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Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

403 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 53
Gots: 71 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Dave_Treat, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Canada_Dan
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Canada_Dan, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of falloutsnow
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA
Date: Batch "12010 04/2011"
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Overall, this is a good, tasty beer, but I'm not sure if it's suitable for 750ml bottles: it would be much more enjoyable to have a glass of this to mark the end of the night, rather than worry about finishing off an entire 750ml. This was a good, solid beer, but I'm not sure if I would get it again due to the bottle size.

Pours a generous >2cm head of slightly off-white foam, composed of small bubbles and quite dense, creating a nearly meringue-like image. Head retention is above average, it very gradually fades to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer. The head leaves some lacing along the sides, a few small lines and dots, about average. Body is a hazy, light copper brown, with light bringing out brighter shades of yellow and orange. Carbonation is visible, streaming from the center of the glass.

Aroma of nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, and some orange peel. In general, the scents are light, fresh, and spicy, reminiscent of a freshly baked sweet potato pie

The overall flavor profile is of distinct spices with a background of fairly substantial wheat and barley malt and a touch of ethanol. Tasting opens with mixed-malt sweetness tethered to flavorful pie spices including nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and coriander. The orange peel from the aroma may be present, but the suggestion may induce the tasting. Mid-palate is sweet, with continued, substantial spices and the first showing of ethanol, all amidst a background of sweet malts. Back of palate picks up ethanol sharpness, with heavy malt sweetness and residual pie spices. Aftertaste is mildly sweet, with cardomom and vague nutmeg being the spices I'd use to most closely approximate it.

Body is medium to medium-heavy, with mid-level carbonation. The beer foams up across the palate, resulting in a generally smooth mouthfeel. Still, the ethanol presence is easily felt, giving a subtle burning sensation across the tongue and into the nostrils. Finish is semi-dry.

falloutsnow, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of DCon
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

DCon, Aug 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

StaveHooks, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of bismarksays
4.25/5  rDev +6%

bismarksays, Jan 02, 2013
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 SkeeterHawk
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

sgttibbs, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

BeerOps, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

jeff1973, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 4 Jul 2009.

Served in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Very thick tight creamy head. Cloudy golden honey color. Tart yeasty lemon zest and coriander aroma. Taste is quite lemony, juicy. Citrus present throughout with a sweet caramel balance. Finish and aftertaste are tart but not puckering. Light peppery bite in the aftertaste. Medium body. Ethanol hidden until the end.

Cork was almost impossible to get out of the bottle.

htomsirveaux, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of bump8628
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

bump8628, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of katan
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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.

katan, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Two Jokers pours a hazy golden color with a very small head. There is a very big bold aroma, lots of sweet Belgian candy notes, hints of orange. The taste has big notes of orange, various spices, Belgian candies, and finishes with first a tartness, then a creamy wheat flavor. A little flat, but big flavors. Overall its very flavorful, nice fruit flavors, not overly sweet. Good stuff.

vette2006c5r, Aug 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

ryanpj, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of TheSarge
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

TheSarge, Jul 02, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +1%

dwagner003, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Kahlerbock, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of beer2day
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with lots of lemon. 1-finger head gives way to a nice cap of foam for the style. Fairly thick lace.

Nose is very Belgian. Lots of banana, clove, and some pepper. Underlying sweetness comes from yucca? Nice malt presence, too.

Banana-clove hit. Moves quickly to sour with a good bit of fizzy body. Fizz disappears before the finish, though, and caps off surprisingly smooth and thick. Not much of the abv shows. Nice mix of sweet (banana) and sour in the end.

Very nice body for the style.

Really like this interpretation. Easy to drink on a very hot day in NC in October.

beer2day, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of RickS95
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good looking American rendition of a Belgian white. A golden shade of orange, dense, but not so much hazy or cloudy, sitting under a very white, moderate-sized head.

The spices are there, but it lacks the funky Belgian yeast scents. Coriander and orange peel are the most prevalent notes.

It's got some strange flavors. Nothing bad, but it's weird. Lavender is noticeable, and I don't know what grains of paradise taste like, but I think I picked it up too. (Just looked up grains of paradise and it's a peppery flavor...that's pretty easy to pick up).

It's kind of sweet and kind of spicy, but only slightly bitter and definitely dry and tart. More of a puckering kind of tart, rather than a cleansing kind of tart.

Certainly not a bad beer, just something I haven't quite developed a taste for. Too many competing flavors and sensations. I guess you could say it's complex.

RickS95, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Tilley4
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet after a mighty struggle to remove the cork...

Pours a very hazy light golden color with a quickly forming and long lasting foamy head... Very cloudy and hazy...

The nose on this is terrific... The Belgian yeast and various spices like clove and coriander and lots of orange peel are powerful and enticing... Everything blends very well here and the aromas are not only pungent but persistent... Lots of different things going on here... Spicy and yeasty like a good bread...
Loads of flavor with this one...the spices are the first thing that's evident bringing along the cloves and orange and all of the things apparent in the nose. There's a kiss of hops that mingle in and usher in the tartness that the finish brings in... This one could almost be a hybrid between a Belgian Pale and a Witbier to me...it has the spiciness and tartness of a good Wit with the yeast and sweetness and flavor of a Strong Pale Ale. Its delicious... Starts out prickly in the mouth but smooths out quickly... Very drinkable...

I liked this one quite a bit. My first Double Wit and I really enjoyed this one...

Tilley4, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of thebouch01
5/5  rDev +24.7%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
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
Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.