Siamese Twin Ale – Uncommon Brewers (Santa Cruz, CA, USA)

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  • My Rating: B+

Siamese Twin Ale – Uncommon Brewers, 8.5% ABV – 16 fl.oz. (1 PT), (Santa Cruz, California, USA)

printed on the side:

“There’s a long tradition in Belgian brewing of using exotic spices to enhance a beer’s flavor. Although many have been used, 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.”

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  • Style: Spiced Ale (Dubbel)
  • Taste Profile: creamy malts -> caramel malts/chamomile -> kaffir lime/lemongrass/coriander/malty-tangy finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off), December 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: possibly
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes for sure

Visual: Enticing ingredients but in a can… At least I already know this will be good based on their Baltic Porter and Golden State Ale. Pours cloudy dark mahogany brown with a small micro CO2 head, thin retention and some active streams.

Nose: Sweet caramel malts, with a hint of lime zest (7/10-strength)

Attack: fizzy-creamy, underlying lime sourness(3/10)

Mid-palate: (MAIN) sweet(9/10) caramel malts, chamomile

Finish: lemongrass + kaffir lime peel exhale, coriander dryness, alcoholic kick, malty-sweet light tangy finish.

Summary: A rather smooth brew but gets imbalanced toward the sweet side as it warms. I love the complexity that keeps it interesting with every sip and the creeper alcoholic effect.