Boulevard Smokestack Series: Two Jokers Double-Wit

RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%

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.

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douglas88 (9630) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2009
750 ml bottle from the beerhive. Pours a cloudy straw color with a large white head. A sweet, spicy aroma, orange peel and coriander dominate. A full flavor of spices, oranges, yeast and dry malty flavors. Pretty nice. Easygoing and tasty.

BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2009
750ml Big Bomber – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Aroma: Big malt aroma with the Belgian yeast coming through.
Appearance: Straw like Golden in color, Hazy with a light head.
Flavor: Malty with lots of spice and Belgian yeast.
Palate: Dry Finish, with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall: A very good Belgian wit this was a great beer and the price for a 750 was very low so it was good. Lots of spice and yeast flavors made this a terrific brew.

presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2009
Pre-GABF. Quickly fading head. Almost flat. Dark cloudy. Amber, gaoslin with spice underneath.

beerme1 (18) - , Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2009
After trying to pop the cork for 5 minutes it poured a nice cloudy gold when held to the light with a pale yellow head. Two finger. Smells very floral with orange peel, clove, coriander, and citrusy bitterness. Lots to smell here almost snorted some foam there for a bit. First drink was citrusy-sweet orange-banana held up by a spicy floral hop bitterness. If swigged too much can become a bit overpowering. Nice wit though.

rader58 (926) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Pours a pale hazy orange. Aroma of orange, clove and slight nutmeg. Orange, citrus, clove, spice flavors. Quite a wonderful array of flavors.

segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2009
The sole reason I bought this beer when i saw it is that it was ’born in’ Kansas City, just like I was. Pours a beautiful hazy blonde with a lovely coriander-orange-lavender nose. On the tongue, delicate feathers of malt hit the palate with a nice balance between the malt, sour, spice, and floral components. I’m glad i saved this one for autumn; the ’double’ strength of this beer pushes it firmly from summer into autumn. A beautiful beer, i hope to get to have it in the future.

SuzyGreenberg (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2009
750 ml bottle - holy cow was this a hard cork to get out; light orange with faint haze and thick, eggy white head; musky aromas of orange zest, pineapple, ginger and spice; earth and dry with some sharpness; lemons, coriander, ginger; light texture and sharpness seems a little harsh overall

BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Bottle. Batch 1 - 2009. Poured a cloudy pale with a huge creamy white head that had some lasting and good lace. Aromas of citrus, wheat, and a light spice background. The flavor found banana, lemon, light clove, and a hint of metallic. Light body and a slight sour aftertaste.

Shag (3045) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Pop the cap or should I say the cork the jokers are out to play and the joke is on your friends who buy Bud products. I can not stop laughing at the irony two jokers and double wit, was the name intentional or a random misnomer, either way on to the beer!!! Lordy mercy at the carbonation on this! The cork was flying about the room like a missle fired by the evil Dubya at a middle eastern dicator. The foam was everywhere like a rabid dog that had to be put down. Don’t cry for old Yella cause he will live peacefully in my glass then on to my belly and it will go to the urine tract. As my nose wanders about the glass I smell orchard fields of delight, like I am high and living in Florida. Oh imagine being on shrooms in the citrus fields. Oooooh my! A nice wake up call of ethanol radiates from the citrus fields of pleasure. Oh my how I dance gay-ly about! As the late 90s pop group proclaimed SPICE UP YOUR LIFE. By golly Scary Spice was so right. I am dancing with gingerbread men and women here! I just stole a button from one, teehee do not tell! I have not even sampled the beer yet I am still in a plethora of orgasmic joy! The foam has settled now hits my humble lips! Ooooh snap ya’ll the citrus burst is that of an 80s Starburst commercial. I am carried away by a fruit explosion! I am as orange an Oompa Loompa and as yellow and sour as a drunken dwarf. Oh my friends the fun does not stop there oh no sir! The spice rack is on attack. A sharp coriander sword through my tongue has just taken place. With a nice warming finish. Like reading a book by an unknown author and sitting by the fire. Oh my what a marvelous job the folks in the Show Me state have done. Well they surely did Show Me how to take a simple belgian summer bier and make it a masterpiece and make my nose just a little bit more red by evening end. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys life, or even enjoys not dying. I’m still alive! And befriending my two new joker friends!

Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Thanks to Chris for the 750mL bottle! Poured hazy, bright golden with a creamy, well-formed cap of white head.. looked great! The aroma picked up a hefty dose of orange zest and cloves over chewy banana and a pinch of honey.. as it warmed up, more spices emerged, showcasing the grains of paradise.. lesser floral character rounded it out. The flavor had bread, honey, and toasted banana at the core, again with a huge dose of spicage.. orange zest and grains of paradise again, with cloves and white pepper hitting harder on the warm finish.. floral notes and alcohol warmth came back after the finish. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. lots of spices and wheaty sourness on all facets of the drink.. a bit thicker and chewier than I like for the style, but it was a unique take.. I’d drink it again.

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