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Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison) - Brewery Ommegang

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,381 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4381
Reviews: 1998
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%


Brewed by:
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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Crawfish61

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apperance-golden hazy with a beautiful white head that sticks around for a while.
Smell - spicy, orange, hay, funk
Taste- orange, green banana, dry, slightly sour, hides abv very well
Mouthfeel - very nice smooth, full mouth feel
Overall - A lovely beer. Very refreshing, delicious and beautiful to look at. Available at a decent price. Not an easy beer to get where I live but will pick it up when I travel to another city.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 00:18:23 | More by Crawfish61
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Cozuma

Indiana

3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned poured in a standard pint...because that's what I have in this hotel.

A: slightly hazy golden color small head that persists and leaves lacing on the glass as you drink.

S: slighly metallic smell with light apple like jicama or starfruit but not sour like starfruit

T:sweet like a chimay cinq cents with buttery bread feel that fades to a plain wheat bread. Slightly spicy though I'd be inclined to say it's the carbonation.

M: smooth easy drinking saison slight burn from carbonation but not harsh.

O: I agree with ajzbedo in that this would be great to pop the cork on a hot summer day it's refreshing and flavorful in the bread department. It can even at times remind me of caraway ie pumpernickel. I'd say I'm a fan, it's reasonably priced too.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 12:04:45 | More by Cozuma
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Shroud0fdoom

Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*12 oz. bottle*
Look: Hazy golden blonde body, 1 1/2 finger white soapy head.

Smell: Tart citrus, spices, hay, yeasty, hints of earthy quality tobacco, mild funk.

Taste: Tart citrus (Lemon peel) wheat and oats, honey, hint of a fruit (pear), sweet and dry and slightly sour.

Feel: Medium-light body, very active carbonation.

Overall: This is very delicious. One of the prime examples of the style. I have no problem drinking a four pack of this all Summer/Fall long. For it being almost 8% it isn’t detectable. This brew is recommended.

#Original reviewed on 10-30-13#

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 11:27:51 | More by Shroud0fdoom
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magictacosinus

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this over a year ago on tap and remembered liking it a lot, but what with the hoopla on so many saisons and funky farmhouse ales churning out every day (it seems), this was sadly buried underneath with no immediate visitation. No more, I say - reviewed live - poured into a teku glass from a 12oz bottle. Freshness date is "09/2014," and apparently it was bottled on 02/29/2012" as well (?!). Doubtful, as these four packs weren't available back then. I'm going to say this is 2-6 months old, roughly.

Golden amber in color, with a fluffy, foamy white head that coats the top of the glass before eventually settling into a ring. Good carbonation at first - I'd imagine this would look fabulous in a flute glass. Lots of sediment float around in the glass, and added on to the cloudy appearance, this is relatively rustic looking. Quite good.

A lovely saison at the nose, as indicated by the generous amount of spices, fruitiness, barnyard notes, and overall bitterness. The spices are at the front here, with juicy orange peel, coriander, as well as some slight ginger and white pepper, but there's a nice white peach (or merely stone fruit) flavor that follows, with some notes of wet hay, lavender, and light toasted leather notes. A little bit of toffee, maybe some caramel, with an underlying funkiness underneath that resembles a good cave aged cheese. Really delightful and playful stuff!

The flavor is a continuation of the aroma, with a little bit more sweetness showing in from the malts and yeast, but otherwise, that's about as far as it goes. THIS is how more American made farmhouse ales should be made. A generous addition of orange and lemon peel, plus some light peaches (with cream), as well as some white pepper, cinnamon, ginger, and some dried white flowers (with a bit of honeysuckle). Finishes semi-dry, with a wetness accentuated by the yeast, which gives it a bit of soaked leather and light tobacco flavor, as well as a brief nuttiness resembling almonds. Slightly sweet at the finish, with some strong notes of toffee and sugar cream, but it's otherwise stupidly balanced and refreshing. Graceful carbonation, with a gentle, cracker-like texture. For a mass produced saison, this is among the greats for sure.

What a wonderful saison! I'd love to buy some bottles and watch as they all develop over time, in spite of the apparent freshness dates. This has to be one of the most underrated saisons brewed in the country - and I'm at guilt myself, as I've spent so much time running after the more hyped or limited ones while this would gather dust on shelves wherever I'd go. Highly recommended for saison lovers - a domestic offering that's up there with my favorites from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 01:44:41 | More by magictacosinus
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ajzbedo73

Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 750 corked and caged bottle into a tulip. Two fingers of head. Moderate lacing that held the glass all the way down. Copper in color and cloudy/murky. Bubbles raising to the top of the glass, champagne like.

S: Didn't pick up a whole lot, white pepper, and citrus. Pleasant on the nose.

T: Bitter hops up front that slowly changed to sour apple and a honey sweet finish. White pepper is in the mix as well with a lingering peppery sweet after taste. Delightful. There is a lot going on from the second it hit my lips until I finished swallowing it. Wow!

M: A lot of carbonation, bubbly and pleasant. Very crisp and refreshing. Peppery burn. I love it!

O: This is my second go around with Ommegang first time wasn't great (abbey ale), but they hit a home run with this one! From start to finish I loved everything about this beer. I probably would rate higher if it were 95 degrees in July instead of 2 degrees in February. Great hot summer ale. I highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 03:50:49 | More by ajzbedo73
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - huge foamy and frothy white head tops a hazy golden ale
S - fruity, zesty, spicy, aroma with orange zest, ginger, and yeast
T - zesty orange rind, ginger, pepper, spicy, yeasty, Juicy Fruit,
F - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes semi-bitter
O - good saison, but the ginger is a bit overpowering at times

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 14:49:22 | More by barnzy78
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aaron_bird_88

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked & caged 750ml into teku.

A: Straw amber golden. Thick white, lathery head with small bubbles. Good soapy lacing and a lot of carbonation.

S: Spicy, coriander and grains of paradise. Citrus and yeast combine to create a hefeweizen-esque nose. The yeast notes are tempting me. This beer has a very appealing nose!

T: Follows the nose. Spicy but subtle, orange peel with a tartness behind it. Yeast, wheat and a sweet finish. Flavors meld well to create a delicious sip.

M: Creamy, effervescent and medium bodied.

O: I'm not the world's biggest saison fan, but this proved to be a great choice. The spicy, orange peel tartness mellowed perfectly on the palate. I would drink this again. Easily drinkable and sessionable if you can find it at the right price. Paired well with a Neapolitan margherita pizza with a little black truffle oil on top. I would recommend this beer as a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 17:21:58 | More by aaron_bird_88
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours an insanely effervescent hazy pale straw with a beautiful tiny-bubbled white head that stays around as good as could be hoped for. Great retention; nice even strings of gloppy lacing. Almost perfect.

S:
Spicy phenolic yeast notes pervade with a somewhat hoppy background. White pepper, banana, cloves, vanilla, medicinal hops, lemon zest.

T:
Soft and slightly sweet with a tremendous yeast flavor. Orange creamsicle, dough, dandelion, hay and a finish with the tiniest touch of hops.

M:
Slick, creamy, and quick. Almost coats the old mouth, but has a clean finish with a nice level of carbonation (especially considering how violent it looks in the glass).

O:
Seriously...
I keep waiting to have a beer by these guys that I don't love, but alas, this one didn't do it.
Once again, despite being American, Ommegang has made a stellar Belgian style (something that is all too rare, in my opinion).
Beautiful beer with a nice summery nose and a taste that perfectly balances the line between being sweet, refreshing, and hoppily dry.
One of the best examples I have yet had of one of my favorite styles.
Will have again; worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 04:47:33 | More by TheDoctor
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the LCBO in a 4pk of 12oz bottles- $13.10

A- Very good. Opened well and poured a nice light foamy head that stayed for minutes

S- WOW this is the best yeasty beer I have had in a while. Have had a few Saison but this one is fantastic.

T- Almost as good as it smells. This brewery has it going on. Yeast, malt, floral hints from coriander. Slightly sour.

M- Creamy. Slight bitterness but only at first sip. Saison

O- Excellent! Very good. Had a bomber I bought in Buffalo that I just didn't want to open and now I know what I got.... Will hold that baby for a bit.

Food Pairing

This wonderful Saison paired well with... chicken in a mushroom sauce

Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 01:12:20 | More by DaveBar
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TheFizzinator

Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow with tons of head. Nice soapy lacing down the glass. Smells of wheat and banana in the nose. There is a hint of spice notes as well. Tastes of sweet malt, spices, whole wheat and definitely more than a hint of alcohol. This is a very refreshing wheat beer although I feel it's a little over carbonated for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 22:19:58 | More by TheFizzinator
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jjh19

California

4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright pour, terrific white head that lingers.

Smell: Smelled clean like a pilsener with a hint of spiciness.

Taste: This is where the spiciness really hit me: on my tastebuds. Delicious, without being heavy-handed.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body. Quite refreshing.

Drinkability: Very tasty and drinkable. Cloying Saisons drive me crazy. The even-handed ones like this make me appreciate the style and brewing skill. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 22:24:33 | More by jjh19
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UKTOMCAT

Kentucky

4.99/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tang- it tasted would wonderful slight bias as I'm a huge wit beer fan. It tastes great prefect balance of wheat and that slight sweetness with subtle notes of citrus.

Odor- smells like a heavy wit beer and the smell of yeast rolls.

Manifestation- Normally I pour beer into a glass with this being my first one I didn't really car so much. Most beer disappoints. However there was clearly sediment in the bottle. It had a slight frothy head upon opening from me rotating the bottle but it wasn't shaken.

Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 06:59:28 | More by UKTOMCAT
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delta490

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- poured a hazy light gold with significant effervescence. Big, pillowy white head has huge retention and nice lacing

S- nice fruity/yeast esters

T- a nice flavor profile. It's got the yeast/banana flavors of a traditional wheat but with some nice earthy hops crispness

M- a little thicker and fuller than a more traditional wheat, but it fits the flavor profile well

O- a great, slightly nontraditional wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 22:55:31 | More by delta490
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dar482

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a slightly hazy golden green yellow white wine color.

The aroma has banana, clove, a bit of citrus peel, a substantial bready sweetness. Quite sticky sweet for the style.

The flavor continues with that familiar banana and clove. A bit of orange rind. Some artificial banana flavor. Lots of peppery spice. A good amount of that phenolic note. There’s almost an alcohol or metallic flavor in there too. Lots of carbonation and a bit of drying on the finish.

Had this blind with Tank 7 and that beer won out by a bit. This just didn’t have enough refreshing notes and was a bit sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 03:42:13 | More by dar482
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Redneckwine

Washington

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle into pint glass
Appearance- Hazed over and light golden, 2.5 fingers of fluffy head recedes into .5 finger that stays for the duration, thick lacing.

Smell- Citrus, various spices like clove, anise, tropical fruits, yeasty, little funk

Mouthfeel/Taste- Carb is very lively and effervescent, medium/full body but appears lighter due to carb, light sweetness. Flavor follows nose with citrus and tropical fruit, spicy clove and ginger, light bready malts and yeast. Alcohol is almost 8% but well hidden, nearly imperceptible. Finishes fairly dry with faint hop bitterness, maybe a whiff of alcohol.

Overall- Tasty beer, full of big flavor. I really liked the lively carbonation - great mouthfeel on this brew. Crisp. The head is impressively big and fluffy, aromatic. Can't think of anything bad to say, other than I wish it wasn't so expensive! 

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 03:55:02 | More by Redneckwine
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nanandtomfitz

California

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ill admit off the bat that I overpoured this (little more foam than I'd like) and I'm not a huge fan of the style. Light in color w white foam. Smell is appealing and complex. Taste many distinct flavors and reminds me of a few belgian ales I have had, still smooth and rich without etoh burn. A very enjoyable beer, might be better on hot summer day vs "winter warmer"

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 18:28:20 | More by nanandtomfitz
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KTeamLSU

South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. into a pint glass

A: Straw colored with a nice white fluffy foam that stuck around and laced half of the glass.

S: Straw, earthiness and some pine... a crips start with a little more on the end.

T: Good clean flavor, bready to a point but also some extracurricular enjoyment.

M: Carbonation was a little high for me, but was a nice solid drinker

O: Great example of a saison for those just testing the craft waters.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 06:08:16 | More by KTeamLSU
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ericjdaniels

New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden but clear. Great carbonation. Decent head

Smell: Spicy and herbal. Difficult to pick one overwhelming scent. Hints of citrus.

Taste: An initial hit of strong carbonation followed by the floral taste of the hops, but not too "hoppy". Complex herbal taste, slight citrus, and great balance..

Mouthfeel: Full body but not weighty. Refreshing due to the blend of citrus and carbonation. Light enough to drink quickly but complex enough to slow down.

Overall: My first review, my first saison, and easily my favorite beer to date. The balance in this beer is fantastic. Those who are turned off by hops can wait a second until the complexity of the beer comes out. The citrus isn't the primary taste, yet it isn't too herbal. I really enjoy this beer.

Served in a chilled glass poured from a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 14:57:10 | More by ericjdaniels
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was poured out of a 12 ounce bottle. Served cool.

The body is Lemondrop yellow with a very thick White head

Smells like cloves and hay

Very herbal taste somewhat bitter, cloves and medicinal herbs. Very slight boozy finish

Well carbonated

This is a very nice. I would certainly have again

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 20:43:48 | More by jneiswender
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poolemhore

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - nice light golden color with so much carbonation that the beer almost looked like champagne.

S - great slightly fruity smell that filled the immediate area almost as soon as the bottle was open.

T - a well balanced brew with a citrus flavor upfront. The flavor left on the palate I found to be almost cider-like.

M - very crisp and light due to the high carbonation; also dry, again very reminiscent of cider/champagne.

O - very good beer. I would suggest this during spring and summer. I bought this for a snowy Maine night and I think my choice might have been better with something a bit heavier.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 21:08:56 | More by poolemhore
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STEELERFAN2390

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another hit from ommegang!
they literally know how to hit a "home run" with beer!
My dad went straight there from bhof ..I can see why now.

A-straw like golden with a huge foamy head resembling shaving cream.

S-yeast,cloves,spices,bread...slight funk

T-citrus ,clove,spicy very crisp and well balanced.

M- highly carbonated ,no real funk after tones,dryness..very nice.
I easily downed one in about 2 minutes.

O- this is a uniquely presented brew. although its not a traditional abv or representation of the styles,it is very drinkable and refreshingly smooth.
I always keep this beer in my rotation.
another great thing about this saison is that it seems to age better on shelves.
other saisons have floaties in them sometimes..

purchased at total wine in naples ,florida for 9.99$ for the 4 pk.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 16:10:05 | More by STEELERFAN2390
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ale1

Florida

3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

picked up a 4 pak at Moe's Beer City center st. Jupiter, fla

nose - pumpkin pie spice in the background, weiss malt
pours - a tremendous head 6-7" which dissipates quickly with good lacing
appears to be naturally carbonated ,hazy straw colour.

1st taste spices as they said caribe spices hops not noted , light weiss finish

this reminds me of a belgian ale Palm, Heffe and a few others , and leaves monk in my trunks ,blue mooned you ale in the dust

Even tho not a fan of Saison or weiss style beers , it's better than most i have tried so i rate it near 4

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 23:19:09 | More by ale1
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Hammer35

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy, golden color with bright white head and some large beading. Nice carbonation and decent lacing. Good head retention as well.

Smell: Very complex. Spicy and earthy with plenty of character from the Belgian yeast. Fruity notes with some sweet orange peel present and a bit of tanginess.

Taste: Spicy Belgian yeast with a sweet, tangy character as well. A little citrusy at the finish and a bit floral too.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, yet light and refreshing. Very style appropriate.

Overall: Easily my favorite example of this style so far. Complex, refreshing and delicious. Works well during any season. The orange peel is very apparent and the grains of paradise and coriander add a spicy complexity that's great with the Belgian yeast. The tanginess and hints of citrus add even more to the depth of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 04:18:51 | More by Hammer35
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Labeorphile

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Dull straw color with a very white head. Lots of larger bubbles making a foamy, lathery type head that sticks around a while. Beer is relatively clear.

Smell was sweet, honeylike and spicy, Some mentioned must, but I didn't really notice it.

Taste was sweet like honey, with some lemon fruitiness and light on the malt, Very enjoyable and refreshing. Highly drinkable with some liveliness in the mouthfeel. This would be a great beer on a spring day.

I really enjoy Ommegang beers and this is another to add into my rotation list.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 22:26:00 | More by Labeorphile
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SFNC

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass
A. Straw yellow and hazy with a white, fluffy head. Lots of bubbles.

S. Mild, yeasty, slight citrus and spice undetones,

T. Lemon, yeast, spices agian, a complex, but well blended flavor. Nice.

M. Dry, nice carbonated.

O. A very good Farmhouse Ale. I have a very strong inclination to have another right away.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 02:06:02 | More by SFNC
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