1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

Not Rated.
Trappistes Rochefort 6Trappistes Rochefort 6

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,901 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,901
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 130
Gots: 197 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-12-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Trappistes Rochefort 6 Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,901 | Reviews: 904 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of santoslhalper
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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
Photo of ADR
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Its been a few years since I've had the Six, so its nice to see it back again. Hazy darker ginger color with a head that pops up quickly no matter how slow the pour. Laces in large downward dripping marks. Yeasty aroma, trademark fresh detergent notes (its hard to say why this is a good thing here, but it is) with pear sweetness and some cinnamon. Thickish mouthfeel, but well set off by staunchly spritely carbonation. Flavor is fairly big, leafy with lots of cantelope brightness mixed with a dark rum counterpoint. Prickly sense mid mouth to close, hoppy with pine cones, pepper, and star anise licorice. Relatively hot at the back of the throat and warming in the swallow. A well-done brew here.

ADR, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of Naerhu
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque amber brown body, with small whitish head. Massive brown sugar and spice aroma. Brown sugar and dried fruit flavors dominate. Some cocoa powder as well. Although bitter, there is no hoppyness to the flavor. Considering the vigor of the aroma, the flavor and body did not hold up to expectations. Very light body for a 7.5% abv, but the high abv does not show at all.

This beer lacks the verve of its two older sisters. This is too light for big beer satisfaction and yet has an alcohol level too big for a session beer. That being said it is a nice beer, and would happily drink it without complaint if someone else was buying.

Naerhu, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an very hazy dirty brown color ale with a good inch and half of off-white foamy head. Aroma is comprised of spices (coriander?), malt and Belgian yeast. Taste is at first dominated by the spices and malt and finish with the always-incredible Belgian yeast. Body is quite full and alcohol doesn’t show through. I also noted quite a few sediment at the bottom of my glass. This is the staple of Belgian ale and could not really get tired of it even though it doesn’t match the greatness of his two brothers.

Phyl21ca, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really do love Rochefort and this is just another reason why. The body is a hazy medium brown with a fairly large cream-colored head. The aroma has a bit of a bite to it and is very spicy. There’s a bit of overripe fruit (some of it banana) to flesh it out a little. The flavor is nicely malty in addition to the rest, but the body is significantly thinner than that of its bigger brother, the 10.

aracauna, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice a deep medium amber with a definite haze. The head was off-white and retreated to the edges, but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was deep dark fruits, raisins and prunes, and a deep dark caramel. The beer was fruity with some higher alcohol esters tickling the nose on inhale. Also present was a slight belgian yeast spice.

The flavor was light with a nice caramel complexity followed closely by dark fruits which were restrained and a nice belgian yeast spice that finished out the myriad of subtle flavors. The flavors were very smooth and well balanced with nothing over the top and the alcohol hiding somewhere waiting to attack late in the night.

The finish was even with a lasting belgian yeast spice and slight caramel/dark fruit flavor that dried over time in the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done. The alcohol waits to let you know it has been there until after the swallow is long gone and then that familar warming is exhibited begging you to take another sip to cool back down again.

33 cl. Code on bottle 15 05 07. Much more subdued in the flavor than expected. Very pleasant to consume.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of wyllder
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a murky, deep caramel brown with a sustained ivory head. Leaves a ton of sticky lacing as you go.

Smell is sweet, fruity bread.

Taste is a delicious blend of caramel, bread, yeast & lightly roasted malts. Afterfaste is a dark bready flavor that lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated.

Drinkability is great.

Wyll-

wyllder, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of xgrigorix
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl bottle. Best by date stamped on label.

Russet brown with garnett highlights. Off white head holds very well, and leaves plenty of sticky lace behind.

Aromas of raisins & prunes, with a little bit of spice mixed in for good measure.

Soft & sweet, dark fruit works its way around to slightly herbal flavours. Soft, fluffy, brisk carbonation. Excellent.

xgrigorix, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of necoadam
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a medium-dark brown color with a nice head that took a while to settle down. Smell consisted of a whole lot of things. Malts, caramel, dark fruits, chocolate, cocoa powder, nuts, and some bready aromas. Taste was just as complex. Actually complex really isn't a good enough word for this beer. It's beyond complex. Bread, malts, yeast, nuts, fruit, cocoa, and at the end some spicy hops finish it off. Moutfeel feels so light and fluffy on the palate it's down right amazing. Truly an amazing beer and one that every BA must try at least once. Worth every penny I spent on this beer.

necoadam, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge and lasting beige rocky head with lots of various forms in the lacing. Body appears reddish deep brown. Dry fruity aroma (peaches, plums, banana, raspberries..). Deep biscuity malt combined with doughy yeast reminds me of vanilla flavored buckwheat pancakes. This is never too sweet, the yeast provides a deep dryness all the way through. Firm medium body with moderate carbonation. Fortunately no acidity nor alcoholic feel. Light hoppy bitter slice toward the end, gets a bit astringent after half the bottle. Lots of wood and cocoa in post-taste. Not a top notch belgian, but flavorful and well rounded.

Rastacouere, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of soper2000
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bottles of both 6 and 10 at Kahn's in Indy. This is my first Rochefort. Poured a nice brown with a wonderful large 3 fingered cream head into my Gulden Draak tulip glass. I half expected this beer to be a little darker but it was still pleasing to the eye. Aroma has notes of dark fruits and spice but the aroma never approached overpowering. Taste was also a nice mild flavor with loads of dark fruits and some spicy yeastiness. A nice sweet/creamy finish also makes itself known. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy as well. I could drink this all night... If it weren't 7.5 percent that is. A very very solid brew and I'm continuing my love affair with Belgians. I'm sure I'll get around to sampling the 10 this weekend.

soper2000, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of ColForbin
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle with 15.05.07 best before date. Label says (in French) it is brewed with water, malt, non-malt cereals, hops, yeast and sugar.

Rochefort 6 pours a deep, cloudy brown with a thick off-white head that sticks around through the entire glass. Aroma is magnificent - sour fruit, spice and caramel. Taste is spicy (coriander, cloves), bready with a sweet and sour finish. Some port-like and dark chocolate flavors as well. A touch of bitterness in the finish as the brew warms. Slightly heavy mouthfeel with ultra-fine carbonation. An incredible brew; what a mix of flavors!

ColForbin, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, medium brown color with slight ruby notes (if you look really hard). This bottle had lots of yeast in the bottom. Leaves a nice-looking but very thin head that covers the beer and stays there. Aroma is malty, semi-sweet and fruity (plums, dates, apples, cherries). Flavor is a nice mix of sweet and bready/yeasty. Alcohol profile hidden unlike its bigger brothers. Mouthfeel is very enjoyable- not real heavy on a hot day. Drinkability is high. I really like this compared to the 8 and the 10, because it has many of the same aroma and flavor profiles, but isn't as overpowering. Maybe not as complex because of it, but sometimes that's ok.

Dukeofearl, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of frank4sail
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle lugged back from the promised land. Dated 15 05 07. Light brown carbonated look in tyhe goblet. Off white nice head on the pour with nice lacing. Some chunky friends are also present iin the goblet. Nutty brown sugar cookie dough nose. Full smooth mouth. Cocoa and cookie dough taste dominate upfront with a slightly astringent dry plum finish. Interesting, smooth and full flavored.

frank4sail, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 11.2 oz bottle, into a goblet. The color is a dark red- brown, with a nice filmy white head. The smell is an apple/ester sweetness. The taste is apple/plum, with a very strong yeastiness, and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

Not a bad offering from Rochefort. Nice and mellow Rochefort taste, and not too much in the way of intoxication. Makes me almost want to give up the secular world to become a monk (almost!)

beergeek279, May 26, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed burgandy/scarlet red appearance. Carbonation is visible in the form of rapidly surfcing lines of small bubbles. A thick crop of rocky, dirty white head sits on top. Aroma is sweet, musty, chalky, bready, doughy and a little spicy. The mouthfeel is quite carbonated, light and spritzy, with a body of about light-medium. Subtle toffee tones mix with a little caramel and sweet candy. Just a little pepper spice is noted. Some bubblegum esters and light biscuit tones accent nicely as well. Just the slightest bit of hop derived bitterness. Drinkability is quite high. This is 7.5% a/v?? Can't taste any. Nice effort.

Bighuge, May 23, 2004
Photo of drewbage
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the 2004 Pizza Port Belgian Beer Festival in beautiful downtown Carlsbad.

Beer arrives in the glass a dry and dusty looking chocolate brown with a tall white crispy head that falls back to the beer fairly quickly.

The aroma is nutty with a drying spice a little like the aroma kicked up by a blind handed stumble through the spice cabinet.

Flavor is deeply grainy at first before being replaced with a dry cocoa powder and cinnamon sensation. (think bitter cold hot chocolate).

This dryness quickly becomes the primary sensation as the beer leaves teh palate. It makes a man thirst for his next sip!

drewbage, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Instantly recognizable from the far side of the beer store, the 33cl brown glass bottle oozes understated class as it sits on the shelf with just the classic looking cream label with just the words, ‘Trappistes Rochefort’ in a Germanic looking calligraphic font. Underneath is a white ‘6’ encased in a red circle and simply flanked with the words ‘Biere’ and ‘Bier’. The Authentic Trappist hexagon logo, a recycling symbol and a picture of the correct glassware to use with a suggested serving temperature of 12° à 14°. A modern day bar code and the date ‘15 05 07’ stamped on the front completes the main obverse label. The reverse label thankfully hides all of the absolute bollocks demanded by the “nanny knows best” US Government, but this at least gives the Importer the chance to translate the SI Units the rest of the world uses; the bottle is 11.2 fl.oz and you should serve this at 54-58°F in the USA. Even packed in a segregated cardboard box, the familair red and white cap with the encircled '6' continues to promote the heavenly contents.

Appearance: Simply fantastic appearance. A long gone broken Trappistes Rochefort glass is much missed, so Brother Westvleteren was quickly pulled out of a deep sleep to house this marvelous looking beauty. Carefully discharged from the bottle, it slides effortlessly down the curved sides aided by the clinging remnants of the fresh cold water that I used to rinse the Westie Goblet only moments earlier. The light tan head forms as the dark brown chestnut body rolls back on itself. Slightly turbid, it settles with a silk carpet head that never breaks it vow of retention. Light clinging lace. Perfect conditioning.

Nose: Biscuit malts with a delicate caramel cum chocolate aroma mixed with raisins, nuts and dark fruits. Just above average in strength, but very discernable nevertheless.

Taste: A myriad of flavors come and go as this Trappist is imbibed. Even this youngster has enough variation to retain interest throughout, and even beyond the 11.2 fluid ounces have long gone. A dubbel like malt middle is preceded with some light milk chocolate and biscuit with a delicate nutty feel. The ending is dry & malty with some palatable crushed raw malt grain in the texture. Finishes with a very long astringent ending.

Mouthfeel: Teflon smooth and exceptionally silky, the fine carbonation assists the ‘Six’ in literally coating the mouth like a warm thick woollen glove tightly covets a cold hand on a freezing day. Like a concrete foundation, the 7.5% alcohol is nowhere to be seen, but it is there, hidden from view, but most certainly doing its job.

Drinkability: Quite simply; “USQUE AD MORTEM BIBENDUM” - I certainly could.

Overall: Scintillating, awesome, inspiring, sheer bloody brilliance.

Don't let the '6' fool you!! It is no lesser a beer than the '8' or '10'. Quite simply, this is a Class Act AND a Classic beer.
Immensely interesting, and one of my all time favorites!
HIGHLY Recommended.

TheLongBeachBum, Mar 11, 2004
Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
93 out of 100 based on 1,901 ratings.