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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 1,937
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 134
Gots: 206 | FT: 6
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-12-2002)
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Photo of nkersten
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
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 +3.4%
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 -21.5%
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 -4.6%
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.

benyerd, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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 -9.4%
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 +6.5%
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

impending, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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%
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 -13.5%
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 -10.6%
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 +11.8%
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.

CheckmateBrew, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of BigMike
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into snifter. From Notes
A: A light brown haze, with a swirl of carbonation in the body. The tan head stays throughout with minimal lacing.
S: A pleasant yeast character, with notes of cake batter, roasted malts and subtle hop presence.
T/M: A very well done ale, complex in flavors. Creamy mouthfeel gives way to a bold hop finish. A sweet caramel taste is also found. Heavy on the yeast presence.
D: With good flavors and great aroma, this is an all around good Trappist package

GDBEERMAN, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Swill5786
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, light brown. Sediment standard for bottle conditioned Belgian ale. Carbonation going crazy on the pour and while yeast settles. Activity on the surface is transfixing - head gone quickly but there's something happening still... Smell is fruit, caramel, and, with the visible particles of yeast floating about, bready in nature. Taste is complex, malty and slightly sour at the outset. Tiny bit of hops bitterness at the back. Carbonation higher, alcohol taste lower than it's 8 and 10 cousins. Medium/heavy body with a sweet, dry finish. One will be quite satisfying.

Swill5786, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of domtronzero
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly murky reddish brown with a big, long lasting, fluffy off-white head. Lots of lacing.

S - Pilsner malt candy sweetness, fruity plum-like esters. Lite caramel.

F/M - Sweet pilsner, plums, coriander, earthy hops. Medium bitterness with a very dry finish. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Kinda prickly on the tongue.

D - Great drinkability. So complex yet it finished so clean and dry. I could put down several of these in a sitting if it weren't so damn expensive.

domtronzero, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of chunkylover53
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this into my prized Rochefort glass. I've had the 8 and the 10, they were both fantastic. This is basically the same as the other two, only less intense. Which can be a good thing. I love the 10, but let's face it: its heavy. And you can't drink more than one. This is almost like a session version of the 10. If such a thing is possible.

It has a bit more of a caramel taste to it, and less of the breadlike quality of the 10.

chunkylover53, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Kinsman
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant burnt orange with light amber highlights. A foamy white head about 1 inch thick sits atop and doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.

I've been trying to pick up on the aroma, but its rather subdued. A slight hint of apples and grapes comes along with a bit of an estery yeast presence.

The taste is quite the improvement over the aroma. Many subtle flavors work their way in, being noticeably sweet with a solid yeast presence. A good bit of fruits such as apples and pears.

Mouthfeel is a bit bubbly but overall pretty smooth. In the end, it's a solid beer from one of the best. Some may say its too light to be a Strong Dark Ale, but I don't think the monks care.

Kinsman, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of goldbot
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby brown in color, mostly opaque. Lots of cream-colored head and plenty of carbonation. Aroma of raisin, dark cherry, grape - very wine-like with good maltiness. Sweet cherry flavors, raisin, a bit of bread. A bit of spiciness from the yeast. Very estery overall. Mostly full body, quite sweet and verging on cloying at times. Pretty warm on the back with a slightly malty aftertaste.

goldbot, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of aepb1
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to vapodge for sharing
Poured into a Dogfish Head goblet

A- opaque brown with an airy white head

S- Malty bready, with some alcohol in there too

T- Bready! Fruits, I really like this!

M- Watery, medium bodied with a bit too much carbonation

D- The carbonation is a bit too much for me, but I really liked the taste

aepb1, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Rochefort chalice, appears a hazy dark brown with a 1-finger head that lasts awhile, with lots of lacing. The body is translucent when held up to a light.

Inviting aromas of malt, milk chocolate, raisins, some tropical fruit, overall very sweet smelling.

Tastes of milk chocolate/chocolate syrup, with notes of banana, coriander, and raisins/dates/figs. Has a semi-dry finish at first of chocolate then hops.

Body is light and the carbonation is so creamy, along with the foamy bubbles on the surface, gives this a mousse-like mouthfeel.

This is a real pleasure to drink. I find it overall very inviting and mellow, nothing offensive or all that challenging to this, just very well done. A beer to contemplate how sweet life can be.

Beerenauslese, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of sellmeagod
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heck yes THIS is a big time beer.

Classic tastes of the Trappists. Known to give a healthy does of beer flavor, yet still feels like you could be drinking a much lighter brew. Smells bready, tastes like straight up bread, a tiny bit bitter.

If you could drink alcoholic liquified bread, then why not? The main reason for me is that there is a slightly more expensive version of this - Rochefort 8 - and the small savings for a bottle of 6 doesn't justify the still high price.

sellmeagod, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of jlmarshall
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky red brown with a nice head that dissipates to something spotty. Has a sweet, slightly fruity smell like prunes. The smell is not very heavy on yeast or hops. The mouthfeel is nice with slight carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well. The taste is ok. I think it's what I expected with a slight sweetiness of dark fruits like raisins and a barely noticeable warmth. However, it seems to be missing the taste of beer in that I can hardly taste the yeast and malted grains. All in all, I really like this beer.

jlmarshall, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz. bottle. Pours a hazy medium amber, with red highlights and small floaties. Small one-finger head, with a thin layer remaining.

The aroma is full of yeasty goodness, with hints of ripe fruit and a batter-like, buttery aroma that is quite nice.

Bready, cakey and buttery malt flavor predominates with a touch of banana. This is obviously the lightest of the Rochefort offerings, and it shows in terms of flavor and complexity. That characteristic yeast flavor--almost lactic-- is still there, however. The alcohol is well-integrated as always, and the mouthfeel is aggressively bubbly, but not laborious.

Gentlemen, meet the monk's session beer. And it's still 7.5 percent. Damn.

dasenebler, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of CourteManche
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled Rochefort 6 (bottle) poured into a Kasteel chalice.

Dark brownish-orange in color, with a decently-thick and frothy medium-beige head (two fingers). Head appeared "splotchy" on top, with portions appearing a darker beige. The nose was very subtle, with hints of dried fruit and the taste was similar with a touch of malt. The finish was very pronounced, with hints of more fruit, malts and possibly caramel. Mouthfeel starts great, a light-to-medium body with a cool carbonation that tingles on your lips. No lacing and head continues to dissipate. Drink ends hot, and with a good amount of sediment. Drinkability is questionable vis-a-vis price point, availability and overall appreciation; would drink again if it was purchased for me.

CourteManche, Aug 29, 2010
Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 1,937 ratings.