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Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale | Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Belgium
abbaye-des-rocs.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 11-14-2004

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pDev:
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fantastic beer that falls somewhere between Kasteel Bruin in sweetness and Chimay Blue in fruity esters.

The beer errupts from the bottle, robbing me from a good portion of the 11.2 oz. bottle. But after the beer settles down a bit, the bronze colored, hazy, well-retained beer distictly screams Belgian. With great rocky head formation and lacing, this is a good looking beer.

The aromas are ideally malty / candy sweet, dried stone fruits, melded spiciness, and powerful alcohols. All come together very well and create an alluring aroma.

Tastes are similar with highlights on figs and dates, nuts, berries, confectionate sugar, belgian tartness, light spiciness, and strong alcohols.

Very full and rich to the mouth. Almost thick up front but finishing with a sweet dryness.

The beer does pose a mild vinous character and with cough syrup-like hotness, and a hint of a grape soda flavor just before the finish. Dangerously close to perfection but there are the slight inconsistencies that keep it from the Rochefort 10's out there. Hats off to Brassarie Des Rocs for a most pleasurable beer.

Thanks Cheezdawg! (04/18/10)

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Photo of Vipsanius
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured darker than I expected. Pretty opaque. Has a reddish orange tint with an inch and a half khaki head that left little lacing.

The smell instantly reminded me of my wife's mashed sweet potatoes, which has brown sugar and clover honey; also detected some spices - nutmeg being the most prevalent, figs, and molasses. Great aroma.

The taste started with sweet malts but not as sweet as I thought it would be from the aroma, dark fruits, apples, nutmeg again, and then a spicy-bitter like pleasant aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is chewy and a little too carbonated...it'll have you smacking your lips though. The alcohol is well hidden, like you would expect from a good Belgian...you do notice it the more it warms to room temperature though but it never, ever gets in the way.

This is my fourth different beer I've had from this brewery and one thing is becoming apparent: while all the beers are somehow pretty similar, they're all VERY damn good.

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Photo of unklesyd
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've really been looking forward to this beer. Its been sitting it my brewroom for a month, and I thought that I'd try it today after bottling a Belgian Blonde of my own creation.

My fear was that this would be a generic BSDA: warming alcohol presence, nuttiness, dried fruits in the aroma.

However, this one stood out well among the crowd. Now, those things listed above are all true of this beer, but are very well defined and more deeply present than in most.

Its appearance was somewhat disappointing. Rather than being muddled, it was deeply turbid. The yeast integrated itself so fully into the pour as to look plain hazy. The head was full but small, though persistent.

Beautiful aroma of dates and figs, subtle honey, very rich.

Flavor followed suit, with a nice mellow hop presence that balanced a truly sweet palate that prevented any cloying stickiness.

Wonderful full mouthfeel. Didn't feel turbid or gritty as the appearance might have suggested.

Great brew!

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Photo of DrJay
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy toffee colour with a giant, dense, caramel head. There was plenty of big, clumpy lace throughout. Dark, dried fruits and yeast dominate the aroma, along with a bit of toffee. Caramel malt in the flavour, nice balance with some bready yeast. Chewy, fruity character here as well, along with mild spice in the finish. Smooth, rich texture. Another great beer from a superb brewery.

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Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this brewery!

A: Copper-brown, off-white head, nice retention and lace.

S: Dark fruit.

T: Dark fruit (prune & raisin), very Belgian. A spicy sweetness, like treacle or jaggery sugar. Very nice.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation.

D: Quite good.

Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep garnet in color with a creamy, lovely off-white head.

Heavenly aroma -- fruity (dates/plums), malty, light hop notes with a tinge of tartness.

Creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel.

Toffee malts, alchol not at all overpowering. A bit bready. Some prune flavors mid-palate, blending into a lightly peppery, spicy finish, with a tinge of chocolatey roast.

Just freaking luscious.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. brown bottle with best before end date of 2007.

Opaque amber/brown with a large almond colored froth that left trails down the tulip. Second pour released a ton of yeast sediment that swirled in a torrent.

Juicy ripe fruit in the aroma: pear, apple, plum. A touch of caramel sweetness and quite a bit of EtOH.

The mouthfeel is unbelievable! Super creamy, slick, silky, and smooth like velvet. Fruit flavors come in at the top- apple, pear, raisins, etc. A caramel tinge comes in at the middle, fading into a biting alchohol finish that carries with it a peppery spiciness.

Had this one paired with pasta with alfredo sauce. The big boozy finish seemed to get in the way, though it did cleanse the palate of the cheese and cream. One hell of a mouthfeel with this beer.

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Photo of blitz134
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

haha...so maybe I poured a little too much from the bottle...this is pretty chunky looking...but its a brownish caramel color with some red highlights. Off white two finger head that reduced down to a quarter inch layer. Very nice head for the ABV level...

Aroma is sweet...smells like orange juice to me and some other citrus fruits. Has some grape notes coming about as well. A bit of alcohol comes through, but its quite smooth smelling.

Taste is hard to place for me...I'm not a huge Belgian person. Again, sweet overall. A good bit of fresh fruit, maybe some apples and a touch of tangerine. Main body has a bit of a biscuit or sweet roll taste to it with a good dose of cloves. A bit of spiciness as it hits the tongue. Finishes a touch sour.

Lots of carbonation. Not overly thick, maybe a touch thin for the style. Drinkability is superb and I rarely give 5s for anything. This beer is crisp and refreshing and finishes very clean. I'm not a huge fan of Belgians, but this one ranks up there because of how easy it is to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: I popped the cap on the 750 ml bottel and it was like Mount Vesuvius - could a Champagne on New Year's Day look any better? The beer pours a surprisingly dark amber body with a frothy head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Luscious caramel and candy sugar malt along with various fruit flavors - pineapples, figs and dates come to mind

Taste: Extraordinarily well-balanced sweet candy and fruit flavors come together and last well into the finish; unlike so many beers that change mid-palate, this one is very consistent with only a subtle change that dries out the tongue slightly and keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, medium to thick bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: I was surprised by this as I was expecting a tripel but this doesn't taste like any other tripel I have tasted; it also is not near as full-flavored as a Belgian Strong Dark as it lacks the dark fruit characteristics; this is a singular path that is a truly rewarding taste experience

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured out of the foil covered 750 with ludicrous foam. The bottle was split in a Duvel glass and a Maudite glass; the head was to the top of each and almost never receded. Finally, there appeared an Iceberg of chunky white tan foam in the center.

The first taste is tangy with a citrusy funk and then there is a syrupy malt underneath. This is very complex. There is a balance and a war between the tanginess, the yeast and tropical fruit and the big biscuity maltyness below. This is a great sipper and more of an experience thanjust simply popping a beer. This elevates beer to art, to craft, and adds great depth and sophistication.

A must try for fans of the Belgian big dark variety.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 33cl bottle. Drink by date of 2007 (no clue when it was bottled, although I am quite curious).

A: Thick tan head - so freaking creamy. Cloudy oak colored. This would be a 4.5, but there is just too many freaking particles floating around in there. I'm all for some yeast sediment, but this is beyond that. A bit of a turnoff to say the least.

S: Like chocolate cake with a little bit of orange caramel drizzled over it. Smells terrific.

T: So close to perfect, but I dont think I was ready to give this my 1st 5. This beer is the king of subtlty. Sweet. but not too sweet. Alcohol presence is there, but so minimal you really have to look for it. I get some caramel and apricot flavors in there.

M: Creamiest beer ever. Nuff said. This is hot chocolate textured beer. So perfect.

D: I could literally drink this all night. At 10%, it is flat out INSANE how drinkable this beer is. Definitely gotta get the rents to bring me back some from Belgium.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Pretty murky and brown with a big, sticky head of beige meringue and a lot of floating particles even after a pretty gentle pour. No matter, though; it's a nice-looking Belgian and leaves huge sheets of lace with each sip.

Smell is yeastier than I'd expected, with some toasted candy sugar, dark fruits (peach, plum, and a little bit of fig), and some light alcoholic notes

Flavor is pretty sweet, but with a nice toasted/roasted quality that keeps it from being too cloying. The fruit flavors kind of give way to mostly peach and cherry notes, but there's a little bit of an apple flavor in there as well. Caramel malt flavors also add complexity. The alcohol comes through a bit hotter than I'd like on the finish, but it's a nice flavor. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than most in the style, but instead of detracting, it gives it a little spritzy, lively action on the tongue.

Overall: Pretty good, not as superlative as the brewery's Grand Cru, but a solid beer.

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Photo of HogHill
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single 33cl bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY, paid $3.99. No freshness date on the bottle. Enjoyed it with some dark Belgian chocoloate.

I have had this once before but couldn't be bothered to review it. Poured this dark ale into a St. Bernardus chalice. It had a picturesque one finger khaki head, and a murky brown body. When held to the window I can see some golden highlights. Aromas consist of dark malts supplemented with dark fruits and molasses.

An awesome complex combination of malts, raisins, figs and dark candi sugar flavors. Little to no hop bitterness. Finish is a bit warm, but is to be expected though with the 10% ABV. Feels medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a top notch representative of the strong dark belgian ale type, a little too much alcohol for my personal preference but is not overwhelming to the flavor. An excellent brew!

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I poured this carefully to avoid a rebellious head. It worked. The head was nice, about an inch thick, covering a caramel bodied beauty. I could smell mostly citrusy apples that also hinted of sour cranberries. The thick rich mouthfeel revealed what I can only describe as Granny Smith Apples with the sourness of cranberries. So damn creamy, this is the perfect mouthfeel.
I could happily have a couple of these.

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Photo of hero27
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Lava Lounge in Waterloo, Iowa..

Pours a very opaque brown color with a mountainous head of creamy beige foam. The smell is damn complex..dark fruits, spices, toffee malts and everything but the kitchen sink. Tastes heavenly..this Belgian is truly a masterpiece, and is always a good choice on draft if available. The 10% alcohol will keep you in check, but still very easy to drink for such a complex brew.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber color with a few floaties. There is an inch head of creamy tannish bubbles that act like they are going to be around forever. There are a lot of bubbles rising through the liquid. There is some lacing on the glass after drinking, but it isn’t as thick as some.

Aroma: Lots of spices and yeast in the nose. There are quite a bit of toasty malts in there too. The spices are very assertive, and I can pick out lavender, and maybe coriander in particular. There are a bunch of fruity esters in here also. I get a bit of citrus, but the majority of the aroma reminds me of red apples. Some spicy alcohol becomes much more noticeable as the beer warms a bit.

Taste: The flavor is very multidimensional. You can get a whole bunch of spices initially. There is a lot of depth to the malt flavor, but I don’t think there is candy sugar adding to the sweetness. The finish is not dry like a Tripel, but coats your throat like you just ate a gingerbread man. In the caramel-rich sweetness, there is a spicy alcohol that comes in to make itself known to just sit and warm you up from the throat down. As it warms, this warming effect is much more noticeable.

Opinion: Wow! Now this is a complex beer! All you would need to do to one of these would be to sour it in Oak casks to make it absolutely decadent. It is a bit spicy, and this makes it a bit less drinkable, because even the burps taste like you just ate a spiced cookie. This is not objectionable, but it is a bit assertive at this time. This will be really nice to try in a couple years. I think I’ll cellar my last bottle until it’s “best before” date of 2007. Check back with you later…

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Photo of mentor
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I've been sitting on this one a while, but finally broke down last night and drank the whole damn bottle myself. Huge thanks to LuckySevens82 for providing me with this one. Reviewed from detailed notes taken yesterday. Pours a three finger frothy caramel head over a dark amber (somewhat brownish) liquid with large flakes whirling around. Smells of alcohol, candi-sugar, caramel, toffee, hints of chocolate, bready, and just a touch of cherry sour. Tastes smooth creamy. Chocolate, caramel, yeast, and mild phenol. The aftertaste persists a long time with rising and falling caramel, toffee, coffee, and alcohol sting. This is a beer for times when you would like to ponder. I spent the whole evening sipping on this beer and contemplating the aftertaste. Pheonlic funk is minimal, but noticable. Not tremendouly funky...more of an edgy phenolic that's tempered quite well by caramel flavor and a dextrinous mouthfeel. Soured grain flavor, somewhat cherry upon the swallow. Like a caramel covered cherry. Md carbonation and md-thick to thick mouthfeel. Whoa, there was a bunch of yeasty flakes in that last pour from the bottle. Overall, this was an enjoyable beer that I was happy for the opportunity to try...but, I'd much rather have an Abbot 12 or Rochefort 10.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat murky brownish amber with a thick, lively tan head that retains very well, very nice. Aroma has a lot of sweet candied sugar notes, dark fruit , some toasted bread, some funky yeast character...pretty typical strong dark ale but with a bigger sweetness. The taste is instensely sweet also, with big dark candied sugar and molasses notes, toasted bread, funky yeast, and some mild alcohol notes. A descent beer, i liked it better than their grand cru but overall i havent been impressed with the des Rocs stuff.

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Photo of dgallina
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with 2008 freshness date.

Poured a dark clear ruby with gigantic off-white head and tons of lace. Smells extremely (and somewhat overwhelmingly) sweet; alcohol marinated plums, figs, and cherries. An initial burst of sugary dark fruits leads to a drier spicy middle before finishing somewhat tart. Medium-sticky body with good balance of creaminess and carbonation.

A nice drink on a cold winter night. A bit much like liquid fruitcake for regular consumption.

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Photo of numenor1
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy light brown with tremendous floaties all around. Head is prodigious and rocky, reducing to a steady centimeter collar. I just don't find this many floaties attractive. Tremendous yeast on the nose, cherries, raisins, plums and spice--and my nose is stuffed beyond belief. Rich full body complemented with perfect medium carbonation, creamy and palate coating(maybe the floaties are helping out here). Incredible malt depth. There's a continuous interplay of flavors on the tongue in no specific order. It's nutty, spicy, clove, cherry, apple, strong single malt scotch characteristics floating around too. Really quite amazing and while tremendously malty, never cloying or overly sweet at all. Dries in the finish with a spicy hops, almonds, coriander, black pepper and scotch. Simply incredible. There's so much here that i want to chew on it. 10% alcohol drinks like 5. Slight warming in the throat. Perhaps my favorite belgian yet, indeed I think I prefer this to westy 12.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a complex beer, though it tasted primarily of rich malt, carmel, brown sugar and molasses, honey and spices(nutmeg,allspice) in the background. Cherry, fig, Full foamy pour, goes down easy and popular, on the high alcohol and very sweet side. A great brewery.

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Photo of texashammer
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby tones; fine suspended sediment; rocky resilient tan head. Smell is huge: super fruity, rich, caramel, very sweet like candy with raspberries and sweet potatoes. Mouthfeel is lighter than hoped. Taste was disappointing at first because so much smaller than the nose; but caught up, at warmer temperatures, with some rich, darker flavors like prunes and raisins. You can feel the warmer alcohol as you go on; drinkability is high, but this beer demands to be savored, with the rich flavors and the warming alcohol, so can't drink too quickly.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber pour unleashes a dense, 2 fingers of whipped beige froth in my Gulden Draak tulip. Retention and lacing are impressive and lasting.

Aroma are a malty paradise of caramel, dark candi sugars, brown sugar, figs, dates, raisins, pinapple, and hints of berry. Big and sticky nose that literally wafts up from my chalice.

Flavor is centered around those chewy malts, highlighting scorched caramel, candi sugars, and molasses. There's a good deal of fruit in here too, dried figs, raisins, pinapple, apple, and dark berries. It touches upon sweetness, without actually getting there. Finish is almost dry with a beautiful hop addition that really rounds it out. Alcohol is expertly integrated into this fine brew. Dangerous drinkability!

Body is almost big, creamy, with a soft and velvety smooth mouthfeel. A real pleasure to sip. A 750 to myself is the perfect way to celebrate my 30th birthday.

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Photo of Sephiroth
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this to celebrate Monday night( football). Into my tulip it goes, with a creamy inch and a half of foam. It is a beautiful cherrywood amber in color. Clumps of lace cling to my glass.

The aroma of this beer is incredibly rich. It is of cinnamon, figs, brown sugar, and rum cake. The taste is no letdown. Raisins and figs combine with ripe cherries upfront. Nutmeg and cinnamon, and banana bread with nuts in it round out the flavors. Soak all of this in dark rum, and you start to get an idea as to what this tastes like. The alcohol is slightly noticeable.

The mouthfeel is very thick and bubbly. The drinkability is off the heazy. Get some.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2008, Sampled September 2005
This beer is incredibly well carbonated, which produces a pale tan colored head that is two fingers thick and a layered lacing as I drink from my glass. The beer is a hazy amber color that shows ruby highlights when held up to the light. The aroma is rich and malty, and I mean rich and malty. Notes of concentrated caramel, rich toffee, a backdrop of fruits like cherry and fig. What an olfactory experience, definitely take a minute to enjoy the aromatic notes coming off this beer.

The beer is quite dry up front, almost surprisingly so, but it quickly moves to a full sweet flavor that dominates the beer through to the finish. There is a nutty, almond note here, think of Amaretto, that really comes out with the sweetness. I also get hints of cherry, vanilla, toffee, caramel, clove. The finish has a light astringency to it that is quickly followed by a light bitterness that makes a faint attempt at balancing the sweetness. This beer is definitely quite rich, and actually has quite a similar flavor profile to the other beers I have had from this brewery. It is perhaps a bit too sweet though, which seems to drown out what might otherwise be a pretty complex beer. Though it is certainly is drinkable, almost as an after dinner desert.

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Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 474 ratings
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