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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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 116
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 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 ToolHead
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
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 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 tempest
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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 Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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 RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a lot of white head. Massive lacing on the way down. Nose is sweet and thick...just like I love the Belgians to be. So far, the signs point to a good experience. Flavor is oh so smooth. Sweet and even, it almost seems to have a slight nutty edge to it - or maybe it is wood-like. Very slight at that, whichever it may be. Standard sweet and citrus aspects to it, but this isn’t just a standard brew. This one is well crafted and extremely smooth. Feel is great. Good levels of carbonation. Drinkability? If this were readily available to me (I brought it back from a trip), I’d be drinking this all the time.

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Photo of sloejams
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
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 adamette
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 330ML stubby bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $3.99 as a single. This is a beer that Wally, the owner of same store, poured for friends of mine and I one night when we paid a visit. No observed "best by" date but the following stamped on the label: L2000.

A Generous, white meringue like head over a straw yellow translucent body with plenty of carbonation rising up from below. 3.5

S Light malt with barley husks and minimal hops. 4.0

T Light tasting barley based light beer with Belgian yeast grain taste...I really like this combination. 4.5

M As suggested, on the light side and the ABV is well hidden. 4.0

D Good which is sinister since it can really catch up with you at 7.5% ABV. It reminds me of Duvel in that way. 4.5

Notes: A very drinkable light Belgian that would be in my fridge all of the time if it were not for the cost. Nearly $4 a bottle is a little steep but this is a nicely made beer. Thanks for the recommendation Wally.

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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 lacqueredmouse
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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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


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Photo of paterlodie
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes people can be suprised and find themselves in a wonderfull world after just a few sips.... What a great beer! Fruity and hoppy nose and a great and everlasting foam!
Taste is dry and it doesn't taste like it has the alcohol it does. Clean and bitter aftertaste make it to a in my eyes great beer; Duvel like but not as bitter.
One I certainly buy again!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat squat bottle for $3.99 in Columbus. The beer is hazy and golden colored with a thick persistent head. From the smell I'd guess there was some honey in this beer. It's got a sweet flowery aroma similar to Babar or Biere de Miel, also a bready yeast smell like St Bernardus Tripel. The taste is really good, again I suspect some honey along with light fruit (esters) and maybe a little bitter spice. Or maybe the slight bitterness in the aftertaste is indicative of the hops, I'm not sure. The body is par for the course, a little thicker than water, makes it easy to drink! Very good overall but there are too many good BSPA's at this price range to make this important enough for a revisit.

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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 TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Pours a clear pale straw with a finger or so of thick white head that leaves some decent lacing behind as it gradually fades away. The nose is a weak mixture of yeast, hops, and a little bit of spice. The taste brings a slight malty sweetness into the mix, nicely balancing out the yeastiness and hoppy citrus. A hint of lemon also pops up somewhere in the midst of these proceedings. With a good proportion of carbonation and a moderate body, this brew maintains a very high level of drinkability.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Jesstyr
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with a beautiful ribeye in a palm glass. I actually got this little guy as a freebie curiosty. Very cool label of a bowing bottle with a bowtie. This beer has lots of character.

A: dark yellow/orange with a big white head. Strong lacing until the last drop.

S: powerful for a beer of this color. Heavy citrus and sugar.

T: heavy banana and citrus, lots of stuff going on here. I enjoyed the dichotomy of flavors unique tothis style of beer.

M: a little heavy on the carbonation and the thinness of a pale ale. Just not my style perhaps.

D: goes down very easy and smooth, particularly with a nice meal.

If you've heard it compared to duvel, I wouldn't even compare. Much more dynamic and smooth - and oddly the banana sets them apart. I like this beer more than I expected.

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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 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 moneymaker2004
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, so it's not terribly distinctive, but this is well worth a try, particularly since my local store has this at a lower price than several similar Belgian beers.
It's very lively, like Duvel, and even with a careful pour I had to wait a while for the massive frothy head to dissipate before I could get the lot into the glass. It's less carbonated than Duvel, which arguably makes it even more drinkable; still not quite as creamy as a beer like Piraat, but a very smooth brew. All the familiar fruity hints and hoppy aromas of the pale/golden Belgians. Not massively comlex or original, but the alcohol is well hidden and the flavours are balanced and reasonably well-rounded.
Maybe if the name means 'poor man' this is intended as a poor man's alternative to Duvel; being in fairly dire financial straits myself, I'm glad I found this and will be going back for more!

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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

11.2 oz bottle
$4.49 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE
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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 a bit in the mouth and foaming the medium-bodied malt towards creaminess.

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

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Best before 01/04/09

A: Pours a cloudy/hazy glowing golden color. Capping this is a towering, four-finger, bright white head that slowly recedes to a mis-shapen marshmallow-y lump of creamy foam. Lots of lace left behind.

S: Interesting aromas of apple, spicy yeast, peach, white pepper, bartlett pear, sweet toasty grain, and a pinch of alcohol.

T: Taste follows the smell closely with the addition of white grape, banana, and a slightly tinny or metallic flavor. Muted fruity yeast presence and the slightest hint of caramel.

M: Sweet and spicy with a toasted dryness and mild hop bitterness. Finishes sweet and fruity with a definite dry tone.

D: Decent enough stab at a Duvel style BSPA. A pleasant diversion but with Duvel so readily available it faces an uphill battle

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a pale straw yellow color that is very clear and has many columns of carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. The head is about three fingers thick and very fluffy and silky. It's color is off-white and it dissipates slowly leaving good lacing.

Smell - Crisp bitter hoppiness and some light fruit (apple, banana, nectarine, pear, etc.) nuances up front. There is obvious clove spiciness complementing the aroma. A subtle yet present malt character sits in the back row holding it all together. Very slight alcohol scent, almost not there at all.

Taste - Light alcohol burn opens the taste with the fruit flavors coming out stronger this time. The malt presence comes in after this initial taste and is again mellow and raw tasting. The aftertaste has almost no earthiness (which seems commonplace among Belgians, and not altogether a pleasant taste in my opinion) and is predominantly bitterness from the hops and a lingering flavor of the malt.

Mouthfeel - This is a light-bodied brew (although bordering on medium) and has a nice velvety smoothness in the mouth. The carbonation is right on the money with this one.

Drinkability - There is almost zero alcohol noticeability and the brew is very pleasant tasting and has a good mouthfeel. The flavors are not overpowering but are of typical Belgian pale ale levels. This stuff is surprisingly easy to drink.

Overall, quite a fine little Belgian pale ale here. It's not a Duvel or a La Fin Du Monde, but its still quite good. Recommended!

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Photo of crossovert
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. The label reminds me more of a soda label than a beer label.

Pours a clear orangeish/gold until the yeast plops in. The head is large and white and leaves nice lacing.

The smell is pretty interesting. There is definitely some grape in there and just overall fruitiness. The grain is there as well, and some spice.

This is a great tasting and unique ale. It has a light sourness to it with some lemon, but there is also a unique bread quality and overall fruitiness. It is sweet but not overly so.

The carbonation is high but it works and makes this a refreshing and dangerously drinkable brew though the alcohol isn't completely hidden from the palate.

This is a solid addition to the Belgian Strong Pale Ale category, it is a bit unique.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +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

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Sloeber from Roman N.V.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 116 ratings