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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #64
Ranked #20,633
3.85 | pDev: 11.43%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Notes: A traditional doppelbock fermented with an old world lager yeast. Reddish brown in color, with a mild hop profile, Consecrator is a well balanced, full bodied beer with a smooth, malty finish.
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clear dark reddish amber colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” light tan head that recedes slowly but visibly to a thin irregular island of foam on the surface while leaving a few legs and patches of lacing on the sides and a small ring around the glass. Sipping leaves some scattered patches of foam, meany of which slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas include some toasted brown bread, some caramel and some dark stone fruits,

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the toasted brown bread, some caramel and a bit of dark stone fruits (plums, raisins, etc.). There’s also some earthy herbal bitterness in the background.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with light to moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the bready caramel sweetness and dark fruits begin to fade away while a bit of light earthy herbal bitterness persists to the dry ending in the back of the palate.

On the whole a well made example of a Doppelbock that shows lots of malt but is not overly sweet. There’s just enough bitterness to prevent the sweetness from becoming cloying. A drinkable, enjoyable beer that might be a nice change once in a while from Trogenator by Troegs.

May 13, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Raisin-like reddish brown in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a short, creamy beige foam with medium low retention. Full bodied with medium light carbonation. Light creamy smooth feel up front with expanding warmth that turns prickly at the finish. Aromas of sweet malt and lightly toasted bread with dark fruits and grainy malt notes. Bready, rich malt flavors up front with light dark fruit notes. Medium light earthy bitterness through the middle the transitions to boozy warmth. Finished with a boozy note that lingered along with pleasant malty flavors. Nice malty flavors and definitely on the boozy side, but not unpleasantly so.

Sep 26, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 2d2dspuma. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 4. Bottled 19 Jan 2016. 28+ months after bb date. Typical notes of a doppelbock still here but drier than desiderable. A bit boring. No foam at all

Sep 04, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into snifter at Fins in Bethany Beach DE. Pours a clear brownish-red with a nice off-white head. Initial impression is molasses, roasted malt, caramel, and dark fruits. Alcohol is well hidden. No hops. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat sticky. Finish is sweet and a little bit dank. Pretty good example of the style.

Aug 22, 2018
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Samlover55 from New York

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
Bottled on 1/31/18 (6 months old)
Pours garnet with thin cream brown head
Fruit, toffee, caramel, cherries
Sugary fruity caramel, that goes into a bitter yeasty finish
No mistaking this is a lager, nice and crisp
Overall i thought i can take this past the Best By date a bit (bell's says 3 months past bottling date) but this definitely has signs of age....oh well

Aug 07, 2018
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spectru from Florida

3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark bronze, head dissipates quickly; pleasant mild aroma; smooth, mildly carbonated; rich flavor, slightly sweet; this is a pleasant, interesting beer, but it won't become a favorite.

Jul 28, 2018
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, packaged on 1/31/2018.

Ruby brown color. Great clarity. Big, frothy, light tan head with good retention. Rich, heavy malt aroma. Caramel, toffee, molasses, and toasted malt. Sweet caramel flavor with big toasted malt overtones. No hops or yeast. Smooth yet strong, noticeably towards the upper range of alcohol for a traditional doppelbock. Boozy and warming in the finish. Full bodied, smooth and sticky.

Overall, a strong and rich doppelbock. Even slightly past the recommended shelf life of three months, this has held up incredibly well. Delicious.

Jun 13, 2018
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HipCzech from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle (“PKG 01/31/2018”) poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Clear, reddish amber with a modest depth of tan head and spotty lace.

Smell: Ripe dark fruit, caramel, toasted grains and earth.

Taste: Depths of malty flavor: caramel, dried fruit, cocoa, vanilla. Mildly earthy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth, creamy feel and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Tasty, malty brew that remains balanced and drinkable.

Apr 29, 2018
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RoadLizard from New York

2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a standard dark ruby/brown double bock color with minimal head and not much lacing. Carbonation is fairly light but thats correct for the style. Smells of sweet bread, a little caramel and molasses. Has the classic malty, sweet initial hit of a double bock that carries to the end. Not much hops here at all! Its tasty but Ive had better double bocks. The flavor isnt as chewy or deep as Troeggs or a Sam Adams double Bock. It starts strong but doesnt finish as well as those other two. The other issue is that a 6-pack is like $15.00 bucks and thats a bad value. There are better double-bocks for less money. Its worth a try but I believe there are better options out there for this style.

Mar 19, 2018
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a high sided tulip glass.

Look is a rich ruby red with a thin off white head.

Aroma is a Belgian candy fruity combo.

Taste exactly matches aroma. Very very fruity.

Mar 17, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful clear ruby red color with small cap.

Aroma of deep toffee and dark bread.

Taste is the scent writ large. Flavors develop more mid palate forward showing a denser toffee leaning toward the caramelized stage backed by a fullness of dark malt without roasted malt bitterness. Also something almost raisiny like an old sweet sherry that hasn't lost it's luster.

Full, almost chewy texture.

A rich, bold brew in a tweed jacket with an amiable expression.

Mar 16, 2018
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Ruby red. Good Clarity. Light carbonation. Short head dissipates quickly.

Molasses, toffee, and butterscotch.

Molasses, toffee, and butterscotch. Caramel candies and a slight earthiness.

Medium-plus bodied, chewy, smooth, and sweet.

Sufficiently sweet and smooth. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mar 16, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 1/31/18 (38 days ago) poured into a pokal glass at fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours bright red tinted amber with short lived khaki head. The head recedes to film leaving a ring around the glass and plenty of lacing. The aroma is semisweet caramel and bakery bread. The taste is soft, barely sweet caramel at first transitioning to darker burnt sugar and slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is a bit of alcohol in the taste. Overall, very good.

Mar 09, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate in a snifter. This mighty fine
brew pours a rich ruby tinged brown with a very nice head of off white
foam that settles down to a thick ring, thin light pool, and displays some
mighty fine lacing. Nose of brown sugar malts, breaded malts, and light
cherry notes with a touch of herbal hops. Flavors follow with light exceptions
with a nice raisin and brown sugar breaded malt profile with a mild cherry
and herbal hop profile in the rear with a touch of booze. Nice mouth feel;
medium body, light carbonation, and a rich sweet malt driven finish.

A welcome brew any time of the year. Excellent.


Feb 17, 2018
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Davedrinkinbeer from Indiana

4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz snifter to try. Beer is reddish-brown, with minimal head that dissappears quickly. Overall smell is sweet, but also an earthy smell is present, possibly roasted nuts but more muted. Taste is malty, with caramel, roasted nuts with little hops at all detected. Mouthful is very good, good carbonation and very balanced. Beer leaves a pleasant aftertaste too.

A very easy to drink doppelbock, but was expensive overall-- $16.99 for a six pack is a bit much! If you can find it cheaper, I highly recommend this beer.

Feb 17, 2018
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KonigObHops from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a dark ambe color with a tan head that was about one finger-width thick.

The aroma was sweet and malty with a lot of carmel.

The initial taste was quite sweet and in the middle the beer is sweet and malty with a heavy dose of caramel. There is also a hint of raisin. The beer finishes with an almost buttery taste.

Overall, this is a good Dopplebock. It was full-bodied and true to the style. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys Dopplebocks.

Nov 04, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed mahogany brown (that clears as it warms) producing 1.5 fingers of light tan, frothy, rapidly diminishing head that leaves no lacing & a thin surface cap. Amazingly malty! Aroma is fruity, dark bread, toffee, brown sugar, raisins/dates, roasted nuts, some woody vanilla (or something like it) & a hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet, dark bread, toffee, brown sugar, roast, minor chocolate, hints of raisin & fig. The finish being a peppery spiciness in the fruity, toffee & lightly boozy finish. Fruit, sugar candy & toffee mix with some hop bitterness accentuated by the alcohol bitterness, spice & warmth make up the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy & chewy into the finish with a sandy, tongue crawling aftertaste.

Sep 27, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally for me! This beer has been a long time waiting for me! And thanks to a good dude in Iowa, he found a bottle dated (or packaged 02/01/2017 as that's what Bell's does on their bottles).
This was poured into a lager glass because it is a doppelbock.
The appearance was a thin dark amber transparent color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Not much lace, in fact, barely any (did the age possibly break this? I'm not sure).
The aroma was a totally indulgent blend of caramel, molasses, dark bread, crisp sweet nuts - somewhat roasty and started leaning just a touch further to pecans as it warmed.
The flavor was sweet initially and running into the roastiness slightly with nuts making a good balance. Subtle woodiness and a touch of earthy spice popped in just before the aftertaste full throttle in a graceful manner.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed a bit under, but that didn't bother me because I'm assuming the age possibly did that to this. Honestly, there's barely any stickiness which I thought would have shown up a bit more. Finish had a nice smooth maltiness about it.
Overall, what a doppelbock! Makes me want to move to Michigan! I don't get many doppelbocks in Vermont so having this was a real treat!

Aug 28, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a stein

Copper liquid , taupe one finger foam , quickly settles to a layer of bubbles

Aroma of seeet malts and grains

Sweet malt taste

Good beer

Jun 18, 2017
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 2/01/17 Pours a clear dark amber with a heavy dose of garnet. Normal head volume, normal retention for the style, slightly sub-par lacing.

Very good nose but it is a bit subdued. It is slightly nutty, hints of bready malt and an extremely subtle hint of lightly charred wood. Deep underneath are subtle hints of molasses with a whiff of caramel. The complexity is there but you have to look for it.

Rich full body that is deliciously creamy with a very smooth slick texture. World class carbonation / body balance. The effervescence is perfectly constructed to allow the flavors to pop yet not distract from the complexity. The middle is vibrant and the finish prickly. One of the most perfect balances I have ever had the pleasure to consume.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding and delivers where the nose fell a bit short. The base is a rich molasses and caramel background that is just sweet enough to take center stage in the middle while allowing the other complex flavors their time in the spotlight. Bitterness is subtle yet just enough for contrast, especially from the middle on. Unlike the nose, the base malt flavor is more biscuit than bready. Complexity is world class as was the balance. In addition to nuts detected in the nose, light prune, light dates, leather and tobacco are evident. The finish is a slow fade that is prune like with a touch of uncovered alcohol.

May 18, 2017
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had many from Bell's - so far, this has to be my favorite of theirs...

A richly colored caramel liquid poured into my pint glass with minimal head. The head had no staying power and there was no lacing to speak of, but it was quite an appealing color of caramel to behold. The smell hinted of booziness (a nice surprise) which was backed up in its taste - no overpowering, just there to add to what would had been without it an also-ran doppelbock. The feel was the most disappointing part of this brew - way more carbonated for my taste, but after warming a bit, it pulled back to display more of a spicy feel. Still not necessarily appealing (at least to me) but better than the high carbonation. Overall, this was quite a surprise when it came to dopplebocks - one of my favorite styles - and the booziness of this one might make it my most favorite after all.

May 05, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear ruby with a smallish head. The aroma is soft with notes of sweet bread, banana, dates, fig and walnut. The flavor features dates, figs, fudge, banana bread, walnut, mild cinnamon, wheat bread, ceral grain, and cocoa powder. The mouthfeel is full and smooth with a low level of carbonation. Overall this is a really well made beer, with a load of richness but a drinkably dry finish.

Apr 21, 2017
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass, purchased at total wine in Charleston.
A: pours a ice tea reddish brown, one finger of white foam head quickly fades, carbonation,
S: sweet malt, grahm cracker, raisins
M: medium body with the carbonation leaving a prickly feeling on the tongue
T: syrupy sweet malt, rum soaked raisins, prune, caraml, dark bread, hints of oak
O: good brew, it is sweeter than other dobble bocks I've had before

Apr 20, 2017
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 2/1/17. The beer pours deep tan with a small head and no lacing. The smell is dark fruits, light malts, and some sweetness. The taste follows the smell with caramel and raisins in the front. The beer is smooth with low carbonation. Overall a nice, easy to drink, flavorful bock.

Apr 08, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, leaving wisps of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raisins are present in the nose along with hints of brown bread. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up and also reveals some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of brown bread, toasted malts, and raisins.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Drinking this beer almost feels like you are eating a slice of brown bread, so it's quite fulfilling. No alcohol is perceptible. It is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

Apr 08, 2017
Consecrator from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1534 ratings