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Siamese Twin Ale - Uncommon Brewers

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Siamese Twin AleSiamese Twin Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

219 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 14
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a can of this in Berkeley recently at Ledgers. This is much better than I thought it was going to be. The can gives the impression that it's going to be a cheap lager- bud light lime clone in particular with the prominently displayed lime on the front and the gaudy silver and green colors. Of course its really a Belgian Dubbel that is surprisingly and delightfully spiced with Kaffir lime, lemongrass, and coriander. The spicing is aggressive and the lime is noticeable but restrained enough to work. Pours a sort of murky dark amber with a fair head and no lacing. The smell is heavier on the lime and lighter on the spices while the taste is the other way around. The sweetness and richness of a respectable dubbel blends well with the Thai flavors. Not only would this go well with curry, it tastes a little curried itself. Surprisingly delightful, and not just a gimmick- change your packaging to reflect the seriousness of your endeavor.

Georgiabeer, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of codsmith
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber with some bright red notes and fairly clear, but no head. It's missing the white creamy head to really pull this off an keep in some of the wonderful flavor.

S: A nice deep malt mixed with a very rich spicy lime aroma. Some very interesting aromas that play nicely with the style and the yeast character. A low alcohol aroma can be detected

T: You can pickup a lot of lime and spicy used. There is a medium amount of malty taste. There is good amount of phenol, ester and alcohol at play.

M: Light body with low carbonation. Easy to drink, but way off the mark on body and carbonation.

O: It has a good aroma and taste, but its really missing the carbonation to kick this beer up from being "good" to "great."

codsmith, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +11.1%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of nomoon
4/5  rDev +11.1%

nomoon, May 24, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Mora2000, May 22, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

biboergosum, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +11.1%

stortore, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of xhcadamx
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

xhcadamx, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +11.1%

kaelingirl, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - ox blood red with a generous head which dissipates to a thin cap

S - red grape musk, red wine, some sweet malts

T - some brown sugar, red wine again, some tart flavours, subtle banana on the finish

M - smooth, good body, light carbonation finishes sweet

Sam-VW, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +11.1%

brotherloco, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Schmoog, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

brpendergast85, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

canucklehead, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Bnoise11
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Bnoise11, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +11.1%

ommegangpbr, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of asafarc2
4/5  rDev +11.1%

asafarc2, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of illini4x4
4/5  rDev +11.1%

illini4x4, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of dangermusic
4/5  rDev +11.1%

dangermusic, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of TicoCali
4/5  rDev +11.1%

TicoCali, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of philouza
4/5  rDev +11.1%

philouza, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Pjvanvox
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Pjvanvox, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of chickencoop
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

chickencoop, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Daniellobo, Feb 02, 2012
Siamese Twin Ale from Uncommon Brewers
82 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.