Siamese Twin Ale - Uncommon Brewers

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Siamese Twin AleSiamese Twin Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

230 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 13
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: illidurit on 07-26-2008

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
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-

Photo of ghostwalker
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extra from the clean-up session of the EBF last winter. Thanks!

Nice appearance. Brown body with a respectable finger of tan head.

Nose is sweet, heavy, spice and citrus. Complex and intriguing.

Flavor is rich and spicy dubbel, with a finish of interesting and challenging extras. Coriander I definitely get, the Thai contributions are a bit masked to me, but still very tasty and interesting.

Mouthfeel is slick and rich with a zip on the finish. A mouthfull indeed.

Overall rating is quite high. I love that this beer of such high complexity is available in a can.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark mahogany-red with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind only a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of raisin and other sweet dark fruits, coriander, kaffir lime, and lemongrass. There is also some Belgian yeast with some residual and candi sugar and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with some sweet dark fruits with some raisins with some coriander, kaffir lime, lemongrass, and Belgian yeast. Through the middle, some candi and residual sugars come through with some more spice and a bit of pepper. The finish is a mix of sweet dark fruits and caramel malts with some spice, Belgian yeast, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balance of dark sweet flavors, spices, and body. I like the lemongrass and the kaffir lime.

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a mouthful of unexpected flavors! This is technically a dubbel, in that it more or less looks like a dubbel--nice ruddy brownish/red color--and is strong like a dubbel. But beyond that, this is an entirely different beast. The nose has recognizable Belgian yeast aromas, but there is a ton of exotic spice in there, as well. The palate is a whole other adventure. The Thai flavors actually work surprisingly well with the Belgian yeast. It's like a ripe, funky, slightly savory tropical fruit salad. Delicious.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
2.84/5  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.

Photo of paulginva
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.

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
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
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
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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 beerthulhu
3.47/5  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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
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
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Hophead101
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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 smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
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 cbutova
2.69/5  rDev -25.3%
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 portia99
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Randomly picked up this 16oz can on a whim without knowing anything about this one...poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a very clear, brownish mahogany capped with two fingers of foamy head that dies away to leave behind a bit of webby lacing on the glass.

S - Malty sweet on the nose, soft caramel, candy sugar, bread, light roasted malt and limes which end up dominating the aroma for me after I initially couldn't detect it on first pour. Definitely different, perhaps a bit weird but not necessarily in a bad way.

T - The aroma carries through right to the flavor. Alcohol is rather noticeable and warm. Lots of malt to dominate this one - bready, sweet and sugary, low hop bitterness, light roast, biscuits, some spices and the can't be missed limes...rather strange.

M - Thinnish end of medium bodied...carbonation is rather light. Mid-level alcohol warmth (more than I expected).

O - Not my favorite style and definitely not my favorite example of it. Had higher hopes for this, but the mix of spices and limes in a dubbel really didn't work well for me. Wasn't entirely unpleasant, just a bit too weird for my tastes. I think the lime is an interesting idea, but one that would play better in a lighter style.

Siamese Twin Ale from Uncommon Brewers
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