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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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4,892 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,892
Reviews: 1,885
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 186
Gots: 506 | FT: 14
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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cubedbee

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured into a tulip, dark brown with some hints of red, large two fingers of cofee-colored head. Nice lacing on the glass. Smells a lot like cherry cough syrup, more alcohol and a little more natural kind of cherry, but still similar. Some other sweet notes of candi sugar, prunes, and figs, and a hint of spices. Taste is more of the same sweetness, with all the fruitiness coming in again, especially the cherry, over a sort of caramelly malt base. Some cinammon spiciness comes into play towards the end. Alcohol is noticeable from the first sip, but it blends in pretty well with the flavors, and doesn't ever get to the point where it takes away from the beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth somewhat slick coating feel. Overall this is another good beer from Ommegang, a good example of the style, but a little too strong and in your face to drink more than 1 or 2.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 22:58:22 | More by cubedbee
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ichigodisaster

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a a very dark garnet into my glass with a head that fades to a very lovely lace like the surface of the moon (have to agree with hyuga there).

The cherry scent is almost assaulting with a hint of green apple and maybe some brown sugar.

This really tastes like alcohol soaked fruit cake.Very sweet initially from the cherry lambic, slightly woody with a bit of tartness on the finish. The alcohol is warming, but is kind of heavy in the mouth. It's not necessarily a horrible thing, but a bit much. It really is kind of medicinal. This is my 2nd try, and better than I remembered it to be. I really don't know if I'll be buying more anytime soon, but it's worth a try none the less...especially if you like cherry flavor. I couldn't have more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 00:57:10 | More by ichigodisaster
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hyuga

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Trois Pistoles chalice - a very dark red, but still noticeably red brew with a thinning off-white head that, as it goes down, kind of looks like the surface of the moon if I look straight down from above into the chalice.

At first it smells a little like cough syrup and reminds me in a way of cherry-chocolate ice cream. A bit of lambicky wildness comes out with further inspection. Fruitcake and yeast spiciness are in there too. Chocolate cherry is ever-present.

Dark fruits abound on the tongue, certainly fruitcakey. A bit spicy, but harshly sweet. Cherry is big in the middle, not so much lambic character as the aroma suggested, but certainly a lot of cherry. Kind of medicinal. Bitterness in the finish, leaving syrupy cherry coating behind.

Carbonation cuts the syrupy sweetness of this beer, which is a good thing. Allows the spiciness to come out more, also good.

This is the second time I've had this beer, and I'm not sure I'm much of a fan of it. First of all, I am no fan of most cherry-flavored things, and this reminds me too much of the negative aspects of a lot of those things. I'm also not a fan of sweetened lambics. I think I'd like it better if it had a chance to mellow out some, maybe for a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 00:55:24 | More by hyuga
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark brown, bottle varies from super clear to hazy and cloudy.. big amoebalike lacing left but not much head.. hazy with small bubbles on the surface. quad, hell yeah!

nose is pure belgian candi sugar, candied plums and dates. cherry comes across in a real essential way.. not the tangy fruit aspect, just a raw fruit sweetness with wood notes and natural acidity. my nose sticks to the glass. a serious brew.

slightly cooler than room temp, this exudes caramel sweetness with a musty age tweak.. crystalline dried dark fruits and a smoothly malted scotch. alcohol is present, but so infused with the flavor that its savoury.. not a road block here. smooth sipper. a true quad despite blending, gets the sugars reeking a fake complexity.. however they do it, its friggin great.

staple beer. 750ml 2004 bottle, this will flourish with a year to melt that blend into beer fondue. ommegang, i love you.

**EDIT** thought my review would be at the top of the heap when sorted by score.. it's #21. another true testament to the quality of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 14:27:19 | More by goodbyeohio
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A unique brew in the Quadrupel style. Poured out to a dark and cloudy red, with a large cream colored white foamy head. Good lacing was noted around the glass. Aromas of cherry, roasted elements, and some brown sugar was noted. Taste was heavy and filling, with complex flavors abound. Flavors of cherry, dark chocolate, some weak malt, and a hint of sour tartness on the finish. The higher alcohol level is well masked, but still present. Very heavy mouthfeel, like having cherry extract moshing around in your mouth. I'm not sure if I would have this again, it was like having fermented cherry juice. Not many of the a-typical quadrupel characteristics were here. I really don't know if i'm going to finish this...

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 20:52:31 | More by Frozensoul327
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 at Riley's here in Madison for my 100th beer reviewed. My fourth beer from Ommegang, haven't tried the Rare Vos yet.

Pours a murky, sludgy mahogany brown with a frothy tan head that the alcohol quickly erases. Smell has layers ans layers of complexity, as does the flavor. Standard Belgian dark fruits - plums, dates, figs, a funky/sour cherry kick along with some vinuous notes, strong malts, strong alcohol, and some faint chocolate/toffee. This is some heady stuff. Almost too complex. So many flavors and so much alcohol make this a seriously big beer. Mouthfeel is thick and bubbly. I enjoyed this quite a bit, but still had a hard time finishing the 750. Could use some refinement, a little time to mellow out perhaps. This was the 2004 vintage. My first Quad, and not a bad one to start me off.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 20:08:57 | More by Golden2wenty1
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Fugazme

Nebraska

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

Philosopher's pours a deep, deep brown with amber hues on the edges and some copper tones. Very cloudy and looks great. The head is about 1/4" and hasn't moved in the near 10 minutes since the pour... sticks to the chalice very well.

Big aromas all over. Complex as hell. Cherry notes in the nose with molasses and large maple. Malt and alcohol. Brown sugar. Anise and cinnamon. A note: I walked out of the room for a few minutes... when I returned the room smelled slightly of the beer.

Excellent flavor. Alcohol and malt up front followed by a small rush of cherries and finished with tiny hops. A smooth beer, easy on the palate. Sugary. Syrupy. Terrific.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 01:24:46 | More by Fugazme
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Dukeofearl

California

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2004, aged approximately 9 months. I bought two bottles about a year ago when Ommegang products first hit the California market, a 375 ml (?) smaller bottle and a 750. I tried the 375 first, and to be honest, was not excited by the beer. But I decided that maybe some age would help this along (besides, I wasn't really in a hurry to drink the second bottle). In summary, I think the aging helped, and it is a solid, enjoyable beer, but I still am not overly excited by it.

Pours a dark, murky brown typical of Quads/Belgian Strong Dark Ales, with a slight reddish tinge. The head is espresso-crema colored that isn't all that big to start, drops, quickly, but the thin cover of minute bubbles last a long time.

Aroma is rich, heavy sweetbread malts, with lots of heavy-syrup fruit aromas, including sweet cherries. Maple syrup, pears, caramel.

Flavor is rich and complex, but not nearly as inviting as some of my favorite quads. The alcohol ending is still overly strong, but not as harsh as a year ago. For me, this is a flaw that keeps me from really enjoying the beer. High ABV needs to be hidden to have full balance in a beer.

Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, but actually on the thin side. Drinkability is still a problem for me, because of the alcohol profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 20:31:21 | More by Dukeofearl
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm somewhat torn about this beer. On one hand, I like the idea of a flavored quad, and cherry provides a good foil to the otherwise bruising power of such a malty monster. I don't really like the idea that this is essentially a quadruple and cherry flavoring black-and-tan. I'd rather see a direct product, with the fruit right in the fermenter. I also think the sweetness of the cherry lambic used (Lindemans?) detracts from the flavor. If anything, this quad needed a sour cherry. In any case, the deep brown body with ruby edges is appealing. Low carbonation. Smells of sweet figs, dates, and chocolate covered cherries. Main flavors are the same, with an unexpected viscosity (somewhat thin) and some transparent alcohol slickness. I think this could be tinkered with and improved upon. As it stands, I think it's just an average offering. Bottled versions may have more promise.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2005 02:10:38 | More by 99bottles
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tjthresh

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a super beer. It pours a mahahony tone with some garnet highlights. There was a huge tan head that seemed to last forever. The aroma was quite complex. the sour kriek lambic was in the forfront, but the bunt-ish brown sugar was quite evident. They all played well together in the flavor of the beer also. In the palate, you get the soft and smooth sensaton of a Belgian ale, with the sour astrinency of the lambic. This was the 2005 vintage. I hope I can come across a few more bottles of this down the line.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 12:29:10 | More by tjthresh
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KingSlender

California

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle picked up at Bev Mo.

Glassware - zig-zag tulip

Pours a deep deep red with a thick light brown head that forms up very nicely.

The smell is great...ripe cherries....apples....plums. After a bit of swirling the alchohol blasts through and almost singes my nosehairs!! Wow this is quite a quadrupel.

The taste is big on cherries with a hint of clove spice. The alchohol comes through strong like a fine brandy and warms the throat as it goes down.

Not my favorite from Ommegang, but still very good. Perfect for those cold winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 03:34:13 | More by KingSlender
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an intriguing mahogany with deep ruby highlights and a thin tan head that doesnt last but it is a nearly 10% brew so its forgiveable. Aroma is very malty with big fruit aroms of ripe plum and date as well as the obvious but still subtle cherries, candied sugar, anise, clove, chocolate and a very faint hop presence. This is my first quad so i wasnt really sure what to expect but i find it somewhat similar to a dubbel but with less spice character and a bigger sweetness and fruitiness as well as alcohol. The taste is very rich and malty, with big ripe fruit flavors or fig, plum, and cherry and a nice candied sugar sweetness, chocolate, clove and a lightly bitter phenolic taste as well as that signature Ommegang yeasty flavor. The mouthfeel is huge, rich and creamy and the finish is lightly sweet with a nice alcohol bite that isnt overwhelming.
A very enjoyable brew, but i can tell this could benefit from some cellaring and it has a somewhat raw vibe now...but still another excellent beer from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 00:31:30 | More by silver0rlead
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charlottebeerguy

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice

Pours a copper cherry color, the edge looks almost the color of grenidine, with a very slight head.

Smells of fruits and malts, picking up on the cherries slightly, also plums, and a hint of apple.

The taste of wheat hits you at first then the fruit tiny bubbles provide for a belgian like carbonation. Slightly medium bodied, and finishes nice. The taste of the alchohol is present but not by any means overpowering. Adds a nice warm feeling through the whole beer. Very well constructed, and a great balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 23:26:06 | More by charlottebeerguy
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A-The beer pours a deep hazy brown body with a creamy tan head and a strong carbonation.

S- The dark toasted malt with caramel notes and some sweetness. A faint cherry note becomes stronger as it warms.

T- A rich toasted slightly sweet malt body with a faint cherry and alcohol warmth at the finish. This has a nice tartness to the finish but it is very faint.

M- This has a medium full mouthfeel with some slight fizz. A faint hint of alcohol warmth hangs on the mouthfeel.

D- This is a very well designed beer. It is a quad first and the cherry lambic is a very subtle flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 22:33:05 | More by rhoadsrage
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steinlifter

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy cherry/brown, tan collar with great retention.
aroma of cherry, sweet malts, mint.
taste was complex, and intriguing, definitely cherries, hint of chocolate, was sweet and tart at the same time, full bodied, slight chewiness, and alcohol bite on the end.
drinkability, is limited, due to the high abv, definitely a sipping beer, but not to be missed!..excellent stuff!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 13:07:30 | More by steinlifter
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mhillard

California

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Had a deep rich color with a lasting tan head. A nearly overwhelming variety of scents greets the nose, with a malty sweetness above all others. Has wine-like aromas at times. It is extremely smooth going down, no bitterness or bite to speak of and the alcoholic nature of this beer is masked by its complicated taste. I wasn't able to find many cherry lambic flavors in the blend, the quadrupel flavor seemed to overpower most of it, but occasionally I found a hint of oak or cherry in the background. Overall it is a beer that I would highly recommend, easily my favorite of the style. This will surely be on my shopping list from now on.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 01:46:43 | More by mhillard
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky, light brown with red wine highlights that are glowing. Decent, carbonated shoe brown head that clings for it’s life. Oily slick and ohhh sooo smooth and delicate. Bordering on full bodied, and full of flavors; black cherries, roasted malts, coffee and chocolate are all noted in the initial sips. A near sweet and sour palate, tingly warming affect; hints of oak, raisins, figs and hazelnuts. As it warms, yeast and spicy qualities emerge, cotton candy, slightly acidic. Black licorise palate, very clean and satisfying. Tons and tons of flavorings; very tasty and ohhh sooo smooth, worthy of a Top-10 appearance in my book! Superior!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 02:35:13 | More by GeoffRizzo
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dirtylou

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottles, post "pop the cap" in Raleigh

appearance: dark brown, great ruby highlights, foamy head that laces

smell: dark fruits, cherry, slight alcohol

taste: mildly chocolately, dark cherries, alcohol is present, sugary, heavy malt, brown sugar, plums soaked in alcohol. Tis pretty tasty if i do say so.

mouthfeel: full, bubbly carbonation

drinkability: more than drinkable

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 02:09:21 | More by dirtylou
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 edition. A dark, creamy head that helps to unleash a hypnotic Belgian candi sugar smell. Taste came up with a bit of Curaçao liquer and cocoa, making it more than a little buzzworthy. All I get from the kriek blend is a light sourness. Very good and an intriguing blend.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 14:01:30 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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beertaster13

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, pours a dark brown with a huge creamy head. The smell is an exotic mixture of chocolates, fruits and sugar treats. The bananna roasted chocolate is unbelievable to the nose, the yeast is fruity and terriffic. The taste is complex but has everything a belgian ale should have. Smooth sweet yeast blended well with compley malts. Perfect ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 04:03:55 | More by beertaster13
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kbnooshay

New York

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is a truely a crazy and unique brew. Nice presentation, cool ass bottle. This pours a gorgeous cloudy brown/ruby hue with a beige/brown creamy 1 inch head. The lacing is nice and sporadic. The smell is a combination of all sorta of amazing things with a sweet maltiness. Cherries, chocolate and apples(and maybe orange) were detected. In the begining I sort of felt attacked by the alcohol, the warmth actually hit me right there at the begining but as you experience it you are enveloped in amazingness. The cherry flavor seemed to fade into an excellent balance with the other flavors. The mouthfeel is moderate with a light carbonation that results in a really smooth ride. This is so damn tasty and complex (yet at the same time so drinkable and smooth) that my review does not do it justice, read the others. After you spend 2 or 3 minutes with this the drinkablility increases greatly. The alcohol is hidden very well. A real treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 05:15:45 | More by kbnooshay
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy russet color with ruby highlights and a thick head of beige foam; leaves a smattering of lacing here and there

Smell: Cherries jump out, with hints of chocolate and caramel; also, some rum-soaked dried dark fruit and a strand of red licorice

Taste: Starts out with a touch of caramel sweetness with the chocolate and tart cherry flavors quickly making their presence known; in the middle, the tart lambic flavors build to a crescendo; amazing how balanced this brew stays..never too sweet nor too sour; finishes with a woody tone

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate level of carbonation

Overall: A distinctive beer that is always worth re-visiting

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 00:17:56 | More by brentk56
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AltBock

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 edition in a 750ml bottle
Appearance: Poured a dark ruby brown that looked kind of cola like to me. Had a nice size head of foam that was tan in color that left plenty of lacing in the glass.
Smell: The smell had plenty of malts with loads of chocolate covered cherries in it. There was also some other fruits in in that I just couldn't put my finger on.
Taste: This is the part where you get to taste those chocolate covered cherries that you smelled. It also had kind of a malty aftertaste to it.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied that goes down smooth. This stuff really hides that 9.8% alcohol content. Before you know it, you really start to feel the effects of that 9.8% content.
Drinkability: Overall one hell of a tasty brew that is easily affordable at just under $5. Not bad for my first Quadrupel. Another winner from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 03:52:58 | More by AltBock
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark maroon body, with lots of red highlights visible. Head is very large on the pour, which fades slowly to a solid creamy layer of foam. Lots of alcohol and cherries in the nose, other dark fruits and rum also present. Very rich and malty, witth dark chocolate covered cherries the showpiece. This is a very big beer, very interesting beer, the cherries play a big aprt of the experience. I like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 23:22:31 | More by TastyTaste
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finepaws

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is a tasty brew!!! Pours a nice ruby brown color. Good thick foamy head, that disapates to a nice lace around the edges. Good legs too. Smell was malty and fruity, couldn't peg either, very slight. Taste was a bang though. Belgium flavors all over, candy sugar, yeasty malts, and oh so sweet cherries. I can't believe how good this beer tasted. Not too powerful either. Great balance between malt, sweetness, and slight hop flavor. Considering it's abv, it was quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2005 23:57:41 | More by finepaws
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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