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Estrella Damm Inedit - Damm S. A.

Estrella Damm IneditEstrella Damm Inedit

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BA SCORE
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300 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%


Brewed by:
Damm S. A. visit their website
Spain

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: philipquarles on 09-07-2009)
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stoepsel

Spain

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very noble bottle-design raises my expectations - let's see:
My first impression is a hazy lemon-like smell which converts in to a taste of bitter oranges once in my mouth.
Finish is dry, a little bit dull maybe, and yeasty.
Flawless and drinkable Witbier, not as well balanced as a Hoegaarden though.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 20:33:30 | More by stoepsel
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zeff80

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a one-finger white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of coriander, yeast and wheat.

T - Good spicy bite with strong yeastiness and coriander flavors. Nice wheat flavor with a touch of lemon.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good witbier. Better than other beers from Estrella.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 21:05:32 | More by zeff80
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vickersspitfire

Texas

3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This witbier is fairly clear bodied and the carbonation is pretty good. The head is white and extremely bubbly and thins out really quickly. The aroma is pretty good, wheat and mild malts smells come through, light grasses, lemon zest and not much else. Its slightly spicy you can start to taste some other spices, coriander, mild hops start to come in as you swallow, but the taste is rather lacking, I wish the spices were a bit more evident. It is crisp on the tongue; and remains light and refreshing. This one isn’t bad for the style but I would expect more from a chef.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 05:59:38 | More by vickersspitfire
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never before have I seen a beer try so hard to be a wine. Bulbous bottle, hefty price-tag, minimal label, fancy booklet tied around the neck proclaiming how "Inedit was created to pair with the most exquisite and challenging foods" and recommending that I should "enjoy chilled in a white wine glass and [keep the bottle] in an ice bucket after serving". I was not quite sure what to expect. Needless to say, I put on my best reviewer's face and slowly poured this lager into (what else?) a wine glass.

Several slow 'glugs' release a dirty, peach-straw colored body with a slim head of spittle foam that recedes quickly. Quite the hazy witbier, Inedit is nearly opaque to the eye. The aroma easily makes up for what the appearance lacks, delivering a complex blend of floral, citric spices to the olfaction. Coriander, lemon zest, fresh cut grass, and wheat malt all mingle nicely.

Largely non-descript flavor. Hints of sharp citrus and white pepper spice, but the malts taste thin and listless. However, in Inedit's defense I can imagine this beer pairing nicely with the foods recommended by the booklet. Crisp, bubbly body with a zesty carbonation level that enlivens the thin mouthfeel.
Overall, a fairly tasty Spanish beer that pushes a few envelopes as a Witbier-Lager hybrid, but ultimately needs some more "oomph" given the pricetag and pomp surrounding it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 02:43:24 | More by wagenvolks
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An interesting bottle/label design. Seems to want to replace white wine in the dinner pairing category.
Pours a huge, fluffy white head. Cloudy pale yellow body with light green tints. Looks OK, but I've had others with this look and they didn't please me much.

However this one is a tad different. A soft malty nose, with light coriander and orange zest. Not strong. A bit weak, but pleasant.

Taste is light and fluffy. Definitely not a strong beer. Yet it maintains the coriander and orange flavors. Some lemon and barely toasted biscuit.
Would like to have a bit more in the feel. Very light, slight carbonation. Went well with a variety of soft cheeses and bread. Brought out the orange zest. Very easy drinking. Would go well with many meals methinks.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 21:15:08 | More by Mebuzzard
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, straw toned gold with a small white cap that quickly fizzles out into a mild cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of lemon, coriander, and some light notes of sugary grain.
Taste is of the aromas with tastes of freshly baked bread and a dusting of orange zest.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, with zippy bits of carbonation tickling the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:32:10 | More by weeare138
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up several bottles of this as it was being clearanced out for $2.49 a bottle.

A cloudy gold body with a tight and fluffy white head that leaves some nice lacing clinging to the glass.

Decent complexity in the nose consisting of wheat, butter, light citrus, golden raisin and apricot.

Pretty light in flavor, but somewhat satisfying. The taste is lightly wheaty with a buttery presence, a bit of crisp citrus and a trace of spices. Nothing crazy, but it's clean and goes down easily.

Mostly smooth with a light crispness to the carbonation. Pretty close to a medium body and a dry finish.

Dare I say anyone could drink this? I would dare. This is an easy drinking, clean, no frills beer. It really has nothing that makes it stand out which could be it's downfall. On the other hand, this is a beer that would make a nice intro beer for non-craft drinkers. Glad I grabbed a couple bottles for the price I got them for.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 01:18:48 | More by jera1350
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like at least a few of Ferran Adrià's creations this one is served under a blanket of bubbling foam, at least a good finger's worth of it. The beer beneath it, despite looking colourless coming out the bottle, has the tone of a good quality extra-virgin olive oil (and possibly the same extent of clarity despite being much more dazzling against the light).

Whether it's a positive or negative, the sign of a skilled brewer or skimpy brewer is somewhat subjective; what can be said with certainty, however, is that this ingredients list looks more impressive than it either smells or tastes. Despite the addition of coriander, orange peel and licorice nothing about the beer is overly zesty or distinctive.

That's not to say that it isn't without at least a little zest and distinctiveness - there is a touch of citrus on the finish and a light brush of coriander on the tongue - but it's not like I'm seeing orange groves or the street stalls of Marrakesh. Still, it's undeniably more flavourful than most of this (and other commercial) brewery's offerings.

This beer was designed to pair with food. I know this because they said so in all their promotional materials. I would have thought some of the world's proclaimed food and drink experts would know not to make such blanket, nonsensical claims. To their defense they specify a little: oily textures (cheese, fish) and bitter flavours (veggies).

Without having tried the suggestive pairings I can't comment on the accuracy of their assessments. What I will say is that the beer is more likely to compliment foods rather than vice-versa; this simply does not have enough character to be gratifying on its own (unless you're really thirsty). You'll find more depth in just about any stout or Belgian ale.

You put one of history's most innovative chefs and the sommeliers of the world's most famous restaurant in a room together and they came up with a witbier? I never ate at El Bulli but from my impressions this beer is no different - beyond the fancy presentation and considerable price tag there's nowhere near the amount of substance it is hyped up to have.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 07:00:49 | More by biegaman
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dgilks

Australia

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, straw colour with a moderate white head.

Mildly spicy, herbal aroma with a light wheat note. Nothing amazing but not bad.

A smooth mix of witbier and lager with clear citrussy notes combining with a spicy hop character and crisp malt. Not bad.

Medium-light body with moderately high carbonation.

A decent beer to go with food with a few fruity and spicy notes but ultimately it falls a little flat with too much of a lager element to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 07:39:31 | More by dgilks
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LordSMAF

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml capped bottle into white wine glasses, as suggested by Ferran Adria and the El Bulli team.

A - Pours a cloudy golden color. Nice duration of head and decent lacing. The bottom of the bottle's sediment produced an even more cloudy appearance.

S - Very rich, yeasty aroma. Some malts and citrus notes as well.

T - Lots of citrus right up front. Malty as well with a touch of coriander.

M - Light to medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Nice drinkability. About what you'd expect from a witbier.

I think part of the harsh reviews stem from the high expectations and heavy hype this beer has received. And I think it's silly to spend $30-40 on a bottle, as I've seen in some locations. For $10, though, this is a perfectly acceptable witbier that went nicely with the lemon chicken, hummus, and garlic flatbread my wife prepared.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 00:26:00 | More by LordSMAF
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into pint glass nov11 2010

A very slight haze in a pale yellow liquid, very few bubbles considering the large 3 finger head that fell rather quickly and left a few specks of lace

S lots of dry cereal, mild citrus and faint banana

T not too far from the smell perhaps just a little more citrus with some yeast and faint spice

M pretty crisp and a clean finish, light bodied and fairly smooth

D my only complaint is the chilly weather outside, pretty easy too drink and I took the big bottle down pretty fast

better then I expected so that's never a bad thing, perhaps much better suited to some hot sun but I may drink it again even with our shitty weather

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 04:40:11 | More by wordemupg
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its golden straw body is surprisingly clear for a witbier. The carbonation is aggressive and easy to see, feeding the finger's worth of creamy white head that's generated.

Altough the body lacks attractiveness and originality, baking spices, which are prominent in the nose, make for a unique smelling wit. Soggy wheat, orange sweetness, and lemon peel can also be pulled out. Mixed with the baking spices, this nose, although subtle, is quite inviting.

The baking spice character is easier to narrow down in the taste to ginger, coriander, with a pinch of cinnamon which are all smattered across the tongue amidst a silky wheat character. A flash of lemon peel midway through helps to cut some of the wheat even though it's not that hefty. A fresh doughy and cracker-like finish caps this beer off wonderfully.

The transitioning from spice and wheat to lemon and then bready malts is fantastic, really pushing you to take that next sip. Fluffy and light in the mouth with suberb balance and a refreshing kick of carbonation.

The appearance had me a tad worried from the start, but things only looked up from there. The spiciness loosely reminiscent of a winter warmer helps to define this beer and plays very well with everything from the wheat to the bready finish. It's a bit on the pricey side, but I'd give this another go.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 02:34:40 | More by ludachris
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While this isn't really my favorite type of brew, it wasn't that bad. I wish that I had some food or cheese to pair with it, as they suggested, but I was full of E. Indian food already.
It is pale yellow, somewhat hazy, true to the style.
It was fairly well carbonated and left a tight white head and lacing.
I got a yeasty aroma with a hint of citrus. Not much.
Taste was clean and a bit sour. This is practically a saisson, but it lacks the really bold spicy and citrusy notes of that style.
Mouthfeel was good.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 21:37:48 | More by MAB
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Buschyfor3

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a 750ml bottle at Rich O's and decided to split it with a friend to close out a great night.

A: A crisp, clear golden body - not much haze/cloudiness like I see in other witbiers. Thin white head without much volume recedes to clingy, wispy white lacing.

S: Slightly sweet, slightly spicy and musky. There are notes of orange peel, fresh lemon, some coriander, some white pepper, maybe a dash of nutmeg or grains of paradise. Then there is the musky grain note - fresh milled wheat, some cereal-like sweetness.

T: Faintly sweet fruitiness with flashes of lemon, apple, pear, and a plethora of citrus rind notes. The sweetness up front is followed by a quick flash of spiciness - white pepper and coriander are two flavors that come to mind. Overall taste profile moves from fruity sweetness to peppery spice and then dries like a champagne in the finish.

M: Huge crispness on the palate as there is enough carbonation that leaves a searing, prickly sensation on the tongue.

D: I found this wit easy to quaff because the alcohol was not very present at all. That said, however, there are a couple other wits that are just as easy to drink with bolder and more interesting flavor profiles, and they are easier/cheaper to acquire.

This beer was designed to be paired with food, and while we had Rich O's famous beer cheese and pizza, I don't think that we got to see this beer in its fullest because we weren't able to pair it with the selections of food it was meant to pair. That said, I still enjoyed this beer, but it would probably shine even more in the right environment with the right gourmet selections to highlight its unique characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 18:47:19 | More by Buschyfor3
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srandycarter

California

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ray at Cafe Sevilla in San Diego for hooking me up with this one.

A - Very light straw, pure white head. Tons of cling lace. Somewhat murky.

S - Light clean malt smell. No off smells.

T - Good clean malt flavor. Nice pure taste. A little thin for me, but that is my opinion.

M - Good carb and coating, fair balance.

D - Not the extreme beer, but a nice session.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 08:31:11 | More by srandycarter
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Sigmund

Norway

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet. ABV is 4.8%. Pale straw colour, slightly hazy, huge to moderate white head. Moderate wheaty and citrussy aroma, with notes of coriander and orange peel, also a hint of liquorice (when you know it should be there). The flavour is moderately citrussy, with moderate notes of coriander. The liquorice is barely discernible in the flavour. Light bodied, not very sweet, with minimal hops. "Empty" finish, but an otherwise nice and refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 00:07:18 | More by Sigmund
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to Jared for the bottle.

Pours a light copper color with a good deal of haze. White head with decent retention. Nose is light spice, citrus, pear, and a bit of might caramel. Taste is a bit plain with lift orange and coriander. Pretty good feel but the body is a bit off. A pretty interesting concept and all around a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 13:14:01 | More by Thorpe429
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csiewert

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden color with little head at all. The aroma is strong with floral hops and some spices... Very nice. The taste is a little too empty... You can definitely tell it is a wheat beer with the sweet perfume floral characters. The mouthfeel is a little too carbed, but overall worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 21:25:23 | More by csiewert
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a large form bottle into a wine glass (as suggested in the little pamphlet). Best before appeared to be 9/11 need to drink it NOW!

A - pours a slightly cloudy golden color with lots of carbonation in the glass and a huge fluffy head that resolves after a minute leaving a lot of chunky lacing around the glass.

S - sweet malt, hint of floral and citrus

T - a bit of a surprise in that it's relatively powerful, but strangely subdued. Very little bitterness (just a hint) with the main body being lightly fruity and floral and a slight enduring citrus bitterness in the finish

M - very light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation; no alcohol warming

D - this is super-drinkable; frankly just barely tastes like a beer, and instead is somewhat of a thirst-quenching beverage. This is potentially super-dangerous in big quantity!

Interesting beer; engineered for food, as per the pamphlet, subtle but fairly tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 23:03:26 | More by DoktorZee
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metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of orange peels in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of orange peels along with notes of wheat and a bit of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and refreshing. I would also consider it to be thirst-quenching—unlike most beers in this style—because it doesn’t have flavors of spices.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 01:26:53 | More by metter98
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FLima

Brazil

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice champagne stylish bottle. It poured a decent head.
Pleasant, though mild, hoppy aroma. It presented a low carbonation.
Taste elegantly sweet from malt and wheat, with a citric or acid twist.
Nice mild bitterness from its hops and orange peel.
Excellent drinkability and very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 00:32:16 | More by FLima
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albern

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This isn't a stellar witbier, and I would have pegged it as a very bready, lemony, and fizzy lager, but witbier it is. This was a nice change up beer, quite light, a bit floral, very refreshing on a hot summer day. The beer isn't brilliant, but it was enjoyable at the time for what it was.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 22:03:30 | More by albern
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Mora2000

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, straw yellow color with a small white head. Very hazy. The aroma is yeasty with a little bit of coriander but not too much else. Still, it smells nice. The flavor is not what I was expecting, as I didn't get any orange or coriander. I got a lot of peach flavor, which was nice, even if unexpected. The beer has a very light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Not true to the style, but still a very refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 02:10:43 | More by Mora2000
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a nice light yellow in color with a hint of orange topped with a nice, light, fluffy white head.

Smell - The tight yeast and airy spices are rightly balanced at the nose. The coriander and orange in particular strike an impressive melody.

Taste - The yeast kind of falls apart a bit but the spices from the nose deliver nicely. I like that orange flavor in here which has a tinge of lemon to it.

Mouthfeel - This is not light-bodied but certainly not medium, either. The carbonation is very active and maybe even a tad too tingly.

Drinkability - This is good enough to savor if a bit clumsy.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 02:59:35 | More by RoyalT
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went to the SAQ to pick up some St. Bernardus Abt 12 and saw this one again. Decided to give it a try when I noticed it had something to do with ElBulli.
Ingredients: water, barley malt, wheat, hops, sugar, spices and ascorbic acid.

Hope this is good. Awfully elegant packaging for a bad brew.

A- Hazy apple juice/apricot gold. Nice lacing. Fluffy bone-white head. Retention isn't too good.

S- Smells great from the bottle: Honey, chamomille and lemon. A bit grainier once poured in the tulip. Some marshmallow and bubblegum. Burnt cream of wheat comes out more and more as it warms and ruins it for me.

T- Same as the smell. A bit of a green bitterness. A bit watery.

M- High carbonation. Medium body. Foams up nicely. Good amount of dryness.

O- Lots of nice flavours marred by wateriness and a dirty burnt taste. If I was making this for the same reasons as they are (a fancy drink for fancy dining) I'd try and make sure the liquid was clear and I wouldn't have that overwhelming burnt smell.

Still want to try more from this brewery or new collaborations with ElBulli since I feel like there was lots of potential. EDIT: Checked the reviews and the other stuff this brewery produces and seems like this is the best they've got. So...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 19:53:37 | More by Yoonisaykul
Estrella Damm Inedit from Damm S. A.
81 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.