Abbey Terno
Barrel of Monks Brewing

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Barrel of Monks Brewing
Florida, United States
Ranked #44
Ranked #17,829
3.86 | pDev: 6.48%
Dec 29, 2022
Feb 27, 2015
Very Good
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Notes: Abbey Terno is brown in color but not a heavy beer. It is actually lighter in body and alcohol than the Tripel! The aroma is spicy and fragrant. It is full in flavor with a malty base with spicy overtones. There are hints of chocolate and caramel. No heavy roasted or burnt flavors in this beer! There is a mild hop bitterness provided by noble hops.
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle from Rare Beer club. Pours dark amber with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head and nice lacing. Body is full and crisp. Taste and aroma are of spicy yeast, caramel malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, herbal hops and toffee. Finish is long and almost dry. Good brew.
Dec 29, 2022
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 750 mL bottle into goblet. Bottled on 07/15/22.
A: Pours a dark brown-ruby hue with fizzy/frothy 3 inch tan head with good retention.
S: Fresh fruit hits first with sweet dark cherries and currant notes, then followed with toasted malt and a hint of honey.
T: Dark sweet cherries and secondarily currants. Spice elements with clove and pepper. Toasted caramel malt with some nuttiness. With warming, a dry earthy chocolate note emerges.
M: Light medium body. Loads of fresh fruit sweetness with backing malt sweetness. Dry throughout with moderate effervescence.
D: Certainly an interesting example of style. The strong fresh sweet dark cherry note tends to overpower the rest of the brew.
Sep 30, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by smithj4 from New York

Sep 13, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Sep 11, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Sep 11, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by Boone757 from Virginia

Jan 03, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
750 ml bottle from Tavour. Poured into Trappist chalice, dark brown / mahogany hue, lovely thick, creamy head. Aroma is prunes and plums, raisins with a hint of savory spice. Taste is rich and sweet, dark malts, pit fruit, spicy/bitter finish. Nice weight and feel too.
Oct 16, 2021
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look: It pours copper brown with an off white head that has a light amount of tan in it. It has very good head retention.

Smell: It has a strong malty cherry aroma up front. There are some apple notes with light spice and very low chocolate.

Taste: It has caramel flavors with a very low amount of chocolate. There are also medium cherry and apple notes. There is a medium low spicy note in the background with a very low floral note.

Feel: It has a medium full body with a medium amount of alcohol warmth.

Overall, there is a nice fruit ester play with the malts.
Oct 03, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by edthehead from Maryland

Sep 24, 2019
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I am sitting here, winding down both the day & week, contemplating upcoming events. Next weekend will certainly see me in brown monk's robes, but for now, a Barrel of Monks beer will do it for me.

From the Bottle: "Charmingly tweaked from the Latin term Ab Aeterno which translates to “from eternity” or “since the beginning” (depending on who you ask), Abbey Terno is our abbey-style Dubbel. This timeless brown beer makes liberal use of delicious Belgian candi sugar which adds notes of toffee, dried fruit, just a hint of chocolate and is dry and very drinkable."; "This beer is bottle conditioned and will have a small layer of yeast sediment at the bottom. Pour carefully into a stemmed glass. We recommend you leave the yeast sediment in the bottle."

Hmm. I am disinclined to follow their dictums since I am more of a "waste not, want not" type. Instead, I will be gently decanting this beer, leaving the lees on the punt & then drinking them as a final pour.

Man, the bottle had an equally massive cap that was a bugger to prise off! I was finally successful in getting it to Pop! & then I began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. Unbidden, it formed just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, mocha-tan head with outstanding retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose smelled strongly of dried, dark fruits, especially cherries, but also raisins, prunes and a light chocolatiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close, At the same time, it evinced a good deal of inherent carbonation. The taste reminded me of one of those Cherry-Chocolate cordials! It was loaded with milk chocolate & sweet cherry flavors, but I began to wonder how sustaining this big bottle would be for me as a self-avowed, self-described hophead. As it turned out, it was fine. I was pleasantly enamored of the flavors & had not problem remaining interested throughout.

For the final pour, I swirled what remained in the bottle around to loose the lees from the kick. I then unleashed a heavy-handed pour to ensure that nothing remained behind. To the uninitiated, it may have looked like a glass of mud, but the nose was much softer. Mouthfeel was likewise softer. The taste was less chocolaty & more berry-like. It was worth trying.
Mar 30, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 4 by Scott_McCool from Florida

Feb 22, 2019
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
$ 10.98 (Including shipping)/750 mL bottle ($ 0.432/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 1/1/19.
“209 156 18” stamped on back label. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Amber, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.8 cm, controlled center pour), light tan, fizzy, low density, very poor retention, rapidly diminishing to a three mm ring and a thin small surface island.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Light amber, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 – Sour, dates.
Flavor – 4 - Begins moderately sweet with caramel, toffee, and sugar. Ends dry. No alcohol (7.5% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – More like a dubbel than I was expecting, primarily because of the Brett, Pediococcus, and Lactobacillus species added to this. While a bit on the thin side of the palate and hue, the bright red-amber is certainly appealing and the lively carbonation works well with the watery texture. The flavor is mild at best. As a Belgian dubbel, this is below average. As an American take of the Belgian dubbel style, it’s not bad.

24/08/22 - Same lot #. Don't know from where this one found it's way into reefer #1 - if some one sent it to me, I apologize for inadequate record-keeping. This bottle has virtually no date flavor but does have some chocolate cherry cordial candy overtones. Still fizzy - five cm head on the first pour. Same score.
Jan 01, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by JDJR from Florida

Dec 10, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Aug 12, 2018
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Reviewed by mmilyko from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A bit thin and not super flavorful and warming like the best of the style, but still tasty and enjoyable. I can never fault new world brewers for taking a shot at a classic old world style. Actually the lower end 7% ABV worked for me on a hot summer day. I know, I’m supposed to be drinking sour/fruity IPAs on hot summer days, but sorry, I’m a Belgian man through and through.
Aug 09, 2018
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Tawny reddish brown body; thick, fluffy head. Candied sugars and raisins in the aroma; some rye spiciness. Sweet and spicy flavor, much like the aroma; a bit of alcohol presence; light date and fig quality. Heavy body yet seems a bit watery and weak; semi-sweet finish.

A respectable dubbel yet somewhat thin on all accounts. The mouthfeel in particular comes across as lacking in body for the style. It is certainly approachable and drinks easily enough, but it just isn't a prime example of the style.
Aug 05, 2018
Rated: 4.17 by markjknowles from Oregon

Jul 25, 2018
Rated: 4 by Beerbuddha from Florida

Jan 20, 2018
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap at World of Beer in Melbourne FL.
Pours with a dark copper colored body topped with a fine, creamy beige head with limited retention. Good lacing.

The flavor is nicely complex and suitably 'Belgian" with hints of brown sugar, alcohol and dark dried fruits.
Lively medium-light body with mild alcohol warmth.
Nov 07, 2017
Rated: 3.35 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Oct 19, 2017
Rated: 3.78 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Oct 16, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by BallsDeep from Florida

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 3.92 by BigSmooth12 from Massachusetts

Oct 22, 2016
Rated: 3.86 by KensWorld from Florida

Oct 08, 2016
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
trying quite hard to get in to these guys, but the beers just havent really been there for me across the board. this is one of the better ones, but it certainly lacks some of the depth the better examples of the style bring to the table. it has a lot of sweetness, is surprisingly clear, chestnut colored, a little thin, but very bubbly. notes of almond and raisin in here, but not quite as deep on the sweetness, light brown sugar instead of maple or molasses, and very fruity on the yeast, but instead of cherry or grape or plum, its like pear and white wine, odd in a darker beer, maybe not fermented quite as warm as others to get a more reserved ester complexion out of the yeast, its a little different tune than i get in their other belgian styles. a mix of nutty and sweet on the grain side, thin though in feel, and with a slight rum quality, the booze comes through pleasantly. soft spice on the back end, almost an allspice or clove thing, classically belgian there. good not great, not off at all, but not super compelling either. i still think the tripel was their best to date.
Sep 10, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by ninaturner from Florida

Mar 05, 2016
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