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Siamese Twin Ale - Uncommon Brewers

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BA SCORE
82
good

212 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 14
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uncommon Brewers visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: illidurit on 07-26-2008)
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can poured into a pint glass. Color is a ruddy dark brown color with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is pungent with plum malty flavors and lemongrass. It does smell appetizing to me.

First sip is bomb of sweet sugary malts. Molasses and toffee flavors dominate but it is cloyingly sweet. Lime coriander and lemongrass all take a back seat. Credit for trying something out of the ordinary but this misses the mark with me... Too sweet and not refreshing.

Serving type: can

07-05-2013 23:10:07 | More by FickleBeast
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tpacek

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.9%

07-09-2014 14:26:37 | More by tpacek
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10%

07-08-2014 17:04:54 | More by Dave_Treat
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enelson

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10%

07-05-2014 05:18:14 | More by enelson
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California

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California

3.25/5  rDev -10%

06-09-2014 02:09:30 | More by KevMo84
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California

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper and appears stormy never quite settling down. A nice two finger head forms on the pour but doesn't stick around while the beer remains foggy.

The smell follows what I would expect from a dubbel. Some hints of caramel (plum?) and raisin. What sets this apart is the lime is quite present in the nose. I had a hard time picking out the lemongrass but it appeared as the beer warmed up further.

The caramel and malts are very present but the lime and lemongrass only show in the finish.

Their is minimal carbonation which is followed by a bit of a dry finish. The finish does leave a nice bit of spice dancing on the taste buds.

I'm glad I tried this different take on a dubbel. I would definitely have it again, especially during the summer months.

Serving type: can

05-29-2014 12:06:30 | More by byronic
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ArtZan

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-23-2014 18:40:54 | More by ArtZan
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 05-07-2014
Freshness: Dating is illegible
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

Appearance: Beer is a murky reddish-brown color. The small tan head is gone quickly, leaving no traces of lace.

Smell: Rich, sweet aromas of molasses and caramel, this is a very malty-smelling beer. it smells a lot like wort. Finally, there are also some grassy and herbal aromas.

Taste: Much as I expected from the smell, the taste is very malty and has a brown bread flavor. Other notes include sweet caramel and dark chocolate. Some spiciness is evident, either from the Asian spices added or the Belgian yeast. No hop flavors or bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick in body, with a moderated level of carbonation. The finish has tastes of oak and malty caramel sweetness.

Overall: A pretty good beer that seems to fit the style well.

Serving type: can

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TimHitchings

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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California

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California

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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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BaronRogue

California

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Uncommon must have saved all of the foam that everyone else is looking for and put it in my can, as an uncontrollable head left a bright ruby clear beer with lots of bubbles. No idea how old this one is, no visible canning date.

Smells interesting and Belgian... like opening up your spice cabinet and taking a whiff.

Tastes bounce around from the traditional dubbel to all sorts of strange but pleasant herbal overtones... cinnamon, raisins, autumnal leaves. Oh, and the alcohol rears its ugly head as well (maybe this reduces with aging?).

Crisp and bubbly.

Crazy beer worth a try, especially if you like picking out spices and like the "Belgian malt liquor" vibes.

Serving type: can

01-20-2014 07:21:23 | More by BaronRogue
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10%

01-19-2014 05:54:39 | More by bigox420
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Siamese Twin has a face that even a mother would have a hard time loving. U-G-L-Y, this thing could have Johnnie Cochran argue its alibi and it wouldn't matter - it's ugly. Murky, extremely muddied clay tones gives it a swampy - or worse, sewage-y - appearance. The absence of any foam is unattractive and completely unsuitable for the style (conventional or not).

Belgians, by and large, aren't known for experimenting or breaking with tradition; you'd never see a Trappist Dubbel brewed with kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, and coriander. In many ways there's no need to - Belgian yeast is spicy and aromatic enough on it's own - but I've got to admit that this smells pretty interesting. Indefinably sweet and spicy; my curiosity has peaked...

The first sip reveals a familiar profile: a complex maltiness with notes of caramel, toast, prunes, raisins and a drop of rose-scented perfume. Maybe a trace of mushed bananas too. But closer inspection gradually exposes the other ingredients; flashes of middle-eastern spice, citrus and green herbs round out most sips, albeit more subtly than expected.

It's obvious Asian ingredients would add uniqueness, the real question was whether they'd suit the sweet, fruity flavours of a Dubbel. I have to say: yes! In fact, I think this recipe is rather genius; just imagining all the possible food pairings requires a calculator. The beer's real (and only) fault is its lack of body; without a rich malt bill this tastes too much like prune juice.

Uncommon Brewers is right! This is a terribly interesting take on a classic Belgian style. Who knows how the monks would feel about this twist, but I say "Hear! Hear!". Though far from an outstanding offering, in many ways Siamese Twin represents all that is great about American craft beer: creativity, innovation, reinterpretation, distinctness. And this one's organic too.

Serving type: can

12-14-2013 00:25:37 | More by biegaman
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: While the beer doesn't deliver the foamy head I would expect from a dubbel, the mahogany liquid and lacing action both do their bit to fit the style

Smell: Caramel and dark fruit underpin appropriately, but the Asian adjuncts (kaffir lime and lemongrass) while distinct, don't blend well

Taste: As with the aroma, the taste is a bit unusual here; starts out, as expected, delivering caramel, candi sugar and some dried dark fruit; in the middle and after the swallow, the Asian adjuncts add a very strange lemon/lime flavor; the coriander works better, adding complexity; ultimately, however, the beer tastes a bit like a wet dog smells

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I love Thai food and was really looking forward to seeing how the Kaffir lime and lemongrass worked with this beer but have come to the conclusion that a dubbel is the wrong style with which such spices should be blended

Thanks, bytemesis (from the other site) for the opportunity

Serving type: can

12-13-2013 03:13:50 | More by brentk56
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humulusphile

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

12-13-2013 00:21:16 | More by humulusphile
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NorthSideSean

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-12-2013 19:27:09 | More by NorthSideSean
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Siamese Twin Ale from Uncommon Brewers
82 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.