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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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2,101 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,101
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 155
Gots: 289 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-12-2002

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Photo of grittybrews
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a orange-tinged root beer color into a Duvel tulip. Four solid fingers of slightly tan head that slowly receded to around half a finger.

Aroma not overpowering. A little sweet yeast and raisins. The taste, however, is quite full. Moderately high carbonation and a full mouthfeel with initial banana and caramel sweetness, clove, and spiced apple. Relatively quick finish with a bit of nuttiness.

Very tasty and quite drinkable, though not as impressive as the Rochefort 10 (next up, Rochefort 8...).

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip the beer is a muddy cinnamon brown. Slightly cloudy. The gold tinted head reaches four fingers but fades almost instantly leaving not a spec of lace.

The aroma is sweet candied fruit and sugar sprinkled white toast. Light cinnamon, roast nuts and just a tiny bit pf tart apple.

The flavor is similar to the nose. Lots of candied fruit and cinnamon raisin toast. Tiny bits of chocolate, nuts, yeast and saltine crackers.

Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall a nice easy drinker. No mistaking this one for it's bigger and bolder brothers. Solid beer none the less.

Photo of froghop
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours hazy dark brown with a red tint, very carbonated with a very large beige head, lots of sediment, and good lacing.

smell is of caramel, spice, roasted malt, touch of nuts, dark fruit, and fizzy on the noise.

taste is creamy, prunes and other dark fruits, caramel, a bit of spice, some sour malt, and nuts in the background, leaves the mouth somewhat tangy and dry.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle into Chimay chalice.

A - Deep shiny copper with an explosion of bubbles from the bottom and a nice off white bubbly head with milkshake like lacing.

S - The odor jumps from the glass to my nose even at quite some distance. Sweet plums and grapes and raisins. The candied sugar smell is so nice it makes my mouth water.

T - Darker fruits (plums, grapes, etc), but nicely balanced with sweetness and alcohol. Really great tasting beer.

M - Smooth and even and lively. Feels like a beer, but ultimate in smoothness. Leaves a nice cooling feel.

D - Really easy drinker. Fantastic taste, great mouthfeel, smells great...and reasonable ABV.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks simply perfect. Poured from the bottle into a chalice the body is rich and dark while the head remains thick and fluffy. Bubbles and lace abound.

Aromas of fruit and spices waft out of the glass. Sour cherry and figs, caramel and Belgian candy sugar. As it warms in the glass the aromas transition to a bit darker of a complexion. More Earthy, mahogany, faint milk chocolate even.

Flavor is exactly what you want from a Belgian Dark, though slightly subdued compared to some. Its got the rich and creamy malts. Hops are well hidden. Black cherry and cooked apple skin. Finish is sweet with a kiss of alcohol fume into the nose. Just a very good beer all around.

The label is stamped:
240713
07:48

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured cloudy brown into a snifter glass with a sizable beige head. There's a moderate level of carbonation and some large yeast particles are floating near the bottom of the glass.
S: There is a light aroma of sweetness with notes of caramel and toffee. As the beer warms up, smells of dark fruit also become noticeable.
T: Like the smell, there's malty sweetness with some notes of chocolate and toffee. The finish is slightly dry and the overall taste becomes a little more complex as it warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very bubbly on the palate.
D: It's relatively easy to drink and any traces of alcohol are well hidden.

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

A - poured with a two finger head which isn't sticking around long. Eventually settles just for enough head to stay on top of the beer. No noticeable lace.

S - Brown sugar, prunes, perhaps some light toffee notes. I'm not getting much else out of it, it's pleasant, but can't figure out what the rest is.

T - First instinct was woody, earthy flavors, it wasn't what I expected from this beer. Other than that, light brown sugar maltyness, some slight dark fruity notes, I got a hint of booze at one point, but am not getting it anymore.

M - I'm pretty particular about the way the mouthfeel is. I think this would be better if the carbonation was a little less. But it is still quite nice.

D - I could have a couple of these, I don't think I would necessarily session, but I'm not having trouble putting this one back.

Good beer, I like it better than the 8. I'll probably pick this one up again.

Photo of ATSJer
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden colored ale, cloudy with a lot of particulate most settles to the bottom but a lot of it continues to float within the brew, thick white medium density head that clears fairly quickly.

Aroma: Complex, sweet and yet spicy. I could smell the hops but the sweetness of the malts is present as well. It also has some pronounced fruit smells.

Taste: This is where you just want to climb inside the glass. Rich malts moderate sweetness, light hoppiness. The flavor is so well blended that it seems like you catch them all at once. It is simply delicious, the flavors are very well balanced with the light hopps, you can also taste the sweetness. All of these flavors really mix well and are very nice. I can't imagine a brew much better than this.

Mouthfeel:
Moderate density, smooth, lightly carbonated, near the bottom you'll get the particulate more, but it doesn't detract.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 33 cL bottle (stamped 280114) into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: A hazy orange brown, it poured with a medium cream head that quickly died to a good lace and collar.
S: Brown sugar and fig with raisins. It is full of earthy, rustic bread and hops that are reminiscent of spinach.
T: Mild brown sugar and cinnamon throughout, it is surprisingly more hoppy than expected with biting earthy lemon citrus hops. Yeasty bread and a mild tart grape is in the backbone, while the finish is slightly metallic with blackberries.
M: Very thin but also very frothy.
D: It's only ok for the style.

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

Picked up all three Rochefort offerings for a side-by-side comparison. Here's review #1:

Rochefort 6 pours a metallic red/brown color, boasting loads of sediment and a thin and lacy head. The liquid has perpetual movement due to carbonation and a impenetrable murkiness that gives it an impossible to pin down coloration.

Alcohol and a tart fruitiness make up most of the flavor profile. A musky, dry quality permeates the bouquet, which pretty much exemplifies traditional Belgian ale characteristics. Plum and prune are the first fruits to tickle the nostril.

Taste is not as dry as one might expect. It seems to focus more on the tart fruitiness, which is quite original and much appreciated. Think cranberry and mild spicing and you're in the ballpark. A nice doughiness that is reminiscent of buttered bread or a warm croissant rounds out the flavor profile.

Relying more on fruit and spicy flavoring than alcohol content and barnyard muskiness has made this one easy to sip. It effortlessly slides over the taste buds, striking chords with its sour fruit notes and amazing balance. That 7.5% ABV is gentle and a subtle warmth takes over towards the end of the glass.

This is an exceptional Belgian ale that I've obviously waited way too long to try. Boy, am I excited for the rest of the series!

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

Poured into my tulip glass to celebrate Friday night. Why not?

The color is a deep brown with a garnet coloring to it as well. In the light, the beer is a beautiful hazy ruby color. Capped off by a big fluffy and creamy head that lingers for the entire length of my consumption but doesn't provide any lacing, somehow, this is one beautiful beverage.

Nose and palate are similar, with the dominant characteristics biscuity malts, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. There are some of the expected spices as well, due to the fermentation of the Belgian yeasts. Dark fruits are understated and fleeting in the finish, raisins and some dates. The balance of the flavors is very good, though I wish some of the dark fruits came through a bit more.

The feel is crisp, clean, and a bit dry. This is one of the lightest BSDAs that I have ever had. Pretty enjoyable overall, the finish has a somewhat creamy quality. The carbonation is phenomenal. The ample carbonation works perfectly with the texture, lending itself to a phenomenal drinking experience.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trappistes Rochefort 6. 330 ml. 20

Appearance:
Murky russet hue with a 2" off-white head that quickly dissipates. Almost no lacing and a massive amount of sediment -- makes me wonder if there was something wrong with this batch (oh well, I'll have to change my review if I find out something different next time).

Aroma:
Raisins, spices, estery alcohol, and a smell of baked break crust -- quite complex and inviting.

Taste:
Dry bread crust and a bit of carob. Hint of hazelnut and complex yeast flavors. A bite towards the finish followed by slight warming. Quite nice and interesting, but a bit light for my taste.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied and buttery upfront. Strong bite from the carbonation immediately jolts my palate -- a bit too carbonated for my taste in this style.

Drinkability:
Accessible and quite drinkable. There's complexity, but it's tempered. Overall I greatly prefer Rochefort 10, but 6 is a nice one to have in reserve.

Note:
I really like the bottle caps on these Rocheforts. The 6 has a red cap with white text and a white 6 in the middle.

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

Pours a slightly hazy amber brown with a large light tan head that quickly fades and leaves a lacing around the glass.

Smell of bread, very light belgian spicey yeast, stone ground crackers, a tiny bit of sour cream.

Taste of caramel, toffee, light biscuit and crackers, a lighter flavored belgian yeast, extreme smoothness that is hardly seen in beers of 7.5% vol. Walnuts, and butter. There are a lot of subtle flavors in here, none of which are 'extreme' by today's standars.

Mouthfeel of a very lightly carbonated light lager, but the abv of a much higher brew. Carbonation is shall I say perfect? Lots of head but carbonated mouthfeel is not nearly as pronounced as it appeared when poured.

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

A: Pours an opaque, rich mahogany color with a creamy and dense eggshell colored head. Retention is pretty good, not amazing. Chunks of yeast can be seen suspended in the glass.

S: Interesting nose. Not quite as Belgian as I expected, but it smells incredibly complex. Toffee, caramel, dark fruits; fig, plum, apricot, apple. Malt and yeast are both clearly identifiable in the nose. A little spices and esters from the yeast. Slight alcohol and butter? on the nose as it warms.

T: Not quite as complex as the 10, but still multi layered. First, the malts give a caramel, toffee, brown sugar, cinnamon?, cardamom, and a lactose-like note that adds some creaminess. Next, the yeast gives off some amazing qualities; estery dark fruits (fig, raisin, plum, apricot), along with some breadiness that really excels this brew to a whole new level. A healthy dose of alcohol is present, but not distracting.

MF/D: Very viscous and full in body, carbonation is slightly prickly but otherwise as good as it gets, lingering yeasty/dark fruit finish.

Notes: not quite as good as the 10, but just as good for the style. Really complex and easy to drink.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose esters that give special fruity marked, can think in liquor but also with red fruit. A touch of coffee is also felt but it is discreet. The mouth is in continuity, it offers many berries macerated in taste with a very dry mouth, however. There is also a touch of alcohol and slightly spicy with presence, in addition, some phenols. The finish has a pleasant little bitterness. Not as complex as its big sisters, but perhaps easier to drink.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a Delirium tulip as a murky, turbid red-orange brown with lots of suspended particulate, a big frothy off-white head, and spectacular bubbling.

Musty yeast aroma and light fruits are soft, but more pronounced than the softly sweet malt scents.

Crisp and light taste as well as mouthfeel, due to the high carbonation, I would suppose. Acidic and slightly tart, reminiscent of citrus fruits and sour apples. Light roasted quality with an underlying candy and caramel sweetness. Finishes dry. Very drinkable.

Photo of hwwty4
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 11.2oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. This beer pours a burnt orange with a head that reminds me of a longer lasting fizz from a Sunkist orange pop. Heavy, sticky lacing is left as the beer recedes. The aroma is interesting. Nothing like what I would have expected from a BSDA. Over ripe apples, vanilla, pepper and other spices. Caramel and toffee. Just a little bit of yeasty bread. Almost reminds me more of a Tripel minus the Belgian candy sugar. The flavor isn't as intense as the nose. Sweet toffee comes through right off the bat followed closely by vanilla bean, and toasted grains. Sweet bruised fruits like apple and pears with just a hint of alcohol burn at the very tail of the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is light and crisply carbonated. It's what I expected from a Trappist Brewery. It's a really good beer.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown color with fizzy off-white head that leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smells of dark fruit and sweet bread.

Tastes of soft bread with a sugary, fruity layer on top. Fruits are dark and have raisins, figs, and a bit of apple. Yeast spice makes an appearance on the back end to round everything out.

Mouthfeel is medium with a fizzy, effervescent amount of carbonation.

Photo of kldobbins
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon red wine glass

Nice pour with good solid head. Actually had a "fizz" sound to it for bout 10 secs after the pour. Murky brown color with some sediment. Mud like appearance.

Yeasty smell, inviting aroma

The taste was bland. Yes, it had the a good malty flavor, but i felt it came up 1 step short. Not watered down, but missing something.

Drinkabilty was high. Easy to drink. Smooth .

Overall , Good beer. not great. I was disappointed. I found this bottle at a beer store I have never been to and was excited to drink it while watching the new episode of 'LOST'. It came up short, just like this season of LOST.
I will stick to the 8 or 10

Photo of capra12
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo,

Appearance: poured a deep mahogany brown with a fine 2 finger creme colored head.

Smell: Dark dried fruit, raisin, dates and dark malts

Taste: Opens with a Belgian yeasty malt profile. A dark fruit and caramel malt emerges in the middle as well as a fermented green concord grape profile spikes and last to the very end as a crusty/breadiness emerges at the finish. Leaving a yeasty, bready and malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to med bodied at most, moderate carbonation and slightly drying with a rather malty/yeasty finish.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again, Rochefort has yet to fail to deliver. I recommend this to those seeking a mild and non aggressive BSDA, with a barely noticeable 7.5% ABV.

Photo of jampics2
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at the Winking Lizard. 11.2 oz minus sediment down the middle of an open mouthed glass.

Dark muddy caramel colored liquid with a huge head. Where's a beer poster photographer when you need one? This could be the next cover of BA - beautiful beer.

Smell is nice - obviously a focus on esters from the Trappist yeast. Slight twang, fruit, some banana, some spices, etc. Malt is toasted slightly and very bready. Some grape notes and cardboard as well.

Holy hotness. What's going on here with the taste??? This 7.5 drinks like a 10. Seriously! Sweet malt gives hints of caramel and bread crust. Oxidation is apparent in wet cardboard taste, but not too distracting. Prunes and raisins. Too much burning alcohol in the finish. Not balanced enough.

Mouthfeel was nice - great carb and just thick enough for a '6'.

Problem here was the alcohol aftertaste which severely impacted drinkability. Drinks much bigger than it is. Decent authentic trappist beer but not something I'll pick again. The '10' is a different story :)

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.

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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 2,101 ratings.