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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,169 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 606
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 81
Gots: 83 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002)
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Ratings: 1,169 | Reviews: 606 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep wine dark colour, aroma and taste. Somewhat like a lighter version of a barleywine. Fruit, fig, cherry. A best of class. Bit of aggressive hop carbonation feel which worked to clean palate.

Thanks to Chuck's Fine Wines for their breakups of Bells. One of the best beers for tuna fish!

Sammy, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5%

t0rin0, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, toffee, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting leather, fruit, and tobacco characteristics all around.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +5%

zestar, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 8881--Bottled on February 5, 2009

G: Poured into a Pilsner Urquell pilsener glass.

A: Pours a medium nut brown with a smallish single-finger head. An initial rush of carbonation through the glass. Although semi-dark, the beer is mostly transparent.

S: Malty and creamy with a slight sweetness. Hints of caramel.

T: A lot more to the taste than the small. Sweet malt with notes of caramel, faint nuts, syrup, and dark fruits. Quite complex.

M: Light-to-medium body with moderate carbonation throughout. Goes down quite smooth with only the slightest hint of the 8.0 abv.

D: Eminently drinkable. This is only the second Doppelbock I've reviewed, and enjoyed them both immensely. This seems to be bit heavier in the mouth than the Ayinger Celebrator. This is a good one to drink through the cold months (which, given the release date, will be quite a few in Chicago) and transition to the Ayinger as the weather warms up.

Thorpe429, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a beige head that dots that glass with lace

Smell: Brown bread and caramel aroma

Taste: Brown bread and a developing caramel flavor, up front, followed by a dry woody finish that keeps the beer from getting too sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Well- balanced and not cloying; decent effort at the style

brentk56, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant ochre with orange edges when sunlight is permitted entry. I'm always amazed at the range of colors that doppelbocks bring to the table. This one is on the lighter end of the color spectrum and looks more like an Oktoberfest as a result, but it's still a great hue. The head isn't so wonderful. The golden tan foam is both fragile and soft. It deflates quickly, doesn't look good while doing so and leaves no lace.

The nose is just okay. It smelled pretty good from a distance immediately after the pour, but doesn't impress nearly as much when focused on. In fact, the aroma, like the color, makes Consecrator seem more like a bock than a doppelbock. It's modestly malty, nonspecifically fruity and isn't roasted at all.

Much better on the palate, although still not a standout when compared to the very best versions. As long as I keep in mind that it isn't one of those chocolate brown, roasted malt bombs, I'll be fine. Even though very little of the darker malts have been utilized, the caramel malt backbone is still some kind of sturdy. Again, think jacked-up bock and you'll be in the neighborhood.

The beer is still somewhat fruity even if it tastes like brandy-soaked fruit rather than fresh fruit. That couldn't be helped, I suppose, in a beer that features an 8% ABV. The alcohol is masked decently well, if not quite as well as it could be. I anticipated more depth of flavor with warming... and am not really getting it.

The body/mouthfeel stops just short of full and sticky. It's a keeper though and is probably the beer's best feature. An exceedingly low amount of carbonation contributes to the super smooth feel. I now regret that I didn't use a snifter.

Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock isn't quite what I expected. I suppose that I should know by now that beer of this style varies in flavor and body as much as it varies in color. It's still a good drinker however and is one of the best bocks(!) to have entered my glass in many a month.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 08, 2006
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid American Micro attempt. Similar to most German Dopplebocks, but is a little more 'yeasty' looking when poured. Smells more chocolatey and the fruit aromas are more defines. Tastes sweet, maybe too sweet. Dark fruits of prunes, figs, dates, and a bit nutty. Solid flavors from caramel, molassas, and brown sugar with a bit of toasty-ness. Lightly detected hop presence in flavor, bitter, and aroma. A little musky smelling and earthy tasting. I would go so far as to say grainy or astringent. Nice alcohol warming and sweetness in the finish. Nice firm body, just a bit too sweet. I'll lay one down for a year or so, then see what's happening.

BEERchitect, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (courtesy of Tpaglia): Poured a semi filtered medium brown color doppelbock with a small off-white bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of sweet malt and dry fruits such a figs. Taste is also dominated by sweet malt with some dry figs. I could not detect any of the banana and cloves characteristic that I usually associated with the style. Body was above average with low carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Interesting and different take on the style but still sub par for this great brewery.

Phyl21ca, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, the Dopplebock, one of my all time favorite styles. Time to see what one of my favorite brewers can do with it. Picked up a six pack of this the last time I was up in NC and was anxious to see what it would turn out like. Poured out a very clear, dark hazelnut brown. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the glass. A nice three finger high head of tan colored lace rose up above it and hung around for a few minutes before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top of the glass. Some decent side glass lacing as well, completed it very nicely.

The aroma was rich and sweet. Lots of great earthy and grainy notes mixing in well with a good amount of caramel sugar. The flavor followed suit nicely, with the dominant flavor of caramel really taking hold. Some nice bready malts being located under that as well. The alcohol was very well hidden, and not a factor at all. Nice smooth finish with the long lingering flavor of nutty caramel on the tongue for a few minutes afterward. The feel was a nice medium-bodied ale with a good amount of carbonation and a smooth creamy feel. Awesome session ale for me, as the palate was rich and the feel great. Very refreshing.

Overall, this was definitely a nice little bock. I could have drank this one all night and it just seemed to be really well done. For fans of the style, this was definitely a good choice. I would have to recommend this one to anyone who likes a good dark German beer.

mikesgroove, Apr 07, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

jaydoc, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Richard for sharing this one.

A: The pour is an interesting copper color with a thin off-white head.

S: A sweet cola like nose with some hints of caramel, toffee, and cherry. I'd like to say more, but that's really all there is.

T: This is a really sweet doppelbock. Lots of cola, cherry, caramel, toffee, and some miscellaneous dark fruits along with some sugar.

M: The body is medium, maybe a bit light, with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: A sort of uninteresting beer, to be honest, which is not something I usually say about a Bell's beer. Very sweet, as well, too much so for me.

womencantsail, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown with amber hues. single finger head.

S: Fig, chocolate and some apricot.

T: More of the same in the taste with more chocolate and some caramel malt.

M: medium to thick body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: My first doppelboch so its new to me. I like this one. Unique and easier to drink than I expected.

kylehay2004, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Doppelbock was on tap at the Tap & Table one night when I stopped in. I had always wanted to try this beer from Bells but hadn't seen it around. I ordered a glass and as it was brought to me I couldn't help but notices it's really nice looking brown color. The head was nice and left a pretty good lacing down the glass. The smell of malts were on the nose along with some sweet aromas too. The taste is a little sweet kind of like caramel or brown sugar mixed with a roasted bitterness and some dark fruits also. The mouthfeel had a decent thickness to it. Overall I thought this beer was pretty good and would drink it again one day.

Knapp85, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Batch #: 11667.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep, dark amber-hued body with just under an inch of ecru foam that dies out rather quickly.

Smell: Sweet-scented, caramelly, fruity nose of ripe cherry and robust plums which, when adding in the brandy-like alcohol, gives it a slight cordial quality.

Taste: Breadcrusts topped with brown sugar and a few addition drops of golden syrup. Subtle nuttiness. Pop of fruitiness of cherry and plum, mainly. Medium-high sweetness throughout. Lightly herbal hop character, low, light bitterness. A little warming alcohol slides on it. Fruity, fairly sweet finish with a sustained alcoholic quality (not quite hot, though).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: I haven't had this in nearly seven years. I thought it was a likable, above-average d-bock then and now.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dirty brown with a burnt orange hue seemed a bit light for a doppelbock with a thin almost non existant head.Aromas were a bid bland I have to say some caramel and light molasses but nothing really stood out somewhat dissapointing.Flavors were marred by a real thin mouth feel for such a big beer almost watery somewhat sweet and grainy but kinda boring.Well I hate to say it because Bell's is one of my favorites but this beer really dissapoints there are to many other good doppelbocks to seek this one out.

oberon, May 08, 2006
Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Pours a clear dark ruby brown with nearly two fingers of foamy ecru head that quickly dissipates into a surface murk and leaves webby halos of lacing behind. The smell is of raisins, dark malts, figs, vanilla, almonds, plums, and even some subtle raspberries. The taste leads with a figgy maltiness, then pushes into a light molasses with an alcohol warmth, and finishes with a cola-like flavor. The body is lightly medium, with nicley low carbonation, a silky smooth texture, and a crisp finish. All told, a delightfully tasty and drinkable brew.

TMoney2591, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is about a 10 month old bottle.

Very nice high clarity reddish brown color. Creamy head, about one finger, just enough. Fairly light for a Doppelbock. Overripe fruit aroma, yeast, a little funky and sweet. Taste is similarly sweet, rich malt, malted milk ball, nutty almond or hazelnut. Soft, velvety feel with a fairly disguised abv. Strong and a little less subtle than Celebrator and the like, but it's not bad at all. Drying finish, maybe two tops for me personally.

emerge077, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a burgandy/amber color wit a one-finger head. Leaves some lace.

S - It smelled very sweet.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and nutty flavors.

M - This was failry soft and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good dopplebock. Great caramel sweetness.

zeff80, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Ruby brown color with a nice light tan head and good clarity (especially for Bell's). Head retention is ok, but it doesn't leave behind any lace.

S - Rasiny and malty, I really don't get to much aroma out of this beer.

T - Malty, rasiny, toffee. There is a strong hop note in the backgound, but it stays subdued enough to allow the other flavors to dominate the profile and the bitterness it provides blends nicely with the darker malt flavors.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D - This hits the double bock style quite well. If anything it is lighter and more drinkable than some I have had. The aroma is a bit anaemic, but everything else is right on.

nickfl, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Chestnut mahogany amber brown unfiltered color to it, topped with a nice caramel tan head leaves evenly rung specks of lacing, can't complain. Aroma: Rich malty layers paired with what the label calls "old world yeast" (aka Ringwood like in nature yeast) works its magic and brings out a semi-spicy bread note. Unique doppelbock that goes light on the alcoholic phenols and over ripened fruit approach, also packs a decent helping of hops here. Taste: BIg flavor succulent like a well prepared portobello mushroom, sports a tasty sweet malt profile finishes bready with a touch of plum and alcohol infused flavor and heavily hoppy flavors for a D-bock keeping the bitterness reserved. Great exploratory offering pushes the diameters of the style nice jobe, Larry! Mouthfeel: Unfiltered medium bodied German style lager, nice beer for me I enjoyed. Drinkability: Top notch balance not overly sweet great mix of flavors, man I really like this beer.

WVbeergeek, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from raznug, courtesy of the Under 100 III BIF so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, caramelized malts, honey and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, dark fruit and honey. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 02, 2011
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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.