Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge | Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Belgium | website

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 06-28-2009

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Small Bar Fullerton in Chicago.

Served in a 12 oz. tulip, it had an ecru head, and a muddy brown body. In the light, there was a slight reddish perception, but not a true red in color. There was some minor lacing as it disappeared, randomly leaving spots here and there.

Sour grape and mild vinegar sharpness in the nose, a mild level of funkiness (of unknown origin). Sipping this, there's a clear fruity component of lemon, sour grapes, and cherries. Puckering at first, leading into a drier finish. It's moderately sour, not as sharp as La Folie, more to the level of Rodenbach. It was very crisp and quenching. Well made and drinkable, this would be nice in warmer months.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle acquired at Whole Foods in Glendale, California. Expectations are extremely high as I've heard nothing but great things about this beer. I'm in the mood for a good sour.

Reviewed live.

Served at the midpoint between refrigerator cold and room temperature. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one and a half finger head of nice cream, fairly good thickness, and great retention. Sort of an off-white head colour. The body colour is a dark semitransparent ruby-amber. Definitely a hue of red. Rich and inviting. Yeast particles are difficult to find but they're definitely in there. Quite appealing.

Sm: Apple, souring wild yeast, bacteria, cherry, indistinct fruit esters, light hints of oak when I look for it, figs, and a very slight vanilla hint (only when I look for it). The label's description is actually true; if only American breweries would take note. A nicely subtle and complex aroma. Moderate in strength. Very appealing and alive. I can't wait to try it. Exactly how a sour ought to smell.

T: Quite sour, in a good way. A bit puckerworthy but not problematic. Fresh. This one's definitely alive and heavy with yeast that doesn't feel overly biscuity or earthy. Apple certainly comes through. Cherries are there. I don't get any cocoa or vanilla; I think they're buried behind the sourness (I probably don't have the palate to pick them out; all apologies). Cream right on the open. Very delicious. Full bodied - the foundation is clean unobtrusive bright malts. A lovely beer. Very subtle. Tart and fruity. The oak here is hard to detect, and emerges as a note not merely as a tone like in many imperial stouts. Masterfully complex, but it doesn't beat you over the head with bold notes. The brewers value subtlety, and so do I. I'm impressed with this one. The sourness is of ideal extent in my opinion.

Sourness lingers in the aftertaste, which I find enjoyable.

Mf: Crisp but also refreshing. Some cream on the open. Smooth, wet, and unobtrusive - as it should be. Light and delicate without being fragile. Just a touch too thin, but forgivable as the thinness adds to the delicacy. Complements the flavours incredibly well.

Dr: Absurdly drinkable. An excellent sour. I'd definitely had this again. I imagine it would age well, but I wouldn't have the fortitude not to drink it. Excellently priced, even as an import (thank God the Shelton Bastards aren't handling distribution). Its ABV isn't high, but for what it's worth it's well hidden. I really fancy this one, and would highly recommend it to sour fans. It will likely be too puckerworthy for newcomers to sours, but it's a great example of the style. Phenomenally brewed.

Drank just fine out of me Guinness golbet. I recommend goblets as the ideal serving vessel for this beer.

Don't pair this with anything; it's worth enjoying on its own. If you must, perhaps something simple like red grapes would be ideal.

A good candidate for aging methinks.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso - Georgetown.

Pours a nice cherry red with a bit of brown as well. Nose brings forward a good deal of sourness as well as some cherries and oak. A bit of an acetic character. The taste is vinegar, cherry, oak, and a bit of sweetness. Great, creamy mouthfeel. Drinks quite well, although the acetic character gets to be a bit much after awhile.

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Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bridge in St. Louis.

A - Poured a dark cola brown color with a small, off-white head of foam. It did not last long and left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of sour black cherries and grapes.

T - Great sour taste - dark cherries and grapes. A touch of plum.

M - It was puckeringly sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really delicious Flanders Red Ale. Glad I found this one on tap.

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Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Frisco Taphouse. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a reddish dark amber color with not much head.

Smell: Sour and tart. Hints of fruit and vinegar, mildly sweet.

Taste: Quite tart. Lots of vinegar flavor with cherry and raspberry notes. A bit sweet from the malt and a tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very nice and smooth sour beer. The balance is quite nice as well. I enjoyed this one very much.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sessions in Greensboro.Poured into a tulip glass a deep ruddy brown mixed with a cherry color with a fluufy off white head atop.Deep sour cherry and dry sherry notes in the nose,a little intimidating for a non-sour lover like me.Sherry-like woody flavors mixed with sour cherries on the palate,when I say sour I mean sour like sherry vinegar and tart cherries.IT's a great beer for what it is,Iam not a huge fan of the style but I know it fits the bill very well.

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Photo of nickfl
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with half a finger of tan foam on top of a perfectly clear, amber brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves only traces of lace on the glass.

S - A strongly acidic aroma with notes of balsamic vinegar, molasses, and dark cherries.

T - Strong acidity up front with some black cherry notes. Dark caramel appears in the middle and lends some sweetness to the beer as it finishes with notes of vanilla, oak, and complex sweet/sour balsamic notes.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a classic Flemmish red with a complex balance between the sweet/fruity and sour/funky notes. Nicely done and reasonably drinkable despite a strong level of sourness.

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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap@ armsby abbey.

Big fluffy head, dark rosy mahogany brown color. Head fades slowly with a nice lacing.

Nose brings tart fruit, sour creamy malt, light crystal malts, some apple and berry like tart fruit, light dry bready malt aroma.

Taste is tart sour fruits, juicy almost citrus, sour malts, slight dry bready finish, mouth watering and fairly sour, sight sticky dry finish and a little flemmy. Semi sweet. Slight bit of vanilla and oak. Long tart fruity finish.

Mouth is med bodied, mouth puckering, decent carbonation.

Overall very tasty, delicious beer at much cheaper than most sour/flemmish beers.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very sour beer hews to Belgian tradition.

Deep reddish brown in the glass. Aroma not to accessible until the chill wears off. Then it's like a hot horse, that whiff of the stable. Not much malt to sustain the sharp sourness. No apparent hops, but certainly some bitter and murky flavors. Some bread and yeast, and especially a mineral flavor. Seems very salty in the aftertaste.

An hour later I can still feel the woody sourness. What a great vinegar this would make! Had a tulip glass at the Pizza Port in Ocean Beach (San Diego).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

growler from gbx, could not wait to tear into this one

deep and dark red in color with a light tan head that came up to a height of around two inches before settling back down and leaving tons of lace all over the sides and bottom of the glass while never really falling much below the one inch level. The aroma was lightly tart, sour cherries, hints of earthy and spicy notes and even a touch of what seemed like brown sugar or something along those lines. Really very well done and quite complex. The flavor was a little less tart then what I would have liked but I have to admit was still done very well. Rich and full, it was never flat or boring and I have to admit I found myself returning back

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap the the Republic in Minneapolis.

Deep red-brown body; clear with a thin head that soon reduced to a ring.

I had a typical reaction to this in that the aroma was a bit unappealing but the flavor was good However, in this case the aroma was nearly neutral (but too much 'vinegar') and the flavor was very good. Nicely tart and moderately fruity,

O: Excellent for style.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/30/2014. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, light cocoa, oak, leather, musty funk, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, light cocoa, oak, leather, musty funk, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Large amount of acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, raspberry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, leather, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a nice sweetness/sourness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Flanders red ale! All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink even with the high level of acidity. An insanely delicious offering.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beige head. Color is a clear copper 

A: sweet cherry pie and sour funk.  Very clean and approachable . Bready and caramel. 

T : sour cherry and cherry pie filling. Very nice. Bready but sweet. Very sour. A lot of tart fruits. Jolly rancher goodness.

Mf; sour and tart. Light bodies with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

O:  this was a surprisingly good beer. It was very sour and tart.  Very drinkable . I am glad I had a chance to  have this one. 

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Photo of Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session, and probably within my top 5 of those.

Poured a murky mahogany red color with a thin ringlet for a head. Woody aroma, bready malts and cherries, a bit acetic, which is no surprise for the style. The taste mirrored the nose pretty accurately: sweet and sour cherries, lactic and acetic notes, bready malt base. Soft and chewy, medium body, low carbonation, and quite drinkable for the style. I think I prefer a Kasteel Rouge to this, but it's surely not without its charm.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stone

A: The pour is a muddy mahogany color with plenty of red highlights to it. There's not much in the way of head, however.

S: The nose is very typical for a Flanders red ale. While there's certainly a strong vinegar component, it's not overwhelming. There are also plenty of sour cherries and some oak.

T: The flavor is quite acidic, but well balanced between the lactic and acetic acids. The sour cherries are prominent and juicy, along with a touch of oak which dries the beer out a bit.

M: The carbonation is moderate, but the beer still has a slightly slick feel on the tongue. The finish is dry and crisp.

D: One of the better examples of a Flanders red ale that I've had lately. Very nice acidity and fruit flavors. I look forward to having this one again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a globe at SmallBar Fullerton.

Going from one historical reference to another... This one pours a clear scarlet-garnet topped by a finger-and-a-half of off-cream foam. The nose comprises red wine vinegar, oak, tart black cherry, light caramel, and light tomato juice. The taste holds notes of tomato, red vinegar, black pepper, raisins, toffee, deep cherry, light oak, and hot cinnamon. It all comes together very well without coming across as abrasive or stinging. The body is a slight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a tasty Flanders red, one of the most enjoyable of the style I've yet encountered.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice mahogany brown with a thin off-white head which dissipates almost immediately. There is a little visible carbonation and no lacing.

S: Aromas of dark fruit, cherries, chocolate, wild yeast/sourness, and vanilla. This beer has a very bold nose and I like it.

T: Wonderfully in your face sour with complexity - tastes of dark fruits, cherries, sweetness, and sourness with subtler hints of vanilla and iodine.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation but evoking a bit of tongue puckering due to the sourness.

O: Amazing and a beer I could enjoy regularly if it was significantly easier to procure. Love the intensity of the sourness and the complexity of the beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Red to brown color. Hazy but light passes through the center. Steady but small head. Little lace.

I'm going to be careful in describing the smell as I detect dishwasher soap. Behind that I get a light sourness.

Tart cherry is the predominant flavor here. It leaves a lip-puckering finish on the tongue. Full bodied with a light carbonation. The aftertaste is long and chewy. No bitterness or sweetness comes through, but the flavor remains interesting throughout the tasting.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City, during their sour week.

Poured into a tulip glass, a dark ruby red/amber color with a thick two fingers of head and nice lacing throughtout.

The aroma was of sour cherries, dark fruits, perhaps some citrus

Medium bodied, slight hops and malt. Little carbonation.

The mouthfeel was quite zesty with a crisp, dry finish.

Very drinkable...

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Liberty Tap Room. Review from notes.

A: Pours a brownish/red with a small off-white head, minimal retention and lacing.

S: Fantastic aroma, lots of tart cherry and some grape. There is some other red and stone fruits mixed in There is a little bit of oak and light funky. The aroma is a bit vinegary, but very inviting.

S: Surprisingly tart and acidic, even for a flanders red, which instantly made me a big fan. Fantastic cherry flavor along with a little bit of grape and a bit of oak.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The beer is certainly on the sour end, mouth puckering.

O: One of the best flanders red ales I have had thus far. Certainly picking some up when I see it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is orange to copper in color with 1/2" of off white head.

The aroma offers cherry pie, cherries, pie crust, oak, vanilla, stone fruits. It also smells musty, in a positive way.

The flavor is a mixture of sweet and sour cherries. Yum. Why have I not tried this before?!? Additional notes of vanilla and a bready, pie crust. Delicious beer.

The feel is acetic and sour, but not overly so. A touch of vinegar in the finish.

Overall, this is a beer I would like to have a case of in the cellar, so I could pull one out and enjoy every now and then.

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Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Farmers' Cabinet, served in a goblet. The brew alpears a dark clear ruby color with a creamy tan cap that holds exceptionally well across the top. An entire wall of lacing effect forms a webbing pattern all across the glass.

The smell of this brew is cherry meets vinegar. It gives you the indication that this is going to be sour but also includes a touch of vanilla sweetness to contrast. There are some herbal to medicinal aspect to the nose but cherry and vinegar dominate the experience.

The taste is sour with some cherry flavoring and vinegar notes. Light funk and big salivation factor from the sourness. Earthy throughout until the finish with a light caramel malt and vanilla sweetness which contrasts and mellows the brew just a bit. The flavoring of vanilla sweetness comes out more as it warms and gets interesting verse the bacterial sourness that lingers.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Easy drinking and enjoyable at first, it is nice and sharp. Overall a good representation of the style but I was not enjoying it as much through the 2nd half of the glass. As it got warm, it got less enjoyable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coffee District. Served in a flute.

Appearance - Deep red body. Thin white collar and a few wisps at the surface. Filled to the brim, so apparently it doesn't pour with a big fluffy head.

Smell - Acetic aroma. Caramel malt. Rich and deep caramel. Nice oak.

Taste - Sharp vinegar sourness, but not too strong. Dies down as caramel builds. Oak and vanilla permeate the whole beer. Finishes with a puckering dryness that I feel on the insides of my cheeks.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Ample sourness, but never overpowering the flavors.

Overall - An excellent, easy-to-find sour. Pricey, but then again all sours are. Doesn't always have to be rare to be good.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Freshly tapped keg, poured into a Jacobins snifter, different logo than the one on the new tap handle. (Might need to hold onto this collector's item?)

Deep garnet hue, dusky crimson, with a slim, slightly pinkish head, like puree of raspberry.

Aromatics leap out of the glass and run around the room. Sweet and sour dance around each other in kind of tart tarantella, raspberry, sour cherry, and grape and assorted other dark stone fruit mix it with the intoxicating otherworldly Belgian yeast funk. Little sweet, little sour, little funk, little fruit.

Taste: Here it boards the palate with pistols blazing, barrels are spilled over in a terrific melee, invaders pounce on the taste buds with ferocity. Fruit and bold tart flavors make their mark and spread deliciousness and refreshment far and wide, up and down, in and out. Medium body, adequate malt, wondrous oak effect, fantastic belgian flavor.

I could empty the dictionary in further attempts to outline the exact over-pouring of tastes encounter and experience felt upon the senses, but let us make it simple, shall we?
Sharp. Tart. Zesty. Fresh. Inviting. Refreshing. Vibrant. Puckering. Uninhibited. Un-compromised. Full expression of the Flanders Red style. Impossible to find a flaw.

Fruit flavor lingers long on the palate, finish is near interminable. Won't quit, hangs hard in the mouth, but you don't want it to leave. The berries are never gone, tartness never flags. If you can't get it sour enough, here's your beer.

This is a satisfying Red indeed, one that begs more and more consumption, if your pocketbook is fat enough.
Could be wilder, wickeder, but then it wouldn't be this. And this is fine, fine stuff.
I'm on snifter #2 as we type. This stuff is truly irresistible.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass at Dupont Pizza Paradiso DC.

A gorgeous dark cherry red clear body gives way to a very nice creamy off white head. Wonderful brown hues around the edges, it's like a shining ruby in a glass.

Kriek sour cherry lambic smelling and mild wet sour feeling on the nose. Quite refreshing.

Taste is a good mix of sour, then just a little hint of sweetness. Extremely light viscous quality, seems more lambic in sense but with a fizzy tonic water finish.

Overall a pretty tasty beer that seems to have an interesting mix of good qualities. Not aggressive and an easy drinking abv to go along with it.

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
95 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.
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