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Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 204
Hads: 510
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 20.1%
Wants: 74
Gots: 87 | 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: 204 | Hads: 510
Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed but not as cloudy as some wits, orange color with an initially tall head that doesn't stick around for long. Not much lacing is left by the white foam.

Nose is strong with lots of yeast influences; phenolic and herbal overall. Lots of clove with hints toward the flowery side, enough citrus to be interesting.

Flavors of lavender, coriander, citrus, and a touch of the grains of paradise. There's really a lot of herbs going on, and combined with the high alcohol it has a bit of a 'cough syrup' feel.

Highly carbonated, a little thin but just fine for style. Lots of carbonation in the finish, a little biting with the citrus and herbs. Not a bad take, but not among my favorites.

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Photo of katan
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mil into a goblet - batch 2-2009

A - Pours a very hazy orange to golden color. Lots of yeast floating around inside from the bottle fermentation. Head formation is incredibly strong, well retained as well. Still at least a 1cm in height, white to just a bit dirty.

S - A goblet is not the best glass for this beer. You really have to capture the spicy aromas coming off this beer. A nice yeasty, spicy combination hits my nose. Some coriander, and just a hair of wheat astringency.

T - Starts off rather muted, with only the lightest of malt sweetness. No hops. Not as much spicing in the early tastes as the smell would indicate. Some orange sweet notes build along with the bitterness as it rolls off the tongue. Phenolic tones are light. Finishes with the most potent flavor, with a tripel like yeast bread note and some more malt sweetness. The aftertaste is a somewhat odd wheat astringency - have to say it doesn't align with the rest of the beer.

M - A nice body for a witbier - the beer itself is moderate, creamy and not thin. The above average carbonation (normal for a wit) are somewhat stinging.

D - ABV is not out of line for a...well...a..double wit? Since that doesn't exactly exist, I would have to say this is a wit that can sneak up on you. It is also a bit filling from the carbonation. I would call this a summer "one and done" beer for me.

As a witbier and tripel fan, I have to admit I was really looking forward to this one. I have a mixed reaction to this beer - I really like it, but it doesn't meet the monumental expectations I created for it in my head. After the rest of the Smokestack series, I was expecting my dream beer. I'm guessing it is impossible to live up to that expectation.

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Photo of bort11
4.11/5  rDev +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

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Photo of Gehrig
4.27/5  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.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $8.49. Vibrant, bright orange color. looks like a nectar, not much head when poured into a wine glass. Smells like citrus and tastes like biting into a powerful orange or nectarine, good stuff all around. This was the second American craft witbier I had today and they both deviated from the norm in a very good way.

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Photo of KI9A
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour into my tulip glass reveals a huge, puffy, inviting head. Settles into some lace suds. Hazy, golden.

S: Corrinder, cirtus, what you expect in a wit.

T: Not what I expect, well, somewhat..Sour oranges, corrinder, some clove. Not much lemon detected. Much more creamy than many wits, hell, this one makes many others seem watery. A "Cream Wit"? Seriously, it's alot like an orange dreamsicle, but with a bite.

M: Slick, smooth. Highly carbonated.

D: 8% ABV well hidden. Bottle went down very quick...too damned quick. Well done, again. Smokestacks rule!

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: cloudy gold/orange color, huge head finishes at finger thickness, plenty of lacing
s: coriander with heavy lemon notes and spices
t: consistent with smell, tartness lingers on and on
m: medium body, not quite creamy, plenty of carbonation
d: when this got really warm, the flavors came out more, but unfortunately for me, nothing stood out about this beer

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, 2009 - No. 8 in the Boulevard Smokestack Series; 750ml bottle into a Corsendonk tulip.

A loud, satisfying "POP!" greets me as I uncork this beauty of a beer. Even with a gentle pour, Two Jokers builds a towering fluff of meringue head that slowly settles to a patch of foam. Torrents of bubbles rise up form the etched moon on the glass's bottom, fueling the head atop an attractively hazy, bright orange body. Great aroma, both subtle and complex at the same time. Coriander practically leaps out of the tulip, battling with orange peel zest for the nose. Hints of vanilla, grassy hops, and mandarin orange back up the spicy bouquet, while the malts are biscuity and soft.

This is a very good witbier--on the verge of being great. Starts with fresh coriander, orange peel, and orange flesh. Slightly sour tartness blends with a nice backbone of crystal malt. A quick flash of boozy heat and sharp, grassy spices cut across the back of the palate alongside a spritzy carbonation level. The medium-light body finishes on the dry side, with a burst of funky sourness. All in all, Boulevard has crafted a beautiful example of the Witbier style that packs heftier-than-normal booze and spices, but doesn't over-do it and still maintains its drinkability. Bravo!

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Photo of zeff80
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a huge, off-white, foamy head (actually had some spill over). It left a little sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of yeast and clove with a strong wheat aroma. There were plenty fruity notes with orange and lemon zest detectable.

T - Great blend of wheat and spicy yeast. Fruity flavors are good, too. Plenty of orange flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is another great Smokestack brew. I was skeptical of a double wit, but this is really good.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is spicy cool and slightly funky like a strong Saison. Mild malt. Smells nice.

Pours a deep straw color, very hazy, nice creamy head. Looks good.

Lemon wheat, dry and grainy, with ample tartness, moderate creaminess, nice banana-like esters. Spicy cool and funky yeast with mild dry powdery medicinalness, more tropical fruit than plastic. Medicine/plastic dryness with punchy carbonation and plenty of bitterness and tartness make for an exciting and pleasing mouthfeel. Nice contrast between the light lemony brightness and the funky floral. Mild sweetness. Finishes slightly tart/funky. Quite good. Very good mouthfeel and drinkability.

My favorite of the Smokestack's so far.

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Photo of Buebie
2.73/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first double wit I've ever had. Split four ways between me, my brother-in-law, my dad and my sister's boyfriend. Pours a hazy orange color with a bubbly head. Wheaty, citrusy in the nose. Taste is very light and refreshing for a double wit. Like the nose, it's wheaty and citrusy. A little bubbly in the mouth, but not overwhelming. Very tasty beer. Enjoying the smokestack immensely.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drinking from a Boulevard pint glass, poured from the Boulevard bomber.

This looks to be a pretty imposing wheat-wheat from the outset - almost thick looking because it's such a dark color for a wheat - orange-brown, with a huge 1 inch head, with a volcano-like crater from the pour, dying out to become a thin layer of white "invite."

Definitely wheaty on the nose, but in a big way, with additions of spices and citrus, finely complementing the wheat aromas.

Big bitter wheat, and coriander-like spices and hints of grapefruit and other citrus extending to the edges of the tongue, making you forget that you've ever had another beer before. It's seriously that enjoyable.

Heavy in the mouth, popping and cracking with each taste, becoming a bit syrupy and at the end, but by that point, your tongue is so worn out that it just doesn't care anymore.

Nothing left to write - smiling too much.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I heard Boulevard was bringing out a double wit I was also not happy.

A: A good bit darker than most wits I've seen. Nice head and sticky lacing.

S: Whoah! The orangepeel and coriander smack you in the face.

T: The spices come close to being overwhelming whithout actually going there. Wit flavor in your face. Alcohol is a maybe a bit too prevalant, but that's just a very small complaint. Overall the taste is great. I'd like to say it's balanced, because it tastes balanced, but I don't know that I can with all the flavor going on.

M: Smooth, creamy, and super bubbly.

D: I could drink this all night and gladly pay for it the next day.

Well, my concern over a double wit being put out was overrated. This is the best wit I've ever had. I shouldn't have doubted the brewmaster since I hear he is Belgian. At $7.49 a bottle this was a steal.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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

poured into a EKU pokel. Cloudy yellowish orange with a three finger head. Yeasty floaties.

Smells of grapes and an array of spices. Orange peel, Lemon peel, Coriander and cloves. Malty backbone and a twinge of grassy hops.

Suprisingly sweet and spicy at the same time. Great balance and really gathers all of the spices well. Hides the alcohol well underneath the spices.

Mouth is moderate and perfectly carbonated with a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste. Drinks easy and wonderfully on a hot night. Really liking the new Boulevard offerings Kepp em coming!

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Snifter

Cloudy copper/off orange with a nice 1 finger head that fades quickly but leaves a full film over the top of the beer

Smell is all over the board rich spices, corriander, clove and others. Also very citrus notes lemon/orange peel and even a grape note

Smooth and extremly complex spices are ver full and stay throughout the beer with a nice level of alcohol and good spicy finish

Very smooth and complex carbonation is near perfect. Medium near a heavy body very full

Easy to drink and I'll be happy everytime it comes around

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Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.