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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:
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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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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer. A Belgian Dubbel in a can? Interesting.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is lemon and lime with some sugar and alcohol. The flavor is lime with caramel malt, lemon and some sweeter dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice twist on a dubbel.

Serving type: can

05-22-2010 04:34:01 | More by Mora2000
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz single can.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby amber hue, with one finger of loosely foamy beige head, which leaves a few random specks of islet lace around the glass as it quickly melts away.

It smells of ashy, biscuity caramel malt, a bit of floral anise, sweet earthy spice, the coriander seeming to provide more than its base aroma, a dry citrus essence, and some soft brown sugar. The taste is lightly toasted bready malt, a bit of Belgian candy sugar and yeast, some softly astringent lime, muddled holiday baking spices - cinnamon, ginger nutmeg and coriander, which make for a decent gingerbread analogue - and little to no alcohol warming.

The carbonation is a tad frothy, but in a genial way, the body a smooth, solid medium weight, just a bit of tacky fruitiness tugging away to no avail. It finishes off-dry, the biscuit-tinged caramel malt still forming the backbone, while the spices and waning fruitiness hold their distance.

An impressive dubbel, in the sense of those New World flunkies having a bit of fun, and, um, innovation with the style. The specified adjuncts add their own subtle intricacies, to a one, and the overall toastiness does well to rein in any overly saccharine tendencies. No booze makes itself known, which is an achievement on its own. Quite enjoyable, and worthy of seeking out another.

Serving type: can

08-02-2012 02:26:27 | More by biboergosum
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stortore

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.8%

10-27-2012 04:34:25 | More by stortore
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xhcadamx

Maine

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nifty 16 oz can

A - Honey amber brown with a rocky head that persisted for a while but settled to a wispy head.

S - Belgians are new for me. They are so different than other beers. I like it. Sweet and I detect the corriander.

T - Very tasty. Sweet but not cloying. Complex.

M - nice and chewy but very soft it the mouth.

D - 8.5 is dangerous but I like this beer.

Serving type: can

03-21-2009 22:23:04 | More by xhcadamx
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-25-2011 01:15:59 | More by kaelingirl
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brotherloco

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-22-2013 00:20:23 | More by brotherloco
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

04-23-2014 02:39:46 | More by brpendergast85
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see this in BC. Pours dark brown with a lumpy head. The is dark fruit with some coriander.There is a sweetness to the finish but you can detect the lemongrass in the beer as it warms up. Very drinkable and fairly complex this is a great type of beer to be in a can.

Serving type: can

01-10-2012 01:38:39 | More by canucklehead
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Bnoise11

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-07-2014 22:04:02 | More by Bnoise11
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ommegangpbr

New York

4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-23-2012 07:15:29 | More by ommegangpbr
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asafarc2

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-18-2012 17:40:32 | More by asafarc2
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illini4x4


4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-12-2012 01:27:35 | More by illini4x4
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dangermusic

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-24-2013 23:36:10 | More by dangermusic
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TicoCali

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-21-2011 05:00:36 | More by TicoCali
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philouza

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-20-2011 00:35:14 | More by philouza
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Pjvanvox

Oregon

4/5  rDev +10.8%

07-01-2013 21:03:44 | More by Pjvanvox
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Constant togetherness is fine... but only for Siamese twins."

--Victoria Billings

Harvest orange with butterscotch borders. This is one of the lightest dubbels in the history of the style. A vigorous pour filled the upper third of the glass with an attractive crown of foam that is tangerine-tinted ecru in color. We're not talking Belgian ale magnificence, but this is definitely good looking beer.

The Uncommon twist on the style is that STA uses coriander, lemongrass and Kaffir lime leaves in addition to the usual dubbel ingredients. The spices are easily appreciated and make for an interesting and exotic aroma. There isn't much dubbel character, which is unfortunate.

Siamese Twin Ale fixes that slight misstep on the taste buds. The brewers have given us a dubbel-like brew that doesn't get lost in what is a pretty aggressive amount of spiciness. Since Belgian yeast is so estery, the added ingredients work extremely well in the grand scheme of things. Those who don't like herbed-spiced beer might want to look elsewhere.

The base beer has that caramel malt-dominant and medium-dark fruit quality that Belgian dubbels are known for. Kaffir lime leaves plays second fiddle to coriander in the nose, but jump to the spotlight on the palate. This brew is a wonderful melange of sweet and bitter and spicy and citrusy. Great job guys.

The body/mouthfeel barely earns the above score. It's nowhere near best of style, but it has just enough heft and just enough carbonation-derived lift and energy to get the job done. Your palate's ability to handle a moderate-high spice load over 16 ounces will be directly related to your opinion of drinkability.

Siamese Twin Ale is a fascinating and uncommonly delicious ale that adheres to the Belgian brewing tradition of adding all sorts of interesting ingredients to beer. It works out well in the end, which is the only thing that matters. I'd love to lay my hands on some more canned goods from Uncommon Brewers.

Serving type: can

11-17-2009 14:24:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
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chickencoop

California

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You have to love the fact that this beer is so outside the box on packaging and complexity, but manages to be a solid beer and a classic representation of the style in the end. It poured flat, but no worries, kind of like a hand pump, the beer shows it's true flavors. Taste was rustic and sweet, mouthfeel was smooth and not overpowering. Drinkability-wise, I would recommend this and say you could get into some serious trouble sipping on these at a Raider tailgate, smooth and high-booze, bad combo but very good.

Serving type: can

12-03-2009 02:36:14 | More by chickencoop
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-02-2012 03:51:05 | More by Daniellobo
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TimHitchings

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.8%

05-08-2014 00:52:29 | More by TimHitchings
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep red/brown with about an inch of tan head. The lace is there, but doesn't last long.

Dark fruit (plum, raisin) and pepper start this dubbel off nicely, booze, caramel and spice follow.

At first I think I taste banana bread followed by plum and caramel. Earth, booze and a sweet taste I can't put my finger on show up around the middle (a good sweet). The finish has a little chocolate and dark fruit. A little high on carbonation, but the body is moderately thick, so it still goes down smooth.

Not my favorite, but still very interesting. Uncommon Brewers does an excellent job of putting interesting twists on old styles. Might grab one more for the cellar an rereview later.

Serving type: can

04-25-2013 04:36:52 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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illidurit

California

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can dated May 27, 2008. Poured into a St Bernardus goblet. Translucent, cloudy amber/caramel color with a light tan, centimeter-tall head. The foam fizzles too quickly for a Belgian style ale, and leaves little lacing.

Nice aroma, lots of chewy sweet malt, dark plummy fruit, obvious coriander, and a bright tart lime note that while being a little strong, is an interesting complement.

Maine maple syrup maltiness provides a basis of flavor with accents of banana pith, grass, and a more subdued kaffir lime note. Great job of hiding the alcohol, but the finish is rather short and the complexity in taste is a little low considering the great aroma.

This beer vanishes from the palate very cleanly, its only remnant a pleasant mild warmth in the chest. Both the carbonation and the body could stand to be a little more substantial. Impressive drinkability.

Overall a nice, creative dubbel that has helped to partially restore my faith in the ability of a Santa Cruz brewery to produce good beer.

Serving type: can

09-01-2008 04:30:12 | More by illidurit
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 16 oz can. The Andersons in Toledo.

A: The dubbel is a dark ruby red, pushing the envelope towards brown. Clearly and unabashedly opaque. A white head wasn't that large on pour and left no lacing behind.

S: The dubbel's darker malts and rich candi sugars set the stage nicely. Lemongrass is used sparingly, although cardamom is apparent as well. I didn't think that the dubbel/spice pairng would work but it is quite good. The dubbel aspects dominate but the spices are just below the surface.

T: A darker, sweet dubbel up front, the candi sugars are dark while the malts have caramel and chocolate. Rather than remaining a run of the mill dubbel, the spice profile kicks up during the second half, delivering the lemongrass, cardamom and lime. The lime in particular is a nice citrusy surprise. Unorthodox but quite good.

M: The mouthfeel brings the best of the spices out, lime, lemongrass, and cardamom. The dubbel stands on the opposite end of the spectrum but, very surprisingly, the beer melds the disparate flavors nicely.

Serving type: can

12-24-2011 21:45:57 | More by akorsak
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can poured into tulip 26/7/12

A clear dark brownish amber with just a thin cap of beige foam that falls fast and leaves no lace

S licorice, brewers candy, cinnamon, big herbal notes, coriander, clove, I pick up on the lemongrass and lime but its only after I read it on the can. some brown sugar as it warms and no booze at all, smells awesome

T a little booze comes out and its rather spicy but I'm missing much of what I was loving on the nose. not the same complexity as the smell at all but still respectable

M medium bodied with enough carbonation too give it some life, a little heat and a spicy herbal licorice finish that lingers for a very long time

O I liked this one a fair bit, unusual and interesting, a unique attempt on a classic style and it works well for me

some time might make this one even better, I didn't expect much from a Dubbel in a pint can but it worked for me and once again I'm well above the average

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 06:23:11 | More by wordemupg
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blackie

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single can from Beer Run, Charlottesville

a: served in a lager westmalle chalice, the dubbel is the deep brown color of dried dates, a tight head recedes to leave only a ring around the glass

s: very nice dubbel nose of rich, dark fruit sugars - dates and raisin, toffee malt, complex spice stands out - perhaps its the lime and lemongrass additions that are so intriguing, but they're not immediately evident individually, great use of coriander - very delicate, brushes of vanilla, richly aromatic and very pleasing to take in

m: medium-full body, smooth, carbonation on the lower end of moderate with a slight abrasiveness

t: the flavor hits with rich dried tree fruits and a current of dark sugars, a touch of buttery smoothness, this is where the lime shows the most - as a tart/sour note that lingers far into the finish

o: a high quality base dubbel regardless of the unusual additions - the lemongrass and lime are either so well or so lightly used that it's tough to pick them out, but a nice background contributor, expected a gimmick but found a really nice beer

Serving type: can

04-05-2013 04:55:40 | More by blackie
Siamese Twin Ale from Uncommon Brewers
82 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.