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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mscudder
2.09/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Consumed a few months back and documented.

A - Ruby amber hue. Poor sized head and little lacing.

S - Light roasted malts, but I really felt as if something were just "off" at bit.

T - Dark and heavy malts hit initially and seems pleasing until the finish arrives. To me. this is just unbearable. I cannot compose any diction that would encompass what I felt this taste was, but I just could not bear another sip. I have never purchased a beer that I found had such a horrid aftertaste I would refuse to finish the bottle.

M - Creamy and malt filled body. Still just offended by the finish.

O - Bar none the worst beer I have ever had from Bell's. I cannot seem to figure out why others covet this brew, but for me I will just avoid it from now on.

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Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consecrator Doppelbock pours a darker copper color. It looks mostly clear. When held to light, really nice crimson highlights become apparent. A tan head covers it and rises to roughly a finger in height. It’s quick to recede, leaving a very light, spotty lacing behind. Frankly, there’s so little lace that I almost feel guilty mentioning it. Very nice color nonetheless.

The nose is pretty good. It seems just a tad weak, but isn’t bad by any stretch. It kicks off with a mix of caramel and light chocolate scents. It smells a bit sweet from the caramel. It has a rather strong yeast scent that smells nice. There are some light notes of cherry, dark fruit, and alcohol. The alcohol seems a tad strong, but not overwhelming. Smells pretty good overall. More strength might bump it a notch.

The flavor is good. I like it. The malt base is a mix of caramel, chocolate and toasted malts. The caramel variety certainly adds a sweet flavor, while the chocolate tastes mostly like cocoa. It’s a nice, flavorful base. Yeast is definitely strong in the mix and adds a bread-like flavor. It works well with the malt base. Secondary flavors of light raisin, fig, cherry, and alcohol follow. The alcohol is a little strong. It’s not warm, but is definitely there in flavor. Finishes malty with a light, tangy dark fruit twist.

Consecrator Doppelbock has a medium body. Carbonation is light and restrained. It feels nice and smooth. If not for a slight bit of booziness, it’d be incredibly drinkable. Nice feel though!

Bell’s did a nice job with Consecrator Doppelbock. It’s not among the world’s best Doppelbocks, but it’s a good effort. It’d be a notch better with a little less of an alcohol flavor and a stronger nose. Still very good nonetheless. Easy recommendation.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Side Door Grill, Madison. I'm downgrading my original score (4.5) from three years ago. How I used to love this stuff. It hasn't changed. I have.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled on 02-09-12.

Appearance: Pours a deep and fairly clear brownish amber orange with some shades of ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Moderate amount of lace sticks around.

Smell: Sweet and bready roasted caramel malts with a good amount of toffee and grains. Hints of nuts, chocolate, and brown sugar. Also a subtle hint of dark fruits in the background. Smells very rich with the roasted caramel standing out the most.

Taste: A big bready taste of roasted caramel malts. Some hints of chocolate, toffee, grains, nuts, and some brown sugar. Also a nice dark fruit presence with hints of raisins and dark cherries. Some earthy hops provide a little balance in the background. A pretty good and full taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Sweet but finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a Doppelbock. Everything you would expect from the style. One of the better American versions.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Consecrator, 12oz bottle. Batch 10864, packaged 2-9-12, from a recent trade with laymansbeerfan (thanks man) poured into a (fittingly) Ram pint glass.

A: Clear brilliant amber with minimal head and lacing.

S: Bready and malty, toasted grain, hints of honey, spices, and brown sugar; no alcohol presence really.

T: Follows the nose, very malty and bready, low bitterness and minimal hop presence, a bit nutty, with a touch of a woody note, hints of spices.

MF: Medium bodied and straightforward, light bitterness, low to medium carbonation; silky, malty mouthfeel.

O: A good malty offering, not as rich and heavy as most other Dopplebocks I've tried. Pretty drinkable and enjoyable.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style snifter. Back label says PKGD 2/09/12.

A- Pours a clear reddish brown color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains nicely before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly-covered surface of foam. Above average lacing.

S- Faint cereal grain smell with a hint of richness in the back. Semi-roasty but sweet.

T- Pretty deep for a doppelbock. Toasty malts with the mild dark fruit providing a sweetness. The 8% ABV is well-hidden. Small notes of banana and maybe some rye spiciness.

M- Vibrant and full, especially for a lager but also doesn't skimp on the crispness and refined nature. Medium-low carbonation and slightly dry.

O- It's Bell's...need I say more?

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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a rich, intense caramel amber hue with foam that quickly dissipates. It has a rich, malty caramel aroma (notice the trend here) that’s mellow and sweet and a mellow, sweet, caramel malt flavor (third time’s the charm!) with a warming alcohol finish. Doppledeliciousness!

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Super bold red color. Looks like cranberry juice.
S: Not getting much here. Subtle malt or so. After the beer has warmed a lot more smells comes through. Good cherry scent. Apples, grapes. Alcohol is subtle.
T: Sourness that overpower some subtle orange flavor. Alcohol comes through on the finish.
M: Lingering sour bitter grossness. Get's better as the beer warms but still rather unpleasant.

This beer really didn't bring a lot to the table other than a sour lingering alcohol taste. Even as the beer warmed no real flavors came through. Great to look at but not to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 6 pack from Bullock's (Marietta, GA). 14.99.  Bottled 2/9/12. Served in a snifter. 

Pours deep mahogany with a half finger head that quickly recedes. Very little lacing.

Smells of malts, caramel and dark fruits. 

Tastes sweet and malty. Burnt sugar, bittersweet cherries, and a kind of almost roasty malt. The alcohol is barely noticeable. 

Feels medium thin with moderate carbonation. Long semi dry aftertaste. 

Overall enjoyable. This is my first dopplebock so I'm not sure what to compare it to. Being a fan of Bell's, I'd wanted to try it for a while. It drinks smooth and pleasant with many flavors I'd expect out of a quad but with a lighter feel. I'm glad to have it & will revisit every month or two to see how it ages. 

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Photo of MichPaul
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first ever Doppelbock and I'm really enjoying it!

It's hard for me to review something if I have never tried the style. It feels unfari to not be able to compare to some other, but here goes.
There is not a lot of smell that hits you once you pour, but that's ok. The beer pours kinda a dark Amber color, and looks quite boozy.
For me, this has more of a mixed drink feel rather than a beer, but I still enjoyed it.
I'm not sure if I will search this beer out necessarily, but I would like to try some others of this style to see what some others taste like comparatively.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,472 ratings
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