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 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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Photo of Beejay
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep reddish amber, there was some very nice orangish tan head, but it had dissipated by the time I sat down.

S:Sweet, ripe bananas. Figs, yeast, Grape juice and a slight bit of alcohol. Very nice, you could just keep dissecting the smell of this for hours.

T: Sweet, malty. A good bit of fruit in there. Like raisons, or coffee cake of some kind. Ripe fruit and Brown sugar.

M: Lots of carbonation, nice consistency...

D: Fruity and delicious. The alcohol is well hidden, and the flavor is subtle and complex.. Definitely a Winner.

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Photo of rrwiltse
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of Bell's rarest beers and certainly one of its best. The aroma is what first grabs you---slightly sweet and malty, rich and interesting. This dopplebock pours very smoothly, and the aroma continues to get richer. The first taste is a malty bite, and then the smooth sweetness kicks in, leaving a slightly carbonated tingle at the back of the tongue. As you reach the bottom of the glass, there is a bit of sediment present.

A must try, pleasing and satisfying even in hot summer months!

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Photo of TaddyPorter
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Brews Cafe along with a growler each of Founders Double Trouble, Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale, another single of Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian IPA, and a single of Founders Nemesis (a bourbon maple barrel aged wheat wine [!]). Didn't get around to a real review of Nemesis last night, though it was remarkable. Now for the Consecrator: a Doppelbock from Bell's...I'm already prejudiced in favor of this beer.

Ruby to copper colored, like a sunset when held up to the light. Great clarity topped with a finger or two of foam after a rough pour, which reduces to a thin but solid layer of foam leaving fairly little lacing.

Sweet plums and dried fruit hit the nose first, then a bit of underlying sweet doughiness, like a cinnamon roll without the cinnamon? A bit of juicy purple grape is in there too.

Sweet and juicy taste of plums hits the tongue, then is dried out leaving behind a finish that is drier and darker. The initial sweetness is almost like sugary icing, then quickly is overtaken by the flavors of purple fruit, and those fruit flavors gradually dry out into prunes and prune pits: dry, a bit acrid and ashy, but lingering with complex flavor.

Juicy, velvety, and light-bodied with very light fizzy carbonation. Leaves the tongue coated and a bit puckered, dried out but ready for the next sip.

My first words were, "This seems like something you could drink all day." I'm not sure if my descriptions are doing justice to how juicy, sweet, enjoyable, and deeply complex--but above all extremely drinkable--this beer is. Fantastic.

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Photo of ninaturner
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber/brown in color with a one finger head

Aroma: Toffee, caramel, and chocolate

Taste: Tofee roasted malts, caramel sweetness, and a bread like flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium mouthfeel which is great for this style

Drinkability: Highly drinkable in my opinion, but I know that it may not be as drinkable for those who do not like caramel/toffee tastes

Overall: I am not usually a fan of the Doppelbock style, but I absolutely loved this creation by Bell's

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Photo of Tone
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, red color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with a low carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, slight hop, and a slight hint of citrus. Overall, a good blend, body, and aroma.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Bell's!

A: Deep amber in color with a one finger cream-colored head that lasts the entire beer.

S: Mostly malts and some brown sugar.

T: Brown sugar, caramel and some freshly baked bread. The balance in this beer is pretty good and it's sweet without being overly so. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style.

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Photo of raverjames
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have drank this beer so many times, but this is the first time I have reviewed it.

A: Golden brown, medium carbonation, minimal head.

S: Vienna malt, raisins, caramel.

T: Sweet, malty, fruity. Very full flavor.

M: Chewy, sweet, sticky, smooth.

D: Excellent. It is so smooth and sweet, you don't even notice it is 8%abv. I can drink this any time.

Another wonderful brew from Bells!

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Photo of gofreaksgo
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful, rich red-brown color. Thin 1 inch head that disipates fairly quickly. Beautiful lacing.

S: Sweet with a hint of licorice. Very subdued. Apricots.

T: Lighter than expected. Almost no hop bitterness. Very malty sweet but not overwhelming. Almost too sweet.

M: Bubbly, light, refreshing. Thin and smooth.

D: Goes down real easy. I could easily get in trouble with this one. Luckily it's a seasonal.

Overall this is a great lighter doppelbock from a great brewery.

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Photo of gustogasmic
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours perfect- a reddy dark brown with a yellow-bone head, very thin. Few bubbles, but very quick and small ones.

Smells like burnt toffee and carmely malts.

Tastes the same- smooth and awesome carmel with a nice light hop/ roast backdrop. Thick and sweet. A roasty tobacco leave.

Mouthfeel is incredible and perfect- goes down well at a cold temperature but froths up perfectly in the leave. Sticks well; the beer is as flavorful once it's down as in the midst of a sip.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark ruby brown, with a half finger head.

S- Dried and carmelized fruits, sweet and complex malt aromas abound with a slight hint of roasted malt.

T- Just as the sweet malt seems to to over take, some alcohol dryness comes in to counteract and keep things in check. A smooth, complex, malty treat throughout with a slighty dry finish.

M- Rich and silky smooth.

D- Tempting, very tempting.

This a great Dopplebock, very similar to Paulaner's Salvator.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,428 ratings.
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