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RATINGS: 288   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 28, 2009
750ml bottle served in the short Blvd chalice glass. Lots of spice apparent in the aroma, corriander being the predominant one. The other spices seem to combine into a single pleasant general spiciness making it difficult to ascertain individual spices. There is also some biscuit, wildflower honey and a light fruitiness. Very full bodied. Murky orange color with lots of carbonation and a perpetual head. The spices are front and center in the flavor along with a nice light breadiness, a lactic tang, and some white pepper. The spices seem to contribute more to the flavor than I would have liked. The lactic acid lingers, which is nice. There is an impression of a big body, or rather a creaminess, which is nice for most Belgian style beers, but I would have enjoyed the crispness of a typical wit. It is my hope that the lacto will continue to add acid to the beer that will cut through the body. Is it enjoyable? Certainly. Is it a wit? That I am unsure about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2009
bottle, batch1, golden color with good white tight foam, aroma of eucalyptus, orange zest and coriander, flavor is strong on the coriander, clove, menthol and wheat, lemon, reminds me of a duvel, good body and solid finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Pours a cloudy golden color with an off-white head. Lots of carbonation in the smokestack bottle. Nose of belgian yeast - cotton candy, maybe a bit of citrus. The tart aftertaste in the back of the mouth hits - it’s full of flavor. And the initial shock of the tart goes away after one or two sips and you’re left with a refreshing beverage with a nice flavor - not as much cotton candy on the yeast as the nose would have you believe. Nice one to crack and look for corriander and what not, while you kick back in a hammock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Pours a cloudy orange with nice off-white head. Aroma of some citrus, wheat, orange, some farmhouse. Flavor of wheat malt, citrus, farmhouse, some tartness. Mouthfeel is medium body, soft, fizzy carbonation. Overall, a pretty tasty and refreshing beer...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Pours a cloudy straw color body with an off-white head that has some legs. Smells of yeast, zest, and clove. Flavor is acidic, yeast, little barnyard, and spiced. Finish is acidic, citrus, and fading.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is cloudy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of eucalyptus, coriander, golden raisin, pepper, lemon zest. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Starts off with a very pleasant nose, more balanced and complex than most but still maybe a little coriander-heavy. Sadly, though, as with most of these strong witbiers, it’s just not that much fun to drink. It certainly has a decent enough balance, but the spices play too large a part in the aftertaste and the mouthfeel doesn’t quite support the body properly. Overall solid, given the limitations inherent in this confused (IMHO) style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8017) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Fresh 750ml bottle. Cloudy dark orange colored body, muddy and murky. Off-white head, billowy, natural carbonation, nicely effervescent and full of minerally phenols and esters. Semi-dry, somewhat chunky and thick - too thick - with a heavily chewy wheat character. It’s delicious but I’m really not sold on the texture and body - far too heavy and muddled. Still an interesting take, one of the better double wits, a style I just don’t seem to like much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Pours hazy yellow/orange with a frothy white head. Soapy, clove aroma with berry, lemon and other fruit present. Taste is pretty sweet, almost like sprite with alcohol. Quite acidic and sweet with lemon zest.

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