Saison Rue | The Bruery

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Saison RueSaison Rue

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison Rue is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned, Belgian/French-style farmhouse ale. This is a beer of subtlety and complexity, with malted rye, spicy, fruity yeast notes, biscuit-like malt backbone and a slight citrus hop character. With age, this beer will dry out and will become more complex with rustic notes of leather and earth from the contribution of a wild yeast strain. Being a saison, Saison Rue is ambiguous unto itself as it is a different beer when fresh and when aged.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Isn't it spelled brewery (not bruery)? Pours a very hazy golden color with some chunks from the bottom. A fizzy white head that took a while to come down. But did die out altogether. Limited lacing when it was there.

The nose is limited overall but some good qualities. Some minor malt notes with a touch of bready and honey aromas. There is a musty yeasty aroma that is a little off. Some earthiness and horsey notes that are boarder line brett in complexity. Very muddle though. Some feint fruity notes, pears and lemons as well.

The taste is more descriptive. A good blend of malt and yeast notes. To start the malt has a more biscuit like flavor with a hint of Belgian malts. Some light flour like tastes emphasis a bready quality. The yeast comes out nicely but again is muddled overall. Some pepper notes mixes with corriander. Some notes of pears and apricots. Some minor figs and citrus notes. Some hop notes as well, a bit much for style.

The body is a bit sweeter than typical Saisons. Some alcohol notes as well, but overall more on the moderate side. Carbonation is a bit much but that is style. Overall I think this beer needs to age. Some spicy and yeast notes would do well with time.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brownish orange with a 1 inch foamy head and great retention

Smell: LIght fruity notes bananas cranberries lemon zest and bread dough

Taste: Similar to the nose. Light and refreshing flavors. Peach bananas cranberries and a hint of straw or hay

Mouthfeel: Tingling on the palate similar to champagne. Light body a good feel for the summer time.

Overall: Good beer to have on a 100 degree califonia summer playing in the sun or working hard in the sun and you just need to cool down. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys this style.

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Photo of Sam21
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I purchased this for $12.99 and it had the original plain golden cap, so I assume that this bottle is around a year and a half old at the most. Capped champagne bottle into tulip.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Thick rocky white head. Great lacing and retention. Great looking beer.

Smell - Strong brett funk up front with a mixture of light citrus zest, green apples, spice, malt sweetness and some earth. Alcohol in the back, but well integrated. Spicy.

Taste - Strong funk, phenols, and snappy citrus zest lead into an earthy/herbal and extremely spicy and dry finish. The spice and earthiness of the rye melts together with the phenols giving this beer some bite. Some alcohol is noticeable, but again, well integrated into the flavors. Way too spicy and yeast driven, but the bottle does have a bit of age on it, so that is to be expected. Everything feels a bit raw and messy.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation and medium bodied. Feels light and goes down with tingling carbonation across the tongue.

Drinkability - I have had this before when it is a bit more fresh and enjoyed it. The yeast really took over the balancing citrus notes and it became overly spicy with too much bite. While not undrinkable or bad, I found it too be a little overwhelming. One bottle is more than enough.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Body is a uniformly translucent glowing amber hue. Pours with a one finger head with great retention. Some lacing left behind in the glass.

S-Typical and good for an amber saison. Very mild floral hop presence, tropical fruit, and sweet bready yeast.

T- The tropical fruit flavors come through the most upfront with a mild bready yeast backbone. Finish is dry and floral as floral hop bitterness shines through-behind this is more tropical fruit and a hint of raw dough.

M- Body is fairly light and dry. Inconsistently doughy as well. Full Spritzy carbonation.

D- Decent saison overall. I really like the dru characters but am not a huge fan of the raw dough that comes through occasionally. It has the hoppiness of an amber saison-but still isn't funky enough for the category for me. Average saison-above average belgian amber ale. Amazingly-the 8.5% is not at all detectable.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color, with a bit of a rocky white head. Aromas of spicy rye, a little earth and black pepper. On the palate, this one is peppery, yeasty and a little sweet. A pretty good effort at a saison, but a little overpriced in my opinion.

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip on 5/28/13.

A: Pours a relatively translucent golden color with a hint of orange. Beer is clearer than expected for a Saison, with no visible yeast sediment. Initial pour reveals a fluffy two-finger-width head that dissipates over the next 2-3 minutes. A small head is retained throughout the drink however. Lacing is excellent, as expected.

S: Great nose on this baby. Initial smell is fruit-forward: cherries mostly with a hint of other summer stone fruits such as apricot. The Brett funkiness is definitely present upon subsequent smells. Don't get much rye or peppery spicyness. Overall, definitely a fruit-forward nose.

T & M: Initial taste is again fruit-forward - cherries and lemons. This lasts about a second before the pepper and rye spiceness kick in and really overwhelm the beer. Lingering on the nose is a dry, alcoholic taste with a hint of rye. I really don't like the aftertaste of this beer: much too alcoholic for my taste. The beer is understandably very dry, but not as yeasty/robust as I like Saisons. This is a light-bodied, dry beer.

O: While this is a solid offering, this isn't my favorite Saison on the market. First there's the matter of personal preference: I like my Saisons on the fruitier and more robust/yeasty side. This Saison is opposite: rye and spice are showcased in this beer without much fruit to speak of. Additionally, the body of the beer is lighter than I'd like. But my biggest qualm with the beer is the alcohol-forward aftertaste. Instead of being hidden, you taste every bit of the beer's 8.5% ABV. A good, but not great, Saison.

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Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel snifter/tulip.

A: Dark golden. Thin layer of bubbly carbonation. Slight lacing remains as you drink.

S: Wheat, yeast, and raspberry. Floral.

T: Steely, pecan shells, lightly sweet, yeasty. Bitter.

M: Light body, diluted and carbonated. Steely aftertaste.

D: Sippin' beer.

Atmosphere is solid. Decent appearance, nose is pleasing. Flavor is funky, flavorful, but not overwhelming. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of femALEist
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Bruery, Saison Rue, Saison. This beer was a gift from a friend and being a fan of most Bruery beers and made with Rye and Brettanomyces I was excited to try it. It poured a deep cloudy copper. It smelled like spicy rye bread, orange peel, black pepper, honey and some Brett. I tasted only a hint of rye and Brett and a bit malty, which was surprising for a Saison. It just didn't live up to its aroma.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark gold with a monstrous fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheaty malt, brett, metallic rye and some other spices.

The flavor is wheaty malts, some light sweet fruit, and brett leading to a medium bitter metallic finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall,a decent saison. More brett would be nice. I keep going back and forth between thinking its interesting and noticing off notes and not liking it.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Three Floyds Teku glass

A- Pours a big white head 3 fingers worth, lots of lacing on the sides as the head dissipates. Golden burnt orange color, lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.
S- Belgium yeast right away, spice, nice saison characteristics, clove, banana, burnt sugar, raisins, plums. Alot going on in aroma, i do not catch any notes of brett though.
T- Taste is very similar to the aroma. Has a sweet bitterness on the finish. Spice, clove, belgian yeast, dark fruit notes, no brett in the taste.
M- Medium/light mouthfeel, clean finish, well carbonated, leaves a bland taste in your mouth after every sip.
O- Not bad, i have no desire to revisit this beer on my own again, or would i spend money to buy it again, but it was enjoyable.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

first ever beer from the bruery out of a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass

A: okay, looks like a saison, a little bit of a warmer hue, almost cozy, pour with more vigor than usual to get a more prominent head with decent retention
S: pleasant, unremarkable though, again warm, funky but not overly so
T: not bad, again unremarkable, I enjoy the funk but feel as though everything is a little underpronounced, I know it doesn't have to be big or bold but theres nothing here that feels more present than anything else, the funk rests at about the same intensity as the graininess, not overly alcoholic or astringent, pleasant
M: clean but not sharp, very median level balance, not creamy or oily not alcoholic either
O:not bad, there are certainly better saisons out there but you could do a hell of a lot worse

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Tulip Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Special thanks to rodburg for this one

Nice honey amber colored liquid with hints of copper. Massive, thick head of white foam. Fantastic retention and thick clumpy lacing.

Big funky esters hit me in the face. I can tell that there are some cloves and light fruit notes in there, but man are they hard to get to. Very yeasty with a touch of earthiness. Little bits of lemon and some white pepper.

Big, butterey and yeasty profile. A nice sweet maltiness that was not really in the nose. Definite pepperey spice mixed with cloves and corriander. Light hints of citrus fruits and dry hops. Those funky, fruity esters.

Nice and creamy. Smooth and easy to drink. Good medium body.

This would be a special occasion kind of beer, for me. I could drink it, just not that often. The esters and the hops combine forces against my palate, and I must retreat.
A good saison, just not my favorite.

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Photo of Domingo
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dirty blonde color with a substantial, but not overwhelming head.
Spicy wild/Belgian yeasts and sweet pale grains are the primary nose.
The flavor notes are really complex initially, but nothing is really unsual. Initially there's a lot of grain that isn't really malty, but more husky. In the middle the hops come out and you pick up a little bit of rye, and the finish is peppery and lingers on the palate. A little bit of heat is definitely there, but it's not too strong. There's a bit of a rough note in the finish that pops up here and there that I don't care for.
Mouthfeel is thick, and appropriately since this is a sipper.
Drinkability started off strong, but I honestly did lose interest a bit toward the end, and I split my bottle 50/50.
A good Saison, but not one of my absolutely favorites.
I prefer De Lente, and both are a bit pricy even when compared with most imports.
I still haven't been "wow'd" by the Bruery as much as some others have. The best things I've had from them have been draft one-offs. Their normal items have okay, but nothing amazing. This is a perfect example.

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Photo of ricke
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber with a big ivory-colored head that leaves nice lacings.

S: Quite a refreshing smell with lots of fresh fruit esters (oranges, grapefruits). Notes of malts, yeast, spices, grass and perhaps a faint hint of brett.

T: Taste is quite fresh with pleasant fruit esters (lemon, oranges) and notes of grass on top of some malts. A strangely prominent note of mint develops early on and lingers on into the finish. A very faint hint of brett. Gentle spices. The finish is mildy bitter with notes of wheat, mint and herbal hops. A bit edgy, yet reasonably smooth.

M: Medium body, rather full considering the style. Very lively carbonation.

D: A decent saison with an interesting character. The minty aromas are a bit strange and the brett is really faint, but it will be nice to see what a year or to in the cellar will do to this one.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75cl bottle picked up down in OC after the anniversary party. Hazed dark orange, almost copper color with a big, lasting off-white head. The aroma hits you with some brett in a funky earthy way right off. Hay, earth, lemon, blood oranges, candied ginger and some sweet malt in the aroma as well. Really nice nose. The flavor is fruity, and pretty spicy with a light tartness. There is a higher level of malt than many saisons as well, but the finish is still pretty dry. Not really hoppy, though there is some bitterness in the finish as well as some graininess. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Just a little sweeter than I was hoping, but a nice maltier saison

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Photo of kegger22
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange with a very generous head that took its time before fading to a thick skin. The aroma was mildewy. The taste was sweet and fruity (pears?) with a bit of sour lurking around. The feel was medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Drinkability was reasonably good. I have heard the rave reviews about the Bruery beers, but they are 0 for 2 at wowing me with the beer available locally. Of course the big hitters haven't made it here yet.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured out a darker orange than expected. Good copper color, but it looks a bit dark for the style. Head color and retention is right on. Big and fluffy, small white and full of ups and downs. Lacing is noticeable before it even is beginning.

S: I can smell lemon without even putting my nose up to this thing. After smelling I pick up lemongrass, grass, lavender and some herbal hops. Citrus is quite sharp here. The Brett is quite strong as well, offering some funky and crisp yeast aromas. Tartness on the nose is pretty overwhelming. The barnyard is certainly in here. Good saison nose.

T: Very uncharacteristic. Spice note comes through first. Some citrus, but a big cinnamon and clove flavor is pretty prominent. Not picking up the funk on the flavor here, not picking up anything funky at all. Getting a cinnamon burn on the back of my throat. Wish I could get the Brett that the tulip captures on the nose as it travels towards the palate, but it dies once it hits the tongue. Not very reminiscent of a saison.

M: Very light on the palate. Crisp carbonation. On point as far as style goes.

D: Doesn't drink like a Saison to me. A bit too malty and a bit too spicy (cinnamon and allspice).

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits.

Appearance: Quite cloudy body of orange-gold hues and topped with a large, meringue-like, white head.

Smell: Spicy nose, a mingled of popping phenolics and rye, with lesser, distant notes of cookies and honey. Plenty of fruits here: tart-scented Granny Smith apples, pears, and even lemon.

Taste: Sweet barley with some sugary sugar cookie-tasting hints and tangy-tasting wheat-based crackers and a crackling rye spiciness. Green apple and a bit of tart lemon cream lead to moderate phenolic tones, along with some punchy tastes of pickled sliced ginger and white pepper-coated pears. Touch of alcohol. Finishes dry and phenolic with some curious tastes of spearmint and green apples.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium-plus carbonation. Some chewiness, some creaminess.

Drinkability: It's both interest and different, though, when all is said and done, I'd rather stick to just a simple, classic Saison Dupont. That's just me though!

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Photo of DAllspaw
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into tulip. Great color, deep orange, cloudy with 2 fingers head.

Smell is heavy funk, deeper than other saisons I've tried.

Malt is more prominent in taste than any other saison I've had, quite a bit actually. A hint of smokiness as well, not unpleasant, definitely more depth than others.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with good carbonation, not as much as Hennepin.

Drinkability is where it falls a bit, alcohol too present in this bottle.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle a few weeks back at the Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting. Great price!

A hazy bright orange, this beer is capped by a dense, beige head with excellent retention and great lacing. The nose is excellent. This is clearly young, with the Brett character fairly low with just a little grassy funk present. Moderately complex, the use of rye lends a light spiciness that works quite well with the spicy saison yeast. Some citrus is present as well, a blend of orange and lemon, both of which lend a great brightness to the nose.

The palate opens a little too sweet for my liking, with some floral honey and spicy rye immediately apparent. The citrus hop character works well with the honey too. These big flavors result in an obfuscation of the yeast character, it being reduced to a generic Belgian yeast flavor rather than the delicate bouquet that better saisons have. Hop bitterness is moderate, again, a little bit lost behind the sweetness. A touch sweet on the finish, with a rather noticeable rye flavor. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is decent fresh. I need to grab another bottle and sit on it for a year or two. While I'm going to enjoy the rest of this bottle, I really do wish it were drier.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Provisions

A: Dark golden color with a thin tan head.

S: Rye, belgian yeast, some faint earth, caramel and a bit of oak.

T: Grain, a touch of funk, belgian yeast, some rye and some faint earthy hops. Didn't really have that nice funk that the great saisons do.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

08/12/08- Generously shared with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Did not look for freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Mammouth sized large bubble head. Could not fit an entire bottle into two Duvel glasses. Had to pour the rest of the 6oz after the foam died down...which took a while. Leaves generous chunks of lace behind for a nice appearance. Mildly clouded appearance as well.

Smell- Smells quite sweet with corriander, white pepper and light citrus notes.

Taste- Foam tastes a bit metallic, but the beer itself is fine. Strong alcohol taste noted with a bit too much sweetness. White pepper comes in strong with a bit of citrus twang. Odd pine hoppy flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Quite heavily carbonated. Mild hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- A bit too sweet and overcarbonated for me. Otherwise not a bad stab at the style.

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Photo of stephens101
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too big on the sours/wilds, but from time to time one comes along that makes me glad I don't totally give up on em'. Pours a brilliant gold and topped with an off-the chart huge fluffy, dirty white head that stays forever, eventually leaving sticky, random chunks of lace all around the tulip. Smells of pineapples and ripe oranges with some pungent white grapes in the very back. Spice, yeast, brett, and some faint mustiness float around. Tastes of big, sour fruits and grain. After a bit the alcohol heat opens up in the back right before a puckering hit of brett reveals itself. This one's highly carbonated and medium bodied and dry and slightly rough around the edges going down.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ring and not much else, pours a buttery yellow.

Cherry, raisin, grape, acidity - dark fruits that hint at a sourness. Oak and sweetness in there too.

Slightly one-dimensional, but nice. Light fruit, butter, light yeast.

Medium carbonation, nothing out of the ordinary, everything normal.

I like the nose, but the taste is nothing extradoardinary. Tasty beer however.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This saison pours a dark golden, opaque color, with a huge foamy white head. The smell is actually fairly muted, but it is slightly fruity maybe lemon. It’s a medium bodied beer, maybe a little heavier than the average saison, but not that strong of a malt flavor. It has faint flavors of fruit including lemon, orange, and plum in the initial taste. In the finish the spices take over though with fairly strong flavors of coriander and peppery rye. It also has a slightly acidic, sour flavor from the Brettanomyces, which I am not a huge fan of. The finish is fairly dry and bitter. I’ve seen this before with saisons. Apparently, they can have a fairly wide range of hop character. I prefer the more subtly hopped saison though. Not too bad of a saison, but again I would tone down the hops and it’s a little heavy bodied for saison to me. I like my saisons to evoke the feeling of sitting in a barn next to a wheat field on a warm summer night with a light breeze gently cooling me down. This doesn’t do that. It’s rated very well, but I don’t totally get it.

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Saison Rue from The Bruery
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,790 ratings.
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