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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

Affligem BlondAffligem Blond

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very good

831 Ratings

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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001)
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Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Produced a finger and a half of head that quickly settled down and stuck around at a half finger for a good long time. Very nice amounts of lacing on this one but the treasure here is the body that boast ample well distributed carbonation in it's slight hazy brassy orange colour.

Smell: A yeasty bread smell with some fruit and white grape notes are present. That's really it, I mean it's nice and all, and it comes out more as the beer warms, but it doesn't really quite strike me as anything more then basic.

Taste: It starts with a shot dose of biscuit malt with a fruit overtone as orange and tangerine notes are present. The yeast then kicks it into overdrive as peaches and pears make their presence known as the beer rounds off with a dusting of cloves and a slight sprinkle of floral hops.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is aggressive, almost too much so. It does help the whole beer out but it's something worth noting. The ending of the beer snaps on you and seems a bit rocky to me as well. The mild fruity yeast aftertaste though makes up for these shortcomings.

Drinkability: The carbonation is really high and while it helps the taste of the beer, it leaves me with a bit of an tickling foamy sensation in my stomach and throat. That's really my only complaint, but it certainly didn't prevent me from indulging in more.

Final Thoughts: It almost strikes me that this beer probably was made to be opened, poured, left to settle down and warm up substantially before drinking. I agree, many beers should be warmed before serving, but this stuff seems to be looking for room temperature which is a bit too much in my book. It's still a good beer, don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't rank this amongst one of the better Belgian's I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 22:10:53 | More by TheHammer


3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Augustijn Chalice glass. Golden color, clear appearance. White head, moderate retention. Aromas of yeast, slight fruit & spices. Sweet malty & crispy upfront. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily to watery. Fruit in the middle, herbal bitterness linger into a dry bitter finish. Alcoholic heat on the aftertaste. An average Belgian Blond.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 07:19:40 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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Rhode Island

4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this on the bottle list at Unos of all places. Poured into a pint glass (unfortunate I know) with a golden straw color with very visible carbonation and a single finger head which left decent lacing. The aroma is of yeast, fruit and spices with a flavor to match. The yeast comes through very strong in the flavor along with the spices and only hints of fruit. I greatly enjoyed this one and will be looking for it at my local bottle shop.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 13:19:29 | More by Rhf9120
Photo of fourstringer


3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. Dated 04-04-13, not sure if that's the born-on or the best-by...

A: Hazy, golden orange-yellow. 2 fingers of off-white head with ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Fruity Belgian yeast with notable apple, pear. Spice, clove. Light bread, grass. A bit of musty funk and sugar intermittently.

T: Round, fruity semi-sweetness yields to a solid European hop character. Fairly dry finish. No significant alcohol. Some grass and grain from the pale malts.

M: Moderate to high carbonation with a good smoothness. Moderate body. Great vehicle.

O: Good drinking beer, if not terribly memorable. No major complaints and pretty widely available.


Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 05:11:26 | More by fourstringer
Photo of JamieDuncan


4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent looking beer initially, great head that rises but then the debris floating in the beer can be disconcerting. Smell is good but mild. Taste is great, really smooth and easily drinkable. I rolled through the glass in no time. Excellent beer that I will be re-visiting often.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 03:42:20 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of anarchia


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is very sweet, lots of fruit (mostly apples) with some alcohol, dominated by yeast smells in general. Transparent, golden beer with a nice thick head. Leaves lacing on the glass. Very carbonated mouth feel, makes your mouth pucker like you're drinking a sour but this is no sour. Very sweet with a fairly dry finish. Apple aroma & flavors are very strong. Finishes with a subtle, comfortable warming sensation from the 7% abv. The alcohol lets you know it's there but doesn't negatively impact the drinkability, this is a very refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:43:00 | More by anarchia
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - golden yellow pour, big 3 finger head which clumped up and stuck around

S - yeasty, fruits, straw, lemon citrus, banana

T - belgian, banana, cloves, spice, this has a sweetness and a slight herbal taste with a slightly dry finish

M - medium body, medium carb, crisp, easy to drink, slightly dry finish

O - i found this was spicier than most of the belgian pale ales i have tasted but i really enjoyed this. nice aroma and lots of good flavors here.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 15:53:06 | More by djoprahwinfrey
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Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle into a tulip glass produced a huge white creamy head showing lots of strong retention and sticky lacing, a bright golden body with a lot of initial visible carbonation. 4.5
S- clean hoppy notes are picked up, pear, lime, maybe melon, fair bit of spice, clove, lemon, light ginger?, all very clean, with a pale malt profile and some quite upfront yeasty aspects. 3.75
T- a very clean start with a bit of citrus, and creamy banana notes, then biscuit malt and lots of fruitiness, and strong mineral notes, with a pronounced Belgian yeasty character, lemon rind, a bit of a complex unripe fruit tartness with some slight mineral/metallic character, quite a bit of tartness actually but it meshes with some fruity and earthy notes, and then a clean melony and dry finish. Very tasty and complex. 4.25
M – full feeling BPA, lots of carbonation and a chewy texture then minerality/almost salty feel, and a lingering dry finish. No alcohol heat, but a decent stronger feel to it.
This is a really delicious beer, my only knock against it might be the lack of support for the initial tartness which comes later towards the finish, it looks great, smells great , tastes great, and is pretty bang on in terms of how to do this style and make it really tasty, a very clean beer with a fair bit of yeast spice to it, easy to drink. 4

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 03:50:32 | More by mick303
Photo of bareju


3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into oversized wine glass, $3 for a 330 mL bottle.

A: Pours a pale gold with a thin white head, almost transparent. Head diminished quickly.

S: Belgian yeast dominates smell, cloves/coriander and banana.

T: Yeast is very apparent along with lots of spice, fruit comes through just a bit. Spice and honey linger at the finish. No hint of any alcohol coming through.

M: Medium light body with lots of carb. Finish is just the slightest bit dry.

O: Very easy drinking if a bit boring. Hides the fairly high ABV very well, this would be an excellent session beer. OK value, but there are better beers out there for the same price.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 16:20:31 | More by bareju
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3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Warning, this is a potential gusher. Bunches of head that seems to have little retention. However, it does slow down and linger at about two fingers. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber that shows lemon hues when held up to the light. A little bit of lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very Belgian, very much dominated by the yeast. Spicy, bananas, and cloves. Light notes of honey. Swirling reveals even more banana, such that it is almost creamy and suggest marshmallow. I get some apple from the bottle but not really from the glass.

Taste- Very reflective of the nose- reminiscent of a lot of tripels that I've had. Loads of banana, cloves, and a very spicy finish. Some coriander, lemon peel, and apple. A little bit of a nutty and woody finish. Spice makes the tongue tingle. Could use a little bit more presence than just the nice finish of cloves, coriander, and cinnamon. Nothing wrong, it's just that this beer gets a little boring. Still quite nice and a fairly solid beer. Simplifies to mostly banana and the aforementioned spices. Yeast character matches my palette well. Present but not domineering with only a little bit of bitterness. Definitely a good beer.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with hints of creaminess and syrup. Good amount of carbonation that matches the tingle of the spice. Nice dry finish keeps this beer clean.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Very tasty but gets a little boring. No heat and very sessionable. Three dollars a bottle seems fairly reasonable.

Overall- Pretty good beer, stays within the wide range of this style. Reminds me a little of New Belgium Tripel but with more spice and less banana. I would give this a try. I could also see myself buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 04:14:40 | More by artoolemomo
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3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 09-09-2013
Freshness: Best by 11-22-2014
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Duvel tulip
Purchased: 6-pack from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

Clear and bright copper colored, with a vary large and rocky white head. The head has excellent retention and a good amount of lace, making for an attractive beer.

Aromas start sweet and fruity, plus have some bready malt notes, and end with spices and a light peppery smell.

The taste has a base malty sweetness coupled with a light amount of hop bitterness. A very high level of carbonation gives a prickly mouthfeel. The finish is lightly bitter and ends with tastes of spices and a drier note than in the initial taste.

Overall a good and easy drinking beer. My only quibble would be the very high carbonation (think champagne).

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 03:35:39 | More by sommersb
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Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle into an Affligem glass.

A: golden/amber in color with a nice clarity. A two finger head gave way quickly to a thin film of foam.

S: Belgian yeast, spices, fruits and some phenols.

T: yeast and phenols carry through, a nice flavor develops. A bit spicy and sweet at the same time.

M: medium body medium/high carbonation. Crisp and hides the 6.8% alcohol well.

O: in all honesty, I bought this beer to get the glass. I was not expecting much out of it, but I am pleasantly surprised by the drinkability of it. My Belgian friend says this is usually a session/pub beer there and I am not surprised. Its easy going and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 19:33:02 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. 7% by my bottle. Bright gold pour, rocky white head that continued to grow after the pour.

Aroma, grassy, some citrus, light yeast and herbal hop notes.

Taste, More clove and sweeter spice here than in the nose. Almost a stone fruit like fruitiness. Sweet malts and wheat type malt. Just a faint herbal bitterness that balances it our a bit.

Lighter body, good carbonation, easy drinking. Fits with the style very well.
Rock solid and much cheaper than similar Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:02:00 | More by Bung
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3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Long overdue to review some Affligem but never a bad thing.

A- Poured into a large tulip being somewhat careful to leave most of the yeast behind. The beer is revealed as a nice golden-light orange and pretty clear. A super foamy head forms to a few fingers high with good retention. A few thick patches of lace around the glass but not a ton overall.

S- Belgian yeast spice phenols and fresh orange peel citrus up front in the aroma. Beyond that I get notes of straw, floral and spicy notes as well as some apple. Clean and straight forward but appealing. Light toasted grains and malt/honey sweetness.

T- Spicy herbal phenols and fruity flavors, both yeast bi-products, make up the main aspect of this beer's flavor. More specifically there is a nice blend of orange peel, toasted cracked grain, biscuit, yeast bread, coriander, pepper, apple, honey and some floral and grassy hints.

MF- The body of the beer is light and pretty dry but with any agitation the super foamy texture fills the palate. Carbonation is quite high as one might expect and there a slight spicy bitterness in the finish. Some warmth from the almost 7% ABV.

Ends up feeling pretty balanced and flavorful with I would say an emphasis on the spicy and fruity yeast flavors. Certainly something I would drink again as it just feels like a well made brew when you sit back and enjoy a sip. Nice complexity throughout.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:46:44 | More by cbutova
Photo of Tebuken


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Amber colored beer with some orange flashes.It has a white compact everlasting foam,very good laces can be preceived.

S- An intense dry fruits-yeast-honey aroma

T- Malty ,sweet at the beginning with a balanced bitterness coming at the end of the sample.Complex taste , some subtle hot alcohol is present..

M- Medium bodied beer with a very smooth mouthfeel.

O- Very good beer,tasty for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 14:53:18 | More by Tebuken
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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - The pour yields just shy of two fingers worth of crisp frothy slightly lop-sided off-white colored head... Modest retention gives way to a full mostly thick veil of lacing... The color is a pale gold with a slight amber hue buried within... There is a very subtle light haziness... There are a few carbonated streaks comprised of micro sized uber quick bubbles...

S - Appealing and spot on for the style... Belgian yeast... Candied sugars... Apples topped with a touch of brown sugar... Ripe pears... Golden raisins... There is a very subtle spicy component that lingers beneath the surface...

T - The aroma carries through to the palate... A slightly sweet Belgian yeast... Lots of fruity character with apples and pears at the forefront... There is a mild wheat component... Biscuit... The finish has a strong spicy character dominated by pepper with a hint of light cloves...

M - Medium bodied... A very sharp carbonated bite... Starts clean and crisp... Finishes with a touch of chalkiness...

D - The aroma is the star of the show... All other components are a notch or two above average... The end result is a solid, but unremarkable Belgian Pale Ale... Spot on for the style in most expects... Definitely worth a try if you're a fan of the style... I wouldn't turn down the opportunity if offered... However, I'm not sure this is something I would personally invest in again in the future...

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 02:17:14 | More by philbe311
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Ontario (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from LCBo for $2.65 CDN into an oversized wine glass

Appearance - Golden color, semi transparent. 1.5 fingers of foam that dissipate slowly leaving a nice laced glass. A small amount of soapy foam remains through the drinking session.

Smell - Quite yeasty with strong floral overtones. A huge nose on this overall. If you were to define a beer as smelling a certain why this beer would smell "Belgian".

Taste - A malty sweetness that seems refined but not too refined or filtered. Some bitterness from the hops on the aftertaste. Shares flavor profiles with a number of Belgian tripels as well, instead o being a pale it ale, it could be a cross between a Belgian Pale Ale and a Tripel.

Mouthfeel - high carbonation, a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

O- Seems better than the last time I tried this beer. A very solid representative of the Belgian Pale Ale class and definitely a repeat purchase. First few sips are excellent, but there is a certain standardness to the beer that is pervasive. The beer does not stray far from its roots, and is exceptionally well crafted however I feel as if I am yearning for just a little more.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 02:55:24 | More by DenisKolkin
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: golden yellow, quite clear. hints of caramel/orage. large 4 finger, white head

s: tons of sweet citrus, slightly floral, big bready smells, sweet malt, vanilla, and some slight spicy Belgian yeast

t: spicy yeast, sweet lemon zest, pepper and coriander, vanilla. backbone is made up of fresh dough and sweet malt . finish is slightly dry, but not as dry as i expected. there is something almost grassy/green onion?

m: medium, with lots of carbonation. it really helps the sweet citrus pop

o: pretty good. its lighter on flavor, but the carbonation makes it a little tough to drink fast. even so, its easy drinking and the spice, citrus, and malt are harmonized pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 05:39:07 | More by hopsputin
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New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger smooth cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy straw/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose. Flavor sweet and tart, some yeast. Nice blond. 330ml bottle, from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 22:13:39 | More by jdhilt
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Honey-gold, effervescent, good head that dissipates rapidly

Aroma: Honey, malty, citrusy

Taste: Malty, creamy, with a dry finish; hoppy on the finish, but not bitter; well balanced. Quite good.

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:19:51 | More by IchLiebeBier
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3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow body, crystal clear. Dense white head, excellent retention.

S: Honey sweet, boozy, candy sugar, sweet pils malts.

T/M: Light, lively carbonation, honey sweetness, smooth yeast presence, fruity esters linger.

O: What I expect with a Belgian Blonde. Solid yeast and malt characteristics compliment each other while being simply subtle.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 23:52:55 | More by One2Remeber
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3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

An okay beer. Definitely a little over the top when it comes to unnecessary carbonation. I hate overly carbonated beers that keep you belching for 24 hours straight. Husband and I both had a tummy ache after consuming a single bottle. Won't be trying this again. However, loved the color, smell and after taste. A very pretty beer in terms of appearance.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 13:22:51 | More by shanny1981
Photo of rangerred


4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a slightlly hazy medium gold with a few chunks making it into the glass. I downed the rest out of the bottle.

Pears really dominate the aroma along with some floral hops and light bready malt. A really pleasant aroma that lacks much of the clove/banana of other Belgians but is unique all its own.

The Belgiany character comes out more in the flavor with clove and bubblegum but the abundant pear is still there and provides a great citrus touch. A nice pilsner malt character and some light floral/grassy hops round it out. A soft drying mouthfeel makes this a real refreshing beer to drink.

Overall, a great Belgian that is very refreshing and light. It may not have all the complexities of some of the stronger Belgain ales but it is a pleasure to drink nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 02:23:38 | More by rangerred
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seems a fitting libation to accompany my viewing of Paris Roubaix. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip. 7% alcohol pushes the limits of a BPA, but let's see:

Golden poppy liquid, clear (appearing filtered despite "the yeast in the bottle"), capped by a fat finger of beige merengue. Superior retention. Pasty (almost clumpy) lacing.

Yeast is prominent in the nose - phenolic and bready, accentuating the malt nicely. Floral with hints of honey as well. Some peppery/spice notes come in as well as the beer warms.

Spice-like yeast notes are more prominent on the palate - slightly tart with coriander and white pepper elements. Soft mellow pale malt flavor and a mild noble-hop bitterness add interest though not much complexity. Dry malty/fruity (from yeast) finish.

Carbonation seems just a little high perhaps, though it makes the ale seem crisper and further conceals the alcohol.

A pleasant example of the style - easy drinking and deceptively strong.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 20:59:45 | More by augustgarage
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3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber color. Poured lots of thick white head leaving laces. Last poured brought some floating particles.
Nice aroma of Belgian yeast, matured oranges and sweet vanilla.
Similarly, sweet malt taste well balanced with hops, notes of Belgian yeast and presence of matured fruits and a hint of condiments, especially coriander.
Medium body with good carbonation with an effervescent and spicy sensation. A bit dry and with good drinkability, being a bit less complex. 6.8% ABV is perfectly hidden.
It is the type of beer that grows as you drink it, from an average Belgian blond to a pleasant beer. I would recommend this beer for starting into the Belgian world. Liked the fact that it is not too sweet and you can still feel some hops. Don’t mistake this one per a Dubbel, Tripel etc…, those are bolder off-course.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 00:11:28 | More by FLima
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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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