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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 2,084
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 152
Gots: 273 | FT: 8
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-12-2002

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Photo of Kromes
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mcallister
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of isthatbeer
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of popery
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of seabass87
3.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of seanyfo
3.07/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of hustlesworth
2.58/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

SAD FACE

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.

Photo of dansmcd
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Reaper16
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Northsider
2.48/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of lnashsig
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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)

Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the lightest of the three and i would say the most savory. Granted... This still have all the belgian ester notes, they just don't come in as huge as the others. Pour is a murky beige with a nice belgian head... Not as retained but still quite sugar rich voluminous. Nose of late summer, autumn fruit... Plum, pear and clove. Palate a lot dryer than expected. Low FG... Crisp and lean with distinct straw musk. Fades toasty with hints of sesame. Distinct nutmeg dryness. Perfect for pork and thyme, a cubano sandwich, yams, or as an accompanyment to thanksgiving starchs.

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Dark brown and auburn with a moderate tan head. Lots and lots of floating, swirling, chunky sediment falls to the bottom of the glass.

Bready and sweet aroma along with some caramel and dark fruits: raisins, figs, perhaps some plum.

Sweet fruit, bready and caramel malts, defined Belgian yeast character--all components of this great beer. No one flavor dominates--a beautiful marriage.

This beer seems to straddle a fine line between light and heavy--without being medium bodied. It's quite interesting. Thin and light bodied beer, yet seems thick, substantial, and even oily. A real pleasure.

A wonderful marriage of Belgian yeast, sweet fruits, caramel and bready malts. Delicate and delicious.

Photo of pitasoup
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle. review from notes

A: orange brown, a bit hazy, no head, solid particulate chunks floating around.

S: raisiny, prunes, cinnamon, belgian yeasts. slightly herbal

T: similar to smells. caramel, molasses, belgian yeasts, a slight tartness that may be fruity, pears? candi sugar as well.

M: light bodied, dry finish.

O: one of the more disappointing rocheforts. I had this many years ago along with the 8 and 10 and remember enjoying it much more.

Photo of zimm421
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a slightly hazy, dark amber color. Has a three finger tan head that is very bubbly and doesn't stick around quite as long as I'd like.

The aroma is full of fruitiness, very similar to a cider. The sweetness up front dominates but the malts come though as well and there is also a small alcohol presence. The taste is sweet, but also has a good alcohol sting with some tartness. The fruits come through first, then some alcohol flavors. Finishes slightly sweet with some sting on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and has a great level of carbonation; very high. Overall a good Belgian brew that goes down easily and is very tasty. This is definitely enjoyable, no matter what style you're looking for. Not over-the-top great, but definitely something to try at least once.

Photo of wscaffe
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddy-brown body with an off-white head that is thick and foamy. Malt, yeast, raisin, candi sugar and a bit of banana in the scent. Sweet, malty flavour. Candi sugar, bananas, raisins. Hints of spice. Mild citrus hop flavour. Faint chocolatey undertones. Mild alcohol.

Carbonation seems a bit heavy, but it eases off as it warms. Good, thick body. Rich, well-balanced taste. Good beer to finish the evening with.

Photo of plfahey
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Reddish brown color with brilliant red highlights-almost mahogany in color, though not quite brown enough. There's a very slight cast of haze. Enormous off-white head bursts from the bottle, showing traditional Belgian carbonation, but the retention is fair.

Aroma-To me, this smells more like a dubbel than a dark strong, but in reality, it probably falls somewhere in the middle of the two, and Belgian beer is more of a spectrum than an actual catalog of styles, but I digress. Bigtime fruity esters and dark fruit aromas waft up from the glass-Grape, prune, black currant, it smells delicious. Phenolics are low, with just a hint of smoky spice presenting itself. There's also a slight fusel presence which gives the aroma a bit of heat. Malt shows through in the background with caramel and hints of toast.

Flavor-The flavor strikes me as more similar to a Belgian Dark Strong, as it is less sweet up front, and also finishes much drier than I would expect from a Dubbel. Black Currants, Raisins, and Burnt Caramel quickly give way to dry brown sugar and some fusel warmth. Once again, phenolics are low to imperceptible. Finish is rather dry, with residual toast, caramel, and alcohol flavors carrying on into the aftertaste, which only lingers for a short while.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. Body is slightly chewy, and there is some pleasant alcohol warmth though it is in no way hot.

Very good. I'm not sure I've ever had the 6 before, but it seems like a great low-alcohol (and I use that almost comically) to most Belgian Dark Strongs-bringing much of the same aromas and flavors to the table with a mere 7.5% alcohol. As with most Belgians, this is strong enough (and sneaky enough) to knock you out so be forewarned, but this would be a great Belgian Dark Strong to pair with Lamb or Duck.

Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A very short vanishing head of off white that is foamy. Sits on a dark brown almost reddish Indian red body. Head falls VERY quickly. Can't see a dang thing through this at all. Leaves a simple off white collar. Not that impressive looking.

Yeast and wine like cherry fruit on the nose. Somewhat candy like but missing expected sweetness. Kind of uninteresting if that is a word I could use, not much really going on here for a scent. After some time slightly cheesy.

Taste is prickly, mild yeast but mostly gassy and sense of carbon dioxide more than anything else. However, mild malt and easy drinking after some time.

Kind of ordinary, but unique, but really not grabbing my attention. Carbonation is too off putting, and not much distinctive-ness. I say... meh.

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 2,084 ratings.