Siamese Twin Ale - Uncommon Brewers
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3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
12-14-2013 00:25:37 | More by biegaman
3.28/5 rDev -9.1%
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
12-13-2013 03:13:50 | More by brentk56
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
Tall Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $3
Appearance - Slightly hazy reddish brown colour with a small size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, caramel, dark fruit, grass/herbal
Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and something along the lines of rye. There is also some grassy notes and a dark fruit flavour and a touch of cola.
Overall - My can was only 7/8th's full which was a little odd. An okay beer a suppose, but a tad watery and a little boring. I expected more flash from all the spices advertised on the can. Can suggests that this beer is made to be aged, will give that a whirl.
10-23-2013 01:39:02 | More by spinrsx
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
473 mL can from the LCBO, served slightly chilled. While I generally like Belgian-style beers, the dubbel is a category that I have never been especially impressed by. Could this unorthodox brew be the representative that finally manages to raise one of my eyebrows?
Pours a beautiful reddish-bronze colour, topped with a half-finger of creamy, frothy white head that quickly recedes. A narrow collar and a few modest strands of lace are its only remnants. The aroma definitely leans on the sweet side, including a combination of ripe banana, raisins, lemongrass, cherry cough syrup, fudge and Belgian yeast. Along with the faint whiff of ethanol, it comes together quite nicely.
Unfortunately, I can't really say the same of the flavour - this one just isn't doing it for me. Very saccharine, with too much candi sugar sweetness, as well as a caramelized brown sugar feel to it. Banana, raisins and fig flavours also contribute, with the spices coming forward increasingly toward the finish - lemongrass and lime, leading into some black licorice/anise and coriander. Sweet, relatively boozy aftertaste, with the taste of rummy raisin clinging to the palate. On the thicker side of medium-bodied, with a chewy feel on the palate - almost syrupy after a while, but the carbonation is strong enough to combat this effectively. This is something I'd probably be better off trying in December/January, rather than a warm night in September.
Final Grade: 3.6, a B grade. I've never been a big fan of dubbels, and Siamese Twin Ale hasn't really altered my opinion much. The kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass compensate somewhat, but for the most part this is just too sweet and boozy to be something I want to consume very much of - in fact, this tallboy is probably a little excessive. That being said, it still tastes quite good - and this is an interesting brew that might be worth a look if you're into Belgian/spiced ale hybrids. Still, I'll be happy to stick with Chimay Red the next time I have a dubbel craving. A creative, passable selection for my 500th review on BA: cheers to 500 more!
09-28-2013 02:16:42 | More by thehyperduck
3.59/5 rDev -0.6%
Thanks to Arbitrator for the can.
Appearance: Deep rich amber/copper. Slight chill haze. Head is light tan and drops to a small bubbly collar with almost no head in short order. Moderate carbonation on the pour.
Smell: Solid fruity Belgian yeast adds some clove, ripe banana, and even a hint of bubblegum. Hints of lime in the back. Coriander jumps out front pretty quickly. Sweet malt backbone with some deeply caramelized malts. A bit of yeasty spice. Some candy sugar and a building push of lime as it warms. A bit bready. Distinct lemongrass. The citrus combo makes things interesting.
Taste: Candi sugar and some solid Belgian yeast. Cooked and caramelized malts. Solid bready component. Lime leaf and lemongrass linger on the finish. Coriander layered over some base clove and typical Belgian yeast esters. Yeasty with a big malty sweetness. Spice profile is aggressive to start, but quickly gives way to both the lime and lemongrass as it warms. Sweet and a bit sugary.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Lingering spice with a slightly dry finish. Pretty spot on.
Overall: Major surgery required.
I wouldn't want to keep this as my right hand, but it's not bad at all. A unique adaptation of the style, and it works. The lime and lemongrass add a nice dimension. Worth trying, but I won't seek it out in the future.
08-04-2013 19:30:05 | More by Goblinmunkey7
3.41/5 rDev -5.5%
16 ounce can poured into a pint glass. Color is a ruddy dark brown color with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is pungent with plum malty flavors and lemongrass. It does smell appetizing to me.
First sip is bomb of sweet sugary malts. Molasses and toffee flavors dominate but it is cloyingly sweet. Lime coriander and lemongrass all take a back seat. Credit for trying something out of the ordinary but this misses the mark with me... Too sweet and not refreshing.
07-05-2013 23:10:07 | More by FickleBeast
Siamese Twin Ale from Uncommon Brewers
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