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

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,457 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:
1,457
Reviews:
676
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
Wants:
109
Gots:
178
For Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,457 |  Reviews: 676
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 americancontrarian
4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 VictorsValiant
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 red94tt
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of udfan07
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Zuidman
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stutz
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet refreshing and yet very full rich beer.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma features lots of full-bodied malt, some dark fruit mash & faint cola. As expected, tons of sweet, robust malt on the tongue, lots of caramel malt, some raisin bread and nice undernote of light phenol. Clean finish. The notes on this are concise & on-point, a great American representation of the style.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Warren2621
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breardon1776
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This doppelbock is exquisitely delicious and mouth watering. Not heavy, not too dark. Good balance of flavors and malt.

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

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

Honestly, I was quite underwhelmed by this brew. I usually admire most everything Bell's produces, and was quite excited to grab a single bottle of this limited/seasonal brew, but I thought the flavor of this doppelbock was mild and bland. There are certainly much better doppelbocks on the market.

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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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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,457 ratings.
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