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 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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Photo of barleysangel
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW. I love this beer.
The appearance is a caramel brown with a tan foamy head. Not a lot of smell. I guess I would describe the smell as earthy. The taste is excellent. It feels like it belongs in my mouth. It's sweet and smooth and has a slightly chocolately aftertaste. The mouthfeel is perfect. I have to stop myself from chugging it down. I would have to say that this is one of my favorite beers right now.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Chestnut mahogany amber brown unfiltered color to it, topped with a nice caramel tan head leaves evenly rung specks of lacing, can't complain. Aroma: Rich malty layers paired with what the label calls "old world yeast" (aka Ringwood like in nature yeast) works its magic and brings out a semi-spicy bread note. Unique doppelbock that goes light on the alcoholic phenols and over ripened fruit approach, also packs a decent helping of hops here. Taste: BIg flavor succulent like a well prepared portobello mushroom, sports a tasty sweet malt profile finishes bready with a touch of plum and alcohol infused flavor and heavily hoppy flavors for a D-bock keeping the bitterness reserved. Great exploratory offering pushes the diameters of the style nice jobe, Larry! Mouthfeel: Unfiltered medium bodied German style lager, nice beer for me I enjoyed. Drinkability: Top notch balance not overly sweet great mix of flavors, man I really like this beer.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exits its glass prison into a Duvel tulip with a modest tan head settling out over a deep reddish brown liquid. Deep malty nose with hints of dark fruit and a little spice. The taste is thick chewy maltiness with an allusion to smokiness, tied together with quite bitter hoppiness...not delicate and flowery, just straight up bitter! Finishes on a rich note and with a flair of alcohol and bittersweetness...perhaps a tad too much bitterness for this style, but since I'm a card-carrying HopHead this is hardly a problem here!

Thanks to "super trader" CRJMellor for the bottles!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 8881--Bottled on February 5, 2009

G: Poured into a Pilsner Urquell pilsener glass.

A: Pours a medium nut brown with a smallish single-finger head. An initial rush of carbonation through the glass. Although semi-dark, the beer is mostly transparent.

S: Malty and creamy with a slight sweetness. Hints of caramel.

T: A lot more to the taste than the small. Sweet malt with notes of caramel, faint nuts, syrup, and dark fruits. Quite complex.

M: Light-to-medium body with moderate carbonation throughout. Goes down quite smooth with only the slightest hint of the 8.0 abv.

D: Eminently drinkable. This is only the second Doppelbock I've reviewed, and enjoyed them both immensely. This seems to be bit heavier in the mouth than the Ayinger Celebrator. This is a good one to drink through the cold months (which, given the release date, will be quite a few in Chicago) and transition to the Ayinger as the weather warms up.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dopplebock is redish brown with a huge tan head. Malt is evident in the smell and taste. It is lightly hopped, just enough to tame the malty sweetness. There is lots of carbonation. The mouthfeel is great. This beer is so easy to drink. I found myself taking big gulps.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend bought this for us to try and said they were charging $17 for a six those prices, it better be good, right.

12 oz into a pint glass. It's a little light on the head. The body is surprisingly clear. Aroma is clean but doesn't really blow your hair back. Solid in the style, but not the biggest nor the best.

It's complex on the tongue. Quite a bit of depth, some deep sweet notes, it is quite sweet but varied and malty. Yummy.

Great mouthfeel. Tops here too. This was a little disappointing on the aroma but tastes and finishes very well.

I recommend trying this beer at least once, it's a winner. If it was $11 for a 6 pack instead of $17, I'd probably keep this in my fridge a lot. (hint, hint, Bells)

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Photo of blackcompg
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours nearly 2 fingers of light golden tan head, you can hear the effervescence as you pour, body is a translucent red copper, with lots of carb in the body. The beer retains a solid cap throughout the session.

Smell - Dark ripe fruits, dark roasted toffee, fresh baked wheat bread, very light amaretto, and a light vanilla carmel.

Taste - Very much like the nose, this starts off with sweet dark ripe fruits and dark toffee, and right behind you get a semi-sweet baked dark wheat breadiness, then a hint of alcohol and amaretto flavor joins in, then very light breadcrusts and some faint minerals, and finally a hint of grassy hops that round out a lightly bitter finale. But this does not finish clean, and I like this here - nearly all of these flavors remain in the mouth (especially the corners) long after each sip.

Mouthfeel - The level of sweetness and bold flavors make this a medium weighted beer, the carb is lighter side of medium and silky smooth, almost foaming across the tongue, but then leaves some nice tingling edges at the sides.

Overall - Really a well done dopplebock imho, just delicious, a very nice balance of flavors, all complimentary. While this is definitely a sweeter beer, the boldness of the dark fruits, roasted malts, grassy hops and light minerals, and even the faint alcohol heat all balance out the sweetness perfectly - I don't consider this overly sweet or syrupy in the least. Glad I got a case of this, will definitely pick up another case next spring - highly recommend.

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Photo of therica
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow-- amazing reading my original review from 8/5/2005, it must have been a really bad batch or something that we got at Bell's. This stuff is amazingly good.

A= cloudy gravy-amber, fair head which dissipates after a short while, little lacing.

S= dreamy whiffs of nice hops, prunes, apricots, something in that venue.

T= delicious, not overly done on the hops bite, nice rich full blend of the darker fruits (prune, apricot et al), sweet malts.

M= very clean, no residual bite or any unpleasantness

D= extremely-- in fact an absolute requirement for beer fanatics

WAS ORIGINALLY 4.5 / 3.5 / 3.5 / 2.5 / 2.5
We happened to be in Kalamazoo for a few days, and Bell's was recommended, so we tracked down the brew-pup and brewery-store - WHAT A HASSLE! After an hour of driving in circles, stopping and asking people on the streets (EVERYONE seemed to know where it was but were useless in giving helpful directions), we finally succeeded. There wasn't enough time to stay for the pub, but we hit the store and bought a few cases-- including a case of Consecrator Doppelbock.

Yeeow... we all ran for cover... Consecrator Doppelbock should be renamed, "Crucifier" because it is so hop-over-the-top! I was afraid to spill it on anything, for fear that it would strip finishes or eat through the structure.

Basically, we gave it 5 thumbs down. Admittedly, one is a Bud-Lite fan, but... then again, I "ain't no beer-soda swiller," read my review on Bell's Expedition Stout, which is truly as superb as its reputation, or my review on Bell's Two-Hearted Ale.

If you're hip on hop, then you'll probably think I'm giving this stuff a bad rap, you'll love it. Just let me know what to do with the remaining 3 six-packs here, heh...

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Photo of charlesw
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear dark amber. Smallish head but lasting lace. Smells like a maple syrup jelly bean (would I kid you?). Awesome. Tastes like one too :) Oh. Just kidding, I guess. It tastes exactly like it smells but it's hard to qualify that smell. There's tiny carbonation bite - which is fine and in style. There's a little residual bitterness. Also fine. It's sweet. I get brown sugar (the nice organic kind - not just cheap no-brand crap). There is a little musty malt to the aroma. And, yeah, you get malts in the mouth, too. Melanoidin. Well, that or decoction :) I suppose that's the dominant flavor - a Munich/decoction thing. Very good for the style - pretty much right on everywhere. Kudos!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, the Dopplebock, one of my all time favorite styles. Time to see what one of my favorite brewers can do with it. Picked up a six pack of this the last time I was up in NC and was anxious to see what it would turn out like. Poured out a very clear, dark hazelnut brown. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the glass. A nice three finger high head of tan colored lace rose up above it and hung around for a few minutes before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top of the glass. Some decent side glass lacing as well, completed it very nicely.

The aroma was rich and sweet. Lots of great earthy and grainy notes mixing in well with a good amount of caramel sugar. The flavor followed suit nicely, with the dominant flavor of caramel really taking hold. Some nice bready malts being located under that as well. The alcohol was very well hidden, and not a factor at all. Nice smooth finish with the long lingering flavor of nutty caramel on the tongue for a few minutes afterward. The feel was a nice medium-bodied ale with a good amount of carbonation and a smooth creamy feel. Awesome session ale for me, as the palate was rich and the feel great. Very refreshing.

Overall, this was definitely a nice little bock. I could have drank this one all night and it just seemed to be really well done. For fans of the style, this was definitely a good choice. I would have to recommend this one to anyone who likes a good dark German beer.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,441 ratings.
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