Sloeber | Roman N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Roman N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 12-02-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
114
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
17.79%
 
 
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Photo of Beginner2
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is more to like about this beer than the ratings indicate. Since there are few Belgians that it seems I have not Had, Sloeber was a pleasure to find.
First of all, the bottle and the 4-pack carton are much better than the photo below (and more recent.) The beer bottle with arms and shadow and a Dali bend are all interesting. (Does BA update photos?)
Second, this is just one of those funky Belgian yeasts that creates indescribable tastes.

So, it is best to take the rest of this review from MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" that says "Originally fuller in color and flavor than its competitors, Sloeber ("The Joker") has joined the crowd. Full gold. Talc-like aroma. Firm body Dry palate with some enjoyably citrusy flavours."

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Photo of Shilnikoff
2.94/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle 330 ml | Batch # L 6644 14:05 | Best before end of 04-07-2017 | Bar code 5 412583 240165
Served in tulip glassware

Appearance: Light pale yellow | 20 mm lacy white foam head, not stable | Moderate bubbles
Smell: Slight Malt
Taste: Watery, Light, Absence of alcohol feeling (This is good)
Mouthfeel: Slightly bitter aftertaste
Overall: Nothing special, the common beer for common consumers...

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Photo of safaricook
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

More like a Tripel than a Duvel clone. Sweeter and fruity and pepery notes. More body as well. I was a bit dissapointed because I expected something else. Still not a
bad beer.

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Photo of stevoj
2.82/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Beautiful fluffy head on this, but the rest tastes like a glorified lager. Very light in color, with lots of malt and grain presence. Slight bitter, musty aftertaste. I’m not impressed,(but a good looking label too)

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale streaming gold with a light head which dies to a lacy covering pretty quickly for the style. Apart from the head issue this one is one style in terms of look!

S - Rather like a sharper version of a Duvel mild floral orange and grassy aroma with some spice.

T - Sharp and fresh but more boozy in taste than a Duvel, although it has lower ABV. Good amount of spice and light floral citrus.

MF - Smooth and yet sharp at the same time this is a nice balance and it boasts a nice although mild after taste.

O - A nice brew and pretty much on style thought it does have a few minor sticking points. All the same this beer is great.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of white grape juice, grape jelly, and grape candy aromas. Taste is much the same with grape juice, grape jelly, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of interesting grape forward characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, 13433 bottle code. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon. pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Douberd
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of sfprint
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of mempath
4.83/5  rDev +30.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sloeber
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.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
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...

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Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.71/5  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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.43/5  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.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of impending
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
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

cheers
jd

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Photo of keithmurray
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.97/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.83/5  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.

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Sloeber from Roman N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.
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