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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 944
Hads: 2,228
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 183
Gots: 349 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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 iguenard
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

( 27/50, 7.5% alc/vol, Autre Oeil, after 5 beers) Very quickly disappeared sand-colored
head that totally left within a few seconds. Brown ale, thick and dark. Chocolate and
coffee aromas. Sugars are dominant in this smokey (as in cigarette… due to the bar) and
extremely light aromatic ale. Nice but too light. Sweetness is too strong against a low
alcoholic ale. Covers up the oily hops and the malts flavours. Effects are there but
flavours don’t have enough potency to cut through. Very thick body, vinous and
voluptuous, this warm and chocolatey brew is smooth in the mouth and remains creamy
throughout. Sweet, creamy, chocolatey, but ultimately disappoints, specially compared to
the Rochefort 10™ . Light enough to drink a few straight anytime during supper with
pretty much anything that can handle a sweet addition.

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Photo of AmorousAngel
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a chalice. Poured a cloudy, medium brown with noticeable sediment. Small, fluffy, off-white head. Thin remnants of the head stayed around for the life of the drink.

Aroma of yeasty bread, with a bit of citrusy sourness.

Nice bready taste with some sort of spice that I can't quite place.

Medium body. Tingly, frothy beginning, then slightly oily, and finishing dry.

Not quite what I have come to expect from a strong Belgian ale, but very nice. A bit more refreshing than the heavier Belgians.

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Photo of JeffV
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this brew but it did not live up to them.

The experience started out well enough. The beer poured a cloudy brown haze that was rather attractive with a solid head. It was almost completely opaque in the glass.

It smelled of hops and dark fruit and I was very much ready to try it.

When I actually tasted it though I found it to be a little too syrupy. It tasted like molasses. I really like the hop notes though. I didn't get much citrus but the piney bitterness was nice. It would be difficult to drink several of these but overall it was a very classic style ale and a good experience.

I'd drink it again.

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Photo of CheckmateBrew
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours dark amber, maybe a touch of orange. A nice 2+ finger foamy white head that lasts.

There is lots going on in the smell, cant wait to taste it.

The taste is quite exceptional. This is my first 5 rating. Lots of flavors going here. Malt, fruits, yeast.

Mouthfeel is a carbonated, but the taste is the key here.

This is a really good beer. Too bad that they cost $4.75 per bottle or I would be drinking a lot more.

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Photo of LeftonJackman
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A lovely pour in a tulip glass. A golden amber, near flawless autumnal color with a playfully bubbly head that tickles my upper lip. It almost would have been good enough to admire the glass.

The aromas were subtle and wispy, disappearing as soon as they drift over the rim. The same thing with the taste. It takes two or three deliberate tastes to begin to get the dark fruit, raisins and spice.

Its effervescence is a delight in the mouth and makes this Trappist a delicate drink and worthy of a second.

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Photo of sccala
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured out of a rather boring labeled 11.2 oz. brown glass bottle. Served into a pint glass...probably not the best glass to serve this beer in, but that was all I had at the time. Perhaps a tulip, or chalice would have given this beer an even better score than I gave it....

A- Cool color...a auburn/rust color. Very dense, so dense that the carbonation was hard to pick up under normal lighting. A slightly yellowish 3 finger collar. Very good lacing.

S- MMMmm..I smell fresh baked cookies...with spices in them....maybe a nice soft gingerbread cookie....It has kind of a buttery smell as well.

T- I usually don't like to taste the alcohol in a beer, but I like it in this instance. Very subtle estery taste mixed with....fruits such as figs and dates...maybe even plum.

M- The carbonation and alcohol penetrate the lining of the cheeks and palate, and follow with a relaxing, numbing (in a good way) massage.

D- How could you NOT drink this beer. Maybe if you couldn't afford it...which isn't unlikely, because at my local supplier...it's nearly $7.00 for 11.2 oz, but that is to be expected from a beer such as this.

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Photo of Twincrasher
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very good. Some particulates. Proteins maybe. Nice copper color.

S: Candy caramel. Really a treat. I like this better than the 8. Surprises me.

T: So nice. Sweet but not cloying. Very well cut by alcohol. Will be very very good with meat dish.

M: Very smooth finish, very fun.

O: Excellent beer.

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Photo of Maracuja
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a bit of a hazy purple to dark red color with the head pertinent in size, frothy in texture and the lace fine long lasting sheets. Vinous lots of malt, fruit sweet, quite pleasant to sniff with the start ambrosial and the top skinny in feel. Finish is astringent, pleasantly hopped and a nice dry lingering aftertaste. A good beer, not as good as the 8/10, but still a top notch beer nonetheless.

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Photo of lamergod
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a tulip

A: Nice caramel brown hue which looks a little bit like liquid malt. Slightly carbonated, filtered, not what I expected with a finger thick fluffy head.

S: Nice smell of caramel really hits you, then some slight notes of butter/margarine. Coupled with some slight dark fruit smell, seemingly like wine.

T: Pretty much like the smell. Strong caramel notes with some butter and dark fruits. Slightly carbonated, a nice touch. Finishes with a bitter note. Slightly acidic.

M: Well balanced, carbonated. A very balanced beer through and through. Nice balance of flavours and carbonation. Easily drinkable.

Overall: Very balanced in many ways. Not a mind blowing beer, but a sort of beer where you just won't be disappointed. Those monks sure know how to brew a goddamn beer.

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Photo of wscaffe
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of LVituri
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of cartdan
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a clear medium brown with nice head and good lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity a little like figs. Taste is fruity with a subtle sweetness and just a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, with nice carbonation. Overall an incredible beer, wish I had more than one...

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Photo of mbutter1997
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish amber, slightly cloudy with 1" of thick rough head that sticks around a long time. Just the look makes my mouth water.
S: A rich aroma of malt, slight hints of chocolate, coffee & mild phenols. Slightly sweet, reminds me somewhat of a dubbel.
T: A wonderfully unique taste. Slightly sweet, very malty, almost no hop character. Fruitiness typical of the style is present but quite mild, as is the alcohol. Not sure why, but the taste isn't what I expected. Delightful brew.
M: Smooth & very rich but not creamy, lots of fizz.
D: Very drinkable, smooth and tasty. It's not my favorite Trappist beer, but still worthy of another sample.

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Photo of ajayma
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK. Full of life and a seductive crackling fizz on first pour. However, the head and lace dissipated rather quickly.

SMELL. Dried fruit, bread crust, milk chocolate.

BODY & TASTE. Soft and medium with a crackling fizz. Begins with a slight sweetness which then expresses itself with subtle notes of dark dried fruit and spice. Yeasty, herbal notes persists throughout. Then, finishing it off is note of dried fruit which tastes more like cocoa powder as it lingers.

AFTERMATH. Love it with carrot cake, or perhaps a cinnamon-based dessert. Caramelized pears. Fuhgedibowdit.

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Photo of dsolonenko
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy brow color with a big head which quickly dissipates
S: Nutty and frutty, somewhat spicy, bread is there too
T: Malty and frutty again, a bit bit sour, bread in the aftertaste, almost no bitterness
M: Watery mouthfeel, good carbonation level
O: Pleasant beer, no more no less

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Photo of bradley194
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brownish, almost purple color. Immediately it has a two finger head which disappears rather quickly. The smell almost has a liquor smell to it. A sweet malty smell; caramel.

The taste is really big; strong malt favor with a hoppy aftertaste. Very complex. There is a lot going on with this beer. It taste kind of a floral hint to it. It is kind of sweet, but not too sweet. It is very heavy and I would not recommend this beer to a lot of people, but I think it is really very good. Honestly to me this beer almost tastes like a nice red wine.

Though this is not my favorite beer I have tried I have to say that I have to really respect its characteristics. Just because I am not huge into it does not mean that it is not an extremely well crafted beer. I am no judge. This beer is very complex and takes a while to drink because you taste something different almost every time you pick up your glass. I would recommend this beer.

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Photo of ATSJer
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden colored ale, cloudy with a lot of particulate most settles to the bottom but a lot of it continues to float within the brew, thick white medium density head that clears fairly quickly.

Aroma: Complex, sweet and yet spicy. I could smell the hops but the sweetness of the malts is present as well. It also has some pronounced fruit smells.

Taste: This is where you just want to climb inside the glass. Rich malts moderate sweetness, light hoppiness. The flavor is so well blended that it seems like you catch them all at once. It is simply delicious, the flavors are very well balanced with the light hopps, you can also taste the sweetness. All of these flavors really mix well and are very nice. I can't imagine a brew much better than this.

Moderate density, smooth, lightly carbonated, near the bottom you'll get the particulate more, but it doesn't detract.

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Photo of BullCityB
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine burgundy into a chalice, quite the attractive one. The head is slightly off-white and has decent retention.

The aroma is textbook Belgian Dark. Dried fruit, a little alcohol, a little spice, and a touch of malt sweetness to top it all off. I get Pavlovian when I smell beers like this...

The first thing I notice on my tongue is a nice tart cherry sourness, rapidly followed by some yeasty spice and alcohol on the finish, which is slightly dryer than expected, though not truly dry. The carbonation is fine, and it gives it a lightness of body than, quite honestly, I find refreshing.

All in all, I like this beer a lot. It's not quite a world-beater, but still a very tasty beverage that, if not for the price, I would go back to often.

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Photo of boldcity2008
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: I poured this from the bottle at about 40F and man what a head this thing pours like 3 inches!!! Its a cloudy medium brown beer in color.

S: ok call me crazy but it smells like a sweet iced tea to me. Sweet malt hits the nose with no hops detected at all. I can smell the yeast very nice and complex.

T: well I know why i love Belgians, so complex and in your face beers. First thing hits me is the malt and plum sweetness. Your NOT going to find any hops because the malt and yeast favors so balance it out. good stuff. the after taste is a tad boozy until it warms up near 60F. lots of grape. leather, woody flavors going on here.

M: thick and rich, no carbonation after the head dies.

D: easy to drink, smooth and the alcohol does not hit you until you throw down 4 or 5 lol

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Photo of benyerd
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(A) An amber to almost a brown in color that was incedibly hazy. 1cm head that held through out the beer. Small amounts or yeast floating in this one.

(S) Semi- sweet with oak and earthy undertones. Tough to put a true nose on this one.

(T) Surprisingly malty and slightly crisp. Can pick up a slight roasted malt flavor that hits the back part of the palate. Overall mild in flavor and very unique.

(M) Light and almost felt flat on the tongue.

(D) Very drinkable! Mild flavor makes for a great sesson beer that is if price is not an option.

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Photo of stalker5
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a nice mahogany brown with an off-white head that retained very well. Smells of bread/yeast yeast with some fruit and raisin notes. Taste has a slight breadyness to it, with the alcohol being hidden very well. Mouthfeel is well carbonated with a wet finish. Not my favorite, would prefer the 10 but still a great drink.

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Photo of Shoegaze99
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Expectations are a funny thing. They can mess with your view of a beer, both for the better and for the worse. And with a beer like Rochefort, it's hard NOT to have expectations. This is a beer with a reputation for being world class.

But is it?

The answer is, yes. Yes, it is. Allow me to explain.

Appearance - Poured a relatively fresh (Oct. 2010) bottle of the 6 into a flute glass (poor glassware choice in retrospect). The color was a deep orange brown, looking not unlike a forest floor in autumn. Even with a gentle pour it generated three fingers of creamy, tan head. A very appetizing looking beer.

Smell/Nose - Here's where I was thrown off. I expect a world class beer to have a world class aroma, but I honestly felt myself slightly underwhelmed by Rochefort 6. Maybe it's the big IPAs and Imperial Stouts I've been drinking this winter, almost all of which fill the nose with heady aromas, but this left me unimpressed. Smelled heavy with yeast, very sweet with hints of caramel. Not unpleasant, but also not alluring.

A beer, though, rises or falls on its taste ...

Taste - ... and here is where Rochefort 6 shines. The first sip was a little "meh," which surprised me. Got more head than beer. Nothing really stood out. Nothing grabbed me.

As the beer mellowed and warmed, though, it got better with each progressive sip. It tasted like a rich pastry bread in beer form, all sorts of bready and malty and delicious. A little sweet but subdued; caramel flavors but in perfect balance with everything else going on in the beer; dashes of raisin and the like; hints of grainy buttered bread.

By the end what had started as a decent but not mind-blowing beer turned out to be a stunner. Those who roll strictly with IPAs will probably be put off by the lack of up front hops, but folks who like a well-balanced beer that dabbles in all the taste textures beer has to offer will enjoy this.

Mouthfeel - Mild but mouth-pleasing carbonation and a full-bodied feel without being *heavy* made this a pleasant experience. As the beer approached warmer temperatures it felt fuller, smoother, and nicer on the tongue. Quite good.

Drinkability - It would be an understatement to say that the Rochefort 6 drank well. It's a very solid but not mindblowing 7.5 ABV, which means it's relatively strong, yet it doesn't drink like it. Goes GREAT with a meal (I had this alongside a pasta dish). Would make a great capper to an evening or would serve as an excellent standalone treat.

Bottom line: My glass started off underwhelming but by the end I felt as if Rochefort has earned its near legendary reputation. It's a rich, complex beer by any measure. Even at $6 a bottle, I'll be drinking this again.

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Photo of Hugues
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the little sister of the green one, and just as charming. Until recently, I believe the production was erratic, so regular supply were not easy.

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Photo of OldRaysputin
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light brown almost apricot color.

S: Top notch...i don't even know how to describe this other than to say it smells like a fruit rollup. Fruits and sweetness galore.

T: Not hoppy...light roasted malt, not too sweet but perfectly balanced. Its funny...im having a tough time describing this and i think it might be the tastiest beer i have had...maybe ever.

M/D: A true enjoyment. Just enough carbonation to wake the palate. This is an exceptional brew.

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Photo of paulaner
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This by far is the best Rochefort. It is just exploding with flavour that can not be topped. The aroma is top notch only to be out done ounce you get this wonderful beer on your tongue. When I drink this one it just relaxes me and takes away from the rush of our every day life and takes you to a place you will only understand when you have been to belgium to relax. With the lower alcohol content of the other Rocheforts you can drink this one all night. But even in Belgium this one is harder to come upon but it is out there in most gertrankmarts. I highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a bursting, flavorful beer.

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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 944 ratings.