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Trappistes Rochefort 6 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 07-12-2002

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Photo of Cwrw
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Number 6, red cap. I was curious to see how it would match up against its bigger brothers. Rochefort 6 definitely pours out with the lightest colour of the 3, as expected. Nice hazy iced-tea or dark peach-juice colour with a cream-white head that settled nicely and moved slowly leaving some viscous lace. Very nice looking beer. The aroma is very earthy and tea-like, with less phenols and even a little hopping beginning to show through(something I could not detect at all in the 8 and 10.) Very similar malt aromas as the 8 and 10, and even some light metallic citrus aromas come out. Other notes of pasta, yeast, dusty chocolate, and salt. Light nuttiness, fresh white bread, grapes and green vegetables. Just as complex as the 8, in my opinion. The first taste has sourish malts and in the middle is metallic phenols, where the alcohol can be tasted. The finish is the best part of the taste, where grainy bread mixes with the softest hint of hops and coffee to form a pleasant and lingering aftertaste. Light caramel and a certain dusty yeasty flavour which I find in Gouden Carolus Classic. The taste reveals more port-like alcohol as you exhale, but obviously not as much as the other Rocheforts. As with all of the Rochefort beers, this warms the stomach nicely. The 6 has all the drinkability, with the least harsh alcohol feel out of the 3. Since the 3 beers are all the same recipe, they DO share many characteristics save the bite of alcohol content. That being said, the 6 really does taste the most uncomplex, with the beer's flavour at its basic. However, it allows some tastes to shine through, such as the light hopping and the graininess of the malt. Still a lovely tasting brew. Medium carbonation, medium body, and full drinkability.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a rusty copper orange colour into a Rochefort glass... Creamy tan head poured big and foamy with rocky, meringue like top. Faded to a nice thick layer after a while with light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice fruity notes (raisins, bananas, figs), toffee, spicy caramel maltiness, peppery, light traces of clove....

Taste – Spicy biscuity maltiness, strong aniseed, spicy fruits, alcohol quite prominent, some clove notes, bready...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry.. Medium body..

Overall - An excellent beer.... Recommended... Not quite as good as the other two Rochefort brews but not far off...

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Photo of klewis
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

14 01 09 stamped on the bottle - whatever that means

A: Pours a murky brown with a large foamy head that quickly dies down to a 1/2' layer of foam. A bit of sediment, but not as much as the 8 or 10. Not much lacing.

S: Typical Belgian aromas of biscuits and raisins

T: Metallic taste with bready and slightly fruity flavors. Quite salty in the finish.

M: Medium body with an agressive carbonation that makes it difficult to get much flavor.

D: I like this one better than the 8 and 10, but like them, I think there are much better beers to be had for less $$.

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Photo of Orrshow
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a medium brown with touches of copper. It is very clouded and full of floaties. There is a small amount of white foamy head which sticks around as a small cap.

Smell – Smells of brown sugar, dates, and yeast. There is a touch of spice which arises to make this a nice smelling beer overall.

Taste – Surprisingly I can taste the alcohol right off the bat. That sweet brown sugar taste along with dates and raisins comes about as well which is pleasurable. There is a touch of hops if looked for but nothing too up front. This also has a touch of spice with a yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel – The high carbonation makes this one a little rough. The consistency is nice though.

Drinkability – Not bad. I found that the alcohol almost burned slightly despite not having a high ABV. Also the high carbonation bothered me slightly. Other than that no complaints.

I liked Rochefort 6, but this one is very overshadowed by the 8 and 10. Still a very nice beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle makes a nice little woosh when I let up the cap so I’m therefore not surprised to feel my tongue nearly fizzled off by the carbonation of this delicious treat. Like pop rocks, coke, and Chuck Norris, the carbonation of this Belgian beauty is dangerous. Froth is like Elmer’s, adhesive and delicious. Crown is flawless, capable of covering 100% of the surface area of the beer seemingly forever. A few cocoa crispies crumbs litter the surface of the white cloud.

The taste of this mud puddle brown brew is initially rather meaty and I don’t mean that as a description of the body. This beer tastes a little like left over prime rib (in a good way of course). Other flavors and aromas include the expected fermented dark fruits, figs, cocoa, and candied sugar. There is a surprisingly floral aroma hidden in there as well. Dust and Must arise as the brew warms. This, I do not like. The assertiveness is also lost. Believe it or not I think this beer is a bit better around 40 to 45 degrees than room temperature. Surprisingly refreshing. Body becomes lighter as it warms, too light really.

Overall this is a fine beer but it’s just a bit light in terms of flavor and body to stand up to the truly great BSDAs. I would just like a little bit more from this one. Still very enjoyable and very drinkable.

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Photo of Redteketed
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very lively when pouring, head isn't long lasting, lacing is almost none.
Nice smell: candy-sugar al over, malty, little toasted and fruity in a sense of raisin and plums. It has a little port smell in it.
Taste is ligth sweet/light bitter, with a flavour of hop and toasted malt.
Medium body, normal carbonation, little alcohol, malty and spicy average aftertaste.
Nice beer, certainly can enjoy another. So get if you can.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown color, cloudy, with quarter inch white head, decent retention. Plenty of visible active carbonation and fine lacing also. Smell has notes of subtle grape, nutty chocolate, rasin, and a bit of spice. Taste is sweet and raisiny, which fades some after a moment, finish is slightly chocolatey and alcoholic. Flavors of belgian yeast are noticible and it it also has a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is really nice on this one, loads of carbonation, medium thickness, very smooth and coating. Drinkablity scores well as the alcohol is not overly strong, but the flavor is not as imaginitive as the Rochefort 8, nor the 10. You still have to try it though...

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the color of my high school class ring. Seeing that the stone is allegedly a garnet the beer is colored a dark red. Light pokes through easily around the edges. Covered with a thin film of head that was originally very large and bubbley. Nose was very understated... bit sweet with a hint of prunes and the alcohol.

Flavor is oddly simple. I was expecting a bit more (second beer tonite that did that to me). Bit fruity and juicy at first. Kind of like a crushed some apples, grapes and pears into a glass and drank it. Little bit of spice. I can just detect the alcohol. Medium body and actually a bit watery. Did not improve as the beer warmed and I actually thought it got worse.

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Photo of Mitchel
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Trapsit Rochefort 6 pours a slightly cloudy mahogany color with nearly perfect, off-white head. The haze is probably due to the yeast in the bottle. It smells a little spicy; there are also hints of dark fruits and cocoa.

It tastes a little phenol-y and buttery. Mmmmm, two of my favorite things in this world. It is very rounded in the malt area with just a little bit of a spicy hop bite. Reminds me of plum and is very warm.

Don’t overlook this one. While Trapist makes other fine offerings, this one is still a great beer. It is very well rounded and has many good qualities. Fine beer.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recieved the three pack sampler from my inlaws for Christmas. The set included a glass, which is really nice, and this is the first beer that I am having from the set.

Pours out an effervesant brownish color with a small head. The smell is mild and malty with something spicy in the background. Taste is sweeter than I expected. Light maple syrup, brown sugar and spice. Very little bitterness if anything at all is present. At 7.5% this beer hides its alcohol well. Ending has a kind of dryness to it as well.

Not what I expected at all but still very good. I did expect the sweet notes all the way through but also some bitterness to balance it out. But what do I know, they have been doing it a lot longer than I have been around. Cheers to my inlaws!

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

Bubbles gush forth from the semi-hazy medium brown body upon decanting. A decent head forms quickly but soon dissipates. The nose is slightly sulphury, a touch metallic perhaps, and also shows light dried fruit and spice. The palate consists of an extremely smooth melding of flavors. Soft, round malt is followed by a gentle bitterness, which blends easily into a tart finish. The robust alcohol finally begins to make its presence known in the form of a nice warmth that settles deep in the stomach.

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Photo of spiffylubes
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a regular ol' 11.2 oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice. Poured a nice dark amber/brown with a decent off-white head that dissipated quickly, leaving some faint lacing. Smell was the best part of this beer for me, with strong dark fruity flavors and brown sugariness, along with a bit of malt and a trace of alcohol. The taste didn't quite live up to the smell, with basically the same flavors, just not as strong. I like a bit of warmth and sweetness from the alcohol, but I didn't taste it really at all from this beer. A bit of carbonation and very smooth mouthfeel, with an overall decent drinkability. I would just rather have a beer with more flavor.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a good head that falls into a thin head with a fairly strong lacing. Color is dark to amber when held up to the light. A good, sweet scent that has a slight smokey undertone to it. It also has a nutmeg undertone that's a little more suttle. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp and well carbonated.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another solid offering by Rochefort. A well aged, and uniquely flavored beer. Looks ideal for a belgian. A dark, burgundy color wit a mild haze and floating yeast. A lightly tanned head that rides to the bottom of the glass with hints of spices sprinkled on top. Smells of matured malts, woodsyness, nuttiness, musky, and a little moldy. Tastes of complex malts, interwoven hops, yeast, bread, almonds, and fruitcake are well melded and difficult to identify individual flavors. Full and rich on the mouth without and overbearing sweetness or becomming chewy. Pronounced alcohol flavor and feel for a mere 7.5%er. This beer is a lot of fun to drink.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

tan bubbly head rises quickly then falls quickly. head leaves sheets of lacing on the far side of the glass. medium tan hazy brown. some dark sediment floating around in the glass; i may not have poured carefully enough. i'll let it settle for a minute.

aroma of buttery cookies and brown sugar. lots of bready malts with a hint of caramel. sugary dark fruits become more apparent as i reach the bottom of the glass and the beer warms.

light, smooth mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. very bready with a subtle sweetness, toffee and caramel, and a surprisingly clean, dry finish. it all adds up to a very drinkable rochefort, but i much prefer the 10.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 11 03 09, according to the bottle. Paired with an incredibly delicious Trappist cheese made by Chimay.

Appearance- Pours a rummy caramel into a Chimay chalice at cellar temperature. The head foams to about an inch and a half, then settles to a thin but consistent mat. A spellbinding tornado of effervescence rockets to the surface from the etched Fleur-de-lis in my glass, replenishing the head for the duration. At the ten minute mark, the bubbles are so small they resemble Guiness Draught's famous crown. Interesting, and fun to watch.

Smell- Some phenols and soaked fruits, especially sugary ones like dates and figs, greet the nose with a warm welcome. A trace of leather lingers in the background, encapsulated within the firm malty backbone.

Taste- Well balanced, the fruitiness gives a counterpoint to the malt and leathery notes, while one cannot let go of the images of old books and vintage furniture... the characteristics usually associated with Old Ales, especially from Europe. A terrific finishing bitterness awaits in the end, leaving the entire mouth primed for the next sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The prickly, intense, microscopic carbonation caused by the activity inside the glass meets a very smooth, mellow mouthfeel... the result? A beer that wins big as a sipping, savory treat. It's no wonder this is enjoyed in Belgium by its makers, the monks themselves, as "liquid bread".

P.S. The pairing of this beer with Chimay a la Biere, a trappist cheese, proved exceptional. If you can locate this product, it's worth the $17.99/lb price. I found it at Whole Foods.


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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.54/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer into a chalice from the 11.2 oz bottle. Its color is a medium brown/amber with very little head that is a light tan. However, it has moderate carbonation. The smell is a very light malty and sweet scent. It has a light and fizzy mouthfeel but not much taste; I have found this true for all three of the Rochefort beers. I keep waiting for the flavor to kick in and it doesn’t. It has all the earmarks of a great beer but just doesn’t deliver on the flavor. My favorite out of the three was the 8, followed by the 10. It’s drinkable, but why when I can find better Trappist beers.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a hazel brown body that is hazy with a very strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a light tan that fades pretty quickly to a thick rim around the edge. The strong carbonation keeps little "bits" swimming around the beer.

S- The fragerant smell of dark candy sugar, perfume and light molasess make a very pleseant aroma. A faint alcohol hint rounds out the finish.

T- This beer has a nice dry malt flavor with some lightly toasted malts flavors. There is a taste of light molasses and some faint sweetness at the finish. There is also a carbonic bite at the finish that balances the faint sweetness.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with lots of fizz in the mouthfeel. There is no real alcohol warmth.

D- This is a very smooth drinking beer with nice characterisic to the flavor but there didn't seem to be the richness and complexity that I have tasted in other from this style.

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Photo of sopor
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby/mahagony with a tan frothy head. Smells faintly of leather with candy sweetness and a slight fruit tang. Flavors of light belgian caramel syrupy sweetness leads the way on the tongue with some notes of unmalted grains slightly rotted, and perhaps a hint of chocolate. No real bitterness, but a hint of sourness does finish up the flavor. Forthy light belgian body for a decent, but not my favorite style, belgian ale. Drinkable, but at the price, I won't likely pick it up again.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy brown, yeast particles, huge off-white head, and not so much lacing as a coating of foam on the glass. I was expecting a more active nose...maybe the nose that lacks is mine...there were no heavy fruits or candi odors, just a clean thick malty smell without much else. But the taste...well, this is smooth malts with the mellow dark fruits and candi finally coming through. Full satisfying mouthfeel. Outstanding drinkability. Nothing prevents you from wanting a few of these. Why is this not available in a 750ml?

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Photo of taez555
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an amber/reddish/tan body with a small white head that died quickly.

Nose was a mix of sweet malts, cherry, ripe fruits, some dark malts, yeast and some slight phenols.

Taste was medium bodied and very smooth. Dark malts, almost a rye bread or dark bread sort of quality. Yeast, phenols, dark ripe fruits, raisins, prunes, plums, a strong date sort of fruit flavor.

I was never really crazy about the other rocheforts, but this is actually pretty good. Still very subtle and not my favorite trappist brewery, but not to bad. Almost a session beer sort of trappist, not to huge with a good mix of malts.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

A - Great look, a dark golden bnrown color. The head is a little thinner than I expected but it sustains nicely and laces the glass like crazy. Gorgeous.

S - A lot of fruit up front, possibly some tart apples. Alcohol kick in there and some spiciness. A little bit of a dark fruit (grape/plum) on the nose as well. Well done.

T - A nice malty "Dark bread" taste on the initial sip. A nice nutty flavor with some alchohol on the finish. A nice taste.

M - Feels very nice in the mouth, a bit dry of a finish but the spiciness gives it a good feel.

D - Very good drinkability. The flavors aren't as complex as the 8 or 10 but still very interesting. A nice drinkable beer overall.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly clouded bourbon brown color with vigorous carbonation creating a massive, billowy head that has staying power like Ron Jeremy.

Aromas of plum pudding, stewed raisins, brown sugar, port wine, oaky vanilla, and flowers dance around in my nostrils.

Flavor much the same and more. Sweet plum and chewy raisins soaked in port wine, carmelized creme brule',strawberries, cherries, yeasty spice, and a touch of oaky dryness make this a pure delight. very similar in taste to a dubbel.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a not-quite-big body that leaves you wanting to take another sip right away.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a fantastic brew. Pours a very cloudy earth brown colour with plenty of sediment and little bits floating inside it. Offwhite foamy head that doesn't last too long leaves moderate lacing. This is a nice looking brew, to me anyway. The smell is indeed quite sweet and reminds one of caramel and candied fruits. The smell is very pleasant and not at all over powering. A joy. The taste is magnificent. Very easy to drink and full of flavour. No sign of elevated alcohol. Smooth. Plenty of malt. Sweet and toasted sensations wash over your tongue at first. Nice finish with very, very weak and subtle hops trying to show themselves. This is very close to being my perfect brew. Nice low level of carbonation, plenty of flavour, lots of malt, nearly void of hops. It has a great colour and at 7,5%abv it isn't so big you can't handle a couple of them. I have had the others in this run, and I must say that I don't care for No. 10 and actually like No. 6 and No. 8 much better. This is good stuff!!

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Photo of becktone
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours to be a opaque brown color, the color of this reminds me quite alot of caramel. The body of this beer looks quite full/thick. I can see some sediment suspended in the brew closer to bottom of my glass. To begin with it poured with a nice healthy looking head however, it quickly dissipated. When agitated this beer's head reforms to become a film/lacing on the top fo the beer. Overall this looks very appetizing.

The aroma of this beer is also very apetizing. I can't quite put a finger on the specific smell it has but I definitely smell more of a malt quality in this brew. The sweet smell I detect reminds me of apples dipped in caramel sauce. Its oveall aroma remids me of candy, Laffy Taffy perhaps? Overall good aroma but not very potent.

The taste of this beer is also quite good. Its malty aroma is quite evident as it is reflected in the taste. This beer has a complex taste, it is not a balanced beer at all. The malty character of this beer far outweighs the hop character it has. When it first hits the palate I taste a very breif and weak hop character. It quickly fades to the malty character of the beer. I just can't put a finger on what the taste of this beer reminds me of, yet I do enjoy it. I think the closest thing I can describe is a candy like flavor and also the flavor of apples mixed with caramel. Now that I've looked at some other reviews I must say that I can easily taste some vanilla in this beer.

The mouth feel of this beer is pretty good. It is moderately heavy on the palate and high in carbonation. Feels appropriate to the style on the palate. I think that perhaps if the body were a bit fuller or if it were heavier on the palate it would add something to the brew. I would definitely buy this beer again, however if I had a choice between this and Chimay Blue, I'd choose Chimay Blue. It's very good but I think that Chimay beats this one in taste for this style.

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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.