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

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Bell's Consecrator DoppelbockBell's Consecrator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002

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Ratings: 1,475 |  Reviews: 682
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a flute. pours a rich amber color with a crystal clear quality and three fingers of light orange, semi loose head that has decent rentention. no lacings.

aroma is malty and nutty with caramel, toffee, and a mild alcoholic note that is smoothed out by a bready, biscuit like base of malt. nicely proportioned.

taste is more of the same, with a close resemblance to a nut brown ale, only with a background note of alcohol. nicely rich on the palate.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and creamy texture and a light bite from alcohol upon finishing. finishes on a warming note of alcohol and residual caramel malt.

drinkability is good. though a bit boozy for a doppelbock, this brew has good concentration and moderately ample complexity. wonderfully malty and tasty. cheers!

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More User Reviews:
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 oberon
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dirty brown with a burnt orange hue seemed a bit light for a doppelbock with a thin almost non existant head.Aromas were a bid bland I have to say some caramel and light molasses but nothing really stood out somewhat dissapointing.Flavors were marred by a real thin mouth feel for such a big beer almost watery somewhat sweet and grainy but kinda boring.Well I hate to say it because Bell's is one of my favorites but this beer really dissapoints there are to many other good doppelbocks to seek this one out.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.54/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Piss poor example of the style. Twice tasted from two barrels and twice disregarded as a cloying mess.

Appearance is an alright, if a tad light, hazed copper. Carbonation is light but lasting. No head. Aroma is sweet rancid vegetables and sweaty gym socks. Taste is fruit syrup and alcohol. Mouthfeel is way to sweet and entirely syrupy. Light body (although the syrup makes it feel heavy). No caramel, no roastedness, hardly a touch of malt or hops, just filth. Considering Bell’s consistency problems, I’ll try this again in a year and hope for improvement but for now this beer is a drain pour. The worst dopplebock I’ve tasted to date.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tectactoe
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Eccentric Cafe. Been wanting to try this forever in bottles, glad I just held off and was able to have it on tap, nearly right at the source. It pours some weird mix of brown, copper, and amber - a strangely unique color with decent clarity and a substandard, off-white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

The aroma is full of that crispy, lager-style yeast that I typically always love to see (or smell, I guess) in my lagers. Very clean, uplifting, and refreshing, and I'm glad it makes an early appearance here. It's got a sweet and steel-tinted caramel aroma going on, too - this one is certainly heavy on the malts, as most doppelbocks are. Some light fruity sweetness in the background, although it's hard to pinpoint a specific fruit. Maybe plum or raisin? Caramel malts certainly steal the show here with a little bit of molasses - but as nice as they smell, the aroma isn't as robust as I'd have hoped for.

Bouts of caramel and toasted bread wave across my palate after taking a sip. Consecrator has a big "toasted" feel to it, through and through. Malts not only provide heaps of caramel, toffee, and molasses, but good amounts of bread and crackers, too. The lager yeast is strong in the taste as well, and really comes alive on the back end of the sip. Some lighter candied fruits eventually poke their heads in; plum, raisin, and dates, lightly coated in brown sugar and served with molasses. I was about to say "where are the hops?" when all of a sudden they rush in at the very end - musky, leafy, and almost ashy leaving a resounding bitterness in the aftertaste to balance the sweetness perfectly. Medium bodied, not sticky but a little oily and coating on the palate, medium carbonation.

Very nice and easily drinkable doppelbock. It started off "just okay" but I really enjoyed the latter half of the glass quite more than the first half. Maybe the warmth helped it to open up a bit - that's usually how it goes, yeah? I haven't had an insane amount of doppelbocks to compare to, but this one was pretty damn good. As good as Celebrator? Probably not, but a great take on the style nonetheless.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brownbeer
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours ruddy brown with a cream colored head.

The nose is earthy with a strong root(cola) like note, fig, I want to say root beer candy. Not what I expected, in a not so great way.

The root notes in the nose are reflected in the taste, brown sugar sweetness, and something that reminds me of sweet tart candies. I wouldn't guess it's 8% by the flavor and it's a touch watery, even while the body is fairly full.

This was a let down for me from Bell's, considering the price and other available options.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep auburn in color, clear, with about 1/2" of white soapy head. Head dissipates quickly to a very scarce ring of bubbles. No lacing to speak of.

S: Sweet smelling malts and not much else. There is almost a fruity character to the aroma.

T&M: A nice long pull reveals a brisk but subtle carbonation and a lighter body. There is a sweetness to this brew that seems to be malt but that typical malt flavor is not there; this is a much lighter and, in my opinion, a more enjoyable taste. The sweetness is not heavy or pervasive. The finish is relatively quick and clean with very little linger at all. I'm sure there are hops in here because you can just feel the balancing act going on but there is no real bitterness to note. Quite refreshing.

D: I very much enjoyed this brew! I'm going back over my reviews and I think this is my first dopplebock - damn! I've been missing out! I don't really have another to compare against in my experience but from what I've tasted here, I would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of joemetric
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

Dark ruby brew, with creamy beige lacing that drops to a ring with some stick. Soft aroma of brown bread, melanoidins and hints of dark, ripe grape. Smooth, creamy and fluffy on the palate. Carbonation is tight and prickly. Malts are sweet with more melanoidins, brown sugar, touch of caramel, faint hint of paper, and purple grape juice around the edges. And then the beer drops dry. As if it was never in your mouth. Ultra-clean and very well-attenuated.

Flavorful up front, clean in the end and extremely drinkable. Yep, this brew tastes German in comparison to many of the sweet, alcoholic malt bombs that Americans interpret the style to be. Horns up to Bell's for keepin' it real.

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Photo of blackearth
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Ray's Liquor in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours a medium amber color with a thin white head. Bready aroma, medium bodied with a very sweet carmel flavor. Cloying finish with some warm alcohol feel. Nice to try one bottle but I don't need another until next Spring.

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Photo of skybluewater
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, murky cherry-rust color. Smells pretty weak, with that "special" Bell's aroma I've come to know and not like very much. Taste on the other hand is very good. It has that hearty doppelbock flavor, with a nice sweet maltiness and some chocolate as well. Only a slight alcohol burn mars the flavor. Mouthfeel is a touch weak, which (oddly) adds to the drinkability.

Overall, this is a pretty good doppelbock. Would, however, I buy again? Not likely (maybe a single once in a while). Nevertheless, if you like doppelbocks, this is one to try.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice caramelly amber red with a nice tan head on top. Nose has a lot of fruitiness with hints of sweet caramel toffee and yeast. Quite nice....I enjoy it.

First sip has a big caramel sweetness along with hints of earthy yeastiness. There's some hints of light fruit and quite a bit of sweetness as well. This seems fairly light for a doppelbock and the huge sweetness takes away from it a bit. Not bad overall.

Medium bodied and a little thin overall. Fairly smooth...flows over the mouth nicely. This was nice to try but I don't see myself coming back to it all too often. Thanks to my buddy kmpitz2 for sharing this one with me on my trip to KY.

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Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of JasonA
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish caramel. No carbonation, tiny co2 lacing ... hmmm. I can swirl up some carb, it is in there.

Sweet rum rasin. Port-ish. No Abv present, impressive for 8%. Medium malt. Some sugar that I cant quite place. Date?

Yummy delicious caramel malt. Minimal hops, awesome malt bill. Well rounded, lots of flavors I cant quite place.

Sits will for the expty carb pour. Maybe a tiny bit sweet, preference as I cant fault style.

Yummy. Very drinkable beer. Would love to have more. This might do well with some age, not too long I think.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

In a pilsner glass the beer was a cherry amber color with a thin tan head.
Strong caramel malt aroma, fruity. A bit of herbal hops.
Very malty taste. A little bit of citrus hops.
Rich, full-bodied.
This was a very nice dopplebock, one that was very easy to drink. Would definitely drink again.

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

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a light tan head.
The aroma is loaded with toffee as well as a bit of biscuit, dark sugar and a hint of fruit.
Taste is sweet -- caramel, toffee, brown sugar. A pleasant bitter middle with a bit of dark fruit at the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy.
Overall, a very good dopplebock.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Batch 10150; consumed 4/26/2011

A- Pours a translucent amber with one finger of light tan head that dissipates pretty quickly

S- Initial aromas of sweet malts, both caramel and brown sugar; also some nice dark fruits and a bit of bread coming through; relatively subtle, but good.

T- Taste is similar to smell, with a nice understated sweetness and more breadiness than in the smell; slight hint of alcohol on the finish; very enjoyable

M- Creamy medium mouthfeel and nicely carbonated

O- Overall a very enjoyable beer with a nice flavor profile. Drinks lighter than the 8%.

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Photo of bronwynbh
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Wolvmar
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, small head, light carbonation. Hints of fruit, some spice, malt dominates with slight hops bitterness. 8% abv is well hidden. Feels thin but easy to drink. Perhaps a good representation of the style (I'm no expert) but overall, drinkable but unremarkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A – Pours a golden copper-brown into the glass. Loose one-finger head of light tan foam disappears almost instantly, leaving a very thin island of lace in the middle. Beer is a dark rosewood and moderately opaque.

S – Very soft nose that really requires coaxing out of the glass, even after letting it sit and warm. Rich caramels and toasted malts. Hints of cherry amaretto. Alcohol in the nose suggests a light brandy.

T – Deep, rich caramels with a bit of brown sugar and a touch of toffee. Toasted malts in the background. Rich, dense, dark bread. Alcohol is very well muted. Just enough floral bittering hops on the back end to be detectable and give it balance, but remain anonymous. Pleasant, but unremarkable.

M – Rather smooth, with just a bit of carbonation. A tad thin, but not watery. Components are nicely integrated. Short finish that doesn't cloy.

O – With no shortage of malts available, the lack of a nose in this beer disappoints. It's a straight-ahead doppelbock that's enjoyable to drink, but doesn't offer anything to separate it from the pack. Malt profile could be mistaken for a Scotch ale, which is fine by me. This would be a great candidate to barrel-age and add those characteristics to give it more complexity. All-in-all, this beer is one that I'd order because I wanted to take a break from tasting really distinctive brews and just wanted a solid but unchallenging malt-forward beer, and the menu lacked an exceptional option that couldn't be missed. One thing to note: priced in the high-teens for a six-pack, there are much better options in this style for the same amount of money.

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Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,475 ratings