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Siamese Twin Ale - Uncommon Brewers

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Siamese Twin AleSiamese Twin Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

228 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.71%
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:
Beer added by: illidurit on 07-26-2008

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
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!

Photo of drgonzo2k2
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of CreekyJarls
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of tickingtimebomb
1.25/5  rDev -65.2%

Photo of cfinch2
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of AaronOp
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.59/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Dbot
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of FickleBeast
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Pjvanvox
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Kirk
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of coz
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of alysmith4
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of djre4orm
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of jrempel
1/5  rDev -72.1%

Photo of July2Nov
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep red/brown with about an inch of tan head. The lace is there, but doesn't last long.

Dark fruit (plum, raisin) and pepper start this dubbel off nicely, booze, caramel and spice follow.

At first I think I taste banana bread followed by plum and caramel. Earth, booze and a sweet taste I can't put my finger on show up around the middle (a good sweet). The finish has a little chocolate and dark fruit. A little high on carbonation, but the body is moderately thick, so it still goes down smooth.

Not my favorite, but still very interesting. Uncommon Brewers does an excellent job of putting interesting twists on old styles. Might grab one more for the cellar an rereview later.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single can from Beer Run, Charlottesville

a: served in a lager westmalle chalice, the dubbel is the deep brown color of dried dates, a tight head recedes to leave only a ring around the glass

s: very nice dubbel nose of rich, dark fruit sugars - dates and raisin, toffee malt, complex spice stands out - perhaps its the lime and lemongrass additions that are so intriguing, but they're not immediately evident individually, great use of coriander - very delicate, brushes of vanilla, richly aromatic and very pleasing to take in

m: medium-full body, smooth, carbonation on the lower end of moderate with a slight abrasiveness

t: the flavor hits with rich dried tree fruits and a current of dark sugars, a touch of buttery smoothness, this is where the lime shows the most - as a tart/sour note that lingers far into the finish

o: a high quality base dubbel regardless of the unusual additions - the lemongrass and lime are either so well or so lightly used that it's tough to pick them out, but a nice background contributor, expected a gimmick but found a really nice beer

Siamese Twin Ale from Uncommon Brewers
81 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.