Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 141
Gots: 243 | FT: 6
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of racer2k
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured my Rochefort 6 into my favorite tulip glass

A - Pours a darkish brown ruby color with a foamy tan two finger head and lots of carbonation. Heavy lacing build up around the glass as the beer goes down the hatch. Some yeast debris is present in my glass. Nothing a good swirl does not address.

S - Toffee, sweet malt and dried fruit and candy flavors. Hints of raisin, apples, dates, and a tart cherry like flavor are in play. This is a very complex beer that is very bubbly.

T - A front end fruity bread like flavor to the beer with a sweet candy and toffee like finish. The dark fruits are definitely present in addition to a moderate alcohol presence.

M - Light body but moderate to heavy carbonation. It is definitely worthwhile letting this beer warm up before drinking as the flavor profiles become much richer and more colorful.

D - Very nice beer that is strong but extremely drinkable. Session beer, probably not but this is a beer that I could drink 3-4 pretty easily. Some of the best beer in the world!

Photo of kwjd
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber brown colour with bubbly off-white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly with some spotty lacing. Smells of all sorts of fruit, I think I get apple and raisins being the most apparent. Quite a sweet taste, but a little bit tart in the aftertaste. Nice carbonation level. I preferred the other 2 Rochefort's, but this is still really nice.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown color with a large beige-ish head that dissipates quickly initially, then stops dissipating almost completely. No lace is left behind as it dissipates, but, after the initial dissipation, the head just stays there for a very long time.

Smell: Plum, prune, and some red grape aromas backed up by phenols.

Taste: Begins with sweet red grape and apple, finishing yeasty with a slightly sour alcohol touch.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with natural carbonation and a dry, slightly alcoholic finish.

Drinkability: This beer is not one of the best Trappist beers available, but is definitely better than the Rochefort 8, which I had tasted a few days ago. This beer is much more rounded than that one, but is basically the same thing with less on an alcohol punch. Not the best Trappist brew I've had, but still a very enjoyable beer overall.

Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle stamped 280114.

Served cool into my St. Bernardus glass, the 6 has appears a dark chestnut brown but, when held to the light, exibits more of a redish-orange color. The clarity is okay but there are some little flecks of yeast sediment floating around. The head is thin and short-lived which is surprising given the style.

Aroma is sweet and loaded with complex fruit characteristics. Apple, raisins, vanilla, and clove all come through in the nose.

Flavor is very nice and the depth of flavor is fantastic. It has an initially sweet malt taste characterized by caramel, apple, pear, raisins and dates. Towards the middle of each sip, I get more spice and bitterness. It's excellent in terms of balance being. A little chocolate malt and very mild hopping balances out a somewhat sweet and fruity beer.

Mouthfeel is a little surprising in that it's so light in body. Medium-to-light with ample carbonation as is common in this style. Balanced and finishes dry.

Overall an excellent beer but not quite as wonderful as their 8 and 10.

Photo of charliedvrs
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Rochefort chalice.

A - Pours brown with an amber tint. Yeast sits at the bottom of the bottle and slowly swirls in as you reach the end of the pour. A tiny off-white head quickly disappears into the side of the glass and leaves streaks of lacing.

S - Not overpowering, but pleasant. Roasted caramel and nuts, bread, and the yeast are present but not very strong.

T - Tons of flavor. Caramel and bits of chocolate and raisans. Spices play a secondary role with a feel of cinnamon and pepper. The yeast does it's part adding a slight tartness towards the end and traditional belgian flavor. Really hard to describe this flavor as it is pretty unique as far as Belgians I've encountered.

M - The carbonation is high at first sip, but settles into a nice area after allowing the beer to open up for 5-10 minutes. There's a nice chewyness to the mouthfeel as well.

D - This beer went down way too easy. It's a battle to force yourself to take it slow, but a very worthwhile one as this beer really develops as it opens up and settles.

Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Poured a murky light brown color with a fizzy white head filling the top of the glass. The fizz settled down to leave a thin frothy layer barely covering the beer.

The aroma has a moderate malty, sweet flavor to it with some caramel and a bit of fruitiness. Appealing and flavorful aroma but maybe just a tad light overall.

The taste shows a lot of caramel and toffee, with just some hints of dark fruits. It finishes with some malty sweetness that lingers. Much lighter then the 8 or 10, but still very flavorful and tasty beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe even a little below. Carbonation is high and feels very bubbly at first, but it smooths out a bit as it warms. Drinkability is good, I really liked it and it was a great choice to drink after dinner tonight. It was very flavorful and at the same time not as heavy as their other offerings.

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

33 cl bottel poured into my Rochefort glass

A: Dark reddish amber, slightly cloudy with à thick rough head that sticks around a long time.

S: A rich aroma of malt, slight hints of chocolate, coffee & mild phenols. Slightly sweet, reminds me somewhat of a dubbel.

T: A wonderfully unique taste. Slightly sweet, very malty, almost no hop character. Fruitiness typical of the style is present but quite mild, as is the alcohol. Delightful brew.

M: Smooth & very rich but not creamy,

Photo of jmhart
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this on my second trip to Cambrinus Pub in Bruges.

Poured into a Trappist Rochefort chalice

A- Poured a pretty clear brown with a hint of ruby. The brown was dark, but allowed plenty of light penetration. Foamy tan head that sizzled. A pretty large amount of carbonation. Head faded into a great amount lacing on the glass. The lacing was really airy, and rejuvenated itself after each sip.

S- Toffee malts with hints of sweet dried dark fruits, prunes and rasisins, but also something kind of tart, like apples or cherries. Really complex. Also, it's warm. Alcohol is effervescent and popping.

T- Pretty much the same flavors as the aroma, but in different intensities. For example, the toffee malts were prevalent on the nose, but in the taste the sweet dark fruits take the front seat. It's still pretty hot.

M- Fairly light bodied for a dark beer, but with loads of carbonation and a warm alcoholic pop. Part of me says it should be a little more heavily bodied, but I think the flavors would be too syrupy and overly filling if it were.

D- Really tasty with a strong kick to it. Reviewing my notes makes me want one right now...too bad it's Sunday and no beer for us here in GA :(.

Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light brown color, with a medium-large, off-white head that fades very quickly to a thin film. Body is very hazy.

S: Surprisingly mellow; mild sweetness, with some dark fruit present. No hop aroma noticeable.

T: Also more mellow than I would expect. Very smooth, with moderate sweetness, dark fruit, and a dry finish with just a touch of bitterness thrown in. Quite drinkable.

M: Medium-bodied, and very highly carbonated.

D: As said, quite drinkable for a BSDA. Not as rewarding as the 10, but still a damned fine beer.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Rochefort glass.

A: An inviting chestnut brown, nearly transparent at the edges, with small bubbles drifting on the surface and some noticeable sediment on the bottom.

S: It smells like a cross between buttermilk biscuits and pumpernickel bread with spices and beer tossed in. Fruity undersmell is warming and pleasant.

T: Magnificent! The taste is difficult for me to describe. It's sharp and dry with light, tart fruit presence like small apples or persimmons. These flavours are magnified by carbonation in the main taste, along with a tinge of bitterness from what I can only assume to be hops. The aftertaste is long, dry, spicy-bready, and leaves the tongue tingling.

M: Sharp, crisp, and tingly. Engaging, enduring, enjoyable.

D: As much as I adore the Rochefort 10, this may be the abbey's best beer. It's well-balanced, accessible, delicious, and light enough to drink several. Highly recommended!

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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