Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

2,716 Ratings
Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA TripelHoublon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The HOUBLON CHOUFFE was brewed for the first time in 2006. It is an ‘Indian Pale ale’ type of beer, with a harmonious balance between a marked bitterness (three types of hops are used to make it) and a pleasant fruitiness. The HOUBLON CHOUFFE is unfiltered, and re-fermented in the bottle as well as in the keg.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this baby into my 33 cl Chouffee tulip.

Before actually pouring this brew, I popped the cap off without any agitation, and the beer gushed out all over the place. I literally lost at least one third of the contents in the 75 cl sized bottle.

Ap: The color of this brew is golden and hazy, with a mount of pillowy white head.

Ar: Lemony, spicy, arid clean.

T: Lemony, residual sugar, some white grape.

F: Mildly carbonated (lots lost in the gush), oily, a little warming in the end.

O: A great tasting beer... Just a little pissed of about the gushing!

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Photo of Dredpenguin
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle serving at home.

A - Golden clear with a thin white head.

S - Belgian yeast aroma. Hint of fruity hops and just a little bit of caramel.

T - Initial hit of sweet caramel and typical Belgian malty trippel taste. Big fruit hop hit in the middle and a pleasing and lingering bitterness. Really long aftertaste.

M - Full bodied smooth with noticeable alcohol.

O - The original Belgian IPA. Understandable why this style has been replicated by the likes of flying dog and hardknott. Goes well with chilli con carne.

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Photo of Chaney
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the present, this is the #3 ranked Belgian IPA. Hell, I remember when it was #1.... that's how old I am!

I still remember taking this one to my very first tasting ever. The theme: Belgian IPAs. Ahhh... the memories.

"Best Before End 2012."

A: Mildly cloudy, bright orange, with tons of teasties (aka. beer sperm) floating around in the liquid. The head was ridiculous, shaving cream-like, and never let up for a second!

S: Mild puffs of yeast, but I got more "Play Dough" than anything. However, there was a spice zing here that was state of the art!

T: First of all, this reminded me of a saison from Fantome's collection on the front end. In the mid section, I got some of the hop grassiness that I've come to expect from this style. Wet fruity finish!

M: The more I drank of it, the more the bitterness started to heat up. However, I welcomed that. Tight, bubbly carbonation for sure, with sort of a fruity (not sugary) lingering on the palate. The lacing was used car wash stuff....

O: Even though my tastes have changed over the years, this is still pretty much the beer I remember it to be.

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Photo of RickS95
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One word is all you need...WOW. It pours a golden peach, mostly standard for the style. However, the head is huge, bright white, full of both large and small bubbles and has amazing retention. As the middle of the head falls, the glass is laced for inches.

The smell is a combination of pear, champagne, pepper, and other fruits. All the differnt scents play equal parts with none taking center stage. In a snifter, you'll get a nice whiff of alcohol.

The taste is a bit strange. The white fruits and spices are present, and balance each other nicely. There's a straw/dried grass taste in the swallow.

Mouthfeel is complex because it starts off slightly sweet and spicy. As it makes its way across your tongue, a fruity, spicy dryness takes over. Well into the finish, it proves to be an IPA with a hoppy bitterness. Despite high ABV, there's little notice of the alcohol.

This was the strangest IPA I've had yet. It was the most complex and didn't have the punch from the hoppy bitterness anywhere. It's a good beer, but different.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Hazy golden yellow with a two-finger white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Exceptional.

Citrus hops, namely lemon, lead the aroma, along with a mild Belgian yeast, bready malts, and a touch of alcohol. This was easily my favorite part of this beer.

The flavor doesn't translate quite as nicely--the flavors get muddled up a bit. The lemon citrus from the hops is still present, but hiding behind a muddy and mild Belgian yeast, bready malts, and a touch of alcohol. Simple.

Medium to full bodied.

A tasty Belgian IPA, and one I remember liking more than this variant on tap.

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Photo of mooseo
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Light, hazy golden orange with some sediment floating around. A huge 2" head forms with good retention.

S - Big aromas of spicy hops, citrus and Belgian yeast. Faint hints of sweet malt are coming through as well.

T - Delicious, complex taste. A blast of citrus and spicy flavors up front, with a nice yeasty, malt backbone. Very balanced with a crisp hop bite. The finish is bready with more spices and yeast flavors coming through. Excellent!

M - Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. The alcohol, while well masked, gives off a nice warming feeling.

D - This is one of the best beers I've ever had. I love both IPAs and Belgians, and this is a perfect combination of the two. The drinkability is high and the taste is exceptionable. I will be buying more as soon as possible. Also has one of the best beer labels around.

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Photo of chuck19
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second beer I am reviewing today. After crying over the Arsenal Vs. Man United massacre I thought I need to get a little drunk. This was my last purchase after going to Madden Beverage in Saco, Maine. A great place! Anyways....

A: Small head at first, light color but a solid golden color.

S: A skunk I thought, but really had a good funk. Spices of sort.

T: Solid beer after letting it warm up. At first I thought the spices where too strong but after letting it warm it tasted much better.

M: I enjoyed the mouth feel. It was solid body It felt bubbly on top of the mouth. The carbonation was still impressive once it had been in the mouth.

Overall it is a good beer. I don't recommend this beer after drinking something sweet. But a solid IPA.

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Photo of Squelch
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up on a weekend jaunt to Brussels:

Appearance: Beautiful crystal clare. White head that leaves too soon.

Smell: Nothing here. Needs work

Taste: Fantastic. Pefect balance between hop earthiness and funkiness of belgian triple.

Mouthfeel: Light and slightly puckering. Tickles the tongue with its high carbonation.

Overall: Best I've had of the style. It's such a young new style of beer that I hope I try better in the future.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a big foamy white head on top that laid on top of a cloudy golden yellow colored liquid underneath. The lacing was decent here leaving to scattered bubbles on the glass. The smell of the beer was a hoppy blend of an IPA and a spicy Tripel. The aroma had some spice, some hops and some earth to it. The taste had a strong bitterness upfront that was mellowed out but the earthy spices in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer was retty nice, it had a pretty good thickness to it and plenty of carbonation. Overall I found this been to be pretty good. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a pale orange/amber colour. Cloudy and leaves a pillowy, white head.

Smell: Immediately after opening the bottle, the aroma filled the room. No need to even stick your nose in the glass to smell it, just come in moderate proximity! Lots of hoppiness and Belgian Tripel notes. Fruity yeast and piney hops.

Taste: Very much a Belgian Tripel with all the associated fruity flavours. Apricots, grapes, raspberries followed up by a nice Euro-hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Extreme bitterness is what jumps to the fore front. Not overly carbonated, like other Belgian ales. Very smooth, creaminess.

Overall: Nice Belgian beer with a definite American influence. I can't recommend it as a daily drinker by any means. It's more of a one-time brew for me, but then again, I'm not a regular Belgian drinker. I've never had a Belgian IPA before so I can't compare it to anything else, but it's the highest rated in the category and I can see why!

Side note: I'd be interested to see what Stone/Chouffe could do if they collaborated on a Belgian IPA. I'd love to see that happen!

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Photo of jondeelee
2.98/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Houblon smells mainly of cloves, bananas, and oranges, with just a hint of grapefruit at the edges to warn of a larger amount of hops.

The taste is a strange combination of pure Belgian, with the standard flavors of that style--a base of bananas and cloves, with extra-sugary pear, apple, and white grape mixed in--and a strong IPA, the hops adding a significant grapefruit rind whang and bitterness to the mix that both plays off of the Belgian fruit flavors (making the beer almost mixed-fruit cocktail like), and somewhat counters them, as the melange of fruits brings out hints of pineapple that don't mix well. The alcohol (9% ABV) is not fully hidden by these fruit flavors, and so the brew has a vodka-like tint at the very edges, which only adds to the sensation that this is more cocktail than beer. Mouthfeel is a silky, sugary medium, and carbonation is somewhere between medium-high and high, though as my bottle foamed over for several minutes after opening, I couldn't get an accurate base.

Overall, while I like the attempt that was made to combine Belgian and IPA flavors, in this case the result was less than perfect.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours hazy golden-yellow color with nice white head
Smell: Sweet, spicy and malts. Citrus and floral hops.
Taste: Yeast, malts, hops, sweet malts, citrus and spices growing in the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation
Overall: Nice to drink sometimes

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Photo of Chizoad
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best Belgian IPA I've had.

Nice cloudy golden ale with a off white head that fades to a thin lacing. Very pretty.

Good aromas of hops and Belgian yeast. Has that pleasing, hearty smell in addition to the zest provided by generous hopping.

Taste is up there with the best. This is not a standard IPA, it's more like a perfect harmonious blend of a fine tripel and a relatively mild IPA, somehow balanced perfectly. The flavors don't compete at all. Great stuff.

Medium carbonation and medium body, appropriate. As far as this style goes it's really the only game in town.

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer is hops in all its purity. The nose is fresh, sweet and refreshing. The mouth has the same flavor, the limit of purity, with a hop worked perfectly and exquisitely staged. The beer also offers flavors of Tripel perfectly brought just hops help by making discreet touches of fruit. He brings an exquisite bitterness, power but still with the freshness, which is rarely the case with other Hop Ale or IPA. No medicinal aftertaste either. No alcoholic who appropriates the beverage. Or hop a little tired as one can often see.

Just the best hops. The product for the product. Without distorting it. Just the sublime. A classic IPA.

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Photo of brouwer
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second time tasting, first time reviewing. This is one I would love to experience on tap.

I had been saving this bottle for a couple months. When I poured it into my tulip glass the head was still unbelievable. I could only pour 1/3 of the bottle. Excellent lacing.

Bold tangy smell with yeast. The taste is rich with fruit and yeast with just the right amount of hop. A taste bordering on the best.

The mouthfeel paralleling the look is excellent. Little aftertaste other that the fruit.

This is an excellent Belgian. I will be back if I can.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the sterling Crane Alley.

Two lush fingers of bone white froth top a hazy orange-cream body with lemony highlights. As if the original look weren't impressive enough, the ample rings of lacing and the long-lasting head push Houblon Chouffe's appearance over the top; magnificent.

There are hops aplenty to this Dopplebock IPA Tripel, which is in and of itself a mouthfull to type. The advertised Amarillo and Saaz are most pronounced, but the malt is also impressive; very fruity (primarily berry and banana) with chocolate, and the yeast provides some pleasant funk. Wonderful.

The taste comes in waves of flavors and layers, with the first primarily IPA and Dopplebock. Floral hops cascade over the tongue, but not too obstreperously; very accessible. Dense malt may help that, and certainly accentuates the flavor. Most of all, I am impressed by how balanced this stylistic melange is. Upon reading the description at Crane Alley, I thought this might be too much of one style and, despite its best intentions, not enough of the others. It isn't. This really does manage to incorporate the best characteristics of the styles--hopped IPA but without too much resiny grit (although I love that); malty, sweet, chocolaty Dopplebock, and effervescent, crisp fruity Tripel, especially apple and grape. The balance as much as the complexity is most impressive.

This tightrope is impressively negotiated in the texture, with much to love for fans across these styles. The finish perhaps brought out more Tripel than in the rest of the beer, with a surprisingly crisp, clean finish despite the hops/malt assault leading me to think this was mainly Dopplebock IPA. Not so, for the finish had a distinctly yeasty flavor.

I must tip my cap to the Crane Alley for having the amazing foresight and wisdom to place this on its menu; just a fabulous choice, for as good as the beer choices are at other local establishments, Crane Alley perhaps more than the others veers toward the eclectic, and Houblon Chouffe D-IPA-T is nothing if not eclectic. Well, nothing except for brilliantly delicious. This was a tremendous discovery, and one I won't soon forget. Easily one of the most original beers in terms of style, this remarkably balanced beer was truly a revelation.

Brilliant; simply brilliant.

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Photo of aficionado
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden yellow body, soapy 2 finger floating iceberg head that leaves concentric rings of lacing, and a frenzy of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of my Duvel tulip.

Smells strongly of Belgian spicy clove yeast and moderately of grassy, earthy Saaz hops.

The taste is where it's at. Balanced and bready. The floral, citrusy American hops are showcased here (Amarillo and Tomahawk) along with yeasty banana and clove.

A bit too thin for me, but it still works. There's a drying sensation on the finish, but it's not as dry as Duvel.

I would bring this beer to a party or showcase it at a tasting.

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Photo of DavidST
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a tulip glass, no date on the bottle.

This was foaming out the top before I could finish getting the bottle top off, it appears to have high carbonation.

This pours a hazy pale ale yellow, a very large 4 finger white foamy head full of packed small bubbles which dissipates down to about a finger width and then has good retention, it leaves a nice lacing on the side.

The smell is of belgium yeast esters, there are some citrus hops. The mouth is medium and very carbonated. The taste is harder to describe, there is some hoppiness up front, there is a little sweetness mid way, maybe a hit of some spices, clove or cinnamon, some funkiness, followed by some alcohol burn, and a little dryness and bitterness as an after flavor. Not nearly as much hops as I expected, this might be about the same level as orval hop wise.

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Photo of zac16125
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

A: Pours a deep golden orange with a big two and a half fingers width of snow white head, that takes minutes to settle down to a thick film, which remains throughout the drink and leaves a ton of heavy lacing. An absurd amount of sediment appears suspended throughout the drink. Beautiful beer.

S: Citrusy hops dominate the scent. Aromas of orange, lemon, and tangerine. There is also a hint of piney hops, and a very subtle clove aroma. Very pleasant, but not all that much going on.

T: What a well balanced and complex flavor to this beer! There is a malt sweetness on the tongue that wasn’t appreciated in the scent. And the hops, although certainly present ,aren’t nearly as dominating as they are on the nose. There is a sweetness up front, with a nice hop bitterness on the back end. Some flavors that stand out are banana, grapefruit, orange, and even at one point a hint of clove spice makes itself know. This brew does such a great job of bringing together the flavor profiles of both the Tripel and IPA style and balances them out to make a delicious beer.

M/D: Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth, and easy to drink. Not nearly as dry as I anticipated, in fact it leaves the mouth feeling pretty moist, eager for the next sip. Absolutely no hint of the 9% ABV.

O: Overall this is a great beer. It does quite an impressive job of blending together two of my favorite styles, and making this so called ‘hybrid’ work, without making it seemed forced. Well done.

Side note: I recommend drinking this beer significantly warmed than the 40-45 degrees that is recommended for this style, as the second glass poured from this bomber was infinitely better than the first, and is the one I used for this review.

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Photo of harrymel
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 7/17/13

A: orange grain ale with 3-4 fingers white head that falls to a single finger of meringue head. Cobweb lace.

S: triple is really nice and yeasty. Plenty of coriander and grain. Really nice. Noble. Earthy hops.

T: bitter and sweet. Nice herbal hops with hay, grass, tea. Hint of plastic.

M: thick and hi carb. Slick finish.

O: good beer. Last time for me though.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

25 oz bottle

Pours a pale yellow, nice frothy head and retention. Aroma of resiny, pine hops and a muted belgian yeast fruityness and some lemon. In the flavor, a nice earthy bite from the hops, almost piney but not quite. The Ahtanum hop employed leaves a big bitterness and the earthy pine note. Pale malts and a fruity yeast presence. Alcohol is very light in the flavor. Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, smooth and a good level of carbonation. Overall, this was an above average Belgian IPA. Lovely stuff.

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Photo of scbrew
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light gold color with a tight white head. Very sweet, pilsen malt aroma with a small amount of hop pushing through, surrounded by yeasty fruitiness. Seemingly light body for 9%with moderate carbonation and heavy lacing. Citrus hop flavors surrounded by candy sweetness. Decent amount of alcohol warming at the back of the tounge and throat.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

A- Clear golden in colour. Dense and perfectly white medium head: nice retention and nice lacing

S- Fresh fruity aromas of orange and lemon. Not so much on the malts side, maybe just a hint of biscuitness. A faint spiciness. Fresh and lively, lacks complexity

T- Biscuit malts are now clearly detectable (with a faint hint of roastiness), but they just bring the base for hop flavours to spread out. Highly refreshing, and almost not bitter at all, flavours of citrus (mainly orange) immediately get dominant, with a more distinct lemon taste on the tongue. A slight hint of spiciness while swallowing and a bitter aftertaste that feels quite empty (no flavours, just bitterness)

M- Big dry body. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Carbonation is maybe a tad too high, with the beer feeling too prickly on the palate

O- Drinkability is very good, no alcohol is to be found and freshness is king. The beer, though, lacks both the complexity of a classic belgian strong ale and the true bitter character of an american ipa

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a growler I obtained from Lizardville Whiskey Bar in Bedford Heights. Pours a pale, cloudy yellow with a tall tight-bubbled white head that breaks down to a sticky, crystalized lid, leaving cobwebby lacing behind.

Smells heavenly, with biscuity malt, piney hops, and a floral aroma.

Taste is just, wow! Complex, with a fruity start, followed by a mildly malty middle, and a pleasantly hopped finish, with a dry bitterness that lingers at the back of the tongue. Apricots, bananas (a taste I didn't expect, but should haven given the Belgian yeast), and mild citrus up front, with cloves, nutmeg and a peppery spice hitting mid-taste, finished with a dry, resinous piney hop taste that leaves you wanting more.

Medium to full bodied, with a dry, bitter taste.

This is an excellent beer, complex, tasty, and with an active and interesting mouthfeel. It was a pricey growler, but I knew it would be worth it, since finding this on tap around here is certainly a rarity. I've never had bottled, though I've seen it in the store and will make sure to give it a try to see how it compares to this beer on tap.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle
A - a light pour yields a clear golden sparkly ale. A heavier pour brings up the extensive sediments.
S - yeasty bread with a twinge of hops.
T - spice, hops, wheat with a lingering bitter lemon flavor and a touch of sweet.
M - dry, light, and crisp with a nice tingle.
D - excellent drinkability as I like the combination of tripel spices with hops.

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,716 ratings.
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