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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 2,085
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 154
Gots: 274 | 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 tmoneyba
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the last in the process of tasting all three of these brews.

Aroma, flavor and body was much the same as the 10 and 8.

With a lowerer and smaller alcohol finish. This was a good thing.

The complex flavor and finish generated more character and was as much of a standout for style.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/11/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a small white head. Aroma of apple juice and raisin. Flavor of apple, raisin, sweet caramel, dark fruit (plum), brown sugar. Very complex. No bitterness, which is nice :-) Very hearty beer for a 7.5% abv. Excellent Belgian, quite drinkable. Rochefort never ceases to amaze me.
8/5/8/4/16 (4.1/5)

Photo of lnashsig
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 3rd Rochefort (had 8 and 10). Been looking forward to trying this one. Popped the top, and a loud pop and hiss followed. Smokey cloudy vapor just swirls around the top of the bottle. Crazy cool. Slowly poured into Brooklyn tulip glass. Pours a murky brown color, very little head, but visible small bubbles come up the side of the glass. Smell- dark fruit, raisins, prunes, some alcohol detectable, brown sugar, winter spices. A lot going on here. Taste- SUPER rich carbonation, definite raisin presence, dark fruits. The taste is not as complex as the aroma, but I guess I didn't expect this to be as rich and flavorful as the 10. The carbonation is crazy- its almost too much, making it almost acidic from the sharpness of the bubbles. It's a little bit of a knock of this one. Overall, this is a good beer, that I am glad I tried, but it pales in comparison to me of its bigger brothers (8 and 10)

Photo of match1112
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: purpleish brown body, two finger off white head( slight purple haze to it), poor retention, no lacing. if it wasnt for the d etched in the bottom of the duvel glass there wouldnt be any foam on this beer.

s: bread, sweet dark fruit, little earthy, alochol.

t: dark fruits and dark malts, little spice and alot of alochol.

m: kinda thin body, decent carbonation, long dry burn on the finish.

o: would like it better if the alochol were better hidden.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't eaten much tonight, so what I have here in my meat for the night. My snifter gets the call to hold this brew of a glorious brewery, so on to the beer:

The beer pours a washed-out clear orange. In the glass, it's light ruby brown with hues of orange. Not much of a head on this one. The aroma suggests chocolate covered fruit, communion wine, and coriandor, although the aroma isn't very strong (note: gets stronger as warms, which is a plus).

As with the aroma, the strength of the taste is muted. There's a little bit of pepper, but plums, roots, and figs plays the biggest part in the flavor equation. One big positive about this taste though is it's very well balanced. The flavor intensity slowly emerges as it warms, which is exactly what the doctor ordered, so increase the score of the taste! A brush of alcohol trickles down and slowly warms the throat. Dangerously drinkable.

I had high hopes, but this fell just a little short of the line, even as it reached the optimal serving temperature. Mind you, it's a treat that won't rock the boat.

And don't be in a rush to serve straight out of the fridge like I did tonight. Be patient and let it warm before serving. You'll be rewarded for your patience.

Photo of BlindPig
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin 1/2" light tan head when poured into St. Bernys goblet and fades fast. Cloudy brown body with a reddish hint to it.
S- Sweet caramel body with hints of alcohol, grass hops, just a hint of alcohol, and some brown sugar.
T- Sweet caramel body, grass hops to help balance it out, cloves, hints of brown sugar, not much noticeable alcohol, and something else that stands out that I just can't seem to put finger on. Light bitterness, caramel, spices, and just a hint of toffee all stick around for aftertaste.
M-Medium body with high carbonation.
D- It is very drinkable and good but would say it's my least favorite out of 6, 8, and 10. I may get it again but would probably go for 8 mostly since it's the same price.

Photo of woosterbill
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, exp. date 28/01/14, into a Duvel tulip. Part 1 in a back-to-back-to-back tasting of 6/8/10.

A: The yeastiest, cloudiest beer I've ever seen. The body is a completely opaque dull brown, topped with a dense, off-white, 2" head with moderate retention; not much lace.

S: Rich and mild, with dark fruits (mainly prunes) backed up with some deep malty sweetness and followed up with a supremely spicy finish - lots of cinnamon. Very well balanced and complex.

T: Starts out with a surprisingly understated sweet fruit flavor, followed by the spice from the yeast, and finished off with a dry warming flush of alcohol - kind of surprising for the lowest ABV in the Rochefort line-up. Overall this beer is tasty, but not amazing.

M: Medium bodied with abundant carbonation; nice and smooth.

D: Quite smooth and balanced, but doesn't do much to hide the ABV. Not as easy-drinking as some quads I've had.

Notes: This is pretty much what I expected (and hoped for): a rich, but fairly mild, Belgian dark. The balance of fruity malts and spicy yeasts is spot on, but the burning finish leaves a little something to be desired. I'm definitely excited to see how its big brothers stack up.


Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Poured a murky light brown color with a fizzy white head filling the top of the glass. The fizz settled down to leave a thin frothy layer barely covering the beer.

The aroma has a moderate malty, sweet flavor to it with some caramel and a bit of fruitiness. Appealing and flavorful aroma but maybe just a tad light overall.

The taste shows a lot of caramel and toffee, with just some hints of dark fruits. It finishes with some malty sweetness that lingers. Much lighter then the 8 or 10, but still very flavorful and tasty beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe even a little below. Carbonation is high and feels very bubbly at first, but it smooths out a bit as it warms. Drinkability is good, I really liked it and it was a great choice to drink after dinner tonight. It was very flavorful and at the same time not as heavy as their other offerings.

Photo of xanok
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle pured into my Stone VE glass.

A-Pours an interesting hazy orange/brown/red color. Seems to get darker from the bottom up. Very similar look to apple cider. Thick white head and plenty of lacing even for a beer thats right out of the fridge.

S-Wonderful smell. Sweet malts and caramel, cinnamon, and bread. Dark fruits very present as well.

T-Darker fruits are dominant. Very bready and caramely as well. Very well balanced.

M-A bit more carbonated than I expected. Body is medium, nothing special here.

D-Fairly drinkable, alcohol is barely present. The carbonation makes it a bit filling.

Very good beer overall. Will most definitely try again.

Photo of hdofu
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick headed initially with quickly dissolving having the same coloring as fresh apple cider. Smell is soft sort of a blend of fruit and hops. Taste is spicy grape. Feels tart like a cider. Pretty drinkable, but considering it was made by belgian Monks what else would you expect?

Photo of thagr81us
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Chimay goblet. Poured a nice dark brown with tons of sediment. Has a three-finger fizzy off-white head that subsides to one finger and maintains a dusting of brown sediment on top throughout. Lacing is minimal throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, fruit, spices, and alcohol notes. The flavor was of fruit and malt that is very subtle; alcohol hits you upon swallowing, but is not overpowering. It is medium on the palate with high carbonation. Overall, this was a very nice brew that was very easy to drink. However I don't think I could drink a large quantity in one sitting. If it had more lacing and flavors, this brew could be great.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep maroon with massive amounts of tan lace adhering to the sides of the chalice. Beer is hazy and lots of yummy yeasties in the bottom, despite careful pour.

Aromas of spices, pumpernickel bread, alcohol and dates or figs appear. Aroma changes greatly as beer nears room temp.

Flavor starts with a hint of buttered toast and then moves to sweet malt and spicy yeast. Detect a slight hazel or hexnut aftertaste.

Beeris lighter in the mouth than it appears but very pleasing to the palate and "soft."

Can always drink a Rcohefort, usually one is enough but I think I drink a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Rochefort 6 a couple weeks ago for $5.40 at The Lager Mill. I wanted to get my a Trappistes beer to share with him for his birthday, so I thought I would give this beer a shot, lets see how it goes. No readable bottling date. Poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label is a little plain, but it has a nice traditional and classic look to it. It poured a hazy mahogany color that took on a brighter brown color when held to the light and it had three fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end. This is a good looking beer and it was good choice for breaking in my new tulip.

S- The aroma starts off with some slightly sweet malts that impart a nice brown bread aroma along with some dark fruits. After that I get a medium amount of some spicy Belgian yeast. The aroma was nice and simple, I liked it.

T- The taste is very close to the aroma. It starts off with a big amount of lightly toasted malts that impart a pretty noticeable brown bread and dark fruit flavors with figs sticking out the most. Next comes a medium amount of Belgian yeast that imparts a lighter amount of spices that are balanced nicely by the malts. Towards the end I get some grassy and slightly earthy hops that impart a slight amount of bitterness at the end that helps bring everything together. This was a good tasting beer, I wouldn't change a thing.

D- Very smooth, dry, medium bodied, with a higher amount of slightly fizzy carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, the slightly higher and fizzy carbonation worked really well with this beer.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought that it was a good example of a traditional BSDA, everything seemed to be right where it should be for the style. This beer had very good drinkability, it went down very smooth for the style and the flavor did a good job at keeping my entertained, I wish I had another bottle to drink with dinner. What I liked most about this bee was pretty much everything, all aspects seemed be on par for the style. What I liked least about this beer was the price, if this was $3.50 I would buy it much more often. I would be this beer again, but only for special occasions because of the price, and I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Belgian beer, and this may be a good beet to get someone into the style. I was pretty impressed with this beer, and I will for sure be trying their other beer shortly. To me this is the benchmark for the style and really good beer.

Photo of baiser
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light cola brown, with a bit tan head, tonnes of beautiful lacing. Smell of caramel, sweet peaches and alcohol. Dark fruit, complex, a touch of spice, malty and moderate alcohol. This is a very tasty beer, with sweetness upfront, then some phenols and esters, and it finishes a touch dry.

Photo of iguenard
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

( 27/50, 7.5% alc/vol, Autre Oeil, after 5 beers) Very quickly disappeared sand-colored
head that totally left within a few seconds. Brown ale, thick and dark. Chocolate and
coffee aromas. Sugars are dominant in this smokey (as in cigarette… due to the bar) and
extremely light aromatic ale. Nice but too light. Sweetness is too strong against a low
alcoholic ale. Covers up the oily hops and the malts flavours. Effects are there but
flavours don’t have enough potency to cut through. Very thick body, vinous and
voluptuous, this warm and chocolatey brew is smooth in the mouth and remains creamy
throughout. Sweet, creamy, chocolatey, but ultimately disappoints, specially compared to
the Rochefort 10™ . Light enough to drink a few straight anytime during supper with
pretty much anything that can handle a sweet addition.

Photo of Jesstyr
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a chimay chalice at gingerman in Norwalk

A: Pours with strong head and excellent lacing. Dark Brown, nearly black tone. Very nice.

S: Not particularly strong, but very pleasant. Belgian sugar, and light fruityness.

T: Really very smooth and enjoyable. Nothing strong or overwhelming. Light sugar, and dark fruit, but finish is so smooth and without alcohol.

D/M: Easy to drink and incredibly smooth and full. A great beer with a nice soup or strong cheese.

Rochefort makes a tremendous beer, and while I prefer #8, #6 is worth a drink.

Photo of horndecker
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impressive look. Rich reddish brown color with an oatmeal colored head. Huge fluffy latte froth, rocky, sticky and lace forever.
A sweet soapy nose, yeasty and slightly fruity. Then there's a hint of something like roasted meat. It doesn't seem out of place.
The flavor is a bittersweet wash of toasted malt, butter and stewed fruit. A modest finish of bitter hops sets up an herbal yeasty aftertaste. Occassionally a flash of something slightly salty.
Medium bodied with a nice mouth filling carbonation. The hint of saltiness gives it a seltzery feel at times. Unusual, but not unpleasant.
While this is my least favorite of the Rochefort beers, it's still a treat.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served fairly cold into a wine glass, at the hotel after picking up a bottle last night. 330 ml bottle.

Appearance - nice coppery brown color in the light. A large two finger head is poured and subsides fairly quickly into some wispy foam. Plenty of sediment in the glass too.

Smell - lots of cherries melded in with Christmas baking, also a signature Rochefort smell, that's hard to describe, but the 10 has it as well. I Can smell that this is a boozy beer too. Some other dark fruits for good measure.

Taste - the cherries come through here again with some other dark fruit, maybe plums. Spicy taste at the end of the sip although the aftertaste doesn't last long. A bit of a soda-ish quality to it to in that the flavour just evaporates out of your mouth. The heat is a little more than I'd enjoy out of a dubbel.

Mouthfeel - spicy, finishes boozy and well carbonated throughout. Drier than expected finish. The alcohol has an incredible warming effect in the back of throat. Different than I was expecting but not unpleasant.

Overall - very good dubbel with absolutely wonderful aromatics. The rest of the beer was a bit of a letdown, but that's only when comparing with the magical 10 and 8. Still one of the best dubbels on the market and a must try for Belgian lovers.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Nice dark mahogany. Good bit of sediment. One fingered light tan head with good lacing.

S - Caramel. Spicey with some hints of fruit.

T - Very malty with a mild bitterness. Sweet and fruity too.

M - Smooth and medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

O - Great beer. Will definitely buy again.

Photo of tronester
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown, with a huge tan head that overflows the glass. Smell is of solvent alcohol and chocolate. Taste is bready, tea-like, with a hint of smoke. A hint of tartness in the finish. Low hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich, low, smooth carbonation. Drinks below its 7.5% abv, hides its alcohol well. A very good beer, though quite pricey at $5 for a 11.2oz bottle, I probably wont have this too often.

Photo of GClarkage
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08/11/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best before 2009 date. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Man, I really need a Rochefort chalice.

Appearance- If you were to melt down milk chocolate, this it the color your would get. Light brown and cloudy looking with bits of yeast cemented to the bottom of the glass. Lacing was a little better than average.

Smell- Not a huge smell as I would have expected from a Dark Strong Ale. But, you can detect some chocolate and some dark fruit scents.

Taste- Lots of malt for sure. Toasty and roasty flavor. Kinda like a brown sugar flavor. Maybe carob flavor. Not really raisins, but maybe plums and prunes. The flavors would really come out more probably if I held on to it another two years or so.

Mouthfeel- At first it was a bit overcarbonated. As it cooled it became very creamy and svelt. Coated your mouth with a skim chocolate milk-like quality.

Drinkability- My first sampling of a Rochefort brew and so far I am impressed. Wish I has another I could age for a year or two and compare. Otherwise I would definitely recommend this brew even as is.

Photo of albern
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a little less impressed with the Rochefort 6 as opposed to the more potent varieties of the 8 and 10. The beer left me a little disappointed, but that is a very relative statement and I'm comparing this one against the Rochefort 8 and 10. The beer pours a nice hazy brown mahogany color with a nice creamy thick off white head. Some lacing going on, and very good retention. The nose is much more subtle that I would have liked. I'm getting a range of sweet malts, some fruity esters, a tad bit of yeastiness, maybe some slight roasted molasses type notes. The nose is just too faint for my liking.

The taste is quite good, but it doesn't have the full palate of flavors that I would have wanted. There are some sweet candied sugar notes, some roasted notes, some brown sugar fermentation, some slight rum soaked fig or raisin, with a bit of ABV hidden underneath. There is a slight throatiness to the beer, and a touch of the prickly mouthfeel carbonation typical of the style. This is a good beer, but it does lack some of the punch of the Rochefort 8 and 10, although it has less ABV and less throatiness.

Update feb 2010: I would add that the beer has plenty of carbonation, a good bit of yeastiness, the head has a slightly foamy and fizzy head. The nose is quite nice, subtle, but still nice. I would add points here. There are some definite phenols in this beer, lots of prickly mouthfeel, a slightly sourish fig or raisiny flavor too.

Photo of number1bum
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly reddish, mahogany color with a finger and a half of fizzy tan head. Despite its fizzy nature the head does keep quite well, with a full lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. Impressive.

Smell is full of sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Below the surface are some dark fruits, which do come out a bit more as it warms. There is also a persistent woodsy sort of aroma.

Taste is also pretty sweet but doesn't finish sweet. There is nothing about this that is cloying, in fact, it's somewhat dry in the finish. There is caramel malt, brown sugar and molasses, and also a good deal of dark fruit like the smell. Raisins and prunes come to mind. There seems to be a nuttiness here, as well. It's well balanced and quite smooth, and subtly complex, but it doesn't quite have a 'wow' factor and doesn't quite pop with flavor enough to warrant a higher score.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but feels a bit thinner than that, and also is hurt by overcarbonation. The fizzy pour didn't lie - it's fizzy in the mouth, too. Still, it has a nice smoothness and finishes quite clean and dry. In fact, it's very drinkable owing to the smooth, balanced flavor.

Overall a very good beer, but not mind blowing. Much better than the 8; now it's on to the 10.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish-brown color with a 1/2 finger of off-white head. Slightly hazy from the yeast.

S: Candy sweet on the nose - cherry and plum; Belgian sugar and Jolly Ranchers.

T: Much more restrained than the nose - musty and slightly bitter up front from the yeast. Sweet cherry and other dark fruit in the finish.

M: Full bodied and a long dry finish.

D: A very good beer all around. It's not Rochefort 10, but still an extremely high-quality brew.

Photo of MufflnMan
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Gorgeous slightly hazy light brown body with a lacy head that revives itself with each swirl.

Smells of fruits, malt and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is light but still decently complex. Some fig and a variety of fruits, some clove and of course, malt. Bread as well. Catch a hint of chocolate at the end with a bit of that alcohol from the nose.

Mouthfeel is so light and refreshing for a strong dark ale, greatly in part from the high carbonation.

I agree completely with another reviewer who said this drinks more like a dubbel, had to check twice to make sure it was classified as an SDA. Rating it within its style, it loses half a point for that overall. This is really an easy one to take down...

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 2,085 ratings.