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 Suds
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A deep tawny color, this dopplebock dark but relatively clear. The smell is all malt, rich and with depth. There is some distant dark fruit as well. the taste is malty, and a little roasted quality. Some bitterness, and very full in body. The beer is flavorful and very enjoyable. It's a solid dopplebock.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have trouble believing that I have never had this doppelbock from Bell's, until now.

Appearance -The beer was a dark murky brown with a small amount of bubbles hugging the sides of the pints glass.

Smell - The smell was faint, but did suggest a mild malty aroma.

Taste - In the beginning, I detected toffee and malt sweetness. The sweetness becomes progressively more bitter until the burnt sugar ending is reached. In the overall scope of doppelbock, I thought the sweetness of this one did not last long enough.

Mouthfeel - I often think of doppelbocks as being "chewy". I might argue that this one is a little thin.

Overall - I am a fan of the style and this is a pretty good example of the style. I think it hits a lot of the benchmarks, but does not hit them very hard.

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Photo of lochef81
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first encounter with a dopplebock so its a little hard to judge this without a point of reference, may return to review again at a later date. This lager pours a brown hazelnut color with very little head or lacing. The aroma is very malty and warming with notes of dried fruit and a little toasted malt. The mouthfeel is a little sticky and close to full bodied. The flavor is rich and deep, lots of malt, almost a fruitcake like quality, and a nice warming alcohol bite. This is a nice beer especially on a cold day. I look forward to trying more of the style to get a better idea of what they should be like.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at The Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear hazelnut brown, with a very small half inch head, and not much lacing down the glass.

Smells like sweet malt, dark fruits, and some caramel.

The taste is similar. A bit lighter in flavor than some of the typical German dopplebocks, but still tasty. Fairly sweet, with minimal toasted malt flavor. Some dark fruit flavor, cherry, and caramel.

Medium bodied overall, but light bodied for a dopplebock. Low carbonation, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

This one's pretty good, but could be beefed up a little bit, seems like somewhere in between a bock and a dopplebock.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours nearly 2 fingers of light golden tan head, you can hear the effervescence as you pour, body is a translucent red copper, with lots of carb in the body. The beer retains a solid cap throughout the session.

Smell - Dark ripe fruits, dark roasted toffee, fresh baked wheat bread, very light amaretto, and a light vanilla carmel.

Taste - Very much like the nose, this starts off with sweet dark ripe fruits and dark toffee, and right behind you get a semi-sweet baked dark wheat breadiness, then a hint of alcohol and amaretto flavor joins in, then very light breadcrusts and some faint minerals, and finally a hint of grassy hops that round out a lightly bitter finale. But this does not finish clean, and I like this here - nearly all of these flavors remain in the mouth (especially the corners) long after each sip.

Mouthfeel - The level of sweetness and bold flavors make this a medium weighted beer, the carb is lighter side of medium and silky smooth, almost foaming across the tongue, but then leaves some nice tingling edges at the sides.

Overall - Really a well done dopplebock imho, just delicious, a very nice balance of flavors, all complimentary. While this is definitely a sweeter beer, the boldness of the dark fruits, roasted malts, grassy hops and light minerals, and even the faint alcohol heat all balance out the sweetness perfectly - I don't consider this overly sweet or syrupy in the least. Glad I got a case of this, will definitely pick up another case next spring - highly recommend.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 4/3/14

Consecrator Doppelbock by Bell's Brewery
poured from a12oz. bottle into my Ragtime Ricks beer mug

P-packaging: standard brown bottle cool label with two single goats 3.75

A-appearance : amber copper color, with a orange-ish tan to finger head 4.5

S- smell: caramel, malts and faint alcohol 4.25

T-taste: mmmm malty, follows the nose caramel roasted malt doughy and a little warming alcohol 4.25

M-mouthfeel : full bodied, mild carbonation malts give way to alcohol lingers a little 4.25

D-drinkability: a little heavy but mild enough to enjoy a couple 4.0

O-overall: enjoyed this one, great effort from Bells 4.25

200th rated beer. Much anticipated Doppel, did not disappoint. will have again

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Bottled on 02/10/14.

Appearance: Clear dark copper/red-brown beer. Very little foam/head after pouring. Barest thin white ring at the edge slowly renewed by the bubbles coming up from the beer. No lacing.

Smell: Very rich caramel and toffee with a hint of grapes in there.

Taste: Very rich caramel and toffee. Sweet, but not cloying. Some fruit notes, and the malt takes on a pastry-like bready sweetness mixed in with all the caramel and toffee flavors. As it warmed up the noble hops start to come out mildly at the end - giving a mildly spicy/earthy/bitter finish at the end to complement all the sweet flavors. Really tasty and well done.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely thick, little bit sticky, just right carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable - I really wish I had seen a six pack of this in the store and picked one up rather than the single I spied. Rich and full of flavor. Went well with a meal (pasta and chicken with a cream sauce) and I would not mind having it all by itself. Will definitely have to revisit this one next time I'm at the store for more beer.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Pours a clear amber body with lots of ruby accents. A thin cap if off white head that builds up around the sides.

Sugar covered prunes, whiffs of metal, spiced fruit bread, straw, toasted malts and toffee.

T/M: Spiced rum soaked dates, crystallized sugar, slight metal taste, toasted bread, spiced apple cider and dark cherries. Body is sticky but on the thinner side and almost sparkling at the front end. Finishes semi dry with grains and hints of tobacco juice in the aftertaste.

O: Sharp and prickly with great dark fruit and earthy flavors playing off each other. This serves up a tad rough and lacks lush refinement.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pilsner hourglass. Bottled 2/10/14

A- Pours a dark reddish brown copper, looks a lot like a nice dark maple syrup. Tiny bubbles and a small slightly off-white head that dissipated quickly. Really nice degree of clarity.

S- Lots of bready yeasts, smells like a proofing loaf of bread. Some raisins and light vanilla also caramel. Some of the alcohol is coming through.

T- Kinda getting a macerated raisin and bready yeast. Finishes with dry noble hops. Getting some of the alcohol in the middle.

M- Kinda of a medium heavy, a bit syrupy. Definitely getting the 8%.

O- A nice tradition version of the style from an American brewery who prides itself on creating true to style beers. I haven't had too many American doppelbocks but I've had quite a few of the German ones available here and I've had Troegenator which is one of Americas other highly rated doppelbocks and I'd say I'd give the slight edge to Troegenator. None the less a great beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Note: I started reviewing this beer just a tad on the warm side.

Pours an extremely clear ruby-copper color, with some edge head. The smell seems a little on the astringent side of boozey. I also get plum and currant over a light molasses sweetness.

The taste is very smooth and follows the nose. Maybe due to the fact I let the carbonation subside a bit, the taste reminds me of a fortified wine. The plum and raisin notes roll over the tongue. A nicely flavored beer, but the ending just fades, which is why feel wasn't rated strongly.

I will have to try this again and review this, well... review.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 02/10/14.

A: Pours a clear ruby brown with a thin cream colored head. Average amount of visible carbonation in the body. Head is fairly quick to dissipate and doesnt leave much lacing.

S: Starts off with a sweet malt character reminiscent of fig and raisin. Some yeastiness comes through adding a banana like dimension.

T: Balanced approach to a doppelbock while still giving the sweet malt flavor that defines the style. A good dose of carmel malt sweetness overpowers the hop backing. Slight touch of alcohol on the backend.

M: Medium body that is perhaps a bit thin for the style. Appropriate levels of carbonation. Clean finish that doesnt leave your mouth too sticky.

Overall it is certainly one of the better American doppbocks out there. That being said there is something about the richness of the German ones that keeps me going to them.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, deep brown with a thinner ecru head. The head has minimal retention but what does last leaves a little lacing. There is a nice sweeter malty aroma and the taste follows along. There is also a light earthy hops in the background. Within the flavor a little reminder of dark fruit. It has a nice silky unctuous feeling and is a B+ doppelboch

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

12 oz bottle from CM poured into a standard pint glass. Born on 2/10/2014

A - Dark brown with orange/ruby highlights. Very thin layer of swirling lace. Clear.

S - Bread, with hints of vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruit. Faint whiff of booze.

T - Very forward in the malt department, with chocolate and vanilla and some nutty-ness coming through. Mild alcohol on the finish with a touch of hop bitterness.

M - Carbonation is solid, medium heft

O- Another solid offering from Bell's. Doppelbock fans will enjoy this one.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep reddish sienna color with little to no head collecting. Russet, with some good clarity. I'd like to see a frothy top, though.

Hearty malts are forward in the nose. Has a dark breadiness with notes of root vegetable and dried fruit. Light treacle and a thin metallic note. Hops give the overall earthiness an herbal character.

Malty sweet with breadth and light caramel. Hops are very mild. A little bit buttery, but really pushing out with notes of dried fig and burnt sugar. Deft with simplicity. Late earthy bitterness is just enough to keep the residual sugar level respectable.

Lacking in carbonation. Certainly, it has a rich, full body; but, it gets close to "sticky" territory.

Consecrator is an above-average doppelbock. Recommended.

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Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brownish copper with less than a half finger of head that dissipated rapidly. The nose was bready. The malt profile is solid, but this offering suffers from a problem that I think is pronounced in the style – the cidery alcohol taste is quite intrusive upon the overall flavor profile. The body is hearty and the finish is nicely dry.

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

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Dark amber, mahogany, about 1/2 finger off white head.

Smell - Malt, bread/biscuit, dried prunes, not getting really any alcohol.

Taste - The beginning flavor has lots of malt, doughy bread or biscuit like flavor, but there is also an underlying fruitiness very close to dried prunes and just ever so subtle fig. The end flavor is closely resembles the bread like character from the start and yeast.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Smooth.

Overall - Good beer. In my opinion this beer defintely doesn't drink like an 8abv. Very smooth, very crisp and refreshing. Try one.

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Photo of beer_antagonist
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

FIrst off, let me say I typed in a long review and hit the delete or back key by accident. (I'm drinking doppelbocks - give me a break.)
So, this could be classified as an American doppelbock. Meaning hops and bitterness. My understanding of the style is malt and sweetness. Right now I am tasting a Spaten doppelbock next to Consecrator. Not too close. As mentioned before, hops and bitterness in the Consecrator. Spaten is more malt and sweetness. And Spaten is not, imho, as good as Ayinger doppelbock - talk about malt!
In summary, Bells is still one of the best breweries out there. And Larry Bell is one of the outstanding craft brewing advocates. Consecrator is a good American interpretation of doppelbock. But some things should not be interpreted.
Larry, if you read this, my review has nothing to do with the fact that my wife's favorite beer is Bell's Two Hearted! Thanks for all YOU do. "Stay Two Hearted" - your autograph to my wife.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep ruby reddish brown. Nice off white fluffy head that reduced quick. not much Stick.
S - Figs, malts, bread dough.

T - Malt forward, bread dough, figs, raisins, balanced with some dry hops in the finish.

O - Solid brew from Bell's. Drinks really easy and is nice on the palate. Definitely worth a drink.

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Photo of Beerthoven
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer needs to become more popular. Well done Bell's on a difficult style that doesn't seem to jump the Atlantic very gracefully. This beer is best about 20 minutes before it's allowed to warm all the way to room temperature if that makes sense?

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Photo of scotorum
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought last June at Philadelphia's Craft Beer Outlet.. Bottled 1/23/13, so it's just over a year old. Kept cellared at 55 degrees until recently, then refrigerated at 48 degrees.

Liking the label graphic of twin goats. Double Bocks?

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear ruby-copper with a three-quarter inch offwhite head which receded to thin even surface foam but virtually no lacing.

s: Vinegar. Hope I didn't wait too long to drink this!

t: Mild caramel malt with some slight bitterness. There is also an underlying vinegar tinge, but not enough to be particularly objectionable. High ABV is well hidden. Mellows out with a little fruitiness later.

m: Light to moderate. and smooth.

o: Tasty enough, but I fear this particular bottle did not age well. The vinegar aroma hangs on, as does some similar flavor. As long as I don't inhale it's at least drinkable, but if I do inhale I have to put it down and cough.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- pkg. 1/23/13. Consumed 11/6/13.

A: A coppery-orange pour appears garnet red in a chalice. No head formation, no lacing, and a very quiet demeanor of carbonation.

S: Malt forward nose, sweetness residual of cystal malts, soft toasty dryness with a light mention of fresh green hops.

T: Grainy, worty, with a light toasted dry nature, but still shows a lot of fresh wet grain character and flair. Soft hay and greenery hops, dry sweetness, dark crystal raisiny sweetness comes in flashes. Nobel hop variety more noticeable in flavor then nose, herbal, but finishes with a spicy bite.

M: Malty mouthful, chewy thickness, easy going carbonation with a warming toastedness and alcohol spiciness detected on inner cheeks.

O: Overall a nice malty depth, very good flavor, definite try per style.

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Photo of Sark
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- dark orange-red, beautiful, light carbonation reflected in a whispy head

Smell- nice malt-forwardness, aromas of dark fruits (cherries, plums) and slight hop spice

Taste- wow, brilliantly complex. Starts with some of the softer caramel and toffee notes and hits the heavy malt guns mid-tongue with some grains to boot, fades with some of the sweet characteristics it started with

Mouthfeel- medium/full body, velvet on the palate, low carbonation with malt forwardness gives in to a sweet silkyness

Overall- a great beer, I'm don't normally seek out German styles but this is one to behold.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Tampa FL Total Wine for $3

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/butterscotch, anise, dark fruits, an earthiness

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and dark fruits. There is also an earthiness and some anise.

Overall - Not as good as I was hoping for. Still a decent brew but lacking in the mouthfeel and a little too earthy for me.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/22/2013. Pours slightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Slight foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, pear, apple, raisin, toast, brown bread, floral, toffee, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, molasses, raisin, pear, apple, brown bread, floral, light pepper, toffee, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, pear, brown bread, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with moderate fruity esters; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/grainy that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice doppelbock style. All around nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of HistoricalMan
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured down the center of a Left Hand balloon glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: A ruby amber pour settles with less than half a finger of khaki head. The head quickly recedes and leaves a small halo of foam. Very little lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts, caramel, crusty wheat bread, a touch of honey, lager yeasts, and a hint of dark fruits.

Taste: Plenty of caramel, toasted wheat crust, roasted nuts, a hint of hop character. Big malt flavor throughout.

Mouth: Medium bodied with little carbonation. Incredibly smooth and no real heat despite the ABV.

A fairly decent doppelbock but nothing to scream and shout about.

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Bell's Consecrator Doppelbock from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,452 ratings.
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