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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 2,083
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 151
Gots: 274 | FT: 8
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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 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.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
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
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very dark brown color with tons of action going on, carbonation rising up and sediment floating arround, like a mini beer jacuzzi. originally i was going to give the smell a 4.0 but after hovering over it, just enveloping the aromas i give it a 5.0 its just amazing, so full and complex it makes my mouth salivate over it. the taste is good, but lacks compared to the smell. its good but it isn't nearly as good as the other rochefort i had . not a bad beer by any means

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

Decided to crack this one after a very stressful game as my cougs barely hung on to beat ASU and in celebration of the huskies getting dominated by arizona. Pours a brown with ruby colors and tons of carbonation and a decent head that goes pretty fast. smell is of spice mostly with some dark fruits. Spicy taste up front. Dark fruits come out through the middle. A very lingering aftertaste that has a slightly creamy (taste not mouthfeel) note to it and a nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but drinkability is good. Honestly, This is a great great beer, but I dont see why anyone would buy this if you had access to the 8. 10 is just a whole different ballgame. Good beer, try it so you know.

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

A-Pours a deep amber, gold-red where thinner and more light shines through, with a rich head that dissipates into a persistent cap. Slight bubble formation on edge of glass within liquid.

S-Black forest cake and port. Malt, fig.

T-Launches into fruit notes, and carries over into heavy malt and a fair amount of spice, w/some nuttiness. Present throughout are dried, dark fruits (raisin, fig). Finish is light and pleasant, with lingering overtones of toasted malt and light spice.

M-Mouthfeel is very pleasant, with good carbonation that leaves palate clean, smooth body that is just heavy enough to complement the flavors, yet light enough to make them dance.

D-Very enjoyable. This libation is simple, harmonious, and a classic.

Add'l Notes: I decided to pair this with some leftovers to see the result, and surprisingly, it went very well with slow-cooked pork-loin with a base of vinegar, tomato sauce, and pineapple.

Photo of spointon
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown color with a slight red amber tint to it. Pleasantly unfiltered and hazy, with a huge gob of yeast matter at the bottom of the bottle. Produced a nice big head initially, then settled to a 1/4 inch head which remained througout. The smell was very different than any other Belgians I have had. It is fragrant, with bits of bready yeast, chocolate covered cherry filling, and possibly a bit of tropical fruit. I was disappointed in the taste of this beer. It was not bad but it also did not live up to its nationality or its abv. There is very little alchohol taste or smell to speak of. The mouth feel is decent, with the light bubbly feel of many Belgians. Drinkability is not terrible, but I also won't go out of my way to find another of these...

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

This is a well aged Rochefort 6 which has its drink by date of 8/19/08 which means it was brewed on 8/18/03.

A - A dark maroon brown color that is very opaque and hazy too. Also has a bit of a reddish and also a bit of lemon colored tint to it. A 1/4 inch head remained the whole time and rather creamy, but not too frothy. Left lovely lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Rather fragrant beer; smell is a mixture of yeast, and a bit of sour cherries is what I seem to pick up in the nose of the fruit; also smells a bit like a port wine does

T- is like a port but a bit tarter, pick up a bit of the cherries that I smelled as well. Near the middle but toward the back end of the drink, I could taste a sweetness that emerged very slightly that reminded almost of a candied grape sauce that would go on duck. This sweet flavor became more prominent as the beer warmed up toward room temp which seems rather odd since usually the alcohol flavors become more pronounced. Rather well balanced and not too powerful overall but instead it is rather mellow and not overly complex either. Doesn't bombard you with a ton of different flavors but hits the flavors that are there very well. Leaves a slight dry tart aftertaste in the mellow that is not at all overpowering but does make me want to eat something to make it go away, and this aspect makes this beer one that would pair well with food especially cheese.

MF - At first the carbonation is very strong as my tongue is hit with a lot of bubbles but it seems to mellow out very fine. Not at all a beer that is heavy in the mouth but actually rather light. More dry than sticky as it leaves you with a feeling that you need to lick your lips.

D - Overall a very drinkable Belgian and one that should go well with cheese pairings. It is good in the fact that it is simple and not overly complex. I think it is a beer that almost calls for food especially since it seems to be a rather dry beer that reminds me a bit like wine. Another good beer from Rochefort.

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

A- Poured from an 11oz bottle into an Ommegang chalice. Pours a Ruby- brown with about 1/4" head.

S- I get a lot of port grapes nose with a breadiness to it also.

T- Ruby port, with sweet malts. Notes of chocolate and sweet cherry.

M- Lower carbonation for this one. Good level for this brew though.

D- Very good beer. Hides the alcohol well with malts.

Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Being one of the few authentic Trappist product beers, I was eagerly anticipating my first sample from Trappistes Rochefort... their # 6 red-cap and lightest offering pours a mahogany brown hue with nice frothy, foamy head with some staying power... smell is likewise dark with a fig aroma and brown sugar presence... taste was what surprised me the most, because as I was expecting a full-bodied beer loaded with taste, I was rather surprised and dissapointed by the lack of complexity on the palate... almost too bland to be truly enjoyable... has a slight ester alcohol taste with small hints of caramel and figs along with a drop of brown sugar... somewhat malty but went down smooth... lack of interesting flavors is what led to the average drinkability, but otherwise this was a solid brew... not world-class in my opinon, but definitely good enough to warrant a try...
**Extra Note** - Thought it was interesting that on the official website of the beer, it was claimed that this beer is "almost unfindable" and "probably brewed only once a year"... In addition, they stated that this particular beer represented "only 1% of the brewery's total production"...

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark toffee brown with light caramel head. Some chunks of lacing and a pretty heavy ring. Head dissipates to a foamy island. The aroma is sweet and bready with some fruit and coffee/burnt toffee. Taste is spicy malt with a prickly mouthfeel. A pretty clean taste for an ale. My first impression was that I didn’t really like it but it kind of grows on you.

Photo of cartdan
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a clear medium brown with nice head and good lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity a little like figs. Taste is fruity with a subtle sweetness and just a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, with nice carbonation. Overall an incredible beer, wish I had more than one...

Photo of BucBasil
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 11mL bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours cola brown with a hint of red shining though. Head is one finger, light tan, and foamy, but dissipates quickly.

Smell: Initial aroma is of dark fruits and a slightly sugary note. Also I detected a somewhat citrusy note, not unlike grapefruit, but that came and went. A nutty malt character comes through and balances the sweetness in the nose. Subtle, but still very nice.

Taste: Wonderful. Exceptional. A subtle fruity character introduces this brew to the tastebuds, and then the flavor just explodes into an prism of beautifully balanced goodness. Light grapes, some citrus, nutty malt and a unique yeast flavor all make themselves known before stepping back and combining to create a nice smooth, slightly spicy finish. A transcendent, delicious experience.

Mouthfeel: Slightly prickly, but evens out quickly and finishes smooth.

Notes: Fantastic tasting beer. Unfortunately I didn't have much on hand to pair it with, but I imagine it would go very well with most anything. However, sitting back and enjoying this one by itself with a little mood music just took all my cares away. I'll be picking this one up again and again.

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 2,083 ratings.