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

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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:
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
Reviews:
658
Ratings:
1,412
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
17.46%
 
 
Wants:
106
Gots:
163
For Trade:
5
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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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Photo of weeare138
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown with a red hue and a 1 finger tan cap.
Smells richly of maple, vanilla, chocolate, heavy caramel, roasted nuts, cooked apples, and heavy dark fruit esters. This one will give you a nose bleed if you sniff it too much.
Taste is of the same warm and rich aromas.
Mouthfeel is sweet to the point of lip smacking. Very chewy, sweet, and slightly tart.

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Photo of therica
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/12/2008 UPDATED REVIEW
Wow-- amazing reading my original review from 8/5/2005, it must have been a really bad batch or something that we got at Bell's. This stuff is amazingly good.

A= cloudy gravy-amber, fair head which dissipates after a short while, little lacing.

S= dreamy whiffs of nice hops, prunes, apricots, something in that venue.

T= delicious, not overly done on the hops bite, nice rich full blend of the darker fruits (prune, apricot et al), sweet malts.

M= very clean, no residual bite or any unpleasantness

D= extremely-- in fact an absolute requirement for beer fanatics

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WAS ORIGINALLY 4.5 / 3.5 / 3.5 / 2.5 / 2.5
We happened to be in Kalamazoo for a few days, and Bell's was recommended, so we tracked down the brew-pup and brewery-store - WHAT A HASSLE! After an hour of driving in circles, stopping and asking people on the streets (EVERYONE seemed to know where it was but were useless in giving helpful directions), we finally succeeded. There wasn't enough time to stay for the pub, but we hit the store and bought a few cases-- including a case of Consecrator Doppelbock.

Yeeow... we all ran for cover... Consecrator Doppelbock should be renamed, "Crucifier" because it is so hop-over-the-top! I was afraid to spill it on anything, for fear that it would strip finishes or eat through the structure.

Basically, we gave it 5 thumbs down. Admittedly, one is a Bud-Lite fan, but... then again, I "ain't no beer-soda swiller," read my review on Bell's Expedition Stout, which is truly as superb as its reputation, or my review on Bell's Two-Hearted Ale.

If you're hip on hop, then you'll probably think I'm giving this stuff a bad rap, you'll love it. Just let me know what to do with the remaining 3 six-packs here, heh...

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Photo of ppoitras
2.45/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity to revisit...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" beige head over the reddish amber brew. Head settles, but stays with the party for the most part, and lacing is okay for the style. Aroma is very fruity, with an undercurrent of malt and alcohol. Taste is just as strongly friuty as I remember it, overpoweringly so, just shouting everything down except for maybe some alcohol warming at the end. Mouthfeel probably would be good if the flavor wasn't kicking my butt, and drinkability from same. Guess I really just don't like this one. Your milage may vary.

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Photo of rrwiltse
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of Bell's rarest beers and certainly one of its best. The aroma is what first grabs you---slightly sweet and malty, rich and interesting. This dopplebock pours very smoothly, and the aroma continues to get richer. The first taste is a malty bite, and then the smooth sweetness kicks in, leaving a slightly carbonated tingle at the back of the tongue. As you reach the bottom of the glass, there is a bit of sediment present.

A must try, pleasing and satisfying even in hot summer months!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally found a solid brew from Bell's, though I am still not a huge fan of Doppelbock.

The beer pours to a clear nutty brown with ruby highlights and a thin fizzy foam that recedes to a film. I had to be careful on the pour due to sediment, which seems to have stayed in the bottle quite well. The carbonation is quite active.

The smell is very malty and uber sweet. The ethanol is apparent in the nose. The taste is very similar. It tastes like a slightly better version of Michelob Amber Bock, though that is not saying much for it. I detect a bit of corn in the aftertaste, but I somehow doubt it has been used in a doppelbock (at least I hope not).

The mouthfeel is crisp and light with a residual sugar aftertaste. The caramel is hidden under all the sweetness. Not bad, but if this is the best Bell's has to offer (based on my opinion of the brews I've had), it's not really worth trying again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid American Micro attempt. Similar to most German Dopplebocks, but is a little more 'yeasty' looking when poured. Smells more chocolatey and the fruit aromas are more defines. Tastes sweet, maybe too sweet. Dark fruits of prunes, figs, dates, and a bit nutty. Solid flavors from caramel, molassas, and brown sugar with a bit of toasty-ness. Lightly detected hop presence in flavor, bitter, and aroma. A little musky smelling and earthy tasting. I would go so far as to say grainy or astringent. Nice alcohol warming and sweetness in the finish. Nice firm body, just a bit too sweet. I'll lay one down for a year or so, then see what's happening.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours an amber brown crystal clear body with a thin off-white head. Lots of tiny little bubbles and particles float in the glass.

S- Sweet caramel maltyness with an otherwise very clean smell to this beer. A light fruity smell is faint but noticeable.

T-This beer has a light toasted malt taste with strong sweetness and some apple cider notes. No darker flavors are present. Very light finish with possible a hint of grape juice.

M- Medium body with no alcohol warmth or carbonation noted.

D- This has a strange light fruit taste without any malty backbone. The alcohol is very light for 8% and so is the malt. Not quite the oomph to call it a doppelbock.

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

Clear red/brown with ruby highlights topped by a light tan head. Looks pretty nice. Complex aroma, malty sweet, lots of fruit, raisins, and alcohol. Low bitterness with a malty, fruity plum flavour and some hop presence. Finishes malty with some alcohol flavour. Full body blends well with alcohol warmth and creamy, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Medium/low carbonation. Quite enjoyable and drinkable, even with the higher abv.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another sampling courtesy of Feloniousmonk and BIF 20! I am sampling a slightly chilled bottle in a pint glass.

The beer pours a slightly cloudy mahogany with some ruby highlights. A small fizzy beige head foams up easily and fades to a thin surface layer quickly. Aroma is mostly malty with some toffee and caramel mixing with a bit of brown sugar and also some lite alcohol hints.
First sip reveals an average bodied beer with medium carbonation. The body is silky smooth and goes down very easy.
Flavor is similar to nose with some malty sweetness of brown sugar and caramel up front, rolling to a clean finish and a hit of warming alcohol from the back of my throat to my belly.
The beer is very drinkable for 8% even with the warming. I wish it had a little bit of chocolate malt flavors and possibly some hops somewhere to balance a little, but overall it is a decent beer.

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Photo of karengarys
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle pours nice and thick and rich, it is a hazy mahogany color in the glass, and leaves a carmel color foam haze on the surface, with a nice ring around the edge.

Smells very sweet and malty, with noticable alcohol.

Tastes like it smells, malt and alcohol are instantly noticable - it is a bit tawny and molassis like, though, maybe a little too thick.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, though. Syrupey, too, a bit too syrupey for my tastes.

I think instead of a "double bock", it should maybe be a 2.5x bock, or at least a 2 1/3 bock. If you are into thick beers, give this a try.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-amber hue with a nice beige colored head that dissapated quickly. Smell is mostly fruity esters with smells of raspberry and a light sweetness. Taste is big on malt of course with flavors of rock candy, a tart raspberry taste, and a grassy hops background. The alcohol shows it's head and it's pretty noticeable which detracts from the drinkability. This is a descent dopplebock, but the alcohol is too apparent and the flavors are too raw and overwhelming. This is a descent attempt at the style but not something i would seek out again.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.3/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not too excited about this one. I have finally decided that I am going to give up on Bell's. I keep finding myself disappointed with them (except their Porter).

The beer pours out with a maple syrup color with red undertones at the bottom of the glass. The little head that started filtered down to nothing after about a minute. There was litterally nothing in the glass. It looked like I was drinking a snifter of cognac.

The aroma was sweet and malty but it had a strong salty, vinegar-like smell; almost like a jar of green olives. The taste is sweet up front and loaded with malt, but there is an odd balance of flavors that run around my mouth. There is sweetness mixed with a sour-off taste and salty finish.

Overall, not too excited to see the rest of the six-pack taking up precious space in my beer fridge.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy chestnut color. Off white foamy head disappeared immediately, leaving no lace at all on the glass. Huge amount of streaming bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Smells of toffee, slight roasty and buttery. Caramle flavor, slightly buttery, dark fruit. No deep robust malt profile here. Over carbonated, watery. This one falls short in my book. This got a little better as it warmed, but not that great.

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Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer a lot. Too bad its so seasonal. This pours a reddish brown color. It smells of dark fruit and malt. The taste follows the nose. It is sweet and malty with some dark fruit flavors such as plum and raisin. It has a good mouthfeel with medium carbonation. I think its a very drinkable beer. This one is one of my favorites from Bells. I highly recommend trying it.

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

Appearance: Crystal clear ruby color with a quickly dissapating tand head. Carbonation cascades through the body and pops at the top.

Smell: Kind of boozy and musty. Iced tea, dark fruits, and wheat bread notes fill the nose.

Taste: Alcohol up front...barleywine-like in character. Kind of interesting...honey, dried pears, cinnamon, and wheaty notes all blend together to make this an interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with a dry, alcohol finish.

Drinkability: Suffers some just b/c of the alcohol presence. This would be great as a night cap or an apertif. Another solid offering from Bells. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of MDekker
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle with a goat on it, the Consecrator pours out a dark reddish brown. What little head there is dissipates quite quickly, with hardly a bubble remaining on the surface after a few minutes of drinking.

Smells sweet and malty, and tastes much the same. Not very thick in the mouth, with the caramel sweetness by far the dominant taste. I guess I could find the maple flavor in it, too. Detectable presence of alcohol. Goes down quite well, being a doppelbock and all - I don't think this would offend my wife the way Sam Adams Double Bock did. Relative easy to drink, finishing smooth.

Overall, a pleasing experience, but not exceptional.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.
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