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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
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.

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Reviews: 201 | Hads: 505
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)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Double Witbier style has always been a bit of a struggle for me because the jest of a Witbier is its drinkability. When we imperialize it, the drinkability is greatly diminished. Let's see about this one.

Right off the bat, I can tell that Two Jokers has retained it's golden-straw color and not been over caramelized in the boil; giving the impression of a more gentle and finess beverage. Light haze harks to the 'wit' part of the beer while the creamy, yet dainty, stark-white head retains well but has trouble in the lacing department.

Aromas ride the fence between a Witbier and a Belgian Tripel. Very fruity and spicy with phenolic hints of plastic and medicine. Still and sweet pilsner malt flavor finds inviting notes of confection sugars, orange zest, lemons, corriander, and cilantro.

Flavors portray the same characteristics both in intensity and balance as those in the nose. Fruits and phenols are very well balanced not to let either dominate. A nectar-honey like sweetness proceeds any graininess from the malts. Only a herbal hop earthiness deviates to the bitter or hoppy side. White pepper, acidity, and alcohol flavor adds complexity.

Sweet up front with the malts and residual sweetness, but slowly fades into dry, alcoholic warmth moments later. Spicy to the palate throughout and light prickling gives a lot of play to the surfaces of the mouth. Still, the beer fails to capture that ultimate powdery softness that classic Hoegaardens and Witkerke's exhibit.

Though it is a really nice beer it becomes an inigma that loosely connects to many Belgian varieties including Tripels, Saisons, Belgian Pales, and Witbiers. Good beer but I'm still not convinced that there is such thing as a good Double Witbier.

Thanks BlueOkie! (1,754 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 Goliath
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy peach nectar color with golden highlights; the head is impressive and leaves a nice clumpage of lace

Smell: Lemon, banana and lavendar elements dominate, with undertones of cardamom and coriander

Taste: Citrusy and tart, up front, with lemon, orange peel, pineapple and a growing banana element that challenges the citrus by mid-palate, when the spicy coriander, lavendar and grains of paradise arrive; although the tartness flourishes throughout, the finish brings an interesting bananas flambee sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation and acidity

Drinkability: A fine example of the style, but I would not have thought it was a double wit; the alcohol is well disguised

Thanks, iasanlee, for the opportunity (765 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 acelin
5/5  rDev +23.5%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at macadoodles in Joplin.

Opens with a loud POP! Pours an effervescent & chill-hazed butterscotch with a thumb of fluffy eggshell colored head. Clears up fairly well, very good head retention & average lacing

S: Lemons, coriander & not much else

T: Lemons, orange & lemon zest, white pepper & grapefruit up front. Tartness & dryness follow as this warms along with lemon zest, coriander & some dried pineapple, plus a whisper of booze. Finishes with white pepper, lemon & orange zest, some grapefruit, & some coriander & grains of paradise

MF: Spritzy, somewhat creamy, every thing is in balance here

Drinks extremely easy for the ABV, I believe I've found my benchmark for this amped up take on the style! May be a bit too clean tasting for purists (770 characters)

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer poured a hazy orange color with a huge, fluffy white head which stuck around for a bit. Lacing was very nice.

Smell- Strong hints of yeast, wheat, cloves and lemony citrus.

Taste - Nice tartness upfront with hints of citrus and banana and clove from the yeast. The malt balances this beer well.

Mouthfeel- Very nice crisp and clean with a medium body.

Overall- Another phenomenal brew from the guys over at Boulevard. The Smokestack series are absolutely incredible and this one just adds to it! (523 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to stephens101 for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Batch: 1-2009

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy deep orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice huge three-finger creamy white head, with lots of thick/creamy sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some yeast, corinder, bananna. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/yeasty, very nice touch of spices and banannas. Medium body. Very drinkable, an awesome brew, thanks Lane. (462 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Batch No 1-2009

A: Pours a hazy, pale-gold. Very cloudy with a pillowy and full three-fingers of foam perched on top. The head featured great retention and left a beautiful mess of lace stuck in the lace. Carbonation was quite active.

S: Very balanced nose of banana, clove, tangy citrus, toasted malt, grains, red apple, and fruity yeast.

T: Loads of fruity yeast, spices, toasy malt, and a slightly tart apple flavor in addition to sweet spiced pear and peach.

M: Creamy and full with a spritzy prickle on the tongue. Does an excellent job of coating and also not being to heavy.

D: Fantastic! Heather said it was a masterful combination of Wit and Saison. Awesome! (764 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden colore with a huge white head. In fact the first pour was a glass full of foam. The head slowly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Big aroma of lemons, maybe some vanilla, and alcohol. Wheat malt flavor with citrus hints, mostly lemon, and yeast phenols. Alcohol warmth in the finish. No need for people to add a lemon to this beer. Carries the alcohol well. The beer label claims tartness but I could not detect any or any other added spice. Still has a nice flavor. Bigger body than the average wit as expected. The level of carbonation is lively without being harsh. Slightly tingling. I do not think it lives up to the claims it has on the label but still has nice flavors. The high ABV limits drinkability. (767 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 elniko
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into pilsner glass. Marked batch 01-2009 on bottle.

A: Poured with huge pillowy head. Nice lacing and hazy golden coloring. Good looking brew.

S: Wow, tart tones coming from the nose. Spicy tones mixed with lemon as well. Just wonderful and quite unique as well.

T & M: First off this is one fine brew. High alcohol content but still very refreshing with tart mouthfeel. Quite light bodied as I would expect a wit to be. The tones from the smell come through on the taste as well. Spices are apparent as is the lemon, zesty tones as well.

D: For a double wit highly drinkable. This is one that I will definitely be seeking out again. The Smokestack Series continues to impress. (699 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split with the lady a few weeks ago

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a pint - hazy peach body, gorgeous fluffy white cloud-head

smell: lovely aroma - well spiced with white pepper, corriander...yeasty and fruity

taste: very well balanced - crisp yeast, sweet apricot and peach, zesty corriander, white pepper mingling with moderate tones of alcohol, orange and tangerine, peach juice. lovely - will go through another one of these

mouthfeel: active yeast, live carbonation, smooth and creamy

drinkability: nice (537 characters)

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

Picked up this bottle the day it got delivered to Zipps. I let it sit for about a month, and since today is Friday, I figured that was a good enough occasion to crack it open.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy orange color with a large frothy slightly off-white head. This one is a foamer for sure. After the head settled down a bit, it still had excellent retention. When the brew is cold (straight from the fridge at about 40 degrees) it is too cold and there is no lacing. However, as the brew warms a bit, lacing becomes apparent. Minimal, but apparent.

Very yeasty nose, with a pretty sizable whiff of warming alcohol. It sounds unpleasant, but it's not. The warmth is welcoming and inviting, and in no way a deterrent. I get coriander and spices, orange peel and fruity zest. Like I said, lots of bready yeasty goodness.

Wow, honestly wow. This is like a Wit on steroids. Thank god it is as advertised (Double Wit). I had my doubts, I thought it would be a normal Wit with twice the alcohol, but I was wrong. This is truly a "Double" Wit, in that everything about it is twice as good as a normal Wit is. Seriously, it's on steroids. Very strong flavours.

Mouthfeel is great. Smooth and creamy with just a bit of heat. Drinkability is surprisingly high considering the specs. 8% isn't something that is easy to hide, any way you look at it. This Wit on 'Roids is impressive in every aspect.

Once again, Boulevard impresses me. For being a "mediocre' brewery, I find their offerings more than impressive. Kudos, Boulevard! (1,537 characters)

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