Avery Anniversary Ale - Nineteen - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 264
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.23% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chugalug06 on 05-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden hue, particles suspended and floating in the brew, long lasting, rocky head that left a lacy web of foam on the glass. Smells of spices; light clove, cinnamon, floral. It tastes exactly like it smells with no surprises, floral, perfumery, spices. There is no alcoholic burn, no heat. This is very pleasant. Medium thick mouthfeel with a lingering burn from the carbonation which is full without being fizzy. There is an aftertaste of bitterness which I associate with "Belgian beers". All in all this was a great example of a tripel, and one of the best belgian style beers I've ever tried.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says bottled in April 2012.

A- Pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before slowly reducing to an 1/8 inch head. Sudsy, resilient lacing.

S- Rich and inviting Belgian yeast that's complimented by wheat and a bit of spice.

T- Yeast, fruity esters, more wheat and a nice alcohol tinge. Notes of banana and coriander.

M- Light body, medium-high carbonation and a slightly creamy feel.

O- A tripel that's done by the book but nevertheless delectable.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. I opened this and started into it thinking it was just another good Belgian of the many I purchased recently, and being an Avery, it may or may not be ready to drink, and so what if it isn't. This was a serious disrespect of a great brew. My apologies, but now, since it popped the sucker, it's time to enjoy it. But had I realized that this was already 33 months old I may have celebrated the occasion of its consumption.

It is a pretty nice deep yellow tripel with pretty lacing and a delicate head. The aroma has a pleasant subtle finishing hops smell. The taste shows little of this hops as it is mostly malts and yeast in the taste. It is a splendid brew.

The aftertaste is somewhat boozy but very nice. There is little burn except way later.

I will try to see if they have any more of these since I just bought this and it is sublime.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
Bottled April 2012
A- This beer pours a hazy golden yellow body with a thin snow white head that last a bit and a swirling microbubble carbonation.

S- The soft dry yeast aroma has a green citrus pith note to it that could be some esters or some hops? The citrus hint at the finish is green hops and has some fruit cocktail notes to it as it warms.

T- The dry green citrus fruit zest quality leads to the yeasty ester taste that is classic in tripels. There is a touch of bitterness from the hops that lingers a moment in the dry finish. The hops take on some apricot notes in the after taste and the fruit cocktail flavor comes through similar to the smell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a crisp clean fizz to it with no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a nice crisp dry tripel but it has some interesting twist to it that are quite nice. The fruity character that could be hops or yeasty esters really enhance the flavor/smell but they are subtle enough that they don't over power the beer.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: somewhere between pale and deep gold in color; didn't kick up much head for me - thin lid of fizzy haze; by the time it'd warmed a bit, there was nothing left; quick swirls bring up a brief flash of fine bubbles

S: fairly normal tripel smells of orchard fruits, pale malts, and tart yeasty citrus

T: this is a spot-on tripel - nothing flashy, no attempt to infuse an interesting new ingredient; tastes like citron and white wine, distant pale fruits soaked in white wine; nice back-end tartness

M: cleansing and bracing - crisp with tart edges providing astringency; lively on the palate

O: again, a great tripel - I'm a big fan of Westmalle's Tripel and the Tripel Karmeliet - this beer shares a similar flavor profile; I'd put it on par with Thirsty Dog's Cerberus Tripel and Unibroue's La Fin du Monde in terms of craftmanship. So, if you're familiar with the aforementioned and of like mind, or if you're just getting into tripels, this is a great tasting (and representative) example of the style. Good drinking - refined and elegant/classy while still drinking like a beer. Get some.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours a very hazed, light gold color with a small-ish white head. Retention is about average and lacing is quite good.

Nose has a nice Belgian yeast presence and the malts are honeyed but not too sweet. Surprisingly restrained on the hops for Avery.

Very nice, fresh all-round tripel! I am surprised by this one. I really like the fact they didnt add any crazy ingredients here. Yeast is very authentic tasting. The oats give it a nice heft to the mouthfeel. Alcohol is prevalent yet integrated nicely. Its been a long time since I bought multiple Avery anniversary beers, probably Avery 15 was the last one. I will do so here though, this is delicious. I really dont have anything negative to say about this one...good stuff, recommended for tripel fans.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled in April 2012.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Starts with about a finger of white head that quickly fades away. Lacing is very light.

Smell: Big aroma of Belgian yeast with clove spices and lots of fruity esters. Hints of banana and bubble gum. Some coriander and pepper. Big hints of citrus with some orange, pineapple, and lemon zest. A good amount of Belgian candied sugar along with some pale malts and wheat. Also a scent of alcohol.

Taste: A solid balance between fruity sweetness and spices. Big taste of Belgian yeast and cloves up front with some cloves, coriander, and peppers. Midway comes a bready taste of pale malts and wheat. Big taste of fruit with notes of banana, bubblegum, and citrus orange, lemon, and pineapple. Has just enough Belgian candied sugar to liven up the sweetness without becoming too syrupy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and pretty spicy feel. Alcohol is felt a little but is fairly tame.

Overall: A very good American take on a Belgian Tripel. Nice balance between the fruits, sugar, and spices.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a goblet. Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Average lacing.

S: A nice and spicy aroma, with hints of yeast and malt as well.

T: Tasted of yeast, a phenolic element, some malt and a good deal of spices (pepper especially). An incredibly vibrant, well rounded flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An incredibly enjoyable beer. One of the more drinkable American versions of a tripel I've tried.

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Photo of bassmantin
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very light yellow color. Modest heady, should have poured it faster. Smells strongly of belgian malts. Taste matches the smell. Very minor alcohol burn. Really cannot detect the alcohol at all. There are some interesting spice flavors in there. I think I taste coriander. Flavors are well-balanced and not too overpowering. I would describe it as a slightly heavier Tripel Karmeliet.

A fairly standard tripel, but very well done. "Standard" is not a bad thing when it comes to tripels. Great beer. I will come back to this one.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Somewhat hazy yellow with a foamy white head that quickly dissipates to absolutely nothing.

S: Funky, earthy belgian yeast, poppy, earthy spices, citrus in the nose.

T: Some poppy, orange dominates, some spices, Belgian yeast.

M: Smooth enough, and medium-full bodied.

O: A really good citric, perhaps unconventional, tripel.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of some citrus hops, sweet bready and grainy malts, Belgian yeast, coriander and other spices, and lemon zest.

T - Starts off with a mix of citrus hops, some light bitterness, some sweet grainy malts, some lemon zest, and coriander. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast comes through with some more spices, and a bit of farmhouse flavor. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts, Belgian yeast, spices, fruity esters, and lemon zest.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, spicy, and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced Tripel. Very smooth.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottled April 2012.

A: Fizzy head fades fast. Cloudy-clear pale yellow beer.

S: Smells like a tripel. Grainy, yeasty, and Belgian. Blindly, I'd peg it maybe as the St. Bernardus Tripel. Fruity-spicy and very nice.

T: It tastes like a Belgian tripel. Top marks! Lightly spicy, semi-fruity, yeasty-dry, with a full-bodied grainy maintaste. In short, an ideal tripel. The balances might be tweaked slightly, but it doesn't get too much better than this.

M: Spicy, grainy, dry, sweet.

O: Highly recommended. Probably the best American tripel I've ever encountered. Could definitely compete with the Big Boys in Belgium. Would drink again.

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Photo of phildow
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Per the label, bottled in April 2012. Just found this sitting on a shelf at a party store over the weekend, so it probably the equivalent of 5 years aging on this beer. The price was right so I bought it to try in the name of science.

Appearance: Pours hazy golden, lacing white head
Smell: Almost like wine or apples. Maybe a little yeast presence.
Taste: Bready. Dry. White grape. Begins to get a little bitter as it warms.
Mouthfeel: Thin, but smooth.
Overall: I'm not a huge fan of Belgian beers, but this was easy to drink. I didn't have this fresh, so trying it with a few years of age on it leaves me inclined to think that it didn't hold up, at least in my opinion. Smells more appetizing than it tastes, but at no point did I ever struggle with drinking it.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome white foamy three finger head. Very light, foggy, yellow color. Great lacing. As good as it gets.

Tons of pepper, cloves, and banana. Very nice use of yeast.

This brew drinks pretty hot. Lots of banana and clove goodness. Wet on arrival and semi-dry on exit. Slight sourness along with heavy sugary sweetness, but by no means a sugar bomb. decent carbonation too.

This brew is built to take the test of time. Awesome belgian flavors flow out of this brew. I'm going to scoop a few more to sit on. Quite highly recommended.

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Photo of mactrail
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden amber in the Duvel tulip. Decent head and quite spritzy on the tongue. Very fragrant with a long flowery and fruity nose.

At first tastes like a really big Wit, with the wheaty German esters and spicy citrus flavors. But it dries out after a couple of sips and goes through a Saison-like phase. Lots of fragrant fruit. A dose of banana along with a fruit salad of apricots and dried pears with some grainy taste. It's really spicy, almost hot. Tangy but not overly acidic. Interestingly complex and the long aftertaste provides more fragrances and flavors.

The nose of fruity fragrance with each sip is quite nice. A little austere but rewarding. From the 22 oz bottle bought in San Diego somewhere.

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Photo of kristiekatk
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nineteen pours a beautiful straw/golden color, hazy, with a 3-finger off-white head that slowly settles into a thick, whipped topping layer and leaving terrific Belgian lace.

The aroma is heavy golden fruit esters; peaches, pears, etc. There are some flowery bouquet notes, mild alcohol, and some grainy notes. Flavor is sweet with a huge fruit presence that leans more towards the citrus rather than bananas. You’ll find some light peppery phenols and a great, spicy yeast flavor.

The 8.23% alcohol creates a pleasant creaminess in this medium-bodied beer, and it’s well-carbonated, effervescent qualities lead to a crisp and dry finish. It stays sweet all the way through, but there is some light grassy hop action in the finish. There is a slight bit of alcohol warmth, but nothing overly noticeable.

Overall, a sweet and crisp tripel that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour yields a decent fluffy pasty white bubbly 1/2 finger head that does stick around for a while, with lots of lacing, over semi clear lemony yellow golden colored beer.

Nose is nice floral Belgian, tripel aroma, some citrus and orange rind, light floral spices, coriander like, light fruity esters, light golden sweet malt, hint of phenols, a touch bready malts, hint of fruity floral hops.

Taste starts with more golden malts, very Belgian-y, a bit of sweetness, with hint of warming booze, plenty of esters, a touch of phenols comes out later. Light floral spices as well, little coriander, hint clove like, plenty of orange zest and citrus flavors, etc. typical Belgian tripel flavors. It has a light fluffy malt flavor, with touch bready malts. Finish is dry, more warming and slight tingly booze, some bitterness with orange peel spices and a bit of a citrusy, tangy, and floral hop character, more spices and esters.

Mouth is med to slightly bigger bodied, good carb, some warming slightly tingly booze.

Overall nice, about as good as you can get for an American made Belgian tripel, nice malts, floral spices, esters, phenols done well, some booze at the right tickle, slightly tingles and tickles the mouth nicely, but still drinkable and tasty, and just the right amount of a bit of hops. Well done.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a hazy gold with a medium white head which leaves very good lace.

S: Peppery spice, some apricot and pear, nice smell.

T: Stone fruit and a lot of pear. Yellow apple, coriander, white pepper. Complex and tasty.

M: Creamy, medium to full-bodied, touch of ethanol, soft carbonation.

O: This is a really well done American tripel, very much to style. A tasty strong ale.

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Photo of superspak
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled in April 2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a small 1 finger foamy white head with poor retention, that reduces to nearly nothing. Small specks of lacing, and a small amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, banana, clove, pear, apple, pepper, grass, bread, bubblegum, herbal, earth, candi sugar, wheat, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of lemon, banana, pear, apple, bubblegum, clove, herbal, earth, wheat, bread, pepper, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of banana, lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, herbal, earth, wheat, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Tripel! Great flavor complexity and balance; and extremely smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Very yellow in color. A little hazy too with a medium-sized fluffy, white head. The retention was decent and the lacing was OK, at least on the top third of the glass. Below that it lacked.

SMELL: Smells exactly like a Tripel should. Lemon, orange, coriander, a little yeast - spot-on for the style. It coul be a little stronger though.

TASTE: Citrus dominates this beer. Lemon, some orange and even a bit of grapefruit at the end are all here. The grapefruit provides a really nice bitterness on to the finish. A little funk and spice serve to make this beer a little more complex as well.

MOUTHFEEL: There is a shocking lack of booziness considering the 8.23% ABV. This light-bodied beer is also very well balanced.

OVERALL: Unusual for Avery in the sense that they nailed the style, and I mean just drilled it. They typically push the limits a little bit, but this only serves as an example that proves that Avery knows how to brew exactly what they want.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is an outstanding beer, different than a lot of other tripels. pours a little hazy with a big foaming white head, and a pale wheat color. smells delicious! notes of vanilla and sweet cream intermingle with a spicy belgian yeast and what must assuredly be some candy sugar. flavor is entirely unique, massive butterscotch sweet flavor right out of the gate, followed up by a yeasty groove with notes of citrus and black pepper, finish is sweet and long. the butterscotch flavor is very potent and direct, ive never tasted this in a beer before, and i like it. mouthfeel is lively, with a smooth medium body. this is drinkable yet fairly strong. overall a new classic from avery, which i hope i can get more of. this is really different and yummy.

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Photo of katan
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a goblet

A - Pours a light golden color, to almost straw. Pearly white, super strong head formation that bubbles like crazy but breaks down to film.

S - Fruity and spicy nose - reminds me of coriander, clove, all over the backdrop of citrus.

T - Starts off smooth and sweet, lightly spicy. Mid-stream gets really strong spiciness, white pepper comes through huge. Hopping is non existent, and alcohol is well hidden as well. Finishes very clean.

M - Bubbly mouthfeel, almost biting carbonation. Moderate beer body, may even come off thin. Not very sticky sweet or hot considering the abv and style.

O/D - A very good tripel, nicely balanced between sweetness and the spicy character. Alcohol is well hidden - a little bit over carbonated, seems to be awfully filling. Too bad this is a one time only.

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Photo of DrinkNewport
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A gold pour, reasonable head, mild aroma (especially for a Belgian-style), as tripels go, there is a very mild flavor. This beer has a pretty high carbonation. There's little aftertaste.

Unfortunately, for an anniversary beer, it's rather forgettable. It's not a bad beer. I'd happily drink it again, but I'm not going to crave it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two years from legal age, Avery's birthday recipe is an oddly calm Belgian-style tripel ale that sticks to the script without going off the deep end with exotic spice-this or rare fruit-that. It's surprisingly refreshing, both literally and figuratively, to have a tripel done right. Maybe our little brewery is growing up.

Nineteen pours with a mostly bright pour of absolute straw and only the most modest of haze for yeast-heavy Belgian ales. The beer develops a froathy white foam that caps the beer with terrific retention and lace. There's nothing to the eye that suggest this beer is anything but stellar.

Floral, fruity, and spicy, the beer fills the nose with a bouquet of supple and feminine aromatics. Flower nectar, mild honey, fruit blossoms, ripe pears, apricots, and apples marry together for a well integrated scent that implies sweetness and tartness. A balance of clove, white pepper, and white wine acidity balances the notion of potpourri with zest and zing.

Lightly bready and peppery to as malty flavors of light bread, clove, and coriander cradle the palate and usher in a medium-sweet juicy flavor of fruit, agave, and powdered sugar. This full flavor bursts with apples, pears, white grapes, and kiwi with an unexpected intensity. Yet the beer develops toward a fleeting malt taste that gives rise to mildly grassy, herbal bitterness, and white pepper.

Medium bodied, the carbonation prefers the creamy bread textures over the more authentic champagne-like sprite of Belgian-brewed examples. Yet the beer's rich mid palate recedes a bit to allow the finish of alcohol warmth, peppery bite, and mild fruit acidity to seem somewhat wine-like.

Avery's delicious balance of fruit and spice with malt support lets the yeast do the talking. Foregoing any meaningful spice additions, the beer takes high honors for American-style Belgian tripel design and execution.

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Photo of NWer
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured opaque golden into my Russian River stemmed glass.
yellow head. Nice appearance.
Taste a little on the dry side compared to most tripels. Hoppier than most as well. Dry finish.
Very enjoyable. I liked this beer a lot and would definitely recommend it.
Very well crafted. Comes down to personal taste as to how well it is received.
Looking forward to going back and snagging a few more while I still can.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Nineteen from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.