Trappistes Rochefort 6
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4.17 | pDev: 9.83%
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HeyItsChili from South Carolina

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a chalice. Pours a dusty ruby color with a medium khaki head.

S - Sweet, Belgian candi sugar, mild spices, malts, faint sweet alcohol.

T - Dark fruit, prunes, raisins. Brown sugar, faint alcohol finish.

M - Just south of medium bodied, good carbonation.

Feb 22, 2011
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly flawless apperance, this lacing on the glass was handed down from the gods. The tawny russet hue is dusted with a bit of haze and shimmers in the light.

Smell: Hint of spice, bread crust, estery alcohol and a smidge of dark fruit show a complex yet inviting aroma.

Taste: Some phenols upfront with a pinch of butteriness, dry bread crust and carob are from the malts. Intricate yeast flavours of nuts with some leftover phenols, light esters and faint fruit round out the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and deceiving with a nicely lined smoothness within the semi-dry palate.

Drinkability & Notes: This beer is too highly seated to be all alone, some soft cheeses and crackers are an excellent union to take the taste buds to a higher level.

Jan 01, 2003
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Charred orange accented by brick red. I expected to see some yeast, but the beer is pristine after the initial pour. Perhaps the final pour will murk things up a little. The airy crown of foam is the color of polished pearls bathed in a soft orange light. Soft streamers of lace decorate the glass in an appealing fashion and solidify the (less than dark) BSDA look.

The nose is good without being fantastic. Going on appearance and aroma alone, it seems like 6 is a lighter end of the spectrum Belgian dark ale rather than a BSDA. I smell unsweet caramel malt, musky dark fruit and a dash of spicy Belgian yeast.

Although I still think the above style is incorrect, this is definitely good beer. The fruitiness is more along the lines of bruised apples, white raisins and dried figs. It doesn't quite reach the 'dates' stage of darkness and is nowhere near the 'raisins and plums' stage. I'm sure the monks felt like they needed to distinguish it from the higher-ABV, darker, maltier Rochefort 8.

The beer has a stealth complexity. One can easily quaff it without a second thought, but a little probing reveals a beautiful proportionality between malt, hops and spicy yeast. I like the fact that 6 favors the dry, crisp portion of the BSDA spectrum. It's too bad that it only comes in 33 cl bottles because I could easily go for a '750' right about now.

As anticipated, the addition of the final few inches of beer both darkens and murks things up quite nicely. It also makes the flavor profile even more bold. If you can manage it, I'd suggest choosing a drinking vessel that allows you to drain the entire bottle with one smooth pour. I know I'll be doing that next time (and there will most certainly be a next time).

I had to carefully ration the final few ounces in order to assess the mouthfeel. The beer was disappearing so fast that I feared I'd run out ahead of schedule. While the mouthfeel is light for the style, it has a gorgeous feel and is expertly carbonated. No letdown here; not even close.

I don't know why it took me so long to drink my first offering from one of the most respected breweries in the world. I was less than floored initially, but now that I'm at the bottom of the bottle, I'm able to recognize the brilliance of Trappistes Rochefort 6. If it was less expensive, I'd gladly buy this delicious elixir in bulk. Now I can't wait to drink 8 and 10.

May 04, 2007
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SHDoyle from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description: Reddish, ruby, caramel appearance with a little off-white head that dissipates almost immediately. Aroma is sweet and yeasty with notes of banana, dark fruit and dark cherry. The dark fruit is more pronounced on the taste and kind of steals the show as there is little hoppy bitterness or even spice profile. Feel is light with very high carbonation. Lots of bubbles with a somewhat dry finish.

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) A tasty and well-crafted beer but a little one note. Really highly carbonated, but I suppose that goes with the territory.

Jul 24, 2018
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IckyT2012 from Florida

4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Some of the best head I've ever gotten

Mar 22, 2015
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timon from California

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4 this is a dubbel....very interesting. i'm somewhat of a tripel freak, and love my quads, but have not had more than two or three of these. I would say it's like a light quad, and not like a tripel at all. Very weird. It has a good head, not much lacing, but who cares. Smell is plum, honey and pinapple. Taste is between a tripel and quad, oddly enough: honey, pear, carmel and dark fruits. Very enjoyable, but lacking the hard personality of a tripel or quad.

May 03, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy medium to dark bronze amber with a healthy three finger off-white head with great retention and lots of pillowly lacing. Spicy aroma of light stone fruit, dates, raisins, light nuts, cherry; the clove and earthy spices really dominate this more than other Rochefort ales. Flavor is sweet dates, figs, apricot with rapidly developing spiciness of clove and other earthy spices, finisihing with concentrated fruit, caramel and light hops. Really complex flavor. Nice creamy, medium heavy body. An exceptional Belgian ale and possibly the richest, most complex dubbel I've had. I wondered why I never had reviewed this, and it's possible that I always went for its bigger brothers, 8 and 10. If so, my loss. This is as flavorful and interesting as those ales. An exceptional dubbel from one of the best breweries in the world. A total pleasure to drink.

Jan 23, 2015
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ralphwhosman from Mexico

3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Trappístes Rochefort es sofisticada. Dubbel de sabor magro con un toque de sustentabilidad de abadía belga.

Dec 23, 2014
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Jeffsta1 from Washington

3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden brown color. Pale off white head, moderately fine foam.

Smells a bit lagery. Unconvincing.

Taste: meh, ok. Bit o' malt, bit o' hops, middle of the road ale. A little more sweetness as it warms in the glass.

Mouthfeel is lighter than it looks, not rich. Rather more carbonated than I prefer. The 7.5% alcohol is very, very well hidden: this is sessionable.

Not much finish at all, except carbonation.

This is just not a great beer. What's there is well balanced, good integrity, but it's just not very interesting.

Looking at reviews from others, I wonder if the bottle was off or old.

Aug 29, 2015
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jmasher85 from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rating these beers is kind of a neat experiment: they are all made the same way, only aged and brewed longer for higher alcohol contents. This is the lightest, and it's delicious and complex, but the least of the three (which still puts it pretty high, objectively, as a beer).

Aug 09, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a chestnut color capped by a fairly impressive (at first) ecru head; retention was surprisingly poor and there was not that much lacing, either

Smell: Toasted brown bread with a bit of fig jam; undertones of toffee and banana

Taste: Toffee and fruit, up front, with figs, sweet apples and bananas jutting to the fore; by mid-palate, a layer of spice and toasted brown bread emerges followed by the yeasty phenols that appear, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Absolutely perfect, with a medium body lighted by a buoyant carbonation

Overall: Overall, Rochefort is my favorite Trappist brewery and the 10 is my favorite dark Belgian beer; this one is a bit lighter (particularly for the BSDA style) but it is still an exceptional product

May 02, 2012
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JackieKu from Taiwan

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Possibly got faulty bottles.

Nov 19, 2014
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Ant777uk from England

2.34/5  rDev -43.9%
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...

May 02, 2016
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albertzl from China

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 16, 2016
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Orrshow from Canada

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Apr 08, 2006
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rye726 from Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a rich ceadr brown with a nice beige head.

Nose has lots of bready malts, subtle fruit tones, spicy yeast, peppery alcohol and herbal hops.

Taste not as impressive. A bit dull over the palate and through the finish. Not bad, a nice ale, just a bit thin.

Light finish and body for the style.

Mar 09, 2010
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My least favorite of the three Rochefort beers, but still a great beer. The same recipe is used for all three but the lower abv lessens the taste a bit by losing the warmth and roasted maltiness. Still pours a nice chocolate brown color with thin tan foam head. Aroma of roasted maltiness and chocolate. Roasted malty flavor with hints of chocolate, toffee and dark fruit.

Dec 02, 2008
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mattfancett from England

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Sep 01, 2014
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seabass87 from Kentucky

3.26/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 FL OZ bottle into tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazelnut caramel brown. Fair amount of sediment transfer. Brief fizzy head that leaves no lacing.

S- Rye bread, molasses, sweet caramel maltiness... And a weird barnyard funk. A unique scent, but I'm not finding it particularly enjoyable. This was my least favorite aspect of this beer.

T- Bready Belgian yeast and caramel biscuit coupled with a refreshingly light body and a good amount of carbonation. Flavors feel a bit dull. Transition is subdued with hints of slightly bitter grapes and brings us towards caramel granny smith apples and a bit of warmth. There's a much delayed mild kick of the aforementioned yeast profile which is a pleasant surprise. These flavors are right up my alley, but they just don't come alive.

M- Light bodied and a relatively high amount of carbonation. Leaves a little bit of sticky dryness.

O- Not a bad beer... Has the misfortune of being compared alongside the Rochefort 8 as well as other notorious Belgian strong darks. Will try again in the future, to see if maybe I just got a bad batch/bottle.

Aug 13, 2011
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jeremiahoden from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Feb 07, 2013
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georgiaboy8686 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Apr 29, 2014
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bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 24, 2014
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LocusSolus from Poland

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Sep 24, 2016
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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...

Apr 10, 2006
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blaje from Canada

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As upon opening, this beer bursted out of the bottle... High Carbonation, big time! Is this infection? Cannot say for sure but hope not, because it is a unique bottle from a private import. Already taste this beer few time in belgium, but haven't noted anything for a review. This is my first tasting of this beer in about 5 years.

This beer was served in a sniffer. It revealed itself red/brown reminiscent of Flanders beers. The head is overwhelmingly thick, about 5cm and off-white in colour. Crackling nose, like a soft drink poured rapidly, is heard from the glass. Weird! Lots of heavy large flaky chunks of yeast floating around. Nice things about this is that they're sedimenting quite rapidly.

Nose: Fruits are dominating. Maraschino cherries are very perceptible, had Strawberries. Caramel and toffee is present too, but not as present as the fruit smell.

Mouthfeel is deferent. Less fruity then the nose. Figs and caramel. Carbonation is a perfect representation of the opening, high, almost fizzy, but this tends to fade in after a few minutes.

Oct 08, 2009
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