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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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312 Reviews
Reinaert Flemish Wild AleReinaert Flemish Wild Ale

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of HalenRush
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste: Spicy lemon and bready.

Smell: Huge banana aroma that I find changes batch to batch, bottle to bottle. I've had some strong banana and some softer banana aroma in different bottles. I like to pour mine in a wide mouth goblet to take a deep smell with each taste.

Appearance: Straw, golden, cloudy.

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Photo of rdickey
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, but very slightly cloudy, gold into a tulip, topped with a big, fluffy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving great lacing.

Smell: In a word, intriguing. Flowers, citrus, apples, a little horse blanket and a whiff of the barnyard.

Taste: It’s not quite what I expected based on the nose, but it’s quite spectacular. Hops are more forward than the nose would suggest, and they bring a very clean, bracing bitterness to the beer. Surrounding the hops are a nice citrus tart sourness, a mellow funk, warming esters and bready malts. It’s not quite as funky as I expected – more like a well-balanced Flemish sour American IPA – but it’s really excellent.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but quite light on the tongue.

Drinkability: The balance and the mouthfeel of this one makes the drinkability quite high despite the high ABV.

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Photo of dougfir
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml corked bottle.

A - pours a nice hazy golden straw. One finger thick white head that sticks around for a while.

S - smells crisp and light with definite notes of brett/sach (calling it urine is a stretch though).

T - A bright crisp start that smoothly transitions into a funky slightly sweet saison-ish body. Finishes dry and crisp.

M - Dry, yeasty, leaves me wanting more.

D - Easy to drink even with it being 9%.

Overall I think this is a great beer for a great value. It is perfect for a hot summer Sunday afternoon (like today). Very refreshing, and I absolutely love the brett/sach wildness in this ale. Not overpowering at all like some other reviewers mentioned, but still plenty there to give it a good flavor. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes wild ales.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: A corked and caged 750. I've had several of these, but finally got around to reviewing it now. Pours a beautiful light cloudy orange with perfect white, moussey head that lasts forever. The head leaves a pretty lacing behind. Constant bubbling leaves the sides of the head looking like a beehive, they're so symmetrical. Beautiful.

Aroma is initially of sharp white cheddar, with a hint of honey coming in to balance as it warms. There's some biscuit there, as well as a light nutty note. Noble hops are evident, and a bit of alcohol sneaks into the back. Slight citrusy notes ensue a bit later, almost an orange, as it's a bit sweet for a lemon.

Flavor follows the nose profile fairly closely: initially sharp cheese, then a very prominent noble hop bitterness and flavor, followed by light biscuit and bready notes, and a bit of honey in the finish. Other elements in this complex flavor consist of sour lemon, Obvious Brettanomyces, light pepper notes, faint honey. Finish is a mixture of sour citrus and the bittering of hallertau or tettnang.

Mouthfeel is wonderful... creamy, good carbonation lending more spicy character to the beer, with a dry astringent finish.

I have had, literally, about ten of these in a night. It's one of the most drinkable wild ales out there. Highly recommended. Prost!

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce thin bottle, w/o freshness info available, $3.60 @ New beer in NYC (support New beer, family owned, great selection and prices) With the yeast swirled and activated from the bottom, this one pours cloudy medium apricot, with an off white head, long lasting, respectable fingers of lacing. Interesting nose of light funk, barnyard, fruit and flowers, yes complexity! Delicate and delightful. A lot going on here, flowery, moderate funky horse blanket and more barnyard on the palate. oats, honey, mustard seeds, quite drying grassy hops late. Yum, I love everything I've tried from De Proef and this one did not disappoint. Bring on the funky blue cheese and peppery salads and meats.

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Photo of JamesS
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange/copper color with good head and nice lacing, with floaties at the bottom from the bottle conditioning (poured just a bit too much out).

Great scent, very sour and tart, very deep and strong.

Great taste, a very sweet maltiness that turns quickly to a sour beer. Hints of banana and clove as well. Very interesting finish, a combination of all the above.

It goes down very well for such a high ABV beer, a little too well really.

An excellent beer for anyone to try, a must for those who like belgians.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Hazy golden straw colored, fizzy white head quickly goes away without lacing.
S. Extremely funky and swampy belgian Brett yeast funk on the front almost obliterate the undercurrent of barnyard stable and fruity esters of pear juice.
T. Oddly tortilla-ish dough flavor that segways into a medicinal / mutant herbal hop tone and....semi-spoiled papayas? So very wonderfully bizarre...
M. Lighter bodied, crisp and refreshing, this one is really nice for fans of the weird and unusual like myself.

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Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes:

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a two finger, frothy white foam head that has good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Nice earthy oak aroma with hints of tart citrus and light fruit. Citrus peel with lemon zest and light fruit notes, mostly apple and pear.

Medium bodied with very tight bubbly carbonation up front with a very prominent funky tart oak presence. Vinegary tartness with lots of funk which is nicely balanced by oaky vanilla notes and light fruit notes. Citrusy notes, especially lemon peel and crisp light fruits like apple and pear. Puckering without being acidic. Extremely well balanced with a lingering dry finish. Delicious and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of marburg
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a really neat beer, and I almost feel guilty for not giving it another "5" for taste. Apparently, they use two strains of yeast in this beer -- both a brettanomyces and a saccharomyces -- to give it that kind of "wild" flavor more characteristic to lambics and some other Belgian ales. And the effect is quite lovely, really.

The beer pours with simply the most amazing head I've ever seen on a beer. Huge, dense, rocky, thick, tight, white. Chunks of the thing were clinging to the side of the glass. When people think of lace, they think of little undergarments, doilies, or a thin web of bubbles clinging to a glass. With this beer, think XXL granny panties, clumps of fur, and soap suds clinging to a bucket. And all this beauty rested atop a hazy, golden brew with lively carbonation. It was a joy to watch.

Pungent aromas of rubbing alcohol slightly masked by decreasingly subtle phenolic aromas. The beer is nice and sweet up front -- very lively -- with a brief flash of oak wood, rotten vegetables, and gently creeping bitterness. It's a tasty beer for sure and fairly unique, though it ressembles Duvel and similar beers a fair amount. The slightly off flavor at the end gives this beer its character.

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Photo of JamesQuaff
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Kyle at Pangaea for sharing this with me.

Poured into a tasting snifter. A beautiful hazy golden with a generous, clingy head that almost looked like krausen at first.

At first the three of us who split this thought perhaps we got a bad bottle. It had been in stock for quite some time. At first whiff it smelled like a diaper full of dill pickles. One guy recoiled from his glass. But as someone who regularly eats cheese that smells like a stable full of dirty socks, I pressed on. Beneath the extreme funk was a hugely complex array of fruity, yeasty and malty notes that insisted that I take a sip.

I was rewarded with a massive and round yeast profile, huge bready, wheaty malts, a medley of sour notes akin to pineapples and pickles in yogurt, and a dry finish that tipped it's hat to the 9% ABV. Immediately after first tasting I smelled it again, and the diaper funk was completely gone from my perception. I had absorbed it, become one with it, and I found myself craving it.

By the time I was done, I was practically licking the bottom of the snifter. Totally unlike any beer I've ever had before. Such a strange jumble of elements I can't fully wrap words around them, but man, they worked together really well. Will brave again.

UPDATE - tried a couple of fresher bottles not long ago... nowhere near as funky as my first Reinaert experience. Still a very good beer - mostly dominated by the bready malt and tropical/pineapple flavors. I must say I much preferred the aged version. Sticking my next bottle(s) of Reinaert in the crawl space and doing my very best to forget where I put them.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden with a tint of orange. Massive foamy head lingers for a long time. Sticky, thick and foamy lacing retains excellently, up to the top of the glass. The aroma is of sugars and fruity esters; there is an intense blend of tropical fruit. The taste starts out as predominantly fruity; the finish has tones of orange and sugar (like orange soda). Later, this finish becomes more dry and bitter with a hint of grapefruit and hops. The taste also becomes more complex; a yeasty flavor takes over as well as hops that balance the sweet tone. As for feel, this is a sipper. I consider it a medium to slightly full bodied beer, a modest carbonation but just right for a brew of this complexity. I enjoyed.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This sour wild ale pours a dirty golden color with a big rocky head that fell fast--exponentially it seemed, as it should. A bouquet bursting with Belgian funk. Puckering green apples, leather, wool, lots of earthy stuff going on here.

The body is light, but the flavors are strong. Sour and acidic, tart and fusty, earthy and funky are all things that come to mind. Orchard fruit along with very pale malt provide balance to the rest. The beer finishes bone dry and you immediately want more.

This beer is full of oldness while at the same time being new and refreshing. That is what I like about sour ales: a complexity and depth of flavor. This wild ale hides its potent 9% ABV well. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good example of brew with Brett yeast.

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Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. Some sediment. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity aroma, with some hints of malt and yeast.

T: Tasted of light malt, brett, Belgian yeast, light, fruity esters, a sugary element, and a slight bubblegum flavor in the finish. A lively and balanced flavor that gets better as you go along.

M: A lot of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made beer, and certainly easy to like. Drinkable.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz stubie poured into a snifter.

Fundamentally sound appearance although this is one of the beers weaker areas for the style. Head falls to islands with little lacing but it indeed holds its own and with each drink reproduces itself. I found the smell to be alot of work to figure out what the hell was going on!! lots of sour at first, but after a few drinks this settled down and there was a flowery/fruity backbone. Same thing with the taste, first drink seemed shockingly abrubdt but settles on the palate from 2nd drink on into this magnificent spicey clove and Ohhh so smooth. No alcohol taste w/ perfect warming...how that is accomplished I'll leave to De Proefbrouwerij...finishes dry. this is excellent night capper material and to me it improves slightly when it warmed a bit when the fruity flavors were revealed.

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Photo of weltywm
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Saranac snifter.

Appearance: Deep amber with 2 fingers of fluffy white foam. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Apple, Brett, Hay, and a slight whiff of hops.

Taste: More crisp green apple, intermixed with vanilla, moss, hay, hops, and wood. Very tart, and also sweet and sour. All of it is held together by that great funky brett taste.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and dry, with a long mouth-puckering sour finish.

Overall: This one is very tasty. Not as funky as some other wild ales, but the taste is complex and well balanced. Would definitely buy again, and would love to see how it ages as well.

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Photo of Atron67
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle champagne cap

A- bright golden color with a big white fluffy head on top. sticky heady lace on top

S- lactic and acetic character throughout. in terms of scent its pretty dominated throughout without much malt or hops showing. not too surprising.

M- much smoother belgian golden malty characteristics than what i was expecting. very clean smooth flavor at the beginning which leads to a lightly wild flavor at the finish. not superly wild in its flavors, it does make itself very open to learning about sour ales, as well as being a solidly complex beer throughout.

M- full body and great carbonation level.

D- this is a solid beer throughout and a great lightly wild ale. this is great

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Photo of flannelman808
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a great funky beer! Try it if you can find it.

The nose is not very apparent. I get some cereal and some grain. Maybe a little bit of funky yeast or something, and not too much else.

The beer has a very carbonated mouth feel. Almost like a champagne, and as such there is also great head retention.

The beer has that oat, cereal citrus flavor that so many saisons have. But with more alcohol backing. Not in a bad way though its a good tasting finish which includes alcohol. Though at 9% its pretty well masked.

All and all this is a great balanced great tasting unique funky beer. Go try one already.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reinaert pours a nice hazy gold. Things are topped off by a billowy two fingers of head. Head settles to a ring. Plenty of sticky lace is left down the glass.

Reinaert packs a wallop in the aroma department. Brett notes and plenty of em strike first. Juicy and funky sour cherry notes shine. Cherry blends with a bit of a rosewater floral quality. Beneath the fruity/floral brett notes a bit of caramel shows up. A vague spice quality present as well. Some light earthy notes rounds out the aroma.

Onto the flavor. The flavor isn't quite as mind blowing as the aroma. It's still quite impressive, though. Strong funk from the brett still dominates things. Rosewater notes are much stronger on the palate. Cherry notes strike a bit of a dryish quality. Light caramel and spice make an appearance beneath the brett. Brett pops back up in the drying earthy finish.

Reinaert is light bodied with a bit of a hefty carbonation.

Note, this beer is not for newcomers to the world of brett. The funk is allowed to shine, but never completely overpowers things. The alcohol is almost non existent. This is one dangerously drinkable brew. This is a wonderful brew for lovers of the funk.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow orange color, with a white head. The head fades slowly, leaving many laces. It fades to a thin layer on the top.

This beer has a yeasty earthy aroma. I can also smell some spices.It also has a slight sour fruit aroma. The alcohol is well hidden. I can also detect a very slight banana aroma.

This beer tastes spicy. Behind that, it tastes earthy. Not as sour as the aroma led me to believe. As with the aroma, the alcohol content is well hidden. It has a slight citrus hop flavor.

This beer is just a little over carbonated. It is full bodied. It leaves a slight spicy aftertaste. The ABV is almost not detectable.

I think this would be a good session beer, but one that you should be weary of due to the high alcohol content. It is a great beer, and I am glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Light murky blonde with a garden smell, hay, funk, apple-tart. Taste confirms the bottle's Brett promises. Dry like hell with salt hints. Medium bodied, fresh, eminently refreshing. Delicious brew. A poet that no one understands. Piece of art, cheers John.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Slightly cloudy golden orange in color. A full finger of white head rises with great retention before falling to a moderate cap. Some lacing as well. For the high ABV, the appearance is quite impressive.

S - The first smell I notice is an acidic, slightly spoiled/fermented apple juice. Not quite vinegary, but definitely an apple juice past its prime. There is a clear undertone of barnyard aromas with hay and manure being the most obvious. Alcohol is undetectable.

T - Mild apple sweetness in the beginning with notes of pear, banana, and possibly pineapple. The sweetness is cut somewhat by a phenolic lemony character but strangely little to no acidity. Barnyard funk characteristics become evident mid to late palate. A good deal of the hay component from the nose with a dose of crushed aspirin thrown in and some very muddy, earthy, manure-esque flavors. An underlying light bread flavor is persistant throughout and is most obvious in the finish with the barnyard remnants. Finish is semi-sweet with a good dose of mustiness. Not a trace of alcohol to be found.

M - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Often I feel this style is over carbonated but Reinaert hits it perfectly.

D - For what this is, it is extremely drinkable. Though this is quite a deviation from most beers, the sweetness and funk are balanced in such a way that the flavors never become overwhelming. Alcohol is extremely well hidden to the point of being undetectable. Deceptive to be sure. Obviously a different animal than the majority of BSPA's, it seems this is a fine show case of "funk" without the overly acidic character of some lambics and gueuze.

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Photo of masikon
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip yeast and all. Head came in very well for me despite what others have said, tall white and fluffy leaving lots of lacing and it reformed after each drink. Color was ciderish burnt orange with active carbonation and some floaties wandering through the glass. Nose was strong and complex with fruity aromas galore from bananas to strawberries , followed by a strong sour note. Taste hits the buds very sour but in a good way and prepares your palate for a wave of complex fruity flavors, yeasty and full this is easy to drink at 9 percent. Changes dramatically as it increases in temperature making each sip slightly different. Overall I really like this beer and will be on my way tomorrow to pick up a few more to see how this one ages.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cL bottle marked "Special Reserve", this brew is a hazy straw gold with a medium white head. The foam dissipates quickly, leaving a thin sheet and a bit of lacing. Smells predominantly of sour fruit esters (namely lemon and cherry) and barnyard/horseblanket. The funky brett character really masks the bit sweet malt that's in the background. On the palate, the malt comes forward first, though it's again soon overshadowed by the sour yeast. Surprising bitterness that actually works very well. Nicely balanced and quite complex. An impressive beer overall.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I had this beer at Apizza Scholls. It was a nice straw color with a slight chill haze. Head was white and pretty billowy.

Smell: I like the smell of this beer, it was really musty, barnyard, horse, funky. Also some clean grain, like a funky duvel.

Taste: Tasted like it smelled, a duvel with a lot of barnyard and horseblanket. I want to see it also had a citrus pith bitterness that dried up the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly bubbly carbonation, dry.

Drinkability: This was an adventurous tasting beer, I liked it. It was a very flavorful pale ale, and easy to drink. It also cut the fattiness of the pizza really well.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super hazy, golden-amber colored brew with a hefty amount of yeast flakes floating around. On top there's a just-off white head, about two fingers with a very gentle pour, builds up another finger with the final swirl and pour. Recedes slowly, the creamy thick bubbles widening out. There's also some brownish sediment flecks on top.

Yes. Huge aromatics of Brettanomyces and other funky, barnyard aromas. Oh so slightly sweet, but really just funky and wonderful.

The flavor again relies heavily on the yeast to get the point across, there's some mild, Continental hopping (grassy, slight lemon twist). A bit spicy as well, maybe some ginger or something. A tiny prick of heat reminds you that this is an adult beverage.

Given more time to mull, I'm struck by how hoppy this one is; noble, peppery, pale malt sweetness-enhancing, certainly, but also quite present in the flavor, which is interesting and delicious.

Perhaps just a bit less punch that the finest of wild ales in the mouth, there is a lot of carbonation but it's not at the same level as my favorites.

Last night, a new tripel. Different but enjoyable. Tonight, a new masseuse for when my wild-ale knot needs rubbing.

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Reinaert Flemish Wild Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.
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