Consecrator Doppelbock | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Consecrator DoppelbockConsecrator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews by NorthSideSean:
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: brown ale with high clarity, a finger of tan foam for a bit then settles into a misty film

S: dark nut and fruit aromas are faint, something slightly woody or chocolaty...

T: mild dark fruit like raisin or fig, subtle brown sugar molasses sweetness complements the herbal and earthy hops character; bits of tobacco or leather-like suggestions, traces of something akin to cocoa powder; raisin-like flavors reassert on the finish

M: medium-light body, fairly modest carbonation-wise - a little fuzz and fizz at best; slick but not fast-drinking; slight bitter nut and mushy raisin aftertaste lingers

O: a decent enough drink, but not a style I'm partial to - with but a few frames of reference, including the Ayinger Celebrator, which I really liked, I'd say this is a passing take on the style, but nothing outstanding, and as a stand-alone product, decent but not to my tastes.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
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 scoobybrew
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a pilsner flute. It has a clear amber color with a modest heat that dissipates but a small lacing is retained. The aroma is very malty with a faint trace of noble hops. The taste is also very malty with enough hops to finish it out somewhat dryly, but there is still a sweet malt finish. Alcohol is also noted but subdued a bit. As it warms a bit there is a grainy quality to it. It has a medium body with moderately low carbonation.

Overall this is a decent offering of a doppelbock. It's probably not my favorite of Bell's offerings, but it tasty none-the-less.

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Photo of yeastsipper
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Dark copper brown with a nice head after an aggressive pour. Smell is very sweet. Lots of honey, brown sugar, raisins and . Taste is of bread and bananas with some yeast. Mouthfeel is nice but the beer is just too sweet. It seems to be big for no real reason. I would prefer a little more subtle and drinkable beer for the style. Pretty decent, but there are other better, and for me, more accessible examples of the style.

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Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DougT
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StevieW
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle. Double image of a goat's head on the label. Allrighty then. Murky deep wet shoe leather brown color. Creamy bubbly beige head, fades quickly into a clumpy covering. No lacing or covering left. Smell is super sweet, malty and rich, just as you would expect from a dopplebock. First taste is oddly sweet, and overly fruity, melons, yea honeydew melons ? Is that what they are called. Tasted like a hint of those then faded. Syrupy sweet, cloying malt flavors followed. Some toasted flavors come and go, but not consistent at all. Nearly slick toward the end. Carbonation bubbles present to start, but not at the finish. Not much carbonation on this one either. I think they have a real problem with that. Just not one I would seek out.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought I actually reviewed this beer already, so I'm thinking that I wrote it in my notebook which I have since misplaced during my move and have not yet located it yet. However, the nice thing about that problem is that I now get to drink another one and it's well worth it. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a caramel color with some hints of ruby in it (a very pretty color, actually) and a fairly minimal head - approximately 1/2 finger that is the lightest tan; there is solid carbonation bubbling up from beneath and it makes the surface skim look like it's got dozens of little geysers bursting at the surface; body is largely clear.

Smell: Deep sweet caramel/slightly burnt sugar and warmly roasted malts that aren't quite toasty; hints of alcohol in the nose. A very sweet smelling beer that's making me thirsty just smelling it.

Taste: Wonderfully sweet and malty; strong hints of caramel and slight hints of butterscotch; a very slight and miniscule hop bitterness is hidden way in the back; fairly strong vapor of alcohol clings to the breath.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little thick and chewy; carbonation is quite strong and causes a lot of tingling in on the palate, especially on the insides of the lips; a slight stickiness is present, yet the alcohol brings about a certain dryness when it's said and done; mouth, chest and stomach are warmed from the alcohol.

Drinkability: It's a great beer that's got a lot going on -- I really dig the sweetness and I especially like the chewy body. It goes great with food and compliments the strong German cuisine that I was fortunate enough to get to eat with it. The ABV is a bit high, but hey, when you're eating it with food it sits a little easier. I think if I was just drinking it at the end of the day or at a bar, I would definitely have to go easy and be sure to drink some water with it (unless I wasn't driving, then I wouldn't really care).

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Photo of jmathis
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of elmo17
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of aracauna
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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 nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Ruby brown color with a nice light tan head and good clarity (especially for Bell's). Head retention is ok, but it doesn't leave behind any lace.

S - Rasiny and malty, I really don't get to much aroma out of this beer.

T - Malty, rasiny, toffee. There is a strong hop note in the backgound, but it stays subdued enough to allow the other flavors to dominate the profile and the bitterness it provides blends nicely with the darker malt flavors.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D - This hits the double bock style quite well. If anything it is lighter and more drinkable than some I have had. The aroma is a bit anaemic, but everything else is right on.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. In all honesty, doesn't look like a Doppelbock at all, it looks like a Red Ale. The color is amber/red with ruby highlights when held into the light. Thin beige head produced but shinks pretty quickly and doesn't come back. Leave barely any lacing. Not the most impressive look.

Very sweet smelling. Thick malt backbone is definitely the focal point in this one. Also get hints of molasses and dark fruits. Sort of juicy smelling.

Taste is again very sweet. There are molasses notes and sweet malt notes which are very strong. Juicy dark fruits have a small part in the overall pretty complex taste. I do get a good hint of warming alcohol, but nothing too over the top, pretty much what you would expect from 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth with a good carbonation level. Light alcohol aftertaste. Drinkability is good.

Overall, a solid offering from Bell's. I'm not the hugest fan of this, and I've had many better Doppelbocks, but this is still a very good beer.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Steve_Trick
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very cold and blustery day on a hill in baren Southern Minnesota seems like the perfect time and place for this beer. 12 oz. brown bottle. Body is a deep mahogany color, slightly scarlet when held to light. Head is very small, which may be a function of the high abv. Smell is of brown sugar and toasted malts with some alcohol in the background. Taste is bright and sweet, with a lot of alcohol present, to go along with a brown sugar sweetness. I'd like to see more body, but I don't consider that a major downfall of this beer. Slight coffee tones hidden under everything else going on. A very good beer for a very uninviting day outside.

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Photo of bassmantin
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly transparent brown/red color with a moderate white/tan head into a tulip glass (maybe not the best glassware choice, but I think it's cool).

Smells of malty sweetness, not much else. Taste is a bit hollow. Not much going on. A lot of malty sweetness and a little too much alcohol flavor. I feel like this beer is going to give me diabetes it's so sweet.

Overall: Not recommended. If you want a good doppelbock, there are several other great options that are readily available most places.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from CM poured into a standard pint glass. Born on 2/10/2014

A - Dark brown with orange/ruby highlights. Very thin layer of swirling lace. Clear.

S - Bread, with hints of vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruit. Faint whiff of booze.

T - Very forward in the malt department, with chocolate and vanilla and some nutty-ness coming through. Mild alcohol on the finish with a touch of hop bitterness.

M - Carbonation is solid, medium heft

O- Another solid offering from Bell's. Doppelbock fans will enjoy this one.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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