Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 141
Gots: 243 | FT: 6
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

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 jbphoto88
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle I bought in Rochefort Belgium into a glass I bought there too. Anybody jealous yet? The beer is dark amber in color with a rocky off white head. Fast to dissipate an island of bubbles wanders around the glass, now it's the shape of a kidney. The sediment on the bottom sneaks up on you if you aren't prepared for the smaller volume bottle or if you are like me and not paying close attention. My hazed beer has a good amount of floating, suspended particles.

Smell is heavy on the darker stone fruits like cherries and plums. Very nice bread and cereal scents strong on a candied grain nose. Very pleasant as each scent truly compliments the other.

Taste is right there with the nose. Fruity with a subtle yeast taste followed by those fantastic candied sugar coated grains. Strong malt backbone that is nicely complimented by a plum, cherry and raisin notes.

Nicely complex with multiple flavors that work so well with each other. Smooth, slightly dry finish that just adds to my love of this lineup. Wonderfully crisp with a hint of sharp carbonation. Fantastic.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Murky almond colored body that's crowned by a billowing, cloud-like head of eggshell white. Belgian lace, not only sounds sexy, is sexy.

S: Muddled fruits, grape, plum, red apple along with taffy, wet ash, and a whiff of dry yeast.

T: Dried fruits with no sugar, plums, pears, apples, and grapes. Musty yeast, sweet salt water taffy, and a glance towards leather.

M: Medium bodied, fairly carbonated, crisp finish.

D: An all around solid beer, classic Belgian, you can't go wrong.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle - $4.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a burnt sienna body with a large, though short-lived, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Bready, caramelized malt aroma, notes of Pink Lady apples and juicy, overly ripe plums, and with a flowery, perfumy waft of orchids.

Taste: Flavorful, complex maltiness delivers tastes of brown sugar and caramel coated nuts and bread crusts. Pinch of cinnamon. A chew of bubblegum. Bright floral and fruitiness mingled with some sourish yeast hints. Very minor touch of alcohol. Fruity, warming and with a sprinkling of crushed nuts on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated, a bit prickly at times.

Drinkability: A reasonably complex, enjoyable brew, though, for my tastes, the carbonation was just a bit too high.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into chalice.

Pours murky brown with a two-finger off-white, pillowy head that stays awhile.

Aroma is understated - spicy yeast, dark fruit, caramelized brown sugar, barest hint of cocoa.

Taste is sweet, up front, a little thin and watery - spicy yeast, cocoa, brown sugar, with dark fruit coming out on the back end alongside the yeast. Finish is bittersweet dark fruits, lingering spicy yeast, cocoa, and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel varies - watery at times, creamy at others, with an understated carbonation that fits well. Excellent beer, but 10 is still my favorite of the trio.

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

A - pours a murky chestnut brown with 1/4 inch of foam that disappears into a layer of fine bubbles

S - a nice yeasty aroma with dried fruit, plums & raisins

T - nice yeasty taste with the dark fruit flavors coming through quite nicely

M/D - nicely flavored and carbonated, a very nice beer to try. I definitely recommend trying it.

Photo of number1bum
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly reddish, mahogany color with a finger and a half of fizzy tan head. Despite its fizzy nature the head does keep quite well, with a full lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. Impressive.

Smell is full of sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Below the surface are some dark fruits, which do come out a bit more as it warms. There is also a persistent woodsy sort of aroma.

Taste is also pretty sweet but doesn't finish sweet. There is nothing about this that is cloying, in fact, it's somewhat dry in the finish. There is caramel malt, brown sugar and molasses, and also a good deal of dark fruit like the smell. Raisins and prunes come to mind. There seems to be a nuttiness here, as well. It's well balanced and quite smooth, and subtly complex, but it doesn't quite have a 'wow' factor and doesn't quite pop with flavor enough to warrant a higher score.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but feels a bit thinner than that, and also is hurt by overcarbonation. The fizzy pour didn't lie - it's fizzy in the mouth, too. Still, it has a nice smoothness and finishes quite clean and dry. In fact, it's very drinkable owing to the smooth, balanced flavor.

Overall a very good beer, but not mind blowing. Much better than the 8; now it's on to the 10.

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

The bottle has a printed expiration date of "240713". I think that means it was bottled on July 24th 2008. Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a flute.

Appearance: Big off-white head. Beautiful mostly clear dark rusty orange. Pretty good carbonation and lacing.

Smell: Really fruity aroma. Mild alcohol in the background. The smell reminds me of Duvel.

Taste: Caramel, dark fruits, yeasty and breadlike. Little bit of alcohol in the finish.

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

Appearance: Dark brown with a thick off white head. Left lots of lacing as I drank my glass.

Smell: Plums, prunes, and all of the usual dark fruit smells. Very sweet and a definite yeast on the nose.

Taste: Sweet in the beginning with brown sugar, and dark fruits like raisins, figs, and dates dominating. There is a slight amount of bitterness that barely comes out in the finish.

Drinkability/mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a bit fizzy on the tongue. Feels a bit like champagne. Good overall but I have had the 8 and the 10 before I tried this one so it would be my least favorite of the three Rochefort beers

Photo of BigIrishman
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass

Appearance: A darkish golden Blond with a nice fluffy white head, leaving little lace.

Smell: Fruity (raisins and plums) with a nice earthy/yeasty background, very nice.

Taste: Real yeasty but tastes more like liquid bread than any else, overall pretty impressive. Those fruity esters come through towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, wish it stuck just a little bit more.

Drinkability: Not as good as the 8 or 10 just because the alcohol presence overshadows the taste a little bit.

Notes: Great, another trapist success to say the least, although the 8 and 10 are just worlds away.

Photo of aaronh
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut body with a thick, loose head that persists for a very long time. Aroma of heavily caramelized sugars, molasses, and a touch of bannana. Flavor mimics the aroma, but with a bit of alcohol and a decent malt note. Mouthfeel is decent, but a little too agressive for my preference. Drinkability also good, but not something I drink regularly. Too many burps from the carbonation. Drank this in honor of Pittsburgh's sixth Super Bowl victory. Then realized I hadn't ever reviewed it and drank another. :)

Photo of erz316
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the good ol' 33cl bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - some damn big yeast chunks floating down at the bottom. the huge head soon comes down as the big bubbles soon make caverns which fall in on them selves. there is not much lacing for all the head, however. nevertheless the colour of the brew is great: a real opqaue, dark brown that has some ruddy tinges to it.

S - a warm bit of spice hits my nose, along with some subtler notes of malty sweetness. there are some fruity elements to be had, though the slight alcohol scent could blend in a bit more noticeably with the esters.

T - a very 'bready' beer for something that isnt wheat based. the bread taste is a broad base upon which all the other flavours come out. the fuity esters, like most of the tastes, are light and one must work to find them. the alcohol is also not as robust as it could be to complement the esters. on the whole the taste is subtle and not the usual 'wham!' that a dark strong can be (something I like). there is a good bit of alcohol during the finish, though quite ephemeral, and the aftertaste is mostly clean except for a light 'sweet biscuit' sweetness that lingers.

MF&D - the carbonation is good and big, though one would never guess that from the look of the glass, as yeast has clogged the carbon scoring at the bottom. the feel is a bit light, not enough viscosity in my opinion. this lets the beer be consumed very easily, once the head settles down!

Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber and cloudy color. One inch head with decent retention and slight lacing. Smells slightly of alcohol, some hops, dark malts, and slight fruity aroma. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Smooth and slightly thick mouth feel. The bitterness is quite noticeable. There's an average carbonation level present. Tastes of alcohol, some fruit, and strong dark malt. The hops aren't there as far as a flavor, but the bitterness is present. There is an interesting chalk-like flavor and an associated acidic tartness that is hard to define. These lower the drinkability, but add a complexity to the flavor.

Photo of Oatsoda
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 6 pours a deep dark brown with a nice layer of foam that slowly breaks up as time goes by.

The aroma reminds me of brown sugar with a slight fruitiness.

It tastes of dark chocolate and raisins with a subdued slightly-citrusy hop finish.

Medium-bodied, this Rochefort gives a slight bite back from the carbonation.

The Rochefort 6 is the little brother in a family of world-class beers. I would have a hard time turning down a glass of this or any of its siblings.

Photo of Trappistfan1
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber brown color with nice resilient head.
S - Pretty mild; a hint of citrus.
T - Again, mild; a little fruitiness and yeast flavor. Little sign of the alcohol.
M - Good carbonation, pleasant on the tongue.
D - Easy drinking, refreshing, pretty tasty.

My somewhat smoke-burnt taste buds often demand a bigger beer than this. I had the Rocheforte 10 once and remember it being a lot more inspirational than the 6. As a devotee of our brewing Brothers' fine craftsmanship it's hard not to like this but honestly, there are other Belgians that I prefer. In fairness, they are different styles and this is the first Belgian Strong Dark Ale I have reviewed.

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

A lovely pour in a tulip glass. A golden amber, near flawless autumnal color with a playfully bubbly head that tickles my upper lip. It almost would have been good enough to admire the glass.

The aromas were subtle and wispy, disappearing as soon as they drift over the rim. The same thing with the taste. It takes two or three deliberate tastes to begin to get the dark fruit, raisins and spice.

Its effervescence is a delight in the mouth and makes this Trappist a delicate drink and worthy of a second.

Photo of mj001jk
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy brown color with light cream-colored foam. Highly carbonated.

The first aroma that strikes my nose is cheese and butterscotch. The maltiness on nose is subdued as are the hops. Dried figs, coffe and cream are also discernible.

Beer is light, dry and highly carbonated. There is a light brown nuttiness as well as just the right amounts of body and fruit character to buffer. This is a light and crisp Belgian with session potential, it is not overly complex and the easy drinkability scores high with me but there could be less carbonation.

Photo of PBoegel
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rochefort 6 bottle code I believe with a best by february 2013.

Poured into a chalice goblet.

Very muddy hazy brown. Some of the dregs came out of the bottle as well. Bottle was very carbonated, not a gusher, but carbonation rose to the lip before pour. Head was very tight and creamy. It's look reminded me very much of the first time I had Chimay Rogue years ago.

The aromas were not terribly complex. No off aromas but focused mainly on a earthy and yeast note, some chalky sweetness and burnt sugar.

The flavor had a very earthy almost tobacco leaf like note, not offensive, just persistent which added an unexpected but interesting layer. This worked well with the drier chalky character, there was some balancing sweetness with light notes of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla bean and dried unsweetened cherries. There was a pleasant mineral flavor that added a level of complexity as well, perhaps just a derivative of the chalky character.

The mouthfeel was very much what I look for in a Belgian, dry but full, with the soft natural carbonation from bottle conditioning.

Very drinkable and while the aroma was a little lacking the rest of the beer character was very reminiscent to me of the first time I was introduced to Chimay, will seek out more often when available, would like to cellar a set of these.

I wish these beers came in 750s. I have a 10 to try waiting in the beer fridge.

Photo of bowersdm
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330mL bottle poured into a Czech Pilsner glass (the only clean glass at the time), I went ahead and poured the yeast in also.

A - looked like a nice apple cider, dark brown and cloudy. It had an enormous head, so much that it spilled over the sides on the pour.

S - mmm...fruit, apples, raisins, bread like yeast smell, alcohol, and spice. I'm not sure what spices, but they smelled amazing when they mixed with the fruit.

T - sweet fruity, spiciness, like a good fruit cobbler, malty sweetness, more spice, some hops, and then a little bit of alcohol.

M - it bordered on overly carbonated, so the excessive carbonation on the pour may have been a godsend.

D - Great. It has an amazing flavor that makes it my favorite trappist brew.

Prior this, the only trappist brew I had ever had was Orval, which I found to be too funky. I was hesitant to try other, but I took a chance. After trying all of Westmalle's stuff, Rochefort's stuff, two Chimay's, and all of Koningshoeven's ales, this is definitely my favorite trappist brew. All around, it's an amazing beer.

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

This was the last in the process of tasting all three of these brews.

Aroma, flavor and body was much the same as the 10 and 8.

With a lowerer and smaller alcohol finish. This was a good thing.

The complex flavor and finish generated more character and was as much of a standout for style.

Photo of Voonder
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper colour with thick bubbly off-white head. Smell - caramel, bread, malts. Taste - yeasty, malty, alcohol slightly shows up. Mouthfeel - thick and rich, pretty creamy. It's kinda drinkable. Not a bad stuff, but I liked No8 way better than this.

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

Major yeast on the bottom of the bottle and floating throughout the glass as I poured it. Slowly floats to the bottom as it settles and warms. A finger and a half of foam is present and continues to produce a nice thin layer on the top. The smell consists of flowers, fruits and raisins. The beer is spicy..almost peppery as I drink it and has a nice strong sharp bite after each sip.

Very enjoyable beer.

Photo of soupyman10
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a couple bottles of these for Christmas. This one pours a deep copper brown color, with a bunch of floaties. Huge fluffy tan head that leaves excellent lacing (with a sprinkle of dark yeast tossed on top for good measure). Nose is strong breadiness, cookies, a touch of fruit, sweet candy malt, spiciness, and a touch of alcohol. A very sweet brew. Flavor is similar. Toffee, cookies. Definite spicy alcohol presence. A touch of unique earthy wood. Candy and caramel sweetness. Almost no hop presence. Definitely subtler than other Rocheforts. Body is a little thinner than expected. Carbonation was good and appropriate. Overall, it's solid, but not nearly as good as the other Rocheforts. I'm not even sure it counts as a BSDA. I'm going to put the other bottle down for a while and see how it does in a year or two...

Photo of rhinos00
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 vintage - served in tulip glass at American Flatbread in Burlington, Vermont.

A- Dark, reddish copper. Fingers width of off-white head with very nice lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Truly smelled like the nectar of gods. Combination of sweet honey and cloves. Simply amazing.

T- Absolutely perfect. The taste was so mellow and well crafted that there is really nothing that can be improved. Up front the beer had a carbonated malt flavor. This slowly gave way to a strong, sweet finish most akin to the sweetest and tastiest of all honey.

M- Medium bodied and well carbonated, even after almost 5 years of age.

D- I cannot really explain how drinkable this beer is with some age on it. You have to try this one for yourself.

Overall, hands down one of the best tasting beers I have ever had. I was so close to giving this a perfect 5. I was told that this beer was discovered in the brewpubs basement, what a find! I urge anyone who has the chance to buy this beer to have the patience to let this age for 4-5 years. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.

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

First beer of 2009! Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay chalice.
A - Slightly cloudy, brownish red in color; similar to the appearance of unfiltered apple juice. Bubbly head that lasts and lasts. Nice lacing.
S - Aroma of fermented fruit-apples,figs,apricots. Notes of caramel as well.
T - Complex yeasty tastes of apples,figs,clove with notes of caramel and chocolate. Nice balance of sweet and tart.
M - Light on the palate. A bit slick but slightly effervescent as well.
D - This is probably the best Belgian I've tried. Not too heavy on the palate and not too big on the ABV to have 2 or 3.

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

My first beer of the New Year. I had to work New Years Eve, so here's to starting my celebration.
Pours a light ruby-toned brown color,hints of cherrys, fairly clear...Until a beautiful amount of chunky sediments is decanted. Head is light tan color, with a cinnamon-sprinkle of sediment in the middle. Looks absolutley delicious.
Smells of apples,spiced light wine,phenols,light pummy,some raisins,not as "dark"smelling as most BSDA. Malts,slight mustiness,with a tiny touch of cherry.
Taste is apples, musty woodyness,yeasts,creamy mouthfeel, wth a nice light warmness on the finish. Light,light accents of raisins and figs,but domonates on the apple-pear-cinnamon spectrum. Hard to pick out specific flavors,as it is nearly impossible to put the glass dowm.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied.Spikes with a warm finish and a tart-rather than sweet raisin BSDA flavor. This is a distinctly different beer than the 8, and superbly executed. I look foward to the 10.

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 2,027 ratings.