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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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1,099 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002)
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Photo of strohme2


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours almost a deep ruby red, medium copper color with a quarter inch head and almost no lacing. The head disappears after a couple swigs. It also has little carbonation bubbles rising immediately.
It smells of caramel, vanilla and a bourbon barrel, but definitely not overpowering. This beer is thick in your mouth, syrup-y almost. It's not bad though. Malty goodness as well. The aftertaste is a little strong too-the bourbon taste comes through for me. I can't taste any hops either.
As the beer warms it brings more of an alcohol taste to it. For me this beer is a definite sipper...maybe after a hearty meal. This beer grew on me. I'd get it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 03:24:11 | More by strohme2
Photo of dsigmon


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: copper color, quickly dissipating head with very little lacing.

S: malty sweetness then burnt malt

T: same as it smells. dark ripe fruits in the background with initial tastes of charred malt

M: too thin but very smooth

D: one was plenty and all I would want.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2008 14:58:53 | More by dsigmon
Photo of mcallister


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper colored and very clean and vibrant sparkle. Pours with virtually no head and what is present is white in color.

Caramel with melted toffee and slight milk chocolate sents. A good floral hopping really distinguishes itself and balances the sugar of the malts. Some maple and brown sugar aromas with some dried fruity notes.

Mollasess in the mouth with carmalized dates underneath. Crisp clean middle and finish that bursts with brown sugar and toffee. Very milky chocolate but light in flavor. Moderate bitterness on the finish yet the sugar of the malts is just a little too much. Not necessarily cloying thoug. Could be a little creamier and I think will gain some complexity with age. Actally I know it does as I've had multiple bottles aged.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2008 00:00:15 | More by mcallister
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 20:58:01 | More by akorsak
Photo of Riverwarrior


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was a nice malty aroma. The taste was fantastic with hints of honey and the strong malt flavor holding it all together. Near the end, just a hint of bittering hops was detected, but it quickly disappeared leaving a sweet, honey-bread finish.

Overall, this was a very nice doppelbock. I will definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 12:18:18 | More by Riverwarrior
Photo of oelergud


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

Dark brown 12oz glass bottle. Whitish label with a gold border featuring two goats.
Clear dark caramel body with low carbonation. The tan head starts large and holds fairly well. Tiny to small bubbles, decent retention.
Warm alcoholic malty scent with earth, nuts and dark molasses.
Malty sweet up front flavor, lots of caramel, dry nuts, hint of almond. The aftertaste is of moderate lenght and has notes of nut, earth, yeast and molasses.
Medium to full body and plenty of residual sugars but still with a dry finish.
Good drinkability, interesting in that it's not your typical doppelbock.


Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 01:57:48 | More by oelergud
Photo of bluejacket74


3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 00:57:06 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Proteus93


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

A: Reddish brown hue with a mild head - offwhite, and didn't really last long. Not bad, but nothing mind-blowing.

S: Sugary, with some dark fruit esters. Mild caramel aromas... an overall pleasant malty sweetness.

T: A little more of the caramel taste than noticed in the smell. Some prune-like flavour. Sweet malts, with just a tiny dash of bittering hops.

M: Nice, full, and just about right in consistency for my palate. Light carbonation for expression, with a smooth finish. This compliments a meal nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 18:20:37 | More by Proteus93
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep copper/bronze with an off white head. nutty, caramelly and slight, slight burnt toffeeish/ roasty grainy aroma. taste exhibits all the same stuff as the nose with some raisin, fig and prune characteristics coming through now and then at different times in different sips. good medium body. great carbonation. proper for the style and capable of giving the germans a run for their money. larry bell does it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 20:33:56 | More by timtim
Photo of dedrinker


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

Deep Copper color with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel and nuts. Flavors of caramel, raisins and nuts with slight grainy roast - slight. Only on some sips - not all sips. Nice lush body and a sweet nutty finish that is not too cloying. This is one of the better American Doppelbocks that really hits close to the mark on the deep chewy darker sweet malt of the style. It's the first American Doppelbock that didn't make me say, "yeah, but still - I'd rather be in Germany drinking the real thing."

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 19:22:55 | More by dedrinker
Photo of Hatch


3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with pry-off cap. Can't remember if there was a freshness date noted, but with the higher ABV it probably didn't matter anyway.

Pours a dark brown/amber with some reddish hues around the edges. A small off-white frothy head covers the brew but disipates rather quickly into some bubbly lacing. Not a lot of lacing here.

Smells of sweet malts, maybe some hints of toffee and raisins. There's deffinitly a sweet characteristic here. No real apparent aroma of hops.

Initial taste is of mild sweetness from the malts, some caramel and toffee notes, maybe some slight roastness. Label says that this beer is brewed with 10 different types of malts, and it shows in its smoothness. Very smooth. Not really as malty as I'd hoped for though, but still nice. A fairly weak hop profile that, if increased, might have added a little more complexity to this brew. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but with this style you might detect it more easily than you would in a different style brew with the same ABV, and there is an apparent warming effect from it.

Could be called a medium to full-bodied brew. Drinkability takes a few hits due to higher alochol percentage.

Notes: The label kind of hypes it up by telling you it's brewed with 10 different types of malts. It is a pretty smooth brew, but not as malty as I'd hoped for. Good to try once, but nothing to go back for in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 07:01:06 | More by Hatch
Photo of blakesell


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a belgian tulip/goblet (gulden draak glass)

This was my favourite doppelbock in the past so let's see how it does now.

Appearance- Beer pours a rich dark amber with virtually no head at all. A fingernail deep would be the description by my hand scale. No lacing, but legs are present on the glass.

Smell- Rich sweet malts and rasins dominate the nose with hops and a hint of chocolate in the background. Honey also persists.

Taste- Hops upfront then malty sweetness rearing its head showing that this isn't quite to style as the average doppelbock. Toasted bread comes thru with a brown sugar backbone.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied yet sticky on the lips. Warming and hoppy. Very little carbonation.

Drinkability- Very drinkable for a beer with so little carbonation and so not true to style. Still one of my favourite doppelbocks, but no longer my favourite overall. I will be buying more next season.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 22:58:50 | More by blakesell
Photo of gmcfarre


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into large handled mug
Batch 7209 - Brewed March 2, 2006

A - Pours a dark amber, caramel color with a thin tan head that fades quickly. Lacing is pretty minimal.

S - Dark, fruity and sweet with a huge malt presence. Raisins and plums come to mind quickly, with a hint of chocolate and maybe even cranberry. Sweet with a mild alcoholic scent.

T - Starts very sweet and fruity, with strong raisin, plum, and cranberry sensations. A bit of pine creeps in, as well as some light chocolate flavor. Ever so mild bitterness at the finish with a slight alcoholic burn as it warms.

M - Smooth and oily, this one's a mouthful. Residual sweetness sticks around without much dryness to speak of. Still, its on the thinner side of the doppelbocks I've had.

D - Not quite the "meal" that I'm looking for out of a doppelbock, but it is pretty tasty nevertheless. Worth a try on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 07:43:43 | More by gmcfarre
Photo of bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

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

Big thanks to leftmindedrighty for this bonus bottle during a trade!

Pour hazy medium dark brown with a white head that only made its appeareance when I poured vigourously, calmed down quite rapidly to a thin film and laces shily to the glass.

Huge toffee, brown sugar, prune and fig-like and malty aroma, a bit of coffee too, intense and very clean. Flavor is dominated with the malt. Its as good as a genuine german doppelbock like Salvator.

Exellent brew, try one!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 07:07:01 | More by bloberglawp
Photo of jeffmonarch


2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Pours an amber red color. Has a very large bubble head that disappears quickly.

S - Sweet,but not very strong scents here.

T - A ton of malt. Sweet flavor with a high alcohol finish.

M - Good carbonation but this is nothing special.

D - Dissapointed, I love Bell's and this is just an average beer with nothing special. I enjoyed tasting this one but might have to trade off the rest of the 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 04:21:09 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Monsone for this beer in the 7-8-9-10 BIF

A-Pours a clear medium brown. The big bubbled off white head has decent dtaying power. Lace is not as good.

S-A sweet malty, caramel aroma enters the nose and finishes with a bit of sweetness.

T-Very malty, very rich annd very sweet. however not bad. The follow thorugh gives a good ammount of bitterness which prevents it from being cloying. The bitterness is clearly from hops, but the characteristics are hard to determine.

M-Slightly below medium bodied with a carbonation to match.

D-This is a decent but not great beer in my opinion. Still this is the best attempt at the style I have had from an America brewer and for this, well worth the opportunity to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 04:08:40 | More by sleazo
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red hued orange amber color with less than a finger light tan head that fades fairly quickly. Little lacing. The smell is rich and sweet; caramel toffee. Medium bodied, the mouth feel is lightl, almost under carbonated. Full flavored, the taste is the same sweet caramel earthy malt and some chocolate. A good drinker, the 8% ABV is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 23:40:45 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a burnt toffee and crystal malt scent. It's roasted with a nice malty sweetness. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a slight buttery feel. It's got a nice roasted character as well as hiding the elevated abv.. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I love the taste as well as the aroma. Another quality brew from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 21:37:26 | More by WesWes
Photo of scoobybrew


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

This beer was poured into a pilsner flute. It has a clear amber color with a modest heat that dissipates but a small lacing is retained. The aroma is very malty with a faint trace of noble hops. The taste is also very malty with enough hops to finish it out somewhat dryly, but there is still a sweet malt finish. Alcohol is also noted but subdued a bit. As it warms a bit there is a grainy quality to it. It has a medium body with moderately low carbonation.

Overall this is a decent offering of a doppelbock. It's probably not my favorite of Bell's offerings, but it tasty none-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 01:45:19 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a huge doppelbock fan, so when I found this one from Bell's I was excited, to say the least. Pours a deep red color with a finger of quickly disappearing head and no real lacing. Nose is strong on raisins and some other dried fruit, but is fairly mild overall. Flavor is very good: prunes, raisins, some light bananas. Very light hop character - this is one sweet beer. Body is medium but appropriate for the beer - not quite Celebrator range, but solid. I really like this one - it's a pretty drinkable 8% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 13:49:06 | More by soupyman10
Photo of nickfl


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Ruby brown color with a nice light tan head and good clarity (especially for Bell's). Head retention is ok, but it doesn't leave behind any lace.

S - Rasiny and malty, I really don't get to much aroma out of this beer.

T - Malty, rasiny, toffee. There is a strong hop note in the backgound, but it stays subdued enough to allow the other flavors to dominate the profile and the bitterness it provides blends nicely with the darker malt flavors.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D - This hits the double bock style quite well. If anything it is lighter and more drinkable than some I have had. The aroma is a bit anaemic, but everything else is right on.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 06:22:14 | More by nickfl
Photo of bigman147

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pouts a crystal clear orangish brown. Head is light and disappears quickly. No lacing to speak of

Aroma: Very light bready aroma with a slight yeasty sulphidy character. A trace fermented bean black bean paste. All of the aromas are very sedated.

Taste: Bready is not just in the smell. The taste makes me think I am eating a slice of wheat/white bread. Slightly sweet and grainy. No real perceivable hop character. A little thin in body for what I expect in a doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: Thin slightly watery. Carbonation is negligible to low. Very drinkable however.

Drinkability: Its surprising how drinkable this 8% ABV beer can be. It was so thin and had no real perceivable bitterness or off notes. I could drink 4-6 in a session without blinking an eye.

Overall: Clean crisp and refreshing but not the best Doppelbock you will every have.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 23:21:10 | More by bigman147
Photo of Grass


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Looking forward to trying this one. I enjoy the style and the brewery.

This one shows off with it's reddish brown color. A head which was very slight, nice lacing.

The smell of malty yeast coming through with a slight nutty aroma. Smells like powerful stuff.

Taste is hoppy ot first on the tip of tongue, which unfolds into a rich blend of molasses and nut flavor with the yeast. On the way out you taste a bit of bourbon. Alcohol presence thoughout.

Excellent beer for sipping or to warm up. A little too heavy for more than one or two, but a good overall bock.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 02:05:19 | More by Grass
Photo of kenito799

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Brought back from MN. A fairly hard pour fails to produce much of a head, and that settles down and leaves little lacing. Chestnut-amber and clear. Aroma a little fruity (peaches?) and caramel. Smooth and creamy with low carbonation.

Taste has toffee, caramel, very light hops, and cooked fruit like raisins and figs in there. Finishes with a bit of syrupy sweetness.

Well made as are all Bell's beers. Would have it again, especially on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 23:21:35 | More by kenito799
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 01:51:13 | More by Zorro
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.