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Lady Of The Woods - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Lady Of The WoodsLady Of The Woods

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BA SCORE
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445 Ratings
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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 115
Gots: 108 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jayli on 11-03-2009

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Ratings: 445 | Reviews: 124
Photo of Raziel313
2.81/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a fan of the funky tasting sour

Photo of Zaximus
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I agree with previous assessments. Very tart and quite dry. But excellent.

Photo of GinjaSlice
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Dry dry dry but pretty sour and tart finish

Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014. After removing the cage I found the Lady to be equipped with a self-extracting cork! Mini gush, then well behaved. Pours a mostly clear yellow orange with instafade soda head with nothing on the glass, but a steady stream of bubbles. Smell: coriander, very ripe cantaloupe, mildly grassy, with herbal and oaky notes. A bit of a lactic smell as well. Taste: starts off with a little papaya-like soft tropical fruit and fleeting doughy back, then a wave of tart hits... grapeskin and herbal oakiness, lemon wedge, then into brett-ed peach and green apple candy. The sour is substantial but not (quite) over the top, and the finish is slightly sticky, drying, and only mildly tart. Bright, fruity, and sour. Nice.

Photo of mattafett
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

2009 version

Photo of Budinetz
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured from a bottle conditioned, 750 ml bottle into a goblet glass. 2014 vintage

Pours a golden amber color with an eggshell white head that dissipates rather quickly. Very little visible lacing around the glass as I sip. The color alms or reminds me of apple juice to be honest. It's quite exquisite!

Smells of sour pears, apples, and peaches. Lacto is very prevalent on the nose with no malt or hop profile detected.

Tastes very tart as it costs the tongue. Lacto is present. Although very sour, the beer finishes a bit sweet, particularly when licking your lips minutes after swallowing. Some oaky finish is present as well upon swallowing.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Puckering initially l, but then mellows out upon swallowing, bringing out the oaky flavor from the barrel aging. Although this beer is well carbonated, it doesn't have an overly harshness on the tongue. The pleasant prickliness is welcoming with each sip.

One of the best sour beers I may have ever had. Very well balanced with a mouthfeel that leaves you yearning for another sip. I think this beer would benefit from aging, it's pretty fantastic as it is upon release. I would definitely seek this one out of you are a sour beer fan. You will not be disappointed!

Cheers!

Photo of Jonada
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. 2013 printed on the label. Served in a Cantillon Iris glass

Appearance: Pours a bright gold color with less than a finger of white soapy head that dissipates to a thin collar and some wispy foam coating. Body is clear with moderate amounts of visible carbonation.

Smell: Surprising amount of funk, hay, pineapple, green apple, some grassy/herbal quality and a bit of oak.

Taste: Lemon, barnyard funkiness, green apple, lacto, oak. There's a very noticeable herbal quality, which is somewhat weird, but ends up working well.

Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium. Finishes dry.

Overall: Pretty good american wild ale. While I wouldn't mistake it for one, it has some gueuze-like qualities. Worth picking up if you see it.

Photo of smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good give off the cork with a big pop.

Deep peach orange body, roaring middle column of carbonation in the middle of the body, with side white small pinhead bubbles cascading the sides of the glass. Head is soapy and off white in color, but with lots of snapping carbonation and little retention, but manages to settle slowly, and stick with a good half finger puck. Real good looking brew.

Aroma is like classic white grape, slightly sweet. Big dry powdery wood notes, almost like sawdust. Fruit angle somewhere around faint sour lemon and big oily zest. Not much hint of barrel aging character from the bouquet so far, but a solid nose.

Palate has lots of tang. Big notes of lemon and citrus juice. Big zesty and oily coating tangy finish, with a hint of wet juiced body, and much toned down dryness. Big zesty notes on this, with oily bitter finish. Comes off with just a real balanced sweetness on the finish as well to match the sour tang. Minimal pucker, with a good simple malt depth. Moderate carbonation with just a bit of mouth play, and lip coating fruity oils.

It doesn't hint at thick round character, but the barrels (yeast?) really made the fruit and lemon notes just burst alive. Real good take on a wild ale brew.

Photo of GPHarris
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

a - poured a one finger thick fizzy head that dissipated immediately. the body was a bright golden color.
s - big strong chardonnay aromas.
t - chardonnay and lemons.
m - crisp and biting.
o - i loved this beer. so drinkable and well done with the wine barrel and the tartness. a pleasure to drink.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.27/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a typical American sour. Straw-colored and clear. Carbonated but very little head retention. My biggest gripe about the beer is that it is similar to so many American sours -- it's over the top SOUR - way too sour. No balance like a oude gueuze (which I wouldn't expect) but not even similar to a jung lambik. Just way too off the charts with acidity. Strong acetic acidness.

Photo of vfgccp
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great looking bright gold body with a fine white head. Head pours 1/2 a finger high with ok retention and poor lace.

S - Bright, astringently sour nose. Huge sweet-tart candy character, strong ginger, lemon, and a touch of crisp tart peaches.

T - Aggressively sour, spot on for an American Wild. Bold kaffir lime sets the stage for lemon, hay, bay leaves, bright oaky wood, apricot, and an edge of tart and chalky smarties.

M - Medium-full, surprisingly full for the style, with a smooth body.

O - A great, complex American Wild: the right balance of sour, sweet, and oak on a silky frame.

Photo of Dope
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date other than "2013", but this just hit the stores recently.

A: Thankfully, unlike my last two Cisco bottles, this one opened with a hiss and not an enormous fountain of foam all over my counter. Pours a hazy gold with a mid-sized and fizzy offwhite head. Decent retention but zero lacing.

S: Sweet and sour...citrus? Like candied fruits. Swirled I get a dry and bitter orange peel and oak. Some indistinct light red wine too?

T: Oh yeah. Much more sour than the aroma gives away. Mainly citrus, again - sweet and sour. Tart lemons and orange peel. A bit of tangerine in here too. Light dry oak in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. Quite sour.

O: Not a bad sour at all. Last few from Cisco I've had were super sour and dry. This is still quite sour but not teeth-chatteringly so. No brutally dry finish either. Just a nice crisp, fruity, sweet and sour brew. Drinkability is pretty decent too.

Photo of KornWallace
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of dar482
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.

Photo of stuppy
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Photo of thezach
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
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?

Photo of joeseppy
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Rutager
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.

Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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.

Photo of chanokokoro
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Lady Of The Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.