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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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3,951 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,951
Reviews: 1,741
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 226
Gots: 393 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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jamesgaither

Kansas

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-14-2011 14:00:07 | More by jamesgaither
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bbadger

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-14-2011 13:03:53 | More by bbadger
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avaldivia

California

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-14-2011 10:00:04 | More by avaldivia
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bombadil

California

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-14-2011 08:25:26 | More by bombadil
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beerme411

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-14-2011 08:24:03 | More by beerme411
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cradke

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown Oak, with very think quick head.

Smell: Smooth, subtle. Many malt, yeast and bread notes with some alcohol breaking through. Dark Plum notes and some lighter floral notes come through in the end.

Taste: Initial malt and toffees. Some smooth caramel notes with some backing fruit notes: figs, plums and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, uniform and pleasant.

Overall: A great beer,, elegant and complex. A fine example of a "less is more" beer.

Serving: Bottle poured in Rochefort Chalace.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 04:15:21 | More by cradke
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StJamesGate

New York

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky oak brown with magenta tinge and a giant creamy beige head on first pour, cola head on top up. Brown sugar, strawberry, and orange preserves on the nose with hints of bark and clove; no dark fruit.
Rhubarb and raspberry jam up front, with some soft caramel and shortbread, a hint of chocolate, a clove hit in the middle, then pepper, some spice rack, and orange liqueur to end.
Mellows to dried cranberry. Brandy notes from first pour sample.
Butterscotch leave and spearmint linger. Medium, very lively, creamy, chewy, with a slight burn.

Unlike any Belgian I've ever had. There were moments I was thinking of a California amber or even Arrogant Bastard with all the bright notes and noticeable citrus. I got no dark fruit at all, only red. A candy shop of a beer, with lots of unfermented sugars giving it a big body. Totally unique and darn tasty.

Fascinating and confusing.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 13:31:41 | More by StJamesGate
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draheim

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33omL bottle (best by 4/22/2014) poured into a Rochefort chalice.

Pours a hazy mahogany brown with a crackling off-white head that settles to a rich creamy surface foam. Nice vigorous carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is bready, living yeast, figs, dates, dried fruit. Complex and enticing. I could sit and smell this all night.

Taste is dry, fruity, clean. Light brown sugar, yeast. Smooth and simple, yet complex. 9.2% ABV is completely hidden.

Overall this is just a great beer; add it to my list of beers to keep stocked at all times.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 06:20:16 | More by draheim
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julian89

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm, drinking and rating this beer side by side with the Trappistes Rochefort 10

Appearance-It's a dark purple in the light. Not translucent at all, a lighter color than the 10.

Smell-A very pronounced brown sugar smell, fruits are strong too, these belgian brews have a plum raisin smell and taste.

Taste- The flow of the taste is not as balanced as the 10 was, but the taste of the 8 attacks you right off the bat in the 8. Excellent flavors and very well pronounced. It has a smoky and sweet base with hints of raisin, plum, pear, and dates.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and medium bodied, light carbonation.

Overall-A perfect Belgian, sweeter than the 10. Excellent beer again.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 01:55:49 | More by julian89
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a full tan head that like the Rochefort 10 goes over the rim but does not spill over. Rick brown, almost garnet colors clouded by yeast particles. The head settles down to a thin lace around the glass but does not have great retention. I know this is not apart of it but this beer does have soda like sizzle to it from the carbonation.

The aroma is rich with ripe fruit, alcohol sweetness, wheat bread malt, and yeast.

The flavor is just as complex and the aroma. Ripe fruit, yeast, wheat bread, toasted malt, sweet alcohol, toffee, and a hint of coffee. Top it off with a dry slightly hopped finish with the toasted malt lingering for a bit as well as my buzz.

Medium slightly carbonated body, and easy to sit back a sip for while. Because overall this ale is full of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 01:01:06 | More by Luigi
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jamescain

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one, poured into a pint glass (that's what was available).

Appearance: Medium brown with a tan head about a finger thick. There are small particles floating in the beer when held to the light.

Aroma: Very fruity, over ripe pineapple, figs, candied sugar, plumbs, yeasty, caramel, and tobacco.

Taste: Candied sugar, caramel, figs, dark fruits, yeast, sweet and complex and incredibly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation and no appearance alcohol.

Overall: Very good! I'm really glad we can get these again in Texas, time to add to my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 19:36:44 | More by jamescain
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UTCengOwl

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rochefort just came back to Texas. Woo! Thought I'd celebrate by going with an 8. These beers are good and I can see how people could love them... but they're just not my favorite. I'd rather have a Chimay or St. Bernardus. I served this in a Ommegang chalice from a 11.2 oz. bottle.

As I pour this, it's clear that the Rochefort is a true trappist beer and not just another imitation. The composition and density of the head just can't be duplicated. When you pour a beer and you can see its excellence within two seconds, the beer deserves a 5 on appearance.

The nose on this isn't quite what I expected. The fruitiness is much dryer than I expected. Maybe it's too much of a rum-soaked flavor? There's also spiciness in there, but it's not quite the standard Belgian spice I'm looking for. The elements are all kind of there, but for some reason it's not the trappist beer I want. Maybe it's unfair to ding the beer for that, but there will be plenty of other reviews that will make up for my opinion.

The taste is along the same lines. The beer is immaculately crafted. Excellent carbonation and body. However, the dried fruit notes are just not what I'm looking for. Kind of strange, but give me a Chimay Red over this any day.

This is one heck of a beer... but it's just not to my taste. I'll rate it down a bit, but don't let that stop you from trying it.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 20:25:14 | More by UTCengOwl
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle into long stemmed tulip. drink by date of 090216.

A: this head is enormous. and will not go away. delicate lace. head has garnet highlights in its mostly white existence. murky garnet body. some lacing.

S: CO2. seriously. the gas trapped in this beer is crazy. floral. dandelions and lilly's. darker malts and candy. maple syrup. very fresh maple syrup. good, but i had to wait awhile before i got any real distinct aromas. the gas coming out of the beer was sort of distracting. my only complaint.

T: plums, apricot. a caramel flavor that is not too sweet. a little bit of vanilla. finish is sweet, but not cloying. the effervescence makes it refreshing.

M: like i said above, an effervescent carbonation on a full body.

D: cannot believe this is 9.2 and as fresh as it is. literally no heat and drinks like a wit (sans body). very impressive showing from Rochefort and i look forward to trying 6 and 10.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 00:39:19 | More by Jimmys
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark, deep ruby color with a big off-white head that laces nicely enough.

Smells of plums, dark sugar, apricot, some rummy overtones, big dark fruit/rum nose. Really nice.

Up front dark cherry with some plum that fades into a sugar, almost citrus/peach middle that ends on a bitter, rum, alcohol, fig note. There is also a distinct bready character. Awesome flavor, complex, but there is some astringent character and it is a bit too hot (would work out with some age for sure).

Perfect mouthfeel, high carbonation, light bodied, easy to drink.

After drinking 6, I was worried, but this beer is just fantastic. Dark fruit character with some citrus notes, and nice alcohol/rum character. Nice phenolics that blend well...a bit of age could make this divine.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 23:18:52 | More by TenHornsProud
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drink before 09/02/16 date on bottle
The beer poured a hazy medium to dark brown and produced a dark tan, bubbly head with ok retention about two fingers high.
Very inviting appearance.
The smell speaks of dark fruit like plum, fig ,raisin as well as caramel, brown sugar and lot of yeast.
Tasting the beer those aromas will start with the dark fruits up front. The middle has a nice sweetness of caramel and brown sugar, combined with a good amount of Belgian yeast. Very balanced. At the end a warming if alcohol will great you in a very gentle manner.
A great beer made by master brewers!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 02:57:37 | More by Hopfenpeter
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drink by date of 4/21/2015

A: Pours a deep brown/ruby color with a large beige colored head on top. Really nice retention and lacing down the sides. Good amount of carbonation released from the bottom.

S: On the sweet side with lots of dark fruits - raisins, dates, and plums mostly. Some brown sugar and a bit of molasses as well as some bready malt.

T: Some caramel up front which transitions to some raisins and fig as well as some bready malt. A little bit of sugary sweetness and a bit of warmth from the alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with a great level of carbonation. Can't taste the alcohol, but there is a warmth as it goes down.

O: Really nice beer. I can see why its the top in its style, just classic. Easy drinking with a great flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 01:03:57 | More by mdaschaf
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heysuz

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intro: Served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Plenty of head, but dry, and ample carbonation on the inside of the glass. Caramel color with a head that is slight tan. The lacing seems to stay and it does not appear quite as oily as the Rochefort 10. Some sediment in the bottom of the glass

Smell: The aroma is slightly subdued but still layered, and complex, with a host of different ingredients. Initially, I detect dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, malts, and spice. As the pour warms, the bouquet opens up slightly. The alcohol is hidden rather well but is still detected.

Taste: Like the smell, I taste dark fruits, brown sugar, and the sharp taste of spice. I could also taste the roasted flavor of the malts which also added a certain sharpness to the palette. The taste of alcohol is present and not as well hidden in this beer. This beer is much like the 10 although slightly less complex in flavor.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean with moderately high carbonation without an aftertaste. Only a very slight oiliness is perceived. The alcohol is present but not overbearing.

Overall: Very smooth and leaves you wanting more. Went down pretty fast for being a rather high ABV. The alcohol is not overpowering but the beer should still be a sipper. A dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 15:44:00 | More by heysuz
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Filosoof

Netherlands

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Today I called Rochefort 6 the Shostakovich of Belgian Beer. That counts in the big line also for this one, but this one has more fruity/flower elements to pull it out of the also mentionable smells of horse blanket and horse faeces.

I'm sorry but I can only conclude: Rochefort is a heavilly overrated label.

Like Rochefort 6 this one draws attention on elements that aren't especially refreshing or exciting.

A: a nice ruby colour with a lasting head;
S: like Rochefort 6 nutmeg, black pepper, horse blanket, horse faeces, mushroom, liquorice, but all more subtile;
T: in line of the smell, but without the flowers; I think this kind of beer is much to musty; it doesn't make me happy, and that's what I expect from beers;
O: better than the Rochefort 6. About this one can also be said: books can be written about it, but does it invite to buy another one? No, thank you.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 18:10:51 | More by Filosoof
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip and consumed alongside some Oka, Quebecois trappist cheese. Pours with the noisiest head I've ever heard, producing at least twice the volume of an average beer as the head recedes to a patchy cover and ring around the glass. Opaque, deep-mahogany body. The colour is great but I'm surprised about the lack of head retention and lacing.

The nose is not as potent as that of their 10. Alcohol, yeast, bread, light caramel and spices. Not as much complexity as I was hoping to find.

Dark fruit and alcohol are first noticeable in the mouth. Not much sweetness here, with powdery but lightly-flavoured cocoa and cinnamon taking over on the finish. Tastes "dark" without really presenting any roast character. Some yeast and drying earthy hops.

Light-medium body and slightly too much carbonation, made of larger-than-usual bubbles. Trappist ales usually have better mouthfeels than this.

I'm surprisingly a bit under-whelmed here. The 10 was one of the best beers I've ever had but this one doesn't really live up quality-wise. Still, a pretty solid Belgian but I don't think I'll be picking it up again as long as the 10 is available.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 03:11:25 | More by eat
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mtalley999

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Leffe chalice.

Pours a cloudy brown, almost purple to me, with one finger of light tan head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma is pleasant. I get mostly dark fruits, some bread.

Taste is more dark fruit, mostly raisin, and a good bit of bread from the yeast. Alcohol is pretty noticeable on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick, but with very noticeable carbonation.

Overall I'm enjoying this beer, although not nearly as much as the 10. Mouthfeel, aroma, and flavors of the 8 are muted to me in comparison. I wouldn't turn this down again, but for an extra $1 or so a bottle I would definitely pick up the 10 instead.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 00:39:07 | More by mtalley999
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beerandcycling88

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A Like the 6 and 10 pours a muddy looking brown color with a off white head that has very good retention.

S some dark fruit notes with toffee and some booze.

T more dark fruit mostly raisin with toffee, caramel and a slight metallic note. Also a bit of spicy yeast.

M Good creamy mouth feel with good carbonation. I love the mouthfeel of this one.

While not as good as the 10,the 8 is still one of the best Belgian beers out there. It is quite tasty and complex which makes it a joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 02:36:13 | More by beerandcycling88
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle 9,2% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a Rochefort glass.
BB 05/01/2016

Appearance: Great pour, lightly clouded mahogany body with golden edges topped by a large, creamy beige head that lasts sublimely well and leaves great lace.

Smell: Hmmm, even though the beer was only lightly chilled it needed about 10 minutes for the nose to open up and gain some power. Lots of dark fruit (figs, raisins, dates and cherries and over ripe red grapes), spices (nutmeg and cloves) and surprisingly chocolate dominate the nose. Unrefined sugar, caramel, a light nuttiness, red apples and a musty, earthy quality are also noted.

Taste: The nose was initially very disappointing but opened up superbly as the beer warmed. Sadly the flavour didn't benefit equally from warming and lagged behind the nose in both complexity and power. Figs, stewed plums, dates, cocoa, earthy spices, breadiness and a touch of caramel are all noted.
The flavour is far from bad, but it just seems like a watered down version of the smell.
On the plus side, the abv. cover is pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a high level of smooth carbonation. Pretty much perfect for a Belgian.

Overall: Sadly a little disappointing when compared to the 6 and 10. Maybe this wasn't the best bottle around - I will have to get another.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 11:41:48 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a regular pint glass.

A: A medium brown color with a one finger off white head. Minimal lacing and low carbonation.

S: Spicy sweet smell, with hints of dried fruit and a fairly heavy spicy musty like smell.

T: Flavors of dried fruits, raisons, malt, bread and a spicy yeast flavor. I almost thing I got some dirty and earthly flavors like wood and maybe must/dust. Just nothing besides the spice really jumped out at me.

M: Heavy with a fairly high alcohol feel. The beer seems to coat the mouth fully7.

D: For me the drinkability is low. I finished the 10 ounce (I think it was 10) bottle in about half an hour and I had enough.

Overall I guess Belgians are just not my bag. I don't see what all the hype is about if this is a typical Trappist beer. For me, they are just sort of....dull. I'm sorry I didn't care for this one, I really wanted to try to branch out enjoy some Belgians and I thought this may be the one.

***Updated 10/3/2011***

So I am re-reviewing some of these beers now that my Belgian palate has been refined a bit. I looked back and realized how much I didn't know when I first reviewed this beer. So let's try again.

Poured into a snifter glass from a 33cl bottle (11.2 oz).

A: A medium brownish murky color with a big 2 finger off white billowy yeasty head. Yeast pours from the bottom of the bottle. Gotta love bottle conditioning. Not much glass lacing.

S: These Trappist ales are so distinctive, I can see that now. Smell is sweet fruits with grape bubblegum, dark fruits, candy sweetness, mustiness and some earth tones.

T: Follow the nose. I get a huge amount of grape bubblegum, raisin, cherry, fig and plum mixed with a huge Trappist yeast flavor that yields sugar sweetness plus some mustiness, hay and some earthy notes. Finish is sweet, but smooth and very enjoyable. Much less alcohol than the 10.

M: Full, coating, sweet but enjoyable, earthy and the nice yeasty carbonation. Alcohol is there, but very enjoyable and welcomed.

O: A classic. I enjoyed this more than the 10 because the alcohol and sweetness are far less. This makes the beer more drinkable and enjoyable, but maybe a bit less complex. So be it.

Well, this is now a fair review. A very solid beer that I truly enjoyed and would drink anytime. Classic.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 19:13:48 | More by Kadonny
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JimmyTango

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like a slightly cloudy dark Cola with a huge rocky head and tiny bubbles going really fast. Perdy.

S: Purple grape candy, brown fruit, and some spicyness. Really smells like this pear cake/ gingerbread thing that my wife's grandma makes. Hot out of the oven on a cold day type thing.

T: I am disappointed, but I think its more of an issue with this just not being my style than it not being a great beer. There is cognac heat and sweetness (although I wouldn't say that it is sweet. The toung wetting is there but it's not sugary or even juicy-make sense?), pepper the way raw broccoli is peppery, and the spice comes in like sarsaparilla and chewing tobbacco. All the hallmarks of a belgian dark are there too: dark fruit, rich malt, pinch of toast, warming buzzz, hops that are there but really hard to find.

M: Med to full body with plenty of carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel.

O: Again, not my steez. Lots to think about, all well balanced and presented, but not enough of anything I really want to get. I found it to be very "dark" tasting (and I don't mean dark in the beer sense. Dark like listening to The Damed) and the spice profile didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 21:21:19 | More by JimmyTango
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heymikew

California

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle at BevMo to taste alongside the Westvleteren 8
For someone who didn't (before now) favor the dubbel style, I've definitely evolved to a more enthusiastic stance.

As with the W8, I didn't read any reviews beforehand...I tasted because of where these land on the all time best list.

This one has more carbonation, a slightly bigger head that I ultimately let calm down before proceeding beyond the initial taste. Its cloudy reddish brown with pronounced sediment.

This is artistry in a bottle. Delicious dark fruit. Equaly savory to the Westvleteren. I'm wowed

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 03:06:41 | More by heymikew
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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