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De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur) - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 07-25-2007)
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Photo of Oxymoron
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting story line here. Pours a cloudy golden color with more blond highlights through out. A soft head that did take time to dissipate but eventually did die out complete. Decent lacing when it was there.

The nose is light overall. Some noticeable Belgian notes. The malt has a biscuit aroma that is almost herbal in character. Some very soft floral notes that is enhanced by a light yeasty character. Some light funk on the back end with a subtle barnyard and earthy quality.

The taste is more defined. A good malt flavor with biscuit flavors mostly. A nice honey malt taste as well that blends with a more herbal hibiscus flavor. Some floral notes with a mix of some esters and rose peddles. Some earthy notes and a light fruity flavor with apricots and peaches. Some minor alcohol flavors but good. Some off metallic flavor but subtle, and more of a nit pick type of thing.

The body is more moderate but understandable with the ABV. A soft carbonation. Overall a light beer with some very soft and floral notes. I should note that this has been aged just short of a year. Would like to see this after a few years.

Oxymoron, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of dill
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. I'm usually not a fan of Belgian Strong Pale Ales, but this one has a nice bit of funkiness and is really mellow and easy to drink. I have more of these that I will look forward to trying down the line. It should age quite well.

dill, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked cracked during a BA tasting.
Thanks to rustydiamond for this in a trade.

A: Clear golden color with minimal white head. One half finger of white head.

S: Little bit funky. Had a weird perfume/ flowery smell that everyone notes but was really enjoyable. Brett does some weird stuff sometimes.

T: Sweet. Sticky. Perfume. Flowery with a nice citrus hop notes. A Slight spice from some of the yeast. Really nice and complex.

M: medium body. Low carbonation.

D: Super easy drinking. This is a weird beer in that it has so much going on. Almost too much. Would love to see how this ages when that Brett goes to town. A really great singular beer.

aerozeppl, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of beerking1
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian funk and phenols with an American hopping character. Pours dark gold with a significant haze. The aroma is Brett Funk, spicy phenolics and citrusy hops, all in near equal balance (although the funk does dominate a bit). Flavor follows through from the aroma. The Brett gives this beer a pasty flavor, which predominates. Still, the malt, the hops, and even the phenols come through to balance things pretty well. This beer is a great balance of many differing characters, and it is done really well.
If you are not a fan of Belgian or wild brews, BEWARE THE FUNK! If you enjoy them, YOU WILL LOVE THIS BEER!

beerking1, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kryptic: Poured a deep hazy golden color ale with a huge bubbly foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of funky notes with some barnyard-like notes as well. Taste is also a nice mix between some barnyard-like notes and some funky yeast with a dry European hops finish. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. It kind of reminded me of Orval but I would still prefer to drink Orval over this even thought it is an interesting experiment.

Phyl21ca, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caged/'newcork'-ed 750mL bottle, 'signed' by Tomme Arthur (Port Brewing) and Dirk Naudts (De Proef Brouwerij). First try of this was a kegged version served at 2007 Portland International Beerfest (did not review); today's bottle was purchased in late November on a trip to Tucson, AZ - so it's been cellared for about 6.5 months. After a couple cork twists resulting in a light 'pop', poured to a tulip glass.

A: Lovely, glowing golden-orange, crowned with a voluptuous dollop of crackling white froth. Head crests at 3-fingers then drops like rocky seafoam, speckling the glass with loose bubbly bits. Liquid is clear and shows active steady carbonation.

S: Musty-sweet aroma of rustic Belgian yeast (re: Brettanomyces and sacchromyces): tart apple, dry berries, apricots, lemon-lime chewing gum. Grassy/herbal hops are muted.

T: More tart and medicinally bitter than the sweetness in the nose led with. Rear label states that this is a hybrid of Belgian and American brewing techniques (notably, Belgian yeasts with American-style hopping). The result is a good, rather dry, pale ale with a nice zest hop kick. Hop bitterness seems to alternate at times, from pithy and harsh (citrus rind, aspirin tablet, chalk) to grassy and herbal (fresh-cut lawn, sage, parsley, mint?). It's not always 'tasty' but certainly holds my interest.

M: Crisp yet tantalizingly juicy, here is where the yeasty tartness and hoppy citrus come together beautiful. It's mouthwatering and velvety all at once. Very slight alcohol warmth, some heaviness building toward the finish.

D: A very nice treat on a glorious early June Sunday afternoon. Paired at first with some meats and cheeses then later on it's own, a likable ale which is certainly worth recommending.

msubulldog25, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of ejquin
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Sunny ornange color with little head, just a few stray large bubbles that fade quick.

S: Nice malty sweeness with definite orange notes. Candy sugar. Nice slightly spicy hop presence.

T/M: Mouthfeel is perfect to me. Just the right amount of carbonation and weight for this style. Starts with some sweetness which fades into a nice hop bite. Finish the spiciness of the hops comes through bnd turns into a yeasty and bready note. Long dry finish brings thh alcohol in with an astringent/herbal/earthy note. Slight orangish tste comes in as well with touches of honey.

ejquin, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of rajendra82
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 750 ml. bomber holding the beer was silk screened with a lot of information about the making of this joint effort. When poured into a Duvel tulip, this one looked decent but not great. The golden color, and the large head were nice, but the chill haze was a bit heavy. The smell was quite a bit like a Saison with hops and wildness coming together for an inviting bouquet. The taste was a great marriage of two bold and proud traditions. The hops were immediately noticeable like they would be in a bright American IPA, but the malt content was quite a bit higher, and the unique dry and sour flavors that come only from Belgian Yeast and Brettanomyces were vying for attention. The finish was spicy like white pepper. The body was medium thick and satisfying in its sticky consistency. Another proof that addition of more hops is almost never a bad thing.

rajendra82, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of rdickey
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours amber gold into a tulip. Some yeast fragments floating about. Two and a half finger rocky white head that lingers. Stream of bubbles from the bottom. Looks nice.

Smell: Floral with sourness at the same time. Some unmasked hoppy alcohol comes through.

Taste: Wow. This is nice. Reminds me of Brooklyn One, which seems to be what a lot of Belgians are going for now. Great floral and fruit notes up front, but the hops come through strong at the end. It's not overpowering or drying, but significant enough to end up with a hop taste as opposed to your usual golden ale aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Damn near perfect. Is the carbonation a little high? Perhaps, but it works here.

Drinkability: Will finish this bottle and report back. [Time passes] Even better than I initially thought. Very solid.

rdickey, May 31, 2008
Photo of Overlord
2.68/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I was excited to track down a few bottles of this. I even sent one off to someone as an extra. F***. I should have tried it first.

Pours as a golden, yellow, slightly hazy well-carbonated liquid. Large white frothy head.

Smells yeasty, with spices, spices, spices, spices, some light citrus, and a hint of funk. Okay ... thought this was a sour. WTF? But I see it's on the site as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. WTF? But it's made with Brett. WTF?

Taste is a mess. Astringent grass and hay background with a cloying amount of yeasty sweet spiciness and a mishmash of earthy funk with unpleasant soapy zest. Ugh. What a trainwreck. Way, way, way too much going on. Like an overly sweet saison.

Just. Not. Good.

Overlord, May 30, 2008
Photo of sfoley333
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from corked caged 750ml bottle from The Port's bottle shop back in September of last year. Have tried many times before both in bottles and on tap at Lost abbey and at the port but never reviewed until now. First of all I have to say I like this beer better in the bottle than on tap even though its a great beer no matter the source, Second with a year age on it the Brett has developed mor and some of the hops have faded but help balance it out more like a BSPA. Poured into Duvel Snifter a Hazy Golden Orange color with a white head about a finger thick with good lacing. Smell is a light brett funk, spice, sweet candi sugar amd mellow citrus scents. Taste is sweet malt mixed with lemon zest, light grass flavors, atouch of spice and phenolic compounds. Mouthfeel is light body with an active but light carbonation. This mixed with its great balance of flavors and the fact that its abv is well hidden make this not only a great drinking beer but a world class effort by two great brewers.

sfoley333, May 18, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a deep straw yellow body with a slight hazy and long strings of tiny bubbles rise to the surface supporting a rocky antique-white head of foam that last for the full beer. This beer reminds me of the old Boddington's poster with an ice cream scoop taken out of the head.

S- The full smell of sweet perfumed pale malt has fruit blossoms in it but blends into a soft horse blanket smell and then a soft cheese rind note a bit like sharp cheedar. The finish is a spicy hop scent that compliments the funk and sweetness perfectly.

T- There is a crazy soft tart and funky note that blends into a pale malt slightly sweet note and a hint of dry cheese to it. This is followed by a green spicy perfumed hop taste and that is blended with a sweet pale malt note. The hops linger with a slight grapefruit and Nori quality to them.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slippery texture and the head offers a bit more fullness in the finish. This beer is very smooth and no real alcohol heat is noticed.

D- This beer has lots of crazy flavors but they all compliment each other and none of them are overpowering. The beer store guy described this as a "mind f%#k", and that is all he would say. I can now see why. It is the only beer that I have bought a case of bombers after I tried it. Truly an amazing beer, and an example that it is possible to have a fusion of hops, funk, malt, and fruity yeast flavors in a beer.

rhoadsrage, May 16, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA., in May 2008; price not recorded.

The painted on label has lots of info about the brew session in Spring of 2007; this is a year later- how this has aged? The label talks about the marriage of West Coast style hopping with Belgian yeasts; let's give this one a go!

Pours a lovely golden with a white rocky head (as described on the bottle), very pretty indeed. The aroma is honestly kind of faint and hard to describe- the (very) familiar De Proef malt/yeast style is there, but it isn't really discernable from many of their other creations.

Flavor really does sing out with a solid hop profile- not hop crazy like Tommy Arthur's Hop 15 or anything like that, but still solid. But to me, the De Proef side of the equation dominates, and reminds us how important yeast is in the creation of beer. Fortunately, the flavorings of this Belgian brewery are one of my very favorites, and so I like this one.

Dukeofearl, May 15, 2008
Photo of jakon
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased for $13.99 on 4-23-8 at Whole Foods Tanasbourne.

This beer shows heavy carbonation with the release of the cork and with the subsequent pour. Even with a controlled, slow pour, the foam steadily builds to a tower.

The aroma is beautiful. Jasmine, orange blossom honey, brett funk, apricot...and as a whole, this beer reminds me of the Fred from Hair of the Dog. I think it's a similar hop variety and a similar general sweetness.

The taste closely matches the aroma, but now I'm getting more alcohol and honey-like sweetness. The way the hops and funk intertwine is very interesting. Very unique beer. I think I'm wanting more funk, but perhaps that will come with some more time in the bottle.

Overall, a very good beer that I will be purchasing more of.

jakon, May 12, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden-amber in color, not quite opaque but with a good haze to it. A thick inch-high head sits atop, leaving behind rings of lace as the glass empties.

Smell: Lemon, spicy hops, very slight funk and a bit of alcohol. I was expecting a bolder aroma, but this isn't bad.

Taste: Dry pale malts, subtle tartness, some fruity esters and a big herbal hop flavor. Moderate bitterness, not a hop bomb by any means but much hoppier than most Belgian ales. A hint of citrus and mint appear in the finish. Body is medium, about average for the style, while the high carbonation compliments the dry character of the beer nicely.

Drinkability: One glass was enough, don't think I could finish a bottle.

Notes: Good but not overly impressive.

largadeer, May 11, 2008
Photo of Floydster
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased at Hi-Time Wine Cellars about three or four months ago for around eleven dollars, split with two friends last night during Lost, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden orange body that was a little on the amber side, 3/4 soapy white head that stuck around for close to five minutes, nice retention, also some decent lacing

S-Bready dough, various fruits including berries and citrus, Belgian yeast, hints of brettanomyces, strong malt backbone, and faint hoppiness

T-Started off tasting live a Duvel with faint hops and some fruit initially, some bready malt in the middle that was more on the biscuit side and rather chewy, some slight tart, more faint hoppiness in the finish, hops settled down as it warmed and it seemed like a bit of funk and brettanomyces was coming to the surface, never fully came full boar but was definitely still there, nice balance of malt and hops, surprisingly easy to drink for a Belgian of this sort, enjoyable flavor that was not too sweet

M-Crisp, bitter, sweet, and chewy mouthfeel, tons of carbonation and it was fitting, medium bodied, taste lasted long

D-Could have probably drank this bottle by myself, ABV is pretty high but it is smooth and light on the stomach, alcohol is mostly hidden, sweetness could catch up to you after a while though

Had no idea what this was when I bought but I jump all over anything Tomme touches, first beer from the other brewery though, too bad this was only a one time deal, quite good and I would drink again, recommended

Floydster, May 02, 2008
Photo of YonderWanderer
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice light copper color with a finger of foam that fades slowly. Some nice lacing is left on the glass.

S: Slight hops, a hint of citrus and resin. The dominant is that Belgian aroma, the funk from Brett, and a bit of dough in it as well.

T: Some citrus, a bit of other fruits, a bit of funk, some spice, and more in this. It's fairly complex, and the hops are pretty damn nice. This is a subtle and complex brew, as you find more and more flavor as you keep sipping on it. A little bit of warmth from the alcohol at the end, but not much at all. Damn tasty.

M: Well carbonated, and has a nice crisp finish that lasts for a while.

D: This is a well-crafted brew. Subtle and complex, with a wonderful blend of Belgian and American cultures. This is a great brew. Sessionable? Probably not, but enjoyable for what it is.

YonderWanderer, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wish I could say I had more opportunities do enjoy Tomme Arthur's work, but seeing that Port/Lost Abbey is not distributed here... So this should be fun.

A - Lots of head, with good lacing. Atractive light amber body.

S - Very big, very sweet cirtus aroma that seems to be mostly coriander and other citrus notes with some spicy undertones.I did not pick up as much hops as I expected.

T - Ah, there are those hops! Starts out sweet, citrusy and crisp. The hops are wonderfull in this beer, balenced and complex. The grassiness mixes very well with grapefruit and dryness. Not bad, a little to clean for a Belgian ale though.

M - Somewhat full, but still crisp with a lively mouthfeel. No complaints here.

D - This is a nice simple beer with full, enjoyable flavors. That being said, I expect some more complexity from these brewers. I felt at times like I was drinking a Duvel with some American hops added in. Fine beer, but if you are looking for a beer to ponder, you might want to look elsewhere.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

04/27/08- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with no freshness info. It is, however, a 2007 release. Poured into my RR Damnation tulip.

Appearance- Very nice golden colored pour. Not quite murky, but somewhat clouded. Full one inch head plus some. 1/2 inch head reamins for the duration. Incredible chunky lace left behind. Textbook.

Smell- Wondeful fruit medly of what seems like lime leading the way. Peaches and nectarines as well. Some sugary nose with a good amount of hop aroma.

Taste- Aspects of several styles of beers here. Powdered confectioniers sugar for a wit taste, mild funk for a saison flavor and just the right amount of brett for a wild ale. Very hoppy with a decent malty edge as well. Quenching for sure.

Mouthfeel- Leaves a dry hoppy bitter aftertaste with a spackle of sugar on the tongue. Medium and brisk carbonation.

Drinkability- This one scores high in my book. Combines so many great scents and flavors and is extremely drinkabkle. Had this with pork chops and a spicy green bean dish, went very well with it.

GClarkage, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip yesterday at the Brick Store Pub. Really gorgeous cloudy light orange, with a pretty white foamy head. Aromas of funky brett, green apple and spice. Taste was very light and refreshing. Really balanced with all that was going on in there: funk, hops, spice, touch of fruit. Semi-dry in the mouth and finished very smooth. Could not get over how balanced and enjoyable this beer was.

8.5%? Would have never have guessed it.

RustyDiamond, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Beerzebub
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, served in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Bright golden color, slightest haze, big thick off-white head, plenty of thick frothy lace.

Huge smell of sweet juicy peaches and spicy, grassy, orange rind hops. More mildly, musty wet earth, leaves, herbs, and a hint of wet animal.

Tastes like sweet malt, juicy peach and orange, spicy grassy citrus rind hop flavor, with pronounced bitterness, a touch of acidity, and some underlying spicy earthy yeast and dried herbs/ leaves. Well balanced. The bitterness grows and the flavor becomes drier, but some sweetness does persist. Lingering peach, bitter orange peel and grass, and mild musty earth.

Grippy tingly texture.

Plenty of originality and character, and very tasty.

Beerzebub, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle last year at South Bay Drugs without realizing it had brett in it...I wasn't too fond of funky beers but I set this one aside for the future in case my taste for funky beers developed and I'm glad I did.

Pours a golden apricot color with a thick two inch crown of white foam. There's some lacing as the head falls down to a thin layer.

This beer has a great mixture of fruits and tartness. I immediately pick up apricot, lemon, green and red apples, orange, and grapefruit. Then there is another layer with more subtle fruits like grapes, pears, and honey. The malt comes by as a toasted aroma mostly and there are some earthy aromas that seem to be from the yeast. Finally, there's the tart and funky aroma from the wild yeast which has more presence when you are pouring. After the beer settles the funky aromas hide behind the fruits and slightly spicy aromas.

Taste is a little tart, fruity, yeasty and spicy at first with the malt coming through in the finish. There's a mixture of tartness and bitterness near the finish that seems odd but it washes away rather quickly. There are also some flavors of lemon and nectarines. Not as sweet tasting as I thought it would be. As the beer warms up the malt comes through a little stronger with more sweetness and toasted flavors. Some apple starts to develop in the finish as well.

Good carbonation level, quite high but it glides down the tongue rather smoothly.

Very tasty beer and I wish I had another to see how it does in a couple more months; the brett could sure use some more time to work its magic.

Even if you are not a fan of funky or tart beers this one is till quite tame in that department and would be worth a try.

seaoflament, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BeerZack for sharing this bottle.
Pours a light hazy amber to golden color with a white head. Smell is honey-like floral and floral hops. Light pollen like smell along with a hint of funk. Very delicate, soft flavors and the 8.5% was hidden very well. Pretty nice.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of watchnerd
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle.

What a tasty special beast this is. Too bad about the rather boring bottle.

Golden hazy appearance, poured with a modest fizzing head that quickly settled down but left a huge minefield of lacing on the side.

Aroma of citrus, lemon, and about all, pungent, tangy yeast. A bit of hops, too, but I can't really tell what kind.

Taste of tartness and, do I detect bretanomyces in there? A lively, fizzing mouthfeel adds to the fun. You'd never guess this was 8.5% ABV, so well hidden is the alcohol, driving up the drinkability.

Definitely recommend. Think strong pale ale meets saison and you have the right idea.

watchnerd, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to KingG for hooking me up with this 750ml.

Strawberry-blonde beauty with a hint of honey color under a bright white head of fine bubbles and lace.

Very delicate floral hoppy aroma, slight honeyed nose. Very fresh smelling.

Honey with spicy floral hop bitterness. Light, yet complex and refreshing with the hint of dry funk. Slightly sweet, but pretty clean finish.

Dangerously drinkable. Very memorable.

BeerZack, Mar 05, 2008
De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
91 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.