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Pious Monk Dunkel | Church Brew Works

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3.6/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Church Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
churchbrew.com

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 09-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,053
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
273
pDev:
12.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
41
Trade:
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Photo of mkh895
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lawrenceville Brewery, Inc./The Church Brew Works "Pious Monk Dunkel"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without freshness dating
$2.17 @ Giant Eagle, Indiana, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Dark mahogany brown body with a bit of a ruby cast and orange highlights near the base of the glass. The head retention is unfortunately not that good and the light tan cap has already dropped. I just cleaned this glass after having another beer that showed good head retention so it's not the glass. The aroma displays burnt-sugar, some brown sugar, a touch of chocolate, and a light background like charred wood. There's some fruitiness to it as well but it's hard to make out. The flavor displays more of that fruitiness within its darkly caramelish/sugary, bready, and lightly chocolatey maltiness, and it's like dark fruit (raisin, plum). There's a little bit of woodiness to the malt as well, and it's a touch spicy, but it's not roasty. It's interesting. I wonder if that's due to a combination of earthy and herbal hops with the dark malt. It's medium-light in body and gently crisp with a moderate carbonation. In general I expect more malt, and more maltiness in the flavor, but this is unique, and thus interesting, and it does have the general characteristics of a Munich-style dunkel. Oddly, however, with a different yeast I could easily imagine this malt bolstered up a bit would make a great Belgian-style dubbel.

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Photo of bigred89
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Burnt amber-brown with a soft, off-white blanket leaving creamy lace.

Smell is subtle. Toasted bread with hints of cinnamon-raisin.

Taste is caramel, sweet bread, toast, roasted nuts, and a hint of banana skin.

Feel is soft, round, fluffy, but medium-thin and semi-wet.

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Photo of n2185
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of bf7
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wertschy
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of classixIII
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NomadDawg
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SomethingClever
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

A: Very small slightly off white head that disappears quickly. Body is a hazy brown caramel in color.

S: Slight banana with a deep sweet bready smell and some burnt sugars ad some raisins.

T: Sweet breadiness light bits of clove and banana lights bits of caramel and toffee on the end a little honey.

M: Higher carbonation makes the beer feel fuller on the tongue but then slightly thinner.

O: Pretty good beer the clove and banana are dialed back, which let the breadiness and toffee shine through. The higher then average carbonation let the boy keep from being too heavy or cloying. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Yancey82
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ctb6582
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tankg
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesGrove
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brutalist
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heerboth
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobtaylor0414
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MartyDiBergi
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.75 A: Clear darker copper color. Two fingers of foamy beige head. Retention is about average and a half finger of lacing is left behind.

3.5 S: Caramel, toastiness, nuttiness are all quite prominent - very altbier-esque. Sweet brown sugar with figgy fruitiness. Vinous underneath with notes of plum. Not bad, but could be cleaner.

3.25 T: Many of the flavors are found in the nose. Again lots of caramel, toastiness, nuts, brown sugar. Raising, fig, and plum fruits. Earthy hoppiness with a mineral laden mountain water freshness. There's some complexity, but it's a little too dry and just okay.

2.75 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation. A bit too watery, but it does bring some creaminess, which helps.

3.0 D: It's a decent beer, but there's a lot better options out there.

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Photo of PhillyNole
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pretty pedestrain American adaptation of a German classic, you can definitely get some of the semi-sweet malt bill but it is a little soft on flavor impact, mostly just some dark fruit notes (raisin bread) and then your tradional lager notes. Thin mouthfeel, too watery. Not bad but firmly mediocre.

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Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Pious Monk Dunkel from Church Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 273 ratings
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