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Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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2,912 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,912
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 143
Gots: 351 | FT: 12
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Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that’s just a bit persnickity. Here at Boulevard we have fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were experimenting with variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in that very vessel. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish.

38 IBU

(Beer added by: grumpy on 06-19-2009)
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scratch69

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Poured an cloudy golden yellow with about a fingers worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Lemongrass with a hint of pepper and yeast.

Taste- Lemony notes with a hint of pepper and maybe clove. There is some bready malt in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Crisp with a slightly dry finish.

Overall- I'm not a big fan of this style but I enjoyed this beer. Just the right amount of spices make this one very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 21:40:16 | More by scratch69
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dogfishandi

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to mizzouguy! received 3 of these in the noob bif round 6.

awesome 12 oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into a snifter. best before 5-16-12 stamped on the neck.

pours out a very nice cloudy light golden yellow color with a huge 3 fingers of a white cap. settles to a thick creamy one finger that sticks around almost the whole glass. lots of sticky lace. tiny bits of sediment noticeable when looked at closely. lots of carbonation bubbles visible at first.

in the aroma, lemongrass citrus, pepper, bubblegum and a hint of phenols from the belgian yeast and a slightly resinous, citric hop. just a hint of a sweet malt.

everything that should be in a clean saison, plus a little added bonus of a few extra hops. everything in a nice balance with one another, making each flavor stand out. peppery belgian yeast with a touch of bubblegum and phenols, a sweet grain thats quickly overtaken by a lemony citrus hop, slightly resinous which makes me think american hops were used. finishes crisp with some tartness and some interesting fruit flavors, papaya, apricot, tropical?.

a very nice mouthfeel, a very nice prickly carbonation. dry in the finish. seems to embody everything at different points, bitterness, sweetness, tartness. a light body and no alcohol noticable at all, hides the 8% amazingly well. drinkability is through the roof!

overall, for me, this is pretty much the staple of a clean saison. also a nice little american hop bonus. i could see anybody liking this, amazingly great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 00:29:58 | More by dogfishandi
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy, bright golden-yellow in color, 1.5 inch creamy head, high carbonation

Smell: big time lemon and fresh lawn

Taste: lemon really jumps out and dominates especially in the beginning, fresh lawn and pepper come in next—followed by bitter citrus hops at the end. The hops are bitter, but not offputting.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, dry, funky and slightly bitter..the bitterness grows to the end but is in no way mouth puckering.

Overall: What little I have had from Boulevard, I am loving. This beer leaves a really pleasant aftertaste that I cannot put my finger on. However, it makes it a beer I like to savor. I barely notice the alcohol under all the flavor. Perhaps slightly hoppier than most, but this one jumps to near the head of the saison pack. I will get this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 15:44:48 | More by tigg924
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aknight

California

3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden straw yellow with a frothy white head. Has a sweet malty smell. The taste is on the sweet side. There is a large taste of honey covered green apples. Not as complex as I expect or want a saison to be, mostly just sweet, but still pleasant. Carbonation is pleasant and just right. I wouldn't reach for ths beer as a preferred saison but if I was at a bar that was serving it and nothing else caught my eye I wouldn't be unhappy with it.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 00:37:18 | More by aknight
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Kinsman

California

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy but bright golden straw color. A big pillowy white head fills the upper half of the glass but fades to leave a nice bit of lacing behind.

Good dose of citrusy and fruity character on the nose. Some floral notes mixed in as well and a faint yeast note.

Nice fruit character overlaying a sweet grainy malt flavor. Citrusy hop character adds a nice touch. Yeast character adds some peppery spice in there as well.

Mouthfeel is live and bubbly with a light texture to it. Overall, Tank 7 is a solid American-made saison. Crisp and refreshing with plenty of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 00:58:53 | More by Kinsman
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a big off white head. In the aroma, lemon citrus, spicy, and a small tartness. In the taste, dry spices, earthy, and a small lemon tartness. A spice bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry earth and small tartness in the aftertaste. Nice mellow tartness and nose is sweeter than the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 15:03:33 | More by OWSLEY069
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lancecenter

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy orange, thick creamy head, good retention. Decent lacing.

S - Earthy, pepper, citrus, phenol, and alcohol.

T - Slight amount of citrus, good amount of earthiness, some pepper. Dry and tart.

M - Crisp, medium mouthfeel.

O - Very drinkable. I don't like it as much as Hennepin, but it's good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 06:10:40 | More by lancecenter
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive bright white head that dissipates extremely slowly. Leaves a ring of lace. The liquid is appropriately cloudy (with suspended particles?) straw-gold color.

Fresh, clean smell without any of the typical barnyard aromas. There's some notable sourness, but it is muted. Good yeast presence also.

Starts off as a Saison but then I note a good dose of bittering hop. Interestingly, the swallow loses this as the sourness returns to the palate. In a word, complex. Rich body for the style. Fine bubbles and plenty of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 00:28:44 | More by smcolw
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp golden color with some sediment floating around withen, a solid white cap also.
Aroma has the yeasty banana aroma with some light spices.
This is a clean, crisp, yeasty, bready, spice filled, white pepper, saison, it is not a funky representation of the style, and i am very surprised that this is 8 percent alcohol.

This comes in four packs, that is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 01:19:37 | More by ChadQuest
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Goliath

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy pale yellow with a large three inch bright white head sitting on top. There is good head retention here as well.

The aroma is quite nice. Big citrus notes hit me up front followed by a bit of yeast. It's lightly sweet,reminiscient of candy sugar.

The taste is also quite nice. Again, citrus notes hit me up front with a touch of yeast and then slowly fade to a very light bitterness. Bready pale malt is found somewhere on the tail end as well. It's just a great beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a great gentle carbonation bubble. Really what I'm looking for in a beer like this.

Overall this beer is just great. From first sight, to scent, to taste it's a treat. I just love everything that comes out of that brewery. Keep up the good work!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 22:38:34 | More by Goliath
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

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

Appearance -- Pours a honey/straw hue with mild haze and a frothy tuft of white head. Craggy lace follows down the walls of the glass. Nice.

Smell -- Lots of fruity esters, banana, mild spice, pilsner malt, dab of honey sweetness, and a modicum of citrusy hops. Respectable.

Taste -- More bubblegum than the nose would suggest, as well as a pinch of clove-like phenolic character. Also, the Amarillo hops are more evident, lending a citrusy counterbalance to the fermentation character. Finish is pithy bitterness, bubblegum, and clove oil.

Mouthfeel -- Pretty much the same mouthfeel of every Smokestack beer: medium-bodied with crisp carbonation just inside the boundaries of acceptable.

Overall -- Very nice. For hoppy saisons, there are others I'd reach for first (see: Boulevard Sorachi Ace), but this is still definitely notable. One of the better Smokestack offerings from Boulevard, and that's saying something.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 01:28:10 | More by yeahnatenelson
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip, best by date of 5/16/12. Hazy light yellow/straw body with a huge four-finger white head. Tons of carbonation in this one. Lots of lacing.

Sweet citrus aroma, mostly lemon. Belgian yeast, bubblegum, a bit of funkiness.

Tasty saison flavor overall. The spicy yeast flavors come through more in the flavor and work well with the lemongrass, and sweeter malt flavors.

Light to medium mouthfeel with a bit of a dry finish. Overall, another solid offering from the Smokestack series by Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 23:30:15 | More by FanofHefe
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's Tulip.

Pours a bright neon yellow with an insane amount of carbonation. the massive head was bright white and fizzy.

Smells of lemongrass and slightly of yeast. Also scents of banana, clove, and bubblegum. Smells like a hefeweizen.

I wasnt expecting the taste. nothing prepared me for a gin-like lemongrass feel. Citric hoppy bitterness accompanies the lemongrass feeling nicely. The yeast is really just an accentuating feature. Tastes partially like hefeweizen, and thats a good thing.

Its not as spicey as I was expecting, but the lemony feeling is actually very refreshing and highly drinkable. Very well put together saison.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 13:35:22 | More by VncentLIFE
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gfreed

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that promises much (it has a great label) and delivers mostly. Cloudy in the glass; zesty and bovine in the nose; a yeasty and dense body with some lightly-malted tones in the taste. It's a tad hoppy for my liking, but not overly so and doesn't lose points for being so bright. The funk level is somewhat high, in my view. Boulevard seems to take the "farm" part of "farmhouse" somewhat literally. Otherwise... well worth a bottle or two.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 20:34:32 | More by gfreed
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keytown

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden color with 1/2 inch white head

S - Smells of citrus, very noticeably lemon & orange rinds followed by some spice maybe coriander. Also getting wet grassy notes.

T - Follows the nose, orange & lemon rinds, slightly sour followed by spice.

M - Light, crisp clean beer. Finishes dry & leaves you wanting more.

O - Really good beer overall, best Farmhouse Ale that I've had. Definitely worth trying, wish I could get more of this one!!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 03:39:56 | More by keytown
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to JeepCop for this 750ml.

A: Pours a beautiful translucent yellow gold. There is a massive pure white head that just refuses to go away. Massive lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells of clove, banana, and citrus. It has a really crisp and clean nose. It's a very inviting beer that begs to be drank.

T: Starts off super crisp. High carbonation and clove hit the palate immediately. The banana starts to come through a bit in the middle, but it never overpowers the spice in this beer. It finishes with a wonderful mix of yeast, spice, and fruit. All of those flavors linger on the palate for just a few seconds before the mouth is left dry and begging for more.

M: Light bodied beer, but the carbonation and spice keep you from guzzling it (even though you may want to). Finishes dry.

O: I absolutely love this beer. I've been fortunate to have it many, many times, and it's always stellar. I really wish Boulevard beers were available in NY.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 00:28:09 | More by trxxpaxxs
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to imagineiii for this 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. There is a freshness date, but it's smudged off, Best before...2011.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with an inch or so of white head. Nose is bright and citrusy. There's notes of wheat and hay, a hint of white pepper. Palate is crisp with a little alcohol burn but a little sweet wheat too. Grain, flowers, white pepper, and preserved lemon flavors. Moderate length finish.

Notes: Tasty but not super complex. A little prickly from the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 05:38:56 | More by SFLpunk
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch number 711105, best before 12-2011. Served in a goblet (as recommended by Boulevard), the beer pours a hazy gold color with an inch white head. The head stays around a long time, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and fruity, it smells like mango, lemon peel, pears, bananas, yeast and sweet malt. The taste is mostly fruity too, the brew tastes like pears, bananas, peppery spice, yeast, citrus (lemon, orange) rinds, bready malt and also an earthy flavor. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated and quite refreshing to drink. At $9.99 a bottle, I'd buy this again. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 22:59:46 | More by bluejacket74
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked & caged, split with a mate in two pint glasses on Sunday 10/16. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beautiful and inviting hazy straw color with tints of gold...effervescent, with a huge frothy white head that slowly recedes to a constant half-finger ring.

S: Tons of lemon & lemongrass, Belgian yeast, spices, citrus rind, and juicy hop character...I wouldn't describe it as 'funky', more 'fruity', with a distinctly Belgian presence.

T: Lots of lemon, orange and some grapefruit (from the hops) character...light herbal & grassy notes...spicy, a bit peppery and dry but still refreshing...very nice.

MF: Light, airy, wet, well carbonated, traces of bitterness and dryness on the finish...tastes 'even' and complimentary.

O: Hops take a backseat to the Saison here but they still really compliment the entire package. I really like what Boulevard has done here, a completely refreshing and tasty Farmhouse Ale. I've traded a lot of Boulevard saisons...might have to hang on to a few more.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 14:11:26 | More by Scotchboy
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JMad

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a tulip...

Pours a very pale yellow color with a frothy white head. The smell is kind of funky but very aromatic and floral with grass and hints of oranges a fresh pineapple. Tastes strongly of grass and lemony hops, it's a little funky, there is a nice firm bitterness and flavors of coriander and citrus peel. The beer is light and full of carbonation, the finish is very dry. This is a good beer although stronger and more bitter than most farmhouse ales if had before.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 04:38:18 | More by JMad
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 3/31/12) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - A somewhat aggressive pour yields a mildly hazy orange tinted pale golden color with a huge three finger pillow of white foam with excellent stying power on top. Lots of loose spiderwebby lacing is left on the glass as it slowly collapses to the surface. Great looking beer.

S - Tart and citrusy with tons of lemons and touches of oranges and tangerines...a little bit funky and earthy with some sugar, coriander and black peppery aspects as well.

T - A bit herbal and cool up front followed closely by the citrus - fresh oranges take the lead with a citrus variety pack backing, it up. Mildly tart, slight funkiness, green hoppy flavors, coriander. Really nice saison.

M - Light in body but doesn't feel at all thin. Quite high carbonation level is active, tingly and a bit foamy on the tongue.

O - This is a really good saison. Boulevard really seems to know their stuff when it comes to this style...really liked all they had to offer. Glad this is now available in MA...another one that I'll be going back to regularly.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 21:09:41 | More by portia99
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pours into my Unibroue tulip a hazy golden yellow, lots of carbonation. Ridiculous white head fills the glass but eventually falls to a nice bubbly half finger, leaves good lacing.

Great scent...yeast/bread, some mango and green grapes, hay-y/grassy, banana, some funky farm with warmth.

Taste is a bit more intense but doesn't quite bring the goodness of the nose. Brings on some more farm/hay, clove and banana gives this kind of a hefeweizen feel. Citrus and slight tropical hops, vanilla/yeast/toasty bread, and a touch of alcohol.

Carbonation is a bit stinging but mouthfeel is fine overall. The balance of Belgian/American is great.

Probably the best American saison I've had, not a surprise coming from Boulevard. Not abrasive like many other hoppy saisons.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 20:25:22 | More by Chico1985
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davey101

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Smudged best by date appears to be 03/31/12. I swirled and poured in the dregs.

A - Golden yellow body with a great thick white head. Really awesome lacing and retention. Slightly cloudy with a bit of brown sediment/yeast on the bottom of the glass.

S - Lots of tropical fruits and citrus. I get mango, pineapple, pears, and plenty of lemon. This is followed by wet grass, grainy yeast, and some spices and herbs. Very fresh and clean.

T - Follows the nose with the citrus and tropical fruits. The finish is a pleasant mix of grass and yeast and subtle spice. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the aftertaste. Very crisp and lively, the carbonation and mouth feel are excellent.

O - Not my favorite of styles, but this is an excellent saison. Very simple and clean, and can roll with some of the best Belgians out there. Well done Boulevard!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 20:30:12 | More by davey101
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge this past Sunday. Served in a Belgian goblet. Extremely bright yellow color. Lots of carbonation forms a nice bubbly white head. Good amount of lacing. Smell reminded me of a wet field - fresh earth and wet grass. Taste was malty and sweet, with just enough hops on the tip of my tongue to keep the taste buds awake. Mouthfeel was very dry and crisp, and I am a bit surprised to see now that this beer is an 8% ABV brew. Very well hidden. This is a super refreshing beer and it was quite enjoyable on a sunny patio on a warm weekend day.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 23:30:55 | More by morebeergood
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brystmar

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden and murky with active white head. Solid retention, fizzy bubbles. Funky yeast is plentiful in the nose and paves the way for sourness. Hops, malts, & spices play second fiddle.

Taste is spicy with more hops than I expected. Plenty of funky yeast everywhere which lends itself to earthy, grassy flavors. Finishes bone dry and a touch acidic with mild bitterness that lingers. Refreshing!

Crisp and clean on the mouthfeel. Active body is decently creamy but still can't touch Fantome Saison in this department. The 8% is well hidden, which makes this damn near sessionable. Wish I could buy this back home.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 00:08:02 | More by brystmar
Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,912 ratings.