M-Feel is light to medium in body with a refreshing hit of carbonation. The finish is long lasting and sour.

O-I enjoyed this beer and I think other sour fans will, as well. There is nice, almost-geueze-like quality to this beer with the tart flavor, milder ABV, and bubbly mouthfeel. It would score higher, but the flavors are not as complex or distinguished as my favorite sours. Lack of complexity notwithstanding, I would readily drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 04:50:50 | More by spoony
Photo of chanokokoro


3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle placed in a lambic basket into a tulip glass

After the initiai six foot spray that shot from the bottle after the cork was removed, poured a hazy straw golden capped with a one finger head that dissipates almost immediately. No lacing. Oak, lemon-tinged vinegar, and some funk on the nose. Opens with white wine, very light citrus notes, and a hint of banyard funk. Big oak notes throughout. Finishes fairly dry with white wine vinegar sourness. Smooth syrupy fairly heavy medium body, low carbonation. Overall, a solid sour, but lacks a bit of complexity. However, it certainly delivers on the sour.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 02:39:56 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of ThePorterSorter


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

The beer pours a hazy light straw yellow with no head. The nose is different than most barrel aged sours with a strange herbal note that I can't place my finger on...regardless, it's a pleasant surprise. The taste is definitely sour with a distinctly herbal & sour finish. This beer is light and drinkable, but definitely sour and interesting. I would recommend this as a great east coast sour and didn't realize it was a 2012 GABF gold!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 02:02:25 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost clear pale gold with a rocky head that quickly turns to a half-inch, loose foam, then just as quickly disappears, leaving no lace on a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Opens with funky fermented apple with lots of oak and a citrus/lemon background. The aromas are pronounced, but lack progression with warmth. However, the oak does ramp up through the session.

Tartness is quite pronounced from front to back. Acid and sweetness are pronounced. Strong white wine flavors with lemon and oak give way to fruity pineapple and kiwi. The finish is dry and puckering. Again, warmth accentuates the oak flavors and this beer contains the most oak I have yet to encounter.

A silky texture, medium body, with highly effervescent carbonation and light alcohol. This one if very dry and palate coating.

Another sipping beer with powerful flavors that linger. This is a nice alternative to the typically high octane sipping beers. It is to be enjoyed with a book on a cold, wet autumn day, but would work equally well as a summer offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 12:31:53 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

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

Pours a murky light yellow color with a foamy eggshell head that fades to a minimal cap of white foam. Quite bubbley and effervescent.

Aroma is fruity and tart intially with notes of lemons and tangerines. As it warms I get more of the Bretty yeast, some more citrus, a little spice and some vinious white grape influences.

The tastes directly follow the nose with the white grape skin up front followed but the earthy, woody oak. As it warms I get some of the wheat/pilsner malt sweetness with some accompanying accents of lime, orange rind and tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is slightly dry and oaky with accompanying sour tart fruitiness.

Overall this was a surprise for me and I enjoyed this very much. I have been cautious to try this brewery because I have heard many hit or miss comments but this was indeed a treat. Flavors are not ridicullously mind-blowing or out of this world but were super solid in the light farmhouse style.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 18:35:29 | More by claspada
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody and acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite sour and acidic and fairly one dimensional in that regard.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 22:09:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Knapp85


3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy yellow color with a thin white head on top. The head settles and leave just a white film on top of the beer with a minimal lacing. The smell of the beer gives off some big sour notes and fresh oak aromas. The taste gives off what to me tasted like tart limes at first which then switched of more of a lemon/orange citric flavor as it warmed up. The base of the beer is light with not much in the way of malt coming through at any stage. The mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated, and actually kind of refreshing. Overall this beer gets the saliva glands working pretty hard, it's acidic and yet very drinkable. It's a lot like a tart citrusy juice with carbonation. It's good for what it is. I can't say I'd drink a lot of it though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 03:11:16 | More by Knapp85
Photo of mdaschaf


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head that reduces to a ring on top rather quickly. Little bits of white lace form on the glass.

S: Very funky and musty with some nice sour lemon, apple, white grapes, and vinegar.

T: Nice sour lemon flavor upfront with some green apple and white grapes mixed in. The oak comes out as does a nice lactic sourness. There is a bit of funk, but not has much as the aroma, the flavor profile is much more fruity.

M: Closer to medium than light bodied with medium to high carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O: A really nice wild ale. Not overly sour, but it has a nice level of funk and fruity flavors. Wish their sours were a few dollars cheaper, but will definitely try and grab a few more at some point.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 02:34:23 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of CManuel


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a translucent golden yellow with a minimal head.
S-Green apple tart notes are very present, along with a bit of funkyness, very much Gueuze-like in aroma. Oak is there, but is overpowered by the other aromas.
T- Nice and tart, with apple notes present. Has a nice puckering effect but not overwhelming. Very clean and dry beer, oaky vanilla flavors are present, but are hard for me to pick out.

Overall this is a very solid american wild ale. I am definitely impressed and will pick up more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 16:59:01 | More by CManuel
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head (like one would expect on a Sprite) that quickly reduces to an extremely thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sourness with some very subtle hints of oak from the barrel aging.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of sourness/tartness upfront with some lighter vinous notes and a hint of oak flavors from the barrel aging.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: This beer is very easy to drink for the style as the sourness is not too over the top and there is a nice amount of acidity to the flavors. Very enjoyable and I could easily enjoy a few glasses of this in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 21:33:01 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason, 750ml into a tulip.

Hazy oranged yellow, minimal head is produced only leaving the tiniest ring of bubbles. Tart on the nose, white wine, underripe white fleshed fruits and green grape skins. Tastes of young green grapes, lemon, white wine but having a sweeter pale malt finish. Medium body, zesty and tart finish. A good sour, but not as complex as I had desired. Pleasant and refreshing however.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 03:44:40 | More by liamt07
Photo of jsanford


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-gold with a thin, patchy haze of white foam. Very nice, Gueuze-like aromas of tart green apple, lemon zest, and white wine vinegar. Not quite as complex as the Belgian master, but damn fine. Taste is similar to the nose, more complex flavors of under-ripe green apple, lemon juice, Shock Tarts, funk, and a touch of vinegar. Light and crisp, with a medium-thin body and a puckering, astringent finish. Very solid American "Sour", very impressed, and now looking forward to Cherry Woods and the rest.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 23:41:10 | More by jsanford
Photo of Etan


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Cantillon flute.

A: Pours a translucent golden yellow with a small white head.

S: Some mild bretty funk, sour lemon and apple, lots of oak.

T: Lots of clean, oaky acidity here. Puckering green apple, wheat and tannic vanilla, some lactic notes. Very clean and dry.

M: Light to medium-bodied, slight tingle of carbonation.

O: A lot more sour than I was expecting. Not very complex, but satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 21:04:02 | More by Etan
Photo of jtd1969

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow with mirky, medium carbonation

S - sour fruit, sweet yeasty aroma

T - sour, smooth lemon, lemongrass, oak

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

O - A refreshing beer. Style is a sour, so you know what you get. It is not for everyone as it is sour and tart. However, I recommend you try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 03:38:18 | More by jtd1969
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Lady Of The Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.