Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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92
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Reviews: 932
Hads: 2,183
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 175
Gots: 319 | 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 LVituri
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A mais abaixo da média de todas as Rochefort, porém uma grande cerveja, agradável e uma boa representante do estilo. Não se trata das mais admiradas cervejas, mas compõe bem a respeitada trilogia Rochefort. Vida longa a Abadia Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy. (258 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The lightest and "smallest" of the Rochefort beers, perhaps one of the best series of beers in the world. Poured from a red-capped bottle into a Chimay goblet ... Hey, according to Stan Hieronymus in "Brew Like A Monk", Chimay did influence Rochefort's recipes and provide much needed technical support at a time when Rochefort needed important quality control. I won't make claims about who ultimately does a better job at the present time but I will say that the beers are decidedly different and leave it at that. Rochefort 6 is an interesting reddish brown color, not opaque and quite bubbly. Reminds one of autumn leaves when one is in a whimsical mood I suppose. Quite aggressive carbonation during the pour and this carries over onto the palate yet remains pleasant. Aroma is herbal and earthy in equal measure, only a little sweet, with a tinge of root cellar and yeasty funk. Body is quite thin and the beer comes across as smooth, "digestible", and easy to drink, albeit with a complex and rather unique flavor that belies the notion that this should be chugged. Perfumed like some types of black tea, evokes little in the way of dried dark fruit but does deliver some earthy, herbal spice that recalls ginseng root, cassia bark, and perhaps a bitter cola, with a very mellow chocolate vibe (carob?) as the backbone along with some butterscotch and a subtle nutty character. Booze is detectable but far from overpowering. Not appreciably sweet but my brain does conjure up images of light powdered sugar. Unique! Dry, herbal, with an earthy spicy bitterness that one does not soon forget. (1,598 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Brown liquid, not too dark, but not transparent. Looks a strong brewed tea. Fizzy carbonation creates a two finger taupe head that quickly settles into bubbles around the edge of the glass. No lacings. Sediment at the bottom of the glass. Steady stream of fizzy carbonation.

Aroma of raisins, biscuity, fig, hint of orange citrus.

Malt, sweet raisins. Swirl of tiny, fizzy bubbles on the first sip. Smooth and balanced. Slight bitterness on the aftertaste.

The fizz is not what I expected. Tiny carbonation bubbles. Medium mouthfeel.

Good, rich, abbey style beer. (603 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep, coppery brown. Gorgeous, inch-high head quickly faded into nice swirling on top. Decent lacing. This beer bubbles like a witch's cauldron! Few times have I seen its like.

Smell 3.75: The bouquet of this beer is very subdued. What I can detect is quite nice: slight scent of chocolate, smoky grains and strange...almost apricot flavor.

Taste 3.75: Front is slightly smoky and also slightly sweet. Middle is almost completely obscured by the huge level of bubbles in this brew. I'm surprised these bottles do not explode in liquor and beer stores. What I can taste at this level is delicious: a tanin-enriched hit of sweet malt. By "tanin" I mean a deep taste of red-wine like tanins. Finish is smooth and very, very, short. Focus here is on a bit more light malt sweetness. Aftertaste is almost non-existent, but I do detect more of those delicious tanins.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Way, way too much conditioning in this beer. Too many bubbles. A shame.

Overall 3.75: It's amazing to me how so many elements of the taste sensation of beer can be accentuated or de-accentuated...so much so in either way that it becomes a distraction. In the case of this beer, the bubbles are out of control and dominate way too much of the taste sensations. A shame: this beer has many unique and appealing characteristics, but they are all overshadowed by that one thing that we take for granted with beer; carbonation. (1,473 characters)

Photo of Or80rowley
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pricey Jewell

A. Cloudy, reddish amber color, nice fluffy three finger head That quickly simmers down

S. Fruit is the first thing I smell, apricot, apple, grape, then hint of dark fruit, fruit cake

T. The dark fruit, raisin, date, and grain. Very little sweet caramel. Light alcohol flavor

M. Nice combination of creamy, smooth champagne bubbles, medium mouth coat that leaves quick, to a dry finish

O. Wonderful combination of flavors, that has a surprising finish. Special occasion beer. (495 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very dark bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Lots of carbonation. Smell is of dark fruits, malts. Taste is yeast, fruits, spices, malts, some alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while I wasn't blown away by it, is a solid beer. (289 characters)

Photo of 2Cents
4.93/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle, aged for around 5 years, into a snifter.

A: Light brown with lots of sediment. A cream colored head with lasting lace.

S: I could smell this when I opened it: Butterscotch, caramel. dried fruits, bread dough.

T. Dark fruit, butter scotch, caramel, sour yeast, malt, horehound drops, a slightly bitter hop and a, somewhat, dry ending.

M: Moderately carbonated, quite gritty from so much yeast and a medium-thin feel.

O: I think the aging has really improved this beer, not that I don't like it when it's new. This has a delightful sourness to it, as well as a very pronounce fruit cake kind of taste. The yeast really blends nicely with all of the other flavors. This was just delightful, I wish I had more. (734 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

090817 (Bottled 16 months ago)

Foggy ruddy brown with a quickly dissipating, loosely bubbly head. Rich aromas of malt and fruit: sticky brown bread, warm nuts, figs, bananas, berries, and flowers. Super well-rounded malty flavor. Figs, raisins, caramel, spices, berries, and sweetened tea. Quite highly carbonated, prickly on the tongue, and dry through the finish. Very tasty and (obviously, perhaps) the easiest drinker of the Rochefort trio. The balance and interplay of soft, malty flavors is terrific. (507 characters)

Photo of IPA35
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A dark amber beer, lots of visible yeast chuncks on the bottom of the chalice. The off white head quickly reduces to a foamy film.

It has that typical Rochefort caramel like maltiness that I like so much in the stronger version (especially the 10), dark bread, spice and a yeasty fruitiness that is much lighter than the dark dried fruit notes in the 10 and 8. Also that odd sort of pear skin sensation from the yeast.

The taste does follow the nose. It has similarities with the other two but it is much lighter in nature. Bready, caramel, yeasty fruitiness and overal quite sweet.

This is a well carbonated beer. The body is medium but the carbonation makes it quite bubbly.

Overall a good dubbel. On par or slightly below the Westmalle Dubbel I think. (758 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mahogany-colored and hazy in appearance. Two finger head with good retention, but lacing is minimal. Sweet, ripened raisin and currant in the nose. Some clove from the yeast. Brown sugar and rich toffee.

Flavor has some fleeting sweetness but is predominantly dry. Very mild bitterness on the finish. Ripe dark fruit defines the flavor. Mouthfeel is slick and a bit low on carbonation.

Largely overshadowed by its bigger brothers, Rochefort 6 is a good dubbel but falls short of other top examples like Westmalle's and Ommegang's. (532 characters)

Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice dark brown in color with a small beige head with little retention. Smell is of brown sugar, raisins and other dark fruits. Certainly smell nice Belgian yeast with quite a bit of sweetness. Taste is much like the nose. There is certainly some nice Belgian candy sugar with the dark fruits. Really a nice beer. Mouthfeel is thin to a little thick which really suits the style. Belgians are some of my favorite beers and this doesn't EVER disappoint. (464 characters)

Photo of break516beatz
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought an 11.2 ounce bottle. Poured it into a pint glass.

A - Amber brown color. Sediment at the bottom of the bottle poured out. Cream-colored head.

S - Fruity. A touch of raisins.

T - Just as it smells. Refreshing with a hint of raisins and dates.

M - The right amount of carbonation. Not too heavy. Extremely palatable.

I would definitely buy this again and recommend to friends. I hope I can find the 8 and the 10 as well. (435 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle

cloudy look, floating yeasty bits within an auburn-brown liquid. Minimal, low-lying slightly off-white foam cap. Belgian brews of this style usually have a well-retained mountainous foam cap with a lively center...this one is a bit more relaxed.

Sweet berries, dates, upfront in the aroma with zesty raisins, malty sweetness, green grasses, zesty yeast.

A clean, warm tinge, big on the smooth but still light, turning full going down. Wild, sweet and dry fruits upfront in the flavor with a thick and sweet malt riding in after, zesty and tangy yeast, ooh yeah..peppery. Good complexity and strange balance of flavor's. root beer sweetness as the liquid warms up and becomes more heady.

A true classic for the style. (740 characters)

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

When I pried off the cap, the beer exploded out of the bottle, and I lost about an ounce of it on the ground. Trappistes Rochefort 6 has a fairly thick, fizzy, root beer-style head, which is audibly crackly, a murky, light brown appearance, with aggressive bubble streams, little lacing, and a lot of gray-brown solid chunks at the bottom. The aroma is mild, but one will detect figs, dates, sour-dough bread, and sugar. Taste is of those elements, with a grain husk and even citrus. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Trappistes Rochefort 6 finishes crisp and carbonated like Bud Light (hard to believe, but true) and easy drinking. I picked up some of the alcohol in the after-taste. Overall, this is delicious.

RJT (718 characters)

Photo of tkelley
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Awesome. Beautiful brown body with amber highlights. Unfiltered. Sediment at the bottom and on top of the huge beige head. Solid retention and lacing.

N - Yeast right away. Kind of a sweetish smell after that. Very pleasant.

T - bready malts and Belgian yeast flavor. Maybe a little fruit, like apricot. Littleboozy

M - medium high carbonation. Very clean feel. Idrank it at cellartempand it was nice.

O - I really enjoyed this. Had it with an apple and parsnips soup. Excellent experience. Cheers! (548 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a (very effervescent) brackish yellow-tinged brown-type color with a crazily active beige head that just won't quit and liberal yeast chunks floating around. Settles to a complete, but not necessarily thick, coating. Outstanding retention; some spots of really nice lacing. Looks Belgian (i.e. just about as good as it gets).

S:
Dark fruits, cloves, leather, some esters, and a few other delicious yeast flavors. Lots of fresh floral and fruit aromas with the expected rummy booze notes.

T:
Rich and smooth. Cherries, rosewater, dark crusty bread, dirt. Really great!

M:
Coats your mouth in rich creaminess, but is by no means suffocating. Medium body with a quick and painless finish (after a bit it feels quite dry). Booziness is hardly noticeable.

O:
One of the best dubbels that I have ever tried.
Absolutely wonderful looking. The smell gives you a lot of spice and alcohol with some strong yeast aromas, while the taste is nothing like this with a really sweet (but not a warm malty sweetness) cherry flavor. Seriously, it almost tastes like a carbonated cherry flavored water with some mud in it. Further, the mouth on it is spectacular as well. Simultaneously fresh and bubbly and overwhelming and creamy. Hits you in the face with softness and then disappears. For me, the combination of that and the lack of alcohol in the flavor department make a very drinkable 7.5% ABV brew. Watch out, though, after pouring it carefully it was so active carbonation-wise that the head overflowed twice. Not a bad thing, but be aware : )
Will have again; well worth seeking out. (1,587 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Pours amber with creamy, long lasting white head. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready malt hints of plums, cherry and grassy hops. Body is full and crisp. Taste is of bready malt, spicy yeast, plums, cherry, drying alcohol and herbal hops. Finish is long spicy and dry. Wonderful, complex brew, but a little bit too spicy for me. (340 characters)

Photo of bound4er
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle code best by date: 090817

A. Cloudy, dark amber appearance with a 1/2 finger white head the has both good retention and lacing.

S. Somewhat shy nose - funky malt (almost like uncooked ground beef), yeast and pitted fruits. Intriguing.

T. The nose doesn't carry over too much to the palate - lots of bready malt but none of the funkiness or yeastiness from the nose. Seems lacking in flavor complexity for a Dubbel.

M. Light bodied and well carbonated.

O. Decent beer but not worth the $5.49 I paid for a single. Looking forward to trying the 8 and 10's I have staring at me. (590 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pours an hazy amber-brown, with considerable head, sustains in a effevescent look of full surface head, little to no lacing
S: kinda rasin-bread sweet, some minor sour yeasty notes
T/M: smooth, carbonated beginning resembling the nose. There is also the souring notes (it reminded me of the tang of the cultures in yogurt versus the creaminess of the yogurt, which is not to say it tasted like yogurt, it's an anology). That said, it's funny I get a little cucumber taste in the middle (it's not a Greek beer). Any bitterness is subdued, as this presents to me as a malty beer throughout.
O: to my pure side, this is missing a little more dry bitterness, but really more to the style is a nice, smooth, easy drinking beer. Classic offering that can be enjoyed and allow the taste buds to savor rather than survive (816 characters)

Photo of Jsteez
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort glass. Bottled on 1/2013(if I remember correctly)

A-Straight brown, with a hint of mahogany, and a touch of orange. The head(2 inches thick) was latte like: creamy, tan, white, and the yeast from the bottom of the bottle stuck to the top of the foam, which made it look like cinnamon swirl. Retention was great. A little lace left on the glass.

S-Not a lot going on. I could smell a hint of clove and prunes. Perhaps a little malt. This was the weakest aspect about this beer.

T-This fine Belgium ale tasted like prunes, raisins, bananas, cloves, spices, sweet malt, and brown bread. The aftertaste was slightly sweet from the malt and a little spicy from the hops. As it warmed, there was a taste of caramel malt and a hint of brown sugared banana bread. The cloves and spice didn't cover the alcohol taste. It was definitely apparent throughout consumption. This was a pretty solid Trappist ale.

M-Full-bodied, carbonation on the lower side. It was quite smooth and I am sure it would become better with age. Pretty balanced.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer with some salty peanuts and fresh kettle corn. I would buy this again. I just would have liked more aroma. Cheers to the monks! (1,229 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

How the hell have I never had these beers? Anyways, I bought all three from the departed, & missed, Petschen's Southview Liquors in South St. Paul, at their going out of business sale. Always sad to see a good neighborhood hole go down to a big chain opening right next door. 11.2 oz. bottle.

The pour is light & fizzy, necessitating a careful pour. Liquid is light brown with orange highlights. Nose is full of sugar-drizzled banana with a side of dark fruits. This smells like a good ice cream shop.

Rochefort 6 is a snapshot of the nose. Big banana notes up front, the fruitiness is stronger & linked up with a good alcohol kick that makes me think the ABV is understated. Underlying malt sweetness kicks in the middle, & a clove-like note (yeast?) smooths out the end. Mouthfeel is the weakest link; feels like someone is shooting a carbonation gun under my tongue each time I take a sip. It's distracting. But the sweetness makes this go down like Kool Aid in a sauna.

I know the beer is legendary, but in this house, this is what we call a good, solid dubbel. Might be the standard that all others are judged against, but we need those waypoints, don't we? (1,168 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours almost all head and looks to have excellent retention. Appears I will be waiting for a while. The head is almost a pure cotton white (there is a slight tinge of yellow) while the body is a dark amber with the slightest hint of maroon. It appears as a hazy, medium amber when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind. Retention isn't as insane as it appeared at first.

Nose- Right now, the bottle and glass are night and day. I get a firm punch of cinnamon followed by raisins from the bottle while the aroma from the glass is pretty much non-existent. Tons of Belgian yeast spice that also has hints of banana and clove but cinnamon seems to override these. Some faint raisin from the glass. Some molasses, caramel, and brown sugar from the bottle. Swirling shows some of these notes from the glass.

Taste- Starts off with definite raisins and moves into caramel blended with a bit of woodiness (mostly oak) as the Belgian yeast flavors begin to begin. As in the aroma, cinnamon is most conspicuous as notes of banana and coriander follow. Slightly phenolic with a bit of bandaid. Seems to lack some of the complexity and presence that I found in Westmalle Dubbel and Prior 8. I have been enjoying dubbels lately but this seems a little thin. Don't get me wrong- it's a solid, good beer but I expect more out of one of the classic Trappist breweries. Slight bubblegum notes. What it lacks in presence, it almost makes up in balance and integration. The Belgian yeast aspects are much more accessible and palatable than in a lot of other Belgian and Belgian style ales. It would seem that this beer is more about subtlety than presence and I think I will have to grade it as such.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light syrup notes and carbonation that leaves a slight tingle on the tongue, matching the spice notes well.

Drinkability- Incredibly easygoing- this is an example of how this beer is more about sublimity than overwhelming the drinker. However, at the price, I probably won't return to this. (6 bucks for a 330 mL bottle)

Overall- Solid beer from a solid brewery. Gives more range to my conception of the dubbel. Definitely worth a try even if I might not return to this beer for sometime. (2,234 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle: BBD 22 Jun 2018, poured carefully into a Westvleteren chalice on 5 Oct 2013, some sediment did join the glass.

The off-white head burst it's way to oblivion fairly slowly and became a wisp and collar half way through the slow tasting. The body a rusty, dusty and cloudy reddy/brown. Carbonation bubbles could clearly be seen through the murkiness rising upwards to the diminishing head.

The aroma teased my senses, fruity notes, Belgian yeasts and long forgotten herbal esters blending together with semi-sweet maltiness.

The taste follows the smells pretty much: a wonderful blend of flavours: fruity, yeasty, malty and herbal with a mild bitterness just below the surface.

A great beer and pushes my appreciation of Rochefort even higher. (757 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"281216" is printed on the bottle.

I pour this one softly and receive a finger of ecru head. This sits on top of a muted cherry brown body. The head dissipates to a ring in a minute or so. Lacing makes a weak attempt at clinging before just dissolving.

Yeast, grass, mild pine and earthy hops are very apparent. Second sniff reveals malt and dark fruit.

Sweet and malty up front, with an almost grape-esque sweetness in the middle. Hops are more mild and earthy than the nose lets on.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It does not leave a coating on any part of the mouth. (575 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Best before 9th of August 2017

Appearance: Pours a dark rusty orange color with 2 fingers of an off white head. Body is hazy with medium carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: Raisins, banana bread, fig, candi sugar, toasted bread, red apple

Taste: Dark bread, Belgian yeast, lots of dark fruit (raisin in particular), overripe apples. No alcohol presence,

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. High carbonation.

Overall: Very good dubbel and my favorite of the 3 Rochefort beers. Definitely worth an occasional purchase. (554 characters)

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 932 ratings.