La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus)

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
La Trappe Tripel’s aroma is slightly malty and estery. Despite its full, rich flavour, this out-of-the-ordinary ale still has a light and dry aftertaste with a touch of bitter finesse.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Orangish/copper, cloudy body with no real head

Aroma: hints of dried Fruit; peppery/spicy notes in the nose

Taste: Tart; malty; peppery; dried fruit (raisin)

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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Photo of freneticamnesic
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A -Copper gold, thick, slow dissipating white head

S - Citrus and light roasted malts

T - Citrus, fruity esters, hints of roasted nuts, coriander, with a dry hoppy finish

M - medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry finish

O - Overall one of my favourite tripels. I love the balance between the malty roasted nut flavours and the fruity flavours.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: pours a hazy gold with an almost two inch head that dies down quickly leaving some lacing.

S: fruit and yeast are the predominant smells that come through on the nose of this triple.

T: the yeast is still there in the taste, but there is a maltiness and the alcohol does come through. Fruit is there but it is in the background with spices like clove and cardamon.

M: medium carbonation and there is a bit of slick to it. It has an overall medium body.

O: this is a good triple that was easy to drink. The most disappointing part of this beer was the artificial cork that topped the bottle. I fought to get it out, and this had me starting out a little miffed. I am generally a fan of tripels, and I quite enjoy most Trappist offerings, but I am on the fence with this one... Maybe the quad will change my mind.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An iconic Tripel that deserves its accolades!

Pours a hazy but bright golden honey coloured amber. The surprisingly white head has excellent staying power at the edges of the glass. Aroma of Belgian yeast with an underlying caramelized malt and candied fruit backbone. This carries into a nicely balanced taste that starts sweet but has decent depth in the body and ends with a surprisingly smoky bitterness. The oily mouthfeel is quite appropriate both for the style and its 8% ABV.

Should have been rated years ago, but impressed by this beer's consistency as well as its quality.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smell: herbal with subtle hops and sweet citrus

Taste: spices cardamom, floral notes, hints of clementines, sweet champagne, and subtle scotch-like smokiness

This beer, as Trappist style dictates, is designed by those under and for God; it's going to be good. This beer, although not life changing, is one of the better tripels out there. With its pseudo complexities, this beer is an interesting stand-alone drinker. However, if you feel like pairing it with something, this beer goes great with a smoked salmon pear glaze on a rice pilaf with mild spice; try it with Chinese food too

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Photo of brureview
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with a 1 finger head in a snifter.

Aroma: light cloves and banana which fades with warming.

The mouth feel is very carbonated- perhaps too much for a tripel.

Taste: light cloves and spice.

Overall: a solid tripel. This beer is worth cellaring. I cellared the quad which after 9 months was quite complex.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a two finger off white head present upon pouring. Rather quickly the head fades leaving a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a citrus and yeasty smell with lots of banana and spice mixed within. Other aromas of other lighter fruits, like apricot and peach are present as well with all the smells being complemented by a light alcohol aroma.

Taste – The taste follows the nose fairly well with a front showing of citrus and some lightly toasted malt. The yeast quickly come to the tongue and bring with them flavors of banana and a bit of clove. As the flavor advances fruiter a bit of a warming alcohol taste begins developing with some flavors of apricot and a little bit of earthy hop coming at the end of the taste. With the alcohol now slightly stronger at the end of the taste, a fruited and yeasty, warming taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side for an 8 % abv triple with a carbonation level that is average to slightly above average for the style. The combination of the two, when mixed with the lighter fruit flavors, give a crispness to the brew, making it quite easy drinking.

Overall- A nice triple that has a great easy drinking character with a good blend of malt, light fruits and yeast. Rather enjoyable.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Cloudy rich copper colour with a finger of velvety head. Adequate retention and waves of lacing cling to the glass.

(4.0) S: Green apple, banana, cloves, spices, faint floral qualities, and dried figs and dates. A good mix of strong aromas that work together well.

(4.0) T: Ripe banana, pineapple, cloves, yeast, slight grain taste, and floral qualities. Smooth with a honey-like finish. Not overly sweet with a solid dryness.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Appropriately slick with a bit of gritty texture.

(4.0) D: A good and solid all-around tripel and one I would enjoy again.

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Photo of Chrysostom
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As always, I review live, not from notes, puzzling out the libation brewed in houses of salvation. As always, I review to style (ala BJCP), modified by personal taste (contra BJCP), not solely to personal taste, which would be unfair to many great examples of styles that I don't personally favour.

First time I've had this beer. Ratings subject to revision upon consumption of additional bottles.

Apologies for my short review this time. Christ is risen! It's Easter/Catholic Pascha (Orthodox Pascha isn't until May 5 due to the Revised Julian Calendar differences from the Gregorian - lots of discounts!), so I'll be heading out to the House of Worship in an hour. Or less. I'll try to keep it brief. And likely fail.

Presentation: 750mL corked and caged bottle, $9.99, served at 40ºF and warming as I write, poured in to a Chimay goblet/chalice.

A: Slightly hazy, still mostly transparent, apple-juice or hard-cider colour, with one finger of soapy white head which recedes relatively quickly to a scum upon the face of the beer and a ring around its edges. Minor rings of lacing. Mildly active carbonation.

S: Cracked black pepper, very mild citrus fruits, bready yeast, "dry bubblegum" (bubblegum aromas, surprisingly lacking much sweetness), applejack, a little Belgian funk, and an extremely elusive (possibly imagined) whiff of Belgian spiciness.

T: Peppery and fruity, probably from the inimitable Belgian yeast, slightly dry, quite bready, bordering on the biscuit-like. There's a bit of undefined alcohol in there, along with an undefined hop bitterness which holds the malts and sweetness in check without being obvious. A little bit of weird skunkiness, probably part of the Belgian funk, with an almost-imperceptible twang of DMS on some sips - it may just be my imagination, but it gets a 4.5 instead of 4.9 or 5.0 for this bottle.

M: Medium of body, light and spritzy of carbonation,

D: High.

O: An extraordinarily well-balanced Tripel, not exceedingly complex but complex enough for the job. Easy drinking, but with layers of flavour that exist if one wishes to drink it more slowly with the goal of puzzling them out. Better than St Bernardus Tripel, not quite as good as Chimay or Westmalle Tripel, but it's a beast of it's own sort - less fruity, less estery. Better in some ways, not in others, it's hard to make a direct comparison: try it. It's certainly worth it.

To style: 85/100
To taste: 92/100

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

330ml bottle purchased from Steve's Cool Booze in Kensington.

Pours a rather deeper hue than I expected: an amber-golden colour, that looks rather dense and syrupy. Head fizzes up quite a lot on the first pouring, but then settles back to an inauspicious film across the top. Body looks fluid, but also retaining some of the thickness initially perceived. Overall, it looks like a decent beer, but a pretty average tripel.

Nose is dusty and slightly savoury. Some green sprouting wheat characters, and a hint of dusky spice, like pepper mixed with earth. There's a noticeable booziness as well, and a suggestion of oxidation. I note the best before date is 05-2013: so it's still within that range, but towards the back end. Overall, I'm not particularly impressed.

Taste is dank and limp, with a metallic character rising on the mid palate, and a old sherry oxidised bitterness on the finish. Some spice and booze are noticeable, especially when the beer is allowed to evaporate on the tongue, but otherwise it feels flat, and rather uninteresting.

Feel is overly fizzy, despite the perception that it has burnt itself out quickly. It is light, however, belying the appearance of thickness. Some boozy heat is also present.

Overall, I'm not a big fan. This has really darkened, dampened and flattened with time, and I'm far from being enthusiastic. Indeed, this tastes a little like a mediocre homebrewer attempting a strong Belgian golden without much success. Very average indeed.

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Photo of Filosoof
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tripel lacks elements that can make a tripel interesting. It is drinkable, certainly. But it's too thin and dry. If there are other tripels available, I will not take this one.

A: okay; golden looks; good top;
S: which smell? It lacks smell! Some bitter, stone, alcohol.
T: starts interesting but loses my attention very quickly. Too tart and bitterish for a triple.
M: okay, missing a finish; alcohol feels strong, though it is just 8%.
O: bit disappointing; drinkable, but doesn't make me happy.

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

Served in a La Trappe coupe glass. Overall this beer was too heavy and too dark for me to consider it a tripel. It was heavy on the bubble gum esters and since all of their beers seem to be this way I will begin to assume they do no temperature control on their fermentations. Still, it was drinkable and I finished the bottle. I will likely have additional beers from this brewery but I will no repeat this one.

Beer is dark amber almost brown and hazy with an aggressive tan head of small and medium bubbles, no retention, no lacing, moderate carbonation in the glass.

Aroma is sweet, bubble gum esters.

Beer is medium in body and quite sweet, the finish is a little heavy, overall it is just too sweet and not try enough for my tastes. Not a bad beer but too much esters and malt for my tastes.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a corked bottle...12:47...K29E12.
Poured in a smaller Konings Hoeven tulip glass.
Significant pop from plastic cork.
Pours a golden color with significant head.
Aroma initially has a touch of alcohol, melon rind, astringency.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of grassy hops, sweet malt, bitter kava kava root, alcohol...let's give it 5 minutes...
OK...minimal head remains, light aroma of roasted malts, banana and alcohol. Flavors have mellowed out...sweet malts, light citrus, honey. There's a uniqueness and it's in the yeast...certain challenging esters. There's also a seemingly sweet carbonation effect. Quite a bit different than the Quad but I'm tasting some commonalities.
After half an hour the brew brings forth a touch of pear, but in the nose and taste there's still a hint of phenols as may be inherent in the yeast. Tasty and challenging for a tripel.

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Photo of brodericksloth
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle one pint 9.4 ounces 8% abv

amber orange

heady at first (two fingers white) dissapears fast. bubbly lacing no glycerin effect

no complex undertones pretty much two dimensional

not much in the nose department some simple fruits; orange nothing exotic other than
light figgy fruitcake

doesn't excite or intrigue the senses; pretty standard

alcohol well hidden; very smooth and approachable

usually i pour out the bottom dregs from bottle fermented beers...glad I did't on this
one. The flavor and complexity improves. clean yeasts and malts. no off tastes; pure
fruity esters. actually a decent beer at the end.

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Photo of takemetothelion
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at a New Brunswick liquor store. The first non quebecoise brewed beverage I am reviewing on my vacation and most likely my last seeing as I leave tomorrow morning. $8 for the bottle in the cooler, wish I had let it warm up a little before starting but oh well.

A- very much more amber than I expected from this tripel. Insane head! and it actually stuck around for a while. I clocked her at about 2.5 fingers and stayed at 1.5-2 for about 5-7 minutes. slowly dissipates as I work in my first handful of sips. decent to above average lacing along the sides. very cloudy barely any light making its way through while moderate bubbles race to the top.

S-Not the strongest nose I've encountered. Mostly yeast coming through with some fruit elements, citrus, apricot and peach. Another review described paint and nail polish, although I'm not picking that up at all...maybe I need to smell more nail polish.

T- The moment we've all been waiting for...and man it does not disappoint! Definitely generous portions of apricot, peach and orange. very rich though not as complex as some of the more top self brews. the strong yeast taste doesn't let you forget your drinking a beer that's for sure. and the alcohol is hidden, but still makes a slight appearance known i mean it is 8% and a fairly light brew.

MF- This is a home run for sure. It's exactly how you picture it. The cloudy golden texture with flavor explosion just is fulfilling like a big bite of a perfect sandwich. The carbonation could be a tad more to excite the inside of the mouth a little more, only complaint.

Overall, kinda kicking myself for by passing this one so many times on the self. I guess the trappist reference kinda threw me off as being a little commercial, and its netherland origins. But honestly pretty authentic and will surely be on my list for the future. maybe i'll check out the quad next time. High fives all around for this golden beauty.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Chimay chalice. Cloudy wheat orange color, with a relatively small white head that disappears a bit quickly.

Nose is pleasant, banana, peach and a hint of citrus. Telltale Belgian yeast. Mouthwatering.

Strong orange and apricot in the flavor. A bit overpowering, almost syrupy or artificial. Nice carbonation in the mouth makes this a good beer, but not my favorite Tripel. Smelled great, but the taste left something to be desired.

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Photo of mndlssphlsphr
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a well rounded beer. It starts off with an autumn orange flow into the glass that it is poured with an off white head to follow. The smell is sweet and peaceful and tells you that there is smooth flavor to follow. The taste is a pleasure while the mouthfeel; however, is a bit bubbly and tickles the capillaries to pause the time causality while the brain questions the thought if the hops come before barley, or am I wrong? This is worth your dollar, and with the recent loophole for bankers in free-trade laws I will say it is worth your time here in Panama.

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Photo of sfprint
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exp 7/2013
A: A hazy dark orange. sparse microcolumns of rising carbonation with a more substantial column directly in the center. quickly disappating head.
S: Sweet apricot peach, slightly of nail polish/paint, somehow like a plesant scratch and sniff something designed for girls, except more intense, rich and sweet. Pretty remarkable.
T: Ooh, this one is good. Tripels are sometimes one of my favorite styles of beer, but they can be so hit and miss. This one is also quite unique. Despite it's paint quality, it's smooth and orange fruity. Rich but not syrupy. Very impressive. A tinge of bitterness is creeping in as the beer warms up.
M: Rich and smooth with a slight sharp, delayed sting.
O: I was extra careful in keeping the yeast out. But regardless, it's a very impressive Tripel and also quite different from other's I've had. It's kind of "flashy" in a way like a polished car.

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Photo of blandmath
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bit darker than most tripels. Amber and a bit cloudy.

Nothing exceptional, but still good.

Typical Belgian flavor prevalent.

Hides its potency well.

Served in a chalice from a 750ml bottle taken from the refrigerator and set for 30 minutes prior to opening.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle from the locak supermarket. Hazy orange pour with a healthy amount of white head. Smells of caramel, dried apples, yeast. Bitter-sweet taste with a bit of a metallic feel. Decent tripel.

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Photo of Radome
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 33 cl bottle bought in Greece.

A - Light golden color, but with a shade of orange. Slightly hazy. White head is made up of tiny, pinprick bubbles. It dissipates quickly to almost nothing, but remains as Belgian lace.

S - Aroma is a good balance of malt and hops. The malt is crisp and grain-like. The hops are earthy and European. There is some fruitiness from the yeast; maybe grapes with just a hint of bubblegum and banana. The smell is pretty muted, but the sample is also chilled more than I think is best.

T - The taste balance is (surprisingly to me) tilted toward the hops. The hops are earthy and a little grassy. The malt is bready and slightly grainy, like wheat toast. Yeast fruit notes add complexity. Sweet alcohol is there in the background. A complex and hoppy example of the style.

M - Medium body. Mild carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness and a little alcohol burn.

O - A smooth, balanced and fairly hoppy Tripel. The alcohol is definitely present, but the balance of flavors help keep this dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second bier during my 05Oct12 visit with Brabander. Had been going heavy on the Tripels so far, so why stop now? A 0.25l glass cost €3.50.

The Trappe chalice contained a Clear, medium-dark golden liquid; a touch dark for a Tripel, to me anyhow... Had steady carbo and a nice, foamy, off-white head with A-1 lacing. Aroma was somewhat candyish along with good tropical fruitiness. Pretty smooth despite the carbo, and it had a medium body.

Flavor had a good amount of candyish sweetness to start. Solid trop fruits attacked the palate, with pear, green apple and some honeydew. Finish leaned towards dryness, with some cotton candy notes detected. A nice Tripel! Thnx to Thijs for covering my two biers here at La Trappe.

3.93/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of thehyperduck
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from the LCBO; caged and corked. Although I've never reviewed this until now, I have already had it three or four times, and it has always been an enjoyable quaff. But how does this compare to some of the authentic Belgian tripels I've had?

Pours a muddy golden-amber colour, opaque with sediment, and topped with two fingers of pillowy, frothy, pearl white-coloured head. The retention is below average for the style; it wilts away over the next few minutes, leaving a thin, smooth cap behind in its wake, and little in the way of lacing. The aroma definitely leans on the sweet side, with candi sugar, ripe banana, cotton candy and pear.

Yeasty flavour with plenty of fruity notes - red apples, pear, banana, plums, white grapes and apricot all come to mind, as the orchard fruit character is a prominent fixture. The spiciness is mild; a solid bite of clove and allspice comes forward in the finish alongside some flowery hops, lingering into the yeasty aftertaste. Some slight heat from the ethanol becomes more prominent as it warms. Medium-bodied, with heavy carbonation that gives it a spritzy, biting mouthfeel that works well with the spicy finish. An enjoyable sipper, although this bottle is a bit much for one person.

Final Grade: 4.02, just barely eking out an A-. La Trappe Tripel remains one of the most accessible tripels in my area - I have enjoyed it every time I have had it, and there is no doubt in my mind that I will enjoy it many more times in the future. This Dutch tripel is not quite as good as some of its Belgian trappist equivalents, but it's still a fabulous ale that all tripel-lovers should try if given the opportunity.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber orange and hazy. Massive off-white head is retentive and lacy. A fine looking beer. Aromatic notes of honey, banana, pear, and clove. Dry and yeasty with apple, banana, and peppery notes. Slight alcohol warmth. Light bodied with lots of soft carbonation. Feels like velour in the mouth. Pretty good.

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Photo of stevoj
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice color, but head didn’t pour very thick and faded fast. Aroma is strong, caramel and butterscotch. Taste is a bit mellower, but on target for the style. A pretty good tripel.

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La Trappe Tripel (Koningshoeven / Dominus) from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.91 out of 5 based on 976 ratings.
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