The Legendary Spring Oddity from Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge, Ontario pours a clear, light golden colour with a medium sized and frothy white head that has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing. The smell of this seasonal hybrid ale is like a spiced-up Belgian tripel. An almost sour, apple-like aroma is joined by hints of the heather tips, juniper berries and orange zest used in the brewing process and backed by a sweet caramel aroma and a soft yeast tone.
The Legendary Spring Oddity has a crisp and spicy taste with a lot going on. Apples, soapy and floral hops, toasted light grains and berries are backed up by a solid yeast character. The ale is full-bodied with a medium carbonation level. There is a nice pop on the tongue, then a yeasty, biscuit-like feeling. The finish is dry and the aftertaste has a lingering sweetness that becomes more prevalent after warming, followed by the melange of spices and a subtle hint of alcohol.
The label adorning the snap top bottle that The Legendary Spring Oddity is housed in is printed using a deep green and a parchment-like yellow colour. The image of a turkey-like bird head with tree-like horns or feathers on either side takes up most of the label space. The wordmark uses several late 1800s style fonts and you will find a description of the ale and its ingredients list on the back label.
Though the bottle asks you to enjoy its contents before autumn, I have a feeling that—like most strong Belgian ales—The Legendary Spring Oddity will age quite nicely under cellar-like conditions and I’ve put one away to try next spring.
In my opinion, this is the best beer that Muskoka Brewery has produced, seasonal or otherwise. It marries a strong Belgian ale with an Ontario gruit and has succeeded beyond my expectations. The Legendary Spring Oddity is very drinkable and pairs well with fresh breads, grilled meats and soft cheeses.
The Legendary Spring Oddity is brewed and bottled in small batches as a spring seasonal and can be found at both LCBO and The Beer Store locations, as well as on tap at some of Ontario’s finer pubs and restaurants. You can also visit Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge seven days a week.
Type: Belgian Strong Pale Ale / Gruit
Region: Ontario, Bracebridge
Brewery: Muskoka Brewery
Format Purchased: 750 mL
Alcohol Content: 8.0%