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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 WetCoaster
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

Appearance: Hmm... I wonder if they just put the same beer in different bottles. Looks exactly like the 10, which looks exactly like the 8. A drab, turgid oxblood/brown -- the color is almost flat -- with a fizzy, foamy tan head. Moderate in both size and retention. Not so much lace as rings of froth. Not going to win any beauty contests, this.

Smell: Fruity, but in a bizarre, unnatural, saturated Lifesaver candy sort of way. Quickly calms down and settles into a fairly routine winter fruitcake spice mode, with what appears to be a touch of spruce hops and a bit of molasses/caramel malt. Not great, but good enough.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Spicy; a nice fruitcake, allspice-and-clove thing going on. A caramel apple candied fruit smoothness midpallette. Becomes slightly vinous toward the end, sharp and port-like. Finishes a bit sour with some alcohol vapor. The mouthfeel is surprisngly thin and crisp. Overall, a bit like a mulled wine.

Drinkability: Authentic yes; impressive, no. I'm a bit biased -- this has never been a favorite style -- but given the hype and stern price, this is a disappointment. Unibroue's Trois Pistoles and this year's Stone Vertial Epic are much more appealing and far less expensive. If you must drink a Rochefort, the 10 is a far more satisfying effort.

WetCoaster, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

From notes. Poured a slightly ambered brown color with a 2 finger head that fell to a nice bubbly blanket over top of the brew. The nose was slight molasses and raisiney sweet with a bit of spiceyness playing around in there as well. The flavor was light raisiney and sweet brown sugar. It just seemed a little thin to me on the flavor. I expected something more robust on the tongue. The feel was a thin moderate with a very active carbonation, almost burning and too much on the tongue. Overall, a pretty good brew. The carbonation really detracted from the beer in my opinion. It interfered with my ability to really get the flavors and the feel of the brew.

kmpitz2, May 25, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%


appearance: murky, thick dark orange. not quite clear enough to say amber. sits with a large, majestic foam. i can watch it dissolve slowly one miniscule bubble at a time. this will take forever! lacing sticks in place like a photograph. foam developing into pillows as i stare. label is ultra cool in an old school fashion.

aroma: complex. notes of c. sugar and caramel. slightly fruity and tinged with a wooden age. some alcohol is present in deep breaths.

taste: very rich and doughy. oak flavors mix with a mild sweetness. yeast is smooth and not tart. some bitterness in the finish and alcohol warmth are appreciated and unexpected. not much fruit here- cloves and mild licorice spices. aftertaste is almost wine-like in its richness and the age it leaves you with.

body is creamy, partially due to the foaminess and bready body. smooth in the mouth but thickness and intense flavor limits drinkability. not my favorite trappist, but a solid beer nonetheless. interested to see what a year would do, seems a bit too fresh.

goodbyeohio, May 23, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a rich brown with a huge rocky tan head. Lots of fine lacing. Smell is spicy and peppery. Yeasty to with underlying bread a grain smells.

The flavor is where the breadiness takes over. Bread and grainy flavors. Big malty flavors. Hints of caramel. Spicy with just a tinge of underlying alcohol burn. Thick and rich in the mouth. Luxurious palate. Whoa boy is this tasty. Bravo to this one.

ViveLaChouffe, May 20, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a light caramel brown settling into the glass as a softly hazed dark tawny brown coffee color; firm uncrusted light tan bumpy-lumpy head of medium height graces the top. Reduces to a fine skim and collar while the lace stays in minimally thin webs and tiny dots.

Aroma is of chocolate waffer cookies dusted with a spicy nuttyness and a light tinge of cherry alcohol.

Taste is mild with a light bready tone glazed with a even more milding sweet fruity touch of raisin, apple, cherry, pear, and apricot. Slightly sits at the middle with an empty-like sweep of yeast and drys off in a fine, gradual, and easy going slope of cocoa and baking cookie sugars. Finishes a bit bolder with a chocolate waffer cookie filling fading off gently. A very smooth taster and drinker with only slightly moderate amounts of anything. Everything is very slight and gradual in its approach. Nothing big, nothing small; light, delicate, but fairly rich and about as complex as you'd want it to be. Solid medium body with a bready-like chewy texture and smoothness with a very gradually placed crescendo into the finish. How do those Trappists do that?
Gone in a flash! Slides right down without much effort at all. But I still prefer the 8 by Rochefort if I'm gonna get anything by them.

tavernjef, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of Trentonator
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%

OH MY GOD. This is truly heaven sent beer. The pour and aroma are nothing short of amazing. Smells sweet and caramel like, head is thick and white. Lacing is long lasting and the color is a beautiful mahogany brown. The taste is where this beer really shines through, it is lively with perfect sweetness on the palate. I thought a $ 6.00 bottle of beer was a bit pricey, but this is worth every penny. My new favorite beer.

Trentonator, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance: Massive snow-white head, excellent glass-coating lace, and profuse streams of carbonation, with a rather murky brown color.

Aroma: Almost overpowering aroma of molasses, spiceyeast, and brown sugar. There is also a minor hop bitterness and distinct sweet alcohol notes.

Taste: Opens with dark fruit notes, which are, however, not particularly sweet, followed by slight caramel notes and mild spice. Finishes with a restrained hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Surprisingly light, seems to drift across the palate, without seeming to be thin. The alcohol is extremely warming.

Drinkability/notes: A Belgian ale that is both perplexing and superb, and quite unlike other Belgian ales that I have tried, simply excellent.

Thanks to HardTarget for genorously sharing this great beer.

Pegasus, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of arizcards
4.4/5  rDev +6%

Picked up a bottle at Papago Brewing Company in early March for $7.42.

Poured a cloudy brown with a lot of visible carbonation. Head was generous and is leaving a sticky lacing. Nose is a pleasant boquet of fruity malts. Taste has been extroadinarily interesting as I get a different taste with each bite of my leftover Claim Jumper dinner. Depending on what I am tasting I either get a real fruity malt dry finished taste or a heavy malty ale taste. Mouthfeel is full and ever so lively on my palate. Overall drinkability is awesome, the 7.5% abv is well hidden! This is an awesome beer which despite the price is worth another taste in the future!

arizcards, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%

Poured from an 11.2oz into a chalice. Best before date listed as 3/11/09.

Dark mahogony with brown edges. Nice fluffy, white head that has great retention and stickiness. Fine champagne bubbles keep that head alive.

The nose is of spiced bread with some dark fruits and slightly sweet malts. Mouthwatering.

Malts make up most of the taste. They have a slight chocolate/roasted note. The hops provide a quick bite just before the roasted malts make a second appearance in the finish.

The mouthfeel is full, slightly chewy, but velvety as it glides around the tongue. This is the most drinkably trappist I've encountered so far.

ypsifly, Apr 21, 2005
Photo of Toddv29424
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

A great all around beer. Pours a cloudy brown color with little flakes floating around in it, and a moderate sized head. Smell hints of apricots, but really has a unique smell similar to the 8 and 10 Rocheforts. The taste is wonderful. Slight carbonation, but the main taste is fruity but dull... a bit like unsweetened apple juice. Also a bit of carmel in the finish, but hard to look for. A must-try beer.

Toddv29424, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +6%

Pours a ruddy brown with some reddish hue with a big fluffy head that leaves generous amounts of lace as it settles,caramel is prominant in the aroma as well as some clove/spice and orange oh hell yeah.Wow complexities abound flavor wise some chocolate up front with some roasted malt and a little caramel along with an underlying orange/fruitiness, but a pleasant dry finish keeps it from getting to sweet.Damn fine brew here full of different rich flavors,one to savor.

oberon, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

330 ml bottle, 15.05.07.
Pours a murky, muddy, brown with a long lasting two finger reddish brown head.
Aroma is fruity, nutty, raisin, toffee, a little mashed banana, and a light wisp of alcohol.
Medium body with prickly carbonation.
Flavor is bready, toffee, sugar, a little winey, and a little woodiness.
Finish is dry and a little tannic.

Padron4KM, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of horndecker
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Impressive look. Rich reddish brown color with an oatmeal colored head. Huge fluffy latte froth, rocky, sticky and lace forever.
A sweet soapy nose, yeasty and slightly fruity. Then there's a hint of something like roasted meat. It doesn't seem out of place.
The flavor is a bittersweet wash of toasted malt, butter and stewed fruit. A modest finish of bitter hops sets up an herbal yeasty aftertaste. Occassionally a flash of something slightly salty.
Medium bodied with a nice mouth filling carbonation. The hint of saltiness gives it a seltzery feel at times. Unusual, but not unpleasant.
While this is my least favorite of the Rochefort beers, it's still a treat.

horndecker, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

Smallish brown 11.2 oz. bottle listing abv 7.5%, 21 04 08 as a best by, and serving temp suggestion. Thanks for Brother Stonecrusher for the hook up.
Aroma: Fairly mild, a touch spicy and hints of the melon flavor from the 8 & 10.
Appearance: Murky brown with the same odd tinge of green. The head is a sea of speckled creamed coffee that left thick clumpy sheets of lace. Pure eye candy.
Flavor: The “little brother” of the Rochefort family, it has the same (assuming) yeast generated melon flavor, but lighter chocolate and toasted malt qualities leading to a lighter more thirst quenching beer. No alcohol flavor noted.
Mouthfeel: Silky body that you can feel evaporating in your mouth. This beer also has a strong warming quality; it seems to start to set in about half way down the throat, warming your core.
Overall Impression: Wow, another outstanding example from Rochefort. While this is not as transcendent as the older brothers of the family, it is none the less an outstanding beer. Strongly recommended!

HardTarget, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

33 cL brown bottle, capped (red cap). BBE date (290408).

This Belgian ale poured a cloudy, brown with a touch of red color with creamy, fluffy, light tan foam that persisted and clung to the glass. There was also a steady stream of fine bubbles from the bottom of the chalice. Very nice. The smell was lightly sweet and malty with a touch of caramel and a very faint hint of banana. The aroma improved as the beer warmed. The taste was malty and lightly sweet with a touch of caramel a very light sugary flavor. The hop presence was low. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and airy with medium body and strong carbonation. The aftertaste was light. This was a very nice, smooth and mellow beer. Very enjoyable.

UncleJimbo, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

11.2 oz. bottle. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Apperance: This was beer was clear (the sediment was strongly compacted on the bottom of the bottle) and a very deep, brown-red color. The light tan head was coarse and fizzy and died away quickly, leaving only a rough ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. There was no lacing.

Smell: A great combination of sweet and fruit. Heavy caramel and toffee (almost like a Slo Poke sucker) combined with sweet smelling chocolate malt. This combined with plums and cherries, a hint of hops, and a touch of yeast. It kind of smelled like a Cherry Mash.

Mouthfeel: It started out light bodied, but seemed to get bigger and chewier as it slid back into the mouth. The carbonation was strong and the bubbles seemed to linger on my tongue even after the beer was gone.

Taste: Big flavors of candy sugar, cocoa, toffee, and chocolate malts. These didn't really come across as overly sweet, though. Actually, this beer was a little on the dry side. The fruit from the aroma barely emerged in the flavor, along with a hint of hops bitterness on the finish. Yeasty in the aftertaste. I was left with a chewy toffee flavor in my mouth.

Good beer. I got to thinking and I believe that this was my first Rochefort ever. There is an 8 tucked away somewhere in my pantry that I need to try really soon.

Quaffer, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of Paddez
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a dark, brown brew with a medium sized, fizzy head.
The nose is full of fruity spices and caramelly goodness. Sweet, full and delicious.
The taste starts plummy but dry but spicy hops and smooth malts and caramels quickly take their place, succesfuly combining some classic elements of the style with the authenticity of a Rochefort.
The mouthfeel is smooth and full and the carbonation is quite vivid.
Good drinkabillity.

Another excellent beer from Rochefort. I don't know what these monks eat that they make such good brews, but I sure as hell want some of it!

Paddez, Feb 19, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Appearence: Pours a wonderful red with a clingy, beige head.

Smell: Smells very full bodied (if that's possible). The woody and caramel notes are wonderful.

Taste and Mouthfeel: An instantly, incredibly smooth taste fills your mouth at first, and is followed by a wonderful oak flavor. Incredibly unique tasting, powerful, and very intriguing. The mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and wonderfully full.

Drinkability and Overall: Phenomenal. Rochefort is always on top of their game, and this beer is no different. I love it. Love it love it love it.

santoslhalper, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Best before 11-03-09. Pours out great with a nice head that is big but not lasting too long. Colour is brown with litle redbronze shine in it. With a good poorout totaly clear and beggin for a nose. Nose is in the beginning very fruity; orange/apricot like but also candysugar and Rochefort spiceyeast flavors that dominate later.
Taste is drymalty, roastmalt there and gets into bitter fast. Could have litle more body but more then just ok. Mouthfeel is impressive too and all the pupils that are one your will tinkle except from the sweet that just is not there. Nice amount of carbondioxide also, mabe even little overdone.
Drinkability is also good; only litlebit tempted by the ernormous amount of bubbles. More then just a good brew

paterlodie, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of Sammy
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

A wonderful beer,though some Coco-cola colours . Dark amber brown colour. Cinammon smell. Warming cinammon mouthfeel. Licorice, fruity spice, raspberry,vanilla. Excellent malt toffee but not to make it on swethe et side. Perfect hop assist.Very good to drink at a moderate pace.Great 7 years later, bottle aged for 3 years.

Sammy, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Beautiful dark plummy brown color, with lush foam above, active carbonation, attractive appearance.
Aroma: sweet, full ,complex, loaded with drak fruits, grapes, cherries, dates, plum, ...eggplant,...a bit of sour and must, an intriguing flavor in this nose, somewhere between sweetness and utter oddity. But I like it.
Taste: huge impact on the palate, big, fat, and delcious, ...more dark fruits swim the mouth, aided and abetted by a mix of spice, very rich, powerful, and juicy. Not as huge in alcohol, while still stronger than most beers, as it's brethren, this is a uniquely tasty, very drinkable effort from the makers of two of the most stunning beers on the planet. (The 8 and 10, of course.)
Very mellow, but far from mild. I admire the unique flavor more as it finds a home in my mouth. Medium bodied, long, fruity finish, very much deliciousness. I'm very happy with this one, and am amazed that this is the first time I've tried it...where have you been all my life? Yum, yum...try this one, please...your happiness is ensured!

feloniousmonk, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

Best before 4-29-08. Pours a peachy copper color with a volumnous light beige head that stays ¼" thick throughout the duration of the experience. Lacing is luxurious and absolutely gorgeous. Rich aromas of roasted malts and candi sugars, musty and dusty yeast, light caramel, cocoa/vanilla and a slight nuttiness with nuances of toasted marshmallow. Not only is the aroma excellent, the taste and flavor is equalled to it. This probably has to be one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. Malty but not very sweet, subtle flaked maize or oat taste, fruitiness is bursting with juicy goodness. Light hop accents with virtually no astringency, just a little dryness. Lightly spritzy on the palate. Jawdroppingly delicious.

crookedhalo, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%

What an excellent beer. There isn't much more that can be said that I hadn't already said about the Rochefort 8, but the smell is quite possibly even more mindblowing in this beverage.

The beer pours to a dark brown-ish plum color that allows absolutely no passage of light through. The foam is just slightly off white, producing perfect little microbubbles that leave the most beautiful lace ever.

The smell, as I've said, is absolutely incredible. If it was possible to scent my house with this beer, I would. It produces a malty, citrusy bouquet similar to most trappist ales, but much more intense. I even detected, to my surprise, the slightest hint of hops, which I also picked up on in the taste to some degree.

This beer is far less sweet than the Rochefort 8, and especially the 10. For that reason, the mouthfeel is smoother and combined with a lower ABV, it is much easier to drink. It also has less of a wine taste and more of a beer taste, which could be good or bad depending on your mood and your palate. I think this is my top trappist ale at the moment, though it is extremely close between this and the Rochefort 8. I will definately be cellaring a bottle of each, and possibly even the 10, since it might help to mellow out the flavor and balance out the strong alcohol bite.

edit: bottle expiration date reads 15-05-07, and the Rochefort website says the bottling date is the expiration date minus 5 years, meaning this particular bottle was 2002 vintage and sitting on the shelves for the past two and a half years. I must say, it was kept in damn well condition... well done, John's Grocery! I am pleased to have finally found a home for this gem... in my belly.

neonbrown82, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of stjarnflikka
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Pours a hazy, dark brown beer with quite some carbonation and a fingerthick foam that rapidly disspiates and leaves a iland of lacing in the middle :)

Smell is on first impression basically yeast and alcohol. Besides from this there are fresh and fruity tones with some sweet liqourice in there and just a touch of spices.

Taste is thick, dark and powerful. First comes brown sugar with carbonation and alcohol. Then comes sweet, fruity and spicy tones along with a creamy and smooth feel. There is malt and perhaps some coffee or burned notes in the aftertaste with a very small bitterness.

A big beer in taste thats smooth and nice. Wellbalanced and a good brew.

stjarnflikka, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of paulaner
5/5  rDev +20.5%

This by far is the best Rochefort. It is just exploding with flavour that can not be topped. The aroma is top notch only to be out done ounce you get this wonderful beer on your tongue. When I drink this one it just relaxes me and takes away from the rush of our every day life and takes you to a place you will only understand when you have been to belgium to relax. With the lower alcohol content of the other Rocheforts you can drink this one all night. But even in Belgium this one is harder to come upon but it is out there in most gertrankmarts. I highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a bursting, flavorful beer.

paulaner, Jan 10, 2005
Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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