Klokke Roeland - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: philipquarles on 07-14-2008

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Reviews by OWSLEY069:
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish to almost brown in color with an off white head. In the aroma, notes of caramel and citrus. In the taste, a nice roast of caramel and orange citrus, with a small note of honey. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small citrus and note of alcohol in the aftertaste. Hides the 11% well, this on could get me in trouble, so keep up the good work!

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a snifter at the Trappe Door

A: photo on BA captures the appearance well except that my serving had a remarkably thick and creamy head that, for a while, completely coated the glass on the way down.

Yeasty and fruity, but at a moderate level for style. A bit sweet for style, but not cloying or objectionable. Some diactyl in the flavor that blended nicely with the feel, aroma and other taste components.

M: nice creamy/buttery feel.

Photo of thagr81us
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, floral, sweet alcohol, banana, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, bread, dark fruit, subtle milk chocolate, sweet alcohol, and very subtle wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. This was actually one of the more complex brews I’ve had in quite awhile as far as flavor goes. Every sip brought about a whole new experience. The aroma was a little bit of a letdown as compared to the flavor, but you can’t win them all I suppose. A really well done brew that I wouldn’t mind having again in the future.

Photo of philipquarles
2.07/5  rDev -46%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Brewed exclusively for 'Waterhuis aan de Bierkant' in Ghent by Brouwerij Van Steenberge. On tap, it is 11.0% ABV; bottled, 11.5%. Pours an impressive clear amber with a huge, billowing white head that was very persistent. Great lacing. One whiff gives a hugely sweet, fruity aroma. Smelled strongly of caramelized sugar. Overwhelmingly sweet taste. After a couple more sips, some plum-like esters became noticeable, with a bit of spice at the end. Big alcohol. Thick feel that borders on syrupy. Pretty bad.

Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Bright, copper-colored, slightly hazy. The tall white head retains nicely in the wide-mouthed goblet. Plum-like fruit aroma with a big dark candi sugar sweetness behind it and a hint of alcohol. Bittersweet taste leaning toward sweet. Plums, raisins, plenty of dark candi sugar sweetness. There's a bit of sharp alcohol, but nothing suggesting 11%. It ends on a hoppy, somewhat solventy note. The finish is brief but faintly astringent. Good, but not stellar for the style.

Photo of yossarian14
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Deep Ellum.
It is listed on the Deep Ellum menu as a Belgian Blond.

Klokke Roeland is the house beer at Chez Leontine in Ghent. Chez Leontine is part of group of bar/restaurants collectively known as Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant. I don't think it is bottled at all, and only recently, to my knowledge, has been available here in the states.

A - Amber pour with a fluffy white head. Served in a goblet with a heavy paperweight stem.

S - Sweet on the nose, lots of honey, fruit, candied sugar and just a touch of funk.

T/M - The first sip is a delight. The alcohol is almost nonexistent. Sweet dark fruit.There is just enough carbonation to keep it on the lighter side of a heavy mouthfeel. The sweet overpowers any interesting nuances that Klokke may have hidden. I want a lighter body, a little more carbonation, a little more hop bitterness and yeasty funk.

D - As the beer disappears into my belly I find the sweetness to become overwhelming. I'm glad I tried this but I wouldn't go for it again.

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Served in a signature glass (I want one), dark reddish amber in color with a nice, dense, off-white head, which retained well and laced well, even if it wasn't that big. After fading, a gentle swirl rejuvenates the head a bit. Aroma of yeast, spice, and all kinds of fresh fruit. Taste of sweet malts, caramel, bready yeast, apples, white wine, and raisins, and a light bit of spice. Finished nutty and a bit stale, possibly from the elevated alcohol, but good otherwise. Medium-bodied and moderately drinkable.

Photo of charlzm
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed May 12th, 2012 at Brews Brothers, Galveston, Texas.

Appearance: medium burnished copper/amber. Nice one-finger head that provides some sticky sheeting. Good looking!

Aroma - sour cherries, tawny malts and honey.

Flavor is clean: crystal malts, tart and low but present bitterness. Just outstanding!

Good carbonation helps mask the high ABV. I had no idea it was 11%!

What a find. I'm so happy to have had this one. Dangerously drinkable.

Photo of PDXHops
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into an oversized snifter. Reddish amber capped with a modest foamy head. A skim hangs around for a good long while. Lazily scattered splotches of lace.

Big fruity nose on this stuff, with mixed berry jam, tangerine and apples being particularly potent. Bubblegum sweetness and subtle spicing play a smaller role. Plenty of fruity flavors to match the nose as well; this stuff's almost too fruity for its own good, but in the end it's pretty enjoyable stuff. Banana bread and cherry liqueur emerge as it warms, nicely contrasted by a punch of bitterness in the swallow. Appropriately gentle carbonation. Very sweet stuff, yet it finishes almost clean. Kind of odd how I'm noticing the booze bigtime before the swallow, not so much afterward.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Supposedly, it's really hard to get a keg of this stateside, but Dave gets around. Good man. This stuff pours a lightly hazy amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises Belgian yeast, light banana, mandarin orange syrup, toffee, clove, and a mild blend of un-disentangle-able spices. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some ginger, light wintergreen, and biscuit. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice little Belgian brew. It's not overtly distinguishable from other such products, but it certainly has its own charms.

Photo of hendecatope
4.92/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

I loved this beer. It was not quite the prettiest beer I have ever seen but poured a pretty amber color.

Smell was amazing and the Taste could not be beat. I like things on the malty side and this certainly delivered.

Not too carbonated and I would definetely have again.

ABV is high so one is plenty.

Photo of dyoung3
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at Granville Moore's; one of the better Belgian-centric establishments in DC. Some sort of goblet.

Appearance: Vibrant red tones; almost a red ale visually. Almost non existent head once it reached my table.

Smell: Quite grape forward and I don't mean "winey" which I rather enjoy in beers; I mean muscaty as in if your from the Southeast part of the country Muscadine grapes. Know what I mean Vern? For me this is the dominate volatile component on the nose which is a little disappointing.

Taste: Definitely one of my least favorite Belgians I've enjoyed (not to say that I didn't enjoy it - this beer could still go out with his buddies on the weekends and toast to Bud-Lights for their own strength). Waaaay too heavy on the apple flavors. I almost felt like I was drinking a Strongbow.

Mouthfeel: A little low on carbonation to me which strengthens my comparison to a cider (not necessarily because ciders tend to be low on carbonation in my experience but because it allowed me to see through the bubbles into the apple flavors...if that makes any sense).

Overall: If you were in a bar contemplating beers (especially if you're like me and sometimes overwhelmed with Belgian terms and decide to scroll the ABV column) do not pick this beer based on strength, I don't think the alcohol lends itself to the flavor of the brew. Appreciate the effort but just not for me with so many other options.

Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an amber gold color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The nose is impressive and complex, consiting of honey, blood orange, butter and cream. Just by the way this beer smells, you can tell it's going to be pretty yummy. On the palate this beer has at most moderate sweetness, with some madarin orange, cherry and a hint of cola. On the finish there's also a hint of hoppy bitterness, which keeps the beer from tasting too heavy or tiring on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the alcohol is pretty well disguised. You can tell it's up there, and the warming sensation after the second sip is a tip off, but it's not at all intrusive or obtrusive.

A very solid beer, though with this amount of alcohol, can't imagine doing more then one at a sitting. Nevertheless, a very fine beer...

Edit from 10/6/12. Nothing new to add really.... added time just makes me appreciate this beer all the more.

Photo of goblue3509
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber color with a one finger head. The color is not transparent. The aroma is of green fruits mainly apple and grapes with some sweetness to round out the smell. The taste has a nice green fruit taste up front again green apples and grapes. This gives way to a yeast sweetness and spiciness and finishes with a white wine taste. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and light and crisp. Overall I really enjoyed this beer. The aroma was nice and crisp and inviting. The taste was enjoyable and it was a very easy drink.

Photo of kojevergas
2.29/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served on-draught into a Klokke Roeland goblet in a bar in Ghent, Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

A: 3.5 finger head of nice thickness but no cream. Nontransparent amber colour.

Sm: Amber hops. Little else, especially with me broken nose.

T: Hoppy body. Complex for what it is. Nice finish. Individual hop notes don't resound distinctly, making the beer difficult to describe. Alcohol is overpowering, muting and restraining the flavours.

Mf: A bit too wet. Nicely coarse, suiting the flavours of the body.

DR: Overally very syrupy, and the alcohol is far too present compared to the strength of the flavour. I won't have it again.

Photo of deeplennon
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brouwers in Seattle in proper glassware (surprising).

I'm not a Van Steenberge fan, but had to give this one a try as I'd never heard of it, let alone had it before.

Primary aroma for me is the metal content of the water, mixed with some cherry and alcohol. It's water profile reminds me a lot of St. Bernardus. Taste is similar, with the alcohol taking the lead, especially as it warmed. A little too astringent, with no malt character to back it up which leads too a very thin body made more so by watery carbonation. No doubt about this beer's strength though, as you'll feel it almost immediately.

At the end of the day, a typically one dimensional Van Steenberge beer, therefore, not atrocious, but nowhere near the price you'll inevitably pay anywhere outside of Belgium.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As Belgian strong ales usually exhibit a fruity character, this sweeter, cidery ale showcases the fruit-forward notion with estery attitude and little rebuttal elsewhere.

Klokke Roeland pours with a ruby-ish golden hue and with a lighter than expected carbonation. Those delicate bubbles struggle to form only the daintiest of creme that adorns the surace of beer. Where lacing is minimal, the legging eludes to the sugary nature soon to come.

Strong fruitiness shows in the nose with the lead of berry/strawberry jam, apples, grapes and with the light spiciness of black pepper and even cumin. Grapes and applex carve out the sweeter aromas- all with the freshest fruit scent and not of stone or dehydrated fruits.

Honey sweet flavors dominate but with the complexity of bright fruits found in the nose. A mild spiciness (black pepper and tanin) being a welcomed reprieve from the malty-estery sweetness. Light brandy (or port wine/zinfindal) notes help to round out the beer, keeping it from seeming overly one-dimensional.

The sweet, fruity demenor contiues with a rich and lucious mouthfeel that edges toward cloying but shies away due to its acidic carbonation and drying alcohols. Though the beer never truly balanced with bitterness or dryness, it holds its own with a fruit-forward attitude with no appologies.

Fruit beer fans will love this beer. As with their Piraat, Gulden Draak, and Bucchanier brands, this on finishes sweet and fruity- somewhat savory but also foregoing drinkability for a desert-like character. Delicate. Complex. Satisfying... much like an after dinner digestive.

Photo of NavelShot
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Pizza Peel in Charlotte, NC. Thanks to Shaheen for recommending this brew to me.

Deep color and rich, malty sweetness expected of a big Belgium ale. Caramel overtones with fruit and spice finish. Beige 1/2 inch head and nice lacing. Medium carbonation and big ABV (11%). Good aroma and mouthfeel. Will definitely order again.

Photo of JMC_TM
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Belgian Strong Dark Ale pours a brilliant reddish-orange with a thick white head that leaves a nice lacing down the sides of the glass. The nose was full of honey, an orangey citrus, sweet malt, and some alcohol. The taste was sweet and malty with a hint of Belgian hops and some fruity esters. The mouthfeel was nice with good carbonation. This beer is dangerously drinkable for the huge 11.0% abv.

Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light golden brown color with a decent off-white head and very nice lacing. The aroma is mild apple wheat. Nothing pronounced here. The flavor is banana-wheat with some yeasty bite. A bit cloying with solid carbonation, medium plus bodied. Drinkability is mediocre but may just be that this isn't my favorite style. In general this is not my favorite brew but it's a quality brew none the less.

Photo of Travlr
2.39/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draught at Waterhuis an der Bierkant in Ghent. The staff tried to warn me away from this one. I should have listened.
Appearance was clear orange with a large white head.
Smell was caramel, maybe slight malt.
Taste was caramel and malt, very simple. Light bodied for its strength, not much finish. Alcohol shows through.
Overall unimpressed. There are many better beers at the Waterhuis.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some slightly fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick with each sip. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of JBogan
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ojai Beverage Co. in Ojai California.

Nicely presented in it's own branded glass, this is a good looking beer. Clear orange color with a beautiful creamy white head which remained for the duration and left moderate lacing.

Smells of sweet malts, a bit of citrus and a hint of the alcohol.

The taste was somewhat on the sweet side, but not overly so. The malt and citrus were the main players, however the alcohol was there in the finish along with a slight bitterness.

There was a perfect smoothness to this beer, who's body was on the thicker end of the scale.

Overall this was an enjoyable beer, although the alcohol is definitely felt by the time my glass is empty. This is one to sip and savor.

Photo of spointon
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the FFF Brewpub last Sunday. From my notes:

A= This ale poured a very clear orange amber color, with a 1.5" white head. The head settled fairly quickly but was easy to renew with a quick swirl. Fair amount of lace left behind on my glass.

S= Sweet malts and a very complex array of fruity esters dominated the aroma. Yeast funk in there too of course and a bit of alcohol.

T= Really an unexpected mix of flavor going on. There was a solid bit of malt sweetness, maybe a little bit of caramel, but the dominant flavor was the spicy dark fruitiness. Plums and dates and a hint of raisin came to mind. Yeast was musty but not overpowering. Alcohol gave a spicy, warming finish.

MF= Medium bodied, with a moderate carbonation level. I would have like a bit more effervescence.

D= An interesting brew for sure, WAY lighter than I would have expected for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but that category is a bit of a catch-all. Dangerously drinkable for the big ABV.

Photo of mhatters
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TND in Wayne, in the Klokke Roeland goblet with the thick stem

Pours a clear and amber color with an orange note. Thick white head that clears very quickly, but renewed when the glass gets moved.

Lots in the nose, candy sugar, fruit, sweet malt and some alcohol.

Taste follows the nose, the malt and sugar balance nicely, the fruit (plum, raisin) comes through toward the back.

Not overly carbonated, easy in the mouth but can get a bit droopy. Not what I expected from 11% - but still damn good - almost too easy to drink

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Klokke Roeland from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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