Kentucky Monk - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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very good

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 127
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 78
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: drgonzo3705 on 08-08-2009

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Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had two bottles of this from 2012 and decided to sit on one since the first one was so hot. This one is bottle 103/360 from '12.

A: Pours a deep red. Clear, no sediment. Tall, frothy tan head. Head fades slowly, living sparse lacing. Decent retention.

S: Aroma is fairly subtle. Carbonation does not seem high. Heavy bready malt, heavy caramel and a little oak.

T: Sweet initially. Sweet caramel, sweet breads. Like shortbread I guess, that's the best way I can describe it. Bourbon barrel poundcake? Touch of cloves in the middle and finish with more sweetbread. Turns a little dry in the finish with cloves and oak primarily. Light little touch of toffee.

M: Smooth, medium bodied. Slightly dry finish.

O: Interesting transition in about two years. It is wayyyy less hot and harsh. However, the bourbon flavors are still strong, just different. Really not much of a tripel presence at all still. Not much in the way of belgian yeast at all other than a pretty subdued spiciness. I actually did not change the scores at all. It's about the same overall. Very different, but equal?

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Original fresh bottling review from 02-25-2012:

A: A nice murky brown pour with a bit of reddish highlights in it. Small/Medium-sized slightly off-white head. Despite the smallish head the retention is surprisingly good. Lacing is pretty solid too.(4)

S: Tons of bourbon. Sweet caramel, molasses and vanilla up front. Touch of oak.(4)

T: Again, tons of bourbon. Lots of sweet caramel, molasses, brown sugar and vanilla. Perhaps some toffee and earthy notes in there. Plenty of oak to go around too. Even has a bit of a bite from all of the bourbon. Not much to mention on the tripel side, maybe a bit of bready yeast and some spices, mainly pepper. (4)

M: Medium-bodied, a touch drying and a little bit of a bourbon sting.(4)

O: Wish I had sat on it a bit to let the bourbon subside. Definitely a beer for the bourbon lover, it's loaded with it. I never would have guessed that there was a tripel under it though. At least it tastes like good bourbon!(4)

Overall 4.0 (2,070 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Bottling, bottle 155/360, from an old BA friend (thanks Steve!) into my Jackie O's tulip...interestingly enough, received from the same guy!

A: Bright, slightly hazy orange; lots of fizzy white head but it retains and laces fairly well.

S: Big fruity sweetness, with vanilla and oak, brown sugar and caramel. Bready malt backbone, with enough of a yeasty undertone to remind you its Belgian. Slight mandarin orange and orange peel and lemon zest in the fruity esters, with a hint of spice and faint bourbon & booze...pretty floral as well.

T: Lightly spiced orange and caramel/brown sugar...the bourbon, vanilla and oak are all there, but not in-your-face. Bready Belgian notes and minimal heat, this seems to be a good age for this one.

MF: Medium bodied and thinner at that, with enough carbonation for me. Alcohol heat is negligible. No complaints here, and I have read lots of negative reviews regarding this aspect.

O: Pretty fun little Tripel, with a good barrel character. My first bourbon barrel Tripel but the flavors meld together pretty well. (1,063 characters)

Photo of Brez07
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF. 22oz poured into a snifter

Burnt orange color. Slightly hazy, with 1/2 inch white head upon initial pour. Mostly sticks around the edge of the glass. Scant lacing

Notes of citrus but certainly not a dominating scent. It might be an off night for the sniffer but I swear I'm getting a faint amount of something like peanut or pecan. Definitely a nut. A little oak and vanilla in there also. An odd nose for sure, but not off putting in any way. It's a Belgian style of some sort, maybe. Triple?

Starts off with a nice tartness, some floral with accompanying stone fruit in the background. A little peppery, so I guess this could be a saison. Shit, I am helping myself narrow this down. Finish takes a different turn, smoothing out with a caramel-esque flavor. I am so confused right now

Medium bodied, fairly carbonated with a smooth creamy finish

Easily the most lost I have been on a blind beer. The beer is an odd ball and I'm all but certain my guess will be well off. Final answer will be an oak aged triple from an American brewery

Reveal: Jackie Os Kentucky Monk. I am honestly surprised I was that close. I guess the sweet finish was the honey added. Obviously didn't get any bourbon but at least thought it had some barrel aspect. Such a fun beer to try blind. Thanks nlmartin! (1,331 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 12 oz glass.

A- pours a dark golden with a 1 finger off-white head. Minimal lacing.

S- honey, caramel, toffee, spices, and bourbon.

T- sweet caramel, toffee, bourbon, and dark fruits.

M- medium body and carbonation. Lighter with a slightly syrupy feel.

O- good beer. Very different. (321 characters)

Photo of CaptainRaisin
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Jackie O's. What a line-up on the board. Only 9 or 10 BBA beers, no big deal.

Pours a little dark for the style. Head is all but gone aside from the lacing on the glass.

Smells of bourbon, vanilla, cream, wheat.

Woah! It tastes better than it smells, which is saying a lot. I was the Pavlovian dog post-whistle after admiring the nose, but wow. Creamy, rich, hints of bourbon and cream running wild through this triple. I understand why people would take points away from it, but I refuse. So tasty.

The lack of carbonation made this slide right down the ol' gullet. Again, could knock it because of style, but not today folks.

Amazing. Jackie O's flexing it's brewing muscles. Would come back to this beer time and time again. (745 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 ounce bottle
Served in a snifter
2012
Bottle 275/360

A - It is peach colored with less than an inch of off-white head.

S - The smell is sweet. I get peaches, pears, and some spicy Belgian yeast. As it warms I smell some bourbon and alcohol.

T - I have a theme going here. I taste peaches. On the finish I get some bourbon and vanilla/oak.

M - It is pretty thin with low carbonation.

O - I know I had that peach thing going on with my senses, but I like it. It drinks really smooth, and I like the flavor and mouthfeel. It is not what I expected out of a tripel, but I enjoy this beer. Thank you Auslander for getting this for me. (644 characters)

Photo of zachary80
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in an in person trade at Dark Lord Day 2012. '12 368/360

Golden orange body with a white head, good lacing, good retention. A little darker than expected for a tripel.

Aroma is lightly tart, some belgian yeast influence, maybe a little hint of the barrel used.

Complex flavor - lots of layers on top of a basic tripel. Fruity, oaky, not much sweetness or hoppiness.

Lighter bodied as a tripel should be, moderate carbonation, light alcohol burn, but Stronger than expected for 8%.

Really impressed with this one. (527 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.04/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle #302/360.

Appearance - Deep orange amber. No read head. Light wispy lacing.

Smell - Really interesting. Bourbon and tons of honey. Not a lot of vanilla and oak. I guess there's some tripel back there, but not a lot.

Taste - Whiskey and alcohol up front. No barrel of any sort besides the whiskey. Fruity with wine notes and a tannic finish. Rough and dry in the back.

Mouthfeel - Awful finish, really. Booze, wine, and whiskey finish. Ruins a beer that already needed some depth.

Overall - I don't get much tripel. I don't get any good barrel either. Some good flavors, but not enough to overcome the harshness of it.

Had a 2013 bottle #182/216. Significantly better. Not going to change my numbers though. Vast improvement of the barrel character. The tripel is far more interesting too. (843 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.22/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, brew3crew!

(Aged for 6+ months)

Dark, burnt gold, with some rubies and fire oranges as well. Very little visible carbonation. Only a small ring of near-white foam tops this beer. Leaves the glass with dotted stick. Only average for the style.

The bourbon and the barrel make up the dominant aromas, along with only a minimal character from the base tripel. There's a bit of a honey sweetness accompanying the distinct bourbon, but there's only a minimal yeast character.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, as the bourbon and the barrel are very dominant. Very little, almost zero, yeast character is present. There's some honey and mild banana sweetness, but the boozy bourbon dominates.

Medium bodied with very low carbonation.

I suppose this sounds good in theory, and beers like Allagash Curieux certainly pull it off. This one isn't anything particularly special though. I'll happily finish the bottle though. It's certainly not bad. (986 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a tulip glass.

A- The body of the beer is amber / honey colored. The head was a thin white coloration and resolved into a thin ring.

S- The aroma of the beer is honeyed bourbon almost candy sweet at times somewhat restrained by clove yeastyness.

T- The flavor of the beer is honey sweetened bourbon bread dough and cloves holding the sweetness a bit in check.

M- The body of the beer is medium. Moderate carbonation no alcohol heat.

O- The beer is enjoyable. A few tweaks and this beer would be super. I think a bit of drying out on the sweetness and perhaps dare I suggest a bit of bourbon alcohol heat. (636 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden with a thin white head that fades quickly. The nose is sweet and oily with a touch of zesty orange peel. It turns slightly cardboardy towards the end, but it's not unpleasant. The taste is cloyingly sweet with a slightly bourbony finish. Nothing special about the body, it's a little lighter than expected. Very comparable to curieux and worth trying, but didn't blow me away. (406 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2012 vintage. Bottle # 148/360.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, yeast, wood, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with a slightly tart quality on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but I think this one smells better than it tastes. (583 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Photekut for sending this my way. Shared with PALMEJ1.

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with hazelnut hues and a two finger yellowish-beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet, slight smokey aroma with a nice barrel presence that adds another dimension to the tripel characteristics.  Slightly toasted oak with vanilla and bourbon booziness but the barrel is well integrated, never overpowering the other notes or becoming too hot.  Underneath the barrel, there are hints of zesty spice, light fruit and pale malt.  Smells really good.

Fuller bodied with a subtle barrel presence countered by estery yeast, light fruit, spice and sweet malt.  I was expecting a stronger bourbon presence but its pretty tame compared to the aroma.  More barrel than bourbon with dry oak and vanilla followed by peppery spice as well as hints of apple, pear and candy sugar.  Underneath, there is some bready yeast and pale biscuit malt.  Faint boozy heat but abv is relatively well masked.  A bit too sweet perhaps but still flavorful with a nicely integrated barrel character that doesn't overpower the base beer. (1,177 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

medium brown coloured body. Bourbon aroma and boozy, not overpowering. Initially rich and sweet,getting a malt liquor taste not the characteristics of a triple. Acidic at the end of the bottle. Decent drinkability. My first jackie-O, expecting more.Thanks for hooking me up Steve.Above average mouthfeel. (304 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TheBeerologist for this brew and some Jackie O's glassware! enjoyed from my Jackie O's tulip.

bottle #272 of 360
2012 vintage

a - popped the glass and poured the beer, brew poured a murky golden caramel brown that matched the woody color of the label. a finger of frothy white head was there for a moment or three before fizzling away leaving a thin skin of head with a slight tail of lacing.

s - HEY NOW! that's quite nice. candied sugar with a really nice belgian yeast and a wonderful glazing of oaky bourbon. strong clove and sage and some honey zest with a tingle of vanilla. smells pretty phenomenal.

t - very interesting flavoring, not quite as wonderfully balanced as the nose, but the hodgepodge of flavors are in there...from the honey, to the bourbon to the belgian candied sugar. has a tripel zing to it, but with a distinct uniqueness. the bourbon flavoring comes with oak, but the candied sugar is a bit overpowering...not as raw and dirty as say backwoods bastard, but somewhat reminiscent.

m - the mouth on this beer is distinctly an american tripel. i find that american takes on belgian classics tend to have a thicker body that is more syrupy and juicelike (for the most part, there are obvious exceptions). leaves a bit of a tingle in my mouth, the ABV is hidden, but 8% is not a monster that i would expect a big alc zing, but heat in a tripel is like stink on duty...it just works and is expected. i think this one could benefit from a bit more heat.

o - overall, one of the better jackie o offerings i've had to date. very enjoyable, if anything, a bit heavy on the candy flavoring...but pretty solid. i would have this beer again and would be eager to try it. if you are curious about jackie o's, this is a beer to check out. (1,769 characters)

Photo of CruisaC
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade with Kundog18

Pours a dark caramel, darker than a standard Tripel, with a short and fleeting head. The darker color gives a hint that there is more to this beer.

Smells sweet vanilla, some oak and bourbon, pretty refreshing.

Taste is more of the same but there's an almost sour lemon flavor that mixes in actually quite well. I've seen other reviews describe it as green apple as well, but the end result is a pretty complex. Almost no yeastiness I usually associate with Belgian tripels.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium feel. Not over carbonated, and just sticky enough to complement the sweetness and bourbon.

Overall, one of my favorites from Jackie O's out of a few that I've had. Definitely one to check out if you're willing to have an open mind. (782 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recieved this in a brewery release BIF. It was split into 2 snifters, deep caramel pour, moderate white head. The aroma is full of bourbon, oak, vanilla. The bourbon really shines, some of the characteristics of the tripel remain. The body is medium, good carbonation, slight alcohol. The bourbon shines, really enjoyable. (324 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.06/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is dark amber with very tight lasting white head. The nose is faint, touch of malt sweetness, light lemon, virtually no barrel. The taste is very sweet, lemon, candied sugars, faint barrel. No yeast to it, syrupy smooth feel, low carb not quite balancing. (260 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 127 of 300. Thanks again Scott!

A: Pours a medium brown hazy color with a nearly non existent head that is just a few bubbles after a minute around the edges.

S: Vanilla , green apple, Bourbon, oak and coconut. This is a great smelling tripel, I would even light a candle that smelled like this.

T: Strong granny smith flavor with mellow oak and cinnamon and vanilla right there along with the tartness. There is a bit of spiciness from the yeast, a bit of bosc pear in the back and the vanilla coming up with the strongest presence.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a light carbonation.

O: Overall this is a very enjoyable Tripel. It has a lot of flavors that traditional tripel's do not have and I can definitely appreciate that. This being a triple with a ton of complexity, i am happy slowly sipping on this for a few hours I think. very good first beer from Jackie O's (880 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks to the trader who provided me with this (sadly I lost his info in the site overhaul, and don't remember the username).

A: Pours a hazy orange-amber body under a thin, fine tan head. Mediocre retention, very light lace. Ok.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, sour apple, and coconut. Terrific.

T: Follows the nose, but with a touch less bourbon and more tart apple. Vanilla, apple, bourbon, oak, a touch of cotton candy, and more apple. Delicious, but with a strongly boozy finish.

M: Lively, slightly sticky, and frothy. Nice.

O: Very tasty beer. I love the tart fruitiness and the bourbon, and just wish it weren't quite as boozy. Enjoyable.

Cheers! (682 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a tulip. #4/300.

Appearance: This is what I think a bourbon barrel tripel would look like, only more transparent. An amber color most of the way through with a small off-white head.

Smell: The aroma is mild, sweet bourbon. A light, sweet, pale and biscuit malt has a honey sweetness are present, but the bourbon really steps all over the base beer.

Taste: I feel compelled to review the bourbon more than the tripel, since that is mostly what I taste throughout. A bit of the tripel flavor begins to form – pale malt, honey sweetness, a bit of bread – but almost totally disappears as sweet bourbon takes over. The flavor is smooth, with notes of vanilla, oak, and a light spice toward the end. The problem is mainly that the flavor tilts to far toward the bourbon barrel.

Mouthfeel: For a tripel, this has a medium body with light creamy carbonation. The bourbon brings a lightly dry, oak tannic nature to the end of each sip.

Overall: Whether this is not the type of beer that should be bourbon barrel aged or whether the execution just wasn’t there is up for debate. The one thing that is certain is that this beer just is not that great. (1,177 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. A huge thanks to Spider889 for sharing this at Fluff.

Appearance: Pours a orange clearish amber with a layer of white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet bourbon with vanilla, caramel, and some dark fruit notes.

Taste: Similar to the smell. This is a very smooth beer. Vanilla and caramel join the bourbon along with some sweet, dark fruit notes.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was an awesome beer. I love all the flavors that make it up. Very smooth and it tastes like bourbon candy. I would definitely have another if I ever got the chance. (682 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Orangey brown in color with a thin head. Lots of lively carbonation. Oily on the swirl, but no legs. The nose is toffee, caramel, vanilla, and some bourbon. On the palate, not much is present aside from the effects of barrel aging. Bourbon, vanilla and a little toffee. White pepper and coriander are fleeting in the dry finish and do remind you that this is a tripel. Almost seems like the beer was made to let the barrel aging shine, as it really doesn't bring much to the party. (481 characters)

Photo of Spider889
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this a few times over the last few months. The first batch (the one released in bottles) was slightly different than the more recent batch(s). Brad told me that the first batch was a lot more malty, while the newer batch was tailored to be more of a true tripel - which was at least partially related to GABF and how it would be judged.

Both batches are awesome beers, but after some long thought I think I preferred the first batch.

As far as appearances go the beer is a little hazy, clocking in at a light copper color on B1 and a lighter shade on B2. The head isn't tall, but it is of a nice thickness and produces decent lacing if you manage a whole snifter of it.

The aroma is amazing, and easily the best part of the beer. Rich sweet maltiness rushes forth, piqued by a little (or a lot depending which batch) of spicy estery Belgian yeast. Some banana and clove tries to make itself known, but it is quickly subdued by blatant bourbon. Fresh wet barrel juice is heavenly evidence that not all that comes from the south is bad!

Slight oaky roast adds further complexity to the rich malts in the brew. This is where B1 shines, I think in retrospect that B2 was simply too sweet for my tastes, though both were wonderful beers. Warming bourbon is prickly enough to show that it means business, but goes down very easily. Notes of vanilla work very well with the yeast. All the while luscious honey flavors provide a reminder of how good the base beer is in its own right.

Smooth with medium carbonation. Warm but not boozy. I could comfortably sip this all day.

Overall this is very likely my favorite beer from Jackie O's to date. Rum Oil and Quincedence are not far behind, but the Monk is just pure bliss. (1,723 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Bottle #92 of 300.

4.5 A: Opaque dark orange brown color. Two fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is good and lots of lacing is left.

4.5 S: This smells better than I remember. Perhaps it is because the bourbon has died down ever so slightly, allowing more of the tripel to come through. Bourbon adds leather, lots of melon, and light earthy notes. The barrel is equally prominent giving a good bit of oak and a great deal of vanilla. The underlying tripel is spicy with lots of pepper and clove to a lesser extent. Peach and apricot fruitiness with a moderate honey component. Earthy and lightly sugary with all the aromas meshing well.

4.0 T: The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, but it is still rather good. Bourbon, barrel, and base beer are among equal footing. Bourbon is leather with melon and light fruits. Barrel adds moderate oak and vanilla. The base beer yields a good bit of honey, Belgian yeastiness, pepper and clove spice, and peach fruitiness. Again, earthy overall.

3.5 M: The mouthfeel on the bottled version is significantly worse than on-tap. Medium body. Carbonation is a bit lower than I'd like and it isn't as spritzy as I'd like either. Reasonably creamy though.

4.0 D: For the second time in two days, the bottled version of a JO's beer has been unable to live up to the on-tap version. Strange considering all the other beers I've had have been fine from the bottle. Oh well, still a good beer. (1,475 characters)

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Kentucky Monk from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.