In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Brasserie de Rochefort Trappistes Rochefort 6

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.”