Sahti | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: Finnish Sahti

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A cooperation between Norewgian brewery Nøgne Ø and Swedish brewery Dugges, this is their interpretation of the traditional Finnish style.

Brewed with malt, hops, rye, wheat, sea wormwood, juniper twigs, honey and yeast from Belgium, Germany and Britain.

Added by Sigmund on 12-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of dgilks
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper colour with a big ivory head. Decent head retention.

This is a difficult smell. Very earthy and woodsy with herbs and a hint of spice. I also get a hint of nondescript forest fruits.

Really quite tasty and different at the same time. Starts off with the same odd earthy character before falling into a malty, citrussy mid-palate. Lots of caramalt type flavours. Hints of wood and spice. Light alcohol presence which is acceptable at this ABV.

Thick and syrupy but countered with high carbonation. This seems to works well with the beer pulling everything together.

An interesting beer and one well worth drinking. A curious style too which I would like to find more of. Pretty drinkable for the ABV.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy amber-orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice lacing. The aroma is very herbal (juniper and lavender) with a solid mead-like character. It is a very strong aroma, and has nice complexity. The taste is a nice balance of sweet malt, herbs, honey, and a considerable alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is the first Sahti I've tasted, and I really like it. I would really like to see some American Craft Breweries tackling this rare style.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, brasserie V scandanavian tasting

appearance: served in a belgian snifter - light straw-apricot body, beige crest

smell: potent fresh honey, extraordinarily floral, belgian yeast, citrus peel

taste: really excited to see this beer on the list (8 extremely healthy pours of expensive scandanavian beer for $22 - thanks BV!) - strong waves of honey, very floral, yeasty and well spiced, light citrus. Rare style - almost mead-like, very cool

mouthfeel: creamy medium body, crisp carbonation

drinkability: nice

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours murky dark amber/brown with a large whit head.
Nose show masses of really floral honey, distinct spicy juniper and sweet caramel malt. No hint of the alcohol so far. Pretty awesome, but a bit full on with the honey.
The flavours really hit hard, with loads of sweet malt, honey, alcohol and herbal astringency. Nice, interesting, but a bit boozy.
Creamy carbonation, but could be higher to help cut through the sweetness.

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Photo of Gmann
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey brown color with a dense khaki colored head that settled a chunky sparse cap. The aroma is herbal and floral; honey malt with lavendar, talc, banana, grass and hints of lemon. Quite unique. The taste starts off quite herbal; talcum powder, basil, rye, light juniper and transfers into a more floral/fruity flavor; banana, lavendar/wild flowers, apples and lemon. All of this is wrapped up with a raw honey sweetness. The feel is quite thick but is heavily carbonated so it drinks fine; sweet overall, a touch sticky. A very unique brew. I appreciate the herbal/floral characteristics, quite flavorful. The brew is a tad thick and sticky. Not sure but I figure the herbal/floral character, while tasty, could become cloying, though I think 12ozs are safe. ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of prototypic
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sahti is light copper in color. It's mostly clear. Backlighting gives it a slight scarlet look. A fluffy, off-white colored head tops it off. It stands roughly two fingers tall and recedes much more slowly than anticipated. Lacing was relatively sticky, but moderate in volume. Not bad at all.

The nose is pretty good, but is underpowered. Sweet honey is particularly notable and resonates throughout. There are some light spicy notes. I suspect juniper berries might be responsible. I've only encountered this style two, maybe three, times and haven't got a great grasp of their impact. I can't say that they are distinct by any means. It is a little malty and sweet smelling. It definitely has an earthy/floral vibe to it. Alcohol is blended extremely well for an 11% beer. It's barely noticeable. Not bad, but could use more muscle.

The flavor is good, but isn't special by any stretch. It has a strong honey flavor that's very sweet and pervasive. It's by far the strongest flavor present and may mute some of its other characteristics. It is earthy and floral. Perhaps a little spicy. I'm guessing juniper berries are responsible for the flavor, but I still don't have a good grip on the style. It's just too rare. It does have a nice malty base. It's sweet, but not exactly sugary. I am impressed by the alcohol management. I would never guess that this is an 11% beer. Maybe 8%. It has a very subtle flavor and isn't warm or hot at all. It finishes a little sweet with an herbal twist.

Sahti has a full body that's incredibly smooth. I'm stunned by how good the feel is. It's easily the beer's strong point. Talk about lush and smooth. Wow! The mouthfeel here is truly exceptional. Drinkability is good. I like the flavor, but don't love it. It's good, but this 500 ml bottle is plenty. My experience with the style has been good thus far, but it's not exactly my favorite.

Nøgne Ø and Dugges Ale did a nice job with a style that continues to intrigue me. I'd say it's a good representation of the style, but I'm still not sufficiently familiar with it. Nonetheless, this is good beer. The nose could use more strength, but that's about the only constructive comment I have. I enjoyed the beer and am surprised that it is 11% abv. It doesn't seem anywhere near that strong. If you haven't experienced Sahti (the style), this is a fine place to start. Easily recommended.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug. Picked this up on my adventure to Cincinnati.

4.0 A: Hazed light to medium orange color. One and a half fingers of frothy white head that falls rather quickly, but is forgivable given the lack of hops and the high ABV.

4.0 S: Smells like a really old sock holding juniper branches. I like the weight room and musty cellar funk going on here. Honey and a general malty sweetness in the background along with some rye.

4.0 T: Taste is full of juniper. Not quite gin level, but a good amount nonetheless. Honey and biscuity malts give a healthy sweetness, but nowhere near cloying. Funky in that same sort of old sweat sock way as the nose. Spicy earthy rye comes next and the herbal contribution of the heather is noted. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. This seems like a 7% brew tops. Very nice and close to a 4.5.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Moderate amounts of carbonation that give the smallest spritzy feeling on the tongue to coincide with the slick beer. Not too bad.

4.0 D: Good nose, good taste, and well hidden alcohol account for a very drinkable brew. There's a good amount of sweetness, but it never becomes cloying. This juniper thing might be something worth looking into at a homebrewing level. Anyway, no flaws and good all around.

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Photo of gford217
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a bright clear amber with tons of bubbles feeding a creamy white head that clings to glass and leaves solid lacing. FWIW, the second pour was extremely hazy and had tons of floaties...looked completely different.

The aroma is very strong and very herbal. The juniper is definitely the first thing I notice with plenty of honey sweetness and some additional herbal spices that I can't specifically identify. There is an overall earthiness to all the aromas, maybe from the rye and yeast. Very interesting.

The taste is not quite as over-the-top with the herbal tastes. There is a bit of yeasty spiciness up front with the honey and underlying malts forming a slightly sweet backbone. The juniper comes back in the finish and leaves an interesting burn in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a bracing spiciness, especially in the finish from the juniper.

Overall, a new experience for me as I've never tried a sahti before and so the uniqueness could be from trying a new style. Either way, I enjoyed it but I doubt I'll go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque yellow-orange colour, huge, mindfuck haze as thick and impenetrable as the mists from Hades. I mean it basically looks like homebrew trub, except for a decent - but thin - off-white head. Retains at about 1/4 inch thickness, leaves a bit of lace but not a lot. Light bead as well. Looks like a fascinating, organic drop.

Nose has a lot of hop and a fair amount of tropical fruit; pineapple, passionfruit as well as grapes. Slight hint of a herbal character and some fresh tobacco as well. Perfectly decent nose, smells fresh and pleasant.

First flavour is a distinct vanilla on the front of the palate, very sweet and descends into a fruity mélange with orange and pineapple flavours, then a very hoppy mid-to-back, quite bitter but not insanely so; it's noa stringent but has a fair amount of fresh-cut grass character and some mildly herbal phenols. Quite a lot of dryness from the quite citric acidity as well. To be honest this strikes me as having a very orange juice character, but with a distinct alcohol hit at the back.

Feel is a bit thick for my taste, it's really quite flat but very syrupy. A lot of texture, maybe too much, and a little bit drying.

This is definitely a unique drop, definitely has an odd flavour to it, almost tastes darker than it looks, and feels a little unbalanced. Maybe I should say it just feels untamed, but it's absolutely worth a drink.

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Photo of jsh420
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy copper orange with a 2 finger white head that left some lacing

smells very musty/funky (maybe brett yeast??) also big honey and apples

taste is good - very sweet too much honey for me - nice spice to it though - i wish more of the funk from the nose was present - good amount of apple flavor and alcohol

mouthfeel is a medium body beer with low carbonation a bit sticky though

drinkability is so so - too much honey for me and if i want some funk i would go drink an orval

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Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this bottle with HB42 at a tasting. Verrry interesting...

Poured clear amber/honey with a short lived white head. Word. A very strange aroma: clover honey with much spruce and juniper. A nice dose of pine and light sweetness of ripe berries. More sweet-forward but there's a very mild bitterness that is just enough to complement and prevent the sweetness from overpowering the beer. Nice grainy background. Refreshing carbonation, although it could use maybe a touch more. There's absolutely no way this beer was 11%. It drinks like a 5%! Overall, a very nicely made and delicate beer. If you're into trying new and different things, this is one to seek out. I was on the fence about whether I liked it or not but it ended up winning my heart towards the end as it warmed up.

Thanks to bigdank for this in a trade.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy pale amber colour with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head that forms into a thin layer across the top of the glass and stays,it has a dominant aroma of honey laden flowers almost like u have just put ur nose to a daffodil flower the dominant floral aroma is definately the strongest i have smelt ever,and the taste is definately different with flavours of honey,flowers and spicy grainish yeasts def a new taste for me it has an average mouthfeel and suprisingly enough the ABV is well hidden for a beer of 11%,glad ive tried a true sahti just prefer my hop driven beers and the floral aroma/taste is very dominant i think so drinkability for me is average.

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Photo of deapokid
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Finnish-style ale pours a deep, sediment-laden golden color with a slight, fizzy head and minimal lacing. It reminds me quite a bit of mead or an unfiltered cider and the density of the liquid is definitely unlike most beers I've tried.

Scents of sweet honey, chamomile, spruce needles and pine permeate the air. The potpourri of floral and spices aromas also hint at mead-like characteristics, not to mention herbal tea.

Taste buffet is really unique. Think wild berry, honey and a variety of flowers that may teeter on the edge of medicinal, but more like a sweet tea than a cough syrup. A slight maltiness is also evident towards the end of the first glass.

The mouthfeel is akin to a white wine, especially the way it gracefully slides over the tongue. There's also very little alcohol flavor, even though this brew is definitely spiked.

I think what kept me coming back was the unique array of flavors, which are definitely fun to catalog sip after sip. For all those afraid to make the jump, this rare style is definitely worth it.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belmont Station sold me this a couple days ago; a 0.5l brown glass bottle, a joint venture between Norwegian 'Nøgne Ø' and Swedish 'Dugges'. Poured to a pint glass.

"This is Sahti our way. Sahti reinvented" - Nøgne Ø label.

S: A hazy copper-tan, capped with nearly 2-fingers of pillowy eggshell white cream. Held to light, there's a load of sediment, everything from the fine/silty kind to the chunky/mildly disgusting stuff. healthy rising carbonation,

S: Ahhh, the closest thing I liken this to is 'Houblon Chouffe' - the perfect (in my nose) melding of grassy/piney hops and sweet/honeyed malt. 'Belgian IPA' aroma, and that is a very good thing. I suppose the unidentifiable parts to the aroma (and, later, the taste) are the wormwood, juniper and heather. Damn if they don't smell divine.

T: Whew, huge flavor! An intense grass/honey herbalness married to just enough flowery/piney hops. Apple/pear, followed by a big grass-and-evergreen flavor. You may have read this mfar: what I got from the aroma fully translates to the taste: spiced wood, cut grass, fresh fruit. Yum.

M: Somewhat heavy (thanks 11%!), has a coating layer of both hops and wheat-y malt. Medium body, bordering on 'full'. Not quite 'syrupy', but getting close.

D: Despite a lofty ABV, this has surprising drinkability. Falls right into my palate range for 'awesome': beautifully balanced, bright and clean, alcohol level hidden, and so on. If this is $9 then gladly will I pay it: delicious and crave-able.

Thanks to Nøgne Ø/Dugges for helping to revive a nearly forgotten style...and thanks to Mom for her 100% Swedish ancestry, to which I'll give huge credence to for making this so damn likable. D. E. L. I. C. I. O. U. S.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. No date information.

A bit of a gusher when I opened it. I hate it when that happens with expensive beers.

Pours a very cloudy brownish orange. A good deal of floating sediment. A finger of foam settles to a smallish ring.

Smells like a baked fruit pie and apple cider. Juniper and pine, herbal bready malt, sweet honey.

Taste is sweet and soft, cinnamon, clove and fruit. Some rye spiciness. Sweet malty finish. ABV is incredibly well hidden.

Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Can't believe this thing gushed like it did and the carbonation doesn't feel very high.

A unique floral and perfum-y brew. Strikes me as a good dessert beverage.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium orangey-amber color with generous white head. Nose is quite assertive with herbs, honey, and a medicinal quality. Honey is up front on the palate as well with some malt sweetness, fruity berry flavors in the middle, and the finish is moderately long with herbal flavors.

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Translucent, dark honey color with a cream colored head. Excellent retention throws up a couple lacey dingleberries. There's some sort of floaties amassed at the bottom of my glass. I would usually assume it's yeast but it looks like a pile of seeds.

Smells intensely of Smucker's single serving honey dipping sauce--you know, the stuff that's already on the table at IHOP. Juniper and potpourri in there as well. If this tastes as sweet as it smells this could be trouble.

Tastes like botanicals and honey flavored Ricola cough drops with a pleasant rye spice. Sweet, drying aftertaste (presumably from the honey) that lingers forever. Juniper adds a little bit of resin texture that I'm a huge fan of. Sweet, but not as sweet as it smells--delicious and drinkable but definitely a bottle for splitting. Surprised to see it weighs in at 11% abv.

One of the more interesting beers I've had as of late.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into two goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy honey-color with the tinyest sliver of off-white head. Almost no lace is left behind and there was quite a bit of suspended sediment floating in the glass.

S: More than anything else we noticed the sweet and earthy presence of honey. Slowly, aromas of rye malt, toffee, juniper, and perfume-y wildflowers emerged.

T: Once again honey looms large here. Following close behind is caramel/toffee, spices and spicy rye, tangy juniper, and an alcohol flavor that we thought was "fruity".

M: Big and sweet, with an excellent bit of white pepper spiciness. Very clingy finish.

D: Excellent considering the heft of this. This was about 4% more than we expected but all the other stuff going on inside made for a pretty big beer that wasn't a chore to drink and very easy to enjoy.

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Photo of bobsy
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange pour with a creamy off-white head. Nice retention due to a steady stream of bubbles and decent lace. Pure honeycomb aroma and little else. Honey dominates the flavour. There's some herbal notes kicking around, but really it's the honey that comes through strongest. Very faint juniper notes, and a touch of wormwood in a herbal finish. Big warming mouthfeel, with some strong heat at the back of the throat. SLick with a smooth carbonation.

I wanted more juniper. A decent brew, but not what I expected for the style.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing noticeable about this beer is when the cap comes off...the beer starts flowing (regardless of whether or not you were prepared for it). The beer has a dark golden honey color with a thin white head and little lacing. There is also a tremendous amount of yeast sediment, more so than any other beer I've seen on the market (almost home-brew status)!!

WOW, the beer is going to get some points in this category. There is a pungent honey comb overpowering this beer's nose. I would think this beer were actually a mead judging by the tremendous honey character and biting, 11% alcohol this beer presents.
However, it's hard to pick up on the other traditional "herbs" used in the brew and this is unfortunate.

I'm glad that only part of the beer's aroma-therapeutic sweetness carried over into the flavor profile. I am able to experience more of the beer's fruity yeast and light herbal spice. The honey is still in full effect, definitely the spotlight.

There is very little of the beer's strong alcohol content, I would have expected more. Also, the beer is more dense than I expected, almost syrupy from the coating sweetness of the honey. I am not entirely sure how I would go about pairing this beer, I think it falls into the dessert beer category given its immense sweetness.

Overall (drinkability):
This beer has a steep price tag, but is worth a try. I tried the DFH version of a sahti almost a year ago and never followed up with any other beers in its class. I feel that although this beer was delicious, I would rather pay the same price for the DFH version that comes in a larger bottle (better for sharing) and supports local brewers.


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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with a thin off white head no lacing

S - Is mostly of honey and pine slightly fruity

T - Follows the nose but sweet the honey comes out strong finishes with some pine and fruit

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - While this isn't a bad beer I just don't think its a style that I'll be looking to get my hands on anytime soon again its an interesting beer but I'll pass next time

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Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clouded brown/orange brew with an off-white small head that leaves little lacing but good curtains.

The smell is very much honey, fresh honey, also heather, ripe fruits and sun warm forest.

The taste is sweet, fresh honey, with some bees wax left, juniper, ripe apples and a general fruitiness.

Little carbonation, soft and oily, a slightly dry finish.

Very nice honey brew, cloaks the alcohol damned well.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very hazy, cloudy orange-brown color. Very foamy, bubbly, medium sized, white head. Average retention leaving a thin, foamy lace.

S - Very interesting aroma with a strong spicy, herbal, floral aroma. Juniper, berry, and honeycomb also in there. A bit of a stale wheat and yeast aroma as well. There is a strong je ne sais quoi about this aroma.

T - Similar to the nose. Spicy, herbal, floral. Strong juniper and honey flavors. Spritzy spice and floral start with more of the sweet honey and berry/juniper on the finish. Some stale wheat and rye in the background and a touch of pepper spiciness on the finish.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D - Not the easiest beer to drink, and nothing I would want on a regular basis, but a nice mix of spice, herbal, and floral flavors. Slightly sweet, alcoholy, and the other aspects mentioned.

Notes: My first sahti and it was interesting. Plenty of heather, honey, and juniper. I enjoyed it, but only as a "this is fun to try and drink" not a "I want this all the time" kind of beer. It does have a slight refreshing aspect though.

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Sahti from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 186 ratings