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Pannepot Reserva | De Struise Brouwers

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Pannepot ReservaPannepot Reserva
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2007

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Reviews: 373 | Ratings: 1,103
Photo of jgasparine
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled a 33cl Bottle, 2007 Vintage. Newer label reads "Pannepeut".

A- An aggressive pour produced a 1" foamy tan head, which slowly dissipated, leaving some decent lacing behind. Haze layer was reasonably retained. The body was a hazy dark garnet color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Smells rich, malty and yeasty. The malt character is soft and rich with melanoidins. The yeast character comes over breadlike and distinctly Belgian. Nuances of candi sugar, cinnamon and raisins throughout the nose.

T- Big stewed malts are right up front, infused with lesser flavors of yeast, cinnamon and raisiny esters. Midway, some booziness and hop bitterness begins to overtake the malt, which lasts throughout a peppery finish. The flavor of candied lemongrass echoes on the palate for what seems like forever.

M- A big chewy body, packed with a soft carbonation. Slightly textured from unattenuated sugar, and VERY slightly astringent (this astringency is the only thing keeping this from being a perfect '5' in the mouthfeel department). Some nice warming sensations from the alcohol as it goes down as well.

D- A dangerously quaffable beverage, particularly given its high ABV. I certainly wish we had this available in the States!

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle from Belmont Station. 2010 vintage. Westvleteren goblet.

A: Fizzes up from the glass. Very dark mahogany to the point of nearly being black. Creamy head disintegrates into leftovers. Leaves some pretty nice legs.

N: Greeted by a cavalcade of walnuts, sweet malt, raisins, prune, and oak. There's a touch of molasses about this. Some cola and plenty of clove. Cinnamon, peppercorn, fig and caramel. Very aromatic and pleasing if disjointed.

T: Heavy on the wood with a hint of savory flavors over the top of a bread sweetness. Tastes very exotic if a little overspiced and almost 'funky'. Shows some biting astringency. A little bit of soy sauce/salt.

M: Dense and full with lively carbonation.

O: I'd much prefer the base beer, the Monk's Ale or the Grand Reserva. Though this beer is very well rounded, it's almost got a wild element to it. Disappointed, I admit.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/05/10- Had a 33 cL botle of the 2007 Pannepeut Old Monk's Ale.
A: Murky brown, pours a nice cream head that dies to an active collar and film.
S: Raisins, molasses, some leafy moldy hops, dark candi sugar, figs, bourbon (w/o the barrel).
T: Very sweet tar-caramel, cigar/molasses/raisins are big players here. Quick on the tongue. Mild leafy bitterness fades to a nutty bourbon roast finish. Mildly lingers.
M: Slightly thinner but with a mildly creamy carbonation. Sticky linger.
D: Pretty good, a little boozey.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Trois Pistoles(Unibroue) chalice. Pours a mild brownish color with a tinge of caramel. Fills the glass a darker brown with a faint dark red grape color. A medium size, about a finger and a half...of off white creamy head forms with decent retention and leaves nice, yet quick sliding fizzy lacing.

Aroma is nice, but a little disappointing...because it's not real strong. But overall, it's inviting. Plums, raisins, Belgian yeast, and malts. Picking up some booze and wood.

Flavor is definitely interesting. It's very good, but completely different from the traditional Pannepot. This has a lot more over-ripe fruit notes. Some raisins and dates, and also some sweet fruits like plums. Medium body, medium carbonation, mild booze...with basically no booze warmth/burn. Great tasting beer though overall from De Struise!

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Photo of pants678
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle

Real dark brown, lacing beige head, lingering sediment.

Bread, yeast, wood.

Toffee and a rich, robust black tea. Fruit's not more than background, bread and caramel, though, little smoke. More than anything is black tea. Hard to come by unique quads, this one isn't like the trappist's.

Dense, not stout, but unexpected for a quad. Fitting, though.

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Photo of lsummers
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark purple red. Not quite stout in color but definitely Belgian dark ale.

Smells fantastic, plums, raisins, dried fruit and molasses, touch of alcohol smokiness. Belgian yeast is also present.

Tastes of definite dark fruits, black cherry and raisins with fig. Mixed into a vat of oaky chocolate. Some spicy notes from the yeast poke through along with a touch of molasses. Somewhat sweet yet highly balanced with a touch of its abv showing. Still I can't tell its 10%

Mouthfeel is perfect, creamy round and smooth.

Overall, I'm loving this one. Seems age does this 2009 version well. I'm already planning on finding more. A highly recommended try if you like quads and dark ales.

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Photo of Philousa
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

Pours an inky mahogany with a bone colored head that is barely there. The foam comes up like a magic spell conjured from the drink, the bubbles small and delicate. Lots of vanilla with dark milk chocolate, wet oak, and an alcohol tinge in the aroma. There is some plum and other dark fruit in there, but you have to take a big whiff, since the chocolate is so prevalent. Lots of dark chocolate throughout the flavor profile. Young oak wood and subtle vanilla bean waft through. There is some definite plum and date flavors that are potent like a juice, but fleeting, like it's peeking it's head above the chocolate flavor for air. This beer is thick with flavor not unlike a brownie. This is a dangerous beer, as I cannot detect the alcohol at all. Feel is balanced with a somewhat dry finish. 

While I enjoyed this beer, I feel thre are more complex quads out there to be had for cheaper or the same price. The chocolate male is just too dominating.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pannepot Reserve 2009
Thick very dark brown/ black pour, with lighter brownish/ near-ruby highlights when held in the light. Real thick look to it, nice head fades quickly, but looks healthy.
Smells figgy and fruity, of dark types. Maybe a berry or licorice hint. Pleasant. Slight alcohol.  
Great mouthful upon first sip. It immediately reminds me of a tasty big quad like St. Bernardus. Oaky with dark fruit notes. Chocolate, nutty for sure, raisin as well. Smooth burning of a finish.
Mouthfeel is great with medium feel, ample carbonation. Alcohol present to the end.
This is a great Belgium take overall.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 2007 vintage bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours and has the highlights of dark raisin flesh. A medium, khaki head settles on top before dissipating into a film.

S - Strong sweet aroma of raisins, figs, cherries, malt, toffee and brown sugar.

T - Nice and sweet with a strong malt characteristic. Toffee and dark brown sugar, just a little bit of cherry tart. Potent alcohol taste lingers in the finish.

M - Medium bodied, chewy.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured into an Orval chalice. Deep mahagony/garnet color. Very little to no head, I expected a puffy one, shucks. Plums, raisins, dark chewy bread and green apple aromatic qualities. The palate is lightly spicy, chewy dried fruit such as raisin, plum and cranberry. Deep dark yeasty bread. Green apple and calvados, hints of sweet oak, not cloying neither is it dry. Leathery and full well attenuated mouthfeel, but not thin. This is really a fine, fine ale; wish I had bought 2 instead of 1.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle, poured in a big wine glass at 56 F/ 13 C.

Deep red-brown, fizzy beige head that mostly dissipates, lace in solid rings.

Aroma strikes a nice balance between fresh and dark elements. Fresh white grape and young pine, with dark bread, toffee, cocoa, and mild spice.

Flavor of fresh sweet grape and apple juice, then dark sweet dough, raisins, chocolate, and nuts. Quite sweet, in a good way. Lingering nuts and chocolate, with a little fruit hanging on too, quite tasty.

Texture is good overall, but a little fizzy. Swirling does help. Quite drinkable, it somehow isn't heavy.

Good characterful beer. I'd like some Christmas pudding with this.

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Photo of djmichaelk
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep murky brown, with a two-finger head. Very little retention, however, fading in just 30 seconds or so. Nice lacing, though.

S - Raisins are the dominant note here, coupled with a combination of figs and breadiness that brings to mind Fig Newtons. I love Fig Newtons. Therefore, I love the smell of this beer. Great, now I'm hungry.

T - There's plenty of brown sugar and toffee flavors here, reminds me of a candy shop. That dark fruit is right up in your face, and lots of oatmeal cookie. Yum. The oak is very subtle, you have to search it out, but it fills in the flavor and darkens things just enough to give it more character. This is a great beer.

M - Full without being heavy, sweet without being cloying. It lingers just long enough and then finishes nice and dry just when it needs to.

D - It weighs in at 10%, but you'd never know it. It seems light enough that you could drink a pack of these without thinking.

O - This is one I've been waiting a while to try, and it didn't disappoint. I'll be picking up a few more next time I'm in the city.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into Delirium tulip.

2008 Vintage.

A- Pours a nice molasses brown with a good fingers worth of head that recedes slowly and leaves some nice soapy lacing around the edge of the glass.

S- Rich, dark fruits, dates, figs, some black cherries. There is also a little pie crust filling graham cracker-ness in there as well. This is what a quad should smell like.

T- Hand down the best tasting Quad I have had. The cherries are pronounced and the other dark fruits are more than just a nuance of the beer. The malt is there and so is a touch of hops but there is so much more. The oak is barely noticeable, but lends a soothing touch to the brew.

M- Spot on, full bodied that just glides down the throat. Smooth in every aspect. The carbonation is there but doesn't take away from this beer.

D- If you can get your hands on this, do. This is my favorite style and it doesn't get any better than this. No alcohol present the entire time sipping this brew.

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Photo of Brez07
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Novare Res. 16oz pour served in my chalice. Not sure of the year on this one

A: Dark crimson hue. Just a whisp of white colored head. No lacing

S: Some crisp apple, cherry, caramel, molasses and a touch of oak

T: Slightly oaky. Notes of sherry. Some light fruit (apple/cherry), molasses. Kinda hard to lock down all the flavors in this

M: Full bodied. Very smooth. Some carbonation, don't really notice it though

D: Very complex quad. Zero sign of alcohol. As I said, hard to get all flavors because there were so many. Was very excited to see this on tap

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Photo of callmescraps
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been on the lookout for this one forever, finally ran into it. Opened Christmas Eve after getting all my presents under the tree.

Appearance- Dark, chestnut brown. Very rich. A full inch of light, beige/mocha head. Big bubbles. Settles quickly into not much.

Smell- Dried fruit, raisins, figs? Some cola smell. Spice cake. Chocolate covered stone fruit.

Taste- More cola. A nice spice mixture. It's well integrated, so not overpowering. Light chocolate as well. Cocoa powder. Some cherry, just a hint. There is a pleasant almost tartness. A sherry character. Very nice and complex, but not overwhelming. Some tannin and some oak.

Mouthfeel- Lovely carbonation. Light.

Drinkability- No hint of the 10% abv. Goes down almost too easy.

Really excellent beer. Just lovely. Would be very interested to try the regular.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the 2007 vintage ...

A: Pours a burnt umber color with a medium-high opacity. A light tan head forms on top with fading but lasting retention and good lacing.

S: Caramel candy covered apple is what this reminds me of! smells great. Other flavors linger as well however, notably fruity ones (raisin, bing cherry) but also some subdued toasted grain.

T: Once again I'm blown away by these guys. This stuff is so complex, and so freaken great. Dark sweet and slightly tart fruit meets spice and a red apple candy coating. Dry finishing overall despite the sweet flavors, props on the bitter level within the beer to keep it all in balance. This one might age better and the pannepot reserva. Ill need a few more bottles.

M: Thick but only to hold onto a menagerie of flavor.

O: fantastic stuff, highly drinkable despite the abv. This is a triumph. Why aren't more Quads this interesting!?

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Photo of bfields4
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber brown hazy body. Brown lacy head.

Oak barrel vanilla, peppery lots of spices. Sweet molasses malty and dark fruit aroma.

Lots of fruit from dark grape, plumb, fig, etc. to a nice lighter cherry. Belgian estery flavors and spices provide for a nice complexity.

Very smooth and lighter than expected. Still chewy, but not quite as heavy as some other quads. Lots of complexity, easy to drink and very hidden alcohol. Such a beautiful beer. I may perfer this to westy.

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Photo of devilben02
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I finally broke down and opened this 2008-dated bottle that I had stashed inside my kegerator for around three years. It pours from the bottle with a warm chestnut brown color that is light enough that the many floating specks of sediment are easily identified. A big, foamy beige head helps to redeem the appearance, though. The aroma is sadly a bit muted, but it does convey some nice notes of dark brown sugar and dried grains. The flavor is certainly more assertive, with moderately rich, dry toffee-like sweetness, some mild floral and dried herb characteristics, and some slightly tangy yeast. The medium body and light, fine carbonation do a very nice job lightening the profile without taking away substance. Overall, this isn't a standard setter for a Belgian quad and lacks the same dry, fruity depth of the best in this class, but it is mouth-pleasing and quite a bit more drinkable than it's 10% ABV would suggest.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage

Pours a beautiful brown color with a light off white head.

Smell is of Belgian yeast, dried fruits, and nutmeg. Very nice

Great dried fruit flavors up front with a hint of oaky vanilla in the finish. Very complex, slight heat.

Mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation.

Overall a great quad, I am a fan.

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Photo of ricke
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

A: Dark reddish brown with a medium-sized pale beige head. Good head retention and nice lacings.

S: Deep and rich malty aromas. Lots of fruity notes (cherries, plums, figs, currants) - this is like a fruit basket! Tagging along the fruits are notes of wood, cola and chocolaty fudge, and wonderful caramel notes. Very vinous. Some spicy yeast. Very complex, almost overwhelming.

T: At first, the taste is very very reminiscent of red wine- fruity notes, wood, earth and spices make for one vinous experience. After a few sips, things get easier to sort out and the red wine character decreases to some extent. Some malts, but not very powerful. Lovely balance of sweet caramel, fudge, and notes of ripe dark fruits (but not as complex as in the smell). Dry woody notes linger on, Belgian yeast, spices and earth. The sweetness is balanced by a gentle tart note that sticks around to the finish. The finish is mildly bitter with notes of well integrated warming alcohol, currants, wood, mild phenols and hints of iron. Beautiful and rich, very well balanced.

M: Surprisingly light with rather high levels of carbonation. The mouthfeel definitely makes the beer dangerously easy to drink.

D: Very good, better than the Grand Reserva version.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage poured into my Chimay chalice. I purchased a 2007 vintage as well to do a comparison.

A - Pours a deep murky/hazy brown with a dark one finger tan head. There wasn't much head retention as i drank it. Really reminds me of what a flat cola looks like in a glass.

S - Alcohol esters, dark stone fruits and figs hit you first then a really unusuall rusty smell.

T - Earthy dark fruits, raisins, dark cherry, tobacco and leather are the first things that i am tasting. Caramel and molasses malts round off the flavors. There is a lot going on in this beer. I feel like i have ADD while drinking. The layers are so complex. As it warms more flavors keep coming through.

M - Nice, light carbonation, that feels very rich and velvety in my mouth.

D - This is one smooth quad. I am completely forgetting how strong this beer is since its not hot in the very least.

Its not the best smelling quad, but its arguably one of the best tasting and drinking quads i have had.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pannepot Reserva - Old Fisherman's Ale | 330 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2008 vintage

Brewer: De Struise Brouwers
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
Glass: Duvel tulip

Presentation:
The label looks something like a Roman mosaic of a sailboat. It looks very good.

Appearance:
Murky brownish-red. The anemic, mocha-milky head settles into a thin and disparate layer of bubbles.

Aroma:
Hmm, not getting too much out of the nose. Reminds me of toasted whole grain bread and raisins.

Taste:
Complex, uncompromising taste. It seeps deep into the tongue infusing it with the hefty sweetness of dark fruits--plums, raisins, and fig. Dark caramel and warm molasses round out the fruity flavor. It is toasted grain--charred bread crust to be exact--that creates the platform atop which intricate flavor structures assemble, stretch, strive, and erupt into a kaleidoscopic array of flavors. Orange peal, coriander, and ground pepper are imbedded into undulating walls of oaky malts. And then a vinous undercurrent threatens to plunge the whole proposition into chaos. The tannic transmutes, in the end, into something more like anise, silky, funky and expansive. Alcohol is infused into everything. It accompanies all stages of development.

Mouthfeel:
Heavy, almost viscous. Carbonation is there but you don't notice it.

Harmony:
A beautiful drink. It will leave you tired, but not weary. There is a feeling of accomplishment that grows throughout the process of understanding how all the flavors develop and coexist harmoniously.

Would I get it again?:
Oh yeah.

Bottled: ?
Served: December 8, 2010

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Photo of Mavajo
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is vinuous with some dark fruits and a smidge of coffee. The vinuous character appears again in a big, big way in the taste - absolutely delicious. It's backed up by a dark fruit character with subtle notes of chocolate/coffee. Also layered with spices and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium-heavy bodied with perfect carbonation.

This really is a tremendous beer. I was seriously disappointed by Pannepot and found it overly roasty. However, the barrel aging has completely muffled those notes in the Reserva and added a huge vinuous character. Phenomenal quad.

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Photo of macher0
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the Holy Grale in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dark ruby red to brown appearance. The nose is of sweet plums and cherries. The taste is very strong with dark malts, figs, plums, dried cherries, and a little smoke. Very smooth for an old. Overall very nice. It's definitely recommended.

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Photo of rinhaak
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 Reserva poured into a Rochefort goblet.

Pours a very dark maroon with a 1.5 finger head that fades fairly quickly.

A nice nose with cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, prunes, and other miscellaneous baking spices.

Very, very thick and viscous in the mouth; it is almost like drinking a creamy milkshake.

Warm flavors with a bit of bubblegum, clove, molasses, coffee grounds, raisins, vanilla bean, rum, and cherry. A boozy finish warms the belly.

Despite all of the flavors present in the beer (and there are many), the tastes are surprisingly subtle, never knocking you over the head. A wonderful beer, nicely balanced, but I sort of wanted all of these flavors amplified about 10-15%.

That said, this is tremendously drinkable and I highly recommend it to any who can get their hands on one.

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Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
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