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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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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Allagash chalice.

A - Pours a dark mahogany with plenty of red highlights when held up to the light. The thin head is whiter than I would expect from a brew this dark. Leaves behind a tiered, incomplete lacing.

S - Complexity of malts, bready and nutty. Sweet fruits; candied banana and dark grape juice come to mind.

T - Bread and buttery malts along with dark fruits. Some subtle chocolate and banana hit mid-palate. There is a lingering molasses flavor on the back end.

M - The body is on the lighter side with medium smooth carbonation.

O - Good mix of sweet, rich, and bready. The flavor is very full for a beer this light in body. This would make a good low ABV session beer. Mouthfeel is fantastic, nearly perfect. Not a style I typically drink or else I would consider getting it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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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.


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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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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%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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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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Pious Monk Dunkel from Church Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 273 ratings
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