He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12 | Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of 6 ales aged in 73% rye whiskey and 27% bourbon barrels. The blend consists of He'Brew Jewbelation 15, Vintage Jewbelation, Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA, He'Brew Origin, Reunion Ale '11, & He'Brew Messiah.

Added by Pahn on 03-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 488
Photo of facundoCNB
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

batch 001

poured a dark brown, 2 fingers of head which dissipated into a ring (1/8" thick) leaving no lacing behind. smells of bourbon, chocolate, hint of dark fruits. this beer is definitely all over the place.. starts off with a roasty chocolatey flavor, moves on to a funky/sort of sour stout feel, pulls off of that into a tart berry flavor (maybe their pomegranate ale), then into a bourbon profile.. medium body with low carbonation, finishes very sweet. overall, this isn't a bad beer.. but it's just a little too over the top to be worth seeking out again. like i said, it's all over the place flavor-wise, but i kind of expected that. for what it is though, it's not bad at all and worth trying at least once.

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Photo of larryi86
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, dated 3/6/2012, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a four finger tan foamy head.

S- Sour cherries stand out right away, but don't dominate the smell. Some bourbon, oak, rye, roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel malts. Smell is king of crazy, but I enjoy it!

T- Sweet dark fruits, sugar, some cherry tartness in the finish, only getting a little bit of the barrel. Not getting the coffee and chocolate, sweetness really drives this beer.

M- Full body, syrupy and chewy.

O- Worth the money to try once, but probably won't buy this again. This is very sweet. I can see why it got the name Funky Jewbelation, with everything going on it is a little bit of mess but it does work.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.72/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pour was very unusual in the coloration, which appeared orange brown and translucent during the poring, but in the glass, it looked very deep red, bordering on black. The head was about two fingers thick at first, and then dissipated down to under one finger thick. The smell of the beer was very strong, and was wafting away from the glass without the need to bring it to the nose. There was strong oak barrel smell, along with the brett, which probably lurked in the nooks and crannies of the same. The taste was keeping up with the funky theme, with sour highly aged taste reminiscent of a Flanders Red. This is an intentional effect, as the aging process involved in this beer and the Belgian style is very similar. When other beers say funky, they usually add a bit of Brett character and call it a day. This one goes for the full "funk you" treatment. I love the resulting creation. The ABV is listed at 9.5%, but it is not evident at all, so make sure you be careful when sampling this. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of SawDog505
2.59/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 10 oz Kentucky Bourbon Ale snifter, bottled 3/6/12. Pours very dark brown with a 2 inch tan head, that settles quickly, minimal lacing. Smell is chocolate, coffee, bourbon, dark fruit, and root beer. Taste is much stronger dark fruit, bourbon, and root beer. Body thin for its ABV, plenty of carbonation, not really dry, and drinkable enough. Nope not for me, very disappointed. Way to sweet and taste like soda.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Batch/Cases: 001/999; Bottle Date: 3/6/12)

A: Nice minimal tan head with a deep dark brown body that is close if not pitch black.

S: Excellent smell on the swirl. Lots wood and bourbon notes. Lots of scents but they are all quite sweet smelling. Quite a lot of raisin and roasty notes as well.

T: WTF is that flavor!? It's so "sweet" that it almost gets you to pucker as if it is tart/sour. I almost don't want to take another sip to fully detail out the experience. I got that shiver that you get when you are trying to eat/imbibe something bad that you don't want to but kind of have to. So, after that all that I guess I am warming up to it a little bit. It seems that the pucker is from an actual bit of tart/sour/funk. It gets much better the more you drink though. Lots of raisin. It really tastes like a syrupy cola, it makes me think that this is what the stuff in the box for the fountain soda (the syrup) would taste like. It really tastes more like a wine (which my mother said).

M: It is a bit thin but comes across as syrupy with just a prickling of carbonation.

O: This is a very surprising beer starting off. It comes on strong and then settles down as your palate adjusts and comes to terms with what you are drinking. I wasn't expecting the tart/sour notes, which is confusing coming with the strong, sweet notes of a BA stout. This sure is one funky beer. It's good but surprising and not another one I would go out of my way to acquire again. However, I wonder what it would be like with a fair amount of age on it.

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Photo of DCon
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the East Nashville Beer Festival in East Nashville, TN. Tapped from the "Bottle" handle w/ Funky Jewbelation branded into my 8oz Yazoo Festival Glass.

Aroma- Tons of booze and strong ale characteristics. Malt forward and has an interesting funk hanging in the background. Mellow berries also shoot out on the nose. Very nice!

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger, dark brown head that has good retention. Has a opaque body and definitely brown. Leaves thick lacing behind that coats the glass.

Flavor- Malt strong, tons of berries and fruit character, and then has a good amount of booze once again. Light-medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied while also being thin, Light Carbonation, and has a boozy finish.

Overall Impression- A VERY interesting one by Shmaltz. I've had the Jewbelation before so decided to hit this one first on this special day. Just like the brand. A funky strong ale.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2. Pours a pitch black color with a small tan head that goes down slowly. Scent is very interesting. Somewhat tannic notes with some dark chocolate and brandy aromas. Sweet vanilla and coconut with dark malt and oak. Subtle cherry and plums...other dark fruits as well. Smells like this one is going to taste pretty sweet...I'm hoping it's not overwhelmingly sweet. Taste is...extremely sweet. Almost coming close to Dark Lord-sweet. I really wish this beer would have tasted just like it smelled. There is some cloying sweetness and soy sauce flavors here, very similar to Dark Lord. A hint of tartness, I'm assuming from the barrel aged Origin in this blend. That slight tartness is the only thing saving this beer, making it seem more complex and balancing out that intense sweetness. Brandy and whiskey flavors, but not very well-balanced. Drinkability is fair, as this one is too sweet. Small doses. Mouthfeel is a tad thin...could use a little more body and creaminess. Overall, not a bad beer at all...in fact, this one will be highly recommended by me. It is unique and delicious in very small doses. Too sweet to drink a pint or 22oz of.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Chimes, Covington, LA

A: Blackish with a frothy tan half-finger head that sits. Lots of thick lacing.

S: Fruity, featuring cherries and plums, vanilla and caramel with a woodiness.

T: A big surprise when the sour tartness popped up. Then things turned a bit more predictable with tasty molasses, chocolate, caramel and some bitterness.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Not what I was expecting. The sourness really turned me off, whereas others may like it. A really weird taste. Not really to my liking.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark mahogany. for a near 10%'er, quite a tan, messy head.
smell: Wow, quite a mixture of smells as to be expected from the 6 blend menagerie. A sourness up front with solid malt and bourbon support. I sniff Lenny's RIPA in there too.
taste: That is well done. Just reading the blend I figured it would be somewhere between a chaotic mess and a divine blend. It's closer to the latter. Not quite an FW anniversary blend but damn good. Not a big sour fan but the hint really works here.
overall: Smooth and interesting.

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Photo of retry4z
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/5 rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
retry4z, Jun 07, 2015

Update: 1/25/2016
Poured into a snifter from a bomber. Bottling date 3/6/2012. Picked up a bootle from a local bar. Just a little bit funky - a slight and pleasant tartness is present but not a defining characteristic. Notes of prune, raisin, white chocolate, peach nectar, pecans, pomegranate, and a hint of bourbon from the barrel aging. Tastes a lot like a quad with fruit additions to mellow it out and bring out the sweetness.

The taste is big, full bodied, carbonation on the low side. Color is black with copper-brown at the edges. The beer has a plentiful dried fruit profile with an overwhelming juice sweetness. However, for only 9.8% it is a very complex and pleasing blend of five BA beers.

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Photo of Etan
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip. Batch 1, bottled 3/6/12.

A: Pours a black-brown with a big tan head.

S: Caramel, mild chocolate and old hop leaf, sweet syrupy bourbon.

T: Very sweet. Grape, fig, chocolate and caramel, slight dry woody note followed by very sweet, almost brandy-like barrel notes (coconut, sherry, brown sugar).

M: Slight carbonation, thick.

O: The sweetness of the Fifteen definitely dominates, but the blending and barrel-aging make it a huge improvement over that beer. Not bad.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.59/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really great sour ale. Pleasantly surprised by the complexity of this "dark ale". I am looking forward to later releases and glad to see He'Brew making some quality brews!

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Photo of goochpunch
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark brown. Kind of cloudy/hazy. Smell reminds me a lot of a Flemish red/brown ale: vanilla, oak, tart fruitiness, and dark malts. Smells awesome. Taste is kind of messy, but kind of interesting, all the same. Odd mix of roasted malt, fruity tartness/sweetness, barrel, and hops. Kind of medicinal aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly full with smooth carbonation. Overall this is not that great. I might have liked the flavor more (or truly would have been less disappointed) if the smell hadn't blown me away first.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.06/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Mild brown foamy head builds and quickly fades. No lacing. Brew is deep purple.

Sour scent dominates. Lots of brown sugar and maple syrup. The nose does not hold up to the listing of blends on the bottle. Where's the barrel aged, rye, or bourbon???

Whoa! Sugar bomb! Heavy brown sugar, raisin, and dry malts. Sour funk. Wet and nicely carbonated.

Funky is right, but not in a good way... I'm not getting any flavors the bottle is claiming. To me, this brew is a total mess. It's missing all vanilla and barrel flavoring. Kinda makes me sick to my stomach... Not recommended.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.8/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Rustico Ballston $4 for 4oz

A: A very dark black pour with a slightly light brown head. A nice size, the head laces very nicely but could last a bit longer. 4.5

S: The aroma is nicely tart and surprisingly not dominated by bourbon or rye. Booze and sour, smells inviting. 4.5

T: The taste is really interesting. Built upon what seems to be a base of dark chocolate and booze. The rye and bourbon are much more prominent here. The sweet vanilla and aftertases of sour tartness really blend beautifully. The rye and bourbon add to the taste, which I like to see. A very well put together beer 5

MF: The body is heavy and velvety smooth on the palate. The booze is not offensive at all. Very drinkable 4.5

O: This is wonderful, hope the bottle is just as good. I absolutely recommend you grab this. Every beer in this series has been well above average. A new take on sour beers in my experience. 5

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Photo of sprucetip
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kinda on the dark side of mahogany, with modest tan head. Looks good enough. I'm more interested in how she tastes and smells.

Sour and sweet, with a jumbled mess of other influences that all sound awesome but in this case, to me, don't gain any synergistic benefit and just don't work as that well together. I sense cherry, barrels, grainy malty sweetness, and fairly strong boozy esters.

Tastes pretty much like the nose, except that the prominent sourness and cloying bitterness are more prominent. Maybe a tad too bitter as well, or it just doesn't balance right to me.

Good carbonation, full body, medium viscosity and some bitterness in the finish.

I really appreciate the effort and will try any of these that I find if I have the resources. But this one didn't work as anywhere near as well for me as the last one-off Jewbelation (don't recall which) I had. The taste is, to me, worthy of the strong descriptor cloying. And that didn't mesh well with the sourness. And those two elements overpowered most everything else. But I commend Shmaltz for the creative attempt.

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Photo of KajII
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a murky dark brown almost black with a large (2-3 finger) light brown rocky head that reduced to a thick film with a medium collar and had excellent sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted chocolate malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of coffee, chocolate, toffee, dark fruit (Raisons and plums), bourbon cask and a touch of vanilla.

The taste was rather malty and extremely sweet with hints of chocolate and toffee from the onset with the finish having notes of coffee, a big dark fruit sweetness and a lightly noticeable bourbon alcohol presence at the end. The flavor remained on the taste buds for a nice long while with a sweet fruity espresso taste left to linger.

Mouthfeel was a few shades past medium in body and oily in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a very well put together brew, although I found it to be just a tad to much on the sweet side...

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Photo of brewskis
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a ruby hue when held to the light. Finger length head that dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves a ring of lacing. Nice carbonation which is kind of surprising. Smells of lots of dark fruits like raisin, plums, and figs. Also get some chocolate, oak, tiny bit of whiskey, more bourbon, slight funkiness to it. Not as boozy as I thought, but still some alcohol presence on the nose. Taste is pretty complex. Starts with sweet raisins and chocolate along with some bourbon. Almost get a salty, funky taste. Then the malt comes in and provides more sweetness, as well as breadiness, some nuttiness, oak, still more bourbon. Then the finish is more breadiness and a toast-like quality, tons of dark fruit like more raisins and plums, funkiness, molasses, carmel, definitely some heat from the whiskey. The whiskey takes the place of the bourbon on the finish. Not as much of a mess as I thought it would be, as the flavors meld nicely on the finish as it warms up; however, it is quite cloying. Pretty full body with a creamy and sticky mouthfeel. Although this is a year old, some age could do this beer some good. Not bad.

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Photo of Pahn
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled 3/6/2012, Batch 001.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch frothy/fizzy offwhite head that dissipates quickly and lacelessly. Pours black with red highlights. Sparse, short-lived lacing.

Smell: Some hops (pine, foresty), some whiskey, bit of caramel. Prune note comes out with time. Overall smell is bold and good.

Taste: First sip: wow, spicy and weird. Lots of caramel/vanilla oak up front, then an unexpected hit of herbs/spices (anise one of the few I can pick out distinctly), then grape, prune, and molasses in the finish. Long aftertaste, not bad.

Subsequent sips integrate a lot better, and generally are more caramel and prune than anise, but there's the occasional spicy surge. I would like a bit more flavor, but what's happening is ultimately good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, extremely smooth and creamy. Low but not too low carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Great.

Overall: Good barrel aged oddity. The flavors work well together, but don't really sing (bit of a cliche; think I've written that exact sentence in previous reviews). Price not bad at all for a barrel aged strong ale ($11~ I got it for... though at the same time, I would like more barrel influence in the flavor; you get what you pay for this time).

Vertical Jewbelation was better, but this is a worthy beer.

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Photo of cvm4
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark cola with a very frothy tan head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. There's not much lacing to speak of.

S - Dark fruits (raisins, figs, plums) along with sweet malts and a background of barrel aged goodness.

T - Sweet dark fruits as described in the smell with a slight cherry tartness all around. The malts are sweet and the barrels impart a nice oaky & vanilla character.

M - Low side of medium body & medium carbonation. Really wish it was a little heavier body.

O - This is a unique brew & can be all over the place. I like the way all the flavors bounce around.

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Photo of Auraan
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark color with a little bit of a thin, off-white head that dissipated quickly. Scent is sweet malt, slight liquor and a hint of soy sauce. Flavor is incredibly sweet malt, hints of chocolate underneath, some slight raisin and sour notes and a bit of woody and liquor flavors from the barrel aging. Mouthfeel is sticky, with low carbonation. It sips pretty, well, but it is almost too sweet, syrup like in most regards. A nice experiment, but it could do with some lowering of the sweetness and a little more roasted flavors and hop character.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black into a snifter with a finger of light tan head and minimal retention
S: smells sweet and fruity with notes of caramel and vanilla as well
T: slight cherry/grape flavor, a bit of caramel sweetness, slight hop kick, a bit of chocolate, residual sugar. aftertaste is more bourbon flavor and fruit flavor
M: light and soft carbonation with a heavy and slick mouthfeel
O: I'm really not sure what happened with this beer but it seems to be a bit of a mess in my opinion. It tastes nothing like any Jewbelation and you can taste a lot of the constituent beers in this. Not a lot of rye character going on and some spicy rye would have been nice and would have done a lot to cut through the sweetness. the sweetness really overdid it for me and made the beer lack serious balance.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3rd night of Hanukkah 2012...

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy tan head into a tulip glass that left a thick ring and sheet throughout. the body was dark black with some red tinting.
s - tart fruits come through first with a hint of bourbon.
t - bourbon, rye, big malty flavors.
m - very chewy and creamy.
o - loved this beer, really well blended. i am a huge fan of their jewbelation beers and this one was no exception.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to try this interesting beer.

Pours a dark ruby tinted brown that is very dark. There is a thin ring of light tan head. Tiny spots of lace.

The nose consists of cherry, dark fruit, butterscotch, vanilla, light oak, and just a td bit of rye spice.

The taste is a beast in the game. Cherry, caramel sweetness, rye spice, dark fruits, and a bit of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is full and thick as most of the Brews brews is. Creamy and rich, a bit gritty, sweet and beast.

Overall, another great turnout from the barrel program at Shmaltz. Rich and luxurious.

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Photo of korguy123
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001/999
Bottled in March of 2012

A- Totally opaque black pour with a finger and a half creamy off white head. Lacing is pretty good for a barrel aged beer.

S- Right up front you get a boat load of sour mash from the whiskey barrels. Dark malts, brown sugar, vanilla, licorice, black strap and some grape juice and apple skins. There is some shoe leather, a touch a peat and a bit of oak and tobacco. It's pretty funky, and very complex. There truly is a lot going on in here.

T- Brown sugar and sour mash compete for supremacy. Grape juice with apple skins than it shifts to super sweet. Brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, figs, dates and plums. The barrel ageing is evident and it really helps meld everything together.

M- Medium to full bodied, wonderful chew to it, carbonation is low as expected and the finish is sticky on the lips.

O- The He'Brew brand and me at first was a awful relationship. My first experience with them was their brown ale and it was a drain pour. I've bought every special beer they've released and have been floored with the results of them all. I think they should maybe stick to speciality beers only lol.

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He'Brew Funky Jewbelation '12 from Shmaltz Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.