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

very good
1,462 Ratings
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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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 Zachb4au
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of ThatsStout
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing and different throughout drinking.

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Photo of Duwey
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of 6demonbag
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of murraymj
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of JakeBarnett
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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 Ian_Alexander
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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 dpgoblejr
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jahbless
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,462 ratings.
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