Trappistes Rochefort 6 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 6Trappistes Rochefort 6

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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 07-12-2002

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Photo of rinhaak
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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 +7.5%
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 -16.4%
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 -4.3%
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 +4.8%
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 -1.2%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of csiewert
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer enjoyed in a chalice glad at the abner pub in Norman, ok. Pours a thick brown with a slight amount of tan head with not much lacing and retention. The aroma is slightly fruity, with hints of figs and plums, as well as some smoke and nuttiness. The taste is fairly sweet with fig and cherry notes with some maltiness added in. The mouthfeel is fairly overcarbonated and dry. Overall a good beer, but I wouldn't pay $12 for it again.

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Photo of raffy313
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Jessica & Shane(THECPJ) for this 330ml bottle, with a 100315 label date(assuming this means best by: Mar. 10, 2015).

This Belgian Ale pours a hazy brown with a 2 finger tan head that dissipates rather quickly to nothing, and leaves behind little to no lacing. The heavy carbination bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass leads me to believe a good amount of carbination in the mouthfeel.

Smell comes in very fruity. An upfront dark fruit aroma of plum and raisins. Sweet caramel, and some spiciness from the Belgian yeast. Not an overly pungent aroma, but nicely balanced.

Taste is very similar to the smell with the dark fruits being the primary flavors.

Medium body with a heavy carbonation feel dispite the lack of head, as I expected. Nice alcohol bite as it warms. Leaves a somewhat dry finish.

Overall, this is a nice Belgian Dark Ale I would definately have again if I ever come across it in a trade(unfortunately, Rochefort isn't available in TX... yet). It's the first of the 3(10/8/6) I've recently aquired, and very much looking forward to the others!

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Photo of lamergod
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Homebrew35
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Pours a bubbly one finger of brown head. Brown hazy root beer looking body, a fair amount of light comes through.

S:Smells nutty, dark and juicy fruits(plum, rum rasins). Medium dark crystal malts. Brown sugar and molasses.

T: Tastes big time of juicy dark fruits, plum, rasin, figs. Some taste of nutty brown malts. Maybe some cinnamon and vanilla. A touch of lingering rum rasin bitterness.

M: Medium thin bodied, high carbonation. Somewhat coating in the mouth, medium dry in the finish.

O: Overall this one is nice, it has a fair amount of flavor which is melded together quite well. It's light enough that I could have a few of these in a night. The 7.5% abv is well hidden.
$4.95 a single.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date of 19/08/08.

Pours a cloudy brown amber color with a small off white head. Leaves no lacing down the glass.

Smells of plums, port, sherry, cardboard, caramel and slight tinge of alcohol.

Taste opens of a tawny port moving into a full caramel and plum. Finishes with a nice dry port character and finishes extremely clean. Seems a little thin on the finish.

Mouthfeel is moderate and a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, its good. Probably won't be back to buy more, but its not too bad for this old.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
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 projectflam86
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle.

A- Pours a murky copper color with a thin white foam head that leaves a touch of lace. Definitely a few floaties.

S- Light fruit aroma with belgian candy sugar and lots of spicy yeast.

T- A touch of diacetyl butteriness with a dry finish. Lots of fruit and spice with the yeast really shining through. Esters contribute some spice and almost a wine-like quality with a snappy finish.

M- Medium/light bodied with plenty of carbonation.

O- Overall a very solid brew.

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Photo of iguenard
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

( 27/50, 7.5% alc/vol, Autre Oeil, after 5 beers) Very quickly disappeared sand-colored
head that totally left within a few seconds. Brown ale, thick and dark. Chocolate and
coffee aromas. Sugars are dominant in this smokey (as in cigarette… due to the bar) and
extremely light aromatic ale. Nice but too light. Sweetness is too strong against a low
alcoholic ale. Covers up the oily hops and the malts flavours. Effects are there but
flavours don’t have enough potency to cut through. Very thick body, vinous and
voluptuous, this warm and chocolatey brew is smooth in the mouth and remains creamy
throughout. Sweet, creamy, chocolatey, but ultimately disappoints, specially compared to
the Rochefort 10™ . Light enough to drink a few straight anytime during supper with
pretty much anything that can handle a sweet addition.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; slightly hazy, chestnut brown with a creamy, light tan head. Excellent retention and fine lacing.

smell; stale bread and honey, really mild, some bitter dry herbs come to mind with raisins.

taste; warm bready yeast. Mild toasted white bread with cloudberry preserves. Finishes a bit bitter. Really hard to decide on adjectives for this one. Maybe some pecans soaked in bitter digestives. Quite unique.

mouthfeel; some alcohol burn in the finish, living a puckered mouth feel. The main body is creamy with a complex buzz like carbonation. Very smooth and velvety.

overall; a really hard beer to describe but it's good. So well blended and mild, I wouldn:t take anyone else"s word on it, a must try.

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Photo of ghetto90007
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into an Ommegang chalice.

Pours a murky dishwater brown color, not much of a head - just some off-white with hints of brown. Some carbonation clings to the edges of the glass, but not a whole lot going on in terms of lacing.

Smells of caramel, hints of dark fruits, and the spiciness of Belgian yeast.

Malt up front, fruitiness quickly comes in, then overwhelmed by spicy yeast and more sweet malt. This rush of flavors yields to a resonant flash of toffee. Fairly dry finish leaves the palate clean, save a lingering hint of caramel.

Medium bodied beer with good carbonation. Just the right balance of smoothness and carbonation. Very nice.

Tasty beer and enjoyable in its own regard, although I do prefer it's bigger brother "8". More solid craftsmanship from the monks at Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy.

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Photo of xylophonica
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -8%
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 -2.9%
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 -1.2%
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 -2.9%
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 +2.4%
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 -3.1%
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 +10.1%
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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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,503 ratings