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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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1,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,142
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 76
Gots: 80 | 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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Photo of neenerzig


4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

A 12 oz. bottle poured into my pilsener glass. It pours a deep reddish/copper color with a white head about half an inch thick that settles to a fairly thick ring lining the inside of my glass about 3 minutes after being poured. Sweet malty aromas of caramel and candy dominate, along with maple and brown sugar and rounded out by a bit of a nutty aroma. Sweet bready, malty flavors with hints of nut, maple and caramel are present. Nicely balanced. No flavor dominates another. Very well balanced taste. Surprisingly sweet in smell and taste for a beer of this style. The 8% ABV is well masked here. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink, almost too easy for a beer of this style and ABV level. Definitely at least worth a try.


04-03-2007 00:57:27 | More by neenerzig
Photo of dogger6253


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Reddish-orange in color, no head and no lace left behind.

The smell is some malty sweetness along with faint cherries and some other unidentifiable fruitiness. Pleasing, but sort of difficult to pull out the aromas.

Taste is just the same, sort of sweet and fruity, only difference is a harsh punch from the alcohol toward the finish. Other than that, quite pleasing. Cherries, caramel, and sweet malt.

Medium bodied with a little carbonation, wouldn't be hard to knock off a few of these in a sitting, but overall not the type of beer I'd like to be drinking.

03-30-2007 06:12:27 | More by dogger6253
Photo of cabsandking


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Dark amber color with a thin, small bubbled pool. Roasted malt nose with some sweet fruits and buttery caramel notes. Really nice mouthfeel that is silky smooth and a touch of crisp fizz. Hearty roasted malt backbone with a burnt caramel sweetness, roasted grains, berry fruitiness, buttery, and nutty. Some bitterness is little more than I’d like but not too bad. A tad boozy but does smooth out towards the end. The finish is fairly clean with slight notes of sweet malt and nutty. Pretty drinkable even for its strength.

03-22-2007 03:20:25 | More by cabsandking
Photo of becktone


3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

Eye: Definitely not impressed with this one, though it could just be the quality of the glass which this brew is poured into. Very clear body, coppery light red in appearance. No head formed no retention and no lacing. I'm about to open another an pour in a different glass.

edit: In a different glass-my usual beer review glass- this brew looks much better in respect to the head. Head forms at two fingers and recedes a bit to about or just a bit less than one finger, the head looks about to be just the right size. It is a tannish red in color and has a creamy texture. Lacing looks great.

Nose: All in all not all that great of an aroma. Small in potency, with a small amount of dark and crystal malt aromas.

Tongue: An overall sweetness hits the palate. Lots of crystal malt flavors in this brew, with a hint of alcohol. Don't taste much more than that. Finishes dry. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable. Little bit of fruitiness. Sweet aftertaste that lingers and just hints at being there, not all that noticeable yet its there.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The beer has a more of a medium body as opposed to a heavy one. As mentioned the beer finishes dry. Carbonation is in check at a lower level appropriate for the style. Bit of a warming sensation when it goes down. All in all an okay brew, however I'd definitely like to try others before coming back to this one.

edit: I believe that the appearance of a brew has a great effect on the mouthfeel. Just seeing the creamy head on this brew after I poured it into a different glass allowed me to detect a much creamier and fuller mouthfeel.

03-19-2007 21:41:58 | More by becktone
Photo of karst


3.43/5  rDev -10%

I am writing this review on behalf of the impaired. Specifically those with lingual nerve damage. http://www.sciential.net/anatomy_of_the_lingual_nerve1.htm

Presently my upper left mouth and lower right are under the effects of a dental anesthetic injection.

Mouthfeel takes on an entirely different meaning under the effects of the injection - buccal mucosa and tongue transmit the wonder flavors and dextrinous texture of this excellent doppelbock as heat and sweet decocted flavors are only sensed by half of the tongue. One on the injections as rendered me unable to sense aroma with my left nostril. With my senses of taste and smell impaired drinkability suffers. The upper lip and lower lip are numb on opposite sides but I am able to form a seal around the brim of the 0.3L Maredsous chalice.

I wonder if I would still drink beer with out full use of these nerves that are temporally blocked? Hopefully I will never find out.

Already sensations are returning and all the non visual aspects are increasing their ratings. I am reminded about experiments to find if victims of the guillotine experienced pain and remained conscious.

03-14-2007 19:40:52 | More by karst
Photo of mynie


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours very prettily, if a little light colored for a DB. Dark orange, nice white head that stuck around for a good while.

Smells... chewy. If that makes sense. Bread dough, very sweet candies, pink bubble gum, brown sugar. Surprisingly complex, considering the intensity of its sweetness. No single flavor blots everything else out, as in some DBs.

Tastes like chewy chocolate. Big nodes of bread, lots of caramel, candy in the middle, raisins in the back.

03-12-2007 17:32:13 | More by mynie
Photo of zeff80


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

A - Poured out a burgandy/amber color wit a one-finger head. Leaves some lace.

S - It smelled very sweet.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and nutty flavors.

M - This was failry soft and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good dopplebock. Great caramel sweetness.

03-12-2007 03:52:49 | More by zeff80
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a beige head that dots that glass with lace

Smell: Brown bread and caramel aroma

Taste: Brown bread and a developing caramel flavor, up front, followed by a dry woody finish that keeps the beer from getting too sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Well- balanced and not cloying; decent effort at the style

03-10-2007 19:30:29 | More by brentk56
Photo of GbVDave


3.1/5  rDev -18.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two 10oz bowtie glasses. Thanks to Killer for the assist!

A: Hazy medium brown with a reddish hue.

S: Big nose of sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and cherry. Overpowering aroma of residual sugar.

T: Take everything from above and add some tangy tropical fruit, nuts, and some sweet bread. Only slightly less sweet than the nose.

M: Prickly on the tongue but the massive sweetness smooths out some of the rough edges.

D: This one needs a healthy dose of some roasted malt or something. For me the sweetness is a big drawback.

02-04-2007 23:38:54 | More by GbVDave
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Blessed the heads of the initiates with this one on 1/25/2007. 12. oz. bottle, a generous gift from Warriorsoul, poured in a Dogfish Head shaker.

Little to no head after pour, with a similar lack of lacing. The quiet allows for a nice display of lazy carbonation making its way up and through the liquid. Hue is a mahogany orange, with tints of gold on the edges, jettrails surging to the center. Maple syrup, apple jack, cherry cotton candy, and root beer barrels all mix on the nose, jacking things up with a crazy sweetness. A bit zoomy on the tongue with a clamp of fizz nailing the roof of the mouth, while a rock candy sweetness coats everything, like quicksilver; damp crab apple chewiness follows. Caramel comforter sets in after the drink warms.

Medium-heavy body would make me think twice about having another one of these. Good, but a bit green.

01-26-2007 03:27:27 | More by Truh
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Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Bottle (courtesy of Tpaglia): Poured a semi filtered medium brown color doppelbock with a small off-white bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of sweet malt and dry fruits such a figs. Taste is also dominated by sweet malt with some dry figs. I could not detect any of the banana and cloves characteristic that I usually associated with the style. Body was above average with low carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Interesting and different take on the style but still sub par for this great brewery.

01-03-2007 18:55:50 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of jpagewatts

New York

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%

poured from the bottle a dark amber with a tan head that dissapates very quickly. the smell is nutty, with hints of chocolate, but alcohol dominates everything. the taste is malty, to say the least, but altogether unbeer-like. there is a definate molasses after taste.

i bought this beer to be introduced to the doppelbock, but i'll have to drink some better ones to be conviced of its merit.

12-28-2006 20:57:49 | More by jpagewatts
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a two finger white head that vanishes without a trace of lace. Slightly cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Strong sweet malty nose. Starts with a flavor of sweet malty raisins, balanced though - not cloying, mellow finish. $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

12-25-2006 02:17:45 | More by jdhilt
Photo of malcontent


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Drank this from the Hopleaf's limited Bell's stash.

Pours a thin-looking dark brown with very little head. Lacing dissipates before I can really get a look at it.

Smells slightly sweet but not sugary. Mild malt tones and earthy qualities are detectable.

Nice, chewy malt characteristics with an overall effect of lightly sweetened iced tea. Might not sound that great but actually is quite tasty.

Thicker than the appearance would have led me to believe but there is a little flatness to the mouthfeel. Still, it's pretty drinkable and like a lot of Bell's beers, there are a number of flaws but the beer is still very likable in spite of them.

11-30-2006 15:33:45 | More by malcontent
Photo of benito


3.15/5  rDev -17.3%

A slightly disappointing doppelbock from Bell's, this is a cranberry red brew with a thin head, strong malt aromas, and a sweet punch across the palate.

It has the chalky, fruity flavors of an excellent doppelbock, but is marred by a slight off-taste (dirty socks, anyone?) and a thin, almost watery mouthfeel. The afteraste too is slightly acrid and leaves an underwhelming impression on the back of the tongue.

I'd like to see a beer that is richer all-around from Bell's on the doppelbock front, especially insofar as body and aromas are concerned. The thinness might be an effect of age, but even fresh, I suspect that this brew could still use some tweaking.

Stick to Bell's other, excellent offerings.

11-23-2006 02:20:34 | More by benito
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

i love doppelbocks. this one is a nice ambery ruby and emits some outstanding aromas: bread, dark fruits, nice pils malts

a little heat to be felt in the flavor, along with deep, thick raisin and that classic DB flavor (what the hell is it?), brown sugar. it's warming and rich. a hint of bitterness rolls in at the end to keep the sweet in check. plenty of delicious caramelized sugars

11-18-2006 03:25:55 | More by bruachan
Photo of BlackAngus


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

A - Deep copper color, tan head that fades to a nice lace.

S - Bread, yeast, alcohol, caramel malts.

T - Alcohol, dark fruit, malt.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, clean. Somewhat sweet.

D - Alcohol flavor is just a *TAD* hot, aside from that, it's quite drinkable.

11-08-2006 04:49:37 | More by BlackAngus
Photo of mobyfann


3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

Paid $1.90 for a single at the Party Source...

The beer pours a clear chocolate brown base, with a small white-caramel colored head, minimal head retention and no signs of lacing. The smell is classic doppel, one of sweet malt but not too heavy.

The taste is a bit overpowering with alcohol at first, but once it settles it is still pretty 2-dimensional with the sweet taste a bit stronger than the mild malt flavor. The mouthfeel is too heavy, should be smoother, but the alcohol plays too much into this beer. Drinkable to have maybe one more, but I like the transition to a pils after starting with this one.

Final Thought: Meh. A decent doppel that has a lot of room for improvement in needed balance of sweetness and malt, as well as to conceal the alcohol punch you get; especially early on.

11-06-2006 03:59:38 | More by mobyfann
Photo of GregBrewski


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured a deep red / brownish color with a little head that quickly went away. Hardly any lacing on the sides of the glass. Smells like caramel, malt and some hint of the alcohol. It fells light in the mouth, with a sweet, malty taste. Also, mildly bitter.
This is actually the first Doppelbock I have ever consumed, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I would say this is a descent brew full of great taste. However, I am not a real fan of sweet brews, so I couldn’t drink a whole lot of these.

11-01-2006 04:12:41 | More by GregBrewski
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3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

Poured a quite cloudy orange brown with a small head.

Smell reminded me of a caramello candy bar (remember those?). Caramel, chocolate, nuget.

Flavor has a oaky, caramel flavor. There is an alcohol bite in the middle that resembles a sherry or brandy. This exposes it's ABV a little distractingly.

A little thin without too much carbonation, but not watery at all. I actually liked it. It's a bit on the sugary, sticky side, though.

Drinkability is high. There is a bit of alcohol, but it's not out of control like a lot of other beers.

Quite enjoyable. I think I would enjoy having this exclusively at a bar some night, but I probably wouldn't buy these for home.

10-27-2006 23:45:21 | More by terrabyte
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Loose, declining, light sandy head sits atop a mildly dark russet amber. Mysterious. Sweet malt nose. Sugary. Stewed veggies and maple syrup. Soy sauce as well? Taste starts tangy, sparkly, with yeast. Turns to big time caramel (Sugar Baby); fruits are there, turning rummy. Sugary again, before a vegetable, slightly herbal finish. Better than I expeccted. Medium-bodied with tingly, lively carbonation. Sticky finish. I'd buy again, but not my favorite Bell's by a long shot.

10-15-2006 23:08:31 | More by alexgash
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Radiant ochre with orange edges when sunlight is permitted entry. I'm always amazed at the range of colors that doppelbocks bring to the table. This one is on the lighter end of the color spectrum and looks more like an Oktoberfest as a result, but it's still a great hue. The head isn't so wonderful. The golden tan foam is both fragile and soft. It deflates quickly, doesn't look good while doing so and leaves no lace.

The nose is just okay. It smelled pretty good from a distance immediately after the pour, but doesn't impress nearly as much when focused on. In fact, the aroma, like the color, makes Consecrator seem more like a bock than a doppelbock. It's modestly malty, nonspecifically fruity and isn't roasted at all.

Much better on the palate, although still not a standout when compared to the very best versions. As long as I keep in mind that it isn't one of those chocolate brown, roasted malt bombs, I'll be fine. Even though very little of the darker malts have been utilized, the caramel malt backbone is still some kind of sturdy. Again, think jacked-up bock and you'll be in the neighborhood.

The beer is still somewhat fruity even if it tastes like brandy-soaked fruit rather than fresh fruit. That couldn't be helped, I suppose, in a beer that features an 8% ABV. The alcohol is masked decently well, if not quite as well as it could be. I anticipated more depth of flavor with warming... and am not really getting it.

The body/mouthfeel stops just short of full and sticky. It's a keeper though and is probably the beer's best feature. An exceedingly low amount of carbonation contributes to the super smooth feel. I now regret that I didn't use a snifter.

Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock isn't quite what I expected. I suppose that I should know by now that beer of this style varies in flavor and body as much as it varies in color. It's still a good drinker however and is one of the best bocks(!) to have entered my glass in many a month.

10-08-2006 17:00:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Apparantly a case of this was hidden in the refridgeration storage at Bello Vino. I picked it up when I was down for summer fest... stored in my fridge since then.

This is a good beer, but I hold a high standard for the style.

A: Reddish-brown/dark-amber; pours with a touch of light tan head. No retention or lace (could be age related).

S: Sherry, dark raisins, brown sugar and bread (almost like a christmas cake wrapped in sherry), with a pleasant touch of spicy aroma.

T: Alcohol is up front and fairly assertive (though not overly agressive). Dark fruit, dark bread, brown sugar and a little spice. Slightly balanced to the bitter side (thankfully it doesn't suffer from a crystal malt sweetness like some North American versions). Could use a little more bready/malty flavour.

M: Very well attenuated (like the southern Bavarian style); moderate body; carbonation on the light side of moderate.

D: Fairly good, though I think it would be even more 'warming' without the extended lagering.

10-04-2006 22:21:53 | More by Derek
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3.58/5  rDev -6%

Batch 7209

A - Pours a murky brown with little to no head.

S - Faint smell of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, a hint of apple and a good deal of sweetness.

T - Sweet caramel, hint of dark fruits and toffee. A little bit of alcohol in the finish. I remember this one being really sweet the last time I tried it but it seems to have mellowed with some age.

M - Medium body, slightly syrupy with a low level of carbonation.

D - I was a little disappointed with this one for a Bell's offering but it is not a bad beer at all. A little on the sweet side of the sytle in my mind.

10-04-2006 02:10:05 | More by brewcrew76
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Last one of a six pack worth a review... malty sweet scents picking up dates, chocolate covered cherries. Light brown lots of little floaties. Thin off white head didn't last not much of a lacing. Flavor confirms chocolate and a hint of raisin and dates, with alcohol seeping through. Thick & chewy. A wonderful dopplebock. Not my favorite TYPE of beer. Well worth the experience.

10-03-2006 04:10:51 | More by onsite416
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,142 ratings.