Pious Monk Dunkel | Church Brew Works

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Pious Monk DunkelPious Monk Dunkel

Brewed by:
Church Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 09-24-2001

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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.

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3.97/5  rDev +10%
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.

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3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown color. Like a nut brown look. Bit of lacing and ringed head. Not much of an effervescent smell. Tastes of malt and dark fruits. Figgy. Plummy. Datey. Fizzy carbonation bite. Lingering sedimenty chalk taste. Not terrible. Just not my typea dunkle. I do like dunkle though.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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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.

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