1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

Not Rated.
Trappistes Rochefort 6Trappistes Rochefort 6

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,937 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,937
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 134
Gots: 206 | FT: 6
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Trappistes Rochefort 6 Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,937 | Reviews: 906 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of nrbw23
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +1.9%
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 -9.4%
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 +9.9%
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
Photo of Nipitato
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Dark amber. Opaque. Topped with an off white head.

S: Perfumy. Malty with a significant bready/toast character. Dark fruit esters are noticeable. Something seems off here - might be the extreme toastiness of the malt. Some mineral aromas.

T: Malty sweet. Dark fruit esters. Some alcohol flavors that are perfumy. Very rich. Some bready malt flavor and toastiness but does not come nearly through as much as it did in the nose.

MF: Low carbonation for a dark strong ale. Very noticeable alcohol warmth. A medium full mouthfeel.

D, notes: This beer grew on me as I drank it. Very malty and rich with significant alcohol warming, which adds to its drinkability.

Nipitato, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of ramiro
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two at BevMo

Poured into a goblet everything but the bottom 1/4 inch from the bottle since it looked like a bit of something was still at the bottom (yeast was still settled?)

Once poured a nice darker orange/red color with a 1/2 inch head, smelled light not overpowering even though its 7.5%abv and the taste was very crisp and refreshing, a little spice and a little fruity but together was an excellent beer(i should have bought more bottles)

It could have been a bit stronger in full flavor... next in line #8 #10

ramiro, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of Strix
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy reddish-orange with a nice head.

Aromas of dark fruits and spices. Sour cherry seems to dominate for me, with some yeast and alcohol.

Tastes of apples, cherries, cinnamon, clove. A pleasant blend, but nowhere near as deep or complex as the 8 or 10.

Mouthfeel very nice and smooth, carbonation slips effortlessly around the mouth.

Definitely nice, but didn't shock me like the 10.

Strix, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of santa109
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at L'autre-oeil in Gatineau, QC.

A: Poured a light-brown with reddish hues with half a finger of head into a chalice. The beer looks very lively with a healthy rush of bubbles rushing continuously to the top. The head retention is great.

S: Aromas of sweet grapes and a tad of dark fruits. Very pleasing.

T: Molasses and brown sugar are the dominating flavors. There is also an earthy character. The taste was good but it felt like something was missing. It just never took off.

M: Very smooth and kinda thick with appropriate low carbonation.

D: This is almost too easy to drink. The alcohol is perfectly hidden.

Overall, this was interesting although not as impressive as it's 8 and 10 siblings. It felt a bit unidimensional.

santa109, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of bobhits
2.35/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A. Large tan head that dissipates into a thin foam. Dark thick burgundy colored. Fairly Opaque

M. Sweet, slightly fruity. There is a very "Belgium" smell to it. I'd say it's the mix of the yeast and I'm assuming wheat? Almost has and apple cider smell.

T. Once again I'm getting apple cider. Belgium yeast/wheat flavor. Very watery tasting. A bit of a spicy flavor as well.

M. Light thin texture with some light bubbles

D. There is a mix of the odd carbonation and some alcohol flavor here that is a bit off putting. It's got the body of a light beer so clearly one could chug it. I certainly am not being drawn in by this one so.

Overall it's drinkable but barely. It's also really expensive, not recommended.

bobhits, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 330ml bottle in a chalice.

For my 100th beer review, I wanted to make sure it was a beer to remember. I figured Rochefort was a safe bet.

A - Brown and hazy with a small beige head. Looks very inviting.

S - Licorice and malt.

T - Very, very smooth with a fairly mild flavor. Nothing leaps out but it all works well together. The malt dominates the experience but there are candy sugar, yeast and hop influences as well.

M - Good consistency with a nice moderate carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. This is an excellent entry level Belgian. What's not to love?

GJ40, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of BullCityB
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine burgundy into a chalice, quite the attractive one. The head is slightly off-white and has decent retention.

The aroma is textbook Belgian Dark. Dried fruit, a little alcohol, a little spice, and a touch of malt sweetness to top it all off. I get Pavlovian when I smell beers like this...

The first thing I notice on my tongue is a nice tart cherry sourness, rapidly followed by some yeasty spice and alcohol on the finish, which is slightly dryer than expected, though not truly dry. The carbonation is fine, and it gives it a lightness of body than, quite honestly, I find refreshing.

All in all, I like this beer a lot. It's not quite a world-beater, but still a very tasty beverage that, if not for the price, I would go back to often.

BullCityB, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is actually my favorite of the three for some reason. Most people seem to like the 8 and 10 but for me, I like this one.

The appearance is good. A rich brown color with a nice off white head.

Smells of nuts and dark fruits and Belgian candy sugar. I can now smell the wet leather smell that someone mentioned below.

Taste is great. Tastes like it smells. A little more thin than I wish it was butits not bad. The taste makes up for it.

Mouthfeel is a little thin like mentioned above but carbonation is good.

Drinkability is high since its not very heavy and still a tasty brew. Seek this one out if you can. Pretty good stuff and worth the effort to try and find one.

PeprSprYoFace, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Larrytown
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's tempting to compare this to the 8 and 10, but that's not really fair. It's tough for anything to match up to those. This one pours nut-brown with a finger or so of fizzy head. The smell is absolutely fantastic, getting across the fruit with a titch of alcohol.

The taste opens up as the beer warms, but not quite in a way I'm thrilled with. It's not quite what I was expecting with more fruit than I was expecting. It gets awfully sweet by the end though. There was a nice amount of carbonation, but also a little bit of unexpected wateriness.

The comparison to the other two beers isn't fair; this is a nice one. But, like so many others, I'll be unlikely to pick this one up again when presented with the others.

Larrytown, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small brown bottle that my wife bought me from Sendiks in Whitefish Bay. Gotta love a wife like her!

A-Russet brown body with slight ruby highlights. The Head pours out a fluffy, airy white that settle to a steady 1/2 finger foam. The head actually seems to intensify as it sits in the glass. Great lacing with lively carbonation.

S-Aroma is fruity and rich. Traces of clove, plum, and wet leather.

T-Spicy up front with hints of cinnamon, pepper, and wet oak. This bottle seems to contain a bit of oxidation based on a slight cardboard presence, but it does not seem out of place. A unique spicy body that seems to make you ignore the malt and hops and focus solely on they yeast characteristics.

M-The lively carbonation lends to a dry,effervescent finish. The body is thinner than I expected, but allows for a refreshing, well-rounded taste.

D-This is one of those beers that will always catch your attention. Tons of flavor, depth and complexity. Maybe not a world class standout beer, but still one that everyone should seek out.

ALESwhatCURESya, May 31, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

at morel's restaurant (belgian) in beijing

330ml brown bottle poured into branded chalice

slightly reddish, medium brown. lots of head that barely fades. really only the first sip leaves behind any lace however, and only a thin ring, at that.

aroma is estery, cherry, and... tamarind..? slight earthiness.

mild bitterness up front, but gives into a blend of phenols and spiced rum-like fruitiness. slight hay-like grassy note. finishes with a relatively clean bitterness.

somewhat thinner than i expected, but carbonation gives a fluffy texture.

not bad, and paired decently with my braised rabbit entree.

tai4ji2x, May 29, 2008
Photo of OldYoda
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a decent head into a tulip. The head lingers in this beer making a pleasant presentation throughout.

Smell is figs and raisons with whiff of the alcohol. A deep and fairly dark floral bouquet.

Taste closely follows the nose, with figs and dark fruits predominate with a warmth of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety.

A very drinkable dark ale - a couple of these on a cool evening with some sharp cheese as an accent would be very pleasant. All in all, a very nice experience but probably not one I would often seek out.

OldYoda, May 26, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rochefort 6 is lovely nectar that that pours dark brown with amber hues with a modest off white head. The aroma is fruity and woody with a hint of alcohol esters. The flavor is sweet and malty with woody notes and fruits like raisons, white grapes, prune and dried cherries popping in and out. It has a medium body and lively carbonation. The texture is smooth and coats the tongue. I really enjoyed this outstanding trappistes beer.

generallee, May 15, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an 11.2 into two sampler glasses. Highly carbonated A nice clear autumn brown color with a fatty tan head. The head basically clings to the side of the glass as if for dear life. A good sized bit of the head stays throughout the sampler. Nice!

Aroma of semi-ripe figs still on the tree. A hint of spicy hop and some dark bready malts round out a nice tempting aroma. Taste is alcohol-soaked California raisins, plump with goodness. Some dark fruit and price as well. Taste seems to lack the depth of the aroma. Still a nice beer, it just ends quickly just when you would hope it was going deeper.

Medium bodied, nice smooth feel, good all around drinker without having to sip or pace yourself. I'm glad to have tried this beer but would definitely head for the 8 or 10 given the option.

ZimZamZoom, May 04, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cramel color with a big off white head. As I hold this beer up, i cant help notice the abundant carbonation rushing to the top of the glass.
Nose detecting dark Belgian malts. Molassis seems to come to mind immediately. Sweet in the nose as well.I may be crazy, but black licorice also seems to be noted.
Taste is malty and sweet...full mouthfeel with a lot of viscosity and it bounces around in the mouth.
Earthy with a sweet molassis also tasted...fruity and good.
Very nice beer.

dmamiano, May 04, 2008
Photo of cjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Lupe for providing this beer through a trade.

Pours a dark, murky brown with a light head that fades pretty quickly.

Lots of sweet fruits come through in the smell, especially cherries.

Taste is sweet, but not overly sweet, with a little bit of sourness hiding in there. Some cherry flavors, but also some yeasty type flavors going on. Not especially hoppy. Doesn't taste alcoholic at all.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, not particularly well carbonated. Very drinkable though.

cjohnson, May 02, 2008
Photo of IPAcraig
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer explodes with carbonation and settles down just as fast. Murky brown body. Divine smell of creamy dark fruit. with a slight bitter bite. Slightly sweet figs ends with an odd dry bitterness. Very light mouthfeel with a slight prickle. A well executed beer, heavenly and light.

IPAcraig, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of JBogan
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a somewhat dark brown with a large slightly off white head. Good lacing but not as much as I was expecting.

Smelled of dates, raisins and alcohol, with caramel present as well.

Tasted much as it smelled, with perhaps a hint of apple also and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel as a little on the thin side, but it somehow seemed just about perfect for this beer. Good carbonation present.

An excellent beer, but it does come at a price. If it were cheaper I'd enjoy this more often, but for now it's a "once in a while" type offering.

JBogan, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When poured from a bottle to a chalice, it had a dark brown color and a thick texture. Had a big, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: This had an aroma rich in yeast, malt and a variety of fruits. Nicely done.

T: This one's flavor had a sharpness to it, mainly due to the fruits (cherries, apples, et.,al.) and the malt. A solid, well-balanced flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a smooth finish.

D: This is a decently drinkable beer. If you like the style, it's recommended.

avalon07, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trappist Rochefort 6
11.2oz. brown bottle

A: poured into a snifter. Cloudy mahogany, with some ruby highlights. Reddish hint to the head, which is thick, frothy and self-retaining. Phenomenal lacing.

S: Strong fruity aromas. Strawberries, cherries, apples, along with some figs. Amazing bouquet.

T: I am getting sweet cherries off the bat, along with some green grapes, and strawberries. Delicious.

M: medium body and a nice carbonation level. smooth palate.

D: definitely one of the better trappists that I have had. nice fruity belgian. alcohol is well hidden. very drinkable.

paulthebeerguru, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Rochefort glass chalice:

Pours orangeish brown with a thin white head that becomes a patch. A bit of vanishing trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of caramel, raisins, some peppery spicing.

The taste is of caramel, some raisins, some peppery spicing with a touch of yeast and a late-hitting graininess. Sweetness balanced by a touch of earthiness and a dryish finish.

It has a spritzy light-to-medium body.

This is a bit thin and uneventful compared to the 8 and 10. Sitll, in all, it's not too shabby on its own, with enough character to keep it interesting. Disappears easily enough (too easily?)

jwc215, Apr 16, 2008
Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 1,937 ratings.