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Scythe & Sickle - Brewery Ommegang

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744 Ratings
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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Scythe & Sickle is an-amber ale brewed with a variety of malts, including pils, rye flakes and oat flakes, for incredible depth of flavor and a hint of natural sweetness. Scythe & Sickle brings a new life and flavor to autumn beer lists traditionally filled with Oktoberfests and pumpkin ales. The flavors of the hard work of summer and the celebration of autumn harvest are captured in Scythe & Sickle, creating a unique but traditional Ommegang farmhouse harvest ale.

“Scythe & Sickle is our foray into honoring the harvest season, taking the finest malts and blending them seamlessly into a rich amber ale,” says Brew Master Phil Leinhart. “Farming is about precision, timing and care, and this gently sweet ale is our testament to the craft and care of farming.”

(Beer added by: MLasoski on 08-27-2012)
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3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the Union Jack pub in Indianapolis.

A: Slightly darker than a penny clear copper color. Two fingers of white head with heavy lacing on the return. Excellent.

S: Funky Belgian yeasts and some floral, citrusy hops. Other than that, not a lot. Decent, but nondescript.

T: Belgian yeasts and very light hops up front. An almost gym like aftertaste. Lose the aftertaste and it would improve greatly.

M: Appropriate carbonation and not too heavy, but feels a little oily and slick.

I remembered this being better in a 5 oz sample, but maybe I had too much then. Slightly disappointed from Ommegang.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2014 00:56:59 | More by RyanPoff
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Ancora New Orleans. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before lowering to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheer of surface foam. Resilient cobwebs of lacing.

S- Grainy malt aroma that's slightly sweet with small notes of banana from the yeast. A bit rich and Bready.

T- More yeast flavor comes in but is abruptly swept aside by the husky malt making it somewhat sweet and, once again, Bready. Some spice is present. Very drinkable and moderately tasty.

M- Smooth and slightly crisp. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Finally, a Biere de garde I can get down with. I'm just not sure if I like it because it's brewed true to style or not true.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2013 00:58:46 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma of toasted malt, hard candies, wheat, faint bubblegum.
Taste of semi tart Belgian yeast, malt, toast and citrus. Lemon pith, dusty yeast phenols, little alcohol flavor. Somewhat hoppy, woodsy and earthy flavor comes forth. Medium bodied feel with a high drying carbonation. Overall this is a very good ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2013 21:18:56 | More by Stinkypuss
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Arrives cloudy, with a copper color topped by a nice head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Graham cracker, cloves and dark druit, with spicy phenols

Taste: Comes at you from a number of directions; sweet elements, such as caramel, graham cracker and dark fruit; herbal aspects, with cloves and other spicy phenols; the finish is a bit crisp and tangy from the rye

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A surprisingly complex beer; I didn't love it but enjoyed trying to wrap my mind around it

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2013 23:55:44 | More by brentk56
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District of Columbia

3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Initially I was unimpressed by this beer. Then I started analyzing it and noted some interesting characteristics. It didn't lead to a much higher rating, but it was interesting.

Cloudy amber golden with with some head, decent retention and good lacing. Smells a little peachy and bready. Taste reminds me of Anchor Steam initially, but with a little note of honey; then a nutmeg/cinnamon taste comes on pretty strong, before fading without much dryness.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2013 22:14:28 | More by cjgiant
Photo of KYGunner


4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Amber color is deep, rich and proud while the head was thickly cohesive and had "to the end" retention.

The nose is filled with light malt, grain, biscuit ,cracker and toast. There's a sweetness like apples near the back that gives a certain orchard like scent. Coupled with the grains there is that outdoorsy farm like smell.

The taste is malty with some cracker and toast. Rich grains come alive in a rather robust texture. The sweetness from the scent is apparent in an Apple or pear, but it's a rather earthy natural flavor. There's also a spiciness, peppery, that is light on the tongue yet apparent. All these characters round out to the farm or orchard atmosphere the brewers were going for.

Overall this is a wonderful and fascinating beer that seems to tell a story with its characteristics.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 13:47:47 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Cylinsier


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a slightly hazy amber with a white lacing.

Smells of caramel and biscuit malts.

Flavor of caramel, biscuity malt, some non-bitter nut flavors, a mild hop, and a bit of butterscotch.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

Really good ale, especially good flavor and flavor balance. Very enjoyable and worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 15:16:01 | More by Cylinsier
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap, served in a pint glass so the aromas weren't exactly jumping from the glass. Notes from my Untappd history.

A: Nice orange and amber hues

S: unmistakable Belgian nose. Not too different from other Ommegang brews.

T: Banana and citrus notes up-front with a crisp, clean finish. Very nice.

M: Not overpowering, but not fleeting.

O: This is an ideal brew for the fall season. Will definitely seek this out when it's re-released

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 13:25:42 | More by JGam115
Photo of One2Remeber


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear orange body with a yellow hue. Lacey white head coats glass.

S: Toasty malts and earthy hops present, far from overbearing. Orange sherbet.

T/M: Wonderful hop presence, full of earthy flavors. Smells like a hop garden, grass, pine and dirt. Toasted malts linger on palate. Mouthfeel is light and flavors are calm making for easy drinking. Almost taste too watered down, very thin body.

O: Not the most familiar with style. Taste like a pale ale with a Belgian influence and a lighter body than an APA. Enjoyable, recommend to break someone into Belgian beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 23:25:21 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of Phelps


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at Tops in a shaker pint. Scythe & Sickle is a seasonal Belgian brewed with barley, wheat, oats and rye.

Hazy amber-orange. One finger of silky, off-white froth. Nice spatters of lace.

Toasted sweet rolls with a jolt of funky, sharp rye. I can smell the melange of malts. Sweet red apple and pear blend. Cidery.

In the flavor, I get a nice caramel note met with a hint of tangy apricot, some toasted biscuit, a touch of spicy rye. The blend of malts lends nice complexity, again like mulled cider, cinnamon apples.

Moderate, pinching carb. Medium body holds together. Clean finish.

Decent. A nice blend of malts, the rye works with Belgian yeast spice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 17:45:13 | More by Phelps
Photo of Treebs


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Blind Pig in Champaign, served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a foamy white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin film leaving sticky sheets of lace behind.

S: Light yeasty components with a touch of chalk. Some fruity esters and a little grassy hops as well. Some oaty pale malts on the nose as well.

T: Pretty much like the nose with more of a dry yeast flavor and less of the malts from the nose. Same fruity esters and light grassy hops.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Dry finish.

O: This was OK. It was anything spectacular and pretty straight forward.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 13:57:46 | More by Treebs
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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation, not much head either.

S-Caramel malt, some grass, with a tad bit of floral notes sneaking in as well.

T-Caramel malt, more malt. Some grass and spice round it out, no bitterness. Balance is nice.

M-Light to medium bodied, not much carbonation and a tad watery.

O-The caramel and grassy notes make for a fall beer but the watery, poorly carbonated mouthfeel was a major turnoff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2012 23:45:10 | More by rlee1390
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very very unique beer, hopelessly underrated here on BA. it pours a murky orange color, somewhere between brass and tangerine, with a bold white lace on top a few inches tall. it smells very fruity. not sure if its fruit juice or if its from the yeast, but it takes on an almost tropical vibe. the flavor is way more hoppy than i expected. maybe one of the hoppiest ommegang beers ive had. its bitter citric hops and they are all in the finish. the yeast provides some musty fruit tones, while the malt offers a late hay harvest flavor. mouthfeel is fantastic, its velvet when you drink it, with very bright but round carbonation, not prickly at all. finish is long and complex, contemplative. i had this at the cheeky monk on colfax last night, and i suggest you get down there for a glass of this before its gone!

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 20:10:38 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try this at the Petrol Coffee House in Houston this weekend.

Very interesting looking beer. Very nice hazy red color with a thick lingering cream colored head.

Smells of carmel and sweet bread. Would like to try it outside of a bar where I didn't have all the background odors.

Taste follows through from the aroma. Sweet, malty and bready. Hops and yeast flavors are very subdued. It's all about the malt with this one.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy but balanced by a good amount of carbonation.

Overall a very nice beer, served on a very cool bar. Would definitely try again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2012 00:40:04 | More by srhoadsy
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very pretty beer. In a pint glass it was a hazy amber color that was beautifully carbonated. There was a thick fluffy white head with a good deal of lace.

Kind of a fresh, outdoors aroma. Grainy and sweet.

The grainy aroma turned out to be rye and oatmeal. Spicy. A bit of grassy hops.

Very smooth and drinkable.

I hope this stays on tap for a while at Pigs Fly.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2012 19:26:20 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange-amber color with a medium size near white, typical Belgian fluffy head.

Aromas begin all yeast derived with freshly cracked cloves and banana. As it warms you get some lesser biscuity maltiness, clover honey and some raw grainy pilsner maltiness.

The tastes begin with lightly bready, biscuity, moderately husky, pilsner maltiness. I am not getting much of the rye character as it is overshadowed by a strong clove spice yeastiness. There is a faint honeyed sweetness in the backgoung but mainly I get the banana fruitiness, dried apricot and citrus.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation. The finish is all yeast phenols and spice which creates a fairly dry presence.

Overall, this is a fairly decent beer but nothing too exciting. The phenolic spiciness and husky astringency becomes a bit grating after awhile and I am greatly missing the complex grain bill that is advertised because the yeast phenols overshadddow the flavor profile.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2012 15:04:11 | More by claspada
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South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a light red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, graham cracker, grain, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, grain, earth, graham cracker, and spice. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation that was almost chewy. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. Graham cracker? Where did this come from? While I was rather surprised to see this aspect come forward it just didn’t seem like it belonged with the rest of the brew. The flavor was really pretty average for the style though as it didn’t really stand out at all for me. I was hoping for a little more if I am honest, but was slightly letdown by this fact. Not sure if I would suggest this one to others, but it does make a good tick.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 10:44:39 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Rifugium


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Slightly hazy pour, amber color, with a sturdy, foamy, white head; nice retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuity malts and sugar, spice and undertones of fruity esters. Similar taste, sweet malts and a dab of honey, clove, notes of banana and dried stone fruits, toasted grains, herbal hops; a touch medicinal. About medium in body, moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer, but nothing really memorable here.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2012 08:57:53 | More by Rifugium
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a hazy copper-orange colored brew with a one finger white head. The head faded rather fast to leave a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is biscuity and yeasty with notes of banana, some dark fruit notes and a light caramel and citrus sweetness.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of sweet caramel, rye bread and a biscuit like taste. As the flavor advances a lighter yeasty flavor comes to the tongue. The yeast is accompanied by some of the more classic spices associated with the Belgian style beer; peppery, clove and nutmeg. More toward the end some citrus flavors of a more lemon nature mixed with some banana flavors which combine with the rest to leave a pleasant sweet and sour malty flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body f the beer is rather average in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. It is actually quite a refreshing feel for the brew, making it rather easy to drink. It is also surprisingly nice for the rye and bready flavors when mixed with some of the sweeter caramel notes. Overall it was quite nice.

Overall – A very tasty beer with a fantastic feel and nice flavor transitions and tastes. It is definitely one to try if you get a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2012 00:57:26 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den

Pours a mostly clear dark golden color with some dark copper hues. Crop of beige head rests on top, dissolving into some thin film and patchy lacing on the glass.

Earthy hops with a light touch of pine. Bread crust and caramel with some sweetness and a light touch of dark fruit.

Lightly bitter and hoppy up front with earthy, leafy hops. Soft brushes of pine and sweetness, leading into the balanced malt backbone. Roasted and nutty with bread crust and caramel with a light note of dark fruit. Finishes a little hoppy and crisp.

Medium body, nice carbonation, sticky and easy drinking on the tongue. A nice drinking beer, well done for the season - I could easily have a couple of these.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 14:18:59 | More by xnicknj
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cooper's Tavern. Handsome in a tulip glass. Inch of sticky head, with a cloudy copper color and a mildly funky-tart aroma. The fruity yeasty persona seems right on for the package so far.

A bit underwhelming in the mouth, though the bread and yeast flavor is certainly pleasing. There's just not enough of it. A light sweetness escorts the ghostly hop bitterness, like a quiet couple everyone likes milling around at a party though from whom no one expects remarkable conversation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 03:11:29 | More by martyl1000
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4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The brewery describes this offering as a Biere de Garde. I think for once, I will leave off my BJCP hat and judge this for what it is, rather than what it calls itself. What is it? It's a wonderful bottle of beer, that's what. Yes, it does have a lot of that "Farmhouse Ale" character, in the smooth mouthfeel enhanced by oats, and the less than smooth character of malted wheat and rye. There is a great moussy head and soft full efforvescence reminiscent of great saisons, and the rich malty palate one hopes to find in a Biere de Garde. But the hops make it very American, IMHO, and very good.

This is just a fabulous, mouthfilling, complex, rich, celebratory ale. Try it. You will like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 20:25:23 | More by danmouer
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4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've had a number of beers of this style and I still don't know what it's supposed to be. I guess that this one has a bit of Ommegang bias to it, whether that's from the water or yeast, but it has a familiar resemblance, and that's a good thing.

It looks majestic, with great foam and leave. The aroma is big and yeasty. The taste sticks in your mouth like a real beer, one you won't forget. I'll not sure how it would go with food. It better be tasty food.

So I think this is my favorite of this style but it makes me want to try more.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 22:26:08 | More by schoolboy
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3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

There's zero indication on the label that this is a biere de garde as it's currently categorized, so I'm reviewing it based on what the brewers do call it - a harvest ale. 5.8% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap and generally appealing label art purchased at a local TX bottle shop and served into Stella Artois stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high given the brewery.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Has a nice supple complexion and a smooth consistency. Nice fluffiness with some slight creaminess. Head retention is good - about 7-8+ minutes. Spotty inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent transparent copper of above average vibrance; it looks great when backlit. Appears overcarbonated judging by the overabundance of swirling carbonation bubbles. Clean; no yeast particles/sediment is/are visible.

Overall, it's a good appearance for a harvest ale and I'm looking forward to trying it. Definitely above average, but not unique or special. I've seen better, but this is appealing.

Sm: Oats, clean barley, pale malts, flaked wheat, a kiss of spicy rye malt, a hint of caramalt, and some floral hop character. It's a perfumey wet aroma guided by a subtle touch of lightly funky and biscuity yeast. The yeast character plays off a prominent starchiness I attribute to the oats.

I also pick up on some vague fruit rind and a touch of pepper.

It's an inviting aroma of mild strength. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

No off-notes or overt alcohol are detectable.

T: Ample amounts of oats are present along with their accompanying starchiness - which is complemented by the flaked wheat. The rye is even more subdued than anticipated, with hardly any spiciness coming through. Lightly spicy funky biscuity yeast is present throughout, lending the build some needed cohesion, and is complemented well by the brief peppery character. Hop character is timid, and I can only find generic floral hops. There's also some honey sweetness.

Balanced and enjoyable, but the depth of flavour is lower than anticipated. The beer overall tips towards the sweet end, but has enough Average duration and intensity of flavour. It's got some light subtlety and nuance (mainly the starchiness), as well as fair complexity for a harvest ale. Cohesive, but not gestalt.

I would like to see the yeast character played up more, as well as the peppery notes in particular. Biere de gardes always have a tendency to come off like "saison lites" to me, but the subtle presence of peppery character here hints at a superior brew.

Mf: Refreshing, coarse, and lightly dry (in a starchy kind of way). A bit overcarbonated. Not a soft as I'd like, nor as creamy as it should be given the oats. Has too much body and thickness for the flavour profile. Still, overall presence on the palate is favorable and I do think the texture complements the taste well in a general sense.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: Scythe & Sickle is an enjoyable harvest ale with some interesting flavours, but never quite comes together as much as is needed to elevate it beyond being merely "good." Still, it's a damn fine seasonal and I look forward to trying it again. Another solid beer from Ommegang which I'd probably recommend friends try. Hides its ABV well and drinks very easily. Finishing this bottle is something I'm looking forward to.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 04:05:48 | More by kojevergas
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer that I got at a great price.

I tried to pour it to the exacting standards proscribed on the bottle but did not balance the the gentleness required to avoid upsetting the yeast with the vigor to evenly distribute the sediment and ended up with an impressively large head that had long lasting retention and released a pleasant bouquet that highlighted the unique combination of a surprisingly large variety of hops. I enjoyed the sweet taste yet there was a slightly astringent mouthfeel that I can only attribute to the presence of rye. An enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 01:26:51 | More by StuyBeerGuy
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Scythe & Sickle from Brewery Ommegang
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