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Embrasse - Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 172
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 16.46%
Wants: 39
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 06-26-2009

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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Previous reviews mention gushing - I had no problem with gushing whatsoeer. In fact, I poured into my goblet and a perfect one finger head that stopped right at the lip (and rested on a beautiful brownish body). Left a minor head whole drink that also left lace patches. First thing that struck me in teh smell is cheery - even my non-beer drinking wife (w/o power of suggestion), when asked, said "I pick up cherries". Also pick up dark chocolate and vanilla notes, not roasted or coffee malts but there is dry, bready malt base in there. Sweetness is not as prevelant as in other ales which I guess comes from lack of sugar, but the malts alone give it a sweetness and so do the fruits; cherries, pear/apple, some citirc notes. Oh my is this beer so smooth and creamy -not only can I not believe the 9% ABV (I would've guessed 6ish), but this beer is just easy to drink thanks to a woody/oakiness backbone (barrel-aging and my bottle is only one year old) and so many taste notes. It has a striking sweetness reminiscent of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, raisins (raisin bread?), something akin to maple and this is all derived from malts. There is a sturdiness to this beer as well as I'm picking up chunks of breadlike malts that cement this beer's body. The beer's complexity lies in not only this sweetness but the balance from different fruit flavors - I am picking up apple, pear, cherry, some possible grape (not likely though) and I think I'm picking up a touch of citric like banana and orange. Then it all finishes real crisp thanks to lively carbonation. I can't say it's overly fruit or overly sweet - it's like a 50/50 balance and I'd say any fan of Belgians will love this.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed and simultaneously reviewed about a month ago, after a year of aging.
Initially pours deep amber to coppery body with attractive red glow (gets hazed coppery-brown with the consecutive pourings) and mid-sized yet persistent light tan head that never ceases, leaving stable cloth over the entire surface. Head sticks to the walls and creates thick and firm laces with each swirl.
I'm struck by pronounced esters of dried cherries and raisins soaked in perfumy alcohol, with mild peppery phenols underneath. Malt has a prominent bready (even chocolaty) qualities and there's a certain herbal aspect to the aroma, perhaps originating from hops. Hidden are traces of unrefined sugar.
The flavor more or less reflects the aroma; esters of dried cherries and raisins intermingling with warming alcohol and peppery phenols all wrapped in bready-chocolaty malt foundations. Despite being quite full bodied and creamy (typical for abbey ), the beer ends dry (typical for trappists) with mildly roasted aftertaste
Overall, , a BSDA Inclined to Stout and one of the best representatives of the style I've ever came across. (330 ml, into tulip)

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 13 Apr 2009. Nr 3534

A: beautiful deep copper/dark brown color, clear, good creamy head
S: mild nose, extremely deep roasted malt with hints of aging beyond its years, plums, hints of barrel aging
T: deep roast malt taste, extremely full bodied, good hop bitterness in finish, taste of barrel aging but I don't believe it is
M: deep malt, rounded, creamy

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Photo of srandycarter
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - TONS of light tan head, slow to leave, lots of cling lace behind. Definite cola look.

S - Fresh dark bread, pumpernickel maybe, sharp and lush smells of cooked fruit.

T - A meal in itself. Large fat piece of bread, mingled with a major dark fruit reduction.

M - Medium to heavy, good carb, good balance.

D - A very comforting beer. Pleasant. Would try again.

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Photo of Brabander
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer some weeks ago when i was @ the biershop at the Dutch-Belgium border near Poppel.

This i a good brewer. Be aware when you open a bottle, this is a gusher beer!!! I got lots of foam moccacolour. The fluid is darkbrown with some nice carbonation.

Smell has some light sourness.

Taste is coffeelike, the carbonation is gone when drinking this beer. The alcohol is really well hidden!

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Photo of impending
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

66cl into a tulip. Pours a mahogany cola, towering mocha colored head forever to recede leaves clumping froth.

No sweetness in the scent. A yeasty stout with fully charred malts, a yeasty RIS.

Taste is of a belgian stout plain and simple. Roasty bitterness rides the length of the long lasting aftertaste. Full bodied lively mouthfeel. Lacks complexity but none seems necessary for what it does it does well.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a caramel color with reddish hues and a dirty white cap

S: Cocoa, toffee and spice

T: Toffee, caramel, sugary, light booze, dark fruits are present(raisins, grapes)and candy dugar, Earthy hops

M: Big body and sugary sweet on the palate, coating and lightly burning on its way down

O: Nice representation of the style

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Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark burgundy with over 3 inches of milky coffee colored head. Reduces very slowly, leaving fat rings of lace down the glass and a cap of foam floating on top.

S-Loving the nose on this. Milk chocolate, dark, sweet malts, oats, caramel.

T/M-This is an "all malt quad," meaning no Belgian candi sugar was added. The difference is striking. Much drier than the majority of Belgian quads.The carbonation is substantial, and very prickly. Flavor profile is in line with what I expect from a quad, except much drier. Some mildly sweet fruity malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate. All very subtle flavors. The finish is abrupt and warming.

O-I think I prefer my Quads with candi sugar. Still, this is an excellent take on the style.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Dan – thanks!

Pours a hazy deep chestnut brown color with a light tan head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of smooth, deep caramel malts with large amounts of toffee and hints of smoke. Also present are lighter amounts of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust and moderately sweet caramel malts up front are joined quickly by sweeter vanilla and toffee flavors. Midway through slight amounts of smoke come into play before being pushed aside by earthy hops that carry through to a mildly sweet ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was a very enjoyable beer with a lot going on. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw previous reviews mention gushing so I proceeded with caution while opening this bomber which was wrapped in tan paper. The cap comes off with a hiss and a pop but no gushing. A slight release of carbonation climes up the neck a bit, but never gets higher than a half finger. Slowly poured down the side of my goblet, it settles in my glass with about a finger of khaki colored creamy head. The brew itself displays a murky brown look but when held to the light shows off deep ruby clarity through the body. Constantly rising bubbles of carbonation provide an ever-lasting support to the cap which is dauntless. It holds across the top very strong leaving a pattern of thick lacing effect everywhere it touches. Half-way through the experience, a complete wall of lace coats the glass and a light swirl brings back the head. This is a fairly attractive looking brew.

The smell of this offering absolutely throws me for a loop, but in a good way. It smells of deep candied scents mixed with fruit. Belgian candy sugar mixed with raisins, dates, figs, chocolate, over-ripe prunes? There is a light almost barrel aged quality about this brew that smells woodsy and dare I say smoked? Yes, as this brew warms up it gets increasingly more bold with a smoked scent that mixed with the candy and fruit aromas makes for a strangely unique and yet somewhat enjoyable experience.

The taste of this brew mimics the aroma but to a lesser degree in some aspects. The flavor of candy and fruits are present but the taste is not nearly as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe. A flavor of prunes, raisins and wood/smoke meets a musty type of chocolate grain. Unfortunately, despite everything going on in this brew that tastes good, I cant see past the musty aspect that is a bit off-putting. The alcohol is fairly evident for 9% as the experience continues and gets quite warming as the brew comes up to temperature.

This is a medium to full bodied brew leaning more towards medium. It is modestly carbonated and a most unique offering. There was lots to take in with this brew, unfortunately it didn't quite come together for me. This brewery has recently made it into our area care of 12 percent LLC importers and I have had a couple of the other offerings in my hand more than once. I finally pulled the trigger on this one and I regret it a bit. I think the other offerings come in a smaller bottle so I might give them a try, this one though while quite unique is not worth it. I see there is a barrel aged counterpart/offering for this but honestly, for the price of admission I think I would pass since I didn't enjoy the base enough to spend more money on another experience.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a reddish brown color with a thin tan head on top. The lacing was minimal and the head faded into just a ring around the glass. The smell of the beer had a good amount of sweet grain, some booze and barrel aromas in it. The taste was just about the same, it had some strong flavors of earthy wood and booze. There was also some spice in there too. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad , had a good amount of body in this brew. Overall It's worth trying. I could see myself never having it again simply because there are so many more beers out there to choose from. If I saw it cheap enough I'd pick one up.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bare bottle wrapped in a tan paper bag with the label stapled to the top.

Upon opening the bottle started to gush but quickly stopped leaving a huge head. Aromas of intense smoke and malts dominate the nose.

First sip is quite smokey but not over the top. Very well balanced between the malts, super-light hops, and the very much present smoke. Caramel, roasted nuts and dark fruits are also very much present. Fairly decent mouthfeel adds to the overall good impression.

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Photo of CaptainPiret
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Rochefort goblet. Dark, dark brown with a quarter-inch, thick tan head that left the glass coated with a nice lacing.

Smell was incredible — think it's the first 5 I've given in that category. I picked up so many things: candi sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate (and dangit if I didn't get a small trace of carrot somewhere).

The taste didn't disappoint. The chocolate remained, and also in play were roasted malt, rum and some almond. The slight hoppiness at the end offered a great balance to the initial sweetness.

Creamy, chewy, and very smooth moutfeel, but would've liked a little more carbonation.

This beer totally surprised me. I had tried the tripel from this same brewery at Restobieres in Brussels previously, so thought I'd give this a try. I will be headed to a store soon to buy more. This isn't something to drink over and over, but when I'm next in the mood for a rich beer, I'll reach for one of these.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Embrasse | 620 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar [Belgium]
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Glass: Duvel tulip

Deep mahogany with a bountiful ecru head and superb lacing.

Toasted malts, wood chips, scotch, chocolate, brown sugar, cherries, caramel, strong metallic tinge.

There is incredible complexity here. Powdery dark chocolate and toasted whole wheat malts smash against bitter, oily hops atop a bed of molasses and raisins. Dry and astringent finish leaves traces of coffee flavor and sour fruit esters on the palate.

Full body with low, but adequate, carbonation. It's smooth and slippery while maintaining its heft.

In the final analysis, it tastes more like an old ale than a BSDA, but either way it is fantastically complex. The layers of flavor are apparent the instant your lips touch the glass, and the level of harmony between them is incredible. It's a malty beverage, but it's also very well balanced by hop bitterness.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: May 4, 2011

Price = $10.99 at Whole Foods (NYC)

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a while ago, getting around to some older reviews now.

A: Dark crimson with lighter ruby highlights. Ring of off white head and pretty good lacing with a hearty swirl.

S: A faint smell but I get some chocolate tinged malts with other dark fruit and slightly vanilla and or nutty aromas as well. I almost get a waft of whiskey alcohol complexity but its so faint it's almost hard to tell.

T: More complex flavor with leathery smooth notes and a pleasant surprise of a smoky peaty finish. Prunes and dried dark fruit, some cherry notes also add in. Cinnamon, vanilla and toffee.

M: Ok, medium mostly smooth feel.

O: Not bad, and interesting beer. I'll try this again.

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Photo of Beejay
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours medium brown, in the glass it is deep brown with red hues at the edges. The head looks pillowy soft, but is very thick and rich.

S: Ripe fruit, and wine right off the bat. Raisons, bread, and syrup as I continue to smell. There is almost a dark chocolate thing going on as well. Very interesting brew indeed. There is a fruity champaign aroma in here as well..

T: Fruity at first, almost a touch tart. The following flavor is smokey, roasty, and malty. Bit of an odd ball, but I think I like it.

M: Fairly thin on the mouthfeel, nice carbonation. There is a bit of a creaminess to it, but not so much that the feel lingers on afterward.

O: Very nice, quite an interesting. A bit tart, a bit fruity, and definitely roasty. Tasty, complex, and quite complex.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought wrapped in a brown paper bag of sorts with the beers logo and an informative tag stapled to the top.

Nice tawny, auburn, rust color with a quick, head, no residual foam, and no visible bubbling.

The aroma is full of rich toasted malts that give off toffee aromas. The alcohol adds a nice, yet slight warmth to the nose.

The palate starts with a creamy texture a lots of toasted mlats. The malts and yeast bring out flavors of dried peaches and apircots along with sweet bread crust notes. The finish is a little chalky but has a fruity, toasted mlat sweet finish and just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Good beer, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of DHirning
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really enjoyed this beer. Very smooth. Definitely has hints of a sour but is firmly in the belgian strong style. The red color makes me think of cherries and other fruits. In the mouth it is very rich and bursting with fruit and other complex estery flavors. I can definitely taste rummy and spicy notes. Overall, this beer is complex enough to write a sonnet or perhaps an entire epic poem about. I'll post that soon.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Random Belgian tick courtesy of Bobby.

A: The beer itself is copper with an enormous khaki head and some sticky lacing.

S: There's a surprising smokiness to this beer which is present throughout the glass, but not necessarily in your face. It's fairly metallic with some toasted malts, cherries, and caramel. A very strange combination of smells.

T: A similar story on the tongue. Toffee, toasted malt, and a slight caramel sweetness. Just a bit of metal, but quite a bit of smoke. There is also a bit of vanilla and a slight creaminess.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: I can't say I was too big of a fan of this beer. Just some really strange flavor and aroma combinations.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
2.08/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a De Koninck bolleke.

Pours a cloudy brown, with reddish hightlights. Big, yeasty light tan head that drops after a few minutes. Lots of thin lacing.

Aromas of oak, anise, bubble gum. No hop aroma.

First sip is metallic, infected, some oakiness, brett, and a hint of fecal matter. Not pleasant at all. The only impression I have while trying to drink this is walking through a barn while breathing through my mouth. Brett, hay, and horse shit. Looking at other reviews, could call this "sour prunes," but it still is not an enjoyable experience.

Mouthfeel is medium, coating, a little drying.

Still waiting for this one to turn itself around as it warms. But, it's not getting any better. I may have to drain pour this one. My first in a very long time.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Well-folded paper-bag presentation; obscurity piques interest, of course. Lacing we'd only expect from a small Belgian brewer--awesome. Yup, dark and so inviting. Fresh-baked hermit cookies and fallen apples, wow ... has this beer been inside our dreams? Godly smoothness tickles the tongue. Unsweetened chocolate meets molasses, brown bread nods to burnt raisins. Kiss of hops fades quick, though not totally. Subtle esters of overripe pears/ apples warm the palate. By fate, we run into a beer that just screams greatness ... we are glad to have met you.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer has a dense but clear walnut brown body with a very creamy head of light tan that last and last.
S- The light roasted malt hint has a soft cider quality to it with a nutty aroma that grows as the beer opens.
T- There are some light roasted hints with an earthy note and a dry pungent hop hint in the finish. This beer gets a bit more complex as the it opens up with some toffee notes and a light smoke hint and some caramel sweetness mixed with a tartness in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The dry toffee and caramel are strong players when this beer opens up and some are supported by the tart notes nicely. There is a bit of sediment in the glass. This beer doesn't have a lot of depth but it has a great full flavor and all the flavors work together. I enjoyed it now but I'm not sure age would help much as the bottle suggest.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

660 ml paper wrapped bottle, bottle #2199, attached card says bottling date of 13 April 2009. Served in a chalice, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is pretty good, with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee, smoked malt and chocolate. The taste is just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some nutmeg and coffee flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating with creamy carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's very smooth and enjoyable. I thought this was a pretty good brew, a nice mix between a BSDA and a stout.

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Photo of argock
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. Bottle number 8774 and bottled on 10 Jan 2010 on card. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $12.99.

A: Pleasing dark brown with 2-3 finger cola-like medium-bubbled head which recedes very slowly and leaves copious lacing.

S: Dark fruits with plenty of vinous grapiness, caramel, toffee, and soft earthy hops and mild dubbel-like nutty yeastiness.

T: Delicious brew to be sure. Initial dark fruitiness of dates and figs gives way to a very sweet toffee-nougat flash and finishes with more layered maltiness. There is a good dose of yeast flavor and some light herbal hops notes. Very complex and inviting.

M: Layers wonderfully on the palate with a light dry finish. The carbonation is light overall and lends the brew to a lush feel with medium-full body.

D: An exceptional BSDA with a lot of class and complexity to it. I hope the availability of this continues to be good in our area. Definitely for the folks who like their brews sweeter rather than drier.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 13, 2009. Poured from a 330mL green-glass (paper-wrapped) bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. Served lightly chilled despite a suggestion to try it heated with whipped cream...

Faint buff colored head recedes to a a collar and slick resting aboard a dark auburn body which is suffused with alazarin crimson highlights. Decent lacing...

Rich smoked malt aromatics - there is an almost vegetal undercurrent which could be construed as DMS, but I think this is intentional. Hints of anise and other spices are present as well.

Dark roast coffee, chicory, molasses, and dark-fruit esters combine with the light spice of the yeast on the palate. The finish is malty, sweet-ish, fairly alcohol-forward, with a touch of smoke.

Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and faint astringency.

A unique brew - with a smokey base suggesting porter or stout intermingling with the more traditional Belgian Dark Ale notes...

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Embrasse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
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