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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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1,170 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,170
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 tempest
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Nile, served in a Bell's tulip.

One of the most drinkable doppelbocks I've ever had. This sucker just disappeared from my glass. Unlike the big melonoidins and licorice flavors you'd get out of Spaten Optimator, this doppel is much smoother in flavor with sweet, bready, and slightly fruity caramel and toffee malts. There's also a bit more hops to this beer with a slight herbal note in the back of the flavor. The hops seem to add more balance, which along with slightly light for the style body, makes for the easy drinking.

tempest, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with an excellent clarity but little head and no lacing. Aroma is restrained but what is there seems right. Some toasty sweet malt and a bit of yeasty tang. Tastes a bit on the sweet side, but with nice flavors of sweet malt, vanilla, cocoa, raisins, and some toast notes. Smooth and a bit creamy, and quite easy to drink. This is somewhat forgettable, but tasty enough. The lingering cocoa notes redeem this one a bit.

Georgiabeer, May 22, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

akorsak, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

superspak, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

mothman, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ejimhof, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Huhzubendah, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz fresh bottle that just landed in the area, poured into my Bell's long pint glass.

Consecrator holds a dark amber glare with some brown and than some faint red with some ruby. Overall this looks dark brown. A easy pour str8 into the glass exploded with a rocky tight, dark tan/caramel head with legs. Not much in the lacing dept.

Smells like a dopple, a big malt base and sweetness giving off bread while not showing alot of yeast. Caramel coated with toffee, nuts/grain and some dark fruits with applesause and cinnamon. A nice one to smell on the sweet side.

I'm surprised that as much hops came out from the abyss de dopple. I'm glad I had this fresh. Small amounts of pine and citrus up front, surprisingly. Under that the dopple comes out with malt sweetness with bread and alot of it, dark fruit light plum and some cherry. Toffee & just a touch of chocolate when it comes to room temp.

A little hopbite once this hits the tounge, the malts seem to come out afterwards at least when extremely cold. I'm not used to having this much hopsense from a dopple and I think I like it. Hoppy, while sweet. A small step above medium with some carbon. No upsetting, cloying aftertaste.

I was able to drink this fairly quickly, the alcohol does not come out at all except for a very small hotness which is barely detectable. I would not mind going for another bottle and soon.

BARFLYB, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Obtained by trading with warriorsoul.

A chill hazed medium brown colored beer without much head formation what there is of it is tan.

The smell is sweet and nutty with a big roasted grain aroma. There is a slight soy sauce aroma and a grain husk and yeast scent.

The flavor begins sweet and fairly grassy and grainy with a figs and oak after taste. Fairly thick there is a quite strong grain hull flavor here and it is quite astringent in the mouth. Fairly nutty in taste this tastes the most like pecans. The bitterness is present and fairly laid back for a bock beer this is very much a malty beer and not a hoppy one. Soy sauce scent doesn't make it in to the taste thank god.

The mouthfeel is OK.

The astringent taste here hurts the drinkability for me. It is OK but I will not try it again.

Zorro, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.78/5  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.

jdhilt, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Gonzoillini, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Clear amber colored lager with a light head and little to no lace. Good clarity and color for the style.

SMELL: Robust malty aroma with hints of nuts, brown sugar and toast. There is also a bit of dark fruit and raisin to it.

TASTE: More vinous than the nose, the taste is dialing in fig, date and raisin notes complimented by a sugary, toasty malt base. Moderate bitterness holds true with a grassy, citrus laden hop character.

FEEL: Medium bodied brew with a perfect medium-high carbonation. Finishes on the cleaner side but some malty residue hangs on for a nice ride on the palate.

OVERALL: A classic American take on the Doppelbock style. Fresh tasting and quite good to toast over good food and good friends.

Stinkypuss, May 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beveritt for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden brown color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with lots of caramel. Medium body. drinkable, this is a tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Wasatch, May 05, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
2.38/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

ppoitras, Aug 20, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

brandoman63, Nov 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of John_M
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

John_M, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fresh 12oz, batch 8251 bottle thanks to cpferris!

A light brown skinned body, which if I must, I'll call burnt umber. The light which hits it seems to bounce off with all kinds of wonderful colours, a majority of which are these pacifying, calming shades of red. A thin white line raps itself around the beer.

The smell has a certain over-ripe, fertile fruitfulness to it that I'd associate with composting produce. This is brewed with a lager yeast, which I think accounts for the strong element of butter which was first to stand out, and continues to interfere with the sweet, sappy, sticky goodness of the malts.

The malts make for a sweeter beer. Flavours linger for a short time before drying out on the palate. My eyebrows raised just now after discovering the alcohol percentage - a good percent or two higher than I would have ever guessed! I'd expect a little more texture from a style that should feature sweet, sticky, roasted, caramel-like malts...

Which to some degree is achieved in the flavour department, where tastes of caramelized sugar, burnt toffee, brown sugar, molasses, gingerbread, hints of raisin or prunes all seem soaked in the sweet sugars of the malts.

There's a lot of things I could have used more of in this beer: bouquet, texture, body, roast, bitterness, bold flavour and the satisfaction experienced after drinking an 8% dopplebock. Not to say it is missing all these things, I just expected more of them from a consistently outstanding brewery.

Enjoyed to "consecrate" June 13/14
1. to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity;
2. to make (something) an object of honor or veneration;
3. to devote or dedicate to some purpose

biegaman, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of tdm168
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

tdm168, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. poured dark amber, slightly ruby in color with a small thin head covering most of the surface.

Aroma has some dark fruits, cherry and some sweet caramel malt. it's a little lighter in aroma then some other highly regarded Doppelbocks.

The taste has a lot of sweet malt flavors with some caramel, toffee and fruit plum like flavors. The flavor is pretty good, not the best tasting doppelbock I've had but a pretty decent one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's definitely an easy drinking doppelbock. it's relatively light with some good malt flavors making it a pretty good drinking beer.

billab914, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev 0%
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.

chinchill, Jun 19, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

beerthulhu, Nov 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

sendbeer, Oct 22, 2012
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,170 ratings.