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Artevelde Grand Cru - Brouwerij Huyghe

Artevelde Grand CruArtevelde Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
82
good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.07%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-11-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Underated tasty Belgian with good sweetness in there and spices. Very drinkable and reasonable ABV. Nice head, yeasty aroma.Caramel, and candi. WInter spices that worked great on a hot day.Good medium plus creamy mouthfeel. 2002 vintage that I picked up in back of the premier Gourmet shelf.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 03:18:19 | More by Sammy
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A massive Belgianesque head forms atop the dark amber colored liquid; several strands of foam stick to the sides of the tulip

Smell: Caramel, candi sugar and a Belgian yeast character that provides some stone fruit

Taste: Caramel, stone fruit and a bitter almost medicinal character provide the opening with a yeasty/nutty element that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors re-emerge to produce a balanced finish

Mouthfeel; Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Not so crazy about the herbal/medicinal flavor but other than that, it is worth a try

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 20:45:16 | More by brentk56
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another brilliant beer from the producers of Delerium Tremens! This hazy, crimson ale appears as chestnut in the goblet but reveals its reddish highlights when held to the light. It's densely creamy, light tan head holds remarkably well (bolstered by the effervescent bubbles rising quickly from beneath), and it leaves wide walls of lace about the glass. The nose offers dark fruit, but mainly cherries; and a delicate whiff of alcohol. The body is medium; and its fine-bubbled, effervescent carbonation gently tickles the tongue before warming to become quite creamy across the palate. There's more fruit in the flavor than the nose suggests, and it's bright with berries and citrus as well as the forementioned cherries. The alcohol is present and noticeable, but not distracting; and in fact, it may add to the experience as one is expecting a higher alcohol beer and it lends a touch of spiciness towards the end of the glass. It finishes dry with its juicy fruitiness quickly receeding as a wash of alcohol dries the mouth. Very well done and quite enjoyable. A "must try" beer for any fan of the Belgian styles.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 21:37:16 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep, dark, eggplanty brown, with a big, fizzy toasty tan head.
Aroma: clean, with notes of toffee and cocoa, but rather "eh"...
Taste: big carbonation, full–on cola feel, some spiciness, a touch of toffee. Mostly it tastes like fizzy coke, without enough intervening flavors to offer even the suggestion of something else. Finish rounds out too quickly, body is medium at best...kind of a dud, methinks...didn't thrill me at all...

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2004 10:22:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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WesWes

New York

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has sweet creamy malt scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a fruity Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is awesome. It has a very mellow malty flavor with a smooth creamy finish. It is full of crystal malts and has a fruity yeast flavor that adds a bit of spice to the taste. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good Belgian. It is incredibly smooth with good flavor and aroma; a fine drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 01:16:11 | More by WesWes
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cork Date 2003, Sampled May 2005
Pours a lightly hazy amber color and is topped by a light brown head that disappears after a bit. The aroma is a mix of spicy notes, chocolate, prunes, musty earth, and figs. Quite an interesting melange of aromatics actually. The taste is sweet up front, but then moves to a spicy note in the middle. I get notes of cinnamon, figs, prunes, raisons, and a certain woodiness. This beer finishes a tad on the week side, it quickly disappears losing the rich fruity maltiness surprisingly quickly. This beer has notes that are quite reminiscent of a lightly aged beer; hints of sherry and rich meaty malt notes. This beer is reasonably tasty, in fact all of the flavors and aromas I consider quite desirable, but it just seems to be lacking in some way that makes it a bit disappointing. The flavors do not meld enough into a synchronized whole.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 03:47:09 | More by Gueuzedude
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A deep amber brown murky but so appeasing to the eye poured into my 20oz. Gulden Draak this is the life, vivacious tan billowing head what eye candy, big patches of lace here nice carbonation perfect appearance. Aroma: A fair but oh so pleasant yeast strain used here, darker roasts form chocolate esque tones with a sweet candy sugar scent what a nice smooth and mellow Grand Cru. I must admit when I see Grand Cru I expect it would be kicked up a notch this one however keeps the drinkability factor at an all time high. If this makes sense this beer reminds me of a brown sugar infused honey BBQ sauce scent on the grill with the faintest amount of smokiness, oh so good. Taste: Very smooth bittering hops not so much prevalent but very much noticeable blended with a warming creaminess this is just a great drinkable belgain Grand Cru from the same folks who brought us the Delerium trio for that we have much to owe the Huyghe family brewery. A mellow sweet combonation of chocolate and darker sweet roasts to make a humbling but wonderful experience for the taster not so much an upfront barrrage of flavor here but so much subtleness this one must be found and tried, awesome beer. Mouthfeel: Creamy edge smooth drinking what can one more ask from they're favorite begian brewer. Drinkability: An upfront barrage of subtle flavor with the most endearing yeast character, I have fallen in love with this ale so many great characterstiics thrown in here, not one over powers the next.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 15:49:35 | More by WVbeergeek
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Artevelde Grand Cru - 1993 Vintage.
Sampled August 2007 at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

330ml bottle at 14 years of age. Pours with a fine level of tanned colour head. The appearance yields deep, deep mahogany highlights. A dark brown coloured body. A tilt towards the light will showcase some clarity.

The aroma is intense! A potent harmony of dark and saturated fruits, sweet chocolate, oak, rich liqueur, anise, caramel and burnt toffee. What really stands out most is this charred, burnt (not roasted - but burnt) toffee. The caramel also is extremely present. The whole production carries a teeth rotting sweetness. I thought the Gouden Carolus line was rich - but this brings it to the next level. It is (almost) too much!

The body hasn't held up incredibly, the backbone of malt has faded but fortunately the flavours still remain. Only a trace of carbonation is left (which is more than enough for a beer of this character). A silky texture. Aging so long this has mellowed into a daze. No hint as to the alcohol but at only seven some odd percent it does come across that much lighter than other Belgian strong ales. Equally, it has held up that much less.

The taste has quite evidently mellowed with time. There is a strong presence of raisins and dates. A soft, light roast imparts an ashy or sutty quality to the malts. The flavour is dominated by figs, oak, and ripe raisins with light butterscotch topping. The yeast on the bottom is so thick I couldn't see through it even up to the light. I don't believe I've ever seen such thickness on the bottom of a bottle.

A wonderful tipple that I can only imagine finding in Belgium! I ordered it in large part because it was the same age as my sister, 14 year old beers aren't easy to come across. But I was equally impressed with how rich and tasty it was. Enjoyed!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 17:01:39 | More by biegaman
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork says 2.003

Nice looking clear mahogany tone. Hefty light beige head has excellent retention. Lacing is moderate. The aroma's got it going on. The sweet candy and sweet spice thing. Whiffs of cotton candy and sweet cinamon bread come to mind. Sweet cookie dough and biscuity malts. Great aroma. The mouthfeel seems a little empty. Light body and lightly carbonated. Gives the feeling of lifelessness in the mouth. The taste does not follow through to the extent that I'd like with the aroma, but some nice qualities to exist. Sweet candied tones and the "menage a trois" of figs, raisins and dates. A little boozy sweetness. Not bad, but I just wish I would have kept smelling this one a little longer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 03:33:54 | More by Bighuge
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Gusler

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after the removal of the basket & cork from the 750ml brown bottle resides in the glass a deep bruin, the head was creamy and huge, and the color a toasted grain tan after its demise, the lace forms a thick sheet to obscure the glass. Nose has a sweet toasted grain aroma, crisp, clean with hints of a home cooked cherry cobbler, doughy and mouth watering, start is sweet with a nice malted grain presence, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops delectable, dry and long lasting aftertaste, a fine drinking brew to please your palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 01:53:46 | More by Gusler
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a deep brown in color with lots of carbonation and a nice head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – There are some nice, darkish yeasty notes to this nose along with some good, summertime fruits. There’s a light lime aroma here as well. Mostly though it is the dark yeasty malt that dominates.

Taste –The big, darkish yeast comes out huge at the taste. I really enjoyed this aspect of the flavor profile. There are some good fruits here as well. Leading the way is banana, tangerine, green raisins, and dates.

Mouthfeel – This BSDA is almost full in the body and has some good carbonation that gives the mouthfeel a light, fluffy sensation. This is a difficult feel for a brewery to achieve and I thought it was the strong point of the ale.

Drinkability – This is carrying a pretty low rating on the site for a Grand Cru (3.62 review average after 33 reviews at the time of this rating). It's a good, much better than average ale, but I think when you label the bottle "Grand Cru" you heighten expectations. That aside, I enjoyed every sip of it. Think "Belgian Strong Dark Ale", ignore the light sour note at the taste, and this will be a terrific experience.

Oh, yeah, and don't look at it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 04:04:37 | More by RoyalT
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was told this was rather tasty and discounted at 2 bucks it's worth a try.

A - Very little head maybe just a tiny lace ring. Color is a deep hazy chestnut brown. Mild sediment at the base so it might be as old as the other Belgiums I had tonight.

S - Strong caramel, plums and raisins, fruity yeasts, and a of rum and vinegar.

T - Despite the mild vinegar tone this beer is exceptionally good. Smooth ripe stone fruit with notes of dried sweet apricot and plums. Caramel malt sweetness throughout is also a plus.

M - Not drying at all this one drinks smooth maybe some chalky aftertaste but aged well.

Overall if it's still around I might pick up another couple. Quite a smooth easy drink Belgium strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 06:23:27 | More by DrDemento456
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.08/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I drank this from a bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a medium brown with a decent white head and ok lacing.

Immediately after uncapping I was hit with a smell of banana, but in a totally unpleasant way. That was the dominant smell with alcohol.

The taste is very plain and boring. A very poor effort here.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 18:39:30 | More by jrallen34
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francisweizen

Arizona

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This dark brown brew was poured out of the 750ml bottle and had a small and compact head. The aromas were very spicy, slightly boozy, fruity and a bit malty. The mouthfeel was very nice on this brew, with the carbonation level being just right. The drinkability was pretty good as well, but this stuff was a little on the strong side...

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 02:31:20 | More by francisweizen
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Artevelde Grand Cru comes in a corked 750 ml bottle though this would seem to be more of a stylistic flourish than a functional bottling mechanism. The bottle itself is flat bottomed and its uncorking yielded no great effervescent "pop". A soft feathery head rose and fell upon pouring and left no lace. The head was beige and produced a modest yet colorfully spiced aroma with notes of ginger, raisin, and black pepper. The color of the brew was a hazy cinnamon.

The taste, like the aroma, is restrained but ultimately clean and well composed. This is not an overly complex beer and not a great Grand Cru per se. But it is a soothing drink and goes quite well with a good book. Exceptionally tiny bubbles contribute to a tight mouthfeel.

The bottom line for me is that while Huyghe's Artevelde Grand Cru is not an especially charismatic brew, it is very much appealing in its simple, semi-tart taste, clean finish, and gently spiced nose.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 18:18:21 | More by RedDiamond
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured deep amber brown with a slight haze. The head was white and fell rapidly but stayed to lace the glass.

The aroma was dark fruits, but not pronounced. Also present was a strong biscuit/bready aroma and some begian yeast spiciness and fruitiness. The aroma contained a slight acidity and some slight alcohol presence which pronounce the spice phenols.

The flavor was light with a dark caramel and a slight flavor of dark fruits. The belgian yeast character in spiciness and fruitiness was restrained yet present. The flavor contained a slight alcohol presence.

The finish was just dry with lasting dark fruits and caramel. The body was medium, but seemed just a bit less due to the carbonation. A definite alcohol presence was noted and the alcohol lasted well into the aftertaste and long after consumption.

750 ml bottle, corked and bailed. 2001 on cork. L2 is notched on one corner of the back and 1 on the other corner. Judging from the reviews, time does not hurt this beer, but it doesn't significantly improve it either.

Looks like this is my first review of 2005...Happy New Year!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 00:39:11 | More by GCBrewingCo
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330mL brown bottle with gold foil around neck and cap. Poured out with hardly any head, with quick dissipation. A murky deep copper red tone, the nose is sweet and citrusy, with caramel highlights. Sweet fruity toffee flavour, some lemon, mouthfeel is watered down. It has its moments, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 22:21:45 | More by IronDjinn
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Better than the standard Artevelde, but still not that good. Sugary yeasty chartacter, medium body, not very complex, and on the sweeter side, with a caramelised sugar flavour. Not so good.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2002 14:53:11 | More by rastaman
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown with a decent tan head and good carbonation upon the pour. Belgiany yeasty spicy malt aromas; raisin-like Dubble-ish aroma. Raisiny malt flavor dominates -- very much like a Dubbel. Mediujm bodied with a spicy raisiny finish but a bit airier than expected considering carbonation.

An excellent stronger Dubbel and very enjoyable ! Not complex but pricey considering other Grand Crus (Abbey Des Rocs) are excellent and cheaper.

Label states "Since 1654"

Bought: 01/11/03
Tasted: 02/24/04

($6.99 / 25.4 oz. brown champagne style bottle corked and caged with gold foil wrap)

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2004 16:08:40 | More by RBorsato
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thierrynantes

France

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

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance : creamy and abundant foam, amber color (disturbed by yeasts)
Smell : Good aroma of malt and caramel light fragrance.
Taste and mouthfeel : slight bitterness
Drinkability : good beer in the style Belgian strong ale

Review added 11-14-2007, translated from french 1-15-2008.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 21:41:54 | More by thierrynantes
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allengarvin

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has been at the back my fridge for at least 2 years. Cork date 2003, sampled July 2006. Pours out a dark ruby-tinted brown with a slight initial head that fades completely away quickly. Aroma is malty, vinous, with a slightly tart, spicy undertone. Very fruity up front, with tastes of plums and caramelized cherries, with a strong malt underpinning. Alcohol is peppery and quite apparent despite the relatively low strength. Finishes somewhat musty, with a lingering ghost of fruitiness. A little flat in carbonation, possibly lost over the time. Full-bodied otherwise.

A solid dark belgian, reasonably unique and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 03:03:25 | More by allengarvin
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No real "pop" upon opening the bottle-I was a bit concerned.Very nice carbonation in the glass though.Nice deep redish brown color.Slightly spiced aroma.Malty and yeasty.Good flavor-malty-hints of raisens,toffee and a hint of spices.Good body-could be a tad fuller for my liking.A nice grand cru-very simple and not overly complex which is a change.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 00:53:16 | More by lackenhauser
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HardTarget

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Cork was slightly askew under the cage, and there was a little stickiness to the neck of the bottle. A pliers assisted pull produced a very meek pop and showed 2003 on the cork. Label has 7.4% abv. and notched numbers at the bottom that MIGHT indicate a date, but I can’t read them.
I stored this bottle in my fridge from about 2004 just before the brewery pulled out of Texas.

Aroma: Plum and grape jam, some floral notes, and a light Belgian yeast note. Very grape, juicy even.

Appearance: Pour gave a good finger head (a relief given the bottle state) but dropped back to the scantest of covers. Goblet is dark brown with clear ruby edges.

Flavor: Again, grapes lead the way for me. Quickly following is a firm yeast note. The profile is much like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (ok, BA agrees with me). I’m reminded of Terrible from Unibroue. Some other dried fruits come out and a light rum note as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Light Medium body, thin texture, low carbonation (possibly due to age).

Overall Impression: A nice beer. I half feared this would turn into a gnashing of teeth and rending of clothes for another gem robbed from Texas by the TABC, but while this is a fine beer, I don’t think I’ll crave another.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 04:22:57 | More by HardTarget
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml brown bottle with gold foil up the neck.
Pours a hazy brown color, off white foam that starts with nice head, then disappears to a thin collar. Held up to the light it is more brown with orangish/red highlites. Sharp smell of brown sugar and lemon, also lots of alcohol on the nose. Taste has caramel, burnt toffee, cloves, and a licorice type finish. Bit of an alcohol burn going down with a slight tinge of metal in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2005 05:14:17 | More by BigBry
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maxpower

Missouri

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged 2003. Pours a hazy bright reddish-orange with a nice off- white head that leaves some lacing. Yeasty, spicy and fruity aromas. Rich bready and fruity flavors, medium to full bodied with a lively carbonated mouthfeel, finishes a bit sweet, better than I expected, well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 23:03:40 | More by maxpower
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Artevelde Grand Cru from Brouwerij Huyghe
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