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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with German malts and hops, first-pressing Demerara cane sugar from Mauritius, and a Belgian yeast strain. 100% bottle re-fermentation; OG=18.5; AE=1.7. Classified as a "strong saison" by Garrett Oliver.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: medium gold and clear with tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom; billowy head of off-white showed good persistence and laced down the glass

S: sweet orchard fruits, like pears and apples, pressed and cidered; tart yeasts and fresh malt grains

T: sweet and spicy, lush and candied; again, fresh, sweet orchard and pale fruits; candied sugar treats and a holiday's-worth of spices, suggesting clove and coriander, nutmeg and sage

M: full and fuzzy, plush and soft; slight tack on finish; little denser than I'd like; some crispness but also some chewiness

O: a delightful BSPA worth a try and buy - fans of the style will be sure to appreciate it - leans toward the sweet/wet end of the spectrum.

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Photo of mick303
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle into a tulip glass. Good initial head, and nice lacing on this. Beer is bright gold and crystal clear with a smooth steady carbonation.

S - love the strong yeasty aromas, lemony and bready, with hay and some farmhouse aspects, light toasty malts. Fresh bread, , apples, alround very balanced with some nuance.

T - initially a bit of malty sweetness, candy sugar sweetness. Pears!! with some bready toastiness, hay, full 'chewiness' of yeasty fruit, dry florals, some light banana, honey. alcohol gives some nuanced farmhouse and light spice aspects and is fairly understated actually - light pepper?, ending with a full dryness with a light yeasty and lemon profile. Enjoyable - and get the idea of going for an amped up saison style, works quite well, flavours are balanced and pair very nicely with each other.

M - very nice with a moderate body, smooth slightly aggressive carbonation, but hits the mark nicely. Very full and dry on finish and very drinkable for the strength to be sure.

Enjoyable to be sure, this is certainly a well crafted beer, but I didn't find it earthshattering - and maybe my expectations were a bit high going in. Very well balanced with a light farmhouse character and plenty of light pilsner malt, chewy toffee also on the finish. Great beer and well worth having, but wont be in my top ten for the style. I think I would prefer a more assertive flavour profile to match the abv, while this accomplishes a near graceful balance, to each their own I suppose, still very good! When I eventually got down towards the bottom, I added the sediment, which added some nice bite and spice.

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Photo of BrunEngr
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My 1st corked beer. :-)

A - Pours a big fluffy head but it doesn't stay except to leave laces down the side of the glass.

S - Lightly sweet sent

T - Light sour taste, faint spicy yet tart finish

M - A light carbonated bite

O - I like this beer would be better without the carbonated finish.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-cloudy gold co;or with a large white head that lingers for a while and leaves a lace
S-spice and malt mixture with a banana fruit aroma that has many aromas coming out
T-The spice is not strong and the banana is very faint yet steady and the aftertaste has a bitter or tart like taste that you can taste the spices start to kick in, but just as they do it fades to a pleasant taste.
M-high carbonation and medium carbonation
O- Very complex beer that gives you many aromas and taste. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of b_packer
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a corked bottle on 7/12/13. Opened on 2/13/14. Poured into a standard 12oz. Pint glass.

A- poured a straw, pale yellow color with a half inch white fluffy head. Not a whole lot of carbonation with this beer. Head disapated rather quickly and left a little web lacing down the glass

S- very fruity, sweet, and sour smelling

T - get the fruit and sour taste right away. The sour taste is very prevelent and persistent throughout the drink. Leaves a little bitter after taste but nothing to bad, no real alcohol burn either.

M-light and smooth. Get a lot of the carbonation.

O- very soir and fruity. I guess it is expected with this style. Has an almost artificial taste its that fruity. Way to sour for me. Wasn't really a big fan of this one just to sour and fruity for me. Worth the try but probably won't be drinking this one again.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a light golden yellow colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and meringue like then faded fairly quickly to light wispy layer. Quite a lot of carbonation shoots to the surface... some light sticky lacing clings on to the end...

Aroma - Strong spicy fruits (apricots, pineapples, pears), nice strong Belgian bready / yeasty notes, candy sugar / honey sweetness, light toasted malts, peppery hops, faint trace of alcohol, some basil / thyme herbal notes, faint medicinal traces...

Taste - Biscuity malts, toasted bread, herbal / floral, spicy fruits (pineapples, pear drops), light sugary sweetness, definite Belgian yeastiness, honey notes, peppery, some salty hints, slight soapiness, grassy, spicy hops

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry.. light / medium body... very refreshing and drinkable - the alcohol is very well hidden..

Overall - A very good and well made Belgian pale ale... recommended

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/10/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon peel, orange peel, pear, apple, grape, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, honey, bread, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, grape, honey, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, grape, honey, bread, herbal, floral, pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome balance and complexity of bright malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a very crisp malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian Strong pale ale. All around great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of bryangb
2.98/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked and caged bottle. Smell: I get yeast, orange, cream and lime maybe? Taste: I taste what I smell. It reminds me of... A Belgian ale. It's a smooth beer. Carbonation is a little bitey though. Not my style beer, but I wanted to try something new.

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Photo of pkalix
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

stupid site jammed up again, so I have to do the review all over again, screw it. how many times has this happened now?
Belgian replica by an American brewer. fruity. rich. very Belgian, but not the real stuff, but still very rich. overall, foamy, yellow, rich, decent abv, nice lacing, blah blah blah... thanks BA for killing me again. delete the review if you want, but I urge you to fix the site first, guys....

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Photo of fourstringer
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately gentle hand. Barcode reads 30613 00102. #3551. I'm a robot. I'm talking like a robot.

A: Cloudy, somewhat dull, golden yellow-orange with bone white head. About 1 finger width with ok retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Tart and fruity Belgian yeast. Nice citrus & tropical fruit. Specifically, I can detect elements of lemon, orange, tangerine, mango, banana, apple & pear. It seemed like whatever fruit I thought of, I could find it somewhere in the nose! Vanilla. Light malt. Slight indistinct spice. There is something familiar I can't pinpoint... Dreamsicle?

T: Spicy and lightly sweet fruit notes kick of a smooth transition to a faintly bitter, semi-dry finish. Peppery notes accompany the big essence of fruit cocktail. Minimal alcohol.

M: Crisp & effervescent with rather marked carbonation. Light body. Brings extra zing to the yeast's spiciness. Slight stickiness.

O: So imagine a Duvell, brewed on a subway in NYC. Kinda dingy looking. Feels a little rough around the edges. But really delivers where it counts. I fully endorse this beer.


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Photo of polloenfuego
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: straw gold with a fluffy three finger head that slowly dissipated leaving some lovely lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, malts,cloves and other spices, bready and sweet.

T: yeast, sweet malts, fruit esters, spices and clove.

M: smooth and light with a very fine carbonation (almost champagne like)

O: I bought this along with a Local 2 on a recent trip to NY. I would agree with the categorization of strong saison as I found it very saison-esque. I enjoyed the mouth feel and look of this beer and it was a nice enjoyable drink. I would revisit it...but not as fast as I would Local 2.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; beautiful straw/orange. a solid inch of head that hangs around for awhile, lots of bubbles.

smell; classic belgian yeast, bananas, pears, some alcohol.

taste. fruity notes hit u right away, balanced by smooth malt, the only downside is the taste of alcohol is quite overpowering,

mouthfeel; smooth, nice carbonation.

overall; one of the better strong belgian ales I've tried, particularly impressive because its american, could easily pass for a fine belgian ale. if you are into this style, you will really enjoy it, but i don't know if it is something id rush to buy again.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass
A: Hazy amber color with a two-finger head that settles very slowly
S: Yeasty, a bit of sweet fruit, malt & spices
T: Match the nose
M: Light-bodied, hides the high alcohol surprisingly well
O: Solid beer from a solid producer for a great price

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Photo of HopSquatch
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice domestic version of a true Belgium. If blind folded I would never have known. Strong sweet tasting malts, alcohol strength is masked well. Smooth and no bitterness and improved as it warmed. Simple golden color with powerful carbonation. Poured in my regular pub style pint glass from the big corked bottle. Very nice , enjoyed it for a hour and half. Would definitely buy again. Drink at home dont drive !

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Photo of Dave1999
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber with a big foamy white head. The carbonation in this looks high.

The smell is sweet and malty, along with the belgian yeast smells, cloves and spices.

The taste is sweet, yeasty, spices, pepper and coriander. There's a little alcohol and fruitiness as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel is light with a high amount of carbonation. This may be the most carbonated beer I've had.

Overall this may be the best Belgian strong pale ale I've had I just wish the carbonation was a little tamer. I'm not going to downgrade it too much though as the taste was very good.

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Photo of Radome
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

75 cl bottle, 9% ABV

A – Bottle conditioned. Color is a dark straw with some orange. Clear but a hint of cloudiness. Head is huge, thick and white. It piles very high and only dissipates slowly. Tiny, mousse-like bubbles and huge lacing. An attractive beer.

S – Smells very malty. A light white bread mixed with sugar, reminds me of that Italian sweet bread you find at Easter (Panetone?). This is underlaid by a sweet alcohol aroma. If I really search I can just detect some grassy hops and a tiny hint of black pepper. It reminds me of Bush Blond, but not as sweet or complex smelling.

T – Warm, bready malt dominates. There is a sharp, grainy edge to it that could be wheat malt. This mingles with light grassy hops and a bit of acrid, pepper-like bite that could be from yeast notes or spicing. The finish is long, sweet, and alcoholic. Again it reminds me of Bush Blond, but not as boozy.

M – Moderate body. Smooth, creamy carbonation. A light alcohol burn. Hops bitterness is low but present. Everything is just right and in balance.

O – This is a dead ringer for a Bush Blond. A great example of a strong Belgian ale, even if it was brewed in Brooklyn rather than Belgium. The aromas and flavors are not blended as smoothly and don’t have as much depth as the classic examples, but this is a great beer!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

About time I got to this one. Good brewery and good style. Beer for USA qualifier at Costa Rica.
First whiff after loud pop upon opening is a grainy cereal, but as take towards nose gets a softer malt that moves to a pleasant and soft spiciness.
Enormous head allows only a minimal pour. Pale gold and slightly cloudy.
Flavor is at 1st smooth and creamy and it quickly moves to a tangy spiciness that sharpens throughout the drink. Of course really quite dry. Some of sharpness and spiciness is alcohol related. It approaches heat without actually crossing. As warms starts to take on some mild fruit flavors, but they are background.
Soft creamy feel along with sharp prickly and ample carbonation. In time warming in the gut too.
Like so many from Brooklyn, just such a clear representation of style. Solid. Classic. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin puffy layer. Nice lacing on the glass from the reduced head. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and slow moving bubbles coming up through the center of the glass. More lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Belgian candy, pale malts, apple, pear, alcohol, and yeasty esters.

Taste: Vanilla, spicy yeast, warm booze, bready, apple pear, Belgian candy, pale malts

Mouthfeel: Smooth, warm alcohol, a little chewy, medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, and delicious.

Overall: Man, I love this beer. Draft or bottle, you can't go wrong. It got better as it warmed up too.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with good carbonation. It's not quite as clear as I like my BSPAs to be (then again, I don't believe in pouring the dregs in), nor does the three finger white-shaded head have the retention I look for. Still, it does stay at one fingers quite well. Nice patches of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Pretty typical of the style, albeit with a more defined fruitiness to it. Apple and pear notes are very strong, along with an undercurrent of citrus and peach. Maybe a distant hint of cherry, too. The general aroma has the dry sensation I like.

T: Aside from the standard ester flavors (apple and pear), this opens with a noticeable vanilla sweetness. For sure, this has plentiful candied sugar. Herbal notes, and MAAAYBE a twinge of hop bitterness round out the back end. I'd almost call it cidery at times. It's very reminiscent of a tripel in particular - the alcohol is hidden spectacularly, but it gets a bit sweet at times on the back end. If this has any flaw, it's the fact that it lacks complexity and depth.

M: The carbonation is very spritzy and even fizzy - I can definitely feel the flavors drying off of the palate after the back end. It seems to rely on the carbonation for the dryness rather than general malt attenuation, though; for some reason, it actually does dry out the more it warms up. Whatever the case, I refuse to believe it's 9%.

O: Best to serve this one at a cold temperature: chilled its fizziness counteracted the sweetness, and warmer it became drier to compensate for the loss of carbonation. A rock-solid Duvel clone - not as good, but not terribly far off. This bottle will get killed solo.

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Photo of bluedognever
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from bottle at beer class held at local wine superstore.

Slightly hazy clear gold color with nice bubble action. Has a sift pleasing aroma - a little bit yeasty.

Nutty, fruity taste but spicy - hint of spiced peaches. Very fizzy mouthfeel with a dry finish like a champagne.

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Photo of TheCondor
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On a recent trip to Memphis, I was able to swing into a local liquor store real quick and grab some beers that we are not able to get in KC. We cannot get anything by Brooklyn Brewery, although it would have been great to be able to see a full selection of beers. Just FYI, in Tennessee, for a beer to be sold in a liquor store it has to be 6.2% ABV or higher, and I never got a chance to go by a grocery store. But I digress.

Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a tulip glass, which was all I had available at the Embassy Suites Germantown.

Appearance - Pours an excellently hazy, golden straw color with a tremendous two plus finger head on it that towers over the brew. Nice carbonation action can be observed. Head retention is minimal, as is lacing, but the presentation is magnificent.

Smell - A solid fruitiness. Coriander, Belgian yeasts, and a spicy sweetness that is excellent. Very good nose on the brew, certainly makes you want to drink it.

Taste - An excellent sweetness coupled with the brews fruitiness makes for an outstanding, memorable drink without a doubt. The yeasts make an appearance, and there is but the slightest hint of hops.

Mouthfeel - Finishes clean, smooth, and dry, almost to the point of being like champagne. Wicked dry. Almost no alcohol presence. The definition of a great finish.

Overall - So this is what everyone is ranting about when they talk about Brooklyn Brewery products. I have heard so much, yet have never experienced it for myself. I am glad to see the beer has lived up to the hype. I may send my copy of the Oxford Beer Encyclopedia to Garrett Oliver to have him sign it. This is one excellent beer, strongly recommended, Condor approved.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter

A - hazy gold color with monstrous white 3 finger head reminiscient of champagne. Unfiltered cloudiness definitely apparent. Glass had lots of lacing

S - belgian yeast, a bit lemony, coriander

T - real earthy taste, breadiness, Belgian yeast taste, also a champagne-like taste to it

M - very high carbonation with low to medium mouthfeel. Alcohol (9%) almost non-existant.

O - not a bad beer, but I was hoping for something more. Almost mundane for the style which is why I tend to prefer the Strong Dark Ales. Again, not bad because I would drink again but would not be at the top of my list forthis style.

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Photo of JetEngine47
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer, but I have to say that I think it's a lower quality beer than Aureus by Draai Laag Brewing. Now, admittedly, I am a Pittsburgher that likes local crafts, but I bought Local #1, Pranqster, and La Fin De Mondes a Total Wine while visiting a friend just outside of Delaware because they are very highly rated on Beer Advocate. None of these three beers is as good and complex as Aureus. So, yes, this is an outstanding beer that deserves a high score, but I prefer Unibrouwe and Draai Laag despite the 100 ranking from the Brothers.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

* was in a social setting so I couldn't be as thorough as my other reviews, this is from notes I took on my phone

bottle into pint glass

appearance: cloudy golden yellow, 2 finger bubbly white head

smell: clove, coriander, lemon zest, belgian yeast, orange peels, other spices

taste: apple, bready, corn, subtle earthy bitterness, but not dominant. some dark fruit and typical sweet belgian yeast notes.

mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium bodied

overall: A great Belgian, this is a great American take on the style. Superbly balanced and drinkable, price a little high, otherwise a solid overall beer. Drank with a lot of non craft beer drinkers and they loved it if that says anything.

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Photo of zac16125
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a snifter
No born on/best before date

A: Pours a clear dark straw color with 3 fingers width of white head. Great retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Vinous, sweet, spicy. Belgian yeast esters, clove and white pepper spice, sweet fruits. There is a chalky, almost medicinal character that I can only describe as fruit flavored Tums. Some herbaceous/floral notes, like a country meadow. Really nice aroma here.

T: The initial flavor that hits my palate is a big vinous, white grape character, champagne-esque. This is followed by spice notes. I also get bakers chocolate, faint hop notes, citrusy orange.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier side which is appropriate, ABV is well masked and drinkability is very good.

O: Good beer, well above average, but not great. I would definitely drink this again though.

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Brooklyn Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,061 ratings.
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