Sloeber | Roman N.V.

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Roman N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 12-02-2003

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Reviews by sfprint:
Photo of sfprint
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 11.2 ounce bottle. I could find no freshness/best before dating, although another review mentioned a date of some sort. Pours slightly hazed (I poured in the slight layer of yeasty sediment) medium golden amber. The near white head is initially huge, then goes to a thicker film and leaves plenty of lace. Sweet fruity nose infused with yeast, apricots and pepper. This one displays several of the characteristics that make Belgians so enjoyable, the sweet, fruit infused nose, peppery spice and then a kicked up complexity due to the variations of the yeast. This one is light and higher in carbonation with bubbles continuing to rise in the glass. On the tongue, I get notes of citrus, light gin, more apricots and again pepper. Yum. Drying citric and biting hoppy notes dancing all over the finish. Recommended. Go get some if you can find it.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This a very good beer. I really enjoyed drinking this beer. Notes of citrus, bread and malt are evident in this beer. This is a nice golden color, sweet but never too sweet. An excellent beer to drink with a nice piece of steak such as a ribeye, or roast. A good dessert beer to follow up on this is Gulden Draak, an other impressive Belgian beer. This beer is awesome.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
2.87/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Getting a musty burnt ginger aroma and taste

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Photo of sloejams
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at the Lucky Baldwin's 7th Annual Beer Festival - review from notes

The good people at Brouwerij Roman in Mater-Oudenaarde, Belgian are the creators of this delicious pale ale. Like it should, it pours a nice yellow straw color with a faint, crisp head. The aroma is yeasty, but hints of sweetness and tart - part citrus, part sour apple. Quite tasty.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sort of average for a's all here, just nothing special.

Pours a very light crystal clear golden yellow with a two finger white head of tiny bubbles.
A little lacing as it melts but it melts rather quickly.

Aroma is apple and citrus with distinctive Belgium yeasts and some alcohol.

Taste is tropical tangerine, oranges, candied sugars and a light lemon in the end.

Mouthfeel is very sharp and tingly from the tiny, active carbonation.

Aftertaste is slightly powdery and 'synthetic'.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

cloudy grapefuit colour with lots of foam, sme lace and bubbly. Yeasty aroma.Sharp carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Tangy fruity, spicy sweet finish, lemon, peppery, bit of sugar and bannana. Hitchiker from, sorry I forgot who. fresh and delightful Belgium.

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Photo of mempath
4.83/5  rDev +31.3%
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 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 +9.2%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle at The Farmhouse. Best by May 1997... so I'll assume this is a 1996 vintage.

I didn't realize this was vintage at first, I thought I was just ordering another Belgian golden ale. On first whiff, I was reminded of a well-aged old ale for the leather and candy spice (like a spice cake) aroma. The flavor dives deeper with similar notes matched with red apple (Empire comes to mind) and strong plum wine flavors. The finish is surprisingly bitter for such an old beer, but really only provides a strong balance to the sweet malt. The hops even provide an herbal, earthy flavor - that reminds of the aroma you get from smelling flowers in a garden where you can also smell the soil. Does that make sense? I'm not sure, but this is a hell of a beer.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
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 BierMeJohn
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Antyk
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Wine Glass

Appearance: The pour is a dark golden wheat color with two fingers of frothy cream colored head. The head disappears in a few minutes, leaving just a thin layer of cream on top. The beer is nice and clear, and quite effervescent with a constant stream of bubbles rising to the top. There isn't much lace, but there is just a little bit on the side of my small wine glass.

Smell: The nose has some banana ester notes, as well as some pepper spice. Otherwise, I really don't find it very complex. There isn't a hop presence in the nose; it's mostly some notes from the yeast.

Taste: The palate picks up pale malt up front. Some spice and fruit from the yeast, including some coriander, banana and pepper. The hop presence isn't contributing flavor, but rather acting as just a bittering component in this.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, medium bodied, and the carbonation follows suite for the style.

Drinkability: An easy beer to drink; has a nice feel to it. It'd be nice if there was some more hop character and a little more yeast spiciness as well.

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Photo of ToolHead
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 33 cl bottle. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Beautiful golden colour. Decent white head w/ good retention. Very pleasant, and ultra-smooth taste. Goes down like liquid silk, hiding the alcohol incredibly well, and ending in a gloriously dry, delicate finish.

If you like Duvel (and who doesn't?...), this is for you. Not quite as complex, but even more drinkable.

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Photo of rostencrantz
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Dull amber peach color, poured into a Duvel tulip. It formed a good inch of sudsy foam, and left rings of lacing on the glass.

Sweet musty grains, banana, and dried fruit in the nose. Something faint like shortbread cookies. It's a little bit too muted, and doesn't really deliver much.

The taste is fairly sweet, with a husky, smoky grain flavor. A little papery, with mineral water, and unfortunate tinny notes. Plenty of carbonation, as usual for a Belgian Pale. Head retention is also pretty good, though it's no Duvel. Something about it just lacks the liveliness necessary to be excellent. One was enough, glad that's all I bought.

It's worth a try if you like subtle Belgians or even Czech Pilsners.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$3.99 at La Bodega in Riverside, CA in March 2008 for a 25 cl stubby bottle with a white label with red lettering.

Pours a slightly cloudy and chill hazed medium golden with a thin but attractive white head.

Aroma is of the wonderful Belgian pale ales that I haven't tasted in a long time. Fruity, slightly sweet, mix of candy and some herbal notes.

Flavor follows through- as I drank this a little on the cold side, it didn't open up as much as I would like, but hey, it was way too drinkable to let it just sit there! Banana, honey and floral notes, slight underlying bitterness and alcohol heat is just enough to keep it balanced. Could have had a bit more peppery notes.

Very tasty, good example of the style.

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Photo of theopholis
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -Slightly cloudy, golden body. Nice, frothy white head that has good retention. Very little lacing.

Smell- Very nice. Citrusy, bready, malty. Very inviting. Can't wait to taste it.

Taste - Nice malty profile with just the barest hint of yellow fruits (pear, banana, etc) just at the edge of perceptibility. Maybe a hint of orange blossom in there too. Has a wonderful floral punch at the end of the swallow.

M - Light body, good carbonation level.

D - A lot of people are comparing this to Duval. This is better.

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Photo of desint
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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 UniversitateaDeBere
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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