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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,680 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,680
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 512
Gots: 357 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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kojevergas

Texas

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl green glass bottle with branded pry-off cap over an internally-housed branded cork purchased at Cantillon earlier today and served into stemware in my hotel room in Brussels. Reviewed live. 5% ABV confirmed. Bottled 24 March 2014. Expectations are quite high given the brewery. "Kriek 100% Lambic Bio." Reviewed as a kriek.

Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a one finger wide head of pink colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Hazy grapefruit red. Murky yet translucent. Nontransparent. Appears clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. Looks good for a kriek overall; I'm craving the first sip. The head and colour could be better but this is solid.

AROMA: The cherry notes aren't as full, evocative, and present as I expected having had Lou Pepe Kriek earlier today, but they're nice, with some interesting tartness and befitting fruity sweetness. The sourness in the aroma is more restrained and tame than I'd like, but it's nice for what it is - seemingly a 5/10 in terms of sourness, but nevertheless redolent of wild lambicus yeast and a bit of bacterial character. The fruit is unmistakable, but not as impressive as it could be.

Lacks a noticeable hop presence, alcohol presence, or off-note aroma - all of which are good things to lack.

It's an inviting aroma of average strength, but I crave more cherry, more sourness, and at least a bit of oak/chestnut wood presence from the barrel. Naturally though, I cannot wait for the first sip. Very pleasant and seemingly refreshing.

TEXTURE: Wonderfully smacky on the palate. Smooth, wet, refreshing. Excellent medium body. Apt thickness. Has an excellent overall presence on the palate and just enough softness to keep it approachable in spite of the assertive sour notes. Not overbearing, heavy, hefty, or too weighty. Perfectly carbonated. This texture is an ideal companion to this taste. Brilliantly executed. Wow.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough on the palate.

TASTE: The sour and tart cherry notes are a highlight here, and are just fucking wonderful. The lambicus yeast is perfectly suited to the cherry notes, and evokes a wonderful sourness accompanied by wild bacterial notes. Cherry skin abound. This beer is the dog's bollocks. Flawless balance, brilliant subtlety, great complexity and intricacy, excellent nuance, and superb integration of flavours. This is a gestalt flavour profile with an excellent build. The dominant fruit and sour notes work well together and would please even the most discerning of drinkers.

No overt hop flavours are detectable, nor is any alcohol. I don't find any off notes.

Constructively, more of an oak or chestnut wood presence might help the beer, as might more sourness; as-is, it's about a 6-7/10 in terms of sourness. The lightly palate-stripping acidity is lovely, and complements the flavour profile beautifully.

I'm loving this beer. Execution is excellent.

The subtle fruity sweetness right on the finish closes out the lingering sourness in a lovely way, which makes one crave the next sip.

O: I'll have to have Cantillon's Lou Pepe Kriek again, but I will say this beer is an achievement. It's rare you encounter a beer of this quality, and this one solidifies Cantillon's position as a world-class brewery. I'd absolutely have it again - hell I'd probably pay American prices for it - and I'd definitely put it up there with the best krieks I've ever had. Damn good stuff from Cantillon, and worth all the praise it receives. Wow. I look forward to enjoying the rest of this bottle alone. Perhaps Cantillon's best (relatively) easily available offering. Almost effortlessly drinkable.

Drink fresh. I can't see age making this much better.

Low A

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 23:33:29 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

02/07/06- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, wrapped and corked. Not sure what year it was from. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Took off the cap and there appeared to be a brown liquid that had seeped out. Smelled and it smelled very much like vinegar. Was preparing for a drain pour. But...poured a wonderful crushed cherry dark red. Almost blood red, had a nice 3/4 inch rose colored spritzy head and had average lacing.

Smell- Didn't smell at all like vinegar, thank goodness. Didn't catch a bunch of funk like I was expecting from a traditional Cantillon. Some, but not equal to some of the others. There was a really nice fresh tart cherry scent though. Strong cherry and nothing else.

Taste- As most do..starts out tart and finishes even more tart. Cherry orchard flavor with a mild hop bitterness. Just truckloads of fresh and sour cherries.

Mouthfeel- Tart, tart and more tart. Doesn't burn my gut as much as others did though. Light carbonation turns to none once you get into the heart of the beer.

Drinkability- Probably the most drinkable Cantillon beer I have had to date. Great flavors and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 18:21:53 | More by GClarkage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-13-2013 06:40:34 | More by XmnwildX12
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-09-2012 02:22:11 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

29 June 2012

Pours a dark ruby red color that's completely opaque with a half finger pinkish white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with a strong barnyard character that gives off hints of dry oak, horsebkanket, cobweb and wet earth along with uber fresh cherry. Sweet sugars, fruit skins and cherry pit but the nose is dominated by the funky bugs, oak barrel and lactic notes.

Tart and puckering with the perfect amount of sour acidity balanced out by sweet fruit sugars. This is a recent vintage so the cherries really stand out with an almost dessert/pie like flavor but the sweetness is excellently balanced by earthy barnyard funk, dry oak and acetic vinegar. Very dry and tart throughout with earthy oak, lactic and acetic funk, and a lingering vinegar-like flavor in the finish that has me salivating for more. Aggressively sour but never too harsh or solvent like because of the freshness of the fruit. Again, I'm picking up the skin and pit of the fruit which adds complexity while complimenting the sour, earthy funk flavors. Not a beginner sour/Lambic but I find it delicious and pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 09:31:18 | More by corby112
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-08-2014 08:51:41 | More by MarkyMOD
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for this...
Appears a hazy, light pink with an orange with a small, white cap that quickly fades out. Tiny spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of funky rubber, tart cherries, and vanilla.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with tart cherries, vanill, oak, sugary cream, light caramel, funky citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, and bordering a vinegar sourness.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 19:13:32 | More by weeare138
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL green bottle, corked and capped. Vintage date of 2008 printed on the cork. Poured into a wine glass.

As soon as the cork is popped, a potent palate crippling aroma of sour and funk hits the nose and my mouth immediately begins to involuntarily pucker. Color is a bloody orange/grapefruit color, fairly murky, yet clear against light. Head is a light pink, bubbly and light, that quickly fades to a medium thick cap with a splotchy film. The strong aroma is dominated by earthy and musty notes, no room for artificial sweetness, just some mild tart cherry. Otherwise barnyard, earth, funk, must, etc consume the aroma. Flavor begins with a touch of deceptive tart cherry fruitiness before deceptively and monotonically increasing in sour funk, by the finish turning your mouth inside out and leaving you salivating from the dryness. Mouthfeel is soft, lightly carbonated with an endlessly lasting sour finish. Ridiculously sour, but still with some interesting real fruit undertones and musty, funky earthiness. Not a beginner's lambic, or one to tackle a 750 alone, but uniquely hits the spot when you want to abuse your palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 00:38:02 | More by yourefragile
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful 750ml green champagne bottle. Corked and capped.

Big red viscous opaque body with a very fine frothy head of pale pink bubbles. Incredibly krieky, full of fruity looking insanity.

Cherry acidity on the nose. Smells extremely sour, lots of oaky notes as well, very heavy, with underlying hints of vanilla. Very rank. Very extreme. Love it.

Wow, it's even more intense on the palate. A huge puckering sour character, with a residual cherry flavour. The sour character sticks around so long that it ends up like a woody bitterness. Almost like a acetone note, it's that intense. Really intense, extremely, extremely sour - probably the most highly acidic beer I've ever had. The cherry is just an afterthought. Lambic rules the roost here. Mouthfeel is delicately effervescent. Lovely.

This is severe and extreme. A serious lambic, for those who like their lambics sour, raw and crazy. They mean the 100%; this is all lambic all the way. I love it - turn up the volume on these wild beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 08:05:38 | More by lacqueredmouse
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Poured a beautiful almost clear red with a short pink head. The aroma had a subtle musk with a tart cherry note that also permeated the flavor. This beer tastes like a mellow-flavored, though no less tangy, lambic with a drop of tart cherry juice in every sip. The farmhouse elements are more subdued than usual and frankly I dont think this beer is as rich and tasty as a straight up oude geuze. But I will say, this is a gorgeous looking beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 03:33:27 | More by tempest
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

09-08-2013 07:56:10 | More by zestar
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mini pint at TJ's 7th anniversary party. A rare treat on-tap that can not be passed up.

A - Pours bright red with spotty head leaving no lacing at all. I think this was one from the bottom of the keg.

S - Plenty of sour notes up front. Hints of cherries, oak, and plenty of funk permeate everything. Fairly subtle but still very nice.

T - Strong tartness up front slowly giving way to some tart cherrie puree. Finish is strong tartness with plenty of strong cherrie notes. I really like this one a lot but it gets to be a bit overpowering after about half a glass.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Tart finish that fades quickly. Quite pleasant

D - Pretty good. I liked this one a lot. It was tart but still very complex. I have a bottle of this in the cellar, can't wait to see what that does with some age on it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 04:13:40 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottled on June 23, 2011. Poured into a matching Cantillon stemmed tulip. The brew appears a hazed color of ruby with a finger and a half worth of pink froth. The cap slowly fades to a thin lacing across the top. A light swirl agitates bubbles from solution and produces some spots of lacing effect on the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation provide a steady ring of froth around the edges only.

The smell of this brew includes the classic expected cantillon aromas. Funk and earth come across mildly like cheese mixed with a lemony lactic note. Some thoughts of stinky cheese/feet mix with earthy notes of old wood/cork and a bit of mildew. As the glass is swirled, a bit of sulfur comes forward.

The taste has all of the descriptors provided in the aroma but has a mild fruity note of cherry that is quite earthy with an over-ripe to rotten appeal. Cheese and mildew to old cork is apparent throughout. The finish is fairly clean with a bit of tartness that seems to come from a lactic almost lemony quality mixed with unripe cherries. A little bit of plastic is noted towards the back.

This is a medium bodied brew with a mild level of carbonation. It is fairly well done for the style and very much lives up to my expectations of a Cantillon offering. Very nice and tart with lots of funk. Wouldn't have it any other way. Solid. The 5% abv is perfectly integrated in this. The more I drink it, the more thirsty it makes me.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 02:18:53 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-23-2013 20:31:48 | More by InspectorBob
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an inverted pear shaped chalice)

A- This beer has a warm glowing ruby red densely hazy body with a white head of large bubbles that fades to a thin ring of white foam. The beer is a bit too dense to see any carbonation.

S- This beer has a bright smell of wet leaves and musty but bright cherry notes. There is a note of dry prunes and a cola and cheese note which is nice.

T- This beer has a bright tart cherry note with a dry yet jam note to the cherries. The finish has a nice grapefruit tartness after the sip is finished.

M- The light mouthfeel has a thick texture quality in the finish and a light dry pucker that hangs on after each sip.

D- This beer has a very bright tart cherry flavor with a good tartness. I find the flavor bright and bold but it has a nice flavor that is very drinkable. The cherries really come through with the wild yeast qualities, more than some kriek beers that have the wild flavors dominate the cherry notes.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 02:28:43 | More by rhoadsrage
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.4%

12-12-2013 04:12:18 | More by DrunkinYogi
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DoubleJ

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cantillon. That speaks for itself, and underneath the wrapping is a cork engraved with a 2003 vintage year. On to the beer:

The cork is a diffcult one to remove, but in the end manpower prevails. The head fizzes away to nothing on top of this elegant violet colored beer. It looks closer to fruit punch than beer, but mind you, so do other fruit lambics. The nose shows assorted tart funkiness, a little vinegar, and very light cherry.

What has 8 years in the bottle done to this beer? For one, the fruit portion seems very small in comparison to the rest of the picutre. It starts off a wave of vinegar and a little sweet tart, which perhaps is the cherry doing that work. Also seems to give off lemon. That's odd, I taste a lot more lemon than I do cherry! Very acidic, though not in the territory of ripping your enamel off your teeth. Light in the mouth, very acidic, and with lots of little carbonation bubbles that seem to tickle inside your mouth. Refreshing and very tart.

If you've tried Lindemans Kriek and are expecting the same thing out of Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic, you're coming in with the wrong expectations. Both are tasty, but are so far away in terms of character that they might as well be on different planets. The Cantillon version is the truer, more authentic form of a traditional cherry lambic, though this is not for all palates.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 05:46:28 | More by DoubleJ
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

Pours a small light pink hued white head that fades away rather quickly. No lacing. Color is a bright raspberry/rhubarb purplish red. Very nice looking color.

Aroma: very tart fresh cherries. Very sour smelling. Has the 'horse-blanket' funk smell to it as well. Reminds me of American wild ales.

Taste: Right off the get go, I get the horse blanket sour taste. Very funky and sour. Tons of tart cherries. Wow, this beer is incredibly sour and fantastic.

Mouthfeel: bitter tart, sour, mouthwatering, refreshing. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Ends with a clean aftertaste.

Really, there isn't too much to not like about this beer (unless you don't enjoy sours). I think it is fantastic. I have a feeling my 750 will take me awhile and be hard to finish, but I think it will be doable. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 05:04:02 | More by mothman
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duceswild

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-28-2014 17:51:52 | More by duceswild
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from ngandhi as part of BIF 12. Thanks for the opportunity. Black foiled cap and cork. Cork noted bottled in 2003.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" desert rose head above the clear cherry red brew. Head fades quickly down to a layer of bubbles, with minimal to average lacing, both of which are par for the style. Aroma is musky tart cherries. Taste is a bit of malt upfront, quickly shouted down by almost controlled sourness, with cherry tinges coming in later, and closes with extreme dryness on the palate. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are both good, and this was an enjoyable treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 23:32:29 | More by ppoitras
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Devil's Den, I have not had this in two years, and the last time I had it on tap was six years ago at Monk's

100% looks great a bold blood soaked red with active bubbles rising. The head looks just like the liquid in color and reaches a finga and a half with tightness, not much lace but who cares.

Smells include 100% kriek cherries, they are really pronounced and up in my grill. A very small medicinal scent thats an afterthought. Some oak and vanilla and a pleasant sour vibe. Not as earthy as other Cantillons, barely and barnyard or hay.

When I had this out of a 2 year old bottle it was the most sourest beer I've ever had, this must be a fresh keg cause the sourness is subdued compared to that. Cherries, oak, vanilla, Cantillon.

Thin bodied with active carb and a nice sourness that is quite puckering.

If this was not 9 bills a glass I would be all over this, this young keg is much more drinkable than an old bottle and more to my liking

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 03:00:58 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -30.6%

12-24-2012 00:50:33 | More by ejimhof
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-07-2013 19:51:48 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lambic beers are typically flat, but this bottle of Cantillon Kriek poured with an abundance of pink-tinted froth which, despite consistent and loud crackling (it sounds like bacon hitting a hot pan), fades very little. Without it what's in the glass might easily be mistaken for cranberry juice. It's a beer pretty enough to decorate a little girl's room with.

Kriek, Framboise, Gueuze, Faro - changing the prefix to 'Lambic' doesn't much change its aroma. This smell is sour, vinegar-y, musty and acidic. The only kind of cherries noted in this bouquet are of the festered and fermented variety. (Having an impractically overgrown cherry tree in the backyard I know that scent all too well.)

And yet, rotted fruit and musty vinegar notwithstanding, the beer is ridiculously refreshing, assuming one has a penchant for sourness. Its natural acidity is extravagantly quenching. An almost puckering tartness spreads over the palate like aphids over the canopy of trees, but it's not at all astringent, and the cherries add some sweetness to the mix.

Though a cherry beer, this drinks more like cranberry juice (by which I mean the real stuff - not from concentrate and certainly not "cocktail"). It is lightly bitter and notably sour. Fruity yet not at all in the typical sugary, sweet sense. The ultra-light body and pin-prick carbonation make it a godsend on hot days. How did beer like this ever fall out of style?

Kriek-Lambic is a style that has not much been improved on since its inception, however many centuries ago. The modern, commercial examples that add fruit juices or sugar may appeal to a wider audience but, for my money, there's nothing more appetizing than lemon juice acidity, mildewy oak wood must, and the tartness of wild yeasts and bacterias.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 23:43:36 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage 750 ml split with my wife

A: Cherry red with a pinkish, purple head that soon turns white, fades quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S: You can honestly smell this beer from several feet away. Tart cherries, wild yeast, and that distinctive Cantillon funk of which I have grown so fond.

T: Remarkably smooth and incredibly sour, if that makes sense. Tart cherries are the dominant taste, with notes of yeasty bread, cherry pits, nuts, dirt, grass, trees (a general outdoor aroma & taste). Very tasty.

M: Low carbonation, puckering sourness.

D: Overall, a great beer. I highly recommend it. Anytime we open a Cantillon is a good time.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 01:14:23 | More by Huhzubendah
Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
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