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Romeo | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Belgian Red Ale, not a Flanders Red Ale.

Added by Jason on 08-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 31
Photo of brystmar
2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper-colored pour with ruby hues. Smells like a Belgian SPA with gingerbread and Jolly Ranchers. Has traces of odors that are actually offensive.

Romeo is all over the place. Spicy, then sweet, then gingerbread, then spicy again, then boozy. One day it will decide what it wants to be when it grows up.

Don't fake your own death over this one.

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2.14/5  rDev -38%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle to tulip. $5.00 for the single. Bottled on 08/04/11 and sampled on 10/12/11. The bottle lists the ABV at 8.5%.

A: A light brown cap of 1 finger disappears quickly. The film and collar last a bit longer but, once they fade, the brew becomes flat and still. The body is a medium-dark mix of brown and red, murky and opaque. Lacing is non-existent.

S: Grains, caramel and cookie - all toasted plus the slightest hint of chocolate malt. Hallertauer and Saaz hopping is light while the Belgian yeast strain comes out strong.

T: Fermented dark fruits + bubblegum (yikes....think Extra - the pink pack). The aftertaste lingers long and is hard to enjoy.

M: Medium full body. VERY sweet, cloying and down-right syrupy. Average level of lively carbonation. Underattenuated.

O: Like a bad mixture of a Dubbel and Dunkelweizen. The code name should have been "Two Handed Dunk." A rare miss by the folks at Weyerbacher.

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Photo of ixodus
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to danedelman for this extra.

A: Pours a deep red color with a thin off white head, poor retention, and leaves a small amount of lacing.

S: Raisins, dark caramel, vanilla, medicinal cherry, candied sugar, spicy Belgian yeast esters, clove, pepper, with a boozy finish.

F: Starts of spicy with cloves, pepper, coriander and changes into chocolate, vanilla, banana, cherry, and caramel, with a mild hotness to it. Complex and interesting.

M: Full bodied, mildly hot, softly carbonated, has a slight cayenne like spiciness to it.

O: Overall I really enjoyed this beer, it's quite different from other Belgian Strong Pales. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of mindspin315
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Murky reddish, light brown, and orange colored body. Lacing doesn't last, it runs down the sides of the glass. Small head when poured, but faded fast.

Notes of cherries, pear, and candied sugars. The cherry smells llike cherry lifesavers.

Flavors of mashed sour cherries, belgian candied sugar, earthy hops, and a light peppery taste. Sharp yeast bite, sweetness hits right upfront which coats the mouth (a bit cloying), and a dry finish.

A bit of an underwhelming belgian style brew. This one doesn't come close to failing or isn't unenjoyable, but it misses the mark of a really good brew. Sweetness takes over a bit to much, the carbonation is fairly tame and would've been beneficial to breaking up the sweetness.


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Photo of zaphodchak
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Timberwood Grill in Charlottesville, VA.

Half finger offwhite head, hazy grapefruit/brown body. (I don't remember clearly what this meant, but it's what I wrote.)

Light bubblegum, Belgian nose.

Body is rich with light fruit, especially banana. Wheaty and rather sweet. Some hop citrus but you have to hunt for it. Maybe the cherry claimed in the description... maybe.

Smooth, thinnish feel-- unremarkable.

Quite nice, reminds me of what a lighter-bodied Aventinus might be.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber color that was very cloudy and hazy but also had a huge head of white peaking up and over the top. lots of lacing up an down the sides of the glass.

aroma is ultra hoppy with loads of pine and citrus bursting at the seems here, really nicely done with a light yeast that brings apples and pears right to the front here, again just what i needed. light, well carbonated an loaded with a pop that was just superb,. each sip starte with a quick hit of light citrus, an smooth mellow fruit notes that were accented by a lovely peppery finish

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Photo of woosterbill
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Chimay goblet.

A: Clear, deep red body underneath a finger of ultra-fine tan foam. Ok retention, light lace. Nice enough.

S: Sweet malts, dark fruits, and some earthy hops. A hint of plastic. Not great.

T: Better than the nose, with some powerful raisin and caramel notes starting things off; hops bitterness and dark fruit tartness combine to give a distinct cranberry overtone to the tail end, which is both strange and strangely enjoyable. Vanilla and booze on the aftertaste. It’s not exactly tasty, but it is very interesting.

M: Fairly full, soft, and lively. Excellent.

O: Weird beer, and not exactly a success. It tastes like a cross between Three Philosophers and a hoppy amber ale, which isn’t exactly a blend that I’d recommend. I’m glad I tried it, but won’t be having it again.


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Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a dark plum/chocolate brown color that is completely opaque with a half finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lacing left behind.  

Spicy, vinous aroma with lots of zesty peppery notes, dark fruit and chocolate malt.  Slightly medicinal with hints of pepper and clove up front countered by hints of chocolate, grape and dark berries.  

Medium bodied with a slightly medicinal, chalky mouthfeel.  Subtle spice character up front but less so than the aroma suggests.  Very vinous with hints of grape, cherry and other dark berries.  This is countered nicely by a slightly toasted malt backbone with hints of chocolate and toffee.  Well balanced with a well masked abv making it easy to drink.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Hulmeville Inn.

Romeo pours into the pint glass a dirty ruddy brown swamp water color that's not all that clear, unfiltered. Shoepolish brown with a tan foamy head that is of Belgian strength in tightness leaving some marks. Smell is very bready coming off like a dubbel. Some scent of banana and some grain in there. Brown malt, etc. Taste is not a BSPA, this is a big Belgian brown with some dubble characteristics. Dark bread with some nutty taste, fall spice with brown/caramel malt flavor and belgian yeast with banana slices. Feel is a big medium with a nice active carb going for it. Body is on point with the ABV, which does not come into play too much. A good effort but nothing I would go for again. It was hard enough to drink the pint, just not my thing.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a clear deep amber cherry color with a thin beige head. Dissolves into some cloudy film with a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Scents of rich malt with caramel and bready tones. Cherry skin and dark fruit with burnt sugar. Very faint hop tone with a spike of warmth.

Waves of malts up front with a decent amount of sweetness. Caramel and bread with some roasted tones and clove. Cherry, date, and raisin with some sugar and spice. Faint touch of honey with thick malts. Finishes a bit sweet and warm with fruit.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and a bit chewy on the tongue. Pretty solid beer, I liked the cherry and clove notes, but not something I could drink a lot of.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque and very deep amber dark red color, light carbonation, thin tan lacing.

S - Slightly medicinal, bananas, slightly yeasty, and Belgian candy sugar.

T - Very unique and interesting taste. Flavor is pretty even throughout the sip and mimics the nose: bananas, candy sugar, yeasty, spices (mainly cloves), and some pine bitterness coming at the back end.

M - Medium bodied, mild alcohol warming in the back of the throat, sticky on the lips, and leaves an aftertaste mainly of pine, cloves, and toasted malt with a little bit of effervesence.

O - It's a unique beer and would be a nice addition to the Weyerbacher rotation, but in a cork and cage version. Unless I'm mistaken, I believe this one is only available on tap? If so, unfortunate. I hope more people post a review for this beer because judging by the first, none of has agreed, it's all over the board!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Andrew for grabbing me a sample of this tonight and the Rapture Sampling. The beer is a nice looking red color with a cream colored head on top. The head is a little fizzy and doesn't really lace that well. The smell is a bit malty and kinda boring actually. The taste of the beer is one dimensional also, basically all malts, no hop flavor from what I could gather here. The mouthfeel was carbonated and drinkable, but nothin complex either. Overall I wouldn't say this is a Belgian Strong Ale at all. It's more like a generic red ale to me. Either way nice to try but glad I didn't spend money on it.

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Photo of OutFox
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Barcade in Jersey City NJ on 9/15/11. Written from notes.

Wow only the third review. I saw this on the tap list and was like WTf is that? A Weyerbacher I havent had? Sign me up

A - Deep Ruby red, with a very small head. 10oz pour into a small goblet. Head is a very white color.

S - It was described as a Belgian red ale on the tap list so I was expecting a sort of take on a Flanders. Not what I expected smell wise. Much more sweet than tart in the nose. Yeasty and even sort of a little malty/hop smell.

T - For some reason there is something that screamed Blithering Idiot to me I dunno what yeast strain was used but thats the first thing that came to mind. Not very tart at all. The tartness almost didnt exist to me. Its sweet and yeasty and taste like it came from Weyerbacher for lack to the ability to explain.

M - QUite full on the mouth, has some weight to it.

O - It was good. It wasnt the best Weyerbacher Ive had and to me it definately wasnt a Flanders red but it was a good beer none the less. Good sweeetness.

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Photo of claspada
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour a light amber with a mild haze and a thin eggshell cap of foam; Some lacing with low apparent carbonation.

Aroma begin with mildly tart, mildly sweet maltiness. I get a boat ton of Belgian esters and phenols. Really yeasty. Raisiny and prunes flavors are present but are weighed down by the extreme Belgian Yeast flavors. I can already tell this is not my cup of tea.

Flavors begin with a nice spicy hop bouquet that coats the palate initially. The Belgian yeast clove and spicy esters once again dominate the flavors and the aftertaste of the beer. I can not getting the supposed "hopped-up Belgian Red ale" profile as advertised by the brewery.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a nice mildly dry finish. Carbonation is to style and helps to balance thr sweetness.

Overall this was a huge miss for me. Way to Belgian yeast centric with no where close to enough balance of flavor from either the malts or the hops. A decent beer, just one I plan to revisit or recommend anytime soon.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Someone added this beer but didn't review it? I wouldn't call it a Flanders red ale for several reasons. First, it's too alcoholic, second, it is hoppy, third, it's not really sour. Oh well.

Beer is amber / red with a mild haze and a thin offwhite head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbnoation.

Aroma of the beer is hoppy, mildly tart, mildly sweet.

Beer is medium to light in body with a nice hop, citrus and pine, bouquet that fills the palate completely and allows the tartness of the beer to come out in the mildly dry finish, Interesting overall. I enjoyed this beer.

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Romeo from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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