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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Photo of RBorsato
4.8/5  rDev +33.3%
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)

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.37/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler at 42 degrees into shaker
Aroma of roasted malt
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy initially, rapidly becoming creamy, diminishing to 3mm ring and layer
Lacing average – various size islands of tiny to small bubbles
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor of lightly roasted malt, caramel; no hops flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of stingo
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of Alkey
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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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 rhoadsrage
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
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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Photo of DrJay
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of BoozeHound81
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid brew, nice dark drown to redish color, no head at all. Very little carbonation bubbles.Very smooth.Perhaps a roasty maltly taste, a bit bready in fact. The lower alcohol content makes it more of a session style brew. This is what I would want with my steak,hands down. I live a bit north of the brewery and hear many good things about it, not only on the beer side, but the food is well talked about as well.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of russwbeck
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear brown red pour with a small, thin white head. Hardly any lacing or retention.

S: More lager than dunkel to my nose. Sugar, breaded malts, clove. Pretty basic smell, pretty inviting overall.

T: Very nice taste on this. Clean malts, bready much like a lager but with some sweetness like a dunkel. Sugar and caramel are at the forefront.

MF: Light, crisp, insanely drinkable and a dry finish.

O: Couldn't put it down. Not mind boggling my any means, but a darn good beer overall.

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Photo of aaronh
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of DrunkenPanther
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of mobyfann
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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Photo of output01x
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of DerekP
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of stirgy
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as part of their beer sampler. This one was a deep and dark orange color that was one step away from brown. Very clear and topped off with a thin tan/orange creamsicle-like head of foam. The aroma is nutty, rich with semi-sweet caramel and has plenty of toffee-like malt character. After a few more whiffs, I could swear I was getting some buttery popcorn notes. Very interesting and somewhat complex. The taste is nice and malty, richly flavorful with dark and sweet candy. The body is just a few clicks above medium and has a very nice sticky malt finish. Overall, a very nice dunkel. Not too heavy, but still leaves a sweet tangy coating on the tongue. By far, the most malty of the nights beers.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pils glass
A: Light brown color, a fair amount of bubbles and a 1.5-finger head that lingers for quite some time
S: Light malt
T: Malty, nutty and a bit of caramel
M: Light-bodied, not a lot of complexity here
O: Solid, tasty & probably a good session beer. Not overly complex but tasty

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