Two Jokers Double-Wit | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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
Reviews:
206
Ratings:
522
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
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88
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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle I shared with the Central New England BA Meetup thanks to COBeerBuff.

A: Pasty white fizzy head fades quickly with a semi hazy golden orange wheat color.

N: Very light, a little wheat, grassy, some lemon light summer spices, slight fruit, coriander, zest, etc.

T: Thicker malty, wheat, summer spices, fruit, lemon zest, weird peach like flavors, but not really peach, its just weird like that, spices, very well balanced, no really booze either. A little creamy flavors and juicy fruits. Tasty.

M: Lots of carbonation with a lighter body and a little creamy.

F: Dry, the spice flavors linger, with lots of citrus fruit zest, fruit flavors, Belgian malts and yeast, lemon, spices galore, and a slight creamy and juicy.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from davey, courtesy of the Local Goods 3 BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, esters, wheat, citrus and some spices.

T: The taste starts out spicy with flavors of cloves and pepper. Then some fruity flavors of lemon & orange come in followed by mild breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character, which provide a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of mactrail
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is on the tart side, but also very sweet. This just tastes like too much orange peel and too much sweet spice. The lavender in particular is not a flavor that does well in beer, I think, after tasting this. Color is orange amber with a modest foam in the Kasteel chalice. Quite spritzy on the tongue, accentuated by the acidity.

Clean and well made, just hard to take. If only it was less intense it would be a tolerable sipping brew. But the aftertaste stays with you, that sugary fruitcake with the sharp edge. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Wash.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly cloudy apricot with lightly cloudy lemon along the edges. Generous carbonation has created an expansive crown of ecru colored foam that is mousse-like in its airy creaminess. Sea foam sheets of lace are beginning to stick as the suds slowly sink.

The spiciness of the aroma is more varied than in the typical witbier, thanks to cardamom, lavender and grains of paradise, in addition to the usual coriander and orange peel. Only grains of paradise (especially) and coriander are appreciated by my nose. This should be pretty tasty beer.

Two Jokers definitely has more going on than the typical example of the style. So much so that it doesn't taste much like a witbier. That's fine because it tastes good, which is all that matters. The spices have no trouble burying the alcohol, which is yet another positive.

The pale wheat malt backbone (with a touch of toast) isn't as burly as expected given the ABV. Hop flavor isn't appreciated, but their alpha acids tip the scales in favor of bitterness. Tanginess is pretty prominent too.

Other than wheat bread and wheat toast, the flavor profile includes lemon zest and a few of the added spices; grains of paradise and coriander predominantly. The estery Belgian yeast adds a small shot of warm clove and some bruised banana, which contributes yet another dimension (of the hefeweizen sort) to this quasi-complex Belgian-style ale.

There's no letdown at all when it comes to the mouthfeel. More heft would have been nice, but ease of drinkability cannot be faulted. The carbonation is still boisterous (not fizzy) and injects plenty of sparkly energy.

Two Jokers Double-Wit (yet another winner from Boulevard) should appeal to anyone who likes Belgian-style beer, spiced beer or well-crafted beer in general. Whoever is in charge of the Smokestack Series at BBC needs to keep up the good work.

*originally reviewed 10-03-2009

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review form notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a very large white foamy head that dissipated rather quickly leaving nothing behind. Minimal lacing as well.

S: Very fruity and crisp, there is some apple along with a lot of spices. There is pepper and coriander and a little bit of wheat.

T: A good amount of apple and some other fruit (little orange and lemon). There is a slight tartness which is very nice. The spices shine through nicely with cloves and pepper.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: Quite tasty, and surprisingly high in abv, but showed no sign of it at all. Nice beer, except it seemed a bit low in terms of carbonation, which is a bit odd for the smokestack series.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another gem I was lucky enough to get a hold of recently. This one I popped out to enjoy last night with Dinner. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/04/2009.

The pour was very nice. Very hazy blond color with a huge foamy head rising up above the rim of the glass. Huge carbonation visible throughout the session as it really had a very big and lively look to it. The aroma was light grain and wheat, hints of banana and light clove notes along with a touch of spice in the nose as it starts to warm. Smooth, medium body had enough weight behind it to coat the tongue nicely. Light grain flavor gave way to nice light fruity notes and a good little prickly pepper like touch on the tip of the tongue that gave it a nice little pop. Alcohol was very well hidden and this led to a nice tight, little heavier wheat beer that was muh more drinkable then I thought it would be.

Overall it was a very solid beer. I would have no issue with having this one again and I continue to be impressed with the boulevard lineup.

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Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at macadoodles in Joplin.

Opens with a loud POP! Pours an effervescent & chill-hazed butterscotch with a thumb of fluffy eggshell colored head. Clears up fairly well, very good head retention & average lacing

S: Lemons, coriander & not much else

T: Lemons, orange & lemon zest, white pepper & grapefruit up front. Tartness & dryness follow as this warms along with lemon zest, coriander & some dried pineapple, plus a whisper of booze. Finishes with white pepper, lemon & orange zest, some grapefruit, & some coriander & grains of paradise

MF: Spritzy, somewhat creamy, every thing is in balance here

Drinks extremely easy for the ABV, I believe I've found my benchmark for this amped up take on the style! May be a bit too clean tasting for purists

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Photo of billab914
2.66/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Freetail pint glass. It poured a hazy, light orange color with a thin and bubbly white head to it.

I really get a lot of the lavender out of it at first. Behind that more of a citrus orange peel, coriander flavor comes out. It has too many spices going on for me, it reminds me more of potpourri then beer.

The taste follows more of the same with spices dominating the profile. The citrusy orange peel and coriander are pretty good and fit with the style. The lavender is too much for me though and again reminds me of potpourri. It's just over spiced for me and could have used more beer flavors coming through.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being above average. Drinkability isn't good for me, I thought it was overly spiced and some of the spices like lavender just didn't work at all for me.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Aaron for this one.

A: Really a great looking pour. Hazed orange in color with a massive white head.

S: Not the most witbier of aromas to me. Lots of citrus peel, but it has a lemony note to it as well as some grapefruit. Orange is there, too, however. Some nice bready malts, but not much wheat and only a bit of spice.

T: The spice and citrus combination on the flavor is quite interesting. Almost like a spiced cider. Big sweet apple flavor along with oranges, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Not sure if I'd necessarily call this a Witbier, but it was good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Served from tap in a tumbler at Firkin.

I don't know what they're talking about: all I can see is a glass with some interesting atmospheric decorations. Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy brass-gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, light Sunny D, clove, a touch of black pepper, and a hint of cracked wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, a healthy amount of slightly tart lemon/clementine and orange guiding the spicy wheat ship to glory in the Napoleonic Wars. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a damn tasty wit, sorry, "Double Wit". I need more of this...

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried the Two Jokers at a beer tasting last night. I think this beer should be called a ginger beer…it has a huge ginger ale taste and smell with punch of lemon/lime big carbonation white foamy head not much lace. The beer is cloudy/hazed straw yellow color with massive carbonation. The high ABV is well hidden. The mouthfeelis medium to big body. Overall I would say this is a sipping beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, forgoing the Hoegarden witbier glass of yore. Good solid pop off the cork.

A real nice deep apricot orange, with peach yellow highlights. Nice small rising carbonation in the middle with a soapy ring and soapy two finger head that settles quickly. This body color is very unique and impressive for a wit, really beautiful, really like it.

What a unique bouquet on this beer. Huge amounts of mint and peppermint candy like aromas. Spiced clove and sweet nutmeg like qualities. Spicy spicy SPICY! Zesty lemon and great herbality. This is large, not overly sweet either, unique, and real impressive.

Palate is real surprising too. Tart juice apricot and orange flavors, on a real soft chewy malt body with a bit of give and wetness to it. Mint action washes but stays away from sweetening things up too much. Lots of brown and warm spiced finish on the aftertaste, complimenting the mild tart aromas, almost with a winter warmer like quality.

What an interesting take on a heavily spiced witbier, they really showed off on this one.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, maize/golden color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, citrus (banana/orange), hop, sweet malt, and tart malt. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is tart, crisp, and slightly thick. There is a high carbonation level. Tastes of cinnamon, yeast, citrus (banana), sweet malt, tart malt, and slight hop. Overall, a good blend, body, and great looking brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 2011. Fun. Beer is dark yellow with a slight haze. Big head and lots of carbonation. Head is medium and medium bubbles. Head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is strong with spice and a tea like aroma.

It's medium bodied. Spicy and dry. Strong coriander. Carbonation is nice in the mouth. It's drinkability is good, mouthfeel is ok.

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Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove, MN for $9 or $10 and was not disappointed. This is another great addition to the Smokestack Series, I wish the regular line of Boulevard beers were this delicious. Now it's a heavily spiced beer and hits the threshold of non-beer flavors, but doesn't cross the line. The flavor, upfront, is a gentle mix of coriander (strongest flavor) followed by the grains of paradise (with a black pepper edge) and lavender. Of course in the background the yeast character comes through with mild vanilla and peppercorn, and a bit of bready wheat also pipes in to remind you of the malt bill. Certainly my favorite doube-wit to date. Very subtle, very deliicous.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear orange amber with nice carbonation. Thick white head leaves lots of lacing. Somewhat sour, citrus and light fruit start. Coriander, citrus and light hop finish with a hint of wild yeast. Nicely made, but a bit too sour and coriander forward for me.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to stephens101 for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Batch: 1-2009

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy deep orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice huge three-finger creamy white head, with lots of thick/creamy sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some yeast, corinder, bananna. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/yeasty, very nice touch of spices and banannas. Medium body. Very drinkable, an awesome brew, thanks Lane.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is loads of orange peel and coriander. The flavor is lemons, oranges, spicy hops and a lot of coriander. Some alcohol is present in the flavor as well. Very soft, medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours an orange body with one finger fizzy head that dies quick and leaves no lace patches.
Aroma is floral and spicy with lavender and clove hitting me.
The yeast/wheat twang gives off fuller body, smoothness and some sweetness and aids in a citric hop bitterness and sharpness to the beer.
Balance is met with some tropical fruit like sweetness as well and finishes with a slightly sour kick.

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Photo of corby112
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with slight darker golden yellow hues when held to a light source. Massive frothy 2.5 finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Very spicy aroma with hints of peppery lemon zest and coriander. Lots of bready yeast and citrus fruit notes, mostly lemon and orange peel.

Medium body that is surprisingly tart and lactic with a huge spicy presence and citrus fruit notes all accompanied by a yeasty/bread presence. Crisp and refreshing with an almost unnoticeable alcohol presence. ABV is extremely well masked. Slight dry finish.

Very spicy up front with hints of cloves, coriander, cardamon, pepper and lemon zest and a yeasty/bread body with banana and citrus notes: lemon, orange peel, grapefruit and a subtle hop presence. Crisp and refreshing with a slight dry finish.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, batch 12010, best by 04/2011.

Lightly chilled, the cork was a pain, as usual. Thanks to my BA opener, I was able to wedge it out enough so I could pull it out with my hand. A good pop ensued.

Lots of foam in the pour, the beer is a slightly hazy light gold colour. The foam is shrinking very slowly leaving some good lacing.

It has a very nice nose. Lots of wheat, some funky notes, soicy and fruity. Vary varied and like I said, very nice.

The taste = the smell. Wheat, spice(mostly coriander but others as well), a bit of pepper, some lemon and oranges, and some honey like sweetness. Yummy! And...8%abv? Really? Hidden SO damn well.

A silky smooth mouthfeel and this beer has me hoked on its line.

Drinkability? A very impressive Wit indeed and it's way too drinkable given the alcohol content. This is super good!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orangish/yellow color with huge carbonation and big white head. Nose is spive, yeast, coriander, bananna. Taste is slightly spicy, banana, cloves yeast and a nice warming with subtle banana. Medium body. Balanced and damn good. Drinkable, hell yeah!

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Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from batch 2-2009. Poured into 16oz balloon. Poured a very pretty orange/yellow color with about an inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left just traces of lacing.

The aroma was a very nice blend of spice, yeast, fruit and grain. The sharp spicyness that hits the nose first quickly melds with the grain and the various other scents play their supporting roles well. On the tongue, everything that was on the nose is amplified, bigger, bolder, stronger, more. A very tasty treat.

The body was a bit different than typical, a touch more syrupy and thicker. Still nice but not what I'm really looking for in a Wit. Drinkability was very good, despite the thickness. I can see drinking several of these during the upcoming summer, as Wits are my favorite summer style.

Overall, a very nice beer, certainly worth your time.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of Immortale25
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Asheville Growler. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of spackled surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Solid Belgian yeast aroma brings notes of banana, coriander and a hint of bubble gum.

T- Very different from other wits I've had as there is a very pronounced citrus element that seems to be equal parts yeast and hops. Sweet but with a good dose of spices to round it out. Juicy, slightly tart, more bubble gum. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Somewhat zesty but kind of thin and dry. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Very unique flavors going on here. They've pretty much pinpointed the ideal construct of an imperial witbier.

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Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 522 ratings.
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