Rochefort 6 is another official Trappist beer from the Rochefort monks at the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint Rémy. Rochefort 6 is the "smallest" of the three Rochefort beers, distinguished via its red bottle cap and red "6" logo on the label. This is a dubbel Trappist beer with an alcohol percentage of 7.5%ABV.
Rochefort 6 is the first and thus oldest of all Trappist beers from Rochefort. Production started in 1953 when the Chimay monks helped out this struggling brewery to set up new brewing installations and develop new recipes. Thus was created the foundation for all other Rochefort beers to follow. The "6" refers to the amount of fermentable ingredients used to develop it, thus making it the weaker of the three Rocheforts. It's also the one with the lowest production so can be a little harder to find.
Rochefort 6 is a another strong Belgian Dark Ale which is slightly bitter and has a relatively strong malt taste. There are flavours of spice, caramel and toffee present. Rochefort 6 has a lovely aroma with hints of cinnamon, raisin and coriander. It pours with a lovely red-amber-brown colour and has medium carbonisation with a medium body. Careful when you pour this beer and the head can get too big very quickly. There's a lot of life in this bottle. As with its siblings, the alcohol content is very well hidden.
Rochefort 6 can also be kept for up to 5 years (don't hesitate to experiment with more), which makes the mouthfeel even softer and lets the flavours blend even more.
Rochefort 6 (red cap, brown beer, 7.5?V). Reddish colour, brewed only about once per year, representing approximately 1% of total beer production. This beer begins with a density of 16.5º Plato is 7.5?V. “Rochefort 6” is the oldest Rochefort Trappist beer, and was brewed empirically until the end of the Second World War. Until 1958, this was the only Rochefort beer that was bottled in both 33 cc bottles and 75 cc bottles. It has a strong malt taste and is slightly bitter.