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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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621 Reviews

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Reviews: 621
Hads: 1,287
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 102
Gots: 121 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled a 12 ouncer, no freshness dating. Pours dark almond, murky and cloudy. Minimal head and lacing obtained. Nose is of funk, cheese, sweet malt. Tasty, sweet and fairly complex DBock. Soft notes of maple, cloves, mint and smokey malts. Nice drinkable, warming winter sipper.

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Photo of oracle
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

10oz imperial half-pint in an Ayenger dopplebock glass

Beer arrived a deep dark mysterious maghogany. It had about a half-inch head that showed little staying power, but did leave lacing to mark its passage. I have a theory that higher alcohol beer have less head retention, but I can't seem to find a scientific explanation to support that.

Smell was complex, being quite fruity and sweet.

Taste was about like the smell, with lots of different flavors competing for dominance. Very slightly tart, with defininate fruit characteristics. I'm not sure I could define all the fruit flavor I think I taste here, but I'm definately detecting a hint of cherry. Very low hop profile.

Quite full bodied, the mouthfeel is thick, but not too cloying.

quite good. should have ordered a full pint

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Photo of putnam
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh release this week.
Maple syrup-brown with a retiring gold/caramel-colored mousse. Aromas of brown cookies, nuts and breads. A little banana and cherry in the background verify its youth. A rich, creamy mouthful of glazes, dates, woody spices and vanilla comes to a quick conclusion revealing notes of stainless steel (should this beer rest a bit? Should I?). Coffee, burned sugar, and cream flavors.

This is a ringer for a Bavarian Doppelbock. Extraordinarily drinkable.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep copper color with a short-lived tan colored head. Dark berry, rum raisin, molasses, roasted sugarcane, pumpernickel and some semi-sweet chocolate in the nose. Quite the malty lil' bugger. Fruity esters bordering overripened strawberry and plum, with some light caramel and molasses notes. Average to higher carbonation levels provides a drinkability while cutting the slick mouthfeel. A reasonably good doppelbock, just a little too fruity for my liking.

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Photo of pootz
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle Thaks Brooklynboy. Poured a deep red, murky mahogany...not much head (which is odd for this type of dark lager) The aromas were phenomenal...berry fruits, vannilla pods, treacle, cookie dough malts. Oily mouth feel...a very viscous brew for a dopple...hopping understated ...lets the sweetness come through with not enough balance (this brew screams for the need of hallertau infusion) tastes of vanilla, molasses, figs and rye bread in the body...finish is more bready as the sweetness drops away. This was a tad sweet for my liking the sugaring adjuncts were too prominenet ...it’s well put together but in its current near cloying form it has low drinkability ratings from me.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a murky brown color with one finger of head that dies off fairly quickly. There is no lacing. The smell is malty with some caramel sweetness, but not too much else going on. The taste is also malty and sweet, with some caramel, toffee, and raisin. Not much hop flavor, but not much expected anyway. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and heavy. The drinkability is solid for an 8% brew. A decent doppelbock.

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Photo of budgood1
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a ruby hued deep amber colour. tight thin head without much lace. mega berry fruit aroma...i swear i smell raspberries. upon tasting, it's apparent the malts and their ripe fruiten flavours are center stage. another take on the liquid fruitcake with a shot of rum and brandy...gotta love it! there are the usual hints of chocolate and toffee and caramel, but just a hint. a spicy alcohol kick rears it head and lingers on to enjoy, too. mouthfeel is less than what i expected out of a doppel, and the body is lacking too. this isn't to say that this rich and flavourful beer isn't enjoyable, but it's not up to par with the heavy hitters in doppelbock land. nice nontheless.

another thank you to feloniousmonk for providing this sample.

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Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured reddish brown, with off white to light tan head with some lacing. aroma choc. malts,fruits and coffee. flavor hints of berry (blueberry?) , choc. and molasses.like the finish the berry flavor was nice. with a nice smooth mouthfeel. another good beer from bells

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours out looking very chewey with a thick cloudy bronze body and a quarter inch of tan head. Some lacing takes place from the residual but not a lot. This beers presence is from its aroma and taste, both of which give off strong hints of its caramel malt base. The feel is very full and creamy. Particles float about and let you know this is a beer with substance. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown / bronze color with a 1/2" head. The aroma is of malt, caramel, and alcohol. The flavor was a chewy mix of thick malt, raisin, caramel, and a nice bitterness. Alcohol was lightly noticeable.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy, but just a little too syrupy. The finish was long on the tongue as caramel and malt seemed to last forever. The syrupy quality knocks down the drinkability a notch.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Caramel to red in color with a quickly dissapating off white head that didn’t leave any lace. The aroma starts off fruity almost cidery and then mellows to heavy yeasty malt aroma as it warms. The flavor is malty but not too sweet, and then a spicey yeast finish. It has lots of body, a heavy malt finish that leaves an effervescence. It leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of drewbage
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from one of those magical trade bottles that has a bad tendency to show up in my neck of the woods!

Appearance in the glass: Brownish orange with almost no head

Low fruity aroma behind a ton of malt. Raisins and alcohol eventually winning the day.

Big caramel flavor a massively large warming down the gullet with just a touch of a roast bite hanging in the edges mercifully.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew has a brown colored body with a khaki foam head on top. There is a smooth malt scent, some alcohol detectable. The taste is fairly subdued malt, some alcohol spice. Slight hint of hops. Full bodied brew. Not the all time best but a good brew.

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Photo of pezoids
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this one at the Foodery in Philly. This poured very murky. An amber-burgundy color topped with a thin off white head. This smells like a liquid strawberry twizzler! Very interesting - heavy, sweet and fruity malts. The taste is strong, bold and complex. But no so much as to scare on away. A floral hop presence just manages to surface from underneath all that complex maltiness. This is quite drinkable for such a bold beer. The alcohol is masked pretty well. The body of malt is solid and the finish is cloyingly sweet. Overall, a great beer.

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Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second batch of Bell's beer my friend's girlfriend brought down to Florida from her home in Indiana. Thank you Anna and Adam for sharing. And Anna, this elevates you to goddess status in my eyes.

This is the first American doppelbock I've reviewed. I have a sweet spot for this beer style. While I'm rating it as good as the German and Czech beers I've had, it is a little different. I'd describe its flavor as a little less sweet and syrupy than Optimator and much less cloying than Celebrator. The mouthfeel is still nice and chewey, and I don't want you to think that this is a light doppelbock. There is still the hallmark malt flavor and low bitterness and hop aroma of a doppelbock.

Overall, I would say this doppelbock is a good one to introduce people to the style because it is more approachable than its European counterparts. Good work, Bell's. This is a brewery that deserves respect.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer has a deep mahogany brown color and a 1.5" head of fine off white lace that fades minutes later to a thin lace on the surface of the beer.

Smell: This beer has a nice sweet bouqet of cherries, plums, rich malt and brandy or rum-like alcohol. Very sweet and sultry smell.

Taste: Hmm. A strange taste for a dopplebock. This seems to be less heavily malted than what you might expect, making it very thin across the tounge. A strange sourness exists and has flavors of sour cherry and slightly rotten bananas. Not really a bad flavor, just different. Some hints of prune, brandy, and sweetly malted barley. Again, it's different, but I don't think it's bad in any way.

Mouthfeel: Very thin for a dopplebock, this doesn't cloy or weigh heavily.

Drinkability: Not half bad. I happily sipped this and if I had more I might have reached for another. As it warmed, the tartness gave way to very strong sweet banana esters. By the time it was done, I felt like I was eating my mom's banana bread. That could be good for some, but it sort of turned me off. This isn't a bad beer, but I have other dopplebocks that I like more. It's worth a try at least to taste this strange yet decent interpretation.

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Photo of noclue
2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type: 11.2 ounce bottle served in a tulip snifter.

Appearance: Hazy deep amber color. Little to no head, blotchy lacing.

Smell: Malty. Faint hops, sweet and citrus-like.Alcohol, solvent.

Taste: Rich, sweet and fruity. Not very exciting.

Mouthfeel: Full and rich.

Drinkability/Overall: Possibly fairly drinkable for some people, but I just couldn't get into it. Not too bad, but not my favorite Doppelbock either.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured amber brown with a slight haze and a tan/yellow head that stood tall and proud to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty and fruity with caramel and slight alcohol.

The flavor was dark caramel with a slight chocolate and definite fruit. There was no sweetness, but almost a roastiness to the flavor. No real complexity exists in this beers flavor but it does have just a smide of alcohol in the flavor.

The finish was just dry with a caramel impression. The body was medium or a little better.

12 ounce bottle taken by force by AKSmokedPorter.

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Photo of aracauna
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep red-colored body with a yellow cornmeal head. The medium-sized head forms easily and then fades. The aroma is malty with a slight pepperines. The sweet, malty flavor is warm and closing in on thick, but it’s not a big flavor. Very smooth. There’s a slight graininess in the flavor. The alcohol shows through a bit in the finish.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

First, I have to thank fellow BA RedBaron for this bottle.

This beer pours a dark ruby color with very little foam, but lots of carbonation. First sip is full of intense maltiness, caramel and fruit flavors. Almost tannic finish, which is also a bit bitter, which I kind of like in a doppelbock. I don't like a doppelbock to finish too sweet. An almost wine-like character and a similar body; a bit thin bodied for my tastes. The smooth mouthfeel that one expects from a doppelbock also is missing. Strong vanilla aroma. Vanilla bean-like flavors emerge as this beer warms up. A perilously drinkable double bock. As is the case with most Bell's beers, the high alcohol content isn't that noticeable, it doesn't hit you until your half way through your drink. Starts kind of weak but finishes with a with a burst of intense caramel/Munich malt flavor coated with just the right amount of bitter hops. The party is over quicky, though, and the finish is quite short.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep wine dark colour, aroma and taste. Somewhat like a lighter version of a barleywine. Fruit, fig, cherry. A best of class. Bit of aggressive hop carbonation feel which worked to clean palate.

Thanks to Chuck's Fine Wines for their breakups of Bells. One of the best beers for tuna fish!

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a medium brown color with ruby highlights when held to the light. It forms a tan head. The aroma is bready, with a light dark fruitiness. The flavor is malty and bready with a drying bitterness in the finish. It is a very good medium-full bodied beer.

Damn tasty Doppelbock.

Sampled 3/6/04

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle with a neck, reverse and obverse label. Unlike the BA moniker, thankfully the sample I had managed to have its obverse label attached correctly. No freshness or strength.

Appearance: Dark ruby chestnut with a hazed body. Slick tan head that forms easily but never rises above ½” at first. Slowly the head settles to a thin broken covering when left. The lacing that forms soon slides back down into the glass. Medium to Low carbonation does little to support the head.

Nose: Nice malty aromas with some thick milk chocolate and caramel toffee. Some fruity alcohol in the back end of the nose.

Taste: Lots of silky malts and some dark fruits with a toffee feel in the latter third. Smooth chocolate coated raisins, caramel, figs and a sweet fruit feel dominates the beer. Finishes with a smooth, lightly creamy feel.

Mouthfeel: Melted chocolate mixed with the nicely attenuated carbonation lends a velvety feel on the tongue. The alcohol packs a silky carbonated punch.

Drinkability: Easily quaffed, even for its strength, the silky malts and dark fruits make this a nice beer to end the night with.

Overall: A nice overall Doppelbock, very smooth and easily imbibed.

A Bamboozling Thanks to BigHuge for this Kalamazoo-ling offering.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark red/brown brew with ruby highlights. A small white head dies very, very quickly, leaving only small bubbles in its wake. The aromas are just sweet, malty, bready, pretzel-y, and sweet. The taste is sweet, malty, bready, pretzel-y and sweet as well! The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and the drinkability is good as well. Good stuff if you like a real sweet, malty, and uncomplex doppel!

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Photo of deejaydan
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I usually love most Bell's products, however, I am let down by this one. It pours a brown/reddish color, most doublebocks that I've had are as dark as night. The head hangs out for a while, and vanishes. The taste isn't quite right for a double bock. My best guess would be the yeast. I suspect that they used Bell's Ale yeast for a lager, as I get a similar taste off of the Amber and the Oberon, which are good for that style. Mouthfeel is a bit grainy, and I don't think I'd want to drink a ton of them, due to the strange yeast taste.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.