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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Photo of Yagman3000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +9.9%
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 +3.9%
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 +17%
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 +4.7%
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 +11.3%
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 +5.5%
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 +4.7%
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 -19.9%
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 -8.4%
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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Photo of shand
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours a stunning deep red color unfortunately topped with an anemic head. Zero lacing. The smell on this one is a bit strange. Robust maltiness, a strange mineral character, and some fruit? Alright. The taste fairs a bit better, this comes on pretty strong with the maltiness and doesn't let up. There's some hops as a supporting note, along with the aformentioned fruitiness. Pretty well-done, although the middle feels oddly hollow, and I think it might have something to do with the mineral in the nose.

The mouthfeel is nice enough, it's got a decent amount of carbonation and is fairly thick. The drinkability is quite good for the ABV. Overall, this is an alright beer. Not the best I've had, but surely servicable, especially for an easy drinking high ABV kick. Not up to the level I expect from Bell's though.

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Photo of Natural510
2.74/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle; batch #10150

Terrible look, which is a surprise from Bell's. No head or lacing at all, with a soda-pop fizziness. Resembles a fast-food fountain root beer.

Malty molasses notes meet a mineral quality in aroma; not quite what I expected and not as pungent as one usually find in the style.

Sweet brown-sugar malt with a healthy dose of astringent yeast makes up the bulk of the flavor. Yeast creates a dryness which is met with a mild but apparent hop finish.

Mouthfeel not quite as bad as it appears, but it could be either creamier or thicker to give it some body.

It pains me to say this was not at all enjoyable. Even one of the best breweries in America can sometimes miss badly, as Bell's has with their doppelbock. Hopefully next year's batch will be better.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug

A: Medium brown with a small off-white head that disappears almost immediately, leaving a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Visible carbonation and no lacing.

S: Smells of sweet malt with a strong earthy undertone. There are notes of caramel and brown sugar as well as some dark fruit smells.

T: The malt flavor is similar to the smell but deeper and more complex. A mocha flavor develops over the fruit flavors. There is a bit of pine flavor from the hops to give a little balance and lend some bitterness to the aftertaste.

M: Relatively thin and crisp with more carbonation than I expected

O: A decent drinkable beer. Nothing special but still enjoyable.

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Photo of engagechad
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer westpark in glen allen, va - poured into DFH snifter.

Pours a ruby amber with NO head.. none. It looked like the head you would get from pouring a Cider..
Smells great, It's a hoppy doppel, much different from the other that i have had (troegenator) so much so that it seems like it's not even the same style, very good though. Taste follows, Clean, light and easy to drink for an 8% beer. Sweet yet with a hoppy bite.

I will buy this again, but of the two doppelbocks that I have had, i'm not sure if I prefer this over the Troegs one..

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Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Rich bready malt, dark breadiness, some fruitcake, raisin bread.

L: Crimson red, light tan head that dissipates leaving a layer of foam. Decent lacing.

T: Rich breadiness with a slight burnt raisin note. Fairly sweet. Slight cocoa note, but mostly toasted breadiness. Medium-low herbal bitterness leads to some faint dark fruitiness and some herbal dryness. Still a touch of dark fruit sweetness in the finish.

M: Medium body, medium-high carbonation for style. Slight alcohol present.

Very solid Doppelbock, really enjoyed the breadiness.

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

Batch 10150; consumed 4/26/2011

A- Pours a translucent amber with one finger of light tan head that dissipates pretty quickly

S- Initial aromas of sweet malts, both caramel and brown sugar; also some nice dark fruits and a bit of bread coming through; relatively subtle, but good.

T- Taste is similar to smell, with a nice understated sweetness and more breadiness than in the smell; slight hint of alcohol on the finish; very enjoyable

M- Creamy medium mouthfeel and nicely carbonated

O- Overall a very enjoyable beer with a nice flavor profile. Drinks lighter than the 8%.

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Photo of BigBry
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Bell's single, thanks M & B, goat label as shown above, $2.99.
Consecrator pours a reddish, brown color with a nice off-white head. The foam fades fairly quickly, but leaves some thin lace. Clear, light doppelbock. The aroma is very malty, a very nice flavor profile. Toffee or caramel, some brown sugar. Flavor has some raisin or other fruit, and all the same tastes as smells. Toffee and brown sugar or molasses. Just bitter enough to keep the sweetness in check. Nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is medium moving towards full, with a good amount of carbonation. Overall I was really happy to get to try this one. A lot like a brown, but pushed a bit. No compaints, but there are better Doppelbocks out there.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear ruby red with a finger of head that is tan.
The aroma is some bready and spiced malts and creamy caramel, which follows into the flavors with a roasty toffee and a handfull of fig and date like fruit flavors. I expected more punch from this one, but everything is really creamy and light overall, could use some more viscosity and spices to hit the mark closer, but is a decent Dopplebock. I wish they would just Eis this thing.

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Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from glass into mug.

Appearance: Reddish-tinged amber with very thin off-white head. No lacing.

Smell: Not too much. Noble hops and cherry; maybe a touch of caramel.

Taste: Pretty malty, with plum, cherry and lots of other fruits. Some caramel and biscuit, with a spicy, noble hop finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium to full body, slightly dry finish.

Overall: Subtle and elegant Doppelbock. Very nice flavor profile, even though it is fairly mild. Relative lack of aroma is the biggest detriment.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consecrator pours a reddish mahogany brown color with a nice bone colored head. The head fades fairly quickly, but leaves some decent lace in its wake. This is a pretty light looking doppelbock.

The aroma is just as malty as I had expected it to be. It has a very nice flavor profile with plenty of toffee and brown sugar. There is also a bit of raisin like fruitiness and a slightly candied character.

The flavor closely mimics the aroma, which is a good thing. This doppelbock tastes way more like a big brown ale than any of the style that I have tried before. Plenty of toffee and brown sugar married with some juicy orchard fruit character mingle well with slightly earthy notes. This beer is just bitter enough to keep all that malt in check and though there is some alcoholic heat, it is not over the top.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium with a good amount of carbonation. This brew has a fairly chewy finish that is full of toffee and has a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall I was really impressed with Bell’s version of this style that is not my favorite. It seemed a bit more tame than a lot of other bocks and had a lot of brown ale like characteristics, but turned up a bit. This is a pretty interesting American take on the style.

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Photo of dbossman
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This dark brown beer sizzles--not bubbles--as it is poured into the glass; the light brown head then continues to bubble and sizzle quickly and audibly until it is completely gone and still and while this is somewhat typical for the style, you are left with what looks like a flat cherry coke: dark brown, minimal bubbles, with a nice, ruby tint

S: Up front the beer smells like caramelized malts, smoked meats, and wt grains; the sweetness is subtle but pleasant

T: There is definitely a rich, caramelized malt presence with a touch of alcohol and darker fruits--cherry too--at the back end; it's a tad on the watery side in the middle but gains traction as it slides down the back of the throat

F: A bit thin throughout but a decent amount of beer manages to cling to the back end of the roof of the mouth

O: I like the beer alright but it isn't the best representation of the style or the best representation of Bell's Brewery

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend bought this for us to try and said they were charging $17 for a six those prices, it better be good, right.

12 oz into a pint glass. It's a little light on the head. The body is surprisingly clear. Aroma is clean but doesn't really blow your hair back. Solid in the style, but not the biggest nor the best.

It's complex on the tongue. Quite a bit of depth, some deep sweet notes, it is quite sweet but varied and malty. Yummy.

Great mouthfeel. Tops here too. This was a little disappointing on the aroma but tastes and finishes very well.

I recommend trying this beer at least once, it's a winner. If it was $11 for a 6 pack instead of $17, I'd probably keep this in my fridge a lot. (hint, hint, Bells)

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single of this at The Beer Depot for $2.50. I have never tried this beer before, every time I wanted to try it there was none left, so when I saw a single I knew I had to scoop it up. Batch# 10150 bottled on February 17th, 2011. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good with some mountain goats on it, for some reason it seems like a lot of Doppelbock's have goats on the label, I wonder why. It poured a nice dark ruby red color with three fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thick ring.

S- The aroma starts off with some rich grainy caramel malts which has a lot of sweetness to it and imparts a toffee like aroma. There is also lots of dark fruits and a grape like aroma that makes this beer smell pretty fruity. I didn't detect any hops in the aroma.

T- The flavor is full of sweet caramel malts that give this beer a nice toffee like flavor, it is sweet but not overly sweet. The malts are followed by a good amount of dark fruits, some figs and prunes but mainly purple grapes, almost like grape juice. The finish is slightly boozy with little to no hop presence.

M- Medium light bodied, I would have liked it to be a little thicker. Smooth drinking with good carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty good Doppelbock. Everything was balanced pretty well and spot on for the style. My only critique is that it came off a little thin for it's style and could have been a little thicker. This beer had great drinkability, it went down smooth and did a fairly good job at downplaying it's 8%. I have been trying some different Doppelbock's lately and so far this one has been my favorite, I thought this beer was better then Maximator. I would buy a six pack of this to keep around for a while, if you like Doppelbock's you have to try this one, it gives some German ones a run for their money. Its nice to see another quality brew from Bell's and one that can hold its own against its traditional German counterparts.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany brown with very fleeting wispy head. Lights scents of sweet bready malts and hints of red fruit. Simple, pleasing tastes of deep caramel malts with slightly sour cheers and a pleasant mild bitter bite. Refreshing and very sessionable at the abv. A nice simple to drink beer.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,473 ratings
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