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Siamese Twin Ale - Uncommon Brewers

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BA SCORE
82
good

214 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.94%
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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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very quick, thin head tha recedes to nothing without having to take a sip. Muddy ruby color with small, sluggish bubbling.

Rich, toasted and lightly roasted malts. Syrupy sweet bread crust and Summer fruit with a dash of somethig herbal and bitter.

Very rich, syrupy malt dominated palate. Heavily toasted and lightly roasted with just a hint of coffee. There's maybe a hint of something herbal, but I wouldn't be able to tell that there was coriander, lemongrass, or lim leaves in this brew unless told. Fruity and yeasty on the finish and linger. Well integrated abv. heat.

Serving type: can

05-13-2012 17:33:50 | More by scruffwhor
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into my trusty snifter, the appearance was a pale golden color with a moderate head erupting toward the top of the glass. The Belgian notes are the most apparent characteristic in the aroma, which gives an understated impression before the taste. The initial taste is somewhat spicy or peppery with notes of corriander and pleasant lime hints that nibble at the sour taste buds on the tongue. Thankfully, the lime is realistic unlike the lime flavoring in certain macrobrews. All of these unusual traits are set against a malty backbone. The unusual flavors in this beer along with a thinner mouthfeel make this beer an odd impression of the style. Yet the complexity of the flavor creates an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: can

05-12-2012 23:49:06 | More by JohnnyHopps
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mhaugo

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-09-2012 15:40:53 | More by mhaugo
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

05-05-2012 23:30:29 | More by djrn2
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mbs11

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

05-02-2012 04:18:12 | More by mbs11
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Siamese Twin opens with a strange, fruity aroma that seems part Belgian, with touches of banana and clove, part peppery cocktail, and part fruity wine spritzer. The kaffir limes and lemongrass impart distinct grassy lemon-lime notes, and the coriander lends peppery earthiness, lending touches of loam. The spice additions together give the brew an almost-but-not-quite Dr. Pepper quality, but with far more pepper and vanilla spicing, as well as citrus. The overall effect is alluring, but definitely out of the ordinary, with few "beer" notes present, replaced instead by citrusy, peppery aromas that would almost be more familiar in a light Thai dish.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a mixed profile, part of it the familiar banana-and-clove Belgian, part a mixture of the lime, lemongrass, and peppery coriander, and over all of this, a sugary layer of brown sugar, vanilla, kola nut, and fig, apricot, orange, and white grape fruit esters. Very light touches of wheat toast add earthiness, and a slight tingle, as well as touches of pink grapefruit, speak of decent hop support. The aftertaste is a continuation of the peppery lemongrass, banana, and clove notes, and lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the beer is quite good, and I was very thankful to find that the strange kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass, and coriander additions worked well with the brew, meshing nicely with the malts and hops and providing new and funky layers of sugar and peppery spice, instead of overwhelming it. Recommended, and excellent light fare for a hot day.

Serving type: can

04-29-2012 19:39:17 | More by jondeelee
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

04-28-2012 20:58:15 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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emerge077

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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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avaldivia

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-19-2012 04:35:33 | More by avaldivia
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a DFH thick-stemmed tulip.

Canned on: 12/19/2011

A: Pours a deep russet with striking clarity. A brief flash of head that becomes a creamy, light brown collar that doesn't leave any lace.

S: Strong aromas of toasted bready malt, coriander, dark fruit, pan roasted nuts, vanilla icing, and a faint whiff of citrus.

T: See above with rum raisin bread pudding, dark chocolate, and subtle herbal flavors.

M: Full and relatively chewy. Savory flavors stick fully to the tongue and last long past the finish.

O: Damn impressive. I dug the "not traditionally canned" style that they chose to release. I'll keep my eyes on these guys.

Serving type: can

03-27-2012 00:26:54 | More by GbVDave
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alamode

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

03-23-2012 10:35:01 | More by alamode
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mdfb79

New York

2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
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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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

03-16-2012 18:55:18 | More by JohnK17
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paulginva

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a tap into a goblet, produced a medium-tan frothy 1" head that dissipated somewhat slowly leaving good head lacing. Carbonation was soft in a muddy deep amber body.

AROMA: Some sweet malts but the predominant aroma was of lemon and ginger and a bit of alcohol.

TASTE: Initially, moderate amounts of lemon, lime, mint and grass, a hint of yeast, a bit of sweet malt and a bit of warm alcohol.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer had a somewhat light body with a thin texture, soft carbonation and modest body lacing that dissipated somewhat slowly. The initial flavor was moderately tart and bitter with a somewhat sweet finish that lasted for a moderate length of time.

DRINKABILITY: This is a sipping beer, not one I'd want for a session beer. Two would be tops for me. While easy to drink and having a good price point, the beer suffered from some deficiencies, not least of which was that it didn't taste much like a dubbel. It's described as "unique and uncommon," and I'll give them that -- and points for creating an original brew -- but I doubt that I'll buy it again; it just wasn't that outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 17:27:55 | More by paulginva
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kflorence

California

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep amber with a cherry tint when held up to the light. A fourth inch of frothy, tan foam sits atop and clings to the edges of the glass, slowly sliding down to the level of the brew. The foam bubbles on this one are pretty microscopic which gives reason to believe the carbonation here will be crisp but not overly active. A bit darker than I expected, but probably not unusual for the style.

S: Lots of caramelized malts on the nose along with some dark fruits, as well as a good amount of lemongrass, coriander and lime, as advertised!

T: The taste follows the aroma quite well for this brew. A decidedly malt-prominent blast of flavors hit first with dark fruits, lemongrass, coriander and lime following. A little caramel and toffee. Not much yeast. Lots of coriander. An interesting combination of flavors to be sure. Honestly, I'm not sure the coriander and lemongrass work well here, as it they seem to clash along with the added sweetness from the malts. Finishes quite dry with a bit of burnt grass. Lingering flavor is caramelized malts, lemongrass and hay.

M: Medium bodied with a light, crisp carbonation and a fair amount of substance. Interestingly, this brew seems to coat your tongue with an oily residue as it hits the tongue, and finish quite dry after the swallow.

O: Frankly, Belgian Dubbel's have never really been my thing, but I'm always up for exploration. While I appreciate the innovative thinking here, it just didn't really gel for me. There seems to be a clash between the sweet malts, dark fruits and spices that just doesn't sit well in my stomach. Still, this one is quite drinkable thanks to the light carbonation, and at 8.5% ABV you pretty much forget what it tastes like half-way through. I could totally see this beer satisfying a niche market, but I would probably pass over it on my next trip to the store. Cheers!

Serving type: can

02-29-2012 03:21:50 | More by kflorence
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codsmith

Illinois

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."

Serving type: can

02-29-2012 02:53:22 | More by codsmith
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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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tommyd313

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

02-19-2012 01:17:50 | More by tommyd313
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asafarc2

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +11.1%

02-18-2012 17:40:32 | More by asafarc2
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Just like the last beer I had this one is exploding with carbonation even when only slightly agitated. Color is a hazy dark brown with a full inch of tan colored head.

S - Smells of everything advertised: lemon grass, lime, and coriander.

T - I get some flavors that remind me of a Belgium dubbel the dark fruits and yeasts are kind of muted to make way for strong coriander and equally as strong lime. The grass does give it a hay like taste.

M - Medium bodied but highly carbonated so it seems to go down lighter than it should

Overall I assume this one is just as old as the Baltic Porter which is at least 8 months old and still this banging with carbonation. A very weird beer that I could see buying again.

Serving type: can

02-11-2012 16:12:27 | More by DrDemento456
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.1%

02-07-2012 01:50:55 | More by TimoP
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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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jeffjeff1

California

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at a deli in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- dark brown color, thin head but very good retention

Smell- dark fruits, spices, sweet smell

Taste- toffee, dark fruit

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, nice carbonation, you can literally hear the bubbles.

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I usually don't drink dubbels but still pretty good.

Serving type: can

02-04-2012 20:28:26 | More by jeffjeff1
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natemort13

California

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a DEEP translucent ruby with a dark tan head that dissipates very quickly.

I get toffee, burnt sugar, slightest bit of coffee, dark fruit and caramel apple on the nose.

Taste is a ton of toffee up front and through the finish. Lots of brown sugar. Lots of caramel. muted alcohol heat. The spices come through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is quite full, slightly syrupy on the finish.

Overall, not my cup of tea. The weird spices seem to be fighting with the toffee sweetness of the ale as opposed to complementing it. Age might mellow these flavors out and produce quite a unique beer.

Serving type: can

02-03-2012 01:31:59 | More by natemort13
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +11.1%

02-02-2012 03:51:05 | More by Daniellobo
Siamese Twin Ale from Uncommon Brewers
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