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 dar482
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in an amber brown color.

The beer hits of dark fruits with cherries and raisins as a rich maltiness takes over with caramel, sweet breadiness, bread crusts, onto some alcohol that scrubs on the palate and lingers on the back end. The beer ends with a clean and dry lager finish.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz received recently as a very cool extra from NFLMVP.... huge thanks; this has been on my wants for a long time... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" head foams up and dies back fairly quickly leaving no lace.. and really no cap either.. but the beautiful color of this brew helps make up... crystal clear polished deep copper... amazing burnt orange highlites when held to a light.

The nose is thick and malty... very toasty with lite melanoidins ... lite prune fruitiness with no real hops.

Flavor is a big wallop of thick toasty malts.. fairly significant fruitiness .. prunes and a little bit of red grape.. a little bit of warming alcohol.. but it's never harsh... very clean across the board... the body is a nice medium with just adequate carbonation.. finish is fairly long with a pronounced nuttiness.

Thanks again to Steve... one of the easiest and best traders out there.

Edit: This brew deserves better than a damn "B"... especially based solely on style. It is certainly better than most Stateside attempts at the style and in my mind could easily stack up to it's European brothers... very nice and surprisingly drinkable even though I am just savoring every sip.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle continuing my trend of disappointing Bells beers.

Pours a clear bright amber color with a quickly fading, almost non-existent whitish head. Aroma is carmel malt, bready and biscuity as expected for the style, but lacking any depth. Taste is exceptionally sweet, with dark malts and fruits dominating and a light nutty and toasty finish. Average medium body with low carbonation. This wasn't bad, I just expect more from Bells, and this was a fairly pedestrian beginner's doppelbock.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost apricot-hued; vigorous pour results in a very small head that dissipates into a thin ring quickly. Semi-opaque with a steady stream of tiny bubbles rising to the top. Aroma is richly malty and alcoholic with sweetness abounding.

The taste of this beer is sweet and boozy. Dark malt flavor with notes of plums and caramel. Good carbonation lightens the mouthfeel, which is otherwise pretty creamy. Fairly powerful in both flavor and alcohol content, hops are not noticed. Booze doesn't hide here. As the beer warms it becomes winey and tannic...there's a drying finish with a bit of fumy aftertaste.

I really liked this beer and while it might not be in the very top tier for the style I found it adhered to it very well. Big, sweet, boozy, tasty.

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Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Obtained by trading with warriorsoul.

A chill hazed medium brown colored beer without much head formation what there is of it is tan.

The smell is sweet and nutty with a big roasted grain aroma. There is a slight soy sauce aroma and a grain husk and yeast scent.

The flavor begins sweet and fairly grassy and grainy with a figs and oak after taste. Fairly thick there is a quite strong grain hull flavor here and it is quite astringent in the mouth. Fairly nutty in taste this tastes the most like pecans. The bitterness is present and fairly laid back for a bock beer this is very much a malty beer and not a hoppy one. Soy sauce scent doesn't make it in to the taste thank god.

The mouthfeel is OK.

The astringent taste here hurts the drinkability for me. It is OK but I will not try it again.

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Photo of John_M
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap that Bishop's Collar the other day.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty one dimensional, though it's fairly attractive. I get lots of brown sugar and molasses, and that's pretty much it. The beer smells as if it will be fairly sweet. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose; I really think this beer would benefit from some additional spice and/or hoppiness. As it is, it really just tastes like a pleasant, moderately sweet brown ale. The beer has a medium mouthfeel and alcohol is a bit more noticeable then I would like. The beer comes across as a bit tiring on the palate, and I found myself glad that I only got the one 12 ounce snifter.

An OK beer, but far below what I've come to expect from Bell's. Fortunately, I was able to get a fresh glass of two hearted afterwards to wash away the taste of the consecrator.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with an excellent clarity but little head and no lacing. Aroma is restrained but what is there seems right. Some toasty sweet malt and a bit of yeasty tang. Tastes a bit on the sweet side, but with nice flavors of sweet malt, vanilla, cocoa, raisins, and some toast notes. Smooth and a bit creamy, and quite easy to drink. This is somewhat forgettable, but tasty enough. The lingering cocoa notes redeem this one a bit.

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Photo of Derek
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apparantly a case of this was hidden in the refridgeration storage at Bello Vino. I picked it up when I was down for summer fest... stored in my fridge since then.

This is a good beer, but I hold a high standard for the style.

A: Reddish-brown/dark-amber; pours with a touch of light tan head. No retention or lace (could be age related).

S: Sherry, dark raisins, brown sugar and bread (almost like a christmas cake wrapped in sherry), with a pleasant touch of spicy aroma.

T: Alcohol is up front and fairly assertive (though not overly agressive). Dark fruit, dark bread, brown sugar and a little spice. Slightly balanced to the bitter side (thankfully it doesn't suffer from a crystal malt sweetness like some North American versions). Could use a little more bready/malty flavour.

M: Very well attenuated (like the southern Bavarian style); moderate body; carbonation on the light side of moderate.

D: Fairly good, though I think it would be even more 'warming' without the extended lagering.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkish reddy brown with a quick dying tan head. Large sweet caramel malt along with hints of bread, chocolate and roasted and a minor bit of hops and fruit. A little husky and dry, chewey, has a good sweet malt base and is a little biscuity as well. Tea-like fruit hops like grape on backend for a dry finish. Slightly offbalance but still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of rudzud
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear deep caramel hue with a thin half finger white head that fades to leave a thin cloud and light, light wisps.

S - Lots of sweet malts, sweet caramels and toffees. Fairly typical.

T - Taste is a bit sweeter than I prefer. More of those caramel and toffee notes with sweeter malts. Nice and tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side with lower carbonation. Even with the higher ABV its still pretty good.

O - Overall this wasnt a bad doppelbock. A few steps above average.

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Photo of weeare138
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown with a red hue and a 1 finger tan cap.
Smells richly of maple, vanilla, chocolate, heavy caramel, roasted nuts, cooked apples, and heavy dark fruit esters. This one will give you a nose bleed if you sniff it too much.
Taste is of the same warm and rich aromas.
Mouthfeel is sweet to the point of lip smacking. Very chewy, sweet, and slightly tart.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that vanishes without a trace of lace. Slightly cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Strong sweet malty nose. Starts with a flavor of sweet malty raisins, balanced though - not cloying, mellow finish. $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is nice and malty with some bready malt ans caramel and a faint touch of hops. Not out of this world but pretty solid so far.

T- The taste like the aroma is dominated by the bready malt and caramel flavors. The finish has a mild hop bitterness.   

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a relatively high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not too shabby. Not my favorite Bell's Beer but one that I would definitely consider again when I am in the mood for a nice malty brew. Worth a shot.

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Photo of corby112
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a clear dark copper/chestnut amber color with mahogany edges and a half finger off white head that immediately disappears. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly toasty aroma with lots if caramel malt as well as some toffee and hazelnut and faint bitter hops.

Medium bodied with a slightly roasted caramel malt flavor. Hints of chocolate, hazelnut and a prominent spice presence. Lots of pepper, cinnamon and brown sugar as well as some subtle clove flavor. Dry finish.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- pkg. 1/23/13. Consumed 11/6/13.

A: A coppery-orange pour appears garnet red in a chalice. No head formation, no lacing, and a very quiet demeanor of carbonation.

S: Malt forward nose, sweetness residual of cystal malts, soft toasty dryness with a light mention of fresh green hops.

T: Grainy, worty, with a light toasted dry nature, but still shows a lot of fresh wet grain character and flair. Soft hay and greenery hops, dry sweetness, dark crystal raisiny sweetness comes in flashes. Nobel hop variety more noticeable in flavor then nose, herbal, but finishes with a spicy bite.

M: Malty mouthful, chewy thickness, easy going carbonation with a warming toastedness and alcohol spiciness detected on inner cheeks.

O: Overall a nice malty depth, very good flavor, definite try per style.

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

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

This pours a clear red brown, close to a 1 finger head of offwhite foam that starts shrinking quickly but is leaving some good lacing behind.

The smell is very bready, slightly sweet, no noticeable bitterness nor alcohol. A good smell for the style.

The taste has the bread, the sweet malt is more pronounced than in the smell, notes of chocolate bring more sweetness, and a slight, maybe, dark chocolate bitterness. No sign of the alcohol in the taste either. I get some grain after the first couple of sips and now, a bit of warming. Goodly flavoured Doppelbock.

Medium body, medium carbonation, good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? This tastes, looks, feels, and smells good. A good interpretation of the style and one I'm enjoying. So naturally, it has good quaffability, eh?

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Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Tampa FL Total Wine for $3

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, anise, dark fruits, an earthiness

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and dark fruits. There is also an earthiness and some anise.

Overall - Not as good as I was hoping for. Still a decent brew but lacking in the mouthfeel and a little too earthy for me.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Batch #9433 (02/02/10).

(A)- Pours a reddish brown color that produced a good frothy tan head that dissipated quickly. Some did cling to the glass.

(S)- Nice roasted molasses & vanilla. Tiny touch of coffee bean w/ tons of raisin-like butterscotch.

(T)- A great malty sweetness for the style with molasses, vanilla, raisin, butterscotch, and an almond nuttiness that just lathers itself on your tongue. Almost has a maple-like flavor with all of that combined.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A big maltiness, but is fitting for the style. Much thicker texture in the mouth than what the appearance led me to believe. Smooth, with no harshness, just a good rich & malty beer!

(D)- Just what you would expect from a good dopplebock; rich & malty. This one delivers. My only complaint is how syrupy it feels 3/4 of the way through the bottle. It tastes great, but is rather filling. Still, a solid example of the style.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours an amber brown crystal clear body with a thin off-white head. Lots of tiny little bubbles and particles float in the glass.

S- Sweet caramel maltyness with an otherwise very clean smell to this beer. A light fruity smell is faint but noticeable.

T-This beer has a light toasted malt taste with strong sweetness and some apple cider notes. No darker flavors are present. Very light finish with possible a hint of grape juice.

M- Medium body with no alcohol warmth or carbonation noted.

D- This has a strange light fruit taste without any malty backbone. The alcohol is very light for 8% and so is the malt. Not quite the oomph to call it a doppelbock.

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Photo of akorsak
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Joseph's Beverage in Toledo, OH.

A: The bock is a caramel brown, reasonably translucent, save for the darker color. A small head bubbled up on pour but quickly dissapated.

S: The aroma is full, sugary with burnt molasses notes. Fruity grains, green grapes in particular, mix with the sugars.

T: The bock is sweet, grainy and strong, all in one sip. Caramel and nuts dominate the malt side, dry but sweet. The alcohol doesn't jump out, but the body does have a 'fortified' taste to it. The sweetness of the malts lingers for quite a long time.

M: The beer is undeniably sweet and strong, masking the true extent of the alcohol. The sweetness is the lasting memory of this beer.

D: At 8%, it would take a cold, cold night to have more than one.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown and red appearance, not really as dark as I was expecting. Almost no head on it. To the point of being under carbonated. Aroma was roasty nuts.

Sweet and hot. A little sweeter than expected, less roasty than expected. I believe this might have been a bottle that was a year or two old for what its worth. Some tobacco notes with the alcohol. Not my cup of tea.

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

A: Pours a dark red, brown around the glass. Head is really not happening, poured about an inch but fell rapidly.

S: Sweet malts and dark fruits, a bubblegum sweetness. No hops to counteract the sweetness here. Apple juice aroma.

T: Caramel and butter, rich and deep malts. Taste is a bit of a shock after the nose. A bit of spice, but mostly sweetness. Almost an cloying sweet raisin taste. Needs a bit of hop backup.

M: Bubbly and high carbonation, prickles the tongue.

D: Actually finding this to be a quite enjoyable dopplebock, full of flavor but the aroma and body lacks substance. Solid beer nonetheless.

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

Pours a clear reddish amber with a half inch cream head that leaves minimal lacing and dissipates fairly quickly.

Notes of deeply caramelized malt and nutty toffee are accented by toasted breadcrust and slightly fruity undertones. There's a bit of floral hop presence.

Flavor is nutty and sweet, with cola notes, almost ginger-like, adding complexity. Malt dominant, a bready, toasted, nutty quality hits mid palate to dry up the finish a touch. Underlying specialty malt fruit character surfaces at the brining, but is overtaken by caramel sweetness.

Body is moderate to slightly full, with carbonation a touch on the prickly side, and moderate alcohol warmth.

Definitely a malt forward beer, with enough character to keep things from being too cloying, but lacks the complexity of more traditional doppelbock melanoidin profiles.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style snifter. Back label says PKGD 2/09/12.

A- Pours a clear reddish brown color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains nicely before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly-covered surface of foam. Above average lacing.

S- Faint cereal grain smell with a hint of richness in the back. Semi-roasty but sweet.

T- Pretty deep for a doppelbock. Toasty malts with the mild dark fruit providing a sweetness. The 8% ABV is well-hidden. Small notes of banana and maybe some rye spiciness.

M- Vibrant and full, especially for a lager but also doesn't skimp on the crispness and refined nature. Medium-low carbonation and slightly dry.

O- It's Bell's...need I say more?

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, batch 8251. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a dark copper/brown color with a very small off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is caramel, sweet malt, raisins and toffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with some hops in the finish to leave a bitter aftertaste. It's a little more bitter than I expected. Alcohol isn't very noticable, considering the ABV. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with average carbonation, however it seems a bit thin for the style. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Overall it's a decent dopplebock, but there's other dopplebocks I'd pick before buying this one again.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,428 ratings.
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