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 dleigh
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark amber. Fizzy head that fades quickly.

Great smell--fruity and bready and buttery. A little like banana bread.

Tastes bready and fruity. Maybe some raisin in there. Peppery finish.

Alcohol is certainly present on the tongue--alcohol warmth in the mouthfeel.

Overall, I like this beer quite a bit. I am pretty new to the style, though, so take my review with a grain of salt.

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Photo of larryi86
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 1/19/16, poured into a Pilsner glass

A- A clear brownish red with a small off white head.

S- Earthy spice, raisins, dark fruits, caramel malts, mild roasted malts.

T- Dark fruits, earthy spice, bready malts, raisins, some brown sugar.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- Taste is a little mild, but it is an easy drinking Doppelbock. I have tried better American Doppelbocks, but this is still worth trying if you enjoy the style!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown and red appearance, not really as dark as I was expecting. Almost no head on it. To the point of being under carbonated. Aroma was roasty nuts.

Sweet and hot. A little sweeter than expected, less roasty than expected. I believe this might have been a bottle that was a year or two old for what its worth. Some tobacco notes with the alcohol. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of glass_house
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent enough doppelbock, but just misses the mark in a couple areas. The nose is ok for the style, but rather weak. The body is a touch thin and the carbonation a touch high. The flavor profile isn't bad, but again, a little weak. A pleasant, but underwhelming mix of dark fruit, dark bread, banana and sweet malts. And I get a slightly artificial boxed raisin aftertaste. Not bad, but I'll stick with the tried and true examples of the style. I just wish more American breweries could master it.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from 1/16/16, says 90 day shelf life. This would be about 70 days. Poured into pint glass.

L: 2+ finger head, poor retention, no lacing, little bit of a soapy ring. Beer is a reddish-brown.

S: Malty sweetness, dark fruits

T: Generally follows nose. Kinda weak, some vanilla. Doesn't live up to promise of nose. Sweetish finish through alcohol burn.

F: Light to medium bodied, watery. A little too carbonated for the style. A bit of alcohol burn.

O: Really not a great example of the style.

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

This checks enough of the doppelbock boxes, I guess, but, frankly, it just doesn't stand up the best examples of the style and really feels like a shadow of them. Dark reddish/mahogany body, good and clear, quickly fizzling out head leaving this ultimately looking a little still. Nose of stewed fruits and dark caramel malt, a few rouge harshly metallic notes, a whiff of booze. Not very rich smelling. Palate follows suit, just a bit hollow, a nice little vanilla note here and there, but mostly some sugary dark malt sweetness, very light fruit. Didn't necessarily have a hard time drinking it down or anything, but not worth buying when you can kind Ayinger, Weihenstephaner, Andechs, etc. on the shelf.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma features lots of full-bodied malt, some dark fruit mash & faint cola. As expected, tons of sweet, robust malt on the tongue, lots of caramel malt, some raisin bread and nice undernote of light phenol. Clean finish. The notes on this are concise & on-point, a great American representation of the style.

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

Honestly, I was quite underwhelmed by this brew. I usually admire most everything Bell's produces, and was quite excited to grab a single bottle of this limited/seasonal brew, but I thought the flavor of this doppelbock was mild and bland. There are certainly much better doppelbocks on the market.

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Photo of dar482
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in an amber brown color.

The beer hits of dark fruits with cherries and raisins as a rich maltiness takes over with caramel, sweet breadiness, bread crusts, onto some alcohol that scrubs on the palate and lingers on the back end. The beer ends with a clean and dry lager finish.

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Photo of OrangeMen
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a mahogany type color, brownish red with almost deep purplish hues. Thin layer of head, slight off white color, soapy bubbly.

Aroma- Bready malts, rich and doughy. Dark fruits, berries, raisin, slight fig.

Taste- Dark fruits, raisin, figs. Mildly sweeter fruits like white grapes. Rich malts, toastiness. Slightly herbal, earthy spice on the finish.

Feel- Medium feel, very smooth and slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Fruitiness really take center stage for me, has a nice rich malt body that compliments well. The herbal, spiciness on the finish is kind of odd, but doesnt detract too much. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of stompilator
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep, semi-opaque garnet. Thin, off-white head.

S - Dried berries, a bit of peat, crisp rolls.

T - Big, toasty character from the malt hits out the gate. Crumbly and bready but not quite roasty, it's followed by a subtle banana ester. As the esters peak, a smooth caramel introduces itself, integrating with the other malt flavors and creating berry notes similar to the nose. Esters fade near the back-palate, with the original toastiness overtaking the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, sweetness is very balanced. Appropriately carbonated.

O - Less sweet and more estery than I'd expect from a doppelbock, but nonetheless very well done.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] Really nice mahogany colored beer. Brown with red hues all over. The beer has barely a 1/4 finger of head which quickly crowds to the sides to form a tan ring around the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (8.0%) and the born on date (01/19/16).

S: [3.50] Caramel, mild tobacco, not much else.

T: [3.75] Nice caramel, toffee, mild hop bite in the middle, some breadiness from the malt.

M: [4.00] It is going down really easily. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Nothing cloying or lingering. No hints of alcohol or off flavors.

O: [3.75] I have been in search of some German styles that appeal to me. I like Rauchbiers but other styles I have had less interest in. This is a nice beer with some depth of flavor. I am want to try additional Dopplebocks. This one I liked the mouthfeel and the caramel/toffee notes. This is a well made beer that has my interest in this style.

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Photo of mncoinman
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good initial bock smell. Pours a brownish ruby red and clear. Mild foam head. Mild carbonation although a little bit more than the typical doppelbock has. Nicely smooth and just about the right level of sweetness.. Subsequent sniffing comes across as a little metallic. A little lighter on the malt flavor than I find ideal. Not quite as filling as many other doppelbocks (not necessarily a positive or a negative).

This is my first of a six pack. Seems to be a good doppelbock that is quite easily drinkable. Although it won't knock those doppelbocks off the top of my list (Salvator, AF, Celebrator), this is a decent doppelbock that I could enjoy pretty regularly. A good find !

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Photo of hman43
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: The beer pours brown with some ruby red hues that produces a slightly tanish off white head. It has good clarity.

Smell: It has a toast aroma with plum compliments.

Taste: It has flavors of toast, plums, and alcohol. There is some bitterness.

Feel: It has a medium feel with a sweet and slightly bitter after taste with some alcohol warming.

Overall: It is a very malty lager with a sweet, bitter finish.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber/mahogany color with good clarity. Light tan head with good persistance. Aroma is a combination toasted malt and dough, light caramel, chocolate and light esters. Toasted malt is heavy in the taste, some of the chocolate comes through as well. Esters are slightly heavier in the taste and there is a faint hop flavor, slighly herbal and floral. Medium to full bodied,with medium-light carbonation and a fairly sweet finish.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice clear mahogany color, head dissipates quick
S - caramel, light malts, banana, clean, tiny bit of bread
T - caramel, sweet malts, banana, zucchini bread, clean tasting doppelbock
M - feel light to medium, alcohol covered, aftertaste leftover sweet, bready malt
O - damn decent brew from Bells

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, mahogany in color, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and light bark. Nice and malty treat. Everything I expect from Bells, clean and superbly done. Really great example of the style. Glad I got a six pack.

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Photo of rypkr
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A few notes to add to my rating without doing a full review.

Very nice clear and rich mahogany colored with lots of white head. Smells slightly earthy buy not of hops in any way. Tastes cloyingly sweet and finishes uniquely dry.

I love this style and while always sweet, this one may be pushing the envelope.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown color, beer is clear, tan colored head, no head retention, good amount of carbonation, no lacing.

A: Toffee, caramel, hints of dark fruits like raisins and dates, picking up some honey, smells pretty solid.

T: Caramel, toffee, hints of brown sugar, some dark fruits, alcohol is well hidden, slight bitterness.

M: A little thin compared to other dopplebocks I've tasted, could use some more body.

O: A solid beer, not as good as other dopplebocks, but overall a very tasty beer.

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Photo of Raime
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock.

I used to see this beer all the time during my two years or so away from the site and ever since I got back into the game I never saw it. Until today. Bell's is my favorite brewery and their limited release brews are almost always something worth writing home about. Don't drink too many Doppelbock beers but I figured this one would definitely be worth a shot. Typing up this review as I read hilarious reviews from around the site. Apparently pabst is too hoppy for some people LOL.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours a moderate garner with crystal clear clarity. The head is slow forming and only ends up amounting to about half a finger and it is off white. The head that did form quickly splits leaving some trace island formations amongst the top of the swill with a thin ring amongst the edges. Not an impressive looking beer for the most part but the shade is pretty nice. Leaves no lacing nor stick amongst a finished glass.

Smell - Very, VERY bready nose. Almost like pumpernickel in nature followed by a huge candy like sweetness with raisins and dark fruits following. Slightly yeasty, phenol and alcohol presence are seemingly interchangeable here. This is a pretty big nose, smells like a Dubbel straight from Belgium. Let's see how the flavors combine and contrast.

Taste - This profile is going to be rough for me to explain. On some drinks, the beer comes across as very bare-bones and uncomplicated, whereas other drinks it opens up a world of bready, sweet candy like flavors along with another sweetness that I cannot quite pinpoint. I swear I'm tasting a cheese like flavor in this beer as well. The alcohol is there but it is very pleasant and really rounds everything out. Not once does the sweetness become cloying and this beer is easy to drink.

Feel - The body rounds out the mouth very well though it does seem a bit thin in the middle. The flavors really shine as the beer sits around the mouth and the sweetness turns down quite a bit and the cheese like aspect becomes more prevalent. Doesn't seem alcoholic in the mouth. Carbonation is nearly biting. Swallows easily with some alcohol heat and a nice warming in the stomach.

Overall - Interesting. The more I drank it, the more I liked it. Started off a bit cold, but after letting it warm up to about 50 degrees the flavors really started pulling through. It's quite different than a lot of other beers I've had in this style. With a beer like this, I REALLY suggest that you try it out because you will either love it or hate it. Almost a perfect, high ABV easy drinker for a winter night under the moonlight. At least, switching it up with a few stouts that is. Good job Bell's.

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Photo of Masonz223
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

malty pretty much no hop prescence Carmel toffe carmilized sugar purple grapes raisin dark fruits. It's a very malty and sweet but overall it's a very solid beer.

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Photo of funkydrumma
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure sweet goodness! Tons of malty deliciousness and a huge sweet aroma. This is a fantastic beer and at 8% more than a little dangerous. Bells is awesome and this is no exception.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a light tan head.
The aroma is loaded with toffee as well as a bit of biscuit, dark sugar and a hint of fruit.
Taste is sweet -- caramel, toffee, brown sugar. A pleasant bitter middle with a bit of dark fruit at the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy.
Overall, a very good dopplebock.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of the better local renditions of a doppelbock, really smooth and creamy.
the color is a pretty reddish burgundy, and the flavor is sweet and slightly fruity with a mild
bitter hop finish.
the taste and feel of this beer is where it's at, and that's the most important thing for me.
as it warms (like most strong beers) flavors become more complex and bittersweet.
a go-to american doppelbock.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark ruby red with a one-finger off-white head. Light amount of spotty lacing.

S - Aroma of caramel, burnt sugar, and dark fruits.

T - The flavor is sweet caramel and dark fruits. There is light hop bite in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - This is a decent Doppelbock. The flavors are clean and easy drinking.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,441 ratings.
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