Muskoka Legendary Muskoka Oddity - Muskoka Brewery
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Reviews by TheHammer:
4.55/5 rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Poured with two fingers of head that sustained to about a single finger for a good period of time. Good lacing with a golden body with a barely noticeable light haze. A little bit more lacing would have earned it the five.
Smell: A bouquet of smells that did not need any warming to come out. Heather, orange peel, juniper, apple, citrus notes, and some plumy yeast with touches of hops and caramel malt. I think I'm even catching a little coconut smell. It's unique, it's powerful but not overwhelming and there is nothing bad I can say about it.
Taste: Starts with a sweet pear, apple and doughy malt background as herbal heather, spruce and fruity yeast like tastes come forward as the meld into a grainy slightly too powerful bitter hop and orange hit that slowly comes back down to earth as sweet sugar and honey tastes come into play as the other aspect of the beer seem to fight for the last word and eventually dim. I should probably also add the orange starts to mildly add itself to the start of the beer as it warms. Lower that bitter hit and we have a perfect score.
Mouthfeel: The bitter kick in the middle of the beer hits a bit too coarsely, although not viciously so and the end of the beer pulls it back a bit, but it lingers a little too long, although warming helps to subdue it. Excellent carbonation that helps out the entire beer and while the bitter aspect stays around too much, it doesn't build upon itself and the rest of the blended aftertaste is nice.
Drinkability: Very nice, but this is something to be savoured and not for drinking all night, and that's not just because of the ten dollar price tag. It's medium bodied and the carbonation is a bit high, but the occasional heather, orange and juniper burp is a fun addition. I want to give it a 4.25 but it does enough to earn the 4.5.
Final Thoughts: This is a beer like no other, and this case that it is VERY good thing. The Legendary Spring Oddity is the perfect name for this beer. It's not as mild as a gruit beer but has enough herbal aspects to be enjoyed, it's well done and has yeasty fruit note like a belgian but doesn't come across as snobby, and it's got a bitter kick, but not as harsh as some pale ales. The orange peel also seems to give it some weiss/wit notes. If I had to name this style it would be a Belgian Pale Gruit or if you prefer a Canadian Clusterbeer. It's a hybrid of many styles and does nearly all of them well without overwhelming any other aspect. If they could lower the bitter kick slightly, that I think the hop and juniper content is causing and maybe add some berry notes and I think you will have the perfect beer. Highly recommend it, especially since even if you don't end up liking it, I think you'll appreciate just how odd and unique it is.
Edit: As a side note, I should probably add I didn't initially realize this was 8% and drank the whole 750ml bottle. It certainly masks itself VERY well.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2012 21:15:16 | More by TheHammer
More User Reviews:
3.54/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Corked and caged 750. Vintage 2013.
Hazy gold with a thin cap of fine white bubbles that stuck around for quite some time. Sheets of lacing clung to the glass. Spicy, yeasty aroma with a bit of banana and citrus, grassy and herbal. Stronger bitterness than expected, herbal sweetness with citrus oil finish. Flavours of bready, yeasty malt and spice. A bit of warmth towards the end. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly soft in texture. An interesting mixture of flavours and aromas.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 23:22:41 | More by DrJay
4.06/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2014 23:50:56 | More by DenisKolkin
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
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
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!
Serving type: bottle
11-24-2013 21:33:48 | More by DaveBar
Muskoka Legendary Muskoka Oddity from Muskoka Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.