Naked Nun | Adelbert's Brewery

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Adelbert's Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Ryan_DelMastro
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a beer, an average wit style beer. It's very nice to sip on while watching tv. Very sippable.
Not much of a head on the pour. Has a straw coloring and allows light to come through it well. You can smell the spices in the beer before you take a sip, really good. But the taste isn't as good as how this beer smells.

All in all this is a good and clean beer. I like it as a wit and it does its job.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$ 8.65 (Including tax)/25.4 oz bottle ($ 0.341/oz) at Central Market, Alamo Heights, TX
Bottled 5/06/2016 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – slight odor of coriander, fades to nothing
Head large (Maximum 6.3 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy but dense, diminishing to a five mm ring and complete thin layer
Lacing – none
Body – medium yellow, hazy (Bottle conditioned)
Flavor – lightly spicy, cloying honey sweetness; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Ends with faint mercaptan skunkiness
Palate – medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Another Belgian wit. Ho-hum.

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3

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Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big, bristling foam that leaves a thin veil in the St. Bernardus globe. This settles down to a very wheat and malty brew. It's almost rich, and definitely more robust than the typical Witbier. Intriguing funky aroma with a whiff of fermenting cider.

Very spritzy on the tongue but mellow and even fruity. Overall, this tastes more like a light Saison, with the big fruity and yeasty flavor. The spice is not so noticeable, though it's the same orange-coriander combo of the style. Some Hefeweizen estery notes and a dry, yeasty finish. Tremendously drinkable and more complex than I expected at first sip.

It cost ten bucks for the 750 ml bottle, which is silly for a Wit, but then it's imported from Texas. Purchased at Liticker's Liquors in San Diego, and I'm sure their Adelbert's beers have been on the shelf for months if not a couple years, but this one has survived in very good form.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Stone flute. Big pop when pulling the cork, but no gushing. Pours a light straw amber with golden notes and a three finger, large bubble head that still had good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of coriander, mild caramel malt, apple juice, saison style yeast. Flavor is coriander, bready malt with a hint of caramel, saison yeast, mild wheat, light orange and lemon citrus; finishes semi-dry with citrus peel, clove and coriander bitterness. Light bodied with peppery, active carbonation, nice mouth feel. A spicy wit that has characteristics of a wit, tripel and saison; wit malt and wheat, tripel intensity of spicing and a dry, saison yeast flavor. I thought it worked quite well; more intense than a typical wit, but with interesting yeast and spicing. Perhaps a bit overspiced for the ABV (a tripel would have had more intensity of other flavors to counter the spicing), but overall reasonably balanced and flavorful. I stumbled on this year old bottle on a trip and don't expect to see it again, but I'd like to try other ales from this brewery. I wouldn't be surprised if I scored a fresh bottle more highly, but even so, this has held up well with no visible age flaws.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

super bright yello - mine had no head at ALL - but then I brought it home in a GROWLER

s somehow smells nice but also like a macro in a way

t yummy - a bit tart

m nice and light

d sessionalbe

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of coriander and orange peel are present in the nose.
T: Very much like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of orange peel and coriander, the latter of which stand out in the finish.
M: It feels just about shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a nice amount of orange peel and coriander. It feels a little too spicy and heavy on the palate to be thirst-quenching.

Note: Batch No. 11, Bottled on 6/5/2013

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch No. 021. Bottled on 2/14/14.

Pours a hazy light orange-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, yeast, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, spice, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better set of aromas.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden Straw-Blonde colored. Slight haze. Thick foamy crisp white head
Typical Wit style scents coming through, clove, slight fruit that is more mild in nature- not citrusy. Light alcohol scent
Delicious, crisp and clean. Clove, coriander, spice, pears, apple and perhaps some peach as well. Light and balanced.
I am not a giant fan of wit style beers- with the exception to this one. It is refreshing and balanced with enough crisp fruity notes to keep my interest.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden pour with a frothy two finger head and lots of carbonation. Body has notes of yeast, lemon and light banana with a little clove and spice on the back end. Finishes with a light spicy bitterness.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts with a huge head, foamy and cream-colored. The liquid is cloudy and orange and wheat colored, but still very close to white and pale.

The aroma of clove and banana immediately hit me when I crack the bottle and some sweet maltiness and wheat are present as well. I get much more on the tongue, particularly tartness and lemon, then the banana and clove, a wheaty back end, some slight pepperiness and spice.

I appreciate the light body on this beer and how easy it is to sip. The carbonation is strong, but there's still some creaminess. The beer finishes semi-dry with a tingling sensation from the yeast.

I'd have more of this in a heartbeat. It was good on this semi-cold New Mexico evening, but also would go great in the warmer months.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

5.8% ABV confirmed per the label. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting Adelbert's label art and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at me local HEB grocery and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm not big on the brewery but I'm in the mood for the style it has a decent 83 rating currently. Reviewed as a witbier because it clearly identifies as such on the label. "Ale brewed with spices. Bottle conditioned." Batch No. 013. Bottled on 07/16/13.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

As soon as I removed the "cage", the cork popped off of its own accord and hit my ceiling with an audible pop. Definitely seems overcarbonated, but then no liquid surged out after that incident, so maybe it's alright.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Fluffy airy consistency. Subpar creaminess. Okay thickness. Doesn't have a soft complexion. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a predictable cloudy yellow. It's fairly dull for the style; lacks vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent but nontransparent.

Overall, it's within style conventions and looks generally appealing, but it's far from unique or special. There are no obvious flaws. I'm optimistic.

Sm: Pilsner malt, weak wheat, faint crackery malts, muddled unevocative artificial lemon, some orange, a sad attempt at coriander, hay/straw, and a kiss of funkiness. Lemongrass, white pepper, Belgian golden malts, generic citrusy esters. Generic citrusy hop notes.

A clean, fairly pleasant aroma of mild strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

If I had to pick a highlight, I'd go with the orange, though it seems pretty shallow.

T: Quite generic for a witbier. Belgian golden malts, wheat, pilsner malts, light crackery malts, hay/straw. Artificial lemon. Unevocative barely-present coriander. Lemongrass and accompanying citrusy esters. Generic floral and citrusy/fruity hop character. Perhaps the most interesting thing about it is its inclusion of faint funkiness, which isn't at all to style but lends it a saison-esque character that kind of works. Has a vague herbal note - perhaps sage or something else in the mint family.

Somewhat shallow. Average duration and intensity of flavour. It has a loose cohesion and a decent balance, but it's far from gestalt. Okay complexity. Not much subtlety or nuance.

No alcohol or yeast character comes through.

I do like it in a general sense. It's pretty unimpressive for a witbier, but outside style conventions it's not unenjoyable.

Mf: Not real refreshing, due in large part to its obvious overcarbonation and its overdone thickness. Crisp. Too full-bodied on the palate for the style. A proper witbier should be very light - almost fleeting - on the palate, and should be refreshing as hell. This isn't. Okay presence on the palate. Lightly biting. Wet. Has too much rough coarseness for the style. Hides its ABV decently. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but it's way off of style conventions.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: I definitely wouldn't get it again, and I'm not looking forward to the barrel-aged variant. The horrid overcarbonation really restricts drinkability. A very forgettable witbier that veers slightly into saison territory. That said, it hides its ABV decently and I'll have little trouble killing the bottle alone. You could do worse, but Adelbert's continues to fail to impress. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, and while it's drinkable, it's ultimately rather average.

If you're looking for a great American-brewed example of the style, grab Allagash White.

Low C

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Photo of nach0king
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Hazy and gold, as opposed to white. Head faded quickly. Good lacing.

S: Lemon peel, hay, pepper.

T: Delicious! Spicy and tangy to start with, then a nice, bitter, refreshing finish.

M: Quite full-bodied, but carbonation also keeps it interesting.

O: Expensive, but tasty. I wouldn't pay this much for it again but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, wagenvolks and xpimptastikx!

Hazy golden witbier with a mild aroma of wheat and very mild citrus. Mildly expressive flavors of wheat, mild coriander, moderate bitterness, and floral notes. Tasty, though with a bit too much carbonation. Nice enough witbier--very drinkable.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very hazy golden yellow, with vigorous, fine carbonation, and a large, dense, and persistent white head, which retains well. The lacing is thick and glass-coating.

Aroma: Bready wheat malt and coriander dominate the aroma. There is a mild note of orange rind as well.

Taste: Opens with sturdy notes of wheat, soon followed by a mild tart note. As the taste progresses, the coriander dominates. Late in the taste, there is a mild surge of bitterness. Finishes with a slight, lingering bitter note at the back of the mouth.

Mouth feel: Fairly full, with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant and drinkable example.

Presentation: Packaged in a short, custom eleven point one-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of JMM0414
4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Naked Nun Batch 750ml #009 Bottled 4/11/2013:

Poured into a pint glass, color was a hazy orange with nice white head, smells of spice and citrus. Taste was the same with the wheat giving it body, very easy to drink and refreshing ale.. I could drink this everyday in the hot months to come, especially on the beach.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to ApostleBrewing for this interesting beer. Bottled 3/02/12, my birthday yay, batch 001

way over carbonated as it makes a loud pppsssttt, and starts to rise up the neck, then pours a huge 4+ finger head that takes up 2/3 of the glass but fades at a decent rate with spotty lacing, over a mostly clear watery lemonade color.

Nose starts like a saison farmhouse, grassy hay and farmhouse earthy funk like, light lemon and lemongrass, some wheat aromas, light bright slightly floral spices, a little citrus and hint nutty even, as well as light Belgian golden malts, citrus comes out more as it warms.

Taste starts with citrus and light orange peel, then quick spices like coriander and clove, floral chamomile and other flower spices. Then fluffy wheat and wit flavors, light golden malts, light lemon grass, hint grassy hay and earthy wheat, faint hint of farmhouse saison funk and just a touch yeasty. It also has interesting orange vanilla taste that I have no idea where from. Finish is quite dry, light citrus, orange vanilla, creamy wit and spices lingering, faint bitterness from the spices.

Mouth Is med to lighter bodied, over carbonated even for a wit.

Overall not bad, interesting flavor that combine wit beer with saison almost, most wit spices and wheat flavors with light saison earthy funk, little yeasty, and interesting orange vanilla flavor, but over carbonated too. Still tasty and interesting beer.

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Photo of KKB
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – It looks like champagne…Yup…Solid clear/yellow/white head with a lot of carbonation flowing up from the bottom. Looks pretty good.

S – Wow, when this first came out of the bottle the smell hit me in the face and I literally hated it. Like I got angry about it for a second. But I just buried my nostrils deep into her undercarriage and she smells just lovely. Tart and floral, spicy and citric with lemon. Smells great! Cool. Neat-o!

T – Interesting. Dang…hang on….hmmmmild. Kind of mild. It’s like aggressively mild though, if you catch my meaning. It is tart and has orange and lemon, with some bread and a little banana as well. But the novelty is wearing off on me. I was getting giddy for a moment there, thinking I had stepped onto something grand. Not grand, just good. It also has some rather intense barnyard funk to it. If that was dialed back a touch this ale could be very interesting. Bold ass choices have been utilized here though, and I have to respect this brewery for that…Sweetens and much of the funk turns to a nice spiciness on the finish though. I gotta say, this is a real surprise, and damn interesting. Feels good.

M – The mouthfeel is light-medium with the pedal down on the carbonation and it really is consistent, good job there as well.

O – It’s good. Definitely worth a try. I wasn’t sure what I was in for, but I’ve definitely never had anything quite like this. It really is nice but it toes the line rather precariously between being not good at all and being wholly good. As they say though, fortune favors the bold...ALSO I'm editing my review just to say this, as it continues to warm, it has a very lovely bubblegum taste to it.

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Photo of Mitchells_Beer
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow color but with an amazing two-finger white head, but almost no lace. This is one of the cloudiest ales I've ever seen.

Smell: Spices were very noticeable, particularly the strong pepper notes of the coriander and the citrus (although it could have been orange, to me it was more like lemon).

Taste: The spices are definitely the show stealers here, leaving the malt and hops to hoof it gamely in the chorus. Under it all, though, is a very serviceably melody of a solid wit ale that was the perfect tune for a hot summer evening.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was almost overpowering – a bit much, really, like it was tap-dancing on my tongue. The yeast definitely brought some bready qualities, but it wasn’t too bad.

Overall: I don’t love bitter wits, but this could be an exception. I may pick up another bottle and do some food pairing tests just to see if – as the label says – that it pairs well with certain types of foods.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a super clean straw yellow pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. smells of bready yeast, lemon, orange peel, and coriander. tastes citrusy sweet with a bready bacbone and slight hoppy bitterness. light body with a slightly creamy feel, highly carbonated, crisp and refreshing. as far as witbiers go, this is excellent. the high carbonation makes this a MUST for summertime weather. i feel weird giving such a plain beer style such a high rating, but as far as the style goes, this takes the cake.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a relatively clear yellow with a white head. Some wheat an bread, a somewhat citric and lemony. A little bit of banana and good coriander aroma. Flavor is citrusy and lightly tart. Orange and lemon, bread, and light banana. Not too much coriander, but a little bit on the finish. Lightly sweet in the back end. Very light body with high carbonation.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a very pale straw yellow in color with slight pale orange highlights and no head that left no lacing at all on the glass.

S: lots of herbs in the aroma with a little citrus, plenty of bretty funkiness, maybe. Slight pineapple in the background and hints of booze.

T: the funkiness is definitely there on the taste as well alongside herbs, slight citrus, belgian yeast character and hints of booze.

M: the brew was light in body with low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, yeasty, bretty funky and slight crisp finish.

O: I thought it was just ok and a little thin for the style.

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Photo of champ103
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at BRC in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, but dull pale yellow/orange color. More pale than anything else. At first a two finger white head forms and recedes in a second. Light lace.
S: Snappy, spicy yeast. Very soft coriander, soft biscuit malt aromas. Everything is enjoyable, but very muted.
T: Follows the nose. Peppery, phenolic yeast is light and subtle. Coriander is soft as is the biscuity malts. Everything is just to mellow.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and effervescent. A bit thin however. Not hard to drink at all. Though there is not much here to grab on to.

Not bad, but just inoffensive and to bland, I guess soft is the word, for me just too subtle. There are plenty of other great Wits around. Other Texas breweries at that. I am not going to discourage anyone from buying this, but not anything I am coming back to soon.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.1 oz beer in a Belgian 'Duvel-esque' bottle with a bottled on date of 03/02/12, batch 001. Pours hazy, dark gold color with a slightly pinkish hue. Small white head is as white as can be and shows some decent retention but not much lace.

Smell is...well...different, thats for sure. Not a whole lot of soft coriander and the orange peel is strong, a little pithy even. Has a subtle sweetness, but the spices are heavy on the aroma, a little mint even creeps in.

Taste is a little more integrated, but I am still not getting much of the coriander to help soften the sharp citric fruit peels...maybe orange, maybe a little lemon zest too? It plays along fairly well as a whole, but some of the parts have me wondering what the brewer was trying to accomplish. The mouthfeel is rather thin, and it has some sort of herbalness to it that tastes a little like sage or rosemary. It is an interesting take on the style and I enjoyed this bottle, but I dont think I will seek it out regularly. At 1.99 a bottle, it is well worth the gamble.

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Photo of imasloth
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy, brownish pear color with plenty of loose yeast in suspension and plenty at bottom of bottle and glass. Thin, quickly dissipating white head leaves no lacing.

S- A bit sour (my brother and co-taster agreed). Coriander and a light citrus.

T- Much more complex than smell indicates. Sweet with a hefeweizen type bubble gum flavor and aftertaste. Orange/citrus flavor is more prominent.

M- Light-bodied with dry afterfeel.

O- Had Scratchin' Hippo at a beerfest recently and actually poured it out. This is a much stronger effort. A bold wit that i recommend you seek out.

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Photo of Etan
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby sent as an extra by ThirstyHerf. Batch 1, bottle 1129. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange-gold with a nice tuft of white foam. Decent retention, no lacing.

S: Soft perfumy yeast, coriander, vanilla, pale malt.

T: Mild coriander, cakey malt, floral spice, a bit of citrus, big wheat in the finish.

M: Lively carbonation, light-bodied.

O: Not the best wit I've ever had - a bit weak. Still pretty nice.

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Naked Nun from Adelbert's Brewery
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