Beer: Trappistes Rochefort 6
Brewery: Brasserie de Rochefort
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Cloudy mahogany body. Full and fluffy one-inch white head upon pour. Settles to a one-centimeter head, filled with large carbonation bubbles around edge of glass.
Scent: Strong smell of raisin and rum. Rum raisin, perhaps.
Flavor: Sweet and boozy. Tastes like a bunch of purple fermented fruits: grapes, plums, and figs.
Feel: Thin body with mild carbonation, thus feeling like drinking spiked seltzer (oh, the booze burn at the back of my throat!)
SO, like many “AUTHENTIC TRAPPIST PRODUCT”s, Brasserie Rochefort has a tiered naming system: 6, 8, 10. I, naively, thought that this translated into 6 = Dubbel, 8 = Tripel, 10 = Quad. So I picked up the 6, expecting a delicious Dubbel. However, after I poured this into a glass, I knew that this 6 was not a Dubbel; the head was too thick, the body too murky. After a little research, I discovered that 6 = Strong Ale, 8 = Dubbel, 10 = Quad. WHY, Rochefort, WHY?*
*(In case you are looking for an answer, the 6, 8, 10s are named as such: each is made with the same recipe, but each is rested for different amounts of time–6, 8, and 10 weeks, respectively. Also, it turns out that the 6 is the most rare, and only makes up 1% of their production!)
Concluding remarks: If you’re into really sweet, but surprisingly light beers, this is your guy. And it’s authentically Trappist! Since I probably will not be reviewing the other de Rochefort offerings this month (so many breweries, so little time), I will reveal to you that the Rochefort 8 and Rochefort 10 are held in higher regard than the 6. Thus, look out for those, as well!