KickInChalice (842) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes. First reviewed 8/26/2011. Served on tap in a cervoise at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Excited to try this Juliet variation.
Pomegranate Juliet has quite a lively color, this pours a light raspberry peach color. It is somewhat hazy with a soft white head that recedes quickly and does not really leave much lace.
The aroma is full of pomegranate. I do not think I have had a beer brewed with pomegranate before, so this is an exciting and unique aroma.
There is really no malt here, or at least the pomegranate sweetness simply overwhelms it. Pomegranate really floods my mouth with an overly sweet flavor, leaving just a little bit of room for cabernet, vanilla, and oak. The Brett is noticeable, especially toward the end, but it really never dominates. A more tart edge would do wonders for this beer.
Sweet, with a minimal tart puckering nature, some light dry woodiness toward the middle, and a balanced, if almost dry finish. Lightly tannic. The medium carbonation was on the crisp side, and it is medium bodied.
My initial reaction was that this was too sweet, and each subsequent sip confirmed that opinion. I would love to try this after aging some though. Once the Brett has a chance to rip all of the sugar to shreds, this could be a delicious and unique sour. As is, this is not quite as good as regular Juliet.
JoeinEscazú (1324) - San Jose, COSTA RICA - MAY 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at Great Taste. Light red color with a tart fruity nose. Has a certain refreshing tartness but the sweetness is also a little heavy. Had a whisky-like boozy edge that I thought was too much. Interesting and intense for a taste, though.
drewbeerme (3645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft at gtmw, Pours pink wh head nose pom juice seeds, really fruity and juicy, flavors of juicy fruit juice sweet candy sweet juice , emergene c, odd
holdenn (2023) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at GTMW11. Pink grapefruit color with almost no head. Light Brett earthy funk aromas. Spritzy fruit flavors. Strong pom juice flavors. Nice but I like the original better. Somewhere in between fruit, sour, saison but it doesn’t hit any of those well. Hmm, disappointing. 7/3/7/3/13
DalzAle (1737) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pink pour, light carbonation and lacing with a lightly tart pomegranate aroma. Flavor was also tart wine, a hint of pomegranate and a nice brett bite on the aftertaste. Really enjoyable.
jckp64 (347) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the GTMW. Pours a pinkish red with a light head. Aroma pomegranates, oak and funk. Flavor is overly sweet, pomegranate, funk and a bit of red wine. Has a pretty dry finish. Not the biggest fan of this beer. It might need some more age.
NobleSquirrel (3286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Great Taste. This was my first big line of the day and a let down, because Juliet is one of my favorite beers. Pours a pinkish red brown thing with a pinkish had that didn’t really last. Nose is sweet. Like candied pomegranate, which is disappointing. Lacks the tartness in the nose and the bright pop that it needs. On taste, too sweet and flabby. This beer just doesn’t seem ready. There is promise there, but perhaps pom isn’t the best fruit to go with. Damn.
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at Great Taste of the Midwest 2011 (Madison, WI). Pours a pinkish orange pour, some ruby to it, frothy brighter white head dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are rich pomegranates, red wine tannins, oak, and funky brett. Dry with some light hops, dry bready maltsn rye, with touches of dry berry. Nice pomegranate. Initial is really fruity (sweet too), big pomegranate, deeper sweet fruit up front, rye malts, some soap, and toffee, some mellow sweetness. Middle shows brett, dryness, some decent dry dust. Red wine tannins and sweet mellow pomegranates, finish is red wine and dry. A bit sweeter than the regular Juliet version, and a bit of a dissappointment.. Losing some of the strengths of the original. Ok, not as good as regular Juliet.