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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
93
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4,746 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,746
Reviews: 2,017
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 192
Gots: 316 | FT: 2
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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neorunner

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #3 - http://flic.kr/p/9omWBk

Thanks to Kevin (shrek806) for sending me this in Round #4 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Finally home after a quick 1 day trip to Athens for my girlfriends birthday bash. I happily tear into this beer and end up getting a bit of wax inside the bottle, oops! Gentle pour still produces a voluptuous dense white head about three inches tall. As I let the head settle there is very little lacing being left on the glass. Aroma on this bad boy is nicely funky. Brett and some herbal earthy notes, lemon grass and sage come to mind. Light yellow in color with amazing clarity and constant carbonation.

Taste is slightly bitter with a very subtle but complex tartness. The lemon grass comes through on the taste but not much else in the herbal department. Mouthfeel is dry in the finish but very quenching upfront.

Going to go with saison for style.

The reveal - Ommegang Hennepin. This is a very good beer and I'm now realizing I've been neglecting it. For a readily available saison its very good and doesn't kill your wallet.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 00:16:09 | More by neorunner
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tgorgz

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Just wow.

Pours a nice hay color. I didn't have a pint glass (shocking, right?) with me so I had to use a snifter- perhaps that contributed to the larger-than-expected head. Lots of bubbles, and lots of lacing that stayed all the way through the beer.

Moving on to smell, we've got a whole mess (the good kind) going on in here. I'm notice (in no particular order) orange, apple and lemon.

The "wow" comes in with the taste. An explosion of flavour hits your palate, and each aforementioned fruit is augmented by a nice balance of carbonation.

The mouthfeel is very light, very crisp. It's one of those where you say "Ah" at the end.

For drinkability, simply see the above.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 23:49:52 | More by tgorgz
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afogg0855

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good God this is wonderful.

This is the first Saison Beer I've ever tried. My interest was actually sparked by a list of "50 Beers to try before you die" and it happened to catch my eye at a Whole Foods store.

It pours a glowing light straw color that is just gorgeous. The scent can be enjoyed throughout my entire kitchen and the first taste truly brings this work of art to life.

The flavors of a delicous floral yeast, with citrusy apricot subtleties come alive on my tongue.

This is a beer that should truly be enjoyed by everyone who can get their hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 18:23:03 | More by afogg0855
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MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light gold with lots of tiny bubbles and a rich thick frothy white head. Excellent retention.
Nose is a mix of clove/spice and fruity apple with some floral notes. Can pick up faint whiffs of alcohol as it warms.
The taste has a light fruitiness that lasts throughout, that is quickly hit a sharp spiciness and slightly bitter lemon rind, leading into a dry but yeasty finish.
Body is a bit heavier than I expected for the style, but not overly heavy by any stretch, still a light and lively saison. So tasty and crisp, I wish I picked up more than four of these, will have to make another trip to NY again soon!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 05:50:17 | More by MattyV
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 750ml poured into an over sized wine glass.

A: Slightly cloudy straw, pale gold, Hennepin ale has a large white head and leaves behind bring lacing.

S: Sweet banana, spice (clove), and earth. Some citrus from the hops is present as well.

T: It starts with sweet fruit, moves into spice, bitterness from the hops, a slight acidic note, and grooves into yeasty and citrus laden finish. The finish is on the crisper side and spice lingers on the tongue.

M: Light to medium body, and creamy at first, but drier towards the finish.

D: Though the beer has high ABV, it has complex flavors that are enjoyable and refreshing without being taxing.

Overall: Saison beers might be my second favorite type. They frequently have pleasant complexion without being very heavy. Ommegang delivers with Hennepin ale. It has great flavor, nice body, and would be a perfect addition to a warm day (or a setting sun).

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 22:32:13 | More by ianjsullivan
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KajII

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

Poured a light hazy yellow with a huge pure white frothy head that was fully lasting and had extremely excellent lacing. The aroma was very heavy of an earthy yeast, and a moderate odor of straw malts and a citrus hops with notes of banana and some spices(clove I think). It tasted mildly sweet and yeasty with a slight acidic tinge at first and ended with mildly bitter yeast flavor and had hints of citrus, and other spices with the flavor lingering on the palate for a nice while. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and watery yet dry and quite creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall an exceelent representation of the style and a brew most definitely worth drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 15:35:43 | More by KajII
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jss79

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark golden and hazy in color. The head was
Smell - initial sweet fruit mixed with yeast aroma that gave way to subtle hints its of floral hops.
Taste - medium intensity with a sweet finish. Carbonation remained consistent throughout drinking. It ended with a drying mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 02:34:28 | More by jss79
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Pencible

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark straw with lots of fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like sour Belgian yeast and waxy and grassy hops, with some salt and vinegar and a little citrus zest and wheat.
T: It tasted like sour Belgian yeast and fresh wheat and dry apricot, with some grassy and floral hops. It had a very clean and crisp bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate natural carbonation. Very nice body.
D: This was a solid saison. Sour and bitter with a little sweetness (but no funk) all nicely balanced and blended. Great body too, and well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Not too unique, but an enjoyable example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 16:27:17 | More by Pencible
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Shoegaze99

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang rarely disappoints. Hell, they just might be the best American brewer of Belgian styles out there right now. That's why I was eager to try out the Hennepin, an example of the increasingly trendy farmhouse saison style.

Popped the cork, opened the windows, and poured into a lovely Ommegang glass.

This beer looks wonderful, pouring a slightly cloudy, grassy yellow with a healthy, rich snow white head that looks like whipped cream.

Cloying nose teases at pleasant spring grasses, with a slightly lemony zest. it's a very clear, fresh aroma that begs for this beer to be consumed outdoors. Open those windows!

Once you start to drink, all those aromas reveal themselves to be precursors to an equally subtle yet alluring taste. The zesty lemon leaps to the forefront at the tail end of the taste, and is preceded by the very slightly sweet, every so mildly grainy taste of fresh cut fields ... and not the negative kind of grassy associated with some lesser beers. This tastes like the fresh air of a Pennsylvania farm. It's quite nice.

Wonderfully bodied, perfect carbonation and an overall nice feel make this a sensational sipper.

Overall, Ommegang once again shows why they rarely disappoint. The Hennepin is a zesty, refreshing example of the farmhouse style. When the spring weather warms you NEED to have a bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 18:40:43 | More by Shoegaze99
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ebby82

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light straw into a tulip glass with a significant, three finger head.

The aroma is of hops, a little fruitiness, and a dry, spiciness.

The taste is a bit of hops, backed up by some spiciness, perhaps coriander. I'm not sure how to describe it, but I know its wonderful.

I've never had a Belgian I didn't enjoy, but Ommegang is making a firm Belgian fan out of me. I'm drinking this during winter, but I can't imagine a much better spring or summer drink. It's crisp, refreshing, and yet, at 7%, its no slouch in the alcohol department.

I haven't had many saison's, but I can say with confidence, that this is an excellent example of its style, and one I will repeatedly return to.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 02:07:37 | More by ebby82
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep gold like newly minted bullion coinage. The head is snow white, massive, rocky, lacy... like surf foam.

S- Big seductive aroma of honey-puffed corn, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander and spring flowers.

T- Sweet honey-puffed grains, puffed corn, hay. Good spicy & fruity complexity in the background. The finish is bitter, astringent, grassy hops.

M, D- Delicious, very drinkable and alluring. Lovely balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 00:38:31 | More by WhiteOak
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pharmer

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A two finger white fluffy head emerges and fades reluctantly to a thin layer. Lacing is very apparent.

The aroma is peppery, some fresh banana, and a bit of medicinal alcohol in the background.

The foremost taste for me is that of cloves and bananas. A bit sour and a slight, but pleasant hoppy presence. Finishes rather dry with a bitter lemon-like aftertaste.

Quite highly carbonated and light bodied in the mouth, pleasant however.

This is my first time experiencing both this beer and this style. I found it to be highly drinkable and look forward to drinking this and other saisons in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 04:42:20 | More by pharmer
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle into a Goose Island chalice.

A: Pours a pale orange with a fluffy white head.

S: The familiar saison funkiness and sour notes pop out in the smell.

T: The taste follows the smell - lots of bready yeastiness and floral and citrus notes. Strong funkiness prevails as well.

D: Goes down with ease and the complexity keep you coming back for more.

Overall: A great representation of a great style. This is without a doubt one of the better American Saisons out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 00:42:39 | More by JohnnyChicago
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Cyrano41

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this first on tap at Fire and Vine. Excellent was the first word that came to my head. It was amber with 1/2 inch of head, lots of lacing on the glass. Fruity aroma that made me want to dive in. First sip brought a smile to my face, my wife isn't as into beer as me, but I had to share. Since then I found bottles at the local Total Wine shop. This is one I will always look far again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 17:16:50 | More by Cyrano41
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Brunite

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: A light gold color with a decent 3 finger white head. Not much lacing.

S: Some lemon citrus...some grass....some floral.

T: Dry...highly carbonated...taste some lemon....some floral...taste like champagne.

M: Crisp, dry finish and a high level of carbonation.

D: Not bad. High carbonation may limit consumption.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 02:46:17 | More by Brunite
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Beer Crazy in Urbandale. Pours a lightly hazy brilliant blonde color, with a big loose head that diminishes to a smaller slightly tighter head. Scents range from spicy hops to sweet bannana aromas. The taste is fantasically balanced with dry hop bitterness and some fruity esters. The palate is lightly sharp

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 16:51:00 | More by BieresDesMoines
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 1/22/11. Thanks to THECPJ for the share.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a massive head that billowed up to about half of the glass at first. Large foamy bubbles that dissipated on the faster side, not much lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with some lemon, coriander and a little bit of grass. Also get some banana and some clove as well.

T: Get a nice grassy flavor. Some yeast and the banana and clove/coriander spices come through as well.

M/D: On the lighter side with nice carbonation. Very easy drinking and overall enjoyable. While I really like it, its not something I will reach for often.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 00:16:10 | More by mdaschaf
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cdrogers

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to wine glass-serving temperature was approximately 41F.

A: Golden amber. Dense white head that lasted quite a while. Lace was persistent as I was drinking. Very nice.

S: Fruity. Citrus for sure. Little to no hop aroma. Definite sweetness.

T: Citrus with this slight sour taste. Very well balance with a slight spice as well.

M: Good carbonation and maybe a medium body. Slightly dry finish with some tartness.

D: Probably one of my most favorite beers now. It reminds me of some of the trappist dubbels. Very refreshing and the citrus is just awesome.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 05:39:34 | More by cdrogers
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AwYeh

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bomber poured into a tulip pint glass; thanks to Jesse13713 for splitting this bottle of questionable age (2.5 years? 3 years?) with me.

A: Cloudy golden-yellow color; two fingers of fine, bright white head that dissipates slowly leaving behind good lacing.

S: This beer smells like a freshly peeled banana; light yeast aromas and candy sugar malts round out the aroma. Orange and lemon zest smells come out as the beer warms.

T: Belgian yeast is pretty prevalent here, adding a welcomed tang to balance the slightly tangy citrus flavors and candy malt sweetness mentioned above in the aroma. A few hints of spice- cloves and black pepper most notably- and biscuity malts round this out. As the beer warms, lemongrass really comes out and begins to be noticeable throughout the flavor.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation; crisp, dry finish.

D: Goes down extremely easy and really evolves as it warms up; I'm very impressed with this one, especially after sort of discounting Ommegang based on some of their other offerings I tried. Well worth the pick up, and from my experience, would be worth some time in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 04:29:49 | More by AwYeh
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ramseye4

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A=Pours a very cloudy light straw yellow color. At first I was apprehensive, but after the more I look it at it starts to grow on me. Fluffy white 2 fingerh ead, lots of lacing.
S=Yeast, a bit of spice,citrus and light fruit.
T=Banana, clove, lots of yeast and bready maltiness, a bit of bitterness.
M=typical Saison carbonation, lighter body, sticky
D=Great. Hidden ABV, sits lightly in the stomach, good taste make this an extraordinarily drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 02:43:50 | More by ramseye4
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ommegang Hennepin, big bottle, served into a Sierra snifter.

Appearance: Classic Belgian appearance, hazy yellow, like cider or apple juice. Huge three-finger head after a vigorous pour, very frothy and white and foamy. Outrageous lacing.

Smell: Sour apples, yeast, fresh fruit fields. Dessert tart (key lime pie?), lemon/citrus (not IPA-like, though). Spice.

Taste: More sourness, tart fruit (those that you bite on and make you see the stars if you have sensitive teeth). Several arches of sweetness and spice- some banana, some bread pudding. Reminds me of Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier. Finishes dry and slightly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated (and rightly so), tart but refreshing, medium body and full flavor.

Drinkability: Very chuggable, refreshing, easy. 7.7% is not noticeable. Only problem would be the linearity of this beer. Might get tired of the same sourness/tart apple taste running throughout. Otherwise, outstanding. Easily the best saison out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 06:19:55 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours a cloudy golden color with lively carbonation and a beautiful two-finger, powder-white head that lasts a while, leaving terrific lacing.

S: Lemon, yeasty spice, barnyard mustiness, and faint sour apples.

T: Sweet lemon, peppery yeast, light sour berries, pear and apple, clove, and a background grainy cracker flavor.

M: The carbonation is very heavy throughout (in a very good way) with a medium body, and some left-over sourness. The alcohol goes completely unnoticed. This really has a dominant feel as the flavors grip the palate and the strong carbonation removes all other flavors.

D: This is terrific drinking, one of the best in its style, and widely available.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 19:57:51 | More by bucklemyshoe
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle.

A- Pours a straw yellow color with a very light haze to it. Two and a half finger white head shows medium retention. Nice streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Pilsner malts in the front of the aroma. Citrus and light orange like notes in the ending front of the aroma. Banana and clove like notes in the middle of the aroma. Light citrus hops in the ending of the beer.

T- Nice bready malts in the front with some lemongrass and light orange citrus notes. Middle of the beer is belgian yeasts with hints of banana and clove. There is a light hop bitterness that comes in the middle as well. Ending is hop bitterness with some lemon grass and belgian yeast. Light alcohol in the ending of the beer itself.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonatoin is good for the style although a little higher for my liking. Yeasty notes with some lemon citrus tones left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, yeasty notes, and light malts. Flavors were well blended to the style and almost too well. No off flavors were present that I could tell. High alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer is a fantastic example of the style. A nice drinker which I always enjoy. The ABV is high but this beer doesn't really drink like it. I really like beer and need to pick it up more often to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 05:26:01 | More by alleykatking
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atomicbeer

New Mexico

3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow with a fine white mousse head. Aroma is of clover honey and white pepper. Taste is fruity and wet stone. Mouthfeel has a decent body. As this is a farmhouse ale, I paired this with a French Altantique cheese and a rustic baguette -- magnificent!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 02:49:11 | More by atomicbeer
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bosox941827

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into Harpoon IPA imperial pint glass.
A - Looks like a summer/baseball beer w/just a hint of cloudiness (depending on how much yeast you leave behind in the bottle); yellow/orange, w/a foamy head. Looks very *drinkable*!
S - Just a hint of clove and a nice hop scent
T - A bit of banana & clove off the top, but just a bit. This dissipates to a lemon-y hoppiness, which is done quite well, similar to a Weihenstephaner or a Munchener Helles for me; not very pronounced but just enough to make itself known. Finishes quite dry with a lingering hint of clove & hops and a bit of alcohol as well as a warning if you decide to slam it.
M - Prickly on the tongue - this is nicely carbonated, definitely towards the summer-beer end of things which makes it very thirst-quenching. That 7.7%, especially in a bomber, could sneak up on you as a result.
D - Extremely high; am drinking this on a warm-ish day in NC and it is just the thing. This is a lawn-mower type beer, especially if you like getting a healthy buzz on after mowing said lawn.
This is not my type of beer (and it sat in my fridge for a while before I tried it), but gotta say, this is a keeper and will definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 22:53:29 | More by bosox941827
Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) from Brewery Ommegang
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