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Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 201
Hads: 505
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 67
Gots: 86 | FT: 2
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Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: naterock on 05-10-2009

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
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Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet after a mighty struggle to remove the cork...

Pours a very hazy light golden color with a quickly forming and long lasting foamy head... Very cloudy and hazy...

The nose on this is terrific... The Belgian yeast and various spices like clove and coriander and lots of orange peel are powerful and enticing... Everything blends very well here and the aromas are not only pungent but persistent... Lots of different things going on here... Spicy and yeasty like a good bread...
Loads of flavor with this one...the spices are the first thing that's evident bringing along the cloves and orange and all of the things apparent in the nose. There's a kiss of hops that mingle in and usher in the tartness that the finish brings in... This one could almost be a hybrid between a Belgian Pale and a Witbier to me...it has the spiciness and tartness of a good Wit with the yeast and sweetness and flavor of a Strong Pale Ale. Its delicious... Starts out prickly in the mouth but smooths out quickly... Very drinkable...

I liked this one quite a bit. My first Double Wit and I really enjoyed this one... (1,125 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN for $9 or $10 and was not disappointed. This is another great addition to the Smokestack Series, I wish the regular line of Boulevard beers were this delicious. Now it's a heavily spiced beer and hits the threshold of non-beer flavors, but doesn't cross the line. The flavor, upfront, is a gentle mix of coriander (strongest flavor) followed by the grains of paradise (with a black pepper edge) and lavender. Of course in the background the yeast character comes through with mild vanilla and peppercorn, and a bit of bready wheat also pipes in to remind you of the malt bill. Certainly my favorite doube-wit to date. Very subtle, very deliicous. (705 characters)

Photo of sdmvd6
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden color with 2 fingers of head with nice lace retention.

S - Fruity and wild with plenty of spices.

T - Well-balanced with spices and citrus fruit apparent at the beginning moving toward a wilder finish. Flirting with a sour flavor.

M - Thinner feel with ample carbonation.

O - A fine example of a wit-beer with a wild, spicy, fruity flavor. Well done! (371 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty beige color ale with a huge white foamy head with super good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of cardamom and coriander is incredibly well balance with some dry wheat malt notes and light fruity ester. Taste is also dominated by loads of fruity ester with well balanced spicing with clear notes cardamom and coriander. Wheat malt is solid without being too sweet which is often the case with double wit. Another beautiful beer form Boulevard which keep surprising me with the quality of their offering. (540 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in trade from CosmoHopHead. Loved the bnottle we shared with our tasting group. Looking forward to a bigger pour here.

A-Pours a very cloudy pale apricot with a fluffy white head that settles into a nice bubbly skin and nice lacing.

S-Yeast, banana and ginger. Very appealing.

T-The best double wit I have had this summer, and it seems like everyone is making them this year. There is a bright orange/tangerine flavor in the front, mixing with the crisp clove flavors and a nice bit of banana at the end. A nice biscuit malt underneath along with some nice fresh ginger and other spices.

M-Medium bodied with a nice light creaminess.

D-A really excellent summer beer. Great flavors, great body.

HV (716 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice hazy strong golden color with some nice orange hues and a .5 inch white head with tight bubbles and not os much head retention.

S - Slight funk and some slight tartness. There are nice bread notes. The aroma is quite mild though.

T & M - Delicious slight tartness. Some lemon peel hints and some wheat notes and slight yeast funk. Very delicious. There is some nice yeast notes and great bready notes. There is also some nice coriander and pepper notes and some awesome slight clove. Nice and fluffy mouthfeel and great body. The beer is easy to drink and goes down smooth for an 8% beer. The slight lemon notes go well with the nice bread and grassy notes and the awesome spice.

D - Extremely drinkable and enjoyable brew. The beer is very refreshing and flavorful and has a nice strong and delicious spice character. The ABV is high but not too crazy. (926 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour a hazy orange color with 3 + fingers of head with good retention. Looks like a very sticky / soapy head. Orange peeling, coriander, cardamom, and phenols on the nose.

The flavor has oranges, orange peeling, coriander, cardamom, and is somewhat sweet. The sweetness is balanced by the spice and orange peeling bitterness, which is subtle, but still present.

Medium bodied, high carbonation, and easy to drink. Based on what I have tried so far, you cannot go wrong with any of the beers in the Boulevard Smokestack Series. (529 characters)

Photo of Bdc
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from bottle. Pours cloudy yellow-orange with a creamy white head and thick lace. The aroma is subtle with some banana and pepper. Balanced, with bold yeast character. There's lots of pepper/clove and I'm assuming Boulevard went with another yeast for this beer other than a traditional wit biere yeast. The yeast character resembles what you'd find in a Belgian Strong Golden. There is some orange in the finish, but I'm missing the corriander's perfume. Medium bodied and highly drinkable for an 8% abv beer. This is the best 'double wit' that I've tried so far. Recommended! (584 characters)

Photo of cjacobsen
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a goblet

Hazy yellow pour with a very frothy white head.

Smelled of spices and wheat with some citrus in there.

Heavy on the spices. Very upfront with orange and lemon peel. Some ginger played a role here as well. Had the citrus kick to it but was very tasty. The beer changed a lot as it warmed. The spices came out a lot more towards the end.

It was very malty and full in taste. Very palpable. It gave your tongue a lot to pick apart but it was smooth.

It was a very tasty witbier. Something that goes great in spring and summer months. Had a refreshing value to it and a lot of flavor. (619 characters)

Photo of ChangeBrewery
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- The beer after pour was a hazy dark gold, and poured into a goblet like glass gave a great head to it.

S- Being cold it did not have much smell, but as it warmed you could smell the orange, and warmer yet Jasmine came out and became a very floral bouquet

T- A sharp bitterness that left quickly and the double wit was instantly apparent. Left a very crisp nice taste that left me finishing the bottle.

M- The great carbonation left a frothy feel and could easliy taste around the palate.

D- Very smooth but a bit on the boozy side, great beer. (550 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this on display at the sterling Neil St. Piccadilly, and naturally couldn't say no. Good thing, too.

Hazy peach body with a thick, soda-like head with two lush fingers of white foam; nice start. The nose is a bit boozy, not in a bad way, with some farmhouse skunk and ample fruit--primarily apple and pear--and spice--coriander and pepper especially. The taste is smooth, nicely malted, and rife with fruit such as orange peel and apple. The spice doesn't emerge as strongly on the tongue as the nose, which is not all bad but leaves this beer a bit imbalanced. Compared to Sam Adams Imperial White, this could use more spice in the flavor. Excellent mouthfeel, very smooth and effervescent, and very drinkable--very easy on the palate.

As usual, I am very impressed with Boulevard's Smokestack Series. This is not quite a top-notch Witbier. However, it's a good representative of the style--full of malt and fruit, easy on the palate, and accommodating. This isn't as overwhelming as others in the Series, but this is a fine (though expensive) beer well worth trying.

Good stuff. (1,089 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tumbler glass, this beer shows a nice cloudy apricot color, with an airy, quickly dissipating head. The aroma is a tad musty, with some faint hint coriander. Very nice flavor though! I wonder why none of it features in the nose (I gave it a vigorous pour)... anyway, a large coriander hit right from the start, combined with a bitter citrus tartness, sweet wheat malt, and a good yeasty fruitiness, with a hint of bandaid phenols. Light bodied and well-carbonated, with the strength is completely hidden, except in the assertive flavors.

Very nice strong wit, one of the best I've had, drinkability wise. All the flavors you expect from a wit, but amplified, yet still kept in very good balance with each other. (726 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Currently, this is the #6 ranked Witbier here on BA.

I poured this into a FFF pint glass.

A: cloudy overall, but it still had a transparent-around-the-edges disposition. The soft head was irrelevant.

S: This was NOT a coriander bomb. As a matter of fact, it"s tough to place this one in any particular spice class, but I'll try: Orange peel, cardamom, and milk.

T: Great Witbier-esque qualities. Citrus, spices (same as the nose), along with Boulevard's signature fresh, filtered water taste profile.

M: Spritzy enough on the carbonation side, and not too sweet or spicey. The lacing was non-existent.

O: The price was right, and so was the taste. Great stuff! (666 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into New Belgium Globe Glass.

A. Poured a big 3 finger head. Not much lacing. Nice head retention. Cloudy golden color.

S. Yeast, malt, citrus, bananna, some spices, just a little funk.

T. Complex flavor. Citrus, spices, malty sweetness, just a little sourness.

M. Light/medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Crisp finish.

D. Very easy drinking. A refreshing delicous beer. Complex but very well balanced. (432 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork was pretty tough to pop. Poured a murky golden orange/yellow with a very large white head that receded slowly.

Spice, cloves, yeast, sweet bread and fruits in the nose.

A little sour bite initially that rounds off with spicy sweet bread. Yeasty lingering aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was initially crisp but finished smooth and silky.

Not as easy to drink as typicaly wits, but it's a double.

Overall pretty surprising. I haven't been dissapointed by any of boulevard's recent beers. (490 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color. At first a large white head rises to over two fingers. The foam gently recedes to a ring. Not much lace to speak of.
S: At first a fruity aroma of banana and clove. As the beer warms, much more subtle flavors come out. Other fruit aromas of apples and pears come out. Dry wood with some yeast and Belgian funkyness. Vanilla as well. Lots of great layers in the nose.
T: Not as complex as the nose, but still very good. Banana right of the bat with some sour and ripe apples. Just enough tartness that is never over done. A nice spicy clove flavor as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth, especially for a Witbier (which tends to be over carbonated and seltzer like). Very easy to drink. Something I will have no problems sipping on.

This seems to blur the line between a Witbier and a Triple. An all around excellent beer. Highly recommended. (910 characters)

Photo of wnh
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a cloudy golden copper hue with a large, foamy, chunky cream-colored head that sticks around.

Big, spicy nose, with lavender and citrus zest taking center stage. Layers of flavor on the palate, with spice, sweet lavender, and tart citrus going back and forth, and light bready undertones throughout. Sweet and savory all at once. The abundance of spice starts to get the better of me, knocking the drinkability down just a bit.

Some might question the legitimacy of the style, but this is a fantastic double wit. (558 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, maize/golden color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, citrus (banana/orange), hop, sweet malt, and tart malt. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is tart, crisp, and slightly thick. There is a high carbonation level. Tastes of cinnamon, yeast, citrus (banana), sweet malt, tart malt, and slight hop. Overall, a good blend, body, and great looking brew. (439 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a huge, off-white, foamy head (actually had some spill over). It left a little sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of yeast and clove with a strong wheat aroma. There were plenty fruity notes with orange and lemon zest detectable.

T - Great blend of wheat and spicy yeast. Fruity flavors are good, too. Plenty of orange flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is another great Smokestack brew. I was skeptical of a double wit, but this is really good. (560 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, bready wheat, spice bomb, yeasty esters, orange peel, apple, banana, and clove.

Taste: Love all the spices that went into the beer. Especially goes well with this style. So smooth and balanced too.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing, chewy, tart, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Awesome double wit. Love the twist between old and new. It works for me. (684 characters)

Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked this one up on a recent trip to MN.

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled oct 15/09.

pours very hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white head. the head drops slowly and leaves a bit of spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. clove and spice. orange peel. bright floral presence. white bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. light alcohol. orange and tangerine. hint of caramel.

taste is good. orange peel. orange and tangerine. clove and coriander. bit of other spice. nice floral character too. light alcohol. bit of tropical fruit too. whole wheat bread and cracker. touch of caramel sweetness. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body with a fairly dry finish. high carbonation level that carries a bit of sting.

drinkability is great. nice balance. light and spritzy. delicious! (807 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a golden, hazy wheat with a big, fluffy, off white head that leaves no lacing as the beer recedes. This beer has some crazy head retention. There seems to be always an inch high hat sitting on top of my beer. The aroma is interesting. The first aroma that hits me is a slight lactic sourness that's backed up by some serious spicing. Cardamom, lemon zest, orange peel, clove all make an appearance. Also over ripe bananas and just a little bit of toast from the pale malts. The flavor is just as interesting. Its extremely spiced. Grains of paradise, cardamom, a bit of dried flowers, and clove all mashed together with some lemon peel. Also a slight toastiness to it. Unfortunately the slight sourness that comes out in the nose is completely lost on the flavor profile. I wish the Boulevard team would have sour mashed it a bit longer. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. I have to admit that I completely disliked this beer when it first came out, but it turns into a pretty easy drinking Wit. A lot of the sweetness died down which makes it easier to drink. (1,139 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Max's on Broadway

A-Pours hazy orange with big, quickly settling white head and minimal lace.

S-Aroma is big citrus, lavender and cardamom.

T-Refreshing citrus flavor that is mildly tart with coriander and orange and also a wheat finish.

M-Soft carbonation, light body, and smooth texture.

O-Overall a very nice and refreshing wit beer. Would get some more. (380 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 12/2011

A - Pours a somewhat hazy golden brown with three fingers of white head. Head has excellent retention and leaves some lacing, but less than I would have thought.

S - Wheat, lemon, faint coriander and cardamom, some slight yeast funk, a bit of green apple.

T - More tart up front than I was expecting, but it is really enjoyable. Lemon and lactic tartness, followed by a nice wheat body complemented with subtle spicing and a bit of earthy yeast funk.

M- Medium mouthfeel. A bit heavier than most witbiers, which works really well on a cold winter night. Bright carbonation, finishing with a dry earthiness.

O - This is a perfect witbier for winter. A bit on the heavy side for the style, light but noticeable spicing, and a very pleasant tartness. I'd love to have this again. (798 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from corked and caged bottle.

A- Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color. Nice two finger white head stays around for a little while before dying down. Leaves nice lacing around the rim of the glass. Looks good overall!

S- This beer caught me by surprise with all the smells in the aroma. There is a wheaty tone to this that battles it out with spices in the front end. Orange peel, lemon zest, and clove are the biggest in this. Light banana scent to this as well in the middle along with a light bready malt smell in the tail end that gets covered again with spice.

T- This was a nice tasting beer. Nice spices in the front end of this with a almost wheaty taste. Clove and banana dominate in the front and middle...toward the ending there is a light sourness to it that I very much enjoy. the orange peel flavor comes through a little more as the beer warms up.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little more than I would have liked but didn't make it or break it in the mouthfeel. Cloves and banana are left on the palate long after the beer is gone. Aftertaste has a little more malt in the mix. Crisp tasting almost the entire time.

D- This was a interesting beer that I had a couple glasses of. Good beer to try although I could see a lot of people really liking this then I wouldn't be able to get any... (1,333 characters)

Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.