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

Bell's Consecrator DoppelbockBell's Consecrator Doppelbock
1,469 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002

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Ratings: 1,469 |  Reviews: 678
Photo of Hallce2
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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 +20.4%
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 +1.6%
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 -1%
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 +17.8%

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Zachb4au
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of dav
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of nrombes
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ploobs
1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of XavierMuskies
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of DavidGross
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of neckbracesub
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell’s has created one of the finer bocks around with their Consecrator. Pouring a bit of a darker amber than most of its kind, this is truly one of the most complex of any bock I have tasted.

I am not the biggest bock fan (I prefer stouts and barleywines) but at 8.0% ABV this stands at a much higher volume than anything in the same field.

A major hint of toffee and caramel add to the pleasant finish, creating what is overall a commendable choice, especially if you’re big into bocks.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Bell's Brewery (Eccentric Cafe).

A: Pours a mahogany brown with some red tint. Minimal lacing or head retention.

S: Fresh earthy smell, with sweet caramel mixed in.

T: The combination of sweet caramel mixed in with the earthy hop/earthy tastes work well. Some brown sugary sweetness.

M: Fairly lighter body for this style. A little too light with the tingling carbonation.

O: A nice beer, but I wouldn't consider this one of Bell's keystone beers.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep, full-brown amber. It has a head that fades, with nice lacing.

Nose is sweet malt, sour balsamic vinegar, roasted almond, and chewy grain.

Taste is light and sweet malt, spicy yeast, caramel, tart lemon zest; malt becomes more dense towards the end, with a biscuit finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light with light carbonation.

Overall, it is full pack of malt.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Balvenie
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Deep amber body, thin ring for a head. No head. Hence the rating.

Hints of corn on the nose, sweet caramel as well. Dry grains. Smells German at heart.

A little more of a bite than I was expecting. Still smooth at its core, but theres an earthy bitterness that keeps the sweet in check. Corn syrup. I was expecting more caramel and toffee, but it was glaringly absent. I know theye were going for German feeling, and they hit it dead on. Its not a world class beer, but its still good.

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Photo of gustogasmic
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours perfect- a reddy dark brown with a yellow-bone head, very thin. Few bubbles, but very quick and small ones.

Smells like burnt toffee and carmely malts.

Tastes the same- smooth and awesome carmel with a nice light hop/ roast backdrop. Thick and sweet. A roasty tobacco leave.

Mouthfeel is incredible and perfect- goes down well at a cold temperature but froths up perfectly in the leave. Sticks well; the beer is as flavorful once it's down as in the midst of a sip.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Reddish hued brown, fairly clear, small off white head. Lots of cling.

S - Very light brown sugar and bread.

T - Nice light malt and breadiness.

M - Light bodied. Has a very nice carbonation. The balance is terrific. Subtle flavors in, subtle bittering at the end. Clean in finish. Alcohol well hidden

D - I would session this one!

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,469 ratings
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