Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 201
Hads: 503
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

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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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Reviews: 201 | Hads: 503
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Nice 750ml bottle, corked and caged

Appearance: Hazy dark straw/orange beer with medium streaming carbonation and a big creamy white head which soon fades to a thick film with nice retention

Smell: The expected orange and coriander notes are present, but with big doses of lemon creme and hints of alcohol as well.

Taste: Kind of strange; it's not really like your typical wit (which is expected). The booze comes through fairly strong, though it's not really hot; it's almost perceived more in mouthfeel than anything else. There are definitely orange and coriander flavors in the forefront, while the lactic yeast culture mentioned on the bottle struts its stuff with some mild sourness. There are also nice hints of lime peel.

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy actually

Drinkability: Medium to medium-high

Conclusion: This is definitely an interesting beer and is fairly tasty. It's kind of like a cross between a Saison, a Tripel, and a really freaking boozy/heavy Wit. Which is all kind of strange. It's not something I love, or something I'd necessarily go out and get again. Something about the full body and the flavors just doesn't quite work for me. (1,172 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.66/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/23/2009 (bottle batch#2-2009):

Pours a huge whitish head, extremely quickly diminishing. I've never seen a head form and disappear so quickly. Somewhat opaque body, light orange cloudy in color. Sweet spicy aroma, very floral, reminiscent of an Abbey Triple. Maybe coriander. Very fruity, light fruit like white grapes, pears. Not an overly strong aroma, might be related to the disappearing head. Sweet taste, orange peel, maybe clove. Not a strong taste. Diminishing aftertaste. Though a sweet spiciness lingers. Very mild tasting, almost bland. Billed as a double wit I expected more flavor. But it's not bad, just not as flavorful as I was expecting. (666 characters)

Photo of mikeborglum
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
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 (252 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
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! (265 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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! (706 characters)

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Smokestack glass

Pours 1 finger of slight off white head. Decent retention, but no lace at all. Color is a very hazed orange mango. A very nice looking beer.

Aroma: Nice and yeasty with a lot of spices. Coriander, orange peel, and grains of paradise I guess. Very fresh.

Taste: Wow, this beer is a huge wit. Tons of wheat flavors and spices. Pretty much the same as the aroma, but with some alcohol mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Very spiced and crisp, refreshingly smooth. Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Ends with a dry spiced aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is big. I am glad I got a buddy to split it with because I would have a hard time with it by myself (just so many spice notes). But, for the abv, fairly drinkable I'd say. (751 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a bit darker as expected for the 'imperial' aspect. almost orange... good head but mild in retention. nose is quite herbal. palate a bit sweet and excessive coriander and orange peel in comparison to the malt, wheat, and hop qualities. a bit astringent. sour wouldn't be the right word seeing as the lactic qualities were undermined by spicing. good for american beligan... but not something i would recommend to wit fans. bottle was a bit mealy.. may been a bit off. (467 characters)

Photo of projectflam86
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of roblowther
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy almost luminous gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates and leaves no lacing. Sounds like that test from Kung Fu. Smells of lemons, apricots, and honey. Tastes peppery and citrus-y. Oranges and cinnamon. Very tasty, very spicy. Mouthfeel is aggressively carbonated but not so that I feel it will beat me up or steal my wallet. It is very drinkable, very refreshing and balanced. Daddy like. (407 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 Viggo
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange, some amber highlights, very thick white head forms, slowly settles down to a thick layer and ring around the glass, some chunks of lace stick to the glass.

Smell is interesting, very spicy, some yeast, wheat, cork and earthy, honey and caramel sweetness, toasty, malty, slightly lemony, coriander, lots of citrus, pretty neat.

Taste is similar, pretty malty up front, wheat, caramel, lemons and citrus, orange peel, coriander, really neat spiciness in the finish, almost cinnamon/nutmeg like and slightly peppery.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, pretty refreshing stuff. Thanks Russ! (716 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly cloudy apricot with lightly cloudy lemon along the edges. Generous carbonation has created an expansive crown of ecru colored foam that is mousse-like in its airy creaminess. Sea foam sheets of lace are beginning to stick as the suds slowly sink.

The spiciness of the aroma is more varied than in the typical witbier, thanks to cardamom, lavender and grains of paradise, in addition to the usual coriander and orange peel. Only grains of paradise (especially) and coriander are appreciated by my nose. This should be pretty tasty beer.

Two Jokers definitely has more going on than the typical example of the style. So much so that it doesn't taste much like a witbier. That's fine because it tastes good, which is all that matters. The spices have no trouble burying the alcohol, which is yet another positive.

The pale wheat malt backbone (with a touch of toast) isn't as burly as expected given the ABV. Hop flavor isn't appreciated, but their alpha acids tip the scales in favor of bitterness. Tanginess is pretty prominent too.

Other than wheat bread and wheat toast, the flavor profile includes lemon zest and a few of the added spices; grains of paradise and coriander predominantly. The estery Belgian yeast adds a small shot of warm clove and some bruised banana, which contributes yet another dimension (of the hefeweizen sort) to this quasi-complex Belgian-style ale.

There's no letdown at all when it comes to the mouthfeel. More heft would have been nice, but ease of drinkability cannot be faulted. The carbonation is still boisterous (not fizzy) and injects plenty of sparkly energy.

Two Jokers Double-Wit (yet another winner from Boulevard) should appeal to anyone who likes Belgian-style beer, spiced beer or well-crafted beer in general. Whoever is in charge of the Smokestack Series at BBC needs to keep up the good work.

*originally reviewed 10-03-2009 (1,886 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Corked and caged Smokestack bottle, Batch 1-2009. Served at 50 degrees in a tulip glass.

Golden-orange in color with 3 fingers of frothy white head that falls back into wisps of bubbles on top of the beer after a few minutes. The high amount of effervescence is barely noticeable through a thick, yeasty haze.

The aroma is full of spice. The obvious coriander is there but the lavender, cardamon, and grains of paradise lend a more complex spice note than most witbiers have. It is difficult to discern which of the spicy and floral tones are from the yeast and which are from the actual spices. A tart sourness is also quite noticeable.

The taste is again ultra spicy and herbal. No single spice is discernible on its own, but they team up to deliver a massive tomahawk of muddled spiciness to the tongue. Lactic sourness competes with the spices for total dominance in this beer.

The finish is pretty dry and crisp but the spices and lactic sourness combine to make finishing an entire bottle on my own a chore. This beer would be great for a tasting or for pairing with a dish at a dinner party, somewhere where each person only gets a few ounces at a time.

I had this beer when it first hit shelves and it was overwhelming, however trying it again several months later it has definitely mellowed into a much better beer. Still my least favorite of the Smokestack series so far. (1,386 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (624 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 khiasmus
2.78/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A Halloween-carnival, one of those silly harvest-festivals where one always has far too much sugar and pie, feeling sickly on the hay-ride, tired of listening to the same old songs pour forth from those tired old hands on that tired old guitar...
It was a light orange sunset, slightly cloudy, and little head, when we came clopping up the old dirt road, the Indian corn hanging by the doorway and a barbecue pit out back...
The smell of pumpkin-spice and coriander, cardamom, orange peel, and I can get the grains of paradise, such a silly name you know, I hope paradise isn't like this...
And the pies, the cakes, the sugar-corn... very sweet. Too sweet. Sickly sweet. Honey-ish, lemon-spice, an alcoholic mess of a finish, and that song goes on, won't his fingers get tired?
Fluffy, a bit of tongue-prickle from the carbonation, and a warm-syrup finish. I'm glad this only happens once a year, this is far too sweet, too much candy corn, I've had all I can handle. Time to get on home, gotta get that song out of my head... (1,026 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from JosephLondon (thanks!) - poured from a 750mL (751mL actually) bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass. This is batch #2 from 2009, and #8 in the Smokestack Series.

Liquid is a bright, hazy mix of pumpkin and burnt orange with orange-peel highlights. A heavy muscular hill of off-white foam unfurls several fingers of merengue-like froth. Thick sudsy lacing is slowy dragged back down into the glass by the dense legs after the furious effervescence relinquishes its countervailing up-thrust. Looks a little more like a saison than a witbier.

Aroma is lightly sweet, honey-like, with a floral note. Rose-water, orange blossom. Very subdued.

Tart (lactic acid) and silky on the palate with an a cavalcade of flavors arriving one after the other - orange zest dominates initially followed by lemon, honey, wheat bread, then all the additives indicated on the label: coriander, cardamom, (grains of paradise?) and a hint of lavender in the finish (not too much, some brewers go overboard with this ingredient and the ale ends up bringing to mind fabric softener). Some phenolics from the yeast bring things to a conclusion, though the tartness and orange flavors are present throughout.

Mouthfeel is quite thick for a witbier, but not heavy. Creamy, somewhat warming, and highly carbonated. Very nice.

While I enjoy the powerful flavors in this, it seems to detract somewhat from the purity (and refreshing nature) of the style. Can't fault experimentation though, and overall this is a success. (1,519 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange pour with a monster 3 fingers of fluffy head. Smells strongly of apple skins and orange peel, clove, hints of spices, and biscuity malts.

Taste kicks of with strong spiciness, clove washes it down. Some orange peel is still present. Fairly refreshing although the spices overwhelm if drank too quickly. Might be a tad too much carbonation sting, but overall this isn't too bad. I would drink again but probably wouldn't buy again just because the spices weigh a bit too heavy on my palate. (504 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crayon yellow, hazed and stacked with a proud rise of white suds. Yeast sediment turns it mustard a couple pours later.
Wheat bread and candied orange rind nose, some banana and melon- all dusted with powdered sugar- get squeezed in before the liberal coriander and grains of paradise lemony spiciness take hold.
Wheaty from the outset, with an increased malt presence from a typical wit (as would be expected, given its "double" status). Banana bread and melon, and some sub-caramel sweetness. That sweetness turns towards confectioners sugar as the spices begin to rain down. Coriander is the loudest, but cardamom, and Grains of Paradise are both clearly recognizable. Lavender too, especially in the later pours as it warms. It finishes with an orange rind bittersweetsourness.
Medium+ bodied- edging towards full once the sediment is added- but given levity by the rampant, frisky CO2. Alcohol is masked dangerously.
Just as the name suggests, it's a big, fat Witbier, and a well done one. Another Smokestack winner. (1,022 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong pop from the cork, and wispy gunsmoke wafts from the crater at the bottle's neck. Got a whiff of banana in the air as it was opened, wheaty like a good hefe. Up close it's all coriander. Racing carbonation feeds a monstrous and pillowy head of foam. Uneven and rugged surface, sudsy with some larger bubbles here and there making their way upward. Murky glowing orange. Made sure to swirl the yeast dregs and add them in.

First sip is very orangey with a substantial wheat body. Sturdy with a nice orange/cantaloupe rind aftertaste, and lingering banana. Not too spicy, leaning towards some fruity sweet-tartness. The orange/banana combo is especially nice, like a smoothie almost. The wheat takes a backseat, but lends plenty of smoothness in the feel. The lacto added gives it the perfect zesty bite. Perfect for warm weather, this is the true essence of a quality Wit, turned up to eleven.

It certainly fits the bill of an Imperial Wit, not wimpy like Zon. Also it's nice to try a fresh one instead of one imported after who knows how long (Jan De Lichte, St. B). On my short list of top 5 Witbiers. (1,113 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 corby112
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with slight darker golden yellow hues when held to a light source. Massive frothy 2.5 finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Very spicy aroma with hints of peppery lemon zest and coriander. Lots of bready yeast and citrus fruit notes, mostly lemon and orange peel.

Medium body that is surprisingly tart and lactic with a huge spicy presence and citrus fruit notes all accompanied by a yeasty/bread presence. Crisp and refreshing with an almost unnoticeable alcohol presence. ABV is extremely well masked. Slight dry finish.

Very spicy up front with hints of cloves, coriander, cardamon, pepper and lemon zest and a yeasty/bread body with banana and citrus notes: lemon, orange peel, grapefruit and a subtle hop presence. Crisp and refreshing with a slight dry finish. (826 characters)

Photo of BDLbrewster
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,082 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)

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