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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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1,866 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,866
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 127
Gots: 193 | FT: 6
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Brasserie de Rochefort

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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Photo of tobelerone


3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

The little sister of the bigger 8 and 10 is still a pretty big beer in its own right. The appearance might be the weak point here; murky cider color with lots of floaties; not much head although the carbonation is still strong..decent sheets of lacing.

Pungent aroma of booze and dark fruit. Plum, raisin, the usual suspects. Sweet malt. These characteristics are also present in the taste. Complex and subtle. Nice yeastiness in there with a somewhat undefinable flavor..bubblegum? Not the typical banana esters one encounters so often. Good balance between the malt and yeast overall.

Dry finish, the carbonation is lively and crisp. I liked this one but it's definitely a step down in deliciousness and profundity from the legendary 10. The 8 is still on my must-try list.

10-07-2011 23:36:28 | More by tobelerone
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

Muddy orange brown color like sunrise in a mud puddle. Big head settles down and makes itself comfortable as if to say, "don't mind if stay for awhile." But then it doesn't. No lace.

Dark fruit that pulls up short of plum with black cherry leading the charge. Toffee.Taste is bready toffee with some more black cherry fruit. Still not a fan of the Rochefort body.

The favorite Rochefort of this not big Rochefort fan.

10-04-2011 01:35:33 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown, killer 2 inch head, tons of lacing, unflitered floaters , looks great.

Smell - Tons of spices, sweet fruits, fig, carmal, yeast, bready, apples, cherries.

Taste - The baby of the 3 rocheforts. Malty, lighter and easiest of them all tod drink. Plenty of spices with some sweet fruits espically apple and cherry. There is a buttery, carmal malt flavor along with some booze at the end.

Mouthfeel - Its medium body but the tounge gets lots of sweet malts and sugars. The palette gets some fruits and the booze. Aftertaste is sweet, carmal-like.

Overall - Very tasty and smooth. Still a sipper mosty from the alcohol at the end. Not as complex as 10 but its a great selecting if 10 was simply to much for you to handle with all its flavors, high alcohol etc. World class beer here.

10-01-2011 21:58:00 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of psuKinger


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A: Murky brown with a soft full off-white head.

S: I could pick up on the fig, date, and bisquity sweetness on the pour. When I reach in for a good whiff, I pick up more candied sugars and some bread-like yeastiness.

T: This is a sweet beer, as is typical for Rochefort. But there is an underlying spiciness to this one that I don't find in the 10, and the bread-like yeast is more pronounced as well.

M: Light and lively with good carbonation, but lacks that superior "creaminess" that the 10 is able to open up and become.

D/O: The best test of any beer is "would you have another"? The answer here is "yes". I'd have another right after I finished this one, if I could. Very good.

09-25-2011 23:23:13 | More by psuKinger
Photo of KMcG


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured a reddish brown with a tan head about a finger thick. The aroma is full on yeast and sweet malt, which follows the taste of toasted malt and molasses. There is some fig and big dark wheat bread.  The body is light- medium and a fair amount of carbonation. Really pleasant and well balanced. 

09-17-2011 20:31:00 | More by KMcG
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured a massive almost all head of off-white color. The body has a hazy apple cider appearance. Smell is very mild in my sample, with just a little dried fruit reminding me of fig and some caramel. Taste is more of the same flavors, mild, and with a buttery texture. There's a subtle long tingly finish. This is probably one of the mildest of the Trappistes. A fine beer.

09-14-2011 08:59:40 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of magictacosinus


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 11oz bottle. Freshness date is listed as 04/13/16.

Appearance: An astonishing reddish color that makes it look like cherry soda, with a big, frothy head that gives the impression of ice cream. If you aren't tempted by a beer that looks like this, that's a mighty shame.

Smell: A big, bold whiff of sugary, rum-coated raisins and dried fruits. The alcohol, just like Rochefort 10, is present, but not as overwhelming. There's a nutty, sweet aroma as well, which makes it a nice beer to sniff.

Taste: Extremely malty, and this seems to be the aspect for drinking this beer more than anything else. The nutty, raisin flavor seems to maintain the most throughout. There's a hoppy, slight sour (!) bite with it as well. A very tasty beer indeed - very strong yeast flavors here, so beware if you don't like it too yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but enough balance with water and alcohol to make it a ridiculously easy drink. There's a slight bitter bite that makes it good. Very warming as I expected it to be. Very dry towards the end. Much easier to drink than Rochefort 10, but alas, not as fun.

Overall: Not as incredible as Rochefort 10, but still one of the top Belgian dark beers for sure. A welcoming, complex beer that is extremely easy to drink. All I need to do is try Rochefort 8 and see which one of these holds the longest redrinkability!

09-13-2011 20:08:25 | More by magictacosinus
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3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color with an off white head on top. The lacing was pretty good here. The smell of the beer had a big yeasty aroma to it with some darker malts giving off a little sweetness. The taste was a little smokey I thought, I found that to be a little interesting. The other flavors of bread, and caramel were in there too. The mouthfeel was decent in my opinion, though that the beer had a good softness to it. Overall not a bad Belgian brew at all. Quite enjoyable.

09-12-2011 04:14:34 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Kromes


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

A: Poured into a Chimay glass. A hazy light brown with a thin line of active bubbles on top.

S: Very bready smelling with a little bit of alcohol, dark fruit and toffee.

T: Bready malt with a brown sugar sweetness, dark fruit, and molasses flavor. Very balanced smooth flavor.

M: high carbonation suits this beer well. There is a spicy, peppery feel.

O: A very good belgian ale. This is one you could sip all night.

09-11-2011 23:38:54 | More by Kromes
Photo of Mar02x


4/5  rDev -3.6%

I had a beer tasting in a pub called 'the Mug' in Middelburg. I was being introduced to the local PINT beer tasting club. The theme that night were UK Stout and Porter beers. But first a Rochefort 6 to start the evening with.

A - Bordeaux red / brown, no carbonation and a retracting head, bit off withe.

S - Fruits and yeast.

T - Chocolate and raisins bit sweet not to much.

M - Medium carbonation, no alcohol present, a little bitterness in the end.

O - A good beer of medium complexity, a bit light to my taste.

09-11-2011 07:41:40 | More by Mar02x
Photo of mcallister


3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

Opaque, liquid caramel/amber with a very spritzy large head that fades just as fast inot a tight bubbled molten topping. Heavy carbonation evident.

Dark fruits, pitted fruits, with some other dried fruit aromas. Lots going on, raisin bread, plum, cranberry, cherry, blueberry, pomegranate, nuts, rustic spices, earthy, yeasty and on and on.

Very much like the 8 but more watery. Takes on the same malt character and fruit. Obviously the same yeast strain. A little thinner in the middle makes the alcohol show through too much but still very delicious. Tastes like the aroma, with a large variety of dried fruits. Nutty and dry in the finish. Quick and abrupt.

09-08-2011 21:45:53 | More by mcallister
Photo of kylehay2004


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Unfortunately mine was a gusher. Murky brown.

S: Dark fruit including plum, cherry and red apple. Spice notes

T: Less of the dark fruit in the taste. More fig and caramel. The paste is very mellow though with the "bite" more from the carbonation.

M: Medium to high carbonation. Light bodied. semi dry finish.

O: A great aroma, nice taste and very drinkable and smooth. A nicely crafted beer.

09-06-2011 23:54:47 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of isthatbeer

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip shaped glass.

A: Deep hazy brown hue. A nice three fingers of off-white head but I'm surprised that its not lacing the glass as I drink down the beer.

S: Lots of crusty bread, dates, sour cherries.

T: The taste is more subdued than I was anticipating. Its got some sweet malt but its kind of tart in the finish.

M: Medium to light body with lots of tiny bubbles.

I like this beer but I was expecting to be a little more impressed. I actually thought its nose was its strong suit. I guess I need to try the 8 and the 10.

09-05-2011 01:08:09 | More by isthatbeer
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +6%

A: 1 1/2" cream coloured head that receded slowly over brown liquid with unpasteurized and unfiltered goodness floating within.

S: Yeast, peach and raisin.

T: The initial taste is bitter yet sweet like the combination of candied cherries and dark chocolate. This transitions into a cereal-like finish, reminiscent of Captain Crunch.

M: Medium viscosity with a medium level of fine carbonation. Very nice.

O: Extremely drinkable and pleasant Belgian Strong Dark Ale. If this was easier to come by in my area I would make this a mainstay of my beer fridge.

08-24-2011 02:22:27 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

Bottle best before Nov 4, 2014 (bottled Nov 4, 2009).

Beer is a light brown/dark red, almost a maroon. A large, very active and bubbly off-white head dissipates very quickly, leaving a film.

Sweet (but not overly sweet) malt is the most immediate smell. Bready, with toffee and brown sugar scents as well. Nice smell, but a little subdued, and nowhere near the complexity or wonderfulness of the 8 or 10 (a tough comparison, to be sure).

Taste includes raisins, bready and sweet malt, a bit of toffee. A little bit tart, especially in this finish, which was a surprise and is rather nice. A bit of booze at the end. Better than the nose, for me, and quite nice, but certainly not on the same level as its big brothers.

Beer has a fair bit of carbonation, and its sweetness dries out the mouth a little. Slightly irritating. Medium bodied.

Overall, definitely a good beer but not a gem the way the 8 and 10 are. I am trying to review it on its own merits (which are notable) rather than size it up against the others, but it is hard to ignore the comparison entirely. I certainly like this beer, but it is merely good, rather than outstanding.

08-24-2011 01:14:13 | More by jrenihan
Photo of popery


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

From notes 8/1/11. Pours a deep amber-brown with good clarity and a fizzy head. There are some floaties, but I could have avoided them with a better pour. The aroma is a mix of floral, brown sugar, bready malt, fruit - raisins, peaches, apricots, plums - and earth. There’s little that I can easily ascribe to hops. It smells kinda like a fresh hunk of cinnamon raisin bread topped and honeysuckle. The taste is also quite nice. Lots of sweetness that quickly blossoms into earthy complexity. The feel is a bit fizzy for my taste but not bad. This is a very good beer with plenty of Belgian yeast flavor.

08-15-2011 23:12:21 | More by popery
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

I will openly cop to being cowed by the Authentic Trappist beers. I may dress in FrancisCAN (brown) monk's robes and call myself Bro. Woody with the Order of Disorder, but I do so as an homage to the true brothers who produce these beers. The Merchant du Vin peeps have walked me through tutored tastings and still I am in awe.

I read a whole buncha reviews for this beer in preparation and it does not seem to get as much love as its 8 and 10 brethren. I am going with a gentle pour to keep from stirring up any lees and I am using a Westmalle chalice as my glass.

Just like with my previous Orval, it did not matter how gentle my pour, the head was forming at an incredible rate. It settled into a rocky finger of tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity, thanks in part to my pour. Nose was VERY malty - toffee, caramel, fresh baked bread, dried dark fruits and even a light must. Mouthfeel was silky, gliding over my tongue on its way to my throat, but I held it in my mouth to swirl it around. As a self-avowed hophead, the sugary sweetness of the malt really hit me. Wow! The finish had a bit of heat to it and I had to sit back and collect myself before taking a second sip. Double yoi! Now, the heat and sweetness gave way to a melange of flavors, including the aforementioned caramel/toffee and raisin bread. Wild. I just worry that I am not the intended audience for this style of beer, but I hope that it suffices to say that I did enjoy it, all in all.

08-15-2011 22:07:30 | More by woodychandler
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District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Shared with Mike & Amy in a blind tasting of Rochefort 6, Rochefort 8, Rochefort 10, Russian River Salvation, and Abbaye de Rocs Brune.

The beer is brown, with a thick, off white head that leaves ample lacing on the glass. The aroma offers yeast, malt, caramel, toffee. The flavor is great, with yeast and caramels leading the way. Not nearly as bold or flavorful as Rochefort 10. The body is thinner than is customary for the style. Smooth on the palate, this brew is highly drinkable. I would have this again.

08-13-2011 13:11:55 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of seabass87


3.3/5  rDev -20.5%

Poured from 11.2 FL OZ bottle into tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazelnut caramel brown. Fair amount of sediment transfer. Brief fizzy head that leaves no lacing.

S- Rye bread, molasses, sweet caramel maltiness... And a weird barnyard funk. A unique scent, but I'm not finding it particularly enjoyable. This was my least favorite aspect of this beer.

T- Bready Belgian yeast and caramel biscuit coupled with a refreshingly light body and a good amount of carbonation. Flavors feel a bit dull. Transition is subdued with hints of slightly bitter grapes and brings us towards caramel granny smith apples and a bit of warmth. There's a much delayed mild kick of the aforementioned yeast profile which is a pleasant surprise. These flavors are right up my alley, but they just don't come alive.

M- Light bodied and a relatively high amount of carbonation. Leaves a little bit of sticky dryness.

O- Not a bad beer... Has the misfortune of being compared alongside the Rochefort 8 as well as other notorious Belgian strong darks. Will try again in the future, to see if maybe I just got a bad batch/bottle.

08-13-2011 03:22:25 | More by seabass87
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.08/5  rDev -25.8%

33cl bottle poured into Grimbergen Chalice

Bottle code 080714

A- Dark ruddy red body with lots of sediment poured in. 2 finger creamy tan head reduces instantly almost, leaving a faint crown with little to no lacing.

S- A little peppery spice with a faint toffee malt note. Very subtle

T- Faint vanilla and toffee malt. You really have to concentrate to pick these flavours up though. Finish is semi dry.

M- High carbonation, possibly a touch thin body.

D- Ummm, struggling to sum this beer up really. Probably because i found it so bland. Carbonation and dryness levels on the tongue were right for a trappist dark ale but there was just no complexity in the nose or on the palate. Really forgettable. Will need to hunt down a fresher example.

08-09-2011 22:03:00 | More by seanyfo
Photo of hustlesworth


2.5/5  rDev -39.8%


A- full, frothy head sizzles away rapidly leaving the beer with a flat appearance, just like a glass of iced tea.

S- softly aromatic fruits and vanilla caramel dominate along with some sweet wine undertones. melon and pear, and a touch of coffee-like roastiness and milk chocolate.

T- weak and diluted. subtle grains and fruit with a touch of alcohol.

MF- overly carbonated and stinging. does not allow any fullness to be felt.

D- **** there is definitely something wrong here. the "expiration date" is 060213 so i'm assuming this bottle is about 3 years old. should have had plenty of time to develop but maybe the yeast ate up everything and just left me with bubbles. i was very excited about this beer and feel hugely disappointed. at least i can rely on the couple bottles i have of 8 and 10 and i WILL re-review this 6 when i get a better, perhaps younger, bottle.

08-09-2011 03:20:20 | More by hustlesworth
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3.65/5  rDev -12%

A - wow. that is murky. a decent sized head sits atop an mid-shit brown coloured soup, adorned with huge particles of sediment floating around.

S - Heavy roasted malts, toffee and caramel.

T - A lot going on here. Caramelised figs, brown sugar, toffee, barley and milo.

M - Smooth and dry with moderate body, high carbonation.

O - A very multifaceted, flavoursome and warming ale. Its all there but the combination of flavours just doesnt hit the spot for my palate.

08-08-2011 02:00:10 | More by dansmcd
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

11.2oz. bottle served into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice

Pours a 80% opaque burnt caramel color. It's much lighter than Rocheforts 8 and 10. This is nearly the color of a double IPA. I've seen barleywines lighter than this. If you peek into the very bottom of the glass you can see the streams of carbonation screaming to the top. That lively carbonation produces a tight yet soft head about one finger in size. I don't see a lot of BSDAs this light, but it works.

Like Rochefort 8, there is a lot going on in the nose, just not a lot of intensity. I pick up on Grape Nuts brand cereal, bubblegum, caramel cake, some slightly-minty tea leaves, a touch of horehound candy, ginger, and some clove. That's a lot of things, but you have to concentrate to suss them all out. The nose is pretty well-integrated too. It's malty and yeasty right up front before softening to the herbal character.

The taste follows the nose; there are a lot of similar notes going on. The initial attack is all sweetness. Lots of caramel, lots of maltiness, plenty of bubblegum esters, and a trace of a vinous component. The midpalate goes more herbal. It is dominated by a gingersnap cookie flavor, with some of that unique horehound flavor backing it up. The finish is more gingersnap along with some sun tea. This is quite the focused flavor profile, especially relative to the flavor bonanzas that are Rocheforts 8 and 10.

Rochefort 6 has the level of effervescence that you expect from a Trappist beer. The body is a hair thinner than I might prefer. The active carbonation masks the thinness at first, but once the bubble settle down then it becomes apparent. Still, this mouthfeel is up to Trappist standards.

Rochefort 6 is so different than 8 and 10 that you might be tempted to think less of 6 because of it. Forget about 8 and 10. 6 holds its own against the best BSDAs in the world. I avoided buying it for the longest time because I thought it'd be too much like a Dubbel (a style that I am routinely underwhelmed by). As it turns out this is like a super-Dubbel. It has the narrow scope of a Dubbel but simultaneously achieving a complexity matched by few Dubbbels. This would be a perfect pairing with rabbit and a mushroom risotto. It would likely perform marvelously at the Thanksgiving table. Don't make the mistake that I did in avoiding this beer for so long.

08-03-2011 23:57:38 | More by Reaper16
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2.48/5  rDev -40.2%

Got this in bottle from West Lakeview Liquors.

I honestly don't understand how beers like this score so highly. All I tasted in this beer was alcohol. There was nothing "beery" whatsoever that I was able to pull out. I might as well have been drinking rum or scotch. It poured dark brown, with tanish head. Aroma was alcohol. Taste was alcohol. Mouthfeel was completely over carbonated, and after a sip from the bottle it almost exploded in my face. Overall, Not impressed whatsoever.

07-31-2011 23:08:38 | More by Northsider
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

My 3rd Rochefort (had 8 and 10). Been looking forward to trying this one. Popped the top, and a loud pop and hiss followed. Smokey cloudy vapor just swirls around the top of the bottle. Crazy cool. Slowly poured into Brooklyn tulip glass. Pours a murky brown color, very little head, but visible small bubbles come up the side of the glass. Smell- dark fruit, raisins, prunes, some alcohol detectable, brown sugar, winter spices. A lot going on here. Taste- SUPER rich carbonation, definite raisin presence, dark fruits. The taste is not as complex as the aroma, but I guess I didn't expect this to be as rich and flavorful as the 10. The carbonation is crazy- its almost too much, making it almost acidic from the sharpness of the bubbles. It's a little bit of a knock of this one. Overall, this is a good beer, that I am glad I tried, but it pales in comparison to me of its bigger brothers (8 and 10)

07-30-2011 19:46:08 | More by lnashsig
Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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