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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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2,100 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,100
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 154
Gots: 287 | FT: 9
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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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Ratings: 2,100 | Reviews: 928
Photo of Larrytown
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's tempting to compare this to the 8 and 10, but that's not really fair. It's tough for anything to match up to those. This one pours nut-brown with a finger or so of fizzy head. The smell is absolutely fantastic, getting across the fruit with a titch of alcohol.

The taste opens up as the beer warms, but not quite in a way I'm thrilled with. It's not quite what I was expecting with more fruit than I was expecting. It gets awfully sweet by the end though. There was a nice amount of carbonation, but also a little bit of unexpected wateriness.

The comparison to the other two beers isn't fair; this is a nice one. But, like so many others, I'll be unlikely to pick this one up again when presented with the others.

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

Small brown bottle that my wife bought me from Sendiks in Whitefish Bay. Gotta love a wife like her!

A-Russet brown body with slight ruby highlights. The Head pours out a fluffy, airy white that settle to a steady 1/2 finger foam. The head actually seems to intensify as it sits in the glass. Great lacing with lively carbonation.

S-Aroma is fruity and rich. Traces of clove, plum, and wet leather.

T-Spicy up front with hints of cinnamon, pepper, and wet oak. This bottle seems to contain a bit of oxidation based on a slight cardboard presence, but it does not seem out of place. A unique spicy body that seems to make you ignore the malt and hops and focus solely on they yeast characteristics.

M-The lively carbonation lends to a dry,effervescent finish. The body is thinner than I expected, but allows for a refreshing, well-rounded taste.

D-This is one of those beers that will always catch your attention. Tons of flavor, depth and complexity. Maybe not a world class standout beer, but still one that everyone should seek out.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

at morel's restaurant (belgian) in beijing

330ml brown bottle poured into branded chalice

slightly reddish, medium brown. lots of head that barely fades. really only the first sip leaves behind any lace however, and only a thin ring, at that.

aroma is estery, cherry, and... tamarind..? slight earthiness.

mild bitterness up front, but gives into a blend of phenols and spiced rum-like fruitiness. slight hay-like grassy note. finishes with a relatively clean bitterness.

somewhat thinner than i expected, but carbonation gives a fluffy texture.

not bad, and paired decently with my braised rabbit entree.

Photo of OldYoda
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a decent head into a tulip. The head lingers in this beer making a pleasant presentation throughout.

Smell is figs and raisons with whiff of the alcohol. A deep and fairly dark floral bouquet.

Taste closely follows the nose, with figs and dark fruits predominate with a warmth of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety.

A very drinkable dark ale - a couple of these on a cool evening with some sharp cheese as an accent would be very pleasant. All in all, a very nice experience but probably not one I would often seek out.

Photo of generallee
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rochefort 6 is lovely nectar that that pours dark brown with amber hues with a modest off white head. The aroma is fruity and woody with a hint of alcohol esters. The flavor is sweet and malty with woody notes and fruits like raisons, white grapes, prune and dried cherries popping in and out. It has a medium body and lively carbonation. The texture is smooth and coats the tongue. I really enjoyed this outstanding trappistes beer.

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

Poured an 11.2 into two sampler glasses. Highly carbonated A nice clear autumn brown color with a fatty tan head. The head basically clings to the side of the glass as if for dear life. A good sized bit of the head stays throughout the sampler. Nice!

Aroma of semi-ripe figs still on the tree. A hint of spicy hop and some dark bready malts round out a nice tempting aroma. Taste is alcohol-soaked California raisins, plump with goodness. Some dark fruit and price as well. Taste seems to lack the depth of the aroma. Still a nice beer, it just ends quickly just when you would hope it was going deeper.

Medium bodied, nice smooth feel, good all around drinker without having to sip or pace yourself. I'm glad to have tried this beer but would definitely head for the 8 or 10 given the option.

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

Pours a dark cramel color with a big off white head. As I hold this beer up, i cant help notice the abundant carbonation rushing to the top of the glass.
Nose detecting dark Belgian malts. Molassis seems to come to mind immediately. Sweet in the nose as well.I may be crazy, but black licorice also seems to be noted.
Taste is malty and sweet...full mouthfeel with a lot of viscosity and it bounces around in the mouth.
Earthy with a sweet molassis also tasted...fruity and good.
Very nice beer.

Photo of cjohnson
4.39/5  rDev +6%
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
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
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
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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