Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +24.7%
Appearance - Poured a golden, hazy color with a little head that didn't dissipate too quickly.
Smell- I have had many witbiers, but this one - you could actually smell the banana in it. Very fruity, very yeasty.
Taste - Lots of fruity banana right up front. Impressive. It was a little tangy, but nothing too bad - it was a very pleasant sweet tart.
Mouthfeel- Very medium, you could tell it had more than the average amount of alcohol in it.
08-13-2009 20:44:43 | More by acelin
4.93/5 rDev +22.9%
I must admit this is one of my absolute favorite beers and I look forward to it being available each year. It pours a golden yellow color giving way to a very pontent spicy floral aroma. The initial taste demonstrates the sweetness of a wit accompanied by corriander, cardamom, and lavender. The intensity of the spiciness gives light hints of pepper. The aftertaste yields a tart orange peel flavor. It is a nice mild finish to an intensely flavorful experience.
One a warm summer day, this is a easy drinking beer that could be consumed in large quantities.
09-05-2011 15:57:43 | More by JohnnyHopps
4.88/5 rDev +21.7%
Poured from a bomber.
Wow! It looks, smells and tastes great. It reminds me of Blanche De Bruxelles but much more robust. Bubblegum, bananas, lemon all in here with an overall slight tartness. Everything is very well balanced. I love the lemony aftertaste.
I can't believe this is 8% abv. I've probably had over 200 different beers in the past 4 years. And never have I encountered a beer that masks a high abv like this one. I'm tasting none of the alcohol, though, I am feeling some of it... :-)
I'd probably give this a 4.75 across the board. However, since I can't I tried to approximate it in my scores. I wouldn't give any beer a perfect score, only a near perfect score for my very favorites.
This is a great effervescent beer. It makes my top 10 list of too close to call beers.
The first chance I get I'm heading back to where I bought this and cleaning their stock of 2 jokers out.
02-01-2012 11:34:06 | More by rbmjr1
4.85/5 rDev +20.9%
This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes slowly into a full cap of lacing. This beer is a little darker than most traditional wit, but it's not a traditional wit. The aroma is cardamom, lavender and other soft floral notes, hints of black pepper, and very faint wheaty notes. This is a great smelling beer. It has both strength and complexity. The taste is more aggressive than the aroma. There is a lot of cardamom, hints of lavender, a lot of citrus, and a nice wheaty tang. Akin to the aroma, this is a great tasting beer. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. It is by far the best Imperial Wit I've yet taste. In fact it is the only good Imperial Wit I've yet tasted. Not because it is as close to tasting like a traditional wit as it can be, but because it is an extremely well crafted fusion of spices (some traditional, some not), and the traditional wheaty, tangy, citrus flavors of a Witbier. I really like how in the end I am tasting mostly Imperial Wit, but I can always taste reminders of the style it evolved from. Way to go Boulevard for creating such a unique, and tasty beer. Thank you.
07-09-2009 23:26:45 | More by KarlHungus
4.78/5 rDev +19.2%
*NOTE: This is a re-review. The 2011 (and, one presumes, all subsequent) version[s] of Two Jokers is a new recipe, with 25% of the beer being lactic fermented. This new complex tartness takes the beer to an entirely different level of quality, necessitating a re-review.*
750mL bottle -- 2011 vintage -- served into a tulip glass
Pours a very pretty sun-kissed orange. Held to light, it takes on a more orange-lemonade sort of color. Lighter than in years past, I want to say. Two fingers of head (and I'd expect nothing less from a Belgian style beer from Steven Pauwels of Boulevard). The foam is less dense and voluminous as BLVD beers usually feature; instead, this head is composed of very fine, very small bubbles. It laces like a dream to boot. Great looking beer.
One one level, this smells like an amplified witbier, as expected. Tons of orange zest and lemon zest and coriander and cardamom. Honeyed wheat bread grounds all of the spices. but this 2011 vintage has a new wrinkle: it is party brewed with lactobacillus. And that new wrinkle makes this beer far more dynamic than what the name 'double wit' would imply. A tart, tart orange juice component really draws out the zesty spices in this beer, while that tartness plays well with the Belgian yeast strain to make some aromas of musty basement & honeysuckle. This is fantastic for a wit to achieve such complexity while retaining its stylistic tradition.
Oh, wow. This is easily the best witbier I have ever tasted. Granted, witbier is not a style I prefer, but I'd like to say that this beer can win over even the staunchest of witbier haters. Lots of bright, juicy citrus flavor from the initial attack through the finish. This beer bursts with orange juice and lemonade, but on the tart side for each of those flavors; this isn't nearly the sweetness bomb that Two Jokers has been in the past. There's a fair amount of the expected coriander, along with some definite lilac to help temper the fruit. The strongest spice however is cardamom; there's tons of it here, and if you don't much care for cardamom then you will enjoy this beer less. Only on the midpalate transitioning to the finish does the spice give way enough to really taste the bready quality of the malted wheat. While the new tartness is the key to making this beer great, I don't want to oversell its tartness. This is not a sour beer. The tartness is just potent enough to register as tart. What it mainly does is cut through sweetness and draw out some fruity and floral notes from the yeast. Which is just what past batches needed.
Wonderful creaminess -- for the style, that is -- on the mouthfeel. It really helps to keep the strong spices in check. At the same time, though, it doesn't prevent this beer from being a juicy, refreshing drink. The carbonation level is perfect, too. Forget Sancerre or white Bordeaux; any dish of chicken or fish cooked with herbs and citrus would pair beautifully with Two Jokers.
Boulevard's simple-sounding tweak to Two Jokers -- making the beer 25% sour -- has resulted in a nearly flawless beer. This is the shining example of the imperial witbier in the world. You MUST drink this beer.
07-15-2011 00:36:57 | More by Reaper16
4.78/5 rDev +19.2%
Wowie wow wow! The Continental would approve. Colored like freshly squeezed tangerine juice, and it has a thin off-white small bubbly head. It smells like canned peaches and rosemary. Tastes like malty wine with a dry finish. It has lotsa stone fruit flavors and the rosemary nose is on the tongue. Some classic Wit attributes of course, but something all its own. Fantastic and I'm getting another.
06-26-2011 00:48:39 | More by specksnreds
4.68/5 rDev +16.7%
750 ml. bottle. corked and caged.
pours out a beautifully cloudy/hazed straw yellow colour with a large egg shell white head. great retention supported by active carbonation. lovely lace. interesting aroma...very fruity...lemonade and spice...almost like a lemon pepper spice rub for chicken. a bit flowery from the lavender used. love the smell of this beer!! the taste is really amazing...plenty of spiciness on top of a cracker like pale and wheat malt base. only slightly tart...and high ABV well hidden, thus not much boozy spiciness that could overwhelm a beer such as this. this seems to be a belgian tripel crossed with a sam adams summer ale. the best of both worlds. full bodied. luscious mouthfeel. wow. good stuff. extremely drinkable and overall an incredibly tasty treat.
loved this double wit and would highly recommend to seek out and sample. yum!
05-12-2011 22:11:01 | More by budgood1
4.65/5 rDev +16%
Enjoyed in a wine glass. Brewed 1/09, poured 7/09.
A: One finger of tight fizzy foam with poor retention. I'd like better retention. Liquid is a dark cloudy lemon-gold.
S: Bright, citrusy, spicy
T: Very citrusy sweet, almost like lemon-lime. Different than other wits and double wits I've had. Strong spice/citrus, but not too much. It's balanced by malt. Tastes almost like Sprite + beer. The great part of this beer is it doesn't rely too much on coriander for flavor.
M: Bright, very well carbonated, though maybe too fizzy. Nice lactic tartness.
D: Very high. Delicious. I went out and bought a second right away to share. I'd definitely order another at a bar.
10-17-2009 21:51:47 | More by dfillius
4.58/5 rDev +14.2%
Served in a fat New Belgium tulip, yields a cloudy pale orange hued golden color with a loose two finger foamy white head that fades fairly quickly to spotty patterns of lacing. The smell is AMAZING. Earthy Belgian influence and aggressive strong orange peel fragrance marries well with a well balanced coriander and Midwest grains. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is lively yet smooth and creamy...wow! Full bodied and full flavored!! The earthy sweet grainy orange peel and balanced coriander taste rocks. The 8% ABV is well integrated and promises to 'get you there'. Another "OUTSTANDING" beverage from team Boulevard.
10-05-2009 21:26:29 | More by jjayjaye
Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.