Saint's Devotion | The Lost Abbey

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Saint's DevotionSaint's Devotion

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Brett-finished version of our Devotion Ale. Saint’s Devotion is bottle conditioned with brettanomyces to deepen the layers of flavor on our most hop-forward beer from Lost Abbey lineup.

Added by HopHead84 on 11-26-2008

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Photo of rudzud
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure where I got this. But yah, 2012 vintage, 5/30/12 to be exact. 750mL bottle.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a very nice crystal clear golden hue with a thick almost 3 finger head that faded to leave rocky side lacign and a very nice one finger blanket. Very, very appealing.

S - Aromas of green apples, light citrus, barnyard funk, wonderful brett. Very aromatic and inviting.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Not quite as much brett as the nose, but there is great green apples, light citrus, barnyard funk. Very grassy hops, Tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and dry and light/refreshing. Just awesome.

O - Overall, this was a very well executed beer. Think this is right around its peak, as I've had older brett saisons from Lost Abbey and after 2 years things begin to fall off fast.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- light gold with tiny carbonated bubbles. Chill haze apparent.
S- Estery, definite brett character , green apples, jasmine, orange bitters.
T- Dry as hell, finishes bready and acidic. Slight spicy hop character and a medium, yet balanced, bitter finish.
M- Medium light body
O- Nice brett saison/ belgian pale. I could go for more esters on my saisons, but this one is certainly a quality brew.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a flute.

Surprised at the range of color descriptions for this one. Mine poured a clear, sparkling blonde. 3+ inches of airy white head, even with a very gentle pour, that recedes very slowly leaving moderate to heavy lacing and surface layer.

Sweet and tart aroma of grape must, reminiscent of champagne.

More complex flavor than the aroma would indicate. Grape must, clove, banana, hint of bubblegum and that brett funk.

Light to medium bodied with a sweet but crisp finish from the high level of carbonation. Lingering but not unpleasant aftertaste.

Another nice selection from The Lost Abbey. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of seand
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy amber with a fair amount of bubbly light white head. A solid layer retains, leaving ample lacing.

S: Sweet, yeasty, and a bit funky. Nice blend overall, not too intimidating.

T: Medium sweetness becoming funkier and with more grassy citrusy hop notes through the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, long lasting finish.

Overall, a nice and slightly funky beer. Probably priced a bit higher than it's worth, but otherwise worth a try.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


375 picked up at Bier Thirty in Bown right around Christmas. Finally getting down to opening it tonight. 3 finger foamy white head... great retention... the bubbles gradually form big bubbles that stick around forever... crusty lacing... the brew is pretty clear golden... very bubbly.

Brett, floral perfume, and tons of citrus zest... something that I am having a hard time identifying, almost tropical with a sharp minty/grassy element.

Flavor is much better integrated... lite pale maltiness with approachable brett... again a bit of floral notes move into cut hay/grass... much more drinkable than the aroma let on.

Light/medium body with a pretty good carbonation.... The aroma is pretty sharp, but the flavor makes this one pretty drinkable.


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Photo of eric5bellies
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Drank from my Mane Liquor Tulip

A - Pours a very inviting cloudy classic Saison appearance with a murky honeycomb colour but very little head.

S - Some brett and citrus and woody oak. Quite complex

T - The taste is a little let down with no brett, a little grain and a wheat like flavour. The hop profile is dry and a little sweet. Has a sticky finish.

M - Medium body and low carbonation. A little under carbonated.

O - A decent brew but there are plenty of better examples out there. It looks and smells the part, but disappoints thereafter.

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Photo of mick303
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saints devotion ale lost abbey, taste is a dry floral, mild yeasty mustiness barn hay, but restrained, tart wild apple, then a yeasty finish that goes on and on with a bit of a prickle, fair bit of carbonation and a coating tart prickle but a light enough body that is really drinkable. The nose is one of the most interesting and you get a bigger hit of the floral Brett character, the sourness is restrained on this but it balances sessionability and some nice Brett character. Recommended 3.75 4.25 4.25/4 4 4

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml brown caged and corked bottle purchased from Whole Foods SoMa in San Francisco, CA. Shared in Sydney with Sam and Rich.

Pours a hazy pale golden colour, with a big, rocky, bretty head of white that leaves caves as it bubbles away. Lacing is chunky and excellent. Carbonation is fine: body has a little heft to it, but not a huge amount.

Nose is ripe and bretty. Slight acidity, but much more estery tropical fruits. I get tinned pineapple, a little mint and rosemary, sherbet and a mineral saltiness that probably stems from the same aromas as the traditional earthy, horsey Brett notes. It smells wonderful.

Taste is much, much more subdued, without a lot of Brett character apart from an extreme attenuation which leaves the beer very dry indeed. Clean grain characters on the mid-to-late palate along with a slight clinging bitterness reminiscent of the slight mineral character on the nose. It's quite clean, but it's only decent, without the complexities or intensity of the nose.

Feel is also a little light, although it doesn't have a lot to work with anyway.

Overall, it's really quite drinkable, but it promised more than it ultimately delivered. I still like it a lot, but I was expecting a new favourite from Lost Abbey looking at it, and so I'm a little bit sore that it didn't live up to its potential.

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Photo of ADZA
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dirty light mandarin hue with the frothiest three finger head just like Mr Whippy and clingy lacing everywhere,on smell it's typical funky Brett,mangoes,fresh fruit salad and a nice barnhouse funkiness that lets you know it's a saison,the feel is just under medium bodied and lightly carbonated and to be honest I was expecting a fuller feel and the taste is nice but nothing I'm gonna rave on about tomorrow it's bubblegum,funky Brett,honey and finished with a lemon herbal hoppiness and overall out of all of their range this is the most normalmest and borinest and even though its very sessionable I won't be back for seconds cheers.

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Photo of Braseltonage
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours surprisingly clean and clear. Light gold, Fluffy white head. Some expected fruity aromas with a noticeable brett mustiness. Pleasant.
Flavors are a little one note though. Base beer perhaps lacks a little complexity. Some light breadiness And very faint hint of fruit on the finish,, but the flavor profile is dominated by the brett. Don't get me wrong, I like the brett just fine, just seems like it could have more there to compliment. Mouthfeel and carbonation are right on. Nice enough.

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Photo of corby112
3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy, pale golden orange color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a two finger pillowy white head that sticks around forever.  Really good retention only slowly fading into a lasting cap.  Looks to be over carbonated.

Prominent musty brett aroma with farmhouse yeast, grass, straw and light fruit.  Very earthy and funky with wild bugs overpowering almost everything else. There's a touch of floral hops and light fruit but the brett dominates.

Medium body and very over carbonated taking away from the mouthfeel and flavor.  Lots of dry, musty funk with the brett overpowering almost everything enjoyable about the base beer.  Nice to have a little of this complimenting the farmhouse yeast but it's way too strong for my liking.  Decent amount of bread/yeast flavor underneath along with grass, straw, faint peppery spice and light fruit.  Once the palate adjusts to strong brett presence, the yeast, spice, apple, pear and alcohol flavors come out.  Not a bad beer but overcarbed and a bit one dimensional.  

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a cloudy but bright sun-like yellow color with little bits of floaters. The foam is incredibly thick and mouse like. Good retention but eventually settles leaving chunks of lacing on the glass.

S - aroma is soft. Sort of muted in truth. Faint notes of doughy bread, hay, and ever so slight barnyard funk. As it warms the fruit character starts to sing loud and clear with notes of citrus, apples, pears and white grapes.

T - flavors are crisp and quenching. Clean malty sweetness on the front end with flavors of wheat and hay. A slight zing of citrus in the center which softens as it warms allowing for sweet orchard fruit notes to shine though. Backend is has just a tinge of brett funk. Finish is long and fairly citrusy.

M - medium bodied. Slightly watery texture but in this case it gives a more refreshing quality. High champagne like carbonation.

O - nice beer. Would be especially thirst quenching on a super hot day. I am interested to see how time will treat this one.

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass on 9/21/13 from a bottle labeled "Vintage 2012"

A: Pours a light straw color with low carbonation. The beer is somewhat lighter than other Belgian brews (i.e. Saisons) and doesn't have its same color complexity. The beer is hazy - definitely not cloudy, but not clear either. Carbonation seems low. The beer pours with no head and only a handful of champagne-like bubbles linger after the initial pour.

S: Tropical fruits are on the forefront of the nose (surprisingly) with a hint of apple. Other stone fruits are also prominent. Little-to-no funk is evident, nor is any coriandor and/or pepper spice typical of belgian brews. This is a VERY fruit-forward nose.

T & M: Green apple and citrus fruits up-front with a healthy dose of bittering hops. I know this is a Brett brew, but I have a hard time finding any funkiness typically associated with the yeast strain. Unfortunately, my bottle seemed woefully undercarbed, which kind of messes with the palate of the beer. It almost tastes watered-down. The body of the beer is also disappointing: it's thin on the tongue and extremely dry.

O: Appearance and smell are great. Unfortunately, my bottle was undercarbonated. This gave the effect of drinking a "watered-down" beer that accentuates the bittering hops too much. I'd up the carbonation by at least 25% and provide more body to the beer so it doesn't taste so light. Additionally, I'd up the "funkiness" of a beer advertised to be Brett fermented.

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Photo of Zaplt
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a crisp clear gold with about two inches of head that dissipate quickly.

Aroma - tart fruit, olive?

Taste - Sour tart brett, with a delicate floral hops, bready light maltiness, a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel - Dry, moderately high carbonation

Overall - Decent beer that lacks the depth I was expecting. I would be interested to see how this would age.

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Photo of birchstick
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to KevSal for the hookup on this beer!

A - Who said Lost Abbey doesn't have carbonation? This one nearly exploded when I popped the cork and gave a solid 5-finger head haha. The voluminous, airy head leaves a lot of lacing down the sides.

S - nose is lemon balm, spicy white pepper, bready/bubblegum/funky yeast notes all rise out of the glass. The Northern Brewer hops add extremely subtle, albeit detectable, minty notes mixed in with a more floral hop aroma. All of these scents are making this beer intriguing to drink.

T - refreshing soft herbal lemon flavors hit the front of the tongue. Some of the yeasty bubblegum flavors provide a transitory flavor until the dank funk brett flavors kick in. These add some light mushroom and dankness notes until some bitter, although not overly so, hops come in to finish off this beer. Nice!

M - Despite the copious amounts of carbonation that exploded out of the bottle, there is an extremely creamy and smooth mouthfeel to this.

D - This is a really nice, complex beer both with its aromas and palate. Again, big thanks to KevSal for sending this back as my welcome back to the states box!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy bright yellow, three finger light fluffy head with some lacing.

S-Very yeasty, grass, lemon and some funk.

T-Musty, dirty sock (in a good way?) lemon, and grass. Along with wheat and yeast.

M-Lighter, well carbonated.

O-A good beer but the flavors didn't mesh perfectly and the musty-ness could have been improved upon.

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Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden hazy hue with abundant soapy head. More soap than froth with minimal head retention. Minimal lacing effect.
S - Smells of caramel, Belgian candy malts, with some deep, rich earthy, stony notes. Slight sweet toffee scent with some dried fruit character. Subtle Brett yeast notes throughout.
T - Starts out sweet, transitioning to a bright tartness with some spice that quickly dissolves to a more succulent, sweet earthy graham cracker finish. The yeast is particularly striking on the wet finish. Some slight bitterness in there too to compliment the sweets.
M - Medium body that yields a quick, bright climax of bubbles during the spicy tart phase, then transitions to a rounded, wet finish on the palate.
O - Overall a decent Belgian ale with a more fuller flavor profile than a saison. The Brett adds a tinge of tart sourness to the complexity. Overall quite enjoyable.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz, 2013
Lost Abbey TEKU

A: Big pop on the cork. Pours a hazy golden orange color. Tons of bright white fluffy head. Billows out of the glass. Sticks around a while. Nice Brett and bottle carb.

S: Really getting that Brett character. Slight funkiness. Wet hay. Horse blanket.

T: Prickly carbonation. Nice bite on the tip of the tongue. Grassy hops and grains. Brett funk. Wet stable. Dry finish. Crisp and refreshing.

M: Lighter side of medium. High carb helps with that.

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Photo of draheim
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375mL into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery golden color w/ a big fluffy white head that settles to a few patches of sea foam, some spotty lacing.

Aroma is nice Bretty funk and a vague tartness along with a bright citrusy acidity. Promising.

Taste is Belgian and Brett yeast, funk, floral Old World hops, and spice. Sounds facetious, but fresh cut grass. Tastes green, somehow. Like spring.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp, slightly prickly. Finishes clean

Overall a different take on a Belgian pale. There's an almost herbal quality I can't pin down. Good for what it is, but not outstanding. Still, an enjoyable spring beer.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.04/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted 22 May 2013, reviewed from notes.

The gusher of all gushers. I could tell before I popped the cork, as it strained to be released. Sure enough, the second it popped, foam starting slowly erupting out of the bottle. Pours hazy medium-pale golden yellow. But mostly it's bubbles, from start to finish. White head frothing up to the rim of the glass despite a gentle pour. Head lasts too long, leaves loads of lacing. Close to being amazing, but sometimes going just a bit too far takes you a long ways down.

Smell is delightfully fruity. Juicy sweet stone fruits, peaches and apricots. A little Belgian yeast spice. Very nice.

Taste is weird. It shows a hint of that fruity sweetness that's so potent in the smell, but that disappears quickly, giving way to a 1/4-bitter 3/4-spicy sensory assault, like chewing on lemon pepper. Strange.

Not surprisingly, it's massively overcarbonated. So much so that I can barely drink it, have to leave my mouth open after each sip to let the explosion dissipate before I swallow. Very disruptive to the beer experience.

This isn't a terrible beer. And it's got some good elements. But the overcarbonation makes it impossible for me to enjoy it, and often makes it difficult to even find the good hidden behind that wall of fuzz.

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Photo of nataku00
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden color with four plus fingers of fluffy off white head. Head starts dissipating after a few min, leaving a bit of sticky lacing. Decent amount of fine carbonation visible at the edges of the glass.

Nice brett aroma, earthy wet soil, a bit of wet animal funk, grass and floral hops, with fruity yeast ester, apple and pear, coriander, and biscuit malt sweetness.

Taste leads with some grassy and floral hop bitterness, before it really dries out on the tongue with some light earthy brett funk. Some light sweetness and funk lingers on the tongue.

Light body and well carbonated, pretty refreshing, though with how drying the beer is on the tongue, it makes me a bit thirsty.

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Photo of MarioM
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375 ml poured into SN snifter.

A: Cloudy golden color with a huge off white head composed of large boubbles on the base and a small patch of smooth silky ones floating on top. Big carbonation made obvious from the corque nearly flying off and gushing beer soon after.

S: Big Brett funk, fruitiness, some good phenols, tropical fruit maybe mango and slight pineapple and even more funk. This beer smell extremely interesting and looks like it will have way more character than expecting. Almost reminds me of a funky saison/farmhouse.

T: Very similar to the nose but more restrained than expected. Fruitiness and funk from the Brett comes through great. Great balance between funk, phenols and fruitiness. A bit more hoppy than anticipated, mostly at the end but not bad, I guess that's the main characteristic separating this from a Farmhouse which it reminds me of.

M: High carbonation makes for the bitterness to give a good bite, especially at the end. Bitterness lingers and blends in with the fruitiness but that funk is also in there pushing it's way out of the cloud trying to get noticed.

O: Great brew from them boys over at The Lost Abbey, can't go wrong with their stuff, again being reminded right here right now. I was not expecting such a funky Belgian Pale, to me it reminds me of a funky saison from the Brett but bitterness gets me back on style. Fruitiness is nice but bitterness and funk seem to fight a bit for me but not bad at all, actually really good just not expecting it. A must try in my opinion, definitely will buy again.

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

375ml bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Be careful, after a very loud pop of the cork this beer is a slow motion gusher. Pours a hazy glowing golden color with a billowing, foamy, and airy off-white head. Head took its time slowing fading into a thick rocky film that left patches of chunky lace down the glass.
S: Earthy musty notes of brett are easily noticeable alongside peaches, apricots and other stone fruits. I get hints of bready cracked grains and straw beneath.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of earthy brett, straw, hay, peaches, apricots, and cracked grains. The finish is slightly bitter with herbal hops and the aftertaste is floral and lingering. Yeast lends hints of tropical fruits.
M: Full body, airy, soft and splashy carbonation with a soft, full and slick mouthfeel.
O: A very easy to drink and flavorful brett golden ale. Defintley enjoyable, would drink again.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. I enjoyed regular Devotion well enough, so it should be interesting with Brett added!

Appearance: nice golden hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head is four fingers of big, frothy white foam which dissipates slowly. Great stuff!

Smell: moderate candy sourness and just a bit of buttery funk combine with grassy notes and a light sweetness to create a simple but effective Brett beer. I like it.

Taste: flavor is very much in line with the aroma. Sweetness is comparatively subdued up front, developing more fully in the middle. Hops are earthy and noble in character, and bitterness is balanced. This is a well-composed brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a straight up Brobdingnagian carbonation yields a massive, if somewhat evanescent, creaminess. Ba dow!

Overall: this beer really hits the spot for me. It just rubs me the right way. Great stuff.

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Photo of arfenhouse
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 bottle. Loud pop when corked.

A: Hazy copper-orange with a large white head. Retention is great and has good lacing.

S: Lemon, oranges, apple peel, herbs/spice, and bit of pineapple. Medium malt sweetness, cardboard, and a mild brett.

T: Grassy/hay, herbal/spices, apple, some lemon, and a bit of pineapple. Brett is mild with bit of hay. Finishes with a decent amount of malt sweetness.

M: Light mouthfeel, aggressive carbonation, and a crisp finish (like 7up/sprite/etc)

O: My favorite brett beer so far. Good for a newcomer to funky beers.

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Saint's Devotion from The Lost Abbey
3.95 out of 5 based on 449 ratings.
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