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Provisions Series: Salt Of The EarthProvisions Series: Salt Of The Earth

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by t0rin0 on 02-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 172
Photo of ColdPoncho
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok cam thanks again

A - light yellow and clear body and a big white head

S - vegetal and salty. Light and mild

T - kinda dirty. This is just weird. Some spice and vanilla

M - light as hell and thin

O - I am not too fond of this beer. It's pretty weird and kinda gross

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
2.36/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had such high hopes, and they were dashed upon the rocks by this Bruery beer.

Pops with gusto, pours a hazy yellow, pale and golden with a creamy head. Smells earthy, citrus, and corny. Taste is mostly grain and coriander, with a salty aftertaste.

Goses are a style I love. The herbs, the salt, the sour, it molds into a great flavor that can be drunk all day. This brew, did none of that and just left a sad taste of fail in my mouth. It was inoffensive, but that's about the best thing I can say.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle into a snifter. Opens with a loud hiss.

A: Straw yellow in color with an enormous white sea foam head, we're talking three fingers in height. Retention is very good, and recession proceeds in craters and caverns over the course of 5 minutes.

S: Pronounced coriander with salt. Grainy malt meets floral hops. The truffle is unmistakable, it's unique and enjoyable. There's a light pepper-like spiciness and a little evident tartness with some lactic characteristics.

T: Salty up front with a decided tang that accompanies tartness. The truffle oil adds a savory quality to the beer that is interesting but strange. Malt is grainy and lightly sweet, with notes of hay and earth. Coriander is evident but faint. Lemon is pervasive.

M: The beer is light in body with high carbonation. The beer is dry, and it continues to dry your mouth out for a minute after you take a drink.

Overall: This is really interesting and pretty enjoyable. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of birchstick
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a cloudy, hazy straw yellow

S - smells of tons of funk, strong cheese aroma (fontina) and wild mushrooms

T - sweet fruits - apples/pears. A strong barnyard funk and cheese slice through the fruits. It was almost unpleasantly funky and salty...weird. finished fruity & funky.

M - full and smooth

D - Interesting beer and style, however the funk seemed off to me. Not my favorite beer from the provisions series, but everything is worth trying once.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright golden color with a tall white head that dissipates to a thick blanket, leaving minimal lacing.

N- Didn't know what to expect with this one. Orange peel, lemon, nice fruitiness from the coriander, some dark funk, and a light pleasant tartness.

T- Very citrusy on the palate. Dried lemon peel with a light bitterness to it. Lightly funky. Some grass in there. Very dry with a hint of cracker-like malt, wheat and refreshing citrus. I can definitely taste the brine, which is amazingly well done. It adds a little touch of the sea, which blends well with the subtle funk. Some peppery spice comes out in the middle. Fairly short dry finish characterized by a light grassy bitterness and some hay. After drinking half a bottle, I get a pleasant saltiness from licking my lips.

M- Light body, prickly carbonation, and a dry finish.

D- Overall, I was pretty impressed with this beer. This is the first time I've had a gose, but it seems like they did it right. The salt has a definite presence, but the beer remains refreshing. Personally, this is not my favorite style, but I am interested in trying some other goses to see how they compare.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Thanks Jacob.

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 2 finger white head

smell: coriander, lemon, clean

taste: coriander, citrus, wheat

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: decent gose. glad I finally got to try it. Huge thanks goes out to Jacob for being an awesome trading partner Cheers.


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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours. Pale fizzy straw yellow color with a fairly quickly receding head. The smell is salty with a hint of funk kind of like a saison funk like in fantome. The flavor is less salt and more funk than the nose blight body high carbonation. Good first experience with a gose.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky straw color with a medium, white head. Scent is initially very salty with some sweet yeast aromas and subtle hoppiness. Taste is lighter on the salt than the nose...Belgian yeast, and a bit of farmhouse funk. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a lot of carbonation...which works well for this beer. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this beer is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Provisions 8.11.11, generous sample pour in Special Flight $5.

Medium hazy yellow gold body, good visible carbonation, good lacing. Floral hops, a bit of malty sweetness and salt in the nose. Taste mirrors the nose, salt held in check which raised drinkability. Mouthfeel on light side of medium, quite refreshing. Worth seeking out for Gose fans.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-golden with a sticky white head

S-smells like cooked salted vegetable peels and dirt. strong scent. very unique...not entirely terrible either

T-comes in with a very mild taste of salt and grounded vegetables along with some spice. there's a faint matching after-taste with some bitterness. tastes are all too faint.

M-medium carbonation with a very dry finish

O-not terrible and not as unique as i had imagined, or heard. it is something i would get again actually. there's a certain uniqueness to it.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very generous large white head, Body is light orange in color with some lacing.

S: Aroma of light lemon, salty white pepper , some light hay and a bit of wheat.

T: Salty off the first hit to the tongue. The salt is not anywhere nearly as strong as say ; were you to taste the ocean. The salt is much more subdued, always present, but never overpoweringly so. I can taste a bit of burnt tire in here as well which is probably a combination of the truffle and salt action. I do taste some hop presence, which for some reason I did not foresee a whole lot being that this is a salty beer. It may just be the play between the salt and some sweet malt flavors that are not quite fully fermented, but there I do taste a bit of a fruity hop which could also be from a light saison like yeast culture.

M: Very light and low in carbonation , thin mouthfeel that rolls off the tongue for a salty beer.

O: Not bad, probably not something I would drink everyday but was slightly surprised for a gose with the drinkability.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mr Kennedy for this. Was my favorite of the night.

A-- Poured a light straw color with a massive 3 finger bright white head. Left lacing all over the glass. Nice looking beer.

S-- Coriander, bread, black pepper, kosher salt and truffle in the nose.

T-- touches of sourness in the taste but otherwise coriander and stale bread.

M-- Lighter feel and medium carbonation. I liked the salted cracker most of all in this. Really thought a basic slightly sour wheat until the finish and got a salted cracker in the end. Nice little bonus.

O-- Refreshing beer. Nothing over the top but just well made and the touches of truffle and salt made this quite nice.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled July 2011
Settled only for a few days, so a steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an ample four-finger thick, pale head. The beer is a very hazy, pale amber color that shows a deeply hazed pale straw color in the light. The beer smells of earthy coriander, touches of accentuating earthy yeast, lactic acid, dried grass and dried hay. In the finish there is a significant woody white pepper note, or perhaps even a touch like Elderflower. There is a significant pale grain character here that reminds me of fresh threshed wheat and whole grain pale crackers.

The beer is salty up front, and actually through to the finish. Towards the middle and in the finish a soft lactic acid character becomes noticeable. The finish has a sort of hot phenolic plastic like character to it that is not overwhelming, but definitely a touch intruding. The saltiness is not overwhelming here, but definitely contributes something else; actually not having known at all about the style, I might not have really recognized the flavor in the beer. The flavor is quite earthy, both the coriander character and a yeasty bite contribute to this; actually I wonder how much of this will be reduced once I have a bottle thant has been allowed to settle out / clear up for quite some time. There is a doughy flavor to this beer that is definitely wheat like, perhaps a touch on the cracker side and definitely yeasty. That is what that is, it took me a while, but the truffle portion of the salt really is what gives this beer that earthy edge; at times it can contribute a touch of a savory quality, but for the most part it adds a bit of unbalance to this beer (both in the nose and in the flavor). The beer is fairly light bodied, though not watery, it is quite quaffable, with just a touch of texture to it.

The salt / tart balance here is actually pretty nice, I was expecting something a bit more salty, but I am not sure I would have liked this beer if it was more salty. The truffle character is quite a bit more apparent in the nose than it is in the flavor; my wife thinks it makes this beer taste like a rubber-ball. This could actually use quite a bit more tart to it. All in all this was certainly interesting, but I get the feeling that it could have been executed quite a bit better; the balance between the flavors doesn’t quite seem to be here.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into an Unibroue tulip. Thanks to Dan for sharing.

A: Cloudy yellow body with two fingers of fine, creamy white foam. Nice retention and lacing. Very attractive.

S: Spicy, salty, and herbal. Some wheat is noticeable when I inhale really hard, but is largely drowned in the rather musty, seeweedy saltiness. It's weird and off-putting, yes, but just interesting enough to keep me from pouring it out.

T: Very salty throughout, with the coriander giving some spice and the wheat malt coming through with some tangy sweetness on the finish. It's not as gross as the aroma, but it's not any better than average, that's for sure. The flavors are intense, but out of sync.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation. Ok.

O: This was my first Gose (style #94 - just 10 to go!), and I can't say I enjoyed it; luckily the generous host of the tasting, JAHMUR, provided a bottle of Leipziger as a follow-up to the Bruery's experiment. Let's just say that, in this case, tradition trumps innovation.


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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Michael, yourefragile. Thanks for sharing some more beer man. First Gose I've had, and maybe the last haha.

A: Straw to light orange color with a nice thick head and lacing, very nice look.

S: The smell is a different story, very bizarre to me. Lager malts, Coriander, and some savory aromas. Saison yeast..? Plants? Conflicting spices in the aroma to me with even a hint of game meat...

T: Better taste. Has a German lager of Hefe vibe to the malt and yeast thats clean and bready with some coriander clearly coming through with a little saltiness at the back. Gamey meat still in the flavor as well, not a big fan of that.

M: Medium and ok carbonation.

Overall strange, ok and interesting to try but not for me perhaps.

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Photo of Phelps
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.

Pale dandelion gold. Fairly hazy, though the edges display some nice clarity. A perfect pour begets a frothy two-inch head of pale yellow-white composed of big bubbles that are sticky as marshmallow fluff. It recedes at the pace of a glacier. Some sticky tendrils of lace decorate the glass as I drink.

Spicy nose, with mild funk. A bit of white pepper, coriander, dried lemon peel. Also some pear, sea salt and notes of musty earth.

Tons of coriander in the flavor. I definitely get the salt and savory truffles, and both emerge even more as the beer warms, adding a powerful soil flavor. There’s also some lemon peel and light hints of pear. Sweet and spritzy before a drying finish.

I haven’t had many Goses, and I’m surprised by how refreshing this beer is. I Love the crisp finish and lingering salty/savory quality. The light body is effervescent, with peppery carbonation attacking the tongue and exploding the beer in frothy bubbles.

The Bruery guys displayed a light, masterful touch with the additional flavors on this one. The truffle and coriander aren’t distracting, yet definitely add something. Good stuff.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle that I shared at dinner tonight. Thanks for sending this my way, Andrew. Peter shared one a couple of weeks back and I was too wrecked to remember what it tasted like.

Pouring a clear light yellow with a dense, billowing head, white in color, with good retention and lacing, this is a particularly attractive gose. The nose has a rather noticeable truffle character, earthy, mushroomy, mildly musky even. Not particularly salty, and even the coriander is moderate, having a blend of the dry, spicy aroma and a mildly vegetal note as well. Moderate wheat, there's a little bit of tartness present as well.

The palate opens with a blend of coriander and earthy mushrooms, their intensity an indicator of their provenance. Surprisingly, though, there isn't much of a salt flavor here. The mid-palate has some wheat and tartness, but this beer is really driven by the truffles and coriander. Moderate lactic tartness in the back end, this beer dries up on the finish, leaving a lasting mushroomy character. Crisply carbonated, this is a surprisingly solid beer. I wish it had a little more salt and a little less truffle character, but this is a rather drinkable gose. I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #6 Gose on the best of Gose list on beeradvocate.com. Due to the low number of Goses made, being #6 is equivalent to being LAST (or the worst) gose on that list. Oh well, served in a Bruery tulip because I can.

Beer is yellow, hazy, with a big soft white merengie head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass, lots of carbonation too. Looks awesome.

Aroma is pilsen malt, mild salt, floral, spice. Smell is weaker than anticipated and I was expecting some lactic acid but it still smells fine.

Beer is heavily carbonated on the palate and mildly salty. There is a lingering floral flavor (not an aftertaste), the beer is thin on the mouth, no lactic character or flavors at all...at all. This is the biggest disappointment of this beer. Gose beers are suppose to start with lactic acid bacteria and finish with yeast. The salt builds a little with each sip but it doesn't become overwhelming. I don't know how much of this I can drink but it is pretty good so far. I'd have it again but 750 ml of this in one sitting is a little much.

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Photo of largadeer
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light honey color, hazy as it sits in the glass. Highly effervescent, the head rises about two fingers high and retains well.

There's a pretty unmistakable earthy truffle scent, faint saltiness, coriander, a touch of lactic acid and raw grain. Pretty solid nose, though I'd like the truffle dialed back a little bit.

The palate is better balanced. Both sour and salty, though only mildly so, with fairly integrated truffle and coriander. The foundation of the beer reminds me of a Belgian wit; it's grainy, bready, leaning toward dry, and a little milky. The finish is very mild, spices lingering a bit, but it's otherwise pretty clean and doesn't exhibit any bitterness.

Unique and enjoyable overall, though it could be better with a few tweaks. Hopefully they keep working on this one.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow. Huge head.

Apple, pear, candy sweetness - smells like a wit.

Tastes more like a wit then a gose. Sweet floral notes, bread, spiciness, generally simple taste with only a drop of saltiness - there should be more in here: the people saying there is too much salt really irritate me as it is ~supposedly~ the prominent feature in this style, and this one has only a modicum of it.

Light carbonation.

Needs more salt and character. Doesn't presume to be great, just a good likable beer.

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Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in a recent trade with Mikey711 poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a pale golden color with orangish tints. Very hazy, almost glowing, huge head of white fluffy foam with good staying power that leaves behind loads of spiderwebby lacing on the glass.

S - Salty, truffles, clean - the ocean, earthy...very truffley (although not to the extent I remember it when having this one on tap), quite unique.

T - Truffles are front and center with their distinctive earthy and somewhat funky flavor. Salt is noticeable in lower levels, mildly tart, wheaty...light and refreshing.

M - Light, clean, salty, earthy. Well carbonated and fizzy over a thin body.

O - I really like the uniqueness of this beer - the truffle salt offer a truly different set of flavors in a beer. I was a little hesitant at first about how this would be, but it turns out to be something I really enjoyed. If you don't like truffles, this probably won't be a good one for you, but if you do - definitely give it a shot.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pulled out of the fridge, a bottle I got from forgetfu. Thanks Bill!

It pours a straw yellow/gold with a pretty big head of foam that settles down to about 1 finger with some nice lacing.

It has a strong aroma of coriander and has some notes of yeast and spice.

Lightly tart starting off, the coriander does well as does a nice yeastiness and then...the salt moves in and dominates completely. Sorry, The Bruery, I think this was an unneeded addition to, what I reckon could have been an excellent Gose. The tart factor *does* intensify somewhat during the session but not enough to counter the nastiness of the salt.

Medium body with lightish carbonation...no problem with the mouthfeel. The taste of the salt ruins it for me and so, the drinkability is very low.

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Photo of SundaySour
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, shared with Cavery at Provisions.

A: It's a white wine with a puffy head, or maybe like a watered down apple juice for lily-livered kids.

S: This really smells like a burp. There is a teensy smell of apples, like a gala apple. But mostly like a very fresh burp. I'm not sure I am enjoying this smell, mostly because it reminds me of getting hazed in middle school.

T: The taste is distinctly brie cheese, all melty and delicious, with some basil on top. An A+ for not tasting like it smells, ol' Bruery chums. This is full of savory and herb-y flavors; a full meal of a beer.

M: Crisp and bubbly like a fresh popped champagne.

O: The savory-ness of this beer made it so strange and funky. It was like someone took a bunch of high quality Thanksgiving foods and stuck them in a blender. Cheese, herbs, burps...another blessed holiday at The Bruery.

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Photo of Cavery
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with SundaySour on the provisions flight #2

Poured into Bruery Taster glasses.

A: Very strong white wine appearance. An off wheat color with a noticeable clarity. bubbles swirled in the middle of the glass. Little frothed head, no lacing.

S: Very light breads and belgian yeast, a really soft nose. Some funky light champagne notes in there that made me sniff and re-sniff. Just so light.

T: Very smooth and crisp, memorable lightness of flavor. Belgian yeast with a white wine profile that lingers into ginger and pickled green pears. The lightest saltiness that is a far-cry from the sea water I was expecting. The theme of lightness continues.

M: Light mouth, the wine theme continues. It maintains a smoothness with no invasion of alcohol at all. Very much of a satin glove on the tongue.

O: A very light savory offering that is solid on many points, but great on none. There's nothing mind-blowing coming out of this, but drinking it alone makes it feel incomplete. This would be a great beer pairing for fine cuisines: French and Italian foods would do well here.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass. This is my first gose so I don't really know what to expect.

Big pop when I opened the bottle. First pour yielded a half a foot of head with a half inch of beer.

3.5 A: Eventually I got enough beer. Lightly hazed dark yellow color. Four fingers of foamy white head with pretty good retention and some spotty lacing.

4.0 S: Never really smelled anything like this. It's quite strange to me, but I like it. Wheatiness is apparent and the yeast gives off strong banana and a mild clove. Mild to moderate coriander as well. The strangly "sharp" earthiness is likely attributed to the truffle salt. Lemon and grassy hops.

3.5 T: Definitely tasting the salt in this. It's a good bit stronger than I might have guessed, but not distractingly so. Wheat, banana, clove, herbal and grassy hoppiness, and tart lemon. Truffle salt is quite interesting.

3.5 M: Light body. Despite the multitude of pours, the carbonation is spot on. Bready chewiness.

3.0 D: I'm wasn't sure how to rate this, so this is my baseline gose. Not bad to start out with, but this is horribly undrinkable. The saltiness and general mineral vibe gets old pretty fast. Finishing this 750 is going to be hard. Edit: Yes, it is hard to finish this. I'm doing my best to avoid my first drainpour.

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Provisions Series: Salt Of The Earth from The Bruery
3.46 out of 5 based on 172 ratings.
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