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.

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Photo of shand
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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 -27.5%
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 -2.9%
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 +10.3%
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 +11.1%
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 +11.1%
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 -2.1%
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 -23.3%
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 -1.3%
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 +1.9%
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 -0.3%
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 +15.1%
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 +10.6%
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 +1.3%
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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Photo of projectflam86
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown/copper color with a thin foam head that leaves a bit of lace.

S- Strong caramel malt aroma with some toffee and sweetness.

T- Rich malt and caramel flavors with some roasted chestnuts, toffee, ginger, coffee and roasted grain. Very sweet without much of a hop presence. The alcohol makes itself known in the finish.

M- A touch thin considering the high ABV. Decent carbonation.

O- Overall a solid Doppelbock and one that I would reach for again if I was in the mood for the style.

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Photo of gatornation
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap @ busters

A-pours a mahogany mostly clear color with a tan film collar and not much head or lacing

S- is malty and bready with toffee ,caramel a touch of dark fruit

T- is sweet malts with caramel and toffee a dried fruit taste with a sugar sweet bread taste

M- mild carbonation and a sweet malt and fruit taste

O-its sweet and malty with some spice taste like a mild dubbel to me it ok but will not buy this one again...

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Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown beer with a finger of tan head that didn't stick around for long.

S - A lot of malt, with a touch of oak in there. Caramel, bit of roast, some nutty flavor.

T - Bit of a pumped up brown ale with nutty flavor and strong caramel. Some dark fruit completes this one.

M - Medium bodied, a good bit of carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, good example of the style.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is nice and malty with some bready malt ans caramel and a faint touch of hops. Not out of this world but pretty solid so far.

T- The taste like the aroma is dominated by the bready malt and caramel flavors. The finish has a mild hop bitterness.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a relatively high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not too bad. Not my favorite Bell's Beer but one that I would definitely consider again when I am in the mood for a nice malty brew. Worth a shot.

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

On-tap at the Firkin in Libertyville. Tall long beer glass

Color is a darkish brown with a off white head

Smell is of malt and spices, possibly a brown sugar smell

Taste is semi sweet with the malt and a fruity flavor. Alcohol appears to be pretty well hidden with a good finish.

This is a smooth drinking doppelbock. I would put it between Great Lakes and Sam Adams in my preferences.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Nice mahogany/burgundy color. A slight head that dissipated quickly. The smell is slightly sweet & malty with a hint of fruit. First taste is sweet and malty with some caramel. Some dried fruits and molasses that finishes with a little alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected but very nice. Easy to drink. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Deep, mahogany in color with a very bubbly head. Nothing in regards to lacing, but the color is very pretty.

SMELL: Oaky and malty.

TASTE: Like a brown ale with out the nutty flavor. Lots of malt, some oakiness and on the sweeter side. Something about this beer also reminds me of BBQ for some reason. No explanation for that, it just does...maybe it's the oak.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and silky, goes down without putting up any fight whatsoever.

OVERALL: I'm not normally a fan of Doppelbock's, but this is not bad at all. It reminds me a little of Goose Island's Pere Jacques, but toned down in the sweetness department and in the carbonation department. A plus for the former a minus for the latter.

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

Pours a rich mahogany with very little head and very little lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt and caramel.

Taste is very smooth and sweet. Lots of rich malts and nuttiness as well as a hint of prunes or raisins. Has dryness on the tongue.

This is an easy drinking beer, but the sweetness may little the number that you have.

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Photo of henryd30
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear amber red color - finger lacing head - hung around for a minute or two.

S: Sweetness is the overpowering scent - slight fruit - maybe raisin, maybe something else sweet coming through.

T: Wow - yet again different than I expected - fairly high ABV, but really smooth. It was extremely sweet, than made it smooth, but almost a touch too much sweet. In some investigation, the bottled date was 14 months ago - aging could have been a factor.

O: Overall, loved it - different than I expected, but being fairly new to dopplebacks, didn't have a lot to go on. Had a hoppy contender prior and this was a sweet release. overall, I'd say it's just a hair too sweet to be perfect, but was extremely enjoyable, and think that it would be foolish not to try again, especially if the brew date is more recent.

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

A- Pours a ruby brown color with a nice head that disappears fairly quickly.

S- Malty prunish and bready smells hit the nose.

T- Tastes of caramel and malt with a hint of fruitiness.

M- Relatively smooth with low carbonation.

D- A pretty good beer although expensive at $8/glass where I was. That kept me from having more.

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

Pours a slightly reddish copper color, very clear, with a thin layer of off-white head that leaves little lacing.

Smell is all about that characteristic doppelbock malty bready aroma. Sweet caramel malts, backed up by a bready yeast smell, with a bit of light fruit (peaches). To my nose, smells like a good doppelbock should, but nothing really special.

Taste is, once again, the straight up solid sweet crystal malts. It's a little too sweet for my tastes (and I love the sweetness that doppelbocks bring), and lacks the complexity that the best examples have.

Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a bit less chewy than I'd like it to be. Level of carbonation is right on - enough to lighten the beer up, but not so much that it's bubbly.

This is a solid doppelbock, though a touch on the sweet side. I'd happily drink more of it, if there weren't a few widely available ones that are markedly better.

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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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