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

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Bell's Consecrator DoppelbockBell's Consecrator Doppelbock

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621 Reviews

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Reviews: 621
Hads: 1,278
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 101
Gots: 116 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002

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Reviews: 621 | Hads: 1,278
Photo of John_M
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap that Bishop's Collar the other day.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty one dimensional, though it's fairly attractive. I get lots of brown sugar and molasses, and that's pretty much it. The beer smells as if it will be fairly sweet. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose; I really think this beer would benefit from some additional spice and/or hoppiness. As it is, it really just tastes like a pleasant, moderately sweet brown ale. The beer has a medium mouthfeel and alcohol is a bit more noticeable then I would like. The beer comes across as a bit tiring on the palate, and I found myself glad that I only got the one 12 ounce snifter.

An OK beer, but far below what I've come to expect from Bell's. Fortunately, I was able to get a fresh glass of two hearted afterwards to wash away the taste of the consecrator.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz received recently as a very cool extra from NFLMVP.... huge thanks; this has been on my wants for a long time... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" head foams up and dies back fairly quickly leaving no lace.. and really no cap either.. but the beautiful color of this brew helps make up... crystal clear polished deep copper... amazing burnt orange highlites when held to a light.

The nose is thick and malty... very toasty with lite melanoidins ... lite prune fruitiness with no real hops.

Flavor is a big wallop of thick toasty malts.. fairly significant fruitiness .. prunes and a little bit of red grape.. a little bit of warming alcohol.. but it's never harsh... very clean across the board... the body is a nice medium with just adequate carbonation.. finish is fairly long with a pronounced nuttiness.

Thanks again to Steve... one of the easiest and best traders out there.

Edit: This brew deserves better than a damn "B"... especially based solely on style. It is certainly better than most Stateside attempts at the style and in my mind could easily stack up to it's European brothers... very nice and surprisingly drinkable even though I am just savoring every sip.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brauhaus Schmitz during Starkbierfest.

A - A glowing amber pour with a thin lacing ontop.

S - I thought this beer had a pretty faint nose. What was faintly detected was some sweet, warm, malty alcohol.

T - Chewy malty mouth and a sweet, warm alcohol. Hops in the background to balance the sweetness, and a warming alcohol present throughout. A grape gum/drink flavor sifting through.

M - A creamy nitrogen-like mouthfeel, medium bodied and silky. A warming, dry finish.

O - A fairly good Doppelbock, I wish the nose and flavor profile were more prominent.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that vanishes without a trace of lace. Slightly cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Strong sweet malty nose. Starts with a flavor of sweet malty raisins, balanced though - not cloying, mellow finish. $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours an amber brown crystal clear body with a thin off-white head. Lots of tiny little bubbles and particles float in the glass.

S- Sweet caramel maltyness with an otherwise very clean smell to this beer. A light fruity smell is faint but noticeable.

T-This beer has a light toasted malt taste with strong sweetness and some apple cider notes. No darker flavors are present. Very light finish with possible a hint of grape juice.

M- Medium body with no alcohol warmth or carbonation noted.

D- This has a strange light fruit taste without any malty backbone. The alcohol is very light for 8% and so is the malt. Not quite the oomph to call it a doppelbock.

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Photo of Tone
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, red color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with a low carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, slight hop, and a slight hint of citrus. Overall, a good blend, body, and aroma.

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Photo of akorsak
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Joseph's Beverage in Toledo, OH.

A: The bock is a caramel brown, reasonably translucent, save for the darker color. A small head bubbled up on pour but quickly dissapated.

S: The aroma is full, sugary with burnt molasses notes. Fruity grains, green grapes in particular, mix with the sugars.

T: The bock is sweet, grainy and strong, all in one sip. Caramel and nuts dominate the malt side, dry but sweet. The alcohol doesn't jump out, but the body does have a 'fortified' taste to it. The sweetness of the malts lingers for quite a long time.

M: The beer is undeniably sweet and strong, masking the true extent of the alcohol. The sweetness is the lasting memory of this beer.

D: At 8%, it would take a cold, cold night to have more than one.

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Photo of corby112
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a clear dark copper/chestnut amber color with mahogany edges and a half finger off white head that immediately disappears. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly toasty aroma with lots if caramel malt as well as some toffee and hazelnut and faint bitter hops.

Medium bodied with a slightly roasted caramel malt flavor. Hints of chocolate, hazelnut and a prominent spice presence. Lots of pepper, cinnamon and brown sugar as well as some subtle clove flavor. Dry finish.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost apricot-hued; vigorous pour results in a very small head that dissipates into a thin ring quickly. Semi-opaque with a steady stream of tiny bubbles rising to the top. Aroma is richly malty and alcoholic with sweetness abounding.

The taste of this beer is sweet and boozy. Dark malt flavor with notes of plums and caramel. Good carbonation lightens the mouthfeel, which is otherwise pretty creamy. Fairly powerful in both flavor and alcohol content, hops are not noticed. Booze doesn't hide here. As the beer warms it becomes winey and tannic...there's a drying finish with a bit of fumy aftertaste.

I really liked this beer and while it might not be in the very top tier for the style I found it adhered to it very well. Big, sweet, boozy, tasty.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- pkg. 1/23/13. Consumed 11/6/13.

A: A coppery-orange pour appears garnet red in a chalice. No head formation, no lacing, and a very quiet demeanor of carbonation.

S: Malt forward nose, sweetness residual of cystal malts, soft toasty dryness with a light mention of fresh green hops.

T: Grainy, worty, with a light toasted dry nature, but still shows a lot of fresh wet grain character and flair. Soft hay and greenery hops, dry sweetness, dark crystal raisiny sweetness comes in flashes. Nobel hop variety more noticeable in flavor then nose, herbal, but finishes with a spicy bite.

M: Malty mouthful, chewy thickness, easy going carbonation with a warming toastedness and alcohol spiciness detected on inner cheeks.

O: Overall a nice malty depth, very good flavor, definite try per style.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.45/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity to revisit...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" beige head over the reddish amber brew. Head settles, but stays with the party for the most part, and lacing is okay for the style. Aroma is very fruity, with an undercurrent of malt and alcohol. Taste is just as strongly friuty as I remember it, overpoweringly so, just shouting everything down except for maybe some alcohol warming at the end. Mouthfeel probably would be good if the flavor wasn't kicking my butt, and drinkability from same. Guess I really just don't like this one. Your milage may vary.

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Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark red, brown around the glass. Head is really not happening, poured about an inch but fell rapidly.

S: Sweet malts and dark fruits, a bubblegum sweetness. No hops to counteract the sweetness here. Apple juice aroma.

T: Caramel and butter, rich and deep malts. Taste is a bit of a shock after the nose. A bit of spice, but mostly sweetness. Almost an cloying sweet raisin taste. Needs a bit of hop backup.

M: Bubbly and high carbonation, prickles the tongue.

D: Actually finding this to be a quite enjoyable dopplebock, full of flavor but the aroma and body lacks substance. Solid beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Derek
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apparantly a case of this was hidden in the refridgeration storage at Bello Vino. I picked it up when I was down for summer fest... stored in my fridge since then.

This is a good beer, but I hold a high standard for the style.

A: Reddish-brown/dark-amber; pours with a touch of light tan head. No retention or lace (could be age related).

S: Sherry, dark raisins, brown sugar and bread (almost like a christmas cake wrapped in sherry), with a pleasant touch of spicy aroma.

T: Alcohol is up front and fairly assertive (though not overly agressive). Dark fruit, dark bread, brown sugar and a little spice. Slightly balanced to the bitter side (thankfully it doesn't suffer from a crystal malt sweetness like some North American versions). Could use a little more bready/malty flavour.

M: Very well attenuated (like the southern Bavarian style); moderate body; carbonation on the light side of moderate.

D: Fairly good, though I think it would be even more 'warming' without the extended lagering.

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Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear red/brown with ruby highlights topped by a light tan head. Looks pretty nice. Complex aroma, malty sweet, lots of fruit, raisins, and alcohol. Low bitterness with a malty, fruity plum flavour and some hop presence. Finishes malty with some alcohol flavour. Full body blends well with alcohol warmth and creamy, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Medium/low carbonation. Quite enjoyable and drinkable, even with the higher abv.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

This pours a clear red brown, close to a 1 finger head of offwhite foam that starts shrinking quickly but is leaving some good lacing behind.

The smell is very bready, slightly sweet, no noticeable bitterness nor alcohol. A good smell for the style.

The taste has the bread, the sweet malt is more pronounced than in the smell, notes of chocolate bring more sweetness, and a slight, maybe, dark chocolate bitterness. No sign of the alcohol in the taste either. I get some grain after the first couple of sips and now, a bit of warming. Goodly flavoured Doppelbock.

Medium body, medium carbonation, good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? This tastes, looks, feels, and smells good. A good interpretation of the style and one I'm enjoying. So naturally, it has good quaffability, eh?

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is nice and malty with some bready malt ans caramel and a faint touch of hops. Not out of this world but pretty solid so far.

T- The taste like the aroma is dominated by the bready malt and caramel flavors. The finish has a mild hop bitterness.   

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a relatively high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not too shabby. Not my favorite Bell's Beer but one that I would definitely consider again when I am in the mood for a nice malty brew. Worth a shot.

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Photo of rudzud
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear deep caramel hue with a thin half finger white head that fades to leave a thin cloud and light, light wisps.

S - Lots of sweet malts, sweet caramels and toffees. Fairly typical.

T - Taste is a bit sweeter than I prefer. More of those caramel and toffee notes with sweeter malts. Nice and tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side with lower carbonation. Even with the higher ABV its still pretty good.

O - Overall this wasnt a bad doppelbock. A few steps above average.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, can't remember where I got this one.

Pours a clear ruby red, some brownish highlights, medium sized light tan head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick.

Smell is nice, malty and sweet, heavy bread, caramel and biscuit, some raisin fruitiness, a bit of booze, very simple and malty.

Taste is similar, sweet up front, biscuit, bread, raisin, alcohol, caramel and brown sugar, lightly fruity, not a whole lot going on but all the elements are there, not too sweet in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Flavours are right but just lacks a bit of intensity. However this is a solid doppelbock.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, thick slightly tan head. Aroma is very sweet. Very complex malt tones in this beer. Slightly viscous mouthfeel. Cloudy, slightly muddy appearnace. Sweet tastes like dates and raisins are evident. Layered tastes like fruit cake and caramel apples come through if you look hard enough. Dopplebocks are not one of my favorite styles, but this is a good one. Right up there with Celebrator, S.A. and Sprecher.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Aroma: Bready malt, not much hop, a little toasty aroma, some light caramel, slight plum, no chocolate or roast malt aromas.
Appearance: Reddish amber (deep amber/light copper), half inch cream colored foam collar quickly dissipates, not much lacing but some legs, brightly clear.
Flavor: strong malt caramel and touch of biscuit, very rich, a touch of toast, more alcohol than hop is balancing the malt, no burnt malt flavors, touch of chocolate, smooth, some alcohol balances the malt, moderate low hops, touch sweetness.
Mouth feel: full body – chewy, medium low carbonation, smooth.
Overall: Strong and rich and smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass. Batch 10150.

A - Pours a very dark orange, almost brown with a thin light tan-fizzy head that fades rapidly.

S - Not much here. Sweet toffee, carmel, and malts, but pretty mild.

T - Similar to the smell, but more carmel.

D - Lower carbonation, good body, sweet.

O - Sweet and good for a cold night.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brown + red beer with minimal viscosity and head to it. Carbonation appeared to be lacking at this point. Aroma was a sweet, dark brazil nut kind of aroma.

Taste was sweet, good alcohol burn that was enjoyable for what it was. Reminded me of that ol' nut n honey commercial, because this was reminiscient of a beer with nuts and honey. A little more thin than an ideal doppelbock for my own tastes.

Could use more carbonation to bring out some of the nuances. Not a bad, not a great beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, batch 8251. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a dark copper/brown color with a very small off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is caramel, sweet malt, raisins and toffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with some hops in the finish to leave a bitter aftertaste. It's a little more bitter than I expected. Alcohol isn't very noticable, considering the ABV. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with average carbonation, however it seems a bit thin for the style. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Overall it's a decent dopplebock, but there's other dopplebocks I'd pick before buying this one again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Tampa FL Total Wine for $3

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, anise, dark fruits, an earthiness

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and dark fruits. There is also an earthiness and some anise.

Overall - Not as good as I was hoping for. Still a decent brew but lacking in the mouthfeel and a little too earthy for me.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- POurs a lavish, bready head with decent retention. Color is a dark ruby, mixed with a deep cut blood color. Noticeable yeast sediment at the last third of beer.

Smell- Drak prunes with a chocolate soda malt. Vanilla and fresh black cherries from the produce section also invade the nostrils.

Taste- Starts out like room temperature cherry pie with a scoop of warm vanilla ice cream with milk chocolate topping. Ends wth a rye bread spread with a little nutella. Very little hop flavor or bitterness noted.

Mouthfeel- Very dark fruit palate. Went very well with my leftover IKEA Swedish meatballs and their special sauce. Slightly warming as well.

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