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Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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472 Ratings
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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 54
Gots: 82 | 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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice hazy strong golden color with some nice orange hues and a .5 inch white head with tight bubbles and not os much head retention.

S - Slight funk and some slight tartness. There are nice bread notes. The aroma is quite mild though.

T & M - Delicious slight tartness. Some lemon peel hints and some wheat notes and slight yeast funk. Very delicious. There is some nice yeast notes and great bready notes. There is also some nice coriander and pepper notes and some awesome slight clove. Nice and fluffy mouthfeel and great body. The beer is easy to drink and goes down smooth for an 8% beer. The slight lemon notes go well with the nice bread and grassy notes and the awesome spice.

D - Extremely drinkable and enjoyable brew. The beer is very refreshing and flavorful and has a nice strong and delicious spice character. The ABV is high but not too crazy.

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

Poured at Cork & Cask, Cornelius NC...

Really neat beast... pours golden with sticky lacing. Loads of spice in the nose and in the taste, coriander and zest heaped upon a thin wheat backbone. Then there's the lacto-funk, which really makes this brew interesting. I just reviewed NoDa's Gose... it could've used some of this complexity. Neat brew.

Photo of Flounder57
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, bready wheat, spice bomb, yeasty esters, orange peel, apple, banana, and clove.

Taste: Love all the spices that went into the beer. Especially goes well with this style. So smooth and balanced too.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing, chewy, tart, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Awesome double wit. Love the twist between old and new. It works for me.

Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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...

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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 dwagner003
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour a hazy orange color with 3 + fingers of head with good retention. Looks like a very sticky / soapy head. Orange peeling, coriander, cardamom, and phenols on the nose.

The flavor has oranges, orange peeling, coriander, cardamom, and is somewhat sweet. The sweetness is balanced by the spice and orange peeling bitterness, which is subtle, but still present.

Medium bodied, high carbonation, and easy to drink. Based on what I have tried so far, you cannot go wrong with any of the beers in the Boulevard Smokestack Series.

Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Photekut
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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 augustgarage
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of bismarksays
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of bump8628
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.