Two Jokers Double-Wit - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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89
very good

473 Ratings
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Ratings: 473
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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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%

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3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

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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 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!

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of rtepiak
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of katan
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow pour with a one-finger white head. Very nice citrus, lemon and yeast aroma. Excellent lemony tart flavor upfront with a nice tropical fruit edge. Light body has a strong spice presence with flavors of coriander and clove standing out. Also, has very light hints of grain and yeast. Finishes tart, juicy and refreshing.

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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a hazy darker golden-orange color with a tall frothy head with several minute's of stability and decent quality lacing. Smells and tastes exactly like a 40-60 ratio hybrid between a Berliner Weiss and a higher-gravity Belgian Wit. (Tart lemony lactic pucker with florals, phenolics, and a touch of horseblanket funk combined with spiced citrus peel / citrus juice and garnished by white pepper.) Balanced exceptionally well in the precise middle point between dryness and sweetness. My only criticism is that the body came across as somewhat too far on the heavy side of medium thickness for my preferences, despite the valiant efforts of the carbonation, it got a bit sludgy and left a thin sort of residue / coating film on the inside surface of my mouth. But I can deal with it because the lingering film has a flavor that I actually enjoy. I just... wish it didn't cling so much.

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.

Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.