Pious Monk Dunkel | Church Brew Works

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 09-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
269
Reviews:
105
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
12.78%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
40
For Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of neenerzig
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a 6 pack of this when the wife and I visited the brewery recently on a trip to Pittsburgh. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass, this beer pours a slightly hazy medium copper/amber color. Slightly off white head is about 1/2 inch thick when poured before settling fairly quickly to a nice thick ring lining the inside of my glass. Not much surface foam except for the ring along the inside of the glass, just very tiny bits spotty surface coating here and there. Almost no lacing too. Aromas of malt, hints of spice, bread, and bits of fruit such as cherry and grape. Starts out with a nice caramel malt sweetness upfront along with some bready notes that give way to a bit of spice (cinnamon and clove perhaps), a bit of toffee, hints of the aforementioned fruit, and is rounded out with a slight touch of hops. Has a crisp, somewhat tingly, creamy/frothy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer is supposed to be. All in all not a bad beer, worth a try.

Eric

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Photo of wahoojukebox
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mccorjf54
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of davidIPA
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 jmdrpi
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Garlicjosh
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of JPMcKirk
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of AMiz602
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a not quite as dark as some Dunkels. It is very translucent, and looks more like a red or brown ale than a European-style Dunkelbier. Not quite as heavy feeling either, it has a pretty light and crisp mouthfeel.

It is a light beer, with a calm caramel sweetness, but it quickly turns into a burnt-nutty maltiness. It provides for a whole 180 degrees of flavor. After it gets to its proper temperature, the malt really shines through, and takes on a dry, walnut taste.

It is an easy-going Dunkelbier, and I would sometimes stop and look at it and wonder if I was drinking a Yuengling or this Dunkelbier. Overall, a good deal from Church Brew Works.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the brewery

Poured a medium brown color, hazy, but still see-through, with a thin, wispy layer of bubbles for a head. Somewhat subdued aroma, dark malts, moderate roast, mild hops. Taste reflects what was noted in the nose: roasty dark malts, grains, mild earthy hops, slight bitterness from a subtle cocoa flavor. Crisp, dry finish. Light-medium mouthfeel, nothing that hasn't been experienced before, but overall quite sessionable.

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Photo of abcramer
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of gjrey
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of NoProblem
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MrJuengling
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of motorglam
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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 oline73
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a very nice looking reddish dark amber color with a half finger of off white head. The head fades to a thin layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Malty and sweet, but not overly so. I'm picking up some bread from the grain along with some cherry and grape notes.

Taste: There is a lot of flavor given the abv. I'm picking up a similar flavor to the smell. Bready malt with some cherry and grpe notes. The finish has a slight bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer. The taste was bold given the abv. I'm not sure I'd have another, but I'm glad I tried it.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of psnydez86
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Pious Monk Dunkel from Church Brew Works
3.6 out of 5 based on 269 ratings.
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