Beer Review: Boulevard Two Jokers Double-Wit

20151206_200136Name: Boulevard Two Jokers Double-Wit

Style: Witbier

IBU: 15

ABV: 8.0%

“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.

First off, let me apologize, for the long time between posts. I really want to try to keep at least weekly postings, but failed in that over the last month due to a combination of illness and the holidays. Don’t worry though I am back with good summer beer that I am drinking a little late. I also got my hands on some great rare beers recently that I will be doing next weekend. I also plan to do a holiday beer post that highlights some of my favorite holiday beers with short descriptions.

Now, lets take open this beer a little late and see how it turned out. The beer is from a brewery called Boulevard Brewing from Kansas City, Missouri. The brewery was purchased two years ago by Duvel which also purchased Firestone and Walker earlier this year. Luckily, Duvel,who has owned Ommegang since 2003, understands the intricacies of brewing quality beer and allows the breweries to continue to put out a quality product without interfering. Two Jokers Double-Wit is part of Boulevard’s Smoke Stack Series which are unique and distinct beers; bottled in 22oz. champagne bottles with a traditional cage and cork. Let’s pop the cork and see what has been waiting behind it.

The beer pours a beautiful gold with less than a half inch of white head that quickly recedes. The nose is sweet with strong citrus scents of orange and grapefruit followed by hints of cardamon, coriander and Belgian yeast. The taste is sweet and tart with the same cardamon and coriander profile from as the nose. The alcohol is really absent in this beer even though it surprisingly sits at 8% ABV. The beer finishes with soured yeast notes and hints of white pepper. The beer is really light with a medium body and carbonation.

Overall this is a phenomenal beer that hides its high ABV surprisingly well. The flavor profile is complex and it is a little more tart and less like the Witbier on steroids I was expecting, but is what makes the beer great. When summer rolls around next year, I recommend picking up a bottle and drinking in the warmer weather next to a bonfire. Cheers!

 

 

 

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