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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: 151
Gots: 273 | FT: 8
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-12-2002

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Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Photo of wedgie9
3.32/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 11.2oz bottle from Famous in Lombard. Pours cloudy brown with a thick but quickly receding white head. The nose is slightly fruity with some cola notes and light caramel malt. It is also slightly oxidized. The flavors are peach, cola, nuttiness, and caramel. The body is light with medium carbonation, and a medium nutty cola finish.

Photo of DionysusII
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light to medium copper edges and inner dark earthy brown with a thin off-white head that leaves scant lacing at first. Little bits of sediment floating around, not sure what they are, but can be somewhat off-putting without knowing their purpose.

S- A little sweet, a little bitter, very little alcohol seeps through with the aroma of some dried fruit and slight sugary molasses.

T- Very well balanced. Slight alcohol warming after the initial complex sweetness fades away.

M- Medium body with slightly more carbonation than I prefer, but still very smooth.

D- Not my favorite, but I would never turn this beer down. Very good.

Notes: Almost unfair bias; tasted alongside a Rockefort 8 and Chimay Premiere.

Photo of babaracas
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky reddish brown with fizzy off-white head. Smell: nutty, a little brown sugar and raisin. Pretty laid back. Taste: a little date, nutty, unfiltered apple juice. Feel: the big problem here is that it's over-cabonated, almost a seltzer feel. This was a disappointment, and not old by any means. Best by code: 04-11-14 == bottled on 11/4/2009.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 7,5% abv

Appearance: Murky (result of a rather vigorous pour), medium-brown in colour, however transformed into a beautiful shade of copper-brown with brilliant copper highlights when backlit. The beer is capped by a large head of off-white foam that lasts pretty well, but unfortunately leaves only sparse patches of lace.

Smell: Perfection... Rich caramel malt dominates the nose, though golden raisins,cooked apples, dates and a hint of cinnamon (and maybe a few other "warm" spices) also make an appearance. Alcohol is not immediately noted in the nose, but there is just a hint of it lurking under all the other aromas, something similar to fruit soaked in a good rum.

Taste: Stunning, rich and complex, as with the nose, the palate is close to perfection. Rich caramel malt again dominates, but allows the other flavours more influence than in the nose. Golden raisins, bruised over-ripe apples, dates, hints of nuts and a hint of smokiness are all present. As with the nose, alcohol is present (more than you would expect from a 7,5% beer), but perfectly incorporated into the flavour profile.

Mouthfeel: Slightly fuller than medium bodied with perfect carbonation. This beer is such a pleasure to drink, one needs to remember to savor the flavour and not just gulp it down.

Drinkability: This beer goes down amazingly well for the abv and strong complex flavour. I will certainly have another (and many more in the future).

This is definitely one of my all time favorite beers.

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

330ml bottle poured into tulip july17 2010

A looks light brown until I held it to the light where it has a deep ruby red glow, I can see plenty of bubbles and a massive tan head as average retention but never falls below a 1/4in film an leaves a patch of lace

A some candied apple, yeast, some molasses, a little cherry and perhaps some dried fruit. pretty complex ale going on here

T thankfully I can taste all the things I smell to one degree or another, It's a little sweeter then I would have guessed but overall an excellent beer

M not overly thick but rather silky due to the bubbles, flavors linger for a while giving you a chance to ponder

D not much to complain about when your drinking this beer, it goes down quite smooth and for a 7.5% brew you could hurt yourself with this one

If you can get this beer where you live drink it, another great beer from this brewer what more can I say

Photo of STEG
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a mahogany brown, off white well retaining head. Smells yeaty and bready with a bit of golden raisin, currant, and apple. Taste has a cola quality to it with slight breadiness to it. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, wet finish. Alcohol is supremely well hidden. I like to have this one around.

Photo of johnwarne
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beer haiku for you:

"Oh drinkable ale;
Another Rochefort winner,
Easily consumed"

Another winner from the house of Rochefort: not the body of the 8 or 12 [this is a 6, natch], but very drinkable and embodies the art of the Monks.


Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright garnet until the yeast is dumped in which turns it a muddy brown. A nice mat of off-white head laces nicely.

Dry breadiness mixed with notes of dark fruits, brown sugar, and an herbaceous undercurrent. Lightly fruity from the yeast with some plum and pear. It's super dry all the way through, which combined with the high level of carbonation really lends an airy, fluffy mouthfeel. The dryness also makes it extremely easy, almost too easy, to drink in quantity and the alcohol is bascially unnoticeable.

Overall, it lacks some of the flavor punch of the other Trappists, but it's also one of the most easy drinking out there.

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

Explosive head that streams out of the bottle. Pours with a huge head of sizable bubbles. It looks similar to the head of a root beer float. Settles quickly, leaving some spots on the side of the glass. The liquor is similar to mud: dark brown and so cloudy no light passes.

Darker and sweeter malts prevail on the nose. Lots of brown sugar. Notable alcohol presence.

Coyly sweet with a strong alcohol punch; I guess it is similar to the aroma. Light milk chocolate flavor. There's a mild (and very brief) bitterness in the swallow. The short-lived aftertaste is honey-like. Diabetics beware. The body is rich as the sugars would suggest, but the carbonation is extremely high, giving this beer a lighter feel.

Not quite a dessert beer, but very close.

Photo of michaelpcarney
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4







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

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a 2 1/2 finger head that diminishes rather quickly to a nice fluffy off white layer of head. Minimal spotted lacing as the beer drinks down. Similar to the other Rochefort's with lots of floaters. Murky caramel and coppers colors.

S: Apples are the main element here. Also a few other light fruits, grape maybe. Light caramel and toffee notes. Not as strong in the nose as the other in the Rochefort family.

T: Strong apple and grape flavors - as noted in the smell. Also some sweetness here on the end of each sip that seems to hint at a syrupy flavor - maybe maple syrup. Very good and surprisingly light for the style. Was expecting a bit more sweetness and dark fruit flavors with a BSD.

M: Moderate to high carbonation and medium body. Slightly syrupy in feel but nice on the palette.

D: Tasty, lighter version of it's more boozy brothers. Very drinkable, just a little pricey.

Photo of bogus564
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours well; there's a reddish, dark amber color to it.

The head takes up half the volume, when poured into a tulip glass. There's a slight hint of lace as the head disappears.

As I smelled it, I was hit by hint of caramel; there was quite a malty nose to it, which was just what you wished for as a fan of malty beers.

There's a strong taste to it - the first sensation that hit me was a chocolaty maltiness. After the initial rush, I caught the citrus taste, a nice orange vibe, and a lovely level of carbonation.

Drinkability - wise: I wouldn't make plans if I were having more than one. It's nice and strong, best for telling your friends you love them. They'll forgive you, and if they're having this as well, they'll agree with you.

This beer would be fantastic with a good fish, like a salmon or tuna, or fried chicken. If you're a health nut, you might want to dial down to a well-grilled chicken.

Photo of cyrenaica
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7.5% ABV
I tried this beer on May 14, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a nice reddish-brown with a thin white head that lingered. The aroma was sweet roasted malt, yeast, caramel and brown sugar. The mouthful was medium to full bodied with medium high carbonation. The flavour was slightly sweet, yeasty, malty, toffee with plums and spice. A very good beer.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, hazy amber in color, with a thin white head that remains. Thick lacing.
Smell is rich, buttery roasted malts, with notes of caramel, toffee, cocoa, brown sugar, and a touch of vanilla. Some fig and raisin as well.
Taste is again rich, toasted malts with some caramel notes. Toffee, cocoa, and vanilla. Raisin, fig, and plum.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a gentle bite. Perfect, moderate level of carbonation. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is excellent. Outstanding all around. Far better than the 8 or 10 in my opinion.

Photo of boss302
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A This is a light brown to orange color. Apparently my bottle was not allowed to settle long enough as the dregs began to flow while several ounces were still in the bottle. I kept pouring, dregs are good for you!. The beer had a nice thick head, and I let it sit for ~5 minutes before I took my first sip. It was still about a centimeter high. Lots of very fine bubbles from the bottom. Good lacing and still had a layer of head at the end. Joy.

S There is a slight pepper smell that could have been from the dregs and a little dried fruit aroma. Some sweetness, but to be honest there is not a lot to smell here.

T There is a little sweetness at first and some herbal (non-hop) flavors in the aftertaste. There is a little caramel in the finish. I don't taste the raisiny flavors that are common with other Belgian beres. Nothing stands out, you really have to try to find the flavors. It's balanced and it lacks any dominant character. The best thing about this beer is that there is nothing that is objectionable. Its just easy!

M Medium to full body, it feels thick on the tongue. It is 7.5%abv, but it's hard to detect it.

O A very good beer and I am glad I bought several. Typical Belgian attention to detail, they really do beer right. This goes in the must try box.

Photo of Nattyp
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought at Local grocery Mathernes in Baton Rouge, LA. Super hot summer day that deserves a beer such as this. It's a hard find since the Rochefort 6 constitues only 1% of the beers brewed by ROchefort.
Pours a murky dead leaf brown with sediment into my tall Konig Pilsner stemmed glass. Tight bubbles and light foaming that sits nicely on top of the beer.
Aroma is spicy and figgy, very distictly Belgian.
Mouthfeel is so beautiful, very velvety smooth and consistent.
Taste is harmonious with the aroma, very nice dark fruit, fig, lots of caramel with seamless balance alongside the alcohol percentage of 7.5 abv, and acidity. delicious.
High drinkability I cannot put my glass down.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 4/18/10. Tasting of all 3 Rochefort (6, 8 & 10)

11.2oz pry-top bottle. (040614 08:00)

Pours a red-tinted muddy brown with 1/2 inch of tan creamy head. Hazy but not cloudy. Aromas of dates and figs with some saaz-like hop notes (light pine needles). Smells sweet like raisins. Some wet flower notes. Sweetest aroma of the 3 Rocheforts.

Palate is surprisingly light bodied based on the nose. Creamy toasted oak mingles with fruit-cake flavors. Dried fruits and vanilla. Bright & sharp yet creamy. Finish is thin and fruity. Alcohol is somewhat on top.

Of the 6, 8 & 10, this is my 2nd favorite.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into duvel tulip

A: pours brown, with a few chunks of yeast, a off white to light brown 2 finger head that fell to a decent layer.
S: sweet like light brown sugar, and light bit of fruit, mainly fig.
T: brown sugar candy, raisins and figs. taste sort of reminds me of a dopplebock. a bit of yeast, gives a little bit of spiciness.
M: very high carbonation, yet it seem thick on the palate.
D: easy, probably the quickest belgian ive ever sipped down.

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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