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
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Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Style/abv: Trappist dubbel/7.5%

Smell: milk chocolate, peanut butter, malts, and mild cloves

Taste: malt-rape: salted dark chocolate caramel covered pecans...red peppers, ginger and cloves are in the foreground

Pairs well with smoked cheeses and green grapes along with smoked duck and/or goose

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Photo of Trentonator
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OH MY GOD. This is truly heaven sent beer. The pour and aroma are nothing short of amazing. Smells sweet and caramel like, head is thick and white. Lacing is long lasting and the color is a beautiful mahogany brown. The taste is where this beer really shines through, it is lively with perfect sweetness on the palate. I thought a $ 6.00 bottle of beer was a bit pricey, but this is worth every penny. My new favorite beer.

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Photo of charliedvrs
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Rochefort chalice.

A - Pours brown with an amber tint. Yeast sits at the bottom of the bottle and slowly swirls in as you reach the end of the pour. A tiny off-white head quickly disappears into the side of the glass and leaves streaks of lacing.

S - Not overpowering, but pleasant. Roasted caramel and nuts, bread, and the yeast are present but not very strong.

T - Tons of flavor. Caramel and bits of chocolate and raisans. Spices play a secondary role with a feel of cinnamon and pepper. The yeast does it's part adding a slight tartness towards the end and traditional belgian flavor. Really hard to describe this flavor as it is pretty unique as far as Belgians I've encountered.

M - The carbonation is high at first sip, but settles into a nice area after allowing the beer to open up for 5-10 minutes. There's a nice chewyness to the mouthfeel as well.

D - This beer went down way too easy. It's a battle to force yourself to take it slow, but a very worthwhile one as this beer really develops as it opens up and settles.

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Photo of Maakun
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was tasted almost exactly 4 years before best before date. Served quite cold.

Pours a dark amber/copper. Small off-white head that disappears quickly. Big carbonation going on.

The nose is not very strong, but that might also be due to my allergies. Some yeast and sweetness, dried peach maybe.

Taste is great. A lot of fruit (plums, apples), quite fresh. Not nearly as sweet as the 8 or a lot of other darker Belgian beers. Some cake (with icing maybe) but not overpowering at all. After it warmed up a bit the yeast comes through together with the malt and a hint of burn sugar, which makes it even better. There's hardly any alcohol on the palate. Fades to a nice bitterness, with some small citrus touches.

Mouthfeel is again very carbonated (which I like a lot), feels a bit heavier than the taste would suggest, very smooth and drinkable.

Overall I really like this one. It's very drinkable, yet has a great character, and most important for me: it feels really fresh and not too sweet. A very balanced beer.

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Photo of MufflnMan
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Gorgeous slightly hazy light brown body with a lacy head that revives itself with each swirl.

Smells of fruits, malt and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is light but still decently complex. Some fig and a variety of fruits, some clove and of course, malt. Bread as well. Catch a hint of chocolate at the end with a bit of that alcohol from the nose.

Mouthfeel is so light and refreshing for a strong dark ale, greatly in part from the high carbonation.

I agree completely with another reviewer who said this drinks more like a dubbel, had to check twice to make sure it was classified as an SDA. Rating it within its style, it loses half a point for that overall. This is really an easy one to take down...

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Photo of montecristo2
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an abbey style chalice.

Pours the color of tea but a bit darker. Held up to the light, unable to see through.

I get some dried fruit and some breadiness.

A fizzly head upon first pour that quickly (within seconds) leaves nothing behind but a delicious glass of trappist ale. Leaves an interesting finish in my mouth- I can still feel the fizz under my lips, even though the head was gone!

Definately worth trying this interesting abbey ale- I bought a few because they are apparently hard to find and will put them away for a while to see how they age.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orangish brown, kinda fig colored, cloudy/slightly opague, no head or lacing, tiny effervescent bubbles from bottom to top of glass

S: Nothing but sweetness picked up on the nose

T: Sweet and light. Fig, malts, burnt sugar, light toffee, slight spiced apple, little bitter roasty hopness. No alcohol detected.

M: Medium carbonation, fizzy on the tongue. Hot feeling after a minute.

D: Not really a refreshing beer, not heavy by any means just feels a little too zingy on the tongue. It is pretty tasty though if you're a fig fan.

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Photo of lamergod
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a tulip

A: Nice caramel brown hue which looks a little bit like liquid malt. Slightly carbonated, filtered, not what I expected with a finger thick fluffy head.

S: Nice smell of caramel really hits you, then some slight notes of butter/margarine. Coupled with some slight dark fruit smell, seemingly like wine.

T: Pretty much like the smell. Strong caramel notes with some butter and dark fruits. Slightly carbonated, a nice touch. Finishes with a bitter note. Slightly acidic.

M: Well balanced, carbonated. A very balanced beer through and through. Nice balance of flavours and carbonation. Easily drinkable.

Overall: Very balanced in many ways. Not a mind blowing beer, but a sort of beer where you just won't be disappointed. Those monks sure know how to brew a goddamn beer.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a dark amber almost had an orange tint to it. Produced some, but fairly little head, however, what head there was, seemed to withstand the whole drink.

S: The smell was outstanding, had a nice bright, fresh produce smell.

T: The taste was very similar to that of a green apple, however, more on the bitter end.

M: This beer wasn't overly full-bodied, it did end in my mouth somewhat dry, which in my opinion is a good thing, makes me want to continue drinking it.

D: I would have rated this beer higher on the drinkability, if I wasn't a poor college student. My consideration for beer drinkability is price, and availability, at nearly $7.00 per 11.2 FL OZ bottle, it left me wanting a larger quantity for my money, which is what held me back from ranking it any higher.

Overall, outstanding beer. I'd highly suggest this to you and yours. Here's to another beer. Cheers.

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Photo of bceagles39
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle at home on May 21, 2010.

Pours a hazy copper golden color. Nice thick off-white head. Leaves minimal lacing.

Smells like fresh ripe banana; has a bready yeastiness, and a little bit of spice.

Tastes fruitier than it smells, banana flavors. Flavors subtle.

Creamier mouthfeel than I expected. Was quite fizzy.

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Photo of dbatch
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a Duvel chalice. Date on bottle was 22 03 11.

A: Pours a dark copper/walnut color, with quite a bit of head that subsided fairly quickly. The head was a cream color, and there was no lacing at all.

S: This was a real treat. Very sweet and malty up front with some fruity surprises, including grape and plum. The malt aroma was a burnt caramel/toffee.

T: Sweet and malty up front, fruity to follow. The burnt caramel is there, along with a grape flavor that is odd and good at the same time.

M: Very thin, decent carbonation but not too much, I didnt get the alcohol flavor or feel that others got.

D: Pretty easy, this is not a session beer, it is definitely one to be enjoyed.

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Photo of lionchow
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Pours light brown with amber highlights on the edges. Big light tan head with fine lacing.

Aroma is a little hay and herbs. Subdued.

Flavor is mild, compared to the Westmalle Dubbel I just drank. Mild wet hay, sharp alcoholic and carbonated bite. Flavors are melded well, with nothing really standing out. A bit of candi sugar, a bit of cocoa bean, even light coffee notes. Mild and enjoyable.

Overall it is good, but not as enjoyable as the Westmalle. The alcohol and carbonation bite throws it off a bit and overpowers the flavors.

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

The 6 pours a cloudy hazelnut with a light tan one-finger head. The retention is less than optimal, leaving a ring around the rim within a minute or two.

The smell is brown sugar, fuming alcohol and dark fruits. The taste is more delicate than expected with a maltiness that is strangely both sweet and dry at the same time, similar to a prosecco in nature. Very faint grape skin and dark fruits fade to an underlying sawdust/musty taste present from the start.

The suspended carbonation is medium to high and it has a slightly buttery mouthfeel. The aftertaste is wet and fades to leave only traces of the musty flavor on the palate.

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Photo of tang3nt
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330ml to a Bruery tulip glass.
Bottle code: 28 01 14 14:31

Poured a hazy amber color with a nice off white head, great lacing and retention.
The nose was very fruity and spicy.
The initial taste was a bit sweet and a bit sour to me. I tasted fruity apple, caramel , lots of spice and a bit of an alcohol taste.
Light to medium body, a little sticky with great carbonation.
This was my first from Rochefort, and it was good - although not my favorite of the trappists so far.

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Photo of tuckevalastin
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A deep brown with lots of carbonation and head. Cloudy.

S: A very light fuity yeast aroma.

T: Sweetness from fuit and raisins with a small bit of spice. Beautiful flavor but very light.

M: The light, smooth flavors and heavy carbonation make for a light feel

D: Incredibly drinkable.

Overall it's a very good beer but it is certainly light. In fact too light to really enjoy all of the flavors. I'd take a Rochefort 8 over this anyday but I could certainly drink this all night.

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Photo of ajchocholousek
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into Teku

Appearance: Gentle pours yields a huge 2+finger just off-white fluffy, rocky, slightly creamy head that shows some staying power until quickly large bubbles build and break, taking it down from the inside. A little bit clings to the glass, but lacing overall is a little washy and not all that impressive. Pours a slightly hazy dark brown-orange color with touches of red when held up to light. Really pretty.

Aroma: Big sweet notes of dark fruit - plums, raisins, figs - play beautifully with a sweet, caramelly, earthy maltiness. Notes of toffee and even a bit of sweet orange peel play here, along with just a touch of earthy spiciness - perhaps a faint bit of hops coming through? Also, plenty of booze.

Taste/Feel: Big prickly effervescent carbonation has plenty of bite, but leads the way to fainter-than-expected notes toffee, caramel, and faintly smoky maltiness that holds up nice big dark fruit notes - again, figs, plums, raisins. I personally think the amount of carbonation here floats a lot of the potentially thick and chewy flavors away, but per style guidelines, it's right on. It all drinks way lighter than you'd imagine from a 7.5% beer.

Overall: A really great example of the style, although be sure to let this one warm up a bit to tone down the aggressive carbonation. That'll allow all those good flavors to come through. When served at proper temp, it comes together beautifully. Many complex notes are held together in this beer to yield a really satisfying sip. I love the spiciness and touch of sweet citrus peel that I don't necessarily find in other examples. Keeps things relatively refreshing for a dubbel.

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

A - Dark nut brown. Hazy. Great off white head.

S - Figs. Dark Cherries. Red apples. Floral. Belgian yeast.

T - Fruits. Belgian yeast. Seedy crackers. Stone fruits.

M - Medium body. Lots of tingly bubbles. Mild dry finish.

O - A nice dark Belgian. Lots of fruity earthy flavors. Balanced malt. Would drink again.

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

This beer is one of those "beergeek" types. Almost no information on the label. Just the ingredients, that's it. From experience I know it's a dubbel, and a damn good one at that! Pours a lovely dark red color, with a thin layer of froth that stays for a very long time. Pretty sweet, almost no bitterness. Nice bubbliness. While I'm not usually a dubbel drinker, this great beer is very enjoyable!

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer had a mahogany color. There was a smooth, off-white head that lasted the entire glass.

S: I didn't smell anything too distinctive. There seemed to be some dried fruit aroma (like raisins). The smell had a sweetness to it.

T: Like the smell, the beer had a flavor that was slightly to the sweeter side of balanced. I tasted a dried fruit flavor, and I could also notice the slight sting of the alcohol.

M: The beer had more carbonation than I expected, but this was balanced by the creamy head. For some reason (probably the carbonation), the beer seemed thin.

D: The beer was pretty easy to drink. There weren't any overly strong flavors, and the beer had little bitterness. Overall, I liked the flavors in this beer, but they were subtly displayed. I also thought Rochefort 6 was similar in many ways to New Belgium's Abbey Belgian Style Ale, but the later is less expensive. I imagine the flavors in Rochefort 8 and 10 will be stronger and more complex.

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Photo of sellmeagod
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heck yes THIS is a big time beer.

Classic tastes of the Trappists. Known to give a healthy does of beer flavor, yet still feels like you could be drinking a much lighter brew. Smells bready, tastes like straight up bread, a tiny bit bitter.

If you could drink alcoholic liquified bread, then why not? The main reason for me is that there is a slightly more expensive version of this - Rochefort 8 - and the small savings for a bottle of 6 doesn't justify the still high price.

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Photo of geokills
2.43/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Allow me to preface this review by suggesting that the particular bottle acquired (from the Toronado Pub in San Francisco), may have turned prior to drinking.

That said, after having heard the Trappistes hailed as something of benevolence time and time again, I was more than a little excited - even to pay $11 for this single 11.2 fl oz bottle - and couldn't hardly wait to pop the top on this one. Unfortunately, I was presented with a disaster.

Pouring a muddy brown with large solids visible, I will give this brew some merit upon its wonderfully light mouthfeel, hints of fragrant apple and beautiful lacing. On the flip side of the coin, I simply didn't find any balance in the flavor here, the affront of alcohol leaving a sour aftertaste on my tongue akin to that found from a bottle of cheap vodka. I can only hope that this was on account of my particular bottle having gone bad and should my next encounter with this product ring upon a more positive note, I will be back to tell you about it!

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Photo of jikvig
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice redbrown colour. Alot, and I mean ALOT of sediments!!!
So it´s all about giving it time!

Nose with alot of dried fruit, raisins, spices, a really nice floral component as well.

Nice consentrated flavours that follows the nose, that stays for a long long time!

This is one of the most flavourful beers I have had! Really complex, really refreshing and well balanced!
If you can get your hands on one, make sure you grab some!!

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Photo of Gote
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The wife paid $4.50 for one of these at Trader Joe's and I held onto it for days, afraid to drink it because I checked out the review here. This is an amazing beer. Crisp, light, flavorful. Almost like they crossed a beer with a creme soda. I could drink this every single day until I died.

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Photo of seabass87
3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of cjohnson
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Lupe for providing this beer through a trade.

Pours a dark, murky brown with a light head that fades pretty quickly.

Lots of sweet fruits come through in the smell, especially cherries.

Taste is sweet, but not overly sweet, with a little bit of sourness hiding in there. Some cherry flavors, but also some yeasty type flavors going on. Not especially hoppy. Doesn't taste alcoholic at all.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, not particularly well carbonated. Very drinkable though.

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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,390 ratings.
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