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Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Two Jokers Double-WitTwo Jokers Double-Wit

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BA SCORE
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408 Ratings
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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 53
Gots: 72 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: naterock on 05-10-2009)
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Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chalice, the beer is has a slight haze and is golden in color. The head is ever so tight and creamy and leaves spots of lacing.

Picking up some wheat in the nose along with a generous amount of fruit. Orange, peach, lemon zest and notes of spice with coriander among them.

Has a very belgian flavor to it. The wheat is there, belgian yeast, fruity sweetness with orange peel for a citrus spike along with spices. A peppery aftertaste. The alcohol is slightly noticeable as well. Pretty nice complexity going on that keeps the palate guessing.

Around a medium body with lightly fizzy carbonation that is very tiny feeling, yet isn't quite creamy or smooth. Slight puckering effect that finishes extremely dry.

A very nice beer that drinks decently. This definitely drinks more like a triple or a quad more so than a wit.

jera1350, May 19, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Beertracker for this one

A - Beautiful orange-golden hue, billowing white crown of foam, scant lace.

S - Wheat sweetness, honey-butterscotch, and generally spicy and saucy aromas are the mainstay.

T - The flavor is hard to pin down, mostly crisp and refreshing, lightly tart and spicy. The ABV is well-hidden. Wheat flavor is restrained to the grainy aspects, and is not overly estery.

M - Lighter-bodied, yet big and refreshing, with a dry finish.

D - Here in Florida, we NEED beer like this. Super-refreshing, and still very substantial. Boulevard strikes again.

ktrillionaire, May 18, 2010
Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle courtesy of RedHaze - thanks!! Poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, nearly opaque goldenrod, a honey mustard gamboge capped by one finger of fine eggshell head. The hue is dirty, muddy, a huge suggestive perhaps of its flavors and aromatics, appropriate but not necessarily that sort crisp, bright, beauty you want from a witbier. The head, however, is fantastic. Dense but fluffy, rocky but ethereal, the crown of mother-of-pearl cream has great retention, consistently replenished by slow carbonation that's barely visible through the morass that is this beer's interior. The lacing is one part glittery runs and one part clingy stick, and the end result is probably above average for this style and this this abv%.

Aroma: Freshly juiced oranges, pulpy and slightly sweet. A really earthy spice undertone, with definite tingly and aromatic hints of grains of paradise and stronger cardamom tweak and pull at the olfactory senses. All faintly sweet but largely dry, the dryness enhanced by the spicy earthiness.

Taste: Huge cardamom and cloves are my first impression, wrapped in a honey orange kiss. First, the malt base is obviously simple, and obviously on the sweet side, but it's actually not nearly as sweet (on the whole) as many doublewits and even wits are. There are plenty of well attenuated sugars here, like dry honey, graham cracker-esque, complemented by the spices. So, let's talk about the spices. I get tons of cardamom and cloves, faint cinnamon-esque notes, and though I know I should be getting grains of paradise, they seem to get lost in the muddle here than they did in the nose. The citrus notes - the curacao orange peel in particular, though also some faint lemon, passion fruit - are prevalent, mixing with the tartness (not sourness) of the fermentation to give a nice citrus kick with just a faint amount of acidity. Pretty solid, if a little busy.

Mouthfeel: Not sticky or cloying at all, largely by virtue of its dryness relative to many of its double wit cousins. There's definite effervescence, almost too much for a beer this dry, as there's no natural "thickness" beyond the necessary volume of this much attenuated sugar to contain the crispness, but it's not really too terrible distracting.

Drinkability: 8.0%. Yep. I'm feelin' it. But it's not too noticeable or in your face, despite the lack of sweetness to cover up (maybe it's hidden in the spice). This one's a step above most of the double wits I've had - most tend to be sickly sweet, or overly spiced, or spiced in an inauthentic way. This one keeps the yeast notes at bay, and augment them with authentic earthy spices and overtones, and has a dry enough malt backbone that nothing's cloying or overpowering. Indeed, it's one of the better examples of the style I've had the pleasure of drinking. Recommended, and an exemplary standout if BA ever gives the "doublewit" it's own style.

CrellMoset, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is loads of orange peel and coriander. The flavor is lemons, oranges, spicy hops and a lot of coriander. Some alcohol is present in the flavor as well. Very soft, medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

Mora2000, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy mustard-orange, with a quarter-inch white head that remains. Good lacing.
The smell very interesting. Belgian yeast is there, surrounded by pepper, and minty fruit(s). After reading about cardamom, I am thinking the minty aspect comes from this. Orange and lemon, which I presume comes from the coriander. The malts can be discerned underneith it all.
Taste is peppery Belgian yeast, with a mix of tart, spicey fruits (orange, lemon, banana, and apricot, amidst perhaps others). The malts again are detectable beneath it all with an active search.
Mouthfeel is crisp with a fairly dry finish. Nice bite comes in halfway through. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is good. The alcohol is almost completely undetectable in the smell or taste.

Parrotbeak, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of kjyost
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased n Minneapolis in Feb/2010 @ Surdyk's. Batch No 1-2009

Poured a cloudy yellow with average head and no lacing. The aroma was spicy, with pepper,and light fruit,mainly citrus. The taste was spicy overtop a light maltiness. Some sweetness was evident and pepper was evident. A citrusy fruit was evident in the finish. Strong carbonation in the mouthfeel,which enhanced the wit flavours. Spiciness was a bit too strong to make this a very drinkable beer.

kjyost, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-amber body capped by a massive mountain of whitish head that leaves patchy lacing.

Aroma: A mix of sweet cereal grain malt, non-descript spices, apricot, citrus, and something that's menthol-like (in a good way).

Flavor: A strong base of bready wheat-like malt, some slightly sour qualities, spices, and some very mild hops. The citrusy menthol-like element returns, and again, is a pleasant addition. Not much sign of the eight percent booze to be found.

Mouthfeel: A smooth medium body with medium-light carbonation and some bare hints of burn from the alcohol.

Drinkability: This drinks much faster than an eight percent brew, so watch yourself.

Verdict: Kind of a wild card, think of Two Jokers as a strong Witbier with some slightly sour and menthol notes. I expected another boozy and bland "double Wit," but found something a little more interesting.

BeanBone, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle pours a hazy dark gold color with a huge cap of off-white, large-bubbled foam. Decent retention and lacing. Pretty good looking beer, love the label as well.

Nose is heavy on the wheat and coriander with a fair dose of orange peel. Some Belgian yeasty aromas come through as well as a hint of citric hop.

Taste is lemony wheat and coriander driven. Pithy, bitter citrus peel along with a hearty helping of alcohol. For me, the wit is a style that need not be imperialized, so that factors into my low rating for this beer. Not to mention there is no way in hell I could finish a whole 750 by myself. Belgian yeasties make their presence felt near the end, but it is not enough to change my feelings about the beer. I was barely able to choke down my half of the bottle. I enjoyed the Sam Adams and Southampton versions much better. Definitely my least favorite Boulevard offering, usually love their stuff.

twiggamortis420, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange color with a fast-fading white head.

Aroma of corriander, orange peel, wheat, and cloves.

The taste had a hearty mentholated cough drop note that overpowered all else and was hard to ignore. Behind that was orange peel, malt and spice. Finish is on the tart side.

Medium bodied and dry with a bright carbonation.

To me, the mentholated cough drop taste was too much and soured the enjoyment. Not one of my favorites from Boulevard.

Monkeyknife, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second beer in our "Super Boulevard Beer Tasting" for the Saints world championship victory!

Looks great - like an orange cloudy slice of bliss. Little head but very appealing.

Smells of spices (corriander, cloves, grains of paradise) and some citrus. Orange is apparent, but there is some lemon and grape skin as well.

Taste is wonderful. Wow! This ended up being a huge hit with our friends and was one of the favorites of the Smokestack line. A great wheat base sets the stage for orange, corriander and spices, and a wonderful lactic zing. Awesome stuff!! Not hot but strong.

Heavy carb makes up for the amost syrupy viscosity. If anything, the mouth is this beer's downfall, but I don't know how you'd do a double wit with all the flavors and not run into this issue.

Good beer, one I'm glad to have toasted with as the Super Bowl started.

jampics2, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from corked and caged bottle.

A- Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color. Nice two finger white head stays around for a little while before dying down. Leaves nice lacing around the rim of the glass. Looks good overall!

S- This beer caught me by surprise with all the smells in the aroma. There is a wheaty tone to this that battles it out with spices in the front end. Orange peel, lemon zest, and clove are the biggest in this. Light banana scent to this as well in the middle along with a light bready malt smell in the tail end that gets covered again with spice.

T- This was a nice tasting beer. Nice spices in the front end of this with a almost wheaty taste. Clove and banana dominate in the front and middle...toward the ending there is a light sourness to it that I very much enjoy. the orange peel flavor comes through a little more as the beer warms up.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little more than I would have liked but didn't make it or break it in the mouthfeel. Cloves and banana are left on the palate long after the beer is gone. Aftertaste has a little more malt in the mix. Crisp tasting almost the entire time.

D- This was a interesting beer that I had a couple glasses of. Good beer to try although I could see a lot of people really liking this then I wouldn't be able to get any...

alleykatking, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of hwwty4
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a golden, hazy wheat with a big, fluffy, off white head that leaves no lacing as the beer recedes. This beer has some crazy head retention. There seems to be always an inch high hat sitting on top of my beer. The aroma is interesting. The first aroma that hits me is a slight lactic sourness that's backed up by some serious spicing. Cardamom, lemon zest, orange peel, clove all make an appearance. Also over ripe bananas and just a little bit of toast from the pale malts. The flavor is just as interesting. Its extremely spiced. Grains of paradise, cardamom, a bit of dried flowers, and clove all mashed together with some lemon peel. Also a slight toastiness to it. Unfortunately the slight sourness that comes out in the nose is completely lost on the flavor profile. I wish the Boulevard team would have sour mashed it a bit longer. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. I have to admit that I completely disliked this beer when it first came out, but it turns into a pretty easy drinking Wit. A lot of the sweetness died down which makes it easier to drink.

hwwty4, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of bret27
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

bret27, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy Diomede. Pours a hazy gold color with a big off-white head. Aroma heavy on spices with some apple/orange/banana esters and a bright coriander note. Fruity flavor with the same ester profile, a little tart, coriander and orange peel are apparent. Body is pretty full, carbonation is medium. Sweet but not too sweet.

illidurit, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-hazy orange with a large bubbly head, above average carbonation, and some lacing.

smell is of yeast, spice, malt, pepper, and wheat.

taste is of orange peel, spice, malt, citrus, and wheat, end is tart.

overall more of a berliner weiss than a wit.

froghop, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. At first I was a little suspicious of the higher alcohol content, but it works. Ditto the extra malt, which actually enhances the tartness and mouthfeel. Poured with a small to medium head and no lace. Color is a lighter amber. Aroma is citrus, spice, and malt. Flavor is malt, sour cherries, citrus, spice, and sweet sour. Body is full and carbonation is great. Very drinkable/session beer. Even with the alcohol (which is present but subtle).

drpimento, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter. Good label. Batch 1-2009 but not sure the date. It was a hazy golden yellow with massive carb streams throughout. It had a very large white head that settled into a thin foam cap and good collar. Slight lacing.

The aroma was excellent and chock full of spices. Heavy on lavender and grains of paradise plus cardamom and the standard wit base of coriander and orange peel. A real good sniffer but you have to be careful or the lavender starts to overwhelm. The taste follows the aroma. Again, led by the lavender and grains of paradise atop a buried wit base. I really like the taste on this one but it's hard to find the wit in it unless you know to look for it since some many non-wit spices taking center stage. Not a complaint - just that it could be any lighter style. The 8% ABV never comes into play - couldn't smell it or taste it. Mouthfeel was crisp with a lot (almost too much) of carbonation. A definite gas inducer.

Overall, an excellent beer and the best double wit that I've had. I'd been putting this one off as, while I love wits, I find most double wits to be too dominated by alcohol taste and not very good. Glad that I finally tried it. Highly recommend. Rotation - avail here in TX. Part of the Smokestack series so not sure how long it will be available so need to grab a few more while fresh. If stays in rotation will get a few a year.

TexIndy, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

BedetheVenerable, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.63/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

jujubeast6000, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of mikeborglum
3.33/5  rDev -17%
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

mikeborglum, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

barleywinefiend, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of mwilbur
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

mwilbur, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

mothman, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

rtepiak, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

projectflam86, Oct 27, 2009
Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.