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.

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Photo of centurian62
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I grabbed a mix and match sixer from a local snotty beer store and grabbed a couple Consecrator's as I had never had it before. All I can say is Bell's nailed it with this one!!!! Fantastic color, wonderful malty aroma and an extremely smooth mouthfeel. This is a Doppel that must be had. Wow!

The maltiness leads to a smooth finish with a slight hint of the alcohol content but is not at all overpowering. If you are a fan of doppelbocks or other malty beers, this one is a must try.

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Photo of carlborch
4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bell’s Consecrator Dobbelbock demonstrates clearly what M. Jackson described as a "moreish beer." It is impossible to take a single sip and not return to the glass almost immediately. As the ABV suggests, this is not a session beer, but if you need to loosen up a bit, or are seeking a little comfort and warmth, this is the perfect beer. The beer has a beautiful mouth-feel that lingers. It pours a dark, dense brown with an intensely contrasting, compact head. While the hops are restrained and the malt forward and enveloping it is well balanced. This Dobbelbock is a perfect meal replacement during lent. It is also a fine companion for meals that we may seek when weary and hungry. This beer can stand up to the richest of dishes, but is also a fine beer when you need to round out your meal with a touch of hops and full-malty richness. I would also sip it as an after-dinner alternative.

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Photo of bjazman
4.81/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm partial to the Dopplebocks these days, so take the review in that light

First had this on tap at Pint Room in Carmel IN. then found in 6 packs locally.

has a very nice flavor - nice balance between sweetness and darkness.

one of my favorites!

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Toasted malty aroma with a hints or raisins and plums. No hops or dieacetyl are evident. Medium sized dark tan head fades quickly to a thin film. Glowing dark brown beer with ruby highlights. Rich malty flavor is mildly sweet. Plum and dark sugar flavors peak their head in later on. A very slight bitterness cut the sweetness in the finish, but that bit of hops never threatens the malt dominance. There is a pleasant warming in my chest from the alcohol. Moderately carbonated with a fairly full body, but the sweetness never becomes overbearing. A great example of the style.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Aroma: Bready malt, not much hop, a little toasty aroma, some light caramel, slight plum, no chocolate or roast malt aromas.
Appearance: Reddish amber (deep amber/light copper), half inch cream colored foam collar quickly dissipates, not much lacing but some legs, brightly clear.
Flavor: strong malt caramel and touch of biscuit, very rich, a touch of toast, more alcohol than hop is balancing the malt, no burnt malt flavors, touch of chocolate, smooth, some alcohol balances the malt, moderate low hops, touch sweetness.
Mouth feel: full body – chewy, medium low carbonation, smooth.
Overall: Strong and rich and smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of parris
4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not sure how this one has only earned a rating of "very good", it's a fantastic doppelbock.

Nice dark amber pour, nose has a lot of raisin, port wine, a hint of fresh bread. Flavor follows, but with molasses and a hint of coffee.

Medium bodied, plenty of bubbles, very refreshing.

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Photo of bigkingken
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light brown, bordering on amber. A gentle pour brings little to no head to speak of, and what there is dissipates quickly. Clear, no haze. Smells malty of molassas and licorice with a touch of hops to counter. Mouthfeel is light and delicate with just the right amount of carbonation. Goes down extremely smooth. Sweet up front with a tinge of alcohol. Fairly complex follow up with notes molassas and honey. Tastes like a dopplebock should, in short. Has zero bitterness in the finish. In fact, a sweetness lingers on the tongue making you want more.

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Photo of cbl2
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

8/25/2006 $2.00 12 oz. 8.00% No best by date, but coded 6656.


Pours a dark brown that is embued with highlights of ruby red, that glows with a crimson intensity when held to the light. Relatively still with no head, and just a wisp of white that lines the circumference of the goblet.


Sweet roasted toffee, with hints of ripe starfruit and a tinge of alcohol. Bursting with malty goodness.


Nice chewy mouthfeel with intense caramelized sweetness that grows in intensity as this warms, blossoming into an almost caramel apple sensation towards the end. Phenominally well blend of flavors, and one of the best dopplebocks I've ever sampled. High ABV is masked nicely with only a hint of its heat making an appearance towards the end. Complexity of the malts only deepens as this warms.

Wow, this is an amazing beer, extremely drinkable, though as I continue to sip, I can feel the alcohol start to work its will on me. This would be perfect on a cold winter night, and it works quite well with a heat index of 94, here in Paducah, KY.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass. Copperish color and little head. Smells of chocholate but that's it taste is exceptional but mouthful dwindles as the beer dwindles. Good beer but not exactly what I expected from this company. Bell's usually hit the spot but this one is a tad mediocre.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Upon cracking the bottle, beer jumped from the rim forcing me to quickly pour into my oversized snifter. Beer poured a deep and thick plum color with a super frothy head. looking real good and tasty.

S-sweet apple with a touch of tangness. really well balanced...really amazing...really rich and thick without being too much of anything other than delicious.

T-Sweetness dominates the taste...along with nutmeg...little bit of maple syrup (with added sugar) and some hops in there too. Very well done. Strong purple grapes.

M/D-This is a thick and rich beer (like most Doppelbocks IMO), but not overbearing. Really drinkable. This is a tough style for me since I'm not a huge fan, but this beer really made an impression. Once again Bells impresses me.

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: lacing on top of a cloudy amber-brown brew. Looks thick and inviting.

Smell: Maple sugar, molasses, raw honey and malt.

Taste: follows the nose along with tastes of bread crumbs, butter and yeast. Carbonation sort of "zings" in the mouth. Leaves the palate a little dry with residual phenols and sweet, as if you had just finished some candy. Mouthfeel is nice and thick.

Drinkability: Almost perfect, in my book. Great beer for the cold spring leading to a warm summer.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Very happy to find this being sold as single bottles.
A - Pours reddish brown with a thick head.
S - Malty with a bit of wine or fruit.
T - Flavor is sweet, malty and caramel.
M - Chewy mouth feel.
O - I'm a fan of doppelbocks and this is a good one. This is a great, full bodied, delicious winter warmer kind of beer. Now I have to go find a six pack.

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Photo of WilliamD
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper-red into a pilsner glass. Nice, thick white head. Plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma is bready and malty. This beer smells quite good. Fresh, floral aroma is evident, and were I a horticulturist, I could be more elaborative.
Nice, malty taste that is accompanied by some raisin and plum tones. Some sweet, over-ripe bananas as well.
This has a great mouthfeel. Crisp and fresh, and slightly dry.
Quite drinkable for a doppelbock. Alcohol is not discernable. Given how tasty it is, I could easily enjoy several of these in one sitting.

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Photo of Beerthoven
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer needs to become more popular. Well done Bell's on a difficult style that doesn't seem to jump the Atlantic very gracefully. This beer is best about 20 minutes before it's allowed to warm all the way to room temperature if that makes sense?

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Photo of gopens44
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy dark copper with a fairly decent foamy head and good retention

S - Nutty, molasses and caramel laden with just a hint of booze.

T - Similar to the nose in the sweet caramel / molasses taste with an added twist of plums to round this one out.

M - Smooth, creamy and mild with very little aftertaste. Fairly low carbonation and medium bodied.

O - Great beer! I love Dopplebocks, and this one delivers the goodness without missing a beat!

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored into a snifter on 9/12/10

Batch 9433

Hues of copper, dull crimson & scorched amber make for rustic looking beer. Couple that with over a finger of light, sandy brown head & Consecrator is a visually appealing beer. Too bad the foam doesn't last last long, dropping to a thin layer & ultimately, a collar of retention. Lace tries to catch hold after each drink but generally falls back down the glass.

The aroma is nice & malty, suggesting sweetness with a touch of spice. Baked dark bread (possibly pumpernickel?), brown sugar, a nice toffee drawl, hints of caramel & faint wisps of spices. Subtle earthy undertones, most notable when the glass is swirled.

Consecrator starts off with a sugary bent, the flavors corresponding with the nose: caramel; brown sugar; toffee & maybe even a molasses twinge. In this respect it's almost barleywine-esque. Despite being sugary, I don't find it too sweet. Half way through each sip notes of dark bread move in briefly & are quickly followed decent hop bitterness that really dries out the beer toward the finish. I think the progression form sweet to bitter & dry is great.

Medium-full in body with appropriately moderate carbonation. The feel is good; just enough carbonation to accentuate the bitterness on the finish. Hints of toasted bread linger.

At 8% abv, I thought it might be kind of boozy; it isn't. I picked up a six pack so I could hit a "want" as an extra in a trade, not knowing what to expect of the beer. I split a bottle with an old friend over cigars & other beers. I was surprised at how tasty it was & how well it held up to the cigar. Now that I've had a bottle on a fresh palate, I'm all the more impressed.

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Photo of gromis
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a medium amber color. Very little head, which is to be expected with this style.

Very nice nose. Blend of spice and malt with a faint hint of grape.

Taste is a very nice blend of spice and malt.

This is definitely one of my favorite dopplebocks that I have tried.

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Photo of rye726
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'06, thanks Steve.

This has aged well. Pours a cloudy mahogany with a thin tan head. Nose bready has malts, cocoa, toffee, pecans. Taste has sweet nutty malts and peppery yeast. Creamy body is well carbonated. Nice beer, Bells is one of the best breweries in teh world.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at the Eccentric Cafe. served in a brandy snifter. looks great, reddish and very dark. small, ultra-white head. looks pretty darn good for a dopplebock. malty, earthy odor with some fruity tones too. great taste. fruity, sour and delicious. not too harsh as some dopplebocks can be and there was more of a concentration on flavor rather than alcohol (alchol very well hidden). also some apricots, plums, and spices in there too. good slow drinking beer.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of stewart124
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 03/2011

Poured into a bell's tulip. Dark copper in color with some lace and brown head.

Ripe grape notes and plenty of melanoidins in the nose.

Medium to full bodied with plenty of carbonation and smooth character overall. Very easy to drink. Loads of grape and dark bread from a rich malty grain bill. Some caramel and brown sugar sweetness that finishes very dry.

This was quite the treat but easily snuck up on me. It drinks like 8% but it was so delicious that I had to have more.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear garnet Amber with good carbonation with head that fades somewhat quick. Smells of chewy toasty caramel raisin bread - really nice....everything I want in a doppelbock. Tastes similar with some noticeable chocolate melt flavor. Mostly malty sweet with ample bitterness to even things out. Alcohol in check. Great version of a doppelbock overall.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once the bottle is opened, an enormous explosion ensues! Color is dark brown, head is a tarnished tan. Aroma is complex and highly charged, resembling barleywine in ways. Sweet, fruity, dark rum, mollasses, brandy, raisins, figs, cherries, and a huge whiff of alcohol. Thick, warming mouthfeel, large malt presence, and a strong hop profile. Great balance, in a big beer. Uniquely tasty! A flood of flavor takes charge on the palate, with strong, sizzling hops doing a wardance on the tongue. A remarkable beer!
I once taste-tested this against a regional version, Leinie's Big Butt Doppelbock. It was like Godzilla vs. Bambi.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date 1/23/13. Had this at the Tavern on Liberty in PA. Consecrator is a beautiful auburn color, with a very healthy 1.5" head. Quite fizzy carbonation going on here. The aroma is very powdery and candy-like. Lots of fruit esters coming up in both the aroma and flavor - apricot, plum, purple grapes, and raisins. The taste is smooth and bready, coating the mouth fairly well, and despite the 8% ABV, it's not too boozy. Overall, this is just like the best German Doppelbocks I had tasted the times I spent visiting there. I can't believe how smooth this is... Another stellar brew from Bell's!

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Photo of Pencible
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, dark ruby red with tan head. It smelled like earthy malt, muddy caramel, refined yeast, and some floral hops. It tasted like bitter cherries mixed with a blend of caramel and milk chocolate malts. It was oily with slight carbonation and a lasting sweet caramel aftertaste. Overall this was a very tasty, sweet and smooth beer. It was almost too drinkable for its high alcohol content, a dangerous combination!

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