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

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.34/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I liked the 10, though not the 8 quite so much. This is darker than I was expecting, with it being the 6.

Head goes down quite fast. Aroma is quite faint.

Tastewise it's pretty light, not really setting the world alight.

The Trappiste Rocheforts basically have one beer, and the rest are just diluted versions. The 6 and 8 don't really come close in my view.

I had a Leffe Blonde just before this, and I preferred that over this one. Where as a Rochefort 10 is up there with the best.

Chimay are the winners for me as the brewer who can make 3 different beers, outstanding and different. Rochefort make one, and the others are not even close...

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle BB 28/07/2020. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light brown with orange glints, with thick, three-finger khaki head that lingers into a frothy, spotty cap. Excellent lacing, and outstanding retention. Hear that head crackling. That's the first time in all my reviews I've been inclined to comment about the sound of a beer. Needless to say, ample carbonation.

Smell: Remarkably floral, like the soap we had when I stayed in the Dominican Republic - clean, light, almost artificial in sweet floweriness. Followed by some sweet malt, and yeast.

Taste: Off-sweet malty arrival, quickly turning floral - think day lilies, hyacinths, and lilacs on your tongue, in a bed of light, slightly sweet, and bready malt. Like flowers and Challah bread. Finish turns to more pure bready maltiness, and then a little lingering spice like ginger or clove, but not full-on in your face clove, just a bit.

Mouthfeel: Very actively carbonated, and on the light side of full-bodied. Lighter than I expected it to be, to tell you the truth. Fairly clean, not slick.

Overall: Many people like the 10 better than the 8 or this. I have never had the 8, but the 10 was just overpowering and syrupy. This shows off the finesse of the yeast, and the interplay between the phenols and the malt is just great. At 7.5% it's still a lot of alcohol, but it won't wreck you, so you can make it a treat and at the same time keep your wits about you. The smell alone would make me come back to this beer again before long, and it could be a regular for special occasions.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy and dark rust colored golden orange with a half finger of active off-white foam that dissipates pretty quickly into a thin layer.

Very vinous grape notes in aroma, with a slight caramel like sweetness, and crackery and bready toasted malts.

Cracker and bread like malt sweetness, sweet white grapes, slight lemony citrus character, and some caramel/toffee.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, extremely soft and creamy smooth.

Overall, another top notch brew from a world class brewery. Absolute masterpiece here.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having this ale on my table in the winter is enough to make me want to be a monk.

One of the best breweries in the world makes only 3 beers.
Something to think about.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" gave an extensive review, as he did of all the Trappists. He gave Rochefort 6 these words " a reddish color ; a soft body and an earthy, herbal palate developing a deep fruitiness."
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave 6 only 2.5 stars of 4.
I beg to differ with the man who gave us so much.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into narrow goblet. Resonant amber color, strong beige head.

Nose of herbs, lemon, cream, flora.

Taste is delightfully complex: Caramel. Citrus. Not unlike malty white wine in some ways.

Mouth is a little fizzy.

A distinct individual of a beer. Complicated and robust. Take the challenge.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from Whole Foods Market, Giffnock (£2.99):
Another very nice beer from Rochefort, not as strong, full-bodied or flavoursome as their Rochefort 10 but that was to be expected; still an excellent beer in its own right with some great fruity sweetness & sugars coming through on top of a well-balanced body. I liked the caramel that made an appearance early on & their was some light malts that worked well making this one quite an enjoyable beer; I'm definitely looking forward to getting hold of Rocherfort 8 the next chance I get.

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Photo of Nin10dude64
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet
Hazy amber color, two finger tall head, very cloudy
I probably spent the longest smelling this beer than other ones under my belt. It did give me a wine vibe, with sweet grape aromas and a robust yeast presence
Taste is very fruity, grape, almost nectarine.. And what sort of feels like a peppermint aftertaste. The alcohol is masked at first and stands out after a few sips. Smooth mouth feel
If this is just the 6 I'm very excited to get to 10

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

imho not quite as good as 8 or 10 but still very good. all trappist beers are great. shared this one. good trappist feel and smell. somewhat expensive where i bought it but still a good one

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours hazey brown with a beige fluffy head. Aroma of caramel, floral notes, toffee, nuts, plums, hops, bread, spicy. Taste caramel, raisins, Apple, plums, candy. Very nice.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh me oh my. I received this as a gift from a fine man, and I'm oh so pleased. Rochefort 6 is an exceptionally smooth and well-crafted beer. From pour to nose to taste, it is a work of art. I don't have sufficient beer vocabulary to describe how amazing this beer really is!

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.81/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle: hazy orange to amber color, flecks of dark sediment. Amazing smell: apple, fig prominent. Very complex taste; fig/plum prominent but also herbal and grassy. A malty sweetness as well. Somewhat dry feel with a wonderful lingering aftertaste; hints of cinnamon. One of the best beers I have had, period.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Murky/muddy. A very dark orange/brown'ish color. Sediment floating about
Smell - Dark fruits, plums, apples, spices, sweetness, earthy
Taste - Tons of plums, apples and some hints of raisins. White grapey notes. Nutty. Some earth and spice. Sweet caramel malts
Feel - Champagne like carbonation

Overall - I'm really digging these Trappistes beers. Although I like 8 better, this one is great as well.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange brew with a huge head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing. Smell initially is skunked but in a fruity herbal pleasant way. More of those fruity spicy herbal notes on the flavor, it is mild and pleasant, has a faint malt backbone in there to. Very carbonated.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark tan/brown with some impressive foam. Only about a 2 finger head, but it is really dense and it stayed firm. Great head retention.

Smells quite tart and herbal. There's a sour fruit smell and some grassy notes. Some caramel comes through as well.

At first there is a slight appearance of hops, but a rush of caramel and sweetness comes in. Mixed with the caramel and toffee flavors are a nice grape and apple richness. Some flavoring hops are apparent on the tail end, and you are left with a fruity and caramel sweet finish. There are also times where you get a slight wood/oak and nut hint.

Medium to Full mouthfeel. This felt more full, I believe, because of the amount of bubbles bouncing around in the mouth. Sweet and a bit syrupy.

This is one great Dubbel. It was sweeter than I was expecting. It was quite rich, caramelly, and fruity. This is up there at the top of the Dubbels in my opinion.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From elcervecero. In Teku glass. Watching Narcos 1x04. Pretty good, but one can avoid remembering the excellence of its sister the Rochefort 10 and this is a step below it, in aspect (dirty), aroma (more flat), taste (less tasty) and feel (more watery)

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml into a tulip:

Appearance is dark, cloudy brown, with a reddish haze present. Really frothy beige head with tons of retention. Lacing isn't sticky, but it is present. Got a ton of sediment in this brew, even with a gentle pour.

In the nose, I get plenty of caramel, along with lots of cinnamony spiciness. A little bit of bread, but mostly dominated by sweet notes. The taste carries lots of the sweet notes....caramel, along with candied date, plum, and a little twinge of orange. Again, light on the breadiness, but lots of darker fruit and spicy notes.

Feel is soft....I thought it could have benefited from a TOUCH more carbonation, as mine had little to no carbonation. Medium viscosity, with not much stickiness.

Overall, a delightful brew, and one I'll probably come back to at some point. Liked the 8 and 10 better, but this was damn good.

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Photo of cavedave
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber with a mountain of thick dark beige lather atop. Beautiful appearance. The head slowly relaxes to a thick skim, leave ample lace upon glass.

Mild tart yeast, light notes of stone fruit, very clean caramel, with spicy hints, and just a touch of herbal bitter in there too.

Much breadier than the nose predicted, dark bread and caramel lead the way. nice ripe peach or apricot, some spicy notes that are hard to describe, light caramel, candi, and an earthy note that dries the sip, but not all the way for sure, quite juicy. Spectacular balance in the flavors, which form a delicious taste.

Medium viscosity, high carbonation, quite viscouis yet quite easy drinking and refreshing, with a wonderful linger.

Excellent beer. Almost makes me want to be a monk and enjoy this at table each day. Highly recommended, sure to please.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: A clear, light amber with a sparkling, snowy, three-finger white head

Smell: Nutty and fruity, with tasty notes of pistachios, dates, and plums spread over lightly toasted malt

Taste: Sweet maple syrup and caramel with condensed milk is sharpened by white pepper, coriander, and a spritz of lemon. The nuttiness is there as well, again in the form of pistachios, but with walnuts as well. In the aftertaste, a bit of sweetness lingers in a breathy way--it's like inhaling cotton candy.

Mouthfeel: Excellent for the style--medium mouthfeel and high carbonation. Unlike some other dubbels, the dry finish does not detract from the flavor complexity.

Overall: A tasty beer worthy of the Trappist label. It may not blow your mind, but it will not disappoint.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: A white creamy head of one finger length. The body itself was an orange/red hue. Plenty of carbonation and a bit cloudy.

Smell: Fruity nose consisting of apple, cherry (or pear), spice, and caramel.

Taste: Fruity and a little tart. Dark fruits were present along with citrus, pear, spices, honey, and malt.

Feel: Creamy and fizzy. The body was light and refreshing, with a mild bitterness at the end.

Overall Impression: Quite delicious and drinkable.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought the 6 was excellent, maybe i should of had these in order but i went 8 to then 10 to the 6. To be honest i didnt think this would be as good as it was, the 8 was very good and the 10 was great, this slipped in between them for me, with a lot going on in this beer. Superb beer.

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Photo of do_ob
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a medium brown with a dense trail of yeast sediment running from the bottom of the bottle. Settles an opaque mahogany in the glass - mostly brown, but exhibits red highlights when held to light. 1 finger of eggshell white foam on top. Strong spices on the nose (baking/peppery), along with caramel, brown sugar, honey, vanilla, and bready malt. Medium weight with a hugely carbonated mouthfeel. Still nice, but not as creamy as it's larger variants. Tons of toasty malt up front with notes of exotic spice, huge caramel, brown sugar, and some vanilla. Fairly consistent all the way through. The carbonation increases as it warms on the palate, leaving for a bubbly finish that still retains some stitches of creaminess. Bready malt and residual spice on the aftertaste.

Overall, very enjoyable. Not as impressive as the 8 or 10, which I felt were more balanced and had a bit more body. This is still a great beer. Probably my least favorite out of the three, but it's like trying to rank Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian in a "who has the best ass" competition.

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Photo of Hugues
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the little sister of the green one, and just as charming. Until recently, I believe the production was erratic, so regular supply were not easy.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best Dubel ever. Minimal after taste. Head very thick dissipating quickly. No fruitiness. True ever taste with that little bit of spiciest I like in those Belgian brews. Definitely one I'll drink again.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden brown color. Pale off white head, moderately fine foam.

Smells a bit lagery. Unconvincing.

Taste: meh, ok. Bit o' malt, bit o' hops, middle of the road ale. A little more sweetness as it warms in the glass.

Mouthfeel is lighter than it looks, not rich. Rather more carbonated than I prefer. The 7.5% alcohol is very, very well hidden: this is sessionable.

Not much finish at all, except carbonation.

This is just not a great beer. What's there is well balanced, good integrity, but it's just not very interesting.

Looking at reviews from others, I wonder if the bottle was off or old.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I got this in a 6-pack, "6 Top Trappister", from the Swedish distributor Galatea.
The beer in this is: Trappistes Rochefort 6 ABV:7,5%, Trappistes Rochefort 8 ABV:9,2%, Trappistes Rochefort 10 ABV:11,3%, Westmalle Dubbe ABV:7%, Achel Blond ABV:8%, La Trappe Tripel ABV:8%
So I do have som great beers to try!

Ok - Back to the review: It pours with a three finger huge, fluffy head that refuses to leave the glass. The beige lacing just stays on the glass forever.
The beer is hazy and light brown, almoust copper colored.

Nose: Caramel malt, brown sugar, vanilla, yeast, nut, fudge, dried fruit and biscuit.
Taste: Very malt, sweet taste. Nuts, honey, vanilla, caramel Belgian yeast bread and brown sugar. This is so great!
Body: Full body. Sweet, complex texture. Medium to high carbonation.

This is such a great dubbel! If you haven't tried it yet you just have to!

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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.13 out of 5 based on 2,433 ratings.
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