Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Lady Of The Woods | Cisco Brewers Inc.

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
127 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jayli on 11-03-2009

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 481
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.

 492 characters

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

 673 characters

Photo of alpinebryant
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hay straw yellow with light powder in the center of the glass and tiny bubbles at the edges.

S: Smell of Fresh pineapple and tropical mango. Light white wine and oak and a barnyard funk that is rather pleasant and not overpowering.

T: The pineapple is very strong in here, along with the mango and white wine flavors. Oak is rather light and nice, not overpowering the other characters inside of this. Green pear and granny smith apple souring. Very subtle hop presence, just enough noble hop presence to let you know they are in here, but not the main star of the show. A bit of green grape musk, that made me think of the "noble rot" talked about in DFH beer. It could be a little more complex and deep, but this beer is about subtlety.

M: Light body and a mild carbonation. In my opinion, this is just right and completely enjoyable out of the bottle. Not over-carbonated with champagne yeast like some other American Wilds are.

O: An extremely drinkable American Wild Ale. It is not oversoured, over oaked, or over bretted. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable. Would definitely drink again.

 1,121 characters

Photo of tobelerone
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An impressive and highly drinkable sour from Cisco. A vigorous pours yields a sizeable white head atop a lightly hazed, lovely-looking gold body. Retention is good; lacing slips down the sides of the glass. Yeasty, lemony aroma; quite tart; nice oakiness; some spice and a bit of barny funk.

The flavor combines bright tropical fruit and citrusy lemon, chardonnay, oak and tannic notes beautifully. Quite dry and crisp. The funkiness is rather subtle while the lemony sourness is fairly assertive and results in a decent amount of puckering. Certainly not over the top in this regard but should satisfy most sour fans. Has the prominent acidity of a white wine. The musty barn funk is less pronounced in the tasting than in the nose.

Medium body with medium carbonation and has a nice smoothness in the mouth. Very clean drinking. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

 865 characters

Photo of thecheapies
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Monomoy Kriek was pretty delicious, despite a complete lack of carbonation. Let's see how Lady of the Woods treats me.

Pulled out a couple of wine glasses to enjoy this brew.

Straw-gold color with a few cascading bubbles. Only a small ring showed up on the surface.

Funky with cidery notes. Great deal of sour in the nose with heavy grass and hay notes. Very tart and slightly green apple-y.

Wow! Tart and very refreshing! Wet straw, white vinegar, white wine, oak, guava, apple/pear, and lemon. Ideal amount of sour, and prevalent flavor without being one-note. Not extremely complex, but pretty far from one-note. Perhaps, a shade thin.

Smooth, tart, spritzy, and utterly refreshing. Nice amount of pucker, but not overwhelming. Exceptional.

Amazing Wild Ale. Absolutely should have bought two, and didn't. I hope to see a few more bottles with my name on them. And, no, I'm not deterred by the $19.99 price tag.

 920 characters

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

Split a 750 ml... Pored into a duvel glass.

A: pours a pale light amberish golden with about half a finger of white head that dissapates slowly... Zero lacing. Not a bad lookin beer, but nothing to get excited about....

S: I get a lot of white wine oak character first, with notes of melon, and lemon, and other citrus notes, as the brew warms the sourness really comes out... Enhancing the sour lemon citrus note, overall this smells pretty damn good, and nice and sour.

T: much like the nose this has a nice white wine character, I believe I was told that this is great lady aged in chard barrels with some nice bugs or whatnot. Notes of melon and sour lemon, oak, with a nice sour bite... Well done

M: light bodied and drinkable, medium carbonation, beautiful fuzzy/creamy mouthfeel.... Great on a hot day.

O: a very nice sour, with some nice white wine and sour citrus notes, Cisco knows how to make some good sours.

 927 characters

Photo of Pahn
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Recent bottling.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1/3 inch foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Pours a translucent goldish yellow and leaves small, sparse lines and spots of lacing.

Smell: Acetic and funky, with some lactic sourness underneath. Lactic note disappears and the dominant acetic aroma pulls back with time. Bright, lemony note comes out. Nice.

Taste: First sip: very oaky, with a thick lactic sourness accentuated by the creamy, fullish bodied feel. Tart and dry finish. Somewhat vinous character throughout.

The flavors expand similar to the aroma, but better. The tartness takes on a lemony / grapefruit pith character, the lactic sourness forms pretty much the base of the flavor, and a lot of creamy oak flavors and fruity highlights happen over the course of each sip. Definite chardonnay resemblance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but the creaminess gives a full-bodied impression. Awesome tart and dry finish sort of cleans up each sip. Juicy enough. Low side of moderate carbonation (ample).

Overall: Great beer for a hot day. Not one note, but much simpler than some better wild ales. Still delicious, and works really well as a whole (even good to great wild ales can feel like 80% stuff that works and 20% stuff I could do without, if not skewed even further toward the latter). Might pick up a few more of these for the Summer.

 1,390 characters

Photo of xnicknj
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
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 thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

 977 characters

Photo of mltobin
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on-tap in upstate New York, served in a chalice.

Appearance is hazy yellow with a nice looking medium sized head. Its` nose has tart fruits such as lemon, oak and herbs. The taste of this woods series beer from Cisco is made of citrus, yeast, orange and funk. Mouthfeel has good amount of carbonation, vinous with tart finish. This is a nice sour/wild to try if you get the chance.

 395 characters

Photo of Bendurgin
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
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 mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to Amy for this one.

A - Pours a light clear pale yellow with about an inche of white foam that slowly faded leaving a light dusting of bubbles on the surface. Almost like the first snowfall of the year.
S - Nice lacto tartness up front, there is some light grains and lemon that fills the nose
T - Light grains, a bit of funkiness, slightly tart lemon flavor and feel, but not overpowering, a bit of sour tang keeps this light while finishing dry.
M/D - light bodied with a good amount of carbonated zing. Its very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The flavor is great, the tartness could become tiring though. Very enjoyable, i would have to have another to see how it affected me.

 695 characters

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
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 callmemickey
3.12/5  rDev -23.3%
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 7ways
3.17/5  rDev -22.1%
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 angrybabboon
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

 1,001 characters

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

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a slightly dark shade of yellow with a two finger, very foamy white head. It doesn't stick around for long, but leaves some very bubbly lacing

S- there's a nice lemony aroma coming out, and I detect the faint smell of some brett in there too. Not bad, but a little different

T- sour tropical fruit...reminds me a lot of Le Terroir, but a little more dry. Damn enjoyable

M- there actually is a very solid body to this one, it's pretty heavy....odd given that it's a 5% wild

O- very different sour, and I really enjoy it. Great beer

 588 characters

Photo of beerwolf77
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
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 nhindian
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Pretty Things wine glass. Bottle generously provided by Exiled, thanks Jason!

A - A rusty ass cage and grungy cork do not leave me feeling confident before opening this bottle! Thankfully, the pour is much cleaner, yielding a very pale straw color with a half-finger of head. Retention is pretty low as it fizzles out actively within minutes. Lacing is nearly nonexistent, however, with only bits and pieces of scattered lace.

S - The tartness is back here, but seems a bit toned down compared to the nose. Begins with a bit of malt backbone before springboarding into the fruits again. This has the fresh fruit appeal of a newly-bottled IPA with the funkiness of a wild, and the combination is great. Again, it finishes with that spiciness that leaves an addicting bite that keeps me coming back to quench it.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. This definitely pops with the carbonation and gets all areas of the mouth stimulated. The spicy finish combined with the tartness gives it a very dry finish that I love.

D/O - Drinkability is high. A very finely crafted blonde wild that brings a more fruity side to the table while still keeping the overall finish balanced with funk, oak, and spice.

 1,246 characters

Photo of sweemzander
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
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 KickInTheChalice
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL caged and corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Lady of the Woods has a full cloudy golden color with a creamy pangea of a white head.

Smell: The Brett funk is quite forward, with some sour green apple, pear, and white grape notes.

Taste: This is slightly sour with some pleasant barnyard funk. White grape and some pear dominate the fruit. The finish has a lingering tartness.

Mouthfeel: This is fairly dry, with a light to medium body and full carbonation.

Overall: While on my current sour kick, I developed a new rule: if all else fails, add Brett. There is enough funk and sour flavors in here to keep my palate off balance, but it is not over the top. This is a refreshing beer to relax with on a hot summer day.

 747 characters

Photo of morimech
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

 569 characters

Photo of DoctorB2B
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this is a trade with Gushue3, my Cisco Woods guy.

Appearance: Straw and slightly cloudy. White poppin off head.

Smell: like a horse blanket ... to this day, it still cracks me up that beer folks relish a beer that has such aromas as that of a barnyard/horse blanket ...

Taste: tart, refreshing, reminds me personally of RR temptation (if I'm remembering the right -ation that is).

Overall: Fantastic ... I liked Dark Woods a little better and I think that's because it was completely unexpected. When I'm up in Massachusetts, I'll get this beer again for sure.

 570 characters

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to McDiddypop for the share. The brew pours an orange-gold hue, murky, and is capped with a short-lived filmy white head. The nose is fruity and funky and quite unusual. Notes of unripe pear or apple, pineapple, medicinal brett, white grape and tannic oak are perceived. The flavor offers an additional layer of complexity, exhibiting herbal-floral notes of chamomile, elderflower, lavender and hibiscus, on top of the fruity-Bretty-oaky cocktail. The feel is lighter in body, very softly carbonated, with an almost fuzzy feel that ends quite dry. I would definitely like to have this again, and it is the best of the Cisco sours that I've yet had.

 659 characters

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.

 883 characters

Lady Of The Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
4.07 out of 5 based on 481 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!