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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 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.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: apple cider, toffee, vanilla and a hint of alcohol and ripe fruits.

Taste: Tastes of the fall season. Vanilla, apples and apple skin, fruity, tart, lemony, yet the spice of the belgian yeast still shines through. There is a hint of chlorinated water taste, though. Creamy and low carbonation.

Notes: I really liked this beer. Unique but not strange and very, very drinkable.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nataku00
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap poured into a taster glass at the Bay Area Craft Beer Fest. Poured slightly hazy brown with some streaks of orange when held up to the light. Good carbonation visible on the sides of the glass to feed an initial two fingers of fluffy head.

Nose was a little weaker than I'd like from a Belgian style ale that had such a nice initial head. Temperature was fine for the beer, but it was only a feint dried figs, citrus (probably from the lemongrass), and brown sugar.

Taste follows the nose early on the tongue, with the citrus elements from the Thai spices helping to keep the typical dubbel flavors of fig and candy sugar interesting. Good malty backbone helps keep the spices in check.

Roughly medium bodied beer hid its alcohol nicely to make the beer nicely drinkable.

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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).

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Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a throw-in from Adam (Nanoslug) - thanks a bunch dude. Poured it into my Darkness goblet.

A - Opaque copper color, with a one-fingered tan foam that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves a bit of lacing. Tiny streams of bubbles make their way up the sides of the glass.

S - There's a fair bit of citrus here, but not in the hoppy kind of way. Lemon peel, spice, coriander. There's also some sweet malt and Belgian-style yeast that pops up as the brew gets a little warmer. There's a lot of bite to it when you get up close. The smell is really unique, but I'm not certain how I feel about it.

T - The citrus and spice take a back seat and I get more of the biscuit-y malt and yeast that I associate with dubbels. There's a touch of booziness but it's not overwhelming. The spice pops up more at the back end and tickles the palate a little - also lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Creamy and refreshing - I'm not a regular with dubbels, so I don't know if they are all this light, but then thinness corresponds with the citrus-y character. Probably a little more carbonation than I like.

D - Not sure if this could be a regular beer. The spice aftertaste, carbonation, and relatively high ABV make this more of an occasional peculiarity.

Glad I got to try this - although it's kind of weird drinking Belgian styles from a can. It's definitely Uncommon, and more successful than a lot of other "crazy" beer experiments (*cough* DFH *cough*). The organic certification combines with the high ABV to give me a warm feeling inside.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Buy Rite in Jersey City recently, having never seen anything form Uncommon, let alone tried it. I'm not a fan of canned beer since the few I had in the paste held onto the taste and where so focused on the packaging as to turn me off, but this didn't have a "tinny" taste to it nor was it like anything I had ever seen before. It felt as strong as a Dubbel but not as spicy and complex as the ones I've had from Belgium but with that being said, I enjoyed this beer and did indeed, find it to be "uncommon".

The pour to this was just as I expected from a Dubbel - dark brown, cloudy, and with a nice head. The lacing nearly matched up to that as it stuck to the sides of my pint glass for a while before slowly sliding down. I don't think I've ever had a beer before that contained lemongrass, booze, and caramel in the nose but sure enough, this did. Couldn't taste the citric acid of the lime here but the aroma and wetness of it were certainly present in the taste, along with some dark fruits like plum and fig. I like the carbonation and mouthfeel since it was balanced but not powerful enough to overtake the flavor of this beer. This finished quite clean, even though the booze stuck around for quite a while.

Yes, this was strong but it never tasted that way while I was enjoying this. While the spice wasn't as present here as in other beers that I've had of this style, a little ginger would have provided a nice kick to this. Regardless, this was a different take on a Dubbel that worked well and was a pleasure to enjoy. It's nice to see the envelope pushed on this and Uncommon did it well, to the point where this may end up being popular enough to prove the Brewer's name to be an oxymoron of sorts.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. can into a wine goblet.
Dark copper/reddish in color, with a short head of tan foam.
Aroma-Sharp whiff of malt, lime and coriander. Interesting.
Taste-Big initial blast of malt, then lime and coriander come to the forefront. Very drinkable, as alcohol is well-hidden by the exotic mix of flavors.
Overall a very unusual and interesting take on a Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a foamy tan head. Smell of belgian yeast, bread, dough, spices, lemon, and a sweet aroma.

Taste of strong belgian yeast, Lime is pretty strong on a level by itself. I would say Kaffir lime is strangely similar to a chemical lime I have tasted in the past although just entirely coincidental. Medium to thick mouthfeel with a relatively light carbonation. Coriander and Lemongrass also make this a little bit of a sipper. The flavors go together well and would probably be tasty even on a hot day although I usually do not think of a Dubbel as a brew I would be sipping out on a beach etc. Maybe I should?

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Photo of loving44
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chock up another winner for craft beer in cans. This is one interesting beer!

A: deep amber to brown with a white fluffy head. Tons of foam when I opened the can, maybe it was the elevation (I was up in the mountains) or maybe it's the style, but the foam would not stop! I had to rapidly pour it into a glass to avoid it getting all over the place.

S. Super heavy on the lime, bready malt and yeast.

T: crist and refreshing, a doughy, bready malt base, syrupy sweet with a nice citrus burst from the use of the lime leaves that balances the sweetness nicely. After two of these it became aparent that the lime is just too strong, and the malt too syrupy sweet to make this a session beer.

M: light carbonation and slightly syrupy.

D: refreshing yes, but not the most drinkable beer due to the strong flavors and syrupy finish. I would drink it again if I wanted a nice flavorful hot weather sipper.

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Photo of hozersr
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of gerneral herbalness, lemongrass, some spices, and limes. Tastes of the same but the herbalness wasnt as strong and some citrus too. I wasn't getting the normal profile I would expect in a dubbel.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a can of this in Berkeley recently at Ledgers. This is much better than I thought it was going to be. The can gives the impression that it's going to be a cheap lager- bud light lime clone in particular with the prominently displayed lime on the front and the gaudy silver and green colors. Of course its really a Belgian Dubbel that is surprisingly and delightfully spiced with Kaffir lime, lemongrass, and coriander. The spicing is aggressive and the lime is noticeable but restrained enough to work. Pours a sort of murky dark amber with a fair head and no lacing. The smell is heavier on the lime and lighter on the spices while the taste is the other way around. The sweetness and richness of a respectable dubbel blends well with the Thai flavors. Not only would this go well with curry, it tastes a little curried itself. Surprisingly delightful, and not just a gimmick- change your packaging to reflect the seriousness of your endeavor.

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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."

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of nomoon
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer. A Belgian Dubbel in a can? Interesting.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is lemon and lime with some sugar and alcohol. The flavor is lime with caramel malt, lemon and some sweeter dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice twist on a dubbel.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz single can.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby amber hue, with one finger of loosely foamy beige head, which leaves a few random specks of islet lace around the glass as it quickly melts away.

It smells of ashy, biscuity caramel malt, a bit of floral anise, sweet earthy spice, the coriander seeming to provide more than its base aroma, a dry citrus essence, and some soft brown sugar. The taste is lightly toasted bready malt, a bit of Belgian candy sugar and yeast, some softly astringent lime, muddled holiday baking spices - cinnamon, ginger nutmeg and coriander, which make for a decent gingerbread analogue - and little to no alcohol warming.

The carbonation is a tad frothy, but in a genial way, the body a smooth, solid medium weight, just a bit of tacky fruitiness tugging away to no avail. It finishes off-dry, the biscuit-tinged caramel malt still forming the backbone, while the spices and waning fruitiness hold their distance.

An impressive dubbel, in the sense of those New World flunkies having a bit of fun, and, um, innovation with the style. The specified adjuncts add their own subtle intricacies, to a one, and the overall toastiness does well to rein in any overly saccharine tendencies. No booze makes itself known, which is an achievement on its own. Quite enjoyable, and worthy of seeking out another.

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Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of xhcadamx
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nifty 16 oz can

A - Honey amber brown with a rocky head that persisted for a while but settled to a wispy head.

S - Belgians are new for me. They are so different than other beers. I like it. Sweet and I detect the corriander.

T - Very tasty. Sweet but not cloying. Complex.

M - nice and chewy but very soft it the mouth.

D - 8.5 is dangerous but I like this beer.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - ox blood red with a generous head which dissipates to a thin cap

S - red grape musk, red wine, some sweet malts

T - some brown sugar, red wine again, some tart flavours, subtle banana on the finish

M - smooth, good body, light carbonation finishes sweet

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Siamese Twin Ale from Uncommon Brewers
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 238 ratings
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