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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,898 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 1,898
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 128
Gots: 194 | 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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Photo of rarbring
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is rather dark brown, a bit clouded, a large head that settles slowly, unequal sized bubbles leaving little lacing but much curtains.

The smell is definitely earthy, concrete, dust, sour milk and yeast.

The taste starts sweet, sugar, biscuits, fruit aromas, peaches, pears and some anisette.

Much carbonation, small lively bubbles, a good body, slightly alcoholic.

Not bad, but a bit young and lively, I'd go with it's elder brothers.

rarbring, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of birdyone
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark and rich. Brown cloudy and amber. Slight head that quickly dissipates. Minimal spiderwebbing. Inviting looking.

Smell is very Belgian Trappist; dark and fruity. Hints of fresh baked bread. It smells like other beers this style, which I would normally rate a "average." Yet this just smells more right. More balanced.

Taste is wonderful! Now that not to call it the best beer I've had. It's one of those, "I know I've had better beers, but I really can't remember when." It's nothing against this beer, I've had a lot of different beers, and many are of them were before I found BA. . .

It's got a good mouthfeel. It's smooth, no burn, and no horrible after taste. It leaves a little something to be desired in the finish. It's almost like your tastes bud cry when you swallow it; which does diminish the experience slightly.

I did not give this one too high of a mark for drinkability. Better than average, sure; it tastes wonderful. But it is a higher than normal price, though lower than you would expect, so that's only a small part. It's not too heavy, it's too rich. This is an alternative to wine with cheese and crackers, or a nice way to finish off a good meal. You can definitely put several of the away in one sitting, but not at a BBQ or a big party. It's a sipper, not a chugger. You won't struggle to finish it by any means, but. . . Think of it like eggs Benedict vs a breakfast sandwich. They both have an English muffin, two eggs and ham. But add hollandaise sauce and it become very rich, and you are contented with the initial serving. An egg sandwich not so much, you need the hash brown and maybe some fruit to be contented. This is eggs Benedict, and something like a Guinness would be a egg sandwich, and a Budweiser would be an egg McMuffin. Point being, good to drink, but not one to drink well into the night.

birdyone, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of chicagoabbot
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz into a snifter. If I had an endless supply of this brew, I might be content to drink nothing else. A lot of people seem to favor the trappist tripels, but for me the Roch 6 has no equal. What can I say? This murky, funky brew doesn't have the biggest nose of any Belgian, it's not the strongest, the flavor is somewhat mild...but it's perfect, the black sediment on the bottom of the snifter and the way the brown bubbles caress my tongue tell me everything I need to know...even though Russian Imperials Stouts are my favorite moreso than any Belgian, this is my absolute favorite beer, even over some of the wild lambics or my tops RIS. Roch 6 is simply a champion. Enough said; if you see a bottle, get it, you won't regret it.

chicagoabbot, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark maple cloudy brown with a short lived tan head. Aroma of bready yeasty malt and dark dried fruit some caramel. Taste is malty, yeast with some caramel, brown sugar. Palate is medium body with nice lively carbonation, nice mouth feel. Finish is malty, yeast, ending with some brown sugar and raisins notes, alcohol presence gives this a nice mild finish. Overall a very nice brew

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of dubinsky
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

dubinsky, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Been having a hankering lately for some Trappist goodness; about time I got to this one then.

This beer pours a murky dark orange-brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and rather foamy dirty white head, which melts away fairly quickly, leaving a very low-lying berm of lace around the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, raisins, dates, apple wine, a touch of peppery yeast, and some earthy, floral, and not quite bitter, hops. The taste is butterscotch-tinted caramel malt, bready yeast, some tangy, spicy dark fruit, bruised apples, and mildly bitter floral, leafy hops, with the elevated booze pretty much doing deep undercover work.

The carbonation is a bit strong in its almost fizzy frothiness, adding to the tangy perception of the fruitiness, possibly, the body fairly light for the style - a starving medium weight - and more crisp, than smooth. It finishes off-dry, with a bready, almost biscuity reserved sweetness, well tempered by the lingering fruity yeast and residual bitter earthy hops.

Definitely the little brother of the lot - the hops sure make a difference here, compared to the big boozy, fruity ticking malt time bombs (I say that with love) of the 8 and 10. So this is indeed good, just in a bit of an unexpected way. Hardly necessary to say, I know, but definitely give this one a try.

biboergosum, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of Weissbierdrinker, thanks dude!

A - Pours a murky, light brown with reddish notes and lot's of sediment chunks floating around. Cap of off white head with brown yeast portions on top. Medium carbonation. Good cap remains throughout but there is no lacing to speak of unless agitated.

S - The best smelling BSDA I've ever smelt. Smells really fresh. I can smell hops which is a really pleasant surprise. Nice and floral. I don't get much aside from that. Maybe some raisiny fruits, sweet Belgiany character and fruitiness as well but that's it. A nice aroma that I certainly didn't expect.

T - The floral hops are there again with more raisin and possibly other pitted fruits. Some spice is there too I think. The hops are the best part of this. Really nice flavour.

M - Creamy, slight carbonation. Medium body, certainly not thin.

D - Oh ya! This was such a great surprise. I'm not sure if I'm interpreting this differently but the hop presence is a good addition to the style. Well done.

tbeckett, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of birchstick
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark ruby red / reddish brown with a gorgeous head

S - tons of sweet fruits (tart apples & pears) backed by very sweet, caramel malt and some spice

T - the nose translates well to the palate. The sweet fruits are there, but not as strong as they appeared to be on the nose. The caramel malts really shine, and dark fruits are present (which I didn't pick up on the nose). There is also some alcohol on the finish. Nice combination of flavors, really well done!

M - this is a very creamy, full bodied ale

D - solid BSDA here by the monks at Rochefort. This might be my favorite of their lineup...I should have bought more of this and less of the 10. This will be one of my standards of the style for comparison's sake.

birchstick, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a trappistes rochefort chalice.

similar to the 8 and 10, the 6 pours a murky brown tone with maybe a finger of a beige colored head that dissipates faily quickly; significantly weaker retention than i remember from the others in the family... lacing is good, but also not quite as impressive as its brethren. that all said, still an appealing BSDA.

the aroma fills your nostrils and you know you're smelling a rochefort. that familiar combination of their yeasts, caramel malt, dark fruit, spices, and alcohol is unmistakable. not quite as robust as say the 10, but very good.

flavor profile follows the nose pretty closely. some bitterness in the finish. flavorful and complex, though it doesn't quite have that palate arousing oomph of its older brothers. still, very tasty.

medium bodied mouthfeel, medium, slickly prickly carbonation. very drinkable.

perrymarcus, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus tulip wide mouthed type of glass. Have not had this in YEARS!!

Six pours out the bottle looking a dirty red shade with brown as well. Once in the glass, a dirty brown color with maroon effects. A sturdy pour yielded a quarter inch of fluffy cream//dark tan shade of da foam. No stick.

Has quite a nose and is not boggled down by tonz of malt as it's big sister ten. It has that dark fruit package (apple, plum, pear) but it shines brighter. Less residual sugar as well, but a nice heaping of Belgian yeast giving off bubblegum.

As noted, the fruit really kicks in to full gear, a bunch of apple and plums with a tart vibe to it that I DIG. Some toffee from da malts, alot of sweetness from the yeast, candi like, bubblegum. Less alcohol and sugar and I guess malt make this a fruity experience.

The feel on this is superb, It is kinda perfect for the amount of alc in it, almost to perfect. Six starts out fruity and smooth but ends off with a twang of sorts. The body is approaching medium and there is a ton of carb without being bitey.

This was a treat and I kinda prefer this compared to the ten, although that is a quad. I could get through two of these no problem. It went very quickly, let's just leave it at that.

BARFLYB, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from skinny 11.2 ouncer into a Ommegang glass I picked up last winter.

Pours dark brown with 2 fingers initial white foam that resides on the top.

Malty sugary Belgian smell.

Bitter opens firmly, full of flavor, alcohol finish. Dark fruit taste with candied sugar. Powerful carbonation.

Good to go! Nice complex taste. Good drinker.

KTCamm, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of Cheesemoose
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Bernardus Chalice.

Near mahogany on the pour.Hazy appearance when put up to light. Two fingers of head that recedes into a hearty film that rides the glass with each sip.

Lightly toasted whole wheat bread is the closest I can come to describing the smell. Grains predominate, with a hint of fruit and a little spiciness in the background.

Floral spice notes upfront, bread flavors predominate through to a dry finish. Dark fruit hide in the shadows, but make no real presence. Yeast has a lot of flavor going on. Definitive carob flavor, good bit of spice and raisins.

A bit of carbonation. Very drinkable, but would have to stick with just one on a beer topping off at 7%. Lots of complexity, but nothing to be scared away from. A must try.

Cheesemoose, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of nkersten
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Leffe glass, light hazy brown with a small bubbly tan head. Lots of floaties in this one. Smell is great, very complex. Ripe fruits, some yeast, a tiny bit of roasty malt and a bit of alcohol. Taste is good, but not what I had expected after the smell. Honestly, kind of bland. Some malt, not a lot of yeast or hop flavor, a bit of caramel in the finish, very dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated, finish is a bit warm. Drinkability is average, not a huge fan of this beer.

nkersten, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a wine goblet.
Dark tea in color, with a moderate, spritzy head of foam.
Aroma-Subtle, earthy hop note, raisin box, brown sugar.
Taste-Spicy caramel,brown sugar,raisins. Dry finish, bubbly and rather light-bodied for the strength. Very interesting and full of character as more flavors emerge: Dark rye bread, pumpernickle, fennel, anise notes, caraway seeds, subtle hop bite that stays in the background. Complex yet not overpowering at all. Take your time and enjoy!

hosehead83, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Liked the 10 so much I decided to go for the less-expensive brother of the bunch (and that's a relative term at $4.99/11.20z. bottle)...Rusty and cloudy amber in color, this pours with a goodly head that settles into a half-finger of soapy goodness. Good lacing. Aroma carries some heavy astringent qualities not seen in the elder brother - some metallic notes also. Lacking some of the finer nuances of a good Belgian ale. Flavor makes up for it, though, with some good complexity. Nice malty notes upfront give way to some nice carbonation, and the flavor evolves into something a tad thinner than I expected. So far this is not in the same Universe as the 10. At 7.5% ABV this is a fine, sessionable ale, but the price kills any kind of drinkability for me. The finish is neither long nor memorable. Mayhaps I got a bad bottle of this???

What I like most: The initial malt burst in the flavor.

What I like least: the price and somewhat lacking aroma profile.

Verdict: Even at the lower price-point, I would never choose this over the 10. This is simply not worth the hefty pricetag, although not a bad beer.

SolomonGrundy, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of benyerd
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

benyerd, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice. Bottle dated 280114 so the beer is about 21 months old. I had this along with the 8 and 10.

It pours a rusty brown with a nice generous frothy head that fills up the chalice. As the pour ends a little bit of dark yeast sediment goes into the beer making it a little cloudy. The head eventually dies down into a everlasting layer of creamy head.

The nose is simple with some toffee and minimal fruit esters present. Its straightforward with no hint of ABV.

The first thing that I get in the taste is that it's kind of watery and thin. It was some really nice toffee flavor but it finishes pretty flat with a hint of sweetness. The body is expectedly light and combine that with the lighter flavor makes for an great drinkability in a beer that doesn't hint in the least of its strength.

weatherdog, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into Delirium Noël glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark iced-tea color with a couple fingers of fizzy light tan pinkish head that slowly faded into a thick frothy film that left some spots of lacing down the glass.
S: Notes of sparkling dark fruits, cinnamon and dry bread. Not particularly smelly, but what is there smells great.
T: There is the normal BSDA dark fruits but I get surprising notes of raspberries as well. Spicy and medicinal notes come through as well as a doughy, bready, and almost creamy character. Finish has a cherry sweetness and the aftertaste is reminiscent of rye and has a touch of alcohol, raisins and tobacco.
M: Bubbly carbonation with a medium-full body and tingly yet soft mouthfeel. A touch of alcohol comes out near the finish.
D: This didn't blow my mind but it is a wonderful brew none the less. Not as epic as 10, but wonderful just the same. Definitely one of the better BSDA I've had to date.

scottfrie, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of impending
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a dirty dishwater version of the 8 & 10, ok head & ok lacing.

Aroma is superb, you instantly know this is Brasserie de Rochefort, this is easy to understand.

Taste is worth knowing, no more needs to be said.

Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy, 3 brews 3 tremendous wonders of brewing.

The monks are blessed !
God bless monks
cheers
jd

impending, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are surprisingly mellow; mild sweetness, with some dark fruit notes. No hop aromas noticeable.

The tastes were also more mellow than I would have expected. Very smooth, with moderate sweetness, dark fruit, and a dry finish with just a touch of bitterness thrown in. Quite drinkable. Medium-bodied, and very highly carbonated.

Overall this is a good beer, not a great beer or worth the expensive price tag in my opinion. This is my first of the 3 Rocheforts so I am expecting better things from the 8 and 10.

claspada, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Chimay chalice.

Pours the hazy goldish brown color of its weightier brothers. Looks almost like apple cider. A light colored head that quickly disappears, leaving some substantial lacing coating the inside of the glass. Can't see too much yeast funk floating around in this one; either it doesn't have too much in it or I've become better at keeping it from coming out the bottle! Smell is lighter than the Rochefort brews, but along the same lines. Nuances of fruit, including dates and plums, along with a subtle hint of malty sweetness.

Some malt sweetness to open up, followed by some fruity esters, and not just including figs and dates, but apples and grapes as well. Minimal bitterness. The 7.5% ABV shows up on the backend as a warming finish. Aftertaste is just slighty boozy, but it quickly dissipates. Mouthfeel is above average; I just thought that the carbonation was a bit more prevalent than it had to be. Other than that, it drank smooth and easy.

Drinkability is great. A very well done example of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It's not as complex as its bigger brothers, but it still a very worthy brew.

r0nyn, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky, brownish caramel. Frothy head leaves fast to disk. Not much cling.

S - Very light, mostly Belgian yeast married with very small hops and malt.

T - Pretty straight forward. Matches smell pretty well.

M - Creamy, coating, good carb, fair balance.

D - Just not as interesting as I had hoped.

srandycarter, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. The "littlest" of the Rochefort at only 7.5% this beauty pours a nice rich cloudy mahogany red color with a nice 2 finger head that settles rather slowly to form a nice coaster. The aroma is somewhat tame compared to the others but still has a nice toffee, caramel sweet smell along with some belgian yeast fruit type notes. Light/medium mouthfeel. Good lace left on the glass. The taste is rather sweet with nice caramel and toffee. Slight spice as well. Ends rather neatly with no real lingering flavors. Having had 10 before I would say this isn't as good by judged by itself it is pretty tasty.

kbutler1, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of CheckmateBrew
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW

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.

CheckmateBrew, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of BigMike
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by: 04/06/14

A: burnt orange caramel color with a finger of tan fizzy looking head.

S: Light caramel coated figs. Belgian yeast and spiciness and a slight nutty aroma.

T: Toasted toffee and caramel with touch of spices.

M: pretty light bodied. Nice carbonation with a smooth finish. Not much bitterness or alcohol presence.

Overall: My first beer from Rochefort. Not bad. I'm not overly impressed especially for the price. Hopefully the 8 and 10 I have are better.

BigMike, Sep 24, 2010
Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
93 out of 100 based on 1,898 ratings.