Trappistes Rochefort 6 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium
trappistes-rochefort.com

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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4.13
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Photo of scottfrie
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into Delirium Noël glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark iced-tea color with a couple fingers of fizzy light tan pinkish head that slowly faded into a thick frothy film that left some spots of lacing down the glass.
S: Notes of sparkling dark fruits, cinnamon and dry bread. Not particularly smelly, but what is there smells great.
T: There is the normal BSDA dark fruits but I get surprising notes of raspberries as well. Spicy and medicinal notes come through as well as a doughy, bready, and almost creamy character. Finish has a cherry sweetness and the aftertaste is reminiscent of rye and has a touch of alcohol, raisins and tobacco.
M: Bubbly carbonation with a medium-full body and tingly yet soft mouthfeel. A touch of alcohol comes out near the finish.
D: This didn't blow my mind but it is a wonderful brew none the less. Not as epic as 10, but wonderful just the same. Definitely one of the better BSDA I've had to date.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. The "littlest" of the Rochefort at only 7.5% this beauty pours a nice rich cloudy mahogany red color with a nice 2 finger head that settles rather slowly to form a nice coaster. The aroma is somewhat tame compared to the others but still has a nice toffee, caramel sweet smell along with some belgian yeast fruit type notes. Light/medium mouthfeel. Good lace left on the glass. The taste is rather sweet with nice caramel and toffee. Slight spice as well. Ends rather neatly with no real lingering flavors. Having had 10 before I would say this isn't as good by judged by itself it is pretty tasty.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Being one of the few authentic Trappist product beers, I was eagerly anticipating my first sample from Trappistes Rochefort... their # 6 red-cap and lightest offering pours a mahogany brown hue with nice frothy, foamy head with some staying power... smell is likewise dark with a fig aroma and brown sugar presence... taste was what surprised me the most, because as I was expecting a full-bodied beer loaded with taste, I was rather surprised and dissapointed by the lack of complexity on the palate... almost too bland to be truly enjoyable... has a slight ester alcohol taste with small hints of caramel and figs along with a drop of brown sugar... somewhat malty but went down smooth... lack of interesting flavors is what led to the average drinkability, but otherwise this was a solid brew... not world-class in my opinon, but definitely good enough to warrant a try...
**Extra Note** - Thought it was interesting that on the official website of the beer, it was claimed that this beer is "almost unfindable" and "probably brewed only once a year"... In addition, they stated that this particular beer represented "only 1% of the brewery's total production"...

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had the Rochefort 8 and 10 before. They were both very good Belgian Ales. I finally found the 6, which is the last one for me to try. Lets see if it holds up to the others.

A: Pours a real murky brown. Lots of sediment floating around. Head is rather large at first, but dissipates to a nice foamy layer on top of the beer.

S/T: Upon first smell, this is great. I get a lot of berries and fruit on the nose. I get strawberry, toffee, caramel. The taste just doesn't do the aroma justice. The first flavor I get is salami. I know that sounds weird, but I get a strong salted meat quality in there. After a couple more sips, it becomes more muted, but it still lingers in the finish. The taste overall is kind of hard to describe. I don't taste the berries I get in the aroma. There is a lot of spice like clove in there, as well as toffee and caramel. Maybe some figs and other dried fruits. Its weird, because the aroma is much different than the taste. It kind of throws me off a little. Probably my least favorite of the three.

M/D: Medium bodied. Well carbonated and creamy at the same time. This is a sipper. Definetly a beer to savor and not one to chug. Gets better as it goes, but not something I would drink on a regular basis. Watch out for fruit flies. They love this beer.

This beer is unique, to say the least. Based on the aroma, I thought this would have been my favorite of the three Rochefort beers. Its a decent tasting beer, but there are some flavors that don't mesh well. Overall, I think the 8 is the best. Got the best flavor balance without tasting too much like a fine wine. I would recommend it, but just don't expect it to match up to the 8 or 10.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 10-6-08
Best before 6-2-13

Pours cloudy, iridescent golden brown, with a super foamy head head that lasts for ears. Lacing as thick as the head covers the entire glass.

Smell is tons of toffee, lots of vanilla, and even some chocolate, if you look for it. There's a sour Belgian quality hidden in there too.

Taste just misses the mark. Kind of bland, with a meaty, yeasty, sour flavor. None of the complexity of the smell.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and creamy.

Drinkability is not very good, the flavor just isn't enjoyable.

Overall, I was so ready to love this beer. How disappointing.

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Photo of midaszero
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle labeled 060213 13:00

A - Cloudy brown with 3 fingers of tan head and a little lacing

S - chocolate malts sweetness and yeast

T - light chocolate light fruit lots of caramel malt. A little bit of spices. Mellows out and gets some more fruit as it warms.

M - light medium body with medium high carbonation

D - Good but to expensive to enjoy regularly, better as it warms up

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Photo of Overlord
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After really enjoying the number 8 (what's with these unimaginative names?), I was somewhat disappointed by this brew.

First, it poured with the largest head I've ever seen on a beer. Even with a careful pour, it was 99% head (I'm not kidding). When it settled down, it was a beautiful orangeish copper color, darker on top. It smelled wonderful.

Taste was good, but certainly not superlative, and at six dollars a bottle, I was disappointed. Some apple flavors, some malt/caramel/candi tastes (burnt molasses comes to mind), but there was a harsh, almost metallic subtext that was very offputting. It was just strange.

Looking forward to trying the "10."

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Loud bubbly head rises but doesnt stay around. No lacing. The beer is similar to the 8 but lighter. Its a muddy, murky reddish brown color.

S- Sorta weak. Sourdough, toast and bread crusts and lots of raisins.

T- Really nutty earthy and bready. Toast, crust, nuts, and raisins are the dominate flavors. Its very complex yet familiar and inviting. Slight hint of bitterness towards the finish but mainly this is a very sweet and malty beer.

M- Really fizzy and prickly. Lots of carbonation. Semi dry finish. Slightly sticky on the lips.

D- Smooth yet warm. The alcohol shows in this one. Its a really good warming sipper from one of the best Belgian abbey breweries.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola color with a big light tan head. Smells of figs and other fruit. Tastes of a very light combination of figs, cherries, cola, but was easily overwhelmed by food. Pleasant and very drinkable, but overall a bit delicate for my tastes. Just not assertive enough.

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Photo of dsolonenko
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy brow color with a big head which quickly dissipates
S: Nutty and frutty, somewhat spicy, bread is there too
T: Malty and frutty again, a bit bit sour, bread in the aftertaste, almost no bitterness
M: Watery mouthfeel, good carbonation level
O: Pleasant beer, no more no less

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Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A continuation of my study of the remaining Trappist breweries, Roche 6 served from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is brown (served with yeast) what head and before the yeast came out the beer was clear but not there are floaters in there.

Aroma is sweet with a hint of alcohol in there, not a lot to it.

The overall flavor is a little muted. I can pick up some hints of anise in there but otherwise, its mostly sweet with a slight taste of alcohol. Drinkability is fine, mouthfeel is OK. Beer is medium bodied. This is a more drinkable beer than the other Rocheforts but this has not been my favorite Trappist ale to date.

I WILL try this beer again in the near future to see if my experience is different.

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Photo of CourteManche
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled Rochefort 6 (bottle) poured into a Kasteel chalice.

Dark brownish-orange in color, with a decently-thick and frothy medium-beige head (two fingers). Head appeared "splotchy" on top, with portions appearing a darker beige. The nose was very subtle, with hints of dried fruit and the taste was similar with a touch of malt. The finish was very pronounced, with hints of more fruit, malts and possibly caramel. Mouthfeel starts great, a light-to-medium body with a cool carbonation that tingles on your lips. No lacing and head continues to dissipate. Drink ends hot, and with a good amount of sediment. Drinkability is questionable vis-a-vis price point, availability and overall appreciation; would drink again if it was purchased for me.

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Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Explosive head that streams out of the bottle. Pours with a huge head of sizable bubbles. It looks similar to the head of a root beer float. Settles quickly, leaving some spots on the side of the glass. The liquor is similar to mud: dark brown and so cloudy no light passes.

Darker and sweeter malts prevail on the nose. Lots of brown sugar. Notable alcohol presence.

Coyly sweet with a strong alcohol punch; I guess it is similar to the aroma. Light milk chocolate flavor. There's a mild (and very brief) bitterness in the swallow. The short-lived aftertaste is honey-like. Diabetics beware. The body is rich as the sugars would suggest, but the carbonation is extremely high, giving this beer a lighter feel.

Not quite a dessert beer, but very close.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hmm... I wonder if they just put the same beer in different bottles. Looks exactly like the 10, which looks exactly like the 8. A drab, turgid oxblood/brown -- the color is almost flat -- with a fizzy, foamy tan head. Moderate in both size and retention. Not so much lace as rings of froth. Not going to win any beauty contests, this.

Smell: Fruity, but in a bizarre, unnatural, saturated Lifesaver candy sort of way. Quickly calms down and settles into a fairly routine winter fruitcake spice mode, with what appears to be a touch of spruce hops and a bit of molasses/caramel malt. Not great, but good enough.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Spicy; a nice fruitcake, allspice-and-clove thing going on. A caramel apple candied fruit smoothness midpallette. Becomes slightly vinous toward the end, sharp and port-like. Finishes a bit sour with some alcohol vapor. The mouthfeel is surprisngly thin and crisp. Overall, a bit like a mulled wine.

Drinkability: Authentic yes; impressive, no. I'm a bit biased -- this has never been a favorite style -- but given the hype and stern price, this is a disappointment. Unibroue's Trois Pistoles and this year's Stone Vertial Epic are much more appealing and far less expensive. If you must drink a Rochefort, the 10 is a far more satisfying effort.

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Photo of ccrida
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

240713 08:09
Hazy light brown with small, off-white head.
Smell is sweet and raiseny, a bit vinous.
Taste is not as sweet,with spicy phenols, a bit of graininess and a hint of cocao powder.
Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated, medium light body.
Drinkability is good, the most approachable of the Rochefort line up. However, the lesser complexity makes the phenols a bit heavy.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - wow. that is murky. a decent sized head sits atop an mid-shit brown coloured soup, adorned with huge particles of sediment floating around.

S - Heavy roasted malts, toffee and caramel.

T - A lot going on here. Caramelised figs, brown sugar, toffee, barley and milo.

M - Smooth and dry with moderate body, high carbonation.

O - A very multifaceted, flavoursome and warming ale. Its all there but the combination of flavours just doesnt hit the spot for my palate.

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Photo of JeffV
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this brew but it did not live up to them.

The experience started out well enough. The beer poured a cloudy brown haze that was rather attractive with a solid head. It was almost completely opaque in the glass.

It smelled of hops and dark fruit and I was very much ready to try it.

When I actually tasted it though I found it to be a little too syrupy. It tasted like molasses. I really like the hop notes though. I didn't get much citrus but the piney bitterness was nice. It would be difficult to drink several of these but overall it was a very classic style ale and a good experience.

I'd drink it again.

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Photo of kajerm
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mysterious, chocolatey light brown with a thin but stubborn head. I've loved the appearance of ever unfiltered belgian strong dark I've ever encountered, and little Rochefort doesn't disappoint.

Malt, Belgian yeast, and some esters on the nose. A little weaker than I was expecting, but it has a definite Belgian-style banana smell to it. My first Rochefort in months and shit, am I excited.

Sweet, lightly roasted malts are the first flavor, followed by some bananas. None of the alcoholic spiciness of 8 or 10, and a lot less fruit and complexity.

Slick, heavy mouthfeel, but a lot lighter than the other two Rochforts; the carbonation is light and appropriate.

I just can't help comparing this to the other two Rocheforts...

A very nice beer, delightfully Belgian, but at the end of the day all it does for me is make me crave Rochefort 8.

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Photo of aepb1
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to vapodge for sharing
Poured into a Dogfish Head goblet

A- opaque brown with an airy white head

S- Malty bready, with some alcohol in there too

T- Bready! Fruits, I really like this!

M- Watery, medium bodied with a bit too much carbonation

D- The carbonation is a bit too much for me, but I really liked the taste

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Photo of MJR
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rustic looking brown with touches of amber and red. The head starts out big and fizzy from the heavy carbonation, but settles down to a respectable cap. The body is somewhat opaque...I can almost see through it...

Smell: Has a nice, earthy aroma with chocolate and dark fruit standing out the most. A touch of raisons and rum are in there too.

Taste: The first thing that hits me is the carbonation... Now the flavor: it's fairly complex with a nice maltiness that includes chocolate, dark fruits, nuts, a faint breadiness, and a swipe of alcohol. There's a slight phenolic character in there as well. The aftertaste disappears a little too quickly...

Mouthfeel: It's a bit too carbonated for me, as I think it lightens the body too much. It's a bit on the watery side... Very crisp and sharp feeling, with a dry finish that seems to take most of the flavor with it.

Drinkability: I'm not so sure I could drink this on a regular basis, as I can name several other Trappist brews that are head and shoulders above it. Pretty good, but not great.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains apples, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some spice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of caramel, apples, brown sugar and some spice. Then some breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent Belgian beer, but I didn’t think it was anything special.

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Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a decent two-finger head into my pint glass. Nice presentation here.

Aroma is full of raisin, plum and it's sweet as well. A bit of alcohol heat peeks through as well.

Taste is sweet with raisin, plum and candi sugar. Very strong but not in a way that I like. However, after a while, it mellows and gives way to something better.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering raisin and plum along with the alcohol heat. Again, a bit rough to drink. Complex.

Not bad but I prefer Rochefort 8 and 10 over this for a few reasons. They're both easier to enjoy and deceptively drinkable. I can't quite say the same for this.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color with an off white head on top. The lacing was pretty good here. The smell of the beer had a big yeasty aroma to it with some darker malts giving off a little sweetness. The taste was a little smokey I thought, I found that to be a little interesting. The other flavors of bread, and caramel were in there too. The mouthfeel was decent in my opinion, though that the beer had a good softness to it. Overall not a bad Belgian brew at all. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i feel like this is a little less exciting than the 8 and the 10. it pours hazy hand redish brown, not dark and not light, kind of dense looking. a very very robust tan head than doesnt subside at all. the nose is real spicy from the yeast, and the malt profile is big and sweet. the only problem is the the flavor doesnt really come through from the nose to the taste, and every thing is sort of muted on the palate. there is a nice fruity element to this one, but all the flavors are faded except for the yeast. the mouthfeel is great, really light and airy for a beer of such size. its real easy drinking, and dangerously so at this abv. im not sure i had the freshest bottle in the world, but i wasnt amazed by this.

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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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