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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 2,049
Reviews: 919
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 146
Gots: 257 | FT: 7
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

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 BeerLover729
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears translucent with dark copper color and a small, but nice, pillowy head that fades but never dissappears in my chalice. The smell is very light although complex with detectable aroma's of caramel and cloves. The taste is dry with a light creamyness and butterscotch/caramel finish with subdued Belgian yeast spiceyness. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with small tight bubbles that are relatively soft. This beer went down well and I would not hesitate to drink several of them in a sitting (if I could afford it). Good beer.

Photo of Hunter
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lovely ruby red/deep orange colored body, depending on how the light hits it. Poured carefully into a chalice and was somewhat disappointed to see the head vanish all too quickly despite heavy carbonation. A point off appearance there.

Smell: Fruit, caramel, alcohol. Like an adult version of the candied apples I used to love at the State Fair. Very heady and warming.

Taste: Clean, and much more subtle than I would have expected. The alcohol is noticeable but not overly so. Notes of smoke, chocolate, and apple.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and arid due to carbonation. Smoky aftertaste after the swallow.

Drinkability: There's better Belgian ales out there in my opinion, but this is certainly one to try if you come across it.

Photo of korndog
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this at 42F into a Gulden Draak glass. It's fiercely carbonated, so I decided to let it warm up a bit in the glass before I even sniffed it. The haze began to clear as it came up to cellar temperature. I watched the foam dissipate quickly, leaving a ring and some flat islands on the surface. The aroma of chocolate covered, candied orange peel, popped into my head as if i had walked into a Brussels chocolate shop. It reminded me also of Sabra liqueur, for those familiar. This blew my mind. The citrus/spice/dark-fruit/malty sweetness in the mouth was sensational and everlasting. The alcohol is well hidden, but not for long, if you know what I mean. Not the greatest looking beer, but a wonderful sweet treat that gets better as it warms.

Photo of BlindPig
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin 1/2" light tan head when poured into St. Bernys goblet and fades fast. Cloudy brown body with a reddish hint to it.
S- Sweet caramel body with hints of alcohol, grass hops, just a hint of alcohol, and some brown sugar.
T- Sweet caramel body, grass hops to help balance it out, cloves, hints of brown sugar, not much noticeable alcohol, and something else that stands out that I just can't seem to put finger on. Light bitterness, caramel, spices, and just a hint of toffee all stick around for aftertaste.
M-Medium body with high carbonation.
D- It is very drinkable and good but would say it's my least favorite out of 6, 8, and 10. I may get it again but would probably go for 8 mostly since it's the same price.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rochefort 6 pours into my Orval glass with a huge creamy head. Superb retention and lacing. It has a rusty brownish color. The one thing Belgians do very well is make some damn good looking beer (and tasty too).

The smell is of spices, earthy, wood, lots of dark fruits (plums, dates) and a bit of toasted malt.

Tastes of fruits, a fair amount of yeast, caramel malt and spicy hops. This is very drinkable.

Photo of brendan13
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light brown copper colour with a couple of centimetres of beige head that falls away suprisingly quickly.
S - Smell is lightly spiced with slightly toasted, bready caramel malt notes.
T - Like the smell but also some dark fruit presence to add to the complexities.
M - Medium bodied and fairly highly carbonated.
D - A very nice beer that's not too overpowering like some others can be. Could put a couple away.

Photo of Gehrig
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another wonderful beer from Trappistes, 6 is incredibly smooth, all too easy to consume, and rife with subtle complication. The presentation was grand, with a three-finger head blanketing a rich ruby red body. It emitted wonderful aroma and accosted the taste buds with berry, a bit of caramel smoothness, raspberry, citrus, spices such as cinnamon and to me a good deal of grape. It was quite sweet like an easy red wine, but far more mysterious and detailed. There is lots of chocolate, but also a prominent black licorice taste that makes me suspect the addition of anise. This would be so easy to quaff, but for the price and the panoply of tastes demanding slower, detailed attention. Though expensive, 6 and 8 were more than worth the try, and were among the very best I've ever had. Classifying this as a "Strong Dark Ale" might not be entirely accurate due to the taste and texture; regardless, this is magnificent, simply first-rate.

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

well first of all i have been waiting a long time to try real trappist ale. i bought the rochefort 6,8,and 10. this is the first i decided to try hopefully im saving the best(10) for last... well im not dissapointed at all from this one its pretty much what i expected. the most suprising thing was the ammount of carbonation probably. i had read in other reviews that this was like the light version of trappist ale and with a ABV of 7.5 you could have fooled me to around 5% which is a good thing because the alcohol doesnt overwhelm the taste of the ale. I like it a lot and really respect and enjoy the quality put into brewing this. i will probably re review this later on when ive tried the other 2

Photo of t0rin0
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a real nice dark red/brown color with a decent amount of head that disapears almost instantly. Decent amount of lacing for a belgian beer. Very clear for a bottle conditioned beer. The smell is great. It smells of sweet sugar and raisins. There is also a bit of belgian yeast in the smell.

The taste is of candy sugar, dark malts, belgian yeast, and prunes. Just a great all around flavor. Even though its a bit lighter in ABV than the 8 and 10 its got as much flavor and just as enjoyable to drink. The mouthfeel is heavy enough to feel and light enough to drink a pint. It takes a fair amount of control to not chug the entire contents of the glass upon taking the first sip. Very very drinkable.

Photo of JayQue
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brownish color with a small off-white head that shrinks down to a covering on the glass. Fairly good aroma but not in the same class as some other Belgian ales. Better than average lacing.

Taste is pretty good....Some astringency around a bready malt taste. As the beer warms up you notice the Belgian yeast and dark fruit flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Drinkability is good for this abv. A tasty strong ale.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 22/03/11

A – Pours a raisin like brown, red with very little tan head that leaves a thin layer of foam on top.

S – Brown sugar, molasses, tobacco, raisins and other dark fruits, banana.

T – Sweet brown sugar, maple syrup, raisins and other dark fruits with some sweet caramel in the finish.

M – Medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation that gives it a little bit of a fizzy feel.

D – Slightly on the sweet side and highly carbonated but very drinkable for 7.5%.

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

11.2oz brown bottle

Trappistes Rochefort 6 was a hazed orange-brown color with an off-white head. The head had great retention with some lacing left behind. The aroma was sweet dried fruit and malt. The taste was malt, fruit and yeast with dry finish and balanced bitterness. It was medium-light in body with nice carbonation, very smooth. Drinkability was excellent. This is a wonderful brew that is definitely worth seeking out.

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

poured into a goblet. A deep redish brown color that had hints of brighter red from the light. A full soft head that lasted and left lace even after the beer was gone.
Sweet smells with the alchohol noticed some. Taste was similar to smell. Some sweet hints of citrus and chocolate tasting some alchohol. Smooth mothfeel with a dry finish. A slow drinker to be savored and enjoyed.

Photo of markaberrant
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - great clarity, deep red in colour, but flashes light red. Big tan head, holds up well. Sticking lacing. Looks great.

S - figs, raisins, earthy spice, smooth alcohol

T - Smooth toffee and dark fruit. Exquisite. I'll have to get out my Brew Like a Monk book, but I swear there is a unique spice I'm tasting in here... maybe a touch of coriander?

M - Soft alcohol, very gentle. Very fluffy on the tongue, light, but full.

D - I've been in love with all of the Rocheforts since my first sip, and even this little guy stands up well on its own.

I've tried most of the well known trappist and abbey beers (even Westvleteren), and none of them come close to Rochefort. I am so happy that the 6 is now available locally, but it sure does have me craving the 8 and 10.

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

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : De couleur bourgogne, limpide (sur levure ), très saturée en grosses bulles, mousse peu serrée de durée moyenne.
Smell : Arôme pénétrant et épicé, nez de levure aromatique et profond. Taste and mouthfeel : Saveur douce et forte, bouche pleine, acreté légère, amertume éqilibrée. Saveur corsée légèrement piquante.
Drinkability : Bonne bière trappiste (pas trop forte)

Photo of timtim
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Always a treat. Reddish brown with amber feet. White head with not much retention, but great Belgian lace. Smells musty, bready, fruity (raspberry and some citrus), and has a little hoppy character. Taste has fruit up front (I'm getting mostly raspberry) and a musty malty hop finish. Silky smooth. Delightful. Like nectar from heaven. Perfect when you just want a solid solid beer that isn't going to put hair on your chest. I really love the Rochefort beers. Every # suits a purpose, mood, occasion, or tune. Really top notch. Really hard to beat.

Photo of dbatch
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a Duvel chalice. Date on bottle was 22 03 11.

A: Pours a dark copper/walnut color, with quite a bit of head that subsided fairly quickly. The head was a cream color, and there was no lacing at all.

S: This was a real treat. Very sweet and malty up front with some fruity surprises, including grape and plum. The malt aroma was a burnt caramel/toffee.

T: Sweet and malty up front, fruity to follow. The burnt caramel is there, along with a grape flavor that is odd and good at the same time.

M: Very thin, decent carbonation but not too much, I didnt get the alcohol flavor or feel that others got.

D: Pretty easy, this is not a session beer, it is definitely one to be enjoyed.

Photo of Overlord
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After really enjoying the number 8 (what's with these unimaginative names?), I was somewhat disappointed by this brew.

First, it poured with the largest head I've ever seen on a beer. Even with a careful pour, it was 99% head (I'm not kidding). When it settled down, it was a beautiful orangeish copper color, darker on top. It smelled wonderful.

Taste was good, but certainly not superlative, and at six dollars a bottle, I was disappointed. Some apple flavors, some malt/caramel/candi tastes (burnt molasses comes to mind), but there was a harsh, almost metallic subtext that was very offputting. It was just strange.

Looking forward to trying the "10."

Photo of bradley194
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brownish, almost purple color. Immediately it has a two finger head which disappears rather quickly. The smell almost has a liquor smell to it. A sweet malty smell; caramel.

The taste is really big; strong malt favor with a hoppy aftertaste. Very complex. There is a lot going on with this beer. It taste kind of a floral hint to it. It is kind of sweet, but not too sweet. It is very heavy and I would not recommend this beer to a lot of people, but I think it is really very good. Honestly to me this beer almost tastes like a nice red wine.

Though this is not my favorite beer I have tried I have to say that I have to really respect its characteristics. Just because I am not huge into it does not mean that it is not an extremely well crafted beer. I am no judge. This beer is very complex and takes a while to drink because you taste something different almost every time you pick up your glass. I would recommend this beer.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: bottle purchased in USA Fall 2007, no signs of sun exposure or other damage. Perhaps I had an old bottle though?

Overal description is of good qualities, but this beer was entirely uninspiring, uninteresting, and I can't understand why people rave about this beer. And no, I did not have a bad bottle.

Nose is very faint, but suggestive of warm fig newtons, a little mustiness, and semisweet chocolate.

Palate is very browny like - baked brownies from childhood, with the hardened crusty edges. Very good, but a fairly mild or tame appearance on the palate. Not a whole lot is going on here.

Finish is cocoa powdery with medium length, and easy to drink, but just not very appetizing for the next sip.

Photo of botham
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour a copper color with garnet highlights. a decent head on this one, which is light tan colored. no lacings here.

smell is very malty, yeasty, and fruity. malts include caramel and pale, with a solid caramel character. ale yeast is floral and fruity, just what a good belgian should have. alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. fruit note sinclude apricot, apple, and grapes.

taste is malty up front, with a sweet character and a decent alcoholic presense. lots of carbonation here as well. apricot and apple flavors are also among the malts and yeast, giving the brew a decent complexity. not many hops to speak of.

aftertaste is apricots and apple, with a bit of residual alcohol.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied and rather sharp from the alcohol and carbonation, but stays true to a good belgian dark.

drinkability is good, althnough this one will creep up on drinkers who do not have a high tolerance. the booze is present, but not 7.5% worth. all things considered, this is a solid example of the style and a great brew for lovers of Belgians. cheers!

Photo of basica
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rochefort 6 (AGED: VINTAGE 1990s) (Rating 9/10) - 7.5 ABV - 6 September 2007

This is again an aged trappist ale from Wim hailing from Netherlands. This one did not disappoint me but after having a fan-frigging-tastic 1984 or 85 La Trappe Dubbel, it is hard to beat that unless you are a well aged Chimay Blue or a Westy. Well this Rochefort 6 is still, a pretty well
aged beer, most probably from the mid 90s or even late 90s; it has the old Rochefort label too. Anyway, this beer, like most vintage beers pours out a brownish color with little of a head and has a nice light foamy lacing. It smells of strong fruits and has the typical aged beer smell
which I detected in all my vintage beers thus far. Even at this age the Rochefort 6's taste is not something that hits you like the 1984 La Trappe Dubbel; some yeast and breadiness on entry but not significant; the taste is sufficiently strong and obvious and is mainly plums and maybe some berries; not exactly a very rich fruity taste but pretty tasty all the same and leaving some plum aroma on the nose. The finish brings more plums on to the nose and was a very soothing plum taste
to transit into the after taste which was plums, berries and grapes. The after taste lingers on for quite a bit before fading away with a raisin or grape backing. Mouth feel on this one is between medium to thin body; as like the contemporary Rochefort 6, it is a little too thin for its style;
carbonation is still pretty high for this one like the contemporary one but quickly drops over time. Smoothness and drinkability was simply revolutionary; it is as smooth, drinkable and refreshing as water but of course with the greatness of Rochefort 6 itself. I have never had a beer this smooth, drinkable and refreshing before and this part of it sets it apart really positively. Overall it is definitely a notch better than the contemporary Rochefort 6 and I would call it a well aged and pretty fruity tasty beer with a revolutionary smoothness and refreshing nature.

Photo of grub
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, best before 14/01/09.

pours orangey red brown with a small fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves a bit of lace behind. color seems more orange and lighter than i'd expect.

aroma is good. light alcohol. lots of dark fruit - date and dried cherries. yeast. big bready malt. caramel and toffee. hints of orange and dark chocolate.

taste is nice. bit of alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. taste is similar to the aroma, but lighter. dried cherry and date. bit of orange and dark chocolate. caramel. bready malt. light yeasty spicy character.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. nice medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is great. balanced and very enjoyable.

Photo of Maracuja
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a bit of a hazy purple to dark red color with the head pertinent in size, frothy in texture and the lace fine long lasting sheets. Vinous lots of malt, fruit sweet, quite pleasant to sniff with the start ambrosial and the top skinny in feel. Finish is astringent, pleasantly hopped and a nice dry lingering aftertaste. A good beer, not as good as the 8/10, but still a top notch beer nonetheless.

Photo of Enola
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is maybe my favorite of the Rochefort lineup. A nice orangish brown with a decent head that lasts in my Chimay glass. The smell is fruity. Taste is like a carbonated brown ale. There are hints of caramel. The mouthfeel is smooth, with just a hint of burn at the end. Drinkability is good. I could have this brew again.

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 2,049 ratings.