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Sloeber - Brouwerij Roman N.V.


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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Roman N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 12-02-2003)
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Photo of LiquidAmber


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange tinted gold amber with a three finger white head that slowly dissipates to a thick layer that persists. Aroma of bready malt, Belgian yeast and light stone fruits. Flavor is dominated by stone fruit; peaches and apricots with light apple, Belgian yeast and hints of citrus and grapes. Finishing slightly drier with a hint of hops. Medium bodied. A pleasant Belgian pale ale with slightly more complexity than I expected. I have rarely seen this on the market, but would certainly buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 01:08:32 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of Douberd


3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label is one of the weirdest I've come across. A beer bottle named Sloeber showing me the name on my beer bottle which is also Sloeber. Maybe it was a good concept but the final result looks quite amateur-ish if you ask me. So what do we have here? A belgian strong pale ale, that pours a white thin head of one finger, in my Chimay chalice. Colour is, well, pale golden. I can witness a thin fountain of bubbles rising from the center of my glass to the top.
Aroma is light and pleasant, fruity, sure, but I can't put my nose into it exactly. One time I think I smell bananas, the next I smell plums. Whatever it is, is very faint though.
Taste is fruity, with some plums and other dark fruits, but there is unfortunately a slight metallic aftertaste.
Full and thick on the bodybody, with just the right amount of carbonation.
Overall, a very good sample of the kind.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 20:17:38 | More by Douberd
Photo of sfprint


3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

exp Feb 2013
A: Transparent with just a wisp of yeast looping around the surface. Apple juice in color with just a few bubbles of rising carbonation, no head.
S: a bit sweet and musty malt, implied apple vinegar,
T: a hair metalic and tart, mild bitterness, sort of white wine like. Not so apparent alcohol. Adds a sort of density to the flavor. Bitterness right on the end. Kind of neutral flavor.
M: Mild carbonation sting, lightish body.
O: Decent. Kind of plain but nothing I would consider bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 02:48:57 | More by sfprint
Photo of projectflam86


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.

A- Pours a clear golden color with a huge white foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Some Belgian spice and light fruits in the aroma.

T- Similar to the nose with some fruit esters coming through in the finish. Very well hidden alcohol.

M- medium bodied with high carbonation.

O- Solid Belgian pale with an easy finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 01:14:31 | More by projectflam86
Photo of mempath


4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

fluffy meringue sticky atomized marshmallow head...a veritable mushroom cloud good looks! cloudy pale straw held to light. really beautiful to behold. some great beers don't look so good. this one so far is amazing. after 5 minutes, a near complete sheet of sticky lacing surrounding this tulip. an easy 5.

nose is right on for the style...as good as Duvel...spicy yeasty blast. fresh straw with alot Sloeber spilled on it.

ok, a little 'sweeter' and tangy than Duvel. slight ever so slight metallic note in the finish. second sip, no more. this is really good! somewhat 'tighter' balance than Duvel. creamy, luscious mouthfeel only makes this more stellar. overall, nearly perfect. really. i'll take this over Duvel...close, but this has something extra in all departments to easily edge the classic. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 23:16:35 | More by mempath
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle
$4.49 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE
Dating code illegible.

Appearance: A just slightly hazy golden body lies beneath a creamy cap of bright white foam. Tiny bubbles stream steadily from the base of the glass, adding to the head above; and as you might expect, the head retention is quite good. The lacing, however, could be better.

Aroma: Spicy and gently grassy/floral hops over straw-like and gently grainy malt.

Taste: Fairly rich, straightforward malt base. Mildly candyish. Some alcohol lends to the spiciness of the hops. Gently herbal and spicy (coriander). Very firm bitterness. Nicely focused and rounded. It finishes dry and spicy, lingering gently.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation gently bristles the palate, all the while warming foaming the medium bodied malt towards creaminess.

Overall: A pleasing strong pale that's both refreshing and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 14:05:15 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Filosoof


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After reading that Sloeber is an old Belgian word for Devil (Duvel) I understood that this is a shameless copy of the Moortgat classic.

Even the label (white with red letters) and glass (exact the same) are shameless copies.

Nevertheless: it's a great copy!

Great looks, big top, golden look. Malty and hoppy smell.Touch of orange? Smell: very well balanced, nice hoppy end. Mouthfeel: cannot be better!

I could give a 5, but I don't. A small penalty for not being original...

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 21:27:18 | More by Filosoof
Photo of flagmantho


3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a bit of haze and a finger of frothy white foam. Nice.

Smell: malty aroma with a hint of tart apples and pears. Good, but a tad cidery and a tad light in intensity.

Taste: nice malty flavor with a more subdued fruity character than the aroma. Like the aroma, however, it's a bit light in intensity for my taste.

Mouthfeel: lightish mouthfeel with decent carbontion, but practically no creaminess. Especially on the finish, it seems watery for a BSPA. Not bad, but the finish is unimpressive.

Overall: I do like this beer to a certain extent. It's just a little too light all over the place; it's got the flavor profile of a BSPA, but the heft of a lager, which could be good for quaffing but isn't exactly what's called for here.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:42:21 | More by flagmantho
Photo of eric5bellies


4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my De Struise Tulip

A - Pours a slight hazy Golden colour with a White head that reduces quickly to a lacing film.

S - Yeast, spice and some melon.

T - Quite a caramel flavour up front then some spicey flavours with a nice subtle sweetness to the finish which is spicey citrus balanced. A little hop also present.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation.

D - A decent brew that you could go back to.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 11:56:43 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of rvdoorn


3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: The beer pours an orange color with a nice fluffy light-amber-orange head
Smell: Sweet malts, caramel, yeast, fruits (orange) and almonds.
Taste: Malts, orange zest, caramel and yeast. Medium sweetness. Bit metallic and hoppy in the end
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, thin bodied
Overall: Nice drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 13:58:47 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of schoolboy


4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This being one of my favorite styles, I expect a lot. What you get here is a bit more "average" (for great Belgians) than you should get for $4 a bottle. But it is a satisfying brew. It is maybe slightly more refined than others, with a very well balanced taste. Equisite yeast taste.

The color is a bit ugly - dull, dirty yellow, but pretty doesn't make taste. The aroma is tame. But the taste an aftertaste are quite good, and I am wishing that I had more of these to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 23:05:37 | More by schoolboy
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Champagne-like appearance: palest blond, fizzy and a rocky head that trails. A mostly dead nose, just a trace of sugar.
Shortbread and candy sugar malts with mild coriander and herbal hops.
Crisp, light, dry, and lively.

A super-light pale ale, almost like champagnois. It could fit certain occasions, but there's not an awful lot going on here.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 13:51:54 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of SmokinSmyth


3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml into a Duvel tulip glass, fairly good head with average lacing. A clear golden color.

Aroma is heavy on the yeast.

Taste is smooth, with a sweet malt at the start, followed by a hoppy finish.

Mouth feel was good, not very watery considering the light color. This went down very easily, could see having more than one without an issue.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 20:30:13 | More by SmokinSmyth
Photo of impending


4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a nearly transparent butterscotch straw, dense pure white head receded slowly, ok lacing.

Aroma is heavy of yeast, sweet ripe light skinned fruits and a touch of citrus.
quietly pleasant

Bready yeast gathers sweet, tart and bitter in small measures.
Aftertaste includes apple skin which fades rapidly.
Medium bodied creamy yet tingly mouthfeel.

on a surprisingly hot day in Belgium, after cutting the grass, this well chilled would rule the day
epitome of balanced, a good food pairing brew


Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 00:16:48 | More by impending
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - beer pours a cloudy, hazy, pale straw colour

smell - floral aroma, citrus, belgian yeast, hint of booze

taste - Citrus (apples, pears), bready yeast, wheat

mouthfeel - dry, tart, slightly sour, highly carbonated, medium bodied

drinkability - compared to other entrants of this style, it falls a bit short. Decent beer, try it, but don't necessarily seek it out

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 04:11:03 | More by keithmurray
Photo of WhiteOak


3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy dark amber color with a moderate off-white head.

S- Light golden fruit aroma, pears. Bready malt.

T- A straightforward bready malt flavor with some mineral notes. A touch of sourness.

M, D- Drinkable but uninspiring, the balance was acceptable.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 00:22:27 | More by WhiteOak
Photo of bskrtz


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, served cold in glass beer challis

A) Murky straw gold with puffy white top. Clear of yeasties/floaties but lots of fine, tiny bubbles due to bottle conditioned carbonation

S)Grapefruit citrus with candy sugar & baked cookie dough. Mild alcohol, this is classic Belgian ale.

T) Fruity complexity. Smooth and delicious, with sweet malt & mild hops leave no bitter after taste.

M) Bubbly effervescence. Refreshing, a bit tart.

D) I enjoyed this beer and would immediately drink another, but unfortunately only bought one.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 00:59:51 | More by bskrtz
Photo of xylophonica


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a chalice glass.

A - Murky golden colour with a slight head.

S - Sweet wheat and malt. Some berry and apple aromas as well.

T - Wheaty first taste with a big dash of malt. Hints of tart apple and some sourness underlying.

M - Very light malty coating forms in the mouth.

D - My first impression of this beer was that it reminded me an awful lot of a homebrew.. which isn't necessarily a good thing. Certainly the lightly hopped taste with the pungent aroma come pretty close to the homemade stuff. Regardless this isn't a bad beer. An interesting example of the style with some flavours that are a bit unusual. A pleasant change.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 09:38:34 | More by xylophonica
Photo of srandycarter


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice pop off the cap. Pours clear orange, decent white head, leaves fast to ring. Not much cling lace at all.

S - Bread, raw pear, spice.

T - Lush caramel with lots of smell attributes. Nice bitter quality, like fruit skin, at end.

M - Medium body, sweet to dry finish is pretty balanced. Leaves nice taste.

D - For the ABV, I could have a few and not tire.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:54:28 | More by srandycarter
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pops the cap with a gusher, but ultimately pours a hazy golden color with a surprisingly modest head that flattens to a pancake without leaving very much lace

Smell: Bready and peppery, with hints of banana and pear

Taste: Cakey malt, up front, with a growing lemon pepper, yeasty aspect by mid-palate, various fruit flavors develop simultaneously, including banana, pear and grape and all, the while a honey element adds sweetness, as well; after the swallow, the grassy hops and alcohol add further complexity, though in the end, the malty sweetness is the more pronounced aspect

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderately high carbonation and slight warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Not my favorite example of the style but there is a lot of complexity going on

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 02:07:17 | More by brentk56
Photo of laituegonflable


2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bit of a gusher. Pours a pale golden colour with steady, fast carbonation. Head is snow-shite with moderate bubbles, sinking fairly quickly but leaving some lovely webs of lacing around. Looks pretty good.

Smell is pleasantly sweet. A lot of nice stone fruit aromas including peach and apricot with a light berry edge. Some nice musty spice hiding at the back with nutmeg and a soft rubber aroma. Maybe some vanilla on the front as well makes it a touch too sweet, but otherwise pleasant.

Taste is a bit odd. Lots of bready grain and some yeasty notes. Very sweet with insipid honey on the mid and some musty Belgian yeast esters on the back. Slight peppercorn spice and some vanilla, cakey malt notes on the late back as well. Yeah, wondering if this might be a bit old? Feels like the malt has lasted beyond the rest of the flavours and it's just lightly sweet with some off-grain flavours mixing with weak sweetness. Just feels thin and unimpressive.

Bit of a foamy texture with a noticeable carbonation tingle to it. Not too much though, decent body.

Yeah,not too bad drinking wise but it's not hugely enjoyable. There's certainly nothing to suggest this is old except that I was expecting more from it. Stand by for re-reviewing anyway.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 03:15:02 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do like the generic squat Belgian 33cl bottle. I think it's also designed to promote a good head as it pours. That's probably nothing more than a conspiracy theory on my part though.

A very pleasant clear golden-wheat colour -- sediment stays in the bottle -- with a frothy and boisterous head of white foam. Lacing is excellent, but the body looks surprisingly light and approachable.

Ah, very pleasant Belgian notes on the nose, round and a little meaty, but this one is shot through with a pleasant vinous notes redolent of oaked chardonnay. Even a light fruit hint of something tart -- perhaps cranberries or green apple. Really lovely Belgian nose.

Taste is also sweet with Belgian nuances, and long lasting, starting with a light sugar character, and contracting to a dry, slightly grainy mid palate, before a big "ta-da" at the end dropping that round and mellow Belgian yeast character. It's very much a Belgian ale from the classic stock, light bodied to keep it from being overwhelming, but bursting with flavour and stylistic elements.

The 7.5% is incredibly well hidden, as in all the best Belgian brews. I don't know, this is a really good Belgian strong pale. I think it could even give the likes of Duvel a run for their money. Given that I picked it up on a whim, I see it as a great personal victory.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 07:47:33 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear deep yellow body with a creamy white head that rises above the glass holding its shape. There is a racing sea of microbubbles that keep the head going for much of the beer.
S- this beer has a honey malt aroma with a yeasty aroma to follow and a light cheese note to it. There is a slight perfumy quality to the soft apple finish that grows as the beer warms.
T- The soft red apple flavor finishes with a light sulfury green note and a watery taste that grows as the beer opens up.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a fizzy creamy head with a light texture and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has some nice yeast character to it but the apple and water flavors are really all that is there to support it.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 16:32:00 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of mulder1010


3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ML bottle poured into a tulip...Do not think I can compete with the last review. Well Done.

A-- Poured a clear, golden straw color. Lots of visible carbonation. Poured a big, cloud white head that slowly faded to under a finger in height. Lots and lots of sticky, thick lacing. Excellent head retention.

S-- Citrus, sour grape tart and a bit of a bread smell. Smells are clean and a bit on the faint side.

T-- Spices, bread and a bit of a soda pop grape taste. Different but not bad. Not very bold but good.

M-- High carbonation, a little bit of bitterness from the spices but the grape taste is what sets this out. Feels and tastes a lot like a grape soda but soft. Finishes clean and pretty crisp.

D-- My normal bottleshop in Sydney recommended this to me. Very drinkable. Really liked the grape taste and feel to this. Something different as it is not as bready as Duvel is. ABV is decently hidden and can drink 2-3 in a sitting. Not an earth shattering beer but a solid every day drinking Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 12:48:16 | More by mulder1010
Photo of mynie


3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Classy label. Classy logo, I mean. Nice lettering that's nicely Belgian, but not in a way that's all hoity toity Frenchlike. But then below that--I have to look real close, closer than normal, because the logo is obscured by a cartoon mascot and I'm not sure about the beer's spelling. That mascot is a bottle of Sloeber beer. A happy little fellow, faceless, wearing a bowtie, replete with little arms and the left arm is tipping his cap. His beer cap. Like the one on the top of the bottle.

I'm used to cartoon versions of animals encouraging me to eat their real-life brethren. I'm used to real animals getting slaughtered and molded into the cartoon shape of other animals. There are these burgers they sell at Target that are in the shape of a Mickey Mouse outline. Once, Burger King sold chicken nuggets that were shaped like little airplanes.

But this... this is too much. This little fucker is celebrating the murder and consumption of his family, and he's doing with style. It's like "Upstairs Downstairs," a pean aimed towards convincing the servant class that there's a deep dignity in marching spinelessly towards death, so long as they do so with proper ceremony. That bottle is a goddamn turncoat.

And the beer itself is just style and dignity doffing its cap to me all patronizing-like. Sure it's attractive. And it's not like it's a moron or anything. He--he's nice. Really. I don't regret what I have done, with me and him. I just wish he was better, is all.

God he's such a dick.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 04:38:20 | More by mynie
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Sloeber from Brouwerij Roman N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.