Putting the word legendary in the name of your brand new beer is pretty ballsy, but that’s exactly what Muskoka has done with the Legendary Muskoka Spring Oddity (750mL, $9.95, 8% ABV). The name brings to mind two questions – what is legendary about the beer and what is odd? The oddity part is easier to answer: the ingredients include heather tips, juniper berries and orange peel shavings. Throw is some Belgian yeast and candi sugar to get this obviously Belgian-style ale.
The LMSO pours a clear straw colour with a big, white head that leaves nice lacings around the glasses as it diminishes. There is a big aroma of yeast, orange peel and a strong bouquet of Noble hops. The first sip starts with the sweet Belgian candi sugar, a hint of juniper, then a dry finish of musty grass clippings. The finish is long, dry and has a spicy note of pepper. The dry finish helps accentuate the alcohol, giving a warmth to the end. As the beer warms and opens up I got a distinct taste of cream soda to go along with the candi sugar in the beginning. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation than I’m used to in Belgian style beers.
Calling this beer an oddity is a bit of a stretch. It really is just a well made Belgian strong pale ale that has a lot in common with tripels. The candi sugar is nicely balanced with the dry finish, which helps create a nice evolution of flavours. Who knows if the LMSO will really become legendary, but it stands a decent chance. It is now available at the LCBO and select bars.