Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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92
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Reviews: 932
Hads: 2,187
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 176
Gots: 321 | 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 horndecker
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impressive look. Rich reddish brown color with an oatmeal colored head. Huge fluffy latte froth, rocky, sticky and lace forever.
A sweet soapy nose, yeasty and slightly fruity. Then there's a hint of something like roasted meat. It doesn't seem out of place.
The flavor is a bittersweet wash of toasted malt, butter and stewed fruit. A modest finish of bitter hops sets up an herbal yeasty aftertaste. Occassionally a flash of something slightly salty.
Medium bodied with a nice mouth filling carbonation. The hint of saltiness gives it a seltzery feel at times. Unusual, but not unpleasant.
While this is my least favorite of the Rochefort beers, it's still a treat. (672 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smallish brown 11.2 oz. bottle listing abv 7.5%, 21 04 08 as a best by, and serving temp suggestion. Thanks for Brother Stonecrusher for the hook up.
Aroma: Fairly mild, a touch spicy and hints of the melon flavor from the 8 & 10.
Appearance: Murky brown with the same odd tinge of green. The head is a sea of speckled creamed coffee that left thick clumpy sheets of lace. Pure eye candy.
Flavor: The “little brother” of the Rochefort family, it has the same (assuming) yeast generated melon flavor, but lighter chocolate and toasted malt qualities leading to a lighter more thirst quenching beer. No alcohol flavor noted.
Mouthfeel: Silky body that you can feel evaporating in your mouth. This beer also has a strong warming quality; it seems to start to set in about half way down the throat, warming your core.
Overall Impression: Wow, another outstanding example from Rochefort. While this is not as transcendent as the older brothers of the family, it is none the less an outstanding beer. Strongly recommended! (1,023 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cL brown bottle, capped (red cap). BBE date (290408).

This Belgian ale poured a cloudy, brown with a touch of red color with creamy, fluffy, light tan foam that persisted and clung to the glass. There was also a steady stream of fine bubbles from the bottom of the chalice. Very nice. The smell was lightly sweet and malty with a touch of caramel and a very faint hint of banana. The aroma improved as the beer warmed. The taste was malty and lightly sweet with a touch of caramel a very light sugary flavor. The hop presence was low. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and airy with medium body and strong carbonation. The aftertaste was light. This was a very nice, smooth and mellow beer. Very enjoyable. (714 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Apperance: This was beer was clear (the sediment was strongly compacted on the bottom of the bottle) and a very deep, brown-red color. The light tan head was coarse and fizzy and died away quickly, leaving only a rough ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. There was no lacing.

Smell: A great combination of sweet and fruit. Heavy caramel and toffee (almost like a Slo Poke sucker) combined with sweet smelling chocolate malt. This combined with plums and cherries, a hint of hops, and a touch of yeast. It kind of smelled like a Cherry Mash.

Mouthfeel: It started out light bodied, but seemed to get bigger and chewier as it slid back into the mouth. The carbonation was strong and the bubbles seemed to linger on my tongue even after the beer was gone.

Taste: Big flavors of candy sugar, cocoa, toffee, and chocolate malts. These didn't really come across as overly sweet, though. Actually, this beer was a little on the dry side. The fruit from the aroma barely emerged in the flavor, along with a hint of hops bitterness on the finish. Yeasty in the aftertaste. I was left with a chewy toffee flavor in my mouth.

Good beer. I got to thinking and I believe that this was my first Rochefort ever. There is an 8 tucked away somewhere in my pantry that I need to try really soon. (1,376 characters)

Photo of Paddez
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, brown brew with a medium sized, fizzy head.
The nose is full of fruity spices and caramelly goodness. Sweet, full and delicious.
The taste starts plummy but dry but spicy hops and smooth malts and caramels quickly take their place, succesfuly combining some classic elements of the style with the authenticity of a Rochefort.
The mouthfeel is smooth and full and the carbonation is quite vivid.
Good drinkabillity.

Another excellent beer from Rochefort. I don't know what these monks eat that they make such good brews, but I sure as hell want some of it! (576 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a wonderful red with a clingy, beige head.

Smell: Smells very full bodied (if that's possible). The woody and caramel notes are wonderful.

Taste and Mouthfeel: An instantly, incredibly smooth taste fills your mouth at first, and is followed by a wonderful oak flavor. Incredibly unique tasting, powerful, and very intriguing. The mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and wonderfully full.

Drinkability and Overall: Phenomenal. Rochefort is always on top of their game, and this beer is no different. I love it. Love it love it love it. (552 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before 11-03-09. Pours out great with a nice head that is big but not lasting too long. Colour is brown with litle redbronze shine in it. With a good poorout totaly clear and beggin for a nose. Nose is in the beginning very fruity; orange/apricot like but also candysugar and Rochefort spiceyeast flavors that dominate later.
Taste is drymalty, roastmalt there and gets into bitter fast. Could have litle more body but more then just ok. Mouthfeel is impressive too and all the pupils that are one your will tinkle except from the sweet that just is not there. Nice amount of carbondioxide also, mabe even little overdone.
Drinkability is also good; only litlebit tempted by the ernormous amount of bubbles. More then just a good brew (741 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful beer,though some Coco-cola colours . Dark amber brown colour. Cinammon smell. Warming cinammon mouthfeel. Licorice, fruity spice, raspberry,vanilla. Excellent malt toffee but not to make it on swethe et side. Perfect hop assist.Very good to drink at a moderate pace.Great 7 years later, bottle aged for 3 years. (323 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark plummy brown color, with lush foam above, active carbonation, attractive appearance.
Aroma: sweet, full ,complex, loaded with drak fruits, grapes, cherries, dates, plum, ...eggplant,...a bit of sour and must, an intriguing flavor in this nose, somewhere between sweetness and utter oddity. But I like it.
Taste: huge impact on the palate, big, fat, and delcious, ...more dark fruits swim the mouth, aided and abetted by a mix of spice, very rich, powerful, and juicy. Not as huge in alcohol, while still stronger than most beers, as it's brethren, this is a uniquely tasty, very drinkable effort from the makers of two of the most stunning beers on the planet. (The 8 and 10, of course.)
Very mellow, but far from mild. I admire the unique flavor more as it finds a home in my mouth. Medium bodied, long, fruity finish, very much deliciousness. I'm very happy with this one, and am amazed that this is the first time I've tried it...where have you been all my life? Yum, yum...try this one, please...your happiness is ensured! (1,045 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before 4-29-08. Pours a peachy copper color with a volumnous light beige head that stays ¼" thick throughout the duration of the experience. Lacing is luxurious and absolutely gorgeous. Rich aromas of roasted malts and candi sugars, musty and dusty yeast, light caramel, cocoa/vanilla and a slight nuttiness with nuances of toasted marshmallow. Not only is the aroma excellent, the taste and flavor is equalled to it. This probably has to be one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. Malty but not very sweet, subtle flaked maize or oat taste, fruitiness is bursting with juicy goodness. Light hop accents with virtually no astringency, just a little dryness. Lightly spritzy on the palate. Jawdroppingly delicious. (726 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an excellent beer. There isn't much more that can be said that I hadn't already said about the Rochefort 8, but the smell is quite possibly even more mindblowing in this beverage.

The beer pours to a dark brown-ish plum color that allows absolutely no passage of light through. The foam is just slightly off white, producing perfect little microbubbles that leave the most beautiful lace ever.

The smell, as I've said, is absolutely incredible. If it was possible to scent my house with this beer, I would. It produces a malty, citrusy bouquet similar to most trappist ales, but much more intense. I even detected, to my surprise, the slightest hint of hops, which I also picked up on in the taste to some degree.

This beer is far less sweet than the Rochefort 8, and especially the 10. For that reason, the mouthfeel is smoother and combined with a lower ABV, it is much easier to drink. It also has less of a wine taste and more of a beer taste, which could be good or bad depending on your mood and your palate. I think this is my top trappist ale at the moment, though it is extremely close between this and the Rochefort 8. I will definately be cellaring a bottle of each, and possibly even the 10, since it might help to mellow out the flavor and balance out the strong alcohol bite.

edit: bottle expiration date reads 15-05-07, and the Rochefort website says the bottling date is the expiration date minus 5 years, meaning this particular bottle was 2002 vintage and sitting on the shelves for the past two and a half years. I must say, it was kept in damn well condition... well done, John's Grocery! I am pleased to have finally found a home for this gem... in my belly. (1,696 characters)

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

Pours a hazy, dark brown beer with quite some carbonation and a fingerthick foam that rapidly disspiates and leaves a iland of lacing in the middle :)

Smell is on first impression basically yeast and alcohol. Besides from this there are fresh and fruity tones with some sweet liqourice in there and just a touch of spices.

Taste is thick, dark and powerful. First comes brown sugar with carbonation and alcohol. Then comes sweet, fruity and spicy tones along with a creamy and smooth feel. There is malt and perhaps some coffee or burned notes in the aftertaste with a very small bitterness.

A big beer in taste thats smooth and nice. Wellbalanced and a good brew. (673 characters)

Photo of paulaner
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This by far is the best Rochefort. It is just exploding with flavour that can not be topped. The aroma is top notch only to be out done ounce you get this wonderful beer on your tongue. When I drink this one it just relaxes me and takes away from the rush of our every day life and takes you to a place you will only understand when you have been to belgium to relax. With the lower alcohol content of the other Rocheforts you can drink this one all night. But even in Belgium this one is harder to come upon but it is out there in most gertrankmarts. I highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a bursting, flavorful beer. (629 characters)

Photo of ADR
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Its been a few years since I've had the Six, so its nice to see it back again. Hazy darker ginger color with a head that pops up quickly no matter how slow the pour. Laces in large downward dripping marks. Yeasty aroma, trademark fresh detergent notes (its hard to say why this is a good thing here, but it is) with pear sweetness and some cinnamon. Thickish mouthfeel, but well set off by staunchly spritely carbonation. Flavor is fairly big, leafy with lots of cantelope brightness mixed with a dark rum counterpoint. Prickly sense mid mouth to close, hoppy with pine cones, pepper, and star anise licorice. Relatively hot at the back of the throat and warming in the swallow. A well-done brew here. (701 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque amber brown body, with small whitish head. Massive brown sugar and spice aroma. Brown sugar and dried fruit flavors dominate. Some cocoa powder as well. Although bitter, there is no hoppyness to the flavor. Considering the vigor of the aroma, the flavor and body did not hold up to expectations. Very light body for a 7.5% abv, but the high abv does not show at all.

This beer lacks the verve of its two older sisters. This is too light for big beer satisfaction and yet has an alcohol level too big for a session beer. That being said it is a nice beer, and would happily drink it without complaint if someone else was buying. (637 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an very hazy dirty brown color ale with a good inch and half of off-white foamy head. Aroma is comprised of spices (coriander?), malt and Belgian yeast. Taste is at first dominated by the spices and malt and finish with the always-incredible Belgian yeast. Body is quite full and alcohol doesn’t show through. I also noted quite a few sediment at the bottom of my glass. This is the staple of Belgian ale and could not really get tired of it even though it doesn’t match the greatness of his two brothers. (522 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really do love Rochefort and this is just another reason why. The body is a hazy medium brown with a fairly large cream-colored head. The aroma has a bit of a bite to it and is very spicy. There’s a bit of overripe fruit (some of it banana) to flesh it out a little. The flavor is nicely malty in addition to the rest, but the body is significantly thinner than that of its bigger brother, the 10. (400 characters)

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

The beer poured into the chalice a deep medium amber with a definite haze. The head was off-white and retreated to the edges, but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was deep dark fruits, raisins and prunes, and a deep dark caramel. The beer was fruity with some higher alcohol esters tickling the nose on inhale. Also present was a slight belgian yeast spice.

The flavor was light with a nice caramel complexity followed closely by dark fruits which were restrained and a nice belgian yeast spice that finished out the myriad of subtle flavors. The flavors were very smooth and well balanced with nothing over the top and the alcohol hiding somewhere waiting to attack late in the night.

The finish was even with a lasting belgian yeast spice and slight caramel/dark fruit flavor that dried over time in the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done. The alcohol waits to let you know it has been there until after the swallow is long gone and then that familar warming is exhibited begging you to take another sip to cool back down again.

33 cl. Code on bottle 15 05 07. Much more subdued in the flavor than expected. Very pleasant to consume. (1,161 characters)

Photo of wyllder
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a murky, deep caramel brown with a sustained ivory head. Leaves a ton of sticky lacing as you go.

Smell is sweet, fruity bread.

Taste is a delicious blend of caramel, bread, yeast & lightly roasted malts. Afterfaste is a dark bready flavor that lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated.

Drinkability is great.

Wyll- (351 characters)

Photo of xgrigorix
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl bottle. Best by date stamped on label.

Russet brown with garnett highlights. Off white head holds very well, and leaves plenty of sticky lace behind.

Aromas of raisins & prunes, with a little bit of spice mixed in for good measure.

Soft & sweet, dark fruit works its way around to slightly herbal flavours. Soft, fluffy, brisk carbonation. Excellent. (370 characters)

Photo of necoadam
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a medium-dark brown color with a nice head that took a while to settle down. Smell consisted of a whole lot of things. Malts, caramel, dark fruits, chocolate, cocoa powder, nuts, and some bready aromas. Taste was just as complex. Actually complex really isn't a good enough word for this beer. It's beyond complex. Bread, malts, yeast, nuts, fruit, cocoa, and at the end some spicy hops finish it off. Moutfeel feels so light and fluffy on the palate it's down right amazing. Truly an amazing beer and one that every BA must try at least once. Worth every penny I spent on this beer. (593 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge and lasting beige rocky head with lots of various forms in the lacing. Body appears reddish deep brown. Dry fruity aroma (peaches, plums, banana, raspberries..). Deep biscuity malt combined with doughy yeast reminds me of vanilla flavored buckwheat pancakes. This is never too sweet, the yeast provides a deep dryness all the way through. Firm medium body with moderate carbonation. Fortunately no acidity nor alcoholic feel. Light hoppy bitter slice toward the end, gets a bit astringent after half the bottle. Lots of wood and cocoa in post-taste. Not a top notch belgian, but flavorful and well rounded. (611 characters)

Photo of soper2000
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bottles of both 6 and 10 at Kahn's in Indy. This is my first Rochefort. Poured a nice brown with a wonderful large 3 fingered cream head into my Gulden Draak tulip glass. I half expected this beer to be a little darker but it was still pleasing to the eye. Aroma has notes of dark fruits and spice but the aroma never approached overpowering. Taste was also a nice mild flavor with loads of dark fruits and some spicy yeastiness. A nice sweet/creamy finish also makes itself known. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy as well. I could drink this all night... If it weren't 7.5 percent that is. A very very solid brew and I'm continuing my love affair with Belgians. I'm sure I'll get around to sampling the 10 this weekend. (735 characters)

Photo of ColForbin
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle with 15.05.07 best before date. Label says (in French) it is brewed with water, malt, non-malt cereals, hops, yeast and sugar.

Rochefort 6 pours a deep, cloudy brown with a thick off-white head that sticks around through the entire glass. Aroma is magnificent - sour fruit, spice and caramel. Taste is spicy (coriander, cloves), bready with a sweet and sour finish. Some port-like and dark chocolate flavors as well. A touch of bitterness in the finish as the brew warms. Slightly heavy mouthfeel with ultra-fine carbonation. An incredible brew; what a mix of flavors! (583 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, medium brown color with slight ruby notes (if you look really hard). This bottle had lots of yeast in the bottom. Leaves a nice-looking but very thin head that covers the beer and stays there. Aroma is malty, semi-sweet and fruity (plums, dates, apples, cherries). Flavor is a nice mix of sweet and bready/yeasty. Alcohol profile hidden unlike its bigger brothers. Mouthfeel is very enjoyable- not real heavy on a hot day. Drinkability is high. I really like this compared to the 8 and the 10, because it has many of the same aroma and flavor profiles, but isn't as overpowering. Maybe not as complex because of it, but sometimes that's ok. (655 characters)

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