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Sour In The Rye With Kumquats - The Bruery

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 967
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 285
Gots: 179 | FT: 32
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-18-2012

We've all come to know and love our 40% rye malt, barrel aged sour ale, Sour in the Rye. Now it's time to enjoy that very same beer, but with fresh kumquats added to the mix. This fruited sour reveals incredible notes of both bitterness from the citrus rind as well as an unmistakable tropical sweetness from macerating the entire fruit and adding it to barrels.
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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
2.32/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2013 bottle: This stuff is good...SIX MONTHS AGO! If you have a bottle of this...drink it now. This stuff was really good but drops off like a rock and loses every bit of the nice jiucy flavor that it had back in the summer. I tried a bottle in the summer that was really good. Add six, seven months, this beer turns to not good. Highly recommend if you are sitting on a bottle of this, drink it now as it is fast approaching drain-pour status.

A: two finger head, but darker than it should be leading to some suspicion
S: definitely not fresh...the freshness has gone from this beer long, long ago...sour notes, not fruit or kumquat smell at all.
T: mirrors the smell, freshness is completely gone--emphasis on completely gone. I really tried hard to get a taste of fruit, could not even imagine one past the overpowering sourness of this beer...and I have enjoyed tons of sours...love them...this one is just a good example of a falling off, quickly fading one...
M: difficult...lets leave it at that
O: Drink fresh...drink fresh...drink fresh...this drops off fast, does not improve at all with age...

Highly agree with the review about 6 entries down, there is a weird metallic aftertaste to this beer, which throws it off even more...

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy/murky burnt orange color with a small off-white head that sank to a ringlet. Aroma of kumquats, apricot, citrus, acetic acid and lacto, with some yeasty funk. Lots of tartness/sourness in the taste, citrus mainly, acetic, more of the yeasty funk that was noted in the aroma, sour toasted grains. I never bothered trying the original version of the beer, so I really have no basis of comparison between the two. Medium body, a bit rough in the mouthfeel with a slightly metallic aftertaste. Decent.

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Photo of Benish
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/25/13 and opened 12/1/13. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: very minimal head while pouring. Dissipated quickly. Dark peach in color and slightly opaque with sediment floating around.

Smell: has a lactic sour, bready and almost dank smell. There's also plenty of citrus and tart fruits.

Taste: starts very sour and tart, eventually becomes more dry and finishes with a touch of bitter citrus bite as well as tartness remaining around the mouth. Can't really pick up much oak or wood from the barrels.

Mouthfeel: very citric around the mouth. Light bodied mouthfeel.

Overall: this was a solid beer but I think I was expecting too much. Clearly it would have been best to try this fresh but I did not have the chance. Still enjoyed this very much; pleasant experience!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky deep amber. No head.

Smell - Stone fruits. Very acetic. Malty. Smells a bit like honey.

Taste - Extremely sour. Masks any stone fruit. Citrus sourness. Malty.

Mouthfeel - Too sour for me. Minimal carbonation.

Overall - I remember liking the Peach Sour in the Rye better.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark golden.... nice white head... good lacing and retention.

Nose is pretty damn citrus sour.... kumquats are loud and proud.

Flavor has the same big kumquat presence... citric and pithy... lactic and unapologetic.. liquid sweet tarts... juicy citrus .... for my humble palate, the sour notes destroy any rye perceptions that I might have.

Light/medium body... good carbonation.... very puckery and sour, still pretty refreshing though a 750 is plenty between 5 dudes.

All 3.75's.

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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apricot and peach flavored. Very acidic. Very sour and tart. A lot of fruit flavors.

Pale gold with an orange hue in color. White head.

Mouthfeel is tart and light bodied. Kind of refreshing. Ends clean.

Easy to drink. Very tasty. I like this one.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


I had this back to back with Sour in the Rye and it seemed that this was a very different beer. Age and a batch from a different year may have made all the difference but it has a more pink grapefruit like color. The nose was sweet, sour and tart citrus fruit but there was more of a minerally acidic aroma. The flavor was more earthy, minerally and orangier than Sour in the Rye. It felt about the same. Very good beer but I liked the Sour a bit better.

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, from the recent 2013 vintage, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 11/2/2013. Thanks for this one Dustin.

Pours a dark amber body, surprising in comparison to the regular Sour in the Rye. Comes with a nice fluffy white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a bit of lacing here and there but becomes a rather placid beer.

Smells fantastic. So much of that odd fruity sweetness that is definitely kumquat in character and plays along with the nice acidic tartness in the nose. However, I can definitely tell that this one is not going to be as sour or acidic as the normal Sour in the Rye. Its a significant difference in terms of sourness.

A bit disappointing on the palate after the nose- I'm not sure I like this any better than regular Sour in the Rye. Its definitely less acidic and more kumquat-fruity in character. Some funk and oak in the nose, but not much else more. Not much of the base rye beer is present- its tart and fruity but not super acidic or sweet.

Medium bodied, smooth but not particularly super well carbonated. Its a bit flat and disappointing in the mouthfeel department. But hey this is full of kumquats so you're getting what you're looking for if you pick this one up.

I prefer regular Sour in the Rye to this. It has more sourness and less of that weird kumquat character. I'd probably like Peaches better than this one. Still, this one isn't a bad one to get if you enjoy fruited sours- but be forewarned, this one is more fruity than acidic.

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Photo of Jonada
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottled 4/25/2013. Poured into a teku

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with 2 fingers of an off white, fizzy head that dissipates quickly to a thick collar. Body is hazy with some fine sediment and moderate, to high visible carbonation.

Smell: Despite its age, theres still quite a bit of citrus character. Lemon, slight tropical note, some spicy rye and oak.

Taste: Citrus, green apple, mild lacto character, rye like spice and oak. Quite similar to the aroma. Sourness is high.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is high but not over the top. Finish leans toward the dry side.

Overall: Pretty good. Rye gives it some unique characteristics for a sour, and the citrus is a nice improvement to the regular SitR. Worth trying for sure, but no need to go crazy seeking it out.

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Photo of NuclearRich
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Murky copper brown, orange and ruby. Whitish head pours a decent level and lasts a moment but fades into non existence.

S. Mild tartness with a sweetness of a fairly soft fruit quality(like most others, I've not tasted a kumquat so to me it seems like a white grape or pear) and a little peach. Fairly prominent oak and light funk.

T. Great opening flavors of tartness: lactic, citrus, tropical. Mid palate and finish are different, adding a sweetness akin to the aroma, and finishing with a spice reminiscent of liquorice, mint, pepper.

M. Sharp up front, quickly turning to oily slick and pretty dense. Reminds me a bit of alvinne cuvee Freddy here.

O. Great! Slightly underwhelmed, but worth trying and very enjoyable.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 4/25/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours deep hazy orange, almost brown with a finger and a half pale head. Head recedes but laces fairly well.

Smells sweet and tart with semi-sour citrus, oak, and faint natural malty sugars.

The sour, bittersweet kumquats burst on the scene as the initial flavor. Plenty of moderately puckering tartness. Orange and lemon rinds, marmalade, vinegar, smooth oak barrel sweetness, rye malts, natural cane sugar, caramel and subtle tart cherry. No alcohol presense at all. The unique kumquat citrus really shines as it warms up. A nice balance of tart with sweetness.

Medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Sweet tart kumquats, sour rye and some vinegar in the crisp, clean finish.

I found this much more to my liking that the base Sour in the Rye. The sweet citrus notes add so much. I may have to get another bottle if it's still available.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Auburn with beige head and strong head/lacing.

Sweet funk, peach, sour cherry, lemon.

Sour fruit, orange, notes of vanilla and green apple, lots of sugar.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and refreshing. Guessing ABV around 8ish.

Interesting use of the kumquats. Bravo.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 9.29.13

A - Pours a hazy light brown with a large soapy light tan head that moves to the edges quickly.

S - Tart, Lots of rye and citrus, boozy on the nose. Almost like a rye whiskey.

T - Lots of citrus-kumquat with a big rye-booze finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Tart and citrusy with a big rye finish.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage (first bottled batch). Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark, opaque rust color with a half finger of bright white head. Pretty large bubbles, but still pretty good retention. A few dots of lace.

S: Loads of fresh kumquat (despite this being a few months old), orange zest, floral notes, and a nice light oak backbone and faint caramel malt in the background.

T: Moderate sourness, with a light acetic lemon warhead character, kumquat and orange citrus are long on the palate, finishing with a nice sugariness which really complements the rest of the flavors.

M: A little creamy, with medium body and medium-high but smoothish carbonation.

O: It’s amazing how much fruit flavor comes through in this beer, both on the nose and palate. A nice beer overall.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this beauty as part of a trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with "2013 edition" marked clearly on the label. Poured into a large New Belgium tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a dark ruddy orangish-brown hue that makes light passage difficult. Some haze is present, but I'd hesitate to call it murky. Atop the body sits a finger of off-white head, with a bit of a frothy look to it. Retention is fleeting, and it quickly fades away to reveal a healthy ringlet of foam around the edge of the glass and a bit of film intermittently placed across the surface of the liquid. No lacing is left behind to speak of.

Smell (4.0) - Smell is that of apple cider vinegar as well as some acidic citrus notes. Make no mistake, the story of this beer--like it's un-fruited cousin--is more about the Sour than it is the Rye. However, the addition of the kumquats makes for a nice juicy fruit overtone that wasn't present in the much drier-smelling standard SitR. In many ways, it reminds me more of stone fruit than it does of it's citrus brethren, at least in the aroma. There is still a recognizable amount of funk and some woody qualities from the barrel.

Taste (4.25) - It's hard not to again draw comparisons to regular Sour In The Rye. In this case, it retains the same acidic sour apple punch presents itself in the original, as well as a subtle spiciness from the rye malt. The funk that came through in the aroma is pushed aside by much more straightforward sour characteristics, but again, the kumquat comes to the rescue and provides some softer, juicier tones to play against the biting sourness of the bacteria. There is also some bitterness in the aftertaste that reminds me a bit of a dry-hopped sour.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a mostly dry finish and a slight pucker on the tastebuds.

Overall (4.25), the addition of the tiny citrus fruit does marvels for this beer, and makes it quite refreshing and a bit easier to drink more of than the non-fruited SitR. It certainly makes me curious to try more beers that utilize kumquat in the future.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, 2013 version. Thank you, Abraham.

Pouring a mildly hazy amber with a dense, beige head that falls off to a disk leaving patchy lacing, this looks great! The nose is bright with juicy, fruity, citrus present particularly strong, with the blend of pith, peel( minus astringency) and fruit, all really dominant. In other words, this is a kumquat beer. A moderate caramel/toffee base is present, along with earthy rye, a moderate vanilla note, and some sourness. The sourness is just whelmed by the perfumey citrus, it's incredibly fragrant. Really good.

If the nose had you believe this was a kumquat beer, the palate will have you think this is a kumquat soda. Big, juicy, fruity sweetness and flavor, deep, rich, complex and fragrant. The blend of peel, pith and fruit that makes kumquats so addictive is present by the boatload here. Behind it all is a blend of moderate lactic sourness, a buckwheat honey like sweetness, a little bit of burnt sugar and some toffee. Vanilla and oak are present on the finish, the vanilla in particular pairing well with the fruit. Medium light in body, the finish is just a hair watery. The finish is actually the least enjoyable aspect of this beer, it lacks depth. Carbonation is moderate, appropriately so. Excellent.

Much has been said about whether the AWA style is a poor man's lambic, but this beer shows that there's a time and a place for a sweet and sour beer. Very nicely done.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to duffy for sharing this brew!

poured into tulip.

Appearance: hazy and opaque orangeish bodied beer with thin white cap.

Smell: juicy melons, tropical fruits, spicy rye!

Taste: A mild lime / lime sour note. Melons. Juicy tropical fruits. a touch of saltiness. Hint of spicy rye.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with almost but not quite moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish that makes your mouth water!

Overall: I have no clue what I Kumquat is, but... it really work nicely in a sour beer! I would be very receptive to more wild ales brewed with kumquat. Almost reminds me of Upland Persimmon fruit lambic. Yeah, true story!

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Photo of IKR
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage

Appearance: Slightly cloudy reddish-amber in color. The beer had a moderate white head that quickly dissipated.

Smell: Kumquats and slight funk. I also pick up notes of other citrus fruits.

Taste: Kumquats, mild musk and citrus notes. The kumquats feature upfront in both the nose and taste. Very mild acetic notes are present with the kumquats lingering in the finish.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: The kumquats are a nice addition to sour in the Rye. My favorite version is still Sour in the Rye with peaches but I'm really liking this beer. Picking up my allocations was perfect timing to help get me through the hot days of summer with bottles of a tasty sour.

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Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Eric for sharing this one!
Quick review from written notes.

Dark orange color, lightly hazy, a frothy collar of cream colored foam around the edges of the glass.

Zesty aroma, some light fruity acidity, kumquat... sure?

Super tart and acidic flavors of unripe fruit, mainly crabapple and grape (the tiny green sour variety). Very dry and puckering, gets the old salivary glands working into overdrive. Can't say i've ever had a kumquat, but guessing it adds some acidity and sugars to fuel the wild yeasts' activity.

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Photo of GJ40
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a Duvel glass.

A deep golden to light amber color with good clarity and a moderate white head. Aroma is fruity and a bit funky. A nice sour/tart backbone but with a decent balance from supporting flavors. Moderate consistency and carbonation with a good pucker factor.

A very tasty beer. A little harsh compared with Belgian sours but very nice.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle split with my better half on the deck this evening.

The beer is dark orange, actually darker than I expected. Small head that fades after a few moments.

The kumquat is there in the nose, and emerges more and more as the beer is allowed to warm. Limes, lime juice, oak, bread, rye.

The beer is sufficiently tart and sour, with a nice pucker in the finish, though not as piquant as Beauregard, which I had a few days ago. A nice showcase of the kumquat fruit. Balanced by a prominent rye malt body.

Medium bodied and tangy. Acidic and vibrant on the palate.

Overall, this is another solid brew from The Bruery. I enjoyed this one, but the Sour in the Rye w/ peaches is certainly the best variant to date. Glad to be a member of the Hoarder's Society and have more of these for the future.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exacerbating the already present citrusy character ,the addition of the highly fragrant kumquats gives this sour rye ale an even more highly citrus boost.

Its hazy burnt orange hue precedes the fruit additions with its own visual weight and haze. As the nose draws near, the tantalizing scent of sourness locks the jaws and evokes mouthwatering response. Its first sip is strikingly sour with the same sour white grape, lime, lemon, crabapple medley as the original Sour in the Rye.

Intensifying over the middle, its sharply acidic taste strips the palate and penetrates with utmost lactic sourness. Approaching dry chardonnay and apple cider vinegar at times, the dried citrus character turns lightly musty and earthen while peppery rye and its associated huskiness lurk in the shadows of taste.

Crisp, clean and utter refreshing, the thirst-stripping sourness leaves the palate dry and only moderately earthy as subtleties of cork, cellar-like must, weathered oak, tobacco and damp soil emerge in aftertaste.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours deep orange-amber with a medium off-white head. The nose is orange, tangerine, kumquat, citrus rind, marmalade, fresh orange juice, some acidity and barnyard. The taste is crisp, sour sherbet, big sourness, kumquat, orange, tangerine, candy, tangy, decent acidity, wood and pickled onion Monster Munch with a dry, tangy finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Crisp and sour.

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4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Curran at his tasting.

Pours a murky crimson orange, with no head, or lacing. Cool color here, but not much else to speak of.

The aroma just explodes with tart fruit flavors, hard to categorize them all. Kumquats for sure, some lemon, orange, and pineapple, with vinegar, lactic acid, and funk as well.

The taste is similar. Puckeringly sour, but in a good way, it lingers on your lips for a while. There is some great fresh fruit flavor here, the kumquats are up front, and their natural combination of tartness and sweetness is perfect for a beer like this. There is some vinegary and acidic sweetness that dominates the proceedings, but doesn't overwhelm.

Light to medium bodied, miraculously very drinkable. Finishes dry. The acidity lingers on the tongue and lips throughout the session.

I continue to become more and more impressed by sours, this is yet another really well made one.

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4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another rudzud split.

Decent foamy slight creamy 1/2 finger head that fades pretty quickly, murky dark mahogany brownish honey red color.

Nose nice stone fruit and kumquat, cross between citrus and apricot like fruit, strange Brazilian like fruit, little sweet candy malt bit syrupy, bit of Jack fruit too, big kumquat juicy, some tartness and sour fruit like, juicy mild bitterness.

Taste stats with sour fruit, fairly tart but not overly, sweet candy malt base, juicy fruit again cross between citrus like Clementine and stone like apricot fruit, must be the kumquat, sour sweet candy sour patch kids flavor, little brown sugar candy, touch sticky sweet brown malt, and just a touch of barrel. Finish is sticky sweet, little flemmy sour malt, light acid, more of the kumquat fruit, light mango juice.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, little sticky and flemmy.

Overall not bad but nothing too special, fruit is great but overpowers at the same time.

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Sour In The Rye With Kumquats from The Bruery
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