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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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1,650 Ratings

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Ratings: 1650
Reviews: 887
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%

Brewed by:
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 Lothore


3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a orangey red hue with a massive head that leaves beautiful lacing on the way down.

S- Yeasty, spicy, slightly mettalic.

T- Spicy, earthy, creamy, malty.

M- Extremely creamy with medium-low carbonation.

D- The mouthfeel, the taste, the smell all fall somewhat short for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 04:58:08 | More by Lothore
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown body with foamy white head that stays around. Yeasty aroma of cherries, caramel, herbal notes, and mild booze. Flavors evolve through caramel, herbal, medicinal, boozy counterparts, and a sweet cherry liquor. Wonderfully balanced. Medium body with light carbonation. Sweet and cloying.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:36:52 | More by JRed
Photo of NightINgale

Russian Federation

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle poured into a chalice glass. I am really glad to be finally trying the 6, two years after trying the 8 and the 10!

A - Pours a cloudy light-brown body. The head is frothy, though it won't last forever.

S - The first thing that I am getting is spices: cinnamon, aniseed. Then you get quite a bit of yeast and some light fruit notes.

T - The taste is not as intense as in this beer's "older brothers" or some other Belgian (and trappist) dubbels. However, it is quite complex, with bread, red grapes/wine, brown sugar notes and hints of raisins and anise. Not very sweet but quite yeasty overall; there is also some bitterness to it. I reckon that some red wine-like characteristics are likely to be picked up by some drinkers. Overall, this beer has a very interesting (you could say unique) taste; definitely not your typical dubbel. The first sip was a little disappointing, while the last sip made me wish I had more!

M - Fairly thin in body for the style. Plenty of carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth. There is a certain spiciness about it that makes my palate excited.

O - I must say I was expecting more body and complexity (I must have been spoiled by Rochefort 8 and 10). However, this beer really opens up with subtle hints of different spices and develops a wine-like feel. I liked it, though I must say it probably is not the place to start if you are not very familiar with Belgian ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 19:51:40 | More by NightINgale
Photo of adman08


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light sweet aroma of caramel with a hint of warm alcohol amd just a touch of dark, burnt sugar. Light body, very highly carbonated. Light, hazy brown. Sweet, light caramel flavor with some alcohol warmth, a hint of dark, slightly burnt sugar and a hint of earthy hops. I think the bottle may have been fairly old.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 03:09:08 | More by adman08
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 01:17:53 | More by Act25
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Front bottom left corner stamped in black "100315" but I don't know what that means, hopefully someone on here can enlighten me or I'll research what it means.

Into a chalice.

A: ruddy brown colored body with some light somewhat clear edges. Small white head that dies within a minute, no lacing

S: starts off with some that "iced apples" aroma I usually get in tripels, but then starts to stray from that smell to a roasty almost smoky sort apple aroma. A decent spiciness comes into assist in amplifying its complexity

T: sweet and spicy through the apples which have more of a roasty and smoky sort of flavoring; dry sweet spicy aftertaste and finish

M: she sits about a medium on the body with a decent carbonation seeking to not hinder any quality of sessionability. In other words, this is definitely one of the better drinkers than sippers the rest of Trappistes does.

O: though I didn't get as much Belgian yeastiness in the smell, I like this for the most part and also like the fact that this isn't as boozy as the other ones I've had by Trappistes. A worthy dubbel I'll buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 06:27:05 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of LVituri


4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A mais abaixo da média de todas as Rochefort, porém uma grande cerveja, agradável e uma boa representante do estilo. Não se trata das mais admiradas cervejas, mas compõe bem a respeitada trilogia Rochefort. Vida longa a Abadia Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 19:58:56 | More by LVituri
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The lightest and "smallest" of the Rochefort beers, perhaps one of the best series of beers in the world. Poured from a red-capped bottle into a Chimay goblet ... Hey, according to Stan Hieronymus in "Brew Like A Monk", Chimay did influence Rochefort's recipes and provide much needed technical support at a time when Rochefort needed important quality control. I won't make claims about who ultimately does a better job at the present time but I will say that the beers are decidedly different and leave it at that. Rochefort 6 is an interesting reddish brown color, not opaque and quite bubbly. Reminds one of autumn leaves when one is in a whimsical mood I suppose. Quite aggressive carbonation during the pour and this carries over onto the palate yet remains pleasant. Aroma is herbal and earthy in equal measure, only a little sweet, with a tinge of root cellar and yeasty funk. Body is quite thin and the beer comes across as smooth, "digestible", and easy to drink, albeit with a complex and rather unique flavor that belies the notion that this should be chugged. Perfumed like some types of black tea, evokes little in the way of dried dark fruit but does deliver some earthy, herbal spice that recalls ginseng root, cassia bark, and perhaps a bitter cola, with a very mellow chocolate vibe (carob?) as the backbone along with some butterscotch and a subtle nutty character. Booze is detectable but far from overpowering. Not appreciably sweet but my brain does conjure up images of light powdered sugar. Unique! Dry, herbal, with an earthy spicy bitterness that one does not soon forget.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 04:18:21 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Brown liquid, not too dark, but not transparent. Looks a strong brewed tea. Fizzy carbonation creates a two finger taupe head that quickly settles into bubbles around the edge of the glass. No lacings. Sediment at the bottom of the glass. Steady stream of fizzy carbonation.

Aroma of raisins, biscuity, fig, hint of orange citrus.

Malt, sweet raisins. Swirl of tiny, fizzy bubbles on the first sip. Smooth and balanced. Slight bitterness on the aftertaste.

The fizz is not what I expected. Tiny carbonation bubbles. Medium mouthfeel.

Good, rich, abbey style beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 03:15:25 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of BeerDocT


3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep, coppery brown. Gorgeous, inch-high head quickly faded into nice swirling on top. Decent lacing. This beer bubbles like a witch's cauldron! Few times have I seen its like.

Smell 3.75: The bouquet of this beer is very subdued. What I can detect is quite nice: slight scent of chocolate, smoky grains and strange...almost apricot flavor.

Taste 3.75: Front is slightly smoky and also slightly sweet. Middle is almost completely obscured by the huge level of bubbles in this brew. I'm surprised these bottles do not explode in liquor and beer stores. What I can taste at this level is delicious: a tanin-enriched hit of sweet malt. By "tanin" I mean a deep taste of red-wine like tanins. Finish is smooth and very, very, short. Focus here is on a bit more light malt sweetness. Aftertaste is almost non-existent, but I do detect more of those delicious tanins.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Way, way too much conditioning in this beer. Too many bubbles. A shame.

Overall 3.75: It's amazing to me how so many elements of the taste sensation of beer can be accentuated or de-accentuated...so much so in either way that it becomes a distraction. In the case of this beer, the bubbles are out of control and dominate way too much of the taste sensations. A shame: this beer has many unique and appealing characteristics, but they are all overshadowed by that one thing that we take for granted with beer; carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 05:35:07 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of Or80rowley


4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pricey Jewell

A. Cloudy, reddish amber color, nice fluffy three finger head That quickly simmers down

S. Fruit is the first thing I smell, apricot, apple, grape, then hint of dark fruit, fruit cake

T. The dark fruit, raisin, date, and grain. Very little sweet caramel. Light alcohol flavor

M. Nice combination of creamy, smooth champagne bubbles, medium mouth coat that leaves quick, to a dry finish

O. Wonderful combination of flavors, that has a surprising finish. Special occasion beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 01:58:56 | More by Or80rowley
Photo of tone77


3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very dark bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Lots of carbonation. Smell is of dark fruits, malts. Taste is yeast, fruits, spices, malts, some alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while I wasn't blown away by it, is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 16:37:43 | More by tone77
Photo of 2Cents


4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle, aged for around 5 years, into a snifter.

A: Light brown with lots of sediment. A cream colored head with lasting lace.

S: I could smell this when I opened it: Butterscotch, caramel. dried fruits, bread dough.

T. Dark fruit, butter scotch, caramel, sour yeast, malt, horehound drops, a slightly bitter hop and a, somewhat, dry ending.

M: Moderately carbonated, quite gritty from so much yeast and a medium-thin feel.

O: I think the aging has really improved this beer, not that I don't like it when it's new. This has a delightful sourness to it, as well as a very pronounce fruit cake kind of taste. The yeast really blends nicely with all of the other flavors. This was just delightful, I wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 01:39:19 | More by 2Cents
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

090817 (Bottled 16 months ago)

Foggy ruddy brown with a quickly dissipating, loosely bubbly head. Rich aromas of malt and fruit: sticky brown bread, warm nuts, figs, bananas, berries, and flowers. Super well-rounded malty flavor. Figs, raisins, caramel, spices, berries, and sweetened tea. Quite highly carbonated, prickly on the tongue, and dry through the finish. Very tasty and (obviously, perhaps) the easiest drinker of the Rochefort trio. The balance and interplay of soft, malty flavors is terrific.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 03:20:27 | More by wedge
Photo of IPA35


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A dark amber beer, lots of visible yeast chuncks on the bottom of the chalice. The off white head quickly reduces to a foamy film.

It has that typical Rochefort caramel like maltiness that I like so much in the stronger version (especially the 10), dark bread, spice and a yeasty fruitiness that is much lighter than the dark dried fruit notes in the 10 and 8. Also that odd sort of pear skin sensation from the yeast.

The taste does follow the nose. It has similarities with the other two but it is much lighter in nature. Bready, caramel, yeasty fruitiness and overal quite sweet.

This is a well carbonated beer. The body is medium but the carbonation makes it quite bubbly.

Overall a good dubbel. On par or slightly below the Westmalle Dubbel I think.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 22:17:40 | More by IPA35
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mahogany-colored and hazy in appearance. Two finger head with good retention, but lacing is minimal. Sweet, ripened raisin and currant in the nose. Some clove from the yeast. Brown sugar and rich toffee.

Flavor has some fleeting sweetness but is predominantly dry. Very mild bitterness on the finish. Ripe dark fruit defines the flavor. Mouthfeel is slick and a bit low on carbonation.

Largely overshadowed by its bigger brothers, Rochefort 6 is a good dubbel but falls short of other top examples like Westmalle's and Ommegang's.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 19:35:04 | More by gr0g
Photo of NeedBeerHere


4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice dark brown in color with a small beige head with little retention. Smell is of brown sugar, raisins and other dark fruits. Certainly smell nice Belgian yeast with quite a bit of sweetness. Taste is much like the nose. There is certainly some nice Belgian candy sugar with the dark fruits. Really a nice beer. Mouthfeel is thin to a little thick which really suits the style. Belgians are some of my favorite beers and this doesn't EVER disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 02:36:17 | More by NeedBeerHere
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought an 11.2 ounce bottle. Poured it into a pint glass.

A - Amber brown color. Sediment at the bottom of the bottle poured out. Cream-colored head.

S - Fruity. A touch of raisins.

T - Just as it smells. Refreshing with a hint of raisins and dates.

M - The right amount of carbonation. Not too heavy. Extremely palatable.

I would definitely buy this again and recommend to friends. I hope I can find the 8 and the 10 as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 01:29:47 | More by break516beatz
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New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle

cloudy look, floating yeasty bits within an auburn-brown liquid. Minimal, low-lying slightly off-white foam cap. Belgian brews of this style usually have a well-retained mountainous foam cap with a lively center...this one is a bit more relaxed.

Sweet berries, dates, upfront in the aroma with zesty raisins, malty sweetness, green grasses, zesty yeast.

A clean, warm tinge, big on the smooth but still light, turning full going down. Wild, sweet and dry fruits upfront in the flavor with a thick and sweet malt riding in after, zesty and tangy yeast, ooh yeah..peppery. Good complexity and strange balance of flavor's. root beer sweetness as the liquid warms up and becomes more heady.

A true classic for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 02:23:39 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I pried off the cap, the beer exploded out of the bottle, and I lost about an ounce of it on the ground. Trappistes Rochefort 6 has a fairly thick, fizzy, root beer-style head, which is audibly crackly, a murky, light brown appearance, with aggressive bubble streams, little lacing, and a lot of gray-brown solid chunks at the bottom. The aroma is mild, but one will detect figs, dates, sour-dough bread, and sugar. Taste is of those elements, with a grain husk and even citrus. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Trappistes Rochefort 6 finishes crisp and carbonated like Bud Light (hard to believe, but true) and easy drinking. I picked up some of the alcohol in the after-taste. Overall, this is delicious.


Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 14:52:26 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of tkelley


3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Awesome. Beautiful brown body with amber highlights. Unfiltered. Sediment at the bottom and on top of the huge beige head. Solid retention and lacing.

N - Yeast right away. Kind of a sweetish smell after that. Very pleasant.

T - bready malts and Belgian yeast flavor. Maybe a little fruit, like apricot. Littleboozy

M - medium high carbonation. Very clean feel. Idrank it at cellartempand it was nice.

O - I really enjoyed this. Had it with an apple and parsnips soup. Excellent experience. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 00:07:11 | More by tkelley
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Quebec (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a (very effervescent) brackish yellow-tinged brown-type color with a crazily active beige head that just won't quit and liberal yeast chunks floating around. Settles to a complete, but not necessarily thick, coating. Outstanding retention; some spots of really nice lacing. Looks Belgian (i.e. just about as good as it gets).

Dark fruits, cloves, leather, some esters, and a few other delicious yeast flavors. Lots of fresh floral and fruit aromas with the expected rummy booze notes.

Rich and smooth. Cherries, rosewater, dark crusty bread, dirt. Really great!

Coats your mouth in rich creaminess, but is by no means suffocating. Medium body with a quick and painless finish (after a bit it feels quite dry). Booziness is hardly noticeable.

One of the best dubbels that I have ever tried.
Absolutely wonderful looking. The smell gives you a lot of spice and alcohol with some strong yeast aromas, while the taste is nothing like this with a really sweet (but not a warm malty sweetness) cherry flavor. Seriously, it almost tastes like a carbonated cherry flavored water with some mud in it. Further, the mouth on it is spectacular as well. Simultaneously fresh and bubbly and overwhelming and creamy. Hits you in the face with softness and then disappears. For me, the combination of that and the lack of alcohol in the flavor department make a very drinkable 7.5% ABV brew. Watch out, though, after pouring it carefully it was so active carbonation-wise that the head overflowed twice. Not a bad thing, but be aware : )
Will have again; well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 00:31:32 | More by TheDoctor
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Pours amber with creamy, long lasting white head. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready malt hints of plums, cherry and grassy hops. Body is full and crisp. Taste is of bready malt, spicy yeast, plums, cherry, drying alcohol and herbal hops. Finish is long spicy and dry. Wonderful, complex brew, but a little bit too spicy for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 15:45:32 | More by mikeg67
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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle code best by date: 090817

A. Cloudy, dark amber appearance with a 1/2 finger white head the has both good retention and lacing.

S. Somewhat shy nose - funky malt (almost like uncooked ground beef), yeast and pitted fruits. Intriguing.

T. The nose doesn't carry over too much to the palate - lots of bready malt but none of the funkiness or yeastiness from the nose. Seems lacking in flavor complexity for a Dubbel.

M. Light bodied and well carbonated.

O. Decent beer but not worth the $5.49 I paid for a single. Looking forward to trying the 8 and 10's I have staring at me.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 23:01:41 | More by bound4er
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District of Columbia

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pours an hazy amber-brown, with considerable head, sustains in a effevescent look of full surface head, little to no lacing
S: kinda rasin-bread sweet, some minor sour yeasty notes
T/M: smooth, carbonated beginning resembling the nose. There is also the souring notes (it reminded me of the tang of the cultures in yogurt versus the creaminess of the yogurt, which is not to say it tasted like yogurt, it's an anology). That said, it's funny I get a little cucumber taste in the middle (it's not a Greek beer). Any bitterness is subdued, as this presents to me as a malty beer throughout.
O: to my pure side, this is missing a little more dry bitterness, but really more to the style is a nice, smooth, easy drinking beer. Classic offering that can be enjoyed and allow the taste buds to savor rather than survive

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 02:08:54 | More by cjgiant
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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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