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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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1,853 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,853
Reviews: 899
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 126
Gots: 188 | FT: 6
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-12-2002)
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a 2 1/2 finger head that diminishes rather quickly to a nice fluffy off white layer of head. Minimal spotted lacing as the beer drinks down. Similar to the other Rochefort's with lots of floaters. Murky caramel and coppers colors.

S: Apples are the main element here. Also a few other light fruits, grape maybe. Light caramel and toffee notes. Not as strong in the nose as the other in the Rochefort family.

T: Strong apple and grape flavors - as noted in the smell. Also some sweetness here on the end of each sip that seems to hint at a syrupy flavor - maybe maple syrup. Very good and surprisingly light for the style. Was expecting a bit more sweetness and dark fruit flavors with a BSD.

M: Moderate to high carbonation and medium body. Slightly syrupy in feel but nice on the palette.

D: Tasty, lighter version of it's more boozy brothers. Very drinkable, just a little pricey.

06-30-2010 00:08:17 | More by kirkpjr
Photo of jlmarshall


4.15/5  rDev 0%

Pours a murky red brown with a nice head that dissipates to something spotty. Has a sweet, slightly fruity smell like prunes. The smell is not very heavy on yeast or hops. The mouthfeel is nice with slight carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well. The taste is ok. I think it's what I expected with a slight sweetiness of dark fruits like raisins and a barely noticeable warmth. However, it seems to be missing the taste of beer in that I can hardly taste the yeast and malted grains. All in all, I really like this beer.

09-01-2010 20:17:14 | More by jlmarshall
Photo of marc77


4.15/5  rDev 0%

Turbid ruddy chestnut hue. Dogged, light beige head with dense, soft peak consistency. Loosely tattered lace trails. The aroma is initially an evened melange of lightly sugary plum, mellow carob and dark candi sugar caramel notes. As the beer breathes, clove phenol and hints of peppery alcohol surface. Understated and welcoming aromawise. Ashen, nut studded banana bread sweetness incipient in flavor lingers, then after a deliberation is complemented by a stately dark fruit presence of a plum and woody, dried date nature. Tepid notes of black licorice and salty biscuit arise late and lend an unexpected, but welcome savory contrast. Lightly bodied and quite lean overall, with a dryish, fluid mouthfeel indicative of ample usage of candi sugar. Quite well attenuated. Finishes with a brief surge of herbal phenol yielding to lingering notes of dry, powered, unsweetened cocoa. Rochefort 6 is an exceptionally balanced, soft beer that awakens and sits lightly on the palate. Its inherent tameness works well... An ideal evening would be a progressive tasting of the Rochefort 6, then 8, then 10.

08-15-2003 01:44:34 | More by marc77
Photo of stjarnflikka


4.15/5  rDev 0%

Pours a hazy, dark brown beer with quite some carbonation and a fingerthick foam that rapidly disspiates and leaves a iland of lacing in the middle :)

Smell is on first impression basically yeast and alcohol. Besides from this there are fresh and fruity tones with some sweet liqourice in there and just a touch of spices.

Taste is thick, dark and powerful. First comes brown sugar with carbonation and alcohol. Then comes sweet, fruity and spicy tones along with a creamy and smooth feel. There is malt and perhaps some coffee or burned notes in the aftertaste with a very small bitterness.

A big beer in taste thats smooth and nice. Wellbalanced and a good brew.

01-12-2005 15:09:31 | More by stjarnflikka
Photo of woodychandler


4.15/5  rDev 0%

I will openly cop to being cowed by the Authentic Trappist beers. I may dress in FrancisCAN (brown) monk's robes and call myself Bro. Woody with the Order of Disorder, but I do so as an homage to the true brothers who produce these beers. The Merchant du Vin peeps have walked me through tutored tastings and still I am in awe.

I read a whole buncha reviews for this beer in preparation and it does not seem to get as much love as its 8 and 10 brethren. I am going with a gentle pour to keep from stirring up any lees and I am using a Westmalle chalice as my glass.

Just like with my previous Orval, it did not matter how gentle my pour, the head was forming at an incredible rate. It settled into a rocky finger of tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity, thanks in part to my pour. Nose was VERY malty - toffee, caramel, fresh baked bread, dried dark fruits and even a light must. Mouthfeel was silky, gliding over my tongue on its way to my throat, but I held it in my mouth to swirl it around. As a self-avowed hophead, the sugary sweetness of the malt really hit me. Wow! The finish had a bit of heat to it and I had to sit back and collect myself before taking a second sip. Double yoi! Now, the heat and sweetness gave way to a melange of flavors, including the aforementioned caramel/toffee and raisin bread. Wild. I just worry that I am not the intended audience for this style of beer, but I hope that it suffices to say that I did enjoy it, all in all.

08-15-2011 22:07:30 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Barleywhiner


4.15/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 11.2oz.bottle. Began with a nice head that disappeared quickly, the color is a dark rusty orange, murky with tiny carbonation bubbles gently rising to the surface. The smell is of caramel and molasses, the flavor is very similar, don't detect any alcohol flavor.The mouthfeel is slightly watery around the edges of my tongue, this would be an extremely drinkable beer if it wasn't for the price.

02-07-2007 03:23:42 | More by Barleywhiner
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

A: The pour is an opaque reddish-brown color. The head is small to begin with and dissipates quickly.

S: The nose has the usual yeast and bready quality with some hints of dark fruit. The bulk of the nose, however, is the sweet caramel and toffee from the malt.

T: Like the nose, the yeast and malt really define this beer. A lot of sweetness from the malts with dark fruits (particularly raisins and figs) with a mild spice.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation.

D: The world of Belgians is sort of a new thing to me, but it would seem I'm off to a good start. A very nice beer, indeed.

06-26-2009 01:26:42 | More by womencantsail
Photo of marburg


4.15/5  rDev 0%

A surprisingly aromatic brew, I caught whiff of light alcohol aromas as soon as I cracked the bottle. Poured out with colors like a big malted milk ball -- dark brown with a cream-colored head. The head really looked like a big kitchen sponge -- thick and porous. Aroma was almost that of some sort of red wine with prunes and alcohol -- lemon pine sol and melon too. Kind of light and bread-like up front with a reasonably strong alcoholic and bitter finish. Fairly easy to drink for a beer of its strength. The alcohol is noticeable but balanced and under control. Smooth. No extremes.

05-11-2003 19:30:05 | More by marburg
Photo of perrymarcus


4.15/5  rDev 0%

11.2oz bottle served in a trappistes rochefort chalice.

similar to the 8 and 10, the 6 pours a murky brown tone with maybe a finger of a beige colored head that dissipates faily quickly; significantly weaker retention than i remember from the others in the family... lacing is good, but also not quite as impressive as its brethren. that all said, still an appealing BSDA.

the aroma fills your nostrils and you know you're smelling a rochefort. that familiar combination of their yeasts, caramel malt, dark fruit, spices, and alcohol is unmistakable. not quite as robust as say the 10, but very good.

flavor profile follows the nose pretty closely. some bitterness in the finish. flavorful and complex, though it doesn't quite have that palate arousing oomph of its older brothers. still, very tasty.

medium bodied mouthfeel, medium, slickly prickly carbonation. very drinkable.

11-08-2010 02:12:10 | More by perrymarcus
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District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip shaped glass.

A: Deep hazy brown hue. A nice three fingers of off-white head but I'm surprised that its not lacing the glass as I drink down the beer.

S: Lots of crusty bread, dates, sour cherries.

T: The taste is more subdued than I was anticipating. Its got some sweet malt but its kind of tart in the finish.

M: Medium to light body with lots of tiny bubbles.

I like this beer but I was expecting to be a little more impressed. I actually thought its nose was its strong suit. I guess I need to try the 8 and the 10.

09-05-2011 01:08:09 | More by isthatbeer
Photo of CharlesRiver


4.15/5  rDev 0%

I recieved the three pack sampler from my inlaws for Christmas. The set included a glass, which is really nice, and this is the first beer that I am having from the set.

Pours out an effervesant brownish color with a small head. The smell is mild and malty with something spicy in the background. Taste is sweeter than I expected. Light maple syrup, brown sugar and spice. Very little bitterness if anything at all is present. At 7.5% this beer hides its alcohol well. Ending has a kind of dryness to it as well.

Not what I expected at all but still very good. I did expect the sweet notes all the way through but also some bitterness to balance it out. But what do I know, they have been doing it a lot longer than I have been around. Cheers to my inlaws!

02-25-2006 22:51:46 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of rangerred


4.15/5  rDev 0%

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a huge billowy white head. Incredible head retention with equally substantial lacing. Very typical for the style.

Aroma of dark fruit in the way of figs and dried cherries. Just a touch medicinal with some grape and red wine notes. Yeasty Belgian spice too.

The flavor is quite spicy but brings in some caramel to go along with the dark fruit and Belgian yeast spice. Some pepper and vanilla notes and a touch of wood. Very light oxidation but nothing compared to some aged Belgians I have had. Very light and floaty mouthfeel with a very light lingering sweetness.

Overall, a really nice Belgian Ale and one of the standards. While the complexity is a bit lacking compared to the quads, this beer holds its own with the other Dubbels out there and is a treat to drink.

06-09-2014 02:27:13 | More by rangerred
Photo of bceagles39


4.15/5  rDev 0%

Poured from bottle at home on May 21, 2010.

Pours a hazy copper golden color. Nice thick off-white head. Leaves minimal lacing.

Smells like fresh ripe banana; has a bready yeastiness, and a little bit of spice.

Tastes fruitier than it smells, banana flavors. Flavors subtle.

Creamier mouthfeel than I expected. Was quite fizzy.

05-21-2010 23:56:27 | More by bceagles39
Photo of LeftonJackman


4.15/5  rDev 0%

A lovely pour in a tulip glass. A golden amber, near flawless autumnal color with a playfully bubbly head that tickles my upper lip. It almost would have been good enough to admire the glass.

The aromas were subtle and wispy, disappearing as soon as they drift over the rim. The same thing with the taste. It takes two or three deliberate tastes to begin to get the dark fruit, raisins and spice.

Its effervescence is a delight in the mouth and makes this Trappist a delicate drink and worthy of a second.

01-21-2009 01:28:23 | More by LeftonJackman
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

the lightest of the three and i would say the most savory. Granted... This still have all the belgian ester notes, they just don't come in as huge as the others. Pour is a murky beige with a nice belgian head... Not as retained but still quite sugar rich voluminous. Nose of late summer, autumn fruit... Plum, pear and clove. Palate a lot dryer than expected. Low FG... Crisp and lean with distinct straw musk. Fades toasty with hints of sesame. Distinct nutmeg dryness. Perfect for pork and thyme, a cubano sandwich, yams, or as an accompanyment to thanksgiving starchs.

07-30-2011 02:23:32 | More by rtepiak
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

Best before date code=280114
11.2oz bottle, poured into my wide mouth Chimay glass, pours a murky rusty brown color with a thin head that sticks around as a foam atop the ale. Doesn't leave any lacing on the glass, but is still nice to look at. Aromas are rich with ripe, dark fruit, bready malt, and it's earthy. Tastes are earthy, fruity, raisin, bread, toffee, yeast - nice meld of flavors. Body is on the thinner side of medium, higher carbonation allows the ale to cover the palate while the alcohol warms with a tingle. It's been a long time coming, but I finally got around to picking this one up. Quality brew from a quality brewery, just as expected.

06-28-2012 02:45:31 | More by barnzy78
Photo of chanokokoro


4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort branded chalice

Pours a toffee amber topped with a bone white two finger fluffy head. Excellent retention and significant lacing. Candi sugar notes, some spice, candied dates, figs, general bready and yeastiness on the nose. Bread crust, yeast, light buttered caramel notes, accents of dark fruit especially fig, date, and a hint of raisin as well as some nutiness. Generally, a light bodied fairly dry brew. An excellent dubbel that finishes dry with plenty of subtle complexity.

01-30-2013 06:37:13 | More by chanokokoro
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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

33cl bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a pretty dark amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Decent retention.

S: Orange zest mixed with a nice mixture of prunes and plums. Spicy esters help add to the complexity. The three mix extremely well together and are quite balanced.

T: Dark fruits come out a bit more here than the aroma, but the beer stays quite dry. Nutmeg mixes with orange zest to balance the sweetness, keeping the beer quite light and bright. I really like how the dark fruits come through but the beer stays extremely drinkable.

M: Medium thickness, but the carbonation is quite high and prickly.

O: This is a great beer with a ton of complexity, while staying quite drinkable. A bit too carbonated, though - it is a bit prickly. A great Dubbel, though.

04-05-2013 22:48:53 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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New Mexico

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

08-15-2014 02:19:26 | More by taospowder
Photo of Jason


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

01-01-2003 13:25:59 | More by Jason
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Decided to crack this one after a very stressful game as my cougs barely hung on to beat ASU and in celebration of the huskies getting dominated by arizona. Pours a brown with ruby colors and tons of carbonation and a decent head that goes pretty fast. smell is of spice mostly with some dark fruits. Spicy taste up front. Dark fruits come out through the middle. A very lingering aftertaste that has a slightly creamy (taste not mouthfeel) note to it and a nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but drinkability is good. Honestly, This is a great great beer, but I dont see why anyone would buy this if you had access to the 8. 10 is just a whole different ballgame. Good beer, try it so you know.

01-27-2008 02:45:14 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a brilliant burnt orange with light amber highlights. A foamy white head about 1 inch thick sits atop and doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.

I've been trying to pick up on the aroma, but its rather subdued. A slight hint of apples and grapes comes along with a bit of an estery yeast presence.

The taste is quite the improvement over the aroma. Many subtle flavors work their way in, being noticeably sweet with a solid yeast presence. A good bit of fruits such as apples and pears.

Mouthfeel is a bit bubbly but overall pretty smooth. In the end, it's a solid beer from one of the best. Some may say its too light to be a Strong Dark Ale, but I don't think the monks care.

09-07-2010 02:02:30 | More by Kinsman
Photo of Padron4KM


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

330 ml bottle, 15.05.07.
Pours a murky, muddy, brown with a long lasting two finger reddish brown head.
Aroma is fruity, nutty, raisin, toffee, a little mashed banana, and a light wisp of alcohol.
Medium body with prickly carbonation.
Flavor is bready, toffee, sugar, a little winey, and a little woodiness.
Finish is dry and a little tannic.

04-07-2005 04:43:20 | More by Padron4KM
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

04-10-2010 01:42:04 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

01-05-2010 00:28:26 | More by dstc
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