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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 2,018
Reviews: 914
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 141
Gots: 233 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?)

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Joe Canal's in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. Drank from a Chimay Chalice.

A- Very deep copper, almost brown, body. Tall, foamy, off white head settled into a thin layer of bubbles, leaving behind some nice lacing. A lot of carbonation rising in the glass.

S- Malty and fruity. Caramel and toffee mixed with cherries.

T- A tart fruity beginning gives way to a bready, biscuity, taste reminding me a sour dough bread or pretzel. A definite yeast and slight alcohol presence.

M- Medium body. Smoothe but yet has some tingle from the massive amounts of carbonation.

D- I really enjoyed this beer. I'm not a huge fan of the funky, yeasty tastes I've found in other trappist beers. This one was more mellow and very enjoyable.

Photo of csmiley
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours medium brown in color with a slight murky appearance. Very nice head that was gone much quicker than expected. Lacing was only average.

S - Starts out with tart fruitiness similar to cherries or apples. Midway through there is a pungent yeast aroma that gets followed by caramel and butterscotch.

T - More sour fruity goodness in the flavor. The sour fruit is balanced very well with the other flavors. Belgian yeast comes in about midway. Caramel comes in at what was expected to be the end. There is actually a quick sharp bitterness on the end from the alcohol and hops.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.
Finish is bitter at first but a sweetness really lingers for a while.

D - Drinkability is good. The alcohol is well hidden. The flavor is what to look for in a Belgian brew. Very good overall.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Pours a dirty, copper-colored body beneath a thick, yet quickly receding khaki froth. Fervent carbonation rises from the etched Chimay emblem at the bottom of the chalice, forming a swirling blotch of small bubbles in the center. The aroma is a bit more subdued that I had anticipated, especially with all that bubbling. Some apple, funky cheeses, sweet plums, caramel & toffee are all present.

A sharp, bubbly alcoholic bite is noticable upon the first sip. Flavor follows with biscuity toffee malts, vanilla, and caramel. Lacking are the luscious, malty fruit notes of 6's two bigger brothers. Mouthfeel is UBER-carbonated, almost to the point of unpleasantness. This beer definatlely lacks the smoothness that I had come to expect from Rochefort. Overall, 6 was a big disappointment, as Rochefort 10 is my only 5.0 on this site, and I've rated 8 highly as well. That's not to say it was a bad beer; it was just, disappointing.

Photo of bort11
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series goblet. A loud khaki tan head that never really goes away. Color is has a polished dark wood look with a bit of haze.

Smell has dark fruits, caramelized candy-sugars, brown bread, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is quite bold, but never cloying or overbearing. More spices come out in the flavor, a hint of cloves and mint. Faintest hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel verges on creamy with a lighter body. Nice alcohol warmth is felt which leaves a dry finish. This is a classic.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy dark brown with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing is pretty good. It smells like dark fruit (raisins, plums), belgian yeast, and caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some cherries and pepper in there too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, not too heavy, not too thin. Also has a lot of lively carbonation, a bit too much I think. The high carbonation hurts the drinkability a bit, but with that being said it's not hard to drink. Alcohol isn't noticable at all. Overall I think it's a good beer, I'd drink it again for sure.

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

First and last time I had this was in Bastogne, Belgium. It was amazing, and I regretted always passing it up in favor of its higher-ABV counterparts. That was about 18 months ago...curious if this one will have the same impressive impact.

A big sizzling off-white head stays put a long while, sitting atop one of the most beautiful rusted browns I've seen in a beer glass. It's got an abyss-like murkiness to it, but isn't opaque like a stout. Just a beautiful deepness.

Aroma is mostly gentle and inviting fruitiness...leans toward citrus, but softer citrus...the only definitive fruit aroma I can identify is kiwi. Maltiness is kept to the background, as is the yeast, both appearing as a light touch.

Flavor is clearly gentler and less busy than the 8 & 10. Again the kiwi and other lighter citrus characteristics come through strongest, with additional traces of cola and clove. Some nuttiness and brown sugar come through later, riding through especially well in the finish.

As with the 8 & 10, this is very well-carbonated...probably the only aspect of any of the Rochefort beers that I wish they'd dial down. But for the 6 it works better. It seems to give some backup to the relatively mild flavors, even putting an exclamation point after them, so I appreciate its role here.

This is a very worthwhile beer, complementing the other two Rocheforts yet having enough character to stand on its own. No, it's not quite the beer those other two are, but it's hardly a slouch.

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

My first of the Rochefort legendary brews.

Nutty plum, brownish orange color with a big assed and fuzzy beige cap.

The nose is a bit on the light side and holds the lighter dark fruits, with dry chocolate and beligian yeast balancing the with the brew in a pleasant, yet slightly weak smell.

Lightly sweet cherries and apples bring light tartness as well. Unsweetened chocolate and chalky yeast provide a light refreshing bitterness. Tons of lush carbonation feels great with the medium body.

I like this one, but it seems a little light and lacking. Hopefully its brothers are closer to the elevated level which I had been expecting from this brewery.

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

Poured from 330 mL bottle into chalice.
A: Nice variation in color ranging from golden to orange to ruby. High carbonation produces thick creamy head. Good lacing.
S: Yeasty bread and dried fruit (raisin). With deeper inhale I pick up a lighter citrus note too.
T: Honestly, the taste didn't quite live up to the aroma. Nice spice, malt, raisin notes. But the taste is quickly gone...I wish it lingered and lasted longer on the palate. Also not very complex.
M: Very light on the tongue. A little too smooth and simple...was hoping for more character here.
D: A nice trappist beer, but not my favorite. Considering the ABV, quite drinkable. Pairs better with food than on its own.

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

I haven't eaten much tonight, so what I have here in my meat for the night. My snifter gets the call to hold this brew of a glorious brewery, so on to the beer:

The beer pours a washed-out clear orange. In the glass, it's light ruby brown with hues of orange. Not much of a head on this one. The aroma suggests chocolate covered fruit, communion wine, and coriandor, although the aroma isn't very strong (note: gets stronger as warms, which is a plus).

As with the aroma, the strength of the taste is muted. There's a little bit of pepper, but plums, roots, and figs plays the biggest part in the flavor equation. One big positive about this taste though is it's very well balanced. The flavor intensity slowly emerges as it warms, which is exactly what the doctor ordered, so increase the score of the taste! A brush of alcohol trickles down and slowly warms the throat. Dangerously drinkable.

I had high hopes, but this fell just a little short of the line, even as it reached the optimal serving temperature. Mind you, it's a treat that won't rock the boat.

And don't be in a rush to serve straight out of the fridge like I did tonight. Be patient and let it warm before serving. You'll be rewarded for your patience.

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

Poured from bottle into chalice and enjoyed on a nice sunny afternoon. Pours deep brown with thick cream head. Great retention and lacing, a little too much sediment though. Smell is of dark fruit, some grape and a bit of yeast and caramel. Taste is very similar to a brown beer. Sweet fruit, some yeast, and a bit of nuttiness as well. Mouthfeel isnt too heavy, a little too much carbonation I thought. Leaves a pleasant, slightly dry aftertaste. Overall a great beer and easy drinker. The low ABV means you can enjoy one or two without getting wasted. Nice job Trappistes as usual.

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

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild, roasted and crystal malt scent along with a slight yeasty aroma. It's dry with no signs of warming. The taste is good also. It has a moderate brown ale flavor with some yeast esters in the finish. It's light with some nutty/roasted character. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It doesn't blow the roof off, but it's a solid offering; an easy drinker.

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

The date code stamped on the label stated L 21 02 12 08:23. I understand that indicates an expiration date of 2012, meaning a bottling date of February 2007. Poured into a large wine glass, the beer is a russet-orange color with a thick beige head. The head drops to a thin layer with moderate lacing. The aroma is muted with notes of caramel, spice and dark fruit. The flavor profile is on the mild side as well. Some dark cherries and bready yeast can be picked out, but there's no particular flavor that stands out. There is a bit of alcohol warmth noted that's more than I expected from the 7.5% ABV. The mouthfeel is smooth with a cider-like tang. The Rochefort 6 was an easy to drink beer that presents a very subtle aroma and flavor profile.

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

I enjoyed Rochefort 8 so I wanted to see how 6 compared to that brew.

A- A ruby nutty brown red color. Lots of carbonation, half inch of head, no lace.

S- Smell was of black cherries, oak, and spice.

T- Taste was great. This had an impecible cleanliness to the beer itself. The flavor was not as fruity as expected from the nose, but still damn sweet (cherry, grape?). Light chocolate covered raison comes through subtly at the end. Slight alcohol burn.

M- Carbonation and more carbonation. Was somewhat dissapointed at the end as this beer got somewaht watery with about a quarter left.

D- Great beer to experience. I enjoyed this one on my brithday as a treat.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz picked up sometime last week at the Coop for about $4.75.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

short lasting 1" hed.. left decent lacing .. brew is chesnut brown.. slightly hazy due to a less than careful pour.

Toasty bready aroma.. light caramel and a little brown sugar.

Flavor is fruity baked apples and lite raisins a little nutty ... some spiciness.. much like the 8 and 10 .. but less. Not any alcohol.. lighter body than the nose implies .. prickly carbonation. Fairly dry finish.

There is little to improve on with this brew.. pricey.. but lovely.

Photo of rebel1771
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper color with a huge fluffy head that sticks around a long while.

Aroma of candied fruits dominate the nose along with grassy citrusy notes.

Malty sweet flavors come out strong and that fades to a subtle coffee/bittersweet chocolate flavor.

Photo of malcontent
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sturdy ruby hue with a full finger of head after things have died down a bit.

As it happens in my nose, apples, cloves, butter, prunes and pecans cross my scent receptors in that order. A lot going on here.

Not nearly as flavorful as the nose would indicate. Subtle fruit heads into a body that is rather reminiscent of a nut-brown ale?!? Finish is slightly mineral/cider-like.

A little over-carbonated although the body maintains a fullness that keeps things solid. Relatively high ABV (7.5%) isn't in the least bit detectable and the mild nature of the beer makes for a highly drinkable, if slightly disappointing, beverage.

Photo of blitz134
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trying to get into Belgian beers a little more. Just finished reading "Brew Like a Monk," which I found quite enlightening and really revealed the styles a lot more to me.

First in the trio, I figure I'll go from 6 to 10.

Poured into a tulip. Lots of carbonation initially that eventually settle down to a three-quarter inch head thats very light tan in color. That head floats atop a Mahagony colored body. Not much for lacing.

Aroma initially struck me with a good bit of fig, then some other fruity aromas come through, some cherry, raisin and apple with some hints of clove-like spices. Has an overtone of just a bit of leather too. Something in there reminds me of hot apple cider spices.

I really like the flavor on this one, has a lot more going on with it than the overly fruity flavors found in a lot of dark Belgians. Cherry, raisins, and some apple come through again and some light chocolate or bready characters that works well with the fruity tones. Again, a bit of spice throughout, but mainly fruit ester dominated. Hints of alcohol, but not harsh at all.

Has a touch of a sweet finish, and the body, while thin, coats the tongue well and give a feeling of more to this. Its thin but not watery.

I think this is a really good beer. I've never been a huge fan of Belgians, as I feel they all kinda taste the same, but this one is just a bit different. Quite nice.

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty smelling beer, molasses malts meet flowery hops. Some grapes or raisins too. Poors with a very small beige head that disappears completely. Color is a muddy brown with a red tinge, thick with small particles. Flavor is nice, but nothing jumps out too much at me. Texture starts creamy and then fininshes dry and metallicy in the back of the mouth. Carbonation is lively, but the beer isn't quite as alive. This brew is good, but I have had better Abbey Dubbels.

Photo of CortexBomb
2.65/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a narrow top goblet, sediment kept in the bottle.

Pour is deep copper with a 1.5 inch white head on top. Nose is heavy on the figs, esters from the yeast, sugar. Appealing.

Taste starts out mild and spicy with a much lighter fruit presence than the nose...a bit of grape a skosh of cherry. A touch of alcohol on the finish. Honestly disappointing.

The mouth on this, about average. Drinkability is decent as far as the actual drinking goes, but for the price the likelihood of rebuy is close to nil. This beer is flat out destroyed by almost everything Unibroue does at about 1/2 the price. If I'm going to spend money on a Belgian I would much rather have the 8 or 10 from Rochefort, which are both excellent beers.

The bottom line: Surprisingly disappointing. I love Belgian beers and I like the other offerings from Rochefort. 6 lacks the depth that I expect from them, and with the price on the bottle, I expect a lot more.

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
93 out of 100 based on 2,018 ratings.