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It's Alive! - Mikkeller ApS

It's Alive!It's Alive!

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296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%


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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale and cara), light candy, hops (hallertauer and styrian goldings), yeast and brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: DarkerTheBetter on 06-06-2008)
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Brad007

Vermont

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just couldn't say no to Mikkeller and I'm glad that I didn't.

Pours a luscious amber with a thick head that quickly fades. I absolutely love the presentation here.

Funky fresh with grape, pear and apple notes from the funk. Aging this in wine barrels is a brilliant tactic. It accentuates the grape.

A cooling rush of funk coats my tongue, leaving behind a plethora of grape and apple notes. Not very heavy on flavor but it gets the job done.

The mouth warms up due to the 8% level. Personally, a bit of aging would only strengthen the appeal of this ale. The carbonation is overwhelming at this stage.

Well worth a try if you're a Mikkeller fanboy like I.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 16:12:02 | More by Brad007
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is curiously lackluster. Not bad in any particular way, but it really doesn't have any spark or zing to it. Pours a hazy orange amber with a nice head that sticks around. Smells very earthy and with a fairly big hit of dry malt. Tastes earthy as well, but fairly plain. Nice bitter finish, but no hoppy zing or Belgian yeast fruit and spice or candi sugar sweetness. Just sort of dry and bready with some earthy hops and fairly flat in flavor. Some spicy hops at the end that carry through in the mouthfeel, which is a bit rough around the edges. Not bad, but not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 00:13:01 | More by Georgiabeer
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/23/2012 on the cork. Cork did no pop off. Pours hazy reddish orange color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of oak, raisin, red wine, pear, caramel, apple, wine vinegar, earth, grass, hay, herbal, pepper, leather, funk, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and high complexity. Taste of oak, raisin, pear, caramel, pepper, earth, hay, leather, molasses, grass, clove, funk, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of oak, dark fruit, caramel, molasses, pepper, earth, herbal, grass, leather, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavor; no cloying flavors at all after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is ok; definitely needs more carbonation. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian wild ale. The taste was a bit odd at first, but it grew on me; nicely complex and smooth to sip on. Enjoyed this quite a bit despite low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 03:04:29 | More by superspak
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 15/3/12

A slight haze in a golden amber body, about as many tiny bubbles as you could fit in the glass make it hard to well fit in the glass, even the gentle pour ends up with half a glass of soapy foam that ends up as an eraser top island after leaving spider web lacing well down the glass

S smells like some mildly funky brown sugar with a little fruit and dark bread

T some more hops then I could smell but not by much, some thistle and earthy notes maybe even a little tea bag, the Brett is mild and although a decent brew I was hoping for more

M a little foamy from all the bubbles with just a little heat from the booze but its pretty mild, a fruity funky aftertaste is faint but lingers

O maybe I'm missing the point with this one but I wasn't all that impressed, its decent beer but considering the price tag I wont be buying a second

not worth 15$ but there was only one way to find that out, looks great but perhaps it needs some age or something, I remember loving USAlive this ones not as impressive

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 16:20:42 | More by wordemupg
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ccrida

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, It's Alive! is copper with a large, off-white head, fairly slow settling and some what rocky, with pretty heavy, sugary looking lace. Darker then I was expecting, or prefer, but nice head, which is really the main thing I'm looking for here.

Smell is good and funky, with traces of caramel and hops that I wasn't expecting, as well as wafts of alcohol. It gets sweeter as it warms, tropical fruits, although I served it at cellar temp. An 'interruption' let it warm to room temp.

Taste is pretty acrid, very peppery, with a musty note from the brett that is a bit moldy. Not to exciting, the bitterness of the hops is amplified by the bugs, although the (unusual for the style IMHO) richness of the malt helps temper that. I wish I had aged this for another year at least to let the bugs do their thing and develop some complexity, I expect they'd soften the sharpness of the yeast and hops. Still, it grew on me as I worked though the bottle and let it warm up, but that also made the ABV more apparent.

Mouthfeel is actually on the thinner side, well a bit watery but medium bodied, with a drier finish, a bit sharp.

Drinkablity is not to stellar at this point, just not too exciting or tasty, a bit thick, very bitter and lacking depth. For the price, you'd be better served to sit on these for a while. The cork had a nice pop, but the beer barely moved. I'd hope with some time under it's belt, it would overflow a bit!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 00:12:26 | More by ccrida
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Tone

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, amber/orange color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, slight floral, slight citrus, slight spice, and hint of tart malt. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight grass, slight wheat, slight tart malt, slight floral, sweet malt, and hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 13:44:10 | More by Tone
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, orange rine, fruit, banana, and subtle funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sugar, wheat, banana, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was just something about this one that was a little off-putting in the flavor. Maybe it was the way the sugar blended with the fruits present??? Who knows, but this could have been a lot better if this were not the case. Glad I got to try it, but that is about it.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 16:24:40 | More by thagr81us
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty, slightly dark, slightly hazy golden amber with a VERY thick buttery off-white head. The bottle I got fizzed like nobody’s business, so have a towel handy! Aroma is average strength, fruity, yeasty and somewhat sweet with a malty hint. Flavor is mainly fruity, sweet but not too sweet, and has malt and yeast hints plus just a bit of butterscotch. Texture is fairly fizzy, leaving a rather persistent tingle on the tongue and lips.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 02:03:44 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright amber color and a clear consistency. There was a massive, fluffy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A combination sweet/musty aroma, with traces of fruit and yeast.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, esters, light fruit, malt, and a hint of a woody element. An interesting and lively flavor with a good personality. Well done.

M: A super-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, tasty and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 12:37:36 | More by avalon07
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largadeer

California

1.9/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Murky, slightly turbid amber, darker than I was expecting. A gentle pour leaves me with three fingers of head in my glass, which takes a few moments to settle. Head retention is good, but this one is overcarbonated.

Smell: Lightly funky, not overly so, with a sweet toffee backbone from the malt and a touch of herbal hops. Somewhat medicinal overall.

Taste & mouthfeel: Herbal, peppery, slightly tart up front. The malt base is very dry, but there's more bitterness than I'd like and not enough bretty funk or sourness. Like a rough, unrefined Orval with excessive bitterness. The finish is loaded with bitter herbal hops and dry husky grain. After half a glass all I could taste was bitterness - not terribly impressive. Most of the bottle went down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 22:14:14 | More by largadeer
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in snifter, the beer pours a hazy copper/brown color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is mostly fruity (but also a bit light), it smells like tart apples, vinegar, funk, peppery spice, and some pears. Unfortunately, a lot of that doesn't come out in the taste. It tastes like some bready malt, yeast, peppery spice, and a little bit of tart fruit. There's also a bitter finish, but something just seems a little bit "off" about the taste. Mouthfeel is medium, it has moderate and soft carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's smooth and not hard to drink at all. I'll have to revisit this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 22:08:50 | More by bluejacket74
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep, translucent copper amber hue. What an awesome, thick, dense, sticky head. Spongey and very light tan in color. But very small and slow lacing. The aroma makes me think of the produce aisle at my local grocery store, Dominicks. More specifically, like when you bury your nose in th apple display. Particularly, green apples. Very yeasty, fruity taste. Unsweetend apple sauce and caramel malts. The apples and caramel slowly move to a smokey toasted malt. Hints of Tandy leather give an earthy hop finish. Not as funky as expected, but pretty hoppy and earthy. Saddle leather palate earthy. Pretty easy to drink considering the 8% abv. You would never guess the abv. without looking at the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 04:19:02 | More by scruffwhor
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jrallen34

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Mikkeller. This is an Orval clone.

This pours a super dark orange with an off white head, very flimsy head that falls quickly, light lacing...Aroma is super light, sweet apricots mostly with a touch of sourness on the end...The taste is ok, a little sweet and sour, lots of herbal notes. This is actually a pretty good clone of Orval, really close, this is just a little sweeter.

If you like Orval give this a shot to just compare the two, if you don't know Orval, skip it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 15:30:20 | More by jrallen34
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dgilks

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had just run out at The Pumphouse in Sydney but the bartender offered me a glass from his growler of the beer. Thanks mate!

Hazy, dark amber colour with a smooth, foamy head. Poor head retention.

Lots of barnyard funk on the nose with a touch of tropical fruit. Slightly earthy. Really nice Brettanomyces character.

More funk with only the lightest of acidic touches. This is what a Brett beer is all about. Plenty of fruit as in the aroma and some malt.

Medium-full body with low carbonation. Smooth.

A nice beer with lots and lots of funk. I feel like it lacks a bit of depth and is a little one dimensional in terms of the funk but that is what you get from Brett.

Serving type: growler

03-19-2012 09:13:04 | More by dgilks
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champ103

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy reddish/orange color. A two finger off-white head forms, and gently recedes to a ring. Some sticky lace is left down the glass.
S: This has an odd aroma. It is not bad, I just can't tell what it is. Some fruity and malty sweetness up front. An odd soapy and perfume like aroma as well.
T: Follows the nose. Malty sweet with some fruity flavors. Though that odd soapy and perfume character again.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little thin and watered down though. Not hard to drink, but the alcohol is noticeable just enough to make this a slow sipper.

I am kind of at odds with this beer. Not bad at all, but nothing really special. All in all, I have had better Brett beers. It is worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 03:51:09 | More by champ103
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a mini pint glass.

Appearance - Orange amber body. Mostly clear. Nice white head. Great retention.

Smell - Super bretty. Very earthy with just a hint of acidity. Malty behind it. Simple but good.

Taste - Still very bretty. Not quite the dominance of the aroma, but strong. Lots of earthy flavors. Malty. Simple again, but clean.

Mouthfeel - Verging on dry. Just a bit of sweetness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Simple flavors. I like the balance of this right now. Would probably be way too bretty with age.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 01:31:33 | More by Alieniloquium
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Craft Beer Co. into a goblet.

A: Clear orange body under a solid finger of dense tan foam. Tremendous retention, heavy lace. Gorgeous beer.

S: Big bad Brett: grass, barnyard, leather, perfume, spice, and a bit of tropical fruit. Complex and outstanding.

T: Toasty malt joins the parade of Brett craziness; the complexity isn't quite as big here, though, as grassy, fruity, and herbal flavors dominate. Bitingly dry finish. Very good.

M: Lively, frothy, soft. Pleasant.

O: Maybe a couple weeks drinking almost nothing but traditional real ales put me into funk withdrawal, but this beer absolutely hit the spot. The nose was especially glorious. One of my favorite Mikkeller experiences ever.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2012 03:29:56 | More by woosterbill
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a brew! Poured with a nice small (in a small sample glass) off white head and a little lace. Aroma is an incredible floral with yeast, malt and some hop. Flavor's about the same with massive malt and a little earthiness. Great, chewy body and carbonation. Color is a copper amber. Finish is like flavor. Deliscious. Brett. adds a lot to the the beer with the flavor and edge. Could even be a session for slow drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 02:46:36 | More by drpimento
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a dirty light brown with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops. Wow, what an inviting aroma! Flavor is quite ASA-like: lots of wheat and citrusy hops. I didn't get any funky or sour or even Belgiany notes from this, so I'm not sure why it's classified as a BSA...but in any case, I don't really care because this was quite an awesome beer!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 19:43:20 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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ADZA

Australia

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally decided to crack this brew after it has been sitting in my collection for a while now and must admit i had forgot about it anyways it pours a deep mahogany hue with decent carbbonation that leaves a two finger head and some lacing here and there,the aroma is candied fruit and alcohol infused toffee,it has an above average mouthfeel with tastes of boiled candy,toffee,dried fruits and finishes with a nice bitter edge to mash the sweet and sour tastes perfectly,overall a nice beer indeed thats very easy to drink but cos ive been spoiled by this brewer i know he can do better although it is a nice drop.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 09:59:21 | More by ADZA
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good theme beer for Halloween, but not one the fine people at the party would care for, so I enjoyed this one solo.

Appearance - pours a hazy, almost milky, dark and dirty orange. Pretty frisky head falls back and holds at a thin cover in a Belgian glass. Good strands of lace for the glass decor.

Aroma - funky with a bit of tart fruitiness. Resolves to a tangy, honey aroma and then mostly funk. Certainly on style and better than most wild types I've sniffed.

Taste - fairly light and a watery kind of grain flavor. Quite a bit of hop bite on the swallow, not much flavor to it per se, but certainly dry and bitter. The funk, a level that would have been too much a year ago, now to me seems better blended. Some light honey flavor, and some olivey type stuff on the aftertaste, Orval-like.

Mouthfeel - very smooth with moderate crispness.

Drinkability - I'd *almost* have this again, lol. Not quite, that funk still doesn't quite pass muster on the re-buy option, but this was reasonably drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 19:39:19 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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ngeunit1

California

4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear copper-orange with a big finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet pale and caramel malts, funky brett, tartness, vanilla, lemon zest, citrus and grassy hops.

T - Sweet pale and caramel malts, funky brett, tartness, lemon zest, citrus and grassy hops, some mild bitterness, a touch of vanilla.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, tart, and funky finish.

D - Well balanced BSPA. Great brett character.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 06:37:19 | More by ngeunit1
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GbVDave

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25.4oz bottle into a DT tulip.

Cork dated: 11/03/12

A: Pours a relatively clear, coppery-gold color. Sitting on top is a frothy and bubbly, off-white/light-orange colored, three finger head that leaves a healthy webbing of lace behind.

S: At once, fruity and funky. Aromas of apple, tart berry, apricot followed by a distinct, dirty, funky, Brett smell. Also noticed were aromas of caramel, toasted sourdough bread, and lightly toasted malt.

T: Upfront flavors of green apple, funky Brett, tart berry, caramel, and bread dough. Rounding out the flavors are dry toasted malt, yeasty spiciness, and bitter, dirty hops.

M: Pretty dry. Any sweetness brought to the table by the caramel and fruit is reigned in by the spicy Brett, astringent hops, and dry & toasty malt profile.

D: Better than expected. This beer is meant to be consumed at warmer than cellar temps. I was able to pick up a lot of subtle details of this beer the warmer it got.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 00:37:16 | More by GbVDave
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srandycarter

California

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark raw apple juice. Near white head reduces fast to ring. Lots of cling lace.

S - Deep sweet caramel. Like a barleywine.

T - Taste follows smells. Sweet caramel center, although not cloying in the finish. Bittering and almost a slight menthol in the finish.

M - Nice medium body, good coating and carb, nice balance.

D - For the style, a fun and very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 03:23:33 | More by srandycarter
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Pencible

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark copper with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled spicy and wild and funky and tart, with a bit of floral hops and wheat and other subtleties.
T: It tasted like tart and funky yeast with sweet tropical fruits and honey malt, and a bit of white grape and other subtleties. It had a smooth and tart aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation.
D: This was a great wild ale that was delicate and complex and very clean. It wasn't too funky, as the brett was well integrated and balanced. Body was decent, and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was incredibly easy to drink. Great brew fresh that may improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:52:56 | More by Pencible
It's Alive! from Mikkeller ApS
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