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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
92
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2,118 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,118
Reviews: 932
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 162
Gots: 295 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-12-2002

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Ratings: 2,118 | Reviews: 932
Reviews by Pegasus:
Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Massive snow-white head, excellent glass-coating lace, and profuse streams of carbonation, with a rather murky brown color.

Aroma: Almost overpowering aroma of molasses, spiceyeast, and brown sugar. There is also a minor hop bitterness and distinct sweet alcohol notes.

Taste: Opens with dark fruit notes, which are, however, not particularly sweet, followed by slight caramel notes and mild spice. Finishes with a restrained hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Surprisingly light, seems to drift across the palate, without seeming to be thin. The alcohol is extremely warming.

Drinkability/notes: A Belgian ale that is both perplexing and superb, and quite unlike other Belgian ales that I have tried, simply excellent.

Thanks to HardTarget for genorously sharing this great beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly flawless apperance, this lacing on the glass was handed down from the gods. The tawny russet hue is dusted with a bit of haze and shimmers in the light.

Smell: Hint of spice, bread crust, estery alcohol and a smidge of dark fruit show a complex yet inviting aroma.

Taste: Some phenols upfront with a pinch of butteriness, dry bread crust and carob are from the malts. Intricate yeast flavours of nuts with some leftover phenols, light esters and faint fruit round out the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and deceiving with a nicely lined smoothness within the semi-dry palate.

Drinkability & Notes: This beer is too highly seated to be all alone, some soft cheeses and crackers are an excellent union to take the taste buds to a higher level.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy medium to dark bronze amber with a healthy three finger off-white head with great retention and lots of pillowly lacing. Spicy aroma of light stone fruit, dates, raisins, light nuts, cherry; the clove and earthy spices really dominate this more than other Rochefort ales. Flavor is sweet dates, figs, apricot with rapidly developing spiciness of clove and other earthy spices, finisihing with concentrated fruit, caramel and light hops. Really complex flavor. Nice creamy, medium heavy body. An exceptional Belgian ale and possibly the richest, most complex dubbel I've had. I wondered why I never had reviewed this, and it's possible that I always went for its bigger brothers, 8 and 10. If so, my loss. This is as flavorful and interesting as those ales. An exceptional dubbel from one of the best breweries in the world. A total pleasure to drink.

Photo of JackieKu
1/5  rDev -75.8%

Possibly got faulty bottles.

Photo of IckyT2012
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Some of the best head I've ever gotten

Photo of ralphwhosman
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Trappístes Rochefort es sofisticada. Dubbel de sabor magro con un toque de sustentabilidad de abadía belga.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Charred orange accented by brick red. I expected to see some yeast, but the beer is pristine after the initial pour. Perhaps the final pour will murk things up a little. The airy crown of foam is the color of polished pearls bathed in a soft orange light. Soft streamers of lace decorate the glass in an appealing fashion and solidify the (less than dark) BSDA look.

The nose is good without being fantastic. Going on appearance and aroma alone, it seems like 6 is a lighter end of the spectrum Belgian dark ale rather than a BSDA. I smell unsweet caramel malt, musky dark fruit and a dash of spicy Belgian yeast.

Although I still think the above style is incorrect, this is definitely good beer. The fruitiness is more along the lines of bruised apples, white raisins and dried figs. It doesn't quite reach the 'dates' stage of darkness and is nowhere near the 'raisins and plums' stage. I'm sure the monks felt like they needed to distinguish it from the higher-ABV, darker, maltier Rochefort 8.

The beer has a stealth complexity. One can easily quaff it without a second thought, but a little probing reveals a beautiful proportionality between malt, hops and spicy yeast. I like the fact that 6 favors the dry, crisp portion of the BSDA spectrum. It's too bad that it only comes in 33 cl bottles because I could easily go for a '750' right about now.

As anticipated, the addition of the final few inches of beer both darkens and murks things up quite nicely. It also makes the flavor profile even more bold. If you can manage it, I'd suggest choosing a drinking vessel that allows you to drain the entire bottle with one smooth pour. I know I'll be doing that next time (and there will most certainly be a next time).

I had to carefully ration the final few ounces in order to assess the mouthfeel. The beer was disappearing so fast that I feared I'd run out ahead of schedule. While the mouthfeel is light for the style, it has a gorgeous feel and is expertly carbonated. No letdown here; not even close.

I don't know why it took me so long to drink my first offering from one of the most respected breweries in the world. I was less than floored initially, but now that I'm at the bottom of the bottle, I'm able to recognize the brilliance of Trappistes Rochefort 6. If it was less expensive, I'd gladly buy this delicious elixir in bulk. Now I can't wait to drink 8 and 10.

Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy brown with some reddish hue with a big fluffy head that leaves generous amounts of lace as it settles,caramel is prominant in the aroma as well as some clove/spice and orange oh hell yeah.Wow complexities abound flavor wise some chocolate up front with some roasted malt and a little caramel along with an underlying orange/fruitiness, but a pleasant dry finish keeps it from getting to sweet.Damn fine brew here full of different rich flavors,one to savor.

Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Dark brown with a tinge of orange to the body. I controlled the head at the pour, but it still came up nicely and laced the glass on the way down.

Smell – This is heavy on the toasted malt. The deep, dark fruits are present as well. I can pick up a strong blackberry scent along with ripe apricots, tobacco, dates, big figs, and oranges soaked in brown sugar syrup.

Taste – This is awesome. Those big fruity flavors come out monstrous at the tongue. The brown sugar syrup shows up huge, as does the mashed figs and dates. The malt steps back a bit from the nose and is replaced by a serious effort at spicing. All the traditional BSPA spices are present, cinnamon among the more prominent.

The malt really turns bready for me about halfway through the bottle. It comes out more as I go along, even though I pulled this from the fridge a full half hour before pouring. This is an excellent example of the style.

Mouthfeel – Big carbonation and a full, chewy mouthfeel make this a meal unto itself, although that won’t stop me from eating :)

Drinkability – After falling in love with the “8” some time ago, it was nice to try this weaker cousin. The ABV is down but the flavors are right on target. Well done.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle makes a nice little woosh when I let up the cap so I’m therefore not surprised to feel my tongue nearly fizzled off by the carbonation of this delicious treat. Like pop rocks, coke, and Chuck Norris, the carbonation of this Belgian beauty is dangerous. Froth is like Elmer’s, adhesive and delicious. Crown is flawless, capable of covering 100% of the surface area of the beer seemingly forever. A few cocoa crispies crumbs litter the surface of the white cloud.

The taste of this mud puddle brown brew is initially rather meaty and I don’t mean that as a description of the body. This beer tastes a little like left over prime rib (in a good way of course). Other flavors and aromas include the expected fermented dark fruits, figs, cocoa, and candied sugar. There is a surprisingly floral aroma hidden in there as well. Dust and Must arise as the brew warms. This, I do not like. The assertiveness is also lost. Believe it or not I think this beer is a bit better around 40 to 45 degrees than room temperature. Surprisingly refreshing. Body becomes lighter as it warms, too light really.

Overall this is a fine beer but it’s just a bit light in terms of flavor and body to stand up to the truly great BSDAs. I would just like a little bit more from this one. Still very enjoyable and very drinkable.

Photo of tectactoe
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Dark brown color with intense haziness and quite a bit of lightly colored sediment floating around. Not sure if the sediment was meant to be, but it did not affect the mouth feel at all. Super huge, foamy, off-white head thanks to the volatile nature of the brew. The head settled a bit around a quarter-inch and followed the top of the beer all the way down. It was excellent, but didn't leave too much lacing.

The nose is full of lots of roasted malts, a deep, sweet, caramel, and a nice handful of dark fruits, like dates, raisins, and figs. A hint of clove is present as well, as it is in many Belgian style brews. The taste begins with a slight sweetness and a sharp hit of carbonation. As the beer warms up in your mouth, the malt starts to shine through, along with some of the caramel and barley flavors. A hint of the fruit is noticeable as well, present from the beginning until the end. The mouth is fairly thick and very creamy, thanks in part to the wonderful head that lasted the entire way down. Left the palette feeling a tad sticky and not too dry.

Great Trappist brew that everyone should try (at least once). The flavor profile, while complex, worked together nicely - the sign of a Belgian beer done correctly.

Photo of weatherdog
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice. Bottle dated 280114 so the beer is about 21 months old. I had this along with the 8 and 10.

It pours a rusty brown with a nice generous frothy head that fills up the chalice. As the pour ends a little bit of dark yeast sediment goes into the beer making it a little cloudy. The head eventually dies down into a everlasting layer of creamy head.

The nose is simple with some toffee and minimal fruit esters present. Its straightforward with no hint of ABV.

The first thing that I get in the taste is that it's kind of watery and thin. It was some really nice toffee flavor but it finishes pretty flat with a hint of sweetness. The body is expectedly light and combine that with the lighter flavor makes for an great drinkability in a beer that doesn't hint in the least of its strength.

Photo of tuckevalastin
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A deep brown with lots of carbonation and head. Cloudy.

S: A very light fuity yeast aroma.

T: Sweetness from fuit and raisins with a small bit of spice. Beautiful flavor but very light.

M: The light, smooth flavors and heavy carbonation make for a light feel

D: Incredibly drinkable.

Overall it's a very good beer but it is certainly light. In fact too light to really enjoy all of the flavors. I'd take a Rochefort 8 over this anyday but I could certainly drink this all night.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Rochefort 6 pours from the bottle into my SN tulip a brilliant deep brown with streaks of red that shoot out from the side of the brew. A fast moving bubbly two finger head stakes its claim atop the brew and doesn't let go. Aromas of sweet caramel with vinous notes popping up everywhere. Dark fruits, brown sugar, spicy yeast, a smattering of vanilla atop some lingering woody tannins. A formidable cornucopia of beautiful scents arise from this brew and keep me coming back for more. Quite lovely.

First sip brings a lovely light caramelly molasses maltiness draped in a wonderful vinous, spicy, brown sugary cloak that envelopes every corner of the mouth. Fruity tones dance across the mouth and mix with hints of vanilla, wood and butterscotch. Amazingly free flowing and flavorful...it's hard to even accurately describe the mix of wonderful flavors in this brew. Another Trappist treasure.

Mouthfeel is rather light with a champagne like carbonation that bounces off of every side of the mouth. I'm usually not a fan of high carbonation but it works well with this brew. I would drink this all night if given the chance and I'm glad I have another bottle awaiting me in the cellar. Just noticed the best by date is 21-10-08....which just happens to be my birthday as well. The monks of Abbaye St-Remy deserve high praise for this lovely brew.

Photo of blitz134
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trying to get into Belgian beers a little more. Just finished reading "Brew Like a Monk," which I found quite enlightening and really revealed the styles a lot more to me.

First in the trio, I figure I'll go from 6 to 10.

Poured into a tulip. Lots of carbonation initially that eventually settle down to a three-quarter inch head thats very light tan in color. That head floats atop a Mahagony colored body. Not much for lacing.

Aroma initially struck me with a good bit of fig, then some other fruity aromas come through, some cherry, raisin and apple with some hints of clove-like spices. Has an overtone of just a bit of leather too. Something in there reminds me of hot apple cider spices.

I really like the flavor on this one, has a lot more going on with it than the overly fruity flavors found in a lot of dark Belgians. Cherry, raisins, and some apple come through again and some light chocolate or bready characters that works well with the fruity tones. Again, a bit of spice throughout, but mainly fruit ester dominated. Hints of alcohol, but not harsh at all.

Has a touch of a sweet finish, and the body, while thin, coats the tongue well and give a feeling of more to this. Its thin but not watery.

I think this is a really good beer. I've never been a huge fan of Belgians, as I feel they all kinda taste the same, but this one is just a bit different. Quite nice.

Photo of sellmeagod
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heck yes THIS is a big time beer.

Classic tastes of the Trappists. Known to give a healthy does of beer flavor, yet still feels like you could be drinking a much lighter brew. Smells bready, tastes like straight up bread, a tiny bit bitter.

If you could drink alcoholic liquified bread, then why not? The main reason for me is that there is a slightly more expensive version of this - Rochefort 8 - and the small savings for a bottle of 6 doesn't justify the still high price.

Photo of generallee
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rochefort 6 is lovely nectar that that pours dark brown with amber hues with a modest off white head. The aroma is fruity and woody with a hint of alcohol esters. The flavor is sweet and malty with woody notes and fruits like raisons, white grapes, prune and dried cherries popping in and out. It has a medium body and lively carbonation. The texture is smooth and coats the tongue. I really enjoyed this outstanding trappistes beer.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, pours dark, murky, plum. super retentive darker tan head, spots of lace and scattered sheeting, ripe fruit and must in the nose. Soft on the tongue, loads of complex flavors inter mingle here. Fruits, figs, grapes, berries, vanilla, must, light smoke, leather, wood, earthy. A very nice treat, I'd like to pair this one with some old cheese and perhaps spiced meats. Well worth a try.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Pours a bubbly one finger of brown head. Brown hazy root beer looking body, a fair amount of light comes through.

S:Smells nutty, dark and juicy fruits(plum, rum rasins). Medium dark crystal malts. Brown sugar and molasses.

T: Tastes big time of juicy dark fruits, plum, rasin, figs. Some taste of nutty brown malts. Maybe some cinnamon and vanilla. A touch of lingering rum rasin bitterness.

M: Medium thin bodied, high carbonation. Somewhat coating in the mouth, medium dry in the finish.

O: Overall this one is nice, it has a fair amount of flavor which is melded together quite well. It's light enough that I could have a few of these in a night. The 7.5% abv is well hidden.
$4.95 a single.

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: leather brown in color, moderate carbonation, cloudy with sediment, 1/2 inch head that disappates quickly

Smell: toasted malt, apple, and pear

Taste: butter, raisin, apple, pear, and a touch of brown sugar

Mouthfeel: sweet, light body with high carbonation

Drinkability: I love the buttery fruit combo. I could have several of these. The alcohol is very well hidden. This may be my new favorite in the style.

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glad to have Rochefort available in Texas again. Finally got a chance to try this one after having the other two on multiple occasions.

The beer pours a hazy, medium brown color with a large off-white head. The aroma is very heavy on the raisins with some brown sugar, toffee and Belgian yeast notes mixed in.

The flavor is also very heavy on the raisins. I also get some prune and grape notes, as well as some toffee, light cocoa and yeast notes. The beer is fairly dry overall and the alcohol is well hidden.

High carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Photo of NicholasCasber
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a dark amber almost had an orange tint to it. Produced some, but fairly little head, however, what head there was, seemed to withstand the whole drink.

S: The smell was outstanding, had a nice bright, fresh produce smell.

T: The taste was very similar to that of a green apple, however, more on the bitter end.

M: This beer wasn't overly full-bodied, it did end in my mouth somewhat dry, which in my opinion is a good thing, makes me want to continue drinking it.

D: I would have rated this beer higher on the drinkability, if I wasn't a poor college student. My consideration for beer drinkability is price, and availability, at nearly $7.00 per 11.2 FL OZ bottle, it left me wanting a larger quantity for my money, which is what held me back from ranking it any higher.

Overall, outstanding beer. I'd highly suggest this to you and yours. Here's to another beer. Cheers.

Photo of magictrokini
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't really stand up to its cousins, 8 and 10, but was still a tasty beer. Pours murky mahogany with a thick, short tan head. Cherries, molasses, sugar, and raisins in the nose. Smooth mouthfeel without the expected syrupyness. Malt, caramel, prunes, maple syrup, and cream soda (nice call Beerlando) in the taste. I don't really like a lot of dubbles, as they are typically over-indulgent in spice and sticky malt, but this was really good.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured in a chalice.

A light brown slightly cloudy color with a nice fluffy light brown head that hangs around. On the nose theres some sweetness and a light bready note to it, fairly plain.

Very smooth, a nice sharp flavor thats quite malty, lingers for a bit. Very bready and spicy on the way down. Kind of a light body but good for the style.

Photo of Kraken
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 03/20/09 First day of spring gotta love it!!

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Floreffe Chalice. Moderate pour yielded a scant wisp of frothy topping that rings the inner rim of the glass. No lace to speak of. Color is a dark lightly clouded apple cider.

Nose- Very interesting. Slight apple cider, sweet caramel nuttiness. Some additional dark fruit esters that I can't totally place, some raisin and date.

Palate- This is fantastic. Wonderfully smooth, with deep and robust caramel. Deliciously rich nuttiness, mildly sweet. Hints of raisin, and chewy dates. Finishes moderately dry, with a faint note of spice. No hints of the 7.5% alcohol displayed on the label.

Mouthfeel- Very active, supremely rich.

Drinkability- Wow. I wish this was less then $5 a bottle as it would be my go to standard.
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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 2,118 ratings.