Two Jokers Double-Wit | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Two Jokers Double-WitTwo Jokers Double-Wit
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
They say there are two sides to every story, and that’s certainly true of Two Jokers Double-Wit. On the one hand, it’s a revival of the classic Belgian “wit,” or “white” ale, with lactic fermentation providing a refreshing tartness. On the other hand, it’s a modern, uniquely American brew; big, flavorful, and spiced with cardamom, coriander, orange peel, lavender, and grains of paradise.

15 IBU

Added by naterock on 05-10-2009

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Reviews: 205 | Ratings: 517
Photo of ZakFaruki
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Usually not a big fan of witbiers, but this one is stellar. Pours a dark gold with a thin white head, with a slight amount of lacing to boot. The smell is spectacular, spices jump out front, followed by a cavalcade of citrus such as orange and lemon, with a nice bit of malt rounding out the end. The taste follows the nose in reverse, with a bit of malt and a lot of orange dominating the front, then fades into the spices with coriander being most prominent, the finish is a has a nice sourness to it as well. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, and its a medium bodied brew as well. Overall I bought this thinking it was actually a saison, but it turned out to be a "Double-wit", either way Boulevard smashed this out of the park; its refreshing, crisp, and delicious, and the 8% ABV give this witbier a little "umph" to really get it going.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No. 8 in the Boulevard Smokestack Series
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a: Cloudy peach body with an ample head.

s: The aroma hit me as soon as I pulled the cork. Spice is the dominant component here, its quite balanced with orange peel being perhaps the most obvious specific spice. Coriander, cardamom, lavender, and grains of paradise are all detectable and I find that with alternating sniffs one or the other will comes to the forefront.

t: A bright bouquet of pleasing spice notes. As in the nose, all of the spices used to produce this beer can be detected, though orange peel is the strongest. The spices are there, they are the central focus of the beer, but they do not overwhelm either. Soft tart notes come through as well.

m: Full bodied by wit standards and creamy by any standard. My first thought when I took my first sip was how excellent the mouthfeel was.

d: When I heard Boulevard was doing a Double wit, I was actually disappointing. Does the world really need another wit? Couldn't Boulevard do something more exciting? Yes and no in that order. Wow, I mean...wow. Just when you think the style has nothing left to offer, Two Jokers comes around. This is a tremendous wit and this is coming from someone who isn't even much of a wit fan. I think this has Southampton, Allagash, St. Bernardus, Hitachino, and La Grande Blanche all beat. In my book, this is the new champion of the witbier category.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I heard Boulevard was bringing out a double wit I was also not happy.

A: A good bit darker than most wits I've seen. Nice head and sticky lacing.

S: Whoah! The orangepeel and coriander smack you in the face.

T: The spices come close to being overwhelming whithout actually going there. Wit flavor in your face. Alcohol is a maybe a bit too prevalant, but that's just a very small complaint. Overall the taste is great. I'd like to say it's balanced, because it tastes balanced, but I don't know that I can with all the flavor going on.

M: Smooth, creamy, and super bubbly.

D: I could drink this all night and gladly pay for it the next day.

Well, my concern over a double wit being put out was overrated. This is the best wit I've ever had. I shouldn't have doubted the brewmaster since I hear he is Belgian. At $7.49 a bottle this was a steal.

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Photo of daledeee
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml bottle from their Smokestack series.

Pours a dark yellow/orange with cloudiness and good white head. Not much lacing

Nose is incredible with yeast, floral and great spiciness. Coriander and clover or other flowers.

Taste is very nicely blended spices, sweet orange with some malt and Belgian hop finish.

Mouth feel is rather sticky with great carbonation.

This beer is a joy to drink. One of the best.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 oz. bottle into an Abita cylindrical glass. It's an orange-gold color with a huge white head. Great retention and lacing to the frothy head.

The aroma is very spicy, citric and strong coriander smells to it. There's a little ginger cinnamon smell to it as well.

The flavor is a lot like the aroma. Spicy with a multitude of flavors coming through. The coriander is still the most dominant note.

Great mouthfeel, creamy and a perfect flavor blend throughout each sip.

Great beer, one of the best yet from the Smokestack series.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A pour down the side of a tulip glass came up to a solid four fingers, receding to a clumpage of two with sticky retention. The body is a golden honey, lighter around the edges in the light. The carbonation is inviting, constantly springing up from the bottom of the glass like champagne.

S - Zest of orange and lemon, candy sugars, and ripe fruit. A tart, apple-like funk springs up from the yeast.

T - Lightly spiced orange hits first, with hints of clove in an otherwise summery palette. Followed by a mellow body of citrus and wheat, finishing just on the edge of floral. The lighter flavors hedge off the 8% ABV, making this a very refreshing brew that’s still worth spending some time with, rather than guzzling.

M - Like a hefemosa, the famed breakfast brew of hefeweizen mixed with champagne. High carbonation and zesty citrus make this a real pleasure in the mouth.

Overall - A strong showing of an American style wit. While it may lack some of the yeast character of a traditional wit, it’s such a full, rounded flavor. The defining characteristics - citrus zest, hint of clove, and so on - can be used to describe so many beers in and out of this style, but this one’s worth spending some time with to explore all the nuances. As an added plus, the bottle (in my experience) really is just as good as finding it on tap.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, forgoing the Hoegarden witbier glass of yore. Good solid pop off the cork.

A real nice deep apricot orange, with peach yellow highlights. Nice small rising carbonation in the middle with a soapy ring and soapy two finger head that settles quickly. This body color is very unique and impressive for a wit, really beautiful, really like it.

What a unique bouquet on this beer. Huge amounts of mint and peppermint candy like aromas. Spiced clove and sweet nutmeg like qualities. Spicy spicy SPICY! Zesty lemon and great herbality. This is large, not overly sweet either, unique, and real impressive.

Palate is real surprising too. Tart juice apricot and orange flavors, on a real soft chewy malt body with a bit of give and wetness to it. Mint action washes but stays away from sweetening things up too much. Lots of brown and warm spiced finish on the aftertaste, complimenting the mild tart aromas, almost with a winter warmer like quality.

What an interesting take on a heavily spiced witbier, they really showed off on this one.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It pours hazy gold with peach highlights under a stiff column of white, finely bubbled foam that grips the glass.
S: Citrus, spice, coriander, orange
T: Starts with a lemony citrusy tartness and then a short bread bischit in the background forms a platform for a rich spiciness.
F: Creamy juicy tart with just below medium body and a medium carbonation with a very fine, soft bead.
O: A very pleasant lemony citrusy summer drink that combines satiating heft with refreshment.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Batch No 1-2009

A: Pours a hazy, pale-gold. Very cloudy with a pillowy and full three-fingers of foam perched on top. The head featured great retention and left a beautiful mess of lace stuck in the lace. Carbonation was quite active.

S: Very balanced nose of banana, clove, tangy citrus, toasted malt, grains, red apple, and fruity yeast.

T: Loads of fruity yeast, spices, toasy malt, and a slightly tart apple flavor in addition to sweet spiced pear and peach.

M: Creamy and full with a spritzy prickle on the tongue. Does an excellent job of coating and also not being to heavy.

D: Fantastic! Heather said it was a masterful combination of Wit and Saison. Awesome!

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Photo of Nesued
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, purchased in Fayetteville, Arkansas while on a "road trip".

Appearance - Big frothy lush white head forms upon initial pour. Lots of lacing clinging to the glass as this ample head resolves. Lively carbonation and a slight haze to add to the yellow/slight amber colored offering

Smell - Big bold nose. Lots of yeasty, grassy aroma. Some spicy notes as well. Very grainy but exceedingly pleasing. You can't miss thi. Very appealing.

Taste - The spice notes make their appearance early and with affirmation. Loads of coriander and orange peel cover the ABV nicely, while adding to the overall strong malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - The first thing that hit me when I took the first sip was the density. This isn't a thin witbier. There is a big mouthfeel to this offering with a chewy body without feeling too heavy.

Drinkability - An 8% ABV witbier? Wow. An amazing easy-drinking summer offering with a big beer heft and body. I would never have considered a witbier to be a "sipper", but this is very close. Outstanding "bending the style" rules to show just what you can do with a wheat beer. Kudos to Boulevard for a great beer. Wish this was available locally.

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Photo of elniko
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into pilsner glass. Marked batch 01-2009 on bottle.

A: Poured with huge pillowy head. Nice lacing and hazy golden coloring. Good looking brew.

S: Wow, tart tones coming from the nose. Spicy tones mixed with lemon as well. Just wonderful and quite unique as well.

T & M: First off this is one fine brew. High alcohol content but still very refreshing with tart mouthfeel. Quite light bodied as I would expect a wit to be. The tones from the smell come through on the taste as well. Spices are apparent as is the lemon, zesty tones as well.

D: For a double wit highly drinkable. This is one that I will definitely be seeking out again. The Smokestack Series continues to impress.

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Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at macadoodles in Joplin.

Opens with a loud POP! Pours an effervescent & chill-hazed butterscotch with a thumb of fluffy eggshell colored head. Clears up fairly well, very good head retention & average lacing

S: Lemons, coriander & not much else

T: Lemons, orange & lemon zest, white pepper & grapefruit up front. Tartness & dryness follow as this warms along with lemon zest, coriander & some dried pineapple, plus a whisper of booze. Finishes with white pepper, lemon & orange zest, some grapefruit, & some coriander & grains of paradise

MF: Spritzy, somewhat creamy, every thing is in balance here

Drinks extremely easy for the ABV, I believe I've found my benchmark for this amped up take on the style! May be a bit too clean tasting for purists

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is spicy cool and slightly funky like a strong Saison. Mild malt. Smells nice.

Pours a deep straw color, very hazy, nice creamy head. Looks good.

Lemon wheat, dry and grainy, with ample tartness, moderate creaminess, nice banana-like esters. Spicy cool and funky yeast with mild dry powdery medicinalness, more tropical fruit than plastic. Medicine/plastic dryness with punchy carbonation and plenty of bitterness and tartness make for an exciting and pleasing mouthfeel. Nice contrast between the light lemony brightness and the funky floral. Mild sweetness. Finishes slightly tart/funky. Quite good. Very good mouthfeel and drinkability.

My favorite of the Smokestack's so far.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from my buddy bonsreeb85. Cheers!

A- Pours a light hazy golden color with a thick white meringue head that leaves some scattered lacing.

S- Big whiffs of citrus and spice. A slight sourness with a bit of floral aroma as well.

T- Nice full citrus flavor with tons of lemon, orange, and green apples. A light sweetness is present throughout that is contrasted slightly with a bit of tart fruit and spice. Definitely some coriander and banana as well. Really nice flavor.

M- Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Alcohol was exceptionally well hidden.

D- Easily one of the best Witbiers that I have had. Nice bold flavor with a delicate feel.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, batch 12010, best by 04/2011.

Lightly chilled, the cork was a pain, as usual. Thanks to my BA opener, I was able to wedge it out enough so I could pull it out with my hand. A good pop ensued.

Lots of foam in the pour, the beer is a slightly hazy light gold colour. The foam is shrinking very slowly leaving some good lacing.

It has a very nice nose. Lots of wheat, some funky notes, soicy and fruity. Vary varied and like I said, very nice.

The taste = the smell. Wheat, spice(mostly coriander but others as well), a bit of pepper, some lemon and oranges, and some honey like sweetness. Yummy! And...8%abv? Really? Hidden SO damn well.

A silky smooth mouthfeel and this beer has me hoked on its line.

Drinkability? A very impressive Wit indeed and it's way too drinkable given the alcohol content. This is super good!

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

P: Big head with great white lacing and retention. A cloudy golden yellow color with streaming bubbles.

S: Herbs, orange and lavender, spices very evident.

T: Tart orange with mild malt flavoring. Great bubbles and a wonderful mix of herbs and spices. The flavors compliment each other nicely. Champagne like and very refreshing.

O: 1st witbier and will not be my last. Very impressed with this brew and will enjoy more in the future.

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Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kept a bottle of this stashed in the fridge for a stupidly long time. I dunno. I do that, sometimes, without meaning to. And sometimes the accidental aging does wonders for the beer...

Pours thick and gold with a firm, foamy white head. Smells of intense banana and lots and lots of spice. The pepper and alcohol nodes have been muted by age, and replaced with gigantic bursts of chamomile, coriander, lavender, and lemongrass. The sweet spices carry throughout the beer, and are balanced nicely by a very light wheatmalt and pepper nodes on the far back end.

It reminds me of a hyper-evolved version of Cisco's wonderful Grey Lady--a super spicy, lightly sweet wit that tastes like a combination of wonderful potpourri and a handful of strange, Victorian-era candies.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Batch # 2-2009.
A: Pours a beautiful yellow-orange with slight cloud and hint of yeast sediment. 2+ inch thick bubbly white head. Like admiring a wondrous sunrise.
S: Fresh belgian spice, yeast, coriander, citrus (orange) zest, and grain. Very nice!
T: Bright orange and spice up front. Settles into citrus hops, yeast, and hint of malt. Wonderful for style.
M: Initially bright, light, and crisp. Then slightly bitter and acidic. Finishes smooth and dry.
D: Very drinkable and a wonderful brew. Refreshing and interesting. You can tell this is still a wit...but more. I highly recommend this one and I continue to enjoy Boulevard's experimentation with this series!

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Photo of hayalex6
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: There's a slight funk in the nose at first, but then the spices come through, then the citrus, and the Belgian yeast.

Appearance: Pours a great yellow-amber color, with an initial head of about 1/2" into my goblet--thinning down to a very thin layer of foam along the top. Little to no lacing is apparent.

Taste: First thing to hit on the palette is the citrus--lemon, and oranges. Then the cardamom and coriander come through and help even things out. Finally the Belgian yeast swings in to make it all smooth.

Mouthfeel: Great small champagne bubbles give this a great crisp and clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This one could be dangerous. There is no obvious presence of the alcohol, and it has such a great finish that one could drink this all night.

Overall impressions: Boulevard's Smokestack series hits another homerun with this beer. Their special releases always seem to be "A" worthy.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Boulevard's re-released version of this beer in 2014, which as far as I know, did not involve any kind of recipe change. Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station. Poured into a large Belgian tulip glass with a flared rim.

Appearance - Pours a murky amber yellow with just a bit of variance on hue around the edges of the glass where the liquid isn't as dense and allows light to pass through. Otherwise, fairly consistent color throughout. Atop the body sits a single finger of frothy bone white head that takes only a minute or two to recede to a healthy bubbly ringlet around the edge of the glass with some additional thickness at places along the circumference. A mix of larger and smaller bubbles. As I start to drink, it leaves just tracings of lace along the glass that disappear after awhile.

Smell - From the glass emanates a wonderful bouquet of floral and fruity aromas paired with that distinctive spiciness that comes from a Belgian wit. However, in this case, it's different. The spiciness seems to have more depth than a standard witbier. The lavender and cardamom give this one a distinctly floral quality that is usually absent. The coriander is still there, but as a complement, rather than a feature. There is also a nice citrus zest component that brings to mind orange and some lemon.

Taste - The aroma turns out to be a wonderful prelude to the refreshing yet complex taste of this beer. Sometimes, those two things can be a bit mutually exclusive--a lot of different flavors can kill the refreshing aspects of a beer. It's a bit different than I remember, but the last time I had this beer was at least 5 years ago. At play, there is nice soft citrus from the orange peel and coriander and just the faintest twinge of tartness, which is actually a characteristic I really like about some of the most authentic witbiers. The floral elements are at play again, more with the lavender and just a faint bit of the impression of sweetness from the cardamom, both imparting an impression of sweetness, like you get from smelling baking spices.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied, with a low to moderate level of carbonation and just the tiniest twinge of sourness on the tongue.

Overall, this beer may be better than I remember it, but my palate has come a long way since I first had it many years ago. This was one of the earliest examples of Boulevard's new Smokestack Series offerings I ever had, and having it was a gateway into Boulevard coming into its own when it comes to Belgian styles. The reprise of this fan favorite is a welcome addition to (hopefully) their regular lineup.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drinking from a Boulevard pint glass, poured from the Boulevard bomber.

This looks to be a pretty imposing wheat-wheat from the outset - almost thick looking because it's such a dark color for a wheat - orange-brown, with a huge 1 inch head, with a volcano-like crater from the pour, dying out to become a thin layer of white "invite."

Definitely wheaty on the nose, but in a big way, with additions of spices and citrus, finely complementing the wheat aromas.

Big bitter wheat, and coriander-like spices and hints of grapefruit and other citrus extending to the edges of the tongue, making you forget that you've ever had another beer before. It's seriously that enjoyable.

Heavy in the mouth, popping and cracking with each taste, becoming a bit syrupy and at the end, but by that point, your tongue is so worn out that it just doesn't care anymore.

Nothing left to write - smiling too much.

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Photo of EchoCharlieEcho
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split this with my boyfriend which was good because it took both of us to get the cork out. We compared that cork to one we had from another Smokestack a couple weeks ago. It was much longer - more than can be accounted for from dehydration. If this wasn't a manufacturing defect, prepare for battle.

A: Nearly clear bright orange-ish gold with about 3/4'' foamy head. Moderate retention and lacing.

S: Very aromatic, with strong orange peel and juice, cardamom, coriander, lemon peel, some light funkiness and and a little wheat.

T: The orange is present up front with a kick from lemon peel and funk, then balanced subtly by the wheat malts and some floral notes. The spices come through at the end of each taste. The cardamom dominates but coriander, clove, and pepper are all present. The high ABV is nowhere to be found in the taste.

M: Medium-bodied, high carbonation, dry finish.

D: At 8% this is a little dangerous because it is very well hidden. Really refreshing and flavorful. To be fair, I probably would have scored this higher for drinkability had it not been for the cork. I have calluses from that thing. I will never again look at a corked beer the same way. Yet, I am glad we persevered for this was an excellent beer.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orangish/yellow color with huge carbonation and big white head. Nose is spive, yeast, coriander, bananna. Taste is slightly spicy, banana, cloves yeast and a nice warming with subtle banana. Medium body. Balanced and damn good. Drinkable, hell yeah!

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Photo of mytireisfat
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P: Tall 750ml brown corked bottle. Says Batch Number: 1-2009

A: 2 finger head that retained well. Clear amber color, well carbonated.

S: Strong smells of spices! Orange, coriander. Sweetness to it.

T: Same with the spices of orange coriander. Quite sourness to it. Can taste the alcohol in it for sure!

M: Medium body, well carbonated!

D: Easy to drink. bit to sour, and pretty strong, but a great beer, and i would buy it again!

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Photo of estlinska
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker from the bottle. Pours a hazy burnt orange with globs of yeast that settles to the bottom. Big frothy head, minimal lacing. The nose is slightly phenolic, but lots of sweet citrus, banana, and robust wheat. The taste is huge banana and clove, very sweet and very tart. The tart does help balance out the sweet fruit flavors so they are not cloying. The mouthfeel is creamy with the tart dominating the finish. Overall a good wheat beer. I think the tartness was unexpected, but really helped balance the beer.

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Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.