Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Eccentric Cafe. Been wanting to try this forever in bottles, glad I just held off and was able to have it on tap, nearly right at the source. It pours some weird mix of brown, copper, and amber - a strangely unique color with decent clarity and a substandard, off-white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing behind.
The aroma is full of that crispy, lager-style yeast that I typically always love to see (or smell, I guess) in my lagers. Very clean, uplifting, and refreshing, and I'm glad it makes an early appearance here. It's got a sweet and steel-tinted caramel aroma going on, too - this one is certainly heavy on the malts, as most doppelbocks are. Some light fruity sweetness in the background, although it's hard to pinpoint a specific fruit. Maybe plum or raisin? Caramel malts certainly steal the show here with a little bit of molasses - but as nice as they smell, the aroma isn't as robust as I'd have hoped for.
Bouts of caramel and toasted bread wave across my palate after taking a sip. Consecrator has a big "toasted" feel to it, through and through. Malts not only provide heaps of caramel, toffee, and molasses, but good amounts of bread and crackers, too. The lager yeast is strong in the taste as well, and really comes alive on the back end of the sip. Some lighter candied fruits eventually poke their heads in; plum, raisin, and dates, lightly coated in brown sugar and served with molasses. I was about to say "where are the hops?" when all of a sudden they rush in at the very end - musky, leafy, and almost ashy leaving a resounding bitterness in the aftertaste to balance the sweetness perfectly. Medium bodied, not sticky but a little oily and coating on the palate, medium carbonation.
Very nice and easily drinkable doppelbock. It started off "just okay" but I really enjoyed the latter half of the glass quite more than the first half. Maybe the warmth helped it to open up a bit - that's usually how it goes, yeah? I haven't had an insane amount of doppelbocks to compare to, but this one was pretty damn good. As good as Celebrator? Probably not, but a great take on the style nonetheless.
Serving type: on-tap
04-02-2013 03:43:08 | More by tectactoe
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - pours a deep ruby reddish brown. Nice off white fluffy head that reduced quick. not much Stick.
S - Figs, malts, bread dough.
T - Malt forward, bread dough, figs, raisins, balanced with some dry hops in the finish.
O - Solid brew from Bell's. Drinks really easy and is nice on the palate. Definitely worth a drink.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 03:50:03 | More by andrewjraab
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
This beer needs to become more popular. Well done Bell's on a difficult style that doesn't seem to jump the Atlantic very gracefully. This beer is best about 20 minutes before it's allowed to warm all the way to room temperature if that makes sense?
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 03:28:18 | More by Beerthoven
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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