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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.

Added by bryehn on 04-19-2012

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 120
Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of R_Kole
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BGDrock
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of MJ63
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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 mintjellie
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.

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Photo of Sammy
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.

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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 traumaqueen
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jcubz
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bryanzk
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jsnoek
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 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 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 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 TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Soots
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of IronDjinn
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.

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