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Muskoka Legendary Muskoka OddityMuskoka Legendary Muskoka Oddity

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Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Rukeli76
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2016 version. This now comes in a 473ml can, which could make ageing more difficult.

Amber colour. Effervescent.

The herbal aroma is dominant. I'm surprised to be getting lots of the advertised heather tips and juniper berries. (I don't think I knew what heather tips smelled like until now.) Some banana, ripe stone fruit, and black pepper yeast esters too.

This tastes like a classic Belgian pale ale with its fruity yeast esters and sweet malt, but the wild herbal and orange peel additions makes it really unique and interesting.

There's the kind of zippy effervescence on the tongue you'd expect from a Belgian ale. The finish is long and boozy and there's a strange, lingering herbal aftertaste that I'm not too fond of.

I'm glad I tried this original and well-executed Belgian-style ale, but it's so heavy and the flavour so eccentric that it's an only-one, only-once-a-year kind of beer.

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Photo of BeerWatcher
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light amber, with a thin white head capping it off.
Lots of white fruit dominate the aromas, with green apples, white grapes and bananas all in the mix. Belgian yeast is the foundation for those aromas to dance on top of.
Crisp mouth feel, and bananas really take centre stage on the tongue. More of that Trappist yeast too.
This extra aging has produced a very mellow, yet flavourful beer. Easy drinking, but the alcohol can catch up to you if you don't pace yourself.

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Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.89/5  rDev +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!

Food Pairing

This spicy brew went well with...... braised cross ribs in a tomato sauce


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Photo of TerryW
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cracked open a bottle of the 2012 vintage today and I'm happy to say it has stood up nicely.

Moderate white head settles to a heavy cap and gives up plenty enough lace. The beer is a hazy golden yellow. Lots of active fine carbonation. A handsome beer.

Nose is spicy all the lines of a hefeweiss bier - yeasty, spicy, cloves, fruit, soft overall. Quite appetizing.

The carbonation gives the beer a bit of bite and sparkle in contrast to the gentle nose. Initially sweet, but quickly gives way to lingering gentle bitterness. Yeast and spice, cloves, banana. A tasty beer. Well made and lots of interesting flavours.

Interesting on a number of levels, worth a try, must now dig up a sample of the 2013.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours golden with a slight haze and nice moderate carbonation. Two fingers of fluffy white head on top leave pretty good lace rings and one finger of retention.

S - Lot's of orange, sweet spice and yeast, some banana is hiding in there.

T - Sweet spice, lot's of orange, banana is there too. Fairly sweet. You can tell the candi sugar is there but the adjuncts are fairly tame with just a bit of floral notes. After a while the floral and berry elements really come out, making this a really complex flavour profile.

M - Nice carbonation, medium to full body and a nice sweet and dry finish.

O/D - A pretty interesting and tasty beer. Tastes quite similar to a weizenbock. Lot's of nice depth with the adjuncts being subtle. It didn't blow me away, and even though I did enjoy it, I don't think I could finish a 750 of it.

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Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +3.9%

750 ml corked bottle served in a tulip. A slightly cloudy golden colour with decent lacing.

S - aromas of juniper, floral and citrus orange, anise and gentle spiciness, a herbal tonic like character, key lime, juniper really pops and gives it a herb ally gin character.

T - complex orange citrus, more juniper again, herbally leafiness, quite green, green apple, deep earthy/leathery notes, florals, a green onion note, with a bit of a spicy plucker to it. Quite a bright tonic character to it, again the juniper adds character, but blended well. Ending gets more yeast forward, bringing some maltiness and a crisp herbal note.

M - fairly big, but balanced well, moderate to large carbonation, quite bright and fizzy on the palate, balance is very on point to make a drinkable and tasty ale.

Overall, a really enjoyable bright spiced ale, a forefront juniper character, quite a gin-like character to this beer, especially as it develops. Full bodied and a robust spicy complexity. This one probably polarizes drinkers as the herbal and juniper character is very strong. I enjoyed it very much and will be looking to seek this one out again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of decimator
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Leffe goblet. ABV 8%.

A - Poured a light yellow gold with a slight haze with a 2cm head. Head reduced to a long lasting thin cap. Decent lacing.

S - Sweet caramel candy, citrus, spice, hint of gin, hint of grass.

T - Sweet upfront, citrus in the middle and a spicy kick in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, tangy, tingly, wet & dry finish.

O - Definitely has a Belgium strong pale ale vibe to it. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to liamt07 for this...oddity? Served in a wine glass at Edward's birthday bash.

A - Two fingers of white foam settle to a solid cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Transparent pale golden with lots of visible bubbles.

S - Juniper, zesty orange peel, Belgian candi sugar, yeasty bread, and some nebulous floral notes. A tad too saccharine for my liking, but pretty much what the bottle advertises.

T - Sweet malts, Belgian candi sugar, and a touch of bread. Thankfully the adjuncts are well-integrated and don't overpower, as is wont to happen with heather and juniper.

M - Surprisingly light in body for the listed 8%. Pleasant carbonation, with well-hidden alcohol.

D - Surprisingly drinkable for an 8% spiced beer, but not something I'd feel the need to have again. Worth checking out if you're into this sort of beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

The Spring Oddity is an unusual creature, but to be fair, it comes as advertised. "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.

[Updated Apr 14 2016]

Now available in tallboy cans, after a year on hiatus, and listed at 7.1%. The heather and juniper really come through on the nose, with the flavour profile landing somewhere halfway between a gruit and a Belgian pale ale. Herbal and floral with some citrus oil. Crisp, but not particularly refreshing. I am bumping the score a bit; for an herbed beer this is quite drinkable and nicely constructed. The format change from big bottle to can makes repeat purchases much more probable.

Final Grade: 3.8, B+.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden hue, with very little head to speak of. Smells, peppery. Candied sugar. Toasted grains. Pale malts. Herbal hops and yeast dance on the nose. Taste has a bit of a bite with juniper berries. Very peppery and sweet with candied sugar. Has a floral and citrus finish. Mouthfeel is low to medium carbonation, smooth, and a bit tingly. Overall, an ugly looking beer with great flavour, aroma, and surprise.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of SebD
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml swing-top bottle. This one popped open 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, and 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 and 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, some 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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The lack of 'pop' from the swing top was a bit concerning, especially for a beer brewed with Duvel yeast. Fortunately, the top becomes a brume of white and pristine clarity reveals a steady downpour (well, technically, up-pour) of bubbles. Despite the cloud-like surface, what's beneath is a blindingly sunny golden.

Brewing a Belgian-style strong ale (and a spiced one at that!) is a few steps beyond what most Ontario brewers are capable of, but Muskoka definitely passes the initial test. This smells savory-spicy, with an earthy mustiness and lots of florals. Sugar combines with notes of pear and orange so as to make the bouquet wickedly vibrant and enticing.

The funny thing about using a yeast strain like Duvel's is that you could flavor the beer with just about any ingredients you liked but, chances are, the yeast will come out on top. Heather tips, juniper berries, orange peel - musty, strongly peppered orchard fruit trumps all. Too bad all those unusual ingredients are hardly tasted.

That being said, they might not be tasted outright, but they certainly are at home in a style that typically marries fruity flavors with earthy spice and floral hops. Talk about a group sharing "one vision"; it's like something out of a corporate team-building exercise. Each added ingredient enhances either the inherent zest, sweetness, or spice of the style.

A strong, golden, Belgian-style ale is both the right and the wrong style to pair with exotic ingredients. But I don't score beers theoretically, I review them based on how they actually turn out and, in actuality, this could hardly have turned out better. It's another really strong seasonal for Muskoka, who should be very proud of all their recent offerings.

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