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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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very good

1,099 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,099
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 71
Gots: 72 | FT: 4
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.

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Photo of tai4ji2x


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

an extra from a trade. forgot who it was. please notify me if you know. perhaps it was jnn4v?

12oz bottle with batch code of 8881. tasted in late may 2009.

dark amber-ish copper, gem clear. 1-finger tan head, fades to just wisps and thin ring. just 3 thin rings of lace ever stick.

aroma: robust, almost savory dark malts and caramel w dark plum/raisin fruit note and trace vanilla, balanced by gently grassy, earthy noble hops.

taste: same flavors as aroma. pretty much a classic doppelbock character, with caramelized malt and dark fruitiness in an off-dry finish. moderate bitterness from noble hops.

medium body, quite smooth, almost syrupy, with light touch of astringency. tingly, mild to moderate carbonation helps with creaminess.

why such a low avg score?

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 04:49:49 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of Mistofminn


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. In all honesty, doesn't look like a Doppelbock at all, it looks like a Red Ale. The color is amber/red with ruby highlights when held into the light. Thin beige head produced but shinks pretty quickly and doesn't come back. Leave barely any lacing. Not the most impressive look.

Very sweet smelling. Thick malt backbone is definitely the focal point in this one. Also get hints of molasses and dark fruits. Sort of juicy smelling.

Taste is again very sweet. There are molasses notes and sweet malt notes which are very strong. Juicy dark fruits have a small part in the overall pretty complex taste. I do get a good hint of warming alcohol, but nothing too over the top, pretty much what you would expect from 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth with a good carbonation level. Light alcohol aftertaste. Drinkability is good.

Overall, a solid offering from Bell's. I'm not the hugest fan of this, and I've had many better Doppelbocks, but this is still a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 03:54:09 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of ClevoPiwo


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is a dark brown, like that of mahogany. The head isn't anything impressive and dissipated quickly leaving no lacing.

The smell has a big malt character. The aromas, however, lean toward a sweeter flavor of caramel and molasses rather than grain, biscuit and toasted malt. There is also some dark malty fruit present.

The taste is similar to the smell. Perhaps there is more grainy malt flavor, but not much. The dominant flavors are sweet malt, hints of caramel and dark fruit with a touch of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a pretty solid doppelbock. A tad on the sweeter side, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 19:43:30 | More by ClevoPiwo
Photo of vishneda


3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served 12 oz bottle cold into mug.

Has a ruby red / dark orange color. Translucent. Starts with a tan head about two fingers deep which quickly fades. Aroma is like sugar and only lightly floral.

Sweet flavor reminds me of a cherry punch. Not much of a roasted character in this bottle. There is some balance, enough to keep it from being cloying. However, the flavor is not as balanced as I had hoped.

The mouthfeel of this was lighter than I expected as well. It did not seem hearty. It was a little sticky maybe a tad like syrup. Carbonation was ok, but not highly drinkable, even for the style.

Perhaps I have been spoiled by other dopplebocks, most notably Celebrator which I had along side this. I would consider this a few steps below it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 17:59:23 | More by vishneda
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8251 Bottled Jan 08, enjoyed 09/03/09

Pours a reddish brown with a nice ruby hue when held to light. Smallish bubbly tan head dissipates quickly. Holy malt aroma Batman! Lots of Molasses and toffee, and burnt sugar. Raisins and some other dark dried fruits and a touch of alcohol. Very little if any hops present in the aroma. Taste is more of the molasses caramel and burnt sugars. You think its going to be sweet, but there's just enough hops and alcohol in there to pound that malt back down. Finishes with a lingering prune/raisin finish. Thick body with a light carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. That's a pretty damn good Dopplebock. Bell's continues to impress me with every beer I get to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 23:49:05 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glossy, glassy sienna brown color, shot through with a reddish rust shade. The off-white head is thin and morphs into a crown very quickly. No lace whatsoever.

The aroma is malt incarnate, with a nice warm breeze of alcohol floating in. A strong hazelnut essence rolls in, as does root beer taffy and loads of caramel/toffee all twisted together.

Flavor delivers everything offered in the aroma, all of it well-balanced and amplified on the tongue. Malt is a fantastic and fairly unsubtle balance of cooked sugar sweetness (caramel, basically) and the slickness and earthiness of some kind of nut-based syrup (hazelnut flavor shots?). A little brown sugar, some toffee and a wonderful flare of alcohol strike me as just right. I want nothing more from this and receive quite a lot.

Mouthfeel is slick and slippery, and with barely any carbonation, yet just enough to give it some presence, it does well in this department too. Glassware suggestions be damned, I used a snifter and this beer's texture makes me glad I did.

Consecrator reminds me of Germany's highly-rated Andechser doppelbock, with as much oomph and gooey sweet deliciousness as that one. I'd call this beer severely underrated at the mere "B/Good" rating it currently has here. Another fine, fine beer from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 22:32:29 | More by Metalmonk
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Kelly, thank you.

Poured into a pokal at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A monster three finger head that is tan bubbly and foamy. The color of the beer is a dark copper color that has reddish hue. The body of the beer is clear. There are some effervescence bubbles.

Nose: A rich caramel aroma with melanoids toasty biscuit. In the background of the beer there is some alcohol present.

Taste: A very deep rich toasty biscuit flavor with caramel, melanoids, floral, and hint of fruitiness. The fruitiness is a cross between a vino and plums.

Overall: The mouthfeel of the beer is very smooth and slightly carbonated. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is also medium. This is another descent beer from Bell. It has a rich in depth flavor that is encompassing. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 04:28:56 | More by colts9016
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Another great Midwest gem thanks to Jason (MBABJJ)!

Pours clear deep amber, very nice red-brown, with a two-finger light-khaki head that diminishes quickly into a thin, soapy cap. Lacing and stickage is iffy at best.

Nose is very fruity - packed with white grapes, raisins, with an underlaying bready-toffee note. Quite sweet.

Taste is fruity and very sweet up front, notes of raisins and (again) white grapes, with a following bready presence that leans heavily on caramelized sugar. Not very complex by any stretch, and it lacks the great balance that some of the darker German versions have (Korbinian, Celebrator).

Mouthfeel is a bit undercarbonated - full bodied, a bit sticky, smooth but without enough bite to carry the big body.

Drinkability is lowered by the sweetness. Not horrible, but it gets almost a bit cloying.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 22:32:27 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of TheViolator666


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Great Lakes pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown caramel in color, very pleasant to look at. Light brown head that left in a hurry. Disappointed when I saw no lacing.

Smell: Fresh baked bread and molasses.

Taste: Tastes of molasses as noted in the smell, raisins and bread are also prevalent. Nice and malty and a very very slight taste of alcohol. Definitely drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin bodied with a slightly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 23:59:39 | More by TheViolator666
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber with a fine sand colored head. Dark fruit, brandy and chocolate make up the mild nose on this one. Sweet roasty malt, raisin, pumpernickel breadiness and just a touch of warming alcohol in the finish. Mildly carbonated and medium bodied. Easy to drink but tastes more like a Marzen/Oktoberfest than most great Dopplebocks I've had before.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 21:12:10 | More by biggred1
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear red/amber color. About a finger and a half of fizzy off-white head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S- Sweet bready malts along with a tangy aroma of dark sugars and fruits.

T- Very sweet and bready with hints of caramel malts and sort of a tangy aftertaste. Very pleasing overall.

M- A little thin for a doppelbock, but very smooth and a good amount of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable in my opinion despite the ABV. The lack of an alcohol taste allows this to be more than a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 00:51:37 | More by kbeals
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug, Sweet!

Mostly clear red/amber color with a beige head that thinned to a ring and left a few streaks of lacing, Sweet!
Molases sweet aroma, Sweet!
Sweetness and then some more sweetness, Sweet!
Medium bodied with a smooth feel, Sweet!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 00:28:39 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought I actually reviewed this beer already, so I'm thinking that I wrote it in my notebook which I have since misplaced during my move and have not yet located it yet. However, the nice thing about that problem is that I now get to drink another one and it's well worth it. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a caramel color with some hints of ruby in it (a very pretty color, actually) and a fairly minimal head - approximately 1/2 finger that is the lightest tan; there is solid carbonation bubbling up from beneath and it makes the surface skim look like it's got dozens of little geysers bursting at the surface; body is largely clear.

Smell: Deep sweet caramel/slightly burnt sugar and warmly roasted malts that aren't quite toasty; hints of alcohol in the nose. A very sweet smelling beer that's making me thirsty just smelling it.

Taste: Wonderfully sweet and malty; strong hints of caramel and slight hints of butterscotch; a very slight and miniscule hop bitterness is hidden way in the back; fairly strong vapor of alcohol clings to the breath.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little thick and chewy; carbonation is quite strong and causes a lot of tingling in on the palate, especially on the insides of the lips; a slight stickiness is present, yet the alcohol brings about a certain dryness when it's said and done; mouth, chest and stomach are warmed from the alcohol.

Drinkability: It's a great beer that's got a lot going on -- I really dig the sweetness and I especially like the chewy body. It goes great with food and compliments the strong German cuisine that I was fortunate enough to get to eat with it. The ABV is a bit high, but hey, when you're eating it with food it sits a little easier. I think if I was just drinking it at the end of the day or at a bar, I would definitely have to go easy and be sure to drink some water with it (unless I wasn't driving, then I wouldn't really care).

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 23:18:28 | More by bamadog
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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...

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 02:54:21 | More by russpowell
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint bottle.

A-Pristine red-copper beer. Light tan head rises off the pour, reduced quickly.

S-Malty goodness is prominent, with a slight toastiness mixed with a melanoidin character and moderate crisp spiciness.

T-Rich, deep, luxurious... what other words could describe this full-flavored beer... immense... epic... ok, too much. Sweet malts of caramel and sweet bread stand tall here, with a bit of balancing bitterness keeping them in line, perhaps a bit more than just in line. Finishes crisp with a bready malt aftertaste.

M-Medium-full body. Carbonation is medium level and smooth, melding nicely into the big bodied beer.

D-Good, but not the greatest dopplebock. It's refreshing on one hand, complex and interesting on the other, fuller hand.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 21:22:34 | More by CHSLBrew
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first taste of the Bells Brewery.

Batch #8881

A- Poured into a pint glass, a deep copperish amber with a chunky tan head about an inch thick that faded quickly.

S- Sweetly malty and caramel.

T- Very sweet thick bread.

M- Very smooth, kinda chewy, low carbination.

D- The achohol is hidden very well, wouldnt have more than 2 in a row though.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 11:20:04 | More by tatoodkelt
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2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Ray's Liquor in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours a medium amber color with a thin white head. Bready aroma, medium bodied with a very sweet carmel flavor. Cloying finish with some warm alcohol feel. Nice to try one bottle but I don't need another until next Spring.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 23:54:56 | More by blackearth
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a clear reddish amber. A thin layer of manila bubbles is already breaking up on the surface yet manages to lay down a few nice patches of lace.

Aroma - good roasty character, some doughy malts.

Taste - good toasty malt opening, slightly sweet but with a slight nip of hoppiness on the swallow. That segues a good malty fullness of flavor, enhanced slightly by some warming alcohol. Great balance to this beer.

Mouthfeel - a light smoothness to the above average body. Leaves the palate a little prickly after the swallow.

Drinkability - dangerously drinkable, goes down very easily.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 03:02:17 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of JasonA


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish caramel. No carbonation, tiny co2 lacing ... hmmm. I can swirl up some carb, it is in there.

Sweet rum rasin. Port-ish. No Abv present, impressive for 8%. Medium malt. Some sugar that I cant quite place. Date?

Yummy delicious caramel malt. Minimal hops, awesome malt bill. Well rounded, lots of flavors I cant quite place.

Sits will for the expty carb pour. Maybe a tiny bit sweet, preference as I cant fault style.

Yummy. Very drinkable beer. Would love to have more. This might do well with some age, not too long I think.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 23:40:50 | More by JasonA
Photo of Beejay


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep reddish amber, there was some very nice orangish tan head, but it had dissipated by the time I sat down.

S:Sweet, ripe bananas. Figs, yeast, Grape juice and a slight bit of alcohol. Very nice, you could just keep dissecting the smell of this for hours.

T: Sweet, malty. A good bit of fruit in there. Like raisons, or coffee cake of some kind. Ripe fruit and Brown sugar.

M: Lots of carbonation, nice consistency...

D: Fruity and delicious. The alcohol is well hidden, and the flavor is subtle and complex.. Definitely a Winner.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 02:29:24 | More by Beejay
Photo of damienblack


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a weird one, for me. Thanks to Loki for this in trade. Pours a rustic, reddish/pinkish. Almost rusty, from what little brown there is. Quick swirl of carbonation that quickly fades down. Smells like... caramel? Like a Werther's, almost. Weird. A bit of grassiness and malt, but overall the smell is pretty subdued. A boozey blast from the smell, too. Taste is very syrupy, especially going down. Some more caramel and some sweet toasty malts. Just a bit of the hop kick, but by this point the syrupyness has re-asserted itself. Not that big in body, thin for a doppelbock. It's definitely coating, but in the wrong way. Also tastes boozey at first, but it turns out to be very drinkable. I don't know what the cost runs for this, but I suspect there are better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 06:26:28 | More by damienblack
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3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Seidel
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BATCH #8881 (February 5, 2009)
Thanks to slater1313 for knocking this 'want' off of my list!

Pours a slightly darker copper-ish color. Two fingers of loose, light tan colored, foam form the head and quickly dissipate, to my chagrin. Lacing is non-existant.

Good presence of sweet maltiness. Light hint of grains. Caramelized brown sugars.
The nose is very subdued, especially for the style. So, far, this isn't looking good for my level of anticipation.

Nice, clean tasting, sweet toasted maltiness. Light hints of caramel toffees. Slight hop notes to balance it out, but not bitter, at all.

Lower end of the scale medium body. Almost thin. Smooth, but lacks any creaminess to keep me interested. Low to medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability is way too easy. The 8%ABV is not detectable at all, by me, anyway. Very well hidden. Smooth and sweet. I could drink these all night....or at least until the alcohol catches up with me and I pass out.
Not my favorite Doppelbock, but one that I wouldn't mind drinking, from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 03:23:09 | More by coldmeat23
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 00:56:57 | More by Wasatch
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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to say I was surprised this only got a B overall. I definitely found it to be one of the best dopplebocks I've had this spring. Poured from the bottle into my Bell's pint:

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous shade of amber-brown with a well-retained 1 1/2 finger thick, full, tan head. Clear with moderate carbonation running throughout.

Smell: Very subtle. Would have expected a little more. Light, grainy malts and a very gentle, slight floral hop presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mmm...really nice! Toasted malts come across chewy and crunchy all at once and aren't overly sweet or caramelly. Light hop presence repeats in the taste, unfolding slightly floral in the swallow and aftertaste. Feel is creamy and moderate with a very refreshing finish thanks to the carbonation.

Drinakability: Very high - this is a great example of the style, and very accessible for people who like dopplebocks or those who are just getting into them. Solid!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 19:32:17 | More by kels
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first sip, this beer is AWESOME!!

Nice huge malty beast that surprisingly pushed me from Pales for a while.

Extravagantly carmel, super big flavor, big malts. Extremely smooth. Not a session beer. I can have 1, maybe 2 in an evening.

Poured from a bottle to a wine tulip. Nice vigorous spin of the bottle before opening the top. Super malty and the yeast is so flavorful. This may be my new favorite Bell's product...but Oberon is still my summer session beer.

Medium body for mouthfeel. Huge body for flavor. I'm ready for it to come out next season.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 02:54:18 | More by HisDorian
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.