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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by marc77 on 08-12-2002

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Holybrew for "making" me sample this beer.

Pours lovely. Fluffy head, sticky, white. Chunks a bit in the center and sticks to the glass wall. Cloudy and hazy, the golden body has some floaties, but not much. Almost glows...

Yeast, corriander, slight pepper, and floral spice come through the nose, but not that strong. I think I used the wrong glass, but they mug is all I have here.

Sweet taste up front, with zest and carbonation coming through. Slight citrus in the middle and light malt towards the end. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Crisp feeling. Very easy drinking for abv. Would be good on a hot summer night.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this baby on Turkey Day. Overall thoughts are that it was tasty, but not terribly complex. Taste was fairly sweet up front, belgian candi style sweetness, and finished with a bit of grassy bitterness. It was pleasant, but there are better tripels available. Still not a bad beer for Thanksgiving.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, yellow/golden color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Very fine yeast are noticeable suspended within the brew. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malts, some fruit (banana), and spices (maybe coriander). Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly chewy. There is a very high carbonation level. Bitterness levels are noticeable, but not too great. Tastes of sweet malts and strong tart malts up front and then some banana flavors come through strongly. An alcohol flavor comes through in the middle of the brew. A slight hop flavor is present in the finish along with some more of the banana. Overall, this is a great beer and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that lasts. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: fruit sweetness, honey, and yeast are picked up by the nose.

Taste: very fruity, nice malt profile, honey, green grapes, decent bitterness, and alcohol make up a decent triple.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp from start to finish. Short sweet aftertaste sticks to the tongue.

Drinkability: this is a good beer but it was a touch unbalanced as the sweetness seemed to grow as the glass emptied. Alcohol keeps this down a notch too.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gosh, I can't believe it's been a week since I had this beer. That's why I take notes. On the label, it boosts a World Beer Cup 2002 Gold, so it must be good, right? On to the beer:

The color of the beer is a hazy orange with a decent head to it. Smell is very complex and sweet. Candy like sweetness with a blend of butterscotch, and yeast. Sweetness in the flavor is tart, peppery, a bit tropical (like pinneapple), and delicate. Alcohol is placed nicely, and remains hidden for the most part. <BURP!> Yum, tropical fruit punch in my burp. Can I have another?

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to sirhc for this one.

Poured into a chalice a deep dark golden color, nice carbonation, huge two finger plus creamy head, tons of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly sweet, spicy, bready, and yeasty. The taste is sweet/tangy, spicy, malty, and yeasty. Medium body, a nice complex brew. Very drinkable, a very tasty tripel, highly recommended.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a clear, rich, concentrated gold color and is topped by an easily three-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite herbal; perhaps a mix of fermentation character, hops and even a touch of grassy malt. Notes of vanilla peak through a base of dry weeds (which give this some sharp biting notes), . There is a nice aromatic note of both sweet and toasty malt here that has vague nuances of butterscotch, a just lightly malty caramel note, some dry soda cracker notes, and the aforementioned grassy grain character. There is a touch of higher alcohols in the nose, which only seem to accentuate that sharp, sort of weed-like herbal note that seems to be the most dominant note.

Sharp up front with a herbal astringent note, but the beer immediately softens up a bit with a sweet malt character. Notes of honey are certainly in evidence and mix quite well with the herbal notes; the combination makes me think of some sort of greenish wild flower nectar. This beer has a way of lightly sticking to the palate, letting one no that this is not a beer to take lightly, though it certainly drinks a bit lighter than its alcohol content might suggest. Back to that sharpness, it seems to be a combination of higher alcohols and some phenolic notes, neither of which are out of control and in fact add a touch of balance to the sweetness that might otherwise be dominating. Speaking of phenolics there is a definite note of clove here, which tends to accentuate the sweet malt. There are also some noticeable fruit notes here, predominantly pear, green apple, and tart plum.

This is an interesting beer; sweet yet astringently dry at times; palate sticking, yet light enough to be quaffable. There is definitely enough sharp rough edges here to balance the sweet malt and fruit notes. At times this beer is incredibly enjoyable, but at other times there is something (that I can't quite put my finger on) that seems a bit off kilter. It is not enough to negate my enjoyments, but it certainly makes me ponder, and perhaps that is a good thing anyway. In the end not being able to fully grasp this beer makes it that much more intriguing.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml picked up at the Coop for about $4.50... enjoyed with Brenda.. mine from my Kasteel tulip..

Huge chunky white head and fantastic lacing.. Bright yellow with only the slightest haze.. pretty.

Wow factor on the nose ... sweet toasted biscuits ... lemon verbena.. and a very characteristic spiciness... more complex than I can pick out... wow again.

Big Belgian pale malts are closely guarded by the yeasty flavors... fruits like nothing I've enjoyed in a long time... mango.. papaya.. banana.. meyer lemon.. yummy. I have no idea and have never really been able to pick out hop flavors on real Belgians... so I am not going to try. Perfect mouthfeel with a creaminess that the carbonation bursts with flavors with every sip. Slight white pepper and nutmeg. Perfect sweetness ties every sip together and leaves a lingering flavor until the next.

I get this brew everytime I do a Triple flight, but until now, I've never taken the time to savor it... Gouden Carolus Triple is simply fantastic.... now the question I am asking, "Will it cellar?"

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured ontap into a Gouden Carolus glass. Hazy straw golden color to it with ample bone white head and wonderful lacing.

S. Smell is belgian yeast in the nose with some citrus tones.

T. The flavor profile does not deviate from the nose much, nice belgian yeast kick, notes of lemon. Noble hopping adds to the mild citrus. Sweet bread notes, wheat like at times, but finishes clean and strong.

M. Light to medium bodied, fairly smooth.

D. A very nice tripel here, definately in my top 5.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a golden yellow, with orange highlights, with a phenomenal white, fluffy head, good lacing in a tulip glass.

S: Fruity esters, apple and pear, with a bit of malt, has a definite floral, herbal quality to the smell.

T: Good tasting tripel. A fruity center meets with light malt and yeast esters to make a fantastic combination. There is also a hint of caramel and candy sugar in this brew too.

M: Smooth and fluffy, full-bodied and warming.

D: A drinkable and tasty tripel. Haven't had this one for a while, I'm glad I revisited it, it is a quality beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cl bottle, best before May 2009, drank in April 2007.

Poured into a Corsendonk glass.

Looked fine, dull, dirty copper colour, slight haze. Good white head sat on top.

Aroma of apple pie and sugar, strange but true!

Sour and fizzy, dry and yeasty. Complexed flavours attack your tastebuds, difficult to split them from each other, I liked it.

For a 9% beer there is not a great mouthfeel, but there isn't in many triples, again strange.

A very drinkable beer, would like to see it on tap on day.

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Photo of biegaman
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Glowing apricot with a shiny bronzing complexion. The flurry of bubbles will largely obstruct one's view of the other side of the glass and, despite the vivid clarity, reduce transparency to a matter of squinting. The head is so super, duper, fantastically creamy that it looks uncannily like frothed milk. So much so, it looks delicious enough to drink on its own!

Speaking of whipped cream, I noted on a previous occasion such an overload of banana that I likened it to a banana cream pie (an attribute most appreciated by these nostrils!) Tonight, however, I'm finding more similarity to lemon-meringue pie (which is equally as delightful in my books.) Either way you slice it, dessert is served!

The beer's appearance and aroma should be considered nothing short of remarkable and its flavour profile no less so. A taste grounded in lightly toasted, very bready malts begins with drying notes of hay and straw and then quickly turns fruity, followed by spicy. Peach and apricot, pepper and ginger are noted. Mace and anise seed coated apple seems most prominent throughout this tasting.

The mouthfeel is interesting too. It leaves a unique texture in the mouth, one I would liken to yogurt. The presence of a drying, straw-like yeast also factors in. The alcohol will, on occasion, show face but it fades very quickly against the backdrop of flavours. One glass is extremely satisfying but a whole bottle (even the 750ml) is not at all unrealistic for a beer this well made, even if it is 9%.

Despite all the fruit (apple, pear, apricot, nectarine) and spice (mace, allspice, ginger, pepper, clove) neither is used. All this complexity and flavour is derived from a time-tested, antiquated Belgian yeast strain. As any homebrewer will tell you, Belgian beers are not as complicated to make as it would seem; the yeast does most the work. The exclusion of real fruit and spice is actually an act of addition and not subtraction.

I first had this beer at the Poechenellekelder in Brussels and scored it very highly. In the two years that have passed my understanding and appreciation for Belgian beer has only increased and so too have my thoughts on this beer. As different as they may be, all of Belgium's great tripels are just that and together, as a group, Gouden Carolus' included, comprise one of the greatest ensemble of beers known to Earth.

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Photo of Zorro
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very slightly hazy golden ale with a massive puffy white head. Furious carbonation level, so high it started to foam over the top of the glass resulting in the need to eat some foam. This is a head that never says die.

Smell is banana and apple with a spicy yeast scent. Smell of honey and flowers and spices. Lemon and pepper scents ride along on the faint scent of alcohol.

Taste is sweet spice and banana in the first sip. Mildly sweet and very peppery with a clear flavor of coriander. Vanilla, cinnamon, apple, and nuts are the more subtle flavors. Fairly noticeable bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected.

Drinkability is in one word heaven. Damn tasty beer here and I am not surprised, this brewery has yet to make a beer I do not adore.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: after I poured, the glass was about 1/4 beer and 3/4 foam; pretty dramatic. Body is a slightly hazy pale golden color with lots of apparent effervescence; head is a gargantuan mass of compact white bubbles. I am impressed.

Smell: aroma is subtle but sweet. Nice, light malt aroma with just hints of pears and apples. I like it, though I would have liked a little more of it.

Taste: similar to the aroma, the flavor is surprisingly subtle. Plain malt sweetness is the main flavor, though little bits of tree fruit peek in at the edges. Overall, it's a much less fruity beer than a lot of other tripels. Alcohol is quite apparent, both in warming effect and the spiciness it adds. There's a nice subtle hop bitterness toward the end that is nice as well. Overall, it's a pretty good tripel, but it doesn't really blow me away.

Mouthfeel: quite creamy, though there is a bit of an astringent factor coming from somewhere that detracts a little bit from the overall experience. But for that, it's got the smooth creaminess I typically like in a tripel.

Drinkability: this was one impressive-looking beer, but I sort of got a tiny bit let down by the rest of the experience. I think this is a pretty bland example of the style, though it's not bad. I like tripels in general, so I like this well enough, but there are plenty of other tripels I'd just rather be drinking.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a classic golden color with a medium thick head and decent lacing. This beer is also pretty hazy.

Yeasty, clovey aroma. Fairly light, but nice.

This beer starts fairly light given the alcohol, and finishes with a clove taste. Very dry and with more yeast tastes than hops or malt.

Very drinkable for the alcohol, but lacks some interest for repeated visits.

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Photo of weeare138
3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white cap. Scattered bits of tubular lacing left around the tulip glass.
Smell is of grains of paradise, and light citrus. Wheat notes similar to a witbier.
Taste is of a hybrid wit/tripel. Odd spicing and dry wheat flavor sort of clash.
Mouthfeel is chewy, dry, with spicy dryness, after a weird sweetness of peach.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two-finger white head that vanishes without a trace lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is distinctly raisins, starts sweet and finishes sweet and sour but mellow. No hint of alcohol!! Another excellent triple. 330ml bottle for $3.49 from Hoosick St. Discount Bev, Troy, NY.

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Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 750 ml. bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden color with thick, foamy white head. Nice fuity aroma of apple, pear and grape. Very pleasantly crisp with hints of lighter fruits such as apple, pear and grape with a nice alcohol balance rendering it not too sweet. I enjoyed this beer very much.

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Photo of wl0307
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BB date: 17/12/06.
A: in a big tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a cloudy amber hue with extremely subtle carbonation struggling out of the control of gravity... the off-white hued foamy beer head is quite short-lived though, settling to a very thin layer of rimmed froth.
S: exotic fruit-themed maltiness and yeasty note dominates-- preserved figs, dried apricot, banana oil, candy-sugar (not OTT), rich scent of honey comb, lots of fruit esters, buttery lemon cake, very intense perfumy aroma... all mixed together; the nose is ever so complex and rich, but by no means sharp or too thick.
T&M: overwhelming flavour of juicy and oily texture of bananas, sweet citrus-flavoured cake, sultanas, followed by a slightly tartly sweet aftertaste of fig-jam, liquor-soaked peaches and tangy citrus zests, leaving a slightly clashing, spicy touch felt b/w the teeth; a moderately dryish aftertaste develops on top of residual taste of dried fruits, while the warm touch of alcohol emerges only very late during tasting, bit by bit softening the slightly rich fruity mouthfeel down to a mellow texture. The mouthfeel is ever so mellow and the candyish sweet edge is attenuated skilfully, just enough to underline the slightly sharp fruitiness at the front without leaving unwanted sugary touch in the end.
D: incredibly satisfying tripel for me. This is my first bottle of this beer since bringing it back from the Het Anker brewery sixteen months ago, and compared with those I had back then in Belgium, this bottle tastes more mellow with very good depth. I truly love this beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a hazy pale orange body with a sticky bubble antique white head that is supported by strands of microbubbles.

S- The double bubble aroma has some fruity esters to follow with a ripe peach quality to them. There are some dried orange peel notes and overripe pineapple hints come through in the finish.

T- The taste of club soda and dry yeast has some orange zest flavor in the finish. There is a lemon ester note that comes through as the beer opens.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz and no real alcohol heat.

O- The nice dry fruity esters combined with crisp easy drinking beer make this beer go down very fast. The citrus flavors are a nice twist on the classic tripel

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pooured a columinous head on top of a orange-red body with great carbonation and lace everywhere. A great aroma that is the Belgian standard. Yeast, orange and citric hops, hints of caramel and/or a mellow sugary sweet malt base; slightly acidic and hints of pepper; something like pear or apple as well. Light-bodied, smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel makes this real easy to drink which is dangeours as the high ABV is well-hidden. Some crisp citric flavors as well as some tart apple or pear give it a little bite, but there's also an orange twang and the yeast notes balance it w/ sweetness. Light spicy pepper, some caramel or honey sweetness and a touch of woodiness all lead to a well-balanced beer that alternates between sharp and fruity and sweet and easy-going. A well-made beer that finishes dry and crisp and probably only spot ABV kicks in, this is a great sipper that gives off plenty of flavors and is a must-try.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, pours a golden yellow color with a HUGE white head that takes up half the glass. The head possesses amazing retention and lacing as well. This is a very pretty beer!

S- The aroma is lighter than expected with some fruit, citrus peel, spices and Belgian yeast. The aroma is very light but very pleasant as well. The array of fruits dominate the aroma with some citrus peel and clove. Very nice!

T- The taste like the aroma is very fruity with some spices added in there with a dry yeasty finish along with some alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- This is one of the better Tripels that I have tried, fantastic stuff! Recommended!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled either...March 8th or August 3rd 2013. I suspect it is the latter since Europe uses Day-Month-Year.

A nice popped when the cork came off, it pours, straight from the fridge, a 3/4 foam to 1/4 liquid mix. I can now see a hazy light golden brew that certainly leaves some nice lacing behind.

A big yeasty aroma I get followed by some cloves, some banana, and a nice touch of some hoppy bitterness but, not too much, mind you.

The taste is lovely. I get more banana and clove with some hints of bubblegum in the taste and the hoppy bitterness is in the taste too and I like it! There's some other spice here that reminds me of cinnamon, or is it nutmeg? How aboot both so I'm covered..

Medium and smooth bodied, medium carbonation, smooth as silk this is with pretty much no presence from the hefty abv.

Yep, this one heck of a good Tripel in my book. Pardon me while I sip the rest of the bottle away.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice nov23 2009

A golden peach with lots of sediment and carbonation moving it all around like flakes in a snow globe. the giant head has great retention and and leaves lots of lace well down the glass, a pretty sexy looking beer if you ask me..

S peachy with a fair amount of yeast, toffee and some spice

T quite complex all things mentioned above but with a bit more spice and some bread and floral hops.

M good carbonation gives it a good feel but not the strong point of this beer.

D for 9% it's dangerously drinkable and it's a good thing I only bought a single.

I must admit I'm a little ashamed it took me so long to get to this beer, It's been on the shelf where I work for a couple months now. I feel a little foolish having such a gem so accessible and never having tried it. don't make the same mistake I did and drink this one today.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3.00

Appearance - hazy gold colour with a massive size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 6-7 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, white grapes, oranges, clove/yeast, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is a very high amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains mixed with bananas and green grapes and orange zest. There is also some clove and yeast and some candied sugar. It ends with a light bittersweet fruity aftertaste.

Overall - I don't think this brewer makes a bad beer. This is another wonderfully balanced yet complex beer. The flavours are great and don't taste artificial and the alcohol is well hidden. A winner.

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Gouden Carolus Tripel from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.
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