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Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 54
Gots: 81 | FT: 1
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 mmva321
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Good Good Good Good.

That's really all I have to say about this particular beer. Boulevard are able to churn out these beers like a beaver can churn out a suitable dam log. It's all good and useful and quite well appreciated but there aren't many dam logs you look at and say, "Man, that log is really something else!"

So yea, the appearance is good. Yellow haze with an orange tint that has some head and lacing. An aroma of pungent citrus, coriander, hops and grass. Very nice, a little off balance but still good. THe coriander and grass take over the taste. It's very off balance but still tastes pretty good. I'm beginning to think that Boulevard have a coriander fetish with its strong taste being the detriment to more than a couple beers by the boys in KC. Feels light and carbonated, almost too carbonated. Very drinkable and relaxing.

Now I'm done. Drink it for a pleasant evening when the beer shouldn't be the main attraction.

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.6/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: clear golden yellow, thin head, no lacing;
S: pear, paint thinner (in a good way); inviting
T: very distinctive, lemony, acidic; exudes a Diet Sprite flavor with orange overtone; the alcohol is disguised well; the bottle conditioning is not as pronounced as I would have expected.

Overall, I'm not very impressed with this beer, a rare naysay for this one.

Photo of paperbackfoster
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A pour down the side of a tulip glass came up to a solid four fingers, receding to a clumpage of two with sticky retention. The body is a golden honey, lighter around the edges in the light. The carbonation is inviting, constantly springing up from the bottom of the glass like champagne.

S - Zest of orange and lemon, candy sugars, and ripe fruit. A tart, apple-like funk springs up from the yeast.

T - Lightly spiced orange hits first, with hints of clove in an otherwise summery palette. Followed by a mellow body of citrus and wheat, finishing just on the edge of floral. The lighter flavors hedge off the 8% ABV, making this a very refreshing brew that’s still worth spending some time with, rather than guzzling.

M - Like a hefemosa, the famed breakfast brew of hefeweizen mixed with champagne. High carbonation and zesty citrus make this a real pleasure in the mouth.

Overall - A strong showing of an American style wit. While it may lack some of the yeast character of a traditional wit, it’s such a full, rounded flavor. The defining characteristics - citrus zest, hint of clove, and so on - can be used to describe so many beers in and out of this style, but this one’s worth spending some time with to explore all the nuances. As an added plus, the bottle (in my experience) really is just as good as finding it on tap.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I must admit this is one of my absolute favorite beers and I look forward to it being available each year. It pours a golden yellow color giving way to a very pontent spicy floral aroma. The initial taste demonstrates the sweetness of a wit accompanied by corriander, cardamom, and lavender. The intensity of the spiciness gives light hints of pepper. The aftertaste yields a tart orange peel flavor. It is a nice mild finish to an intensely flavorful experience.

One a warm summer day, this is a easy drinking beer that could be consumed in large quantities.

Photo of DCon
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750 mL bottle of this from the Bridge Wine House & Tap Bar in St. Louis, MO for $15. Poured from the optical illusion looking bottle into a Snifter glass and has Batch Number 2-2009 on the back.

Aroma- Very sweet and has a nice citrus/orange aroma. Wheats are here also and then also maybe a bit of spice. Very moderate aroma overall.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that has good retention! A light golden body is present with a bit of haziness. Leaves great lacing on the snifter.

Flavor- Very nice citrus start and a double orange peel is here. Not as much wheat as in the aroma but still involved in the drink. Hops are evident and have a light bitterness at the end. Very sweet and great for the style!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent, and leaves a nice acidity on the end of the drink, back of the tongue. Great!

Overall Impression- Perfectly refreshing, has nice body and punch to it and nice fruit flavors added. I've enjoyed this now on-tap and bottle. Both were phenomenal and don't remember much difference between these two. Get your hands on if you can!

Photo of StaveHooks
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden with a timid white head.

S - Funky hay, lemon citrus, wild flowers, coriander, faint honey.

T - Tons of tart lemons, some sour wheat, nice amount of spice, the citrus rides through to the end. A mix of sugary fruit hides underneath to combat the acidic citrus. Finishes dry and very crisp.

M - Soft and creamy, light to medium body.

The acidic tartness was a nice touch and unexpected. A great summertime beer.

Photo of UTCengOwl
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, this is definitely interesting. Never had a beer like this before. It's kind of like a cross between the lactic components of Festina Peche with a Christmas potpourri. Got a bottle from the amazing Sunshine Mini-Mart on Anderson. The guy in there sure loves his beer. Popped the cork and poured it into a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer pours a hazy, golden yellow. The head is initially huge, but it dies down a lot faster than I would have guessed. I had high hopes for the looks because of the past few Boulevard beers I've had, but this doesn't quite live up to those.

The nose is... spicy. Cardamom is taking over my nose to give a strong Christmas potpourri. There's also some tartness and orange peel there, but man, this is spicy.

The taste is initially a yogurty lactic beauty. Creamy and tart, it definitely delivers the goods on that end and blends perfectly with the mouthfeel. As the beer warms, the spices come to the forefront, but they are much more muted than the nose. I'd probably prefer a bit less of a potpourri and a stronger traditional Belgian White spice blend to come forth, but this does it's job of expanding my mind of what a beer can be. Can you really ask for more than that?

Photo of ccrida
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 2011-2/01-2012 (the former the brew date, the later expiration, I assume). Poured into a chalice, two jokers is murky straw yellow with a fluffy white head

Smell is very floral, spicy. Sweeter as is warms. Potpourri.

Taste is spicy, whoa. The adjuncts are heavy handed. Lavender and cardamon dominate, losing the esters, wheat and other classic character I love in this style.

Mouthfeel is dry, light bodied.

Drinkability is okay, it's a lighter, dry brew, and the high ABV is well hidden, but way to spicy for my taste. I love classic wit biers, these home-brew kitchen sink style ones, much less so...

Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Enjoy!

Photo of Reaper16
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

*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.

Photo of maximum12
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sdmvd6
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of BurgerJones
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheSarge
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of specksnreds
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MrTopher
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of colt45n
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!

Photo of HaysAmerica
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

Photo of budgood1
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of theboozecruise
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ncfranklin
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.