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Cascade Kriek Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Kriek AleCascade Kriek Ale

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732 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Our Kriek spends over six months in lactic fermentation and aging in oak barrels. This NW style sour red ale is fermented for eight months with fresh whole Bing and sour pie cherries."

Kriek 2007 = 6.6% ABV
Kriek 2008 = 8.1% ABV
Kriek 2009 = 7.3% ABV
Kriek 2010 = 7.1% ABV

Please note which version is being reviewed, if known.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 04-17-2008)
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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottling.

Pours a dark copper red with a thin white head.

Nose is cherry lactic-smells like sour red cherries and is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy and full, with a light and "elegant" carbonation.

Flavors are a bit subdued, perhaps it's the extra year (2008 bottle tasted). Flavors are very well integrated and the beer is well balanced; sour cherries, some fruit and with a lactic flavor and finish.

Lightly sour and pleasant. Very drinkable and elegant, although could be more sour and flavors could be a bit brighter for my personal taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 03:23:53 | More by GRG1313
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage consumed at our Cascade tasting on 12/11/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears crimson with a creamy beige head.

The nose is of ripe, vibrant, and succulent cherries. There's no funk and there's just a touch of tartness. Lactic character and wood are noticeable, and sweetness is at a low level. Beautiful cherry aroma.

The taste, too, is focused on cherries. They're slightly sweet and lightly tart with a dash of unripe cherry skins. Wood notes are faint in the background, and acetic character is at an upper low level. With no Brettanomyces, and with Lactobacillus as the only bacteria, the sourness is clean and there's no funk to speak of. The resulting flavor is pretty straight forward, but the quality of the fruit makes this immensely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 05:52:38 | More by HopHead84
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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. The cherries on this bottle make me think of Pacman.

Thin, red-tinted head over a burgundy body. Skim swirl retention with some lacey blobs. Aroma is of cherries, funk, and oak. My friend says it smells like moldy cheese but I'll stick with "funk."

Tart and crisp with and airy freshness. Cherries, of course, and some nutmeg/clove spice. Definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 15:57:41 | More by donkeyrunner
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3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

Wow, the Northwest seems to be booming with Belgian-inspired beers. This one has more head retention than expected and decent clarity in the chestnut-colored brew. Such a wonderful aroma of fresh cherries and a faint tartness with suggestions of nutmeg and baked pie crust. Think cherry pie. The unsurpassed smoothness feigns a bigger body for a second. Lots of cherry flavor up front with an ample tartness and deserving sweetness, hints of oak and bready grain are noticeable. Hops are laidback. The lactic twang is there but not overpowering at all. Very faint char from the barrel, or is it the grain?

Yet another American brewer that gets it when it comes to Belgian beer. You have to wonder what a few years of cellaring will do to this beer. Either way, its good while it lasts. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 16:48:57 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08 vintage corked and caged.

pours a dark cherry color.

Aroma lets you know it's going to be awesomely sour with tart cherry and vinous oaky notes.

Quite acidic cherry with a light refreshing mouthfeel. A real treat, I could drink alot of this despite the 8%. Wish I had some, this truely is one of the best kriek's out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 22:54:55 | More by brownbeer
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4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Pours a dark, hazy cranberry with a creamy tan head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose has lots of ripe cherries, red wine, oak, barnyard funk and Brett.

Taste has fresh cherries, cabernet grapes, wood, musty funk and sour berries.

Medium body has a delicate carbonation. Nice acidic finish. Great Flanders Red from Cascade.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 05:04:22 | More by rye726
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just snagged a bottle up at The BeerMongers recently...

- Nice fluffy and bubbly reddish mocha head... clear red/brown... cherry coke-like color... interesting tones...

- Pleasant sour oak woodiness... a lot more wood in this than others.... creates a thick scent, with embedded cherries... sweet honey, and tart apples....

- Oh man... this stuff is tart in the final flavor... cherry coke-like up front... and smooth sailing apple cidar with a pleasant creamer approach.... very hard to explain, but it is very light... and packs a great robust oaky cherry taste...

- Not at all dry, nor chewy... just tart and palate watering...

- Another fantastic sour from Cascade... this one is a big drinkable among the others... much like the Apricot, but even better in drinkablility. Doesn't touch the Sang Royal though...

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 02:18:37 | More by Docer
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4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All kinds of funk and nice and tart. It's not as sour as RGC, but still great! Highly carbonated. The cherry is there, but not overwhelming - perfect, IMO. The aroma is unbelievably complex. I love the cheesy/cherry taste! If you want tear-bringing sourness, look elsewhere. This is not a "fruit beer" this is a beer with some fruit.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 23:16:03 | More by BenZ
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Boston town. A well done Flanders Red, sourish with good cherry taste, always well malted. Good to share, as even a third of the bottle is a bunch of sourness. Dark reddish colour and spider lacey Above average mouthfeel. Good nose. A tad funky sweaty taste in there.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 21:34:36 | More by Sammy
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Version.

The body is a fairly bright red with a ton of very fast movign carbonation bubbles. A big, off-white head springs up quickly, but has pretty good retention after it dies down a bit. Only one or two spots of lacing left behind.

The aroma is quite good. All kinds of sour and tart aromas dominate the aroma, with cherry and a touch of malt in the background.

The flavor resembles the aroma, but it isn't quite as powerful. Puckeringly sour with what tastes like multiple strands of yeast. After that is a very nice cherry flavor that is both tart and sweet. The cherry in the flavor is more powerful than the cherry in the aroma, but in a positive way. Just a touch of sweet malt in the background.

A moderate to light body, but with a lot of carbonation.

This is the first Cascade sour I've tried, but I have a few in my basement still, and after trying this one I'm looking forward to trying the others also. Pretty drinkable; a good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 22:25:50 | More by Hojaminbag
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Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a murky red color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sour cherries with some lightly sweet notes and some tannin and oak notes are also discernible. Taste is a very well balance mix between some tart notes, sour cherries with underlying sweetness and some light tannin and oak notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very well done and wouldn't pale in comparison of some good Belgian fruit lambic.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 03:00:37 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to EehaiCJ for sharing this one, finally found my notes.

Frothy pour, with some nested larger bubbles on the surface. Murky, rusty orange scarlet color. Some spotty lace inside the glass. Mild berry nose, cherry candy, too clean with very little funk present. Clean and dry tartness, lactobacillius, seedy cherry pit, stonefruit essence. Very effervescent. Dry with a clean finish that disappears quickly. Tartness is maybe a 4/10 scale. Refreshing fruit beer that is nice in warm weather. Not a lambic in the traditional sense, but it was enjoyable regardless. Thanks again Chris!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 06:02:13 | More by emerge077
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With every beer I have from this brewery, other than The Vine, I get more impressed.

Pours a murky, ruddy red brown. Long lasting inch or two of tan head that dies down to a long lasting semi-thick crust of tan foam.

Smells ... like Red Poppy mixed with a Belgian Kriek. Vinegar, whiff of lemon zest, and a sour cherry. Ooooo ... I sense sour.

Yeah, it's sour. Puckering cherries, big vinegar/vinous/oaky base, and just a whiff of curdling sweetness to take the edge off. Really quite nice, and underrated. If this had a Cantillon, Russian River, Drie Fonteinein, or Lost Abbey label on it, I sense it would be more widely known.

Nice bubbling carbonation, quite drinkable considering the sourness.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 08:39:07 | More by Overlord
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage

750ml brown bottle with cork and cage. tasted in early/mid may 2009. poured into tulip.

very slow gusher, so not a problem for me, but do watch out just in case.

VERY dark, reddish brown. hazy, almost murky. 1-finger creamy and bubbly tan head with pink tint. fades to thin layer, constantly replenished by the laser etching of my duvel tulip. very good lacing, webby at times.

aroma: tart, fresh and dried cherries, rich malt and cider vinegars. wood, trace vanilla, and hint of vinous character. robust yet constrained funk. very fragrant overall.

taste: great combination of cherry fruitiness and tartness, with malty vinegar and cider tones. woody oak notes. trace of dried, hay-like hops with mild bitterness, matching very well with the crisp acidity, and melding with the richness of flavor overall. faint tobacco and spice notes?

medium body, very smooth and creamy in the middle. crisp, mildly puckering acidity and astringent tannins in the finish. moderate carbonation gives prickle upfront, and helps with creaminess.

when i first tried samples of this at julio's during the week of the craft brewers conference, i kept wanting more and more and MORE. and so did everyone else there. sometimes small sample sizes give vastly different impressions from the full serving size, but luckily that was not the case here. it was as tremendous as i remembered it the first time.

the most amazing thing about this is how the 8.1% ABV is undetectable. that said, the traditional krieks of belgium manage a comparable level of flavor with much lower gravity. so whether this should be a boost to the score or not is arguably subject to debate.

2007 vintage

750ml green glass bottle with cap (no cork), and sealed in red wax. no date indicated other than a store- or distributor-added UPC sticker indicating it is the '07 vintage.

tasted in early may 2009.

gusher. tried to pour cleanly into a duvel tulip.

dark reddish brown. murky. 1.5-finger, tan head w red tint, fades slowly, replenished by the vigorous gushy carbonation and the etching at the bottom of the duvel glass. great lacing.

aroma: malt vinegar w/ vinous red wine and sour cherry tones. fruity, with both fresh and fermented characters. notes of wood and oak with trace of vanilla. grassy hay and very faint farmhouse character. more fresh cherry fruit and vinegar in back.

taste: malt, cider and red wine vinegars, meeting a subdued fruitiness. oak note. moderate fruity acidity and very faint bitterness. more wood, tannins and dried hay. the lower gravity and ABV, makes this almost seem "watery" in comparison to the richer, higher-ABV '08 vintage. essentially different beers. that said, this is still nice, though obviously the traditional belgian versions manage to get more flavor with much less.

light to medium body, mild acidic and tannic textures. crisp, mild, sometimes creamy texture from the carbonation, despite the gushy activity.


Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 19:14:12 | More by tai4ji2x
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to me for picking this up for dmeadows.

A: Nice deep reddish brown color. Minimal white head with a touch of lacing.

S: Fresh cherries right up front. A touch of tartness after that. The cherries smell like they were just picked. Really impressive.

T: Tart cherries up front. Quite a bit of sweetness. Overripe cherries describes this beer best.

M: A little syrupy. Very subtle carbonation than let this beer beer very smooth.

D: Very drinkable for 8.1% I was really impressed by their beers at our sour tasting. No hint of the ABV at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 22:55:31 | More by aerozeppl
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased over the phone from the brewery about a year ago, had this along with the Apricot, Cuvee, and Blackberry with four friends a few nights ago, reviewed from notes, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, color is a deep amber with some pink edges, 1/2 inch bubbly white head, decent retention, some light lacing, aroma consists of cherries, funkiness, dark malts, lacto, bit of whiskey-like booze, oak, and tobacco, flavor begins with various cherry flavors, both black and fresh cherries you would find on the top of a sundae, more sweet than anything in the middle with more fruit flavors, finish has lots of oak and bit of vinegar to go with the cherry flavors, oaky, tart,and sweet mouthfeel, full bodied, lightly carbonated compared to their other bottles, could drink a lot of this, alcohol is hidden well, fairly easy drinking for its style, this beer cellars pretty well and I wish I had more to try it out for longer periods of time, worth checking out

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 19:32:02 | More by Floydster
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strawberry guava color, totally opaque with a pinkish ecru head that sticks around well. Aroma is part black cherries and part maraschino cherries. Slightly tart with some strawberry notes. Flavor is not really that robust or characterful. Sort of boring cherry taste with a little tartness. Kinda like eating a cherry that's not very ripe yet. Semidry mouthfeel, cherry pit finish, easy to drink but I doubt I could drink an entire 750.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 06:13:35 | More by illidurit
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may be Portland's answer to Alpine Chez Monieux. Pours a murky orange-red with a mahogany center. Short-lived white head with no lacing. Impressive sour cherry aroma with a graham cracker crust. Basically a cherry cobbler without the brown sugar. Sharp, bitter taste with an acidic mouthfeel. Carbonated with a dry mouthfeel. Warm cherry and sherry taste. Delicious cherry preserves follow with a bitter bite. No medicine, Nyquil, or cherry candy flavors, which is a HUGE plus. Just a simple, great lambic.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 07:43:30 | More by magictrokini
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SeaBass for bringing this one to a weekly tasting.

A: Pours a muddy red hue. The head is nice and creamy with okay retention and very good lace for the style.

S: Good dose of sour packed into this one without being overthetop. Black cherries are there along with some vinegar.

T: Great level of sour. Nice dark berries up front, real fresh tasting. The sour comes in the middle and it is very balanced. A touch of wood and a hint of vinegar in the finish. Damn drinkable.

M: Medium in body, light carbonation, dry finish.

D: Good, I would say very good for the style. Not the most sour, but very sessionable.

Glad Kersta sent me a bottle of this. I won't be sharing mine!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 17:01:38 | More by tpd975
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into fluted goblet on 5/29/09. Thanks to mughugger for sharing!

A - Poured a hazy burgundy color with crimson hues and one-finger beige head that settled into a thin ring of retention and left scant lacing.

S - Pretty muted nose for a kriek overall with some cherry tartness, mild sour notes and a hint of crusty, grainy malt.

T - Initial flavor is cherry pie filling with tart, sour notes and mild spices. Some oaky, woody notes emerge in the middle, followed by a combination of spicy yeast and a distinct caramel/toffee sweetness.

M - Medium body with a smooth yet syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a mild sourness on the palate.

D - Pretty good kriek overall, although not a lot of sourness compared to other krieks I've had. Still, this one offers a pleasant cherry flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 23:09:14 | More by ffejherb
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3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DT tulip glass.

Minimal carbonation. The little carbonation it did have dissipated very quickly. Brown with Chery hues. Pretty thin overall.

I found this to be more in the style of an Oude Bruin than a lambic. Very strong Vinegar taste and nose. It was quite overpowering in fact. Not particularly well balanced at all.

I was actually disappointed with this one. Worth trying but I don't think I would grab this one again at $20 a 750 ML.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 21:57:19 | More by tendermorsel
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle acquired in trade with bu11zeye (thanks!).

Poured a medium and murky reddish/brownish color with an averaged sized head. Aromas of cherries, oaky/woodiness, and some vanilla. Tastes if cherries (sweet and sour), lighter woodiness, and lighter vinegar.

Notes from and tasted on: 5/21/09

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 15:23:56 | More by hopdog
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Healthy-ass pop of the cork on this 2008 vintage. Into the Ommegang chalice. Nahhh...screw. Into the Duvel tulip I finally replaced.

Pure bourbon color. OK, not pure - a strong hint of dark cherry essence. 2/3 finger head drops to a little under 1/2 but the proteins for head retention are there. Carbonation is sparse but quick-moving.

Oooh...sour sour sour cherries with husky tannins...a fair dollop of Brett - this is borderline exquisite. Cherries get sweeter with each passing sniff and with warmth. Huskiness of the fruit also emerges. Damn fine.

This shows a lot drier than I would expect from the nose but it's still a very staunch and perfumy example of the style. Cherries are faint at first but emerge. Carbonation is actually a delivery device for the sour, spritely Brett. Not a lot of horse-blanket funk but the sour blends nicely with the fruit. A little more austere than desired but quite enjoyable.

The taste profile is good and maybe slightly dry. But the way this rolls on the palate feel is downright luxurious. Not too much of any element but it balances out just about perfectly between sour cherries, dry austere grains, carbonation and wonderful Brett sourness. Finish lingers in huskiness from barrel aging. Awesome.

This does get a little hefty to knock down - the complexity is a weight unto itself. But it's so damn good nonetheless. Am diggin' this sumpm wicked fierce.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 21:36:11 | More by IBUnit63
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4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle corked and caged. Purchased from Vendome in North Hollywood for $17.99. I had a bunch of sour beer in my cart and the clerk told me just got this one in and I should give it a try.

A: Pours cherry red/brown with a white two finger head.

S: Ripe fruit, cherry pie, vanilla, chocolate, slight sour

T: Sweet and sour cherry, vanilla, sour grapes

M: Moderate carbonation, slight pucker, well balanced

D: Easy drinking, you could gulp this down unlike most lambics, works for sipping also

My bottle says 8.1%, above it says 6.6% so mine is different. 8.1% is very unusual for a lambic, I guess since it's an American interpretation it makes sense. This is the tastiest Kriek I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 08:44:16 | More by LaPeste
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'08 vintage. Clearish ruby-amber appearance with a short-lived off-white head. Massive sweet-tart cherry aroma, like a slice of freshly baked cherry pie. Very faint funk and oak beneath that, this one is more about the fruit. Similar on the palate; intensely fruity with mild sourness and tannins. Dry, tart mouthfeel with crisp carbonation. Like Cascade's apricot ale, the kriek has an expressive fruit character but very restrained acidity and sourness. People expecting a palate-lacerating wild ale will be disappointed, but Cascade done a good job with making fruit-forward beers that aren't cloying.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 07:04:25 | More by largadeer
Cascade Kriek Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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