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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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1,893 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,893
Reviews: 903
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 129
Gots: 194 | 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 dreadnatty08
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a gorgeous dark amber color with ruby highlights. Very cloudy with a dense off white head with great tracing. Aromas burst with sweet, ripe fruits, esters abound. Can't quite put my nose to words but this one is full of intense fruity aromas. Flavor is subtle roasted notes, caramel, more fruits, plums and raisins. Finish is sweet but also a bit mouth puckering dry, an interesting contrast. Hop flavor is very subtle if barely detected, bitterness as well. This is quite a beer. The carbonation level seems medium, could have gone higher, but I like the lessened amount for bigger beers. The off dry finish is somewhat off putting for me, but understandable for style. I have found the other two Rocheforts to be a bit more rustic while I think this is more approachable and enjoyable. An ideal digestif or dessert pairing for pear or apple based desserts.

dreadnatty08, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of Conrad
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%

One of the best beers I've ever had. As most of my impressions have been described by previous reviewers, I will keep this short.
I had this one at the Pub Italia in Ottawa's Little Italy. The server gave me the goblet and the bottle so I could pour my own at my own speed. Nice move. The bar was a little too dimly lit to get a good look at the colouring, but it poured nice and rich, with a proper puffy head that had great longevity, and with beautiful lacing right to the bottom of the glass.
The aroma is rich and complex. My taste buds are not as refined as some of the other reviewers, so check their notes for the full repertoire of assorted flavours. But suffice it to say, it smells very inviting, and sets up the drink admirably.
The taste is a full bodied, big malt taste, with enough hops to maintain a proper balance. Not as sweet as the 8 or 10. Just yummy.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a surprising amount of effervescence for such a heavy looking brew. Looks can be deceiving. It has a smooth, light mouthfeel, a bit lighter than the 8 or 10.
Drinkability: Absolutely wonderful. The only thing that held me back from having another was the price. ($8.95, with tax for a total of $10.39)
This will be my special treat beer whenever I want to celebrate something.

Conrad, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.65/5  rDev +12%

Had this in Brussels at the Poechenellekelder. It was served at cellar temp in a typical wide-mouthed Belgium ale glass. The looks were pleasant. Brown with ruby highlights shining through, and a thick tan head on top. The smell was pleasing. Sweet, with raisens and dates and malty goodness coming through. It makes sense that this was served at room temp. The beer really woke up. The taste. Just divine. Smooth. All the flavours of the 10, without the harshness of the alcohol. Just really, really nice. Mouthfeel was medium with fairly light carbonation, and drinkability was hard to beat.

DaveFL1976, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Trappistes Rochefort 6
11.2 oz brown bottle
Best consumed by date for 14 01 09 stamped on the front label, but as the brewery website states " The expiration date is just a legally obliged indication which is irrelevant"
Served in a Chimay goblet

The Trappistes Rochefort brewery website provides the following interesting information on this beer, "33 cl bottle, red crown cap. Bottle date = expiration date - 5 years. Alc. 7.5% vol. Almost unfindable. Probably brewed only once a year. This variety represents only 1% of the total production. Sometimes it's possible to find it in some specialised liquor stores. However it is easy to find in some cafés in Rochefort."

Pours a haze induced brown color with a fluffy off-white head on top. Nice shade of brown with a head that has great potential of formations as I swish the beer around the goblet glassware.

Pleasant aroma of sugary sweetness, raisins, dark fruits and a minor background of hops.

Caramelized sugars, ripe prunes, plums and brown sugar with a touch of cinnamon. Thick malt profile lays down the foundation. The mouthfeel demands special attention, striking a soft and creamy quality with major complexities.

Beautifully complex and crafted with the utmost quality. A world class beer that deserves to be sipped and enjoyed.

Hibernator, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured a cloudy, dark brown with a bit of orange color. Nice big, frothy head. Excellent retention and chunky lacings rendered this an inviting looking brew.

Aroma is malt, dough, alcohol and floral notes.

Taste is raisin, oatmeal, plum, orange peel and a nice, bitter finish. Alcohol is also noticeable and creates a bit of warmth. Taste is less sweet than the 8 and the 10 with more hoppy notes in the semi-dry aftertaste. Gets smoother as it warms to room temperature.

This is a good, quality Belgian ale. While I prefer the 8 and the 10, I'm glad to finally have the 6 available.

Estarrio, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

11.2oz brown bottle with a date of 28 09 10 stamped on the front. Pours a sligtly hazy medium brown with a huge head, great longevity and unbeliveable lace. Smells of chocolate and caramel malts. Some dried dark fruits and a spicy peppery yeastiness. Whiffs of alcohol are also present. chocolate and caramel notes are present mixed with a sherry like taste. Alcohol is present. Peppery hop presence is detected but the big malts make them quickly fade. Highly carbonated. Still a bit young to be a great beer but I have two more that will be very nice in a year or so.

sabrills70, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%

Appearance: Murky red brown, with a big 1/2 inch head. Some light lacing remains on the glass and the surface of the beer. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Lemon-pepper flourished over chocolate malts. A little honey, fermented bread dough. Strong developments reminds me most of chocolate fromage - cocoa and a little sourness.

Taste: Chocolate, cherry sours, a little grassiness with cocoa and pepper notes in the finish. Biscuity in places with a little coffee sours. A few minty developments, and some moments that, like the aroma, balance cocoa and sours in a chocolate fromage middle palate. This beer has a very compelling, subtle dignity.

Mouthfeel: Thinner, a little abrasive, but balanced by a malt anise finish. Refreshing if fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Amazing drinkability - one of the best trappist ales that I've had. Awesome developments in malts and great finish. Wonderful.

expatsteve, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from the 330ml bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Body is a deep dark brown with pretty orange highlights, topped by a sizeable off-white head that's not going away any time soon. A whirlwind of carbonation keeps rising up from the etched Duvel "D" in the bottom of the glass.
Aroma of tangerine hops, light caramel malt, and some peppery yeast notes. Palate is complex, with notes of pepper, tangerine and other citrus, light nutty malt, and just a hint of fruity hops. Body is rich, although a touch foamy. I do find this beer enjoyable, but the 8 and 10 from Rochefort are definitely superior.

ElGordo, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Best before "28.09.10". Pours a dark amber/burgandy color that produces a nice fluffy head that leaves great lacing. That appearance is stunning. Aroma is sweet spicey and bready that features hints of dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is light and dry with a high level of carbonation. Taste is predominately yeasty with some alcohol phenols and nuts. This is a very good brew from an excellent brewery but the 6 does not even compare to the 8 and 10.

cjgator3, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

Round 4 of the 9-Round Trappapooza/Trappaganza '06 with expatsteve.

Pour: murky amber/mahogany/burgundy under a finger of fizzy white head that fizzles to a spotty coating.

Nose: kiwi/strawberry hops over chocolate malt, husky grains, rich funky dark fruits, bready yeast, toffee, creamy cinnamon yogurt and raisin oatmeal.

Taste: tart fruits up front, spicy yeast, tart booze, lactose/yogurt, cinnamon/nutmeg/cocoa powder finish.

Feel: rich, smooth, slick, slight grit, ephemeral booze/carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: very drinkable, loads of complexity and development for their "small" beer. Very aromatic as it warms, a pleasant surprise in my first of the 3 Rocheforts.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance: Served a purple brown color and leave plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is caramel, brown sugar toasted malts and dark fruit.

Taste: It has a wonderful sweet plumb dark fruit and sugary taste. Caramel malts come through long with brown sugar and dates. It is a nice balance of sweet and bitter. The aftertaste is a work of art.

Mouthfeel: Solid almost chewy medium body.

Drinkability: Hoo Haa! WOW! I like this style and I like this beer. mmm! Easy drinking? Certainly!

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

This is a serving of Rochefort 6 during Tom Peters' presentation at BrewExpo 2006. The ale is cool to room temperature.

Appearance: The ale is a deep brown color with a whitish head. The ale has a significant amount of sediment in it.

Smell: The ale has a deep aroma of fruits and yeast. The fruits that come to mind are dates and figs, darker fruits.

Taste: The beer is a taste explosion, with a multitude of deep fruity flavors and a low alcohol taste. The yeast used added to that depth.

Mouthfeel: The ale's complexity is incredible and hard to quantify. Suffice to say that is a very well made beer that tastes great.

Drinkability: This is the most drinkable of the Rochefort line, it is at once chewy and smooth. Well worth a look as it will be much more readily available in the US now.

akorsak, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of geetlord
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%

This beer poured a very light amber, with yeastyclumps settling to the botom, it had a tiny head and very little lacing. the aroma was farily sweet but it was hard to describe beyond that. The flavor was tart, and sweet, and very smooth. the finish left some tartness and a little alcohol lingering on the back of the toung, the mouthfeel was a littel watery, not as full or carbonated thatn the other rochfort beers that I have had and love. overall I found it to be a reasonable beer, but nothing really stood out for me all that much.

geetlord, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of Iguana
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Pleasently surprised by this one.

Appearence - Dark brown with a nice 1.5 inch head.

Smell - Really wasnt a whole lot to the smell, got some nuttyness and what I can only descibe as a grassy smell.

Taste - Not what I was expecting. Nutty, sweet, nice bitter finish. Best way I can describe this is a belgian nut brown ale. I really enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel - Fairly smooth, the bitter aftertaste is kinda different and I am not sure if I liked it or not. Overall not too shabby.

Drinkability - I'd get this again, was quite refreshing and a really pleasent change of pace from the styles I tend to gravitate to.

Iguana, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of numenor1
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Very hazy nut brown, gorgeous sticky beige head. Plentiful toasty malts on the the nose with some spicy hops and fruitiness. A little musty. Spritzy energetic carbonation, and a light airy mouthfeel. Very nutty across the palate with lots of toasty malts, burnt caramel, carob/dark chocolate, some dark fruity esters. Fluffy, spicy and drying through the finish, leaving traces of chocolate. Has a very light feel to it, an easy drink.

A very unique beer in my experience. Excellent.

numenor1, Jul 21, 2006
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3.9/5  rDev -6%

Poured a dark muddy brown. Large head, light tan. Aroma was sweet, raisins and roses, some other fruits as well that I could not identify. Taste was not as sweet as smell would lead you to expect, but did not deviate in flavors. Raisins, port wine, yeast, and some pepper at finish. Mouthfeel was highly carbonated and somewhat drying. A very enjoyable beer.

, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of elricorico
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a medium brown and appears to have a slight bit of redness in the glass. Has a fair amount of sediment floating amongst the carbonation. The head is tan and didn't stick around long, leaving a thin ring.

Tart cherries are first to be noted in the smell. Candy sugar and a hint of caramel are in there as well. A yeasty smell familiar to the other two Rochefort beers round it out. Overall a mix of sweet and tart that is fairly nice.

Taste starts with a mix of bread and fruit that is come together like toast and jam. Banana begins to show itself in the up front sweetness. This is followed with a dry and tart and spicy mix that lasts long into the finish. A lot of the components from the 8 and the 10 are here, but more subtly so.

Smooth and silky in the mouth, with a very natural feel to the carbonation. Comfortable to sip and savour.

A very nice beer, not much more to say. Tasty and easy drinking.

elricorico, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a 1" head. Some spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: surprisingly dull caramel and malts.

Taste: bread, caramel, brown sugar sweetness, and a soft bitterness. Alcohol is not noticeable. Simple but incredibly delicious.

Mouhtfeel: smooth from the start to finish. The finish is relatively clean as the maltiness leaves the tongue quickly. Medium bodied.

Drinkabililty: this is a very drinkable brew, and worth seeking out as much as the 8 and 10 from this brewery.

Gavage, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Thanks to egajdzis for this '04 bottle...
Appears a hazy, medium brown with a small light tan head that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, brown sugar, doughy bread, and light fruit.
Taste is of the same aromas with a nice balance of sugar and fruit kicking around.
Mouthfeel is mildly thin but still medium bodied, semi-sweet, with the yeast clinging to the palate. Warming in the swallow.
This one reminds me a bit of the Rochefort 8, and a shadow of the 10 but not as lively, or as complex as either.

weeare138, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of lpayette
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance- Pretty amazing. Sort of an apple cider (standard, not alcoholic) mud-brown blend. Head is huge with truckloads of lacing.

Smell- Cocoa notes, musty, partially baked bread, mild alcohol esters, herbal and medicinal notes come through as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel- Cocoa, bread, tropical fruit, caramel, olde school hop taste, earthy tones, banana. Leaves kind of like chocolate milk at times- the mouth feeling just a bit dry. The more you drink though, the drier it seems to become.

This is an outstanding beer (which it should be for the price).

lpayette, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Trappistes Rochefort 6 pours a deep, dark copper color with chunks of yeast floating around, with an off white head from a brown 33cl bottle. Smells like a glass of wine, fruity, plum like aromas. Chocolate is definitely the first predominant taste. There are also some fruit like flavors that are not very pronounced. Excellent beer. Recommended.

Drew966, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

Poured into the snifter a hazy dark brown with garnet highlights. Head was a short-lived beige color, faded to a wispy cap and halo. Lacing was minimal.
Continuous streams of small bubbles make their way up the sides of the glass. Chunks of yeasy sediment settle to the bottom.

Smell was dark fruit, raisins, , hop spiciness,yeasty breads, and a light of alcohol.

Taste is much more subtle than the smell. Flavor is a mix of malts, yeasty bread, light raisin flavor with a faint trace of alcohol.

Medium bodied. Moderately active carbonation.

I found myself enjoying this one more and nore as it warmed. The smell and the flavors become more pronounced. Drinkable? Yes, but the price could be prohibitive to most.

EvilKeith, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of guitarmage
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%

Appearance: Inviting dark maple with an orange hue, cloudy with a huge off white head. Looks awesome.

Smell: Fruity esters, sweet alcohol, apples, notes of pear, maybe a little of banana.

Taste: Ripe fruit, sweet malt, subtle and pleasant alcohol, complex.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, finishes clean and dry, medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: A great beer, so drinkable and complex, delicious. Well built and definitely a trappist. Not as multi-dimensional as Chimay in my opinion, a little more alcohol presence.


guitarmage, Jun 09, 2006
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

From notes:

Aromas of dried prunes, anise and very malty. Pours a little coudy. Deep burgundy in color with plenty of ruby when held up to light.

Mouthfeel is great. A rush of flavors with a lot of natural effervesence. Dried prunes, roasted nuts, anise, black licorice and slightly medicinal alcohol flavors. Peaty flavors similar to a highland single malt. The alcohol presense is enjoyable without becoming overwhelming. A very complex mix of flavors.

Budlum, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of hero27
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

11.03.09, 7.5% abv
Poured into an 8 oz Chimay chalice.

Opaque umber color. Head consists of tightly formed, somewhat fizzy pockets of foam.
Sweet plums, raisins, grapes, dark chocolate, and rich spices make up the majority of flavor. The phenolic attributes of this beer are interesting..almost a metallic, woody flavor.
The alcohol is certainly noticed, and makes it's presence known with every sip..sort of surprising since it's the weakest in abv of the "big three" from this Trappist brewery.
Slick in the mouth, and quite easy to drink.

When I can buy Rochefort 10 & 8 for the same price at my local store, I'm not sure why many people would choose this one over those two fantastic offerings. Certainly a good Belgian and a tasty treat, but I'll pick it's big brothers over this any day of the week.

hero27, Jun 06, 2006
Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
93 out of 100 based on 1,893 ratings.