Boulevard Smokestack Series: Two Jokers Double-Wit

RATINGS: 331   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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emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Thanks durhambeer for sharing. Pours a bright gold with a one to two finger foamy white head. The nose is spicy, huge coriander presence, yeasty, orange rind, very pungent and spicy. Cloying with time. Flavor is spicy, lots of coriander, sweet, citrusy. Spicy palate with an orange peel bite. Gets tiresome, would stop at 4-6 oz.

Tmoney99 (15120) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Bottle shared at Noogfest High 5. Poured hazy orange yellow color with a medium frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate yeasty sour citrus and herbs aroma. Medium body with a tingly smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy citrus sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met with an above average beer for style.

esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Murky golden yellow with a medium white head, a bit darker than your average witbier. Aroma of coriander, orange peel, odd spice (I’ll guess lavender) and yeast. Most witbiers are just average and rather thin once you hit the taste department, but this double version came across quite nicely. Coriander, yeast, caramel malt, fruit, orange peel and spices are very evident and perhaps a little alcohol too. My first brew of the smokestack seriers comes across as a winner.

KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Corked bottle. Pours a light, dense and cloudy cheddar orange with a nose of coriander, bready orange peel, and a hint of banana. Flavor is a citrusy rush of orange followed immediately by bready coriander and lemon. Slight pineapple in the finish. Mouthfeel is too avereage to be appreciated. Not bad, but not the best I’ve had.

drjay44 (3890) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 750 ml. bottle. Batch 1-2009. Pours a huge white over a golden (SRM 10) cloudy body.....nose of ginger, pineapple, banana, apple...taste initially is ginger, then pineapple, caramel, lemon, bit of clove at the very end, although it seems sweet because of the spices it finishes medium dry....mouth feel is medium as is carbonation. A very complex brew that has so many phenolics and added spices it is hard to get them all, and unfortunately comes dangerously close to becoming a soda.

MOboy (510) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2011 Initial Rating Date 7/18/2009: 2.9: A big, volumous foam with a hazy golden body. Aroma is a strong punch in the nose from banana, orange, foaming shoe cleaner spray, brown sugar. Loads of coriander a slight citrus flavor. Quite prickly mouthfeel. this is a big, beautiful looking beer that is a bit overspiced. This double wit fad will pass. Rerate 6/17/2011: Hazy, golden color with a nose of coriander and honey. Quite fizzy but refreshingly so and very deceiving for such a high abv. This beer, with additional blending of a sour, has improved this beyond description. Marvelous and has convinced me that double witbier can certainly be done well. Citrus, Lysol (in a good way) mango all show their faces. Kudos, Boulevard.

Kevin (2217) - Montana, USA - JUL 18, 2009
bottle. slightly hazed orange body, thick white head that slides down to a nice level quickly. incredibly strong pepper scent, a lingering orange peel and something like rum. pepper comes through in the flavor, lingering banana, strong booze flavor. thick mouthfeel. finishes with a big lemon, and a surprising plum flavor. enjoyable citrus flavor, but this pepper is a bit over the top. tangerine, plum finish is really making me happy here. the warmer this gets, the more i like it. a bit of grapeskin. this is a surprise for me. a damn good one. 4 6 7 5 16

lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Pours hazy goldish. Smell is like menthol eucalyptis. Taste is minty, wheaty and not that enjoyable. Didn’t care much for the minty flavor in the witbier. Not interested in having this again.

MrBunn (2867) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 Bottle. Pours a dingy light orange with a massive sudsy head. Aromas are spicy and have a bit of oranges and a bit of honey like sweetness. Flavor is interesting enough... I’m not sure what is going on, but there is a citrus/acidic tartness to this that makes it pretty interesting... It’s not like a sour ale type pucker, but more like a not quite ripe orange or something. In addition to that, this comes off as well balanced and interesting with nice little side currents of spice and malt that tie in nicely. As this warms a bit it takes a much less aggressive orange flavor and starts to have a peachiness to it that comes off as less sharp and even better.

tennisjoel (1496) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Typical wit color hazy golden with a pure white and large head. Saison like aroma of apricot, orange peel, corriander, sour apple, biscuit, and cookie. Refreshing beer. Some sips seem slightly undercarbonated, while others seem more normal of the belgian style. Not my favorite style, however, this is a good effort and solidifies Boulevard as one of my newer solid breweries.

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