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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 1,853
Reviews: 899
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 125
Gots: 188 | FT: 6
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-12-2002)
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Photo of botham

New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

pour a copper color with garnet highlights. a decent head on this one, which is light tan colored. no lacings here.

smell is very malty, yeasty, and fruity. malts include caramel and pale, with a solid caramel character. ale yeast is floral and fruity, just what a good belgian should have. alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. fruit note sinclude apricot, apple, and grapes.

taste is malty up front, with a sweet character and a decent alcoholic presense. lots of carbonation here as well. apricot and apple flavors are also among the malts and yeast, giving the brew a decent complexity. not many hops to speak of.

aftertaste is apricots and apple, with a bit of residual alcohol.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied and rather sharp from the alcohol and carbonation, but stays true to a good belgian dark.

drinkability is good, althnough this one will creep up on drinkers who do not have a high tolerance. the booze is present, but not 7.5% worth. all things considered, this is a solid example of the style and a great brew for lovers of Belgians. cheers!

09-11-2007 03:49:19 | More by botham
Photo of basica


4.58/5  rDev +10.4%

Rochefort 6 (AGED: VINTAGE 1990s) (Rating 9/10) - 7.5 ABV - 6 September 2007

This is again an aged trappist ale from Wim hailing from Netherlands. This one did not disappoint me but after having a fan-frigging-tastic 1984 or 85 La Trappe Dubbel, it is hard to beat that unless you are a well aged Chimay Blue or a Westy. Well this Rochefort 6 is still, a pretty well
aged beer, most probably from the mid 90s or even late 90s; it has the old Rochefort label too. Anyway, this beer, like most vintage beers pours out a brownish color with little of a head and has a nice light foamy lacing. It smells of strong fruits and has the typical aged beer smell
which I detected in all my vintage beers thus far. Even at this age the Rochefort 6's taste is not something that hits you like the 1984 La Trappe Dubbel; some yeast and breadiness on entry but not significant; the taste is sufficiently strong and obvious and is mainly plums and maybe some berries; not exactly a very rich fruity taste but pretty tasty all the same and leaving some plum aroma on the nose. The finish brings more plums on to the nose and was a very soothing plum taste
to transit into the after taste which was plums, berries and grapes. The after taste lingers on for quite a bit before fading away with a raisin or grape backing. Mouth feel on this one is between medium to thin body; as like the contemporary Rochefort 6, it is a little too thin for its style;
carbonation is still pretty high for this one like the contemporary one but quickly drops over time. Smoothness and drinkability was simply revolutionary; it is as smooth, drinkable and refreshing as water but of course with the greatness of Rochefort 6 itself. I have never had a beer this smooth, drinkable and refreshing before and this part of it sets it apart really positively. Overall it is definitely a notch better than the contemporary Rochefort 6 and I would call it a well aged and pretty fruity tasty beer with a revolutionary smoothness and refreshing nature.

09-05-2007 19:00:17 | More by basica
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

330ml bottle, best before 14/01/09.

pours orangey red brown with a small fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves a bit of lace behind. color seems more orange and lighter than i'd expect.

aroma is good. light alcohol. lots of dark fruit - date and dried cherries. yeast. big bready malt. caramel and toffee. hints of orange and dark chocolate.

taste is nice. bit of alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. taste is similar to the aroma, but lighter. dried cherry and date. bit of orange and dark chocolate. caramel. bready malt. light yeasty spicy character.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. nice medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is great. balanced and very enjoyable.

09-04-2007 14:10:35 | More by grub
Photo of Maracuja


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

The beer pours a bit of a hazy purple to dark red color with the head pertinent in size, frothy in texture and the lace fine long lasting sheets. Vinous lots of malt, fruit sweet, quite pleasant to sniff with the start ambrosial and the top skinny in feel. Finish is astringent, pleasantly hopped and a nice dry lingering aftertaste. A good beer, not as good as the 8/10, but still a top notch beer nonetheless.

09-03-2007 20:53:34 | More by Maracuja
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

This is maybe my favorite of the Rochefort lineup. A nice orangish brown with a decent head that lasts in my Chimay glass. The smell is fruity. Taste is like a carbonated brown ale. There are hints of caramel. The mouthfeel is smooth, with just a hint of burn at the end. Drinkability is good. I could have this brew again.

09-01-2007 17:47:15 | More by Enola
Photo of jeffjfindley


4/5  rDev -3.6%

As expected, this is a toned-down version of it's big brothers, and is a heckuva nice drink. Head is mountainous, color uninspiring. Champagne bubbles flow like champagne. Smell, as well as taste are owned by dark chocolate, and fresh fruity tones. Finish is airtight. Mouthfeel is crisp and velvety at once, and it's drinking itself. In the future, I can't imagine a situation where I would grab this in lieu of the 10, but this is a hell of a fine beer.

09-01-2007 06:03:37 | More by jeffjfindley
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South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

My first chance to get the little brother of the Rochefort labels. This murky brown brew sports a solid head that eventually laces the glass for the rest of the drink. Aroma is dark fruits, raisins, dates and figs with a little brown sugar sweetness in the background. Taste is slightly sweet with the aforementioned fruits with a root beer like follow through that is very tasty. A very drinkable brew for the alcohol content, which hides for most of this beer.

08-30-2007 01:03:57 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of garbercury


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Thanks Vintage for access to this Trappist. I am with you Ron, cant beat the 10...

Poured from bottle into my Chimay chalice...

A--Murky, brownish-red that had quite a bit of yeast pour into the glass, fine looking beer with 2 finger head, residual lacing.

S--Much lighter and floral almost, very nice smell. Does not have that deep smell you get from the 8 and 10

T--Tasty and obviously much lighter on the palate than the big brothers of the Rochefort family. I agree with Todd, this would be a great beer to devour a big plate of cheese.

MF--A lot of carbonation, fizzy on the tongue.

D--I dont think I would get this beer again if the 8 or 10 were available, it is a fine beer when you place it in a bigger picture (i.e.it kicks most of the world's other beers tail) Much lighter and refreshing in terms of Belgian beers. I personally, will take a Quad every time...Pass me a 10 please if you dont mind.

08-26-2007 23:47:03 | More by garbercury
Photo of Halcyondays


3.33/5  rDev -19.8%

11.2 oz. bottle, bought at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars, in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Dark brown, with a thick, white head, great retention, with excellent lacing.

S: Smells of alcohol, rum, and figs, with some toasted malts.

T: Dark malts, very malty, with some figs and spices.

M: Too over-carbonated in my opinion, thins out the flavour, though what I tasted was good, doesn't feel like a 7.5% beer.

D: Not one of the better Trappistes in my opinion, I prefer the 10 and the 8, but still a good beer, but could use more body, easy to drink though.

08-25-2007 05:03:50 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of stereosforgeeks


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance - Dark murky amber. Nice big foamy head. Almost no retention. No lacing.

Smell - Brown sugar, raisins, banana, orange peel, yeast.

Taste - It starts with a little sour fruit some green apples, and oranges. Some raisins and brown sugar are next. The lasting bannana and yeast flavor lingers.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied beer. Very active carbonation. Refreshing.

Drinkability - This is wonderfully complex yet light and easy to drink.

08-24-2007 00:46:07 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of Wasatch


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured into a chalice a nice mahogany color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, which then left some nice islands and creamy sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, plums, raisins, figs, and some caramel. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet, a slight tang, and fruity. You would not know there was any alcohol in this puppy. Medium body, well rounded/complex brew. Very drinkable, I'm really enjoying this one, highly recommended.

08-22-2007 23:19:02 | More by Wasatch
Photo of pavandal


3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Beer poured a nice deep brown color into my goblet. It had an awesome, thick, creamy head on top that had a sort of plateau effect where I poured in the middle. Very cool.

Smelled a lot like other strong dark ales I've had, with slight tea like notes and a strong citrus backbone. I enjoyed the smell here, but it wasn't anything stand out.

upon the first sip, my mouth is overun by carbonation. The citrus and tea scents are prevailent, along with a caramelish finish. no real hoppy flavors to speak of, but that's not really what this style is about.

The carbonation kind of hurts this one, but not so much as to make it a bad beer. It's just rather bubbly.

Overall, this is a fairly average and tame depiction of a belgian strong dark ale. I have the Eight as well, I can't wait to try it, as I hear that it's much better than the Six.

08-19-2007 04:24:40 | More by pavandal
Photo of stephendr


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

11.2 oz. bottle- color of extremely dark honey, with a thick tan head - nose of raisins, apricots, and slight orange – taste of raisins, apricots, and slight orange - body is light, and with low to medium carbonation – aftertaste of raisins, apricots, orange, and malt

08-14-2007 23:20:13 | More by stephendr
Photo of Damian


2.88/5  rDev -30.6%

Drank from a 11.2 fl. oz/330 ml bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a translucent, murky brown with a touch of crimson. The frothy, light tan, one-finger head faded to a clingy film of lace that lasted throughout the drink.

The aroma was subdued initially but came out more as the beer warmed. Rich, toasted malts, Belgian yeast and Belgian candi sugar were apparent. A spicy (cinnamon and allspice), herbal quality was also quite noticeable, along with a distinct rumminess. As the beer continued to warm, the alcohol became pervasive.

The taste was somewhat thin and rather sharp. Toasted malts were noticeable up front with spices coming in mid-palate. The finish was spicy and rather hot for a mere 7.5% ABV. A slightly herbal, medicinal hoppiness was detectable as well.

The mouthfeel was one of the worst I have ever experienced. This beer was so over carbonated that it felt like an airy, prickly mass on my tongue. Even as the beer sat, it never settled down.

Overall, this beer was a disappointment (especially when compared to the 10). In its defense however, I may be scoring the taste too low simply because the carbonation did not give the liquid sufficient time to settle on my palate.

08-09-2007 04:40:00 | More by Damian
Photo of theopholis


3.18/5  rDev -23.4%

Appearance- Body is a dark, fairly clear amber. The head was an o-ff-white with little staing power and no lacing,.

Aroma- Somewhat sour smell, but not sour-mash. Very clean, slightly malty. Slighty sweet when you get your nose down into the glass. A little to delicate for my honker.

Taste- A very smokey, slightly malty taste up front. Not much malt sweetness left. The hops are very well blended into a seamless middle bitterness. Has a very hot and spicey finish.

Carbonation- Personally, I thnk this beer is way over-carbonated. It deadens the tounge so much, you miss a lot of the flavor. Body is medium.

Drinkability- The taste is very interesting, but the overcarbonation really turns me off.

07-17-2007 04:44:47 | More by theopholis
Photo of geokills


2.35/5  rDev -43.4%

Allow me to preface this review by suggesting that the particular bottle acquired (from the Toronado Pub in San Francisco), may have turned prior to drinking.

That said, after having heard the Trappistes hailed as something of benevolence time and time again, I was more than a little excited - even to pay $11 for this single 11.2 fl oz bottle - and couldn't hardly wait to pop the top on this one. Unfortunately, I was presented with a disaster.

Pouring a muddy brown with large solids visible, I will give this brew some merit upon its wonderfully light mouthfeel, hints of fragrant apple and beautiful lacing. On the flip side of the coin, I simply didn't find any balance in the flavor here, the affront of alcohol leaving a sour aftertaste on my tongue akin to that found from a bottle of cheap vodka. I can only hope that this was on account of my particular bottle having gone bad and should my next encounter with this product ring upon a more positive note, I will be back to tell you about it!

07-14-2007 00:23:57 | More by geokills
Photo of mithrascruor


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a glowing hazy ruby-brown color. Soft foamy/creamy off-white head.

Smell: Smells of lightly sugered and spiced plums, figs, and dark bread. Very warm aroma overall.

Taste: Spicy flavor with dark fruits, sugar, and a bit of bread. Very nice, but unfortunately not so distinct as the aroma. Semi-sharp finish with mellow aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Great soft feel with light- to medium-body. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol is very mild in the taste, but some of the other flavors are too mild as well.

A very enjoyable beer; not as rich as some other Belgian strong dark ales, but still very tasty. I'd rather get a Rochefort 8 for the same price, but I don't mean any major disrespect to this beer. An excellent starting point for darker Trappist ales.

07-11-2007 05:29:51 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of tapman


4.58/5  rDev +10.4%

My first Rochefort, I'm very excited.

Pours a dark bloody rust with an abundant hazelnut colored head with amazing retention. Absolutely beautiful.

Chocolate notes support a light rye maltiness. The balance comes in the form of grape and starfruit esters. Spicy chili phenols attack with alcohol support.

Sweet, dark (chocolate and toffee barley) malts are the stars of this brew which sits very well with this malt-mouth. The fruity esters balance this brew like rye bread and preserves with a little buttery ease to tie them together. Clean, almost vanilla-like smoothness aftertaste and the flavors subside one by one from tip to stern of the tongue. The alcohol is apparent and gives this brew the edge that many heavier beer drinkers look for, like myself.

Carbonation is crisp and clean. Finish is dry and spicy and almost wine-like. Refreshing for a heavier ale.

A very good beer reserved for those who know. Complex, malty, and estery, highly recommended. I'm always mixed when alcohol is present, but at 7.5% its nowhere near as bad as you'd think. A great beer that I could drink all day except that four would probably put me to sleep.

07-10-2007 16:26:53 | More by tapman
Photo of BretSikkink


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Gorgeous thick and creamy head, several fingers deep, comes blasting out of the bottle atop a dark brown ale featuring maroon highlights and bottle conditioned haze. Lacing is full, thick and sticky.

There is plenty going on in the nose, including toasted malt and dark fruit, but it was a little light. Esters and a pinch of warming alcohol.

Carbonation and phenolic alcohols take the flavor off the palate a little quickly, so that the ripe fig, diacetyl and dark chocolate don't get a full chance to shine. The flavor is tasty but just a bit lacking in body and complexity.

At 7.5%, the baby brother of the Rochefort beers loses some ground to other Strong Darks due to thinness of body. Smooth and quite light for the color and flavor profile, partially due to the high carbonation. Very tasty Dark Ale, not quite the richness and complexity of the very best, but enjoyable and very drinkable for the style.

07-09-2007 04:59:30 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of potownbill

New York

4.83/5  rDev +16.4%

hanks again to Dave M. for the Trappist Rochefort 3 pack, direct from Belgium.
Appearance: Deep red/brown with 2 finger tan head that coated the side of the glass. Hold it up to the light and see the uniform tiny shimmering bubbles.
Smell: Sweet malt, with a trace of hops ,
Taste: A perfect malt and hop blend.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, no heavy alcohol afterburn.
Drinkability: If stranded on a desert island, this may be the one I want. Even better than the 8.

07-05-2007 22:55:09 | More by potownbill
Photo of baiser


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a light cola brown, with a bit tan head, tonnes of beautiful lacing. Smell of caramel, sweet peaches and alcohol. Dark fruit, complex, a touch of spice, malty and moderate alcohol. This is a very tasty beer, with sweetness upfront, then some phenols and esters, and it finishes a touch dry.

06-22-2007 04:12:53 | More by baiser
Photo of PorterLambic


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a rich brown with red highlights. A big, off-white head that lasts leaving me with the impression of cool-whip atop my beer.
Smell is sweet, sour, cherry, light apricot, oak, malt and thoroughly inviting.
Taste is even better than the nose with cherry, oak, malt, yeast, alcohol and eventually some hops.
Medium body, plentiful effervescence, warms the throat. An aftertaste that is reminscent of fruitcake with lingering cherry & brandy flavors though there was pine/resin up front. A very good brew, glad I finally got the Trappistes "trifecta".

06-22-2007 01:50:06 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of oelergud


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Dark orange brown body. Creamy light tan head with medium bubble constellations. Great lace and good retention.
Dominating malts, sweet and delicious, some bread and nutty hops.
Caramel malts, slightly spiced and a nice compliment of mild hops.
Long aftertaste of sweet brown sugar and caramel.
Medium body, good coating.
Highly drinkable. Very easygoing and pleasant.


06-10-2007 23:45:16 | More by oelergud
Photo of dren


3.38/5  rDev -18.6%

Poured into a wide mouthed goblet...mistake, should have used a Duvel style glass, this thing has a massive head. Lots of carbonation. The head does settle with no lacing. Beer pours an amber-brown.

Smells of malt and sweet alcohol with a little pepper.

First sip tastes like white bread toast, on the darker side of toasting but not burnt. A little peppery spice and a dry finish. The alcohol is present and dry but not very warming. Some dried fruit and green pepper in there, but take away the sweetness. The beer gets a little sour up front the more you get into it, possibly from the drying aftertaste from the previous drinks? The beer is bitter as well, but no hop presence. I like this the more I drink it. I like my candy Belgian beers but this one is nice as well.

The mouthfeel is a little lighter than I would like.

I agree with another review I read in here. This beer does taste a lot like watered down cognac, but less sweet and full of carbonation. It would go great with some of the creamier dark chocolates.

Not worth the $5.50 to have it again, but certainly worth it to try once.

06-04-2007 22:08:14 | More by dren
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South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

A- Pours a hazy brown amber with three fingers of thick white head, that settles to a layer in about a minute. No lacing or legs to speak of.

S- Sweet malt is prevalent, with notes of melba toast, yeast, pepper, and faint alcohol. No hop aroma.

T- Wow. ummm, ok... not at all what I was expecting. Fits within the ridiculously broad style guidelines, though. Slightly bitter, but not a hop bitterness. Almost like... if you took the sweet out of anise and simply had that flavor. It's hard to describe, as you can see by my grasping at straws. A very dry, toasty finish... But there is no sweet malty at all in this beer. Some slight malty overtones, but without the sweetness that normally comes along. I like this beer more the more I drink it. The almost sour/bitter flavor takes a bit of getting used to though.

M- Ridiculously carbonated. Almost a peppery mouthfeel because it's so carbonated and dry.

D- As I said, I like it more the more I drink it... but it's not worth the money, by a long shot. A very imbalanced beer that tastes more like a watered-down cognac with a foolish amount of carbonation. Don't get me wrong, it's pretty good. Just not worth the 6 bucks I paid for the bottle.

IF YOU DRINK ONE, let it warm, and let it get a little flatter. it's much, much better that way.

05-31-2007 00:09:12 | More by khiasmus
Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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