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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
93
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1,804 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,804
Reviews: 895
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 121
Gots: 167 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-12-2002)
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip glass to celebrate Friday night. Why not?

The color is a deep brown with a garnet coloring to it as well. In the light, the beer is a beautiful hazy ruby color. Capped off by a big fluffy and creamy head that lingers for the entire length of my consumption but doesn't provide any lacing, somehow, this is one beautiful beverage.

Nose and palate are similar, with the dominant characteristics biscuity malts, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. There are some of the expected spices as well, due to the fermentation of the Belgian yeasts. Dark fruits are understated and fleeting in the finish, raisins and some dates. The balance of the flavors is very good, though I wish some of the dark fruits came through a bit more.

The feel is crisp, clean, and a bit dry. This is one of the lightest BSDAs that I have ever had. Pretty enjoyable overall, the finish has a somewhat creamy quality. The carbonation is phenomenal. The ample carbonation works perfectly with the texture, lending itself to a phenomenal drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 01:42:04 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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dstc

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy deep brown color with a slight rose hue to it. Decent foamy off-white head. Great head retention with big sticky lace. Looks awesome as every Rochefort does.

Sweet smell that has hints of dark fruit and a yeasty bread like aroma.
Tastes a bit like it smells. Malts with fruit and a bread-like quality. Bit of alcohol and a bit tangy.

This brew is nice and full in mouth. Low carbonation makes it a pleasure to swirl around over the tongue. Heavy body gives it a great mouthfeel.

Good beer. Can't say much more than that, just have one. Pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 00:28:26 | More by dstc
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rarbring

Sweden

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is rather dark brown, a bit clouded, a large head that settles slowly, unequal sized bubbles leaving little lacing but much curtains.

The smell is definitely earthy, concrete, dust, sour milk and yeast.

The taste starts sweet, sugar, biscuits, fruit aromas, peaches, pears and some anisette.

Much carbonation, small lively bubbles, a good body, slightly alcoholic.

Not bad, but a bit young and lively, I'd go with it's elder brothers.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 17:18:43 | More by rarbring
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adam42381

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark caramel brown with a 2 finger foamy tan head. Very nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: Dried dark fruits, caramel and spicy Belgian yeast.

Taste: Dried fruits up front followed by spices and typical Belgian yeast in the middle then finishing with mild phenols and a hint of bubblegum. The flavor is very good. It's like a less malty version of Rochefort 8.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The alcohol is well hidden, making you want more.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I expect nothing less from the Rochefort line. Buy it when you see it.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 19:01:49 | More by adam42381
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a 1" head. Some spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: surprisingly dull caramel and malts.

Taste: bread, caramel, brown sugar sweetness, and a soft bitterness. Alcohol is not noticeable. Simple but incredibly delicious.

Mouhtfeel: smooth from the start to finish. The finish is relatively clean as the maltiness leaves the tongue quickly. Medium bodied.

Drinkabililty: this is a very drinkable brew, and worth seeking out as much as the 8 and 10 from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 12:26:54 | More by Gavage
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Yes, a pint glass.

A- hazy medium-dark brown color with a mega head that melts down to a nice thin mocha cream layer with a bit of lacing. This beer can be called many a different color when moved about in the lighting.

S-like a loaf of freshly baked bread, very malty with a hint of fruit and alcohol.

T-for all that malt aroma, there is flavor from some dark fruits and a slight hop bitterness to balance those malts nicely.

M-body galore, it tingles the lip and tongue right away. The carbonation is visibly disguised by the beer's appearance yet easily detectable upon drinking.

O-I can't identify the dark fruits that I taste but I know that i like them. This is one real beer. Smooth and flavorful @7.5% is no easy task.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 00:29:47 | More by NiceTaps
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden/copper color with a good sized bubbly off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of caramel, brown and burnt sugars, dark fruits, and yeasty phenols. The flavor is just what the aroma described it would be. Light and fruity with lots of dark and brown sugars with some yeasty flavors. Medium body with an insane amount of carbonation and a sweet sugary and bubbly mouthfeel. This is a very nice flavorful Belgian strong ale. I would have liked a bit less carbonation, but I say that about a lot of Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 18:55:07 | More by johnnnniee
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TechTriumph

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by: 09/03/16; Poured in a snifter.

A - Two inch white, bubbly, and well carbonated head that has pretty good retention; Cloudy, dark maroon/mahogany color that has a nice mellow glow when held to the light; No lacing left behind

S - Not an overpowering aroma, but pleasant; Notes of apples, grapes, cherries, fruit candy, rich caramel, spicy yeast, pepper, and clove

T - Nice apple, cherry, and raisin fruit flavor up front with spicy yeast in the background; Afterwards, the flavor changes to toasted bread, rich caramel, a slight buttery flavor, and lurking figs and dark fruits in the background; Finish is long, rich, and toasty with mild dark fruits

M - Lots of carbonation here; Just below medium bodied; Nice, dry finish

O - This is the second Rochefort beer that I've tried and it doesn't disappoint at all. The aromas and flavors have a lot going on and are really quite good. On top of that, the plentiful carbonation and fairly light mouthfeel make this very enjoyable to drink. I would love to have some more of this, as well as try some other available Trappist offerings.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 18:21:55 | More by TechTriumph
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours murky brown/copper in the light with a solid two fingers of head that maintains moderate retention and has minimal lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee, candied sugar, lots of dark fruit, raisin and fig, spice and yeast.

T - Sweet toffee malts, buttery, brown sugar, figs and raisins, yeasty bread notes, tart apples and cherries and mild spice.

M - Not too bad for the style but a little thin with bright carbonation.

O - Most definitely worth picking up and trying. Nothing to really complain about just more subtle then the 8 and 10.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 23:12:26 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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mithrascruor

California

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a glowing hazy ruby-brown color. Soft foamy/creamy off-white head.

Smell: Smells of lightly sugered and spiced plums, figs, and dark bread. Very warm aroma overall.

Taste: Spicy flavor with dark fruits, sugar, and a bit of bread. Very nice, but unfortunately not so distinct as the aroma. Semi-sharp finish with mellow aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Great soft feel with light- to medium-body. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol is very mild in the taste, but some of the other flavors are too mild as well.

A very enjoyable beer; not as rich as some other Belgian strong dark ales, but still very tasty. I'd rather get a Rochefort 8 for the same price, but I don't mean any major disrespect to this beer. An excellent starting point for darker Trappist ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 05:29:51 | More by mithrascruor
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber brown colour with bubbly off-white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly with some spotty lacing. Smells of all sorts of fruit, I think I get apple and raisins being the most apparent. Quite a sweet taste, but a little bit tart in the aftertaste. Nice carbonation level. I preferred the other 2 Rochefort's, but this is still really nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 02:48:16 | More by kwjd
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous dark amber color with ruby highlights. Very cloudy with a dense off white head with great tracing. Aromas burst with sweet, ripe fruits, esters abound. Can't quite put my nose to words but this one is full of intense fruity aromas. Flavor is subtle roasted notes, caramel, more fruits, plums and raisins. Finish is sweet but also a bit mouth puckering dry, an interesting contrast. Hop flavor is very subtle if barely detected, bitterness as well. This is quite a beer. The carbonation level seems medium, could have gone higher, but I like the lessened amount for bigger beers. The off dry finish is somewhat off putting for me, but understandable for style. I have found the other two Rocheforts to be a bit more rustic while I think this is more approachable and enjoyable. An ideal digestif or dessert pairing for pear or apple based desserts.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 20:45:59 | More by dreadnatty08
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 22/03/11

A – Pours a raisin like brown, red with very little tan head that leaves a thin layer of foam on top.

S – Brown sugar, molasses, tobacco, raisins and other dark fruits, banana.

T – Sweet brown sugar, maple syrup, raisins and other dark fruits with some sweet caramel in the finish.

M – Medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation that gives it a little bit of a fizzy feel.

D – Slightly on the sweet side and highly carbonated but very drinkable for 7.5%.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 02:46:57 | More by brewcrew76
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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my all-time favorite breweries! I will do my best to remain unbiased.

Appearance - A very dark ruby brown/ red. Surprisingly, after seeing this poured out before, this has a decent amount of head. Thinning in the middle, the fluffy, soft layer bubbles out towards the edges of my matching chalice. A beautiful, creamy, white/ slight beige head.

Smell - More yeast and alcohol are present on the bouquet. Surprising that the alcohol is more detectable on this bottle of 6, versus the 10 or 8! Strange. Raisin, bread, prunes, licorice, plum and fig. Lots of dry, dark fruits on the nose. Very nice, but not as rich as the others (which would make sense -- not fermented as many times).

Taste - Like all Trappistes Rochefort, recurring flavors such as: Toffee, figs, butter, prune, brown sugar, subtle licorice, bread and light roasted coffee. A great use of spices and hops to balance out the sweets. A surprising amount of alcohol is noticeable, unlike the blue and green cap. Maybe not as much to disguise it?

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, but not nearly as bold as the other brews, therefore more gentle on the palate -- possibly intentional. A generous amount of carbonation. A little too watery after having the 8 and 10. This may be the beer's weaker side.

Overall - I really enjoy this beer. I have to give it credit for remaining more subtle to the taste which perhaps allows it to appeal to a broader audience. A great introductory to the blue and green cap, no doubt! Almost all of the ingredients used are virtually the same. You can definitely tell that with each fermentation period, Trappistes Rochefort continually add more of the same ingredients used to conjure this tasty little treat, plus MORE. Not my favorite, but a superb beer nonetheless!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 04:17:36 | More by Agent1
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark, mostly opaque copper with a finger and a half of nice tan, fluffy head. Bubbles are on the larger end of the spectrum, but uniformly sized. Good retention but minimal lacing.

S: Dark fruit and malt, bread and spice, fruitcake

T: Light bready malt, some fruit, and a lengthy finish that really comes together nicely.

M: Medium body and high carbonation, higher than I'd prefer. Like a Dr. Pepper. Creamy texture.

O: Very easy drinking, but still has the complexity of a Belgian. I think I like this better than 8 but not quite as much as 10 (though the styles are distinct).

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 06:21:56 | More by pmarlowe
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Augustiner719

New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl ml bottle into a chalice.

This is my first of the Rochefort series. This beer pours a nice mahogany reddish brown color with some nice carbonation streaming from the bottom. The head is off white, fluffy with big bubbles but recedes very quickly and leaves a few spots of bubbles on the top of the headless beer. Aroma is of nice caramelized figs, a bit of dark stone fruits and some nice raisin spicy like notes. Pretty complex and interesting. Perfect with my short ribs i prepared earlier. The taste is very similar to the aromas, a tad thin for me but very true to the style. The plum, fig and roasted caramel notes play nicely but its a touch thin for me so this feels a little fake. I also get a touch of grape, maybe some red wine like flavors. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, maybe a bit too over carbonated for me actually, but refreshing with each sip. The best part of this is that you can drink it slow and it will flatten out so it does get better. Overall this is a great beer. Nice addition of red meat dishes, grilled pork and even with some ice cream this would work. I would avoid fish, shellfish and poultry at all costs with this as its a strong flavored brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 18:29:41 | More by Augustiner719
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle

cloudy look, floating yeasty bits within an auburn-brown liquid. Minimal, low-lying slightly off-white foam cap. Belgian brews of this style usually have a well-retained mountainous foam cap with a lively center...this one is a bit more relaxed.

Sweet berries, dates, upfront in the aroma with zesty raisins, malty sweetness, green grasses, zesty yeast.

A clean, warm tinge, big on the smooth but still light, turning full going down. Wild, sweet and dry fruits upfront in the flavor with a thick and sweet malt riding in after, zesty and tangy yeast, ooh yeah..peppery. Good complexity and strange balance of flavor's. root beer sweetness as the liquid warms up and becomes more heady.

A true classic for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 02:23:39 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Its been a few years since I've had the Six, so its nice to see it back again. Hazy darker ginger color with a head that pops up quickly no matter how slow the pour. Laces in large downward dripping marks. Yeasty aroma, trademark fresh detergent notes (its hard to say why this is a good thing here, but it is) with pear sweetness and some cinnamon. Thickish mouthfeel, but well set off by staunchly spritely carbonation. Flavor is fairly big, leafy with lots of cantelope brightness mixed with a dark rum counterpoint. Prickly sense mid mouth to close, hoppy with pine cones, pepper, and star anise licorice. Relatively hot at the back of the throat and warming in the swallow. A well-done brew here.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 17:12:11 | More by ADR
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle. Pours an incredibly hazy mahogany with a large, light tan head and a fair amount of sediment. Smells of dark malt and milk chocolate, cassis, some spiciness, and later some light sour notes. The taste is heavy on dark fruits; raisin in particular. Definite dark malt/cocoa presence again, but it's far from overly sweet. Classic Rochefort yeast at the end. Very slightly warming, though there's no apparent alcohol. Complex. Medium, creamy body with high carbonation. Very drinkable for what it is. It's a shame this one gets overshadowed by the two others.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 05:51:14 | More by philipquarles
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into 8oz snifter.

Cloudy mohogany hue with a one finger light tan, and somewhat fizzy, head slowly settles to a thick rim along the glass.

Aromas of dark fruit and a little bit of chocolate. A light creaminess is in there.

The dark fruit is repeated in the flavor, combining with a thick feel that is still a little spritzy. Some very light phenolic flavors. Full bodied with high carbonation. The finish is the lingering dark fruit flavors. The alcohol is well hidden.

I'd say this is a very smooth and drinkable BSDA that's low on the phenolic characteristics. Well rounded and complex. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 04:04:49 | More by BeerSox
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Traquairlover

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Amber caramel color, small bone white head with very good retention, light lacing.

S = Caramel, maple syrup, peppery notes of yeast similar to a pepperment stick. Well balanced and pleasing.

T = Creamy tastes of syrup, caramel, very light yeast flavors add just the right amount of funk. A very nice tasting Belgian ale.

M = Medium to medium heavy body, good mouthcoating, foams well in mouth when swished.

D = A very pleasant Belgian dark ale, not to over the top, very well balanced, A great drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 00:43:40 | More by Traquairlover
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A: Murky brown with a soft full off-white head.

S: I could pick up on the fig, date, and bisquity sweetness on the pour. When I reach in for a good whiff, I pick up more candied sugars and some bread-like yeastiness.

T: This is a sweet beer, as is typical for Rochefort. But there is an underlying spiciness to this one that I don't find in the 10, and the bread-like yeast is more pronounced as well.

M: Light and lively with good carbonation, but lacks that superior "creaminess" that the 10 is able to open up and become.

D/O: The best test of any beer is "would you have another"? The answer here is "yes". I'd have another right after I finished this one, if I could. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 23:23:13 | More by psuKinger
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johnwarne

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beer haiku for you:

"Oh drinkable ale;
Another Rochefort winner,
Easily consumed"

Another winner from the house of Rochefort: not the body of the 8 or 12 [this is a 6, natch], but very drinkable and embodies the art of the Monks.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 00:22:50 | More by johnwarne
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, its time for review number 50 already. I guess this is special enough for it, right?

Appearance: Very brown, with a good light brown head that dissipates fast, minimal lacing

Smell: Plum, raisin, sweet malt, and spice

Taste: Plum, raisin, sweet malt, spice, some balancing bitterness, with some of that trademark Rochefort yeast flavor, but not so much to get harsh like the 8 and 10. Finish reminds me a little bit of rum.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall: A sipper like the other Rocheforts. I liked this the best out of the three, but it isn't something I intend to buy again, especially at the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 01:10:10 | More by MadCat
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IPAcraig

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer explodes with carbonation and settles down just as fast. Murky brown body. Divine smell of creamy dark fruit. with a slight bitter bite. Slightly sweet figs ends with an odd dry bitterness. Very light mouthfeel with a slight prickle. A well executed beer, heavenly and light.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 01:20:23 | More by IPAcraig
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