Trappistes Rochefort 6 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 6Trappistes Rochefort 6

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of steveh
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuing an effort to get reacquainted with some of the imports I used to drink many years back, I recently found a single of the Rochefort 6. You have to love a beer that provides a best before date 4 years out: March 22, 2021.

Poured into my Libbey tall tulip glass.

L -- Hazy (probably my fault for the abrupt pour of a bottle conditioned beer), light amber-copper color with a dense, firm, off-white head. Very effervescent bubble action.

S -- Peach to pear fruit esters, clove spiciness with light caramel and peppery alcohol back.

T -- Fresh fruit notes up front followed by rich malt characters reminiscent of cookie or fruit cake. Some dried fruit notes in the finish with mild caramel and a hint of clove. A lightly sweet malt flavor to subtle perfume fruitiness lingers through the aftertaste.

*Edit: A full "sludge pour" of the last ounce in the bottle, with all of the sediment, actually adds some spicy hop character to the flavor -- but not at all harsh or palate stuntingly bitter.

F -- Mouthfeel is very spritzy with a light-medium body.

O -- Quite a tasty beer. Not so sure about the lighter color than is suggested by the BJCP guidelines, but they also list this beer as one of the commercial examples to style -- and it hits the other marks well. A very refreshingly flavorful beer at a dangerous ABV. I can see this one coaxing you into a second or third like sirens to the rocks!

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Photo of bbtkd
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brasserie de Rochefort Trappistes Rochefort 6, 7.5% ABV, 18 IBU. Pours thin and brown, with a 3 finger white foamy head, leaves almost no lacing. Nose is lightly fruity, taste is bready, slight cherry and hops, with a slight bitter close. Mouthfeel is OK, overall just meh.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look -4.5 - Dark amber/brown color, just off white head. Slightly hazy. Ruby highlights. No lacing.
Smell - 4 - Smells of fruit and bread. plum, raisin, fig, tart cherry, bread and yeast notes coming through with a subtle bitter smell.
Taste - 4.25 - Follows the nose with fruit and bread flavors that wash over the pallet. Raisin sweet, cherry tartness, candied/dried plum and fig. Slight hop bitterness that compliments the sweet. Wine like finish with red fruit tannin/bitterness. A sour cherry finish.
Feel - 4.25 - High carbonation, medium to medium high body. Smooth around the edges despite the high carbonation. Alcohol is warming progressively but not intrusive.
Overall - 4.25 - A beer that is complex and very drinkable. Is most definitely to style. A Pleasure to drink but IMO, amped up a little bit. While it wasn't my favorite beer it is a wonderfully crafted beer with complexity to please my pallet. Would not order a second pint, partly because of the strength and just not my personal preference of style.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours copper red-orange with a creamy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like toasted bready malts, apricot, black grapes, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit, plum, some cherry, apple, pear, spice, with mild floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like cherry, plum, dark fruits, apple, pear, apricot, grapes, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toasted bready malts, spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great dubbel.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a chalice.

A: The body is copper to red with brown hues with a white minimal head that shows a lot of retention and lacing.
S: The aroma has tons of wild berries, specifcally blueberries and blackberries. It's a very soft aroma because you can smell the malts and a bit of alcohol, too much actually, in here.
T: The taste runs sweetness from malts, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, toffee, roasted malts. Most of the flavors don't connect perfectly but they're very good.
M: Body is medium to medium high. Carbonation is excessive. Bitterness in the end a bit strong for a dubbel.
O: Finally, the Trappistes Rochefort trio is over! This fight to find number 6 is over with a bit underwhelming feeling. 8 and 10 are one the best beers from their styles but 6 lacks something.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one has it all.... A wonderful bready, malty, yeasty body... Apples and figs and apricots dance around the edges. Finishes with hint of tartness.... Wonderful! Starts with a nice 2 finger head, with some lacing. The carbonation is high and finishes with a zip. This one is for sipping on a cool or warm day. Any day.

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Photo of vainosuomi
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Burnt orange / brown color, light brown head
Smell: Dark fruit, yeast, hint of honey and alcohol
Taste: Big on sweet fruity (raisin, plum) and bready malts. Brown sugar, hint of floral hops, spice
Feel: medium body, fairly carbonated, smooth

Overall a very well balanced Dubbel. Sweetness masks the alcohol flavor.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

AROMA: Very Unique; Gingerbread apricot, Apple.
LOOK: Dark Brown, Opaque, slight orange color. Sturdy head of small bubbles.
TASTE: Taste is comparably (to aroma) lacking. Some bread and earthy fruits, yeast.
FEEL: Excellent carbonation. Medium Body. Poured from a bottle in to a brandy snifter

A nice beer, but not even near the Rochefort 10. Funny though, I liked this better than the Rochefort 8.


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Photo of brianmandell
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle BB 2/11/20; Reddish amber pour with fluffy white head. Beautiful belgian candy sugar nose with caramel, spice and fruity yeast aromas. The taste doesn't match that nose. The belgian candy sugars and stone fruits flavors are there but muted and a little watery. Ends with an astringent boozy finish. Light mouthfeel, a little watery. Soft pillowy carb. This is a good beer but I had very high expectations given how great their quad is.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling brown with medium-large head that dissipates with only spotty lace. Nose is malt syrup, a bit of brown bread, marshmellow?, and actually some pleasant boozy notes. All of these were a bit weak at the beginning but come out more and more as the beer warms. Taste is similar but more towards the malt fruits. Even more than the nose, this improves as it warms and loses some carbonation. Simple at the beginning and a much richer flavor profile towards the end. Overall, a very good beer at the end...just don't drink this one too cold or you will be a little disappointed.

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Photo of descobar
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aged 3 and a half years but just past best by date. pours a cloudy (due to yeast sediment but not in clumps) amber brown with an off white head that dissipates quickly. the nose is caramel and toffee with earthy yeast esters. herbal hops and a soft presence of alcohol. medium body with a rich texture. carbonation and astringency are significant. flavor is a balanced combo of raisins, caramel and candy sugar sweetness supplemented by the bitterness. finishes dry as the astringency and bitterness fade.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a lot about nuts and a bit about banana and clove. This not too sweet in the taste and very dry almost tannic mouthfeel. It's an okay beer, maybe a good one to go with some food. It's very light for a 7.5% abv beer and no boozy at all. Still you can taste the historic craftmenship in that beverage

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Photo of HipCzech
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau beer tulip.

Appearance: Slighty hazy tawny gold, increasingly cloudy towards the bottom of the bottle. Frothy, creamy head of tan foam and streaky lace.

Smell: Aromatic - caramel, honey and jasmine flowers. Slight estery alcohol.

Taste: Caramel malt body with fruit notes (plums, orange zest) and spicy Belgian yeast. Slight bitterness contributes balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with higher carbonation; semi-dry finish.

Overall: Great aroma; flavorful, malty and fruity.

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Photo of Themanfromvierlingsbeek
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L-Quite good amber color, head fades quite fast
S-Can't describe the smell very good, but it is really fruity, certainly liking it.
T-Also very fruity, had only a very strange taste in my mouth afterwards
F-Actually feels very good ,really soft on the mouth
O- I would really recommend this beer to everyone who would like to taste a very good beer qualified as "dubbel", it's one of the best ones i've ever tasted

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy medium amber with off white head. Foam is frothy but quickly dies off with a slight ring that can be coerced with a swirl. Burnt orange on the nose with dark fruit in the background. Flavour is somewhat subdued but still lots of character. Finishes herbal with prickly carbonation

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- hazy dark amber color with a big amount of head
S-alcohol smell with a wine chocolate aroma
T-wine and dark cherry taste with an alcohol warming in the aftertaste
F- high carbonation and full body
O-great taste with a taste that left me wanting more

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Photo of tillmac62
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBD 8/1/16. Pours a slightly cloudy medium amber with a nice dash of garnet. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of light caramel with a slight char, raisins, figs, hints of plum and a very subtle hint of clove over a biscuit base.

Light body that is smooth. Superb carbonation / body balance. Light effervescence arrives in the middle and gains intensity resulting in a prickly finish.

The flavor profile is very good but lacks the complexity and intensity to be outstanding. Separation is a bit lacking but the flavors of the nose can be discerned. It begins a bit charred then flows to light fruit and caramel. Bitterness is virtually absent. The finish reveals a bit of clove.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours - Cloudy dark amber nice thick off white head that quickly dissipates to nothing no lacing.

Smell - Sweet dark fruit, I was surprised the alcohol stands out a bit, little bit of figs slightly fruity.

Taste - Wow the dark fruit and alcohol blends great, nice caramel and citrus as well.

Feel - Medium body, very nice carbonation very smooth.

Overall - Excellent beer I love the taste and the smell, the alcohol and dark fruit combination is perfect.

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Photo of RobinLinde
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a a tulip. Has a very misty light brown body with a light tan head. Moderate retention with some lacing.
Smell: Sweet smell of prunes, dates and honey
Taste: To me, the taste is more toasted than the smell, but it's also quite fruity. Surprisingly toasty for a 6 though.
Mouthfeel: A medium body with light/moderate carbonation.
Overall: A toasty and fruity double. Definitely a good beer!

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian dubbel pours a somewhat opaque reddish brown color with a fairly large white foamy head. The scent is quite mild for a Belgian beer with only a hint of sweet bread and maybe a light fruit aroma as well. The taste, however, is not. There is a fairly sweet caramel and brown bread flavor from the malts, which are fairly assertive for a dubbel. There is a mild fruit flavors of dates or maybe raisins, but it is definitely a background element. The taste of alcohol is also most definitely present, more so than with the average dubbel. The body is on the high end of medium and the finish is semi-dry. Overall I would say this is a nice robust, but not all that complex dubbel. It is very enjoyable, but it is not mind blowing like the quad from this brewery is.

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Photo of FBarber
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dull tawny brown with a two finger tan head that reasonably quickly dissipated. Left no lacing but a thin tan film along the top of the beer with a thicker ring around the outside edge.

Smell is full of aromas of prune, raisins, dates and spice. Undertones of malt, honey and floral notes.

Taste follows the nose with notes of prunes, raisins and dates followed quickly by a slightly sweet bready malt. The malt is bready but buttery. Tannin like notes provide a very dry finish. Certainly get some notes of the alcohol in this and it leaves you pleasantly warmed. The favors on this are some smooth and well blended. Its a remarkable beer.

Feel is a bit thin with mild carbonation. Silky smooth and buttery. Very dry finish. Booze is warming, but doesn't produce any noticeable feel in the mouth.

Overall this is a remarkable beer. One of the best I've ever had and certainly on my short list of favorites. Absolutely must try if you come across it.

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.34/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I liked the 10, though not the 8 quite so much. This is darker than I was expecting, with it being the 6.

Head goes down quite fast. Aroma is quite faint.

Tastewise it's pretty light, not really setting the world alight.

The Trappiste Rocheforts basically have one beer, and the rest are just diluted versions. The 6 and 8 don't really come close in my view.

I had a Leffe Blonde just before this, and I preferred that over this one. Where as a Rochefort 10 is up there with the best.

Chimay are the winners for me as the brewer who can make 3 different beers, outstanding and different. Rochefort make one, and the others are not even close...

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle BB 28/07/2020. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light brown with orange glints, with thick, three-finger khaki head that lingers into a frothy, spotty cap. Excellent lacing, and outstanding retention. Hear that head crackling. That's the first time in all my reviews I've been inclined to comment about the sound of a beer. Needless to say, ample carbonation.

Smell: Remarkably floral, like the soap we had when I stayed in the Dominican Republic - clean, light, almost artificial in sweet floweriness. Followed by some sweet malt, and yeast.

Taste: Off-sweet malty arrival, quickly turning floral - think day lilies, hyacinths, and lilacs on your tongue, in a bed of light, slightly sweet, and bready malt. Like flowers and Challah bread. Finish turns to more pure bready maltiness, and then a little lingering spice like ginger or clove, but not full-on in your face clove, just a bit.

Mouthfeel: Very actively carbonated, and on the light side of full-bodied. Lighter than I expected it to be, to tell you the truth. Fairly clean, not slick.

Overall: Many people like the 10 better than the 8 or this. I have never had the 8, but the 10 was just overpowering and syrupy. This shows off the finesse of the yeast, and the interplay between the phenols and the malt is just great. At 7.5% it's still a lot of alcohol, but it won't wreck you, so you can make it a treat and at the same time keep your wits about you. The smell alone would make me come back to this beer again before long, and it could be a regular for special occasions.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy and dark rust colored golden orange with a half finger of active off-white foam that dissipates pretty quickly into a thin layer.

Very vinous grape notes in aroma, with a slight caramel like sweetness, and crackery and bready toasted malts.

Cracker and bread like malt sweetness, sweet white grapes, slight lemony citrus character, and some caramel/toffee.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, extremely soft and creamy smooth.

Overall, another top notch brew from a world class brewery. Absolute masterpiece here.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having this ale on my table in the winter is enough to make me want to be a monk.

One of the best breweries in the world makes only 3 beers.
Something to think about.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" gave an extensive review, as he did of all the Trappists. He gave Rochefort 6 these words " a reddish color ; a soft body and an earthy, herbal palate developing a deep fruitiness."
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave 6 only 2.5 stars of 4.
I beg to differ with the man who gave us so much.

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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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