Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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4.85/5 rDev +16.9%
This one's been wiling away in my cellar awaiting my beckoning call, today that call came.
Out of the monastic bottle, with its Spartan though elegant label poured a beautiful deep red elixir. A thick off white head akin to snow covered moorland retained the entire duration, slimming down to a flat steppe.
What can I say about the bouquet on this one; simply outstanding, cherries, prunes, figs and dates all soaking in apple cider like a heavenly sangria. Candied orange peel, brown sugar and mild resin with hints of maple syrup, poured atop bready plum pudding, lit aflame giving a slight alcoholic tinge, exquisite.
First taste brought a hit of malt whiskey smoky sweetness followed by dates, caramel and burnt brown sugar. Dried fruit and vanilla mix with soft hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, folded into a yeasty bred note. Brandied cherries bring a rich, yet well hidden alcoholic feel, which lingers into the finish counterpointed by subtle balancing hops. A mainly dry finish leaves traces of complex malt sweetness and warming alcohol to ponder.
An initial foaminess melts away to a smooth drinking brew with the body of a fine whisky or brandy, extremely quaffable.
A simply outstanding beer can't say much more than that, amazing.
11-30-2009 20:28:01 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
I was really excited to drink this one - Rochefort is hard to get in PA - and on a recent trip to Ohio I picked up one of each - working my way up to the 10.
A: A nice red/brown/rust color. Not transparent by any means. Keeps a nice head for a very long time. Great lacing too.
S: The smell is very pleasant, though a bit hard for me to pick up on too much. Really though, smells how beer is meant to smell - a nice light sweet yeasty smell.
T: Very well balanced - can pick up on a lit hop lifting the beer out of being too sweet - but the hope leaves only the slightist tang. The taste starts off somewhat fruity, and ends with a sweet malt taste.
M: Very carbonated - gives the beer a nice light feel.
D: A great balanced beer - great to drink by itself, or I could see pairing this one with some lighter fare.
11-20-2009 03:50:46 | More by JBushEsq
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
330ml bottle poured into a standard pint glass.
A: reddish amber color, hazy with yeast sediment roused up, gigantic off-white head with big carbonation bubbles that dissipates fairly rapidly, no lacing
S: fruity, sweet, raisons, slightly spicy aroma.
T: mimics the aroma. its mainly fruity and sweet. it has a raison and cherry flavor to go with the belgian candi sugar sweetness.
MF: thin bodied, high carbonation, but drinks with a tingly smoothness.
Drinkability: pretty good brew.
11-15-2009 23:13:44 | More by porterwoobie
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
although there are many american beers we can't get in montana somehow we can get all three rochefort beers here (6, 8, 10) even though the six is generaly harder to come by i hear, go figure?
part of a 6, 8, 10 tasting
This beer poured an amber golden with a huge rocky off white head
the smell here is a horsey earthy variety. i get notes of soil and moss as well as the dark fruits, cherry and caramel
the taste is estery as to be expected and slightly warm with a spicy gingerbread flavor and a subtle malt sweetness that is taken down a notch by a drying finish
the finish is a med. body with tingly carbonation bouncing along the sides of the tongue while the dulled down sweetness lingers with the dry finish. this is a very interesting beer and considerably different from it 8 and 10 counterparts. this was a great beer to get your hands on and well worth the search.
11-05-2009 22:21:25 | More by Brandt
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Thanks to champ103 for hooking this up in a trade.
A - Poured an apple cider brown color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind
S - Is of spice, yeast, and apples
T - Follows the nose apple upfront then the spicey yeast flavors come out finishes with some alcohol warmth
M - This beer has a lighter body with high carbonation to it
D - This stuff is excellent I wish it was available in Texas because this would be a semi regular purchase worth finding to try
11-03-2009 21:56:38 | More by armock
3.75/5 rDev -9.6%
Poured into a snifter.
A - Dark brown, rust colored brew with a off white head wit nice med sized bubbles.
S - Some hints of alcohol, mostly bread though. The yeast hints are incredible and strong.
T & M - Interesting tate. Butter comes to mind as well as sourdough bread. Light body but nice overall flavors. Definitely an interesting one.
D - Higher ABV.
11-03-2009 03:26:26 | More by JoEBoBpr
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Dark and clear amber color with a light tan head. Aroma of caramel, nuts and raisins. Flavor of dates, malt, dark cherries and vanilla. A slightly sweeter and less complex version of the 8, nonetheless very nice flavor and reasonable complexity. Should age well.
10-31-2009 17:20:24 | More by Travlr
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
A= pours a light brown amber color with a nice big juicy off white head on it. The head is about 4 or 5 fingers high and keeps great retention and lacing. Really good looking.
S= great smell or nice apples and spicy belgian yeast. Some sweeter darker malts are present as well.
T= really really smooth light belgian spice beer. Ligher fresher apple taste maybe even a little sour. The apple taste is lesser on the ripe sourness and more on the overripe side. Really nice taste when I burp.
M= the dryest beer I have ever had. Feels like I just drank sand or something.
D= not too shabby at all. Great for a slower easier drinking night.
10-28-2009 02:11:58 | More by jjanega08
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
Gonna go off memory on this one, found this "6" at By The Bottle up in Vancouver, WA... love the 8, and 10..
- Dark cloudy ruby brown... slight light coming through... lots of chunky sediment on the bottom... light mocha head.. bubbled down to an even layer of froth...
- Estery, fig, and raisin... some bread, yeast... light alcohol...
- Currants, biscuit, fig, Belgian malts and yeast... Ester... fantastic, and much like the 8...
- Slight dryness, but tart enough to water the palate...
- Overall very good, but doesn't touch the 8 and 10. It is however very close to the 8...
10-26-2009 21:14:24 | More by Docer
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a murky and hazy tea brown. When the head eventually goes away this beer looks a lot like apple cider.
The nose is characteristically spicy with classic belgian yeast strain aromas of ginger, black pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. The aroma is overall subdued
Tart and sweet fruit come through first, with ripe apples, pears, figs and raisins. There's a real hard dose of candied sugar in the middle and the finish is somehow dry and still spicy
Medium bodied with a hard carbonation
10-22-2009 00:49:17 | More by EatsTacos
4/5 rDev -3.6%
From a 330ml. bottle into a large wine glass, this brew pours a hazy deep reddish amber yet without the murkiness some others make note of. Though without holding it to the light I do understand that perspective. Half an inch of rich tan head offers good retention and easy regeneration, along with copious lacing.
Moderately sweet dried fruits on the nose. Touch of cinnamon/pepper spice/caramelized brown sugar. Yeast notes are present but relatively subdued until the carbonation lessens, then revealing themselves with some agitation.
Flavor follows with dark cherry and fig, bit of red wine barrel. Carbonation is firm and brings out plum and apple. This is really quite fruity in flavor. Sweetness is everpresent but not cloying or even overly complex. Again, rather light and fruity for the style. Good but not great.
Feel is pleasant as the carbonation is firm and resilient. If a good swirl yields a flat spot, then the fruity sweetness that results is light on the tongue. Fairly drinkable. No obvious flaws yet no great compexities.
10-21-2009 04:06:04 | More by HalfFull
4.78/5 rDev +15.2%
Poured from bottle into rochefort glassware. Serving temp was 50F.
The color was extremely dark, reminded me of a strong black tea. Smelled very fruity and full of citrus. Nice, not to overpowering, spicy flavors with a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. I also got some apples and bananas at the finish. Very full-bodied beer but have a nice creamy finish.
10-19-2009 14:24:22 | More by cdrogers
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
A- Clear orangish brown. Poured with vigorous carbonation, but no head developed.
S- Spicy belgian yeast and candy sugar.
T- Caramel, candy sugar, balanced by hop bitterness.
M- Carbonation is apparent in mouthfeel, which is otherwise somewhat thin with a slight dryness.
D- Goes down well.
Bottom line - Doesn't compare to the 8 or the wold-class 10. It was worth a try, but if I'm going to spend the money on a Rochefort, it's going to be a 10 from now on.
10-14-2009 00:57:06 | More by erok
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
bottle poured into a goblet
a: brown hue, foamy off white head with good retention
s: sweet bread, plum, slight chocolate
t: nice biscuity base, white hints of plum, banana, and slight citrus. well balanced beer.
m&d: medium bodied, slightly slick mouth. very drinkable
10-13-2009 20:24:03 | More by UDbeernut
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
A - Gushed when I opened it. I think it was too warm. When I poured it a nice sturdy heady formed that lasted the whole way down. Nice brown color.
S - I have really fallen in love with the smell. I'm a homebrewer and the smell reminds of the grains right as I pull them out of the wort. Grain dominates with slight cherry/raisin notes.
T - Malty, bready, with a very very slight astringency that reminds me of grain husks. Grains are very present in this beer although in a very effective way.
M - nice body.
D - Surprising considering this kind of ale. I usually wouldn't want to pick up a second of this style, but here I think I would.
I don't typically like Belgian beer because they tend to have so much of that strong raisin kind of flavor that usually turns me off. Here suddenly that became interesting to me.
10-12-2009 03:39:50 | More by hungerfordj
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
As upon opening, this beer bursted out of the bottle... High Carbonation, big time! Is this infection? Cannot say for sure but hope not, because it is a unique bottle from a private import. Already taste this beer few time in belgium, but haven't noted anything for a review. This is my first tasting of this beer in about 5 years.
This beer was served in a sniffer. It revealed itself red/brown reminiscent of Flanders beers. The head is overwhelmingly thick, about 5cm and off-white in colour. Crackling nose, like a soft drink poured rapidly, is heard from the glass. Weird! Lots of heavy large flaky chunks of yeast floating around. Nice things about this is that they're sedimenting quite rapidly.
Nose: Fruits are dominating. Maraschino cherries are very perceptible, had Strawberries. Caramel and toffee is present too, but not as present as the fruit smell.
Mouthfeel is deferent. Less fruity then the nose. Figs and caramel. Carbonation is a perfect representation of the opening, high, almost fizzy, but this tends to fade in after a few minutes.
10-08-2009 02:05:40 | More by blaje
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
A capped 11.2 ounce bottle poured into my basic tulip glass. Appears a cloudy chestnut color with about an inch of dense light rust colored foam. Nice retention. Flavors and aromas consist of prunes, raisins, molasses, bruised apples, sweet malts, spices, yeast. Nearly full bodied for the style with ample carbonation. Little to no alcohol heat. Tasty and complex.
10-07-2009 01:36:51 | More by ClockworkOrange
3.68/5 rDev -11.3%
I have had the Rochefort 8 and 10 before. They were both very good Belgian Ales. I finally found the 6, which is the last one for me to try. Lets see if it holds up to the others.
A: Pours a real murky brown. Lots of sediment floating around. Head is rather large at first, but dissipates to a nice foamy layer on top of the beer.
S/T: Upon first smell, this is great. I get a lot of berries and fruit on the nose. I get strawberry, toffee, caramel. The taste just doesn't do the aroma justice. The first flavor I get is salami. I know that sounds weird, but I get a strong salted meat quality in there. After a couple more sips, it becomes more muted, but it still lingers in the finish. The taste overall is kind of hard to describe. I don't taste the berries I get in the aroma. There is a lot of spice like clove in there, as well as toffee and caramel. Maybe some figs and other dried fruits. Its weird, because the aroma is much different than the taste. It kind of throws me off a little. Probably my least favorite of the three.
M/D: Medium bodied. Well carbonated and creamy at the same time. This is a sipper. Definetly a beer to savor and not one to chug. Gets better as it goes, but not something I would drink on a regular basis. Watch out for fruit flies. They love this beer.
This beer is unique, to say the least. Based on the aroma, I thought this would have been my favorite of the three Rochefort beers. Its a decent tasting beer, but there are some flavors that don't mesh well. Overall, I think the 8 is the best. Got the best flavor balance without tasting too much like a fine wine. I would recommend it, but just don't expect it to match up to the 8 or 10.
09-28-2009 18:11:48 | More by OldSchoolGamer
United Kingdom (England)
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
Appearance: Nutty brown body, with a foamy tan head. Lots of carbonation.
Aroma: The aroma is not quite as strong as the 8 and the 10. There is a grainy maltiness, with sweet hint, a touch of chocolate, and some orange fruitiness.
Taste: The initial flavours are slightly woody and malty, with some mild chocolate, ripened dates, and a sweet breadiness. There are fruity elements, possibly oranges and bananas. The alcohol is more noticeable in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Quite a heavy feel, and oily texture. The carbonation is lively in the mouth.
Drinkability: Like the two stronger ales from the monks, this is brilliantly balanced, and drinkable. This is probably more drinkable than the other two with the lower ABV. Brilliant.
09-26-2009 18:22:15 | More by PartyBear
3.65/5 rDev -12%
Hazy light brown with small, off-white head.
Smell is sweet and raiseny, a bit vinous.
Taste is not as sweet,with spicy phenols, a bit of graininess and a hint of cocao powder.
Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated, medium light body.
Drinkability is good, the most approachable of the Rochefort line up. However, the lesser complexity makes the phenols a bit heavy.
09-24-2009 01:28:48 | More by ccrida
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a large bubbly off white head.
Scent of dark fruit, sugar, earth, tobacco, grass and bready malts. Not too strong, just right for the strength.
Taste of dark fruit, molasses, oak, caramel, tobacco, and earth. Being two years old, it may be a bit past its prime, but it is still a tasty beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decent bite of carbonation.
09-18-2009 23:19:51 | More by paco1029384756
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
11.2 oz bottle, exp. date 28/01/14, into a Duvel tulip. Part 1 in a back-to-back-to-back tasting of 6/8/10.
A: The yeastiest, cloudiest beer I've ever seen. The body is a completely opaque dull brown, topped with a dense, off-white, 2" head with moderate retention; not much lace.
S: Rich and mild, with dark fruits (mainly prunes) backed up with some deep malty sweetness and followed up with a supremely spicy finish - lots of cinnamon. Very well balanced and complex.
T: Starts out with a surprisingly understated sweet fruit flavor, followed by the spice from the yeast, and finished off with a dry warming flush of alcohol - kind of surprising for the lowest ABV in the Rochefort line-up. Overall this beer is tasty, but not amazing.
M: Medium bodied with abundant carbonation; nice and smooth.
D: Quite smooth and balanced, but doesn't do much to hide the ABV. Not as easy-drinking as some quads I've had.
Notes: This is pretty much what I expected (and hoped for): a rich, but fairly mild, Belgian dark. The balance of fruity malts and spicy yeasts is spot on, but the burning finish leaves a little something to be desired. I'm definitely excited to see how its big brothers stack up.
09-14-2009 00:20:57 | More by woosterbill
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Had a bottle of this excellent beer at the Trappist in Oakland.
The beer pours a reddish amber color, with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is very, very nice, displaying brown sugar, chocolate and fruitcake. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose exactly, all wrapped up in no more then moderately sweet flavor profile. Mouthfeel is smooth and long, with the alcohol very well disguised and nicely integrated.
Although this beer pales in comparison to the 10 and 8, this is still a very, very solid beer from Rochefort. Wouldn't hesitate to order this beer in a minute. Impressive.
09-09-2009 03:57:14 | More by John_M
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
Picked up a 6,8, and 10 for a night of fun.
Popped the top and instantly started to spill out the top...Rushed to my glass and poured what appeared to be a liquid simiular to apple juice.
The smell is very sweet and has a slight vanilla smell to it. I hope it tastes as good as the smell.
Im also excited to try the 8 and 10 after this.
The taste is very good. Drinkable comes to mind. Has a soft and delicate taste with sweet fruits and even a little bubble gum in the mix
Overall, very very nice. I wish america has something simular and very cheap. I cant imagine the people of Belgium paying much for this!!
see my 8 and 10 review!
09-08-2009 21:29:25 | More by iconoklaztor
3.88/5 rDev -6.5%
Served ambient August Antwerp temperature into a Delirium glass in my hotel room on 08.13.09. Bottle reads 040614 16:48.
Nose is sweet-smelling and spicy cool, herbal. Softly malty. Smells good.
Pours mildly clear deep butterscotch brown with massive head. Looks very good.
Moderately sweet and sugary with sluggish malt. Mild hints of alcohol. smooth slightly creamy, mild carbonation. Soft smooth cocoanut vibe. Softly minty/spicy. Finishes slightly bitter, mostly clean. Tastes good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.
Not my favorite; this deserves a revisit someday.
09-07-2009 21:31:46 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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