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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: 1,472 |  Reviews: 680
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KonigObHops
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a dark ambe color with a tan head that was about one finger-width thick.

The aroma was sweet and malty with a lot of carmel.

The initial taste was quite sweet and in the middle the beer is sweet and malty with a heavy dose of caramel. There is also a hint of raisin. The beer finishes with an almost buttery taste.

Overall, this is a good Dopplebock. It was full-bodied and true to the style. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys Dopplebocks.

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Photo of Nace4
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed mahogany brown (that clears as it warms) producing 1.5 fingers of light tan, frothy, rapidly diminishing head that leaves no lacing & a thin surface cap. Amazingly malty! Aroma is fruity, dark bread, toffee, brown sugar, raisins/dates, roasted nuts, some woody vanilla (or something like it) & a hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet, dark bread, toffee, brown sugar, roast, minor chocolate, hints of raisin & fig. The finish being a peppery spiciness in the fruity, toffee & lightly boozy finish. Fruit, sugar candy & toffee mix with some hop bitterness accentuated by the alcohol bitterness, spice & warmth make up the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy & chewy into the finish with a sandy, tongue crawling aftertaste.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of outsider
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of opierce
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of moundbz
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally for me! This beer has been a long time waiting for me! And thanks to a good dude in Iowa, he found a bottle dated (or packaged 02/01/2017 as that's what Bell's does on their bottles).
This was poured into a lager glass because it is a doppelbock.
The appearance was a thin dark amber transparent color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Not much lace, in fact, barely any (did the age possibly break this? I'm not sure).
The aroma was a totally indulgent blend of caramel, molasses, dark bread, crisp sweet nuts - somewhat roasty and started leaning just a touch further to pecans as it warmed.
The flavor was sweet initially and running into the roastiness slightly with nuts making a good balance. Subtle woodiness and a touch of earthy spice popped in just before the aftertaste full throttle in a graceful manner.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed a bit under, but that didn't bother me because I'm assuming the age possibly did that to this. Honestly, there's barely any stickiness which I thought would have shown up a bit more. Finish had a nice smooth maltiness about it.
Overall, what a doppelbock! Makes me want to move to Michigan! I don't get many doppelbocks in Vermont so having this was a real treat!

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Photo of psmith161
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WunderLlama
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a stein

Copper liquid , taupe one finger foam , quickly settles to a layer of bubbles

Aroma of seeet malts and grains

Sweet malt taste

Good beer

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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 2-1-2017

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Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SpaethJam
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 2/01/17 Pours a clear dark amber with a heavy dose of garnet. Normal head volume, normal retention for the style, slightly sub-par lacing.

Very good nose but it is a bit subdued. It is slightly nutty, hints of bready malt and an extremely subtle hint of lightly charred wood. Deep underneath are subtle hints of molasses with a whiff of caramel. The complexity is there but you have to look for it.

Rich full body that is deliciously creamy with a very smooth slick texture. World class carbonation / body balance. The effervescence is perfectly constructed to allow the flavors to pop yet not distract from the complexity. The middle is vibrant and the finish prickly. One of the most perfect balances I have ever had the pleasure to consume.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding and delivers where the nose fell a bit short. The base is a rich molasses and caramel background that is just sweet enough to take center stage in the middle while allowing the other complex flavors their time in the spotlight. Bitterness is subtle yet just enough for contrast, especially from the middle on. Unlike the nose, the base malt flavor is more biscuit than bready. Complexity is world class as was the balance. In addition to nuts detected in the nose, light prune, light dates, leather and tobacco are evident. The finish is a slow fade that is prune like with a touch of uncovered alcohol.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had many from Bell's - so far, this has to be my favorite of theirs...

A richly colored caramel liquid poured into my pint glass with minimal head. The head had no staying power and there was no lacing to speak of, but it was quite an appealing color of caramel to behold. The smell hinted of booziness (a nice surprise) which was backed up in its taste - no overpowering, just there to add to what would had been without it an also-ran doppelbock. The feel was the most disappointing part of this brew - way more carbonated for my taste, but after warming a bit, it pulled back to display more of a spicy feel. Still not necessarily appealing (at least to me) but better than the high carbonation. Overall, this was quite a surprise when it came to dopplebocks - one of my favorite styles - and the booziness of this one might make it my most favorite after all.

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Photo of Atg1095
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of entenduintransit
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear ruby with a smallish head. The aroma is soft with notes of sweet bread, banana, dates, fig and walnut. The flavor features dates, figs, fudge, banana bread, walnut, mild cinnamon, wheat bread, ceral grain, and cocoa powder. The mouthfeel is full and smooth with a low level of carbonation. Overall this is a really well made beer, with a load of richness but a drinkably dry finish.

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3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass, purchased at total wine in Charleston.
A: pours a ice tea reddish brown, one finger of white foam head quickly fades, carbonation,
S: sweet malt, grahm cracker, raisins
M: medium body with the carbonation leaving a prickly feeling on the tongue
T: syrupy sweet malt, rum soaked raisins, prune, caraml, dark bread, hints of oak
O: good brew, it is sweeter than other dobble bocks I've had before

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Photo of justinm4bama
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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