Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 932
Hads: 2,187
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 176
Gots: 321 | FT: 8
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-12-2002

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown color with a 1 inch bone colored head that fades to nothing. Slight lacing slowly slides back into the beer on the drink down. Some sediment is seen floating around in the beer. Smells of fermented raisins, sweet malt, and spices. I also get a very subtle hint of funk and vinegar. Taste is of caramel, dark fruits, spices, and Belgian yeast. Lots of carbonation makes for a bubbly and crisp mouthfeel. Overall, I was a bit disappointed in this beer. I was expecting something way better all around based on reviews and information I have read. This isn't a bad beer per se but I guess it's just not up my alley. (637 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a snifter

Batch #/ Best before: 090316

From notes taken on 2/12/12

A: Pours an opaque light mahogany with 1 fingers width of very bubbly off-white head that dissipates down rather quickly to leave a thin film and outer ring that remain throughout the drink. There is a decent amount of sedimentation suspended in the glass. Leaves zero lacing.

S: Burnt sugar and caramel malts. A pepper and clove like spice is also noted, along with a subtle hint of alcohol. Decent aroma, but not particularly strong or complex.

T: Follows the nose. Candied sugar, caramel malts, and brewing yeast. White pepper and subtle clove, with the spices becoming more prominent as the beer warms. Not nearly the flavor profile or strength I was anticipating/wanting.

M/D: Heavily carbonated, light to medium bodied, with a rather thin mouthfeel. High drinkability with a completely hidden ABV.

O: Overall, I was disappointed with this offering. Rochefort 8 is a very good beer, and Rochefort 10 is world class. This isn’t even in the same ballpark. I’m glad I had it, to complete the Rochefort trifecta, but I will not have this one again. (1,166 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy mahogany color. A large rocky and white head forms with good retention. A touch of sticky lace.
S: Wow! This has a pungent aroma of alcohol, plums, and other fruity esters. Some sweet honey and caramel as well. Some doughy bread aromas. Very interesting, but I am not sure if I really like the aroma or not.
T: The first thing I notice is lots of alcohol again. After that, lots of sweet fruits. A sour apple flavor, raisins, and plums. Honey and caramel again.
M/D: A full body this is incredibly rich and creamy. Velvety smooth. The alcohol really shows in this beer for me. It takes away from the drinkability a bit.

I seem to be getting a lot of alcohol in this beer. It is over 7%, though I have had much higher that hid the alcohol much better (including Rochefort 8). This is very interesting though. Different than other beers of this style. I like it, but it is not my favorite of the style. (920 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on sale at whole foods poured into a tulip

A- lots of effervescence reddish brown murky color with a fine tan head that dissipates to a thin layer just on top. bubbles up through solution like a champagne

S- yeasty, definite bread, prune, fig even some dark stone fruit. slightly sourdough bread.

T- slight toffee, whole wheat bread , peppery, a little gram cracker in the finish. very low hop character. Some warming alcohol but it isn't harsh.

M- even with all the bubbling this is a little dryer than expected.

O- I could see myself enjoying this beer with a steak, I would like to try the 12. Not an everyday drinker but I could definitely enjoy this on a rainy day. (685 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle - 060213 12:52 indicated on the bottle. Served in my Chimay goblet at 50 degrees. Gushed off the cap pop before pouring a hazy purplish brown with a vigorous, one inch off-white head which reduced its volume by half in less than a minute before settling into a solid, quarter inch cap. Some arcs of belgian lacing exposed during the tasting with decent legs. Tiny particles evident floating in the brew. Nose was vinous - dark fruit and some yeast. Taste consistent with nose - detected some candi sugar and dark fruit is somewhat muted; slightly herbal/medicinal quality detected at the finish. Mouthfeel fell between light- and medium-bodied and very effervescent (somewhat prickly). Alcohol was well-hidden. I have to say that I was a little dissapointed with this beer. Decent, but I've had better, particularly for the dollar value. (851 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bier has a murky, dark chestnut color. The head was initially about 1/2", and a bit rocky. It quickly settled into a fine, thin layer of tightly-packed tan bubbles. Lacing was acceptable. The nose was semi-sweet with dark-fruit notes emanating, though it tended to be on the mild side. I didn't think the body was quite hitting the medium level, and it had a very bubbly carbonation leaving a prickly feel on the tongue. I did get a slight sense of the alcohol, as it warmed me on the way down. Yet, the fruity flavors had a bitter lean to them, and the finish was somewhat dry. I didn't find much complexity in this bier, unlike other Belgians I've imbibed. It was, in the end, a letdown for me. And, to think I paid $6.50 for just under 12oz for Trap 6, compared to $6.50 for 25.4oz of Delirium Noel yesterday!!

overall: 3.6
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of hotstuff
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Abbel Dubbel poured a large invigorating tan long lasting head with fine-small bubbles. There was good lacing on all sides of my glass. The aroma was somewhat fruity. The body was a cloudy light brown color and it was thin and watery. It had a tingly taste to it and I prefer the Rochefort Trappistes 8 to this one. (320 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 33 cL bottle (stamped 280114) into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: A hazy orange brown, it poured with a medium cream head that quickly died to a good lace and collar.
S: Brown sugar and fig with raisins. It is full of earthy, rustic bread and hops that are reminiscent of spinach.
T: Mild brown sugar and cinnamon throughout, it is surprisingly more hoppy than expected with biting earthy lemon citrus hops. Yeasty bread and a mild tart grape is in the backbone, while the finish is slightly metallic with blackberries.
M: Very thin but also very frothy.
D: It's only ok for the style. (616 characters)

Photo of OldYoda
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a decent head into a tulip. The head lingers in this beer making a pleasant presentation throughout.

Smell is figs and raisons with whiff of the alcohol. A deep and fairly dark floral bouquet.

Taste closely follows the nose, with figs and dark fruits predominate with a warmth of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety.

A very drinkable dark ale - a couple of these on a cool evening with some sharp cheese as an accent would be very pleasant. All in all, a very nice experience but probably not one I would often seek out. (554 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Rochefort 6 pours a darker cloudy amber color, with a very large frothy and lacing head. There is a sweet toasted aroma, some notes of Belgian candies. The taste is much the same, toasted, but bigger notes of sweet candy. Good body and good feel. Overall its complex and well constructed, a little too sweet for me. (319 characters)

Photo of lionchow
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Pours light brown with amber highlights on the edges. Big light tan head with fine lacing.

Aroma is a little hay and herbs. Subdued.

Flavor is mild, compared to the Westmalle Dubbel I just drank. Mild wet hay, sharp alcoholic and carbonated bite. Flavors are melded well, with nothing really standing out. A bit of candi sugar, a bit of cocoa bean, even light coffee notes. Mild and enjoyable.

Overall it is good, but not as enjoyable as the Westmalle. The alcohol and carbonation bite throws it off a bit and overpowers the flavors. (543 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Pours a dirty, copper-colored body beneath a thick, yet quickly receding khaki froth. Fervent carbonation rises from the etched Chimay emblem at the bottom of the chalice, forming a swirling blotch of small bubbles in the center. The aroma is a bit more subdued that I had anticipated, especially with all that bubbling. Some apple, funky cheeses, sweet plums, caramel & toffee are all present.

A sharp, bubbly alcoholic bite is noticable upon the first sip. Flavor follows with biscuity toffee malts, vanilla, and caramel. Lacking are the luscious, malty fruit notes of 6's two bigger brothers. Mouthfeel is UBER-carbonated, almost to the point of unpleasantness. This beer definatlely lacks the smoothness that I had come to expect from Rochefort. Overall, 6 was a big disappointment, as Rochefort 10 is my only 5.0 on this site, and I've rated 8 highly as well. That's not to say it was a bad beer; it was just, disappointing. (969 characters)

Photo of Forb
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Hazy darkness with minor light penetration with all the sediment floating around so excitedly.

Smell: Intensly fruit; apple cider-like but with plum sweetness wrapping around the aura.

Taste: Sweet and spicy with many fruity elements interacting with the darkness of this unique brew.

Mouthfeel: Almost overpoweringly intense with the carbonation being very evident and the flavors being so complex.

Overall: A unique beer but not something I'd commonly go back to. (511 characters)

Photo of pavandal
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured a nice deep brown color into my goblet. It had an awesome, thick, creamy head on top that had a sort of plateau effect where I poured in the middle. Very cool.

Smelled a lot like other strong dark ales I've had, with slight tea like notes and a strong citrus backbone. I enjoyed the smell here, but it wasn't anything stand out.

upon the first sip, my mouth is overun by carbonation. The citrus and tea scents are prevailent, along with a caramelish finish. no real hoppy flavors to speak of, but that's not really what this style is about.

The carbonation kind of hurts this one, but not so much as to make it a bad beer. It's just rather bubbly.

Overall, this is a fairly average and tame depiction of a belgian strong dark ale. I have the Eight as well, I can't wait to try it, as I hear that it's much better than the Six. (851 characters)

Photo of nkersten
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Leffe glass, light hazy brown with a small bubbly tan head. Lots of floaties in this one. Smell is great, very complex. Ripe fruits, some yeast, a tiny bit of roasty malt and a bit of alcohol. Taste is good, but not what I had expected after the smell. Honestly, kind of bland. Some malt, not a lot of yeast or hop flavor, a bit of caramel in the finish, very dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated, finish is a bit warm. Drinkability is average, not a huge fan of this beer. (505 characters)

Photo of Pdu8s
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Creamy head, dark amber color, more light brown

S- refreshing smell, there was almost a carbonation to it

T- Not an overwhelming taste, which can be good. Begins slightly fruity and crisp, and ends with a roasty/bready taste. Little to no alcohol taste

M- probably one of the best beers I have tasted in terms of mouthfeel. It felt just like Soda pop in my mouth, I faintly detected slight carbonation

O- very smooth, very crisp. Although the taste may be a bit underwhelming, especially after subsequent tastings. Lack of overwhelming alcohol taste a definite plus. although a bit on the light side of flavor, it is nonetheless a very good beer. (653 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: bottle purchased in USA Fall 2007, no signs of sun exposure or other damage. Perhaps I had an old bottle though?

Overal description is of good qualities, but this beer was entirely uninspiring, uninteresting, and I can't understand why people rave about this beer. And no, I did not have a bad bottle.

Nose is very faint, but suggestive of warm fig newtons, a little mustiness, and semisweet chocolate.

Palate is very browny like - baked brownies from childhood, with the hardened crusty edges. Very good, but a fairly mild or tame appearance on the palate. Not a whole lot is going on here.

Finish is cocoa powdery with medium length, and easy to drink, but just not very appetizing for the next sip. (711 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice with a head the is foamy and creamy and stands a dime thick on top of the beer. I get a cap but nada else.

Fresh crusty bread, brown sugar and clove greet the nose.
Bread on the opening, slightly nutty, and a bit of booze, the yeast is what is really on display here and one could imagine that like a gueze, each bottle might bring with it an entirely different world of tastes. This one's focus seems to be a mixture of nutty and crusty bread tones, almost exactly as it is laid out in the nose minus the slightly boozy heat that accompanies the finish on this one. Mouthfeel is what is probably most redeeming about this beer, the active carbonation keeps me interested in trying to pull apart as much flavor as I can out of this beer. But overall I am sort of disappointed in this beer, the complexity that I have come to expect from this style is just not there, I would probably give this beer another try to see if two bottles are alike, but really only if it were on sale or got as an extra or maybe at a bar. (1,067 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with classic pressure cap served into a De Molen flute in Amsterdam, Holland. Reviewed live.

A: The rim of the top is doused in yeast. Head is three fingers, quite thin, has only slight cream, and retains pretty poorly for a trappist beer even factoring in the 7.5% ABV. Colour is a solid dark brown-amberish. Floating yeast particles abound. Not particularly appealing.

Sm: Yeast and nuts. A moderate strength scent. Me broken nose can't detect distinct notes. All apologies, lads.

T: Biscuity yeast, heavy nut hops, some dark fruit hop esters - especially on the climax, no cream, and a full barley foundation with no traces whatsoever of malt (bravo). A bit of caramel, but not caramelized malt. Cinnamon catches you on the aftertaste as well as briefly on the finish [I couldn't place this note and had to look at other reviews to find it] I was taken aback at the strength of the yeast flavour, which dominates and guides the beer. To pour this beer without the yeast would likely ruin it methinks. Complex and well built. Balanced but brief.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness but not too much thickness to let the flavours come out.

Dr: High ABV is very well concealed. It's very drinkable, and of good quality. The price was very fair in Nijmegen, where I acquired the bottle, at two euros. Serve cold, and preferably in a proper chalice. Might pair well with green apples.

Overall, I expected far more from Rochefort. (1,470 characters)

Photo of drewbage
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the 2004 Pizza Port Belgian Beer Festival in beautiful downtown Carlsbad.

Beer arrives in the glass a dry and dusty looking chocolate brown with a tall white crispy head that falls back to the beer fairly quickly.

The aroma is nutty with a drying spice a little like the aroma kicked up by a blind handed stumble through the spice cabinet.

Flavor is deeply grainy at first before being replaced with a dry cocoa powder and cinnamon sensation. (think bitter cold hot chocolate).

This dryness quickly becomes the primary sensation as the beer leaves teh palate. It makes a man thirst for his next sip! (622 characters)

Photo of aaronh
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut body with a thick, loose head that persists for a very long time. Aroma of heavily caramelized sugars, molasses, and a touch of bannana. Flavor mimics the aroma, but with a bit of alcohol and a decent malt note. Mouthfeel is decent, but a little too agressive for my preference. Drinkability also good, but not something I drink regularly. Too many burps from the carbonation. Drank this in honor of Pittsburgh's sixth Super Bowl victory. Then realized I hadn't ever reviewed it and drank another. :) (509 characters)

Photo of pitasoup
3.39/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle. review from notes

A: orange brown, a bit hazy, no head, solid particulate chunks floating around.

S: raisiny, prunes, cinnamon, belgian yeasts. slightly herbal

T: similar to smells. caramel, molasses, belgian yeasts, a slight tartness that may be fruity, pears? candi sugar as well.

M: light bodied, dry finish.

O: one of the more disappointing rocheforts. I had this many years ago along with the 8 and 10 and remember enjoying it much more. (457 characters)

Photo of artdob
3.39/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the 8 version the other day, and am sampling this 6 version tonight. Head is less dominant and lasting than on the 8 version. This one does pour darker however - orange brown.

On the nose - sweetness, oranges - very inviting.

Taste is modest and light. Oranges, light chocolate, iced tea, toasted notes.

A healthy amount of carbonation. This I'm finding to somewhat distract from the taste. Somewhat of a seltzer water sensation. Balanced with a creaminess as well.

Anxious to sample the 10 version from this series which is in the queue. (546 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.39/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark, murky copper brown. Big, pillowy head. Head retention is impeccable. Good lacing too.

S-Sweet caramel and banana notes. Raisins, toffee, Belgian yeast. Smooth and agreeable nose.

T-Boozy raisins and figs dipped in caramel. Sweet vanilla. Light booze. Also lightly spicy. Changes a bit with warmth.

M-Hot and a bit sticky. A sipper. Creamy feel.

O/D-Not really in my wheelhouse. Too sweet. Heats up the cheeks. Always worth trying the classics but I didn't really like this too much. (502 characters)

Photo of Krakistophales
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rust color with robust carbonation and about a half fingers worth of head that dissipates into a bit of a halo and couldron mixture, with constant carbonation rising to the top.

S: A bit boozy, you can smell a touch of caramel malts, but I'm not getting much else.

T: The middle is pretty tart, like a sour cherry, with a bit of a nutty finish. Walnuts, maybe?

M: Very carbonated, it has a full mouthfeel and goes down leaving you feeling full.

O: This one is a bit lackluster. After having the 10, this one is shabby. (533 characters)

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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