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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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1,891 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,891
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 129
Gots: 194 | FT: 6
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-12-2002)
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Photo of BretSikkink
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Gorgeous thick and creamy head, several fingers deep, comes blasting out of the bottle atop a dark brown ale featuring maroon highlights and bottle conditioned haze. Lacing is full, thick and sticky.

There is plenty going on in the nose, including toasted malt and dark fruit, but it was a little light. Esters and a pinch of warming alcohol.

Carbonation and phenolic alcohols take the flavor off the palate a little quickly, so that the ripe fig, diacetyl and dark chocolate don't get a full chance to shine. The flavor is tasty but just a bit lacking in body and complexity.

At 7.5%, the baby brother of the Rochefort beers loses some ground to other Strong Darks due to thinness of body. Smooth and quite light for the color and flavor profile, partially due to the high carbonation. Very tasty Dark Ale, not quite the richness and complexity of the very best, but enjoyable and very drinkable for the style.

BretSikkink, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of cdkrenz
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Thick, frothy, fast-paced, light tan, small celled, loud, head.

S - Cidery, very soft apple, hint of alcohol, rich malt.

T - Extremely mild apricot in the beginning, hint of cola, sweet rich finish of rum. This is one of the most unique beers I've had before. The flavors are nothing like I was expecting. Based on the results... I'm fine with that.

M - Slightly bubbly, mild coarse texture, light, and rather airy.

~ This is a world renowned brewery to go along with a beer of equal value. It is worth the price.

cdkrenz, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of paco1029384756
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a large bubbly off white head.

Scent of dark fruit, sugar, earth, tobacco, grass and bready malts. Not too strong, just right for the strength.

Taste of dark fruit, molasses, oak, caramel, tobacco, and earth. Being two years old, it may be a bit past its prime, but it is still a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decent bite of carbonation.

paco1029384756, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of dubinsky
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

A - Poured into a my C&B Bruges Snifter. Pours a dark and hazy brown with a 3-finger bone color head after an aggressive pour that quickly receded leaving some nice lacing.

S - Not extremely aromatic. However i'm getting some malt, cola, raisin and other dark stone fruit. Some tropical fruit, overall sweet smelling.

T - Tastes like Dr. Pepper. Prunes, dates, figs, raisins and dark malts dominate this one. Very prominent coriander finish along with some bready banana.

M - Medium Body with light/tight carbonation which is rather creamy. Has a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a tasty Dark Ale, among the best that i have had in the style. I find nothing really wrong this this wonderful beer except that i wish it had more aroma. Very well done and drinkable.

dubinsky, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

I believe I picked this up at Shawan liquors around 6 months ago. Poured chilled from the 11.2oz'er into a goblet.

A - A medium wheat bread shade w/ 1 1/2 fingers of pale head w/ a fine bead. The clarity and retention are good w/ very sparse clinging lace

S - Candied raisins w/ toasted marshmallows and light biscuit and toffee w/ a light vanilla accent

M - The feel is pleasant w/ high carbonation, semi sweet feel w/ light spice and mild yeast w/ rather dry finish. The texture is moderately influenced with alcohol on the palate.

T - A dry toasted malt flavor w/ gentle almond notes and light honeyed date aspect w/ a golden pear flavor. The raisin note is gentle w/ nicely spiced sweet finish with a light cinnamon toast type taste

D - The drinkability is pretty good, not a beer I would drink often but an occasional dark belgian perhaps, I think it is very nicely nuanced and the abv is not noticeable to me.

Slatetank, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of xgrigorix
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Brown 33cl bottle. Best by date stamped on label.

Russet brown with garnett highlights. Off white head holds very well, and leaves plenty of sticky lace behind.

Aromas of raisins & prunes, with a little bit of spice mixed in for good measure.

Soft & sweet, dark fruit works its way around to slightly herbal flavours. Soft, fluffy, brisk carbonation. Excellent.

xgrigorix, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Served in the 11.2 oz bottle, into a goblet. The color is a dark red- brown, with a nice filmy white head. The smell is an apple/ester sweetness. The taste is apple/plum, with a very strong yeastiness, and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

Not a bad offering from Rochefort. Nice and mellow Rochefort taste, and not too much in the way of intoxication. Makes me almost want to give up the secular world to become a monk (almost!)

beergeek279, May 25, 2004
Photo of stckhndlr
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

A- A dark red orange amber with lots of carbonation rising from the bottom and a tan 2 finger head. Lacing is not bad

S- Dark fruit, malt and yeast and caramel. Traditional trappist smells.

T- has a yeasty malt flavor, a citric tinge with the dark fruit and a slight roasted flavor.

M- This one feels good, medium feel and a little carbonation

O- Overall this one is not bad, but clearly not as good as the 8 or the 10. But still a very good beer.

stckhndlr, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of grayburn
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Finally decided to grab this instead of the10, it was a tough decision, but I have no regrets.
Porsche a cloudy orange, bordering on brown. Huge rocky head to watch whilst I read brew like a monk.
Smell and taste are dominated by this boozey raisin and fig combo that is simply splendid. The yeast takes over about midway through, throwing some spicy phenols into the mix.
The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would like but finishes nice and dry. High carbonation leads to high drinkability. Very good beer, recommended.

grayburn, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

330ml bottle served in its own chalice.

A: Pours a cloudy amber to brow (nutty) color. Some particles can be seen floating around. Forms a huge beige head when poured but retention is medium to low. A small layer remains and some lacings are formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet and "bready". Caramel malts, toffee and Belgium yeasts. Dry dark fruits and alcohol

T: As suggested by the nose: Upfront is slightly sweet followed by bready and earthy yeasts. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, brown bread, dark fruits and candy sugar. End is slightly bitter

M: Medium and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Belgian bittersweet aftertaste

O: Excellent dirinkability. Less complex than the 8 or 10 but still a Rochefort

eduardolinhalis, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of davidt
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

The date code stamped on the label stated L 21 02 12 08:23. I understand that indicates an expiration date of 2012, meaning a bottling date of February 2007. Poured into a large wine glass, the beer is a russet-orange color with a thick beige head. The head drops to a thin layer with moderate lacing. The aroma is muted with notes of caramel, spice and dark fruit. The flavor profile is on the mild side as well. Some dark cherries and bready yeast can be picked out, but there's no particular flavor that stands out. There is a bit of alcohol warmth noted that's more than I expected from the 7.5% ABV. The mouthfeel is smooth with a cider-like tang. The Rochefort 6 was an easy to drink beer that presents a very subtle aroma and flavor profile.

davidt, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

A: This beer pours dark brown, with some red/pink notes. The head is massive and even, the colour is beige with a lot of creamyness. When the head dissipates it leaves nice lacings. There is also a lot of haze and a healty dose of sediment in the glass after you pour it.

S: At first there is alcohol, but quickly you find caramell(-malt), roasted malt, fruit, but I can sence basil and tea.

T: Sweetness and complexity is what stands out. There is also fruit, dryness, a slight sence of perfume, some floral notes and chocolate.
The aftertaste is dry with a nice hoppy ending.

M: It's dry, a tickeling sensation on the tongue is present in this medium bodied beer.

D: Trappist is the "beer-family" I like the best. This is a fantastic beer, but far from the best trappist-beers.

Evil_Pidde, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Best before 2015.

This thing looks amazing. Deep mahogany body. Slightly off white ring fed by a steady stream of bubbles.

Smell is loaded with sweet dried cherries. Booze laden dry cherries. Sweet in the best way. smells almost slick.

I was hoping for a syrupy sweet, slick, boozy BDSA, but it wasnt. It starts off with a peppery belgian yeast. Full bodied, yet not full of flavor. Its a mild beer for sure. I do get some nice semi sweet dark fruits later (mostly cherries) a bit later.

All in all, a fantastic beer that still has room to improve!

VncentLIFE, May 19, 2012
Photo of hardy008
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a reddish brown color with a 3+ finger tan foamy head which has a sticky lace. Has the aroma of bread, malt, spice, and dark fruit. The taste matches the smell, is sweet, but not overly sweet. Is nicely made. Light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Very drinkable, not overly sweet, but very easy to drink. The 7.5 % alcohol is well hidden.

hardy008, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of calebmills
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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

calebmills, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of Act25
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%

Rochefort 6 is slightly better so far than the two 8's I have tried, which were variable in quality, as seems to be the case here with other reviewers. I will try the 10, but for the price, I'll take Bernardus, Duvel, Orval, any day.

A: Pours a hazed, sienna body, well carbonated resulting in ample, mounding, but short-lived, foamy, off-white head that laces as you enjoy.

Smell: The aroma is the best part, with dominant, complex fruit like a wine: Flower shop, apples, cider, and ripe plums, and a back end of yeast, and more flowers, incense, varnish, and a bit of pepper.

Taste: Follows the smell, with more brown sugar and caramel coated fruits. .Bright floral highlights and fruitiness mixed with tempering yeasts. No hint of alcohol, but wine-like, warming, tannin and with a nutty finish. (DEFINITELY A MUST WITH CHEESE)

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, a bit prickly, and thinner than I would like.

Drinkability: Very complex, enjoyable brew, for me a bit thin, too carbonated, and 2nd rank to the fuller dubbels out there. 4.25 for its rare complexity, and it's after dinner elegance.

I think I found ideal match with Comte & Irish raisin soda bread.

Act25, Mar 09, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Dark brown and auburn with a moderate tan head. Lots and lots of floating, swirling, chunky sediment falls to the bottom of the glass.

Bready and sweet aroma along with some caramel and dark fruits: raisins, figs, perhaps some plum.

Sweet fruit, bready and caramel malts, defined Belgian yeast character--all components of this great beer. No one flavor dominates--a beautiful marriage.

This beer seems to straddle a fine line between light and heavy--without being medium bodied. It's quite interesting. Thin and light bodied beer, yet seems thick, substantial, and even oily. A real pleasure.

A wonderful marriage of Belgian yeast, sweet fruits, caramel and bready malts. Delicate and delicious.

ehammond1, Jul 28, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

This was nice and copper, a touch darker, with some great sweet musty smell, some more traditional beer smells than are usually found for a trappist. Smells a bit like fine brandy.

The head is tremendous. beautiful white and it receded but never disappeared. The taste is bready and there are some sweet phenols noodling around in your nose. There is some great carbonation at the end that kills the sweetness, although it is sweet malty trappiste heaven.

all in all, this is the very druinkable little brother to no.s 8 and 10. I would have no complaints to drink this all night, except that is costs four bucks a thimbleful, essentially. Its a must if you dig trappists though.

andjusticeforale, Oct 22, 2006
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A - Reddish brown hue. One finger head consisting of thousands of tiny bubbles. Left almost no lacing on the glass.

S - Typical Belgian characters. Banana and clove aromas coupled with hints of honey. I also get some spicy yeast aroma as well.

F - Dark fruit flavors. Slight caramel with some biscuit flavors as well. Definitely get some banana and clove from the yeast as well.

M - Medium body with a good bit of carbonation. Flavors linger on the palate for a bit after the beer is completed.

O - I have not had the 8 or the 10 but I would like to try them after having this beer. I would not turn the 6 down down but I probably would not go out of my way to seek it out again. Fairly well balanced for a beer clocking in at 7.5% ABV. I love the typical Belgian characters so overall I am pleased with this beer.

wscaffe, Jul 21, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

Pours a reddish copper color with a huge fluffy head that sticks around a long while.

Aroma of candied fruits dominate the nose along with grassy citrusy notes.

Malty sweet flavors come out strong and that fades to a subtle coffee/bittersweet chocolate flavor.

rebel1771, Feb 20, 2008
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

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.

machostacos, May 28, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a 2 1/2 finger head that diminishes rather quickly to a nice fluffy off white layer of head. Minimal spotted lacing as the beer drinks down. Similar to the other Rochefort's with lots of floaters. Murky caramel and coppers colors.

S: Apples are the main element here. Also a few other light fruits, grape maybe. Light caramel and toffee notes. Not as strong in the nose as the other in the Rochefort family.

T: Strong apple and grape flavors - as noted in the smell. Also some sweetness here on the end of each sip that seems to hint at a syrupy flavor - maybe maple syrup. Very good and surprisingly light for the style. Was expecting a bit more sweetness and dark fruit flavors with a BSD.

M: Moderate to high carbonation and medium body. Slightly syrupy in feel but nice on the palette.

D: Tasty, lighter version of it's more boozy brothers. Very drinkable, just a little pricey.

kirkpjr, Jun 30, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

Pours a murky red brown with a nice head that dissipates to something spotty. Has a sweet, slightly fruity smell like prunes. The smell is not very heavy on yeast or hops. The mouthfeel is nice with slight carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well. The taste is ok. I think it's what I expected with a slight sweetiness of dark fruits like raisins and a barely noticeable warmth. However, it seems to be missing the taste of beer in that I can hardly taste the yeast and malted grains. All in all, I really like this beer.

jlmarshall, Sep 01, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

Turbid ruddy chestnut hue. Dogged, light beige head with dense, soft peak consistency. Loosely tattered lace trails. The aroma is initially an evened melange of lightly sugary plum, mellow carob and dark candi sugar caramel notes. As the beer breathes, clove phenol and hints of peppery alcohol surface. Understated and welcoming aromawise. Ashen, nut studded banana bread sweetness incipient in flavor lingers, then after a deliberation is complemented by a stately dark fruit presence of a plum and woody, dried date nature. Tepid notes of black licorice and salty biscuit arise late and lend an unexpected, but welcome savory contrast. Lightly bodied and quite lean overall, with a dryish, fluid mouthfeel indicative of ample usage of candi sugar. Quite well attenuated. Finishes with a brief surge of herbal phenol yielding to lingering notes of dry, powered, unsweetened cocoa. Rochefort 6 is an exceptionally balanced, soft beer that awakens and sits lightly on the palate. Its inherent tameness works well... An ideal evening would be a progressive tasting of the Rochefort 6, then 8, then 10.

marc77, Aug 15, 2003
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

Pours a hazy, dark brown beer with quite some carbonation and a fingerthick foam that rapidly disspiates and leaves a iland of lacing in the middle :)

Smell is on first impression basically yeast and alcohol. Besides from this there are fresh and fruity tones with some sweet liqourice in there and just a touch of spices.

Taste is thick, dark and powerful. First comes brown sugar with carbonation and alcohol. Then comes sweet, fruity and spicy tones along with a creamy and smooth feel. There is malt and perhaps some coffee or burned notes in the aftertaste with a very small bitterness.

A big beer in taste thats smooth and nice. Wellbalanced and a good brew.

stjarnflikka, Jan 12, 2005
Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
93 out of 100 based on 1,891 ratings.