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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 264
Hads: 1,154
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 16.98%
Wants: 552
Gots: 255 | FT: 28
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Dukeofearl on 01-23-2005

Two year-old lambic, dry-hopped in the cask for three weeks.
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Photo of fropones
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer of the decade! The cork broke when I was trying to get it out, but luckily I got all of it out and none fell into the beer.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with about one finger of bubbly white head that fades fairly quick. Visually very effervescent.

S - Smells tart like muscat grapes. Some nice funk to it. Apples and a bit of pear.

T - A nice tartness like a granny smith apple up front that is very pleasing. Some nice barnyard funk here in the background. There is some grapefruit and lemons here as well. A hint of hop character noticed here as well. All in all very delicious.

M - Nice light body and extremely effervescent. Very small lively bubbles.

D - Light and refreshing, extremely delicious. Look forward to getting more into the world of lambics and guezes.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle, corked and capped, brewed January 2007 & bottled May 2009, purchased in Columbus for $17.99. After consuming a disappointing Fantome Noel, this beer turned out to be a real treat. It pours light straw color, clear in the first glass (and progressively hazier with subsequent pours due to sediments), with a thin wet foam. The aroma is classic barnyard funk but with a nice citrus edge (lemons, even moreso than in the Lou Pepe Gueuze I had last night). The taste starts sour and ends with a crisp tart bite and aftertaste of sour lemon juice. Maybe a little grape too. Wow, this is easy to drink (of course you have to like sour beers to agree with this sentiment). I have only seen this for sale once in my area, and bought it immediately. I'll do the same if I see it again in the future, an outstanding display of quality.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the beer I finished the night off with at Novare Res and I'm glad I did. A perfect beer to cap the night and something I wish I had more of.

Pours a straw color with a good sized head, fades fairly quickly but leaves a lasting impression.

For something described as a dry-hopped lambic, I had my hopes rather high, unfortunately I hardly picked up any hops at all, instead was a mild funk with light fruit aroma (apples and such).

The taste was exceptionally drinkable about, not overwhelming in any aspect but perfectly balanced, still didn't pick up that dry-hopping but I didn't care, the funk is more present than the sour yet still lingers, the citrus really shines through and I found long after I drank it I could pick up some of the hop bitterness (but barely, and don't rinse or drink anything else if you want it).

Personally, I think it's one of Cantillon's more accessible brews and almost sessionable for the style, wish I would see it more often.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at La Bodega in midtown Anchorage. Cork reads 2009.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with some light orange highlights and good carbonation. The head rises pretty quickly, but turns to a skim and ring around the glass pretty quickly and leaves mediocre at best lacing.

Nose is full of green apple and lactic armpit. Some good lemony zest and slight spicey oak notes.

Wow. This is an excellent lambic. Excellent. Very large green appley awesomeness. A great lemon zest spritz and oaky dryness. The finish is exceedingly dry with the perfect amount of sourness. Very refreshing, green apples linger into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty damn solid. Very spritzer-like carbonation, exactly where it should be for the style, almost like a champagne yeast was used. The dryness is exquisite.

Drinkability is hard to beat for the style. Very refreshing, and incredibly easy to drink.

Overall, this is one of the best lambics ive had in a while. The green appleyness almost rivals that of Ithaca Brute (almost). Can't wait to see how this does with some age. The Drinkability is downright amazing right now. Certainly one of the best lambics on shelves. Great, great beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2009 bottle.

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Some lace is left behind.
S: Barnyard funky aromas and some yeast. There is a fruity tartness of apples, pears, and grapes but it is not overbearing. Floral and grassy hops with some citrus aromas. Some Dry wood, biscuit and crackers. This is great.
T: Again, this is just awesome. Funky barnyard flavors and yeast again. The perfect amount of sour and tartness with apple skins and grape tannin flavors. Some lingering hop flavors that are great. Grassy and floral with some citrus flavors. Quite A bit of hoppy flavors actually, but everything is perfectly balanced.
M/D: A medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Crisp, very dry, and refreshing. This is incredibly smooth to drink. There is a lighter vinegar and acidic flavor here, and that makes it so easy to drink.

Plenty of funky flavors, sourness, and tartness here. Though the dry hopping really adds a unique depth of flavor. All in all a a great beer that should not be missed. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in my Allagash tulip. Poured an orange-gold with a quarter inch bright white head with a slightly hazy clarity. Nose was citrus, cork and some french oak. Taste was citrus and a little woody. Mouthfeel was medium-light with some tartness up-front and a consistent background effervescence. Tartness stimulates the salivary glands in the cheeks towards the latter half, before culminating in a slightly dry finish. Nice sour - not over the top and really quite drinkable for the style.

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Photo of Overlord
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Deaconbluez!

Pours a hazy golden orange. About two inches of white foamy head.

Smells like sadness. LOL. I crack myself up. Actually, faint wisps of grass and hay, along with a familiar funky lemon/vinegar smell.

Taste is surprising. Really not like any of the other Cantillons I've had. A weird spicy, musty, funky herbal lemon thang that's really exotic. Hm. The funk and sour notes are blended with this strange background.

Interesting. Not particularly drinkable. Well carbonated, particularly considering the style.

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Photo of errantnight
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly wish I'd picked up more than one bottle of this while it was available locally...

Pours a hazy glowing pale copper with a frothy white head that leaves little lacing and holds nicely around the edges.

The aroma is really what makes this beer for me (well, it's gorgeous in the glass, too)... layers of fruity funk, peaches and maybe a hint of grapefruit, grassy, herbal barnyard notes and a lemony sharpness.

It's actually just ever so slightly disappointing on the palate... there's a specific flaw... it's a little too bitter. Combined with the incredible dryness (expected), the hop additions are deepening the aroma pleasantly but they provide a bitter edge that when combined with the sourness lends a metallic tinge to the front half of the taste, and leaves it feeling a bit thin on the back end. This mellows a bit as it warms, and the beer really shines as an eminently sessionable, warm weather beer. Sourness is biting but it's not stomach assaulting and over-the-top (which, for the record, I love).

Perfectly carbonated, lightly spritzy without feeling fizzy. Just a knock of a hit as it is initially perceived as a tad thin (when nearer room temperature this fades).

Despite not completely falling in love with how this sits on the tongue, its beauty, its jaw-dropping aroma, and the simple drinkability of it make it an instant favorite that I'd like to buy in quantity for those times when the mood for a sour hits but I'm not looking for something over-the-top.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at Gingerman out of a Snifter

A: Poured a fluffy white filmy head with very little retention. Brew itself was light orange and semi-cloudy with absolutely no lacing.

S: Sourdough, bready, citrus, and faint alcohol.

T: Extremely tart in the beginning but fades into a grassyness. Hops appear in the end as does the sourness. Bitterness in the aftertaste lingers extremely long.

M: Medum bodied and coarse, finishes wet and clean with a very strong and memorable aftertaste. Feeling left in mouth is oily.

D: Rather drinkable but this one tastes more like a sour than anything else. Building of bitterness in the end takes away from overall enjoyment though.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks go out to FTownthrowdown for sharing - thanks, man! I'm a fan of any Cantillon brew, so let's see how this goes...

Pours a thin, dull yellow with brownish highlights. An average 1/6th inch head rest above with the occasional spotty lacing spots. No active carbonation can be seen after the pour.

Smells like funked out socks and stilton cheese. Richly pungent and nasty. Wow...

Mouth carbonation is surprisingly high... The flavor is similar to the nose... I get skunk, bitter cheese and a fresh, green hops feel in the end.

Very interesting, unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of pwoods
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FtownThrowDown for sharing this bottle.

Brewed 1/07, bottled 5/09

750ml corked and capped green bottle poured into a GLBC snifter.

A: Pours a murky burnt lemon color. Decent head on the pour with a little retention. Decent lacing.

S: Loads of hops. Piney, somewhat resinous, lots of pungent lemon. Very spicy as well, helped along by the yeast. Peppery. Some tart lemon.

T/M: Lots of hops, pine and lemon, lemon zest. Very spicy and peppery. Some tart lemon and citrus tartness. Funky but hard to describe. Not really cheesy or moldy, and only light horse blanket. Funky nonetheless. Some subtle and smoothing barrel to kind of hold things togeher. Body is medium to medium light with average carbonation.

D: Low ABV and tasty but something in there that doesn't make me continue to reach for the glass.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Bruisin Ales on my way back home from Myrtle Beach.
Brewed in January 2007, bottled on May 2009.

Pours a very murky, light gold in color. Decent amount of froth around the edges of the glass.
Smell is oak, a good amount of funk, and just the slightest hint of hops, but not that much.
Flavor is funk and lots of it. There's just a hit of hops at the very end of each sip. Nice and different touch. Can't believe how funky this is. Can't wait to see what some age will do to this beer.

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Photo of peabody
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice cloudy yellow with lots of white foam gracing the top and leaving some lacing.
Smell is sour cherries and lemon zest/orange peel and a little dirty sock thrown in there for good measure.
Taste is sour cherry and orange and grapefruit. Very nice lambic.
No alcohol in the smell taste or feel. Slighty dry and sticky must mean that there is some sugar here but it's way in the back.
I could drink lots of this. Cantillon just rules the roost.

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Photo of PALMEJ1
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml->stone snifter
bottled: 19 May 2009

a-I got worried when I popped the cap and rusty beer squirted on me, however all is well. great carbonation. 2 finger frothy white head. pale golden body with rising bubbles. thin lace hangs around w/nice additional foam around the edges.
s-I sure can smell the hops. I want a lambic but instead the first scent is hops. beneath that is an amazing beer. little lemon funk, pepper, coriander?
t-Its good and tart first then I get the very faint hint of hops. very good. I cant wait to see how it ages. Tart bomb followed by sweet green apple-maybe a little citrus zest. not too funky, more of a minor mustiness associated with the tart. hops are only really in the aftertaste. leaves you with hop mouth. I'm really liking this one.
m-perfect consistency lends to the full (tart) flavor. carbonation is perfect, not too much or too little.
d-overall and excellent beer. I have a feeling that after a year or so this beer could score some 5's!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 5% ABV. Pours a cloudy golden color. White fluffy head disappears rather quickly.

A nice tart, citrusy note up front. Some earthy notes, as well as a hint of oak.

Good amount of tartness, acidity. A bit of funk, with a leathery component, but real soft. Slight citrusy edge. Earthy and dry finish.

Nice complexity of flavors. Medium body, very nice. Refreshing. A nice small, but complex beer here.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a night, Went through a good bit today driving around with the kids and shopping, and did not get home till after 8 oclock. I reached in the fridge and the first thing I grabbed was this gem. Served cold I opened it and let it breath before decanting into an oversized wine glass. Consumed on 09/12/2009.

The pour produced a very nice golden color. Nice darker color with a nice head of near two inches that settled down nicely into a covering of about a quarter of an inch. Rich aroma of barnyard funk, lemon, hints of grass and nice funk coming through very nicely. Clean, crisp and very tart. The very first sip yields a very clean and fresh taste. Lots of lemon and hints of hops right off the bat. Letting it warm brings forward a nice grape skin and funky fruit like note. Nice and well balanced here. Near perfect carbonation lends to a light feel and very crisp finish. I could have easily had another bottle of this one right after I finished this one.

Overall it was very solid. This was just amazing crisp and clean and really just incredibly drinkable. I was really very pleased and think this one needs a bit more attention. One of the light of the Cantillon brews and worth every penny.

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Photo of nectar14
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle purchased, once again, by Chad at Toronado, SD. When RRV Publication didn't show up as advertised, we went with this instead.

A: Into a tulip, this pours gold and cloudy with a thin white head, minimal lacing. Nice luminescence.
S: More subtle than American sours/Geuse that we've imbibed of late. Nose has wet metal, barnyard, green apple candy (as it warms), and a touch of oak/vanilla. Inviting.
T: Puckery and acidic, which is just what you want. Apple, lemon, a bit of malty sweetness, and brett to go with. Just enough of the funk.
M: Medium-bodied, with good carbonation to boot. Goes down easy.
D: High marks for this. Could put a whole bottle away on my own, if I didn't have to work in the AM>

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Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 750ml caged and corked bottle

Appearance: The body is btw straw and golden yellow in color with a slick appearance. Carbonation is minimal, the head is an off white 1 inch crown that shows little retention and leaves little lace.

Smell: Hops, barnyard funk, and a touch of urine soaked hay.

Taste: Same as nose. I had heard that the recipe was different for the new vintages (hops addition) and thats why I tried this bottle fresh. I figured lets try it while the hops are shining. Well the sourness/tartness is minimal when its fresh but it fuses nicely with the hop treatment. Different and well done.

Mouthfeel: On the lite side of medium bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Low abv and not very sharp....so easy to drink.

If you are looking for that classic "Cantillon Sharpness" that will make you pucker, this isn't the right Cantillon for you. This new recipe is quite sessionable.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle was dated May 19, 2009.

A- Poured a dark maize color. Three fingers width of white head, reduced to a ring over time. Very murky.

S- Very nice blend of various aromas. Getting lots of oak and a familiar barnyard mustiness in the nose. Also noticeable is distinct sour lemon/citrus fruit aroma.

T- Upfront there is a definite note of lemon tartness with oak underneath. This tartness eventually fades towards the middle, giving way to a earthy, grass-like flavor. There is some oak, wood flavors in there as well. The beer finishes with slightly bitter hops.

M- One of the better mouthfeels on a lambic. Light body, yet carries a feeling of fullness due to the carbonation. Finishes rather dry.

D- This one goes down very easily, given that this beer was not overly tart. Could be a great session beer.

Overall, definitely one of the more unique lambics I have had to date. The dry hops were definitely something I have never experienced in a beer of this style. That being said, I'm a huge sour head and this one lacked a lot of tartness that other Cantillons have. If you don't like your lambics really sour, drink this one now and just enjoy the unique hops flavors. If you like your them very sour, try aging this one.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from 2009. Pours cloudy orange-gold with a surprisingly large head. Smells of wonderful lactic tartness and lots of Brett character. Very musty and oaky. Some citrus and other fruit, as well as a bit of grassiness. Sharply sour taste with strongy earthy, musty notes from the Brett. Very fruity--almost vinous. A bit of mineral character. Incredible dry. Light-ish body with low carbonation. This is a hell of a beer.

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Photo of jampics2
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle split with the future Mrs. at the Beer Engine. Mobile review, so excuse the brevity.

A- nice color, not too cloudy, golden orange and small head that stuck around for a bit

S- smells good, but not great. Classic gueze but thankfully a bit brighter and w/o any skunky dirty diaper smells some put out

T- woah! Nice tartness followed by an apple or tart berry-ish flavor from the dry hop. This is sublime and probably my favorite unfruited lambic to date.

M- champagne bubbles dance on the tongue. Exceptional!

D- I could seriously drink 3 bottles of this, no problems. Not too sour but true to the style. Love it! Great treat, get some if you can, even if the other Cantillons are too acidic for you. Not an entry level sour beer, but not too crazy advanced either.

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Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of the skin of a pear multi colored and even looks fuzzy and opaque. a small slightly off white head last quite a few minutes.

Tart fruits and berries with a good fresh earthy grassy hop character. Just a great effervescence with a bit of a funky character.

Nice tart front and finish but things seem thin in the middle. Slight acidity with a plethora of fruits, starfruit, stonefruits, some berry flavors, hints of wood and tannin with a nice hop bitterness on the finish with a bit of the grassy and earthness throughout.

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Photo of botham
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 vintage poured into a tasting glass. pours a midlly hazy orangish amber with a single finger of tight white head that has moderate retention and leaves no lacings.

aroma is vinous, with an acidic sour note and a light funk. a lightly yeasty fruit note hides behind the sour note and grounds the overall profile. very pleasant and sour in the nose.

taste is of a sharp sourness up front with a light funk and a decent fruit presence. a mild funk note on the back end eases a bit of the tartness after the fact, with a sharp sourness on the way down. residual fruit and sour/tart notes linger.

mouthfeel is tart and sour with a vinous character and a supremely sour texture. the brew smooths out as the palate gets used to the sourness, with a finish that carries a light bite and leaves the palate with a distinct tartness.

drinkability is great. wonderfully sour and just mellow enough to keep a bite and remain drinkable. a solid sour with a very drinkable aura (for those BAs who love a good sour beer). cheers!

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Photo of Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, big thanks to oakbluff for bringing this one over.

Pours a lightly cloudy orange amber, thin white head forms, quickly disappears but drops some spots on the glass. Smell is insane, woody, crazy acidic, very lemony, hay, funky and sour, almost a grapefruit or tangerine acidity going on, touch of vinegar, pretty awesome. Taste is just as good, for woody and acidic, lemons, nectarines, light toasted/ashy oak, funk, very sour in the finish, but pleasant and balanced. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very drinkable stuff. Damn this was a good lambic, thanks Scotty!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Pours light hazy straw yellowish orange with a large white and pillowy head. Retention is good.

The aroma has the signature Cantillon Brett funk, but it's more restrained here, and notes of citrus seem more prominent than usual. Lemon is strong, as well as some orange and light floral notes. The Brett is musty with lesser notes of barnyard and horsey. The malt profile is light, with some graininess.

The flavor is of tart citrus in the form of lemon and grapefruit. Bitterness is at a low-medium level. Brett provides some funk but it's restrained, as it was in the aroma. Mustiness is apparent as well as a little cheesiness. The finish is very, very dry, with moderate acidity and a nice level of tartness.

Light bodied, effervescent. The mouthfeel is very dry. This is insanely drinkable. This was split 3 ways but finishing an entire 750ml alone would be very easy.

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Cantillon Cuvée Des Champions from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.