Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Expectations are a funny thing. They can mess with your view of a beer, both for the better and for the worse. And with a beer like Rochefort, it's hard NOT to have expectations. This is a beer with a reputation for being world class.
But is it?
The answer is, yes. Yes, it is. Allow me to explain.
Appearance - Poured a relatively fresh (Oct. 2010) bottle of the 6 into a flute glass (poor glassware choice in retrospect). The color was a deep orange brown, looking not unlike a forest floor in autumn. Even with a gentle pour it generated three fingers of creamy, tan head. A very appetizing looking beer.
Smell/Nose - Here's where I was thrown off. I expect a world class beer to have a world class aroma, but I honestly felt myself slightly underwhelmed by Rochefort 6. Maybe it's the big IPAs and Imperial Stouts I've been drinking this winter, almost all of which fill the nose with heady aromas, but this left me unimpressed. Smelled heavy with yeast, very sweet with hints of caramel. Not unpleasant, but also not alluring.
A beer, though, rises or falls on its taste ...
Taste - ... and here is where Rochefort 6 shines. The first sip was a little "meh," which surprised me. Got more head than beer. Nothing really stood out. Nothing grabbed me.
As the beer mellowed and warmed, though, it got better with each progressive sip. It tasted like a rich pastry bread in beer form, all sorts of bready and malty and delicious. A little sweet but subdued; caramel flavors but in perfect balance with everything else going on in the beer; dashes of raisin and the like; hints of grainy buttered bread.
By the end what had started as a decent but not mind-blowing beer turned out to be a stunner. Those who roll strictly with IPAs will probably be put off by the lack of up front hops, but folks who like a well-balanced beer that dabbles in all the taste textures beer has to offer will enjoy this.
Mouthfeel - Mild but mouth-pleasing carbonation and a full-bodied feel without being *heavy* made this a pleasant experience. As the beer approached warmer temperatures it felt fuller, smoother, and nicer on the tongue. Quite good.
Drinkability - It would be an understatement to say that the Rochefort 6 drank well. It's a very solid but not mindblowing 7.5 ABV, which means it's relatively strong, yet it doesn't drink like it. Goes GREAT with a meal (I had this alongside a pasta dish). Would make a great capper to an evening or would serve as an excellent standalone treat.
Bottom line: My glass started off underwhelming but by the end I felt as if Rochefort has earned its near legendary reputation. It's a rich, complex beer by any measure. Even at $6 a bottle, I'll be drinking this again.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2011 15:46:02 | More by Shoegaze99
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