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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

621 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 621
Hads: 1,272
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 95
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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Reviews: 621 | Hads: 1,272
Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (1,457 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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. (598 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 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 jlindros
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up while visiting dfclav in PA.

Pours a nice creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with decent lacing over semi hazy auburn rosy brown color.

Nose brings a nice doppelbock with plenty of dark malts and wheats, caramel toffee, brown sugar, hint of cocoa, molasses, boozy raisins and dark fruits, bit nutty, touch of earthy ester, creamy sweet malts.

Taste is more of the same, creamy porter malts, dark wheat, bit of cocoa, dark malts, caramel, lots of toffee, molasses, chewy malts, slight earthy fruity esters with more raisins and dark fruit, fig and plum even, cinnamon and nutty flavors, decent sweetness forming with soft aged malts and bit of booze. finishes with some bitterness earthy slight roasty taste, nutty malts, caramel, toffee, molasses all linger drier but a bit sticky.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall nice, great malt and sweetening agent flavors (i.e. Molasses, toffee, etc), great fruits and complex flavors, hint of warming booze, well balanced and drinkable. I would def have this again. (1,085 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a sescond bottle (from infextation) 12-04-09, bumped up taste score got more breadyness this time, still not as goood as I had hoped, this had a better mouth feel too

Got this from beertracker, Thanks Jeff!

Pours a ruby hued caramel with a finger of tan head. A bit of viscosity to this with a touch of lacing & less head retention

S: Jammyness & leafy hops

T: Jammeyness & leafy hops, followed by dry brown bread up front. Apricot jam & a touch of honey as this warms, plus more leafy hops& dryness, plus a whisper of booze; this one is a bit too off style for me....Finishes dry with some sticky caramel& more apricot. almost bails itself out at the end

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & a touch watery, thickens as it warms

Drinks pretty easy for the abv, but reminds me more of a strong English Ale or a wee heavy than a bock, not near as good as I hoped... (877 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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. (959 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once the bottle is opened, an enormous explosion ensues! Color is dark brown, head is a tarnished tan. Aroma is complex and highly charged, resembling barleywine in ways. Sweet, fruity, dark rum, mollasses, brandy, raisins, figs, cherries, and a huge whiff of alcohol. Thick, warming mouthfeel, large malt presence, and a strong hop profile. Great balance, in a big beer. Uniquely tasty! A flood of flavor takes charge on the palate, with strong, sizzling hops doing a wardance on the tongue. A remarkable beer!
I once taste-tested this against a regional version, Leinie's Big Butt Doppelbock. It was like Godzilla vs. Bambi. (627 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/22/2013. Pours slightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Slight foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, pear, apple, raisin, toast, brown bread, floral, toffee, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, molasses, raisin, pear, apple, brown bread, floral, light pepper, toffee, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, pear, brown bread, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with moderate fruity esters; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice doppelbock style. All around nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. (1,284 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. Bottled 9 Feb. 2012.

Pours a clear, dark mahogany, with a short-lived, one-finger, off-white head.

The aroma is a fruity mix of medium toasted malts and a dash of hops. There is much more fruit in the mouth than in the nose, with suggestions of prunes, figs and cooked raisins. A subtle hint of butterscotch toffee in the flavor. Some hints of brandy in both the nose and the taste. In fact, the nose is a bit boozy although the high ABV is fairly well hidden in the mouth. Rather sweet, particularly mid-taste but even in the lingering, fruity aftertaste. [Taste = 3.75]

M: medium body; low carbonation that I felt should be a tad higher.

O: A very drinkable imperial dopplebock that is a bit sweeter and fruitier than usual. (777 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an almost opaque yet still clear dark reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some amber + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts and dark fruits (cherry, fig, and plum).

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sweet caramel and toffee malts with moderate amounts of dark fruits present as well - cherry, fig, and plum. Light amounts of earthy + herbal hops which impart a touch of bitterness in the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of alcohol similar to what you would find in a brandy.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: While this beer is sweet, it is not cloying and it is a very good example of the style. I enjoyed this one but it is a definite slow sipper. (1,033 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 8881

Poured into SA Sensory Glass

Pours a slightly yellow/tan head. Pillow top head. 1 finger with decent retention, but not a lot of lace. Color is a clear amber/dark copper.

Aroma is very distinct. Hard to tell what was in it. Very malty, burnt carmel, and maybe some slight raisins.

Taste is a whole lot of malts. There is a dark dried fruit taste. Maybe some burnt coffee malts. Some kind of hops are tasted right at the beginning, but I can't figure out what kind.

Mouthfeel comes off very bitter, then it dulls down a bit. After that, the alcohol becomes present. Ends clean with low carbonation.

Overall, not the best doppelbock out there. Nothing too drinkable. Something from bells I won't be buying again. (727 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a burnt toffee and crystal malt scent. It's roasted with a nice malty sweetness. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a slight buttery feel. It's got a nice roasted character as well as hiding the elevated abv.. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I love the taste as well as the aroma. Another quality brew from Bell's. (568 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark orange, hinting on chestnut brown, with a half inch of light tan head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of malt, alcohol, light spice. Toffee, caramel, malt comprise the flavor. The flavor offers more depth and complexity than was indicated in the aroma. Slightly sweet. A malt forward beer, as is expected in a dopplebock. Alcohol presence is there, but unobtrusive. Medium to light in body, with moderately low carbonation. Overall, a solid American version of a doppelbock. (518 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

08/08/08- Purchased at Chuck's WIne and Spirits in Chagrin Falls, OH.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a freshness code on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cognac colored pour..I guess caramel, maybe ruby caramel. 1/2 inch head on pour which is gone before you can say doppelbock. No lacing at all. The color won me over though, thus a rating of 3.

Smell- Really quite unlike any doppelbock I have smelled. Heavy alcohol nose, but a refined alcohol. Nice cherry malt scent as well.

Taste- I'm not sensing doppelbock here at all. Some roasted malt, but more of a cherry or some kind of fruited malt flavor with light alcohol notes. Flavorful, but not really to style.

Mouthfeel- Sharp mid to lower carbonation level. Not as smooth or creamy as most doppelbocks I have tried.

Drinkability- I'm sensing strong ale here rather than doppelbock. It was a tasty beer that I wouldn't turn down if offered, just didn't seem to style. (951 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - deep caramel amber with absolutely no head to speak of

S - faint nose; baked apples, caramel

T - toffee, caramel, apples, faint citrus, a tad grassy, earthy, spicy alcohol in the finish, lager-y

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit warm

This beer is pretty solid. I was worried at first because the appearance and nose weren't what I was expecting but the flavor is everything I want from a doppelbock. It has a deep flavor, it's easy to drink, but the alcohol is present enough to warm you up on a chilly early spring day. Well done and worth a try. (563 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My cellar continues to amaze with its contents. This one was part of Batch 6148, so I am curious to see how it held up. I will probably be all Bocked up by the end of the day.

From the bottle: "A traditional doppelbock fermented with an old world lager yeast. Reddish brown in color, with a mild hop profile, Consecrator is a well balanced, full bodied beer with a smooth, malty finish."

I utilized a slow gentle pour so as not to disturb any lees that may be lying on the bottom of the bottle. As a result, I only got some wisps in terms of head. Color was a deep dark-brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich with a caramel malt sweetness. Wow! This might end up being breakfast and lunch today, followed by a nap. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, but the flavor was rich caramel on the tongue. Man, this could be a dessert beer, easily. Finish was rock-a-bye-baby smooth, lulling me that much closer to a nap. It was sweet, but not cloyingly so and the alcohol was not in evidence. Proceed cautiously! (1,029 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown / bronze color with a 1/2" head. The aroma is of malt, caramel, and alcohol. The flavor was a chewy mix of thick malt, raisin, caramel, and a nice bitterness. Alcohol was lightly noticeable.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy, but just a little too syrupy. The finish was long on the tongue as caramel and malt seemed to last forever. The syrupy quality knocks down the drinkability a notch. (420 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 6656 Bottled January 2005, sampled February 2006
Pours with an amber tinged tan colored head. The beer itself is a brilliantly clear, deep amber-red color. The aroma is sweet and malty, with a solid malt-derived fruit note that reminds me of raisins and a bit of cherry as well. The aroma on this is just a concentrated malt bomb, yet it is not cloying in any way. There is enough dry, toasted malt notes here to just add to the complexity of the aroma. The aroma is definitely a malt lovers delight, at least it brings out the malt lover in me.

The beer has quite a bit of sweetness in the taste, but it is definitely not cloying. It is not overly thick either, hefty enough to be a hearty drink. Notes of carmalized malts, toffee, raisins and a bit of ruminess that manifests itself along with the bit of alcohol in the finish. This beer goes down quite smooth, almost creamy, it is really a pleasure to drink. These American examples of malt are so far and in between that it makes them that much more pleasurable when I get a hold of one. (1,052 characters)

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