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

Bell's Consecrator DoppelbockBell's Consecrator Doppelbock
1,469 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 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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Photo of outdoor7or24
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

Photo of ummswimmin
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 2/1/17. The beer pours deep tan with a small head and no lacing. The smell is dark fruits, light malts, and some sweetness. The taste follows the smell with caramel and raisins in the front. The beer is smooth with low carbonation. Overall a nice, easy to drink, flavorful bock.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, leaving wisps of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raisins are present in the nose along with hints of brown bread. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up and also reveals some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of brown bread, toasted malts, and raisins.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Drinking this beer almost feels like you are eating a slice of brown bread, so it's quite fulfilling. No alcohol is perceptible. It is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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

Look - a surprisingly ruby red with a small off-white head that doesn't have much retention but has some spotty lacing and long legs.
Smell - pretty subtle but there's caramel, bready malts, earthy yeast, and dark fruits (slight tart cherry even).
Taste - mild and smooth, caramel and bread lay the foundation, there's earthy yeast notes, and again, I'm getting some tart cherry in the finish, which is a nice and unexpected addition to the mix.
Feel - solid for the style (just like everything else) with a full body, high carbonation, and slightly chewy finish.

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Description: Ruby, amber color with a small amount of off-white head and lacing. The smell is clean, malty, with a bit of bready sweetness but overall, the aroma is kind of muted. Taste has some notes of dark fruit and more breadiness. It's malty and sweet but not overly so. Medium to heavy body, smooth drinking and low carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Sausage and sauerkraut

If you like this beer then you should also try: Troegenator Double Bock

Overall: 3.75 (This beer is good but I would not likely drink it again) Nothing wrong with this one but nothing overly exciting either. Flavors and smell are a little reserved but that probably has to do with the style as well.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevedore
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a darker amber brown body, one finger white head with fair retention and no lacing. Smell is rich grainy malt, tapioca, figs and raisins, caramel, earth, noble hops. Standard doppelbock profile, but clean. Flavour is simply what a doppelbock should be, with raisins, tapioca, grainy malt, earthy hops, slightly floral, caramel. Malty grainy sweetness on the backend, but not too sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good body, lighter on the carbonation than typical, with a grainy sweet finish. A very solid malty doppelbock.

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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear garnet color with a tight, white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of dark fruit and toffee.

Tastes of the dark fruit backed by toasted malt. Dark fruits lead off with notes of fig and raisins. Malts come in with brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and a bit of toasted bread. A touch of hops adds next with some earthiness. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a nicely done doppelbock.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DrainBamage
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brownish amber color with very little head. Smell is malty and bourbony. Goes down smooth, no bitterness whatsoever, but a little dry in the back of the throat. Roasted malts are evident. Alcohol is well hidden. A decent doppelbock overall.

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Photo of JohnBender
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SavageHopHead
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,469 ratings
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