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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)

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456 Reviews

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Reviews: 456
Hads: 894
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 62
Gots: 144 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-30-2002

La Trappe Tripel’s aroma is slightly malty and estery. Despite its full, rich flavour, this out-of-the-ordinary ale still has a light and dry aftertaste with a touch of bitter finesse.
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Photo of Shiloh
1.77/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is not to my liking! Appearance in glass is of a very bad home brew, aroma is of yeast and very obvious.....taste is of a caramel malt nature and stong. If this was the only beer on earth, I would turn to wine..(somebody please, hit me with a stick)

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Photo of Jwaks
2.16/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Serving : 750 ml corked and caged bottle

An aggressive pour produces a paltry half finger thick ornage tinted foamy cap that leaves me to wonder, where is the mighty belgian style dense and pillowy frothy cap that I expect? The color is equally puzzing, this shows a deep ruddy orange instead of the typical pale golden hue. Is this a true tripel?

Simple and straightfoward on the nose revealing aromatic sweet fruity esters, earthy yeast and bit of dry nuts. This is unexpected for a tripel, I was hoping for more complexity and it's not here!

Sweet apricot and tangerine lead a smooth entry that's quickly outdone by overpowering and unpleasant earthy yeast and tannic, vinous fruit. Unrelenting off-flavors dominate the mid palate just before a sharp turn toward a dry, tannic and blowsy finish. Musty yeast grips on the aftertaste capping off the overall unpleasant taste experience. Balance was totally off without any hops, muddled malts, dearth of spices and far too much overly sweet fruit phenols, tannins and musty yeast. Was this tained and/or corked?

In all fairness this has a fine medium body, moderate mouthfeel and a lasting finish. Given the musty off flavors and disjointed flavor profile I couldn't see drinking much of this at all.

Damn, I would choose a true trappist tripel over this any day!

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Photo of Jablonski
2.37/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Chimay glass.

A: Pours quite dark with an average sized head; there are large chunks of yeast at the bottom of the bottle and lots of it. I usually don't mind the yeast, but the chunks just make this beer look unappetizing.

S: Smells like concentrated apple juice; it smells way to sweet and strong.

T&M: Where did the sweet smell go? The beer tastes of apple juice for a millisecond when it hits my tongue. Instantly the sweetness goes away to almost nothing except a light honey-alcohol taste. What remains is a slightly oxidized aftertaste. There just isn't much to this tripel, nor does it seem like one.

D: I just don't enjoy the beer that much nor to I see a scenario where I would buy this beer again. There are much better tripels out there, and the aftertaste doesn't warrant another beer.

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Photo of srandycarter
2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


I am not going to get all into it, but suffice it to say, when you cork beer, you are taking a gamble. This beer was nice in the nose, spice banana, etc. Yet, in there was also wet cave. Look was ok, although carb wasn't big. Taste - FARGIN CORKED. You cannot get past that. Disappointing. Mouthfeel and drinkability are moot at this point.

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Photo of GilGarp
2.42/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle, corked and caged.

The cork is a real struggle to get out and then it releases with barely a pop.

Served cool into a globe glass, La Trappe Tripel is completely flat. It looks like apple cider.

Aroma is actually pretty similar to an apple juice as well.

Flavor is a little better but still not even a half-way decent Belgian tripel. It's sweet with green apple and a little spicy/sour but nothing special.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but completely flat. No carbonation.

I have a pretty good feeling that this was just a bad bottle but it simply isn't worth buying another to find out. At nearly $10 a bottle, it's a total disappointment.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.48/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a standard golden colour with slightly orange tinge. Off-white head is generous when poured, retains its generosity well. Magnanimous head it be, indeed. Lacing is decent, but not as thick or sticky as I'd expect from a Tripel. Good-looking beer, certainly not great.

A strong Belgian nose, quite a lot of citrus peel on that, with orange and dried mandarin. Surprisingly hoppy for the style, has a very distinct floral hop aroma, gives it an organic, earthy note, and there is little deep syrupy malt or toffee. Not bad, but really quite off-style.

Taste is similarly earthy, and oh my God, the hops dominate - WTF? This is completely off-style and what's more, they completely overwhelm the malt, which doesn't seem to lift its game to compensate for the bitterness. This has quite a chardonnay character throughout the palate, certainly woody, with oak and pine characters. Malt is only present at the very front and is then completely blown away by that stringy, organic hop bitterness which blares its horn loudly without adding much character or complexity to the palate.

Alcohol, too, is very very obvious on the mid-to-back palate and it gives this a very stinging, harsh mouthfeel. This flagrant, unbalanced brew is not very drinkable at all, and what's more it has nothing of the flavours of a Tripel. I may have gotten a bad batch, but this is a real disappointment.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.57/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very little off-gas from the cork when opened, and there is little head. Bummer, some gas escaped. The beer itself is a pretty cloudy caramel color with a small ring of bubbles seeking the surface around the edge of the beer where it meets the glass. There are some bubbles rising, but no head to speak of.

Aroma: I get mostly sweet malts with some oxidation and some dark fruits in the background. I don't pick up any hops in the aroma, and as the beer warms up it is smelling more like caramel and more like a dubbel than a tripel.

Taste: The flavor is pretty lame for this style, and I am sure that is from the lack of carbonation. The mouthfeel is really suffering from the missing carbonation, and the papery oxidative flavors are a bit too much for this beer. I am sure that a fresher example would be better as I have really liked other beers to come from this brewery.

Opinion: Unfortunately this beer has suffered the test of time. The oxidation and lack of carbonation are really destroying this beer. I would certainly try it again as this is normally a good brewery, but I doubt I will even finish my glass, let alone the bottle.

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Photo of mjc410
2.59/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle code K08K4

The pour into my Chimay glass raises a thin soda like head that quickly fizzes away with a great din (for a beer, that is). Lacing is very splotchy and thin. The body is a hazy brown, with golden highlights at the edges of the glass. Quite dark for a tripel. The nose is spicy, herbal, acidic, and has a strong apple cider note. The taste seems to indicate that it might be going bad, with possibly a bit of vinegar creeping in. But, it has a nice caramel thing going on too, and some of the herbal notes from the nose. Pretty weak overall, though. The mouth is a tad thin, and too fizzy. Not absurdly bad, but one of the worst tripels I've had.

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Photo of aquatonex
2.65/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful dark ruby with a nice creamy head, good retention as well as lacing. Hearty carbonation. When I take a quick whiff, though, oh my god! The alcohol astringency was very present in the nose from the get go. It smelled more like a flavored vodka or rum than a beer. So, what the heck, I try a nice mouthful anyway. As cold as my fridge would make it, the brew was drinkable. It had a complex taste pattern with various hops, fruits, caramels. They were rather subdued to the frigidness. I did let it warm up slightly, but the super alcoholness soon became apparent. It was more like medicine at that point. Mouthfeel was smooth with some nice butterscoth notes disregarding the alcohol astringency.

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Photo of StevieW
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big 750ml bottle with cork and cage. Yellow biege label with a drawing of an abbey.

Golden color. Shiny. Thin rocky head, lots of carbonation bubbles. Smell was slighly citrus and sweet. First taste was dominated by alcohol. Hot, high alcohol burning never left. Sweet, fruit tastes dominated. Weird slick, and thin feel. Light bodied, not near medium. Alcohol and flavors never reach a balance. Burning lingers in the back of the throat. A dissapointment. I had their dubbel a while back, before becoming a ba, and kept the bottle it was so good. I was thrilled to see this at store, and jumped at the chance to buy it, It was a letdown.

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Photo of JBogan
2.81/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy copper with no head or lacing. We're off to a bland start.

Smelled of burnt wood and pear. Actually a little nicer than it sounds.

Tasted much as it smelled. Not really complex, and not like any other Trappist brew I've ever had. A bit on the weak side and not in the same league as the top Trappists.

I was surprised at how bad the mouthfeel was on this. Very thin and watery, and with almost no carbonation. Really poor in my opinion.

I really can't say this was a drinkable beer. It's not a good representative of Trappist beer. I was expecting a bit more...a lot more actually. Perhaps I had a bad bottle, or maybe it needed to age a while. Whatever the case, maybe I'll go back to this one day and try it again, but from this first impression it was a big letdown.

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Photo of RandomExile
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: cloudy orange/amber, fluffy eggshell head, quickly dissipates to a film
S: caramel, orange, malt, yeast, banana, bubblegum
T: smoke, savory, apple peel
M: medium-bodied, smooth, dry finish
O: The savory, meaty note just seems terribly wrong in the midst of other more natural flavors. I could be willing to try again to see if this is an unusual batch.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.87/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The mushroom cork on this beast was a pain to remove, it broke off as I was trying to remove it and I had to push the half inch nub down into the beer to get anything into my glass. A dark Tripel, this beer pours with a fairly clear, reddish hue and is topped by a frothy, barely half-finger thick, amber tinged tan head. The aroma is a mix of malt and fruit: notes of raisins and apples round out the fruit component, while caramelized malt sugars and lightly browned bread crust are on the malt side. The aroma is fairly dull though, I was expecting a bit more character here.

The taste is lightly sweet, and pretty light on the palate as well. It is not very heavy at all, especially for a brew of this strength. The flavors are a bit dull; notes of apple cider, raisins and some flabby malt are noticeable. This is probably showing some age as it seems to have picked up the beginnings of wet cardboard. Some spicy notes round out the finish with notes of clove, ginger and perhaps something like allspice giving this a complexity boost. Just not a very great beer; I expected quite a bit more complexity here, even with the light notes of age.

Purchased: Park Lane Liquors, Lancaster CA

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a La Trappe goblet in Belfort, France. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a wonderfully cream head of marvellous thickness and great retention. Colour is a cloudy copper-gold.

Sm: Nice cream alongside musty orange/citrus peel. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Orange peel, wonderful citrus notes, artificial cream, full barley, and a pleasant hoppy climax combining the best of the citrusy notes. Well balanced and decently built, but largely unremarkable. Certainly not unique.

Mf: The main flaw is it's too wet. It's also somewhat sharp, with a bite that might suggest overcarbonation - perhaps having this on draught wasn't the best serving type choice. That said, it's nicely smooth, and the mouthfeel overall is partly complementary of the flavours.

Dr: The high ABV is somewhat concealed, and she drinks easy. It's of pretty good quality. It's priced too highly in France, but I'd try it again preferably out of a bottle, or in Belgium or Holland.

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Photo of stevecee2003
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

P - Poured from a tall 1-Pint, 9.4 oz bottle. Age date printed on the back label.

A- Light reddish in color. Some copper coloring. A few light rings of lace that didn't last long.

Smell - Sweet. Perhaps too much so. A nutty yeasty smell comes through.

Taste - Mild is the word. Mild carbonation. Mild hops taste in there at the beginning. But a malty sweet taste lingers. I have now discovered I do not like that combination much. There's a strong honey taste that, for me, is just too much.

Final notes - Not a beer for me. I am glad I tried it. It's good to have a reference. But the sweetness and especially that Honey taste just killed it for me.

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Photo of stcules
2.91/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light amber color. A lot of a beautiful, creamy, lacy head.
In the smell, malt, honey, white flowers. And fruitiness: peach and melon.
The taste is malty/fruity, with again melon, and honey notes. Again peach, tropicla fruit.
The alcohol is detectable, but not too much. A bit too many fruity, sweet and sugary.
And with too many "heavyness" for a tripel.

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Photo of dgilks
2.97/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden colour with a tiny head dissipating quickly to nothing. Certainly not the best looking Tripel I've ever seen.

Quite an alcohol hit on the nose followed by decent clove and a small amount of banana. On the whole, lacking a bit in complexity and depth.

Again fairly dull on the palate. Light notes of clove, apple and banana. Poorly integrated alcohol with a fair heat. A touch of caramel. Overall, a lackluster Tripel which doesn't stand up to its other Trappist counterparts.

Light to medium body with very, very prickly carbonation. The carbonation is just slightly too high and ends up being uncomfortable rather than helping the flavours.

A dull, straightforward Trappist Tripel which fails to impress. This lacks overall depth and character with a couple of obvious problems.

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Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy amber orange in colour. Moderately sized off-white head settles to a ring and doesn't give up any lace.

Aroma is sugary sweet with a touch of banana. Some yeast in there, too. Lots of alcohol, yeast and sweetness in the flavour. Hint of banana there as well. Comes across a bit like a brandy.

Okay for sipping, not one I'd want to put away a ton off. A little too sweet without really distinguishing itself in any other way.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a honey colour with fizzy head not what I was expecting

Smell was slightly grassy and some malt character not very impressive

Taste was luckily better than the smell and I quite enjoyed the taste

Mouthfeel and drinkability were OK but i wont seek this out again

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Photo of DogFood11
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 750ml brown bottle into a small tulip. Solid finger head but not much retention. Highly filtered glossy light copper body. Not much visible carbonation but it works in the mouth.

The smell had me confused so I'll skip that and head to the goods. A watered down tobacco presence lies underneath and the fruitiness lays on top. This is my least favorite of the three brews I've had from this brewer for a couple reasons. First it reminds me of being in Las Vegas and having the cigarette smoke mask the brew. The tobacco/smoke background is annoying. Second, while the fruit profile is solid it gets shut down by a watered mouthfeel.

Notes: Ehhhh...It very well be a good tripel but it missed my palate and thats all I have to go by.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Very dense 2.5 finger of off-white foam that lasts forever. Apricot orange and cloudy. Held to a light, sunset orange and moderately opaque.

S - Bready malts, toffee, hints of banana/clove, bubblegum, and citrus. Very pleasant nose.

T - Alcohol is pronounced; it's almost astringent and a tad sour. Lightly toasted malts, caramel, toffee notes with a hint of butterscotch as it warms. There's also a touch of spice in the background. Given how much I enjoyed the nose of this, the taste is a letdown.

M - Noticeably thinner than expected. Not much carbonation given the dense head. Decent structure, but not much body or finish.

O - Perhaps this bottle is off, but not so much that it's clear it is, especially since this is my first bottle from this brewery. The alcohol is too forward and disconnected, so it gets in the way of enjoying the flavors. There are definitely much better Trappist tripels. I might give this one another try should I run across it on tap, but it's not a selection I'll seek out.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a light burnt orange color with tints of red in this. One finger head that was an egg shell white color. Once the head died off it became a film but brought back easily with a few swirls. No lacing at all on the glass.

S-- Clove, honey, and orange. Not as big a nose as other triples at all. Needs to be warmer for the rest of the nose to come out. Then the yeast smell does come out and there is an alcohol smell to this.

T-- Alcohol forward. Toasted or burnt yeast taste in this. Get clove in the taste as well as orange again with . Taste is more of a quad taste and not a triple as this is not that sweet at all.

M-- Warming sensation off the bat. Alcohol is very aggressive in this. Coats mouth very quickly and finishes quite dry. Warmer it gets the more powerful the burn becomes. Good carbonation in mouthfeel

D-- Very different. Will say that. Feels bigger than what it actually is ABV wise at 8%. Not as sweet and not as fruit forward as others. More of a brandy type nightcap on a cool night. One is good and more than enough. Other triples are better than this but this is worth trying once.

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Photo of becktone
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye: Much the same as the Blonde, yet a bit darker. I'll go as far to venture that this one is actually a cloudy brown in color. Head is great though, creamy with great retention and good lacing.

Nose: The aroma of this brew is much like that of the Blonde. Bubblegum type aromas with some vanilla, overall sweet maltiness, yet more spiciness than the Blonde. Fruity notes are also present, as well as some clove phenols. I've smelt better.

Tongue: Right up front there is a hell of a lot of spiciness going on. Also notice in the aftertaste that same vanilla type of flavor found in the Blonde. Also some spicy character to balance out the sweet malty flavor found closer toward the end/aftertaste that was so cloying in the Blonde. However, I don't find it enough, I still find it to be cloying and hard to drink, I could not drink more than one of these in a row. Too cloying in my opinion and not enough spiciness to fill it out.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Again the body is much fuller than I expected, with what I find to be low carbonaion. Just doesn't feel right for the style. More carbonation, lighter body, and overall more balance between spiciness and malt sweetness would make this a much better brew. I don't think that I'll buy this again. To me, overall this brew just seems average, nothing to write home about. Not bad, but nothing spectacular either. Its on par, (to me it could seem cloying b/c I've not drank one of these styles in quite a while...) Would rather drink Chimay White over this brew.

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Photo of RickS95
3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brownish orange. It's clear, but dark enough to be opaque. The head is a bright white, not too thick but with good retention. The bubbles are all of equal size, nice looking drink.

Smells like a quality Belgian. Fruity nose from the yeast, a bit of pepper spice, flowery, with a dash of alcohol.

A big letdown. There's nothing fruity or flowery in the taste, it's all pepper and hoppy with some alcohol. It's really shaggy around the edges, lacks refinement. Doesn't taste significantly different than a fancy macro.

It's not smooth. It's got an earthy bitterness, kind of pilsner like. The spice hits hard with just a bit of heat in the finish. The finish is somewhat crisp and dryish.

I'm completely disappointed with this beer. It's not easy to drink. The tastes is below average and the spice is too much. Just not a good tripel.

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Photo of dwilkins
3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark for a Tripel. Darker orange brown. Made me go "hmm, that's a little odd"

S: The most tripelish thing about this beer is the smell. Has a typical musty, dried spice shop aroma. Lacks some fresh tones, like the citrusy aroma

T: Whoa, more like a double and a half than a Tripel. A little cloying - too sweet. Off balance towards the crystal malty side (at which the color hints).

M: More body than a classic tripel. Lingers and coats the mouth more - should be drier.

D: Not so much. Too sweet and heavy for a Tripel.

Summary. If I liked doubles and tripels equally as well, this would be a damn fine beer. Regardless, it misses the style by a pretty wide margin. They should change the label and call it a "5-halves" since it is exactly what I imagine a hybrid double/tripel should be.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.