FF Dekoorc Eert | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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FF Dekoorc EertFF Dekoorc Eert

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made with the malt base of Crooked Tree using 7C's hop, which is a blend of 7 American hops that start with the letter C (Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Cluster, Columbus, and Crystal). Lots of citrus and pine and a hint of earthiness on the finish.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap.

A - Pours a dark gold color with a thick layer of creamy white head, carbonation is low.

S - Subtle sweet malt nose with delicate floral presence.

T - Toasted caramel malt with a mild pine bitterness on the back end.

M - Full medium body, light carbonation, coats the mouth with toasted caramel and mild pine/citrus bitter sweetness.

O - Very subdued, maybe it's the keg? One dimensional and mundane.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, muddled, caramel coloring with a filmy, sparse, white head, and a ton of sediment throughout the body. Aromas of tropical fruit notes forward, heavy on pineapple, melon, and mango, with a solid backbone of caramel, and subtle dank, cedar tones. Flavors are pineapple and caramel forward, with roasted overtones, and a solid caramel backbone. Very sweet overall. The body is bold, with a dry edge and slight effervescence from the carbonation. The aftertaste is tangy sweet, with a subtle tropical fruit tart character providing an edge. The finish is smooth, slick, and slightly effervesced.

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Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Never drops bright, slightly above average head retention & lacing

S: Woody & herbal hops, breadyness & pears

T: Follows the nose, some grapefruit as well. Dryness & pears, some breadyness as well & herbal hops. Finishes dry with herbal hops

Medium body, subdued carbonation, okay balance

Drinks alright, nothing special though. This mixed pack was pretty disappointing, I really wonder when the store got these beers?

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Photo of ONUMello
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy orange with a one-finger head
S: A touch light but clean with grain, caramel, tropical fruit and a hint of citrus
T: Matches the nose. Same notes, same lightness
M: Light to medium bodied, a touch sweet
O: This is a nice summer beer I would just prefer a touch more from the hops

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Photo of Raime
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

FF Beer.

Second of the series.

Look - Pours a murky copper with a two finger off white head. Carbonation is on moderate. Looks attractive and on point for the style. Leaves not a spot of lacing.

Smell - A predominant malt bomb in this aspect. Grapefruit rinds and pithiness with a large boque of floral attributes. Though highly, HIGHLY malty.

Taste - Highly floral and sprite-esqe. These are some very sweet, flowery hops. The malt meets it at the half-way point and doesn't dominate. Nicely split flavor profile.

Feel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not much else to say here.

Overall - Not a whole lot going on here. It is a solid easy drinker and worth picking up for a filler beer, but I'm having a hard time extending this review any further.

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Photo of tedvr
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured really cloudy with a copper orange color. Smells were a very mild citrus hops. Had a very off taste, with an aftertaste of burnt rubber. Overall, not impressed.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pint glass

L - It is orange with golden highlights and cloudy. It it capped with an inch of white head.

S - I get citrus. Orange seems to be most noticeable with some pine.

T - The tastes has orange, alcohol, and pine.

F - Medium

O - It is always interesting to try a single hop beer to gain an understanding in the more complex IPA's.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

The color is a hazy amber/orange with a finger of foamy off-white head and some lacing left on the glass.

The smell is citrus at first with a slight orange aroma that lets a little lemon mix in. There is a slight aroma of wet leaves here and a slight pine does come out in the nose briefly.

The taste is fruity at first with a mellow orange and cantaloupe flavor. The bitterness in this beer has some bite but seems to be mellow as well. A leafy flavor is there at the end with slight pine flavor that arrives after the bitterness passes. There is a juicy fruit flavor that hangs in the aftertaste and is quite pleasurable.

The feel of this is light and really has a great mellow bite. There is a smooth drinkable feel here that just goes down east and the beer disappears quickly. A really great drinker if an IPA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 11/23/2014 at Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong fruity grapefruit sweetness that is quickly followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Got it pretty cheap so it's rather old, but, eh, why not?!
Hazy dark orange, small creamy head that lingers for some time.
There's still some hop on the nose, some grapefruit, faint tropical fruit, but a stronger biscuit and caramel maltiness. A dried up leafy note too.
Grapefruity hops still hold a nice foothold here, a nice bitter-sweet start. Almost lacks the tropical notes, a hint of mango, a bit of tangerine, a nice generically floral honey sweetness too. Really toasted biscuits, a bit grainy too. Light pine resin, but otherwise nice leafy hops with a nice and dry finish, a bit earthy.
Medium body, low carbonation. Malts are a bit too present in the aftertaste, hop bitterness in the back of the throat and some grapefruit peel.
This was probably really good fresh. Still, my grade won't hurt it that much, overall.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Dark Horse's FF Dekoorc Eert last week for $1.99 at The Lager Mill. This is the last of the three different single hopped versions of Crooked Tree that I picked, I'm interested to see how this one stacks up, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks weird, I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a murky brunt orange color that didn't change when held to the light and it had a little over two fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of sticky lacing behind. This was a decent looking beer, but I wasn't a big fan of the color.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of citrus rind and floral hop aromas with just a little bit of piney aromas coming through in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a bready, lightly grainy and sweet malt like aroma with just a little bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. This beer had a nice aroma, it was true to style and hop profile was nice.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time the piney and floral hops seem to stick out the most with the citrus rind flavors showing up in the background and the hop profile as a whole is lighter than it was in the aroma. Up next comes the malts which seemed to stick out a little more than they did in the aroma with the grainy and bready malts sticking out the most. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with a slightly hoppy, bready and pretty grainy aftertaste. This was a nice tasting IPA, but i wish the hop profile stuck out a little more and was more like it was in the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, dry on the finish, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a decent example of the style, it was very true to style and the hop profile wasn't bad, but I didn't think the hops came out as bright as I would like them to be when it came to the aroma it made this beer a little above the middle as far as the style goes. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, crisp, dry on the finish, not too filling and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention, but I think after awhile I would start to get bored with it, so I think one or maybe two would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it was nice and pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't horrible, but the color wasn't that good. I don't think I would buy this beer on it's own, but I wouldn't turn one down. I can't say I would recommend this as one of the better IPA's, but it's worth a try, especially if your interested in Falconers Flight hops. All in all I liked this beer, but I wasn't impressed by it, the hop profile wasn't bad, but in the end it just wasn't that bright and I found myself wanting more from it. This isn't my favorite Dark Horse beer or my favorite single hopped IPA, but it's not the worst in any of those categories. So far the Apollo version was my favorite, this came in second and the cascade was third. I like the idea behind these beers, keep up the creative work guys.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a slightly hazy copper orange color with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Toasted, bready, pale malts, earthy, spicy, citrus,and grassy hops.

Taste: This beer has a nice balance to it. The toasted malts seem to be the most dominant flavor with the hops mildly there and dome bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy malts, some bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is the 2nd of the single hop Crooked Tree pack. I love their take on it, but you can't beat the original. You still have to appreciate single hop beers like this one.

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Photo of robear
2.26/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle, guessing this is about a month old.

Appearance: Very similar to other Crooked Tree/Dekoorc Eert beers. Golden amber, hazy, clearly unfiltered. Head foams out in under a minute.

Smell: Whoa. Very, very vegetal. Burnt toast. Dirty socks. A little unsettling, actually.

Taste: None of the trademark FF flavors- a tiny hint of citrus followed by dirty cotton and old cheese. Not sure how this beer got so funky at 1-2 months old. A very distinct sharp cheddar finish.

Mouthfeel: Same as the other beers in the series. Hard to focus on the mouthfeel with this one, to be honest. Probably the highlight of the beer.

Overall: I feel like I must have gotten a bad bottle. The risks of unpasteurized/unfiltered IPA's mean that you can't guarantee consistency. Because FF is a blend, I suppose that any bad hop in the blend could set off the whole batch.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours a semi-cloudy golden amber color with a slight head. The aroma is big and bold with citra hops. The taste is unique with a light yet big bold hoppy taste. It finishes with a bit of a sour pineapple after taste. Another big and hoppy brew from dark horse which won’t let you down.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nice caramel color with some sticky lacing, lots of yeasty sediment at the bottom of the bottle, and a frothy white head.

S: Aroma of earthiness and generally bitter, There is a tinge of garlic in the aroma from the hops along with caramel , pale malt and the normal ipa aromas.

T: Relatively bitter with some of the Falconer Flight characteristics I guess. Mixing light mild onion flavors and some bitter spicy characteristics, I can see why Falconer Flight is not the most prolific of flavor addition hops that are on the market right now. The citrus like characteristics are probably more pleasing to most others , as it also stands for me.

M: Medium body, malty while not too thick at the same time nor too watery. Lets face it, Dark Horse knows what they are doing with Crooked Tree and this is just a further testament to them trying different hops in their core ipa.

O: I can dig it, its definitely more pleasing to me to have this than lets say an underwhelming summer beer addition in a mixed pack. This comes as a four pack mixer of ipa's going after those who like the style and know who Dark Horse is. For the price point, getting a 12 mixed pack of this is tough to beat even though the local where I get this from usually upcharges a little more than my liking for carrying such a variety. I thought the Apollo was my favorite of the group so far.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Incredibly hazy orange/brown color with a fluffy two-finger, off-white head. Bits of lacing, but not much.

Smell: I haven't had Falconer's Flight hops before, so I'll throw that out there. With this, I'm getting a very spicy sort of hop aroma. Earthy. Peppery. Grapefruit kind of on the nose as well. There's also a significant malt smell I'm picking up with actually a bit of an alcohol on the nose as well. The earthiness comes across a bit like onion or garlic, like that of Summit hops, but far less obvious. Another reviewer described the aroma of this as "swampy", and I think that's a pretty good description. Really dank, dirty, and in your face.

Taste/feel: Quite abrasive, wow. Moderate/high carbonation, a very nice pretty full body... that's all great. The taste is kind of interesting. Almost identical to the smell with a rush of bitterness at the beginning of middle of each sip. A surprisingly malty flavor on top of the bitterness. Very, very dry.

Interesting about explains it. The taste follows the nose for the most part, but it's a little less successful. A solid beer worth trying (what else is new from Dark Horse?), but it's not a must-have IPA. I'm looking forward to the Apollo and Cascade versions of this beer, which are in my fridge. I really liked the Citra version of this beer when I had it last year. This is tasty, but not as good as that one was... I also prefer the original Crooked Tree over this.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber orange in color with a one finger head.

Floral, citrus, hops. Very light for an IPA.

Very slight citrus finishes with a light floral taste. Not a huge fan.

Mouthfeel is dull for an IPA.

Overall, the regular crooked tree is better.

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Photo of BellsFan
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a light amber with less than a finger of full head across top. significant frothy lacing. Appealing.

Aroma. Reminds me of the smell of the Ypsilanti Michigan beer festival.

Taste. Smooth hop flavor with a touch of grapefruit or other citrus and a hint of carmel

Mouthfeel. Smooth with a slight bite on the tongue

Overall I give this beer 45 and I would buy it again

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY. Single hopped with Falconer's Flight. This one was an improvement upon the original Crooked Tree, in my opinion

Pours a very dark orange, with a 1/2 inch head, and large sheets of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, resin, pine, and some bready malt.

The taste is similar. This one is much drier than regular Crooked Tree, with a mild amount of lingering pine and resinous bitterness. Some grapefruit and mango flavors, bready malt, lemon peel, and pine sol.

Medium bodied, due to the stronger malt backbone that Crooked Tree sports. Slightly creamy, but finishes bone-dry. Very drinkable.

This one was really nice, I think this might be my first experience with Falconer's Flight hops, and I really like them.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with half a finger of crisp white head which regenerated itself while drinking. Active carbonation is right on for the style. Sticky rings of lacing left behind with each drink.

Smell: Crisp pine jumps out right away. Underneath that pine is a potent body of fresh fruits with accents of tangerines, mangos, pineapple, and orange peel. Some grassy hops show up toward the back end. A semi-sweet malt backbone gives a great stage for the hops to shine.

Taste: Warming malts with touches of caramel greet the drinker. Tropical fruits with accents of saturated citrus, mangos, and pineapple. After the front, an unapologetic pine attack hits the palate which lingers on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Piney hops are the winner on the palate but some semi-sweet tones provided by the malt profile and brighter hops provide pleasant complexity.

Overall: Another hit from Dark Horse in this single hopped series. Falconer Flight rarely seem to get individual attention so this was a nice experience to get to know them better. This 12pk is worth it.

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Photo of Jetulio
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle poured into a snifter glass

Appearance... Copper beer with foamy head colour white of 1,5 fingers aprox. Decent lasting.

Aroma...   malt, pine and fruits.  Pine forest aroma predominance

Taste... Some citric and malty notes and then hop , touch of bitterness lasting in mouth all the time.

Mouthfeel... medium/full body and soft carbonation

Overall... a very recomendable pale ale, hops are present after sweety notes. Hard to find in Spain but one to repeat.

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Photo of BB1313
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing copper with a small off-white head that leaves decent lacing and retention. The aromas have alot of caramel in the mix with hints of grapefruit and peach. Some sweet fruit notes are present. The flavors are bittersweet. There's a very nice bitterness going on, but the touch of caramel malts gives it balance. I'm picking up alot of grapefruit in the finish. There's also hints of orange zest along with lemon and lime. Some pine needles in the mix. There's a subtle spiciness as well. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is fine. It's medium-bodied and thin with active carbonation.

Not blown away, but once again the craftsmanship is impressive. They seemed to nail their intentions. Good, but nothing crazy, in my opinion.

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Photo of Pencible
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy light copper with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like bitter citrus zest and earthy copper hops, with some bready malt.
T: It tasted like resin and copper hops, with some bready malt and citrus zest. It had a bitter and somewhat dirty aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was on ok IPA, but the scent and taste weren't anything great. The body was average too, and the finish was a little murky. So it wasn't a delight to drink. Not bad, but not above average.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vertical tasting with the other crooked trees. 2nd favorite of the series. Red caramel color while pouring. Citrus smell and malts as well as a bit of oats. Very malty cities flavor as well. Nice smooth finish. Second favorite of the four I tried. Nicely done.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- unfiltered ipa with falconers flight hop. my first such experience with said hops.

A: Translucent autumn orange coloring with a ravishing display of micro-effervesce that is like its own little storm cell swirling in the vessel. A whipped cream textured head is rock steady and strong with a dull ivory tone to it. Label makes claim of unfilitered nature, to that im not seeing any visible evidence with exception of the haze, no particulate matter, which would of been the icing on the cake for me. Love the extra junk in the glass but overall this was still an outstanding show of head restraint, co2, and a fair amount of chunky lace lashes left behind.

S: Citrus orange and sweetly toasted malt character with a good deal of depth. Grassiness and a slight tropical fruit mention.

T: The hops are brightly spoken for, fresh, wet and juicy, while the finish provides a gentle hop dryn. There is a lemony-twang of grassiness, with the lemon being wet, the grassiness being dry. Citra hops come to play.

M: Strong tingly sensations of carbonation dances off the tongue with a luscious creamy maltiness of medium body.

O: Overall i rate per BA standards of outstanding being a 4.0 and i feel this meets my criteria in almost all catergories with exception of aroma being marginally off. Visually its everything you can ask for ( with exception of my personal favorite floaties), it has a good malt character and crisp carbonation factor as well. It has a very good complexity, even more so when you consider its a single hop variety (yes i am aware it is a blend) but it maintains the high citra quality and tropical fruitiness as well west coast attributes of grassiness and citrus notes. Its clean, crisp, smooth in flavor and highly worthy of multiples. Its flavorful, that is the hops are utilized during the late boil, and is not just dry hopped and bitter 60 minute boils like most of the other zombie ipas out there that just focus on bitterness and not flavor. Abv% feels perfect here, is not hindering even at 6.5%. If you check my average dev. you see i tend to rate most beers, if not ipa's a bit lower then the masses, with so many choices i feel to many are homongenous and dont stand out and focus only on bitter quality and quirky names. Underated imho.

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FF Dekoorc Eert from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 451 ratings.
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