Klokke Roeland
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #177
Ranked #18,330
3.87 | pDev: 12.4%
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber brew with fine-grained white foam in the Delirium Tremens snifter. Serious candy flavor balanced by the scratchy yeast and dry finish. Massively malty plus the fruit. Lemon drops and dried pears.

This tastes of honey and it's certainly sweet. Hot with alcohol. I'd call it a Belgian liqueur. Estery finish with the wheaty aromatics. On tap at Fathom on the Shelter Island pier.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely huge head with good retention. Aroma is fairly sweet, vanilla- and candi sugar-like. The flavor however is not all that sweet, with some of the hops coming through. A very nice Tripel overall

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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting color for a Belgian strong dark ale. Typical Belgian yeast profile,. Banana, clove and faint citrus coated in light malt sweetness as well. I'm not blown away, butt hey lack of availability creates hype. there is one steadfast redeeming character, this beer masks alcohol so unbelievably well, its almost hard to believe. Don't miss this beer, it will show you something about subtlety.

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Photo of ranger60
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a 6 oz taster at Dandelion market in Charlotte, an under-rated place not even listed yet on Beer Advocate...

Slightly cloudy, and probably more of an orange than a golden color. it was lighter than I expected, being called a Belgian Dark. nose was pleasant, with typical yeast notes. Good flavor, not overpowering, picking up some yeasty and citrus, very pleasant drinking overall.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque copper brown with a solid one finger beige head that dissipates quickly, leaving significant lacing.

Dates, figs, raisins, and plums lead the aroma, with brown sugar and caramel malt supporting belgian yeast esters.

Decidedly sweet caramel malt, pretty cloying, forms the backbone, with a slightly tart apple finish providing stark contrast. Unusual for a belgian beer. The belgian yeast esters pale in comparison. Requisite dark fruit flavors follow the aroma profile.

Body is fairly heavy, with minimal carbonation and a significant alcohol warmth.

Overall, an interesting departure from the standard belgian strong. The tart character is unexpected, but breaks up the sweet malt dominance.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | 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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16.

A: Clear medium amber body under a solid cap of fine, smooth tan head. Good retention, fine lace. Nice.

S: Sweet and yeasty, with plenty of esters: banana and bubblegum are huge, apple and pear a little less so. A bit of peppery and medicinal phenols dance in the background. I'm a fan.

T: Sweeter here, with brown sugar and caramel malt on top of cotton candy and bubblegum. Some spicy booze follows peppery phenols on the back end. A little harsh.

M: Creamy medium body, nice amount of carbonation. All right.

O: Ok, tasty beer - but it really gets carried away with the sweetness. The nose was really pleasant and complex, but the sugary sweetness just drowned everything else out. I won't be ordering it again, but it's worth a shot if you're into sweet Belgians.


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Photo of PDXHops
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

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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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 drinkable.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 creaminess. Nontransparent amber body colour.

Sm: Amber malts. Fruity hops. Little else is detectable, especially with my broken nose.

T: Amber malt core. Plenty of layers of malty flavours are present. Complex for what it is. Nice finish. Individual hop notes don't ring distinct; it's vaguely fruity. Alcohol is overpowering, muting and restraining the flavours.

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

DR: Overally very syrupy, and the alcohol is far too present compared to the other flavours. Not my favourite Belgian ale, especially from such a terrific brewery.


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Photo of dyoung3
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a medium reddish amber with a moderate frothy white Belgain head, solid lace.

S: Some red fruit, candy, bubblegum, sugary.

T: Lots of sugared fruit with orange liqueur/Cointreau/triple sec. Not a lot of complexity, but it does taste good, the yeast run the show.

M: Medium-bodied, no real showing of ethanol which I liked, creamy, very soft carbonation and easy on the palate.

D: Solid in its style, the complexity is not going to grab anybody, but it tastes good for sure and is clearly Belgian-made.

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Photo of noiseslikewhales
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best Belgian beers I've ever had.

The color is a reddish amber. The ABV is high but does not compete with the flavors: crisp, fruity, malty. It's very clean tasting and I could have consumed an inhumane number of these without realizing the high alcohol content has I not been warned. Served in a branded wide-mouth glass that is classy and not suffocating.

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of JMC_TM
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of antoines15
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Three Floyds
Apparently I don't like belgian strong dark ales because this is not the first that I have been disappointed by. The taste is kind of bitter, but not in a good hoppy way. It has a honey-like smell and taste as well as lemon. It was also a bit too carbonated for my liking. I wanted to review this beer solely because of the drinkability. At 11 percent, I was amazed at how smooth this beer was. If this is a style that you like, I would recommend this beer as you can easily drink multiple glasses of this. The alcohol taste is almost non-existent. Cheers!

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Photo of NavelShot
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Klokke Roeland from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 105 ratings