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Glühkriek - Brouwerij Liefmans

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BA SCORE
88
very good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.03%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

1998 on cork.The real deal. Dark berry red with hues. Medium plus mouthfeel. Deep complex taste of choice fermented cherry. Not very tart, even my son liked this. The sugar is natural from the fruit. The yeast itself added some spicyness to it, or perhaps a bit added nutmeg and cinammon.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 03:52:10 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

1997 vintage.

Pours a murky crimson brown with a foamy brown head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. There are some chunks of sediment floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of malt, spices, and some light sweet/sour cherry aromas. There is a fair amount of oxidation noticeable in the smell with hints of cardboard that come out as the beer warms. Taste is much the same as the smell (including the oxidation) with a spice finish that lingers on the palate. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer for what it is and has held up pretty well for being ~ 15 years old. Definitely an interesting beer but the carbonation level is not helping this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 07:04:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

According to the cork, this is either from 1996 or 1998. Makes sense, as I haven't seen this brewery's products on shelves around here in a long, long time.
Impenetrable appearance, a murky maroon, with no head, just a gathering of bubbles at glass's edge.
Invigorating, bewitching aroma, deep, cavernous, funky nose with a cherry kick in it. Sour, musty, a little tickle of sweetness.
Taste: twisted! Thick and chewy, dancing toward and away from cherry cough syrup, bracingly tart, then levelling off, mellowing out, leaving the palate a well-rounded, cherry-bedabbed arena, all the juice spilled out of the punch bowl after the cotillion comes to a close. Each sip begins this shuffle again, each time a little less intensely.
Medium-bodied, with a tenacious fruity finish.
A fandango in the mouth, and a treat on all levels.
Defines delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 22:30:31 | More by feloniousmonk
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at room temperature, ideally this would be best mulled at a warmer temp. Unknown vintage, wrapped in green paper touting a platinum medal at the World Beer Championships, Chicago, IL, 1997.

Arrived with a cloud of musty lambic-esque funk in the air. That was some first impression, but there was no funk to be found a moment later, once it had some time to breathe. Cherries, spice, and old leather, to sum it all up.

Flavor was sweet black cherry, with a strong underlying nutmeg/clove tongue-numbing feel. Zero carbonation, but it was intended to be mulled like Swedish Glögg or spiced wine. At a warmer temperature, I could see this being very welcome after coming in from the blustery cold.

Interesting stuff, gotta give mad propers to Small Bar for making this available.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 03:40:26 | More by emerge077
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 355 mL bottle, poured into a Dogfish Head snifter. The ale is slightly chilled (I will mull next time).

Appearance: Dark in color, a deep ruby red to be exact, this ale pours with little carbonation and no head or lace to speak of. The colors resemble a nice port when held to the light.

Smell: The aroma of apple butter wafts from the snifter. Behind it is the faint presence of sour cherries and cinnamon.

Taste: A low key sour cherry note establishes itself early. The apple butter in the nose continues into the taste. Having had both served chilled, this is indistinguishable from Unibroue's Quelque Chose.

Mouthfeel: The fruit notes sit well on the tongue. The spices meld nicely together to make for a nice sippin' drink.

Drinkability: This ale has a good drinkability and I look forward to mulling and re-reviewing. Overall, this has the EXACT same qualities as Quelque Chose, hence an identical score from me. Overall, it is a good ale for a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 23:22:58 | More by akorsak
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours without a head so no lace. Reddish amber color. The nose is a strong, sweet cherry and taste is a strong sweet cherry without the malts and hops. Nice clean crisp finish. Very good fruit beer, light bodied, no carbonation. 12oz bottle, $5.95 from Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg, VA

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 02:59:32 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served hot from crock pot filled by a couple of 750 ml bottles.

Appearance: No head as this beer has no carbonation, clear burgundy brown in colour.

Smell: Dominant clove and sweet tart cherry juice aroma.

Taste: Tart up front with a ton of ripe cherry juice flavour, this is countered by spices … mainly clove but close to an all spice as well. Alcohol has not been burned off as it gives quick vapors after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Leaning to a wine like slickness in the mouth off of the medium body. No carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes: Just the experience alone got my vote and something I’d love to sip on occasion though not something I could drink more than one of a night.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 12:53:14 | More by Jason
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is brown with a small tan head. The aroma offers sweet cherry juice, like a Shirley Temple. Sugary cherry juice flavor, like a children’s drink. Fruit punch. Light bodied with moderately low carbonation. Very tasty, and better than I expected, though the sweetness becomes cloying quickly. Best in small doses.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 04:54:09 | More by Huhzubendah
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stcules

Italy

3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glühkriek. Tasted warm, at about 70*C.
Appearance: red cherry color, dark, intense. No foam, obviously. How to judge it? Well, the color is beautiful.
In the smell a strong cherry, then cloves, and cinnamon. Spicy, warm (oh, well... )
The taste is warm (ops... ), cherry again. Difficult to judge. My first glühkriek, my first warm beer. For sure it is interesting, but difficult to compare.
Something bitter in the taste, probably due to the cherry kernel.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 19:45:06 | More by stcules
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bark

Sweden

3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at the suggested 70° C.

The smell got notes of caramel, some cherry jam and hints of sweet nuts. Some alcohol.

The colour is dark wine red (35 EBC), the liquid clear. The small head is off-white.

The taste is sweet with quite a lot of strong red wine, some mixed Christmas spices, grape juice. Some alcohol and passing sour-bitter hints of grape fruits and tea. The aftertaste is dry with some caramelized sugar, some vague spicy hints and some warming alcohol.

The carbonation is very gentle (most of it seems to have disappeared during the heating), the few remaining bubbles are mild. The liquid is sweet and somewhat sticky.

I drank it first at cellar temperature, and gave it 3.65. I don't think it gained much of the heating. An interesting winter brew that reminded me of their Gudenband brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 18:10:53 | More by bark
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a clear green glass corked bottle, but beautifully wrapped in an inviting green tissue paper, with pictures of red cherries and the Liefmans white logo on it. Like a Christmas present, it just screams to be opened. It is supposed to be served heated up (instructions are on the wrapper) to steaming - but DON'T let it boil, you will ruin it. A fantastic bold deep red colour, with a very spicy aroma that reminded me of being sat near a warming log-fire at Christmas time in a snow encrusted England. I once had this at a bar in Ostende, Belgium on a dark cold November night, where the bartender put nutmeg and a stick of cinnamon into the pan whilst warming the beer - it really benefits and balances the incredibly sour cherry taste. Why does it remind me so much of Christmas?. Simply Amazing!!!.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2002 21:34:05 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1998. Mulled.

Hazy magenta topped with a few wisps of grey lace.
Nose full of Nyquil, cinnamon sticks, leather and black cherries.
Enters the mouth, cinnamon machine-guns blastings. Loads and loads and loads of the stuff. Hot, sticking, barky cinnamon. Plum skins, balsalmic vinegar, black grapes, and bread pudding underneath. There's a earthiness present, that's hard to pin down. Cherry too, of course, especially as it closes. Tart and sweet, and plenty medicinal.

Full bodied. Odd mixture of burning cinnamon, tart cherries, and sweetened medicinals. Hardly drinkable. I may have prefered not to mull this, given the small swig I took from the unheated bottle.

I can't say I'm in love....but I can't say I hate it either.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 23:34:29 | More by cokes
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is from a fairly (7 or 8 years?) old bottle. Poured into a clear glass mug and nuked it for almost a minute. Water vapors rising from it after and very aromatic of the tart cherries, mulling spices, and a little malt. Color is maybe suffering as it's got some brown in it - kind of a reddish brown. Flavor is BAM like the aroma but lots more of it. Finish is a little like having had some tinfoil on your fillings, kind of tingly tangy sweet. Too intense for more than a nice dose. Glad I had it and look forward to next year one night when it's cold as hell again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 03:50:36 | More by drpimento
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes: 12 oz corked and caged bottle with some nice overwrap. 1998 edition as noted by the date on the cork. This beer poured a perfectly still, dark, ruby red colour. The aromas were of fresh cherries, cour ale, yeast, and spices. The taste was a nice blend of cherries, tartness, spices, and alcohol. The flavors and aromas were definately more pronounced mulled, and at room temp than they were at fridge temp. The mouthfeel is thick, but not cloying and the drinkability is excellent as well for a specialty beer like this.

*Class*

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 06:37:18 | More by francisweizen
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served hot, but perhaps not quite 70 degrees C. Anyway, pours a murky amber with some cidery brown and not really any head, just a small ring of bubbles. Nose is spicy, apple cider, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg (?), cherries, cherry syrup, and slight alcohol. Nice, interesting. Sweet cherry flavors up front. Kind of syrupy, but not cough syrupy (thank god). Cherries turn sour and lambic-like as the spices come on stronger: cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg to name a few. Full-bodied with a syrupy, warming feel. I really like this stuff warmed up. I have had it at room temp before and it just wasn't as good.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2005 20:45:49 | More by alexgash
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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

I tried this beer both warm (quite warm, but not quite hot) and also at room temperature. It is interesting to note the differences. I actually preferred it served warm. The beer is an intense reddish color. Cherry ans spice are really notable int the aroma, but much more pronounced in the warm glass. There's maybe a slight pale malt smell as well, but it's far in the back, distantly behind the cherries. The taste is sweet, with a slight sour twang that provides the balance. Almost no bitterness. Spice flavors come out a lot more intensely in the warm glass, whereas the beer is almost too sweet in the room-temperature serving. Both are medium in body and very tasty, however. This would be great on a cold night. Wonderful stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 18:27:31 | More by Suds
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rarbring

Sweden

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear red with a warm brown tone, the rather small pinkish head leaves a little lacing.

The smell is sweet, cherry candy, honey, faintly spicy.

The taste is also sweet, but compensated with sour cherry notes and bitter cherry seeds. There is also spices like anisette, cloves and cedar.

The carbonation is small, the fluid smooth, a bit sugary.

A nice kriek, the glüh part could have been glühier maybe.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 19:18:11 | More by rarbring
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i had this at its proper temp (and thats 70 degrees celsius) and i dug it a lot. It was complex, sweet, sour, fruity (cherries), warming and a very good drop, if you ever get the chance to try it, don't hesitate. Intersting with and array of flavours and complexities, perhaps a bit better tha Quelque Chose, theres not much in it.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2002 18:46:26 | More by rastaman
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1998 Vintage

Clear, burgundy brown in hue, it seems darker once mulled. Maybe I was seeing things but there seemed to be a tawny-red tint straight out of the bottle. There was no head or lacing at any point. The appearance is unremarkable.

When cold the nose is spicy, like a Christmas bake sale, cherries underneath. Modest potency. Firm from the chill but still rich. Inviting [3.5]. The palate is spicy, cookie-like with orange zest and cherries. Minty with hints of clove. Tasty. Unique. Modest tartness. It says, “drink with duck” [4].

At room temperature the nose is milder and wider; spices are softer but more developed as I could distinguish the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, coriander, etc. Cherries are more in the background but easily noticeable [4]. The palate is soft, spices are clear, cherries are weaker; tartness is pliable, orange zest at the end. Overall the taste is mild and yummy [4].

When mulled the nose is lively; cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg are the most dominating aromas. Tart black cherries. Orange zest. It is very juicy. Inviting. The palate is shockingly developed and flavorful compared to cold and room temperature. The cloves are loud and very aggressive at the back of the throat. It is amazingly juicy with a big blast of black currents, prunes, and cherries (these flavors are very strong at the finish). The spices are noticeable on a one on one basis but the sum of the parts remind me of a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven. Very complex, it blows away many of its kin (i.e., a non spiced fruit lambic). This is the first time I mulled a beer and it won’t be the last. Medium/medium-full in body, the lack of carbonation is very noticeable as the mouthfeel as a slickness to it. It is pleasant though. This beer is drinkable to a point, I can’t see myself drinking more than one a night. I like the beer, I really do, but the spices are overwhelming after awhile. What a great cold weather beer. I purchased my bottle in Lincoln, NE. It is a “must try” just for the experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2004 14:59:19 | More by bditty187
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours red with hints of brown. Almost no head nor lacings.

S: Rich cherry smell, but also sweetness - very candylike. Reminds me of the cherry-flavored Pez.

T: Sweetness cobined with sourness. The cerries gives the taste more complexity compared with the smell. Some spices.

M: Aftertaste is rather short and sour. Body is medium and carbonation is moderate.

D: Rich in cherries, but not much else going on. Some spicies turns the taste up a notch. It was kind of interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 18:13:32 | More by Sunnanek
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thierrynantes

France

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (37,5cl), tasted in 2004.
Appearance: a dark red colour
Smell: pronounced nose of cherries, cloves
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet enough, flavors of cherry, spices and aromatic herbs, bitter finale
Drinkability: Do not forget that Glukriek is drunk hot (heat gently in a bain marie)

Review added 11-25-2007, translated from french 2-19-2008.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 09:01:22 | More by thierrynantes
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2016. 2011 vintage. I've had this for 2 years - I originally bought two and shared one with my family but hung on to the other. The beer world's answer to glühwein - amazing. Tis the season to imbibe!

Heated on the stove prior to serving. The bottle opened with a pop, but the carbonation disappeared while the beer was warming. Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep, clear ruby hue that looks not unlike wine. Produces a decent head of frothy pinkish foam that settles as a thick surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of tart fruity notes and warm spices. Hints of cherries, red fruits, cinammon, clove, faint ginger, subtle fruity malt, sugar and very faint vinegar. A touch of booze in the background. Deliciously seasonal.

Tastes of sharp red fruit and spice, with a lingering finish. Notes of cherries, cinammon, clove, mild ginger, red fruits, fruity malt, sugar/sweetener, faint vinegar and a twinge of alcohol. Warming and slightly vinous. No bitterness to speak of, but lingering spice flavours upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, with lovely body and a flat, creamy texture. An aftertaste of tart fruit, acidity and spice.

Lovely. The perfect winter warmer and a great Christmas beer. It looks spot on, while the aroma and flavour are divine. The fruit, spice and acidity/sweetness are all flawlessly balanced. Nice body. This might be the only beer that can be served warm and is all the better for it. Superb; a Christmas beer that deserves to be added to your must-try list.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 00:32:24 | More by jazzyjeff13
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marc77

California

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served mulled. Bottled 1998. Purchased in 2000 and cellared since then. Lightly hazed deep rose hue and utterly still. In aroma, pungent wafts of peppermint, clove, nutmeg and licorice are all in equal strength. Green raspberry and cassis undertone. Welcoming aromawise. In flavor, red apple sweetness upfront leads into a tart and earthy combination of underripe black cherry and fresh tobacco. Judicious, red sweet pepper and sweet clementine notions are static throughout. Trace grape skin astringency emerges mid palate, but adds an agreeable coarseness. Comforting hints of fresh sawdust add both sweet and woody notes late. Moderate in body overall, and akin to a thin Port in mouthfeel. Finishes with a resurgence of cherry tartness and also with lingering key lime like tones. A truly unique and complex brew. Served very warm, all fruit notes are very vibrant. Delicious and soothing.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 02:41:09 | More by marc77
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aracauna

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a sweeter lambic like the Lindeman’s line, but instead of the red body and pink head of the Lindeman’s, this is a dark, dull brown with only reddish hints and a mostly white head. I know this type of lambic is far from what the purists approve of, but I like this type of lambic.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2004 06:43:27 | More by aracauna
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml bottle bought from Onlyfinebeer.co.uk... heated to 70%C in a bain-marie... drunk from a Gluhkriek glass...

Poured a nice deep mahogany red colour. A suprisingly thick head poured slightly off white and stayed throughout... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Sweet dark cherries, lots of mouth tingling Christmas spices - nutmeg, strong clove, some cinnamon, allspice... some light anise coming through, fresh vanilla, light leathery traces, some sourness..

Taste - Pretty much as the aroma - lots of sweet dark cherries and strong clove spiciness, cough medicine notes, allspice and nutmeg also, some almond nuttiness, light vanilla, faint sourness..

Feel - Smooth and creamy... medium bodied... probably couldn't drink too many of these - a 250ml bottle was just about right..

Overall - My first mulled beer and i wasn't disappointed - i would take this over mulled wine any day. If only it was more readily available... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 09:00:31 | More by mdagnew
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