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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,179 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,179
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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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 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 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 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 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
Photo of Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Kegatron, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

RblWthACoz, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

russpowell, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

jlindros, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

oline73, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 17, 2003
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

mendvicdog, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

WesWes, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +5%

DrunkinYogi, May 04, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Gueuzedude, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

GClarkage, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Gavage, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +5%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of wrightst
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

wrightst, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle continuing my trend of disappointing Bells beers.

Pours a clear bright amber color with a quickly fading, almost non-existent whitish head. Aroma is carmel malt, bready and biscuity as expected for the style, but lacking any depth. Taste is exceptionally sweet, with dark malts and fruits dominating and a light nutty and toasty finish. Average medium body with low carbonation. This wasn't bad, I just expect more from Bells, and this was a fairly pedestrian beginner's doppelbock.

yourefragile, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

orangesol, Mar 08, 2013
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.