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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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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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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Hellpop65 from Kansas

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 12, 2015
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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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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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thewimperoo from Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.6%

Oct 29, 2013
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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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grumpygerman from Alabama

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Aug 07, 2014
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slatetupelo from Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Oct 28, 2013
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animal69 from Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Dec 15, 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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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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jsh420 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 28, 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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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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mrk829 from Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Jul 05, 2014
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 18, 2015
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Murphious from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Jun 14, 2014
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jkermitj from Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Oct 12, 2013
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jrohrbacher from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Oct 03, 2013
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Oct 26, 2013
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Kips from Texas

3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dec 29, 2015
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krome from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Jul 22, 2014
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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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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Sep 01, 2013
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