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 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 jp32
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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Photo of FFreak
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into large tulip. A beautiful clear deep mohagany with a thin white head. Aroma is of dates, caramel, brown sugar...all malt, no discernable hop presence. Taste follows the nose with malty sweetness and dried fruit...dried plums, caramel, raisins, a little bit of bread. Mouthfeel is nice, a little thin, low carbonation. Overall, an excellent example of doppelbock. Well done.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Maybe I have had this one too long. Although I hear you can put some age on it. I will be short with this review. It was poured out halfway through drinking so that I could get to something else. I found it to cloying. It was not balanced enough to make it an enjoyable experience. I may try another in a different setting but I believe that it was too malty and sweet for my taste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, toffee, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting leather, fruit, and tobacco characteristics all around.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an almost opaque yet still clear dark reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some amber + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts and dark fruits (cherry, fig, and plum).

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sweet caramel and toffee malts with moderate amounts of dark fruits present as well - cherry, fig, and plum. Light amounts of earthy + herbal hops which impart a touch of bitterness in the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of alcohol similar to what you would find in a brandy.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: While this beer is sweet, it is not cloying and it is a very good example of the style. I enjoyed this one but it is a definite slow sipper.

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

Look: Amber red color. Very little head, virtually none.

Smell: Brown sugar, sweet malts. Cinnamon toast it a good description.

Taste: More cinnamon and a little scotchish in the flavor. Very sweet. A little roasty as well. Very good.

Feel: Medium bodied with some carbonation

Overall: Very good brew overall certainly something I could drink again.

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

LOOK: Clear amber colored lager with a light head and little to no lace. Good clarity and color for the style.

SMELL: Robust malty aroma with hints of nuts, brown sugar and toast. There is also a bit of dark fruit and raisin to it.

TASTE: More vinous than the nose, the taste is dialing in fig, date and raisin notes complimented by a sugary, toasty malt base. Moderate bitterness holds true with a grassy, citrus laden hop character.

FEEL: Medium bodied brew with a perfect medium-high carbonation. Finishes on the cleaner side but some malty residue hangs on for a nice ride on the palate.

OVERALL: A classic American take on the Doppelbock style. Fresh tasting and quite good to toast over good food and good friends.

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Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A deep tawny color, this dopplebock dark but relatively clear. The smell is all malt, rich and with depth. There is some distant dark fruit as well. the taste is malty, and a little roasted quality. Some bitterness, and very full in body. The beer is flavorful and very enjoyable. It's a solid dopplebock.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have trouble believing that I have never had this doppelbock from Bell's, until now.

Appearance -The beer was a dark murky brown with a small amount of bubbles hugging the sides of the pints glass.

Smell - The smell was faint, but did suggest a mild malty aroma.

Taste - In the beginning, I detected toffee and malt sweetness. The sweetness becomes progressively more bitter until the burnt sugar ending is reached. In the overall scope of doppelbock, I thought the sweetness of this one did not last long enough.

Mouthfeel - I often think of doppelbocks as being "chewy". I might argue that this one is a little thin.

Overall - I am a fan of the style and this is a pretty good example of the style. I think it hits a lot of the benchmarks, but does not hit them very hard.

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Photo of lochef81
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first encounter with a dopplebock so its a little hard to judge this without a point of reference, may return to review again at a later date. This lager pours a brown hazelnut color with very little head or lacing. The aroma is very malty and warming with notes of dried fruit and a little toasted malt. The mouthfeel is a little sticky and close to full bodied. The flavor is rich and deep, lots of malt, almost a fruitcake like quality, and a nice warming alcohol bite. This is a nice beer especially on a cold day. I look forward to trying more of the style to get a better idea of what they should be like.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at The Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear hazelnut brown, with a very small half inch head, and not much lacing down the glass.

Smells like sweet malt, dark fruits, and some caramel.

The taste is similar. A bit lighter in flavor than some of the typical German dopplebocks, but still tasty. Fairly sweet, with minimal toasted malt flavor. Some dark fruit flavor, cherry, and caramel.

Medium bodied overall, but light bodied for a dopplebock. Low carbonation, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

This one's pretty good, but could be beefed up a little bit, seems like somewhere in between a bock and a dopplebock.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours nearly 2 fingers of light golden tan head, you can hear the effervescence as you pour, body is a translucent red copper, with lots of carb in the body. The beer retains a solid cap throughout the session.

Smell - Dark ripe fruits, dark roasted toffee, fresh baked wheat bread, very light amaretto, and a light vanilla carmel.

Taste - Very much like the nose, this starts off with sweet dark ripe fruits and dark toffee, and right behind you get a semi-sweet baked dark wheat breadiness, then a hint of alcohol and amaretto flavor joins in, then very light breadcrusts and some faint minerals, and finally a hint of grassy hops that round out a lightly bitter finale. But this does not finish clean, and I like this here - nearly all of these flavors remain in the mouth (especially the corners) long after each sip.

Mouthfeel - The level of sweetness and bold flavors make this a medium weighted beer, the carb is lighter side of medium and silky smooth, almost foaming across the tongue, but then leaves some nice tingling edges at the sides.

Overall - Really a well done dopplebock imho, just delicious, a very nice balance of flavors, all complimentary. While this is definitely a sweeter beer, the boldness of the dark fruits, roasted malts, grassy hops and light minerals, and even the faint alcohol heat all balance out the sweetness perfectly - I don't consider this overly sweet or syrupy in the least. Glad I got a case of this, will definitely pick up another case next spring - highly recommend.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 4/3/14

Consecrator Doppelbock by Bell's Brewery
poured from a12oz. bottle into my Ragtime Ricks beer mug

P-packaging: standard brown bottle cool label with two single goats 3.75

A-appearance : amber copper color, with a orange-ish tan to finger head 4.5

S- smell: caramel, malts and faint alcohol 4.25

T-taste: mmmm malty, follows the nose caramel roasted malt doughy and a little warming alcohol 4.25

M-mouthfeel : full bodied, mild carbonation malts give way to alcohol lingers a little 4.25

D-drinkability: a little heavy but mild enough to enjoy a couple 4.0

O-overall: enjoyed this one, great effort from Bells 4.25

200th rated beer. Much anticipated Doppel, did not disappoint. will have again

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Bottled on 02/10/14.

Appearance: Clear dark copper/red-brown beer. Very little foam/head after pouring. Barest thin white ring at the edge slowly renewed by the bubbles coming up from the beer. No lacing.

Smell: Very rich caramel and toffee with a hint of grapes in there.

Taste: Very rich caramel and toffee. Sweet, but not cloying. Some fruit notes, and the malt takes on a pastry-like bready sweetness mixed in with all the caramel and toffee flavors. As it warmed up the noble hops start to come out mildly at the end - giving a mildly spicy/earthy/bitter finish at the end to complement all the sweet flavors. Really tasty and well done.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely thick, little bit sticky, just right carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable - I really wish I had seen a six pack of this in the store and picked one up rather than the single I spied. Rich and full of flavor. Went well with a meal (pasta and chicken with a cream sauce) and I would not mind having it all by itself. Will definitely have to revisit this one next time I'm at the store for more beer.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,441 ratings.
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