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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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1,117 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 73
Gots: 76 | 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:
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Smell is somewhat sweet. Pours ruby red with a small head that quickly dissipates. Initially this beer had a bit of a medicinal taste that fortunately faded as the beer approached its proper temperature. Taste really doesn't distinguish its self with maybe some carmel malt. It also has a smooth feel and finish - easily drinkable. Not a big double bock, but not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 01:56:55 | More by aayooper
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark reddish amber, nice white head with minimal lacing.

S- Sweet malts, toffee, slight fruit, dark and roasty.

T- Very nice taste, sweet caramel, toffee, dark fruit. Definite malt overbalance here, but that's to be expected. The fruit sweetness is almost like an old ale or barleywine, but there is much more carbonation.
M- Nice and chewey with a lot of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. sweet and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 01:52:16 | More by kirok1999
Photo of scott


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

Medium-ambered body with a tight, foamy head led the way to zero lacing. Very attractive in a tulip, with a heavy concentration of suspended "bits" that never settle.
Smell was a subdued malt profile. Mildy aromatic, but mostly neutral.
I have to admit that I am not a huge dopplebock fan in general, but this tastes damn good. Mild caramel malt that isn't overtly sweet. A cleaner finish than most, which is why I traditionally don't prefer bocks in the first place.
Slight syrup with constant carbonation pecking away at the roof of mouth. Mild alcohol burn.
Worth the investment to purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 20:39:15 | More by scott
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New York

4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

8/25/2006 $2.00 12 oz. 8.00% No best by date, but coded 6656.


Pours a dark brown that is embued with highlights of ruby red, that glows with a crimson intensity when held to the light. Relatively still with no head, and just a wisp of white that lines the circumference of the goblet.


Sweet roasted toffee, with hints of ripe starfruit and a tinge of alcohol. Bursting with malty goodness.


Nice chewy mouthfeel with intense caramelized sweetness that grows in intensity as this warms, blossoming into an almost caramel apple sensation towards the end. Phenominally well blend of flavors, and one of the best dopplebocks I've ever sampled. High ABV is masked nicely with only a hint of its heat making an appearance towards the end. Complexity of the malts only deepens as this warms.

Wow, this is an amazing beer, extremely drinkable, though as I continue to sip, I can feel the alcohol start to work its will on me. This would be perfect on a cold winter night, and it works quite well with a heat index of 94, here in Paducah, KY.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 01:58:04 | More by cbl2
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a good doppelbock.
Oh, how I love a good doppelbock.

Sadly, this wasn't one of them.

I sampled Bell's variety at their brewpub in Kalamazoo. It poured without much head and looked cola-like. The smell had wifts of a good doppelbock but seemed subdued. No pungent roasty-sweet aromas. No warmth of alcohol. Just not all that interesting. It paled in comparison to the New Holland doppelbock I had the day before.
Taste was nice. It had many of the flavours you look for in a doppelbock, just not enough of them. I probably won't order it again. There are better d-bocks out there.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2006 19:47:59 | More by DaveFL1976
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle of batch 7209 poured into a pint glass

A—light brownish red with a very fizzy head that almost never appears, no lacing is produced, some scatter white sediment rests on the bottom when I finished the beer

S—very sweet dark fruits, cherry, some caramel, alcohol fades in and out, very aromatic

T—similar to the smell, but with a mildly bitter finish, the alcohol is more pronounced in the mouth than in the nose, some buttery toffee flavor comes out as it warms

M—a bit slick, medium bodied, a little flat in the carbonation

D—not bad, but one to sip for me. I’d have it again if offered.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 14:29:16 | More by hanco005
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Let me preface this review by saying this is my second date with Consecrator. I tried it the first time in early April (on draft at Shakespeare's in Kalamazoo), around the time of its release. I wasn't all that impressed. I remember not being able to get past the bite imparted by the high alcohol content.

Fast forward four and a half months, and I have newfound respect for a beer that, not unlike myself, has considerably mellowed in its dotage.

A - Such a nice copper color. With a fine off-white to tan head that starts off nicely and disappears too rapidly. Like a hippie on a backpacking trip, it leaves no trace.

S - Very malty, sweet. After a sip and another deep inhalation, I catch some significant earthiness, almost like a rye beer.

T - The malt aroma doesn't lie. There is a rich maltiness that borders on caramel. Not too much of the earthy smell survives on the tongue. The finish is fairly abrupt - the alcohol cleanses the palate by (gently delicious) fire, making a case for the obsolescence of hops.

M - Very satisfying. The nectar thickly coats the inside of your mouth, dancing on your tongue for a divine moment before the alcohol electrifies your tastebuds and gums.

D - Still the lowlight of this beer, but very much in line with my assessment of the Doppelbock style in general. The alcohol bite has become subdued within the bounds of tolerability since my previous encounter. Let me put this way: I won't not have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 23:12:58 | More by jeremiahjsmith
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3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This doppelbock is a deep brown/red with off white head that lingers. The nose is incredibly subtle to the point where you have to struggle to smell anything. Maybe you get some light malt smell, maybe a bit of alcohol and some dense fruitness. Taste is nice sweet caramel and a little balancing roasted malts, followed by an ethanol finish. The mouthfeel is great; it's very smooth and even creamy... at least until the lingering alcohol finale. Drinkability is just average, with the mouthfeel being a plus and the tasteable 8%ABV being the big minus.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2006 01:46:51 | More by shivtim
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a super huge wine glass ... a clear ruby color with little discernable carbonation and almost no head. What there was is a light tan color. Nose is subtle, not as strong as I'd like to see in a doppelbock. Smells sweet and of dark stewed fruits ... raisins, plums, and black cherries. Slight alcohol scents detectable. Palate is very unexpected. Difficult to describe ... very sweet and fruity, but almost in a candy-like way. Lack of carbonation and thinner mouthfeel lend to a fruitjuice-like taste and feel. Body, like I said, is lighter than I'd have thought. Finish is sweet with some bitter hopd offsetting. One of the oddest doppelbocks I've sampled. It's good, but very unexpected. Definitely not a good example of the style, but is worth exploring on it's own merits, I think.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 14:53:14 | More by beerphilosopher
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3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with a really nice drawing of two smiling goats looking at each other. They're probably not smiling and it's probably the usual look on a goat's face. After I really get a good look at it, it does kinda looks like maybe it's not two goats, but just one little goat looking in a mirror. The reason why I think somebody drew that picture is because right below the goat on the far right is a small signature. It's too hard to read the name except for the first letter which is an "L." The back label has some information about the beer, Govt. warning, and a batch #, which mine is batch # 7209. Both of these labels were white with copper trim and with the Bell's bells in copper coloring too. Bells' was very traditional with their Doppelbock label by having a goat on their label and by having a name with the -ator suffix.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsener glass, the beer was a dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights and with a nice 1 finger head of tan colored foam. The sad thing is that it dissipated away quite fast leaving very few rings and no lace around the glass. I noticed that only after 1 to 2 minutes of drinking this beer, that there was nothing left of the head of foam. It just dissipated away into nothing!

Smell: It had some of the traits of a Doppelbock, like roasted malt, caramel, and some alcohol, but with this beer, these aromas were too mild. To even get these aromas out, you really need to swirl the beer around the glass for a long time. Don't bother to do that because it's really not worth the trouble.

Taste: In the beginning was the usual Doppelbock taste of roasted malt and the sweet caramel. After that comes a mild taste of hops and a huge whopping taste of alcohol. I was really surprised by the strong alcohol because I wasn't expecting that much of an alcohol taste in this beer. I believe that the strong alcohol taste over shadows the other few flavors in this beer.

Mouthfeel: It was full bodied, not smooth, and with an aftertaste of sweet malts and of course, alcohol. Believe me when I say that you can really taste and feel the alcohol going to work on you.

Drinkability: It wasn't that bad of a Doppelbock, but at least it was an above average Doppelbock. If I ever saw this again, I'd probably not pick it up again because there are much better and cheaper Doppelbocks out there. If you really like the taste of alcohol, then you better pick this one up before it's out of season.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 19:43:07 | More by AltBock
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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle provided by deejaydan as partof BIF33. Thanks much, this is one of my all-time favorite beers. This beer is from batch 7209. Pours a thin layer of caramel brown head over a cloudy brown-amber liquid. The thin head has already settled to a ring, but the ring lasted to the bottom of the glass. Smells caramel and chocolate. Very mild in the aroma department. Raisins and figs ride a gentle alcohol.

Tastes richly sweet with a caramel that tosses around the mouth showing different variations...sometimes toffee sometimes a bit of scorch, etc. Delicious sweet nectar. The aftertaste has a very faint dry on the flat of the tongue, helped by the modest carbonation. Comes across as a cookie with a touch too much flour and too few chocolate chips. Alcohol is mild, but not too pleasant. A bit rough, perhaps mixing with grassiness of hops in a less than ideal way. Plus, there is a flavor in this beer I can't quite find a name for that I find a bit off. Perhaps nutmeg. Mouthfeel is buttery smooth and carbonation is low, but the little present forms piercing bubbles on the tongue.

Overall this beer is very malty sweet with rich variation of carameland toffee. Really suits my palette and is pretty decent to style, too.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 04:25:04 | More by mentor
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3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. Pale copper in color, minimal head, and not much carbonation. The aroma was kind of sickly sweet malt, smelled doppelbocky. The flavor was not the greatest though, probably the worst doppelbock I've tried. Tasted just a little like puke at the end of the sips, I actually poured out half the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 01:04:07 | More by TurdFurgison
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1.53/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Piss poor example of the style. Twice tasted from two barrels and twice disregarded as a cloying mess.

Appearance is an alright, if a tad light, hazed copper. Carbonation is light but lasting. No head. Aroma is sweet rancid vegetables and sweaty gym socks. Taste is fruit syrup and alcohol. Mouthfeel is way to sweet and entirely syrupy. Light body (although the syrup makes it feel heavy). No caramel, no roastedness, hardly a touch of malt or hops, just filth. Considering Bell’s consistency problems, I’ll try this again in a year and hope for improvement but for now this beer is a drain pour. The worst dopplebock I’ve tasted to date.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2006 20:09:20 | More by DaPeculierDane
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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish/brown with a thin head that fade rapidly to a thin swirling cap and ring, leaving behind quite a bit more lace than I was expecting.

Smell; dark roasted malts, wit caramel and a little chocolate. Some dark fruits are present with raisins and plums, a decent hop presence in the nose.

Taste; a bit sweet to start with the raisins and plums, with the malts coming through, with caramel and the chocolate coming out more than it did in the aroma. There's a nice litle hop bite the finsh to balance out the sweetness a little bit. It's little different than most dopplebocks that I've had, but I found it to be pretty enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and just a touch syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 00:32:49 | More by RedHaze
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy burnt caramel colored with small particulate matter moving around. A grainy orangey beige head rises up but runs away quickly. Aroma is sweet malt, some raisin, and a bit of an ABV jab. Flavor is rich and thickly malty, with a faint hint of smoke, some cocoa, and ripe fruits. Malt is just this side of cloying, a bit overly sweet. ABV stays pretty well-hidden. Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy, not too carbonated. Reminds me a great deal of the traditional German doppelbocks I've tried, but not very typical for an American version. Thanks to Brent for passing this one on.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 23:02:03 | More by far333
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New Jersey

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

Drinking this one in tribute to my buddy Rich from Farmington Hills, Michigan who just got engaged this past weekend!

Served at cellar temperature from a 12oz. bottle in a stately Warsteiner Pokal.

A - Hazy, dark copper-amber in color with a craggy, unevenly bubbled two-finger head that takes about two minutes to diminish to a cratery ring around the glass, leaving only a gossamer behind that disappears into the ether shortly after.

S - Very "matter-of-factly" assertive medium to dark malts whose resolution is enhanced by a smart, complimentary German hop profile. Some dark fruit notes along with nuances of concord grape wine.

T - Enters the mouth with a very sweet, raisiny maltiness. I'm also getting some figs and dates. Becomes a bit vinous in the middle. Exhibits a bready air but remains only mild in the yeast department. The swallow is lightly drying as the hops' and alcohol's presences are revealed, and the belly feel is warming.

M - Strange. Is it possible for a sip to be both syrupy and watery at the same time? Well it is for this beer. Tongue-tingling without effervescing out of control, eventually becoming a tad numbing on the tip. The swallow is viscous and substantial like liquid food.

D - This is a tasty dopplebock that exhibits all of the obvious qualities of the style. Everything but the look is above par, but nothing is a hole-in-one. As with most beers of this ABV, it takes near perfection in all previous categories to make the drinkability such that you will imbibe without care. This one is yummy, but it also lets you know that one is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 02:48:31 | More by EPseja
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark, a deep brownish red. Not much head to speak of. Smells of caramel malt, with a touch of molasses, or maybe brown sugar. More boozy smelling than I would expect.

Seems pretty traditional doppel tasting, lots of caramel and brown sugar. Hoppiness adds a diffferent overall feel to this brew. Where other doppelbocks might smooth out towards the finish, there's an interesting bite here. Not as good as my standby California Doppel from Sudwerk, but still a nice (probably) once in a lifetime treat from jpm30.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 05:36:58 | More by germaniac
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New York

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown clearly with a small amber orange head that goes away rather quickly.

Smell: Sweet biscuit and Carmel.

Taste: Now I like doppebocks but this one is just overly sweet. I like the caramel notes but other then that the beer seems very one dimensional I keep taking sips looking for more to say and I just can't find it I think the sweetness covers up any other flavors in the beer.

Oh did I mention this beer is sweet so more then two will probably cause a massive hangover.
My advice if its summer buy the Oberon and if it's winter buy the expedition stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 02:18:58 | More by jorjoria
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3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a very dark sort of amber color with a minor head.

The smell is very sugary. The more complex flavors are missing here. The taste is similar, bringing malt with a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is fairly light, while it is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 22:36:15 | More by watermelonman
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North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dirty brown with a burnt orange hue seemed a bit light for a doppelbock with a thin almost non existant head.Aromas were a bid bland I have to say some caramel and light molasses but nothing really stood out somewhat dissapointing.Flavors were marred by a real thin mouth feel for such a big beer almost watery somewhat sweet and grainy but kinda boring.Well I hate to say it because Bell's is one of my favorites but this beer really dissapoints there are to many other good doppelbocks to seek this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2006 21:18:36 | More by oberon
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1.65/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer was purchased at Jungle Jims. The beer is from batch # 7209. This beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer has a cloudy coppery coloration. The head is off white. There is positively no retention of the head and no lacing of the glass.

Smell: The beer has a slightly sweet boiled vegetable water smell.

Taste: The beer has the same flavor as the taste. The beer taste like water was used from a veggie boil and used to make the beer. There is a little bit of sweetness. There is no trace of hops or spicyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is way thin on mouthfeel. The taste and smell are major let downs. I drank about half of the beer. The beer was allowed to warm closer to room temperature before being poured out. Bells makes some very good beers. This is not a good beer. Perhaps this one should be placed back on the drawing board. Dam I bought a sixer of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 13:45:34 | More by nlmartin
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 review:
Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
No obvious "bottled on" date
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Thought I'd revisit this one, since it had been five years since I last tasted this beer (and also five years since I'd last seen it). I must have gotten an old bottle previously, or the recipe changed substantially, as Bell's Consecrator is now a tasty double bock, right up there with some of the better German imports.

Pours a light tan to dirty white head of smallish bubbles, declining to a thin ring around the glass and faint islands of foam in the middle. Leaves very little lacing. Amber-red-brown in color, dark, almost opaque, but still transparent. No visible carbonation.

Scents of dried brown figs that meet caramel malts, baked brown bread, raisins, and dates. Very smooth, generally delectable.

Taste features sweet waves of dried fruit (raisins, dates, figs) first, then hits heavy with barley malt and dark bread flavors. At times, a bit hot (ethanol) in he back, which is kind of disappointing that this shows through with such a big malt presence. Aftertaste of malt sweetness tempered with some actual hop bitterness.

Generally smooth mouthfeel with medium to medium-heavy body. Finish is dry from use of hops and slight stickiness.

Good, on par with some of the better imports. A 6% version would be amazing.

2006 review:
Picked this one up via a trade with jpm30. Prosit!

Pours a one-and-a-half head that quickly falls to a thin ring of foam around the perimeter of the glass; lacing is nonexistent. The body is a murky, reddish-brown color with visible, slowly percolating carbonation.
The scent is rather bland, mostly consisting of tepid malt sweetness and hints of cut, ripe apples. Taste is similar, but more complex, consisting of caramel malt, syrup, toffee, some nuttiness, faint hints of alcohol, and a bit of oddly-placed popcorn essence. The aftertaste is biscuity and slightly bitter.
The palate experiences this beer as medium to full bodied with a more active than average level of carbonation, appropriate for the thickness. Finish is dry. With the higher alcohol content, this beer is personally only drinkable one at a time. An average doppelbock, somewhat disappointing in its presentation and olfactory qualities, with only minor improvements in taste; not sure if aging would offer any improvements.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 03:19:08 | More by falloutsnow
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3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Batch # only, no dates.

Deep ruddy brown. Thin beige coloured head quickly reduces into a halo of foam. No lace.

Nose shows a light touch of fruit, caramel, and some herbal type hop notes.

Tastes goes right along with the nose. Finishes sweet. Medium-full bodied, easy carbonation. Not a bad doppelbock per se, but nothing to set it apart either.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 02:23:04 | More by xgrigorix
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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Steve's-University, Batch #7209

appearance: pours a deep garnet, slight mahogany, colour into a chalice...very light beige head with no retention and no lacing...very full looking body

smell: nothing too strong here....light fruitiness, caramel, sweet malt, apple sweetness, light toffee...nothing special

taste: decent flavour...sweet caramel covered apple, very faint citrus hop presence, light alcohol in the aftertaste, toffee, somewhat syrupy, various dark fruit, biscuit-esque, big and malty

mouthfeel: medium-full body, chewy, low carbonation

drinkability: fairly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 22:59:08 | More by dirtylou
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4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at the Eccentric Cafe. served in a brandy snifter. looks great, reddish and very dark. small, ultra-white head. looks pretty darn good for a dopplebock. malty, earthy odor with some fruity tones too. great taste. fruity, sour and delicious. not too harsh as some dopplebocks can be and there was more of a concentration on flavor rather than alcohol (alchol very well hidden). also some apricots, plums, and spices in there too. good slow drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2006 19:33:59 | More by aforbes10
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,117 ratings.