Siamese Twin Ale | Uncommon Brewers

Siamese Twin AleSiamese Twin Ale
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3.6/5
238 Ratings
Siamese Twin AleSiamese Twin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uncommon Brewers
California, United States
uncommonbrewers.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by illidurit on 07-26-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,541
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
238
pDev:
16.39%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of KimenTshom
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
1/5  rDev -72.2%

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 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.

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Photo of smithmd4
4.5/5  rDev +25%

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.

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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.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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.

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Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of philouza
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BeerArchivist
5/5  rDev +38.9%

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.

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Photo of litheum94
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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 chugalug06
1.89/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Cloudy golden copper color with lots of reds. Head is aggressive yellow foam. None of the lacing the Bros spoke of in their review...

S - Very vinegar... *-) Interesting. A definite miss on the scent.

T - Hum. Don't quite know what to think... Very piney. Lots of off flavor... Maybe this brew has some bugs??? Lots of weird citrus things going on.

M - Dry, super bitter and unpleasing. Lots of big heat flavor.

O - Not my favorite brew. Could easily end in the drain.... :( I really wanted to like this brew.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz tin from "Lifesource", Salem. $2.95 Bad pour out of the can.huge uncontrollable light tan head...wait a few minutes.When it semi-calms the beer is a nice havy dark amber. Aromas..nice sicy/toasty,bubblegum and coriander.Pleasing Taste is a little maltier but similar to the aroma..slight lemongrass finish and waming plum pudding alcohol. Nice on the palate..liked the carbonation. Nice beer a bit of a surprise.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Canned extreme beer, hell yeah! Dark ruby color, lacing is as good as it gets. Mouthwatering aroma, the lime leaves and lemongrass along with the malt sweetness make for one of the best-smelling beers we’ve seen in a long time. Brawny like a Dubbel, with a hint of broth, which quickly moves to showcase spices of lime leaves and lemongrass; coriander plays second fiddle. Tart bite from the spicing melds well with the malt base. Alcohol jumps on the palate with a sooth- ing warmth. There is a lot of unusual flavor not only for a beer, but for the style; however, it really works here. The result is a very interesting and very drinkable beer. Sometimes it pays to go out on a limb.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can, date stamped on can of 06/06/2011 (don't know if that's the canned on or best buy date). Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, the beer pours a cloudy reddish/brown color with almost a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is sweet and spicy, the brew smells like caramel malt, lime, brown sugar, dark fruit and some lemongrass. It tastes like caramel and bready malt, lemongrass, lime, coriander, herbs, and a bit of dark fruit. There's also a lingering bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit sticky with moderate carbonation. I think this is an interesting brew, I liked it. It's worth a try.

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Photo of 20ozmonkey
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured slowly into a Bruery tulip. This beer is a muddy brown and seems to be quite thick. The smell when I opened the can was a bit worrying. I got a whiff of rusty metal and old beer. Upon properly smelling the beer I get definite hints of ginger and lemongrass mixed with the sweet and alcohol qualities of a dubbel. None of the smells stand out though and if I were to blind taste this beer I would be wary of how it tasted after smelling it.

Not much to taste on the front but after that the beer washes over your mouth coating it with a bitter sweetness with perhaps just a bit of ginger spiciness. Aftertaste is plain and malty. I taste absolutely no Belgian yeast in this.

I'm pretty disappointed in this beer. I was excited when I found a store selling single cans of it because I was unwilling to buy a 4-pack of it where I normally buy all my beer.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This Emperor is not wearing any clothes, and I'm not afraid to say it. This is not a Dubbel, sorry.

Pours with a decent off white head over a deep amber body, with plenty of carbonation flowing up when held to the light.

Aromas are initially of lemongrass and lime, and as it warmed I picked up dark fruits and spices, with a touch of caramel.

Flavors are tart and tangy. Lots of lime, mint, and herbal / grassiness, with just a bit of coriander - quite different from the latter-stage aromas. Nothing rich or dark fruity about this - it's all citrus. Sort of like a gin and tonic with a sprig of mint and drop of caramel.

Mouthfeel is pretty sharp and thin. Nothing like the style should be (assuming they were going for this).

Unique and "uncommon" indeed. I give them credit for an original brew, but this is not something I would choose to buy again.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a rich golden red murky hue with a two-finger ruddy-tan head that fades quickly and leaves fair lacing.

aroma of sugar, maple syrup, ginger and green apple. a hint of yeastiness and a touch of lemon (lemongrass?)

mouth is sweet. fruity, tart, yeasty. lemon or maybe lemongrass and some interesting citrus. my mind wants me to think this is going funky, but the addition of lime and lemongrass to a dubbel would do this. interesting.

mouth is full, slick, a bit sticky, with light but somehow prickly carbonation. it kind of works for the flavors, although it's right on the edge of cloying.

admittedly, i'm not a big belgian fan. but I like interesting ingredients... I really wanted to be able to give this one an a+ based on concept alone, but it just falls a bit short. a bit sweet, a bit cloying, a bit muddled, and kind of murky. But still interesting and pretty damn drinkable given everything. I'll probably drink another one or two.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: in glass its color appears dark brown, when held up to a light
it appears more maroon to ruby red. Head was about a finger thick didn't last too long but did leave a thin layer and a halo around the glass.

S: definitely different, my first sniff I instantly thought of mountain dew slurpee. Sweet fruit, lime, a swirl brings out more of a malt sweetness.

T: gladly the mountain dew that was in the aroma did not carry over to the taste. There is a bitter lime and lemon. Malt is sweet but the lime gives a refreshing "twang" that I've never experienced in a dubble. Aftertaste is a long lasting lime and slightly spicy.

M: seem a little bit lacking, could be a bit heavier, it could be the lime making it seem light but not too sure exactly if that's it.

O: uncommon, yes. Different, yes. Great, not really, more toward good. I would say at a minimum give this a try.

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