Boon Oude Geuze | Brouwerij Boon

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Boon Oude GeuzeBoon Oude Geuze

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
6.5-7.0% abv

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Photo of roblowther
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big and Belgian, that's how I like them. Not in a gay way. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Just sayin'. It pours cloudy gold with a soapy white head that shows no sign of letting up before I'm ready to go further. It smells of oranges, peppermint, hay, and a barn. A particular one, not just any one. But I will keep the location secret. Just to be that way. The taste is sour cherries, grass, and a nice bready finish. This is a phenomenally balanced flavor. Not too sour, not too sweet, not too dry. It is the goldilocks of geuze. If they start putting that on the label, I get credit. The mouthfeel is soft, slightly tingly, and light. Overall, I really feel this is a fantastic beer. It may be the best I've had. Nice, nice job.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a lightly packed head.
Nose shows horse blanket, apple, earthy Brett and elderflower.
Moderately acidic flavours, more earthy Brett, apple, pear and elderflower. Quite herbal. Incredibly drinkable.
Carbonation is a bit over the top.

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Photo of MarioM
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml poured into a SN tulip

A: Holy crap, the cork SHOT out as soon as I loosened the cage and both flew way the hell away. Obviously highly carbonated and determined to get drank. Pours a light golden color and very clear with a thin film and lingering thin rim of bubbles.

S: Not very characterful in the aroma department. Some nice earthy toasty notes, very tipical geuze aroma without that funk that makes a lambic interesting in my opinion. Still a nice smelling beer.

T: Very refreshing and almost lite considering its high carbonation. Nice yeast fruitiness and lightly tart. Not very sour but enough to be refreshing and satisfying. Also has a nice finishing bitterness with a subtle Brett character that lingers with tropical yeast fruitiness.

M: Almost thin and lite but yet highly carbonated and finishes slightly dry and nicely bitter.

O: A nice lambic for the price but strangely haven't seen this around as much as other more sought after geuzes. I guess that kinda makes sense but a little variety never hurts for perspective. A nice beer that is worth trying and seeking.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. Poured brilliant dandelion yellow with a slight tangerine hue. Frothy white head that left several patches of lacing. Wonderful aromas of citrus tartness, touch of leather, big earthy tones. Like walking through a deciduous forest after a fresh spring rain and you come upon a rotting log with mushrooms growing on it. Very delicate, yet powerful flavors. Very smooth carbonation giving a lively feel to the light body. Delicious.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped witha couple of fingers of white head that immediately disappears. Lots of bubbles in there.
The aroma is soury, between new wine and cider.
The taste is quite sharp, soury and dry.
Don't really like it, sorry.

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Photo of th0m
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured From a 750ml bottle. *This is my first true sour*

Pours a light hazy light orange, almost yellow or golden, with a decent amount of off-white, fluffy head. Very carbonated.

Smells funky at first. I let it sit for a few minutes before smelling again to allow some of the funk to blow off. Smells of hay, barnyard, farty, musty, notes of champagne or white wine barrels.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. SUPER dry. Steals all the moisture in your mouth.

Mouth feel is great. Very light and heavily carbonated, almost like drinking a sparkling white wine.

Overall the beer was quite an experience. At taste and smell I was fearful I wouldn't like it, but like all great things, it grew on me as I sipped it, and maybe as it opened up a bit.

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Photo of tmzl
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours with a fizzy sound, average white head. Fully diminishing. Fair/low amount of lacing. Dark yellow, cloudy, a few particles floating around. Almost no carbonation. Nothing too impressive.

Smell: Sharp fresh, acid, lemon, vinegar with musty, earthy, farmhouse funk. Beneath hides light sweetness and yeast. Fair enough.

Taste: Very light sweet start then fast overwhelming medium sour (lemon zest, vinegar...). Then comes very light funk - must say I'm missing some, hoped there would be more. After the sour part it gets unexpectedly watery, a bit herbal. Medium sour with light musty funk stay in the end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation, dry, fresh, light body.

Overall: Very drinkable, sour OK, but missing something more, gets old too fast.

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Photo of xabyss
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw orange-yellow with mayhaps an inch of fizzy white head that fizzled out before I could finish typing this sentence. Opaque body sans carbonation. Nose is nice. Not mind-blowing but not repulsive. I'm warming up quickly to the style. Grapefruit is the dominant player here, with assorted citrus in the mix. Lemons, apples, barnyard funk. Supremely sour on both the nose and the palate, though not as acidic as other brews in this vein. Actually somewhat sweet at the tip of the tongue, with bread and apple candy. The sourness doesn't quite have the flavor or the potency I crave, but it's a nicely rounded beer.

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Photo of itsscience
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

375 mL corked bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours cloudy gold with a four-finger white head that retains well. The nose is straw, lemon, dank, earthy yeast funk, and candied sugar. The taste gives some straw and candied sugar up front before becoming a sour lemon bomb. It's like you're drinking a Warhead. The body is light and watery with high carbonation, and it finishes dry. Not interesting enough to warrant the price.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The 2010-2011 season.
Pours cloudy golden (to light orange), one finger head strings of fizz make it last for a lot of time.
Smells like a typical (good) gueuze, with the nice funk, mellow sweet fruit, honey, citrus and herbs.
Big sourness, huge, backed by a lower tartness than usual. Lots of crisp citrus, with lime, unripe oranges, pomelo, pink grapefruit and lots of lemon zest. Sour cherries way in the back, with acidic green apple and grapes, also bringing a low sweetness. Slight grains, but really pale malts. Faint honey and vanilla notes. Lots of dusty wood, a clear oak character, also "saison" characteristics, like a certain barnyard feel, with green grass, hay, woodchips and earthy yeasts. Hops are bitter in the finish, adding to the big dry feeling, creating a perfect grapefruity finish.
A bit burpy from the fizz, but thirst quenching and refreshing, even it it makes you cringe at first. Dry in the finish, with the sweetness lingering for a bit.
Also had the 2011-2012 and had it written down as "rough and rugged", this was even more. Fortunately my type of gueuze.

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Photo of Agent1
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poor head, but great color. Fairly inactive. Hardly any bubbles rising to the surface. Definitely a bit boring to look at in the glass.

Smell - Excellent. Lots of fresh lemon, coriander and plant-y/ floral notes. Honey as well. A fresh yeast smell. All standard Gueuze elements. Nothing atypical, but bright and zesty and true to the style.

Taste - Lots of grapefruit, orange zest and lemon peel. Very crisp and clean. Nothing off about this. Honey, subtle vanilla and a clean, short-lived bitterness via the hops. Tangy. Nice and simple. Lots of lemon in this Gueuze. Hops are balanced nicely.

Mouthfeel - Good, but not amazing. There are other Gueuzes that pop a little more, giving their beer more life. Carbonation is decent, but could be better. This also effects the overall look of the beer. As far as the palate goes, this is very well-balanced. Lots of sugars and bittering notes. Stimulates all parts of the mouth and tongue. This lingers on the roof of the mouth the most. This definitely makes up for the low carbonation.

Overall - For the price point, this is an excellent Gueuze. Very clean, very balanced and refreshing. Quality ingredients and a ripe blast of flavor. Recommend this guy. Tasty!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml caged and corked bottle. 2011/2012 brewing season.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden apricot hue, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves some sudsy arched lace around the glass as it lazily abates.

It smells like old cheese dipped in white wine vinegar, served over wood chips, and chased with a shot of stale lemon juice. The taste is more generally laid-back vinegar, if that can be called a thing, soft woody oak notes, maybe an echo of vanilla, a further perky lemon acidity, a bit of apple cider "sweetness", trod-upon pale malt, and a middling dank funkiness. Some weird earthiness seems to set itself away from the wood and yeast - I'm going to attribute it to some hops, sadly locked in the cellar.

The carbonation is just frizzy enough to state its presence, and allow its slight frothiness to quell some of the acidity, it would seem, the body medium-light in weight, and actually fairly smooth, all other things being equal. It finishes even a wee bit off-dry, the malt asserting itself amongst the lingering funk, and fading tartness.

A duly balanced, rather easy-drinking (relatively, of course) gueuze. The acid, funk, malt, fruity yeast, wood, and well, alcohol, I'm guessing, all work together splendidly in making that happen. Very nice stuff, but I fear that the lack of overt zippiness will be a cross to bear for certain sour fans out there.

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Photo of flexabull
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright and slightly hazy gold color with a very big white head. Looks great.

Aromas are of light vinegar, lactic acid, lemon, grains, spicy yeast, and light creamy sweetness. There is a funkiness that is funkier than lots of sours I've tried, almost a bit earthy with some mushroom notes.

Taste is extremely dry. Light mineral water notes, hay, grass, and some really bitter lemon. Finish is zesty, with some sharp sourness, light sweet cream, faint white vinegar, and a really crisp bite.

Mouthfeel is good. Full body, and really snappy carbonation.

Overall, a very refreshing and pleasant geuze.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.99/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Gueuze-a-palooza 10/8/11; poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass


Thanks Mike

A) Extremely hazy and cloudy; looks like pineapple juice, only darker. Pours just under one finger of foam and thins out over time. Swirling puffs it up.

S) Lots of cheese with mild ripples of damp oak. Dry earthiness with hints of basement and cobweb (though these take a backseat to the cheese). Light fruit tones.

T) Thin layers of pear and apple meander into a rather one dimensional damp oak note. Dusty funk. Pretty dry. Nippy but not tart or sour. Vapid mustiness on the finish.

M) Puffy, medium-light body. Abrasively fizzy fizzy carbonation.

D) Seems pretty average; nothing great going on, but it's hardly riddled with issues.

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Photo of avalon07
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a burnt orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: An enticing aroma of citrus, yeast, and a slightly musty smell.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, citrus (lemon), a little malt, and some spices. A big, formidable, vibrant flavor. Very well-rounded.

M: A highly-carbonated beer with a typically sour finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An excellent example of a gueuze. Very well made and very drinkable.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Cantillon Gueuze glass.

A real solid orange body, peach colored and opaque and quite even throughout. Good pinhead sized carbonation that rises quickly, with a nice creamy top of off white color, and makes about two fingers tall. Leaves a good half sized finger while drinking.

Interesting nose for a gueuze. There's a hiding sweetness of what seems Belgian candi sugar behind this, with some moderate classic funky notes, and pepper crispness. Quite dry. Some fruity lemon a little bit, but the sugars seem to come out at little.

Palate seems to lack a little. Some dry crisp carbonation with a slightly wet body. Not very malty or with much depth to the palate. Light lemon sensing but fleeting with a little bit of watery sweetness on the finish. Crisp finish with almost a powdery dry fleeting sweetness.

I just came off Zwanze day from Cantillon and trying this is a big change. It's different and alright but it's not doing much for me compared to other lambic/gueuze's I've had.

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Photo of Jonada
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottled 4/23/2010. 7% ABV. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with 2 fingers of a lasting soapy head. Body is hazy to the point of being nearly opaque with lots of carbonation streaming throughout.

Smell: Barnyard funk, musty basement, white grape, green apple, damp wood.

Taste: Medium sour barnyard funk, tart light fruits (apple, grape), minerals, rain water, hint of bell peppers (yes bell peppers), and a touch of herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, soft mouthfeel. Carbonation is high. Tart, dry, slightly bitter finish.

Overall: This is a pretty good gueuze and decently priced. Worth a a try if you've never had it, but there are much better options out there, including several in the same (or lower) price range.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 24-06-2030

A: Pours a cloudy medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot highlights. The beer has a four finger tall fizzy light beige head that very slowly reduces to a dimpled pillowy finger tall layer across the entire surface of the beer. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Heavy aromas of barnyard funk and mustiness with some lighter floral notes.

T: Upfront there are moderate to significant flavors of acidic citrus (lemon and grapefruit) along with quite a bit of tartness. There is a definite presence of sourness and some lighter notes of mustiness. Hints of bitterness are present in the finish but the overall flavor is quite tart.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp with heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Like all beers in this style, I think it is more of an acquired taste (and one that I have a real thirst for). I enjoyed this beer and found it quite refreshing though there is more than a slight amount of puckering sourness/tartness and a smell that could be off-putting if you are not used to the style. Delicious but I just wish it was a little more affordable to make it a more frequent beer for me.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a tulip. best by 1/25/2032

Pours a dark golden color with a 2 inch white bubbly head. Traditional gueuze aroma...tart vinegary white grape smart. Quite pronounced and strong. Good bit of tartness on the initial sip followed up with a nice flavor profile of fruitiness and acidic vinegar. it's not as sour as some others. Feel is medium bodied with high carbonation, par for the style. Good drinkability.

Overall a very enjoyable geuze that i'd have again. There are some better ones, but this one has enough complexity and yeasty funk that i'll return to it again in the future. If i'm able to choose between this and boon mariage parfait though, i go mariage parfait all day.

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Photo of Clonies720
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boon Oude Geuze A L'Ancienne. 25cl bottle. 7%ABV. This is the 2008-2009 vintage (brewed in 2008, and bottled in 2009) poured into a stange glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color. Rocky two-finger, white head.

Smell: Bright lemon acidity. Funk+Barnyard, and a faint hint of oak. Finishes with a musty earthiness, like a basement.

Taste: Starts off with some sharp funk and horse blanket taste. A moderate amount of acidity. Light tartness. Refreshing like a nice champagne. Touch of sweetness that balances out the acidity. Grainy wheat.

Mouth feel: Medium-light bodied with a low carbonation. Glides gracefully and wet across the tongue.

Overall: A nicely balanced gueuze. Refreshing, light, tasty. An above average representation of the style, but not without flaws.

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Photo of dwren89
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: gold yellow color, fizzy white head, hazy from bottle condition

Aroma: sour apple, pale malt sweetness

Taste: sour light fruit notes of apple and pineapple, bitter finish but the fruit sourness plays the most into the taste

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium-light body,

Overall Impression: Definitely a distinct taste from the Lambic style brewing process, this beer exhibits strong sour apple and pineapple notes while still remaining very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boon Oude Geuze

LOOK: Hazed deep golden color, soapy white froth.
SMELL: Funky bugs, straw, acidic lemon, sour white grape. Barnyard.
TASTE: Nice tart sour, low hops, touch of wheat, and a good presence of oak. Straw, acidic, musty. A snap of bitterness upfront gives way to a healthy tartness. Well tempered, medium sour. Drinks easily though it is best to sip and savor the taste.
FEEL: Medium bodied, but quite full. Strong flavor and with an appetizingly dry finish.
OVERALL: A nice blended Lambic, making for a fine Oude Geuze. Bright flavors, and a bit young. Best by date 02-02-2031. Bottle stated this vintage was 7.0% abv.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Boon Oude Geuze 750mL into my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass.

Appearance (4/5): Golden-orange and a towering three-finger head of foam. Great head retention; the head reduces to a quarter inch disk. Very nice looking beer.

Smell (4/5): Effervescent and floral smelling, funky and tart. Maybe a little berry flavor rising from glass.

Taste (4.25/5): There's a quick hit of bitterness, but this subsides quickly. Floral and berry flavors predominate. The funk in this mildly tart beer calls to mind the effect of Brettanomyces, though I don't believe geuze features that type of bacteria. The flavor in Boon's Oude Geuze is nice and clean and fruity, and not heavily yeasty.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Boon Oude Geuze features an excellent champagne-like mouthfeel that really makes the beer pop and covers up the light body. Excellent stuff that tingles and and accentuates the clean, funky, tart berry fruit flavors. Refreshing! The best aspect of this beer.

Overall (4.25/5): Boon Oude Geuze is a quality beer that is one of the more affordable offerings in the geuze style category. Recommended for summer drinking especially...forget that light lager, wheat beer, session pale ale stuff. Get down with the geuze!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +8%

I picked this bottle up somewhere in brussels -enjoyed chilled in a tulip from the 375ml.

The color is golden with lightly hazed look visibly carbonated with a 2 1/2 finger depth of thick off white head with fine bead and streamers of lace hold. The smell is nicely citrus/zesty lemon oriented with hint of wood and light sweet odor with very gentle tropical and floral essence along with a light odor of alcohol alongside the wild yeast smell. The feel is very sour with medium high carbonation and light tartness that leads to a mouth puckering and mildly alcoholic feel with dry texture in the finish w/ residual sourness lingering on the palate.

The taste is tart from the onset -yeast forward with acidic almost more than any readily available gueuze I can remember in Belgium or the U.S. for that matter. The taste of the wood with the sour yeast brings a sort of tannic element to the light dry body with an alcohol flavor that is noticeable and becomes almost spicy but not sharp to the extent of not being enjoyable. Enjoyment and flavor converge this is stronger than your average Gueuze but to me does not lack flavor in any sense it is perhaps not as subtle as some but every bit as good and worth seeking out..perhaps a good candidate for cellaring based on the slightly higher abv -either way it is drinkable and very flavorful.

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Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up along my travels.

A - Pours hazy orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving spotty trails lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of cheesy funk, basement must, damp earth, hay, oak and some light citric fruitiness. This is one funky smelling beer.

T - Starts off with the cheesy funk quickly giving way to the must, some barnyard funk, mild citric fruit, oak and the damp earth. Finish is dry, not lingering on the palate for very long. Compared to the nose it is much more balanced, making it surprisingly easy to drink.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Tart, dry feel from start to finish. Not as aggressive as some of the other well known gueuze's are.

O - A pleasant enough gueuze, especially for the money. $10 for a 750ml? It may not be the best out there but I will gladly pay that much for a quality gueuze such as this.

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Boon Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
3.89 out of 5 based on 726 ratings.
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