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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 33nickadams
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Completely crystal clear amber colored. Beautiful. Not much head and lightly carbonated. Smells bready, malty and sweet. Taste is bready and slightly sweet. Some grape and raisiny flavors. Finishes clean. Alcohol hidden. Mouthfeel is relatively light for being somewhat high gravity. This is expertly crafted and an American hallmark of the style. Won't find many better for this style than this! This style is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - plus a deep copper. Honestly a bit disappointed this doppelbock wasn't darker.
S - very dark fruit forward. Figs, jam, prune.
T - flavor follows the nose close.
M - thick, luscious, chewy. Good texture for a Bock.
O - Meh, probably will pass on this in the future.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruddy copper with more brown leanings. Head is off-white, small, loose, and drops to a small collar in short order. Decent retention.

Smell: Big biscuity malt. Solid caramel presence. A bit sweet with some backing alcohol. Very bready. Did I mention biscuits and bread? Yeah, that's there. Some grassy/herbal notes in the back.

Taste: Hyper malty. Biscuity soda with some caramel sweetness. Like fresh baked brown bread. Crusty warm bread. Caramel sweetness builds as the beer warms, but never really overcomes the bready biscuity thing, which is good in this case. Some nice grassy/herbal notes in the back offer some break from the sweetness. A bit grainy with some hints of apple.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very smooth. Body runs on the heavier side of medium with a carbonation that hits on the lighter side of moderate. Right on point.

Overall: Hello baseline.

A solid beer from Bell's...again. Do yourself a favor and drink almost everything they make and you'll be all set.

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

A. Poured into pilsner glass to get a half finger head. Nice looking foam not much lacing. I like the tiny foam bubbles that lingered for some time and could be revived with a little swirl. The rich reddish orange color is nice, with a little murkiness.
S. First hit is citrus, sour green apple and nutty caramel. As it warmed got more bready.
T. I get more nutty toffee and malt in the taste. Clean finish with some hop and touch of alcohol at the end. As it warmed it got more sour, not sure I like it. Was better colder.
M. I love the lightness and the frothiness feel from the carbonation.
O. I like it a lot a first but not so much as it warmed. I do like doppelbocks but some times they get too sour for me as this did but I would try it again and keep it colder.

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Photo of motorhed
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours out with fairly low level of carbonation less than a finger of very light tan head. The color of this beer is fabulous, a cloudy very dark copper/brown with a touch of ruby red. Zero lacing to speak of as it is consumed.

S - First thing that comes to the nose is cherry and dark fruit sweetness with some funk. Some carmel and light malt in the background.

T - Dark fruit flavors up front with what tastes to me like a cherry cough drop. The middle consits of the carmel and malts. Really very little hop flavors in here but just enough malt base to balance the level of sweetness of the brew. No hint of the 8% abv.

M - Super drinkable, full-bodied, low carbonation levels, smooth finish.

O - Really liked this beer and i'm a big fan of the Doppelbock style in general, so i may be biased. Such a great balance of enough sweetness to balance the malt on this one. I couldn't taste a bit of the 8% on this brew. Will definitely be looking for and drinking this beer again.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Packaged on 02/09/12. Opened seven months after packaging.
Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: It poured to about one-quarter finger of head that was a darker shade of tan. (Had to get very aggressive at the end of the pour to create a head.) After a few minutes the head disapated to an edge-ring. The brew is a dark amber with a deep ruby red hue. It is dark but still translucent and not at all cloudy.

S: The aroma consists of a sweet bready malt and some sweet and funky yeast.

T: The taste starts with a sweet bready malt with some dreid fruit notes of raisins and prunes. There is also some sweet yeast that is just a little bit funky, too. There is also just a touch of bittering hops to to keep the sweetnes from becoming cloying.

M: This is a full-bodied beer with a heavy feel. (Hey, this really is liquid bread.) There is only a small amount of carbonation, which fits the heavy body well. It is also a very smooth beer.

O: This is a "must try" for doppelbock fans and dark beer fans. It hits all the right notes for a doppelbock, and it hits them with flair. This is a sweeter, malt focused beer, and the balance comes more from the funkiness of the yeast and only somewhat from the hops. The result is a very pleasing brew for malt fans.

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Photo of ninaturner
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber/brown in color with a one finger head

Aroma: Toffee, caramel, and chocolate

Taste: Tofee roasted malts, caramel sweetness, and a bread like flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium mouthfeel which is great for this style

Drinkability: Highly drinkable in my opinion, but I know that it may not be as drinkable for those who do not like caramel/toffee tastes

Overall: I am not usually a fan of the Doppelbock style, but I absolutely loved this creation by Bell's

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Photo of centurian62
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I grabbed a mix and match sixer from a local snotty beer store and grabbed a couple Consecrator's as I had never had it before. All I can say is Bell's nailed it with this one!!!! Fantastic color, wonderful malty aroma and an extremely smooth mouthfeel. This is a Doppel that must be had. Wow!

The maltiness leads to a smooth finish with a slight hint of the alcohol content but is not at all overpowering. If you are a fan of doppelbocks or other malty beers, this one is a must try.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery in April and an excellent example of this style...

Pours a thin, reddish amber, lighter in colour than I expected, with very little head or carbonation of any kind. Supremely malt-forward aroma definitely has the roasted, bready elements of a bock. The flavour also nails this German varietal, with no sign of the 8% ABV until an alcohol burn just before the finish. Malty and smooth with a lingering bitter end.

Not a beer style I choose to drink often, but remember it well from earlier times in Germany and think Bell's has done a great job.

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Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. Bottled 9 Feb. 2012.

Pours a clear, dark mahogany, with a short-lived, one-finger, off-white head.

The aroma is a fruity mix of medium toasted malts and a dash of hops. There is much more fruit in the mouth than in the nose, with suggestions of prunes, figs and cooked raisins. A subtle hint of butterscotch toffee in the flavor. Some hints of brandy in both the nose and the taste. In fact, the nose is a bit boozy although the high ABV is fairly well hidden in the mouth. Rather sweet, particularly mid-taste but even in the lingering, fruity aftertaste. [Taste = 3.75]

M: medium body; low carbonation that I felt should be a tad higher.

O: A very drinkable imperial dopplebock that is a bit sweeter and fruitier than usual.

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

12oz bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is copper colored with amber highlights. Three inches of tan head top of this offering.

S - I get some caramel, toffee, and toast. Malty

T - I get that caramel again. I also get some molasses and a little alcohol.

M - Medium to full

O - Yet another solid beer from a great brewery. I had been putting off trying this one and finally did it. I was worth it.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stella chalet. Pours a dark brown, with a one inch off white head, with minimal lace if any. Smell is figs, brown sugar, carmel apple, and alcohol. Taste is all of those, very balanced, with carmel apple being the most dominant flavor. Body is thin to medium, not much carbonation, not dry, and pretty easy going down. Not my favorite style, but also not anywhere near the best of this style I have had.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 2/9/12 poured into a pilsner glass
A: Nutty brown color with a thin head that settles quickly
S: Quite sweet, reminds me of banana Laffy Taffy. Also a bit of light malt.
T: Brown sugar, banana, and quite a bit of booze
M: Medium-bodied underneath, but thick from all the sugar
O: Not my favorite from Bells. Not bad flavors, but too sweet and the etoh is too prevalent for my palate.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass. Copperish color and little head. Smells of chocholate but that's it taste is exceptional but mouthful dwindles as the beer dwindles. Good beer but not exactly what I expected from this company. Bell's usually hit the spot but this one is a tad mediocre.

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

Consecrator Doppelbock pours a darker copper color. It looks mostly clear. When held to light, really nice crimson highlights become apparent. A tan head covers it and rises to roughly a finger in height. It’s quick to recede, leaving a very light, spotty lacing behind. Frankly, there’s so little lace that I almost feel guilty mentioning it. Very nice color nonetheless.

The nose is pretty good. It seems just a tad weak, but isn’t bad by any stretch. It kicks off with a mix of caramel and light chocolate scents. It smells a bit sweet from the caramel. It has a rather strong yeast scent that smells nice. There are some light notes of cherry, dark fruit, and alcohol. The alcohol seems a tad strong, but not overwhelming. Smells pretty good overall. More strength might bump it a notch.

The flavor is good. I like it. The malt base is a mix of caramel, chocolate and toasted malts. The caramel variety certainly adds a sweet flavor, while the chocolate tastes mostly like cocoa. It’s a nice, flavorful base. Yeast is definitely strong in the mix and adds a bread-like flavor. It works well with the malt base. Secondary flavors of light raisin, fig, cherry, and alcohol follow. The alcohol is a little strong. It’s not warm, but is definitely there in flavor. Finishes malty with a light, tangy dark fruit twist.

Consecrator Doppelbock has a medium body. Carbonation is light and restrained. It feels nice and smooth. If not for a slight bit of booziness, it’d be incredibly drinkable. Nice feel though!

Bell’s did a nice job with Consecrator Doppelbock. It’s not among the world’s best Doppelbocks, but it’s a good effort. It’d be a notch better with a little less of an alcohol flavor and a stronger nose. Still very good nonetheless. Easy recommendation.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Side Door Grill, Madison. I'm downgrading my original score (4.5) from three years ago. How I used to love this stuff. It hasn't changed. I have.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled on 02-09-12.

Appearance: Pours a deep and fairly clear brownish amber orange with some shades of ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Moderate amount of lace sticks around.

Smell: Sweet and bready roasted caramel malts with a good amount of toffee and grains. Hints of nuts, chocolate, and brown sugar. Also a subtle hint of dark fruits in the background. Smells very rich with the roasted caramel standing out the most.

Taste: A big bready taste of roasted caramel malts. Some hints of chocolate, toffee, grains, nuts, and some brown sugar. Also a nice dark fruit presence with hints of raisins and dark cherries. Some earthy hops provide a little balance in the background. A pretty good and full taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Sweet but finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a Doppelbock. Everything you would expect from the style. One of the better American versions.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Consecrator, 12oz bottle. Batch 10864, packaged 2-9-12, from a recent trade with laymansbeerfan (thanks man) poured into a (fittingly) Ram pint glass.

A: Clear brilliant amber with minimal head and lacing.

S: Bready and malty, toasted grain, hints of honey, spices, and brown sugar; no alcohol presence really.

T: Follows the nose, very malty and bready, low bitterness and minimal hop presence, a bit nutty, with a touch of a woody note, hints of spices.

MF: Medium bodied and straightforward, light bitterness, low to medium carbonation; silky, malty mouthfeel.

O: A good malty offering, not as rich and heavy as most other Dopplebocks I've tried. Pretty drinkable and enjoyable.

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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 elNopalero
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a rich, intense caramel amber hue with foam that quickly dissipates. It has a rich, malty caramel aroma (notice the trend here) that’s mellow and sweet and a mellow, sweet, caramel malt flavor (third time’s the charm!) with a warming alcohol finish. Doppledeliciousness!

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Super bold red color. Looks like cranberry juice.
S: Not getting much here. Subtle malt or so. After the beer has warmed a lot more smells comes through. Good cherry scent. Apples, grapes. Alcohol is subtle.
T: Sourness that overpower some subtle orange flavor. Alcohol comes through on the finish.
M: Lingering sour bitter grossness. Get's better as the beer warms but still rather unpleasant.

This beer really didn't bring a lot to the table other than a sour lingering alcohol taste. Even as the beer warmed no real flavors came through. Great to look at but not to drink.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 6 pack from Bullock's (Marietta, GA). 14.99.  Bottled 2/9/12. Served in a snifter. 

Pours deep mahogany with a half finger head that quickly recedes. Very little lacing.

Smells of malts, caramel and dark fruits. 

Tastes sweet and malty. Burnt sugar, bittersweet cherries, and a kind of almost roasty malt. The alcohol is barely noticeable. 

Feels medium thin with moderate carbonation. Long semi dry aftertaste. 

Overall enjoyable. This is my first dopplebock so I'm not sure what to compare it to. Being a fan of Bell's, I'd wanted to try it for a while. It drinks smooth and pleasant with many flavors I'd expect out of a quad but with a lighter feel. I'm glad to have it & will revisit every month or two to see how it ages. 

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Photo of MichPaul
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first ever Doppelbock and I'm really enjoying it!

It's hard for me to review something if I have never tried the style. It feels unfari to not be able to compare to some other, but here goes.
There is not a lot of smell that hits you once you pour, but that's ok. The beer pours kinda a dark Amber color, and looks quite boozy.
For me, this has more of a mixed drink feel rather than a beer, but I still enjoyed it.
I'm not sure if I will search this beer out necessarily, but I would like to try some others of this style to see what some others taste like comparatively.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,420 ratings.
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