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 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 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 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 breakingbland
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. The head is a thin layer comprised of medium bubbles. The beer is an opaque brown/red. The aroma is very simple: it smells of sweet candy. The taste follows with some breadiness and only a suggestion of hops. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin but not objectionable so. The level of carbonation is good.

Overall, I like this beer and would probably get it again. It does seem, though, to be toward the upper end of sweetness for this style. (Admittedly I've only reviewed two dopplebocks, with my favorite being Ayinger Celebrator.) Its sweetness may make it a poor choice for pairing with many foods, but I'd like to try it solo to enjoy the beer alone.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25


12oz. Bottle to goblet.

LOOK: opaque, but slightly murky brown, small off white head.
AROMA: malty, dark fruit...fig, raisin,grape, spice.
TASTE: barley, oatmeal, corn, wine, Apple.
FEEL: pretty thin. Low carbonation.

Pretty tasty, but I think I was expecting more.

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Photo of stortore
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a Pilsner glass. Bottled 1/19/16.

Pours a caramel color, lightly opaque, with a one and a half finger head, good amount of foamy lacing. Smell is caramel, malt, yeast, sourdough bread. The aroma seems a little off. The taste also leads with caramel, yeast is a little stronger than the nose, malt, raisins, brown sugar, some bread, a light bitterness . Smooth, a little light bodied for the style, appropriately carbonated.

This is a decent beer, but not competitive with the big names in Doppelbocks. Worth a try.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a glass. Bottled 1/19/16, so 6 months old.

Clear reddish dk amber with an initial decent head which dissipated to just a ring.

Aroma was only a malty sweetness

Malt bomb. quite sweet, 8%abv only appears at the finish.

Mouth is a hearty near full.

Overall, a decent tasting inoffensive malt beverage.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper and dark caramel color with a thin head that disapates quickly.
In the aroma I detected sweetness; chocolate, dark fruit, and slightly toasted caramel.
Tasty and mostly sweet malt forward taste. Nice fermented fruit like finish; I'm thinking prune and figs. Medium bodied but hearty. I paired it with pork chops and bratwurst; perfect.
I'm a bit more limited with my doppelbocl experience, but this reminded me how much I like the style. A great example of the style from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with tan head. Aroma has sweet caramel malt and brown sugar with a hint of dried fruits. Taste starts sweet and malty, some dark fruits in the middle but finishes with a bittersweet burnt sugar note. Quite light body with medium to high effervescence. Aftertaste is on the bitter side, maybe more than a traditional doppelbock, but overall it's a well made example.

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

12oz bottle 5 months from bottling date.

Look (color-wise) is spot-on for a darker doppelbock, dark brown with a beautiful ruby sheen when held up to light. The head is glaringly weak for the style, quickly subsiding in mere seconds.

Aroma is pure malt and representative of a dark doppelbock. Some slightly caramel notes are present and enjoyable.

Flavor features malt, darker and very rich. Toasty notes and some yeast on the aftertaste. Alcohol is appropriately disguised but not missing. Lingering flavor makes this a very nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is good medium-heavy, but something seems off about it. Like it's a little too flat.

A very good beer that is representative and true to the style. One of my top doppelbocks now, and I am appalled at the low average score by fellow BAs. I think I'll keep a couple of these on hand for when I'm having a sweet tooth. :)

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Photo of Marius
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark ruby-amber pour with a very thin beige head. Very sweet, with notes of prunes, raisins, caramel. Lacks bitterness, carbonation and the mouthfeel isn’t that great, either. The alcohol is a bit too present in the aftertaste. Overall, not a good beer.

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Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in late February for $2.99 and maintained in my beer fridge since then. Bottled on 1-19-16.

Beer poured burgundy-brown with a nice off white head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Nose is bready and a touch fruity.

Taste is bready, nutty, dark fruits, with a wine like finish.

Feel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall i think Bell's leveraged the yeast strain very nicely and have brewed true to the style. Doppelbock's are definitely underrated in this day and age with imperial IPA's and stouts getting top billing. Glad i was able to try!

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Photo of jwhancher
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear garnet Amber with good carbonation with head that fades somewhat quick. Smells of chewy toasty caramel raisin bread - really nice....everything I want in a doppelbock. Tastes similar with some noticeable chocolate melt flavor. Mostly malty sweet with ample bitterness to even things out. Alcohol in check. Great version of a doppelbock overall.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautifully clear brownish red with a thinner than standard off white head. Smells of bready sweet goodness. Tastes like caramel drizzled biscuits, along with a slightly higher bitterness and alcohol warmth than expected. Overall a very good Doppelbock, and a much better take towards true to the style than most US craft breweries. Prost!

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber. Sweet caramel nose with fruit notes that enter as beer warms. Caramel flavor with robust malt backbone. Tangy. A very sweet beer. An excellent doppelbock.

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Photo of parris
4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not sure how this one has only earned a rating of "very good", it's a fantastic doppelbock.

Nice dark amber pour, nose has a lot of raisin, port wine, a hint of fresh bread. Flavor follows, but with molasses and a hint of coffee.

Medium bodied, plenty of bubbles, very refreshing.

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

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 01/19/16. Finally getting around to trying this one from Bell's; acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local bottle shop. Beautiful classic label on this one.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a deep ruby red body; crimson. About one finger of khaki head that falls to a ring. Some mild spotty lacing. Appears well carbonated. Looks good.

S - Aromas of creamy lager yeast, toasty / nutty malt, brown bread. Perhaps slightly grapey, but that didn't exactly come to mind initially.

T - Flavors of sweetened, toasty, nutty malt. Brown bread, bread crust, lager yeast, and hints of grapes on the finish. Mild note of alcohol.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, & creamy. Medium-full with good carbonation, very easy-drinking stuff for the moderately high 8.00% abv.

Overall, a solid example of the style from Bell's.

Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock Beer -----4/5.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a single, approx 3 months old, into a nonic. This one has a lot of interesting things going on but it doesn't entirely add up for me into something great...I'll call it good. Pours a cola brown with a reddish tinge, and a promising 1 finger of khaki head that subsides after a minute leaving no lacing. Nose has some baker's sweet spices, some raisins, I'm missing the big warm bready malts. Taste follows the nose...but less raisin and more spice. This is interesting and different. The taste and mouthful aren't bad, but they also lack what I love best about the best in style.

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Photo of dleigh
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark amber. Fizzy head that fades quickly.

Great smell--fruity and bready and buttery. A little like banana bread.

Tastes bready and fruity. Maybe some raisin in there. Peppery finish.

Alcohol is certainly present on the tongue--alcohol warmth in the mouthfeel.

Overall, I like this beer quite a bit. I am pretty new to the style, though, so take my review with a grain of salt.

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Photo of larryi86
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 1/19/16, poured into a Pilsner glass

A- A clear brownish red with a small off white head.

S- Earthy spice, raisins, dark fruits, caramel malts, mild roasted malts.

T- Dark fruits, earthy spice, bready malts, raisins, some brown sugar.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- Taste is a little mild, but it is an easy drinking Doppelbock. I have tried better American Doppelbocks, but this is still worth trying if you enjoy the style!

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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 glass_house
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent enough doppelbock, but just misses the mark in a couple areas. The nose is ok for the style, but rather weak. The body is a touch thin and the carbonation a touch high. The flavor profile isn't bad, but again, a little weak. A pleasant, but underwhelming mix of dark fruit, dark bread, banana and sweet malts. And I get a slightly artificial boxed raisin aftertaste. Not bad, but I'll stick with the tried and true examples of the style. I just wish more American breweries could master it.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from 1/16/16, says 90 day shelf life. This would be about 70 days. Poured into pint glass.

L: 2+ finger head, poor retention, no lacing, little bit of a soapy ring. Beer is a reddish-brown.

S: Malty sweetness, dark fruits

T: Generally follows nose. Kinda weak, some vanilla. Doesn't live up to promise of nose. Sweetish finish through alcohol burn.

F: Light to medium bodied, watery. A little too carbonated for the style. A bit of alcohol burn.

O: Really not a great example of the style.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This checks enough of the doppelbock boxes, I guess, but, frankly, it just doesn't stand up the best examples of the style and really feels like a shadow of them. Dark reddish/mahogany body, good and clear, quickly fizzling out head leaving this ultimately looking a little still. Nose of stewed fruits and dark caramel malt, a few rouge harshly metallic notes, a whiff of booze. Not very rich smelling. Palate follows suit, just a bit hollow, a nice little vanilla note here and there, but mostly some sugary dark malt sweetness, very light fruit. Didn't necessarily have a hard time drinking it down or anything, but not worth buying when you can kind Ayinger, Weihenstephaner, Andechs, etc. on the shelf.

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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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