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Trappistes Rochefort 6

Rating: 4.2

My second beer from the Rochefort brewery is one that has been a long time coming and follows on from their Trappistes Rochefort 10 offering that I first tried way back in September of 2012. That one was a beer that I really enjoyed and at the time I made a conscious decision to grab the other beers from the brewery that I’d seen, namely their Trappistes Rochefort 6 and 8 offerings but for various reasons I’m only just getting round to trying a second. This particular beer is the oldest from the brewery, having been launched around 1953 and is an Abbey Dubbel style offering that I recently picked up at a Whole Foods Market store in Giffnock as it had been a while since I’d stumbled across a bottle and thought it about time that I actually picked one up. Apparently this one is the least commonly available of the three Rochefort beer with brewing only taking place one or two times a year which might explain why I’ve not seen it as much as the others of late. Currently ranked at the 5th best dubbel on BeerAdvocate, it’s not quite as highly rated as the Rochefort 10 I enjoyed previously but I’m still looking forward to finally finding out what this beer is all about.

Trappist Rochefort 6

Appearance (5/5): Pouring a copper amber colour and topped with a centimetre and a half tall head that is quite foamy and thick looking, this one comes with a hazy body and the head holds pretty well over the opening minute before increasing in size slightly thanks to the strong visible carbonation; there is also a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (8/10): Starting with quite a thick and strong nose, there is a lot of bread malts and sweetness to kick things off thanks to some ripe fruits making an appearance in the early going. There was some plums and figs in the early going plus some touches of caramel before bread malts and faint hops came through around the middle before some spice and faint herbal appeared. Right at the end there was a few perfume light notes plus a little apricot to see things out.
Taste (8/10): There was some nice sweetness in the early going with a few caramel malts and some bread to kick things off before the dark fruits from the nose started to come through; both the figs and the plums were present along with grapes and apricot too. There was a faint yeast flavour and some spice sitting around the middle before brown sugars and earthy hops came through towards the end.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and well-carbonated, there is some nice sweetness in the early goings thanks to the dark fruits and a few sugars. There wasn’t much in the way of bitterness through, even with the odd hop showing but the beer was a balanced and slightly dry one that smooth throughout and very easy to drink; nice stuff again from Rochefort.

Overall (16/20): A second very nice beer from Rochefort, this one isn’t as strong, full-bodied or flavoursome as their Rochefort 10 but that was to be expected really; it was still an excellent beer in its own right with some great fruity sweetness and sugars coming through on top of a well-balanced body. I liked the touches of caramel that made an appearance early on and their was a few light malts that worked well with them making this one quite an enjoyable beer; I’m definitely looking forward to getting hold of Rocherfort 8 the next chance I get now.

Brewed In: Rochefort, Belgium
Brewery: Brasserie de Rochefort
First Brewed: 1953
Type: Abbey Dubbel
Abv: 7.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Whole Foods Market (Giffnock)
Price: £2.99

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