Trappistes Rochefort 6 | Brasserie de Rochefort

2,447 Ratings
Trappistes Rochefort 6Trappistes Rochefort 6

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of hustlesworth
2.58/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5


A- full, frothy head sizzles away rapidly leaving the beer with a flat appearance, just like a glass of iced tea.

S- softly aromatic fruits and vanilla caramel dominate along with some sweet wine undertones. melon and pear, and a touch of coffee-like roastiness and milk chocolate.

T- weak and diluted. subtle grains and fruit with a touch of alcohol.

MF- overly carbonated and stinging. does not allow any fullness to be felt.

D- **** there is definitely something wrong here. the "expiration date" is 060213 so i'm assuming this bottle is about 3 years old. should have had plenty of time to develop but maybe the yeast ate up everything and just left me with bubbles. i was very excited about this beer and feel hugely disappointed. at least i can rely on the couple bottles i have of 8 and 10 and i WILL re-review this 6 when i get a better, perhaps younger, bottle.

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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 Reaper16
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle served into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice

Pours a 80% opaque burnt caramel color. It's much lighter than Rocheforts 8 and 10. This is nearly the color of a double IPA. I've seen barleywines lighter than this. If you peek into the very bottom of the glass you can see the streams of carbonation screaming to the top. That lively carbonation produces a tight yet soft head about one finger in size. I don't see a lot of BSDAs this light, but it works.

Like Rochefort 8, there is a lot going on in the nose, just not a lot of intensity. I pick up on Grape Nuts brand cereal, bubblegum, caramel cake, some slightly-minty tea leaves, a touch of horehound candy, ginger, and some clove. That's a lot of things, but you have to concentrate to suss them all out. The nose is pretty well-integrated too. It's malty and yeasty right up front before softening to the herbal character.

The taste follows the nose; there are a lot of similar notes going on. The initial attack is all sweetness. Lots of caramel, lots of maltiness, plenty of bubblegum esters, and a trace of a vinous component. The midpalate goes more herbal. It is dominated by a gingersnap cookie flavor, with some of that unique horehound flavor backing it up. The finish is more gingersnap along with some sun tea. This is quite the focused flavor profile, especially relative to the flavor bonanzas that are Rocheforts 8 and 10.

Rochefort 6 has the level of effervescence that you expect from a Trappist beer. The body is a hair thinner than I might prefer. The active carbonation masks the thinness at first, but once the bubble settle down then it becomes apparent. Still, this mouthfeel is up to Trappist standards.

Rochefort 6 is so different than 8 and 10 that you might be tempted to think less of 6 because of it. Forget about 8 and 10. 6 holds its own against the best BSDAs in the world. I avoided buying it for the longest time because I thought it'd be too much like a Dubbel (a style that I am routinely underwhelmed by). As it turns out this is like a super-Dubbel. It has the narrow scope of a Dubbel but simultaneously achieving a complexity matched by few Dubbbels. This would be a perfect pairing with rabbit and a mushroom risotto. It would likely perform marvelously at the Thanksgiving table. Don't make the mistake that I did in avoiding this beer for so long.

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Photo of Northsider
2.48/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this in bottle from West Lakeview Liquors.

I honestly don't understand how beers like this score so highly. All I tasted in this beer was alcohol. There was nothing "beery" whatsoever that I was able to pull out. I might as well have been drinking rum or scotch. It poured dark brown, with tanish head. Aroma was alcohol. Taste was alcohol. Mouthfeel was completely over carbonated, and after a sip from the bottle it almost exploded in my face. Overall, Not impressed whatsoever.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 3rd Rochefort (had 8 and 10). Been looking forward to trying this one. Popped the top, and a loud pop and hiss followed. Smokey cloudy vapor just swirls around the top of the bottle. Crazy cool. Slowly poured into Brooklyn tulip glass. Pours a murky brown color, very little head, but visible small bubbles come up the side of the glass. Smell- dark fruit, raisins, prunes, some alcohol detectable, brown sugar, winter spices. A lot going on here. Taste- SUPER rich carbonation, definite raisin presence, dark fruits. The taste is not as complex as the aroma, but I guess I didn't expect this to be as rich and flavorful as the 10. The carbonation is crazy- its almost too much, making it almost acidic from the sharpness of the bubbles. It's a little bit of a knock of this one. Overall, this is a good beer, that I am glad I tried, but it pales in comparison to me of its bigger brothers (8 and 10)

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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the lightest of the three and i would say the most savory. Granted... This still have all the belgian ester notes, they just don't come in as huge as the others. Pour is a murky beige with a nice belgian head... Not as retained but still quite sugar rich voluminous. Nose of late summer, autumn fruit... Plum, pear and clove. Palate a lot dryer than expected. Low FG... Crisp and lean with distinct straw musk. Fades toasty with hints of sesame. Distinct nutmeg dryness. Perfect for pork and thyme, a cubano sandwich, yams, or as an accompanyment to thanksgiving starchs.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

Dark brown and auburn with a moderate tan head. Lots and lots of floating, swirling, chunky sediment falls to the bottom of the glass.

Bready and sweet aroma along with some caramel and dark fruits: raisins, figs, perhaps some plum.

Sweet fruit, bready and caramel malts, defined Belgian yeast character--all components of this great beer. No one flavor dominates--a beautiful marriage.

This beer seems to straddle a fine line between light and heavy--without being medium bodied. It's quite interesting. Thin and light bodied beer, yet seems thick, substantial, and even oily. A real pleasure.

A wonderful marriage of Belgian yeast, sweet fruits, caramel and bready malts. Delicate and delicious.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle. review from notes

A: orange brown, a bit hazy, no head, solid particulate chunks floating around.

S: raisiny, prunes, cinnamon, belgian yeasts. slightly herbal

T: similar to smells. caramel, molasses, belgian yeasts, a slight tartness that may be fruity, pears? candi sugar as well.

M: light bodied, dry finish.

O: one of the more disappointing rocheforts. I had this many years ago along with the 8 and 10 and remember enjoying it much more.

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Photo of zimm421
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a slightly hazy, dark amber color. Has a three finger tan head that is very bubbly and doesn't stick around quite as long as I'd like.

The aroma is full of fruitiness, very similar to a cider. The sweetness up front dominates but the malts come though as well and there is also a small alcohol presence. The taste is sweet, but also has a good alcohol sting with some tartness. The fruits come through first, then some alcohol flavors. Finishes slightly sweet with some sting on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and has a great level of carbonation; very high. Overall a good Belgian brew that goes down easily and is very tasty. This is definitely enjoyable, no matter what style you're looking for. Not over-the-top great, but definitely something to try at least once.

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Photo of wscaffe
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A - Reddish brown hue. One finger head consisting of thousands of tiny bubbles. Left almost no lacing on the glass.

S - Typical Belgian characters. Banana and clove aromas coupled with hints of honey. I also get some spicy yeast aroma as well.

F - Dark fruit flavors. Slight caramel with some biscuit flavors as well. Definitely get some banana and clove from the yeast as well.

M - Medium body with a good bit of carbonation. Flavors linger on the palate for a bit after the beer is completed.

O - I have not had the 8 or the 10 but I would like to try them after having this beer. I would not turn the 6 down down but I probably would not go out of my way to seek it out again. Fairly well balanced for a beer clocking in at 7.5% ABV. I love the typical Belgian characters so overall I am pleased with this beer.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddy-brown body with an off-white head that is thick and foamy. Malt, yeast, raisin, candi sugar and a bit of banana in the scent. Sweet, malty flavour. Candi sugar, bananas, raisins. Hints of spice. Mild citrus hop flavour. Faint chocolatey undertones. Mild alcohol.

Carbonation seems a bit heavy, but it eases off as it warms. Good, thick body. Rich, well-balanced taste. Good beer to finish the evening with.

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Photo of plfahey
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Reddish brown color with brilliant red highlights-almost mahogany in color, though not quite brown enough. There's a very slight cast of haze. Enormous off-white head bursts from the bottle, showing traditional Belgian carbonation, but the retention is fair.

Aroma-To me, this smells more like a dubbel than a dark strong, but in reality, it probably falls somewhere in the middle of the two, and Belgian beer is more of a spectrum than an actual catalog of styles, but I digress. Bigtime fruity esters and dark fruit aromas waft up from the glass-Grape, prune, black currant, it smells delicious. Phenolics are low, with just a hint of smoky spice presenting itself. There's also a slight fusel presence which gives the aroma a bit of heat. Malt shows through in the background with caramel and hints of toast.

Flavor-The flavor strikes me as more similar to a Belgian Dark Strong, as it is less sweet up front, and also finishes much drier than I would expect from a Dubbel. Black Currants, Raisins, and Burnt Caramel quickly give way to dry brown sugar and some fusel warmth. Once again, phenolics are low to imperceptible. Finish is rather dry, with residual toast, caramel, and alcohol flavors carrying on into the aftertaste, which only lingers for a short while.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. Body is slightly chewy, and there is some pleasant alcohol warmth though it is in no way hot.

Very good. I'm not sure I've ever had the 6 before, but it seems like a great low-alcohol (and I use that almost comically) to most Belgian Dark Strongs-bringing much of the same aromas and flavors to the table with a mere 7.5% alcohol. As with most Belgians, this is strong enough (and sneaky enough) to knock you out so be forewarned, but this would be a great Belgian Dark Strong to pair with Lamb or Duck.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A very short vanishing head of off white that is foamy. Sits on a dark brown almost reddish Indian red body. Head falls VERY quickly. Can't see a dang thing through this at all. Leaves a simple off white collar. Not that impressive looking.

Yeast and wine like cherry fruit on the nose. Somewhat candy like but missing expected sweetness. Kind of uninteresting if that is a word I could use, not much really going on here for a scent. After some time slightly cheesy.

Taste is prickly, mild yeast but mostly gassy and sense of carbon dioxide more than anything else. However, mild malt and easy drinking after some time.

Kind of ordinary, but unique, but really not grabbing my attention. Carbonation is too off putting, and not much distinctive-ness. I say... meh.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
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 CwrwAmByth
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet.

Appears a hazy dark brown, bits of sediment floating around at the bottom, and a lively head which quickly settles down leaving a few mms at the top and a wonderful lacing.

Smells yeasty, of rich fruits and a non overpowering aroma of alcohol. Another scent I cannot put my finger on that I can only describe as 'wholesome'.

Taste is a bit harsh at first as the first thing that hits your tongue is a strong carbonation, and a taste of alcohol, before some rich dark fruits and bitter hops, ending with malts as it mellows out nicely. A sort of faint caramel-esque taste is there throughout the sip as well. Taste is enriched as you drink by an alcohol provided warmth which seems to work well with the fruits, and naturally the carbonation eases over time.

Overall a very pleasant drink, quite complex and exciting, rich and fruity. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of velosuds
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Deschutes snifter.

A-Pours a hazy burnt orange - amber with about a one and a half finger off white head with orange tints that recedes quickly leaving no lace; the lace slides down the glass to return to the head.

S-This is my favorite attribute for this beer. A complex array of honey, pears, cloves, warm nutmeg, and yeast.

T-A let down after the anticipation from the aromas. Mild spice and dried fruits like apples with cinnamon. Also some caramel but overall seems weak for style. Decent.

M-Smooth with medium body.

O-A bit of a disappointment - I really liked Trappistes Rochefort 10, and hope the 8 I bought at the same time as this 6 will be better. I won’t buy the 6 again.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from the local grocery shop.
Look: pours dark-amber-brown color with a nice light brown head.
Smell: Belgian yeast, spicy pepper, orange, vanilla, brown sugar, sweet dark fruits.
Taste: sweet malts, dark fruits, currant, spicy yeast, and some caramel. Spicy, herbal and medium dry hoppy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with medium body
Overall: Great beer, not just a watered down version of the 8 and the 10.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trappistes Rochefort 6 is very nice, but not as good as the 8 and 10.

A: Cloudy brown colour and a 2 cm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: An earthy roasted grain flavour with some sweetness. 4

T: Dark malty flavour with some sweetness for balance. There is some noticable alcohol in the aftertaste. 4

M: Reasonably foamy. 4

O: The younger, less talented brother. Still very nice though. 4

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.02/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Not a full filtered beer, slightly cloudy but slightly clear as well. .5 finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Yeast! But a very distinct, sweet and rich smell, I like it ALOT!

T/M - Taste is very minimal, almost pissed me off at first then I realized its a well hidden 7.2% beer. Mouthfeel is very tame, no carbonation in mouthfeel, though overall there is carbonation in the beer.

O - Not the best Trappist beer I have had, and definitely not the worst. Don't seek this one out, but don't avoid it if its there.

PP (Price Point) - $4.99 for an imported Trappist beer is fair, considering what some U.S. brewers charge for a 12ozer, 7.2% is very nice. Mid range, you decide!

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Photo of rinhaak
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a goblet.

This was a highly pressurized bottle that nearly exploded upon opening. With beer gushing everywhere, I had to quickly pour this into the goblet, and the tall resultant head faded very quickly. The pour I was left with was rather uninspiring: lots of sediment, the beer was a dark caramel color very similar to fresh unfiltered apple cider. As this is the only Rochefort 6 I have had, I cannot say whether this pour was a result of bad travel, bad conditions, or simply the way the beer pours.

The nose is very rich with a sour tang. Lots of figs, honey, raisins, and dates, and I can pick up aromas of coffee cake.

A very complex beer in the mouth, it is both a little sour and bitter on the palate. The flavors - though full - are not too intense, and though there is a slightly boozy aftertaste, this doesn't come through in the mouth. The figs, honey, and dates that I smelled are very present in the taste, but cloves and subtle warming spices join them - as does a sour bite. Rich malts round out the experience.

A very pleasant, extremely well done beer, Rochefort 6 is almost like the restrained sibling to the more assertive 8 or 10. Nicely balanced and complex to the end, I could easily drink another.

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Photo of chinchill
4.46/5  rDev +8%
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 Forb
3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Hazy darkness with minor light penetration with all the sediment floating around so excitedly.

Smell: Intensly fruit; apple cider-like but with plum sweetness wrapping around the aura.

Taste: Sweet and spicy with many fruity elements interacting with the darkness of this unique brew.

Mouthfeel: Almost overpoweringly intense with the carbonation being very evident and the flavors being so complex.

Overall: A unique beer but not something I'd commonly go back to.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

A- Dark caramel brown, a little hazy. Dense and very light brown (almost white) head, that leaves little lacing but shows good retention. Almost no signs of carbonation

S- Mostly dark fruits (raisin for sure, maybe plum), with an overall sweetness behind them that may be due to both malts and sugar. A light hint of spiciness, probably from esters

T- Very sweet as expected: sugar may be in the mix but it's not clearly detectable. The malts bring a caramel base with dark strong fruits hints underneath (raisin and plum, which i can now detect for sure, maybe others). Some spiciness shows up on the tongue. Very much what the smell suggested

M- Medium body and a very soft feel on both tongue and palate. I'd give this a 3.5 cause i think that it was not carbonated enough, but since all reviewers say this is highly carbonated i will assume that my bottle was a bit 'tired out

O- Very high drinkability, some faint alcoholic notes might be detected but they mostly bring a nice warming feel. A beer with no flaws and a very much classic belgian feel to it. Not as amazing as most trappist beers though

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Photo of russwbeck
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour ranges from light brown around the edges to a deep brown in the center. About a finger of white head.

S: Very sweet smell. Dark fruits and candied sugar up front. Alcohol undertones. Plum and caramel keep coming to mind. Very well balanced.

T: Oh this is good. The dark fruits (plum mostly) start the beer off sweet along with some candied sugar. Next is a nice tinge of alcohol, which is all finished off my a caramel maltiness that lingers on the tongue. The balance is phenomenal.

MF: Carbonated nicely and finishes dry. Alcohol is only noted a bit.

O: Loved this. Really can't go wrong with Rochefort, they know what they're doing.

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Photo of machostacos
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from red-capped bottle into a pint glass. Best by 4/11/14.

A: Pours a rich amber/ruby with a tall, soapy cream-colored head that thins down to a small layer that rests atop the beer. Little to no lacing. Lots of chunky crud floating around in my glass...not sure how I feel about it. Tons of bubbles screaming to the top of the glass.

S: Light aroma. Buttery toffee, bread, a little smoke, tobacco. Buttery sweet campfire-esque. A little dark fruit character peeks in, but just for a second.

T: The butter and toffee notes are forward here with that lovely smoky tobacco character. A little bready/biscuity, a little sweet. Sort of dry. Getting some of those dark fruits - prune and date; adds a mild sticky sweetness. Tastes like a liquid version of my pipe tobacco, which is a good thing! Hard to describe otherwise (and makes me want to light up my pipe to enjoy with it!)

M: Nice and chewy with excellent carbonation (maybe a little too much.) Full and mouth-coating.

O: I like this one. It doesn't hold a candle to its biggest brother in terms of complexity and overall awe, but it's not meant to. A very enjoyable, albeit lighter overall Belgian Dark from the legendary Trappistes Rochefort.

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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,447 ratings.
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