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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 2,049
Reviews: 919
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 146
Gots: 257 | FT: 7
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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 Jesstyr
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served into a chimay chalice at gingerman in Norwalk

A: Pours with strong head and excellent lacing. Dark Brown, nearly black tone. Very nice.

S: Not particularly strong, but very pleasant. Belgian sugar, and light fruityness.

T: Really very smooth and enjoyable. Nothing strong or overwhelming. Light sugar, and dark fruit, but finish is so smooth and without alcohol.

D/M: Easy to drink and incredibly smooth and full. A great beer with a nice soup or strong cheese.

Rochefort makes a tremendous beer, and while I prefer #8, #6 is worth a drink.

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

Impressive look. Rich reddish brown color with an oatmeal colored head. Huge fluffy latte froth, rocky, sticky and lace forever.
A sweet soapy nose, yeasty and slightly fruity. Then there's a hint of something like roasted meat. It doesn't seem out of place.
The flavor is a bittersweet wash of toasted malt, butter and stewed fruit. A modest finish of bitter hops sets up an herbal yeasty aftertaste. Occassionally a flash of something slightly salty.
Medium bodied with a nice mouth filling carbonation. The hint of saltiness gives it a seltzery feel at times. Unusual, but not unpleasant.
While this is my least favorite of the Rochefort beers, it's still a treat.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served fairly cold into a wine glass, at the hotel after picking up a bottle last night. 330 ml bottle.

Appearance - nice coppery brown color in the light. A large two finger head is poured and subsides fairly quickly into some wispy foam. Plenty of sediment in the glass too.

Smell - lots of cherries melded in with Christmas baking, also a signature Rochefort smell, that's hard to describe, but the 10 has it as well. I Can smell that this is a boozy beer too. Some other dark fruits for good measure.

Taste - the cherries come through here again with some other dark fruit, maybe plums. Spicy taste at the end of the sip although the aftertaste doesn't last long. A bit of a soda-ish quality to it to in that the flavour just evaporates out of your mouth. The heat is a little more than I'd enjoy out of a dubbel.

Mouthfeel - spicy, finishes boozy and well carbonated throughout. Drier than expected finish. The alcohol has an incredible warming effect in the back of throat. Different than I was expecting but not unpleasant.

Overall - very good dubbel with absolutely wonderful aromatics. The rest of the beer was a bit of a letdown, but that's only when comparing with the magical 10 and 8. Still one of the best dubbels on the market and a must try for Belgian lovers.

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Nice dark mahogany. Good bit of sediment. One fingered light tan head with good lacing.

S - Caramel. Spicey with some hints of fruit.

T - Very malty with a mild bitterness. Sweet and fruity too.

M - Smooth and medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

O - Great beer. Will definitely buy again.

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

Pours a hazy brown, with a huge tan head that overflows the glass. Smell is of solvent alcohol and chocolate. Taste is bready, tea-like, with a hint of smoke. A hint of tartness in the finish. Low hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich, low, smooth carbonation. Drinks below its 7.5% abv, hides its alcohol well. A very good beer, though quite pricey at $5 for a 11.2oz bottle, I probably wont have this too often.

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

08/11/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best before 2009 date. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Man, I really need a Rochefort chalice.

Appearance- If you were to melt down milk chocolate, this it the color your would get. Light brown and cloudy looking with bits of yeast cemented to the bottom of the glass. Lacing was a little better than average.

Smell- Not a huge smell as I would have expected from a Dark Strong Ale. But, you can detect some chocolate and some dark fruit scents.

Taste- Lots of malt for sure. Toasty and roasty flavor. Kinda like a brown sugar flavor. Maybe carob flavor. Not really raisins, but maybe plums and prunes. The flavors would really come out more probably if I held on to it another two years or so.

Mouthfeel- At first it was a bit overcarbonated. As it cooled it became very creamy and svelt. Coated your mouth with a skim chocolate milk-like quality.

Drinkability- My first sampling of a Rochefort brew and so far I am impressed. Wish I has another I could age for a year or two and compare. Otherwise I would definitely recommend this brew even as is.

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

I'm a little less impressed with the Rochefort 6 as opposed to the more potent varieties of the 8 and 10. The beer left me a little disappointed, but that is a very relative statement and I'm comparing this one against the Rochefort 8 and 10. The beer pours a nice hazy brown mahogany color with a nice creamy thick off white head. Some lacing going on, and very good retention. The nose is much more subtle that I would have liked. I'm getting a range of sweet malts, some fruity esters, a tad bit of yeastiness, maybe some slight roasted molasses type notes. The nose is just too faint for my liking.

The taste is quite good, but it doesn't have the full palate of flavors that I would have wanted. There are some sweet candied sugar notes, some roasted notes, some brown sugar fermentation, some slight rum soaked fig or raisin, with a bit of ABV hidden underneath. There is a slight throatiness to the beer, and a touch of the prickly mouthfeel carbonation typical of the style. This is a good beer, but it does lack some of the punch of the Rochefort 8 and 10, although it has less ABV and less throatiness.

Update feb 2010: I would add that the beer has plenty of carbonation, a good bit of yeastiness, the head has a slightly foamy and fizzy head. The nose is quite nice, subtle, but still nice. I would add points here. There are some definite phenols in this beer, lots of prickly mouthfeel, a slightly sourish fig or raisiny flavor too.

Photo of number1bum
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly reddish, mahogany color with a finger and a half of fizzy tan head. Despite its fizzy nature the head does keep quite well, with a full lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. Impressive.

Smell is full of sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Below the surface are some dark fruits, which do come out a bit more as it warms. There is also a persistent woodsy sort of aroma.

Taste is also pretty sweet but doesn't finish sweet. There is nothing about this that is cloying, in fact, it's somewhat dry in the finish. There is caramel malt, brown sugar and molasses, and also a good deal of dark fruit like the smell. Raisins and prunes come to mind. There seems to be a nuttiness here, as well. It's well balanced and quite smooth, and subtly complex, but it doesn't quite have a 'wow' factor and doesn't quite pop with flavor enough to warrant a higher score.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but feels a bit thinner than that, and also is hurt by overcarbonation. The fizzy pour didn't lie - it's fizzy in the mouth, too. Still, it has a nice smoothness and finishes quite clean and dry. In fact, it's very drinkable owing to the smooth, balanced flavor.

Overall a very good beer, but not mind blowing. Much better than the 8; now it's on to the 10.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish-brown color with a 1/2 finger of off-white head. Slightly hazy from the yeast.

S: Candy sweet on the nose - cherry and plum; Belgian sugar and Jolly Ranchers.

T: Much more restrained than the nose - musty and slightly bitter up front from the yeast. Sweet cherry and other dark fruit in the finish.

M: Full bodied and a long dry finish.

D: A very good beer all around. It's not Rochefort 10, but still an extremely high-quality brew.

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

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Gorgeous slightly hazy light brown body with a lacy head that revives itself with each swirl.

Smells of fruits, malt and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is light but still decently complex. Some fig and a variety of fruits, some clove and of course, malt. Bread as well. Catch a hint of chocolate at the end with a bit of that alcohol from the nose.

Mouthfeel is so light and refreshing for a strong dark ale, greatly in part from the high carbonation.

I agree completely with another reviewer who said this drinks more like a dubbel, had to check twice to make sure it was classified as an SDA. Rating it within its style, it loses half a point for that overall. This is really an easy one to take down...

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

Poured a somewhat dark brown with a large slightly off white head. Good lacing but not as much as I was expecting.

Smelled of dates, raisins and alcohol, with caramel present as well.

Tasted much as it smelled, with perhaps a hint of apple also and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel as a little on the thin side, but it somehow seemed just about perfect for this beer. Good carbonation present.

An excellent beer, but it does come at a price. If it were cheaper I'd enjoy this more often, but for now it's a "once in a while" type offering.

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

well first of all i have been waiting a long time to try real trappist ale. i bought the rochefort 6,8,and 10. this is the first i decided to try hopefully im saving the best(10) for last... well im not dissapointed at all from this one its pretty much what i expected. the most suprising thing was the ammount of carbonation probably. i had read in other reviews that this was like the light version of trappist ale and with a ABV of 7.5 you could have fooled me to around 5% which is a good thing because the alcohol doesnt overwhelm the taste of the ale. I like it a lot and really respect and enjoy the quality put into brewing this. i will probably re review this later on when ive tried the other 2

Photo of Tim725
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of blaje
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As upon opening, this beer bursted out of the bottle... High Carbonation, big time! Is this infection? Cannot say for sure but hope not, because it is a unique bottle from a private import. Already taste this beer few time in belgium, but haven't noted anything for a review. This is my first tasting of this beer in about 5 years.

This beer was served in a sniffer. It revealed itself red/brown reminiscent of Flanders beers. The head is overwhelmingly thick, about 5cm and off-white in colour. Crackling nose, like a soft drink poured rapidly, is heard from the glass. Weird! Lots of heavy large flaky chunks of yeast floating around. Nice things about this is that they're sedimenting quite rapidly.

Nose: Fruits are dominating. Maraschino cherries are very perceptible, had Strawberries. Caramel and toffee is present too, but not as present as the fruit smell.

Mouthfeel is deferent. Less fruity then the nose. Figs and caramel. Carbonation is a perfect representation of the opening, high, almost fizzy, but this tends to fade in after a few minutes.

Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber and cloudy color. One inch head with decent retention and slight lacing. Smells slightly of alcohol, some hops, dark malts, and slight fruity aroma. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Smooth and slightly thick mouth feel. The bitterness is quite noticeable. There's an average carbonation level present. Tastes of alcohol, some fruit, and strong dark malt. The hops aren't there as far as a flavor, but the bitterness is present. There is an interesting chalk-like flavor and an associated acidic tartness that is hard to define. These lower the drinkability, but add a complexity to the flavor.

Photo of stephendr
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle- color of extremely dark honey, with a thick tan head - nose of raisins, apricots, and slight orange – taste of raisins, apricots, and slight orange - body is light, and with low to medium carbonation – aftertaste of raisins, apricots, orange, and malt

Photo of dasenebler
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

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 machostacos
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from red-capped bottle into a pint glass. Best by 4/11/14.

A: Pours a rich amber/ruby with a tall, soapy cream-colored head that thins down to a small layer that rests atop the beer. Little to no lacing. Lots of chunky crud floating around in my glass...not sure how I feel about it. Tons of bubbles screaming to the top of the glass.

S: Light aroma. Buttery toffee, bread, a little smoke, tobacco. Buttery sweet campfire-esque. A little dark fruit character peeks in, but just for a second.

T: The butter and toffee notes are forward here with that lovely smoky tobacco character. A little bready/biscuity, a little sweet. Sort of dry. Getting some of those dark fruits - prune and date; adds a mild sticky sweetness. Tastes like a liquid version of my pipe tobacco, which is a good thing! Hard to describe otherwise (and makes me want to light up my pipe to enjoy with it!)

M: Nice and chewy with excellent carbonation (maybe a little too much.) Full and mouth-coating.

O: I like this one. It doesn't hold a candle to its biggest brother in terms of complexity and overall awe, but it's not meant to. A very enjoyable, albeit lighter overall Belgian Dark from the legendary Trappistes Rochefort.

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

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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