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Pious Monk Dunkel - Church Brew Works

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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 18:03:39 | More by Kegatron
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mjmbeer

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the world's best example but this is a good solid beer
clean aroma with nice hints of caramel and malts

Color is a light brown with little head that kind of set me back a bit.

other than that I liek this beer and I am glad I picked up the sample pack

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 15:29:03 | More by mjmbeer
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Douglas88

Utah

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Daniel. Pours out a ruby/brown color with a small white head. The aroma is mostly toasted malts, some light fruits and perhaps s touch of banana. The flavor is similar; lots of toasted malts, some bananas, clove and something odd I can't put my finger on. Fizzy and full of flavor. Decent overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 06:07:35 | More by Douglas88
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hwwty4

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Sebletitje for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a nice rich brown with a small head that quickly recedes into a lily pad on the center of the glass. The aroma is straight up malts, with absolutely no hop presence. I also detect some dark fruits, plums and apples. The taste follows suits with a big malty presence, dark fruits, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel reminds me of soda pop. Highly carbonated with a sharp carbonation, the kind that burns the roof of your mouth if you let it sit in your mouth and burns the back of your throat as you try to swallow. While I'm happy to try any beer once, the mouthfeel is enough to keep me for seeking it out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 03:20:50 | More by hwwty4
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some mix or orange, gold and brown. Small white head that disapears immediately. No lacing at all.

Smells of lots of caramel malts. Sweet with some roasted notes.

Lots of nice caramel notes with some grassy and earthy hop notes. Slight roasted flavors. Strong sweet caramel finish. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin.

Drinkable beer, nice offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 05:39:48 | More by Hojaminbag
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed case from Wide-Lo Beverage, Somerset, PA, while on vacation.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a scant 1/4" tan head over the clear orangey brown brew. Head dwindles at a quick pace, with average lacing. Aroma is hearty grain husks. Flavor exhibits the same grain character, with a crisp close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinking is easy. Simple, lowish abv, wouldn't mind if this was an everyday brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 22:59:32 | More by ppoitras
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves more than its fair share of lace; on the lighter side of acceptability for the style

Smell: Malty, with a crusty brown bread aroma

Taste: Very bready up front, with a developing caramel, chocolate and nut character coming to the fore by mid-palate; after the swallow, the breadiness returns and persists to the finish; could be a bit richer

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent example of the style but lacks a bit of depth compared to the top examples, including that brewed across town by Penn Brewing

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 01:49:09 | More by brentk56
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thethrone

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a translucent red amber with thin white head which quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Wet spotty lacing follows the brew down the glass.

S - Sweet malts dominate the aroma. Some grain presence as well.

T - Taste follows the smell, with the maltiness running the show. Hops make enough of an appearance to balance out the flavor.

M - Light body, mild carbonation. Finish isn't quite as crisp as I'd have liked, but fairly clean nonetheless.

D - Good drinkable lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 04:55:40 | More by thethrone
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leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on-tap at the Church Brew Works

Dark chestnut in color. A little light for the style, but very acceptable.

Smell, very malty, no hop presence at all. Sugar and grain are the only standouts.

Taste, follows pretty close behind the of the nose. Very malty, but not overly sweet. Hop character is noticeable, but never jumps up and down begging to be noticed.

Overall, good example of an American Dunkel. Very drinkable if anything.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2008 13:48:58 | More by leftmindedrighty
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to leftmindedrighty!

A thin, eggshell white collar ties together a densely deep brown shaded body. It might appear muddy, opaque even, on first inspection, but on angle little tawny cinders start to glow as the body illuminates to a blushing auburn and allows just the slightest peek of transparency.

This is useful to have on hand in case you ever wanted to show someone what a malty beer should smell like. This is has all the malt of a good dopplebock, but with far less of a punch of course. Caramel, toffee, and dark ripe fruits are all coated with a hint of smoke and roast.

The body is light, the alcohol is low, but the flavour is strong and the drinkability is high. The carbonation perfect - not enough to impede on the stickiness of the malts, but more than enough to prevent this from ever being syrupy. Very malty; it tastes exactly like caramel melted over nuts and dried fruits. Simple but delicious.

I could see a lot of beer advocates bored with this offering; it doesn't have the aggressive, amped up character and stylings that most American craft brewers inject to these 'old world' recipes.

What's really important though is not the bold, blistering American touch they left out - it's the efficiency and craftsmanship of German tradition they left in. Beer is, after all, for drinking and this is great for exactly that!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 02:29:41 | More by biegaman
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. No head. Appears like a normal lager. Seems somewhat flat and/or watery.

S. Dark wheat and little else.

T. Decent. Wheaty malts. Earthy.

M. Lightly carbonated.

D. Very drinkable. Its lager people.

Overall: Its a pretty solid overall brew but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 20:29:24 | More by Stinkypuss
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer was really easy to drink. It poured about like an average dunkel, with a slight head, no lacing. Nice malts on the nose, not very hoppy, true to the style. A bit of chocolatey malt flavor on the palate. Something was missing here, though. Just not enough syrupy sugar or something. It fell a bit short. Now by no means will I never have it again, but the Brew Works has better offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2008 21:08:59 | More by bigdeuce
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear darker brown. Nose is mild malts and just mild all around. Flavor is very slight citrus sweetness. Minor earthy edge. Standard feel. Leaves a real funny aftertaste and makes this no better than a so-so brew. It's decent enough, but not really impressive enough to warrant a return.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2008 03:24:43 | More by RblWthACoz
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dmamiano

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, deep copper color with a very small head. Some lacing noted.
Smells of caramel malt, cotton candy even come to mind.
Taste is malts, with a caramel and even a hint of spiciness nated. Mouthfeel is pretty good and oily.
Slightly bitter at the finish.
Havent had much expeience with a Dunkel, this is decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 02:37:34 | More by dmamiano
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red amber color with a tan head that does not last long. Some noticeably audible fizz was in that head.

Aroma of dark malts, some breadiness and maybe some lingering hops but that is iffy.

The taste has some nice breadiness to it, with some roasted malt character. Nuts and caramel are mixed in there as well. Then you have a nice clean lager finish, that leaves you wanting more. Parting is a sweet sorrow as they say. Fortunately There's a lot more in the glass.

I have not ventured into this style much at all, but I do know I enjoy this beer. I could hit it all day long if I had to.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 02:58:43 | More by ZimZamZoom
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mobyfann

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 02:23:39 | More by mobyfann
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ive wanted to try the beers from this little brewery for some time now and saw them at the beer store a couple times and never bought them but now I did.I like it because there from Pittsburgh and because there is just something about a really small brewery.Drank from a Warsteiner pils glass.I tend to like darker lagers nowadays,I used to drink alot of amber lagers when I was younger but they seem very sweet to me now and a dark lager hits the spot.

Nice brown/copper colored body with a thick light tan head.Some very nice lacing on my glass.Lively carbonation dances to the top of my glass.

Nice little chocolate flavor as the beer leaves your throat.Hop flavor is there as well but not overwellming at all.Slight burnt nut flavor.Slight sweetness to it also,like caramel.Some bitterness in the aftertaste.Dry nuttie taste

Slight flowery smell.Some nuttiness in there also.

Mouthful seems a bit thin and watery but thats not a problem with me at all.

Very good dunkel,I really enjoyed it.It was the best lager beer Ive had in a while.I could have another one for sure.Thanks to Pittsburgh for producing this tasty beer.I need to visit this place and try some on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 17:58:51 | More by MmmIPA
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 03:44:15 | More by Sammy
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep-amber/copper, off-white head, no retention or lace.

S: Candied sugar, candied fruit, bready malt.

T: Brown sugar, burnt caramel, rye bread, mild bitterness, hint of grainy astringency.

M: Moderate body & carbonation.

D: Decent.

Commercial description:
"Gold Medal Winner of the Great American Beer Festival. Our beer is fairly dark in color, but don’t be afraid. It is a perfect example that dark beers are not always strong beers. The body is surprisingly mellow, and the alcohol content is a bit lower than most people might think. It has a wonderfully clean and roasty aroma. Hop bitterness levels are kept in line, but is has a noticeable hop flavor. Alcohol by Volume - 5.2"

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 03:11:14 | More by Derek
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with vwcraig.

A: The lager is a dark amber brown color that shows off some orange highlights. The head was fairly small on pour and never amounted to much more than a small white band.

S: The nose is very strong on the sweeter caramel malts with some biscuity dryness thrown in for good measure.

T: Flavorwise, the lager shows off some nice caramel and light chocolate tastes. The grains are not strong, but the flavor more than holds its own. Hops don't figure much in the taste, but the darker malts carry the body.

M: Caramel and lightly roasted notes give the beer a nice depth.

D: Good beer, easy drinking and a nice body. A solid selection from Western PA.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 18:09:39 | More by akorsak
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours dark amber in color with white head that fades.

S- smells dark. Nuts, malt, chocolate, caramel

T- good mix of malt, chocolate, nuts and caramel

M- smooth with medium body and low carbonation

D- the combination of the taste and smoothness makes this a pretty drinkable beer

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 18:41:35 | More by PittBeerGirl
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flexabull

California

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

Beer came to me as part of the Name Name BIF courtesy of Alkey, thanks!

Beer pours a cloudy brown color, a lot of big bubbles floating around, but not much of a head to this one.

Aromas are spicey, bread like, and a bit sweet.

Flavor is a bit flat on the front, the mouthfeel is nice, but not much flavor at first sip. Beer then settles into a slightly sweet toasted malt like flavor, and then finishes crisp, somewhat yeasty, and with a bit of spicey hop bite.

Mouthfeel is good, above average.

Drinkability is good. Nothing special here, but it's a session worthy beer, and a decent example of the style. Certainly worth a try, this is a pretty good beer, it just didn't look all that appealing in my pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 02:38:01 | More by flexabull
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to skinnyelvis for supplying me with this offering as part of my ba anniv. package.

A: Pours a dark auburn almost reddish rusty color with a thin one finger white head. Slight retention towards the edge of the glass.
S: Toasted grain notes. Clovey wheat like notes. Grassy hops rounding out the malt.
T/M: Toasted grain notes with an undercurrent of sweet caramel malt. Wheaty on the palate with a fruitiness that comes through--bananas and slight melons. Grassy hop presence takes over in the dryer aftertaste. Light to medium body. A tad buttery.
D: Nice session quality dunkel lager for that hot summers day. I enjoyed this--thanks for the opportunity. Very easy drinking and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 22:23:02 | More by bjohnson
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy deep copper color. Miniscule head with modest lacing.
Smell is significant for roasted malt, with light caramel notes present.
Taste starts off nice and malty, but a bit too much bitterness starts to show itself.
Nice taste retention, but a bit too dry at the finish.
An OK beer. Nothing great and probably not worth a revisit.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 01:13:55 | More by tgbljb
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 02:15:31 | More by DrJay
Pious Monk Dunkel from Church Brew Works
81 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.