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 DaPeculierDane
1.54/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Piss poor example of the style. Twice tasted from two barrels and twice disregarded as a cloying mess.

Appearance is an alright, if a tad light, hazed copper. Carbonation is light but lasting. No head. Aroma is sweet rancid vegetables and sweaty gym socks. Taste is fruit syrup and alcohol. Mouthfeel is way to sweet and entirely syrupy. Light body (although the syrup makes it feel heavy). No caramel, no roastedness, hardly a touch of malt or hops, just filth. Considering Bell’s consistency problems, I’ll try this again in a year and hope for improvement but for now this beer is a drain pour. The worst dopplebock I’ve tasted to date.

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Photo of nlmartin
1.68/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer was purchased at Jungle Jims. The beer is from batch # 7209. This beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer has a cloudy coppery coloration. The head is off white. There is positively no retention of the head and no lacing of the glass.

Smell: The beer has a slightly sweet boiled vegetable water smell.

Taste: The beer has the same flavor as the taste. The beer taste like water was used from a veggie boil and used to make the beer. There is a little bit of sweetness. There is no trace of hops or spicyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is way thin on mouthfeel. The taste and smell are major let downs. I drank about half of the beer. The beer was allowed to warm closer to room temperature before being poured out. Bells makes some very good beers. This is not a good beer. Perhaps this one should be placed back on the drawing board. Dam I bought a sixer of this beer.

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Photo of trumick
1.93/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark amber with a very thin off white head and no lacing.

Scent is of sweet malts, raisins. Ok, I can't even work up enough head to get an honest smell of this beer. I'm getting frustrated.

Taste follows the nose? Sweet malts and dark fruits without the slightest hint of bitterness until long after I have swallowed each sip, and then its just sour.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. I think this beer is too thin for a dopplebock. Appropriate carbination, though.

Drinkability is low. I have to say this is one of the worst dopplebocks I have ever had.

Another sub-par offering from Bells. When will they get it right?
I have never had a bad beer from Rogue, Stone, or from Founders for that matter. Bells still has issues with consistant brewing across the board. This beer is terrible, and I wouldn't recomend it to anyone. I poured the rest down the drain.

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Photo of mscudder
2.09/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Consumed a few months back and documented.

A - Ruby amber hue. Poor sized head and little lacing.

S - Light roasted malts, but I really felt as if something were just "off" at bit.

T - Dark and heavy malts hit initially and seems pleasing until the finish arrives. To me. this is just unbearable. I cannot compose any diction that would encompass what I felt this taste was, but I just could not bear another sip. I have never purchased a beer that I found had such a horrid aftertaste I would refuse to finish the bottle.

M - Creamy and malt filled body. Still just offended by the finish.

O - Bar none the worst beer I have ever had from Bell's. I cannot seem to figure out why others covet this brew, but for me I will just avoid it from now on.

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Photo of cokes
2.17/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A disappointment from Kalamazoo.
This one pours out a nice amber-brown body. Tan head lasts a while. It looks the part.
Very little to speak of on the nose. Some malt sweetness, leaning toward prunes or raisins. But not very much.
Taste is similar. Pretty faint for a doppelbock. In fact, I get more off-flavors than anything else. Malt sweetness leans toward prune. Then comes a parade of truly odd flavors. Celery, radish and some other veggies. The veggie flavors do not ruin this beer, but the yeasty sour aftertaste does. Bitter and disgusting with hints of bile. It lingers oppressively. The more you drink, the more pronounced it becomes.
Fluffy and airy body. Neither robust nor thick...especially given the ABV.
The aftertaste of this is truly horrifying. The longer it sits in my mouth, the more I drop the taste rating. Not recommended at all.
A huge letdown.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.3/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not too excited about this one. I have finally decided that I am going to give up on Bell's. I keep finding myself disappointed with them (except their Porter).

The beer pours out with a maple syrup color with red undertones at the bottom of the glass. The little head that started filtered down to nothing after about a minute. There was litterally nothing in the glass. It looked like I was drinking a snifter of cognac.

The aroma was sweet and malty but it had a strong salty, vinegar-like smell; almost like a jar of green olives. The taste is sweet up front and loaded with malt, but there is an odd balance of flavors that run around my mouth. There is sweetness mixed with a sour-off taste and salty finish.

Overall, not too excited to see the rest of the six-pack taking up precious space in my beer fridge.

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Photo of LyonsHead
2.37/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: reddish/amber hues with a thin white head that disappeared quick

S: darker munich malt and alcohol. No real bread crust or toasted notes... pretty one dimensional

T: Im gettin a lot of hot alcohol; its overpowering and masking the other flavors. 8% isn't unheard of and I've had stronger beers that give no alcohol flavor. Bell's just did a really poor job creating a complex malt bill to be complemented by alcohol. The only other flavors Im picking up are really dark fruits, there is a lot of plum.

M: medium body, very slick mouthfeel. finishes almost cloyingly sweet; it seems to linger forever

D: Not impressed. A lot of people talk Bell's up but I cannot think of a single beer of theirs that I love. I have to put them at the top of my list of most overrated craft breweries.

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Photo of Realale
2.38/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Mostly clear reddish copper. Fine tight 3/4" beige head quickly settles to a thin rim of foam.

Nose is very malty with some current and chalky mineral notes. A not inappropriate whiff of alcohol is there as well.

Tart in the mouth, with a slight dried currant fruitiness riding on the surprisingly small malt base. An odd, almost rotten, fruitiness quickly develops and overwhelms the palate (not that it takes much of this element to overwhelm . . .). Astringent and slightly metallic finish. The bottle-conditioned carbonation is nice, and mercifully scrapes the flavors off my tongue.

Certainly an odd duck, but nothing screamed bad bottle to me. I just think its not a very good beer. Thanks to MJR for the experience (he had the decency to warn me).

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Photo of ppoitras
2.45/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity to revisit...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" beige head over the reddish amber brew. Head settles, but stays with the party for the most part, and lacing is okay for the style. Aroma is very fruity, with an undercurrent of malt and alcohol. Taste is just as strongly friuty as I remember it, overpoweringly so, just shouting everything down except for maybe some alcohol warming at the end. Mouthfeel probably would be good if the flavor wasn't kicking my butt, and drinkability from same. Guess I really just don't like this one. Your milage may vary.

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Photo of purplehops
2.51/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consecrator pours a hazy orange/brown with a light tan head that hangs around and leaves dome lacing. The aroma is sweet like dried figs and dates but there is also a sour note in there that starts to over power the sweet aromas. The taste starts with a burst of carbonation and then moves to flavors of vienna and caramel malt. This is suddenly overpowered by sour flavors that overpower all other flavors. The finish is sour fruit and grain flavors. The aftertaste is grainy and sour flavors lingering until you sip some water or eat some bread. The mouthfeel is medium sour.
Overall this has to be an infected beer. This is the second Kalamazoo product that I have tried that was sour. I have also had two that were excellent. No way they can be proud of this product. I will give them another try in six to nine months.

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Photo of Spacemonkey6945
2.53/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I tried this on tap at Bells Brewery in Kalamazoo Mi along with 5 other stellar Bells beers. I was vastly disappointed in the consecrator doppelbock. I rarely meet a beer I don't like, or at least wont drink. However Consecrator doppelbock takes the cake. It tastes like burnt sugar mixed into more sugar and then mixed with a bunch of sparingly carbonated toilet water.

The sweetness is overpowering as is the caramel maltiness. Only very slight bitterness and hop presence. Mouth feel is very watery and under carbonated.

I was not impressed

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Photo of marc77
2.67/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ruddy chestnut hue and brilliantly clear when decanted. Prodigious, stiff persistent taupe head leaves jagged, dense lace. Honeyish sweetness and toasted malt hit the nose at first, then are contrasted by a tartness akin to unripe plum. Richness in aroma is provided by a lightly buttery, toffeish melanoidin / dark caramel malt combination. Caramelized fruit sweetness hits and coats the palate initially, then is bathed by a detracting sourness reminescent of sour sop. Sourness tapers slightly, allowing sweetness to reemerge in a toasty, bready fashion, only to be offset by light, yet mildly astringent hop bitterness. Becomes thin, oddly vinous and sherrylike late. Over attenuated, but passably smooth. Finishes with diminished lactic tartness fading quickly and token residual sweetness fleeting. Hmm. A beer that had potential, but is perhaps a victim of a fledgling Lactobacillus infection. Not outright bad (yet), but easily far substandard for Bells.

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Photo of jsh420
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

batch #9433

pours golden light brown with a 1 finger tanish off white head

smells of sickly sweet carmel malts brown sugar

taste - much of the same way too sweet and the booze is very strong - maybe age will make this beer better

mouthfeel is good for the style - medium to heavy body low carbonation but just enough to make it very creamy and smooth

drinkability - this beer was hard to get down - a sipper that should have been a drain pour but @ $16 a sixer manned my way through

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
2.72/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Beautiful translucent red-brown. Small, slightly tanned head that resides very quickly. No lacing at all.

S: Sweet, malts. Caramel, I can smell the lager yeast. Crisp. Earthy.

T: Really sweet and fruity, but artificial sweetener taste, like aspartame. I get a touch of raisin. Definitely rough around the edges. Noticeable alcohol. Harsh, sickly sweet, fortified wine-like finish, yuck.

M: Thin. Medium-high carbonation.

Sorry Bells, but you let me down on this one. This is my first doppelbock, and I think I just don't like this style of beer. I was never a fan of lagers, especially higher alcohol lagers, so take my review with a grain of salt. Tastes a bit like Baltika 9 cut with Steel Reserve, bleh!

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Photo of Natural510
2.74/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle; batch #10150

Terrible look, which is a surprise from Bell's. No head or lacing at all, with a soda-pop fizziness. Resembles a fast-food fountain root beer.

Malty molasses notes meet a mineral quality in aroma; not quite what I expected and not as pungent as one usually find in the style.

Sweet brown-sugar malt with a healthy dose of astringent yeast makes up the bulk of the flavor. Yeast creates a dryness which is met with a mild but apparent hop finish.

Mouthfeel not quite as bad as it appears, but it could be either creamier or thicker to give it some body.

It pains me to say this was not at all enjoyable. Even one of the best breweries in America can sometimes miss badly, as Bell's has with their doppelbock. Hopefully next year's batch will be better.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bells beers are usually top knotch...and they specialize in using hops well. Unfortunately this beer is only a rough approximation of a true German Bock. Apparently BA members LIKE approximations better than real (hence American "Octoberfest" style beers are 9 of the top 10....with only ONE Munich/REAL Oktoberfest beer)...and everyone likes Bells, hence it gets good marks.

Here is the Brewer's Association official definition of a Double Bock:
Malty sweetness is dominant but should not be cloying. Malt character is more is reminiscent of fresh and lightly toasted Munich-style malt, more so than caramel or toffee malt character. Some elements of caramel and toffee can be evident and contribute tocomplexity, but the predominant malt character is an expression of toasted barley malt. Doppelbocks are full bodied and deep amberto dark brown in color. Astringency from roast malts is absent. Alcoholic strength is high, and hop rates increase with gravity. Hopbitterness and flavor should be low and hop aroma absent. Fruity esters are commonly perceived but at low to moderate levels.Original Gravity (ºPlato) 1.074-1.080 (18 -19.5 ºPlato) ● Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato) 1.014-1.020 (3.5-5 ºPlato) ●Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 5.2-6.2% (6.5-8%) ● Bitterness (IBU) 17-27 ● Color SRM (EBC) 12-30 (24-60 EBC
The malt here is cloying and overly syrupy sweet. Aroma is nice...but smells just like brown sugar. Lingering malt sweetness even in the aftertaste...not pleasant.

This beer is not at all clean--as true German Double Bocks somehow manage to be. Hence, though I too love be true to the style, they should go back to the drawing board.

For 2012:

A: Pouring this into a clean glass, made the head disappear almost immediately, like a soft-drink. While the color of the beer is fine...a very red amber, crystal clear, it's just not acceptable to make a fine German lager with less than an English-beer head. Half the fun of German-style beer is drinking through a frothy head.

A: Aroma is a combination of malt and hops, with alcohol...with more malt than anything. Because the hops also are apparent (not right for this style), along with the alcohol... the smell is slightly chemical/metallic-like. (maybe why the Germans keep the hop IBUs lower?)

T: Taste is quite good, VERY similar to Paulaner Salvator. I think if the Bell's folks had resisted the persistantly-American-craft-brewer urge to over-hop (just slightly...for this style) it would be nearly indistinguishable from a true German Doppelbock. But hey, I bet this is the lowest IBU Bells

M: Significantly thinner, more watery mouthfeel than Salvator....which along with the zero-head, made me feel like I'm drinking a cheap beer (it's not $15 for a 6er!). Don't get me wrong...not horrible, but...I expected more from an expensive beer.

O: Overall, I'm disappointed at Bells. I've come to expect excellent beers from this brewery, and...for the style, this beer simply doesn't make the cut. The fact that I paid a lot for it too, makes me I could of had Ayinger Celebrator (the best) for the same price.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Pours an amber red color. Has a very large bubble head that disappears quickly.

S - Sweet,but not very strong scents here.

T - A ton of malt. Sweet flavor with a high alcohol finish.

M - Good carbonation but this is nothing special.

D - Dissapointed, I love Bell's and this is just an average beer with nothing special. I enjoyed tasting this one but might have to trade off the rest of the 6-pack.

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Photo of AudioGilz
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I just can't dig doppelbocks yet. Unless this is an off one. I enjoyed Salvator a lot. This one seems bland in a way. It's appearance is a wonderful dark cherry red/amber, and the head is about an inch of tan thickness. I didn't get much out of the whiffs, just some sweet maltiness. It's thick and full bodied on the tongue, very sweet. Maltiness is about it, very sweet, then some hops in the finish. A weird aftertaste kept bothering me. I had no idea what it was. It knocked taste and drinkability down somewhat. Not recommended.

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Photo of noclue
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type: 11.2 ounce bottle served in a tulip snifter.

Appearance: Hazy deep amber color. Little to no head, blotchy lacing.

Smell: Malty. Faint hops, sweet and citrus-like.Alcohol, solvent.

Taste: Rich, sweet and fruity. Not very exciting.

Mouthfeel: Full and rich.

Drinkability/Overall: Possibly fairly drinkable for some people, but I just couldn't get into it. Not too bad, but not my favorite Doppelbock either.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Alchemist pint glass. I don't use this as much as I should.

Appearance - Murky red body with no head, no lacing, and no surface bubbles at all. As it warms, the beer clears, but it still looks pretty bad.

Smell - Caramel and lots of it. Some booze. One-note smell, but it's a doppelbock, so I don't expect a whole lot more out of it.

Taste - Ugh, it's not very good. Very sweet from an intense dose of caramel. It doesn't change much until the finish, which has a hefty hop presence, surprisingly. The hops aren't bad, but the finish is really odd. It gets kinda vinous and... just strange. Dry? I don't know, but it's not good.

Mouthfeel - Not super thick, but heavy. Low carbonation doesn't help it out. I know it's a doppelbock and not supposed to be light and effervescent, but this is a bit too much. That finish is just woeful, too.

Overall - Not good and nearing bad. I finished it, but mostly so I could accumulate adjectives for this review. Probably the worst beer from Bell's I've had.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my newly aquired (but washed) Darryl's Wood Fired Grill pint glass and the brew is a semi hazey orangeish brown brew with 1/2" of tan head that dissappears quickly leaving little on the surface and no noticable lacing.

The aroma is dark malts, some wheat, and sugar. The flavor follows the nose with a touch of alcohol, but to me the sweetness is way to forward and kills the actual malts from coming forward. Mouth feel is medium heavy, again from the sweetness. Medium low carbination.

TO ME, this was not an enjoyable Dopplebock and it is probably my least favorite Bell's offering that I have tryed to this point.

A C brew.

At $14.99 a 6 pack (with 5 more yet to consume) this has got to be the shittiest value in my 5+ months of trying real beer. (Didn't really piss me off till I looked at my receipt just now and saw what I paid for this crap).

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Photo of JDV
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled this at the recent tasting. Pours a clearish maroon color with a short lived head. Smell was smoothly malty, and some dark fruitiness perhaps. Taste was creamy and tart caramel with a medium body and average carbonation. Goes down pretty easily and alcohol is hidden well. Nothing too spectacular, but also not one of my preferred styles.

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Photo of claspada
2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aromas begin with earthy and grainy notes mixed with light caramelized sugar and toffee and slightly dark fruity maltiness.

The taste followed suit nicely, with the dominant flavor of caramel really taking hold. Some nice bready malts being located under that as well. Nice smooth finish with the long lingering flavor of nutty caramel on the tongue for a few minutes afterward. A nice dark fruit/raisin flavor emerges if you really dig in here.

The mouthfeel was a nice medium-bodied ale with a good amount of carbonation and a smooth creamy feel. The problem for me is that it is TOO drinkable for an 8.0% beer, why do all lagers taste diluted and boring. Way too refreshing, crisp and drinkable.

Overall this is a good beer but not a great Doppelbock by any means. Isn't even worthy of drinking the bathwater of great examples of this style from Salvator, Weihenstephaner and especially Ayinger. Also falls way way short of the best American example from Thomas Hooker. This is a pass for me as far as a recommendation goes.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Try to hard to concentrate? Pours a clear mahogany brown color with a slight reddish hue. A soft white head with some retention but does not make it through the full tasting. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is malt-sentric with a nice kettle caramel notes. A bit sweet for style but ok. Some candy and melanoidin aromas. Noticeable yeasty notes with stronger esters. Some plums and figs. Some lighter rose and bubblegum notes as well. A touch of diactyl as well. A hit of fusels but noticeable alcohol notes.

The taste brings out more esters/phenolics but still has a strong malt base. The kettle notes back off but still a good caramel base. A bit too sweet with some sugary notes that linger into the finish. Some minerally notes as well. Almost like a fluoride thing going on. The plums comes out as well as a light pineapple and pickle note. Noticeable alcohol as well.

The body is too sweet. Although does not have that under-attenuation feel. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall there is something funky going on here in the taste. Almost like a weird yeast, but eh.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear ruby red with a finger of head that is tan.
The aroma is some bready and spiced malts and creamy caramel, which follows into the flavors with a roasty toffee and a handfull of fig and date like fruit flavors. I expected more punch from this one, but everything is really creamy and light overall, could use some more viscosity and spices to hit the mark closer, but is a decent Dopplebock. I wish they would just Eis this thing.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,451 ratings.
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