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Pious Monk Dunkel - Church Brew Works

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-24-2001)
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

Super_P34, Aug 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

truestar, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of RBorsato
4.83/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear solid brown color with a decent tan head and decent carbonation. Big Munich malt aroma with chocolate and toffee sweetness. Munich malt dominates ala a strong Oktoberfest. Medium-full (leans medium) bodied.

Very nice & would love to compare to a true German version.

Per Label: "Munich Dunkel-style Lager"

Per CBW website: OG · 13o Plato, IBU's · 20, Color · 17oL · Dark Brown, Alcohol · 3.3% w/w, Approx. Calories per 16 oz. Pint · 230,
Approx. Alcohol Content · 4.3% by volume

Grains: Pilsen, Munich, Biscuit, Cara Pils, Dark Caramel, Chocolate. Hops: Tettnang, Crystal

(22 oz. bottle from Bill Scott)

RBorsato, Dec 23, 2003
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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Really tasty, slightly sweet and very smooth.

PhanNan211, Aug 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

mccorjf54, Jul 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

JStue77, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

reitzbrewing, Sep 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

gjrey, May 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Unicycling4Beer, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at the church brew works. Was what they were know for their dunkel... and thats what I tried.

A - Nice amber hue with decent head.
S - Bananas and caramel with a nice toffee smell
T- Well I liked this more than Spaten Dunkel if that makes any difference in other reviews. Light banana taste with very faint toffee.
M - Looses a few points agree with everyone else way too light for the style.
D - If I went their again I would order it again but since it was sub par I would seek Dunkel at other places.

DrDemento456, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of tugdriver7
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily my favorite from Church Brew Works. (Thanks again to "N" for bringing it back from Pittsburgh.) Deep rich color in the glass with nicely foaming head. Smell was rich, roasted malt with subtle hops--and the taste was exactly the same. Nice slightly bitter aftertaste that made you want more. I'm just glad I have another bottle in the fridge. Of course then I'll have to wait until I get back up to PA.

tugdriver7, Jul 27, 2006
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4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice ruby brown with low head & little lacing.

First whiff smells like fresh cookies! Rich bready, sweet smells, with a tea-like character thrown in there. Not overpowering or too full, stays nice & clean so as not to become redundant or over-saturated.

Taste is like light pastries with a clean hop snap in the finish. Delicious caramel malt flavor with biscuit & sugar subtleties.

Mouthfeel is brisk, on the thin side with a little bite from the hops. Good aftertaste, like the first puff of a cigar.

In general, I put the Church Brew Works' brewing at "good", not terrific, not bad, but this is opne that really stands out for me. An unassuming beer with a lot to offer.

OneDropSoup, Jul 19, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Like its namesake, this is a refined, quiet brew with a well-rounded if short finish. Very light on the palate, though with a darker tone than one would expect given its overall subdued character. Very drinkable - a beer to relax with.

stingo, Jul 28, 2002
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

thomscottson, Jul 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

speedball33, Jul 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a huge, bubbling, deep-tan head that simply reduced itself to wispiness in no time. The color was a deep, cola-brown with cherry-red highlights. The nose was lightly malty, but that was about all. I got a chocolaty flavor on the tongue and the mouthfeel was light, but about right for a lager. The finish had that same chocolate aspect that I noted on the tongue. Compared to the earlier Celestial Gold, this is eminently drinkable. I really liked this beer and would certainly consider it for a session, given its low ABV.

woodychandler, Jun 10, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

CalebDouglas, Oct 13, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was served to me a dark amber color with scents of toasted bready malts. The taste was a medium bodied and a little sweet malt flavor with a hint of hop bite. A very refreshing tasting lager with a high drink ability that I will be looking for again.

Alkey, Nov 15, 2006
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4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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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4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, fresh malt aroma right off the pour! Clear, medium chestnut brown with a very light tan head that quickly settled to a solid ring. Some fine lacing, but not longlasting. Warm, sweet malty aroma, some brown sugar and a hint of roast, freshly milled grain, nuts, and some caramel. Mild bitterness. Toffee and light brown sugar up front, a bit of roast towards the end with growing bitterness. Pretty toasty and malty overall. Lightish body with carbonation that's not overpowering yet still lively. The texture is on the creamy side to start, then becomes a little more astringent and dry in the finish. I like it. It has a solid malt backbone, nice flavours and is light enough to have a couple in a sitting.

DrJay, Jan 26, 2007
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4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, drink had 1/10

Pours medium brown with one finger head, leaving a crown with decent lacing.

Smells nutty at first, swirling releases a floral and hoppy scent.

Tastes semi-light with a taste tilted more toward malt, not much in the way of bitter. Great intro to craft.

Mouth is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability is good, this is a semi light lager, easy to drink, slam, and session.

sonicdescent, Jan 12, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One half finger foamy head atop clear reddish brown color. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is smooth and refreshing with very light burnt quality lurking in the background. Finish has very full bready malt character. Mouth is fairly balanced, but borders on wateriness. This beer definitely deserved the accolades it got at the GABF. I'd have another next time I'm in Pittsburgh.

tomthumbsblues, Mar 01, 2006
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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a rich brown lager with a thin white head. It has a faint hops aroma that is almost buried under the malt that eminates from this beer. This beer tastes well enough on its own, but pair it with some lightly spicy food and hold on! The beer comes alive. The sweetness is more pronounced, and the ability of this beer to cleanse the palate is simply amazing. It was at this point that it occurred to me that perhaps all the beers at CBW would show their strongest traits when paired with the right food. Something I will investigate, I'm sure. Back to the beer....

The mouthfeel is light, but it has a clean finsh that one would expect from a lager. The drinkability is excellent, and as I said, it pairs with food well. One of the regulars on the CBW beer list, and it should be.

aaronh, Nov 23, 2002
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

nstroup, Jan 06, 2013
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Pious Monk Dunkel from Church Brew Works
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