Cellaring: Under proper conditions, this beer can be cellared for extended periods.
With sediment left in the glass, this dubbel pours a crystal clear amber color with plentiful carbonation streaming to it’s pillowy, billowing bone-colored head. The loose bubbles are maintained fairly well but this beer leaves next to no lace on the glass.
While a beautiful bouquet of ripe dark fruit; raisin, plum, and fig, sweetened by candi sugar, provide a luscious backdrop, this beer has a dry, dusty aroma of an old basement that over arches much of the yeasty undertones. One gentle swirl dissolves the basement characteristic and brings forth warming alcohol and an odd rubber shoe sole nose.
Dry and dusty, the old basement “age”, shall we say, carries over from aroma to flavor where it’s prominent and overlaps much of the beer’s nuances. Brown malt offers notes of molasses but there’s little sweetness afoot in this dubbel with only minor suggestions of dark fruit on the palate.
Excessive carbonation dances across the tongue like effervescent Champagne aiding in keeping this beer feeling lighter bodied. The aroma’s sweetness is almost entirely fermented out leaving Rochefort 6 bone dry on the finish with a touch of faint hop bitterness.
Rochefort 6 is one of the lighter dubbels I’ve encountered, starting with a light color and progressing through the experience to a light, dry finish thanks to excessive carbonation and soothing alcohol. The undertones of dark fruit and its malt base are welcome enough though, I can’t quite say the same thing for the basement characteristics this brew carries.
Score: 81 / 100 – Very Good