Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 944
Hads: 2,230
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 183
Gots: 350 | FT: 8
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Brasserie de Rochefort

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 rangerred
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a huge billowy white head. Incredible head retention with equally substantial lacing. Very typical for the style.

Aroma of dark fruit in the way of figs and dried cherries. Just a touch medicinal with some grape and red wine notes. Yeasty Belgian spice too.

The flavor is quite spicy but brings in some caramel to go along with the dark fruit and Belgian yeast spice. Some pepper and vanilla notes and a touch of wood. Very light oxidation but nothing compared to some aged Belgians I have had. Very light and floaty mouthfeel with a very light lingering sweetness.

Overall, a really nice Belgian Ale and one of the standards. While the complexity is a bit lacking compared to the quads, this beer holds its own with the other Dubbels out there and is a treat to drink.

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Photo of Macko
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a Rochefort Glass.

A- Pours a muddy brown though with lovely lacing.

S- Yeasts and spices, even apples, but I always find the apples with these beers.

T- Heavier Malt than I expected for a 6. Less sugary than the Rochefort 8.

M- Carbonation is good at first. Not the creamy smoothness of its stronger stablemates.

O- Overall it tastes closer to an Achel Brown than a Rochefort 8 or 10. Does not have the same quality feeling about it either. For such a strong malty taste I would have expected more taste, still an enjoyable beer but not the best for me.

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Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330 ml bottle into Cantillon glass.

Color is muddy (but fairly light) brown. Moderate, off-white head.

Smell is lightly sweet, with a hint of spice.

Taste adds toastiness, burned caramel, hard candy.

That said, the beer feels light, and the 7.5% ABV is masked superbly. So, it's surprisingly drinkable, given its taste profile.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huh, I'd never gotten around to reviewing this Rochefort. Took an opportunity to pull by Rochefort glass out of the cabinet.

It pours a murking brown color, with about a quarter inch of head atop it. Doesn't seem quite as aromatic as the other Rocheforts, but there's a strong malt scent, lots of fruitiness, and a little yeasty mustiness. Delicious taste, just what you expect from an excellent dubbel: good caramel malt notes, very fruity yeasty esters, reminiscent of plums, a touch of spicy phenols, but not as much as some examples. Nice full body, with plenty of carbonation.

A classic.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a murky caramel brown with no vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Spicy yeast, caramel, raisins, cherry, a little chocolate, figs, and a little booze.

Taste: Same as above with a little hop tingly bitterness. Smooth and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, delicious, a little booze, low carbonation, and light to medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty awesome dubbel. It's been a while, but ready for 8 and 10 now.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330 mL bottle picked up in Port Huron; 'best before' Sept. 18 2018. As someone who has never found a truly memorable dubbel, and also was a big fan of this brewery's #8, this seemed like a very necessary pick-up. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours a cloudy amber-copper colour, generating two fingers of fluffy, pillowy off-white head that maintains cohesion for a good long while. Gobs of sticky lacing cling to the glass, as well as the top of the froth - this is one of the most attractive beers I've ever seen. Very fragrant on the nose and quite spicy, with some raisin, toasted nuts, figs, maraschino cherry, banana and chocolate. Convinced so far!

Absolutely delicious; a malt bomb that leads off with notes of raisin, plum and fig before things start to get a bit spicier. Toffee and milk chocolate lead into a spicy, yeasty finish with banana, clove, cinnamon and pepper. Mild, balanced aftertaste, with some earthy hops and musty yeast that lingers. A little boozy for the abv, but this is just an observation, not a complaint. On the thicker side of medium-bodied, with a smooth, silky mouthfeel that contrasts nicely with the prickly carbonation.

Final Grade: 4.52, an A. Rochefort 6 is one of the most satisfying dubbels I have ever had the pleasure of quaffing. Honestly, if you like Belgian beers, you would be doing yourself a disservice by avoiding this - and I'll just leave it at that. A must try.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown in color; opaque. Huge foamy head when poured, though it dies down quickly, Nice smell - slightly sweet with hints of grain. Delicious taste; slightly sweet and mild taste of grain. Medium body; not too heavy yet not thin. Nice mild carbonation. Pleasant to drink! Very nice Belgium Trappist beer.

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Photo of Lothore
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a orangey red hue with a massive head that leaves beautiful lacing on the way down.

S- Yeasty, spicy, slightly mettalic.

T- Spicy, earthy, creamy, malty.

M- Extremely creamy with medium-low carbonation.

D- The mouthfeel, the taste, the smell all fall somewhat short for me.

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Photo of JRed
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown body with foamy white head that stays around. Yeasty aroma of cherries, caramel, herbal notes, and mild booze. Flavors evolve through caramel, herbal, medicinal, boozy counterparts, and a sweet cherry liquor. Wonderfully balanced. Medium body with light carbonation. Sweet and cloying.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle poured into a chalice glass. I am really glad to be finally trying the 6, two years after trying the 8 and the 10!

A - Pours a cloudy light-brown body. The head is frothy, though it won't last forever.

S - The first thing that I am getting is spices: cinnamon, aniseed. Then you get quite a bit of yeast and some light fruit notes.

T - The taste is not as intense as in this beer's "older brothers" or some other Belgian (and trappist) dubbels. However, it is quite complex, with bread, red grapes/wine, brown sugar notes and hints of raisins and anise. Not very sweet but quite yeasty overall; there is also some bitterness to it. I reckon that some red wine-like characteristics are likely to be picked up by some drinkers. Overall, this beer has a very interesting (you could say unique) taste; definitely not your typical dubbel. The first sip was a little disappointing, while the last sip made me wish I had more!

M - Fairly thin in body for the style. Plenty of carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth. There is a certain spiciness about it that makes my palate excited.

O - I must say I was expecting more body and complexity (I must have been spoiled by Rochefort 8 and 10). However, this beer really opens up with subtle hints of different spices and develops a wine-like feel. I liked it, though I must say it probably is not the place to start if you are not very familiar with Belgian ales.

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Photo of adman08
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light sweet aroma of caramel with a hint of warm alcohol amd just a touch of dark, burnt sugar. Light body, very highly carbonated. Light, hazy brown. Sweet, light caramel flavor with some alcohol warmth, a hint of dark, slightly burnt sugar and a hint of earthy hops. I think the bottle may have been fairly old.

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Photo of Act25
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rochefort 6 is slightly better so far than the two 8's I have tried, which were variable in quality, as seems to be the case here with other reviewers. I will try the 10, but for the price, I'll take Bernardus, Duvel, Orval, any day.

A: Pours a hazed, sienna body, well carbonated resulting in ample, mounding, but short-lived, foamy, off-white head that laces as you enjoy.

Smell: The aroma is the best part, with dominant, complex fruit like a wine: Flower shop, apples, cider, and ripe plums, and a back end of yeast, and more flowers, incense, varnish, and a bit of pepper.

Taste: Follows the smell, with more brown sugar and caramel coated fruits. .Bright floral highlights and fruitiness mixed with tempering yeasts. No hint of alcohol, but wine-like, warming, tannin and with a nutty finish. (DEFINITELY A MUST WITH CHEESE)

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, a bit prickly, and thinner than I would like.

Drinkability: Very complex, enjoyable brew, for me a bit thin, too carbonated, and 2nd rank to the fuller dubbels out there. 4.25 for its rare complexity, and it's after dinner elegance.

I think I found ideal match with Comte & Irish raisin soda bread.

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Photo of LVituri
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
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 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.

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Photo of Or80rowley
4.41/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of 2Cents
4.93/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of IPA35
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of gr0g
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of break516beatz
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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