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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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1,762 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,762
Reviews: 895
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 115
Gots: 155 | FT: 6
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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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sketchcornwell

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a goblet. A deep redish brown color that had hints of brighter red from the light. A full soft head that lasted and left lace even after the beer was gone.
Sweet smells with the alchohol noticed some. Taste was similar to smell. Some sweet hints of citrus and chocolate tasting some alchohol. Smooth mothfeel with a dry finish. A slow drinker to be savored and enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 18:12:31 | More by sketchcornwell
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - great clarity, deep red in colour, but flashes light red. Big tan head, holds up well. Sticking lacing. Looks great.

S - figs, raisins, earthy spice, smooth alcohol

T - Smooth toffee and dark fruit. Exquisite. I'll have to get out my Brew Like a Monk book, but I swear there is a unique spice I'm tasting in here... maybe a touch of coriander?

M - Soft alcohol, very gentle. Very fluffy on the tongue, light, but full.

D - I've been in love with all of the Rocheforts since my first sip, and even this little guy stands up well on its own.

I've tried most of the well known trappist and abbey beers (even Westvleteren), and none of them come close to Rochefort. I am so happy that the 6 is now available locally, but it sure does have me craving the 8 and 10.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 03:52:57 | More by markaberrant
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thierrynantes

France

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : De couleur bourgogne, limpide (sur levure ), très saturée en grosses bulles, mousse peu serrée de durée moyenne.
Smell : Arôme pénétrant et épicé, nez de levure aromatique et profond. Taste and mouthfeel : Saveur douce et forte, bouche pleine, acreté légère, amertume éqilibrée. Saveur corsée légèrement piquante.
Drinkability : Bonne bière trappiste (pas trop forte)

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 17:06:13 | More by thierrynantes
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Always a treat. Reddish brown with amber feet. White head with not much retention, but great Belgian lace. Smells musty, bready, fruity (raspberry and some citrus), and has a little hoppy character. Taste has fruit up front (I'm getting mostly raspberry) and a musty malty hop finish. Silky smooth. Delightful. Like nectar from heaven. Perfect when you just want a solid solid beer that isn't going to put hair on your chest. I really love the Rochefort beers. Every # suits a purpose, mood, occasion, or tune. Really top notch. Really hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 16:24:22 | More by timtim
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dbatch

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a Duvel chalice. Date on bottle was 22 03 11.

A: Pours a dark copper/walnut color, with quite a bit of head that subsided fairly quickly. The head was a cream color, and there was no lacing at all.

S: This was a real treat. Very sweet and malty up front with some fruity surprises, including grape and plum. The malt aroma was a burnt caramel/toffee.

T: Sweet and malty up front, fruity to follow. The burnt caramel is there, along with a grape flavor that is odd and good at the same time.

M: Very thin, decent carbonation but not too much, I didnt get the alcohol flavor or feel that others got.

D: Pretty easy, this is not a session beer, it is definitely one to be enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 22:19:48 | More by dbatch
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Overlord

California

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After really enjoying the number 8 (what's with these unimaginative names?), I was somewhat disappointed by this brew.

First, it poured with the largest head I've ever seen on a beer. Even with a careful pour, it was 99% head (I'm not kidding). When it settled down, it was a beautiful orangeish copper color, darker on top. It smelled wonderful.

Taste was good, but certainly not superlative, and at six dollars a bottle, I was disappointed. Some apple flavors, some malt/caramel/candi tastes (burnt molasses comes to mind), but there was a harsh, almost metallic subtext that was very offputting. It was just strange.

Looking forward to trying the "10."

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 08:38:55 | More by Overlord
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bradley194

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brownish, almost purple color. Immediately it has a two finger head which disappears rather quickly. The smell almost has a liquor smell to it. A sweet malty smell; caramel.

The taste is really big; strong malt favor with a hoppy aftertaste. Very complex. There is a lot going on with this beer. It taste kind of a floral hint to it. It is kind of sweet, but not too sweet. It is very heavy and I would not recommend this beer to a lot of people, but I think it is really very good. Honestly to me this beer almost tastes like a nice red wine.

Though this is not my favorite beer I have tried I have to say that I have to really respect its characteristics. Just because I am not huge into it does not mean that it is not an extremely well crafted beer. I am no judge. This beer is very complex and takes a while to drink because you taste something different almost every time you pick up your glass. I would recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 04:59:54 | More by bradley194
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: bottle purchased in USA Fall 2007, no signs of sun exposure or other damage. Perhaps I had an old bottle though?

Overal description is of good qualities, but this beer was entirely uninspiring, uninteresting, and I can't understand why people rave about this beer. And no, I did not have a bad bottle.

Nose is very faint, but suggestive of warm fig newtons, a little mustiness, and semisweet chocolate.

Palate is very browny like - baked brownies from childhood, with the hardened crusty edges. Very good, but a fairly mild or tame appearance on the palate. Not a whole lot is going on here.

Finish is cocoa powdery with medium length, and easy to drink, but just not very appetizing for the next sip.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 04:35:28 | More by yemenmocha
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botham

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour a copper color with garnet highlights. a decent head on this one, which is light tan colored. no lacings here.

smell is very malty, yeasty, and fruity. malts include caramel and pale, with a solid caramel character. ale yeast is floral and fruity, just what a good belgian should have. alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. fruit note sinclude apricot, apple, and grapes.

taste is malty up front, with a sweet character and a decent alcoholic presense. lots of carbonation here as well. apricot and apple flavors are also among the malts and yeast, giving the brew a decent complexity. not many hops to speak of.

aftertaste is apricots and apple, with a bit of residual alcohol.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied and rather sharp from the alcohol and carbonation, but stays true to a good belgian dark.

drinkability is good, althnough this one will creep up on drinkers who do not have a high tolerance. the booze is present, but not 7.5% worth. all things considered, this is a solid example of the style and a great brew for lovers of Belgians. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 03:49:19 | More by botham
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basica

Singapore

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rochefort 6 (AGED: VINTAGE 1990s) (Rating 9/10) - 7.5 ABV - 6 September 2007

This is again an aged trappist ale from Wim hailing from Netherlands. This one did not disappoint me but after having a fan-frigging-tastic 1984 or 85 La Trappe Dubbel, it is hard to beat that unless you are a well aged Chimay Blue or a Westy. Well this Rochefort 6 is still, a pretty well
aged beer, most probably from the mid 90s or even late 90s; it has the old Rochefort label too. Anyway, this beer, like most vintage beers pours out a brownish color with little of a head and has a nice light foamy lacing. It smells of strong fruits and has the typical aged beer smell
which I detected in all my vintage beers thus far. Even at this age the Rochefort 6's taste is not something that hits you like the 1984 La Trappe Dubbel; some yeast and breadiness on entry but not significant; the taste is sufficiently strong and obvious and is mainly plums and maybe some berries; not exactly a very rich fruity taste but pretty tasty all the same and leaving some plum aroma on the nose. The finish brings more plums on to the nose and was a very soothing plum taste
to transit into the after taste which was plums, berries and grapes. The after taste lingers on for quite a bit before fading away with a raisin or grape backing. Mouth feel on this one is between medium to thin body; as like the contemporary Rochefort 6, it is a little too thin for its style;
carbonation is still pretty high for this one like the contemporary one but quickly drops over time. Smoothness and drinkability was simply revolutionary; it is as smooth, drinkable and refreshing as water but of course with the greatness of Rochefort 6 itself. I have never had a beer this smooth, drinkable and refreshing before and this part of it sets it apart really positively. Overall it is definitely a notch better than the contemporary Rochefort 6 and I would call it a well aged and pretty fruity tasty beer with a revolutionary smoothness and refreshing nature.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 19:00:17 | More by basica
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, best before 14/01/09.

pours orangey red brown with a small fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves a bit of lace behind. color seems more orange and lighter than i'd expect.

aroma is good. light alcohol. lots of dark fruit - date and dried cherries. yeast. big bready malt. caramel and toffee. hints of orange and dark chocolate.

taste is nice. bit of alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. taste is similar to the aroma, but lighter. dried cherry and date. bit of orange and dark chocolate. caramel. bready malt. light yeasty spicy character.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. nice medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is great. balanced and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 14:10:35 | More by grub
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Maracuja

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a bit of a hazy purple to dark red color with the head pertinent in size, frothy in texture and the lace fine long lasting sheets. Vinous lots of malt, fruit sweet, quite pleasant to sniff with the start ambrosial and the top skinny in feel. Finish is astringent, pleasantly hopped and a nice dry lingering aftertaste. A good beer, not as good as the 8/10, but still a top notch beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 20:53:34 | More by Maracuja
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Enola

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is maybe my favorite of the Rochefort lineup. A nice orangish brown with a decent head that lasts in my Chimay glass. The smell is fruity. Taste is like a carbonated brown ale. There are hints of caramel. The mouthfeel is smooth, with just a hint of burn at the end. Drinkability is good. I could have this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 17:47:15 | More by Enola
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jeffjfindley

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As expected, this is a toned-down version of it's big brothers, and is a heckuva nice drink. Head is mountainous, color uninspiring. Champagne bubbles flow like champagne. Smell, as well as taste are owned by dark chocolate, and fresh fruity tones. Finish is airtight. Mouthfeel is crisp and velvety at once, and it's drinking itself. In the future, I can't imagine a situation where I would grab this in lieu of the 10, but this is a hell of a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 06:03:37 | More by jeffjfindley
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first chance to get the little brother of the Rochefort labels. This murky brown brew sports a solid head that eventually laces the glass for the rest of the drink. Aroma is dark fruits, raisins, dates and figs with a little brown sugar sweetness in the background. Taste is slightly sweet with the aforementioned fruits with a root beer like follow through that is very tasty. A very drinkable brew for the alcohol content, which hides for most of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 01:03:57 | More by saintwarrick
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garbercury

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Vintage for access to this Trappist. I am with you Ron, cant beat the 10...

Poured from bottle into my Chimay chalice...

A--Murky, brownish-red that had quite a bit of yeast pour into the glass, fine looking beer with 2 finger head, residual lacing.

S--Much lighter and floral almost, very nice smell. Does not have that deep smell you get from the 8 and 10

T--Tasty and obviously much lighter on the palate than the big brothers of the Rochefort family. I agree with Todd, this would be a great beer to devour a big plate of cheese.

MF--A lot of carbonation, fizzy on the tongue.

D--I dont think I would get this beer again if the 8 or 10 were available, it is a fine beer when you place it in a bigger picture (i.e.it kicks most of the world's other beers tail) Much lighter and refreshing in terms of Belgian beers. I personally, will take a Quad every time...Pass me a 10 please if you dont mind.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 23:47:03 | More by garbercury
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Halcyondays

California

3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, bought at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars, in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Dark brown, with a thick, white head, great retention, with excellent lacing.

S: Smells of alcohol, rum, and figs, with some toasted malts.

T: Dark malts, very malty, with some figs and spices.

M: Too over-carbonated in my opinion, thins out the flavour, though what I tasted was good, doesn't feel like a 7.5% beer.

D: Not one of the better Trappistes in my opinion, I prefer the 10 and the 8, but still a good beer, but could use more body, easy to drink though.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 05:03:50 | More by Halcyondays
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark murky amber. Nice big foamy head. Almost no retention. No lacing.

Smell - Brown sugar, raisins, banana, orange peel, yeast.

Taste - It starts with a little sour fruit some green apples, and oranges. Some raisins and brown sugar are next. The lasting bannana and yeast flavor lingers.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied beer. Very active carbonation. Refreshing.

Drinkability - This is wonderfully complex yet light and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 00:46:07 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Wasatch

Utah

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice a nice mahogany color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, which then left some nice islands and creamy sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, plums, raisins, figs, and some caramel. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet, a slight tang, and fruity. You would not know there was any alcohol in this puppy. Medium body, well rounded/complex brew. Very drinkable, I'm really enjoying this one, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 23:19:02 | More by Wasatch
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pavandal

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured a nice deep brown color into my goblet. It had an awesome, thick, creamy head on top that had a sort of plateau effect where I poured in the middle. Very cool.

Smelled a lot like other strong dark ales I've had, with slight tea like notes and a strong citrus backbone. I enjoyed the smell here, but it wasn't anything stand out.

upon the first sip, my mouth is overun by carbonation. The citrus and tea scents are prevailent, along with a caramelish finish. no real hoppy flavors to speak of, but that's not really what this style is about.

The carbonation kind of hurts this one, but not so much as to make it a bad beer. It's just rather bubbly.

Overall, this is a fairly average and tame depiction of a belgian strong dark ale. I have the Eight as well, I can't wait to try it, as I hear that it's much better than the Six.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 04:24:40 | More by pavandal
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stephendr

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle- color of extremely dark honey, with a thick tan head - nose of raisins, apricots, and slight orange – taste of raisins, apricots, and slight orange - body is light, and with low to medium carbonation – aftertaste of raisins, apricots, orange, and malt

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 23:20:13 | More by stephendr
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Damian

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 11.2 fl. oz/330 ml bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a translucent, murky brown with a touch of crimson. The frothy, light tan, one-finger head faded to a clingy film of lace that lasted throughout the drink.

The aroma was subdued initially but came out more as the beer warmed. Rich, toasted malts, Belgian yeast and Belgian candi sugar were apparent. A spicy (cinnamon and allspice), herbal quality was also quite noticeable, along with a distinct rumminess. As the beer continued to warm, the alcohol became pervasive.

The taste was somewhat thin and rather sharp. Toasted malts were noticeable up front with spices coming in mid-palate. The finish was spicy and rather hot for a mere 7.5% ABV. A slightly herbal, medicinal hoppiness was detectable as well.

The mouthfeel was one of the worst I have ever experienced. This beer was so over carbonated that it felt like an airy, prickly mass on my tongue. Even as the beer sat, it never settled down.

Overall, this beer was a disappointment (especially when compared to the 10). In its defense however, I may be scoring the taste too low simply because the carbonation did not give the liquid sufficient time to settle on my palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 04:40:00 | More by Damian
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theopholis

California

3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Body is a dark, fairly clear amber. The head was an o-ff-white with little staing power and no lacing,.

Aroma- Somewhat sour smell, but not sour-mash. Very clean, slightly malty. Slighty sweet when you get your nose down into the glass. A little to delicate for my honker.

Taste- A very smokey, slightly malty taste up front. Not much malt sweetness left. The hops are very well blended into a seamless middle bitterness. Has a very hot and spicey finish.

Carbonation- Personally, I thnk this beer is way over-carbonated. It deadens the tounge so much, you miss a lot of the flavor. Body is medium.

Drinkability- The taste is very interesting, but the overcarbonation really turns me off.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 04:44:47 | More by theopholis
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geokills

California

2.35/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Allow me to preface this review by suggesting that the particular bottle acquired (from the Toronado Pub in San Francisco), may have turned prior to drinking.

That said, after having heard the Trappistes hailed as something of benevolence time and time again, I was more than a little excited - even to pay $11 for this single 11.2 fl oz bottle - and couldn't hardly wait to pop the top on this one. Unfortunately, I was presented with a disaster.

Pouring a muddy brown with large solids visible, I will give this brew some merit upon its wonderfully light mouthfeel, hints of fragrant apple and beautiful lacing. On the flip side of the coin, I simply didn't find any balance in the flavor here, the affront of alcohol leaving a sour aftertaste on my tongue akin to that found from a bottle of cheap vodka. I can only hope that this was on account of my particular bottle having gone bad and should my next encounter with this product ring upon a more positive note, I will be back to tell you about it!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 00:23:57 | More by geokills
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mithrascruor

California

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a glowing hazy ruby-brown color. Soft foamy/creamy off-white head.

Smell: Smells of lightly sugered and spiced plums, figs, and dark bread. Very warm aroma overall.

Taste: Spicy flavor with dark fruits, sugar, and a bit of bread. Very nice, but unfortunately not so distinct as the aroma. Semi-sharp finish with mellow aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Great soft feel with light- to medium-body. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol is very mild in the taste, but some of the other flavors are too mild as well.

A very enjoyable beer; not as rich as some other Belgian strong dark ales, but still very tasty. I'd rather get a Rochefort 8 for the same price, but I don't mean any major disrespect to this beer. An excellent starting point for darker Trappist ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 05:29:51 | More by mithrascruor
Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
93 out of 100 based on 1,762 ratings.