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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,302 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,302
Reviews: 730
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 28
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Allagash Dubbel boasts a deep red color and a complex malty taste. The finish is dry with subtle hints of chocolate and nuts. The yeast asserts itself by lending a classic Belgian fruitiness.

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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch #52.

The corked popped out of this one like a champagne.

A: Amber-brown; huge, light-tan head, good retention & lacing.

S: Raisins, brown sugar, dark bread, cotton-candy fruity esters, nut, some earthy minerals, really nice.

T: Bready, slightly spicey, dark caramel, dark fruit, metallic minerals, brown sugar, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body and carbonation; silky smooth.

D: At only 7%, this is exceptionally drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 23:03:12 | More by Derek
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mistermonkey

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Dark ruby/copper tone with nice off-white head about a thick. Mostly fruit in the nose, taste of nuts and raisins, but thin and almost watery. I was expecting more from this from all the hype. Not that I couldn't put back a few, but, I'd probably reach for something else. Had the fluxus at the Brickstore and was much more inpressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 21:21:29 | More by mistermonkey
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Upgrayedd

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This was the first time I saw Allagash anything in Michigan, so I had to pick it up. I'm not sure of this beer being considered a Dubbel. If I did a blind tasting, I would think this this is an English Brown fermented with Belgian yeast. The smell was a bit yeasty with fusel in the background. The taste was overwhelmingly chocolate. So much so that it practically hid the plum/raisin characteristic I expected from this style. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery. Overall, this is quite drinkable for the ABV, it just doesn't go down like I think a Dubbel should.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 14:15:49 | More by Upgrayedd
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WesWes

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #54

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful caramel scent along with a mild yeast fruitiness. It's dry with some raisiny aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very dry, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes watery with some yeast esters. I love the malt flavor. It has a nice caramel and raisin feel, but it's a bit thin in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got excellent malt flavor as well as a very aromatic yeast presence.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 23:00:37 | More by WesWes
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walshclimb

Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours rich reddish brown with thin off white head and a steady stream of bubbles passing up through the body.; Interesting wavy lace that becomes spotty. Malty smell with sweet cookie and hint of sour yeast. Good warm malt with sugary sweetness for the initial flavor transitions smoothly to a slightly acidic and mildly bitter aftertaste. Good complexity and very enjoyable flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy texture, active carbonation, and a dry, slightly alcoholic finish. Overall, this is a very nice taster that is pleasantly complex. I liked it much better than their Tripel, but that is probably somewhat of a style preference for me. I would highly recommend this one as another good example of an American brewed Belgian-style dub.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 21:13:13 | More by walshclimb
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #68.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a small, tight off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of tart, ripe fruits, spices, and floral hops. Faint whiff of tobacco and cocoa, too.

Taste: Dark maltiness with notes of chocolate and toffee. All the while there's a pervasive tart fruitiness. Hint of tobacco. Gentle floral hops. There's a light spiciness near the end which lasts into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 02:54:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dubbel Allagash Brewery
750mL bottle from a Goblet at 50 degrees F

Belgian dubbel brewed with 7 malts and Belgian candi.

Appearance: Gorgeous amber brown ale with tan bubbly head atop. Clarity is slightly cloudy. Head lasts and lasts but doesn't pour so big as to dominate the glass. Flawless appearance as Allagash beers typically are. (5.0)

Smell: Dark fruit and sour notes dominate the nose. The hops or malt add an earthy or mineral like aroma. There is little to no yeast spiciness or banana esters discernable to me. The aroma is pleasant but not complex enough for my liking. I prefer a dubbel to have an intimidatingly complex aroma that makes me question what the taste will be like. This is not one of those types of bouquets, but it is still acceptable. (3.0)

Taste: Not very bold is my first impression. The dark fruit is very subdued. The malt sweetness is not very impressive either. A tart sour flavor does come through fairly strong. The hops contributions are appropriately minimal. The flavor is alright but nothing fabulous. The most perplexing flavor is the bitterness of the grist dominating the aftertaste. (3.0)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied which is right. The gas is also good for the style. (4.5)

Drinkability: Enjoyable. This is a good introduction to the style for an individual who may not appreciate the excess complexity of the better examples of this style. I recommend picking one up to enjoy with a friend. (4.0)

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 23:25:53 | More by BWH3
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

This dubbel had a nice brown color with a dirty-white head floating on top. A musty smell at first and a pleasant taste with chocolate and estery flavors. I liked this beer and it was easy to drink. Very nice dubbel and at $6 a bottle a pretty good deal.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 17:08:26 | More by ArrogantB
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srandycarter

California

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 65 Poured Into the Stone tulip.

A - Pours like root beer or a dark cider. A bit cloudy. Head reduces quickly, lacing average.

S - Very well within style but wholly unimpressive. Nice, but nothing incredible.

T - See smell above. Same issues. Nice, but lacks endurance and complexity. Finish is weird - the sweet front does not balance out to the bitter finish. Rather, the malt disappears seemingly on it's own and then the quick bitter axe.

M - Medium, almost thin.

D- This beer tricks you into thinking it is more than it is. Not a bad beer, but not a great one, either.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 05:30:45 | More by srandycarter
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass at 45 degrees F.

Slightly hazy raisin pudding brown body with coppery edges and a hefty finger of thick, lacy, light khaki head. Estery bubble gum and sweetish fruits on the nose, along with a mildly floral edge. Light toasted grain up front before toffeeish malts and fruits come in. Herbal hop bitterness and spices (anise) around the edges. Figs and bubblegum fruits with a hint of alcohol in the finish. Not bad, but just missing something to pull it all together and the bubblegum is a little strong.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 01:41:49 | More by alexgash
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fat shortie into a Watou chalice. The beer looked real nice, with a dark reddish copper hue, tranlucent, and a thin but uncompromising head. The aroma wasn't as enticing as my favorite dubbels (Westmalle, St. Bernardus Prior 8 & Pater 6), but sweet and inviting nonetheless. The flavor was nice but not really complex, mostly sweet malts and possibly a little bit of burnt malt as well. Nice beer, a little simple for the style in my opinion, but nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 00:03:31 | More by TurdFurgison
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky caramel brown with a one inch rocky tannish white head with bits of lacing clinging down the sides of the glass. Which I have to say is a nice surprise considering this glass does not do so well at maintaining lacing. I only wish the head lasted a bit longer before fading into a ring.

S: The bready malts are most pronounced in this beer but it also has a very nice hints of candied sugar and dark fruits. All of these aromas are subued

T/MF: The carbonation is more active in filling the mouth with gas (if that makes sense) than it does bubbling on the tongue. The initial flavor of this beer is hints of fruit balanced by a subtle toasted nutty flavor that becomes more pronounced in the finish and leaves the pallet quite clean.

D: This is a really nice beer but it leaves me wanting more, more sweetness, more fruitiness, just more, but maybe I'm being too greedy. This is a well balanced and subtle, if one dimensional dubbel. Highly drinkable and hides it ABV quite well.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 00:59:58 | More by bluemoonswoon
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured into my Chimay chalice a nice dark brown, disappointingly with little head, most dubbels I've had are exploding with head, not this one. Smell is sweet, malty, and fruity. Taste is like that too, Alcohol is undetectable in this one too. Nothing suggests even in the least that the ABV of this stuff is 7.6%. There is very little in the way of Belgian style dubbels that even come close to the drinkability of this brew. It's quite good, and considerably less expensive than the genuine article. I'd recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 23:39:18 | More by funkengruven
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with no visible freshness date poured into a chalice

Pours brown with hints of copper and just under a finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing. Aroma is a bit malty but mostly dark fruits, namely plums and raisins, possibly sour cherries. Aroma is good but a bit to fruity for the style, too one-dimensional. Taste is reminiscent of the aroma. At first the dark fruits from the aroma return but give way to malt flavors, mostly toasted and/or crystal, and some spiciness that reminds me of cloves coupled with a light hop bitterness in the finish. Good mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation, just a bit of alcohol warming. Drinkability is ok, I enjoyed this brew but, in my opinion, the dark fruits are just a bit too dominant and make this slightly less drinkable than it would have otherwise been.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 01:18:41 | More by mnj21655
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #62. Blood orange with a weathered bronze-like glow. The sandstone colored crown filled the majority of the glass initially and is still mammoth in size several minutes later. As it slowly melts away, a beautiful array of tacky lace finds its way to the glass and gives the beer a gorgeous, authentic look.

The nose is classically dubbel-like as well; never a certainty when it comes to the American-brewed versions (but then Allagash is in a league of their own as far as I'm concerned). The aroma is primarily brown fruity and brown bready with a complementary amount of clove yeastiness. The ability to use quality yeast well is one of this brewery's keys to success.

I'm surprised at Dubbel Reserve's... reserve. It isn't as bold or as flavorful as most of what Allagash brews, but that doesn't make it bad beer, not by a long shot. If you want subtlety and drinkability in a beer of this style, I can't think of too many domestic dubbels that are better. In fact, change 'too many' to 'any'.

The flavor profile features the same quasi-dark fruitiness found in the nose (brown apples and figs), along with a pleasing amount of ground clove and mild tobacco notes on the finish. A light molasses quality leads me to think that some amount of dark candi sugar was used. Complex it ain't. Delicious it is.

Given the less than aggressive nature of the flavor, the mouthfeel is very well done. I thought it was a trifle light at first, but the passage of time has resulted in a sneaky suppleness and a minor amount of mouthcoating that makes drinking a pleasure. The only thing keeping the mouthfeel from the next highest score is that it could be a bit more expansive.

Dubbel Reserve isn't the equal of most of what these guys brew, but then Allagash's best is some of the finest beer in the world. Anyone looking to dip a toe into the dubbel style could do a whole lot worse than to start right here. Forget toes, once this review is completed, I plan to plunge into the rest of this '750' with reckless abandon.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 16:21:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Bonhoeffer

Alabama

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This one is confusing me. A little unlike any other beer i've ever had. Something about being batch #60 on the label, but no mention of date. It's been in my cellar for 3 months.

It's seriously lacking in the fruity notes i typically associate with dubbels, and i get a pretty strong sense of roasted barley. Really? Roasted barley in a dubbel?

It's very interesting, so i give it a pretty high mark on taste, but i'm so confounded by it's oddities that drinkability suffers.

I reserve the right to review this one again someday, and perhaps reach a completely different conclusion. I'm not convinced i'm tasting what the brewer intended. Not sure what could have happened to this batch or bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 23:14:28 | More by Bonhoeffer
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to barleywinebrewer for this brew.

750 ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Batch 62

Pours a nice semi-clear mahogony color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, some nice slicks and sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slightly yeasty, hint of raisins, figs, plums, and some caramel. The tasty is malty, nice dose of dark fruits, just a slight yeasty feel, and some caramel. Medium body, but a little watery, a nice complex brew though. Drinkable, this is a very nice dubbel from Allagash. Definitely want to try other's from the line.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 23:19:44 | More by Wasatch
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Based on notes:

Poured a hazed chestnut with almost 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Chocolaty, smoked malt & roasted malt

T: Roasted malt, & earthy phenol-funk up front. Caramel follows with earthy/fruity yeast dryness. Finishes dry with chocolate & roasted malt notes

MF: Medium bodied with decent carbonation, balanced well for the style

Drinks pretty easy for the abv, a down to earth interpretation of a dubbel

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 14:50:00 | More by russpowell
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #6.

Twist off bottle pours a mud brown/deep copper color with only about one finger of off-white head. Leaves a decent lace around the glass and some stick, and has decent clarity.

Smell is fresh bread, yeast, raisins and some malty sweetness. Taste is of sweet malts and candi sugar, along with raisin and a nuttiness toward the back end. Yeast flavor really comes through in the finish, and the aftertaste is dry and a little funky from the yeast. It's pretty light in the mouth for a beer over 7% and the carbonation tingles the tongue a bit.

Overall it's a good, if somewhat pedestrian double. Not a bad option to have hanging around, but nothing to go nuts trying to find either.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 19:01:38 | More by number1bum
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy translucent medium brown body. Pours with relatively thin off-white head that quickly fades to a nice collar. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Deep, rich, roasted malt smell. Hints of Belgian sugars.

T- Initial taste is of bready and roasted malt-somewhat bitter. Finish is yeasty and sugary. Quite sweet. This is a brew that activates every taste bud on your tongue. Pretty interesting and complex.

M-Medium carbonation and light weight body. Goes down fairly smooth.

D- This is a pretty good brew and the 7% ABV is pretty well hidden. One that I will probably venture to have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 18:13:46 | More by PittBeerGirl
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep walnut brown with a one finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin cap. The lacing is thick, almost completely covering the inside on the glass.

Smell; sweet almost sugary, with lots of dark fruits. Raisins, plums and dates are all present as well as some roasted earthy notes.

Taste; as with the nose the flavor starts out sweet with brown sugar, and little chocolate. Raisins, plums and dates give this the fruitiness you would expect with a double, and the finish is a touch on the earthy side. Not the best double out there, but pretty darn respectable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice smooth carbonation, and the drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 00:43:14 | More by RedHaze
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mithrascruor

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-brown color. Great creamy tan head laces the glass nicely.

Smell: Has a good malty/earthy aroma with nuts, coffee, bananas, and clove.

Taste: The flavor is of roasted malts, milk chocolate, toffee, spices, and a bit of fruit. Maybe not as complex as some other dubbels, but it's still very tasty. Light alcohol in the finish. Semi-sweet roasted malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy-smooth. Medium- to heavy-bodied with a good mellow carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol levels here are fine, and it's quite easy and enjoyable to drink.

Among the best US-brewed Belgian-style ales I've had. It's lacking some of the complexities of it's "old world" counterparts, but it's still a really tasty and enjoyable beer. Works well on it's own for many occasions. I'll certainly get this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 02:25:59 | More by mithrascruor
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xgrafcorex

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice creamy light tan head, smells of delicious yeast and malt. also has some hints of sweetness, fruit maybe. the taste is a little different...theres a bitterness to it that isn't in the smell. to be perfectly honest, my first thought was "doh! i wish it tasted more like it smells." not to say its bad..just a tad let down after finding out how good it smells. i guess i can kinda smell the bitterness more now..could all be in my head. can't decide if i can taste the alcohol, or if its spices or even carbonation. could be carbonation, there are plenty of little bubbles still going up to the top as with many beers of this and similar styles. the sweetness seems more bitter in the taste. have warmed up to the taste a little since i started drinking it..still have to say my hopes were set a little higher after having the allagash white. head is still sticking around..some lacing too. fairly complex taste overall..i'm sure i'm missing something in there.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 07:51:01 | More by xgrafcorex
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allengarvin

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #59, no other date mentioned. However, probably new since Allagash has only recently made a return to Texas. Served in a Chimay glass. This pours out a dark, hazy reddish brown with a large creamy tannish head (and very long-lasting) on top. The nose is somewhat faint, with some fruity yeast notes and a touch of cocoa-tinted malt. Very nice malt profile for a dubbel, with a hint of roasted malt in the dryness, a tasteful (but restrained--this is no porter) chocolateness. Yeast character is fruity, though not overly so, with some light vanilla character. Finish lingers around the malt. Smooth texture, but the carbonation remains unusually high despite my vigorous pour that left an enormous amount of foam.

Understated, with less yeast character than most Belgians, but very tasty. A subtle offering, which I think stands out more because of its tastefulness than most American interpretations of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 12:48:10 | More by allengarvin
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Flyer

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black-cherry red with a fair head. Classic fruity ale aroma. The taste is malty but clean, with some dried fruit (maybe a little peach) and more fruit creeping in at the end, only to be washed away by a solid, but not particularly intense hop finish. I would love to try this after it's had a chance to mature, because right now it's a good, solid dubbel, but it's just not distinctive enough to grab my attention.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 01:48:32 | More by Flyer
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