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Trappistes Rochefort 6 | Brasserie de Rochefort

968 Reviews
Trappistes Rochefort 6Trappistes Rochefort 6

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Naerhu
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque amber brown body, with small whitish head. Massive brown sugar and spice aroma. Brown sugar and dried fruit flavors dominate. Some cocoa powder as well. Although bitter, there is no hoppyness to the flavor. Considering the vigor of the aroma, the flavor and body did not hold up to expectations. Very light body for a 7.5% abv, but the high abv does not show at all.

This beer lacks the verve of its two older sisters. This is too light for big beer satisfaction and yet has an alcohol level too big for a session beer. That being said it is a nice beer, and would happily drink it without complaint if someone else was buying.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an very hazy dirty brown color ale with a good inch and half of off-white foamy head. Aroma is comprised of spices (coriander?), malt and Belgian yeast. Taste is at first dominated by the spices and malt and finish with the always-incredible Belgian yeast. Body is quite full and alcohol doesn’t show through. I also noted quite a few sediment at the bottom of my glass. This is the staple of Belgian ale and could not really get tired of it even though it doesn’t match the greatness of his two brothers.

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Photo of aracauna
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really do love Rochefort and this is just another reason why. The body is a hazy medium brown with a fairly large cream-colored head. The aroma has a bit of a bite to it and is very spicy. There’s a bit of overripe fruit (some of it banana) to flesh it out a little. The flavor is nicely malty in addition to the rest, but the body is significantly thinner than that of its bigger brother, the 10.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice a deep medium amber with a definite haze. The head was off-white and retreated to the edges, but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was deep dark fruits, raisins and prunes, and a deep dark caramel. The beer was fruity with some higher alcohol esters tickling the nose on inhale. Also present was a slight belgian yeast spice.

The flavor was light with a nice caramel complexity followed closely by dark fruits which were restrained and a nice belgian yeast spice that finished out the myriad of subtle flavors. The flavors were very smooth and well balanced with nothing over the top and the alcohol hiding somewhere waiting to attack late in the night.

The finish was even with a lasting belgian yeast spice and slight caramel/dark fruit flavor that dried over time in the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done. The alcohol waits to let you know it has been there until after the swallow is long gone and then that familar warming is exhibited begging you to take another sip to cool back down again.

33 cl. Code on bottle 15 05 07. Much more subdued in the flavor than expected. Very pleasant to consume.

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

Pours a murky, deep caramel brown with a sustained ivory head. Leaves a ton of sticky lacing as you go.

Smell is sweet, fruity bread.

Taste is a delicious blend of caramel, bread, yeast & lightly roasted malts. Afterfaste is a dark bready flavor that lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated.

Drinkability is great.


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

Brown 33cl bottle. Best by date stamped on label.

Russet brown with garnett highlights. Off white head holds very well, and leaves plenty of sticky lace behind.

Aromas of raisins & prunes, with a little bit of spice mixed in for good measure.

Soft & sweet, dark fruit works its way around to slightly herbal flavours. Soft, fluffy, brisk carbonation. Excellent.

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Photo of necoadam
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a medium-dark brown color with a nice head that took a while to settle down. Smell consisted of a whole lot of things. Malts, caramel, dark fruits, chocolate, cocoa powder, nuts, and some bready aromas. Taste was just as complex. Actually complex really isn't a good enough word for this beer. It's beyond complex. Bread, malts, yeast, nuts, fruit, cocoa, and at the end some spicy hops finish it off. Moutfeel feels so light and fluffy on the palate it's down right amazing. Truly an amazing beer and one that every BA must try at least once. Worth every penny I spent on this beer.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge and lasting beige rocky head with lots of various forms in the lacing. Body appears reddish deep brown. Dry fruity aroma (peaches, plums, banana, raspberries..). Deep biscuity malt combined with doughy yeast reminds me of vanilla flavored buckwheat pancakes. This is never too sweet, the yeast provides a deep dryness all the way through. Firm medium body with moderate carbonation. Fortunately no acidity nor alcoholic feel. Light hoppy bitter slice toward the end, gets a bit astringent after half the bottle. Lots of wood and cocoa in post-taste. Not a top notch belgian, but flavorful and well rounded.

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Photo of soper2000
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bottles of both 6 and 10 at Kahn's in Indy. This is my first Rochefort. Poured a nice brown with a wonderful large 3 fingered cream head into my Gulden Draak tulip glass. I half expected this beer to be a little darker but it was still pleasing to the eye. Aroma has notes of dark fruits and spice but the aroma never approached overpowering. Taste was also a nice mild flavor with loads of dark fruits and some spicy yeastiness. A nice sweet/creamy finish also makes itself known. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy as well. I could drink this all night... If it weren't 7.5 percent that is. A very very solid brew and I'm continuing my love affair with Belgians. I'm sure I'll get around to sampling the 10 this weekend.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle with 15.05.07 best before date. Label says (in French) it is brewed with water, malt, non-malt cereals, hops, yeast and sugar.

Rochefort 6 pours a deep, cloudy brown with a thick off-white head that sticks around through the entire glass. Aroma is magnificent - sour fruit, spice and caramel. Taste is spicy (coriander, cloves), bready with a sweet and sour finish. Some port-like and dark chocolate flavors as well. A touch of bitterness in the finish as the brew warms. Slightly heavy mouthfeel with ultra-fine carbonation. An incredible brew; what a mix of flavors!

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, medium brown color with slight ruby notes (if you look really hard). This bottle had lots of yeast in the bottom. Leaves a nice-looking but very thin head that covers the beer and stays there. Aroma is malty, semi-sweet and fruity (plums, dates, apples, cherries). Flavor is a nice mix of sweet and bready/yeasty. Alcohol profile hidden unlike its bigger brothers. Mouthfeel is very enjoyable- not real heavy on a hot day. Drinkability is high. I really like this compared to the 8 and the 10, because it has many of the same aroma and flavor profiles, but isn't as overpowering. Maybe not as complex because of it, but sometimes that's ok.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle lugged back from the promised land. Dated 15 05 07. Light brown carbonated look in tyhe goblet. Off white nice head on the pour with nice lacing. Some chunky friends are also present iin the goblet. Nutty brown sugar cookie dough nose. Full smooth mouth. Cocoa and cookie dough taste dominate upfront with a slightly astringent dry plum finish. Interesting, smooth and full flavored.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 11.2 oz bottle, into a goblet. The color is a dark red- brown, with a nice filmy white head. The smell is an apple/ester sweetness. The taste is apple/plum, with a very strong yeastiness, and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

Not a bad offering from Rochefort. Nice and mellow Rochefort taste, and not too much in the way of intoxication. Makes me almost want to give up the secular world to become a monk (almost!)

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

Slightly hazed burgandy/scarlet red appearance. Carbonation is visible in the form of rapidly surfcing lines of small bubbles. A thick crop of rocky, dirty white head sits on top. Aroma is sweet, musty, chalky, bready, doughy and a little spicy. The mouthfeel is quite carbonated, light and spritzy, with a body of about light-medium. Subtle toffee tones mix with a little caramel and sweet candy. Just a little pepper spice is noted. Some bubblegum esters and light biscuit tones accent nicely as well. Just the slightest bit of hop derived bitterness. Drinkability is quite high. This is 7.5% a/v?? Can't taste any. Nice effort.

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Photo of drewbage
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the 2004 Pizza Port Belgian Beer Festival in beautiful downtown Carlsbad.

Beer arrives in the glass a dry and dusty looking chocolate brown with a tall white crispy head that falls back to the beer fairly quickly.

The aroma is nutty with a drying spice a little like the aroma kicked up by a blind handed stumble through the spice cabinet.

Flavor is deeply grainy at first before being replaced with a dry cocoa powder and cinnamon sensation. (think bitter cold hot chocolate).

This dryness quickly becomes the primary sensation as the beer leaves teh palate. It makes a man thirst for his next sip!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Instantly recognizable from the far side of the beer store, the 33cl brown glass bottle oozes understated class as it sits on the shelf with just the classic looking cream label with just the words, ‘Trappistes Rochefort’ in a Germanic looking calligraphic font. Underneath is a white ‘6’ encased in a red circle and simply flanked with the words ‘Biere’ and ‘Bier’. The Authentic Trappist hexagon logo, a recycling symbol and a picture of the correct glassware to use with a suggested serving temperature of 12° à 14°. A modern day bar code and the date ‘15 05 07’ stamped on the front completes the main obverse label. The reverse label thankfully hides all of the absolute bollocks demanded by the “nanny knows best” US Government, but this at least gives the Importer the chance to translate the SI Units the rest of the world uses; the bottle is 11.2 fl.oz and you should serve this at 54-58°F in the USA. Even packed in a segregated cardboard box, the familair red and white cap with the encircled '6' continues to promote the heavenly contents.

Appearance: Simply fantastic appearance. A long gone broken Trappistes Rochefort glass is much missed, so Brother Westvleteren was quickly pulled out of a deep sleep to house this marvelous looking beauty. Carefully discharged from the bottle, it slides effortlessly down the curved sides aided by the clinging remnants of the fresh cold water that I used to rinse the Westie Goblet only moments earlier. The light tan head forms as the dark brown chestnut body rolls back on itself. Slightly turbid, it settles with a silk carpet head that never breaks it vow of retention. Light clinging lace. Perfect conditioning.

Nose: Biscuit malts with a delicate caramel cum chocolate aroma mixed with raisins, nuts and dark fruits. Just above average in strength, but very discernable nevertheless.

Taste: A myriad of flavors come and go as this Trappist is imbibed. Even this youngster has enough variation to retain interest throughout, and even beyond the 11.2 fluid ounces have long gone. A dubbel like malt middle is preceded with some light milk chocolate and biscuit with a delicate nutty feel. The ending is dry & malty with some palatable crushed raw malt grain in the texture. Finishes with a very long astringent ending.

Mouthfeel: Teflon smooth and exceptionally silky, the fine carbonation assists the ‘Six’ in literally coating the mouth like a warm thick woollen glove tightly covets a cold hand on a freezing day. Like a concrete foundation, the 7.5% alcohol is nowhere to be seen, but it is there, hidden from view, but most certainly doing its job.

Drinkability: Quite simply; “USQUE AD MORTEM BIBENDUM” - I certainly could.

Overall: Scintillating, awesome, inspiring, sheer bloody brilliance.

Don't let the '6' fool you!! It is no lesser a beer than the '8' or '10'. Quite simply, this is a Class Act AND a Classic beer.
Immensely interesting, and one of my all time favorites!
HIGHLY Recommended.

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Photo of proc
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a dark brown in the glass with a large head. Very active carbonation. Aroma is that of fruit, malt and fresh bread. Taste is that of plums, raisins, anise and light chocolate. Tasty, with a very distinct yeast profile. Not as good as the "6" or "10" in the Rochefort line, but still wonderful. A very good beer.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear tea-like color with a nice fluffy off-white head that looks very inviting. The smell is a mellow fruit, yeast and alcohol that is overall very “un” pronounced. Taste is a little bit of raison with with light spicy hops and a warming alcohol. This is a light bodied beer that finishes slightly dry. Although subtle in smell and somewhat in taste, it is not deficient in complexity and is very drinkable for a beer of this style. Op uw gezonheid!

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

Pours deep maroon with massive amounts of tan lace adhering to the sides of the chalice. Beer is hazy and lots of yummy yeasties in the bottom, despite careful pour.

Aromas of spices, pumpernickel bread, alcohol and dates or figs appear. Aroma changes greatly as beer nears room temp.

Flavor starts with a hint of buttered toast and then moves to sweet malt and spicy yeast. Detect a slight hazel or hexnut aftertaste.

Beeris lighter in the mouth than it appears but very pleasing to the palate and "soft."

Can always drink a Rcohefort, usually one is enough but I think I drink a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of far333
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark cider color with a beige head of fine, uniformly shaped bubbles that rise up and leave a half inch of foam sitting atop the glass. The head recedes a bit, but leaves a thin coating for the duration of the glass. Aroma is of pear and sweet malts, plus some cinnamon. Mouthfeel is smooth, the carbonation is perfect. Flavor is rich, but not overpowering. Not one distinct flavor, but many flavors that move in and out, and develop as the glass warms. There is smooth warming malt, sweet pear, cinnamon and honey, and plum. There is a citric hop tingle in the finish, very subtle though. Finishes crisp, a bit tannic, perhaps a little chalky. Bits of cocoa develop on the tongue as the aftertaste lingers. Twelve ounces is not enough for this beer. Thanks to MJR.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick tan head eventually fades to a thin coating and left a solid coating as it sank. The aroma is of dark chocolate, cherries, and doughy malt. The beer is dark cider brown where the glass is the widest, and begins to glow towards the bottom of the The flavor is well balanced and understated; light malt flavor, a bit of tangy bubbly fruit, and a couple other things I'm gonna go crazy trying to decipher. The liquid seems to float accross the tongue, very light and soothing, and warming as it settles into your stomach . Nice finish, very light aftertaste with a pinch of lightly bitter chocolate.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle opens with a pronounced pfft when I pop the cap. This beer pours a deep reddish copper color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a deep amber color. It is lightly hazy and is topped by a creamy off white head. Quite a fruity aroma with notes of plum, raisin and rum. The fruitiness caries through to the taste, with hints of apricot and in the finish a bit of banana. This beer seems to be sweet, but is in actuality fairly dry. The general fruitiness helps to build up the perception of sweetness. No alcohol is evident, this one hides it well. Quite a smooth beer, well put together, the flavors come together to form a balanced whole. There is a low level of Belgian spiciness here (esters, higher alcohols, etc.) that melds very well with the fruity notes. I must say I really like this beer. Not as complex as the Bernardus Pater 6, but I like it better.

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

A bronze hue that reflects peach. Mountains of bubble-scarred froth on the surface. A coven of gathering yeast pellets.
Nose is dry toffee and sourdough bread crusts. And brandy. Upstanding, if a bit vacant.
Begins with far less flavor than I had anticipated. Dry malt base with dehydrated prune skins. Any partial sugary hues are dried again immediately, accompanied by some faint plastic notes. Grape emerges briefly, though it remains dry. Like caramel sucked lifeless of its sweetness. Dry stale bread coated with dry diacetyl-induced butter. Dry pepper. Dry hops at the end bring dried savory herbs.


It caught me off-guard in that respect. Airy and thin and fizzy and bubbly.

And dry.

Plenty good for a quaffer, I suppose. I wanted a bit of an experience. I got bland. And a wallet $6 drier.

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Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown hue with tawny influences, light brunette head, reached a tickle over a fingers worth. Fair retention, it sinks to an incomplete cap. Minimal lace. The nose was peppery/spicy, light alcohol, candied sugar, malty. A very pleasant bouquet, good potency. Inviting. Tasty palate, dry coffee, semi-sweet chocolate upfront with pepper in the middle, quickly followed by the bready maltiness, kisses of fruity-alcohol, candy sugar… the finish on the bier is magical. Champagne-like carbonation. Medium body. It might not pack the alcohol punch of his big brothers but don’t sleep on 6, it is a very quality quaff. Recommended.

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

Appearance – Dark brown with a tinge of orange to the body. I controlled the head at the pour, but it still came up nicely and laced the glass on the way down.

Smell – This is heavy on the toasted malt. The deep, dark fruits are present as well. I can pick up a strong blackberry scent along with ripe apricots, tobacco, dates, big figs, and oranges soaked in brown sugar syrup.

Taste – This is awesome. Those big fruity flavors come out monstrous at the tongue. The brown sugar syrup shows up huge, as does the mashed figs and dates. The malt steps back a bit from the nose and is replaced by a serious effort at spicing. All the traditional BSPA spices are present, cinnamon among the more prominent.

The malt really turns bready for me about halfway through the bottle. It comes out more as I go along, even though I pulled this from the fridge a full half hour before pouring. This is an excellent example of the style.

Mouthfeel – Big carbonation and a full, chewy mouthfeel make this a meal unto itself, although that won’t stop me from eating :)

Drinkability – After falling in love with the “8” some time ago, it was nice to try this weaker cousin. The ABV is down but the flavors are right on target. Well done.

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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
92 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.
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