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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a 1" head. Some spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: surprisingly dull caramel and malts.

Taste: bread, caramel, brown sugar sweetness, and a soft bitterness. Alcohol is not noticeable. Simple but incredibly delicious.

Mouhtfeel: smooth from the start to finish. The finish is relatively clean as the maltiness leaves the tongue quickly. Medium bodied.

Drinkabililty: this is a very drinkable brew, and worth seeking out as much as the 8 and 10 from this brewery.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for this '04 bottle...
Appears a hazy, medium brown with a small light tan head that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, brown sugar, doughy bread, and light fruit.
Taste is of the same aromas with a nice balance of sugar and fruit kicking around.
Mouthfeel is mildly thin but still medium bodied, semi-sweet, with the yeast clinging to the palate. Warming in the swallow.
This one reminds me a bit of the Rochefort 8, and a shadow of the 10 but not as lively, or as complex as either.

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Photo of lpayette
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance- Pretty amazing. Sort of an apple cider (standard, not alcoholic) mud-brown blend. Head is huge with truckloads of lacing.

Smell- Cocoa notes, musty, partially baked bread, mild alcohol esters, herbal and medicinal notes come through as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel- Cocoa, bread, tropical fruit, caramel, olde school hop taste, earthy tones, banana. Leaves kind of like chocolate milk at times- the mouth feeling just a bit dry. The more you drink though, the drier it seems to become.

This is an outstanding beer (which it should be for the price).

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Photo of Drew966
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trappistes Rochefort 6 pours a deep, dark copper color with chunks of yeast floating around, with an off white head from a brown 33cl bottle. Smells like a glass of wine, fruity, plum like aromas. Chocolate is definitely the first predominant taste. There are also some fruit like flavors that are not very pronounced. Excellent beer. Recommended.

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

Poured into the snifter a hazy dark brown with garnet highlights. Head was a short-lived beige color, faded to a wispy cap and halo. Lacing was minimal.
Continuous streams of small bubbles make their way up the sides of the glass. Chunks of yeasy sediment settle to the bottom.

Smell was dark fruit, raisins, , hop spiciness,yeasty breads, and a light of alcohol.

Taste is much more subtle than the smell. Flavor is a mix of malts, yeasty bread, light raisin flavor with a faint trace of alcohol.

Medium bodied. Moderately active carbonation.

I found myself enjoying this one more and nore as it warmed. The smell and the flavors become more pronounced. Drinkable? Yes, but the price could be prohibitive to most.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Inviting dark maple with an orange hue, cloudy with a huge off white head. Looks awesome.

Smell: Fruity esters, sweet alcohol, apples, notes of pear, maybe a little of banana.

Taste: Ripe fruit, sweet malt, subtle and pleasant alcohol, complex.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, finishes clean and dry, medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: A great beer, so drinkable and complex, delicious. Well built and definitely a trappist. Not as multi-dimensional as Chimay in my opinion, a little more alcohol presence.


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Photo of Budlum
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Aromas of dried prunes, anise and very malty. Pours a little coudy. Deep burgundy in color with plenty of ruby when held up to light.

Mouthfeel is great. A rush of flavors with a lot of natural effervesence. Dried prunes, roasted nuts, anise, black licorice and slightly medicinal alcohol flavors. Peaty flavors similar to a highland single malt. The alcohol presense is enjoyable without becoming overwhelming. A very complex mix of flavors.

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Photo of hero27
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.03.09, 7.5% abv
Poured into an 8 oz Chimay chalice.

Opaque umber color. Head consists of tightly formed, somewhat fizzy pockets of foam.
Sweet plums, raisins, grapes, dark chocolate, and rich spices make up the majority of flavor. The phenolic attributes of this beer are interesting..almost a metallic, woody flavor.
The alcohol is certainly noticed, and makes it's presence known with every sip..sort of surprising since it's the weakest in abv of the "big three" from this Trappist brewery.
Slick in the mouth, and quite easy to drink.

When I can buy Rochefort 10 & 8 for the same price at my local store, I'm not sure why many people would choose this one over those two fantastic offerings. Certainly a good Belgian and a tasty treat, but I'll pick it's big brothers over this any day of the week.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle stamped 15 05 07.

Pours a creamy light/medium brown with some visible floaters. 1 finger of head that quickly disappears.

Nose is sweet mild malt with a small spice component.

Flavor is low on the candi sugar sweetness with a solid spice base. Lighter and different than the 8, there are still some similarities. Brown sugar flavor is there, but only a hint of the dark fruits. Malt dominates, I don't get much, if any, hops.

Light and easy to drink compared to the 8. Medium mouthfeel with lots of natural carbonation on the palate.

This brew has a quenching quality that most of its ilk do not have. Tasty and easy to drink. Wish it were cheaper...

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Photo of haz77
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark brown with and coppery-red hue. Fizzy tan head diminishes to a thin layer quickly.

S - Phenols, yeast, fruit, nuts.

T - Earthy with some spice. Dark and light fruits. Sweet alcohol warmth at the end.

M - Quite thin and high in carbonation.

D - Good for the ABV.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this bottle dated 29.04.08; this bottle is just over 3 years old. I have owned it since 2003 along with a few others.

Pours 20% head in a westmalle chalice. beer pours a dark copper. nose is a rich sweet sharp licorice/coriander/other type nose, complexity smells great. This is certainly distinct from westvleteren's beers.

Taste is very spiced, sharp feeling of licorice or coriander or another element I cannot put my finger on, with a malt undertone. It is sweet but a tone of bitterness dominates through the taste and aftertaste.

I tried another of this beer from the same date years ago and it has improved immensly with time. It is fabulous and worth trying, though I believe at this age both the roch. 8 and 10 are superior.

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Photo of jettjon
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Appearance, nose, flavor
Lows: Price

Pours a handsome chestnut brown with some sediment. Head is solid one-finger light tan to brown that fades at a leisurely pace to heavy lace. Nose is of sweet grapes, berries, and hops. A truly excellent bouquet. The flavor is strongly fruity, with grapes and mild hops evident along with the requisite malt and yeast. Mouth is bubbly wet, pretty good. Finish is slightly dry with a hint of alcohol. Drinkability is good; even at 7.5%, it goes down easy. The price would keep you from drinking more than one, however.

Overall: A great Belgian Dark, in my opinion better than Rochefort #8 due to the simpler (less cluttered and overwhelming) palate. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ah, finally I've managed to get my grubby mitts on the Rocheforts. Decided to start small with the red cap 6 and work my way up.

Poured into a chalice, a cloudy black tea hue (Red Rose anyone?), suspended yeast particles that quickly settle to the bottom. Almost a gossamer textured cinnamom toned head with great retention. Amazing head, it's pretty unique.

Notes of icing sugar and salt are the first characteristics I pick out in the nose. Next come a train of P's, notes of pear, pinapple and candied papaya. A layer of rich malt and dry chocolate surfaces, along with a dry, musty sensation.

Dry dark chocolate up front in the flavour, some prunes and dates in the middle, along with---uh, dark leafy greens?--THAT was quite the plot twist, and finishing with a margarita salt finish. Huh....

The mouthfeel is just as ambiguous as the flavour, velvety smooth but light and watery, becoming foamy towards the finish and effervescent on the finish and aftertaste. Never had anything like it before.

Well, those people in the local area coveting this stuff can rest easier at night now, because this isn't really an ale I'd like to revisit, more for you. Pretty anti-climactic after all of the hype. Glad I started at the bottom, it can only go up from here (I hope).

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Photo of Cwrw
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Number 6, red cap. I was curious to see how it would match up against its bigger brothers. Rochefort 6 definitely pours out with the lightest colour of the 3, as expected. Nice hazy iced-tea or dark peach-juice colour with a cream-white head that settled nicely and moved slowly leaving some viscous lace. Very nice looking beer. The aroma is very earthy and tea-like, with less phenols and even a little hopping beginning to show through(something I could not detect at all in the 8 and 10.) Very similar malt aromas as the 8 and 10, and even some light metallic citrus aromas come out. Other notes of pasta, yeast, dusty chocolate, and salt. Light nuttiness, fresh white bread, grapes and green vegetables. Just as complex as the 8, in my opinion. The first taste has sourish malts and in the middle is metallic phenols, where the alcohol can be tasted. The finish is the best part of the taste, where grainy bread mixes with the softest hint of hops and coffee to form a pleasant and lingering aftertaste. Light caramel and a certain dusty yeasty flavour which I find in Gouden Carolus Classic. The taste reveals more port-like alcohol as you exhale, but obviously not as much as the other Rocheforts. As with all of the Rochefort beers, this warms the stomach nicely. The 6 has all the drinkability, with the least harsh alcohol feel out of the 3. Since the 3 beers are all the same recipe, they DO share many characteristics save the bite of alcohol content. That being said, the 6 really does taste the most uncomplex, with the beer's flavour at its basic. However, it allows some tastes to shine through, such as the light hopping and the graininess of the malt. Still a lovely tasting brew. Medium carbonation, medium body, and full drinkability.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a rusty copper orange colour into a Rochefort glass... Creamy tan head poured big and foamy with rocky, meringue like top. Faded to a nice thick layer after a while with light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice fruity notes (raisins, bananas, figs), toffee, spicy caramel maltiness, peppery, light traces of clove....

Taste – Spicy biscuity maltiness, strong aniseed, spicy fruits, alcohol quite prominent, some clove notes, bready...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry.. Medium body..

Overall - An excellent beer.... Recommended... Not quite as good as the other two Rochefort brews but not far off...

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Photo of klewis
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

14 01 09 stamped on the bottle - whatever that means

A: Pours a murky brown with a large foamy head that quickly dies down to a 1/2' layer of foam. A bit of sediment, but not as much as the 8 or 10. Not much lacing.

S: Typical Belgian aromas of biscuits and raisins

T: Metallic taste with bready and slightly fruity flavors. Quite salty in the finish.

M: Medium body with an agressive carbonation that makes it difficult to get much flavor.

D: I like this one better than the 8 and 10, but like them, I think there are much better beers to be had for less $$.

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Photo of Orrshow
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a medium brown with touches of copper. It is very clouded and full of floaties. There is a small amount of white foamy head which sticks around as a small cap.

Smell – Smells of brown sugar, dates, and yeast. There is a touch of spice which arises to make this a nice smelling beer overall.

Taste – Surprisingly I can taste the alcohol right off the bat. That sweet brown sugar taste along with dates and raisins comes about as well which is pleasurable. There is a touch of hops if looked for but nothing too up front. This also has a touch of spice with a yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel – The high carbonation makes this one a little rough. The consistency is nice though.

Drinkability – Not bad. I found that the alcohol almost burned slightly despite not having a high ABV. Also the high carbonation bothered me slightly. Other than that no complaints.

I liked Rochefort 6, but this one is very overshadowed by the 8 and 10. Still a very nice beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle makes a nice little woosh when I let up the cap so I’m therefore not surprised to feel my tongue nearly fizzled off by the carbonation of this delicious treat. Like pop rocks, coke, and Chuck Norris, the carbonation of this Belgian beauty is dangerous. Froth is like Elmer’s, adhesive and delicious. Crown is flawless, capable of covering 100% of the surface area of the beer seemingly forever. A few cocoa crispies crumbs litter the surface of the white cloud.

The taste of this mud puddle brown brew is initially rather meaty and I don’t mean that as a description of the body. This beer tastes a little like left over prime rib (in a good way of course). Other flavors and aromas include the expected fermented dark fruits, figs, cocoa, and candied sugar. There is a surprisingly floral aroma hidden in there as well. Dust and Must arise as the brew warms. This, I do not like. The assertiveness is also lost. Believe it or not I think this beer is a bit better around 40 to 45 degrees than room temperature. Surprisingly refreshing. Body becomes lighter as it warms, too light really.

Overall this is a fine beer but it’s just a bit light in terms of flavor and body to stand up to the truly great BSDAs. I would just like a little bit more from this one. Still very enjoyable and very drinkable.

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Photo of Redteketed
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very lively when pouring, head isn't long lasting, lacing is almost none.
Nice smell: candy-sugar al over, malty, little toasted and fruity in a sense of raisin and plums. It has a little port smell in it.
Taste is ligth sweet/light bitter, with a flavour of hop and toasted malt.
Medium body, normal carbonation, little alcohol, malty and spicy average aftertaste.
Nice beer, certainly can enjoy another. So get if you can.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown color, cloudy, with quarter inch white head, decent retention. Plenty of visible active carbonation and fine lacing also. Smell has notes of subtle grape, nutty chocolate, rasin, and a bit of spice. Taste is sweet and raisiny, which fades some after a moment, finish is slightly chocolatey and alcoholic. Flavors of belgian yeast are noticible and it it also has a slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is really nice on this one, loads of carbonation, medium thickness, very smooth and coating. Drinkablity scores well as the alcohol is not overly strong, but the flavor is not as imaginitive as the Rochefort 8, nor the 10. You still have to try it though...

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the color of my high school class ring. Seeing that the stone is allegedly a garnet the beer is colored a dark red. Light pokes through easily around the edges. Covered with a thin film of head that was originally very large and bubbley. Nose was very understated... bit sweet with a hint of prunes and the alcohol.

Flavor is oddly simple. I was expecting a bit more (second beer tonite that did that to me). Bit fruity and juicy at first. Kind of like a crushed some apples, grapes and pears into a glass and drank it. Little bit of spice. I can just detect the alcohol. Medium body and actually a bit watery. Did not improve as the beer warmed and I actually thought it got worse.

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Photo of Mitchel
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Trapsit Rochefort 6 pours a slightly cloudy mahogany color with nearly perfect, off-white head. The haze is probably due to the yeast in the bottle. It smells a little spicy; there are also hints of dark fruits and cocoa.

It tastes a little phenol-y and buttery. Mmmmm, two of my favorite things in this world. It is very rounded in the malt area with just a little bit of a spicy hop bite. Reminds me of plum and is very warm.

Don’t overlook this one. While Trapist makes other fine offerings, this one is still a great beer. It is very well rounded and has many good qualities. Fine beer.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recieved the three pack sampler from my inlaws for Christmas. The set included a glass, which is really nice, and this is the first beer that I am having from the set.

Pours out an effervesant brownish color with a small head. The smell is mild and malty with something spicy in the background. Taste is sweeter than I expected. Light maple syrup, brown sugar and spice. Very little bitterness if anything at all is present. At 7.5% this beer hides its alcohol well. Ending has a kind of dryness to it as well.

Not what I expected at all but still very good. I did expect the sweet notes all the way through but also some bitterness to balance it out. But what do I know, they have been doing it a lot longer than I have been around. Cheers to my inlaws!

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

Bubbles gush forth from the semi-hazy medium brown body upon decanting. A decent head forms quickly but soon dissipates. The nose is slightly sulphury, a touch metallic perhaps, and also shows light dried fruit and spice. The palate consists of an extremely smooth melding of flavors. Soft, round malt is followed by a gentle bitterness, which blends easily into a tart finish. The robust alcohol finally begins to make its presence known in the form of a nice warmth that settles deep in the stomach.

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Photo of spiffylubes
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a regular ol' 11.2 oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice. Poured a nice dark amber/brown with a decent off-white head that dissipated quickly, leaving some faint lacing. Smell was the best part of this beer for me, with strong dark fruity flavors and brown sugariness, along with a bit of malt and a trace of alcohol. The taste didn't quite live up to the smell, with basically the same flavors, just not as strong. I like a bit of warmth and sweetness from the alcohol, but I didn't taste it really at all from this beer. A bit of carbonation and very smooth mouthfeel, with an overall decent drinkability. I would just rather have a beer with more flavor.

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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,396 ratings.
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