Trappistes Rochefort 6 | Brasserie de Rochefort

Trappistes Rochefort 6Trappistes Rochefort 6
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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 roadhouse
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +2.4%
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 +0.7%
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 -18.6%
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 +7.7%
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 -2.4%
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 -27.5%
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 -5.1%
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 +0.5%
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 +1.7%
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 -7.2%
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 -4.1%
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%
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%
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 +1.2%
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 +14.9%
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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Photo of justintcoons
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy copper with explosive head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

N: Bubblegum, caramel, candy sugar and cotton candy.

T: Follows the nose but also has a watermelon note.

M: Medium bodied, creamy and smooth.

D: Extremely easy drinkability. Absurdly delicious!

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Photo of Brianjames16
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark amber/brown color with a bubbly finger with off white head.

S- Big bready aroma mixed with raisins, dark fruits and alcohol. Very pleasing aroma on this one.

T - Dark fruits, raisins, fig and some citrus with bread. Wonderfully balanced flavors with a nice warming alcohol taste. Aftertaste lingers and is pleasant.

M- Big body on this but I find it quite smooth. Great carbonation and rich in texture.

D- Drink slow to enjoy all the great characteristics of this brew. With that said, Drinkability is fantastic for me !

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Photo of Brunite
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an iced tea, hazy brown with ruby on the edges. Good carbonation.

S - Not too strong. Some dark fruits, light sweetness. Nice but nowhere near the intensity of # 10.

T - Flavor similar to the smell. Nice but no# 10.

M - Creamy, slight carbonation. Medium body.

D - Very nice for what it is but I'll stick with the #10 offering form these fine monks.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Rochefort chalice.

A - Pours a deep amber orange colour with and Ivory coloured head that reduces to a film and laces the glass.

S - Aromas of yeast and small stewed fruits.

T - Nice bread biscuit flavours that give way to delicious malty stewed fruits and raisins

M - Medium body and fullish carbonation that make for an in=mpressive beer.

D - This is a very solid brew from a World Class brewery. If you see it buy it.

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
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 doopiedoopiedoo
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For some reason I had never picked up this one from a bottle shop. I always end up buying the 10 or sometimes the 8. Don't know why but I just do. For the sake of reviewing I thought I start at the 6 and work my way up.

Poured into a snifter.

Red brown look with a big tan head after a hard pour.

Sweet candy/ honey -like smell. Dark fruits and malts on the nose as well.

Taste follows the nose. Sweet candy and honey malts, dark fruits but also yeast and spices.

Medium body with a fairly clean finish. Quite some carbonation but still a smooth drink.

Drinkability is great. Don't drink it too cold as loads of flavors come out as it warms up.

Not as in your face as his bigger brothers the 8 and the 10 but still a very enjoyable beer.
Get it if you can.

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Photo of Shoegaze99
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Expectations are a funny thing. They can mess with your view of a beer, both for the better and for the worse. And with a beer like Rochefort, it's hard NOT to have expectations. This is a beer with a reputation for being world class.

But is it?

The answer is, yes. Yes, it is. Allow me to explain.

Appearance - Poured a relatively fresh (Oct. 2010) bottle of the 6 into a flute glass (poor glassware choice in retrospect). The color was a deep orange brown, looking not unlike a forest floor in autumn. Even with a gentle pour it generated three fingers of creamy, tan head. A very appetizing looking beer.

Smell/Nose - Here's where I was thrown off. I expect a world class beer to have a world class aroma, but I honestly felt myself slightly underwhelmed by Rochefort 6. Maybe it's the big IPAs and Imperial Stouts I've been drinking this winter, almost all of which fill the nose with heady aromas, but this left me unimpressed. Smelled heavy with yeast, very sweet with hints of caramel. Not unpleasant, but also not alluring.

A beer, though, rises or falls on its taste ...

Taste - ... and here is where Rochefort 6 shines. The first sip was a little "meh," which surprised me. Got more head than beer. Nothing really stood out. Nothing grabbed me.

As the beer mellowed and warmed, though, it got better with each progressive sip. It tasted like a rich pastry bread in beer form, all sorts of bready and malty and delicious. A little sweet but subdued; caramel flavors but in perfect balance with everything else going on in the beer; dashes of raisin and the like; hints of grainy buttered bread.

By the end what had started as a decent but not mind-blowing beer turned out to be a stunner. Those who roll strictly with IPAs will probably be put off by the lack of up front hops, but folks who like a well-balanced beer that dabbles in all the taste textures beer has to offer will enjoy this.

Mouthfeel - Mild but mouth-pleasing carbonation and a full-bodied feel without being *heavy* made this a pleasant experience. As the beer approached warmer temperatures it felt fuller, smoother, and nicer on the tongue. Quite good.

Drinkability - It would be an understatement to say that the Rochefort 6 drank well. It's a very solid but not mindblowing 7.5 ABV, which means it's relatively strong, yet it doesn't drink like it. Goes GREAT with a meal (I had this alongside a pasta dish). Would make a great capper to an evening or would serve as an excellent standalone treat.

Bottom line: My glass started off underwhelming but by the end I felt as if Rochefort has earned its near legendary reputation. It's a rich, complex beer by any measure. Even at $6 a bottle, I'll be drinking this again.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10 has been a long-time favorite which I've enjoed the world over - but I think I neglect the 6 and 8 too much as a result. So, let's pop a red-cap:

Best before July 24th, 2013. Served lightly chilled. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

Sienna body which lights up a clear rust color, though the immense amount of lees stiring around the glass makes the clarity difficult to appreciate. A solid creamy finger of soft wheat colored foam is flecked with minute brown blades of yeast. Infinite retention, thick uniform lacing, and a razor's edge of clear legs coat the sides.

Alcohol and yeast work together to form a unique aromatic blend - fine sherry, prunes, figs, apple skins - with phenols emerging as the ale warms, represented by light nutmeg and cinnamon atop fresh cream.

Malt, cream, and a gentle herbal quality on the palate. There is some sweetness (variably coming across as honey/mead or caramel) - with a very low but detectable bitterness helping dry out the finish. Hints of blood orange, melon, attic, and other vagaries. Yeast seems to be doing more of the work than the malt.

Effervescent, somewhat light-bodied, with the alcohol fully hidden from view.

The 6 while expertly crafted is better with food than served as a meal of its own.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a chalice. Pours a dusty ruby color with a medium khaki head.

S - Sweet, Belgian candi sugar, mild spices, malts, faint sweet alcohol.

T - Dark fruit, prunes, raisins. Brown sugar, faint alcohol finish.

M - Just south of medium bodied, good carbonation.

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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 89.7% out of 100 with 2,477 ratings
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