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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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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4.92/5  rDev +36.7%

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 PhanNan211
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Really tasty, slightly sweet and very smooth.

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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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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4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | 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 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 thomscottson
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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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4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Pious Monk Dunkel from Church Brew Works
3.6 out of 5 based on 272 ratings.
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