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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 942
Hads: 2,209
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 182
Gots: 337 | 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 Thehuntmaster
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (1,508 characters)

Photo of scottyshades
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (1,145 characters)

Photo of Douglas14
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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 (544 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of tapman
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (1,162 characters)

Photo of boldcity2008
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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 (784 characters)

Photo of markaberrant
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of bilbobrewer
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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.
Cheers. (619 characters)

Photo of Kraken
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of paleoplant
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of expatsteve
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (904 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of TommyW
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of bort11
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of necoadam
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Smells like egg bread from a Jewish deli. The kind that are braided and scorched on top, almost black, but not quite. There's Chocolate ice cream too...it is a deep, protein-rich, milky smell that is inviting and even exquisitely balanced. Coffee, burning cuban cigars, cognac/oloroso emerge in time.
Don't get me wrong. This is an appealing beer. On the palate it is creamy, easy and just suggestive of French roast, cherries and frothy milk. Give it to your friends who suckle Boddingtons. They might come around. As for me, I'll take a living beer brewed by monks every time, even if it wasn't so darn gosh silky. (627 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Instantly recognizable from the far side of the beer store, the 33cl brown glass bottle oozes understated class as it sits on the shelf with just the classic looking cream label with just the words, ‘Trappistes Rochefort’ in a Germanic looking calligraphic font. Underneath is a white ‘6’ encased in a red circle and simply flanked with the words ‘Biere’ and ‘Bier’. The Authentic Trappist hexagon logo, a recycling symbol and a picture of the correct glassware to use with a suggested serving temperature of 12° à 14°. A modern day bar code and the date ‘15 05 07’ stamped on the front completes the main obverse label. The reverse label thankfully hides all of the absolute bollocks demanded by the “nanny knows best” US Government, but this at least gives the Importer the chance to translate the SI Units the rest of the world uses; the bottle is 11.2 fl.oz and you should serve this at 54-58°F in the USA. Even packed in a segregated cardboard box, the familair red and white cap with the encircled '6' continues to promote the heavenly contents.

Appearance: Simply fantastic appearance. A long gone broken Trappistes Rochefort glass is much missed, so Brother Westvleteren was quickly pulled out of a deep sleep to house this marvelous looking beauty. Carefully discharged from the bottle, it slides effortlessly down the curved sides aided by the clinging remnants of the fresh cold water that I used to rinse the Westie Goblet only moments earlier. The light tan head forms as the dark brown chestnut body rolls back on itself. Slightly turbid, it settles with a silk carpet head that never breaks it vow of retention. Light clinging lace. Perfect conditioning.

Nose: Biscuit malts with a delicate caramel cum chocolate aroma mixed with raisins, nuts and dark fruits. Just above average in strength, but very discernable nevertheless.

Taste: A myriad of flavors come and go as this Trappist is imbibed. Even this youngster has enough variation to retain interest throughout, and even beyond the 11.2 fluid ounces have long gone. A dubbel like malt middle is preceded with some light milk chocolate and biscuit with a delicate nutty feel. The ending is dry & malty with some palatable crushed raw malt grain in the texture. Finishes with a very long astringent ending.

Mouthfeel: Teflon smooth and exceptionally silky, the fine carbonation assists the ‘Six’ in literally coating the mouth like a warm thick woollen glove tightly covets a cold hand on a freezing day. Like a concrete foundation, the 7.5% alcohol is nowhere to be seen, but it is there, hidden from view, but most certainly doing its job.

Drinkability: Quite simply; “USQUE AD MORTEM BIBENDUM” - I certainly could.

Overall: Scintillating, awesome, inspiring, sheer bloody brilliance.

Don't let the '6' fool you!! It is no lesser a beer than the '8' or '10'. Quite simply, this is a Class Act AND a Classic beer.
Immensely interesting, and one of my all time favorites!
HIGHLY Recommended. (3,018 characters)

Photo of fastsrt
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 ounce bottle in a chalice
A: pours reddish brown, with a perfect beige head, looks perfect in the glass, but half way through there is nothing no lace at all.
S: dark fruits hint of hops
T: figs, sweetness, vast complexity just amazing.
M: medium body and just the right amount of carbonation to carry the beer to the finish. which is a bit sweet with lingering dark fruit.
D: I think the beer style for this one is wrong because this is a perfect double. I would love this to be my go to beer it is highly drinkable could drink 4 with ease, unfortunately at 5 bucks a bottle that will not happen. So when I reach for a rochfort it will be the 8 or 10 due to the fact one is satisfying. this is one of the best doubles I have ever had had It is better than Chimay rouge. too bad it's so expensive. (802 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7.5% ABV
I tried this beer on May 14, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a nice reddish-brown with a thin white head that lingered. The aroma was sweet roasted malt, yeast, caramel and brown sugar. The mouthful was medium to full bodied with medium high carbonation. The flavour was slightly sweet, yeasty, malty, toffee with plums and spice. A very good beer. (402 characters)

Photo of markovlad
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer, I have tried it before and its one of my favorites so far. I'm still a beginner here so I save 5s for maybe something better :)

A-bottle, looks nice :)

S-no strong smell

T-not to strong, relatively simple, but tasty.

M-has a little breeze in it, I love it. (277 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Round 4 of the 9-Round Trappapooza/Trappaganza '06 with expatsteve.

Pour: murky amber/mahogany/burgundy under a finger of fizzy white head that fizzles to a spotty coating.

Nose: kiwi/strawberry hops over chocolate malt, husky grains, rich funky dark fruits, bready yeast, toffee, creamy cinnamon yogurt and raisin oatmeal.

Taste: tart fruits up front, spicy yeast, tart booze, lactose/yogurt, cinnamon/nutmeg/cocoa powder finish.

Feel: rich, smooth, slick, slight grit, ephemeral booze/carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: very drinkable, loads of complexity and development for their "small" beer. Very aromatic as it warms, a pleasant surprise in my first of the 3 Rocheforts. (692 characters)

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.