Uncommon Brewing Co – Siamese Twin Ale

For a year I’ve been reviewing different beers, but now I’m also brewing my own beer.  It’s a little bit of a strange ordeal.  I like to go to the store often to pick up new beer, but I also end up creating almost 40 beers myself every once in a while.  I say almost 40 because I bottle Pretentious Hopster this weekend and it didn’t quite reach 40.  I had to do a lot of filtering.  Anyway, some of what I’ve begun to drink has been based on the idea that I may actually want to get involved in brewing it somehow.  Earlier this week I reviewed a saison.  I’m looking at getting a farmhouse saison done sometime soon because I want it to be ready for the summer, but I am also interested in playing with the ingredients of it.  I feel like I read about a lot that have orange and coriander, but I want to consider a little different take on it.  Tomorrow I’m going to post my new idea for my next brew, but I decided to try out a beer that has been in my closet that has a lot of interesting ingredients in it.

Uncommon brewing company seems to be just that, they try to create beers that utilize interesting and unique ingredients in them.  Their Golden State Ale includes toasted poppy seeds, and their Baltic Porter uses whole licorice root and star anise.  These are two of the three beers that make up the three beer line up featured on Uncommon’s site.  The last beer is this one called Siamese Twin.  This beer features a few unique ingredients of its own.  It is a Belgian Double that includes coriander, Kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass for flavoring.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect in delving into this one at all, but I was really excited to see how these flavors affected the rest of the brew.  Interestingly, they attempted to make these flavors specifically Thai; therefore, they also recommend attempting to consume it with a little bit of spice on your plate.  I sat down without any real food for comparison, but I was still really hoping this would be a great brew.

This beer pours a surprisingly dark brown color with a really deep rich red tint mixed in as well.  Looking back at the style, I’m not actually all that surprised how dark it is.  I’ve had plenty of doubles before, but I was a bit thrown off by the packaging here.  The can is a very light silver with images of lemongrass and limes on it.  I guess I was just thinking it was going to pour out a really pale yellow color.  The realistic color it poured out had me far more excited than the color I was expecting.  There is a ton of head that builds on top of the beer on the initial pour, but it has basically no lacing and only a very slight sticky residue left over.  There is a slight haziness to the liquid, and you really can’t see much of any carbonation in the glass either.

The sweet malts really come to the forefront of the aroma profile of this beer. It has a big sweet scent that seems to come with a lot of big molasses and fig fragrances.  The beer does feature that Belgian yeast strain; however, I feel like the clove scent is a little more muted than I’m typically used to.  The coriander seems to combine a little with the clove; however, you can definitely pull out some of that citrusy lemon and lime scent as well.  These scents are really light, but they aren’t by any means hidden.  The beer has a slightly herbal and sweet smell overall.  Also, you really don’t get a whole lot of hops in here at all.

The taste intros with a ton of extremely sweet malt flavor.  I realized after a second pour that the beer had warmed slightly more than I intended during the observation of smell and appearance, so I think it may have come off slightly more sweet and syrupy then after a refill.  The beer has a ton of fig and molasses flavor to follow the simple malt taste.   The yeast follows the big fig taste to help freshen things up.  The yeast does feature the big clove spice flavor, and it has the combined nature of the coriander to add a little extra flavor and assist in entering into the end flavors.  These flavors are the lime leaves and lemongrass.  They manage to give the beer a slightly fresh send off; however, they don’t really feel like they belong with the big fig and molasses flavors at the beginning.

The carbonation kind of depends on how long you’ve had the beer in the glass.  Keeping it in there for even a short amount of time allows it to disappear even after only a short warming period.  Drinking it right away gives you a big although not overwhelming hit of carbonation to start off.  They yeast keeps things fresh; however, the syrupy nature does overpower some at the end.  Ultimately I would have appreciated a little more carbonation or stronger yeast for the brew.  There also seems to be some off flavor in here somewhere.

I liked this beer, but I don’t know that I would rush off to find it again.  I wouldn’t pass it up if offered it; however, I am really interested in trying a few of their other brews.  I really like the concepts coming out of their brewery, but I have a feeling I would like the other two beers over this one.  Let me know if you’ve tried anything else to come out of Uncommon Brewing.

Teacher Grade: C+


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