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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
82
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760 Ratings
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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 33
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Faro |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly

(Beer added by: stcules on 12-28-2002)
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange brown color with a skim head that is slightly off white and reduces to skim. There is lacing that fades on the glass. The aroma is of candied yeast and almost a red wine like scent. The tatse has a red wine like start which gives way to the candied yeast taste and a syrupy sweetness. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and slightly stingy like champagne. The drinkablility is good a nice sweet taste and an easy drink. A very enjoyable expierance.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 21:13:48 | More by goblue3509
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cherry red in colour, fairly dark, with a wisp of beige head that doesn't stick around.

Tart cherry candy aroma, with an earthiness underlying it. Interesting.

Taste is sweet, with some hints of the tartness and earthiness mixed in. Candi sugar seems to dominate though, this brings to mind a sweet juice drink more than anything.

Medium bodied and somewhat sticky feel. Moderate carbonation. Decent mouthfeel.

This isn't bad, but isn't really what I was looking for. A little too much on the sugary side of things.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 04:04:03 | More by elricorico
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drtth

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Code on Bottle: H10JFA

Appearance: As poured the beer is very lightly hazed deep russet, almost brown, color with a ½" eggshell white head that leaves some lacing as it slowly recedes to a ring and an island of foam. The ring persists for most all of the beer and sipping continues to leave lots of scattered large speckles of lacing.

Smell: Upon opening there is a distinct set of aromas that tell me this beer is different from most I've had. There is some vinegar like character that a bit like that of sour apples tinged with a bit of sour cherry. It also has a slightly musky character and all of this is softened by something like the aroma of white syrup.

Taste: The flavors are pretty much predicted from the nose, except that the sweetness comes through much more strongly than expected. There is some underlying tartness and sourness that is barely let through to show by the sweetness. The flavors remind me of tart apples mixed with sour cherries and then blended with lots of sweet syrup. (From reading the style description that is role the sugar syrup is supposed to play, however, the taste of the artificial sweetner in here is mildly unpleasant to me).

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is crisp and medium bodied with light but persistent carbonation. The finish is moderately long with the sweetness taking a long time to eventually fade away into a dry sour cherry flavor. Meanwhile in the background is the somewhat bothersome contribution from the artificial sweetner.

Drinkability: This is both my first Faro and my first Lambic. It seemed a good way to ease into the style and while my experience is limited so far I already know that I can enjoy tart sourness in a beer. On the whole I found this a beer for slow sipping, but at times I confess I also found the sweetness a bit much, partly because I'm a taster for artificial sweetners. And so, as with many introductions, now that I've had this one I'll not be returning often to this particular beer or style of Lambic very often except to sample someone else's version of a Faro to see if I like it a bit better. (Also to be fair this seems to be intended as a dessert beer, which is not how I drank it.)

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 01:48:31 | More by drtth
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml corked & capped bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery brown color, with a short off- white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, brown sugar, tart fruit and light malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavor of honey, brown sugar and caramel. Then some tart fruit flavors quickly follow. There is some breadiness from Belgian yeast a thin malt character creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is certainly a favorable alternative if you prefer a much less harsh type of lambic beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 03:56:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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samie85

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crimson-hued brown with a two finger head.

S-Smells pretty acidic with a hint of sweet brown sugar.

T-Slightly acidic, lemon sourness balanced out by the huge sweet notes from the candi sugar.

M-Light to medium bodied with high amount of carbonation and an almost dry, graininess to it.

D-Pretty easy drinking considering the sweetness factor, a very interesting beer; definitely not what I was expecting from the nose. I thought this would be more along the lines of a gueze.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 02:37:57 | More by samie85
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle. Pours orange-amber with a small, short lived, off-white head and Champaign like carbonation.
Aroma is of yeast, malt, brown sugar and barnyard. Full, tangy body. Taste is sweet malt, brown sugar and sour grapes. This brew could be a good substitute for Champaign.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 20:00:30 | More by mikeg67
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HalfFull

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing I notice when popping the cap on this beer is the lack of pffft. The second thing I notice is the cork that lies beneath. It all makes sense now as this is lambic by nature.

Pours a golden mahogany into a wine glass and offers a decent cap of foam for the style. Keeps a nice ring and drops off a fair amount of lacing.

Nose is sweet and tart at the same time. Bit of candied fruit and a slight hint of roasted caramel. Just a hint of sourness carries through the sweet delivery, though not nearly as fruity sweet as Lindeman's standard offerings.

Well balanced with an apricot fruit flavor up front and a light tartness on the finish which offers a decent feel and a slowly drying finish with a hint of spice. Quite pleasant, not too sweet and not too sour, yet not too intriguing either.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 07:34:55 | More by HalfFull
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Without a cork screw I sacrificed two house keys... finally got the bottle open with my tooth brush... Orangy copper liquid capped by large, rocky head. Head descends relatively quickly to solid cap of lace and sticks to glass all the way down. Moderate appearance of carbonation in beer.

Nose: Sweet candi sugar meets, malty, Scottish ale type aroma, plus citrus dish detergent plus tart citrus meets hay stacks type thing.

Mouth: Excellent creamy mouthfeel exploits rich malty flavors contributed by the extra sugar combining with lightly acidic, enjoyable fruity flavors. Lingering chewy feel. Tongue is coated by an array of flavors reminiscent of ginger ale.

Nice drinking beer. Could benefit from being two notches drier, IMO, but very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 03:33:29 | More by clickpush
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WhatsNewinBooze

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great everyday sour beer, especially because of the price! It kind of reminds me of the Dechutes Dissident but lower in ABV and not quite as fruity but a great alternative. Definitely has some fruity aromas and flavors but it also has some spicy malts.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 17:57:56 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
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baconsausage

Vermont

3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Chimay glass.

Pours a clear amber with small bubbles. Very slight lacing. Smell is sweet and bready with a little sour mixed in. The beer tastes to me like a mix of licorice, herbal, a little cola, and a little sour. Lots of candy sugar flavor. Mouth feel is a little to viscous for me, want something a little more crisp. Over all, I want to try another faro, but this is not quite what I was hoping for. A little dryer and a little more tartness would do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 23:26:29 | More by baconsausage
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)
A- This beer pours a warm brown slightly dense but clean body with a hint of red. There is a bubbly creamy antique white heat that last a bit. The gentle carbonation of microbubbles pop to the surface.
S- The tart and sweet aroma has some barnyard qualities and some cola note to it. There is a bright tartness and a cheese rind note to the finish.
T- The tart and sweet aroma blend much like the aroma with some dark barnyard qualities and some lighter cola notes. There is a bite note in the finish from the tartness and the sweetness starts to take on a minty quality as the beer opens up. The brett cheese rind note in the finish also grows as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft tartness and a big fizz that hits the back of the mouth.
D- The candy sweetness is a big part of the beer with brett and lambic characters just peaking through the background. The minty character is interesting and works with the tartness. This is easy to drink and I kept sipping hoping more of the funk would arise.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:36:42 | More by rhoadsrage
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a- capped and corked bottle poured into a lindemans signature flute, little more than a fingers worth of head that fades quickly to a spotty layer and trailing.

s- some vinegar, woody, very prevalent sweetness here as opposed to other lambics - because it's a faro.

t- this is interesting, very sweet, some woody, vinegary notes as well, not alot of funk, just a residual sweetness that almost takes on a minty note.

m- light to medium and well carbonated.

d- not the greatest for me just because it's so sweet, this isn't a style that i'd be interested in trying out. i want my lambics and sours to be tart, dry, and funk filled.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 23:48:58 | More by thecarster1
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Tone

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of tart malt, acidity, citrus, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Faro. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, tart malt, acidity, citrus, general sweetness. Overall, a good sweetened Lambic.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 04:21:21 | More by Tone
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice.

Color is a clear caramel brown. Pours no head.

Aroma: Sweet and funky. Vinegar with light acidic flavors. It has an odd musk flavor to it. I kind of like it, but it is just weird.

Taste: It has a caramelized brown sugar sweetness flavor up front. Not as funky as I was expecting. Very sweet. I like it. It has the Lindeman's house flavor. Light vinegar flavors.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and then some. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, it is a beer that I have to be in the mode to drink. I think it could be drinkable in the right time and place. I have to give it a good score here as I do like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 06:18:01 | More by mothman
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joepais

Maine

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into an oversized wine glass and I got a big white billowy head sitting on top of a ruby colored body. The head fades away to a nice lace but you still get a ton of carbonation coming from the glass.
Big old funk nose on this brew that I couldn't get past. Now the flavor was really sweet which threw me for a loop with the amount of funk in the nose. It was big on the candy sugar and fruit. It had a medium feel to it with more than ample carbonation to it.
I drank about half the bottle then it became a little to sweet for me. So I sparked a big ass cigar and dam if it didn't work well with it

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 20:02:49 | More by joepais
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aerozeppl

New York

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Faro.

A: Fairly clear brownish golden color. A thin covering of white head.

S: The nose is of oak and the underpinnings of a lambic with a ton of sweetness added. The sweetness really is overwhelming.

T: The taste is sweetness. Little bit of lambic. A touch of oak and some fruit as well. Gets better as it warms up and kills the sweetness.

M: Light body well carbonated.

D: What I like about this beer is what I get when I do not like the sweetness. I taste the Cuvee Rene in this and want that. I could see why people like this but this is not for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 23:15:16 | More by aerozeppl
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: brown, clay with unfiltered body, lots of carbonation, trace head.

S: cherries, mild figs + dates, hint of woodsy aroma with chocolate an aroma of sweetness.

T/M: sweet cherry, date, figs upfront, bitter and sour finish. slight prickly feeling on the tongue, surprisingly goes down smooth with a little pucker to change things up for a a beer drinker.

D: This is my 1st lambic. I have been very hesitant to try this style of beer, but it is very refreshing and different. I think I could try other lambics, but no more than 1 or 2 in a sitting. This may be a good starting beer for ladies who like Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss or perhaps a wine cooler.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 04:24:02 | More by BeerLover99
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scottfrie

California

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into AVBC snifter.

A: Pours a dark grape-hued amber with a billowing off white head that took forever to fade into a dense film that left a network of lace down the glass.
S: Not much odor. A little bit of fruit, a little bit of funk. Strange all around.
T: Wow! This is my first faro but something tells me they all aren't THIS sweet, are they? This one is definitely seems unnecessarily sugary, but I believe that is a characteristic of Lindemans' beers. It hits the palate tart at first, and just the slightest bit of funky flavor sneaks through before BAM! sugary sweet sugariness overpowers everything. Finish has some fruity notes to it, and the aftertaste feels like I just drank some (sweet) fruit juice concentrate.
M: Medium body, that goes down wet (as opposed to dry), and is sticky and viscous from all the syrupy sugar.
D: I mean who doesn't like sugar? I know this beer is supposed to be sweet, and of course this is easy to drink, but it is a bit too sweet for me to think Lindemans didn't take a few creative liberties a put their own touch on the style. I would actually almost probably buy this again if I was in the mood for dessert, and now I really want to try some other beers in this style. I just hope they don't all give me diabetes.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 02:44:23 | More by scottfrie
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with an orange tone. A short head falls apart quickly.

Smell: cherries, earthiness, and a sugary sweetness is pleasant. A hint of sourness is detectable.

Taste: heavy leaning of the cherry and sugary sweetness with a soft sourness at the finish. Definite earthy tones and a mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a bit of drying late. Long cherry aftertaste.

Drinkability: this went down quickly and was nicely refreshing. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 18:08:21 | More by Gavage
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep apple juice like amber hue with a bright white head that dwindles rather quickly, not as effervescent as the other fruit lambics that Lindeman's makes. Aroma tart fruit notes hints of green apple acidity and barrel aging undertones. Nice pleasant flow in the nose, I like it so far let's taste...super sweet compared to most traditional lambics, it's actually cider sweet hints of barrel aging touch of woody tones. More apple like sweetness even though I know there's no fruit added to this one just Belgian candi sugar. Nice underlying acidic notes but again it's overall really sweet dessert beer. Mouthfeel is medium body a bit of residual sugars, nice tart middle with a sweet coating finish mellow carbonation going on. Drinkability is decent if you are in the mood for something on the sweeter side.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:31:16 | More by WVbeergeek
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lindemans Faro lambic has a cloudy brown body with a tan head, and leaves some decent lacing on my lindemans glass (I can't figure out what to put in the things, and it makes sense to dump this one into it).

The aroma is quite nice. Candied sugar mixes with a big, woody character, sweet malt and sourness.

The flavor is good, and similar to the aroma, but the sourness is understated when compared to the aroma. Up front is a nice woody flavor, followed by a slightly musty tartness. Next sweet malts come in, and at the finish the candied sugar takes over and mops everything up. I would prefer a little more edge to the sourness in this beer, and in an extremely sour lambic I could see the candied sugar really taking the mouth twisting edge off just enough to make the beer a lot more drinkable.

Not much to say about the mouthfeel, pretty basic.

I finished this beer in no time, and was happy to do so. Although I'd like a little bit more sourness as this was on the sweet side this beer was pretty refreshing as it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 18:45:47 | More by Hojaminbag
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Halcyondays

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep cola orange, very mild bubbly white head, looks a lot like soda, hard to judge because I've never had this style before.

S: Minor notes of horse blanket, wood, sweet malt.

T: Sugary fruit, with definite notes of peaches, mild cherries, certainly tastes good.

M: Light-bodied, more sweet than sour but has a finishing acidity like sour candy. Too sweet overall for me.

D: At $8 this is a single buy for me to try the style, it's the only one around, but it was a lot like drinking a lambic soda, a sure fire crowd pleaser though.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 03:57:14 | More by Halcyondays
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DefenCorps

Oregon

1.78/5  rDev -51%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I grabbed this at State Line yesterday. While this is the second faro I've had (the other being the Chapeau faro), this is the first I get to tick.

Clear amber with a dense, white head that settles into a thin cap, leaving some lace, this beer looks good. The nose belies this beers lambic base. A mild musty funk and woody aroma are immediately noticeable, but as this warms up, I do get a rather noticeable sweetness. Sugary and rather intense, like cake frosting, this aspect isn't particularly enjoyable. It is, however, better than the taste. Wretched candy sweetness, this tastes like sugar water. The sourness and funk are completely overwhelmed here, this is like cheap store brand soda with an artificial fruit and sugary sweetness and the carbonation lending a refreshing finale to this beer. I really don't get much flavor here, this is just rather wretched. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this is sweet on the finish with a blend of regular and brown sugar. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 01:10:50 | More by DefenCorps
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky ruddy brown with off-white head that fades. Nose is pretty good with some nice tart and funky notes, some lemon as well. Taste, however, falls a little flat. It tastes pretty much exactly like the description of a faro--a geueze with sugar added. It's sweet, has lemon and malty notes, as well as an almost tea-like note. Moderate mouthfeel, decent drinkability. OK, though not something I will revisit.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 19:23:29 | More by LordAdmNelson
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 ML bottle... Poured into tulip.

A clear, brownish-red hinted gold color. Minimal head and lacing.

Smells of thick, unrefined sugar, tart cherries, slight vinegar, earthy oakiness, and a little grape-like quality...

Taste starts really sweet-- sugar in the raw, molasses, sweet fruitines... Then an earthy and oaky note comes in with a little dry funky hay... Never quite dries out enough for my taste-- but the beer's drinkability doesn't suffer much for it. Very easy to drink, and rather enjoyable. Nice tartness.

The body is medium-light with low carbonation. Feels slightly oily, but mostly from the thick sugar.

This is really worth a try-- even if you pick it up just to bring it to a Christmas party-- this is worth a pour for yourself. This seems like it would be enjoyed by most people, craft fans or not. I look forward to trying more Faro beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 18:24:18 | More by AleWatcher
Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
82 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.