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Siamese Twin Ale | Uncommon Brewers

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Siamese Twin AleSiamese Twin Ale

Brewed by:
Uncommon Brewers
California, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by illidurit on 07-26-2008

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Photo of BeerArchivist
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of woodychandler
4.77/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The CAN quest rolls on from SF! Bro. Woody, the Beer Monk, totally dug this at The Monk's Kettle.

The server brought out a big-ass can which was then poured into a long-stemmed goblet producing a finger of pinkish head with low retention. Its color was a deep-purplish red like beet juice. Yow! What had I gotten myself into? The CAN mentioned tht it was brewed with Kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, and coriander. The lime was the winner, having a huge presence on the nose. Well, give it up for the lemongrass, also since the citrus scent was phenomenal. The mouthfeel was medium with a slightly tart/ citrusy flavor on the tongue. The ABV was well hidden as the beer was so smooth as to render the alcohol content unnoticable. Zounds! This could really knock one's dick in the dirt, if you were not careful. The finish gave way to the peppery coriander, making for a very dry finish. I also liked that it was Certified Organic.

Beach/Shore: This or Ten Fidy? Each are going to do some damage, but here you have a fighting chance, plus the taste is probably going to have a wider appeal than a RIS. I still say that Mama's Little Yella Pils is the best CANdidate, but this could certainly be afforded some cooler space. Best case scenario - my cousin CANs Sculpin and you blend the two in a recyclable cup. The tropical flavors might be enough to give you an apoplectic fit.

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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of bret27
4.62/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Smell: So much going on! Malty, fruity yeastiness (dried apples, prunes), spicy, lime.

Appearance: Deep amber hue, hazy, creamy head w/a little belgian lacing.

Taste: Very complex. Fruit and spicy up front, citrus, floral notes, coriander.

Mouthfeel/aftertaste: Fruity w/a little tiny alcohol burn in the end. Full malty mouthfeel. Fruity and spicy aftertaste lingering.

Overall: Very impressed. So drinkable for a dubbel and 8.5% alc. I originally tried this beer a year or so when it first came out in the area. Wasn't too impressed, seemed a little funky, spicy, unrefined at the time. Heard it had changed a bit since conception, so decided to give it another go and rate it. Unbelievably good. A lot going on. Santa Cruz is known for surf, hippies, and liberals but the microbrewery dept. has been lacking. I predict these guys will change that if they keep moving in this direction. I also hope they will start putting out more cans of their lineup, as this is the only one I think they are canning at this point. A couple other choices locally on tap, but that's about it at this point. Look out for these fella's.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first double I ever poured from a can. And it is delightful.

A: Good head, with Belgian lacing on the glass. A translucent chocolate brown.

S: Tropical fruits of all kinds, chocolate, spice cake.

T: A light tropical taste, with lime and coriander being the main ingredients and really come through. Stylistically, I'd say it is like a tripel due to the fruitiness and sweetness, but then you have the dark malt and the coffee and chocolate going too. So I'd say it's a hybrid double/tripel. Taking coriander to the heights, now I really get a sense of what coriander can taste like in a beer. As I linger over this, I am getting all kinds of tropical fruit salad, butterscotch, and coffee.

M: Light mouthfeel, coats all areas equally well, and the cilantro really leaves a lingering zip on the top of the tongue, while the chocolate flavors seem to jump around then settle under the tongue.

D: This is really an experience. One will probably do me fine in an evening because of the explosion of flavors as well as the alcohol (8.5% ABV).

This is an exciting, uncommon beer from Uncommon Brewers, certified organic, with locally sourced ingredients from the Santa Cruz, CA area. I look forward to more innovations from this brewer.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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.

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Photo of GabrielM
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared from a generous trader in the Nice Cans II BIF - thanks!
Poured into a snifter.

A - deep caramel color with nice 1-inch white head and nice lacing.

S - citrus, orange, coriander, bread, wheat grass.

T - semi-sweet fruit upfront, a slight lemony tartness on the back of the palate.

M - outstanding! Very smooth, perfectly carbonated, feels wonderful on the palate from start to finish.

D - really damn good beer and not a trace of alcohol. The only thing that might prevent me from having more than one or two in a row is the fruity sweetness - it may get to be too much. However, the one (and only) I have is going to be very much enjoyed.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Siamese Twin pours a murky brownish/orangish/rubyish color, its sort of viscous which is a sign of that high alcohol percentage. It slightly resembles an unfiltered fresh apple cider. The head is pretty thing with lots of little tiny bubble uniting to form a half-inch layer of stark white foam. When held to the light this one glows brightly and looks absolutely delicious.

Wow, the aroma of this beer is pretty insane. Its a lot of sweet fruit initially (apples, pears) but there is also some watermelon perhaps a bit of that kaffir lime adding a citrus note. Its a very aromatic beer that is truly inviting.

A nice big sip. Lots of flavor complexity. There is definitely the dark fruit that you get with a Belgian dubbel or quad, the apples, pears, prunes etc...but along comes a lime/citrus bitterness in the finish. Its an interesting mix of flavors, one that I can't say I've really experienced in a beer before. Its very refreshing and the high ABV really isn't noticeable. Its just about the perfect beer for 10:30 on a very hot and humid night here in New England. I am truly impressed.

Siamese Twin is truly an "uncommon" beer and that is what makes it so great. I truly wish I had a few more of these as I am absolutely loving it.

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Photo of Offa
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very flavourful and interesting dubbel, if somewhat sweet.

Red brown, it has a big pale tan head, slightly orangish, that shrinks slowly to a foamy ring and leaves a little bit of lace.

The aroma is citrus (with a specific hint of grapefruit), toasted malt-whole wheat bread, pears, a faint hint of banana, yeast. It smells a lot like an abbey, but different, with more citrus and a definitely stronger range of elements than many.

The taste is very nice, very interesting, with caramelly fruit-whole wheat bread, citrus, rum, spices and raisiny spiciness. It's sweet, zesty, and a bit spicey, but very smooth, with the alcohol warming and not harsh or overpowering. It has a definite abbey/dubbel character, but with a lot of flavour and s lightly different quality to it. It's very nice with quite a lot of flavour. My main complaint is that alone it is a bit too sweet although they suggest pairing it with SE Asian food and I can see how this would work really well.

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

Born in the funky beach/college town of Santa Cruz, I wasn't surprised to find that Uncommon's Belgian-style Double had a few tricks up its sleeve. The first thing I noticed, apart from the can, was how thick and opaque this brew pours. Pumpkin-colored with a crazy hop-driven retentive head, the Siamese Twin throws off a nose full of yeast, spices, and a healthy underpinning of hops.

"What we have here is a hoppy Belgian dubbel with Thai spices ... especially coriander," said Nor Cal Bobby Java, without even looking at the can. This tasty treat disappeared from my glass before I could take further notes, always a good sign.

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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.

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Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This thing showed huge carbonation but once that seceded things are very pretty. A deep unfiltered amber color with yeast galore and opaque. Head is yellow thick and chunky with long retention and thick sticky lace. Very nice.

Corriander really shines through the nose with hints of clove and lime. A very yeasty aroma with spicey esters. Hints of lemon and other citrusy fruits and a nice hop character.

I really like this. Reminiscent of a saison from the spicey and yeasty qualites but with the malt backing of a dubbel. Some caramel deep in the middle before the finish with earthy spicey components, nice hop bitterness. More corriander and clove, lemon, lime other citrus flavors. Very Nice and appetizing.

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Photo of Rzzzzz
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mission Pizza in Fremont. Served in a chilled pint glass. Great lookin' beer. Amber with a nice sandy colored head which left some impressive lacework down the glass. Aroma is somewhat muted but I'm picking up a little malt, a little banana. Wonderful flavor...big malt, nutty, grainy, nuances of raisin and banana. Medium to full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Very well done. Tastes a little stronger than the 8.5 listed here. I would definitely recommend this.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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