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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,907 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 1,907
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 130
Gots: 198 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Proteus93
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Murky chocolate brown, more towards a milk chocolate... it's lighter than the other two by far. Head is a foamy fizz, retention is a little iffy, but it leaves a nice sheeting behind.

S: Yeast esters offer a bit of plum, buttery scents, and spotty alcohol. A little earthiness.

T: Dark buttered bread, a modest flavour of chocolate/vanilla cream, and a tiny hint of fruitiness.

M: A crisp carbonation that mellows as it goes... smooth, medium body, semi-dry on the finish.

D: Not such a warming alcohol, not as much of a 'sipper' as its bigger brothers. Nonetheless, it has enough to pack a little punch... it just hides it well.

Proteus93, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light brown color with a tan head that leaves little lacing.

Smells very fruity, sweet, like sour grapes, dark sugar

Taste like grapes(very much like wine),plums, sweet and fruity with a good aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was smooth, leaving a nice sweet aftertaste on your tounge.

To me this a was a very excellent beer and probably my favorite out of the 6, 8, and 10, something was missing though that would have made this great, but overall I would definately buy more of this.

tr4nc3d, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, pours dark, murky, plum. super retentive darker tan head, spots of lace and scattered sheeting, ripe fruit and must in the nose. Soft on the tongue, loads of complex flavors inter mingle here. Fruits, figs, grapes, berries, vanilla, must, light smoke, leather, wood, earthy. A very nice treat, I'd like to pair this one with some old cheese and perhaps spiced meats. Well worth a try.

Billolick, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Surlington
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque burnt amber with a creamy white head. The head retains well, and leaves a really beautiful lace.
Smell: Slightly floral.
Taste: Not my favorite Trappist ale in terms of taste, but still excellent. Sweet and and slightly nutty, but not as complex as other Trappist Ales.... I may only be saying that because it's the 6 as opposed to the 8 or 10, and this is the first 6 I've tried. A little more time in the bottle probably allows more subtle flavors to develop. The aftertaste is really warm and satisfying.
Mouthfeel: A little thick, but not too thick. It coats your mouth in just the right way.
Drinkability: Quite smooth and easy to drink. I could go for another at the moment.

Surlington, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Amber caramel color, small bone white head with very good retention, light lacing.

S = Caramel, maple syrup, peppery notes of yeast similar to a pepperment stick. Well balanced and pleasing.

T = Creamy tastes of syrup, caramel, very light yeast flavors add just the right amount of funk. A very nice tasting Belgian ale.

M = Medium to medium heavy body, good mouthcoating, foams well in mouth when swished.

D = A very pleasant Belgian dark ale, not to over the top, very well balanced, A great drink.

Traquairlover, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of BMoney575
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 10-6-08
Best before 6-2-13

Pours cloudy, iridescent golden brown, with a super foamy head head that lasts for ears. Lacing as thick as the head covers the entire glass.

Smell is tons of toffee, lots of vanilla, and even some chocolate, if you look for it. There's a sour Belgian quality hidden in there too.

Taste just misses the mark. Kind of bland, with a meaty, yeasty, sour flavor. None of the complexity of the smell.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and creamy.

Drinkability is not very good, the flavor just isn't enjoyable.

Overall, I was so ready to love this beer. How disappointing.

BMoney575, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of adamette
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Before even opening bottle I noted significant sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Moving the bottle around caused the sediment to move around. Maybe 1% of the beer is sediment. Poured from standard sized, shaped bottle as pictured above into clean, clear glass.

A Incredible deep golden brown body with the sediment described above, thick 4 inch head which remained for about 2 minutes, dissipated down to a few millimeters and stayed that way for another 10 minutes, indeed until I had finished the beer. After finishing beer dark sediment in the bottom of my glass.

S Matly, not particularly hoppy or high in ABV to the nose. Some grains but nothing specific.

T Malty, grains, interesting. Not high in ABV to the taste.

M Mouthfeel is full but there is a smoothness along with a grainy feel. It is difficult to describe. Ir really must be experienced.

D Good, especially for the relatively high ABV.

Notes: cannot help but compare this with Rochefort 8, 10. I certainly prefer the 8 but all three of these are world class in my opinion. Also: I read somewhere that the Rochefort 6 is "not as available" as the 8 and the 10. I bought this bottle at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio (a local chain of beer/sports bars/restaurants).

adamette, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of Bobo77
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found in the Belgium section of Lukas Licquors in Ellisville, MO (my new favorite store.)

Brown bottle with a seal that states, "Authentic Trappist Product."

Poured into a brandy snifter a cloudy dark brown opaque body with a quicklly disappearing soda-like head.

The scent of chocolate, caramel, and sugar in general permeate. Layers of buttery toffee. I cannot wait to taste this.

Rich roasted malt with an amazing caramel and toffee layer that is simply awesome. Burn of alcohol seems to be well hidden. This stuff is like candy but yet it isn't cloying. The one drawback is that I think that majority of alcohol has ended up on the bottom of the glass. I swirled it gently to try and mix it up but still it seemed to be futile. I experienced this same thing once before with Chimay, I am not sure if it is due to the shipping or if it had been sitting on the shelf for a long time or if I just didn't pour it hard enough. Despite this it is still a top notch beer. I was expecting it to be like Maudite, but it seemes more mellow. Quite enjoyable.

Bobo77, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of NHGrafx
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz brown bottle.

Pours a nice dark brown color. Big head which lasted a few minutes and there is also some very nice lacing. Nice bit of sediment that took some swirling to loosen up.

Aroma is very nice and complex. The aroma has some sweetness in it, some licorice like smells. There are some floral and fruity aromas. There are also some nice spice notes with a nice hop note as well. As it warms the aroma becomes more earthy. Overall a very nice aroma.

The taste has some nice spiciness to it. Very smooth too, relatively low carbonation, tastes almost flat. Not a bad thing though. The taste is also quite earthy, there is also some slight fruity sweetness to it. Finish is spicy with some slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty good, drinkability is very good too.

Overall pretty good. Not quite what I was expecting, but still very good.

NHGrafx, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful caramel brown with a bubbly & frithy 2 finger tan colored head.

Smells bready, clight caramel sweetness, kinda boozy, & slighty fruity.

Yeasty, bready, malty, some sweet dark fruit notes, slight toffee & caramel. Rich & very flavorful. Quite carbonated.

Bit too carbonated for my tastes. Still smooth & creamy. Dry finish.

A tasty & rich Belgian dark ale.

bbothen, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of bark
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is brown-red; the fizzing head disappears at once. The liquid is somewhat cloudy with some "floats".

The smell is sour/bitter with some fruity notes of green apples and a stale earthy note.

The taste is less musty. Sweet matured fruity flavours develop with some mild earthy/yeasty flavours. More notes of malt (somewhat roasted) than expected. Very balanced and kept-together. The aftertaste got notes of matured apples, prunes and gravy, hints of wheat meal and fresh bread. No alcohol whatsoever.

Although the beer has been open for half an hour (while getting the right temperature), the carbonation is fresh, almost strong: Lots of small tickling bubbles. The liquid is a little thin, especially at 7.5%.

At this strength, this is one insidious beer.

bark, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Bananaman
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The weakest of the Rochefort trio. Rochefort 6 is a slightly watered down version of the stronger "brothers". I think it could be good for session drinking, but then again, it's quite expensive.

Looks pretty nice in the glass, though a bit brighter than the stronger versions. Deep reddish color with lots of yeast particles in there.

Smells nice of fudge, raisins and some sweet fruits, a bit thin in the smell though.

Taste is pretty much the same as the smell, but with some more of that special Rochefort taste. I think it's good that there is a Rochefort with lower ABV.

Nice, but I am glad I didn't buy more than two bottles considering the price.

Bananaman, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into a huge Rochefort glass at the wonderful Publick House, Brookline.

A: Dark brown and red hue with a nice off white head that wasnt going anywhere.

N: Sweetness of the fruits, both fresh and dried. Enticing. As it warmed, a plethera of malts, fruits, nuts, and complex flavors.

T: Caramel and fresh figs. Some berries and pear with something in the way of hops, but not much. Not overly sweet, and the caramel is ideal for a well made strong Belgian. There is no notice whatsoever of the alcohol.

M: Not nearly as thick as the other Rocheforts, considerable amount of malts but tons of bubbling which was somewhat shocking.

D: Madly lighter than the 8 or the 10, not quite as tasty but more drinkable. The sweetness here is much less as well as any signs of alcohol in all aspects.

This is a well-made concoction. Went amazing with mussels, had the cleansing texture that worked beautifully.

marcpal, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of velkyal
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the colour of this beer, it reminds me of peat back at home in the Outer Hebrides, a deep earthy brown. There was a small head, light tan in colour, which disappeared rather rapidly.

On the nose there were also tinges of peat, but sweeten with cloves.

The first taste was wonderfully smooth and with touches of caramel sweetness, which gave way to dark chocolate and eventually cocoa. The mouthfeel was creamy but with sufficient zing so as not to be cloying.

An excellent drink.

velkyal, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Ljunkan
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Redbrown color with a big foamy head which dies pretty fast. Not as dark as the 8 and 10.

The smell is quite special with spices, some yeast, but not particualry overwhelming.

The taste is malty, sweet, spicy, fruity, with some "fiery" (?) alcohol with notes of nuts. It's good, but compared to it's brother not that overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is thin I think, I can't stop compare it to the other full-bodied and filling Rocheforts. However, it will get an average score.

Drinkability is good though. It goes down rather easy.

This is a good beer, but compared to the other Rochefort beers quite pointless. They are some of my absolute favourites, so...

Ljunkan, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola color with a big light tan head. Smells of figs and other fruit. Tastes of a very light combination of figs, cherries, cola, but was easily overwhelmed by food. Pleasant and very drinkable, but overall a bit delicate for my tastes. Just not assertive enough.

PhxHorn, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy, murky brownish color topped with a thick soapy off-white head. It gives off a soothing fruity (apricot?) aroma with subtle malts. Nothing over-powering but nice. This one is easy drinking with a smooth slightly sweet flavor that consists of dark fruits (plums) and some malts. Semi-tart flavor in there after you taste the fruits but again, this is smooth and doesn't taste strong at all. As the beer warms a little brown sugary note with a small rush of alcohol surfaces but it really does remain easy to drink. There is also a consistant foamy head sitting on top until the very last drop which is great.

changeup45, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Regenpak
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is one of those "beergeek" types. Almost no information on the label. Just the ingredients, that's it. From experience I know it's a dubbel, and a damn good one at that! Pours a lovely dark red color, with a thin layer of froth that stays for a very long time. Pretty sweet, almost no bitterness. Nice bubbliness. While I'm not usually a dubbel drinker, this great beer is very enjoyable!

Regenpak, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, brown with a nice white head. Excellent lacing. A very nice appearance.

Aroma is very sweet at first...figs, plums, mollases with a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste...well not what I expected from the sweet aroma....The first sip is sweet up front...raisons..but not overly sweet...sweet malts are there and so is a slight bitterness. This is a very well balanced brew, the alcohol shows up at the end of the sip but is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel I thought was a bit wattery at first but the more I drank it, the more I appreciated it.

I think this is the 2nd best brew by
Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy.... With 8 being first and 6 being 2nd. Highly reccomend it.

Matty1918, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va beach!

A-Pours a nice creamy amber copper color. A thick lustrous head rises above the rim of my glass. I can hear the carbonation fizzle as i am pouring. It sounds delicious.

S- banana and anise. Some clove and dark candied fruit. It is very estery and i am thoroughly impressed so far. Smells like a perfect belgian.

T- dark candied fruit and banana. Hints of caramel and other spices. Very malty and sweet like brown sugar.

M- very carbonated. just a tad too much. Feels like pop rocks in my mouth. Creamy and juicy though.

D- a nice beer to relax with. i could down 3 or 4 of these in a night. Smooth and goes down the throat pretty quick. I am impressed. A great beer!

Dodo2step, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer. I've had the others many times, but I blieve this is my first time ever sampling the 6. Pours a light chestnut/ dark amber with a very nice finely beaded head that leaves some very nice lacing. Aromas of dried fruit and nuts, clove, and cake. The taste echoes some of this, but it is much more vibrant on the tastebuds while still preserving a somewhat restrained and elegant character. Fruit and spice up front, particularly prunes and cloves, but also a touch of dried cherry, cinnamon, and perhaps a bit of licorice. Fairly complex, but very smooth and enjoyable. I'm beginning to enjoy the "lower numbered" Belgians very much.

Georgiabeer, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a murky brown color with a very fizzy tan colored head. The head quickly goes away, leaving a nice layer of bubbles and no lacing. Also as I poured this I could see nice chunks of yeast coming from the bottle.

S- Smells of bready, hint of dark fruits, and some spices. Really nice.

T- Very well balanced and complex. Sweet from some fruit, nice bready malt flavour, spices and finishes a little on the dry side.

M- A lot of carbonation at first and then it kind of dies ton a bit until it hits your tongue. On the lighter side in body.

D- Easy to drink and refreshing.

nrbw23, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of JoeMayo
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours cloudy, murky brown with a light tan head

S- This beer has all the pleasant scents of the fall. Apples, spice, cinnamon, and a little pear.

T- The spices are a little more pronounced in the taste. Brown Sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg. Apples and pears are certainly present as well. A hint of caramel is there with a slight maltiness and a slight alcohol warmth.

M- Very carbonated with a light body for a relatively dark beer.

D- Very drinkable. It's light and pleasant.

JoeMayo, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a clouded murky amber with fine effervescent carbonation that rises from the bottle as soon as I remove the cap. Large billowing head that I was able to decant and form into shapes as I poured, fine Belgian style lacing left behind as it dwindles down. Aroma has muted sweetness with heavy powdered yeast dryness going on with a sharp air of spices including anise, coriander, and something with a citrus quality. As it warms rich dark fruit sweetness comes out to complement the liquid bread tones I was initially getting. Flavor is much creamier than the smell let's on. Tame sweetness with fresh bread dough and powdered yeast, mild hints of raisin form as well. Spice and herbal mint features flourish here as well, coriander and a touch of anise among the vast array of foreign flavors. Complex and more sessionable thant the 8 or the 10, but loses some of the kick that makes these Trappist Ales so legendary. Mouthfeel is perfect velvet smoothness carbonation level tiny bubbled effervescence for sure, making each swallow easier than the last one. Drinkability is decent complex with yeast characteristics definitely nice to come back to this Belgian after not really sampling many as of late. At one point in my beer journey I studied at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse, this is a nice way of easing back into the Belgian ales.

WVbeergeek, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slim 330 ml bottle, poured into a chalice yields a murky orangey-brown body capped with a fine head of pale ecru foam that recedes rapidly into a bubbly ring that remains throughout the drink, but leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell is fine and fruity with a dry malty background and a little spice. Notes of Sweet Betsy, Golden Delicious apples, flue-cured tobacco, banana, Ranier cherries, ripe figs, and a plummy, brown sugary zip tickle the nose.

Taste is fruity and wonderfully luscious with tones of fresh red grapes, mushy apples, orange-infused dark caramel, and a note of greenish banana rolled in crispy brown sugar. Despite all the fruity flavors, the beer finishes on a dry malty note that balances the drink very well.

Trappistes Rochefort 6 is one excellent drink, featuring fine flavors and a carbonation profile that I can only describe as "perfect". This is a special beer, to be sure, but were it not for the considerable expense involved in doing so, I'd regularly stock my fridge with it, bust it out after mowing the lawn, drink it for breakfast, put it in a beer bong, take it fishing, Hell... if it were a gal, I'd marry it!

cvstrickland, Jul 19, 2008
Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
93 out of 100 based on 1,907 ratings.