Inferno Ale | The Lost Abbey

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Inferno AleInferno Ale

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Corruption, Greed and Lust, they’re all represented on he books today. Tomorrow they’ll be stringing Gluttony, Desire and Sloth. Go ahead, tell yourself you’re better than all of them. But you can’t. Hell can be funny like that. Down here it’s all just sin. Everyone here is screwed just like you. They don’t care who you sliced, diced or cheated. No one is escaping this heinous place.

Your roommate is an axe murderer. Eerily, he’s not threatening. How can he be? The Fallen Angel owns your body, mind and soul. As such, no one can take your life. It’s already been taken. Or was it given? Neither matters. Did you seriously think you were living a virtuous life? At least Satan serves beer in Hell. He brews it himself right there in that flame stoked cauldron. Rumor has it the beer is straw yellow, bone dry and simply labeled Inferno.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw color. Poured a 3 finger frothy white head with excellent retention to a 2 lumpy fingers. Decanted continually. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Bready malt. Light-colored fruits; pear and green apple.

T: Much like the nose (malt and fruit). Yeast esters very pronounced. Pronounced peppery finish that was not evident in the nose (hiding under the foam?).

M: Medium-to-full body. Ample carbonation; active on the palate and in the glass. Smooth, warming and dry.

O: Very balanced malt and yeast character. Nice looking beer too.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pretty looking honey-amber hue with a huge fluffy white head that maintains very well.
S: Fruity esters and some lemon zest with a bit of grassyness and just a hint of breadiness.
T: starts off a bit sour with some lemony notes followed by some grassy hop notes . Lingering grassy and lemony flavor on the swallow. There are some intermittent banana and apricot flavors as well.
M: a bit thin with very delicate carbonation from bottle conditioning. a little on the prickly side but not overpoweringly so. Very smooth
O: Not quite what I was expecting but a tasty brew

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Photo of daveytheformer
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold with a huge foamy white head. As it slowly fades lots of sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass.

Nice fruity nose with notes of sweet spice.

Tastes lightly dry and spicy. Bready malts and pepper stick out for me. Pronounced grape like fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium with lots of carbonation.

Overall is real good. Highly drinkable and yet another great Lost Abbey beer. Worth drinking again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a pretty nice looking hazy yellow color. Not really what I expected when I read the name of the beer. The head that formed as I poured this one out was big, rocky and white. Pretty good lacing on this one. The smell of the beer gave off a decent amount of Belgian yeast aromas and some sweet malts. The taste of the beer was rather mild also, I thought that maybe there would be a touch of peppery spice in there but I wasn't getting any from what I could tell. The mouthfeel of this brew is pretty smooth, a very easy going drink. Overall I liked it, I found it to be pretty good and would probably drink it again one day.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, highly carbonated, golden orange color with a three-finger head of bubbly, long-lasting head of white foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty and fruity with notes of pear and apple. Nice caramel aromas, too.

T - It had a spicy bite with a yeasty kick. Good sweet caramel and grain flavor. Nice pear and apple flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full-bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty Belgian-style ale. Another good one from The Lost Abbey.

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Photo of JCellars
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL btl into Duvel tulip at about 40 degrees. BIG three finger alabaster head. Nice retention with beautiful carbonation.

Bright yeast and malt aromas with a subtle undertone of apricots, orange peel, macadamia nuts, and very slight floral notes.

The flavor starts small with biscuit and almond, going into the delicate citrus, pear, and almost kiwi like flavors. Very easy going hop profile and not nearly as much carbonation as the pour would suggest.

Finish is lightly lingering with the hops bringing citrus and a little pine needle.

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Photo of nhindian
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner's chalice.

A - Pours a hazy pale straw color, with an absurd amount of carbonation in it. I poured probably a finger's worth of beer before the glass was completely covered in foam. After scooping out the excess with a spoon, I carefully poured until about half the glass was full. The rest of the glass was filled with dense foam, snow-white in color. Retention is pretty good as well, and as it recedes, it is replaced by thick residual foam. Very nice looking.

S - The taste is a bit more mild than I was expecting given the appearance and label, but it is overall solid. Some grapes and apples, lots of bready yeast and pale malts. A decent amount of alcohol heat comes through near the end.

T - The taste is reminiscent of comparable Belgian pales, without being overly spicy. There is some black pepper, however, so bear that in mind. Besides that, the best adjective I'd used to describe this beer would be bready. From the malts to the yeast, it was always keeps that backbone. So much so, that it subdues the fruits that were so appetizing in the notes. After drinking half a glass, it's tough to get the lemon, apple, and grape notes.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. Bone dry that leaves me feeling as if I have been breathing desert air.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. The appearance, nose and mouthfeel were all great, but the breadiness is a bit much in the flavor. At the pricepoint, I would probably stick with something more balanced, like a Duvel.

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Photo of Goliath
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review 666

This beer pours a clear golden color with a huge 2.5 inch bright white head on it. There is excellent head retention and some thick lacing.

The aroma is great. It's definitely reminiscient of a good Belgian ale. It kind of reminds me of Duvel. Pale malt and candi sugar provide a sweetness and light grain. There is a light citrus aroma as well with a touch of spice. Really nice.

The taste is interesting. There is a light pale malt presnce providing a touch of sweetness. This is followed by a very light bitterness on the finish. I'm actually having a very hard time figuring out how to describe this beer. It is quite good though.

The mouthfeel is pushing full bodied with a light carbonation bubble.

Overall it's a solid beer. Pleasing aroma and taste and easy to drink. I don't have much negative to say really.

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Photo of blincoln
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured this one so slowly…and it just kept on foaming. The head peeked around four fingers worth. You could just see the carbonation rushing up from the bottom making adding to the large soapy bubble head. Its a moderately clouded honey color filled with carbonation…damn. The head leaves soap like lacing.

Aroma: Smells rather malty and fruity with a yeasty sweetness. As it warms the yeast smell grows.

Taste: Soft sweet fruits taste with bread and spices mixed in. As it warms the wild yeast starts to come through but without the funk. Not a really strong taste, but a great balance of flavors thats really easy to drink especially being 9% ABV.

Palette: Real soft with a lot of carbonation. Dry with almost no after taste.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised at how much I like this beer. Not overly complex, but a wonderful blend of subtle flavors make a sweet, interesting, easy to drink strong ale.

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Photo of quetzal013
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Good amount of carbonation that resulted in 2 to 3 fingers of head depending on the aggression of the pour.

The color was soothing like a chalky amber forest, very earthy.

The flavor profile was exactly what I would have expected, Belgium and pale with a touch of almost bitterness. EtOH was hard to discern, almost hidden in the complex pale flavors.

Overall, a very nice and comforting beer. Something I might drink if I was in Nosferatu's castle after a long journey through the canyon.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am seriously trying to get into Belgian beers. It is a hit or miss and this counts for both domestic and imported beers. After popping the cork and pouring into my snifter, it looked good but I was hoping for something less filtered. The smell was sweet and spicy but nothing special. The taste was a little better. I let it warm a bit and got a bit more spice but was not savoring every sip. I got bored with it pretty quick. The mouthfeel was pretty average. Nothing special. Overall this was good, but for a Belgian Strong Pale, I was left with my desires unsatisfied. The carbonation was there but did not clean the palate like I would have liked. The strong portions of the flavor stuck around a bit too long. Lost Abbey makes some good brews. Despite my warm buzz at the end of the entire bottle, I felt as if I was ripped off by the brewer. I'd rather have a Damnation or a Pranqster, which can be argued as a different classification. But for American brewed Belgian golden/pale ales, this one is not at the top of my list. However, many may think I am wrong.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice. Bottled on 3/10/11. Light yellow hazy body with two-finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves good lacing.

The first note in the aroma is the earthy funkiness typical of some Belgians. This is followed by some peppery spice, zesty lemon, apple, and light malt. The aroma seems to sweeten as it warms.

Tasty blend of flavors featuring many of those in the aroma. Spicy yeast notes, light maltiness, peppery spice, a bit of tart apple, and a little bit of hops.

Light to medium mouthfeel with nearly no notice of the alcohol. Hard not to compare this Duvel, but it does not really measure up to that level. But, good in it's own right with a different mix of flavors. Solid brew.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden Yellow in color with a huge 2 inch head and great retention. There is an insane amount of carbonation bubbles in this beer. This beer is truly Alive

Smell: Subtle hints of orange grapefruit pine and a little bit of banana

Taste: Pretty much the same as the smell here. This beer was really sweet on the palate a lot of fruity notes. Pear banana grapefruit etc..

Mouthfeel: Light body with lots of carbonation bubbles punching the roof of your mouth and a very dry finish

Overall: This beer is a tad bit sweet for me. There are just too many fruit flavors going on. This beer would go down very smoothly on a hot summer day or a relaxing day at the beach.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Fluffy white head with great retention and lace. Pale yellow gold with a nice visual effervescence.

S – Soft citrus: more pineapple than orange. Malt and honey sweetness, zesty lemon and sage, and a touch of pepper spice. Smooth and beautifully integrated.

T – Opens crisp with cracked black pepper and lemon, into a light, almost pita-bread like malt. Bright herbal middle with sage and tarragon. The herbal note dries in the finish with a soft bitterness, and pulls back to reveal a mineral and lightly acidic foundation.

M – Lively carbonation. Crisp, medium body.

O – Herbal throughout. Does an incredible job of hiding it’s booze at 8.5%.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

486th review on BA
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@Lost Abbey

App- A nice clearer yellow with a good head to it even for a small glass. Left a little bit of lace as well.

Smell- A decent smelling beer inline with the style, a bit yeasty and a bit of sweet.

Taste- This to me as a bit all over the place. It was dry, it was yeasty and it was pretty tasty. A bit of peppery beer as well

Mouth- Light/Medium bodied and a bit of a high carbonation to it as well.

Drink- Pretty tasty little beer. Had good flavors and was pretty light at the same time. For a small bottle, ill come back to it.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in October 2010, not sure the day. 375 poured into my lost abbey tulip.

Pours a hazy orange color with a large, pillowy white head and amazing retention. This is what the style should look like, if it wasn't cloudy.

Smells like spicy yeast, bread, apples and pears. It smells so dry it makes me think there is brett, but there is no funk.

Taste is bread and spice right off the bat that carries through to the end, with apples and pears mixed in. Its aftertaste, once again, I suspect brett, but where is the funk?

Mouthfeel is moderate with great carbonation.

Overall its good. Not Duvel good, but IIRC its a hell of a lot dryer.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Towering white head is an appropriate homage to Duvel. Thick retention the size of most heads. Over he golden straw color this beer looks like a lemon meringue pie in a glass. Great retention and sheets of lace. Bottle label has a depiction of hell with what appears to be a monorail running through it.

Spicy, dry white pepper aroma. Sweet Twinkie malt and golden pear becomes more prominent as the Inferno warms (ha, pun!).

"Bone dry" indeed. Somewhat husky and abrasive as well. Very little residual sweetness. The golden fruits I'd expect from this style are fairly subdued and lack the smooth, airy quality I want from this BSPA.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle:

The beer poured a very nice cloudy orange color, with a huge, fluffy white head. The head was retained well, eventually dissolving into about a half finger cap that lasted throughout the drink and it also produced a nice amount of lacing.

The aroma was good, exactly what I would expect from a well-crafted Belgian brew. The beer had a big Belgian yeast aroma with hints of citrus, banana and some spices.

The taste of the beer was excellent and followed the nose very well. A big Belgian yeast flavor with hint of bread and some citrus and a bit of pepper. Definitely more on the sweet side and the alcohol started to come through as the beer warmed.

The beer had a medium mouthfeel to it with excellent carbonation. The beer was smooth and easier to drink than I expected, given the higher ABV.

Overall, definitely one of the better Belgian Strong Pale Ales around. I would recommend this beer to anyone and suspect that I will be buying and drink many more.

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Photo of ADZA
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy honey hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head and some nice clingy lacing,the smell is a mixture of aromas of pepperoni,avacadoes,barley wheat and herbal hops,it has a light-medium bodied nicely carbonated mouthfeel which allows the tastes of honeydew,mini-wheats,pepperoni and grapefruit all to combine nicely before being infused with a nice hit of herbal hoppy bitterness and overall an enjoyable ale that hides its ABV very well cheers.

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a moderately clear yellow with an aggressive amount of white head. Color could be a BMC if I didn't know better, but the head certainly screams BSPA.

S - Belgian yeast is the first thing off the bat. An odd, slightly funky, slightly sweet wheat is what follows soon after. A nice smelling beer, totally in line with style.

T - Sweet and peppery is what really stands out to me. the yeast is there, and the carbonation nearly overpowers. A little funky, but quite dry.

M - Very, very effervescent. The bubbles nearly overwhelm, as I said before. The finish is very dry and crisp, which seems very in line with the style.

Overall, this is a very well done beer. Very spicy and it fills the mouth to an extreme. First ever beer from the Lost Abbey I think, and I like what they did with it.

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Photo of ms11781
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date was stamped on bottle put has been rubbed away to a point where it's unreadable. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear, golden yellow/orange color with a huge. fluffy white head. Head retains nicely, eventually becoming a half finger, fluffy white cap that leaves excellent foamy lacing on the glass. Carbonation is also very evident.

The nose is right in line with a beer of the style. Huge yeast characteristics along with some ripe light fruit, banana, some spice (clove and pepper stand out) and a bit of a citrus zest.

The taste is a bit sweeter than the nose lets on but it's definitely not a bad thing. The fruity characteristics come though as ripe green apples, pears and maybe some apricot. The yeast is here as is the peppery spice aspect on the back end. The alcohol does come through a bit but not much at all. The citrus zest that was in the nose is also here and presents itself as a lemon-like flavor.

The body is on the lighter end of medium with ample carbonation. The carbonation can actually feel quick prickly and bring a slight numbing sensation to the tongue. The finish dries out considerably.

Overall this beer has some of my favorite characteristics for the style. I like the yeast and spice but when the green apple and pear fruit flavors are allowed to shine through and lend a hint of sweetness to the taste it works best for me. This beer hits on those counts. A bit of alcohol comes through in the taste but it's easy drinking for the most part. Definitely very enjoyable and refreshing for a beer with an ABV of 8.5%.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a booming, frothy white head over a fairly murky golden to brown body. Quite a bit of carbonation flowing up.

Aromas are full of yeasty Belgian-spice over apples and plums.

Fairly crisp on the palate, with a lot of natural yeasty spice dominating. Bitter, earthy/leafy aftertaste stuck with me for a while. Mouthfeel was exceptionally dry - really good for the style.

The bitterness could've used a touch more sweet balance, but it's a really nice beer overall.

Updated Notes: 5/8/14:
From corked and caged 375ml that was bottled 5/29/12... nearly 2 years ago.

Carbonation is way down from my first review, as there was barely any head, and virtually no prickly carbonation in the body. Much fruitier and sweeter than my original review. Still plenty of yeasty spiciness, and reminded me of a fiery hell when I first took a sip of this one. Bitterness is way down. Must've mellowed after sitting for two years.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this beer for a couple of months. With the fourth snowfall in as many weeks, I figured that it was time to pull out a special beer to celebrate such a special occasion. Cork was a little tough to pull out, so I was concerned about a yeasty pour, but this is actually relatively clear, with nice carbonation. Color is a pale golden yellow. Smells super fruity, with a pleasant, almost cherry aroma. There's light cereal in the background, too. Smells pretty damn good. No head retention, but then again I'm using a Chimay glass, so there's really none needed. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but there's a ton of flavor hitting the mouth at once. Trying to catalog the tastes is a fool's errand. There's a slight sour funkiness that starts, followed by by some surprising levels of spice. The spice recedes and there's this wonderful Belgian fruitiness in the middle of the beer, with some light citrus, melon, and pear notes bleeding through. Mild citrus hop character helps to usher in a bone dry finish. Simply wonderful, and it only gets better as you let the beer warm up. The high ABV is never really all that noticeable, and the light body with the dry finish means you want to drink a whole bunch of it ... even if you probably shouldn't. Very good and would easily make it into my usual rotation if I could find it more often around here.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a hazy straw yellow-golden color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, Belgian yeast, spices, grain, citrus, and bready malts. Smells great, just like a Belgian style ale should in my opinion.

t - Tastes of pepper, spices, cloves, bananas, Belgian yeast, light apples, and bready malts. Good, but too much epper and spice up front for me. I prefer to get more bananas and yeast up front, like they were in the smell. EDIT: As this warmed up, the taste got a lot better. More bananas came out.

m - Medium body and moderaye to high carbonation. Pretty smooth and the alcohol doesn't come out too much.

o - Overall a nice Belgian style pale ale. I loved the smell; the mix of cloves, Belgian yeast, and bananas was exactly what I like in a Belgian ale. While the taste was fine, it just had too much pepper and spice for me. I enjoyed it more as it warmed up, and it is something I would certainly give another shot to. My advice is to let this one warm up a little bit so more comes out in the taste.

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Photo of chaz410
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy light amber body with a very assertive, thick, white head.
Smells of musty belgian yeast, banana, german spicy hops, and some citrus notes. There's faint notes of horse blanket, prune, sweet red apple, and dates.
Taste of crisp pilsner malt, light caramel, musky belgian fruit notes, and finishes with a dry, hoppy finish.
Mouth feel is thick and then thin at the finish.
Very drinkable for 8.5% ABV

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Inferno Ale from The Lost Abbey
4.01 out of 5 based on 786 ratings.
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