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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Added by Jayli on 11-03-2009

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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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 Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a very modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet; many droplets of lace are left behind

Smell: Oaky and acetic, with vinous undertones; lemon and pineapple tones, as well

Taste: In the early stages, the lactic sourness dominated, bringing lemony yogurt flavors that were joined by oaky vinous elements; over time, the acetic sourness built up, creating a puckering sensation; a hint of pineapple permeates but the preponderance is lemony, vinous and oaky

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; puckery

Overall: Not as good as some of the others in the series, this is still an enjoyable summer sour

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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 zeff80
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left some thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled funky and sour with some barnyard aromas. There was a yeastiness present in the nose, too.

T - Funky and fruity with a nice sour bite. There was a very mild caramel flavor with a touch of spice.

M - It was crisp and very dry but at times seemed a little thin. A light to medium bodied wild ale.

D - This was very nice. Thanks to given2flybrewing for sharing this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this with Amyliz4, hhanson, Azurelimits, and me at a recent tasting.

A: Pours a bright, transparent citrus yellow with a bit of golden haze. Nice white head throughout.

S: Spicy belgian yeast, bit of oak, and plenty of citrus. Some nice wheat tartness coming through as well.

T: Very nice oak character comes in atop the tart citrus and wheat characteristics. Incredibly complex for a witbier. Some nice Belgian spice makes its way in as well.

M: Light-to-medium body, although pretty heavy for a witbier. The wheat and oak combine to create a nice dryness.

D: Very drinkable. Probably the best version of the style that I've had. Wholeheartedly agree with Ben that I'd love to see more barrel-aged light beers like this, as I have almost uniformly enjoyed the barrel-aged lighter beers that I've come across.

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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 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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever shared this at Oakquinox.

A: The pour is a very pale straw color with a large white head.

S: Smells interesting. Mild tart with a heavy hand on the lemon aromas. Quite a bit of floral qualities to it with a mild funk and oak, perhaps a little lacto. There's plenty of oak and a touch of white wine.

T: The flavor is not too shabby. Heavy on the grass, hay, and lemon zest. Fairly funky and rather strong on the oak. Mild wine and vanilla, some hints of fruit in there as well. Maybe a little bit of pineapple.

M: Fairly light in body with a high level of carbonation and a dry finish.

O: This was surprisingly good. While all of the barrel aged beers from Cisco have been enjoyable, this one was a bit above the rest.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.

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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 Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FeDUBBELFIST for sharing this on 11/13/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew pours a light yellow color that is quite clear. Immediate reaction to this brew are thoughts of old yellow fizzy. A light ring of bubbles lays tight around the inside of the glass. Spotty lace clings to the glass when swirled. Not much of a head to speak for retension but the bubbles that appear are white and large.

The smell of this brew is quite lemony with some tart funk that is almost cheesy. A light earthy hop aroma comes in through the back with more citrus elements but the lemon character dominates.

The taste is quite lemony with a lingering taste of lemon rind that clings in the mouth with a little bit of an oily feel. This brew is tart, lightly fruity citrus notes outside of just lemon. However the major portion of the taste of this brew is lemon with a somewhat artificial taste reminescent of pine-sol. Lightly acidic and somewhat puckering.

This is a light bodied brew that is highly carbonated. Quite drinkable with a dominating lemon character throughout the nose and taste profile that seems too exaggerated to be just coriander or lemon zest/rind. Regardless it was an interesting experience and I would give it a go again if the price is fair, not more than $20 a bottle.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is something about this that strikes me as very lambic-like. Excellent woody tones with the supporting funk with lemony citric edges. Well, more than just edges. But the character of this beer makes it so similar to Belgian lambics that I'd bet you could place this in a blind tasting against Boon and the like and there is potential for some interesting results. Not as smooth as Cuvee de Castleton or as diverse as a Russian River production, but I still say this is a well made wild ale. A real pleasure to drink.

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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 GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a cloudy, yellow-gold coloring with a filmy ring of head. The nose is fully influenced by the Chardonnay barrels the beer is aged in, with very sweet and tart characteristics dominating. Flavors are all Chardonnay, but with a touch of the roasted wheat shining through. Sweet, cloying aftertaste with a rich, tangy finish. The beer is definitely different, but it is damn tasty. Good for wine fans looking to cross-over or dabble a bit.

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Photo of liamt07
3.99/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.


Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, spicy, ginger note. The taste is malty/yeasty, with some spice notes, ginger, apple. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice sparkly brew.

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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 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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