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Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

408 Ratings
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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 53
Gots: 72 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.00% ABV

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

(Beer added by: naterock on 05-10-2009)
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Photo of kjyost
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased n Minneapolis in Feb/2010 @ Surdyk's. Batch No 1-2009

Poured a cloudy yellow with average head and no lacing. The aroma was spicy, with pepper,and light fruit,mainly citrus. The taste was spicy overtop a light maltiness. Some sweetness was evident and pepper was evident. A citrusy fruit was evident in the finish. Strong carbonation in the mouthfeel,which enhanced the wit flavours. Spiciness was a bit too strong to make this a very drinkable beer.

kjyost, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of stephens101
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge off-white head grows quickly and sticks around for a bit before fading and leaving curly chunks of lacing behind. Color is a hazy, pale yellow. Smells like a tyical wit, except all the elements are deeper, more robust. Coriander, malts, lemon, light fruit and green grass all mix well and rise pleasantly to the nose. Taste sweet and tangy with orange zest, sweet malts, lemon, yeast and a slight hint of alcohol heat in the end. Has a true medium body, and is well carbonated. This style seems to have had some problems moving into the double/imperial spectrum, but the Two Jokers hits the nail on the head. A near perfect balance across the spectrum, and a big character that doesn't sacrifice drinkability, but lets you know this isn't your father's witbier, makes for a spot on brew I will continue to seek out.

stephens101, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Gehrig
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

Gehrig, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of dfillius
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

dfillius, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured into a tall tulip at TapWerks in OKC. Cheers.

Hazy gold with a dusting of white bubbles. Big clove and ginger in the nose. Palate, on the other hand, is slick and sour, a lacto and wheat one-two (fruit) punch: Concord grape, mandarin orange, peach. Towards the end, it fills out, falling over the tongue with a blanket of creamy sugars. Finishes in that vein, a rich and fruity wheat that you forgot was even sour.

Great tasting beer, especially for the style. A craft-beer-lover's Blue Moon: sweet, wheaty, and easy-to-drink. There's a lot going on in this glass.

BarryMFBurton, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of jjayjaye
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jjayjaye, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

ObeMaltKinobee, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

LambicPentameter, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev -0.2%

valkyre65, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of daledeee
4.53/5  rDev +13%
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.

daledeee, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of stortore
3.85/5  rDev -4%

stortore, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow pour with a one-finger white head. Very nice citrus, lemon and yeast aroma. Excellent lemony tart flavor upfront with a nice tropical fruit edge. Light body has a strong spice presence with flavors of coriander and clove standing out. Also, has very light hints of grain and yeast. Finishes tart, juicy and refreshing.

Karibourgeois, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev -0.2%

TheBishopco, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of bort11
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one and finally got a chance to catch up.

750 ml corked and caged bottle, poured into a wit glass. Huge off white head, retention that lasts forever, and crazy active carbonation. Color is a perfectly hazy golden yellow.

Smell starts off with a distinctive musty Belgian yeast, but then all of the spices cascade down. It's a lot of floral spices, coriander and grains of paradise. Taste is a huge bouquet of flowery spices. Lavender really comes into play and hard aromatic spices are prickly on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker than Zon, a little heavier. Carbonation is still very crisp. Really drinkable and great for the summer.

Blipped "Hellbilly Joker" by Hank III

bort11, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

BradLikesBrew, May 23, 2009
Photo of cjgiant
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

On tap
Pours hazy golden (but is more clear as it reaches the bottom) with a tiny bit of pale orange as well. Effervescent bubbles keep a thin film on the surface and a nice amount of foam on the edges. A sniff brings a little tartness (seems like Brett to me, although the description doesn't mention it). Lemon and orange, as well as some earthy spice that I assume us the cardamom, and a bit of the lilac comes through. Overall, however, the smell seems a bit dull for all it has going on.

The initial taste is the citrus from the smell combined with a hint of banana. The tangy taste from the souring agent brings the full taste to remind me of lemon yogurt. The taste is mellowed with a nice earthy back that takes its time to remove the tangy initial tastes.

As a wit it's a bit tart; as a sour, it's a bit weak; as a combination, it seems just a bit confused. That said, there's really nothing wrong, but it didn't really work for me.

cjgiant, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev -0.2%

KJ2013, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of steve8robin
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Saison Brett. This is the second brew I will try from this brewery. Pint bottle. Batch 1 2010 04/2011...

A: Very light golden honey color that carbonated continuously bringing bubble to the top. A nice 1 inch white head that slowly fades. Good.

S: This smells very interesting. I get some fruity bubble gum blended with some heavy spices. Some cinnamon in the middle with some pineapple on the backend. Good.

T: See, this is what I liked about Saison Brett. I'm not a fan of a beer being sour just to be sour. This beer has an awesome refreshing tartness, but not stupid sour. Starts with some spices blended with some honey followed by some carbonated banana. Good.

M: A hint too carbonated for my taste, but still good.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, this is the second brew from Boulevard that I've tried second to Saison Brett. This one definitely is a very solid brew and does not disappoint. This is not in the same category as Saison Brett, but it definitely does not fall far under. Try if you like banana bready tart beers. I'd say you should give one at least a try once. Great brew.

steve8robin, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev -0.2%

danwho, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Basoos1
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev -0.2%

IpeeA, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev -0.2%

dbossman, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Goliath
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a large one inch slightly yellowed head on top. There is decent head retention, but no lacing.

The aroma is pretty decent. I get a nice dose of orange, with a slight bit of booze, and then is quickly followed by a good deal of spicing. The corriander seems to shine the most.

The taste is actually really nice. I get a really nice dose of citrus with a slightly tart orange peel and a bit of light grain. There's definitely a nice bit of spicing going on here as well. I'm really impressed actually, and I find this to be one of the better double wits I've encountered.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and really nicely carbonated with a light but robust bubble.

Drinkability is rather high. The 8% ABV is moderate, but well incorporated into the beer. The flavor profile for me is fantastic and incredibly drinkable. I'm really diggin it.

Goliath, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of HamGlade10
4.25/5  rDev +6%

HamGlade10, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Buebie
2.63/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a corked and caged 750. The cork was a beast to remove, like the other series beers. It took pliers and alot of elbo grease to torque this thing out of the bottle.

The pour reveals a very large foam like head. 3'' of it. A shit load of carbonation bubbles riseing in the glass, it looks like champagne. Although the color is a bit darker than champagne. Its a murky pale golden color, non transparent unfiltered looking.
The head is slow to settle, but finally receeds to leave a quarter inch foam frothy coating.
Spotty lace in streaks of thick foam.

Aroma of cloves, corriander, orange peels, peppery spice, wheat and some spicie earthy hay filled hops. Its crisp at the knose, with resemlence to a belgian pale. Some lemons and citric rind aroma, pie crust.
It kind of reminds me of lemon marang pie.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy with a fuller bodied feel then what I was ecpecting. Be it flaked barley?
Some slickness to it as well. Carbonation packed a punch into the swallow stinging the tounge.

Its extremely acidic, almost unbearably so. Its like lemon lime bitter overload actually. I'm not fond of the lemon lime taste coming off this and the acidity is just too much.
Have you ever licked a lemon, then a lime and then drank lemon concentrate?
Alot of grassy hops here and cracked wheat. More peppery flavors. Carbonation is also in abundance with this.

I'm not feeling this beer. The taste is so acidic I just dont like that aspect of it.
The mouthfeel prior to carbonation overload is actually pretty good.
Midway through its time in mouth though is where it falls apart for me. The appearance ebing a strong point on this beer.

Avoid if you dont like acidic overcarbonated beers.

Buebie, Jun 04, 2009
Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.