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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
92
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448 Ratings
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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 115
Gots: 107 | 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: 448 | Reviews: 125
Reviews by starrdogg:
Photo of starrdogg
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy orangey yellow with a light fluffy white head, very good looking beer

S: Has a delicious sour and brett smell, it literally made my mouth start to water when I first smelled it, perhaps the perfect aroma for a wild ale

T: Taste isn't exactly what I had hoped for after the incredible smell, but it's still pretty solid; it's both sour and bretty, but it's also a little on the spicy side, perhaps characteristics of the base beer that I'm not familar with? The wheat beer/orange peel/coriander taste is still very prominent

M: I love the mouthfeel on this beer, it's got fantastic carbonation and both tingles and coats your mouth; finish is dry, as to be expected with such a beer

O: Everything about this beer is top-notch except for the taste, unfortunately. Too much of the wheat beer characteristics come out, and the flavors indicate that this wouldn't be my favorite wheat beer on its own. If those flavors were a little more subtle, I think this would make a fantastic beer, but it comes up a little short as is.

More User Reviews:
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 mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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

Reviewed from notes, poured into tulip. Hazy yellow gold liquid with a small white head. Smell is funky brett, some oak, green grapes, slightly acidic sourness. Taste is very interesting - not overly sour, some oak, herbal and sugary, cotton candy flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a heavy carbonation. Drinkability was above average, some interesting flavors in this beer. Much different from many of the American Wilds I have tried. Would love to get a chance to have this again.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle.

A - cloudy, bright yellow with a soft, thin, white head that has little retention

S - tart lemon, funky

T - lemon, white wine, straw, tart, sour

M - light bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a pretty enjoyable beer. It's tart and sour, but it's also fruity and light. This isn't overly complex but it does have some depth. It's worth checking out.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger white, fluffy head with good retention. Beer is a clear lemon yellow. Lacing is patchy and thick with good cling. Nice legs too. A great looking beer.

S: Nose is apple, pear, and other yellow pulp ascetic fruit. Brett funk lingers lightly in the background. Moderately aromatic and with a pleasant crisp tartness.

T: Opens pear, slight citrus tartness, apple skin, and some cinnamon sugar notes. A bit watery towards the middle year a bit of yeastiness appears. Slightly tart and wheat-like finish with a filmy aftertaste. Pleasant overall but a bit watered down.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit thin and watery in the mouth and smooth and crisp going down with a lively abrasiveness. Dry finish with a sticky, saliva-enducing aftertaste. Appropriate.

O: The flavor is all there in this beer but its a bit thin and the fruit presence is very muted. I'd hope this would've been a bit more robust flavor-wise. As is, its worth a try, but not really a memorable brew.

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 thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a golden straw yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, wood, and subtle sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, tart fruit, wood, and subtle sour. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I had a bottle of this from last year’s batch in my previous review, but thought I would compare this year’s batch on tap to it. To be honest, the bottled version from last year stole the show at a tasting where ALL of The Woods series brews were opened up in series. However, this sampling left a little to be desired as it was quite light on flavor and aroma as compared to the bottle. With that said, it was still quite good and refreshing but just fell short of the bottle we had. Definitely worth trying on tap if you get the opportunity to do so.

Photo of morimech
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a massive white head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Light sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is slightly funky with some barnyard qualities. Has more of a fruit and vinous quality.

Enjoyable flavor. Not that funky but has an enjoyable tart, acidic edge. Notes of pears and grapes. Slightly floral as well. Has layers of complexity which is a nice suprise considering its light nature.

Light and lively body. The carbonation compliments the tartness in the flavor.

An enjoyable and refreshing beer.

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

Champagne style bottle poured into a duvel glass. Pours cloudy opaque golden color with no foam. Apple juice smell. White wine too. Definitely has the chardonnay in there. Tangy taste, strong sour. Very citrussy. Tropical fruits. Extremely dry finish. Really quite good, loads of flavor.

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 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 TexIndy
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got as an extra in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! This is the barrel aged version of their Grey Lady which I am a huge fan of so can't wait to try it. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No dating info but I believe this just came out recently so fresh. Was a hazy straw color with lots of floaters and carb streams. It opened with a loud pop and then immediately had overflowing foam. Quickly got into a glass and had a massive foamy white head that very slowly settled into a constant foam cap. As the bottle was sitting, I again got an overflow of the bottle. A bit over carbonated but still looks great.

The aroma was excellent. It is very multi-layered. You get the tart fruit, chamomile and orange peel from the base Grey Lady and then you get oak, vanilla and quite a bit of funk from the barrel aging. Smells quite a bit like a wild ale which I love. The taste is equally amazing and again very sour beer like. Great funk taste up-front with the oak and base wit flavors close behind. Really wasn't expecting the funk here so was greatly pleased. Could drink this one anytime, anywhere. Mouthfeel was crisp with a great sour bite that is offset at the end by the base wit so you are ready for the next drink. The over carbonation was a bit of a pain as this one fills you up quickly till you can burb it out.

Overall, an amazing wit/sour blend. Highly recommend and hope I can find some more of it. A very interesting beer from a brewery that I'm going to have to dig deeper into. They made a brief appearance here in TX during the summer but then disappeared. Saw a forum post that they are coming back this year so hope the rumor is true. Rotation - see last sentence. If here, I'd get several of these. [H;Y]

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 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 jegross2
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Lady Of The Woods from Cisco Brewers Incorporated out of Massachusetts.
Score: 83

Unknown vintage. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 06/23/12 at the inaugural Chicago craft beer lovers meeting.

Appearance: Pours a golden urine-like color that is a little murky with a thin bubbly-ish ring around the glass of head. Below average lacing and retention. 3/5

Smell: Sour peaches and pears, a little bit of berries, lemon, oak and vinegar and greek yogurt. 3.5/5

Taste: Lemon, sour peach, oak and some lacto-y flavor. Very milk funk. Quite acidic. A little green apple flavor too. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, medium carbonation. Sweet-and-sour, dry mouthfeel. 4/5

Overall: Drinkable, but did not float my boat.

Recommendation: Sour heads will probably like this one, but it does not seem to be the kind of beer that would appeal to the casual beer drinker.

Pairings: Apples and honey.

Cost: $18.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

Photo of jsanford
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 5/7/11

Appearance: Hazy, pale, tangerine-gold color - starts with a fizzy head, doesn't last long, leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Heavy on the tart, especially when it's cold - hay, barnyard, lemon tartness - some sour, some funk - pale malts - hints of oak, floral notes

Taste: So good - funky and sour to start, but as it warms it becomes more complex and delicate - lemon tartness - sour, not puckering, but very tart - lemon zesty to an extent - a lot of wood, which helps balance the flavor - very dry, but some hints of sweetness - some hints of other fruits

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth and gloriously dry - this is exactly what I want for this style - nicely carbonated, too

Overall: Great stuff

This was a treat. I was unsure of where to even put my expectations, as this is a sour that was pretty easy to get. Honestly, these Cisco Woods beers deserve more hype. They are excellent. I hope I can continue to get these in the future without too much fuss.

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a patch of bubbles in the center.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather sour and has some notes of oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable for the style and seems like it has just the right amount of sourness.

Photo of StormKing47
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of cmurren 25, shared on New Years Eve with him and therealnomayo. A Temptation clone? Let's find out...

A- A very nice hazy golden color with a yellow hue. Tons of bubbles showing off the level of carb lead up to a nice and medium sized white head. Looks just like a certain -ation, do they have some East coast competition?

S- A very pleasant and satisfying aroma of soft fruits and earthy mustiness. Has a sharp acidity and a faint tart aroma followed by wood and vanilla undertones. Some warming and a nice and simple spiciness comes out to meld with the other aromas. All that is missing is a wine barrel, wish they would have used that instead of plain old oak.

T- An immediate saturation of sour fruits, earthiness, mustiness and a light crisp apple. As it warms a nice and clean finish of yeast spice, wood and soft vanilla leave you wanting more. A very nice and clean sour with every flavor easily picked out and leveled in complexity.

M- Very nice, light and a good carb prickle. Can seem thin, but this is due to the carb pushing everything around quickly. Has a nice tart and sour pucker and clean finish.

D- Absolutely I feel this puts some competition of Russian River for a sour blonde. It's very clean, crisp, tart and sour. Nice complex flavors that deliver all you want. It's light, but very enjoyable.

Another good sour from an underrated brewery. Keep doing what your doing Cisco!

Photo of Etan
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of claspada
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of jedwards
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at La Laiterie.

Pour is translucent pale gold, with a thin white head that leaves no lace. Nose is lemony, with a slight vanilla tone. Taste is well-rounded, oak and lemon dominate, with other citrus notes, vanilla, and a touch of wheat and spice at the back. Mouthfeel is bright and clean. Wish it was summer -- this would be a terrific summer session beer. Really solid offering, and a solid case for wit on oak.

Photo of liamt07
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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

Poured from a 750ml caged & corked bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellowish gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, spices Belgian yeast, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some citrus tartness that is quickly followed by some Belgian yeast and wheat breadiness. There are also some spices in the background. There is a very mild hops presence and the malt character is not very heavy, but both provide a good balance and a nice complexity. The after-taste is slightly sour and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink when you're looking for a little extra flavor out of a Witbier without going with a traditional sour beer style.

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Lady Of The Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.