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Filmishmish - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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315 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%


Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Filmishmish, an Arabic term for “when the apricots bloom”, is a barrel aged sour blonde ale to which apricots have been added. The beer's already fruity esters are enhanced by the hint of fresh apricot jam and wood shavings. Filmishmish is a well balanced beer, keeping the apricot and oak character present, but putting the flavor of the well formed sour ale at the forefront.

(Beer added by: wethorseblanket on 01-22-2012)
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Auracom

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottlesplit from RS. 7-8 oz. poured into a Cantillon flute on June 30th, 2012.

A - Lighter peach coloring, very little head with quick dissipation, slight legs, okay lacing.

S - Lots of citrus and white wine vinegar. A touch of rich apricots, honey, and yeast spices.

T - Tons of front end effervescence that doesn't translate to a particular favor until mid palate. Lots of lemon juice, more vinegar, super bitter limes. Can't really sense any sweetness from the apricots. Moderate sourness overall.

M - High carbonation, light body, dry finish.

D - A bit single-noted. It's plenty accessible for an intro to sours but there's not enough variety of component flavors mixed into here.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 14:37:33 | More by Auracom
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ehammond1


3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Hazed, burnished, dark orange with a very small near-white head. There's not a lot of visible carbonation or head forming, even after a vigorous pour. It leaves small specks and dots of lacing down the glass.

The aroma is a little bit strange and very much unexpected. The combination of funk, simple grain, mild, rotten fruit combine together for something pleasant enough, but this is not a particularly good smelling beer. The funk is slightly dominating and if given this beer blind, I probably wouldn't have guessed this was an apricot beer, though there's definite, obvious citrus.

The flavor is similar, with the funky yeast and grain character leading the way. There's also some bruised apricot flavor, and definite lactic sour presence.

Light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Certainly drinkable.

A flavorful attempt, but not near the top tier of sours and/or The Bruery's beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 23:29:28 | More by ehammond1
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of womencantsail (I think.) Thanks! Reviewed from notes.

A: Clear apricot color. No head and some bubbles randomly shoot upwards.

N: Apricots, mandarins, lemon, acetic acid. Has a sharp nuttiness in addition to the grass/straw elements which I attribute to the oak. Some funk.

T: Apricot, oranges, and sour lemon zest. Grainy wood. This is definitely souring up to a sharp point while the fruit declines. Not sure that’s a good thing. Acetic and lactic, but not unpleasant. Liked this better when it was fresh on tap. Grass, straw, no barnyard funk.

M: Light on the tongue. Think is this the most noteworthy aspect of the beer. Too many heavy sours.

O: Recommendable but it’s far better fresh. Will probably re-review when it’s released again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 17:06:04 | More by writerLJBerg
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Murky orange color. A fairly aggressive pour yielded less than a finger of a white fizz head that dissipated instantly leaving no cap or collar. Body is extremely hazy, almost to the point of being opaque.

Smell: Big acidic sourness, apricots, orange, lemon, barnyard funk, oak, with a very light herbal character as well.

Taste: Big punch of acidic sourness right upfront that carries through all the way to the finish. Underneath that there are notes of apricot, wood, orange/tangerine, and some light funk (more or less the same as the aroma).

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and somewhat watery mouthfeel with low, but prickly carbonation.

Overall: A bit of a disappointment. The acidic, and to a lesser extent, lacto sourness overwhelm the palate and overshadow the other aspects of the beer. It's not necessarily that the beer is too sour (for my self, I'm not sure there is such a thing), but the other aspects aren't strong enough to overcome the sour notes. Still not a bad beer by any means, but not worth seeking out either.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 19:48:14 | More by Jonada
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Hazed yellow-orange with brown tinting. One finger of frothy white head. Retention is poor and no lacing is left.

4.0 S: Tart apricot throughout. Lots of oak with a "tool shed" funkiness. Fairly sweet for a sour with sweetness coming from the apricots and the malts. A light sugariness exists as well. Good amount of lactic acid with a low amount of acetic acid. Grainy herbalness.

3.5 T: Tart pithy apricot. Earthy woody funkiness, "tool shed" can apply here as well. Grainy herbalness with somewhat bready malts. Lots of lactic acid and a moderate puckering acetic component. Good mix of sweet and sour in this.

3.0 M: Bruery sucks with mouthfeel in their wilds. Medium body. Much lower carbonation than the style calls for. Not spritzy at all and also lacking creaminess.

3.5 D: This is no Fou Foune, but it isn't bad. Good flavors, it just needs a bit of refinement.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 23:22:42 | More by DavoleBomb
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bruery glass from a bottle, don't be lazy, just do it.

Beer is yellow and really hazy with no head, moderate carbonation, no lacing, no retention.

Aroma is grainy and sweet with mild lactic notes and some fruit on the backend, although the fruit is mild.

Beer is thin and bubbles on hte palate, tastes fine but there an odd finish to it. A little stingy and again the fruit is mild. This isn't the fou foune replacement I had hoped it would be. Decent though.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 19:43:57 | More by drabmuh
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dgilks

Australia

3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, opaque pale gold colour. No head.

Funky. Big Brett aroma followed by lemon and touches of fruit. Tart.

Tart apricot and hard fruit. Very sour lemony character.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A crazy tart ale. Nice take on the Fou Foune idea. Works well.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 05:07:19 | More by dgilks
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep yellow color with a smallish white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of lemony funk mostly. I get a hint of oak tannin, and some bready sweet malt, but the apricots are hard to find in the aroma. The flavor is lemony and tart, and I found the apricots. Light hit of funk but this one seems to be more about the acid than the barnyard. Faint hint of oak, then a long lingering sourness long after each sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart acidic mouthfeel. Decent wild ale, but a bit one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 23:35:42 | More by johnnnniee
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PHBoiler

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm still waiting for the apricot. Tried side by side with Cascade Apricot. This was slightly less acidic and more in balance. The tartness blended well with the blonde ale and was much smoother than the Cascade. However, if you're going to tell me there are apricots, then I want to taste apricot.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 16:15:45 | More by PHBoiler
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a nice white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light apricot and light tart notes is refreshing. Taste is also a mix between some light apricot notes with a mix between some fruity ester with some tart notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad overall though I felt a bit letdown by some of the characteristics that were not as dominant as I had expected. The oak is quiet hard to distinguish and a t the end of the day we are a bit far from something like FouFoune.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 19:07:47 | More by Phyl21ca
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billab914

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my 512 glass. Golden orange in color with a thin white head scattered across the top. The head faded pretty quickly after the pour.

The sour apricot flavors show pretty well in the aroma. The sourness is a little light on funk, but the acidicness is also pretty low. The oak barrel is also noticeable with a little bit of vanilla flavor to it. It's got a little bit of a vinous, white wine character to it as well. I really like the sour apricot flavors in it.

The taste also shows a lot of tart and sour flavors to it. The apricots show a little more towards the finish and give it some really good fruit flavors. The finish becomes really dry and tart with some nice sour fruit flavors to it. Just a hint of the oak is noticeable.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being low for the style. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good beer. I really liked the sour, tart apricot flavors. I liked the sourness and the low acidicness, but it could have used a little more funkiness to give it some more complexity. Overall though it was a pretty nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 23:35:28 | More by billab914
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow coloured body, very pretty. Funky sour aroma. Sour story,very good, with apricot and acid well malted down. Fuller mouthfeel. Sipper, impossible to drink too much at a time, as in a day. Finish the water in the vase drying finish.Thanks for sharing John.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 02:07:47 | More by Sammy
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle in a snifter

A - Bright orange / apricot color with a good amount of haze from the yeast and peach flesh. There is also a consistent string of carbonation moving upwards that does not seem to end.

S - Sweet peach presence meets white vinegar and lactic acid to make up a balanced nose

T - Bright peach up front that blends in well with sweettarts, lactic acid and white vinegar. The peach also comes up in the end before a whiff of tartness comes thru for a clean finish

M - Good amount of carbonation that gives the beer some zip and bite to it that goes well with the beer's tart flavors

O - A solid peach sour that has a good balance with a sharp white vinegar tartness and a light peach sweetness. The peach more cuts the tartness than a peach sour.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 01:24:15 | More by jeonseh
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womencantsail

California

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfortunately very lowly carbonated, but orange in color with a definite haze to it. Decently funky on the nose. Lots of apricot which gives a touch of sweetness. A bit of oak and maybe some grass, but fairly simple aroma. The flavor has a pleasant tartness of lemon and a solid apricot flavor as well. A hint of fruit sweetness with a moderate oak presence. Again, a touch on the simple side, but I definitely enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 18:12:25 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a modest head; the bubbles literally explode as the head fritters away in no time flat, though the ringlet that remains does leave a filmish pattern of lacing

Smell: Exceedingly acetic with undertones of apricot and oak

Taste: Very acetic on the palate, as well, with the oak and apricot flavors initially playing second fiddle to the leathery Brett tones; after the swallow, the apricot and oak emerge through the vinegary sour tones to add another dimension, though the finish is also quite tart; the apricot is at its best in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; quite puckery

Overall: While I tend to like sour beers, I like the ones that have a bit more balance than this; I know that I am not a true acolyte for the cause but this one is just a bit too vinegary for my palate

Thanks, Tenchi221, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 22:21:46 | More by brentk56
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a snifter.

Pours a hazy light apricot color with a very thing white head and a bit of a white collar, though not too impressive on the appearance. The nose brings a pretty good amount of apricot with some lactic sourness and a good bit of wheat in the background. The flavor has some nice lactic sourness and a semi-strong apricot presence. Light body with a good dry, sour finish. Tart and refreshing with a nice wheat presence.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 20:18:09 | More by Thorpe429
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Phelps

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Partly cloudy and apricot-colored. A hard pour results in about half a finger of fizzy, pure white head.

Funky. Lots of hay and barnyard funk, some vinegar and toasted white bread, a touch of apricot.

Nice apricot sweetness here. Lots of fruit and a little caramel make things sugary; bacteria give it a smooth white vinegar tartness. There’s another touch of hay and vinous oak. Sweet apricots linger long into the finish. It’s not too complex, but displays nice balance.

Light, electric tingles of carbonation give the beer some life, but there’s not a lot of it. Sugary and medium-light in body; mildly funky and tart. The acidity goes to town on my teeth a bit.

There’s not much special about Filmishmish, but that’s okay. Not every Bruery sour has to be outrageous. This one’s got good flavor and great drinkability. Perfect for drinking alongside dinner.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 04:36:26 | More by Phelps
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aasher

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I traded a bottle of Darkness for this since the description is too good to pass up.

Filmishmish pours a light bodied, very cloudy dull tangerine orange in color with no head or lacing at all and appears almost flat. The nose is fruity and tart with nice acidity. It smells of peaches and apricot with some light acetic acid. The flavors are pretty straightforward. You get tart peach skins and dried apricot with plenty of acidity. It's actually not too far off from Hanssens gueuze, just with less acidity. I've been told this is somewhat similar to Fantasia but I think that this has better flavor and much more fruit presence. This beer is very drinkable but the one thing that hurts it it is the watery mouthfeel. This bottle isn't too far from being still. It isn't too far from a few gueuze in that regard. Still, I liked this beer but it didn't exactly live up to expectations.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 02:08:30 | More by aasher
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a hazy orange color, off-white fizzy head, thin collar, wisps.

S - Tart fruity notes, oak, light acidity, some citrus. Pretty straight forward and I can't actually pick out the actual apricots that were used in this beer, unlink Fou'Foune.

T - Similar to the nose. Lots of tart fruit, oak, citrus. It's good and enjoyable, but not really all that complex. Finish is dry tart fruity notes.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - While I found this beer to be super-drinkable, after half the bottle, I was a bit bored. That said, split even two ways, I would really be able to enjoy and appreciate this one for what it is, a super-easy-drinking American Wild Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 18:55:54 | More by Sean9689
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle pured into a Bruery Snifter.

A - Pours a hazy, pale light orange with absolutely no head at all.

S - Oak, funk, and very ripe apricots.

T - Similar to the nose but the apricots stood out more.

D - Lower carbonation and a light body. Good tartness.

O - Light, crisp, and tart. The apricots were nic without being overly sour or tart.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 04:16:07 | More by HuskyinPDX
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claspada

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a soapy white head that slowly recedes to leave some fluffy bubbles.

Aromas surprised me for how fresh this beer is. I get a lot of oak, grainy malt, light earthiness, lemon zest and white grape skin. Where are the apricots?

The tastes follow the nose; light funk and earthy followed by grape skin, orange/lemon zest and oak combined with lactic acidity. Apricots again are sadly lacking.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Finish is dry oak dominant, acidic light fruit in the background.

Overall this was a tasty beer but not one I was wowed by. The apricot was faint, if present at all, and the lactic acidity is a bit much for my liking. Nothing wrong with this per say, just not something I overly enjoyed to plan to have again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 17:31:09 | More by claspada
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largadeer

California

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and golden body topped by two fingers of head that quickly crackles away to a film.

Smell: Funk - lots of it, somewhat manure-like, though it's not unpleasant. Apricots are there, too, but it's more skin and pit than sweet flesh. Mildly lactic, but the acidity takes a backseat to the fruit and funk at this point in the beer's life.

Taste & mouthfeel: Moderately sour up front, big on the lacto though it thankfully avoids tasting like yogurt. The fruit and funk take over from there, and as the nose implies, this highlights the earthier, drier aspects of the fruit rather than the ripe sweetness found in some of the better batches of Fou' Foune. The mouthfeel is good: moderately effervescent, light but not thin, and the finish is long, leaving a residual note of apricot skin on the palate that I enjoy. I like this beer on the whole, and it seems almost unfair to compare it to Fou' Foune, but ultimately that's the first thing that comes to mind when I think apricot sour, and this definitely falls short. Nevertheless it's decent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 07:38:40 | More by largadeer
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is a straw yellow color, appearing hazy. There is virtually no head, just a few scattered bubbles. The scent is of musty apricots, yeast, and a mild funk presence. Decent enough beer. Apricot presence is there, but the flavor falls short of greatness. Carbonation level is a bit low, but otherwise the feel is pretty good. Mild tartness and acidity. Overall, good but not great. Still, it's always nice to enjoy an apricot sour ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 21:21:23 | More by Huhzubendah
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to capra12 for this one. Poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden. No head, no lace, and with thin, oily legs. Below average.

Nose is lemon rind, apricot puree, wet wood, must, with a mild cheesiness and band-aid presence. Funkier than expected. Nice.

Opens almost gueuze-like. Straw, hay, apricot puree, wet wood. Lemon tartness at the middle with some more apricot and oak at the end. Finishes dry with a like, fruity-tart aftertaste. Solid.

Light bodied with medium carbonation. Slick and smooth in the mouth with an accented, spritzy finish. Lingering, filmy, light aftertaste.

The Bruery keeps churning out these slightly above-average sours and I say, keep 'em coming. The apricot presence in this one is pretty prominent and lends a nice, gueuze quality to it. The low alcohol also really helps the body here. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 01:31:58 | More by SpeedwayJim
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, thanks to my Reserve Society trustee JRSD for getting this one out to me. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Filmishmish pours a completely opaque tangerine/light orange. There aren't even highlights when the beer is backlit. There's maybe a finger of frothy white foam, and it quickly disappears without a trace. The aroma features some fruity brett funk that's augmented well by the apricots. There's also a definite sour element to the nose that isn't very noticeable at the first whiff, but starts to stand out a little more upon further inspection. There's a little bit of wheat in the flavor profile, and the funk has a little bit of an earthy edge to the tropical fruit flavors. The apricot is a little more subdued here, and there's still a tartness to the beer that emerges more with warming. The body is nice and light, thought it could maybe stand to be jut a little bit moreso. It's paired with a nice, expressive carbonation though. Filmishmish is a solid offering from the Bruery, and I look forward to trying more of their sours and experimental beers this year.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 06:32:30 | More by axeman9182
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Filmishmish from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.