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Augustijn Brune - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThaCreep on 04-20-2010)
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep brown ruby with a small 2 finger head that slowly breaks down leaving a thin foam that would be a struggle to call lacing.

Smells were dark fruits, yeasts and malts. Taste was very similar to smell with a bit more spice on the tongue.
Medium body and smooth mouth feel.

A nice beer, but no real wow here. This was part of a mixed 6 pack of Belgian ales and to this point this is perhaps the one I am least enthused about. I am holding out hope for the last two.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 23:58:04 | More by polloenfuego
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle as part of the Belgian Van Steenberge winter feature at LCBO. for $18.95 CDN per six bottles. Beer review 2 of 6 in this mini-series. Also bottle read 8.0% ABV as opposed to the 7.0% listed here. Served fairly cold (left out for about 10 minutes prior to opening) into oversized wine glass

Appearance - Nice clear dark red / honey brown / roan color/ Beer poured 1 finger of off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly, however a nice soap thin layer of cream was left on top.

Smell - Really nice. Dark chocolate, candied fruit specifically cherry and plum, and overall very festive smelling. Little bit of the funky Belgian yeasts. Reminiscent of a Christmas Bakery less all the bread.

Taste - Very much like the nose, cherry and chocolate dominate with a slight dark bitter chocolate aftertaste. Considerable sweetness to this brew but just enough bitter flavors to offset this and it isn't cloying. Also picked up a little bit of other dark fruits and some caramel in there.

Mouthfeel - Rich, decadent and full tasting. Medium carbonation. Flavor coated the mouth nicely.

Overall - Really nice. Pleasantly surprised after being let down a little bit by the blonde. Because of the sweetness and use of cherries and chocolates was reminiscent of a cross between a Belgian Dark Ale and a Dubbel. Very fine stuff indeed.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 19:19:33 | More by DenisKolkin
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magictacosinus

California

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 11.2 stubbed bottle into a Chimay goblet. Accidentally aged in my cellar after purchasing the Van Steenberge gift pack last December. With all things considered, this may be nearly a year old.

Pours an excellent reddish plum color (the classic dubbel appearance) with tons of carbonation and a frothy, bubbly head that rises to the top about 3 fingers high. Yeasty brown droplets coat the top, and some cloudiness (although little sediment) hangs around. Head retention is very good - even 30 minutes later there was a half finger of froth that never seemed go recede in any shape or form. Lots of bubbles glide to the top. Lacing is splattered about in tiny droplets, but it could be better. Top stuff here for sure.

The aroma contains vivid notes of dark cherries, plums, blackberries, old, bruised apples, and spicy notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. The yeast really is the star of the show here, providing an undeniable funkiness resembling green apples and a nutty mustiness. There's a slight sweetness from the malts and booze at hand, giving off strong notes of caramel and brown sugar, and maybe a bit of molasses in the process. Dried, old hops linger around to leave behind a grassy, herbal flavor. Very well integrated stuff - a year of aging, as is always the case of well made Belgian darks, has down wonders for this.

The flavor is a yeasty, malty sweetened blast of fruit and spices with a touch of sweetness from the booze. If the green apple yeasty aroma wasn't already something noticeable in the aroma, right here it appears to be the predominant flavor here. Somehow - even if it may be an off flavor - it works, as it melds with the caramel and nutty, slightly peppery spices to produce a caramel candy apple profile overall. Clove and nutmeg are still the most predominant spices, but the caramel apple profile is very appealing to me, especially as it melds with the sharp booze and bitterness from the dark grains instead of a cloying sweetness. Creamy, well carbonated, and syrupy albeit with a bit of bite. Not difficult to drink at all, except for the high amount of alcohol. Drinks terrifically well.

I'm surprised with how much I liked this, but suffice to say the flavor does not match the complexity of the aroma at all, and the caramel/apple/clove combo becomes a bit too one-dimension in the long run. Nevertheless, this is a solid offering from a brewery that seems to throw me back and forth, and I wouldn't mind experimenting with aging a few more of their dark beers (which I am, such as Gulden Draak). Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 03:54:58 | More by magictacosinus
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 33 cl bottle into a Corendonk snifter.
A: Pours dark reddish-brown with 1/2 inch light tan head. Excellent retention and a nice coat of lacing left on the glass with each tip.
S: Lightly sweet and very fruity with some bready malt.
T: Flavorful with sweet and bitter in about equal measure. Nicely fruity with dark fruit (raisins, figs), plums, caramel, dark bread, molasses, and light spices.
M: Medium-full body. Very smooth. Soft, medium carbonation.
O: Excellent but short of world class.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 23:25:03 | More by chinchill
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rrski198

Georgia

3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Brilliant orange and light brown color. Quite impressive. The head came and went so quick, it was off white.

S: Great roasted caramel scent. Slight alcohol spiciness. Dark fruits, plum and raisin.

T: metallic, roasted caramel malt. Again for only 7%, the alcohol is prevalent.

M: watery, slight hop bitterness. For me the metallic flavor lingers to long and the beer leaves me wanting more dried fruit and malt.

O: nothing I would club baby seals to find again. Glad I tried it, but it was not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:59:27 | More by rrski198
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle.

Beer poured a murky brown colour. Very light aroma of chocolate malt and slightly figgy. Tasted sweet belgian yeasts with a little malt. Not bad, but not much to it. Very drinkable, especially for an 8% abv.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not, but maybe...

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 05:15:21 | More by NilocRellim
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a coppery-brown with 1/2 inch light tan head. Decent retention. Faint lacing.
S: Sweet caramel malt, figs (and other dark dried fruit), clove, cinnamon, bready yeast, and a hint of cola.
T: Nice strong dark dried fruit (raisins, figs), caramel malt backbone, molasses, hint of heavy cream, and fairly predominant spices (clove, cinnamon).
M: Sweet with a strong body. ABV lends itself to fortifying the body and yet the beer ends up drinking easier than the 7% would suggest.
D: A nice drinking brew. Solid for style.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 03:56:11 | More by mwilbur
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TheSixthRing

California

3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours cloudy brown with a slightly orange tint. The head is light sandstone in color, near 2 fingers thick and shows good retention.

Smell - Caramelized sugar, hints of raisin, toffee and bread rounds out the aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Moderate caramel and toffee notes complimented by lesser dark fruit character. Moderately bready. Fairly straight forward, finishing in much the same way it starts.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with soft, bubbly carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - Nice, well-rounded Belgian dark. Sweet, but not overtly so, allowing for a nice, drinkable and approachable brew. I could definitely stand to drink another one.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 02:43:25 | More by TheSixthRing
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Hunter

Arizona

4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark, brown-red ruby color. Very small head of light foam, lovely tracing but little staying power.

Smell: Wood, earth, sweetgrass, malts.

Taste: Much lighter than I would have expected. Cereals, cocoa, spice, light smoke.

Mouthfeel: Light, gentle heat from the alcohol, clean.

Overall: Another hit from this brewery. the Belgians know what they are doing. I can see pairing this with cured meats, heavy cheeses, pears, and blackberries. A lovely thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 00:11:55 | More by Hunter
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ckollias

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 11.2oz stubby bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark, slightly hazy, amber hue with a huge, fizzy, white head that lasts forever and slowly dissipates down the side of the glass ending in a huge lace.

S: Strong dark fruit aroma with a Belgian yeast background.

T: Smooth slightly sweet and tart with a dark fruit flavor mixed with some caramel on the dry sweet side.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Excellent Belgian dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 03:52:11 | More by ckollias
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Listed on label as 8% ABV from a 11.2 fl.oz. bottle. Pours golden color with a small head. Aroma is sweet-sour indicative of a Belgian yeast, with after taste of fruit and toffee notes. Lots of carbonation, a spicy taste complemented by a sweet bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 05:58:45 | More by cliff1066
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark ruby/bloodstone color with a one-finger off white head, which dissipated quickly. Leaves some lacing, but a lot of it slinks back into the glass.

S - Medium strength aroma of caramel malts, dark fruits (raisin, date, fig) and slight bit of Belgian yeasts.

T - Taste follows the nose almost perfectly, with a big blast of candied malts and most of all, frutiness. Very lush and juicy. Some black cherry not present in the nose pops out in the mid-palate. Mild earthy hop leaves (almost English tasting) and just a touch of Belgian funk carries the finish. Abv presence is mild. Really good, and I did not expect it to taste this good given the ho-hum appearance and aroma.

M - Common Belgian fizziness, with a somewhat thin body. Nicely drinkable.

O - I freaking loved this, and this is the best example of an under-rated style that I have sampled. Personally, I appriciated the lack of overpowering "barnyard" funk common to many a Belgian. It's there, but it doesnt dominate. Balanced. Superb. Rebuy!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 05:09:09 | More by TempeBeerMan
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my DFH chalice. Pours with a four inch, rocky, cream-colored head pockmarked with tiny craters across the surface. Head eventually settles into a quarter inch, creamy cap. The brew itself is a brownish-mahogany hue with a slight haziness. Nose expresses dull prune notes and a slight yeastiness. Taste consistent with nose; however, flavors are a bit muted but a slightly vinous character is revealed towards the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall, a decent BSDA, but not much complexity. There are definitely better examples of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 23:43:05 | More by Jwale73
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle and the Van Steenberge mixed 6-pack. Sampled on December 30, 2012.

It has an inviting looking mahogany brown pour, slightly cloudy, and with a short-lasting off-white foamy head.

The aroma has a nice sweet caramel and barley malt note with Belgian yeast, brown sugar, and the vaguest of hops to add a slight nostril bite.

The body is about medium but also nice and smooth.

The taste begins sweet and malty with a kind of peppery low to moderate bitterness hanging on at the end but not for long. Likable all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 20:02:01 | More by puboflyons
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DavidST

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet, no bottle date, but I bought these in November. This pours a fizzy, lightly cloudy brown color with a decent off white / tan color which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of dark fruit and candied sugar, minimal hop presence. The feel is medium with high carbonination. The taste is quite good, you get the sweet candied sugar and loads of malts but this is a very dry beer which makes an interesting combination.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 05:12:49 | More by DavidST
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KKB

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Belgian, Belgian, Belgian, what am I to do with such a lovely head? You gotta give it Augustijn brewery, they just always deliver on at least the look of the beer. The beer is a deep caramel body with shades of butterscotch around the edges. The head is a wheat toast, and has incredible retention, with intermittent lacing forming around the glass. Beautiful.

S – Candied dark fruits with a strong malt backbone create an interesting scent that is rather enjoyable. Swirling it a bit to get a better idea of what I’m smelling and the smells that come out are almonds, plum, and brown sugar. Very nice.

T – It’s tart and fruity. That’s a curveball. Really somewhat disappointed here actually. Again, another beer by Augustijn with an awesome appearance, a good smell, and a totally mediocre taste. It’s not bad, again, but it just isn’t great either. It has a sugary/bready quality to it and some of that fruit that you had in the nose. Not bad at all, just not great. A bit bland really.

M – The mouthfeel is good and one of the redeeming parts of this beer, the body is medium-full with solid carbonation and it has a really smooth quality to it that is just wonderful.

O – Overall this beer is just somewhat lacking. Appearance is awesome. Smell is good. Taste is bland. I hate to say it but I probably wouldn’t buy this beer again. Would definitely drink it if offered to me though. Not bad. Just not good.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:18:26 | More by KKB
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: opulent cream colored cap. Hues range from hazy brown to reddish orange.

S: wafts of candied fruit and spice. Fruits are definitely on the dark side. Kinda timid and relaxed in the nose.

T: flavors go hand in hand with the nose...timid. Fruits pop up with flavors of fig and raisins, some spiced pear as well. Unique sweet malts at the end of each sip. Flavors are fair and serviceable

M: fine fizzy bubbles. Relatively smooth. Medium bodied

O: I find this beer enjoyable and dismissible at the same time. Or shall I say "neither neither here nor there."

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 15:18:15 | More by Magpie14
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clearish amber red colored beer that seems to have pretty good carbonation.

Roasted malt and light dark spices with a hint of sourness aroma.

A roasted malt taste without the caramel aspects of most US roasted malt beers. The taste also brings along some light spicy aspects that are quite an enhancement.

A dry aftertaste that seems to have a light puckering effect with much taste hanging around on this medium to fuller medium bodied beer.

A pretty decent taste, good within itself with roasted malt taste that differ from there american counterparts, worth a try, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 22:14:16 | More by LXIXME
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No real head retention, hazy red-brown body.

Crisp nose, malty with a trace of steel and orange peel.

Light malt body, a refreshing brown. Kinda dry. Some date/fig undertone. Well-balanced.

Bright bubbles cling to your tongue.

Solid brown ale, but doesn't really stand out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2012 00:57:09 | More by zaphodchak
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, brown sugar, and some mild spice aromas. Taste is of malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar. There is a slight spice flavor on the finish as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:29:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Bung

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of a sampler pack, Gulden Draak and Piraat are great so I figured why not.
Rusty red pour, just a half finger of cream color head. Just stuck to the glass.

Aroma, lots of fig and raisin. Some yeasty spice, some dark sugar and fruit.

Taste, kind of mild actually. Musty red fruit and plum. Some dark brown sugar and toffee. Finishes kind of an earthy/grassy thing.
Just getting over a cold, maybe this is affecting my buds a little.

Slightly lower level of carbonation than norm, but it is pretty smooth. Barely mid bodied, alcohol well hidden.
Pretty average, but fairly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 02:47:54 | More by Bung
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Kooz

New York

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brewery has never let me down. It is probably the most consistently good brewery I've ever seen. This selection, though not among their best, doesn't disappoint and is really very good.

Poured dark brown with a creamy tan one inch head. Leaves a sticky lacing after every pull. It's a very attractive beer.

Smell is subtle. Slightly boozy with a light sweetness to it. Fairly average.

Tastes good. There are layers of flavors. I get some sweetness, like molasses. I also get some strong floral notes, with a slight burn from the alcohol. I like, not love, it. It gets points for complexity.

Very good mouthfeel. Could be a bit tighter foam, but still very good. No bite, very mellow.

Overall, I'm happy with this beer. Although it isn't one of their best, it would be the best beer for a lot of breweries.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:14:16 | More by Kooz
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz poured into a snifter

A- Super dark amber brown, dark but clear. A two finger off white head.

S- Dark fruits, plums, raisins, figs. Both bitter and sweet. Some spice, reminds me of rum. Caramel.

T- There is crisp bitterness up front as well as a spiciness that keeps you alert. The middle of the tongue is dominated by malts, a lot of caramel taste. Some toffee and maybe cocoa. The dark fruit flavors are also quite pleasant.

M- This beer is pretty creamy and has a nice feel to it. It is also high in carbonation. There is a nice crisp spicy aftertaste that leaves the palate refreshed.

O- This is a nice beer. nothing wrong with it and I hope to have it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 03:06:24 | More by TwelveOunces
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jonmikel

Spain

2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer leaves a quite small amount of foam with low carbonation. The colour is a very dark amber, almost black.

It smells hopy and quite alcoholic.

The mouthfeel doesn't seduce me at all. It's alomst like wine. Not very much to taste.

Overall, I don't recomend very much this beer. This brewery a lot more to offer in the rest of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 23:00:34 | More by jonmikel
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown beer with a settling off-white head, moderate carbonation.

Smell is of candisugar with a fruity and mild malty smell. The smell also has some 'unfreshness' which appears to be very light oxidation or some higher alcohols. It is not very present and I only smell it after some deep sniffs.

Taste is malty with distinct notes of candisugar, which give the beer a slightly woody taste. The yeast adds a light fruity character that gives the impression of dark and ripe fruit. The aftertaste is mild and short. Bitterness is low.
Overall this is a decent Belgian dark ale with a nice drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 14:46:12 | More by Absumaster
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Augustijn Brune from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.