Brewer's Art Green Peppercorn Tripel | The Brewer's Art

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Brewer's Art Green Peppercorn TripelBrewer's Art Green Peppercorn Tripel

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The Brewer's Art
Maryland, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Max's, dry-"hopped" with peppercorns. I heard from a friend that his pour actually included a whole peppercorn!

Mildly hazy orange with a dense off-white head with great retention and lace, this is excellent stuff. The nose is super spicy and peppery, quite over-powering in fact, with some honey and a nice yeasty spiciness. Grainy sweetness is present, this is solid. The palate opens mildly sweet with a grainy sweetness, a little honey, plenty of fresh ground pepper, nice phenols and a mild yeasty character. Drying and spicy on the finish with a grainy bitterness and some spice, this beer is medium-light in body with soft carbonation and a great finish. Solid stuff, I prefer the non dry-"hopped" version, though.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to beandip for sending me a bottle of this several months ago. Thanks Adam for the chance!

Pours a clear golden color. When held into the light, suspended sediment is noticeable. Following glasses get hazier and hazier as the yeast is stirred up from it's long slumber in the bottom of the bottle. A nice carbonation aids a white, frothy head with great retention and leaves behind some nice lacing.

The nose is very fruity, I get apples and pears with a nice sweet malt backbone. Nice Belgian yeast character. Pretty good nose for a tripel.

Tastes much the same as the nose, with the fruityness of apples and pears coming out, sweet Belgian malts and a smooth yeast character. Finishes with a bit of a dry astringency.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, with a slow, but crisp carbonation. Smooth qualities arise from the yeast, and it goes down easy. Drinkability is great.

Overall, a good Tripel from Brewers Art. It's not bold and nothing special, but a solid example of the style. Not entirely sure on the price, but I'm guessing it's not exactly cheap so I don't think I would have this again.

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Photo of blackie
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: into the chalice it goes with a frothy white head atop a sunny golden, lightly hazed body, retained like a layer of meringue and dropping heavy lace on the glass walls

s: bright, sunny tripel with lots of florals and a firm but balanced current of young peppercorn on a malt body of yeasty white bread, powdery yeasts provide something of a rustic farmhouse side, slightly sweet candi sugars, fruits include green apple, white grape, peach, and sweet lemon, papery, aged noble hops, some sweet alcohol

m: carbonation lively but smooth on the light bodied beer

t: bready Belgian malt body holds a dab of sweetness and lots of activity - spicy green peppercorn, fruit flavors of white grape, green apple, and candied lemon, powdery yeasts with mild phenolics, papery hops with a clean, lightly bitter finish

d: not gonna be a problem, this is a high quality tripel and a pleasure to take in, the alcohol warms a bit but never really distracts, best beer I've had from Brewer's Art by far and one of the better American tripels around

corked 750 picked up a few months ago from Whole Foods P Street, DC

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a nice, foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Melon, peach, honey, ginger and spicy pepper elements

Taste: Spicy melon and peach flavors, up front, that are joined by a hot ginger and pepper by mid-palate, along with candi sugar elements, as well; after the swallow, the spices settle down, revealing a complex blend of fruit and sweet, bready flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with subtle, but prickly, carbonation

Drinkability: A lot of interesting elements in this beer; the peppery heat limits its drinkability, however

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My friend left this in my fridge and I poured it into a snifter.
Appearance: The body is a clear dark gold color. The head is three fingers tall, bright white, great lacing, huge bubbles and great lacing.
Smell: The aromas are spargy, black cracked pepper and pine resin.
Taste: The flavors are spicy citrus, grapefruit in the finish and black pepper.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is clean, dry and medium bodied.
Drinkability: This is a very fine beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my brother-in-law for the bottle. Split the 750 ml (best-by date was 12-2-10; consumed on 12-30-09) with a friend. Mine poured into a Chimay chalice. . . .

A: First impression was of the active carbonation exploding into the glass. A rocky 2-finger whitish head settles over a golden-honey body. Head retains well, subsiding into rocky, foamy peaks and leaves behind nice lace. Lots of floaties in suspension kept me from giving this a higher score on appearance.

S: Bottle might've been a little cold, as at first all I really got was basic cereal malt and some spice. As it warmed I got a bit of fruit as well.

T: First impression: sweetness and spice. I get candied sugar for the sweetness. Then as it warms there's more fruit -- think ripe apples, maybe some grapes. Spice is clearly there, though I wouldn't have guesses peppercorns if it wasn't on the label. Minimal alcohol taste, if any, though warming is felt in belly and buzz is felt in the head shortly. Lingering sweetness and fruitiness coat the palate.

M: Medium in heft with good active carbonation offsetting what at times feels a bit syrupy or sticky.

D: Very good. Went down easily and enjoyably.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank on 12.2.09 at the Fry's house.

The pour was very nice - a super huge head the was frothy and off white in color. the beer itself was hazy and yellow with tan undertones. nice lacing appeared as the head dissipated. the smell was light and malty, some slight yeast but not much else in there. a bit dissapointed in the smell.

taste was ok. there really isn't much peppercorn in my opinion, very slight and subtle. just a light malty taste overall. mouthfeel was crisp but finished soft.

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Photo of mjl21
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Alex. 750ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. No abv info is given. Best by 12/2/2010.

A-When poured, the color reminds me of what honey looks like in a jar. It is semi hazy. It has a massive two finger foamy almost white head that rivals Duvel. The head stays around and at certain points it seems to grow from all of the bubbles rising furiously from the bottom.

S-Lots going on in the nose. The spiciness from the green peppercorns is definitely noticeable. Also get Belgian yeast, candy sugar, and green apple.

T-The peppercorn spice is very upfront and is apparent throughout each sip. The candy sugar and yeast are also readily apparent. The fruit flavors are there, but are lighter than I expected based on the nose. There is a little bit of warming booze that is not a distraction. As it warms more fruit does begin to come out.

M-The massive head gives it a very creamy mouthfeel. It falls on the medium spectrum and has a spritzy level of carbonation.

D-I almost felt that the spiciness from the peppercorns took away some of the other components of the beer. It was still good, but splitting a 750 ml bottle would be ideal.

Overall I really liked this one. It was my first beer from The Brewer's Art and I am looking forward to trying some more.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Annapolis, MD on a recent work trip.

Pours a very cloudy straw color, reminiscent of a good hefeweizen, with a very thick meringue like three finger head. the foam is very Duvelesque, both in volume and in staying power. Tons of lacing clings to the glass as a result.

Smell; once the head fades a little (which takes a while) some nice fruity notes come through. Pear and passion fruit come through, and then the peppercorn gives this a nice earthiness. The fruits and pepper do a nice job of balancing each other in the nose. Let's see if they manage to do the same in the drink.

Taste; I thought the fruits would come out initially after the aroma, but the peppercorn hits you right out of the gates. Spicy, and earthy, with just a little honey like sweetness. The fruits do come out after it warms a bit, with pears and peaches, and then a slow build back to the pepper. The combination or honey, fruits and pepper give this a bit of a floral quality in the finish.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is medium bodied yet ultra smooth and creamy. There's a lot of carbonation, but it's all smooth and silky on the tongue. Drinkability is good, but I can see where some would grow tired of the peppercorn. I, however, really enjoyed the spiciness that it gave to the beer.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle says by 12/2/10

I had heard about this beer in one of the threads and was looking forward to trying this. Sounded intriguing.. Have to say, I enjoyed this quite a bit. Picked this up at Stateline on my way home from SC.

Enjoyed this with some grilled scallops and grilled veggies and thought it went very well with them.

The head was very delicate and fluffy with tiny colored flecks in it. As it slowly melted, there was sticky spider web lacing everywhere. The beer was a slightly hazy dull gold/straw color.

Aroma was wonderful. Green grapes, yes peppercorn., yeast notes and some light sweet fruit. Very fresh and bright.

Lots going on in the flavor. The peppercorn notes are just enough, but do not get in the way. Some nice flavors you'd associate with a tripel. A bit of candied sugar, some light fruit. Pear and spice. Ginger? Plenty of spice notes from the yeast... The pepper brightened the hop bitterness that lingers at the end.

I thought the body was very light and delicate. Very crisp.

Wonderful beer. I wish I had bought another bottle. I'll look for this again!!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Doug for buying me the beer!
A: cloudy, yellowish-orange color
S: not overly pronounced but yeasty and clean
T: nice, well-balanced tripel with yeast and fruit notes
M: great mouthfeel, slightly dry (possibly from peppercorns), lively on the tongue
D: very drinkable and enjoyable beer

Traditional Belgian tripel. Well done.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a fluffy white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Bready and yeasty, there are some sweet, fruity, and just a hint of a hint of peppery spiciness woven in.

Sweet upfront, it welcomes you with a dose of yeasty and bready flavors. Fruity midway through with a mild hop bitterness. Some mild pepper notes at the finish as it ends up fairly clean and sweet.

Full body, well carbonated.

Quite a tasty tripel, just not as spicy and peppery as I had expected (and hoped for). Easy to drink, but the ABV will catch up to you if you finish a 750ml on your own in a short amount of time.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at State Line in Maryland and split it with a friend. Poured a hazy gold with a tall white head that left lacing. Throughout the aroma and flavor, the peppercorn is obvious, but it never dominates the beer. Instead it does a great job of adding something a little different. This beer is otherwise a very smooth and subtle triple that reminds me of La fin du Monde for the gentle spices and occasional burst of sweet bread a light fruit flavors. Definitely try this beer if you can find it.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml corked bottle purchased at Shawan Liquors in MD. The tripel appears a cloudy golden yellow color with a good two fingers of fluffy bone white head. Smells and tastes of spicy, bready yeast, sweet candi and caramel, a nice dose of fresh cracked peppercorns, quite spicy and tingling on the tongue and in the throat. This one takes a few sips to really get into, then you are hooked on the spiciness (at least I was). The alcohol does not show itself that easily here as well. Dry spicy finish with more than ample carbonation. Tasty, unique stuff.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into chalice. Grabbed from State Line in Elkton. Best by date of 12/2/10 on it.

Pours a cloudy pale gold, hint of orange, with a dense, sticky white head at least 3 fingers thick that takes a long while to descend into an equally dense half-finger cap. Walls of lacing left on the glass - reminds of of Houblon Chouffe. Beautiful beer.

Nose is honey and tropical fruits, pears, some creamy vanilla, bit airy, sweet. Lack of anything remotely spicy or peppery. Still very nice.

Honey and light tropical fruit, candy sweetness, some vanilla and even clove notes, creamy, sweet. A bit sweeter than I like actually - could have been a bit dryer. Tangy yeast in there breaks up the sweetness nicely as it warms a bit. Peppercorns come through on the finish, just a hint of peppery heat lingering alongside the creamy yeast - interesting, though the pepper comes off just a tad metallic. The spiciness tends to linger in the back of throat, even between sips. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Lacks a bit of complexity.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied, with a light carbonation sticking around to liven things up.

Drinkability certainly isn't bad, but the peppercorn and the candy sweetness both get just a tad persistent by the end. Still, a nicely done tripel, if not quite in my upper echelon of favorites.

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Photo of iNHaze
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL into a wine glass

Green Peppercorn Tripel poured a light golden color with lots of suspended particulates and an enormous rocky white head.

Smells yeasty and somewhat sweet. My beer may have been a tad cold but I didn't perceive any peppery spiciness, or other aromas really. However, the smell was still pleasant and I'd say a good representation of a tripel.

Tastes sharply sweet at first. The malt character builds you up to a nice floral hop midsection which is carried out by a rather unique vaguely salty lingering finish. The aftertaste is very distinctively green peppercorn.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side and is crisp from carbonation, but I can't tell this is anywhere near 9.2% ABV.

Overall this is a good beer. I'd drink it again, especially if I land in the brewers art some day, or really anywhere I can try it draft. I don't think I'd want to drink a whole 750 myself in a sitting again, though. Probably a good opportunity to share with a friend.

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Photo of beermantimmie
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good triple! It has a very carbonated frothy head with a nice golden color in the glass. Hints of pepper and fruits add to the tastebuds on the back of your tongue. This does not have a noticable 9.20% ABV in your mouth. Enjoying it at The Brewer's Art (basement bar) makes this triple even better! This is a must have at The ART!

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Photo of hdofu
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this was a different kind of blonde. Gold in color with a massive white foam head. Tastes like pepper and yeast. Has a burning finsh not like alcohol though but like ginger beer. The pepper make for a unique burning feel unlike anything I've ever had before with beer. This doesn't hurt the drinkability which is quite impressive. I think it would accompany tuna or salmon quite nicely

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Photo of Vineyardselite
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have this in the shop now.

2008 bottle, in 750ml format.

Pours a slight yellow and hazy in color, with a wonderful thick head, nice retention and great soapy lacing! Wonderful spicy, green simple aromas that fill your contiguous area. Refreshing flavors, smooth, grassy taste that lingers into a wonderful pepper flavor that lasts in the palette. Very carbonated, with a medium body. A wonderful spring/summer beer.

BA is far one the best brews you can EVER buy. Even better is going down to BA on Charles Street and trying it fresh from the tap!

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Photo of hopdog
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this from a 750ml bottle.

Poured a medium and cloudy golden / yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of yeast, spices, and fruity. Tastes of spices, caramel, fruits, pepper and some candi sugar sweentess.

Notes from and tasted around: 12/17/07

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle. Opens with a loud pop and pours a hazy sunrise yellow/orange with a two finger white creamy, bubble head. Lots of active carbonation rises up with good lacing. Aromas start out with crisp light grain malts along with fruity, citric accents. There's a spicy, earthy yeast presence along with a noticeable peppercorn element as well. A bit mellow overall from what I was expecting.

First sip brings a crisp malt upfront along with a mix of light fruity flavors. Nice citric accents that move into a yeasty spiciness with clove accents. The pepper is there and brings a mellow spice kick, but it is not as forward as I expected. Flows down with a nice bitterness and a spicy yeast kick. Quite malt forward.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, while still being smooth and creamy with good fast moving carbonation. Overall, an easy drinking brew, however I was hoping for more of a peppery, spicy kick out of this one personally. Glad I was able to sample it. Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for the trade.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold, with a massive four-inch head. The porous head of white fell quickly leaving behing zero lacework and a bare surface.

Aromatics lead off with honey-laced malt, cloves and citrus, and a peppery spicyness.
Plenty phenolic and slightly medicinal.
A hint of mint bubblegum follows through.

Medium bodied with a spritzy mouthfeel. Lightly tacky and slick.

A blast of peppery spicyness starts the pallet, along with some sweet malt and citrus zest. Bitter cloves and warming ground pepper step forward, as well as orange peel, cumin, and cinnamon bark.
The alcohol warms in tandem with the pepper, and a honey-like sweetness lingers.

Finishes with drying, bitter spice, and fairly sharp on the pallet.

I really wanted to dig this beer, but the spicing just adds a bite that detracts.

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Photo of Risser09
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Corked and caged bottle poured into a wine goblet - 2007 bottling - Fridge temp

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange beer with a towering 3" off-white head. Great retention with lots of soapy lace.

Smell: Rich malt aroma, with some European hop aromas. Belgian yeast is spicy and somewhat earthy.

Taste: Creamy malt flavor is chewy but refreshing. There is a fresh, grassy green taste that lingers into drying pepper flavor. Finish is dry and spicy. Complex & flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full bodied with plenty of spice. Alcohol is present and warming.

Drinkability: Awesome. Another complex tripel from the United Staes. Spicy and full of flavor. Would pair well with summer foods.

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Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a pale yellowish orange color. One finger head falls to a spotty surface covering. No lacing here.

Smell: fruit sweetness, pepper, other spices, and a bit of yeast.

Taste: sharp pepper flavor are most noticeble, but work very well with the ripe fruit, apples, honey, and candied sugar sweetness. Yeast comes through nicely along with some orange and lemon citrus. Alcohol is noticeable but quiet in the overall flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout with some dryness in the finish. Long peppery and sweet aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: depsite the high alcohol, this was quite quaffable - so I needed to remind myself to slow down. Great flavorful beer worth trying.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luminous lemon with a light sprinkling of fine yeast and a Belgianesque amount of bubbles. Speaking of Belgium, any brewer from that country would be proud as a peacock to call the spectacular crown of alabaster colored froth his own. It's sticky, incredibly rocky as it melts and is beginning to decorate the glass with the finest frosting imaginable. The second and third pours look even better, if that's possible.

My favorites tripels are those that are both golden fruity and peppery. Brewer's Art has seen to the latter by brewing this ale with peppercorns. Once the foam finally relents... the aroma is outstanding! It's more earthy and spicy than most (by design), giving it a tripel-saison sort of vibe.

This is the sort of beer that I'll need to live with for a while, see how it changes over time, before making the final call. First, there are no big surprises. This is exactly how a tripel brewed with green peppercorns ought to taste.

Positives include a ripe apple and pear fruitiness, a wonderful combination of sweet-bitter-tangy-spicy, and an ideal amount of green peppercorn flavor with an ideal amount of heat. That is, low-to-medium. Negatives include a lack of true Belgian yeastiness, a wee lack of depth and the fact that the beer, sans peppercorns, probably wouldn't be considered among the world's best tripels. It's good beer, but it isn't great beer.

It doesn't seem fair to compare all tripels to the classics, but that's the way I have always done it. Given that, the mouthfeel falls a fraction short as well. It's enjoyable, but needs to be more delicate, more creamy and especially more expansive.

In the end, my sky-high expectations for Green Peppercorn Tripel were almost realized. In retrospect, I've probably been a little too hard on this uniquely delicious ale. Brewer's Art really does have something special here.

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Brewer's Art Green Peppercorn Tripel from The Brewer's Art
4.08 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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