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

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1,462 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 xnicknj
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a clear ruby caramel color, thin beige head dissolves completely, leaving no lacing behind on the glass.

Touches of fruit in the nose with grape and plum, malty sweetness with bread and caramel, faint metallic note. Soft warmth as well.

A little sweet up front with dark fruit. Ripe grapes with plum and raisin, light candied touch. Thick malt backbone, a little sweet and bready with a dash of cherry. Light syrup and warmth in the finish.

Fuller medium body, higher carbonation, sticky and prickly on the tongue. A decent doppelbock, I enjoyed the fruit tones, and the alcohol was under control.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost apricot-hued; vigorous pour results in a very small head that dissipates into a thin ring quickly. Semi-opaque with a steady stream of tiny bubbles rising to the top. Aroma is richly malty and alcoholic with sweetness abounding.

The taste of this beer is sweet and boozy. Dark malt flavor with notes of plums and caramel. Good carbonation lightens the mouthfeel, which is otherwise pretty creamy. Fairly powerful in both flavor and alcohol content, hops are not noticed. Booze doesn't hide here. As the beer warms it becomes winey and tannic...there's a drying finish with a bit of fumy aftertaste.

I really liked this beer and while it might not be in the very top tier for the style I found it adhered to it very well. Big, sweet, boozy, tasty.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown with amber hues. single finger head.

S: Fig, chocolate and some apricot.

T: More of the same in the taste with more chocolate and some caramel malt.

M: medium to thick body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: My first doppelboch so its new to me. I like this one. Unique and easier to drink than I expected.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a clear, deep copper color with a medium off white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is of honey, caramel, french toast, and malty richness. Low earthy hops.

The flavor is full, rich honey, toffee, caramels, and mead like qualities. Overly malty, with minimal earthy hops and hints of floral notes.

Clean, crisp, thick and rich.

A little cloying, but great for the style.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 8/27/11. On tap at World of Beer Fort Myers. Poured into a shaker pint.

Pours a dark amber color with a 1 finger greyish/off-white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Caramel, dark fruits and figs. Fairly weak aroma.

Taste: Dark fruit up front followed by caramel in the middle before ending with boozy alcohol at the finish. Aftertaste is fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good drinkability. I had no problem downing the pint, but I don't think I'd want to drink multiples in one sitting.

Overall: Pretty good beer overall. Not the strongest offering by Bell's by any stretch, but it's worth giving a shot.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
2.72/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Beautiful translucent red-brown. Small, slightly tanned head that resides very quickly. No lacing at all.

S: Sweet, malts. Caramel, I can smell the lager yeast. Crisp. Earthy.

T: Really sweet and fruity, but artificial sweetener taste, like aspartame. I get a touch of raisin. Definitely rough around the edges. Noticeable alcohol. Harsh, sickly sweet, fortified wine-like finish, yuck.

M: Thin. Medium-high carbonation.

Sorry Bells, but you let me down on this one. This is my first doppelbock, and I think I just don't like this style of beer. I was never a fan of lagers, especially higher alcohol lagers, so take my review with a grain of salt. Tastes a bit like Baltika 9 cut with Steel Reserve, bleh!

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

Acquired from raznug, courtesy of the Under 100 III BIF so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, caramelized malts, honey and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, dark fruit and honey. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass at Wine Styles

It's a deep red that's a touch cloudy and a wimpy tan head. The aroma is striking, with an abundant amount of plumb and some toffee. The taste is subdued, but only slightly, with a bit more of the malt coming out to make it more balanced. It's smoothness is almost at the top of the scale but it does have a mild dryness I don't see much in this style. Overall, a great beer I'd have again.

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Photo of claspada
2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aromas begin with earthy and grainy notes mixed with light caramelized sugar and toffee and slightly dark fruity maltiness.

The taste followed suit nicely, with the dominant flavor of caramel really taking hold. Some nice bready malts being located under that as well. Nice smooth finish with the long lingering flavor of nutty caramel on the tongue for a few minutes afterward. A nice dark fruit/raisin flavor emerges if you really dig in here.

The mouthfeel was a nice medium-bodied ale with a good amount of carbonation and a smooth creamy feel. The problem for me is that it is TOO drinkable for an 8.0% beer, why do all lagers taste diluted and boring. Way too refreshing, crisp and drinkable.

Overall this is a good beer but not a great Doppelbock by any means. Isn't even worthy of drinking the bathwater of great examples of this style from Salvator, Weihenstephaner and especially Ayinger. Also falls way way short of the best American example from Thomas Hooker. This is a pass for me as far as a recommendation goes.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Attractive translucent leather color with thick creamy head. Smell is of rich malts and litte/no hoppiness, spot on for the style. The taste was sweet and rich, cloyingly... like sitting in the room with someone who wears way to much cologne. Mouthfeel is way to sticky for me and not refreshing.

I'm unsure whether or not this is really spot on for style, but per my personal enjoyment it was not satisfactory. I am not a doppelbock connoisseur so I will rate as close to style as I know.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Doppelbock was on tap at the Tap & Table one night when I stopped in. I had always wanted to try this beer from Bells but hadn't seen it around. I ordered a glass and as it was brought to me I couldn't help but notices it's really nice looking brown color. The head was nice and left a pretty good lacing down the glass. The smell of malts were on the nose along with some sweet aromas too. The taste is a little sweet kind of like caramel or brown sugar mixed with a roasted bitterness and some dark fruits also. The mouthfeel had a decent thickness to it. Overall I thought this beer was pretty good and would drink it again one day.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

Clear and dark brown with ruby red edges. Thin white cap and decent, regular lacing down the glass.

Relatively sweet (think: caramel) and bready aroma with a touch of sweet fruit aroma near the end.

Though the flavor follows the nose incredibly closely, it seems more complex--there's a lot of layers of different sweets and malts. There is some caramel, a touch of earthy wood, some sweet vinous flavor, along with something I want to call raisin or date bread. Very interesting, complex, and comes together remarkably well.

Medium mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.

A wonderful surprise. After being disappointed in Batch 10,000, I really didn't know what to expect with this one, and I came away happily and pleasantly surprised. A sweet yet complex, and certainly delicious, doppelbock. Would love to try this one again!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My cellar continues to amaze with its contents. This one was part of Batch 6148, so I am curious to see how it held up. I will probably be all Bocked up by the end of the day.

From the bottle: "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."

I utilized a slow gentle pour so as not to disturb any lees that may be lying on the bottom of the bottle. As a result, I only got some wisps in terms of head. Color was a deep dark-brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich with a caramel malt sweetness. Wow! This might end up being breakfast and lunch today, followed by a nap. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, but the flavor was rich caramel on the tongue. Man, this could be a dessert beer, easily. Finish was rock-a-bye-baby smooth, lulling me that much closer to a nap. It was sweet, but not cloyingly so and the alcohol was not in evidence. Proceed cautiously!

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Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a sam adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with very little off white head that disappears completely.

Smell: Sweet malt with fruity notes. Hints of dark fruit and perhaps some grape.

Taste: Some bread like malt. Again, there is a grape note. Not very sweet, some alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation slightly on the high side. A dry finish.

Overall: Does a fairly nice job hiding the alcohol. I enjoyed the fact that it wasn't too sweet, but I didn't find this beer particularly interesting.

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Photo of Yagman3000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle that was generously gifted to me by fellow BA Cosmicevan. Poured into a snifter.

Appears a red brown with a hint of orange. Just a tiny right g of head around the outside but what grabsme is the consistent level if carbonating bubbles continuing to flow throughout the top half inch of the glass.

Smells boozy and a bit of grapes, plums, and figs. Wondering is the taste will be sweet, strong, flying, or tart.

Tastes of grape but also of caramel. A warm flavor that is unique to the genre. A little "wine-ish."

Mouthfeel is quick and clean. A bit of the maltiness and breadiness comes through here.

Overall this is well done and I'm excited that I finally tried a Bell's beer. Now about that Hopslam... :)

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

On-tap at Brauhaus Schmitz during Starkbierfest.

A - A glowing amber pour with a thin lacing ontop.

S - I thought this beer had a pretty faint nose. What was faintly detected was some sweet, warm, malty alcohol.

T - Chewy malty mouth and a sweet, warm alcohol. Hops in the background to balance the sweetness, and a warming alcohol present throughout. A grape gum/drink flavor sifting through.

M - A creamy nitrogen-like mouthfeel, medium bodied and silky. A warming, dry finish.

O - A fairly good Doppelbock, I wish the nose and flavor profile were more prominent.

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

Amber color, brilliantly clear. Poured a modest head with so-so retention.

Nice malty aroma, and otherwise exceptionally clean.

A nice big clean malt bomb. Initial flavor is malt, and it continues to grow until it becomes borderline sicky sweet, but doppelbocks do flirt with being cloying. Dries out slightly in the finish, leaving just a lingering slightly malty flavor. Some alcohol flavor comes out in the finish, but it isn't unpleasant and serves to help dry it out.

MF - Fairly big body, and low carbonation. Both characteristic of style. Alcohol and alcohol warming are evident, but aren't overpowering.

Overall - A nice, strong lager. Has malty character in spades, and is big without being overpowering. Would make for a nice beer in winter to sip while sitting by the fire.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 10150 got this at Estate for 2.99

A - Very bubbly with the carbonation but really only got a slight bit of lace that quickly turns into a very slight ring.

S - Some bread, caramel, and a bit of toffee. No real alcohol on the nose.

T - Starts a bit sweet with the caramel and turns a bit boozy toward the middle with alcohol and bread notes. Finishes sweet again with nut bread and caramel malt again. Kind of bland.

M - Surprisingly smooth for 8 percent the alcohol is well concealed.

Overall not my favorite style (stout kind of guy) but this one is pretty sound and flies right next to German counterparts. Could use a bit more coffee or chocolate to really bring out the most of the style but better than average.

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Photo of gopens44
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy dark copper with a fairly decent foamy head and good retention

S - Nutty, molasses and caramel laden with just a hint of booze.

T - Similar to the nose in the sweet caramel / molasses taste with an added twist of plums to round this one out.

M - Smooth, creamy and mild with very little aftertaste. Fairly low carbonation and medium bodied.

O - Great beer! I love Dopplebocks, and this one delivers the goodness without missing a beat!

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

A: reddish brown with a fluffy off white head that does not last long.

S: smells sweet with carmel and dark fruits being prominent

T: tastes very simliar to the smell except I pick up some breadiness that I missed in the aroma. finishes dry.

M: medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation

O: I have not has too many doppelbocks but I did enjoy this one. It does not drink like a beer that is 8%.

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Photo of adman08
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Brown with an obvious red tone. Moderate head that fades fairly quickly.
S-Aromas of toffee and roasted malt. Fairly sweet smelling.
T-A complex mixture of flavors, hints of vanilla, light toasted malt, toffee.
M-Very smooth, almost creamy feeling. Decent carbonation.
Overall, extremely good for the style. Rich malt flavors but not overpowering. Sweet but not too sweet. I love the smoothness. This is a fairly expensive beer but I'd highly recommend trying it at least once if your a fan of sweeter, more malty beers.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weisse-vase glass. The beer pours a deep, vibrant, ruby-auburn coloring with a healthy, thick, lightly foamy off-white (almost cream colored) head. Aromas are sugary sweet malt, light toffee, citrus, and a bready quality. Very interesting, and very dense aromas. Also some darker fruits that sneak into the smells, like some fig and date. The beer is tangy sweet, but light, on the initial taste. There are citrus flavors that ride the undercurrent of the beer that help to keep it light. There are tangy caramel flavors, with the slightest lean into sour, that hit the middle of the tongue, and the end flavors are a little spiced and slightly boozey. The body is surprisingly crisp despite the roundness of the flavors. The beer has an aftertaste that is dark fruit sweetness...very rich, but still light. Crisp and light finish, with a slight drying effect at the end. Very strong production, and a very tasty, well balanced brew.

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

Poured 12oz bottle (batch# 10150) into pint on 04/19/11.
Dark amber/dark brown body with a thin, creamy off-white head. Good retention and slight lacing throughout. Smells of caramel, a touch of brown sugar, and a slightly fruity sweetness... all malty sweetness and not much for hops. The taste follows and adds a bit of earthy hops but well balanced and not overly sweet. Full body, medium carbonation, and a smooth finish. Overall this was a great dopple- easy drinking and alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brown + red beer with minimal viscosity and head to it. Carbonation appeared to be lacking at this point. Aroma was a sweet, dark brazil nut kind of aroma.

Taste was sweet, good alcohol burn that was enjoyable for what it was. Reminded me of that ol' nut n honey commercial, because this was reminiscient of a beer with nuts and honey. A little more thin than an ideal doppelbock for my own tastes.

Could use more carbonation to bring out some of the nuances. Not a bad, not a great beer.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a translucent garnet-brown with a dribble of head. Aroma of toasty bready malt with a trace of sweetness, fruit and caramel. Taste is sweet and toasted malt with hints of caramel, brown sugar, hop and dark fruit. Creamy mouthfeel. Finish is slightly sweet but mostly dry. Drinkability is good no trace of 8% ABV.

Malty goodness without being an indiscriminate malt/ABV bomb.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,462 ratings.
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