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Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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301 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 47
Gots: 48 | FT: 4
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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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

08-27-2012 10:29:59 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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daledeee

Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml bottle from their Smokestack series.

Pours a dark yellow/orange with cloudiness and good white head. Not much lacing

Nose is incredible with yeast, floral and great spiciness. Coriander and clover or other flowers.

Taste is very nicely blended spices, sweet orange with some malt and Belgian hop finish.

Mouth feel is rather sticky with great carbonation.

This beer is a joy to drink. One of the best.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 23:20:02 | More by daledeee
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Boulevard's re-released version of this beer in 2014, which as far as I know, did not involve any kind of recipe change. Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station. Poured into a large Belgian tulip glass with a flared rim.

Appearance - Pours a murky amber yellow with just a bit of variance on hue around the edges of the glass where the liquid isn't as dense and allows light to pass through. Otherwise, fairly consistent color throughout. Atop the body sits a single finger of frothy bone white head that takes only a minute or two to recede to a healthy bubbly ringlet around the edge of the glass with some additional thickness at places along the circumference. A mix of larger and smaller bubbles. As I start to drink, it leaves just tracings of lace along the glass that disappear after awhile.

Smell - From the glass emanates a wonderful bouquet of floral and fruity aromas paired with that distinctive spiciness that comes from a Belgian wit. However, in this case, it's different. The spiciness seems to have more depth than a standard witbier. The lavender and cardamom give this one a distinctly floral quality that is usually absent. The coriander is still there, but as a complement, rather than a feature. There is also a nice citrus zest component that brings to mind orange and some lemon.

Taste - The aroma turns out to be a wonderful prelude to the refreshing yet complex taste of this beer. Sometimes, those two things can be a bit mutually exclusive--a lot of different flavors can kill the refreshing aspects of a beer. It's a bit different than I remember, but the last time I had this beer was at least 5 years ago. At play, there is nice soft citrus from the orange peel and coriander and just the faintest twinge of tartness, which is actually a characteristic I really like about some of the most authentic witbiers. The floral elements are at play again, more with the lavender and just a faint bit of the impression of sweetness from the cardamom, both imparting an impression of sweetness, like you get from smelling baking spices.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied, with a low to moderate level of carbonation and just the tiniest twinge of sourness on the tongue.

Overall, this beer may be better than I remember it, but my palate has come a long way since I first had it many years ago. This was one of the earliest examples of Boulevard's new Smokestack Series offerings I ever had, and having it was a gateway into Boulevard coming into its own when it comes to Belgian styles. The reprise of this fan favorite is a welcome addition to (hopefully) their regular lineup.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 22:56:33 | More by LambicPentameter
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valkyre65

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-24-2013 00:25:18 | More by valkyre65
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bort11

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 03:28:22 | More by bort11
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 02:13:51 | More by BradLikesBrew
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-18-2011 21:42:21 | More by TheBishopco
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dbossman

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -0.7%

01-22-2012 05:37:56 | More by dbossman
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Saison Brett. This is the second brew I will try from this brewery. Pint bottle. Batch 1 2010 04/2011...

A: Very light golden honey color that carbonated continuously bringing bubble to the top. A nice 1 inch white head that slowly fades. Good.

S: This smells very interesting. I get some fruity bubble gum blended with some heavy spices. Some cinnamon in the middle with some pineapple on the backend. Good.

T: See, this is what I liked about Saison Brett. I'm not a fan of a beer being sour just to be sour. This beer has an awesome refreshing tartness, but not stupid sour. Starts with some spices blended with some honey followed by some carbonated banana. Good.

M: A hint too carbonated for my taste, but still good.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, this is the second brew from Boulevard that I've tried second to Saison Brett. This one definitely is a very solid brew and does not disappoint. This is not in the same category as Saison Brett, but it definitely does not fall far under. Try if you like banana bready tart beers. I'd say you should give one at least a try once. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 03:30:29 | More by steve8robin
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Goliath

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a large one inch slightly yellowed head on top. There is decent head retention, but no lacing.

The aroma is pretty decent. I get a nice dose of orange, with a slight bit of booze, and then is quickly followed by a good deal of spicing. The corriander seems to shine the most.

The taste is actually really nice. I get a really nice dose of citrus with a slightly tart orange peel and a bit of light grain. There's definitely a nice bit of spicing going on here as well. I'm really impressed actually, and I find this to be one of the better double wits I've encountered.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and really nicely carbonated with a light but robust bubble.

Drinkability is rather high. The 8% ABV is moderate, but well incorporated into the beer. The flavor profile for me is fantastic and incredibly drinkable. I'm really diggin it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 02:37:23 | More by Goliath
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

03-08-2012 16:39:54 | More by theminutemen
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danwho

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

10-08-2012 22:39:16 | More by danwho
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-21-2014 03:06:10 | More by HamGlade10
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Buebie

Minnesota

2.63/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 00:00:41 | More by Buebie
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange pour with a monster 3 fingers of fluffy head. Smells strongly of apple skins and orange peel, clove, hints of spices, and biscuity malts.

Taste kicks of with strong spiciness, clove washes it down. Some orange peel is still present. Fairly refreshing although the spices overwhelm if drank too quickly. Might be a tad too much carbonation sting, but overall this isn't too bad. I would drink again but probably wouldn't buy again just because the spices weigh a bit too heavy on my palate.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 04:23:06 | More by alcstradamus
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 05:14:29 | More by BedetheVenerable
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 00:36:57 | More by Reaper16
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IpeeA

Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2011 03:18:08 | More by IpeeA
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 02:41:03 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-24-2014 16:13:50 | More by PappyVans
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JackieTH

Minnesota

2.05/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Hazy golden-orange. Zero lacing from a foamy white head that disappeared quickly. Smell was tart, along with some fruity white grapes. Somebody else mentioned Sprite in their review, that's certainly near the taste, something like a fruity punch spiked with Sprite. The mouthfeel is bright, crisp, highly carbonated. Quite frankly I wish this was 750 mL of Sprite. I could use a Sprite right now to cleanse my palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 04:22:27 | More by JackieTH
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projectflam86

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 03:11:40 | More by projectflam86
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 01:30:04 | More by hwwty4
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orange, frothy head.

Smells of lavender, lemonade, and orange.

Lemon and orange peel, coriander, yeast, pepper, and a variety of herbal notes.

Full mouthfeel, lots of carbonation.

This was subtly done and nice. I love the smokestack series.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 03:38:39 | More by Strix
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

2.6/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 15:21:04 | More by Arithmeticus
Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.