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Pious Monk Dunkel - Church Brew Works

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Pious Monk DunkelPious Monk Dunkel

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BA SCORE
82
good

214 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Church Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-24-2001)
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Reviews by mobyfann:
Photo of mobyfann
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $30 for a mixed case...

The beer pours a clear, dark brown base, with a medium sized head, 15 minute retention, no lacing. The beer hints of toffee and roasted malts, well-balanced.

The beer tastes sweet at first and at the end, in the middle is the roasted malts from the aroma and caramel tones as well. It's not too heavy in the mouth, and it fairly drinkable, but I would think after a few, a beer less sweet would be in order.

Final Thought: This dunkel tastes good!

mobyfann, Dec 08, 2007
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery.

One of the better offerings from CBW. Attractive golden-yellow in color with a sturdy head that does a nice job of lacing. Nose of toasted malt, some smoke. Subtle smoke carries over into the flavor as well, along with some caramel sweetness. Nice, sweet finish. Above-average mouthfeel and drinkability.

OldFrothingSlosh, Apr 15, 2006
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3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a muddy brown color that was somewhat translucent on the sides (If that makes sense). There was a very nice white head that laced.
The aroma was a roasty malt. Pretty strong roasty aroma. Little to no hop aroma, which is pretty much expected from a dunkel.
The taste was pretty good, but maybe a little sweet. Not sure if it was just the current batch, or if it is always a touch on the swee side. No hop flavor, but like I said, pretty much expected from a dunkel.
A bit of a roasty mouthfeel, but still crisp (Considering it was a bit sweet). Definitely a beer that you could drink a few of. Full of flavor and a nice roasty scent.

DrunkenPanther, Apr 22, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: See through amber brown tone off white head dwindles to leave behind evenly strung lacing. Aroma: Consists of mild chocolate notes and roasty malt profile that's decently robust with a fruity character swimming through as well balanced with a touch of German hops. Taste: Out of the regulars this is the one I would go with every time, even balance nice dark roasted malt character with a dose of hops crisp flavor, nice session brew. Mouthfeel: Light to medium range for the body even carbonation nice easy drinking dunkel. Drinkability: Like I said best option from their year round lineup.

WVbeergeek, Mar 28, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Zonian1, Jan 13, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a warm amber body that is clear but a bit dense. There is a thin puddle of light tan foam that floats around in the glass. There is a sea of microbubbles racing to the surface.

S- This beer has a soft dark toasted malt aroma that is pretty neutral with some dark dried fruit notes.

T- This beer has a dark slightly bitter malt taste with a bitterness in the finish but it is not notably from hops. There is a soft sweetness of cold coffee roasted malt and dry toffee in the malt taste. As the beer warms the bitterness in the finish increases nicely.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a clean smooth finish.

D- This beer has clean crisp flavor but there is nice depth in the malt without the typical pot caramel off-flavors. Very smooth and drinkable.

rhoadsrage, Jan 15, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

ruffdawg, Sep 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Quickly dissipating off white head, leaving a thin small ring around the edges of the top of the brew. Body is amber and orange / yellow as light hits the lower regions.

Smell: I like the smokiness here, and it adds some complexity. Otherwise it's not extremely discernible as far as complexity. Slight chocolate and toasted husk and flavors, and a bit of breadiness. Also some weird metallicness and slight hops.

Taste: Slight chocolate in the background with a quick burst of fruity and sweet malt, followed by some toasted husk and malt characters, then with some hops at the finish. Alright as it stands, but could end up being much more robust and complex. Seems like they had something just OK and didn't put enough gusto into this.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with the carbonation slightly spritzy which I find odd, but remains fairly full in the mouth by the end despite that characteristic.

Drinkability: Above average, but nothing worth raving about. Still a decent effort from CBW and one that may make a decent session brew too for some.

asabreed, Aug 08, 2006
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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shintriab's bottle, taking me to the Savant level. Easily quaffable, brown colour with creamy head. Nuts, caramel, chocolate malt.Subtle in roast.Sessionable alcohol so you can drink something else and still be functioning.Medium to light mouthfeel.

Sammy, Jul 18, 2007
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3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle into a Pizza Boy pilsner glass. Shared with schen9303.

.5 finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear brown-amber. Lacing is spotty and stringy with average stick. Solid for the style.

Nose is brown sugar and caramel. Decently aromatic.

Opens sweet brown sugar, hazelnut shell and caramel. More rich brown sugar in the middle with a nutty, grainy and aggressively malty finish. Aftertaste is slightly roasted malt. I like it.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Quenching and light in the mouth and goes down smooth. Messy finish with a lightly lingering aftertaste. Real drinkable.

A real solid beer that is a good representation of the style. Very drinkable and with just enough flavor to keep things interesting. A session offering for sure.

SpeedwayJim, Mar 27, 2013
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Photekut, Aug 03, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pious Monk pours a darker copper color. It’s mostly clear. A little reveals some nice garnet highlights. Pretty nice color. A light, off-white head covers the top. It’s rather modest, rising maybe half a finger in height. It’s quick to recede, leaving a very light, spotty lacing in its wake. Not bad.

The nose is better than you might expect. It smells like a mix of caramel and brown malts. It’s a little on the sweet side as far as this nose can tell. There might be a hint of light chocolate, but it’s tough to tell. Yeast is definitely in the mix and actually smells pretty good. Smells a little toasty and herbal. Perhaps a bit of a grassy hop note on the tail. Alcohol is masked extremely well. It really smells pretty good.

The flavor is even a bit better. It’s a pretty nice representation of the style. The malt base is a mix of caramel, light chocolate, and brown malts. There’s a touch of sweetness, but it’s mild. It is yeasty and a bit herbal. Those aspects are subtle and secondary, but add something positive. There’s a very light grassy hop flavor. It complements the other flavors well and isn’t strong enough to seem out of place. I like that. Alcohol is definitely buried. I’m not getting any at all. Finishes a malty and a little sweet.

Pious Monk has a body that’s on the lighter side. Carbonation is definitely light and soft. It honestly feels a little thin to really be smooth. Needs a bit more body. It’s not way out of line for the style though. Definitely an easy drinking beer. I could happily down a few these. The ABV is just right for that, too!

I picked up a variety pack of Church Brew Works beer on a recent trip to Pennsylvania. Pious Monk is probably my favorite of the lot. It’s a nice Munich Dunkel that features all the standard bells and whistles. Definitely worth checking out.

prototypic, Sep 15, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint glass.

Very pretty dark amber brown. Silky lacing.

Smells of malty caramel & brown sugar. Grainy alcohol & brown bread.

A medium body with alcohol & hops taking the lead, then caramel & brown sugar coming through to the palate.

A very calm mouthfeel; hardly one thing to complain about. Enough bite to make it a beer, enough tenderness to make it a wife.

Pretty much a solid, all around brew. There's nothing I dislike about it. Highly drinkable, and from me, highly recommended.

DerekP, Apr 30, 2010
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3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub on 12/26/08. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep amber with a thin head of brite-white foam. OK looking retention that sticks around long enough I guess, but didn't leave much lacing back at all. I'm not getting much at all from the aroma, maybe some light malty caramel and chocolate. Touch of spice and light nuttiness maybe in there too.

The taste puts a little more out there but peters out way too quickly on the palette. Caramel and chocolate malts are definitely detected, along with some light spicing, and moderate hops towards the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower feeling carbonation that does pack a bit of a prickle which gives off some crispness.

I was disappointed by this. Just not enough complexity or assertiveness but the drinkibility at least whet my whistle enough during my meal.

Kegatron, Dec 30, 2008
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Lanstrum, Nov 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Tibi81, Dec 28, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pilsener glass.

An aggressive pour yields a 1/2-finger tan-colored head that quickly fades to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear brown amber with just a few tiny carbonation bubbles. Some decent lacing can be seen throughout consumption but never sticks around long.

Dark, sweet malts aromas hit the nose immediately as this beer is poured. Spicy hops aromas quickly follow. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, and toasted grains are all discernible.

Sweet, grainy malt flavors hit the tongue at the beginning of each sip with notes of caramel, toffee, and whole grain biscuits. Upon swallowing, the bready malts flavors come out even more with slight notes of milk chocolate and toffee.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is smooth and easy-drinking. The body is slick and slightly sticky, which really helps the presentation of the flavors. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy and really helps this beer's drinkability.

output01x, Feb 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Pious Monk Dunkel from Church Brew Works
82 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.