Siamese Twin Ale - Uncommon Brewers

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Siamese Twin AleSiamese Twin Ale

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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:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: illidurit on 07-26-2008)
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Photo of kflorence
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!

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."

Photo of TMoney2591
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.

Photo of tommyd313
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of asafarc2
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DrDemento456
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.

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
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.

Photo of natemort13
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.

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of KimenTshom
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
1/5  rDev -72.2%

Photo of Hophead101
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind beer #11 - again, courtesy of flexabull

A:4 poured the contents of the 16oz can into my tulip glass. You never know quite what to expect with cans - but you never know. a bountiful off white/tan head emerged atop of the dark brown copper colored beer, which didn't stick around too long, but was nice while it lasted. the settled down beer left a nice collar and film lingering on the of the pour.

S:3.5 Smell was ok. there wasn't any nostril partying going on - but what was there was sweet and caramel malts with no hop presence. a slight smell of alcohol and some spices going on in there which I can't quite pinpoint.

T:4 enjoying the taste of this beer. similar malt taste as in the nose, bread, biscuit, caramel and sweet. also getting some brown sugar. more spices are prevalent in the taste. I know I should know what these spices are - but that is the beauty of doing these things blind. still some alcohol present.

M:4 decent overall mouthfeel - balanced carbonation, not too high on the alcohol and and overall pleasant feel with a creaminess towards the end

D:4 good overall beer. enjoyed this and pretty sure I have not had this before.

Another new beer for me. It is a belgian dubbel brewed with kaffir limes (didn't get much of that), lemongrass (didn't get much of that either) and coriander - and that was the elusive spice I couldn't pinpoint (which is odd because it is a rather distinguishable scent/flavor).

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.

Photo of smithmd4
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark with a very light and porous tan head. Copper with definite brown hints. Spicy malt scent, very little hops. The coriander is noticeable.

The taste is a bit richer, and you can certainly detect lime leaves and the lemongrass. Good malt, candi sugar and even brown sugar in the flavour. Spice finish. Very nice.

Low carb, but a definite impact on the tongue from the ingredients. As per the can, this would go great with a curry.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of pertusi
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of cbutova
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Interesting, didn't think this would be a Dubbel.

A- Pint can poured into a chalice with a brown body and a tan head. Head has a good size but doesn't retain all that well. Small ring remains leaving legs but no lace.

S- Dubbel profile with dark brown sugar, nutty caramel malts, raisins and spices. Also an earthy herbal quality, coriander and lemon lime.

T- Like the aroma but intensified. The spices and yeast really take over. A clash of raisin, nuts, dark fruit, licorice, coriander, lime, lemon, herbs and brown toasty caramel malts. Somewhat metallic and medicinal.

MF- High carbonation stings the tongue and it lacks that silky smooth feel of good Dubbels. Bitter and warm finish on the palate.

I like innovation but the spices they chose did not mix all that well with a Dubbel for me. Too much lime and coriander doesn't mix with the medicinal dark fruit base beer. Drinkable but harsh and not something I'll get again.

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TicoCali
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of philouza
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Siamese Twin Ale from Uncommon Brewers
82 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.