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

very good
1,457 Ratings
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 atone315
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of elNopalero
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of jrpapajcik
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
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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Photo of kainzlpi
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +13.2%
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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Photo of zenwatts
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of optimistictour
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one has always eluded me, but now I've made a capture.

It looks a bit more substantial and realistic than other bocks I've tried which seemed to be flexing as hard as they could to look a bit heavier. Deep brown/red shading light without murkiness, solid head receding somewhat quickly.

Nose barely hints at flavor, smelling almost like a light wheat/dubbel/whatever despite the reality.

That on-tongue reality is solid and bright and open-armed, embracing me all the way with a balance of sweetness and hearty dark bitter tones. There's apple and coffee and hints of bitter. It feels substantial despite a lack of thickness, coating and filling, decent carbonation and viscosity, especially for the style.

It's a satisfying and interesting drink that I'll gladly buy a 6 pack of next time I see it.

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Photo of GoldenChild
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Hallce2
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

I consecrated this doppelbock with a glass stein.

Appearance- A half-finger of ecru foam is the result of the pour. It has a frothy, filmy texture and retains well enough to keep the cap completely covered.

The body has an amber-auburn hue with reddish-gold highlights. I am also surprised by the amount and speed of carbonation flying through the glass.

Smell- Sweet nose that has hints of raisins and crystal malt. Maybe some herbal and earthy qualities. It is a little soft in general.

Taste- Wow! What was lacking on the nose explodes on the palate. It has a sweet and earthy flavor that pervades the length of the drink. The sweet is reminiscent of honey and raisins.

Halfway through the drink there is a hint of alcohol and warmth giving the impression of apricot of all things. The finish is loaded with earthiness and raisin-like malt sugars.

This is a great tasting doppelbock.

Mouth feel- This beer is silky smooth on the tongue. Unfortunately, it is also a bit on the thin side.

Overall- This doppelbock tastes great, and the heat it packs is more than appropriate in the end when considering the flavor profile as a whole.

Maybe the feel could be beefed up, and the aromatics of the nose could be stronger, but there is little that could be done to make this doppelbock taste more amazing.

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Photo of bigkingken
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light brown, bordering on amber. A gentle pour brings little to no head to speak of, and what there is dissipates quickly. Clear, no haze. Smells malty of molassas and licorice with a touch of hops to counter. Mouthfeel is light and delicate with just the right amount of carbonation. Goes down extremely smooth. Sweet up front with a tinge of alcohol. Fairly complex follow up with notes molassas and honey. Tastes like a dopplebock should, in short. Has zero bitterness in the finish. In fact, a sweetness lingers on the tongue making you want more.

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

Bottle dated 2/9/12. Poured into a New Belgium tulip. Appearance is clear dark reddish-brown with typical moderate carbonation and a thin head that had excellent retention. The nose was faint and slightly sweet with primarily toasted malt and a very, very subtle vanilla note.

The taste is very spot-on and traditional for this style and not over-the-top or otherwise interpretative at all. The beer has a medium body and a nice soft, bready, malty sweetness that develops to mild raisin and figgy flavors towards the back of the palate. Hop profile is extremely mild, as per the style. The beer is very easy-drinking and the alcohol is undetectable. It has no objectionable qualities whatsoever.

Overall, this beer lacks the complexity of the top-shelf dopplebocks, but it is a nice entry from an outstanding brewer. Everything about it says ``traditional'', right down to the (blank)-``or'' name that dopplebocks typically have.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Body is coppery brown with red highlights. Yields a 1/2 finger of coarse fizzy tan head that dissipates within seconds. No lacing.

S - Super sweet chocolatey malt is the most prominent here. A bit of an herbal hop aroma eeks through the malty haze. With a bit of warming I get aromas of corn and strawberries.

T - Very sweet and almost candy-like up front. A cocoa-like bitterness follows shortly thereafter. Milk chocolate, caramel, pears and hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium-to-thick mouthfeel with good carbonation. Slightly sticky in the finish, but not syrupy.

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Photo of SpartanHistory2013
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Zachb4au
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of dav
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of nrombes
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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