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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: 152
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 Docer
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gonna go off memory on this one, found this "6" at By The Bottle up in Vancouver, WA... love the 8, and 10..

- Dark cloudy ruby brown... slight light coming through... lots of chunky sediment on the bottom... light mocha head.. bubbled down to an even layer of froth...

- Estery, fig, and raisin... some bread, yeast... light alcohol...

- Currants, biscuit, fig, Belgian malts and yeast... Ester... fantastic, and much like the 8...

- Slight dryness, but tart enough to water the palate...

- Overall very good, but doesn't touch the 8 and 10. It is however very close to the 8...

Photo of EatsTacos
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky and hazy tea brown. When the head eventually goes away this beer looks a lot like apple cider.

The nose is characteristically spicy with classic belgian yeast strain aromas of ginger, black pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. The aroma is overall subdued

Tart and sweet fruit come through first, with ripe apples, pears, figs and raisins. There's a real hard dose of candied sugar in the middle and the finish is somehow dry and still spicy

Medium bodied with a hard carbonation

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

From a 330ml. bottle into a large wine glass, this brew pours a hazy deep reddish amber yet without the murkiness some others make note of. Though without holding it to the light I do understand that perspective. Half an inch of rich tan head offers good retention and easy regeneration, along with copious lacing.

Moderately sweet dried fruits on the nose. Touch of cinnamon/pepper spice/caramelized brown sugar. Yeast notes are present but relatively subdued until the carbonation lessens, then revealing themselves with some agitation.

Flavor follows with dark cherry and fig, bit of red wine barrel. Carbonation is firm and brings out plum and apple. This is really quite fruity in flavor. Sweetness is everpresent but not cloying or even overly complex. Again, rather light and fruity for the style. Good but not great.

Feel is pleasant as the carbonation is firm and resilient. If a good swirl yields a flat spot, then the fruity sweetness that results is light on the tongue. Fairly drinkable. No obvious flaws yet no great compexities.

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

Poured from bottle into rochefort glassware. Serving temp was 50F.

The color was extremely dark, reminded me of a strong black tea. Smelled very fruity and full of citrus. Nice, not to overpowering, spicy flavors with a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. I also got some apples and bananas at the finish. Very full-bodied beer but have a nice creamy finish.

Photo of erok
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear orangish brown. Poured with vigorous carbonation, but no head developed.
S- Spicy belgian yeast and candy sugar.
T- Caramel, candy sugar, balanced by hop bitterness.
M- Carbonation is apparent in mouthfeel, which is otherwise somewhat thin with a slight dryness.
D- Goes down well.

Bottom line - Doesn't compare to the 8 or the wold-class 10. It was worth a try, but if I'm going to spend the money on a Rochefort, it's going to be a 10 from now on.

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

bottle poured into a goblet

a: brown hue, foamy off white head with good retention

s: sweet bread, plum, slight chocolate

t: nice biscuity base, white hints of plum, banana, and slight citrus. well balanced beer.

m&d: medium bodied, slightly slick mouth. very drinkable


Photo of hungerfordj
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Gushed when I opened it. I think it was too warm. When I poured it a nice sturdy heady formed that lasted the whole way down. Nice brown color.

S - I have really fallen in love with the smell. I'm a homebrewer and the smell reminds of the grains right as I pull them out of the wort. Grain dominates with slight cherry/raisin notes.

T - Malty, bready, with a very very slight astringency that reminds me of grain husks. Grains are very present in this beer although in a very effective way.

M - nice body.

D - Surprising considering this kind of ale. I usually wouldn't want to pick up a second of this style, but here I think I would.

I don't typically like Belgian beer because they tend to have so much of that strong raisin kind of flavor that usually turns me off. Here suddenly that became interesting to me.

Photo of blaje
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As upon opening, this beer bursted out of the bottle... High Carbonation, big time! Is this infection? Cannot say for sure but hope not, because it is a unique bottle from a private import. Already taste this beer few time in belgium, but haven't noted anything for a review. This is my first tasting of this beer in about 5 years.

This beer was served in a sniffer. It revealed itself red/brown reminiscent of Flanders beers. The head is overwhelmingly thick, about 5cm and off-white in colour. Crackling nose, like a soft drink poured rapidly, is heard from the glass. Weird! Lots of heavy large flaky chunks of yeast floating around. Nice things about this is that they're sedimenting quite rapidly.

Nose: Fruits are dominating. Maraschino cherries are very perceptible, had Strawberries. Caramel and toffee is present too, but not as present as the fruit smell.

Mouthfeel is deferent. Less fruity then the nose. Figs and caramel. Carbonation is a perfect representation of the opening, high, almost fizzy, but this tends to fade in after a few minutes.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A capped 11.2 ounce bottle poured into my basic tulip glass. Appears a cloudy chestnut color with about an inch of dense light rust colored foam. Nice retention. Flavors and aromas consist of prunes, raisins, molasses, bruised apples, sweet malts, spices, yeast. Nearly full bodied for the style with ample carbonation. Little to no alcohol heat. Tasty and complex.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had the Rochefort 8 and 10 before. They were both very good Belgian Ales. I finally found the 6, which is the last one for me to try. Lets see if it holds up to the others.

A: Pours a real murky brown. Lots of sediment floating around. Head is rather large at first, but dissipates to a nice foamy layer on top of the beer.

S/T: Upon first smell, this is great. I get a lot of berries and fruit on the nose. I get strawberry, toffee, caramel. The taste just doesn't do the aroma justice. The first flavor I get is salami. I know that sounds weird, but I get a strong salted meat quality in there. After a couple more sips, it becomes more muted, but it still lingers in the finish. The taste overall is kind of hard to describe. I don't taste the berries I get in the aroma. There is a lot of spice like clove in there, as well as toffee and caramel. Maybe some figs and other dried fruits. Its weird, because the aroma is much different than the taste. It kind of throws me off a little. Probably my least favorite of the three.

M/D: Medium bodied. Well carbonated and creamy at the same time. This is a sipper. Definetly a beer to savor and not one to chug. Gets better as it goes, but not something I would drink on a regular basis. Watch out for fruit flies. They love this beer.

This beer is unique, to say the least. Based on the aroma, I thought this would have been my favorite of the three Rochefort beers. Its a decent tasting beer, but there are some flavors that don't mesh well. Overall, I think the 8 is the best. Got the best flavor balance without tasting too much like a fine wine. I would recommend it, but just don't expect it to match up to the 8 or 10.

Photo of PartyBear
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nutty brown body, with a foamy tan head. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma: The aroma is not quite as strong as the 8 and the 10. There is a grainy maltiness, with sweet hint, a touch of chocolate, and some orange fruitiness.

Taste: The initial flavours are slightly woody and malty, with some mild chocolate, ripened dates, and a sweet breadiness. There are fruity elements, possibly oranges and bananas. The alcohol is more noticeable in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite a heavy feel, and oily texture. The carbonation is lively in the mouth.

Drinkability: Like the two stronger ales from the monks, this is brilliantly balanced, and drinkable. This is probably more drinkable than the other two with the lower ABV. Brilliant.

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

240713 08:09
Hazy light brown with small, off-white head.
Smell is sweet and raiseny, a bit vinous.
Taste is not as sweet,with spicy phenols, a bit of graininess and a hint of cocao powder.
Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated, medium light body.
Drinkability is good, the most approachable of the Rochefort line up. However, the lesser complexity makes the phenols a bit heavy.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a large bubbly off white head.

Scent of dark fruit, sugar, earth, tobacco, grass and bready malts. Not too strong, just right for the strength.

Taste of dark fruit, molasses, oak, caramel, tobacco, and earth. Being two years old, it may be a bit past its prime, but it is still a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decent bite of carbonation.

Photo of woosterbill
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, exp. date 28/01/14, into a Duvel tulip. Part 1 in a back-to-back-to-back tasting of 6/8/10.

A: The yeastiest, cloudiest beer I've ever seen. The body is a completely opaque dull brown, topped with a dense, off-white, 2" head with moderate retention; not much lace.

S: Rich and mild, with dark fruits (mainly prunes) backed up with some deep malty sweetness and followed up with a supremely spicy finish - lots of cinnamon. Very well balanced and complex.

T: Starts out with a surprisingly understated sweet fruit flavor, followed by the spice from the yeast, and finished off with a dry warming flush of alcohol - kind of surprising for the lowest ABV in the Rochefort line-up. Overall this beer is tasty, but not amazing.

M: Medium bodied with abundant carbonation; nice and smooth.

D: Quite smooth and balanced, but doesn't do much to hide the ABV. Not as easy-drinking as some quads I've had.

Notes: This is pretty much what I expected (and hoped for): a rich, but fairly mild, Belgian dark. The balance of fruity malts and spicy yeasts is spot on, but the burning finish leaves a little something to be desired. I'm definitely excited to see how its big brothers stack up.


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

Had a bottle of this excellent beer at the Trappist in Oakland.

The beer pours a reddish amber color, with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is very, very nice, displaying brown sugar, chocolate and fruitcake. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose exactly, all wrapped up in no more then moderately sweet flavor profile. Mouthfeel is smooth and long, with the alcohol very well disguised and nicely integrated.

Although this beer pales in comparison to the 10 and 8, this is still a very, very solid beer from Rochefort. Wouldn't hesitate to order this beer in a minute. Impressive.

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

Picked up a 6,8, and 10 for a night of fun.

Popped the top and instantly started to spill out the top...Rushed to my glass and poured what appeared to be a liquid simiular to apple juice.

The smell is very sweet and has a slight vanilla smell to it. I hope it tastes as good as the smell.

Im also excited to try the 8 and 10 after this.

The taste is very good. Drinkable comes to mind. Has a soft and delicate taste with sweet fruits and even a little bubble gum in the mix

Overall, very very nice. I wish america has something simular and very cheap. I cant imagine the people of Belgium paying much for this!!


see my 8 and 10 review!

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served ambient August Antwerp temperature into a Delirium glass in my hotel room on 08.13.09. Bottle reads 040614 16:48.

Nose is sweet-smelling and spicy cool, herbal. Softly malty. Smells good.

Pours mildly clear deep butterscotch brown with massive head. Looks very good.

Moderately sweet and sugary with sluggish malt. Mild hints of alcohol. smooth slightly creamy, mild carbonation. Soft smooth cocoanut vibe. Softly minty/spicy. Finishes slightly bitter, mostly clean. Tastes good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

Not my favorite; this deserves a revisit someday.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a BB date of 240713.

A - Pours a really nice tawny red under light. Lots of suspended yeast particles. Frothy tan head that fades fast. There's a decent amount of carbonation, but it doesn't look to be as carbonated as the 8.

S - It definitely follows in the steps of its bigger brothers here. While I can't remember the 10 so well, there's definitely a yeast character that's similar in the 6 and 8. Reminds me of fresh sweet breads. The fruit notes remind me of tart fruits. Also, there's a definitely cola note and a slight metallic edge.

T - There are a lot of very delicate flavors going on here. The malt notes are very soft and just seem to work their way around the edges of each sip. Slight spiciness. There's a bit of light alcohol noticeable in the finish. The metallic note noticeable in the aroma is also noticeable here.

MF - Noticeably thin from the start. I'm never really quite sure what to expect from the feel of Belgian darks, so it's difficult to rate. In this case, however, since this is the little guy of the Rochefort group, I'm all right with the thin body. Still, thin, slightly carbonated, but not much else to comment on.

D - Very drinkable for the style, which surely has something to do with the lower ABV. At the same time, in comparison to style, I've had other Belgian darks that were better. While I'm willing to give their line-up a retry, I just wanted to include a note regarding the fact that the Rochefort line didn't impress me all that much. They're good, but nothing mind-blowing.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burgundy color with sediments mixed throughout. the head is of the off white caramel color and slowly fizzing into a thin crown of lace around the surface of the ale. A mesmerizing blend of rising bubbles and a continual cycle of sinking sediment capture my imagination.

Smell is middle of the road with malts overtaking the initial sent. Subtle whiffs of whine and a hidden hop balance come to the nose.

Taste is malty and tinged with the sweet bitterness of some delicate balance

Feel is soft fizzy exploding across the senses of my pallet

A very drinkable beer, but not one to session with. One to appreciate and savor every sip.


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

I'm a little less impressed with the Rochefort 6 as opposed to the more potent varieties of the 8 and 10. The beer left me a little disappointed, but that is a very relative statement and I'm comparing this one against the Rochefort 8 and 10. The beer pours a nice hazy brown mahogany color with a nice creamy thick off white head. Some lacing going on, and very good retention. The nose is much more subtle that I would have liked. I'm getting a range of sweet malts, some fruity esters, a tad bit of yeastiness, maybe some slight roasted molasses type notes. The nose is just too faint for my liking.

The taste is quite good, but it doesn't have the full palate of flavors that I would have wanted. There are some sweet candied sugar notes, some roasted notes, some brown sugar fermentation, some slight rum soaked fig or raisin, with a bit of ABV hidden underneath. There is a slight throatiness to the beer, and a touch of the prickly mouthfeel carbonation typical of the style. This is a good beer, but it does lack some of the punch of the Rochefort 8 and 10, although it has less ABV and less throatiness.

Update feb 2010: I would add that the beer has plenty of carbonation, a good bit of yeastiness, the head has a slightly foamy and fizzy head. The nose is quite nice, subtle, but still nice. I would add points here. There are some definite phenols in this beer, lots of prickly mouthfeel, a slightly sourish fig or raisiny flavor too.

Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe I picked this up at Shawan liquors around 6 months ago. Poured chilled from the 11.2oz'er into a goblet.

A - A medium wheat bread shade w/ 1 1/2 fingers of pale head w/ a fine bead. The clarity and retention are good w/ very sparse clinging lace

S - Candied raisins w/ toasted marshmallows and light biscuit and toffee w/ a light vanilla accent

M - The feel is pleasant w/ high carbonation, semi sweet feel w/ light spice and mild yeast w/ rather dry finish. The texture is moderately influenced with alcohol on the palate.

T - A dry toasted malt flavor w/ gentle almond notes and light honeyed date aspect w/ a golden pear flavor. The raisin note is gentle w/ nicely spiced sweet finish with a light cinnamon toast type taste

D - The drinkability is pretty good, not a beer I would drink often but an occasional dark belgian perhaps, I think it is very nicely nuanced and the abv is not noticeable to me.

Photo of crossovert
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The label on my bottle is upside-down so I guess I'm having a Rochefort 9, haha. Pours a murky brown with a slight dark burnt orange/ruby hue and large foamy off white head into my Duvel glass. There is a small, thick glop of sediment that refuses to leave the bottle. Perhaps I should have swirled, oh well. The head recedes and doesn't stick too much to the glass.

Smell is initially spicy, with some sweetness and maltiness. Has some dark ripe fruit as well. Decently scented, smells yummy.

Great taste! Has some dark fruits, chocolate, and roasty malt. Also some licorice spice and alcohol twang in the finish. I really like the mouthfeel on this one, it is smooth, expertly carbonated, not too sweet, and just flows wonderfully sip after sip,

I could be gulping this thing, but am giving it some reverence with the sips, this is a highly drinkable beer. I could almost "session" it this although it still does bite you enough at 7.5%. Luckily it's higher priced and harder to get otherwise this beer would be dangerous, at least in my case.

Overall a great Trappist ale, I'm split between this and the 8 coming out of Rochefort being my favorite. Great brewery, great beer.

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

Bottle tasted August 2009.

Appearance: Thick, viscous, chocolatey-brown -- nice and unfiltered. A billowy white head fizzles to thin lacing.

Aroma: Brown. Malty, but not a strong nose (perhaps because it's still too cold).

Taste: Lovely. Not overly distinctive or bold, but highly drinkable -- quaffable, even. Malt predominates. And a delicious malt it is.

Palate: As above, "quaffable." Drinks like a much lower-ABV brew. Nice and spritzy with palate-scrubbing bubbles.

Overall: Not especially distinctive, but it's so damn likable I have to give it a good score. It has that certain Trappist je-ne-sais-quoi, with a wonderful yeast presence. I predict this will cellar well, and pairs quite well with an array of food choices.

Follow-up (9/2010): A year later, opened one of my cellared bottles. It improved significantly (--> more complexity and depth) in just about every category. Lots more distinctive earthy/fruit notes on both the nose and the tongue. Definitely one for the cellar!

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

A: Brown copper color with a medium creamy head. A thin head stays troughout the drink.

S: Cacao is high in this mix. Yeast, dark fruits, some apple and roasted malts.

T: Again cacao stands out for me. There's some fruitiness but it's covered by the malts and the yeast. Dark fruits and apple if you want...

M: Medium carbonation and a pleasant body.

D: I really like it if a beers from the same brewery are not a top-down dilution from their strongest delivery. This Rochefort 6 stays clearly on it's own when compared to the 8 and 10. Simply GREAT!!!

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

Pours a hazy brown, with a huge tan head that overflows the glass. Smell is of solvent alcohol and chocolate. Taste is bready, tea-like, with a hint of smoke. A hint of tartness in the finish. Low hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich, low, smooth carbonation. Drinks below its 7.5% abv, hides its alcohol well. A very good beer, though quite pricey at $5 for a 11.2oz bottle, I probably wont have this too often.

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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