Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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89
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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 67
Gots: 85 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 dpnelson1978
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into snifter
55°F

$9.99 / ea.

A: Cloudy straw body topped with a big loose head that quickly dissipates laving no lacing or cover.

S: Very noticeable orange peel and coriander aroma. The boasted lavender aroma is faint, but detectable if you are looking for it. Slight booze as it warms.

T: Wheat backbone with strong citrus and coriander notes. Perhaps a little more spicing than I would like to see, but the taste is not offensive. "Tart" finish is very light, and does not come across as truly sour (a good thing).

M: Medium body, with medium carbonation. Slightly acidic with noticeable sour character on the tongue.

D: Easy drinking double, with plenty of flavor. Easily accessible to a wide variety of pallets.

O: Solid selection, but nothing that blew me away. Pretty safe profile to introduce to less obsessed beer crowd.

Photo of rbmjr1
4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Nesued
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of UTCengOwl
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, this is definitely interesting. Never had a beer like this before. It's kind of like a cross between the lactic components of Festina Peche with a Christmas potpourri. Got a bottle from the amazing Sunshine Mini-Mart on Anderson. The guy in there sure loves his beer. Popped the cork and poured it into a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer pours a hazy, golden yellow. The head is initially huge, but it dies down a lot faster than I would have guessed. I had high hopes for the looks because of the past few Boulevard beers I've had, but this doesn't quite live up to those.

The nose is... spicy. Cardamom is taking over my nose to give a strong Christmas potpourri. There's also some tartness and orange peel there, but man, this is spicy.

The taste is initially a yogurty lactic beauty. Creamy and tart, it definitely delivers the goods on that end and blends perfectly with the mouthfeel. As the beer warms, the spices come to the forefront, but they are much more muted than the nose. I'd probably prefer a bit less of a potpourri and a stronger traditional Belgian White spice blend to come forth, but this does it's job of expanding my mind of what a beer can be. Can you really ask for more than that?

Photo of acelin
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Arrived in a tulip glass.

A: Arrived a cloudy orange-gold, with a decent pale head that left some appreciable lacing.

S: I was sitting right next to an open kitchen, so my sense of smell was a little muddled. However, citrus notes leap out of the glass with this beer, primarily orange, like walking through an orange grove a bit past harvest time. Some spice and herb notes are also present, though well below the citrus.

T: See the description of the smell. This beer packs a serious orange-citrus punch, alongside a pronounced spicey-herbal presence. Orange juice and peel tastes abound, mixed with heavy coriander, lavender, and hints of white pepper. As the beer goes along, a slight touch of lactic sourness makes itself known around the edges of the citrus blast.

M: Lively and sparkling, this has the right amount of carbonation sharpness to it.

O: A very enjoyable experience, and the first Boulevard offering I've liked out of what I've tried. Had I been able to find a case of this, it would have come home with me.

Photo of sjccmd
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of stercomm
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Hennepin tulip glass.

A - Hazy light orange with a very large white head that takes a while to recede, leaving a nice white layer on top, with great lacing.

S - Getting sweet orange, some lemon,almost bubblegum scents, some slight biscuity malts.

T - Starts out with candied orange and almost a sour lemon, finishes a bit dry which is nice, good malty backbone, alcohol is hidden well.

M - Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

O - Excellent wit, lots going on.

Photo of estlinska
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of BDLbrewster
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an enlightened pale orange hue that is cloudy as the tunnel of a Texas twister. Frothy white head rises and then quickly falls leaving no lacing.

Smells of spicy fresh banana bread. Lots of banana and coriander in the nose, some Belgian yeast pokes through as well. The fruity smells I pick up remind me of gummy candies, ripe pear and apple. The aromas from the fruity yeast and the coriander mix strangely, producing an odor reminiscent of ginger root.

The taste is not quite as complex as the smell. Spicy and fruity on the front with some orange sweetness. Then comes a rush of coriander riddled banana that has a very faint sour, lactic characteristic to it. The alcohol is skillfully covered and only pokes through slightly in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is as expected, on the light side but still heavy enough to feel it in your mouth. High amount of natural feeling carbonation (not sure if it's forced or not.)

Very nice. I am loving the Smokestack Series and this brew does not disappoint. Huge drinkability and amazing taste, 8% WHAAATTT? Highly recommended.

Photo of alphagnome
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Bright but cloudy orange body. Thick, fluffy white head. Plenty of carbonation. Little to no lacing and retention is a bit lacking. Nice legs, however.

Aroma:
Incredibly tart,sweet, and jam-packed full of coriander! Lavender and pepper add a very unique overtone to this brew. Light malt and citrus character.

Taste:
Tart right up front. Plenty of spicing (mostly coriander, lavender, and pepper) pack a tasty punch while you're thirst is quenched by sweet, tropical citrus fruit. Where's the alcohol - this one has less bite than a Miller Lite. Ginger shines through as it warms.

Mouthfeel:
Bubbly and incredibly light. Smooth and tart. Sweet, clean finish.

Overall:
Simply awesome. This ranks up there with Tank 7 as my favorite beer from my favorite brewery from Missouri. If you see it, grab it, and you'll be blown away!

Photo of ncfranklin
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip.

A: Deep murky orange, gold highlights, and a nice two finger frothy white head. Quite nice.

S: Like a bouquet of flowers. Lavender, and spice. Maybe some light breadiness.

T: Strong lavender. Spiciness of coriander and orange peel. Bread and notes of clove, a light sweetness.

M: Heavier than any other Wit i've had, but for 8% it's quite fluffy in the body. A small level of crispness takes over on the finish.

D: Very very nice big witbier. Boulevard continues to impress and surprise with this smokestack series, and this lavender and spice is no exception.

Photo of bret27
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Diomede

S: Coriander, orange peel apparent, spicy, esters

A: Hazy golden yellow. Decent head and lacing

T: Citrus, multiple spices. Dry tart finish w/a little alcohol heat.

M/D: Smooth and silky. Smoothness I think related to wheat. Dry tartness but a little over-carbonated. This category could potentially be a 5 if this was corrected.

Overall: looking back I gave it 4's all around. Which means good. But the least fav of the Blvd smokestack beers I've had.

Photo of tito42
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from 750mL Smokestack champagne bottle to a Smokestack tulip. Batch 2011-2, best by 01-2012.

A: White, fluffy head that dies down quickly but sticks around. Straw in color with plenty of unfiltered particulate.

S: Doughy yeast, wheat, orange peel, coriander, slight banana.

T: Wheat forward with a very strong, very tart burst of apple and tangerine. Coriander, cardamom, and lavender spice the finish and cleanse the tartness. A peppery kick in the aftertaste as the brew warms.

M: Refreshing and light-medium bodied, this is a great summer brew, yet has enough body to be a nice beer any time of year. Active carbonation adds a nice zing to the finish along with the spices, but doesn't dry the mouth out at all. No hint that this is 8.0% as you enjoy it. Well done.

O: A very good witbier. I personally do not prefer the tartness of the citrus in the taste, but many likely will. Still a very nice wit that I will enjoy next summer!

Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this brew into a goblet. Hazy golden color with impressive head which recedes quickly with no lacing of course. Predominant scent is spicy clove. Highly carbonated mouthfeel - I enjoy it quite a bit. More spicy clove in the taste; also present is a very slight tartness reminiscent of a very mild sour. Alcohol isn't too noticeable. The third double wit I've ever had and definitely the best.

Photo of Lagerhouserules
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Too many spices in this one. Could have been better.

Photo of mikeborglum
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 Ml corked bottle; herbal floral aroma, orange tan color with some cloudiness, tall tan colored head, lightly sour/tart taste, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long smooth finish. I like this whole series of brews from Boulevard

Photo of MrTopher
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle, 2011 vintage but not sure of which batch, I’m going to guess 02. Thanks Jim (RatedZ) for this beauty, was very enjoyable.

A – Pours a light hazy yellow color, really similar to straw, nice white billowy head that left not very much lacing on the glass.

S – Good amount of citrus and lemon in the nose, there is some funk also, but really rides shotgun to the citrus/lemon notes. A little spice mixes into the aroma, really welcoming.

T – This beer really shines in the taste, a whole lot of citrus and lemon hit you at first and some orange peel layered into the this already super complex brew. And then there is the tart finish, this beer shines from the front of the tongue to the back of the tongue. There is a little spice flavor added, that just makes it that much more complex and this has to be the most complex Witber I have ever had.

M – Carbonation on this beer is perfect, it’s a little more on the light side but that comes from the addition of the yeast.

O – Has to be the best Witber I have ever had, maybe because of the addition of the funk yeast that adds the extra level. The 25/75 is perfect, anything more and it would be a little too much!

Photo of mmva321
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Good Good Good Good.

That's really all I have to say about this particular beer. Boulevard are able to churn out these beers like a beaver can churn out a suitable dam log. It's all good and useful and quite well appreciated but there aren't many dam logs you look at and say, "Man, that log is really something else!"

So yea, the appearance is good. Yellow haze with an orange tint that has some head and lacing. An aroma of pungent citrus, coriander, hops and grass. Very nice, a little off balance but still good. THe coriander and grass take over the taste. It's very off balance but still tastes pretty good. I'm beginning to think that Boulevard have a coriander fetish with its strong taste being the detriment to more than a couple beers by the boys in KC. Feels light and carbonated, almost too carbonated. Very drinkable and relaxing.

Now I'm done. Drink it for a pleasant evening when the beer shouldn't be the main attraction.

Photo of Nick_Bousquet
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Appearance - Hazy orange / amber color that is moderately opaque with light carbonation. Head is about one half finger after the pour and dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing.

Smell - Lots of citrus notes here, some traces of malt and perfume but the dominating characteristic is vitamin C.

Taste - Oranges, herbal notes, tartness, and an aftertaste of damp wheat. Much more flavorful than a typical wit beer and comes off closer to a saison in flavor due to the funkiness and sour notes. The flavor is powerful up front and at the finish but the wheat flavor is what lingers most

Mouthfeel - Drinks very easily and smoothly although is a bit chewier than most of the style. Very light on the carbonation letting it go down easily.

Overall - An unique take on the style and thoroughly enjoyable throughout. The balance is a bit off with the citrus not making way for some of the spice characteristics, but if you enjoy saisons or sours this may be one that you'd want to seek out. I would drink it again, but one glass in a sitting is all that would retain my interest.

Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper orange color that is too thick and hazy to see through with a thick 2+ finger off-white foamy had after a relatively aggressive pour. I'm getting a sour citrus aroma with bits of lemon, orange, sour grapes, and spices. The taste is definitely an American take on a Belgian Wit hosting a truly unique flavor of the yeast and an odd fruityness that is somewhat sour at the same time. I taste the spices at the back of my tongue and palate once done sipping. The mouthfeel for me is almost like drinking a dry champagne, which I'm not a big fan of. This is a decent beer on a hot day being that my AC has went out but I personally wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.

Enjoy!

Photo of headbucket
3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:a nice hazy,dark grain/straw color. Decent white head that hangs around.

S:light herbal and grassy notes, bit of citrus.

T. Nice smooth wheat base, some citrusy flavors in the middle, mostly orange and lemon, with herbs/spices and a grassy flavor at the end, which lingers awhile and is too strong for me.

M: medium bodied, smooth and somewhat creamy.

D: pretty good for an 8% beer, goes down without tasting like it, but I am feeling it near the bottom of the bottle. However, the overpowering herbal taste makes me wish I had someone to split the bottle with. I

Photo of specksnreds
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of HaysAmerica
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored from a 750ml bottle w/ cork & cage & a batch number of 2011-1 w/ a best by date of 12-2011. The cork pops off w/ ease! Extremely carbonated & pours w/ 2-3 fingers white head easily. Not much in thew way of lacing though. Pours a hazy golden straw color. Just wonderful.

The nose is of orange, floral, peppercorn, & yeast. Citrus hop presence on the nose as well. Bready nose after a refill, some peppercorn following & finishing w/ the orange/floral/lavender mix.

Taste is BAM!! Right up front in your face w/ taste! Has the orange peel upfront w/ the floral/citrus hops to follow. Quite a tart finish. A little sour throughout the taste. A complex interplay of spices & some coriander. Lavender is pretty prominent w/ this take on the style. Has a quick finish as well. Quite sweet. Much more than any others I've had.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. A pretty light body overall though. No doubt helped by the huge amount of carbonation. Very refreshing & a unique beer. A fantastic summer beer & very drinkable! Prosit!!

Photo of kellyej
4.1/5  rDev +3%

A: Light, Gold/amber color, weak head
S: Fruity, honey, coriander, thyme, rosemary (spices almost make the beer smell like sausage)
M: Bubbly, light, dry
T: Strongly sour with a hint of honey and coriander

Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.