Blasphemy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Ego on 03-10-2007

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3.9
pDev:
19.49%
 
 
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Photo of mhewes
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice dark copper color with a little head

S : Strong oaky smell with some vanilla hints

T : Starts off with a ripe fruit flavor. Has a lot of oaky flavor to it. It also has hints of vanilla and brown sugar. You can definitely taste the alcohol

M : Rich and heavy which works perfectly

D : Definitely a sipper. I could see aging this one would help mellow out the alcohol heat

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to melbatoast 93 for this'un; thanks Hart!

Pours an effervescent caramel with a pinky of tan head. Zero head retention & a smidge of lacing, nice oily appearance

S: Nice vanilla & rum

T: Nice toffee notes, warming booze, vanilla, &rum soaked raisins up front. Some tangerine & pineapple, plus candi sugar to go along with nice vanilla & oakyness, toffee & nice booze warmth as this warms up. Finishes dry, fruitty & sweet. More malt sweetness or some complexity would've pushed this towards a 5.0

MF: Sticky/syruppy with low carbonation

Drinks great, you do feel the heft, but a damn fine quad!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear medium brown with a very small white head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla and cherry. The flavor is bourbon, cherries and other dark fruit, alcohol, vanilla, oak and chocolate. This is one boozy quadrupel. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this although the alcohol could be toned down a little bit in order to make it more drinkable. I have only had a few oak aged quadrupels but I really like the way they react with the barrels. This beer is no exception.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Still had the old bottle with the raven; I bought it late this summer in Philly.

Tawny purplish brown body, fine white head that retains well and laces a bit.

Nose had an initial whiff of pear that was really nice, but that dissipated, and the remainder isn't as great, and a little boozy. In fairness, this is about as warm as this beer would ever be served (maybe 60F).

Even slightly above cellar temperature, this is really lush. Drips with pear, plum and plenty of sweet dates. Hints of caramel and oak. Mellowed but balanced, and doesn't taste as boozy as it might have, in spite of the temperature. Reminiscent of Madeira. I get 'barrel aged' maybe, but not super bourbony, which is probably a good thing.

Unfortunately, this is pretty unctuous and syrupy-- really clings to your mouth and you'll want a glass of water with this one.

About as nice a bourbon barrel quad as you might ever ask for (Hardywood Park Bourbon Cru, anyone)? Really outstanding.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a lot of yeast floating around and a small, 1/8" or so, off-white head that fades quickly to a sticky ring.

Smell is honey, alcohol, some muted oak, caramel, figs, and cherries.

Taste starts with some sweet honey, caramel, and candied figs, before a slight alcohol burn. Oaky vanilla and cherry flavors lead into some sweet caramel and a spicy alcohol finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Feels a bit thin for a quad.

Very tasty and extremely drinkable. Almost too easy to drink, given the ABV. Like a previous reviewer noted, the alcohol is present, but never hot. Another great brew from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of crwills
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a tasting of about 20+ beers, it's a bit weird that one of the ones I brought was my favourite of the night but, well, there you go. In my notes, it reads (and I quote): "Holy crap OAK!!" So, you get where I'm going with this. In addition to blow-your-head-off oak aromas and flavours, there are some quite complex undertones of butter, vanilla, and mild fall fruits, which make this more drinkable than some of its oak-aged brethren. Pretty tough to hide 12% ABV, but they do a decent job of trying. Probably one of my favourite Weyerbacher big beers so far.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy orange with a white head.

Winey smell and ripe fruit in oak. Boozy but intoxicating.

Taste is sweet, caramelly booze with an oaky dry finish. Pretty hot. Tastes like bourbon but still very smooth and continues to open up as this beer warms.

Mouthfeel is pretty good and the drinkability isn't too bad considering how big this beer is. An experience beer that I am sad is apparently retired.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-deep brownish amber color with some hues of red, very hazy. thin barely one finger of kahki colored head that dissipates quickly

S-the nose is quite nice and brings the oak and bourbon through right off the bat. there is some sweet dark fruit, dark tart cherry and a hit of the alcohol at the back

T-this beer keeps getting better as i move through the review. no taste is overpowering and it starts with a nice blend of the oak and a light taste of bourbon, there is a sweet malt backbone that has some caramel followed by some sweet cherry flavor and even a hint of citrus, the belgian yeast, clove and touch of banana also become present

M-very full bodied almost chewy with a smooth texture, almost syrupy that leaves a warming from the alcohol as you finish the sip

D-this has a great flavor and is very smooth, it is extremely thick and the alcohol is prevalent. great beer, very strong!

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Photo of beerking1
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very red-amber, with a medium reddish-cream head that fades fast to a small collar of dense foam. Aroma: WOW, big time alcohol with lots of wood, hints of bourbon, and barest touch of hops. Flavor follows through with the alcohol nose, this is a BIG beer. Lots of malt back up the substantial but pleasant alcoholic bite. Body is big, as one would expect of a quad style beer. This beer is warming all the way down, with a pleasant sweet but warm aftertaste. Another great barrel aged beer from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of jampics2
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

Looks decent in the glass, an orangeish garnet red color with some honey yellow edges. The color is fine, but the beer is not dense looking (it looks like it may have been filtered) and the head retention is nonexistent. It just doesn't compare to a Westy 12 or Rochfort 10, which I consider to be the crème de la crème of quads.

Smell is good, though. Touch of dark fruit, Belgian sugar candy, banana, bourbon, oak, and a touch of vanilla and caramel. The malt is certainly sweet and it seems like the barrel has a chance to shine because the yeasty esters are just not too expressive. I'd like a touch more raisin, fig, and plum notes though for this to be rated higher as a quad.

Upon taking the first sip, I'm taken aback at how deep and complex this is. There's a plethora of fruit tastes, notably fig, plantain, raisin, and cherry. The malt is sweet and reminiscent of caramel with just a touch of toast. The barrel adds nice bourbon, vanilla, and oak. There is a lot of booze, but that's OK for a 12% BA beer. A wonderful sweet vanilla, raisin and caramel aftertaste lingers. This tastes really nice and, aside from more yeasty esters and a touch less booze, this is a really good BA quad.

I like the way this beer feels in general, but, for the style, I have had American quads with more body that I like more. This is decent, though, but looses its malty focus because the malt isn't heavy enough to ground everything. Carbonation is nice, and the finish has some great lingering flavors but a touch too much noticeable alcohol. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again. It's an adventurous take on the quad and I think Weyerbacher hit the mark. However, to rate this up there with the best quads in the world would be a sin. But to give it poor marks would be utter blasphemy.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App: Pours from a 12oz. bottle into a wide bowl-shaped margarita glass. I know, maybe not the best vessel for this beast but it definitely allows for the full body of the beer to waft throughout my face. Rich, coppery and dark; this quad glows from deep within a reddish belly. Head stands up tall and proud, doesn't settle for several minutes and provdes an active lacing through the drink.

Aroma: Big, alcohol, fruity, noxious and sweet. Belgian strong? Triple? Doppel? Oh yeah, BARREL AGED QUADRUPEL!!

Taste: Starts out strong like upripe fruit, slightly tart and bold. Aggressive. Simmers down to enormous raisin. Yup, big. Follows through candy sweet and like an after dinner drink happy.

Mouth: Light and snappy for the size of this beer. Oh damn, it pours over my entire mouth coating everything. Despite drinking a Stoudts Mai Bock, Ommegang Abbey, Anchor Steam Bock, and Arcdia Double IPA this beer holds tough and dominates.

Drink: Hm. It's good. I'd like more. But that's the problem.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: inviting hazy copper. Looks like liquid candy.
Smell: not a lot of depth but very nice bready, fruity, sweetness.
Taste: Wow, that's nice and from the reviews, quite surprising. Gotta wonder if I'm drinking the same beer. This is a work of art. Smooth (for an 11+% ), mellow even. All the notes from the nose within being overly sweet.
Overall: a big pleasant surprise. I expected a passable quad. Very nice.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy brown, almost rust. Looks like it will be a complex drink.

S - Fruits like fig and prune. A touch of booze and wood too, but not too much.

T- Sweet fruits; raisin, fig, prune and even a touch of raspberry. Strong booze factor and only a touch of American oak.

M - Lighter than expected but still covers the mouth and leaves you wanting more.

O - A very tasty brew, and a good value from one of my favorite breweries. Glad they brought this one back so I could try it. The base Quad is one of the best (if not the best besides Three Philosophers) of the American style and I am glad the barrel aging helped make it a more striking beer.

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Photo of stortore
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a chalice.

Pours a garnet color, slightly opaque, with not much head or cling. Might have poured it too cold. Smells pretty good- malt, dates, figs, raisins, some cherry, some plum. Light bourbon and vanilla, a slight sherry aroma. Taste leads with the malt, much more bourbon than the nose, figs, cherries, vanilla, dates, raisins, some oak, a little anise when warm. Really smooth, lighter body for the style, but still full bodied, appropriate level of carbonation.

Great flavor, well blended, the right amount of the barrel. Have only had a few beers from these guys, but they've all been above average. This one is well worth a purchase.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. The color is dark brown with a reddish hue. I was somewhat surprised that there is no head or lacing. The first smell is the whiskey followed by dark fruit and malt. When sipped, the first thing that hits you is the alcohol, followed by the dark fruit - raisin or fig, and then a nice sweet vanilla or toffee at the finish. This ale has a nice mouth feel; strong carbonation and alcohol burn. It's definitely a sipper. I'm a big fan of Weyerbacher and this barrel-aged quad did not disappoint.

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Photo of steelcutoats
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had BLASPHEMY last summer after an all night bender over the 4th of July. I wasn't very familiar with the concept of Belgium Quadruples or oak aging beers at the time, so I figured it would be good to take the time and review it since I've matured since then.

I poured a 12 oz. bottle into a crystal snifter. It had a creamy head that left little lacing. The color was a deep red, almost opaque with a rim of white foam around the inside of the glass. The smell, again as with the OMMEGANG Abby Ale, was of dried fruits...dates and figs. The taste was smooth with fruity sweet and chocolate malty notes. This is an awesome beer. I love how Weyerbacher will take one beer, age it in oak, and then release it as an entirely different beer. It is amazing how a little bit of wood can make such a difference in the taste and complexity of a beer.

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Photo of chaz410
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beautiful beer wonder at the Common Market in Charlotte NC.
Poured a dark cloudy brown body. Thin silky white head.
Smell is full of deep fruit malts, raisens, dates, licorice, honey and bourbon like alcohol. A terrific smell to say the least!
Taste is amazing! Oak notes all over some heavy fruit malts and alcohol. Good hoppy zest at the end that is mostly fruity in nature and slightly tart.
I love this beer and it really should be tried by any strong beer fan!

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Photo of SawDog505
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks @jzeilinger for this monster. Poured into my giant Duvel tulip glass bottled on 2/23/16. Poured slowly down the center at close to room temperature and got a massive 3 finger white head that settles quickly into a thin layer of bubbles and leaves behind no lace to speak of, the beer itself is a beautiful ruby red.

Smell is huge bourbon, vanilla, ripe fig, clove, banana peel, brown sugar, oak, hard candy, and more booze.

Taste just grabs a hold of you immediately starts with vanilla, oak, clove, banana bread, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, and slaps you in the face with bourbon and really gets your attention.

Overall this is the finest Quad I have ever had, but if you don't appreciate a BA aged beer then you have no business attempting this monster!

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Photo of dank203
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

totally awesome beer. aroma has sweet sugar coated date, fig notes etc. flavors have hints of spice, caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla, so well balanced and complex and awesome!

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tier Ale Hse in NYC a few weeks ago and reviewed from notes. Pours cloudy darkish, smoky almond, minor light tan head and leaving a tiny bubble film and fine light lacing. The nose here is boldly of crisp spicing and alcohol. One sip and its obvious that this a strong, heady and complex brew. Notes of currents, rum, brandy, burnt grains, alot going on here, not for the faint of heart/palate, not for quaffing, and not for fans of pissy yellow beer. Fine night capper/late night sipper.

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Photo of MaxSpang
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay goblet.

APPEARANCE

This beer is a murky reddish brown color. It's extremely hazy, and had almost no head or carbonation coming up on the side of the glass. Not the prettiest beer, but it looks characteristic of the style save the lack of head.

SMELL

This beer has a huge dark fruit smell. I could smell it as soon as I popped the cork off! Tons of overly ripe apricot, cherries, and even some banana. The alcohol is only the alightest bit present, which adds to the huge complexity of the aroma. Did I mention fruit? This also has some nice raisin-bread character. There is a TON in the nose.

TASTE

Whoa! This is like a karate kick to the tongue. It has just as much dark fruits as the nose, and then some. There is a big amount of flavor that I can only describe as a banana that is black from over ripeneing - YUM. Tons of raisin and plums, and tons of sweet breadiness almost like cake. The alcohol comes through in a big way, and it's almost hot but it works nicely in this beer. Did I mention fruitiness? The Belgian yeast comes through right at the end, bringing some slight spice, earthiness, and black pepper. This beer tastes delightfully sinful.

MOUTHFEEL

Not as dry as other quads I've had, nor is it as carbonated. In fact, there's hardly any carbonation in this at all. It is big and chewy but not syrupy. Did I mention fruits? Woops wrong section - the alcohol is nice and warming. This is a big ol' stankin beer and the lack of carbonation accentuates it.

OVERALL

Ah, I love a nice fruity quad. This remids me a lot of Insanity from Weyerbacher, except a lot more... Belgian. Did I mention fruit? This sinful ale is sold all over the place around here, so it's a prime candidate to buy a bunch of and age. This rocked my socks off, but I say who needs socks? I won't tell the folks at church about this one, because that would be... Well, blashphemy.

Cheers.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About 2 years old.

Pours a slight fizzy head, hazy darker peach maroon brown color, murky and a bit milky.

Nose explodes with bourbon, whiskey and oak, a bit if booze still, plenty of sweet malts reddish and brown, crystal malts, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, a slight nougat, candy, hints of dark fruits like brandy soaked raisins, all surrounded by the nice bourbon and oak.

Taste starts again with sweet malts, a nice aged soft malt, crystal, caramel, molasses, candy, a light nougat and toffee, a bit of booze cuts through, following closely is the bourbon, a nice juicy sweet bourbon, another whisky flavor as well, a bit if a toasty oak flavor with that, buttery and light vanilla oak. Again a light fruit kick. Finishes a bit sweet with lingering malts, brown sugar, candy, hint of bitterness, little sticky, done bourbon, a bit of booze left behind.

Mouth is heavier bodied, fairly rich and complex, some booze and lower but decent carb.

Overall great beer, nice bourbon and whisky flavors, nice oak rounding, great malts and sweet syrups, and hint of fruit and bitterness, a nice aged taste too. The aging did this very well as the booze quieted down, the malts aged nicely, and the bourbon stayed a nice flavor but not too hot.

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Photo of bminor7
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY.

First off, I have to disagree with most prior reviews. This beer is either so unique that I think it's offputting to most people, or my bottle was superfluous, or my palate is shit. Personally, I'm a fan of the unorthodox (last batch I brewed was Mosher's Jaggery Pale Ale with cardamom and fenugreek) and I definitely appreciate it when someone goes outside the mould for something intriguing such as this. Thus far i have not been blown away by Weyerbacher, but this may be their one redemption.

A - chestnut brown, 1 finger foam settles leaving lacing on the glass and surface. yeasty chunks floating about on the first pour, and I was careful! NOTE: this beer has legs! not long ones, but this is a first that i've found.

S - holy bourbon batman. where is the beer? my olfactory factory cannot find the malt or hops. this smells distinctly like bourbon, with almost no trace of beer whatsoever. maybe like a bourbon beer. i am bewildered.

T - upfront oaky whisky - rich and delicious. oak is very strong. the hops and malt play second fiddle but form the backbone, really, for the liquor flavors. bold and elegant.

M - thick and creamy. no Old Ruffian, but still good.

D - the weak point. obviously you don't drink whisky and beer at the same rate. this is a sipper, but that's what it should be. savor the flavor and the 11.8% ABV bombardment. i shared this with a friend, and although my hangover lackthereof is nice (note - i felt even better than I would have had I not drank anything) this beer is one you could really enjoy all to yourself. just...don't...move.

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Photo of meatyard
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Is a hazy, dark honey color with a shortlived white head and no lacing.
S-Is heavy duty alcohol smell that wafts over from a couple of feet away. Then there is bourbon, oak and some vanilla.
T-Is a dose of warming alcohol and the same short cough I have on a first sip of whiskey. Flavors include sweet malt and dark dried fruits like rains & figs. There is a lot going on in this beer, it's the kind of beer that you could continue to find different things as you drink and it warms.
M-Is pretty thick & syrupy-very nice.
D-I don't think so, it drinks nicely but I couldn't do more than one at a sitting-this is a sipping beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With a lot less Bourbon than might be expected, the Blasphemy version of Weyerbacher Quad might be the most drinkable of the Bourbon barrel series yet.

It pours a clear copper body that reveals streams of tiny bubbles rising steadily towards the surface. The creamy off-white head starts with an impressive girth, maintains it, and then steadily drops to a thin covering - all the while leaving behind a solid wall of creamy lace.

It expresses Bourbon in the nose with some vanilla and wood, and alcohol and spice along with it, but also some very nice dark-skinned fruit.

The flavor is very much the same, and very supple, with a rich malty blanket of dark-fruit woven with caramel-accented fruit and a dark fruit edge. It's very appleish, and malty with a caramelish edge and a slap of alcohol.

Nicely done with just an edge of Bourbon. Worth trying.

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 946 ratings.
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