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 tony223366
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 15, 2011.

A: Darker muddled brown color. Very cloudy. Very slight reddish color. Head started out strong and white and immediately fizzled out. Lots and lots of carbonation.

S: Smells of brown sugar and dark fruits. Certainly a nice nutty aroma.

T: Big malt flavor hits almost immediately. It's very rich and inviting. What hits me next is a butteriness mixed with a nutty backbone. There is a warmth from the alcohol that's present. Nice bitter finish.

M: Nice medium body with lots of carbonation.

O: Very good beer. Great as it warmed. Worth the money

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Photo of tweeder263
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy dark brown beer, roughly a 2 inch head, and, this sounds funny, the head crackled loudly as it dissipates,much more so then other beers. Smells of licorice, malt. Taste is extremely hard to describe, its sweet, has a very mild licorice taste, tastes of spices like winter beers, but none i can describe. A very interesting beer. No hops whatsoever. Mouthfeel is slick, mild carbonation.

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Photo of Filosoof
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Shostakovich of Belgian Beers.

I'm sorry but I can only conclude: Rochefort is a heavilly overrated label.

Rochefort 6 could be a school example of some taste elements, but not elements that are especially refreshing or exciting. The looks aren't great either.

A: a cloudy, light brown colour; the head is big but disappears too quickly;
S: nutmeg, black pepper, horse blanket, horse faeces, non pastorized cheese, lquorice;
T: in line of the smell, but were nutmeg and horse blanket can be okay to smell, tasting this is ... Missing hops;
M: okay, but not more than that;
O: beer must be refreshing; this is a complex beer; but as Shostakovich is complex but not nice (in my view), I think this one is the Shostakovich of Belgian beers. Books can be written about it, but does it invite to buy another one? Brrr.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glad to have Rochefort available in Texas again. Finally got a chance to try this one after having the other two on multiple occasions.

The beer pours a hazy, medium brown color with a large off-white head. The aroma is very heavy on the raisins with some brown sugar, toffee and Belgian yeast notes mixed in.

The flavor is also very heavy on the raisins. I also get some prune and grape notes, as well as some toffee, light cocoa and yeast notes. The beer is fairly dry overall and the alcohol is well hidden.

High carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown colour, hazed with sediment, despite a careful pour, and with a voluminous head of pale beige. The head collapses rather quickly, leaving just a millimetre or so of fine film. Fluid body, with tight, tiny carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is sweet with nutty overtones, and a hint of vinous acidity. Bready yeast characters come through as well, giving a comforting rustic quality. It doesn't have some of the plummy, dark fruit, classic trappist ale characteristics to it, but it's still very pleasant.

Taste similarly has some nutty, almost savoury characters, with hints of dark grain bread, some yeast and a very, very faint touch of acidity. It's very dry, however, and the sweetness suggested on the nose is noticeably absent. This also accentuates the fine, fizzling carbonation. Finish has some slightly spicy, almost herbal characters to it, perhaps coriander or continental parsley.

A good beer, but much the lesser of the Rochefort range, and below par in general for the brews which wear the "Authentic Trappist Product" badge.

That is, of course, a high bar.

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Photo of vobr0002
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark color, brown with some orange/red hues, with a good amount of head.

S- I'm not sure how to describe this smell. Its almost like a raison smell and some Belgian yeast too.

T- has a bit of alcohol taste, but also some nutty maltiness. I taste raison in the aftertaste

M- higher amount of carbonation and medium body.

O- this is a good beer but not something I have had before.

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Photo of TVolt1
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It has a unique color you do not see very often. Kinda a hazy, medium brown with a hint of red to it. Small amount of offwhite head.

S: Intially i get the smell of alcohol right off the bat. It then starts to smell like a lager to me with a little bit of nuttiness.

T: Hmm very unique taste - I kinda like it. It was not at all what I was expecting. I am having a hard time pin-pointing what is in this beer. I taste a raison and some nutty maltiness.

M: Good thicker mouthfeel, low carbonated.,

O: Overall this is a very good and unique beer. I am glad I tried it and would have another.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A Pours a muddy looking brown color with a off white head that has very good retention.

S some nice raisin and alcohol notes with a lot of sweetness.

T lots of caramel with more raisins and some spice which I can't seem to identify.

M Smooth and light which works very well.

Overall while this isn't my favorite of the Rocheforts it is still an excellent beer in its own right and I would have one of these again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 bottle, seven years old, I probably shouldn't be rating such an old bottle but I'll adjust it accordingly. Pours a dark pumpkin with a medium head. ppretty persistent carbonation. Nose is a lot of raisins, dates, very sugary, slight cardboard. Mouth is fruit forward, honey-soaked figs and dates, toffee. Pleasantly yeasty and a lightly cardboard finish. A bit aggressive on that malted dark fruit, but it's pleasant in its way. Certainly over the hill, I need to drink a fresh bottle of this, so I'm gonna bump the scores up to adjust for that.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is just so phenomenal. I saw that it is listed as a seems like more of a dubbel to me, but whatever. It had a nice amber color, almost red with an off-white head that had great retention and lace. The aroma is strongly of caramel and medium dark fruits (not so much plum and prune). On the tongue it is very malt forward but it doesn't finish anything close to being sweet, despite what the aroma lead me to think it would. It has a medium high carbonation, which helps the finish. Fuckig epic beer.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The little sister of the bigger 8 and 10 is still a pretty big beer in its own right. The appearance might be the weak point here; murky cider color with lots of floaties; not much head although the carbonation is still strong..decent sheets of lacing.

Pungent aroma of booze and dark fruit. Plum, raisin, the usual suspects. Sweet malt. These characteristics are also present in the taste. Complex and subtle. Nice yeastiness in there with a somewhat undefinable flavor..bubblegum? Not the typical banana esters one encounters so often. Good balance between the malt and yeast overall.

Dry finish, the carbonation is lively and crisp. I liked this one but it's definitely a step down in deliciousness and profundity from the legendary 10. The 8 is still on my must-try list.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Muddy orange brown color like sunrise in a mud puddle. Big head settles down and makes itself comfortable as if to say, "don't mind if stay for awhile." But then it doesn't. No lace.

Dark fruit that pulls up short of plum with black cherry leading the charge. Toffee.Taste is bready toffee with some more black cherry fruit. Still not a fan of the Rochefort body.

The favorite Rochefort of this not big Rochefort fan.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown, killer 2 inch head, tons of lacing, unflitered floaters , looks great.

Smell - Tons of spices, sweet fruits, fig, carmal, yeast, bready, apples, cherries.

Taste - The baby of the 3 rocheforts. Malty, lighter and easiest of them all tod drink. Plenty of spices with some sweet fruits espically apple and cherry. There is a buttery, carmal malt flavor along with some booze at the end.

Mouthfeel - Its medium body but the tounge gets lots of sweet malts and sugars. The palette gets some fruits and the booze. Aftertaste is sweet, carmal-like.

Overall - Very tasty and smooth. Still a sipper mosty from the alcohol at the end. Not as complex as 10 but its a great selecting if 10 was simply to much for you to handle with all its flavors, high alcohol etc. World class beer here.

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

Bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A: Murky brown with a soft full off-white head.

S: I could pick up on the fig, date, and bisquity sweetness on the pour. When I reach in for a good whiff, I pick up more candied sugars and some bread-like yeastiness.

T: This is a sweet beer, as is typical for Rochefort. But there is an underlying spiciness to this one that I don't find in the 10, and the bread-like yeast is more pronounced as well.

M: Light and lively with good carbonation, but lacks that superior "creaminess" that the 10 is able to open up and become.

D/O: The best test of any beer is "would you have another"? The answer here is "yes". I'd have another right after I finished this one, if I could. Very good.

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Photo of KMcG
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown with a tan head about a finger thick. The aroma is full on yeast and sweet malt, which follows the taste of toasted malt and molasses. There is some fig and big dark wheat bread.  The body is light- medium and a fair amount of carbonation. Really pleasant and well balanced. 

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a massive almost all head of off-white color. The body has a hazy apple cider appearance. Smell is very mild in my sample, with just a little dried fruit reminding me of fig and some caramel. Taste is more of the same flavors, mild, and with a buttery texture. There's a subtle long tingly finish. This is probably one of the mildest of the Trappistes. A fine beer.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 11oz bottle. Freshness date is listed as 04/13/16.

Appearance: An astonishing reddish color that makes it look like cherry soda, with a big, frothy head that gives the impression of ice cream. If you aren't tempted by a beer that looks like this, that's a mighty shame.

Smell: A big, bold whiff of sugary, rum-coated raisins and dried fruits. The alcohol, just like Rochefort 10, is present, but not as overwhelming. There's a nutty, sweet aroma as well, which makes it a nice beer to sniff.

Taste: Extremely malty, and this seems to be the aspect for drinking this beer more than anything else. The nutty, raisin flavor seems to maintain the most throughout. There's a hoppy, slight sour (!) bite with it as well. A very tasty beer indeed - very strong yeast flavors here, so beware if you don't like it too yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but enough balance with water and alcohol to make it a ridiculously easy drink. There's a slight bitter bite that makes it good. Very warming as I expected it to be. Very dry towards the end. Much easier to drink than Rochefort 10, but alas, not as fun.

Overall: Not as incredible as Rochefort 10, but still one of the top Belgian dark beers for sure. A welcoming, complex beer that is extremely easy to drink. All I need to do is try Rochefort 8 and see which one of these holds the longest redrinkability!

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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 Kromes
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Chimay glass. A hazy light brown with a thin line of active bubbles on top.

S: Very bready smelling with a little bit of alcohol, dark fruit and toffee.

T: Bready malt with a brown sugar sweetness, dark fruit, and molasses flavor. Very balanced smooth flavor.

M: high carbonation suits this beer well. There is a spicy, peppery feel.

O: A very good belgian ale. This is one you could sip all night.

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Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a beer tasting in a pub called 'the Mug' in Middelburg. I was being introduced to the local PINT beer tasting club. The theme that night were UK Stout and Porter beers. But first a Rochefort 6 to start the evening with.

A - Bordeaux red / brown, no carbonation and a retracting head, bit off withe.

S - Fruits and yeast.

T - Chocolate and raisins bit sweet not to much.

M - Medium carbonation, no alcohol present, a little bitterness in the end.

O - A good beer of medium complexity, a bit light to my taste.

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Photo of mcallister
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, liquid caramel/amber with a very spritzy large head that fades just as fast inot a tight bubbled molten topping. Heavy carbonation evident.

Dark fruits, pitted fruits, with some other dried fruit aromas. Lots going on, raisin bread, plum, cranberry, cherry, blueberry, pomegranate, nuts, rustic spices, earthy, yeasty and on and on.

Very much like the 8 but more watery. Takes on the same malt character and fruit. Obviously the same yeast strain. A little thinner in the middle makes the alcohol show through too much but still very delicious. Tastes like the aroma, with a large variety of dried fruits. Nutty and dry in the finish. Quick and abrupt.

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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 isthatbeer
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip shaped glass.

A: Deep hazy brown hue. A nice three fingers of off-white head but I'm surprised that its not lacing the glass as I drink down the beer.

S: Lots of crusty bread, dates, sour cherries.

T: The taste is more subdued than I was anticipating. Its got some sweet malt but its kind of tart in the finish.

M: Medium to light body with lots of tiny bubbles.

I like this beer but I was expecting to be a little more impressed. I actually thought its nose was its strong suit. I guess I need to try the 8 and the 10.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1 1/2" cream coloured head that receded slowly over brown liquid with unpasteurized and unfiltered goodness floating within.

S: Yeast, peach and raisin.

T: The initial taste is bitter yet sweet like the combination of candied cherries and dark chocolate. This transitions into a cereal-like finish, reminiscent of Captain Crunch.

M: Medium viscosity with a medium level of fine carbonation. Very nice.

O: Extremely drinkable and pleasant Belgian Strong Dark Ale. If this was easier to come by in my area I would make this a mainstay of my beer fridge.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle best before Nov 4, 2014 (bottled Nov 4, 2009).

Beer is a light brown/dark red, almost a maroon. A large, very active and bubbly off-white head dissipates very quickly, leaving a film.

Sweet (but not overly sweet) malt is the most immediate smell. Bready, with toffee and brown sugar scents as well. Nice smell, but a little subdued, and nowhere near the complexity or wonderfulness of the 8 or 10 (a tough comparison, to be sure).

Taste includes raisins, bready and sweet malt, a bit of toffee. A little bit tart, especially in this finish, which was a surprise and is rather nice. A bit of booze at the end. Better than the nose, for me, and quite nice, but certainly not on the same level as its big brothers.

Beer has a fair bit of carbonation, and its sweetness dries out the mouth a little. Slightly irritating. Medium bodied.

Overall, definitely a good beer but not a gem the way the 8 and 10 are. I am trying to review it on its own merits (which are notable) rather than size it up against the others, but it is hard to ignore the comparison entirely. I certainly like this beer, but it is merely good, rather than outstanding.

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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,452 ratings.
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