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

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Bell's Consecrator DoppelbockBell's Consecrator Doppelbock

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1,185 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 81
Gots: 85 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002)
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Photo of rfgetz
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, muddy coppery brown color with no head, lacing or retention. Smell is of sweet carmel malts, roasted nuts, brown sugar and hints of plum. Taste is carmely sweet at first sip, mellowing out to nutty, pruney, rasiny and slight brown sugary and biscutiy profile with a decent amout of bittering hops on the end. Medium to full bodied, slick and oily on the palate, lacking carbonation. Not a bad beer because it manages to avoid being cloyingly sweet, but nothing too memorable compared to others in the style.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into my Allagash flute.

A: pours reddish brown with a frothy finger and a half head, that settled slowly.
S: sweet malt and caramel/brown sugar. earthy hops
T: caramel and malt sweetness and earthiness, hops are lightly bitter as well as slightly hay/grassy.
M: smooth, sugar stickiness, medium carbonation.
D: easy although it is kind of like carbonated sugar water in consistency.

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

Pours a clear amber with a small off white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

The smell is very sweet...maybe molasses? Also a touch of alcohol in the nose.

The taste follows the nose...sweet, sweet, sweet...but not cloyingly. A slight bit of hop bitterness comes through in the back end and slight alcohol is present. Finishes dry.

This is full bodied and chewy. High level of carbonation and an alcohol warmth.

Good beer with a lot going on. Despite the high ABV I could easily put down a few of these.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Toasted malty aroma with a hints or raisins and plums. No hops or dieacetyl are evident. Medium sized dark tan head fades quickly to a thin film. Glowing dark brown beer with ruby highlights. Rich malty flavor is mildly sweet. Plum and dark sugar flavors peak their head in later on. A very slight bitterness cut the sweetness in the finish, but that bit of hops never threatens the malt dominance. There is a pleasant warming in my chest from the alcohol. Moderately carbonated with a fairly full body, but the sweetness never becomes overbearing. A great example of the style.

Photo of endincolorado
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red-amber with a bubbly, off white head that settles quickly. Light-moderate lace.

Smell is bready and fairly standard for a doppelbock, with some faint alcohol in the background and little noticeable hops.

Flavor is also style-appropriate, with a liquid-bread taste overall, some dry cereal, and slight fruitiness in back.

Mouthfeel is pretty satisfying. Moderately creamy.

I was really into doppelbocks last year and though the price on this one was up there, I figured I'd give it a shot. I don't regret buying it, but would recommend future tasters to keep an eye out for a single bottle, as a six-pack isn't worth the price.

Photo of Tone
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep and clean ruby red with just a bit of light tan head.

The smell was very malty with nice hints of cedar and molasses.

The flavor is very grainy with a touch of oak and vanilla, a lingering alcohol sweetness mixes with with a long earthy finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit oily with a medium body.

Overall this decent, but nothing special.

Photo of sweemzander
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Batch #9433 (02/02/10).

(A)- Pours a reddish brown color that produced a good frothy tan head that dissipated quickly. Some did cling to the glass.

(S)- Nice roasted molasses & vanilla. Tiny touch of coffee bean w/ tons of raisin-like butterscotch.

(T)- A great malty sweetness for the style with molasses, vanilla, raisin, butterscotch, and an almond nuttiness that just lathers itself on your tongue. Almost has a maple-like flavor with all of that combined.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A big maltiness, but is fitting for the style. Much thicker texture in the mouth than what the appearance led me to believe. Smooth, with no harshness, just a good rich & malty beer!

(D)- Just what you would expect from a good dopplebock; rich & malty. This one delivers. My only complaint is how syrupy it feels 3/4 of the way through the bottle. It tastes great, but is rather filling. Still, a solid example of the style.

Photo of ffejherb
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 3/8/10.

A - Clear reddish bronze body with lively carbonation and one-finger frothy beige head that reduced to a quarter inch of retention, leaving some stringy lacing along the glass.

S - Sweet and malty with a tinge of alcohol and a distinctive dark fruit tang - the way a Dopplebock should be. Some light earthy hops also emerged from the background, adding a bit more depth to the aroma.

T - Initial flavor combines lots of caramel and toffee sweetness with a tangy dark fruit presence and subtle alcohol notes. Finishes with a dinsinct toasted grainy malt character with a hint of herbal, earthy hops.

M - Medium to full bodied and chewy with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a hint of alcohol warmth and residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Solid Dopplebock overall, though perhaps a tad too sweet overall. With that said, I found this to be a very good representation of the style with a round, chewy mouthfeel.

Photo of schoolboy
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At least in beer buying, I have more money than sense sometimes. I think I tried this before, and I knew I didn't like it that much, it's not my favorite style (but not one I dislike), and this is a strong baby.

But today I bought some anyway. At $15+ for 6 it is pretty pricey in Ohio.

The beer is perfectly crafted by the experts I have come to respect at Bell's. The color and clarity in the glass cannot be improved upon. The rich, sweetness and heavy alchohol content are all in appropriate balance. This is a quality beer and worth the money, I guess. I just don't enjoy it enough to purchase it often (if again).

But I have found the way to drink it. Quickly. I know, it's expensive, like a sipper, but you never had a better tasting guzzler. And it goes down extremely well. What a great aftertaste. Indulge yourself. Excuse me while I chug a half a glass of this.

Photo of WorldWideStout
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fairly transparent dark red body with a large white head that settled down to a finger's width after a few minutes.

S: Musty, a bit sour, and some dark fruit hiding in the background.

T: Starts off with the mustiness along with a shot of sugar, dark fruits come in the middle, and finishes off mild with not much of an aftertaste.

M: Nothing extraordinary but nothing negative.

D: It wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these in a row.

Where's the malty richness? Bah humbug. This beer isn't offensive, but it is pretty boring.

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.

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.

Photo of feedmechili
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was in the mood for doppelbock. It is that time of year. A couple of weeks ago, I fell victim to old Ayinger Celebrator. So, I decided to try something I knew would be fresh. Put simply, the price ($13.99 for a six'er) fooled me into thinking it would be good.

It poured dark-iced-tea color with an off-white head. The head was good and so was the lacing, which left rings around the glass as evidence of the declining level. It smelled like a doppelbock with an aroma of raisins, but there was a hint of cough medicine.

It tasted lake malty raisins, a bit on the sweet side. But there again was the cough medicine. I'm not a total snob, so I'll finish what I bought, but won't be replenishing or serving it to guests.

Photo of mwa423
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very clear milk chocolate brown with a finger of slightly off white head.

S - Lighter smell than most doppelbocks just some dried fruit and sweet malt.

T - Taste is very sweet and rich, lots of dried fruit, a tiny bit of alcohol taste on the end of the tongue.

M/D - Mouthfeel is full and rich, no burn from the alcohol only some flavor. This is a dangerously smooth drinking doppelbock that can certainly warm days in the ides of March.

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.

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

I poured this into my Celebrator glass. Its a ruby color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly

Aroma is of dark fruits.

Taste is of the dark fruit (plum, predominantly) and some alcohol taste in the background.

Has a medium body, good carbonation, and for an 8% beer, its pretty drinkable

Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-beautiful clear dark ruby red color with some bubbles rising to the top. A thin slightly dirty white head that dissipates a little quickly and leaves no lacing

S-the nose is lighter with some sweet dark fruits a little rum soaked cherries, light toffee and caramel undertones

T-the taste is bigger than the nose and brings similar tastes. The dark fruits seem soaked in alcohol, sweet fruity cherry rum, almost. Caramel malts set a foundation with toffee flavors towards the finish. There is also a lighter bitterness at the very back.

M-good medium to full body, very smooth and creamy, its like syrup in a good way, just enough carbonation to give it a good crisp finish but not burn the throat.

D-quite tasty with some nice dark fruits. I little boozy and warms slightly in the back; not quite

Photo of techfed87
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, thick head. Color is a fine transparent amber brown.

Smell has a nice moderately dark malt character to it.

First sip brings that malty character right to the surface. There's no mistaking this is a certain lager quality to it, with a body and mouthfeel that matches that profile of beers. However, at the same time, the richness of the malts that you can taste almost put in within the reaches of an ale in sheer terms of flavor presence.

A very tasty beer and definitely one to be tried.

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

Picked up a bottle at Brews Cafe along with a growler each of Founders Double Trouble, Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale, another single of Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian IPA, and a single of Founders Nemesis (a bourbon maple barrel aged wheat wine [!]). Didn't get around to a real review of Nemesis last night, though it was remarkable. Now for the Consecrator: a Doppelbock from Bell's...I'm already prejudiced in favor of this beer.

Ruby to copper colored, like a sunset when held up to the light. Great clarity topped with a finger or two of foam after a rough pour, which reduces to a thin but solid layer of foam leaving fairly little lacing.

Sweet plums and dried fruit hit the nose first, then a bit of underlying sweet doughiness, like a cinnamon roll without the cinnamon? A bit of juicy purple grape is in there too.

Sweet and juicy taste of plums hits the tongue, then is dried out leaving behind a finish that is drier and darker. The initial sweetness is almost like sugary icing, then quickly is overtaken by the flavors of purple fruit, and those fruit flavors gradually dry out into prunes and prune pits: dry, a bit acrid and ashy, but lingering with complex flavor.

Juicy, velvety, and light-bodied with very light fizzy carbonation. Leaves the tongue coated and a bit puckered, dried out but ready for the next sip.

My first words were, "This seems like something you could drink all day." I'm not sure if my descriptions are doing justice to how juicy, sweet, enjoyable, and deeply complex--but above all extremely drinkable--this beer is. Fantastic.

Photo of pzrhsau
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice rich amber color with a finger measure of head. Very nice color when held up to the light, clear and filtered.
Smell: Nice brown malt the borders on a bread like character, slight hint of chocolate.
Taste: A very yeasty bread like flavor that really fills you up.. No real hint of the cocoa i thought was there.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: This beer has weight but is not too heavy. It has good carbonation and really goes down smooth.

Photo of happilysurly
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red color, quite lovely. The taste is really smooth with a noticeable maltiness. A sweet, tart flavor rounds out the finish. All in all, very drinkable, but no bold flavors, nothing over the top. For 8% abv, this beer goes down VERY easily.

Photo of Frosty80
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours a very light brown. sits a clear, dark amber

Smell: strong malt aroma with some melanoidins and light fruity notes, esp dark fruit. well attenuated. light caramel note. ligt hop aroma

Taste: strong malt sweetness. good attenuation with a hint of yeasty/bready flavor. dark fruit notes as well as caramel. alcohol is well hidden but noticeable. finish is slightly sweet with light melanoidins

Mouthfeel: smooth, full-medium body with medium carbonation

Notes: very nice dopplebock. a little bit more hopped than a traditional db it seems but still very malty and easy drinking. good alcohol kick to boot

Photo of brownbeer
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours ruddy brown with a cream colored head.

The nose is earthy with a strong root(cola) like note, fig, I want to say root beer candy. Not what I expected, in a not so great way.

The root notes in the nose are reflected in the taste, brown sugar sweetness, and something that reminds me of sweet tart candies. I wouldn't guess it's 8% by the flavor and it's a touch watery, even while the body is fairly full.

This was a let down for me from Bell's, considering the price and other available options.

Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red brown color with a light brown head that dissipates slowly.

Smell is of big malts, it is very rich and malt forward in the nose. Pretty standard for the style.

Taste is sweet and malty. Some roasted malt flavors with a sweet candy malt finish. Slight bitter hop taste in the finish as well. Pretty solid dopplebock.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, very nice.

Drinkability is good, not the greatest doppelbock out there but a very solid example.

Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.