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

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621 Reviews

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Reviews: 621
Hads: 1,287
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 102
Gots: 121 | FT: 3
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Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Reddish brown, no lace or head. Small amount of clarity.

S - Candy sugar. Caramel, brown sugar. Malty..

T - Like the aroma, very sweet. Strong, but not too boozy. Cranberries, dried fruit.

M - Light bodied, crisp. Medium carbonation

O - A well done doppelbock.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

We pour a brew of clean reddish honey. It holds a tight two finger head of caramel colored bubbles, showing nice retention. Drippy sheets of lacing are left around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives adjuncty metallics, roasted caramel dryness, black breakfast tea tannins, moderate buttery diacetyls, banana esters, dark wheatiness, biting booze, light lemon freshness, and fusel phenolic medicinals. Our first impression is that the flavoring is cloyingly sweet, but does dry and roast by the end, making for a pleasant balance. The taste opens with chalky dryness of pale and caramel grain, mild roast, liquid honey sweetness, salt water taffy, and stark medicinal phenols. The middle comes to a peak with sweetened iced tea, soft citric hops, continued caramels, white sugar sweetness, and pear fruitiness. Finishing the sip we get bright banana esters, warmed wheat and raisin breadiness, melted brown sugar, metallics, faint lemongrass bite, and mineral water. The aftertaste breathes of light earthen hops, chalky caramel malts, dry roast, big brown sugar sweetness, apple fruitiness, and black pepper spiciness of alcohol. The body is medium, but heavy with sugar, while the carbonation prickles on the light side. Each sip gives okay froth, slurp, and cream, with the mouth otherwise occupied by more oily, coating slickness and sugary stickiness. The lightest astringent dryness is palpated, but little else. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the nicely inclusive aroma, and its ease of drinkability. From the first look at this beer things seems a bit light. The coloring sits lightly, but never offensively so. The aroma and the taste, too, are on the simplistic side, and are definitely out of balance. While each gives big sweetness through the caramels, esters, and cloying fruity sugars, the roast never quite comes up to meet or even it out. While this is a decent representation of the style, we usually look for something that shows more depth and roast to the malts, and more darkness throughout.

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Photo of AmitC
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Color is ruby amber. About one finger thick head with good retention. No bubbles. Not much lacing either. Translucent with good clarity.

Aroma is of caramel malts. Lager yeast. A lot of malts. Little bit of sweetness. Roasted malts. Strength is moderate to slightly good.

Taste is very much like the nose. Strong roast element throughout. Heavy at certain times. Good warmth. Strong malts. Caramel. Sweetness. Finish is semi sweet.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. No astringency and low on carbonation. I would have loved a more carbonated and bubble doppelbock.

A very average stuff from a good brewery.

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Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Eccentric Cafe. Been wanting to try this forever in bottles, glad I just held off and was able to have it on tap, nearly right at the source. It pours some weird mix of brown, copper, and amber - a strangely unique color with decent clarity and a substandard, off-white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

The aroma is full of that crispy, lager-style yeast that I typically always love to see (or smell, I guess) in my lagers. Very clean, uplifting, and refreshing, and I'm glad it makes an early appearance here. It's got a sweet and steel-tinted caramel aroma going on, too - this one is certainly heavy on the malts, as most doppelbocks are. Some light fruity sweetness in the background, although it's hard to pinpoint a specific fruit. Maybe plum or raisin? Caramel malts certainly steal the show here with a little bit of molasses - but as nice as they smell, the aroma isn't as robust as I'd have hoped for.

Bouts of caramel and toasted bread wave across my palate after taking a sip. Consecrator has a big "toasted" feel to it, through and through. Malts not only provide heaps of caramel, toffee, and molasses, but good amounts of bread and crackers, too. The lager yeast is strong in the taste as well, and really comes alive on the back end of the sip. Some lighter candied fruits eventually poke their heads in; plum, raisin, and dates, lightly coated in brown sugar and served with molasses. I was about to say "where are the hops?" when all of a sudden they rush in at the very end - musky, leafy, and almost ashy leaving a resounding bitterness in the aftertaste to balance the sweetness perfectly. Medium bodied, not sticky but a little oily and coating on the palate, medium carbonation.

Very nice and easily drinkable doppelbock. It started off "just okay" but I really enjoyed the latter half of the glass quite more than the first half. Maybe the warmth helped it to open up a bit - that's usually how it goes, yeah? I haven't had an insane amount of doppelbocks to compare to, but this one was pretty damn good. As good as Celebrator? Probably not, but a great take on the style nonetheless.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice brownie like coloring and strong bubbly head.

Weak aroma but after concentration I get sweet dried fruit and touches of malty chocolate.

The taste is quite sweet, with thin date, prune and candy fruits. Hints of chocolate, even a bit of malty toffees are disguised by the fruitiness.

I love a Doppelbock but find this slightly weak in taste despite the obvious bulk of malt used to achieve 8 percent ABV. No alcohol feel but easy and smooth this is good just not great.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: gorgeous clear copper with ruby highlights. Dinged a little for just about no head to speak of.
Smell: pleasant if mostly average malty doppel. Nice but a little plain.
Taste: better than the nose. Full and malty.
Overall: nice enough doppel. Nothing outstanding.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We need more doppelbocks in this world.

Poured into a tulip glass, head presented very thick, 1+ inch, color is light tan; body color is copper to amber, more amber, nicely transparent.

Smell is subdued, light caramel, raisin and toasty malt, some other fruity notes present.

Taste is very clean, light, can't believe its 8%, so exceptionally smooth. Flavors are similar to the nose, clean, light nice caramel, raisin, toast, other fruity notes.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, this is not a sweet doppelbock, not cloying. light flavors and sweetness balanced by solid hop bitterness. Subtle carbonation to keep flavors present.

Overall, this beer is very good, solid doppelbock. Clean flavors, not too sweet, maybe more helles bock than doppelbock, but the lighter doppelbocks are a good balance to the heavier ones.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A – Pours a golden copper-brown into the glass. Loose one-finger head of light tan foam disappears almost instantly, leaving a very thin island of lace in the middle. Beer is a dark rosewood and moderately opaque.

S – Very soft nose that really requires coaxing out of the glass, even after letting it sit and warm. Rich caramels and toasted malts. Hints of cherry amaretto. Alcohol in the nose suggests a light brandy.

T – Deep, rich caramels with a bit of brown sugar and a touch of toffee. Toasted malts in the background. Rich, dense, dark bread. Alcohol is very well muted. Just enough floral bittering hops on the back end to be detectable and give it balance, but remain anonymous. Pleasant, but unremarkable.

M – Rather smooth, with just a bit of carbonation. A tad thin, but not watery. Components are nicely integrated. Short finish that doesn't cloy.

O – With no shortage of malts available, the lack of a nose in this beer disappoints. It's a straight-ahead doppelbock that's enjoyable to drink, but doesn't offer anything to separate it from the pack. Malt profile could be mistaken for a Scotch ale, which is fine by me. This would be a great candidate to barrel-age and add those characteristics to give it more complexity. All-in-all, this beer is one that I'd order because I wanted to take a break from tasting really distinctive brews and just wanted a solid but unchallenging malt-forward beer, and the menu lacked an exceptional option that couldn't be missed. One thing to note: priced in the high-teens for a six-pack, there are much better options in this style for the same amount of money.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date 1/23/13. Had this at the Tavern on Liberty in PA. Consecrator is a beautiful auburn color, with a very healthy 1.5" head. Quite fizzy carbonation going on here. The aroma is very powdery and candy-like. Lots of fruit esters coming up in both the aroma and flavor - apricot, plum, purple grapes, and raisins. The taste is smooth and bready, coating the mouth fairly well, and despite the 8% ABV, it's not too boozy. Overall, this is just like the best German Doppelbocks I had tasted the times I spent visiting there. I can't believe how smooth this is... Another stellar brew from Bell's!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Pint
Price: $3.50
From: Main Street Liquor in Ann Arbor

Appearance: Deep copper color. Perfectly clear. A thin tan head that fades quickly to nothing. Could be a bit darker.

Smell: a bit sweet. bread and malts

Taste: bread, some malts and sweetness, followed by an alcohol kick. A tad to strong and unbalanced on the alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. I wish it had a bit more body

Overall: Good beer, not great. A few steps away from being great. Glad I tried it and also glad I didn't pull the trigger on a 6-pack like I initially wanted to before I knew it was 17 or 18 bucks.

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Completely crystal clear amber colored. Beautiful. Not much head and lightly carbonated. Smells bready, malty and sweet. Taste is bready and slightly sweet. Some grape and raisiny flavors. Finishes clean. Alcohol hidden. Mouthfeel is relatively light for being somewhat high gravity. This is expertly crafted and an American hallmark of the style. Won't find many better for this style than this! This style is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - plus a deep copper. Honestly a bit disappointed this doppelbock wasn't darker.
S - very dark fruit forward. Figs, jam, prune.
T - flavor follows the nose close.
M - thick, luscious, chewy. Good texture for a Bock.
O - Meh, probably will pass on this in the future.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruddy copper with more brown leanings. Head is off-white, small, loose, and drops to a small collar in short order. Decent retention.

Smell: Big biscuity malt. Solid caramel presence. A bit sweet with some backing alcohol. Very bready. Did I mention biscuits and bread? Yeah, that's there. Some grassy/herbal notes in the back.

Taste: Hyper malty. Biscuity soda with some caramel sweetness. Like fresh baked brown bread. Crusty warm bread. Caramel sweetness builds as the beer warms, but never really overcomes the bready biscuity thing, which is good in this case. Some nice grassy/herbal notes in the back offer some break from the sweetness. A bit grainy with some hints of apple.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very smooth. Body runs on the heavier side of medium with a carbonation that hits on the lighter side of moderate. Right on point.

Overall: Hello baseline.

A solid beer from Bell's...again. Do yourself a favor and drink almost everything they make and you'll be all set.

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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 DMarlinJ
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured into pilsner glass to get a half finger head. Nice looking foam not much lacing. I like the tiny foam bubbles that lingered for some time and could be revived with a little swirl. The rich reddish orange color is nice, with a little murkiness.
S. First hit is citrus, sour green apple and nutty caramel. As it warmed got more bready.
T. I get more nutty toffee and malt in the taste. Clean finish with some hop and touch of alcohol at the end. As it warmed it got more sour, not sure I like it. Was better colder.
M. I love the lightness and the frothiness feel from the carbonation.
O. I like it a lot a first but not so much as it warmed. I do like doppelbocks but some times they get too sour for me as this did but I would try it again and keep it colder.

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Photo of motorhed
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours out with fairly low level of carbonation less than a finger of very light tan head. The color of this beer is fabulous, a cloudy very dark copper/brown with a touch of ruby red. Zero lacing to speak of as it is consumed.

S - First thing that comes to the nose is cherry and dark fruit sweetness with some funk. Some carmel and light malt in the background.

T - Dark fruit flavors up front with what tastes to me like a cherry cough drop. The middle consits of the carmel and malts. Really very little hop flavors in here but just enough malt base to balance the level of sweetness of the brew. No hint of the 8% abv.

M - Super drinkable, full-bodied, low carbonation levels, smooth finish.

O - Really liked this beer and i'm a big fan of the Doppelbock style in general, so i may be biased. Such a great balance of enough sweetness to balance the malt on this one. I couldn't taste a bit of the 8% on this brew. Will definitely be looking for and drinking this beer again.

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

Packaged on 02/09/12. Opened seven months after packaging.
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: It poured to about one-quarter finger of head that was a darker shade of tan. (Had to get very aggressive at the end of the pour to create a head.) After a few minutes the head disapated to an edge-ring. The brew is a dark amber with a deep ruby red hue. It is dark but still translucent and not at all cloudy.

S: The aroma consists of a sweet bready malt and some sweet and funky yeast.

T: The taste starts with a sweet bready malt with some dreid fruit notes of raisins and prunes. There is also some sweet yeast that is just a little bit funky, too. There is also just a touch of bittering hops to to keep the sweetnes from becoming cloying.

M: This is a full-bodied beer with a heavy feel. (Hey, this really is liquid bread.) There is only a small amount of carbonation, which fits the heavy body well. It is also a very smooth beer.

O: This is a "must try" for doppelbock fans and dark beer fans. It hits all the right notes for a doppelbock, and it hits them with flair. This is a sweeter, malt focused beer, and the balance comes more from the funkiness of the yeast and only somewhat from the hops. The result is a very pleasing brew for malt fans.

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

Appearance: Amber/brown in color with a one finger head

Aroma: Toffee, caramel, and chocolate

Taste: Tofee roasted malts, caramel sweetness, and a bread like flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium mouthfeel which is great for this style

Drinkability: Highly drinkable in my opinion, but I know that it may not be as drinkable for those who do not like caramel/toffee tastes

Overall: I am not usually a fan of the Doppelbock style, but I absolutely loved this creation by Bell's

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Photo of centurian62
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I grabbed a mix and match sixer from a local snotty beer store and grabbed a couple Consecrator's as I had never had it before. All I can say is Bell's nailed it with this one!!!! Fantastic color, wonderful malty aroma and an extremely smooth mouthfeel. This is a Doppel that must be had. Wow!

The maltiness leads to a smooth finish with a slight hint of the alcohol content but is not at all overpowering. If you are a fan of doppelbocks or other malty beers, this one is a must try.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery in April and an excellent example of this style...

Pours a thin, reddish amber, lighter in colour than I expected, with very little head or carbonation of any kind. Supremely malt-forward aroma definitely has the roasted, bready elements of a bock. The flavour also nails this German varietal, with no sign of the 8% ABV until an alcohol burn just before the finish. Malty and smooth with a lingering bitter end.

Not a beer style I choose to drink often, but remember it well from earlier times in Germany and think Bell's has done a great job.

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Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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

12oz bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is copper colored with amber highlights. Three inches of tan head top of this offering.

S - I get some caramel, toffee, and toast. Malty

T - I get that caramel again. I also get some molasses and a little alcohol.

M - Medium to full

O - Yet another solid beer from a great brewery. I had been putting off trying this one and finally did it. I was worth it.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stella chalet. Pours a dark brown, with a one inch off white head, with minimal lace if any. Smell is figs, brown sugar, carmel apple, and alcohol. Taste is all of those, very balanced, with carmel apple being the most dominant flavor. Body is thin to medium, not much carbonation, not dry, and pretty easy going down. Not my favorite style, but also not anywhere near the best of this style I have had.

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