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Siamese Twin Ale - Uncommon Brewers

Siamese Twin AleSiamese Twin Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 17.17%


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.

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UCLABrewN84

California

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 7/13/12.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1 inch foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is fairly mild and is of malt, Asian peanut sauce, and some herbal aromas. Taste is of malt, dark fruit, peanuts, and some herbal and citrus flavors. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer flavor wise but there are some odd aromas coming from this one.

Serving type: can

08-22-2012 05:05:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a hazy light brown color with an extremely fluff off-white head which sticks around forever and leaves wonderful lacing.

S: The nose offers the typical fruity Belgian esters and spicy yeast qualities. The coriander that is added to the beer is very noticeable, but not so much in terms of the lime leaves or lemongrass.

T: The flavor is very interesting. The beer has an underlying sweet maltiness with a touch of dark fruit, which would be the only hint that you are drinking a dubbel. The lemongrass and lime leaves really provide a citrus note that provides quite a twist on the style. The coriander is present in there too, as are the other spice flavors, especially on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a very high level of carbonation which leaves a full, creamy feeling on the tongue.

D: I'm not entirely sure what to make of this beer. The brewers have certainly lived up to their moniker (Uncommon), and it's an interesting twist on a classic style.

Serving type: can

02-09-2010 04:30:47 | More by womencantsail
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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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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a thin beige head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark fruits in the nose along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste has flavors of dark fruits along with notes of lemongrass and hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting take on the style although it is not as sweet and complex compared to other dubbels.

Serving type: can

09-08-2012 16:06:41 | More by metter98
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Yeah, I'd say Siamese Twins are indeed pretty uncommon... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear ruby-garnet topped by a half-finger of dusty khaki foam. The nose comprises caramel, toasted rye bread, light lime peel, lemon zest, and a touch of banana. The taste holds notes of caramel, burnt rye bread, light lime zest, lemongrass (hey, for once it's actually in the beer!), clove, light fig, and a bit of banana peel. The fruit and grass combine for an occasionally harsh bitterness that tends to clash with the sweetness enveloping it. Luckily, this doesn't happen all the time. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a decidedly drying finish. Overall, an interesting dubbel, that's for sure, but one that's not my bag.

Serving type: can

02-22-2012 05:37:38 | More by TMoney2591
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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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MasterSki

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a throw-in from Adam (Nanoslug) - thanks a bunch dude. Poured it into my Darkness goblet.

A - Opaque copper color, with a one-fingered tan foam that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves a bit of lacing. Tiny streams of bubbles make their way up the sides of the glass.

S - There's a fair bit of citrus here, but not in the hoppy kind of way. Lemon peel, spice, coriander. There's also some sweet malt and Belgian-style yeast that pops up as the brew gets a little warmer. There's a lot of bite to it when you get up close. The smell is really unique, but I'm not certain how I feel about it.

T - The citrus and spice take a back seat and I get more of the biscuit-y malt and yeast that I associate with dubbels. There's a touch of booziness but it's not overwhelming. The spice pops up more at the back end and tickles the palate a little - also lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Creamy and refreshing - I'm not a regular with dubbels, so I don't know if they are all this light, but then thinness corresponds with the citrus-y character. Probably a little more carbonation than I like.

D - Not sure if this could be a regular beer. The spice aftertaste, carbonation, and relatively high ABV make this more of an occasional peculiarity.

Glad I got to try this - although it's kind of weird drinking Belgian styles from a can. It's definitely Uncommon, and more successful than a lot of other "crazy" beer experiments (*cough* DFH *cough*). The organic certification combines with the high ABV to give me a warm feeling inside.

Serving type: can

01-21-2009 02:00:19 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rapidly dissipating speckled skim on the surface, deep saturated copper amber color with a hint of crimson. Nice color, the foam fades away pretty fast though. Slowly rising carb trails visible when held to the light.

Fruity sweet aroma of dried figs, rum raisin, sarsaparilla. Fairly complex and interesting, though a bit sweet with a hint of booze peeking through.

Sweet fruity flavors, reduced brown sugar, carob, figs and cola... also seems a little like sarsaparilla, a little like bittersweet chicory. Drying finish with some light lingering flavors, but nothing really distinctive. Medium bodied and slightly astringent. As it warms and sits in the glass, it's astringency becomes less pleasant.

Overall this is an ok Dubbel, not sure if it's something i'd seek out again personally though.

Serving type: can

04-24-2012 01:13:19 | More by emerge077
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I believe the PC term is conjoined twins.

Poured from a can into an imperial pint glass. Beer is brown and hazy. Forms a gigantic head of small to medium sized bubbles and carbonation is HIGH. This is one of the most carbonated beers I've ever seen. Served with yeast (didn't know couldn't avoid the can trub, oops).

I didn't know this was a dubbel until I started reviewing it, so I didn't know what to expect. I got this beer in a trade with Arbitrator (Thanks!). Beer's aroma is really strong. High ethers, some yeast and a lot of sweetness. It would be tempting to call the sweetness alcohol but I'm not sure that's accurate.

Have to break this head up so I can taste it. Beer has a slight metallic taste to it. Overall the beer is sweet and has nice malt character. has the nice Belgian yeast spiciness that is associated with Belgian ales. Second taste, I can taste the alcohol in this beer, that's unfortunate. Beer is a little thin, no real bitterness, drinkability moderate (hurt by alcohol flavor). Its a decent beer.

Serving type: can

11-28-2009 03:32:17 | More by drabmuh
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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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a hazy brown color. It's got an interesting yellowish colored head. The smell of the beer has some spicy citrus notes. There is some caramel and even some booze on the nose too. The taste of the beer has dark fruit flavor with some caramel in there, as it warms up the flavors become more earthy. The mouthfeel is smooth, interestingly soft carbonation. Dry finish too. Overall this beer is decent. Not my favorite Dubbel.

Serving type: can

09-11-2012 01:15:22 | More by Knapp85
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer smells like hairspray. I'm sure there is some very technical term that would impress everyone. But hey. I don't know it. Anyways. This doesnt really work for me. I could have done without it. Unfortunately, that seems to be the theme for this brewery, for me.

Serving type: can

08-31-2012 05:30:18 | More by RblWthACoz
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, lumpy head. Surprisingly little lace (a couple of spots). Clear, deep amber color.

Mild, alcohol-ish malt aroma. On the second whiff, I detected some smokiness.

Very smooth beer, reminds me of an aperitif. It's slightly sweet, with very little carbonation (despite the head). There's also a floral fragrance that does NOT come from any hop. Light warming spices like white pepper and chile pepper. There is hop, but only in the swallow, even the aftertaste is malty--lots of caramel. Rich body, like whole milk.

Serving type: can

01-02-2012 21:36:15 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can,

A: Comes out with a thick off-white fizzy head, that dies down quickly on a burnt sienna body.

S: Interesting, typical dubbel notes of raisin and plum, mixed with lime juice.

T: Again, really interesting, a strange mix of flavours, but they worked for me. Cake batter, treacle, full malt and brown sugar comes out fast and mixes with the bitter, herbal lemongrass. Lime comes in later, more bitter and medicinal than its traditional sour flavour and dries the beer out a bit.

M: Overly fizzy and carbonated initially, though a few swirls remedies this. Real nice warming alcohol effect without being boozy.

D: An unique tasting brew from Uncommon. The 2 beers I've had from them have really been like nothing I've ever had. A weird and enjoyable take on the dubbel, pick it up.

Serving type: can

05-05-2009 17:36:18 | More by Halcyondays
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 16 oz. can for $2.75, no canning date on the bottom. I wasn't terribly impressed by their Golden State Ale, but this is worse. Frankly it reminds me of failed homebrew.

I dont know, maybe this beer was kept in a hot warehouse for a month, or something went wrong between Santa Cruz and Pennsylvania, but I don't enjoy it. There's an odd grassy (not like hops) caramel taste. There's a hint of the kaffir lime that's added I can pull out of the aftertaste, but that's one of the few bright spots. Frankly this smells a bit like an Indian buffet with the coriander and lemongrass additions. I'm not sure what to make of this beer, but I don't want another can.

Serving type: can

05-25-2011 04:11:28 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at Rick's in Alexandria a week or two ago. Poured from a 16 oz. can into my Lost Abbey glass.

a - Pours a deep medium brown color with two fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two minutes or so and a few bubbles throughout drinking.

s - Smells a bit metalic, and or nuts, toasted malts, raisins, figs, dark fruits, fruity malts, and light sugar. The metalic notes throw it off a bit.

t - Tastes of sugar, sweet dark fruits, sweet fruity malts, raisins, plums, figs, molasses, toasted malta, bready malts, and burnt malts. A little too sweet but no metalic notes.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Little bit of alcohol and a little too carbonated.

o - Overall I wasn't a big fan of this one. I thought the nose was a bit metalic, the taste was a little too sweet, and the body was a little too carbonated. Overall not a great beer and something I wouldn't seek out again or recommend.

Serving type: can

03-21-2012 22:58:32 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 fl oz aluminum can served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I like the style but I don't know that I've ever had a good one from a can.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger light khaki head of okay cream, okay thickness, and pretty good retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a deep chestnut-amber. Nontransparent. Non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Belgian biscuit malt, cream, amber hops, and toasted malt. I don't get any spice or coriander. A very mild strength aroma.

T: Amber hops, some toasted malt, biscuit malt, amber hopping, and caramelization. A strange build for a dubbel. Tries too hard with its spices, never reaching the level of a good trappist example of the style. Very simple, to its detriment. Not particularly enjoyable. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some bad coarseness and dryness. Too thick for its lack of good body. Carbonation is off.

Dr: Drinkable but boring. I wouldn't get it again. A disappointment. Pretty underwhelming for the style.

C-

Serving type: can

06-29-2012 06:52:08 | More by kojevergas
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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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Zorro

California

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definately a "Different Beer Company" here, unfiltered Beligian style beer made with Thai Spices in a 16 OZ Tallboy beer can. Well if you are going to break all the rules might as well do a good job of it!

Pouring in the glass this is a furious foamer so take care getting it in a glass.

Cloudy reddish brown colored beer with a tall tan colored head.

Smell i sweet and soapy with the lime easy to scent. Coriander is quite strong but I can't find the lemon grass in the scent. Quite spicy to the nose.

Starts out Strong and spicy in the mouth, coriander hits hard and the lime does too. Very rich, the coriander is almost a hot spice here. Quite herbal to say the least.

Mouthfeel is thick.

This is just a little to weird to really be all that drinkable.

Serving type: can

05-22-2009 04:11:32 | More by Zorro
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The CAN quest rolls on from SF! Bro. Woody, the Beer Monk, totally dug this at The Monk's Kettle.

The server brought out a big-ass can which was then poured into a long-stemmed goblet producing a finger of pinkish head with low retention. Its color was a deep-purplish red like beet juice. Yow! What had I gotten myself into? The CAN mentioned tht it was brewed with Kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, and coriander. The lime was the winner, having a huge presence on the nose. Well, give it up for the lemongrass, also since the citrus scent was phenomenal. The mouthfeel was medium with a slightly tart/ citrusy flavor on the tongue. The ABV was well hidden as the beer was so smooth as to render the alcohol content unnoticable. Zounds! This could really knock one's dick in the dirt, if you were not careful. The finish gave way to the peppery coriander, making for a very dry finish. I also liked that it was Certified Organic.

Beach/Shore: This or Ten Fidy? Each are going to do some damage, but here you have a fighting chance, plus the taste is probably going to have a wider appeal than a RIS. I still say that Mama's Little Yella Pils is the best CANdidate, but this could certainly be afforded some cooler space. Best case scenario - my cousin CANs Sculpin and you blend the two in a recyclable cup. The tropical flavors might be enough to give you an apoplectic fit.

Serving type: can

07-28-2009 20:19:45 | More by woodychandler
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DoubleJ

California

2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If The Bruery can make a tripel with Asian spices, why not Uncommon Brewers with a dubbel? Bought this in Santa Cruz, and it's a beer that would make my Siamese cat proud. On to the beer:

Not much of a head forms on top of this beer. The appearance is on target to style: cloudy caramel orange color, with tanned hues and some brown hues. There are some dark fruits in the nose. A smell something sweet n' spicy....it must be those spices. Peppery.

I'm not getting a whole lot of malty goodness. A little bit of plum emerges underneath whatver oddball spices are there. There is a good amount of heat from the alcohol at first, but as time passes it cools some. Peppery flavor begins to dominate during the second half of the time the beer is in the mouth. A little spice and plum in the aftertaste.

Ehh....not the most memorable beer I've had. The overall flavor isn't doing the trick, and it seems a little thin and overspiced in the mouth. Maybe dubbels aren't ideal to have added spices?

Serving type: can

02-11-2010 05:20:19 | More by DoubleJ
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a goblet.

Pours a deep clear copper, with about 2 fingers of stiff off-white head. This retains with a frothy 1/2 finger, that leaves a thick and foamy cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is well...interesting. It's got that basic Dubbel mix of bread, sugars, and yeast going on with it, but the tart fruity notes of lemon and lime, as well as the spice from the coriander really gives this a deep zesty pop in the nose that pretty much controls things. A touch of alcohol warmth adds some thickness to the bouquet.

The taste is similar, with a thick and sticky base of sweet breads and candied sugars starting things off. Man, you can really taste that lemon grass and kaffir lime in this (both rather distinctly), which add a zesty bite of flavor to the profile. Spice and earthy dryness linger long past the finish after each sip. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a sharp creaminess that sits on top of some much thicker feeling alcohol beef. Speaking of which, the ABV is very much felt here, warming the finish before laying some heat in the chest and stomach after each sip.

While I can't really say that this absolutley worked for me, I do have to give props on the innovative angle these guys took on a Belgian-Style Dubbel. Just a bit too much going on with the spices here and I wish that this had held the alcohol in check just a bit more as well. I will say that this does make me interested in trying some more offerings from these guys. Uncommon indeed...

Serving type: can

05-10-2010 17:11:16 | More by Kegatron
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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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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Ale brewed with kaffir lime leaves, lemon grass and coriander. Serving can dated 12/19/11. Consumed 2/2/12.

A: A beautiful deep ruby red when backlighted exposes a spacious light rise of effervesce. Tawny head, low profile, doesn’t hold long nor offer any window dressing. Easy clarity.

S: Scents of lemongrass and dried lime peels are most evident on the open. Spicy flowers and spices as well soft coriander hints and grape stems. Intriguing, interesting enough.

T: Again an interesting mix of flavors and spices quite unique to most beers. Lime, grapes with a spicy herbaceous flowering. Fresh toasty caramel, dried grapefruit with a soft offering of coriander. Fresh greenery, briary with some woodsy evergreen and lemon grass. There are indications of some spicy herbaceous notes which are quite hard to define, dried tomato-basil. Touches of starfruit rounds out with a warming Belgian yeastiness of alcohol and warm fruit.

M: sparkling with a bright carbonation factor, an oily texture and malty presence that delivers a spicy bite of seasoning on the inner cheeks and tongue on the swallow.

O: Overall an interesting flavor, odd, yet intriquing, don’t know if I could tackle a four pack at once but definitely has enough head scratching oddity to it to warrant at least a try. Spicy lime flower and herbaceous notes that step outside the box. Good alcohol feel and quite hard to label.

Serving type: can

02-06-2012 23:30:26 | More by beerthulhu
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Siamese Twin Ale from Uncommon Brewers
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