Trappistes Rochefort 6 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 6Trappistes Rochefort 6

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of drmeto
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-Follows the nose
-mild hoppiness
-slightly watery
Very good Dubbel,but not up to par with it's big Brotthers

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Farnam House Brewing snifter. Best before 18:09:2018. Code 14:21:06 I’m assuming means the bottled on date.

Ap: Pours two fingers of fluffy bone colored head with an audibly loud fizzing. The head just slides down the glass and leaves no lacing. Body is a hazy reddish brown with lots of carbonation bubbles. Looks good for the style. Head is quite persistent and eventually just ends as a thick film with sudsy lacing.

Sm: Earthy sweet bubblegum with a spicy/sweet apple, cinnamon and clove bite. Gentle baking spices combine with a brown sugar type malt backbone towards the finish. Well built nose that lets you know you’re in for a treat.

T: Starts with sweet bubblegum and fleshy cherries/dried fruit before leading into a whole ride of soft baking spices and yeast esters. The malt build is one of toasted grains, fresh dark bread and brown sugar. Leaves an aftertaste of chocolate and cherries with a rosey alcohol presence that brings to mind cognac.

Mf: Lots of prickly and fizzy carbonation with a medium body. It’s hard to say, but I almost feel like the high carbonation almost makes the body seem a little too aqueous/light. Dry, digestible finish which keeps the beer from being too sweet. Alcohol is felt as light and perfume like.

Overall: Textbook example of the style (dubbel/BSD) and it’s easy to see why it would rise to the top of the list. Well built across the board with excellent interplay between bubblegum sweetness, spice, and bready malts. What makes this beer stick out to me is the toasty, bready malt finish with the residual sweetness of cherries and chocolate. It also helps that the beer is not too sweet like others in the style. I made the mistake of serving this too cool at 50 degrees. Serve just slightly chilled instead.

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Photo of rjs246
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So, hm, what to say. I've gotten to the point where I don't really dig malt bombs without something else to keep my interest. This is a good beer, obviously, but it just doesn't have anything to balance out the sweet maltiness and that isn't my thing.

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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gigantic head that took forever to dissipate.

Aroma is caramelly sweet, with rich treacle notes and dark fruit. Raisins, prunes, and dates emerge. Toasted, nutty malt is very complex.

Flavor reveals deeply toasted malt at the base, with dates and muted raisins adding complexity. There's a touch of pear, but the esters are far more subtle than expected.

Great malt profile, but the yeast character was not the star I anticipated.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, murky amber brown with light, one finger head of tight foam that dissipates quickly leaving traces of bubbles on the edges.

S: The aroma is fruity (figs, banana) and floral, quite pleasant.

T: Beautiful and complex, it's certainly still fruity with raisins, figs, and banana all coming in. The alcohol is very well hidden and there's a nice malt note in the background. The end is spicy and actually very pleasantly sour. I absolutely love this bitter finish.

F: Thick body and creamy feel, great level of carbonation.

O: This beer is certainly getting into the pricey category for an 11.2oz bottle, but wow is it impressive. A superb drinking experience on all levels. 

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Photo of scotorum
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Unibroue stemmed flute.

a: Nearly clear amber with a huge four inch thick white head which receded to thick even surface foam and patchy lacing, Required additional pours to fill the glass.

s; Mild ripe fruit with floral and vegetal notes.

t; A moderate fruity/vegetal flavor with some sweetness. Mainly dry finish with slight floral and vegetal aftertaste.. Higher ABV is not evident.

m: Light to medium, good body, good carbonation tingle.

o: A good drinkable Belgian dubbel with an unique flavor profile. However, not as enjoyable as anticipated given that I have previously tried both 8 and 10.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy medium to dark bronze amber with a healthy three finger off-white head with great retention and lots of pillowly lacing. Spicy aroma of light stone fruit, dates, raisins, light nuts, cherry; the clove and earthy spices really dominate this more than other Rochefort ales. Flavor is sweet dates, figs, apricot with rapidly developing spiciness of clove and other earthy spices, finisihing with concentrated fruit, caramel and light hops. Really complex flavor. Nice creamy, medium heavy body. An exceptional Belgian ale and possibly the richest, most complex dubbel I've had. I wondered why I never had reviewed this, and it's possible that I always went for its bigger brothers, 8 and 10. If so, my loss. This is as flavorful and interesting as those ales. An exceptional dubbel from one of the best breweries in the world. A total pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful tawny hue with a thin white head, this beer is gorgeous. It shows signs of moderate carbonation and the lacing left on the glass is wonderful. Rochefort 6's aroma is reminiscent of black cherry, cognac, red wine, and plum. The flavor dances on one's palate with a splash of sweetness and a soft, bready foundation. Belgian yeast, nuts, and molasses all come through nicely. It feels relatively light as it coats the mouth, and the finish is satisfying. Overall, this is a top choice to serve to guests with hors d' oeuvres that have discerning tastes.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle drank at Chocolate and Vines in Rochester, NY.

Smells like caramel, toffee, dark fruits, light Belgian yeast, and some vanilla.

This tastes interesting, and honestly, pretty great. I get a good amount of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, malt, prunes, and some grape-like tartness on the finish. I'm not getting any hop flavors, just a lot of great malt complexities.

This is medium bodied, with a not-too-sweet mouthfeel, luckily. There is a lower level of carbonation.

As expected, this was really tasty. I can't believe it's taken me this long to try it.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Sampling right now on 11/23/14. Had this one before a couple of years back. Single 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle that runs in the $5.99 range. Picked this up about 7 months ago actually that was out for 'make your own 6 pack' for $8.99 at Hy-Vee. Back of label says: BEST BY 06.12.17. Plenty of time left for this good brew. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a snifter glass.

Pours a pretty deep ruby-amber in color with a good 1+ finger creamy off-white head that settles down to a good 1-2mm layer on top but mostly around the sides of the glass. Some thick layers of lacing is seen that slips back down the glass after the sip (this is a SIPPING brew and not a chugging type.) LOTS going on with the aroma and what I can pick out is spice, dark fruits, sweet malts, and bread. Pretty much the same for the taste with even more going on which I can't really figure out. Very tasty and actually gets better while warming up some. Smooth with a slight sweet finish. Medium+-bodied with perfect carbonation. A pricey brew BUT if you want a great quality brew for this style, then this is it. It's a '10' and is as good as it gets. PROSIT!

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.75/5  rDev -9%

from 330 ml bottle in goblet
A: mildly creamy head, very effervescent, deep coke color with touch of ruby and amber
S:alcohol, bread, malt, rich and warm
T: immediately greeted by the carbonation, malt presence is mild/not overwhelming, no real fruit past the sweet suggestion of it (no specific fruit stands out), very much similar to the brown ale style from which it is derived but not bitter,
M:creamy and fizzy, sits on the tongue and in the stomach, very satisfying
O: a very satisfying and appealing beer, a complement to the style in a very positive way, honestly i feel as though the complexity here could be a bit more manifest and the beer itself could be a little more rich and dark but overall an outstanding beer

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Photo of DanfromVan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

33cl bottle from Firefly locally. Chilled slightly, opened to a fountain of foam. Poured it full on into a chalice. Head dissipated rapidly, slight lacing left behind. Great Malty upfront taste, with sugar and candy high notes. It flattened out fast and carbonation was gone, maybe a slightly older batch,. Quaffed quickly, will try again.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 33 cL bottle into a chalice.

Pours clear and copper in color with a small yet persistent white head. No lacing. Aroma consists of sweet malts, caramel, and raisin. No hop presence at all to speak of. Similar flavor with the malt dominating again. The level of carbonation was through the roof, which did not complement the strong body of the beer well. Very prickly on the tongue, almost seltzer like.

Overall, I think this beer could benefit from softer carbonation. It's a classic beer that's been made the same way for ages so perhaps it's just not my cup of tea. Nothing was wrong flavor-wise and it actually paired nicely with some pierogies and spinach and feta chicken sausage.

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Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky brown reddish color with a thick beige head with great retention.
Relatively mild aroma of hay, herbal and earthy hops, wood and lots of nutmeg.
Similarly, flavor with notes of hay, lots of spices, mint, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, nuts, cherries, wood, earthy hops, cocoa, Port Wine and toasted malts. Dry aftertaste with medium bitterness.
Medium to full body with somewhat effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is felt, but it does not bother.
A quite complex Dubbel with lots of spices, perceivable booze, toasty and woody. Not so fruity, nor sweet. It has a character of its own, though I did preferred their other brews.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look-Pours a solid brown color. Lighter on the top and darker on the bottom. A 2-3 inch head dissipates into a thin off white lace that is persistent throughout. Slightly hazy.
Smell-Aroma consists of a malty and maple syrup sweetness. Not an overpowering aroma but just enough to keep you enjoying the smell.
Feel- deceptively light taste for a dark beer in that it almost feels like a lighter bodied beer upon first tasting. Lots of carbonation.
Taste- the carbonation makes it initially difficult for me to decipher the individual flavors. However, as the carbonation settles and as you get to the darker bottom of the glass, the malty flavors come out prominently. It is a malty flavor that is not as sweet as other malty beers. I detect hints of coffee and dark bread.
Overall- a quality Belgian style I will continue to drink.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%

It is not the 8 or the 10 but an outstanding beer. Very easy to drink, it went down very quick. As my beer guru said, if he were a rich man this would be a great beer to drink in quantity. Overall that is the biggest drawback, great beer but maybe not great enough for the cost.

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Photo of Boyz5725
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Appearance: hazy bronze, shimmers of gold, beautiful full head.

Smell: sour and sweet with a touch of earthy spice.

Taste: hoppy bitterness with hints of maltiness . Pleasantly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a slight creaminess.

Drinkability & Notes: This beer would be a perfect compliment to a fine dining experience.

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Photo of lionchow
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Pours light brown with amber highlights on the edges. Big light tan head with fine lacing.

Aroma is a little hay and herbs. Subdued.

Flavor is mild, compared to the Westmalle Dubbel I just drank. Mild wet hay, sharp alcoholic and carbonated bite. Flavors are melded well, with nothing really standing out. A bit of candi sugar, a bit of cocoa bean, even light coffee notes. Mild and enjoyable.

Overall it is good, but not as enjoyable as the Westmalle. The alcohol and carbonation bite throws it off a bit and overpowers the flavors.

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Photo of Robert_G
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

I simply could not believe how good this beer is. It is so tasty that I could only sip it a little at a time to make sure that it lasted. It's like sipping a very fine single-malt highland scotch. Unbelievable!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Rochefort 6 pours a darker cloudy amber color, with a very large frothy and lacing head. There is a sweet toasted aroma, some notes of Belgian candies. The taste is much the same, toasted, but bigger notes of sweet candy. Good body and good feel. Overall its complex and well constructed, a little too sweet for me.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE REVIEWED: August 3, 2014... GLASSWARE: Chimay chalice... OCCASION: great PSU weekend comes to a close...APPEARANCE: dark brownish red body that pours with a sizzle, then opaquely feigns daylight; off-white single-finger hand is bubbly with cream head... AROMA: plum, banana, some iron and blood rust; yeasts make the aroma slightly funky; rather faint for a Trappist... PALATE: surprisingly thin, but with as unsurprisingly long, warm aftertaste; creamy and extremely drinkable... TASTE: raisins mix with woody, smoky water notes; sugars mingle for sweetness; rather understated for a Trappist, again, but still chewable and rewarding slow sips...OVERALL: expectations were for something bigger; this eased off its intensity and actually proved elusive on its profile; good, but also worth its price if on sale....

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Photo of gonzo000
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a. Brown beer that you can see through. One finger of cream head on the pour that disappears quickly leaving a ring of head around the outside of the glass and a small penny size circle of thin foam in the middle.

s. Honey, raspberry, cherry, yeast, malt.

t. Very full taste - sweet on the front and a bitter finish. Very tasty, but the fruit on the nose is not found in the taste. As it warms, the yeast becomes more prevalent.

m. Very good, but a bit too much carbonation.

O. Outstanding beer that I could revisit in the winter. Hearty beer that is too heavy for a summer's day.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served fairly cold into a wine glass, at the hotel after picking up a bottle last night. 330 ml bottle.

Appearance - nice coppery brown color in the light. A large two finger head is poured and subsides fairly quickly into some wispy foam. Plenty of sediment in the glass too.

Smell - lots of cherries melded in with Christmas baking, also a signature Rochefort smell, that's hard to describe, but the 10 has it as well. I Can smell that this is a boozy beer too. Some other dark fruits for good measure.

Taste - the cherries come through here again with some other dark fruit, maybe plums. Spicy taste at the end of the sip although the aftertaste doesn't last long. A bit of a soda-ish quality to it to in that the flavour just evaporates out of your mouth. The heat is a little more than I'd enjoy out of a dubbel.

Mouthfeel - spicy, finishes boozy and well carbonated throughout. Drier than expected finish. The alcohol has an incredible warming effect in the back of throat. Different than I was expecting but not unpleasant.

Overall - very good dubbel with absolutely wonderful aromatics. The rest of the beer was a bit of a letdown, but that's only when comparing with the magical 10 and 8. Still one of the best dubbels on the market and a must try for Belgian lovers.

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Photo of janubio
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml. bottle, served in chalice glass (I can't find my Rochefort one). Red copper colour, with a small head that fades soon, leaving a minimal lace. Smell of chocolate, cherries, ripened fruits, port wine. Palate is just a pleasure, not much carbonation, just go round your tongue like a nectar. Taste is like the smell: cherries, chocolate, port wine, dark and ripened fruits, caramel. Glory.

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Photo of rangerred
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a huge billowy white head. Incredible head retention with equally substantial lacing. Very typical for the style.

Aroma of dark fruit in the way of figs and dried cherries. Just a touch medicinal with some grape and red wine notes. Yeasty Belgian spice too.

The flavor is quite spicy but brings in some caramel to go along with the dark fruit and Belgian yeast spice. Some pepper and vanilla notes and a touch of wood. Very light oxidation but nothing compared to some aged Belgians I have had. Very light and floaty mouthfeel with a very light lingering sweetness.

Overall, a really nice Belgian Ale and one of the standards. While the complexity is a bit lacking compared to the quads, this beer holds its own with the other Dubbels out there and is a treat to drink.

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Trappistes Rochefort 6 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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