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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 949
Hads: 2,250
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 192
Gots: 364 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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 JordanEllwanger
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burgundy color with sediments mixed throughout. the head is of the off white caramel color and slowly fizzing into a thin crown of lace around the surface of the ale. A mesmerizing blend of rising bubbles and a continual cycle of sinking sediment capture my imagination.

Smell is middle of the road with malts overtaking the initial sent. Subtle whiffs of whine and a hidden hop balance come to the nose.

Taste is malty and tinged with the sweet bitterness of some delicate balance

Feel is soft fizzy exploding across the senses of my pallet

A very drinkable beer, but not one to session with. One to appreciate and savor every sip.


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Photo of timtim
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Always a treat. Reddish brown with amber feet. White head with not much retention, but great Belgian lace. Smells musty, bready, fruity (raspberry and some citrus), and has a little hoppy character. Taste has fruit up front (I'm getting mostly raspberry) and a musty malty hop finish. Silky smooth. Delightful. Like nectar from heaven. Perfect when you just want a solid solid beer that isn't going to put hair on your chest. I really love the Rochefort beers. Every # suits a purpose, mood, occasion, or tune. Really top notch. Really hard to beat.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle into chalice. Cloudy amber with lots of flaky "stuff" floating around. Malty aroma. Lots of carbonation in pour, large head dimishing to minimal. No lingering lacing. Alcohol taste in finish. Flavorful, enjoyable as it warms. Probably begain with first sip at around 50 degrees, finishing closer to 60. So, do I swallow the last ounce, with all that crap, or rinse? Cheers to my first Roche!

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Photo of CheckmateBrew
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours dark amber, maybe a touch of orange. A nice 2+ finger foamy white head that lasts.

There is lots going on in the smell, cant wait to taste it.

The taste is quite exceptional. This is my first 5 rating. Lots of flavors going here. Malt, fruits, yeast.

Mouthfeel is a carbonated, but the taste is the key here.

This is a really good beer. Too bad that they cost $4.75 per bottle or I would be drinking a lot more.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rochefort 6, the baby brother of the Rochefort series. I've been looking forward to seeing how this one stacks up to the others, Rochefort 8 and 10, a couple of my favorite Belgians. 33 cL bottle into Chimay goblet.

Appearance (4.25/5): Huge towering off-white, 3 finger head. Brown body. Fizzy, tight bubbles, reduces fairly quickly. Doesn't have the head retention of the 8. Head reduces to a very small disc that sits atop the beer.

Smell (4.5/5): Brown sugar, dark fruits, big yeast mustiness, some spice, perhaps clove, pepper.

Taste (4.75/5): classic dubbel flavors with the characteristic Rochefort yeast. Wow. Big raisin-y flavor mixed with the sweet dark bread characteristics beautifully. Brown sugar. Bold yeastiness to it, but not overbearing to my palate. Similar to Westmalle Dubbel. No alcohol to speak of in the flavor. Flavor really opens up as it warms.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): very smooth, much lighter than either the 8 or (certainly) the 10. Quite pleasant medium carbonation and goes down easy. Great drinkability.

Overall (4.5/5): Rochefort 6 does the name proud. This is one of the best dubbels I've ever had–tons of character, subtle and complex, beautiful to look at and a joy to have slide over the tongue and down the hatch. The 6 puts together the classic components of Belgian Dark Ales–brown sugar and dark fruit flavors, creamy mouthfeel, and a complex yeasty spiciness–in a way that distinguishes it from others. My guess is the house yeast used by Rochefort. Bottom line: excellent beer. Don't die before having one.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought the 6, 8, and 10 a couple days ago and decided to try them in that order. At $5.99 a pop for 33cl these better be some damn fine beers, and the 6 was not a disappointment. Aromas of plums and raisins with a malty backbone hinted at what was to come. The dark red brown body was well carbonated but produced very little head. The taste was of dark fruits, chocolate, and toffee with a nice dry bitterness. Really a very good beer, but not good enough for me to make a habit of. Everyone should try it, but there are many beers every bit its equal for half the price.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 7,5% abv

Appearance: Murky (result of a rather vigorous pour), medium-brown in colour, however transformed into a beautiful shade of copper-brown with brilliant copper highlights when backlit. The beer is capped by a large head of off-white foam that lasts pretty well, but unfortunately leaves only sparse patches of lace.

Smell: Perfection... Rich caramel malt dominates the nose, though golden raisins,cooked apples, dates and a hint of cinnamon (and maybe a few other "warm" spices) also make an appearance. Alcohol is not immediately noted in the nose, but there is just a hint of it lurking under all the other aromas, something similar to fruit soaked in a good rum.

Taste: Stunning, rich and complex, as with the nose, the palate is close to perfection. Rich caramel malt again dominates, but allows the other flavours more influence than in the nose. Golden raisins, bruised over-ripe apples, dates, hints of nuts and a hint of smokiness are all present. As with the nose, alcohol is present (more than you would expect from a 7,5% beer), but perfectly incorporated into the flavour profile.

Mouthfeel: Slightly fuller than medium bodied with perfect carbonation. This beer is such a pleasure to drink, one needs to remember to savor the flavour and not just gulp it down.

Drinkability: This beer goes down amazingly well for the abv and strong complex flavour. I will certainly have another (and many more in the future).

This is definitely one of my all time favorite beers.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours an opaque, rich mahogany color with a creamy and dense eggshell colored head. Retention is pretty good, not amazing. Chunks of yeast can be seen suspended in the glass.

S: Interesting nose. Not quite as Belgian as I expected, but it smells incredibly complex. Toffee, caramel, dark fruits; fig, plum, apricot, apple. Malt and yeast are both clearly identifiable in the nose. A little spices and esters from the yeast. Slight alcohol and butter? on the nose as it warms.

T: Not quite as complex as the 10, but still multi layered. First, the malts give a caramel, toffee, brown sugar, cinnamon?, cardamom, and a lactose-like note that adds some creaminess. Next, the yeast gives off some amazing qualities; estery dark fruits (fig, raisin, plum, apricot), along with some breadiness that really excels this brew to a whole new level. A healthy dose of alcohol is present, but not distracting.

MF/D: Very viscous and full in body, carbonation is slightly prickly but otherwise as good as it gets, lingering yeasty/dark fruit finish.

Notes: not quite as good as the 10, but just as good for the style. Really complex and easy to drink.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is just so phenomenal. I saw that it is listed as a BSD...it seems like more of a dubbel to me, but whatever. It had a nice amber color, almost red with an off-white head that had great retention and lace. The aroma is strongly of caramel and medium dark fruits (not so much plum and prune). On the tongue it is very malt forward but it doesn't finish anything close to being sweet, despite what the aroma lead me to think it would. It has a medium high carbonation, which helps the finish. Fuckig epic beer.

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Photo of bruachan
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

from arrowine

raisin aroma out of the bottle, and nutty molasses joins it. not very airy, as the 8 is (from higher carbonation), but full of complexity
tight-knit creamy head that doesn't quit, over a deep (but perfectly clear) garnet

there is a raisin flavor as well...it is balanced well with a great chewy nuttiness (though without the texture being chewy, dig?). so complex, delicious i could drink it all night

the 6 and the 8 are clearly two children of the same parents: similar flavors and aromas, though in varying characters

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before 4-29-08. Pours a peachy copper color with a volumnous light beige head that stays ¼" thick throughout the duration of the experience. Lacing is luxurious and absolutely gorgeous. Rich aromas of roasted malts and candi sugars, musty and dusty yeast, light caramel, cocoa/vanilla and a slight nuttiness with nuances of toasted marshmallow. Not only is the aroma excellent, the taste and flavor is equalled to it. This probably has to be one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. Malty but not very sweet, subtle flaked maize or oat taste, fruitiness is bursting with juicy goodness. Light hop accents with virtually no astringency, just a little dryness. Lightly spritzy on the palate. Jawdroppingly delicious.

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Photo of tapman
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Rochefort, I'm very excited.

Pours a dark bloody rust with an abundant hazelnut colored head with amazing retention. Absolutely beautiful.

Chocolate notes support a light rye maltiness. The balance comes in the form of grape and starfruit esters. Spicy chili phenols attack with alcohol support.

Sweet, dark (chocolate and toffee barley) malts are the stars of this brew which sits very well with this malt-mouth. The fruity esters balance this brew like rye bread and preserves with a little buttery ease to tie them together. Clean, almost vanilla-like smoothness aftertaste and the flavors subside one by one from tip to stern of the tongue. The alcohol is apparent and gives this brew the edge that many heavier beer drinkers look for, like myself.

Carbonation is crisp and clean. Finish is dry and spicy and almost wine-like. Refreshing for a heavier ale.

A very good beer reserved for those who know. Complex, malty, and estery, highly recommended. I'm always mixed when alcohol is present, but at 7.5% its nowhere near as bad as you'd think. A great beer that I could drink all day except that four would probably put me to sleep.

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Photo of boldcity2008
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: I poured this from the bottle at about 40F and man what a head this thing pours like 3 inches!!! Its a cloudy medium brown beer in color.

S: ok call me crazy but it smells like a sweet iced tea to me. Sweet malt hits the nose with no hops detected at all. I can smell the yeast very nice and complex.

T: well I know why i love Belgians, so complex and in your face beers. First thing hits me is the malt and plum sweetness. Your NOT going to find any hops because the malt and yeast favors so balance it out. good stuff. the after taste is a tad boozy until it warms up near 60F. lots of grape. leather, woody flavors going on here.

M: thick and rich, no carbonation after the head dies.

D: easy to drink, smooth and the alcohol does not hit you until you throw down 4 or 5 lol

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Photo of markaberrant
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - great clarity, deep red in colour, but flashes light red. Big tan head, holds up well. Sticking lacing. Looks great.

S - figs, raisins, earthy spice, smooth alcohol

T - Smooth toffee and dark fruit. Exquisite. I'll have to get out my Brew Like a Monk book, but I swear there is a unique spice I'm tasting in here... maybe a touch of coriander?

M - Soft alcohol, very gentle. Very fluffy on the tongue, light, but full.

D - I've been in love with all of the Rocheforts since my first sip, and even this little guy stands up well on its own.

I've tried most of the well known trappist and abbey beers (even Westvleteren), and none of them come close to Rochefort. I am so happy that the 6 is now available locally, but it sure does have me craving the 8 and 10.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl btl purchased at Brussels grocery store.
BB 24/06/2020.
Served chilled in tulip on a hot day (31C).

Poured clear reddish brown. Very good head (almost spilling over the glass) but dissipated quickly.
Smell is fruit & nuts. Clean. Nothing hitting you over the head.

Taste is sharp, a bit malty, dry. A bit of sweetness on the aftertaste, some resin in the throat.
Delicious. This one goes down so easily, you might ask your server to come back sooner than later....

My Rochefort gold / silver/ bronze: 8 / 6 / 10.
And in my opinion the Rochefort labels rock classic...never change them.

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Photo of Kraken
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 03/20/09 First day of spring gotta love it!!

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Floreffe Chalice. Moderate pour yielded a scant wisp of frothy topping that rings the inner rim of the glass. No lace to speak of. Color is a dark lightly clouded apple cider.

Nose- Very interesting. Slight apple cider, sweet caramel nuttiness. Some additional dark fruit esters that I can't totally place, some raisin and date.

Palate- This is fantastic. Wonderfully smooth, with deep and robust caramel. Deliciously rich nuttiness, mildly sweet. Hints of raisin, and chewy dates. Finishes moderately dry, with a faint note of spice. No hints of the 7.5% alcohol displayed on the label.

Mouthfeel- Very active, supremely rich.

Drinkability- Wow. I wish this was less then $5 a bottle as it would be my go to standard.
If you see it buy it. Seek out.

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Photo of paleoplant
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown color; translucent.

S: Wonderful smell with sweet fruity aroma. Favorite part of the beer.

T: Malt, slight fruity sweetness.

M: Limited carbonation; leaves a tingle on the tongue, but nice

D: Wonderful; may not be the premier beer from this brewery but it outranks most other Strong Dark Ales.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in Brussels at the Poechenellekelder. It was served at cellar temp in a typical wide-mouthed Belgium ale glass. The looks were pleasant. Brown with ruby highlights shining through, and a thick tan head on top. The smell was pleasing. Sweet, with raisens and dates and malty goodness coming through. It makes sense that this was served at room temp. The beer really woke up. The taste. Just divine. Smooth. All the flavours of the 10, without the harshness of the alcohol. Just really, really nice. Mouthfeel was medium with fairly light carbonation, and drinkability was hard to beat.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown in color with light brown highlights when held to light. Like most belgian beers, this beer has ample tan head that just sticks to the glass and lingers for an extended period of time.

S: Quite a boozy smell at first, but after a second the fruitiness punches through. Big big plum, prune, and fig - dark fruits. There is a nice sweetness after the alcohol smell goes away. Really, a nice nose job.

T: Oh man, yes! All that fruitiness in the smell comes through ten-fold in the taste. I also pick up dark cherries (without the tartness), and almond extract. A bit of alcohol on the backend. This beer is beautifully crafted.

M: Interesting mouthfeel. It foams up a little bit, especially when pulling air over it. It's a full-bodied beer with high carbonation. Coats the palate, but it isn't sticky, the alcohol burn takes care of that.

D: Like most strong ales, this is a sipper for me. I like to savor every bit of it that I can. It's VERY drinkable for the amount of alcohol in the nose and taste. Awesome beer.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Murky red brown, with a big 1/2 inch head. Some light lacing remains on the glass and the surface of the beer. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Lemon-pepper flourished over chocolate malts. A little honey, fermented bread dough. Strong developments reminds me most of chocolate fromage - cocoa and a little sourness.

Taste: Chocolate, cherry sours, a little grassiness with cocoa and pepper notes in the finish. Biscuity in places with a little coffee sours. A few minty developments, and some moments that, like the aroma, balance cocoa and sours in a chocolate fromage middle palate. This beer has a very compelling, subtle dignity.

Mouthfeel: Thinner, a little abrasive, but balanced by a malt anise finish. Refreshing if fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Amazing drinkability - one of the best trappist ales that I've had. Awesome developments in malts and great finish. Wonderful.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with classic dubbel thickness, and a pretty toasted brown with some russet highlights. The head is sticky and tenacious. Phenolic aroma enhanced by yeasty chocolate and spice notes. Some earthy hops, too. Very little in the way of sweet caramel smells -- no evidence of caramelization of sugars in the nose. On the palate, light and fresh flavors for a beer this rich. Very soft sweetness, like malted chocolate, and a pronounced nutty yeast flavor. High, sustained notes of fruitiness throughout the palate, but especially notable at the end. Light in mouthfeel, with just a touch of present alcohol toward the end, and subtle, unobtrusive carbonation. What a fabulous beer. Prototypical for the dubbel style, and obscenely hard to improve upon.

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Photo of TommyW
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Brown body with nice deep purple highlights; an off-white head that leaves a perfect lace on the glass.

S- Complex sweet aromas mixed with some phenols from the yeast.

T- Bready maltiness with a complex sweet profile or rock sugars, dark fruits and caramel. The dark fruit (fig/cherry) blend in nicely with the slightly the phenols and slight tartness. The warming presence of the alcohol slowly makes itself present.

M- Medium body with an aggressive carbonation.

D- A really nice Belgian Strong; fruity and sweet kept in check with phenols and slight tart/sour notes.

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Photo of bort11
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series goblet. A loud khaki tan head that never really goes away. Color is has a polished dark wood look with a bit of haze.

Smell has dark fruits, caramelized candy-sugars, brown bread, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is quite bold, but never cloying or overbearing. More spices come out in the flavor, a hint of cloves and mint. Faintest hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel verges on creamy with a lighter body. Nice alcohol warmth is felt which leaves a dry finish. This is a classic.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle into Chimay chalice.

A - Deep shiny copper with an explosion of bubbles from the bottom and a nice off white bubbly head with milkshake like lacing.

S - The odor jumps from the glass to my nose even at quite some distance. Sweet plums and grapes and raisins. The candied sugar smell is so nice it makes my mouth water.

T - Darker fruits (plums, grapes, etc), but nicely balanced with sweetness and alcohol. Really great tasting beer.

M - Smooth and even and lively. Feels like a beer, but ultimate in smoothness. Leaves a nice cooling feel.

D - Really easy drinker. Fantastic taste, great mouthfeel, smells great...and reasonable ABV.

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Photo of necoadam
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a medium-dark brown color with a nice head that took a while to settle down. Smell consisted of a whole lot of things. Malts, caramel, dark fruits, chocolate, cocoa powder, nuts, and some bready aromas. Taste was just as complex. Actually complex really isn't a good enough word for this beer. It's beyond complex. Bread, malts, yeast, nuts, fruit, cocoa, and at the end some spicy hops finish it off. Moutfeel feels so light and fluffy on the palate it's down right amazing. Truly an amazing beer and one that every BA must try at least once. Worth every penny I spent on this beer.

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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 949 ratings.