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

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BA SCORE
85
very good
656 Reviews
Bell's Consecrator DoppelbockBell's Consecrator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
656
Ratings:
1,404
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
17.46%
 
 
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106
Gots:
160
For Trade:
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Reviews: 656 | Ratings: 1,404
Photo of mncoinman
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good initial bock smell. Pours a brownish ruby red and clear. Mild foam head. Mild carbonation although a little bit more than the typical doppelbock has. Nicely smooth and just about the right level of sweetness.. Subsequent sniffing comes across as a little metallic. A little lighter on the malt flavor than I find ideal. Not quite as filling as many other doppelbocks (not necessarily a positive or a negative).

This is my first of a six pack. Seems to be a good doppelbock that is quite easily drinkable. Although it won't knock those doppelbocks off the top of my list (Salvator, AF, Celebrator), this is a decent doppelbock that I could enjoy pretty regularly. A good find !

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Photo of hman43
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: The beer pours brown with some ruby red hues that produces a slightly tanish off white head. It has good clarity.

Smell: It has a toast aroma with plum compliments.

Taste: It has flavors of toast, plums, and alcohol. There is some bitterness.

Feel: It has a medium feel with a sweet and slightly bitter after taste with some alcohol warming.

Overall: It is a very malty lager with a sweet, bitter finish.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber/mahogany color with good clarity. Light tan head with good persistance. Aroma is a combination toasted malt and dough, light caramel, chocolate and light esters. Toasted malt is heavy in the taste, some of the chocolate comes through as well. Esters are slightly heavier in the taste and there is a faint hop flavor, slighly herbal and floral. Medium to full bodied,with medium-light carbonation and a fairly sweet finish.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice clear mahogany color, head dissipates quick
S - caramel, light malts, banana, clean, tiny bit of bread
T - caramel, sweet malts, banana, zucchini bread, clean tasting doppelbock
M - feel light to medium, alcohol covered, aftertaste leftover sweet, bready malt
O - damn decent brew from Bells

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, mahogany in color, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and light bark. Nice and malty treat. Everything I expect from Bells, clean and superbly done. Really great example of the style. Glad I got a six pack.

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Photo of rypkr
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A few notes to add to my rating without doing a full review.

Very nice clear and rich mahogany colored with lots of white head. Smells slightly earthy buy not of hops in any way. Tastes cloyingly sweet and finishes uniquely dry.

I love this style and while always sweet, this one may be pushing the envelope.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown color, beer is clear, tan colored head, no head retention, good amount of carbonation, no lacing.

A: Toffee, caramel, hints of dark fruits like raisins and dates, picking up some honey, smells pretty solid.

T: Caramel, toffee, hints of brown sugar, some dark fruits, alcohol is well hidden, slight bitterness.

M: A little thin compared to other dopplebocks I've tasted, could use some more body.

O: A solid beer, not as good as other dopplebocks, but overall a very tasty beer.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock.

I used to see this beer all the time during my two years or so away from the site and ever since I got back into the game I never saw it. Until today. Bell's is my favorite brewery and their limited release brews are almost always something worth writing home about. Don't drink too many Doppelbock beers but I figured this one would definitely be worth a shot. Typing up this review as I read hilarious reviews from around the site. Apparently pabst is too hoppy for some people LOL.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours a moderate garner with crystal clear clarity. The head is slow forming and only ends up amounting to about half a finger and it is off white. The head that did form quickly splits leaving some trace island formations amongst the top of the swill with a thin ring amongst the edges. Not an impressive looking beer for the most part but the shade is pretty nice. Leaves no lacing nor stick amongst a finished glass.

Smell - Very, VERY bready nose. Almost like pumpernickel in nature followed by a huge candy like sweetness with raisins and dark fruits following. Slightly yeasty, phenol and alcohol presence are seemingly interchangeable here. This is a pretty big nose, smells like a Dubbel straight from Belgium. Let's see how the flavors combine and contrast.

Taste - This profile is going to be rough for me to explain. On some drinks, the beer comes across as very bare-bones and uncomplicated, whereas other drinks it opens up a world of bready, sweet candy like flavors along with another sweetness that I cannot quite pinpoint. I swear I'm tasting a cheese like flavor in this beer as well. The alcohol is there but it is very pleasant and really rounds everything out. Not once does the sweetness become cloying and this beer is easy to drink.

Feel - The body rounds out the mouth very well though it does seem a bit thin in the middle. The flavors really shine as the beer sits around the mouth and the sweetness turns down quite a bit and the cheese like aspect becomes more prevalent. Doesn't seem alcoholic in the mouth. Carbonation is nearly biting. Swallows easily with some alcohol heat and a nice warming in the stomach.

Overall - Interesting. The more I drank it, the more I liked it. Started off a bit cold, but after letting it warm up to about 50 degrees the flavors really started pulling through. It's quite different than a lot of other beers I've had in this style. With a beer like this, I REALLY suggest that you try it out because you will either love it or hate it. Almost a perfect, high ABV easy drinker for a winter night under the moonlight. At least, switching it up with a few stouts that is. Good job Bell's.

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Photo of Masonz223
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

malty pretty much no hop prescence Carmel toffe carmilized sugar purple grapes raisin dark fruits. It's a very malty and sweet but overall it's a very solid beer.

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Photo of funkydrumma
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure sweet goodness! Tons of malty deliciousness and a huge sweet aroma. This is a fantastic beer and at 8% more than a little dangerous. Bells is awesome and this is no exception.

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

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a light tan head.
The aroma is loaded with toffee as well as a bit of biscuit, dark sugar and a hint of fruit.
Taste is sweet -- caramel, toffee, brown sugar. A pleasant bitter middle with a bit of dark fruit at the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy.
Overall, a very good dopplebock.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of the better local renditions of a doppelbock, really smooth and creamy.
the color is a pretty reddish burgundy, and the flavor is sweet and slightly fruity with a mild
bitter hop finish.
the taste and feel of this beer is where it's at, and that's the most important thing for me.
as it warms (like most strong beers) flavors become more complex and bittersweet.
a go-to american doppelbock.

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

A - Pours a dark ruby red with a one-finger off-white head. Light amount of spotty lacing.

S - Aroma of caramel, burnt sugar, and dark fruits.

T - The flavor is sweet caramel and dark fruits. There is light hop bite in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - This is a decent Doppelbock. The flavors are clean and easy drinking.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not much to this beer. Flavor was good, but I thought there was something missing. Drank it from the bottle, and it just seemed a little flat. Would try it again. Maybe draft in a glass would improve the feel and taste.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Packaged Jan 25th 2015.

Classic deep red mahogany, and chestnut hues, even a little orange as well. Great clarity, minimal amounts of carbonation, thin pinhead bubbles and slowly creeping up. Head creation is only slightly creamy, barely two fingers and manages to dissolve quickly. Very even thin puck and solid tan collar while settled. Very nice.

Excellent aroma. Very classic inviting doppel, thick toffee with a hint of sweetness, almost nutty. Hint of a bit woody like pine in here, perhaps that's more of a clove bent that takes a different angle but also gives a real clean classic German sense. Borderline thick, but also airy and warmed spiced steamy kind of bouquet. Excellent.

Palate flows nicely, with a few suprises. Mild caramel and a good toasty finish. Carbonation play is tighter and affects the palate cutting through much of the malt to take away some of the toffee thickness, but highly emphasizing the aftertaste. Mineral almost carbonation, but not distracting, with a mild sticky toffee mid palate. Crackling toast a bit on the finish, and a big almost earthy and woody character and hop bitterness just seems to come off on the finish, almost with a cedar and pine note. Lighter bodied caramel, clean but interesting, woody warm ( but not hot) and mild/spiced bitter finish.

Overall I like this take, it's different than I think some classic German styles in the same vein, but I like it for that quality particularly.

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Photo of bjazman
4.81/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm partial to the Dopplebocks these days, so take the review in that light

First had this on tap at Pint Room in Carmel IN. then found in 6 packs locally.

has a very nice flavor - nice balance between sweetness and darkness.

one of my favorites!

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Photo of mchegash
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5/5
Deep red-brown. Very clear. About a finger of dark-ish tan head, dissipates down to a thin ring within a few seconds. Can see a very sparse amount of carbonation rising up the beer. Overall, the color is nice, but I would like to see more head.

Smell - 3.75/5
Dark fruits, some alcohol, caramelized sugar malts.

Taste - 3.5/5
Dark fruit, a little bit of malts. Has slight metallic tinge.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium body. Light amount of medium-intensity carbonation. Smooth.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was a decent beer.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Transparent amber in color. Very little head retention. Sweet malty aroma as expected. Even sweeter taste. Just enough of something else (probably hops) to keep it balanced. Finishes with a slight alcohol warmth.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thee beer pours decent and creamy reddish brown tan head that takes a while to dissipate but still leaves a little bit on the beer. The beer itself is clear brown with red notes. The look is pretty nice.

The smell has very strong malt notes with a little bit of hops on it. The hop note is fairly light and almost undetectable. The hop does, however, dull and round off the malt notes to keep it fro being too strong. The malt notes are incredibly powerful. The notes mainly comes off as very sweet, which makes it hard to enjoy.

The taste is very similar to the smell. The taste has a slight hop note that is much stronger in the taste, than in the smell. The sweetness is a bit dulled and also has a slight caramel note to accompany it.

The mouthfeel is light compared to other doppelbocks. The beer is medium bodied but feels light. The beer goes down pretty smoothly.

Overall, not bad but some people might turned off because of how sweet it is. I'd recommend to have one in order to compare to others but one could live without it.

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Photo of tlema1
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: mahogany with a thin tan head
S: not much, some malty richness
T: Carmel sweetness
F: slight booze after taste
O:but there is something about this beer that I really don't like, that I can't put my finger on

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red tinted brown with less than an inch of quickly disapating head. Head is tightly bubbled soap and leaves a light lacing.

Nose is malty with a hint of fruit. Fig, plum, caramel sweetness and maybe a hint of dry citrus.

Taste is thick with malt, light caramel and corresponding sweetness. Really enjoying the burnt sugariness, even given its lightness in presence. Finishes with light holiness keeping sugar in check.

Body is medium to full. Verging on full when warmed in the glass.

Overall a great dopplebock. Could use a bit more carbonation and lasting head, but otherwise a great representative of the style.

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

A: brown ale with high clarity, a finger of tan foam for a bit then settles into a misty film

S: dark nut and fruit aromas are faint, something slightly woody or chocolaty...

T: mild dark fruit like raisin or fig, subtle brown sugar molasses sweetness complements the herbal and earthy hops character; bits of tobacco or leather-like suggestions, traces of something akin to cocoa powder; raisin-like flavors reassert on the finish

M: medium-light body, fairly modest carbonation-wise - a little fuzz and fizz at best; slick but not fast-drinking; slight bitter nut and mushy raisin aftertaste lingers

O: a decent enough drink, but not a style I'm partial to - with but a few frames of reference, including the Ayinger Celebrator, which I really liked, I'd say this is a passing take on the style, but nothing outstanding, and as a stand-alone product, decent but not to my tastes.

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Photo of rkat32
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle dated January 24, 2015. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Consumed and reviewed on February 14, 2015.

L: Color is deep amber with an off-white head that recedes quickly. Striking clarity.

S: Smell is raisin, prune, faint chocolate, caramel malt, woody, nutty.

T: Taste follows the nose with melanoidin malt goodness, faint dark fruits, toffee, chocolate, minimal hop bitterness, dry finish, very clean lager taste.

F: Medium body, low carbonation, very smooth and drinkable.

Overall: A very clean doppelbock with excellent attenuation which makes for a very nice drinking experience. In my opinion, it doesn’t stack up to its world-class German counterparts - Andechs and Ayinger - but it offers a pleasant diversion here in Michigan. Well done, Bell’s.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Very happy to find this being sold as single bottles.
A - Pours reddish brown with a thick head.
S - Malty with a bit of wine or fruit.
T - Flavor is sweet, malty and caramel.
M - Chewy mouth feel.
O - I'm a fan of doppelbocks and this is a good one. This is a great, full bodied, delicious winter warmer kind of beer. Now I have to go find a six pack.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Aroma: Bready malt, not much hop, a little toasty aroma, some light caramel, slight plum, no chocolate or roast malt aromas.
Appearance: Reddish amber (deep amber/light copper), half inch cream colored foam collar quickly dissipates, not much lacing but some legs, brightly clear.
Flavor: strong malt caramel and touch of biscuit, very rich, a touch of toast, more alcohol than hop is balancing the malt, no burnt malt flavors, touch of chocolate, smooth, some alcohol balances the malt, moderate low hops, touch sweetness.
Mouth feel: full body – chewy, medium low carbonation, smooth.
Overall: Strong and rich and smooth and drinkable.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 656 ratings.
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