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Trappistes Rochefort 6 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 6Trappistes Rochefort 6

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Wegomlegging
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark tan pour with perfect head, careful to keep the sediment in the bottle. Scent of faint candy sugar and maltiness. Refreshing flavors, yeast, malt, small floral presence in the finish. Heavy carbonation in the mouth, but smoothes out nicely. A fine beer.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Inviting dark maple with an orange hue, cloudy with a huge off white head. Looks awesome.

Smell: Fruity esters, sweet alcohol, apples, notes of pear, maybe a little of banana.

Taste: Ripe fruit, sweet malt, subtle and pleasant alcohol, complex.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, finishes clean and dry, medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: A great beer, so drinkable and complex, delicious. Well built and definitely a trappist. Not as multi-dimensional as Chimay in my opinion, a little more alcohol presence.


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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice. I wish the glass was a little larger because I had to pour very slowly to get it into the glass since the head was thick and lively. Tan with good retention. I reserved most of the yeast in the bottle not pouring it in the glass.

Dark caramel brown color.

Fruity and complex nose. banana, plum, fig, even some apple. bready and malty. Real nice.

Nice round malt structure; combination of ripe dark fruits and some tartness. nut bread. Not over the top sweet.

Really nicely balanced, complex, ample carbonation to release flavors. Hints of alcohol, wine/port. Head sticks around a long time.

I also have the Rochefort 8 and 10 and am looking forward to trying.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the 330 ml. bottle marked 080915-10:20. Sampled on January 16, 2013.

The pour is a handsome looking medium to dark amber/brown with a light tan head and a significant amount of yeast sediment floating around the glass.

The aroma is quite an array of scents including malts, yeast, prune, plum, raisin, fig, and toffee.

The body is about medium and smooth.

The taste is much like the aroma with sweet barley malts, dark fruits, and a roasted finish. This is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of HabiMendes
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I simply fell in love for the Rochefort 6 - an inviting aroma, but a vigorously carbonated taste. I was ready to come up with criticism if necessary, but in the end I had a joyful experience that will definitely be repeated and, in fact, expanded with other Trappist beers.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slim 330 ml bottle, poured into a chalice yields a murky orangey-brown body capped with a fine head of pale ecru foam that recedes rapidly into a bubbly ring that remains throughout the drink, but leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell is fine and fruity with a dry malty background and a little spice. Notes of Sweet Betsy, Golden Delicious apples, flue-cured tobacco, banana, Ranier cherries, ripe figs, and a plummy, brown sugary zip tickle the nose.

Taste is fruity and wonderfully luscious with tones of fresh red grapes, mushy apples, orange-infused dark caramel, and a note of greenish banana rolled in crispy brown sugar. Despite all the fruity flavors, the beer finishes on a dry malty note that balances the drink very well.

Trappistes Rochefort 6 is one excellent drink, featuring fine flavors and a carbonation profile that I can only describe as "perfect". This is a special beer, to be sure, but were it not for the considerable expense involved in doing so, I'd regularly stock my fridge with it, bust it out after mowing the lawn, drink it for breakfast, put it in a beer bong, take it fishing, Hell... if it were a gal, I'd marry it!

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Photo of ofosho
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at about the right temperature, whatever that may be.

A - Murky amber in color with a thin but tight head - I could've poured it better. Nice bubble patterns on top.

S - Caramel, toffee, John's Delight (a favorite dessert of mine - bread pudding with molasses and raisins...), and a distinct burst of yummy, juicy tropical fruit come through in an awesome bouquet of aromas.

T, M, D - Very much like the aroma, 6 boasts subtle caramel notes along with a robust raisiny character. The spiciness of Belgian yeast shines midway through the swallow, and the beer finishes smoothly with just a hint of alcohol. Creamy but goes down well. A tad soda-like, however; perhaps this lack of "fullness" is due to having tried the 10 last night.

Would love to have more than the one I've got, though.

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Photo of Swill5786
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, light brown. Sediment standard for bottle conditioned Belgian ale. Carbonation going crazy on the pour and while yeast settles. Activity on the surface is transfixing - head gone quickly but there's something happening still... Smell is fruit, caramel, and, with the visible particles of yeast floating about, bready in nature. Taste is complex, malty and slightly sour at the outset. Tiny bit of hops bitterness at the back. Carbonation higher, alcohol taste lower than it's 8 and 10 cousins. Medium/heavy body with a sweet, dry finish. One will be quite satisfying.

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Photo of sevopie
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky brown with a mild tan head that dies quickly.

Noticeably sweet with heavy brown sugar and dark fruit, with the alcohol poking through at the end.

Lighter than the other 2 Rochefort beers, this might have the best taste of all 3. Again noticeably sweet with a ton of dark fruit (fig, raisin, date) on the initial flavor, with lighter fruits making their way through to the finish (apple, apricot) and a tinge of chocolate. Alcohol is very light, but sticks on the tongue a bit.

Medium body with a healthy dose of carbonation. The carbonation works well to accent the lighter fruit flavors and give the beer a well rounded complexity.

This is my favorite Rochefort brew simply for its drinkability. Its so hard to find, but well worth it when you do. Its easily lighter than the other 2 in flavor profile, but still maintains a vast array of flavors and complexity.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Rochefort glass.

A: An inviting chestnut brown, nearly transparent at the edges, with small bubbles drifting on the surface and some noticeable sediment on the bottom.

S: It smells like a cross between buttermilk biscuits and pumpernickel bread with spices and beer tossed in. Fruity undersmell is warming and pleasant.

T: Magnificent! The taste is difficult for me to describe. It's sharp and dry with light, tart fruit presence like small apples or persimmons. These flavours are magnified by carbonation in the main taste, along with a tinge of bitterness from what I can only assume to be hops. The aftertaste is long, dry, spicy-bready, and leaves the tongue tingling.

M: Sharp, crisp, and tingly. Engaging, enduring, enjoyable.

D: As much as I adore the Rochefort 10, this may be the abbey's best beer. It's well-balanced, accessible, delicious, and light enough to drink several. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great all around beer. Pours a cloudy brown color with little flakes floating around in it, and a moderate sized head. Smell hints of apricots, but really has a unique smell similar to the 8 and 10 Rocheforts. The taste is wonderful. Slight carbonation, but the main taste is fruity but dull... a bit like unsweetened apple juice. Also a bit of carmel in the finish, but hard to look for. A must-try beer.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love them trappist beers. This one (Rocerfort 6) pours a light brown with excellent head retention. Sediment could also be seen floating around the glass. There were some enticing chocolate, bread and fuit smells going on in this one, which all seemed to get stronger as the beer warmed to room temperature. Taste had loads of fruits such as figs and grapes, with a bit of caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel was light to medium, and oh so smooth on the palate. This was easily the most drinkable of the three offerings from Rochefort. Kudos to the brothers for suggesting pairing it with some soft cheeses. I used some Chimay cheese and crumbled goat cheese on what crackers. In short, great beer. Cheers

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Big fluffy head and spectacular lacing.

Aroma - There is a very nice fruity aroma and just a touch of alcohol.

Taste - Tart taste of not yet ripe fruit up front followed by fully fermented vinous fruits, impeccably clean finish.

Mouthfeel - For this style and character of beer this mouthfeel is simply perfect.

Drinkability - Awesome beer, however... I think it is too good to drink too much of (if that makes any sense).

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks simply perfect. Poured from the bottle into a chalice the body is rich and dark while the head remains thick and fluffy. Bubbles and lace abound.

Aromas of fruit and spices waft out of the glass. Sour cherry and figs, caramel and Belgian candy sugar. As it warms in the glass the aromas transition to a bit darker of a complexion. More Earthy, mahogany, faint milk chocolate even.

Flavor is exactly what you want from a Belgian Dark, though slightly subdued compared to some. Its got the rich and creamy malts. Hops are well hidden. Black cherry and cooked apple skin. Finish is sweet with a kiss of alcohol fume into the nose. Just a very good beer all around.

The label is stamped:

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

Rochefort 6 (AGED: VINTAGE 1990s) (Rating 9/10) - 7.5 ABV - 6 September 2007

This is again an aged trappist ale from Wim hailing from Netherlands. This one did not disappoint me but after having a fan-frigging-tastic 1984 or 85 La Trappe Dubbel, it is hard to beat that unless you are a well aged Chimay Blue or a Westy. Well this Rochefort 6 is still, a pretty well
aged beer, most probably from the mid 90s or even late 90s; it has the old Rochefort label too. Anyway, this beer, like most vintage beers pours out a brownish color with little of a head and has a nice light foamy lacing. It smells of strong fruits and has the typical aged beer smell
which I detected in all my vintage beers thus far. Even at this age the Rochefort 6's taste is not something that hits you like the 1984 La Trappe Dubbel; some yeast and breadiness on entry but not significant; the taste is sufficiently strong and obvious and is mainly plums and maybe some berries; not exactly a very rich fruity taste but pretty tasty all the same and leaving some plum aroma on the nose. The finish brings more plums on to the nose and was a very soothing plum taste
to transit into the after taste which was plums, berries and grapes. The after taste lingers on for quite a bit before fading away with a raisin or grape backing. Mouth feel on this one is between medium to thin body; as like the contemporary Rochefort 6, it is a little too thin for its style;
carbonation is still pretty high for this one like the contemporary one but quickly drops over time. Smoothness and drinkability was simply revolutionary; it is as smooth, drinkable and refreshing as water but of course with the greatness of Rochefort 6 itself. I have never had a beer this smooth, drinkable and refreshing before and this part of it sets it apart really positively. Overall it is definitely a notch better than the contemporary Rochefort 6 and I would call it a well aged and pretty fruity tasty beer with a revolutionary smoothness and refreshing nature.

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Photo of roblowther
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't belive I never reviewed this. Someone strip me of my "I wanna be a monk" card. Pours dark brown with a very noisy, frothy light tan head that settles quickly without much lace. Smell is caramel malt, some citrus fruits, and a hint of wood. Taste is plums, followed by a dry woodiness. There is some citrus up front but when the wood hits....this just sounds wrong somehow...it dries out completely. The finish is dry and a touch sharp. IMHO it is a perfect example of what a dubbel tastes like. The mouthfeel is aggresively carbonated and seems a bit lighter than you'd expect from the taste or the look. Overall, its fantastic. It's only held back by the yeast strain constantly reminding me of the 10, which has the same flavor notes but more complexity. But this is a great, great example of the style.

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

A- A murky brown color with some ruby red hues throughout. The head is off white, small ring of lacing above a creamy cap. Lacing did progessively get better as I drank.

S- Aroma of chocolate caramel nutty malt filled the room. This BSDA is much different from most because I'm not picking up any dark fruits. This is all about the malt.

T- Oh man that's good stuff. Follows the nose to a tee. The flavor starts off on the weaker side and then comes the gooey heavenly malt. This was all about showcasing the rich malt to me. The spice, yeast, and hops were an afterthought.

M- This has a light feel for the style, but the carbonation really seems to beef it up. Creamy smooth, rather dry.

O- This doesn't really taste like a Belgian ale IMO, it almost reminds me of a Scotch ale. This one had about 3 years age on it and it was just fantastic. Maybe my favorite from Rochefort, definitely finished this one the quickest.

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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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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 967 ratings.