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Bottleworks XII - The Bruery

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 1,008
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 23.42%
Wants: 368
Gots: 241 | FT: 47
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: julian on 02-28-2011

Imperial Witbier, 8% ABV, sour mashed 1-2 days, and fermented with a blend of Berliner Weisse culture and Belgian Witbier yeast. Beer is barrel fermented in large red wine barrels (132 gal. barrels). Raspberries are added to the beer towards the end of fermentation directly to the barrel, and aged on the raspberries for a minimum of 1 month. The Berliner culture contains souring bacteria and the raspberries will add acidity to the beer. Brewed to commemorate Bottleworks 12th Anniversary.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to dots of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace also form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, wood, and some wine aromas. Taste is much the same but is pretty sour and funky as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer with a solid aroma and really nice set of flavors that make it easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Bruery for the March 19 Clusterfork party.

This is the reason every beer geek should at least try a fresher sour before you stick it in your cellar. While this one may be fun to age and watch it change, it is off the chart wonderful right now; plain and simple full of complexities, layers, tons of flavors and character and yet again a wonderful effort from The Bruery. Kudos to Bottleworks for its efforts on this and for picking this one.

Color is a hazy pink grapefruit with almost "white" tones and a light white head.

Nose gives a great invitation and sets expectations with layers of sweet/sour raspberries, tones of strawberry, oranges and tangerines. There seems to be a light lacto nose, although I'm not sure what yeasts or bacterias were used. A light brett character in the nose as well.

Expectations are met in the fresh, wonderfully balanced and lightly sour mouthfeel, only to be surpassed by almost perfect flavors.

Flavors of raspberries, strawberries, oranges, light lime and tangerines. The alcohol is very well hidden and one could drink a lot of this either by itself or with many different food profiles.

Finish continues with a light pucker factor and a nice sour character with a sour berry and green apple character and light lacto and brett, all of which just sets up the next taste. The Bruery continues it's roll.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to Brad for opening up this bottle at last night's tasting. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a bit lighter than the color of pink grapefruit juice. The nose is really enticing with a mild lactic character along with a great raspberry presence. Really nice fruit all around. Damn good. A bit of mild coriander in there as well; if not that, then some other spice. The flavor is sublimely fruity with a beautiful sourness hitting in the midpalate and carrying through to the finish. A bit of light spicing is there in the flavor as well. The mouthfeel was splendid and did a fantastic job blending the fruit and sourness, and had a really fantastic level of carbonation as well. Overall, a very, very solid beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of largadeer
3.52/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Dobs.

Cloudy, milky appearance with a peach flesh hue. Highly effervescent, topped by a lasting white head.

Pretty intense Berliner Weiss lacto aroma. There's a ton of offensive rotten egg sulfur, grainy wheat and coriander. Fruity, but it doesn't scream raspberries - the fruit is more of a subtle element. The sulfur is pretty overwhelming here and isn't especially enjoyable. Hopefully a few months in the bottle will clear that up.

The taste, surprisingly, is great. Very tart and lactic, mild sour raspberry fruitiness, coriander, orange peel. Lactic sourness is dominant, very Berliner Weiss-like. A raw, grainy wheat foundation gives the beer a solid body. Finishes with lingering lactic sourness and light vinous oak.

Despite an awful aroma, this was very enjoyable. At this point I'd recommend sitting on bottles for a few months in hopes that the sulfur dissipates.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Joe for sharing this one!

Pours a hazed orange with rapid champagne streamers of carbonation in the glass, with visible remnants of raspberry seeds floating around also. Thin layer of surface foam that parts quickly and leaves some spotty flecks of foam in the glass.

Aroma is sharply acidic, less overt fruit at this point, more acidity and light wild funkiness.

Taste is moderately sour, puckering and finishes very dry. Some light fuzzy raspberry skins lend a fruity bitterness almost, maybe from the tannin in the seeds or skins. Very quenching and pretty drinkable, though fairly acidic. A good one to share.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. On-tap for the 3rd Anniversary Party at the Phoenix Club. 5/29/11.

A: Pours a clear yellow under a huge 2-inch thick white head which quickly fades and leaves spots of lace.

N: Funky, wonderfully sour fresh raspberry, red wine, oak tannins, grass/hay.

T: Bite of astringency, tangy citrusy zest and sour with a wallop of sweet fruits, tannins and vinous notes.

M: Moderate body and semi-full carbonation. Finishes sour and tart, wheaty and fruity.

O: Very good. Went back for more.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery

A: The pour is a murky orange-pink color with a finger of white head to go on it.

S: The raspberries and the tartness of the fruit and Berliner Weiss culture are strong. A lot of lactobacillus aroma to the beer and a moderate oak note. Mild spices and wheat from the base beer.

T: A big raspberry flavor to open things up along with a pronounced tartness. There are notes of cranberries in the beer too. Quite lactic and tart which works nicely with the oak and fruit. The base wheat beer does not come through quite as much as I had expected.

M: Medium in body with moderate level of carbonation.

O: Pleasantly surprised by this beer. The raspberries and Berliner Weiss bugs really have taken control of this and made for an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Another split with rudzud.

Decent fizzy semi thick head covering, nice lacing, hazy peach orange color.

Nose is nice and complex, light wheat aromas, nice wit and blond malts, light citrus and peel with light wit spices as well. Then fruit, bit of stone fruit, little juicy, light wine like aromas a light red wine not really vinous or huge dark red wine, light musty funk almost Brett but hard to tell, raspberry is there but faint and more like the seed bitterness.the more I nose the more the raspberry finally comes through more.

Taste is so so, big musty funk like, sour funk and wild Brett like flavours, tannic seed and stem, some grape skin must and light wine but barely, hint of toasted oak, and little buttery cracker and barrel. Raspberry is there but still light, more like seed and stem bitter tannic flavor. Finish is dry with more tannic bitter flavours, light sticky and syrupy, flemmy, light vinous must again and light raspberry.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb, little flemmy.

Overall meh, not nearly as great as I was expecting, raspberry is more of the tannic seed/stem and very little fruit, funk is muted too much, wit beer comes out too strong, the wine barrel is pretty nice but might be what's muting the other great flavors.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 03/19/11 notes. Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this one; thanks again Brad.

a - Pours a murky orange-pink color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of raspberries, fruit, spices, some definite funk, and light bread or wheat. More funk than I was expecting in the smell.

t - Tastes of raspberries, tart dark fruits, light sour citrus/orange, light spices, and some funk. More tart than funk in the taste, whereas the smell was the other way around.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Mout puckering thanks to the tart raspberries in the taste.

d - Overall this was an interesting beer that I liked. I think some people were mixed on this and got more of the witbier characteristics, but I got a lot of funk in the nose, and a lot of tart fruit in the taste. Would like to try again sometime.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Nate for sharing this! Served in a Stone IRS tulip.

A - Definitely a unique looking brew. A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, along with a few splotches of lace. The body looks like pink lemonade.

S - Fairly heavy on Berliner Weiss character - yeasty, with lactic sourness - but also noticeable brett notes of green funk, diaper, and lemons as well. White wine, oak, and raspberry notes are present but fairly understated.

T - Sour Berliner Weiss character, with lactic acidity, yeast and wheat, mingles with underripe raspberries that impart a tart finish. Alcohol is extremely well hidden - I could see this being 5%. Not quite as good as the smell, but still quite tasty.

M - Zesty carbonation that is style appropriate. Medium body that agrees with the taste, and not the listed ABV. Dry finish with a little pucker.

D - The 8% is a shocker, as this could be mistook for a "heavy" US Berliner Weiss in the 4-5% range. Definitely something I could drink large volumes of, particularly on a hot summer day. In some ways it's a shame this is a Bottleworks Anniversary beer, as it deserves to be a summer seasonal.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice oddity shared by Brad at a recent tasting, poured into a becher glass, close as I could get, sorry.

Beer is pink and hazy with a nice white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, looks good.

The nose is quite lactic with some raspberries and a little bit of oakiness or something a little tannic.

Beer is sweet at first with some nice fruit flavor, heavier body than I expected, the forward and midpalate are thick and creamy with a strong lactic sourness and then it all stops. About 75% of the way back on my palate the taste disappears for a moment and then the bitterness from wood or the tartness from the raspberries comes up and the beer finishes a little too dry.

I enjoyed it, it was like a really heavy berleiner with syrup in it in the end. I don't know why it had to be so high in ABV and there seemed to be a connectivity issue with the flavors on the palate. Still enjoyable but I like my sours to be lighter and more effervescent. I think the lactic character of this beer could have bee complemented with some carbonic acid and a thinner body.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bottleworks.

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a 1.5 finger white head on top, great head retention and lacing

S: Nice tart/sour aroma. Some wheat a little bit of raspberry and a bit of rhubarb. Extremely inviting.

T: Great level of tartness mixed with raspberries, the acidity is spot on. Light funk, oak, and some wheat.

M: Light to medium bodied, easy drinking. Crisp mouthfeel.

O: A fantastic AWA, glad it was still on tap when I got over to BW.

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Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a finger of white that fades back audibly. The cap hangs around with a penline of lace around the glass and spots of lace on thr walls of the glass.

The aroma has that seedy sort of earthen raspberry note overtop some funk that is lightly grassy with a neutral oak scent. It displays almost a perfune-like fruity alcohol aspect.

The taste opens up a bit sulfuric and mineral/carbonic that blends into an earthen natural raspberry flavor. Some wheat grain and hints of lemony alcohol before getting fruity and almost medicinal.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to effervescent level of carbonation. It smells awesome and taste is well, just decent. For what it is, it is quite enjoyable but I was hoping for less witbier/sulfur/minerals and more tart fruit beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer appears hazy and light orange in color. The beer has a thick white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite pleasant, with scents of funk, raspberries, and coriander. I did not enjoy the flavor as much as the aroma, but found the beer favorable nonetheless. Plenty of tartness to be found here, with a healthy dose of raspberries. The body is moderately thin, with a solid carbonation level. Overall, I thought this was a pretty good beer and I would definitely like to have it again sometime.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to crusianbeer for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat with a little bit of tartness mixed in. I also get a little bit of lemon in the aroma but it is fairly faint.

The flavor is a little more complex. I get some tart wheat and lemons, as well as a little bit of orange. There is a slight acidic note in the flavor. The beer is refreshing and easy to drink.

Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad beer by any means, but I wanted a little bit more out of this beer. Not sure where the raspberries were, but I don't think they were in our bottle.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Golden orange with a decent head. A little lacing. I never know what to expect from sours. They could look like anything and still be good. I kinda expected this to be pinker due to the raspberries, but ok.

Smell - Raspberries. Pretty strong raspberry aroma. Mildly funky with some lemongrass and a light acidity. I expected more acidity from the Berliner culture, but it's still smells tart.

Taste - Much lighter raspberry flavor than the smell. Good lemon tartness. Hefty wheat flavors. Grainy and bready. Not a whole lot going on, really.

Mouthfeel - Light body, good carbonation. Like an amped up Berliner. Grainy finish.

Overall - Light in body and, to be honest, flavor. Not overly sour. Not overly raspberry-ish. The malts come through as much as the sour components and the fruit. It's still a good beer, but not one that lives up to its rating.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery does some exciting things. Doing it to commemorate a top Seattle beer store and you expect something good. On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Wow, this beer is goldenrod colored. Little head on the pour and only a few spots of lace around. The aroma brings to me sweet accents of lemon and a kiss of raspberry. The flavor, straightforward, yet relaxed, easy to translate, and very tasty! It tastes almost like a raspberry lemonade. There's a small dose of funk and vague spice, but even without those lesser notes, the base flavor would rock anyway. The carbonation level is light, perhaps from aging, though its mouthfeel is still at an acceptable level. Better late than never, and I'm glad I got to taste this creation.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a lovely peach colour with a firm white head which leaves solid lace.

S: Some fruit, lemon and raspberry, but pretty light.

T: Peach cobbler along with a touch of raspberries and some tasty acid.

M: Medium-bodied, clean and crisp, medium acidity.

O: A good beer, but really not worth the crazy hype. It's certainly a tasty creation.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a hazy pale straw yellow in color with yellow highlights and a thin white bubbly hea that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.
I was definitely able to sniff out some of the weiss bacteria cultures with red wine oaky notes, hints of berries, and a tart aroma.
the tasted had more tart character alongside, wine oak, berries, and really funky bretty flavor but with a touch of citrus; very intresting. the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a oaky, fruity, tannic, bretty, funky, dry and tart finish. it was drinking quite weel and was glad to have tried it.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Double pour from a bottle into a snifter at The Bruery's third anniversary.

A: Straw peach gold with good clarity and an impressive two fingers of froth. Scattered tendrils of lacing.

S: Lactic sourness and hoarsy with prominent raspberry notes. Smells great. Has a lot more wild character than I was expecting, with notes of earth, horse blanket, and musty barnyard. Brett imparts wet leather. There's a touch of peach, and the raspberries stay bright and vibrant throughout.

T: Upper moderate tartness with an upper moderate lactic sourness to match. Moderate citric acidity with lighter acetic notes. Prominent raspberry throughout with some lemon. Oak is evident. Complex and piquant. Finishes with a lot of lemon and raspberry, a palate scrubbing citric acidity, and a mouth puckering tartness.

M: Light in body and effervescent. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

Overall: I enjoyed this a lot. Complex, refreshing, and damn drinkable. I wasn't expecting much, and I was pleasantly surprised. I probably had 24 ounces of this before the end of the day.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Original batch provided by Ditmier tonight .. Thanks buddy. Pours a hazy pale yellow.. foamy white head... good lacing.

Nose is big lactic... almost yogurt like... raspberry is way in the background..

Flavor has a fair amount of tannic notes with berries that almost seem "old"... pretty tasty, but seems way past prime... a bit of oak on the finish.

Light body.. good bubble... very drinkable despite my above negatives.

Thanks Eric... There cannot be too many of these left in cellars.


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Photo of AlexFields
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to CurtisMcArthur for sharing.

Pours a very light yellow gold color topped with a nice white head, from the appearance you'd have no idea there were raspberries in this.

Smells of bread, brett, and some faint berry fruit. Really not much fruit in this though.

Taste is tart in an unusual way, fairly wheaty/bready, touch of faded raspberry, there's an oddness to the flavor I can't quite place. Pretty light.

This is very good but not spectacular. I don't know if there wasn't much fruit to begin with or if it's just really faded after two years, but I was expecting a lot more fruit and a bit more sourness.


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Photo of vfgccp
4.44/5  rDev +4%

Jun 2013 bottle, opened Sep 2014

A - Really nice head; 3 fingers of creamy white foam with ok retention and lace. Moderately opaque apricot body.

S - Wit-to-saison-like aroma. Wheat bread, orange, hay, dried cilantro, lemon zest, rose water, plant stems, and a wisp of blackberry jam.

T - Really nice balance. Creamy wheat, tart raspberries, black cherry, bitter herbs, dried grass, and bright sour blood orange.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium-full body. Nice dry finish.

O - A well executed, clever take on the style.

4.44 Bottleworks XII
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Ath- -Vin- -Pt- -Grg- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.00 4.25 3.80 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.01 10% 0.40
S - 4.60 4.60 4.65 4.50 4.68 4.25 4.55 20% 0.91
T - 4.80 4.45 4.50 4.30 4.33 4.25 4.44 40% 1.78
M - 4.60 4.50 4.55 4.25 4.38 4.25 4.42 10% 0.44
O - 5.00 4.75 4.70 4.00 4.40 4.40 4.54 20% 0.91

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice semi cloudy light yellow color with bubbles, some sediment, nice white cap and lacing

S: Plenty of hay, barnyard funk, sourness, lemon zest and faint raspberry

T: Immediate lemon tartness blended with hay, barnyard, horse blanket. The tartness lingers start to finish with a very faint raspberry presence on the end but very faint

M: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, tart and dry

O: Very good, enjoyable and worth the hype

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Photo of rudzud
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros, poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a light hazy peachy orange with reddish tint hue with a thin white blanket that left a thin halo and wisps.

S - Aromas of legit Belgian wit beer, great Belgian spice notes, super faint red wine notes here which I was not expecting, raspberry is faint to, much fainter than I thought it would be, light musty cellar as well.

T - Taste is nice and sour, not overpowering, more nice wit notes and Belgian spices, the red wine is faint, more musty cellar, slight raspberry seed, not much raspberry flesh. Raspberry is much fainter than I would have liked. Hmmmm

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, drinkable, light on the tongue.

O - Overall I was surprisingly underwhelmed by this beer, can't believe how mediocre this is. veryi unfortunate.

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Bottleworks XII from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.