Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by zeledonia:
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a slightly reddish copper color, very clear, with a thin layer of off-white head that leaves little lacing.
Smell is all about that characteristic doppelbock malty bready aroma. Sweet caramel malts, backed up by a bready yeast smell, with a bit of light fruit (peaches). To my nose, smells like a good doppelbock should, but nothing really special.
Taste is, once again, the straight up solid sweet crystal malts. It's a little too sweet for my tastes (and I love the sweetness that doppelbocks bring), and lacks the complexity that the best examples have.
Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a bit less chewy than I'd like it to be. Level of carbonation is right on - enough to lighten the beer up, but not so much that it's bubbly.
This is a solid doppelbock, though a touch on the sweet side. I'd happily drink more of it, if there weren't a few widely available ones that are markedly better.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2011 01:59:24 | More by zeledonia
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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
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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