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

Bell's Consecrator DoppelbockBell's Consecrator Doppelbock

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1,022 Ratings

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Ratings: 1022
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%

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 beergeek279


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is amber, with a ring of white head. The smell is malty sweet. The taste is dark malt sweet, though the hops quickly take over and leave a somewhat bitter aftertaste, and alcohol is barely noticed. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability-wise, could have a few.

Well, not one of the great dopplebocks out there, but still not bad. If I saw it around, I'd probably give it a try on draft.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 04:59:54 | More by beergeek279
Photo of jahred


3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish, dark-brown color with a medium-white yellow head.

The smell is very light - caramel and malty. I wish there was a bit more.

The taste is most definitely thick, thick malt. Rich and almost-pudding like., providing a nice backing. There are some raisins in there, though this disappears as the beer warms. Also, the alcohol is very strong and noticeable, though there's a spicy, refreshing aftertaste of hops at the end. Wow - 8% ABV isn't significant, but for some reason the alcohol from this beer snuck up on me!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 04:47:16 | More by jahred
Photo of Biffster


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that has an intensely malty aroma. There are green apple notes, colliding with big toffee and chocolate aromas. The aroma of raisins and other dark fruit become evident as it warms. There are no diecetyls, phenols, esters, or other off notes.

The appearance is a deep rich copper with amber notes and ruby highlights. It is clear but not brilliant, with a respectable (given the alcohol) tawny head.

The flavor starts big and malty and quickly moves to a vinous, candy-like impression that follows through. The bitterness is present but almost dangerously low. It does manage to hold up under the malty assault to avoid being cloying, but the finish is definitely balanced toward malt.

The mouthfeel is medium to full, with medium to low carbonation. The finish is somewhat astringent and warming but not harsh

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 03:38:02 | More by Biffster
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an orange brown that sits as a dark, murky red in the glass, small tan head on top with some nice lacings on the sides.

Smells quite malty with wafts of strawberry aromas flowing into your nose. Some nutty and wood hues float around to give this a nice, full nose that is well balanced. Tastes of malts, good lord there are malts here. Those ripe strawberry flavors move around, accompanied by a nice, floral boquet which is then shoved aside with a good load of hop punch. The alcohol shines through more and more as you work your way down.

Big, full body with a nice, soft carbonation. It's good drinking, but I couldn't drink much more than one of these since it packs quite a punch, and I'm not even talking about the alcohol. Strong brew all around.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 04:02:39 | More by Skidz
Photo of abents


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an amber brown with small white head that's gone quite quickly.

Smell: Sweetness detected along with malts and maybe a hint of carmel.

Taste: Stong malts and sweet notes that are backed up with a stong bitter end that finishes pretty strong. Almost a candy taste to it as it is pretty sweet. A good tasting beer, but an odd one.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very smooth and a lingering taste that adds to the beer.

Drinkability: Very drinkable brew, couldn't drink too much of it at one time, but a great tasting beer. Bell's does it again.

This is one tasty beer. Finishes very quickly and alcohol taste becomes more apparent as I keep drinking it. Quality beer. Try this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 03:38:04 | More by abents
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours an amber/brown color with a decent head and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and caramelly and sort of reminds me of cough syrup. The flavor is sweet with the same caramel feel that the aroma had. Pretty smooth and easy to drink. Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 19:55:07 | More by clvand0
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky, prune-juice brownish-black. Only in a doppelbock would this be good. Aroma hinted at caramel. Flavor profile was well-moderated. A bit of caramel, but not an overwhelming influence. A touch of dried dark fruit, prune in particular. Pleasantly sweet, but not cloying. Not as much depth of flavor as in some others of the style, but, in terms of drinkability that is not a bad thing, as this beer was pleasant, but not overly challenging. I was surprised to learn the abv is 8%, as the alcohol level was not at all evident in the flavor. Deceptive.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 17:53:09 | More by Brent
Photo of steorn


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark caramel colored brew with a fine tan head.
The nose is sweet and has an abundance of malt.I like this aspect of doppels.Tasting theconsecrator.
Sweetness with a nice rich mouthfeel,some alcohol here too.The aftertaste is subtle and a little quicker than I would like.Not quite as deep or complex as some beer of this style,but still pretty good.The Bells brews are all prety solid and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 02:35:23 | More by steorn
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exits its glass prison into a Duvel tulip with a modest tan head settling out over a deep reddish brown liquid. Deep malty nose with hints of dark fruit and a little spice. The taste is thick chewy maltiness with an allusion to smokiness, tied together with quite bitter hoppiness...not delicate and flowery, just straight up bitter! Finishes on a rich note and with a flair of alcohol and bittersweetness...perhaps a tad too much bitterness for this style, but since I'm a card-carrying HopHead this is hardly a problem here!

Thanks to "super trader" CRJMellor for the bottles!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 19:39:24 | More by beerluvr
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carbonated liquorice anyone? Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock is as close as you'll ever get.

The label on the bottle depicts the ubiquitous two rams butting heads. It still makes for a cool label, even if lots of doppelbocks use it. Consecrator pours a deep, ruby-copper color with a smallish head that fades quickly. Being a lager, I expected this beer to be clearer than it is.

You'll immediately notice a concentrated sweet scent. Is it brown sugar? Is it molasses? Is it anice? Take one sip and you'll swear you've just imbibed some melted black liquorice or a molasses cookie. That flavor lingers right until the very end where the 8% alcohol rears its head a bit. There's also a medicinal character toward the end. Though I'm not a black liquorice fan, I found it hard to keep my glass of Consecrator on the table. I'm not sure why, but the flavor works in this particular beer.

Consecrator isn't your typical doppelbock, to be sure. I could probably only drink one of these in a sitting because of the flavor, but that's ok. Try one and see for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 14:40:21 | More by kwalters
Photo of CRJMellor


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy reddish-brown with a small slightly off-white head. Minor lace on teh glass develops and huge air pockets or carbonation bubbles in the head.
Aroma of ripe dark fruits, raisins, figs, carmelized brown sugar, licorice and a cough syrup hit.
Flavors of brown sugar, raisins, licorice and peat-like smoked butterscotch-like flavors develop laong with a hint of oily hops and spicy yeast.
Mouthfeel is syrupy sweet start, supper peppery and spciy on the middle with a very dry alcoholic hit on the finish with a sugary aftertaste.
Drinkability is good but bottle version so far pals in comparison to draught version but still pretty darn good.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 19:24:16 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of tavernjef


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous, firey deep, tawny reddish copper color, very solid clouded body, alas, only a waffer thin tan skim of a head was produced and some spots of lace stick. Aroma is lighter then expected from the usual Bell's array with some softer tones of dark fruits with some raisin, fig, and plum, a very slight dry breadiness and toasted molasses touch sit underneath. Taste is loose and chewy with some orangey oils and fat but dulled plum, raisin, and fig with some softer/lighter toffeeness with a slight touch of chocolate dryness like a cookie or bread and just a tiny nudge of nutmeg spice and vaniila. I'll admit the feel seems a bit thin in body, but somehow it still maintains one very silky, buttery smooth character from end to end, that I like. Plus it helps make it quite drinkable. This dopplebock reminds of a calmer Belgian dark without alot of the sharp yeast tones and carbonation that some Belgians might carry, and that sits fine with me. This was gone in no time.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 03:15:25 | More by tavernjef
Photo of ngandhi


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Celebrator's very much too style, up front with a raisin and cocoa palette that's soft yet manages to finish with a touch of smoke and hop-based dryness. Reminds me of an altbier with more depth; the smoothness that comes from lagering is expressed well in this beer and it manages to show off every element of a good doppelbock. And the characteristic Bell's yeasty fruitiness pushes through on the finish. The touch of grain in this brew is understandable, but keeps it from being classic and it's maybe a hint too thin. The alcohol comes out if you force it, but more as a lightly phenolic/chlorinated water than pure alcohol and the flavor actually combines with the light hoppiness to give this beer some structure. As it warms, the finish becomes taxing, however, because of it; the alcohol makes the beer seem far too thin and dry for style, like cheap cream sherry when you're expecting PX.

Consecrator Doppelbock is confident and seems to be precisely what the brewer had hoped it would be. And we should ask for nothing more when dealing with people like Alec Mull and Larry Bell.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 01:59:20 | More by ngandhi
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4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out dark amber with a thin head with an incredible malted aroma immediately becoming evident.

Very sweet taste up front with malt and caramel, along with a prunish/raisiny affect. This gives way to a finish with a hint of chocolate, and smooth at the end. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is excellent, thick and creamy, it coats; while the drinkability is really exceptional, this is an easy beer to down for being on the higher end of the ABV.

On a side note, for being a heavy hitter this stuff is remarkably cheap. The current going price in Michigan is 9$ for a six pack, which is remarkable for beer of this quality. I might also note that I've seen it around at strange times of the year, which either means Bell's is making it more often, or has saved some back and is occasionally letting it go to distributors. I hope they eventually make this another regular seasonal brew, because I think it's one of their better small batch beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 00:07:42 | More by CortexBomb
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4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dopplebock is redish brown with a huge tan head. Malt is evident in the smell and taste. It is lightly hopped, just enough to tame the malty sweetness. There is lots of carbonation. The mouthfeel is great. This beer is so easy to drink. I found myself taking big gulps.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 03:39:06 | More by bigbubba
Photo of Indybeer


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2002 vintage, on tap at BW3's downtown Indy. Was only suppose to be a 16oz pour, but the bartender already had it in a 20oz glass!!! Poured a cloudy reddish brown, with no head to speak of. No sign of any lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet with fruit and caramel hints. The taste was more of the same sweetness perhaps overly so, with some hint of the alcohol thrown in there. There was very little carbonation evident, however it was still smooth and tastey. Alcohol is hidden nicely in this one. At least until I finished!!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2004 19:08:55 | More by Indybeer
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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW. I love this beer.
The appearance is a caramel brown with a tan foamy head. Not a lot of smell. I guess I would describe the smell as earthy. The taste is excellent. It feels like it belongs in my mouth. It's sweet and smooth and has a slightly chocolately aftertaste. The mouthfeel is perfect. I have to stop myself from chugging it down. I would have to say that this is one of my favorite beers right now.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 02:52:03 | More by barleysangel
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Quebec (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is malty of course, somewhat bold, smokey with notes of cigar and tobacco. The taste seemed a tad too bold for me, not really clean, too packed with an earthy sweet character I didn't quite enjoy, especially in the aftertaste. Palate is flawless though, oatmeal stout round and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2004 01:15:43 | More by Rastacouere
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3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at a Bell's tasting at the Brickskeller.

Appearance: Reddish brown color with a meager offwhite head. No real retention or lacing to speak of.

Smell: Dried fruit aromas predominate. Banana scents lurk in the background.

Taste: Honey, caramel, maple and light toast flavors. Overall, kinda raisiny.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium bodied beer, carbonation keeps it light.

Drinkability: Rather drinkable, but I can get Celebrator, so why bother?

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2003 03:59:47 | More by ManekiNeko
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown, longneck bottle, capped. No date.

This doppelbock poured a very cloudy, reddish-brown color with creamy, light reddish-tan foam that persisted and coated the glass a bit. The smell was good and strong: sweet malt, a light fruitiness (figs, raisins), and some caramel. The taste was malty with these other flavors: sugar, light caramel, raisins, figs, light toffee, a hint of butterscotch, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with a sweetness up front and some dryness with a touch of hops in the finish. The body was medium with low to moderate carbonation. It was also slightly warming, but the alcohol was not overly obvious. This was a nice, rich doppelbock, and I am glad I got a bottle from a good batch.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this one!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2003 08:24:35 | More by UncleJimbo
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New York

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice head at first. Gone in a flash! No lacing, but the beer is an enticing clear red color. Smells slightly sweet. The taste is mediocre. Again, pretty sweet, and not very complex. Tingy on the tongue. The high alcohol content isn't too obvious, but a 12 oz bottle is still just a little too much.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2003 02:37:56 | More by dwarbi
Photo of Dogbrick


4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is a worthy offering in the Doppelbock field. Pours a lovely reddish amber color with a medium almost butterscotch-colored (but mostly beige) head. Thin and slow lacing. Medium-bodied and easy to drink, with a nice caramel and malt flavor up front. There are also flavors of raisins, alcohol and sweet fruit in there. The finish is mostly sweet with a bit of a hops and alcohol spike. I liked this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 13:10:09 | More by Dogbrick
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3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 7 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: this pours reddish brown with a thin head.
It has a thick tongue feel and a bit of maltiness. The flavor is OK, but not an overly impressive doppelbock

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2003 03:50:31 | More by jcalabre
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3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This may be only the second time I've been disappointed with a Bell's beer. Consecrator pours a reddish copper color with an extremely fizzy head that dissipates to nothing after a few moments. Smell is relatively subdued with minor notes of malty sweetness and a hint of alcohol. Taste is incredibly sweet, almost too sweet for the style, with a sugary sensation that I did not care for. Big time caramel malt is all I could really pick up. Mouthfeel is very thin for the style, and due to the overdone carbonation, it's hard to detect that great, full-bodied bready mouthfeel that most dopplebocks possess. Drinkability is average -- the alcohol is somewhat hard to detect on the way down due to the sweetness, but it's noticeable after drinking the beer. Not a terrible effort, but probably one of Bell's weakest.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 02:08:08 | More by Jon
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3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Far from Bell's best effort. Light in color -- more tarnished copper/penny than deep and rich. Malt to the nose with a slight wet grass sensation. Not terribly inspiring but not awful. Flavor has some alcohol, sugar, and husky malts. Almost watery. This isn't a bad beer by any means, but it's a pretty poor doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2003 23:05:49 | More by marburg
Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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