Muskoka Legendary Muskoka Oddity - Muskoka Brewery

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bryehn on 04-19-2012

Each year the tempered thaw of Muskoka winter gives rise to new and strange creations. Legends date back to the 1800's when lumberjacks and fur traders took to the woods and encountered the mysterious culture and wildlife in the unknown Northern region. Today, we echo our ancestors' quest and have unearthed this season's most distinct offerings. The culmination of these ingredients rests in the LEGENDARY MUSKOKA ODDITY brew.

We invite you to Release The Legend.
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml brown flip-top bottle. Pours out a slightly hazed light honey hue, tall tight creamy white head that settles to a thin cap in time.

Pale malt and some soft yeasty twang on the nose, light spice, some floral notes, faint citrus.

Both the heather and the juniper (possibly in combination with the Belgian yeast) tend to dry things out in the flavour right from the start. Soft bready pale malt is present, sharp yet dry citrus rind contrasts it, with dried grassy, spicy hops. Difficult to tell exactly how much depth all those extra ingredients add to this ale, in the end it simply seems yeasty and dry.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, however the texture adds a fuller element than is actually present, with a rich creamy smooth texture and effervescent carbonation.

Lots of extra ingredients in this, seems a bit like a kitchen sink type of beer although it doesn't come across that way. In the end it's more reminiscent of a dry Belgian Strong Pale Ale, and it's tough to pick up on what all those extra ingredients are actually contributing to the overall results. Enjoyable for what it is, however in hindsight I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out. One of those beers that sounds like more than it offers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BGDrock
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: amber; off white head; clear with a very slight haze

Aroma: spruce, pine; very floral; hint of orange citrus; some yeast spice

Taste & Mouthfeel: there's a mildly creamy texture; fatty, and very yeasty flavour; some vanilla? good carbonation and medium body; hard to place flavours, and alcohol is fairly strong; some light citrus and herbal notes following through from the scent; smooth and lights up with interesting yeast, finishing with a mildly bitter resin

Overall: feels like a triple; heavy on the yeast, but not overly complex and was hopping for a bit more of the aroma elements to continue in the taste

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml swing-top bottle. This one popped quite loudly and satisfyingly for me. And what is this I see before me - two Ontario beers in a row, whilst not in Ontario? Brave new Confederation, I guess.

This beer pours a pale, somewhat hazy golden straw colour, with two fingers of tight, foamy, almost creamy white head, which leaves some bulbous upshots of lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of bready, doughy pastry pale malt, sweet candy sugar, earthy, musty yeast, mild savoury spice, and fairly faint leafy, floral hops. The taste is more sweet, sugary grain, abetted by that adjunct baker's sugar, a wee bit of orange rind, some understated forest branch resin astringency, a muddled, but enjoyable nonetheless, savoury spiciness, a soft, dry yeastiness, and nicely subtle leafy, earthy hops. Not really much play from the 8 points of booze.

The carbonation is a bit frizzante, and enveloping, but soon gives way to a steadily burbling undercurrent, the body a decent medium weight, given the uncertainties of the style, and tentatively smooth amongst the rising warmth of the ABV. It finishes sweet and malty, of the pale variety, the yeast, mixed fruit, lingering spices, and forest floor essences all
providing a general medley of flavours.

A beer with a bit of an identity issue - a whole lot of Belgian Strong Pale Ale 'heritage', mixed with the backwoods of any given country - leafy, woody, piney - you get the idea. The spices (not mentioned on the label, FWIW) have little bearing, so I'm inclined to push for this to be remaindered to the New World BSPA pile (a short one, at that), to, at the very least, give the good beer-buying folks a better idea of what they're getting into.

Photo of mintjellie
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold in colour with a very slight haze. Topped by a dense white head of fair retention that laces in thick rings. A steady stream of carbonation flows from the bottom of the glass. An aroma of banana, pear, green apple, wildflowers and a hint of orange zest. Banana, pear, and orange continue in the mouth, along with a diluted honey sweetness. Juniper berries assert themselves upon the finish. Pleasant fruit-flavoured burps. Light-bodied with medium carbonation, it's quite light and crisp for strong beer. There is almost no trace of it's alcohol content to be found in the flavour or mouthfeel. It's actually pretty refreshing. Underneath the gruit character, this is a pretty standard Tripel. Whether you find that different enough to call it a real oddity or not, it's a fine beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Only Cafe. After allowing the foam to dissipated, the aroma is clear Belgian yeast and herbs. The taste is orange hop oil, orange peel, chamomile and other herbs, coriander, dill. OK drinkability. Interesting, though not something I could have for a while. Beige head on medium yellow body.Smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold. Snow-white head, a good finger width with good retention.

All about the yeast on the nose though you can make out a clean base with some okay floral notes.

Herbs mingle with grainy malt, grassy hops, a bold yeast, and some honey sweetness. It's all just a bit much for me. The trappist yeast and sweetness make it a difficult one to come to terms with.

It's not bad, but it's a bit tough to get through more than half a bottle.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a pale clear golden, thumb of fluffy white head dissipated to random coverings and random lacing
S - an interesting aroma mix of yeasty esters, leafy and herbal, with toasted grains
T - exactly like the nose, it has the unique and pleasant flavours of several a Belgian IPA
M - light with big carbonation, has a tingly feel through the middle finishing slightly tart but smooth
O - light, big, flavourful, and easy drinking, very much like a Belgian IPA having the best of both styles and blended very well

Photo of DaveBar
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definitely a bit odd. Spices are subtle but there. Once the first few sips go down this beer gets a bit better. Not all that much but a bit after it opens up.

2013 Version

A- Cloudy. Opens difficultly without much pop at all. Nice head on pour.... stays for a minute or two then gone

S- Definitely smell the juniper. Rather complex. Wheat.

T- Odd to say the least! Not bad, just different. Juniper hits you right away. After pour and a chance to open up this one grows on you. Cold not good- hides all the complexity. A touch of sourness. Coriander. Hint of wheat

M- Nice.

O- Pretty good overall. Immature. Worth cellaring a few to see how they mature over the years. Just way too fresh right now. Won't even try another for 2yrs.

Thx for reading!

EDIT March 9th 2014
Opened one today and what a difference! Night and day. The juniper, coriander, everything has mellowed right out now. Blended nicely!
Moving my taste up from 3.75 to 4 and overall from 3.75 to 4. Excellent trip with a year on it. Looking forward to next year!

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the more memorable labels at the PRF BBQ soiree. Two pours amounting to 6 oz. or so, served in a taster glass. Thanks to The Canadian for truckin' this one from Toronto, to and Peppers/EmpireStateTroopers for hosting!

Hazed orange yellow body with visible carb trails and a thin but creamy head of white foam. Some spotty lace and ok head retention.

Belgian yeast dominates the aroma, lightly spicy, floral, and phenolic with clove and pepper notes. Flavors follow suit with some additional juniper/orange peel bitterness in the mix, finishes dry and clean. Fairly smooth and medium bodied, medium carb level, not too slick feeling. Some lingering herbal qualities that were hard to identify but pleasant. Overall a nice BPA style with some unusual ingredients in the mix. Seemed that they were overshadowed somewhat by the dominant yeast character. Nonetheless it was refreshing and I had seconds.

Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Liamt07 sent me this one in the CANBIF. Thanks man!

Appearance. Pours a light, hazy straw-gold with 1.5 fingers of fluffy white head.

Smell. Spicy belgian yeast, oranges and lemons, some sweet and very lightly roasted light grains.

Taste. Fruity belgian yeast and spice, some citrus and herbal bitterness. Fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Interesting beer with some nice spices that aren't overpowering in any way. Drinks easy.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of herb and grass with nice floral touch with some spices also noticeable. Taste is a nice mix between some floral and herbal notes with a semi-sweet malt backbone with some spices with peppery notes to it. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting though maybe a tad too much of spices to drink on a regular basis.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before 09 Set 12. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured pale yellow iwth a big golden glow throughout. Three fingers of bubbly bright white head formed on the pour and receded to a thin ring around the glass.

S - Clove, banana and Belgian yeast aromas up front. Not getting any of the spice or orange zest in the nose. Smells light a straight up Belgian Strong Ale.

T - Clove, Belgian yeast and spice are the dominant flaovurs. A touch of orange zest in the finish. A fairly prominent hop presence and quite a bit of warming alcohol are present as well. Quite hot at times.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - A good beer but not a memorable one. I saved half the bottle for the following night and had the same opinion only I noticed even more so how this is quite hot and could use some age to mellow out.

Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle from the LCBO for 10$

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Green grapes, breads/grains, lemon, yeast, spices

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and feels slightly creamy on the tongue. I can taste grapes, yeast, lemons, and some coriander/clove. There is also a bit of a berry sweetness. It ends with a slightly sweet and lightly spiced aftertaste.

Overall - This once reminded me a bit of DFH's Midas Touch to some extent. I know the bottle doesn't mention white grape juice - but that's what I get from it. Muskoka continues to produce some fantastic beers. The price on this one is a little steep for me to buy a bunch of it; but it definitely worth trying. The flavours are well balanced and the beer is extremely drinkable. The booze is also very well hidden.

Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, "Vintage 2012" - best before September 1, 2012. 750ml into a tulip.

Lightly hazy golden yellow, nice white head of moderate density. A good amount of lacing and some decent retention. Nice nose - a bit yeasty, some citrus. Candi sugar comes through a bit, and some substantial herbal character that I'm struggling to tell if it's derived from the Noble hops or gruit-like additions. Some doughy malt character too. Sweet and herbal on the palate, more candi sugar, some honey-like notes. More citrus, and a bit of alcohol, and some light butter. Mild yeastiness in the finish, and the gruit flavours come through again. Medium high carbonation and completely appropriate for what it is, fairly full mouthfeel. Even though the alcohol can be detected, it's barely noticeable as this is consumed. Somewhere between a BSPA-gruit-tripel and this works really well all in all. Pricey per bottle, but still worth checking out.

Photo of SebD
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice clear yellow/golden color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of Belgian Yeast, alot of spices (cloves and pepper), candied sugar with some floral and citrus notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a Belgian Yeast note, nice peppery spiciness with cloves, a sweetness from the candied sugar and juniper berries and some light floral and citrus as well.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Definitely one of the better beers Muskoka has put out. I'm loving these seasonal releases.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL swing-top bottle from the LCBO, poured into a mug. Tasted June 18th and reviewed from notes. Good loud pop when I opened it.

Pours a bright, sunny golden yellow colour, slightly hazy in texture. Two fingers of dense, persistent white head sticks around well into the drink. Sweet aroma; the Belgian sugar and yeast is pretty obvious, with a light, herbal gin-like quality provided from the juniper and heather.

Definitely reminds me of various Belgian brews, but with various unusual twists. The Belgian candied sugar is very prominent, alongside pale malts and yeast. A few herbal notes, juniper, some light clove spiciness and citrus zest help cut through the sweetness. Dry aftertaste with some heat from the alcohol apparent; too much for only 8%. Medium-bodied, fairly crisp with a good bite from the carbonation. Definitely something to be sipped slowly.

Final Grade: 3.68, or a B grade on the letter scale. The Spring Oddity is an unusual creature, but to be fair, it comes as advertised. It blends elements from various styles - including tripels, BSPAs and spiced beers - into an interesting, fairly tasty whole. "Legendary" might be a bit of an exaggeration, but for a brew with such a potpourri of odd ingredients, things could have easily turned out much worse. The price tag makes this a one-and-done for me, but I wouldn't discourage others from trying it.

Photo of bryehn
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tough to classify, went with herbed/spiced beer. Served at about 40 F in a widemouthed wine glass.

Pours a clear, light golden colour with a medium sized and frothy white head that has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

The smell is like a spicy Begian tripel. An almost sour apple-like aroma is joined by hints of the heather tips, juniper berries and orange zest used in brewing this beer. Backed by a sweet caramel aroma and a soft yeast tone.

Crisp and spicy taste with a lot going on and it seems to get sweeter after warming. Apples, soapy and floral hops, toasted light grains and berries backed up by a solid yeast character.

Full-bodied with a medium carbonation level. Nice pop on the tongue, then a yeasty, biscuit-like feeling. The finish is dry and the aftertaste has a lingering sweetness, followed by the melange of spices and a subtle hint of alcohol.

This is, in my opinion, the best beer Muskoka has produced; seasonal or otherwise. It marries a Belgian golden ale with an Ontario gruit and succeeds beyond expectations. It’s very drinkable and pairs well with fresh breads, grilled meats and soft cheeses.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml cork and cage bottle served well chilled into glassware. Purchased from LCBO for about $12 CDN. Comes in an awesome box, with the legendary oddity bird on display.

Appearance - somewhat hazy rich golden brew, with orange hues. Two frothy fingers of white head, leaving streaky lacing around the glass. Crazy amount of carbonation rises rapidly to the surface.

Smell - slightly citrusy, slightly spicy, maybe a trace of cinnamon and I also get a funky Belgian yeast smell out of this. Overall smells wild, which pretty much accurately matches the description on the bottle. Hard to put your nose on all the aromas at once as it's a complicated blend.

Taste - interesting blend of some herbal spices, floral flavours and Belgian doughy yeasts. Some fruity flavours like sweet pear and maybe peach ( although that might be the spices talking.) Slightly harsh boozy feel that could be mellowed out with some age. Kinda reminds me of a spiced Belgian tripel overall although a bit too sweet compared to those in the style.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, smooth slightly sticky body. Slightly dry finish and high carbonation.

Overall - an interesting brew that I would certainly revisit if it came in smaller packages and was more affordable. Nonetheless certainly a beer to try if you don't mind spending the money and have a desire to try something different.

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB September 14, 2012

Pours light golden with a large white head. Good retention, some lacing.

Belgian yeast and candy sugar are noticeable in the nose. Light fruit, clove, honey. Smells nice, but not much different from a typical strong Belgian golden ale. I don't get the juniper berries. Perhaps I am getting the heather but I don't know what that smells like!

Like the nose, the taste is not much different than a strong Belgian ale. Yeast, sugar, light fruit and clove are all right there. I get the juniper berries now, which I did not get in the nose, but they don't have a terribly intense effect. There is an unusual taste that I am guessing is the heather tips, which is somewhat herbal and is pretty nice. Fairly sweet.

Moderate carbonation, full bodied. Rather creamy. Alcohol is noticeable- a little more than I would expect for 8% but not enough to be unpleasant.

Overall, pretty good stuff. I would have classified this as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, as I think that aspect of it plays a much greater role than the herbs, though there is a herbal flavour here. This beer is not as odd as it its name or ingredient list suggests, but is quite tasty.

Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to peensteen for the hook up!

A - Pours a nice dark golden colour, two fingers of head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is mild but boasts some nice toasted bread, butter notes, caramel, hints of citrus, peppery spice and a unique floral fruity scent.

T - The citrus rind comes through alongside some sweet fruity cloves and pepper notes. Some sweet fruit flavours come through with some sour citrus notes lingering with hints of bready caramel and buttered bread.

M - Lighter bodied ale, but not to be interpreted as thin, smooth and finishes rather dry.

O - Overall a tasty ale, super stoked to get to try it and quite complex on the flavour profile. Definitely worth a try and certainly recommended.

Photo of leaddog
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a foggy pale pear with a finger width of foamy white head.

Smell - Yeast, clove/spices, orange peel, coriander.

Taste - Well balanced mix of clove/spices, citrus, coriander, and peppery juniper berries. Peppery in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A touch of stickiness with a dry finish.

Overall - A well-crafted brew by Muskoka. I agree with the other reviewers that this is on the cusp of being a Belgian strong pale ale. Well-balanced flavours and remarkable mouthfeel.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had one hell of a time getting the cork off of this bottle. If you don't have a corkscrew then goodluck!

Pours a very nice cloudy peach with a thin white head.

The aroma is filled with yeast, cloves, apricot, spices, banana bread, lots of great stuff!! Smells like a typical hefe would.

Tastes alot like their hefe weiss, but a lot stronger and more complex. Alot of coriander and spices and very fruity and sweet.

Overall a great beer, although nothing really special or unique.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the LCBO. Pours a clear, darnk crystal orange. Kinda a weird taste with this one. Some spice notes, with caramal and a bready like finish with the malt backbone. The 8% is well hidden with this, but it would be hard to drink a lot of this beer in a session. Have to give them points for an interesting offering or different kind of beer. Not sure I would rush to pick it up again though.

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +5%

Smell of orange, coriander, cloves, hint of banana and traces of alcohol.
All of these explode in mouth the to give a full-flavoured beer. Trappist yeasts give a small belgian tripel taste. Alcohol is quite present for a 8% beer.
Bitterness is long, sweet and brings a fresh citrus taste.
Very good beer overall.

Photo of wordemupg
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml pop top poured into tulip 28/4/12 thanks liamt07 for the bottle

A clear bright golden yellow with just a few bubbles but they spawn a short lived thumbs width of foam that leaves two random patches of lace

S spicy yeast and faint juniper with some booze and more spice I can't place, some citric notes from the sweet orange peel I'm guessing, smells pretty good but If they were going for odd they succeeded

T mimics the smell pretty well with some clove added and a little more booze, earthy woody notes and a little of the brewers candy

M fairly thin and there's a little heat but nothing too bad, yeasty finish and the carbonation seems to go still fairly quick

O I really liked the smell but not quite 4.5, slightly higher mark here then I would've rated even though I thought a 4 for taste was being a little generous. interesting stuff but not what I was hoping for, then again I don't know what I was hoping for

decent beer that paired well with my herb roasted potato and chicken, I don't think I'd go looking for it or trade for it again but I'm glad I tried this oddity. Of course after I had the most awesome liamt07 ship me one it gets released in Alberta, who knew? I asked for it, no fault towards liamt07 he has kicked ass for quite some time and shows no sign stopping anytime soon

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Muskoka Legendary Muskoka Oddity from Muskoka Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.