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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 2,049
Reviews: 919
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 146
Gots: 256 | FT: 7
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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 originalsin
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice reddish-brown hue with ample foamy off-white head that retains well and eventually settles into about an 1/8 inch man-hole cover over my beer. It smells of dark fruit and breaded malts. Tastes a little bit of figs but mostly of dark fruit with an underlying sweetness that I'm unsure how I feel about. Probably just because what I've been eating today. It drinks surprisingly well.

Photo of randawakes
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer.

Poured into becher glass, huge tall head that dissipates mildy into a great lace. Tastes of chocolatey cream with malts, spice, dark fruits, raison and cocoa - mainly cocoa. A little yeasty with sediment at bottom and medium carbonation. Awesome beer

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

A: This beer pours dark brown, with some red/pink notes. The head is massive and even, the colour is beige with a lot of creamyness. When the head dissipates it leaves nice lacings. There is also a lot of haze and a healty dose of sediment in the glass after you pour it.

S: At first there is alcohol, but quickly you find caramell(-malt), roasted malt, fruit, but I can sence basil and tea.

T: Sweetness and complexity is what stands out. There is also fruit, dryness, a slight sence of perfume, some floral notes and chocolate.
The aftertaste is dry with a nice hoppy ending.

M: It's dry, a tickeling sensation on the tongue is present in this medium bodied beer.

D: Trappist is the "beer-family" I like the best. This is a fantastic beer, but far from the best trappist-beers.

Photo of hardy008
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a 3+ finger tan foamy head which has a sticky lace. Has the aroma of bread, malt, spice, and dark fruit. The taste matches the smell, is sweet, but not overly sweet. Is nicely made. Light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Very drinkable, not overly sweet, but very easy to drink. The 7.5 % alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of jrallen34
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium brown with a big 3 finger light tan head, that has lots of retention. The lacing is pretty thick, looks like soap water but nearly as thick, chunky and spiderweb like, like the #10. The head stays for several minutes though, like a nice beautiful coating that just isn't going anywhere. Every sip you take soaps the glass the again.

The aroma is very light, a little of a disappointment. There are light notes of sweet malts and toffee, and spices.

The taste is light and very reminisicant of its big brother. Just a lighter version. There are notes of light hops and toffee.

Mouthfeel is great and you can drink as much of this as you want.

Photo of BobZ
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've now cellared 6 Rochefort 10' & 6 of the 8's. Will sample the 10 this weekend. Grabbed one bottle of the 6 to give it shot last night and was not disappointed.

Appearance: Poured like apple dark cider (into a Chimay Chalice) nice head initially which shrank to about a quarter inch with nice lacing. Healthy amount of sediment.

Smell: Like the 8 it's very distinct but not as complex.

Taste: Very good beer. I would say deeper than other "Dubbels" (like Chimay Red Label) but not as complex as the Rochefort 8. Again, rich flavor mix of fruits and especially chocolate.

Mouth feel: Smooth with good carbonation. Large amount of sediment at the bottom of the Chalice as you finish a beer you wished you had more of.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Again good to take slowly as the flavor changes and deepens as the beer warms.

Again, a very, very good beer. This is the one that is produced the least (with regard to the 8 and the 10) so some retailers tend to charge more than the 8. I'm glad I tried it; however given the chance to have this or the 8, I'd take the 8 every time. My anticipation for the 10 is now even greater.

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

A: The pour is an opaque reddish-brown color. The head is small to begin with and dissipates quickly.

S: The nose has the usual yeast and bready quality with some hints of dark fruit. The bulk of the nose, however, is the sweet caramel and toffee from the malt.

T: Like the nose, the yeast and malt really define this beer. A lot of sweetness from the malts with dark fruits (particularly raisins and figs) with a mild spice.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation.

D: The world of Belgians is sort of a new thing to me, but it would seem I'm off to a good start. A very nice beer, indeed.

Photo of philipquarles
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle. Pours an incredibly hazy mahogany with a large, light tan head and a fair amount of sediment. Smells of dark malt and milk chocolate, cassis, some spiciness, and later some light sour notes. The taste is heavy on dark fruits; raisin in particular. Definite dark malt/cocoa presence again, but it's far from overly sweet. Classic Rochefort yeast at the end. Very slightly warming, though there's no apparent alcohol. Complex. Medium, creamy body with high carbonation. Very drinkable for what it is. It's a shame this one gets overshadowed by the two others.

Photo of montecristo2
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an abbey style chalice.

Pours the color of tea but a bit darker. Held up to the light, unable to see through.

I get some dried fruit and some breadiness.

A fizzly head upon first pour that quickly (within seconds) leaves nothing behind but a delicious glass of trappist ale. Leaves an interesting finish in my mouth- I can still feel the fizz under my lips, even though the head was gone!

Definately worth trying this interesting abbey ale- I bought a few because they are apparently hard to find and will put them away for a while to see how they age.

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

LOOK. Full of life and a seductive crackling fizz on first pour. However, the head and lace dissipated rather quickly.

SMELL. Dried fruit, bread crust, milk chocolate.

BODY & TASTE. Soft and medium with a crackling fizz. Begins with a slight sweetness which then expresses itself with subtle notes of dark dried fruit and spice. Yeasty, herbal notes persists throughout. Then, finishing it off is note of dried fruit which tastes more like cocoa powder as it lingers.

AFTERMATH. Love it with carrot cake, or perhaps a cinnamon-based dessert. Caramelized pears. Fuhgedibowdit.

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

Thick headed initially with quickly dissolving having the same coloring as fresh apple cider. Smell is soft sort of a blend of fruit and hops. Taste is spicy grape. Feels tart like a cider. Pretty drinkable, but considering it was made by belgian Monks what else would you expect?

Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernadus chalice very good, glad to finally try the 6 as for some reason this seems the hardest to find.

A - orangy haze about one finger head.

S - yeasty, bread perhaps some grapes.

T - definately belgian, grapes, almost wine like.

M - tart, seams like there is a lot of yeast and foam in the mouth.

D Very good - strong and I know if I were offered it I would not turn this down defanite sipper though.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Orangish, light amber with moderate haze. Two fingers, perhaps slight more, of off-white head rise and fall to a thick cap. Decent retention with moderate lacing.

S - Great aroma with multiple layers. First whiff is full of straight up grape juice. Very tannic notes follow. Figs, raisins, currants, and other sourish dark fruits follow with a good swirl. Buttery bread is evident as well, filled with hints of caramel, nuts, and a good deal of spice including ginger, mace, and slight herbal notes. Acidic, tannic aroma is still present throughout. Really amazing and complex stuff.

T - Not quite as mindblowing as the aroma but still very good. Early palate yeilds a very bready flavor with an assault of fruits; figs, raisins, and even overripe apples flood the palate. A unique nuttiness sweeps in mid palate mixed with fermenting dough. Interesting vanilla-like, almost banana flavor enters as well. Fruits and malts die out to reveal a very mild bitterness with slight earthy tones, some hints of vague herbal flavors. Finish is actually fairly clean. Surprisingly Rochefort 6 holds down all these sweet-ish flavors with very little actual sweetness.

M - Medium to full bodied with a moderate-high carbonation. The somewhat spritzy character of this beer seems a little out of place for me.

D - Great stuff, very impressed by the least produced and most overlooked line of the Rochefort brews. "6" achieves a level of complexity and uniqueness not seen by many beers, even from the other big Belgian guys. A pleasant surprise.

Photo of mjl21
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. Best before 24-07-13. Comes in at 7.5%.

A-Pours a murky brown with lots of visbile yeast sediment and bubbles rising from the bottom. Has a 1/2 finger off white head that covers about 85% of the glass. It looks pretty cool. The head finally covers the entire glass after a few sips.

S-When first poured, get some notes of sweet malt and chocolate. Almost has some stout like qualities. There is a definite aroma of mustiness that is also present. As it warms green apple and dark stone fruits really pop and the sweet caramel malt becomes more pronounced.

T-Like the nose, there are a lot of flavors at play. The sweet caramel malt is noticeable from the start. The apples, stone fruits, and chocolate get more intense as it warms. There is a tad bit of graininess left in the back of the mouth. It really picks up a grape fruit aftertaste after it has been in the glass for awhile.

M-Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy. When first consumed, it has a ton of carbonation which calms as it warms.

D-A great sipper. The abv is very well hidden. Would not guess this is considered a strong dark ale.

This was my first 6. I have had the 8 and 10 numerous times and enjoyed this one as much. A great beer that has its own unique character

Photo of david131
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A murky, orange brown with a finger thick creamy white head. It does have a nice crystal ball effect.

S- Grape soda, pepper, musty, and fruity. Very unique, aromatic, and hard to describe.

T- Same as the aroma but with a huge emphasis on the grape soda flavor. Sweet, but not overly so. The alcohol is hidden well. Complex and enjoyable.

M- Ever so slightly metallic. Overall, it is very smooth with a nice level of carbonation.

D- A complex, enjoyable beer. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall, this is decent, but not the stand out from this brewery.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening the bottle I got something like a loaf of fresh baked bread. After pouring it out into a glass (sediment and all) the bread smell was reduced and I smelled apples and pears along with the bread. The color was a cloudy copper, with a bright (it honestly reflected the light from the ceiling lamp) big bubble foam on top that stayed about halfway through drinking. The taste was pretty good - apples and pears up front, something a tad sour in the middle, and something spicy at the end. While drinking you get that carbonated taste at first, followed by something slick (not quite oily, but sort of like it) at the end.
Overall this was a beer for drinking slowly - you savor and enjoy. It does need some food to go with it though - by itself its maybe too much. Still, it was a good choice for watching a movie and slowly drinking the beer over the course of the film.

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

Re-reviewed on 10-05-2011. Pours somewhat hazed, deep amber to deep coppery body with floating yeast-particles, topped by medium-thick beige head that quickly retreats, leaving characteristic bands and patches of lace on the walls as I swirl the glass.
Aroma is sweet with mouldy notes of rotten leaves overlaying woods ground in autumn, with brown sugar and esters of plum, raisins, dried cherries and figs.
The balance is entirely towards the malt thus the beer is generally sweet on the palate, with mouldy notes and flavors of dark fruits listed in the aroma section.The sweetness is counterbalanced by warming alcohol and the finish is typically dry for a trappist version of BSDA. Medium-light bodied and effervescent. (330 ml, BB date 09-09-2014, into tulip)

Photo of coldmeat23
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
EXP. DATE: 060213 (Approx. 1-yr aged)

Pours a golden copper color with amber tinting. Two-finger head of creamy, light tan foam. Fades to a nice thick covering. Retention is very good. Lacing is rope-like and quite sticky.

Very rich, sweet, caramel malts are at the forefront. Hints of spices. Light notes of dark fruits and also mild orchard fruit notes. Raisins, toffees and brown sugar.

Caramel malts, again. Light notes of dark fruits. Hint of brown sugar. Ripe pears and not-quite-ripe green apples. Slight booziness. Mild spice notes.
It's very good, but also very mild, overall.
A good beginner's Trappist brew.

We're getting better again. Nicely smooth and sufficiently creamy. Still, it has a slight bite of sharpness, on the finish.

Very drinkable, in general. Sadly, I honestly believe that my palate is beyond this one now. I used to love this, but I haven't had one in a couple of years and it now doesn't seem as special as it once did, to me.
On a side note, I hit the Rochefort website before this review for confirmation on their dating codes. According to the info there, this brew (6) is only brewed, maybe once a year. It's about 1% of the monks total production. According to them, it's the hardest of the three different versions to find. I find this slightly odd, as it's the one that I see most often in stores. I guess that we're all buying the 8's and 10's as soon as we find them. I would have guessed that the 10 was rarest because that's the one that I have problems finding.
You learn new things, everyday.

Photo of Jeffo
3.22/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a Rochefort Chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 finger medium-thin looking smooth tan head that slowly fades away to a thick film cap. Color is a mahogany or sienna brown and is slightly muddy. A little carbonation evident. A nice thick cap stays until the end and leaves some lacing as well. Head is great, color not so much.

SMELL: Rich caramel malt and toffee up front. Some brown sugar and hints of sweet pears and apples as well. Spicy elements come out, clove and coriander come to mind. Mildly strong and quite complex, though I can definitely see how some might describe this as "funky."

TASTE: Caramel malt, brown sugar and toffee up front. A touch of sweet apple and pears shines though before the spicy cloves and alcohol come through at the end. A strong sweet and spicy alcohol aftertaste is long lasting and strong enough to remind you it's a "strong" ale. Relatively complex, though not all that memorable.

PALATE: Thin body with medium carbonation and a bit airy on the way down. This one gives you the burps for sure. Not creamy or overly smooth on the palate, but it goes down without a bite and finishes with a touch of dryness on the palate. This one is too thin and airy, and could definitely be a little smoother and creamer. A bit of a let-down.

OVERALL: Decent brew, but the palate was a definite let down, which also hurts its drinkability. The color is a little off putting as well. Like the eight, the six is not nearly as impressive as the greatly superior Roch 10. Unfortunately, this one is probably a bit more about hype than the brew itself.

Photo of germanbeer1
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly sizable head with a fine brown body. Smells a little sour, but there is also a considerable degree of fruitiness too. There are hints of orange mostly. The taste also has a degree of orange fruitiness to it as well, but is then overshadowed by the presence of chocolate and caramel. This beer is extremely smooth and very agreeable. For a Belgian Strong Ale it wasn't too overpowering, which makes it possible to simply enjoy the taste without having to worry about the high alcohol content.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Classy-looking 11.2oz brown capped bottle; there's a clearly marked what I think is a freshness date (28/09/10).

Appearance: Pretty, dark garnet beer with lots of fine sediment (I left the large, chunky stuff in the bottle) and an ivory cap with good retention. Fairly high levels of ultra fine CO2 as well.

Smell: Huge on rich, sweet malt. There are intense notes of dark caramel, a bit of chocolate, and hints of mild, fruity alcohol. Overall, this is beautiful.

Taste: Sweet caramel, mildly spicy alcohol (a bit more than comes across in the nose) a bit of dry nuttiness, hints of oak and chocolate, low hop levels, and just a tiny sting of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Just slightly light for my taste for this style

Drinkability: Goes down fairly easy, but the alcohol actually comes across a bit more readily than I'd expected

Conclusion: Damn good Belgian Strong Dark; not perfect, but quite tasty.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason I don't see the Rock 6 in Boston too much. I forget where the fudge I picked this up - maybe Premier in Buffalo? Anyway, 11.2 oz. into Ommegang chalice...

Hmmm...I sense a mild irrational exuberance on the banana/rye bread head - a little bit of the glacierness going on. Slight infection? Body is pumpernickel-ish in color and rather cloudy.

A smidge of sourness obscures spicy cloves, ginger and rum raisin ice cream only slightly. Grain and yeast electricity are very prominent. Not a whole lot of hop character, as expected.

Wow - lots of raw dough feel along with the usual figs, dates and raisins. Again, slight sourness muddies up the breed. I reiterate the infection question but still...only a slight hinderance. Also, it's a bit on the soapy side. Y'know what? So was Westy 12.

Velvety as a cozy winter blanket in front of the fire. Thick huskiness of the copious grains fortunately obscures this soapiness. Finishes very comfortingly.

Not bad at all - quite enjoyable...but I do like the Rock 10 a whole lot better.

Photo of Pencible
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with huge chucks of sediment and fluffy light tan head. It smelled like earthy caramel and bready yeast, with some lemon hops and salt and alcohol. It tasted like rich milk chocolate and nutty malt, with sweet creamy yeast and a bit of lemon and lingering caramel. It was watery with tons of carbonation and a sweet aftertaste. Overall this wasn't highly complex like some Trappist ales can be, but it had a great clean and delicate flavor. It was surprisingly malty without much of the traditional sour wild yeast taste. It also hid the alcohol very well, making this all too easy to drink. My only complaint is that it was a bit too carbonated for my liking, probably due to all the yeast sediment. But the fizziness smoothed out about half way through the glass. I didn't expect too much from this beer, since it's the "lowest" of the Rocheforts, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This is simply a fantastic beer.

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy brown color with a two-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of caramelized brown sugar with a lot of caramel malts along with pears and plums. This smells very good.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Spicy caramel malt flavors up front are joined shortly by pears and plums. The brown sugar joins in midway through the sip, and the spiciness intensifies right before an ending that's more sweet than bitter.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with velvety carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have more than a few of these.

Overall this is a very good beer that solidifies Rochefort as my favorite easily accessible Trappist brewery. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of bruningmd
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark and hazy, with a thick sticky head

S: Prunes, dried dark fruits, butterscotch, caramel and sugar

T: Smooth intro, sweet hints of candied fruits, like jellied preserves, tinges of alcohol, then a real mellow finish

M: Full bodied, sweet on the palate, but not too sweet.

D: I haven't tried the rochefort 8 or 10, but the six makes me want to. I was impressed with the beer and wouldn't mind having a few more

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 2,049 ratings.