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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nomad on 02-04-2006

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle sealed with a standard light brass colored crown cap. All the way from Michigan via the big hearted home of BigHuge. Listed at 4.5% Alc/Vol on the bottle. No freshness date. Right hand side of the bottle states:

“This delicious farmhouse ale is named for our Jack Russell, who struck by a car, bounced back in fine tenacious Jack Russell fashion, and is brewed for those of us who knocked down, have picked up, dusted off and carried on undaunted.

Golden, naturally cloudy, bottle conditioned and dry hopped for a perfectly refreshing balance of spicy malts, hops and yeast. Please enjoy our beers in good health, and look both ways when crossing the street! Cheers and Mahalo plenty!”

Appearance: Soft iridescent golden body has a peachy haze and a massive gargantuan head on the pour. Deep thick creamy off-white mass is supported by a myriad and plethora of sprightly streamers underneath, whilst the surface slowly collapses randomly to form a rocky outcrop.

Nose: Bitter lemons with a slight hint of watermelon. Feisty sharp yeast has some Brett like dusting in the back ground. Far from rural, this one has a modern day distilled rustic dominance which is cutting, sharp and intransigent.

Taste: Wheat and yeast starts but soon makes way for a lemon middle with a tart Hefe citric kick which fades from fruit to hops as it unfolds. Lingering hop zing in the ending which draws you back to investigate further, just adding to the Drinkability of this one. Sourness works its way in here and there, but the action makes it hard to concentrate for too long on the individual components, a classic example of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle if ever there was one!

Mouthfeel: I could still taste and ‘feel’ this one in the mouth 5 minutes after I swallowed it. The tartness is superb and uncompromising, not quite puckering but a definite pull on the cheeks which balances out with some and pin-pricking hop zing on the tongue. Contribution comes from several areas, which just makes this feel even bigger than it probably is.

Drinkability: Not sure I could manage this one all day, but it grew on me. By the time I had finished the bottle I could have easily managed another and then worked my way into serious lambics. The hoppy character in this just gorgeous.

Overall: Not your usual Saison, but I love the “upped ante” on this one. Brash at times with a bold “Who Dares Wins” feel throughout. Very enjoyable indeed. Cheers Joe!!

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Saison, so I am going to try to judge to style, although it is a style I would have to get used to.
Pours a cloudy light amber/yellow with a massive head that melts to massive sticky lacing.
Aroma reminds me of a Belgium...fairly sweet and very fresh fruity.
Taste initially was cinnamon and clove...then subsequent sips were sour, lemon, maybe sweetness to counteract the sour...just sour fruits.
Mouthfeel is full of tiny carbonation with a subsequent dry citrus aftertaste.
Alcohol burn can be felt as you swallow and savor even though I believe this is low alcohol.
Interesting brew...can be very quenching. Again, first of the style for me...I definately think this can grow on you.
I've given it a 3.5 across the board because it isn't bad and is much better than merely 'average'...if and when I try it again, I may adjust my scores.

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Photo of ZAP
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not real impressed with this one..

Gigantic head emerges after the pour...nose has a lot of the barnyard elements..musty...a little bit of lemon...

Taste is very puckery and sour...lemons..very, very dry tasting and finishes that way as well...lacks a spicy component..

I just don't find this enjoyable.

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Photo of AltBock
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with a cool drawing of their Jack Russell Terrier that has that sad Jack Russell look on his face. There is no back label because everything is on the front label. On one side they have information about the dog on the label (who got hit by a car and bounced back), information about the beer and they say please enjoy our beer. On the other side they have a drawing of three dogs (Dalmatian, German Shepard, and a mix breed) with the Govt. warning underneath it. This bottle had one of the best drawings and story to it that I've ever seen on a beer bottle!

Appearance: When poured into my Tulip glass, the beer was this really nice hazy golden color with a massive and I mean massive head of white foam. In fact when I first popped the cap, the foam was nearly jumping out of the bottle and when I poured it, I had to stop half way because it would have overflowed all over the place. Excellent retention and if left plenty of white sticky lace around the glass.

Smell: When I finally got passed the massive head of foam, the beer had this not too powerful, but a nice aroma of citrus fruits, spicy hops, very little malts, and plenty of a yeasty smell at the end. Very nice aroma overall.

Taste: Up first in the taste was this slightly tart citrus fruit taste. The most predominant of the citrus fruits was that of the lemon. Then after the citrus fruits came the spicy hops, little toasted malt, and of course, the yeast. The bottle stated that this beer is perfectly balanced of spicy malts, hops, and yeast. I agree with that except for the spicy malts. It was more spicy hops than malts.

Mouthfeel: This beer was very light and with an aftertaste of dry slightly tart citrus fruits. The mouthfeel is just what I expected from a Saison with a 4.5% ABV.

Drinkability: Overall this beer would made for a nice refreshing summer beer. I could see myself drinking this if the weather outside was really hot. If the Jack Russell Terrier knew if he was on the label, I would think he would be happy about the beer inside.

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Photo of blitz134
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of head on the pour. Reduced down to a lumpy white mass that resembles whipped meraigne. A touch of haze to its light golden body.

Aroma reaches me from a few feet away. Some tartness initially comes forth, similar to that found in a lambic. Pear and white grapes also present themselves. A bit of musty funk comes in underneath. A bit more funky than a typical saison, but this was intended with this particular brew.

Spicy character, possibly from teh carbonation, is immediately noticed. A sweet malt presence underlies the flavor, but some subtle tartness, a hit of apple, comes over the top. Finish is grassy.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and over carbonated. Drinkability is still good regardless. A bit ofr funkiness which isn't overwhelming and the lightness form the carbonation make this go down easily.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Highly carbonated like a true Belgian. Huge snow white head sits on top of an unfiltered golden hay colored body.

S: Smells tart and yeasty...filthy. Doughy aromas which speak of country sides from far away lands.

T: Tastes a bit like a minor gueze with a subtle fresh grass sweeness. Underlying funky tart with a nice dash of bitterness that stays with the palate.

M: Crisp, refreshing. Not creamy or full but fits the style.

D: Nice beer. Original. Different. Saison fans should take it for a run.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A brightly smushed and super hazed lemon gold thats a wonderful color not seen very often. A bit like lemon meringue filling lit from within. Up to bright light, its just awesome to watch the fevered carbonation turn and churn as its highlights are bright yet jello-ed in cast of a unique translucent quality. A tall one inch plus cap sits forever and a day with a white blanket of thick fluffed bubbly froth. It hardly ever moves. It slowly fades down to keep a plump half inch always present and the lacing completely covers the glass in a curtain of stained, tiny bubbles. The pinnacle of an exceptionally beautiful appearance for any beer. I almost don't want to drink it.

Also, once poured, besides the lovely appearance, the aroma nearly bust out of the bottle to make its way in filling the surrounding air with a magnificant odor of drying citrus peels. Upon closer inspection the nose mandates itself into a relam of heavily floured breads and a yeasty dryness. Quite dry overall. But this all about the lemon peel and pithy parchness with some lime and mandorine orange peels adding a bit of extra complexity.

Taste is mostly gathering in dryness of some of that farmhouse yeast and floured breads. Not too much beyond that really. The aromatic citruc is all but flights of fancy here. Hard to pin down the actual flavors but its a dry woody, musty, fairly parching taste with a slight chalky residue sticking around into the finish. Gains a very slight sweetness in a hint to malts as it warms up some. Not all that tasty really. A bit disappointing after the lead ins.

Feel is active and dry with a solid medium body and lots of carbonation grab and tone to it. Stays subtle and dry with a quick ride through and not much finish. Only a very late return within some tiny warmth is some citrusy sweetness with hints to the lemon and orange. Stays a little too dry for my tastes.

A run of the mill Saison in taste and feel, but the appearance and aroma had me excited...until I started drinking it of course.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For the first time ever, Jolly Pumpkin beers have become available locally. The Bam Bière is the first of the new arrivals to grace my home. As I popped the cap, the beer almost gushed out. A quick and careful pour saved every single drop. In the oversized wine glass, this looked like the prototypical Saison, with a hazy pale body, and a very large foamy head. The smell was typical as well, with a yeasty and doughy rustic smell mixed with a smattering of grassy and floral hops. The taste was light and refreshing with a good balance between sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. Not as funky as authentic Belgian examples, but still a very good interpretation. Mouthfeel was a bit too thin and watery for the style, considering the better examples of the style are above 6% ABV and cellarable. I would have no problems visiting this again in the middle of the summer for a change of pace from the Witbier and Pilsner rut.

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Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy tarnished gold appearance, lots of bubbles and an attractive huge mousse-like head that holds a nice shape. Lots of sticky sparkling lace. Aroma is yeasty but has more complexity in that it shows elements of sweet grass and shortbread. Light mouthfeel and active carbonation. Early bitterness and light astringency, the bready aspects from the aroma seem to take a lesser role. Takes on a medicinal quinine flavor in the second part of the profile, at the same time that it becomes more unidimensional and less interesting. Dry and fairly refreshing, not as vacant at the close as some others Jolly Pumpkin brews, still these beers overall look good, have the chops in the aroma department but all seem less complex than their set-up implies.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy gold with a real unfiltered wheat appearance. looks thick due to slowly moving drunk bubbles. brew is crested by fluffy airfilled nodules.. lacing like shaving cream and soap. sticks though, shows some game.

light fruity hops shine alongside a floral aroma.. fieldy and natural. some feline urine lurks in the background throwing off the profile a bit. violets and lime rind rule alongside the uncontrollable stink of nature.

spritzy mouthfeel, strangely refreshing and refreshingly sour. drinks easy with a raw pale ale flavor compounded over slight bacterial funk which adds green strawberry seed madness to the party. remiss to not mention orval, which tames the wild farmhouse spirit in a similar fashion, although this one finishes a bit creamier with a hint of sour milk and bread in the end. a queer bird for sure, but solid, and clean. not my cup of tea per se but admirable for what it is. in a blind tasting, i'd swear this was belgian.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a pure snow white head that sits on a hazy orange body with no carbonation. The haze is soft and transparent.

S- There are some notes of grapefruit along with the tartness of grapefruit and a faint aged blue cheese note that is pleasant. It is hard to describe the smell but it has a bright quality to it.

T- The taste of orange is quickly transformed to tart grapefruit that has a soft wheat and yeast note to it. The finish is a light grain and lemon flavor that is very nice but bold.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol heat.

D- This is a very unique beer even for the saison style. It is smooth and drinkable but the flavor over tart fruit with a faint nose of funk. I will have to drink a few more to wrap my brain around this beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep golden/copper. Murky. Rocky eggshell white head. Good retention and stick.

Aroma: Musty, yeasty, dank, earthy, peppery, spicy, lemony.

Flavor: Starts off a little funky. Coming from the yeast no doubt. Spiciness is present with some cracked black pepper. Earthy malts and hops. Hoppiness isn't at the level I was expecting, but a hop bitterness is present, albeit more of a complimentarty one than an overbearing one. Good fit for this beer.

Mouthfeel: Lightly spritzy. Medium to medium-full in body. Alcohol is not a factor.

Drinkability: Middle of the road drinkability compared to other saisions I've had. This is good, but not one I'd need to return to over and over.

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor,poured a light golden with a fizzy white head that was gone pretty fast.Aromas were nice quite phenolic and lemon zest with hints of black pepper and coriander.In my opinion this beer is a little to phenolic and yeasty there with notes of green apple and peppery spice in the finish.Its a decent brew but I was somewhat lrt down by it,its ok but I wouldnt seek it out again.

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Photo of laintringulis
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from the bottle into a wide mouth wine goblet. It has a pale straw color with a small head, but it laces nicely. It smells musky with citrus overtones. It has a refreshing tart citrus taste with a clove and peppery backtaste. It is much drier than most saisons I have had. Very drinkable, goes down quite easily. Tastes much better than it looks!

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Photo of ej285701
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of a 12 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet a hazzy yellowish orange color with a two and a half inch billowing, off-white head that actually gets bigger after I get done pouring.

The smell is of lots of citrusy fruits, especially zesty lemons, maybe a little bit of apple in there, also some yeast with a nice bready backround.

Taste is much like the smell. Lemons and yeast being the dominant flavors Also a zesty spiciness, and a dry bitterness in the finish. Very good farmhouse flavor.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp and dry with a good deal of carbonation. Very refreashing.

Very drinkable at only 4.5% alcohol. I could have a few of these and not get tired of the flavors. However, I think the taste would be a bit fuller if this were around 6% alcohol. But still very good and worth a try, especially for the summer months.

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Photo of Brian700
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, thank you Trbeer for sending me this bonus biere in our trade...that was great of you.

This beer pours a golden almost yellow color with a big billowy white head that hangs around for a while. Great lacing.

The aroma is of a combination of cider and citrus with a touch of spice.

The flavor is almost vinous like a piesporter. There are a lot of fruit flavors present: apple, grape fruit, some orange. There is a spiciness that you might get from an Ardennes Yeast, like La Chouffe but not as obvious. The hops that are there are definately of the citrus variety and there is a nice balance.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Leaves a dryness in the mouth but a flavorfull dryness that is enjoyable like drinking a glass of wine.

I think this is a very drinkable beer. Great for the summer. I'd pick up a bunch of this if I could get it in my area. Thanks again Trbeer.

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Photo of frazbri
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bam from Jolly Pumpkin poured a cider-like cloudy golden brown topped by a tall, vigorous, white head. I smelled apples, spice, pepper and cinnamon. Pear flavor came through at the start, thier was a tangible bitterness throughout and a woody finish. Bam was light in body, highly carbonated and had a dry finish.

Is this a pumpkinized english bitter? It didn't blow me away, but piqued my curiosity enough to want to try it again.

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Photo of fingolfin72
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw gold with a huge, white, meringue-like head.

The nose is bracing and tart, kind of like Perrier with a squeeze of lime.

The palate is also bracing and tart - dry and citrusy with yeasty notes. It's very, very quaffable and food friendly. One of the cleanest beers I've had lately (it actually makes you thirsty for more).

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Photo of lou91
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having tried this once before I was anxious to try it again. Wonderful pour –big noisy lasting and bright white. It also smelled great with wild funkiness and sublte lime scents. The taste is very nice and approachable despite the funk. The only ding I would give this is it is a bit thin but that makes it all the more drinkable. Another excellent product by JP.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big ol' 4" off-white head over the cloudy dark golden brew. Meringey head fades VERY slowly, with intricate lace tatting along the entire glass sides. Aroma is a fervent mixture of spices, sweetness, funk, and what have you. Taste is a bit more controlled, with a somewhat tart and spicy overall picture. Also a slightly chalky close that lingers. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, what with spiciness and carbonation, but probably more or less to style, and drinkability is not so bad either. Overall, my anticipation from the look and aroma overwhelmed what I got out of this flavor-wise. Still a pretty nice beer though.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored and hazy with a tight white head. First smells are perfumy, tart green apples, and then a light honey with a little spice. A lot going on in the aroma of this one. There is a slight sweetness first on the tongue which is followed by a lemony, grassy tartness with a bitter finish. The beer is crisp and refreshing and although this might not be something I choose for everyday drinking, Jolly Pumpkin has a very wide array of aromas and flavors built into this beer.

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Photo of rrwiltse
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, wow, wow. Bam Biere is simply mindblowing!
Pours a beautiful golden/orange, lots of frothy head, takes its time to disappear; goodly amount of sediment in the bottom. Wonderful yeasty and citrusy aroma. This will be my beer of summer for sure! Some light lemon/citrus mixed with a "barnyardy" (I stole this term from someone else, it's perfect!)essence, very dry finish, yet unbelievably refreshing! Only 4.5%, an awesome session beer, I'll be drinking a lot of this one. A refreshing change from the abundance of 9%-ers lately.
Once again, the Captain at Jolly Pumpkin proves his little brewery to possibly be the best in the state of Michigan, and certainly one of the best in the Midwest.

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Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber/gold, huge rocky white head, lots of lace and great retention. Smell is sweet, wheat, orange peel, some barnyard funk, citrus, yeast and lots of spice. Taste is sweet, with citrus/orange peel, some sugary sweetness, barnyard funk again, wheat, yeast, some floral and spice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth, very refreshing. Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed gold colour with a big, fluffy white head. Decent retention and chunky lace remained on the glass. Complex aroma with plenty of barnyard and leather, plenty of lemony citrus, a light breadiness, and a spice character somewhere between ginger and clove (maybe I'm just getting a bit of each). There's a light, lemon bitterness that lingers through the finish. Earthy, musty quality with a bit of leather and a balanced tartness. Mild sweetness ties all the flavours together. Light bodied, moderate carbonation after the pour, some dryness. A very drinkable beer with a lot of character. Quite enjoyable!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Bam Biere pours from the 12oz bottle with the cool caricature of Bam the dog on the front a cloudy, dirty yellow color with a big sticky, cragly two finger tower of foam. Very appealing. Aromas of sweet and spicy grainy maltiness touched by some fruity, citrus scents. A really nice earthy, barnyard yeastiness as well that imparts a funky sourness. A touch of herbal, floral hops tops it off. One of the best aromas of a U.S. brewed saison I've come across so far. Lovely.

First sip brings a crisp, grainy maltiness that's a touch spicy. Lots of fruity flavors pass over the tongue with notes of lemon, orange and green apple. A wonderful earthy, funky yeast is present as well and adds a touch of sourness along with a musty, farmhouse aspect. Just a touch of flowery hops on the finish. A very tasty saison to be had here.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a blast of fast moving carbonation. Goes down easy and is a really refreshing beer. I'd have to say drinkability is exceptional here...I just wish the availability was better. I grabbed a six pack for $9.99 and after drinking this one I would buy a case at the drop of a hat to drink through the summer months. Another wonderful brew by JP. Keep 'em coming!

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Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,374 ratings.
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