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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 brewdoc75
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this on "clearance" at one of my favorite beer stores. Dated 180809.

A: Doesn't explode out of the bottle like some of the 8 and 10 did. Pours a lovely mahogany with red hues. The carbonation is strong, creating a bubbly, champagne-like head initially. The head unfortunately dies after a few seconds into nothing. The bubbles continue to eminate from the bottom of the glass however.

S: Slightly tart with a hint of sulfur trending to strong fruity esters. Moderate phenolic spiciness. I get a nice aroma of cocoa and fruits which is quite pleasant. The sulfur aroma is there, but doesn't seem to hinder the beer at all.

T: Tart fruitiness is the first thing that comes to mind. Definitely not tart like a wheat or a sour, but is dry and acidic. I get some of that cocoa in the flavor, but this quickly goes to a grape to plum like fruitiness. Finishes with some slight hoppy bitterness. Not harsh, but definitely enough to add some character and balance out the sweetness. The flavors are light and subtle unlike the 8 and 10. To me this adds to the tasters experience in that it challenges you to identify the flavors. In the end I do get a hint of butteriness, but this does not subtract from the taste too much.

M: Suprisingly light and dry. Finishes with a dry tartness. Mouthfeel is well carbonated throughout.

D: This was a pretty damn good Belgian Strong Ale. Fits all the characteristics for the style, but is a bit on the lighter end. Not quite as complex and flavorful as the 8 and 10, but who expects it to be? Definitely a more "sessionable" strong ale, with its subtle flavors and light body. I'll have this again, hopefully in a vertical tasting with the 6 then the 8 then the 10.

Photo of azorie
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK well I found some more of this locally and online so I will re-review this.
A: I poured this from the bottle at about 40F and man what a head this thing pours like 3 inches!!! Its a cloudy medium brown beer in color.

S: ok call me crazy but it smells like a sweet iced tea to me. Sweet malt hits the nose with no hops detected at all. I can smell the yeast very nice and complex.

T: well I know why i love Belgians, so complex and in your face beers. First thing hits me is the malt and plum sweetness. Your NOT going to find any hops because the malt and yeast favors so balance it out. good stuff. the after taste is a tad boozy until it warms up near 60F. lots of grape. leather, woody flavors going on here.

M: thick and rich, no carbonation after the head dies.

D: easy to drink, smooth and the alcohol does not hit you until you throw down 4 or 5 lol

Photo of Murchmac
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Frothy white head that lingers, cloudy light brown. I was excited to see this beer on the shelf as it is the first time i've seen it in.

Whoa! Amazing smell, candied raisins, dark fruits, plums, some yeasts. Probably like smelling a victoria's secret model.

Amazing malt taste first of all. Complex, layered, tastes like the nose with some earthy tones. Up there with the tastiest brews i've ever had.

Sweet, chalky dry aftertaste that leaves you wanting more. This is up there with some of the best beers i've had. Thank you Jebus.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark rust red when held to the light, and is topped by a somewhat loose light tan head. Initially about 3/4 inch high it drops at a leisurely pace, then provides a scant covering. Once out of the light, looks more brown with some red highlights. The head appears to have some pink highlights.

Not picking up too much aroma. Going to go clean my bowl and let this one warm up a bit...alright then. Got a nice piece of black tar for after, but for now... back to the beer. It's warmed up a bit, and I'm picking up a sourish component similar to Flemish reds/browns. Some light raison, no evidence of hopping here in the nose.

Flavor is complex, in that there is a lot going on, but I'm having a bit of trouble picking any one thing out. I'll let it warm further... Strong raisons and black pepper, grapes, a bit of lemon. Not quite cinnamon, but maybe nutmeg? Not sure. More bittering than the nose suggested. This has been a challenge for me.

Soft on the palate, medium to full in body, and a smooth texture.

Drinkable, but I made the mistake of serving too cold. Took awhile to warm up so I could smell and taste it. Even so, I had a hard time picking out much in both categories. I'll have to try this again, and give it another chance. But I suppose that maybe it's just not for me, despite it's reputation.

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

Produces two finger thick head in my chalice, which is tan in color. Body is brown caramel and quite murky. Lacing totally coats the glass.

Aroma is metallic and cherry upfront. Floral and sweet bread like too. Slight hint of sourness (not funky), and is countered with vanilla.

Tastes woody and vanilla immediately. Turns into sharp brisk herbal flavor in the end.

Feels full, chewy, and coarse. Slight warmness from the alcohol. Finishes dry with no oily residue.

A very well rounded Belgian Dark Ale. Complex, warming and inviting.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown body with good tan head, with lace running down the glass. A good sweet malt smell along with some minor fruity hops. A puckering sweetness in the medium-body with some breadiness as well for balance, as this is a sweet Belgian that finishes dry and has hints of hops bitterness on the end as well as dark fruits. Classic Belgian that anyone should try.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured in a chalice.

A light brown slightly cloudy color with a nice fluffy light brown head that hangs around. On the nose theres some sweetness and a light bready note to it, fairly plain.

Very smooth, a nice sharp flavor thats quite malty, lingers for a bit. Very bready and spicy on the way down. Kind of a light body but good for the style.

Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of white head on a hazy brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves little lace.

S - Spicy yeast notes, pepper, cinnamon, clove, and banana. Caramel malt and brown sugar.

T - Begins malty with caramel and brown sugar. Some fruity yeast comes out next with vanilla and clove notes. The caramel reasserts itself in the finish and darkens somewhat with slight chocolate notes that combine with light bitterness and hop flavor to produce lingering tobacco notes.

M - Medium body, very high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Rich and malty, this is a nice, drinkable dubble. The yeast profile is a bit dull, but the malt, especially in the finish makes up for it.

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

To complete my round of Rochefort

A: brown, with a fizzing head carbonation. Good lacing.
S: Straight from the bottle there's no mistake: the complexity of Rochefort ales is through the whole range they provide.
It gives clear white bread, after that the hops become evident, and then fruity sourness, some apples and allmost kriek, plus the floral notes that are so powerfull in the best of trappists.
Sniffing alone makes such a pleasant experience.

T: The first taste has roasted grains and chocolate in it. After that, similar to the smells, the fruit sets in, apples and grapes.
M: very pleasant. it's allmost light, very smooth without any alcohol burn whatsoever.
D: This is very drinkable beer. It is within tradition of trappist monks and the way to live: something to enjoy while contemplating life :).

Photo of drjones633
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not what I expected at all:( I don't think my bottle traveled well.
Taste was dark and dank. hints of strawberry and chocolate. beautiful bubble beer though, wonderfull inches of head atop a nice brown brew.
I'd love to try this beer iover in belgium I'm sure it would be very different.

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.

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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