Leute Bok | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Leute BokLeute Bok

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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of aforbes10
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife bought me this beer fro Christmas mainly because it comes with a crazy glass that you can only set down in its special wooden holder. I had said that i wanted some more glassware and this certainly fits the bill. I drank the beer out of its own glass. Poured milk chocolate brown with a massive head. beer is slightly cloudy with good lacing. Sour odor like cherries and sourbough bread. Taste is less sour than the odor lets on. Sweat, bread, malts are all things i pick up. Some bitter spiciness on the finish. Full and well balanced. I nice beer for drinking, mainly because it really improves as you go through the bottle (or maybe this is true for all beers, i dont know). The sourness keeps it interesting throughout. dont think i'd buy it again unless i wanted a pair of those crazy glasses.

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Photo of pootz
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Corked magnum bottle

Pours a clouded deep copper colored ale into the glass...2 finger rocky cap reduced to a sticky surface lace and stays the drink, laces the side well enough. Very effervescent from bottle conditioning.

Aroma is of musty burlap and some sweetness over fermenting fruits and almonds...nice nose.

Moderate malt decernment, medium-light body, peppery mouth feel, spritzy-yeasty-fruity character.

Profile: Up front some sweetness from caramelized malts, then a rush of sour musty tastes much like spoiled fruits...finish is crisp and spritzy but yeasty with the fruits punching through and a light bittering from the hopping....yeasty-sweet aftertaste.

I’m not partial to this one...sharp edges, too yeasty and undeveloped and I’m double pissed off because they fooled me into thinking it was a bock beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one grew on me after awhile...
Plum and raisin notes surface against a firm malty backbone. Give it time to warm and you'll be rewarded. Pours with minimal foam, an opaque chestnut mass of goodness. Faintly sweet and nutty at first. Carbonation is moderate, and casts a hazy skim of bubbles over the surface. A funky, fruity yeast makes an appearance also.

Solid example of the style, would have this again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

...o Van Steenberge...is there a better brewery in this world?...

This isn't on the level of their Gulden Draak or Piraat, but it is mighty fine. Poured into my Gulden Draak glass since I don't have that nifty Leute glass with the wood base. Got an enormous head the lasted a long time before settling. Nice burnt copper-brown color. Gobs of lace.

The aroma offers spices like nutmeg and white pepper mixed with a plum fruitiness, chocolatey malts and small blazes of alcohol and yeast in the background.

The flavor is mostly caramel and plum, bready, slightly tinted with dessert-y spices, a little chocolate, and some pumpernickel showing itself in the finish. Yum.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, as the flavors hint at something rounder and more robust. This is only slightly helped by letting it warm a little before sipping further.

Another delicious offering by the great Van Steenberge brewery. It is, at the very least, worthy of sitting in my mighty Gulden Draak glass.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a dirty brown in color with an explosive head that literally shot the cork right out of the bottle after I untwisted the metal holding ring. The head in the glass was quite substantial as well but finally settled down into a thin whitish-brown film.

Smell – Big yeast (of course) and slight toasty malts form the base of this nose. The fruits are unusual. They consist of a very light orange and banana mix along with a dominant star fruit. There’s a little date in there as well and no sense of alcohol.

Taste – The malt really caramels up at the taste and dominates the fruiting from the nose. The yeast pulls back but isn’t out of the picture yet. So, it’s more of a yeasty caramel treat then anything else at this point.

Mouthfeel – This is bigger than medium-bodied and almost full. It’s overcarbonated for sure but still manages to supply a caressing mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This definitely isn’t one of my favs but it was a treat to drink.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The lacing and head are brown, the head is dense and the color is cloudy and brown. The smell is light and sweet with hints of apple, raisan, and plum. The taste is pretty sweet with plum and raisan tones. The cork has added it's own flavor to it making it earthy and woody. The mouthfeel was ok. Overall it's a good experience because of the age of the beer being so high. It does however make me wonder about what it's taste would be like fresh.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME, served in the neat pointy glass with a wood stand. A brown color, with a thin head. It had a malty, sweet aroma. The taste was fairly sweet, mostly raisins. I liked this beer, but, like other reviewers thought it would be a little more complex. And, it's certainly not a beer to drink a lot of in one sitting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally bought the beer because I wanted the glass that it came with--the glass that you should never give to drunk people. In any case, the beer turned out to be pretty good. The malts are 100% of a dopplebock, but with the wacky creativity that is expected from the Belgians. The beer is fermented as an ale, which brings out some wonderful estery and phenols. They may have added a does of special B malts. Combined, a fruity (grapes, plumbs, and figs) flavor and aroma jumps out. A tart, spicy character soon follows up due to the crazy Belgain yeasts. The beer becomes lightly crusty, raison-ey. Warming without becomming fusal. Quite peppery and yeasty through to the finish with a light molassas finish. Complex and creative. Not my favorite, but good for a unique and quality experience.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am splitting a 1.5 liter bottle with BA Stopper. Pouring at room temp into a stemmed bock glass the beer is a little foamy on the pour with 4 cm of fluffy beige head rushing up with gentle pour. The head recedes to a sturdy surface layer quickly.
Aroma is pretty malty with caramel and brown sugar mostly and perhaps a bit of fruit. Not overly complex but definitely appealing.
First sip reveals an average body with very mild almost non-existent carbonation. THe flavor is similar to nose with sweet malt from start to finish. This is a decent brew, but thought it might be a little more complex being a Belgian Bok. I liked it well enough, but probably wouldnt buy it again.

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Photo of ccrida
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing you might want to consider is that this is not a traditional German bock, but in fact a Belgian strong dark ale. If stylistic expectations determine your enjoyment of a given beer, you should realize that the top fermenting Leute Bok is a certainly no Bavarian lager.

Served on draft in the official Leute Bok tumbler, this is a really cool piece of glassware. The tumbler is cylinder shaped, with a bullet-tipped bottom that cannot stand on it's on, but instead rests in a square wooden block with a recessed center and Leute Bok labeled on the front. I have one of these at home, and it's a fun trick to serve it to a guest and watch them carry the coaster around for awhile before breaking down and asking for a different glass! Still, it works fine at the bar, has great novelty appeal, and sports a great color graphic of the goat logo right in the middle.

Pours a faint ruby brown, with moderate haze and an small, milky head that quickly subsides, leaving behind very little lace. The aroma is sweet and vinous, with some tart fruit esters lingering in the background, and no noticeable hops, and is overall rather mild. The taste is mainly sweet and very slightly sour, dominated by (Special B?) malt, with traces of caramel, prune, oak and banana, making the Leute Bok pleasantly complex, if a bit thin in the mouthfeel. Still, the body is typically digestible for a strong Belgian, for a smooth, easy-drinking, and deceptively strong beer, which overall is really quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Lightly hazed prune juice color. Bouyant medium sized bubble head tours over the glass.

S: Yeast, doughy...boysenberry with a touch of oak.

T: Flavor is a repressed double. Minor tastes of brown sugar, purple grapes with a touch of sourness. Metallic aftertaste.

M: Enjoyable texture with good carbonation.

D: Pretty much a let down. There are zero bock characteristics in this beer. Drinkable sure...but nothing special at all.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served this baby up as a nightcapper in a chalice. Forms a nice milky tan head, tight, lacing is sporadic.

Lots of caramel in the nose on top of a dark fruit base. Fruitiness is on the laid back side of a dopplebock.

Plumbs, sweet, was left looking for the usual rich deep flavor or something to give it some real complexity. Mouthfeel was excellent, carbonation is active and refined, starts a bit watered and finishes with an intense sharp citrusy orange rind zapper. Definately better as it warmed up.

Notes: Dopplebocks are one of my favorite styles and this is a fine brew, but comparatively it is just slightly above average. A bit thin in the taste and complexity, but a worthy option.

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Photo of clvand0
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark and cloudy brown color with a very tall head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. 20 minutes later, I had a glass of beer. The aroma has some spice/zest with citrus and raisins. Smells nice. The flavor is also quite spicy with some citrus and quite a bit of raisin flavors. Very tasty. The alcohol is slightly warming, but it takes nothing away from the beer. The body is on the high end of moderate and the drinkability is very good.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle pours into a Leute Bok glass a dark dirty brown color with a chunky tan head that doesn't want to seem to recede. Clarity seems to be slightly obscured, and the carbonation is flowing well from the bottom of the glass. Nose is nice, with good notes of spicey raisin and oranges. Not what I expect from a dopplebock, but this one says its an ale on the label, so it may be in the database incorrectly. Flavor is very fruity, with distinct raisin and almost some white grape to white wine, with orange and excellent Belgian spiceyness from the yeast. This is a very tasty Belgian beer. Feel is moderate with a lighter moderate carbonation that keeps it with a good solid feel without being too thick. The bottle says this one is 7.5%, so there is still a bit of alcohol in there, without being prevalent at all. I find this to be rather enjoyable. Note that this one is not by any means a dopplebock, but it is a good beer.

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Photo of Mandrake
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy medium brown with a very creamy tan head that lasts well and leaves some lacing. Aromas are mostly sweet and fruity, with cherry, plum, chocolate and toffee coming through as the most dominant scents. Taste is again sweet, with plenty of cherry and plum notes, and a yeasty flavour coming through in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and a little sticky, which leaves the flavours on the tongue for an aftertaste that goes on and on. The drinkability is very good as well. An unconventional brew, but a very pleasant one, all things considered.

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

It pours well into the glass, and has a nice head, which fades in time - fairly dense and creamy, colour is darkish and a little murky. Smell is a little strange at first, being a mixture of sweetness, and the hint of sourness of apples/cider as others have remarked. Tastewise, similar, initially sweet and rich, but has a tang to it, almost as though it ought to be fizzy, with a tingle on the tongue, but then the slight tart sourness. The style is not really to my taste, as I am not keen on sour beers or ciders, though I did enjoy the one bottle. However, it is a good beer, so cannot mark it down simply because it's not really to my taste, and can imagine those who enjoy this style really liking it.

John W
B'ham UK Feb 2006

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The loud POP! on cork removal scared the bejesus out of my cat. A lovely, lingering tendril of white gunsmoke accompanied the noise. Leute Bok is packaged in a great looking, colorfully painted bottle depicting a goat rearing up proudly on a beer barrel, on which is written 'anno 1927' (the new bottle looks better than the one shown at right).

Brick dust red with bronze overtones and bright tangerine edges. The huge, puffy, orangish beige cap very nearly flowed over the edge of the glass, even with a careful pour. Heads this soft aren't usually this rocky and don't usually deposit this much lace. A second pour generates an even better look.

I'm not impressed with the nose. For starters, I'm not sure that I'm dealing with a doppelbock. The beer is fruity sour and toasted bready, like overripe Granny Smith apple chunks coated with a fine layer of spiced wheat toast crumbs. Or, to keep it in the beverage family, like spiced apple cider. It's okay as far as it goes, but doppelbock? No how, no way.

Flanders Oud Bruin perhaps? BSDA? The flavor is a carbon copy of the nose, so I won't repeat the description here. Tart and tangy rule the day. It's amazing how much this beer tastes like an especially unsweet version of apple cider. My bottle notes an ABV of 7.5% rather than 8.2%. Either way, it's hardly noticed.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, although it's a pretty good fit for the flavor. If it was any bigger, I'd have some trouble finding the bottom of the '750' since the flavor profile isn't setting my world on fire. Things were a trifle fizzy initially, and are still too much so, but it isn't that bothersome.

This Brouwerij Van Steenberge offering may be a higher alcohol bock, but it has virtually nothing in common with the doppelbock style as I understand it. Although I'm finding it hard to love, except for the appearance, it's growing on me as I drink. Unless you like 'all things bock', don't expect a whole lot from Leute Bok and all will be well. Damn, it does look good though.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I admit it. I had the glass three years before I found the beer to try. I wish i had found it sooner. Tasty.

Cork and cage 750 ml bottle from Half-Time. Pours copper Garnet into the signature glass with a serious off white head and abundant carbonation. Head fades slowly leaving clumps and pillws of lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is fruity yeast and some floral hop notes. Some biscuit like malt in there as well

Taste is sour cherries, sweet caramel and dry hop bitterness with a short dry hop finish

Mouth feel is light and effervescent.

Very drinkable, very drinkable indeed.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Marty's in Newton, many, many months ago. Came with a unique glass that has a rounded bottom with a small, wooden coaster for it to rest in. To be honest I bought this beer purely on the novelty value of the glass, so shoot me.

Body reminded me of the hot chocolate I used to get at the Gloucester High School hockey games when I was a young lad, complete with the frothy bubbles that rested atop the drink.

Smells chocolately and fruity. This worked out really well tonight, I was in the mood for a chocolately and fruity beer.

Tastes very much like figs dipped in chocolate. Works for me, to each their own. Quite smooth and tasty.

I drank the whole bottle (without using the accompanying glass). I was satisfied but couldn't fathom drinking any more of it than I had tonight. I tried it, really liked it, but won't be buying it again, it was a one time deal. It was as if I knew all those months ago that I would want that exact beer tonight. Creeepy.

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Photo of tjd25
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very soft and silky head made of very fine bubbles. The body has an unusual opaque milky brown color. The smell is interestingly malty, with deep notes of chocolate. Woody, with light notes of soft-fruits. Also yeasty with notes of liquorice. The taste is a bit surprising in its difference to the smell. The chocolate aspect is almost totally hidden, only lightly discernible in the finish. The fruity character is much more developed, with citrus mixing with cherries and grape to create a sweet though kind of sour flavor, almost mouth puckering at times. The enjoyable warming woody, nutty and smooth notes progressively bring you back to the chocolate feeling that you expected from the smell. It’s like a journey in a jungle of fruit to reach mount chocolate in the end. The mouthfeel is really interesting about this beer: bright and round, it is smooth and just rolls on the tongue, sometimes slightly biting it with a charming spiciness. Maybe less nutty than I remembered it from when I had it on-tap a few months ago.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one in my Bokbiertastings 2004. Loving the "higher ABV"bocks. The beer I sampled was only 7.5% so don't know if there is a differance between the abroad exported and the one we get in Holland....
Pouring it in you notice at once that this one is botle fermented cause of the high co2 content and the clouwded beer in my tasting glas. Nice foam that doesn't stay long but that makes the arome come out better; flowery, sweet and some karamel malt comming out as well. Full and rich taste but not toverwelming and not sweet. Litle sour and karamel( and probably lots of Munich)malts make it to a good bok that I most certainly drink again. Could have a litle (extra) hops though.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml, or rather a e0,75L to be correct, brown glass bottle that appears to be exactly as the BA picture in the Database, except that my bottle had no gold foil on it. Painted bottle front detailing that the beer Alc.Vol. 7,5%. The reverse is hidden by a white label applied by the importer WIN-IT-TOO (which has to be the worlds worst name for an importer), or globalbeer as you may know them. I peeled this off as I decided to keep this bottle and I noticed that the original painted reverse label has a Best Before End 31.12.2002 on it! Hmmm, interesting stuff, old bottles with fresh beer – old bottle with old beer who knows?

Appearance: Juxta-posed beer, at first it looks like brown sludge, but when I wiped the condensation off my glass, and let it settle, it revealed a nice amber-brown body that was clear with a light haze and full of a mass of continuous streamers. Large bubbled carbonation yet average conditioning. Rustic farmyard brown head has volume, a creamy consistency and great staying power.

Nose: Sugared plums, toffee, caramel and brown sugar dusted mild chocolate covered almonds.

Taste: Cherry caramel toffee feel, slides down like a fruity Brown Ale at times. Sticky milk chocolate feel in the middle. Finishes with a tasty lick on both the cheeks and back of the tongue. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Slick feel on the tongue, nice support from the carbonation. The cheeks pick out the sweetness. Sticky ending at times as it warms nut never cloying.

Drinkability: Well I have had this many, many times on draft and from the bottle, and as much I do not have much tolerance for “sweet” brews, I always find this a tempting brew that is easily dispatched. Nicely balanced caramel malts and fruity tones do marvels for this BelgianBokBier.

Overall: Typically served in a wine glass without a stem affair that is often precariously balanced in a wooden holder. I always worry about the gimmicky glasses, witness Kwak, but there again you have some great beers with awesome glasses, witness Orval and Tripel Karmeliet, for me this falls definitely in the latter group.

A very nice beverage indeed, what is it, well for me, it’s a Fruity Belgian Brown Ale that wants to be a Bokbier when it grows up or when Germany invades Belgium again.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, almost muddy light brown color, with a small head that quickly disappears. Aroma was quite unusual- malty sweet with yeasty earthy notes that were unlike anything I had smelled before. Flavor followed through the aroma profile. Herbal and grassy too. The mouthfeel was light- lighter than expected. Generally I did not know what to do with this beer (besides drink it!). It did not grab me- it just seemed kind of odd, and I can't explain how. It was not bad, I would drink it again, but I couldn't find a good cubby hole in which to categorize this one.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer with as part of a gift set that included the very cool baseless glass. A little steep in price at $21 dollars.

The beer pours out a muddy color brown with a huge head that seems to last and last. The smell seems very "Belgian". Yeasty and citrus mostly with some malt notes as well. Taste is similar but more of a tart flavor coming through in the middle. I also pick up some hops at the end which is nice. Somewhat of a warming feeling at the end. Very well balanced and easy to drink.

Different than any other beer that I have had. You might be able to compare it to one of the Fantomes? I like it but wouldn't spend the high price again for it. At least now I have a cool glass!

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Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a misty mahogany to brown color; the head is modest in size, creamy in its texture and a nice light tan in color, the lace a satiny sheet upon the glass. Nose is earthy as in yeast, also sweet and fresh to the olfactory senses, start is ambrosial, nice malt profile, toasted grain evident, top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has judicious acidity, the hops penetrating in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste and a quaffable brew tis’ true.

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Leute Bok from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.77 out of 5 based on 336 ratings.
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