I know, I know -- I have already written some tasting notes on Rochefort 6, and it’s even in my list of top ten Belgian beers. So, it’s a bit of a scam to blog it again. Or maybe it’s not. I can drink and blog whatever I want now the initial 40b40 is over. Ah, freedom...
Plus, I was lucky enough to have a friend driving by Rochefort the other day, so he stopped off and picked up some of the 6 for me. Good thing, too. Rochefort 6 seems relatively hard -- or expensive -- to get here in Brussels. Easy to find the Rochefort 8 and Rochefort 10 at reasonable prices in the supermarkets and pubs of our neighbourhood, but the 6 is rarer. So far, I’ve only ever seen the 6 in the specialty beer shops, which are too expensive, really. Anyway, he brought me 14 bottles of 6 and a glass from Rochefort direct. Cheers, Nadim!
Before I open the bottle, can I just put in a word for the cap? All the Rochefort beers have cool caps, but the red 6 is particularly ace. Can a person have a favourite bottle cap?
OK, enough philosophy. On to the tasting.
It’s slightly fizzier than I remember, but all the flavours are there: raspberry and chocolate in a combination reminiscent of the red coeurs from Belgian chocolatier Wittamer. The alcohol, 7.5%, sits perfectly with the other flavours. I’m still on the look-out for Michael Jackson’s “Darjeeling tea”, but I just can’t taste it. Maybe I’ll find it in the second bottle.