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Pious Monk Dunkel | Church Brew Works

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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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Photo of dungledauf
1.8/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear, ruby hue with no carbonation

Smell: Sweet malt not overpowering

Taste: Really tasted just type of malt which I believe to be Munich malts. Expected to taste caramel and some burnt malt. Slight metallic aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Very thin, watery, and flat.

Overall: Expected more depth & flavor for a Munich Dunkel.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pilsener glass.

A - Pours a nice amber with some lighter highlights around the bottom. Thick, rocky head diminishes to a thin cap pretty quickly. I expected it to be a little darker, but maybe that's because I'm used to my dunkels coming in a liter mug.

S - Toasted malts are the primary aroma, but they seem a bit weak. There's something that seems like it'll lead to spicy hops, but at the same time it makes me think it might be a bit...sour? Yikes, I hope not. The beer didn't have to travel more than a few miles to get here.

T - Hmm...basically the same as the nose. Some toasted malts with some nice spicy hops. The malt notes are a bit weak, though, and there's a pretty noticeable metallic flavor in the finish. Yeah, just too much of a metallic flavor that's really off-putting.

MF - Slightly watery, but it has decent carbonation, and considering the low ABV and the fact that it's probably intended to be pretty thin, I don't think it's necessary to knock it much for that.

D - This is basically a follow up of the taste and aroma since dunkel lagers are pretty drinkable by default. Considering the smell and taste aren't that great, this is basically the same. It's entirely possible my bottle is old and has seen better days, so I probably owe it to myself and to CBW to make it over and try it from the source.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Illinick
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Reddish brown with a touch of mahogony. Small white head that dissipates. Rising carbonation
S: Bland smells of malty bread, some roasted smells and not much else.
T: Parallels the smell. Bland flavors of malty bread and roasted/burnt flavors. Nothing jumps out and everything seems to be smashed together.
MF: LIGHT and watery
Overall: I am hoping I got a bad batch of this brew, because it was dissapointing at best. I wasn't the only one to share this sentiment that night. I'll give it one more shot and if nothing changes I will probably never try this or any of their brews again. Thoroughly dissapointing to say the least. I am unimpressed with their range of brews. Doesn't hold a match to Penn Dark.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Atvar
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: amber brown with a small head.

S: Fruity or sweet? No hops smell whatsoever.

T: Fruity, almost sour. This reminded me more of a witbier than other dunkels I've tried. Very little hops flavor. It's not so much bad as not what I was expecting.

M: Thin.

D: Having one isn't so bad, but I think I'd get sick of the flavor real fast if I tried to drink more.

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Photo of ruffdawg
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of keeganfrank
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tea-colored lager with no real head to speak of. Aroma, which is pretty mild, is primarily fruits and bread. Flavors of fruit, caramel and faint brown sugar. This lager is lighter in body and less flavorful than I expected. It's crisp and easy to drink but left me a little underwhelmed.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to radioscooter for this bottle.

Pours a dark clear reddish brown. With a light tan head that goes to a thin film and ring. Nice lace. Smell is rich toasted malt, some molasses and a bit a crisp hop. Taste is quite sweet rich deep toasted malt, bread, brown sugar...pretty darn sweet. A touch of hops on the back end adding a touch of crispness. Medium body with active carbonation though a touch course. Overall a pretty easy beer to drink but lacking in finesse both taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Chadbrew
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Not bad. Sort of a caramel colored brew without much of a head. Carbonation is good and there seems to be moderate lacing.
Aroma - Some sweet malty aroma with just a hint of mildly spicy hops.
Taste - Pretty bland but not bad. If there wasn't a "watered down" feel to it it would really be enjoyable.
Mouthfeel - There is plenty of body which is surprising considering the lack of flavor.
Drinkability - Kind of boring to be highly drinkable.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dark clear amber pour with splotchy thick head on the surface. lacing appears upon pour and just hangs around. label and packaging is second rate. appearance of beer is straight up.. beery, and stays strong.

aroma is super dark chocolate malt, to the point of bitterness. like a baker's chocolate bar. slight coffee and chestnut in the aftertaste. chicory maybe? taste sounds big but is awfully light. has a bit of that belgian magic to it, reminds me of a new belgium abbey but heavy on the roasty flavors.

bitterness is a bit much here and lack of complexity gives way to an overwhelming dryness. nothing special.

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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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