Dorée (Gold)
Bières de Chimay

Dorée (Gold)Dorée (Gold)
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Style:
Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #8
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,754
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 10.51%
Reviews:
202
Ratings:
551
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Bières de Chimay
 
Belgium
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Dorée (Gold)Dorée (Gold)
Notes: Known as Speciale De Poteaupré from the abbey's cafe menu.

The Chimay Gold, which is brewed in the heart of Scourmont Abbey, was for long reserved for the monastic community and its guests and staff. Its refreshing aromas of hops and spice are now yours to try.
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BobbyOlson from Michigan

3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

May 11, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The amazing opportunity to enjoy this monk-only elixir finds me at the tasting room of the most famous of all Trappist brewers in Chimay concluding a very in depth tour. With so much finesse and succulence I can easily understand and appreciate why this beer clocks in under 4%, as a single chalice of the ale is hardly enough.

Doree (gold cap) decants into the chalice with a playful and sprite carbonation that dances about the liquid until the foam separates from the beer and leaves it nearly bright in clarity to show off its shiny golden hue. Ample carbonation fuels the light and fluffy cotton head that captures all the perfumy aromatics to come.

Seemingly of witbier, the aromas of coriander and curacao leap from the rim with a zesty and awakening scent- quite perfumy indeed as the spices are supported with the soft honey suckle sweetness and freshly kilned grain that rounds out the vibrant nose.

Moderate flavors of malt capture the crisp and clean sweetness of honey, powdered sugar, and slight candy. Fresh baking breads, cracker-like crispness, and pleasantly mild grain flavors deliver the briskness of German lagers but the spice/fruit interplay from yeast provides the complexity and balance with only the most modest glimpse into the herbal hop world. The almost-minty, lemongrass and floral character of hops are perfect complements to the coriander and curacao orange peel that provide a juicy and refreshing taste of tangerines and pez candies in the most elegant and delicate portrayal.

Modest in mouthfeel, the zesty prick of carbonation allows for a semi-champagne like lively texture that extends the floral and spicy flavors and minty-warm alcohols well into finish. Ultimately dry and refreshing, the beer seems to dissolve much like cotton candy as soon as the beer hits the middle of the palate and leads to an effortless and digestible beer event.

The first whiff of the soft spices makes me think witbier, but after a few sips, I didn't feel that I needed the unmalted wheat to make any impact at all. A base of pilsner malt and a few other aromatic malts make yet another formidable base beer for these floral and perfumy spice to rise- just another majestic flavor combination that result from the endless artistry of the brewing monks of Chimay!

A very special thanks goes to Fabrice Bordon for an informative and entertaining tour with tasting, and for his gentlemanly companionship for lunch at their cafe.

May 02, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had never seen this one before, in fact, i didnt even know it existed, so i was very stoked to stumble on it. it pours really hazy but super fluffy from the tap, pale and sort of understated aside from the rising and foamy classically belgian head on it pure white in the chimay chalice, a nice way to experience this! it smells like it has some wit elements, notes of coriander herbaceousness and white wine fruitiness right away, estery from the yeast, white pepper and soft ground clove too, very fragrant, wheaty, with some grassy hops in here too, well balanced and compelling, although it doesnt smell as fresh as it might. the flavor is super yeast driven, so much so that this almost has a liquid breadiness about it, i taste bagel and biscuit and crusts, along with faint pineapple and golden raisin character, more white grape, and interesting spiked type sweetness, rock candy and saltwater taffy and gum. no bitterness but i do taste hops at the end, light fresh wood, and mild oxidation oddly enough, dusty old belgian beer charm though, and i thirst for that! expansive and wheaty rich mouthfeel, great belgian carbonation, and a lingering herbal and slightly medicinal finish, majorly drinkable and interesting, but in this situation anyway, easily the least profound of the chimay beers ive had.

Mar 05, 2018
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Dec 2017 and served slightly chilled. I remember reading about this one's (abbey-only) existence back in the day - and while I'm still planning that trip to Belgium some day, it's nice to get this one out of the way ahead of time.

Pours a hazy, pale golden-yellow colour, with three fingers of billowing white head erupting from the surface. Its receding is a much more drawn-out process than its creation... big, soapy bubbles slowly creep downwards over the next 10 minutes or so, caking the glass with gobs of sticky lacing the whole way down. A thing of beauty to behold. The aroma is also attractive and enticing, offering up a nice array of yeasty, fruity notes that include apples, apricot and lemon zest, along with some bready, crackery pale malts. Light clove spice, with some grassy, floral undertones.

The taste follows the nose - grainy, crackery pale malts serve as the base, while flavours of orchard fruit (red apple/pear), apricot, white grape and bubble gum provide added depth. Grassy and floral on the back end, with a hint of lemon zest, clove spice, coriander and earthiness; the last four elements linger on into the aftertaste. Relatively light in body, with moderate carbonation levels that give it a gentle bite. Smooth-bodied and effortless to drink.

[Updated Oct 16 2019]

Another 330 mL bottle; best before Mar 2021 and served at cellar temperature. I'm comparing this one side-by-side with St. Bernardus Extra 4 and Spencer Trappist Ale to see which patersbier comes out on top. I'd say this is the hoppiest of the trio, as it includes a pleasant, citrusy lemon zest note that distinguishes it from the other two. Chimay Dorée is the best of the three IMO, but I wouldn't say it ran away with the competition or anything - it just happens to suit my preferences more than the others. Lots of flavour packed into this svelte 4.8% frame, so if you are at all a fan of lighter Belgian-style fare then I'd say this is well worth a try where you can find it.

Final Grade: 4.29, an A-

Aug 29, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a hazy golden color with a bright white full creamy head, loads of retention and lacing, lots of carbonation, head looks like a marshmallow. Aroma has notes of stone fruits, lemon peel, floral, honey, spices, it's pretty aromatic for such a low ABV beer, reminds me of a spiced fruit cake. Taste follows the nose with apricots, lemon peel, honey, spices, mild lemon peel like bitterness, Belgian yeast notes with a touch of banana and honey, finish has lingering notes of yeast, lemon peel, and spice. Mouthfeel is incredible with lots of carbonation leaving a prickly feeling on the palate but it's also incredibly fluffy, light, and creamy, goes down smooth, finish is dry with citrus peel.

Overall, an impressive Belgian Pale Ale, perhaps one of the better ones I've tasted, definitely going to seek this out again, lots of depth and complexity, great drinkability, flavor, and an incredible smoothness on the palate.

Jan 01, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a golden grapefruit, it sits in the snifter with a creamy cap of 1 finger. Delicate skirted lacing left behind.

Aroma of cored apples, pepper, clove, yeast, pears with black pepper on them.

Flavor is a fruity burst equally mixed with peppery clove. Pear, apple, banana, cream, with a polite hop bite. Some woody notes towards the finish.

Feel is extremely carbonated, but may be due to shelf life. Nice clove-y, dry finish.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I'd have it again.

Jul 18, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: very slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: not especially aromatic; coriander, bread, and dough;

T: coriander and orange up front; coriander and lemon from the middle through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate, effervescent carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: really like the flavor and carbonation of this beer;

Mar 16, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium. Body, with plenty of carbonation.
Aroma is apple,orange,spice, doughy yeast,malted
...taste is very similar to aroma, earthy, spicey,almost a little dry. There's a base flavor that's bread,yeast like
Overall another great beer from chimay

Feb 18, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Scourmont Abbey/Bières de Chimay "Dorée"
33 cl brown glass bottle, coded "L17-475"
$5.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I'd heard about this beer decades ago and really wanted to try it but was informed that you could only get it at the abbey, and since I still haven't made it to Belgium yet... ... ... however, here it is before me and I now have my chance!

I've carefully poured it to leave the lees behind and it's a clear straw gold in color beneath a massive head of pillowy white. The aroma displays soft orange, some grainy malt, and just a suggestion of coriander - had I not known it was there I'd never have picked it up. On to the flavor... not surprisingly it's very much the same. It's nicely malty, straightforwardly grainy and just lightly sweet, and off-set by the orange flavor and a very light hint of grassiness. Some moderate bitterness appears towards the swallow, and that's where the delicately spicy and woody coriander appears, helping to bring it to a dry conclusion. A smear of grainy malt, some bitterness, some coriander based woodiness, and a drip of orange linger gently. The head has finally settled down after a few sips and I've got a big puffy island, or what more precisely looks like a mound of snow in the center of my glass, surrounded by solid "mountains" of lace. It's got great head retention and lacing. It's a nice looking glass of beer, and if you hold it to the light you can see hundreds of tiny bubbles streaming upwards. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and supple with just a delicate caress from the tiny effervescent bubbles.

So how does it compare to what I thought it might be like? It's stronger at 4.8% as I thought it was lowering alcohol than that. And it's golden where I thought it would be a touch reddish. I knew it was lightly spiced but I didn't know it would be similar to a witbier, although I have to say, although it uses orange peel and coriander it's not the same, obviously with the yeast having a major hand in that. Witbier yeast tends to have a slight bit of tartness to it but this does not. So am I disappointed? No, to the contrary I'm actually quite smitten with it. It's a very relaxing and easy beer. I think it would pair immensely well with quite a number of dishes; and I think it fits in perfectly with the other Bières de Chimay. It's actually much better than I thought it would be to be honest, and although it's from Chimay I'm really surprised at how good it is.
Review# 5,996

May 08, 2018
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Chimay Dorée (or Chimay Gold, as its known in North American markets) is in fact that: a pretty, daisy yellow beer with a slightly tarnishing golden shine. While it glimmers intensely against the light, the level of clarity is far from what we'd consider 'pristine'. Nevertheless, its virgin white head and steady, spritzy bubbles provide compensating exquisiteness.

The Belgians (especially their monks) know how to make an intriguingly, expressively aromatic beer arguably better than anyone. But they really only have the one trick: yeast. This pale ale, despite possessing the typical orchard fruit esters and subdued yet fragrant spicing, has a bouquet that's distinctly floral, grassy and even a touch tropical - the mark of hops?!

Indeed, the taste abounds with rose petals and lemon rinds - what an exciting find from such a conservative producer! This is far more "light and bright" than any other Trappist offering - it's better suited to surfing lessons than quiet prayer. The malt is delicate and contributes little beyond a soft, lightly honeyed breadiness. The yeast, too, is unusually restrained and serves but to accentuate the herbal, grassy qualities of the hops, adding perhaps a spritz of coriander-like spice.

What makes beer such a universal, timeless drink is that it can be all things to all people: it's the bland, watery pitchers friends share while cheering on their team; the stiff tipple that soothes the ills of a long work day; the corked and caged bottle to be shared only on special occasions; the quencher on a hot day; the warmth on cool nights; the dessert unto itself...

Chimay Gold fills a gap the other offerings could never (and vice versa). If the place for Chimay Red is next to a hearty, slow-braised meat dish at the dinner table, and the time for Chimay Blue is late-night when the fire's embers start to be bigger and brighter than the flames themselves, then the time and place for Chimay Dorée is on a café terrace or shaded from the hot summer sun under a tree, a picnic basket of stinky cheeses, crusty bread and fresh-whipped butter in hand.

Nov 30, 2016
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From: Etre Gourmet, Beauvechain, BE
Date: "L13-456 2014" stamped on label
Glass: Tulip

Chimay's "singel" is a fairly flavorful, perhaps overly sweet and herbal, low-alcohol abbey table beer. It's a bit too thin and overcarbonated (perhaps typical for Belgian trappist standards, which often works on higher ABV beers, but not necessarily so here) and too heavy/overdone on the herbs. That being said, this was quite easy to drink, and the Belgian yeast character still managed to shine through the herb soup. Would I get this again? If it were more affordable, sure; as it is, I'll probably brew my own instead.

2cm tall head of bright white foam, made up of medium to large-sized bubbles for a soapy-looking appearance. Retention is above average at about two minutes, the foam fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a very thin film lingering atop the body for the duration of the drink. Lacing is good, but not excellent, with scattered large blotches and occasional small patterns clinging to some of the glass' sides. Body is a fairly bright, light golden yellow color, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the slightly hazy body (10-20% opacity), very active and numerous.

Aroma of bright, fresh straw, bubblegum, light coriander and lemon-like herbs (lemongrass, verbena?), Belgian yeast phenols and mustiness.

Overall flavor is of pale malt sweetness underneath a fairly zesty mix of coriander and lemon-like herbs, with additional support from Belgian yeast character (phenolics, wet hay, slight bubblegum). Front of palate tastes large flavors of coriander, lemon verbena, lemongrass, fresh wet straw, and pale malt sweetness: a bit overdone, somewhat cloyingly herbal. Mid-palate is much more enjoyable, of more balanced coriander and lemon-like herbs, sweet pale malt, fresh wet straw, and mild Belgian yeast mustiness and phenolics. Back of palate tastes coriander, fresh wet hay, modest lemon verbena and lemongrass, all atop a base of pale malt sweetness. Aftertaste is very pleasant, of light staw-like sweetness and character, light bubblegum and spicy phenol, a bit of residual coriander and slight bitterness.

Beer is light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a fairly foamy (4/5) and slightly smooth (1/5) mouthfeel. The carbonation is a bit too intense for the body, and this comes across not as fizziness, but excessive foaminess and large-sized bubbles. Closes very dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Feb 17, 2014
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urbanvets from New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from Growler into Chimay Goblet
Small foam with little lacing
Smells of citrus bitter orange hints o yeast and , celery
Taste of butter, wheat vanilla frosting and blood orange
32 ounces in definitely a nice session, perfect for summer and the beach when the other Chimay's would leave you paralyzed 3 or 4 goblets in. On par with Orval, doesn't quite reach Westvleteren Blonde

May 06, 2017
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harpus from Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 26, 2017
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to challenge the average rating here and say that this beer is just wonderful. It pours a clear, bubbly yellow, but I did not want to waste the famous Chimay yeast. I made sure to swirl the last few ounces in the bottle and turned the beer a cloudy yellow with a creamy head. NOW we're talkin.

The smell is weak, but refreshing. It's sweet and so quintessentially Belgian with an undertone of candied lemon.

The taste is just flat-out delicious. It's light and sweet, with such a wonderful Belgian yeast flavor. It's exactly what I hoped it would be. It's definitely more of a Belgian Witbier than it is a Pale Ale. It's very mellow and immensely drinkable.

What an honor to drink what the monks drink. My only complaint is that this bottle is so small.. I could drink this everyday. Bravo.

Nov 08, 2013
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thepeter from England

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour into a tulip glass with a nice creamy head that lasted but left little lacing. Aromas of candy sugar, citrus, zesty spicy belgian yeast and a field. Tastes very nice, orange zest, spice, pepper, light grassiness (field) and slight bitter finish. Light and fluffy on the palate. Soft and nicely carbonated. Overall this is a very nice beer that I would have guessed to be a Witbier. Either way it went very nicely with mussels!!

Dec 15, 2011
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy; yellow-orange; no head when brought out

Aroma: Slightly hoppy; candy sugar; citrusy; coriander; smells like Hoegaarden; sweet

Taste: A little thin; sligthly hoppy; smooth

Remarks: Had as part of 4 beer sampler at the Inn at Chimay

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Jun 15, 2013
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Latarnik from New Jersey

3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Oct 19, 2017
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Hultkrantz from Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Dec 10, 2013
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mongoose41 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 01, 2019
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

L: Dark orange, with a touch of brown. Two finger white head has stellar retention.

S: Spices like coriander and clove are at the forefront. Faint fruit in the middle with some apple and banana. The finish is a touch of orange peel and a slight bready note.

T: Follows closely to the aroma, with spices and fruit and a touch of breadiness. Wonderful.

F: Medium body, crisp. Finishes with lingering breadiness.

O: Outstanding beer.

Sep 17, 2019
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razorsdescent from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Mar 15, 2015
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LooseMoose1978 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 10, 2016
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I must admit I'm a little bit jaded. Having reviewed 430+ beers (and counting), it often seems like there is, to quote King Solomon, "nothing new under the sun."

But then I get a beer like this one. I found it in the sale bin at a local liquor store in Oklahoma City, one of the mythical low alcohol session beers that are brewed for the Trappist monks of the monastery! So I had to buy the 4-pack of 330 mL bottles.

I poured the bottle into a Boulevard snifter glass. The result is a bright gold liquid with a big white head. If pour carefully one could get a crystal clear look but I personally prefer to drink the yeast so the final result is a little hazy.

Interesting aroma. It reminds me a little of soap or maybe even Texas bluebonnet blossoms (normally not thought of as having aroma, but up close they smell fresh and clean, almost soap like).

The flavor is even more out there. Lots of citrus - the label says orange peel but I'm getting more lemons and wheatgrass. Very interesting spice profile. Starts off sweet then goes dry and then finishes sweet again.

Fairly high carbonation but not overkill. Crisp and fresh tasting.

Is it as good as the other Chimay offerings?

No.

But is it something unique and worth trying out?

Yes.

In strength it reminds me of a session beer which makes it a poor value for the cost, but the spices are what take it in a very different territory. The spices don't quite sell me but I have to say I enjoy the fact that they are so different.

So I say, give this one a try! You might like it! If not, then at least consider the fact that you had a beer with a story, one that previously was only available if you visited the monastery in Belgium, in which case $3-4/bottle is a bargain.

Aug 10, 2015
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KeyWestGator from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 10, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Poured out a golden amber color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of bubblegum, caramel and fruitiness. Sweet toasted caramel, fruitiness and a nice bitter bite for balance.

Dec 06, 2015
Dorée (Gold) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 551 ratings