Trappistes Rochefort 6 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

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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4.12
pDev:
16.02%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown color with a 1 inch bone colored head that fades to nothing. Slight lacing slowly slides back into the beer on the drink down. Some sediment is seen floating around in the beer. Smells of fermented raisins, sweet malt, and spices. I also get a very subtle hint of funk and vinegar. Taste is of caramel, dark fruits, spices, and Belgian yeast. Lots of carbonation makes for a bubbly and crisp mouthfeel. Overall, I was a bit disappointed in this beer. I was expecting something way better all around based on reviews and information I have read. This isn't a bad beer per se but I guess it's just not up my alley.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Unfortunately mine was a gusher. Murky brown.

S: Dark fruit including plum, cherry and red apple. Spice notes

T: Less of the dark fruit in the taste. More fig and caramel. The paste is very mellow though with the "bite" more from the carbonation.

M: Medium to high carbonation. Light bodied. semi dry finish.

O: A great aroma, nice taste and very drinkable and smooth. A nicely crafted beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a real nice dark red/brown color with a decent amount of head that disapears almost instantly. Decent amount of lacing for a belgian beer. Very clear for a bottle conditioned beer. The smell is great. It smells of sweet sugar and raisins. There is also a bit of belgian yeast in the smell.

The taste is of candy sugar, dark malts, belgian yeast, and prunes. Just a great all around flavor. Even though its a bit lighter in ABV than the 8 and 10 its got as much flavor and just as enjoyable to drink. The mouthfeel is heavy enough to feel and light enough to drink a pint. It takes a fair amount of control to not chug the entire contents of the glass upon taking the first sip. Very very drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
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 metter98
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured cloudy brown into a snifter glass with a sizable beige head. There's a moderate level of carbonation and some large yeast particles are floating near the bottom of the glass.
S: There is a light aroma of sweetness with notes of caramel and toffee. As the beer warms up, smells of dark fruit also become noticeable.
T: Like the smell, there's malty sweetness with some notes of chocolate and toffee. The finish is slightly dry and the overall taste becomes a little more complex as it warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very bubbly on the palate.
D: It's relatively easy to drink and any traces of alcohol are well hidden.

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

Another solid offering by Rochefort. A well aged, and uniquely flavored beer. Looks ideal for a belgian. A dark, burgundy color wit a mild haze and floating yeast. A lightly tanned head that rides to the bottom of the glass with hints of spices sprinkled on top. Smells of matured malts, woodsyness, nuttiness, musky, and a little moldy. Tastes of complex malts, interwoven hops, yeast, bread, almonds, and fruitcake are well melded and difficult to identify individual flavors. Full and rich on the mouth without and overbearing sweetness or becomming chewy. Pronounced alcohol flavor and feel for a mere 7.5%er. This beer is a lot of fun to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +9%
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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Been having a hankering lately for some Trappist goodness; about time I got to this one then.

This beer pours a murky dark orange-brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and rather foamy dirty white head, which melts away fairly quickly, leaving a very low-lying berm of lace around the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, raisins, dates, apple wine, a touch of peppery yeast, and some earthy, floral, and not quite bitter, hops. The taste is butterscotch-tinted caramel malt, bready yeast, some tangy, spicy dark fruit, bruised apples, and mildly bitter floral, leafy hops, with the elevated booze pretty much doing deep undercover work.

The carbonation is a bit strong in its almost fizzy frothiness, adding to the tangy perception of the fruitiness, possibly, the body fairly light for the style - a starving medium weight - and more crisp, than smooth. It finishes off-dry, with a bready, almost biscuity reserved sweetness, well tempered by the lingering fruity yeast and residual bitter earthy hops.

Definitely the little brother of the lot - the hops sure make a difference here, compared to the big boozy, fruity ticking malt time bombs (I say that with love) of the 8 and 10. So this is indeed good, just in a bit of an unexpected way. Hardly necessary to say, I know, but definitely give this one a try.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had high hopes for this after having the 10, and wasn't let down.

Pours a deep mahoghany hue, with irregular, spotty bubbles. Smells of banana, bready malt, and yeast.

Tastes almost similar to a doppelbock, a distinct dark malt and grain note is unmistakeable. Banana bread is a big flavor, followed by a smoothing maltiness. Seems akin to a Dubbel, not thin or wimpy at all.

Exceptionally smooth mouthfeel, a buttery diacetyl eases it along. If money was no object, I could make six of these disappear, easy.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with classic pressure cap served into a De Molen flute in Amsterdam, Holland. Reviewed live.

A: The rim of the top is doused in yeast. Head is three fingers, quite thin, has only slight cream, and retains pretty poorly for a trappist beer even factoring in the 7.5% ABV. Colour is a solid dark brown-amberish. Floating yeast particles abound. Not particularly appealing.

Sm: Yeast and nuts. A moderate strength scent. Me broken nose can't detect distinct notes. All apologies, lads.

T: Biscuity yeast, heavy nut hops, some dark fruit hop esters - especially on the climax, no cream, and a full barley foundation with no traces whatsoever of malt (bravo). A bit of caramel, but not caramelized malt. Cinnamon catches you on the aftertaste as well as briefly on the finish [I couldn't place this note and had to look at other reviews to find it] I was taken aback at the strength of the yeast flavour, which dominates and guides the beer. To pour this beer without the yeast would likely ruin it methinks. Complex and well built. Balanced but brief.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness but not too much thickness to let the flavours come out.

Dr: High ABV is very well concealed. It's very drinkable, and of good quality. The price was very fair in Nijmegen, where I acquired the bottle, at two euros. Serve cold, and preferably in a proper chalice. Might pair well with green apples.

Overall, I expected far more from Rochefort.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a reddish/brown color with a foamy, two-finger head. Leaves some very nice lace.

S - It smelled of malt, grasses and vanilla.

T - Tasted strongly of malt, spice and dried fruits. Also, a powerful alcohol presence.

M - A crisp mouthfeel. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is yet another great Rochefort brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a reddish mahogany with a large cream-colored head that's got plenty of carbonation ridges.

S: Sweet, fruity esters lead into the dark fruits. Some spicy yeast. Quite creamy.

T: Some complex malts go with the dark fruits. Quite a bit of yeastiness as well.

M: Very creamy. Medium-bodied and with minimal carbonation. Slight alcohol hints after the swallow.

D: A good sipper. Quite a bit lighter than the 8 or the 10.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy brown with some reddish hue with a big fluffy head that leaves generous amounts of lace as it settles,caramel is prominant in the aroma as well as some clove/spice and orange oh hell yeah.Wow complexities abound flavor wise some chocolate up front with some roasted malt and a little caramel along with an underlying orange/fruitiness, but a pleasant dry finish keeps it from getting to sweet.Damn fine brew here full of different rich flavors,one to savor.

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Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of white head on a hazy brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves little lace.

S - Spicy yeast notes, pepper, cinnamon, clove, and banana. Caramel malt and brown sugar.

T - Begins malty with caramel and brown sugar. Some fruity yeast comes out next with vanilla and clove notes. The caramel reasserts itself in the finish and darkens somewhat with slight chocolate notes that combine with light bitterness and hop flavor to produce lingering tobacco notes.

M - Medium body, very high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Rich and malty, this is a nice, drinkable dubble. The yeast profile is a bit dull, but the malt, especially in the finish makes up for it.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish brown under a 1-inch white head which lingers and leaves nice lace. Aroma of dark fruit esters, dried bread, and faint malts. Flavors pick up more phenols along with the dark fruit sweetness.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 3/10/2015. Pours murky reddish brown color with a 1 finger foamy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, molasses, bread, toffee, earth, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Very nice and complex aromas with nice strength. Very big on the dark fruits. Taste of raisin, caramel, prune, molasses, biscuit, toffee, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Light dark fruit tang on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, toffee, molasses, biscuit, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; with plenty of robust flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy, slick, and slightly prickly mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. Nice flavor balance, depth, and complexity; and extremely smooth to sip on. No complaints, very enjoyable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle - $4.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a burnt sienna body with a large, though short-lived, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Bready, caramelized malt aroma, notes of Pink Lady apples and juicy, overly ripe plums, and with a flowery, perfumy waft of orchids.

Taste: Flavorful, complex maltiness delivers tastes of brown sugar and caramel coated nuts and bread crusts. Pinch of cinnamon. A chew of bubblegum. Bright floral and fruitiness mingled with some sourish yeast hints. Very minor touch of alcohol. Fruity, warming and with a sprinkling of crushed nuts on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated, a bit prickly at times.

Drinkability: A reasonably complex, enjoyable brew, though, for my tastes, the carbonation was just a bit too high.

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Photo of mothman
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Old Guardian snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. Fades to a ring. No lace left. Color is a murky caramel brown. Sediment in glass.

Aroma: Lots of malts here. I get some caramel and a ton of raisins up front. Has some grapes as well. More of a muted aroma. I hope the taste brings more flavor.

Taste: Lots of caramel malts, raisins, and grapes. This beer is huge on malts. Some smokey bacon notes as well. Grassy hops balance it out a bit.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and crisp. Reminds me of having pop in my mouth. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overall, I liked the 10 and the 8 a lot better. This beer just didn't taste like a good BSDA (or I should say I have had better). Probably not going to be getting this again. The mouthfeel was off and the flavor was lacking.

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Photo of chinchill
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown-amber; cloudier if sediment added, as I did. Lovely lasting tan head, towering at first, but settles to a nice creamy top coat.

T - complex and superbly balanced. Lacking the dark fruit flavor of a standard BSDA, this beer features a lighter fruitiness, lighter color and lighter aroma than usual for BSDA, but that's not to be held against this beer which makes no such claims about style.

M - perfect carbonation. Light-medium body.

O - I had high expectations, based on my love of Rochefort 8. My high expectations were surpassed, although I believe I like the R8 better and more eager than ever to try it, and the 6, again

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
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 mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark, opague nice tan with a huge, head that towered 3 inches above the glass. Tons of lace, a fantastic overall appearence.

lots of fruity tones. Hints of apricots and figs with a nice spiceness in the back. Hints of apples, just a great well rounded and very impressive overall profile. Tons of carbonation and lots of activity on the palate. Huge flavor assault , lots of dark fruits, figs, hints of yeast, and a pronounced grainey flavor. remarkably smooth/.

Overall Really a good all around late night sipping brew.

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