Backwoods Belgian
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Blonde Ale - Belgian
3.64 | pDev: 11.54%
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Mississippi, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Backwoods BelgianBackwoods Belgian
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 94 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a really unexpected beer, brewed with honeysuckle tea. the belgian aspect is fine, its a yeast strain we all know, and its fermented warm so it really flavors the beer, but there is this amazing add from the tea, its both floral and bitter, delicate for a moment but also juicy and distinctive, and although i am not familiar with honeysuckle tea as an ingredient or as a beverage on its own, its impact here is amazing, and it takes a somewhat generic yeast complexion to new heights. it also serves to bring out a little citrus in the hops, and this ends up being quite a unique and complex beer despite the yeast being samey. what struck me is the strength, i drank this without knowing, and it is rather well hidden, but it sure did sneak up on me. moderate honey note, lightly malty, dry by the finish, high carbonation, and some mild belgian yeast spiciness as well to round it out. i liked this, found it dangerously refreshing for its strength, and appreciated what the honeysuckle tea adds. fun beer, but look out!

Jul 07, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/3/14; drank 10/4/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky dandelion hue; champagne bubbles.

White head; decent lace.

Banana, honey & mild clove nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Honey & banana flavors up front; black pepper settles on the lips as this warms. Sweet but not cloying; a nice afternoon sipper.

Nov 25, 2016
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teromous from Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy light orange color with a very slim white head. The head fills the surface at the mere height of about two bubbles and even that fades out quickly. Poor retention and no lacing. The beer looks a bit murky and unpleasant as well.

Aroma: Not much aroma. I'm picking up this very faint spicy aroma at the point where my nose is about to take a dive into the surface of the beer.

Taste: Fortunately the flavor passes the aroma in leaps and bounds. It has this spicy flavor with a bit of a woody undertone. It has a clear Belgian yeast flavor. I don't get any tea-like flavors and this beer says it is a "Belgian Golden Ale with honeysuckle tea." Perhaps it adds something to the beer but although there are some good flavors to this beer they tend to be muddied up.

Mouthfeel: It feels very under-carbonated and the finish is pretty wet and sweet. It is a far cry from the traditional examples of this beer style.

Overall: It is not a good example of the style so for that reason I wouldn't recommend it on that standard. It is clear that they wanted to take their own route by adding honeysuckle tea to the beer but I can't say that it added anything of real value. It just was not a very well executed beer.

Apr 02, 2016
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Slack from Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden in color, clear, with a small amount of head and some lacing.

Floral, banana, sugar, and grass on the nose.

Palate is yeast and citrus with some spice.

Medium body and moderate to low carbonation. Finish is semi dry.

Overall a simple beer which was ok. Biggest drawbacks for me were the lack of a hop note, lower carbonation, and simplicity of the beer.

Mar 06, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, gold, with 1/4 inch head. Plenty of sediment is present. Taste is honeysuckle and tea, banana, wheat, and Belgian spices. To me this is about as good as it gets in this style from an American brewery. I would have several six packs of this beer in my fridge if I could get it regularly. Worth seeking out.

Sep 27, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow golden color with white head. Yeast, little banana, little clove, and wheat on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with wheat and fruit.

Aug 19, 2015
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mostly clear light yellow, big white head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Banana yeast esters. Some earthy/hearbal quality comes through, possibly the hops/honeysuckle?

Flavor: Pretty pronounced grainy sweetness up front with, spicy yeast esters on the finish. Mild alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: A touch too full bodied for my liking in a Tripel. I wouldn't call it boozy, but you can definitely feel the alcohol warmth in the back of your throat.

May 20, 2015
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

2.84/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Poor retention and a less-than-fluffy texture makes me question how 'Belgian' it is. No lacing sticks to the glass, either. (3.25)

Smell: Hrm, I get little Belgian characteristics. Maybe a touch of bread and white grape, and that's it. What redeems it somewhat lies in the tea characteristic. It's subtle, but it creates a subtle herbal sensation that I enjoy. I also get caramel and honey notes. In terms of aroma, it's closer to sweet tea than Duvel - that's nice, but the Belgian part of this brew is really disappointing. (3)

Taste: What strikes me the hardest are the tea flavors - it's very herbal and even a little sprucey. I do like this note in particular...too bad the rest of the beer seems imbalanced. I'm surprised by how alcoholic this seems to be at first, though I get used to it eventually. The rest of the flavors are a slightly muddled collection of white grape, caramel, bread, and apple (these all pop up more briskly around the mid-taste). This just does nothing to excite me. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: This doesn't have the bone dryness or lively evaporation I expect from a good BSPA. In fairness, a lot of American breweries struggle with this part. The whole thing seems heavy and a bit syrupy - even worse, the alcohol isn't perfectly concealed. It drinks okay, just without the nigh-effortlessness I expect. (2.75)

Overall: I like Lazy Magnolia for fighting the good fight down in Mississippi (a state that makes Maryland look like California in terms of distribution), and the fact they brew with such a distinct Southern-fried flair. However, they don't really nail everything they brew, this being a prime example. With or without the tea flavors, this is a slightly subpar example of the style that lacks balance and depth. I'll be sticking with Southern Pecan or Timber Beast from these guys in the future. (2.75)

2.84/5: This isn't giving me a reason to leave civilization

May 11, 2015
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Tone from Missouri

3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of black pepper, yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hops, spice, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of alcohol, hint of spice, and slight hops. Overall, average appearance, good aroma, complex, but weak body for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Jan 03, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a nice blend of yeast and pepper with malt and hops. Appearance- Pours a gold color with a small white head. Taste- Has a nice malt flavor that masks the ABV well Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- A nice brew that should be given a try.

Nov 20, 2014
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle - $3.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled on: 05/06/2014

Appearance: BB presents a golden pour, with an ever so slight haziness to it. Has not more than a very, very slim white head.

Smell: With a top note of honeysuckle, there are various tangy fruity esters swirled up with aromatic spice, bready malts, chewing gum, and a drip of alcohol.

Taste: Scantly bready pils malts drizzled with simple syrup ramp up to a range of fruity hints, tasting of orange rind, lemon, apple, and banana dosed with a shot of Prosecco. Cracked clove and a taste of bubblegum follow. On the back half, there's a little honeysuckle, a little alcohol, a little acidity. Fastly drying approaching the lightly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: A bot over medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Just a bit of stickiness to it.

Overall: Fairy decent. While not as seamless and graceful as others, it is a solid shot at a honeysuckle infused Belgian-style offering.

Jun 06, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Tower in Atlanta. No date despite a place on the label. Served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours amber with a small, short-lived head. Excellent clarity.

Aroma: apple juice, floral and fruity yeast effects.

Flavor: Belgian yeast (mainly banana and clove); light baked bread in the finish; light spices; hint of honey(suckle?).

Feel: medium body and crisp carbonation.

O: a quality Belgian style ale.

May 20, 2014
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kencarman from Tennessee

2.52/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First let's take care of business: brewers REALLY need to stop using White Labs Abbey. If they didn't use it in this I'll bite myself. It has become the cliche' of the craft brewing world and it takes over EVERYTHING. I am guessing they were looking to make a lawnmower Belgian and... they got there. Watery with, yet, that slightly abrasive to the roof of the mouth Belgian white sugar sense. and plenty of prickly carbonation: it's just not that interesting, Boring. Watery.

NOW... if they added some spices: zest, coriander. whatever, that might make it more interesting. But still more body would help. I know: abv laws may be the problem. HEY, it's Mississippi. Pilsner malt WAY in the background.

Basically it's that, prickly carbonation and a dominate Abbey yeast-like sense.

It's not bad: just very one dimensional.

Dec 25, 2013
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chickenflea from Florida

3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from 4-pack. Pour is beautiful clear light gold. Small fizzy white head dissipates quickly. Aroma of peach, bread and yeast. Tea is subtle. Taste is lightly sweet with a grainy overtones. Moderately dry finish. Effervescent mouthfeel. Body is medium. Better on the cold side where it maintains a crispness. Warming it is a touch sweet. A nice brew. Satisfying and delicious, although it does not lend itself to sessioning.

Nov 18, 2013
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bmwats from Louisiana

2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Deep golden hue. Pervasive rising effervescence. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head. Dissipates very quickly. Continual effervescence. No real lacing.

S: Yeasty, floral, and chalky. Soapy.

T: Tastes like it smells. Yeast is very prominent, a little agave nectar, and some grapefruit pith.

M: Thick and syrupy feel. Filters up into palate and infiltrates the entire nasal cavity. A little bit of sweet hint in the front, and a bitter acetyl finish. A little hot.

D: Character will dictate a slower experience.

Atmosphere is decent. Nice hue, lots of effervescence, slight head, but no real lacing. Floral and yeasty nose. Very strong yeast character with touches of sweetness and grapefruit. Kind of a synthetic feel. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

Aug 17, 2013
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Bung from Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Fairly bright gold pour, about a finger of white head.

Aroma, quite a bit of banana, clove. Some sweeter nutmeg and malt. A little spice, pepper, some herbal like hops.

Taste, swetter malt and some grainy wheat type malt. Clove and bubblegum. Some yeast and the lightest barnyard flavors. Finish is fairly dry, light herbal hops in the finish.

Pretty refreshing and easy to drink. Carbonation is lively, about right body wise, in between light and medium. Maybe a tad watery. Abv is certainly well hidden.
Wish it was a little more pale, but this was pretty enjoyable. More like a big blonde ale.

Aug 13, 2013
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Mikecap from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Small white head that fades quickly, some thin lacing.

Smell: Solid on the nose with some citrus and grassy notes with hints of belgian yeast. A bit of spice as well perhaps some coriander.

Taste: Right up front with citrus and spiciness, I get some grapefruit, lemon, and a bit of spice. Some piney notes in the finish. Very tasty belgian style ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I was surprised to see this listed as 8.5% as it drinks incredibly easily. Could perhaps use a bit more body and creaminess but it is true to its style.

Overall: Glad I picked up a bottle of this and I may need to get more since this is quite good. Very good beer in a style I don't drink a ton of.

Aug 07, 2013
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says Best By: 10/26/13

A- Pours a hazy orangeish golden color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind on the glass. Sediment on the bottom of the bottle is indicative of bottle-conditioning.

S- Big burst of Belgian yeast brings lots of banana notes. Slightly soapy and perfume-like.

T- Flavor brings much of the same with some added spice and citrus notes. The yeast is strong but the alcohol flavor isn't which is nice. Pretty straightforward and not very complex which is fine.

M- Sharp and oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning to the fuller side.

O- A surprisingly solid Belgian from a brewery that hasn't impressed me up until now.

Jul 19, 2013
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acevenom from Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours hazy golden with a quickly dissipating finger-length white head. There are lots of visible tiny bubbles rising in the beer. There are aromas of citrus, honeysuckle, Belgian yeast, and bready malt. I get some of that Belgian yeast in the flavor along with the citrus, honeysuckle, and malt. The alcohol is pretty well hidden in the flavor. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry. This is a good beer.

Jul 15, 2013
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A largely sweet aroma of citrus, honeysuckle, and yeast.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast (a lot of it), some citrus, a bit of malt, and honeysuckle in the finish. Not bad, with some interesting aspects to it (the honeysuckle is a good addition), but it is a little on the thin side.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a somewhat flat finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is definitely an uneven beer, but certainly worth checking out to compare with other BSPAs.

Jul 13, 2013
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Hazy golden with a white one finger head that lingers. Frothy lacing

S: Floral, citrus, honeysuckle

T: Follows nose with a nice shot of Belgian yeast and banana. Slight grapefruit backbeat. Smooth, sweet, light. But that 8.5% does creep in for a sneak attack. Honeysuckle finish.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation. Semi-dry

O: The honeysuckle really pops in this high gravity summer treat. Sessionable.

Jul 05, 2013
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