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Bonator | Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus

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Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by WYVYRN527 on 06-27-2009

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86
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 86
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Premiere Gourmet. Very rich, bit overly sweet, cloying. Reddish dark bown, thick pour, thick mouthfeel. Honey, light spice. Drinkable but not the best representative of the style, would like it less sweet. Very malty aroma.Warming, alcohol hidden.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All the sweet and savory flavor of the dopplebocks that sustained the monks during lent also satisfies the sweet tooth for fans of lagers of the malty side.

Bonator opens with a garnet brown color that's showcased through bright clarity, casting only ruby highlights on the eye. A sturdy and lumbering head develops on the beer and settles to a blanket of creme that accomapnies the beer to the bottom of the glass. This is one masculine and gentlemanly looking beer.

Strong aromas on the sweeter side of maple syrup, soft nuts, toast, chocolate, and dark dehydrated stone fruits swirl about the nose with a heavy bready malt underpinning that pulls all the aromas together nicely.

Flavors rise in similar manner with the starch malt flavors of bread and toast providing a first wave and seems to be soaked by maple syrup in such a way to remind me of French toast. Accompanied with a secondary wash of cashews, dates, figs, red grapes, and bread crust. The strong savory taste develops a somewhat meaty undertone that settles toward a semi-sweet and lightly cloying finish.

Full bodied to the hilt, the combination of residual malt, protein, and starch cling to the mouth with saturating effects. Firm carbonation gives provides a short lived texture of marshmallow cream before the malty-sweet finish closes with mild vinous and melanoidin notes that extend well into the next savory sip.

Steering slightly from the dry toasty path of Ayinger Celebrator, this version revels in the malty sweetness to seduce the palate and calm the senses similarly to Weihenstephaner Korbinian and Augustiner Maximator.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. No English whatsoever (other than the perfunctory import label) on the bottle. I kinda like that, actually.

This beer pours a clear, bright dark red brick amber hue, with two fingers of lightly puffy, moderately bubbly, and creamy beige head, which leaves a few specks of random islet lace around the glass as it hastily recedes.

It smells of grainy, lightly caramelized malt, more biscuity, actually, with some watery drupe fruit - pears, mostly - and some evolving dark, musty fruit, an oily nuttiness, faint cocoa notes, and earthy noble hops. The taste is more focused nutty, biscuity, toasted grainy caramel malt, with a hefty dose of apple, pear, and even white grape fruitiness, in conjunction with more earthy middle eastern dark fig-like fruit, and a slightly floral, sneakily warming booziness.

The bubbles are well understated, but generally quite supportive, the body a decently stolid medium weight, and really quite smooth, as no hop or alcohol ester seems daring enough here to interfere. It finishes off-dry, the biscuit character really in charge here, but a few caramel and orchard fruit notes seem amiable enough in their lingering.

A pretty enjoyable doppelbock, one with rather heady ESB characteristics, which is a bit weird, I know, but at the same time pretty welcome. The big ABV is kept well in the dark, and with the rest of the overall easy-going nature of this offering, it's a no-brainer to heartily recommend it.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

.5 litre bottle from Ambrosetti in Berlin. Regrettably brief notes below:

HEAD: ~2.5cm. Pale khaki colour head. Nicely soft in appearance, with a thick consistency and ample creaminess. Frothy and inviting. Retention is good for this high an ABV - ~6 minutes.

BODY: Deep amber-copper of below average vibrance. Lighter in colour than I expected; most great doppelbocks I've encountered are much darker. No yeast can be seen within; definitely looks a lager.

AROMA: Toasted brown bread, prune, faint grape, stonefruit, caramel, bready sweetness. The malt bill seems more in line with a Maibock than a doppelbock...no chocolate, dark, or schwarz malts here.

Hop profile is minimal (to style). Yeast character is clean, indicative of lager yeast.

This is a bit of a scattered thought, but this seems like the kind of aroma you'd expect if a rauchbier was brewed without being smoked...dominated by brownish malts and creamy.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Sweet and filling, but not so much it comes off as true bread-in-a-bottle. I've had heavier, darker, and frankly more interesting doppelbocks, but this has the requisite sweet malts. No chocolate, schwarz, or dark malts, though...this is a doppelbock for the Maibock lover. ABV isn't unnoticeable, but it's far from overt.Caramel, faint brown bread, cream. Hardly "dunkel."

I don't dislike it. Hop profile is all but nonexistent. Yeast profile is predictably clean and ester-free.

Unbalanced but not imbalanced, Bonator has a plain straightforward presentation of its simple shallow constituent flavours. Look thee not for subtlety, nuance, or intricacy here. The build is very contained, with a narrow range of flavour. Flavour duration and intensity are average. Cohesive, though not gestalt in the sense that it doesn't taste like a whole which exceeds the sum of its parts (if you'll excuse the pretension implicit in that phrasing).

Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied, with unwelcome high carbonation. More weight and heft on the palate is expected in the doppelbock style, but in texture as well as taste it leans light for the style. Smooth, wet, rounded. Not chewy or coating per se.

This texture fails to accentuate specific notes or to elevate the beer as a whole, but it's a decent complement to the taste.

OVERALL: A doppelbock that leans towards the lighter end of the spectrum, Bonator will fail to please those seeking big bold versions of the style with a robust flavour.

But, then again...who is this phantom demographic that wants a "drinkable doppelbock"? This is a style that's meant to hit heavy, bread-in-a-bottle, balls to the wall 'cause it's fuck or walk. If you don't want a sipper but you want the flavour profile of a doppelbock, you know, maybe...try drinking a bock?

High C / AVERAGE

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger head of fluffy tan foam. It left some thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled sweet and malt with some mild floral notes.

T - It was malty and very sweet with a strong caramel and toffee presence. Very little hop bitterness at all.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a somewhat sticky finish.

O - This is a nice dopplebock. Big sweet and malty - like it should be.

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Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good traditional brewed Bavarian doppelbock can be hard to find here in the U.S.,I found one today.Poured a rich amber/bronze with alarge fluffy tannish colored head,just big and blooming it was eye candy.Nice aromas of dark fruit and sweetish dough,liquid sweet bread you could say with a tinge of iron.Full creamy mouthfeel,very lush without being to heavy just great.Flavors of caramel and alcohol dipped fruit with some roasted nut thrown in,alot going on and it all comes together very well.My review compared to the others is alot higher but I have to say this is one helluva good doppelbock....really.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modestly murky caramel-orange with cherry skin highlights when backlit with morning sun. A thick slice of buttered wheat toasted colored cream looks decent enough and doesn't melt too quickly. Solid all around.

The nose, like the color, is more consistent with an amber/golden doppelbock than a dark doppelbock. Too bad my preference is for the lightly roasted and cocoa-like versions of the style. There's really nothing wrong with it, but it isn't a special aroma by any means.

Bonator, while a damn sight better than Monk's Christmas (this beer's little brother bock), is not one of my favorite versions of all-time. It doesn't have the rich and malty character of the world's best, nor does it have the flavor power and depth. Still, not a bad brew for what it is.

Specifics include toasted brown bread, caramel, figs and a light sprinkling of bitter tea leaves. Still no cocoa or coffee. The next highest taste score was almost reached, but warming hasn't opened up any hidden caches of wonderfulness.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side and is slightly underbubbled to boot. Not bad in either case, however. It seems like quite a few swing-top bottles struggle to maintain a tight seal. They might look cool, but caps rule.

Bonator Traditional Doppel Bock is not my kind of brew... though it might be yours if you love big Germans lagers. At least I will now think of this brewery as respectable, which wasn't the case after the review of Monk's Christmas.

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Opens with a whoosh, pours an effervescent caramel with a thumb of cream colored head. Pretty good lacing & so-so head retention

S: Pears, a touch of brown bread, slight figgyness

T: Figgyness, leafy hops in tiny amounts& apricot jam up front. A bit of woody hops as this warms, some pear & dryness as this warms, slight treacle sweetness. Finishes with toastyness & a bit of persimmon & apricot

MF: Medium boodied, slight carbonation, thins a bit as this warms.

Not bad, but not a great dopple in any way

Easily one of the worst beers I've had from Franconia. Then again I had most at the delicious source too long ago, sigh...

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma has some sweet, toasted malt and a hint of alcohol. Taste starts with toasted malt, slightly spicy and boozy. Body is on the lighter side and has medium carbonation. I don't really like this one. It's quite boozy and also has a stale grain / rotten fruit flavor.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass. 1 Pt. 9 fl oz swing top bottle.

Chestnut dark brown, and slightly red a bit as well for the body color. Comes off like milky chocolate and a bit dense looking with just barely a hint of carbonation that you can see. Creamy and very nice fluffy top, a very yellow and light tan colored head, making an easy two finger pour. Settles slowly to a finger not even breaking. Solid looking doppelbock.

Very clean sensing aroma on the nose. Light toffee angle, slightly waffery and almost crackling malt slightly. Small sense of bready yeast a bit, a little bit of pasty character. Very subtle sweetness and mellow definitely not going for the syrup bent here.

Palate keeps it simple. A real excellent mouthfeel, gives a real nice creamy texture and malt backbone to the flavors. Mid palate light in caramel and toffee flavors, with a light thickness that coats wonderfully. Small hinting banana ester on the finish that just barely comes out on the finish. A little bit of purple grape like sweetness too which makes things interesting.

A solid doppelbock, and drinks very quickly.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. I'm a huge fan of doppelbocks, even if my review history is not a good indicator of it (10 / 250 -- I'd say there's a clear bias in my reviews). Couldn't pass this one up.

Beer is brown and clear. Forms a tight yellowish / off white head made up of small bubbles. Carbonation is low and as the head falls away a lot of lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Looks like a doppelbock, quite awesome.

There is an odd aroma to this one, its the expected high malt character followed by maybe a sour note? I wasn't expecting the second aroma but it does not detract from the beer at all. Maybe a nice surprise. Wonder what it will taste like.

There is no sour notes present in the palate of this beer. This beer kind of coats your mouth with this kind of malt sweetness and wonderful nutty mild roast character. Beer is amazingly smooth with high drinkability and great mouthfeel. I would recommend this beer to any malt fans out there.

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

A - Pretty pomegranate juice colored body with copper hues. Thin off-white head, very clear.

S - A traditional sweet malty doppelbock nose with plenty of honey too.

T - So rich and nutty up front. Grainy and bitter notes, with slight fruit skin sweetness, like plum. Malty throughout with a dry alcohol finish.

M - A solid DB, delicious full flavor and body with a slightly dry end.

O - Well rounded, chewy, malty and warm.

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

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark red amber, off white head with lacing. Nice malt aroma. Very nice medium creamy mouth feel; malt up front. Somewhat sweet malt middle with an abrupt dry finish. A nice malt bomb in an attractive package (flip top bottle). I will buy again

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Photo of John_M
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Max's during their rare and obscure beer festival.

The beer pours a solid brown color with fair head retention and minimal lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just a light aroma of brown sugar, cinnamon and cola. Rather an odd combination here... On the palate, this is really a pretty weak effort. There is some light brown sugar flavor, but this beer is really very light and watery. Considering this beer is listed at over 8% abv., I was surprised. This has to be one of the more simple, one dimensional doppels I've ever had from Germany, and I'm surprised. On the other hand, I have to say the alcohol is very well disguised, I would have probably guessed it to be in the 5% range. However, boring and simplistic as the flavor profile is with this beer, I really can't give it high marks even for drinkability.

Not impressed.

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Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at brauhaus Schmitz...
Appears a dense, dark copper with a fluffy white cap that slowl fades into a mild collar.
Smell is of rich toffee, cocoa, bread, caramel, raisins, and prunes.
Taste is of the aromas with a fresh baked bread flavor. Yum!
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, sweet, and warming with a banlla cream lingering alng the palate.

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage, so rating set to current average.

Aroma is toasted malt dominant, with sweet melanoidin character combining to create a toffee tone. Floral notes are subtle. Notes of prune become evident.

Flavor is fairly sweet upfront, becoming toasted and nutty mid palate, with an almost woody finish. Muted prune and fig add complexity at the base. Starting to get a little flat/cardboard character, but still very tasty.

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Photo of dgilks
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear mahogany brown colour with garnet highlights. Small, foamy, tan head. Fair to poor head retention.

Rich, nutty malt aroma with some bready melanoidin and sugar. Somewhat fruity. Classic.

Nutty, earthy, slightly roasty with some well caramelised melanoidin notes. A touch of fruit rounds it out. A slightly unconventional but nonetheless good Doppelbock.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice Doppelbock. Good malt character and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of drpimento
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Swing top bottle with a little pop when opened. Pretty decent traditional doppelbock, if perhaps a tad sweet. Poured with a nice foamy frothy thick light tan head and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber brown red. Aroma is roasty burnt sugar malt dark bread. Flavor is like aroma and dominated by a slightly bitter and mainly sweet character. Finish is like flavor with a bit of tang at the start. Body is thick and full with good carbonation.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright ruby leaning towards oxblood with creamy ecru head that clings and sheets. Hints of Christmas spice, red berry and gingerbread on the nose.
Milk chocolate with some soil and maraschino cherry up front with leafy and spice hops.
Red plum finish, nutmeg linger. Thin but soft, chewy, a bit hot.

A light, chocolaty, sippable Dopplebock. Not as complex as you might want it, and a bit sweet, but way too easy to knock back.

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Photo of argock
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16.9oz brown flip-top bottle into a clear Donegal glass mug.

A: Garnet-chestnut with soft, foamy 1-finger cherry-vanilla head with decent retention but limited lacing.

S: Crusty bready caramel maltiness with slight sting of alcohol and herbal hoppiness.

T: Major maltiness with bready, toasted caramel flavor with candied fig and apricot jam and dull berry fruitiness of the alcohol. Hops are bit players and herbal and earthy for the most part.

M: Nice medium-body with slick mouth-filling feel and sticky sweet caramel aftertaste.

D: A very good doppelbock although not substantially different than some of the domestic doppelbocks (Bell's, Victory) and certainly doesn't compete with Ayinger or Aventinus. Very nice beer but big price tag hurts a little here too.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great label. Originally thinking Weizenbock (the label can be confusing), but it appears to be designated correctly. German monastery beer. Named after St. Bonifatius.
Thanks Todd.
Poured in Pilsner glass. Sweet malty fruity aroma, like plums, swirling with some alcohol. Nice.
Creamy tan head that leaves lacing on it's descent. Quite clear with a deep amber of reds and browns (garnet). Nice looking.
Amazingly quick through the flavor. Nice combination of rich, malt flavor yet somehow holding a lager clean spirit. Less fruit than noted in aroma (too bad, that was nice). Warm and taste of alcohol, but not heavy handed. Body builds as warms and the soft almost invisible carbonation allows the viscous elixir to appear. Flavors enhanced and expand as warms too. Some drinks hold a wonderfully delicious deep dark fruit flavor that presents with a really nice nuttiness. It just doesn't present frequently enough to bump up the score.
Nice solid dopplebock.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Holy loaf of bread, caramel, grassy hops, toffee, warm alcohol, plums, and figs.

Taste: The sweetness dies down a bit, but the toasted and bready notes come through with grassy hops and mild bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and a little warm booze too.

Overall: Pretty nice doppelbock. Hard find her in Boston and a good bottle price too. Might have to grab another.

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Photo of socon67
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gravity cask at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn NY. Might be the first ever cask in the US.

A - Light amber color with an acitve fizzy carbonation in the pour. Sticky lacing on the top and some decent foam retention. Cloudy view belies some sediment of yeast in the pour.

S - Smells of walnuts, maple, and sugary sweet fruit. My first thought was that this was just like popping the box on a Russel Stover chocolate sampler.

T - Very sweet flavor with some bready yeast notes. Has a gritty protein flavor. Rich sugar stays throughout. Residual sugar of fruit adds to the complexity.

M - Crisp clean taste. Actually quite refreshing. Has a distinct texture to the liquid. By the time I finished the glass I found this to be a sneaky full bodied beer.

O - Not a style I go for but this was clearly a solid example of a traditional German dopplebock. If given another chance to have on tap I'd go for it.

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Photo of Offa
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent doppelbock, characterful, balanced, and very drinkable.

Deep red brown, it has a big tan head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps with a little weak lace.

The aroma is rich, toasty, slightly caramelised barley, fermented whole-wheat bread and bread crust, dark raisins, raspberry jam.

Taste is excellent, raisiny with a lot of whole wheat bread and toasted barley, fermented raisins, a light woodiness and light spicey bitterness to balance the light sweetness to a dryish finish. The light spicey bitterness just dominates the lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange brown with a good cream head that dissipates. No lacing.

Pint was a bit too cold, so initial sniff reminded me of fruit and caramel, almost like Twizzlers. As it warmed, the malt came out. Caramel, dates, roasted plums, vanilla. Real nice.

Rich and sweet, but complex. Cherries, stone fruit, plums, dried fig or dates, caramel, vanilla, wood leading to some brown bread and light bitterness intermingling. What a treat.

Full bodied, but could use a bit more. Loved this. Sipped it and didn't notice the alcohol at all. Not a hot brew. Very drinkable, and smooth.

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88 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.
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