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Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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1,649 Ratings

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Ratings: 1649
Reviews: 887
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 07-12-2002)
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Photo of Groomsy


4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an Orval chalice.

This Trappist dubbel pours a gorgeous, slightly hazy blood red, close to crimson in complexion. Topped by a swiftly fading head of foam, it leaves no lacing or alcohol legs behind. There are highlights of orange and amber when it is head to the light, and a ring of foam stays around the outside of the beer. Excellent looking stuff.

I can't compare this to 8 or 10, but this is a great smelling beer with lots of subtleties. Like many Belgian beers, it is full of aromas of dark fruit - I'm reminded particularly of cherries and maybe some black grapes as well. There is a notable bready sweetness with some caramel as well and just a whiff of alcohol at the end. Little hop presence. Very nicely structured.

A dash of earthy bitterness in the front leads into a big smack of fruity, malty flavors on the middle of the tongue: rum-soaked cherries, raisins, and grapes, leading to a biscuity, bready sweetness with some alcohol dryness on the finish. There is some very mild clove-like spice that emerges as the beer warms as well, and throughout, the beer remains very sweet and drinkable. Great stuff.

Like many Beligans, Rochefort 6 has a spritzy but not fizzy carbonation. It finishes dry and sweet with lingering flavors from the malt and has a relatively light body.

If you're not ready to dive in with bigger beers like Westy 12, Chimay Blue, and the like, this is a good starting point. I was able to buy this doll for less than $6 at my local bottle shop. Absolutely worth checking out if you're curious about genuine Trappist ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 01:09:44 | More by Groomsy
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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Style/abv: Trappist dubbel/7.5%

Smell: milk chocolate, peanut butter, malts, and mild cloves

Taste: malt-rape: salted dark chocolate caramel covered pecans...red peppers, ginger and cloves are in the foreground

Pairs well with smoked cheeses and green grapes along with smoked duck and/or goose

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 22:14:11 | More by Blindpigbiz
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a very cloudy medium brown color with a very strong head that fills the upper finger of m Rochefort tasting glass. Bubbles surge to the top of the glass keeping the head creamy and somewhat rocky.

The aroma is very complex. Malt, alcohol, slight rum like aroma, hard to single out what all is making up the aromatics and what is coming from yeast, ingredients, or maybe spices.

The first thing that hits you is a caramel like sweetness followed by flavors of toast and biscuit. Finish is a little milk chocolate like with a very subtle hint of orange. There is some alcohol on the palate. As the beer warm I can start to taste raisin, rum, burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel is creamy, the head on the beer really helps with that along with the giant rim on the glass. Little bubbles tickle you tongue as you drink.

This is an excellent beer, the appearance is probably the low point just because it is so murky, not to mention the yeast on the bottom came right off and most of it ended up in the glass. The biscuit and bread go well with the raisin and rum that start to show as the beer warms.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 01:08:05 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy brow color with a big head which quickly dissipates
S: Nutty and frutty, somewhat spicy, bread is there too
T: Malty and frutty again, a bit bit sour, bread in the aftertaste, almost no bitterness
M: Watery mouthfeel, good carbonation level
O: Pleasant beer, no more no less

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 14:39:51 | More by dsolonenko
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South Dakota

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Cloudy, brown with 2-3 finger off white head. Dissipates quickly.

S: Bready malts, dark fruits, a little spice

T: Initial bready malt, plums, raisins, cherry tartness

M: Highly carbonated but in a good way; dry finish

O: Great beer; complex, pick up something different with each drink

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 03:40:57 | More by pryopen
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3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy, brown, 2 finger white head that went away fast.

S: Sweet, dark fruits, banana, bready malt

T: Not as sweet as the smell, typical Belgian spicy character, well balanced. There is no shining star to the taste but fairly complex.

M: A little on the thin side and not a whole lot of carbonation left in the this one.

O: Solid beer, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 00:47:51 | More by dsuedbeck
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a chalice.

A. A medium brown color with tsome cloudiness. A fingers worth of head which left rather quickly.

S. It has the typical Belgian bready malt aroma before it becomes very sweet like an overly ripe plum

T. It starts off with with bready malt and finshes with just a touch of spice, Not as sweet tasting as it is on the nose.

M. Its got a decent amount of carbonation and a medium body.

O. I really enjoyed this as it feels like a tamer version of the 10, which is a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 00:33:03 | More by 1Nrwyscotch
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4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

bottle purchased from Total Beverage in Murfreesboro, TN

Appearance: dark brown with a hint of amber, off white 1 finger head

Smell: Bready notes, plum, raisin, earthy malts, dark figs

Taste: Bready, earthy, caramel, plum and raisin notes, followed by a smooth, malty backbone. There's the slightest bit of dark fruits in this, but no where near as present as a Rochefort 8 or 10. You really cannot taste any sort of alcohol in this beer.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, a little too high for my likes, but it mellows out pretty quick once the beer warms up. A lot lighter compared to the other Rocheforts.

Overall: Didn't quite know what to expect, as i've now had a 10 and an 8. While it lacks the flavor and intensity of it's older siblings, this is a damn good, well crafted beer. I could find myself probably reaching for a 6 more often, though I still think the 8's and 10 are overall better beers. This one is just really smooth and refreshing, lot's of bready malt and plum, this is a delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 04:05:37 | More by Roman5150
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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a murky brown color. The head is a two finger white shade, looking a bit rough in texture. Retention isn't very good, though it does seem to settle at being a thin film instead of fading completely.

S: There's really a lot going on in this one - raisins, plums, currants, cherries, caramel, brown sugar, apple, white grapes, chocolate, and some savory spices. Not as sweet as the 8 or 10, yet nearly as complex.

T: At first, pleasant tartness from cherry and apple esters graces the palate. Afterwards it develops caramel and brown sugar flavors. The distant aftertaste has a spicy, herbal quality to it, seemingly from hops. I also note dark chocolate, tobacco, and some mild dark fruits. This isn't the most eye-popping of brews; rather it's elegant, subtle, and deep. I'll take that over a big, brash monster any day.

M: It's not that rich or creamy, instead featuring an airy, slightly refreshing feel. Plenty of yeast astringency and carbonation is there to tickle the tongue. I kind of like the focus on drinkability here - it goes down more easily than the other two Rocheforts.

O: What else can be expected here? It's definitely the lightest of the Rocheforts and knows this fact; yet it can easily stand toe to toe with the other two in terms of complexity. Just another excellent trappist offering, really.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 21:02:09 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a pretty dark amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Decent retention.

S: Orange zest mixed with a nice mixture of prunes and plums. Spicy esters help add to the complexity. The three mix extremely well together and are quite balanced.

T: Dark fruits come out a bit more here than the aroma, but the beer stays quite dry. Nutmeg mixes with orange zest to balance the sweetness, keeping the beer quite light and bright. I really like how the dark fruits come through but the beer stays extremely drinkable.

M: Medium thickness, but the carbonation is quite high and prickly.

O: This is a great beer with a ton of complexity, while staying quite drinkable. A bit too carbonated, though - it is a bit prickly. A great Dubbel, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 22:48:53 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy amber, two finger head, extremely carbonated.

S-Dark fruits, yeast, candied sugar.

T-Darker fruits, yeast, lots of cherries and some alcohol.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and smooth.

O-The bottle I had was aged, about 6 months from best by so I'll have to try a fresher bottle as this one seemed a little off.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 21:15:56 | More by rlee1390
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New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer into a snifter style glass and immediately got about two fingers of foam. The foam dies down quickly into a thin scum. Off the top I smell a good dose of dark fruit and the yeast from the belgian source. It works out to be a very pleasant smelling rich beer. I recommend breathing this in as it warms.

The flavor is rich and powerful. The balance is really impressive. It makes for a very good sipper.

I really appreciate how a very high end beer is so readily available. These monks do an impressive job with their brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 18:21:50 | More by ummswimmin
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New York

4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing golden amber, moderate bubble action. One finger off white head that takes time to receede. leaving a thick ring. The ring kind of cups the beer.

Smells of juicy dark dry fruit figs and dates, cherries, caramel malts and candy malts.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 04:27:24 | More by Willytee3
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You can't go wrong with Trappist, Belgian beers. I mean, these guys basically invented craft beer, at least the Continental European styles. So maybe the blokes in Britain laid some groundwork too, but Belgium and Germany are like the Yankees and Red Sox of beer. Always good. Side poured from the bottle into a Boulevard snifter, standard vigor.

Appearance - Easily the most impressive part of this brew. Pours a deep brown, amber like color with a soapy, two finger head that piles on top of the beer like linemen on a loose ball. Really no head retention or lacing, but when you first pour that beer, it is awesome.

Smell - Big dark fruits right in your face. Musty, yeasty, Belgain excellence. Plums, grapes, figs, sweetness, raisins. Only thing to make it much better would be the smell of bacon.

Taste - Yummy dark fruits, an alcohol presence, malts. The malts come first and lay the groundwork for the sweetness and dark fruits afterwards. Dates, figs, prunes, raisins, all sorts of dark fruit wash the palate after the caramel maltiness. There is so much tasty sweetness, yet underpinned by a nice little alcohol pop.

Mouthfeel - Big time carbonation, finishes super crisp with lingering effects from the fruits and a little alcohol warmth.

Overall - Just like I thought, this was an excellent beer. I went into it expecting something good, and it did not disappoint. Condor recommended and approved, very good example of a good Belgian brew of any style. Those monks know what they are doing.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 02:07:31 | More by TheCondor
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really nice red/orange color with a huge tan head. Really nice looking beer.

Smell is of malt, yeast, and a bit of spice, mainly a hint of clove and coriander.

Big amount of fruit up from, mainly citrus notes. That is followed by a peppery spice, bit of cloves, hint of orange peel. I am also detecting a bit of Belgian candy sugar, and it finishes with a hint of pepper.

Smooth and creamy feel to this.

Another very nice Trappist beer. Has a lot of flavor and a decent amount of complexity, I could easily drink more of this, but I only have one bottle. I love Trappist beers, and this one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 22:20:54 | More by Vixie
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12-28-11, poured into Rochefort chalice

A- one of the most beautiful beers I've ever seen. Rich red, orange, foamy white cap

S- typical of a dubbel- fresh fruits and yeast. lively

T- bitterness and cracker taste cover the tongue with love. breadiness, long finish- some warming as it goes down

M- highly carbonated, but perfect body and thickness

O- A must-try. Remarkable flavor for 7.5%. This stuff was gone faster than I thought it would be, and it was a great way to consecrate my Rochefort chalice. Another great beer from Rochefort.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 05:45:11 | More by DubbelTrubbel
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy ruddy brown with an initial big foamy head, quickly fading to a small skim of bubbles. Not much lacing.

S: Sugar, strong over-ripe dark fruits, apples, some pungency. Rich and bittersweet.

T/M: A mix of sugary sweetness and pungent, bitter fruits. Pronounced yeasty finish, very heavy and thick.

O: A fine Belgian dubbel, strong and rich, rather bitter. Not as good as the 8 or 10, but still pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 00:11:58 | More by sevenarts
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Trappist Rochefort 6 @ 7.5% , a Dubbel served from a 330 ml bottle purchased for $5

A-pour is cloudy golden amber beer hue with a good size off white head with a fine tight foam which is taking it's time dissapating leaving a streaky lace film along the goblet

S-dark fruit & floral esters , mild classic Belgian yeast

T-sweet dark fruit start , booze isn't noticeable

MF-good carbonation , medium/full bodied , very smooth & pleasant on the palate

Ov-good beer , extremely well crafted ,

sampled alongside Westmalle-Trappist Dubbel , Chimay-Premiere Red and other Belgian beers recently

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 20:48:44 | More by LampertLand
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4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass

L: murky brown with tan head, perhaps a bit dark tan. very different looking -- neither amber nor gold in any way. head starts off about an inch or so, laces well, not in any extraordinary way.

S: slight medicinal at first, then raisins (in a good way, if you hate raisins like me); weak malt but also in a good way; slight floral whiff and about halfway down, I smell bread. yeasty?

T: very crisp and dry. excellent malt up front with a bit of back bit from the hops ... or am I way off? I swear I get a little different taste with each sip, and all of it is good -- lots of character. picking up bread/yeasty taste halfway down. possible licorice? for me, it tastes just a bit darker than Duvel, if that makes any sense.

F: perfect. just a hair heavier than medium-bodied. LOTS of carbonation.

O: hard not to say it's as good as it gets. the balance is impeccable because no one taste overrides the others -- and it never seems too anything ... not too malty, not too hoppy, not too sweet.

At 7.5% ABV and almost 50 cents an ounce, it's a little too much to use for a session beer (duh!), but I bet a bomber of this would make for a damn good hour or more -- if you could show the patience to savor it. Honestly, I'm sure I'm overrating it, but it's awfully damn good.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 08:27:58 | More by Premo88
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3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by "041114" (is that 04/11/2014?)
Glass: St. Bernardus chalice

Rochefort's '6' is a richly malty, and caramelized sugar-sweet dubbel, satisfying for a colder evening. Though the ever-increasing price point of this beer saddens me, it is one I'll likely revisit in the future.

Pours a 1cm tall head of off-white to lightly khaki colored foam, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, with average retention rates (about a minute). As the head fades to a thick ring around the glass and a few light, spotty islands of wispy foam atop the body, it leaves little lacing along the sides of the glass, a rare spot here and there. The body itself is a dark, semi-transparent amber brown, light bringing out brighter brown and burnt red hues. Carbonation is not visible.

Aroma is of Belgian amber candi sugar, toffee and caramelized sugar, dried dates and figs, slight grape-like ester, all with a bit of vague spiciness that I'd expect to find in a somewhat savory fruitcake.

Front of palate finds sweet amber Belgian candi sugar, raisin, dried date and fig sweetness, some herbal notes, and modest bread crusts. Mid-palate finds significant caramelized sugar, dried dates and brown figs, bread crust, and those hard-to-define savory-sweet spices (cloves? bay leaf?). Back of palate finds continued savory-sweet spices with caramelized sugar, dried dates, bread crusts, and slight bitterness and ethanol. Aftertaste is of mild amber Belgian candi sugar, caramelized sugar, and dried date and fig.

Beer is medium weight in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, resulting in a beer that gradually, creates a mass of foamy bubbles across the palate (so, mouthfeel is foamy and smooth). Finishes with a flash of ethanol heat in the nostrils, leading to a semi-dry close, with fairly intense stickiness lingering across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 04:05:54 | More by falloutsnow
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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort branded chalice

Pours a toffee amber topped with a bone white two finger fluffy head. Excellent retention and significant lacing. Candi sugar notes, some spice, candied dates, figs, general bready and yeastiness on the nose. Bread crust, yeast, light buttered caramel notes, accents of dark fruit especially fig, date, and a hint of raisin as well as some nutiness. Generally, a light bodied fairly dry brew. An excellent dubbel that finishes dry with plenty of subtle complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 06:37:13 | More by chanokokoro
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Giant creamy 4 finger head over a chestnut brown and tawny brew. After the head subsides I can see a number of small eruptions of new bubbles that stream up, suggesting a higher carbonation.

S: The smell is sweet toffee and caramelized sugars with nutty earthiness. Notes of golden raisins spiced with cloves. Yeasts and sweet grapes and plum juice suggestive of wine.

T: Minerals and herby notes, juniper, thyme and other dried herbs. Yeast and dry biscuits with malts and dark fruits following up the rear. Could stand in for an aperitif with the medicinal and herb flavours, but the end notes of yeast and malts balance the flavours and leave a noticeable alcohol heat.

M: Carbonation burst up front like a soda pop with sharp tingles on the tongue and some lingering bubbles mid palate. Medium bodied, but with big carbonation.

O: A unique brew with the herbs and medicinal qualities becoming much more noticalbe as it warms. It's a sipper and a terrific stand in for an aperitif. The carbonation compliments the herbal flavours well, and lends to the mineral flavours. Overall it's a unique drink and one unparalleled by anything else I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 04:50:37 | More by FondueVoodoo
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a murky brown color with a decent beige head. There is a fair amount of sweet malts in the scent with yeast and citrus. The taste is sweet, smooth, and flavorful. There is the taste of sugar, plums, and other hints of fruit in the flavor as well. Well made, complex, yet very simple. Glad to see a brewery that concentrates on just 3 beers and makes them to perfection.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 04:15:34 | More by Lemke10
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Rhode Island

4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I simply fell in love for the Rochefort 6 - an inviting aroma, but a vigorously carbonated taste. I was ready to come up with criticism if necessary, but in the end I had a joyful experience that will definitely be repeated and, in fact, expanded with other Trappist beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 21:17:17 | More by HabiMendes
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New Hampshire

4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the 330 ml. bottle marked 080915-10:20. Sampled on January 16, 2013.

The pour is a handsome looking medium to dark amber/brown with a light tan head and a significant amount of yeast sediment floating around the glass.

The aroma is quite an array of scents including malts, yeast, prune, plum, raisin, fig, and toffee.

The body is about medium and smooth.

The taste is much like the aroma with sweet barley malts, dark fruits, and a roasted finish. This is an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 23:30:26 | More by puboflyons
Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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