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%
 
 
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80
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88
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Photo of Reaper16
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Photo of kjkinsey
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of jewellrunner
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of specksnreds
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Photo of nerual96
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of budgood1
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Photo of TsarKaztic
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of dfillius
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
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 +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjayjaye
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
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 +13.2%
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 +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.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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 +12.7%
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 +12.4%
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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Photo of jwmgalles
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of tem3175
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of paperbackfoster
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A pour down the side of a tulip glass came up to a solid four fingers, receding to a clumpage of two with sticky retention. The body is a golden honey, lighter around the edges in the light. The carbonation is inviting, constantly springing up from the bottom of the glass like champagne.

S - Zest of orange and lemon, candy sugars, and ripe fruit. A tart, apple-like funk springs up from the yeast.

T - Lightly spiced orange hits first, with hints of clove in an otherwise summery palette. Followed by a mellow body of citrus and wheat, finishing just on the edge of floral. The lighter flavors hedge off the 8% ABV, making this a very refreshing brew that’s still worth spending some time with, rather than guzzling.

M - Like a hefemosa, the famed breakfast brew of hefeweizen mixed with champagne. High carbonation and zesty citrus make this a real pleasure in the mouth.

Overall - A strong showing of an American style wit. While it may lack some of the yeast character of a traditional wit, it’s such a full, rounded flavor. The defining characteristics - citrus zest, hint of clove, and so on - can be used to describe so many beers in and out of this style, but this one’s worth spending some time with to explore all the nuances. As an added plus, the bottle (in my experience) really is just as good as finding it on tap.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It pours hazy gold with peach highlights under a stiff column of white, finely bubbled foam that grips the glass.
S: Citrus, spice, coriander, orange
T: Starts with a lemony citrusy tartness and then a short bread bischit in the background forms a platform for a rich spiciness.
F: Creamy juicy tart with just below medium body and a medium carbonation with a very fine, soft bead.
O: A very pleasant lemony citrusy summer drink that combines satiating heft with refreshment.

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

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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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

750ml bottle, purchased in Fayetteville, Arkansas while on a "road trip".

Appearance - Big frothy lush white head forms upon initial pour. Lots of lacing clinging to the glass as this ample head resolves. Lively carbonation and a slight haze to add to the yellow/slight amber colored offering

Smell - Big bold nose. Lots of yeasty, grassy aroma. Some spicy notes as well. Very grainy but exceedingly pleasing. You can't miss thi. Very appealing.

Taste - The spice notes make their appearance early and with affirmation. Loads of coriander and orange peel cover the ABV nicely, while adding to the overall strong malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - The first thing that hit me when I took the first sip was the density. This isn't a thin witbier. There is a big mouthfeel to this offering with a chewy body without feeling too heavy.

Drinkability - An 8% ABV witbier? Wow. An amazing easy-drinking summer offering with a big beer heft and body. I would never have considered a witbier to be a "sipper", but this is very close. Outstanding "bending the style" rules to show just what you can do with a wheat beer. Kudos to Boulevard for a great beer. Wish this was available locally.

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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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