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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 2,081
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 Rudgers73
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Duvel tulip out of the 330 mL bottle. There is a 2 inch head that settles slowly to a thick, dense, creamy crown. The beer is cola brown and has a nice chimney of carbonation rising from the center of the glass. It smells great. Sweet, spicy, malty with coriander, anise, soap, and fruity caramel bleeding out of the glass. The flavor is full, rich, dynamic, and strong. This is great. There is a citrusy and floral aspect underneath a well balanced malt base. There is a faint cherry taste from the alcohol and the end has a piny touch of hops. Just enough to make it bittersweet before the next malty start. Slightly cidery from the blend of sweet, tart, fruity, malty, and rich. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carries complexity, but a tolerable amount of it. Starts off frothy in the mouth and rides for a few seconds before formally closing with a citrus-esqe end. It lingers though in the mouth and you get a thick somewhat hearty flavor when you move your mouth. Overall this won’t be my favorite Belgian brew, and certainly not what I consider the best by the Trappists, but it’s still good.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was referred by a beer enthusiast to visit the "Libation Station" in Johnson City, TN while on vaca - and found the 6, 8, and 10 (among many other good ones!)

A: Thick/opaque reddish brown color, with noticeably tan, 3 finger bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: Smell is fresh, with sweet fruity (grape) aroma - light spice as it warmed, too. Really enjoyed the smell on this as it definitely added to the flavor.

T: Malty, sweet, noticeably strong apple juice quality, and hints of chocolate.

M: Juice-like, with limited carbonation... kind of wish it had more. Goes down easily, and leaves very little on the palate.

D: Very enjoyable to drink - spend the money on this one if you can find it.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby color mixed with caramel. Good frothy head that reappears with quick swirling of the glass.
Caramel, yeast, some sweet malt and citrus round out the nose. Tangy aroma, very rich.
Taste follows much of the nose. Light caramel with a touch of soft fruits.
Smooth drinking, alcohol well hidden. My all time favorite is the Rochefort 10, and I can see this brew's similarity. Solid.

Photo of madjr80
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian yeast with a hint of sweet grains right off the bat. Very dark brown in color. The head of foam forms a creamy lace. Solid body all the way through. Plenty of carbonation with a solid aftertaste. Going down it doesn't taste too strong, but you definatly get the feeling that there is a good amount of alcohol in it. Feels like a weaker yeasty wine going down. Really a super beer, but i wouldn't drink more than 2 in a sitting. Well worth the 5 bucks a bottle.

Photo of BigBry
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample a bottle that my brother has been keeping in the cellar. Tall, thin brown 33 cl bottle, poured into a chalice glass.
Dark reddish orange color, startes with a nice thick head, but the foam quickly shrinks away. Still left some lace from the thin ring of remaining bubbles. Lots of nice aromes, caramel, dark fruits, and some alcohol comes through. The alcohol is noticeable in the taste, but not overly strong. Some flavor of plum/prune, some dark chocolate malt, and a bit of smoke. Lots of carbonation gives it a bit of a bite. Very drinkable, if only it weren't so expensive. I think I like the 8 a tiny bit better, but both are very good.

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

A: Pours a rich, orangish-brown with about an inch of head that eventually recedes to a small ring around my glass. Good looking beer.

S: Fairly pronounced aroma, with chocolate and caramel probably the most prevalent. Very nice.

T: Initial flavor is a slight fruity sweetness that gives way to some rich coffee like notes. A very slight appearance by the hops in the end. This is one great tasting beer.

M: Smooth. Carbonated just about perfectly.

D: Very, very high for a beer with this level of complexity in flavor. The 7.5 is well masked. Two of these would make for a very nice way to wind down at the end of a day.

Overall: A truly great beer. Now I need to seek out the 8 and the 10.

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."

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 2,081 ratings.