Two Jokers Double-Wit | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Two Jokers Double-WitTwo Jokers Double-Wit
BA SCORE
82.5%
Liked This Beer
3.98 w/ 525 ratings
Two Jokers Double-WitTwo Jokers Double-Wit
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

Added by naterock on 05-10-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,315
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
525
Liked:
433
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
13.07%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
88
Trade:
1
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Photo of sweatervest
5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.92/5  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.

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Photo of rbmjr1
4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber.
Wow! It looks, smells and tastes great. It reminds me of Blanche De Bruxelles but much more robust. Bubblegum, bananas, lemon all in here with an overall slight tartness. Everything is very well balanced. I love the lemony aftertaste.
I can't believe this is 8% abv. I've probably had over 200 different beers in the past 4 years. And never have I encountered a beer that masks a high abv like this one. I'm tasting none of the alcohol, though, I am feeling some of it... :-)
I'd probably give this a 4.75 across the board. However, since I can't I tried to approximate it in my scores. I wouldn't give any beer a perfect score, only a near perfect score for my very favorites.
This is a great effervescent beer. It makes my top 10 list of too close to call beers.
The first chance I get I'm heading back to where I bought this and cleaning their stock of 2 jokers out.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes slowly into a full cap of lacing. This beer is a little darker than most traditional wit, but it's not a traditional wit. The aroma is cardamom, lavender and other soft floral notes, hints of black pepper, and very faint wheaty notes. This is a great smelling beer. It has both strength and complexity. The taste is more aggressive than the aroma. There is a lot of cardamom, hints of lavender, a lot of citrus, and a nice wheaty tang. Akin to the aroma, this is a great tasting beer. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. It is by far the best Imperial Wit I've yet taste. In fact it is the only good Imperial Wit I've yet tasted. Not because it is as close to tasting like a traditional wit as it can be, but because it is an extremely well crafted fusion of spices (some traditional, some not), and the traditional wheaty, tangy, citrus flavors of a Witbier. I really like how in the end I am tasting mostly Imperial Wit, but I can always taste reminders of the style it evolved from. Way to go Boulevard for creating such a unique, and tasty beer. Thank you.

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Photo of eire
4.82/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.81/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer has a great look, is is a little hazy, kinda orange, with a decent head and carbonation. The smell jumps out at you, very spicy, I liked it very much and was very intrigued. The taste followed the smell. But the orange takes the lead instead of the spice, you really pick up the citrus, mostly orange. There is some spice but it is perfectly subdued and also just a touch of sour. After noticing the sour I then began to notice it in the smell. The beer is very smooth and clean, extremely easy to drink and there is no notice of the 8% ABV. Overall I was shocked how much I like this beer. I will have to get another one of these.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great ale. Palish color with small white head. Taste kinda citrisy but more so of a nice white wine of a good mascoto. Easy and smooth drinking. Great for a summer day

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Photo of Reaper16
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of specksnreds
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of budgood1
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
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!

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4.68/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of dfillius
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a wine glass. Brewed 1/09, poured 7/09.
A: One finger of tight fizzy foam with poor retention. I'd like better retention. Liquid is a dark cloudy lemon-gold.
S: Bright, citrusy, spicy
T: Very citrusy sweet, almost like lemon-lime. Different than other wits and double wits I've had. Strong spice/citrus, but not too much. It's balanced by malt. Tastes almost like Sprite + beer. The great part of this beer is it doesn't rely too much on coriander for flavor.
M: Bright, very well carbonated, though maybe too fizzy. Nice lactic tartness.
D: Very high. Delicious. I went out and bought a second right away to share. I'd definitely order another at a bar.

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Photo of foundersfan1
4.61/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjayjaye
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a fat New Belgium tulip, yields a cloudy pale orange hued golden color with a loose two finger foamy white head that fades fairly quickly to spotty patterns of lacing. The smell is AMAZING. Earthy Belgian influence and aggressive strong orange peel fragrance marries well with a well balanced coriander and Midwest grains. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is lively yet smooth and creamy...wow! Full bodied and full flavored!! The earthy sweet grainy orange peel and balanced coriander taste rocks. The 8% ABV is well integrated and promises to 'get you there'. Another "OUTSTANDING" beverage from team Boulevard.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Usually not a big fan of witbiers, but this one is stellar. Pours a dark gold with a thin white head, with a slight amount of lacing to boot. The smell is spectacular, spices jump out front, followed by a cavalcade of citrus such as orange and lemon, with a nice bit of malt rounding out the end. The taste follows the nose in reverse, with a bit of malt and a lot of orange dominating the front, then fades into the spices with coriander being most prominent, the finish is a has a nice sourness to it as well. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, and its a medium bodied brew as well. Overall I bought this thinking it was actually a saison, but it turned out to be a "Double-wit", either way Boulevard smashed this out of the park; its refreshing, crisp, and delicious, and the 8% ABV give this witbier a little "umph" to really get it going.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I heard Boulevard was bringing out a double wit I was also not happy.

A: A good bit darker than most wits I've seen. Nice head and sticky lacing.

S: Whoah! The orangepeel and coriander smack you in the face.

T: The spices come close to being overwhelming whithout actually going there. Wit flavor in your face. Alcohol is a maybe a bit too prevalant, but that's just a very small complaint. Overall the taste is great. I'd like to say it's balanced, because it tastes balanced, but I don't know that I can with all the flavor going on.

M: Smooth, creamy, and super bubbly.

D: I could drink this all night and gladly pay for it the next day.

Well, my concern over a double wit being put out was overrated. This is the best wit I've ever had. I shouldn't have doubted the brewmaster since I hear he is Belgian. At $7.49 a bottle this was a steal.

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Photo of daledeee
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82.5% out of 100 with 525 ratings
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