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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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1,230 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,230
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 88
Gots: 107 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002

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Ratings: 1,230 | Reviews: 618
Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle, so about 9 months on this one. Orange/amber pour, a very small amount of white head. Sweet aromas, malt, toffee and caramel. It is a pretty sweet beer with flavors matching the aroma. Maybe slight raisin along with the sweets. A fair amount of carbonation in this medium bodied brew. There is just enough hops to give a slight kick at the end. To me, this makes it a good version of the style. Could probably use just a bit more hopping, which is unusual to say for a Bell's brew.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz received recently as a very cool extra from NFLMVP.... huge thanks; this has been on my wants for a long time... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" head foams up and dies back fairly quickly leaving no lace.. and really no cap either.. but the beautiful color of this brew helps make up... crystal clear polished deep copper... amazing burnt orange highlites when held to a light.

The nose is thick and malty... very toasty with lite melanoidins ... lite prune fruitiness with no real hops.

Flavor is a big wallop of thick toasty malts.. fairly significant fruitiness .. prunes and a little bit of red grape.. a little bit of warming alcohol.. but it's never harsh... very clean across the board... the body is a nice medium with just adequate carbonation.. finish is fairly long with a pronounced nuttiness.

Thanks again to Steve... one of the easiest and best traders out there.

Edit: This brew deserves better than a damn "B"... especially based solely on style. It is certainly better than most Stateside attempts at the style and in my mind could easily stack up to it's European brothers... very nice and surprisingly drinkable even though I am just savoring every sip.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is about a 10 month old bottle.

Very nice high clarity reddish brown color. Creamy head, about one finger, just enough. Fairly light for a Doppelbock. Overripe fruit aroma, yeast, a little funky and sweet. Taste is similarly sweet, rich malt, malted milk ball, nutty almond or hazelnut. Soft, velvety feel with a fairly disguised abv. Strong and a little less subtle than Celebrator and the like, but it's not bad at all. Drying finish, maybe two tops for me personally.

Photo of Oxymoron
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Try to hard to concentrate? Pours a clear mahogany brown color with a slight reddish hue. A soft white head with some retention but does not make it through the full tasting. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is malt-sentric with a nice kettle caramel notes. A bit sweet for style but ok. Some candy and melanoidin aromas. Noticeable yeasty notes with stronger esters. Some plums and figs. Some lighter rose and bubblegum notes as well. A touch of diactyl as well. A hit of fusels but noticeable alcohol notes.

The taste brings out more esters/phenolics but still has a strong malt base. The kettle notes back off but still a good caramel base. A bit too sweet with some sugary notes that linger into the finish. Some minerally notes as well. Almost like a fluoride thing going on. The plums comes out as well as a light pineapple and pickle note. Noticeable alcohol as well.

The body is too sweet. Although does not have that under-attenuation feel. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall there is something funky going on here in the taste. Almost like a weird yeast, but eh.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass
A pours honey amber in color, with a nice tan head that falls to a skim.
S Delicious sweet rich malt with hint of dark cherries.
T Taste follows nose
MF Tenderly carbonated & smooth. Great medium body.
D A very nice drinking doppelbock. A little lighter than some of the great Germans but very drinkable.

12-15-09 Update
I just had a Consecrator with at least 1.5 years on it and must say it was delicious. It was as described as above but more caramel in the taste. Smooth and silky. I never intended to age this beer but it seems that it does improvew a bit with age.

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

Pours a deep red, with shades of mahogany. The faintest light brown head laces the top of the beer. Sweet malty aroma. Roasted and syrupy notes are at the forefront.

Licorice malty sweetness. A bit nutty and a bit fruity. A tinge of bitterness and long, if somewhat unspectacular finish. Not one of the more appetizing flavour profiles I've ever encountered in a Bock. Nothing too bad but altogether a bit disappointing: just too simple and too sweet. Body is medium but I can't help but think it seems a bit lightweight. Not too much to speak of in terms of shape or texture. Average I guess, I've come to expect more from Bell's but you know they can't all be winners.

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

Pours a rich amber with a big, solid head, though the head falls surprisingly quickly and leaves no lacing, which was a disappointment. The smell is yeasty and strong. The flavor is yeasty, bready, with a little roasted character and a faintly woody, dark cherry-like accent. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, viscous and clingy, but disappointingly flat on the finish. Not a bad beer, though not one I will spend a lot of time with.

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

12oz bottle, batch # 8251, into my Celebrator glass

A: Pours crimson with brilliant clarity and a thin tan head that recedes slowly to a disk. Tons of visible carbonation. Pretty solid

S: Malty with caramel, figs (quite prominent), more dark fruit with plums and a hint of raisins. There's a faint hint of butterscotch here but it's solid as is.

T: Starts off fairly sweet but surprisingly thin. Got a bready flavor with some jaggery-like sweetness, raisins and plums and dark sugar. Finishes on the sweet side

M: A little lighter than i like, the carbonation and finish are solid though

D: I'm enjoying this as a night cap!

Photo of BMoney575
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 9-23-08
Batch 8251
Bottled on 1-21-08

Pours a dark amber, with no head at all and absolutely no lacing.

Smell is malty, with a bit of dark fruit and lots of booze.

Taste is malty, a sweet, but also a little harsh. An alcohol bitterness lingers on the finish, very dry and slightly adjunct.

Mouthfeel is thin, does not go well with the style.

Drinkability is decent, but the flavors are just too disappointing.

Overall, a little lame considering it's Bell's. You can't win 'em all.

Photo of bahumutx
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper with about a two finger head.

Smell: Sweet malt. Almost a faint hint of cocoa or caramel.

Taste: Malt sweetness is present throughout the beer. Some dark fruits. Ends somewhat dry and with a slight alcohol note.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and almost chewy mouthfeel. Right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Due to the hearty nature of this style I could only have one or two of these in a sitting.

This is another good beer from Bells Brewing.... This is the first of this style and I enjoyed it. I can see this being good during a nice hearty dinner or a cold winters night due to the warming from the alcohol.

Photo of JayQue
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber/dark orange color. Small white head that disappears almost instantly. No lacing. Good strong smell of malt and caramel.

Tastes pretty good. Reminds me more of an English Barleywine rather than a Dopplebock. The taste was malt, caramel and a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel was about average. Many of the better Dopplebocks I have tried were dark in color, had some rich dark fruit taste to go along with the caramel and malt and were incredibly rich in mouthfeel.

Drinkability was pretty good. The sweetness was not overpowering and the alcohol not too harsh. May not be a great Dopplebock, but would do nicely as a winter nightcap or slow sipper.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 08/12/08. Batch 8251.

Pours a clear dark amber, almost brown color. About a finger of light tan head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, and sweet malt.

Taste is more caramel, brown sugar, lots of malt, and some fruit as well - mostly cherry and fig. Feel is kinda thick with a full body and pretty dry. Smooth yet well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Decent, but definitely not my favorite Bell's beer. Worth a try if you like doppelbocks.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a flute. pours a rich amber color with a crystal clear quality and three fingers of light orange, semi loose head that has decent rentention. no lacings.

aroma is malty and nutty with caramel, toffee, and a mild alcoholic note that is smoothed out by a bready, biscuit like base of malt. nicely proportioned.

taste is more of the same, with a close resemblance to a nut brown ale, only with a background note of alcohol. nicely rich on the palate.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and creamy texture and a light bite from alcohol upon finishing. finishes on a warming note of alcohol and residual caramel malt.

drinkability is good. though a bit boozy for a doppelbock, this brew has good concentration and moderately ample complexity. wonderfully malty and tasty. cheers!

Photo of GClarkage
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

08/08/08- Purchased at Chuck's WIne and Spirits in Chagrin Falls, OH.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a freshness code on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cognac colored pour..I guess caramel, maybe ruby caramel. 1/2 inch head on pour which is gone before you can say doppelbock. No lacing at all. The color won me over though, thus a rating of 3.

Smell- Really quite unlike any doppelbock I have smelled. Heavy alcohol nose, but a refined alcohol. Nice cherry malt scent as well.

Taste- I'm not sensing doppelbock here at all. Some roasted malt, but more of a cherry or some kind of fruited malt flavor with light alcohol notes. Flavorful, but not really to style.

Mouthfeel- Sharp mid to lower carbonation level. Not as smooth or creamy as most doppelbocks I have tried.

Drinkability- I'm sensing strong ale here rather than doppelbock. It was a tasty beer that I wouldn't turn down if offered, just didn't seem to style.

Photo of nrbw23
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a bright deep red color with a very thin head that disappears very quickly leaving just a small layer of bubbles and pretty much no lacing at all.

S- Smells very sweet. A lot of sweet malts, some Earthly notes, fruity and bready notes.

T- Pretty mild, tons of sweet malts, caramel and a alcohol burn.

M- Medium in body with light carbonation.

D- Nothing here to write home about. There are much better Dopplebocks out there than this one. Fairly disappointed by this one.

Photo of ncvbc
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber with red hues. Medium off-white head, fading to a ring.

Good smell. Fruit, caramel, toffee, toasted bread. Pretty nice and inviting.

Taste brings a little more medicinal sweetness than I'd like and also a little much booze. Not really heat but you can tell there is alcohol lurking close behind. The doughy, toasted bread flavor is somewhat overtaken by the sweetness and you can tell there is a nice faint hop presence that just can't make itself known.

In the mouth, the doughy essence tries to recreate itself and does so on some level but again, the sweetness is too much to manage. A little light.

Not the best in terms of drinkability. I wouldn't consider this my favorite example of the style or one that I would revisit too frequently. Thankfully Bell's has me covered with plenty of other amazing offerings.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark amber, hardly any head that reduces to nothing halfway down.

Smell: Sweet caramel, and dark roasted malt.

Taste: Sweet, malty but too sweet for my taste.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and thick my favorite aspect of the beer.

Drinkability: Wouldn't drink this beer again unless Bells was in my town. It was decent but with so many other options probably won't try this one again.

Photo of timbro81
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nmajdan for the opportunity. Pours a rich copper/caramel with great clarity. A small head at first that literally disappears. Carbonation is decent. Smell is fairly weak, grabbing some sweet malty toffeeness and thats about it. Carbonation in the mouth is a bit better. Taste is better than the nose as well. Slightly sweet rich malts, toffee, nuts, and vanilla mingle nicely with some good subtle hops. Aftertaste lingers around for a while and that is always welcomed.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark ruby brown, with a half finger head.

S- Dried and carmelized fruits, sweet and complex malt aromas abound with a slight hint of roasted malt.

T- Just as the sweet malt seems to to over take, some alcohol dryness comes in to counteract and keep things in check. A smooth, complex, malty treat throughout with a slighty dry finish.

M- Rich and silky smooth.

D- Tempting, very tempting.

This a great Dopplebock, very similar to Paulaner's Salvator.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 7209, packaged March 2, 2006.

Deep crimson amber color with one finger head that quickly dissipates and a thin ring of lacing.

Scent is raisins and strong malts. More dark fruits and brown sugar present.

Taste is raisins, brown sugar and malts. Finish is pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy and smooth, and good drinkability as well.

I haven't had it fresh, but it holds up quite well for being 2 years old. I look forward to trying it again.

Photo of Yesac
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - translucent dark amber color. Two finger head the fades slowly into a ring. Excellent lacing.

S - Fruity barleywine

T - This one is hard to explain...slight cherry hints/dark roasts.. to malty for my taste.. medium carbonation.

M - Sticky malts

D - eh.. a couple would be ideal, I couldn't see drinking any more but this seems to be the case with most double bocks.

I prefer the Sam Adams double over this.
Thanks to dschuster03 for throwing this in as an extra on a trade.

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

12 ounce poured into a chalice. Batch 8251.

A - Pours reddish. Thin head which quickly becomes a ring around. Minimal lacing.

S - Sweet, Fruity.

T - Fruity sweetness. Slight alcohol linger.

M - Smooth, creamy. Medium carbonation.

D - A little to sweet.

Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid id clear brown with so0-so carbonation. The head is small dark tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is sugary caramel with some dried dark fruits.

The taste follows, sweet caramel and some dried fruits and faint spiciness of cinnamon.

The mouthfeel is ok lighter body for the style and light carbonation.

The drinkability is ok but not worth seeking out. Just a good started beer. Prosir, MK

Photo of Andrewtherooster
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the first dopplebock I've had, so here it goes:

A - A nice dark reddish brown with a small head. It's similar to a nice glass of ice-tea.

S - Hints of chocolate and a subtle scent of cherries. "Inviting" is the key word.

T - This beer starts off on a low, dark chocolate malt note, and then swells to a flourish of hops (and a small bit of alcohol bite). It's really lovely how consistent it is. I could see this going well with cherries. It's not a fruity beer at all, but I think the bitterness and the strength of the malt-flavor in it would go well with something sweet and tart.

D - Milky, smooth, and slightly carbonated.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,230 ratings.