Uncommon Siamese Twin Ale

It’s a pretty relaxing Saturday night. I’m watching the Phillies game on tv and brewing beer as well. The beer that I’m brewing is the first IPA that I’ve ever brewed. If you regularly read my blog, you know that I’m a bit of a hop head, so I’m pretty excited about this. I’m calling it “I’m Not Bitter.” One of the guys that I work with comes up with some really good names for my brews, and this was one of them. So, this is a beer that I think is a newer arrival to New Jersey. Let’s see how this goes.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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?”

Random: Why is Halladay having so much trouble tonight? And Cliff Lee goes to the DL…ugh.

I really love any reason to use this glass. It looks totally bad ass. Anyways, the brew poured into it with almost no head. What was there was white, but it dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep mahogany with almost no visible carbonation. The nose was pretty complex with notes of nuts, figs, dates, toffee and Belgian yeast. The taste was also “interesting.” The first part I expected, toffee, fig, dates, sweetness, Belgian yeast. But, the second part of the sip the one with the Keffir limes and lemongrass…just didn’t work for me. It gave me this odd flavor that didn’t work in a Belgian. The body was thick with low carbonation. The alcohol was relatively hidden, although even if it wasn’t, the funky flavors would have hidden it anyway. The finish was short with the flavors of the last part of the sip. I didn’t like this one at all. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0