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Saison - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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138 Reviews
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Reviews: 138
Hads: 248
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S visit their website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 02-08-2006

14°P, 25 IBU

Ingredients: Wheat and lager malt; East Kent Goldings and Crystal hops; Belgian ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water
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Reviews: 138 | Hads: 248
Photo of damienblack
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold, thin fluffy head that doesn't linger. Good carbonation provides an interesting array of bubbles on the surface of the glass, and after they dissipate the remaining carbonation bubbles look like little submarines rising up in a great gold sea. Smells musty/grassy first and foremost, with a touch of a vinger-like acidity. Backing that are that familiar Belgian smell of yeasts and sugars, combined with a bit of citrus, and something spicy like pepper.

First impression on drinking: This is a dry beer, but cloying at the same time. There's a malt body, but the dryness is what's prevalent, mingling with some citrus fruits. Also some sourness there, but not a citrus sourness, it tastes distinct from the citrus. A slight pine-ness finishes the experience, together with some hop bitterness, more than I was expecting for the style. I think that's part ofwhat keeps it from being outstanding. It's dry, but not crisp, is another way of putting it. Overall a pretty light body, the flavor lingers on the palate, a little chewy, more than I would have figured, but at the same time it almost feels a little thin. Plenty drinkable because of the body, and while it teases the first senses to experience it, the overall experience is decent, nothing poor, but nothing outstanding either.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle

A- Pours a very hazy golden yellow color with orange hues

S- The aroma is delightfully fruity with a lot of citrus, spices and yeast. There is not as much hops in the aroma as most Saisons, but there is a really nice mixture of citrus and spices.

T- The taste features a lot of citrus and spices like the aroma, with a nice touch of hops in the finish. This is a little different than most Saisons that are typically light and crisp with some spices and a hoppy finish, but this is a solid brew in its own right.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but I feel that it could benefit by a little more carbonation.

D- This is a great beer, but at 6.5% it is not as sessionable as some of the lower ABV Saisons out there.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Crown #19.

Poured hazy orange color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate yeasty spice and fruit aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet&sour citrus flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration.

Solid refreshing beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded golden with a foamy white head that thins and lasts, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of lemon, a bit of farmhouse mustiness and some floral spicing.

The taste is of sweet graininess, towards caramel, with a lemon zest. There's a yeastiness that borders chalky. There's a slight metallic - almost aspirin-like bitterness in the dry finish that mixes with the sweetness. Clumsy, but works better than it sounds as I read what I'm typing.

It is creamy, but a bit syrupy/thickish for a light-bodied brew.

It's saison-like. After I was almost finished with it I read the label - Wheat and lager malt; East Kent Golding and Crystal hops; Belgian ale yeast and their "own Grimstad water". Interesting. Interesting - and an "interesting" beer. Saison-ish. Not quite as refreshing as I had hoped it would be - a bit heavy with a bitterness that ALMOST clashes with a heavy maltiness - the slight mustiness I'll take as coming from the Belgian yeast strain puts a nice Saison touch to it. Good, but nothing great - in or out of the style - I've had brews I've enjoyed more and were better made from this brewery.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark gold, almost orange beer that has a solid one-finger head that dies slowly and leaves some lace. Some malts and a citric burst in the smell. A sweet malt taste is there, with caramel being prevelant. There is some tartness in there also, like sour apple or raspberries (some fruit sharp in nature). Medium-bodied and passes over the tongue with minor crispness and finishes with a drying sensation but doesn't have a funky aftertaste. Good beer.

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Photo of charlzm
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Consumed 08/30/08.

From the bottle to the tulip glass, the beer looks a lot like a mimosa: fairly clear golden/orange with plenty of tiny bubbles though only a fleeting head. Then, because I didn't catch it in time, the cloudy yeast from the bottle bottom slipped out. Drats!

The beer is quite aromatic, with sweet honeysuckle complimented by a tart citrus character (mostly oranges). This literally made my mouth water!

The mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, and the lack of carbonation imparts a heavy, almost syrupy feel.

Flavor is muted: similar to but sadly less intense than the aroma. Not particularly sour or tart, the most notable (and surprising) flavor is a marked bitterness. There's also a hint of dryness on the finish.

Disappointing, after the overall high caliber of this brewery's other beers and the awesome aroma. I poured most of it down the drain.

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Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange with a one finger head. Some moderate lacing develops.

Smell: little yeast and some light plum sweetness. A hint of citrus comes through too.

Taste: caramel, plums, red apples, some yeast and a hint of funkiness. Little less flavorful than expected.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start. Light crisp and a hint of dryness at the finish. Aftertaste is very short. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very easy to drink this one, and it makes for a nice summer beer. Worth picking this one up to try.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy yellow, half finger head.

S- Clean citrus with estery yeast notes.

T- Fruity yeast character blends with sweet malt up front lending way to hint of toasted malt and a smooth dry hop finish.

M- Just ok, light enough to be refreshing.

D- I could have more, after seein what else is available.

I enjoyed this beer alot just not as much as Hennepin.

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Photo of ccrida
1.66/5  rDev -56%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, the Saison is a cloudy burnt gold with a small white head that leaves light lace.

Smell is very spicy, before I even had a taste, I thought "uh oh". Orange juice beer, maybe passable for an heavy-handed Wit.

Taste is heavy on the orange peel, like a fruit beer. Curarcao I assume, it has bit of Gran Mariner syrupiness. This is just not what I look for in a Saison at all (or really any beer). Sorry, this is just too overspiced. This beer doesn't necessarily taste awful, I'm sure it's popular with teenagers in countries where it's affordable.

Mouthfeel is thicker and kind of soapy.

Drinkability is very low. This is mis-labed, it's a bad wit, not a saison. If you like orange juice and don't like beer, it's worth a try.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one's either not that good, or slightly skunked. Or both (for $9, I'm not pleased). Medium white head over a yellow-orange colored beer that's slightly opaque. Bubbles dissolve down quickly leaving a very fine film on top. No lacing. Nose is citrus and skunk. Flavor is some mild citrus, malt, wheat, yeast, and skunkiness. This one is really disappointing. I don't get it either...brown bottle, no apparent issues. I'm pissed.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one with friends so didn't have a chance to jot down my thoughts. However, I tried to make some mental notes to help with the review.

This one looked like a saison. It had a nice cloudiness, but almost no head, which should have been my first sign that something was amiss. It smelled ok, with some spice and hoppiness, but not terribly strong.

It tasted, well, like not a whole lot. It certainly had more spice, and more depth than your average High Life, but not nearly as much as some of my favorite saisons. It also had a strange aftertaste that seemed a little off.

It felt appropriate in the mouth, and it was fine in terms of drinkability. I might have another, if I was thirsty and there was one sitting around. If someone brought over a bunch of these, and that's what we were drinking, I could polish them off, but I would definitely check the fridge to gauge my options. Overall, disappointing, but not a bad beer or anything.

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Photo of gpogo
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very hazy light gold. with small off-white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a speckled lacing.

A- Fruity citrus aroma. Slight spiciness as well with a nice dosing of hops adding to the spice and slightly grapefruit aroma. A slightly skunky aroma as well, though this does not seem to be present in the taste.

T- Kindof blunt or thick as I start tasting it then the citrusy orange and lemon join the party. Overall there is a constant coriander flavor finishing off dry with a hoppy bitterness. Leaves a nice fruity aftertaste.

M- Medium body with low carbonation. When poured I noticed a significant amount of carbonation however this seemed to have escaped almost instantly as the bubbles found nucleation points.

D- Not exactly what I expected from a saison, but a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle from city wide in south bend. Pours a grapefruit-juice yellow-orange with a short white head. A cloudy beer, laces slowly and unevenly. Smells surprisingly funky (i admit to having read some of the reviews in advance and noticing a complaint about lack of funk - not a requirement for saison, by the way). Citrusy hops with a soured malt backbone on the nose too. Yeah, definitely some monkey-funk smell. Taste is a bit unblanced, with part of the beer wanting to go with a hop forward lighter saison direction, and the other half wanting to be a funky malty or wheaty explosion. It almost achieves a sort of orange zest and horse shed medium but it doesnt quite pull it off. Still, it has some good qualities. I like the citrus flavor and the mild tang. I just think it could have a bit more of a spiciness or something to bring everything together.

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Photo of clickpush
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour: Half liter bottle to tulip glass. A hard pour produces a cloudy orange beer with only a small small white head. Tons of carbonation visible in the body of the beer. The head goes down quickly to scant lacing, but the brew itself looks thick and inviting.

Nose: Strong citrus bouquet: oranges and lemon zest. Dry spice notes of coriander and cracked white peppercorns. The aroma is not as strong as I would like, but characteristics are spot on for the style.

Mouth: Thick, chewy mouthfeel is the first thing I notice - quite odd for a saison. Orange flavor, hoppy, dry citric finish like grapefruit rind. Tons of citrus flavors complimented by the addition of coriander, notes again of cracker pepper. Unfortunately something about the mouthfeel is off-putting - it's not crisp or light, but actually more like the consistency of a thin carbonated syrup.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full cloudy yellow/orange look with little head, just a nice looking saison.

Nose of lemon, some funk, esthers of yeast, somewhat sour smelling - just right for the type.

Taste does not carry the nose, a bit of a disappointment, needs more depth and doesn't carry the promise of the nose. Nice balance, but that's the best thing about it. Oh well. Has some fruit and a nice dry aftertaste, a bit of hops bitterness, not sweet.

Nice and heavy, good body, but doesn't make up for the taste.

Very drinkable, easy to have, but needs more flavor. Had expected more on the recommendation from my Arminetti's dude, nice try.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First warm day in RI (77 degrees), just finished a few hours of yardwork and felt like a Saison would really hit the spot.

Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip (love this glass). Poured a hazy pale gold. No head to speak off, but an off-white skim of foam and ringlets that quickly dissipated into a light slick with a thin band concentrated around the perimeter of the glass. Some lacing, but not much. Scent was very discrete; some yeast and citrus (perhaps grapefruit) and maybe just a hint of funk. Flavor is also very subdued and balanced. Taste similar to nose; however, flavors are more reminiscent of a wheat beer than a saison. Mouthfeel was very flat and limp, no carbonation to speak of. Drinkability is good. Brew was very refreshing, but not at all characteristic of a Saison.

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Photo of dgallina
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint, .9 fluid ounce slim brown bottle. The usual bold Nøgne labeling and no freshness dating.

Looks a bit dull and sickly on the pour. Cloudy pale yellow, nearly flat body, with a film of white head on top. Smells nice enough, however. Dusty lime notes with a light funky yeast and mellow grain backdrop. The aroma mostly follows through in flavor. Lemon and lime ride atop slightly earthy yeast. Builds to a hoppy bitter finish with an unfortunate metallic aftertaste. The body is thin, rather limp, and barely carbonated. An thoroughly unimpressive beer. Significantly below average for this brewery.

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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yet cloudy pale orange color with an average head that dissipated into a light cap. The aroma is earthy; some pepper, light lemon and a good whiff of a banana bread. The taste is of banana bread, light citrus, and a light funk. A light hop bitterness in the end. Taste reminds me of a hefe with a little funk. Not tart like most saisons, has more of a yeast profile. Still very tasty though. The feel is moderate and has a creamy texture, finishes fairly balanced. Not a typical saison as I didn't pick up much in the way of floral notes, tartness, or the funk. However, still a very fine tasting brew.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From mini-bomber into NBS mug to kick off the race and the continued Euro-taint of the 24...

Cloudy honey/white grapefruit yellow. Active carbonation, thin sudsy head. I'd say it was a 4 'cause it's a little different but I gotta admit - it looks a little too much like something I'd leave at the doctor's office.

Yeasty amd nice, austere (piney?) hops. Orange and coriander aroma is well-distributed with some citrusy (grapefruit?) bitterness.

Clean-tasting balance of orange, vanilla and a little pine. Alcohol is way in the background - slight sourness to yeast. Very pleasant.

This hits the mouth more flat than preferred or expected from the visible carbonation. Tanginess adds the desired palate spike.

Definitely enjoyable for a sessionable offering - based on serving temperature would prefer to serve a little colder than usual. Nice stuff!

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Photo of JDV
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Erin for lugging this one back from Atlanta for me!
Pours a glowing, cloudy, bright, light orange color. Just a sudsy sparse head remains after a few seconds. Smell is coriander, spices, along with bright and wheaty and lightly citrusy leanings. Taste is lightly spiced with similar flavors as in the smell, along with an interesting and unexpected, but welcomed light hop presence and a lightly wheaty flavor as well. Thin to medium bodied with average carbonation. Not too familiar with the style, but I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Luminous lemon (when backlit) with much less yeast than expected. Perhaps it's hiding in the bottom of the bottle. The pearl colored crown is a tightly packed collection of glassy bubbles that doesn't look very Belgian. A smattering of sticky lace decorates the sides of the glass in the form of half-moons and assorted curlicues.

The nose is fresh and clean, with an abundance of lemony, herbal, light spicy, modestly musky aromas that are due to what smells like a wonderful Belgian yeast strain and two well-chosen hops (East Kent Goldings and Crystal). There's no horse blanket, since Brettanomyces isn't used, but there is a subtle funk of a different nature.

Since the first mouthful was good, but wasn't outstanding, I've decided to add the good stuff from the bottom of the bottle to the glass. The beer is now signficantly murky and the flavor should be more intense as well. At least I hope so.

My opinion hasn't changed a whole lot. Saison is a much better than average version that doesn't deliver the transcendence of an expertly crafted Belgian ale. That's okay, roughly 99% of the world's beer doesn't either. The body/mouthfeel is partly to blame, but that isn't the whole story. On second thought, it might be most of the story.

The malt backbone (wheat and 'lager' malt) does a good job of anchoring the bottom end and providing an underlying cereal grain sweetness rather than an overattenutated crisp dryness. Things begin to dry out on the finish, which is where the top notes of yeast and spice begin to find their groove.

Lemon, lemongrass and a potpourri of spices (clove, cardamom, white pepper) share the spotlight. I'm beginning to agonize over the flavor score, and wish, yet again, that 4.25 was an option. The beer's outstanding drinkability means that the glass will probably be empty before any firm conclusions can be drawn.

The mouthfeel is the only (minor) disappointment. Undercarbonation is the main reason. Saisons should be lush and fluffy, with an ethereal creaminess that caresses the mouth and tongue. None of that is true here.

Other than the amazingly delicious Porter and Imperial Stout, Saison might be my favorite Nogne beer to date. It's tantalizingly close to greatness and is already there in terms of drinkability. Cutting through the waffling, I will gladly buy multiple bottles in the future.

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Photo of theformula
4.67/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer #41 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/10. Thanks to GeorgiaBeer once again for this one!

A: Pours a light orange body into a tulip glass. A 2" white head dissipates quickly but leaves a nice layer on top. The body is hazy w/ yeasties & visible, active carbonation.

S: Awesome aroma, whoa. Could've fooled me for a Belgian. Prominent aroma of doughy yeast & barnyard funk give it that authenticity, while grains & husk (pilsner like, actually) along w/ wildflower & light candi sugar give it a subtle sweetness. Definite coriander and lemon notes as well. Fantastic.

M: Med. body, med. carbonation. Silky smooth body, a little crisp and smooth. Nice.

T: Follows suit w/ the aroma thankfully. Delicious malt base of wildflowers, clover honey & husk are in near perfect balance w/ the funky, doughy yeast & spices. It has some wit & pilsner characteristics, interesting. Leafy, lightly bitter hops (Saaz?) round it out nicely. Rustic but refined & complex.

D: This is deviously delicious, an excellent Saison. Great authenticity w/ a twist. Complex, funky and easily drinkable. This would kill for some seafood. Highly recommended & one of the best Saisons I've had.

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Photo of satowns
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gusher!! Upon popping the cap, a large plug of foam begins to eject. Not quite an explosion, but a little messy.

Poured into a goblet where the foam quickly disappears; what a short life it lived...Glowing gold in color, the carbonation is hidden behind a veil of haze.

First whiff reveals leather, orange and a brett-ish mustiness.

Spicy and nicey! Good white pepper quality; a little tart in the finish. Yeasty earthiness work well with the spicy E. Kent Goldings. Wildflower honey in the finish.

This is a very quaffable beer. Complex enough to satisfy the Belgian lover, but tame enough to serve as an entry into the Belgian world of beer. I would prefer a bit more spice in the flavor. The only repellent from future purchases would be the price for 500mls....$8.50!

Music enjoyed whilst sampling: Where the streets have no name by U2 (just listening to the radio...)

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mid sized bottle, no freshness nor bottling date info. Pours cloudy dull apricot, light and short lived near white head then leaves very fine, well detailed sticky lacing. Nose is of lightly sugared dried fruits, light honey blossoms and powdered sugar. Subtle, complex and well crafted creation. Light on the spices early and more of a wheaty, yeasty feel to it. Some pepper late, and soft but drying hops. Nicely done, I'm drinking it on a freezing winter day, but I can imagine this would be a nice summer accompaniment to a lazy lunch of salads, cheese, bread etc. No bargain, but worth a try for lovers of the style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah hah! So that's how it's pronounced! "NUHN-ye"

Pours a clouded orange with basically no head. Nose is citrus and minor funk, but the citrus reigns supreme here. Flavor is inky. I know I have used the term before, but this tops all others. Calms a bit over time, or maybe I am just used to it. So we're definitely on a more robust edge here with some grass mixed in as well. Hearty. Feel is about standard. The usual slightly thin liquid touch and lower carbonation. This is a decent saison. I wouldn't really compare it to Fantome or any other of my favorites, but it will do.

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Saison from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
85 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.