Lady Of The Woods | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Lady Of The WoodsLady Of The Woods

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage, $9.99 on sale, yep good deal.
Cork pops quietly, pours pretty standard, thin layer of white foam and good clarity. No lace, webby surface skim.
Aroma is oaky, definitely some damp wood, with a light acidic presence. Smells pretty nice.
Taste is a little one-dimensional but pleasant, tart lemon and crabapple, lychee, malic and citric acid.
Juicy tart and puckering at first, with vague woody traces in the dry finish. Light bodied with a light effervescence.
Overall this is a pretty prototypical AWA, i've passed on it for years due to the price but it's pretty good.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 750ml split between three people, you may be better off with five or six -- straight up briny woody lemon juice sourness and lots of it. Notes of champagne/white wine. Very sour and rather simplistic but this is a pretty wonderful wild ale. Well-carbonated, bordering on too intense but really great interesting flavor coming through.

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Photo of tjmodica
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage, this has held up amazingly well. Hazy golden yellow, Cisco nailed the color. Light funk with almost undetectable spices that where added but they are their and give this some added depth. Extremely poundable, enjoyed this but I am sad this was my last one.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml caged and corked bottle, 2014 vintage. Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about an inch creamy off-white head that stuck around for a very long time. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like citrus, tropical fruit, white wine, peaches and oak. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of cantaloupe, apricot and earthiness. It's really tart and tasty! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, smooth and easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I thought it was pretty good, I liked it more the longer I drank it. Definitely worth trying if you see a bottle, I know I wouldn't mind buying this again. $20.99 a bottle at Party Source.

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Photo of tempest
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not hugely complex, but super pleasant to drink. Herbal Earl Grey runs under the rounded sour lemon rind character. Lovely bite, no problem finishing a bottle.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: hazy golden straw. Thin head that dissipates quickly and entirely
S: lactic acid, funk, hay, melon
T: tart and sour! Puckeringly so. Some funk, cantaloupe, oak. Very dry.

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Photo of J-Rye
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage. Great beer. It reminded me most of Hanssens Artisinaal Oude Gueze, one of my favorite all time beers, with one major distinction that drew down my rating for it:

Look: Look was extremely rustic, straw colored and hazy, great job. The carbonation, however, was comprised of very large bubbles that appeared to be injected as opposed to the product of fermentation. (I'm used to seeing a much smaller bubble structure for this caliber of beer). The lacing was a bit lacking. I don't expect much in the way of lacing from the style, but it was less elegant than other styles, probably due to the large bubbles.

Smell: Near perfect, mouthwatering tartness.

Taste: Puckeringly sour, which overpowered the mild barnyard funk, oakey, some grapes, apples. There's a lot of oak in the flavor, and a sliver of oak barrel ended up in my mouth; I actually thought I might be upset for a second, but then thought that was kind of cool.

Mouthfeel: Superb dry finish. Unfortunately this beer lost carbonation in a hurry and fell very flat. I wonder if there was a bottling issue here.

Overall: Think extra sour, but less funky Hanssens Artisinaal Oude Geuze. While this was a fantastically great, rustic weird beer, I'd rather spend my money on Hanssens, unfortunately. Maybe if the carbonation issue is fixed I'd buy another, but it's a pricy one.

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Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

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!


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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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.27/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Dope
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of stuppy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of thezach
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
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?

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Photo of joeseppy
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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