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 watermelonman
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a very dark sort of amber color with a minor head.

The smell is very sugary. The more complex flavors are missing here. The taste is similar, bringing malt with a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is fairly light, while it is easy to drink.

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Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dirty brown with a burnt orange hue seemed a bit light for a doppelbock with a thin almost non existant head.Aromas were a bid bland I have to say some caramel and light molasses but nothing really stood out somewhat dissapointing.Flavors were marred by a real thin mouth feel for such a big beer almost watery somewhat sweet and grainy but kinda boring.Well I hate to say it because Bell's is one of my favorites but this beer really dissapoints there are to many other good doppelbocks to seek this one out.

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Photo of nlmartin
1.68/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer was purchased at Jungle Jims. The beer is from batch # 7209. This beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer has a cloudy coppery coloration. The head is off white. There is positively no retention of the head and no lacing of the glass.

Smell: The beer has a slightly sweet boiled vegetable water smell.

Taste: The beer has the same flavor as the taste. The beer taste like water was used from a veggie boil and used to make the beer. There is a little bit of sweetness. There is no trace of hops or spicyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is way thin on mouthfeel. The taste and smell are major let downs. I drank about half of the beer. The beer was allowed to warm closer to room temperature before being poured out. Bells makes some very good beers. This is not a good beer. Perhaps this one should be placed back on the drawing board. Dam I bought a sixer of this beer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 review:
Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
No obvious "bottled on" date
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Thought I'd revisit this one, since it had been five years since I last tasted this beer (and also five years since I'd last seen it). I must have gotten an old bottle previously, or the recipe changed substantially, as Bell's Consecrator is now a tasty double bock, right up there with some of the better German imports.

Pours a light tan to dirty white head of smallish bubbles, declining to a thin ring around the glass and faint islands of foam in the middle. Leaves very little lacing. Amber-red-brown in color, dark, almost opaque, but still transparent. No visible carbonation.

Scents of dried brown figs that meet caramel malts, baked brown bread, raisins, and dates. Very smooth, generally delectable.

Taste features sweet waves of dried fruit (raisins, dates, figs) first, then hits heavy with barley malt and dark bread flavors. At times, a bit hot (ethanol) in he back, which is kind of disappointing that this shows through with such a big malt presence. Aftertaste of malt sweetness tempered with some actual hop bitterness.

Generally smooth mouthfeel with medium to medium-heavy body. Finish is dry from use of hops and slight stickiness.

Good, on par with some of the better imports. A 6% version would be amazing.

2006 review:
Picked this one up via a trade with jpm30. Prosit!

Pours a one-and-a-half head that quickly falls to a thin ring of foam around the perimeter of the glass; lacing is nonexistent. The body is a murky, reddish-brown color with visible, slowly percolating carbonation.
The scent is rather bland, mostly consisting of tepid malt sweetness and hints of cut, ripe apples. Taste is similar, but more complex, consisting of caramel malt, syrup, toffee, some nuttiness, faint hints of alcohol, and a bit of oddly-placed popcorn essence. The aftertaste is biscuity and slightly bitter.
The palate experiences this beer as medium to full bodied with a more active than average level of carbonation, appropriate for the thickness. Finish is dry. With the higher alcohol content, this beer is personally only drinkable one at a time. An average doppelbock, somewhat disappointing in its presentation and olfactory qualities, with only minor improvements in taste; not sure if aging would offer any improvements.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Batch # only, no dates.

Deep ruddy brown. Thin beige coloured head quickly reduces into a halo of foam. No lace.

Nose shows a light touch of fruit, caramel, and some herbal type hop notes.

Tastes goes right along with the nose. Finishes sweet. Medium-full bodied, easy carbonation. Not a bad doppelbock per se, but nothing to set it apart either.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Steve's-University, Batch #7209

appearance: pours a deep garnet, slight mahogany, colour into a chalice...very light beige head with no retention and no lacing...very full looking body

smell: nothing too strong here....light fruitiness, caramel, sweet malt, apple sweetness, light toffee...nothing special

taste: decent flavour...sweet caramel covered apple, very faint citrus hop presence, light alcohol in the aftertaste, toffee, somewhat syrupy, various dark fruit, biscuit-esque, big and malty

mouthfeel: medium-full body, chewy, low carbonation

drinkability: fairly drinkable

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Photo of aforbes10
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at the Eccentric Cafe. served in a brandy snifter. looks great, reddish and very dark. small, ultra-white head. looks pretty darn good for a dopplebock. malty, earthy odor with some fruity tones too. great taste. fruity, sour and delicious. not too harsh as some dopplebocks can be and there was more of a concentration on flavor rather than alcohol (alchol very well hidden). also some apricots, plums, and spices in there too. good slow drinking beer.

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Photo of Winter
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark clear copper with virtually no head. Plenty of carbonation visible in the body. Malty and vinous aroma with a hint of rum soaked raisins. Thick, crisp full-bodied mouthfeel. The taste starts off with a rich malty flavor that's not overly sweet. Hops cut down the malt sweetness quite a bit actually. Toffee appears toward the back. Alcohol can be detected in the finish also.

This seems to be a pretty typical doppelbock, except for the hops which seem to hedge the malt sweetness. I expected a little more from Bell's.

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Photo of carln26
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh spring, a time for all things lager. A time for all things bock. A time to try Bell’s contribution to the bock family.

Deep mahogany color, mildly hazy topped by a thin tan head.

Aroma of dark caramel and toffee.

Flavor has more caramel, dates just a bit of hop this time as orange or tangerine.

The mouth feel is a little sticky, a bit of heat, still drinkable. Nice beer. This was the first lager I’ve had from Bell’s they should try more.

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Photo of JiminKY
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy burnt-umber (always wanted to use that Crayola term for brownish-orange) with minimal head that quickly becomes just a thin ring of bubbles circling the top of the glass. Very fine streams of bubbles continue to rise throughout.

S - Yeast and malt dominate the aroma.

T - VERY malty and sweet. Alcohol is not perceptible until the aftertaste, which also includes sour hints. Virtually no hop presence whatsoever.

M - Smooth and sticky, with little perceptible carbonation.

D - Certainly a nice beer to have one or two of. Easy to drink slowly, as the sweetness does take some time to deal with between sips. Definitely not a sessionable beer, or something I would drink exclusively on a given day. After drinking one, I feel the need to wash the stickiness off my lips and clean my palate with a crisper, hoppier selection.

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Photo of kdmorse
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Murky reddish brown appearance with one finger of fading whitish head. No traces of bubbles to be seen through the cloudiness. Heads disappears quickly and is not to be heard from again.

S: Sweet cherry-tinged malt. Lots of bready, sweet malt.

T/M: Sweet, thick malt body. A little fruity… dark fruit. Slight flavors of biscuits and bread. Carbonation is about right for the body.

D: Drinkability isn’t bad, but not great. More of a lack of desire to drink more than an inability to drink more.

Notes: Hoped for more out of Bell’s, one of my favorite brewers. Worth a go, but I’ll stick to Two-Hearted and their killer lineup of stouts in the future.

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Photo of Crosling
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright forest fire in color. Lightyly herbaceous hop and juicy malt aroma, though subtle. Juicy malts, which come off a bit medicinal. Light cherry flavors throughout, with light hints of caramel and molasses. A pretty average Doppelbock. I was hoping for more. I thought the malt magician Larry Bell could turn out a more aromatic, more complex malt character than this.

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

Big thanks to Mikeys01 for scoring me a bottle of this!
Beautifully clear garnet, capped off with a cream colored head. Good retention, keeping a thick collar, leaving splotchy lace clinging to the glass. Big, malty aroma. Fruity, with a distinct note of black cherry. No notable hop presence, big caramel, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor opens with a big, chewy caramel maltiness. Sweet, but not cloying. Smooth and well lagered, caramel coating the tongue for the duration, very elegant. Tingling carbonation keeps things moving, but stays mild mannered. Finely bubbled. Very nice cherry fruitiness, a bit of prune and raisin, with a bit of a higher alcohol note into the finish. Still fairly clean, with a cultured, lagery smoothness to the malt. Finishes sweet and hearty, a touch of alcohol noticable in the end. A little chocolate, too.
Another great beer from Bell's. These guys make some great stuff. I wish they were around in the northeast. One of the best larger craft brewers, I think, with an extensive selection of styles. Not quite as clean as I'd expect from a lager, even a big one like this, but it's real tasty and warming on a cold night.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a reddish-brown color. The head is small and recedes quickly into no lacing. The aroma is of dark fruits, caramel and roasted malt. The taste sweet, but not as sweet as a doppelbock can be. Roasted malt and caramel dominate the taste and the finish. The moutfhfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. It is not as sticky as most doppelbocks, but I think that is a good thing. Overall, this is a decent brew that I will drink again, but there are better doppelbocks out there.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad offering from Bell's... but not one of their best either. Pours out to a coppery orange color with an artificial head of big bubbled foam, which quickly dissipated. Aromas of sweet yeast and light bread, with notes of malt and molassas. Taste is slightly bland and kind of uneventful; some maltiness, sweet grains, smoke woods, some dark cherries and fruit. Not bad, but oddly askew. Mouthfeel was slightly dense and thick, but not to the point where it was comparable to a stout or something of that nature. Decent drinkability, I was expecting something more along the lines of Ayinger Celebrator or Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock. Worth a try.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up two bottles at Cloverleaf in Southfield.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.
Batch code 7209. Packaged on March 2, 2006 according to Bell's website.

Deep copper, orange color, with a decent one inch thick, off white colored head. Fades quickly, leaving no lacing. Slightly hazy, with a good amount of carbonation. Not a strong smelling brew, mostly malts, veggies, and a hint of biscuits. Big malt taste up front, followed by pepper, spices and bread. Light bodied mouthfeel and very easy to drink. Hard to believe this 8.0% abv. Not my personal favorite style of brew, but a decent offering from Bell's, thats worth a try.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan.
pours a deep copper color with a very thin head the drops into nothing few stray bubbles.
the aroma is malty, carmelized malt.
the flavor is malty, hops pice, carmelized malt, mineriality.
the mouthfeel is very thick it coats the inside of your mouth.
beer is very drinkable and enjoyable with thai food.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A good brew!

It pours lookin' kinda like a homebrew. It has the nice ruddy-brown, almost velvetine colour of a good doppelbock with a head that is, perhaps, a shade too dark.
The smell is malts and vegetables. Suprisingly, this isn't a bad thing, just different.
When I took my first sip, I understand why people describe the flavour as vegital. It definately has a strong boiled vegetable character. However, this interacts with the malt and (very light) hop presence to form something that tastes rather like an Autumn side-dish.
The mouthfeel is perfect for a Doppelbock. Neither too thick, nor too thin, it is right in that perfect grey area between the two.

Yeah, it's a good beer. I kinda reminds me of brown-sugar glazed carrots. It'd be better served on the thanksgiving table than enjoyed late-winter/early-spring . . . but hey, we don't drink Jolly Pumpkin beers only around Halloween, right?

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

12oz batch #7209 bottled on 3/2/06 purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pilsner.

Dark copper with two fingers of light tan that falls in a couple minutes into a thin layer of foam. Ringed lace effect.

Smells malty sweet with some pepper and alcoholic heat. Caramel and biscuits are in there.

The malts are big and upfront. Good dose of sharp hops for balance. The caramel dipped biscuits add to the complexity. Dry and spicy finish that has some warmth from the abv. Lingering spice in the aftertaste.

A little light in the mouth but this is good beer and I can easily have a couple more.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 6656 Bottled January 2005, sampled February 2006
Pours with an amber tinged tan colored head. The beer itself is a brilliantly clear, deep amber-red color. The aroma is sweet and malty, with a solid malt-derived fruit note that reminds me of raisins and a bit of cherry as well. The aroma on this is just a concentrated malt bomb, yet it is not cloying in any way. There is enough dry, toasted malt notes here to just add to the complexity of the aroma. The aroma is definitely a malt lovers delight, at least it brings out the malt lover in me.

The beer has quite a bit of sweetness in the taste, but it is definitely not cloying. It is not overly thick either, hefty enough to be a hearty drink. Notes of carmalized malts, toffee, raisins and a bit of ruminess that manifests itself along with the bit of alcohol in the finish. This beer goes down quite smooth, almost creamy, it is really a pleasure to drink. These American examples of malt are so far and in between that it makes them that much more pleasurable when I get a hold of one.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- POurs a lavish, bready head with decent retention. Color is a dark ruby, mixed with a deep cut blood color. Noticeable yeast sediment at the last third of beer.

Smell- Drak prunes with a chocolate soda malt. Vanilla and fresh black cherries from the produce section also invade the nostrils.

Taste- Starts out like room temperature cherry pie with a scoop of warm vanilla ice cream with milk chocolate topping. Ends wth a rye bread spread with a little nutella. Very little hop flavor or bitterness noted.

Mouthfeel- Very dark fruit palate. Went very well with my leftover IKEA Swedish meatballs and their special sauce. Slightly warming as well.

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Photo of Higravity
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a weird brown-oragne with head and lacing and lots of suspended yeast, head srcatch. Smells of caramel maltyness and dark fruit with alcohol coming through. The taste is large malt with good complexity but the alcohol makes this one muted as it seems to interfer and the hop presence in near non-exsistant. A nice body and I could have a few, but I was hoping for more.

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Photo of mntlover
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown with lots o f reds mixed in a small tanish head that falls to a ring no real lacing.

Aroma is nice big malty lots of fruit plums, raisins, figs ect.. mixed with some molassess.

Taste is big on malt some good fruitiness thru out. Some light spice and earthy yeast mingled thru out the sweet malt. Some sugary like molassess flavors and feel. I enjoyed this wish I had more no hint of the 8%.

Mouthfel is a big medium approaching full nice mellow carbonation.

Drinkability is good a nice doppelbock another winner from Bell. Thanks to Hometown Sports BIF and ImWithStupid for this sample.

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Photo of trouserbat
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured with a rich caramel color and almost no head. Thick, predominantly malty-sweet. My opinion was high through the first couple sips, but its sweetness was not balanced with enough bitterness, and by the end it was little too rich for me. It had a great butterscotchy smell, though. Ultimately, I thought it smelled better than it tasted. More than one would probably be pushing it for me, though if you're an imperial stout / heavy bock fan this is definately worth checking out.

That said, it was deeply satisfying after a long bike ride through heavy snowfall.

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Photo of joedon
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My sample had a pretty dark copper color but with chill haze. Also, not much of a head/no lace.

Very inviting smell of raisins, toffee, caramel and sherry, but no hop aroma.

First impression of the taste is overwhelming malt sweetness. Very full body but not much hoppiness to balance the malt.

Not a bad beer but I prefer the balance in Salvator or the assertiveness of Celbrator for dopplebock beers.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,451 ratings.
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