Trappistes Rochefort 6 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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932 Reviews
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Reviews: 932
Hads: 2,187
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 176
Gots: 320 | 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 frank4sail
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle lugged back from the promised land. Dated 15 05 07. Light brown carbonated look in tyhe goblet. Off white nice head on the pour with nice lacing. Some chunky friends are also present iin the goblet. Nutty brown sugar cookie dough nose. Full smooth mouth. Cocoa and cookie dough taste dominate upfront with a slightly astringent dry plum finish. Interesting, smooth and full flavored. (396 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 11.2 oz bottle, into a goblet. The color is a dark red- brown, with a nice filmy white head. The smell is an apple/ester sweetness. The taste is apple/plum, with a very strong yeastiness, and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

Not a bad offering from Rochefort. Nice and mellow Rochefort taste, and not too much in the way of intoxication. Makes me almost want to give up the secular world to become a monk (almost!) (486 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed burgandy/scarlet red appearance. Carbonation is visible in the form of rapidly surfcing lines of small bubbles. A thick crop of rocky, dirty white head sits on top. Aroma is sweet, musty, chalky, bready, doughy and a little spicy. The mouthfeel is quite carbonated, light and spritzy, with a body of about light-medium. Subtle toffee tones mix with a little caramel and sweet candy. Just a little pepper spice is noted. Some bubblegum esters and light biscuit tones accent nicely as well. Just the slightest bit of hop derived bitterness. Drinkability is quite high. This is 7.5% a/v?? Can't taste any. Nice effort. (630 characters)

Photo of drewbage
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the 2004 Pizza Port Belgian Beer Festival in beautiful downtown Carlsbad.

Beer arrives in the glass a dry and dusty looking chocolate brown with a tall white crispy head that falls back to the beer fairly quickly.

The aroma is nutty with a drying spice a little like the aroma kicked up by a blind handed stumble through the spice cabinet.

Flavor is deeply grainy at first before being replaced with a dry cocoa powder and cinnamon sensation. (think bitter cold hot chocolate).

This dryness quickly becomes the primary sensation as the beer leaves teh palate. It makes a man thirst for his next sip! (622 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Instantly recognizable from the far side of the beer store, the 33cl brown glass bottle oozes understated class as it sits on the shelf with just the classic looking cream label with just the words, ‘Trappistes Rochefort’ in a Germanic looking calligraphic font. Underneath is a white ‘6’ encased in a red circle and simply flanked with the words ‘Biere’ and ‘Bier’. The Authentic Trappist hexagon logo, a recycling symbol and a picture of the correct glassware to use with a suggested serving temperature of 12° à 14°. A modern day bar code and the date ‘15 05 07’ stamped on the front completes the main obverse label. The reverse label thankfully hides all of the absolute bollocks demanded by the “nanny knows best” US Government, but this at least gives the Importer the chance to translate the SI Units the rest of the world uses; the bottle is 11.2 fl.oz and you should serve this at 54-58°F in the USA. Even packed in a segregated cardboard box, the familair red and white cap with the encircled '6' continues to promote the heavenly contents.

Appearance: Simply fantastic appearance. A long gone broken Trappistes Rochefort glass is much missed, so Brother Westvleteren was quickly pulled out of a deep sleep to house this marvelous looking beauty. Carefully discharged from the bottle, it slides effortlessly down the curved sides aided by the clinging remnants of the fresh cold water that I used to rinse the Westie Goblet only moments earlier. The light tan head forms as the dark brown chestnut body rolls back on itself. Slightly turbid, it settles with a silk carpet head that never breaks it vow of retention. Light clinging lace. Perfect conditioning.

Nose: Biscuit malts with a delicate caramel cum chocolate aroma mixed with raisins, nuts and dark fruits. Just above average in strength, but very discernable nevertheless.

Taste: A myriad of flavors come and go as this Trappist is imbibed. Even this youngster has enough variation to retain interest throughout, and even beyond the 11.2 fluid ounces have long gone. A dubbel like malt middle is preceded with some light milk chocolate and biscuit with a delicate nutty feel. The ending is dry & malty with some palatable crushed raw malt grain in the texture. Finishes with a very long astringent ending.

Mouthfeel: Teflon smooth and exceptionally silky, the fine carbonation assists the ‘Six’ in literally coating the mouth like a warm thick woollen glove tightly covets a cold hand on a freezing day. Like a concrete foundation, the 7.5% alcohol is nowhere to be seen, but it is there, hidden from view, but most certainly doing its job.

Drinkability: Quite simply; “USQUE AD MORTEM BIBENDUM” - I certainly could.

Overall: Scintillating, awesome, inspiring, sheer bloody brilliance.

Don't let the '6' fool you!! It is no lesser a beer than the '8' or '10'. Quite simply, this is a Class Act AND a Classic beer.
Immensely interesting, and one of my all time favorites!
HIGHLY Recommended. (3,018 characters)

Photo of proc
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a dark brown in the glass with a large head. Very active carbonation. Aroma is that of fruit, malt and fresh bread. Taste is that of plums, raisins, anise and light chocolate. Tasty, with a very distinct yeast profile. Not as good as the "6" or "10" in the Rochefort line, but still wonderful. A very good beer. (324 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear tea-like color with a nice fluffy off-white head that looks very inviting. The smell is a mellow fruit, yeast and alcohol that is overall very “un” pronounced. Taste is a little bit of raison with with light spicy hops and a warming alcohol. This is a light bodied beer that finishes slightly dry. Although subtle in smell and somewhat in taste, it is not deficient in complexity and is very drinkable for a beer of this style. Op uw gezonheid! (475 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep maroon with massive amounts of tan lace adhering to the sides of the chalice. Beer is hazy and lots of yummy yeasties in the bottom, despite careful pour.

Aromas of spices, pumpernickel bread, alcohol and dates or figs appear. Aroma changes greatly as beer nears room temp.

Flavor starts with a hint of buttered toast and then moves to sweet malt and spicy yeast. Detect a slight hazel or hexnut aftertaste.

Beeris lighter in the mouth than it appears but very pleasing to the palate and "soft."

Can always drink a Rcohefort, usually one is enough but I think I drink a few of these in one sitting. (621 characters)

Photo of far333
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark cider color with a beige head of fine, uniformly shaped bubbles that rise up and leave a half inch of foam sitting atop the glass. The head recedes a bit, but leaves a thin coating for the duration of the glass. Aroma is of pear and sweet malts, plus some cinnamon. Mouthfeel is smooth, the carbonation is perfect. Flavor is rich, but not overpowering. Not one distinct flavor, but many flavors that move in and out, and develop as the glass warms. There is smooth warming malt, sweet pear, cinnamon and honey, and plum. There is a citric hop tingle in the finish, very subtle though. Finishes crisp, a bit tannic, perhaps a little chalky. Bits of cocoa develop on the tongue as the aftertaste lingers. Twelve ounces is not enough for this beer. Thanks to MJR. (770 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick tan head eventually fades to a thin coating and left a solid coating as it sank. The aroma is of dark chocolate, cherries, and doughy malt. The beer is dark cider brown where the glass is the widest, and begins to glow towards the bottom of the The flavor is well balanced and understated; light malt flavor, a bit of tangy bubbly fruit, and a couple other things I'm gonna go crazy trying to decipher. The liquid seems to float accross the tongue, very light and soothing, and warming as it settles into your stomach . Nice finish, very light aftertaste with a pinch of lightly bitter chocolate. (602 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle opens with a pronounced pfft when I pop the cap. This beer pours a deep reddish copper color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a deep amber color. It is lightly hazy and is topped by a creamy off white head. Quite a fruity aroma with notes of plum, raisin and rum. The fruitiness caries through to the taste, with hints of apricot and in the finish a bit of banana. This beer seems to be sweet, but is in actuality fairly dry. The general fruitiness helps to build up the perception of sweetness. No alcohol is evident, this one hides it well. Quite a smooth beer, well put together, the flavors come together to form a balanced whole. There is a low level of Belgian spiciness here (esters, higher alcohols, etc.) that melds very well with the fruity notes. I must say I really like this beer. Not as complex as the Bernardus Pater 6, but I like it better. (877 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bronze hue that reflects peach. Mountains of bubble-scarred froth on the surface. A coven of gathering yeast pellets.
Nose is dry toffee and sourdough bread crusts. And brandy. Upstanding, if a bit vacant.
Begins with far less flavor than I had anticipated. Dry malt base with dehydrated prune skins. Any partial sugary hues are dried again immediately, accompanied by some faint plastic notes. Grape emerges briefly, though it remains dry. Like caramel sucked lifeless of its sweetness. Dry stale bread coated with dry diacetyl-induced butter. Dry pepper. Dry hops at the end bring dried savory herbs.

Dry.

It caught me off-guard in that respect. Airy and thin and fizzy and bubbly.

And dry.

Plenty good for a quaffer, I suppose. I wanted a bit of an experience. I got bland. And a wallet $6 drier. (816 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown hue with tawny influences, light brunette head, reached a tickle over a fingers worth. Fair retention, it sinks to an incomplete cap. Minimal lace. The nose was peppery/spicy, light alcohol, candied sugar, malty. A very pleasant bouquet, good potency. Inviting. Tasty palate, dry coffee, semi-sweet chocolate upfront with pepper in the middle, quickly followed by the bready maltiness, kisses of fruity-alcohol, candy sugar… the finish on the bier is magical. Champagne-like carbonation. Medium body. It might not pack the alcohol punch of his big brothers but don’t sleep on 6, it is a very quality quaff. Recommended. (632 characters)

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

Appearance – Dark brown with a tinge of orange to the body. I controlled the head at the pour, but it still came up nicely and laced the glass on the way down.

Smell – This is heavy on the toasted malt. The deep, dark fruits are present as well. I can pick up a strong blackberry scent along with ripe apricots, tobacco, dates, big figs, and oranges soaked in brown sugar syrup.

Taste – This is awesome. Those big fruity flavors come out monstrous at the tongue. The brown sugar syrup shows up huge, as does the mashed figs and dates. The malt steps back a bit from the nose and is replaced by a serious effort at spicing. All the traditional BSPA spices are present, cinnamon among the more prominent.

The malt really turns bready for me about halfway through the bottle. It comes out more as I go along, even though I pulled this from the fridge a full half hour before pouring. This is an excellent example of the style.

Mouthfeel – Big carbonation and a full, chewy mouthfeel make this a meal unto itself, although that won’t stop me from eating :)

Drinkability – After falling in love with the “8” some time ago, it was nice to try this weaker cousin. The ABV is down but the flavors are right on target. Well done. (1,243 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color. Large head. Aroma is malty, bananas, fruity and bready. A medium bodied dubbel. Malts are bready and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. Deep rich malt flavors. Smooth taste. Crisp and bright yeasts. Well balanced. Touch of banana flavors. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and sweet. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. (352 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Turbid ruddy chestnut hue. Dogged, light beige head with dense, soft peak consistency. Loosely tattered lace trails. The aroma is initially an evened melange of lightly sugary plum, mellow carob and dark candi sugar caramel notes. As the beer breathes, clove phenol and hints of peppery alcohol surface. Understated and welcoming aromawise. Ashen, nut studded banana bread sweetness incipient in flavor lingers, then after a deliberation is complemented by a stately dark fruit presence of a plum and woody, dried date nature. Tepid notes of black licorice and salty biscuit arise late and lend an unexpected, but welcome savory contrast. Lightly bodied and quite lean overall, with a dryish, fluid mouthfeel indicative of ample usage of candi sugar. Quite well attenuated. Finishes with a brief surge of herbal phenol yielding to lingering notes of dry, powered, unsweetened cocoa. Rochefort 6 is an exceptionally balanced, soft beer that awakens and sits lightly on the palate. Its inherent tameness works well... An ideal evening would be a progressive tasting of the Rochefort 6, then 8, then 10. (1,100 characters)

Photo of Sixpack595
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought the 6, 8, and 10 a couple days ago and decided to try them in that order. At $5.99 a pop for 33cl these better be some damn fine beers, and the 6 was not a disappointment. Aromas of plums and raisins with a malty backbone hinted at what was to come. The dark red brown body was well carbonated but produced very little head. The taste was of dark fruits, chocolate, and toffee with a nice dry bitterness. Really a very good beer, but not good enough for me to make a habit of. Everyone should try it, but there are many beers every bit its equal for half the price. (574 characters)

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

Brown.

Smells like egg bread from a Jewish deli. The kind that are braided and scorched on top, almost black, but not quite. There's Chocolate ice cream too...it is a deep, protein-rich, milky smell that is inviting and even exquisitely balanced. Coffee, burning cuban cigars, cognac/oloroso emerge in time.
Don't get me wrong. This is an appealing beer. On the palate it is creamy, easy and just suggestive of French roast, cherries and frothy milk. Give it to your friends who suckle Boddingtons. They might come around. As for me, I'll take a living beer brewed by monks every time, even if it wasn't so darn gosh silky. (627 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the first of a Rochefort trilogy at a recent beer tasting. The 6 O.G. Is mahogany or old brown leather in color. A big foamy and fizzy beige head lasts. Trails of sticky lace cling in places and bits of yeast float in suspended animation after gently rolling the bottle before opening. A damp earth, malt and slightly sour aroma prevail. Not overly malty or hoppy. Notes of caramel, light cloves and a hint of pine finish this rather dry Trappist. (456 characters)

Photo of TheDM
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a very envigorated large creamy head of fine off-white bubbles that left a good lacoing and a carbonated cloudy yeasty opaque brown body. Its flavor is comparatively complex like its bretheren the 8 and the 10, but it is much thinner. The flavors of roasted malt and spices and in there just like its kin, but not as silky smooth as the 8 and with less bite than the 10. Still, an excellent brew! (413 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Abbel Dubbel poured a large invigorating tan long lasting head with fine-small bubbles. There was good lacing on all sides of my glass. The aroma was somewhat fruity. The body was a cloudy light brown color and it was thin and watery. It had a tingly taste to it and I prefer the Rochefort Trappistes 8 to this one. (320 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprisingly aromatic brew, I caught whiff of light alcohol aromas as soon as I cracked the bottle. Poured out with colors like a big malted milk ball -- dark brown with a cream-colored head. The head really looked like a big kitchen sponge -- thick and porous. Aroma was almost that of some sort of red wine with prunes and alcohol -- lemon pine sol and melon too. Kind of light and bread-like up front with a reasonably strong alcoholic and bitter finish. Fairly easy to drink for a beer of its strength. The alcohol is noticeable but balanced and under control. Smooth. No extremes. (587 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy brown as do the other Rochefort beers. The aroma is very much the same as the others too. The taste is not as strong as the 8 or the 10 but it has a very strong hint of coffee - which I did not care for. I recommend the 8 over all others. (263 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first beer from Rochefort! This beer pours a light, hazy brown colour with a magnificent head. The aromas are of BREAD, MALT, spices, alcohol, and faint hops. The taste is more of the same. Liquid bread! This beer also has some wonderful medicinal hop, alcohol flavors and some faint dark fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is a bit thin as the carbonation is a bit high but it does not hurt this brew too much. Sometimes you need a lighter-bodied Belgian. The drinkability for this beer is great. I can drink it all night long, and I would if the price was right!
Cheers!
-F (574 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite stunning in appearance: the color of autumn leaves , with a thick, creamy, off-white head that leaves a huge lace. The aroma is spicy and bready, though a bit weak. These two characteristics dominate the flavor as well. Mid-palate gives way to a deep-fruitiness, giving me the impression of something like raisin-bread. Very smoothly-blended and gentle, with a creamy body and a finish which is just barely sweet. What drying effect there is seems to come more from the alcohol than the hops, which are fairly mild. A really, really nice beer! (549 characters)

Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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