Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 621
Hads: 1,271
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 93
Gots: 116 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002

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Photo of Winter
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark clear copper with virtually no head. Plenty of carbonation visible in the body. Malty and vinous aroma with a hint of rum soaked raisins. Thick, crisp full-bodied mouthfeel. The taste starts off with a rich malty flavor that's not overly sweet. Hops cut down the malt sweetness quite a bit actually. Toffee appears toward the back. Alcohol can be detected in the finish also.

This seems to be a pretty typical doppelbock, except for the hops which seem to hedge the malt sweetness. I expected a little more from Bell's. (535 characters)

Photo of benito
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A slightly disappointing doppelbock from Bell's, this is a cranberry red brew with a thin head, strong malt aromas, and a sweet punch across the palate.

It has the chalky, fruity flavors of an excellent doppelbock, but is marred by a slight off-taste (dirty socks, anyone?) and a thin, almost watery mouthfeel. The afteraste too is slightly acrid and leaves an underwhelming impression on the back of the tongue.

I'd like to see a beer that is richer all-around from Bell's on the doppelbock front, especially insofar as body and aromas are concerned. The thinness might be an effect of age, but even fresh, I suspect that this brew could still use some tweaking.

Stick to Bell's other, excellent offerings. (717 characters)

Photo of Wheelinb
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am a big fan of many beers from Bell's and this one was new to me. When it came I got a distinct malty smell. The color was really deep and rich with very little head. However, I found the flavor to not be quite to my liking. I lean more toward a strong, bitter, hoppy flavor. This beer was a little sweeter than I tend to like and more malty. It was great to sample, but I doubt I try this again. On the other hand, my wife loved it as this is more of her style of beer. (473 characters)

Photo of Jon
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This may be only the second time I've been disappointed with a Bell's beer. Consecrator pours a reddish copper color with an extremely fizzy head that dissipates to nothing after a few moments. Smell is relatively subdued with minor notes of malty sweetness and a hint of alcohol. Taste is incredibly sweet, almost too sweet for the style, with a sugary sensation that I did not care for. Big time caramel malt is all I could really pick up. Mouthfeel is very thin for the style, and due to the overdone carbonation, it's hard to detect that great, full-bodied bready mouthfeel that most dopplebocks possess. Drinkability is average -- the alcohol is somewhat hard to detect on the way down due to the sweetness, but it's noticeable after drinking the beer. Not a terrible effort, but probably one of Bell's weakest. (816 characters)

Photo of MMAJYK
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very clear and brilliant nut brown color. Head is minimal and no retention at all. It leaves no lacing either. I like the color or I would have given it a lower score.

S- Sweet and nutty with a subtle smokiness. A hint of hops are hidden by the malty sweetness. That sweetness is very overpowering.

T- Up front, very very sweet (I think a pattern is developing here). Thin, watery maple syrup is what pops in to my mind. Midstream is a nice bittering hop, but fades fast to the residual sweetness prevailing of the malts. It lingers on and on.

M- Thin and watery in the mouth with mid to low carbonation.

D- Too sweet and lacks any texture. Off balance; waaaay too malty and sweet with not enough hop bitterness to even it all out.

Overall- I am not very experienced with the style, but if this is a good representation, I really am not going to ever be a big fan. Not my cup o'tea. (890 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 9-23-08
Batch 8251
Bottled on 1-21-08

Pours a dark amber, with no head at all and absolutely no lacing.

Smell is malty, with a bit of dark fruit and lots of booze.

Taste is malty, a sweet, but also a little harsh. An alcohol bitterness lingers on the finish, very dry and slightly adjunct.

Mouthfeel is thin, does not go well with the style.

Drinkability is decent, but the flavors are just too disappointing.

Overall, a little lame considering it's Bell's. You can't win 'em all. (497 characters)

Photo of StevieW
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle. Double image of a goat's head on the label. Allrighty then. Murky deep wet shoe leather brown color. Creamy bubbly beige head, fades quickly into a clumpy covering. No lacing or covering left. Smell is super sweet, malty and rich, just as you would expect from a dopplebock. First taste is oddly sweet, and overly fruity, melons, yea honeydew melons ? Is that what they are called. Tasted like a hint of those then faded. Syrupy sweet, cloying malt flavors followed. Some toasted flavors come and go, but not consistent at all. Nearly slick toward the end. Carbonation bubbles present to start, but not at the finish. Not much carbonation on this one either. I think they have a real problem with that. Just not one I would seek out. (753 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap @ busters

A-pours a mahogany mostly clear color with a tan film collar and not much head or lacing

S- is malty and bready with toffee ,caramel a touch of dark fruit

T- is sweet malts with caramel and toffee a dried fruit taste with a sugar sweet bread taste

M- mild carbonation and a sweet malt and fruit taste

O-its sweet and malty with some spice taste like a mild dubbel to me it ok but will not buy this one again... (432 characters)

Photo of kdmorse
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Murky reddish brown appearance with one finger of fading whitish head. No traces of bubbles to be seen through the cloudiness. Heads disappears quickly and is not to be heard from again.

S: Sweet cherry-tinged malt. Lots of bready, sweet malt.

T/M: Sweet, thick malt body. A little fruity… dark fruit. Slight flavors of biscuits and bread. Carbonation is about right for the body.

D: Drinkability isn’t bad, but not great. More of a lack of desire to drink more than an inability to drink more.

Notes: Hoped for more out of Bell’s, one of my favorite brewers. Worth a go, but I’ll stick to Two-Hearted and their killer lineup of stouts in the future. (670 characters)

Photo of vishneda
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served 12 oz bottle cold into mug.

Has a ruby red / dark orange color. Translucent. Starts with a tan head about two fingers deep which quickly fades. Aroma is like sugar and only lightly floral.

Sweet flavor reminds me of a cherry punch. Not much of a roasted character in this bottle. There is some balance, enough to keep it from being cloying. However, the flavor is not as balanced as I had hoped.

The mouthfeel of this was lighter than I expected as well. It did not seem hearty. It was a little sticky maybe a tad like syrup. Carbonation was ok, but not highly drinkable, even for the style.

Perhaps I have been spoiled by other dopplebocks, most notably Celebrator which I had along side this. I would consider this a few steps below it. (750 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is malty of course, somewhat bold, smokey with notes of cigar and tobacco. The taste seemed a tad too bold for me, not really clean, too packed with an earthy sweet character I didn't quite enjoy, especially in the aftertaste. Palate is flawless though, oatmeal stout round and smooth. (331 characters)

Photo of letsgopens
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This spring released Doppelbock pours a vivid orange ruby in color. The golden orange highlights are revealed when held to the light. The frothy, slightly tan head holds reasonably well and leaves some substantial and very uniform lace. One solid ring seems to really stick however .

Sweet, buttery crystal malts and lots of bready, grainy notes. Mild but sweet fruit and honey accompanies a nice hop character. Toffee and a bit of booze. Not super pungent by any means but well balanced and appetizing.

Buttery caramel and sweet malt. Some interesting nutty fruit and a slight metallic character. Rum soaked raisin and fig along with a slightly caramelized, toffee sweetness. Not as well balanced as the nose implied. The booze is noticeable. Tasty but nothing to write home about.

Buttery and bright initially but fades to a slight matted texture with a starchy finish. The booze is detectable and the carbonation is somewhat lacking. Dim and somewhat weak in the palate. Medium bodied throughout. Somewhat low drinkability due to a moderate/high ABV and the fact that the 8% is definitely noticeable. Not terribly well balanced either.

I enjoyed this brew but I feel like it doesn't meet normal Bell's standards. A solid selection though I suppose. I know not every beer can be a homerun but I guess I just expected more from one of the best breweries in the country in my opinion. (1,390 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy chestnut color. Off white foamy head disappeared immediately, leaving no lace at all on the glass. Huge amount of streaming bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Smells of toffee, slight roasty and buttery. Caramle flavor, slightly buttery, dark fruit. No deep robust malt profile here. Over carbonated, watery. This one falls short in my book. This got a little better as it warmed, but not that great. (423 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Maybe I have had this one too long. Although I hear you can put some age on it. I will be short with this review. It was poured out halfway through drinking so that I could get to something else. I found it to cloying. It was not balanced enough to make it an enjoyable experience. I may try another in a different setting but I believe that it was too malty and sweet for my taste. (382 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear amber with a half finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin retention that leaves little to no lacing behind. The aroma is sweet caramel malts, a nutty scent, and tart cherries.

The taste is a big sticky mess of bread and caramel malts with hints of raisins that adds even more sweetness to the mix. A cherry dark fruit tartness is also present and helps reign things in a little but the overall profile is just borderline cloying. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sticky, viscous slightly boozy feel to it.

Man, the cloying (I hate to call it that but that's how it ultimately felt) sticky sweetness of this guy was just too much for me. There was definitley some enjoyable flavors present and the potential for a good Doppelbock was there but this just didn't come together for me at all. A rare miss from Bell's. (884 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought last June at Philadelphia's Craft Beer Outlet.. Bottled 1/23/13, so it's just over a year old. Kept cellared at 55 degrees until recently, then refrigerated at 48 degrees.

Liking the label graphic of twin goats. Double Bocks?

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear ruby-copper with a three-quarter inch offwhite head which receded to thin even surface foam but virtually no lacing.

s: Vinegar. Hope I didn't wait too long to drink this!

t: Mild caramel malt with some slight bitterness. There is also an underlying vinegar tinge, but not enough to be particularly objectionable. High ABV is well hidden. Mellows out with a little fruitiness later.

m: Light to moderate. and smooth.

o: Tasty enough, but I fear this particular bottle did not age well. The vinegar aroma hangs on, as does some similar flavor. As long as I don't inhale it's at least drinkable, but if I do inhale I have to put it down and cough. (953 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright forest fire in color. Lightyly herbaceous hop and juicy malt aroma, though subtle. Juicy malts, which come off a bit medicinal. Light cherry flavors throughout, with light hints of caramel and molasses. A pretty average Doppelbock. I was hoping for more. I thought the malt magician Larry Bell could turn out a more aromatic, more complex malt character than this. (371 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade with nflmvp. Thanks Steve!

Bottled on January 22, 2008 and poured into a Guinness pint glass on December 9, 2009.

Appearance: Standard pour produces about a quarter inch of tan foam. Head is somewhat fizzy and quickly dissipates to a sudsy halo. Body is hazy and copper. Not too impressed so far.

Smell: Loads of sweet and toasty malt coupled with rich, sappy leafiness. Molasses is a big part of this aroma as well. A touch of salt appears in back. No signs of alcohol. As the beer warms up more, subtle whiskey aspects emerge. A little more complexity would be nice, but this beer has a solid nose on it.

Taste: A hefty dose of Munich malt steals the spotlight. Peppery alcohol, lager yeast, and mild hops come through in the finish, but this is all about the Munich malt. Not very complex. Average at best; certainly a letdown.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and malty with light, rolling carbonation. Sturdy body, that's pretty chewy as well. Finishes dry and leaves a mild but long-lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: I can see how people might like this, but I think it's nothing special. Too simple and boring if you ask me. (1,154 characters)

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Attractive translucent leather color with thick creamy head. Smell is of rich malts and litte/no hoppiness, spot on for the style. The taste was sweet and rich, cloyingly... like sitting in the room with someone who wears way to much cologne. Mouthfeel is way to sticky for me and not refreshing.

I'm unsure whether or not this is really spot on for style, but per my personal enjoyment it was not satisfactory. I am not a doppelbock connoisseur so I will rate as close to style as I know. (490 characters)

Photo of xgrigorix
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Batch # only, no dates.

Deep ruddy brown. Thin beige coloured head quickly reduces into a halo of foam. No lace.

Nose shows a light touch of fruit, caramel, and some herbal type hop notes.

Tastes goes right along with the nose. Finishes sweet. Medium-full bodied, easy carbonation. Not a bad doppelbock per se, but nothing to set it apart either. (382 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a sam adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with very little off white head that disappears completely.

Smell: Sweet malt with fruity notes. Hints of dark fruit and perhaps some grape.

Taste: Some bread like malt. Again, there is a grape note. Not very sweet, some alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation slightly on the high side. A dry finish.

Overall: Does a fairly nice job hiding the alcohol. I enjoyed the fact that it wasn't too sweet, but I didn't find this beer particularly interesting. (569 characters)

Photo of WorldWideStout
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fairly transparent dark red body with a large white head that settled down to a finger's width after a few minutes.

S: Musty, a bit sour, and some dark fruit hiding in the background.

T: Starts off with the mustiness along with a shot of sugar, dark fruits come in the middle, and finishes off mild with not much of an aftertaste.

M: Nothing extraordinary but nothing negative.

D: It wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these in a row.

Where's the malty richness? Bah humbug. This beer isn't offensive, but it is pretty boring. (534 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from batch 8881, brewed on feb 5, 2009

A- it pours a deep semi clear ruby with a minuscule cream colored crown of a head.

S- loads of sweet bready, caramel, and toffee malts upfront. not much else. just lots of sweetness coming form the malts.

T- very sweet. caramel, toffee, and bready malts. some noticeable alcohol.

M- medium bodied with way too much carbonation. slight warming from the alcohol on the way down.

D- this one didnt do it for me. the huge level of carbonation and the rather bland flavors just didnt work for me. glad i got to try it, but even more glad i didnt buy a sixer and just went with the single. bells can do better than this. (673 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with a really nice drawing of two smiling goats looking at each other. They're probably not smiling and it's probably the usual look on a goat's face. After I really get a good look at it, it does kinda looks like maybe it's not two goats, but just one little goat looking in a mirror. The reason why I think somebody drew that picture is because right below the goat on the far right is a small signature. It's too hard to read the name except for the first letter which is an "L." The back label has some information about the beer, Govt. warning, and a batch #, which mine is batch # 7209. Both of these labels were white with copper trim and with the Bell's bells in copper coloring too. Bells' was very traditional with their Doppelbock label by having a goat on their label and by having a name with the -ator suffix.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsener glass, the beer was a dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights and with a nice 1 finger head of tan colored foam. The sad thing is that it dissipated away quite fast leaving very few rings and no lace around the glass. I noticed that only after 1 to 2 minutes of drinking this beer, that there was nothing left of the head of foam. It just dissipated away into nothing!

Smell: It had some of the traits of a Doppelbock, like roasted malt, caramel, and some alcohol, but with this beer, these aromas were too mild. To even get these aromas out, you really need to swirl the beer around the glass for a long time. Don't bother to do that because it's really not worth the trouble.

Taste: In the beginning was the usual Doppelbock taste of roasted malt and the sweet caramel. After that comes a mild taste of hops and a huge whopping taste of alcohol. I was really surprised by the strong alcohol because I wasn't expecting that much of an alcohol taste in this beer. I believe that the strong alcohol taste over shadows the other few flavors in this beer.

Mouthfeel: It was full bodied, not smooth, and with an aftertaste of sweet malts and of course, alcohol. Believe me when I say that you can really taste and feel the alcohol going to work on you.

Drinkability: It wasn't that bad of a Doppelbock, but at least it was an above average Doppelbock. If I ever saw this again, I'd probably not pick it up again because there are much better and cheaper Doppelbocks out there. If you really like the taste of alcohol, then you better pick this one up before it's out of season. (2,468 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 2/9/12 poured into a pilsner glass
A: Nutty brown color with a thin head that settles quickly
S: Quite sweet, reminds me of banana Laffy Taffy. Also a bit of light malt.
T: Brown sugar, banana, and quite a bit of booze
M: Medium-bodied underneath, but thick from all the sugar
O: Not my favorite from Bells. Not bad flavors, but too sweet and the etoh is too prevalent for my palate. (402 characters)

Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.