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Festina Pêche - Dogfish Head Brewery

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3,289 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,289
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 113
Gots: 212 | FT: 6
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
In Festina Peche, since the natural peach sugars are eaten by the yeast, the fruit complexity is woven into both the aroma and the taste of the beer so there is no need to doctor it with woodruff or raspberry syrup. Just open and enjoy!


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Photo of Tdizzle


3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2009.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Allagash stemmed glass, this beer pours a cloudy, dingy light-gold color with a flash of hissy, effervescent foam that's gone before I put my glass down. Needless to say, there's no lacing either.

S- A muted aroma of wheat malt and tart fruits. Grainy spices and zesty citrus rind are less noticeable.

T- The taste is very tart up front, but the peachy fruit tartness subsides to a tasty finish of bready wheat malt.

M- A medium-bodied mouthfeel with fizzy, aggressive carbonation.

D- At 4.5%, this beer will make a great summer refreshment with a nice amount of fruity tartness that'll be welcome on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 22:06:27 | More by Tdizzle
Photo of lstokes


4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This reminds me of Berliner Weisse ohne Schuss, which is I suppose the highest compliment I can give to such a beer.

It smells like a wheat beer with a hint of tart citrus and floral (a little bit like champagne) and pours a hazy gold, fast-disappearing head and very little lace.

The taste is definitely one you have to get used to--it's a blast of mouth-puckering tart at the beginning which mellows out a bit once the wheat and yeast kicks in and which finishes dry but still fruity (peach, apricot, green apple) and tart.

Very carbonated throughout, and like I said, this is Berliner Weiss Schuss-los. The peaches just add a little bit of tart fruit taste rather than a syrupy sweetness like you would get with the woodruff or raspberry syrups this style is traditionally served with in Berlin.

I loved it as a summer sipper, but nobody else I have forced a sip upon has yet--I'll have to keep trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 17:34:30 | More by lstokes
Photo of LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear/Light - Straw with solid head that quickly vanishes - this is right on task with the style

Smell: Sour, Citrus, Hint of Peach and faint vanilla flavor hidden behind the peach, Mango

Taste: Nice bite to start out - then a war between sweet and sour that bittersweet ultimately compromises - sedated tannic flavor. Peach, Faint Vanilla, slightly creamy finish - orange, white peach, roasted grain/nut on the finish, faint syrup, pineapple, crisp

Mouthfeel: nice dry palate mouthfeel - sweet and sour - light to medium bodied - Very palatable. I'm not into sours at all - very balanced - I really enjoyed this

Drinkability: very drinkable - a sipper I'd say even though the ABV is 4.50 - the sourness slows down the drinkability and makes the drinker aware of the subtle hints of flavors within. Another great beer from Sam!

I recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 01:42:32 | More by LauraAlberts
Photo of indiapaleale


3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a seltzery bubbly gold with absolutely little to no head. Very pale and sort of sad looking.

Smell is slightly sour, a little lemony, a little grassy or hay like. As it warms it takes on a bit of a gummy peach scent.

Taste is an initial blast of salty sweetness, definitely reminds me of a sour gummy peach. The peach flavor is pretty subdued but its there. It also has a bit of a Gatorade type finish. Very interesting, not what I expected, I would want a little more fruit flavor but this is still a pretty good shot at the style by DFH. The Berliner Weiss I had in Germany this summer was pink and served with a straw...that was embarassing!

Decent beer, might be great on a very hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 01:46:14 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Described to me as sour peach, this beer didn't stray from that. Pours a hazy, pale golden, yellow body with a slim filmy head that lasted about 30 sec. Not sure if this is the style, so I rate a '3'.

Semi sour nose to it. Slight floral and citrus comes and goes. I get more sweet corn than wheat.

Sharp, quick sourness in the taste. It's soft and I don't really know if a i like it or not. Matches the description though, so I give a '4'. Peach? Green peach, maybe. Perhaps more nectarine.

Seems crisp, leaves a sour aftertaste that makes me crave for water. A bit syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 22:30:29 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of Chicchan


1.3/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Where to start. Piss, lemons and acid. This is a terrible beer. No malt backbone, and taste of lemons mixed with piss. No head and a total lack of carbonation. I have sined and actually poured the rest of it down the drain. Sorry. Next time ill pass on this poor choice.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 18:13:08 | More by Chicchan
Photo of JoeMayo


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy pale yellow. A white fluffy head forms and quickly disappears.

S- It smells primarily of peaches with a slight bready aroma. There's a slight vinousness in the nose that hints that it will be sour.

T- Lactic sourness is the primary flavor. The peaches are slightly less present than I thought they would be. There's definately some wheat tang, but also a very faint malty flavor, which I felt didn't belong in this style of beer. I feel that DFH may have upped the malt on the style just to up the alcohol, as Berliners are typically under 4%.

M- Very light and refreshing.

D- Extremely thirst-quenching and very easy to drink. Although the ABV is fairly low, I was still blown away by how refreshing this beer was.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 16:19:50 | More by JoeMayo
Photo of drtth


4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This bottle is from this year's bottling and so quite fresh.

Appearance: Lighly hazy faint yellow with a touch of orange color. Pours out with 1" thick white head that rapidly disappears leaving behind neither a ring of foam nor a surface layer. Sipping leaves behind no lacing throughout most of the beer.

Smell: The presence of the peaches makes itself known in the faintly tart aroma as there is not much else here to smell beyond slight peach aroma. Nor should there be except possible hints of other fruits.

Taste: There is a clear lemony-citric tartness that is cut a bit by the flavor and touch of sweetness from the peaches used in the brewing. The overall impression is that there are other fruit flavors bouncing around in here (maybe some apricot).

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light bodied but is all over the inside of the mouth, particularly in the back. For most of the beer it is well carbonated. The finish is incredibly long and dry with the tart, fruity flavor slowly fading but seeming to take almost forever to disappear.

Drinkability: This is a beer made for drinking on a warm summer's day or evening. The lemony tartness and hints of peach sweetness refresh without cloying. Given the ABV, this is a beer you could drink for hours. I liked this beer so much when I first sampled it that I bought an entire case on the spot. My impressions have not changed and this beer is now on my permanent summer to buy list.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 18:21:02 | More by drtth
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2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 5/5/08. This might be past its prime, but we will see.

(A)- Pours an almost clear golden yellow-orange. No head at all, but very carbonated. Poured like a soda (tons of carbonation)

(S)- Smells of apples, apricots, and peach. Some honey. The smell is really diminished in its strength.

(T)- Tart and sour peach flavor. Some grapefruit elements. Tastes like a sparkling fruit juice. Straightforward.

(M)- Slightly puckering, carbonated, alcoholic peach/citrus fruits. Thin and light.

(D)- Refreshing? yes. This is almost has nothing in it that tells me its a beer. Its like alcoholic fruit juice. However, it is a great example of the style it is trying to be and I salute it for that. I want to give it another try and get a much fresher bottle. Over a year of age on this did not do it justice.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 17:21:24 | More by sweemzander
Photo of beveritt


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

Presentation: Served in a pint glass. The bartender was nice enough to tell me that this beer was disgusting. I guess this local pseudo beer bar didn't understand what they were gettign when they ordered this.

Appearance: Thin, white head. Settles quickly to the barest of coatings. Beer itself is pale yellow slightly cloudy.

Smell: Tart and sour, with hints of mustiness.

Taste: Crisp sourness with a tart fruity finish. Wheat tang is evident.

Mouthfeel: Average to lower than average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: My first of the style and one of the few sours I have tried. The tartness is refreshing, without being overly biting. Nice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2009 15:31:44 | More by beveritt
Photo of DIM


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Wow, I've never seen a beer this pale. It was a sligtly hazy peachy golden color. It poured with a large craggy head that quickly faded to a ring around the glass.

s: Tart green apples and grapes, a little wheat, and, oddly, no peaches.

t: Tart fruit flavors of apples and peaches dominate. There are also some sour wheaty elements at work here.

m: Fizzy, tart and refreshing.

d: Overall, this is a pretty nice spring seasonal. Certainly something I'd revisit.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 10:48:40 | More by DIM
Photo of thespaceman


4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my DFH Curved Pint Glass:

Appearance: Pours a beautifully light gold in color, cloudy, almost looks like champagne. Lots of bubbles flowing up the glass, head size was minimal, started to get smaller as it sat. Medium lacing and retention.

Smell: Speaking of champagne, this one smells like it too! Maybe a Pinot Grigio wine, lots of light grape like qualities, wheat.. smells almost like it got crossed with a batch of some white wine. Light frutiness is what hits the nose first, very soothing. No peaches are prevalent in the nose but it stays along the lines of a very nice fruit floral.

Taste: This one made me pucker as soon as I took a sip! Holy crap this is sour! Peaches are here now and very prominent, tastes eerily similar to a Chardonay, it's almost seems like it was dumped into the batch during the brewing process. Green grapes, peach, a tinge of yeast, and a bit of earth tones cap this off and make this a very interesting brew. A small toastiness can be found if you hold this one in your mouth for a couple seconds which is pretty neat. Very odd but very flavorful to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation feels high, but I think it's from the prominence of how bitter it can be on the tongue from the sourness. Very light bodied and gets a bit wet on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very sessionable, and this is rare for me to say that about any of Dogfish Head's concoctions, but this is a beer that can be drank anytime, anywhere. The sour taste might bother some people, but I actually think it makes this very interesting and a bit out of the box like the rest of their brews. I can definetley see having this one on the beach this summer for sure! An awesome yet strange brew that must be tried in order to appreciate. Props to DFH for keeping things unorthodox as usual, this is my new favorite summer seasonal!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 01:31:35 | More by thespaceman
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District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden hazy with a nice head

Aroma is peaches. Some wheat as well. The peach aroma is a bit "tart".

Taste is a tart peach flavor, with the wheat backbone coming in nicely to top it off

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp..it has a nice "zing" to it from the tartness.

Drinkability: Light, crisp, refreshing. The peach isn't overwhelming, and it balances out well with the wheat. Tartness is also well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 02:42:29 | More by kshankar
Photo of vrazionale


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle reads: "Bottled On: 05/09/08"

A - Pours a bright golden brown (close to the color of peach concentrate!) with a half-finger head that completely dissipates within 15 seconds or so.

S - Well, peaches, of course. I get a good balance of other fruits, as well: orange peel, nectarine, lemon. I can smell the sourness of this brew. The nose is very inviting.

T - Peaches, again, with a sour, yeasty, tart finish. This brew is really, really, refreshing. There's not a whole complex flavor profile, just straightforward fruit and sour flavors that work very well in concert. There is a slight hint of funk on the finish.

M - Despite the complete lack of head, there is a good level of carbonation here. You can feel the brew bubbling against your palate.

D - This is a superb warm-weather beer. Low enough in alcohol to be a perfect session beer, but complex and tasty enough to keep you interested. A must-try for fans of the style, fans of Dogfish Head, or someone looking for a unique summer brew!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 20:53:34 | More by vrazionale
Photo of bonsreeb85


3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - hazy straw color w/ thin ivory head that dissapated quickly. lots of active carbonation

S - candied fruits, peaches and apricots mostly, hints of lemon

T - very, very sour and tart, much more than i expected. i was put off at first, but once i got used to it, it became quite enjoyable and refreshing. the peaches and lemon really dominate, almost no hop presence, and a very yeasty and dry biscuit close. interesting beer, with a lot of flavor for such a low abv.

MF/D - extremely high carbonation, which i found pleasing and complimentary to this beers already high quaffability.obviously, at such a low abv, the body is quite light and very approachable. if you like sour/ tart beers this is the perfect summer gulper. i found it hard to review only because it was too easy to throw these beers down my throat. i had to make myself slow down to note the subtleties.

THIS BEER IS NOT FOR EVERYONE, IT IS SOUR! but at least worth a try

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 01:48:11 | More by bonsreeb85
Photo of JMD


3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with vibrant orange tints. Big frothy head that clings to the glass.

S: Fresh peach, citrus, some grassy notes. I know "tart" isn't a smell, but this beer smells tart.

T: Wow, mouth-puckering tartness, followed by subtle waves of peach and lemon. After taking a sip I felt like the old guy in the Keystone Light commericals with the Bitter beer face. This is like drinking a glass of fresh squeezed lemon juice.

M: Very smooth, light and crisp. Tingles your entire mouth.

D: Very tart, one of these was enough for me. It's oddly refreshing in a way, but still too much tartness for me to enjoy. Not my favorite from DFH.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 22:13:18 | More by JMD
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District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent pale yellow, with hints of orange. Tons of carbonation bubbles are cascading up from the bottom of the glass. The foamy white head is fairly large and reasonably thick, with so-so retention and a bit of weblike lacing.

S: Tart peach fruitiness is most prominent, as expected. Also some notes of wheat and a tangy yeastiness. Some light metallic hints as well.

T: A fresh, puckering peach sourness up front. Nice. Not overdone. Wheat and yeast add an interesting second dimension that I'm enjoying. Some lemony citric tartness as well, as I continue to drink. There's a plain, unsweetened yogurt twang here as well.

M: Light bodied, with fairly active carbonation. Crisp and extremely dry into the finish. Refreshing.

D: This is a quirky little beer from Dogfish Head. Quite refreshing on a summer afternoon. I enjoy sour flavors, peach especially, so I liked this one quite a bit. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 23:01:31 | More by Clydesdale
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South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours this crazy, funky, golden, glowing, reflective color. I know that my descriptive skills suck, but it really looks great in the glass. Thin head that laces moderately well, not bad at all.

The smell and taste are both collisions of sweet and sour, very nice. It is like a party in my mouth in a completely non gay way. The peach and sour are really a match made in heaven. nice.

The mouthfeel is again a perfect balance between sweet cloying and tart sourness. Very nice and very drinkable, excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 19:24:54 | More by grayburn
Photo of BARFLYB


4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz fresh bottle into a pint glass. Been waiting for this to come back out, peche is one of my faves.

A- A slight hiss upon the cap lift, festina has a bright straw/hay pale yellow color. An active loose white head eventually faded into nothing. A pretty clear brew up until the last few oz in the bottle where some peach concentrate lays, I like to throw it in there, dirtying up the beer. no lace on this.

S- Not a huge scent coming from this and not the most lively. all the smells are faint but I get peach the most followed by wheat and possibly yeast. Cant really place any hops under the the other scents.

T- Now this is a summer beer, very refreshing. One of my favorite Berliner Weiss's. The peach is very big but it's not like taking a bite out of the actual thing. It works well with the wheat taste. Any malts that I got very very minimal and quick. This is not sour but has a quaint tartness. I don't know why but I love this.

M- Light and refreshing plus a little tart which will make it a love it or hate it beer for most people. No alcohol at all as the abv is less than five. Nicely carbonated and felt on the tounge.

D- This one is very drinkable, one that I can drink all day. When this was 1st released a few years ago, I drank so much of it (3 cases) during the summer that by mid july I was dry heaving every 1/2 hour fron all the acidity in the festina. I learned my lesson and now I drink it slower although it's hard to resist.

This is my favorite DFH beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 20:08:55 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Kolsch


3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at Spitfire Grill, Greensburg PA.

Appearance: Nice yellow/orange color with 1' head that did not stick around too long after pour.

Smell: Wheat, slight tart pear and peach.

Taste: Starts out slighty sweet then the sour hits the back of the tastebuds. Peach is just noticable and not overwhelming at this point. Finish is sour and tart. After it warms to room temp, the peach really shows its flavor and was not welcoming.

Overall: I liked this version of a Berliner Weiss, though I could not have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 01:12:54 | More by Kolsch
Photo of chaduvel


4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden peach-yellow slightly hazy from the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Head doesn't last long with just wisps around the edges.
Beautiful aroma of tart, yeast, peaches and sour apple.
Taste is bold tart and sour. The middle is where you get subtle peach, and sour apple flavors tempered by the weisse and yeast. The finish is very clean with just a bit of the yeast and tart flavors lingering.
A great example of the style and a fantastic summer beer if you like tart and sour beers. Be sure to swirl and ad the yeast from the bottom of the bottle to the glass in order to impart the yeast complexity and to temper the tartness. Leave out the dregs for a cleaner even more tart version.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 21:10:11 | More by chaduvel
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orangish-yellowish color, quite hazy and with visible carbonation that looks like seltzer bublles.. smells a bit spicey, fruity with peach obviously, a bit tart and yeasty.. Flavor is fruity and quite tart, above all. Fairly complex, actually. The spiciness and tart qualities create an interesting complexity. Mouth is light-bodied with strong carbonation and that tartness, again, like sweet tarts or such. Its quite easy to drink, especially on a hot summer day.. quite sessionale as long as you like tart fruitiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 03:23:11 | More by BirdFlu
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured fizzy and yellow with little head
Smelles tart, thats it just tart
Tastes about hte same, tart and sour, but not like a good sour like a flemish red lambic etc , its just sour with no depth. I get the peach in the back, but still its a very one dimensional.
Granted i had a one year old bottle, but this beer should age well, and its really not that great, if i find it fresh i will try it again, but other than that i don't expect it to be a regular for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 01:16:43 | More by redneckchugger
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4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Badger pint glass at my house from a 12 oz bottle

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with hints of orange,not much head

Dry peaches, not a lot of nose, but definitely dry and earthy.

Tart and pleasantly sharp upfront, peachy, and refreshing. A slight very ight malt at the end,

Refreshing, carbonated, easy to drink.

Wonderful in the heat, this is simple and refreshing, low alcohol, not a "fruit beer", easily sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 23:22:31 | More by mhatters
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3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a nonic. "BOTTLED IN: 2009 C3" stamped on the back of the neck.

A- Pours a hazy straw yellow/ light golden. ~1 finger of effervescent white head, which unsurprisingly fades nearly instantly to nothing. No lacing noted.

S- A slightly unusual tart, corny/grassy/wheat characteristic. I'm straining to detect hints of peaches, but fail. Not bad, just a bit unusual.

T- Tart. Very tart. I feel like the primary flavors here are citric and ascorbic acid. These must be some extraordinarily young, extremely concentrated peaches....

M- Crisp and light.

D- IMO, not so great. Just too tart and acidic to drink more than one.

Future outlook: Well, I dunno. I don't think Berliner Weisse is a style that I enjoy tremendously as a stand alone drink, but with it's assertive acidic flavoring, I could see it being much more enjoyable paired with some select dishes.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 19:53:23 | More by DoctorDog
Festina Pêche from Dogfish Head Brewery
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