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Glühkriek - Brouwerij Liefmans

GlühkriekGlühkriek

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BA SCORE
88
very good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.03%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002)
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2016. 2011 vintage. I've had this for 2 years - I originally bought two and shared one with my family but hung on to the other. The beer world's answer to glühwein - amazing. Tis the season to imbibe!

Heated on the stove prior to serving. The bottle opened with a pop, but the carbonation disappeared while the beer was warming. Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep, clear ruby hue that looks not unlike wine. Produces a decent head of frothy pinkish foam that settles as a thick surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of tart fruity notes and warm spices. Hints of cherries, red fruits, cinammon, clove, faint ginger, subtle fruity malt, sugar and very faint vinegar. A touch of booze in the background. Deliciously seasonal.

Tastes of sharp red fruit and spice, with a lingering finish. Notes of cherries, cinammon, clove, mild ginger, red fruits, fruity malt, sugar/sweetener, faint vinegar and a twinge of alcohol. Warming and slightly vinous. No bitterness to speak of, but lingering spice flavours upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, with lovely body and a flat, creamy texture. An aftertaste of tart fruit, acidity and spice.

Lovely. The perfect winter warmer and a great Christmas beer. It looks spot on, while the aroma and flavour are divine. The fruit, spice and acidity/sweetness are all flawlessly balanced. Nice body. This might be the only beer that can be served warm and is all the better for it. Superb; a Christmas beer that deserves to be added to your must-try list.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 00:32:24 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is brown with a small tan head. The aroma offers sweet cherry juice, like a Shirley Temple. Sugary cherry juice flavor, like a children’s drink. Fruit punch. Light bodied with moderately low carbonation. Very tasty, and better than I expected, though the sweetness becomes cloying quickly. Best in small doses.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 04:54:09 | More by Huhzubendah
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

1997 vintage.

Pours a murky crimson brown with a foamy brown head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. There are some chunks of sediment floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, spices, and some light sweet/sour cherry aromas. There is a fair amount of oxidation noticeable in the smell with hints of cardboard that come out as the beer warms. Taste is much the same as the smell (including the oxidation) with a spice finish that lingers on the palate. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer for what it is and has held up pretty well for being ~ 15 years old. Definitely an interesting beer but the carbonation level is not helping this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 07:04:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours red with hints of brown. Almost no head nor lacings.

S: Rich cherry smell, but also sweetness - very candylike. Reminds me of the cherry-flavored Pez.

T: Sweetness cobined with sourness. The cerries gives the taste more complexity compared with the smell. Some spices.

M: Aftertaste is rather short and sour. Body is medium and carbonation is moderate.

D: Rich in cherries, but not much else going on. Some spicies turns the taste up a notch. It was kind of interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 18:13:32 | More by Sunnanek
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bark

Sweden

3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at the suggested 70° C.

The smell got notes of caramel, some cherry jam and hints of sweet nuts. Some alcohol.

The colour is dark wine red (35 EBC), the liquid clear. The small head is off-white.

The taste is sweet with quite a lot of strong red wine, some mixed Christmas spices, grape juice. Some alcohol and passing sour-bitter hints of grape fruits and tea. The aftertaste is dry with some caramelized sugar, some vague spicy hints and some warming alcohol.

The carbonation is very gentle (most of it seems to have disappeared during the heating), the few remaining bubbles are mild. The liquid is sweet and somewhat sticky.

I drank it first at cellar temperature, and gave it 3.65. I don't think it gained much of the heating. An interesting winter brew that reminded me of their Gudenband brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 18:10:53 | More by bark
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rarbring

Sweden

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear red with a warm brown tone, the rather small pinkish head leaves a little lacing.

The smell is sweet, cherry candy, honey, faintly spicy.

The taste is also sweet, but compensated with sour cherry notes and bitter cherry seeds. There is also spices like anisette, cloves and cedar.

The carbonation is small, the fluid smooth, a bit sugary.

A nice kriek, the glüh part could have been glühier maybe.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 19:18:11 | More by rarbring
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25cl bottle heated through and served in a chimay chalice

A- No head, dark ruby body.

S- Hot apple crumble/strudel. Nutmeg, dark fruit sweetness - cherries perhaps ;)

T- Lots of rich dark fruits, spice, nutmeg, stewed apples.

M- Minimal carbonation, light syrupy body.

D- Certainly a warming tasty brew on a cold winters evening. A nice alternative to say a mulled wine at Chrimas, but the only discernable difference between this and a mulled wine, is the lack of an alcohol kick in the gluhkriek. Enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 21:15:27 | More by seanyfo
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is from a fairly (7 or 8 years?) old bottle. Poured into a clear glass mug and nuked it for almost a minute. Water vapors rising from it after and very aromatic of the tart cherries, mulling spices, and a little malt. Color is maybe suffering as it's got some brown in it - kind of a reddish brown. Flavor is BAM like the aroma but lots more of it. Finish is a little like having had some tinfoil on your fillings, kind of tingly tangy sweet. Too intense for more than a nice dose. Glad I had it and look forward to next year one night when it's cold as hell again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 03:50:36 | More by drpimento
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer both warm (quite warm, but not quite hot) and also at room temperature. It is interesting to note the differences. I actually preferred it served warm. The beer is an intense reddish color. Cherry ans spice are really notable int the aroma, but much more pronounced in the warm glass. There's maybe a slight pale malt smell as well, but it's far in the back, distantly behind the cherries. The taste is sweet, with a slight sour twang that provides the balance. Almost no bitterness. Spice flavors come out a lot more intensely in the warm glass, whereas the beer is almost too sweet in the room-temperature serving. Both are medium in body and very tasty, however. This would be great on a cold night. Wonderful stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 18:27:31 | More by Suds
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle bought from Onlyfinebeer.co.uk... heated to 70%C in a bain-marie... drunk from a Gluhkriek glass...

Poured a nice deep mahogany red colour. A suprisingly thick head poured slightly off white and stayed throughout... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Sweet dark cherries, lots of mouth tingling Christmas spices - nutmeg, strong clove, some cinnamon, allspice... some light anise coming through, fresh vanilla, light leathery traces, some sourness..

Taste - Pretty much as the aroma - lots of sweet dark cherries and strong clove spiciness, cough medicine notes, allspice and nutmeg also, some almond nuttiness, light vanilla, faint sourness..

Feel - Smooth and creamy... medium bodied... probably couldn't drink too many of these - a 250ml bottle was just about right..

Overall - My first mulled beer and i wasn't disappointed - i would take this over mulled wine any day. If only it was more readily available... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 09:00:31 | More by mdagnew
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at room temperature, ideally this would be best mulled at a warmer temp. Unknown vintage, wrapped in green paper touting a platinum medal at the World Beer Championships, Chicago, IL, 1997.

Arrived with a cloud of musty lambic-esque funk in the air. That was some first impression, but there was no funk to be found a moment later, once it had some time to breathe. Cherries, spice, and old leather, to sum it all up.

Flavor was sweet black cherry, with a strong underlying nutmeg/clove tongue-numbing feel. Zero carbonation, but it was intended to be mulled like Swedish Glögg or spiced wine. At a warmer temperature, I could see this being very welcome after coming in from the blustery cold.

Interesting stuff, gotta give mad propers to Small Bar for making this available.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 03:40:26 | More by emerge077
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stcules

Italy

3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glühkriek. Tasted warm, at about 70*C.
Appearance: red cherry color, dark, intense. No foam, obviously. How to judge it? Well, the color is beautiful.
In the smell a strong cherry, then cloves, and cinnamon. Spicy, warm (oh, well... )
The taste is warm (ops... ), cherry again. Difficult to judge. My first glühkriek, my first warm beer. For sure it is interesting, but difficult to compare.
Something bitter in the taste, probably due to the cherry kernel.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 19:45:06 | More by stcules
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thierrynantes

France

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (37,5cl), tasted in 2004.
Appearance: a dark red colour
Smell: pronounced nose of cherries, cloves
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet enough, flavors of cherry, spices and aromatic herbs, bitter finale
Drinkability: Do not forget that Glukriek is drunk hot (heat gently in a bain marie)

Review added 11-25-2007, translated from french 2-19-2008.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 09:01:22 | More by thierrynantes
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 1997

Pours without much head, and a clear dark amber color. The smell is outta this world great! I can smell so many different things and spices. I can taste licorice and cinnamin. The taste starts out light and then has a giant kick of complex flavors that are just awsome. The mouthfeel is very smooth and great. Overall if there was more I would drink this at least once of month.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 03:53:33 | More by Erdinger2003
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served mulled.

A - Clear reddish brown with absolutely no head and no lacing. Atypical, but appropriate.

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, fainter cherries and caramel malt with a bit of alcohol.

T - A slightly sweet natural cherry flavor with a lot of cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg. The spice is very strong on the back of the throat.

M - Very smooth, very slick and thin. Very refreshing.

D - Really hit the spot after a cold day outdoors. Drinkable, but not sessionable. Definitely pleasant. More in league with cherry wines than other beers, even cherry lambics. Worth a try for sure, but be sure to mull it.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 23:13:22 | More by mrasskicktastic
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

250ml bottle, served mulled and in a large wine glass

Pours with a slightly hazy ruby body, slight thin lace on the top but not much. No lacing or real head to speak of

Smell, strong punchy mulled wine aromas, little bit of clove and cinnamon and eastern spices. Thick juicy spiced cherries, some acidic tartness evaporating off too

Taste, warming wine soaked cherries. Slightly tartness, little bit of sherry and mixed spices

A really interesting and suitable beer for christmas eve, I can't imagine drinking it through the year but once at christmas is a treat

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 19:46:01 | More by cypressbob
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a very strange beer. In fact, I’m not sure if it was supposed to be this way, or if I got a flat bottle. Poured the color of rusty water, with very little carbonation, and absolutely no head or lacing. And there were suspended cheryy solids throughout the glass. Had an aroma of sweet cherry cider or wine, and the taste to match. Finish was a sour-sweet combination.

Actually, this beer seemed to me to be a cross between a Flemish Sour wannabe and a cherry cider. Not bad, just very different. I may have to try another just to make sure I tasted it as it was meant to be.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 22:26:32 | More by kimcgolf
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OldSock

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Suffering through a bit of a cold at the moment, so I though what better than a warm fruit beer to lift my spirits and give me an excuse to have a beer.

Appearance – 1998 cork, no idea if that means anything. Served in a mug at hot chocolate temperature (whatever that is). It appears deep reddish brown without a head, as the beer is uncarbonated.

Smell – Canned dark cherries with some vanilla and nutmeg. My nose is in bad shape and I still can get a nice aroma off this.

Taste – Not dissimilar from the cherry character of a cough medicine, although not quite as cloying. The second sip brings some nice spice character and a hint of warming alcohol in the finish. Not a spec of hop bitterness and only a hint of acidity to balance the heavy sweetness of the brew.

Mouthfeel – Rather syrupy, but nice. It has a coating character which adds to its warming effects.

Drinkability & Notes – Its a pretty tasty warm beer, it may have even cleared up my runny nose a bit. However, its just a little too sweet for me to drink even a whole bottle of.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 02:57:21 | More by OldSock
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1998 on cork.The real deal. Dark berry red with hues. Medium plus mouthfeel. Deep complex taste of choice fermented cherry. Not very tart, even my son liked this. The sugar is natural from the fruit. The yeast itself added some spicyness to it, or perhaps a bit added nutmeg and cinammon.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 03:52:10 | More by Sammy
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 355 mL bottle, poured into a Dogfish Head snifter. The ale is slightly chilled (I will mull next time).

Appearance: Dark in color, a deep ruby red to be exact, this ale pours with little carbonation and no head or lace to speak of. The colors resemble a nice port when held to the light.

Smell: The aroma of apple butter wafts from the snifter. Behind it is the faint presence of sour cherries and cinnamon.

Taste: A low key sour cherry note establishes itself early. The apple butter in the nose continues into the taste. Having had both served chilled, this is indistinguishable from Unibroue's Quelque Chose.

Mouthfeel: The fruit notes sit well on the tongue. The spices meld nicely together to make for a nice sippin' drink.

Drinkability: This ale has a good drinkability and I look forward to mulling and re-reviewing. Overall, this has the EXACT same qualities as Quelque Chose, hence an identical score from me. Overall, it is a good ale for a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 23:22:58 | More by akorsak
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expiry date on this bottle was Nov-2004, oups! Thanks Beersignal for sharing this one. We got to try it both chilled and mulled.

Cold: A dark red that seemed translucent to the light but I couldn't see my finger through it. It had absolutely no head. Aromas were of hot, spicy cinnamon and cloves, it reminded my of those fish shaped candies I used to hate getting at halloweeen. Tasted like those French griottes marinated in alcohol, it was sickly sweet with a dry finish, as if the sugar recrystallized when mixed with my saliva.

Mulled in the microwave: Seems a tad darker shade of red, the spices seem more mellow and harmonious, like a spicy herbal tea.
The booze is a lot more pronounced in the taste, it feels warm and rich, the cherries are cooked down and the cloyness tamed.

Strange, considering that I prefer Unibroue's Quelquechose chilled, but this one was far superior mulled.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 02:40:07 | More by Goldorak
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served hot, but perhaps not quite 70 degrees C. Anyway, pours a murky amber with some cidery brown and not really any head, just a small ring of bubbles. Nose is spicy, apple cider, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg (?), cherries, cherry syrup, and slight alcohol. Nice, interesting. Sweet cherry flavors up front. Kind of syrupy, but not cough syrupy (thank god). Cherries turn sour and lambic-like as the spices come on stronger: cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg to name a few. Full-bodied with a syrupy, warming feel. I really like this stuff warmed up. I have had it at room temp before and it just wasn't as good.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2005 20:45:49 | More by alexgash
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

According to the cork, this is either from 1996 or 1998. Makes sense, as I haven't seen this brewery's products on shelves around here in a long, long time.
Impenetrable appearance, a murky maroon, with no head, just a gathering of bubbles at glass's edge.
Invigorating, bewitching aroma, deep, cavernous, funky nose with a cherry kick in it. Sour, musty, a little tickle of sweetness.
Taste: twisted! Thick and chewy, dancing toward and away from cherry cough syrup, bracingly tart, then levelling off, mellowing out, leaving the palate a well-rounded, cherry-bedabbed arena, all the juice spilled out of the punch bowl after the cotillion comes to a close. Each sip begins this shuffle again, each time a little less intensely.
Medium-bodied, with a tenacious fruity finish.
A fandango in the mouth, and a treat on all levels.
Defines delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 22:30:31 | More by feloniousmonk
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a darker copper with a thin, beige head.

Smell: The smell is a mix of strong cherries and spices. Some woody notes are detectable as well.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Odd. It's flat. It still tastes wonderfully, but the normal tart fizziness of a lambic isn't there. The cherries are wonderful tasting, and seem very fresh. It's incredibly smooth and lucious tasting.

Dtinkability and Overall: A different lambic for sure, but still enjoayble. The lack of tartness is a suprise, but makes it a little more drinable. This is an incredibly smooth lambic, but definitly not the normal.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2005 21:29:46 | More by santoslhalper
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Dukeofearl

California

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first mulled beer. Wow. I warmed this up in a way I'm not proud to admit (microwave on low, for a few seconds at a time, bringing it to a nice temp.). I'm sure that's not how it was done by the Belgians when they first came up with this winter warmer, but what's a bachelor to do? The Bros. suggest a crock pot,and I don't have one, the only other option was a metal pan on the stove, and I was worried that it would give the beer a metallic flavor. So m-wave it was. And it actually worked ok, although I wasn't sure...

Pours a medium reddish brown with NO head, NO carbonation. A less than exciting visual presentation. But the other aspects more than made up for it. Aroma is of cherry and warming spices on a cold, rainy day (it is Southern California, after all- not much snow in my neck of the woods). Incredible. Flavor is sour cherries, light, feel-good sour, not the overwhelming sour of traditional lambics. This is good stuff.

Mouthfeel thick and syrupy, just as you would hope. Good stuff!

This is a beer to have on special occasions, and I hope those occasions come around more often!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 06:15:28 | More by Dukeofearl
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Glühkriek from Brouwerij Liefmans
88 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.