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
Ratings:
524
Reviews:
207
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
12.9%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
88
For Trade:
1
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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of rydev24
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JMUbrewz
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigMike
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Batch No 1-2009

A: Pours a hazy, pale-gold. Very cloudy with a pillowy and full three-fingers of foam perched on top. The head featured great retention and left a beautiful mess of lace stuck in the lace. Carbonation was quite active.

S: Very balanced nose of banana, clove, tangy citrus, toasted malt, grains, red apple, and fruity yeast.

T: Loads of fruity yeast, spices, toasy malt, and a slightly tart apple flavor in addition to sweet spiced pear and peach.

M: Creamy and full with a spritzy prickle on the tongue. Does an excellent job of coating and also not being to heavy.

D: Fantastic! Heather said it was a masterful combination of Wit and Saison. Awesome!

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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Currently, this is the #6 ranked Witbier here on BA.

I poured this into a FFF pint glass.

A: cloudy overall, but it still had a transparent-around-the-edges disposition. The soft head was irrelevant.

S: This was NOT a coriander bomb. As a matter of fact, it"s tough to place this one in any particular spice class, but I'll try: Orange peel, cardamom, and milk.

T: Great Witbier-esque qualities. Citrus, spices (same as the nose), along with Boulevard's signature fresh, filtered water taste profile.

M: Spritzy enough on the carbonation side, and not too sweet or spicey. The lacing was non-existent.

O: The price was right, and so was the taste. Great stuff!

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this one on tap at Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids, and wanted to try this one after really enjoying Great Divide's Double Wit the other day. This one was, sadly, not nearly as good. Poured from the tap a promising golden honey color, with a decent bit of foam. Decent herbal nose, with coriander, cardamom and a bit of orange peel. Similar on the palate, with a bit of alcoholic punch.

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Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leroybrown10
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked this one up on a recent trip to MN.

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled oct 15/09.

pours very hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white head. the head drops slowly and leaves a bit of spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. clove and spice. orange peel. bright floral presence. white bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. light alcohol. orange and tangerine. hint of caramel.

taste is good. orange peel. orange and tangerine. clove and coriander. bit of other spice. nice floral character too. light alcohol. bit of tropical fruit too. whole wheat bread and cracker. touch of caramel sweetness. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body with a fairly dry finish. high carbonation level that carries a bit of sting.

drinkability is great. nice balance. light and spritzy. delicious!

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, 2009 - No. 8 in the Boulevard Smokestack Series; 750ml bottle into a Corsendonk tulip.

A loud, satisfying "POP!" greets me as I uncork this beauty of a beer. Even with a gentle pour, Two Jokers builds a towering fluff of meringue head that slowly settles to a patch of foam. Torrents of bubbles rise up form the etched moon on the glass's bottom, fueling the head atop an attractively hazy, bright orange body. Great aroma, both subtle and complex at the same time. Coriander practically leaps out of the tulip, battling with orange peel zest for the nose. Hints of vanilla, grassy hops, and mandarin orange back up the spicy bouquet, while the malts are biscuity and soft.

This is a very good witbier--on the verge of being great. Starts with fresh coriander, orange peel, and orange flesh. Slightly sour tartness blends with a nice backbone of crystal malt. A quick flash of boozy heat and sharp, grassy spices cut across the back of the palate alongside a spritzy carbonation level. The medium-light body finishes on the dry side, with a burst of funky sourness. All in all, Boulevard has crafted a beautiful example of the Witbier style that packs heftier-than-normal booze and spices, but doesn't over-do it and still maintains its drinkability. Bravo!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Burkbom23
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thampel09
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: cloudy gold/orange color, huge head finishes at finger thickness, plenty of lacing
s: coriander with heavy lemon notes and spices
t: consistent with smell, tartness lingers on and on
m: medium body, not quite creamy, plenty of carbonation
d: when this got really warm, the flavors came out more, but unfortunately for me, nothing stood out about this beer

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured into a tall tulip at TapWerks in OKC. Cheers.

Hazy gold with a dusting of white bubbles. Big clove and ginger in the nose. Palate, on the other hand, is slick and sour, a lacto and wheat one-two (fruit) punch: Concord grape, mandarin orange, peach. Towards the end, it fills out, falling over the tongue with a blanket of creamy sugars. Finishes in that vein, a rich and fruity wheat that you forgot was even sour.

Great tasting beer, especially for the style. A craft-beer-lover's Blue Moon: sweet, wheaty, and easy-to-drink. There's a lot going on in this glass.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy tangerine orange with a large, billowing, thick, frothy, white head. Great retention leaving a nice layer of lace.

S - Spicy and fruity. A good amount of coriander, white pepper, touches of lavender, and a good amount of lemon and rind. There is also banana esters, grapefruit, and other hints of tropical and citrus fruit.

T - Again, not a typical witbier flavor. Starts fairly sweet with a strong wheat backbone. Sweet citrus and tropical fruit flavors along with banana esters. Mid sip the spices and lemon come out a bit stronger with a nice little bite at the finish.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation. Nice dry bite on the finish.

D - Easy to drink as the spices and the fruitiness balance each other well. Refreshing and the alcohol is very well hidden.

Notes: Not a typical Witbier, more like a mix between a Wit and a Tripel. Overall it was pretty tasty with a nice amount of fruitiness but nothing overly sweet. Enjoyable beer, especially for a warm day.

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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second beer in our "Super Boulevard Beer Tasting" for the Saints world championship victory!

Looks great - like an orange cloudy slice of bliss. Little head but very appealing.

Smells of spices (corriander, cloves, grains of paradise) and some citrus. Orange is apparent, but there is some lemon and grape skin as well.

Taste is wonderful. Wow! This ended up being a huge hit with our friends and was one of the favorites of the Smokestack line. A great wheat base sets the stage for orange, corriander and spices, and a wonderful lactic zing. Awesome stuff!! Not hot but strong.

Heavy carb makes up for the amost syrupy viscosity. If anything, the mouth is this beer's downfall, but I don't know how you'd do a double wit with all the flavors and not run into this issue.

Good beer, one I'm glad to have toasted with as the Super Bowl started.

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Photo of einman
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed but not as cloudy as some wits, orange color with an initially tall head that doesn't stick around for long. Not much lacing is left by the white foam.

Nose is strong with lots of yeast influences; phenolic and herbal overall. Lots of clove with hints toward the flowery side, enough citrus to be interesting.

Flavors of lavender, coriander, citrus, and a touch of the grains of paradise. There's really a lot of herbs going on, and combined with the high alcohol it has a bit of a 'cough syrup' feel.

Highly carbonated, a little thin but just fine for style. Lots of carbonation in the finish, a little biting with the citrus and herbs. Not a bad take, but not among my favorites.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Beertracker for this one

A - Beautiful orange-golden hue, billowing white crown of foam, scant lace.

S - Wheat sweetness, honey-butterscotch, and generally spicy and saucy aromas are the mainstay.

T - The flavor is hard to pin down, mostly crisp and refreshing, lightly tart and spicy. The ABV is well-hidden. Wheat flavor is restrained to the grainy aspects, and is not overly estery.

M - Lighter-bodied, yet big and refreshing, with a dry finish.

D - Here in Florida, we NEED beer like this. Super-refreshing, and still very substantial. Boulevard strikes again.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge off-white head grows quickly and sticks around for a bit before fading and leaving curly chunks of lacing behind. Color is a hazy, pale yellow. Smells like a tyical wit, except all the elements are deeper, more robust. Coriander, malts, lemon, light fruit and green grass all mix well and rise pleasantly to the nose. Taste sweet and tangy with orange zest, sweet malts, lemon, yeast and a slight hint of alcohol heat in the end. Has a true medium body, and is well carbonated. This style seems to have had some problems moving into the double/imperial spectrum, but the Two Jokers hits the nail on the head. A near perfect balance across the spectrum, and a big character that doesn't sacrifice drinkability, but lets you know this isn't your father's witbier, makes for a spot on brew I will continue to seek out.

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Two Jokers Double-Wit from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 524 ratings.
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