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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
92
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1,941 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,941
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 135
Gots: 204 | 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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Photo of yelterdow
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 11 03 09, according to the bottle. Paired with an incredibly delicious Trappist cheese made by Chimay.

Appearance- Pours a rummy caramel into a Chimay chalice at cellar temperature. The head foams to about an inch and a half, then settles to a thin but consistent mat. A spellbinding tornado of effervescence rockets to the surface from the etched Fleur-de-lis in my glass, replenishing the head for the duration. At the ten minute mark, the bubbles are so small they resemble Guiness Draught's famous crown. Interesting, and fun to watch.

Smell- Some phenols and soaked fruits, especially sugary ones like dates and figs, greet the nose with a warm welcome. A trace of leather lingers in the background, encapsulated within the firm malty backbone.

Taste- Well balanced, the fruitiness gives a counterpoint to the malt and leathery notes, while one cannot let go of the images of old books and vintage furniture... the characteristics usually associated with Old Ales, especially from Europe. A terrific finishing bitterness awaits in the end, leaving the entire mouth primed for the next sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The prickly, intense, microscopic carbonation caused by the activity inside the glass meets a very smooth, mellow mouthfeel... the result? A beer that wins big as a sipping, savory treat. It's no wonder this is enjoyed in Belgium by its makers, the monks themselves, as "liquid bread".

P.S. The pairing of this beer with Chimay a la Biere, a trappist cheese, proved exceptional. If you can locate this product, it's worth the $17.99/lb price. I found it at Whole Foods.

Prosit!

yelterdow, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of noproduction
4.1/5  rDev -1%

noproduction, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of SLeffler27
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presents as a hazy ruby brown with a thin, creamy, off-white head that is short lived. I left yeast in the bottle for the first half of this consumption.

Reminiscent of a fresh fruit salad that is heavy with tangerines. Dark fruits are present in the background with caramel, a light influence of coriander, vanilla and floral notes.

Number 6 is well balanced with grape flavors akin to a dry white wine. There are pears and watermelon and though it follows the nose, it is less sweet and more subtle than anticipated. The finish is subtle and drawn out.

The light body and vigorous, fine carbonation work well with alcohol slightly warming. This is a rich and luscious beer that is fresh and cleansing without the yeast.

Definitely a sipper from a Trappistes’ Chalice if only due to the high carbonation. However, the flavor progression also deserves a slow consumption. One would enjoy this with a book, a good movie, or meaningful conversation.

Adding the yeast diminishes the fresh fruit aspect, making it more earthy, and cuts the carbonation. Definitely better without the yeast.

SLeffler27, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Jsteez
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort glass. Bottled on 1/2013(if I remember correctly)

A-Straight brown, with a hint of mahogany, and a touch of orange. The head(2 inches thick) was latte like: creamy, tan, white, and the yeast from the bottom of the bottle stuck to the top of the foam, which made it look like cinnamon swirl. Retention was great. A little lace left on the glass.

S-Not a lot going on. I could smell a hint of clove and prunes. Perhaps a little malt. This was the weakest aspect about this beer.

T-This fine Belgium ale tasted like prunes, raisins, bananas, cloves, spices, sweet malt, and brown bread. The aftertaste was slightly sweet from the malt and a little spicy from the hops. As it warmed, there was a taste of caramel malt and a hint of brown sugared banana bread. The cloves and spice didn't cover the alcohol taste. It was definitely apparent throughout consumption. This was a pretty solid Trappist ale.

M-Full-bodied, carbonation on the lower side. It was quite smooth and I am sure it would become better with age. Pretty balanced.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer with some salty peanuts and fresh kettle corn. I would buy this again. I just would have liked more aroma. Cheers to the monks!

Jsteez, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer into a snifter style glass and immediately got about two fingers of foam. The foam dies down quickly into a thin scum. Off the top I smell a good dose of dark fruit and the yeast from the belgian source. It works out to be a very pleasant smelling rich beer. I recommend breathing this in as it warms.

The flavor is rich and powerful. The balance is really impressive. It makes for a very good sipper.

I really appreciate how a very high end beer is so readily available. These monks do an impressive job with their brews.

ummswimmin, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Dark brown with a tinge of orange to the body. I controlled the head at the pour, but it still came up nicely and laced the glass on the way down.

Smell – This is heavy on the toasted malt. The deep, dark fruits are present as well. I can pick up a strong blackberry scent along with ripe apricots, tobacco, dates, big figs, and oranges soaked in brown sugar syrup.

Taste – This is awesome. Those big fruity flavors come out monstrous at the tongue. The brown sugar syrup shows up huge, as does the mashed figs and dates. The malt steps back a bit from the nose and is replaced by a serious effort at spicing. All the traditional BSPA spices are present, cinnamon among the more prominent.

The malt really turns bready for me about halfway through the bottle. It comes out more as I go along, even though I pulled this from the fridge a full half hour before pouring. This is an excellent example of the style.

Mouthfeel – Big carbonation and a full, chewy mouthfeel make this a meal unto itself, although that won’t stop me from eating :)

Drinkability – After falling in love with the “8” some time ago, it was nice to try this weaker cousin. The ABV is down but the flavors are right on target. Well done.

RoyalT, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle makes a nice little woosh when I let up the cap so I’m therefore not surprised to feel my tongue nearly fizzled off by the carbonation of this delicious treat. Like pop rocks, coke, and Chuck Norris, the carbonation of this Belgian beauty is dangerous. Froth is like Elmer’s, adhesive and delicious. Crown is flawless, capable of covering 100% of the surface area of the beer seemingly forever. A few cocoa crispies crumbs litter the surface of the white cloud.

The taste of this mud puddle brown brew is initially rather meaty and I don’t mean that as a description of the body. This beer tastes a little like left over prime rib (in a good way of course). Other flavors and aromas include the expected fermented dark fruits, figs, cocoa, and candied sugar. There is a surprisingly floral aroma hidden in there as well. Dust and Must arise as the brew warms. This, I do not like. The assertiveness is also lost. Believe it or not I think this beer is a bit better around 40 to 45 degrees than room temperature. Surprisingly refreshing. Body becomes lighter as it warms, too light really.

Overall this is a fine beer but it’s just a bit light in terms of flavor and body to stand up to the truly great BSDAs. I would just like a little bit more from this one. Still very enjoyable and very drinkable.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of Mora2000
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glad to have Rochefort available in Texas again. Finally got a chance to try this one after having the other two on multiple occasions.

The beer pours a hazy, medium brown color with a large off-white head. The aroma is very heavy on the raisins with some brown sugar, toffee and Belgian yeast notes mixed in.

The flavor is also very heavy on the raisins. I also get some prune and grape notes, as well as some toffee, light cocoa and yeast notes. The beer is fairly dry overall and the alcohol is well hidden.

High carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Mora2000, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First and last time I had this was in Bastogne, Belgium. It was amazing, and I regretted always passing it up in favor of its higher-ABV counterparts. That was about 18 months ago...curious if this one will have the same impressive impact.

A big sizzling off-white head stays put a long while, sitting atop one of the most beautiful rusted browns I've seen in a beer glass. It's got an abyss-like murkiness to it, but isn't opaque like a stout. Just a beautiful deepness.

Aroma is mostly gentle and inviting fruitiness...leans toward citrus, but softer citrus...the only definitive fruit aroma I can identify is kiwi. Maltiness is kept to the background, as is the yeast, both appearing as a light touch.

Flavor is clearly gentler and less busy than the 8 & 10. Again the kiwi and other lighter citrus characteristics come through strongest, with additional traces of cola and clove. Some nuttiness and brown sugar come through later, riding through especially well in the finish.

As with the 8 & 10, this is very well-carbonated...probably the only aspect of any of the Rochefort beers that I wish they'd dial down. But for the 6 it works better. It seems to give some backup to the relatively mild flavors, even putting an exclamation point after them, so I appreciate its role here.

This is a very worthwhile beer, complementing the other two Rocheforts yet having enough character to stand on its own. No, it's not quite the beer those other two are, but it's hardly a slouch.

Metalmonk, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before "28.09.10". Pours a dark amber/burgandy color that produces a nice fluffy head that leaves great lacing. That appearance is stunning. Aroma is sweet spicey and bready that features hints of dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is light and dry with a high level of carbonation. Taste is predominately yeasty with some alcohol phenols and nuts. This is a very good brew from an excellent brewery but the 6 does not even compare to the 8 and 10.

cjgator3, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of Gmann
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi clear brown color with just a slight hint of red. The head was disappointing and did not leave much if any lacing. I will discount this due to the fact that I just washed my glass. The smell is of hint of wine and chocolate, mellow, quite pleasant but not overpowering. The taste has tones of chocolate and some sweetness to it, though it is hard to pinpoint, maybe cherries. The feel is very fizzy, I believe it takes away from the taste a bit. But beyond the over carbonation, this is brew goes down easy. The only negative is the over carbonation, aside from that this beer has a nice mellow flavor and is very drinkable. Not as fruity as other BSDAs.

Gmann, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from skinny 11.2 ouncer into a Ommegang glass I picked up last winter.

Pours dark brown with 2 fingers initial white foam that resides on the top.

Malty sugary Belgian smell.

Bitter opens firmly, full of flavor, alcohol finish. Dark fruit taste with candied sugar. Powerful carbonation.

Good to go! Nice complex taste. Good drinker.

KTCamm, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of elricorico
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown and appears to have a slight bit of redness in the glass. Has a fair amount of sediment floating amongst the carbonation. The head is tan and didn't stick around long, leaving a thin ring.

Tart cherries are first to be noted in the smell. Candy sugar and a hint of caramel are in there as well. A yeasty smell familiar to the other two Rochefort beers round it out. Overall a mix of sweet and tart that is fairly nice.

Taste starts with a mix of bread and fruit that is come together like toast and jam. Banana begins to show itself in the up front sweetness. This is followed with a dry and tart and spicy mix that lasts long into the finish. A lot of the components from the 8 and the 10 are here, but more subtly so.

Smooth and silky in the mouth, with a very natural feel to the carbonation. Comfortable to sip and savour.

A very nice beer, not much more to say. Tasty and easy drinking.

elricorico, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of Cheesemoose
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Bernardus Chalice.

Near mahogany on the pour.Hazy appearance when put up to light. Two fingers of head that recedes into a hearty film that rides the glass with each sip.

Lightly toasted whole wheat bread is the closest I can come to describing the smell. Grains predominate, with a hint of fruit and a little spiciness in the background.

Floral spice notes upfront, bread flavors predominate through to a dry finish. Dark fruit hide in the shadows, but make no real presence. Yeast has a lot of flavor going on. Definitive carob flavor, good bit of spice and raisins.

A bit of carbonation. Very drinkable, but would have to stick with just one on a beer topping off at 7%. Lots of complexity, but nothing to be scared away from. A must try.

Cheesemoose, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown color with fizzy off-white head that leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smells of dark fruit and sweet bread.

Tastes of soft bread with a sugary, fruity layer on top. Fruits are dark and have raisins, figs, and a bit of apple. Yeast spice makes an appearance on the back end to round everything out.

Mouthfeel is medium with a fizzy, effervescent amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Dodo2step
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va beach!

A-Pours a nice creamy amber copper color. A thick lustrous head rises above the rim of my glass. I can hear the carbonation fizzle as i am pouring. It sounds delicious.

S- banana and anise. Some clove and dark candied fruit. It is very estery and i am thoroughly impressed so far. Smells like a perfect belgian.

T- dark candied fruit and banana. Hints of caramel and other spices. Very malty and sweet like brown sugar.

M- very carbonated. just a tad too much. Feels like pop rocks in my mouth. Creamy and juicy though.

D- a nice beer to relax with. i could down 3 or 4 of these in a night. Smooth and goes down the throat pretty quick. I am impressed. A great beer!

Dodo2step, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of iguenard
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

iguenard, May 07, 2011
Photo of Megahertz
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a Hoffman House chalice. Date code is best before 08-09-15 at 10:04, indicating this was made in 2010 and should be in its prime.

A: Dark red to light brown with unusually soda-like carbonation with large bubbles that immediately fall into the beer leaving no head. Very disappointing appearance for a trappist ale at 7.5%.

S: Aroma immediately hits upon opening the bottle, plum and dark fruits with a deep malt nose.

T: Deep matliness, brown sugar and subtle cola-like esters. Very pleasant and complex.

M: The appearance contrasts to the rich and creamy mouthfeel.

O: Excellent beer - would be rated higher if not for the head and lacing problem. Perhaps I will re-evaluate with a different bottle at a later time.

Megahertz, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a trappistes rochefort chalice.

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. again, not quite as robust as say the 10, but very good. flavor profile follows the nose pretty closely. some bitterness in the finish.

medium bodied mouthfeel, medium, prickly carbonation. very drinkable. flavorful and complex, and although it doesn't quite have that palate arousing oomph of its elder siblings, you have to judge it against all BSDAs, not just in terms of the 8 and 10. a stellar beer.

originally reviewed: 11-08-2010

BostonHops, May 17, 2012
Photo of dqrull
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper, lots of yeast in the bottle, nearly poured it into the chalice along with the rest of the beer! A fairly weak head that left some light brown lacing.

Smell is a great maltiness that gives me prunes, raisins, dried figs and winegums, especially the red and black winegums actually, hinting at tart ripe red berries, all rather mellow and fine-tuned in my mind, this is where I've had some problems before with dubbels, since I first fell in love with the vulgar onslaught of character of quads, but I've come to appreciate this as well nowadays.

Taste is similair to the nose, winegums get a bit more prominent though, the dried fruits are still very much there, but takes a step back for a smell of... juleskum! (A scandinavian christmas candy, you could call it a marshmallow tasting of strawberries in the shape of santa :p). The juleskum-taste takes over a bit, and while fascinating it gets a little too uniform in the end.

Feel is good, small bubbles provides a creamy and soft carbonation that is really pleasant.

dqrull, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of Vixie
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really nice red/orange color with a huge tan head. Really nice looking beer.

Smell is of malt, yeast, and a bit of spice, mainly a hint of clove and coriander.

Big amount of fruit up from, mainly citrus notes. That is followed by a peppery spice, bit of cloves, hint of orange peel. I am also detecting a bit of Belgian candy sugar, and it finishes with a hint of pepper.

Smooth and creamy feel to this.

Another very nice Trappist beer. Has a lot of flavor and a decent amount of complexity, I could easily drink more of this, but I only have one bottle. I love Trappist beers, and this one is no exception.

Vixie, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of dorianmarley
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown; somewhere between the color of cider and cola. It has a big fat white head that lasts with excellent lacing.

Nose has a lot of spicy yeast, with some dynamically sweet malt. There is also some dark chocolate and cola.

Taste is spicy with plenty of breadiness. Malts are subdued, with the yeast leading the way; with a mineral flavor. Mild alcohol finish and a syrupy-cola sensation, similar to most Belgian Strong Darks.

Mouthfeel is luxuriously creamy. Carbonation is medium, giving a refreshing balance and clean finish. Can't ask for much better mouthfeel.

Overall, it is a very good Belgian Strong with an excellent mouthfeel. It is not as dyanamic as the other Rocheforts, so no real "whoah" features other than the mouthfeel.

dorianmarley, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of IPA35
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A dark amber beer, lots of visible yeast chuncks on the bottom of the chalice. The off white head quickly reduces to a foamy film.

It has that typical Rochefort caramel like maltiness that I like so much in the stronger version (especially the 10), dark bread, spice and a yeasty fruitiness that is much lighter than the dark dried fruit notes in the 10 and 8. Also that odd sort of pear skin sensation from the yeast.

The taste does follow the nose. It has similarities with the other two but it is much lighter in nature. Bready, caramel, yeasty fruitiness and overal quite sweet.

This is a well carbonated beer. The body is medium but the carbonation makes it quite bubbly.

Overall a good dubbel. On par or slightly below the Westmalle Dubbel I think.

IPA35, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of ToasterChef
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes based upon a 6oz bottle pour served in a small wine glass. Immediately upon the glass being set down in front of me, I am impressed. I can see hues of pink, orange, brown--it's like the colors of an intense sunset all mixed together. It resembles slightly watered down sherry. It has thin off-white bubbles the disappeared as I was trying to describe them. There isn't much lacing or coating if I swirl the beer around. I pick up aromas of plum, powdered sugar, and maybe oak or another wood when I inhale. There are flavors of plum, raisin and some sweet malts. There is a bit of alcohol in the finish, but not as much as you often get with this style. It's very complex. I want to describe the taste as a bit soapy, but I'm not sure if that truly conveys what it tastes like; nevertheless, what I call soapy is a good thing. It has a lighter medium body and just the right amount of carbonation. There isn't much mouth coating. It's a bit watery for me, but only ever so slightly. The 6 is very drinkable. It goes down so easily! It's great as an individual glass, but also would be wonderful over many rounds. It doesn't feel like a 7.5% ABV beverage at all. If you've never had a Trappist beer, this would be a great place to start.

ToasterChef, Mar 04, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 11.2oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. This beer pours a burnt orange with a head that reminds me of a longer lasting fizz from a Sunkist orange pop. Heavy, sticky lacing is left as the beer recedes. The aroma is interesting. Nothing like what I would have expected from a BSDA. Over ripe apples, vanilla, pepper and other spices. Caramel and toffee. Just a little bit of yeasty bread. Almost reminds me more of a Tripel minus the Belgian candy sugar. The flavor isn't as intense as the nose. Sweet toffee comes through right off the bat followed closely by vanilla bean, and toasted grains. Sweet bruised fruits like apple and pears with just a hint of alcohol burn at the very tail of the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is light and crisply carbonated. It's what I expected from a Trappist Brewery. It's a really good beer.

hwwty4, Mar 19, 2010
Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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