not sure what happened with Bell’s Consecrator Doppelbock Beer. This is
a brewery that usually makes great stuff across all styles, but for
some reason this beer just seems off to me. It’s not especially
delectable or aromatic, though it is no challenge to drink. What
should’ve been something great is only okay at best.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 1/24/15 and cost $4.19 ($0.35 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful burgundy hue, fairly clear. Pours to a two-finger,
tan, soapy which mostly dissipates and leaves minor lacing.
Smell: Rather strong alcohol aroma, hint of fruit and some earthy hop character.
Taste: There’s a certain maltiness found in doppelbocks, and I was
hoping to get that here. And while this beer is certainly more malty
than hoppy, it’s lacking in distinctive character. Instead of caramel,
toffee, etc., I only get mild dark fruit and a lot of alcohol. There’s
also a surprisingly strong hop presence as well. Slightly earthy and
dry, perhaps with a touch of spice. There seems to be some kind of
vegetal presence, though faint. A dash of vanilla from the booze, but
otherwise I find the palette to be on the mild side.
Drinkability: One thing Bell’s Consecrator Doppelbock Beer has going for
it is its delivery. The mouthfeel is nice and thick with a smooth
texture. The 8% ABV makes itself known in the form of warmth (and a bit
in the taste), though I would not describe it as a hot brew at all. I’d
expect more complexity and intensity for the body, but what’s here is