Siamese Twin Ale (Uncommon Brewers)

Siamese Twin Ale is a Belgian dubbel from the Uncommon Brewers.  This canned brew has a 8.5% ABV.

There’s a long tradition in Belgian brewing of using exotic spices to enhance a beer’s flavor. Although many have been tried, coriander is undoubtedly the king. In tribute to this heritage we present to you our Siamese Twin Ale.

It is a traditional Belgian-style Double seasoned with coriander and entirely uncommon Thai spices. At first surprising, the floral notes of lemongrass and sharper bite of kaffir lime blend with the deep malt of this double to produce a dangerously drinkable beer.

Served alongside a fiery curry or enjoyed on its own, the Twin brings a taste of the tropics to every occasion. And who doesn’t need a taste of the tropics every now and then?

Siamese Twin pours a  tantalizing ice tea color with peach highlights on the top and bottom of the brew.  The head is massive, and I mean MASSIVE, amounts of beige colored foam.  This is hands down the foamiest beer I’ve ever had!  There is a ton of dark brown sediment , which leaves behind chunky lacing on the side of the glass.

Being that there’s so much foam to this beer, the major note in the smell is of sea foam.  I also picked up hints of pear, apple, butter and a slight lemon smell.

Siamese Twin tastes like a traditional dubbel, with spiciness and Belgian candi sugar dominating the palate.   Buried beneath this overpowering tastes are hints of brown sugar, cinnamon, bread and mild (very mild) coriander.  I sadly did not taste the lemongrass.

The mouthfeel is extremely carbonated, with a heavy bite.  It’s fizzy and sweet, anda little to “hot” for my liking.

Boy was this a bitey beer!  As it mellows it becomes a lot more drinkable, but Siamese Twin Ale is way to spicy for my tastes.  If you really want a Belgian dubbel and you can only have canned beer, then I say go for it.  But for your money, there are better representations of the style out there in the market.

Overall: 5 out of 10

As a BELGIAN DUBBEL: 5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Maredsous 8, Ommegang ABBEY ALE, Goose Island PERE JACQUES

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