Style: Dubbel

ABV: 7.5 IBU: 18.0

Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 4

Brasserie de Rochefort Trappistes Rochefort 6

What the brewers say

“Reddish-brown color with amber-gold highlights; soft body leads to earthy flavors and an herbal character. Refined, soft spiciness in the bouquet finishes with a bit caramel. Bottle-conditioned for soft natural carbonation.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “High grapefruit, citrus notes up front along with honey, flowers, and a bit of stone fruit. Pineapple, grape, and pear sit atop lots of piney hops aroma. Fruity plum/cherry notes are there as expected. Alcohol is evident, but not over strong.”

Flavor: “The typical ‘Belgian’ ester profile is replaced with lighter fresh fruit. Medium citrus in the background. There’s a strong honey component that comes off more as a sensation than as actual sweetness on the tongue. A nice smooth finish makes this beer go down more easily than it objectively ought to. Aftertaste is filled with bubblegum-like notes and is medium lasting.”

Overall: “Seems like a bit of an oddball among dubbels, but it works. An enig- matically honey-like and floral beer that remains classically Belgian in its refusal to adhere to stylistic norms. This ale is very fruity—the apricot flavor is quite nice, but unexpected.”

What our editors thought



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