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SSS | Brouwerij De Molen

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3.89
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen
Netherlands | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.99%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"based on a 1914 London Style Porter Recipe"

Added by NEhophead on 06-22-2008

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful black and lace. Big malty aroma and coffee, bittersweet chocolate,carmel, Kent Golding hops in finish nice. Cocoa, some expresso, vanilla. Understated carbonation. Great drinking.Medium mouthfeel. Milk chocolate is the aftertaste.Found at State Line Liquor. Only 675 bottles in the batch.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown (close to near black) in color and poured with a finger high creamy brownish gray head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: The taste has aromas of dark fruits and roasted malts.
T: The taste has fruity flavors of grapes and roasted malts along with some hints of coffee and nuts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: Despite its strength, this beer is very easy to drink because there are no traces of alcohol present in the smell or taste.

Note: Bottled March 21, 2011

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #478: This beer was said to be a rarity when I saw it on the menu at the Bethlehem Speakeasy. I figured that I must try it then since I'm easily persuaded into things like this. The bottle was split between a friend and myself that night. The pour was nice. It gave of a deep black color with a creamy brown looking head that stuck around for a little while. The smell of the beer had some very heavy burnt aromas coming off of it. There was a booze aroma too that was also there. The taste of the bee was very dry and gave off plenty of burnt toast flavors mixed with some rich dark chocolate. The mouthfeel was lighter than I expected a "Triple Stout" to be... Overall I found the beer to be pretty good, I'd say if you have the money on hand give it a try but if not, you're really not missing out on too much. It was nice to try but I wouldn't have to purchase it again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An extremely solid beer that displays the delicate balance of true maltiness and roast.

The pour delivers a deep dark brown color that allows a bit of light to penetrate along the peripheries. A froathy off-white head forms and reduces to a thin sheet before holding firm midway through the session. A gentle, yet masculine look.

The balance of malt and roast is evident right away with aromas that never favor the roast to the deep toffee malt character. Light caramels and a milky scent establishes roots that will carry the beer deep into the finish.

Flavors of malted milk, barley malt, toffee and caramels begin to give a rich and sweet taste, but the roast is right there to balance the beer in a very mild coffee-like way. The roasted malts balance the beer well without bringing undue attention. Any fruit flavors are light and favor plumbs and grapes. Hopped to make the balance more complex but again, not for attention.

The feel of the beer is very malty but not sugary from start to finish. Though the beer has some sweet toffee components, the maltiness seems full and well attenuated up front and fleeting for a dry roasty finish.

I cannot imagine a Foreign Export Stout tasting any better than this. Given the malty-dry texture, this beer was a serious pleasure to drink. Where power and complexity could have helped, I cannot overlook the simplicity and elegance of this beer. A solid choice for any dark beer lover.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a one-finger light brown head. It left patchy lace.

S - It smelled sweet and malty with a good deal of chocolate notes.

T - Rich chocolate flavors with caramel, toffee and some molasses. It had a mild grassy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence.

O - This is a very tasty Foreign/Export Stout. Thanks again to drfabulous for sharing this rarity!

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a aarge [int glass a deep dark brown with some ruby tinge when held to the light,a one finger beige head atop.Heavy roast and molasses really stood out in the nose,some alcohol sweetness crept thru as well.A creamy feel that coats the mouth.Dark fruit and dark chocolate dominate the palate,a great mix of flavors an feel to this beer,complex and flavorful.I would buy again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this one a year or more ago at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Finally got around to opening it.

A: The pour is very dark brown, almost black, with a short lived tan head.

S: Quite a lot of roasted malt on the nose. Some mild to moderate coffee character with a nice dark chocolate thing going on. Maybe a touch of coffee grounds, too.

T: Licorice and dark, roasted malts start things off. Some coffee flavor, but not a ton, with a touch of bitter dark chocolate. Maybe just a touch of overripe dark fruits toward the back end.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Surprisingly straight-forward for a De Molen beer, though not necessarily within the given style.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Churchkey DC into a snifter. Lists as an imperial stout but does feel more porter like.

A creamy off tan coffee textured head, sitting upon a simple dark walnut and red hued body. Not much lacing while finishing but looks solid enough.

The nose on this is very impressive. Silky milk chocolate, dry cocoa powder, lots of cinnamon and brown sugar, just wonderful.

Taste is a very light milky and light skim milk texture. Nutty mixture almost like a brown ale with porter mix. Malted milk sense as well on the palate.

Overall pretty neat tasting, quite unique, interesting angle. Rather enjoy it even though it has some odd characters.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being waiting to pop this one for a while. Had it at a tasting, then had it again at home.

Pours a 'light' black, not as thick looking as some rich stouts, but seemingly darker than many porters. Light brown head, rich and dense, slick lacing with some patches holding on.

Malty aroma, roasty with plums or prunes. Prunes probably because it's a bit sharp. Some hard toffee and caramel are noticeable.

Some coffee hits first on the taste, slightly roasted and not all that strong. Cocoa and caramel sweep it away to make room for roasted malt. Semi sweet. Hops give it a nice balance of bitter. I can see my self drinking a bunch of these.

Not exactly silky smooth. Has some bite on the end with dark fruit tartness a bit. Roasted caramel aftertaste for a short spell.
Darn good

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 352 / 696; Sampled July 2008
A reasonable pour produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head in my New Belgium globe glass. The beer sits with an almost black color (just barely a hint of deepest, dark brown to it), but shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby hue to it when held up directly to the light. The aroma is rich and roasted; notes of burnt toffee, caramelized-burnt prunes, coffee liquor, burnt / slightly acidic burnt grain, sweet dark chocolate and in the finish a combination of roasted saltine crackers and overly toasted, but not burnt bread. With a touch of alcohol noticeable it can smell a touch like fermented prune juice (very burnt of course) at times.

Much lighter in heft than I was expecting, much less than a 1.030 finishing gravity would suggest. This still has a viscous feel to it and a heft that coats the palate, but I would guess that it was a couple alcohol percentage points less than it actually is. Sweet tasting, but no where near cloying; the sweetness accentuates substantial cocoa flavors as well as notes of roasted raisins and a touch of figs. Finishes with a lightly bitter roast malt note, a round hop bitterness and a hint of burnt acidity; each of these combined does not really balance out the sweet up front malt; they actually help to balance the sweet malt quite well it is just that the sweet malt plays a bit more of a role here. The roast profile reminds me a little of a full-city roast coffee that has been heavily influenced by dark chocolate.

Almost more than the roast character, both the fruitiness and the chocolate notes play a substantial role here. A bit more balanced, even more refined than the London-style Porter, there is enough sweet malt here to stand up to the ample roast character, but I think I like the Porter better than this beer. This is still quite tasty and definitely interesting. It drinks a lot easier than its 10% would suggest.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, cool, another beer to crack off the wants list, always up for a new Export Stout,

A: Pours black with a mild true white head. Good retention for sure leaving lots of lace.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, solid.

T: Heavy roasted character, coffee and dark chocolate, licorice. Good flavour and certainly to style.

M: Medium to full-bodied, soft carbonation, creamy. No notice of the ~10% ABV, drinks more like 7%.

D: Rare enough style that should be made more because it's really good. Well worth a purchase. One of the better beers I've had this month.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured with anticipation into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a spare half finger light brown head that dissipates slowly to a film and thick ring around the glass, leaving light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, a ghost of cherry and perhaps dark fruit, light lactose. Flavor is similar, with good dry dark toasted malt, milk chocolate, more noticeable cherry, althoug with little or no tartness. Finishes with light balanced charred malt and milk chocolate. Excellent creamy body and mouth feel. A spot on foreign stout profile with the interesting addition of the light cherry that gives it a bit of a Baltic porter feel. Flavors are somewhat subdued, but very well balanced and integrated leaving the impression of subtle refinement. If this is close to the results from original recipe, it is much richer and integrated than I expected from a turn of the century porter. I look forward to each rare arrival from de Molen and this was worth waiting for. Nothing stand out, but nicely balanced. ABV very well covered; tastes like a standard strength porter.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich brown hue with a mild haze and a thin layer of tan foam which doesn't stick around too long. Not bad.

Smell: rich and sweet coffee, chocolate and roasty aroma. There's even a little dash of toffee in there; very enticing.

Taste: very sweet up front with some caramel/toffee character, followed by a chocolate and coffee flavor that is milder than the aroma. Bitterness is moderate but balanced. A dark, sweet treat.

Mouthfeel: the body is quite light considering the size of this beer; carbonation is relatively low but the overall effect is rather smooth. It's decent.

Overall: a good tasting beer that could use a little bit more substance.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving traces lace. Dark opaque brown color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel and dark chocolate nose and flavor is balanced with caramel and baked chocolate. Higher ABV is hidden. Bottled 24/5/2013, $6.49 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in an Imperial Nonic)
Bottle # 635
Brewed on 17/1/8
Bottled on 21/2/8
A- This beer has a black body with a glow of dark brown at the very base. There is a creamy bubbly head that last for a good while and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding up the glass.

S- Even during the pour, there is a rich black roasted malt aroma with some light smoke and fruit notes that becomes more earthy as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a dark smooth roasted black malt flavor with some black grain notes and a soft nougat flavor. There is a soft charcoal note and a faint chicory note at the finish. An earthy hint turns tart at the finish that lingers for just a second.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel after the head is gone and a slight slippery texture to it. There is no real alcohol heat even after the beer warm a bit.

D- This beer has a nice deep roasted flavor with some good depth to it. This makes a nice session beer but at 10%ABV it will be a short session. There is no need for any age on this beer it is ready to drink now.

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Bot march 2011. A very dark brown, some light does get through especially around the edge. A thin layer of white.

Aroma, dark fruit and dark chocolate. Maybe a little peaty maltyness.

Taste, a good dose of raspberry, cherry up front. Works quickly to more toasted malt, chocolate. Finishes pretty dry with a mild roast and cocoa.

Carbonation is just a bit too sharp to be creamy at first, but it gets there as it sets a bit. Solidly mid bodied. A very faint warming.
Knocking out a few more of the Belgian characteristics would have put this over the top. As it is, pretty good, though a tough price point.
The best I have had from the DeMolen brewery.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into my Orval glass...The beer pours light brown, settles a little dark with tons of carbonation. At least four fingers of light tan head, very good retention, but lacing is really light, as it falls hardly any sticks to the glass...The aroma and taste are on the lighter side and as I first sipped I was dreading that this was another boring English stout. Its similar as it is certainly on the lighter side in feel. However, after a couple sips the taste really comes out and is superbly balanced and easy to drink. Nict lightly roasted coffee.

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Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It is exceptional. Man o man, these guys can make the beer. Very similar to the Hell & Damnation but a tad thiner and has the carbonation; a little easier to like. Aroma is rich: coffee cocoa roast malt. Flavor's like aroma, extremely well balanced. Finish is like flavor, tapering and of medium to long. Session beer despite the strength. World classic.

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Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, #340/696
*Original 1914 Recipe London tripel Stout by Ron Pattinson brewed at the Mill
*1.094-1.020, 34.7 EBU, EBC Colour 194.7, 9.99% ABV.
*Brewed on 17Jan08, Bottled on 21Feb08.

Served at just above cellar temp (I've had it there for only a few months) into an impy pint, SSS is a hazy dark, bright garnet with a creamy tan head with long last that leaves light, foamy lace. Another one of these paler dark beers from DeMolen, again in this case, I really have no idea how historically accurate it is, but I dig the ruby glow. Think brown porter.

Smell is muted but pleasant, herbal hops and a bit of roasted malt.

Taste is pretty good, smooth, for such a big stout it's not that robust. The alcohol provides a drying, bitter note, accentuated by the bittering hops and roasted malt, but otherwise, it's got a dusty cocoa flavor that is abruptly cut by the fusels that linger on the finish. There's also a pretty strong leafy, herbal hop flavor, some caramel and milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel is full of creamy carbonation, not to heavy for the size, but yeasty and a bit solvent like.

Drinkability is pretty good, but it wasn't my favorite DeMolen. Being an expensive one-off, I'm sure it's one and done, even if I'm glad I got to try it. I enjoyed the historical underpinning, but wish they had provided more back-story.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into snifter - thanks to CarolinaKevin

Pours a browned color with some brighter almost reddish hues in the light. A layer of opaque head rests on top and retains well, leaving patchy lacing on the glass.

Cocoa powder and chocolate in the nose with some roasted malt tones. A touch of alcohol warmth with hints of dark fruit and burnt sugar. Slight mustiness as well.

Touch of hops up front, quickly swept away by some layers of malts. Roasted and warm with cocoa and dark chocolate. Almost a touch of Belgian-like yeast, which was a bit odd, but seemed to work somewhat. Warming booze towards the finish with some residual sweetness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, pretty smooth and chewy on the palate. Not bad, but probably not worth the price point, and I had a hard time picking up on some of the flavors.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a jet black liquid with a thinner light tan colored head.

S-notes of dark chocolate with a fair bit of slightly burnt coffee, sweet malts in back with notes of plums and dark cherries.

T-dark chocolate, hints of vanilla up front, ashy coffee, slightly burnt and bitter, malt sweetness with plums and dark cherries.

M-silky smooth and soft on the palate, medium body, slightly less than I would have enjoyed, with light carbonation but holds.

D-not the most fantastic stout, lacks balance in flavor and complexity but doesn't do anything wrong. that ashy bitter coffee flavor is something I find in a lot of foreign made stouts such as mikeller and I'm not a huge fan.

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Photo of gford217
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle #461 poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark brown out of the glass and sits a bit lighter than I would expect in a stout of this size, showing a deep copper when held up to light.

The aroma is pretty good, with lots of dark roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and some coffee. There are hints of lactose and oats as well.

The taste is slightly different with a fruit character that I didn't get in the aroma. It has a slightly metallic-like aftertaste that's not too pleasant. The chocolate becomes much more powdery with a deeply roasted malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and is extremely dry in the finish.

As an export stout, this one is decent, but it doesn't really hold up to the majority of impy stouts out there at the same ABV.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice revisit to an old porter recipe, smooth and quaffable.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged brown bottle. Standard De Molen Label, text over white background detailing the characteristics of the brew such as bittering hops, EBU's (84.5), OG (1090), bottle number (314 out of 616), which will be good for five years from the bottling date (23 May 2008). Notes 9.99% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Very dark brown pour with a fair head, moderate retention and surface memory, and some touches of lacing.

S - Good nose with roasted malts. Touches of coffee and a hint of chocolate.

T - Taste flows accordingly with dexterity an quite a composed sense: roasted malts, coffee, the touch of chocolate, a minimal fruitiness around the bitter finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Fairly smooth with the alcohol very well integrated and balanced.

O - Nicely quaffable and with a good flow.

Notes: Nice historic exercise. Maybe not too exciting but what Pattinson and Menno do here is rather welcome. Quality offering and a stimulating insight into vintage brewing.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes during our blind tasting. Thanks to Bob for bringing this. Been wanting to try this for a while and was quite a surprise when unveiled.

Poured dark brown, probably a dark chocolate brown with an egg nog colored head that was rather scant. It wasn't murky but definitely not clear. Nose is booming with alcohol. Very little else, maybe a hint of roast and some dark chocolate. Let's let this sit and warm up for a bit.

Ah yes, there we are. We served it too cold. Now I'm gathering much more complexity. The aforementioned chocolate gives a nice cocoa sweetness followed by a burnt toast flavor. Then the ash. Oh man this is an ashy beer. And the alcohol is still quite prominent. It's a bit harsh and the very light body doesn't really help IMO. It's a two dimensional beer: a couple of flavors + alcohol. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Dope
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/15/2010. Almost exactly 3 years old.

A: Bottle doesn't explode when the cork is popped but the bubbles build very slowly inside the bottle. After making my pour of a full snifter, 10 minutes later it was foaming out of the bottle. Very unusual, it continues to foam over even when the bottle is half empty. Pours a very dark brown but not quite black. Very large and very thick, fluffy light brown head. Head fades slowly with absolutely zero sign of lacing. Great retention however, especially since it seems capable of generating its own head without even touching the bottle or glass.

S: Nice mellow burnt malts. Roasted coffee. Fairly sweet and creamy, almost a caramel-like sweetness to it in fact. Hints of sweet milk chocolate.

T: Nice roasted coffee up front with a sweet milk chocolate backing. Some chalky char in the middle leading into bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Fairly dry finish in fact, one of the driest 10% stouts ever, IMO. Lingering charry flavor between sips, distinctive of de molen stouts.

M: Medium bodied, smooth but a little thin for almost 10%.

O: Not a bad FES. Age has mellowed and smooth it out but it still has a prominent and sharp char character. Can't imagine how strong it was 3 years ago. Alcohol is completely hidden, drinks like a 6-7% porter not a 10% stout. Nice drinkability as a result. Good beer, lacking a bit in complexity but I enjoyed it.

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