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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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93
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1,764 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,764
Reviews: 895
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 115
Gots: 156 | 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)
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hdofu

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick headed initially with quickly dissolving having the same coloring as fresh apple cider. Smell is soft sort of a blend of fruit and hops. Taste is spicy grape. Feels tart like a cider. Pretty drinkable, but considering it was made by belgian Monks what else would you expect?

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 00:22:08 | More by hdofu
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Casey10

Maine

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 00:17:05 | More by Casey10
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Orangish, light amber with moderate haze. Two fingers, perhaps slight more, of off-white head rise and fall to a thick cap. Decent retention with moderate lacing.

S - Great aroma with multiple layers. First whiff is full of straight up grape juice. Very tannic notes follow. Figs, raisins, currants, and other sourish dark fruits follow with a good swirl. Buttery bread is evident as well, filled with hints of caramel, nuts, and a good deal of spice including ginger, mace, and slight herbal notes. Acidic, tannic aroma is still present throughout. Really amazing and complex stuff.

T - Not quite as mindblowing as the aroma but still very good. Early palate yeilds a very bready flavor with an assault of fruits; figs, raisins, and even overripe apples flood the palate. A unique nuttiness sweeps in mid palate mixed with fermenting dough. Interesting vanilla-like, almost banana flavor enters as well. Fruits and malts die out to reveal a very mild bitterness with slight earthy tones, some hints of vague herbal flavors. Finish is actually fairly clean. Surprisingly Rochefort 6 holds down all these sweet-ish flavors with very little actual sweetness.

M - Medium to full bodied with a moderate-high carbonation. The somewhat spritzy character of this beer seems a little out of place for me.

D - Great stuff, very impressed by the least produced and most overlooked line of the Rochefort brews. "6" achieves a level of complexity and uniqueness not seen by many beers, even from the other big Belgian guys. A pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 07:35:57 | More by PatrickJR
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mjl21

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. Best before 24-07-13. Comes in at 7.5%.

A-Pours a murky brown with lots of visbile yeast sediment and bubbles rising from the bottom. Has a 1/2 finger off white head that covers about 85% of the glass. It looks pretty cool. The head finally covers the entire glass after a few sips.

S-When first poured, get some notes of sweet malt and chocolate. Almost has some stout like qualities. There is a definite aroma of mustiness that is also present. As it warms green apple and dark stone fruits really pop and the sweet caramel malt becomes more pronounced.

T-Like the nose, there are a lot of flavors at play. The sweet caramel malt is noticeable from the start. The apples, stone fruits, and chocolate get more intense as it warms. There is a tad bit of graininess left in the back of the mouth. It really picks up a grape fruit aftertaste after it has been in the glass for awhile.

M-Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy. When first consumed, it has a ton of carbonation which calms as it warms.

D-A great sipper. The abv is very well hidden. Would not guess this is considered a strong dark ale.

This was my first 6. I have had the 8 and 10 numerous times and enjoyed this one as much. A great beer that has its own unique character

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 20:47:17 | More by mjl21
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david131

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A murky, orange brown with a finger thick creamy white head. It does have a nice crystal ball effect.

S- Grape soda, pepper, musty, and fruity. Very unique, aromatic, and hard to describe.

T- Same as the aroma but with a huge emphasis on the grape soda flavor. Sweet, but not overly so. The alcohol is hidden well. Complex and enjoyable.

M- Ever so slightly metallic. Overall, it is very smooth with a nice level of carbonation.

D- A complex, enjoyable beer. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall, this is decent, but not the stand out from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 03:06:33 | More by david131
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening the bottle I got something like a loaf of fresh baked bread. After pouring it out into a glass (sediment and all) the bread smell was reduced and I smelled apples and pears along with the bread. The color was a cloudy copper, with a bright (it honestly reflected the light from the ceiling lamp) big bubble foam on top that stayed about halfway through drinking. The taste was pretty good - apples and pears up front, something a tad sour in the middle, and something spicy at the end. While drinking you get that carbonated taste at first, followed by something slick (not quite oily, but sort of like it) at the end.
Overall this was a beer for drinking slowly - you savor and enjoy. It does need some food to go with it though - by itself its maybe too much. Still, it was a good choice for watching a movie and slowly drinking the beer over the course of the film.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 19:07:03 | More by damndirtyape
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crnipeter

Slovenia

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed on 10-05-2011. Pours somewhat hazed, deep amber to deep coppery body with floating yeast-particles, topped by medium-thick beige head that quickly retreats, leaving characteristic bands and patches of lace on the walls as I swirl the glass.
Aroma is sweet with mouldy notes of rotten leaves overlaying woods ground in autumn, with brown sugar and esters of plum, raisins, dried cherries and figs.
The balance is entirely towards the malt thus the beer is generally sweet on the palate, with mouldy notes and flavors of dark fruits listed in the aroma section.The sweetness is counterbalanced by warming alcohol and the finish is typically dry for a trappist version of BSDA. Medium-light bodied and effervescent. (330 ml, BB date 09-09-2014, into tulip)

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 22:19:23 | More by crnipeter
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
EXP. DATE: 060213 (Approx. 1-yr aged)

Pours a golden copper color with amber tinting. Two-finger head of creamy, light tan foam. Fades to a nice thick covering. Retention is very good. Lacing is rope-like and quite sticky.

Very rich, sweet, caramel malts are at the forefront. Hints of spices. Light notes of dark fruits and also mild orchard fruit notes. Raisins, toffees and brown sugar.

Caramel malts, again. Light notes of dark fruits. Hint of brown sugar. Ripe pears and not-quite-ripe green apples. Slight booziness. Mild spice notes.
It's very good, but also very mild, overall.
A good beginner's Trappist brew.

We're getting better again. Nicely smooth and sufficiently creamy. Still, it has a slight bite of sharpness, on the finish.

Very drinkable, in general. Sadly, I honestly believe that my palate is beyond this one now. I used to love this, but I haven't had one in a couple of years and it now doesn't seem as special as it once did, to me.
On a side note, I hit the Rochefort website before this review for confirmation on their dating codes. According to the info there, this brew (6) is only brewed, maybe once a year. It's about 1% of the monks total production. According to them, it's the hardest of the three different versions to find. I find this slightly odd, as it's the one that I see most often in stores. I guess that we're all buying the 8's and 10's as soon as we find them. I would have guessed that the 10 was rarest because that's the one that I have problems finding.
You learn new things, everyday.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 17:54:12 | More by coldmeat23
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a Rochefort Chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 finger medium-thin looking smooth tan head that slowly fades away to a thick film cap. Color is a mahogany or sienna brown and is slightly muddy. A little carbonation evident. A nice thick cap stays until the end and leaves some lacing as well. Head is great, color not so much.

SMELL: Rich caramel malt and toffee up front. Some brown sugar and hints of sweet pears and apples as well. Spicy elements come out, clove and coriander come to mind. Mildly strong and quite complex, though I can definitely see how some might describe this as "funky."

TASTE: Caramel malt, brown sugar and toffee up front. A touch of sweet apple and pears shines though before the spicy cloves and alcohol come through at the end. A strong sweet and spicy alcohol aftertaste is long lasting and strong enough to remind you it's a "strong" ale. Relatively complex, though not all that memorable.

PALATE: Thin body with medium carbonation and a bit airy on the way down. This one gives you the burps for sure. Not creamy or overly smooth on the palate, but it goes down without a bite and finishes with a touch of dryness on the palate. This one is too thin and airy, and could definitely be a little smoother and creamer. A bit of a let-down.

OVERALL: Decent brew, but the palate was a definite let down, which also hurts its drinkability. The color is a little off putting as well. Like the eight, the six is not nearly as impressive as the greatly superior Roch 10. Unfortunately, this one is probably a bit more about hype than the brew itself.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 14:00:06 | More by Jeffo
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germanbeer1

Maine

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly sizable head with a fine brown body. Smells a little sour, but there is also a considerable degree of fruitiness too. There are hints of orange mostly. The taste also has a degree of orange fruitiness to it as well, but is then overshadowed by the presence of chocolate and caramel. This beer is extremely smooth and very agreeable. For a Belgian Strong Ale it wasn't too overpowering, which makes it possible to simply enjoy the taste without having to worry about the high alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 02:45:52 | More by germanbeer1
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Classy-looking 11.2oz brown capped bottle; there's a clearly marked what I think is a freshness date (28/09/10).

Appearance: Pretty, dark garnet beer with lots of fine sediment (I left the large, chunky stuff in the bottle) and an ivory cap with good retention. Fairly high levels of ultra fine CO2 as well.

Smell: Huge on rich, sweet malt. There are intense notes of dark caramel, a bit of chocolate, and hints of mild, fruity alcohol. Overall, this is beautiful.

Taste: Sweet caramel, mildly spicy alcohol (a bit more than comes across in the nose) a bit of dry nuttiness, hints of oak and chocolate, low hop levels, and just a tiny sting of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Just slightly light for my taste for this style

Drinkability: Goes down fairly easy, but the alcohol actually comes across a bit more readily than I'd expected

Conclusion: Damn good Belgian Strong Dark; not perfect, but quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 04:00:51 | More by BedetheVenerable
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason I don't see the Rock 6 in Boston too much. I forget where the fudge I picked this up - maybe Premier in Buffalo? Anyway, 11.2 oz. into Ommegang chalice...

Hmmm...I sense a mild irrational exuberance on the banana/rye bread head - a little bit of the glacierness going on. Slight infection? Body is pumpernickel-ish in color and rather cloudy.

A smidge of sourness obscures spicy cloves, ginger and rum raisin ice cream only slightly. Grain and yeast electricity are very prominent. Not a whole lot of hop character, as expected.

Wow - lots of raw dough feel along with the usual figs, dates and raisins. Again, slight sourness muddies up the breed. I reiterate the infection question but still...only a slight hinderance. Also, it's a bit on the soapy side. Y'know what? So was Westy 12.

Velvety as a cozy winter blanket in front of the fire. Thick huskiness of the copious grains fortunately obscures this soapiness. Finishes very comfortingly.

Not bad at all - quite enjoyable...but I do like the Rock 10 a whole lot better.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 13:13:32 | More by IBUnit63
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Pencible

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with huge chucks of sediment and fluffy light tan head. It smelled like earthy caramel and bready yeast, with some lemon hops and salt and alcohol. It tasted like rich milk chocolate and nutty malt, with sweet creamy yeast and a bit of lemon and lingering caramel. It was watery with tons of carbonation and a sweet aftertaste. Overall this wasn't highly complex like some Trappist ales can be, but it had a great clean and delicate flavor. It was surprisingly malty without much of the traditional sour wild yeast taste. It also hid the alcohol very well, making this all too easy to drink. My only complaint is that it was a bit too carbonated for my liking, probably due to all the yeast sediment. But the fizziness smoothed out about half way through the glass. I didn't expect too much from this beer, since it's the "lowest" of the Rocheforts, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This is simply a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 17:28:35 | More by Pencible
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glid02

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy brown color with a two-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of caramelized brown sugar with a lot of caramel malts along with pears and plums. This smells very good.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Spicy caramel malt flavors up front are joined shortly by pears and plums. The brown sugar joins in midway through the sip, and the spiciness intensifies right before an ending that's more sweet than bitter.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with velvety carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have more than a few of these.

Overall this is a very good beer that solidifies Rochefort as my favorite easily accessible Trappist brewery. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 02:26:17 | More by glid02
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bruningmd

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark and hazy, with a thick sticky head

S: Prunes, dried dark fruits, butterscotch, caramel and sugar

T: Smooth intro, sweet hints of candied fruits, like jellied preserves, tinges of alcohol, then a real mellow finish

M: Full bodied, sweet on the palate, but not too sweet.

D: I haven't tried the rochefort 8 or 10, but the six makes me want to. I was impressed with the beer and wouldn't mind having a few more

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 23:41:39 | More by bruningmd
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OzarkElmo

Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 04:17:18 | More by OzarkElmo
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dgfair

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Huge, frothy, off-white head at first pour on top of a dark amber body. The head settles down rather moderately to a nice thin layer, leaving some lacing around the glass.

S - Splendid aroma of apple, brown sugar, caramel, fig, pear, and a little bit of a peppery waft every now and then. What a fantastic smelling beer.

T/M - Taste upfront is a spicy dark fruit burst that leaves a little tingle in the mouth. A little thinner than I anticipated from the smell, but a smooth brew nonetheless. Some definite toffee sweetness comes through, particularly in the aftertaste. The sweetness is very balanced though, and I'm picking up a little more bitterness than I have in other beers of the same style. A very well-balanced beer.

D - This is very easy drinking for a Belgian strong dark. It's a little low on the alcohol side for the style, and the balanced flavor with the thin-ish mouthfeel makes for any easy-drinker.

Definitely a stellar beer, but not quite on par with the 8 and the 10.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 01:51:54 | More by dgfair
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ofosho

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 23:48:52 | More by ofosho
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a reddish mahogany with a large cream-colored head that's got plenty of carbonation ridges.

S: Sweet, fruity esters lead into the dark fruits. Some spicy yeast. Quite creamy.

T: Some complex malts go with the dark fruits. Quite a bit of yeastiness as well.

M: Very creamy. Medium-bodied and with minimal carbonation. Slight alcohol hints after the swallow.

D: A good sipper. Quite a bit lighter than the 8 or the 10.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 22:36:24 | More by Thorpe429
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thirdeye11

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to amietaj1 and Ktown67 both for providing me samples of this beer in trades.

Presentation: Poured from 330ml bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a really nice orange, auburn, brown color that is opaque. Nice yeasty floaters, but only 1 finger head that dissipates extremely quickly, and no lacing on the glass. First beer I've seen though that actively carbonates from the etched "D" in the bottom of the Duvel glass.

S: Can't pin down what this smells like in order to be able to describe it, but it is very good and makes me want to drink it. Smells like some sort of dried fruit. Quite nice and muted.

T: The taste is superb. It's very fruity like a good unsweetened tea, and the similarities to unsweetened tea continue with its lack of malty sweetness. Very dry on the finish but not nearly like an Orval in that regard. Compares quite similarly to Chimay Red with less sweetness. I really like this. Nothing is overpowered so it's very well balanced.

M: Carbonation is about right, maybe a little much but better than being undercarbonated. It's slightly thin on the body, and not creamy enough though. Either way still very good.

D: I could drink this beer all night as previously stated nothing overpowers another element. It's extremely balanced. Not to sweet, bitter, malty, carbonated, or heavy.

Not sure if I prefer this to Chimay Red, but not having them side by side they're both extremely similar. My guess is the Chimay Red is slightly better due to its increased sweetness (for me personally) but I really liked this beer. Too bad we can't get it in Texas.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 04:19:44 | More by thirdeye11
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goblet

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

popped the red with white lettering rochefort 6 top and gave it a slow pour into my goblet left the yeast build up stay at the bottom of the 33 cl bottle .

Appearence:directly after the slow steady pour i got a rocky big bubble frothy head though this went away in seconds. the color is a chest nut reddish brown lighter then the other rocheforts i`ve seen, so far so good.

Smell. put this up to my nose and took two sniffs and sweet roasted malt and grains come to mind a bit of fruit like figs and dates,brown suger even a little chestnut scent, smells like autumn .

taste: lite bodied the malt and fruit flavor ain`t very strong some cereal grainness coming through ,i can detect the alcohol but not in a over powering way followed bye dry leafy hops .

Mouthfeel: theres a lite feel to this brew perhap watery a tad bit of malt sweetness on the palate, with a dry hops after taste .

Drinkability:this beer says fall to me, i like rochefort i like what they have done with the trappist style but my favorite still is rochefort 8 .Although don`t get me wrong this is a very good beer.cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 15:50:03 | More by goblet
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Offa

California

2.3/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ugh, this was bland, weak, one-dimensional, and to me a total waste.

Red amber, it has a huge light tan head, steadily shrinking and leaving only a weak trace of lace.

The aroma is Hershey's chocolate (not rich or dakr chocolate, or cocoa - the first clear warning to me as this is not remotely the kind of "chocolate" quality I'd look for in a beer), with wints of wine, raisin, and metal.Overall, it's a litle off-putting.

The taste is vague winey-fruity with tanginess and a fleeting hint of Hershey's chocolate, but otherwise thin, one-dimensional, and bland, bland, bland. This is about as boring a beer as I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 23:56:13 | More by Offa
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jdoncbus

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay goblet. Pours a worn brown leather with orange hues. When first decanted the head is a couple fingers thick and sounds like a bowl of rice kripies mixed with pop rocks.

Nose is caramel, almost cola-like with notes of brown sugar, corriander, licorice, and sweet tarts.

Surprisingly smooth on the palate but followed by a mild crisp. Flavors include toasted malt, creamy caramel, pepper, and vanilla. Bits of hop mix well with the alcohol creating a creme brulee after taste. Mouthfeel finishes slick and buttery; very little burn.

A fanastic beer and I look forward to trying again. The ABV is hidden extremely well along with so much going on flavor-wise; a palate experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 02:52:40 | More by jdoncbus
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of IBUnit63 - thanks!! Split at a tasting w/ IBUnit63, proteus93, and dkachur. Poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, floaty-ful reddish brown, hazy but nonetheless full of quick, fine-bubbled carbonation, and capped by one-finger of slightly dull (or perhaps slightly tan) head with fantastic retention, consistently throughout. The neck of this glass is small, so the collar is pretty much "the head" for much of the experience, but the collar is thick and foamy, as is the dusting atop this one. Just a very nice looking brew.

Aroma: Pleasant, and hits most of the right notes. Very yeasty, in a light earthy way, with some buttery, doughy maltiness. Estery, light fruits form the rest of the notes - light cherry, buttery pear, slight banana. It's pleasant, but not groundbreaking.

Taste: A very interesting combination of maltiness and fruitiness here. Light brown sugar and molasses, slightly buttery, relatively sweet and bready, coupled with a ton of fruitiness, mostly stone fruits - cherries, pears, perhaps hints of blueberries, even. It's slightly phenolic, but also relatively "green," in that there's a definite hop or "light fruit" presence. Solid, though, again, not groundbreaking.

Mouthfeel: Huge effervescence in this one, absolutely off the top. The body itself is relatively thin, but even though the carbonation is huge, it somehow manages to very even, light, and very crisp but perfectly even.

Drinkability: This is a very solid beer. Perfectly Belgian, with those slight phenols, yeasty esters, fruit notes, malt notes ... hits all the right notes, really. At 7.5%, it's not undrinkable, and it's not even really that high for the style, so that's a good thing. This is the last of the Rochefort's for me to try, and though it's not as good as either of the others in my opinion, it's still a very solid Belgian brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 02:29:37 | More by CrellMoset
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JonMich13

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = Dark copper and cloudy full of sediment. Enormous 3 head off white head. Retained pretty well. No lacing.

S = Only real downfall of this one. Had a very funky smell. Something like rotting meat or a chunky diaper.

T = Thank God the taste didn't follow the nose. Very sweet with raisin, dates, and other dark fruity notes. Malty background. No bitterness or hops to be found. Starts sweet and stays sweet. Not hugely complex, but interesting.

M = Good medium to thick mouthfeel. Ample but not overwhelming carbonation.

D = Very drinkable. ABV is not huge and what's there doesn't show. Goes down quite easily and smooth. An easy drinker for sure.

This one is good, but a bit simple I would say. Overall, definitely not up to the R8. A good quality belgian that I would not mind drinking in the future. Just falls short of the 8 (haven't had the 10 yet).

Serving type: bottle

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