1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

Not Rated.
Trappistes Rochefort 6Trappistes Rochefort 6

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,021 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,021
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 141
Gots: 235 | 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)
View: Beers (3) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Trappistes Rochefort 6 Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,021 | Reviews: 914 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a very hazy murky medium brown color with two fingers of light tan fine bubbled head that lingers for a bit and leaves a decent amount of lacing
S: nice malty character, slight bits of licorice that im assuming is from star of anise
T: good malt character in the front, slight licorice in the middle and finishes with a nice nutty bit
M: medium carbonation, thin, smooth, finishes with what i would call a cooling character
O: a nice beer, smooth and complex, drinks really nice

Photo of EStreet20
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

A - Great look, a dark golden bnrown color. The head is a little thinner than I expected but it sustains nicely and laces the glass like crazy. Gorgeous.

S - A lot of fruit up front, possibly some tart apples. Alcohol kick in there and some spiciness. A little bit of a dark fruit (grape/plum) on the nose as well. Well done.

T - A nice malty "Dark bread" taste on the initial sip. A nice nutty flavor with some alchohol on the finish. A nice taste.

M - Feels very nice in the mouth, a bit dry of a finish but the spiciness gives it a good feel.

D - Very good drinkability. The flavors aren't as complex as the 8 or 10 but still very interesting. A nice drinkable beer overall.

Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Poured a murky light brown color with a fizzy white head filling the top of the glass. The fizz settled down to leave a thin frothy layer barely covering the beer.

The aroma has a moderate malty, sweet flavor to it with some caramel and a bit of fruitiness. Appealing and flavorful aroma but maybe just a tad light overall.

The taste shows a lot of caramel and toffee, with just some hints of dark fruits. It finishes with some malty sweetness that lingers. Much lighter then the 8 or 10, but still very flavorful and tasty beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe even a little below. Carbonation is high and feels very bubbly at first, but it smooths out a bit as it warms. Drinkability is good, I really liked it and it was a great choice to drink after dinner tonight. It was very flavorful and at the same time not as heavy as their other offerings.

Photo of dasenebler
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz. bottle. Pours a hazy medium amber, with red highlights and small floaties. Small one-finger head, with a thin layer remaining.

The aroma is full of yeasty goodness, with hints of ripe fruit and a batter-like, buttery aroma that is quite nice.

Bready, cakey and buttery malt flavor predominates with a touch of banana. This is obviously the lightest of the Rochefort offerings, and it shows in terms of flavor and complexity. That characteristic yeast flavor--almost lactic-- is still there, however. The alcohol is well-integrated as always, and the mouthfeel is aggressively bubbly, but not laborious.

Gentlemen, meet the monk's session beer. And it's still 7.5 percent. Damn.

Photo of bennetj17
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown color, cloudy, with quarter inch white head, decent retention. Plenty of visible active carbonation and fine lacing also. Smell has notes of subtle grape, nutty chocolate, rasin, and a bit of spice. Taste is sweet and raisiny, which fades some after a moment, finish is slightly chocolatey and alcoholic. Flavors of belgian yeast are noticible and it it also has a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is really nice on this one, loads of carbonation, medium thickness, very smooth and coating. Drinkablity scores well as the alcohol is not overly strong, but the flavor is not as imaginitive as the Rochefort 8, nor the 10. You still have to try it though...

Photo of Tim725
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cherry amber with piles of pink-tinged tan froth that settles to film that sticks with a steady stream of trailers up the middle.
Wax, dough, flowers, stone fruit, slight barnyard tang and fresh herbs on the nose - deep and complex.
Cherry scone, cinnamon, golden raisins, unripe red plum and yellow apple, a touch of wax, then clove and star anise to end.
Apple skin finish and numbing Canada mint linger.
Light to medium, fizzy, a bit of heat, creamy, crisp.

Great nose, and orchard fruit notes are there, but all a bit understated. Residual sugars give it nice body as it opens, managing to be both smooth and crisp. Not as big as the Achel nor as deep as the Westmalle, though maybe more drinkable for it. In balance, though I don't note any particular hop character.

Buckeye is right (no shock there) in that this is a lighter example of the style (no figs), but very well done for that.

Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10 has been a long-time favorite which I've enjoed the world over - but I think I neglect the 6 and 8 too much as a result. So, let's pop a red-cap:

Best before July 24th, 2013. Served lightly chilled. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

Sienna body which lights up a clear rust color, though the immense amount of lees stiring around the glass makes the clarity difficult to appreciate. A solid creamy finger of soft wheat colored foam is flecked with minute brown blades of yeast. Infinite retention, thick uniform lacing, and a razor's edge of clear legs coat the sides.

Alcohol and yeast work together to form a unique aromatic blend - fine sherry, prunes, figs, apple skins - with phenols emerging as the ale warms, represented by light nutmeg and cinnamon atop fresh cream.

Malt, cream, and a gentle herbal quality on the palate. There is some sweetness (variably coming across as honey/mead or caramel) - with a very low but detectable bitterness helping dry out the finish. Hints of blood orange, melon, attic, and other vagaries. Yeast seems to be doing more of the work than the malt.

Effervescent, somewhat light-bodied, with the alcohol fully hidden from view.

The 6 while expertly crafted is better with food than served as a meal of its own.

Photo of trappistlover
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(11.2oz bottle). Pours cloudy dark amber color with huge chunky, khaki head. Small, active carbonation bubbles. Aroma has lots of dark fruit, candied sugar, florals and caramel. Taste is sweet malt-more like caramel-than the aggressive malt than I’m used to in a Rochefort. Also getting some herbal/earthy notes. Thin to medium bodied with a slick texture. Finish is smooth. A very nice beer.

Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a serving of Rochefort 6 during Tom Peters' presentation at BrewExpo 2006. The ale is cool to room temperature.

Appearance: The ale is a deep brown color with a whitish head. The ale has a significant amount of sediment in it.

Smell: The ale has a deep aroma of fruits and yeast. The fruits that come to mind are dates and figs, darker fruits.

Taste: The beer is a taste explosion, with a multitude of deep fruity flavors and a low alcohol taste. The yeast used added to that depth.

Mouthfeel: The ale's complexity is incredible and hard to quantify. Suffice to say that is a very well made beer that tastes great.

Drinkability: This is the most drinkable of the Rochefort line, it is at once chewy and smooth. Well worth a look as it will be much more readily available in the US now.

Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: served in a small st. bernie chalice, 6 is a medium-dark amber in color, holding an off-white head fed by a stream of bubbles from the bottom

s: amber malts on the nose - apple and raisin, nice fall fruits with a balanced showing of browned sugar, yeasts provide light esters, it's got a general earthy/musty/cellar vibe going on, solid

m: effervescent on the tongue with a lighter body, though showing a touch of malty body

t: opens with red apple and raisin, equal pull from the amber malts and estery belgian yeast - both mild alone but creating nice effect together, noble hops aged and subdued, delicately spicy finish

d: drinkability is strong here, nice flavors with a crisp finish

330 ml from WF, Arlington

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy brown with a thick head – not too much lacing. The smell is quite malty and a bit sour. The taste is very malty and somewhat sour - the alcohol is noticeable. There is slight bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full but not thick or chewy. The carbonation is very apparent. This is a delicious beer that I’d love to drink often.

Photo of frank4sail
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle lugged back from the promised land. Dated 15 05 07. Light brown carbonated look in tyhe goblet. Off white nice head on the pour with nice lacing. Some chunky friends are also present iin the goblet. Nutty brown sugar cookie dough nose. Full smooth mouth. Cocoa and cookie dough taste dominate upfront with a slightly astringent dry plum finish. Interesting, smooth and full flavored.

Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernadus chalice very good, glad to finally try the 6 as for some reason this seems the hardest to find.

A - orangy haze about one finger head.

S - yeasty, bread perhaps some grapes.

T - definately belgian, grapes, almost wine like.

M - tart, seams like there is a lot of yeast and foam in the mouth.

D Very good - strong and I know if I were offered it I would not turn this down defanite sipper though.

Photo of BeerLover729
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears translucent with dark copper color and a small, but nice, pillowy head that fades but never dissappears in my chalice. The smell is very light although complex with detectable aroma's of caramel and cloves. The taste is dry with a light creamyness and butterscotch/caramel finish with subdued Belgian yeast spiceyness. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with small tight bubbles that are relatively soft. This beer went down well and I would not hesitate to drink several of them in a sitting (if I could afford it). Good beer.

Photo of Sigmund
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, at the 32nd Cambridge Beer Festival. Served directly from the fridge. Had to wait half an hour before I could drink it. Strange thing with British pubs and beer festivals - they’re very conscious that their native cask ales should be served at cellar temperatures, but foreign bottled beers are served ice cold, no matter what! Barnyard aroma with notes of dried fruits and oak, improves as the beer warms up. Flavour has much of the same elements as Rochefort 8 and 10, just on a more moderate scale. Dried fruits, brown sugar, tobacco, oak.

Photo of avalon07
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a chalice, it had a dark brown color and a thick texture. Had a big, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: This had an aroma rich in yeast, malt and a variety of fruits. Nicely done.

T: This one's flavor had a sharpness to it, mainly due to the fruits (cherries, apples, et.,al.) and the malt. A solid, well-balanced flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a smooth finish.

D: This is a decently drinkable beer. If you like the style, it's recommended.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 3/10/2015. Pours murky reddish brown color with a 1 finger foamy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, molasses, bread, toffee, earth, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Very nice and complex aromas with nice strength. Very big on the dark fruits. Taste of raisin, caramel, prune, molasses, biscuit, toffee, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Light dark fruit tang on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, toffee, molasses, biscuit, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; with plenty of robust flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy, slick, and slightly prickly mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. Nice flavor balance, depth, and complexity; and extremely smooth to sip on. No complaints, very enjoyable.

Photo of diamondc
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By 090316

Loved the 10, meh on the 8. Huge head on the pour, with close to zero lacing. Dark amber hue, with a cap of foam a few minutes after the head subsided. I get dark fruits on the nose, blueberries, raspberriesl. Some raisin, fig, fruitcake aromas too. Clove, bread, kola nut, light cherry, and a mineral water like aftertaste. A bit different taste profile from typical Belgian dark ales. I dig it.

Photo of illidurit
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Rather light color for the style. Hazy pumpkin orange instead of the traditional medium brown. Nice beige head leaves gobs of lace. Aroma is essentially a fruit basket. Grapes, pears, apples, figs, dates. Flavor contains many of the same notes but also a caramel maltiness, lots of yeast, and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is very effervescent, which makes it hard to drink until the beer has breathed for several minutes.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carries complexity, but a tolerable amount of it. Starts off frothy in the mouth and rides for a few seconds before formally closing with a citrus-esqe end. It lingers though in the mouth and you get a thick somewhat hearty flavor when you move your mouth. Overall this won’t be my favorite Belgian brew, and certainly not what I consider the best by the Trappists, but it’s still good.

Photo of dbatch
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a Duvel chalice. Date on bottle was 22 03 11.

A: Pours a dark copper/walnut color, with quite a bit of head that subsided fairly quickly. The head was a cream color, and there was no lacing at all.

S: This was a real treat. Very sweet and malty up front with some fruity surprises, including grape and plum. The malt aroma was a burnt caramel/toffee.

T: Sweet and malty up front, fruity to follow. The burnt caramel is there, along with a grape flavor that is odd and good at the same time.

M: Very thin, decent carbonation but not too much, I didnt get the alcohol flavor or feel that others got.

D: Pretty easy, this is not a session beer, it is definitely one to be enjoyed.

Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright garnet until the yeast is dumped in which turns it a muddy brown. A nice mat of off-white head laces nicely.

Dry breadiness mixed with notes of dark fruits, brown sugar, and an herbaceous undercurrent. Lightly fruity from the yeast with some plum and pear. It's super dry all the way through, which combined with the high level of carbonation really lends an airy, fluffy mouthfeel. The dryness also makes it extremely easy, almost too easy, to drink in quantity and the alcohol is bascially unnoticeable.

Overall, it lacks some of the flavor punch of the other Trappists, but it's also one of the most easy drinking out there.

Photo of Jonada
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Best before 9th of August 2017

Appearance: Pours a dark rusty orange color with 2 fingers of an off white head. Body is hazy with medium carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Raisins, banana bread, fig, candi sugar, toasted bread, red apple

Taste: Dark bread, Belgian yeast, lots of dark fruit (raisin in particular), overripe apples. No alcohol presence,

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. High carbonation.

Overall: Very good dubbel and my favorite of the 3 Rochefort beers. Definitely worth an occasional purchase.

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty smelling beer, molasses malts meet flowery hops. Some grapes or raisins too. Poors with a very small beige head that disappears completely. Color is a muddy brown with a red tinge, thick with small particles. Flavor is nice, but nothing jumps out too much at me. Texture starts creamy and then fininshes dry and metallicy in the back of the mouth. Carbonation is lively, but the beer isn't quite as alive. This brew is good, but I have had better Abbey Dubbels.

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
93 out of 100 based on 2,021 ratings.