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Siamese Twin Ale - Uncommon Brewers

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BA SCORE
82
good

225 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 15
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

biegaman, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Alpha309
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Alpha309, Today at 03:06 AM
Photo of lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

lillitnn92, Tuesday at 06:20 PM
Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -16.7%

olradetbalder, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of Jack_Malts
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Pretty unbalanced, actually kind of gross. Whatever. It's different? I guess at least try it once... Kind of tastes like a weird candy your grandmother might give you. It could be your thing! Side note - it really opens up as it warms...

Jack_Malts, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of DeadWalkerAir
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%

DeadWalkerAir, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of Tom-Peters
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Tom-Peters, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Rukasu
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Rukasu, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Biggie39
2.88/5  rDev -20%

Biggie39, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of rudedude985
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%

rudedude985, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Andy_Luft
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%

Andy_Luft, Aug 20, 2014
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 ValleyIrish
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer tastes nothing like you'd expect given the packaging.
Has a yummy malty taste but with an edge. I saw it described as liquid candy but it is not really that over-sweet. Didn't love it the first time but tried it again the next day and it was lovely. Enough flavour to be interesting but not heavy so not too filling.
Now, lets talk about the branding. It sucks. The packaging at first glance gives the impression of a cider or light beer. The name suggests a genetic abnormality but it is an organic beer. The whole branding is an oxymoron so maybe this is a hipster beer and intended to be ironic? Either way it is worth a try.

ValleyIrish, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of foxyaardvark27
3/5  rDev -16.7%

foxyaardvark27, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of tpacek
3/5  rDev -16.7%

tpacek, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Dave_Treat, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

enelson, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

KevMo84, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Bnoise11
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Bnoise11, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

polloenfuego, May 30, 2014
Photo of byronic
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

byronic, May 29, 2014
Photo of ArtZan
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ArtZan, May 23, 2014
Photo of sommersb
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

sommersb, May 08, 2014
Photo of TimHitchings
4/5  rDev +11.1%

TimHitchings, May 08, 2014
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Siamese Twin Ale from Uncommon Brewers
82 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.