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Siamese Twin Ale - Uncommon Brewers

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Siamese Twin AleSiamese Twin Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

220 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 14
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 Schmoog
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Schmoog, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of BaronRogue
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Uncommon must have saved all of the foam that everyone else is looking for and put it in my can, as an uncontrollable head left a bright ruby clear beer with lots of bubbles. No idea how old this one is, no visible canning date.

Smells interesting and Belgian... like opening up your spice cabinet and taking a whiff.

Tastes bounce around from the traditional dubbel to all sorts of strange but pleasant herbal overtones... cinnamon, raisins, autumnal leaves. Oh, and the alcohol rears its ugly head as well (maybe this reduces with aging?).

Crisp and bubbly.

Crazy beer worth a try, especially if you like picking out spices and like the "Belgian malt liquor" vibes.

BaronRogue, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of bigox420
3.25/5  rDev -10%

bigox420, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of biegaman
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.

biegaman, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of humulusphile
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

humulusphile, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of NorthSideSean
3.5/5  rDev -3%

NorthSideSean, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of leprakhan
3.25/5  rDev -10%

leprakhan, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -16.9%

largadeer, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

spinrsx, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

andrenaline, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of WillAndSarah
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

WillAndSarah, Oct 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

FreshHawk, Oct 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

mquartuccio87, Oct 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

themegamancave, Sep 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

yancot, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of sumiross
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

sumiross, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

thehyperduck, Sep 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

drgonzo2k2, Sep 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

CreekyJarls, Sep 16, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -65.4%

tickingtimebomb, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of cfinch2
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

cfinch2, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of AaronOp
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

AaronOp, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Goblinmunkey7, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Dbot
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Dbot, Jul 27, 2013
Siamese Twin Ale from Uncommon Brewers
82 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.