Legendary Oddity
Muskoka Brewery

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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #21
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,882
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 10.13%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
132
From:
Muskoka Brewery
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  7
Gots
  15
SCORE
85
Very Good
Legendary OddityLegendary Oddity
Notes: Formerly Muskoka Legendary Muskoka Oddity

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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LanceH from Canada (ON)

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 27, 2016
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slitherySOB from Canada (ON)

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.

Jun 16, 2012
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IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

May 12, 2012
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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.

Jul 27, 2012
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

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.

Jun 12, 2013
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

May 13, 2012
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DrJay from Texas

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.

Jul 07, 2014
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emerge077 from Illinois

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.

Jun 29, 2012
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

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.

May 22, 2012
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mintjellie from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Apr 28, 2012
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Mit from Canada (ON)

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

A pours a hazy gold colour with a decent lasting head.

Smells of banana and spice come to mind when trying this, earthy floral hints that I had trouble placing. Def not unpleasant.

Sweet, earthy tasting with a bitterness at the end. Very crisp and refreshing. Cannot taste the 8% alc

Mouthfeel is good for the alc content.

Overall an excellent offering from Muskoka

Apr 28, 2012
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

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+.

Jun 19, 2012
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

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.

Jun 26, 2012
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

May 30, 2013
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Electros from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 02, 2016
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irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Sep 05, 2013
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CanuckRover from Canada (ON)

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.

Feb 04, 2013
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StJamesGate from New York

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hagstravaganza 4, Ballymote, Sligo.
Bright gold; flowers + bubblegum; lagery grain, pear esters, and some spice; crisp.

4 4.25 4 4 4.25

Classic Belgian Golden Ale - very Duvel. Shares that “too easy to drink” character. Impressed by Muskoka.

Dec 18, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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.

May 25, 2012
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GodOfBeer from Canada (ON)

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.

Feb 17, 2013
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kjyost from Canada (MB)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

May 28, 2013
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korguy123 from Canada (ON)

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip.

A- Clear pineapple juice colored pour with a short lived foamy white head. Lacing is decent.

S- Juniper berries and yeast up front. Candied sugar and ginger with a cookie smell. Floral hops are there but not very up front and meld with the orange peel.

T- Spicy yeast with a quick shift to the candied sugar and orange peel. I get a little of the juniper berries and almost none of the hop presence. It's good, but not great.

M- Light bodied, dry, chewy and heavy on the carbonation.

O- I don't know how to really describe the style of this beer. I thought I heard this was classified as a Gruit. Herbed/Spiced fits but this also has a lot of matching characteristics of a Belgian Tripel. This is interesting and I'm glad I had it but unless the end of the bottle changes my mind this will be a one and done.

Apr 19, 2012
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Apr 29, 2012
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TheHammer from Canada (ON)

4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Apr 21, 2012
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Wordslinger from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

May 08, 2012
Legendary Oddity from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 132 ratings