Trappistes Rochefort 6 | Brasserie de Rochefort

2,461 Ratings
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 xylophonica
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Leffe signature chalice.

A - Nice light sugary head on top subsiding to a lovely caramel coloured froth. Solid chocolate/dark ruby colour.

S - Plenty of sugary aromas; toffee, caramel dominate. Some chocolate in there as well with a dash of honey & pear.

T - Quite complex at first, plenty to detect but hard to capture. Rich caramel & chocolate up front with a side serving of sweet apple and pear. Very vibrant and strong with a big layer of toffee in there as well.

M - Big taste explosion on the tongue. Overall quite lively with some strong carbonation. Very spicy and fizzy on the tongue yet smooth going down. Leaves a sweet fruity aftertaste.

O - Lovely beer bursting with fruity-apple flavours. Complex in composition due to the various layers of sugary that create so many great flavours. Well worth the effort.

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Photo of foogerd
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy amber brown and some orange streaks, with some lacing. Not a sexy looking beer.

S- Smells like diluted rum, dried dark fruits, some booze and spice.

T- Spicy sugary honeyed raisins, tons of malty baked breads, a touch of clove and other spices, and a decent amount of booze.

M- A bit syrupy and highly carbonated.

O- Not as good as the other legendary brews this brewery puts out, but this one still manages to hold its own.

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Photo of claytong
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this review might be a little harsh, I just felt the 8 was far superior and i think it makes me a bit jaded for paying the same price.
massive head on controlled pour. very alive
bubble gum soda pop smell
hints of clove
much darker thicker than 8 and more brown. slight amber color

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

(11.2oz bottle). Pours cloudy dark amber color with huge chunky, khaki head. Small, active carbonation bubbles. Aroma has lots of dark fruit, candied sugar, florals and caramel. Taste is sweet malt-more like caramel-than the aggressive malt than I’m used to in a Rochefort. Also getting some herbal/earthy notes. Thin to medium bodied with a slick texture. Finish is smooth. A very nice beer.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a darker brown with a caramel 2 finger head w/ lingers for a while. Good carbonation and lacing. Lots of stuff floating around in this beer- which I like!

S- Smells of earthy-ness, fruit, malt, yeast, and slight spice. Smells like a trappist beer to me. They tend to have that earthy quality to them that makes them easy to pick out. Nice smelling beer.

T- Interesting... Not similar at all to the nose. Malt, fruit, and maybe a hint of vanilla? Caramel, and cinnamon as well. This is definitely a different critter than the 8 or the 10 (two of my favorite beers). It's good though. I'd like a little alcohol burn w/ this one, but I don't get any hint of it here. Not quite in the same league as the 8 or 10 for me.

M- Ok... I lied. The warmer this beer is getting, I am getting a little alcohol burn on the aftertaste, but it's very slight. There's a feeling like splashing your face w/ cold water in the beginning, followed by smoothness and some spicy feel towards the end.

O- This is a good beer, but falls a little short of it's pedigree for me. Rochefort 8 and 10 are two of the best beers in the world for me. This one is merely good bordering on great. It's worth checking out if you haven't had it, otherwise I'll probably not go out of my way to get this one again.

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Photo of
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy tawny with a moderate head and nice lacing.
Aroma - Complex and mysterious – spice, bread, fresh soil, sweet malt, dark fruit earth.
Mouthfeel is sharp carbonation upfront and then mellow and powdery.
Flavour is soft fruit, cocoa, malt, honey, and just the right amount of bitterness to pull it all together.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a Chimay chalice.

A: It pours a clouded brown color with large bits of sediment and a half finger of off-white head that dies almost immediately and does not lace at all.

S: Sweet plums and figs, some wheaty graininess, candi sugar, and a little bubble gum.

T: Sweet plums and figs again, some grape peel, caramel, cloves, and a little dry biscuit flavor.

M: It has medium body thickness and average carbonation.

O: This is delicious; I just wish it was much cheaper.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- A murky brown color with some ruby red hues throughout. The head is off white, small ring of lacing above a creamy cap. Lacing did progessively get better as I drank.

S- Aroma of chocolate caramel nutty malt filled the room. This BSDA is much different from most because I'm not picking up any dark fruits. This is all about the malt.

T- Oh man that's good stuff. Follows the nose to a tee. The flavor starts off on the weaker side and then comes the gooey heavenly malt. This was all about showcasing the rich malt to me. The spice, yeast, and hops were an afterthought.

M- This has a light feel for the style, but the carbonation really seems to beef it up. Creamy smooth, rather dry.

O- This doesn't really taste like a Belgian ale IMO, it almost reminds me of a Scotch ale. This one had about 3 years age on it and it was just fantastic. Maybe my favorite from Rochefort, definitely finished this one the quickest.

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Photo of MufflnMan
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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 roadhouse
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33cl bottle into a Kasteel glass, the closest I had to what the Rochefort glass looks like.

Appears a hazy brown color with a half inch tan head that retains well throughout. Carbonation bubbles rise up the sides the whole time, quite nice to look at.

Aroma is like a lighter version of the 10 but just as complex. There is fig and date, a "creaminess" I can't describe but detect in their other beers as well, and sweet candy with a hint of some cherry.

Taste is started off with some dark fruit and fig at the start, slightly sweet, with the creaminess coming through right before the swallow before it dries up for some plum and phenols.

Mouthfeel is great just like the other beers. High carbonation as it should be so it's really creamy and helps the phenolic bite at the finish.

It's been years since I had this, long before the 10 and 8, and before I had much appreciation for these beers, so it was overdue to try it again. Really glad I did. I can't say it's better than the 8 or 10 but it is unique and great in its own way.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of dark honey, a slightly yellowish amber brown, with a minimal head.

Smell is sweet malts and Belgian yeast - yum. Bready, with some light fruits.

Taste is all about the delicious sweet rich malts that provide everything this beer needs. There's a bit of honey, and some tangy spice that's lit up by the mouthfeel. The finish is crisp and clean. And the flavors are just so smooth. Wow.

Medium-bodied, with medium-high carbonation that bounces the sweetness around. A perfect complement to the flavor.

Delicious and well-balanced, with hefty but not overpowering sweetness, complemented very well by the mouthfeel. This is a perfect example of what flavors can come from great malts and great yeast. The alcohol is practically invisible. Drinks like a dubbel; surprised it's not classified as that style here.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Steady pour into a wide-bodied tulip glass.

A - Hazy milk chocolate with a light cloudy sediment. Off-white head, streaked with a dark khaki lace (I'm not quite sure I've ever seen a two-tone head before). Head settles at a fair pace leaving an ok lace.

S - Warm booze, caramel, malt, hazelnut, saltwater taffy.

T - Bright alcohol note up front is warming, but not astringent. Big bready body. Sweet malt. Caramel, brazil nuts, milk chocolate, coriander, clove. Nice complexity.

M - A lingering booze warms your throat, carrying with it notes of sweet malt and spice. Medium / light body.

O - A deliciously complex double. A tad thin for my liking. The booze is fantastically well balanced, playing an integral role in the flavor profile.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rust color with robust carbonation and about a half fingers worth of head that dissipates into a bit of a halo and couldron mixture, with constant carbonation rising to the top.

S: A bit boozy, you can smell a touch of caramel malts, but I'm not getting much else.

T: The middle is pretty tart, like a sour cherry, with a bit of a nutty finish. Walnuts, maybe?

M: Very carbonated, it has a full mouthfeel and goes down leaving you feeling full.

O: This one is a bit lackluster. After having the 10, this one is shabby.

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Photo of chefelf
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this at a local beer/wine store and figured if it was that expensive it had to be good. Turns out I was right! It was a very tasty Belgian ale but I think it was about $8 for the bottle. While it was great I don't know if I'd buy it again at that price. There are plenty of other Belgian ales I've had that are about 80% as good for 40% of the price.

I do, however, enjoy their cryptic, unexplained numbering system on the bottles. Anything that unnecessarily complicates the consumer's decision is okay in my book. More beers should require internet searches to figure out what the heck they are.

It's all part of the adventure, baby!

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very spritey, active offwhite head that disappears quickly and with vigor. Cloudy amber brown body with plenty of sediment.

Smell - Nutty and malty with noticeable alcohol.

Taste - Alcohol heavy. Slightly malty with a bit of orange.

Mouthfeel - More effervescent than the 10.

Overall Drinkability - I had higher hopes for this beer, especially after having the 10. While enjoyable, I'd pass up this beer in a heartbeat if the 10 is also in stock.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.01/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle drank out of my trappist chimay challice. been looking forward to this for a while. the bottle is on the fresher side, but i cant recall the exact best by date.

A- this one pours out a slightly translucent muddy brown colored body with a pretty large khaki colored head on top. the head lasts for a good while and levaes behind random spots of lacing.

S- after my initial whiff, roasted malts are the first things that enter my mind. after that i pick up on some belgian yeast and very ripe plums. there is also a softer cherry note to this. a little bit of milk chocolate towards the middle along with some green apple skin. slightly earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some lightly roasted malts and quickly moves into fruit country. raisins and plum lead the way. there are also minor notes of cherries and a touch of green apple. a distinct belgian yeast strain also makes an appearance. slightly earthy on the finish.

M- light bodied. almost too light for the intense level of carbonation that this one brings.

O- i feel that this is the weakest that i have tried of the rochefort family. certainly the weakest of the main three. i dont see myself paying the same price for this as i would the 8 ever again.

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Photo of larsenju
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown body with slight reddish tones, 2+ finger off white head, dropped pretty quick for what it is and left pretty solid lacing.

S-A little biscuit and a lot of caramel up front quickly backed up by some stone fruits, and a little spicy yeast. I got some heat and a little grain husk in the background, overall it is very rich and creamy.

T-Rich chocolate and stone fruit steps out right away, giving into some earthy spices and some fruity esters. Following all that the caramel really takes over backed up by some rich rye bread, and again, some alcohol heat. The finish is again chocolaty with some strong raisins.

M-Light bodied with low carbonation, finishes dry.

D-A really solid example of what a traditional belgian could be. However, for the price I would make the jump to 8 or 10 before buying this again, it just doesn't hold up to those two.

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Photo of MadCat
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, its time for review number 50 already. I guess this is special enough for it, right?

Appearance: Very brown, with a good light brown head that dissipates fast, minimal lacing

Smell: Plum, raisin, sweet malt, and spice

Taste: Plum, raisin, sweet malt, spice, some balancing bitterness, with some of that trademark Rochefort yeast flavor, but not so much to get harsh like the 8 and 10. Finish reminds me a little bit of rum.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall: A sipper like the other Rocheforts. I liked this the best out of the three, but it isn't something I intend to buy again, especially at the price.

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Photo of larryi86
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- Dark hazy brown with a three finger off-white head.

S- Sweet caramel malts, dark fruits. Good, but not as complex as 8 or 10.

T- Not as sweet as the smell, bready, only getting a hint of the dark fruits and spices.

M- Light to medium body, smooth.

O- This is a nice beer that I am very happy that I am happy I tried. This is a good beer and solid, just not as good as 8 and 10, lacks the complexity. Since it is the same price as 8 I don't see myself buying this again because I could just get a bottle of 8 that is sitting right next to it.

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Photo of cudmud
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a dark mahogany color with one finger of long lasting head. There is solid lacing and yeast sediment clinging to the glass.

Smell: This sample smells of plumb, raisins, and yest. These flavors, however, don't mask the strong aroma of alcohol.

Taste: The main flavors in this beer are plum pudding and yeast. This is a flavorful beer, but the tastes don't dilute the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and almost too much carbonation

Overall: A good beer that's true to style and a delight to drink.

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Photo of atlason
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown, good head with solid lace.

Rich caramel maltiness (caramel brand: belgian Chokotoff cote d'or elephant). Relatively little of the classical doughly/yeasty Belgian character. Pronounced alcohol.

Long malty aftertaste corresponding well with main flavor of the beer.

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

A- A dark red orange amber with lots of carbonation rising from the bottom and a tan 2 finger head. Lacing is not bad

S- Dark fruit, malt and yeast and caramel. Traditional trappist smells.

T- has a yeasty malt flavor, a citric tinge with the dark fruit and a slight roasted flavor.

M- This one feels good, medium feel and a little carbonation

O- Overall this one is not bad, but clearly not as good as the 8 or the 10. But still a very good beer.

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Photo of RDHerm
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, hazy, dark amber with apple cider-colored highlights. Has a medium white head that thins out to a thick ring that holds throughout and has nice lacing.

Has a bit of a weak aroma, but that seems to be typical of Rochefort's beers in my experience. Solid notes of apricot, raisin, and sweet, bready malts. There's also a hint of yeast, and a slight touch of caramel.

Bready malt is the predominant taste, but is balanced quite nicely with flavors of apricot, raisin, and a bit of citrus. There are also hints of caramel, honey, and yeast.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Medium body, with a carbonation level that is just fizzy enough to provide a crisp feel, but without being overwhelming. There is a pleasant alcohol warmth, with an aftertaste that lingers just long enough without overstaying it's welcome.

A top-notch beer all around. I'd still recommend the 8 over the 6, but either way, you really can't go wrong.

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from an 11.2 oz bottle code 080915

A- pours a semi-cloudy chestnut color with a staying 1 finger light khaki head with very little lacing..very fresh looking collar on this one

S- was dark fruits,plums and raisin smells mix with sweet candy gum some baked sweet bread

T- is much the same its sweet gum with currant fruits ,malts and delicious baked sweet bread

M- sweet again ,very creamy and smooth with medium carbonation the taste of this brew stays on the tongue

D- you want another sip and another sip but let this one warm up the flavors augment from fruit to bread and malts but nothing to strong or overwhelming just delicious

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Photo of OldRaysputin
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light brown almost apricot color.

S: Top notch...i don't even know how to describe this other than to say it smells like a fruit rollup. Fruits and sweetness galore.

T: Not hoppy...light roasted malt, not too sweet but perfectly balanced. Its having a tough time describing this and i think it might be the tastiest beer i have had...maybe ever.

M/D: A true enjoyment. Just enough carbonation to wake the palate. This is an exceptional brew.

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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,461 ratings.
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