Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
07-18-2011 04:57:43 | More by antlerwrestler19
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
3.7/5 rDev -7.7%
Found this Smokestack bomber recently tucked into a small, out-of-the-way store, covered in dust from its long stay on the shelf. 1-2009 batch listed on the bottle. The Smokestacks have been uniformly good; I hope this one didn't suffer light exposure or any other indignity while it waited for me.
Pour is pure wit, a bubbly, white-haired, pale orange. A few floaties are polluting the glass. Carbonation is rampant. Smell is spice gone wild, heaps of coriander, white pepper, orange. Very nice, but on the edge of overwhelming. Into the lion's mouth we go.
I never had Two Jokers fresh, but after at least a year-and-a-half, it's aged like a champ: this is a spice rocket. As the nose knows, coriander, orange, pepper. Yeast is a bit over-evident. Herb mix comes in at the end, almost no 'wit' wheatiness at all. Effervescent, & a slugger, this could disapper in a whit.
Everything about this brew screams 'extreme' & it comes close to delivering. Hits its high point in the nose, spicing is over-the-top but tasty nonetheless. Another good beer from Boulevard.
07-13-2011 02:43:03 | More by maximum12
4.33/5 rDev +8%
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!
07-12-2011 01:51:44 | More by sdmvd6
4.05/5 rDev +1%
750mL bottle into a stemmed glass. Batch 2-2009.
Pours a hazy, light orange-amber color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.
Peppery, floral, pleasing aroma.
Taste is citrus, pepper, noticeable yeasty sourness. Mouthfeel surprisingly light for an 8% ABV beer.
Overall, excellent summer beer.
07-12-2011 01:00:57 | More by BurgerJones
4/5 rDev -0.2%
This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of white foamy head that retains well and laces a ton. The atoms is citrusy and spicy. The flavor starts with a spiciness and then becomes tart with sweet citrus. The mouthfeel is nice clean an balanced. Overall a great wit beer.
07-11-2011 21:43:16 | More by csiewert
3.83/5 rDev -4.5%
Poured this brew into a La Chouffe glass, just like the last tasting.
Makes lots of bright white foam, and has a hazy golden colored body.
Orange peel and coriander are vividly evident, and has a powder sugar kind of smell like cotton candy.
The taste is of orange peel and coriander too, but has a kind of vanilla and metallic flavor too.
Nice and smooth. Not as prickly as I would have thought. Refreshing to the palate, even though it's hot as balls outside.
07-02-2011 19:32:07 | More by TheSarge
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
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
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!
06-21-2011 03:57:07 | More by MrTopher
3.93/5 rDev -2%
Thanks to Aaron for this one.
A: Really a great looking pour. Hazed orange in color with a massive white head.
S: Not the most witbier of aromas to me. Lots of citrus peel, but it has a lemony note to it as well as some grapefruit. Orange is there, too, however. Some nice bready malts, but not much wheat and only a bit of spice.
T: The spice and citrus combination on the flavor is quite interesting. Almost like a spiced cider. Big sweet apple flavor along with oranges, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.
M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.
O: Not sure if I'd necessarily call this a Witbier, but it was good.
06-17-2011 06:30:05 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Pours a light hazing yellow with a super big head without even trying.
S: Lots of citrus up front, lemon, and some hay funk
T: Very light and refreshing, lots of carbonation in the mouthful, although light all the flavors are def present, I love the added sour that is different from last years version.
Overall I really think this is a pretty good beer especially for the the summer, very refreshing! I really like the changes they made from last years version, the added sourness although subtle, its great!!
06-09-2011 01:54:51 | More by colt45n
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
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!!
06-06-2011 02:40:26 | More by HaysAmerica
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
4.53/5 rDev +13%
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.
05-06-2011 19:52:47 | More by theboozecruise
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
03-26-2011 20:48:18 | More by ncfranklin
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
Poured from a 750ml bottle - thanks to JediMatt for this
A: Golden amber in color with a large fluffy head that gives GREAT lacing
S: Yeast upfront, with spices and banana following nicely
T: Tastes very spicy - corriander, cardamon, maybe a bit of clove? Also tastes a bit yeasty, true to style. Very tasty brew.
M: Medium-thin (a bit thinner than I'd like), with high carbonation.
O: With a high ABV that is well hidden, I would drink this more often if it was available locally, and more often still if it was in a smaller format, which takes it down a bit in the overall score for me.
03-17-2011 23:28:19 | More by duffcalifornia
3.1/5 rDev -22.7%
Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy orangeish golden color wiht a thick 1" head of fluffy and creamy looking foam. Though the beer is pretty cloudy, you can see a bunch of bubbles rising up the glass.
Aroma: The initial aroma was quite nice with a mix of sweetness and the spice. As the beer warms up, there are wheaty notes coming out and the spice is getting more intense. The alcohol must be contributing to the overall spice thing going on here, but it is getting pretty strong.
Taste: The flavor is more bold than what the aroma suggested, with the spice being in the forefront. They are adding a dry complexity to the initial part of the flavor and that carries all the way into the finish. The finish is quite dry and the carbonation is high, so it dries things out even more. The finish is not that pleasant.
Opinion: I was hoping for a nice beer with this one, but I am not too impressed. It is pretty good, but just a little too out of balance in a number of ways. I will drink the whole thing, but I have to admit that spiced beers arent't my thing. This is OK is you like your spiced beers on the really spicy side. Otherwise, you may want to steer clear of this one.
Note - I initially gave this beer a 2.95, but after drinking about half of the bottle, the flavor and mouthfeel got a good bit easier to take, but the beer still didn't do much to become a drinker.
03-07-2011 04:51:52 | More by SkeeterHawk
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
Generic 25cl tulip glass pour
A: Carrot-colored orange to a translucent amber around the edges.
S: Beautiful coriander and slight cardamom push. Very Belgian-y. Faint spice aromas of perhaps lavender/rosemary and white pepper.
T: Orange zest and a biscuity yeast are immediately present. White peppercorns don't seem like a reach after all. Very citrusy without a sweetness or spicy cloying. Quintessential yeast and wheat tastes. Very good.
M: Medium to full bodied. May not stimulate the dark/robust winter crowd. As stated above, no cloying, and finishes very well. Great effervescence, which without, may not stimulate the tastebuds, and pluck the spicy tones involved.
D: To kick off either the spring or the fall, few things would be better. Encapsulates the best of a belgian wit, while retaining a fair bit of the fruity, zestiness of their flagship unfiltered wheat. Well done again, BLVD.
02-13-2011 05:20:47 | More by kraken6100
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours a cloudy pale orange, frothy head.
Smells of lavender, lemonade, and orange.
Lemon and orange peel, coriander, yeast, pepper, and a variety of herbal notes.
Full mouthfeel, lots of carbonation.
This was subtly done and nice. I love the smokestack series.
02-12-2011 03:38:39 | More by Strix
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
237th review on BA
bottle to Chimay Goblet
C/C 750 ML
Batch 12010 Date 04/11
I have to say BLVD, has the hardest corks to remove. Damn, my hands still hurt.
App- A hazy tri-colored pour of orange with some yellow highlights. A nice pillowy two finger head.
Smell- Smells like a bar of soap. All I got was the lavender.
Taste- A big ton of spice on this with the grain and citrus. Many levels of flavors on this beer.
Mouth- Medium bodied with a high carb level. The after taste is very nice with a ton of spice to it.
Drink- Most Witbiers are small and lack flavor. Not this one. Flavor came in waves and was a nice tasting brew. Thanks to my man Dale for the trade.
02-07-2011 02:12:13 | More by FosterJM
4.33/5 rDev +8%
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.
12-26-2010 18:13:50 | More by JoEBoBpr
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
750 ml poured into my duck rabbit snifter (~10 oz)-remaining contents shared on Christmas with the family. This has been in the cellar for awhie.
A- Body is a very foggy straw yellow hue with a dynamic fogginess. Pours with a hefty 3 finger+ white foamy head. This eventually fades to about 1/2 finger and little lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Coriander, dry floral hops, soap, faint lemon, peppery spice, slightly bready-overall impression is dry and spicy.
T- Flavor is spicy upfront with lemongrass and a slight funk beneath. Mild floral hops and spices come through for the finish which is quite dry otherwise.
M- Feel is slightly dry and light weight, with a medium to high spritzy carbonation-quite champagne like.
D- This is a very good brew overall. ABV is well hidden. This reminds me more of a saison than an imperial witbier (which is interesting since there are several saisons in the smokestack series)- but it definatelt falls into the pale Belgian category well. Another great brew by Boulevard.
12-26-2010 15:23:50 | More by PittBeerGirl
3.03/5 rDev -24.4%
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
12-13-2010 02:29:11 | More by headbucket
3.53/5 rDev -12%
2010 batch 4
pours cloudy golden orange with a 2 finger white head that faded to a film and left some spotted lacing
smells of citrus and something that reminded me of run and cokes?
taste is different lots of spices - some remind me of xmas some lemon some orange all connected with the bready malt
mouthfeel is a little heavier and lower carbed then i would like but it works with the higher abv
drinkability was ok - i enjoyed this high spiced beer so close to the holiday - decent sipper on cold winter night
12-12-2010 02:39:47 | More by jsh420
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
750ml bottle courtesy of EchoCharlieEcho poured into a tulip.
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a big fluffy head that recedes fairly quickly to a clump of foam on top and leaves a little lacing.
Aroma is spicy up front with coriander and grains of paradise as well as some orange zest and tart lemons. The underlying wheat characteristics are present in the background with bananas showing up.
The taste is more of the same with the banana sweetness of the wheat forming a backbone for the spices - coriander and lavender especially. The finish is spicy and dry with a bit of alcohol burn which surprised me a little.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for a wit and dry and spicier than most in the style.
An amped up wit with a hefty dose of additional spices, this is certainly one of the more interesting versions of the style I've had. It's bigger than most though and the burn actually limits the drinkability.
12-05-2010 04:19:25 | More by gford217
Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.