Fantôme Pissenlit | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme PissenlitFantôme Pissenlit

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Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of marburg
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cloudier than Michigan during the bad weather seasons. Orange with vibrant, bright yellow glowing around the edges in the light. Moderate head fades quickly.

Lambic funk and wet, week-old grass clippings overlay yeast and a mild airy feel in the nose. Despite the pronounced sour aroma, this is simply bone dry and a tad bitter -- very little hint of sourness to be found on the tongue. Begins light and somewhat zesty. The weedy, floral dandelion flavor really does assert itself, driving home a unique bitterness that just assaults the palate. Spritzy, yeasty, and dry. I just chewed on lawn weeds and plum skins -- or so my taste buds are telling me. And yet, I f-ing love it.

Its rather complex, unique flavor profile is a bit tough to stomach after two glasses. But those first two just made up one of my favorite recent beer memories. Top shelf.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely orange/copper color with one finger of head that recedes quickly.

Aroma is mildly tart, hints of malt and lots of fruit. Lemon, peaches and white grapes are present as well as tart cherries, funk, and must.

Flavor upfront is light, bready malt mixed with cherry pie that morphs into soft malt flavors and peaches. Toward the finish barnyard funk, tartness and apples come forward. The finish is cherries, a nice, balancing tartness, funk and a slight herbal character that rides out with tart peaches for the next minute or so. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with medium/high carbonation.

Overall this beer is very complex and a joy to drink, it reminds my of Spring and Summer. This beer has aspects of Orval, kriek lambic, and saison, I am trying to slow myself from drinking this too fast! I hope I can find more of this as it is wonderful.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle or two at Bierparadijs

Pours cloudy, amber brown. Nice thick compacted head. Great retention.

Saison yeast in apparent on the nose. Malty sweet and hints of bitterness on the nose.

An explosion of flavor. Lots of fruity flavors, great malt base and something best described as funk. Sometimes it's like it wants to be tart but that never quite happens. Complex to say the least.

Nice medium to full body, perfect medium amout of carbonation.

One of the best beers I have ever had. After I drank one bottle I turned around to buy another 12. Great stuff and gert it if you can.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantome Pissenlit was served from a 750 corked and capped bottle dated spring 2003. The cork was fine-textured, instead of the usually choppy-textured cork. When the beer was poured into a Duvel tulip, an ample sticky white head rose, then settled down leaving excellent lacing. Brilliantly golden-orange and semi-transparant, the beer was a radiant beacon of light, attracting the attention of others in the room. The nose was fascinating, with the expected Fantome sourness carrying with it the fresh flowery aromas of dandelions, honey, and lime-orange citrus. This bouquet of smells became more pronounced and complex as the beer warmed. The beer was a masterwork of flavor...clean and refreshing, yet bold and balanced. The moderately sour silky malt body quickly releases a carbonated barrage of lemon-lime-orange citrus flavor, then very slowly melts into a molten malty zippy finish with a touch of bitterness. There was so much more going on here that I can't seem to describe, but I can say that it is totally captivating. The body was wonderfully silky and smooth, which balanced out the acidity well, and made for a satisfying finish. Again, Fantome has tugged at the heart of my soul. The work of a genious.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is amber gold. Poured to a half-inch head, the head dissipates quickly into a cap and ring. Slight amount of lacing.

Smells of wild sourness, green grass, and flowers, with a little sweet brown sugar in the background. Quite delightful although subtle.

Tastes of tart apples and lemon peel, then has a nice long dry green grassy/vegetal finish.

The body is light and the carbonation is fizzy. Together with the acid level, this makes for a very refreshing beer. I'd like it to be just a bit more carbonated. As it is, it is tasting quite like a dry champagne.

This is a very tasty and drinkable saison. Really quite outstanding.

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Photo of Dspohn
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle enjoyed at Red Feather in Boise ID, I'd been wanting to try a saison from Fantome for quite awhile so finding this one in Idaho was a treat. 2008 vintage.

Poured hazy peach in color with an inch of nice bubbly white head that settled into a collar and left little lacing.

The smell has a large floral character with additional spicy yeast, earthy barnyard, sweet green apple and grapes. Some cheese-like funkiness also present. Light hop presence

The best tasting saison I've ever had. Sweet floral nectar balanced with bitter floral/earthy hops and tart green fruit (apples, grapes). More fruit presence than I was expecting from the smell, peaches, grapes and something similar to Rainier cherries? Wonderful. Plenty of earthy, funky, animalistic yeast that I look for in all top-tier belgian saisons. Tartness and sweetness meld perfectly, with a slighlty bitter and dry finish. Solid mouthfeel overall, light and bubbly for an 8% beer.

I loved it, one of my new favorite beers.

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Photo of ark57
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Bottling - It pours an orange gold with a slight haze and a thin creamy head. The aroma is funky with some yeastiness and the impressions of tartness. The bubbles of the carbonation are tiny and dance over the tongue. It has floral and citrus (mostly lemon) notes. It is slightly acidic and has a dry almost tart like finish. There is also a bitterness that is reminiscent of a bitter vegetable. I guess this is the dandelion coming out. I have never had dandelions in any fashion before, but now I think I have an idea what they taste like. A great refreshing beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A short head of frothy white foam resides over a hazy orange body. Its very fine, natural carbonation helps it to maintain a creamy collar and lacy surface covering throughout the glass; and it leaves some minimal short-lived lace with each sip. The nose is floral, grassy and somewhat citrusy with a touch of "barnyard"; and it exhibits some fruit and a touch of sweetness as well. It's bright, interesting, and invigorating with a bit of complexity. The body is medium/light with a delicate, natural carbonation from bottle conditioning that gently caresses the palate before fading smoothly away. The flavor offers an incredible balance between lightly sweet malt and gently tart yeastiness on either side of a distinctly grassy, herbal, and floral character. It finishes dry, and a touch powdery, with a short lingering fruity-sweetish-tart malt note and some low-key herbal and delicately spicy-grassy hops. It's a really interesting beer that appears at first to be more than it is; reveals it's true self upon tasting; and then displays more complexity than it alludes to while still remaining very straightforward. It's quite drinkable, and most enticing. An impressive beer that should be on the "must have" list of any Belgian beer fan.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Capped-and-corked 750ml bottle bought in Portland. Paid $14.49 for the bottle. Split into our pair of Fantome tulips and shared with my wife TulipSnifter.

A: Papaya nectar with a couple fingers of white head. Recedes to a full cap that sticks around for a while. No lacing, but some surprising legs show up well. 4/5

S: Bright and bruising lemon-lime zest. A wonderful sourness reminiscent of lambic is exciting. I can hardly recognize this as a saison, but I look forward to tasting it none the less. 4.5/5

T: Intensely sour! Oh boy is this nice. The slightest dose of earth funks it up a bit. Saison esters, cucumber skin, and some grape seed liven this up. A great saison. Possibly my favorite bottle of Fantome yet. 4.5/5

M: Appropriately moderate body with fine carbonation reminiscent of champagne. Clean and dry finish. Perfection. 5/5

O: In the world of beer, some are bad, some are good, and some are flat-out ugly. Very rarely do I come across a beer that is borderline a transcendent experience. This is one of those. Memories of this bottle may very well haunt me for some time if the other ones I bought don't live up to this level. 5/5

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Photo of cjgator3
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Pours a somewhat dark orangish amber color with a thin off-white head that quickly turns into a thin lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is simply fantastic. It is sour, musty, earthy and floral. Very saison/farmhouse like. 

T- The taste starts out tart with some citrus and some earthy/musty notes as well. There is also a nice dry malt backbone. Well done! 

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, another fantastic brew from this great brewery. A must try if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of Evahflow
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Murky orangish brown color. Fizzy fluffy head that sticks around with great lacing

S- Earthy must maybe a woodyness, sweet malt, some weird fruit I can't quite put my finger on. Really weird but kind of intoxicating.

T- Light caramel malt presence, citrus rind, the fruit from the smell maybe some sort of berries? Apples, some vegetal grassyness im assuming from the dandilions. Musty woods,A weird combo of pepper and malt sweetness then transitions to a really nice tart finish. a lot going on.

M- medium mouthfeel, some malt presence almost like a very well attenuated ode bruin, crisp and highly drinkable.

O- This may be the best fantome I've had to date. Weird hybrid of a ode bruin and saison. A whole lot going on flavor wise. Reminds me of Tired hands Woodlahands( a mushroom ode bruin) very woodsy with weird fruit and tons of umami. Wouldn't be surprised if Dany was friends with Guy Fieri because this bottle took me to flavor town.

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Photo of cokes
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muddy apricot bronze with a modest bleached tan foam.
Nose is plump with caramel breads, cilantro, farm, lime juice, and a noticeable, reedy dandelion bitterness.
Enters with grainy bread notion, with tickles of spiciness that suggest rye. Later, it solidifies into a sweeter, moister notion of sourdough and caramel. Light almond skin nuttiness, followed with a wash of lingering lemon juice tartness. Earthier and funkier from here on out. Quavering mineral astringency, dirty linens, mushrooms, and coriander. Rides out with a weedy floral hue that can only be associated with the dandelions.
Medium bodied, but with its gentle, steady carbonation, this is nearly as solid a quencher as it is an experience.
Hats off to Fantome, once again. Likewise to Bighuge, for coming through with this weed.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml capped and corked bottle purchased from K & L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney, where I shared it with Rich and Sam for our Fantôme tasting day.

Pours a mildly hazed but very pleasant deep golden colour, with a fine bit slightly filmy head of white. The head really only consists at the edges, forming some pocked bubbles in a pleasant ring, but feeling a little lacklustre elsewhere. Body is solid and holds some nice carbonation. Some patchy but inconsistent lacing. Not one of the better looks of the Fantôme range.

Nose is pleasant and clean, with a mild chamomile sweetness and a slightly green herbal quality. Clean and very pleasant funk comes through lending some crispness and a touch of acidity. Underneath is a very nice sweetness, almost a honey character: this is subtle, but it really provides a lovely basis for the other characters. Very pleasant indeed.

Taste is also very good: clean, light, really well-balanced acidity, bouncing off the other complexities that flit and dive in and out of the palate. There's herbal qualities, sweetness, faint pepper, even a pleasant carbonic character that works very nicely with the beer. Pearskin rounds it out, but really, the flavour keeps going for much longer, with a dance of acidity and tartness cavorting right to the very end. Lovely stuff.

Feel is great: smooth but with a clean acidity to cut through it very nicely.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. It's so refreshing and very, very drinkable. 8% ABV? Not a hint of it: this looks like a clean, summer session beer, and seriously I would drink it as such. It's so very, very drinkable and so very delicious.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear golden amber with an off white head which rose tall and fell very slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was interesting with earthy hop presence and a very slight citrus note and a bit of grass thrown in for good measure. The aroma contained a muted caramel and a light fruitiness. Belgian farmhouse ale yeast aroma was present but at a very low level.

The flavor was very nice and light with a low grassy flavor and a very well done earthiness that was expressed in the bittering and the flavor. The bittering was just to the level to be noticeable and balance the malt. The malt has a low caramel flavor. All the flavors melded well in the beer for a nice complexity. A light spice was also present.

The finish was dry with lasting earthy and slight grassy flavors that dry out further to a very light spice in the finish. The body was medium and the carbonation well done. There was only a slight bit of farmhouse in the aroma and another slight bit in the flavor. A very easy drinking beer with no indication of the alcohol level.

750 ml capped and corked bottle. Number on bottle is handwritten in ink marker and is #836 I have no idea who put this on the bottle.

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Photo of leffeblind
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Buddy of mine from Wavre introduced this to me. Kinda like eating dandelions in a salad for the first time. First sip was WTF. Second sip was kinda interesting. Third sip had me hooked. Sharp, tart, and tastes like Spring in Belgium. This can make Saison DuPont or any other mainstream Belgian farmhouse ale its bitch.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle provided by blutt59 and tasted at thirdeye11's birthday tasting.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a minimal white head. Strong saison smell with some light funkiness and some citrus. The taste has a little funk and quite a bit of citrus, mainly lemon. Great drinkability and very refreshing. Very dry finish.

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Photo of JoeQuinn1
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with no head. A copper orange color.

Smell: Definite brettanomyces smell. straw, orange creamsicle, grassy herbal.

Taste: Sour at first with a dandelion backbone. Very crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: This is my favorite part about this beer. Supersour at first, then diminishing tartness. High "Snappy across the palate" as Ryan from Cavalier Dist. says.

Drinkability: Awesome. Not just awesome. Fucking awesome. Perfect for sitting out on the porch on a hot day.

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Photo of John_M
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2003 Pissenlit. The beer that made me fall in love with Fantome. At Max's today. Alas, I did not pay $8 for it at Max's.

The beer pours a cloudy honey color, but with the usual specks of God knows what floating about. There is virtually no head retention or lacing. On the nose, one gets lemon, straw, apple cider, fresh mown grass and light honey. The beer smells very nice, but on the palate.... there is an initial blast of sour lemon and cardboard, followed by honey, a touch of bitterness and hay. Only Fantome could make a beer with this kind of flavor. Amazing. Mouthfeel is smooth and long, probably all the more so as the carbonation is pretty low. There is almost a sweet and sour, ice tea flavor component to this beer. The 8% alcohol level is meaningless in this beer. I know it's there, but I get no sense of it.

Dreamy. Exceptional. Fantome.

Note: Had to go back and up the appearance score a bit. While there was no head or retention to speak of initially, a second pour revealed a much more lively beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours with one finger of white head on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam shows decent retention and leaves nice lace.

S - Earthy spice notes with strong honey/chamomile character. Peppery yeast and some bready malt with a hint of toffee.

T - Tangy wheat with spice notes of pepper and chamomile up front. Sweet, bread like pilsner malt in the middle with a huge note of earthy, wild honey. Unrefined sugar and more pilsner malt blend with the spices and honey in the finish and are balanced by moderate acidity.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - As usual, Fantome has created a unique and enthralling drinking experience with this beer. The honey character is huge and complex with an earthy, wild note that is evocative of both chamomile and really good mead. The yeast lends spicy notes that stick to the background, but manage to add a layer of complexity. There is also a significant level of sourness from the bugs that seem to make their way into every Fantome beer and it helps immensely with balance and drinkability. Highly recommended, this is exceptional even for Fantome.

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

Excited to try this one... appears a tawny brown color with some glints of red in there, and a huge thick and rocky head on top, and I can tell it's not going anywhere. Smells at first like sweet apples, but is then followed by a barrage of zesty spices; corriander, a hint of black pepper, and some nice floral hops, maybe Hallertau? I'm not a hop expert but I think I'm starting to recognize this one. Taste is excellent!! Yes!! I love this style... nice and zippy. The sweet apple taste is there but more subdued. The zesty tartness takes over. Lemon rind, dust, fresh cut grass (probably due to the dandelions) and a sourness take over. Really really complex, yet subtle, allowing all the flavors to come across one by one. Super dry finish caps of an amazingly smooth mouthfeel. Rather airy, but with some slick substance to it, not too light. You gotta try this one.

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

Deep scarlet red/mahogany tone. Fairly clear. Thick crop of eggshell white foam on top. Retention is excellent. Lacing is quite full and comes in sheets.The aroma is quite lemony. Lemongrass comes to mind. Leather as well. Tart fruits, yeast and dough. It runs the gamout. Very nice. The taste follows through. Although not as tart as the nose lead me to believe. Lemon Pepper. Spiced up dough. A little tart cherry. Some acidity. Yeasty, stale mustiness. Nice farmhouse character. Body is somewhat light and the mouthfeel is fluffy. Quite drinkable and quite enjoyable. Another winner from Fantome.

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

pissenlit 2003, 750ml bottle, capped and corked. This brew pours a light yellow colour with a small, whispy head. The aromas are floral, slightly hoppy, and lambic funky. The taste is a wonderful combination of lambic-like sourness, floral hoppiness, and background maltiness. The mouthfeel is light and fluffy and the drinkability is excellent, especially as this beer warms up. The dandelion taste really shines through in the finish of this beer. Don't drink this stuff too cold!!!


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

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a medium-large, frothy, white head that sticks around for a bit. Scent is INSANELY funky. Tons of funk from when the cork was popped. A lot of lemon zest and grassy notes. Also has a bit of floral hop scents. Taste is not what I was expecting. This is quite tart for a saison. Not sour, but pleasantly tart. I love it! It's a nice, complex blend of barnyard funk, lemon, sour apple, spices, Belgian yeast, and grass. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and finishes nice and dry. Alcohol is NOWHERE to be found. Drinkability is scary high. Overall, this is one of the best saisons I've ever had. Another amazing offering from Fantome! Bravo!

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Photo of russellcricket
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought at Healthy Spirits in San Fransisco. Poured from 750 into saison dupount mini tumbler.

Cloudy straw appearance with one inch white head that disipated rather quickly.

Smells of sourdough bread, lemon, Brett funk. One of the most enticing saison sniffs I've had.

Ripened meyer lemon and subtle earth initiate the palate and a sweeping light tingle of carbonation sweeps though twoard a dry sour geuze-like finish.

This is an exceptionally unique saison I am looking forward to having this beer again as soon as I see it around.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew is beter than I remember it. It pours a very dark straw color with a huge pillowy head that falls to a very healthy coating over the top and leaving a ton of lace as it falls. The nose is nice. Lots os citrusty lemon, some vegetable aromas, and some slight earthyness. The flavor is very nice, with a big lemoney burst to start, moving to a tart spike, falling to a vegetable and earthy finish. The feel is moderate, with a moderate carbonation. It works very well with the flavor. A very good beer for this warm day. Drinkability is excellent. Its very smooth and easy to drink. No hinot of 8% alcohol at all. Good show. Very good.

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Fantôme Pissenlit from Brasserie Fantôme
4.08 out of 5 based on 485 ratings.
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