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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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1,893 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,893
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 129
Gots: 194 | 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 BigIrishman
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured into an oversized wine glass

Appearance: A darkish golden Blond with a nice fluffy white head, leaving little lace.

Smell: Fruity (raisins and plums) with a nice earthy/yeasty background, very nice.

Taste: Real yeasty but tastes more like liquid bread than any else, overall pretty impressive. Those fruity esters come through towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, wish it stuck just a little bit more.

Drinkability: Not as good as the 8 or 10 just because the alcohol presence overshadows the taste a little bit.

Notes: Great, another trapist success to say the least, although the 8 and 10 are just worlds away.

BigIrishman, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of aaronh
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%

Chestnut body with a thick, loose head that persists for a very long time. Aroma of heavily caramelized sugars, molasses, and a touch of bannana. Flavor mimics the aroma, but with a bit of alcohol and a decent malt note. Mouthfeel is decent, but a little too agressive for my preference. Drinkability also good, but not something I drink regularly. Too many burps from the carbonation. Drank this in honor of Pittsburgh's sixth Super Bowl victory. Then realized I hadn't ever reviewed it and drank another. :)

aaronh, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

the good ol' 33cl bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - some damn big yeast chunks floating down at the bottom. the huge head soon comes down as the big bubbles soon make caverns which fall in on them selves. there is not much lacing for all the head, however. nevertheless the colour of the brew is great: a real opqaue, dark brown that has some ruddy tinges to it.

S - a warm bit of spice hits my nose, along with some subtler notes of malty sweetness. there are some fruity elements to be had, though the slight alcohol scent could blend in a bit more noticeably with the esters.

T - a very 'bready' beer for something that isnt wheat based. the bread taste is a broad base upon which all the other flavours come out. the fuity esters, like most of the tastes, are light and one must work to find them. the alcohol is also not as robust as it could be to complement the esters. on the whole the taste is subtle and not the usual 'wham!' that a dark strong can be (something I like). there is a good bit of alcohol during the finish, though quite ephemeral, and the aftertaste is mostly clean except for a light 'sweet biscuit' sweetness that lingers.

MF&D - the carbonation is good and big, though one would never guess that from the look of the glass, as yeast has clogged the carbon scoring at the bottom. the feel is a bit light, not enough viscosity in my opinion. this lets the beer be consumed very easily, once the head settles down!

erz316, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a dark amber and cloudy color. One inch head with decent retention and slight lacing. Smells slightly of alcohol, some hops, dark malts, and slight fruity aroma. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Smooth and slightly thick mouth feel. The bitterness is quite noticeable. There's an average carbonation level present. Tastes of alcohol, some fruit, and strong dark malt. The hops aren't there as far as a flavor, but the bitterness is present. There is an interesting chalk-like flavor and an associated acidic tartness that is hard to define. These lower the drinkability, but add a complexity to the flavor.

Tone, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Oatsoda
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

The 6 pours a deep dark brown with a nice layer of foam that slowly breaks up as time goes by.

The aroma reminds me of brown sugar with a slight fruitiness.

It tastes of dark chocolate and raisins with a subdued slightly-citrusy hop finish.

Medium-bodied, this Rochefort gives a slight bite back from the carbonation.

The Rochefort 6 is the little brother in a family of world-class beers. I would have a hard time turning down a glass of this or any of its siblings.

Oatsoda, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Trappistfan1
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

A - Amber brown color with nice resilient head.
S - Pretty mild; a hint of citrus.
T - Again, mild; a little fruitiness and yeast flavor. Little sign of the alcohol.
M - Good carbonation, pleasant on the tongue.
D - Easy drinking, refreshing, pretty tasty.

My somewhat smoke-burnt taste buds often demand a bigger beer than this. I had the Rocheforte 10 once and remember it being a lot more inspirational than the 6. As a devotee of our brewing Brothers' fine craftsmanship it's hard not to like this but honestly, there are other Belgians that I prefer. In fairness, they are different styles and this is the first Belgian Strong Dark Ale I have reviewed.

Trappistfan1, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of LeftonJackman
4.15/5  rDev 0%

A lovely pour in a tulip glass. A golden amber, near flawless autumnal color with a playfully bubbly head that tickles my upper lip. It almost would have been good enough to admire the glass.

The aromas were subtle and wispy, disappearing as soon as they drift over the rim. The same thing with the taste. It takes two or three deliberate tastes to begin to get the dark fruit, raisins and spice.

Its effervescence is a delight in the mouth and makes this Trappist a delicate drink and worthy of a second.

LeftonJackman, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of mj001jk
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Hazy brown color with light cream-colored foam. Highly carbonated.

The first aroma that strikes my nose is cheese and butterscotch. The maltiness on nose is subdued as are the hops. Dried figs, coffe and cream are also discernible.

Beer is light, dry and highly carbonated. There is a light brown nuttiness as well as just the right amounts of body and fruit character to buffer. This is a light and crisp Belgian with session potential, it is not overly complex and the easy drinkability scores high with me but there could be less carbonation.

mj001jk, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of PBoegel
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

Rochefort 6 bottle code I believe with a best by february 2013.

Poured into a chalice goblet.

Very muddy hazy brown. Some of the dregs came out of the bottle as well. Bottle was very carbonated, not a gusher, but carbonation rose to the lip before pour. Head was very tight and creamy. It's look reminded me very much of the first time I had Chimay Rogue years ago.

The aromas were not terribly complex. No off aromas but focused mainly on a earthy and yeast note, some chalky sweetness and burnt sugar.

The flavor had a very earthy almost tobacco leaf like note, not offensive, just persistent which added an unexpected but interesting layer. This worked well with the drier chalky character, there was some balancing sweetness with light notes of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla bean and dried unsweetened cherries. There was a pleasant mineral flavor that added a level of complexity as well, perhaps just a derivative of the chalky character.

The mouthfeel was very much what I look for in a Belgian, dry but full, with the soft natural carbonation from bottle conditioning.

Very drinkable and while the aroma was a little lacking the rest of the beer character was very reminiscent to me of the first time I was introduced to Chimay, will seek out more often when available, would like to cellar a set of these.

I wish these beers came in 750s. I have a 10 to try waiting in the beer fridge.

PBoegel, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of bowersdm
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%

330mL bottle poured into a Czech Pilsner glass (the only clean glass at the time), I went ahead and poured the yeast in also.

A - looked like a nice apple cider, dark brown and cloudy. It had an enormous head, so much that it spilled over the sides on the pour.

S - mmm...fruit, apples, raisins, bread like yeast smell, alcohol, and spice. I'm not sure what spices, but they smelled amazing when they mixed with the fruit.

T - sweet fruity, spiciness, like a good fruit cobbler, malty sweetness, more spice, some hops, and then a little bit of alcohol.

M - it bordered on overly carbonated, so the excessive carbonation on the pour may have been a godsend.

D - Great. It has an amazing flavor that makes it my favorite trappist brew.

Prior this, the only trappist brew I had ever had was Orval, which I found to be too funky. I was hesitant to try other, but I took a chance. After trying all of Westmalle's stuff, Rochefort's stuff, two Chimay's, and all of Koningshoeven's ales, this is definitely my favorite trappist brew. All around, it's an amazing beer.

bowersdm, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

This was the last in the process of tasting all three of these brews.

Aroma, flavor and body was much the same as the 10 and 8.

With a lowerer and smaller alcohol finish. This was a good thing.

The complex flavor and finish generated more character and was as much of a standout for style.

tmoneyba, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Voonder
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours dark copper colour with thick bubbly off-white head. Smell - caramel, bread, malts. Taste - yeasty, malty, alcohol slightly shows up. Mouthfeel - thick and rich, pretty creamy. It's kinda drinkable. Not a bad stuff, but I liked No8 way better than this.

Voonder, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Major yeast on the bottom of the bottle and floating throughout the glass as I poured it. Slowly floats to the bottom as it settles and warms. A finger and a half of foam is present and continues to produce a nice thin layer on the top. The smell consists of flowers, fruits and raisins. The beer is spicy..almost peppery as I drink it and has a nice strong sharp bite after each sip.

Very enjoyable beer.

kaseydad, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Got a couple bottles of these for Christmas. This one pours a deep copper brown color, with a bunch of floaties. Huge fluffy tan head that leaves excellent lacing (with a sprinkle of dark yeast tossed on top for good measure). Nose is strong breadiness, cookies, a touch of fruit, sweet candy malt, spiciness, and a touch of alcohol. A very sweet brew. Flavor is similar. Toffee, cookies. Definite spicy alcohol presence. A touch of unique earthy wood. Candy and caramel sweetness. Almost no hop presence. Definitely subtler than other Rocheforts. Body is a little thinner than expected. Carbonation was good and appropriate. Overall, it's solid, but not nearly as good as the other Rocheforts. I'm not even sure it counts as a BSDA. I'm going to put the other bottle down for a while and see how it does in a year or two...

soupyman10, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%

2004 vintage - served in tulip glass at American Flatbread in Burlington, Vermont.

A- Dark, reddish copper. Fingers width of off-white head with very nice lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Truly smelled like the nectar of gods. Combination of sweet honey and cloves. Simply amazing.

T- Absolutely perfect. The taste was so mellow and well crafted that there is really nothing that can be improved. Up front the beer had a carbonated malt flavor. This slowly gave way to a strong, sweet finish most akin to the sweetest and tastiest of all honey.

M- Medium bodied and well carbonated, even after almost 5 years of age.

D- I cannot really explain how drinkable this beer is with some age on it. You have to try this one for yourself.

Overall, hands down one of the best tasting beers I have ever had. I was so close to giving this a perfect 5. I was told that this beer was discovered in the brewpubs basement, what a find! I urge anyone who has the chance to buy this beer to have the patience to let this age for 4-5 years. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.

rhinos00, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of mcsquint
4/5  rDev -3.6%

First beer of 2009! Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay chalice.
A - Slightly cloudy, brownish red in color; similar to the appearance of unfiltered apple juice. Bubbly head that lasts and lasts. Nice lacing.
S - Aroma of fermented fruit-apples,figs,apricots. Notes of caramel as well.
T - Complex yeasty tastes of apples,figs,clove with notes of caramel and chocolate. Nice balance of sweet and tart.
M - Light on the palate. A bit slick but slightly effervescent as well.
D - This is probably the best Belgian I've tried. Not too heavy on the palate and not too big on the ABV to have 2 or 3.

mcsquint, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of czfreeman
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

My first beer of the New Year. I had to work New Years Eve, so here's to starting my celebration.
Pours a light ruby-toned brown color,hints of cherrys, fairly clear...Until a beautiful amount of chunky sediments is decanted. Head is light tan color, with a cinnamon-sprinkle of sediment in the middle. Looks absolutley delicious.
Smells of apples,spiced light wine,phenols,light pummy,some raisins,not as "dark"smelling as most BSDA. Malts,slight mustiness,with a tiny touch of cherry.
Taste is apples, musty woodyness,yeasts,creamy mouthfeel, wth a nice light warmness on the finish. Light,light accents of raisins and figs,but domonates on the apple-pear-cinnamon spectrum. Hard to pick out specific flavors,as it is nearly impossible to put the glass dowm.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied.Spikes with a warm finish and a tart-rather than sweet raisin BSDA flavor. This is a distinctly different beer than the 8, and superbly executed. I look foward to the 10.

czfreeman, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%

A: Pours a cloudy mahogany color. A large rocky and white head forms with good retention. A touch of sticky lace.
S: Wow! This has a pungent aroma of alcohol, plums, and other fruity esters. Some sweet honey and caramel as well. Some doughy bread aromas. Very interesting, but I am not sure if I really like the aroma or not.
T: The first thing I notice is lots of alcohol again. After that, lots of sweet fruits. A sour apple flavor, raisins, and plums. Honey and caramel again.
M/D: A full body this is incredibly rich and creamy. Velvety smooth. The alcohol really shows in this beer for me. It takes away from the drinkability a bit.

I seem to be getting a lot of alcohol in this beer. It is over 7%, though I have had much higher that hid the alcohol much better (including Rochefort 8). This is very interesting though. Different than other beers of this style. I like it, but it is not my favorite of the style.

champ103, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of craytonic
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance: Hazy-brown Yazoo clay, small fizzy head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

Smell: Bread crust, alcohol, some dark fruits, caramel

Taste: Dry bread crust, yeast, alcohol, some fruits (bruised apples, dark raisins, figs, blood orange)

Mouthfeel: Light and semi-dry, crisp, a little lighter than I prefer, a little too much carbonation

Drinkability: Good, would be great with some cheese or other fatty food to balance the acidity. On the lighter end of the BSDA spectrum, possibly another category - lacks the darker, heavier wow factor of others.

craytonic, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%

11.2oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice with a head the is foamy and creamy and stands a dime thick on top of the beer. I get a cap but nada else.

Fresh crusty bread, brown sugar and clove greet the nose.
Bread on the opening, slightly nutty, and a bit of booze, the yeast is what is really on display here and one could imagine that like a gueze, each bottle might bring with it an entirely different world of tastes. This one's focus seems to be a mixture of nutty and crusty bread tones, almost exactly as it is laid out in the nose minus the slightly boozy heat that accompanies the finish on this one. Mouthfeel is what is probably most redeeming about this beer, the active carbonation keeps me interested in trying to pull apart as much flavor as I can out of this beer. But overall I am sort of disappointed in this beer, the complexity that I have come to expect from this style is just not there, I would probably give this beer another try to see if two bottles are alike, but really only if it were on sale or got as an extra or maybe at a bar.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Reviewed on 6/11/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a small white head. Aroma of apple juice and raisin. Flavor of apple, raisin, sweet caramel, dark fruit (plum), brown sugar. Very complex. No bitterness, which is nice :-) Very hearty beer for a 7.5% abv. Excellent Belgian, quite drinkable. Rochefort never ceases to amaze me.
8/5/8/4/16 (4.1/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of daledeee
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

The last of the three to try.

This beer poured with a nice bubbly head that acted like it would go away fast, but it didn't: impressive. Many chunks came out with this dark clear brown beer.

Nose is not as strong as I would guess. The nose actually got better after the beer was open for a bit. The smell of plums or prunes are the most noticable.

Taste is dark fruit like grapes, plums or dark cherries. Some hops and spice in the back ground. Not quite complex enough for the style. Mouth feel is good and alcohol is not overwhelming.

daledeee, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Purchased this beer at Dunderbaks in the University Mall in Tampa.

Pours brown with an off-white head that is fluffy and bountiful from healthy bottle conditioning.

The aroma is your usual suspects in dark belgian beers. There was a bunch of sugary sweetness balanced with subtle hops, spices and yeast.

The taste was brown sugar, and dark fruits like raisins, figs, and dates. There wasn't much for hop taste. This was a sweet beer.

Mouthfeel was soft and medium bodied. The carbonation was just right.

I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes dark belgian beers but there are many that are more affordable yet just as good as this one.

gonzo46and2, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

Can't really stand up to its cousins, 8 and 10, but was still a tasty beer. Pours murky mahogany with a thick, short tan head. Cherries, molasses, sugar, and raisins in the nose. Smooth mouthfeel without the expected syrupyness. Malt, caramel, prunes, maple syrup, and cream soda (nice call Beerlando) in the taste. I don't really like a lot of dubbles, as they are typically over-indulgent in spice and sticky malt, but this was really good.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of cindiwindi1025
4/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Orangish brown, kinda fig colored, cloudy/slightly opague, no head or lacing, tiny effervescent bubbles from bottom to top of glass

S: Nothing but sweetness picked up on the nose

T: Sweet and light. Fig, malts, burnt sugar, light toffee, slight spiced apple, little bitter roasty hopness. No alcohol detected.

M: Medium carbonation, fizzy on the tongue. Hot feeling after a minute.

D: Not really a refreshing beer, not heavy by any means just feels a little too zingy on the tongue. It is pretty tasty though if you're a fig fan.

cindiwindi1025, Dec 05, 2008
Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
93 out of 100 based on 1,893 ratings.