Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.51/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
We pour a brew of clean reddish honey. It holds a tight two finger head of caramel colored bubbles, showing nice retention. Drippy sheets of lacing are left around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives adjuncty metallics, roasted caramel dryness, black breakfast tea tannins, moderate buttery diacetyls, banana esters, dark wheatiness, biting booze, light lemon freshness, and fusel phenolic medicinals. Our first impression is that the flavoring is cloyingly sweet, but does dry and roast by the end, making for a pleasant balance. The taste opens with chalky dryness of pale and caramel grain, mild roast, liquid honey sweetness, salt water taffy, and stark medicinal phenols. The middle comes to a peak with sweetened iced tea, soft citric hops, continued caramels, white sugar sweetness, and pear fruitiness. Finishing the sip we get bright banana esters, warmed wheat and raisin breadiness, melted brown sugar, metallics, faint lemongrass bite, and mineral water. The aftertaste breathes of light earthen hops, chalky caramel malts, dry roast, big brown sugar sweetness, apple fruitiness, and black pepper spiciness of alcohol. The body is medium, but heavy with sugar, while the carbonation prickles on the light side. Each sip gives okay froth, slurp, and cream, with the mouth otherwise occupied by more oily, coating slickness and sugary stickiness. The lightest astringent dryness is palpated, but little else. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.
Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the nicely inclusive aroma, and its ease of drinkability. From the first look at this beer things seems a bit light. The coloring sits lightly, but never offensively so. The aroma and the taste, too, are on the simplistic side, and are definitely out of balance. While each gives big sweetness through the caramels, esters, and cloying fruity sugars, the roast never quite comes up to meet or even it out. While this is a decent representation of the style, we usually look for something that shows more depth and roast to the malts, and more darkness throughout.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2013 00:08:09 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4.36/5 rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - Pours nearly 2 fingers of light golden tan head, you can hear the effervescence as you pour, body is a translucent red copper, with lots of carb in the body. The beer retains a solid cap throughout the session.
Smell - Dark ripe fruits, dark roasted toffee, fresh baked wheat bread, very light amaretto, and a light vanilla carmel.
Taste - Very much like the nose, this starts off with sweet dark ripe fruits and dark toffee, and right behind you get a semi-sweet baked dark wheat breadiness, then a hint of alcohol and amaretto flavor joins in, then very light breadcrusts and some faint minerals, and finally a hint of grassy hops that round out a lightly bitter finale. But this does not finish clean, and I like this here - nearly all of these flavors remain in the mouth (especially the corners) long after each sip.
Mouthfeel - The level of sweetness and bold flavors make this a medium weighted beer, the carb is lighter side of medium and silky smooth, almost foaming across the tongue, but then leaves some nice tingling edges at the sides.
Overall - Really a well done dopplebock imho, just delicious, a very nice balance of flavors, all complimentary. While this is definitely a sweeter beer, the boldness of the dark fruits, roasted malts, grassy hops and light minerals, and even the faint alcohol heat all balance out the sweetness perfectly - I don't consider this overly sweet or syrupy in the least. Glad I got a case of this, will definitely pick up another case next spring - highly recommend.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 02:32:40 | More by blackcompg
4.26/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Consecrator Doppelbock by Bell's Brewery
poured from a12oz. bottle into my Ragtime Ricks beer mug
P-packaging: standard brown bottle cool label with two single goats 3.75
A-appearance : amber copper color, with a orange-ish tan to finger head 4.5
S- smell: caramel, malts and faint alcohol 4.25
T-taste: mmmm malty, follows the nose caramel roasted malt doughy and a little warming alcohol 4.25
M-mouthfeel : full bodied, mild carbonation malts give way to alcohol lingers a little 4.25
D-drinkability: a little heavy but mild enough to enjoy a couple 4.0
O-overall: enjoyed this one, great effort from Bells 4.25
200th rated beer. Much anticipated Doppel, did not disappoint. will have again
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2014 23:56:30 | More by Extrajoker00
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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