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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 2,080
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 rye726
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a rich ceadr brown with a nice beige head.

Nose has lots of bready malts, subtle fruit tones, spicy yeast, peppery alcohol and herbal hops.

Taste not as impressive. A bit dull over the palate and through the finish. Not bad, a nice ale, just a bit thin.

Light finish and body for the style.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes based upon a 6oz bottle pour served in a small wine glass. Immediately upon the glass being set down in front of me, I am impressed. I can see hues of pink, orange, brown--it's like the colors of an intense sunset all mixed together. It resembles slightly watered down sherry. It has thin off-white bubbles the disappeared as I was trying to describe them. There isn't much lacing or coating if I swirl the beer around. I pick up aromas of plum, powdered sugar, and maybe oak or another wood when I inhale. There are flavors of plum, raisin and some sweet malts. There is a bit of alcohol in the finish, but not as much as you often get with this style. It's very complex. I want to describe the taste as a bit soapy, but I'm not sure if that truly conveys what it tastes like; nevertheless, what I call soapy is a good thing. It has a lighter medium body and just the right amount of carbonation. There isn't much mouth coating. It's a bit watery for me, but only ever so slightly. The 6 is very drinkable. It goes down so easily! It's great as an individual glass, but also would be wonderful over many rounds. It doesn't feel like a 7.5% ABV beverage at all. If you've never had a Trappist beer, this would be a great place to start.

Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A continuation of my study of the remaining Trappist breweries, Roche 6 served from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is brown (served with yeast) what head and before the yeast came out the beer was clear but not there are floaters in there.

Aroma is sweet with a hint of alcohol in there, not a lot to it.

The overall flavor is a little muted. I can pick up some hints of anise in there but otherwise, its mostly sweet with a slight taste of alcohol. Drinkability is fine, mouthfeel is OK. Beer is medium bodied. This is a more drinkable beer than the other Rocheforts but this has not been my favorite Trappist ale to date.

I WILL try this beer again in the near future to see if my experience is different.

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

Appearance: 11.2oz bottle poured into a large wine glass. Color is a deep, hazy copper. Some sediment in the glass. Produces about a one-finger head that is off-white and thick. The head recedes slowly and leaves a perfect ring around the top of the glass.

Smell: Wow. The scent of this beer is truly unique and inviting. I'm picking up lots of toasted malt sweetness, caramel, raisins, brown sugar, and a sour character I can't seem to put my finger on. There is also a rich, subtle, grape-like sweetness that almost reminds me of a glass of red wine. A good deal of spicy yeast aroma is also present. Very complex and intriguing.

Taste: Rich and bready, with some sourness and spicy yeast. I'm getting some licorice and almost a smokey maple syrup type flavor. There is a touch of bitterness, but the beer finishes very clean with a somewhat fruity, almost plumb-like taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light-bodied. Good carbonation and very refreshing. Maybe it's consistent with the Trappist style, but I could use a little more body with this one. Very delicious though.

Drinkability: Incredibly smooth and drinkable for a higher ABV beer. If it wasn't for the steeper price tag, I could enjoy a few of these in an evening.

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

Pours hazy copper with a very large head.
Nose shows milk chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, rose-like perfume, bready malt, and caramel. Quite enticing, but doesn't show quite as much complexity as the 8 or 10.
Flavours include, oats, bready malt and more cinnamon. Quite sweet, but light at the same time. Alcohol is definately there, but is soft and rose-like before building into a more assertive finish.
High carbonation, just short of excessive. Body is quite light, could be a bit richer.

Photo of mothman
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Old Guardian snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. Fades to a ring. No lace left. Color is a murky caramel brown. Sediment in glass.

Aroma: Lots of malts here. I get some caramel and a ton of raisins up front. Has some grapes as well. More of a muted aroma. I hope the taste brings more flavor.

Taste: Lots of caramel malts, raisins, and grapes. This beer is huge on malts. Some smokey bacon notes as well. Grassy hops balance it out a bit.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and crisp. Reminds me of having pop in my mouth. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overall, I liked the 10 and the 8 a lot better. This beer just didn't taste like a good BSDA (or I should say I have had better). Probably not going to be getting this again. The mouthfeel was off and the flavor was lacking.

Photo of kylejohnson03
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. The second that I opened the bottle, the beer started to flow out. Thankfully I had a glass ready, and got a cloudy amber color with some noticable sediment. Good one finger of dirty tan head, which lingers for a bit before disapearing. Smells aren't as strong as I would like, but yeast and brown sugar sweetness are there. Tastes are of cherries, plums, and belgian yeast. Aftertaste give more spice and alcohol. Mouthfeel is great with a creamy texture, light-medium body, and a medium amount of carbonation. Drinkability of this beer is very good, sweet and creamy without being too heavy. Overall a very nice beer, but of course, this one is going to carry a higher price tag (4.99 for a single).

Photo of TommyW
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Brown body with nice deep purple highlights; an off-white head that leaves a perfect lace on the glass.

S- Complex sweet aromas mixed with some phenols from the yeast.

T- Bready maltiness with a complex sweet profile or rock sugars, dark fruits and caramel. The dark fruit (fig/cherry) blend in nicely with the slightly the phenols and slight tartness. The warming presence of the alcohol slowly makes itself present.

M- Medium body with an aggressive carbonation.

D- A really nice Belgian Strong; fruity and sweet kept in check with phenols and slight tart/sour notes.

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

Poured from a 33cl brown bottle into a Chimay chalice. Best by date 02/21/12 on front of label. Single purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.80.

A: Appealing chestnut brown with initial beige, cola-like 1-finger head that recedes quickly to a foamy cap and leaves only a few spots of lace.

S: Spicy aroma overall, strongly phenolic at first but then settling to a more cinnamon and brown sugar maltiness with some pear and licorice. A touch of leafy hops is there too, but the spicy yeast and malt are the big players.

T: Wonderful with initial phenolic, spicy, licorice kick followed by candied fig and maple and brown sugar flavors. Finished very sweet but quite dry with more nutty yeast and leafy, tobacco hops tones. Sneaky complex.

M: The higher carbonation works well with the sweetness to leave a light and very smooth, creamy elixir-like feel. Aftertaste is phenolic and leathery.

D: A great brew with a delicious spicy, phenol-tinged sweet sugary maltiness. I will definitely revisit this brew again and probably cellar it a little longer than a year with future tries.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in its own chalice.

A: Pours a cloudy amber to brow (nutty) color. Some particles can be seen floating around. Forms a huge beige head when poured but retention is medium to low. A small layer remains and some lacings are formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet and "bready". Caramel malts, toffee and Belgium yeasts. Dry dark fruits and alcohol

T: As suggested by the nose: Upfront is slightly sweet followed by bready and earthy yeasts. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, brown bread, dark fruits and candy sugar. End is slightly bitter

M: Medium and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Belgian bittersweet aftertaste

O: Excellent dirinkability. Less complex than the 8 or 10 but still a Rochefort

Photo of drtth
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a semi-clear but deep rich mahogany color with a 1 ½" off-white head that recedes slowly. The active carbonation feeds the slowly receding head and causes the chunks of yeast sediment to dance in the liquid. Sipping leaves patches of lacing that mostly slide back into the head and leave little patches and speckles here and there clinging to the sides of the glass. A ring and patch of foam persist throughout the beer.

Smell: The aroma is soft and filled with brown sugar and dark caramel mingled with a bit of cinnamon and some faint tart fruit character.

Taste: The flavor is mostly dark brown sugar and caramel intermingled and balanced with some apple tartness. The flavors each provide a counterbalance for the other so that neither sweet nor tart dominate the flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and prickly with persistent and active but gentle carbonation. The finish is long with some sugar and then the dry tart fruit character fading away.

Drinkability: I have to say that I'm not motivated to go out of my way to find this beer again. It is a nice enough beer that I'll probably be trying again to give it another chance. Certainly I'd not turn one down if offered. However, that being said, I think there others I prefer.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-a cloudy ruby red color that has particles floating around inside of it. it pours a light tan colored head that is thin and bubbly and fizzles away quickly leaving no lace on the glass.

S-the nose is pleasant, not strong. it brings a light bready malt, toasted biscuit as well. notes of bananas and yeast give way to some peppery spice, cloves, sweet dark fruits of black cherry and ripe plum.

T-the taste is again good but not big. it brings a stronger yeast flavor than the nose, hint of clove and pepper and a toasted bread like malt, light banana, hints of medicinal phenols finishing with some ripe dark fruits similar to the nose.

M-it has a medium to light body, lots of carbonation with a little tingle on the back of the throat. it is somewhat smooth but the carbonation hides that a little

D-this has a nice complexity to it, it has just the right amount of things going on and is very tasty and goes down easily. there is a little off phenol in the taste that detracts slightly from the taste.

Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straight up brown, off-white head starts out small and fizzy but numerous carbonation bubbles keep it alive and a little fluffier over time. TONS of sediment floating around in this thing. Smell is fruits and yeast. Taste is sort of tart, I'm tasting mostly lighter fruit with some dark fruit as well. I think this tastes more like a Belgian pale than a dark ale. Someone in another review said "musty raisins", I think that hits the nail on the head. Lots of Belgian yeast of course and a little warming alcohol. Last few sips are thick with yeast, looks like dirt at the bottom of the glass. I enjoyed it, but I'm hoping for more with the 8.

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

Served into a chimay chalice at gingerman in Norwalk

A: Pours with strong head and excellent lacing. Dark Brown, nearly black tone. Very nice.

S: Not particularly strong, but very pleasant. Belgian sugar, and light fruityness.

T: Really very smooth and enjoyable. Nothing strong or overwhelming. Light sugar, and dark fruit, but finish is so smooth and without alcohol.

D/M: Easy to drink and incredibly smooth and full. A great beer with a nice soup or strong cheese.

Rochefort makes a tremendous beer, and while I prefer #8, #6 is worth a drink.

Photo of Brabander
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Partytime with this one. I have had the very very good 10 of Rochefort and now i am tasting the 6. Not much carbonation in this one so the broken white head dissapears after a short while. A very smooth beer which is very drinkable. A nice brown colour and if you want to try a Belgian beer without being dissapointed you will have to buy this one.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle right into my tulip.

A: Rochefort 6 pours a beautiful amber/tangerine orange with an off white head that dissipates rather fast. I love how the yeast inside adds a freckle like characteristic when held up to the light.

S: Spicy yeast notes complement a fruity background. Just like it's older brother 10, Rochefort 6 posses some wine like notes, except less pronounced.

T: Mhmm...spicy maulty goodness. I've had this beer numerous times over the past year, and I have to tell you, let this puppy warm up to 50 degress before serving. At this temperature the suttle complexities begin to emerge. The aged, fruity goodness hits you first. A little hop tingle is detected on the way down as it passes the back of your pallet.

M: Carbonation fulls your mouth and helps the flavor penetrate your taste buds. This beer is light, yet remains bold and filling on the pallet.

D: Excellent drinkablity. Rochefort 6's balance of flavors, excellent carbonation, and smooth finish make this a recommendation for a beginner's Belgium beer. I'd recommend this brew to the novice all the way up to the champions of beer. If you like this brew and want something bigger, bolder, and much more stunning go for the 10, you wont be disappointed.

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

A: A deep brown with lots of carbonation and head. Cloudy.

S: A very light fuity yeast aroma.

T: Sweetness from fuit and raisins with a small bit of spice. Beautiful flavor but very light.

M: The light, smooth flavors and heavy carbonation make for a light feel

D: Incredibly drinkable.

Overall it's a very good beer but it is certainly light. In fact too light to really enjoy all of the flavors. I'd take a Rochefort 8 over this anyday but I could certainly drink this all night.

Photo of fastsrt
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 ounce bottle in a chalice
A: pours reddish brown, with a perfect beige head, looks perfect in the glass, but half way through there is nothing no lace at all.
S: dark fruits hint of hops
T: figs, sweetness, vast complexity just amazing.
M: medium body and just the right amount of carbonation to carry the beer to the finish. which is a bit sweet with lingering dark fruit.
D: I think the beer style for this one is wrong because this is a perfect double. I would love this to be my go to beer it is highly drinkable could drink 4 with ease, unfortunately at 5 bucks a bottle that will not happen. So when I reach for a rochfort it will be the 8 or 10 due to the fact one is satisfying. this is one of the best doubles I have ever had had It is better than Chimay rouge. too bad it's so expensive.

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: very cloudy tawny-brown color with several fingers of quickly-dissipating light tan head. Some nice apparent effervescence in the liquor.

Smell: nice musty raisin aroma, though it does seem a little subtle and one-dimensional for me.

Taste: musty raisin, plum and pear. The flavors are good but seem almost watered-down. I feel like the flavor composition is great, but it's just not quite there with intensity. It's still pretty darn good, though.

Mouthfeel: relatively light body with tons of carbonation. There's a great creaminess here, but I feel like it could do with a little more body.

Drinkability: tasty and creamy; overall a good experience which I just know could be a little better.

Photo of Deus1138
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Color is a deep reddish/mahogany. Nice amount of carbonation and head. The culprit did not sneak by me. I noticed a clump of yeast fall out of the bottle during my pour. Holding this up to the light shows just how much yeast they use in their bottle conditioning! Wow!!

Smell is restrained...dark fruits...some spiciness.

Taste is quite nice. They have achieved a very nice balance of dark fruitiness..plum, raisin... and some spiciness. It's not the most flavorful BSDA out there, but that's not a complaint. There are lots of flavors to appreciate, they are all just there in balanced, enjoyable amounts. You're palate isn't being assaulted. Very easy to enjoy what they're offering.

Mouthfeel is mediumbodied, spicy and a bit prickly from the carbonation. Enjoyable.

Drinkability is very good!! A very flavorful, but not overwhelmingly so, nice brew.

If it were cheaper, it would be a regular in my rotation of BSDA's.

Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a decent two-finger head into my pint glass. Nice presentation here.

Aroma is full of raisin, plum and it's sweet as well. A bit of alcohol heat peeks through as well.

Taste is sweet with raisin, plum and candi sugar. Very strong but not in a way that I like. However, after a while, it mellows and gives way to something better.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering raisin and plum along with the alcohol heat. Again, a bit rough to drink. Complex.

Not bad but I prefer Rochefort 8 and 10 over this for a few reasons. They're both easier to enjoy and deceptively drinkable. I can't quite say the same for this.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.

Appears very dark. Cannot see through at all. Semi aggressive pour results in a very good head that holds up a finger thick even in the wide snifter. Smells of fruit, mostly cherry and some raison...even a little hint of spice. The taste is very good. Just enough sweetness for an evening beer. A lot of malt flavor and little to no hop presence is detected. This is not a heavy beer for dark Belgian ale; and as such is one of the more drinkable I've tried.

Photo of dogger6253
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thoughts go to the huge, bubbly head. That tops a murky, brown haze. Bits of yeast, delicious.

Bit of a dark fruit/light fruit fight for dominance in the nose. I'd say the dark fruits win out in the end. Very inviting aroma with lots to think about. I'm not sure what to expect when I take a sip, but it's that much more inviting that way.

Very carbonated and light in the mouth. I taste a sort of banana-like quality up front. A lot of spiciness, bit of grape. Very tangy, but also refreshing.

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

Pours a cloudy deep brown color with a slight rose hue to it. Decent foamy off-white head. Great head retention with big sticky lace. Looks awesome as every Rochefort does.

Sweet smell that has hints of dark fruit and a yeasty bread like aroma.
Tastes a bit like it smells. Malts with fruit and a bread-like quality. Bit of alcohol and a bit tangy.

This brew is nice and full in mouth. Low carbonation makes it a pleasure to swirl around over the tongue. Heavy body gives it a great mouthfeel.

Good beer. Can't say much more than that, just have one. Pleasure to drink.

Photo of dqrull
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper, lots of yeast in the bottle, nearly poured it into the chalice along with the rest of the beer! A fairly weak head that left some light brown lacing.

Smell is a great maltiness that gives me prunes, raisins, dried figs and winegums, especially the red and black winegums actually, hinting at tart ripe red berries, all rather mellow and fine-tuned in my mind, this is where I've had some problems before with dubbels, since I first fell in love with the vulgar onslaught of character of quads, but I've come to appreciate this as well nowadays.

Taste is similair to the nose, winegums get a bit more prominent though, the dried fruits are still very much there, but takes a step back for a smell of... juleskum! (A scandinavian christmas candy, you could call it a marshmallow tasting of strawberries in the shape of santa :p). The juleskum-taste takes over a bit, and while fascinating it gets a little too uniform in the end.

Feel is good, small bubbles provides a creamy and soft carbonation that is really pleasant.

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 2,080 ratings.