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Boulevard Smokestack Series - Two Jokers Double-Wit

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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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No. 8 in the Boulevard Smokestack Series. "Double Witbier"

Conventional wisdom holds that there are two sides to every story. Though our new Two Jokers Double-Wit is hardly conventional, there are in fact two distinct pieces to its personality. On the one hand, it’s a revival of the classic Belgian “wit,” or “white” beer, a style dating back to the late 1800s. The use of lactic fermentation and ingredients like coriander and orange peel are hallmarks of the style, as are the cloudiness and the pale color that give the beer its name. On the other hand, it’s a modern, uniquely American specialty brew; big, flavorful, and spiced with cardamom, lavender, and grains of paradise. Two Jokers has a refreshing tartness, nicely balanced by a well rounded malt bill graced by notes of caramel. Belgian yeast brings floral aromas with hints of banana and clove, and a citrusy zing to the tongue. Two Jokers Double-Wit pairs well with the lighter fare of spring and summer, such as grilled fish or chicken, feta cheese, fresh garden salads, and fruit compotes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (3520) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle, from trade (extra!) with skycracksopen. :-) Pours a cloudy orange body with a tiny white head. Aroma is strong citrusy herbal soapy notes, coriander, white pepper, grass, hay, hints of booze and green peas. Taste is citrus, hay, wheat, grass, hints of melon and gooseberries. Mellow and nice. Semi-full body, moderate to pearly carbonation. Imperial wit? Double wit? A bit off-style, this one. Still: pretty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
750 ml bottle
How this escaped my attention in the cellar for so long is a mystery. I suppose it is because I can get the Smokestack beers whenever I feel like it now which naturally means I ignore them. I shouldn’t though - Boulevard has a great thing going. Once there is room I may have to pick up a few newer ones for the fridge.

Aroma / Appearance - Heavily carbonated bubbles rush out like the crowd at a terrible concert. The fast fading head tries to hang on but gives up after a few minutes. Hay, grass seed, and dryer sheets are crisp and summery from start to finish.

Flavor / Palate - Lemons and grapefruit spice up the palate from the first sip. A white pepper base coats the tongue after a few more samples. Like a midrange bottle of champagne the dry finish sticks in the back of the throat. This may not be the best in the line but it was not a waste of money either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2012
750 ml pours light gold with large white head. Peppery aroma with citrus and orange peel. Taste of lemon orange zest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beerenberger (1271) - Fischer, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Strong lemon nose. Pours a cloudy yellow with a rocky mostly diminishing white head and no laciing. Taste is strong lemon with notes of spice, malt, and sweeetness. Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, I’m sorry that it has been retired. I’d drinke it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle: Pours a cloudy orange with a medium off-white head that disappears quickly leaving minimal lacing. Fruity aroma is sweet with hints of banana, orange peel, lavender, and tropical fruit. Flavor is sweet and tart with hints of orange & other tropical fruits. Very refreshing! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nocardia (38) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Poured into a shaker from the bottle. Pours a hazy burnt orange with globs of yeast that settles to the bottom. Big frothy head, minimal lacing. The nose is slightly phenolic, but lots of sweet citrus, banana, and robust wheat. The taste is huge banana and clove, very sweet and tart. The tart does help balance out the sweet fruit flavors so they are not cloying. The mouthfeel is creamy with the tart dominating the finish. Overall a good wheat beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3563) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Location: 750 ml bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 6/11/12

Aroma: The nose is full of Belgian yeast and spice, with the classic notes of clove and banana
Appearance: It pours a clear golden-yellow color with a big white head and light-medium lace
Flavor: It tastes light-mid sweet up-front, balanced by the spice presence, and finishes lightly tart
Palate: The body is medium, it is somewhat creamy on the mouth, with a fairly soft carbonation
Overall Impression: I found this to be a classic example of this style (despite the "double" nature of it, particularly on the ABV side). All the classic components really come through in the nose and the flavor. Perhaps it leans a touch sweeter then I would have liked, but that’s picking nits, plus the light tartness balances that out. I’m generally not a huge fan of the style, but I really felt like they did a nice job here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a small head. Aroma of lavender, Belgian yeast, white wine, wheat. Flavour the same with some citrus and candied sugar. Medium bodied, citrusy, with floral and wheat undertones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reid (1805) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2012
750ml corked and caged bottle from "Lifesource",Salem. $6.99 Pours a murky,bright golden yellow with a large frothy white head. Nice fruit and yeast aromas, slightly phenolic with a touch of mashed banana,nice. Sweet,peppery,floral and crisp taste..very nice indeed. Semi dry and great carbonation good wit, Almost like a saison even.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (2927) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 19, 2012
750 ml. bottle. Batch 2011-2. Pours a hazy light gold with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and spices. Taste is lemons, oranges, coriander, cloves, yeast, and some other spices. Very nice.

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