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

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,462 Ratings
Bell's Consecrator DoppelbockBell's Consecrator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,462
Reviews:
677
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
Wants:
108
Gots:
180
For Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,462 |  Reviews: 677
Photo of drunkenmess
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevedore
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DrainBamage
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SavageHopHead
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Buster
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Benish
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark ruby color. The aromas were of roasted chestnuts and dried cranberries. Very sweet and floral. The taste was similar, picked up fresh plums, cherries and other dark fruits. Flavors are very rich and malt forward. Medium-bodied and almost syrupy. Heavy for a doppelbock. Really enjoyed this one, a better doppelbock than others I remember.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, small head, light carbonation. Hints of fruit, some spice, malt dominates with slight hops bitterness. 8% abv is well hidden. Feels thin but easy to drink. Perhaps a good representation of the style (I'm no expert) but overall, drinkable but unremarkable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful mahogany caramel color with a small 1 finger head.

Aromas of malts, wort, some faint molasses. Some plum skins as well.

Flavor is primarily focusing on both alcohol and dark fruity esters; a soft malt base complete with caramel and carapils, some alcohol soaked fig following.

Feel is hot, boozy, slightly sticky and drying.

All of the 8% is present here, it's not palatable but it's felt. Not a tasty doppelbock by any means, but skirts by on the style and keeps within margins.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: reddish brown just like bottle describes

A: malt

F: full bodied, unbalanced, slow sipper, taste quickly dissolves off palate, boozy, somewhat flat

T: boozy, malt, caramel, molasses

O: not my favorite doppelback, overly boozy, not smooth, but a drink for marsupials gras to get wasted maybe this beer is perfect. Boozy to warm you on a cold February, 8% to knock you on your ass after a 6er, i could see enjoying it if intention is to get wasted but to enjoy one not exactly my favorite as the taste isn't quite there.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy garnet brown color with a one finger, fizzy, khaki colored head. retention and lacing are both minimal.

Smell is very malty foward. Toasted bread, sweet caramel and a touch of molasses.

Taste is the same along with some sweet dark fruit.. Very flavorful, complex and hearty.

Feel is medium, smooth and slick. Very low carbonation.

Overall a very good beer. I'm certainly not well versed in doppelbocks, but this was very enjoyable.

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerTest
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fx20736
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/19/16; drank 3/8/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque purple/red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice khaki head; decent lace.

Caramel, banana & faint clove notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Plum & clove flavors up front; mild caramel & faint booze heat notes on the finish. Tasty & easy to drink. I'd have another...

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Photo of moysauce
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Beginner2
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I Love Bell's for standing up to Illinois' anti-producer laws.
Consecrator is an above average American rendition and can compete against Germany's ownership of the style.
Except, consider one improvement... Consecrator penetrates/prickles the tongue instead of enticing it.
That may require too much of a tweak for a recipe that is as old as this century, but maybe Bells can introduce another d-bock.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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