Lady Of The Woods - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 463
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 4.46%
Wants: 118
Gots: 108 | FT: 10
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Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jayli on 11-03-2009

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another beer shared by sweemzander. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Clear pale yellow hue. Small amout of white head fades quick and leaves no lace.

S: Mild brett funk combines with lemon and wet grass. As with many of the cisco wilds I pick up a decent amount of taco seasoning.

T: Very bland with a mild sourness. It has a bit of lemon and brett character but not much else.

M: Light and bubbly body.

O: I'm starting to think of Cisco as a one trick pony. If it ain't Monomoy Kriek it ain't worth picking up. (517 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow. Crystal clear. Turbulence from the pour mustered only the faintest traces of a head. Perhaps a wisp or two of lace.

S: Raw brett notes. Some mineral-like earthy notes and whiff of lemon.

T: Earthy funk - lemon and some tannic oak. Neither offensive nor interesting. Just, well, bland.

M: Moderate carbonation, but a slightly prickly feel from the brett. Dry finish.

O: Not much to get excited about here. If the flavors were more developed and assertive you might get something close to Orval or El Diablo Deluxe. Unfortunately this beer doesn't get there. (577 characters)

Photo of Verecund
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opened on June 3, 2011. Received as an extra from a generous trader.

It pours a golden straw yellow with a quarter-finger of head which settles into nothing. The beer moves easily in the glass, appearing thinly.

Nice lemony aroma, complemented by underripe peach, green apples, some oak, lactic acid, and an amalgamation of sweet and cereal maltiness. Soft pineapple brett component, as well as a chardonnay-like white wine.

Not quite what I expected, Lady of the Woods stands apart from the other American wilds that best approximate her. “Shallow,” almost watery, on the front of the palate, the mid-palate features hay, tart citrus, all running alongside a perfumy/floral (at times soapy) taste that almost completely covers up a spice note. Very little oak, LofW mostly features sweet tropical fruit and tart citrus fruit.

Medium bodied, but the carbonation is medium-low (not sure if this is off based on others’ reviews) and it feels heavy on the tongue. Could be more effervescent. All the same, pleasantly tart and hugely drinkable, especially on an early summer day like today.

Not in the same league as other “blonde” oak-aged American sours (e.g., Brute, Temptation), but an okay beer nonetheless. As a barrel-aged witbier, this is quite nice; as an American sour, I’m not sure I’d seek it out. (1,326 characters)

Photo of 7ways
3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very soft pop, the cork smells like lemon and Italian herbs. White halo on a helles lager-like body.

S: Oak and funk, orange and lemon candy.

T: Chardonnay and sour fruit. Very intense, but also simple and one dimensional. Like sucking on a lemon soaked oak chip.

M: A little dense, but good carbonation.

O: Not worth the $18.

I'm getting really disgusted with these beers that cost a fortune and turn out to be extremely average. (439 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a white, four-finger head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light almost clear amber color, with a ton of yeast left in bottle. Nose is yeasty lemon. Flavor is sour lemon and yeast, there is no doubt this is a wild ale. The ABV is 5.0%. Way overpriced at $19.95 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA. (390 characters)

Photo of Jesstyr
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tal at gingerman in Norwalk. Not my typical style, but this was a very dynamic beer. The sour is just not an enjoyable flavor, but I respect the beer.

Beer pours with a significant head that stays firm. Disapates inton very light lacing. Color is a light orange, a little off your typical white. Nose has banana and a bit of vanilla, definitely reminds of wild ale.

Flavor is significantly sour, with a bit if citrus. Not exceptionally smooth and the sour finish is a bit alcohol heavy. This is a good beer, but not a real enjoyable experience for this drinker. (573 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold with a bit of carbonation head.

S - Some oak, it's a bit of a lighter smell for an American Wild. A bit of funk, and a little tartness, but not a ton going on here.

T - Some acetone, little bit of grain and a light sour taste. Little bit of oak taste in there, enough to give some barrel presence, but this is overly mild and not aggressive enough.

M - Lighter, some decent carbonation.

D - It's easy enough to drink, but the taste bores you enough that you stop short (and make a move). (501 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice. This one pours a clear golden color with lots of visible carbonation and small cap of white head.

The aroma is mildly tart right up front with a bit of lemon and grass in the background. Seems to have a sweet edge that makes me think of honey. Sugary pallet with green apple flavors and just a hint of sourness to round it out as well as a sweet finish.

The body is light and crisp with good carbonation. Overall this one is mediocre. Certainly enjoyable and I wouldn't turn it down but this isn't something I'd go after. (547 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle split three ways. Poured in a snifter. Huge thanks to SneezyAchew for sending me this one.

A: Pours a hazy white-grapefruit-lemon color with a billowing bright white head that slowly faded into a thick fuzzy film. Sticky patches of lacing cling to the walls of the glass as I drink.
S: Funky notes of brett and lemony citrus. Hints of white grape as well. Very funky and tart smelling, but not necessarily acidic.
T: Follows the nose with barnyardy notes of brett and light citrus fruit flavors. I pick up white grapes, peach, lemon zest, and slight oak. Finish pretty darn dry, but not quite a desert.
M: Mouth is full of lively carbonation over the medium body. Fairly dry and a bit gritty from some oak tannins.
D: Lightly tart and very easy to drink. The carbonation was a chore at first, but it calmed down after a while. Thanks again Michael for this great brew! (885 characters)

Photo of jegross2
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 06/25/11 notes. I've had a bottle of this for a while and have been looking forward to it after having the rest of the Woods series beers. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a transparent straw yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation. Head does not last very long.

s - Smells of tropical fruits, pears, white wine, some funk, oak, apples, and pineapple. White wine comes through quite a bit, as does the pineapple.

t - Tastes of white wine, some funk, oak, tropical fruits, floral notes, pears. Again, a lot of white wine, not as much funk. Light acidity.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

o - Overall an interesting wild ale, but it's dominated by that white wine/chardonay smell and taste. In my opinion probably the worst of the Woods Series sours...I'd pick up Dark Woods again before this one. (883 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Nice golden color with a small white head.

The aroma has a hint of sweet malt followed by a nice smell of lemon mike and ike. There is a bit of a musty smell in there too.

The taste is a lot like a mild saison with a bit of a lemon rind kick in the finish. There is a nice balance here; the sour flavor is mellow, but nicely emphasized.

The body is light and the carbonation is medium to high.

I like this one as an alternative to some of my favorite wild ales. Not among the best, but very enjoyable. (526 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. I believe thanks go to AleLovinRuskie for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear pale yellow color. Produced some white froth. Minimal lace.

(S)- Dry and funky. A bright earthy Brett character. Bits of straw and a floral-like lemon rind note.

(T)- Pretty much exactly like the smell. Dry and oaky with lemon rind and a floral-like funk.

(M)- A bubbly carbonation level and a decent balance. Very light, but oaky, funky, and floral.

(D)- Light and oaky, though very light and straightforward. Leaning more towards some belgian influence and style than a wild, though it still hits the spot. Much more yeast and fruit than funk or sour. (680 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lady of the Woods pours a slightly hazy straw yellow into the glass with a small fizzy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma has strong notes of apple cider and wildflowers. Musty. A hint of honey in the mix.

Each sip of this light bodied beer is soft on the palate, dry, with a mild carbonated fizz on the tongue. The flavor is sour with a sweet finish. Notes of apple cider, lemon citrus, wildflowers and bubblegum. It finishes dry and tart. Once gone the sour cider notes linger on the palate.

This sour beer is not a face puckering mess. It's well balanced and very tasty. (644 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at tapestry

Pours a straw yellow color with a very faint haze. Thin effervescent head dissolves, leaving little lacing or film.

Tart and vinous in the nose with plenty of white wine character. White grape skin and tartness with soft acid. Very chardonnay inspired with a light funkiness.

Nice combo of tart and funk up front with a pleasant white grape flavor. Grape skin and chardonnay with a touch of oak. Wet hay and funk with soft yeast. Finishes tart and dry.

Lighter body, decent carbonation, bubble and dry on the tongue. This is pretty tasty, but it's nowhere near worth the price. (603 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a recent trade thanks to portia99.

Struggled to get the cork off of the bottle, really on there be careful if you open this...

A: Straw color with bubbles sticking on the glass. Almost like a lighter apple cider. No head.

S: Smells quite sour and tart, with some really desirable lacto and oak with a note of white grape overall. Tart berry pastry with the crust there too. Vibrant and sharp.

T/M: Not as vibrant as the smell, but has nice tart grape with oak, and some nice bitters hitting at the back of the palate. Wild yeasts show through. Unfortunately, theres like no carbonation at all in this which makes it somewhat less enjoyable in the mouth department, carbonation would help the sour come out more I think. Has some apple/grape juice cocktail tastes and feel to it. Could be a lot more I think.

Overall not bad, but the mouth and taste were a little underwhelming. (896 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a Snifter glass a slightly cloudy pale straw yellow color with a slight white coastered white head. An interesting aroma, some peach, pear, and spice. Tart apricot peach flavors in the flavor. Minimal spice as well. The oak is there but pretty minimal. Much more fruit forward than I thought it would be. Light mouthfeel with some carbonation. Ends with a lingering drawn out dry apricot taste. Refreshing, great for summer. (444 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale, golden-yellow with a bubbly white head that quickly reduces to a thin ring around the glass. A little bit of lacing is left behind.

The nose is oaky and yeasty with a touch of soured hay. A touch of wheat and white grape make their way in as well. Sourness is light. Mostly picking up apple/brett.

On the tongue, Lady of the Woods reveals light wheat malt, a faint touch of oak, apple and white grape. Light sourness throughout. Slightly dry. Could use a little more complexity/flavor.

Mouthfeel has a medium level of carbonation and is somewhat crisp. Sourness is light, but pleasant. Doesn't quite have the feel of it's Belgian counterparts or some of the other top wilds, but still pretty good.

Drinkability is good. This beer lacks some complexity and strength in the nose and flavor, but what is there is nice. Maybe somewhat bland for someone who is experienced with sours, but a good choice for introducing others to the style. Easy to put back, but not overly enticing. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a lost abbey glass. After having dark woods was super excited to try this, but this was quite a let down.

A light cloudy gold, lots of carbonation, just boring looking...The aroma is light grain, lactose, oak, a little funk, nothing bad just not strong enough for what I want from an oak aged sour...The taste is also pretty boring, an acidic sour with light grain, grass, again blah, but then there is a weird medicinal aftertaste that's a little chalky that's an even bigger turn off.

A pretty disappointing sour, if you like light sours maybe you'll enjoy this but I wouldn't recommend trading for it. (626 characters)

Photo of thezach
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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? (302 characters)

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Lady Of The Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.