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Cardinal Sin - The Lucky Monk

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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Lucky Monk visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: emerge077 on 12-10-2009

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Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 6
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 22 oz. bottle at the restaurant/brewery.

There's some yeast sediment at the bottom of my bomber. I'm guessing this is an unfiltered pilsner?!?!

Brassy hay color with just a slight haze. Great head and residual foam. Great bubbling. This looks like a great pilsner.

Crisp, fresh, grassy, slight earthy, and crackery aroma. Smells like classic pils.

Metallic twang right upfront. Then the crackery malts and grassy hops hit the taste buds. A little too astringent on the palate and pretty dry. Strong solid body though. Pretty easy to drink too.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pokal at the brewpub.

Honestly, after the first few brews, my hopes aren't the highest they could be for this one. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose is as simple as the style generally dictates, with notes of wheat, corn syrup, and corn. The taste is pretty similar, though there is an addition of some semi-funked puffed rice in there, which is kinda off-putting (though not altogether offensive). The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a decently solid pils, nothing to write home about but very easily taken down.

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3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

6oz. tap pour at Lucky Monk

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color that produced a light layer of white foam. Some lacing present.

(S)- A big dryness with corn husk/meal/honey sweetness.

(T)- A light, but dry and lightly bitter corn husk/meal with a light lemon-ish fruitiness to it.

(M)- A good carbonation level with a decent balance. Dry and a little fruity/malty; straightforward.

(D)- A good representation of the style. Not a huge fan of it, but it is what it is. A good refresher for the summer.

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3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent light gold with a small white head that quickly fades into a tiny collar. Spotty bits of lacing falls back into the glass.
Smell is of pils malt with some spicy black pepper and a touch of creamed corn present in the background.
Taste is of the aromas with a lackluster flavor after experiencing some kick-ass pilsners in Chicago...not to mention, I live in the hot zone of American brewed pilsners in Southeast PA where the finest examples raise the bar. This just seemed very blahzay and plain to me.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, and semi-dry in the finish. Needs more agression IMHO.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 oz tap pour into an American Tumbler at The Lucky Monk in South Barrington, IL. 5% ABV, 25 IBUs.

A - Clear pale yellow color with a small white head. Low retention with a foamy ring and small bits of lace left over.

S - Crisp and clean aroma of pilsner malts, soft, mineral water, and a noticeable noble hop aroma. It all bleds well together. A light touch of yeast to the finish.

T - Pilsner malts balanced well with the floral, light spice noble hops. A soft mineral water touch gives it an authentic touch.

M - Medium-light in body with a soft, smooth texture and clean, dry finish.

D - A solid pilsner with good flavor as well as sessionability. A good first beer to start with here!

Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

High clarity gold, average head retention with some random bits of spotty lacing. A little too clear to be a Czech Pils, looks more German if anything. Dominating grassiness from noble hops in the aroma, with some light backing grain.

Firmly bitter and grassy, again a dominant noble hop presence. Dry, crisp, and clean. Little to no malt sweetness. Fairly thin bodied, but definitely drinkable.

After sampling a slew of European lagers this week, this came off as much more clean/fresh, and genuinely refreshing to drink.

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Cardinal Sin from The Lucky Monk
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